Hi friends! Happy Wednesday!
About a week or so ago now, I saw a WordPress notification from Hannah over at But First, Fiction that no doubt had me smiling like an absolute fool. I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. (!!! cue me FREAKING OUT !!!!)
It honestly made my day and still makes me smile whenever I think about it.
Please, please, please make sure you go check out But, First Fiction. It’s an incredible blog (it has quickly become one of my favorites!) run by people you’ll definitely want to talk to about all things books. (Thanks again for the nomination, Hannah!!)
Just a few rules for you before we get into this wonderful tag:
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Leave a link to their blog
- Tell us 7 things about yourself
- Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers you’ve discovered recently or follow regularly
So, let’s get into it, shall we?
I was invited to one of my favorite band’s concerts.
Okay, it’s been four years, and the fact that this happened still makes me unreasonably excited. Right before my freshman year of college, my favorite band (Bleachers) decided that it would be the best idea to play my hometown six days after I moved to school. THEN, they had a concert the following April that would be during a weekend I was going to be home, but the concert sold out and I was sad out of luck. With what I would call my last hope, I tweeted Jack Antonoff (lead) and mentioned that I was bummed I wouldn’t be able to see them live. Then he tweeted me back and asked me for my name so he could put me and a +1 on the guest list????? (Walking past the line wrapping around the venue and straight to the will call box, saying “I should be on the list?” was an experience in and of itself.) I’ve since seen Bleachers live two additional times, and it’s always one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
please go give their albums a listen.
I’m geographically challenged.
Truth be told, I’m not sure that I would ever end up anywhere I need to be if it weren’t for my GPS. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it took me a crazy amount of time to even learn the streets of the town that I lived in for 18 years of my life. Not to mention, when I had a meeting in a part of Manhattan that I had yet to explore, instead of walking into the coffee shop where the meeting was, I somehow managed to stroll right into Juliard. Honestly, if it wasn’t for my roommates in New York, who knows if I even would’ve made it to class every day. I still have no idea if I had to take the uptown or downtown subway to get to my classroom’s building.
I named my very-real car after a very-fictional car.
I got my car right around the time that my love for The Darkest Minds began, so I obviously named my car Betty. What other choice did I have?? Although, I would like to point out that she is Black Betty in the book, my Betty became Blue Betty (because of the simple fact that my car is a bright blue), and then fictional Betty was named Blue Betty in the film adaption. So I’m not saying that they stole my idea,
but they totally stole my idea. All that said, please enjoy the most tragically dramatic narrative I have ever had the pleasure of telling:
I worked at my university’s writing center!
AH! I LOVED THIS JOB! During my senior year of college, I was a student writing consultant. Basically, I met with a lot of different students to talk about a lot of different types of writing. From YA dystopian novels to a personal statement to get into dental school, I was able to work across so many genres. I was in freshmen writing classrooms, political science debates, and our central writing center. My bosses also somehow managed to round up the kindest people on my campus, and they all became my co-workers.
I was (and still am) beyond fascinated by the Titanic.
Okay, so rewind to little ten-year-old me in sixth grade coming across a minuscule paragraph in an expansive history book that just briefly touched on one of the largest shipwrecks since the beginning of time. For some reason, even just that five minute introduction immediately hooked me on to learning more about the Titanic. I can’t even begin to tell you how many documentaries I watched, how many websites I surfed, and how many books I checked out from my library. Then, after my teacher noticed this, she asked me if I knew about the movie. THERE’S A MOVIE?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? (I have no idea how I went through so much of my life completely unaware of the cinematographic masterpiece created by the one and only James Cameron.) I’ve now seen that movie more times than I can count, and I’ve still got all of that Titanic trivia on lock.
I also own a probably unreasonable amount of Titanic items, but I love every last one of them.
I’m 101% one of those people that listens to Christmas music year round.
I feel like there is a very clear world divide on this topic: you have the people that refuse to listen to Christmas music until Thanksgiving is over, and you have the people that have no problem celebrating the holiday in October. Then, there’s people like me in which Christmas music doesn’t really have a season. Genuinely, Christmas music just puts me in an altogether cheerful mood, and that’s welcome any time of the year.
I spent 13 years of my childhood in a dance studio, 6 years on a baseball field, 4 years in high school gyms, and 3 years on a football field.
I think it’s pretty fair to say that I was SUPER involved as a kid. And, I figured out that all throughout high school, I never had an off season. I started dancing when I was five years old, and throughout my 13 years spent dancing, I studied ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz. My life was filled with lessons, spring recitals, itchy sequins, and HORRIBLE smelling makeup. Then, when I was twelve years old, I picked up softball. I mostly played in the outfield (after one terrifying moment of me not paying attention at first base and almost getting a black eye), and I really enjoyed every second of those stupidly hot summer days. Once I started high school, I became a part of our school’s winter guard (4 years) and color guard (3 years). I was one of the “flag twirllers” you see performing with the marching band, and I spent nearly every weekend at some type of competition. Our winter guard even made it to World Championships twice!
A huge, huge thank you once again goes out to Hannah! Being nominated means the absolute world to me.
And, as a newer blogger here, I’m so lucky to have found incredible blogs that continually inspire me to make my blog aesthetically appealing, to write that one book review I keep putting off, and to keep on keeping on.
And my nominations for this award are…
Sophie @ Me and Ink || Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca || Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books || Clara @ The Bookworm of Notre-Dame || Xandra @ Starry Sky Books || Becky @ Blogs of a Bookaholic || Amy @ Bookish Heights || Haley @ Fangirl Fury || Fadwa @ Book Wonders || Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts || Meaghan @ the words gremlin || Meghan @ Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews || Malka @ Paper Procrastinators || Tiffany @ Read By Tiffany
There are honestly so many incredible bloggers that I wanted to include, but Hannah already beat me to it in her post! But a huge thank you to everyone I listed above, because I truly love each and every one of your blogs, and the content that you all create is nothing short of amazing. But please feel absolutely no pressure to do this tag! You’re all just so wonderful.
(also, for your convenience of completing the tag, you can copy and paste this image of the award!)
And thank you, friends, for reading my post to learn just a little bit more about me!