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Me And Music Tag ~ In Which I Try Very Hard Not to Lose My Mind (I Promise, I Do)

On this exact day one year ago, I did the Me And Music Tag. (You can find that here) I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I am rather obsessed with music of all kinds. (Who am I kidding, music is literally my life.) As I scrolled through my old posts (yeah, I do that sometimes), I saw it and thought to myself, Huh, I reckon my music tastes have changed quite a bit since I last did this. And I have a playlist now, full of all of my favorites and then some. I should redo this tag.

So here I am.

Sometimes my reasoning is so flawless it scares me.

I’m going to do my best to not use any of the songs I listed raved over last time, but there are absolutely no promises, and it will be a miracle if I can get through this post without losing my mind. So, without further ado, off we go!

Rules:

1. Link back to the original post so Sophie can see your answers and listen to the tunes. ✔

2. For every prompt you choose to do, name 1-5 songs. (Last time, I greatly ignored this rule, but I will try my very best to follow it. No promises though. I have 497+ songs to choose from 😬)

3. Have fun and play your music LOUD! ✔

Portable Sounds || TobyMac

If anyone knows me, they know that I am one massive TobyMac fan. I was raised on DC Talk and TobyMac and I still love his music SO MUCH!!!! It just keeps getting better with every song he releases! But Portable Sounds is definitely my favorite. I used to listen to this album literally every day for weeks on end.

His Story – The Musical || Anna Miriam Brown

This. Musical. Granted, it’s only an audio musical right now, but it’s so good. It’s a musical about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus but it was inspired by Hamilton, which just makes it a thousand times better. And — get this — it was written by a sixteen-year-old who knew almost nothing about songwriting and music theory. And yet she did such a beautiful job.

Twenty-One Pilots || Twenty-One Pilots

What an imaginative album name 😂 I discovered Twenty-One Pilots a couple of months ago, and I absolutely love their music so much. But their first album is by far my favorite.

Encanto || Lin-Manuel Miranda and Germaine Franco

I’m sorry guys. But who isn’t obsessed with this soundtrack? Even the instrumental music is SO GOOD!!! Expect to see more of these songs sprinkled through this post.

Belly of the Whale || Newsboys
Woke up this morning kinda blue // Thinking through that age-old question: // How to exit a whale’s digestion?

My. Siblings. Are. Obsessed. With the VeggieTales Jonah soundtrack. I, on the other hand, am absolutely exhausted with it. But this song is fun. I have dedicated my life to learning that super speedy part towards the end. Haven’t succeeded yet. But I’m close. I can smell it.

Light of Christmas || TobyMac feat. Owl City
Light of Christmas shining through // Our eyes, our smiles, you know it could shine on through // All the good that we do for the people that don’t have it so good

I remember listening to this song in the credits after we watched Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, just sitting in the floor of the living room. It’s a pretty good song, and one of my favorites.

Promised Land || TobyMac
Always tryin’ to do what’s right // Straight and narrow’s gettin’ tight

This one reminds me of my eternal home in Heaven.

Freedom || Pharrell Williams
Your first name is Free // Last name is Dom // ‘Cause you still believe // In where we’re from

For whatever reason, this song makes me think of my old bedroom. I don’t know why. My brain is weird.

Ready For Home || Capital Kings
My weary head is swimmin’ straight for your shore // I feel a calling // From the one I adore

I mean. . . . this song has “home” in the title! It reminds me of my eternal home in Heaven, too.

[I wrote this section back in March, and the charts have definitely changed since then, but I’m too lazy to go back and change it sooo]

Alrighty, I looked up Billboard’s Top 100 chart and literally all of these are TikTok/YouTube Shorts songs. And I bet most of them have language in them as well. Here are the ones I noticed.

We Don’t Talk About Bruno || Encanto
Seven-foot frame // Rats along his back // When he calls your name // It all fades to black

I’m not surprised by this one.

Enemy || Imagine Dragons x JID
Your words up on the wall as you’re praying for my fall // And the laughter in the halls and the names that I’ve been called

I love Imagine Dragons. This song is fun and, alas, relatable. (Also that little chuckle before the chorus just gives me so much serotoninnnnn)

Surface Pressure || Encanto
Line up the dominoes, a light wind blows // You try to stop it topplin’, but on and on it goes

Well what do you know? Another Encanto song! In my opinion, this one is better than WDTAB, but that’s just me.

The Family Madrigal || Encanto
Look, it’s Mr. Mariano, hey // You can marry my sister if you wanna but // Between you and me, she’s kind of a prima donna // Yo, I’ve said too much and thank you but I really gotta go!

HEY IT’S ANOTHER ONE

Boyfriend || Dove Cameron
I don’t need to tell you twice // All the ways he can’t suffice

Content Warning: If you want to listen to this one, definitely look up the clean version. There’s quite a bit of language sprinkled throughout.

I really just listen to this song for the beat. It’s pretty good. The lyrics are a little weird though. Although it does make a good character song.

Numb Little Bug || Em Beihold
Do you ever get a little bit tired of life // Like you’re not really happy but you don’t wanna die // Like you’re hanging by a thread but you gotta survive? // ‘Cause you gotta survive

This one is relatable as heck, and pretty dang catchy.

What Else Can I Do? || Encanto
I’m so sick of pretty, I want something true, don’t you?

OH MY GOODNESS IT’S ANOTHER ONE

Dos Oruguitas || Encanto
Ay, mariposas, no se aguanten más // Hay que crecer aparte y volver // Hacia adelante seguirás

Ah, there it is. My favorite Encanto song. I literally cry whenever I listen to it.

Waiting on a Miracle || Encanto
Can’t keep down the unspoken invisible pain // Always waiting on a miracle

AND YET ANOTHER ONE

Insane || Black Gryph0n and Baasik
Hey! Sorry, but you just got in my way // I promise honey, I can feel your pain // And maybe I enjoy it just a little bit // Does that make me insane?

Content Warning: Demons, hell, murder, etc.

I am obsessed with this song. Admittedly, it’s a bit dark, but it is sO AMAZING!!!!! Literally, I can’t help but pretend I’m in a music video. And yes, I will be the first to admit that I have issues.

Catchy Song || The Lego Movie 2
This song is now in your brain // And in your brain it will remain!

No, I am not going to apologize.

Blood // Water || grandson
When the last tree’s fallen, the animal can’t hide // Money won’t solve it // What’s your alibi?

Content Warning: So, looking up the lyrics, I realized this song is actually quite dark, so listen at your own risk, I guess.

This one is also kind of dark, but it’s fantastic at the same time. As you will notice throughout this post, I have a rather interesting taste in music.

Greedy || OR3O feat. Swiblet
Welcome to my casino, lads, are you down for a deal tonight? // Let’s see if the luck is in your hands, if you’re ready come on and roll the dice 

Content Warning: Gambling, murder, the devil. Gosh, why are all these songs so dark?

Anddddd, this is a Cuphead song. I usually ignore if a song was written for a video game or something, and just focus on the song.

The Run and Go || Twenty-One Pilots
You’ll have to watch me struggle // From several rooms away // But tonight I’ll need you to stay

Content Warning: Implications of murder, mention of demons (but not, like, seriously or anything), evasion of authorities?

I don’t think I’ll ever understand why TOP put such a heavy topic to such a bouncy, fun tune, but I love it nevertheless.

Cake || Melanie Martinez
You smell just like vanilla // You taste like buttercream // You’re filling up my senses // With empty calories

Content Warning: An unhealthy relationship, I guess

Help.

Follow You || Imagine Dragons
Taking those, taking those losses if it treats you right // I want to put you into the spotlight

I. LOVE. This song. It’s definitely at the top of my favorites list. The tune and the lyrics and the theme just ahhhhh it’s so gooddddd.

House of Memories || Panic! at the Disco
And when your fantasies // Become your legacy // Promise me a place // In your house of memories

I feel like this song would make a pretty good prompt for a short story or something. And it works pretty well for several of my characters.

Monster || Imagine Dragons
If I told you what I was // Would you turn your back on me? // And if I seem dangerous // Would you be scared?

This is another one that I pretend I’m in a music video for. And, in my opinion, it makes the perfect character theme song.

Join Us For a Bite || JT Music
We’re only playing // Just wanted to make a few new friends // You plan on staying? // When you’re with us, the party never ends

Content Warning: Cannibalism, I guess? Also, general insanity.

This song was written as a Five Nights as Freddy’s theme song, but I know literally nothing about FNAF, so I listen to this song for the beat. It is SO FUN to dance to. I’m obsessed.

Live For the Drop || Capital Kings
What we have, it can’t be bought // What we do, it can’t be taught

How can I resist dancing to a song that is literally focused around the drop?

The HampsterDance Song || Hampton the Hampster
Alright, everybody now here we go // It’s a brand new version of the do-si-do

I am genuinely very sorry for having this on my list. But. . . . it’s a bop, sooo. . . .

Take Me As I Am || Lecrae
I thought at first I had to clean up my life // Now I’m hearin’ I just need to cling to the Light // I’m ready to do it, but Lord, I pray You understand // My life is a mess, will You take me as I am?

Content Warning: Hell and the Devil (obviously), death/crucifixion (also obviously)

This. Is. Amazing. Definitely one of my favorite Lecrae songs. And painfully relatable.

Feeling Good || Michael Bublé
Stars, when you shine // You know how I feel // Scent of the pine // You know how I feel

Literally the only Michael Bublé song I’ve ever heard, but it is SO fun. I love it a lot.

Unity || TheFatRat
Keep on walking to the sound of the drums // Feel the fire run through our lungs // Find our treasure in the light of the sun // And show the whole world who we are

You know when you’re listening to a great song, and you just can’t help but smile because it’s so amazing? Yeah, that happens when I listen to this song. SO good.

Thumbs || Sabrina Carpenter
Somewhere in the world, you got a robber and a bank // And the bank robbed the people, so the people rob the bank // And the police came to get him, but they let him get away // ‘Cause they’re all just workin’ to get paid the very same

Content Warning: Robbery (as proved above)

The BEAT on this song is AMAZING!!! And it’s so catchy!!

You’ll Never Be Alone || Capital Kings
Sometimes life is an ocean // We’re just trying to flow // We get caught in slow motion // From the undertow

This song always gets my toes tapping.

Natural || Imagine Dragons
‘Cause you’re a natural // A beating heart of stone // You gotta be so cold // To make it in this world

AHH, the bass is inCREDIBLE on this song!!!! SO fun to dance to!

Invisible || Julius Dreisig & Zeus X Crona
Do you think that I’m invisible?

I have no words.

Oh no. Broadway.

Okay, okay, calm down. I’ll just list the songs that are actually in my playlist from movies/TV/Broadway, because I have a surprising amount of favorites that aren’t in my playlist for whatever reason.

Six || Six
You could perhaps call us // The Tudor Von Trapps // I’m just kidding // We’re called the Royalling Stones

I really enjoy all of Six, albeit a little inappropriate (but, let’s be honest, what Broadway musical isn’t inappropriate to a degree?), but this song is my favorite. It’s the finale and it has a pretty different feel to the rest of the show.

Moral of the Story || Ashe
Some mistakes get made // That’s alright, that’s okay // You can think that you’re in love // When you’re really just in pain

Content Warning: Language, an unhealthy relationship?

I think this is from Netflix, but I heard it on YouTube. It’s kind of calming. There is one swear word in the bridge, which is annoying, but I just looked up the clean version.

First Burn || Lin-Manuel Miranda
Heaven forbid someone whisper // “He’s part of some scheme” // Your enemy whispers // So you have to scream!

Content Warning: Cheating 😦

I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY LIN CUT THIS SONG FROM HAMILTON!!!!! IT’S SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE SONG IN THE SHOW!!!! But, at least he published it so we could lose our marbles over it.

She Used to Be Mine || Waitress
She’s imperfect but she tries // She is good but she lies // She is hard on herself // She is broken and won’t ask for help

I hate this song as much as I love it. It’s so beautiful and so sad and there’s just so much emotion in it. I would want to perform Waitress just for this one song 😅

Little Girls (2014) || Annie (2014)
Locked in a cage with all the rats // I’ve slipped through the cracks and now I’m // Stuck with the scraps and I can’t // Seem to find my way back

I’ve never seen the movie, but I like the song, so *shrugs*

Entertain Me || Bridgerton: The Musical
I’m not crazy, but my sanity is circling the drain

Content Warning: Implications of murder

Fool For You || Bridgerton: The Musical
I can fight my own battles // And I won’t be a fool for you

I’ve also never seen Bridgerton, but the demo musical that Barlow and Bear wrote is really good. These are my two favorites.

Wait For Me || Hadestown
But if all you got is your own two legs // You best be glad you got ’em

Content Warning: Death

I’m gonna be honest, I had high expectations for Hadestown, and it kind of let me down. But I did enjoy this song, so y’know.

Everything is Awesome (Tween Dream Remix) || The Lego Movie
Everything is awesome // When you’re living out a dream

Okay, I mean, this is a classic. And the remix is a bop.

Miracle Whip || The Fold
They say “No, No” // We say “Go, Go”

Clearly I am still a child who has a taste in Lego shows. But Lego Ninjago is fantastic, as is the music. This is my favorite out of all the songs.

He Lives In You || The Lion King 2
He lives in you // He lives in me // He watches over // Everything we see

Never seen the movie. Love the song though.

Goodnight, Sweet Possums || Ice Age

*melts* BUT WHY’S IT GOTTA BE SO SHORTTTTT– Fortunately, I found a video with the melody looped for three minutes, so that’s great.

My Jolly Sailor Bold || Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
My heart is pierced by Cupid // I disdain all glittering gold // There is nothing can console me // But my jolly sailor bold

At the time of writing this, I haven’t seen the movie, but I found the song on YouTube, and it’s so haUNTING AND I LOVE IT HALP

Edit: I’ve seen the movie, and I think that’s my favorite mermaid/siren design I’ve ever seen. Amazing.

Test Drive || How to Train Your Dragon

Also haven’t seen this movie, and also found this song on YouTube. It’s so majestic.

Remember Me || Coco
For even if I’m far away // I hold you in my heart // I sing a secret song to you // Each night we are apart

*sobs*

Entertaining Angels (O2R Remix) || Newsboys
Close as a brother // The way we used to be // I’ll hold my breath // And I’ll wait for you to breathe

I don’t know why, but I just get hit with a massive wave of nostalgia whenever I hear this song. I have vague memories of listening to it when I was little, so I guess that’s why. Although, I still have no idea what the lyrics mean.

Give Me Your Eyes || Brandon Heath
Step out on the busy street // See a girl and our eyes meet // Does her best to smile at me // To hide what’s underneath

In seventh grade, I went to a week-long music camp and one of my classes was drama. We didn’t perform a play or anything, but we acted out a little story on top of this song. I played the stressful part of Jesus. It was great.

Light Up the Sky || The Afters
So I’ll run straight into Your arms // You’re the bright and morning sun // To show Your love, there’s nothin’ You won’t do

I heard this song on the radio all the time, and forgot about it when I got older. One of my favorite feelings is when something triggers a little something inside your brain and you grasp at that thought, trying to remember what on earth was triggered. That happened on the way to the aforementioned music camp last year. I’m glad I remembered it because I really love this song.

Monody || TheFatRat feat. Laura Brehm
Summer in the hills // Those hazy days I do remember // We were running still // Had the whole world at our feet

Some people come up with the weirdest artist names. Anyway, this song was in a game me and my brother played when we were little, and I recently rediscovered that game, so y’know.

Ooh Ahh (My Life Be Like) || GRITS feat. TobyMac
The fear of never falling in love // And the tears after losing the feelings of what you thought love was // Like the dirt still up under the rug // My life be like bad characteristics covered in Christ’s blood

I went through a phase where I was obsessed with this song, and sometimes my dad would randomly play it in his truck, because he knew I was obsessed with it. One of these days I’m going to learn all the words.

While You Were Sleeping || Casting Crowns
United States of America // Looks like another silent night // As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies // That save the trees and kill the children

The choir at our old church performed this during a Christmas program awhile back, and ahhh it’s such a good songgg!!

Your Door Was Locked || Element Animations
How could this happen so close to Christmas day? // He just took all of the presents and ran away!

Element Animations was my childhood, and this song is just so goofy. It’s quite a fascinating story told, as well.

Start Over || Flame feat. NF
So dry your eyes, lift up your head // Hallelujah, God is not dead

I’ve heard this song since I was just a wee lass, and I still love it to this day.

Joyful Noise || Flame
He paid the sin price, being beat by Roman guards // But when He resurrected, gave us a life free of charge // Now me and my boys need to be in a psych ward // ‘Cause we went crazy for God, our lives was scarred

Also grew up with this song. It’s fantastic. The wordplay is so fun.

I Will Follow || Chris Tomlin
Who You love, I’ll love // How You serve, I’ll serve // If this life I lose // I will follow You

I will admit, I’m not that big of a Chris Tomlin fan, but this song’s alright. And it’s a good message.

I Hear a Symphony || Cody Fry
With simple songs I wanted more // Perfection is so quick to bore // You are more beautiful by far // Our flaws are who we really are

The piano in this song reminds me of listening to the song during the offering at my childhood church. It was usually a pretty arrangement of some song played on the piano.

Cake By the Ocean || DNCE
I-I-I-I-I-I keep on hopin’ we’ll eat cake by the ocean

Content Warning: There is language in this song. So yeah.

I know I heard this song when I was younger, because the nostalgia hit is unbelievable. It’s pretty good. Although the lyrics are SO weird.

Is this not the whole post? I mean, how could I possibly not sing to the songs I love? Fine, fine, I’ll pick some of my favorites.

Among Us Song [Imposter Imperceptible] || NerdOut feat. JT Music, GameboyJones, Bonecage, Loserfruit, TheOrionSound, Classify
Somewhere within these walls, a villain does exist // It walks inside the halls // And crawls beneath the surface of your ship

Content Warning: Murder, knives, I think there’s some language, various other Among Us nonsense

I hate that I like this song. I don’t really like Among Us, I’m tired of the Internet’s obsession with it, but THIS SONG is amazingly catchy. NerdOut, how could you brainwash me like this?? The rhythm is BEAUTIFUL, though. Definitely my favorite style of rap. I don’t know how to explain it, just go listen to it!!

Why Can’t I? || Liz Phair
Why can’t I breathe whenever I think about you? // Why can’t I speak whenever I talk about you?

Content Warning: Language

Can I just say, this song is one big, fat mood.

I Knew You Were Trouble || Taylor Swift
And the saddest fear comes creeping in // That you never loved me, or her, or anyone, or anything

I’m not that big of a Taylor Swift fan, but I have fallen in love with this song. It’s so catchy and fun, and it makes a great character song.

Born Without a Heart || Faouzia
I’d rather be heartless // Than have my heart in pieces

Wow, what a name. But this song makes a great character song, and I love it immensely.

Something Beautiful || Tom Walker
We find the light on darker days // We seize the joy through all the pain

I just. . . . I don’t even know what to say.

GRRRLS || AViVA
I am the latest colors, I stand above my throne // Waiting for an invite to never come along

Content Warning: Maiming. . . . I guess?

I have absolutely fallen in love with the fast paced-ness of this song. Like. . . . it’s so good.

Brave || Sara Bareilles
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do

Help.

Pompeii || Bastille
And the walls kept tumbling down // In the city that we love // Gray clouds roll over the hills // Bringing darkness from above

Why do the lyrics of this song work for so many situations? Also, someone please tell me I’m not the only one who sings songs based off of something someone has said, because I do that a lot.

Friend, Please || Twenty-One Pilots
Friend, please remove your hands from // Over your eyes for me // I know you want to leave but // Friend, please don’t take your life away from me

Content Warning: Implications of suicide (as proved above)

I. LOVE. THIS SONG. So so so pretty.

The Judge || Twenty-One Pilots
But I’m not good with directions // And I hide behind my mouth // I’m a pro at imperfections // And I’m best friends with my doubt

I taught myself this song on my uke. I really just don’t understand how TOP are so good at writing songs! It’s not fair!

Ride || Twenty-One Pilots
“I’d live for you” and that’s hard to do // Even harder to say, when you know it’s not true // Even harder to write, when you know that’s a lie

Content Warning: Bullets?

Oh gosh. I think I have an obsession. *cough*

Record Player || Daisy the Great x AJR
I’ve got a record player that was made in 2014 // Dyed my hair blue, it came out a seasick sort of green // I like vintage dresses when they fall just below my knees // I pretend I scraped ’em climbing in the trees

I found this song because a bunch of people were doing a “one breath challenge” where they were trying to sing the whole chorus in one breath. It’s actually really easy. I do it every time the song comes on 😅

Trust In You || Lauren Daigle
When You don’t move the mountains // I’m needing You to move // When You don’t part the waters // I wish I could walk through

I can’t get over how catchy the chorus is!!

Heart of Stone || Britt Nicole
They say that the armor makes you strong // I might be safe but I’m all alone // Been hiding from the Light for way too long // Tell me You can break this heart of stone

This. Song.

Oh gosh. I still don’t really listen to old music. Let’s see what I can find.

Africa || Toto (1982)
It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you // There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do

Dang, this song is older than I thought. Huh.

Blue (Da Ba Dee) || Eiffel 65 (1998)
I have a blue house // With a blue window // Blue is the color of all that I wear

I mean, it’s not that old, but it was in the 90s. That was a long time ago. And I love the KNY Factory remix.

Bye, Bye, Bye || ‘N Sync (2000)
Don’t really want to make it tough // I just want to tell you that I’ve had enough

Before my time? Yeah, it’s old. Definitely. Also, sidenote, I didn’t realize ‘N Sync existed so long ago. I thought they were more recent. Maybe I’m thinking of One Direction.

What If I Stumble? || DC Talk (1995)
Did they see the fear in my eyes? // Are they so revealin’? // This time I cannot disguise // All the doubt I’m feelin’

I love DC Talk. And I forgot this song existed until it came on my Pandora station, and I was like, “Well, another song for my playlist!”

Put Your Head On My Shoulder || Paul Anka (1959)
Put your lips next to mine, dear // Won’t you kiss me once, baby? // Just a kiss goodnight, maybe // You and I will fall in love

This is probably the oldest song I’ve ever liked. I’m usually not a big fan of music this old, but this one just caught my attention, for whatever reason. I’ll probably play it at my wedding.

Tom’s Diner || Suzanne Vega (1987)
I finish up my coffee // It’s time to catch the train

Okay, technically, I like the AnnenMayKantereit x Giant Rooks cover better, but the original is still pretty good.

Alpha || C418

I mean, it would be a crime to not have this song in this section. Minecraft was my childhood guys. I feel like most people don’t like this song because they’ve only heard the beginning, but towards the middle when it gets to that string part. . . . *chef’s kiss* Absolute masterpiece.

Unstoppable || Sia
All smiles // I know what it takes to fool this town // I’ll do it ’til the sun goes down and all through the night time

Alright, so, me and my sister were sitting on the couch while my dad watched his sports (it was either football or basketball, I don’t remember which), when a Samsung commercial came on. Andddd it had this song. I just looked at my sister and she looked at me, and we burst into laughter.

Goin Down || Group 1 Crew
And I ain’t gotta let you know what it is // Too cool for these kids, where the fridge?

I had this song stuck in my head when I went to the orthodontist for the first time, and now it reminds me of the orthodontist and vice versa. Brains, man. They’re so weird.

Reverb || Jamie Grace
I can write a song but can’t right my wrongs // I’m a broken vessel like the rest of y’all

When my sister first got her mp4 player (like an mp3 player, but with a ✨ different number ✨), some of the first songs she downloaded were those by Jamie Grace. Reverb was one of them, and we used to stay up late listening to the music and horsing around. It took me forever, but I eventually memorized the whole rap. Yeah, I’m cool like that.

Priceless || for KING & COUNTRY
I see you dressed in white // Every wrong made right // I see a rose in bloom // At the sight of you

This song always makes me think of white roses and cellos, which then makes me think of white cellos, and honestly, my brain is weird.

There will probably be a lot of these. Brace yourself.

Truth Be Told || Matthew West
There’s a sign on the door, says, “Come as you are” but I doubt it // ‘Cause if we lived like it was true, every Sunday morning pew would be crowded

Guys. This. Song. Something I’ve learned in the past several years is that “I’m fine” and “I’m just tired” are usually a cry for help. Be careful with these phrases.

Grow As We Go || Ben Platt
When you’re high, I’ll take the lows // You can ebb and I can flow // And we’ll take it slow // And grow as we go

Okay, but Ben Platt’s voice is just. . . . a masterpiece. A freaking work of art. Like, sir??? Why you so talented???????? I looove his music. This song is one of my favorites.

Hold Her || for KING & COUNTRY
Hold her tonight // Oh, God, would you hold her tonight? // ‘Cause I’m not there to stay close, keep watch, tell her she’s not alone // Hold her tonight

Honestly, Joel and Luke are so sweet with their wives. This song is just ahhhh!!

Soaking Neptune (Remastered 2020) [1 hour version] || elybeatmaker

I have no words. The entire song is a *chef’s kiss*

Control || for KING & COUNTRY
I will raise my voice and sing // It’s all I’ve got left to bring

My gosh, the chorus though. SO good.

We Trust || His Story the Musical
So we trust that You’re here // We trust that You’re holding us // Through every storm You’re making us brave // You call the lame to walk on the waves

There’s nothing quite like the calmer songs in musicals. They’re almost like lullabies, but with more drums. And His Story has such beautiful songs.

Blessings || Laura Story
‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops? // What if Your healing comes through tears? // What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

Speaking of lullabies. I used to listen to this song when I couldn’t sleep.

Hallelujah || Leonard Cohen (but especially the Pentatonix version)
Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord // That David played, and it pleased the Lord // But you don’t really care for music, do you?

Content Warning: Love things

I don’t think my love for this song will ever go away. Sometimes, I’m just awed by songwriters’ abilities.

God of Heaven
Saints before, He’s guided safely // History’s pages signed by Him // Author of our days and hours // Things to come are held secure

I have no idea who wrote this song, but it’s a masterpiece. Especially when performed right. I was able to perform it with the adult choir back in middle school at church and that was SO MUCH FUN.

Like My Father || JAX
And if he lives up to my father // Maybe he could teach our daughter // What it takes to love a queen // She should know she’s royalty

Who gAVE HER THE RIGHT?!!?!?!?

Ring Pop || JAX
Oh, we got all we’ll ever need // I think our grass is pretty green

Again, hOW DARE SHE?!?!??!?!

Perfect || Ed Sheeran
Baby, I’m dancing in the dark, with you between my arms // Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song // When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful // I don’t deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight

All I’m saying is, if my future boyfriend doesn’t randomly turn this on and ask me to dance, then What Is The Point™?

the author || luz
I don’t wanna stay here // I wanna be in your arms by the sea // Studying your freckles curiously // Focused on your eyes so delicately

As a writer, I approve. And the lyrics are so aesthetic!!

Supermarket Flowers || Ed Sheeran
I hope that I see the world as you did ’cause I know // A life with love is a life that’s been lived

I feel like this song would make a great funeral song. Maybe I’ll have it at mine. Although, if I keep choosing funeral songs at the rate I’m going, my funeral will be a straight concert.

Before You Start Your Day || Twenty-One Pilots
Look in the mirror // And ask your soul // If you’re alright // Put out the glitter // That your soul // Hides behind

If I don’t get a boyfriend who sings something like this to me to put me to sleep at least once, then, again, What Is The Point™™??

Taxi Cab || Twenty-One Pilots
And then one turned around to say // We’re driving toward the morning sun // Where all your blood is washed away // And all you did will be undone

Content Warning: Death

Pretty.

Oh Ms Believer || Twenty-One Pilots
We get colder // As we grow older // We will walk // So much slower

Pretty, also.

CWJBHN || Jake Scott
Even if we burn this down // Even if we can’t be friends // ‘Cause you hate me in the end // Can we just be happy now?

The harmonies though.

Surrender || Natalie Taylor
We let the waters rise // We drifted to survive // I needed you to stay // But I let you drift away

This song is the most calming song I’ve ever heard. At first, I didn’t really like it, but it started growing on me, and then, well, the rest is history.

Jungle || Emma Louise
And I’m complicated, you won’t get me // I have trouble understanding myself

Okay, the lyrics kind of contradict the category I put this in, but there’s just something about Emma Louise’s voice. It pretty.

Never Seen Anything (Quite Like You) || The Script
Well, I’ve seen you in jeans with no make-up on // And I’ve stood there in awe as your date for the prom // I’m blessed as a man to have seen you in white // But I’ve never seen anything quite like you tonight

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, if my future boyfriend doesn’t sing this to me, then What Is The Point™™™???

Memories || Maroon 5
There’s a time that I remember when I never felt so lost // When I felt all of the hatred was too powerful to stop

This one makes me sad, but it’s so lovely.

This Isn’t the End || Owl City
An eight year old girl had a panic attack // ‘Cause the father she loved left and never looked back // No longer the hero, she counted on // He told her he loved her and then he was gone

Content Warning: Suicide

Help????

So Will I || Ben Platt
The mountains won’t start moving // And the rivers won’t run dry // The world will always be there // And so will I

Double help?????????

Runaway || AURORA
And I was dancing in the rain // I felt alive and I can’t complain

Triple help???????????????

You Are Enough || Sleeping At Last
When we grew up, our shadows grew up too // But they’re just old ghosts that we grow attached to // The tragic flaw is that they hide the truth // That you’re enough, you’re enough, you’re enough

STRINGS

Let Her Go || Passenger
Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low // Only hate the road when you’re missing home // Only know you love her when you let her go // And you let her go

Now this, is a fantastically sad song. Aaaahh!

This Is Home || Cavetown
Get a load of this monster // He doesn’t know how to communicate // His mind is in a different place // Will everybody please give him a little bit of space?

Content Warning: Death, and general haunting-ness

The ukulele, though. I especially love the Sarah In the Bathroom x This Is Home mashups. They’re so pretty and they blend surprisingly well.

Training Wheels || Melanie Martinez
I love everything you do // When you call me really dumb for the stupid things I do

Content Warning: Language, relationship things

I don’t know, I just like how unconventional this song is. The accompaniment is gorgeous.

Home || KUN
We are not alone // We’re going home // No pain will last forever

So pretty and simple and angeliccccc

Hmm. I don’t typically cry at songs, but let’s see what I can find.

hey siri || salem ilise
Hey Siri, could you tell how to fix my broken heart // No one made it stop // I just can’t get it to start

I just. . . . I don’t even know what to say. It’s just so sad. Someone needs to give Salem a hug.

Human || Christina Perri
Your words in my head, knives in my heart // You build me up and then I fall apart // ‘Cause I’m only human

I think Christina Perri needs a hug, too.

Two Oruguitas || Lin-Manuel Miranda
Wonders await you // Just on the other side // Trust they’ll be there // Start to prepare // The way for tomorrow

I know, I know, I’ve already done this song, but AHHHH IT’S SO GOODDDDDD

Don’t Cry || Maddie Malekos
Just don’t cry // Let’s pretend we see blue skies // Let’s pretend that we’re all good, won’t fall apart // ‘Cause we’re all good, no need to restart

Maddie wrote this song and posted it on TikTok in two parts, and someone made a video of both the parts together, and I have adopted that video into my playlist, the end. And yes, contrary to the title, I do cry.

Exile || Taylor Swift
I think I’ve seen this film before // And I didn’t like the ending // You’re not my homeland anymore // So what am I defending now?

Okay, but why is this song so sad?? Taylor needs a hug, too!

If You Could See Me Now || The Script
Would you call me a saint or a sinner? // Would you love me, a loser or a winner? // When I see my face in the mirror // We look so alike that it makes me shiver

Content Warning: Death, a little bit of language, drinking, smoking

My empathy is off the charts with this one. I think he needs a hug wHY DOES EVERYONE NEED A HUG FOR HEAVEN’S SAKES

Heaven (Fix Things) || Jamie Grace
Everything that’s broken is in Your hands // And You hold the power to turn mountains into sand // And You can make a river out of dry land // But You won’t always fix things // On this side of Heaven

Madam, who gAVE YOU THE RIGHT

Pass It On || Kurt Hugo Schneider
Like the happiness you bring // Or the harmony you sing // Everybody needs some love in their life

How dare this man be so talented? My tears do not come from sadness, they come from amazement and awe and also how pretty the song is.

Control || Zoe Wees
Don’t know if you get it ’cause I can’t express how thankful I am // That you were always with me when it hurts, I know that you’d understand

The absolute emotion in this song is incredible. I just. . . . wow.

You Broke Me First || Tate McRae
Yeah, you could say you miss all that we had // But I don’t really care how bad it hurts // When you broke me first

Just. . . . sadz.

Catchafire (Whoopsi-Daisy) || TobyMac
Spark to a flame, I’m flippin’ up my game // I caught the fire and I’ll never be the same

The beat, though. Definitely very energizing.

joy. || for KING & COUNTRY
Back when I was young, my eyes were full of life // But now that I am older, I live at the speed of light

I love the story told in the music video. Too often, people are focused on the bad. More people should focus on the good. I mean, no wonder so many people are depressed and anxious.

Legends Never Die || Against the Current
When everything’s lost, they pick up their hearts and avenge defeat // Before it all starts, they suffer through harm just to touch a dream

Definitely one of my favorites. The chorus is incredible.

Good Day || Nappy Roots
We’re gonna have a good day // And ain’t nobody gonna cry today // ‘Cause ain’t nobody gonna die today! // Save that drama for another day // Hey, we’re gonna have a good day

Who doesn’t want to have a good day?

Well, I’m not sure how many of these I can think of, but we’ll see what I’ve got.

Please Don’t Let Me Go || Group 1 Crew
It’s hard to feel alive when you’re cold // It’s hard to reach the sky when you’re low // Sunlight is hard to find in a storm // How can I give love if my soul’s been torn?

Halp.

The Reason I Came || His Story the Musical
For this is the reason I came // To laugh with the the mute // To run with the lame // This is the reason I came

AHH THIS LINEEEEE

I love this musical so much. AHHHH

The Calling || TheFatRat
Into the night // Out of the dark // Take to the sky // Chasing the stars

This song just has so many poetic parts. And the vocals are so pretty.

What Other People Say || Sam Fischer & Demi Lovato
I used to not take chances with God’s name // But it’s been so long since I last prayed // And now I’m all messed up and my heart’s changed // ‘Cause I care more about what other people say

I do not like how relatable this song is. But this line is just *chef’s kiss*.

Y’know, I think all the songs with good lyrics are interspersed throughout this post, so, yeah, I don’t really have anything good to put here. Oh well.

I’m not usually one for music videos, but I have a couple.

Love Me Like I Am || for KING & COUNTRY
It’s amazing that You can // Love me like I am // Even when I can’t //You still love me as I am

Okay, first of all, who gave Luke and Joel the rIGHT TO DO THIS TO ME?!??!? I just clicked on the video like, ooh, cool, new fK&C song, and then THIS SONG HAPPENED LIKE ?????? THAT’S NOT OKAY!!!!! But, fr, it’s a good song. Check it out.

Inflatable Anthem || The Holderness Family
If you were single, these would make you so dang datable // I just rhymed 22 things with inflatable!

Can I just say, best Christmas song ever. I love these guys.

For God Is With Us || for KING & COUNTRY
Dare to imagine // Dare to believe in // A true love that gave us // A reason for living

This video does things to me. The transitions are 🔥🔥🔥 Please, if you don’t watch any of the other videos, watch this one. You won’t regret it.

Band of Gold || The Gray Havens
Yes, I threw away the key // That bound my heart to yours // To the bottom of the sea // I don’t need it anymore

This video is so cute! I love the story. Also, if I don’t have this song at my wedding, I will literally fight someone.

I actually don’t have any for this one. :/

Heehee, I have a lot of these. . . .

Isle of Flightless Birds || Twenty-One Pilots
I am cold, can you hear? // I will fly with no hope, no fear // And the ground taunts my wings // Plummet as I sing, plummet as I sing

Content Warning: Mentions of suicide and demons

Okay, is it just me, or does the accompaniment make one epic villain song? Like, I can’t stop listening to it. It’s amazing.

You’re Somebody Else || Flora Cash
Well you look like yourself // But you’re somebody else // Only it ain’t on the surface

*sobs*

Hermit the Frog || MARINA
When my heart just burst like a glass balloon // I let it fly too high and it shattered too soon

Content Warning: Language, mentions of the devil (I don’t know if that would trigger anyone, but just in case)

I’m still yet to figure out what this song is about, but I like the tune, soooo. . . .

Pity Party || Melanie Martinez
It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to // Cry if I want to // I’ll cry until the candles burn down this place // I’ll cry until my pity party’s in flames

Content Warning: Language

The beat is just fanTASTic!!!

El Baile Madrigal || Germaine Franco

This one is my favorites out of all the instrumental tracks of Encanto. ‘Tis catchy.

otherside || Lena Raine

At this point, I think the entire Minecraft community is in agreement that this is the best music disc ever.

Little Lion Man || Mumford and Sons
And it was not your fault but mine // And it was your heart on the line // I really messed it up this time // Didn’t I, my dear?

Content Warning: Language

This song. Is the perfect character song. I just– ahhhh it’s perfecttttt!

prom queen || Molly Kate Kestner
And she’s got the looks and the boys on hooks // But she’d trade it all for a heart that’s whole

Content Warning: This song’s a little bit risqué, so it just depends what you’re comfortable with 🤷‍♀️

This song is incredible. I have no words.

Everything Black || Unlike Pluto feat. Mike Taylor
In a nocturnal state of mind // Children of the night // But it’s the only way of life

This is like “Blue” but about black stuffs. It’s cool. I like it.

Ticking || TIN

Idk why, but this song makes me happy 😊

The Easy Way || His Story the Musical
I can make You squirm // ‘Til You don’t know what to say // So take my advice // And take the easy way

Content Warning: The devil (obviously)

Easily my favorite song in the whole musical. In this song, Satan is tempting Jesus and the style is just *chef’s kiss* SO good.

Who I Am || His Story the Musical
I don’t know how to stop it // It’s like ropes are being tied to my hands // I’m becoming someone’s puppet // Numbness grows, darkness expands // Things are going blurry // I’m losing all control // But somehow I don’t feel worried // When I’m walking with the pull

Content Warning: The devil (also obviously)

Probably my second favorite. This is the song where Judas decides to betray Jesus, and it’s so haunting and beautiful and mysterious, like ahhhh

Let’s see if I can find any that haven’t been placed in other categories.

Run Away || Ben Platt
He wrote her poems, songs, and prose // She knew that he’d propose // She only wondered when

The story in this song is precious. I looove the recurring themes and ahhh it’s just such a clever song!

Bleeding Out || Imagine Dragons
I’m bleeding out // So if the last thing that I do // Is bring you down // I’ll bleed out for you

Content Warning: Blood (no, duh)

Is this a love song? Sure. Sure it is. It also makes a great character song.

Without You || for KING & COUNTRY
What do you do when you don’t get better? // Strong arms get too, get too weak to hold her // Oh God, give me just enough strength to make it through

This is an adorable song that Luke wrote for his wife and her vocals really add to the melody. Such a masterpiece.

Praying For You || Mandisa
For rich or for poor // May not have much but this I’m sure // Until my dream comes true // I’ll be praying for you

I just. . . . this song is so cute.

Shower || Becky G
You light me up inside // Like the Fourth of July // Whenever you’re around // I always seem to smile

Painfully relatable, this one is.

Stereo Hearts || Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine
I only pray you’ll never leave me behind // Because good music can be so hard to find // I take your hand and pull it closer to mine // Thought love was dead, but now you’re changing my mind

The music analogies in this one are so fun!

Grenade || Bruno Mars
Should have known you was trouble from the first kiss // Had your eyes wide open // Why were they open?

Content Warning: The devil, grenades and bullets and such, death, technically

The emotion in this song is incredible.

Bad Liar || Imagine Dragons
Did all my dreams never mean one thing? // Does happiness lie in a diamond ring?

ACK

Love Is Gone || SLANDER feat. Dylan Matthew
I can’t breathe, I’m so weak, I know this isn’t easy // Don’t tell me that your love is gone

His artist name is SLANDER? Wow, that doesn’t match the song at all. It’s such a raw, emotional song, and the piano is gorgeous.

Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head) || Powfu feat. beabadoobee
I don’t know why this has happened, but I probably deserve it // I tried to do my best, but you know that I’m not perfect

Content Warning: Death

It’s so saddddd

Someone You Loved || Lewis Capaldi
Now the day bleeds // Into nightfall // And you’re not here // To get me through it all

Okay, I understand why this song is so popular. Lewis Capaldi has an incredible voice.

In Case You Don’t Live Forever || Ben Platt
In case you don’t live forever, let me tell you now // I love you more than you’ll ever wrap your head around

SO CUTE EEP

Me and My Broken Heart || Rixton
All I need is a little love in my life // All I need is a little love in the dark // A little but I’m hoping it might kick start // Me and my broken heart

This one’s kind of sadz. But I guess broken hearts are kind of sadz.

And thus concludes the updated version of the Me and Music Tag! Out of my almost 500 song playlist, I included 161 songs, so I guess that’s pretty good. If anyone wants to see the rest of my playlist, you can check it out here.

Also, wow, this post took me weeks to write. I enjoyed it, but hoowee, I’m glad I started so early!

Feel free to do this tag for yourself! I’d love to see some of y’all’s musical tastes!

That’s all!

🎵 Did you not just read the post?? Listen to one of those songs! 🎵

Bullet Journal, Goals and Recaps and That Sort Of Thing

We Are Six Days Into April And I’m Just Now Writing This!! ~ In Which March’s Recap is Slightly Late

Yes, yes, I know, I am absolutely painfully late with this. I’ve been busy, okay? Actually, I haven’t. But I haven’t been on my computer in a couple of days, so I forgot to write this. Gimme a break. Geez.

‘Tis now April, and officially spring summer, down here in the south. We get, like, three days of spring. Although, we did have a tornado the other day. Me and my sister walked around the rain shortly after the worst of it, and I felt very redneck. It was great.

March Memories

Not too much happened in March. TBH, it was kind of boring. I did start a new crafting project and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It is a gift, though, so I can’t share too much until I get it finished. But just know I’m enjoying it. 😄

I made stickers. I found some sticker paper in my mom’s office supplies collection, so I watercolored various blobs of color and cut them out. (That was tedious.) But they’re cute!

I think my obsession with Encanto is complete. My Pinterest board has over 1000 pins. I have a problem, I will be the first to admit. But it’s just so good!! Me and my sisters have been roleplaying the soundtrack. We’ll turn on the instrumental tracks, and do all the singing and such. It’s SO much fun, especially on We Don’t Talk About Bruno and The Family Madrigal.

My sister fell off a horse and she had to go to the ER because Mom was afraid she broke her rib. She was fine, though. Girlfriend’s tough.

My dad got bees. He calls them his girls.

One of my guy friends asked me for my number, and then proceeded to text me SO MANY THINGS THAT MADE ME MELT WHO GAVE HIM THE RIGHT???!!!! I love him to pieces though, and he definitely made my day.

My youngest sister turned 9, and she had a friend over for a sleepover. Said friend is quite loud. I almost didn’t survive the weekend. But, we got to watch Encanto, and I gained a new hat from her piñata, so that was fun.

See? Hat.

I’m writing this in the middle of a tornado warning and the power just flickered three times, I am sporadically clicking the save button. I am not in the mood for another power outage.

Bullet Journal Spreads

In honor of my dad’s “girls”, I decided to do a bee theme this month! I think it turned out pretty well. Bees are cute.

They’re so FAT!!!

We actually have a pretty busy month, what with events and stuff. Most of them have to do with Easter. BUT LOOK AT ALL THE LITTLE BEES BUZZING AROUND!!!!

I came up with three new habits to track this month, which takes my total up to 12. But I really enjoy filling in those little boxes, so it’s fine. Besides, it helps me remember specific details of my day, and keeps the days from all running together.

For my mood tracker, I just drew a bunch of flowers for the bees. Red is a good day, and blue is a bad day, with a few other colors in between.

My water log is just the usual, except with bees marking how many glasses of water I’ve had. They’re so cute and tinyyyy!!

And my sleep log is normal, too.

March Goal Recap

1. Finish the plot I’m working on ❌

Nope. I got burnt out again. But if I can keep up my momentum, maybe I can get it done this month. Right now, I’m adding notes to the basic plotline. Working out specifics, jotting down ideas, getting into my characters’ heads, etc. Always my favorite part.

2. Do some watercolor ✔

I mean, I made those stickers. That wasn’t exactly what I was thinking when I wrote this, but I guess it counts.

3. Reply to those two letters that are hanging over my head ✔

I did it! But now I have three more to respond to, with more probably coming in soon. *sighhhh*

4. Watch Encanto again ✔✔✔

We literally watched it three times last month, guys. I probably would have watched it more, but the boys are getting tired of it 😅

5. Catch up on my chemistry experiments ❌

I knew I was forgetting something. Oh well. I did get caught up on a load of math, which is good. I’m only 9 or 10 lessons behind now.

April Goals

1. FINISH THAT PLOT

I’m getting dangerously close to a YEAR on it. This is definitely the longest an outline has taken me.

2. Write some songs

I miss songwriting so much. Every now and then, I get into random sporadic moods where I feel ✨ inspired ✨ (usually when I listen to a fantastic song), so, IDK, I guess we’ll see.

3. Read

I have, like, ten books to read right now, so I should probably get caught up on them.

4. Officially get caught up on all of my late projects (besides math and chemistry)

I only have a couple of projects left!! EEP!!! I’ve been behind since. . . . basically the beginning of the school year (thanks, dual enrollment), and I’m almost caught up!

5. Get a job (or at least apply for one)

Since I’ll be caught up on school, I’ll be able to start working without feeling too stressed. I have a couple of ideas for where to apply, so we’ll see what happens.

6. Buy Bea’s book (oh look, alliteration!)

My friend, Bea, and her co-author, LB, finally released their book, The Game, and I can’t wait to read it!! I have to buy it first, though. :/

March Stats

Blog posts published: 3
Letters written: 3
Letters received: 3
Art done: 11
Words written (outside of blog posts): 0
Journal entries: 4
Songs in playlist: 475

Welp. I think this is the shortest recap post I’ve ever written. March was shockingly boring. Hopefully April will be more exciting.

Thanks for reading!

🎵 You’re Somebody Else by Flora Cash 🎵

Art, If You Just Need a Laugh....

Old Art ~ In Which I Make Fun of My Old Art and We Come Across Some Interesting Characters

Howdy, y’all!

So, the other day, I was bored, so I started looking through some of my old sketchbooks. That proved to be a terrifying experience. However, I just so happened to have my phone sitting right next to me, so I snapped some pictures of some of the craziest (and some not-so-crazy) ones, and now I am going to share the absolute glory of my old art.

Y’all aren’t ready for this.

So. This queen. I had to draw a portrait for school, so I chose one of the cartoon girls in a puzzle we had.

She looks so haunted.

She either just saw her crush or a puppy. In the middle of some kind of photoshoot.

OH THIS ONE IS SO MUCH WORSE

I was practicing how to use the different pencils and Mom let me draw a character of my choice.

That was a bad idea.

Girlfriend is DROWNING in hair.

This is a mountain. I think it’s okay. Since there are no mountains anywhere near our house, I just used the example image my art book gave me. The trees are weird though.

I have given them names now.

A bunch of leaf sketches. It was a struggle to go around the yard and find all these different types. Eventually I just gave up and drew pine straw (as you can see in the bottom right corner).

Notable doodles include:

Notice how the iris leaf has, like, zero detail.

These were all sketched on one page, as the smattering of random junk I found in the yard, featuring a starfish sand toy, two stacked Duplos, the front of a water hose nozzle, and a hunk of wood. It looked like driftwood. I haven’t been to the ocean in years. Where did it come from? No one knows.

The only personality trait this tree has is being practically invisible.

And this tree has had waaaaay too much coffee.

This is supposed to be a sketch of one of the Beanie Boos I have, but instead it is a soulless dog that looks like he’s seen things he shouldn’t have.

Shortly after reading the fourth Keeper of the Lost Cities book, I decided I would draw Tam Song. My sketchbook is massive, so I typically draw two pictures per page, and then I had the idea to draw Linh Song underneath.

I prefer Tam.

Also, I tried out two different shading techniques (since my pale skin tone is dead) and I should have done the purple on Tam and the tan on Linh. Oh well.

This page features a character design for one of my characters and a failed villain design for her. Everybody makes mistakes.

This is Lady Mackintosh. She was drawn off of a Playmobil figure. She’s one of my favorite drawings to date. She is not pleased with the opera. She’ll probably sue.

Here we see my anime phase. I got a book on how to draw anime for my birthday, so I thought, Why not? These were all drawn following the instructions. Sunny is the only one that filled a whole page, and you can tell my markers were suffering. I’m really proud of these though. They were fun to draw and they turned out pretty good!

Oh look, another school picture. This is supposed to be an illustration from King George and the Dragon. The proportions need help.

Poor little deer. Didn’t even get the chance to shine. Also his legs are on backwards.

Mermaid wearing a hat. Does this make sense? No. Did I draw it anyway? Why yes, yes I did.

This is Jasmine. She is my sister’s character. She wieldeths a sword. She is dangerous. She was fun to draw. No, she is not Disney’s Jasmine, but she’s dangerously close. That was why she was scrapped. I love her hair though.

Demon fox. Or cat. Or dog. Who knows what it was before it was cursed?

I drew these off of two of Liesl’s characters and I can’t remember if I ever showed them to her. But they look fabulous.

Also, that little stain in the corner is not from coffee or tea. It’s actually from pool water. I took my sketchbook to the pool because I didn’t feel like swimming, and I set it down far enough away so it wouldn’t get wet — or so I thought. I grab it and find out that the water puddled all the way across the pavement and completely ruined the back of it. None of my drawings were ruined, but the sketchbook sure was.

Once upon a time, I thought this was perfect.

I was wrong.

It’s called Windows because the eyes are the windows to the soul, and, as that’s the only part of the drawing in color, I thought would be the perfect title. That’s also where the name for my blog came from.

Oh look, a trainwreck.

Welp, that’s all I got. I hope looking at all my bad art boosted your confidence, or you got a laugh from the atrocities. I certainly did XD

Thanks for reading!

🎵 Love Me Like I Am by for KING & COUNTRY 🎵

Awards, Blog Tags

The Liebster Award ~ In Which We Do This Again

Well, look at that! I’ve been tagged for the Liebster award again! The last time I did this award was back in February 2021, so I’m excited to do it again! Neria over at Writing For Fun Forever was kind enough to tag me, and I can’t wait to answer her questions! So off we go!

Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog ✔

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you ✔

3. Nominate 11 other bloggers ✔

4. Ask your nominees 11 questions ✔

Questions:

1. If you had to move to one place on the Earth and stay there for the rest of your life, where would it be?

Either Michigan or England. I have several friends up in Michigan and I’ve always wanted to go up there, and England is just amazing. Although it does get pretty cold in both of those places. I would probably freeze to death.

2. What’s your favorite candle scent?

None of them. Scented candles are just. . . . nasty. And unhealthy.

3. What’s your favorite music genre? And, list your top 5 songs from that genre.

*sweats nervously* Heck if I know. I don’t know how to tell genres apart. I do enjoy Latin music, but I don’t listen to that much of it? I can tell you artists that I enjoy, but genres is where I have a problem 😅 I like hip-hop, but I don’t like to listen to too much of it at one time because of how heavy it is.

Ooh, actually, showtunes! Am I allowed to do that? 😂 And my five favorites would be. . . . Wait For It from Hamilton, You Will Be Found and To Break in a Glove from Dear Evan Hansen, She Used to Be Mine from Waitress, and Six from Six.

Aagh, that was way too hard to choose. Basically, every single song from those musicals that I mentioned plus others 😂

4. Would you rather have a small house with a lot of land, or a large house with a small amount of land?

Well, considering how I’ve lived in a small house with a lot of land for my entire life, that’s what I’d choose. You’re more isolated, you have room for critters, and barbecues are easier! Although having a small house with ten people is a little bit cramped, but we make it work.

5. If you had a mini fridge in your room, what would you stock it with?

Chocolate, lettuce, yogurt, strawberry applesauce, and ice cream and ice cream sandwiches. Just some of my favorite snacks 😊

6. In the future or present, what are 5 things you think are mandatory to have in your house?

A couch, a piano (obviously!), a bed, important appliances like a fridge and a toilet, and space to do your thing!

7. What event or which person has had the biggest impact on your life? Why? (No need to go into specifics if you don’t want to)

Ooh, good question! I’d say positive impact would be my decisions to join and leave the Young Writers’ Workshop. My writing journey improved greatly when I joined, but now I really miss it. Maybe I can rejoin soon.

Negative impact is probably. . . . not really one specific thing, but a bunch of little things over my childhood that made me insecure about my personality and my interests and my laugh etc. They’ve made me a little wary of people nowadays.

8. What do you like to do in order to pass time when you’re bored?

Unfortunately, the answer would be get on my phone and scroll through Pinterest. I have a little bit of a Pinterest addiction 😅 But it’s not all bad because I’m gathering inspiration for different projects, right??

9. Would you rather be a famous vlogger or blogger? Why?

Vlogger, and only because I’ve had dreams of being a YouTuber for a long time, since fifth grade or so. I don’t know if that’s the kind of career I’m going to go into one day, but it would be fun!

10. Just ’cause of something I’ve personally experienced…Would you rather be in -15ºF or 115ºF weather?

Depends on where I am. Am I inside a building with access to blankets or AC? If I’m just outside, I would prefer 115ºF because that’s the kind of weather we get down here in the south and I’m kind of used to it. I am very good at underdressing in the winter (I actually don’t even own a jacket 😅) and that’s because I’m usually inside snuggled in a blanket. I usually freeze during church.

11. What’s your opinion on olives?

I’m mildly terrified of them.

Taggees:

Syberyah @ atTAGirl

Diamond @ I Have 12% of a Plan

Megan @ A Barefoot Gal

Chalice @ Lionhearted Art

Chloë @ Chloë Mali

Sarah @ The Sarcastic Elf

Maya @ Maya Joelle

Pearl @ The Homeschooled Girl

And that’s all because I’ve run out of people to tag 😅

Questions:

1. What is the weirdest thing in your search history?

2. What’s an idea for a blog post, story, etc. you’ve had for awhile that probably won’t turn into anything?

3. What is one skill you wish you had?

4. What is the last song you listened to? What would you rate it?

5. What is the weirdest or funniest thing that has ever happened to you?

6. What is the most unbelievable thing that has ever happened to you?

7. What time of day do you feel most inspired?

8. Why did you start your blog?

9. What is your favorite hair color?

10. What is your favorite eye color?

11. What are some words your friends have used to describe you?

Welp, that’s all! Hope y’all enjoyed!

🎵 Crab Rave by Noisestorm 🎵

Art, Bullet Journal, Goals and Recaps and That Sort Of Thing

We Survived Heartbreak Month!! ~ In Which It Is Now March Hoorah!

Well, ’tis now March. Another month down the drain. I mean, it wasn’t an unproductive month or anything, but it has now been swallowed up by the great abyss known as Time and joins the past 6000 years of history. It must be getting pretty crowded in there.

How was y’all’s February? Did you get anything special for Valentine’s Day? I got candy from the grandparents, and ate it all in, like, three days. It was great motivation to do my math though, so it didn’t go to waste. Although, to be fair, does candy ever go to waste? There’s always someone who wants it.

February Memories

I barely wrote in my journal this month, so I’m probably missing some things that happened this month. Although not too many exciting things happened, anyway, so maybe it’s not that bad.

I, of course, had some more crazy weird dreams, and I’m currently working on a blog post compiling some of the weirdest ones 😅 So keep an eye out for that!

Ooh, I drew a picture of one of my friends playing the guitar because he likes to do that and I gave it to him after Wednesday night Bible study! I think that was the second time I’ve ever given someone a drawing I made of them, and the first time I just mailed it, so this was my first time giving someone a drawing of them in person. I think he liked it. He unfolded it and went, “Holy COW!!” and I just grinned awkwardly. *facepalm* And then my friend and my sister were teasing me about his reaction 😂

Guys, you’re not going to believe it, but I got over a crush and then remained crushless for a whole month??? Like, that feels cursed. I am the queen of crushes, whether fictional or IRL, and I didn’t even get a crush on a fictional character this month???? You’d think February would be the month of romance, but it wasn’t. *shrugs* Sometimes I just confuse myself massively.

This may not seem like that big of a deal to y’all, but I started wearing makeup, and it’s a lot of fun! I absolutely suck at applying makeup, but I enjoy it. It’s like. . . . therapy, which is weird, I guess, but I enjoy it. And, considering how I was VERY anti-makeup when I was younger, this is a huge turnaround.

Okay, I teased this in my last recap, and I think y’all deserve the story of When, How, And Why I Slapped My Sister’s Friend’s Brother.

*clears throat*

So, we were at a youth hangout on a Saturday evening, and all of the middle schoolers were outside around the fire while the older kids stayed inside and played cards. I was with the middle schoolers because. . . . actually, I don’t know why, but I tend to hang with the younger kids more than the kids my age. *shrugs* Anyway, my sister has a friend who has a brother (shocking, right?) and he’s absolutely ridiculous. I mean, I love him to pieces, but he’s so weird. He wouldn’t shut up about a topic that probably wasn’t appropriate for a youth hangout, and I warned him, “If you don’t shut up, I’m going to slap you!” He shut up for all of three seconds, then started talking about it again, and, since I am a woman of my word, I stood up, and slapped him across the face.

I was actually genuinely shocked at my audacity. And I knew it hurt him because my hand was stinging, and I just stood there for a second like, Holy crap what have I done. And then I just started apologizing like crazy, and he just stood there like, “Dang, that kind of hurt. I need a minute here.”

And all the boys were laughing and his sister was documenting the moment and I was just like, I am a horrible person I should run off to the hills and become a hermit what have I done, and my sister was just sitting there like, What the heck just happened.

So uh, yeah, TL;DR, my sister’s friend’s brother is kind of scared of me now. I love telling this story though, because everyone’s reaction is either, “MIA!!!!” or “YOU WHAT???!!!” Except for my mom, who was just like, “Poor guy.” But she’s Built Different.TM

This story gives me flashbacks to the time I was at a family reunion and me and my cousin were arguing with two of our male cousins who we barely knew at all, and I just, on impulse, punched one of them in the chest and knocked the wind out of him, which was funny, but I was also like, I hope he doesn’t tell on me, and, Well, there go my chances of ever being friends with him, but it was fun while it lasted. Also, I beat said cousins in a football game a year later without knowing anything about football, so that was fun.

Gracious, why am I so violent?? 😅

AND NOW FOR MY FAVORITE MEMORY OF THIS MONTH

*drumroll please!!*

I had a meetup with my bestest friend in the whole wide world, Liesl Brunner!!

She and her family stopped by our house on their way to Florida and hung out for a few hours. It was THE GREATESTTTT!!!!! I had so much fun showing them around the house and just jabbering and taking random, out-of-context pictures.

Like this one.

And this one. . . . ?

We had a great time, as you can plainly see 😂 And I’m already looking forward to the next time we can see each other. After all, two and a half hours is not nearly long enough.

Bullet Journal Spreads

Oh look, a new section! I figured some of y’all might like to see my bullet journal spreads each month, so voila, here ya go!

This month’s theme is arrows, and, since I had this arrow washi tape that I got for Christmas, I based the color scheme around that. This definitely isn’t my favorite cover page I’ve ever done, but I like it.

Arrows are pretty versatile, I have discovered. Especially when you have arrow washi tape.

This. Habit tracker. Is. Amazing. Like, it’s just so pretty and aesthetic and I feel like it turned out really well! And my mood tracker is fun. For each day, I draw an arrow and, however far it was “shot” is how good my mood was that day.

Since I’d already done something like an arrow shooting for my mood tracker, I wasn’t sure what to do for my water log. So, I imagined the graph like a big field and drew targets at the end. If I drink seven cups of water, the arrow hits the bullseye, and any less, it lands in the grass.

And then my sleep log is just the normal one I do for each month.

I really like this theme, especially because of how calming the blue is. It looks nice.

February Goal Recap

1. ACTUALLY WRITE A SONG THAT’S NOT A LOVE SONG OR A BREAKUP SONG OR ANYTHING OF THE SORT BECAUSE I AM SO DONE WITH MYSELF ❌

Wow, after that novel of a title, you’d think I would have gotten to it, but nope! I started writing some lyrics, but that’s it. Just not feeling that inspired. Alas.

2. Post three other posts besides this one ❌

Just one short! Oh well.

3. Draw two of my friends ❌

Nope. Just the one. But maybe I can get around to it this month.

4. Watch Encanto or something so I can listen to the music without spoilers ✔

Guys, I’m obsessed. My Encanto Pinterest board has 625 pins, and it grows more every day. And I totally understand the hype around the soundtrack. Lin-Manuel Miranda did a beautiful job. My favorite song is “Two Oruguitas“, and my favorite character is Camilo. And guys, even the background instrumentals are gorgeous!! Like, I am obsessed with this movie, it’s a real problem.

5. Reply to that one email from, like, December ✔

Yep, finally replied 😂

6. Not fall in love during the month of love heartbreak ✔

By some miracle, successful! Let’s hope it stays that way.

March Goals

1. Finish the plot I’m working on

I started working on it some more the other day after going weeks without touching it, and it feels sooo good to get back to my characters. I really missed them. And after I finish the plot for this book, I’ll only have two more to go before I can start writing!!

2. Do some watercolor

I got a new watercolor set for Christmas, but I haven’t used it yet. A couple years ago, I watercolored some pages in my Bible and it looks SO nice. I want to do more, so maybe one of these days I can crank up the Encanto soundtrack and do some watercolor!

3. Reply to those two letters that are hanging over my head

I just haven’t been in the mood to write letters lately, so I need to get on top of that, before more letters come in. I reckon I’ll have more letters to respond in a couple of days. I guess that’s just the curse of having a lot of penpals. I love receiving letters, but sometimes it’s just a hassle to get all my art stuff out and reply 😅

4. Watch Encanto again

I’ve already seen it twice (thrice, we just watched it again today 😂), but like, I’m obsessed guys. It’s a problem.

5. Catch up on my chemistry experiments

Because of the way my curriculum is set up (ugghhh), it is very difficult to find the time to do my science experiments. I think I’m just two lessons behind? I don’t want it to get worse.

February Stats

Blog posts published: 3
Letters written: 4
Letters received: 6
Art done: 0
Words written (outside of blog posts): I have no idea because I don’t like to take the extra time to count handwritten words
Journal entries: 8
Songs in playlist: 405

Welp, I hope y’all have a happy post-Heartbreak Month, and I shalt see you next time.

🎵 Two Oruguitas by Lin-Manuel Miranda 🎵

Blog Tags

The Disney Magic Tag ~ In Which I Do Another Tag!

So, um. . . . I may or may not be a little late for this tag. I was tagged a little while ago by Syberyah, but it wasn’t too long ago.

Right?

Oops.

Sorry, Syberyah!

Better late than never, right?

The last time I did a tag was almost a year ago and, I dunno, I’ve kind of missed it. So, I’m excited to be doing a Disney tag! I love Disney movies and I’m looking forward to answering these questions!

So without further ado, the Disney Magic Tag!!

Rules:

1. Link back to the blogger who tagged you. ✔

2. Tag 1-5 other bloggers. ✔

3. Answer the questions. ✔

4. Use a Disney-themed picture for your graphic (any will do). ✔

Questions:

1. Which era of Disney is your favorite?

Hang on a sec because it’s been a hot second since I last researched the eras of Disney. Lemme Google it real quick.

. . . .

Oh gosh, this is hard. I love movies in all of the eras. I think it’s a tie between the Revival Era and the Post-Renaissance Era. The Revival Era because, I mean, c’mon, they’re great movies, and the Post-Renaissance Era because there are a lot of really good, underrated movies in that category. But really, I don’t have a favorite because they’re all fantastic.

2. Which Disney movie is your favorite?

I-I just got out of my mouth that I don’t have a favorite because they’re all fantastic. What part of “I don’t have a favorite, they’re all fantastic” do you not understand???

I think humor-wise, either The Emperor’s New Groove or Hercules is my favorite. Although WOW is Hercules inaccurate. One of these days I’m going to make a blog post or a video or something of me watching Hercules and just ranting over all the mistakes.

Actually wait, am I allowed to count Hamilton? Because, I mean, it’s on Disney+. . . .

Update: Guys, I just watched Encanto and I think I’m in love.

3. Which Disney character is your favorite?

These are getting so painfully specific. It’s impossible to choose a favorite. I see myself in SOOO many characters, there’s no way to pick just one.

(Although, if we’re counting Hamilton, Jefferson. Jefferson all the way.)

‘Nother Update: Either Camilo or Luisa from Encanto. I could see myself being friends with them.

4. Which Disney song is your favorite?

Yes.

5. What was the first Disney movie you ever watched?

I think it was Hercules. In the nursery. At church. I was, like, two. I have no recollection of this.

6. What Disney movie have you seen the most times?

Oh, easy. Robin Hood. I was OBSESSED with this movie when I was little, until they took it off of Netflix. I mourned. Like, legitimately mourned. And then, we got Disney+, and I think that was the first thing we watched, for old times’ sakes.

7. What kind of story do you want Disney to make a movie out of next?

Heck if I know. They’ve made so many different types of movies. Although I would love a Disney princess that raps instead of sings. That would be epic.

8. Which Disney show is your favorite?

Bluey. Several of my friends are in agreement with me that Bluey is the best show in Disney+. If we’re only doing Disney Channel shows, I guess I would have to say Jessie, because that’s the only one I’ve really seen anything of? And I’ve only seen, like, four episodes.

9. Which Disney movie is your least favorite?

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Cinderella are kind of boring. Also Bambi. I feel like that one doesn’t have that much of a plot. Oh, and Lilo and Stitch. Like, it’s cute, but I’m not that big of a fan of aliens.

10. Which Disney movie are you most excited for?

Okay, I looked up a list of upcoming Disney movies in the next seven or so years. These are the ones I’m excited for.

1. Better Nate Than Ever: This one looks fun. Plus, Nate’s Broadway-driven. I can relate. 🙃

2. Turning Red: The trailers are so entertaining XD

3. The Little Mermaid: Guys, they’re making a live-action version of The Little Mermaid???? Eep!

4. Once on This Island: I’m 98% sure this is a Broadway musical. Which means, we get another musical turned movie! I hope it turns out good.

5. Hercules: *squeals* GUUYYYYSSSS THEY’RE MAKING A LIVE-ACTION HERCULESSSSS!!!!!

6. Magic Kingdom: This looks so cool. I wonder if they’re going to make it like the Kingdom Keepers book series? That would be fun.

7. Marley: Bro, I am all for these stories told from another POV, and A Christmas Carol told by Jacob Marley? Yes pleaseeee!!

8. NATIONAL TREASURE 3: HELP I’M SCREAMINGGGG I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR SO LONGGGGGG!!!!! THEY BETTER NOT SCREW IT UPPP!!!!!!!!!!!

9. Bob: The Musical: This title. . . . y’all, I’m dead. But the story seems cool. The summary kind of makes me think of Soul.

10. Aladdin 2: Excuse me, did you say Aladdin 2? Does this mean we get more songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul? Please, please, please!! I love their music!

11. Robin Hood: A “live-action” Robin Hood? Now this will be interesting.

12. Rapunzel: So long as they don’t cut our beautiful Flynn Rider out of the story completely, I think this movie will be really cool! Plus, after performing in Into the Woods, Jr., I have a special love for the OG fairytales.

13. The Sword In the Stone: AAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE TELL ME THEY’RE GOING TO LEAVE MERLIN AND ARCHIMEDES BECAUSE IF THEY DON’T–

14. The Paper Magician: This has potential to be amazing. Although, I’ve never read the book series. *adds to TBR*

15. The Grimm Legacy: Also haven’t read this series, but the premise sounds epic.

16. Prince Charming: They actually used the word “satirical” to describe this. I’m literally so excited. Ooh, what if it ends up with a similar feel to The Princess Bride? Or Monty Python?? Can we have that please????

17. Genie: NO. I CAN’T. I MAY JUST HYPERVENTILATE.

18. In the Land of Imagined Things: Literally, the only information we have is the title, but that’s pretty good information, if you ask me. Like, that is one heckuva phrase right there.

19. Peter and the Starcatchers: Ok, I’m going to be completely honest here. I am a sucker for anything with powers. Which means that I’m probably going to like this movie no matter what.

20. The Museum of the Weird: This sounds freaking epic. And they said it was influenced by Night at the Museum, which is such a fantastic movie.

21. Imagining Nathan: This could be a really good movie about anxiety or PTSD, and I hope they do a good job with it, because those things are hard to portray sometimes.

22. Matched: This sounds SO much like the matchmaking system in Keeper of the Lost Cities. I’m here for it.

23. Something Wicked This Way Comes: That TITLE!!

24. Nottingham and Hood: Sounds cool. I love Robin Hood.

25. Happily Ever After: See, these sequels to “happily ever after” are always so cool. I’m excited for this one.

26. Opposite Day: Anything “opposite day” has great potential for humor. Like, seriously.

27. Time Zones: Eep!

28. Floors: Double eep!

29. Happy Birthday: I’m a sucker for flashbacks, and if this whole movie is going to be one flashback after another, I absolutely cannot wait.

30. Something Cliqued: Now this sounds like an epic adventure. It reminds me of those TikTok POVs where the person’s consciousness is placed in someone else’s body as part of a coming-of-age thing.

11. Which Disney movie has the best message?

Not sure. I don’t always agree with Disney messages. I did like the themes in Encanto, even if they were a little cliche.

12. Which Disney princess is the best?

I relate to Anna a lot, but I love Ariel and Belle. They all have a piece of me.

13. Which Disney prince is the best?

I mean, Kristoff obviously, but does he count? He’s not technically a prince. No, no, Eugene. Also not a full-blooded prince, but I love him to pieces.

14. Which Disney character do you most want to be like?

Heck, all of them? They all lead way more exciting lives than I do. I love Camilo. I could see myself being a female version of Camilo. Already got the sarcasm mostly down.

“IsAbElLa, YoUr BoYfRiEnD’s HeRe!!”

15. What Disney costume would you wear?

Belle’s dresses are soooo pretty. I’d love to play Belle in a theatre performance just for the costumes XD I also like Julieta’s dress, from Encanto.

16. Which Disney character do you most relate to?

Oh gosh. Well, Anna could be my twin sister. I struggle with feeling friendless a lot, and her goofy nature is literally me XD I also relate to Luisa, because, I too am the older sibling, and Surface Pressure is a bop. When I was younger, I totally got where Ariel was coming from, because I wanted to be a mermaid, a dog, a fairy, etc.

There’s probably more, but my memory fails me.

Taggees:

Liesl @ Quote Unquote

Bea @ The BeaHive

Danny @ The Right Kind of Writer

Well, I hope y’all enjoyed that! It feels nice doing a tag after so long. What would y’all’s answers be?

🎵 THE ENTIRE ENCANTO SOUNDTRACK I CAN’TTTTTT 🎵

Art, Bullet Journal

Tips On Bullet Journaling ~ In Which I Attempt to Edumacate People on Organdizing Their Lives

Wassup, peeps? How is your Heartbreak Month going? Good? Bad? Mediocre? Dragon-slaying epic? The-life-of-a-slug boring? Somewhere in between?

Today, I am going to give y’all some tips on bullet journaling, including my struggles with maintaining my bullet journal and how I eventually found a system that worked for me! I’m not sure if any of y’all needed or wanted this (well, besides Pearl. Hi Pearl!) but maybe it’ll be helpful in the near future!

So, without further ado, lettuce jump in!

*boing*

I first found out about bullet journaling towards the end of 2019 from my sister, who had found out about it from one of her friends on the online coding community, Scratch. It immediately piqued my interest. I loved art and organization (well, mostly) and bullet journaling seemed like a fun way to document my life. It was different than keeping a journal and I would have a more specific map of what my life was like day by day. As is often the case with inspiration, I jumped in feet first.

I do that a lot.

I found out about AmandaRachLee from the same source, and I decided to watch her videos for inspo. I was thoroughly impressed with her bullet journaling style and she really seemed to love bullet journaling. I was sure it would work for me! After all, it worked for so many people, and they appeared to be having so much fun coming up with themes and making spreads each month. After church one cold Wednesday night, me and my sister forced our dad to take us to Wal-Mart so we could buy a dotted notebook and a few other supplies. We arrived at home with our arms full of pens, paper, and big, fat dotted notebooks. (Mom gave us a weird look.)

I started this new project like I start every new project: by hoarding ideas. I filled up pages and pages of notebook paper with ideas for spreads, from potential monthly themes to “Stuff to Google”. I was thorough. I scoured every result that popped up on Google, watched dozens of videos (mostly AmandaRachLee), and continued writing down ideas. Before long, I was ready to start.

Not gonna lie, it was tedious. I went a little hogwild with the spreads. But I had so much fun imagining myself filling them out and looking through the pages years from then with gray hair and laugh lines. (Really, that was the only thing that kept me going.) It took a few days, but I eventually had all my spreads done, including all my January weekly spreads. (I was prepared!)

However, as January ticked by, I soon became bored with my bullet journal. I wasn’t really using it as much as I would have liked. I was only 14 and definitely not as busy as all the other people using bullet journals. I didn’t have too many tasks and events to keep track of, and I couldn’t understand why it just wasn’t working for me. By the time February rolled around, I was pretty much done. However, I made my February spreads to see if maybe I could do better.

I didn’t.

So, for the next several months, my bullet journal sat unused. I was disappointed and confused. Why hadn’t I been able to make it work? It worked so well for all these other people! They were using their journals every day, taking them everywhere they went, writing down everything. The best guess I had was that bullet journaling was too art-heavy to hold my interest (because, although I loved art, I wasn’t in an art mood very often, which made arting hard), and I just wasn’t busy enough to find much use in bullet journaling.

Fast forward several months later to November of 2020. I was attempting National Novel Writing Month for the first time ever, and, on top of that, November was a very busy month for me. I decided that this was as good a time as any to try to get back into bullet journaling. I pulled out my old bullet journal, brushed off the dust, and made all the spreads I thought I might need, this time including some new ones and getting rid of the old spreads that I didn’t see much use for. I was pumped! I was sure it would work out this time. I worked on my spreads for three whole days, without losing inspiration once, and I was very pleased with the finished product. And for the first week or so, I was faithful. I wrote down things I needed to get done, prior commitments, and kept track of my word count for NaNo.

I was pumped!!

And then, I wasn’t.

I got bored with my bullet journal AGAIN!! My spreads sat unfinished and unappealing, and I felt bad and upset. What was wrong with me? It was my fault, right? Dozens of other people were using this exact style of bullet journaling, and it worked just fine for them. It was definitely my fault that I couldn’t get it to work. Discouraged, I gave up again.

In December, I participated in a “Secret Santa” gift exchange, organized by several of my online girl friends. My “Secret Sister” sent me a lovely, light blue dotted journal and some new pens. Since I wasn’t into bullet journaling anymore, I wasn’t sure what to do with my new journal.

Then, I remembered seeing something about a reading journal online.

Excited, I researched reading journal ideas. Keeping a reading journal seemed to be way less intense than keeping a bullet journal, and I was thrilled at the idea of keeping track of all the books I read in a year. I made all the spreads I thought I would need, and set about filling them out.

And then, guess what! I STOPPED KEEPING UP WITH MY STUPID READING JOURNAL!!!!

In February of 2021, I once again gave up.

BUT, there are always second chances! Or. . . . fourth chances. . . .

June was an insanely busy month, what with me attending two summer camps, and us church-hunting. And, I’d recently re-discovered AmandaRachLee’s channel, which meant I’d been blasted by inspiration yet again. I decided to try out bullet journaling yet again. And I actually stuck with it! For all of two weeks. I was using all the same weekly spreads as Amanda and mirroring how she planned out her day, but for whatever reason, it still didn’t work for me. And that was when I gave up bullet journaling for good. I just didn’t understand why I just couldn’t do it. I wanted to do it so badly, but it just wasn’t working out.

Throughout the rest of the year, I carried on with my life. I started taking college classes and continued with blogging and made new friends and just lived life.

But then, something changed.

I decided to watch all of Amanda’s bullet journaling videos over again, because of how relaxing and entertaining they are. However, I noticed something in her first few videos that I hadn’t noticed before. When she first started bullet journaling, her style was very minimalistic. Hardly any color or doodles, and no theme. She said that before she started getting all fancy and going crazy like other bullet journalists, she just wanted to get the hang of the system.

I did a massive facepalm right there at the computer.

I’d been so excited to use pretty themes and add color and detail, I hadn’t realized that it was better to leave that stuff out so I could get the hang of the system first. I made a mental note that, if I ever did get back into bullet journaling (and I doubted I would), I would make sure to START SIMPLE.

Another thing I noticed in Amanda’s videos was that her weekly spreads were very different when she first started. Rather than having a two-page spread with each day of the week in its own little section, she divided one page into the days of the week, and used the other page as a flexible space to write down her daily tasks and events.

Basically, instead of this. . . .

. . . . her spreads looked like this.

I made another mental note about the state of her spreads, and continued watching the videos.

Another story thread comes into play here: A family friend was training to be an organization and time-management “counselor” per se, and she needed someone to practice on. My mom signed me up, and we met together every couple of weeks and worked through her curriculum. In the workbook, there was this interesting sheet. It was a daily task sheet.

It looked something like this (this is not an exact copy of what was in the book because that’s copyrighted, but it’s similar enough):

On the left, the time increments of the day are written out, so you can map out your day. On the right, you have room to write down any phone calls you need to make, letters you need to write, etc. and space for important reminders. The blank space in the middle is for writing out any tasks you need to get done. It’s very helpful.

I started using the daily task sheets to help me schedule out my school. And I enjoyed it! And it worked! I would fill out the sheet each morning, then pin it up on my bulletin board to look at while I worked on all my school projects. (I also discovered that I have a better day when I’m ahead of schedule 🙃)

SUDDENLY, 💡💡💡!!!!

IDEA!!!!

Why couldn’t I translate the daily task sheet over to my bullet journal? Why couldn’t I use Amanda’s old bullet journaling style and fit it into. . . . ?

I got right to work.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I found the perfect bullet journaling style for me! Would you like an example/journal tour? Then keep scrolling!

Once I found a system that worked for me, I stuck with it! I’ve been using it for four months, and I haven’t changed my style too much. That’s one of the important things I’ve learned with bullet journaling: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Don’t exhaust yourself by switching up your journal every month. (Because trust me, that really is exhausting!)

Each month, I figure out what kind of theme I want to use (preferably something simple to draw and play around with), and then make my cover page! This month’s theme was cherry blossoms, and, since I love cherry blossoms, I went a little crazy with the cover page.

Now, for the monthly spreads! I typically make this mini calendar to stuff all my events on, and the notes area below is just for deadlines and any important details. In December, I used it to work out when I needed to send out all my Christmas cards. It’s flexible for whatever you need! If you want a bigger calendar, you can make a double page spread, but I find the little calendar works just right for me!

On the right is my future log, which is really just a brain dump for things I need to get done. It usually ends up being filled with letters I need to respond to 😅 I don’t think I’ve ever filled it up all the way, but I just like the extra insurance of a large amount of space. I have an irrational fear of running out of room to write XP

Next, I have my trackers! On the left is my habit tracker and on the right is my mood tracker. I just drew little boxes in the shape of the month for my habit tracker and I fill in the box for each day that I complete the task. Yes, I am slacking on a few habits, and yes, I am quite ashamed.

My mood tracker changes each month. Last month, my theme was fireworks, so I tracked my mood by how high a firework shot into the air! (It was fun to fill out) This month, the size of the blossoms reflects my mood. Sometimes I do a color for my mood, and other times I get creative! Trackers are fun to play around with.

My last two trackers are my water log (because I can’t resist a good pun) and my sleep log! I aim for at least five cups of water every day, but I gave myself room for more than that. I’ve tried several different layouts for this, and the graph layout is my favorite. The height of the flower petal shows how many glasses of water I had in a day. Yes, I know it’s painfully low, but we’re working on it.

The sleep log is for tracking my sleep schedule. The dotted lines mark my ideal sleep schedule, and the color is my actual sleep schedule. I know it’s pathetic, but I’m working on that too.

Now for the weekly spreads! These usually look the same throughout the month, but sometimes I spice it up a little. I block out the days of the week (skipping Sunday, because I rarely get out my bullet journal on Sundays), and make a little box for my to-do list, which houses the tasks from my future log that I want to get done that week. Sometimes I do all of them, sometimes I don’t. It just depends on what happens during the week.

As you can see, on the left, in the block for the day, I write down all of my schoolwork for the day, estimate how long it’ll take me (by using those little black-and-white clock thingies), and I check it off whenever I get it done.

On the right, I write a header for the day, then plan out my tasks using my estimates for how long a project will take me. Oftentimes, I end up finishing early because I overestimate the timing for a project, but hey, it feels good to be ahead of schedule!

And yeah, that’s basically it! I’m so glad I finally found a system that works for me, and it’s helped me stay caught up on school and penpaling. I hope this post helped out one or two people who might be stuck in their bullet journaling journey, and let me know any other tips you might have for bullet journaling!

Thanks for reading!

🎵 otherside by Lena Raine (finally got around to listening to this and I was not disappointed) 🎵

Goals and Recaps and That Sort Of Thing

Heartbreak Month ~ In Which I Shall Recap January Two Weeks Late

Hello everybody, welcome to Heartbreak Month, everyone’s favorite month! Refunds are available at the front.

I don’t like Valentine’s Day at all, because I never get anything from any boys (well, besides my dad and my brothers but they don’t count 😜) but I think I would like it a lot more if there was actually someone to give me a Valentine. If I do end up getting something from a boy, I think I will probably melt like chocolate in a warm room. And then have a heart attack because what did I do to deserve a cute little heart-shaped thingy and a profession of love???? But anyway.

January Memories

January was kind of boring, to be honest. I’m flipping through my journal reading the entries and yeah, not much happened.

I did get a late Christmas card from one of my guy friends, which made my day! He’s very sweet.

Oh, and I participated in Crazy Writers’ Week, and my team won! I didn’t help as much as I would have liked, but I got a couple thousand words written, which felt good. Most of those were on blog posts, but hey, those are important, too!

I have discovered SO MANY new songs, so my playlist is bursting at the seams. Also TWENTY-ONE PILOTS!!!! Somehow, I’ve only just now discovered them, and I have no idea how I went through 16 years of my life without hearing one Twenty-One Pilots song. But hey, better late than never!

A glass dip pen I ordered back in December finally arrived, and it’s so much fun to use! Although the ink is pretty messy. I stain my hands every time I write a letter XD

January was the month of really weird dreams. I mean, I am the queen of weird dreams, but I had some really weird ones, starring me, my characters, my friends, and members of the Dream SMP? Also, Jason Derulo was in one of them. Why? No one knows. But he was. If y’all want, I might could make a series of my strange dreams. It would be enjoyable, for me and y’all! XD

Yeah, that’s basically it. Like I said, not much happened. Well, besides school and penpaling.

WAIT I ALMOST FORGOT

I wrote a rap song. RAP!! I have SUCH a hard time writing rap (no idea why), and I am SO pleased with my new song. It doesn’t have a name yet, but I like it a lot.

January Goal Recap

1. Write a song that’s not a love song ❌

When I wrote this goal, I wanted to write a worship song or a lullaby or something, but I didn’t do either of those. The rap song I wrote wasn’t specifically a love song, but it was kind of a breakup song, which I count as the same thing. I actually haven’t been writing that many songs lately, because I don’t have much inspiration, and I kind of miss it.

2. Catch up on at least 5 school projects ✔

Success!! I don’t remember the exact number (and I’m too lazy to go check) but I do know it’s at least 5. Today, I caught up on a quiz that was due MONTHS ago and three different science experiments, and I did a couple of other projects this week, and the past couple of weeks. It feels good to get that out of the way.

3. Write some of those flash fictions I’ve been wanting to write ❌

Heh, no. I haven’t had much time for writing lately, unfortunately. I kind of miss it.

4. Get to know my friends better ✔

I didn’t do as good on this one as I would have liked, but I finally got the phone numbers of three of my church friends and a friend who I haven’t seen in over a year! And I started penpaling with said friend, after almost a year of inactivity, AND got a new penpal in ✨Maryland✨! She’s amazing and I love her.

However, I also slapped one of my guy friends for no reason, and I think he’s scared of me now, so that isn’t winning many friendship points. But you’ll have to wait till next month’s recap for that story 🙂

February Goals

1. ACTUALLY WRITE A SONG THAT’S NOT A LOVE SONG OR A BREAKUP SONG OR ANYTHING OF THE SORT BECAUSE I AM SO DONE WITH MYSELF

Ahem.

2. Post three other posts besides this one

The other day, I made a list in my journal of potential blog posts and it’s actually kind of long. And if y’all have any ideas or things you wanna see, let me know! I’m always on the lookout for new ideas!

3. Draw two of my friends

I drew one of my friends last month, and I think he liked it! Plus, it was nice getting back to drawing because I hadn’t really drawn anything since September, when I was filling pages with Keeper of the Lost Cities fanart. Besides, there’s nothing quite like receiving a drawing of yourself! Well, when it’s well-done. No one likes a bad drawing of themself 😅

4. Watch Encanto or something so I can listen to the music without spoilers

I’m so tired of the hype around “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” or whatever it’s called, and I really want to listen to the soundtrack because it sounds pretty cool, but that’s hard to do without spoilers. So, I need to watch the movie first.

5. Reply to that one email from, like, December

It’s long, and I’m kind of low-key scared of it 😂 Don’t worry, Allison, I didn’t forget about you, I’ve just been procrastinating like crazy! XD

6. Not fall in love during the month of love heartbreak

I just got over a crush (thank goodness!) and I am not in the mood for another one right now. *hums off-key* SiNgLe PriNgLE fOr LiIiiiIiIiiiIifE!!!

Current mood ^^ XD

January Stats

Blog posts published: 5
Letters written: 7
Letters received: 3
Art done: 1
Words written (outside of blog posts): 1339 (not counting words written in letters, in my journal and bullet journal, and for plotting because counting hand-written words is a hassle)
Journal entries: 10
Songs in playlist: 339

This post is really short, especially for a recap post. Maybe February’s recap will be longer. We shall see next month when I post it. I already have several stories saved up, so it shall be spicy. 🔥🌶🔥

Thank you for reading, friends, and happy heartbreak month!

🎵 Memories by Maroon 5 🎵

Art, Mail Art, Penpaling

Mail Art ~ In Which I Showcase Some More Art

I apologize in advance for the terrible photo quality. My phone camera is absolute garbage.

Ta-da! Another art post! I haven’t done one of these in forever, and I’ve accumulated so much envelope and mail art, I thought I’d post some pictures. They’re in chronological order, of course. We’re only organized here.

*shakes head vigorously*

Anyways, I hope you enjoy all the art! I’ll try to link all the art supplies I used underneath the pictures.

Off we go!

Photo thanks to Liesl

I love this one so much! Maybe it’s because I love rainbows so much, but I digress. My art supplies were:

  • watercolors from the dollar store (I’m cheap in the watercolor department LOL) (Editing Mia here: I got some better watercolors for Christmas, so I guess my Dollar Tree watercolors will have to take the backseat)

I use my Tombows a lot for my envelope art. Be warned.

Photo thanks to Liesl

I am so proud of that calligraphy. It just looks so smooth and flowy. *chef’s kiss* Good job, Mia!

  • Sakura Microns (for the “please deliver to:”)

This was the first letter that I themed after the envelope art, and the inside has some more lovely calligraphy, except done with the brush tip.

Also, if you’re wondering, my return address is on the back. I didn’t forget it. I prefer writing it on the back, because it leaves more space for the art.

This one was fun! The whole letter had a butterfly theme, so I decorated the paper with little butterflies in the margins and I included some origami butterflies. The art was relatively simple to do. I just drew some butterfly wings, colored them in, and darkened a strip down the middle for the body.

  • Tombow pastel set (for the butterflies)
  • Tombow primary set (I used the black marker for the calligraphy to get a fuller, more sweeping look)
  • Sakura Microns for the address (which you can’t see, but it’s there)
“I found this humerus.”

I saw this pun in a blog post a little while back and I just had to use it for a Halloween themed letter. Although, I got a little liberal with the white gel pen. Regrets.

  • Tombow primary set (I’ve been using the black a lot lately….)
  • Sakura Gelly Roll (I hate this gel pen with a flaming passion, but it’s the only one I’ve got. It does not go on smooth, and it really seems to enjoy not being opaque whatsoever. That’s why it looks bluish-gray on the cat. Although it does look nice outlining the calligraphy.)
  • Sakura Microns (I use these a lot!)
  • Kraft envelopes (these are in the biggest size I could find, and they’re great! I think I spent $15 on a pack of 100, which was a pretty good price. These things are durable as heck. And so thick.)

I also remembered to take pictures of the stuff inside the letter as well, so direct your attention down below ⬇⬇

WOW what a crappy photo.

Here we see the envelope, the letter (which was 11 pages long! 😳), two friendship bracelets from my stash, some stickers from IDK where, washi tape, a riddle, some fun questions, and another bone pun that reads “Dude, I got your back.” and shows a skeleton holding another skeleton’s spine. I love bone puns XD

  • Kraft tags (I got 200 of these for less than $10, and they’re thick and hold the washi tape well)
  • Washi tape from Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree (I have an addiction and I blame AmandaRachLee XD)
  • Canson XL watercolor pad (I cut it up to make ATC-sized cards for Smaugust, which I never completed, so now I’m using the leftovers in my letters) (Also, I can’t find a one pack of the pad I use, so sorry, no link)
  • a random notebook found in my collection (who knows where it’s from)

I love finding fun ideas for things to send to penpals. “Get to Know You” questions, riddles, jokes, writing prompts (which I didn’t include in this letter because Anabelle doesn’t need any right now, but I do send them to some of my other penpals), stickers, washi tape, and jewelry (as long as it’s not too thick or expensive) are really fun to find in the envelope along with the letter.

I really like how minimalistic this one is. It just looks nice.

  • Kraft envelope
  • Tombow pastel set
  • Cardstock from a random art kit I got a long time that I’m not going to link because it’s trash
  • Scrapbooking stickers from Creative Memories, which, unfortunately, aren’t sold anymore
Guys…..I’m so sorry what even is this lighting

Yeah, there’s a lot in this letter. It had an autumn theme and I think I did that theme justice. Maybe? I used a bunch of orange-y stickers from my collection, a paint chip from Home Depot, and that leaf is one from a tree in our yard that I pressed and then decorated with a bunch of paint markers.

  • Kraft tag
  • Canson XL watercolor pad
  • Tombow pastel pack, tropical pack, and primary pack (for the autumn paint palette)
  • more Wal-Mart and Dollar Tree washi tape
  • stickers from Wal-Mart
Never mind, this lighting is a thousand times worse

Um….that strip along the bottom is supposed to be green…..not gray……what a disaster. I really need a new phone with a way better camera. (Don’t worry, I got a new phone with a way better camera, so the picture quality should go up soon.)

Also, none of these supplies are anything new, so I’m not going to bother with listing them.

I loooove this one! It turned out so cute! I came up with the idea of doing penpal pets (or friends or OC’s) and I came up with a penguin/bluebird for Anabelle. She is so cute!! I have a couple of others already arted and you shall see them later on in the post. But, basically, I just drew Penny on some cardstock and outlined her with a brush pen. Then, I colored her with my Tombows and stuck her on the envelope. She’s so cute!

I made the extras envelope myself and filled it with all kinds of stuff, like my usual Q + A card, washi tape, stickers, etc. I didn’t actually draw the butterfly picture. Anabelle sketched it and sent it to me, and so I watercolored it and sent it back! I think it turned out well! I originally planned for the butterflies’ colors to be reversed, but, since the background is blue, I thought it would look nicer if the butterfly in the foreground contrasted a little better. I think the picture turned out really well!

I decorated the envelopes for my Christmas cards really simple and they look so cute! I found this little bag of Christmas confetti in my scrapbooking stuff, so I stuck a couple shapes on the front, and sprinkled some more inside.

This is Murphy the cat, the first penpal pet I made. Is he not the cutest?? I just want to squeeze him!!

(Also, better camera, yaaayyy!!)

Wow, the flash got aggressive with this one. I used a smaller Kraft envelope that I found and the whole letter had a vintage theme.

IS. THIS. NOT. THE. CUTEST??? I was just casually drawing on the envelopes and then I thought, “I could put the name on the book and the address on the teacup and it would look so cute!” So I did! I should do more like this.

I tried making my envelope like the people in those “Penpal With Me” videos do and it turned out so cute! All of these materials came in a cute little kit from Amazon. (I can’t find the link but I think the brand was called “Biscuit Diary”?) And I just went hogwild sticking stuff down and making it look cute!

Besides the letter, I included a riddle, a paint chip (for aesthetic purposes), washi tape, pressed leaves and flowers, questions, stickers, and a few memos.

Oh my gosh, I just realized that the riddle is wrong!! It’s supposed to say “Where does ‘today’ come before ‘yesterday’?” My bad!

LOOK AT HOW CUTE AND PRETTY THIS LITTLE BUNDLE IS!!!!! (!!!!)

And here’s the bundle and the envelope together. They are so dang cute. I am soooo proud of this letter.

This is one is so “scrapbooky” and it’s really pretty!! (And everything looks so vibrant in this picture! It looks way more washed out IRL) I have so many different flower-related things. It’s a little ridiculous. I had plenty to choose from for the letter though!

LOOK

AT

THE

CUTENESSSSS!!!!!

I found this little panda doodle on Pinterest and I knew I wanted to do a panda theme. (I was also pleasantly surprised to see that I had panda washi tape in my collection. This is why we hoard, children!) I also drew the panda with a real brush pen and it was tricky keeping control because of how loose the nib is. IS IT NOT THE CUTEST???

Okay, I actually really hate how this one turned out. I had pretty much zero tape, so I was trying my best with what I had and it just didn’t turn out like I wanted. But as long as the letter gets where it needs to go, I suppose the envelope design doesn’t really matter.

I do like the supplies I used for this letter, and the other letter up there ⬆⬆ They’re cute and versatile and FUN!!

Well, thus concludes this post that has been in the making for actual months. I was trying to wait until I was all caught up on all the letters I had to write, but more letters kept coming in, and tonight, when I finished that last letter, I was so happy because I thought I could finish the post! But then, I checked the mailbox and I had a letter, so I wasn’t caught up after all. But, honestly, I’m just ready to post this post, so here. Post.

I’m thinking of making these mail art posts a regular thing, like one in January, then one in July every year. I write enough letters for that LOL

Welp, I hope this post gave y’all some inspiration for your own letters, or was entertaining to read. Which envelope was your favorite?

Love,

🎵 Surrender by Natalie Taylor (this song is the most calming song I’ve ever heard. I’m obsessed) 🎵

Art, Goals and Recaps and That Sort Of Thing, Music, My Writing

2021 Goal Recap! ~ In Which I Make a New Year’s Wishlist

Ta-da! A New Year’s resolutions post! Actually, it’s more like a wishlist. Hence the title. I’ll be recapping all the goals I made back in February of 2021 (which is also my second most popular post, which is a little crazy 😅) and making new goals for 2022! The last time I looked at that post was back in the summer, so it’s been a hot minute.

Now we shall see how well I did! I’m scared and excited. Here we go!

Writing:

1. Reach 50 followers on my blog ✔

When I made this goal, I was at 32 followers. Now, I am at 68! That’s more than double than what I had before! Thank you guys so much for reading all my crazy ramblings every month. It means a lot! ❤❤

2. Complete at least one of my unfinished novels/novellas ❌

Aw, look at how cute and naive I was at the beginning of the year! I actually thought I could finish the rough draft of one of my novels! Cute little Mia. I didn’t really do that much writing last year. My bad.

3. Post some of my writing on my blog ✔

Check and check! I posted more than I thought, and I’m pleased with myself. (If you want to read any of it, you can check it out here.)

4. Get back to writing in my journal ✔

This didn’t really happen until the end of the year, but I have gotten back to regularly writing in my journal. 🥳🥳

Reading:

1. Read all the books on my TBR list ❌

AHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHAHA–

2. Start taking more book suggestions ✔❓

I mean….kind of? Not really sure.

Art:

1. Keep up with my reading journal ❌

Failed right out of the gate, but I got into bullet journaling again!

2. Draw my characters ❌

I made moodboards for four of them, which included headshots, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten.

3. Do more canvas painting ❌

Also no.

Music:

1. Learn ten new songs on the piano ✔

I bought 11, learned 10, and added about a thousand more to my wishlist. I need a new binder to keep my sheet music in, because the keyboard can’t handle my overly stuffed 2-inch binder. It’s a problem.

2. Compose an orchestral piece ✔

I think I actually composed three. I’m very proud of all of them, AND one of them is predominantly a piano piece, which is cool.

3. Write 20 lyrical songs ✔

So, I went and grabbed my current song notebook, thinking that was where my songs from 2021 started, but it turns out they start back in one of my old song notebooks, but I was too lazy to grab that notebook, so I just counted the finished songs in my current notebook, and it came out to exactly 20. I guess I smashed this goal.

I also didn’t count the half-finished songs I have, but if I had, that would have probably pushed the total to 30 XD

4. FINALLY master Canon in D ✔❓

I’ve mostly gotten it down. There are a couple little spots that won’t straighten out, but I think that’s the best I’m going to get 😅

5. Learn guitar ❌

I failed this one hardcore. I’ll just have to stick with ukulele.

Personal:

1. Not fail school ✔

I haven’t flunked anything yet. Yet.

2. Get a job ❌

I went from two small jobs to none, but I’m hoping to start waitressing or something this year, because, let’s be honest, we all know I need the money XD

3. Become less articulate ✔

Why. . . . why did I put “less articulate”? I think I meant “less inarticulate” or simply “more articulate”.

If that’s what I meant, then I think I did pretty well with this one. I went from being a sarcastic wallflower to actually initiating conversations with people I wanted to be friends with. It was hard at first, but I have to remind myself that anything embarrassing that I do will be forgotten within a few months and those people probably want me to talk to them as much as I want them to talk to me. Once I got that in my head, talking didn’t seem as daunting.

I mean, to be honest, I am still horribly socially anxious, but I do everything in my power to keep from overthinking anything that happens, and just focus on the good things that happened. If someone wants to mistreat me, that’s their business, and there are dozens of better people I can surround myself with.

4. Get my driver’s license ❌

Not yet. Maybe this year.

5. Have better relationships with my friends and family ✔➕❌

I went up on the friend level and down on the family level. Or maybe I just flatlined on the family level. I still talk to them and hang out with them, but besides my oldest sister, I don’t really talk to them all that much.

I hate that I’m becoming the stereotypical, anti-family time teenager.

When it comes to my friends, however, I’ve started making more and asking questions and writing them letters and texting them so I can get to know them on a deeper level. I’ve even made friends with GUYS!!! GUYS!!!!!!! I would have NEVER imagined myself doing that in the past, but somehow it happened. *shrugs*

Well, that recaps all the goals that I set last year for 2021. Now, let’s make some goals for 2022, shall we?

Writing:

1. Reach 100 Followers on My Blog

I’m so close!! I need to get more diligent about publicizing my blog so I’ll have more traffic. And you guys can help too, by sharing my posts with your friends!

2. Finish Plotting My Five-Book Series

I have plotted two and a half books so far, and I have quite a bit to go. Hopefully this will be the year I finish my plot. I’ve been working on it for almost two years!

3. Rejoin YWW

I left the community back in August to focus on school, and I miss it SO BADLY!! I was hoping to rejoin in January, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to. I miss the community and I definitely want to rejoin to help with my writing.

4. Keep Up With My Penpals

I’m starting to wonder if I may have too many penpals because I keep falling behind in my replies. I have two more letters to get done, then I’ll actually be caught up for the first time in months!

Art:

1. Post Two or Three Art Posts This Year

I love sharing my art, and I should have an art post coming out soon! I can’t wait!

2. Keep Up With My Bullet Journal

I’ve been doing pretty good with this so far, and I really hope I can make it through the whole year with my bullet journaling. Who knows, maybe I can even share some of my spreads!

3. Draw My Friends

I think they would appreciate it. Plus, it’s an idea I’ve had for several months.

Music:

1. Learn 10 New Song on the Piano

I’m carrying this one over from last year. I need to put a dent in my wishlist somehow!

2. Write 25 New Songs on Piano or Ukulele

Not just verses and choruses, like I’ve been doing, but full songs with verses, a chorus, chords, all the trimmings.

3. Learn a New Instrument

Yeah, okay, we’ll see if I can actually go through with this one. I would love to learn cello, but cellos are a wee bit expensive, so we shall see.

4. Get Voice Lessons

This is something I’ve been wanting for a couple of years now, but we haven’t really found the right teacher. Hopefully I can find someone and have a few lessons.

Acting:

1. Perform in At Least One Show

Preferably more, but this kind of thing is out of my control. We’ll just see where 2022 takes me!

2. Write a New Play For My Siblings

My sisters have been nagging me about writing them a musical or a play to perform, so I guess I have to write them one. And maybe I can get some pictures of our little “performance” and make a blog post out of it!

3. Learn to Dance

Maybe not like, all the dances, but I am a TERRIBLE dancer, so I need all the practice I can get!

Personal:

1. Meet an Online Friend IRL

There is actually the possibility of this looming on the horizon and I’m ACTUALLY FREAKING OUT!!!! Expect a blog post about it, if it happens.

2. Experiment With Beauty Products

I’ve been toying with the idea of trying out makeup for a little while, and I also thought it might be fun to dye my hair or something. I don’t know. It’s up to my parents, I guess.

3. Get a Job

I have an idea of where I want to work, so maybe over the summer I can start working there! Hopefully. It depends on if they like me or not 😅

4. Get My Driver’s License

I NEED THE POWER TO GO TO THE STORE AND GET FOOD!!!

I think those are all the goals I want to achieve. I may come back and add more, but these are what I have for now! I’m so excited to start working towards them.

What do y’all think of my goals? What kind of goals are you working toward this year?

Love,

🎵 Isle of Flightless Birds by Twenty-One Pilots 🎵