May 30, 2017

Reading Wrap-Up // May, 2017.

Well, I had a pretty shitty reading month and it's totally my fault. Apparently, I've decided to choose the less exciting books to read ever all in one month and that's the result right here. They were not all terrible, but none of them made me think: Oh My, what a great book! I must talk about it on the blog. They were all pretty meeeeh, except one, one that's not even a full book, more like an essay. But, we'll get into that in a bit. 

I think part of this happened because I haven't been making my TBR lists like I used to. Whenever I take my time to think about what I'll read next, I really do my research.. I check GoodReads, Youtube and a couple of book blogs just to see what to expect from a book. So, I think I'm gonna try bringing the TBRs back next month because I NEED a better reading month. I've been so busy lately, so when I take some time to read a book, I want it to be a good one. I can feel a reading slump coming and I need to fight it, guys!
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The Lying Game - Sara Shepard // Rating this book is a dilemma for me. While it was extremely addicting and I was hooked from page one, I found it a little immature and not believable. It honestly felt like I was reading Pretty Little Liars again from a different perspective, like this story happened in another part of Rosewood with different people, which is a good thing for me because I loved PLL, but kinda a bad thing for people who didn't live PLL. I've recently found out that these books also became a TV Show, I've been watching it, and again.. it has pretty strong PLL vibes. I liked it because I usually like teenage drama with a mystery twist. My recommendation is that If you enjoy Pretty Little Liars, you'll probably enjoy The Lying Game too.    

Dreamland - Sarah Dessen // Another book that is hard for me to rate. The first of this book I really disliked, it was boring, I felt like there was nothing really going on and I wasn't feeling the family aspect. But then, the romance started and I feel like the way the author portrayed an abusive relationship was really spot on and really important, specially in YA. I don't see YA authors talking about abusive relationships and when they do, they do it in a way that I usually disagree. This book did it so well that I actually remembered very vivid parts of an abusive relationship I was in when I was a teenager. In the book, the abuse involves physical violence, which is something I didn't experience, but I still related to the verbal abusive, small actions that completely trash your self-esteem and the manipulation. Sarah Dessen restored my faith is her as an author and now I'm pretty positive I'll read more of there books. 

We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // 5 stars. 10 stars. This book gets ALL of the stars ever. This is actually a TED talk that I was adapted as a book. A friend of mine actually gave this to me saying it would change my life and, to be honest, it kinda did. Chimamanda talks about feminism in the best way possible and I loved her writing and her thoughts. It's only 50 pages, so I think EVERYONE should read this.   

P.S. I Still Love You - Jenny Han // Well, I hate this book. I don't like to be this negative about books, but I really did hate it. I extremely disliked the first one, and I have no idea why I thought this one would be different. I'm a pretty big fan of The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy, so I had pretty high hopes for Jenny Han's new trilogy, but these books really sucked. The main character was extremely annoying and boring and she kept going on and on about stuff and nothing ever happened. The main character also seems very young, naive and borderline stupid for her age and the way the is portrayed. I didn't like the other characters or the love interest. Honestly, nothing saved this book for me.

So, these are all the books I've read this month. Like I've said in the beginning, not my best reading month ever! But, I think part of it was my fault because I'm the one who choose to read this books, guess I need to do a better job next month. If you have any suggestions of books I should read, please leave it in the comments because, as you could see, I could really use your help!  

Which books did you read in the month of May?
Which books are you excited about reading next month?

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Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!


May 29, 2017

Weekly Mantras // #4

Happy Monday, everyone!

I'm so excited for this week! If you guys missed my last post, lets catch up! Today I'm starting this new thing I'm calling 3 New Things Every Week (you can read more about it here). So, I thought today's mantras should be all about doing new things and living life to the fullest, which is exactly what I'm trying to accomplish with this whole thing. As I'm writing this, I've just woken up and I'm still having my cup of coffee and planning out my week. Hopefully, we'll get a lot of exciting things done. But, for right now, let's just focus on this week's mantras! They have been helping me out a lot these past few weeks, I've noticed that I've been more focused on my goals and overall more productive. Hopefully, they are having the same affect on you too!
ONE // I am confident and self-reliant. Confidence is my second nature. 

TWO // I always attract only the best of circumstances in my life. 

THREE // Nothing is impossible and life is great. 

FOUR // I choose to be proud of myself. 

FIVE //I release the past and fully in the present moment. 

SIX // I breath in peace and confidence. I breath out stress and negativity. 

SEVEN //  I love change and easily just myself to new situations. 

That's it for today! These posts are usually short and sweet like this, but let me know on the comments if you guys are enjoying these mantras and how or if they have been helping you in any way. I've also been trying to work more on being positive and focusing on the good things in life, so maybe we'll cover that with next week's mantras. I hope you're all having a great start to the week and if you've been feeling unmotivated so far, take this post as a sign to turn things around. If you are struggling today, take a screenshot of these mantras and repeat them over and over again until you feel better and more in control of your day. I really hope this helps you! 

Have you been enjoying the mantras?

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of the day! 

May 27, 2017

3 New Things Every Week.

So, if you're following me on Twitter this might not come as a surprise to you, but I was chatting with a friend the other day and we were talking about how we feel like we've been stuck on a rut lately. We were debating on what to do about it, if there was anything dramatic we felt like changing, like our jobs or something like that or if by just changing small things here and there we would already feel better. We came to the conclusion that we were actually pretty happy with our long term goals, the real problem was that we were feeling like our everyday lives were just boring and like nothing was happening that really made us excited about waking up in the morning. 

Now, I know that everyday life is usually pretty boring: you wake, go to work, come home and repeat. And there's nothing wrong with that, we need jobs to pay for food and survive, but life doesn't have to be boring just because we have obligations, right? Well, I've just come to this realization this week! I was feeling like there was nothing new and exciting happening in my life and, to be honest, I've been struggling a little with the whole waking-up-everyday-and-surving thing. I'm not saying I'm depressed, but I really need something else in my life. Like I said, something to get me excited about. 

So, the solution I came to was to try to do something new every week. The goal was to do something new everyday, you know? Pull a Eleanor Rooselvet and "do one thing everyday that scares you", but ain't nobody got time for that! I have work, I have to study, I even struggle to get to the gym 3x a week... Having said that, I've decided to adapt this to my life, to make it realistic so I won't feel overwhelmed. I've settled on doing 3 new things every week. I can do that, right? We have seven days in a week, I can totally do it!

And since I'm a blogger, part of the goal is to document it all here on the blog. I'm aiming for one post every week, possibly every Sunday, narrating all the adventures from that week. Just so you guys don't get your hopes up, I don't think I'll be doing anything crazy like jumping from rocks or snorkeling. Snorkeling would actually be pretty fun, maybe I'll try that one day. We're gonna begin with baby steps, like trying out new restaurants and going to the movies by myself (something I've never ever done in my life). 

The goal here is to do things that make me feel uncomfortable or that give me anxiety, to change up my routine. I feel like this is going to be good for me, it's going to give me a chance to deal with my anxiety little by little and, hopefully, when big things come along I'll be better at dealing with them. So, I've rambled a lot, let's get to the rules! Oh yeah, there are rules. 
#1: It has to be something new. 
This is pretty obvious, but let me explain. "Something new" includes everything, from going to a new mall or shopping at a new store. Like I said, I probably won't be parasailing anytime soon, but we'll get there. 

#2: It has to make me feel uncomfortable. 
And with that I mean, it needs to spark up my anxiety at least a little bit. For example, going to a new mall in my neighborhood won't really make me anxious because I'm pretty used to my neighborhood, but going a to a new mall in a new place... Just thinking about it is already making me feel anxious. 

#3: It has to be safe. 
I want to try new things, live life to the fullest, not get murder. 

#4: It has to make me feel better about myself.
I want to do new things so I can grow and feel more in control of life, I don't want to do stuff just because it's new. We have an end goal here and that's all about positivity.

I guess these are all the rules, if I think about something else I want to add, I'll let you guys know about it next week. I think Monday (May, 29th) is going to be the starting point. I've been thinking about new things I want to do next week and it's already overwhelming me, which I'm gonna take as a positive thing. 
ONE// Sign up for the TOEFL exam.
I've been playing around with the idea of applying for a master program outside of my country, and I need to take the TOEFL exam for pretty much all of the programs I've found online, so it seems like a good idea to start with that. This is also something I've been pushing off for ages now, so I'm kinda excited to be finally doing it! 

TWO // Volunteer.
My church has been looking for volunteers to teach English, but teaching is something that makes me pretty nervous. Like, what if I suck? What if people hate me there? What if I'm the worst teacher there and they tell me to just go home? I know it might sound stupid, but that's just how I feel. Anyway, I'm just gonna go over there next week and see what they need and how I can help. 

THREE // Start learning German.
This is something I've always wanted to do, I've never really done it because I always thought: where the hell am I going to speak German? But, utility is not the point anymore. I want to do something different and there's no time like the present. 

So, that's the plan! If you'd like the join me, please do. I could really need to some internet encouragement here! And, we could all share in our blogs or online platforms what we're up to! If you have anything share or any times at all of what I should do next, also let me know. I'm getting a feeling that the first week is going to be easy, and as time progresses I'm gonna run out of things to do! Wish me luck, guys! 

Do you have any tips? 
Would you like to join me?

Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful day! 

May 22, 2017

Empties // May, 2017.

Boy, do I have an empties for you? 

Today is Monday and we're off to a good start, at least blogging wise! I'm always excited for empties, but today's post is a specially good one because I have SO MANY products! I don't know what was going on with me this month, but I was on a roll. I always finishing product after product and it felt soooo good. I'm finally seeing the results on my cabinets, I've been noticing that I have way more space and that the amount of products I wanted to use up is slowly decreasing. Hopefully, soon I'll be able to completely use up everything I don't really enjoy using and just keep my must-have products, which has always been the end goal here!
Bioré Deep Cleaning Pore Strips // At first, I really liked this. The first time I used it I really saw results on my skin and on the strip, but you really don't need to do this as often as they say. I would suggest only doing this once a month or even less. If you have a regular skin care regiment, there's really no need to cleanse your pores like this on a weekly basis. But, overall, these were good. 
I'm not sure if they're cruelty-free or not, so I don't know if I would repurchase. 

Boticário Nativa Spa Revitalizing Shampoo // There only reason why I decided to use this shampoo was because my mom was going to throw it out and I didn't want it to go to waste. Boticário is a Brazilian brand and I'm usually a fan of their products, but this shampoo was ok at best. It was blue and I liked it because I thought it kinda toned down my blonde ends, but I wouldn't repurchase it and I'm really glad it's gone. 
Boticário is cruelty-free. 

Natura Plant Conditioner with Vegetal Keratin // Another hair product. I really liked this one, it wasn't as heavy duty as I like my conditioners to be, but it was good. I liked the scent and I'm pretty sure this specific line is not only cruelty-free, but also vegan. Would totally repurchase it.  
Phebo Creamy Soap + Phebo Glycerin Soap in Lavender // These soaps are a staples in every empties post. I really like them because they have a vegetal base and overall better ingredients than regular soap. 
Phebo is cruelty-free also.  

Aromae Botanicals Body Lotion // Hotel body lotion. Used it on my feet. Don't think it needs a review, but I wanted to include here because I did use it up this month.  

Pantene Pro-V Classic Clean Daily Shampoo // This is the last one of the minis and I couldn't be happier. If you've missed my last empties, my mom got a bunch of these mini shampoos and conditioners on her last trip and she was going to throw them out (she's been going through a decluttering period). I decided to use them up because I felt bad, I feel really bad creating unnecessary waste. I finally used them all up. This was ok, nothing major. 
Pantene is not cruelty-free. 
Colgate Plax Fresh Mint Mouthwash // I've been going through my cabinets and I've recently found this bottle half used, so I decided to go ahead and finish it. I don't think there's anything to say about this, it was a mouthwash and it worked for that purpose. I just wouldn't repurchase because Colgate is not cruelty-free. 

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Sea Island Cotton // This was a good moisturizer, I love the scent and the little bottle - perfect for traveling. But, my problem with BBW is that that their cruelty-free status is really not clear. It literally says on the bottle that they don't test on animals, but their whole animal testing policy is not very clear and for that reason I won't be repurchasing their products. I've also been trying to go more natural with my beauty products so I might actually try to make my own body lotions. 

Acetone // A regular. Some people don't like acetone, but I love it. It's cheap and it's the only thing that takes away my nail polish fast enough. I don't really have a problem with it drying my hands, but it does happen. I just use some hand cream and I'm fine.  

Johnson's Baby Wipes // I've been trying so hard to stop with the baby wipes because they're so bad for the environment, but they're just so practical. What I can do is stop using the ones from this brand because Johnson's is not cruelty-free. 
Bath & Body Works PocketBac in Crisp Golden Pear // These things literally last forever, I think I've had this one for a good 3 months. This was ok, but I just think the scent is too strong and this is a total extra products for me. I don't need a scented hand sanitizer, I can do with the regular cheaper ones, so I wouldn't repurchase. 

Essence Get Big! Lashes Volume Boost Mascara // I loved this mascara and I'm so sad that it's gone. I can't get Essence products in Brazil, but I'm really going to try to get this one online, when I'm done with all the other mascaras I currently own. But, like I said, I loved this: it was super black, it gave volume and length and it was held the curl really well. 10/10.  
Essence is cruelty-free and I would totally repurchase. 

Avon Random Lipstick // You might recognize this lipstick from my Project Pan and I'm sooo happy to see it go. I said "Random" because I have no idea what kind of lipstick this is or what shade its in, I just know I got it from Avon. I really didn't like this one and that's why I was trying to use it up. Avon doesn't have the best ingredients and they're not cruelty-free. This lipstick was definitely not my favorite and I would not repurchase. I actually ended up using it as a cream blush just to use it up because I felt bad throwing away a full lipstick. 

Avon Ideal Face CC Cream in Natural Beige // I'm soooo glad this is gone. I've been trying to use this thing up for ages. 

So, these are all the products I used up so far. I also have a ton of products that are almost empty, but I've decided to save them for next month's empties, this was already too big. I hope you guys enjoyed these mini-reviews and if you've done an empties post or video recently, leave it in comments below so I can go check it out!

Have you finished any beauty products this month?

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Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have an awesome week!

May 17, 2017

Book Haul // Shopping Therapy.

Well, I had a shit day today and I felt I need a little shopping therapy. I'm not saying this is a healthy way to deal with your problems, but thank God I'm an adult and I can self medicate with shopping and wine when I need it. You know when you have one of those days when everything, literally everything goes wrong? That was me today, YAY (*sarcasm tone*)! I didn't think I had to go to class today, but apparently I had to. I was woken up at 6:00 by an very unexpected call, I didn't have anything for breakfast because I thought I would have time to eat outside and then go grocery shipping and since I didn't plan my day, I choose a horrible outfit that bothered be the entire day. 

I know some people have worse problems, I know that.. But, having to wear a horrible outfit on top this already shitty day was just the cherry on top of the worst cake ever. So, I got home, took a shower, poured myself a glass of wine and chilled on Amazon for a good 45 min looking through books and more books. I only allowed myself to get four books, I just spent enough money to finish off my latest gift card (and couple dollars more), but if I could I would have bought waaaaay more. So, other than buying books and drinking wine, blogging sometimes helps and here I am! 

A World Without You - Beth Davis // When I'm having a bad day or when I'm on a reading slump, reading YA helps me and that's pretty much the main reason why I got. I wanted to get this on my last book haul, but I already had way too much on my cart and unfortunately I'm not made of money. 

Nights With Parker - Alice Tribue // I got this because I could use a quick read tonight. This book is less than 200 pages and I need something quick and cheesy to put me in a good mood, with a lot of romance. The reviews are surprisingly good and positive and I remember someone talking about it in a video once (apparently, I don't need a lot to convince myself to buy books). 

Swimming Lessons  - Claire Fuller // This cover is stunning and there was no way I was going to pass on it again! The reviews both on GoodReads and Amazon were pretty good and I've never read anything from this author. This is about a woman that writes letters to her husband and hides them in her house, and then one day she goes missing. I think he tries to find her, I'm not sure. But, I was intrigued! 

Small Great Things - Judi Picot // I went on a trip at the end of last year (you can see my travel diary here) and this book was everywhere in every airport I passed through. I decided to get it this time because I've been seeing it a lot around book tube and book blogs. I've never read anything from Judi Picot either, so I'm excited for this one. 

That's all for today, guys! Let me know if you've read any of these books, I would really like to know your thoughts on them. I really hope you had a better day than me, from the bottom of my heart. Sometimes, I feel a little stupid saying I had a bad day because of these small things, but small things add up and on top of that I just wasn't feeling my best today. I always debate on sharing these parts of my life, but I feel like this is an important thing to do - specially on the blogging community when it looks like everyone is always having a blast going on tropical vacations sponsored by brands. Of course there's nothing wrong with that, but I miss content I can relate to so that's I'm trying to do here! 

Have you bought any books recently?
Have you read any of the ones I've mentioned?

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Thanks so much for stopping by and come back soon!

May 15, 2017

Weekly Mantras // #3

Heeeello, beautiful internet people!

I'm here yet again with another weekly mantras. If you've read the previous posts, you've realized that I like to take this time to catch up with you guys on my week and my inner struggles. Last week, I reported to you guys that I've been really trying to get my shit together and, let me tell you, it's been a process. My ankle is still not a 100%, so I can't work out the way I want to.. Actually, the way I need to because not being able to work out has been really bad for my productivity levels. I don't feel as inspired to get out of bed in the morning and get things done the way I used to. 

But, all is well. I'm focusing on the good. I've been feeling like I've been kind of stuck in a rut these past months and just going through the motions, so I decided to do something kinda big to spice things up. I'm not ready to share yet, but if everything works out in the end I might be moving to a different country. And, honestly, these mantras have been really helping me out with this funk I'm in. It might sound silly to you, but I really think these daily mantras are helping!

About today's post, I put together seven positive affirmations I had saved on my phone. Whenever I come across a good one, I screenshot it so I can share it with you guys too. I hope you enjoy them and I really hope they help you out with whatever you're going through at the moment. We're not obligated to have our shits together all the time. We only have 24 hours in each day, we cannot possibly keep up with everything. 
ONE // I can do anything I put my mind to. 

TWO // I feel harmony between myself and the world around me. 

THREE // I choose to be proud of myself. 

FOUR // I send peace from myself to the world. 

FIVE // I make things happen for myself.  

SIX // Everyday I am more and more at ease. 

SEVEN // I am free of anxiety, and a calm inner peace fills my body and mind. 

If you have any affirmations to share with us, please feel free to leave it in the comments. And while you're there, let me know how your week has been and what's up with you. I can't be the only one doing all the sharing. If you're also having a hard time like myself, get these mantras and save them on your phone so you can read them again as much as you need. I'm telling you, don't mock it till you've tried it! 

So, how was your week?

Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have an awesome day!

May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!


It's already kind of late over here, but I still wanted to pop in to wish you all a Happy Mother's Day! I hope you all had a wonderful time with you mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers and all the other kinds of mothers out there - I know some people fill in the mother position so selflessly and I feel like you all should be recognized today. This is a very special day, and since I don't believe this is the best place for me to gush about how amazing my own mom is (I already told her all about that today), I wanted to come over here and tell all the mothers that read my blog that we all appreciate your hard work and support. 

I can only speak for myself, but I think a lot of daughters out there will agree with me when I say that, my mom is my rock. She's my go-to for everything, from asking what I should eat for dinner to proof-reading my assignments at college. I lucked out on the parents department, but I know that I wouldn't have done half of the things I've done in life if it weren't for my parents. But, since I'm a girl, I connect to my mom on another level. I look up to her in a special way. 

I think being a mom must be extremely hard, but a lot of you make it look so effortless. You give yourself to your kids so selflessly that it seems easy, never asking for anything in return. I know that it sounds cliche, but Mother's Day really should be everyday. You literally make babies and create life inside of yourselves, just one day out of 365 cannot be enough to celebrate everything you do. 

Lastly, I wanted to say thank you to all the mothers that raise beautiful, smart, thoughtful, kind and amazing people. We need more mothers like you and we need more people like the ones you raise. I hope you had an amazing day and I hope you got the attention and love you deserve. I hope this post finds you happy and that it's just the cherry on top of the best cake ever. Cheers to all the beautiful mamas out there! 

Thanks so much for stopping by on the this special day! 

Happy Mother's Day!

May 11, 2017

13 Reasons Why.

trigger warning: suicide, rape and bullying. 

I loved the show. I know a lot of people didn't and I can understand why, but in my opinion this was a super important topic and I really liked the way the show dealt with it. I get that it's extremely graphic, but it's also extremely true. I think a lot of people didn't like it exactly because of that. The truth hurts, it makes us uncomfortable, but making people feel uncomfortable is the only way to get things to change. Comfortable people don't feel the need to change anything, because they are comfortable with the status quo.

I wanted to start this post by saying that I was never suicidal and I never knew anyone that committed suicide. I don't know if anyone that I personally interact on a daily basis is thinking about it, but that's the whole reason why this show and this post that I'm writing right now is important. Having said that, I don't know why people consider suicide, I can only imagine. But, I'm trying really hard to understand this. I'm trying to think about it from a different perspective, and I think that if other people did that too we could be saving a lot of lives.   

I think the reason why I liked the show so much is because it changed my perspective. I used to think suicide was a choice and that the fault was entirely of the person who did it. 13 Reasons Why made me realize that it isn't. You can't bully someone, make them feel like they are all alone in the world and say that they choose to die. I think you can't blame it all on the bullies either, but I don't think you should blame it all on the victim alone. Blaming the victim in this case, just like in many shitty situations in life, is the easy way out. They are not there anymore, so they can't really explain to you why they did.  In life, things are hardly ever black or white. And I think that when it comes to suicide, life is on it's deepest shade of grey.

Since I don't have another example to talk about, I would like to talk about the show as an example. The way I see it, in the show everyone was responsible for what happened. You can't make someone open up to you, but you can try harder if they don't want to. The school system, her "friends", her parents, the bullies and Hannah herself are all to blame for this situation. Every action you make has consequences, when someone kills themselves they're not just ending their lives, they're messing with the lives of all the people they knew. 

People commit suicide for various reasons, reasons no one knows about, but feeling alone and misunderstood must be something the majority of them have in common. Looking back on the show, the main character Hannah didn't commit suicide because of one thing. People kept bringing her down and she was constantly getting up, brushing it off and moving on with her life. Until, couldn't anymore. I like to see myself as a strong woman, but I think we all have our limits. It took 13 events for her to commit suicide, you can't say she was weak or that she was looking for a way out. She tried and she kept trying, until all of her strength was gone and she couldn't fight anymore.

Again, it took Hannah 13 events to commit suicide, how many would it take some else? 54? 29? 5? ONE? My point with this is that you don't know what everyone else is going through, not even your best friend or your parents. You can't know because you're not inside their minds. Nobody tells you everything. That being said, you can't completely blame yourself when something like that happens to someone close to you. Closure and a list of reasons why someone thinks ending their lives is the way to go is hardly ever found in real life. You can't expect someone to do something, if they have no idea what's going on. One thing my mom always told me as I was growing up is that she couldn't help me if she didn't know what was going on. Things are hardly ever what they seem, so if you need help you need to ask for it.   

People can't read minds, but they CAN not bully someone, they CAN ask what's going on when someone looks sad or is crying, they CAN always try to make the right thing. Negligence and turning a blind eye sometimes is just as bad as actually doing something. We need to start caring more about people. I think my generation sometimes glorifies the fact of not caring or "not giving a fuck" (which is some situations is necessary, I agree), but we should start doing that -specially in a time when a lot the suicide rates are skyrocketing.   

I also believed in the cliche of ''suicide is not an answer'', but not anymore. If so many people do it, than it's clearly seen as an answer to them and that needs to change. I think this cliche should be changed to ''suicide is not the best answer'' because it clearly isn't. I know I come from the privileged position of having a great support system, but I strongly believe that there is always a way and that the best is yet to come. Killing yourself is not the best way to deal with anything. 

Bringing it back to the show, I'm only really familiar with teen suicide because it's all over the media nowadays. Teens and kids live most of their lives in school. In some countries, the school you go to is tied to where your parents live, making it really hard to even change schools if things get to rough. So, we clearly be talking about the school system when talking about teen suicide. When I was applying for colleges and having to get my grades up, I had school from Monday to Saturday and had little time on the weekends to keep up with friends that didn't go to the same school as me. I went to school 6 days a weeks and spent most of time there, it's easy to see how someone might think there's no way out if things are rough at school. 

I want to start a discussions with this post and I'm going for an adult-mature type of discussion.  This post was really hard for me to write. I hope this helped you see things differently. If you haven't watched the show or read the book, I would highly recommend that you do it. Just keep in mind that it deals directly with suicide, rape and bullying. I wrote this post because I think this is something everyone should be talking about. We should care about people and what they're going through. Suicide is not something to be talked about only with people that are considering it, it should be constantly talked about in a group or a community setting because we can all do something to help and also because if a person is already considering, it could be too late to change their mind. I want to end this by saying that, if you think nobody cares just know that I do. And if you're feeling lonely or you want to talk about a bad day or something, leave a comment or an email, I'll gladly chat with you! 

What do you think about it?
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Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you soon! 


May 10, 2017

Weekly Mantras // #2.

Well, it's been a rough couple of weeks. I'm not gonna bother you with the details because we try to focus on the positive here in this blog, specially when we're talking about positive affirmations. But, to sum it all up, I twisted my ankle, had a big fight with one of my best friends and, since I couldn't go to the gym with a twisted ankle, I gained a couple of pounds. But now, that's all in the past. My ankle is much better, I'm going back to the gym today (just to work arms and back) and I've been trying to work things out my friend and things are going good, better. 

It's weird to think how just one thing can mess up your entire routine and you entire life. Twisting an ankle is something so common and that happens everyday to a lot of people, but it really messed things up for me. As you guys can see, whenever something like this happens, my blogging routine always suffers. I was feeling shitty, so I wasn't feeling inspired to blog. Blogging reflects what's going on in my life and my current interests, if I'm feeling shitty I don't want to put up negative or bad content, you know? 

Anyway, we're here today! I'm feeling better and I hope you're feeling good too. Last week was the first time I tried sharing weekly mantras here on the blog. I had a positive response in the last post and I really enjoyed putting it together, so we're here again today with more mantras. More positivity, more love and more productivity. I'm gonna aim to get this up every Monday so we can all start the week on an extremely positive note, but this one is coming to you on a Wednesday so we can end the week on a positive note, I guess..

ONE // Things won't change unless you change.

TWO // Do one thing everyday that scares you.

THREE // I'm superior to negative thoughts and low actions. 

FOUR // The best is yet to come. 

FIVE // I forgive myself for all the mistakes I have made.  

SIX // I refuse to give up. 

SEVEN // There is always a way. 

I hope these positive affirmations make your week a little better and a little brighter. Just remember that it's ok to have a bad day, it's ok to have a couple of bad days when you're not feeling too hot. Don't be so hard on yourself! You're doing the best you can everyday given your circumstances! 

How do you feel about mantras and positive affirmations?
How was your day?

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Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful rest of the week!


May 3, 2017

Book Haul // YA Awesomeness.

What? Another book haul? SHOCKING!

Hello, everyone! My name is Michele and I'm a justifier. I can pretty much justify any purchase to myself. If you don't believe me, just check out my previous blog posts and you'll see that I've bought around 15 books these past few days.. I know, it's becoming a problem. But, I'm gonna stop it, I swear! - Said every addict in the world least once. But seriously, I'm stopping with the book buying for a while. The amount of books in my TBR is starting to give me anxiety and I need to start reading more if I want to complete my GoodReads Reading Challenge, I'm already two books behind - I know this is supposed to be something fun, but I really don't want to fail my reading challenge.

This book haul started because of just one book, that's always how it starts... I saw the movie trailer for Before I Fall and realized it was based on a book so I decided to read it before watching the movie because I'm a book nerd and that's just what we do. And then.. I got sucked in the GoodReads/Amazon vortex and ended up with all of these books on my Kindle. Thank God for Kindles! I couldn't possibly fit all of my books in my small apartment (not sponsored, I just really love my Kindle). Specially now that these book hauls are becoming a habit. At least I got some awesome books that I've been wanting to read for a long time.
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver // Let's start with the book that started this whole thing. This book has been popping up everywhere I look on the internet, but it never really caught my eye. I know I shouldn't judge a book by the cover, but I hate covers with people on them - specially when it's a super perfect looking girl. It all changed when I watched the trailer for the movie. It sounds like a super interesting story and I'm really excited to read it now. I don't think I've ever read anything from Lauren Oliver, but I read the first few pages and I'm feeling the writing style, so I think I'm going to like it. And also, Jay Asher blurbed it and I love Jay Asher.   

The Lying Game - Sara Shepard // I'm a big fan of Pretty Little Liars, the TV show, and I've never read the books, I think I read the first one but stopped it because it was really similar to the TV show. I remember I really liked Sara Shepard's writing, so I decided to pick this one up. I love the fact that it's a series and that there are already a couple of books out that way, if I love it I can just marathon the whole thing. I started reading this last night and I'm really enjoying it. It's very fast paced and I'm really digging the main character.     

As I Descend - Robin Talley // LOOK.AT.THIS.COVER. If I ever write a book, I want the person who designed it to design mine. It's just gorgeous. But, about the book, I picked it up because the rating were good and because it's a diverse read. I've been wanting to read more diverse books as you all know and I thought this would be fun. I have no idea what this is about, so fingers crossed.  

A Thousand Pieces of You - Firebird Trilogy - Claudia Gray // I caved in and bought the whole series all at once. I know.. not the best decision I've ever made, but would you LOOK.AT.THESE.COVERS. Tell me, how am I supposed to not get the whole trilogy? You can't separate siblings! Anyway, these books sound super cool and the rating were all pretty high and consistent for a YA trilogy. It's about multiple universes and all that stuff and it's been described as a mix between Orphan Black and Cloud Atlas. I don't know what Cloud Atlas is, but I really like Orphan Black.   

The Wishing Spell - Chris Colfer // I remember watching someone on Youtube saying that this was a really good middle grade book and when I saw that Chris Colfer was that guy from Glee, I just had to get it. I have high hopes for this one, the reviews and the rating were pretty impressive. After buying this, I saw that Chris Colfer actually has a bunch of books published and now I'm really intrigued. I'm definitely planning on getting more of his books, but not in the near future because I'm putting myself on a book no-buy. 

So, these are all the books I've bought recently. Hopefully, there won't be anymore book hauls on the blog for a while. I need to just focus on the books I already have and stop wasting all my money on books. But it's so hard because the covers are all soooo pretty! Anyway, let me know on the comments if you've read any of the books I've mention. I'd love to read you feed back and chat with you on the comments!

Did you get any books recently?
Have you read any of these?

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll talk to you soon!