Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dream Jobs | Winter Blog Challenge

From the time you were in elementary school until now, how many times have you been asked - in that strangely patronizing tone of voice - "So...what do you want to be when you grow up?"

Go ahead. Try and count. I'll wait.

It seems like the adults have this strange fascination with knowing what our career paths may look like, even if we're nowhere near the age where we are able to really think about it. 

Many kids may say things like: "Firefighter," "Veterinarian," and even "Superhero," - which is absolutely adorable. The beauty of children to choose such heroic professions has the power to bring a smile to the most forlorn face. 

However, as we grow and mature, we start thinking of things that seem realistic while also matching the interests that we develop. If you ask a teen this question, "What do you want to study?" and they might respond "Graphic Designer;" "Medical Doctor;" or "Psychologist."

Because as we mature, we begin to dream differently. Sure, some may still choose Superhero any day. But the computer nerd may dream of a profession in design. A person with the heart for others may dream of teaching. And a person with a phenomenal voice may dream of one day becoming a well-known singer.

A few weeks ago, I uploaded a video on this topic of choosing careers. Although it is quite silly and sarcastic, the basic elements are still there. The most important factor in making this decision for yourself is to take a step back and make sure you're really doing this for yourself and nobody else. In years time, the person who has to live with your decision is you. Do what you love, as opposed to what somebody else would love to see you do.

Dream big, and dream often. Remember that :)

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Best Things Are Worth the Effort | Winter Blog Challenge

Since I uploaded the Winter Blog Challenge - (Yes, I know that it's not really winter anymore, I just have yet to complete the challenge...needless to say, I'm terrible at challenges, haha) - I've had a lot of good things happen. And I postponed writing this post specifically because I was waiting to hear back from a few select, important people first.

Most people who've subscribed and followed me on YouTube and people who know me in real life know that I'm a college student - or University, as some people say. I've been stuck in my hometown for years, patiently waiting for the opportunity to go out, venture into the world, and have new experiences.

About 6 or 7 months ago, I applied to a few higher-level universities and was told that I wouldn't know their decision on whether or not to accept me until mid to late March. So I waited. I didn't want to get my hopes up, but realistically, I had no reason to believe I wouldn't be accepted anywhere.

Fast forward, and I have now received acceptance letters to every school that I wanted to go to. Even though I've had some pretty great things happen, I'd have to say this is the best of all. Not only do I have hope to have a better life, I can finally get out and "see what the world's about."

I'm not sharing this story to brag. I want to share something that I've been progressively learning, personally, through this. You know that old saying: Good things come to those who wait? Not to get totally cheesy, but there is some truth to that.

I'm not saying that everything you want will be handed to you in life, and all you have to do is wait for someone to deliver it. I'm not saying that at all. The things you want in life, you have to work for it. And sometimes - of the time - you're going to have to work really hard. But through that, you will have to be patient and know that someday, that hard work and diligence will pay off. That "good thing" they talk about doesn't come without a little blood, sweat, and tears; but when you do see it, it'll all be worth it.
[UPDATE: I follow Alfie Deyes - @PointlessBlog - on insta and he posted this picture. Fits perfectly with what I'm saying here :) Follow him on insta and give him some love!]

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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Best Spaghetti Yet! | Winter Blog Challenge

If you're not familiar with the Winter Blog Challenge, read this first

Most people you run into might say they're a picky eater, but I personally haven't yet met a person who's a pickier eater than I am. When I was a kid, I actually liked practically anything until one day, I just wasn't having it anymore. To this day, I don't eat most fruit (I especially can't stand the smell of orange and grapefruit, let alone the taste), chunky tomatoes, olives, anything that has pickles in it, and several many more foods. However, there has always been one dish, one combination of foods, that I can never say no to - even when made extremely poorly - and that's spaghetti (or spaghetti bolognese). It's my weakness, my one true food love.

I probably spend more money than I should trying to find the best spaghetti in any town I visit. And for several years, despite the many places I've tried, my favorite remains California Pizza Kitchen's Spaghetti Bolognese. I don't know why, I don't know how they prepare it (I should ask them one of these days) but it's simply the best. Their sauce isn't too runny or chunky. They typically don't over or undercook the noodles (you wouldn't believe how many times I visit other restaurants and order a pasta dish, only to find the pasta overcooked). From the first moment I tried their Spaghetti, I fell in love and never looked back. Seriously, if you're as big a spaghetti fan as I am and have a CPK in town or visit town with a CPK, order their Spaghetti. You won't be disappointed. (But if, for some reason, they don't get it right for you, tell em to shape up or they'll have to deal with me, haha).

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Difficult Time - How [Not] To Cope | Winter Blog Challenge

I'm pretty sure I've written about several difficult times I've had growing up and some things that have happened that sort of influenced who I am today. However, instead of rehashing these posts (because if you really wanted to hear the same stories again, you could re-read those posts), I'll take a different approach to this topic, cuz I know you "ain't got time for the same old stuff!" (I know I'm not funny, I'm sorry, haha).

Everyone goes through difficult times in their lives. Exactly what causes our feelings of stress, depression, and hopelessness really depends on how much you as a person can take before breaking down. There is no "right" way of dealing with our problems, but there are a few things that we decide to do that can definitely hinder learning, healing, and coping. So today, I want to discuss one of these things. Maybe a few of you have done this at some point or can relate to them.

There are times when you want to "reinvent" yourself. While the concept sounds nice - new year, "new" you type of thing - carrying it out can lead to a few problems. I remember a time when I had to say goodbye to people who were really close to me and I didn't know how to deal with it. I decided to become someone most people would like - something I don't recommend doing.

Like most people, I mistakenly thought that I had to become someone I completely wasn't in order to get by. At one point, I even started believing it. I changed my lingo in order to impress a certain group of people, I dressed differently, and the lies kept going and going. Until one day, I decided to maybe go back to wearing what I felt comfortable in. Some people noticed the change; some people even confronted me. I realized that pretending to be someone I wasn't made me even more unhappy than I was before. I counted all the lies I told, all the things I did just to impress someone else, and all the people who only liked the fake version of myself. It took a long while to strip off that false persona and get back to who I really was.

But I know so many people who go through this. There's nothing you can really do to "make" someone you know "snap out of it," but the most important thing as a true friend is support them. And if this is you, if you find yourself in this position where you know that you aren't being yourself when you know you should be, know that it's not going to ultimately benefit you. By putting on that persona every day, you're hurting yourself and the people around you. People don't like being lied to, and when they find out that you're not who you pretend to be, they're probably not going to take it well.

If you're in this position or know someone who is, it's important to remember that there will be people in your life who don't like you, often for no reason. And if you decide to come clean, know that you're the one who has to make that decision and possibly even face the consequences. But when you allow yourself to be true to who you are, you learn not to care so much about that. And, even more, you gain true friends, true lifelong friends.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

My Collections | Winter Blog Challenge

Sometimes I obsess over seemingly everything. If you've ever visited my Pinterest page, you'll see that I clearly like way too many things, haha. Whether it's Batman, Disney Villains, Harry Potter, Sports teams, Beauty Products, or The Big Bang Theory, I'm all for obsessing - as long as it doesn't turn creepy or stalker-like...
( were saying?)

Back in the day, when I was on my caffeine craze, I collected Monster Energy EVERYTHING. Sometimes, I'd have a Mega Monster a day - if you're familiar with the Monsterverse (that's Monster + Universe), you'll know that those are quite the beverage - which I don’t condone trying, by the way. “Everything in moderation,” is what I say now. I even used to pride myself on being able to enter any setting and IMMEDIATELY, within seconds, be able to spot all the Monster logos within my entire range of sight.

But now, I’ve transformed my obsession to Batman. I have way more Batman items than I know what to do with. At the moment, they like to chill on random places around my room… Someone help me stop buying Batman things, please.

I’ve also been getting increasingly more interested in makeup. I like to learn as much as I can about different things, and my current interests have been makeup-related. I didn’t start wearing makeup (that wasn’t stray spots of foundation or concealer) until I was 19. Looking back, my teen life probably would have been extremely more productive if I had taken an interest much earlier. But I’m only talking about my own personal life. I understand that not everyone enjoys wearing makeup, or doesn’t wear makeup for personal reasons, and that’s perfectly fine. Many people, I find, look stunning without makeup, and I actually envy that a little.

Other than that, I collect CDs. I know they're pretty outdated (You're like "What's a CD??") but if I like an entire album by an artist, I'll go out and buy a physical copy as a keepsake.

Things I'd love to start collecting would probably run along the lines of Los Angeles Lakers & San Francisco 49ers merchandise and jerseys, Disney Villains, and probably clothes of all types.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Disney's Greatest Villain: Maleficent 2014

I've never been more excited for a the release of a new Disney movie than Maleficent, scheduled for March 2014. Even the slogan "Evil Has A Beginning" sounds so ominous, that it's a perfect fit for this badass Villain-with-a-capital-V. Out of all the possible villains Disney could have chosen to feature, I couldn't be more pleased that they picked Maleficent. And having Angelina Jolie star as Maleficent couldn't be more perfect; I mean, her physique is a flawless match, anyways!

I've never been a fan of the typical "Old-School" Disney princess movies. You know what I'm talking about: the Princess is a sweet and innocent girl who gets caught up in some trouble, usually by a step-mother, and eventually requires the assistance of a prince towards the end of the film. For this reason, telling the well-known story of "Sleeping Beauty" from the Villain's perspective, highlighting the path she took that led her to curse Aurora, sounds incredibly promising.
All stills taken from Disney's recent Maleficent "Dream" trailer

In high anticipation for this movie - and inspiration from Lana Del Rey's amazing cover of Once Upon A Dream in the new trailer for this movie - I've uploaded a quick little lyric video, featuring Lana Del Rey and some awesome stills from the trailer. Hope you enjoy the song as much as I do.

I'm not sponsored in any way to brag about this movie (although, wouldn't it be great?) I just love it so much already.

Make sure to check out Disney's "Dream" Trailer; it's so fantastically done that you might just pass out for a minute like I did when I first saw it! And don't forget to see it in theaters this March (Can we keep discussing Angelina Jolie?)

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