An Adventurer's Dream

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Happy Halloween!

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Tomorrow starts NaNoWriMo ’16 and I am psyched for it to arrive. The above costume is a character that I’m going to add into my novel and on the way into work this morning (all 50 minutes of the drive), I came up with a tragic backstory and novel idea for this mischievous sorceress. Don’t mess with her. You won’t like the results.

Her name is Evelyn, but she likes to go by Evie. She’s not a main character in my NaNo. I’m just incorporating her into it for now. She’ll also appear in another story that I plan to write after this month. The exciting part for her comes after, where the main characters of the first two stories go on a journey and end up realizing that she is the person they are trying to find.

Thankfully, she likes them.

Aside from the fun character inspirations, today was a lot of fun! Several of my coworkers dressed up for Halloween and we had a costume contest. I tied for first (even though I was kind of in charge of counting votes, HR did it with me so it was not rigged!).

While I wish I could have gone out to some celebratory parties downtown for the night, it’s been fun staying in and just relaxing. The cleaning I told myself was going to happen was strangely absent (or not).

How about you, dear reader? Feel free to share your Halloween day stories and let us know what your costume was!

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Painting Nails, Trying to Get Healthy (And Failing), and the Impending Doom of NaNoWriMo

Maybe not doom, but definite chaos.

I’m sorry for the long title. Or maybe not. I feel like it accurately portrays the massive amount of thoughts running through my mind these days.

And there are a lot.

So, to go in order of the spectacular title – nails! I purchased some great colors from the NYC line recently and have had a lot of fun painting my nails. Cheap price, great polish. It’s perfect for a poor, semi-employed, recent grad like me. It’s great to be able to put a little effort into things other than make-up and picking the right outfit.

Right before painting my nails, though, I was shoving chips in my face. And candy. Can’t forget the candy. A major setback and no-no to the healthy lifestyle that I want to lead. Of course, having more money would entice me to purchase nicer and better food for me. Let’s hope for some luck on the job hunting front in the near future. *fingers crossed*

And then NaNo. It’s that time of year again. I only have a week and a half left, but I haven’t even started thinking of a storyline. I just know which characters I’m supposed to be using – and I may have to chance depending on what happens. However, I do need to practice writing again with my character before I start writing a story again with some long-time friends from middle school/junior high.

Ah, NaNo. The horrors. The joys. The excitement and intrigue. What shall become of you this year? I’m hoping for success.

So, any other NaNoWriMoers out there? Excited to begin? Or any tips on healthy eating? I’d love to take some recipes or jot down some ideas that you might have! Feel free to share your stories, recipes, or otherwise exciting news below.

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School’s Back…. And so am I!

Ah, school. While some may not enjoy those fresh, new (text)books and the chatter of students around them, I find returning to school an absolute joy. I know, I know – I’m a little strange. But for some reason I’ve always adored going to school. I mean, my child self wouldn’t stay home sick even though my mother wanted me to, but would go home when my teacher said to. A little strange, right?

It’s still a shame that the summer has ended, though not a big deal for me. I didn’t really get much of a break this year (not that I have had a real summer in a while). Between work and my two online courses, I kept pretty busy. Don’t worry, I did manage to hang out with friends and laze about in my room scrolling through tumblr for hours… but that doesn’t really account for a super adventure in an alternate universe or even across the country!

This year is definitely going to be interesting at school, though. I’m finally a senior (in the wise words of London Tipton “Yay, me!”) and I’ll be doing a lot in preparation for my entry into the real world. I have Capstone this semester (I’ll be dying under mountains of research toward the end of this semester), an internship to take in the spring (I’m excited for this one!), and a whole load of classes to teach me the skills and knowledge I’ll hopefully need in the real world. I am working this semester – as a student worker in HR on campus and as a personal assistant to a really awesome person in town. With all of this stuff going on, it looks like my planner will once again be the love of my life this year. Sorry, boys.

Good luck to everyone with the new school year and also good luck to everyone who is out of school. You all deserve a great year, no matter where you are. Keep reaching for your dreams, try your best at everything you do, and enjoy life.

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The Beginning of an Adventure: Summertime!

For those of you taking college courses, we’re at the end of the school year. The summer is upon us and, oh, how bright that summer is looking. There is so much that can happen during the summer – swimming and parties and tanning and summer jobs and hanging with friends back home. It seems that something transformational always happens during that time, when you are apart from your peers that you see on a daily basis. When the end of the long, sunny summers comes to an end, you go back to school sun-kissed and sparkling. Maybe a little worn out from the doubles you pulled to make a little more money to go towards your students loans, and a little sad to be taken away from the freedom of what only the summer can be, but ready to head back nonetheless. 

Okay, so maybe my language is a little fluffy in describing the summer. It may be a little more grueling than it sounds, but it is a time of the year that you get to chill and relax. Enjoy the sun. 

Working a full-time job kind of takes away from the enjoyment of the summer, especially when you lose the will to really do too much. It’s still important to spend as much time enjoying what you have. Spend time with your friends, your family. Eat that ice cream when the sun seems to be at its hottest. Learn to dive at the city pool. Stare at the stars one night when you are having a hard time going to sleep. 

Personally, I want this summer to be absolutely amazing. I want to grow my hair back up (look out Rapunzel, I’m going to give you some competition), earn enough money to buy an old car for next school year, get a tan, work out more, and just become a better person. I want to work on a book, maybe finish it. I’m not sure if that will happen, because I’ve been telling myself since middle school that I was going to write a book. But you never know. Like I said, the summer can be transformational.

What do you have planned this summer? 

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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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March of Happiness: Day Six

I have three words that are the subject of today’s post: Pretty. Little. Liars.

Honestly, I don’t know how I got so wrapped up in this show. It’s absolutely amazing – even though I want to (and maybe I actually do it) scream at the girls for whatever silly choices they make. But they’re still pretty amazing.

Pretty Little Liars is something that makes me happy. I get excited every week that it comes on, because I am so eager to find out what happens next. The next episode will be a little upsetting for me – I’ll be in Japan and there is no wi-fi in the dorms we are staying in. Fortunately, I already have plans with my PLL buddy to watch both that episode and the season finale the week I get back.

Do you have a television show that makes you happy? Something you are always excited to watch?

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March of Happiness: Day Five

If you open the covers of a book and delve deep into the pages, swimming in the words that litter the paper and breathing in the adventure that the story tells, you can, for a moment, escape into another world. It’s not as if you’ve completely left this world, no. You’ve merely managed to hide away in the pages. But that is definitely good enough.

Reading is one of my favorite things to do. There is just something wonderful in being able to live another person’s life and battle evil-doers through the words on the page. It’s absolutely thrilling, and I hope that you think the same.

If you ask me what my favorite book is, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. I have far too many books that I love and it would be unfair to choose one that ultimately reigns above the others. Instead, I’ll give you a shortened version of the list of books/book series that I love to live in:

  • The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Kissed by An Angel series by Elizabeth Chandler
  • Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter
  • Heist Society series by Ally Carter
  • Fallen series by Lauren Kate
  • All of the books I’ve been able to read by Sarah Dessen
  • The Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • The Olympian Books by Rick Riordan
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The list goes on, but I’ll leave it at that for now. I’m sure you can all understand why I would pick books and reading for my happiness of the day. It’s my best hobby and a big part of my life (especially since I love to write, but that’s for another time). And shouldn’t a passion make you happy?

Do you like to read? Or do you have another passion? What’s yours?

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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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A Past Honor

Early in 2011, I was following this publishing company called Steward House on Facebook. Nevermind the fact that I can’t find them on there anymore, but at the time it was a very exciting fact for me to know that they did mini-contests each week. For a while I just looked at the weekly optional prompts and the winners.

The following has the link to the page of the week that I sent in a short-story: http://stewardhouse.com/contests/2011-02-11/. You don’t have to check it out, but I thought I would leave the option open. It has the download of the story I wrote – and they have an awesome description that makes it sound really, really good. Whoever wrote the summaries of the winners has an excellent way with words.

I’d highly recommend being involved with a writing contest at some point if you like to write. It’s a great opportunity to work on your style and writing a piece for others – plus you’ll get to have others read it and judge it! That might seem a little scary – we are our own worst critics and don’t like other people to see our work. It’ll be really helpful in the long run, though.

So, go ahead and show off your skills to the world!

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