farewell & foresight: apr/may ’15

farewell and foresight

farewell, april!

april was a busy month filled with blogging! i wanted to focus more on my blog, but in turn, i didn’t read as many books as i would’ve liked (only two????). i tried keeping up my blog posts and squeeze out all the creative juices, and i must say, it was a bit stressful. i have no idea how some bloggers manage to write up a post (or two or three) in one day. i know some of them schedule things ahead of time, but if you schedule, you’d still need to write up like, ten posts in one day to make up for the week. :////

i’m (kinda) caught up on school! which makes me very proud because i actually managed to be productive and finish a few classes. all i have is two(?) more.  i also continued exercising with kayla itsines’ bbg. i was fairly unmotivated and moody towards the end of the month, but i think i’m ready to get back at it. i also contacted publishers for arcs! i just sent one yesterday, and i’m feeling more brave. (channeling my inner dauntless) i’d say it was a fairly successful month.

books i read:

currently reading: the walls around us, by nova ren suma; the life-changing magic of tidying up, by marie kondo (confession: i actually haven’t been reading these past few days/weeks because i’ve been in a strange mood. also my tbr pile is seriously piling up.)

other happenings on the blog:

on replay

this past month, i found out i could stream 8tracks and soundcloud on my phone without using any data!!! (THANK YOU T-MOBILE.) this was a very big change for me because it meant i could ~finally~ listen to more music. when i’m at home, i usually blog or do schoolwork and i don’t like listening to songs with words while reading/writing. i find it harder to focus, so i end up listening to instrumental versions or covers of pop songs. but now, i can actually listen to music that i can actually sing to. but recently, i’ve been listening to korean-indie songs and i can’t speak korean so um, that fails.

i started watching gossip girl at the beginning of the month, but it ended up failing after about five or six episodes. i was really interested at first because it reminded me of one of my favorite korean dramas, the heirs, but it got repetitive and slow. i started thinking about watching all six seasons and it suddenly felt too long for me. i picked up a korean drama i left off, my love from another star, after i stopped watching gossip girl and i’m OBSESSED. my sister is absolutely obsessed with this drama and i trust her judgement. i realized that i’m not a huge fan of watching things and i’d usually prefer reading things instead. i keep starting shows and stopping after two or three episodes (echm the 100). *sigh* unless, you know, it’s absolutely amazing and i watch it for 24 hours nonstop. i don’t think there’s an in between.

quote of the month:

“I don’t care how many people watch or read something I make. I care how many people love what I make.” – John Green


foresights for may

first things first:

i’m actually really excited for may! near the end of the month, i’ll be competing at showstopper dance competition with a bunch of my good friends. i’ve been competing at showstopper for about three years now and i always have a lot of fun there. i really like showstopper because there are hardly any people there, so it feels more like a performance instead of a ‘scary’ competition. there are a lot of jazz dancers who compete at showstopper, but since i dance ballet, it’s mostly kids from our studio.

goals for this month:

  • keep doing kayla itsines’ bbg; after i finish, restart from week one
  • hopefully pass the permit exam so i can finally DRIVEEE
  • focus on ballet and dance; recover from my injured hip *cries*
  • finish alg. ii part a.; work on french ii and chemistry part b.
  • continue blogging ❤
  • move to wp self-hosted!! 😀

what are your plans for the next month?

– alexandra

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farewell & foresight: mar/apr ’15

farewell, march!

this month flew by. i feel like i say this every month, but march was over in a flash. all of a sudden, it was the last weekend and i was scrambling to finish my goals and everything else. it was fairly uneventful, but quick. much happened in the first week, but after that, things slowed down. we began rehearsals for upcoming competitions; i continued my healthy journey; i’m officially and undoubtedly out of my reading slump; i’d say it was a successful month. also, i finally finished driver’s ed. time to take my permit test and get on the road! the earliest time for scheduling with the dmv was may, so i’ll just need to wait until then. ://

books i finished:

currently reading: endgame; by james frey

on replay:

i started using spotify again, but i’m not sure how long that’ll last. i want you to know, by zedd and selena gomez, has been stuck in my head for nearly a week. i’m not sure if i should be banging my head against the wall or getting up to dance. i really enjoy all of zedd’s work, so i guess it’s not a bad thing.

i also started watching the 100 on netflix, partially due to my friend’s demand and mostly because it was trending on twitter and i was curious. i’m only on episode five(?) of season one, and i’m really liking it so far! it’s quite intense and creepy, but good. it reminds me of lord of the flies, the maze runner, and the hunger games.

quote of the month:

(source: pinterest)


foresights of april

i can’t believe there are only two more months until june. you’re probably wondering, what happens in june? besides my birthday and summer, i’ll be flying to indianapolis for a ballet competition. then i’ll be flying two new york city a few days later! i love traveling and i’m beyond excited to share my experience with you! i just need to finish school and bbg before that happens. i’m actually not excited for my birthday because i’ll probably be flying, and i’m getting incredibly old. sixteen is the epitome of teenager-dome and i quite like it. i want to grow up, but i don’t want to grow old.

goals for this month:

  • MOVE TO WP.ORG! :DDD
  • continue kayla itsines’s bbg!
  • finish the part a. of literature, history, and math; begin french (i said this last month *sigh*)
  • use all that korean skin care stuff everyday~

these months are starting to look the same, but oh whale. i’m excited and anxious for the summer to come. i know i need to finish loads of stuff before i could get there, which is why i need to focus now so i could enjoy the city and competitions when the time comes.

what are your plans for the next month?

xoxo,

alexandra

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farewell & foresight: jan/feb/mar ’15

farewell, january and february!

yes, i need to merge two months because i was on a blogging hiatus. don’t mind me. *casually whistles* january and february felt like one gigantic month. one thing after another so there was hardly any separation, but so much had happened that it felt like three months. i don’t know; time is weird. i auditioned for american ballet theatre’s summer program and got accepted into the new york location. i’ve been accepted for a few years now, but only went once. however, this year my parents decided to let me go again! i’m super super super excited. i also went to ballet competitions three weeks in row, traveling to huntington beach, las vegas, and upland. (thank goodness i’m done) now that that is over, we could start rehearsing for our next competition in may and june! *twitch* i also started doing kayla itsines’ bikini body workout and i will dedicate another post to that. i’ve been trying to reestablish my health and fitness.

books i finished:

on replay:

in the past two months, i discovered infinite (a korean boy group) and have kind of really been obsessed with all their songs. i downloaded every single one and it’s been playing ~on replay~ for weeks. i also found instrumental covers of their songs by an amazing pianist named nei. i love her. and them. i love everything. this is my jam.

quote of the month:

(source: pinterest)


foresights of march

oh god, i still can’t believe february is over. how am i supposed to plan stuff for march already? i still think it’s 2014! a few things to look forward to in march: american ballet theatre will be coming, to los angeles and i’ll be going to watch a show! my sister is also coming home for a few days and i’m super super excited for that. audition results for competition eligibility is also released.. and there are more rehearsals. annnddd all that is happening in the first week. i don’t know what i’m doing for the rest of the month, which is why i need to set some goals.

goals for the month:

  • continue eating/living healthy
  • continue kayla itsines bikini body challenge
  • learn all my solos for competitions (ballet)
  • finish driver’s ed (wow i said this for like, SIX MONTHS)
  • finish algebra ii, world history, and world literature semester; begin french ii

i’d also like to read and blog more, but i feel like i would do that regardless if i put it as a goal or not. other things like finishing school, would need some more motivation.

what are your plans for the next month?

xox,

alexandra

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farewell & foresight: dec.’14/ jan.’15

farewell, december

i’m not going to lie and say this month was great, because it wasn’t really. at the beginning, i was panicking because i felt like i didn’t accomplish anything so i needed to do as much as possible. it was only in the last week that i’d realized it was silly and i just needed to move on. to say the least, i didn’t really accomplish anything worth noting – but i did start watching korean dramas, which i suppose is something. i guess by the end i just gave up on trying to accomplish all the stuff i thought i needed to do. i got more behind on school, didn’t really do any drivers ed, got into a reading slump, and basically lost motivation for a lot of things. i just wanted to lay around, do nothing, and mope about doing nothing. i know i have no right to complain and say i’m “stressed,” but.. i’m just going through a semi-hard time. it’s more upsetting than usual because it’s my favorite time of year, and yet i feel so out of it. in all honesty, i didn’t even actually celebrate christmas; i watched the heirs the entire day – the entire day. i’m not having too many regrets though because it was really good. some positive things: i donated money to project for awesome and got the limited edition p4a tfios; i blogged a lot in the beginning of the month; my sister came back for the holidays (but couldn’t actually stay for christmas or new year’s); korean dramas~
books i finished:

on replay:

i’ve been listening to instrumental covers of kpop songs to help me focus on my schoolwork. it actually does help a lot because it’s a calm and mellow version of a pop-y song. you can still hear pop elements, but it’s toned down so it isn’t distracting. i’m in love with these two mixes: (x), (x). you should definitely check those out!

i also shamelessly started watching korean dramas, as mentioned before. i never thought i would be one to watch dramas, simply because i find it time consuming and annoying to just watch something but ohmygoodness it’s so good. if you watch kdramas as well, please leave me a few recommendations! i’ve only watched the heirs so far, but i’m obsessed and in love.

on a side note (aka story time!)…

if you read my first the cover games post, you would know that i got sent the wrong copy of nick and norah’s infinite playlist. (also if you’ve been following my twitter, you would know this story..) anyway, i returned the copy and ordered another one via amazon and got sent the wrong one – again. i returned it, and ordered it from amazon – this time ‘used,’ hoping it would be correct. it was wrong again. finally, i went on abebooks.com and found out that all the websites/people i ordered from before have been using the wrong cover for the publisher (which was why i was getting all these incorrect orders), and found the right publisher (aka the one that matches my copy of dash and lily’s book of dares). it was confusing because the ISBN number was the same, but there were two versions and they kept sending me the old one. i was excited that i’d found the mistake. ordered it, it arrived, and what would you know.. IT WAS WRONG AGAIN. (sorry, excuse the all caps.) *inhales deeply* if anyone knows where i can buy this cover, please let me know because i’ve officially given up. after four attempts and returns. (PLEASE LET ME KNOW. i’m begging you.)

quote of the month:

“I’m sitting here on the Kaye Gibbons Show, and all I can think is that the whole country is sick. Sick with the idea that it’s good to be known as seen by as many people as possible, to show every part of our lives to the public at large. Whether it’s Facebook photos, blogs, or reality TV, it’s like nobody is content to just live life. The worth of our existence seems to be measured in pixels and megabytes and “likes.” Those of us whose lives can be downloaded seem to have the most value – until someone outrageous comes along to claim their time in the spotlight.”

– heather demetrios, something real


foresights of january

i like to make a big thing of the new year and start fresh, even though it’s just another month. i have a few ways for getting things back on track for the upcoming year: karen kavett created a beautiful “don’t break the chain” calendar and she made a video about it here; i got a fancy shmancy planner from a beautiful mess to help motivate organization; and the simple idea that it’s a new year so i can start fresh.

january will be so so so busy. the first week will be a winter intensive (where i take intensive ballet class everyday for four hours). then, the next weekend i’ll be going to the american ballet theatre summer program audition. i’ve got competition for the rest of the month until mid-february, which is actually every weekend. january is the most hectic month of the year.

goals for the month (not the new year, i’ve got a separate post on that):

  • finish all my classes at school (sigh)
  • prioritize. even if it means giving some stuff up (aka books & blogging)
  • remain positive! you can get through this.
  • please spend less time on instagram, twitter, tumblr, and watching kdramas because i know it’s coming…

i’m not going to have a tbr this month because i’m currently in a reading slump and pressuring myself to read specific books will just stress me out. i seriously hope i could get out this mess soon.

are you as excited for the new year as i am? let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

alexandra

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farewell & foresight: nov/dec ’14

farewell, november!

november felt like an emotional roller coaster. at the start of the month, i was finishing the final book of my favorite series (in the afterlight by alexandra bracken, last book of the darkest minds trilogy). that itself left me crying from joy and sorrow and well, all the feelings. then, we had our annual ballet performance. in many ways, it was a train wreck waiting to happen – not because it was bad, but because the neRVES. i’m not usually nervous for performances – more excited than anything else – but this was strangely different. i felt mildly unprepared, which led to the nerves. after the performance finished, i was.. lost. this past week, i’ve been drifting. i have plans for the future, but i also don’t know where i’m going. so if i go on hiatus (which i probably will), please forgive me. i’ll be back.

books i finished:

books read - nov 2014

total tally: five

on replay:

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i’ve been listening to taylor swift’s latest album, 1989. i can almost sing the lyrics to every song, but not yet, therefore i need to listen to it some more. my favorite tracks would be.. new romantics, wildest dreams, blank space, and welcome to new york. (that was so hard to choose) definitely one of my favorite albums by her. it’s a new soundtrack, i could dance to this beat ♥

quote of the month:

“do not find peace. find passion. find something you want to die for more than something you want to live for.”

– michelle hodkin, the retribution of mara dyer

foresights of december

oh, december, you’re one of my favorite months of the year. christmas music blaring; cold weather everyday; starbuck’s peppermint white mochas… it’s great. twenty-fourteen started off as a wonderful year and i really want to end it flawlessly as well. thinking about the future excites and frightens me, but i’m ready.

goals for this month:

  • finish more schoolwork than last month. there’s no reason to get more behind.
  • actually finish driver’s ed. (i’m halfway through! i can do this!)
  • blog less. that’s right. i feel like i need to be more present in the next month, and less on the internet. i want to be living the last month of the year and start fresh with twenty-fifteen. don’t worry; i’ll be back! (and probably will still be here, nonetheless)

books i plan on reading:

currently reading: cruel beauty; rosamund hodge

what are your plans for december? let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

alexandra

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farewell & foresight: october ’14 recap

farewell, october!

and just like that, another month is over. so much has happened in the past month, it’s simultaneously felt infinitely long and gone in a blink. i’m sad october is finished, but excited for november to begin! we’ll be having our annual ballet performance in november; this year, we’re doing ‘the nutcracker.’ hopefully, it’ll be colder since winter is coming! in los angeles, the weather hardly changes but i love autumn because it’s usually 70°F to 60°F. october’s been upsettingly hot.

books i finished:

book read - oct 2014

total tally: four

on replay:

recently, i’ve been listening to fiction by b2st (aka beast). my friends have been desperately trying to get me into k-pop (korean pop music) and i’m begrudgingly making my way through. i’ve been listening to mixes like this to help me get into it, and in all honesty, i actually like it. personally, i still prefer to listen to instrumental songs while working on school so i’ve been going to this and this.

i know taylor swift’s 1989 album recently came out, but i (still) haven’t gotten a chance to listen to it. i ordered it online the day it came out and apparently, it’s not coming until next week. (curse regular shipping. i want my two-day-shipping from amazon prime.) i guess that’s what i get for ordering the deluxe version from targetno regrets, tho. i’ll definitely be listening to lots of t.swift next month!

quote of the month:

“i’m so glad i live in a world where there are octobers.”

– l.m. montgomery, anne of green gables

foresights of november

our performance is this month and rehearsals are insanely hectic. i probably won’t have much time to read because november is one of the busiest months of the year in terms of ballet. but knowing me, i’ll stay up super late reading anyway.

goals for this month:

currently reading: in the afterlight; alexandra bracken

what are your goals for this upcoming month? what did you accomplished in the past month? let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

alexandra

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UPDATE: september wrap-up; october is here.

so another month has passed and i feel like nothing has changed. in september, i finished four books: lola and the boy next door, to all the boys i’ve loved before, isla and the happily ever after, and speak.

also in the past month, i’ve made two promises to myself: 1) i’m banned from buying books until i finish driver’s ed and pass my permit test (which will take at least another month), and 2) i’m not allowed to actively read a book until i’m caught up on all my school assignments (i’m homeschooled, so it’s very easy to fall behind). of course, i know i wouldn’t be able to stand not reading, so i’m just not allowed to read actively. as in, i’m only allowed to read when i have everything done (unlikely) and have free time (hah). october is filled with nutcracker rehearsals and auditions for ballet competitions, so that’s more stress for me. reading, and (possibly, probably, sadly) blogging will need to be put on hold. if not, i’ll be spending ten more years in high school, holed up in what i like to call my cave of procrastination.

october is also going to be filled with an insane amount of book releases, another reason why autumn is my favorite season. luckily for me, i’ve pre-ordered all of them before i began my book-buying ban.

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