The Lifestyle Blogger Tag

It’s another tag! Yes, I’m getting a little addicted. These things are actually great to do ahead and schedule them on a later date, which is what I have been doing lately. This tag is from Aimee Dot and this mainly for lifestyle bloggers, which is what I mainly am as a blogger. I talk about my life and everything about happens around it. I give you insight of it all and show you just how different things are from what you’re used to.

When did you start blogging and what made you start?

I started blogging while I starting the last year of high school. My teacher told us during our first day that we’d get these new laptops and we’d get to make blogs in class. We didn’t get to make them and use them until mid-Oct. So we basically got to only learn the basics and that was it. I was just in love with it that after that semester was over I kept up with mine. It was a great way to let everything out at that time. In 2011 I switched over to start this blog and been here ever since. My teacher knows that I’ve still been blogging since her class, she thought it was awesome that I kept going at it!

How did you come up with your blog’s name?

At the beginning, when I was trying to figure out what kind of theme I really wanted and what I wanted to call it, my mind wasn’t really working well and so nothing clever ever came to mind. I had my first name for like a day until I changed it to the one I use now, the theme has always been the same from the start. It was simple and easy to do.

Who is your favorite lifestyle blogger?

I have a lot of favorite bloggers, but I think finding lifestyle bloggers is a little bit difficult in a way. I can’t say I have a favorite lifestyle blogger at the moment. On Friday’s I try to do a post of my five favorite bloggers. The posts are called, “Blogs That I Love” and I try to do different themes and use blogs that I like and have on my blogroll.

Where do you get your inspirations for posts from?

I get my inspiration from other bloggers and their posts, but I try to do different things with them that way I don’t feel like I’m stealing their ideas. I always try to give them credit back. I also get help from everyday life as well!

What was your first blog post about?

I’m pretty sure my first blog post was about me talking about what I wanted to do with this blog and I probably shared a little more about who I was at that time and other stuff too.

What are you favorite things to write about?

I am a VERY big fan of travel, DIY, and food posts. I do write about DIY and travel sometimes, but my write posts to write about are about life at the moment and I love doing book reviews too!

What advice would you give to a lifestyle blogger who’s just starting out?

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Let everything you want to come out, just fly on out onto the post. Write what you want to write about and don’t worry about what others think. Being a lifestyle blogger can be like three-ring circus sometimes, because you’re juggling through life and you’re trying to find a balance to share certain things and keep others private. You have to keep certain things inside, not everything is right to be on a blog.

Is there anything you wish you could change about your blog?

I would love to make more professional and redo my old posts – pictures wise and other stuff – but other than I’m pretty content with it honestly. If I’m not happy with anything I change the color or theme. I like to change things up that way nothings boring.

Recommend 2 fellow lifestyle bloggers.

Claire and Roxy

Who would you tag next?

Anybody who wants to do!

Every Year In May

MilestoneAn action or event making a significant change or stage in development.

The last week of May is when the new year’s graduation mode is on full swing. Between prom and graduation, those are the most funnest times in a student’s lives. This goes for both the new graduate and new upperclassmen who get closer and closer to their chance to be free too. The first year after I graduated, I went to graduation at my old high school (just saying “old high school,” makes me feel old!) to support the students I had classes with, but my memory is a bit of a blur. Because I remember going to the last two years graduations but I’m not sure if I went to the year after or not. I think it rained on us one year but I have no clue what year it was, I’ve been to a LOT of graduations. I’ve been to nine graduations (three were family related and including mine because my cousin was in too) and so you can understand how I could get confused here. Anyways, the time in between becoming a junior and graduating high school is a very overwhelming feeling I thought. It makes your time as a junior such a rush to get the year done and then go into senior year and you are feeling rushed with passing state tests, finals, and getting those damn transcripts and scholarships turned in on time. It’s exhausting for one person to get through!

Every year in May, I feel like I look back at my life more than any other month. It didn’t just happen by mistake though, ever since I graduated high school I’ve continued to do this. In the last full week of May, I get a bittersweet and happy feeling within me. I understand the bittersweet feeling as I am still feeling like I’ve been skipping school everyday of the year. I still wake up around 6:30 or 7am and think back to the times that my parents overslept and the bus driver honking the horn a couple of times. I remember the rides to school, dreading the day ahead but looking forward to that last class. It’s what everybody imagined, but I think after a while the graduates would forget about their morning routines they had for high school. Considering I didn’t go on a bus for college, this is what I have left of a bus ride. The happy feeling I get is very strong for me during this time too. I’m happy to be free of all the worry of did I fail that class or final? I’m free of the bullcrap that I had put up with for the last seven years of my life. I’m just happy to be free, but bittersweet of the feeling of letting go.

I feel like I look back at my struggles and the journey that God put me on. It was very chaotic and almost felt too much at the moment, but something got me through it. The two years of so much stress and over thinking about every single thing basically took over my outlook on the next chapter of my life. Everything I wanted to do in college wasn’t going to happen like I wanted, at that time I was VERY bitter and hated everybody that had an opinion about it and I had grown a hatred for myself in the process. In the fall of the same year, I had taken myself into this dark hole and buried myself as far down as I could go. I even had dreams years before of myself being chased in what seemed like a fun house full of clowns and for some freaking reason I dreamt I was scooting whereas the majority of my dreams had me standing up like a normal person, this one I was in my true form. It looked the clowns had made this hole and I was running (scooting very fast, which would never happen now!) and I slipped down and I couldn’t get myself out. Many nights later I found a way out and I just start climbing out, using every part of my body that I could use. Mind you, everything that doesn’t work now didn’t work in this dream either. Once I was out, the clowns were gone, nowhere to be found. When I got out of the hole years later the insecurities and worries were gone too. It’s funny how dreams have a way of coming to light after you go through something that would traumatic like this.

I’m not saying I have a perfect run every year. I know I don’t. There are a lot of things that can happen in a year or a month that can bring a person down. I choose to see things like this, every day I count in my head of the good things that happened. If there were three good things that happened throughout the day then I can’t call it a bad day. In my mind, I’m giving myself another choice to say it wasn’t a crappy day, but it wasn’t a great day either. It was a good day. I feel the word “good” is the word to use in the middle of both feelings. I choose to look back at this month as a time where I left part of my story and began another chapter, every year and every May is a reminder. It’s good to have memories that show you where you’ve been and how you felt, it just makes you stronger for the next part coming up.

When We Will Get Tired Of It?

My nana and I have some interesting conversations sometimes and there was one topic that I thought was pretty interesting, but it also made me feel concerned in a way because I have been wondering if I’d ever feel like that one day. Don’t worry this isn’t health related. This is actually about both music and movies in general. When I got into the band Linkin Park I was so into getting other family members into them and anything that they were apart of, Transformers films included. She has four burnable Cds full of their songs and she has even watched two of their Live DVDs as well. She has even seen their live DVD in Milton Keyes TWICE! My papaw wasn’t as impressed as she was, but she has kind of introduced herself into the newer rock bands because of I continue to talk about them to her all the time. I got her also into the second and third installments of the Transformers movies. She hasn’t seen the first one because I don’t have it on DVD.

Back to what I was talking about at the beginning, she and I were talking a couple of times about both music and movies. She had told me that she just can’t get interested in watching or listening to anything anymore. However, she still listens to Adam Lambert every night. That doesn’t count to what I’m trying to get at here. She said that every time there’s a movie on that she’s actually seen before; she just doesn’t want to watch it. Anything new that comes on the commercials isn’t interested her at all. I have tried to send her other bands and artists before like, Within Temptation, Celtic Woman, and even Five Finger Death Punch. Yes, I sent her FFDP songs. Don’t worry they were the censored versions. Even though she has said to me once when we were watching one of the LP DVDs that she’d rather know what the words so it’s not silenced out, because they no longer just bleeped it out. Even though that was annoying to hear too! Anyways, Within Temptation did work for a while but then it faded out just like everything else I shared with her.

Now I’m not judging her in any way shape or form, sometimes you need a break from things but the part that concerns me is that there’s a pretty big difference between her and my papaw. He mostly likes to watch old Western movies and black and white movies. That’s his favorite types of film to watch. When I was a kid, I would come over to the house and he’d just be sitting in the kitchen watching an old movie. In the fall/winter, of course he’s got to have his basketball games on and then switch right into baseball right after that sports season is over. He’s a guy; it’s easy to find what he likes to watch that’s on for more than an hour. I guess at a certain age, watching new films can get pretty boring. How much is enough? How many times can you watch a different remake of a classic movie? Music is the same way, there are only so many types of feelings and emotions a person can write about, also only so many ways you can turn words into sentences and turn riffs and notes into a whole song. I’m pretty good at trying something new, but even I have my limits, and that goes for both music and movies.

What makes a good film or record? I’ve always heard the word “talent” but it never specify who had it the most. I mean you’ve got writers who just sit in the back while the director, actors, singers, and producers take your credit. Not saying they’re all like that, but some don’t. I’ve seen a LOT of people get signed to both movie roles and musicians/singers get signed and not have a lick of talent or respect for others or themselves. They always say you also need to be original. We all know that while watching our favorite movies, they all go in some genre. Comedy, horror, romance, action, etc but yet a writer has found their ideas for their new something in another movie. It may not be in the same script, but its close. I’ve seen so many theories between two movies with having the same ideas, script, and plot. I mean, nobody’s being original anymore. The thing that bugs me the most is that I pay the most attention during the beginning of and the end of the movie. The last four films I’ve watched recently I’ve literally hated because it was either because of the beginning or the end that just had me spinning.

I feel like almost every genre of film has only a few original concepts left before it all just fades away. We have new filmmakers, writers, screen players, camera people coming out left and right every year and yet there isn’t enough new material making things fresh for them and for the newer generations to look forward. I’ve always heard of people complaining about how big classic are making their live debut, like The Sound of Music did last year. Carrie Underwood and Stephan Moyer had the lead roles, as this might be a surprise for some I have only watched the original with legendary Julie Andrews once and I vaguely remember it. So watching this version of it was new and bright to me, even though there was a part in the debut that should have been in there, but I still loved it either way. Now there is chatter going on with Grease being the next production of a live audience. I had read about that a couple of months ago and I’ve been a little weirded out about it, but then again welcoming to the idea if they cast the right people for the roles. While we’re on this topic of casting roles, the studios think they can find another actor to take on that role with only a year or two afterwards just get the newer generations interested. The only bad part about that is it kind of looks bad on the studios for taking such a big risk and the older generations lovers of these characters. Sometimes, it’s a good thing to take a break, but I’m talking like a five to ten year break to really give that character fan base a break in a sense and devote your time with another group of characters instead.

So my concern about my nana is that when will get to that point of just stopping watching new movies? Will I even go as far and even quit listening to music altogether? I don’t think I’d ever stop listening to music. I’ve got too many favorites, and I’m mostly talking about genres of music here. Artists and bands can depart and stop making music but somebody will always be there taking their places. In the film world, it’s been a long time for film in general as it started off silent film era, speaking era, color film, and now technology is playing the next sort of era for these movies as both the horror and action are bringing all kinds of different types of ways to incorporate things that haven’t been out in the world realistically yet. You watch movies like Back to the Future in the 80’s or 90’s and it gives you a sense of what might be there in a few years tops. Here we are, one year until 2015 and have you seen a Hoverboard yet? The only thing that I’ve seen is that powered laces will be on sale soon. If you like to watch these futuristic movies like I do, it makes you wonder what would change the most? Will movies be ruled by another era of something else? Will Disco become a popular genre of music? Will we get sick and tired by what we still continue to create on a daily basis? I have no idea, but I hope I don’t lose my hope in the process.

Tune Tuesday: America


Okay, the only band I knew that not only could kick this traveling musical journey off but they have an album releasing next month! Since the whole month of June and probably a little bit of July will be packed with my travels posts. I just decided to give them the start of this thing. If you know me well enough, you know how much of a Linkin Park fan I am. In 2009, I got introduced into every rock and metal band you can imagine at that time. I had several bands that helped my rocker side to explode, but LP and the fan base just accepted me right in without ever hesitating. I am a hardcore fan, I don’t hate on their newer albums I happen to love them! My favorite albums are Meteroa and A Thousand Suns. I’m very proud to say that my nana has watched both the Jay-Z and Linkin Park mash-up DVD once and the live DVD at Milton Keyes twice! She has four burnable CDs of just LP songs. When their song “Waiting For The End,” came out my mom was so hooked to it that she had it on CDs for her car and slowly I started to feel like my favorite song was turning into a song I hated because she was learning the words and singing out loud. I honestly don’t know what’s worse when she sings Chester’s lyrics or does Mike’s raps. I have a BIG crush on Rob Bourdon, the drummer! I also drew all six members of the band for my senior year in high school.

Guilty All The Same by Linkin Park featuring Rakim

Until It’s Gone by Linkin Park

Inside & Out Book Tag

I’m really liking all of these different tags. In a way, it brings me back to my MySpace days of doing a different survey/bulletin every single day. I’ve tried to do one or few on my Facebook, but it’s not the same sadly. These tags on different blogs are actually interesting, it gives us chances as the readers to get to know each other a little bit more. I’ve done a Disney tag, a two fashion/beauty/lifestyle tags, and then this one is a book tag. I thought it was pretty interesting since I am a pretty big book nerd at heart. You can thank AlleyHope for posting this tag on her blog today and allowing me to do too! 

Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much information or not enough?

For some subjects, the summaries are too much. Sometimes you can basically how the ending is going to be. I have read the inside flap and online in a few books and they’ve been not enough for me. That’s why I usually like to read the first three or four pages of the book just to see if it’s actually worth it or not.

New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback, or hardcover?

I like reading my books on my Kindle, but after getting it and reading quite a few books on it I actually missed the papercuts on my toes. I know it sounds weird but I really did! I never liked paperbacks when I was growing up because the pages would always fall on me. Now it doesn’t really bug me a whole lot. I used to love audio books when I was a kid, but I noticed in school that I’d lose my place a lot faster that way.

Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean?

I’ve tried to keep a notebook nearby whenever I read on my own, especially if I was planning on doing a book review afterwards. I think over the years I’ve just learned that I can memorize a lot better than I could when I was little, because I can tell you what the beginning, middle, and ending was like in certain books. That goes for both books I liked and hated.

In your best voice, read for best voice, read for us your favorite first sentence from a book.

“Dearest little sister, I hope that you will enjoy using this book to write down your most secret thoughts.” – from The Secret Diary of a Princess by Melanie Clegg

Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

I have read more books with women authors. I don’t know why, but I always find I relate to ones written by female authors. I have nothing against the male authors though!

Ever read ahead? Or have you read the last page before you got there?

When I was in school and if it was a book I actually liked then yes I went on ahead. Nowadays, I don’t belong to a book club or anything so I can do anything I want.

Organized bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves.

I go back and forth with this honestly, because everytime I try to fix up my table I reorganize my books on the table but I usually leave them last and by the time I’m done cleaning the table and whole room, the arranging of books is the last thing I want to do so I just leave them. I have a huge bookshelf in my room but its full of stuffed animals and knick knacks.

Under oath: Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone?

Yes, I have. I have a bad thing about just finding a book and literally buying it because of the cover. That’s why I make it my job to remember the title in my mind and look it up later online. Sometimes it helps and then there are times were it doesn’t.

Take it outside to read or stay in?

I can’t read outside, there’s just too many distractions. I read 45 pages at Wal-Mart once and I’m surprised the book kept me from looking around and being paranoid. I swear I was in a damn trance or something. It was weird!