What to do with life?

It dawned on me today that this time next year, I will be entering my final semester of college. And it filled me with apprehension and anxiety. I feel like in college, you are living this faux life in a contained bubble that is cut off from the real world. In a little over a year, I will have to be a fully functioning member of society with a job and up to my ears in debt from student loans. This realization made me wonder, what am I going to do with my life? I have been through a few majors because I was a confused freshman, but I realized what I loved more than anything was books, so English major it was. Now, that isn’t the most stable of majors that offers a plethora of jobs after graduation, but it is what I love. 

So now, I am stuck with anxiety about the future. What will my career entail? Will I fulfill my dreams of becoming an author? Will I travel the world? Where will I live? Am I going to live at home? Will I move to London like I always dreamed? Will my student loans ever get paid off? So many unanswered questions that are terrifying. I feel like I am finally an adult now that I have a concern for my future. As a freshman and sophomore, I wasn’t worried about the future. But do all college students feel this way or am I the only one who has this crippling fear for my future? Yes, this is a very random post, but I needed this to be out there. Hopefully, the answers come to me at some point in the coming years and the anxiety will subside. 

Jamie

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I got nominated for a Liebster Award!

I am honored to have received two nominations for a Liebster Award! Thank you to Life and Other Disasters and My Tiny Obsessions for nominating my blog for this award! It is really amazing that people are actually reading my blog! Image

 

The Liebster Award is for blogs with less than 200 followers and that are worth watching. The rules are:

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
  4. Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of your nomination
  5. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer

Life and Other Distasters asked me:

  1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
    My superpower would be the ability to fly or something like that so I don’t have to drive anywhere and can go literally anywhere at any time! No more long road trips or flights, I could fly there myself or apparate there.  
  2. What would be your superhero-name?
    This is such a hard one that I have thought about before. I wish I had some really witty pun of a name, but I don’t have one at the moment, so I might just pick something like “BookGirl” or something generic like that. 
  3. If you could go anywhere in space and time, where would you go? And why?
    Probably somewhere in England, because it is my dream to live there. And maybe late 19th century-early 20th century London would be ideal. This is the time when all my favorite books are being published and so many interesting breakthroughs in technology and women’s rights. And next to that, would be London in the future.
  4. A genie grants you a wish, What would you wish for?
    I would wish for a secure job as either a writer or in the publishing industry after I graduate and for my loans to disappear. I know that is two wishes, but a girl can dream!
  5. Who is your favourite TV or movie character? Why?
    I think my favorite character would be The Doctor. This is because they are so many people at once. You have the grumpy old man, the quirky one, the funny guy with a bow tie, and so many more. They encompass so much and stand for what is right, even if they sacrifice things that are important to them. There is so much complexity to that character that appeals to so many people and it is a really rare thing to find in a character. And if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Matt Smith. 
  6. What is your favourite book genre?
    I absolutely love fantasy and fiction. I am always drawn to this genre because the reason I started reading was due to Harry Potter and so I always feel a bit like my childhood self again when I pick up a fantasy/fiction novel. I think they have so many powerful messages that can be taken out of the fantasy context and applied to real life. It is also an escape for me. I get to leave the world of stressful classes, tests, student loans, and anything else and temporarily forget everything. It is a magical experience.
  7. If you could go and see your own future, what would you hope to find there?
    I just hope to see my future filled with happiness. I want to be able to be happy and not dwell on the past. A future full of happiness is a dream to me. A job, husband, and family would also be lovely.  
  8. What’s your current favourite song?
    I don’t really have a favorite song. I have an eclectic taste that encompasses every genre of music. That being said, one of my favorites that comes to mind would be “Little Lion Man” by Mumford and Sons. 
  9. Would you rather fall into the rabbit’s hole, discover Narnia or go to Hogwarts?
    Such a hard question! But I would love to go to Hogwarts. I was seriously upset when I turned 11 and didn’t get my letter. But I choose this because I grew up with the Harry Potter books, and it was always my dream. In high school, I went on my senior trip to Florida and we went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios and it was literally a dream. I loved every minute of it.
  10. If you could meet any person of your choosing (dead or alive) who would you want to meet? Why?
    J.K. Rowling. She is someone I would love to meet. I aspire to be a writer, and just being able to pick her brain about her processes and just being in her presence would be amazing. I would love to be able to have tea with her and discuss far off places and fictional characters.
  11. What’s your favourite time of the year?
    I love fall. I think that the colors are so pretty and inspiring. I love that it is beginning to get cold, and I can wear my favorite sweater with boots and sip on tea while watching the leaves change outside my window. 

My Tiny Obsessions asked me:

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
    London. Everything I love is (or was) made there. The literature, shows, movies, and history intrigues me. I would love to live in the same county that people like Shakespeare, the Brontës, J.K. Rowling, and so many others live(d). It is my dream to move there one day, and I hope I make that happen.  
  2. Favorite superhero? Why?
    I really love Mystique. I think that she really shows growth as a character because she learns to accept herself as she is, which is a great message that everyone should learn from. Like she would say, “Mutant and proud.”  
  3. Favorite drama, comedy and SCi-Fi tv show?
    Drama would be Sherlock because I love the chemistry that Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have together. Comedy would be Mindy Project because Mindy Kaling portrays a character that is so relatable and refreshing. And Sci-Fi would be Doctor Who because it has so many great characters and is still going on 50 years later!
  4. What’s your TV guilty pleasure and why?
    I hate to admit it, but my TV guilty pleasure would be Pretty Little Liars. This is because I started watching it when I was young and in high school, and I really just want to find out who A is. I read some of the books, but they stopped following them, so I can’t even read the last ones to find out who A will be, so I continue to watch.
  5. Which one is your Doctor? And Companion?
    My Doctor is the Eleventh. I think Matt Smith portrays him so brilliantly, and I came into Doctor Who later, so I spent the summer watching the new seasons 1-5, so I came in while Matt was still relatively new, and I think that is why I love his Doctor so much. I started while he was still on it, and so he is my first Doctor. My favorite companion is Clara Oswald. She is so complex and her story is so interesting. I like the way that she doesn’t take the Doctors crap and lets him know what she is thinking. 
  6. Which of the Deathly Hallows (Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone and Cloak of Invisibility) would you rather possess? Why?
    Cloak of invisibility, hands down. It didn’t turn out well for the other two brothers with he want and stone, but the one who had the cloak “greeted death like an old friend” when he chose to die, the others didn’t choose. I also wouldn’t mind being able to go around unnoticed. 
  7. Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch or Jonny Lee Miller, which one is the best Sherlock Holmes? And who is the best Watson, Jude Law, Martin Freeman or Lucy Liu?
    Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Their chemistry is amazing on the screen and they work so well together. They form the perfect duo. And when I read the actually read Doyle’s stories, I think they they fit the personality descriptions perfectly.  
  8. Favorite comfort food?
    Ice cream. I love Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked. It is to die for!
  9. What the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
    Wish that I was still sleeping!
  10. What made you start blogging?
    I want to be a writer one day, so I figured this is a great way to start. It is great practice and allows me to get my thoughts out in a coherent way in one place. It is very relaxing!
  11. What’s your favorite post that you have written? (Share link please)
    I think my favorite post was “An Ode to Nerds” because it was a spur of the moment post where I just wrote out all my feelings on being a nerd and where I acknowledge that I am proud of that about me! 

I nominated:

  1. It Does Not Do To Dwell On Dreams And Forget To Live
  2. MY Doctor Who
  3. C. Miller
  4. Horcruxes, Heroes, and Harry Potter
  5. Is My Geek Showing? 
  6. Jeyna Grace
  7. Sleeping Geeks
  8. Route 23
  9. The Broken Tower
  10. Lesley Carter
  11. Damyanti

My questions:

  1. Favorite pace to go? Why?
  2. If you had a million dollars to do anything, what would you do?
  3. Favorite quote?
  4. What do you do in your spare time?
  5. Favorite movie, show, or book?
  6. How did you get started blogging?
  7. Favorite color? Why?
  8. If you had to pick between being part of the Avengers or X-Men, what would you pick?
  9. Favorite hobbies?
  10. Who would you spend a day with if you could pick anyone in the world?
  11. Which fictional character would you most want to come alive and be your friend?

Thank you again to Life and Other Disasters and My Tiny Obsessions for nominating my blog for this award! It is such an honor, and I hope my blog comes to grow each and every day!

Jamie

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An Ode to Nerds

Now, I don’t get offended anymore when someone calls me a nerd. I used to be so ashamed of it, hid it from everyone. Not even my best friends knew how much of a nerd I was when I was younger, I hid it. But since being in college, I think I learned to accept it about myself and I am no longer offended when someone calls me one. I answer right back with a “I know” or a “so?” In high school, it was discovered that I was into what is deemed “nerdy things.” I was so embarrassed, but by the time I was sixteen or seventeen, I got to the point that I brushed it off my shoulders that some people made fun of me because I like Harry Potter or because I loved Star Trek.

But in college, I discovered I wasn’t weird and that people liked those things too. And even if they didn’t they accepted me for it. In my small group of friends, I am the nerd out of everyone. But it is not an insult, it just means that I love to love things. I have an uncontrollable desire to display everything I love and make sure people know it. I am no longer scared to cry when the Eleventh Doctor regenerated and let people know that that is how I am feeling, I am not embarrassed about my encyclopedic knowledge of Harry Potter, I am not afraid to let people know that books and fictional characters are always there for me when I need them. I have grown as a person since embracing my nerdy side, and I wish this for everyone else. 

I am a Nerdfighter. I want to increase the awesome of the world, and I think that this is a great message. People are too scared to display their awesome side out of fear for being judged, and I get that. But I am at a point in my life where I say screw that, and I think everyone else should. Being a nerd is awesome. I like the way there are people out there like me who feel strongly about things. I worry for my friends and family who are not like that, they don’t display their feelings about things. Yes, I am a 20 year old girl, so I mask my emotions, but I don’t hide my emotions when it comes to the things I love. I embrace it. I wish I had close friends to speak my mind too when I am really emotional about Sherlock leaving John’s wedding early, but that is why the Nerdfighter community and internet is so great. Tumblr literally has feels about everything, and I can bask in that. It is great that at this point in my life, I have these resources to help me be me. 

John Green, one of my favorite authors, said, “Saying ‘I notice you’re a nerd’ is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?’ In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even ‘lame’ is kind of lame. Saying ‘You’re lame’ is like saying ‘You walk with a limp.’ Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he’s done all right for himself.” And I don’t think there is a more honest post. Being a nerd is a blessing, and I am thankful I am one. Another great quote is from Wil Wheaton from the Calgary Comic Expo 2013 giving a speech to a woman’s daughter on why being a nerd is awesome (found here). 

So I say this, be a nerd. Don’t worry about what people say about it. Wear the things you love on your sleeve and make sure you are never embarrassed by it, it will be a waste of time where you could be doing awesome things. Be you. 

Jamie

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Reading

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Something that bothers me more than anything else in the world is when someone tells me they don’t read. I am not entirely sure why this is such a negative trait to me, but it truly is. Reading is one of the keenest pleasures any human being can experience. You are not only experiencing whole other worlds, but you are experiencing other people too. No other outlet allows you to travel back to 1847 and live the life of a governess in Jane Eyre. There is no other outlet that allows you to go to a whole other world in Middle Earth and have adventures with Hobbits. Reading takes you places you could never imagine. 

The power books have to educate people is astounding. Not just fiction, too. You can learn DIY projects, to cook, about any historical event, and so much more. It is literally amazing how much you can learn from books, and there is a never-ending supply of books. You cannot run out of books, and they keep coming out. Reading is an endless supply of knowledge. 

Something is so off-putting when people say “I don’t read.” I will not be able to date anyone who doesn’t read. I want to be able to talk about books and things I love with a boyfriend or a husband. Books are a huge part of my life, I mean I am an English major. So if someone can’t share that passion I have for literature, I don’t know how I can relate to someone on a deeper level. 

There is so much to say on this subject, but I just think that it is an important thing to be known. Books change lives. They help people get through so many things. For myself, they helped me get over my shyness. They help with a multitude of other issues for billions of people.

So…read more, and read often. 

Jamie

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21 J.K. Rowling Quotes That Prove She’s So Much More Than ‘Harry Potter’

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No story lives unless someone wants to listen.
I didn’t write with a target audience in mind. What excited me was how much I would enjoy writing about Harry. I never thought about writing for children — children’s books chose me. I think if it is a good book anyone will read it.
I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? “You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!”

“Well,” I said, slightly nonplussed, “the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.”

What I felt like saying was, “I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?” But no — my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!

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Positive Body Image

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The day most women dread is tomorrow…the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Now, I have a love/hate with this show. I love it because I find the performances and the outfits awesome, but I hate it because during it (and for the week following) every girl I know is hating themselves and every guy I know is wondering why they can’t find girls like these models. I will scroll my twitter feed, and see post after post saying “Wow she is smokin’ hot! Why don’t girls at my school look like that?” or “OMG I hate myself. Not eating until I look like those models!” This saddens me. Why are we okay with women saying they are going to starve themselves to achieve basically the unachievable? This is why I want to promote a positive body image. 

A few years ago, I would see those models strutting down the catwalk and would wish I could look like them. I would crash diet and exercise, but I eventually came to the realization that I will never look like that. Not because I can’t lose weight, but because everyone is built differently. I am not a 5’11 girl who weights 115 pounds, and I never will be. Most people will not be that. It took me a while to come to this realization, but I am there now. I just wish that everyone would come to this realization, and I know that it is hard to hear. 

I am all for a healthy lifestyle and having your own choice. If you want to be stick thin, by all means, go for it. Just be healthy about it. There is no point in starving yourself to look like that. Or if you are happy being a bit overweight, good for you. Once again, just be healthy! I think that we need to promote a positive body image, because what the scale says is only a number. 

This fashion show is not the root of the problem with negative body image, there are many sources for that. This fashion show is just another excuse for people to negate themselves to that number on the scale, and this is where we fail in society. And this issue only gets worse with each generation. The statistics for eating disorders gets higher each year while the age for it to start gets lower. 

So, how do we promote positive body image? By making sure that these behaviors are not glorified in media (like the man who wrote the article as to why to date someone with an eating disorder), and making sure to promote happiness, no matter how you look! Now girls, I know after seeing a bunch of guys tweet and write about the looks of these models, it is tempting to want to look like them, but it isn’t worth risking your health or life for. If any guy has a problem with the way you look, he is not worth your time. And guys, I know that these models are beautiful, but so is every other girl. 

Let’s all promote positive body image and be happy in our own skin! 

Jamie 

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Hello!

Hello! 

This is my first post, so I just wanted to say that this is where I will be posting about books, life, movies, etc. I am kind of a nerd and get too emotionally attached to fictional characters. I love to read and write, so this is where I will do those. 

Jamie 

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Power of Books

 

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Did you even notice the power literature has? If you love reading, then you definitely have. Books allow you to immerse yourself in a past time, fantastical world, or anything the imagination can make up. They are the most underutilized resource in the world. Nothing breaks my heart more than when a child (or anyone, for that matter) says they don’t read. It is truly sad that kids today are embarrassed about reading. What is so bad about reading? Why isn’t it cool to expand your horizons?

As a child, I was shy. My outlet was reading. I could spend hours locked in my room, reading a book. It all started with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I thank J.K. Rowling for my love of literature. I didn’t know until third grade that there were these items that exposed different worlds and places, and I wound up losing myself in books. They were the main source of happiness and magic in my life (and still are). 

I am an English Education major in school right now, and every day I am more astounded by the power of books. It fascinates me that in the year 2013, I can be reading Jane Eyre and be in the mind of Charlotte Brontë. I am transported to see the life of a 19th century governess. Not many other things can do that, bring you into the mind of someone else. Yes, movies and shows allow you to watch it, but they are limited. Yes, you know when watching that Harry is hurting when he sees Ginny with Dean in the sixth Harry Potter movie, but you don’t know his specific thoughts on it or how sad he is. You get to experience the emotions and adventures in a book along with the characters, nothing else can bring that joy. 

Books have a power to change you. If you are feeling down or sad, you can read to forget your woes for a short amount of time. They are a very cheap form of therapy. I can find myself being upset or stressed, so I cuddle up with a book and a tea and time flies, and I am unaware of my issues for that time. It is so great to forget yourself for a while, and travel along with someone else for a bit. Not only can they change your mood, but they can change you as a person. I know that after reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I had a whole different view on life and love. It reinforced the idea of life being short and fleeting for me, to make the most of things at the moment. Tons and tons of books have done this for me, and I’m sure a ton of other people too. 

Whether you already love books, or don’t, I encourage you to read. You might have just not found that one book that will change it all for you. But keep searching. Books are a powerful tool, and one of the most important things in the world. 

Jamie

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