Hawk’s 2016 Wrap-up: {Ambiguous. Intuitive. Unpredictable.}


My Soul Called Life

It has been six months since our move back to Northern California and it is just now beginning to feel like we are well and settled; that is to say, I no longer feel like a vagabond losing my mind! Notwithstanding the hectic schedule that now keeps us all on our toes, life has been rich and edifying. I’ll start by saying that I now have a part-time job that allows me the flexibility to work my own hours and from home too! This is such a huge blessing considering that I am still homeschooling my kiddos. Too, my children – well, except for Noah – decided to join the Redding swim team this year which means that Ben and/or I need to drive them to the pool 3-4 times a week; as well as to their swim meets ― which so happen to be 2-3 hours away from where we live, but we’re pros when it comes to road trips right?

All that to say, as you can probably imagine, this along with homeschooling and the new work schedule is what has quite frankly, taken up all of my time in recent months and because of this, the blog has taken the backseat It goes without saying that I’ve debated on whether to keep My Soul Called Life active or delete it altogether, but for reasons unbeknownst to me, I simply cannot kiss it goodbye. But the question remains, will I continue to blog? I’d say yes, just not as consistently as I have in the past. I’d really love to just be free to come and share updates on life, reviews on books, video games, etc. at my given leisure without any restrictions or commitments, because the truth of the matter is, I like words; I love them a lot actually.

The last half of 2016 in three words – Ambiguous. Intuitive. Unpredictable. 


As with the blog, books sadly faded into the darkness to boot. Admittedly so, life became incredibly jarring after our move to Texas and back and I found it extremely challenging to find my groove anew. As a result, I delved into the graphic novels genre and by the end of the year, I found myself questioning how I managed to binge all The Walking Dead comics ha! What’s more, I found solace in video games and since then, they have taken center stage in my life. Tragic, I know, but in the spirit of honesty, video games were my first love, so there’s that In any case, here’s what my last half of 2016 looked like:

Needless to say, thanks to all these graphic novels, I managed to meet my 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge by sheer luck!


Dystopia RC

Monthly Keyword RC

Prequel & Sequel RC

Debut Author RC

NetGalley RC

Shelf Love RC

New Release RC

Royal RC

Unique Format RC

Monthly Motif RC

Full House RC

Alphabet RC


Top 5 movies & tv shows I watched in 2016.


Top 5 video games I played in 2016.


  • Drink a gallon of water a day
  • Meal-plan and track my food on MyFitnessPal
  • Go sledding at Mt. Shasta with the family and possibly build a snowman
  • Crochet a project with Kairi and Ariah
  • Learn a new song on the ukulele
  • Take more pictures
  • Swim 3 times a week – no worries, the pool is heated
  • Celebrate the good things in life
  • Read & review 10 books (at the very least)

    Here’s to a fabulous 2017!

6 thoughts on “Hawk’s 2016 Wrap-up: {Ambiguous. Intuitive. Unpredictable.}

  1. Congratulations on the new job Claudia! Sounds as though life is keeping you super busy with the kids swim lessons and home schooling. You all sound so busy and happy! Even sporadically, we look forward to your posts of positivity and seeing the kiddies. I’ve just bought TWD comic series as well and so excited to get started seeing you’ve loved them so much

    1. Kelly! You’re going to have to tell me how you like TWD comic book series! Hubby and I are all caught up and we can’t figure out if we’ve basically ruined the entire television series for ourselves or what since we are so far ahead in the storyline ha! It’s so good though! And I personally love Negan’s character a whole lot more in the comics than I do in the television show.

  2. The new job sounds like the perfect thing for y’all! 2-3 hours x2-3 a week is a ton of driving! I guess you do what you have to do. I actually didn’t know that you home-schooled your kids, but I am kinda new to your site. I track all my food on my fitbit app. I can’t believe how I lived so long without it. I love seeing that I burned more calories in then out! I wish you luck with all your goals. I

    1. Hi Karen So wonderful to have you visiting with me! I actually have not heard of the fitbit app, I’ll need to check this one out. I’ve been using My Fitness Pal for years now — it seems to work for the most part.

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