Friday, November 21, 2014

New Blogging Home

Hello there, everyone! It really has been a long time since I have posted here on Little Girl, and I completely forgot to tell you all why!



A few months ago, I launched my new blog, The Little Spider. While Little Girl was always intended to be more of a personal blog following my undergraduate journey, The Little Spider more of an attempt at the lifestyle and beauty blogging that I've really come to love over the past few years. I'm really excited about all of the new content possibilities that come with this change and though I haven't posted that much as of yet, I have a lot to talk about in the future!

That being said, this marks the end of this Little Girl blog. Of course, I won't be taking it down or anything like that, but if you are still interested to read my thoughts and opinions, head over to The Little Spider!

Thanks for being my dedicated few readers and making this blogging journey so much fun.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Not Drinking in College



This is a video that has been a really long time coming.  I know that this was something I was really nervous about when I was first heading off to college; if you've followed this blog from the beginning, then you know that it was a main topic in many of my early posts.  I am, however, very proud of the fact that I was able to stick to my guns and made it through college without drinking.

Basically, this video covers everything I wish someone had told me back when I was getting ready to go to college.  Hopefully some of you will find this helpful and if you have any other questions, please leave me a comment and I'll see about answering it!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

One More Trip Over the Bridge

Yesterday started out like any other Saturday: slowly.  All I'd really accomplished was a run, some yoga, and a shower when around noon I received an invite to go stay with Justine over on Sausalito for the day.  Realizing this would most likely be my last trip over there, I threw some things in my trusty backpack and used my now fully-fledged public transportation skills to navigate my way across the bridge.


Justine's family just got two new King Charles puppies, and we spent the majority of the afternoon and evening cuddling, playing, and baby-talking with them.  For only being 12 weeks or so, they are very friendly and well-behaved little loves!

We did, of course, go out for dinner.  Another friend suggested checking out Sol Food, a Puerto Rican restaurant in Mill Valley.  I personally have never had Puerto Rican food before, but one look at the menu and I was sold.  I ended up getting a Cubano sandwich with fries and I can only describe it as spectacular.  It was juicy and flavorful, greasy enough to satisfy, but not unnecessarily so.  I would definitely go back any time I happen to be in Marin!









We ended the evening with some wine and Pellegrino and lime (I don't drink and just happen to have very thoughtful friends that know my alcohol-alternative drink of choice!) and chatted about life now, during school, and the upcoming year.  It's really hard to believe we've graduated and are all moving in different directions.  Justine is currently deciding between getting her Masters in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh and attending a ballet fellowship in Moscow.  Christine just signed a lease on her first solo apartment in the city and is currently working one of her dream jobs in a corporate hospitality office.  And in just three short weeks, I will be moving out of San Francisco for good, taking one last trip down to Southern California where I will begin law school in the middle of August.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that time moves incredibly quickly and that I encourage everyone to really make the most of what time you have.  Hang out with friends, explore the places around you, take pictures, laugh lots, and always eat what sounds good.  Because even though I know I will be back in the Bay Area for a visit before I know it, I still can't believe I'm leaving it and these lovely ladies behind.


And I'm really going to miss it.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Feature: Simply Emily's Designs



Emily is a fellow YouTuber who I've been watching for almost two years now.  She recently decided to start a little Etsy shop full of adorable bookmarks, and I immediately knew I wanted to feature her video explaining her new business venture. They look like really great quality and like a fun, colorful way to keep track of your reading.



Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, June 20, 2014

College Confidence: Doing Things By Yourself




I am spending my first ever summer in San Francisco and while I am working, I also am lucky enough to have lots of downtime as well.  One reason I am so excited to be in the city is that the majority of my friends are also still around, working and living out leases and such.  However, we are all adults, which means our works schedules conflict and we have different family and relationship obligations.  Basically, this means that we don't get to do as many things together as we would like, and I end up doing more things on my own.

Now, at first this might sound a bit depressing.  Who wants to do things on their own, right?  Well, I actually really enjoy doing things on my own, and think it's an important skill to develop as you go through your college years.  Effectively, these are your last years of childhood and, in the ideal situation, you start taking more and more responsibility for your own life.  So I guess what I'm trying to say is that you should start getting used to doing things on your own.

Nothing about high school prepares you for this.  It's quite the contrary: everything in high school seems to be measured by how many friends you have, how many Facebook photos you end up tagged in.  But the reality is that, unless your best friend happens to be going to the same university as you, you will have to start doing a whole lot by yourself, from walking into your classes on the first day to traveling back and forth on your academic breaks.

I know that this can be quite frightening for lots of people and even I have yet to become comfortable doing some things like eating at a restaurant by myself.  But I've actually come to really enjoy and value my time alone and now have lots of fun going shopping on my own, going to the cafe, or the bookshop, or for a walk in the park.  Remember that it's important to be able to enjoy spending time with yourself.

Hope you all had a lovely week.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wontons, Your Consolation Prize




I was originally planning out a College Confidence post for today, but never actually got around to writing it.  The last few days have actually been fairly busy and as I am writing this I am sitting at San Francisco International Airport, waiting to catch my flight home for the weekend.  My little brother Trevor is graduating from high school, and I could not be more excited for him.  I'm sure there will be a post of pictures from this weekend coming soon!

Long story short, I didn't write the post I planned.  I did, however, take some pretty fun pictures of my grandmother making pork and shrimp wontons, and thought I'd share those instead.  Warning: they will make you hungry.






Monday, June 9, 2014

Walk the Hills





On Saturday, I was invited to Larkspur for a spur of the moment hike with a few friends.  One of my good friends had been staying in this super rustic and beautiful mountain-side house all week dog-sitting, and he'd discovered a few trails he wanted to take us on.  My friends brought food, water, sweatshirts and baseball caps.  I brought my camera.


It's absolutely beautiful up there.  I must admit that I'm not entirely sure where we were (I believe it was Mount Tamalpais?) but it was a different hike than I've ever experienced.  It was difficult, yet at the end I just felt so incredibly light and inspired that I wasn't entirely ready to leave when we decided it was time to turn back.  I'd really like to invest in some good hiking boots and go back some day.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Blaze Pizza



After graduating, I went home to Southern California and spent about two weeks in what I've been referring to as "hibernation mode."  This basically means I did pretty much nothing except read, play with my puppies, and recuperate from what was possibly the most grueling semester of my life.  Oh, and I also did lots and lots of eating.

It was my dad's idea to go to dinner at Blaze Pizza, a newer restaurant that recently opened near his office.  I think I have been once before, but something this time was different.  Blaze is basically a "DIY pizza joint," where you can order either one of their pre-fixed pizzas or go down the line and build your own.  Think Subway, but with pizza.

Let me tell you, I will definitely be frequenting Blaze when I move back to Southern California and I knew I had to share this find with you guys.  The crust is thin yet chewy enough to satisfy a crust-lover like myself, and they have so many options for sauce, dough, toppings, you name it.

Just thinking about it is making me hungry!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer Plans





It seems like all I've been posting lately are either updates and promises to return to blogging or reflections looking back on things I probably should have just blogged about as they happened.  So this stops now!  Or, at least, after this final update-type post.

I can't believe it's already been almost three weeks since I graduated from college.  I know this is said a lot, but it really does seem like just yesterday that I moved into my first dorm room, nervous and but also excited to start my four years at college.  Let me tell you, those four years were over in a flash!  I learned a lot, grew a lot, and am pleased to say that I will be moving on to law school next year (because no, I'm not done learning yet!)

This, of course, begs the question: What will happen to Little Girl in a Big City?  Well, I originally intended this blog to be about my years as an undergrad in San Francisco and, after lots of thinking, I have decided to leave it at that.  I will be staying in the city for the majority of the summer, working and hanging out with friends, so I will keep updating this blog up through my final day in the city.  That, is (here comes that dangerous word) a promise.

However, I'm not quite ready to give up on blogging yet, so I plan on launching another blog once I've moved back to Southern California to attend law school.  I am very excited about this prospect, as it gives me a chance to reinvent my blogging-self and try something a little different.  Much of this blog has been about personal discovery and little adventures, and I've tried really hard to keep it at that.  But the blogs I enjoy reading the most are more lifestyle, beauty, and DIY related, and this new blog will allow me to explore those interests.  I'm not an expert in any of those fields (not even close), but I like the idea of being able to chronicle my trials and errors in those areas as I figure out how to be a "real" adult.

Phew, that was a long-winded update.  In sum, new lifestyle blog coming in August, but in the meantime, I plan on really giving Little Girl a good last run.  And of course you can always hop over to YouTube and any of my social media links if you'd like to follow me in other areas of my life.

Happy Sunday and happy planning, everyone!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Changes





The past few weeks have been an absolute blur.  First there was the flurry of final exams and papers, which mainly consisted of sleepless nights and quite a bit of last minute revisions.  I presented my senior thesis, took my last undergraduate final exam ever, and somehow managed to survive.

On top of this, it is also graduation season.  My family came into town this week, which provided its own series of challenges, namely attempting to cram far too many people into a house that has never seemed so small before.  My puppies are our constant travel companions, which also means lots of "Did they get to go outside?" and "Shh, why are you barking?"  At school, there were lots of final masses and ceremonies to attend, friends and professors to thank, and friends' parents to meet.  Overall, it's been quite the week.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I was not at all prepared for the big event itself: graduation.  I was simply living moment to moment, trying to take it all in and survive the endless to-do list.  And now that the big day has come and gone, I'm feeling tired and thankful and overwhelmed and very confused as to what to do with all this time now have.

Thanks to everyone who's come along on this journey with me.  It's been better than I ever imagined.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Feature: My Tumblr Pages



Finally, my promised introduction to Tumblr!  For those of you who don't know what Tumblr is, it's basically a simplified blogging website where people post text posts (much like here on Blogger), quotes, music, and most of all lots and lots of pictures.  There is a whole Tumblr culture, made up primarily of teenage girls who look and act a certain way in the hope of becoming "Tumblr girls."  There is also a lot of weird stuff on Tumblr.  I'm talking really, really WEIRD stuff, so if you've never used the site before, be warned.

As for me, I started using Tumblr sporadically this past fall and quickly fell into the trap of the never ending scroll bar.  Seriously, you can lose hours simply scrolling down your home feed because (this is an important tip!) there is no end of the page!  I use have been doing surprisingly well with my Lenten Tumblr limitations, and I think I'll definitely maintain them for productivity's sake even after the season is over.

I use my primary Tumblr, littlespider's web as a sort of never ending inspiration board.  I don't post that many original photos, but use it mainly for sharing quotes and reblogging beautiful pictures of clothes, nature, and of course, books!  Feel free to come follow me and leave a comment with your Tumblr as well!

If you like my Sketchbook Sunday posts and would like to see more art, you can check out my portfolio Tumblr here.  I'm still working on posting and curating my art work, but I like how it's coming along so far.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Break in Instagrams

Well, it's back to the grind at school, and this really is quite the crazy semester.  In just two weeks, the first draft of my senior thesis is due!  So for now, let's just bask in the glow of memories from Spring Break.


My backyard at home is finally done, so I spent a lot of time outside, soaking up the SoCal sun while I did some reading.



I also ran around with our new puppy...


and even played a bit of Pokemon!




The highlight of my trip was probably getting my ears pierced.  After 22 years of being too afraid to stick tiny little pieces of metal in my ears, I have finally done it and am loving the extra little accessory so far.  I can't wait until I can change my earrings, because I saw some very cute little Batman studs...

Hope you enjoy(ed) your Spring Break!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Internet Addict

If you guys know anything about the Christian calendar, you'll know that we're currently in the season of Lent.  During this season we are meant to prepare for Easter by being mindful of our sins and actively working toward spiritual and personal betterment.  Most people give up something, like chocolate or swearing, and some take up a more positive activity instead, like smiling at everyone you see.

You're probably wondering what on earth this has to do with the Internet.  My answer for this is that for the past couple of years, I have given up the Internet for Lent.  I have noticed over the years that the time and energy I put into both my "Internet presence" and just browsing in general has kept increasing to the point that I can't imagine not having access to the Internet for a single day.  It doesn't interfere with my personal, "in real life" relationships or activities, but it is a major enough distraction that I will admit to being fairly addicted to the Internet.  And since the idea of Lent is to get rid of the distractions in our lives and simplify, it only makes sense that I give up some aspect of the Internet.

I think the reason I have actually managed to be successful with this over the past couple of years is that I haven't sworn off the Internet in general, opting instead to implement strict usage guidelines.  My guidelines for this year are:
  1. I may only spend one hour a day on YouTube.  Yes, this does mean that I have been spending more than that watching videos recently.  This doesn't have to be one straight hour, but I need to keep track and if I go over, I must not go on YouTube at all for two days.
  2. I may only use Tumblr for one hour a week.  I have recently started using Tumblr (and have a whole Friday Feature coming about it) and quickly came to understand why so many people find it addicting.  It's really easy to lose track of time as you continue down the never ending scroll.  If I go over this limit, I must not use Tumblr for two weeks.  Yes, that is very daunting and has been keeping me in check so far!
Seeing as these two sites are my biggest time sucks, they're the only ones I felt the need to restrict.  So far it's been going fairly well, which is especially surprising since I'm on spring break and would really love to spend the whole day on YouTube.

Happy Hump Day, everyone.  Are you a bit of an Internet addict?  Have you ever tried to "unplug" or restrict your usage time?

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Back to Our Regular Programming

Hello everyone!  That is, assuming anyone has stuck with this wildly inconsistent blog this long.

I apologize for the sudden departure from posting, but I'm sure you all know what happened: life got in the way.  I just finished an intense two weeks of midterms, thesis outlines, and art projects like none I've ever done before.  Needless to say, I haven't had much time to write content that was actually worth reading.

Well, I guess the point of this is to say that I am done with the craziness for now and am officially on the last spring break of my undergraduate career (yes, that is a rather terrifying statement).  I plan to spend the week catching up on sleep, reading, writing blog posts and filming videos.  Basically, we'll be getting back to our regular programming.

Happy weekend, everyone.  Hope you all have some good plans!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Feature: Spotify


Okay, so I definitely know that I am late to the party on this one.  As in, this became-a-thing-in-2011 late to the party.  But I'm going to feature it anyways because this is such a fantastic service for music lovers!

Basically, Spotify is both an online music player and an app in which you can listen to practically anything you could ever want.  You can create your own playlists and listen to online radio curated for your specific tastes. One of the reasons I didn't partake in this music platform for so long is that I didn't understand how this was anything other than a mashup of Pandora and 8tracks.  However, there are a couple of things that make Spotify unique:

1) Yes, you can follow friends to keep up with their listening habits, but you can also follow celebrities and Internet personalities as well.  You know, in case you want to add another dimension to your stalking habits.

2) You can listen to full albums!  Rather than forcing you to listen to bands similar to the one you actually want to listen to (like Pandora does), Spotify provides a discography section on each artists page, and you can listen to them like you would an album on your iPod/Phone.  As someone who likes to fully immerse myself in one band at a time, I really, really love this feature.

Needless to say, if you haven't already tried Spotify, I highly recommend that you do so.  Both the players for computer and mobile work well and are super easy to navigate, and you can sign up with your Facebook account.  Honestly, with this discover, I think my Pandora will become very, very neglected.

*I should mention that I am in no way being paid or sponsored by Spotify to promote their services.  I only ever share things I genuinely love and have discovered myself.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sketchbook Sunday [3]


This one's a bit of a throwback to my 30 Day Drawing Challenge from 2012.  Looking back at the Challenge posts has reminded me how much fun it was.  Hm, maybe I'll do another one sometime this year...

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Relay for Life 2014


As April gets closer and closer, that means it's time to start thinking about Relay for Life again.  As I mention in the video, we recently lost my good friend Nick to his battle with lung cancer.  While we were definitely shaken as a community, we have come together again over planning for this event and I really cannot wait to take part in it again.

If you would like to donate, you can visit my page HERE.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

College Confidence: Skinny Girl Insecurities

As kind of a continuation of the last (and first) College Confidence post, today I want to talk about skinny girls.  Something I've noticed over the years is that most of the time, when we talk about body image and confidence, these discussions are always directed at larger women.  Our message for these larger women is that they should learn to embrace their curves and feel confident in their bodies, and yet there is something that we always seem to forget:

Skinny girls can be insecure, too.

I can speak from experience when I say that often, when thinner women express insecurities about their bodies, social discourse ignores them or dismisses their concerns.  Why are you complaining?  You're already skinny!

However, skinny or not, we're still women being confronted with the same body expectations and pressures.  I know that when I was in high school, I had one friend in particular who was quite a bit larger than me and obsessed with trying to be smaller.  She was always trying to diet and exercise and although she rarely complained about her body, she made it clear that she thought I wouldn't understand what she was going through because, well, I was as thin as a toothpick and a whopping 88 pounds.  She was wrong.  I was just as uncomfortable in my skinny body, precisely because it was skinny!  I thought my legs looked like toothpicks and my arms childish because I lacked any muscle definition.  I didn't enjoy wearing shorts or skirts because I felt like I was revealing my stickish body to the whole world.

Looking back on it now, I also realize that I probably suffered from food anxiety from sophomore year of high school until the end of my first year of college.  I spent a lot of time feeling guilty about being able to eat whatever I wanted while my friends were off dieting and exercising.  Every time we got together for a meal, I would eat just a little and end the day feeling hungry or eat and then immediately feel sick afterwards.  I distinctly remember asking myself after each meal I actually finished, Was that too much food?

Although this food-centered anxiety was still an issue for me when I first started college, today I am glad to say it no longer seems to be a problem.  I think the biggest thing for me was that my friend group changed and with it, the emphasis.  The friends that I've made in here in college are all fairly athletic, whether they did sports or intense dance training during high school.  Because of this, I've actually gotten into exercising myself, taking up running and yoga over the past few years.  This has also changed my outlook on the ideal body: rather than being skinny, my ideal is to be strong, and this is something that I am still working toward today.  But exercise has provided me with a healthy outlet through which I can transform my stickish-appearance into something strong.

So what I'm trying to say (in my very typical, talkative Marisa manner), is that when you go to college, you will meet girls (and boys) of all body types.  And every single one of these girls is entitled to her body-insecurities, no matter if she is fat, thin, tall, or short.  Their body-concerns are just as valid as yours, and you should try not to cheapen someone's personal feelings by ignoring or neglecting their concerns.

Think about it and pass it on.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Can You Speak English?!

It's been a little while since I've done an experience-based-rant post, so why not bring it back?  Today, I want to start off my rant with a little story.

Last Friday, I was riding a particularly crowded bus.  Now, practically everybody who regularly rides public transportation knows that there are a few rules about riding in the front of the bus.  Mainly, that's fine if you do so, but if you see someone who needs the seat more (ie, an elderly or disabled individual) then you have to let them have it.  They announce this about every ten minutes over the bus intercoms and it is also posted graphically on all windows at the front of the bus.

As I mentioned, this particular morning the bus was packed, although this didn't seem to stop even more people from trying to cram their way on.  As you might imagine, people's patience were running quite short; I know I was repeating an inner mantra of "Stupid bus driver, stop letting more people on!"

At the front of the bus, there were a bunch of elderly women already comfortably settled, and one young Asian woman typing quickly on her phone.  Apparently the older white woman across from her couldn't handle the thought of her taking up a seat in the front, because she said very loudly across the isle, "Can't you speak English?!  You can't sit up here!"

Cue rant.

Yes, at that moment tensions were running high and patience was at a communal all-time low.  But does that make it okay to make a blatantly racist comment on a bus full of other Asians?  I think not!  This woman assumed that, because the young woman was Asian, that she was foreign and therefore couldn't understand English.

I've been thinking about this all weekend, deviating between anger at the older woman and saddness that we still have so far to go when it comes to our attitudes on diversity in the US.  Yes, I know it's 2014 and the fad seems to be pretending that we're in a "post-racial" society because, after all, haven't we elected a black man as President?  But the truth is, we're still a highly racially insensitive society, it's just a bit more implied and subtextual.

I think what made me so mad about this encounter was that I've had experiences like this myself.  Last year, I was riding the bus while reading a book by a Thai author with a picture of a little Thai girl on the front.  One of the white men in front of me tapped on my book and said, "That's cool, you're on your book cover!"

I believe my response was to blink at him and do my best not to lecture him on his ignorant statement.

When speaking of a European or Caucasian individual, we generally specify where in Europe their ancestry is from.  So why should we do any differently with people of color?  All Asians are not the same, just like all Latinos are not all the same and like even people who are African-American have historically come from many different African countries.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you even feel vaguely ignorant or unsure about a racial comment you're about to make, just don't say it.  That's fine if you're not sure what race of Asian someone is; that doesn't mean that you should make stereotypical assumptions that will probably end up insulting someone.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

College Confidence: Body Images and Resolutions

Around New Years, most people set some kind of a "body resolution."  That can be anything from dieting, losing a certain amount of weight, reaching a certain fitness goal, etc.  I know that I personally set the goal to exercise more regularly.  For the purpose of this post, I will be focusing on the female body because, well, that's what I know.

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about why so many people feel so dissatisfied with their bodies that they plan to alter them over the course of the year.  While some people make changes for the sake of simply being healthy, it often seems that others have purely aesthetic body goals.  Of course, this doesn't really surprise me.  We live in such a visual, media-centered society in which we are constantly being presented with the "ideal body": long legs, nice curves and a small waist.  The media doesn't often portray the true range of real female bodies, and we thus feel the need to all try our best to fit the same mold.

I had never really had to deal with any of this until I got to college.  Yes, I had my own insecurities about my body back in high school, but I had mainly guy friends so it wasn't something we really talked about.  But coming to college, I was pretty shocked at just how many girls had significant issues with their bodies and just how often they talked about it.  And again, there was almost no talk about being healthy, just about being smaller, leaner, skinnier.

So I want to open this up to you all.  Have you had this same experience either with friends or yourself?  Do you set health goals or simply want to get down a size or two?  Do you think this is something more young women should be talking about?

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Cutest Little Studio in Sausalito



This weekend was the beginning of the end.  And by that I mean it was the last weekend before classes start.  So to celebrate my last weekend of freedom (and the US premiere of Sherlock!),  I took a short trip to Sausalito to stay with my friend Justine.  I've stayed with her multiple times since coming to school, but this time was a little bit different because she moved into the little studio "apartment" down below her family house this fall.

It is quite honestly one of the cutest little studios I've ever seen.  She has a really cute, shabby-chic style and was kind enough to let me take some pictures to share with you guys!

Her little jewelry/nicknack shelf.  I did the drawing on the top right for her sophomore year!


Her cute little kitchen and our breakfast.




Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Feature: My Body Image


If any of you spend a lot of time haunting different corners of the Internet, you might already know that last week on Tumblr was declared Body Confidence Week.  I personally wish that I had known about this when it was going on, because it is the perfect transition into another new series I will be starting next week.  It will be called College Confidence, and it is inspired by the tradition of self-improvement New Year's resolutions.

Rather than trying to explain this new series, I will just leave you with this well-spoken video from the YouTube vlogger MorganPaigeLoves.  Hopefully this will not only prime you for some of the topics I be writing about, but that you will truly listen to the beautiful things she has to say about being a human being.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

By the Bay




I still have about a week until classes start, but I am remarkably happy that I returned to San Francisco early this year.  Not only is my internship going well so far, but this is really the first time that I've gotten to just hang out in the city with friends without having to rush home to do homework.  Best of all, we've actually been taking advantage of this free time.  This past weekend, I met friends in the Marina for what turned into an all-day neighborhood exploration complete with a trip down to enjoy the sun by the bay.



It's nice to know that after four years of "exploring," San Francisco can still surprise me.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Feature: Barton Hollow


I have to admit that I feel a bit bad about this Friday Feature.  I first heard "Barton Hollow" on New Year's Eve when hanging out with a friend and was instantly hooked by the bluesy, sexy sound of The Civil Wars.  I promptly went home, bought the song, and haven't been able to stop listening to it since.  I already know that this will be my favorite song of the month.

However, I feel bad about introducing you guys to this amazing song given that The Civil Wars have all but officially disbanded.  Apparently the two singers are having some internal feud and its doubtful whether or not they'll be "getting back together."

"Barton Hollow" is an amazing song nonetheless, and I hope you guys enjoy.  Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

That Stereotypical Resolution Post

Happy New Year, everyone!  It's that time again, the time to look back on the previous year and resolve to change and improve what we can.  If you remember last year's list at all, you'll know that I like to keep my resolutions fairly short and simple.  In my opinion, the longer and more complicated your list, the more likely that you'll forget about your resolutions or worse, give up.  So here we go.

1.  Remember to read for pleasure.
Last year, I definitely achieved my goal of reading more.  I didn't quite make my 50 Book Reading Challenge on Goodreads, but I did manage to read a whopping 43 books and couldn't be happier with that number.  I had almost forgotten how good it felt to read for fun, and was amazed at how much I could achieve if I took an hour or so out of my day to just read whatever I felt like.  I hope to keep this up in 2014, and if you'd like to know more of my bookish goals for the year, check out this video.

2.  Get better at keeping in contact with friends.
This is something I really suck at.  And I don't just mean friends from high school, but even my friends who live around the block.  Because I'm not someone who every really feels the need to be social, I tend to epically stink at responding to emails, text messages, Facebook invites and the like.  Ironically, I'm the best at responding via snail mail.  This year I'd like to make more of an effort to maintain contact with current and old friends because I know that this will make me a better friend in general.

3.  Exercise more regularly.
This was another resolution from last year that I actually sort of achieved.  I actually started working out and found that I really liked walking, running, hiking, and doing yoga.  Exercising on a regular basis, however, was not my strong suit.  I went through periodic spurts of exercising before slacking off.  This year, I want to try and stick to a more regular work-out schedule, because I know that it's actually something I like spending time on.

4.  Treat people the way you want to be treated.
I have always been really good about this.  I personally try to treat everyone with as much kindness, patience, and understanding as I can.  However, this year I want to extend this idea to how I treat (or talk about) people when they're not there.  This means less gossiping and talking negatively behind other's backs.  Again, just breaking myself of this habit will make me a better and more positive individual.
And now for two Internet goals:

For the Blog:  Get organized and post at least once a week.
This past couple of months, I feel like I have finally figured out what I want to be doing with this blog.  Yes, I know it only took me four years to get it together, but better late than never, right?  I will eventually have to figure out what to do with this space once I graduate (5 months, baby!!), but for now I want to focus on putting out better content more frequently.  This means getting organized, planning ahead, actually drafting posts and prepping visuals during the weekend.

I do have several things I will be sharing and talking about before the end of my undergraduate career, I am always open to post suggestions.  If you ever have a topic you'd like to see addressed here on Little Girl, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email.

For YouTube:  Participate actively and start more discussions.
I have been having so much fun since I joined the BookTube community on YouTube.  I've gotten to meet so many fantastic people from around the world that I otherwise would never have known.  Most excitingly, I have gotten to interact with several authors and review their books.  This resolution is a bit of a continuation of the above No. 2: I want to do a better job of maintaining interaction with both my viewers and the YouTubers that I follow in this upcoming year.  I want to keep looking at this as just another opportunity to meet like-minded people, and these relationships will require just as much upkeep as any in "real life."

I also want to do more discussion videos.  I only did one last year, but was completely stunned, overwhelmed, and pleased with the response.  I have so many ideas and bookish topics that I'd like to discuss, I don't know if I've ever been this excited about continuing a creative project.

And those are my resolutions for 2014!  What are you guys planning to work on?