7.08.2017

You're Not Good Enough Book Tag

Hey everyone! I saw this tag around the blogosphere on Abigail's blog and on Ellie's blog. I wasn't tagged, but it seemed really fun so I decided to partake in it!

The rules are:

1) Put 30 book character names in a container.
2) Draw a pair of names for each question.
3) Use the pair to answer the question.



1) You only have one spot more spot on your spelling bee team. Who gets it? 
Cath Avery (Fangirl) vs. Penelope Bunce (Carry On) 

I think that both Cath and Penelope would be pretty good at spelling, considering that Cath is a writer and that Penelope is just incredibly smart. I'm going to have to go with Penelope, though. I think that she'd be more competitive and would really try to win it. 

2) Both characters want to kill you. Whom would you kill first to have a better chance of survival?
Isabelle Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments) vs. Frances (Radio Silence) 

Aww, but why do two of my favorite characters want to kill me? Anyways, this one's an easy one. Though I hate to have to do it, Isabelle. Isabelle has pretty much been trained all her life for the sole purpose of killing demons and I'm sure that she'd have no problem killing me, especially considering that 0% of me is athletic. Although, I have no idea how I would even be able to kill Isabelle in the first place. Let's just face it, if I was ever put in this situation, I would most certainly die. 

3) You're on the bachelor/bachelorette and down to two characters. Who gets your rose?
Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass) vs. Zahra (The Forbidden Wish) 

Zahra would definitely get my rose. I adore both of these characters, but Celaena just intimidates me way too much. With Celaena, I feel like there's a 50% chance that we would have so much fun and a 50% chance that I'd end up dead. 

4) You've been chosen for the Hunger Games. Who's most likely to volunteer in your place?
Magnus Bane (The Mortal Instruments) vs. Noah Sweetvine (I'll Give You the Sun) 

I think that both Magnus and Noah would sacrifice themselves for someone they really care about. But for someone who they don't really know very well? I don't really think either of the two would volunteer. But maybe Magnus would, as he would most definitely win if he entered the Hunger Games. 

5) You're stranded on an island and must engage in cannibalism to survive. Whom do you eat?
Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) vs. Yeva (Hunted) 

But I don't want to eat anyone? Especially not these two? But if I had to, definitely Lara Jean. I don't really think that Lara Jean would have any skills that would help out on the island, while Yeva could actually hunt for food to eat. I don't have any skills that would help out on a stranded island either, though, so maybe Lara Jean and Yeva would team up and eat me. 

6) You're the next Marvel superhero (with your own TV show, of course.) Who's your sidekick?
Ladislav Dragwyla (And I Darken) vs. Carswell Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles) 

BOTH OF THESE PEOPLE WOULD BE AMAZING TO HAVE. But I'm going to have to go with Thorne. Lara would be such a good side kick, but I just don't really think she fits into that role. She's definitely a leading woman, and she'd probably kill me so that she could be one. Besides, I think that Thorne would be an amazing person to have beside me when I'm fighting crime and aliens and all that other stuff that superheroes allegedly fight (yeah, I don't really watch Marvel movies/shows.) Thorne is so witty and funny and he brings some amazing skills to the table, too. 

7) You're a manager of an avocado company. Whom would you fire for poor communication skills. 
Inej Ghafa (Six of Crows) vs. Tyrannus Basilton Grimm - Pitch (Carry On)

I'd probably end up firing Baz for communication skills. I feel like he'd get irritated and angry with customers. I don't really think that Inej has great communication skills either, but she would at least be polite. 

8) You'e just finished a book in which your favorite character dies. Which of these two characters is most likely to comfort you?
Park (Eleanor and Park) vs. Christian Ozera (Vampire Academy) 

I think Park would really be comforting about something like this. I don't really think that Christian would understand the situation and he'd probably be scared off by my distress. 

9) Ugh, it's high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?
Miles (Made You Up) vs. Linh Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) 

Uhhh, I don't think that either of these two would be part of the popular clique, though? Like, Miles is that person who's really intimidating that everyone is low-key scared of, but he's not popular. And if Cinder were in high school, I don't think she'd be popular either. I feel like she would have her own little group of misfits. So..neither of them?

But that's not an acceptable answer, right? So, I guess..Cinder? I mean, at least, if Cinder was a "princess" in high school, then I'd assume that she'd be sort of popular?? 

10) The day has arrived. You're finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?
Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter) vs. Skye Penderwick (the Penderwicks)

Both Skye and Luna might forget my birthday, but I think that Luna would be more likely to. I'm sure that Luna would be such a fun person to celebrate my birthday with, though! 

11) You've just found and upcoming YouTube star! Whom is it more likely to be?
Ignifex (Cruel Beauty) vs. Simon Spier (Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda) 

Definitely, Simon. He just has that exuberant, infectious type of personality that everyone loves. He's adorable and funny and I'm sure that he'd make a great youtube star. Ignifex is pretty charming, too, but in a scary kind of way. If Ignifex did make a youtube channel though, I'm pretty sure that there would be tons of fangirls and fanboys freaking out over him. 

12) Sleepover time! Unfortunately, you can only invite one person. Who would it be?
Matthias Helvar (Six of Crows) vs. Kit Rook (The Dark Artifices) 

Ummm, I'm not sure if either of these two would really even like to be invited to a sleepover. I really like both characters, but Matthias is really intimidating, so probably Kit. Kit is kind of intimidating too, but he's a big softie on the inside. I actually think a sleepover with Kit would be really fun. We'd probably stay up all night going on different adventures. 


13) Bam, you're pregnant. Who's the father/mother?
James Carstairs (The Infernal Devices) vs. Radu Dragwyla (And I Darken) 

I honestly think that both Jem and Radu would be good parents. They're both kind, attentive, and patient. But..I would have to say Jem. After all, Radu has a lot on his plate. I don't think he'd be able to handle being a parent. (Honestly, Jem has a lot of things to do, too, but like, his main story is over? Because TID ended a couple of years ago. But with Radu, I have to wait until the third book of the Conqueror's Saga to figure out what happens to him. *prays for a happy ending*) 

14) You've just written a super important text. Who would see it and not reply?
Molly Peskin - Suso (The Upside of Unrequited) vs. Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter) 

Definitely Neville! We already know that he has trouble remembering things, so I think that there's a large chance that he would forget. 

15) You've just woken up and it's time for breakfast. You're mom's been replaced by whom? 


Rosemarie Hathaway (Vampire Academy) vs. Dante Quintana (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe) 

Hopefully Dante...I don't think that Rose would make a very good parent. And besides, if Dante was my parent, maybe Ari could be my other parent? (Be still my shipper heart.) 



That was really fun! Tell me what you think: Do you agree with my answers, or would you choose differently? 

- Jolly 

7.01.2017

Recently: June 2017

Hey everyone! It's been a while since a life update, so I'm going to share a little about what I've been doing this past June! 


Reading: 

- Read Now I Rise by Kiersten White and then literally spent the next hour pacing around the room thinking about it 
- Just wanting my smol and precious characters to be happy (ahem..Radu from Now I Rise.)
- Agonizing over the fact that the sequel to Now I Rise will be released in a year 
- Attempting to read the Percy Jackson series before reading Heroes of Olympus, which was a series that I really did like years ago, but never ended up finishing
- In the tiniest reading slump

Listening: 

- K-pop, k-pop, and more k-pop
                          - BTS (they're adorable as usual) 
                          - Blackpink (the only girl group that I've found that I really like) 
                          - Big Bang (listening through their old albums)
                          - NCT, Seventeen, GOT7, etc. (just exploring)
- Lorde's new album, Melodrama
- Acoustic covers (I've been putting on acoustic cover compilations once in a while when I read.) 

Writing:

- Resolving to plot my Nano novel
- Successfully creating a basic plot and character profiles
- Attempting to plot it out scene by scene and miserably failing
- It's just really hard for me to plot in that much detail, I guess
- So I'm basically doing something in between plotting and pantsing
- Also, today is the first day of Camp Nano 
- WISH ME LUCK I NEED IT 

Enjoying:

- Art classes
- Shamelessly wasting my time on the tumblr (you can find me here..but I'm warning you: I have a BTS fanblog..proceed with caution XD) 
- Reading Now I Rise (it was a painful read but in the best way possible) 

Learning:

- Coding. The first few classes I went to I was like meh, but now that I sort of understand what's happening, I'm enjoying its a lot more.
- Trying to actually sort of get better at speaking my mother tongue  
- HOW TO ART 
- About philosophers (and getting a serious existential crisis from learning about their beliefs) 
- That it's not worth your time to worry about things that don't need to be worried about 

Watching:

- Bon Voyage! It's basically these series of episodes chronicling BTS's adventures in Hawaii .
- Degrassi TNG. I'm just re-watching this..and I mostly just put it on in the "background" as I'm doing various other activities..On that subject though, Degrassi Next Class season 4 is coming out in a couple of days..which is cool.
- Harvard lectures (these lecture are where I'm getting my existential crisis from) 

- Jolly 

6.14.2017

a poem: i just don't know

you read me Shakespeare
lulling me to sleep
as you whispered
a tale of forbidden love 
leading to as much happiness
as it did destruction 

you smiled at me 
blushing red 
as you handed me 
little notes
that you wrote on scraps
of the homework from the day before

you laughed 
hair flopping onto your
forehead as 
you poked me playfully on the cheek
trying to make me smile
when you saw that i was upset

you talked
to me on the phone 
all night about nonsensical, unimportant things
both of knowing that it was late
and that we needed go to sleep
but neither of us willing to hang up

you were so sweet
and kind
and funny
and quirky
and brave
and i don't know what made you change

because now you read me Shakespeare
and those tales of 
tragic love that i thought were foolish
that i thought were unrealistic
are now stories
that i find myself living through every day

because now you smile at me
menacingly
as you belittle me
and berate me
for things that i didn't even
used to think were wrong with me 

because now you laugh
when you shove me and slap me and hit me
when i do something to upset you
playing it off as a joke
even though we both know
that it isn't

because now you spend hours
apologizing to me 
a countless number times
over and over again
for the same things
yet never making an effort to change

i don't know if you'll ever
be who you used
to be again
or if i'll still be waiting for you to change
tomorrow
and the tomorrow after that

i don't know what to do
whether to stay or to go
when i see 
a ghost of the person 
you used to be
on your face

and i don't know what happened
i don't know what went wrong
to make something 
so special
turn into
this

i just don't know 
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Hey everyone! The poem I wrote above is inspired by some books/tv shows and is meant to depict an abusive relationship. I just want to say that if you are in a abusive relationship, you are not to blame. You deserve to be treated with respect and you deserve to be safe and happy. Others say it much better than I do, so if you want to be better informed about this topic, or if you need help, check out this, this, this, and this.


-Jolly

6.11.2017

Thoughts/Review: hopeless fountain kingdom by Halsey

Hey everyone! Halsey's new album, hopeless fountain kingdom, came out about a week ago and I wanted to share my thoughts on it, track by track. When I heard Now Or Never a couple of weeks ago I was kind of wary about this album because I wasn't a huge fan of that particular song. But I ended up really loving hopeless fountain kingdom. It definitely gives out different vibes than Halsey's last album, Badlands, did, but I'm completely okay with that. I actually think it's really interesting to see the style of any artist change over time. Anyway, great job and so much gratitude to Halsey for all the time that she spent on this album!




Track 1- The Prologue 

This track is more of an introduction to the album than a song. It starts with the prologue of Romeo and Juliet (which is honestly so cool) and sets up the theme of the album perfectly: At least, from what I understand, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom seems to be a place that is seemingly perfect..But once you look deeper, it's really not.

I am a child of a money hungry, prideful country
Grass is green and it's always sunny 

Track 2- 100 Letters

Honestly, the lyrics of this song are just brilliant. They're just so beautiful and metaphorical. Anyway, to me, this track seems to be about an unhealthy or even abusive relationship and how Halsey left it.

You wrote a 100 letters just for me
And I find them in my closet, in the pockets of my jeans

Track 3- Eyes Closed

With this song, I personally prefer the stripped version to the studio recorded one. Her vocals in this song are just SO AMAZING. The tracks on hopeless fountain kingdom tell a story, and this track is such a great follow up to a 100 Letters.

But you've been replaced

I'm face to face with someone new

Track 4- Heaven in Hiding

Okay, so this is my favorite track on the entire album. The first time I listened through the album (yes, I've lost count of the number of times I've replayed this album), even though this was only the fourth track out of 16, I just knew that this would be my favorite song. If you are going to listen to only one song on this album, listen to this one! The beat and the tune and the lyrics..IT'S ALL TOO GOOD.

And when you start to feel the rush
A crimson headache,  aching blush

Track 5- Alone

So, right when this song starts it gives off really jazzy vibes which is just so interesting and different from Halsey's other songs! And there's just something so raw about this track, how it expresses the feeling of being alone even when you're surrounded by people. Overall, I really liked this track.

But if you ask why I'm distant
Oh I'm running away

Track 6- Now or Never
I feel pretty meh about this track. I'm honestly not a big fan of the tune or the lyrics. It's not a bad song, but I'm just not feeling it with this one.

Trying to talk to wall
But you could never tear it down for me, yeah

Track 7- Sorry

This is also one of my favorites on the album! It such a powerful song and it gives me so many emotions. The lyrics are so relatable and I love the piano that's being played in the background. JUST GO LISTEN TO IT!

Cause sometimes I can treat the people
That I love like jewelry 

Track 8- Good Mourning
This one isn't really a song..it's more of a kind of intermission, I guess. It gives out a really creepy vibe and I love it so much! I also love the references to Romeo and Juliet in it.

They told me once, "Don't trust the moon. She's always changing."
The shores bend and break for her

Track 9- Lie ft. Quavo

This song is definitely really different from Halsey's other music..and I did really like it, until Quavo's   part. I just think that it would have been better if Halsey just went solo for this song. Also, this song is really short for some reason. It's just a little over two minutes long.

Got no one to lie to 
There's no need to lie no more

Track 10- Walls Could Talk

This track reminds me of the 90s and early 2000s. BASICALLY, BRITNEY SPEARS VIBES. Again, it's such a good track, but I wish that it was longer. This one is only 1 minute and 41 seconds long, which is way too short.

Been about three days and I'm coming back
I'm about four minutes from a heart attack

Track 11- Bad at Love
This song gives me chills. I love the lgbtq representation in it! Critics kept saying that Halsey didn't have any queer representation in her songs and THEN THIS SONG HAPPENED. In this song, Halsey sings about loving boys and girls, which I think is so amazing because we really do need more lgbtq representation in music. 

But I never got the chance to make her mine
Because she fell in love with thin white lines

Track 12- Don't Play
This song is basically a diss track to all the haters, and IT'S SO EMPOWERING. I just love this one so much!

I'm moving on, I'm getting paid
I'm on my own, I had some space to deal with it
And

Track 13- Strangers ft. Lauren Jaurengui
YASSS ANOTHER LGBTQ SONG. I feel like this track is the type of song that could definitely be played on the mainstream radio which is great because everyone needs to hear this one! It tells a story of lesbian and bisexual women in love, a story that is ignored in most mainstream media. I didn't know who Lauren was before listening to this track, but her voice is so beautiful and she sounds superb with Halsey. 

She doesn't look me in the eyes anymore
Too scared of what she'll see, somebody holding ,e

Track 14- Angel on Fire
This track is one of my favorites on the entire album. So many people suffer from anxiety, from depression, from low self-esteem.Yet these peoples' stories are rarely told in songs and albums. But this song does tell those stories, and it tells them in a such a raw, honest, beautiful way.

Now it's my own anxiety
That makes the conversations hard

Track 15- Devil in Me
This song is probably going to be stuck in my head for the next year. Everything about this song is sensational...The lyrics, the tune, and the beat. 

And I went tumbling down trying to reach your high
But I scream too loud if I speak my mind

Track 16- Hopeless ft. Cashmere Cat
This one also gives me chills. It has such a melancholic feeling to it, and it just beautifuly represents the sorrowful fate of lovers. The background vocals really add so much to this song and really help convey it's despondent mood. 

And so I must be better than I think it is
Give me those eyes, it's easy to forgive



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If you haven't listened to hopeless fountain kingdom, I hope that you do soon, because it really is such an amazing album. If you have listened to it, what's your favorite song on the album? Tell me in the comments!

-Jolly

6.07.2017

Summer Break Goals

Hey, everyone! I don't really have anything in specific that I'm doing this summer, so I decided to set some goals for myself of things that I want to do! I'll check back at the end of summer to see how I did.


Write Something

I definitely want to write SOMETHING this summer. Whether it be a novel, poems, short stories, flash fiction, or fan fiction, I know that I definitely want to take some time to just write.

I wrote a novel February of this year..And it's basically 57,000 words of messiness. I went into it without plotting anything at all and without even the intention to write a novel. I've been toying with an idea for a novel in my mind, and I might try plotting it out and then writing it this summer. I'm not a hundred percent sure I'll do it, but if the idea continues to intrigue me, I'll definitely give it a try.

Watch A Couple of Shows
Again, I'm not completely sure what shows I would like to watch this summer, but I definitely want to take some time to just relax. I'm not that good with following through with the shows that I start. I never used to do this, but for the past couple of months, I've been doing this thing where I watch the first three episodes of a show in one sitting, and then watch the rest of the episodes at a slow pace of one a month, until I eventually stop watching it. Anyway, this summer I'd really like to actually finish something!

I've been watching the k-drama, The Heirs, so I definitely want to finish that. Other k-dramas that I've heard of that I'm considering watching are Playful Kiss, Boys Over Flowers, and Coffee Prince. I'm also currently re-watching Degrassi: The Next Generation. And by re-watching, I mean, using it as background noise when I do random other activities, like drawing and wasting away time on the internet. So yeah, I'll probably continue watching that over the summer, too.

Harvard Lectures

Okay, so a couple of days ago, I randomly started watching a Harvard lecture: the first lecture in the Justice course in Harvard. It was actually a really interesting lecture, and I really enjoyed watching it. There are 24 lectures available online in total, so I'm looking forward to watching those this summer.

Practice French

Currently, I'm learning French at school. Last summer, I used Rosetta Stone to practice French over the summer, and I want to do the same thing this year. I want to just make sure that I take a few minutes every day to using the program.

Art 

Recently, I started drawing a little. I've never been to an art class, so I don't know any techniques, but I do want to learn. So that's why I signed up for art classes. I start in two weeks. I hope that I'll have fun over the summer and learn a lot of new things.

Coding

I also signed up for coding classes this summer. I don't really have any previous experience with coding, so all of this is entirely new to me. I start this week, and I'm excited to see how it goes.

Reading 

I read a lot of books over the school year. I definitely want to read a lot over the summer, too, but I also want to make sure I'm spending time on things other than reading. This summer, I'd like to read a couple of classics (I want to try The Once and Future King, Wuthering Heights, and Romeo and Juliet), some newly released books, and some fan fiction!

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What are your plans for this summer? Do you have any summer goals? 


6.03.2017

Recent Obsessions

Hey, everyone!

I've been loving a lot of different things recently and I wanted to talk about some of my "obsessions."  I guess that this could sort of be considered as a "favorite's post." It's my first time doing something like this and I'm excited to see how it goes. 

hopeless fountain kingdom- Halsey
Yesterday, Halsey dropped her new album, "hopeless fountain kingdom." It's a little different from her last album, which I actually don't mind at all because I like to see styles of artists change over time. I've been listening to it a lot (I'm listening to it right now) and IT JUST HAS SO MANY AMAZING SONGS. 

 

I'll be posting an album review soon, so look out for that!


We Don't Talk Anymore- Cover By Jungkook and Jimin (from BTS)


Okay, so BTS (a k-pop group) in general is a huge obsession of mine, but I have way too many things to say about them (most of which no one will probably understand), so I'm just focusing on this cover that was released yesterday. I'm not the biggest fan of the original version of "We Don't Talk Anymore" sung by Charlie Puth, but I really do like this cover. Their voices just sound so beautiful and angelic, and it was so wonderful to hear Jimin covering an English song for the first time. Even if you aren't fan, I really suggest that you listen to the cover..It's really beautiful. I've been listening to it on repeat. 



K-Drama- The Heirs
I've seen so many people on the internet that are obsessed with k-dramas, so pretty recently, I gave one of the more popular ones a try. And even though The Heirs is cliched, predictable, and cringey..Even though it has a horrible soundtrack that is played at the most inopportune times, even though people stare at each other for way longer than necessary, even though some of the characters are beyond annoying..It's somehow still really entertaining and kind of addicting. 

Yeah, it's probably doesn't make sense why I'm still watching it when I have so many problems with it, BUT IT'S JUST SO INTERESTING. 

This is our MC in The Heirs. She's bad-ass half the time, and as for the other half...


.....she cries a lot. LIKE EVERY EPISODE. MULTIPLE TIMES. 


Drawing
I've gotten into drawing, recently. I've never been to an art classes, so I don't really know anything about technique, but I've having a lot of fun with sketching. I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm enjoying doing it. 

Reading Fanfics
I hate when people say that "fanfic writers aren't real writers." And I don't like that people assume that all fan fiction is crappy. I've read quite a bit of fan fiction, and a lot of fanfics are better than a lot of books that are actually published. Writing is writing..whether it's fan fiction or not. 

With fan fiction, I especially love reading long fics. I think that's one of the amazing things about fan fiction: that a fanfic can be as short or as long as the writer would like it to, rather than in novels, where there is usually some kind of word count that it need to fit into. With longer fics, I love to really see character growth and get to read about those moments that wouldn't usually be included in novels. 

The longest fanfic that I've read to date is 286,990 words, which is equivalent to about four to five young adult novels. AND IT WAS AMAZING. 


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Are you obsessed with any of the same things I am? What are your recent obsessions? I would love to know! Tell me in the comments! 


-Jolly

5.31.2017

Little Things

I think that a lot of us are just rushing through our lives. We don't pay attention to those little things that happen to us every day. We dismiss them, take them for granted. But without them, our lives just wouldn't be the same. Those little things, that we never really seem to think about, those are the things that really shape our lives. Those are the things that make life beautiful. And I think that it's really important that we appreciate these things. That we just pause for a moment, and take a moment to smile because of all of the little things that we're blessed with in our lives.

So, anyway, I've made a list of a couple of the little moments and things in my life that I love and appreciate. I hope that my list will get you thinking about the little things in your life, and I hope that it makes you smile!



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1) Days when I have no homework
2) Being told that I smell good
3) Looking through photographs from my past
4) When I get home and exchange my school clothes for some comfier clothes
5) Falling asleep to the sound of the rain
6) Warm clothes from the dryer
7) Drinking a cold glass of water when I'm thirsty
8) When something I say makes someone else happy
9) Wearing fuzzy socks in the wintertime
10) Eating cold, fresh fruit
11) Winning an argument
12) When someone smiles at me
13) Random acts of kindness
14) The softness of cut grass
15) When I hear a song that I haven't heard in a while
16) Eating buttery popcorn
17) Soft blankets
18) Smelling a perfume or lotion that I love
19) Accidentally dropping something without damaging it at all
20) Seeing a funny license plate
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So, what are the little things in your life that you love? 
Tell me in the comments!

-Jolly 


5.27.2017

Tomorrow


Sometimes it can feel like you're in an endless loop, repeating the same kind of days over and over again. Days when you feel like you aren't getting anywhere with your life. Days filled with tears and sadness. With disappointment. With anger. 

When you were a kid, you never expected it to be like this. For each day to be just this hard to get through. You thought that it would be easy to get to where you wanted to be. You thought that at the age of 18, you would be graduating from high school, ready to go to some prestigious college. You thought that after college you'd easily land a high salary job. You'd live in a big house with some of your loved ones. 

Or maybe you thought that you would be a famous actor. Or have a couple published novels. Or be a prestigious piano player. Whatever your dreams were, you were certain that you'd reach them. You were sure that anything was possible. That you would be happy, and content, and everything would just be right.

But life isn't that simple. Life isn't a clear set straight path that we take to get from point a to point b. Life is this complicated, intertwined loop of memories, thoughts, and feelings. You're bound to fail once in a while. To make a couple of mistakes. To have to backtrack and retry a couple different things.

And that makes it so easy to get stuck. To get stuck in mundane days where nothing really seems to be happening. To get stuck in dark days, full of sorrow and pain. And you just desperately want it to stop. You desperately want tomorrow to be different from today, but you don't know if it ever will. 

And if this is you, if you feel like nothing is going right in your life, you just have to keep on going. You just have to keep on living through your days, and know that life isn't going to be like this forever. 

You have to keep yourself from keeping discouraged, and continue chasing your dreams, whatever they are. You have to take a deep breath, and be determined to take risks. Risks that will make tomorrow a better tomorrow. And if it fails, that's okay. You just need to keep on moving, keep on living. Keep on trying, keep on following your dreams. 

Above all, you need to have hope. Hope that tomorrow will be better than today. Hope that tomorrow, things will work out for you. Hope that tomorrow, you'll be happier. 

If you get yourself in the mindset that things are never going to get better for you, nothing ever will change. 

But, if you take control of your life, if you choose to not let failure stop you from chasing your dreams, if you have hope...Then, I promise that you'll get where you want to be. I promise that you'll be happier. And I promise that you'll have wonderful tomorrows. 

-Jolly

5.13.2017

Relax and Unwind: Little Things I Do to De-stress

Hey, everyone! Stress is something that a lot of people deal with frequently, including me. In these situations, it's important to know that you don't have to continue feeling this way and that there are things you can do to feel better. So, I've compiled a list of little things that I do when I'm stressed out (and that you can do, too!)



1. Listen To Relaxing Music 
There are plenty of amazing instrumental music soundtracks on YouTube. They always seem to have such a calming affect on me. 

Some that I like in particular are:
a) 3 Hours of Relaxing Music- "Beautiful Piano". This is basically a really beautiful, bright, positive sounding song, that is played on loop by a piano for three hours.
b) 1 Hour Ultimate BTS Piano Music.  This is a compilation of piano covers of the songs of the k-pop  group, BTS. If you're an ARMY (the fandom name for BTS), this won't succeed in calming you down, and will instead result in lots of fangirling and screaming of lyrics in mangled Korean. If you're not a fan of the group, you'll be fine, and it will definitely prove to be relaxing. Although, you really should check them out. Listen through their albums, watch an interview, or take a look at a music video. I PROMISE THAT THEY'RE AMAZING. *not so subtly pushes BTS on to readers

2. Journaling
I've been journaling consistently every day for a little more than a month now. It just really helps to get my thoughts written down on paper. I know that it can be hard for some people to keep up with journaling, so I recommend that you find a specific time and place to write every day so that it becomes part of your daily routine. 

3. Take A Shower + Moisturize
Taking a hot, relaxing shower on a stressful day is just such a relaxing experience. Using bath salts can really help with the de-stressing, too. Afterwards, MOISTURIZING IS KEY. There is nothing better than the feeling of having soft, nice smelling skin, on a stressful day. 

4. Watch Something Relaxing
Sometimes, you just need to bundle up under some soft blankets, and binge-watch some TV. In times of stress, I like watching sitcoms or "comfort shows." Some examples of shows that could work for you are Modern Family (my personal favorite), Friends, Gilmore Girls, a show from your childhood/past, etc. 

5. Take A Walk
It can be really nice to just get away from what's stressing me out for a little while and just go outside and enjoy nature. The fresh air and sunlight can really help clear my mind and give me time to reflect on my day. 

6. Breathing
Breathing is an instant fix for stress. My favorite breathing technique is to inhale for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of seven, and then exhale for a count of eight. Another one that might work for you is to inhale for a count of two, and then exhale for a count of two. Then inhale for a count of four, followed by an exhale for a count of four. You can continue to increase the time of your inhale and exhale until you begin to feel calm.

7. Read 
WHY IS THIS NOT HIGHER UP ON MY LIST? Anyway, reading is something that definitely helps me de-stress. It's just really nice to be able to escape into another world, where your problems don't even exist. Of course, even though reading can distract you from your own stress, it can introduce a whole new stress into your life about what will happen to the characters and the worlds in the books you're reading.

8. Spending Time With Loved Ones
When I'm stressed out or feeling down, spending time with my friends and family is one of the best things I can do. They give me a shoulder to lean on and someone to converse my problems to. They also never fail to brighten up my day, and distract me from whatever's bothering me. Sometimes, all you need to feel better is a hug from someone you care about. 

9. Take A Break
Lastly, I just want to say that if something is really stressing you out, it's okay to just take a break from it. There is nothing more important than your mental health and well-being. Know that it's okay to feel stressed out once in a while, but also make sure to always prioritize your mental health first. 

-Jolly