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Welcome to my Blog

I’m terrible at writing “introductions” so, let’s see how this one goes……….

Oscar Wilde once said “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” so, I’m trying to follow that advice by starting a blog. Back in my early years of middle school, I read a book called “Girl Online”(which is basically about a teen blogger) and that’s what originally inspired me to become a blogger. It’s been years since I read that book but, the idea of blogging never left me.

I’m planning on making this a semi-anonymous blog(in the sense that I will be using pen names when I’m talking about people in my life) but, I will still be writing about myself and my life as it a lifestyle blog. I know lifestyle is vague but, I’m planning on writing reviews on movies and books, talking (and maybe ranting occasionally) and whatever else I can think of.
I hope this blog is not a complete utter fail but, even if it is I’m going to have fun while failing:) Thanks for checking out my blog and maybe you enjoyed reading this introduction or, found it amusing or, a complete waste of your time but; either way, this should be a fun experience and it would be great if you could join me on this journey.

XOXLUCY
P.S. XOXLUCY is my username and Lucy is not my first name(I’m not including my first name for anonymity) but, it is one of my names. Comment down below your guesses;)

Good or Evil: Severus Snape(Discussion post)

Before we begin, I would advise those who did not finish the entire Harry Potter series not to continue on. While I was planning on not containing spoilers, I think it’s almost impossible to discuss the nature of Snape without discussing events and information from all the books. ~ You all have been warned

Now for all of you who have made it thus far, I’m going to be listing points in favor of Snape being good and those in favor of him being pure evil. Snape is an ambiguous character and one that is often debated over. I don’t want to include my personal bias until the very end so, well see how this turns out….

Good Snape 

  • His love for Lily- They say those capable of love or those who have love in their heart cannot be pure evil and Snape’s love for Lily is clearly evident by the way he lived his life. Snape quite literally sold himself to Dumbledore to protect the love of his life despite, Lily being married to James. Yes, one can argue that his love for Lily led him to be selfish as he would do anything for her at all costs but, his love for Lily also instilled in him good moral values. Snape was the opposite of Lily in all ways possible and her goodness is what attracted him to Lily. While Snape did no emulate her goodness originally(aka when he joined the Death Eaters), after Lily’s death he continued to work for Dumbledore and the Order of Phoenix. Snape and Lily’s love is a Shakespearean love story in the sense that it does not end well for them but, it does demonstrate the power of love.Loving someone does not redeem past wrongs but, it can make you a better person. Snape and Lily’s love can be argued as one of the more powerful love stories in the Harry Potter Universe as Lily changed Snape for the better. It is safe to say that Lily is the best thing that ever happened to Snape and in the end, he did die in the name of love .
  • Lending Harry a hand – As points go, this may look like one of the weaker ones but Snape did in fact save/help Harry and, on multiple occasions for that matter. In the Sorcerer’s Stone when Hermione believed that Snape was trying to kill Harry by jinxing his broom, he was instead countering Professor Quirrell’s curse. We do learn later on that Snape was trying to repay James for saving his life once but, that is not the extent to Snape helping Harry out. In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Snape shields the trio when Lupin begins to transform into a wolf and in the Order of the Phoenix when Harry gives Snape the cryptic message, “he has Padfoot at the place where it is hidden”, Snape did his best to make sure Sirius was safe( he did lie to Umbridge in the process so, he gets major points for that) by contacting 12 Grimmauld Place and found Sirius was alive and well. Snape had a childhood grudge against Sirius but proceeded to make sure he was safe when Harry was worried about his godfather’s safety. Snape also served as a double agent for Dumbeldore by pretending to be Voldemort’s ally, fooling the most powerful dark wizard to live. Snape’s spying helped Dumbeldore gain information that pertained to Harry and helped out the Order of Phoenix. Snape also had the task to guide Harry to retrieve the Sword of Gryffindor and the hardest task of all, telling Harry that he must die.
  • Dumbledore and Harry forgiving Snape – It is no coincide that JK. Rowling included Harry forgiving Snape as it seems a sign of Rowling wanting her readers to like Snape. Dumbledore acts as almost an infallible character making the readers trust him more easily. Dumbledore trusting Snape reflects the point that readers should trust Snape if Dumbledore does. After years of being tormented by Snape, Harry finally realizes the truth and is able to call Snape the bravest man he ever knew. Harry’s capacity to forgive Snape after everything is both remarkable and in its own way inspiring as forgiveness is such a valuable life lesson.  

Bad Snape

  • Snape became a Death Eater-Despite the way J.K Rowling portrays Slytherins in the books, not all Slytherins are evil and, not all Slytherins are Death Eaters. After graduating from Hogwarts, Snape joined the Death Eaters and helped to facilitate Voldemort’s plans. Snape chose to become a Death Eater and that is a fact that cannot be argued. Sirius was a blood traitor and hated his family which is a path Snape could have easily chosen but, he didn’t. Though we don’t know much about Snape’s childhood, we know as much as it wasn’t easy but, then again who’s childhood in the HP Universe was easy? His rough childhood is not an excuse for becoming a death eater.

  • A bully-There is no denying that Snape was an outright bully who took pleasure in frightening children. His sole purpose in life seemed to be inflicting pain on his students. Neville’s biggest fear( the boggart in the wardrobe)is Snape which, should be proof enough that Snape was both intimidating and cruel. Snape critiqued Hermione’s appearance constantly and had it out for anybody who wasn’t a Slytherin(though he detested Gryffindors the most). Taking unnecessary points from their house, giving countless detentions, and simply giving his least favorite students bad grades are only some of the ways Snape endlessly tortured his students.Snape was bullied by the Marauders in his younger years but, that is no excuses for doing the same when he grew older.At this point, I’m completely psychoanalyzing Snape so, would it be a stretch to say that Snape tried so hard to make others hate him so he wouldn’t form attachments? It’s simply a thought that neither shows his bad or good but, just an observation on my part.

  • Snape being selfish- For the majority of his life, Snape only thought about himself and never questioned how his actions impacted others. Even though Snape loved Lily, he proceeded to call her a “filthy mudblood” when she stuck up for him. His humiliation and his want to save his reputation outweighed hurting his best friend. Even when Snape found out that Voldemort was going to kill the Potters, he was only concerned about Lily and not her husband or baby child. Snape’s reason to stop following and helping Voldemort was not because of all the atrocious things that Voldermort had done in his life but, because he wanted revenge for Lily’s untimely death. His love for Lily(despite it making him change as a person) made him selfish and he viewed Lily as an exception. Snape was born to hate muggles but his selfishness made Lily the exception to that while, continuing to hate other muggle-born wizards. 
  • Trying to expose Lupin as a Werewolf- This is by far one of the worst things Snape has done and it was truly uncalled for. Lupin was a part of Snape’s childhood enemies but, Lupin was a more of a bystander to the bullying than anything else. Snape’s ability to hold a grudge is both hilarious and childish especially because Lupin has moved on. When Lupin came to teach at Hogwarts, he never personally antagonized Snape and Snape, was even making a Wolfsbane potion to help Lupin. Snape trying to sabotage Lupin by exposing his condition to the students was cruel and, led Lupin to quit. Yes, Lupin didn’t totally have his wolf side under control but, him leaving due to Snape outing him cost Hogwarts one of it’s best teachers.

My thoughts finally 😉 (I don’t know how to explain how hard it was for me not weighing my opinions in on literally every point but, I think it helped me to see both sides of this and not be blinded my thoughts.)

Up until The Order of Phoneix(where you’re introduced to the devil incarnated aka Umbridge who, makes Snape look like a saint), I had declared Snape the worst character in the Wizarding Universe(besides Voldemort of course). But in the last few books, I began to understand Snape for the complicated character that he is. Snape (like most people) isn’t just black or white, he’s more grey.Unlike other HP characters that are straightforward, Snape is someone who needs to be thoroughly analyzed. Alan Rickman’s portrayal of Snape helped me to love Snape for the twisted yet fascinating character that he is. I can’t excuse the way he horrendously treated Harry( and nobody can) but if Harry can find room in his heart to forgive a Professor who tormented him for six years straight, I think everyone is capable of seeing the good in Snape. We all make choices in our life that define who we are and Snape made many bad decisions but, no character is without fault. Even though his end goal was to do right by stopping Voldemort, Dumbledore made a lot of awful decisions on the way. He constantly kept secrets from Harry, sent Harry and his friends on a time-wasting hunt to find Horcruxes and other questionable things (hmmm, maybe the next discussion post will be about him). Snape’s faults are more on display in the series but that doesn’t necessarily make him a terrible person. I’m not trying to paint Snape to be a saint or some martyr but, in the end Snape chose to die nobly and I think that’s what truly matters.

Snape is a very interesting character and one that has many different levels. The complexity of his character is what makes Snape one of the more appealing and fascinating characters in the HP Universe. 

 Decide for yourself: Team Snape or Team anti- Snape? Let’s fight about this in the comments 😉 There’s enough evidence for either side so frankly, its a matter of opinion.It’s up to you to decide if Snape is someone who deserved redemption!

XOXLUCY 

Also comment down below who you want to see me dissect next, Draco or Dumbledore?

Black Lives Matter

Being a biracial individual, I haven’t faced a lot of racism directed at me but, I do feel that whenever I’m in a new environment I’m automatically being judged by the way I look. For a while, people used to call me an “oreo” because they felt I wasn’t “black enough”(whatever that means) and that deeply upset me. My interests and passions don’t make me or anyone else less than who they are.Instead of ostracizing a person based on how they look, we must judge a person by things that matter: their personality, their goodness, and who they truly are whether that is someone who makes you laugh or someone who is always there for you.

People in the past have commented to some of my friends that they look exotic and I know it’s not always meant to be offensive but, it can be interpreted that way. The word exotic means of foreign origin and unique which, can cause people to feel like their being demeaned. Racism comes in many different forms its something that is not going to go away instantly. Through education and getting informed, we can all help to battle racism and help spread awareness.

I own no credit for this picture, I found it on Pinterest and, I wish I could draw this well!!!

It’s hard for any person of color to feel completely accepted by society but, I hope as a society we can work to be more including and accepting of all people. A few years ago, a Haitian classmate of mine was traveling for spring vacation and my geometry teacher at the time obnoxiously asked ” Are you going to Africa?”. The saddest part of what she said was not how blunt she was but, the fact that the girl was not even African but she had assumed that. People sometimes assume that the Black Lives Movement only refers to Africans and African Americans but, it relates to all people of color.

The last few weeks have been heartbreaking to hear stories of racism and police brutality towards people of color. I’m upset that it took George Floyd dying for people to finally act out and realize what has been happening for years but, I have hope that we can try to correct past wrongs and bring justice to our world.
This movement relates to me at a personal level but, I’m in awe in the numerous people who are also talking about this(whether on their social media accounts or through their blog posts) to whom it does not affect personally. Like every movement, we must all pitch in to make a world where we can each live in equality.We must all use our voices to speak out on the injustices occurring. Remaining silent is not an option! #blacklivesmatter

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd

XOXLUCY

Beauty

The word beauty is such a subjective word and one that means something different to us all. People use the word beauty to describe someone they find physically attractive but, the word means so much more than that. A person’s beauty is not simply their physical appearance but, their goodness and personality. We should not be defined by how we look on the outside but, who we truly are.
My blogger friend From a stranger to you wrote such a lovely post that deeply touched me and one that I would love to share with you all!!! This post is so raw and has such a magnificent message for everyone to hear and one that will resonate with everyone in the best possible way; “Because we were born beautiful” I could gush about how beautiful this post is for hours(because it truly is) but, I think it’s better if you go read it and see for yourself 😉

From a stranger to you

Flowers are fleeting just like beauty.


I had posted previously about insecurities. If you haven’t read it yet, you can check it out here : http://fromastrangertoyou.home.blog/2020/03/28/insecurities/


Beauty. Most people don’t think they’re beautiful. What does it mean to be beautiful? Does it mean to have a slender body? A fair skin tone? Straight hair? Is that beauty? The Barbie agenda? But I don’t look at a person with straight hair, fair skin, slim figure and call them beautiful. I rarely call people beautiful because it’s a word that can mean a lot of things. And I’m someone who is choosy about my words. I like to be as specific as possible. Because that’s the only way I can express myself. Beautiful. Does it mean that you look beautiful? What does it mean to look beautiful. The grey skies that are covered with thick clouds are beautiful. Not. I don’t think…

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THE SMALL JOYS TAG

The rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  2. List 15 of your Small Joys (They can be as weird, random, and silly as you want to make them!)
  3. Tag 5 blogger friends who bring you joy (and feel free to say why they bring you joy!)
  4. Have fun with it!( I 100% did)

I’m back after a series of grueling exams that have thankfully come to an end!! Ideally, I should have studied weeks in advance but procrastination got the better of me. It’s great to be back and I’ll return to posting more frequently 🙂

Thank you to the lovely Bayance for nominating me for my SECOND award!!! I’m in disbelief at this point and I don’t even know what to say! 💕❤️I already love doing tags but, this one brought me so much joy(hahaha, get it) in thinking of things that bring me happiness. Thinking of things that bring you joy is such an important thing to do and it helped me appreciate all that I have and all that I’m grateful for.

1.Waking up bright and early (preferably before the rest of my family)
Not that I don’t like my family but, I love waking up early and just having some quiet time to myself. After I shower, I turn on WQXR, a classical music radio station,( how retro of me, I know) and either read or reflect. If I wake up early enough, I’ll watch the sunrise which is such a calming experience.

  1. Family Gatherings
    This consists of everything from communion parties to a mere social outing. I just love seeing and spending time with my family which, I don’t do nearly as much as I want to. I have a very extensive family and I haven’t even met all of my cousins! Every summer, we usually go on a big family beach trip which is one of the highlights of my summer.
  1. Scrolling through the internet for memes/quotes from my fandoms
    This is a bit of an obsession of mine and one that I devote too much time to.The best way is to show you…… 😉
Why is this so true? Dumbledore needs to appreciate the other houses more. C’mon man, Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws are AMAZING!!

4. Summer days when the sun goes down at around 8pm
Isn’t it so satisfying when it’s 7:40 and it’s still light outside?!When the sun is out longer it makes the day feel longer(which it actually is).

  1. Getting lost in a book
    Okay, quick story-time for this one. One day(when I was younger) my mother and I decided to go to the library to check out some new books(this happens often because I go through books quickly). Anyways, I picked up some book in the YA section and just fell in love with it instantly. I decided to sit down on the floor behind a table so I could read in peace. About ten minutes later my mother had searched the entire library and had not found me. So she went up to the front desk and asked them to call my name. The first few times they called my name I didn’t hear because I was so invested in the book but, eventually I was like wait, is that my name being called?
    Anyways, I think you get the point. Getting lost in a good book is such
    a joyful experience that sometimes you stay up late just to finish it(guilty as charged).
  1. Running in the rain
    Usually, when it raining its the perfect temperature: not too cold and not too hot. The breeze and the rain falling is refreshing and makes for the perfect outing on a rainy day.

7. Writing and receiving emails
“You’ve got mail”! Okay so maybe our emails don’t say that anymore when we open them but, I love receiving new mail nonetheless! As it turns out half my mail is from sites that I regret subscribing to and another 30 percent is devoted to mail from my school but, I take what I can. While texting is more convenient and quicker for sure, I just love that in emails you can write as much as you want and it feels much more personal.

8.The first sip from a cup of hot chocolate
Full of perfect bliss because every sip after that gets better and better( can you tell I’m obsessed with hot cocoa?).

9. Reading diaries and scrapbooks from my youth
From a young age, I was invested in writing so I would write (my handwriting up until fifth grade was atrocious so, it’s a mystery how my teachers could even read my work) in numerous books about everything and nothing. It’s a total blast from the past reading what I wrote many years ago and it’s also very amusing.! The things I cared about way back then seem so trivial now but, it’s also great to relive memories that I may have forgotten. If you want to get super nostalgic and sappy and emotional, I would really recommend doing this 😉

10.Cauliflower Gratin
The ultimate comfort food that reminds me of home. Don’t let the cauliflower part fool you into thinking its healthy because its baked with cream and cheese!!!

11.Laughing
They say laughter is the greatest medicine in the world and, there not wrong. I have been told that I am an “easy-laugher” because I can laugh at almost anything but, I can’t make others laugh often. My sister has the ability to find humor and jokes in the weirdest situations which I always find astonishing. The few times I do make her laugh are extremely rare so, I hold on to them.
Listening to peoples different laughs is also quite amusing. My brother has what I like to call a wheezing laugh and he can sometimes even full outcry while laughing. A friend of mine has a more cackling sort of laugh and someone people have such a contagious laugh that everyone around them joins in laughing without knowing why.

12.Going to bed knowing you can sleep as much as you want because you have no prior engagements in the morning
Summer vacation in a nutshell 😉

13.Animals(baby animals specifically because, aren’t they just the cutest?!!)
Animals can just make you feel instantly better, I think its a skill that they have!

14.The idea of being locked in a library or bookstore
I often fantasize about what it would be like to be locked in a library and I have thought this through very well. First of all, I wouldn’t want any old library or bookstore because it has to be someplace where the selection of books is great and would last me the entire night. I still haven’t found the perfect place but, its a work in progress. Secondly, I would bring some snacks to last me the night but nothing that leaves much of a mess behind. So basically vending machine snacks like M&M’s and Kit Kat’s(I need the sugar to stay up and read)! But most importantly, I would bring a few sweaters and a jacket because libraries can be freezing for whatever reason!
Why does thinking about being locked up in a bookstore bring me joy? It’s an endless amount of books and, libraries and bookstores are like my second home. Do any you book worms want to join me in this hypothetical situation?
This is mainly a fantasy because what are the chances I would get locked up in a library but, who knows? Never say never!

15.Capsizing a boat(hehehe)
I am not a proficient sailor but, I love being at sea. I usually sail on Catamaran boats which are pretty hard to capsize but when it’s really windy, it’s a piece of cake. Cat’s(Catamaran) have two hulls so whenever it was windy, my brother and I would lift one of the hulls out of the water. Then the wind would push and the Cat would be vertical to the water. Contrary to popular opinion(I also didn’t know this before) but, when Cat’s capsize they don’t turn upside down(not usually at least) and stay vertical to the water. To get it back upright, we would have to pull on the netting and then jump back on the Cat.
The whole process of capsizing and getting back on a boat is extremely thrilling but; if you (like my mother) don’t like getting wet or aren’t up for an unexpected adventure , then I would advise simply sailing 😉

Nominations: 

Everything Me xx – Everything Me xx is such a lovely blog and her photography skills are out of this world!!! Every picture is so personal and precise that you feel that you’re in that moment.

Avocado Thoughts– Sera’s blog is amazing and I’m always looking forward to reading her latest post!!! Sera always makes me have a BIG smile on my face!! Oooh, did I also mention that I’m obsessed with her blog name!  

cLuEless_CerEs– Ceres is such a genuine and enthusiastic person and her posts are always so thoughtful. Despite her protests, she is one of the SWEETEST people ever( yes, I see you there trying to deny what I’m saying).  

Elsie LMC – Lucy’s comments are always so thorough and positive and you can tell she puts a lot of thought in her comments and in every post on her blog!!Lucy was also one of the first people to welcome me into the blogosphere and reading her blog always brings me such joy 🙂

Central City Girl – Brin’s posts are always fun to read and she manages to come up with such unique and creative content (tell me your secrets, how do you do that 😉 ?) I’m so happy she decided not to leave the blogosphere!

From a stranger to you– Arena is literally a ball of positivity, always bringing so much happiness to everyone!!!! Reading her blog(or simply talking to her) will make your day TEN TIMES better!!

Okay, so for those of you mathematicians out there yes, I did nominate six people instead of the limit of five(oops, sorry about that).Each and every one of your blogs are amazing and unique and, I stay up late reading them all 😉 Your support means the world to me and I nominate you all to do this tag if you want !!!!

XOXLUCY

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

-Dr. Seuss, The Lorax (I LOVE this movie and would recommend it to you all especially today 😉 Even though it’s a “children’s” movie, it will make you bawl your eyes out. The message is very important and pertains to us all.

I was psyched for Earth Day this year because I was planning on attending a march/protest in my neighborhood(yes bonus points, I was also going to miss school)!! Recent events(cough cough cough, Covid19) have canceled this event but, it has not canceled the movement and the belief that we need to work to create a better world!

The coronavirus is causing havoc globally but, a silver lining can be found. This pandemic is surprisingly having positive effects on the environment. The pandemic is leading to a reduction in pollution and carbon emissions. It is sad that it has taken something as dramatic and deadly to bring positive change for the environment but we can still contribute to the positive change in the environment

Lol, I love this picture( thank you Pinterest😂)

Back to the tile/quote of this post, nothing is going to change if we don’t all pitch in to help. Our small actions may seem meaningless but they will contribute to the bigger picture. The bigger picture being a world where we can live where, global warming does not threaten us and we can all enjoy what nature has to offer to us.

HAPPY 50th EARTH DAY to all of you!! To get in the Earth Day spirit I would recommend watching the Earth Day Live Global program(@ earthday.org) or watch some videos about the earth and nature on the Discovery Channel or National Geographic(Oooh, both of these channels are so much fun to watch and the animals are adorable 😉 )In the next few weeks I’ll be posting some Earth Day crafts and ideas so, stay tuned! Remember, every small action you do counts!Something as simple as posting environmental positivity or #earthday on your social media to spread awareness to the movement counts as taking a step to help our world.
Love you all💕💕,
XOXLUCY

National Poetry Month:The art of speaking with the use of words

Hey, everyone!!! As many of you may know, April is known as National Poetry Month. I have fond memories of poetry month in elementary and middle school where my teachers made us write, read and dissect poems.And on the illustrious poem in your pocket day, my grade teachers would force us to come up to the front of the classroom and either read our own original creation or share poems of a famous poet in history. I clearly remember being terrified every year that day and being too shy to share my poems. Instead, I would resort to reading Annabelle Lee by Edgar Allan Poe(aka my favorite poem of all time).
Any piece of writing is vulnerable because we fear that others will dislike our work and that will discredit our original thought of our work. I am by no means a poet but, I love reading and writing poetry. Short stories and novels are great as well but, I enjoy how poems can get a big message(or sometimes several messages)across in so few words. So today I’m going to be doing what I couldn’t do all those years ago and share some poems I wrote. Most of these poems are older(from three or four years ago) because the poems I have written this year are not yet ready;) Many of these poems are not great or anything special but, I remember really liking them when I originally wrote them so, here goes nothing. ….

                                                               Shoes                                                  

                                                             You start off new and shiny

                                                             And become dusty and tiny

                                                            When you are almost through

                                                           You start to have holes in you

                                                             It must be hard to be you

                                                           I’m sorry you have to go through this

                                                            It must be a pain

                                                             Especially when it rains

                                                             But what would I do without you?

Who am I?

Who am I?

Thirteen year old boy

Laughing and smiling

Carefree and full of life

Surrounded by loved ones

In a safe haven

Who am I?

Twenty year old woman

Terrified and lifeless, cold and bitter

Full of despair

Alone

Who am I?

Well, it depends on the day

I forget what I did yesterday

I forget what I did yesterday

Maybe I yelled

Maybe I screamed

I forget what I did yesterday

Maybe I cried

Maybe I hurt you

I forget what I did yesterday

But I know you still love me

No Name Poem 😉

Are you lost” they ask me

“Never”

I know my way home like I know my name

The path is easy but hard to follow with its many trees

But I am lost despite knowing my way home

The path is twisted and crooked this time

There are many paths but only one leads home

It gets darker with no hint of light

Desperate, I choose a path

But no matter which path I choose, none lead home

So I keep searching for home, until the morning comes

And now I find my way on a path so easy to follow

Thanks for reading poems of a young and confused me and if any of you want to share your poems, please leave them in the comments because I would LOVE to read them💕💕While this post is about poetry it’s also about not needing the validation of others to tell you your work is good.I’m not saying that it isn’t a great feeling to have others tell you your work is amazing(because it is ) but, you should also like your work because you created it and because you believe in yourself. One of the best things about poetry is that there is no right or wrong. I mean if you’re writing a specific style of poetry there are rules but otherwise, you can make it as long or short, as weird and random as you want. E.E Cummings was(and still is sometimes) considered a weird poet because of his unusual style of writing and the presentation of his poems. I remember looking at his poems and thinking it was almost like solving a puzzle. One of my favorite examples about how poems can be simple is, This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams. It’s a very simple poem but, there’s just something about it that makes people love it so much.

Okay, this post is becoming rather longer than I expected it to be and this idea was all prompted because of my younger brother haha;) He had an assignment to write a poem but, became frustrated because he believed he couldn’t write anything deep or meaningful. I tried telling him that not all poems have to be deep but, they could just be fun to read. So in a way, I have my brother to thank for this post!!
XOXLUCY

OOOH, if any of you guys have poem recommendations please share them in the comments;) I’ll share so of my favorite poems below….

l(a e.e. cummings
Because I could not stop for Death Emily Dickinson
Annabel Lee Edgar Allan Poe
O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman
I, Too Langston Hughes

Awesome Blogger Award

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Tag the post with #awesomebloggeraward.
  3. Answer the questions you were asked.
  4. Nominate at least five bloggers and inform them of their nomination.
  5. Give them ten new questions to answer

Thank you Everything Me xx for nominating me for this award (which happens to be my first ever award)!!!I’m so happy to be answering these wonderful questions and everyone, check out her blog;)

Questions:

Where do you hope to see yourself in 5 years time?
Well this going to sound like a cliche answer but, I hope in five years I will have graduated from college and found something that I’m passionate about to do as a career. I also hope that I will have grown as a person and learned more about myself and others. It’s crazy to think as far ahead as five years even though it will pass in the blink of an eye. While I( along with most people) have dreams and aspirations for the future it’s equally important to stay in the present and think about what you can do today or tomorrow to reach those goals and to live your life to the fullest.

Dream holiday destination?
I don’t travel often so basically ANYWHERE!! My answer is liable to change depending on what mood I’m in. For example, last week I was freezing so I might have said Hawaii but, today (because I’ve been rewatching AWAE) I have to say Canada!

Favourite film you’ve watched so far this year?
The other day, I was watching Sherlock Holmes and I have to say it’s now one of my favorite movies. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are incredible in this film and, they bring humor to both Watson and Sherlock. I don’t often laugh in movies but, I couldn’t help but laugh all the time in this movie:) 10/10 recommend!

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard I cried but, I can remember the last time I cried so much that I began to laugh(aka hysterical crying). I was on a roller coaster this summer after much convincing from my cousins and siblings that this roller coaster wasn’t too scary. (Let me preface this by saying that I’m acrophobic and I had never gone on a roller coaster before that day to avoid what eventually ended up happening) As we were buckling our belts, my sister mentioned smiling after the first fall in the roller coaster because there was supposedly a camera. Needless to say, I wasn’t smiling but screaming and crying for my life. Towards the end of the ride, I began to laugh(while still crying) because I honestly couldn’t control my emotions at that point! And if you’re wondering how I looked in the picture, just imagine the worst!😜

What is your proudest achievement?
Ooof, this is a hard one. A few moments come to mind when I first read this question but, being an altar server at my church(for almost ten years now) is something that I’m very proud of and something I love doing. Through altar serving, I have made quite a few friends and gotten to know the community in my parish more. I have partaken in countless church-related activities and sometimes I joke altar serving is like being part of the Scouts. I used to be terrified of the priests in my church but, know I’m cracking jokes with them and I feel totally at home.

What do you like to do to treat yourself?
Watch Netflix, read a book or take a well-needed nap;)

Favourite food?
Pasta and lentils! If I could, I would eat both of them every single day.

Favourite feature on yourself?
I feel that I will sound self-centered and egotistical by answering this question but, probably my dimples. I love dimples and I think they would look good on anyone. Anyone else part of the dimples club(it counts if you have one)?

Who is your idol/someone you look up to and why?
This is such a great question but, I don’t think I have a good answer for it. I don’t have one specific person I look up to but, multiple people for different things.

Biggest pet peeve?
This one is in my bio but, I hate open doors. For example, if someone comes into my room after they leave they often leave the door open. I don’t know why it bothers me so much but, it does. Sometimes I will just walk around my house and make sure all the doors are closed.

Nominations:

fromastrangertoyou

Gracie

cluelessceres

Ju The Dodo

Emma @ AFCTL

autumngirl

My Questions:
1.Three quirky facts about yourself
2.If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?
3.Favorite Decade

  1. What’s one childhood memory that you cherish?
  2. What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?
  3. Favorite show currently
  4. Favorite movie quote
  5. A book that greatly impacted your life or is meaningful to you in any way
  6. What makes you feel accomplished?
  7. Dream job or aspiration for life

And….. that’s a wrap! Thank you all for reading my lengthy answers to these questions and thanks again to Everything Me xx for the nomination!!

 Hope everyone is safe and well and keeping busy while in quarantine;) How are you all doing?

XOXLUCY

Shows to watch amidst the coronavirus

Happy April Fools day(and for any of the HP fans out there happy birthday to Fred and George)!! Being quarantined has been a difficult change for everyone with, online schooling and being cooped up in the house for weeks. While it is important to stay active and productive, shows are a great way to pass time. I’m not going to talk about shows like Riverdale or the Office(no disrespect to either show and I’m actually a big Riverdale fan myself) but, everyone already knows all about all these shows. SO, today I’m going to be talking about somewhat unpopular and underrated shows and miniseries.

Shadowhunters (3 seasons and about 20 episodes per season)


One of the main reasons I love this show is because it’s loosely based on one of my favorite series of all times, the Mortal Instruments. You do not have to read the books in order to watch or understand the show(though I would highly recommend that you do read them because they are AMAZING) because, while it’s based on the books it does not follow them exactly. The basic premise is about a teenage girl Clary who learns that her mother has been hiding the fact that she is a human-angel hybrid(aka a Shadowhunter). If your fan of magic, vampires, and werewolves then, this is the show for you.


The acting is not phenomenal but then again, what shows today have top tier acting? (I’m not trying to diss any other shows by saying that because I watch and enjoy all those shows. )I actually don’t like the main character Clary in Shadowhunters but, there are so many other memorable characters(like Magnus and Alec )with witty lines and sarcastic humor. I could talk about my love for this show for hours but, then it would become a long run on rant:)

Road To Avonlea (7 seasons and 13 episodes per season)
Probably nobody knows this period drama Canadian show (so this one wins the most underrated out of my list) but, this was my first ever show! I can’t begin to describe how much I loved this show growing up because it’s so unlike anything else. There’s no magic or mythical creatures but, it’s about everyday life in this town called Avonlea. I know that may sound boring and bland but, it’s a beautiful show that captures the essence and importance of family, friendship and community. Some people describe it as the Canadian Little House on the Praire which is not far off but, I never really liked little House on the Praire. The first season of Road to Avonlea is about how Sara Stanely( a rich girl from the city) is sent to live with her mother’s relatives in the countryside of Prince Edward Island. The rest of the seasons are about Sara forming life long relationships with her family and the people in Avonlea.

My mother, sister and I would all sit in front of the TV every night during the summer and watch a few episodes a night. We became so immersed in the lives of the people and the town of Avonlea and watched how everyone changed and grew up. This show made me cry and laugh and feel about every emotion that there is in between. This show also introduced me to Ryan Gosling and Christopher Reeves(along with other celebrated actors) who made guest appearances in this show.

For those of you who like Anne of the Green Gables and Anne with an E, you will for sure appreciate the simplicity and beauty of this show. Don’t get me wrong, there’s adventure, humor, and romance it just feels very different. This show also has so many positive messages and inspirational characters so, anybody and everybody can find joy in watching this.
I’m tearing up while writing this so, I can think it is high time that I rewatch this show.

H20 Just Add Water(3 seasons and 26 episodes per season)
AHHHHHHH!!!!! This is totally a throwback show that was popular when I was younger but, I love to rewatch it and reminisce on my youth(hahaha, I’m still technically in my youth but it sounded cool). I was recently thinking about this show because I’m currently watching Vampire Diaries and The Originals and, Phoebe Tonkin and Claire Holt(who play two out of the three main characters in H20)are in both shows. Just Add Water is an Australian show(if for anything, you should just watch it to hear their cute accents) that became very popular everywhere and, this is also when shows had catchy theme songs ( I still think I sing the entire theme song Ordinary Girl)!
BONUS- All three seasons are on youtube for free right now

And thus concludes my list of shows!!! This slowly became me ranting about shows so, thank you all for reading. Comment down below if you have seen any of the shows I mentioned above or simply comment on a show you are watching or a show you like.

XOXLUCY

A united effort + a list of things to do when your bored at home

Since early January in my health class, we have been reading articles after articles about the coronavirus. Back then the coronavirus was some sort of distant disease but, ever since it reached numerous countries it now pertains to us all. It has quickly become a pandemic causing panic and fear all around the globe.

We don’t know how serious the coronavirus will become which has been scaring individuals. People are panic buying food leaving supermarkets void and a shortage of hand sanitizer. The world has quickly become a “ghost town” as social distancing is advised and large gatherings are dissuaded. 

During WW1, many countries declared total war. Soldiers went abroad to fight and the homefront contributed to the war effort by rationing food and growing victory gardens. The entire country would work together to support the war helping the Allies to win the war in the end.

Just like during the war, we(not only as a country but as an entire World) must work together. Washing hands frequently and avoiding public places is advised as a precaution to this virus. It is important to remember that even if you don’t become sick, you can be a carrier and cause someone else to become ill. 

My school has just recently closed with no specific date to reopen but, online classes will take place until further notice. I don’t like the idea of being cooped up in my house but, we must learn to adjust. Below I have a few ideas for those of you who are also locked in and have enough of Netflix…

1) Play a board game or simple card game – The other day my sister and I decided to play a board game after not having played one in quite a few years. I honestly forgot how much fun they were and it reminded me of when I was younger and would play them on a regular base with my family. Some of my favorite board games are: A ticket to Ride, Scrabble, and Clue. Comment down below if you have any other board games you like. 

2)BuzzFeed quizzes- Some are pretty fun and, its a great time waster. I’ll link below some of the ones I like …

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tessafahey/harry-potter-marauders-cast-poll

https://www.buzzfeed.com/sydrobinson1/fourth-grade-spelling-test

https://www.buzzfeed.com/allisonwild/mama-always-said-life-was-like-a-box-of-chocolates

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mireyagonzalez/short-term-memory-quiz

3) Experiment with a new makeup look or hairstyle- Boredom makes me crazy because I usually don’t wear makeup but, in the last few days I’ve tried some simple makeup looks. I’m no way as skilled as James Charles but, it’s fun to play around with makeup occasionally. My sister has also been doing some beautiful hairstyles for me and I’m just sad that I can’t wear them out;( 

4) Exercise/Yoga- If you been putting off working out for a while, now is the time to act. Put on some of your favorites tunes and follow along to a workout video on youtube or try to increase how long you can hold a plank daily.  

5)Make lists-LISTOGRAPHY!!!! If you can’t already tell, I’m obsessed with making lists(I think it has someone to do with my being an organizing freak) but, I think everyone can have found doing them. Some of my favorite lists are

  • To-Do
  • Films/books
  • Fashion Trends
  • Memorable/life-changing experiences 
  • favorite and least favorite teachers 

During this time of crisis, it is best to work together to stop the prevention of the coronavirus. We must act together and learn to work with one another. Alone we cannot solve anything but, together we are powerful!

  I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe! Comment down below what you think and how your are doing 😉

  XOXLUCY

WORLD TEEN MENTAL WELLNESS DAY

World Teen Mental Wellness Day focuses on trying to raise greater awareness of mental health issues among teenagers. Before, people who suffered from mental disorders were ostracized and society believed that it was a curse of some sort. Today, our society is working to understand and help those suffering from mental diseases offering them guidance and treatment.
According to the American Psychological Association, “Generation Z has the worst mental health of any other generation”. Mental health ranges from body disorders to OCD each; serious in its own way.

So, to all you reading this on World Teen Mental Wellness Day I, hope you can take time to do something for yourself whether it is sleeping more hours, spending time doing something you love, or simply just hugging yourself. Everyone should try to find some time in theri day to do something uniquely for themself.

Love to all,
XOXLUCY

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