What Happened This Month (or So): Spring 2021 || feat. my favorite books, music, TV, and food

Hello friends! Is anyone still around? I am finally done with the semester (and am officially a senior!) and I’m slowly coming back to my creative outlets as my brain cells slowly come back to life. This is a blogpost that I have had drafted for a couple months now, but never finished. Today’s post is a simple catch-up one: I haven’t captured what I’ve been doing in life for a while now, and I would love to get back to that. With that, here are some things that I’ve been doing lately!

This spring was:

working:

  • as a tutor: teaching has always been a passion of mine (& my go to answer to “what do you want to be when you grow up” since I was little), and it has slowly trickled back into my life over the past year. While I didn’t expect for my career to head this way, I can’t say I’m complaining about it (and may or may not be looking more into tutoring/teaching opportunities for the future?). Currently I tutor AP biology, SAT/ACT prep, as well as early elementary.
  • on getting an ADHD diagnosis. As someone who’s grown up in a ~mental illness isn’t real~ home, I never recognized the symptoms of ADHD in myself. As social media posts about ADHD cross my dash, I realized that those symptoms fit me like a glove, and I’m working on getting an official label (and more time on exams?) for me.
  • on school in general: this semester as a whole wasn’t /terrible/, but it was pretty brutal in terms of courseload. I’m deeply entrenched in higher level biology now, and while it is absolutely my passion, it is also still a lot of work. In particular, online lectures take me SO long to watch: it’s a phenomenon whose roots I haven’t nailed down yet, but I’ve found that watching online lectures takes me easily 2-4 times the amount of time that it would take synchronously. The ability to pause to write notes and the ability to pause to get snacks really conspire to steal my time (also: see above).
  • on growing my Instagram account. My instagram account has been stuck at ~1030 followers for the past 6 months, and it is my mission to make it start growing again! (My goal was to get to 3000 this year . . . uh). I’ve been posting a bunch of reels, which help, but then I stop posting again, which defeats the purpose, lol. If you want to help, follow me here!

reading:

  • The Ministry of Ordinary Places by Shannan Martin I buddy read this with Grace Anne, and it was so, so good. Shannan is such a master with words: you both feel like you’re having a coffee chat with her, while also being taught and inspired. So far this has been my favorite nonfiction book that I’ve read all year, and maybe of all time. It’s so incredibly applicable to standard life, and of course, I’m always a fan of anything regarding finding beauty in little things. I absolutely cannot recommend it enough.
  • The Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradly This is a series I’ve been meaning to read for AGES now: I’ve actually read the first book three times now, because I keep intending on reading the series, but then putting it down after the first book before I finish it. This time I’m determined to finish it, though, and I’m already half of the way through the series (5/10), which is a really good sign. It’s not super politically correct, especially for a book that was written in 2009, but if you overlook it, it was an enjoyable, Agatha-Christie feeling series.
  • Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez I checked out this book when I saw Hailey and Olivia read it and I really enjoyed it! It was very much not what I expected but the imagery and the storytelling was fantastic. There’s another book out set in the same universe and I’m looking forwards to reading it at some point this summer!

listening to:

  • Rachel Zegler. I’ve watched her videos for a while now whenever they pop up on my YouTube recommended page, but in February, I started watching her stuff in earnest and the enthusiasm has not waned. In particular, I must have watched her cover of Anyway at least 25 times (i.e., as many times as it popped up on my recommended feed). She is also so emotionally intelligent and I love hearing her thoughts.
  • Taylor Swift, of course. She has so much music coming out soon, and I’m so excited. She released two songs this month, and of course, folklore and evermore are on repeat still.
  • HAIM. I learned of them through Taylor Swift, and after watching them at the Grammy’s, started to check out their music. It took one evening, and now I’m thoroughly hooked. I haven’t listened to most of their music yet, but Summer Girl and The Steps have been on repeat lately.
  • good for u by Olivia Rodrigo. Like the rest of the world, I’ve been bopping along to Olivia’s songs being despite in a stable relationship 🙃 I haven’t listened to the rest of the album yet, but this one has been looping in my head lately.
  • Moms and Murder podcast. As a diehard type 6, true crime has always been so interesting to me. This is my current favorite true-crime podcast, and I listen to it to fall asleep to every night (is that weird? I’m not a serial killer I promise).
  • lots of audiobooks! I discovered the Libby app and it has worked so well for me! I’ve really enjoyed being able to listen to a book while I do chores or walk, and I check out both the audiobook and ebook so that I can read on my phone whenever I have a spare minute!

watching:

  • Shadow and Bone (on Netflix): I’m definitely a books-before-film kinda person, but when Shadow and Bone came out, my roommates were going to watch it and invited me to do so as well, so I watched it with them! It was really good and now I’m looking forwards to reading the books this summer!
  • Cruel Summer (on Hulu): This is another TV show that my roommate introduced me to and we’ve been watching it together! It is so well done and the story is so intriguing! It hasn’t wrapped up yet, but I’m excited to see what the show does. It covers the story of two teenage girls, one of whom goes missing, and the other takes her life. It’s told simultaneously over three years (i.e., one episode is July 4th, 1993, 1994, and 1995), which is super unique. The 90s aesthetic is fantastic as well.
  • Niamh Adkins: I first found Niamh through Instagram reels, where she posts reels about Taylor Swift and also her boyfriend. I’ve seen also enjoyed watching her Youtube channel and her instagram story, where she shares insights about her life. She is so insightful and funny, and has lots of good Taylor Swift content as a bonus! This video in particular made me laugh SO hard.
  • * e m m i e *: I’ve realized that I work significantly better when I have something playing in the background, and my “something” of choice is relaxing youtube videos. Emma is my current favorite: she is a booktuber, and her enthusiasm for books and the thoughtfulness in which she talks about her craft is motivating me to read more. Her voice is the most soothing as well, and her videos are such a good counterbalance to my chemistry lectures.
  • basicallyreese: like I said, I’ve really been into calming lifestyle videos lately and I’ve really been enjoying Reese’s. She does aesthetic lifestyle content and they always motivate me to get things done.

cooking:

  • White Chocolate Lemon cookies: I don’t really think these need justification haha but they are fantastic!
  • Starbucks Copycat Banana Bread: as a young adult, my biggest problem (other than the soaring rent prices, the economic crash, an unreasonable minimum wage, and a global pandemic) is buying groceries I end up not eating, and this banana bread is the perfect solution for when I buy 6 bananas at the grocery store and then end up only eating 3. The one whole cup of sugar and three overripe bananas make this banana bread top-tier, and I also add about half a cup of chocolate chips, because why not.
  • Homemade Hamburger Helper: my Asian mom would never deign herself to cook hamburger helper, but as a ✨college student✨ this is one of my FAVORITE meals to make. It’s definitely noooot the healthiest, but it is SO good.
  • Like basically poke bowls but without the fish? These are my favorite lazy weeknight dinners: I cook some 5 minute rice, add half a sliced avocado, a tablespoon of soy sauce, and a sunny side up/fried egg (and occasionally usually some cheese). They turn out beautifully and taste delicious.
  • Salads. I don’t know if I can rightfully call this ~cooking~, but salads are fantastic for the springtime. I make mine as unhealthy as possible by adding chopped up hard boiled egg, avocado, tomato pieces, turkey, cheese, and sesame dressing. They are fantastic and I love them.
  • Scrambled cheesy eggs! I put out an ask on my Instagram story for people to teach me how to cook fluffy scrambled eggs, and SO many people delivered. I’ve made some BANGING scrambled cheese eggs lately and they have been delicious.

If you want to see more of what’s going on in my life, I filmed a week in my life/reading vlog! I’m very proud of the editing: it is my biggest project to date and I am really happy with how it turned out. (I only found 1 glaring error in the 4th watch through so I count that as a win.) You can find it here:

What are some things that you have been enjoying lately? Are you a book-before-film person, or do you not care? Have you read anything good? I’m looking for summer recommendations. Leave me a comment and let me know!

What Happened This Month: December 2018 || Blogmas 2018 Day 30

Hey everyone!! We’re almost done with the month, and the year!! Today, I’m doing the last monthly recap of 2018!! So let’s get started!

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Happenings-

 

Awesome-

  • Listening to all of Handel’s Messiah on a Saturday before finals week
  • Setting up your new bullet journal and being aBSOLUTELY PUMPED for the new year
  • Realizing that Instagram has pretty great face filters now????
  • Getting a large mens sweater on sale and it being the ACTUAL BEST THING EVER
  • Realizing the Windows 10 Instagram app has DMs on desktop!!!

Awkward-

  • Realizing you have 21 books to read to hit your GoodReads goal . . . after you lower your goal
  • Watching 7 episodes of b99 instead of studying for your finals
  • Putting the phrase “this one is one about one” in a blogpost, whilst writing blogposts at 1am
  • Hand-writing a card and having the thought ‘I could put an emoji here’ pass through your brain ><
  • This

Blog News-

Well I did Blogmas, so go read through that for a list of posts I wrote. Or come back tomorrow and I’ll have the list too!

Stats-

  • Views: 227
  • Visitors: 98
  • Countries Viewed From-
    • United States
    • Germany
    • Canada
    • United Kingdom
    • India
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Ireland
    • Czech Republic

December Goals WrapUp

  1. Finish out finals! Done.
  2. Less than 4 hours on my phone every day.  Done.
  3. Read a book every day  (finish out GoodReads challenge). Lol no, and no.
  4. Do blogmas! kiiiiinda???
  5. Do something productive everyday. … … … that goal was as sketchy as my accomplishment of it

January Goals


And that’s a wrap for the year! I’ll be back tomorrow to wrapup Blogmas, but aside from that, I’m done for the year! What was the best thing that happened to you this month?

Media This Month: December 2018 || Blogmas 2018 Day 29

Well, December (and thus, Blogmas) is coming to an end, and I figured we’d wrap up this month as well! So here we go, fun media things this month!

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Playlist-

Cool Musical Finds-

Cool Blogposts Read-

december 26 by Sarah

Do YA Books Have Too Much Romance? by Cait

Great Videos Watched-

The internet LITERALLY BROKE in December 2018. HOLY HECK.

Colleen Ballinger (Miranda Sings) gave birth || Cole and Savannah also gave birth || Oscar and Kyra got engaged || (as well as that other youtuber but I don’t watch her lol) || my brain is BROKEN || and of course, there was just VLOGMAS

and then there’s also this one

Twitter Finds-

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What was the biggest thing (in your opinion) that happened on YouTube this month? What cool media thing did you see this month? Let me know!

January 2019 Goals || Blogmas 2018 Day 27

Hey everyone! Guess what, it’s another wrapup post! Today, I’m setting my goals for January: it makes my yearly goals that much more easy to work towards.

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So my college does this thing that’s really nice where school doesn’t start back up for me until the 28th???? Which gives me a WHOLE MONTH OF BREAK still???? Which is SUPER nice???? That means that I have nearly all of January to do ALL THE THINGS: artsy things, crafts, blogposts, ALL OF IT.

So, with that, here are my January goals!

  • read 25 books
  • write a blogpost every day
  • finish out college work from the first semester
  • 5 blogging comments a day (4 blogs that I already read and 1 new one!)
  • 7 arts projects
  • purge and clean room

What are your goals for January? When do you start school back up? Let me know!

April 2018 Recap || What Happened This Month

April was a weird month. While on one hand, I got a lot done and put out a bunch of blogposts I’m really proud of, it was also very emotionally draining because of lots of things ending. And aside from doing a lot of *stuff*, I wasn’t really productive either. So. it was weird. But I did a recap!

What Happened This Month April 2018
Photo by Maggie H on Unsplash, [terrible] editing by me

Playlist-

Happenings-

Awesome-

  • going prom dress shopping with friends
  • getting chocolate from a random little old lady at church
  • changing the music you’re listening to on your computer with your phone on spotify
  • the sweetest moments with Him™
  • getting to meet the SWEETEST and SMALLEST and MOST PRECIOUS baby boy after his parents, my youth group leaders, walked through infertility for 9 years
  • realizing how much Jesus loves us
  • posting a picture of Him™ on the finsta and y’ALL LOVING ON US

Awkward-

  • writing down a list of activities and stuff that are ending in a few weeks, hitting the words “the end,” and starting to tear up
  • getting that YODEL BOY’S SONG STUCK IN YOUR HEAD
  • being at community college, paying thousands of dollars to attend class, and going on Youtube, and them having the audaCITY TO SHOW YOU THEIR OWN AD WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO WATCH A CALCULUS VIDEO
  • going from 85 degree weather to 40 degree weather in the span of three days
  • sitting in the college library studying and listening to the conversation of the four guys by you, three of every four words being the s word, the f word, or the n word

That Moment When-

  • you find out dodie is going to be twenty-five minutes from you on tour . . . then also find out that tickets are sold out
  • doing multiple choice in class and a kid saying his answer was “D for doggo” and the teacher saying he was wrong because she didn’t know what it was and thought he said “B for bongo”
  • Him™ breaks his wrist IN FRONT OF YOU
  • Pentatonix comes out with an AWESOME ALBUM but you listen to it on a day with lots of sad memories and ruin it

YouTube Videos-

Blogpost Read-

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Self Love VS God’s Love by Christine Smith

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Just Little Things by Emily Mundell

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The Confidence of a Child by Maggie

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Dear to be Happy Again by Julia

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Extraordinary: A Definition by Madeline

April Goals WrapUp-

  • Do 150 hours of productive work- pshhhhh hahahahah no. As my Camp NaNo cabinmates have seen, I’m so far off of this goal it’s funny
  • Take one chapter of notes a day- you would think that with finals coming up, I’d work on this more . . . but lol no
  • Finish 30 Day Ab Workout- I did 24 days! Which was more than I expected!
  • Memorize Philippians (with church)- not . . . .really?
  • 5 blog comments per day- I did it!!!
  • Be in bed by 12 and up by 8- this goal helped, but no
  • Fluoride Rinse everyday- did it! (mostly)
  • Read 7 books- haha I got no time *distant crying*

May Goals-

  • Handletter the Little Bible Plan prompts
  • No social media between 11am and 10pm
  • Finish out high school (!!!)
  • 3 blog comments a day
  • Read 20 books
  • Clean out the house

What happened TO YOU in April? What are some of the goals that you have for May? Can you believe that it’s MAY next month??

January 2018 Recap || What Happened This Month

Hello everyone!! Happy 1/12th of 2018!! (what the heck how did that happen?) Today, I’m testing out a little different type of monthly recap: I used to have a lot of stuff in my monthly recaps (just because I wanted to see them myself) but then they get really big, so tell me down below what things I should cut out!

Also, my monthly goals are also in this post too…it’S SO LONG!!! Tell me what I can cut pleaseeee!

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Playlist-

Happenings-

  • I finished applying for colleges!!!!
  • I fell head over heels in love with dodie and may have watched nearly all her videos.
  • I did a poll thread on Twitter about writing numbers
  • My wisdom teeth started coming in and I complained about it for three days straight until the pain went away
  • I went on a ski retreat with friends and almost died skiing got to spend time with FRIENDSSSSSS
  • MY FAVORITE VLOGGERS ARE PREGNANT AGAINNNNNNN
  • The tide pod thing happened, and I contributed with this:

  • Participating in the 24 in 48 readathon
  • Going to band after drinking a lot of coffee, and driving everybody crazy and bouncing on my chair (literally) through 3 hours of rehearsal
  • My last semester started!!!

Awesome-

  • Going to a friend’s house to study and being loved upon by her two (!!!) sweetest (!!!) golden retrievers
  • Looking for blogger interviews and having the slots fill up so fast!!!
  • Realizing that you have only literally have 3 classes to do this semester
  • Getting to lead lots of little flutes in sectionals at band
  • Two of my best friends got instagram and like omg
  • Started to get into drinking coffee and experimenting with my milk frother to make lattes

Awkward-

  • Not being able to type because you’re rapping Hamilton
  • When your mom asks you a question when you’re watching dodie and you answer in a distinctly British accent
  • Typing “email” into the search bar when you’re trying to get to your email
  • Having a 3am-10am sleep schedule
  • Writing 1000 word blogposts regularly, but struggling to write a 700 word essay
  • Going away for a weekend, and coming back to literally 70 new blogposts to read
  • Choosing the Proverbs with 18 verses to read instead of the one with 33 verses becAUSE IT WAS LATE AND YOU WERE TIRED
  • When your pastor says “see you Sunday” and you straight up say “wait what’s on Sunday” as if you haven’t been going to church your entire life
  • When you’re so productive that you block your own college sign in page

YouTube Videos-

 

Blogposts Read

brooke.jpgLife is Pain by Brooke

Pushing God Away by Anna Joy

Library Memories by Katie Grace

Blog News-

Posts-

Links-

Stats-

  • Views: 727
  • Visitors: 367
  • Countries Viewed From-
    • United States
    • Canada
    • Australia
    • India
    • United Kingdom
    • New Zealand
    • Pakistan
    • Ireland
    • Cambodia

January Goals WrapUp

  1. Go to bed before 12 am. lol as if
  2. Stay well-hydrated. I almost tried
  3. 3 blog comments every day. I !!! DID!!! IT!!!
  4. Knit some every day. I’ll admit, I knit more than I usually do, but I didn’t knit everyday. I finished 1/4 of my sweater!!
  5. Read 15 books. I read 10, which I’m happy with!!
  6. Review verses. I memorized, what, exactly half a verse?
  7. Finish my entire to-do list. DO I LOOK LIKE FREAKING ABBIEE
  8. Get my senior pictures done! Nope. But I’m doing that tomorrow!!!
  9. Finish applying to colleges! I DID IT!!! (courtesy of too many late nights and ruining my sleep schedule) praise the Lord.

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February Goals

  1. Go to bed before 12 am and get up before 8am. After having a 3-10 sleep schedule (see above), I really need to get my sleep schedule back together
  2. Take my senior pictures (honestly just putting this one in because I’ll be doing them literally tomorrow)
  3. Read 8 books because it’s a short month
  4. Post consistently on my blog Instagram Because I haven’t posted regularly in forever and I need to do that (It’s bookstagram month!)
  5. Don’t fall behind on school let’s finish out senior year strong!!!
  6. Don’t die at regionals while also making decent notesheets
  7. Comment on 5 blogposts a day because it’s a short month and I’m very behind on reading blogposts
  8. Learn to make lattes and also drink water

WEEELLLLLLL that’s a wrap! What parts of this wrapup can I leave out next time? What are some of your goals for February?

Blogmas Day 30: Media This Month December 2017

I haven’t done one of these in FOREVER, and this is the last one of the year! So here’s what I’ve been watching/reading/listening to, mediawise in December!

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Playlist-

Musical Finds-

Cool Blogposts Read

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Goodbye, Part Two

I Came, I Saw, I Judged by Jessica

What Christmas Has Become by Julia

Great Videos Watched

Twitter Finds

https://twitter.com/Barknado69/status/943851460986580993

Blogmas Day 27: January 2018 Goals

HI FRENS! Today we’re going to talk about my goals for January of 2018! You may have seen in my 2018 Resolutions blogpost about how I’m going to be doing monthly goals now, because my life is going to be CRAZY this year!

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So. Here are my January 2018 goals!

  1. Go to bed before 12 am. Especially the latter part of this month, I’ve been super super bad about going to bed on time (like, 3am bad). I know 12 am is still late, but I have several college applications due this month at midnight so we’ll see how that even goes XD
  2. Stay well-hydrated. Last year, I made a resolution to drink more water, which worked decently, until the very end of the year. My plan for January is to rehydrate my self, then to keep myself well hydrated, since I perform so much better that way.
  3. 3 blog comments every day. Like last year, I’m currently planning on doing 3 blog comments every day. If I do this monthly, I can cut back on the months I’m going to be busier, and overall it’s going to work better, I think.
  4. Knit some every day. I have a bunch of knitting projects I’ve been meaning to get done for FOREVER, but have never gotten around to doing. If I knit a little every day, then I’ll be that much nearer to finishing!
  5. Read 15 books. January is usually a decently low-key month for me in terms of school, so I’m hoping to spend some of that extra time reading!
  6. Review verses. In January, I’m going to be memorizing Philippians 1: 1-18 with my Bright Lights group, and I’ll have to keep up with that every day!
  7. Finish my entire to-do list. This entails keeping up with school work (which I’ve been really bad about) and otherwise finishing my to-do list for the day, to keep myself from overcommitting to projects and tasks that I can’t complete.
  8. Get my senior pictures done! It’s senior year, and one of my best friends is taking my senior photos, and my other best friend is doing my makeup! I hope we can get that done this month, but definitely next month otherwise!
  9. Finish applying to colleges! This is something that I have to do, since nearly every college deadline is between now and January 15th. (Bless you UMich for your February 1st deadline) I hope I can get all my application essays done in January!

And that’s it! These are my goals for next month!

What are your goals for January? Do you usually set yearly goals, or monthly goals?