Gift Suggestions: For the DIYer

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1. Chalkboard Paint

There are so many projects chalkboard paint can you used for! They’ll definitely be excited to get a can of this just thinking of what they intend to use it for!

2. Mason Jars

Whether they’ll use them to preserve food or pretty pencil/brush holders, there are so many uses for mason jars. They’ll definitely find a way to use them.

3. Sneaker Customization Kit

Let them express themselves by giving them the option to decorate their own shoes! This kit is from JGoods which you can find here.

4 Colorful Sharpies

Getting them a new set of sharpies would be like Christmas morning! (literally) They could use these for anything & everything!

5. Glue Gun

What creative person doesn’t use a glue gun? Opportunities are endless with what they could use a glue gun for!

If you guys wanna check out my other gift guide suggestions you can click here & here. Happy Holidays!

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Gift Suggestions: For the Fitness Guru

sporty1. Gift Card

This is perfect especially if your special someone wants new athletic wear and they’re really specific on what they like! You can just get this from the Nike store.

2. Fitness Jewellery

I specifically love the jewellery from Fashletics because their charms are so cute!

3. Good Durable Gym Bag

This bag is from Hershel and I love the bright colors and styles they have! Get them a bag they’d love to use and would motivate them to go to the gym just so they get to show off their bag!

4. Water Bottle

A water bottle is crucial for athletes to hydrate so it’d be fun to hydrate from a cute water bottle! I found this one from Life Factory and they come in different colors & caps.

5. Yoga Mat

This super pretty (but pricey) one is from Anthropologie and theres other designs to choose from. Having such a pretty yoga mat might just add a little zen to my life.

I hope you guys enjoyed this list so much that you buy a few of these things for yourself! If you’d like, you could check out my previous post Gift Suggestions: For the Wanderlust-er if you have a friend who dreams of travelling. Happy Holidays!

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Gift Suggestions: For the Wanderlust-er

Know anyone who has dreams of globe trotting and they have a severe case of wanderlust? Here’s some suggestions for that friend in particular who wants to live life as a nomad.

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1. Airplane Necklace

This is perfect if your special someone is into jewellery as well! It’s so cute that someone who isn’t a traveller would want to get it. Another one that I fancied was a paper airplane necklace! This particular one shown above is from Shagwear but you can find it here.

2. Cute Luggage Tag

Cute luggage tags are such a pretty accessory to have when you’re on the go. Personally, I’d like nice bright colors so it’d be easier to locate my luggage. The one above is from Leatherology and they have them in different colors and styles.

3. Passport Holder

For a constant passport user, you wanna protect your passport, so why not in something cute? The elephant one above is from 11:11 Enterprises and they have a great selection of cute passport holders for different likings!

4. Good Travelling Bag

Of course your special someone needs a good bag to put all their stuff in! So a good durable bag for travelling is crucial. I found a great Herschel one on Surf Stitch!

5. A Travel Book

Get them something to spark their wanderlust even more? Of course! A good travelling book is perfect to learn anything they should know beforehand when travelling. I found this one at Urban Outfitters witch a bunch of other great travelling books!

Have fun shopping! The wanderlust just might be contagious and inspire you to travel as well!

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My Favorite Short Story: The Rose🌹

When I was a senior in high school, my AP English teacher assigned us to read a short story called “The Rose” and I loved it. I’ve never fallen in love with a short story before with such little words in comparison to a whole book. I don’t want to give a summary because that’ll ruin it. Read it for yourself and let me know what you think.

The Rose by S.I. Kishor

John Blanchard stood up from the bench, straightened his Army uniform, and studied the crowd of people making their way through Grand Central Station. He looked for the girl whose heart he knew, but whose face he didn’t, the girl with the rose.

His interest in her had begun thirteen months before in a Florida library. Taking a book off the shelf he found himself intrigued, not with the words of the book, but with the notes penciled in the margin. The soft handwriting reflected a thoughtful soul and insightful mind. In the front of the book, he discovered the previous owner’s name, Miss Hollis Maynell. With time and effort he located her address. She lived in New York City. He wrote her a letter introducing himself and inviting her to correspond. The next day he was shipped overseas for service in World War II. During the next year and one month the two grew to know each other through the mail. Each letter was a seed falling on a fertile heart. A romance was budding.

Blanchard requested a photograph, but she refused. She felt that if he really cared, it wouldn’t matter what she looked like. When the day finally came for him to return from Europe, they scheduled their first meeting — 7:00 PM at the Grand Central Station in New York. “You’ll recognize me,” she wrote, “by the red rose I’ll be wearing on my lapel.”

So at 7:00 he was in the station looking for a girl whose heart he loved, but whose face he’d never seen. A young woman was coming toward him, her figure long and slim. Her blonde hair lay back in curls from her delicate ears; her eyes were blue as flowers. Her lips and chin had a gentle firmness, and in her pale green suit she was like springtime come alive. He started toward her, entirely forgetting to notice that she was not wearing a rose. As he moved, a small, provocative smile curved her lips. “Going my way, sailor?” she murmured. Almost uncontrollably he made one step closer to her, and then he saw Hollis Maynell. She was standing almost directly behind the girl. A woman well past 40, she had graying hair tucked under a worn hat. She was more than plump, her thick-ankled feet thrust into low-heeled shoes.

The girl in the green suit was walking quickly away. He felt as though he were being split in two, so keen was he desire to follow the girl, yet so deep was his longing for the woman whose spirit had truly companioned and upheld his own. And there she stood. Her pale, plump face was gentle and sensible, her gray eyes had a warm and kindly twinkle. He did not hesitate. His fingers gripped the small worn blue leather copy of the book that was to identify him to her. This would not be love, but it would be something precious, something perhaps even better than love, a friendship for which he had been and must ever be grateful. He squared his shoulders and saluted and held out the book to the woman, even though while he spoke he felt choked by the bitterness of his disappointment. “I’m Lieutenant John Blanchard, and you must be Miss Maynell. I am so glad you could meet me; may I take you to dinner?”

The woman’s face broadened into a tolerant smile. “I don’t know what this is about, son,” she answered, “but the young lady in the green suit who just went by, she begged me to wear this rose on my coat. And she said if you were to ask me out to dinner, I should go and tell you that she is waiting for you in the big restaurant across the street. She said it was some kind of test!”
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Every Flower Must Grow Through Dirt

If you’re currently going through a rough time in life right now, here’s what I have to say:

  1. Do Not Give Up
  2. Make the Best of What or Who You Have
  3. Believe Things Will Get Better or Easier
  4. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger
  5. Learn Something From This Experience
  6. Cry If You Need To, But Don’t Cry for the Same Reason Twice

There are so many variations of this metaphor because it’s absolutely true.

  • “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great.”
  • “You can’t have a rainbow without the rain.”
  • “No victory without a battle. No testimony without a test.”

Just remember, every flower must grow through dirt.

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Hair Inspiration

So if you’ve scanned my previous posts, you’d know that I’m currently trying to grow out my pixie cut. Right now is the time that I’d just want to chop it all off again, but I’m resisting knowing that I already have to wait 6 months to get good length in and I don’t want to postpone the waiting period.

I think finding good hair inspiration is a crucial part of the pixie growing process. It helps keep your eye on the goal: hair length. I’m just unsure how long I’m planning on growing it, but right now I have my eye set on chin-shoulder length we’ll see where that takes me afterwards.

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If you’d like to see my Hair Inspiration Pinterest board, you can click here to see what inspired me throughout the recent years.

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How To: Love Reading Again

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The first time I ever read a book, it was given to me when I was in 5th grade: Judy Moody Gets Famous, and after that I was hooked. Some of my favorite juvenile books were:

  1. A Series of Unfortunate Events
  2. Camp Confidential
  3. The Clique

Then I evolved into a more serious juvenile collection:

  1. Alex Rider (one of my favorites)
  2. Maximum Ride
  3. Gossip Girl
  4. Twilight
  5. The Mortal Instruments
  6. Harry Potter

I just couldn’t stop reading. But then college came around and reading for fun became scarce. I didn’t have time to read and when I did, I’d turn to Netflix and Hulu Plus instead. I switched from books to movies & TV shows because they were faster to sink in because you didn’t have to read. But I missed reading, I missed finishing a book and loving it so much that I’d go through withdrawal symptoms because I didn’t want the book to end.

Sometimes all it takes is one book to get the ball rolling, so here’s some suggestions to help the readers who’ve wandered off the trail and wanna to find their way to their love of books again.

**If you’ve never been into reading, this list MAY not be for you, but you can give it a shot!

1. Read a Book That Was Highly Recommended Specifically For You

If a friend knows what genre of books you like and they recommend something, you should give their suggestion a shot.

2. Read a Book That Went to the Big-Screen That You Really Enjoyed

You know how they say that the book is better than the movie? Well give the book a shot, if you liked the movie, there is a high chance you’ll like the book! I’ve done this numerous of times with Divergent, The Descendants & Harry Potter!

3. Read a Book On a Topic You Genuinely Want To Learn About

Whether you want to learn about success, health, photography, traveling, or even blogging, read it. And if it’s not to start reading again, do it because you’ll learn something about what you’re passionate about.

4. Reread a Book You Once Loved

You could learn something new or notice things you didn’t before. You’ll end up seeing the book in a new perspective and absorb things differently. You could also give another book from the same author a shot!

5. Try to Read an Actual Book

Avoid reading a book from a computer or a tablet (at least for the specific reason for this list). There are so many distractions on your computer and tablet. Out of maybe 10 books I’ve tried reading from a screen, I’ve probably only finished 3.

6. Set Aside Time In a Place With Absolutely No Distractions

Let your only source of entertainment be reading that book. It’ll force you to get started and once you do, you might not want to put it down. Take a book with you when you’re going to be in a waiting room.

7. Make It A Hobby Again

You’ve probably fell out of love with reading because of technology honestly, which is what happened to me. Read instead of watching TV. Read instead of swiping on your phone. Read instead of getting lost in a black hole online.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.”

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