LIFE HAPPENS #66

Hey everyone!

It's been a while since I've been able to sit down and write blog posts. I switched rooms with my brothers which took a few days to happen. I still don't have all my clothes inside my new room as we are still trying to figure out where to put people's things. Most of my personal belongings are in my new room. It's currently a mess, but it's progress.

Besides my messy new room, I've decided to become more spiritual. It's like the stars aligned, and now I'm going back to my roots as a witch. Yes. A witch. Although many witches do curse or hex people, I found out early on that I am not that type of witch. Could I bind someone? Maybe. Could I curse or hex someone? Nope. The three fold rule is definitely applied to my brand of witchcraft, and the harm none is also going to be a new motto. I'm currently focusing on learning how to read tarot cards this month as it's one of my favorite divination tools. Once I'm comfortable with it, I'm going to start on pendulums. From the moment I started my Craft, it's like a part of me is more peaceful. Not all of me, mind you. But a great deal of my soul feels free.


I only have about five weeks of school left. I'm eagerly counting the days until I can relax. I've already planned out most of my classes for my fall semester, although I still haven't officially changed my major. I'll hopefully be changing my major during the summer or fall. For now, I'm concentrating on finishing my classes with strong grades. Since this semester has been particularly rough on me, I know I didn't give it my all, but next semester I'll be focusing mostly on my studies. I might look for a job, however I do have lab times next fall. I'm not looking forward to writing lab reports.

This week has been a busy week with changing rooms and finding my spiritual side. I'm already planning out next week so that I can finish some more work than this week.

What have you been up to this week?

Thanks for reading!


MARCH FAVORITES 2017

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This post is coming late because March was a stressful month filled with midterms and tests. I know I did well for most of my classes, but I won't rest until the semester is over. Even though this may be a little late compared to others, I'm always up to reading about people's favorites any time of the month.



MUSIC

that one song by gnash // The beat and lyrics make me happy.

the finale and shape of you by natewantstobattle // I love practically everything that NateWantsToBattle comes out with.

it ain't me (remix) - eppic, julia sheer, and landon austin // It's a quick cover, but I really enjoy the different elements from each artist.

artist: snowthaproduct // One of the few artists that I listen to that are classified as rap or hip-hop. I enjoy her mixture of politics and real life.

YOUTUBE

night in the woods - therpgminx and mrkravin // The game is really cute and has multiple endings. Minx goes with the Bea route while Kravin goes with Greg and his man.

WEBSITES/APPS

amazon prime // I have the student discount which makes this perfect for those times where you have to get a new book in the middle of the semester.

ETSY SHOPS

bows - titashidingplace // I made a quick unboxing video about one of the bows I bought from this store. I definitely recommend getting your bows here.

poems - 99centbroadsides // I enjoy the simple poems that come from this shop. There's something about them that give me energy.


MAKEUP

eco tools lip liner // This is the perfect lip liner for me. It was in the six piece makeup set. I use it to apply the blistex lip balm that I've obsessed with lately.

blistex lip medex balm // I got this because it was $1. It was the best decision for my chapped lips. It's really given them a new life.


BOOKS/MAKEUP

beauty pop by Arai Kiyoko// I read this a long time ago, but rereading it again, brings back the giddiness and love I have for it. It's only ten volumes long with fifty chapters.

uzumaki by Junji Ito // I've been meaning to read this since the hype years ago. I definitely understand why people find it terrifying.

What have you been loving lately?

Thanks for reading!

LIFE HAPPENS #65

Hey everyone!

This week I had Spring Break. I didn't do much as I focused on cleaning my room for when my Aunt M came to visit. She flew in from Chicago to stay with my family for two weeks to help take care of my grandfather. He hasn't been feeling well these past few weeks, so my family has been more vigilant in taking more care of him.

I've also amassed a large amount of packages these past few weeks. I did an unboxing and mini review on YouTube on one of the bows I bought on Etsy. Click here to watch it. I tried a different style for shooting that video as I didn't want to make it too long since it's only one item. I might do a collective haul at the end of the month since there's so many items. I'm still waiting for a few more packages to be sent to me.

One of the items I bought is specifically for my budding photography skills. I'm hoping to use it in the future when I start to write more outfit posts. I'm still a bit awkward when in front of the camera, but I have to start somewhere.


What have you been up to this week? 

Thanks for reading!

MY BUCKET LIST - REVISITED

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In the summer of 2015, I listed a few activities that I wanted to cross off my bucket list. It was a short list, but I've surprisingly crossed off a few of them in the last two year! So let's revisit my bucket list from 2015, cross a few of them off, and add a few more!

Go to Warped Tour in Chicago // DONE! On July 23, 2016, I went to Warped Tour for the first time. It was glorious. I didn't vlog it, but I do have a few pictures that I've posted to my Facebook page.

Make a scrapbook // ON HOLD! I'm not sure if a scrapbook is for me. Although I'd love to have a physical copy of memories, I don't have the patience for making one right now. Maybe this will be a summer project?

Read (and finish reading!) a book // DONE!
Last January I read and finished a few books. I also started March by reading and finishing Uzumaki. I'm slowly putting in more time in reading physical books this month. 

Learn how to skateboard // ON HOLD! This one may be a pipe dream. I just don't have the confidence to skate. I'm too nervous on a board especially if it's a penny board. Maybe a different physical activity like yoga or aerial silks. 

Write something // DONE! I mentioned this in my "6 Goals for 2017," but it's something that I want to keep up. Since I took Creative Writing class last semester (and I'm working on a novel!), I've written a lot in 2016 and 2017. I'm excited to keep it up.

Make macarons // ON HOLD! Making macarons is one of those goals that seem attainable, but the amount of work and patience may do me in. I can't seem to find almond flour in any of my local stores, and the ones that do have it, don't have packages for a small amount. I'm not trying to make fifty pounds of macarons. I want to make a few batches of them to devour.

Learn how to play the ocarina // IN PROGRESS! I know how to play about six notes on the ocarina. I'm working on learning how to read tabs and chords, but it's a trying process. I do have enough knowledge to play Hedwig's Theme song and Lugia's theme.


NEW BUCKET LIST GOALS

Finish my Pokemon games // Yes, you read that right. I have semi-complete Pokemon Moon, but I haven't finish Pokemon White, SoulSilver, or Alpha Sapphire. Not only am I behind the lore, I feel guilty every time I look at my 2DS. It's practically crying out for me to finish my games.

Learn how to use my new camera // I'm not sure if I wrote about my new camera. It's a Canon T6i, and it's difficult to figure out. Since I used a shoot and point camera for about less than a year, the change isn't that big, but it's still there.

Make videos // This was also mentioned in my "6 Goals for 2017" post. I've been woefully behind in creating videos, but I can't seem to figure out what to talk about. Maybe I'll start with vlogs then move onto different content.

Be able to touch my toes // I'm not flexible. I've always admired people who can do splits and touch their toes, and one day I'll be able to do that. My flexibility is a lot better than when I was younger, although I still have a long way to go.

Go to the UK // My family tends to only want to visit places where other families live. It's all good and dandy, but I want to be able to go to the Harry Potter attractions all over the world. The UK also seems to be a nice place to explore.

Visit all the Harry Potter attractions // Harry Potter is my life. I won't rest until I've been to every attraction that I can get go to.

I'm sure that this list will keep expanding as I grow older and my interests change. I'll keep adding and adding my life goals for as long as I can.

What's on your bucket list? Thanks for reading! 

FEBRUARY FAVORITES

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Normally I don't have a lot of favorites, however I tried a few new things in February. I didn't make a favorites of the year like I did for 2014 or 2015 so this year I'm trying out new apps, videos games, etc. each month so I can attempt to get out of my comfort zone a bit. I'm also trying out new ways to format blog posts since I don't have the time to write a lot of in depth articles because of school.


MUSIC
murder - boyinaband ft minx and chilled // This song has been out for a long time, but I just got around to listening to it in February. I love the lyrics and the sound.

make daddy proud by blackbear // I've started to listen to blackbear a lot for the past few months. This song has been on repeat the most in February.

artist: morgue on soundcloud // Her sound is very chill which makes me want to lay down and relax. Since she sings for fun, most of her songs are covers or collaborations with other singer.

GAMEPLAYS
siren blood curse - therpgminx // I love Minx, and her commentary in this game makes me giggle. The game itself is alright, but it is frustrating.

APPS/WEBSITES
trello // I use the app to organize my writing and blog posts. I'm still figuring out how to use it, but it's easy to understand and free.

YOUTUBE CHANNELS
channel notes // This channel is a great resource on starting your own YouTube channel and working on your content.

I hope you guys had a great February! What were some of your favorite items in February?

Thanks for reading!

LIFE HAPPENS #64

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Since I started classes in January, I haven't really been focusing on blogging. I have been swamped with homework which is why I've been away for long lengths of time. I also have midterms coming up in a few weeks. However, I have been trying out new things and listening to new music which you'll see in my February favorites post going up next week.

I have been working on my photography skills while school is in session. I enjoy taking flatlays more than any other type of picture because they're fun to style and easy to do indoors. I want to create more fashion focused posts, however I'm still a little awkward in front of a camera. I currently have a lot of pictures for upcoming blog posts to edit so this month will have a bit more posts than the past two months.


I'm in the middle of the writing a scene in my novel where someone (or everyone) dies. There's a fair bit of research I have to do before I kill anyone though. I want it to be believable enough to happen in real life without going into too much details. I finally broke down and made an outline for it a few days ago to make sure I keep the world building consistence.

I got some new products from The Body Shop that I'll be posting about later this week after I test them out a bit more. Most of my skincare products from The Body Shop. I did a skincare consultation with them and it was a great time. I definitely recommend doing a skincare consultation with your local Body Shop store because their products work effectively and are good quality. I also write about The Body Shop here, here, and here. You can even see the evolution of my blog by just reading these posts!

That's all I've been up to these past few weeks. What have you been up to this week?

Thanks for reading 

ON BEING SINGLE

Hey everyone!

Valentine's Day is here, and I am still single. Although I do want to say it's okay to be single and focus on yourself, sometimes I can get lonely. I like to cuddle and my brothers are not cute five year olds who likes hugs anymore. As a person who likes to use physical contact as a way to show affection in a world where a lot of people mistake it as romantic affection instead of platonic affection, I am not getting a lot of physical contact. It sucks.

I like to roll around in my bed as a way to deal with it. I'm not sure why it makes me happy, but there you go. The strange habits of a strange girl. Besides that, since I've been single for a while, I've learned a lot about who I am, what I like, and what I dislike. It's one of the reasons why I'm happy that I'm single as I notice that once someone gets into a relationship, both persons involved start to imitate each other a little bit. It's kind of cute, but kind of scary. You can easily lose yourself in a relationship if you're not careful.

I've seen it happen in a lot of relationships, and if a relationship ends, the aftermath is horrible. A person ends up with someone else's little habits and ideas, and they don't know who they really are. That's why I advocate for people to take time away from the dating scene to be them again. You need to know what you want in life and in a relationship before starting over again. It's scary to be alone, but it'll benefit you in the long run.

Thanks for reading!