30-Day Challenge (Know Thyself): Day 16

Day 16: strongest traits

I’d say that I’m determined and always focused on goals and self improvement. I’m also pretty empathetic and I try to help others when I can.

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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. 

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.