Recap

Weekly Recap; Jan 7th – Jan 13th

It’s the second week of the year, already.

I still can’t believe it’s 2018! My goals are still kind of all over the place but Bubba keeps reminding me that January is a “trial run” month but still holds me accountable for the goals I do have set in place.

So every week I have to create something; this week it was suppose to be a YouTube video. I don’t know why filming is so hard for me lately, but also the sun is barely out since it’s been 19*-38* the last few weeks. It’s been COLD here lately! A cold that I’m not entirely use to.

I can’t remember exactly what went on this week — which is why I do these recaps!

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Food, Recap

Recap 2017; Top 7 Favorite Food Finds

I thought writing this entry would be easy… but as I was (endlessly) scrolling through my photos of food of 2017 I realized… this isn’t going to be as easy as I thought.

In my mind 2017 was divided between the last bit of my life in Florida and the beginning bit of my life in Texas; through Ubereats I discovered a lot of food I fell in love with before I left Florida and through DoorDash and adventures with Bubba there’s a lot of food I discovered in Texas. But I tried to narrow it down to the foods I would go back to. So while this isn’t a complete list of foods I found to be my favs this is a list of foods I loved enough to buy more than twice.

Let’s start with what I discovered in Florida:

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Books

2018 | Books I Plan On Reading

Just like last year I decided to set another goal to read 36 books this year even though I sort of… kind of… failed last year’s challenge.

But that’s the idea of a CHALLENGE, isn’t it?

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Here’s a few of the books I plan on reading in 2018;

Zenith is actually by a book blogger and I was lucky enough to get this for review (thanks Amazon Vine)! Wild Beauty and Roseblood were from Owlcrate’s. Heartless and Red Queen were gifts from my Bubba Bear last year and Strange The Dreamer was a purchase (the UK cover is SO MUCH prettier than the US).

The rest of the books I plan on reading are all ebooks on my Kindle or books that haven’t been released yet!

If you’d like to see the full list of my 2018 TBR you can find that [ H E R E ]. This list will change as the year goes on and it does not include separate lists I’ll be making for 2018 reading challenges like my seasonal Halloween challenge or the 2018 Debut Author Challenge and any other bookish challenge I can find/come up with!

There are a few titles I’m absolutely looking forward to!

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was released last year and has gotten some pretty positive responses from the bookstagramming community. I had to put it off last year to read books I had for review but I’m ITCHING to dive into this one! It sounds so good and uh can we just talk about how freakin awesome this cover is?!

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Say that doesn’t sound super interesting!

 

34275232I might be a little bit biased about my excitement for this book just because my name is in it. Whooooo knows.

This book isn’t released until the end of January and though I keep forgetting what it’s actually about, I’m in love with this cover as well!

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

I mean okay, that sounds right up my alley!

Both of these books play into my love for fairy tales. Maybe this year I’ll stumble on a new genre, or try a new genre… who knows.

I hope to complete my reading challenge for this year, I miss reading and falling in love with books — and it’s been YEARS since I’ve actually FALLEN IN LOVE with a book! My boyfriend tries so hard to find books he thinks I may like, or books I’ve mentioned that he agree’s I’d really love and I love that he supports my love for books and reading and fairy tales. I absolutely can’t wait to fall in love with a book and tell him all about it!

Last year he even joined me in my reading challenge though I’m not sure he’s going to this year — he has graphic novels and manga he needs to catch up on and I do love when he tells me about a story he’s read that he wants to share with me too 🙂

So here’s to 2018; finding new genres, new book loves and reading books I’ve put off!

Are there any books you’re looking forward to or planning on reading in 2018?

Hello

Hello 2018

I still can’t believe how fast 2017 had just zipped by! Is this a sign of getting old?! Years just pass you by? It’s almost kinda scary!

It’s also been a whole week and let me tell you! I’m so over all these cramps and all this physical pain right now!

This year Bubba picked my {onelittleword} again and this year he picked [ C R E A T E ].

This is going to be interesting!

So the rule is once (or once every two) a week I have to create something. I haven’t really put much thought into just what I want to create yet but there are a few things that have been on my yearly goals list for a few years now, like… making marshmallows, crafting a plushie, crafting a beanie, creating a mood board. And I’m sure there’s maybe 3 other ones but I can’t remember them right now.

So this year will be the year I finally tackle these things.

In addition to that I also have a few other goals I’d like to attempt:

⇢ Attempt to make Filipino dishes
⇢ Attempt to bake something off my Pinterest board once a month
⇢ Work on photography/food styling photography
⇢ Get more into bookstagram
⇢ Practice better beauty/lifestyle flat lays
⇢ USE A REAL CAMERA MORE
⇢ Read 36 books
⇢ Meditate/Yoga
⇢ Revamp blogs
⇢ Purge everything that doesn’t serve me
⇢ Reorganize kitchen

There were others but again I can’t really think of them right now. Bubba also has a goals list of this own:

— Catch up/pay student loans
— Finish Batman, Overwatch & DBZ shelves
— Get one new outfit a month for Hazel and I
— Watch a movie every other week
— Finish Autumn’s book
— Play a new game every 2 months
— Go on at least 1 trip this year
— Build credit

There’s a lot of things we want to see and do and accomplish this year and we’re excited to see where this year will take us and what adventures we’ll find along the way!

I’m so thankful for his uplifting attitude and his never ending happy vibe, I don’t know how long I would had been sitting in my dark hole if he wasn’t here to offer the support and happiness to remind me that life needs to keep moving forward even if we’re hurting or even if we’ve suffering, it doesn’t mean you have to stick yourself in a dark box. You can still grieve and you can still mourn while still planning to make the most out of your time and yourself.

So here’s to 2018 and the adventures that are waiting for us ✨.

Hello, Recap, Reflecting

2017 Recap

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I’m a little sad this blog doesn’t have more yearly recap’s like this one I did for 2012, I know the last few years have sucked but damn. That bad?!

I tend to do this graphic every year… or I have the last few years but I honestly can’t remember where and if I actually post them! Oh gosh, I should fix that some time soon huh?

This year, though I’ve already recapped it here wasn’t very big on discovering much. At least… not as much as I would had liked. But then I don’t think I’ll ever really be happy with how much I discover since I want to discover ALL THE THINGS.

I’m going to try and copy that blog posts format as well though.

⇢ Favorite Book
I read less than my goal of 36 books this year but I did manage to finish The Lunar Chronicles thankfully! I didn’t find a book I really would consider a “favorite” this year. I did really like Tentacle & Wing but I haven’t written a blog review for it yet but you can find my Amazon review for it here.

⇢ Favorite Movie
I admit I haven’t watched very many movies this year. According to Bubba I only watched 3 in theaters which were Beauty & The Beast, Power Rangers and Wonder Woman. Though if I had to pick, I’d say Wonder Woman was my favorite movie of the year.

⇢ Favorite TV Show
We restarted a bunch of older TV shows like New Girl and Glee and we’ve been watching The Food Network lately while we eat but we started Avatar this year also. I introduced him to Fairy Tail and he introduced me to The Devil Is A Part Timer. There’s also Ouran Host Club. I’d say The Devil Is A Part Timer was my favorite show of this year.

⇢ Favorite Song
According to Spotify Bahala Na by James Reid and That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars were my top 2017 songs lol. But I’d also throw in 2U by Justin Bieber and I Want Crazy by Hunter Heyes is pretty up there.

⇢ Favorite Video Game
I think I played way less games this year than last year. There aren’t any games that stand out — I still played FFXIV but I started slowing down after Stormblood came out and stopped pretty much completely after I moved. I got back on Animal Crossing for awhile but then stopped. So, I don’t know. I guess if I had to say it would be Sims 4 for PS4 cause I could stay on that game forever.

⇢ Favorite Discovery
Caldo de Res and Coconut Milk from El Rancho…. annnnd a bunch of shopping centers here in Texas like Legacy Hall and Clearfork!

⇢ Favorite Makeup Item
The Too Faced Glitter Bomb palette, Urban Decay Naked Heat palette, Victoria Secret lotion in Cloudberry and the Chapstick cube lip balms in Cotton Candy!

⇢ Biggest Achievement 
Getting Julep Ambassador, getting on the Target website with a candle product shot, moving to a different state by myself.

⇢ Favorite Moment
Me: I was gonna ask for a promise ring but I thought that would be lame
Bubba: Why do you need a ring when you already have the promise *kisses my ring finger*

Pretty much every weekend since I’ve been in Texas too.

My OCD backing off when I first moved in. But of course it came back, as it always does. I need to find a trick to get that to stay at some point.

⇢ Favorite App
Besides social media I haven’t really discovered any this year. But I’d probably say Instagram and Pinterest.

My {onelittleword} this year was [ G R O W ] and I was still in the process of healing from various other things. I was still trying to get things together and figure things out. I tired to get myself to discover new things and go to new places and I think given the point in my life where I was at I did pretty damn good and there are moments I made massive progress. Like when I first moved in and my OCD wasn’t AS bad; I didn’t have to wash my hands all the damn time and I was able to put books and stuff on the bed without freaking out. I wonder why it’s like that, it’ll be almost gone when I move to a new place and the moment something stressful happens it comes back. Like wtf. Argh. Also having my own place is nice. Like a place that’s finally JUST MINE.

There were a lot of great things that happened this year and a lot of great things I discovered and a lot of great moments.

I hope to discover more things, more places, more favorites and to be an even better version of myself next year and I can’t wait to see what I’ll discover!

Hello, Recap, Reflecting

Goodbye 2017

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If I had to rate 2017 on a scale it would probably be a 9/10. Overall, it was a pretty great year and it was one of the best years I’ve had in a really really long time.

I’ve gathered almost 80 photos for this post, but I’ll try to cut that down as much as I can. Though as I’ve said before, this blog is primarily used as an archive for myself 🙂

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