Snapchat Spectacles

DSC_3302

A few weeks ago, my roommate, Cody, came home from the mall with a pair of Spectacles from Snapchat. After five minutes of me judging him for buying them, I found myself on their website placing an order for my very own pair.

Let me tell you, these glasses are so fucking cool. They connect via bluetooth to your phone and Snapchat account. To take a video, you push a button on the top of the frame and the glasses will record ten seconds of whatever you’re looking at.

Once your video is imported to your Snapchat, you can access it in your Memories and edit it, add text or emojis, and save it to your Camera Roll all before sharing it on your Snapchat Story. What I think makes these really cool is that it gives you that first-person POV feeling with the immediate sharing abilities that you get with Snapchat.  Go-Pros give you a similar perspective, but that requires uploading to a computer before you can share it with anyone online.

DSC_3304

The Spectacles come in three colors: black, pink, and teal. They are $129.99 with free shipping and they come with a protective charging case (!!!!!), a charging cable, and a Snapchat ghost-shaped cleaning cloth. In case you missed it, the way the Spectacles charge is with the case itself. To do this, you charge the case and when you place the glasses inside, the case charges them. So cool.

Along with being such a fun product, the sunglasses are actually really high-quality, which surprised me. Not only do the lenses and frame feel sturdy, but the UV protection in the lenses themselves are better than any pair of sunglasses I’ve bought from Forever21 (shocker). You also have the ability to change out the lenses for prescription if you chose to.

DJIUfjXVYAAd7H1

Yes, these were expensive glasses for only serving one purpose. When I first heard about these I immediately thought about Google Glass and how that never really took off. I assumed this would be a similar product. However, as someone who is very invested in social media both for fun and as a future career, having another resource for accessing followers and produce content makes this product worth it to me. Plus, I love teal.

Advertisements

The Bullet Journal

For way too long I’ve struggled with craving organization in my scheduling; although “organized” is the last word I would use to describe myself, I know I need structure. Every year I buy the cutest planner to fit my personality and fill it out with important dates and my work schedule. After that I never look at it again. Occasionally I might remember it exists and cross out months that have already passed and leave it to collect dust again.

I’ve decided my problem with traditional planners is that they aren’t flexible. They’re all the same and don’t  work for me. I have dozens of break slips in my pockets with tasks and to-do’s that have a much more linear aesthetic that I prefer. When I sit down to make life plans in a notebook, it gets listed. For me, boxy calendar views are wasteful in the end. I have at least a dozen notebooks scattered around all containing the same information. I need one main journal to keep track of my plans.

img_1319

Given my life currently, I don’t have “appointments” or meetings to need to plan in detail.  My work schedule is saved in screenshots in my camera roll so writing them down is useless. My life is tasks and flimsy plans with friends with no time crunch. I need to know what day bills come out and when my dog needs her heart worm medication and when to refill my antidepressant prescription and plan out my running days.

With all of this being realized, I began looking at a lot of posts of bloggers who use bullet journals. It’s been a thought in the back of my mind that I wanted to try the “BuJo” life, but like most people just starting out, I was overwhelmed at the amount of creativity most of the examples had. Still, in my fresh mindset I have decided to jump in.  Maybe it will work for me, maybe it won’t. Still, I want to give it a try. I’m standing by my statement that 2017 is a year of continued growth and logging that in a bullet journal with a more linear task list might just be the way to do it.

In less than 24 hours, I already learned some things I do and do not like and things I want to add or change in the future. I wish my journal was dotted or gridded instead of lined, for one, but I like the size and quality so I’ll survive. Before even starting, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t compare my journal to the Instagram models; I would allow my bullet journal to grow and evolve with me this year. BuJo would be my friend to learn from week to week and month to month.

img_1322

I think that’s my favorite part about the Bullet Journal model: complete freedom. If I try something one week and hate it, I’m not committed to it. I’m in an open relationship with my planner. As I was coming up with my pre-plan, I didn’t think I wanted a daily log. I started off with the blank spread, trying to decide what would work best for me. Then I realized i could do both: on weeks where I know I have a lot going on, I can do a daily log, and on weeks where I’m not doing much, I don’t need to waste the paper. I love the potential lack of waste that comes with this process. If my Thursday is packed, then I’ll do a Thursday log and skip the other days, lumping all my tasks into my weekly tracker.

Some collections that are unique to me are my long-term goals and tasks with no time constraint, things like cleaning out my iTunes library and running a marathon; I have a collection of dreams such as buying a new mattress and getting married; my favorite personal collection is my list of dates I go on, complete with a rating system and where we met. A few collections I added are inspired by others I saw online. Gift ideas, favorites of the season, bills and habit trackers, along with a few others are all a part of my bullet journal.

img_1323

Something I plan on gaining from this (besides structure) is strengthening my handwriting. This is a big joke, I know. My handwriting has always been horrendous, but I hope that through. My bullet journal I am able to at least have legible scrawl. In the short time I’ve spent making my first spreads, I’ve found a new acceptance for my lack of artistry and cursive/print hybrid penmanship. I discovered that although it isn’t easy coming up with my own doodles, fonts, or borders, I can copy the basic idea from what I find online and make it fit my needs.

img_1320

A trend I’ve noticed in the Bullet Journal community is finding a word to motivate or describe the upcoming year. I didn’t think much of it until I kept using the phrase “year of growth” whether it be in my blog, private journal, or even just my thoughts. I mentioned in my last post that “growth” is the word I plan on returning to throughout the year, and I stand by that. Even in the few short weeks of this year I’ve felt a great sense of growth within my self in many ways and I hope to use my new Bullet Journal to continue that feeling.

If you’re curious about how to start or need more inspiration, Modern Mrs. Darcy has some great posts about her own Bullet Journal and her posts include even more links to great resources. Of course there’s the official Bullet Journal website if you want to learn more from the creator himself. For me, I love the flexibility and casualness of this style of planning and I can see myself using it for a very long time.

My Reading Style

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts recently because music brings out a lot of emotions that I still don’t wish to explore. So podcasts and YouTube videos have been a big portion of my daily background recently. My current favorite podcast is by one of my favorite blog authors, Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy. Her podcast “What Should I Read Next?” has added so many books to my tbr list and is making me think a lot more critically about the books I read.
In her podcast she always asks her guests what their reading style is and has them list three books they love, one they hate, and what they’re reading right now. In writing this post, I want to emulate that model and discuss how my reading habits have changed through my life.
My reading style is still very much encouraged by habit, but I’m trying to change my style and that’s what matters. Even as a 22-year old, I still really lean towards reading middle grade books. There’s so much to learn about growing up in these books meant for preteens and there’s such an innocence to them that I love to read. They’re easy escape books and I can breeze through them.
When I was a young teenager, I avoided YA books. I tried a few and the ones I picked were contemporary novels about the lives of high schoolers that I couldn’t relate to. The sex and partying in these books were nothing that I wanted to be involved in and it turned me off for the entire section of books because I hadn’t found the right ones. Because of these few bad experiences, I assumed every piece of YA fiction was the same.
Similarly, I was recommended a book when I was about 12 or 13 from the adult section of the library and was so horrified by the amount of sexual content in an otherwise wonderful book. Of course back in high school and even into college I was quite a prude and was embarrassed by the idea of sex between anyone and wasn’t ready for it to be a part of my library. My severe innocence gave me a lot of trouble in high school when the subject matter in many of the books we read in English class got to be too much. But that’s another story that I would love to delve into later.
When I was a teenager, a big part of my reading habits was finding one author I loved and reading every book they had written until I had completed their entire collection. Authors such as Beverly Lewis and Ted Dekker nearly have entire shelves on their own in my personal library. Once I found an author or topic I loved, I couldn’t focus on any other book until I had tired myself out of my current obsession. This makes sense with my tastes for all kinds of media. I have just enough appreciation for everything that I can become obsessed with a topic for a short period of time and then move onto something else.
To this day I still have a hard time finding contemporary novels I like. I’m  not a fan of chick-lit and hardly ever find some from that genre that I enjoy. Just like anything there are, of course, exceptions, but in general I prefer other types of stories. While I don’t have a problem with sexual content in books anymore, so many stories have it for the sake of writing it. If a detailed sexual encounter serves your story, by all means I’ll enjoy it. If it could be left out or minimized, I’d much rather continue with the plot than sex for the sake of sex. I’ll never pick up 50 Shades of Grey because that kind of story doesn’t serve any purpose in my reading life.
A constant from my younger reading self to now is my fondness for historical fiction. My favorite things to read about are medieval times, piracy, and anything around 1900-1940’s America. Although I’ll read any kind of historical fiction, these are by far my favorite time periods. I went through a Tudor Family phase where I wanted to read every book on King Henry VII. Even before working as a pirate I’ve loved pirate stories both fiction and non-fiction. The early 20th century had so much history from the boom in immigration to two world wars, prohibition, and all new forms of progress, which makes it so diverse and interesting to find books from that time period.
I’ve also always been a fan of the adventure that comes with fantasy, apocalyptic, and thrill books. Anything with a lot of drama and plot twists and excitement is always a great pick for me. Whether it’s dragons or aliens or serial killers, I’m such a believer in a fast-paced adventure.
Something that will never change in my reading style is my ability to devour a book in one sitting. While it doesn’t always happen, when I become completely enthralled in a story, I can’t and won’t put the book down until I’ve read the last page and the sequel (if applicable) is on order. Growing up homeschooled, I had a math book and a library card and spent hours at the library and would leave with stacks I couldn’t see over and would finish them all before the due date. There have been days where I’ve finished more than one book because I was so hungry for the story it provided me.
I’m in that weird age where YA isn’t quite directed at me anymore, but adult fiction doesn’t feel 100% relevant to me yet. This is such a strange age to be, where I can relate to both areas and not feel quite at home in either. Recently I’ve found myself reading a lot of timeless-era books with heavy themes, some thrill and mystery, and slightly supernatural. These ideas flow pretty well between age groups and don’t require the reader to be at any one place in their life to enjoy the journey of the characters.
As I said, I lean a lot towards middle grade books even now. Although I’ve been able to find some really wonderful YA books through the last few years as well. I still feel like I’ve hardly branched out enough into the classics and adult books. For the last few years I’ve attempted to challenge myself in reading a classic every few months or so, just to feel more well-rounded. While I have a lot of adult novels on my shelves, I’m trying to work through them around my beloved YA series that are so popular right now. with this podcast though I’ve discovered a new love for adult fiction and have been able to broaden my reading scope to an entire section of the library I have only skimmed before.
Similarly, I read very little non-fiction. The last few years I’ve also found a few memoirs and positive self-reflection type books that I’ve made my way through as a way of encouraging myself through this whole “growing up” thing. I’m very appreciative of these books that hold truth and experience in them, whether I read them often or not. Some days when I’m feeling discouraged, I’ll pick up a biography or memoir of someone who also struggled at one or many times in their life. Reading is such a wonderful way to remember you’re not alone, and while fictional characters’ struggles can be helpful too, there’s nothing like non-fiction truth to keep that real person’s experience close to your own.
Some of my favorite books will always be the ones I read in my childhood. Those books were the ones that shaped me into the reader and person that I am today. I believe so strongly that books are important no matter what it is you’re reading. If it speaks to you and satisfies the need you have, then it’s a good book, or magazine, or blog. It’s interesting to see how habits change and tastes mature along with the reader. I’m proud of the books I’ve read and excited for the ones I haven’t discovered yet.
DSC_2441

ASOUE Challenge–Introduction

The first challenge for the ASOUE Read Along! For me the read along doesn’t actually start for a few more hours, but I thought I’d go ahead and post this before I actually start reading! 
 
 

–Who are you? Of course we don’t expect you to go into great existential detail on this matter, do try to limit yourself to the basics. (But if you would like to write on the existential aspects of the question we have no power to stop you) 

I am a 20-year-old Disney Cast Member in Orlando, Florida. I’m crazy about books and the internet and this reading challenge is perfect for that! I love dogs like a whole lot. I’m a super social person and love making new friends! I’d love to meet people through this event and talk about our love for books. I’m very open about my life, so if you have any questions or want to talk to me, don’t be afraid to!

–What do you look like? 

 

–Who are some of your favourite authors and books? 
ASOUE is definitely in the top list. Ted Dekker is a favorite author. I love reading The Catcher in the Rye over and over.  I also have an undying love for TFiOS and Looking for Alaska, even though I’m not usually a fan of contemporaries. I’m much more into the dystopias, fantasy, and historical fiction genres.

–Where is your comfiest reading spot? 
Usually my bed. Although last summer I spent a lot of reading time outside in a lawn chair. 

–Have you read A Series of Unfortunate Events before? 
I’ve read the series through twice! This will be number 3 for me.

–What are your thoughts on the movie adaptation if you have seen it?
I actually like it for what it is. I love Jim Carey, so I think him being cast as Count Olaf was a good choice. I can only imagine if it had been directed by Tim Burton how much better it could have been, though. But I like how they intertwined three books making it one story, just like the books are seamlessly done. Sure there are things that are much different, and after we read The Wide Window I may re-watch the movie and make a proper comparison, but overall I like the choices they made. 

–How are you reading the books? Hardcover? Paperback? Kindle?
Mostly paperback. But books 10-13 are hardback copies. 

–How did you obtain these unhappy tales? 
I started out getting them from the library, but then I ended up buying them all because I like owning my own copies of the books I read.

–Are you updating your progress anywhere else?
Tumblr and Blogspot! And maybe Instagram (@featherstach3). And I’ll probably tweet quotes (@SixItBe). So yes. 
–What are you hoping to get out of this read along
Finding new things that I missed or forgot about the first two times reading these books! It’s been a few years since I’ve read them last so I’m definitely looking forward to re-living my childhood and seeing how others are doing in this challenge as well!

A Response to the article: "Against YA"

My friend, Caitlin, (hey, girl, hey!) posted This article on her Facebook yesterday with a rant of her own. If you know me at all, you know my love of books and reading and wouldn’t be surprised that I jumped in on this conversation. It started with me just giving my opinion in the comments, but within myself it turned into more; it was an opportunity for a blog post to expound on the few small comments that I made against this heinous article. 

In the article “Against YA” the author, Ruth Graham, attacks adults for reading YA fiction, and tells them they should be ashamed of their reading choices. If nothing else were said, this is bad enough. No one should ever feel ashamed for reading. Reading is something that is hard enough to get most people to do without making them feel ashamed for doing it in the first place. 

[Side note, you can feel ashamed for reading Twilight. But that’s it.]

There are many reasons that an adult might read YA or children’s fiction. It could be a devotion to an author. I go through stages where I will read everything a single author writes until I’ve completed their entire repertoire. Some authors write both YA and adult novels, and no matter the age group, I’ll read it.  Some examples of writers who appeal to both age groups are Ted Dekker, J.K. Rowling, and Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler.  I like the author, therefore I’ll read anything they write. It’s very possible that some adults have a certain affinity for an author, or even a style of writing that crosses the border of YA and adult lit. 

Another reason could be simple nostalgia. Graham counters this by saying she would never go back and re-read books she enjoyed in her youth. Why? Isn’t part of being a reader reading the stories you love over and over again? Many books I own are nostalgic to me because I loved them growing up, and I still love them now. 

What I really didn’t like about the overall article was the tone. It wasn’t her opinion that adults shouldn’t read YA: it was fact that they should be ashamed. Graham made sure to make her targeted audience feel uneducated and immature for their tastes in books. Life is so short, and the list of truly great books for adults is so long. And if you added YA and children reads, the list could be exponentially longer. 

And if people are reading Eleanor & Park instead of watching Nashville or reading detective novels, so be it, I suppose. But if they are substituting maudlin teen dramas for the complexity of great adult literature, then they are missing something….YA endings are uniformly satisfying, whether that satisfaction comes through weeping or cheering….These endings are emblematic of the fact that the emotional and moral ambiguity of adult fiction—of the real world—is nowhere in evidence in YA fiction. 

Is reading not supposed to be an escape? Satisfaction is a side effect of escape. Why does it matter to you, Ms. Graham, how people choose to escape their lives? Some people escape by running, by writing, by eating, by reading. Everyone has something they cling to that helps get through whatever it happening in their lives. What is so wrong with recreational reading? There is just as much fantasy and fluff adult novels. Romance trash novels, anyone? 50 Shades of Grey is NOT literature, but it’s still a book.

 But the YA and “new adult” boom may mean fewer teens aspire to grown-up reading, because the grown-ups they know are reading their books. When I think about what I learned about love, relationships, sex, trauma, happiness, and all the rest—you know, life—from the extracurricular reading I did in high school, I think of John Updike and Alice Munro and other authors whose work has only become richer to me as I have grown older, and which never makes me roll my eyes. 

If you’re a TRUE reader, you will always be expanding your bookshelves and growing. Whether the cover catches your eye, someone recommends it to you, or you find a review of it somewhere. Reading Adult lit is part of being a reader. But why would you limit yourself? Graham says as an adolescent she wanted to “earn” her way into adult reading. Reading isn’t something you earn. Everyone moves at their own pace. I know from my own life I didn’t read Adult or even most YA for a long time into my teenage years because I was uncomfortable with it. But I didn’t “win” anything when I finally wasn’t a prude anymore. And even if I was, it’s none of Ruth Graham’s business what I chose to read. Most of my bookshelf is full of Children YA novels. Some of them I even bought recently! You can learn just as much from a book geared for middle grades as you can from a book for adults. Children and some YA is about growing up, and now that we’ve already “grown up” we can look back on what it was like to be that age. I stayed in the Children’s section because I wanted to read a story without sexual undertones like YA and Adult books can be so full of. Sometimes I just want a sweet story. I definitely agree that no one should judge you by what age book you read The author of this article must be a very sad person with limited reading material.

I’m a reader who did not weep, contra every article ever written about the book, when I read The Fault in Our Stars. I thought, Hmm, that’s a nicely written book for 13-year-olds. If I’m being honest, it also left me saying “Oh, brother” out loud more than once. Does this make me heartless? Or does it make me a grown-up? This is, after all, a book that features a devastatingly handsome teen boy who says things like “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things” to his girlfriend, whom he then tenderly deflowers on a European vacation he arranged. 

Obviously, you didn’t read the book at all. Did you not read that his Cancer Side-Effect Wish was to give Hazel what she wanted? He sacrificed his Wish for Hazel so he could do something for her. So they could meet Van Houten together, the author who they had loved together. Another reason why books are so important, whether they be YA or Adult Fiction.

I will stand by the idea that you can learn anything from a book. No matter what the target age group, authors desire to have their ideas be felt by others. Why should it matter if it’s a story that takes place between two teenagers or two adults? It’s an adult writing the children’s novel or YA fiction anyway. I pick books because someone has recommended it to me, or I hear good things online. If it sounds good, I want to read it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a classic or contemporary or YA dystopian, but “no one can ever make you feel inferior without your consent.” That was the exact purpose of Graham’s article: to make people feel inferior because of their reading tastes. 

[Also, she called Divergent “trashy” and for that she must pay]

Jamberry Nails

This post is definitely a shameless plug and giant infomercial. But trust me, if you need a gift or just something for yourself, hear me out!

My mom was invited to an online party for a friend of hers selling Jamberry Nails. She bought a few just to support her friend, and ended up falling in love with this product! So she signed up to sell them, and I signed up under her because they had a Black Friday special and it was too good a deal even if I don’t do anything with it. So first, let me tell you about what this is and why you should care.

http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/KaykpuMe53w&source=udsJamberry Nails are nail wraps that come in hundreds of designs. One sheet is $15 and comes with enough to do each hand 2-3 times (or more if you mix and match) and even enough to do some toes.

Putting the nails on is super easy. I put mine on over both polish and shellac, and they worked fine. Jamberry made a video showing how to apply the nails. Seriously. So easy.

Once they’re on, the wraps should stay on for at least two weeks, at least that’s about how long my mom’s lasted until she got her new ones and wanted to change them. It feels very natural, and no different than having shellac done–especially if you’ve put them on right!

Here’s what mine look like:








I’ve got Aztec Afternoon and the plain white tip on currently.

Go to Hannahnj.jamberrynails.net and browse! They have sorority wraps, bold patterns, solid colors that are available in matte, solid, and glimmer, sports, and more! Some that I think are really cool are the clear background ones. You can get nail wraps with basketballs on a clear wrap, so you can support your team by painting your nails in their colors and it shows through under the basketballs. Or the holiday Christmas lights are the same: paint your nails red and green under the wrap! You can’t really tell in my photos, but under the white tip wraps my nail is painted a sparkly nude/light pink that shows through.

Got a little girl to buy for? The Jamberry Juniors are sets of nail wraps especially for the tiniest nails! These come with two styles, the top style having 14 wraps and the bottom style with 28. There are more on the site, but here is a screen shot of a few.

The heater they sell is very easy to use, but a hair dryer works just as well! In the same way, sure you could buy an “orange stick” with the nail kit they offer, but a toothpick or a wooden skewer would probably be just as efficient. As long as you don’t touch the part about to go on your nail, you’ll be fine. 
These are really great gifts for women you know who love doing their nails. Or if you enjoy it yourself, but don’t have the time. It’s super quick to put on and you don’t have to be helpless for hours while polish dries. Plus, the designs on these are über-cute!
And for those of us doing the DCP that will have to adhere to the Disney Look that doesn’t allow fun nail styles, there are still options for us! The white tips look SO natural, and it’s way cheaper than going and getting a manicure every time you need one. There are also quite a few neutral colors/light pinks, that, depending on your skin tone, could very well maintain the Disney Look but still giving you a manicured look. 
So, if you are ever interested, go to my website listed above and order some! They ship right to you, so you don’t have to worry about placing an order through me and me having to get it to you. You’re welcome to order through me if you’d rather, but it’s so much simpler to do it online. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have! I want to have a “party” for these online to market these, so if you are interested in being invited to that please let me know! I’d like to do it before I leave for Orlando, which is in three weeks! 

MILEY CYRUS

And now, the moment I know you’ve all been waiting for….my Miley Cyrus post.

For months, I’ve been obsessed with Miley for whatever reason. I’ve wanted to write a blog post about her, but haven’t been able to form coherent words because I’m in such a state of confusion about her. I love her, but I don’t, but I REALLY really do love her. So yesterday, I decided while I was at work to write about some thoughts and try and pull them all together and analyze why I love her, and hate JBiebs, and compare some parts of Miley’s career and just gush about her.

Firstly, before I talk about my reasons for loving/hating MC, let’s just talk about her. Remember when it “Can’t Be Tamed” was SO crazy? What about her “rap” about deleting her Twitter? I remember everyone freaking out about that. Or when she was filmed smoking Salvia? Okay, that one was a big thing. But the others weren’t. Also, her hair. I have loved her haircut since the day she did it. Everyone thought she was going Britney and shaving her head, but I loved it. I’m all for girls cutting all their hair off. Obviously. I don’t think you can do anything better to show you’re transitioning to something than drastically changing your hair. Whether it’s just discovering who you are, or trying to get away from a certain perceived role, cutting/dyeing your hair is the best way to do it. Just look at Emma Watson or JLaw or even women who cut/shaved their hair for movie roles: they committed to breaking away for “traditional” styles that women have. So for that, I commend Miley for getting away from the Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana look.

Miley Cyrus is beautiful. I loved Hannah Montana when it was on, but never really was a fan of her. 11-year-old Miley was annoying and goofy-looking (as most 11-year-olds are anyway), and I was more of a Lily fan anyway. But right up before she cut her hair and currently, I think Miley is gorgeous. Except when she does the weird knots on her head. That looks dumb. Even her style (when she is actually wearing clothes, mind you,) –sometimes– is pretty cute.

I’ve been Googling her photoshoot for Cosmo, and I’m just in awe at how pretty she is. 
Let me get into my specific reason for loving her. While I do NOT condone her behavior, she still owns it. I like her for her confidence in what she is doing, and not being ashamed for who she is. In looking at her various Cosmo interviews, she said that she’s never hidden anything. When compromising things would come out during Hannah Montana years, she never hid what she was doing; it was just who she was. Even though her actions are not at all classy, she still owns it and has actually transitioned from Hannah Montana Miley to Bangerz Miley very well. It wasn’t as though one day we all woke up from Best of Both Worlds to We Can’t Stop. There were plenty of things in between as she matured that led to who she is now. And now, she’s just being Miley. I love Miley for the same reason I love Jennifer Lawrence: while JLaw is moral, kind, and caring, and Miley is sexualized, and ratchet, they both know who they are, and don’t worry about anyone but themselves. 
As I am obsessed with her, I’ve been listening to all my Hannah Montana and other Miley songs, and have found a lot of similarities between her old and new careers. 
  • See You Again: I can’t sing this song now without doing it this way, “The last time I freaked out, I just kept looking down, I stu-stu-stuttered when he asked me what I’m thinkin’ ’bout. Bangerz, bangerz. Felt like I couldn’t breathe, he asked what’s wrong with me. My best friend laughed and said, ‘Oh she’s just bein’ Miley.’ “
  • Hoedown Throwdown vs. 4×4 feat. Nelly: Really. Listen to the music of these two songs. I’m sure someone has put these together on YouTube, because they are basically the same song. Okay. I just checked, and I can’t find it anywhere, but just listen for yourself and compare them. 
  • Then there’s this: 

Speaking of, her VMA performance was just a mess. I haven’t even watched it all the way through, only what people have shown on other videos and in Gifs, but from what I’ve seen, it was a wreck. The thing that made it popular, was because it was SO MUCH. It worked because Miley is doing everything right. Whether her performances are good or shocking, they get us talking, which means publicity. 
So why do I love Miley, but HATE Justin Bieber for acting the exact same way? I still don’t know. I’ve never been a JB fan anyway, but even now he’s the biggest douchebag and all-around awful person. He spits on his fans, pees in mop buckets at restaurants and other unmentionables. But, really, they’re moral compass is set in the same direction. I just will always hate JB and love Miley and that’s how it’s going to have to be. 
Either way, they can’t be expected to maintain the 12-year-old image they started with. It’s impossible. If they did, society would ridicule them for NOT growing up. But instead, they grew up, and are being ridiculed for that. So you can’t win. 

Bad Ass Book Club

Today, my friend Jamie texted me and asked if I wanted to read a book with her. Um, this is ME we’re talking about. I hear the word “book” and I spazz. So back to reading stuff! We’re going to read Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace along with another friend, Taylor, because we’re not at the same school anymore, and what better way to keep in touch? Plus, I HATE when I read and can’t talk to people about it. So I’m very excited to start this. It’ll be a journey.

This book is massive. Jamie didn’t tell me it was 1,079 pages when I agreed to start. XD But I’m ready for a challenging read and I’m ready to see how it goes. 

ShayLoss day 2

Day two!

Woke up at the buttcrack of day to help my parents un-decorate a house, which was a good workout in and of itself. 😉 Came home and went to the gym and was on the treadmill for a little over an hour! Teton Crest warmup for 20, then 46 minute run.

My run was not a super official run, I did a lot of walk/run/walk/run etc. But I felt good and was able to go as far as I had wanted. 3.25!! Very proud of myself. Never in a million years did I think I would be able to do anything remotely similar to running that far.

After running, I came home to make lunch, because it had been about 7 hours since I’d had breakfast. There was nothing in the kitchen to eat! So I went to the store and got a basket of GREAT food choices. Nothing is better feeling than going through the grocery store with GOOD food in your basket. It’s empowering to go past the cookies and cakes and muffins and goodness and knowing, “I’m going to be thin. Cookies will not make me thin. The things in my cart WILL.” Not to say that I’ll NEVER have a cookie again, because HELL NAW would that ever happen. But to not be quite as tempted is great. I’ve done too well making this lifestyle a habit to blow it on sugar.

  • Bananas
  • Ezekiel Bread and tortillas
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Organic, natural peanut butter (literally, it’s JUST peanuts)
  • Almond milk
  • Organic apples
  • Organic turkey lunch meat (no preservatives! No chemicals!)
  • Cheese
  • Organic eggs
  • Lemon juice (we like to put it in smoothies sometimes)
  • Coffee creamer
Now, the coffee creamer is really the only thing that I bought that isn’t great. But we can’t give it up. Milk and sweetener isn’t the same. But other than that, our kitchen is healthfully stocked!
Here’s my dog thinking I’m in the floor to cuddle her. I was trying to stretch before my run. 
And here’s me goofing off. XD

Inspiration

What inspires me? WHO inspires me? That’s a big question that I just asked myself…But maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to answer it, because I feel like it’s a question that everyone should know the answer to early on in their lives. Inspirations change just as people do, but at any given moment in your life, I believe that you should know who/what yours is. And then, eventually, when you change (because that’s life), you should quickly realize your new inspirations.

For me, I love “inspirational quotes” even if they aren’t inspirational to anyone but myself. Just anything I find on Pinterest or in books or hear friends or family say, I print them off and tape them to my wall (because my decorator Dad LOVES that…) so remind myself of what they say. I think this is partly why I compulsively write down quotes from my friends, even if they’re just funny quips. It’s very important to me to remember what people said at one time or another. It helps me preserve memories to write down the funny things (usually out of context). So, first off, I think any kind of word is somewhat of an inspiration to me. With the right combination of words, you can say something really meaningful even to just one person. Not everyone feels the same, so obviously not everyone is going to respond to the “feels” a quote may give someone else.

As far “word” inspirations go, anything I’ve read is inspiring to me as a wishful writer. Once I start reading a great book, I immediately want to write something as well. Many times I’ve seen advice given to aspiring writers that tells them to read more.  I’ve always thought that reading to gain inspiration for your own writing is a bit odd. But I understand it. I tend to copy the style of what I’m reading, and therefor have a hard time developing my own style. (That’s kind of why I wanted to blog; I know my style is very impersonal and ADHD, but I’m hoping to develop a good style through practice.) But the more I write, the easier it is to find a flow and go with it. One of my bucket list items is to write (and FINISH) a book, because God knows how many times I’ve started one only to realize I have ZERO plot. So anyone who can finish and publish a book is an inspiration to me in someway–which means even piece-of-crap-writer Stephenie Meyer has to be an inspiration too, as much as I HATE admitting that.

I am inspired by people who can do *this* for a living; blogging, writing about their lives, and people actually CARE. The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond is one of those people. I’ve read her blog for YEARS, and is one of the reasons I’ve always wanted to write and stick with it. She’s so funny and writes about the most random things that if I wrote the same thing, no one would care. But she’s her and people love her.  Another example is Charles and Alli Trippy on YouTube. I’ve watched their Daily Vlogs for about three years now, and look forward to it every day. They’re such an ideal inspiration in so many ways for me. They’re a GREAT couple, and I hope someday to find a man even half as great as Charles is to Alli. They’re hilarious, fun-loving, but I’ve learned a lot from them about transforming into a young adult. I hope someday to be as happy as they are doing whatever it is I want to be doing.

Even my friends inspire me. I have genius friends. They’re all going to go off to do some AMAZING things in life, and I only hope that I’m not the one who in ten years everyone looks back on and says, “Well, Hannah never did anything with HER life, and here we are being successful in our fields.” That’s probably my biggest fear in life: being that person in my group of friends. But they’re all ALREADY doing things in their area of study, be it an internship or just a summer job. They know what they want to do and have gone for it and gotten it. I know they’ll be successful as adults, because even as teenagers (LAST YEAR OF THAT) they’re already doing better than most college-aged people.

Of course, of course, my parents inspire me. But that’s a give-in. I wouldn’t be who I am/am becoming without them.  I’ve seen them in jobs they hated but had no choice but to stay at, seen them (now) at jobs they LOVE and have worked their whole lives for, and everything in between.  Not saying I’ve had a “hard” life, because I haven’t. But seeing my life TODAY in comparison to how it was 5 or 6 years ago even, we’ve definitely had ups and downs like anyone. And my parents have gotten through it all TOGETHER.  They’re model parents, spouses, and adults for my sister and I.

If you’ve not noticed, Disney is also an inspiration. Obviously. This is how I clean house:

Cliche as it is, Disney really does teach you to follow your dreams.  The best part is, even though there IS always a happily ever after, it doesn’t just show up without work and jumping over some hurdles. That’s what I love about Disney most of all, there’s more than just the happily ever after, it’s also the journey there. That’s where all the adventures happen. 
That was really good…I just came up with that…SOMEONE COPYRIGHT THAT SHIZNIT. 

Who/what inspires you?