2017 - Simply Avalon

Monday, June 12, 2017

bye sophomore year! | poetry
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Today I say goodbye to sophomore year and hello to the responsibility that comes with being a junior.

I say hello to the second half of high school and the beginning of my quest for the "right college".
I say hello to my 16th birthday and (hopefully) my driver's license.
I say hello to AP class work and a new fount of knowledge to conquer.
I say hello to new found interests I haven't fully developed yet and hobbies I will grow to love.
I say hello the friendships and relationships I have not yet had.
I say hello the possibilities that the unknown holds.

I wish I could end this poem here, but I would be lying if I said that the closing of this school year did not bring with it an onslaught of goodbyes.

Today I say goodbye to the friends who are leaving TA.

To the seniors know that you will forever be ingrained in my heart and mind and that you will be missed. I wish you all the luck in the world, because I know that each and every one of you have the power to change the world.

To the sophomores who say hello to a new high school this coming year I say goodbye. I will miss the laughs and inside jokes we had, but hold onto the hope that we will still stay in touch.

To some of my favorite Germans I wish I could keep you here with me forever. Clara you're going to change the world one assist a a time, and Kim don't forget to keep me updated...we gotta keep our streak going. I can't wait til we are reunited again, but until that time bis später!

Today I say goodbye to one of my favorite teachers.
Kettles, Mr. K, Kettlewell you were one of the first teachers I grew to love at TA and I will honestly miss seeing you walk the hallways.

Today I say goodbye to the headmaster who believed in me and the man who helped make my dream of going to TA a reality. I still can't believe that the last day of school has crept up on us this quickly! Thank you for your role in helping me to become the woman I am today.

Today I say goodbye to a counselor who's wisdom and encouragement propelled me past many of the challenges I faced this year. To you I say thank you.

Today I say goodbye to the relationships that withered and to the ones that died.

I can't believe that this chapter has come to a close, but I truly can't wait to see the memories that will be written junior year.




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Monday, May 29, 2017

my favorite worship songs! | may
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In the aftermath of my "infamous" favorite music/singers video - I thought it was time to go ahead and update you guys on my favorite Christian worship songs. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I have numerous playlist and am nearly updating one daily. Which is why I decided to go ahead and open up my personal Christian playlist for your viewing (and listening) pleasure.

Some of my favorite bands and singers include Elevation Worship, Israel Houghton, Hillsong United/Young Free, and Brian Courtney Wilson. Surprisingly I include no Lecrae songs because they just don't fit my style of worship although they are a great alternative to typical "hype" music.

Without further ado here they are:

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Monday, May 22, 2017

how to make pizza bagels!
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I don't know about you, but when it comes to cooking I want a few things. I want the item to be cheap, easy, and delicious - lucky for me the pizza bagel recipe I created embodied each of these characteristics! Pizza bagels are a super easy thing to make and can literally be changed into whatever type of pizza you could think of. The recipe I have below is super basic but can be customized to fit your eating needs. These pizza bagels tend to keep for at least a week and can be frozen if wanted.


Shopping List:

1 Plain Bagel
 Spaghetti or Pizza Sauce
 1/4 c. Cheese (sprinkled on top)
 Additional Toppings opt.
Butter opt. 

Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter one plain bagel then place as much sauce ontop of the bagel's surface.
  3. Add the 1/4 cup of cheese generously on top of the bagel. (I used two different types of cheese, but this is optional)
  4. Add toppings.
  5. Place bagel onto pan and bake in oven for 10-20 minutes or until crisp.
  6. Allow to cool before eating.
In case you couldn't follow my directions here is a video I uploaded earlier on my youtube channel that shows me going through the process of making these pizza bagels. Hope you enjoyed!


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Monday, May 15, 2017

ready for the summer. | u p d a t e
12:30 PM 16 Comments

Hey guys! It's been awhile since I last updated this blog.
Mostly because:
  1. s c h o o l || - I'm sure that most students would agree that as soon as school returns from spring break vacation the rest of year seems to crash down on you. Honestly, I've been swamped with a billion things at once mainly from the various clubs I participate in. From Key Club to journalism I've been dragged in so many different directions. 
  2. s o c c e r || - By the time this post goes up I would have completed my sophomore year soccer season. Even though I love soccer and have played it for my whole life I can't deny that it is a major time commitment. I practice after school til 5:30 after school every day and that's if I don't have a game. 
  3. y o u t u b e || - I've really tried to refocus my attention on YouTube mainly because I finally hit the 400 subscriber mark meaning that I am coming very close to reaching my original goal of 500 by the end of the year. 
  4. j o b || - I am currently in the works of creating a side business that would include blog consulting - specifically geared towards those just starting out. I have been working on some freebies that I will release on this blog along with a few other surprises that I will roll out this summer. I'm honestly super excited about what the future holds, but like always I don't want to talk to soon in case it falls through. I am also in the works to get a job this summer at a local cafe which would offer me great job experience and a chance to get more life experience. 
Now with that all being said I know that isn't an excuse for not posting, but don't worry I plan on making a few changes from here on out. I can't devote alot of time to my blog during the month of May so I plan on pre-writing a few pieces just so that I can enjoy the last week that I will have with the seniors and in my sophomore year.

On another note though I am so ready for summer. Although I am sad to say that my summer calendar is already being dotted with numerous trips and summer homework. But before we can even think about summer we gotta make it through another season. Look out for next week's post which will include some inspiration to get you through spring.


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Monday, May 8, 2017

10 thoughtful mother's day gift ideas
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Where has the time gone? Can you believe that Mother's day is this weekend? In case you procrastinated in buying your mom a gift don't worry about it I got you covered! Check out my list below for 10 great cost-effective gift ideas for your mom.

1. Spa Day

 

    Honestly, this gift idea is super open and can be changed to fit any mother and any budget. For instance, you can DIY a spa gift basket and all you'd have to buy are the items that would go into the basket. You could also buy your mother a gift card to a spa located in her area or better yet buy two so that you can enjoy the day with her.

2. Gift Card


    Gift cards seem to be a taboo in the gifting world, but in my opinion, it can be the best gift ever IF you plan it out properly. This is where your personal knowledge of your mother comes handy. For instance, if you know that your mom loves to workout then maybe get her a gift card for Academy's or if you know that she loves to go out with friends to the movies then buy her a gift card for the movie theater. Just like my first gift idea this one is very much open to interpretation.

3. Food

    This can be anything from a gift card to a fancy restaurant to actual homemade cookies. I personally believe that this is one of the easiest and cheapest options at least for those working on a high schooler's (or college student's) budget.

4. Picture and Frame


    Another cute idea that is super simple is getting a picture made of you and your mother than having it framed. Not only is this a simple git, but it shows that you took the time (and money) to actually get the picture printed and fitted for a frame.

5. Monogrammed Items


    This may just be a southern thing, but I think that nearly is everything can be improved by a monogram. This also gives you loads of options for you can monogram nearly anything. A few ideas that come to mind are blankets, towels, wallets, cell phone cases, and t-shirts.

6. Jewelry


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    Jewelry is such an easy gift idea mostly because you only need to have an understanding of your mother's taste to buy something that she would like. In case you have no idea what your mother likes in terms of jewelry though I suggest that you stick to something simple and minimalistic that can be worn daily or something that features your mother's birthstone.

7. Exercise Clothing/Equipment

    Many people enjoy exercising whether it be walking, jogging, hiking, or even swimming. This is why I believe it is such a great gift. If you know your mother's size you can actually buy her some workout clothes, but if you don't no worries buy her some exercise equipment instead. This can be anything from weights to a yoga mat. This can even translate into a month long gym membership paid for by you.

8. Sleepwear


    More often then not your mother has probably wanted some sleepwear but just chose not to ask. If you want to go the extra mile though you could get said pajamas monogrammed.

9. Card


    Cards like gift cards have gotten a bad rap in the gifting word probably because it doesn't take much effort to buy a hallmark card, but what if you went ahead and made a totally original card yourself. Not only would your mom know that it came from the heart, but it is also super cheap for those working on a high schooler's budget. Plus there are multiple tutorials on various websites (including my youtube channel) that have videos on how to make cute diy cards for whatever the occasion. Just please don't be that person who sends an e-card because you forgot.

10. Peace & Quiet


    If nothing else help your mom relax by doing her daily to-do list and giving her the day off. Don't ask her to do anything and just allow her to enjoy a day of peace and quiet.
Want some additional ideas? Check out the video I posted for last year. :)


Hope you enjoyed my 10 Mother's day gift ideas. If you decide to use any of them or have some that you'd like to add please leave a comment down below. :)



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Monday, April 24, 2017

my PROM experience
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It's been a short while since I last posted on my blog, but sometimes school and life gets in the way. Hopefully, this post will serve as a small appetizer at least until I have time to write a full update on my life. An update that should be ready to be published on this blog within the next few weeks.

As you can tell from the title, this post will be about my prom experience. I decided that I wanted to start with how I got asked just to give you some background on the entire arrangement.

I decided that I wanted to try and make this post as neat and coherent as possible mainly because the thought of prom gives me a bout of butterflies. Anywho I decided to separate each specific point on the "timeline" with a header so you can skip to

...flashback...

Ever since starting high school last year and playing on the soccer team at this said school, I've been best friends with Julia. That year she was a junior and we made plans towards the end of the season to try and make sure I got to go to her senior prom since it would be her last prom. She wanted to try and get this guy who was

...the proposal...

I was at soccer practice and his sister actually played a hand in it working out so smoothly. She asked me to help her take some things to her car, an event that honestly was not out of the ordinary since we were such great friends. Instead of taking things to the trunk though I was met by her brother who slid a soccer ball in my direction that said: "Do you want to roll with me to prom?" I would insert a picture, but I'm not sure he would approve so I'll hold off on that for the time being and just cut him out.

...the prep game...

Now, normally girls plan months in advance for prom and dances in general. Mostly because it takes a lot of time and effort to get everything together from the dress to the flowers, to dinner, to pictures. Everything has to be planned out so that the night can go smoothly. Well unlike all of the juniors and seniors who had all of this time to plan, me being the unassuming sophomore was given a grand total of 3 weeks to get ready.

Now you may think that this sounds like a good amount of time, but try finding a prom dress in your size that will need minimal altering when nearly every school in your town is having prom on or near the day of your own prom. As you can probably imagine it was chaotic. I had to go to no less than a dozen stores. It took me an hour just to find out my size mainly because a certain sales-rep was not truthful about how a dress fit me. Any who I ended up finding the dress at Saks and got it altered with no problem since a family friend was willing to do it on short notice. And by short notice, I mean in 3 days.

My date was also nice enough to buy both of our flowers since his sister convinced him that they had to match in color and detail. (This was something I was happy not to argue with.) He also took care of food and photography after my prodding.

...the night before...


Since this wasn't "my prom" I didn't really have anyone to get ready with. A detail that made me sort of sad, but things started to look up around this time because my team had won their soccer game that week and some of my friends were going to get ready at my house for prom because they had to take pictures for yearbook. I ended up only doing my nails and getting a facial done the night before prom a detail you will see on my youtube video.

...PROM?!...


My friend, Shannon came over and blessed me by bringing over her large makeup stash so that I could "play" with it. We ended up coming up with a sparkly pink smokey eye to match my dress and honestly, I don't know how it could have come out any better than it did. I'll go ahead and link my YouTube video below and also leave some pictures just so you can get a full picture of my prom.







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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

How to Study for Midterms/Exams
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One of the hardest things to do each year is preparing for exams and with Spring Break out of the way they are just around the corner. I personally believe that studying wasn't meant to be hard. For with work & preparation you too can not only be ready for an exam, but ace it too! If you're interested in my tips to acing your midterms or final exams check out my latest video on YouTube. :)



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Monday, March 13, 2017

Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics Palatte Swatches & Review | dark skin
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When I spotted this palette at my local Ulta I just knew I had to buy it. The only reason I hadn't gotten it before was because it was only available online. The price of this product is normally $14.50 (US), but I bought this for $11 with a coupon.  This product includes 10 shadows ranging from mattes to shimmers and four highlighters that can grow in warmth as you go across. The shadows range from matte to shimmer and are all centered around an earthy color palette. Along with the shadows and highlighters this palette includes a nice sized mirror. (No brush of any kind was included.)
First Row of shadows (left to right)
 This first row of shadows really did not look great when swatched, but when I tried them out on my actual eyelids, they looked better. (Especially the cranberry shade.) All of the shadows felt nice and had a dry creamy feel (if that makes sense), they did all have a little fall out which I expected since this wasn't from the "best of the best" brand wise.
Second row of shadows (left to right)
 The second row of shadows on the other hand really impressed me, especially the gorgeous golden bronze shade. I truly did not expect the pigmentation that came from this shadow. I only have a few cons when it comes to the shadows overall.

  1. There was a good bit of fall out when I put my brush in the pan to get out some product. My best solution is to spray your brush with either Mac Fix+ or some water just to get the shadow to stick.
  2. Some of the pigment fell beneath my eyelid and onto my face even with a primer. Really the only way you can avoid this problem is by doing your eye makeup before your actual face makeup so that you can wipe off any excess without problem. 
  3. It creases after a few hours of wear*. I have tried different primers, but nothing seems to change the fact that some of these shadows (mostly the shimmers) seem to crease after 3ish hours. If you have any suggestions please leave them below. (*this may be because I have oily lids)

Third row of highlighters (left to right)
Now for what some of you have been waiting for. These highlighters are beyond gorgeous. I will not shy away from the fact that I bought this palette for the sole purpose of trying out Carli Bybel's highlighters. Not only did these blend nicely into the skin, for the most part they lasted throughout the day. Now do keep in mind that if you are interested in having these highlighters and shadows to last for a day that goes beyond 8ish hours, I recommend using a primer and a makeup spray just to add on to the product's longevity.

Overall this product works very well, especially for the price which in my opinion is very cheap. Even with the small creasing problem, I'd totally say that you should check this palette out. The pigmentation is pretty great and the highlighters stand out, plus everything blends well.

If you are interested in real time swatches check out my YouTube video which is linked here and at the top of this post.


*FTC: Some afflate links are used, but I purchased all products with my own dinero. :)*
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Random March OOTW
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Looking at my fashion slide I realized that it's been a moment since I've posted some outfit ideas. Which is why I decided to go ahead and post a video blog post on some of my favorite outfits to wear in the winter. This was such a fun video to film and edit! Hope you enjoy watching it!



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Monday, February 27, 2017

Nostalgia, School & Love [h.s. diary]
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[Written: Februar 9th 2017]

n o s t a l g i a



Looking back at the past year and a half, it's hard to not feel nostalgic. I mean I am a high school sophomore nearing the start of those final two years of the "act" called high school. It's hard to believe really that I have grown so much since when I first created this blog in eighth grade because of a coding ability started on the oddest platform ever - wattpad.
Since I haven't published one in awhile I thought that it was only right to fill you in on some of the details of my life. (Especially since I left you on a cliff hanger with my last "h.s. diary" post, but so much has happened and to say the least life has gotten in the way of me sitting down and writing a post as personal as this one.) Nevertheless here I am giving you the update of a lifetime on the busyness that is my life.

h i g h  s c h o o l

This past semester my school has seen a large growth in students. Since I go to a private school that tries to cap grade levels at 50 it's quite uncommon to see any one grade come close to that mark, but like what I've come to find out about everything school related. Nothing is too out of the ordinary especially for the class graduating in 2019 (aka my grade). Not only are we nearing that 50 student limit, but we are easily the largest grade in the whole upper/high school. With this being said you would expect that at least a few of these new students would end up in at least one of my classes. Somehow I underestimated the power of scheduling because timing is everything, especially when it comes to friends and relationships.

For instance if my counselor had allowed me to drop art for journalism I would've never met one of my closest friends. Or if one of my best friends hadn't been sick this past Friday, I would've never had a one-on-one conversation with a person who has quickly become a favorite of mine in chemistry. (Let's try to ignore how ironic it is that I have chemistry with a guy in my chemistry class.)

At the same time though I can't ignore the negative impact time has had on some of my relationships. For instance one of my first friends at my school no longer talks to me because of new friends she found at basketball. Or the fact that after this school year my "group" will probably split up since the person who has always held us together is moving to another school.


l o v e

I try not to avoid the use of this word mainly because in the end it is a choice you make and the consequences of reciprocated (or unreciprocated) love is yours to hold alone, but after having a "heart-to-heart" with one of my new favorite people it's hard to not rethink my stance. Before anyone comments that I put my emotions on the line too quickly please realize that despite the title of this section, I am not in love with this person, simply because I don't believe in insta-love, but I can't ignore my attraction to this person.
He transferred to my school at the start of this past semester and has quickly built himself a reputation of being one of the most polite people in the school. He was brought here to play basketball and after watching him practice I have no doubt that he'll do just that. During chemistry we spoke about everything and anything, from the assignment to his transition here, to watching the Grammys. Unsurprisingly he wanted to talk about basketball and soccer. (Quick fact: He and I have both started to play our sports at age 4.)

During English he let me watch funny vine videos and we shared earbuds, an event so small, but special, at least in my opinion. During history we shared jokes and goofed off with some of his friends (plus he gave me his seat so that I could sit with one of my best friends). This past week he wore a turtleneck and I joked that he looked like the Rock (don't ask how I remembered that meme). All of this may not mean anything to you, but to me it meant the world. Could this be another senseless crush? Maybe, but I can't wait to see what happens and where we'll go from here.


P.S. by the ill chance someone from my school is actually reading this, I'm sure you know exactly who I'm talking about. I mean it's not like the whole girl's soccer team teases me about it 24/7. :)

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Monday, February 20, 2017

college tour 02| Duke University
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This is part two of my college tour series! (Can you believe I followed through with a series?) While my family was in North Carolina we decided to visit both Duke and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Earlier this week I talked about my visit to Chapel hill, but now it's time for me to write about my Duke experience. If you're interested in that post check it out here.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

college tour 01| UNC at Chapel Hill
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In honor of my own school's college tour I decided to go ahead and blog about the schools that I visited this past summer. I do apologize in advance for the slightly random content, but this is what I wanted to show on my blog. :)

I visited 5ish colleges this past summer and found something enjoyable in each and every one of them. My family decided to take a road trip from Alabama to D.C. and decided to stop at various colleges for my own viewing pleasure. Hope you enjoy the insight I learned from visiting each of these colleges and the "insiders advice" I give from meeting with college advisers on their campuses. Without further ado let's get started.

Our first stop was in North Carolina, and I'm sure you can guess the two places we stopped at --Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Both campuses were amazing in the history and educational experiences they offer.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


This campus is nothing short of beautiful. We just so happened to arrive just in time for summer graduations and were met with a whole lot of student traffic, but it was still great.

Since we arrived on a weekend (and a graduation weekend at that) we decided to take a self guided tour. Not only did I get to pretend I was a student, but I also got to see a bunch of the cute spots on campus (while of course taking more than my fair share of pictures haha).

This campus has so much history like being the first state university to open its doors because of a constitutional charter or having a plaque that actually recognizes the students who challenged a speaker ban in 1966. (The students wanted to hear from a slightly radical civil liberties activist.)

It also had a large library on campus which  was very gorgeous whiI'm not going to lie warmed me even more to the campus.

The whole campus contained so much history literally in each-and-every nook/cranny. Definitely recommend a visit especially if you're a history buff.

The whole campus was pretty quaint and quiet even with the graduation, and was adorned with well landscaped areas. If I was grading campuses on beauty alone this one would get a definite A!  :)
Louis Round Wilson Library



 







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Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentine's Day Makeup Idea
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Are you looking for a slightly sultry makeup look for Valentine's day? Check out my latest video on YouTube before everyone else does!


Do you like to look "all made up" or "au naturale" for Valentine's Day?


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Monday, January 30, 2017

my winter aesthetic
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Now that I can finally say, "It feels like winter" I'm excited to show you guys my own personal winter aesthetic board. If you keep up with my Pinterest or just watch the side bar on this blog you'd probably know that I recently created a new board on Pinterest which I have been updating recently to include what I believe to be my winter aesthetic this year. If you happen to keep up with Alabama weather, you'd also know that despite this being my "aesthetic", half of these things wouldn't even be seen where I live. (Although it did happen to snow on January the 7th.)

The main components of this board are long fuzzy socks, gingerbread, snow, and some calligraphy. Unsurprisingly all of it is cool toned in nature, but that's just what pleases my eye. Hope that you will enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making it.

row one (l to r) : logs via vsco, breakfast via pinterest, gingerbread via pinterest
row two (l to r) : rainy leaves via tumblr, calligraphy via pinterest, pencils via pinterest
row three (l to r) : sleep via pinterest, necklace via pinterest, cup of coffee via unsplash.com
None of these pictures are mine and all can be found on either pinterest or pexels. If you have a pinterest board (or a blog post sort of like mine) I'd love to check it out just link it down below.

What are you looking forward too in February?




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Monday, January 23, 2017

My Current Spotify Playlist - 01
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I've decided to start a new blog series on my blog, to show you guys what I'm listening too. I will create picture collages and also insert my monthly spotify playlists so that you guys can listen if you're interested. I usually like to set my spotify playlist up in 3 month intervals so that I can look back and see what I was listening too during those months. (That's why my playlist is called "jauary - march") I also like to include my song favorites across the board instead of limiting it to one genre.
I defintely expect my playlist to expand as we get deeper into the year, and as soccer season truly starts back up since I usually listen to music when exercise.

Quick Disclaimer: Before we get into my thoughts I'd like to say that I've made the personal decision not to curse (and for the most part have not cursed at all). With that being said, you will probably realize that some of the songs on the playlist below are explicit (meaning they have curse words). I do not condone the language used in these songs, and usually choose to hear the clean version (but this version is not available, to my knowledge on spotify). Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for reading. :) 

This past month I've been really into an alternate/r&b vibe with (a few) rap songs that I previously would've never listened to. At the same time though I feel like this playlist shows the flexibility of my song interests because you'll see a little bit of everything sprinkled throughout.

The Highlights

Panic! at the Disco


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This month I've also found a new favorite band (who actually isn't new at all), Panic! at the Disco. I had already listened to a few of their songs in past years, but this month I became a "true fan". To put it in perspective they are coming to a city near me and now I plan on going!

Kehlani


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I also became a major Kehlani fan. I love how smooth her voice is especially when she sings song like Distraction and Gangsta. The first time I heard her was when I listened to the Suicide Squad soundtrack and heard the song "Gangsta" which is amazing. The lyrics of her songs are so catchy and (sometimes) very relatable.

Ed Sheeran



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The last notable artist that I have featured in this playlist is Ed Sheeran. Not only did he decide to come out of his social media hiatus, but he also released 2 brand new songs. Even though I've been an Ed Sheeran fan since "Fire Alarm" came out, his song "Shape of You" has quickly become one of my favorite songs. Don't hate me, but I personally don't like "Castle on the Hill", the lyrics remind me just a tiny bit of "7 Years" and just aren't as catchy as the story he tells in "Shape of You".

With that I leave you with a parting gif of Brenden Urie oh and my playlist! If you have any additional songs you think I should add to my current playlist feel free to add them down below in the comments. :)



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Monday, January 9, 2017

My Brand New Blog + My Blog Resolutions
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If you read my last post, you probably realized that I totally changed my blog template. I am so happy with this change and hope that you too will like my new logo and blog template! I hinted in an earlier post that I would change it for New Years and I finally took the leap and created myself a new blog template. I also wanted to go ahead and lay out my new plan for this blog.

 If you checked out the top header, you'd see that I added a new page--"My thoughts". This will now include all of my opinion pieces and links to all of my odyssey articles. I wanted to separate lifestyle posts from true "op-ed" pieces and thought that adding this tab would be the best way to do so.

I also plan on being much more "aggressive" and intentional with my blogging techniques. I really want to double the number of subscribers and views on this blog and hope that being more intentional on social media and on this blog will help me reach my goal.

If you have any blog post ideas I would love to hear them! I plan on responding to all comments and can't wait to have a conversation with my viewers!


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Monday, January 2, 2017

7 Things I'm Wishing for this 2017
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Now that 2016 is officially behind us, I thought it would beneficial to go ahead and lay out what I want to see happen in this coming year. If you're interested in the seven things I'm hoping to see in 2017 continue reading!

1. Peace between Democrats and Republicans

It's sad that I even have to ask for this. Despite being a staunch Democrat within my family I don't want a recount or a reversal of the presidential results instead, I want peace between the two parties. Yes, I understand the things that Donald Trump has said many unsavory and done many unforgivable things, but I have finally reached a place where I am willing to give him in a clean slate this new year.

2. Continued Success in High School

Even though I am usually one of the last people to say that school is hard, I am totally willing to admit that staying motivated is hard even for "good students". As a sophomore looking forward to my junior year (and driver's license) it's hard to stay committed to my studies. Despite the fact that I make good grades, sometimes it's hard to see the finish line, especially when I am currently juggling the thought of what I want to study in college. Which brings me to the next thing I am wishing for.

3. Wisdom on the Type of Career I would like to Pursue

I'm sure most people reading this are rolling their eyes. I mean how could a high schooler possibly know what they want to do after school? Especially when they still have another 4 years at the least or 8 years at the most, of additional schooling before entering the workforce. Despite what you may think, I have actually concluded that I would want to be either a broadcast journalist, lawyer, or neurologist. Now I am just wishing for the wisdom and foresight to see which career I'd actually be willing to go about pursuing.

4. An Increased YouTube Audience

Even though I did not reach my end-of-the-year goal of 500 subscribers (or subbies) at the end of the year like I wanted, I really want to continue to see an increase in my audience. I saw an increase of more than 200 subscribers in this year alone and want to excel still more and grow my audience to my past goal (and hopefully beyond)

5. More Sleep!

This may sound like more of a new year's resolution, but I realized towards the end of the past year that I am generally a better person when I have at least 9 hours of sleep.

6. A Part-Time Job

Maybe I have this overly romantic idea of "teen jobs", but every since I found out that I was allowed to work at 14, I've wanted to have a job. Since I am turning 16 and will be able to drive myself around this coming August, I have decided that I would like to get a job and take a little pressure off my parents.

7. A New Lecrae Album

I'm probably not alone in this sentiment, but after listening to J.Cole's latest album I'm so ready to hear some new music from Lecrae. Good music nowadays is hard to come by, but Lecrae always comes through with music that feeds both my heart and soul.


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