Stages of Being a Bookworm

Hey Dreamers! Today, I have a fun little post for you guys. I was going to do a ‘Sketchbook Tour’, but I had this idea and I thought it would be fun.

One day, I was just watching art videos and I came across this video called The Stages of Being an Artist. I realized that being a bookworm has stages as well. So, I decided to write a post about that, so here I am. Some of the thing I say, may not apply to you, or maybe all of them won’t apply to you, but I hope you enjoy!

  • The first stage is probably when you’re about 2-4 years old. You haven’t learnt how to read, but your parents read to you. You absolutely love listening to your parents when they read to you and always want them to. And when, your parents don’t have the time to read to you, you flip through the pictures and look at each one.
  • The next stage, is when you’re about 4-6 years old. You’re learning how to read in school and it excites you. At home, you try to read all the books you have. Even the ones your parents have already read to you. You enjoy flipping the pages and figuring out each word and imagining the story in your head. You enjoy it a lot more than your classmates and you always want to read more.
  • The stage after that, is when you’re in Elementary school. You start realizing, that you would rather stay inside and read, rather than play in recess. You thrive in your Language Arts class, and it makes you happy when your teacher gives you silent reading time. You wait eagerly for the day your class gets to go to the library to look at books. You talk to the librarian and you always look for a good book.
  • The last stage, is Middle School. It’s the stage where I’m at. I can’t go ahead because I’m not there yet. This is the stage where you’ve developed a huge love for books. You know that you’re a bookworm and all your friends do too. You go to the school library whenever you get the chance and it’s your happy place. This is most likely the time where you start getting book projects, like book reports and things like that. Most likely, you enjoy doing those, because it gives you a chance to read. While your classmates, just read because they have to, but while you read books for school, you also read more books just for yourself and to make yourself happy. Reading is something that makes you happy and calm.

To end this post, I just wanted to say to all my bookworms out there. Keep being bookworms, reading is a beautiful thing and never stop reading.

 

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Why It’s Okay to Feel Upset Sometimes

Hey Dreamers! It feels good to be back! I know that it doesn’t seem like I was gone, but the last two posts were scheduled, because I was busy with this year’s Spelling Bee. I didn’t win, but it wasn’t a disaster like last time. And one of my good friends won! So, I’m really happy for her. Now, on to today’s post. This post might contradict my last rant which was about Optimism + Being Positive .

Today, I wanted to talk about why it’s okay to feel sad or angry sometimes. I see a lot of quotes on the internet that say “Keep Smiling” , and “Be Happy”, and stuff like that. But, the thing is, that it’s not mentally or physically possible to be happy al the time. While it is important to be positive and be optimistic, it is also important to be upset sometimes.

Sometimes, you need to shout or cry, to get what you’re feeling out. People will tell you to soak up your tears and they’ll tell you that crying won’t change anything. And it won’t, crying won’t change anything. But it will help. If someone tells you not to cry, or you tell yourself not to cry, remember that you are a human being. If you need to have a meltdown, it’s okay. Your life will not always be the best, and sometimes you just need a meltdown.

The last reason, I wanted to talk about was that, if you don’t show your emotions, you will bottle them up. You’ll dwell on it. And you’ll do it every. single. time. that you get hurt. And one day, that bottle will crack and your emotions will burst out. You might ending up saying things that you’ll regret and it will be a lot more painful. Maybe, if you let yourself cry or shout, it will hurt less. And once you’re done crying, you will feel better and you won’t dwell on it.

While it’s okay to be sad, don’t dwell on things. Bad things will always pass away. Cry, cry all you want. But never give up.

 

 

Nikon DSLR Photography ~ Part 2

Hey Dreamers! Today, I have the second part of the Nikon DSLR Photography posts. Some of these are just random, but most of them are of a tree in our neighbors backyard. It hangs a little over our backyard, and during December, it has fall leaves. I decided to call it “Fall too late.” I hope you like the pictures!

I hope you liked the photographs, and isn’t the stuffed polar bear adorable? Some of my favorite pictures were the last two. I think those came out really good. Which photograph was your favorite? Tell me in the comments. Bye!

Nikon DSLR Photography ~ Part 1

Hey Dreamers! Today, I have a kind of different post for you guys. So, my dad has a Nikon DSLR D2300, and he’s owned it for a few years. And all these years, I had been taking pictures from a phone. I was going through some gorgeous photography posts the other day, when I thought, “Why in the world am I using my phone, when I have a camera, right within my reach?” So, I asked my dad to get the camera out, and I wanted to start taking pictures immediately. But it wasn’t charged, so we had to charge it overnight.

Now, you see, this was about a week before Christmas. So all most of these pictures are Christmas pictures. *But, Arunima, Christmas was a whole month ago.* Yes, I know Christmas was a month ago, but I just couldn’t resist posting these, so just bear with me. And this is going to be a two-part post, because I have a LOT of photographs and I thought it’d be easier to spread out the pictures in two different posts. All of the Christmas pictures are in this post, but I promise that the other one will have different kinds of photos.

Now that I’m done talking, here are the pictures:

 

So . . . that was the most amount of photos I have put in one post. I hope you liked the photography. Tell me your favorite photograph in the comments. Some of my favorites are, the first and last ones of the one blue light, the one of the blur bow, the snow falling, and some of the doll pictures where the light gives it a warm glow. I know I’m not the best at photography, but I’m hoping to keep learning and get better. Do you enjoy photography? Bye!

 

New Blog!

Hey Dreamers! I have some exciting news! I have started a new doll blog! I used to post all my doll photo stories and other stuff on here, but I thought it would be a better idea to create a new blog, dedicated to my dolls. If you’re interested, please check it out by clicking on the link below:

The Daydreaming Dolls

The blog is still under construction, and will be designed my the wonderful Mukta from Design Pique Studios.

I don’t know when the design will be done, and I don’t know how much I’ll be posting on there yet. But, I might post a little less on this blog until it’s completely set up.

I know this was a really short post, but I just wanted to make the announcement. Bye!

Optimism + Being Positive

Hey Dreamers! It’s been some time since I’ve done a rant and I really wanted to talk about something. So, here I am.

Today, I wanted to talk about optimism and being positive. I feel like it’s a concept that’s often misunderstood. Let’s start of by looking at what being optimistic means.

Being optimistic is . . .

  • Believing that the best is yet to come
  • Finding good in the bad
  • Making the best of every moment
  • Hoping for the best
  • And much more . . .

Now, let’s look at what being optimistic is not.

Being optimistic is not . . .

  • Being happy all the time
  • Being overconfident
  • Being oblivious

Why being optimistic/positive is important

I know a few people that sort of think that being positive is not really a good thing. And I do understand why. Some people think that if they are positive or they expect good things, they will be disappointed. I admit, I used to think that way for quite a while, until I learnt otherwise. I think being optimistic is important because, when you expect good things to happen, you’re most likely going to work hard to make good things happen. When you have high goals for yourself, and if you’re positive and believe that you can succeed, you will want to work hard so you can succeed. But, if you keep telling yourself that you can’t do it, you’re going to feel like giving up and then you’ll never be able to succeed.

I also think that it’s important to focus on the good things. I’m not saying that you can never be sad or upset, I also think it’s important to show your emotions, but I think that it’s not good to always dwell on the things that make you feel bad. If you keep focusing on the bad, then you will never be able to make the best of life. Always remember that things always get better, and if things aren’t going well, you are the only one that can change that.

Misconceptions

Imagine a positive person. Most people will imagine a girl in a pretty dress skipping through a field of daisies singing to herself. This is NOT what being positive looks like. Being positive doesn’t mean being happy all the the time. It means believing in making the best of every moment.  Some people think that optimistic people are oblivious and they don’t know about the bad things happening in the world. That’s not true, I consider myself to be a positive person and I do know all the issues of the world, I just choose to believe that someday things will get better. People also tend to think that optimists are always very confident about themselves. But that is not true. Being positive is not about “I am going to win”, it’s about “I am going to try my best.”

I hope you liked that post and I hope it gave you something to think about. What do you think about this? Tell me in the comments.

(Look who finally made a sign off)

Welcome 2018 + How to Make the Best of 2018

Hey Dreamers! It’s 2018! It’s a new year, a fresh start. 2017 was a wonderful year. I will never forget all the memories and achievements of 2017. How do years always pass by so fast? I remember this day last year so clearly. And now it’s 2018. Time to make new memories and accomplish more things.

We have 365 days in a year. These should be some of the best days in your life. I wanted to talk to you guys, a little about how to make the best of a new year.

1. Keep learning new things

This could mean anything, it could be as hard as learning a new hobby, or as simple as learning a new word. You can also learn something new about your current hobbies. This year, I want to learn more about photography, and I want to improve my vocabulary.

2. Practice your favorite hobby

Whether that’s playing soccer, drawing or reading. You can always improve. Keep practicing, and practicing some more. I want to improve at writing, art and playing the piano.

3. Reduce the use of devices

Now, I know we’re all bloggers and we need our devices to blog. I’m not saying you have to completely stop using devices. I just think that we need to reduce the amount o time we spend on our devices. Personally, I get very distracted when I’m around devices. And the truth is, My writing, or art comes out much better when I stay away from them.

4. Spend time with your friends and family

The best way, you can make your days amazing is to spend time with the people you care about. I always feel s much better after I spend time with my friends and family.

5. Find something good in every day

My last tip is to be grateful everyday. I saw a quote the other day that said “Every day might not be good but there is something good in every day.” That is so true. If you want to have an amazing year, you have to focus on the good things.

Last year, I had decorated this jar and called it my “Happiness Jar.” Here’s a picture:

Every day, I would take a sticky note and with down something good that happened, something that made me happy. I was not successful in doing this for the whole year, but I did it till about mid-April. After that, I just put in sticky notes once in a while.

Yesterday, I emptied out the jar and read all the sticky notes. They all made me smile. I think this method is very effective. It makes you think about the little things, and it doesn’t take a lot of time. Your ‘good thing’ can be as small as getting a good grade on an assignment or as big as winning something, but there will always be something.

You can make this jar for many different things. You could put in something new you learnt everyday, or something funny that happened.

Thank you for reading this post. Happy New Year, to all of you. I hope 2018 treats you well. I hope you make amazing memories and have great accomplishments.

Dream On

Arunima