Liebster Award

Well, thank you so much, Faith, for nominating me for the Liebster Award! 😀

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger that nominated you.
  • Nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers and let them know they’ve been nominated.
  • Come up with 11 questions for the bloggers you’re nominating.

11 facts about myself:

  • I try drawing but the result is not even close to what I’d hoped.
  • I can’t draw freehand, but I can draw a picture if I’m looking at it while I draw.
  • For some reason I’ve been collecting stickers for at least eight years. It’s so disorganized I don’t bother counting.
  • When you ask me what I think of when I hear or see a certain word, the first thing that pops into my mind is actually a picture. For example, if you say “sun”, I think of one of those clipart suns.
  • Something with a lot of holes in it, small holes that are very close to each other, like a tree trunk with hundreds upon hundreds of woodpecker holes – well, it just creeps me out so badly. What’s it called? Trypophobia.
  • I started writing in 4th grade. Looking back now, I can see exactly how much improvement I needed, but I could only go so far that young. These things improve with age and experience.
  • I have too many magnets.
  • I also have a giant pink-and-white unicorn stuffed animal named Pon-e. So very creative, but I was only four when I named her.
  • A lot of my inside jokes involve words that don’t even exist (for example fooble ~ long story). Many of them, though, contain something related to churning butter. That somehow came up in a classroom debate. (That debate also brought up dancing unicorns, the X factor, car crashes, etc.)
  • I play clarinet and piano. I’ve been doing clarinet since the beginning of 4th grade, although the flutophone, which we did in 3rd grade, does give extra practice. They’re very similar. Piano I’ve been doing for a little over a year, or maybe two.
  • I have a black belt in taekwondo.

So. Faith asked me these 11 questions:

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would travel to a tropical place, or an exquisite library, or a beautiful forest. I’m not quite sure, they are all absolutely wonderful places.

2. What’s one of your most favorite memories this year?

My most favorite memories? I’m not sure if that applies to real life or blogging. In real life, I have no idea, there are so many wonderful memories to choose from. As for blogging, my favorite memories are of my best posts on the best days, and most of all being told how many amazing followers I have.

3. What’s your comfort food?

I’d say tamarind toffee. I can’t get enough of it. Although breath mints take a close second.

4. What’s your favorite season and why?

Favorite season. Hmm, I’d have to say fall or spring. Colorful leaves, slightly-chilly weather, school (yes, I’m one of those nerds lol), and every fall I get to have more books using the excuse that I need them for class, vs. beautiful flowers, amazing weather, a comfortable position in the school year (albeit studying for finals), and I still get a lot of books! I honestly can’t decide.

5. Biggest pet peeve?

Uh. Autocorrect, I guess. Sometimes it saves me from a mistake, and sometimes it’s completely wrong and jumps in at the worst moments.

And I can’t forget people who argue with me online, trying to sound superior but can’t spell right. At least argue like an equal and I could accept it.

6. Why did you start blogging?

When I started writing, I thought of making a website, so my family pushed me into making a blog here at WordPress. I loved it, and I keep blogging to this day. 😀

7. If you could tell anyone that you love them, who would it be?

My cat. I already tell my whole family I love them, but I’m not sure my cat can understand me.

8. Beach or the mountains?

Beach. I’m not much of a steep hiker.

9. Introvert or extrovert?

A mix of both, I suppose. I’m mostly outgoing, but every so often I show the shier part of me.

Maybe not that often.

10. What’s your favorite song?

There are so many, but I have to say Fight Song by Rachel Platten wins one of the top spots because of the motivation. So very inspirational!

Questions I shall ask:

  • What’s your favorite song and why?
  • Who is the hero in your life, or the light of your day? Why?
  • What is the most dangerous thing you’ve done/situation you’ve been in?
  • What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word “imagination”?
  • What is your talent? Is it an art (ex. music, visuals, words)?
  • Which would you like better: being out in the sun or under the stars?
  • If you had a huge box full to the brim with various types of legos, and no instruction guide, what would you build? Would you think about it, or make it impulsively? If you deconstructed it, could you put it back exactly the way it was, piece by piece?
  • Fiction or nonfiction? Realistic or fantasy? History or factual?
  • If you could choose ONE world problem to fix, which would you pick and why? Do you have any ideas to accomplish such a task, and if so, what?
  • What event impacted your life the most?
  • What is your favorite book and why?

And finally, my nominations:

I hope you all enjoy and continue to explore! 😀

Things To Make Your Life Worthwhile, Number Six: Find a Hobby!

Find an activity that you enjoy, whether it be reading, gardening, writing, running, collecting, organizing, shopping, crafting, knitting/crocheting, golfing, gaming, or something else. Something you do when you’re feeling stressed or bored, or simply fed up with life. For example, writing is my hobby. When I’m stressed, I vent my feelings into a story using a wide variety of detail. Boredom leads to daydreams, which lead to ideas. Sometimes I even roleplay, in which I can both write with incredible fanfiction detail and talk with people my age who can relate to my situations, without having to worry about what they’ll do with the knowledge.Writing and roleplaying definitely help me relax, and your hobby should help you do that too!

Things To Make Your Life Worthwhile, Number Five: Remember Who You Are!

Don’t ever let yourself forget that you are unique. Without you, the world would most likely be a worse place. You can make a difference for the better if you put your mind to it. Each person is like a snowflake – no two are exactly alike. Even one is beautiful on its own, the crystals that make it what it is glittering in the light. Even if they’re not perfect, each one contributes to the actual snowflake to create the wonderful spectacle. Just one can capture the beauty of the world, and many can create it! That first snowflake influences it all, just like a single person.

Things To Make Your Life Worthwhile, Number Three: Be Helpful!

Be useful and help out where you can. Once you feel like you’re appreciated and wanted, that you’re doing something to help the world, you’ll feel better about yourself. It could be small, like contributing to a project, or big, like donating old things or helping to build a house for a needy family. It could be out of this world, like solving a large problem, or an everyday occurrence, like standing up to a bully. Whatever it may be, it will likely make you glad that you’re here in the world to help out.

Things To Make Your Life Worthwhile, Number One: Stay Positive!

Recently I’ve been going through my posts and pages, and realized that I haven’t really lived up to this blog’s potential. See, in More stuff, I mentioned that this blog would be dedicated to showing you how to be epic, have fun, and make your life worth living. Well, aside from a lot of motivational quotes and poetry, I guess I haven’t really been doing that. Therefore, starting now, I will actually do what I meant to do.

So now I begin.

I’ll just make a random list of things to make your life worth living!

The first thing on my list would be to stay positive. Even in a terrible situation, look to the bright side of things! This way even the worst of the worst will be tolerable, instead of beating yourself up about it. No use crying over spilled milk, but at least you didn’t spill it on your non-liquid-resistant technology, or (the lords forbid) your very important work!

Have a great evening, readers!

Political Cartoons

What is a political cartoon, you ask? Well, a political cartoon is a cartoon that conveys a message. It does not have to have ANYTHING to do with politics. For example, I have to do a political cartoon project for my Social Studies teacher, in which I make a political cartoon. Now, as a big cat fan, I decided to do one about cats. Political cartoons can be about anything, so long as it conveys a message. It can also have one or more of the following:

  • Symbolism
  • Dialogue
  • Labeling
  • Exaggeration

Now, this cartoon is obviously supposed to be funny, but you have to alter it so that the reader can understand the message. For example, let’s use this picture:

It represents that the kids are commanding and demanding, but also suggests that parents do nothing about it. This cartoon uses labeling, dialogue, and a touch of exaggeration (no kid attaches rings to their parents’ noses and leads them around like shown above).

Now that you know what a political cartoon is, why don’t you try making one? Remember, it ALWAYS needs to have a message, otherwise it’s just a doodle. Have fun cartooning!

What Is Your True Color?

Hey, everyone! Today was our second day of school, and we did an activity to show our true colors. Take this quiz and see where you are–don’t worry, it’s not false, I guarantee. Feel free to comment it below!

Rules:

  1. You might have to print it out for best results–if not, copy it down, or something…I don’t know, but try your best.
  2. To do this, there are 5 rows with 4 boxes each. Each box has personality traits. Number each box from 1-4 (1 being least and 4 being most like you).
  3. Each row has to have 1 of each number (ex. 2, 4, 3, 1, but all numbers have to be in the row).
  4. When you’re done, just add it all up–it’ll say how later on.

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When you’re done, take the numbers in the boxes and add it up like this:

Box A + Box H + Box L + Box P + Box U = Total Orange

Box B + Box G + Box J + Box R + Box V = Total Gold

Box C + Box F + Box M + Box N + Box T = Total Blue

Box D + Box E + Box K + Box Q + Box S = Total Green

Now, take the largest total you’ve got, and the second largest. Those are your primary and secondary colors.


ORANGE

I act on a moment’s notice

Witty, Charming, Spontaneous

I consider life a game, here and now

Impulsive, Generous, Impactful

I need fun, variety, stimulation, and excitement

Optimistic, Eager, Bold

 I value skill, resourcefulness, and courage

Physical, Immediate, Fraternal

I am a natural trouble shooter, a performer, a competitor

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In childhood…

  • Of all types of children, I had the most difficult time fitting into academic routine.
  • I learned by doing and experiencing rather than by listening and reading.
  • I needed physical involvement in the learning process and was motivated by my own natural competitive nature and sense of fun.

In relationships…

  • I seek a relationship with shared activities and interests.
  • I like to explore new ways to energize the relationship.
  • In a relationship, I need to be bold and thrive on physical contact.
  • I enjoy giving extravagant gifts that bring obvious pleasure to special people in my life.

At work…

  • I am bored and restless with jobs that are routine and structured.
  • I am satisfied in careers that allow me independence and freedom, while utilizing my physical coordination and my love of tools.
  • I view any kind of tool as an extension of myself.
  • I am a natural performer.

Leadership Style…

  • Expects quick action
  • Works in the here and now
  • Performance oriented 9 Flexible approach
  • Welcomes change
  • Expects people to “make it fun”

Symptoms of a Bad day…

  • Rudeness and defiance
  • Breaking the rules intentionally
  • Running away and dropping out
  • Use of stimulants
  • Acting out boisterously
  • Lying and cheating
  • Physical aggressiveness

GOLD

I need to follow rules and respect authority

Loyal, Dependable, Prepared

I have a strong sense of what is right and wrong in life

Thorough, Sensible, Punctual

I need to be useful and belong

Faithful, Stable, Organized

I value home, family, and tradition

Caring, Concerned, Concrete

I am a natural preserver, a parent, a helper

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In childhood…

  • I wanted to follow the rules and regulations of the school.
  • I understood and respected authority and was comfortable with academic routine.
  • I was the easiest of all types of children to adapt to the education system.

In relationships…

  • I am serious and tend to have traditional, conservative views of both love and marriage.
  • I enjoy others who can work along with me, building secure, predictable relationships together.
  • I demonstrate admiration through the practical things I do for the ones I love.

At work…

  • I provide stability and can maintain organization.
  • My ability to handle details and to work hard makes me the backbone of many organizations.
  • I believe that work comes before play, even if I must work overtime to complete the task.

Leadership Style…

  • Expects punctuality, order, loyalty
  • Assumes “right” way to do things
  • Seldom questions tradition
  • Rules oriented
  • Detailed/thorough approach – threatened by change
  • Prolonged time to initiate any change
  • Expects people to “play” their roles

Symptoms of a Bad day…

  • Complaining and self-pity
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Depression and fatigue
  • Psychosomatic problems
  • Malicious judgments about yourself or others
  • Herd mentality exhibited in blind following of leaders
  • Authoritarianism and phobic reactions

BLUE

I need to feel unique and authentic

Enthusiastic, Sympathetic, Personal

I look for meaning and significance in life

Warm, Communicative, Compassionate

I need to contribute, to encourage, and to care

Idealistic, Spiritual, Sincere

I value integrity and unity in relationships

Peaceful, Flexible, Imaginative

I am a natural romantic, a poet, a nurturer

In childhood…

  • I was extremely imaginative and found it difficult to fit into the structure of school life.
  • I reacted with great sensitivity to discordance or rejection and sought recognition.
  • I responded to encouragement rather than competition.

In relationships…

  • I seek harmonious relationships.
  • I am a true romantic and believe in drama, warmth, and empathy to all relationships.
  • I enjoy the symbols of romance such as flowers, candlelight, and music and cherish the small gestures of affection.

At work…

  • I have a strong desire to influence others so they may lead more significant lives.
  • I often work in the arts, communication, education, and helping professions.
  • I am adept at motivating and interacting with others.

Leadership Style…

  • Expects others to express views
  • Assumes “family spirit”
  • Works to develop others’ potential
  • Individuals oriented
  • Democratic, unstructured approach
  • Encourages change VIA human potential
  • Change time allows for sense of security
  • Expects people to develop their potential

Symptoms of a Bad day…

  • Attention-getting misbehaving
  • Lying to save face
  • Withdrawal
  • Fantasy, day-dreaming, and going into a trance
  • Crying and depression
  • Passive resistance
  • Yelling and screaming

GREEN

I seek knowledge and understanding

Analytical, Global, Conceptual

I live by my own standards

Cool, Calm, Collected

I need explanation and answers

Inventive, Logical, Perfectionist

I value intelligence, insight, fairness, and justice

Abstract, Hypothetical, Investigative

I am a natural non-conformist, a visionary, a problem solver

In childhood…

  • I appeared to be older than my years and focused on my greater interests, achieving in subjects that were mentally stimulating.
  • I was impatient with drill and routine, questioned authority, and found it necessary to respect teachers before I could learn from them.

In relationships…

  • I prefer to let my head rule my heart.
  • I dislike repetition, so it is difficult for me to continuously express feeling. I believe that once feelings are stated, they are obvious to others.
  • I am uneasy when my emotions control me; I want to establish a relationship, leave it to maintain itself, and turn my energies to my studies, work or other interests.

At work…

  • I am conceptual and an independent thinker. For me, work is play.
  • I am drawn to constant challenge in careers, and like to develop models, explore ideas, or build systems to satisfy my need to deal with innovation.
  • Once I have perfected an idea, I prefer to move on, leaving the project to be maintained and supported by others.

Leadership Style…

  • Expects intelligence and competence
  • Assumes task relevancy
  • Seeks ways to improve systems
  • Visionary
  • Analytical
  • Encourages change for improvement
  • Constantly “in process” of change
  • Expects people to follow through

Symptoms of a Bad day…

  • Indecisiveness
  • Refusal to comply or cooperate; the silent treatment
  • Extreme aloofness and withdrawal
  • Snobbish, put-down remarks, and sarcasm
  • Perfectionism due to severe performance anxiety
  • Highly critical attitudes toward yourself or others

Hope you found your true colors! Can you guess what mine is? No hints–to make it a little harder. If I’ve told you (as I know I have for some of you) then please don’t spoil it for others. Thank you, and after a few guesses I will reveal it!

Now, I have to warn you that not many people were green, so if you are green, you are one of the rarer ones! I was actually kind of surprised to find many of my quiet friends to be Orange, or active, but turns out it was true. Each person’s color explanation described them perfectly (or almost…my blue friends weren’t too happy to hear that they were supposed to be romantic), and I am happy to see that it worked! Thanks for checking, and again, please comment below on what color you are. 😀