Twenty minutes became 30 and, oops, occasionally There were so many articles to read! And Instagram Stories just keep going! I'd open a book so that I could at least fool myself into believing I was on track, but by then it was so late that I wasn't reading more than a few pages, and I wasn't getting into the story enough to enjoy it.
By the second week of my experiment, I held myself to the minute time limit, and - ta-da! Usually I'd read for about 30 to 45 minutes, occasionally more, and I found that by the time I closed the book and rolled over to go to sleep, I felt genuinely tired. Even better: my mind wasn't racing because I wasn't thinking about the tweets and to-do lists I used to pore over just before bedtime. It's been a little over six months since I made the shift in my evening routine, and it's made a world of difference in how I feel, both physically and mentally.
Not only am I falling asleep more easily and getting better rest, but my mood has improved without the late-night stress that came from mindless, seemingly endless scrolling. There have been days here and there where I've fallen off the wagon, but it's been easier than I expected to stick with the plan - mostly because I get so excited to dive back into a story.
Reading books really is my favorite pastime, and carving out a space for it each day has been as fulfilling as I'd hoped. Lifestyle Home. Follow Us. Laura Marie Meyers. PopSugar April 19, Young woman lying in her bed reading a book at night. Reading Challenge What to Read Next.
Yahoo Lifestyle. House Beautiful. His personality is somewhat bashful, missing his homeland of Colombia and sometimes shy to join in on new experiences and saddened by reminders of times from his old home. However, he finds that he enjoys himself when he allows himself to let go, express his feelings and then move forward to have fun. A series of moves throughout his early life has left him jaded and wary of both making new friends and trying new things.
He normally wears a bright yellow short-sleeved shirt and blue jeans. The presence of Enrique on the program, in conjunction with Max and Emmy, was the subject of a study "'They Are?! Ord is afraid of almost everything, particularly darkness and thunder, and possesses a magical tendency to turn invisible when he is upset or frightened.
Ord's sun-shaped Dragon Badge glows when he faces his fears. Cassie, voiced by Chantal Strand , is a shy, cute, demure, and sweet pink female dragon and Emmy's best friend. She possesses a magical tendency to shrink when unhappy, may occasionally come across as slightly insecure and uncertain, and is prone to worrying. However, Cassie is distinguished by her maternal sweetness as a result of her responsibilities as an older sister and babysitter to a humongous myriad of younger siblings, and has been shown to be gifted with great singing and dancing abilities.
Cassie also is characterized by her color combination consisting of pink and yellow, albeit her body is spotted with blue speckles in some areas. Cassie knows just about everything there is to know about Dragon Land and has a deep love of fairy-tales, both stemming from her love of reading.
Her dragon badge glows when she feels confident, but she often worries about making a mistake. Zak and Wheezie, voiced by Jason Michas and Kathleen Barr , are conjoined twin dragons with opposite personalities; Zak green is a male, and Wheezie purple is a female. Zak prefers to pursue things in a logical manner. He is neat and clean, but also worries a lot and is pessimistic about many things.
His catchphrase is "Take it easy, Wheezie! Wheezie is very bold, enthusiastic and hyper but can also be quite messy and loud, much to her brother's annoyance, and is perhaps known for saying, "Love it! She is quick, wild, and free-spirited. She loves to run and do cartwheels and backflips, which make Zak nauseous and dizzy. They have a shared love of music and performing and they often perform in talent shows and recitals together.
Zak and Wheezie always fly with Enrique, although prior to his debut, Zak and Wheezie rarely flew with any of their human friends. Their dragon badges glow when they work together and get along, though will sometimes glow independently when one of them accomplishes something on their own of significance.
Although they fight a lot, they are very close and care about each other a lot. He has an identical twin brother named Fernando who works in his garden. Quetzal typically speaks with a Mexican accent and is named after the Aztec deity Quetzalcoatl. He tries to encourage his students to find solutions to their problems on their own, but is a sounding board who offers stability and comfort, as well as sound advice. Dragon Land is the fantasy world where the majority of the show takes place. It is home to numerous colorful, anthropomorphic dragons and many other fantastical creatures.
Max and Emmy travel to Dragon Land by holding an enchanted dragon scale while reciting the rhyme: "I wish, I wish, with all my heart, to fly with dragons in a land apart.
It appears that it does not matter who does or does not say the rhyme, as long as at least one person says it; whoever is holding the dragon scale while they say the rhyme will be teleported with them. Returning home from Dragon Land is done in the same fashion, although no dragon scale is needed.
The rhyme is: "I wish, I wish, to use this rhyme, to go back home until next time. In the first half, they discovered Ord's missing tooth, while the adventures continued in the second story with Ord facing his fear of the dark. A total of forty episodes were aired in the first season, with the finale airing on April 28, The show's second season premiered on June 4, and had 25 episodes. The special "Let's Start a Band! Following this, no new episodes were aired until February 21, , leading many long-time viewers to believe the program had been quietly canceled.
The new season introduced the new character Enrique, an immigrant from Colombia, as well as an updated focus on folk songs and teaching of Spanish. The second half appeared as "The Mystery of the Missing Knuckerholes" in some listings, but on the program was simply titled as Part 2 of the episode. Throughout its history, a number of tie-in book releases were printed, some based on installments of the television program, others not. A special, Parent Tales from Dragon Tales , was produced in association with the program. The program was stated to use "messages built into the children's series to inform parental challenges.
From bedtime dramatics to tantrums and assorted other small-fry rebellions The researchers also discovered from their work on the series that children often think in pictures and that visual aids are often helpful. Dragon Tales has also been shown on television in many countries around the world and dubbed into several different languages. Dragon Tales aired a total of 93 episodes, 40 in its first season, 24 in its second season and 29 in its third season. Each episode featured two original stories, aired back-to-back, split by the interstitial song segment "Dragon Tunes," all of which were eventually released on the show's music albums.
Almost all episodes from the third season, however, generally contained at least one repeat of a story from the program's second season and some were even repeats of material from that season and earlier material from the third season. In all, there were a total of original stories. Let's Start a Band was a musical feature in which the characters of the show were seen alongside real human children. As such, it did not contain any original Dragon Tales material. The series has received generally positive reviews although the third season's reception was more mixed.
Common Sense Media rated the show a 4 out of 5 stars stating " Dragon Tales intends to positively impact a child's growth and development by encouraging a love of learning and helping children problem-solve and work through the challenges of growing up.
The kids and dragons embark on different adventures and attend the School in the Sky, all while learning how to face their fears and handle new situations. The fun, nurturing, and sometimes challenging atmosphere of Dragon Land is a lot like preschool. The series was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Animated Program in , and , but did not win any.
On November 29, , the first Dragon Tales game: Dragon Tales: Dragon Seek , was released for the PlayStation , developed by NewKidCo , the player takes control of either Emmy or Max as the player navigates them through Dragon Land playing hide and seek, searching for either Ord, Cassie, Zak and Weezie, Monsieur Marmaduke or Captain Scallywag that are hiding in certain areas in each level, the player would also have a choice to pick what character they want to search for at the beginning.
Issued by NewKidCo , the game allowed players to take on the role of a novice dragon that was learning the secrets of flight at Quetzal's School in the Sky.
Players moved through 15 levels of obstacles available in three difficulty levels. Reviews were mixed at Amazon. Many praised the graphics and fun of the game, but also felt that the game was too challenging for most younger players and did not offer much educational value. The game included multiple skill settings and the option to play as Cassie, Ord, Emmy or Max, the title having been issued before the addition of Enrique to the series.
The show's official website also included a number of tie-in games, such as "Finn's Word Game" and "Dragonberry Surprise," though following the discontinuation of the site, such titles are no longer available.