An Adventurer's Dream

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Being Your Best

It’s simple, really. Be you.

So many people think that in being your best, you have to change yourself and do things that you normally wouldn’t do. You have to achieve unrealistic goals in unrealistic ways and push yourself to the edge.

I’m just here to say that’s crazy.

Being your best doesn’t mean that you have to win a million awards or work your way into top management within a month of being hired. You don’t have to change your personality to fit others better or to be able to work a certain job that others want you to have.

As I said earlier, being your best means to be you.

Nobody is perfect.

Let’s say that again. Nobody is perfect.

Perfection is a fictional world that we all dream of. Perfection is so far out of our grasp, that it doesn’t even exist to begin with.

There is nothing wrong with that.

Everyone has flaws. Flaws are beautiful. Flaws are real. 

You just need to try to reach the goals that you give yourself. You need to put out the work that you can and learn to grow in areas that need growth. You can’t expect growth to happen overnight. It takes time.

Travel the road that looks brightest to you. Take on jobs and hobbies that suit your interests and your strengths. Enjoy life. Don’t do things that make you sad or make you feel like the world is falling out underneath you.

Be you.

Nobody else can. Even if they try their best, they will never be your best.

What do you think, dear readers? Do you want to share any stories or advice? Shout out below!

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Boyfriend!

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No, I’m not all dressed up for a date with my boyfriend. But, I did go to see the kpop group called Boyfriend at their first U.S. Showcase in Dallas on Thursday.

It was amazing!

Honestly, I can’t believe that it was so good and that I got to go to such an awesome event. The boys were super adorable (I’m sure you fans know that already) and very friendly.

My friend and I bought VVIP tickets, so we were only four rows away from the stage. And we got a free album, a high five, and an autograph session. The high ticket prices were totally worth it for this.

Plus, Kwangmin told me my dress was pretty. I died a little inside. And Minwoo gave me another high five going through the autograph session. Whoo!

As I said, totally worth it. The Showcase itself was fantastic – they played all the popular songs that I know of, plus had individual songs (some even in English!). Their dance moves were in sync and on beat, flawless from what I could tell. My favorite part was when they played charades with several members of the audience – they tried so hard!

Also, we got an encore to the encore. And one of the boys jumped into the audience. Okay, lots of favorite parts.

All in all, make sure to check out Boyfriend. Though you may not understand the language, the music speaks in itself. I think you’ll find it great if you just keep an open mind and enjoy the music.

For those of you who are into Boyfriend – or kpop – what do you think of the group? Who is your favorite member?

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(The one on the far left is the one that said my dress was pretty! *sqeals*)

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I’m Back! :)

First of all, I want to note that I am still alive.

Second, I apologize for not keeping up with my daily posts for the March of Happiness and for not updating more quickly. It has been hectic and I had no time while I was in Japan to do anything at all with regard to my blog. I am finally getting some time to sit down and write a post, in which I do realize that I have a lot to catch up on.

First of all, to March of Happiness. I was going to try and set up the posts before I left for Spring Break, but I was so bogged down by schoolwork and travel preparation that I was unable to do that. Instead, I’ll make a list now and let you see all that has made me happy since the last time I posted on her.

  • Day 8: Music
  • Day 9: Safe Flights
  • Day 10: Japan
  • Day 11: Beppu Hot Springs
  • Day 12: Tea Ceremony
  • Day 13: Shopping
  • Day 14: Travel
  • Day 15: Hello Kitty
  • Day 16: Freedom
  • Day 17: St. Edward’s
  • Day 18: Sleep
  • Day 19: Clockwork Princess
  • Day 20: Japanese Food
  • Day 21: Chinese Food
  • Day 22: Warmth

I’ll give you some better posts for the rest of the month, so please bear with me as I continue to post about March.

Next, Japan. There are no words that can appropriately say how wonderful Japan is. I really enjoyed my week spent there. While we were eternally busy  – half of the day with school-planned activities and then half of the day hanging with our Buddies (students from the school there) – it was great to be involved in so many things. We went on business trips (got to see Nissan cars being built!), did cultural activities (tea ceremony, flower arrangement, meditation, etc.), shopping (they have amazing malls, bee tee dubs – mall plus a grocery store installed!), and lots of food experimenting. I had been extremely nervous about the food at first; when you think of Japanese food, fish and shellfish is the first thing you probably think of (I mean, sushi, hellooooo). Dead wrong. There’s so much good food – real ramen, cucumber sushi, beef sushi, miso soup, rice, banana ice cream crepes (those were heaven!)… The list goes on. Korean food – totally there, too. I didn’t realize that Korean Barbecue has metal chopsticks. Those are the coolest! And the Buddies, the students from APU that went to events and other things with us, were absolutely amazing. I made some wonderful friends. Also, let me tell you that there is a theme park called Harmonyland outside of Beppu. Guess what the theme park is for? Hello Kitty. Yeah, you read that correctly. HELLO. KITTY. Honestly, that theme park was way more amazing than I was thinking. And so much Hello Kitty.

Needless to say, I had a great time in Japan. I cried several times because I had to say goodbye to my new friends and goodbye to the country. I really hope that I get the chance to travel again someday, and definitely to Beppu – or Japan in general. If you get the chance to go there, definitely grab that chance and take it. Travel. Even if it’s not Japan. Travel where you can.

Did anyone else have a good Spring Break? Or relaxing? I hope you did! Please, feel free to share the adventures you went on over the break.

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The Liebster Award

Thank you so much to Hardcoverangel! She’s nominated me for the Liebster Award. Basically, the Liebster Award allows you to have the chance to spread your blog out and gain more prominence in the blogging community. You’re probably wondering how this whole thing works? Well, the person who is given the award is also given 11 questions to answer by the nominator. In addition to that, the awardee has to list 11 random facts about herself (or himself). Interesting, right?

1. If you could have any job, what would it be? Honestly, if I could have any job and successfully make a living from it, I would love to be an author. I love writing books and coming up with stories and learning about all those other worlds out there. Being an author would let me share those worlds and stories with everyone else.

2. What are your 5 all time favorite books? Geez, talk about a hard question to answer. I can’t give favorite books, but I can give favorite authors: Cassandra Clare, Ally Carter, Elizabeth Chandler, Sarah Dessen, and Lauren Kate. I absolutely love their work! They inspire me to do better in my own writing. 

3. What are your most anticipated books of 2013? These are easy to tell – Clockwork Princess, Clockwork Princess, and Clockwork Princess. Seriously, I am dying waiting for this book. 

4. What would you never name your kids? Bobert. Seriously, though, I don’t think I’d every name my child after me or my husband (I still need to find a guy first). I want them to have their own name that they can treasure. 

5. What is the movie title for the story of your life? I think a movie title for the story of my life would be “Dreamer” or something like that.

6. How often are you late for work/school? Seriously, I am pretty much never late. I hate being late. I’m actually pretty sure I have a little bit of a phobia about that.

7. What is the most unusual thing that has happened to you while on vacation? I actually haven’t been on vacation in super forever long. So, I’m not sure. Nothing really weird usually happens to me.

8. If you can be a Disney character, who would you be and why? It’s a tie between Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel from Tangled. Both are really great female leads, confident and determined to get what they want. Belle has a fascination for books that I absolutely love (go reading!) and Rapunzel is just really upbeat. If I had to choose between the two, I think I would pick Belle. 

9. What accomplishment are you most proud of? I think I’m the most proud of getting into St. Edward’s and living away from home so well. I’ve gotten really involved on campus (well, sorta involved – which is more than I was in Cove) and I’m absolutely enjoying my classes. I think getting into St. Edward’s is something that is going to seriously impact my future and where I go from here.

10. What are some things that make you really happy? Define some. I’ll start a list, but I won’t finish so you can go do whatever else you want to do today. Happy things: giraffes, chocolate, books, watching my favorite television shows, thinking about my trip to Japan over spring break, hanging out with friends, candy, cute clothes… and on and on. I am very pretty easily made happy.

11. What is the first word that comes to mind when I say the word ” Awesome” ? Aca-awesome!

Okay, now on to the 11 random facts about myself. I can’t say they’ll be super interesting, but they are truthful.

  1. I tried publishing a book 10th grade. I had a guy read my entire manuscript, but that was as far as I got. Rejection is actually pretty helpful, though, because you realize you still have things to learn.
  2. I love hats. Like, absolutely adore them. I didn’t put it in my list of things that make me happy, but they definitely fit into that list.
  3. In junior high, my friends and I wrote a book series together that never really got anywhere. Our character names were our nicknames. Mine is Sapphire.
  4. The future kind of scares me, but only because it’s full of the unknown.
  5. I like knowing stuff. It makes me feel like I actually know what I am doing.
  6. My favorite color is green.
  7. Chinese food is absolutely my favorite type of food.
  8. Regular water has a weird taste to me, so I like to drink flavored water when I can. Propel Strawberry Kiwi anyone?
  9. My wisdom teeth were taken out last summer, but they weren’t bothering me at all. I basically got rid of them to just get rid of them.
  10. I want to be proficient in French. Teach me?
  11. One day, I hope to master playing the violin. Slowly, but surely, I will get there.

The final part of the Liebster Award is to nominate 11 other bloggers! Here are my nominees:

  1. Samandro
  2. My Hero Bookwork
  3. Musing of the Mistress of the Dark Path
  4. The Frogly Prince
  5. Japanese Learning for Kids
  6. Aim4Wisdom
  7. Bittersweet
  8. Life On Mars
  9. iPad Art and Photography
  10. The Lucky Trunk
  11. Just a Little Bit of This and That

And the questions that I’ve chosen for you to answer are:

  1. Would you rather have the power to fly or the power of super strength?
  2. What movie are you looking forward to seeing the most in 2013?
  3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you want to live?
  4. Who is your best friend and why ?
  5. What is a pet peeve of yours?
  6. If you could go into any book, movie, or television show and live your life out in it, what would you choose?
  7. What is the meaning of life?
  8. What are your favorite self-traits?
  9. Is there anything happening in 2013 that you are particularly looking forward to?
  10. What would you do if you won a million dollars?
  11. What is your dream job?

Thanks for putting up with this long post everyone! I hope you all have a great day! Pass the happiness around and let’s show everyone that they can get the Liebster Award as well. 🙂

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I Am An Adventurer By Fate

Or at least I would like to be.

Life is full of adventures. Little ones. Big ones. In-between ones. I’ve come to realize that life as a whole is an adventure, even if it’s not as grand as the ones you read about in storybooks or see in the big action films full of giant explosions and hot men. There are adventures in the littlest of things – going on a walk, talking to the person standing next to you in the elevator, going to the event that you didn’t really want to go to at first… It’s amazing the new things that you can learn and experience, the great people you will meet, and the fun you will have. All it really takes is the first step – doing something more than sitting in your room.

Eeks! I have to leave my room? Yes. I’m sorry. I find myself enjoying just sitting in my room at times as well. It’s relaxing and, really, away from all the people in the world. Even if I love them all, it’s great to just sit in my room and be on my computer. Is it lazy? Yes. But I will admit that a lot of my homework involves using my computer as well, so there.

Anyway, it’s really good to go out and do things. Explore. Meet new people. Get involved. You’ll really have fun if you take the chance!

Saturday was an adventure for me. My parents came into town and brought me some paperwork for my taxes – plus a full-length mirror that my roomie and I have been dying to use. They wanted to hang out, so they took Ashley and me to Barton Creek Mall and we had a blast! My parents bought me two Hello Kitty t-shirts from Forever 21 – and let me tell you, I am way too excited to wear them! Ashley and I got friendship necklaces for us and then for us and Sarah (her roomie from last year). The necklaces we got? The one for Ashley and I is a heart that reads “Partners In Crime”. I got the part that reads “Part I Cri.” I guess I am supposed to cry for this half? The necklaces that we got to go with Sarah are chains with rings that have “Best Friends Forever” written on them. Super adorable!

Shortly after my parents dropped us back off at St. Edward’s, Ashley and I got ready for a room mate date night we had been planning for weeks. We grabbed Sarah (remember, the roomie from last year?) and went away to Chili’s. The waiter was amazing. I swear, the best experience I’ve ever had a restaurant. He kept making sure our drinks were completely filled and was really nice. When he heard that we were having a “Room Mate Night” he brought us free chips and salsa. Aaaand, we also got a free dessert at the end of the meal. Needless to say, he got a really good tip and a note from us saying how awesome he was.

I also got to learn a little bit more about the internship I have. There is a content creating party on Thursday, so I am going to try to escape there after I get out of my 5:00 PM class. I’m really excited to meet the rest of the team! I want to try to work on blogs specifically for that this week, so we’ll have to see how that goes.

Anyway, Saturday was great. A real adventure, even though there wasn’t any kidnapping that led to a rescue by a hot guy and a discovery of kick-butt magic powers. We’ll save that for next time, though, because I am expecting it to happen some time. It will, won’t it?

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