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  • A Story of Feline Pages: How Izabela's Love for Books Coexists with Cuddles and Catnaps...And This is the Story She Wears

    December 13, 2023 2 min read

    "Plant your garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers."

           This quote from Izabela, or as many know her, bookswithizabela, encapsulates her inspiring journey as an avid reader and bookstagram influencer. She fell in love with reading during her elementary school years, diving into stories that transported her to different worlds and connected her with relatable characters. However, high school and college put her reading hiatus, but the COVID-19 pandemic helped her rekindle her love for books. Being an only child influenced her reading habits, but her supportive parents always encouraged her hobby by bringing her to the library or buying her books.
    Izabela is wearing: Keep On Smiling in Vintage Violet
           Aside from reading, Izabela enjoys spending time outdoors, cuddling with her feline babies, and traveling with her husband. Her passion for books led her to start her bookstagram account last May. She has found the bookish community warm and welcoming, and the friends she has made through the platform have made the experience all the more fulfilling. One of her mottos is to love yourself and do things that make you happy, essentially "Plant your garden and decorate your own soul," and everything else will follow.
           If you're thinking of starting a bookstagram or any social media account for your hobbies, Izabela encourages you to go for it. Don't let self-doubt stop you from pursuing what you love, and always remember to surround yourself with people who support you. In terms of handling negativity or criticism online, she advises not to take it to heart and remind yourself that you're doing this for fun, not as a competition. Success and fulfillment come from doing what you love and enjoying the journey.
           Now, imagine you're about to embark on a soul-searching solo backpacking trip away from technology and immersed in nature. What book would you bring? For Izabela, a romance book like The Simple Wild by KA Tucker would be a perfect companion for a trip like this. The story follows the tale of Calla as she sets off to Alaska to reconnect with her estranged sick father. Along the way, she discovers new things about herself and undergoes deep self-reflection. Not only will a romance book provide comfort and an escape from reality, but it can also inspire introspection and self-discovery.
           Izabela's love for reading and her positive energy are evident in her bookstagram account and in her life beyond social media. She is a reminder to live life with passion, to surround ourselves with supportive and encouraging people, and to always stay curious and open to self-discovery.

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