Sunday, January 31, 2016

Learning to be Cultured

Have you ever felt about as cultured as a cabbage? And no, I'm not talking about the fermented kind.  It just so happens that my best friend, Ekaterina and I feel just this way.  I'm going to let Ekaterina take over to tell you how we've decided to start our new series of blog posts, Learning to be Cultured.
I lent Lizzy the book, Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I learned While in Paris.  In the book Jennifer L. Scott, recounts different stories of what she experienced as an exchange student in Paris.  As she tells her stories, she also teaches her readers the secrets of Parisian culture.  One of those secrets is to become cultured by becoming a patron of the arts, enjoying the small things of life, and having knowledge of culture besides what can be found in a gossip magazine.  Ok, that was three lessons, but they all intertwine. :-)

After Lizzy read the book, she decided to try some of the secrets from the book, and we wanted to start this series.

I must say that I've always regretted how ignorant I am of my own culture as well as others, and while discussing the book with Ekaterina I came up with the brilliant idea of starting a blog series about learning to be more cultured human beings. Ekaterina then had an even better idea.  What if we asked our fellow bloggers to join in with us each month as we explored different areas of the arts and the unique aspects of different cultures.

On the last Sunday of each month, we will write a blog post about something cultural, and it could be anything from a movie, book, poet, composer, or something else.  At the end of each blog post, we will surprise you with what the next month's topic will be.
This month's topic will be...
a movie from the Criterion Collection!

We would love it if you'd join us in this link-up because, A) It's going to be a lot of fun B) We'll get to learn about even more cultural shtuff through your blog posts, and C) the more the merrier!
gif. This is how Whovians feel when we get to hang out together.
Because who doesn't love a gif of the DW cast dancing?
We can't wait for next month! Also, leave a comment below about what aspect of our culture or another you'd like to learn more about.

Lizzy + Ekaterina

Saturday, January 2, 2016

in with the old, out with the new // new year 2016

Dear Friends,
2015 was a huge year of change for me.  More so than any other year, it would seem.  My life has changed, my family has changed, I have changed.  Practically everything has.  I don't think that if my 2010 self saw me now, they would recognize me.  I don't know if I would approve of me or be disappointed, but I sure know I would be surprised.  I can say for certain, I'm not the same person I was six years ago, or even one year ago.  But that's okay.  My life is so much more than I had ever even dreamed or planned.  And that makes me incredibly excited and scared for this next year, because I know it will be unimaginably different than what I expect it to be.
That being said, I've decided to do a recap of 2015, and tell about my hopes and dreams for 2016.
"We all change when you think about it. We're all different people all through our lives and that's OK. That's good. As long as you keep moving, as long as you remember all the people that you used to be." - Matt Smith:

~ I started a creative writing club. It's small and meets irregularly, but it's been a good experience and I've met other writers in my community.
~ I entered the scary world of theater, and found it to be surprisingly welcoming and fun.
~ I embarrassed myself countless times in front of people.
~ I got sucked into several fandoms, including Sherlock, Merlin, KDrama, and Doctor Who.
~ I procrastinated way too much, and I learned that I need to stop hiding away from real life and substituting it with too much TV and fangirling, and instead, open up to real life and make room for everything.
~ I hennaed my hair brown, which was way out there for me as I've never colored my hair before!
~ I've started to pay more attention to fashion. Let's just say, my 2013 self had a terrible fashion sense.  I'm getting there, slowly but surely.
~ My family has gone through a lot of change that I would never have imagined, but now, I can't imagine my life differently.  Change may seem hard or even bad at the time, but afterwords, you realize that it may have been a really good thing.
~ I've made a few really nice friends at college.
~ I've gotten further in a first draft of a novel than I ever have before.  Hopefully I'll have it finished soon. (-:
~ I didn't read as many books as I'd hoped, but I did find several good books. (-:
~ I've become more open minded than I used to be, and I know that I have so much to learn this comming year.


~ I want to spend more time with my family.
~ I want to procrastinate less, and stick to my schedules more.
~ I want to start exercising daily and care more about being healthy and strong than how thin I am.
~ I want to dedicate at least half an hour of every day to my writing.
~ I want to focus more on others and less on myself.
~ I want to get a part in the mainstage production at my college.
~ I want to try writing my own music.
~ I want to try as many new and exciting things as I can in this coming year.
~ Most of all, I just want to become the best person I can so that at the end of this year I can look back and think, That was a good year.

What is one of your New Year Resolutions and what was your favorite thing about 2015?
Happy New Year!


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