Hey, I’m back // Musings

Hello again, awesome humans (and mermaids, pixies, jedi, unicorns, constellations, nymphs, ect.)!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?


Guess what? I completed NaPoWriMo! Yay me. Would you like to see some of the poems that I wrote?

Speaking of you guys, I’ve reached over 50 followers! I can’t believe it. I truly appreciate every comment, follow, and like, so thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I’m thinking of doing a Q & A, so comment some questions down below! I’m sure everybody already knows this, but just in case: please don’t ask anything personal, such as my last name, where I live, how old I am, etc. Thanks!


Why can I never find time to do anything? Like blogging, writing, drawing, reading, and I  never take photos anymore. I’m always so tired, and it’s easier to lie around and waste time than to actually do something. Then I feel frustrated that I haven’t done anything. I make excuses, saying that I don’t have enough time. That may be true some days, but not most of the time. I’ve told myself I don’t have enough time so much that I think I really believe it myself. And that stresses me out. I have trouble falling asleep at nights, which makes me tired in the morning. When I’m tired, I’m afraid that I’ll do badly at school, which makes me even more stressed. Thankfully, my results haven’t gone down. At this point, it’s become a habit to stay awake even after I lie down, and I have a hard time falling asleep, hence more stress and tiredness, which makes me lazy and unproductive, as well as frustrated.

Essentially: a vicious circle. Ugh.

Do you have any tips/suggestions? I’d be glad to receive them!

There’s not much else to say for now… other than I WATCHED STAR WARS OVER SPRING BREAK AND IT WAS AMAZING AAAAAAAAAHHHH.

I also started working on a drawing last night and made a list of songs that I love in my Bullet Journal.

I discovered that:

  • The Phantom of the Opera is creepy.
  • WWII films, although moving, frighten me (I was wondering if my ‘WWII film violence immunity’ had gone up since fifth grade, it hasn’t).
  • The Titanic would make for a good story if you didn’t know almost everybody is going to die. Additionally, a guy chained to a pole in the underbelly of a ship as it sink, another man locked in a room filling with water, and the fact that (since women and children were put on first on the rescue boats), my dad probably wouldn’t have survived, can be scary.

I should be a movie reviewer. 😉

Also, this is my 20th post! Pretty cool, I guess.

Do you have any tips for me? Any opinion on the movies that I didn’t like? Does anybody LOVE Star Wars too (FYI, I’ve only seen the first three that were produced, so no spoilers, please)? 

Do you have any questions for my (possible) Q & A?

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Step-By-Step Guide to Bullet Journaling + How to Start Your Own

Aloha there!

Today, I’m going to tell you about Bullet Journaling – a system that has helped me so much and that I hope will help you, too.


A Bullet Journal is a planner, diary, to-do list, scrapbook, tracker, anything you want – all in one place. It’s a way to keep track of every area of your life with only a notebook and a  pen. Pretty amazing, right?

All of that sounds great. But what is this Bullet Journal thing exactly?, you ask? Well, I’d prefer to let the creator of the Bullet Journal himself answer that – click right HERE to visit his official website, and head over HERE to check out the explanatory video. When you’re done with that, come back to this post, and I’ll explain a little more. 🙂

So, you might be left feeling a little mind-boggled. What I’d advise is to get some Nutella (that always helps) and to just start a Bullet Journal; there’s no better time than the present. Don’t worry – this post is going to be a step-by-step guide on how to set one up and how to use it once you’re on your way.

So, just grab a notebook – any one will do – and a pen. You don’t a lot of time to set up a bullet journal, or to use it, so please don’t let that set you back from starting one. It’s totally worth it.

Step 1: The Index


 Flip to the first page of your notebook and write ‘Index’ at the top. Then, on the next line, index your Index. XD Basically, write ‘Index’ (again) along with its corresponding page numbers, presumably 1 and 2.

The Index holds your Bullet Journal together. You’ll want to put everything in your Index, except for your individual daily entries. In that case, for example, index all of your daily entries of, say, April under the name ‘April Dailies – pgs. 5-17’. With the Index, you’ll be able to find everything in your Bullet Journal easily. It’s going to be one of the keystones of your journal, so you shouldn’t skip this, however  futile it may seem at the moment. 🙂

Also, a little note: as you probably saw from the video, you’ll need to number your journal’s pages as you go along. Seemingly cumbersome? Yes. Definitely worth it in the end and also only takes up about a second? Yes again.

If numbering your pages really irks you, I’d suggest getting a Leuchtturm 1917, which come with pre-numbered pages. 🙂

Step 2: The Future Log


Flip to the next page and write ‘Future Log’ at the top. Then, grab your calendar, planner, or random sticky note and list out all the events coming up in the next year.   Anything from your friend’s birthday party to your biannual dentist appointment will go here. 🙂

The Future Log is really what allows your Journal to help you manage your whole life. Anything that’s coming up after the current month can just be written here – no need to remember to transfer it later. It’s brain dump of events that can be filed and left alone until they come up. Remember to number this page and put it in your Index! 😉

Step 3: The Monthly Log

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On the next page, write the name of the current month. If you’re reading this in July, write July. If you’re reading this in November, write November. It doesn’t have to be January to start a Bullet Journal! Then, write the days of each month down in a vertical row. You can add what day of the week it will be on each day, but you don’t have to – it’s up to you.

When you’re done with that, you’ll want to list out your events that are happening during the upcoming month, next to the appropriate day.

This helps you to have a visual image of the month and what’s going to be happening. Along with events, I like to write out my weekly classes and indicate if I’m going to be on vacation. This helps me get an even clearer idea of when I’m going be busy and when I’ll have more time.

Step 4: Dailies


Almost there! Now, turn the page and write today’s date at the top. List out what you need to get done today and where you need to go. Look at your Monthly Log and see if you’ve written down an event that’s happening today. If so, add that to today’s journal entry.

Throughout the day, check off what you’ve completed and add to the list if more things come up. You can also make notes on what you’re reading, a lecture you’re attending, and anything else in your entry. If you want, feel free to add quotes, Bible verses, inspirational words – anything that makes you happy, essentially – to add a little spark to the page.

Remember, your Bullet Journal is yours and yours only: you can use it in any way you want, since it is such a flexible system! 😀 That’s the amazing thing about it!

The Bullet Journal system really helps me to stay organized and be less stressed. I hope you’ll give it a try! If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below. 🙂

What are your thoughts on the system? Are you willing to try it? If you already are using it, how are you using it and what is your favorite/least favorite part? 

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December Fails // April Goals

Hello, evil minions darling readers! How’ve you been doing lately?

It’s time for another Goals post… which means it’s time for you to feel better about yourself and laugh at my failed goals congratulate me on the one thing I did… kinda! 😉

So, scroll on down for how I did on my December Goals…



Finish fleshing-out my novel. This month, I’m going to focus on writing the characters’ ‘normal’, which means a scene from their daily life before my story starts.  I’ll try to not make it too boring – I might post them here, who knows? Failed. December seemed to flash by in a blur for me – I barely remember what I did!

Do the 10 ‘Character Thingamagiggers’, as I like to call it. Remember what I explained above about the ten things about each character that the reader will never know? *little lightbulb pops on above reader’s head* Failed. I have a feeling that pretty much all my goals will be fails. 😛

WRITE. MORE. IN. MY. NOVEL. Every day! I want to write 2000 words this month. Guess what? *taps nose* *subtle MBS reference* You got it! Failed magnificently.


Read the Bible EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. That way, I’ll read it most nights.😉 And then perhaps progress into reading it every night . . . That would be a nice end to the day, don’t you think? Kinda! I couldn’t take it on vacation with me (*glares at baggage weight limits*), but for the earlier part of the month, I read it almost every evening! 😀

Finish my ‘Lisa Congdon Inspired’ drawing. I can do this! *nervous grin* Uh… why don’t we move on to the next goal? (This one was failed, as you probably guessed 😉)

Practice lettering. I really want to get better at it! Check! I ACTUALLY DID THIS YAY ME! 😂 I got a lettering book for Christmas and I’ve done a bit in it since then. 🙂


As for reading, I doubt I did very well on my goals, either. 😉


So, let’s move on to my April Goals! As you’ve surely noticed, I rarely manage to accomplish my  monthly goals. And while I really enjoy setting them, it’s not so satisfying to have to put a little red ‘failed‘ after almost every goal. So, I’m going to make my goals simple this month – tailor-sized to the little busy bee that I am. XD


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Write a poem every day! I’m participating in NaPoWriMo (I’m not signed up on the site, but I’m going to do it anyway) this April – let’s see how far I get!

Write in my WIP once a week. As I said before, I’m quite busy: I have school (13 subjects!), homework, an extracurricular class, plus activities like church and going outside. I also like to read the Bible, read in general, letter, draw, chillax, help around the house, and do other various ‘free time’ activities – I don’t have that much time for writing! So, I’m shooting for once a week. 🙂

Develop a posting schedule and stick to it. Pretty straight-forward.


Take some photos for my upcoming Bullet Journal post. I never seem to get around to that…

Do pushups and sit-ups regularly – and track it!

Set up my Bullet Journal for April, preferably before the month’s over. 😉


Finish reading the field guide on gnomes I’m currently working through.

Start (at least) the humongous book I checked out from the library.

Those two were pretty self-explanatory. 😉

So, let’s see how I’ll do on those goals! I tried to make them doable – we’ll see! 😀

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On Fasting During Lent

Hello there! 😀

As you can probably see from the title, today I’m going to talk about fasting – particularly during Lent.



*note: all opinions, points of view, and beliefs are mine – you, amazing person, are not required to follow them in any way. Thanks!*

The exact definition of ‘fast’ is to ‘to abstain from all food’ or to ‘to eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, especially as a religious observance’.
There are all types of fasting, ranging from abstaining from any type of food to not eating muffins. Many Christians choose to fast during the 40 days of Lent, in remembrance of those same number of days that Jesus spent in the desert, fasting.
 Some people choose to not eat meat on Fridays, others choose to not eat sweets, some don’t drink alcohol. Those are all great things to do – but is that what Lent is really about?
Think about that for a moment. What is Lent about? When you’re ready, scroll down. 🙂
Personally, I think Lent is about purifying ourselves and becoming better people. For me, it’s more important to be kind and pray than to not eat cheesecake.
Basically, sometimes I feel that we’re so concentrated on fasting that we forget why we celebrate Lent. Fasting won’t really make you a better Christian. I’d much rather meet a lovely person who eats some sweets during Lent than a horrid one who throws every single grain of sugar out of his/her house. 😉
Are you fasting this Lent? Or does your family not fast (that’s fine, too!)? What did you think of this post?
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Hello Again // A Couple Stats + 2017 Goal(s)

*looks at blogging calendar* *winces*

*shuffles onstage* *clears throat nervously* I’m really sorry – *pauses in thought* Actually, never mind – I’ll spare you the soppy apology monologue. You’re welcome. 😉

Well… we meet again. *cue dramatic music* Last time I posted was before Christmas – so I guess we have a little to catch up on. 🙂

 I’ll start off with my outlook on 2017 – note: originally written at the beginning of January. So, let’s begin, shall we?


I’m feeling super optimistic about this year! I have a feeling that it’s going to be a great year for me – obviously it’ll have its ups and downs, like any year, but overall, I can’t wait for it to start… wait, it already has. XD

I’m not going to do a ‘Year In Review’ post (you guys are probably sick and tired of them by now), but I’d just like to say that creating my blog was by far the best thing that happened in 2016.  I’ve met so many amazing bloggers, such as Loren, Clara, Megan, Allison, Grace, Vivian, and lots of others!


In 2016, I had 644 views, 166 visitors, 83 likes, 40 followers, and 165 comments. That may not seem like a lot to some of you, but every like, follow and comment makes my day!



This year, my main goal is to finish writing the first draft of my WIP. By the end of 2016, it was at around 6000 words… a head start, but I’ve got a long way ahead. Generally, I can write 200 words in a sitting, which to those of you who don’t write (that is, aren’t writing a novel, I’m fairly certain all of you know how to write ;)), isn’t that much, at least for me.

Mostly, I didn’t write a lot at a time because I was typing on an iPad, and the tips of my fingers would get sore (believe me, it can happen!). And not being able to write much at a time left me discouraged, and I’d leave my novel-to-be to collect dust for a month, sometimes more. And doing that would make me feel uninspired, and even if I did open my Pages document, I would barely write anything, sometimes only a few lines. Basically, a vicious circle. 

But now – something big has changed. I now have a computer. And guess what? It’s so much easier to type. I can write way more in one sitting – and that way, I won’t be left feeling discouraged and uninspired. For example, today my goal was to write 400 words, two times what I usually can write. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it… I thought that I would most certainly have to do it in two sittings, and I could easily imagine myself stopping at 300.

I managed to write 512 words – in one sitting. Again, that may seem like nothing to to some of you, but to me, it’s a lot.

Another goal that I have is to be more relaxed, which isn’t exactly actionable, but more a mental choice, I think. I guess I’ll see how it goes – but I’m confident that, with God’s help, I can do it. 🙂

And that brings us to my third goal… trusting God. I love God, I really do. But sometimes it’s hard for me to put my worries and doubts aside and let Him lead the way. This year, I’m going to focus on worrying less and trusting God more.

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Well, firstly, I’m back! As long as my life doesn’t get too busy, I’m going to be hanging around here for a loooong time. 🙂 I’ve got some fun posts planned… bullet journaling, Lent, writing advice (yes… don’t follow it XD), and more! So stay tuned, my evil minions friends!

What do you think of my new theme/post header thingies? How have your goals for 2017 been going?

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Hello Again + The Blogger Recognition Award

Aloha there!

It’s spring! *grabs picnic basket* *runs outside* *realizes I forgot windbreaker* *postpones picnic*



A couple eons ago, the lovely gracie chick nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award! Thanks, Gracie!




  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Write a post to show your award
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.

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*awkward silence* I wanted to start a blog… and here I am! My original intent was to share my writings, what I’m reading, and my thoughts with the world – but who knows where this blog will lead me? 🙂

beginnner advice

I’m somewhat of a beginner myself… but I think that one really important thing is to post as consistently as possible. Which is something that I fail magnificently at, so maybe I should follow my own advice. XD

Secondly, write the highest quality posts that you can, even if that means only posting once a week. It may seem like I’m contradicting my first piece of advice, but remember that you need to post consistently, not necessarily every day. 🙂

I nominate whoever considers themselves a ‘beginner blogger’!

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Last-Minute Christmas Card DIY

It’s never too late to make some cute little Christmas cards for your family and friends . . . even if it is Christmas Eve!

So, let’s get right into it – before it gets any later! 🙂



You’ll need white paper, a pencil and an eraser, fine-tip pens (I suggest red, green, and black), and envelopes (optional).



Step 1

Plan it out! Even just writing out a couple of ideas can really help getting your creative juices flowing. This is also a good time to test out markers and pens. Here’s my planning sheet:


Step 2 

Measurements, measurements, measurements! Grab a ruler and figure out where the center of your paper is. This will make it easier to center any text that you might be putting on it. 🙂


Step 3

Start out by decorating the front of your card in pencil. Since this is last minute (but still needs to look nice), I suggest writing out a simple holiday greeting in a nice font or maybe some lyrics to a favorite carol. If you want, you can add a couple doodles as well.


Step 4

Now, just trace and color in! Don’t worry about making it perfect – little imperfections and mistakes can make art beautiful.


Step 5

You’re almost done – write a simple ‘Merry Christmas!’ on the inside, or a personalized message – whatever floats your boat. 😉



Do you enjoy making Christmas cards? 


Christmas Tag

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go . . . ‘


And so in honor of this season of CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND HOT CHOCOLATE AND JOY, I’m doing the Christmas Tag! Thanks so much, Liv, for letting me do it!




1. What’s your favorite Christmas film?

Definitely A Charlie Brown Christmas! *cue happy party music*

2. Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Once, when I went to London! The snow was soo pretty. 💙

3. What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Silent Night . . . Or maybe O Come All Ye Faithful . . . And Joy To The World . . . AGH I CAN’T DECIDE THEY’RE ALL SO AMAZING!

4. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

*deep breath* Prancer, and Dancer, and Vixen and Gibson, Darling and Rudolph, and Twilight and Mibson . . . . O.K., I give up. 😛

5. Do you have a real or fake tree?

We always buy a real one a week or so before Christmas. 🙂

6. Where is your dream place to spend the holidays?

Right here at home. 🙂 Which is where I am right now, so I guess my dreams have come true!

7. How good are you at wrapping?

Rather meh-ish. :/

8. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve?

No, I generally prefer to open them on Christmas Day. 🙂

9. Do you do anything for Boxing day?

*googles Boxing Day* No, I don’t. *british accent* I actually thought it was a day where people do sports after Christmas. XD

I tag whoever can’t wait for Christmas! (Shame on you, if you don’t like Christmas! Unless you’re of another religion, that is.😉)



Sunshine Blogger Award

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been nominated by not one, not two, but three people for the Sunshine Blogger Award – thanks so much, Loren, Grace, and Sara! I really appreciate it. 🙂




Answer the 11 questions from the nominator.
Nominate 11 blogs.
Ask them 11 questions.

Sounds simple! 😉


Sara’s Questions:

If you could only have one thing for Christmas, what would it be?

A pretty dotted notebook! 🙂

Do you like pickles?

I don’t think that I’ve ever tried them, to be honest. 😛

Do you think you would you enjoy riding a hippo?!

Totally! As long as it didn’t throw me off. 😉

Have you ever broken a bone?

No . . . I’ve sprained my ankle once, though. *winces*

Do you like pink or green better?post 


Would you like to be a unicorn, a fairy, or a mermaid?

A unicorn! Closely followed by a fairy. Sorry, mermaids . . .

Name some of your most favorite blog posts you’ve ever read.

My top three would have to be How To Be A Ninja, How To Create A Writing Workspace, and Dear Fellow Writers: No Man Is An Island.

What is your favorite thing to take photos of?

Sunsets! ❤️️

Do you like dares?

If they’re innocent, I do!



What’s your favorite kind of pie?

The apple pie that my dad makes – yum, yum, and more yum!

When you read, do you use random pieces of paper, or actual bookmarks?

Bookmarks? What are these strange things called ‘bookmarks’? I don’t know of this strange concept of not having to flip through your book to find where you left off. Perhaps I should try using these ‘bookmark’ things. 😉

Loren’s Questions

Have you ever eaten food from a trashcan?

No, thankfully!

Last text message you received?

‘Maybe it will reappear. 😞’ I think my dad was talking about a message that I sent him that disappeared . . . 😛

What is your favorite punctuation mark?

??????????? Hooray for the question mark! I like it because it has a pretty shape. 🙂  ????????????

What do you think of your last yearbook picture?

I don’t remember what it looked like, to be honest. 😛

Dumbest dare you’ve ever taken?

To go into the middle of the playground and act like I was greeting an invisible person that I hadn’t seen for years. XD

Do you have a nickname?

Not really . . . My name isn’t very ‘nicknameable’. 😉

Who is your favorite Greek god/goddess?


What’s your Hogwarts house?


Have you ever fainted?

Not that I remember, no . . .

Is there anything in your pocket?

Nope . . . I’m wearing leggings. 😉

What song means the most to you?

*instantly forgets all songs ever known*

Grace’s Questions

What’s the first color that popped into your mind while you read this?

Silvery purple, for some reason. 😂

Mermaids, elves, or fairies? (ELVESSS!)

ELVES AND FAIRIES! *looks out window* *sees angry mermaids* *runs for cover*

What are three of your pet peeves?

When people smoke, the sound of sandpaper and when people use too many exclamation points when they’re writing. 😬

Last text message, comment or email you received? (Stolen from Loren. XD)

Scroll up, dahlings! *british accent*

What are you looking forward to this holiday season?


What’s something on your Christmas list?

This amazing writing prompt book! 🙂

If you met me in real life, what do think I would be like? (Stolen from Anika. XD)

Really nice and flexible. I’m random. XD

What are your top three fandoms?


Which do you like best, warm weather or cold weather?


Are you superstitious? What are some of your superstitions?


What is your greatest accomplishment?

To have finally (almost) finished this blog post. 😉 It was fun, though!

I Nominate . . .

YOU! Yes, you right there, random reader!

My Questions:

Favorite movie? 

Longest plane trip you’ve ever been on? 

If you could invent a color, what would it look like? 

Can you do a cartwheel? 

Is your hair long or short? 

Best short story you’ve ever read (as in, on a blog)? 

Do you make your bed every morning? 

Candy canes or hot chocolate? 

Do you have any jewelry? 

What’s your toothpaste flavor? 

Christmas present that you really want (or wanted, if you do this after Christmas)? 


Mystery Blogger Award

Back when the earth was young, the amazing Vivian over at Writing With Style nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thanks, Vivian! I really appreciate it. 🙂




Put the award logo/image on your blog
List the rules
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
You nominate 10 – 20 people
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
Share a link to your best post(s)

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

The award was created by Okoto Enigma @ https://okotoenigma.wordpress.com


1. I love to eat raw tortillas and chocolate mousse ice cream (not together 😉)

2. I’m learning Latin and Chinese this year: Latin has an easy vocabulary and complicated grammar, Chinese has a complicated vocabulary and easy grammar.

3. I’m secretly a unicorn in disguise – concealing my horn can sometimes be a bit difficult, that’s why I applied for entry at Hogwarts so I can wear a pointed, tall hat.


1. What is your favorite place to visit?

Wherever Nutella crêpes are to be found. 😉

2. Where do you like to read/write?

Generally on a rocking chair or on anything soft. The Land of Stories is good too.

3. What’s your favorite book?




4. Cats or dogs?

Phoenixes, thanks. 😉

5. Silly Question: What makes a better fort? Pillows or blankets?

Both! 😄


As for my best posts, here they are:

How I Did On My November Goals & My December Goals

What I’m Thankful For (Slightly Late) + Simple Joys #1

November Goals

The Versatile Blogger Award

Q & A Tag


1. What book are you reading right now?

2. Is your hair curly, straight, or somewhere in the middle?

3. Would you prefer to be an 8 foot tall person, or a 3 foot small person, for the rest of your life?

4. What’s the latest movie that you watched?

5. Funny question: Do you prefer green socks with red stripes or red socks with green stripes?

I nominate anyone who enjoys blogging immensely! 

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?