Page Turning Tuesday, Pt. 3

Did you think I would leave you hanging just because I'm traveling? How silly of you. Thank goodness for prescheduled postings.

While I am out and about, up in the air, and traveling to other countries, I wanted to leave you all with the books that I decided to take with me while traveling.

I always find it risky to travel with suspenseful novels. While traveling, there are a lot of instances where I will have to put down the book or take a quick cat nap. I often find myself fighting the desire to sleep, only to get to the end of my book.

I'm taking the risk this trip.

First up...

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager 

I was a HUGE fan of Riley Sager's previous book - Final Girls. This was a horror film turned book and I was shook (look at me - rhyming and stuff). If you haven't read this before, I highly suggest you check it out. 

Back to her more recent novel. The Last Time I Lied is a novel surrounding a summer camp when four girls are reported missing. Flash forward 15 years, the details unfold and we learn more about what happened to these girls. 

I love Riley's suspenseful writing and I hope this book delivers a twist ending like Final Girls. 

Next up...

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Ah, "ghosting". A term our generation hears all too often. Pish posh. 

For those who are not familiar with this term, Urban Dictionary defines it as below: 

This story is about a girl and a guy who fall in love, rather suddenly and expectedly. Feeling as if they were meant for one another, the guy goes on vacation, promising to call from the airport. When he does not, her friends assume she has been "ghosted". They beg her to forget about him but something tells her that this wasn't the case. She soon finds out that there is a reason for his disappearance and the truth starts leaking out. 

I am very curious about this novel as I'm always intrigued about modern type romances/suspense novels. As another book recommended by Book of the Month, they have never let me down before. 

Here's to hoping that two books are enough for the next week. My luggage cannot spare any more room. Packing for winter/snow is tough... 

Hope you enjoy these books, your ever-growing "to read" list, and that you continue sharing your favorite books. I hope to dedicate a few PTT to books that you all recommended to me. 

The Adventure Continues

Happy Monday, my fine friends!

This is a particularly exciting post as tomorrow morning, I'm Europe bound--well technically, I'm Canada bound first.

Tomorrow morning, my boyfriend and I are flying to Toronto, Canada for a quick pitstop before heading off to Copenhagen, Denmark. We will spend a few days in Copenhagen before jet setting to Reykjavik, Iceland for a wonderful (and icy cold) weekend. We will return to CPH for a full day then off to Toronto for an overnight layover.

I can say that this is the first time I have ever voluntarily traveled somewhere in the winter that will not be summertime. I'm excited, a little nervous, and already cold.

We have a packed schedule (12-page Google doc, to be exact) so I cannot wait to share my adventures with you all.

I have had so many people tell me how interested they are in traveling to Denmark and Iceland so I will be filling your minds with all the must-sees, must eat, and must-dos.

For Copenhagen - our plans are a lot of sightseeing and a LOT of food. We have exciting dinner plans for Valentine's Day at Restaurant Ralae. It is a farm-to-table experience that is promised to delight. Our first Airbnb is located right in the heart of CPH, walking distance to main attractions such as the Tivoli Gardens and Amusement Park.

For Iceland - it will be a lot more of "go, go, go". We have three different tours booked--a Northern Lights tour, South Coast day tour, and a trip to the Blue Lagoon. Fingers crossed we are able to see the Northern Lights but I'm really looking forward to visiting the Blue Lagoon, a few Icelandic waterfalls, and the Black Sand beach.

My first time in Canada is something I'm really looking forward to. Though we will be there for less than 24 hours, we plan to take advantage of every minute. Their winter light festival is currently going on and we will be staying in the Distillery District--hello Japanese sake!

Be sure to follow along on our journey on my Instagram (@brittanymoffitt). I cannot wait to share my next adventure with you all via pictures and blog posts.

Stay warm and stay chaotic.

Page Turning Tuesday, Pt. 2

I know my fellow North Carolinians are enjoying (and also confused) by this transition in weather. 

What better way to prepare for this spring weather than continuing on with "Page Turning Tuesdays". 

First of all, I feel like I should premise this with the most exciting thing that happened during the Super Bowl. Guillermo del Toro is reviving the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series and I AM HERE FOR IT. 

Seriously. I remember reading these stories over and over again when I was younger. I've always had a fascination with the supernatural and the feared. Those pictures will forever haunt my mind. 

Best believe that I will be there in the front row on opening night, screaming and crying. If you do not know what books I'm referring to (and you're a horror/urban legend fan), please check these books out. It's a compilation of short tales that are based on urban legends and campfire stories. 

What I'm Currently Reading 

I lied to you all when I said that I would likely finish The Silent Patient I referenced last week. Still trucking but I'M ALMOST DONE! I can only confirm my recommendation in reading it. It's gotten so much better, I'm hooked. 

To provide more information on the book--which I just now realized that I didn't before--the main character, Alicia, is a well-respected artist. Her and her husband, Gabriel, live a happy life together, full of passion and romance. When one day, Alicia is found with a gun in her hand. Gabriel shot in the face numerous times. After his murder, she refuses to speak. Years later, the book is written from the perspective of her now a psychotherapist. Hell-bent on getting her to tell her story on whether or not she is guilty--which he doesn't believe she is. 

In other words, GO READ IT! I'm so excited to see how it ends. The writing is very easy to digest and I love a book that I'm able to tear through quickly. 

What I Recently (Sort Of) Finished 

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen 

I never quite had an opportunity to tell you all about this book that I read last summer that rocked my world. I have recommended it to a few close friends and their words are all the same. 

"Holy shit." 

This book is full of twists and turns that will leave you guessing and asking for more. All I can tell you? Nothing is quite what it seems. 

A fantastic summer/beach read for those who are looking for a thriller to keep you intrigued. 

What to Read Before You Watch

The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon 

I just got wind that this book I read last summer is becoming a movie. Now, we all know I'm a huge thriller fan. I really try to read books outside of my comfort zone. This book was one of those books that reminded me why I do that. 

The setting was very funky in that it focused on two individuals - caught in a love story. What was different about this was that each chapter focused on a different individual. It still holds true to the original love story that is focused on but if one of the main characters encountered someone, it would be a brief description of their story and their current day. 

I like the idea that you can have an impact on someone that you briefly encounter (I've definitely written blogs about this before). It's a very cool and light-hearted read. I would recommend checking out this book before seeing the movie. 


Really excited to continue building everyone's "to read" lists. I still plan on compiling a larger list of books to check out for all of those who are interested. 

As always, chears to reading more and enjoying more. 

Page Turning Tuesday - Pt. 1

If there is one thing I'm good at, it is giving book recommendations. I typically have an ongoing list on my phone that I can send to anyone at the drop of a hat.

Back by popular demand, with a new snazzy title (thanks again, Caitie!), Page Turning Tuesday is coming at you live.

This will give myself a day each week to talk about what I'm currently reading, what I want to read, and what you SHOULD be reading. Every PTT, you can count on a new book for you to check out.

What I'm Currently Reading 

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides 

While I'm only about 30 pages into the book thus far, I'm already hooked. I read and I watch so many crime documentaries. Because of this, my ability to guess an ending is pretty on point. I can confidently say that I have NO idea where this book is going but I cannot wait to find out.

Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter (and if you have not read Dark Matter, go read it immediately), had a number of great things to say about this book on Goodreads. He states: "It takes a lot to surprise me." He then goes on to talk about how he devoured this book in one sitting.

If you are as curious as I am, definitely check this book out. I hope to finish it this evening or tomorrow so I'll be in FULL discussion mode with anyone who is interested.

Another great purchase from Book of the Month.

What I Recently Finished 

You by Caroline Kepnes 

Unless you have been voluntarily living under a rock then you've seen posts about the Netflix show called "You". I binged this entire season in one day. 

We all know "creepy" is my middle name and the show did not disappoint. Contrary to my typical beliefs, I did watch the show prior to reading the book. For those of you who loved the show and are looking to read the book, I must warn you - it is a lot heavier than you may think. If you're new to psychological thriller books or are not a big fan or, perhaps, the show was almost too much for you... I'm not so sure I would recommend it.

Do not get me wrong, it's great and I liked it. Just imagine being inside of Joe's head 24/7 for 422 straight pages. There are minor differences (spoiler alert: Paco doesn't exist) but Joe is much more aggressive (using very derogatory terms to call Becky names) and he is... uh, much more into pleasing himself (every other page, he is "taking care of business", if you catch my drift.) I had a friend reach out who previously read the book and told me she had to stop. 

This is not for the faint-hearted. If you do enjoy a thriller, I suggest you check it out. Even if you're not a reader, I recommend the show. The second season (which is also based on a book called Hidden Bodies - I will read soon!) should be coming out on Netflix sometime this year. 

What I Want to Read 

Everything & Anything 

Seriously, I'm amazed when I discover how many people are looking to read more. I think it's a great resolution (keep it small and attainable, new readers) and love providing suggestions and lending out books*. 

*For book newbies, there are simply two rules:
  1. Do NOT fold the pages (c'mon, they make so many cute bookmarks nowadays)
  2. Always return the book (unfortunately, I've lent out so many books that have never been returned that I'm afraid I may need to start a library log - be respectful of those of us who are trying to prepare for our future library) 
This is where I'd love to hear from you guys. I've set a much more attainable goal of reading 2 books a month. Last year, I set the goal to read a book per week. Once I missed one week, I got discouraged and really fell off the bandwagon. It's also almost impossible to read a book when you're experiencing reader's block. I view it as a smack-in-the-face that someone can produce such a page-turner while I struggle to write a chapter. 

What is a book that you've read that you must simply SHOUT to the world? I'm planning to compile a list of "to read" books for myself and also for my friends and followers. Keep an eye out for this list to come to fruition. In the meatime, share your favorites with me. One goal I've had for awhile is to continue reading more classics - you know, those books you were forced to read in high school and didn't fully appreciate. I'm obviously a thriller junkie so I'm trying to have a more diverse collection of books. 

All-in-all, it's never too late to start a new book. Whether your resolution is to read more or not, I find that my most productive days start with a book in bed. What a great way to exercise your mind and start your day. 

Really looking forward to hearing what books have moved you. Taking any and all recommendations for books. Who knows, your suggestion could be my new Page Turning Tuesday. 

Until then, stay mellow & read a book! 

Schedule Your Next "Meeting of the Minds"

A lot of you would be sad to know how many blog posts I have sitting in my drafts. So many times, I am blown away by an idea. I start typing furiously and then it never quite comes to full fruition. Little sparks that fill my head before they fizzle out. This is not just spread out across my blog, "writer's block" has become a permanent home for me when it comes to writing my book.

A dear friend of mine (hi, Sharon!) was visiting Charlotte this weekend and asked me if I've been keeping up with my writing. I dropped my head and meekly said that I have been really bad about it for awhile now. She began to tell me how much she loves following my blog and how fascinated she is with what I write. She finished this conversation by saying "please, please start writing again."

Mind. Blown. 

Here I am, thinking I'm just simply taking up space on the Internet. When in actuality, I have a person that I love begging me to continue writing for their enjoyment. It was powerful. Moving, even.

This is not the first instance of 2019 where I've been pushed into a productive spiral. Another close friend of mine (hi, Caitie!) is an amazing artist and quite possibly has the biggest heart of anyone else on the planet. She is a creative force to reckon with. Knowing that I have been struggling with writing (my blog and my book), she suggested we start having evenings where we visit a coffee shop or a cafe, just sit and let our artistic minds flourish. 

Tonight--as I type this post--we are having our Inaugural Meeting of the Minds. First of all, I'm obsessed with this title. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you get out of the house and meet up with another brilliant individual who has just as much passion as you (probably more, if we are being honest).

I hate to sound too cheesy but I feel like 2019 is a year of inspiration. My favorite and best years have always ended in odd numbers. I found a perfect travel buddy who wants to explore the world with me, I have huge initiatives at work that push me to do more and do better, and I feel like I know where I'm heading. It's up to me to get myself there.

All I'm missing is my writing. I've started gradually with writing in a notebook. For me to own a domain and host a public blog, it's alarming to know how secretive I can be with my writing. Something is so comforting about writing what I'm feeling--just a pen to a piece of paper.

For those of you who have been on this journey with me since I began in 2016, you know my real reason for creating this blog was traveling. I still have so much to tell you about visiting South Korea last year and I'm very excited to return to Europe next month, my first time going back since studying abroad in 2013. My boyfriend and I will be going to Denmark, Iceland, and a pretty sweet little layover in Canada.

Lots of friends are getting married this year--all of which require me to travel. I've started reading again (don't think that I've completely stopped, I set an unachievable goal last year to read a book a week and it ended up being discouraging). I've been spending more time focusing on what makes me happy and what makes me feel good. I'm trying to ignite more healthy habits in my life and I cannot wait to share them all with you. It seems like a perfect year to get my footing back.

The moral of the story is... say something encouraging to someone you know. You never know if they've lost their way or if they're feeling like they do not make an impact. I'm very thankful to my friends who push me, challenge me, and encourage me. I've said it before but I'll say it again, find the people who make you want to be a better version of yourself.

Photo evidence of our Inagural Meeting of the Minds below!

How to Survive Haunted Houses/Trails

For those of you who know me, you know very well that October is my time to thrive. Even when I was younger, I have always been obsessed with Halloween.

Today marks the most marvelous day of the year - October 1st!

Let's be honest. Every month is Halloween for me but now is the only time I can actually decorate and dress-up. 

While I'm mapping out my plans for the next month--have to squeeze in every single Halloween themed adventure that I can--it popped into my head how much people hate haunted houses/trails.

This is one of my favorite parts of this month. For me, being scared is more of a thrill or adrenaline rush. I know all too well that many others do not feel this way.

"You're not dragging me to another haunted house this year, Brittany..." Imagine how many times I've heard that line.

For you haunted house/trail newbies, I'm going to break it down for you. If you have a friend like me who is relentless in dragging your group of friends to a haunted house, I'm going to help you get through it.

  1. Bring at least two tough people with you. Whenever I go to a haunted house with friends, I give them the option--put me in the front or put me in the back. My recommendation is to ALWAYS put your least afraid attendee in the back. While you may think that leading the way is terrifying (it can be), these people are seasoned veterans. They know that the people in the front as leading the way for a reason. They are less likely to scare you and will sometimes use the first person as a marker to begin their scaring. 
    1. Final word of advice: Bring someone to put in the front and someone to put in the back. The person in the back will be the "stalked" person. It doesn't hurt to have three, place them directly in the middle to break-up the scaredy cats in the middle. 
  2. At all costs, try not to act so afraid. If you run or scream, they will latch themselves onto you. That scary man with the chainsaw that isn't real? If you run from him, he will run after you. Imagine how anti-climatic it is for him to start chasing someone who doesn't run from him? Guess what he will do? Find the next unsuspecting victim. 
    1. Final word of advice: You will get scared and jump - everyone does. But limit it to that. Try not to continue screaming or running. These actors do this for a thrill. They will most certainly go after the person who is crying in a corner. 
  3. If you're into it, pregame the haunted house. The most important rule is to have a sober driver but if you're THAT nervous, drink a little to calm your nerves. 
    1. Final word of advice: Pregame a little if you want to. Do not show up obliterated as they will likely not let you into the haunted house and you may be a danger to yourself and the actors. 
  4. Recognize what you are afraid of. If you're afraid of clowns, I'm willing to bet my right arm that there will be numerous clowns in every single haunted house and haunted trail. 
    1. Final word of advice: Recognize your fears and tell everyone in your group. For example, I've become more claustrophobic as I've gotten older. Because of this, I let my friends know that if an enclosed space pops up in the middle of the haunted house, I'm booking it out of there as fast as possible. While you may fear one thing, someone else may be willing to take the heat during a tough part for you. 
  5. TRY TO HAVE SOME FUN! It's all in the spirit of Halloween so while you are afraid, enjoy yourself a little. You're with friends or your significant other. You'll all laugh after that one time that Johnny got super spooked and screamed. All about the memories. 
    1. Final word of advice: Suggest a place that has a haunted house + other activities. The Haunted Mill in Belmont is a great example. A group of my friends and I went through the haunted house then played a round of glow-in-the-dark mini golf afterwards. We all had some good laughs about the house and how scared everyone was. It gave us a chance to winddown. 
      1. You could even do this first if you're THAT nervous. May help calm your nerves before entering. 
Will definitely be planning to post more about some of my favorite October events in Charlotte, scary movies you MUST see, and any other suggestions for fun activities. 

Take my advice and try out a haunted house. You won't regret it (or you probably will but it'll be fun)!

Happy Halloween, my spooks. 

Sometimes, You Can Go Back to Square One

If you're thinking about visiting home, just go. If you're thinking of telling someone you love them, call them. If you're holding back something that means a lot to you, just let it go.

I had an itch to visit my family when I had a free weekend--the first free weekend in 6 weeks--and I could not be happier with my decision.

I am a victim of taking advantage of being so close to home. So many others cannot jump into a car and so easily get to their family.

I went home for a weekend and I didn't know that it would be the last time I would see my grandfather coherent.

How my feelings and sense of closure would be different if I hadn't been able to talk with him that weekend. He was happy when he saw me. He told me he loved me. He hugged me. Little did I know, I was able to say goodbye before actually having to.

Oh, how different it would be if I had just stayed in Charlotte that weekend. Like so many other weekends I have before.

Why this may not always be the case, you may not always have the chance to say goodbye to someone. Some of my deepest losses have been those that came without any preparation. Those losses still burn deep.

While you have the opportunity, take care of the ones you love. I have always been more of the type to say what I feel because tomorrows are not always promised.

Sometimes it's easy to forget that you haven't told a family member that you love them recently. Or that you have not been able to hug them. As we grow older, we lose priorities in things that seem important.

Here is your little reminder to make time for the small (or the big) things. Do things with intention. Do things that make your soul happy. It does not always have to be a race.

Sometimes, you can go back to square one. It isn't that you're falling behind. You're just refinding yourself. Regrounding yourself.

Words, Why Do They Matter Anyways?

You might notice that My Mellow Chaos has a new look. What do they always say? When a girl changes her hair, she's about to change her life?

Well, when a girl changes her blog layout, she's about to change the game. 

I feel like you must have whiplash from the number of times I've said "I'm back" then I go radio silent for a few months.

I'm not going to lie, it takes a lot of effort to maintain this. Emotionally and physically. No, I'm not complaining. I have recently been curious as to why I have fallen off the MMC bandwagon, yet again.

Time. Is that not an excuse for everything?

More often than I had expected, I've had individuals reach out. Some I know quite well, others simply friends of friends, and even a handful of people that have merely discovered My Mellow Chaos through a shared post or an Internet search. They tell me how much they appreciate my writing. Ask me when I plan to start again. Question how my book is going.

With my title: "Words, Why Do They Matter Anyways?" They matter infinitely. For someone to take time out of their day to ask when I'm going to write again, it was as if they threw lighter fluid into my dulling fire.

It was today that I went to check my blog's email account ( -- if you haven't yet heard) for the first time since I created it months ago. I was in shock. It wasn't empty like I had expected. I had emails from companies and individuals complimenting my writing, my style, my lifestyle. Asking for collaboration sessions. Requesting that I work as an ambassador for their company brand. This was the match that was dropped into my fire.

Once again, words matter. No matter how small. You can change someone's path. You can remind them of who they are and where they want to go. You might even shock someone's dreams back into reality.

For that, I thank you all. Passions may dull but they will never go away. You may forget why you started but never keep starting. If you don't keep starting, you may never find the end. 

It took a few months but I've never been more ready and more excited. I'm taking major strides towards tackling my FIRST novel head on. I have quite a few people in my corner--those who have agreed to proofread and even organizations who have agreed to answer questions for my knowledge. I'm really looking forward to informing myself on such an important topic and writing a kickass novel for all to enjoy.

If anything, My Mellow Chaos will always serve as a reminder. A reminder that I was able to put myself out there, having enough confidence to map off my little corner of the Internet. A reminder that I had so many opportunities in life to travel far, travel wide, and travel often. If anything, it will serve as a reminder of the happiest times in my life.

I'm looking forward to what's next and I sure hope that you're looking forward to it, too.

So Many Places to See... Not Enough Time to Blog

Well, hello there, my old friends. This is certainly overdue. 

My Mellow Chaos was born in anticipation of my trip to Australia, New Zealand, and Eastern Asia at the beginning of 2017. I knew I needed to start writing more but also wanted to share experiences that people would want to read about.

After traveling during March and April of last year, I knew it would be awhile before I had the opportunity to visit this part of the world again.

Flash forward to April 2018 and I'm thrilled to say I'm going back. For a fraction of the time but to a new country--South Korea. I will be visiting for two weeks--traveling to Seoul and Busan.

A lot has changed in the last year for me but in an amazing way. You all are quite familiar with my journey from an unhappy, unappreciated "treadmill walker" to this person with a new enthusiasm for everyday life.

This made me realize that the sparkly excitement from my big trip does not have to end. From one adventure to the next. I am surrounded by people who support and encourage my decisions. I'm lucky to be presented with opportunities to travel and see new parts of the world.

Cheers to hopefully becoming a better packer in the next 24 days. Once again, I cannot wait to share my adventure with all of you.