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Posted on November 5, 2017

10 Ways to Keep the Potter Magic Alive

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Even people who have managed to avoid reading the Harry Potter series and seeing the films know that love for Harry and his magical world extends far beyond the confines of the pages in which he lives. Over the past year or so, love of the series has been on the rise, particularly with the introduction of the Fantastic Beasts films. This renewed (and let’s be honest here — ever-present) popularity of my favorite boy-wizard makes me giddier than an eleven-year-old who just received her Hogwarts letter. My partner and I frequently make the “Potter rounds” when we are near the mall to check out any new merch — Hot Topic, Barnes and Noble, and occasionally Five Below. I love all the new stuff that has come out! The clothes, trinkets, jewelry, home decor… you name it, it’s probably on my wish list.

Even more important than things that line the shelves, I know that isn’t what I truly want. I want more magic, more presence of the fandom, more love and appreciation for the books that started it all. I delight in the concept of magic in whatever form it might take, so I’ve tried my best to engage in new and interesting ways to keep Potter magic alive in my life as much as possible. Whether costly or cost-effective, here are some of my favorites.

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Posted on October 12, 2017

What Being a Victim of Theft Has Taught Me

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On the morning of December 8th, 2015, I drove from my partner’s house to a local community college to present a workshop to a group of sign language interpreters. I had finished my master’s degree earlier in the year and was presenting on the research of my thesis – gender identity and its impact on interpreters. Little did I know at the time that my house had been broken into in the early hours of that very same morning.

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Posted on October 9, 2017

2017 – A Year of Rediscovering My Love of Reading

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I am a reader. I love books — their feel, their smell, the way they’re able to take you somewhere completely different in a matter of moments. I am also typically quite content to be on a constant re-read of the Harry Potter series with a few other books tossed in occasionally. This year, however, I decided that I wanted to read more widely, get out of my Potter-lovin’ comfort zone, and jump into other worlds for a while.

Towards the end of last year, I started to see 2017 reading challenges floating around on various websites. I looked at many of them but I wasn’t immediately drawn to all of the categories in one singular challenge or all of the specific slants the creators took. Instead, my partner and I compiled our own mish-mash of categories to create our own challenges for the year.

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Posted on October 5, 2017

Joyful Journey: October Update

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It’s been a couple of months since I began this “joyful journey” of mine, so I thought it was about time to reflect on how things have been going. Overall? Fantastic. This is not to say that there haven’t been bumps along the way, but looking purely from a selfish standpoint, this journey is off on the right foot.

Blogging

I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started blogging. At first, I thought it would just be a great way to document the things I love and what I enjoy doing, show others that it’s truly possible to get out of the day-to-day routine to make/find/spark/encourage joy, etc. These things are both true. What I hadn’t prepared myself for initially was how much I would love this process! I have so many ideas and so much energy surrounding this project. It’s been a (good) challenge trying to find time to do it all! I’m excited about new possibilities — learning InDesign so I can make printables, downloads, etc; developing online courses; possibly venturing into offering webinars. There really aren’t limits here!

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