All posts tagged: thoughts

Releasing the Dam

Originally posted on Adventures in Verdance:
I’ve got 71 drafts that are half started in my queue. Over the next few weeks, I’m working on releasing those into the wild. So if you see a lot of mention about the UK, travel, and other things I did 18 months ago, well, that’s why. I’ll also be making real-time updates, as well. It feels nice to be breathing life into the blog again.

Where Were Your Beauty Products Made?

Originally posted on jencatbeauty:
Hi Everyone! A few years back, my mom mentioned to me that it’s better to buy products that are made in North America or Europe instead of China, Taiwan, etc. because you never know what they’re putting into the products. Ever since then, I’ve always been a bit conscious about checking where a product is made before purchasing, but sometimes I do slip up and accidentally buy something Made in China. Do you check the back of cosmetic and skincare products to see where they are made before you purchase them? There are so many different brands out there that have products that are made in North America or Europe. So, why buy products that are made in China when you don’t know what kind of rules and regulations they have? Especially when it comes to makeup that absorbs through your skin and that you could accidentally ingest from putting on your lips. Even drugstore brands are made in Canada or Germany, so it’s not like you have to splurge on…

What it Feels Like For a Girl…

Originally posted on Picking the Day:
This has been a hard post to write, and not in the way most people might think when they catch on to the content. It’s been something that has been bubbling under the surface for quite some time, long before #MeToo and the Times Up movement, long before the Weinstein scandal and subsequent stories that have surfaced since. Longer than I can quite put my finger on. I’ve been wanting write something about it for a while, but I couldn’t find the words. When recent media stories exploded, I felt even more that I should write something, but still, the words eluded me. It’s taken me quite some time to understand what I wanted to say, months and months of deep thought and deliberation, and I still I can’t say I’m completely convinced that I’m going to manage to express quite how I feel, but as this week marks the 100 year anniversary of the Suffragette Movement, I feel the time is right to do my best to try…

On blogging: The Big Secret

Originally posted on Cristian Mihai:
Expectation. It builds you up, but also has the habit of tearing you apart. When it comes to blogging, it’s important to set realistic expectations. What are those, you ask? The realistic expectation is that no one is going to read your blog. Too harsh? Well, it’s also realistic to understand that the hardest battle you will fight is getting from 0 to 100 followers. The first hundred posts, the first hundred comments… That’s it. If you can muster the self-discipline and the patience to actually write those first hundred posts, you will have found an audience. It takes time, of course. That’s the big secret. Time. The more you invest in your blog, whether is actually writing your posts, or tweaking the way your blog looks like, taking the time to respond to comments or just engaging others in the community, all of these will factor in and determine the level of success your blog enjoys. Make no mistake. Time is the most valuable currency. And maybe it’s best…

A College Student’s Dilemma: Plans After College

Originally posted on From One Girl to One World:
It’s been 3 weeks since the school semester started once again. Being a college student isn’t all that fun especially when you’re taking 6 classes(!!!) this semester and I must admit, I had my fair share of great experiences in college, but it hit me that this is my second to last semester before I’m truly done with my Bachelor’s degree. Juggling 6 classes and having to work a lot and also wanting to have a social life (with many more adventures to do) is SO HECTIC. Let alone, I’ve never even taken 5 or 6 classes before this semester and I have so much blogging I would love to do but I am trying hard to find all the time to do it. I tell myself that I will tire myself hustling and try to catch my breath and let this be just 4 months of a little bit of pain… Meanwhile, this post is already taking a different route once again from my usual…

Reminiscing Summer

Originally posted on Alphe's corner:
Saying that I’m not a great fan of winter would be a huge understatement – I need to wear a jumper in over 20 C (I’m always cold), so when the temperature drops to around 0 C I just wish I could bury myself in my bed and hibernate until April-May. I shouldn’t complain about it too much now though, this winter has been exceptionally merciful in terms of temperatures so far. But besides the cold, the thing I dislike the most about winter is the lack of daylight. I get up early – my alarm goes off at 5:30 Monday to Friday – so I can watch the sunrise from the window in my office at work, and by the time I get home in the afternoon it’s already getting dark again. It puts me in that sad, tired mood, and despite having the same daily schedule in December and July I can’t help the feeling that in winter I get by far less quality time for myself.…

Solo, A Star Wars Story: I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This

Originally posted on The Collective:
If you didn’t watch the Superbowl (read: me), and you somehow missed the only trailer for the soon-to-be-released Solo: A Star Wars Story, then no fear, I got you covered. Behold…a trailer. So, to recap: The Falcon is under Empire control? No indication of plot but uh, Solo wants to be a pilot? Chewbacca is there. Daenerys still has the fiercest outfits in the galaxy. If you sense my hesitancy about the latest Star Wars installment, you can bet your landspeeder that I’m hesitant. I’ve been hesitant since the news that former directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were leaving the film, because, historically speaking, films that change directors don’t always become hits and please audiences (must we mention The Brothers Grimm and Fantastic Four?). I’m a bit of a Star Wars junkie, and the trailer isn’t well put together (the editing…what’s up with that) nor compelling enough to make me psyched to see the film. My sense of obligation to the film comes only from the words “Star Wars”, and if the studio begins banking…

Living at Home in Your 20s

I have a confession to make: I’m nearly 24 years old and I live with my parents. I live in the same flat and the same room as I’ve lived in since I was five years old. Twenty years ago that would’ve been embarrassing. As far as I can tell (obviously I was a toddler at the time) most people moved out by their early 20s. People would live with friends or with their partners. By the time they were ready to marry and have kids they had already been independent for several years. If they did live at home a lot of the time they also lived with a partner/spouse and they were simply saving up money before they could get their own place.  The idea of someone, let alone thousands of people, living with their parents into their 20s and even 30s would have been weird. People would’ve wondered what was wrong with them. But now it is relatively normal. I can’t speak for the rest of the world (although recent analysis shows …

10 Signs of a Toxic Relationship

Originally posted on The Finicky Cynic:
When it comes to relationships, there are numerous ones which we develop over the course of our lives: familial, platonic, romantic. Some come and go throughout, and that’s okay– sometimes, it’s just life happening. However, there are the relationships which might not necessarily wan, but at the same time are not good for you. Known as “toxic relationships,” these are ones that no one should be in, as they can really mess with you. What makes it worse is that you might not even know that you’re in a toxic relationship, as the actions can be subtle, but over time wear you down. I’ll be honest: up until just a couple of years ago, I’ve been blessed to have had relationships which have been pretty good. Granted, some were short-lived or drifted away, but they have never been bad. It wasn’t until I got older that, the more people I met, that I started realizing that not everyone can get along with everyone, let alone be nice. Which is…

“Me Before You” Book, Movie, & Thoughts

Life According to Jamie Me Before You, a novel by Jojo Moyes was published four years ago and was made into a movie this year starring Emilia Clarke (queen of all our hearts on  Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (charming heartthrob from The Hunger Games and Love, Rosie). I wanted to read the book before I watched the movie and now that I’ve read the book and watched the movie I’m finally getting around to writing up my comparison and some other deep thoughts I’ve had about the story. So to briefly give you a synopsis of the storyline if you’re unfamiliar with it, the story is narrated by a mid-20s woman named Louisa (Lou for short). She lives in a small English town and after losing her job at a local cafe she finds a new job as a companion/caretaker of sorts to Will, a rich mid-30s man who… View original post 1,002 more words