Farewell April // sakura season + bookish frustrations // hope in humanity

Upon reflection, April has been quite productive.

Sometimes I feel like I have done absolutely nothing at all and then to later realize that I actually completed quite a bit?? I know – me and my thoughts… So many things happened this past month in both blogging and life, so I’m quite excited to sum everything up and squeeze it into a blog post.

Honestly, these are one of my favourite posts to do – we’re a third into 2018 I mean wow. There’s a lot of things I want to reflect and see what I have accomplished so far this year. The past few months I’ve been complaining talking about how fast time is going, and yes, I still feel that way!! But it’s kind of refreshing to bring myself back to “reality” 🙂

if that makes any sense

notable blogging moments

  • Changed some minor design elements

I know, I know, your girl said that she’d stop but you know me and I’m very indecisive. I changed the tagline – it used to be a quote, but now I’m using my niche instead. As for my separators and such, I also tweaked the design (see above). Also. I added another button so you can choose which one you’d like to put up if you decide to swap with me 🙂

Overall, I’d say that I’m quite happy with it – I kept the main components, but now, I feel like I won’t change it any time soon.

  • My idea drought has officially ended!! 

Oh my goodness my potato brain basically decided to take a strike about 2 months ago, and it lasted absolutely FOREVER. Last month I started to “recover” from that horribly no good problem; now my brain and I somehow managed to finalize a compromise, so it’s all good. Hon, I’M. BACK.

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posts this month

For the month of April, I had a total of 7 posts, which I think is pretty decent considering my busy schedule ft. midterms. I “re-introduced” myself to sharing some poetry, and to be honest, I really liked how it went!

7 ways sticky situationsapril 2018 bujo setupif there was no tomorrowbefore yesterday and eventually aftertmi tagjust by being braveunrealistic beauty standards

fav post

Definitely the one above – talking about unrealistic beauty standards, and how social media contributes to peer pressure. I feel like nowadays everything is revolving around the internet, and that we’re just starting to “disconnect” from the real world. I really enjoyed seeing your responses and thoughts regarding that post/topic; it gave me a wider perspective 🙂

unrealistic beauty standards

around the blogosphere

  • Bay @ Bayance shows us some of her weirdest spam comments and had me laughing XD
  • May @ Forever and Everly shares the stresses of being a blogger aka yes this is too relateable save me
  • McKenna @ To the Stars and Never Back gives us some of her best health tips (I needed this so much *cough-MIDTERMS-cough*)
  • Oriana @ Oriana’s Notes teaches us how to DIY a faux marble vase I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW
  • Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink reveals her nominations for the Annual Book Blogger Award!! don’t worry Ilsa I’m screaming too
  • Charis @ Charis Rae does the Bookish Q&A Tag – loved her answers!!

notable life moments

Okay – quite a lot of things happened this month *flips through bullet journal* Yes, I actually had to do that XD Remember last month? I barely had 20 words for this section but now it’s an whole essay…

  • CRA scam call investigation/tax thingy officer

Apparently, we received a phone call saying that we didn’t pay our taxes, and if we didn’t call back that number within 24 hours, an investigation officer will come?? I mean, hello, I know you’re scamming – try to be more convincing next time, okay? 😂 But still, if they did send a police officer to our front door, than that would be pretty cool too!

  • Right now I’m hooked to Crime Watch Daily and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

My eyeballs tho.. *cries* Apparently Netflix is going to cancel Fresh Prince of Bel-Air sometime in early May, and I’m here, starting season 2 when there’s a total of 6 *cries more*

  • 名探偵コナン ゼロの執行人 (Zero the Enforcer) is released

If you know me well, you know that I go crazy and fangirl-ish when it comes to Detective Conan. Therefore. OMG I AM SCREAMING THE 22 MOVIE IS OUT NOW OMG OMG OMG I HAVE TO WATCH IT SOON OR I SOON WILL PERISH WITHIN THE EVIL HANDS OF FANGIRLING SAVE MY POOR SOUL

i told you that i’d go crazy (hopefully I didn’t hurt your eyeballs with the all caps) hehe
  • I wore contacts for the first time

Well, technically it’s not the first time because I have worn Ortho-K night lenses for the past 2 years, but it is my first time wearing day time disposable contacts. I decided to switch over because apparently it may be doing more harm than good?? (I don’t know I ain’t an optometrist)

So. Quick story. I couldn’t take it off on the first day. And I cried. I mean, you have to hold your eyelids open, and use your fingers to somehow pinch it off?? It took me 20 minutes for each eye 😅 When I used Ortho-K lenses it used this suction stick thing so you didn’t have to (almost) touch your eyeballs, but now *coughYEScough*

Then I played a TwoSet Violin video and seconds later I got my left contact out. I owe Brett and Eddy tons. THANK GOODNESS. Saved me a lot of future would-have tears XD

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  • sakura trees are in full bloom 

On the road in front of my home is a row of sakura (cherry blossom) trees and they are FINALLY in full bloom ❤ I love it 🌸

  • I got my right leg splits

Ugh this took FOREVER!! My old dance teacher from 7, 8 years ago once said that if you’re right handed, then your right leg splits will be easier, and same for the left. Apparently, the potato brain I have decided to be a rebel, so my left splits are easier even thought I’m right handed?? 😅

Well, at least I got it anyways..

  • I GOT MY AERIAL PREP!!!!! 

I know it’s not a big deal, but still YASSSSSSSSS

I mean, I’m still kinda far from my goal, but… oh well it’s getting closer tho!! Hopefully when I do “successful” first aerial I won’t fall onto my head or something.

 

around the internet

  • This really broke me on the inside, but in a good way

April has been a tough month for Canadians alike, but we have seen acts of kindness, bravery again and again – it just proves that there is still humanity ❤ I. ABSOLUTELY. LOVE THIS SO MUCH.

 

playlist ft. meh ears

April was mainly a “rewind” month regarding music. When I saw the news about Avicii’s passing, I broke on the inside. Wake Me Up was one of the first songs I remember listening to, so doing that again after years… memories come flooding back 🙂

Oh YES. The A Team. Also one of the songs I first listened to.. now, I understand the lyrics and I’m breaking on the inside. I guess April was a breaking-on-the-inside month for me in music 😅

  • Kimi e no Uso // Valshe
  • Togetsukyo ~ kimi omou ~ // Mai Kuraki
  • Your Best Friend // Mai Kuraki
  • Tomorrow is the Last Time // Mai Kuraki
  • It Ain’t Me // Kygo, Selena Gomez
  • The A Team // Ed Sheeran
  • A Thousand Years // Christina Perri
  • Lost in Japan // Shawn Mendes
  • Wake Me Up // Avicii
  • Never Be The Same // Camila Cabello
  • Love Story // Taylor Swift
  • Blank Space // Taylor Swift
  • E flat major op 125, 2. Scherzo (Prestissimo) // Franz Schubert
  • Chaconne // Bach

notable reading moments

I read a total of 2 books in April I really want to blame midterms again but I’m trying not to. April wasn’t a really good “reading month” for me, but still, 2 is better than 1, right?

(click on the cover to go to Goodreads!!)

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People Like Us // Dana Mele // ★★★☆☆

Okay honestly, I am half and half right here with this book. I’m not sure why, but to me mystery genre + boarding school = me freaking out, so I was literally screaming when I saw that my hold had arrived at the library. LOVE the plot – yes Kay was really annoying but interesting in a way?? But. THE ENDING THO. It was bottom-line weak. I. Literally. RANTED to my poor mom for a whole HOUR.

Everless // Sara Holland // ★★★☆☆

Again, I was SO excited to read this book – in my mind it was already a 5 star before I even got it. So the purely evil potato brain of mine decided to torture me so I can suffer at the end of the book (sarcasm). Really loved how everything went along, the story-line, pace, characters… very vivid which meh appreciate!! But again, THE ENDING WHAT KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT. And then I also ranted to my poor mom for another hour Wellllllllll I mean but it was on separate days at least there’s that 😅

may tbr

Okay. Right now I’m sitting at my desk, and there’s 8 books I borrowed from the library stacked. And it looks like it’s ready to fall over. Though, I’m going back to #reality and I’m going to set #realistic goals for once

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monthly reflections new

blog

  • um. 200 followers?! *faints* omg it happened *faints again* I hate cheesiness but THANK YOU ALL SO SO SO MUCH ILYSM YOU CHANGED MEH LIFE 
  • publish 5+ posts okay I’m calm now. YES I did it!! 7 posts this month
  • FINISH THE DESIGN ELEMENTS I’M BEGGING haha actually you just finalized it on the 28th you sneaky little potato
  • respond to comments asap (I’m losing myself in the world of comments) I’m back on track 😁

life

  • get. that. BACK WALKOVER I got it for a week, then got scared again and lost it ARGHHHHHHH 
  • please get my split jump good ‘kay I wish 
  • scorpion pt. 2: get my leg straight I just realized I have a vivid imagination NOPE
  • start running again?? haha NO
  • spend more time on gymnastics yessssbutnoooooo BLAME IT ON MIDTERMS
  • finish my midterms *cries again* *actually cries* yes but it was so hard *screams*
  • go apply for my online school report card aka I may be procrastinating #exposed hah yes did that after 1 month of procrastination 
  • laugh more, smile more um. 

read

  • read 20 books in total I’m right on 29 now wow I am a sneaky potato
  • reduce the number of books behind schedule thingy on Goodreads um sadly but no (I’m still 12 books behind schedule) *cries*
  • post at least ONE book review *nods furiously* finally something XD

 

goals for the next month

blog

  • DON’T MOVE A HAIR OF YOUR BLOG DESIGN
  • publish 6+ posts
  • maybeee 210 followers?
  • remember to shorten post urls
  • interact with fellow bloggers more!!

life

  • actually get that back walkover. Please.
  • DRINK. MORE. WATER.
  • get the arabesque jump with straight legs and arms
  • finish my biology module
  • finish math course
  • book my math midterms (maybe do it??)
  • smile, laugh more

books

  • read a total of 25 books
  • post 2+ reviews
  • reduce number of books behind schedule thing on Goodreads
  • maayyyyybe do a book review on Goodreads??

upcoming events

  • Fashion show

If you didn’t know, at my school, we have a textiles program – some of it’s alumni has become world acclaimed fashion designers. Every year, we have a fashion show – our auditorium turns into an actual runway and all. Until we get to like the second last or last year and have our own collection and have others model for us, we model our own clothing.

SO I’M FREAKING OUT INSIDE AND OUT SAVE ME AGAIN

Well the introvert at heart (aka me) is screaming and stressing because HOW NICE IS THIS. I mean, I really hate being on stage and in spotlight, but I’ll try my best 🙂 I’ll maybe do a post about it later…


let's take flight, shall we

how was your month of April? thoughts on my slight design tweaks? any good books you read? do you wear daytime contacts? if yes, tell me all your secrets to taking them off!! (please) any fav songs your listening to? thank you ALL so so much – your support is amazing and life changing ❤

forever yours, kimberly

12 thoughts on “Farewell April // sakura season + bookish frustrations // hope in humanity

  1. OMG contacts gurlll don’t even get me started. I got them back in January and the first day was so annoying. I struggled so much! But for taking them off, press on your eyeball with your index finger – I KNOW IT’S CREEPY but you’ll get used to it. 😂 And slide it down. Sometimes it doesn’t just pop out so just start off wide and pinch your fingers together. I made a full post on it if you’re interested – https://bayance.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/putting-in-eye-contacts-for-the-first-time-experience-tips/
    Omg yes the Humboldt incident. I talked about it with a guy in the elevator and our teacher cried talking about it. I’m not really up to date on the hockey teams so I didn’t get too affected but it was pretty sad. Prayers to their families.

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    • ugh YES finally someone who understands 😭😂 thank you so much for your tips – i hope that it’ll be better this time i take them off XD same – I don’t watch hockey and such, but it just shows how we shouldn’t take everyday for granted ❤ thanks for commenting!! 🙂 xx

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  2. OMG YES YES PLEASE I’M MOSTLY EXCITED FOR THAT FASHION SHOW! You go girl! You’ll hear me cheering in your mind for that *delivers confetti* 🎊 AND, you’ve got “All The Bright Places” Which is a book I REALLY love. Hope you’ll love it too! Btw congrats always on your achievements & Goodluck with everything! XOXO Ryry 😘

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