Diversity matters

For a long time I have been tossing up whether or not to write about the importance of reading diverse stories. I’m taking the leap because this is something that I am very passionate about and I think needs discussing. I will contain my focus for this post specifically on books and stories. Without getting…

That moment I realised I knew almost nothing

It has recently come to my attention that I have lived a very sheltered life. I never thought of myself as someone that was naive and ignorant, but during the last couple of months I have discovered that there is a lot of things in the world that I have no idea about. I won’t…

Developing a reading habit

During my research for my thesis, I spent a lot of time reading about the importance of reading (how meta is that…) and I discovered some very interesting things. I thought I’d share some of the most interesting tidbits of information that I discovered here. I also shared a video on my YouTube channel with…

Starting a YouTube Channel

For a while now I’d been tossing up the idea of starting a YouTube Channel. There were a few things holding me back including: 1. Will I get any subscribers? The fear of not having an impact through this new platform did scare me. The need for success in social media does weigh heavily on…

Life update for 2020

In this crazy time of 2020 I, like so many others, have had to make some hard decisions about what I want out of this year. And so, I thought I’d write a quick update about where I’m at and give some details around those hard decisions. In my 2020 goals post earlier this year,…

2020 Goals

It’s that time again! Last year I wrote about resolutions/goals, and I’ve got to say, it set me up beautifully for the year. I made it to the end of the year feeling more like myself, having read 52 books, and with a brand new masters under my belt. I achieved a lot, and setting…

Remembering 2019

It seemed like a good idea back in 2017 to keep track of all that I achieved during the year. However, as the years continue to get busier and busier, I’m starting to think that I need to draft this post at the beginning of the year and just add to it as I go……

Finishing a Thesis

As some of you may know, I went back to university at the end of last year to study a second Masters of Education in Educational Research. I wanted to start a PhD, but discovered that I’d have to do a research Masters first. My first Masters of Education was a coursework Masters, meaning that…

Personal branding

Early last year, I went on a bit of an adventure in terms of personal branding. I made the decision to change the focus of my professional Instagram account (@krystalgagen) to include not only my #bookstagram photos, but also my lifting and #gymownerlife content. Whilst some would say that doing so has killed my chance…

Star Wars: Episode 1 – 20 years later

Star Wars: the original fandom; the ultimate geekdom; the cross-generational phenomenon. I don’t really know if it needs more of an introduction than that… Either way, it certainly has a continuously growing and fully committed following! When Star Wars: Episode IV hit the screens in the 1970s, it was hailed as bringing in a new…