24, ilvermorny quiz and soulmates

Saturday, July 02, 2016

if harry potter is your thing, then you've probably heard of the new ilvermorny sorting quiz on Pottermore. if you don't keep up with the magical times, then you might be wondering what's going on?

don't fret, i was in the dark as well but saw the light! ilvermorny is the North American magical school that exists within the entire harry potter universe. there are other schools in various other locations (such as Brazil, Japan, and Uganda) that rowling has written on before, except that we now have one more originated from North America. 

of course, i had to take the quiz on Pottermore because it just seemed like the right thing to do. 

i have to say, all of the questions were pretty great. they were simple but thought-provoking. so, when i came upon one i had to stop and really think about it for a couple minutes. 

the one that caught my eye was the soulmate one. the question goes like this:

A soulmate is...
  • out there somewhere
  • an illusion
  • a psychic twin 
  • strong where i'm weak, weak where i'm strong
i guess this question primarily struck me because of where i'm at in my life. i'm 24, turning 25 in a couple months. my friends and i have graduated college and find ourselves in that never-ending cycle of being an adult and working.

when people ask me how my university experience was i find myself describing it as a wonderful bubble; a fictional world presiding on the cusp of reality.

when you're in college, the world it exists in and the people who live inside of it become your reality.

school is composed of begrudgingly waking up in the morning trying to decide if you want to make it to your 8AM class or if you can merely survive off of other's notes and your own studying, late-night hours at the library with various cups of coffee, parties and social gatherings on the weekends (or even weekdays) interacting with a multitude of people in hopes of finding your social niche, deadlines that creep up on you for neglecting to keep an orderly schedule throughout the semester, winter and summer breaks that mean finally reuniting with your family who you haven't seen for months and finding an odd sense of nostalgia when you return home, and eating endless amounts of horrible food with little to no exercise.

when you graduate this precious bubble bursts. it just goes " p o p " and you're sucked into reality- that foregone world you left behind for a couple years while you were off making memories and rejoicing in your youthfulness.

around this time two years ago, when i was about 23, things began to shift a bit. sure, i was still in that bubble of college, but there was a certain unease that began to filtrate its way inside my enclosure.

it was a sort of signal, alerting me to the fact that we were going to leave this place in about a year's time. it was also about everyone reflecting on their lives and what they were studying, where they were going from here.

post-graduation became a major theme of our conversations when we would meet up with one another after class or on the weekends and ask "where were we heading? what's to come?"

now, a year after having graduated and settled down a bit, the conversation has shifted once again to "will we find ourselves alone or with that significant other anytime soon?" 

some of us might not want to admit to it, but on some level, finding a person who makes you feel right and good, makes you laugh, who you can confide in and drag to all your own dorky things is a mate who your soul finds solace in (at least for some period of time).

for those of us who are single and just doing our own thing, this other unknown person starts to appear in our minds more. now our bubble is gone and it's hard to meet other people. my generation says the way to go are dating apps. that whole bumping into a stranger thing or meeting people while you're out is a farce.

when i took the ilvermorny quiz and got to the soulmate question, i sighed and said, "hmm..." while i don't take the idea of a soulmate so seriously as to there's one and only one destined for you, i think finding that compatibility is pretty one of a kind, and it's something that the majority of my generation is searching for.

this is why the guys in fictional stories are so eternal. they steal hearts and show up at the right time and place (well, usually). what's your take on soulmates and who is your current fictional heartthrob?

xo Alex


a little update

Saturday, June 18, 2016

i have no idea how long it's been. i don't really want to check either. mainly because i know i've neglected this little part of me, but i dont want to beat myself up over it. life happens!

instead, i want to go over a couple of recent highlights that stand out in my mind:

- i hit 1 year of working at my current job in May // how did that even happen? graduation feels like it was just yesterday, but i guess that's what happens when post-college life! 

- ran my first ever 5k // while i was really looking forward to it, my time wasn't all that great (~34 minutes) i think this was mainly due to the run being a pretty big one. there were so many people participating, i felt closed in and lost my pacing

- picked up longboarding // i went to California in April, i believe, and tried surfing for the first time. it was amazing. i'm so bummed that Florida doesn't get the waves Cali does or else i would be getting my butt kicked in the water with a board! so, when i got back home i thought what else can i do in the meantime that is a bit like surfing? long/skateboarding seemed good to me- and so far i'm loving it!

- i lost my phone while on a trip // now, how is this a highlight you might ask? actually, it really isn't. it was a huge bummer and dampened my trip. i ended up calling it an early night. but, it made me realize that you don't need to have your phone out at all times waiting to capture a moment. let things be. 

- i've been attending church regularly // this is pretty personal to me, but it's been a huge factor in my life. i'm still trying to get the "hang" of it- attending on a weekly basis- but i find great comfort in it. 

- reading was put on the backburner // i kind of went on hiatus with reading. i caught myself buying books that were stacking up on my bookshelf. with no room to put them, i made myself a promise to not buy anymore books until i finished what i had. so far, it's been going good, but i've been uninspired to pick up anything. recently though, that changed. last book i read was The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson which was a great summer novel!

- Venezuela made it pretty far in the Copa America // Venezuela is not known for it's amazing soccer skills but this year we have been doing pretty well. i am super impressed! unfortunately, this came to an end tonight against Argentina (4-1), but we put up a good fight and that's the best you can do. 

and that's that! i was also contemplating adopting a cat because i fell in love with my cousin's barn cat, but that idea was quickly shot down. 

i've been doing more thinking about my future lately and trying to feel things out, but i think that's more of an ongoing discussion we all have with ourselves, right? 

i might come back and post pictures- if my phone decides to work (it completely shut down on me this morning and won't turn on). 

i hope whoever is reading this is having a happy Saturday. i encourage you to jot down some of your own 'highlights' and share them with me :) 

xo Alex 


reading slumps {suck}

Thursday, January 21, 2016

i hate neglecting my blog like this. so many weeks have gone by and all you see on here is 
s  i  l  e  n  c  e
it's wrong, and i feel horrible about it. 

so, what's been going on? well, i've been in a bit of a reading slump. i tried to read some of the books i have on my TBR pile that i mentioned before. the thing is that many of them are YA books, a genre that i have not been in the mood to read whatsoever.

i want to get back into reading classics and literary fiction (a broad genre, i know). i want to pick up more mature content, become lost in intricately written stories, delve into current events told from another perspective, and read more business/self-help books. 

i sound like a true adult. but, believe me, i am definitely a child at heart. and i have gone through this stage before- back in high school. back then i had more free time to do anything and read everything. so, like any other typical high schooler, i would read economic books and classical literary material. the usual. 

but when i left for university i lost some of that momentum because schoolwork at that level will suck the life out of you and let's face it, there are other things to do, people to see, events to go to.

when i started to realize i was forcing myself to read the books on my current TBR pile, i immediately stopped. i knew that wasn't the answer to my slump. instead, i've been slowly circling other potential books i've been meaning to read, feeling them out and scoping out their summaries to see if perhaps they will ignite my reading frenzy.

and even though i've sort of been putting down YA in this post, i will say that there has been 1 book i've read and finished this year- the first and only one in fact; it is Juliet Marillier's The Caller, the last book in the Shadowfell series

it was amazing. i've been reading this series since 2014 and it took me a while to finish because i kept putting off buying the last book. when i saw it on BookOutlet i knew the time had come to finally conclude this beloved fantasy series.  Marillier did a fantastic job of joining all the loose ends and neatly tying everything up. 

if you have not read this series, heard about it or been in the mood for some fantasy: PICK THIS UP. you will not regret it (only until you became enamored and realize you will have to end the series sooner or later). 

what do you do to get out of reading slumps? i would love some tips/suggestions! 


bye 2015, cheers to the new year

Friday, January 01, 2016

2015 was one interesting year. so many things happened- both big and small. this past year i really honed in on my likes, dislikes, people i want to surround myself with, outlook for the future, values, and daily affirmations for positivity and motivation.

i want to do good and be good, not only to those around me, but to myself.

in 2015, i went on so many fun adventures with my friends, started consistently running, read a lot, graduated university, moved back home, bought my first car, landed my very first "big girl" job, began to travel, and made myself a firm promise to keep up with this blog and writing.

oh, and i turned 24. that sounds so old, but in reality, i have so many things left to do in this lifetime.

here are a couple pictures in 2015 that brought a smile to my face:

Savannah, Georgia roadtrip

A quaint bookstore in my old college town with very affordable prices
An engraving I spied on my university's campus while I was taking graduation pictures
1 out of 3 Disney parks my friend and I conquered in one day- these fireworks concluded the trip
NYC with my best friend for the second year in a row 
A hazy moment of cheers caught during Valentine's Day (Galentine's Day) with some girlfriends
 Very peaceful Minnesota lake that I unfortunately did not have the chance to run around- still beautiful, though
My aunt's wedding where I snapped their first dance
there were so many pictures i had in my album that i could not fit on here. so, these are merely a few. i hope that in 2016 i can become more photo savy and get a better camera.

i'm really thankful for having the opportunity to do all the things i was able to do in 2015 and especially for being able to graduate. school had its up's and down's but looking back it all worked out in the long run.

what were some of your favorite moments this past year?


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