I'm Breaking the Rules! + Project Life + One Little Word

This is the most horrible title ever, but I have tons of things to share today! :)

I started this blog after taking A Beautiful Mess Blog Life class during back in August 2014 (happy blogversary to me, by the way!). Then I discovered the magical world of blogs about blogging and biz and it became like an obsession to me. I started following all the "rules" to make a succesful blog and possibly create a business, I was really passionate about it and without any esitation I started branding myself.

I love using social media like a pro, so I created new accounts to match my The Geeky Burrow brands and to run away from a couple of toxic people, to be completely honest with you, but, while I'm completely okay with multiple Instagram accounts, I'm feeling tired of Twitter. Tweeting as @thegeekyburrow made me being followed by the biz/book/geek bloggers I always admired, I joined Twitter chats, made new friends and more. But at the same time I went away from my fellow Tolkien fans and LOTRO players, because being caught up with two busy feeds is too much for me.

So, one year and two months later, I'm coming back to basics, breaking the rules of the good blogger and putting @thegeekyburrow on autopilot, while I'll share random things concerning my various passions over @alicegreenleaf.

I look like an overthinker crazy girl at the moment, I know, haha. That's my way to simplify and to put my One Little Word, less, in action this month! Now some photos from the month :)

How was your month, friends? :)

If We Were Having Coffee

If We Were Having Coffee is an original weekly meme created by Diana of Part Time Monster.

If we were having a tasty beverage, I'd tell you...

...that my life has been crazy right now, among work, studying for my exams (I don't even finished yet!) and this insane super hot Summer, I started feeling very tired lately. I'm a bit disappointed with myself, because I really wanted to write some Harry Potter posts for Megan and Kristin's Potter Month, but I ended up with a bunch of ideas and only a couple of posts written down (here and here, here & here on Travelling Geek Show).

I'm about to leave for a couple of weeks for work (always not paid, but you know that's how it goes here) and I hope to be able to experience a sort of social media detox. I always admired Jason's 30 day challenge and I always wanted to try it myself, but I never had the courage. On the other hand, I'm very proud of myself, because I started feeling less and less attached to social media lately, I still check Instagram every few hours, but I realized I often forget about Snapchat, Pinterest and Twitter, I mean...what? That's definitely a win!

I already said that, but I never felt so tired like this Summer, this is probably because I come from the worst Spring ever in terms of health. My pollen allergy was very very bad this year. I should probably move to the North Pole sooner or later. With Santa.

I discovered a new community on an app called Amino, I never heard of it before, but one day I stumbled upon this post and I decided to join, since it's only on mobile, so I can check it out during my spare time, like on the bus. That's a community for journalers and I am journaler since I was a child, so it made me feel pretty excited about it that I was even motivated to write more!

Finally, I'd tell you that I'm still reading blogs, even if I'm being very quiet lately. I still love blogging, I just need some rest from my everyday life.

What about you, friends? Feel free to share some thoughts in the comments below!

My Ilvermorny House + Potterhead Thoughts

Few weeks ago I saw Pottermore announcing a new piece of writing by JK Rowling about the american version of Hogwarts: Ilvermorny. I was very excited to learn more, so I jumped on the site and started reading the surprisingly long story about the origin of this school. I was happy to notice they translated it in other languages, because one of the things I hated the most of the new site was the lack of the other languages option, which was present in the old site. I'm completely comfortable reading in english, but my thoughts always go to the kids like me, who wouldn't understand this writing with a poor school knowledge of the language.

So, I started reading it, being super excited at the beginning, because it was a new important piece of Harry Potter history, like the Quidditch games a couple of years ago (that I followed every day on Pottermore), and I started feeling bored. Oh my gosh, JK Rowling's writing is boring me, how can it be real???

I realized that I don't care at all about Ilvermorny (I can't spell that name right!!) and its story, and it made me feel depressed, because, come on, it's the Wizarding World! But maybe it's the whole thing that looks like a giant commercial to me, all about the Universal Resort/Park, that makes me feel like meh about all the new stuff that are coming. Despite Fantastic Beasts, because I'm very excited for it, I need a new trilogy to wait after the end of The Hobbit.

I'm praying Rowling won't write about an Italian Wizarding school, because it would be horrible, it would be the end of all my childhood dreams. I mean, I wouldn't be allowed to hope for my Hogwarts letter anymore, since I'm italian and I would go to my un-cool italian magic school!

Moving on, I took the test to be sorted in a Ilvermorny house. OMG it was very tough! The questions were a bit weird and I never knew what answer choose, but I wanted to do it well to have a right response. My house is Horned Serpent.
I'm a Hufflepuff and, even if Rowling tweeted that these new houses aren't connected with the Hogwarts ones, I think this is more a Ravenclaw kind of description, right? I don't know, I don't care at all about my american house honestly.

It took me a while, but I knew deep down that I had to write a depressing post about my feelings concerning the new things that are happening in the Wizarding World. I've always been a loyal Pottermore user, but too many things changed lately, that I prefer reading the books and watching the movies rather than browse the pages of that site that now looks like a blog written by an unknown author.

This post was all me, me, me, but what are your thoughts concerning Ilvermorny and all? Have you been sorted? What's your house? Let's chat! :)

Project Life | June Pages

I saw everybody talking about reading slumps lately, but what I'm actually experience is a photography slump, because I feel like I'm taking the same pictures over and over again, nothing new, nothing interesting. But, at the same time, I know this is my life and I must appreciate it, because I'm a lucky person. Fortunately there are many new fun Project Life cards and I'm always impatient for the weekend to finally recap my week with the PL app.

A friend of mine let me play with her smartphone, so I filled her memory card with horrible selfies made with the Snapchat filters (that I can't use on my iPhone because it's too old, Snapchat's words :( ), so yeah I had to add those pictures in my spreads, haha.

I recently decided to include other things like movie posters, because it's nice remembering them here in addition to my journal, I'm also planning to include photos of certain tickets in the future instead of just gluing them down inside my various diaries.

You can find all my 2016 on Pinterest.

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Month at a Glance | June

What a month! I'm happy that June is over, because I had tons of things to do and to study, I had two big exams and a bunch of doctor appointments, plus I worked at my voluntary job and I experienced some reading burnout. Yep! I did manage to read some books during the month, but not as much as I would like to.

On a positive note, I managed to finish all my bookish challenges for the year! Okay, sort of, since I'm still reading Sherlock Holmes, but that book is so huge that I like to consider it like a perpetual reading. Plus, I'm almost done with my Goodreads challenge, which is a huge accomplishment for me even if the number of books I wanted to read was very small compared to those I saw around the internet.
Follow me on Instagram @thegeekyburrow for more bookish photos!

January: Connecting with Your Core, Big Magic (My Review)

February: Radical Self-Love (My Review)

March: The Fringe Hours (My Review)365 Journal Writing Ideas

April: La Battaglia di Qadesh, The Silmarillion, Fangirl (My Review), Nimona, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

May: Getting Things Done by David Allen (My Review), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (My Review)

June: The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs (My Review), Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
As always, you can take a look at my reading challenges page.

January: Red's Untold Tale (My review), Big Magic (My review), And Then There Were None, A Scandal in Bohemia (from The Complete Sherlock Holmes)

February: N/A

March: The Adventure of the Red-Headed League (from The Complete Sherlock Holmes), A Case of Identity (from The Complete Sherlock Holmes)

April: The Boscombe Valley Mystery (from The Complete Sherlock Holmes)

May: The Five Orange Pips (from The Complete Sherlock Holmes)

June: The Man with the Twisted Lip (from The Complete Sherlock Holmes)

January: N/A

February: N/A

March: currently reading The Silmarillion

April: The Silmarillion, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

May: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

June: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


January: N/A

February: N/A

March: currently reading The Silmarillion

April: The Silmarillion, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

May: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

June: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Mother's Day: the only movie I watched at the theater this month, whoa! I was so busy... However I really enjoyed this comedy.

Despite the lack of time, I marathoned National Treasure and its sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets. I LOVE these movies and I really needed to rewatch them. :)

  • Supergirl
  • Outlander
  • Pretty Little Liars: the new season is started!!! I'm so excited :)

How was your June?