Birthday Month Love: 21 Things

Birthday Month Love: 21 Things

There’s just something about March. My birthday, duh! (March 5th y’all!) Okay, that’s partially sarcastic, but I really am excited about my birthday because I’m turning 21! Besides, March has spring break and springtime, so it is definitely a month I always look forward to.

Since this month is special for so many reasons, I decided that I’m going to make it a challenge. For the month, I will be doing 21 different things, sort of like a bucket list, so I can have new experiences and not make everything just about me. Turning a new age means a big opportunity to just do something crazy, but not too crazy of course. So here’s my list! Also, if there’s anything you think I should try, let me know!

1. Do something nice for someone else.

Giving to a charity or even just giving someone a smile, I want to do things for others. Just as long as I make someone’s day better, I will be happy.

2. Visit a new coffee shop.

Starbucks gets boring after a while, thankfully there’s tons of coffee shops in California, so why not try a new one!

3. Go a week without buying anything.

It’s honestly so hard for me to not buy something, so I will really try to not do it! No matter how small, I must not buy anything.

4. Finish an assignment before the night it’s due.

Because I need to stop being a typical college student.

5. Take a picture every day. (So far)

I basically almost do this but not always. Since it is March, I want to take a picture everyday, at least of anything and keep record.

6. Sit down and actually learn a new song on the guitar.

I usually end up bouncing around songs when I practice, so I want to make sure that I at least get a song done and it actually sounds good.

7. Read at least two new books.

I’ve been neglecting reading since I’ve been busy, so I need to at least get two books out of my list this month.

8. Make a new friend.

Because new friends are cool and I want to find new interesting people.

9. Do some spring cleaning and clean out my closet.

Ah, my biggest struggle is letting go of things but I must because I look like a hoarder.

10. Donate my clothes.

Even harder than cleaning my closet. Usually when I clean, I give my stuff to my sister, but this time, I want to donate it and have it worth while.

11. Start watching a new TV show.

I haven’t really watched an actual TV show in forever, so it will be fun to start watching a new series.

12. Keep up my blogging game and read and comment on all my favorite blogs.

February was by far one of my best blogging months, so I want to keep that momentum. Also, I want to keep with up with all you awesome bloggers!

13. Go a week without eating junk food, sweets, or eating out.

Healthy eating is a must and being a commuting college student is hard because sometimes I don’t have time to actually make something and I have to buy stuff, but I’m making this a priority.

14. Discover a new band and go to a concert.

I’m pretty much powered by music and all I want to do is listen to music live. I also just want to listen to new music, so suggestions people!

15. Create a ton of new outfits with the items I already have.

I go through the struggle of thinking I have nothing to wear while I have a closet full of stuff, but don’t we all? I want to be able to get more creative with what I have and see what I can come up with.

16. Forgive and don’t sweat the small stuff.

*Cue Let It Go from Frozen* There’s no reason to get all worked up about things and I do it a lot. So my focus is to just let things go especially since they won’t really matter, it’s a habit I need to learn.

17. Journal constantly.

Unlike blogging, I want to be able to put my daily thoughts on paper and express myself and vent. It will be useful for me.

18. Forget the internet.

Obviously this may be impossible, but staying away from the internet and letting my phone rest is something I really need to do. I want to take more walks and enjoy the people around me and not worry about who is posting what.

19. Visit a new local city and explore.

Since I highly doubt I’ll be traveling out of the country or something, I want to go to a city around me and just discover new places.

20. Do something nice for myself.

Go to a movie by myself, spend a day people watching and reading a book, or buying myself something I’ve really wanted. I just want to take a day and be alone and acknowledge my thoughts and just be peaceful and content finding myself.

21. Have the best birthday month ever!

Given. My birthdays are always eh, so this will be the month, and year for that matter, that will be a good one!

If you have any ideas or suggestions on things I should do, let me know!I definitely hope this month holds a lot of surprises and excitement and I hope I stick with my list. It’s going to be good, I know it!

4 Things Singles Can Do On Valentine’s Day

4 Things Singles Can Do On Valentine’s Day

Oh Valentine’s Day. Once we step into stores the first couple weeks of January, there is no escaping the pinks, reds, and hearts that come from this holiday. For us single people, it’s just a dread because we will see our friends with significant others flaunting their cool plans and other sweet things that is going to happen to them. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all bad. Be single and make the best of it! Here are some of my tips:

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1. Hangout with your best friends

What better than spending time with your friends to feel loved! In some Spanish-speaking countries, Valentine’s Day is called, “El dia del amor y la amistad,” which literally translates to, “the day of love and friendship.” So instead of mopping that someone is not wooing you, spend time with your closest friends and even give treats to each other. Have fun and recount memories and make new ones, and if you want to watch your favorite rom-com or chick flick, go for it but make it about friends not about wanting a significant other.

2. Don’t be bitter

Yes it may be tempting to roll your eyes at every couple you see on this day, but being bitter just makes it worse. If you are really strongly against this day, the best way is just to ignore it and go on with the day as if it was any other. Or you can go the comical way and make light of the day by making jokes, without offending those who are celebrating. Look at memes and it will make it all better. But just remember, it’s only 24 hours and most of us have school or jobs, just dive in to your tasks and let it go. *Cue Frozen song* It will be over before you know it.

3. Love your family

Love comes in all ways, and there’s nothing that can come close to the love of your family. Whoever it may be that you have close, spend time with them. Write heartfelt letters to your parents, or bake cupcakes with your sibling. If you’re away from home, Skype them and let them know they are loved. Nothing compares to a family bond, so what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than the ones closest to your heart.

4. Love Yourself

Treat yourself. Spend a day watching for favorite movie, while eating your favorite ice cream. Valentine’s Day may seem like the day to love outwardly, but you can also just love yourself and enjoy all you are. Get that manicure you’ve been putting off or buy a new outfit, but choose to make yourself happy. Don’t depend on anyone else to make you happy that day, do it for yourself and it will be worth it. It’s always better to love yourself and be happy.

So have fun this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy it and if you have any tips of ideas, send them my way!

Look to the Stars

Look to the Stars

I’m all for mini vacations and for last-minute plans that turn into adventures. Living in Southern California is already really cool, but there is so much to do and it is fun discovering it all. So my sister and I decided to rent out a hotel out closer to Los Angeles and just call it a vacation. We were basically winging it but it was worth it because so many adventures came out of it.

My friend recruited my sister and I to go to the Observatory in Los Angeles to help one of his friends propose to his girlfriend. It was pretty scary because we couldn’t mess up or be too obvious, plus we had to guard the spot from other people, which was so hard! But we made it happen and it was the sweetest thing to witness.

So I’m a sucker for city lights, you can seriously put me up on a hill at night and I’ll just be happy looking out to the city.

Such a breath-taking view. I honestly could just stay there all night looking out and it would be perfect. This is the LA I love.

But of course all good nights come to an end and we ended up at Citadel, one of the coolest places to shop and also where our hotel was at, and we just roamed around and ate frozen yogurt before ending up at our room and then deciding to go out again.

So the main thing we were planning to do was to go to the Santa Monica Pier. Now for all you SoCal natives, this is whatever, but I have never gone. Yeah, pretty weird considering I was born and raised in California, so I had to visit.

It was such a cool place and thankfully when we were there it was pretty chill and not crowded. I love the ocean and hearing the crash of the waves was lovely. It’s one of those places that you can just go when you have a few hours to spare and just relax.

This whole little trip just made me realize how much more I want to live in LA and in a few years it may happen, depending how life goes.

P.S. I also made a video at Santa Monica so please watch (:

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It was all great and I’m all for adventures. But for now these memories remain and will definitely help me get through the week!

 

Act Like You Know

Act Like You Know

One of my goals this year is to get out of my normal rut and do more adventurous things. Not to mention, I moved to a new city last February and still have not discovered anything around so it’s helpful to see what cool spots are available.

So I made a day of it!

The day started with my sister, mom, sister-in-law, and my 5 year old niece who just wanted to play around. There’s a park near my house called Fairmount Park and they kept telling me it was a beautiful place, and it sure was. There’s a big pond with lots of ducks, which was scary since they could attack! But still, there was so many beautiful trees and bridges and I fell in love with the place.

We walked all around and basically everything was insta-worthy, even the playground, which my niece only wanted to play, was super cool and had actual chair swings. It’s one of those places that you could just go for a walk and think and look at all the beauty. Definitely a gem in this city and did not expect it!

Fun fact: I’m kind of obsessed with my sneakers now!

Dropping nuggets of wisdom on my niece

There was even a small pier! This honestly became one of my favorite shots.

Totally fell in love!

Now for all you Southern California natives, I sound like a complete noob when I tell them I have never been to the Mission Inn. It’s a hotel and every holiday season they have a spectacular festival of lights, which everyone flocks to. We actually got there before the lights went down, which was okay because I was not about to get crushed by crowds. It’s a beautiful and historic place and it was a maze.

But my favorite part was low-key going into hidden places. We had to act like we knew what was happening and just pretend we knew what we were doing. It was thrilling yet terrifying. It was great! Not to mention, we accidentally ran into a wedding! I’m not stealth so I’m definitely great at this adventure thing.

Never ending stairs

Part of the church there

Mission Inn

After that we looked through the shops around and they had some of the cutest boutiques and I’m a sucker for brick, old town buildings so I just marveled. I truthfully never expected anything that pretty and awesome where I lived so it all came as a nice surprise. It’s also great to get out of doing and visiting the same places and actually discovering something that you never expected. Life is meant to be adventurous!

Always Thankful

Always Thankful

Since being Thanksgiving week, I thought I’d make a post talking about what I’m thankful for, obligatory and late.

It’s honestly been a great year and there’s a lot to be thankful for. Thanksgiving also happens to be my favorite holiday, so I expect everyone to go all out with me because besides the food and yummyness, there’s a great thing about a holiday meant to give thanks.

I’m thankful for my family, who is always there for me and can honestly give me the truth, even if it hurts. We will always
be family no matter what. Friends, of course, who can deal with my crazy mood swings and still love me. Shout out to all the coffee dates and study sessions.

I’m thankful for the opportunities presented to me because I’m still at a great university on a scholarship and I get to learn what I love. Even if I hate writing papers, it will get me somewhere.

I was going to say I was thankful for my MacBook and iPad and then I realized how lame that sounds. I’m not grateful for the material things but I am thankful that they help me achieve what I need to do and it has definitely facilitated blogging and homework. So technically, I am thankful for my sister who saw my struggles and got these things for me!

I’m thankful for music, as weird as that sounds, it’s my favorite escape and may all the awesome music speak for the words we can’t say. But I’m also grateful for the silence because I learn a lot more about myself in those times.

I’m thankful for all my readers! Thanks for sticking around on my writing journey and as I still figure out my writing niche. Thanks for reading, it means a lot.

I’m thankful for the hard moments because they make me appreciate the good times even more. Although at the moment I just want to cry myself to sleep, when more hard times come I just laugh because I now know what to do.

Finally, I’m thankful for God because I mess up a lot, yet He still blesses me and always forgives me and that is true love. He is great and powerful but He loves tenderly like a father and His mercy is the greatest thing to be thankful for.

Sounds like a cliche list but it’s honestly the base of what to be thankful for. There’s probably a lot more and I’m forgetting right now, so I’m just thankful for everything and everyone! So what are you thankful for? There is always something to appreciate!

 The sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying, “Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; His love endures forever. • Jeremiah 33:11