Growing Happiness

Remember, happiness is a way of travel, not a destination. -Roy Goodman

Hi guys, today I want to spread some self-love and write about how I’ve changed over the past year and how happy I am with my journey getting there and where I am at now. If you guys want to tell me your stories and tips about how you grow your happiness and your confidence leave them in the comments or tag me in your blog posts, because I would love to read them!

I went into the school year this time around with a completely new perspective on myself and on my life from when I arrived last summer. A lot of it has to do with the fact that I realized some really important things regarding what it means to grow as a person and how happy I have been now that I know how to allow myself to do so. I had a type of epiphany that reminded me that the less I try to cram myself into what other people are, the happier I am going to be, and the less I try to make the days fly by, the more enjoyable the days will be. I realized I have to spend my time allowing myself to grow and finding new excitement in the life I live instead of using my time in high school to create a person that impress colleges and not myself, the happier I am going to be.  Continue reading

Update #5 – School, Reading Slumps, and Harry Potter

Hi, everyone! I know I haven’t been very active recently but there were a few things getting in the way of me being very productive. Not only have I been in a sad reading slump for the past like month and a half, but because I have also been in school focusing on homework, tests, and balancing time with friends and family.

If anyone has any tips for getting out of a reading slump, they would be very much appreciated. Currently, I am easing myself back into reading by rereading Harry Potter (before I read The Cursed Child), because all I felt like doing was rereading something. It’s my first time rereading the whole series, and so far it has been a lot of fun. Rereading it is nothing like reading it for the first time. It is like you are visiting a familiar family, comfortable, relaxing, and welcoming. However,  it is still such a weird feeling for someone who likes to read as much as I do, to just not feel like reading.  Hopefully, reading for English class will be able to get me a little more on track as well, considering we have a lot of great books this year, unlike my last year’s curriculum.

On top of not feeling like reading, and in turn not having any reviews to write; my weeks and weekends have been jammed packed, with little time to really sit down and write posts. During the week, anytime I am not in school or at clubs, I am usually doing homework or working on guitar or watercolors (two things I am taking classes for at school, and therefore am working on improving). And when I finish that, all I really feel like doing is watching an episode of something on Netflix and falling asleep halfway through. Then the weekend comes, and Friday and Saturday I usually spend the days with my friends and family, with little time besides in the morning or at night. Finally, Sunday comes along, and all I do is homework. I try to prepare best I can for the next week, and try and get in some personal stuff I want to do, which is basically the only time I write blog posts anymore, or clean my room or anything. Don’t get me wrong, I do really like the routine of school, and how you see your friends much more often, but unlike the summer, there isn’t much downtime unless I actually plan it myself. 

I’m hoping to start more of a routine when it comes to writing posts, because believe me I love writing them and getting to read all of yours, but if I don’t pay attention, the weeks slip away very quickly, and before I know it I haven’t written anything in two weeks! So keep an eye out for more posts from me, most likely to be posted on Mondays, just to change up my schedule a little bit from my previous Wednesday posts. I will be on reader checking out some of your stuff as soon as I am done with this post! See you all soon!

-Lily

Update #4 – Blog Updates, Vacations, And More Pictures

Hi, everyone! So I realize that I haven’t posted this week, but it has been a bit difficult getting back into the swing of things. The past week and a half I actually spent in California, road tripping along the Pacific Coast Highway with my family. The trip inspired me so much and has changed the way I view everything, so much that getting back into my old blogging habits (and reality) are proving to be a bit harder to get into than I thought.

Except that got me thinking. It IS my blog right? I can do whatever I want to do with it, right? So I decided that I’m going to be making some changes to my blog in favor of how I want it to be instead of how it was. I’m actually going to be writing a lot more about traveling and my traveling experiences in addition to my book reviews because if those are some of my favorite things, why shouldn’t my blog contain a little bit of each?

So from now on, you can all expect to not only see book/movie related posts but also travel posts and reviews of places I’ve been recently. The design of my blog may also be changing a little bit, not dramatically, but just enough to reflect my changing ideas for how I want this blog to run. If anyone has any tips or ideas for travel related posts or just blog updates in general, let me know in the comments! I’ve missed writing posts and reading all yours! Its nice to be back!

-Lily

New To Bloglovin: Any Tips?

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying Memorial Day weekend (If you’re choosing to celebrate), and I swear this post won’t take up too much of your time so you can go back to lounging in the sun and barbecuing. So along with this update I have a couple of things to say, first of all,I can’t believe almost a hundred people are following my blog, thank you guys for all the support! Secondly,I’m also almost up to 1000 views on this site! I can’t wait to keep developing my blog and coming across more and more inspiring blogs like the ones I’ve seen thus far!

Now onto what I really wanted to talk about! Recently, I’ve discovered the site “Bloglovin” for people to share their blog posts and find new blogs in a huge community of diverse bloggers! I was super excited to get started on the site and I hope to find some more great blogs to follow from there. But if you are already on there, feel free to leave me any tips and tricks in the comments as well as your username so I can follow your wonderful blogs on there as well!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin < You can follow my blog now by going to this link!

I hope you guys are all having a great week so far! You will hear more from me on Wednesday, which I’ve designated as my new posting day, along with some Saturdays if I have more material to post than I know what to do with. Thanks again for all the support!

-Lily

UPDATE #1

With limited time during the week, it’s been harder and harder to keep up on writing reviews for all the books I read (or at least the ones that deserve a review; good or bad). So while I’m still staying a book blog, just bear with me while I try to get these written and posted! I’m already four books behind…

Also, I spent a long time yesterday writing a review for Perks of Being A Wallflower (book and movie) and I was all prepared to post it today. I was actually pretty happy with how I was able to word everything and get my point across. I guess that should’ve been the first hint that something was about to go terribly wrong. Apparently, I either forgot to save it or the automatic saving didn’t work properly because I just opened it up and POOF! over 1,000 words gone! So now I’m just going to try and write back up what I remember, but losing all your work can be very discouraging when you have little time to work with already.

How are you guys doing? Is anyone else behind in reviews? I can’t be the only one floundering!

-Lily