Exciting Announcement!

Guys. I started Youtube channel. In theory, this requires less time than writing a blog. In theory, I will create new content for both mediums. In reality, I’m a grad student with a full-time job. I’m just happy if I get 8 hours of sleep and don’t lose my mind.

But really. I’m trying to talk a lot more about books and share the awesome stuff I’m reading (online and off) with you all and more people. To that end, I’ve started a Youtube channel and joined Twitter. I would be incredibly grateful if you subscribe/follow/show me some love.

The Why/What You’ll See

I really want all of these mediums to be helpful and entertaining to you guys. I absorb a broad range of content and I’ll be splitting that between these three mediums. This blog will remain my most diverse channel, featuring book-themed posts, but also think-y, link-filled, poetry-themed stuff too. My Youtube channel is all about books. And Twitter is basically random (but mostly book-themed). I try not to spam any of the channels with too much content from the others, so I promise that you will not see the same content flooding all 3 mediums, should you choose to follow them all.

Is She Schizophrenic?

Finally, the name. Although I go by Lyse here, both Youtube and Twitter are branded as Belle. I came to Youtube through my husband’s channel, where I was already known as Belle, so that just stuck. Hope it’s not too confusing. :)

I’d love to hear your input about what you’re interested in seeing (on any of the channels) and what you think of the content I’ve put out recently.

The end. :)

Lyse Links: Feminism, Photography, Grand Canyon, and Wikipedia

Bit busy with school, but thought I’d drop a few links to show you what I’m reading right now. I’m not even trying to theme these anymore.

  • Famous Quotes, as Women Would Have to Say Them During Meetings. I’m not a raging feminist, but it is definitely a fact that people expect women to be nicer than men, especially in work settings. Similarly, see Elle’s video cutting men out of major meetings between leaders.
  • Removed, a photography project about technology and relationships. This tied into some of my reading recently and I’m hoping to vlog about it soon.
  • Why we don’t actually see the Grand Canyon. Actually, I haven’t read this one yet, but I skimmed and it looks good. Read it with me and we can chat in the comments!
  • The Most Prolific Wikipedia Editor. Haven’t read this one either, but Wikipedia is awesome and you should edit. My time on Wikipedia was one of the best Internet experiences ever (followed closely by blogging and Buffer Slack community).
  • I started a Twitter account! I talk about books, and cool articles, and sometimes random spiders. You should join me and we can have Internet shenanigans.

What are you reading? What did you think of these articles? Talk to me in the comments!

How to Do Something Impossible

You might have noticed I’ve been gone for a few weeks. Or you might not have. Heartless readers.

Reason for absence, short version: I had to find and take a 3-credit class in 2 weeks. As in, finishing my bachelor’s degree and starting my master’s degree and having a job at my university depended upon me doing this. Scary stuff.

And pretty much everyone told me it was impossible. But today, exactly 10 days after starting the coursework, I took my final and passed the class.

Your impossible thing might not be classwork. But I pulled a few principles from my experience that I think are far-reaching. Here you go!

How to Do Something Impossible

  • Do your research. Often, when someone thinks something is impossible, it’s just because they don’t know. No one else will go out of their way to find the solution for you or to make something remarkable happen. You have to do your own research and discover that something “impossible” might actually be doable.
  • Ask hard questions/Don’t back down. If you have to deal with other people in order to make your impossible thing happen (quite likely), don’t let them discourage you. In my case, it was an office employee who told me repeatedly that what I wanted to do wasn’t possible. When I finally demanded that she ignore my part in it (which is what she clearly considered unlikely) and tell me if her department or the structure of the course would slow me down, she backed off and referred me to the professor (who was all for it).
    • a side point: you don’t have to explain. I used to feel that explaining my entire situation was necessary. Now I just repeat my very specific questions until I get real answers instead of opinions.
  • Do what you have to do. Impossible things are often short lived (different from hard things – they can stretch for years and years). Taking this class required a dedicated study spot, late nights, early mornings, almost no recreational time, and eating fast food for a week (because no time to cook). That was ok because it was only for a week.
  • Have a realistic understanding of your abilities. This is really the difference between something others consider impossible but you know to be possible for you. They don’t know what you can do. Evaluate your fortitude and skills, budget your time appropriately, and make things happen.

Impossible Things Are Good

Most of us would rather avoid impossible things. And while they may be difficult in the moment, completing an impossible task makes you feel so accomplished. It provides the push you need to try hard things again. And it reminds you how nice and calm life is normally. ;)

So what impossible things have you tried? I’d love to hear your stories!

“Can I work at your Bookstore?”


Great thoughts from a fellow blogger and a store owner. Doing good work as a teenager leads to much better things in the future.

Originally posted on Wendy Welch, Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap:

easy teen jobsJack and I have hired our fair share of students at the bookstore. And I cannot help but make an observation. (Yes, I’m turning into one of Those Adults.)

Lots of kids enter college wanting to be important, expecting to graduate into a cool job where they wear a suit and have Big Responsibilities. Except they kinda don’t get what that means, so they’re not planning well.

You can see it written on their foreheads when they show up at our door because they need a little spending money, or think a bookstore will look cool on their resume, or – God Forbid – their guidance counselor called and asked us to call them for an interview (for a job they haven’t applied to).

They’re thinking, What I do now doesn’t matter because I’m waiting for my life to start. I don’t have to care about this, because it isn’t…

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