NANOWRIMO 2017 - WHAT AM I EVEN DOING? (DAY 13 - 18)

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I have not been writing as I should be for NaNoWriMo. I'm still adjusting to having a job and studying for school. I choose the wrong year to participate in NaNoWrimo, but at least I have an outline that I'm excited about. If I don't end up finishing NaNoWriMo (which is definitely a possibility!), I'm most likely going to figure out the best way to add writing to my everyday life. I miss writing fiction and poetry.

Next week I'll have Thanksgiving break which is where I'll try to expand on my outline more. I think I'll be making my NaNo project into a year long one. Or at least until I'm done writing it. I do have the work I wrote for last year's NaNo on my Drive, but I feel like it needs more work in terms of what happens when and to who. I don't have work tomorrow, so let's see if I can get some outlining done.

What have you been up to lately? 

NANOWRIMO 2017 - GIVING UP? (DAY 9 - 12)

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Daily blog posts are not for me when it comes to updates about my life, especially when it comes to writing. I want to give up. I truly do. I'm still only at 7,000+ words, and it's so far from what it's suppose to be that I can't see myself ever getting to 50,000 words by the end of November. I'm not sure how I did it the first time.

I'm not giving up though. Sure, I may not have written the amount of words I should have by now. I may not have the best story idea or plot. I may not even be the writer that I think I am. But I have figured out what's working for me and what's not. I've gotten a large kick in the rear about my habits and changing myself for the better. I'm finally implementing the routines and strategies that can (and hopefully will!) help me evolve into a better person. (I totally didn't sound like I was a Pokemon or Digimon in that last sentence!)

The best lesson NaNoWriMo can teach anyone, is that writing is possible if you truly want to write. NaNoWriMo teaches me that I truly have to want something and be willing to change to get it. It's unfortunate that some events are out of my control, but I have to remember that I can still change and become better in spite of it. So I'm not giving up NaNoWriMo. My word count goal may be slightly lower than everyone else's, but that's okay. As long as I've gotten writing down into a daily routine, anything is possible.

What are your thoughts on NaNoWriMo?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - ALREADY FAILING NANO (DAY 8)

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Remember how ambitious I was at the beginning of the month? Well everything has gone downhill. Tomorrow the word count goal is 15,000, and I am around 7,000 or so words. It's not looking too well for me right now. Although I outlined, I can't seem to get the words down on paper.

I'll be attempting to flesh out more scenes and character traits in an attempt to convince myself to write more. The pacing of my story feels kind of slow even though I do have to set up most of the background stories and main theme before even tackling the fun stuff. There is a few more topics I need to research before I could write some scenes which may help my word count goal later this week. Let's hope I can pull through with a miracle this month.

If you're participating in NaNoWriMo, what's your current word count?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - BEHIND ON WRITING (DAY 7)

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If you keep up with the little Pokemon counter on the side of the blog, you can tell that I'm behind on my word count in NaNoWriMo. I'm currently working on it. Kind of. I'll be mostly catching up tomorrow or Friday since Tuesdays and Thursdays are my busier days.

One way that I'll be trying to catch up is outlining scenes a bit which may seem a little cheater-like, but I know that some people like to write out what happens first and then flesh out the details. I'll be using that method to see if it'll help my word count. I'll be aiming to get over at least 500 or more words over Saturday's word count

What have you been up to today?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - SLEEPING ALL DAY & MY FIRST DAY OF WORK (DAY 5 & 6)

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I mentioned on Day 4 of my (almost) daily NaNoWriMo blog post that I had an eight hour work training day. It was mostly watching various videos and learning how to do things correctly, however it was also a full eight hours that I was awake. I like to take on a little persona on my little blog where I mostly write about the more positive aspects of my life.

I'd rather not write about the more negative parts of my life, but there are days where I am not at my best. It's starting to add up recently. Which means that I spent all of Day 5 of NaNoWriMo asleep on my bed. Yes, I definitely didn't leave my bed for more than ten minutes on Sunday.

I felt numb, neutral, and tired. I didn't want to get up for anything even for food. I begrudgingly got up for the bathroom to brush my teeth in the morning because I wanted to check off that little box in Habitica (and considered that trek as my exercise routine for the day). I got only about 100 words down on Sunday. Day 5 was not my best day, but I had more hope for Day 6.

The moment I woke up this morning, I was nervous. It was my first day of work. An actual paying job where I had to interact with coworkers and ask for help. I had to psych myself up by applying makeup and blasting a few songs that made my heart jump. It helped for the most part. By the time I actually got to the job and was working, I felt good.

And the day ended. I spent four hours working, and I didn't feel like I was going to mess up. Although there was definitely a small disaster when a previous worker hadn't properly stacked items which caused the pallet to collapse later. Another newbie coworker and I were able to get help from a more seasoned coworker in making a stable pallet. After finishing the pallet, the shift was over.

I'm around 700 words for NaNoWriMo today. My aim was 6,000 words, but today was filled with a little too much excitement for me. I might stop there for today and catch up on Friday or Saturday.

What have you been up to today?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - TRAINING FOR WORK OR WHATEVER (DAY 4)

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I just finished eight hours of training. Yes, there was breaks. Yes, I am tired. So tired. I didn't get a chance to write in that eight hours or in the morning before I left. I did get about fifty words down in between waiting to be picked up from work, but I know I can write 2,000 words in two hours if I really put my mind to it.

If I don't write 2,000 words by tomorrow, I still have an extra hour since we gain an hour tomorrow. Oh yes, more time to get homework done and write at the same time. Which means, it's time for me to go speed write those 2,000 words.

What have you been writing for NaNoWriMo?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - ORIENTATION AND WRITING (DAY 3)

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Today I had my job orientation. We watched a lot of videos about safety and other similar topics for about three hours. It was very tedious. At the end, we got our shifts, and I had to change my days because I somehow got assigned a day that I didn't want. Thankfully I was able to switch the date so I don't miss class.

I'm currently attempting to get to 2,000 words as I type this blog post. I just finished watching an emotional ZNation episode. It was intense. I need to write to escape my feelings.

Have you been writing lately?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - A LONG DAY (DAY 2)

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NaNoWriMo Day 2 is almost over, and I still haven't reached my personal word count. Today has been a busy day with most of my physical classes going on Tuesday and Thursdays. I'm most likely going to keep writing passed midnight despite the fact that I have a job orientation tomorrow. I like to live on the wild side, isn't it obvious?

In other news, I have figured out the names of my characters. Yes, I didn't think of them before hand. When I write new characters, I almost always write about what they do and their personality before their name ever shows up. I like my characters to "choose" their own name by having them try out a few different ones as I write. It helps me keep them from being too restricted by a name that has too many meanings or doesn't have any at all.

Do you write? If so, how do you name your characters? If not, what do you think makes a good name for a character?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - THE BEGINNING (DAY 1)

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I decided to blog and post a picture on my instagram (almost) everyday for the month of NaNoWriMo. If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is, it's where you write 50,000 words in a month. Instead of writing just 1,667 words a month to reach the goal, I'll be writing about 2,00 words a month in case something unexpected happens.

I do have a test coming up in a few days which is why I wanted to be able to be ahead of the word count. Besides having a test coming up, I'm going to my orientation date this Friday for my new job. If you want to keep up with how much I'm actually writing, I do have a word counter on my blog that I'm not sure you can see on mobile. It's a Pokemon themed word counter that I got for free here. My cousin wanted me to have a Feebas so I can get a Milotic at the end of the month. Let's hope I can keep up with this daily writing on my writing projects and the blog!

Are you participating in NaNoWrimo?  

LIFE HAPPENS #82

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It's a little bit passed the middle of the semester for me, and I am already anticipating winter break. I've changed my major countless of times in the past three years, but I've suddenly found a career route that I may actually like and go into within two years. I won't be talking more about it until I can meet with an academic counselor in November or December just so I don't jinx it.


In other news, I will be participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I can't remember if I already mentioned it in an earlier blog post, but look forward to some daily or semi-daily blog posts updating you guys about it. This year I've planned out two projects to work on in November. One of them is a fantasy piece while the other is a fic. What's a fic? It's shorthand for fanfiction. Yes, I do read fanfiction. I've been reading it for about eight to ten years and hopping through different fandoms. It's an integral part of my life, and I may be addicted to it. But that's another story altogether.

On twitter, I mentioned that I was going to a job event after going to a job fair at my college. Now that it's confirmed, I'll be going to an orientation event to start training for my first job! I'm definitely excited for it, although I'm not too happy about staying until eight on the second day of training. Getting a job this semester wasn't in my plans, but it was definitely an opportunity I couldn't let pass me by.

What have you been up to this week?

PROCRASTINATING ON READING A BOOK ABOUT PROCRASTINATION

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Does the blog title sounds like anyone else? I am a huge procrastinator. And procrastinating on reading a book about procrastination is not outside the realms of possibility for me. Even though Procrastination: Overcoming the Bad Habits of Procrastination and Laziness and Become More Productive is only seventy-five pages, it took a me a while to read it for various reasons. The main one being that I am a procrastinator.

I've mentioned it multiple times throughout my years of blogging, but I will reiterate it again. I am a procrastinator. It's a fact that I've accepted and tried to change. With various results that still haven't really stopped my procrastinating. This book sounded interesting, but it fell a little flat for me.


Most of the content is well-thought out and engaging. However, a lot of the information can easily be accessible online and not many of the suggestions to stop procrastination are new or amazing. There are a few grammatical mistakes throughout the book that throws off the rhythm if you're picky. I also wish that the author included an index to all the studies and articles they mentioned as I wanted to understand more of the language and content they used.

All in all, this book is an okay read for people who are just starting to procrastinate or just small time procrastinators.

Are you a procrastinator? What do you think about books about procrastination?


*This book was given to me free for review. I am not getting any monetary compensation for any of my reviews. All opinions and comments are my own. 

WITCHCRAFT - IT ISN'T (MOSTLY) ABOUT HEXES AND CURSES

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I mentioned in my LIFE HAPPENS #66 post about how I started to practice witchcraft. I realized while writing that post that it may scare or intimidate people who don't truly understand what witchcraft is. I've always been interested in the Craft, but it wasn't until recently that something flipped the switch in my brain to start practicing it. It's been years from the original time I started learning, so I'm a little rusty, but hopefully this post will help clarify what witchcraft really is. Keep in mind that the rules and practices of witchcraft are different for each person and that definitions vary between religions and people so if something sounds different from what you've heard before, then you should do more research on the topic to truly understand the little details of witchcraft.

The traditional ways to practice witchcraft are Paganism and Wicca. They're very similar, however Wicca is based on Paganism, but also believes in duel deities. There is an abundance of different types of witches, but those two are the most well known and the types I will be focusing on in this blog post. The original or traditional practitioners of the Wicca have two main rules known as Witch's Redes. The first one is if you put out negativity (as in hexes, curses, etc.) then it will come back to you threefold. The second is to harm none. See how those two redes are connected? Of course, those only apply to those who practice the "traditional" Craft or adopt it into their work. There has been some talk about how the threefold rule was made up by an author, but that's another story altogether.



Witchcraft has different subcategories ranging from kitchen witches to god/goddess praising witches to atheist witches. The most important aspect of witchcraft is that it is all based on you and what you want to do. You're using your own energy to power your work so whatever you decide to work with will be special to you. However, there are a lot of different items used in witchcraft that many people agree on in terms of definitions and importance. For example, clear quartz are seen as a good crystal to use for beginners as you can charge them with whatever intent you want as they are seen as a general crystal. Although it is more powerful to find a crystal that corresponds with your intent and personal correspondences, a clear quartz is a good basic to have on hand for when you don't have the right crystal for a spell, charm, etc.

The fact that all the power is based on yourself is the reason why witchcraft appeals to me. I am the one who connects with a god or goddess if I choose so. I am the one who makes sure that a spell is right for me. There's a freedom in immersing myself in witchcraft. I can "stop" being a witch for a time, but once I'm ready to go back, it's like no time has passed at all. There's usually no rigid structure when it comes to worship in witchcraft. You can worship the traditional Greek gods, Pokemon, whoever, or whatever you want.


Since I'm still considering on what or who exactly I want to worship (or if I even want to worship someone/something), I've tentatively labeled myself as an eclectic witch. A witch that practices a bit of everything. I know I'll be learning more about divination, pop culture magic, and the like as they're some of the topics that drew me back into witchcraft. I know witchcraft isn't for everyone, just like Catholicism and other religions aren't for everyone, but I'm already finding my way through my Craft.

Have you learned something new about witchcraft? What are some perceptions of witchcraft that you'd like me to dispel?

LIFE HAPPENS #81

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I'm currently on a time crunch. I told myself I wouldn't procrastinate, but look at where we are? The procrastination station with Ellie. This is the life I live, and I really should change it. Once I'm done with all the work that I was suppose to be done with earlier this week. Someone should come yell at me.


This week not only have I procrastinated, I have tentatively chosen to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) again. This is the third year in a row, but about my tenth or so attempt to do it. I did hit over 50,000 words in 2015, but in 2016 a family emergency had blindsided me. This year I've started to outline and prep before NaNoWriMo as a way to be more prepared to write. I've also decided to make a bullet journal for my writing as a way to keep everything organized.

So expect daily updates on my writing in NaNoWriMo. I thought that maybe making a video everyday would be fun, but I don't have the time to truly edit videos like I want to in that frame time. Maybe I'll do a little vlog each day and compile them into a video at the end of the month? Hopefully I'll be able to finish my novel next month.

What have you been up to this week? 

MY FAVORITE FILIPINO SUPERSTITIONS

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Since it's Friday the 13th, I wanted to make a quick list about my favorite Filipino superstitions. These are only the ones that I've been told by my family or are the most commonly known. The Philippines in made up of islands so each region will have their own unique superstitions. I find that the "tamer" ones are on the main island where the capital Manila is. My family has experienced a lot of paranormal activity over the years so I'm used to hearing about many different superstitions and stories.

Don't take photos of three people or the one of them will die. // Usually the middle one will die, but I've been told that anyone in the photo could have their days numbered.

Don't stand from tallest to shortest or the middle person will stop growing or die. // This one is similar to the photo one. One of my friends always made sure that none of us stood from tallest to shortest since she's very superstition like me.

Don't sleep with wet hair or you'll go blind. // There's a lot of variations to this superstition. I know my family also doesn't like braiding their hair when it's wet for a similar reason.

Always have money in your wallet so you may have a full wallet. // Every time I get a new wallet, one of my family members will give me a dollar or a penny to put into it. Even if you're not using the wallet, you must have a penny or a dollar in it so you don't tempt anything into depleting your savings account.

Put coconut oil at the front door, windows, and other doorways to ward off a manananggal. // A manananggal is a vampire like woman who splits herself apart from the waist up and down. The bottom part of her body would walk around while the top half will fly. They usually take on the appearance of a beautiful woman in the daylight hours. Manananggals eat unborn children so the coconut oil is used to ward them off.

Don't sleep under certain trees or you will be taken by their spirits or killed. // This superstition includes specific trees, but each one differs from region to region. If you sleep under a tree you're not suppose to, the spirit or being that lives in that tree will either take you away or kill you for disturbing it.

There's a lot more superstitions that can be found in the Philippines. These are the ones that I know intimately as I've heard them throughout my life or learned of it from friends.

What are some of your favorite superstitions? 

STYLE IT - WITCHY FASHION

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I know I might be getting some flack for not putting "witchier" fashion on this set. However, most people won't be able to recognize a witch in real life. Most witches don't follow the "usual witch wardrobe." If you're thinking all black clothing and pointy hats, you'd be right on the nose. In today's fashion world, witches wear whatever they want. There's so many categories of witches and each witch has their own individual style that you can only tell if they're truly a witch is if they tell you. And even then, they could lie to you. So the witch fashion here is based on what I like to wear on a daily basis with a few tweaks since I can't find all of my clothes on Polyvore.


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What kinds of clothing do you think of when you hear the word "witch"?

SEPTEMBER FAVORITES OF 2017

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September was the start of the new school semester. Although it's sad to see summer gone, I like my new routine. This month I didn't try out a lot of new products, but I have read and listened to a lot of different genres and topics.

ZINES

warden of the woods - the knife zine // I love Warden of the Woods. I think I mentioned this zine in past favorites post. This new edition to the series deals with a controversial topic that doesn't reveal itself until near the middle and end of the zine. This is one of my favorite zine series that I eagerly await the next installment of.

ARTICLES

time it takes to see results from skin care from the klog // I'm a firm believer of trying out products in a considerable amount of time to truly see results. Whenever I find out that someone only took a week or so to try out a new product, I'm always thinking about how it would work in a longer time period. I enjoyed the way this article puts into prospective the best way to figure out if a product works or not.

please stop trying to empower women with cutesy titles from fastcompany // I never liked the book #Girlboss, and this article sums up what I think about it and similar terms in a concise and thoughtful way. I definitely agree with most of the points of this article.

does it spark joy is the wrong decluttering question from becoming minimalist // I mentioned in a few past fashion posts that I have narrowed down my wardrobe to what sparks joy. But this article really put into prospective why framing your minimalism with that question doesn't fully impact your mind and change your views. I think reading more from becoming minimalist has really helped me cut down on what I don't need in my life.



MUSIC

pain ft caitlin weber by eppic // Anything from Eppic is going to be, well, epic. A lot of his music and raps are emotional and talks about feelings without being too corny. I feel like most of his music is for those days where you want to connect with your feelings more.

YOUTUBE 

the adorakable misogyny of the big bang theory // I will admit to watching only one or two episodes of The Big Bang series, but the ones I did watch made me uncomfortable for a reason I couldn't put into words. This video sums up everything that I felt when watching the show. It definitely helped me figure out why I don't like watching the series.

PODCASTS

lore // I love listening to Lore in the morning, when I'm working, or just about every time I feel like learning more about dark historical tales that still influence modern society. Every episode is well researched and the music is soothing.

circle of salt // This is one of the first podcasts that I started listening to this month, and I love it. The sass and snark of the S. Rune Emerson and Felix Warren about witchcraft and the occult helps me learn more about the Craft in an easy going way. I definitely recommend listening to them for a more experienced perspective about witchcraft.

What have you been loving this month?

LIFE HAPPENS #80

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It's the last day of September, and I am ready for October and all that goodness. I have a ton of homework to turn in tomorrow and an exam on Tuesday, so I'll keep this life update short with what I did today. Because the rest of the week was full of school and stress. Except for the start of ZNation. That episode was shocking and you should definitely watch it.

Today I went to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom with my dad, uncle, and one of my three brothers. My brother and I didn't feel like going on any of the rides, so we went to the animal attractions. We went to Six Flags because it was my dad's company picnic. They usually have the picnics in the same areas so we went to the sting ray area to find our lunch. I wanted to touch the sting rays as I always love being close to animals. I felt blessed as one sting ray stayed near me and my family as I tried to touch them.


After lunch, my brother and I started out on our animal journey. Along the way he bought some souvenirs for his teachers. I didn't plan to buy anything, but I'm always breaking that silent promise. I fell in love with the butterfly garden when we finally found it. The butterflies were gorgeous. I loved them, despite the fact the room got humid very fast. I ended up getting a chunky rose quartz and pyrite crystal from the butterfly souvenir store. I couldn't help myself, but the crystals were calling me.

Another "purchase" was actually a prize from a claw machine! It may have taken me four tries, but I did get an Eevee backpack. I wanted to try for the Squirtle, however my brother had to urge me away from spending all my money. We left the amusement park soon after that as my father and uncle didn't want to stay for the start of Halloween Haunt, and I was getting thirsty. I wasn't going to spend $4.50 for a soda.

The rest of the day, I relaxed by finishing some of my photography homework. And now I need to finish the rest of my work. There's no rest for the wicked.

What have you been up to this week?

ON TAROT CARDS & A JOB FAIR

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This post wasn't on the editorial calendar because I didn't think I'd be going to my college's career fair. I had class during the beginning of the fair, and it wasn't going to end until it was about halfway done. In a twist of events, the lab ended early. I found myself in the middle of a bustling event looking for one of my friends to walk around with and take a few free items.


I got a reusable bag with a water bottle just for signing up and getting a name tag. While my friend snagged me a stress ball from a booth with construction and similar jobs because I didn't want to get into a conversation with the people at the booth. They were already eyeing me weirdly whenever I walked by. I wasn't about to get into a conversation with them.

I ended up at the Amazon booth because my friend was trying to find booths who had easy to reach items on their tables. She's really smooth at taking items off the tables that I didn't want to question her on where she sharpened her skills. I got lured into talking with the two guys at the booth by their perky personalities and the words "no resume needed." I applied for a part time job a few minutes after I was done speaking with them.


I'll be going today to the next stage of the hiring process which is where I'll most likely be taking a medical test of some sort. I honestly didn't see this sequence of events happening this morning. If you don't know, I am a witch. Yes, an honest to goodness witch. I have always been interested in Witchcraft when I was younger, but it never felt like the right time. I was suddenly pulled into the Craft a few months ago, however that's another story.

I started doing daily tarot readings to see how my day would go and to compare the guess and the reality. Today's two card pull was the 8 of Wands and the inverse of 2 of Wands from the Manga tarot card deck from Lo Scarabeo S.r.l. 8 of Wands is the advice I was given while the inverse of 2 of Wands is the why. I did a one card summary where I ended up with the inverse of Queen of Chalices.


The 8 of Wands was right in that I went with the flow and adapted to the situation. I wasn't really curious in the beginning as the inverse of 2 of Wands implied. It may be the reason why the inverse of Queen of Chalices showed up in the one card summary. My mind was telling me to go out there and find a job, but everything else was telling me no.

As a result, I unconsciously followed the 8 of Wands' advice and somehow ended up applying for a job before my next class. Now I'm going to the next part of the hiring process where I will hopefully have a part time job in a week or so! Not only am I excited for that, ZNation is back tonight with season four! I'll be tweeting as always so don't forget to join in on the fun at 9/8c on the SyFy channel!


Will you be watching the newest season of ZNation tonight?

LIFE HAPPENS #79

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It's another week of going off my editorial calendar. It's slightly annoying, but I'm still adjusting to the new school semester. I have a tendency to work all at once which a bad habit that I'm trying to break. While typing this post, I actually have several assignments due tomorrow. What a procrastinator, right?



Besides agonizing over my productivity skills, I've listening to more TED Talks and podcasts. I enjoy learning new concepts, but some TED Talks are contradictory or have no clear point. I listen to them while doing something productive as a way to make sure I'm using my time wisely. Or as wisely as a procrastinator can.

Once this week's homework is over, I vowed that I'd start next week's homework immediately. Let's see if I can keep that promise.

What have you been up to this week? 

AUGUST FAVORITES OF 2017

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August is over, but I'm still excited to share my favorites of that month.

MOVIES

things to scream at the sun // I enjoyed the retro vibes in this short film. One of my favorite YouTubers Mei Yan (princessmei on youtube) is one of the main roles. It's a very interesting movie.

MUSIC

congratulations - hamilton // I know I mentioned Hamilton in my JULY FAVORITES post, but this song really spoke to me. Although Angelica is definitely not an angel like many people think she is (she had feelings for both Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson while she was married), I definitely understand her protectiveness over Eliza.

woman - kesha // Kesha coming back from being hurt and being better than ever will never stop being amazing. I definitely support her on her journey.

look what you made me do - taylor swift // I know, this song is definitely different from her other music and might not be the best off her new album, but it gives retro emo vibes. I know. I don't know what comes out of my mouth sometimes.

savage - lights // lights was one of my favorite bands growing up. I didn't think she was making music again after she became pregnant, but I'm glad she is.


YOUTUBE CHANNELS/VIDEOS

peter monn // He's technically a drama channel, but the type to have constructive criticism instead of just bashing someone. It's ironic that I have a YouTube channel on my favorites post when I talked about unsubscribing to people in an earlier post, but I love Peter's personality and honesty.

basic hair care video // I'm trying to take better care of my hair. It's been dyed a few times which has definitely changed a lot of the texture. This is a very informative video about the science behind hair care with added citations.

STATIONERY

post it notes // I had forgotten how useful these were until I had to take notes again at the end of August for both my bullet journal and my school notes.

EVENTS

solar eclipse // I mentioned seeing the solar eclipse on one of my LIFE HAPPENS posts. I took a few photos with my phone and camera, but I definitely just tried to soak in the atmosphere.

What were your favorites in August?


LIFE HAPPENS #78

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This week was a lot better than last week in terms of productivity. I was able to finish most of my work by the end of yesterday. I still have a few more items to finish, but I'm not too worried about them.

However, I seem to be a bit behind on my blog posts, but that's what editorial calendars are for. I know how important they are to magazines, blogs, and other media that runs on a schedule, but I always resisted the urge to make one. Now I regret never implementing them in the first place despite the fact that I made this blog for fun. An editorial calendar is definitely a blogging staple I can get behind.


In other news, my photography skills are slowly developing. I took a few photos yesterday in preparation for an upcoming blog post, and they are looking a lot better than what I took a few years ago. I might start using my blog Instagram account again with how much I want to show off how my skills are doing. If you haven't followed me yet, I'm @laceituplove and @laceituploveblog on Instagram! I have a tendency to lurk instead of post, but I'm thinking of creating an editorial calendar for both of my Instagrams to see if that'll help me post more consistently.

What have you been up to this week?

UNSUBSCRIBED - CHANNELS THAT I'VE STOPPED WATCHING

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YouTube has always been one of my favorite social media platforms. However, it's become overly saturated with similar channels. There's only so much that I can take. Not only that, I've outgrown some channels that I was interested in months ago. So it's time for a YouTube cleanse. Here's a list of people I'm unsubscribing from YouTube and why I'm not interested in them anymore.

Good Mythical Morning // The channel is amazing, don't get me wrong. I'm just not watching their videos. If I want to, a quick search will get me to watch at least one video before going to a different channel.

IISuperwomanII // I love Lily, but I'm just not clicking on her videos anymore. I'm more into her vlogs, despite the fact that I'm so behind. As in, I'm only on vlog number ten. Yeah.

Alexa Ilacad // She's a Filipina actress who makes YouTube videos on her spare time. Although I like her, I'm not that interested in her.

ardenBcho // I subscribed to her because of RyanHiga. My crush I've had on him since 2009 has been crushed by their confirmed relationship. Although her singing voice is amazing, I'm not a fan or interested in knowing more about her.


RRcherrypie // I loved watching this channel open collectibles and other boxes, but I don't really watch it anymore. I do hate that their videos are being reuploaded by other channels and YouTube lets anyone put in a counter-claim so that their claims to copyright are being questioned. Just another reason to start looking for another video uploading site.

Alexa Poletti // I used to love her bright and cute videos where she showcased a lot of her fandom items and her how to take care of wigs series. However, I'm (currently) not interested in wearing wigs and her adventure into the NYX Face Awards.

AndyBlackVEVO // I love Andy and Black Veil Brides, but his Vevo channel only uploads his music videos, and I can search them up at a later date. There's no reason to have it in my subscription box when he's not coming out with a new album anytime soon.

Anne Curtis // She's a well known Filipino actress who doesn't really make videos. They're more like added TV segments, but either way, I'm not that into her.

I know that I'm going to get a lot of flack for some of these. I can already hear my cousin's voice in my head: You unsubscribed to Lily?! Yes, yes I did. I have over 500 subscriptions, and my feed is too overloaded with the same content. I'll be going through my subscriptions in the upcoming weeks to get it down to who I watch the most. It's only natural for interests to change.


Who have you unsubscribed to lately?

LIFE HAPPENS #77

Hey everyone!

This week I started my third year of college. It was exhausting. My legs are still sore from my athletic classes. I didn't expect to start off fast in my kickboxing class, but here I am with jelly legs after two days of rest. My form was not very good, so I asked one of my friends who knows karate to help me out. She's almost done with her first term of classes which I didn't expect at all. I feel slightly behind, but I have to remind myself to go my own pace so I don't burn out.


If you live in California, then you've been hit with the heatwave that has me scrambling to do anything. Whenever it gets too hot, I become more lethargic. It's only the first week of classes, and I'm slightly behind on one of my classes. There is just so much work to do for this one specific class that I'm not surprised that people were already dropping in the first day. And speaking of work, I think that's my cue to go finish it up.

What have you been up to this week?

LIFE HAPPENS #76

Hey everyone!

It's a late night LIFE HAPPENS post because I am a mess. No, literally. I've been getting ready for my third year of college this past week by trying to sleep early. It's not really working out well. It's a good thing that my only class on Monday starts in the afternoon.


I saw the solar eclipse on Monday at one of my local parks. I'm currently editing my vlog to upload on Monday or Friday. I'm thinking of trying to be a week or two ahead with recording videos, but creating ideas that haven't already been done yet is difficult. A lot of what I want to record involves a lot of researching so long term projects will be mentioned on the blog before they get to see the light of day.

What have you been up to this week?

STYLE IT // BACK TO SCHOOL FASHION

Hey everyone!

I made another STYLE IT back to school fashion post last year. Click here to read it. Since most college students aren't focused on their fashion choices (except if they go to a fashion school of course!), it's always fascinating to see what people wear at different schools. My community college's fashion scene is a mix of laid back sweats and trendy clothing. In contrast, my style is all over the place. School starts on Monday for me, so here's what my outfit might look like on Monday!

STYLE IT // BACK TO SCHOOL (1)


STYLE IT // BACK TO SCHOOL (2)


STYLE IT // BACK TO SCHOOL (30




What's your school style?

MY MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

Hey everyone!

My morning skincare routine has changed throughout the years. It's even changed extensively by the time I've written this post and made the graphic for it! However, I thought it would be a good idea to still talk about products that work well for me since I'm still testing out my new skincare routine.

I used to use Acne Free which can be found in WalMart. It worked for a few months, but I noticed that my skin became dependent on the products. When I forget to go through my skincare routine, my acne would come back with a vengeance. I switched to the St. Ives Apricot Scrub after a year or two of using Acne Free. However, my skin got dependent on it too so I started experiment with different brands and products to find the right mix for me.

The most important lesson I learned while trying out new skincare products was to understand what caused my acne and to act accordingly. My acne is passed the preteen and teenager phase where they pop up because of practically anything I do. Now larger pimples only come when I'm about to have my periods and when I'm stressed. My skin is noticeably clearer than my younger years, but since my parents have skin problems, my acne isn't totally going to go away. I've learned to embrace my acne to a point where it doesn't bother unless I'm breaking out badly for no reason or when I know my period is coming.


From oily to combination and dry skin, my skincare routine reflects the needs of my skin. I found that The Body Shop's Vitamin E line works wonders in helping balance out my skin. My skin doesn't break out if I stop using the products for a few days which is amazing. Besides using the Vitamin E cream cleanser, I wash my face with a Black Bar Soap from Shea Moisture or another brand with similar ingredients. Sometimes I quickly use the Gairner Miceller water, but since I usually use that for taking off my makeup, I didn't include it into my morning skincare routine.

Next I use The Body Shop Vitamin E Toner then the Drops of Youth Concentrate serum. The toner helps add hydration and cleans up any makeup residue left over from cleansing. The serum is new to my routine as I used up most of my Valentia Hydrating Rose serum a while ago. There isn't a notable difference in my skin, so I'll update you guys about how it works for me.

The Etude House Dust Cut Finish Cream is a primer that I use before I moisturize. It supposedly protects your face from dirt and grime, but I use it to make it easier to take off my makeup. For my daily moisturizer, I use the Vitamin E Moisture Lotion in SPF 15.


 Do you have a morning skincare routine?

LIFE HAPPENS #75

Hey everyone!

Yesterday I posted a reaction video on my YouTube channel. Watch it here. I created a vague schedule for my YouTube channel, and I am excited to see where this new project goes. Although I'm going to be making a mix of content, I will still be posting on my blog. I feel like this will really help me with staying on task and writing blog posts in advance.

I'm currently not entirely on schedule with my blog posts, however I made my blogging schedule flexible enough for me to switch posts around. I feel a lot more at peace with creating content lately. I'll be trying to keep up with this streak of creativity as much as I can to create healthier habits.


I also found out this week that one of my favorite shows is currently out in comic book format. I can't wait until I can buy it as I'm behind on a lot of the comics I follow. Web comics seem to have taken my attention as it's easier to find comics online than going to a store. I love my local comic book store, but I find that I gain a lot of attention while I'm there. Whether it's because I'm a woman in a comic book store or because my bag makes a lot of noise, going to a physical store for comics books have taken a back seat for me.

There's only two weeks until I head back to school. I can't wait until I'm back into a routine since this summer has been particularly hard for me. I'm not sure why. Once school starts, the blog posts and YouTube videos might come out slower, but I'll always be haunting my social media.

What have you been up to?

WHAT'S IN MY BAG FOR 2017

Hey everyone!

I know I recently wrote a post about what you should have in your school bag (read it here!), and what I have in my bag is not too far off the mark in that post. However, I thought it would still be fun to take a peak at what's in my bag because I like to be look inside other people's what's in my bag posts and videos.



folders // I usually keep one for each class or a general folder if my classes don't have a lot of notes.

clipboard // For when I can't find an open table, I find a planter and lounge around the flowers.

bullet journal // I keep most of my life in this notebook. I find that it's a great way for me to be organized and artsy.

pencil pouch // Not all of my stationary materials are in here because I like to have a lot of pens. I keep the ones I use most in the pencil pouch for my backpack and the rest in a separate pencil case at my desk.

laptop // I bring my laptop with me almost everywhere. I usually work on personal projects or try to get ahead of my schoolwork.

usb mouse // Having one of these is so much easier with my smaller laptop.

emergency bag // It's filled with band aids, pads, and other bits in case of an emergency.

reusable water bottle // I need to stay hydrated especially when I'm out for a long time.



socks // In case I need to change shoes and forget socks.

altoids tin filled with crystals // A small protection and grounding spell.

poncho // When I forget to bring an umbrella or it rains unexpectedly.

disposable plastic bag // Just in case things get messy.

a set of juggling balls // I practice my juggling whenever I have the time.

tissues // I go through an alarming amount of tissues when I'm sick so having a small pack is good for on the go.

light with rape whistle // I've been followed by strange men before when I was alone, so this is a must have.

What's in your bag?