Currently | October

October is almost over and I didn’t manage to stick with my goals of writing more here, but I’ve worked behind the scenes the whole month on new projects that I’m very excited for! When I stay away from the blog for too long, I always feel the need to do some recap (it happens with my journal too), so a Currently post is perfect. 🙂

Reading: Library of the Dead by Glenn Cooper, this is the first time reading this author for me. I purchased the Kindle edition a couple of years ago during an Amazon sale because it was cheap and many people recommended it to me since I’m a big fan of James Rollins. I’m halfway through the book and I have to say the writing style is enjoyable but there are some things that are described in too much detail, like the murder of a newborn…not my cup of tea!

Watching: Designated Survivor, my new favourite TV series ever, returned for a second season on Netflix! I’m also watching Star Trek Discovery because I couldn’t resist watching all the previous series and I like it so far, it should be the prequel to the original series so I should be able to understand it.

Loving: seeing pumpkins everywhere 🙂

Thinking: about Thor: Ragnarok that will be released next week just in time for my birthday!

Planning: lots of articles and collaborations. I have some plans for Travelling Geek Show, 2 new post series that will be published once a month, feel free to subscribe to the blog to stay updated! I’m collaborating with my friend Francesco for a new guest post on his brand new blog; I have a great post queued for Page Flutter (in November); I’m also planning a series of posts all about Trello and how I use it in my everyday life. I also created a homepage for all my random works around the internet, you can visit it here if you’re interested.

Finally, I decided to start a new experiment (because I wasn’t busy enough LOL) opening a new Facebook page to share all my writing works and interesting stuff I find on the internet. I’m still not sure about the name because I don’t want to make it all about my blog but I also don’t want to use my Name and Surname for reasons. “Alice’s Writing” won my Instagram poll, but I’m still not sure about it (do you have any advice? ;)).

I hope you’re doing well, how’s your October going? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Why Discovering Your Personality Type Matters

Just after finishing high school, my life completely changed because of University. It was a completely new world without a solid routine and much more free time (actually I didn’t have as much free time as I thought and I learned the lesson during the second year). This new life allowed me to explore more the internet, the blogging world, and dust off some old passions of mine. I wasn’t following what my classmates were doing/thinking/believing anymore. Not that I didn’t have a personality in high school, but we know how it works at that age: you always want to be part of the group.

I discovered so many things about myself. First and foremost that I am an introvert. Despite being an only child, I’ve always been surrounded by people because my mom has always been on a mission to not let me become a spoiled kid, so she was the cool stay at home mom who always organized play dates and, later on, study dates. I was a very quiet and shy girl and I loved playing on my own when I was at home but, enjoying so much my time with friends, I never thought of myself as an introvert. I used to classify myself as a people person rather than a lone wolf.

However, I always felt a little bit different from my friends. I never enjoyed drinking alcohol nor going to the disco (despite my love for dancing), I always preferred movie nights at home rather than crowded restaurants, I always had an incredibly sensitive skin, I always hated loud noises, and I’ve always been very emotional in circumstances involving animals. The impatient reactions of my friends to my “issues” made me thought that I was just a whiner. Which led me to a complete unacceptance of myself as a person. Why can’t I just be normal?

Thankfully, the internet taught me that we’re not made the same way and that different personality types exist. I’ve taken many personality tests and read a lot about it during the last few years and I was so pleased to discover that one of my favorite bloggers, Anne Bogel, was about to publish a book all about personality types. The book is titled Reading People and I’ve just finished it. I’m not very good at reviewing books, but this one was so good that I really wanted to share some love.

Anne analyzes different personality frameworks and guides the reader through the whole book telling also personal stories (my favorite parts).

I jokingly say I need two cups of tea and a hundred pages of a good novel to recover from a boisterous night out, but I’m really not kidding.

Oh, Anne, I couldn’t relate more!

According to several different free tests (I never took the official one because it’s a bit expensive), my Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is ISTJ, The Logistician. And I loved reading more about it in Anne’s book, she helped me to confirm that I belong to this type and to discover that Highly Sensitive People actually exist. I’m a normal person, after all.

The ISTJ is a quiet pillar of society with a deep regard for duty, tradition, and stability.

Reading this passage in the book, I couldn’t help but inner screaming “OMG it’s me!!”. I also learned that my leading cognitive function is Introverted Sensing and the description fits me so well, it’s impressive!

Those who lead with Introverted Sensing respect tradition, uphold the status quo, and do things by the book. They are organized and structured. They prefer routines and predictability and have a tendency toward nostalgia. More than any other type, they believe the past repeats itself.

Pay attention that it’s important to not fall into the trap of making decisions based on our personality type once we discovered it. As Anne says in the book:

Learning more about personality has helped me make peace with the way I was made (even though some days I’d rather trade myself in for a different model). […] My personality isn’t a limiting label; instead, understanding my personality has blown my possibilities wide open.

Visiting the official website of the book, you’ll be able to take a funny reading personality quiz! Mine is the Escapist and I totally agree with it. 🙂

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
Author: Anne Bogel
Genre: Personal Growth
Official website:

We are collectively obsessed with the idea of defining and knowing ourselves and our unique place in the world. For readers who long to dig deeper into what makes them uniquely them (and why that matters), Reading People explains the life-changing insights that can be gained from the most popular personality frameworks, such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others and shares specific, practical real-life applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life. Understanding personality can revolutionize the way we live, love, work, and pray.

All About Podcasts and Why I Love Them

I’ve never been a podcast enthusiast, I never listened to the radio because I just wanted to listen to music rather than people talking and hearing annoying ads. But then my favorite bloggers and YouTubers started their own shows and I decided to give it a try a couple of years ago.

Initially, I listened to my favorite podcasts on my laptop, because I found it easier to just click the play button in the embed player on the browser, but then, after consuming all my data with Spotify (I don’t have Premium) during my commute, I decided it was about time to test some apps. I didn’t want to pay since I didn’t want to fully commit before testing all the free options. But it turned out that free podcast apps suck. They are full of ads, you can’t decide where downloading the episodes (if you aren’t an iPhone user you usually have the option to have an SD card with additional memory space in your smartphone), and most of the time they crash or stop playing if your screen goes on standby.

After struggling for months, I caved and I purchased Pocket Casts…the best 2,99€ I’ve ever spent! The app works very smoothly, no ads, you can save the downloaded episodes in your memory card, the widget is awesome, the search bar works amazingly well. The list could go on and on!

Now the podcasts. My subscription list looks long, but I don’t usually listen to every single episode of every single show. I prefer to pick just the ones that interest me after reading the blurb and the show notes. My top favorites:

Tea and Tattle is a recent discovery and, well, I do listen to every single episode of this podcast because Miranda and Sophie are my favorites. I love the topics they discuss and I also love that the episodes are around 30 minutes, the perfect length for my commute.

Portrait of a Freelancer is a nice show by Ariel Bissett, my favorite booktuber. She chats about her life as a freelancer and now as an MA student.

The Lavendaire Lifestyle is the podcast by Aileen Xu, probably my favorite YouTuber ever. I have to admit that I don’t care too much about the interviews because I never know the guests, I prefer the episodes where Aileen shares her own thoughts and advice.

The Minimalists show was added to my library after watching the Minimalism documentary on Netflix. Despite the length of the episodes, I really enjoy them, so many great advice.

The four podcasts above are my top favorites and I usually listen to all the episodes, the other 2 rows are all about productivity and I basically just pick the topics I really care about. What Should I Read Next is all about books and Elise Gets Crafty is probably the very first podcast I ever listened and the host, Elise, usually invites fellow creatives I know (like Ali Edwards and Emma of A Beautiful Mess). The Tolkien Professor is my dose of Middle-earth nerdiness and I can’t wait to listen to his new series Exploring The Lord of the Rings. MuggleCast is the very first podcast about Harry Potter, it’s been around for years but I discovered it just a couple of weeks ago, so I still have to listen to it. Finally, a couple of podcasts about LOTRO, my favorite computer game ever, to keep myself updated on all the new things and in-game events.

Not being able to afford audiobooks, podcasts have been a game changer lately. I don’t listen to them only during my commute, but also when I play LOTRO or when I have some free time but I don’t want to stay in front of a screen. I love this medium because the episodes are usually around 30 to 60 minutes and I can choose to learn something new or just listen to someone chatting about my favorite topics. YouTube is great for the same reasons, but I it makes me fall into the comparison trap and want to purchase expensive things (journals, geeky merch, stationery, and so on), not the best if you’re trying to live a more intentional life.

Do you like podcasts? What are your favorites?

2017 Reader Survey Results!

Hey, friends! I finally decided to publish the results of my mini reader survey. Not sure if you care about it, but it’s usually nice to see what others voted on a poll for me.

So here we go.

I’ve been a little bit surprised to see that you’re mostly new readers at first, but then I realized it must be because of moving from Blogger to WordPress this Summer. However, I’m happy to know there are new readers willing to contribute with their opinions. Thanks, guys!

The answers to this questions weren’t surprising since I know the WordPress subscription feature works very well (one of the reasons I moved since I can’t have a newsletter). I’m sorry to disappoint those of you who received notification of new posts through Facebook but I closed my page. The only reason why I created it was to link to it on my profile and let people know about my blog (since I joined many groups), but Facebook allows you to add a short bio now, so I added the link to my blog there. To be honest, I was hoping to get more Instagram answers rather than Twitter since I completely automated the last one, but it’s okay 🙂

This result was a bit surprising to me since I basically stopped book blogging because I don’t read as much, but I still like to talk about books in general so I may write more posts about that in the future, but I can’t promise it. The other answers made me smile because it looks like you enjoy a little bit of everything here. It’s nice to see you’re interested in my productivity posts too because I really like to write them.

Well, that’s it! I’m so grateful for each one of you who took a couple of minutes to answer to my little survey. Thank you! ❤

Summer Photo Diary

My Summer hasn’t been a memorable one. Three unbelievable heat waves, exams until the end of July, my cat having health issues (along with myself) and other personal stuff, made me wish to see Autumn very soon. But I don’t want to only complain, I have to be grateful for what I have and for the things I managed to do, so I decided to put together a photo diary of my Summer. Mostly for myself since many photos have already been shared on Instagram during the last few months.

My mother and I managed to see the Titanic Artifact Exhibition in my hometown! I’ve been such a huge fan of the movie since it came out when I was only 7 years old and being able to see the exhibition was a dream came true, another thing crossed off my bucket list. That day, there was also a car exhibition. I’m not into that, to be honest, but some designs were incredible and we ended up having lunch in the park nearby.

June ended pretty quickly because of the exams and my days spent studying.

The highlight of July was definitely a night spent at the Palace of Venaria with my friends. We got tickets for the special evening openings and attended water and light games in the park of the palace. We really enjoyed it and the place is so beautiful, it feels like to be inside a mini Versailles.

After finishing my exams, I wanted to enjoy my free week, but we experienced the worst heat wave ever and so I ended up spending all the time at home with the AC. Such a boring way to spend my few days of vacation!

Finally, the second half of August I went back to work at the library where I volunteer. The photos above were taken just outside the National Library (not where I work), they always show amazing flower arrangements and I love to sit there reading my book before going to work.

I’m looking forward to my favorite time of the year and I really hope things are going to be better before the end of the year. In the meantime, I journal journal journal to calm my nerves. It’s such a helpful practice that doesn’t require any special knowledge nor money. Just open the notebook and write down all the words in your head.

How was your Summer, friends? I’d love to catch up with you! I feel like I’ve been a bit too much absent lately.