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Things to do to help combat depression

********I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL******
THIS IS JUST SOME THINGS I DO THAT HAVE HELPED ME

  • Take a shower
  • Read a book
  • Write
  • Draw
  • Drink a smoothie
  • Cuddle with your cat (or dog)
  • sleep
  • Watch YouTube videos
  • Exercise on the Wii
  • Color
  • Paint
  • Watch Netflix
  • Reorganize your room
  • Listen to music
  • Reorganize bookshelves
  • Take pictures
  • Take a bath
  • Bake
  • Write about how you feel
  • Start a blog
  • Watch Try Not To Laugh videos
  • Pin stuff to Pinterest
  • Play Guess The Song by yourself or with others
  • Make a bucket list
  • Cut out magazine pictures that you like
  • clean your room
  • do your laundry (for some reason these are oddly satisfying)
  • have a good cry (if you need help to conjure them see the following movies: The Fault in Our Stars, The Boy in The Striped Pajamas, Secrets of War, A Girl Like Her, My Girl, Beaches, Titanic, Keith, The Lion King)

That’s just some. Always remember you can talk to your parents, friends, relatives, and if you have no one, I will be it for you: Friend, Mom, Aunt, Dad, Uncle, Weird Cousin, whatever. I’m here for all of you. You can email me at any time to talk with my email: Charliesmithcontact (at) gmail.com

I love you guys!
XOXO,
Charlie.

The Charlotte Diet

Hey guys, Charlie here! I wanted to give you a good diet plan (with how I do things) whether you’re a meat eater, vegetarian (like me), pescatarian, vegan, or whatever.

My go-to tips at the store:

  • It’s been said, MULTIPLE TIMES, but it’s good advice and that is: DON’T BUY GROCERIES WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY! It will always cause you trouble
  • Make a list based off of food you’re planning to make. If you’re planning on making pancakes THIS WEEK, buy Pancake mix and milk and eggs (or whatever the mix says) Don’t think: Oh, well I’ll make some pancakes sometime, No. Make sure what you buy is for the near future.
  • If you want to splurge on Ice Cream or Chocolate bars or Skittles (because I love me some Skittles) buy them! Your diet shouldn’t restrict you from everything you love. (However, it is advised that you don’t eat the whole container of ice cream, huh? Maybe buy one of those small, one person containers, and eat half.) You should never have to feel guilty about what you eat or want to eat.
  • Keep an eye on what is in your cabinet. You don’t want to buy some Ramen Noodles to take to work with you and then find out you had a 24 pk already. That’s just no fun. Maybe keep a list on the inside of your cabinet of all the food that’s in there. (I created a list you can print out and tape into your cabinet for easy access below)

Tips when preparing food:

  • Remember: YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF THE PORTIONS. Whether you live by yourself, with a family or just your SO, you control how much food you make. Don’t be afraid to make a little too much, because you can always save it for later. Put it in a storage container (whether the one you bought or a washed out Country Crock container) and take it to work with you or heat it up for lunch tomorrow.
  • You may think Non-Stick cooking spray is better than oil, BUT IT’S NOT. While the calories may be fewer, there are so many things in it that is NOT GOOD FOR YOUR BODY, like GMOs and Dimethylpolysiloxane which is used in Silly Putty, many Cosmetics, and Refrigerants. Yeah. Ew.
    (Read a full article about it here:  http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/11/03/truth-about-what-s-really-in-cooking-sprays.html)
  • Seasoning doesn’t have to be salt! I mean, yeah, you want to taste it, but there are plenty of other good spices you can use that don’t have salt in it, like garlic powder, onion powder, etc. Or, you can buy the little packages that go into the water and it seasons it for you. (I recommend using half for 4 servings)
  • You may not want to put meat/meat juices in with your vegetables. It will give you more unnecessary calories. Also, salt your veggies AFTER they’re cooked, that way everyone has more of a chance of getting the proper amount if salt.

Eating:

  • Portion control is not just for bulimics and anorexics and super models. Everyone should use them (in a healthy way). You want to make sure you have more vegetables on your plate than meat or dairy or bread.
  • Drink a glass of water BEFORE and with your meal. It will help curb your appetite and you’ll eat what you’re truly hungry for.
  • Put less on your plate than you usually would. If your eyes think it’s getting enough food, chances are, you are getting enough. We all know the expression, “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach”, so put a little less on your plate. Once you’re finished, drink a little water, wait for your food to settle, and if you’re still hungry, get some more.
  • As I said before, it’s okay to splurge once and a while. If you want to eat a whole Wisconson 6 Cheese Domino’s Pizza, YOU GO GLENN COCO.

Exercise:

  • I don’t. BUT, I am constantly on my feet for work, so I count that. Just walking can help when you’re feeling sad or want to burn off some energy.
  • WALK DON’T RUN. If you’re out of shape (IE: haven’t gone running since you were in middle school because they made you in PE) DON’T GO RUNNING. You’re just asking to pass out. Start off with walks. Maybe walk around your block. Maybe walk from one stop sign to another (I don’t know about you guys, but my house is like:
    S                      ————                       S
    Stop sign       my house                 Stop sign
    Or walk around your house. It’s all up to you.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not doing anything. That your diet is ridiculous, that you can’t eat whatever you want on your diet, BUT THAT’S NOT TRUE.
This diet is just a way to eat healthier with the life we’ve got. Like the kids are saying: You Only Live Once, so why go on a diet that doesn’t allow you to eat what you want to eat?

These are just some of my recommendations for eating healthier, another one being, invest in a Vitamixer so you can make smoothies with natural fruits and veggies. They’ll improve your mood and make the craving of something sweet go away.

 

I love you guys,
Talk to ya later,

XOXO, Charlie 

A short article about obesity

A few months ago, I was anorexic.
I had been one for a year and I was wondering why I was never losing weight.

Every doctor’s appointment, I thought for sure they would find out. But they never did. Do you know why?

When I was eating, (I usually ate one meal, being dinner, because I couldn’t hide that) I was consuming enough calories for the whole day. Just one meal was keeping me from losing weight.
It’s horrifying how one meal that we eat a day has enough calories in it to make it look as if we are a healthy weight when we really aren’t.

I stopped eating breakfast, lunch, snack, and dessert and YET I was still intaking the same amount of calories that I would usually eat!
I fact, in the pizza I usually get from Domino’s (Wisconson 6 Cheese) Has over 350 calories in ONE SLICE of pizza. Totaling a whopping 2,600 calories in EIGHT slices of pizza!
And of course, the healthiest amount of calories that teenage girls should intake per day is 1,600 to 1,800 calories. At this rate, I was eating almost TWO TIMES the recommended calorie consumption, and this was just one meal on one day.

Based off of this information, it’s no surprise that there is so much obesity in America.

Let’s run some more numbers:
A Mcdonald’s Big Mac totals to about 540 calories. A large fry with that? 510 calories. Let’s add just a medium Coke. (220 calories). According to the Nutrition Chart OF MCDONALD’S, that equals 1,270 calories! That leaves us 430 calories to consume.+

Let’s say you want to ‘get something healthier’ and go to Subway. The lowest calorie item is a 6″ Veggie Delight, (230 calories), but if you want some “healthy meat” on yours, get the second lowest calorie item, the 6″ Turkey Breast (280 calories).
When we add our ingredients: (on whole wheat bread) American Cheese, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Lettuce, Pickles, Tomatoes, Onions, Mustard, Light Mayo. Even with all the veggies on it, it still equals approximately 380 calories. With a 21 oz Sprite (220 c.) and a small package of Lay’s Potato Chips, (160 c.)  it equals 760 calories. And this is just lunch. That gives us 940  more calories to consume.*

Let’s say you’re going to eat at home tonight. Just cook something for yourself. You fix a steak (679 c.) mashed potatoes (214 c.), and a Lipton sweet tea (150 c.).  That alone is 1,043 calories, AT HOME!

So take the Subway we ate for lunch, and the dinner we ate, that gives us 1,803 calories today and we didn’t even eat breakfast!

The moral of the story: Check the calories (AND INGREDIENTS) in your food before you purchase it. Whether it be in a grocery store, in McDonald’s, at your Grandma Ruby’s, ALWAYS CHECK. Don’t become a freak with your calories! It’s okay to splurge on some Oreos (which are actually vegan…WHHHAAAAAT?)  or a steak, or some chocolate bars (yes, I said BARS). Just make sure you pay attention to what you put in your body.

Want to know my diet? Let me know and I’ll tell you about the Charlotte Diet!

Till I see you next, I bid you adieu.

Charlotte.

 

 

Wintersong: S. Jae-Jones

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Pages: 436
Type: Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance,
Publishing info: February 7, 2017, by Thomas Dunne Books
My rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ (5/5 stars)


The kiss is sweeter than sin and fiercer than temptation. I am not gentle, I am not kind; I am rough and wild and savage.


Okay, this book gave me a WORLD of tears.
*curses s. Jae-Jones to the wind*
I thought we were friends?? Or at least had something going???

This story will leave you heartbroken and begging for more Liesel and The Goblin King! I just CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THIS BOOK. Wintersong is an extreme page-turner, intriguing always and unbelievably romantic.

As a Labyrinth retelling, this book hits the mark. It’s about a girl who makes a promise as a child to her friend, The Goblin King, to give him a wife. Now, he has come to collect on his promise. So, as a Goblin King we all know and love, he took her sister to be his bride.
Yeah.
I know how it would have gone if it was me:

Charlotte and her sister walked through the crowded square to collect a charm for her brother. The Goblin King was lurking in the corner and came up to Charlotte. She was startled for a moment, but smiled none-the-less. 
“Der Erlkönig,” She cooed. “You have come early.”
He purred. “Of course, Charlotte. I have come to collect on a promise.”
She frowned. “From whom?”
“You….You promised me a wife. So I’ll take your sister.”
“Actually, you’re kinda hot, so…”
And they ran off to the castle beyond the Goblin City and she became his wife. 

The end.

Much better.
But anyways, I won’t spoil it for you, but if you’e intrigued (as I was) I’ll leave a link at the bottom of this post for you to read a couple of chapters.

’til I read again,

Charlie

 

 

Buy here: https://goo.gl/XuUfRo
Read here: https://www.amazon.com/WINTERSONG-Sneak-Peek-Chapters-1-5-ebook/dp/B01LM0N9UO

Life update: May 2017

Hey, guys, this is the first time I’m really posting something that’s not all about books.
I wanted to let you know that I’m doing okay. I started some new meds for my depression and ADHD and I think it’s been helping.

My dad is going to teach me how to drive over the summer and I’m REALLY excited about that (I’ll be able to drive myself to the library 😉
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I have a job at Oma’s Favorite (an adorable soap cottage) and I’m really enjoying my work here. I make bath bombs, update the website, create designs, etc.
I never thought having a job could be this cool (but, it as always, is tiring.) I want to get curl up into a ball and go to sleep when I get home from work, but I have stuff to do (womp womp)

I have been reading SO MUCH. I am in love with Colleen Hoover right now, so I’ll probably be reading a lot of that 😉

My life is a little weird, but, oh whale.

I’ll try and make this feature more often, but I’m not sure. I’m not a very good writer. At least, not of my life.

So I guess that’s it.
See you next time,

Charlie 

Interview with author of #Famous: Jilly Gagnon!

downloadJilly Gagnon is an AMAZING writer and one of my closest writing buddies. You can see my review of her book #Famous by clicking here: https://snowandbooks.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/famous/

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH JILLY GAGNON:

So your story is based on a true event, correct? 

 
It is! Specifically the #AlexFromTarget phenomenon–if you don’t remember it, Alex, a regular teenager working as a cashier at a Texas Target, had his picture snapped and suddenly, overnight, he got nearly a million followers on social media. That moment of ridiculously viral overnight fame was the inspiration for #FAMOUS, but in my story, you get to see both sides of the coin–what happens to Kyle, the insta-famous photo subject, and also to Rachel, the girl who took the photo. 
 
 
download (1)Does your book have a lesson? Moral?
 
I’m not the kind of writer who works deliberate morals into my stories, but I do hope it makes people think more about cyberbullying. There’s always a real person on the other side of the avatar, with real feelings. I also hope it shines a light on how much harder people can be on girls and women. I can’t really imagine a version of the story in reverse–with Rachel getting famous from a picture Kyle took–that doesn’t turn a lot darker. 
 
 
What is your favorite part of the book?
Probably my single favorite moment is when Kyle asks Rachel to homecoming (I don’t want to spoiler anything, so I’ll leave it vague). My favorite entire scene is when they go bowling together. I think it’s the first time Kyle and Rachel see how much more there is to the other person than what they initially imagined.
 
 
What is your writing style, and what tactics do you have when writing? (For example, outline or just write when you get bursts of inspiration)
I used to think I could work without any real outline, but it turns out that I’m just not any good at that–I would get a lot of words onto the page, but there wouldn’t be much of a story there. Now I’m an outliner-lite: I like to plot out all the major story points in advance and fill in some of the details between them as I’m writing and learning more about my characters.
 
 
When you write, do you have goals of certain # of words a week or when inspiration strikes?
I like to set myself daily word count goals and really hold myself to them–as in, “Jilly, you’re not allowed to leave this cafe until you hit X thousand words.” Writing can be a lot of fun, but it’s also a job–a hard one. Like any job, you sometimes have to show up even when you’re feeling sorta uninspired or when it’s too beautiful outside to imagine sitting in front of a computer screen.
 
 
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
 
When I was researching #FAMOUS, I looked into internet bullying, because it was an important part of the story–Rachel sees the ugly side of going viral right off the bat. I knew how those things spread in a vague way, but looking into specific instances of viral anger, I was stunned by how quickly a situation could go from a single social media post to a wildfire where it seems like the entire internet is talking about this one thing. 
 
 
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
 
Absolutely, and I feel super lucky because I ADORE my cover. I think it tells you a lot about what’s inside–something quirky, cute, romantic, and ultimately fun!
 
 
How did you get connected with so many authors for blurbs on the back of your book?
Fun fact: Jesse Andrews and I have known each other since I was a freshman/he was a junior in college (we started a VERY briefly-lived band together, and then continued to be friends forever after). I reached out to him directly for the blurb on the cover!
 
 
What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
 
I think the toughest criticism is when someone tells you honestly that a project just isn’t working. Like a lot of authors I have more than a couple story ideas that I started–or even finished–that never wound up seeing the light of day. Giving up on a project that you love is one of the hardest things you do as an author, but sometimes it truly is the right choice. 
 
 
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
 

Honestly, I try not to pay too much attention to my reviews, because even the positive ones can make me lose my focus, and I need every scrap of that to write books!

At the end of the day, though, once you put a book out into the world, it’s not just yours anymore, it belongs to the readers, too. Some of them will love it (which always makes my day, I’m only human after all), and some of them won’t. Some of them might even hate it. Theoretically, I’d love for everyone to love every single word I write, but we’re all incredibly different people, and that’s GOOD. If everyone loved and hated the same things, the world would be so terribly dull, you know?

 
 
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s? (* please provide a link to trailer if you have one)
 
 
 
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
 
They’re pretty much imagined. Even though the story inspiration very much mirrors the experience of Alex Lee, a.k.a. #AlexFromTarget, I deliberately tried not to dig too deeply into his life, because I wanted Kyle and Rachel to feel real and 3-dimensional on their own. 
 
Do you write full-time or part-time?
 
Full-time, the coolest and also scariest job on earth! 
 
 
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
 
For #FAMOUS the toughest thing was getting the dual points-of-view to sound interesting and distinct while still making sure the story came together as a whole. And yet…I know I’ll write from multiple perspectives again because as an author it’s also just so much FUN.
 
 
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
 
I’d say a full draft takes me about four months. But once you send it to your editor and start really diving in together, that number can get a lot bigger 🙂 
 
 
What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
 
So far my YA ideas have only been standalone, but I’d love to try my hand at a series–I definitely have a lot of characters I love way too much to want to leave them alone forever after. I write comedy with a writing partner, and our first books were part of a series, so I know that I like the process
 
 
Have you considered writing in another genre?
 
Yes indeed…specifically comedy 😉
 
 
What do you think Rachel would have to say about you? What about Kyle? How do they differ?
 
Oh, they’d probably both be polite but secretly think I was boring and old. 
 
Realistically, I think Rachel would have a lot of serious, career-oriented questions for me as a writer since she already knows that it’s her passion. Even though she’s writing plays, I bet we’d dig deep into books and really get along. I think Kyle might find me a bit cynical because he’s such a naturally optimistic person, but he’d probably laugh at my jokes, if only because he’s also deeply kind. 
 
 
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
 
I do both–ideally, all my books would be in print, because I just love the feel of a book in my hands, but I’m running out of shelf space (not to mention funds), so lately I go about 50/50, ebooks and print books.
 
 
What book/s are you reading at present?
 
I finally got around to reading CROOKED KINGDOM and (no surprise here) it is PHENOMENAL. 
 
 
What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
 
That’s a tough one because so many books have influenced me in such different ways. If I had to pick an author that I loved in childhood who has had the most influence on my writing, I’d probably go with Roald Dahl. I’m someone who uses dark comedy and absurdity as a way to process things–even the tough stuff–and that comes out in all my books. 
 
 
Who is your favorite author and why?
 
Probably P.G. Wodehouse. He writes these incredible souffles of comedy, where everything is light and airy and full of fun and whimsy and it just seems so satisfying and delicious that you don’t even realize how incredibly HARD it is to pull off what he’s doing. I never pick up a Wodehouse story and DON’T laugh out loud at some point or other. That’s a pretty impressive feat, especially considering how prolific he was.
 
 
What is your favorite book and why?
 
All time favorite is probably the Lord of the Rings series. It was one of the first books that I just dove headlong into as a kid, and the depth of the world building is awe-inspiring. I think a lot of writers have used books as a form of escape at various times in their lives, and I found those books at a moment when I was really eager for that–and they definitely provide it.
 
 
What advice would you give to your younger self?
 
To be confident with who I was. I think when I was younger there were certain things I tried to change about myself, or hide about myself, in order to fit in, because the world really pressures you to do that. And it took me years to get to a place of being really comfortable in my own skin (not that it’s ever 100% easy, or that you ever 100% reach that point). I actually tried to give Rachel some of the self-confidence I wish I had at her age because there is nothing cooler than knowing and loving who you are.
 
 
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
 
Man, that’s a toughie. I should say someone literary, right? Maybe Mark Twain–I think he’d actually make for good company (there are a lot of favorite authors who might be a real drag to run into at a cocktail party). Or Oscar Wilde. I bet he was a riot.
 
 
Where can we find you online? (Conclusion: )
 
I’m @jillygagnon on twitter and Instagram, /JillyGagnonWriter on facebook, and always updating my website,www.jillygagnon.com!
 
 
Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
 
The most important thing I want to say is THANK YOU to everyone who has taken the time to pick up my book. I could not be more grateful that you’re spending time reading words that I wrote 🙂 
 
 
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included? 
I think you covered all the bases! Thanks so much for chatting with me, Charlie 🙂