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Throwback Thursday ~ reflecting upon old posts

I write a lot — especially as of lately. I have published hundreds of posts on here. I feel shy about a lot of them and some even make me cringe. But that is what art is all about, yes? –Putting your raw self out there, vulnerable to criticism. My ego doesn’t always like it: counting all the likes/comments/views, worried about putting things out there that might make me look bad or doesn’t seem good enough. It’s a soul thing.

There are a select few posts that I am proud of. So I’d like to go back and reassess them, noting what I like and what has room for improvement.

The Scarlet Letter

Recap: I reread the classic “The Scarlet Letter” and decided to recap the story from Hester Prynne’s view, which I find so fascinating. No other book has been able to capture themes of guilt, shame, and judgment so distinctively. It opens your mind and forces you to reevaluate right vs. wrong. There is no true hero or villain. The husband, who deserves the most pity at the beginning of the story, turns out to be the evil one in the end. The priest, who seems to be most despised by the reader in the beginning, ends up being the truest and most noble figure in the end. And Hester Prynne experiences a deep shift in character, going through a punishment that she may not have deserved, yet greatly benefitted from somehow.

Highlight: I jumped into Hester Prynne’s shoes to get a full feel for this story. After reading it from a bird’s eye view, I wanted to experience it through Hester herself. So I even went so far as to purchase an early modern period costume and dress up.

Critique: I definitely could’ve made a longer post. It feels somewhat rushed to me. Generally, it’s good to keep blog posts short because most readers are looking for something quick and light. But I’m so passionate about the book that it deserves an essay. So in the future I may rewrite it and add much more depth to it, although I’d have to reread the book again.

Book Review: “Antony and Cleopatra”

Recap: As the title suggests, this is a book review. It is completely nonfiction, however the hard facts are still full of drama. This book was difficult to read, as it is very dry. It was an extremely enjoyable challenge. I did a lot of highlighting (as well as a lot of page-skipping…) Obvious to the title, the book follows the separate lives of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony, and how their lives eventually intersected.

Highlight: I’m proud of how much work I put into this. This is a meaty post. It took so much time and effort. I did a lot of editing before I finally published it.

Critique: As much as I was fascinated by the romance of Cleo & Antony, I wonder why I did not put more focus on Cleopatra’s story. A little while back, I purchased a nonfiction book that solely targets Cleo herself, and I’m planning to write an even better post about that one. Because life is not just about romance, it’s also about individuality!

Film Review: The Love Witch

Recap: “The Love Witch” is one of my favorite films! Why? One word: AESTHETICS! Nostalgic and dreamy vibes, accompanied by dark humor and witchcraft. The main character, Elaine, is an absolute monster. Yet for some strange reason, she possess a surreal quality of magic that everyone lusts after (including me — yes, I’m obsessed with her aesthetic.)

Highlight: My intention was to provide a light synopsis of the film to an audience that has yet to see it. Therefore, I did not want to give away and details that would spoil the plot line. I wanted to encourage others to watch it. I think I did pretty well at capturing the film’s aesthetic.

Critique: There’s still a lot more that could have been said. If I wasn’t worried about spoilers, than I would have dove much deeper. The character of Elaine is quite fascinating. I may write a post analyzing her character, which will require me to completely spoil the ending.

Weekly schedule

I’m going to be trying something new with my blog, something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’m going to put myself on a schedule to inspire myself to write every day, even when writer’s block tries to stop me. I have a theme for each day. My goal is to write every single day because it uplifts me and hopefully also can inspire others. Here and there I will still have my random posts. So at least once a day is the goal, if not more!

Here is the draft schedule… (subject to change):

Mystery Monday: investigation and research pieces, going to take a topic I have questions about and try to find those answers. Anything from creepy murder mysteries to simple little things.

There’s also Music, or Movie, or Media Monday.

Try it Tuesday: every now and then I write about something new I tried. I’m going to do this every week which may be difficult. I might also write about things I already do that I’d encourage others to try.

Wishful Wednesday: this is about dreams and goals. It can be anything from realistic & doable to absolutely impossible.

Throwback Thursday: nostalgia. Things about the past, whether personal or universal.

Flow Friday: words of wisdom and peaceful inspiration. Writing about things that will raise your consciousness and make you feel connected to the flow of the universe.

Caturday: all things cats!!! (And other furry friends & little critters.)

Self-care Sunday: health, beauty, luxury, and most importantly how to love yourself.

Please, please do not hesitate to give me suggestions, feedback, and constructive criticism!

Day 27: conversely, write about something that’s kicking ass now

I am doing really well with my writing now. Look how I am actually about to finish my 30-day challenge in 30 days. The past two times it took me a couple months. It is because I have been much more inspired lately than I have in the past. I never thought so many people would be interested in anything I have to say. And even if it’s one or two people showing interest, that means a lot. Plus, this is my own therapy and self-expression so people can take it how they want. Only recently have I realized how deeply and beautifully I can enrich my life with nothing but imagination. I have experienced several let-downs in the past year, but my writing brings me back in control and allows me to live the story I choose. My whole life I have always seen writing as my hobby, or my passion, yet now I see it as something so much more.

Goals & ideas for 2019

Writing

One of my greatest passions is writing, but it’s hard. It’s hard to stay inspired enough to keep up a blog. It’s even harder to be vulnerable and open enough to express myself in totally honest ways for the world to see — still that comes with a therapeutic rewards of releasing pent up energy. So it’s definitely something I want to keep up with. Going to try more 30-day challenges. My goal is not going more than a week without posting. Please contact me if you have any writing ideas.

Reading

I am always trying to read more books but I always end up getting halfway through something and then moving onto the next without finishing the previous one. I want to finish at least one book a month. And then hopefully write a good review about it, if it was worthwhile.

Clean sweep

This is really something I want to do before 2019 even begins, or at least get started with. I want to go through all my things and get rid of anything I don’t need. Clear out all the old energy of previous years.

Specifically I would like to discard all products with highly toxic ingredients, this mainly applies to beauty/hygienic products and cleaning supplies. I want to not only invest in more natural products, but also try more DIY concoctions.

Nutrition

I’m really trying to prioritize healthy eating on a budget. Going to give growing my own fruits and veggies another try (keep in mind I live in an apartment, not on a farm…), also purchasing them in frozen/powder/canned/juice/etc. form which saves a lot of money. Also, I want to do more cooking from scratch, as opposed to wasting money on expensive takeout or eating processed microwave meals.

Exercise

I do a lot of yoga and stretching, a practice I want to continue expanding on. A few years back I started hula hooping — I’d really like to learn more tricks and buy myself a personalized hoop (something a little bigger and easier to use than the cute ones they sell at Walmart designed for children…). I have seen so many incredible hooping videos on Youtube! And music festivals are full of so many talented hoopers! And I also really want to get into ballet again because I really miss it!

Photography

Yet another passion of mine is photography, which I would like to do more of in 2019. I have a good camera that I lost a while ago, which I must find, I know it’s laying around here somewhere. Nature is my favorite place to take photos because it’s just so beautiful and always photo-ready. I enjoy taking pictures of myself, and it’s really not in a vanity way, it’s truly a way of expressing myself when I feel lost for words. Photos that I share of myself are not just something to look at, they have stories behind them, it’s supposed to be artwork.

Comment if you have any goals for 2019…

30-Day Challenge (Know Thyself): Day 14

Day 14: hobbies

Writing is a hobby of mine, which is kind of obvious, since I’m writing about it. I like writing short stories, journal entries, poems, and everything I post here. I feel like writing is something that comes easy and natural to me, however I wouldn’t consider myself an advanced writer or anything. It’s just fun and a stress release.

Reading is a hobby of mine. I really enjoy nonfiction texts. I love learning new things and expanding my mind. I also love flipping back and forth between pages which is something you can’t do with fiction.

Yoga is a hobby of mine. It promotes strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility. It is also really great for the mind as well as the body.

Hiking is a hobby of mine. I love being outdoors; it’s so healing. It’s a great way to get a lot of exercise without feeling like it’s actually exercise.

Animals are a hobby of mine… well, anything animal-related. I love to watch, play with, groom, and even work with animals.