So… I’m finally out of that reading slump.

Hello, everyone!

This is (hopefully) the last day of two (or three) very stressful weeks. Only one exam left! \o/

Anyhow, apart from watching the last episodes of Glee and recovering from an awful cold, I’ve been reading. Finally.

It has been a while, as you know. If you’ve been following my Twitter and/or Goodreads, you will know I read Throne of Glass, finished it, and started Crown of Midnight.

Celaena is one of my favorite female characters of all time. She’s funny, sarcastic and totally badass. 🙂 If you haven’t already, you should read them. Guys, they are worth it. They’re beautifully written, and I can visualize everything that is happening… They’re full of action, tasteful relationships and everything I have ever wanted in a book. I haven’t felt this way since reading Graceling, Shatter Me, or Mara Dyer. (And those are my favorite books. I had wondered if I would feel that way ever again.)

I have been wondering why in the world I hadn’t read them before. People had told me to read them for years now, but I didn’t listen… but I guess it was time. *shrugs* And it is also time for you to read them as well. I will most definitely NOT spoil them for you, since:

  1. I haven’t read the whole thing yet
  2. I wouldn’t like anyone to spoil them for me.

Well, I’m going off, since I still have an exam tomorrow. I will probably be back soon. I will have some time to blog and study next week.

xoxo

Nat

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

Thomas A. Edison

That’s basically it!

Don’t give up on your dreams. Keep on fighting. Keep trying and you will be closer to what you want to achieve in life. If you want it, and if it’s worth it, then it probably will not be easy. But when you achieve it… Well… You will probably enjoy it more than you thought you would.

Here’s to Blogging 101… and New Friends!! :)

Blogging 101 is over, guys. It’s sad, but everything must end sometime, right? It was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

Something to have in perspective: I gained more views/followers this past month than the ones I did on 2014. Granted, I began blogging in August, but still, it’s something to consider. Having feedback from other bloggers made me realize that I have my own writing style, and that some people are actually willing to listen to what I want to say.

My blog also looks way better! 😉

A lot of my fellow bloggers followed every single one of the assignments (Something I sadly couldn’t do), and won lots of followers! I want to congratulate them. I did get some myself. I feel good, I feel… accomplished, even if I do have a long way to go.

I learned so much during these past few days. I met lots of amazing people that I will definitely keep in touch with, and became a better blogger because of them. (I want to believe that)

I also want to acknowledge some of the best people I met during Blogging 101. They were always there to support me, and to give me some much needed feedback. My new friends:

… And many others that I sadly can’t remember right now!! Last month was amazing thanks to all of you. I hope you stay here and that we all get to read more of each other’s writing… ❤

LoveLoveLove,

Nat x

So… The Weekend’s Here!

Well, as I suspected, I haven’t had much time to blog lately, but that doesn’t mean life hasn’t been good! My schedule this semester is kind of nice for relaxing for some hours.

(I do miss you all, though!)

This weekend is meant for study time (nervous system, mechanisms and all…!), but I am willing to update you all with the wonders of my not so boring life.(Sense the sarcasm here?)

Anyhow, I finally got a new phone! It’s a Windows Phone and I have to get used to it. I only use Wi-Fi and apparently they don’t like that, so they punish me by taking my notifications away from me. I will not yield, guys! (I still have my iPad for posting and tweeting. So HA!) I still love it, though. It’s so nice and shiny! I have to buy a phone case.  😀

Also, remember how I said I wanted a job?

Well, while I was buying my phone I had to help the clerk to work some things out with another client. (He was also buying a Windows Phone) After I was done setting up my Microsoft account, I helped them, and the guy from the store asked me if I had experience with sales. I said no, but he said I could bring my resume anyway.

He asked me where I studied and what was my major. He also told me I could work with my schedule so I could study and stuff. When I went out, he asked me. Again…!!  I think there might be a chance, guys! I will probably give them my resume tomorrow. I am THAT excited. And it could be a good first job experience.

Wish me luck! I will probably blog again this weekend and tell you how everything goes. 🙂

The Versatile Blogger Award

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I have been recently nominated (3 times :D) for the Versatile Blogger Award. Seriously, I can’t even start to thank you for appreciating this piece of my soul I’ve been sharing with you all. It’s nice and kind of incredible to know people remember my posts and possibly like them. 🙂

So… I was nominated by The Girl in Glasses, Dropping the Brick and Hannah Haynes. These bloggers are so special and they deserve so much. *hugs all of them* I am so thankful.

Anyhow, here are the rules!

  • Show the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 blogs.
  • Link your nominees’ blogs, and let them know.

FACTS:

  1. I like my middle name, but I dislike people calling me by it. (Possibly because my parents called me that while they were mad with me XD)
  2. I have worn glasses for about 13 years now. I can’t remember having to deal without them.
  3. I am severely afraid of being alone. Of losing my family.
  4. I deactivated my Facebook a month ago and it feels better than I thought it would.
  5. I tried to write a novel once, but I gave up because I thought I wasn’t good enough.
  6. Pizza is my life.
  7. I’ve never been in a relationship before… and I’m afraid. :3

Well… Time to nominate some people!

Very Bangled | Recursive Words | Expressive Ponderings | Stay and Watch the Stars | Sapple Likes Adventures | Faraday’s Candle

A New Semester…

Well, hello, people!

As you probably know, I was on my Christmas break… and now it’s over. I go back to Uni tomorrow. This past month was definitely harder than I expected. A lot of good things also happened, though. This break was a learning experience. I learned to stick with my family, as they will always be with me, no matter what. My family has been blessed with unity and love.

I have also been able to blog a lot these holidays, and I’ve gained a somewhat bigger and more supportive community thanks to Blogging 101! I will try to keep up with my assignments for the remaining days of the course. (I still have to do tonight’s!) My blogging experience has improved incredibly ever since I joined the course. I will definitely try to keep blogging constantly, since that’s the key to a good blog. I hope you stick with me as I figure this timing thing out. I definitely won’t give this one up.

Still, I do have my goals, and my mom helped me make a schedule. It might help me, as I really need to organize myself as much as possible. I have a severe procrastination problem, you see. I need to fight it, and to do my work as soon as I have it! As for reading, I had to set a lower goal in my Goodreads challenge, even if I did surpass it last year. I don’t know if I’ll be able to read as much this year if I want to improve my GPA. I have to start looking into graduate schools already and I have to look good for them! *insert wink*

Well, wish me luck, and I hope to see you later on this semester! (I will definitely be here for you.)

x

Nat

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I have been wanting to be nominated for this award for a while. Seriously, have you seen the logo??

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It’s flawless!! I was finally nominated… (3 times!!!) on the past couple of days, and I feel so honored!! I will definitely answer all the questions. It will be a long post, guys..! That’s how grateful I am. *nods*

I was nominated by Bridgetalekhaachugani and Carefully Callie.

Okay, the rules are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. (done. :D)
  2. Put the Award logo on your blog. (Done.)
  3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Nominate seven blogs.

Okay… the questions!!!

First, Bridget’s!

  • What’s the saddest book you’ve ever read?

P.S. I love you. I couldn’t stop crying throughout the whole book! (I want to read it again.)

  • What’s your favorite animal, and why?

Dolphins, because 1) They are too cute for words 2) They are so smart!

  • Would you rather write a best selling book that everyone loves but you, or write a book that only you love?

This one’s hard. I would choose writing a book only I love, because, even if I wouldn’t gain money, I would have fun writing it, and I would probably learn so much about myself writing it!

  • What’s your opinion on potatoes? (Yes, this is a very important question. It’s for research purposes.)

*is uncomfortable* Well… potatoes are delicious. *hides*

  • What’s the longest amount of time you’ve spent marathoning a movie/ TV series?

About 13-14 hours watching HP 1-6

  • Why did you decide to start blogging?

Well, I had blogged for a while, but I stopped, and then I realized I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings in a place other than FB and Twitter 🙂

  • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

Time travelling.

  • What’s your favorite word? (The way it sounds, the meaning, whatever. Just your favorite word, for any reason.)

Oligodendrocyte. It’s a cool word, that’s all. 😀

  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? (Disregarding costs and such)

London, definitely London.

  • What’s the last song you listened to?

I Know Places by Taylor Swift.

Now, for My Lost Lexicon’s… (If I already answered the questions, I will skip them! :D)

  • What is the most favorite thing about your blog?

The fact that I can be honest with myself and my feelings. It’s my safe place.

  • What do you think would be the hardest thing for you to give up on?

My dreams… and the people I love the most.

  • If you are given a choice to pick any job in the world, what would it be?

I would want to work at a book publisher… 🙂 But working to be a pharmacist is so much fun…!

  • Which is that one book which you would want to re-write or write?

Are you asking me what do I wish I had written or..? If that’s the question, I wish I could have written the Graceling trilogy… and written two more books about Katsa and Po. ❤

  • What is your favorite Movie quote?

“Houston, we’ve got a problem!” XD

  • Who is your shrink and why?

My best friend, Jessica. She’s the only person at Uni that has seen me cry. She absolutely understood. That’s hard to find. I will miss her.

  • So any secret talent?

I wish! :3

  • What is the cleverest word you know?

Sternocleidomastoid. (I’m kidding.)

  • What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

To stop following people that don’t make the effort. 🙂

Last but not least, Callie’s questions!

  • What’s your favorite term of endearment? (To call or be called)

Dear, dearie. *shrugs* Original, I know…! haha

  • Who is your biggest inspiration?

My mom. She has gone through a lot thoughout her life, and she’s still going strong. She still has a lot of fight left.

  • How do you like your coffee? If you aren’t a coffee drinker, what is your favorite beverage and why?

French Vanilla..!

  • What is your favorite genre of music and your favorite artist?

Pop, Pop Rock, I guess. My favorite artist is most definitely Taylor Swift. She has been for a while.

  • What do you do for a living?

I’m a college student… studying to be a pharmacist someday.

  • What has changed about you in the last five years?

Not much, I guess. The people I hang out with, the fact that I don’t want to be a doctor anymore… *shrugs*

  • What’s your favorite movie? Why?

Um, I don’t watch a lot of movies… Maybe Silver Lining’s Playbook, because 1) Jennifer Lawrence 2) It’s perfect.

  • What’s your favorite hobby?

Reading. 🙂 It relaxes me.

  • You find $100 on the floor in the grocery store, what do you do?

Honestly, I would give them to the cashier. Someone else needs them more than I do.

  • How do you keep yourself calm in stressful situations?

Reading and taking a shower. Not exactly in that order. xD

So now… my questions:

  1. What’s the last time you hugged someone?
  2. Do you consider that you have a good life?
  3. Have you made any of your dreams come true yet?
  4. What is your favorite TV show? Why?
  5. What’s your favorite song right now?
  6. What’s your idea of happiness?
  7. Favorite quote?
  8. What’s your favorite food?
  9. Favorite drink?
  10. If you could go anywhere at all right now, where would you go?

So… I nominate: (Only 5 people because I’m lazy xD)

Young & Twenty | Theodora Zheng | Femmes in STEM | A Cup of Hot Cocoa | Nyan Cat

Life is… good!

Hi, there! These past few days have been… good! *insert the song Miracles Happen from The Princess Diaries*

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This is Kiara 🙂

Okay, as you probably know, my family has gone through a lot during the past month, but everything’s coming together in the best way. My uncle recently woke up after being intubated for about 2 weeks and is going to be sent to a normal hospital room soon. My family’s so happy right now. Now we’re waiting for my other aunt to get better. We have faith. 🙂

2015/01/img_5830.jpgYesterday, I went out with my friends after spending a couple of hours at college officially enrolling myself in my courses. We were going to watch The Hobbit, but the mall’s cinema wasn’t showing it. It was sad, but we spent some time at the mall’s bookstore. It was amazing. I also saw Kiara from Oh, Read it in A Day again. 🙂

(By the way, guys, another miracle happened. My schedule for next semester was a bit crazy. I had to spend 13 hours at Uni on Wednesdays because of my Organic Chem lab. I wasn’t able to change that until Monday night, when my friend tweeted about the system being open… And I checked. There was a space on the section I wanted and I basically don’t have to wait until 4pm to take my class. Which is great!)

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You might notice that the theme’s different. I’m trying new things, and the theme is one of them. I kind of like it, but I have to get used to the pink highlights. I was thinking about a new header, but I’m still working on it. I have a few ideas, though.

Anyhow, I have been catching up with the Blogging 101 assignments and commenting on a few posts I like. Discovering new blogs and making friends is one of my favorite things ever.

Just a reminder: if you want me to write a guest blog post for you, or want to write one yourself, you can comment on any of my posts, tweet me or send me an email. My info is in one of the widgets at the sidebar! 🙂

Dear Friend: An Assignment.

Today’s assignment is to write to my dream reader.

This post should also include a new to me element, so I will have to work on that. This has been hard for me, since I haven’t been heard a lot, and I haven’t even considered that someone would want to.

Who’s my dream reader? I am pretty sure that I want someone to truly listen, so that is my goal.

Most bloggers want publishers to approach them… but I am not sure if I want that. My dream audience is one that will interact with me. I want a community, and something really close to friendship. That is who my dream reader is: a friend. So. What would I write to a friend? Maybe a letter? Yes. I can try that.


Dear friend:

You are my dream reader. (You might laugh sarcastically because… why, of all the people in the world, would I want to write something for you.) It’s because I’ve never had a true friend before. The kind of person that would want to hear what I want to say, that would understand when I say I can’t go out. I wouldn’t have to make any excuses, and I wouldn’t be left out from your group. You. You are that person, that future person that actually cares. (Apart from my family, of course)

I do care about you. I don’t want you to assume I have a different sexual orientation (even if there’s nothing wrong with that) because I have been single for way too long. I don’t want you to stop talking when I talk about uncomfortable topics, and want you to understand when I stay silent because I want to listen to what you want to say.

I don’t want you to be mad at me when I act the way you act around other people, and am friendlier to them because I feel lonely. Because I have been feeling lonely. A lot. I want you to know how lonely it is to be me. To think there’s something wrong with me because I can’t interact well with people. To hide behind books (Because that’s what people think I do), because I can’t stand to be alone for so long. I have lived all my life like this. Thinking I have finally found someone who understands me, and then lose them.

I don’t think you know this. I hope you know how much I will appreciate your friendship, how long I have been waiting for friendship, and how insecure I will feel every time there’s a situation that threatens it. I will probably pull away because it will hurt more otherwise. I want you to know that.

In case you get to read this someday, friend, I want you to know: I love you. Thank you for existing, and I hope I get to find you someday soon.

Hugs,

Natalie.