Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

Since this week is spring break for me, I decided to go see Beauty and the Beast at my local movie theater yesterday.

I didn't really know what to think before the movie started, but I wanted to keep an open mind about the movie, and wait until the end to form an opinion on it. I must say, though, that I am very impressed with the movie. It exceeded my expectations.

The costumes, the set, the acting, the music, the animation...it all was very superbly done!!

I absolutely loved Belle's yellow dress, and how they made up Beast to look. And the ending. That was beautifully done!! I especially loved how Belle stood up for herself when Gaston was trying to get her attention, and her hand in marriage, as well as when she was with the Beast.

I would definitely watch this movie again, and would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about seeing it.

Monday, March 20, 2017

My Spring Bucket List

Now that I have a job, I am more inclined to want to do more fun things, that I am able to pay for myself. Here is my spring bucket list.

  • Get my driving permit
  • Practice driving
  • Get bedroom cleaned up
  • Buy a violin
  • Buy a ukulele
  • Buy a laptop
  • Bike at least once a week
  • Go to the Farmer's Market
  • Fill a sketchbook
  • Start a garden
  • Dye Easter eggs
  • Go bowling
  • Try jogging
  • Donate unwanted items
  • Host a game night
  • Bake something once a week
  • Take nature photography walks
  • Make and eat a homemade pizza
  • Try a new recipe each week
  • Go on a picnic
  • Buy new clothes
  • Redecorate bedroom
  • Practice cake decorating skills
  • Knit or crochet a sweater for my dad
  • Eat out at least one new-to-me restaurant
  • Visit the local Hemingway Birthplace
  • Paint something on canvas
  • Put puzzles together
  • Bake at least one loaf of bread
  • Start an essential oils routine
  • Buy exercise clothes
  • Start a regular exercise routine
  • Re-learn Spanish
  • Learn ASL
  • Make a vision board
  • Learn Italian
  • Learn how to take better pictures
  • Make flowerr crowns
  • Eat from local ice cream shops
  • Publish at least one video on YouTube
  • Learn how to sew
  • Make and fly a kite
  • Host a potluck
  • Visit a free museum
  • Try eating healthier more regularly
  • Become certified in First Aid/CPR
  • Try drinking tea on a regular basis
  • Take up meditation
  • Take up yoga
  • Learn how to apply makeup
I may add more to this list in the future, but this is all I can think of so far. What is on your spring bucket list?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

My Life Bucket List, Continued

More places I would like to go, things I would like to do, and more.

The Chocolate Bar in Houston, Texas
Serenbe, Georgia
Canton, Mississippi
Milton, Delaware
Boone, North Carolina
Abilene, Kansas
Creede, Colorado
War Eagle, Arkansas
Shipshewana, Indiana
Guildford, Connecticut
Capitola, California
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Davis, Oklahoma
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
Berlin, Maryland
Natchitoches, Louisiana
Sitka, Alaska
Hood River, Oregon
Paia, Hawaii
Damascus, Virginia
Shelburne, Vermont
Frederick, Maryland
Grand Haven, Michigan
Cedar Key, Florida
Marietta, Ohio
Healdsburg, California
Franklin, Tennessee
Keene, New Hampshire
Corning, New York
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Pella, Iowa
Galena, Illinois
Archery Tag (saw this on Pinterest)
Get a tattoo that means something to me
See The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker in person
Bar Harbor, Maine
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Lindsborg, Kansas
Mount Carroll, Illinois
Sandpoint, Idaho
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Dahlonega, Georgia
St. Augustine, Florida
Smyrna, Delaware
Chester, Connecticut
Durango, Colorado
Pacific Grove, California
Harrison, Arkansas
Bisbee, Arizona
Seward, Alaska
Fairhope, Alabama
Fill shoebox presents each year, as a family, for Operation Christmas Child
El Caminito, La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentine
Lombard Street, San Francisco
Umbrella Sky Project, Agueda, Portugal
Brouwersgracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
Bregagh Road, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
Cherry Blossom Avenue, Bonn, Germany
Qiyi Street Chongron Alley, Lijiang, China
Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain
Chefchaouen, Morocco
Korankei Valley, Toyota, Aichi, Japan

Friday, February 10, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Safe

Wow, it has been a loooong time since I did Five Minute Friday. I actually kind of miss it.

This week's FMF is: Safe


In a world that has become a very dangerous place to be, it seems like safe places to stay are becoming rare.

We need a place where we know we can relax, where we can be ourselves, without worrying if we will be attacked or judged.

Why is it so hard to let people live their lives, without fearing them? Most of the time, people just want to go about their lives, without having to constantly look over their shoulder, wondering if the safety of their home, job, or community will be shattered.

Having a safe place to just be, is the best way for people to feel comfortable, to feel like they belong. To feel human.

Safety needs to be more common in today's world. If people were kinder, more understanding, more accepting of others, the world would be much safer. A little kindness goes a long way.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

50 Things About Me

I decided to do a get-to-know-me post, so you

  1. I am the youngest of five; I have three brothers and 1 sister.
  2. I had a birthmark removed from my neck when I was 18.
  3. I am very shy and introverted, but once I get to know someone, and they want to be friends with me, I can be very outgoing.
  4. I have never been outside of the U.S. before, although I got close to the U.S./Canada border when I went to Montana.
  5. I love to bake (mainly sweets/desserts), and am going to school for my baking/pastry degree.
  6. I also love photography, and hope to get my photography degree someday.
  7. Another passion of mine is writing, and I would love to write at least one book in my life.
  8. I have an iris coloboma in my right eye (the iris, and in my case, the pupil as well, didn't form properly, so my vision isn't that great in my right eye).
  9. My favorite animals are horses, dogs, cats, and polar bears.
  10. I love things that glow in the dark.
  11. I am majorly afraid of heights.
  12. I bullet journal.
  13. I never really liked school all that much until I got to college.
  14. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan.
  15. My musical taste is pretty varied. My favorite artists are Andrea Bocelli (opera/pop), Francesca Battistelli (Christian), Garth Brooks (country), Imagine Dragons, Josh Groban, Celtic Woman (Irish), Celtic Thunder (Irish) and Pentatonix.
  16. My favorite color is purple.
  17. As a kid, I loved mushrooms. I'm not a big fan of them now, but I will eat them.
  18. I love chocolate. A lot!!!
  19. My favorite food is pasta.
  20. My favorite cuisines are Italian, Mexican and some Indian.
  21. I am a major night owl.
  22. I volunteer at my local library, delivering library materials to those who can't physically come to the library for whatever reason (disability, illness, pregnancy, etc.).
  23. I have lived in a city my whole life, but I prefer country living.
  24. I have lived in the same house since I was born.
  25. I prefer warm weather over cold.
  26. I love stickers.
  27. I love to make lists.
  28. I love thrift stores (there are at least 3 different thrift stores near me).
  29. My favorite TV shows are Once Upon a Time, Hawaii Five-O (the remake), Bonanza and Gilmore Girls.
  30. I love spicy foods.
  31. I love linguistics.
  32. I am obsessed with brimmed hats.
  33. My favorite baker is Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss.
  34. I love teddy bears.
  35. I prefer long hair to short.
  36. I love puzzles.
  37. I love cheesecake.
  38. I have a heart for children, and would love to adopt one day (as well as have bio children as well).
  39. I took up knitting during a very difficult time in my life, and have been knitting ever since.
  40. I also took up crocheting as well, and enjoy both crafts very much.
  41. I am a very sensitive person, so I tend to take things personally, even when something is not meant to be personal/mean/etc. (although I am doing better with that, as I haven't been hurt by as much stuff as I used to).
  42. I also am a very emotional person, so when I see someone hurt or upset, it affects me emotionally.
  43. I played the violin in elementary school, and plan to play again someday.
  44. I love candles.
  45. I am a Hufflepuff/Pukwudgie (from the American school Ilvermorny)
  46. I love rainy days.
  47. I have been journaling since I was in sixth grade.
  48. I had a hermit crab for a couple years, named Sebastian.
  49. I love flannel.
  50. I prefer animated movies over live action, but I will watch both.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My Word for 2017 Is...

Responsible
 
I have heard of people having a 'word' for the upcoming year, and talking about why they chose that word.
 
For 2017, I have chosen the word RESPONSIBLE.
 

I feel like that is the perfect word for me to work towards, as I think I can do more that what I am currently doing, to be more responsible for myself.

Many of the choices I have made in the past, aren't the wisest choices I have made to being as independent as I possibly can, and I want to work on that.

So, for 2017 (and beyond), I want to work on being more responsible for:

  • My health. I am not taking very good care of myself, physically, emotionally, and mentally. And I really, really, really want to do better. There are several activities that I love to do (bike riding, swimming, yoga, even playing on playgrounds), and there are lots of food that I love, that I would be willing to have on a regular basis, that is good for me. Another health-related thing I would like to work on is my posture. For many years now, I have been slouching a lot, and it affects how I feel physically, emotionally and mentally. And it just does not look good. I want to be able to stand/sit up straight, without it being uncomfortable, and something I do not want to do; something I have to actually think about doing.
  • How I spend my time. I don't have a job yet, and only volunteer once a week, so most of my free time is spent either on the Internet, watching a movie, reading, listening to music, or just sitting at home. The only thing I do that gets me out of the house is volunteering on Friday mornings. I would love to go out more often, to do more things out of the house, so I'm not doing nothing all day.
  • My work ethic. There are some things in the work force that make me very uncomfortable, and unwilling to do, and I want to work on that. One is talking to people. I am a very shy person most of the time, and am only comfortable talking around friends and family. I would love to be able to be comfortable in a work environment, and not have to worry about little things. I would love to have a job that I will love, that I will be comfortable doing, and that the employer would be proud of having me as an employee.
  • My financial situation. Since I don't have a job yet, the only way I get money is from my dad once a week. I don't always spend/save my money wisely, and I would like to work on that a lot more. I have been thinking that, once I get a job, I will put one third of my checks into my savings account, one third will be for donating, and one third will be used for spending on whatever I want/need right away.
  • My possessions. I don't always take care of my things, and they end up getting torn, ripped, broken, or otherwise destroyed. And I have wrecked a few things that I loved, which I feel really bad about. Hopefully I can do better, and put things where they belong when I am done with them, so I can keep them as long as possible. I would also like to be more aware of where I put my possessions, as I sometimes forget where I put them, and it can take me a long time to find them.
  • My actions, thoughts and emotions. I am one of those very sensitive people, so I tend to take things personally, even when it's not meant to be personal. Although, I have gotten better at not taking things every single thing personally, over the last several years, but I still want to work on it. I also want to work on not thinking negatively, about myself, or others. I would just like to be more positive, more happy in the things I do, think, and feel, and to bring as little negativity into my life as possible.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

My 2017 Goals

Every year, I make New Year's resolutions, and every year, I never keep them (except for one: to cut down or stop drinking soday; I have had probably 2 sodas in the last 10 years).

I have decided to make 'goals' for 2017, instead of resolutions, in the hopes of actually achieving them, and to inspire me to work at them.

Without further ado, here are my 2017 goals:

  • Get my driver's license
  • Pass my classes (C or better)
  • Get a job that I will love (preferably in a bakery)
  • Eat twice as much healthy food and half as much unhealthy food than I do now
  • Learn how to sew
  • Try out a regular running routine
  • Take up yoga and practice regularly
  • Take self defense classes
  • Practice cake decorating skills once a week
  • Write in a journal regularly again
  • Contact my friends on a regular basis, just to see how they are doing (email, text, call, etc.)
  • Go to bed by midnight each night
  • Wake up by 9 am each morning
  • Learn to love myself more
  • Become more outgoing by doing things out of my comfort zone
  • Save up for a DSLR camera
  • Start and maintain an essential oils routine
  • Take 30 minute walks 4 to 5 days a week, if possible
  • Take better care of, and keep better track of, my possessions
  • Get bedroom cleaned up, and keep it clean
  • Get into a relationship with someone who will love me for me, who will support me
  • Bullet journal better
  • Learn how to cook better
  • Learn how to cook/bake new recipes, cook/bake at least least 2 times a week
  • Learn Spanish again, and become fluent in it (both in speaking it, and reading it)
  • Learn Italian, and become fluent in in (both in speaking it, and reading it)
  • Save up for, and buy, a full-size violin
  • Take more photographs, and learn how to take better photographs
  • Read at least two books a month

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Letter to My Younger Self

I have seen and heard about people writing letters to their past and future selves, and I wanted to do this as well.

I will start with the letter to my younger/past self.

 
Dear Younger Me,
 
First off, don't hate wearing glasses. They are NOT that bad!!! Wearing glasses does not hurt, and they are pretty stylish too! Also, pretending to forget bringing your glasses to school in second grade was not the wisest move.

Now, about homework. It woulde have been wiser to get it done asap, instead of putting it off, or not doing it at all. Asking for, and getting help, is not a bad thing, either. I know you were/are capable of doing well in school; you just underestimated your capabilities and strengths. You are a smart, capable, beautiful person, and I wish you had known that back then.

In relation to homework and school, it wouldn't have hurt to join a club or two, to make school more enjoyable (and likeable!!). School doesn't have to be a bad thing, if you just put in the effort to do your work, participate in class, and just do your part. Clubs can help you come out of your shell, find yourself, and do better in school.

Clubs and after-school activities are also a great way to make friends, because they share a common interest with you.

Next, about journaling/writing. It's great that you journaled in elementary school, but I wish you had kept it up through junior high and high school. And beyond. It would help with figuring out everything that was going through your mind, and everything that was going on in life. Writing things out helps you understand things better.

You don't have to keep everything bottled inside, and have it explode from you later. That is not healthy. Talking about it, even writing about it, helps make sense of things, and you will feel so much better afterwards.

Another thing I would like to tell you is to please believe in yourself. You can do anything you put your mind to, if you just believe you can. Being afraid to do something doesn't mean you can't do it. That just means it is worth doing. Especially if it is something you love, something you have a passion for.

You do not have to doubt your self-worth, or your beauty. You are an amazing woman, and I wish you could see that. Don't ever let anyone dictate what your self-worth is, nor your beauty. You have every right to feel confident about being yourself, to love yourself, to just be.

No one should make you feel inferior, like you don't belong here, like you aren't worthy of a life worthy of living.

People who make you feel bad about yourself, are crying out for help, and they need to be listened to. They feel like if they make someone feel worse than they do, they aren't as bad off as others. Their actions reflect who they are, how they are feeling, not of who you are.

Also, being that painfully shy is not doing you any good. It doesn't hurt to speak up/out when you want/need to say something. Being shy isn't a bad thing, but being severly shy like this keeps you from reaching your potential, from doing the things you want and need to, and from people getting to know you. It doesn't hurt to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while.

People are going to be judgmental about anyone who is different, no matter what you do or who you are, so don't be afraid to be yourself. Being yourself is the best thing you can do for yourself. Conforming to who and what others think you should be is not the key to being your true self, to being happy.

Do not change to make others happy. If you want to change, change for yourself, not because others say you should. If you change who you are, because someone wants you to be something other than who and what you are, than you will be very unhappy.

Do what makes YOU happy, what makes you, you. You are beautiful the way you are, no matter what other people may think. What others think about you is a reflection of them, not of you.

Love,
Present Me


Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas 2016

(Disclaimer: I am not trying to brag in any way, shape, or form about what I got for Christmas, or what I did. I just wanted to share, for those who are interested.)

I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas, had a wonderful day yesterday!! For those who celebrate Hannukah, I hope you had a wonderful start to Hannukah, as well!!

I had a good Christmas. On Saturday, my dad, 2 brothers, and I opened presents, and had our traditional pizza for dinner from Giordano's (probably my favorite Christmas tradition!).

I got the first season of Bonanza on DVD (it's one of my favorite shows), an Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber that lights up, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children book, Hollow City book, It's Christmas to Me by Pentatonix CD, Night Visions by Imagine Dragons CD, a Hagrid Funko Pop figure, a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Funko Pop figure, slippers, a bed sheet set and pillowcase set, and the Harry Potter Character Vault book.

On Sunday, my dad and I went to the 9 am mass, and then I took a nap, as I didn't sleep much the previous night (I am a major night owl, so I am always up pretty late most nights).

Then, my sister and her family came over for a few hours. We had some appetizers, and the cookies that I made for the holidays (sugar cookies, shortbread, and cream cheese chocolate chip cookies).

We then opened presents. My niece and nephew absolutely loved their presents.

From my sister and her family, I got a hair dryer (yes, I did ask for a hair dryer), a Wilton cake leveler, a Wilton fondant smoother, and a Wilton cake stand.

I am going to school for my baking degree, so I was super excited to get the baking tools!!

I am looking forward to using, reading. listening to, and just enjoying the presents I got, and I loved getting to see family over the holidays.

For New Year's I am staying at home with my dad and brothers, and we will be watching New Year celebrations on TV, and eating appetizers. I can't believe it's almost 2017 already. The days just seem to fly by this year.

I will be taking a food prep essentials class next semester, one of the four remaining required classes I have to take for my degree.

I hope everyone has an amazing New Year!!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

My Life Bucket List: Miscellaneous

Buy a full-size violin and start playing regularly again
Post at least one video on YouTube
Buy a DSLR camera
Get my driver's license
Write at least one book
Grow my hair really long
Ride on a cable car
Jump out of a plane
Ride on a motorcycle
Ride in a hot air balloon
Take a helicopter ride
Go zip-lining
Have a professional photo shoot
Create my own Adventure Book (from the movie Up)
Build something at Build-a-Bear
Drive down Route 66
Dye my hair rose gold
Dye my hair purple
Dye my hair orange/red
Make homemade pickles
Learn how to use hand, power tools
Create pocket letters and send them to 'pals'
Get a caricature done of myself
Make a mini movie
Donate unwanted clothes, shoes, books, etc.
Write a song
Learn how to surf