(Another) Forged Summer Bucket List

 

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It’s still stupid hot here in Phoenix, which means for us Sand People still feel stuck in summer. So I still have time to bring the return of my favorite kind of bucket list here, the one where I make it up afterward and I feel super accomplished. XD Here’s what I did this summer of 2018!

Get engaged!!!!!!!!
Go to Infinity War and Deadpool 2 to lose my mind.
Settle into my new job smoothly.

Realized certain people only used me for comparison in their own life and freed myself from them.

Shared our kissing pictures for the first time.

Play lots of Minecraft.

Discovered I like certain modern mumble rap AKA I discovered Post Malone (gasp).
Go swimming!
Learn Wii Mario Kart and be actual competition.
Take engagement photos.

Live from one Pewdiepie Book Club upload to the next.

Enjoy rain in Georiga.

Visited my first bar with the cousins (but didn’t get tipsy!)

Restock my Bath and Body Works candles.
Get a new car (my old one broke down completely, but still).
Enjoy snapchat filters more.

We Heart It aesthetics on point.

Binge watched SO MUCH Shane Dawson and Co.

Redesign my bedroom walls.
Borrow all of last year’s good movies and watch obsessively.
Celebrate Ashlyn’s 24th birthday and Elizabeth’s 3rd
Fazoli’s for the first time in foreverrrrr.

This summer has been a strange mixture of mundane and extreme exciting changes for me, and I’ve enjoyed it immensely! Also, let it be known that eating again at Fazoli’s was by far one of the most thrilling moments of my whole year…after the proposal of course. XD What did you do (accomplish) this summer?

~Jamie

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6 Fun Interactive Books for Adults

I’ve slowly picked these different books up over the past year and I’ve had so much fun with them that I wanted to write about them! Have you tried any of these out? What are some of your favorite interactive books?

  • Music Listography. This is easily the one I’ve written in most, and my favorite of the Listography books (I’ll be featuring three in this post.) I found it barely used at a thrift shop and it tickled my music-addicted soul pink. There are so many lists to fill out; I’ve loved documenting my favorite songs by decade (90s list is the longest!) I’m taking my time with it, enjoying the questions and pondering which 20 albums WOULD I take to space with me? 😛

  • Me, You, Us. This was designed to do with either a significant other OR with different friends and pals, with a place at the top for the names and date of who you’re talking about. I bought this as something fun to do with my boyfriend as a silly conversation starter and something to bond over or make us think about “us” and it’s terribly fun! I need to have a pack of crayons with me for the next round, because one could easily add on pictures and drawings on each page. I love it!

  • Spirit Listography. I bought this with an amazon gift card; I haven’t looked at it closely, but it’s a mix of intrapersonal reflecting and proactive “make the world a better place” type mix of prompts to list.I’d much prefer more intrapersonal questions to reflect on, but it seems a decent mix. Plus the cover is gorgeously beautiful. I’m happy with it! And in usual Listography fashion, it has the most quaint little illustrations with each list that I enjoy rediscovering as I flip the page.

  • Wreck This Journal. My sister in another state Rebecca bought me this during my first visit to Georgia when we went bookstore prowling together. It was the first time I’d seen it in person and I couldn’t leave it behind. This is as interactive as you can get with a book. It wants you to throw it, tear it, do everything it says on each page and its stupid therapeutic amazing fun! This would be the best thing to take with you on a camping trip even where you can throw it as hard as you like without it sailing into the neighbor’s yard. XD

  • My Future Listography. I’m pretty sure I found this with the music book. Basically, you fill in the different lists about what you hope to do, visit, see, or read, ect. I filled in bits and pieces of it, and have already looked back through and been to checkmark some as done! I like seeing how my wishes or wants change as time goes by too; a perfect little time capsule to remind you what the past you wanted to do, or to see how far you’ve come!

  • The Amazing Story Generator. I love this book; it creates some of the most creative and silly and challenging story prompts ever! I bought it off Amazon with birthday money it’s really fun to keep around for a laugh or challenge! If you’re a by-the-seat-of-your-pants fiction writer, I’d highly recommend for kicking writer’s block in the butt or for a fun random challenge! See picture below for an example of how this book works!

Do you have any favorite interactive books?

~Jamie

My Want-Not-Need Shopping List

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  • New cute stationary and cards.
  • Strawberry Lemonade Powerade.
  • Gel pens.
  • A pretty food journal.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic Trilogy.
  • Too many tapestries to count.
  • Pretty yarn skein combinations for a new blanket project.
  • Hot fudge, for ice cream nights.
  • Dream catchers.
  • Rescue books, from thrift stores.
  • Michiko to Hatchin DVD set.
  • Foaming soap.
  • A bigger writing desk.
  • Yearly zoo or aquarium pass.

You know there’s always a difference between the shopping lists of things we NEED versus the things we WANT. That’s my current WANT list, it was satisfying to write. What’s on your want-not-need list?

~Jamie

My Favorites from 2016

I did this last year and I really wanna do it for last year too, even though it’s already mid-Feb. XD What were your favorites this year? These are mine!

Favorite Movie

My favorite movie from the whole year was Captain America: Civil War. It’s probably been the biggest payoff movie to a film franchise that I’ve followed or watched in my life. All those superheroes all coming together like that, for one of biggest most enjoyable fight scenes ever…plus all the emotional punches and clashes…it was perfect. As a Marvel fan who’s invested money and time to follow this series, I felt very much rewarded!

Runners Up: Deadpool, Passengers, Finding Dory, Arrival, Doctor Strange, Zootopia.

Favorite Music

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Susumu Hirasawa, Sia, Lindsey Stirling, Odesza just scratch the surface of all the music that became my new favorite this year; I introduced myself to Madonna too, and select pop songs throughout the year.

In the playlist below, I compiled 30 songs that I keenly remember listening to this past year,or that remind me of something that was going on when I discovered it. There’s a strong memory imprinted on each of them. You can read about them on the playlist on YouTube if you’d like. Feel free to scroll through it and help yourself to maybe some new music (there’s soundtracks and all sorts of songs sprinkled in there!)

Favorite Anime

I began watching JoJo way back at the beginning of the year. I watched three full seasons by April to watch the new season weekly with James (it was one of his favorite stories and I said as a Christmas present I would catch up and watch with him.) Wow, was it worth it. I watched this show weekly from April alllllll the way to December and it was flipping awesome. Brilliant genre twists, creativity out of this world, with truly lovable, quirky characters who sneaked into my heart: it was anime of the year for me and James for sure!

Runners Up: Mob Psycho 100, KonoSuba, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, The Diasterous Life of Saiki K., Flip Flappers, Sweetness and Lightning, Orange, ReLife.

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These are some of my favorite Instagram posts; they capture some big moments, as well as some small ones that I’d nearly forgotten!

PINTEREST

I love my “Me” Pinterest board; I’ve been art, quotes, and images that I feel truly capture an esences of who I am. It’s been wonderful for self-exploration and identifying with my core personality and how I process or think of things! ❤

I made this to collect all the reasons why distance doesn’t matter when it comes to love. ❤

This is of a story I want to write one day; scraps of the plot are scrapping together, and I have magazine clippings from ages ago that have the same vibe for the same story. I decided to make a board for it. ❤

Final Thoughts

This year I did so much! I’ll be recapping some of the things I accomplished in an upcoming post soon in that regard. But looking back over this post, I already really appreciate all the little memories social media saved for me. Plus, I discovered some of the best music ever this past year, and CIVIL WAR WAS JUST AMAZING. xD So, what were your favorite things this year?

~Jamie

Let Me Reintroduce Myself

I’ve been gone for a long time, and I’ve changed, grown, learned things while I was gone. I also feel like the same old Jamie. I decided I wanted to reintroduce myself as I return this place I’ve called my home. Here’s some things about me, and some things I’ve learned while I was gone last year. I’ve missed you all. ❤ So here we go.

My name is Jamie.

  • I really love rainy days: that’s when my days shine the brightest.
  • Sherlock Holmes is still my favorite fictional character.
  • Among many things, I value creativity, empathy, gentle honesty, wise vulnerability, and a good sense of humor.
  • Purple is still my favorite color, but I wear lots of reds, blacks, grays, and pinks. And teal too. I just love colors.
  • I’m the oldest sibling of three; it’s where I groomed my abilities to be bossy and nurturing at the same time.
  • I have a passion for helping people feel understood and heard and valued.
  • I an ENFP–extroverted, intuitive, a big whopping feeler, and perceiver.
  • The mystery genre has always been my favorite (sub-genres fantasy, historical, sci-fi, drama all completely welcome!)
  • I’m a born-again Christian; struggling every day to leave toxic faith behind me and remember God loves me.
  • I’m a lover of words, strong vocabularies, and writing (short stories, personal fanfiction, non-literature) and I’m in a constant struggle to write for myself.
  • I’ve stopped talking about my books publicly because I’m less motivated to write them when I do.
  • I’m a big anime fan and have been watching seasonal anime for over two years straight: truly have enjoyed that journey of many enjoyable stories!
  • I enjoy audio books, radio dramas, and anything that combines stories with sound and music.
  • I laugh easily, which I think is one of my best personality traits.
  • I greatly love my best friend-now-boyfriend James, a fellow blogger, my mentor in geekiness, and long-time companion in life’s joys and hardships.
  • I’m a born American; my bloodline is a wild mix of German, Irish, Dutch, Native American, and Hispanic–I’m very white looking, but the quarter Hispanic in me comes out in my curls.
  • I keep my curly brown hair short these days and I love it.
  • I really love Asian-American food.
  • I REALLY LOVE music. I call music my soulmate. ❤
  • My favorite movie is Clue.
  • Princess Jellyfish is my favorite anime.
  • While The Office is still my favorite TV show, a close second is Game of Thrones.
  • My favorite animation studio is Studio Ghibli; Disney is a close second for the oldie goldies. 😉
  • I still watch Disney on VHS as I slowly collect the DVDs.
  • I don’t read as often these days and I regret that.
  • I’m forcing one of my shelves to hold all Harry Potter merch on display along with all the books.
  • I enjoy using temporary tattoos as an artistic form (still unsure if I want a real one someday.)
  • I adore dreamcatchers and have so far collected 5 for my room.
  • I am more than what I journal here.

I’ve learned a lot in my short life and I have a lot more of to learn. But these are some of my biggest takeaways from the last year of my absence.

What I have learned.

Life is cruel, people are cruel. But positivity–joy, which is the very meaning of my own name–can always shine if you choose to look for it, be it, accept it. When you hold on to joy, life becomes wonderful, and people can become wonderful too. I still love people, despite everything I’ve been through, I still love people because God loves people.

The people who push you down are not just afraid of what you have to say and want to be, but they themselves have been pushed down; they are afraid of themselves and of others. Probably more than even they know. They don’t have a confidence that they’re loved and of value. I have found that knowing this makes understanding and forgiving them easier.

True love cannot be contained, nor refrained, nor smothered, nor hidden. True love cannot be stopped, truly, by anything or anyone. True love is shown in not just words but in actions and behavior, and it takes both to prove it. True love is learning to compromise, learning to respect, learning to forgive, being honest when it’s most hard, learning to apologize, learning to seek joy for the other…or for yourself. True love is special and it takes time to recognize if it is genuine, but when you do recognize it, it’s a piece of heaven on earth.

Everyone is different, which means everyone’s stories are different. God has everyone at different places in their lives for His own glory, and no one can ever rightly judge you for where you are in your walk in life. You are where God wants you to be and others are where they should be too. Even if it pains you, or you disagree. They’re there for a reason.

Lastly, someone close to me told me one random day to remember that God loves me, not for where I think I ought to be, but He loves me where I am now. This was something I had started to forget. And that reminder, though it was a small thought when it was shared, impacted me so much. ❤

Well, that’s me. I’m happy to be back.

~Jamie