YOUR New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve made my resolutions, now it’s time for me to help you make yours!

These, of course, are suggestions that you can take or leave but if you’re looking for inspiration or confirmation, this is it.

  1. Find a type of exercise you actually love. Story time: my mother is one of those people that wanted to do something about her current fitness level and tried to sign up for gym memberships and even beginner volleyball classes but nothing stuck and all motivation would peter out quickly. Just 3 months ago, she signed up for some aquafit classes at the local YMCA because she heard it was good for your back and she’s been going around 3 times a week since then! She’s become one of those people that complains when she had to miss a class! So you CAN get fit or lose those pounds, you just need to find your method! The gym is not for everyone, it might be competition or environment that gives you a reason to keep coming back to it.
  2. Read one book per month. Reading is something that people feel like they don’t have time for but books are, in my opinion, a great part of life and important to expand your imagination. So by setting aside your commute to listen to audiobooks or before bed to read a chapter or two, it is definitely plausible to get through at least one book each moon cycle. Definitely try to get a diverse selection from fantasy to non-fiction because the world is huge and there’s no telling what you might learn.
  3. Invest in friendships. You have no idea how important this is. It’s so easy to let great people slip out of your lives or to not initiate getting to really know someone because you already have your family to talk to. Coffee dates are easy to plan, letter writing is not dead and potlucks are really fun. You don’t have to become a social butterfly but do hold on to the friends you have and make sure they know that they are important to you! That isn’t done enough in my opinion.
  4. Create. Totally open-ended, totally depends on what you enjoy and what you’d love to try. I believe we all have something inside of us that needs to create things whether it be an elegant computer code, your very first knitted scarf or a story. I’m sure there’s something that you’re passionate about and if you’re passionate about it you will totally be able to make the time for it in this coming year!

These are my tips to making your year a success (hopefully), let me know what you would have added to the list or what you’re taking from mine!

February Masterpost

BOOKS

Perfect Ruin – Lauren Destefano

The last book I read from her was the final book in her Chemical Garden series, Sever. Can’t say I super loved it at all, the premise was a little weird but I did read to the end of the trilogy instead of dropping it so there was something. All that to say that even though I did like Perfect Ruin, I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t expect too much from it or because it was genuinely good. But anyway it was an interesting premise with a couple really complex characters and I’m interested in seeing what happens next! I would also love for the science of some things to be explained a teeny bit more…

Champion – Marie Lu

Book three in the Legend trilogy aka I was super pumped for it to finally come out!! Let me just put it out there that the cover art was phenomenal. It just looks so hardcore and kind of somehow perfectly depicts the mood of the book. The actual book was quite good, it moved pretty quickly and had me wanted to read it at all times which sucked because school. It was very nicely woven together, just a tad too political to become one of my favourite books. I was definitely in shock after it ended; I needed to just sit and let it sink in for a while. It was a very satisfactory conclusion to an amazing series!

Movies

Stuck In Love – I decided to just watch this movie on a whim because I’d seen so many gifs of it on tumblr and when would I ever not want more Logan Lerman in my life? It was super cute and totally underrated! It sorta chugged along and kept me interested the whole time with the lives of this odd writer family. Definitely worth a rewatch! The only thing was that it was slightly weird to watch Clary Fray (Lily Collins) fall in love with Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) and then Isaac from TFiOS (Nat Wolff) was her brother just chillin there.

But you will literally not believe what happened afterwards. I have a friend that pretty much has the exact same taste in books and movies as me so I went to text her that this was a super great movie and that she needed to watch it in the near future so that we could discuss in it detail and she was already in the middle of watching it. Yes. Like what the heck we did not plan it, I didn’t even know if she knew that movie existed and then the same night at the same time like no how is that possible. We freaked out of course.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 – This was a fun movie that I watched with my whole family. Wasn’t expecting much from it except good animation but it proved to actually be something. The main message was to not get full of yourself and that friends are there for a reason and the plot twists were pretty much obvious yada yada but other than that there were some gem scenes hidden in there. The entire movie was absolutely filled to the brim with puns from your taco-diles to shrimp-anzees to toast-quitos to susheeps to you get the picture. The small child in me was delighted anytime a pun was made which was every second sentence pretty much. Shoutout to Flint Lockwood’s dad and his newfound pickle family, that was just the cherry on top.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World – This movie as well came from seeing way too many gifs of it on tumblr and finally caving and watching it. Gotta say, having never read the comics, it really took me by surprise. I usually only watch intensely mainstream movies so all these special effects and weird cinematic things were a new experience for me. (Except when I watched Fantastic Mr. Fox and let’s not go there because why would they do that to my favourite Roald Dahl book??) It took a bit of time to get used to but it was pretty neat having more than just the acting to look at. Not that the acting wasn’t great, Michael Cera I don’t even understand how you’re a movie star you’re so awkward but it just works and I was rooting for Scott the whole time. The one who stole the show though was Wallace. Just like he stole Scott’s sister’s boyfriend in that one part. He was literally hilarious! Loved the movie minus Ramona Flowers pretty much. Like what did she even do to be cool enough to fight over? Her hair isn’t normal? Like is there anything else? So that was a little frustrating but yeah.

No Strings Attached – I have to admit, the only reason I watched this was because of Ashton Kutcher. I just felt like seeing him for an hour and a half. The movie also did sound interesting in theory but it fell short of my expectations. Sure, there were some very adorable moments and lovely montages but it was just meh in general.

Killers – This one was watched in the same night at the last one after perusing Ashton’s imdb page for a bit. Not my kind of movie at all but it did get me hooked. I’m assuming the point was to be over the top and outrageous because that was what was accomplished. Also Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher most beautiful on screen couple ever, yes?

SONGS

The Draw – Bastille

Natural Disaster – Pentatonix

Love Again – Pentatonix

Camilo (The Magician) – Said The Whale

Fake Your Death – My Chemical Romance

We Are Golden – MIKA

A Million Ways – OK Go

Here It Goes Again – OK Go

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Just Give Me A Reason – Pink

Say Something – A Great Big World

 

January

Reasons To Smile #1

Since I seem to be in the mood of making posts that will soon become monthly trends, why stop now?

I hereby proclaim that the first day of every month be a compilations of reasons to smile. There are so many little things that go by unnoticed in the world, overshadowed by all the doomy gloomy things that happen. It’s good to pay attention to the bad but that doesn’t mean that the good stuff needs to slip by! Hopefully this post and the ones to come brighten your day and help you remember all the good things in life :)

– when your pet willingly hangs out with you

– little kids’ drawings

– not having to set your alarm clock

– spinning til you’re dizzy

– undisturbed snow

– rhyming accidentally

– cats in cups

– sunrises

January Masterpost

I take in a lot of things in a short amount of time.

So I’ve decided to break said things down into monthly sections where on the last day of each month I just make little lists of things that I have seen and liked throughout the month!

BOOKS

Man, I barely read at all this month! Understandable because of school. I only read on my bus ride to and from school so that’s like only an hour a day if I don’t get distracted…

i hunt killers - barry lyga

I Hunt Killers – This’ll probably creep you out for a second but I’m really interested in serial killers and psychopaths. Not in the I-relate-to-them-so-much or the I-think-what-they-do-is-great way but just in a purely curious and intrigued way. So reading this book that puts you in the brain of said person-type was actually pretty cool (yet disturbing) and definitely made me want to read more.

 

splintered - a g howard

Splintered – Man, this book was just weird. It was supposed to be a retelling of Alice in Wonderland but it just ended up being creepy and twilight-esque and did not make sense at all. I didn’t know what was happening half the time and the amount of adoration both boys had for the main girl, Alyssa, was slightly nauseating. I do have to mention that the connections and plot twists in the book were genuinely interesting; like something mentioned at the beginning of the book turns out to be useful and important later on and you would have never guessed so that was a plus! Obviously it has a sequel(s??) but I’m on the fence over whether I should take the time to read it…

etiquette&espionage - gail carriger

Etiquette & Espionage – This book could’ve been so much better!! But it wasn’t!! I was rooting for it!! Maybe it didn’t help that it was kind of an earlier spinoff of another series set in the same world. But still, the characters were like 12 so you couldn’t really relate to what they were doing and there was a cutish romantic subplot but again they were 12 so you felt creepy wishing anything would happen. The actual plot I found kind of dumb like when would the lead girl (SOPHRONIA LIKE WHAT KIND OF NAME IS THAT) would care that much about something that was really none of her business. It had some funny parts but overall not my favourite.

dream thieves - maggie stiefvater

The Dream Thieves – I enjoyed this book despite myself. Even though it was confusing and attempted to be poetic and went over my head sometimes, I actually liked it a lot. My theory is that I am attached to all the characters in some way or another. There’s none that I think are dumb and pointless and they all have interesting lives and stories behind them. There were some amazing moments in the book where I was dying to know what happened next which is always a good thing but really just getting to know Ronan and Gansey and Adam and Blue and even the Grey Man that sold this book for me.

MOVIES

All the good movies came out last month… There was The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Frozen and Catching Fire which were all hits in my book! But I did manage to watch some this month:

the book thief - markus zusak

The Book Thief – Having read and adored the book first, I thought I was be ready for the movie. I wasn’t. They did a fantastic job of adapting this book to the screen, everything stayed so close to what happened and the actors chosen were fantastic (little Rudy was legitimately adorable) To tell the truth, I had forgotten most of the plot by this point and was basically recalling it as it happened before my eyes… BUT I did remember the ending and me and the friend I went to see it with were literally already sniffling before the thing happened and when it did oh man we were done there were so many tears and the snot would not stop but it was so beautifully done that I can’t hate on it. Man, why are the best books the ones that make you cry?

new year's eve

New Year’s Eve – Wow whole different pace than the previous movie here. I’m very late to the party for all things chickflick so this was no exception. I had watched Valentine’s Day over the summer and actually thought it was very cute so I decided to go for it while my mother and sister were catching up on Sherlock. And again, it was very cute! I had a hard time in the beginning wrapping my head around who was who but after that got all sorted then it was very fun to just watch everything unfold. Pretty predictable, even that part where people wanted to meet up with each other I called who it was going to be and gloated to myself for a full 2 seconds. Enjoyed the male leads in the movie, you can never go wrong with Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel (who basically just won all the awards in my books like man can you not look this good please and thanks?) and Ashton Kutcher.

MUSIC

A little lazy in the music department actually this month, didn’t add too many songs to the ol’ itunes but here’s the ones I did!

James (Never Change) – Allstar Weekend (PERFECT 1 PERSON DANCE PARTY SONG)

Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High – Arctic Monkeys (competeing with FOB for longest title, I see)

Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys

Rocks Into Rivers – Seabird

And there you have it! I hope you have as much fun discovering these things (if you haven’t already) as I did! Tell me your top three in these three categories for the month of January in the comments below!