One Lovely Blog Award

I am so excited. You have no idea. I hoped I would get one of these someday, but so early on my blogging? *starry eyes*. Two weeks ago, I received a nomination by the lovely Nanaaj. (Thank you so much, dear!) I didn’t have time to do pretty much anything until now, so I’m doing this now. 🙂

The rules for this nomination are:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated. (I nominated 6 people because I still do not know many bloggers, which is sad. If you want to be nominated, consider yourself nominated by me :D)
  • You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you. (Done! :D)

Seven facts about me:

  1. Reading is my life!
  2. I love pizza. Pizza is love, pizza is life!
  3. I make fandom references pretty much every day. My friends have gotten used to it. (I hope.)
  4. I am addicted to the internet.
  5. Even if I am studying Biology, I like Chemistry better.
  6. I love dresses, but don’t use them much.
  7. I have a severe procrastination problem.

Now, for my nominations…

  1. I love his blog so much!
  2. She is one of my absolute favorites.
  3. Z might have been nominated a couple of times, but she deserves it.
  4. Her posts are relevant and amazing
  5. I relate so much to her posts!
  6. The professor’s posts make my days better!

New sound, same awesome self.

During this week, I have listened to Taylor Swift’s new album (1989), and I realized I loved it. Even if her sound changed, she is still the same, and we all should learn from that lesson. One shouldn’t be afraid to jump to different things, as long as we’re ourselves. It’s amazing what we can do if we get out of our comfort zones.

My favorite songs from the album are Blank Space (a satire about the public’s opinion of her) and I Know Places. She is so comfortable with the pop sound, that it sounds like she was there all along. I guess she already was, but was held back from fear. When she finally let it go, all the amazingness that characterized her came back, and better than ever. Her lyrics are still relatable, fun and emotional. She’s more mature now, and that is why she is still a role model from girls all around the world.

Things are a bit quiet in my life, so I don’t have much to write about just yet. I have a few drafts on my iPad notes and will definitely work on them and post during this weekend.



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Because these things will change…

I’m a Swiftie. I have been ever since I listened to “You Belong with Me” 5 years ago.

My favorite song from the Fearless album, however, is Change. It is one of the songs that always makes me feel better and motivated for everything, no matter what is happening.

These are my favorite lyrics from Change, even though the whole song is perfect.

It was the night things changed
Do you see it now?
These walls that they put up to hold us back fell down
It’s a revolution, throw your hands up
Cause we never gave in

We cannot give up. We cannot give in. We simply have to fight back! Everything will get better soon enough.


I’ve been thinking a lot about change. How something can turn over 180 degrees with a simple word or a phrase. How an opinion or an impression can change so easily if given the right (or wrong) push. Change is good, humans in general tend to be subject to it, as we’re rational and unpredictable. Again, a kind word can change someone’s day, a wrong word can change someone’s life… Forever.

Change is generally good. I mean, we evolve, we can adapt to certain situations and it’s healthy. I like change, I just don’t like when it’s sudden, and I hadn’t time to prepare for it.

I read Paige Rawl’s book Positive and it made me think about all the ways someone can be affected by our actions, and that’s not okay, especially if we’re not aware of them. Maybe we want to be fun, or popular, but that person’s life can change dramatically if he or she does not know how to deal with that kind of pressure. Then again, knowledge can cause change to happen spontaneously. Maybe a thought can turn into an idea, and then that idea can turn into action (or inaction, who knows?) Seriously. It’s imperative that we become aware of what we do. We can’t run in automatic all our lives. I did it for a while and when I woke up, I realized I had missed a lot in life. Waking up is also taking longer than I realized.

Change is good, but I would like to tell past me to take care of certain things, and to beware of others.

Why in the world didn’t I study literature?

This is a short one. I might write more about this subject later on. 🙂

That is a good question, Nat. If there are two things I have always loved throughout my life, they’re Science and Literature. I have loved how those two fields were always with me, making me who I am today.

Last weekend, my mom asked me why I didn’t study literature. Believe me, I’ve thought about it. I have even searched recently for the requirements of changing my major to Lit. Anyway, I know I would have regretted not studying anything related to science. My life would be filled with what if’s, and that is too sad for words. Right now, as I’m writing this, I’m going through a relatively easy week, compared to my last two. Still, as stress is killing me almost everyday, I think I wouldn’t have it any other way, and that might seem like both masochism and passion.

I guess, in the end, I have no real reason why I didn’t major in lit. I just followed my gut, and did what felt right at the moment. I think it does feel right, and as long as it does, I’m going to pursue a career in Natural Sciences.

Update: This, now, is the first of a series of blog posts about the reasons why I chose science instead of literature. Parts two and three will be posted on November 1st and November 8th. I hope you like them.

The reason why I started this blog.

I wrote this three or four months ago. It’s the true reason I wrote a blog, and I thought I might share it with you. 🙂

I have decided I’m going to be more open to feelings and towards people. Don’t get me wrong. I won’t tell everything about me to everyone that gets close to me. I just mean I’m going to be braver and I’m not going to be guided by first impressions or instincts. I could say that I will still follow my gut, but I will try to be more sociable… And awake.

I have been wrong too many times in the past. I can’t let my wrong impressions to guide me. That is why I’ve thought to keep a blog. Obviously my blog won’t be about my life. At least not most of it. I just want to have a record of what I will do the next year and so. Maybe it will let me guide myself and discover things about myself. It will also free my mind from this horrible writer’s block I’ve been going through. I thought about this idea while watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

I also want my thoughts to be clearer and not be influenced my other people’s opinions. I have let that happen for too long. I guess my wake up call was when my friend told me I only did things to make other people happy, and that’s true. This is my hamartia, and I’m endeavoring to get past it.

I am also endeavoring not to get distracted from my goals. I want to be a professional. I want to be somebody and that will not happen if I don’t listen to myself. I want to be honest to both myself and my loved ones. This will be hard to achieve since I’ve hidden behind a lot of walls (books, music, the internet) and I don’t even know who I am anymore. I will become more awake from now on. I will study hard, be the person I can be, without any distractions.

When I went to that psychiatrist a year ago, I discovered something: I do not make eye contact with people. I hadn’t noticed that before he told me. It’s hard for me to communicate. It’s hard for me to follow people’s expectations of me. Sometimes I think I’m not as smart as other people think I am.

So I need to learn. I need to meet myself once and for all. I also need to start loving the true Nat, as no one will truly love me until I love myself.

Bad day.

How can you overcome a bad day? Maybe reading, watching your favorite show, maybe just talking. I posted something about this almost a week ago. Well, today was kind of a bad one for me. I wanted to cry from frustration and just send everything to hell. I felt like a horrible person. I still think I am, actually. It is just nice to know some people disagree with me. Two of my friends made me feel better with their tweets. I was all warm inside.

I guess this is my point with this really short post. Talk about your feelings. Maybe even write about them. Do NOT lock them inside. Trying to hide your feelings is unhealthy, and will damage your self-esteem and your whole life in the process. Let it go, people.

Don’t let the Muggles bring you down. And with Muggles, I mean your brains and how they can make you overthink about everything. I mean, do not ignore what is happening, that is not healthy either, just assume a position where you might not get hurt. Don’t worry, be happy, and stay strong.

Sexual diversity and a shot at happiness

Because no one deserves to be hated for something out of their control, for their essence. 🙂

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I think the title is self explanatory. Let’s start with the basics. Yes, I consider myself liberal in fact I am a member of the Human Rights Campaign and I live to defend those whose basic rights are stolen from them. Women, African Americans, immigrants, Hispanic/Latinos and many others.

Recently, there has been a change in the world for the LGBT community both positive and negative. The negative being homosexuality being penalized in Russia which I think is absurd. But let’s focus on the positive. According to the HRC, in 28 out of the 50 states LGBT couples can now marry legally and rejoice because they now have the same rights.

And I totally get religious conservative Americans. Why? Well conviction. They are passionate about what they feel and believe and they are willing to risk everything for that belief. Now, I am not saying I condone their…

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First Introductions:

My friend Nesh’s first post…! Read it and welcome her to the blogging world! 😀

Just another biology student, or am I?

Well hello there!

If I could guess, I’d say you are curios of who I am. I am a “38 half year old” female, 2nd year biology student… and I think that is all I am sure about in this life (WOW). But that is the beauty of it all; uncovering the little secrets that one has and discovering the hidden furrows and notches of what makes us. In other, more realistic and less optimistic, words: I live in an “existential crisis”. Don’t we all? I believe so. That being said, I invite you to see parts of my life as I “uncover” & “discover” it. Together we can see my unborn and growing passions, opinions of today’s “working” world, insight of the new trends (do’s and don’t; no judging), and overall experiences in my journey. Who knows? You might actually like me. For now I claim my benefit of…

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How to feel better :)

Hello, there.

Right now, I am writing this blog as I am about to arrive to Uni to take my exam, and thinking about this makes me feel relaxed. This post is dedicated to one of my favorite blogs. You know who you are, dear.

1. Listening to music:
If you feel sad or anxious, all you have to do is listen to your happy playlist on my iPod. (If you don’t have one, make one. You will not regret it.) If I want to relax, I have a nice playlist with the songs that make me feel better, including my favorite artist: Taylor Alison Swift. (Seriously, her songs talk directly to my heart.) Right now I’m listening to Shake it Off 🙂

2. Eating pizza:
Pizza makes everything better. Some of that cheesy goodness just diffuses into my soul and helps me feel complete! My friends agree with me on that matter. We can each eat about a complete pizza all by ourselves. Okay, if you don’t like pizza, just replace it with your favorite food. Eat lots of it with no regret. You only live once, people! Eat your feelings for once!

3. Reading books!
Books are my life. Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am. I live vicariously through them. How do they make me feel better, you might ask. Well, just the smell of a book can make me eternally giddy and relaxed. Apart from that, words on paper just have this power over me. I just have to read them, and learn and live and just read. Read anything: be it motivational books, fictional books, textbooks, anything that makes you happy!

4. Watch TV Shows
Same concept as books, actually.

5. Walking around the neighborhood.
I usually don’t do this, but when I do, I immediately feel the benefits of a great walk. Exercising is fun, and even if I get extremely tired, it makes me happy. That’s especially if I have my family with me. They make fun of me because I have no physical condition… I wish I did, though. Just walk around, run around. You will improve your physical condition and release all that stress.

6. Talking to family and friends.
If by some chance you feel sad, family should be the first you tell. If not, a true friend will listen to you. I usually talk to my mom about anything, and if by some chance she were not available, my cousin is always there for me. Just find someone to talk to. Online friends also help. I have some of them, and I try to help as much as I can.

7. Writing your thoughts down.
Keeping a blog has helped me realize that my mind is more organized now. I can express my thoughts in a better way, and that way I can compartmentalize everything. If I feel sad and I don’t know why, I start writing everything down. That helps.

8. Do whatever you want.
If you want to dance, do so. If you want to talk to yourself, do it. When I was a little girl, I wasn’t afraid of anything. I didn’t care about social conventions. Honestly, that’s when I was happier. When you stop giving a f*** about everyone else, you will be free. Let it go, guys!

9. Just follow your goals, people.
Do everything in order for your life to be the way you want. Do not give up, EVER.

If you have anything else to add, comment it here. I want to know what you think about this, and what you do to be happy.