WHEN LIFE SLAPS YOU IN THE FACE

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I think this is the first time I haven't completed Blogmas in a while. Like the title says, life decided to put me on a roller coaster without my permission. If you keep up with me on twitter, then you already know that my grandfather wasn't feel well again last week so I had to stop writing blog posts for a while. He is feeling better now and will hopefully continue to feel better so that he doesn't have to go to the hospital again.

If you keep up with my twitter, you might've seen the sporadic tweets about the cold and snow. Snow? California doesn't snow, you might be thinking to yourself. You're right. It doesn't snow in California. I'm spending my Christmas and New Year's in Chicago. Not only have I finally gone to Millennium Park, I've played around in snow for the first time in years. I was greatly amused.

This impromptu break has brought a lot of realizations to how I want to run this blog. I try to be ambitious with goals like posting at least twice a week, but I don't really want to do that. I want to post content that I love. I want to write about my favorite hobbies. I want to just write.

So next year, I'm taking a new path with this blog. Instead of posting twice a week, I'll be posting content that I'm happy with and think is a good fit for the blog. This could mean once post a week or three posts a week. It depends on schoolwork and how passionate I am about the post. I'll try to keep up with LIFE HAPPENS posts, but I can't guarantee that they'll be consistent.

I do have a list of New Year's Resolutions, so a post on them will be coming up a little bit. I hope you guys are having a great New Year's Eve.

What are you doing for New Year's?

Thanks for reading! 


5 THINGS I'D RATHER DO THAN TAKE MY FINALS

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If you're a student then you've already done your finals or are studying for them. Since I'm a notorious procrastinator, I've compiled a list of experiences that I'd rather do than sit for my finals.

1. ROCK CLIMB THE GRAND CANYON // I'm not sure if this is possible, but I'd take the challenge if it gets me out of doing my finals.

2. EAT PUFFER FISH SUSHI // These babies are poisonous if they're not prepared correctly. I have better chances of staying alive than getting the grade I want on my finals.

3. GET REJECTED BY MY CRUSH IN FRONT OF A CROWD AFTER CREATING AN ELABORATE PLAN TO TELL THEM I LOVE THEM // It's rather self explanatory.

4. LISTEN TO ONE SONG FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE // This may seem like a good idea, but think about it. What song wouldn't get annoying after the first week?

5. SIT IN THE NOSEBLEED SECTION OF A CONCERT // Have you ever been to a concert? There's one section where all you hear is screaming, and it doesn't even have to be metal music. It's horrible.

This is a short list, but guess why? Yup, I'm studying for my finals. Although I wish I could sit in the nosebleed section of a concert or try poisonous sushi, I have to sit in for my finals.

Are you a student? What would you rather do instead of finals?

Thanks for reading! 

STYLE IT//FINALS

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I'm not sure if I did a Style It post for finals. However this year, I decided to create outfits that are easy to pull on because finals do start early for students. Since California weather is unpredictable, I did a bit of layering in case the weather gets hotter or colder as the day goes on. With the amount of rain that happens throughout the week, it's annoying to have to peel off clothing that is too tight.

Style It//Finals (Outfit #1)

Style It//Finals (Outfit #2)

Style It//Finals (Outfit #3)

What do you wear during Finals Week?

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SNACKS FOR STUDYING AND FINALS

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I'm sure I'm not the only college student frantically studying to get a good score on my finals. Sometimes I'm so into studying that I forget to eat or when I try to look for food, I only grab a small snack. It's not healthy to just eat snacks all the time, and with finals just around the corner, it's ideal to make food before hand in case you forget to eat the morning of finals. Although I don't like eating in the morning because my stomach can't handle it, I do like to have a bit of food before finals and right after finals to make sure that the rest of the day goes smoothly.

My definition of brain food is entirely different from other people's. As long as I'm eating, I'm considering it brain food.

Potato Chips // A recipe that my brother found from his friends or one of the websites he frequents. I'm not sure where he got the original recipe, but the one linked is exactly what I do when I'm craving potatoes. You can make a lot of these in one sitting then eat them while studying.

Inside Out Pizza // This is a very quick and easy recipe. You can make this during a thirty minute break since it takes about fifteen minutes to make.

Toad In a Hole // The name makes me giggle. Although this takes thirty minutes to make, it makes six servings. Perfect for the whole day if you're too nervous to eat because of finals.

Good Morning Wrap // If it's easier to eat sweet foods in the morning, then this wrap filled with fruits is perfect.

Toasted Garlic Bread // There are various recipes on how to make this, but I think this one is the quickest I can find. I have a fondness for garlic bread and eating it between finals sounds like a fabulous time.

Vicki's Hush Puppies // These are simple and you can double up if you want a lot of them. You can put them into a small plastic container to eat for later or during a study break.

Restaurant Style Potato Skins // Although this recipes take a while to prepare, you can have a lot food for when you're done with studying.

Jet Swirl Pizza Appetizers // Have you ever craved pizza, but not at the same time? These appetizers are prefect for when you're craving pizza, but not in pizza form.

Easy Sausage Cheese Balls // This recipes makes about thirty or so servings. Another amazing recipe for when you're not really hungry, but need something to munch on before finals.

Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo With Broccoli // For a more filling meal, I like to eat pasta. Once finals are over, you can eat out at your favorite restaurant or make this then knock out.

What do you like to eat during finals?

Thanks for reading!

5 THINGS STUDYBLRS HAVE TAUGHT ME

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I've had a studyblr for almost a year now. Although I don't go on often, I have learned more about studying and learning than I ever have before. From different ways to studying various subjects to learning how to be okay with failing, I never thought having a studyblr would impact the way I study and how I approach projects. Here's what I learned from studyblrs.


Failure is okay // It's not the end of the world if you fail. Sometimes you have to fail to realize that something isn't good for you or you need to change the way you approach a problem.

It's not about having the prettiest pictures or stationery, it's about learning // The studyblr community can be stressful. There are a lot people who post pretty study pictures and have the prettiest stationery, and it can create jealously or inferiority. However, the goal of having a studyblr isn't to have nice looking notes or pens. It's about bettering yourself and getting to where you want to be. It's not a requirement to have pretty notes, and it's important to remember that pretty notes doesn't equal good grades.

Mental health is important // Studying is stressful. Practically everyone knows this. It can lead to a lot of mental break downs and tears which is why looking out for yourself is at the top of the list in making sure you have good grades. If you're not in a good place mentally, it can affect you physically and can cause you unneeded stress.

Find the right way to study for you // There are many different ways to study so why should you follow one way when it doesn't work for you? Through the years, I've found that audio is one of the best ways for me to retain information while being more physical helps me learn how to do make or do something.

Take breaks between study sessions // It's a lot easier to retain information if you take a break between each topic or concept. However, taking a break on social media or other sites might not be a good idea. They're created to suck up as much as your time as possible which makes it harder to get back to work. I recommend stretching, eat a small snack, or write.

Having a studyblr has helped tremendously with learning more about myself and how I study. I love going through masterposts since they have a wealth of information in one spot. I definitely recommend going through the studyblr tag to get inspired to study.

Do you have a studyblr? What have you learned about your study habits?

Thanks for reading!





5 WAYS TO MAKE TIME FOR WRITING

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Since the end of NaNoWriMo, I've been slightly putting off writing. I feel guilty about it, but finals are next week. I need to focus on them for the moment. However, finding time to write is not only challenging for practically anyone who wants to write. I can't remember if I already wrote about how I find time to write, but I think I've got a few good ideas in this post.


Find the time when you're most productive & use it to your advantage // It's important to find out when you're most likely to get things done. I find that early in the afternoon to early evening my productivity levels are highest. I get a lot more done in the early morning too, but I'm too cold to really concentrate on anything. I use this time to jot down a few ideas and sentences before going back to sleep.

Write between classes // Next semester I have about four online classes and one class at the main campus of my school. The time it takes to get to each class and wait for the teacher is perfect time to write a few sentences that can spark a new passage later that same day.

Write between each assignment // Writing a bit before starting a new assignment is a nice way to generate some content. Even if you can only write a sentence or two, that's one more sentence for your novel. Although I do advise using a timer in case you get carried away and forget to do an important piece of work.

During your morning commute // If you have to take the bus or a train to work or school, the time you're on is a great way to get a few things done. Writing on your phone or on a laptop is a great way to spend time. You can get a page or so done each day until you get to the end of your story. You can even edit each page on the bus if you want.

Cut out your social media time to write // I spend hours upon hours on social media. Instead of staying on Instagram or Twitter for an hour, why not cut it in half to write for thirty minutes then reward yourself with social media? This is harder for people like me who like to have a consistent posting schedule for all sites.

What do you do to make time for writing?

Thanks for reading!

6 BOOKS I WANT TO READ

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I participated in the 52 book challenge on Tumblr, but I haven't been updating on what I've read this year as constantly as I should be. The challenge is to read 52 books, comics, zines, and whatever you can get your hands on. It doesn't matter how short or long it is, if you read it, it counts. I decided to focus on books and comics. I know for a fact that I've read almost 52 books and comics. I'll have to count them to get a better estimation, but it was a struggle to keep reading sometimes.


This month and next year, I'll be focusing on reading mostly books. I complied a list of books that are already on my bookshelf. I want to finish the books I have on my shelf since I do have a series and stand-alones that I still need to read.

1. Battle Royale // I've been wanting to read this book after watching the movie. It originated as a manga, but I want to immerse myself into a single book then several. 

2. The World of Pooh // I have two editions of this book. One claims to be a complete collection, while the other has a pretty book jacket. I'm sure that they both contain the same content, but I like to have different versions of the same book. They're just so cute. 

3. Sevens Series // I saw this series a few years ago at my local Half Price Books. I have all the books in the series, but I just can't get myself to read it yet. I've read about twenty or so pages once and was promptly horrified. I didn't think a Young Adult book would talk about adultery with a minor so frankly, so I was surprised and had to put the first book down. I want to read the rest of the series, but adultery with a minor is a major no for me.

4. bird by bird // One of the famous writing books someone can read. I've read a few pages of it once. I loved the writing, however my minds tended to stray whenever I read it. I'm going to have to sit down and finish this it one sitting. 

5. Writing Down the Bones // Another famous book about writing. I like the way this is structured like a miniature classroom. It gives it a bit of life. I love how the author doesn't mince words and the exercises are easy to follow. 

6. The Book Thief // This book is amazing. I only read about one chapter in the book, but I was hooked. I'm attempting to read this before I watch the movie.

It's a short list, but for me, it's a reasonable endeavor. I'm a college student, so having time to read can be few and far between.

What books do you want to read?

Thanks for reading!

IT'S OKAY TO BLOG FOR YOURSELF

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When I first made a blog, I didn't really expect to keep it up for so long. Despite the erratic schedule I've had throughout my blogging career, I realize that I love blogging. Not because it's a way to get free products, but it's a great creative outlet for me. I tried to make YouTube videos, but I find that they're a little too hard to keep up for me when I'm a college student. I'm giving them another go this month, and I can't wait to create new content during winter break.

But enough about YouTube, and more about blogging. Blogging is a lot easier for me. I can type fast and generate content at a nice pace. Posting my content is another story. As I write this, I realize that more and more blogs are popping up left to right. Although I do encourage people to pursue their interests, the large variety of blogs that are coming out of the woodwork is staggering.



I notice that many of these blogs are focused on the same products, have similar looking websites, and have similar pictures. The content might be different on each blog, but it's almost like the same post over and over again. Although my blog may look very clean and minimalist like other blogs, but my content is almost always entirely different from other bloggers. I'm not trying to come off as a snob. If people like the same things, then that's okay.


It's when people start to blog for free products or fast fame that makes me scratch my head. Blogging isn't easy. You have to create content, write the post, and take complimentary pictures before hitting the publish button. Most people use free stock photos for their posts if they're not at that point where they can put more of themselves into a blog. That's fine too. Everyone is on a different stage of their blogging journey, but it's almost like people expect to post once and suddenly be bombarded by offers from companies.

I've seen a lot of abandoned and forgotten blogs lately. I read their posts and it's almost the same thing. They bought a trending item, wrote their thoughts on it, then waited for the comments and statistics to rise. It doesn't happen that way. There are people who have moved on from blogging and learned enough about themselves to leave the blogging world behind. They usually started a blog for themselves. Their journeys may be different, but the common factor is that they did it for their own enjoyment.

That's why I blog for myself. I started this blog as a way to document my journey through my interests. As the years pass, my interests have changed. I realize that although I love makeup and beauty, I also like to write about skincare and music. I don't want to treat my blog as a business because I'm not looking to make money out of it. It's good if it does make money for others, but if I start to blog to make money, then I'll get bored of what I write and stop blogging. I know myself well enough to admit that I can write quick posts and take quick pictures if I wanted to and be able to make money out of it. I can go with the trends and attempt to garner attention with click-bait titles.

But I don't want to because that kind of blog plan isn't for me. I want to keep blogging as a creative outlet and a way to document my journey through life. I have to remind myself that it's okay to blog for myself.

Thanks for reading! 

LIFE HAPPENS #63

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This week has been long. The transition from November to December is always bittersweet. School is  almost over for the semester, but finals are coming up. Finals make almost every student want to run for the hills.

I'm in good shape for most of my classes. I do need to create some study guides for math class which is one of my weaker classes. Overall, I'm confident that my finals are going to go well.

In other news, I'm going to be going to Chicago for winter break. My grandfather was suppose to go with me, but he decided it would be better if he stayed home for winter. He wants to go to the Philippines in summer instead. So we'll be saving up for the family to go for vacation next year.

I'm excited to go to Chicago in winter, but I don't think I have anything that would help against the weather. I went to Reno once when I was five years old and experienced snow for the first time. That was years ago though. I do have a fluffy jacket that could work for when I go out, but that's about it. I may have to go out to buy some thicker clothing.

What have you been up to this week? Do you have an event planned for this winter?

Thanks for reading!

NOVEMBER FAVORITES

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For some odd reason the pictures won't load in this blog post. Since I like to keep my posting streak, I'll be adding them later. I've tried out some new products in November which is a surprise. I kept track of what I loved from previous months in my bullet journal, but they were products or items I've already purchased or owned.

I mentioned the Habitica app yesterday, so here is a slightly more in depth post about it. Another app that I've liked is Snapchat. I use it to keep up with my friends who only have Snapchat and Facebook while also following some of my favorite YouTubers.

The Body Shop's English Rose facial mask and Instaglow CC Cream are also on this month's favorites list. The English Rose facial mask is amazing in helping hydrate my skin. The Instaglow CC Cream makes my skin glow beautifully. I went more in depth with those two in this post if you want to learn more. The Chase eyeshadow from Printcess Makeup is beautiful. It's being discontinued, and I'm hoping to snag one more to keep as backup.

Two movies that I've loved this past month were Chocolat and Labyrinth. I've been looking for Chocolat since I first saw it as a child. I don't know if it's because it's about chocolate or what, but it's one of my favorite movies. I saw Labyrinth for the first time last year or so, and Jareth stole my heart. I loved the interaction between him and Sarah. It's definitely a must see.

My favorites list for November is small, but I've been busy with school work.

What did you love in November? 

Thanks for reading!

USING HABITICA (AGAIN) TO STAY ON TRACK

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Last month or so, I found out that Habitica had an app for iPhones and Androids. I've been using it regularly to help create more consistent habits. Since it's so much easier to have the app, I've decided to join some Guilds and Challenges.


I haven't been using Habitica as much as I wanted to, but now that I can check off items on my list, I'm slightly paranoid of not checking off my to dos. The app is easy to use with different tabs that help separate each category of tasks similar to the website. I do wish I can see how many To-Dos there are in the app. It's also a lot harder to remember to check the News and Guilds on the app as they don't show a notification on the main menu that something new has popped up.


However, the app has greatly improved the way I approach certain habits. I'm currently in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Guild whose challenges are easy to understand and finish. I found that the way they set up the First Year's Challenge and the Slytherin Challenge made me more likely to finish or do a task since I want my House to win the House Cup.

I'm definitely going to be using Habitica for as long as I can. Although I don't have a party to go on quests with, I might find one this month to challenge myself further.

Have you tried Habitica? What do you do to create healthy habits?

Thanks for reading!

WHY I STILL WON NANOWRIMO

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The last few weeks of November were hard. A family emergency caused me to miss a day in writing, and it all went downhill from there. I only have over 34,000 words. I didn't reach 50,000 words, but why am I saying that I still won?

The whole point of NaNoWriMo is to write. Whether if it's a hundred words or a thousand words, if you wrote something for NaNoWriMo, you've written more words than you have during the year. I now have over 34,000 words for a story that I love. It's inspiring me to keep writing throughout the year. Unlike last year where I desperately wanted to win with word vomit, this year I realized it's more important that I wrote something that I love and want to continue.




So I still won NaNoWriMo. I might not get the nice certificate, but at least I have a base for a story I want to write. I learned that writing everyday isn't for me. I worked better when writing every other day, and I learned that having a plan is better than having none.


While participating in Blogmas this month (I finally caved and started calling it what is), I'll be making more time to incorporate writing into my life. My characters have trapped my heart. I can't let them wait for me, I have to chase them.


If you participated in NaNoWriMo, did you hit the 50k word count? Or did you reach your personal word count? Leave a comment down below!

Thanks for reading!