30-Day Challenge (Know Thyself): Day 15

Day 15: relaxation

Relaxation is important and I believe it goes hand in hand with hobbies. But I’d say the best way to relax is to lay in bed with popcorn and watch a movie. Or put on music and close your eyes and just listen. 

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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.

Album Review: “Warmer in the Winter” by Lindsey Stirling

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Lindsey Stirling is an extraordinarily talented violinist. She combines classical music with pop/hip-hop to create her own unique sound. Recently, she released “Warmer in the Winter,” a holiday album. It is filled with many classics as well as a few originals. The album is mainly instrumental but also features a handful of featuring singers.

Each song is equally awesome. But here is my personal ranking:

The good songs:

  • Let it Snow – has a very classy feel to it. Makes me feel like I’m at a fancy cocktail party.
  • What Child Is This – Slow, calming, and even haunting…
  • Jingle Bell Rock – fun and relaxing, has a jazzy feel to it.
  • Silent Night – incredibly peaceful, as it should be.

The great songs:

  • Angels We Have Heard On High – Absolutely beautiful!
  • I Saw Three Ships – an underrated Christmas song, in my opinion!
  • Warmer In The Winter (featuring Trombone Shorty) – super cheesy and super cute.
  • All I Want For Christmas – I think I like this song better as an instrumental!
  • Time To Fall In Love (featuring Alex Gaskarth) – very catchy! The violin parts are the best.

My favorites:

  • Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy – One of my favorite holiday songs in general. This version adds a unique yet complementary hip-hop beat to it.
  • You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (featuring Sabrina Carpenter) – a very strong track, I love how they twisted it from the original.
  • Christmas C’mon (featuring Becky G) – My favorite original on the album. Super upbeat and easy to dance to.
  • Carol of the Bells – such a pretty yet intense song that has been masterfully modernized.

30-Day Challenge (Know Thyself): Day 13

Day 13: exercise

When it comes to exercising, my favorite methods include: dancing, yoga, or pilates. I like forms of exercise that work the whole body and focus on stretching the muscles. If I’m going to the gym, I prefer to use the elliptical. Sometimes I will also use the bike or treadmill. My LEAST favorite form of exercise is running. Sometimes I run, and it does feel good in short bursts, but it’s not something I can do for long periods of time. It feels so unnatural to me — especially rough on the knees. I also have fairly short legs, not those long and skinny legs that you see professional runners with.

30-Day Challenge (Know Thyself): Day 12

Day 12: Diet

I follow a vegetarian diet, meaning I avoid eating any type of meat or fish. My overall reasoning is that is simply does not appeal to me. The only meat I was ever drawn to as a child was things like chicken nuggets, fish sticks, pepperoni, and bacon. I was never one to eat steak or chicken breast – just never appealed to me. So it felt healthier to cut meat out of my diet entirely. Other than that I don’t have any allegories or other restrictions. Of course I try my best to get all the nutrients I need and avoid unhealthy foods but I’m sure I could probably try harder.

30-Day Challenge (Know Thyself): Day 11

Day 11: lifestyle — daily routines

Five days of the week, I’m awake sometime after 6:30 and at work by 8-o’clock. I usually like to play upbeat music in the morning to wake myself up. I tend to have a hot cup of green or black tea. I try to avoid caffeine on weekends so that I can reset my tolerance for the upcoming week. After work, I’m always pretty tired and usually need to relax. Venus always greets me at the door when I come home. I try to go out and do something fun with Kevin or get some cleaning done if I have enough energy left that day. I like going to bed on the early side, especially if I have to wake up early the next morning.

30-Day Challenge (Know Thyself): Day 10

Day 10: Favorite holiday

Not to sound narcissistic, but honestly my favorite holiday is my birthday! I think birth-days in general are so special because it is the day we entered the world! I love the fact that everyone has different birthdays, and every single day someone is celebrating their birthday. I like how there is much less pressure around the holiday compared to Christmas or Thanksgiving, which can be stressful. It’s your own choice to make a big thing out of it or keep it casual. It’s a magical and unique holiday.

Aside from birthday, another favorite holiday of mine has always been Halloween. (It may partially have to do with the fact that it is two weeks prior to my birthday…) I love the mystery and the spookiness! I also love all the pumpkins! Picking an alter-ego to dress up as was always appealing to me and I’m sad that I haven’t actually done that in years! Maybe next year…

Christmas may be my third favorite. Everyone likes receiving gifts. It’s the giving of gifts and all the planning around it which makes it stressful at times. That’s why it’s not my #1. My favorite part about it is all the lights and decorations. I am also touched by the fact that it takes place around the darkest day of the year, and it is a spiritual reminder to keep the light alive in times of darkness.

And of course, Pi day. Who doesn’t like eating pie…?