Social Anxiety

I suffer from social anxiety disorder and it stops me from getting out in the world and making friends. As lonely as I am, it is so hard to interact with people.

Now that I have moved to a new community, I have no friends. I look at every person I meet as a potential friend. And the invitation came the other night. I was invited to hang out with two other new teachers. The plan was to eat pizza and watch a movie.

Despite the nature of the activities, I did not want to go. My stupid anxiety was getting in the way. I kept trying to think of some excuse to get me out of the gathering but I did not want to appear rude. Plus, I wanted friends.

Last night, I went to the gathering and had a great time. I was there for almost six hours. I am glad I faced my anxiety and hung out with friends.

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Gobi by Dion Leonard

Gobi, by Dion Leonard, takes place in the Gobi Desert and is about a lonely dog looking for friends. The dog hears a noise and decides to find out what it is. That is when she stumbles upon a race being held in the Gobi Desert. She meets up with Dion, one of the runners, and follows him throughout the seven-day race. Dion falls in love with the dog he later names Gobi. He even helps her across a raging river at one point during the race and lets her sleep with him at night. At the end of the race, Gobi and Dion both realize that they have found a friend for life.

I highly recommend this book to all young children. This story contains the message of friendship between a pet dog and a person which is something all pet owners can relate to. The pictures are awesome and really help share the message of love. This book is a must read for all dog lovers.

I received this book free from Book Look Bloggers. All ideas are my own.

In The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps & Gran, by Mike Berenstain, Brother, Sister, and Honey are playing with their Noah’s ark play set but they are bored that rainy day. Papa suggests that the cubs get ready for Grandparents Day. However, they have no idea how to celebrate. The cubs start by thinking about how special Gramps and Gran are to them and all the things they do for them. The cubs decide that since Noah had a lot of grandchildren after the flood in order to repopulate the earth, they would write a story about Noah and all of his grandchildren and draw pictures as a gift for their grandparents.

This book has a very clear message: Grandparents are special because they can do so many interesting things as well as do different activities with their family. This message is made even clearer through the entertaining illustrations. I highly recommend this book to all young children as well as older fans of The Berenstain Bear books.

I received this book free from Book Look Bloggers. All ideas are my own.

Let’s Be Real Book Review

In Let’s Be Real, by singer and social media celebrity Natasha Bure, she writes about focusing on being the best person you can be by living an open and honest life. Life is tough, especially for teenagers in this busy and unpredictable world. There are so many expectations for teenagers and it is hard to be the best person possible and stay true to yourself with the stress of high school, friends, family, boys, and jobs. In the book, she focuses on topics such as friends, family, faith, relationships, beauty, and health to be the best person you can be. Living out your convictions and faith through your relationships with boys and friends and family is important to be the real you.

This book’s audience is for teenage girls, especially girls facing a tough high school career and trying to figure out where God plays into life and how to be the best possible person. The book has a strong message and I recommend this book to all Christian teenagers trying to figure their lives out by living an honest and true life. The message of this book is about living according to your convictions while staying strong in your faith with God and placing beauty, health, family, friends, and boys as priorities in your life.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers. All ideas are my own.