Motivational Monday | Beauty, Being Yourself and Bravery

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to another Motivational Monday post! I hope that you are all having a great Monday! (Hopefully anyway!) and if you aren’t then, I hope that this post cheers you up a bit!

This isn’t going to be like my usual Motivational Monday Posts though, I wanted to just do a bit more of a chatty/ discussion type post today because a lot has happened recently that really got me thinking.

So, recently I was with a couple of my friends and we were all just chatting about the most random things and then we came to the subject of being “pretty” and at that point I fell silent, because I didn’t exactly agree with what they were saying but I didn’t know what I could say to explain what I was thinking either.

And that’s what I wanted to talk about in this post.

Beauty is something that is universal (and over the past few years it has become quite a controversial topic) but sometimes, I think that it all just does not make any sense. Being pretty, Having to look and behave a certain way in order to follow a standard.

Being a teen and being exposed to the media and the online world isn’t something that you can really avoid.Unfortunately with all the good things online, bad things follow as well. Things like stereotypes and always having the need to look a certain way, wear certain brands and be a certain type of person. Just always having to fit within a label.

And the worst part is that it’s never announced out loud. It’s just something that forms within every mindset and it tends to affect people in different ways.

There are always these articles in magazines telling you to be yourself and no one will judge you, but then the very next week, the same magazine goes about telling everyone that you simply must wear this and you most definitely shouldn’t be wearing that if you want to be pretty or beautiful.

But that’s just not what beauty really is about. It’s not what it symbolizes and it’s not what it stands for. Beauty is more than what you are wearing and if it’s the ‘Brand of the Season’ or not. It’s not about looking a certain way or having the right hair or clothes. Its so much more than that.

Beauty is something that you can’t always see. It’s within all of us. Sometimes it just takes us longer to find it.

That person you saw on the streets yesterday? The one who looked helpless and desperate for money? That person is beautiful. Why? Because he doesn’t want the money for himself. He wants it for his family. He wants to see a smile on his daughter’s face. He wants to raise his son in a better way than his father raised him. He just wants a better life for them. Not for him. For them.

True beauty is being kind. Being caring. Being unselfish. Being loving. Giving a helping hand. Offering a smile to someone who needs it, even if it’s the smallest thing that you could do.

And that is what I  think being beautiful really is all about. Being human. And being compassionate. Having a good heart. Because in the end that’s all that truly matters.

If you really think about it, You aren’t going to look the same in about 70 years, are you? and is all of this really going to matter? In about a year or two, the “ideal standard of beauty’ is going to change anyway.

So don’t torture yourself. STOP comparing yourself and your ideas to other people’s. You never know, they might wish they had something that you have. And comparing yourself isn’t really going to make you feel good about yourself. You are absolutely wonderful just the way you are. No one is perfect but in the end, being perfect is all just a myth anyway.

Being beautiful. Truly beautiful on the other hand isn’t a myth. It’s completely real. And YOU are one of those rare, beautiful people!

Fashion is something that I love. It’s something that I genuinely enjoy doing and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s just like any other passion like reading or even blogging.

It’s just the ‘stereotypes’ that we somehow unconsciously adopt that is kind of scary. I mean if every person in the world looked exactly the same, then what is the point? What would make us all so unique?

I think that’s where courage comes in. Being brave doesn’t always necessarily mean that you have to do something massive. It could be something like accepting yourself for who you are and choosing to become a better person or even  standing up for what you believe in. Every single act makes you brave. And that is something else that makes you beautiful.

It doesn’t even have to be with your words but also with your actions. Choosing to wear the hijab to increase your faith, although you are afraid of what people might say or do is also another form of courage.

With these thoughts in mind, I decided to take the plunge and do something I had never done before, and just  talk about it. I wanted to stand up for something I believed in. Just like all of my heroes had done. It wasn’t anything massive-but like I said, it doesn’t have to be.

I decided to talk to my entire class about what had been running through my head since that fateful conversation. My mum was the first one to tell me to go for it. And I did.

Sometimes, it isn’t easy to stand up to people and speak up. But it went quite well and it was just an amazing feeling after I was done, and my friends were so supportive of it all. And now being able to blog about it as well is just like a dream come true as well!

So, what I want to say is- just go for it! Be yourself. Do what you love doing! And never, ever be afraid to brave. It’s never easy but it’s always worth it.

Thank you all so much for reading!

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17 Books I LOVED In 2017

Hi everyone!

This post is a really exciting one! I’ve been actually wanting to share my ‘2017 Favorites’  on my blog for ages, and I’ve finally decided to  do it! This was originally going to be a miscellaneous Favorites post but as soon as I realized how many book favorites I had, I just knew that I had to dedicate a whole blog post to it, otherwise I just wouldn’t be doing these amazing books justice.

As I’ve probably mentioned countless times on this blog, I absolutely LOVE to read. Books are very important to me. That is what makes this post so exciting! I read quite a bit last year,and from all of those books, I picked my TOP 17 to share with you all! (this was quite a hard task haha..) Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take the pictures of some of the books that I wanted to mention in this post, but they were so amazing so I wanted to add them in anyway!

The Legend series- Marie Lu

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These books were my first introduction to the AMAZING author Marie Lu! I was super excited when I got my hands on the first book, and I was literally in awe of her writing the whole time. The plot is really gripping and intense but also really unique! I absolutely LOVED it! I simply CANNOT wait to read more of her books now!

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak

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This book was one I had heard a LOT about and I must say, it definitely did not disappoint! When I first began reading I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but after the first couple of pages, I was dragged into the story and I just couldn’t stop reading until Death had finished his story. Markus Zusak is a GENIUS.

Lock And Key- Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen was on my list of “Must Read Authors in 2017′ and although I had already heard so much about her, I was still stunned by her writing and just the whole book in general. The characters were so.. real and honest. You could literally feel what they were going through. In fact during some points of the story, I felt as if I was the character. Definitely one of the best contemporary novels I’ve read.

Flawed and Perfect-Cecilia Ahern

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I’ve already mentioned this book loads of times last year, (sorry ’bout that!) but I simply couldn’t resist adding it in! The plot and the characters and just the whole book in general was just AMAZING! It definitely deserves more recognition.

Girl Out of Water- Nat Luurtsema

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This book had me cracking up the whole time I was reading it. In fact I’m about 70 percent sure that my sister thought I was going nuts haha.. I just couldn’t help it! This book is hilarious! It’s warm, funny and lighthearted, and the characters just immediately become like your friends! I loved every minute of it!

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor- Rick Riordan

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I just HAD to include a RR book! It was quite a struggle trying to pick which book I liked more-The Dark Prophecy or this one. I loved both books equally though! Although,I must say- the real reason I chose this one is because of the characters and their amazing friendship! I LOVED reading it!

Geek Girl Series-Holly Smale

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I had originally only read the fifth book of this series and I LOVED it so much that I simply HAD to read the rest of the books! After I started, I just couldn’t stop! I really really enjoyed reading it! It is just a really warm, fun and lovable series. Even all of the characters are fabulous. Oh and Harriet Manners is now my new fictional best friend.(Sorry Nat!)

The Maze Runner series- James Dashner

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I don’t know what I can type out to do these books justice? THEY WERE AMAZING! AS usual, when I first started reading these books I had NO idea what to expect but I loved it! Imagine going on adrenaline filled adventure camp, then multiply that feeling into a 100 and then you will have a small idea of what reading this book felt like. If you haven’t read it already, then you simply MUST read it as soon as you possibly can!

The Potion Diaries-Amy Alward

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This book is one of those fun, fluffy sort of books that are PERFECT to finish reading in one sitting! It had adventure, potions and amazing characters and it was a really enjoyable read! I loved the plot and just the whole story behind the book and the characters. I read this while I was on holiday and I think that the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. ♥

A few other AMAZING books that I wasn’t able to take pictures of, but I still loved so much that I couldn’t bear to not include them are-

  • A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness (I had never ever cried SO much for a book.It was simply beautiful.)
  • The Kite Runner-Khaled Hosseini  (You can read my full review on it here)
  • A Library of Lemons-Jo Cotterill. (I LOVED IT!)

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What do you think of these books?? Have you read any of them and if so, did you love them just as much as I did? Do you have any other AMAZING book recommendations that I missed out on? let me know in the comments down below! (oh, and what do you think of the pictures??)

Thank you so much for reading!

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Aesthetically Pleasing Bookish Character Mood Boards! | The Aesthetic Tag

Hi everyone!

I hope that you are all having an awesome Sunday! I know that I’ve already posted less than a week ago, but my lovely friend Rosie tagged me to do this (thank you so much Rosie!) and I just couldn’t resist posting it today!

So this is how the tag works!

  • Thank the person that tagged you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Add the following picture to your post.

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  • Leave a link to the original post (you can check it out here! )
  • Create aesthetics for the three characters that the person who tagged you gives
  • Make sure to use your own aesthetics
  • Tag at least three bloggers providing links to their blogs
  • List your own set of characters for the people you tagged
  • Have fun!

I have never actually done aesthetics before this so please excuse them if they are bad haha..I had a lot of fun while putting them together though! It was really exciting to look for pictures that speak about the characters and their stories!

-DRACO MALFOY

-POCAHONTAS

-THE WHITE RABBIT (From Alice In Wonderland)

I hope that you liked them!

Here are the people who I tag to  do this wonderful (and very aesthetically pleasing!) tag! 😍

Ilsa

May

Tabi

Jasmine

Dhiyanah

Samantha

And anyone else who wants to do this tag!

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with! I’m sure it’s going to be AMAZING! ❤️

-ANNABETH CHASE from The Percy Jackson series

THOMAS from The Maze Runner series

BELLE from Beauty and The Beast

I hope that you all have as much fun as I did while doing this! 😊❤️

What do you think of my aesthetic (hopefully anyway!) mood boards?? Are you following the AMAZING Rosie yet? If not then don’t forget to check out her blog! You are going to love it! Also, what sort of aesthetics are you interested in? Who are some of your favorite book characters? Let me know in the comments down below!

Looking Back at 2017 + Saying Hello To 2018 | Goals, Ideas And Dreams

 

Hi everyone!

I hope that you have all been having a great week so far! Or should I say great year..? I honestly cannot believe it’s 2018 already!! It feels so unreal. I’ve also got to get used to writing ‘2018’ on everything now haha..

I really wanted to post this during the last week of December, but for some reason the WordPress app keeps freezing and crashing and whenever I attempted to read any body else’s post or type up my post and tried to save it, everything just kept getting deleted which was quite odd..? (I am going to email WordPress about it and hopefully the issue will get resolved soon!)

Anyway! It’s 2018 everyone!! That means it’s a new year which also means new goals and a whole new year of opportunities! 😊

2017 was an amazing year. Definitely a year that would be impossible to forget. I learnt so much and experienced so many things that I literally could have only dreamed of experiencing!

But before I get onto that, I just want to look back at my 2017 goals and see if I successfully accomplished them last year. I actually did a blog post on this last year as well,and it was really fun! You can check it out here.

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  • Reach 500 followers ❌ (We didn’t hit 500 yet, but it was really close!)
  • Guest post on other people’s blogs✔️ (I only gust posted once, but it was still really fun!)
  • Design another person’s blog ❌
  • Redesign my own blog ✔️ (You can check out my Blog Makeover Series, here, here and here)
  • Start a Bullet Journal ✔️ (I started one but I still haven’t gotten around to using it regularly yet)
  • Collaborate with more people✔️✔️ 🙂
  • Blog regularly every week ❌ 😭 (Unfortunately I couldn’t accomplish this but I’m definitely trying!)
  • Complete one year of blogging! ✔️

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  • Do well in School ✔️ (this one was kind of vague but I definitely worked really hard last year and I think it paid off quite a bit 😊)
  • Read over 50 books ✔️✔️ (I read over 140 books last year which was AMAZING!)
  • Smile at least 5 people in one day✔️✔️ 😁
  • Experiment with different styles✔️✔️ (I experimented a LOT during the holidays and I tried to dress up as a fun character every day. I had a blast!)
  • Visit a place I haven’t ever been to before ✔️ (I explored a couple of other local places too, but you can check out my Singapore travel diary here)
  • Make Unicorn poop! ❌ (Hopefully I can try it out this year)
  • Get better at photography ✔️ (I hope I did at least haha..)
  • Learn to Code ✔️ (I did learn a few of the basics but I still have a LOT more to do, I can’t wait to learn it all though!)

Goals wise-I think I did pretty well? I mean I didn’t accomplish everything but I still had a lot of fun, and I’m just going to use the goals that I haven’t accomplished as motivation to do better this year! 😊❤️

I made a couple of goals for this year and I hope that when I look back onto this post (next year! 😍) I can say that I’ve accomplished my goals!

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  • Reach 700 followers? (I’m dreaming big! 😊)
  • Start up ‘Positive Vibes Only’
  • Collaborate with TONs more people
  • Try to blog regularly (I’m definitely going to try my hardest to accomplish this one!)
  • Start up a new series
  • Experiment with new kinds of blog posts! (Blog about something that I haven’t blogged about before!)

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  • Learn a new language! (I’ve started to learn Italian and I’m really enjoying it so far!)
  • Get better at coding
  • Read 200 books! 📚
  • Try out different at least 3 different kinds of food.
  • Successfully make slime? 😂
  • Take up a new sport!
  • Experiment with new things and challenges!
  • Do well in school (And work harder! 😊)
  • Bake more! (I haven’t been baking very much lately, and I really miss it)
  • Write, Write and Write some more!

Like I mentioned in my post last year, I want to keep my goals fun and achievable (well hopefully anyway!) so that I can enjoy doing them! 😉

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Last year was lovely and I enjoyed every single minute of it! Nothing in life is perfect but sometimes you just have to stop looking for perfection and just LIVE in the moment.

A little motto I had on holiday was- Have No Regrets! And that included not doing anything silly but just making the most out of every opportunity that I got. And I did it.

Usually I’m quite a cautious person, but last year I’ve learnt that if you don’t grab your opportunities when they come, you might never get them back.

It’s like time. Once it’s gone, it cannot be replaced or bought back. So from now on, I’m hopefully going to make the most out of every moment! Because it’s something to truly treasure and it’s precious. So I don’t want to take advantage of it but simply value it.😊

Blogging wise, I had a blast! I really really enjoyed being able to blog last year and although I did take quite a number of hiatuses, I’m still pleased with how the year went because I was able to genuinely enjoy the whole blogging process, and not stress myself out too much. And although it did get a bit overwhelming sometimes, it was all a part of the learning process!

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The stats for this year have been quite unbelievable! In fact, IM ABSOLUTELY THRILLED! Thank you all so much for all of your support! (The reason I’m not mentioning the actual numbers is because I have already mentioned it in my blogerversary posts. Also, numbers can’t always do justice to the amount of love and support you all gave me!)

Although, I did take quite a few hiatuses, I did blog quite a bit and I really want to share my absolute favourite ones!

I know there are quite a lot of ’em but I just couldn’t resist!

I’ve got a TON of things planned for this year as well, (Including the posts that I wasn’t able to post last year) so I’m really really excited!!

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and Sam!

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Thank you all so much again for everything!!

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DIY Motivational Pom-Pom Pillow!

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all having an awesome Tuesday! This post was originally going to be another ‘Motivational Monday’ post (hence the delay) but I decided not to, because I didn’t want to do two Motivational Mondays in a row but I still did want to share this DIY with you all! 😊

Lately I’ve been going through a bit of a cute throw pillow making obsession. For some reason it’s very very satisfyingly to just sit for and make something completely original and then stuff it and just watch it come to life! It’s just really fun! 😍

I even think it’s becoming a bit of problem ha ha..I’ve already made about three pillows and I’m not even close to overcoming it? 😂

So I decided to make the most of it and share one of my favorite DIY pillows with you all! I hope you like it!

  • White Cloth (or cloth in any other colour of your choice)
  • Paint (in any colour of your choice. I chose black paint) and Paint brushes
  • Markers or Paint Pens (if you don’t want to paint)
  • A Pom-Pom trim. (If you don’t have this, then you could use any other lace or ribbon that you have at home)
  • Stuffing
  • A pencil
  • And a Scissor

  • The first thing you will need to do is cut your cloth to the size that you want your throw pillow to be and map out your design on the cloth. Make sure to fold it in half so that the cloth is perfectly even on both sides.

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  • For the next step, you will have to grab your paint or your markers and do a little outline of the word that you have chosen and fill it in with paint. or you could even leave it as it is.

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ided to try and replicate a picture of the word instead. (If that makes any sense at all haha..)

Here's what I used to help me! (I just typed out the word in my fave calligraphy style font and looked at it for inspiration!) ❤️

  • After that,you have to either glue or stitch your trim along three edges of the pillow. This is to close up the edges and to attach the trim. For me this was the hardest step as I’m not very good at sewing but it was also quite relaxing and even a bit satisfying? 😂

Important Things to Remember.Don’t forget to leave one edge open so you can add in the stuffing.

  • If you are using glue then make sure to turn the pillow inside out before glueing the sides.

  • Now it’s time for the really fun part. STUFFING!! Stuff the pillow with as much stuffing as you possibly can! The more the stuffing the more cuddly and cosy it’s going to be! 😍❤️ just have fun with it!

And that’s it!

Here’s how my pillow turned out!

It’s not perfect but I’m still really pleased with it! 😊❤️

What do you think of my pillow? Are you going to try this DIY out? I do hope so! Oh and if you do, what will you write on your pillow? I’d love to know!! 🎉Alright now it’s..Time for the Comment of the Week! 🎉
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Motivational Monday : Seven Inspirational Quotes to Brighten Up Your Week!

Hi everyone!

I hope that you are all having a lovely Monday! I know that Mondays can sometimes be the most unappealing days of the week. Especially after an amazing weekend that didn’t deserve to end so quickly. How dare Monday just take that pleasure away? Right?😂

Anyway, the reason I started up Motivational Mondays is to (hopefully) help with those Monday Mornin’ Blues and help to brighten up your week! ❤️ The last time I did this was almost a year ago, which is absolutely crazy to think about. I shared some tips on how to make Mondays less stressful and more fun.

This week, I decided to share some of my favorite quotes to help you (and me!) make this week AMAZING! Let’s do this!

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I found all of these AMAZING quotes on Pinterest so the quotes do not belong to me, but the designs do! I designed each of these quotes for all of you so that you can use it as a wallpaper on your phone or print it out and tape it up on your wall! (If you do share this, please don’t forget to give credit!)

Overall, I just hope that it helps you get inspired and (hopefully!) makes your Monday a bit brighter!

What do you think about Mondays? Do you like any of these quotes? Oh, and if so,which one was your favorite? I really want to know! 😉

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Tabi! And..Ella! Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and for reading this post!

Sasha Chats : A MASSIVE Apology + Why I LOVE Blogging! 💗

Hi everyone!

It’s been simply ages since I’ve last blogged and I can’t tell you all how terribly sorry I am! 😞😭 I’ve been trying to think of exactly what to say in this post for ages, but I still think that nothing I can say is going to do this post complete justice? (Wow that sounded so intense)

So I’m just going spill it all out. That’s the only way that I think I can explain it all.

The past few weeks had been a whirlwind and it carried me away with it. I had TONS of exams to start with and quite a few extra curricular activities (okay, and I got carried away with some fab new books 😉) and in the midst of all of that, I suppose I just didn’t have the time or energy to create a good and interesting blog post. I did make a few DIYs for some fun blog posts though! (I can’t wait to share ’em with you!).

Another major reason was probably because I didn’t prioritize properly? Blogging has and will always be within my top list of priorities, but because I procrastinated so much, I just had cram all of my studying into the last couple weeks. 😂😭 (Thank goodness it’s all over now!)

I actually think that it’s been quite a good learning experience for me because absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? ❤️ And I’ve missed my blog and all of you so much, it’s actually crazy. I suppose you could call this break an ‘ Unintentional Hiatus Due To Sasha’s Procrastination’ 😂

Anyway, I’m really really really sorry for not blogging (and apologizing!) sooner!! I genuinely do LOVE blogging and I simply cannot imagine life without my blog and all of you lovely people. ❤️

Blogging is and has always been something that I’ve loved and enjoyed doing. Ever since I started my blog, my mindset about things has changed immensely and I’ve been able to learn so many new things. I know it sounds a bit cliché but it’s true! I’ve been able to experience and learn and enjoy so many things that I wouldn’t even have dreamed of doing. ❤️

And blogging for me has not been just a hobby, but a passion and it’s like one of those things where you join or start up and expect something good but the result of it is just blows your mind? (If that makes any sense at all haha..)

I just wanted to type up a quick little (but hopefully still meaningful) post to explain everything. I actually kind of think The Break (I’m going to call it that now) was also kind of needed? Now that I’m back, I’m just bursting (I really am) with more fun ideas and posts and so much more! AHHHHH I’m just SO excited to be blogging again! 🎉😊❤️

I also want to just thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for constantly supporting me and being there for me and for just being lovely people in general! You are all amazing! Thank you so much! ❤️😊

I’ve got a TON of fun posts coming up including :

  • Some SNEAK peeks into a book that I’m writing with the AMAZING Ilsa Nite (The most amazing writing partner ever!)
  • A post with my sister! 😉😉 (this one is going to be super exciting!)
  • Wacky Wednesday! (I did something that nobody thought I would do and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!)
  • A Three DAY Donut PARTY! 🎉💗😍 (DONUTs are AMAZING and they need to be appreciated more!)

And many many more fun posts and other things! I would say more but that would spoil the surprise. 😉❤️