Ha Bracha | A Blessing Over 2021

It’s a gross understatement to say 2020 was a rough year so I won’t say it. Instead I’ll look forward to the new year with cautious optimism & lots of prayer. Speaking of prayer, I recently heard Joshua Aaron’s Hebrew cover of the song The Blessing, & it is a spiritual experience. It’s the perfect prayer to lead us into the coming year so I recommend you find a quiet spot, close your eyes, & let the song wash over you. Wishing you & yours a healthy 2021! 💙 

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” ’ “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”  – Numbers 6:22-27

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Yevarechecha Adonai, VeYishmerecha • The LORD bless you and keep you • יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ⁠

Ya’er Adonai Panav Eleycha ViChuneka • Make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you • יָאֵר יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ⁠

Yisa Adonai Panav Eleycha, VeYasem Lecha Shalom • The LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace • יִשָּׂא יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם

Yehi chasdo aleicha le’alfei dorot • May His favor be upon you to a thousand generations • יהי חסדו עליך לאלפי דורות

Mishpachtecha viladecha • Your family and your children • משפחתך וילדיך

Dorotecha achareicha • Your generations after you • דורותיך אחריך

Rucho telech lefaneicha • May His presence go before you • רוחו תלך לפניך

Letsidecha achareicha • Beside you and behind you • לצידך, אחריך

Misvivecha belibecha • All around you and within you • מסביבך, בליבך

Hu itcha • He is with you • הוא איתך

Baboker uvaerev • In the morning in the evening • בבוקר ובערב

Betzetecha uvoecha • In your going and your coming • בצאתך ובואך

B’sivlotecha beoshrecha • In your weeping and rejoicing • בסבלותיך ואושרך

Hu itcha • He is for you • הוא איתך

Hu itanu im kulanu • He is for us, He is with us • הוא איתנו עם כולנו

Hu itcha • He is for you • הוא איתך

Shalom • Peace • שָׁלוֹם

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Goodbye 2020 | Hello 2021

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Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020 ( Lifestyle Blog )

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• Saying Goodbye to Waitress on my Art Blog:

What Baking Can Do

She Used To Be Mine

Everything Changes

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• Best Dressed | Golden Globe Awards 2020 ( Art Blog )

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The world lost Kobe Bryant & his daughter Gianna along with Alyssa, John, & Keri Altobelli, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, & Payton & Sarah Chester. Kobe was my favorite athlete & one of my biggest inspirations; I still don’t have the words to describe the deep sorrow I feel or how much I miss him. 💔

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Best Dressed | 92nd Academy Awards 2020 ( Art Blog )

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Mamba + Mambacita ( Art Blog )

Riposi in Pace ( Lifestyle Blog )

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Just Want to Say Hello (acknowledging the virus on my Lifestyle Blog & checking in with everyone)

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Activities for Social Distancing ( Lifestyle Blog )

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The Bookie Trials Royal Weekender | Team Mage ( Lifestyle Blog )

📚 Books Read: 1

“The ABC Murders” by Agatha Christie ( ✔️ Clairvoyance – Read a 5-Star Prediction ✔️ Tome Champion – Finish One Book ✔️ Magi Might – Read a Book With Purple on the Cover )

📖 Pages Read: 247

🥇 Badges Earned: 7 out of 8

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O.W.L.s Readathon 2020 + Stay at Home Reading Rush ( Lifestyle Blog )

📚 Books Read: 12

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins ( ✔️ Care of Magical Creatures exam )

“The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller ( ✔️ Arithmancy exam )

“Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond” by Adam Beechen ( ✔️ Potions exam )

“Every Crooked Path” by Steven James ( ✔️ Charms exam )

“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson ( ✔️ Transfiguration exam )

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling ( ✔️ History of Magic exam ✔️ Read a Book in the Same Room the Whole Time ✔️ Read a Book Set Somewhere You Wish You Could Go ✔️ Read a Book That Will Make You Smile )

“Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins ( ✔️ Astronomy exam )

“The Night Country” by Melissa Albert ( ✔️ Ancient Runes exam ✔️ Read a Book With a House on the Cover )

“Every Deadly Kiss” by Steven James ( ✔️ Muggle Studies exam )

“At Bertram’s Hotel” by Agatha Christie ( ✔️ Defense Against the Dark Arts exam )

“The Cornish Coast Murder” by John Bude ( ✔️ Divination exam )

“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins ( ✔️ Herbology exam )

📖 Pages Read: 3,836

Reading Prompts Completed: 4 out of 4

Ordinary Wizarding Levels Completed: 12 out of 12

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Reading Rush 2020 ( Lifestyle Blog )

📚 Books Read: 7

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han ( ✔️ Read a Book in a Genre You Want to Read More of badge )

“P.S. I Still Love You” by Jenny Han ( ✔️ Read the First Book You Touch badge )

“Always & Forever, Lara Jean” by Jenny Han ( ✔️ Read a Book With a Cover That Matches the Color of Your Birthstone badge )

“Stuart Little” by E.B. White ( ✔️ Read a Book That Inspired a Movie You’ve Already Seen badge )

“Aquaman, Volume 1: The Trench” by Geoff Johns ( ✔️Read a Book Completely Outside Your House badge )

“The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society” by Annie Barrows & Mary Ann Shaffer ( ✔️ Read a Book That Takes Place on a Different Continent Than Where You Live badge )

“The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” by Agatha Christie( ✔️Read a Book That Starts With The Word “The” badge )

“Capturing the Devil” by Kerri Maniscalco ( Started in October 2019, doesn’t count as a complete book )

📖 Pages Read: 1,911

🥇 Badges Earned: 13

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➡️   R e a d i n g   R u s h   D a y   7   C o m i n g   S o o n !   ⬅️ 

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• I restarted my college photography project on social media, posting a photo(s) every Wayback Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, & Flashback Friday:

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Dawsey + Juliet ( Lifestyle Blog )

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Support the Irish Arts ( Art Blog )

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Starbucks Kiwi Starfruit Refresher | Drink Review ( Lifestyle Blog )

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Birds of Prey ( Lifestyle Blog )

Girl Power! ( Art Blog )

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Ballad of Mulan ( Lifestyle Blog )

Loyal, Brave, True ( Art Blog )

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Long Live the King, an art tribute to Chadwick Boseman

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Alta Mar is Over ( Lifestyle Blog )

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Shanah Tovah | Happy New Year ( Art Blog )

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• Disney Remake + Sequel Reviews on my Lifestyle Blog:

Reviewing 14 Disney Movies

Alice in Wonderland 2010

Maleficent 2014

Cinderella 2015

The Jungle Book 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016

Pete’s Dragon 2016

Beauty and the Beast 2017

Christopher Robin 2018

Dumbo 2019

Aladdin 2019

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil 2019

Lady and the Tramp

The Lion King 2019

Mulan 2020

14 Live Action Disney Remakes + Sequels Ranked

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Disney Magic Remade ( Art Blog )

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• A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary | Unboxing + Flip Through

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• Old Salt Raincoat – Kiel James Patrick | Unboxing + First Impressions

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• My 1st Squishable Haul | Mini Pumpkin Spice Latte + Storm Cloud

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• “Uprooted” + “Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik | Illumicrate Unboxing

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• Poirot, Sherlock, & . . . | Once Upon a Crime Collection | North Ave Candles Unboxing

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• Friends 50 States Challenge | Thanksgiving 2020

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• Mini Squishable Dreidel Unboxing | Happy Hanukkah!

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• MinaLima Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated + Signed Edition | Flip-Through + Review

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• Artmas 2020:

A Christmas Carol

Bunnybee Baking + The Cookie Gallery

Holiday on Ice

Hannah Detterbeck

Little Nero’s Gingerbread

The Show Must Go On

Christmas Advertisements 2020

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I Had the Holiday Blues ( Lifestyle Blog )

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• Instagram Top Nine:

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🕯   A moment of silence for all the people who lost their life because of COVID-19. May their memory be a blessing!   🕯 

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Farewell to Alex Trebek (Jeopardy! host), Carl Reiner (actor, author, comedian, director, & screenwriter), Chadwick Boseman (actor), Conchata Ferrell (actress), David Lander (actor, baseball scout, comedian, & musician), David Prowse (OG Darth Vader), Dawn Wells (actress), Diana Rigg (actress), Eddie Van Halen (musician & songwriter), Fred Willard (actor, comedian, & writer), Gianna Bryant (#2 Mambacita), Grant Imahara (MythBusters), Helen Reddy (actress, author, singer, & songwriter), Jeremy Bulloch (OG Boba Fett), Jerry Stiller (actor, author, & comedian), Joe Ruby (Scooby Doo Co-Creator), Kelly Preston (actress & model), Kenny Rogers (actor, entrepreneur, musician, record producer, singer, & songwriter), Ken Spears (Scooby Doo Co-Creator), Kobe Bryant (#8 & #24 Black Mamba), Lynn Cohen (actress), Mary Pat Gleason (actress & writer), Max von Sydow (actor), Naya Rivera (actress, model, & singer), Nick Cordero (actor), Olivia de Havilland (actress), Orson Bean (actor, comedian, producer, & writer), Regis Philbin (actor, singer, & TV host/presenter), Richard Herd (actor), Sean Connery (actor), Tom Lister Jr. (actor & wrestler), & Wilford Brimley (actor & singer).

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Let’s take a look at the numbers: I ended 2020 with 497 art blog followers (up from 486), 475 lifestyle blog followers (up from 472), & 293 subscribers + 140,868 views (up from 274 & 121,601). I must admit those numbers are extremely disappointing & feel like a slap in the face after a year of work. Even though I wasn’t very active creatively, I put my all into every single blog post & video I produced. I’m letting my self stew in misery for a bit, but then I’m going to suck it up, hold my head high, & do better in 2021.Onwards & upwards! ➡️ ⬆️

📖 This Bible verse feels very appropriate after the year we just endured so I’m leaving you with Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to break down and a time to build up; A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain and a time to lose; A time to keep and a time to throw away; A time to tear and a time to sew; A time to keep silence and a time to speak; A time to love and a time to hate; A time of war and a time of peace.”

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Support the Irish Arts

As I was writing this blog post, the Gilmore Girls episode currently playing on my iPad, season 3 episode 7, referenced Riverdance. That is the best possible sign that today is a great day to support the Irish arts! Former Riverdance dancer Kincaid Stringer & his mother Shannon Kincaid, a painter, have teamed up for a great cause. They’re selling seven of Shannon’s paintings through Indiegogo for a COVID-19 relief fund; all proceeds will support Irish actors, artists, backstage workers & crews, clubs, concerts, cultural & event spaces, dancers, dance schools, festivals, musicians, performers, singers, theaters, & writers. I grew up dancing & singing so the arts are very important to me. Riverdance is the reason I asked my mom to sign me up for dance classes at the age of four so the Irish arts are also very important to me. Let’s not forget my Irish ancestors! 🇮🇪 The arts have done a lot for us in quarantine so it’s only right that we give back. You can choose to only donate money or receive a painting or two or seven in exchange for your donation. If it’s not already obvious, I’m buying “The Dancer.” Can’t wait to have a gorgeous Irish dancing queen above my bed! 👑 Please consider setting aside $25, or more, to support a great cause & get a piece of Ireland for your home. 💚🤍🧡

*NOTE: The Indiegogo campaign ends on September 17th, & the paintings will ship in November. Because of COVID-19, please consider that shipping could be delayed.

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Irish people’s love of dancing has been well documented throughout their written history. In fact, one of the earliest references to dancing details a visit between the Mayor of Waterford and Mayor of Baltimore in 1413. The modern Irish dancing of today is no longer merely a processional combination of singing and dancing as an act of celebrating, but a sport that produces athletes that are physically strong, as well as creative and artistic. What was once a tradition specific to Ireland (as well as England, Scotland, and some parts of America) caught like wildfire in 1994 with the debut of Riverdance. The theatrical show consisting mainly of traditional Irish music and dance took the world by storm and has been a global phenomenon ever since. Now, twenty-five years later, the Irish dancing community consists of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people around the world today. Teachers from around the world have committed themselves to spreading their love and passion for Ireland’s traditional form of expression. Regardless of how far a dancer progresses competitively or professionally, being an Irish dancer is something that is inextricably bound to their identity forevermore. In this piece entitled “The Dancer,” you feel the excitement, the confidence, and the artistry that comes from expressing a centuries-old tradition that has touched the hearts of many.  – Kincaid & Shannon

Ireland and Scotland combined have a rich culture within the performing arts, which has resulted in a thriving gig scene. Musicians are constantly pushing the boundaries in order to create new and fresh work that is often steeped in tradition. Many are staunch believers that musical traditions must be preserved as they always have been – the “play it like my father used to” kind of sentimentality. Yet, every generation brings a new wave of talent that feels that this attitude discourages progress and evolution. This debate between tradition and innovation is a tale as old as time. Still, many feel it is possible to honour your origins while also exploring and adapting to the future; they are not mutually exclusive. Irish music legend, Míchéal Ó Súilleabháinn, believed that traditions are never frozen, but rather are fluid. He believed that the idea of authenticity originating from a pure source located in antiquity was bogus! This painting is for the new wave of artists and musicians who are creating some of the most incredible new-age folk / Trad music in the world. Project Smok, Beoga, Talisk, Ímar and the like are leading the way for the future of Irish music. – Kincaid & Shannon

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”  – George Bernard Shaw

Ériu is the goddess of sovereignty and the mythological mother of Ireland. She is often interpreted as the modern-day personification of Ireland. Along with her two sisters, Banba and Fódhla, Ériu was a part of a triumvirate of goddesses. Before their final defeat, each goddess requested that the island be named for her. This was granted to all of them, but Ériu became the chief name in use. The old Irish name Ériu evolved into Éire in modern Irish and depending on the case is spelled Éireann or Éirinn. This is how we finally arrived with the English name for the country, Erin. The painting has been imbued with symbols to depict all that Ériu embodied within pre-Christian Irish culture. Ériu represents the sacred feminine, as illustrated in the column capitals, or the decorative element at the top of a column, that represent the three phases of a woman’s life cycle – the maid, mother and crone. The stars behind her and the lunala around her neck evoke her role as a lunar goddess. Her hair bleeds into the trees, depicting her connection to the earth and its bounty. She holds this bounty in her hand as a glass of mead, which was served at the feast of Goibhniu, and offered immortality to those that drank it. Around her head is a ring of knot work encasing the land, which is topped by the stone of divisions from the hill of Uisneach, the symbolic and sacred centre of the island in Irish mythology. Ériu’s bones are said to have been laid to rest on this hill and serves as a gateway between the Underworld and the world above. – Kincaid & Shannon

There is much more to an Irish pub than just having a drink. In Ireland, pubs are central to the way of life. Similar to a church, they represent a pillar of Irish social life and community. A place where pints, comfort food, live music, and sport can be always be found; somewhere you can meet friends, neighbors, or even complete strangers, in an inviting atmosphere. It’s for these reasons that recreations of Irish pubs can be found in any city around the world. O’Connor’s was opened as a pub in Galway in 1942 by Thomas O’Connor, and is currently operated by third generation O’Connors. Every inch of it decorated in eclectic memorabilia, the pub has become famous for its hospitality and world-class live music. So much so that Ed Sheeran used it as the location of his music video “Galway Girl” in 2017 featuring actress Saoirse Ronan, furthering the pub’s world-wide recognition. – Kincaid & Shannon

Ireland has a rich tradition of various festivals taking place throughout each year. The Rose of Tralee was first held in 1959 and has since been held every August in Tralee, County Kerry, to select a young woman to be crowned the Rose. Cities all over the world host their own selection balls to determine who will represent them in Ireland. The festival bills itself as a celebration of the “aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility, and Irish heritage” of modern young women. Bursting with music and dancing, this festival celebrates the very best of Irish culture and the future of Irish relations worldwide. The winner and their family become a part of a global network, showcasing how Irish culture is thriving amongst the Irish Diaspora. They say, “Once a Rose, always a Rose.” – Kincaid & Shannon

A session is a casual gathering of musicians playing traditional Irish music, usually taking place in a pub, but has also been known to take place on street corners or even in someone’s kitchen. Irish “trad” music has garnered a deep appreciation, not just in Ireland, but also around the world. It’s important to note that a session is more than just a casual jam between musicians – the focus is on the instrumental tunes found within the Irish tradition – reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, slip jigs, and the like. Whether it be in a pub or someone’s home, sessions are times of brilliant music and ever-flowing drink that have a certain habit of continuing late into the night, if not into the wee hours of the morning! – Kincaid & Shannon

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

These are just two quotes from one of the biggest literary personalities in Ireland’s history, Oscar Wilde. A literary treasure, Wilde was a hugely popular playwright and poet in the late 1800s. Besides well-known works such as The Picture of Dorian Gray and Lady Windermere’s Fan, his biting wit and flamboyant style gained him notoriety as well. As a people, the Irish are known for their good sense of humour, which has bolstered them during periods of great hardship throughout history. Wilde embodied this intrinsically Irish trait to the very end. Even as he faced death, he was cracking jokes and reportedly said, “This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do.” A collection of art in support of Irish culture would be incomplete without paying homage to Oscar Wilde. – Kincaid & Shannon

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Goodbye 2019 | Hello 2020

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Goodbye 2018 | Hello 2019

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Aquaman Art

Aquaman Movie Review

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2018 Reading Wrap-Up

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Best Dressed | Golden Globe Awards 2019

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• Booktube Games Winter 2019 Readathon | Team Hogwarts 🏰 

📚 Books Read: 12

“The King” by Steven James

“Opening Moves” by Steven James

“Strange the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor ( ✔️ Group Book Challenge )

“Checkmate” by Steven James

“The Hazel Wood” by Melissa Albert

“Muse of Nightmares” by Laini Taylor

“Peach Cobbler Murder” by Joanne Fluke ( ✔️ 24-Hour Readathon Challenge ) 

“The Secret of Red Gate Farm” by Carolyn Keene ( ✔️ 24-Hour Readathon Challenge ) 

✔️ Scavenger Hunt Challenge | Found the castle emoji in Peyton Reads’ vlog

“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

“Cascade” by Lisa Tawn Bergren

📖 Pages Read: 4,948 ( 5,784 + bonus pages earned from challenges)

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• I had a Lady Gaga moment in church. 😂 

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Game of Thrones Art

Game of Thrones Rewatch

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• O.W.L.S 2019 Readathon | Ravenclaw 💙🦅💙 

1 Magical Readathon

30 Days

1 Ravenclaw Librarian-in-Training, 1st Year

7 Audiobooks

5 Physical Books ( 2 hardcover, 3 softcover)

3 E-Books

1 Graphic Novel / E-Book

3,776 Pages

12 Ordinary Wizarding Levels

“The Warrior Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson | Ancient Runes exam

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley | History of Magic exam

“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White | Transfiguration exam

“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater | Defense Against the Dark Arts exam

“Wires and Nerve” by Marissa Meyer | Divination exam

“Uprooted” by Naomi Novik | Herbology exam

“Club Dread” by Carolyn Keene & Franklin W. Dixon | Muggle Studies exam

“Cherry Cheesecake Murder” by Joanne Fluke | Potions exam

“The Heather Hills of Stonewycke” by Judith Pella & Michael R. Phillips | Arithmancy exam

“Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty | Charms exam

“Lion in the Valley” by Elizabeth Peters | Care of Magical Creatures exam

“Star Wars: A New Hope” | Astronomy exam

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Super Bowl LIII Commercials

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Best Dressed | 91st Academy Awards ( VERY late! )

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Wishing Riverdance a happy 25th birthday!

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Chewbacca Art

Rest in Peace Chewie

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Best Dressed | Met Gala 2019

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Happy Mother’s Day! Blog Post

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Best Dressed | Festival de Cannes 2019

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• Biblio Games Summer 2019 Readathon | Team Antihero 🦸‍♀️ 

1 Sky High Readathon

30 Days

1 Team Antihero

1 Audiobook

4 E-Books

7 Graphic Novels

7 Physical Books (5 hardcover, 2 softcover)

2 Audiobooks + Hardcover

1 E-Book + Hardcover

5 Challenges

250 Bonus Pages

7,212 Pages (7,462 + bonus pages)

22 Books

“Angel’s Den” by Jamie Carie

“Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet 

“The Sittaford Mystery” by Agatha Christie | Lunch challenge – Book w/ a satisfying ending

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling 

“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling

“Thr3e” by Ted Dekker | Alter Ego challenge – Book picked by a member of another team, Adrian from @FullTimeReads

Source: https://twitter.com/FullTimeReads/status/1125101401607159808

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K.Rowling 

“Key Lime Pie Murder” by Joanne Fluke

“And a Puzzle to Die on” by Parnell Hall

“Meddling Kids” by Edgar Cantero

“Poseidon: Earth Shaker” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Hades: Lord of the Dead” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Ares: Bringer of War” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Aphrodite: Goddess of Love” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Zeus: Kings of the Gods” by George O’Connor | Gym challenge – Book format I don’t usually read, graphic novel

“Gold Medal Murder” by Carolyn Keene & Franklin W. Dixon 

“Demon Summer” by G.M. Malliet

“Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between” by Lauren Graham | Witty Banter 101 challenge – Book w/ comedy

“Love, Life, and the List” by Kasie West | Moral Ambiguity challenge – Trashy Young Adult book 

*Note: I don’t like to label things as “trashy” because I consider that insensitive to both author & reader. I did a google search for “trashy YA” after both Twilight & Vampire Academy fell through, & this book popped up. I went with it because it was available to me on Scribd.

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• The Book Junkie Trials Summer 2019 Readathon | Team Mage 🧙‍♀️

Team Mage Ability: 3-day head start, June 28th

Team Mage Weakness: Read a book outside your comfort zone, Manga

“In the Shadow of Gotham” by Stefanie Pintoff | Orc Grove ( Team Mage Challenge )

“Queen of the Waves” by Janice Thompson | Ol’ Pirate Road ( Team Mage Challenge )

“Carrot Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke | Empty Barrel Inn ( Optional Challenge )

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee | The Weeping Falls ( Optional Challenge )

“High Moon” by Jennifer Harlow | The Giant Squid ( Optional Challenge )

“The New York Trilogy” by Paul Auster | Glimmer ( Team Mage Challenge )

“Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 1” by Akira Toriyama | Draconic Isle ( Team Mage Challenge, Manga for Team Mage Weakness )

“The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne | Crimson Peaks ( Optional Challenge )

“4:50 From Paddington” by Agatha Christie | The Great Library ( Optional Challenge )

“The Chalk Man” by C.J. Tudor | Hallow Isle ( Optional Challenge )

“The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss | Apothecary Towers ( Optional Challenge )

“Her Royal Spyness” by Rhys Bowen | Queendom Stone ( Optional Challenge )

“The Deeds of the Disturber” by Elizabeth Peters | The Forgotten Forests ( Optional Challenge )

“Stardust” by Neil Gaiman | The Bookie Grail ( Team Mage Challenge )

“The Secret Adversary” by Agatha Christie | The Elven Guard ( Optional Challenge )

“On the Fence” by Kasie West | Dwarf Mount ( Optional Challenge )

“Caraval” by Stephanie Garber | The Drowning Deep ( Optional Challenge )

1 Book Junkie Trials

31 Days

1 Queendom ruled by Queen Rachael – @RachaelMarie_BT

1 Map

1 Team Mage

1 Marquess of Magi: Becca – @theumbramortis

1 Mage Ability

1 Mage Weakness

5 Team Challenges

12 Additional Map Quests

6 Micro Challenges

1 Audiobook

1 E-Book

1 Manga

10 Physical Books (5 hardcover, 5 softcover)

1 Audiobook + E-Book

2 Audiobooks + Softcover Books

1 E-Book + Hardcover Book

17 Books

5,678 Pages

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• I started taking a look back at my art school journey on Instagram, posting a different photo(s) every Throwback Thursday & Flashback Friday.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzylEdgAgQ1/ – No longer available because I restarted the project

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz1By2QAJ0t/ – No longer available because I restarted the project 

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• Reading Rush 2019 ( formerly known as Booktubeathon )

Author’s First Book: “The Chalk Man” by C.J. Tudor & “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss

Book From 2018 TBR: “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss

Book + TV or Movie Adaption: “4:50 From Paddington” by Agatha Christie

Book With a Purple Cover: “4:50 From Paddington” by Agatha Christie & “Her Royal Spyness” by Rhys Bowen

Non-Human Main Character: “Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 1” by Akira Toriyama, “The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne, & “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss

Read in the Same Spot: “Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 1” by Akira Toriyama & “The Chalk Man” by C.J. Tudor

5+ Words in the Title: “The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne & “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” by Theodora Goss

Read Seven Books: “The Deeds of the Disturber” by Elizabeth Peters

1 Reading Rush

7 Days

1 Audiobook

1 Manga

4 Physical Books (3 hardcover, 1 softcover)

1 Audiobook + Softcover Book

8 Challenges

14 Badges

7 Books

2,442 Pages

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• Wink Frozen Desserts 12 Flavors Taste Test & Review

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–   S e p t e m b e r   5 t h   t o   1 2 t h   +   2 6 t h   –

Bijou Karman | NYFW 2019

Caroline So | NYFW 2019

Dena Cooper | NYFW 2019

Gigi Thanawongrat | NYFW 2019

Jessica Juliet | NYFW 2019

Meagan Morrison, Travel Write Draw | NYFW 2019

Meredith Wing, Moomooi | NYFW 2019

Best Dressed | NYFW 2019 ( Late! )

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A Difficult Life Update

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My 26th Birthday + Mystery Incorporated Art

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Disney+ Dream Job Entry ( Blog Post )

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Quarter Life Crisis

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*Note: Even though I didn’t win the Disney Plus Dream Job contest, I decided to continue with my 30-day marathon. You can expect a variety of throwback shows & beloved movies as well as my thoughts on the brand new app.

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 1 | November 12

🎨 Aladdin, Bonkers!, Hercules, & Rescue Rangers Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 2 | November 13

🎨 Doug, DuckTales, Emperor’s New Groove/School, & Goof Troop Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 3 | November 14

🎨 Brother Bear, Hannah Montana, Jonas, & The Hunchback of Notre Dame Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 4 | November 15

🎨 Lizzie McGuire Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 5 | November 16

🎨 Go Figure & Ice Princess Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 6 | November 17

🎨 Cow Belles, Phil of the Future, & Pixel Perfect Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 7 | November 18

🎨 Now You See It, That’s So Raven, & The Princess and the Frog Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 8 | November 19

🎨 The Lion King Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 9 | November 20

🎨 Stuck in the Suburbs, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, & Wendy Wu Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 10 | November 21

🎨 Mulan, Pocahontas, & The Little Mermaid Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 11 | November 22

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 12 | November 23

🎨 Moana Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 13 | November 24

🎨 Wreck-It Ralph Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 14 | November 25

🎨 Home on the Range Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 15 | November 26

🎨 Get a Clue, That Darn Cat, & The Parent Trap Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 16 | November 27

🎨 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 17 | November 28

🎨 Jump In Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 18 | November 29

🎨 Monsters University

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 19 | November 30

🎨 Meet the Robinsons, Treasure Planet, & Wall-E Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 20 | December 1

🎨 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 21 | December 2

🎨 A Goofy Movie Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 22 | December 3

🎨 The Cheetah Girls Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 23 | December 4

🎨 101 Dalmations Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 24 | December 5

🎨 The Cheetah Girls 2 Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 25 | December 6

🎨 DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 26 | December 7

🎨 Bambi Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 27 | December 8

🎨 Newsies Art

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🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 28 | December 9

🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 29 | December 10

🍿 Disney+ Marathon Day 30 | December 11

🎨 High School Musical Art

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*Note: I worked most of December & got sick so some of my holiday content was SUUUPER late.

After my Disney Plus failure, I decided to get back on the horse & try again. I entered the CenturyLink Hallmark Movie Dream Job contest, and . . . I lost again. 😂 I made lemonade out of lemons & did a “25 Days of Hallmark” marathon. Each day I picked one old Christmas movie & one new one from a Kurt Adler advent calendar, amounting to 50 movies total. Enjoy!

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• The Bookie Trials Winter Quest Readathon

Objective: Read as few books as possible to fulfill 11 challenges.

Book Read: “The Winter People” by Jennifer McMahon

Challenges:

✔️ Daemonic Residue: One or More Animals/Magical Beasts

✔️ Desolate Ruins: A Book You Already Own or Freely Available to You

✔️ Eastern Escape: Marginalized Author

✔️ Glacial Pass: White on the Cover or Snow/Winter themes

✔️ Graves End: A Book That Contains Death or Death Themes

Orc Eaves: LGBTQIAP+ Character

✔️ Rural Haven: A Book From Your Favorite Genre or An Author You’ve previously Given 5 Stars to – Mystery & Thriller

✔️ Serpentine Allegiance: Recommendation From a Blogger or Booktuber – Katie, ChapterStackss

✔️ The Beacon of Hope: Drink a Warm Drink and/or Light a Candle 

✔️ The Dark Shard: Morally Gray Character or Villainous Main Character

✔️ The Queen’s Armada: Buddy Read

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• Artmas 2019: 

🎨  Somewhere Only We Know  🎄

🎨  CSI: North Pole  🎄

🎨  Promise Phan  🎄

🎨  Haleigh DeRocher, Sweet Sequels  🎄

🎨  Yolanda Gampp, How to Cake It  🎄

🎨  Away in a Manger 🎄

📺  Christmas Advertisements 2019  🎄

🎨  Simchu Simchu Immanuel  🎄

–   C h r i s t m a s   +   H a n u k k a h   2 0 1 9   –

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Farewell to Carl Ruiz (chef), Carol Channing (actress & singer), Caroll Spinney (Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch puppeteer), Lee Mendelson (Peanuts producer), Luke Perry (actor), Gabe Khouth (actor), Georgia Engel ( actress), Peggy Lipton (actress), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Rene Auberjonois (actor), Rip Torn (actor), Robert Forster (actor), Russi Taylor (voice of Minnie Mouse), Ron Leibman (actor), Stanley Donen (choreographer & director), Tim Conway (actor & comedian), & Tyler Skaggs (Los Angeles Angels pitcher).

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Let’s take a look at some numbers from the past year: I ended 2019 with 486 art blog followers ( up from 431 ), 472 lifestyle blog followers ( up from 420 ), & 274 subscribers + 121,601 views ( up from 244 & 88,153 ). To be honest, those numbers are disheartening. I didn’t see significant growth in 2019, & that is a knife to my heart. That being said, I accept partial blame. Even though some rough patches were out of my control, others fall on me. I felt unmotivated for most of the year which led to getting behind on work & producing content months after production. It was a quarter life crisis that really got to me, & I’m determined to be much better this year. This is a new decade, a new chapter in my life, a chance to refocus & reap more fruit from my labor. 2020s, I’m about to kick butt & take names. Watch out! 💥

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Disney+ Marathon Day 18 | November 29

4:30am – Rise & shine! 🌞

Need coffee! ☕️ Must. Survive. Black Friday. 😭

6am – Work 🛍

4:45pm – Dinner + Lizzie McGuire 🍕

S1E23 – Last Year’s Model

5:15pm – Bath + Monsters University 🛀 

Final thoughts for the day: To say I’m exhausted would be an understatement. I don’t have an ounce of energy left in my tank to say much more than I hope your Black Friday was better than mine. To my fellow retail employees, my condolences. 🖤 Here’s to wishing day 19 is MUCH better! 🥂

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Quarter Life Crisis

As of November 5th, I am 26 years old. Year 25 was NOT a walk in the park for me. I have really struggled with energy & motivation & purpose this past year. I am so passionate about what I do online, but being defeated time after time after time is so deflating. My Instagram, Twitter, & YouTube follower counts barely go up from month to month. I stay up late editing videos & writing blog posts, but it feels like no one cares when I make my work public. I worked for weeks & hours on my Tarzan video for the Disney+ Dream Job contest. I was so incredibly proud of what I produced, & yet I didn’t get one of the five spots to watch 30 Disney movies in 30 days for $1,000. Instead of breaking down barriers, I feel like I’m beating my head against a wall that isn’t going to budge. Is year 26 going to be better, or do I have to accept that I’m not meant to do this any longer?!?

How do I turn this into a positive? One step at a time. I may not have won a check for a Disney+ marathon, but I’m going to do it anyway. Starting November 12, I will be watching a Disney show & movie every day for 30 days. Don’t worry! You can follow along on here, Instagram, Twitter, & YouTube. Just use my links listed below to make sure you’re following me with notifications turned ON. 🍋 This is called turning lemons into lemonade. 🍹 I’m also trying to step outside my comfort zone & interact with people I follow on social media. Scary! 😱

🌻 Go enjoy your Saturday readers! 💛 Hopefully it’s cold & feels like the holiday season wherever you are because California is still HOT. 🥵 🙄 😂

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Riverdance Turns 25

I couldn’t let today pass without acknowledging the 25th anniversary of a show that changed my life: Riverdance. The stage show began as a 7-minute act performed during an intermission at the Eurovision Song Contest on April 30, 1994. The performance was a smash hit with the audience, causing a chain reaction that breathed new life into Irish dancing around the world. The great minds behind this phenomenon are composer Bill Whelan, director John McColgan, featured dancers Jean Butler and Michael Flatley who also contributed choreography, producer Moya Doherty, and, of course, the rest of the hardworking crew & talented company of dancers.

Four years after Riverdance made its grand debut, I received a VHS from a family friend, a tape of the show during its 1995 debut run in Dublin. Four-year-old me had no idea my life was about to change. I can’t even tell you how many times that tape played while I leaped & twirled across the living room floor. It wasn’t long before I was taking my first tap class. Did I become an Irish dancer? No. Did I bring every ounce of passion I possessed as a proud Irish girl into ballet, jazz, modern, & tap classes for 12 1/2 years? YES I DID!!! 🔥

It’s hard to explain how much this show means to me, but believe me when I say it holds a very VERY special place in my heart. It was not only my introduction to the dance culture in both Ireland & Spain but also my introduction to dance. I lost my passion & did not pursue a career as a dancer, but I never lost my love for all things dance. To this day, I drag my dad to the theater if Riverdance visits our neck of the woods (he knows he loves it!). I’ve seen it five times, & I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

To the Riverdance companies & crews: From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all that you have done. Happy Anniversary! I am looking forward to 25 more years of this special show!

Do yourself a favor & watch the moment when it all began:

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAtkcHpSHCw

P.S. Shout out to María Pagés, the original flamenco dancer in Riverdance & my Spanish queen since the age of 4. 🇪🇸

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk6LYFwP8lE

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Goodbye 2018 | Hello 2019

It is time to say goodbye to the past year and look ahead to a brand new chapter. Out with the old & in with the new! I know this has not been a great year of consistency on my blog, and for that I am deeply sorry. I can only promise to try my very best to do better in 2019 and move on. Walk with me down memory lane & see what my year looked like:

–   J a n u a r y   1   –

• G o o d b y e   2 0 1 7

2017 Reading Wrap-Up  +  2018 Reading Plans ( B l o g   P o s t )

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vKpIwxNQxM&t=2s

–   J a n u a r y   2 1 s t   t o   2 7 t h   –

• I filmed my life for one week.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M0_thzwVkA

–   J a n u a r y   2 6   –

• My blogs FINALLY  got their own domains!

Art Blog ➡️ laurenmicheleartblog.com

Lifestyle Blog ➡️ laurenmichelelifestyle.com ( New Name, Same Blog )

–   F e b r u a r y   2   –

• I received my Elretron Penna wireless bluetooth typewriter.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX1-bktxdf8

–   F e b r u a r y   5   –

• The evil empire was defeated in Super Bowl LII

–    M a r c h   2 8   –

• I joined the trend & created a Disney & Pixar Bracket

–   A p r i l   4   – 

• I saw Crowder in concert.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhNIiKflus3/

–   A p r i l   1 5   –

• The 3rd anniversary of Jonathan Crombie’s death. Gil, you are gone but never forgotten!

–   A p r i l   2 7   –

Avengers: Infinity War was released in the USA. 💥

A R T

(Funny) Avengers Cast Videos

–   A p r i l   2 8   –

• I attended my first LA Galaxy game at StubHub Center.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2mpPAKuP9A

–   M a y   4   –

• I unboxed my first bookish box.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvcG3W6hXdY

–   M a y   1 1   –

• I tried not to sing on Snapchat & FAILED.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtymrHlQUa0

–   May / June 2018   –

• I made some changes to my room.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOmrfPeHTy8

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DdPv_WjUlk

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNYJLMzqmuo

–   J u n e   2   –

• I saw Third Day in concert during their farewell tour.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM93yOHc0W0

–   J u n e   1 8   –

• I got glasses! 🤓

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaGqkyp9Ie4

–   J u l y   3   –

• I revealed my (growing) Disney pin collection to the world.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y06BlkrU5lU

–   J u l y   2 0   –

• I made my favorite Youtube video to date. 😂

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wg-gQ2hXxA

–   J u l y   2 3 r d   t o   2 9 t h   –

• I participated in the 7in7 Readathon for the first time.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo45XqUaUFo

–   J u l y   3 0 t h   t o   A u g u s t   5 t h   –

• I participated in BookTubeAThon for the second time.

Source https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyEZ9gzZb8c

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHZs4Lxxr30

–   A u g u s t   3   –

Christopher Robin was released in the USA ➡️ A R T

–   S e p t e m b e r   4   –

• I said goodbye to Bug’s Land via photos from 2002 & 2009

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnU71Hnl02K/

–   S e p t e m b e r   2 6   –

• I received my first pair of Mickey ears in a Disney-themed bookish box.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz5blv56tsc

–   S e p t e m b e r   2 7   –

• I went to Universal Studios Hollywood for the first time.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGwwFXA_AjE

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–   O c t o b e r   1 5 t h   t o   2 1 s t   –

• I participated in Spookathon for the first time.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUz0HJjwdUg

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMmn3r4M4_Y&t=4s

–   N o v e m b e r   5   –

• I turned 25 ➡️ Reflecting on 25 Years of Life

–   N o v e m b e r   1 8   –

• I saw As I Lay Dying in concert for the first time ever. SO GOOD!! 🔥

–   N o v e m b e r   2 3   –

• A project I’ve been working on for 2 years finally came together. 🎉

Blog ➡️ Bookish Gift Guide

Video ➡️ Bookish Gift Guide

–   D e c e m b e r   3 r d   t o   9 t h   –

• I participated in TisTheSeasonAThon, a brand new holiday readathon.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BthNgFtCHOM

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyvAdtvthT8&t=12s

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORnYN7RZZDo

–   D e c e m b e r   5   –

• I made a Hanukkah gingerbread house for the first time.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15XUa-uv-gM&t=14s

–   D e c e m b e r   6   –

• I finished We Wish You a Murderous Christmas by Vicki Delany, completing my 2018 Goodreads goal of 55 books. 🎉

• I attempted to make buñuelos for Hanukkah.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nQ-WGA7uzQ&t=8s

–   D e c e m b e r   8   –

• I learned some basic Hebrew for Hanukkah.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCffRhVhle4&t=9s

• I unboxed a pair of gorgeous Hanukkah Mickey ears from FastPass Creations

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apm0EXwuyno&t=10s.

–   D e c e m b e r   2 1   –

• I showed off my family’s holiday movie collection.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=witJbYoPn2Q&t=12s

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Farewell to Anita Shreve (author of “Stella Bain”), Aretha Franklin (singer), Barbara Bush (former First Lady), Billy Graham (evangelist), Burt Reynolds (actor), Charles Lazarus (founder of Toys “R” Us), Dorcas Reilly (creator of green bean casserole), George H.W. Bush (41st president of the United States), Jerry Maren (Wizard of Oz), John Mahoney (Frasier), John McCain (politician & Vietnam War veteran), Kate Spade (designer), Ken Berry (actor), Ed King (co-writer of “Sweet Home Alabama”), Luis Valbuena (baseball player, former Los Angeles Angel), Mike Taylor (Walk Off the Earth), Nanette Fabray (actress), Penny Marshall (Laverne & Shirley), Scott Wilson (Walking Dead), Sigi Schmid (former LA Galaxy coach), Stan Lee (comic book editor, publisher, & writer, co-created Dr. Strange & Spider-Man with Steve Ditko), Stephen Hillenburg (creator of Spongebob Squarepants), Steve Ditko (comic book artist & writer, co-created Dr. Strange & Spider-Man with Stan Lee), & Verne Troyer (Austin Powers movies, Jingle All the Way, & Men in Black).

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Let’s take a look at some numbers as inspiration for the coming year: I ended 2018 with 431 art blog followers (up from 357), 420 lifestyle blog followers (up from 346), & 244 Youtube subscribers / 88,153 views (up from 188 & 72,815). I look forward to growing my internet family in 2019. Onward & upward! ➡️ ⬆️

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Reflecting on 25 Years of Life

This isn’t going to be easy for me to write so while I take a few deep breaths, please listen to this song (or at least part of it):

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFeJkfB4xKo

“This is a story that I have never told. I gotta get this off my chest to let it go. I need to take back the light inside you stole.”

A few years ago I choreographed a dance routine to “Warrior” for a talent show. I hadn’t danced in awhile so it wasn’t my best performance ever, but something inside me needed an outlet. After I finished, I had to run to the bathroom because I was shaking so bad & sobbing. I’m not open about things in my past because I don’t think it’s something the public needs to know. However, if you are someone who is still healing, you are not alone. Middle school and high school were hell for me, but college was even worse. I suffered for so long and then turned around and made my precious family suffer because of my anger. I was angry at myself for being weak & at God for abandoning me. I hope my mom doesn’t mind me sharing this, but she has told me that she thought she would lose me in college because I was so close to the edge without caring. There is no sugar coating this: I wanted to die.

Tomorrow I turn 25 years old. The broken little girl in middle school didn’t think she would make it this far. The angry college student didn’t want to make it this far. God brought me this far, and He isn’t done yet.

“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”  – Psalm 40:1-3

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New Name, Same Blog

My eagle-eyed followers might’ve noticed a big change on my blog, but allow me to make an official announcement for those who missed it. I started this blog in the midst of my poet phase of life, but it’s been awhile since I transitioned to lifestyle content. I’ve wanted to change the name for years but hesitated due to the cost. Last week I decided to take the plunge & couldn’t be happier with my decision. This blog has officially changed from laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com to laurenmichelelifestyle.com. Thank you so much for faithfully following my blog! I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for my little corner of the internet.

• 🎨 • My art blog also has a new name ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ laurenmicheleartblog.com • 🎨 •

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