1. I got a free download of The Great Gatsby audiobook narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal (AKA the love of my life since I was about 9)
2. I played a fun mystery game called Crack the Case with friends for over two hours straight. We eventually cracked every case.
3. I discovered that Moonrise Kingdom is on a movies-on-demand channel on Verizon Fios
4. I had lots and lots of morning snuggles with my kitty.
5. After tracking my order number for my graduation dress it turns out that it’s in Orlando and will arrive on my doorstep tomorrow.
So, a short while ago I came across a post by Olivia—AKA Wanderlust And Such—that was a compiled list of 1 good thing from each day of the month of January (you can find it here). I loved it. It was so simple and spanned from specific things like “Writing in my journal,” “Cozy pajamas,” or “Carrot cake” to things that probably have stories behind them like “Common sense,” “Apologies,” and “Being in love / no matter what.” It was just a sweet list that even reading it made me feel happy.
Olivia’s list of happy things got me thinking about how I had my whole “positive project” of 2012. My “positive project” was Positive Thoughts where I wrote about each day and all of the good things that happened. I tried to keep up with it every day and for the most part I did. Some days I forgot or didn’t have time so I compiled 2 days in a post. Olivia’s list struck me because it was just so simple and got me thinking that maybe I don’t need to talk about my whole entire day, but instead just mention one thing and with that memory of the whole day will rush back.
I loved my Positive Thoughts 2012 project, but I’d like to try something different. So, I think I’m going to follow Olivia’s lead on the one happy thing from each day (if you don’t mind Olivia!). I think this’ll be a nice 2013 “positive project.” I’ve already compiled my January list and will probably post it sometime tomorrow. I’ll catch up on the month of February and will probably post each month on the last day of the month.
On an ending note, if you don’t follow Olivia, I highly suggest you do! She’s in my list of my top 3 favorite bloggers and pretty much just internet people in general. She’s so wonderful.
Hi everyone! I’ve kind of given up on Positive Thoughts for the rest of the year. I’ve gotten really lazy when it comes to them to be honest, but here I am to give a rough update on my life for the past month! So onto the exciting things that have happened…..
My theater troupe and I took our one act to competition (remember last year when I was having anxiety attacks like weekly and it all ended once the play was over? yup, same event, but different play, and zero anxiety) and we won! We’ve won literally 16 years in a row—this being the 16th year—and it was a wonderful experience. We actually cancelled our 3 shows at our school before it was competition week and just worked on our show some more so at competition it was the VERY first time we had performed in front of an audience. So for 3 days I got to watch all of the other schools’ plays and at the awards ceremony my troupe’s play swept up 12 awards. TWELVE. It was so so wonderful. The next week after competition we put up 3 shows at school and they all went smoothly. So for the last week before break with shows and competition over we got to audition for a new show! We’re putting up The Little Mermaid in February which I’m so excited about because I love mermaids, I love Ariel, I love it all.
DID I MENTION I FINISHED 2 OF MY ONLINE CLASSES? NO? YES? WELL I FINISHED 2 OF MY ONLINE CLASSES. Now all I have left to do is Latin II which I’m so happy about because it takes off a lot of stress. Also, I switched out of my Creative Photography class and am going to do student assisting next semester to be a TA. I asked my APUSH teacher from sophomore year if he needed a TA and if so could it be me and he said yeah, so once I get into the class next semester I’m going to try and work it out to be his TA during second period hehehe.
My holiday break has been wonderful so far! The first day of break I had a tacky sweater party to go to. It was so fun. We had a white elephant gift exchange in which I brought a bright yellow smiley face mug that I got at Goodwill for a dollar. Also, dreamy boys from another school that us girls met at our competition attended. So dreamy. So cute. So funny. Christmas was great too! I got the polka dot pajamas, Beats, Teen Vogue Handbook, white Converse, The Happiness Project (which I’ve started reading and it’s really interesting), and Kate Spade iPhone case from my list. Then as other miscellaneous items I got a Barnes & Noble giftcard, American Eagle Outfitters giftcard, and money from my aunt. My mom and step-dad got me 3 really modern rings that are pretty and a Louis Vuitton wallet. My dad got me a new guitar which I am beyond thrilled about because I’ve been guitar-less for about 2 years now. So I’m really excited to get back to playing and writing songs. Rose got me an Urban Decay eye shadow which I borderline cried over because it’s a color from my Naked palette that I ran out of. My little sister made me nice letters that we put up on my bedroom wall that’s one of my favorite quotes of “Life may be sad, but it is always beautiful.” My Christmas was lovely. I hope yours was too!
As of today I was in bed all day watching movies and reading. I watched Magic Mike (Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer’s pelvic thrusts were actually painful for me to watch, so beautiful I stopped breathing) and The Five-Year Engagement which during it I was literally laughing out loud.
On the agenda for tomorrow is heading off to the mall to spend Christmas money, but for now I’m going to watch The Lorax! Goodnight everyone xo
I’m just kidding, I’m actually blogging from my sister’s house, buuuuttttttt I am blogging from my new laptop! After a long Thanksgiving day I braved the round-the-block line at Best Buy with my sister, brother-in-law, and his nephew in the cold for over an hour. Then after finding out the laptop we were planning on getting was only a doorbuster ticket item we browsed the store for an hour and a half to wait for the tickets to become invalid so we can buy their leftovers. So we browsed for an hour and a half, played with the cameras, looked at the computers, I fell in deep love with the Dr. Dre Beats Solo HD headphones, and come 3 A.M. I was first in line to claim a laptop from the leftover doorbuster items!
I have never in my life experienced Black Friday shopping. Never. Never camped out outside a store. Never went through hoards of people trying to get through the door. Never. I must say, it was pretty tame at Best Buy. It wasn’t like the horror story of madhouse stores packed with people pushing and shoving in the slightest. So maybe I didn’t get a real Black Friday shopping experiencing, but standing in line in the cold was enough for me.
So thanks to braving through the cold, my brother-in-law being the tech god that he is and finding the greatest computer at the best price, the sweetest worker at Best Buy named Eddie (if you follow me on Twitter you know that I fell in love) giving us the Best Buy secrets and putting us on the call-list for the leftover laptops, I got a laptop! Setting it up at my sister’s at 4:30 in the morning was so fun and exciting and after being warm at home and getting through Black Friday we treated ourselves to grilled cheese and tomato soup.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a Black Friday that was as tame as mine was! I had a great Thanksgiving (and 18th birthday!) filled with lots of eating and amazing presents. Now onto enjoying the rest of break before having to deal with school again!
I know you haven’t heard from me in well over a month. I don’t really have time to blog as much this school year as I did last year to be honest. I’ve been pretty busy with school and whatnot. I’ll come home and do my homework and by the time that’s done I’m ready for a shower and bed. I’ve kept up here with Instagram photos from time to time, but that’s pretty much it. I wish I had more time for blogging and putting things in my queue and updating all of you, but it’s hard to find time for it! My senior year of high school is crazier than I thought it would be.
I’ve been doing well though! In the past month or so I’ve been doing well in school. I was so excited for the month of October and I had 3 separate costume-related events so I was Bella Swan for one, Olive Oyl for another, and then a ventriloquist doll for the third. I’ve been eating pumpkin flavored things like there’s no tomorrow. Pumpkin Pop Tarts, pumpkin flavored frozen yogurt, pumpkin cheesecake, and I don’t plan on stopping until it gets to December and I start eating peppermint everything.
I went to The Avett Brothers concert! It honestly was a last minute decision, I decided to go the night before because believe it or not my ex-boyfriend asked me if I wanted to go with him to it and I went. It was actually the Cleartwater Jazz Holiday, just a festival, so they played for a little over 2 hours. It was so great, oh my goodness. They played January Wedding—one of my absolute favorite favorite songs by them—and we stood there and got as close as we could and I was in borderline tears. Such a beautiful song, beautiful band, everything. I still can’t believe I finally saw them live. Our whole ride there my ex and I were just like “Oh my goodness, we’re ACTUALLY going to see them. We really are! It’s been so long that we’ve been listening to them, we’re ACTUALLY going to see them!” And then we were just in awe and the whole ride home it was “Oh my goodness, we ACTUALLY saw them! We actually heard their voices live, they were not far away from us, they were great, we actually saw them.” It was so great.
I saw The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie! I thought it was absolutely wonderful, I was crying the whole entire time. I was so hesitant about it for the longest time because how could you make that book into a movie and get it right, but it was. I thought the whole cast did a great job, I was thrilled.
Oh, I thought you guys might appreciate this! So in AP Lit we get to read an “independent novel” and I have some books in mind that were approved by my teacher and then some that came from her list of suggested books:
I know, I know. I’ve already read The Lovely Bones, Fahrenheit 451, and The Bell Jar, but I think it might be nice to reread one and get a fresh perspective. I might just go for Water for Elephants, but I’m not sure. What book would you read?
I bought a pair of brown boots! The lace up kind with the zipper on the side. I feel like I shouldn’t call them combat boots or anything, but they’re a pair I got from Target about a week or so ago and they’re my new favorite thing. They’re really comfortable and look great with a lot of different outfits, which I was kind of hesitant about before buying them. You know, I’m buying boots, but what kind of things do I wear them with. But they look great! I love them.
Oh, last but not least, I’ve been hyperventilating about One Direction 24/7 so don’t be surprised to see lots of One Direction posts tonight, tomorrow, or any other day. I can’t even elaborate on the topic because I’ll start freaking out and fangirling and I’ll start rambling (I wish I was kidding, but I’m not.)
But alright! That’s a pretty much condensed version of what’s been going on in the past month or so without having to go into every little day to day detail. Thanksgiving break starts this Friday for me (also I turn 18 next week on the 22nd, can you believe it?!) , so I would like to say that I’ll have lots of time for blogging and catching up, but I don’t want to speak too soon just in case I’ll be swamped with online work. I’ll try as best I can! In the meantime feel free to follow me on Twitter or Instagram (carlynnvictoria) to keep up with me daily!
Hi everyone! I haven’t done a Positive Thoughts or even really posted on my blog in over a month and that’s because things have been so hectic lately! With my senior year of high school starting I’ve just been really invested in school, homework, and online classes so at the end of the day when I have a free minute I just want to get in bed and sleep forever. I’m back though! I’ve had such a nice day today sitting at home and catching up on blogging since I don’t have any homework so I thought I’d update you guys on everything that’s been going on.
Now I can’t remember every great detail from the past month, but rest assured that I’ve been doing really well. I’ve been doing great in school. I have A’s in all of my classes and have gotten 100%’s on all of my quizzes in Trig, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! I’ve even been doing really well in AP Lit as well, which I thought was going to be tough since I have a teacher that no one likes. I’ve been doing well in my online classes as well, it’s just been so hard to motivate myself to do the work since I’m trying to devote all of my other time to actual schoolwork.
I also got a babysitting job! I started babysitting for a really nice couple with two adorable little kids and it’s been so great. They’re the cutest kids in the whole world. Hmm…. I also opened up a bank account! I got a debit card too and it’s coming in the mail. I am way more excited for this than I actually should be since it’s a mediocre part of everyday life, but oh well.
I’m actually going to homecoming this year and I already have a dress picked out and let me say….. it is beyond beautiful. BEYOND. I’ve never gone to homecoming ever just because I’ve never seen a point in it, but I’m so excited to go. Once I order my dress I’ll post a picture to show all of you. I also even found a prom dress even though prom is very far off. I found a few to be honest. They’re all kind of expensive so I’ll definitely be saving up for it, but they’re perfect. If you’ve been following me long enough you know I’ve been casually posting runway pictures and being like “Oh my god, prom 2013 dreams” so I’ve been getting inspiration from all of those pictures and found about 2 or 3 dress options for prom.
So that’s what’s been going on! Just lots of schoolwork, homework, college things, hanging out with friends when I get a chance. Oh, I also started watching The Vampire Diaries since it’s on Netflix so I’m now addicted to that. Plus, I went to Marshall’s the other day and bought a cool black skull shirt (there’s an Instagram picture of it somewhere on my blog) along with an orange sheer button up and a paisley dress. I got an Essie nail polish for only $3 and it’s my new favorite fall obsession. Speaking of fall obsessions and kind of obsessions in general, I’ve been wearing lipstick a lot lately! I know that was one of my New Year’s Resolutions and I’ve been wearing it a lot more often. I found 2 Revlon colors that I want to buy for fall that are really pretty so I might just go ahead and buy them.
Okay, well, that was a huge jumbled mess of events and happenings just popping into my head, but yeah! I truly truly am going to try and regularly update here, if I don’t do a Positive Thoughts everyday I’ll try and make it weekly. I’m stocking up my queue for the coming week so there’s that. Feel free to follow me on Instagram and Twitter, that’s where I’m most active currently, so if you don’t know what’s going on in my life here you’ll definitely know by my Instagram and Twitter. I’ve missed blogging so much, I’m glad to be back! xo
Hi everyone! The past two weeks have been so busy that I haven’t found the time to sit down and write a big Positive Thoughts. Whenever I say “I can definitely do it tomorrow because I’ll have lots of time!” something always comes up that occupies my time. So, right now, while I do actually have time to spare because I’m all done with my homework for the day I’ll update you guys on what’s been going on! So here it goes:\
Last days of summer:
Back to school:
Well, that’s what’s been going on lately! I’ve been trying to get back in the swing of going to school and having homework to keep up with so I know I’ve been very lazy when it comes to Positive Thoughts and keeping up with blogging. Hope you guys have been having a great rest of summer or a great school week! xo
Hi everyone! What was going on when you all heard from me last? I honestly can’t even remember. I feel like not much has happened since I last did a Positive Thoughts or maybe that’s just my memory failing me as usual. So hm…… what have I been up to since July 27:
As I’m sure you all know my Positive Thoughts have been every couple of days or so, or after each week, so you haven’t heard from me much. If I’m not posting on here I’m definitely updating Instagram and Twitter so don’t hesitate to follow me to see what I’m up to! My both my Instagram and Twitter name is carlynnvictoria so go ahead and follow and links to both of them are at the top of my page! Now I’m going to catch up on some blogging and watch Skins. Hope you guys have been having a great summer because soon it’s back to school! xo