3,000 Followers Celebration!!

Every time I reach a major milestone it surprises me. This one is no exception. This one in particular is surprising because my blogging has been super sporadic and in general different. Mostly because I haven’t been reading as much or writing as much due to many different things. I’m working on changing that, but right now I’m a work in progress so I’m taking things one day at a time.

This is the first time I’ve ever felt like I don’t deserve this. Just because as much I’ve wanted to return to blogging and move forward positively something inside always blocks me. But, I’m going to keep trying. Because this blog has brought a lot of good in my life and I have to get back to where things are going well again.

I have so many books to read and movies to talk about and ventures to pursue. I’m tired of feeling stuck. But, I can choose to not be stuck. So that’s what I’m going to choose. So hopefully over the next few days, weeks, and months I’ll feel less like an imposter and more like myself. I have the means to turn things around for myself and so that’s what I’m going to do.

Thanks so much for being on this journey with me. I’m sorry that my blog has been so sporadic lately. I’m going to do my best in the coming days, weeks, and months to bring my blog back to what it once was.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!

2nd Year Blogoversery Celebration!!!

I don’t really have words. I have been blogging for only two years and yet it feels like I’ve been a part of this community since forever. Over time this blog has evolved and had growing pains and has been as much of a rollercoaster as my life has been. I am so proud of this little piece of the Internet I have carved out for myself. For the love I have received from this community. For the joy and opportunity this has brought into my life.

Blogging truly has saved my life. Without blogging some of the things that have come to pass in the past two years would have been unbearable. I never imagined just what was in store for me thanks to this incredible decision I was so unsure of at first and was basically forced to take by my sister. I owe this all to her. She might not realize it, but because of her getting me to create this blog I’ve had the most beautiful things come into my life unexpectedly. I wouldn’t have made connections with fellow bloggers. I wouldn’t have made connections with authors. I wouldn’t have found the person who holds my heart.

I feel so incredibly lucky because this blog though I may not receive any financial support from it has given me things that are beyond anything of monetary value. I have no words for the peace it’s given me. The love it’s gifted to me. The friendships it’s allowed me to have. In two very short years my life looks nothing like it once did and I know in the next two years things will change further in even more beautiful ways.

In two years I’ve written over 500 posts.. accumulated over 2,700 followers.. had my posts viewed over 50,000 times… that’s absolutely insane!!! I don’t have words for this. I’m just a simple bookworm who loves books and is now starting to write about all the things I love. I’m so eternally grateful. If your reading this THANK YOU!!! This is one of my proudest achievements.

So I can’t finish this off without one last very special thing.. to link back to the very first post I ever wrote. I had no idea the kind of ride I was in for back then. https://thebookravenblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/hello-world/ What’s crazy is that post has 14 likes.. which is the amount of likes I used to get crazy happy over. Honestly, it wouldn’t matter if only one person was engaging with my content. This world of writing and books has always been my greatest passion. I’m so full of joy to be able to share that with all of you every day. If I made one person happy I consider that a great success.

Thanks so much for reading! Thanks to each and everyone of you for making this journey amazing. I have so much love for this community. Thank you!

Till next time!

2.5k Follower Celebration!

For some reason this milestone in particular is bringing tears to my eyes. Maybe it’s because while I’ve had all the love and support I could ever wish for from this community these past almost 2 years have been filled with some of the best and worst events of my life.

During this time I had to wonder for the first time of me and my family were really going to make it. I was at the lowest point emotionally that I’ve ever been and yet I also found some of the most freedom.

In the past few months alone I was denied my ability to go to college, my mom suddenly showed signs of fibromyalgia and now deals with chronic pain every single day, my dad went to the hospital where they saved his kidneys, and I had to submit to this reality that at 19 I had to become responsible enough to put myself to work harder then ever before and give up watching videos and fun things I loved because there is simply no longer time for those things (except in very small moderation).

As of late my life has been chaos. Yet I have a lot to be proud of. Because of all these challenges, financially, emotionally, even sometimes from complete physical exhaustion, I have pushed myself more then I ever have and written more then I ever have. All my pain and doubts had found its place in storytelling. In less then 3 months I have 26k towards a novel when for so many years I never made it past 6k.

As Undertale says I have become a person who is determined. Determined to live my life and live it well. Determined to share my every ache in words because I know that everyone has their own burdens that threaten to cave them in. I know that I don’t even remotely have the worst of it.

So to all of you out there who have supported me I want to thank you for being a part of the thing that keeps me taking a step forward every single day. I had many a hiatus during these hard times and still you have stuck with me. I am a better person because of all of you. Each and every one of you is a bright light in my dark sky. It amazes me that there are so many stars to see now.

There isn’t anything special I can offer to you all now, but I promise when my life undergoes changes for the better I won’t forget to give to the many of you have shared with me their love.

Thanks so much for reading and simply being here! All my love goes out to all of you.

-Till next time!

Life Update: Duolingo Spanish Tree Complete!

Hello everyone! I am so happy to write this post for all of you today, because I finally finished a goal of mine that has been years in the making. Completing the Duolingo Spanish Tree!!!

This little digital trophy means a lot to me. It commemorates the fact that I finally committed myself to learning Spanish and that I have made some significant progress! This is definitely just a stepping stone on my journey, but I hope that it will only get easier from here.

Duolingo has a different interface from what it once had, but the one thing that I hope to achieve now is a Golden Spanish Tree. It’s going to take a long time to get there as skills now have 5 levels each and it will take a long time, but eventually I know I can do it! Right now, I have 4 Golden skills and a few that are at level 3 and level 2. Each level is harder to complete and takes more time so I know that it might take a year or more to get my tree Golden. For now, I will dedicate myself to get skills to level 2 and three and get the easiest skills to be Golden.

For now, I am just excited that one of the things I never thought I would complete got completed! Plus, the one other thing I’m proud of… my 86 day streak!

Whatever it is you want to accomplish, don’t give it up. If you continue working slowly towards your goals you never know that it could be closer to completion then you think. I know I’m going to be applying this to as many things as I possibly can in the future. Who knows? Maybe all the dreams I once had will be a reality!

Thanks for reading! Do you have something you are slowly working towards each day? What are some of your goals?

-Till next time!

2,000 Followers! Thank You! + Q and A Announcement

It’s the last day of March and I’m proud to say I am ending this month off with a bang!

Tonight I opened up my WordPress app to see this:

My 2,000th follower has deemed my content worthy of their readership and I couldn’t be more thankful. The decision for me to blog has been one of the best decisions of my life.

I love the people that I’ve discovered because of this journey and I love the opportunity that this has opened up for me. There are so many books that I never would have read if it wasn’t for the blogging community. This has given me so much hope for a wonderful future.

My life has taken so many turns and ups and downs recently that I don’t know what to expect. The one thing I know is that the Book blogging community is one that I want to be a part of always. The people here are amazing and I’ve learned so much from all of you over this past year.

For this milestone I want to do something I haven’t done in a long time. A Q + A!

Ask me anything you like bookish related or not. I want to answer anything you are curious about!

I owe so much to all of you. Thank you for every time you’ve commented or liked one of my posts. Thank you for every single time you though one of my posts was interesting enough to read. Thank you for sticking with me as I have grown. Just Thank you!

As always, Thanks so much for reading!

-Till next time!

1,500 FOLLOWERS! Appreciation Post

Yesterday I reached over 1,500 followers and just the thought of so many people enjoying my posts and all that I have to say feels incredible.

So I want to say thank you to all the bloggers and all the people who have encouraged me and been a part of this amazing journey in my life. I really can’t do enough to thank you for the joys that you have all brought to my life.

At this point, I am definitely reevaluating how I am doing posts and I’m thinking of switching things up real soon. I have been trying really hard to find a good balance for all things in my life with all that I want to accomplish and I simply have not yet found that balance.

I will be doing something special for all of you really soon for my 1st year anniversary in October to show my gratitude for this amazing community.

As always, Thanks for reading!

-Till next time!

Celebrating 1000 Followers!! + A Giveaway 

The time has come and I always felt that I would never get to this point, but now that I’m here I am forever grateful. I don’t have words for how much this community means to me. How much the friendships and discussions I’ve had with so many fellow readers and writers have made my heart soar. 

These past 9 months of blogging have been some of the best months of my life even though so many things have happened to put a damper on the sheer amount of good it all is worth it. 

I want to share with you all on of my favorite pieces of my own writing. This piece is very personal and completely true. It means a lot to me to share it with you on such a momentous occasion. 

It was written in response to a prompt about signposts and movement in our own lives. Somehow that transferred into colors to me. 

Here are the colors of my beginnings: 

In my mind’s eye I go back to the place where I began. I see the street where I grew up, the green expanse of the trees that surrounded my home. Then, finally, the interior that housed my family. The people I owe all my love and gratitude to. That is where my true journey began, in that apartment surrounded by trees and plants grown by my Godfather. My signposts were the color changes in the carpet, walls, and curtains. A beautiful psychedelic flash that marked my growth. 

There were also signs that I remember in a grey dullness that matches the gloom I felt during my short passages through. Flashes of roads and mileage signs to Sacramento, Vegas, and places closer to my colorful true home. Grey memories of driving from new house to new house, new school to new school, each a new prison to keep me from the color I longed for. 

The moving was constant. Every two years like clockwork. Every time my mother saw I was getting too attached it would be time to pack up, leave, and move on. We always came back, but every time we left was a new crack in my heart. I was too young to understand then why she kept taking me away, all I knew was that it hurt, and I wished it would stop. 

Jealousy and want of control should never be in a mother’s heart. 

That is what a journey is, a passage in which you change irrevocably, hardening and softening to the point that the person you were and who you are is so different that the only thing you can do is look back, but never touch those memories of how you used to be, even, how you used to think. 

For me, even the light colors of the home I grew up in tinted off to a grey at the loss of it. So much warmth, love, and life that came to an end cumulating to a short travel to an apartment one city over. That travel is remembered in blue. The road leading up to the for­rent sign tinged in the sadness of losing the one home in my life that had always been stable. 

Now my life in that new apartment has gained a new color, the color of hope. Colors of travels to the zoo, walking serenely with my God Mom and sister, reading the various signs to the exhibits 

leading up to the chimpanzees; this is where we would sit enjoying the astonishing similarity of the play of the young chimps, and the play of the children that were always there. 

That is where my journey is now. In happy colors full of life and happy joys shared with the family that raised me. 

The places and roads may change, but the people are the signs that I hold the most dear. They are those that lead me, changing me as they themselves change. They are the colors of my memory, their hands I hold into the light of my future. 

Also it wouldn’t be a 1,000 celebration without a Giveaway so here is what you could receive: 

$15 to spend on Book Depository and A unique poem written by me about a topic of your choice.

Really it’s all about your choice in this Giveaway. 

The Specifics:

This Giveaway is international so long as The Book Depository ships to you. 

Must be 18 or have parents permission to enter.

This giveaway is not endorsed in any way by rafflecopter or WordPress.

Click the link here to enter. 

Thank you all for reading! Also thank you all for being here. I wish you all the best and I hope to speak with you all down in the comments. What an amazing day this was. 

-Till next time! 

800 Followers!!! I don’t know what to do…. 

So here we are, not long from my 700 follower milestone and now sitting here thinking and wondering how 800 followers came by so quickly. I am astounded and humbled and so so grateful that you all thought that my content was worthy of being read. I am completely speechless that I’m here now when just a week ago I had one of the most terrible days of recent times and now I’m here and I just can’t be anything but eternally grateful to be a part of this community that never stops being a rock of support. It’s been just over seven months since The Book Raven began and I’ve never felt more love in a corner of the internet then I have in this one right here. 

I feel like I should say more… do something more, but I’m at a loss for what to say… what to do. You are all the most amazing people in the world to me. Thank you. 

-Till next time!

700 Followers!!!! Thank you!!

I feel as though I’m in a place in between my dreams and my reality where the things that I never knew could be possible happen. 700 is huge for me. I can’t believe that there are 700 human beings out there in the world that sat down with their device, hopped on WordPress, read some of my work and decided that they cared enough about what I write to want to hear more. 700 people in this world actually care about what I have to say and that’s huge. 

In my life, all I’ve ever wanted to be was a writer. I wanted to share my stories if only to impact one persons life and make just the slightest difference in this world. 

These past couple of weeks have been amoung the most trying of my entire life yet, somehow, somehow they’ve also been some of the weeks that have given me the most hope. 

All my life, I’ve lived with my God family. Well truly it started as a daycare situation that became so much more. My Gradmother, who had adopted me, was never made to be a mother, she never treated me right and leaving me with my God family is the best thing she has ever done for me. 

However recently, my grandmother has decided to stop supporting me. Me and my grandmother have always butted heads, but this, this was a new low. There have been financial struggles that have been going on with my God family for a very long time are still very much present, because of this things have felt like they were spiraling out of control. In the midst of this however I’ve found some wonderful beauty, I am switching schools so that I can work during the day, I actually have a job, I came up and made major steps towards creating The Raven Book Crate (which I am doing everything I can to fund. No matter what this Crate is going to exist. (I even have a release date *whispers August*)), and this 700 followers on my blog and I stop to think to myself that maybe just maybe what’s happening right now, the juxtaposition of good and bad is the place that will be the starting place for something even greater then I could ever imagine. 

I feel like crying right now. From exhaustion and fear and hope and insanity and love and joy and just the everythingness that is happening to me at the moment. I’m simply grateful. To every single one of you. Each read, like, comment, and follow tell me that my words matter, and that is the greatest gift I could ever receive in my life. 

Thank you. Thank you for existing. Thank you for inspiring me and for inspiring others. Thank you for doing all you do. Thank you thank you thank you! 

As always, let me know your thoughts down in the comments. I’m sending you all the love in my heart. 

-Till next time! 

Who am I? The Blogger Behind The Book Raven + 600 Followers!

Hello everyone! 

I say this during every milestone, but this is absolutely insane! 600 followers is something that I could only dream about and I never ever in a million years expected for this to happen so soon! Thank you so very much for your continued support and I am so proud to be something that I love so much every single day. I am so honored to be a part of such a wonderful community and every single one of you makes me feel so humbled to think that you would enjoy my content and comment and converse with me regularly. It is such an amazing feeling that has made me so happy these past few months.

It has been a bit more then 5 months since I started blogging and a much as I feel like many of you know little tid bits and things about me I feel like its time I shared a little bit more and have you all get to know me a bit better,

So, my name is Tiana Wolfe I am 18 years old and I have the compasity to love most everything. Seriously you could talk to me about pretty much anything and I can find a way to see the positives of it. Of course their are things I dislike (a.k.a seafood and anything that hurts anything else) but I see things as there is a reason for everything and I have no reason to judge anyone else for their beliefs. 

I am also pretty calm most of the time. I go with the flow with pretty much everything. I don’t believe in planning out anything. I find that planning stresses me out especially because nothing ever goes according to plan. I think of life as when things happen they will happen and it’s how you react that matters and not much else. 

A story I tell to pretty much everyone I meet: 

When I wass about 8 years old my grandmother took me to Arizona to her friends house for a couple of days. On the day before we left I woke up and went to the kitchen to eat and hugged the beautiful Boarder Collie my grandma’s friend had. The other dog, a Rottweiler, in the house walked into the kitchen and the Border Collie tensed and all of a sudden I was being pulled back by grandmother and all of a sudden I see blood and my grandma freaks out. When my grandma pulled me back the Border Collie’s teeth just caught my eyelid and it tore just grazing my eye. I ended up having to get stitches and now all I have to show for it is one missing eyelashes, I can never forget how lucky I was. I could have lost my sight so easily that day and I am so fortunate that I didn’t. Also, being in the middle of nowhere was a disaster. We went to an medical center on a reservation that cleaned it up and forty minutes later we arrived at the hospital. 

However, my first concern after I got the bite was not for myself. My grandmother has a tendency to get really upset when animals act differently from the way she wants them too and I was afraid that she would have the collie put down. So everywhere we went from the reservation, to the hospital, on the way back to the house in the car I made sure to keep saying it wasn’t the dogs fault. Thankfully, my grandmother didn’t do anything to the dog. My insistence about it being a total accident just might have saved the dogs life. 

Things I love most:

Animals of every shape and form. I watched Animal Planet a lot as a kid and I fell in love with the beautiful creatures that God put on this earth. I have 0 fear of a majority of animals and I know that there are so many creatures that have the ability to cause major harm so I give those animals the respect they deserve and admire them from afar. 

Stories! Of course you all know of my love for stories. They are the very reason for the existence of this blog. No matter if it’s a movie, book, or painting I love how everything is their to tell you a story about life in someway. 

I love art, but mostly I love watching people create art. There is something mesmerizing and beautiful about seeing something that comes directly from someone’s heart form exactly they want it to in whatever medium they choose. I find it all fascinating. I’m terrible at art so I find others with artistic ability to be amazing human beings. 

Culture is one of the most beautiful things in the world to me. The way different people act with one another is so amazing to me and I love how unique everyone is. Diversity is so important and accurate representation in all things helps make the world a better place. 

I love nature in general. Walking outside when the air is fresh or enjoying lying on the grass under the shade of a tree is so relaxing to me. Often if I’m walking anywhere with plants nearby I will reach out and touch the leaves. It helps me stay connected to myself and to what’s around me, it makes me feel calm. 

Music, I love pretty much all types of music. Anything that has a nice beat to it that I can dance to I enjoy. I can find a way to dance to most everything so I’m usually content with most things I hear. I especially love Edm though, Electronic Dance Music holds a special place in my heart. 

I love God. I don’t talk about it too much, but I am religious. I don’t go to church or anything like that, but I do believe in God and I feel his presence in my life everyday. 

My family. My family comes first for absolutely everything. We have fought so hard to stay together over these past 18 years that our bond has grown stronger then it ever could have otherwise. Their love has shaped me to be the person I am today and I could never thank them for their presence in my life enough. 

So that’s about it! This certainly isn’t everything, but I think I got out all the most important parts. I hope you got a clearer insight into who I am and what my passions are. I hope you enjoyed this post and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. 

My question for you is: What things in this world make you happy? 

-Till next time!

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