Tumblr Time: Askthetic

Because half my creative energy (read: creative plagiarism) comes from Tumblr, so why not? Here’s one of those questionnaire thingies that gets reposted a bunch and all my compelling answers.

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1: what color do you talk in?

lavender gray

2: what songs do you think people remember you by?

“because of you” by kelly clarkson – one of my favorite solos

3: if you could take claim for any invention, which would it be?

toaster strudel

4: radio or mp3?

lol @ mp3. but if it means radio or downloaded music, i would prefer my own downloaded music.

5: what movie character would you choose to be your parent and why?

carl & ellie from up because goals.

6: if people floated instead of walking, how far off the ground would you be?

1 foot would be ideal

7: choose a song to live off of.

my silver lining by first aid kit

8: would you rather have clouds for feet or suns for hands?

clouds for feet

9: is your phone charged enough?

right now? not really. it’s at 48%.

10: if you could choose one person to protect with your life, who would it be?

my little brother

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11: if you had to choose one person to be protected by, who would they be?

sam & dean winchester

12: what book do you need to read?

station eleven by emily mandel

13: who saved your life?

my parents and my soulmate best friends

14: CDs or vinyl?

vinyl

15: if you could only repeat words said by one person, who would you want to be echoing?

stephen colbert

16: do you like feeling tall?

of course

17: do you like wearing other people’s shirts?

i don’t particularly like or dislike it. i borrow people’s clothing for practical reasons more than for aesthetic reasons. i guess i prefer wearing my own clothes for the most part.

18: if you could breathe music, which artist would you choose to inhale and which would you choose to exhale?

inhale the bleachers, exhale the 1975

19: would you rather have hair that changes color with emotion or get injured each time you’re touched by the person you love?

hair that changes color with emotion – sounds rad.

20: what are the promises you’ve made to yourself?

not to compromise my dreams/my life for money, not to romanticize boys too much, and to remember to repay my parents for all they’ve done

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21: if your family died, whose house would you go to for safety and reassurance?

one of my best friend’s houses whose family i know

22: what wouldn’t you do to help a friend?

depending on the situation, almost nothing. like if it comes down to it after weighing all the options, i’m willing to break the law.

23: if you had to choose one music artist, actor, or author to become your mentor, who would it be?

julie andrews ❤

24: who do you admire most in the world? why?

brandon stanton of HONY. because he humanizes his subjects; he shows how the entire world is admirable in some way.

25: what are songs that make you want to become the sky?

“american” by lana del rey, “hands on me” by vanessa carlton, “it’s a memory” by fred falke

26: would you rather be the night sky or the day sky?

night sky

26: would you rather be the sky or the earth?

sky

27: would you rather be the earth or the moon?

earth

28: would you rather be the moon or the sun?

moon

29: if you had to change your name to something else, what would you change it to? why?

i’ve always like the name rowan. idk why, it’s just pretty to me, and gender neutral – it might be my future child’s name.

30: are your hands cold?

my right hand is a bit colder than my left hand, but they’re mostly room temperature.

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31: if you had to choose three articles of clothing to keep for the next three years of your life, what would they be?

my “feminism is the radical notion that women are people” sweatshirt, a really pretty beige-ish/blue-ish jacket i stole from my mom’s closet, my ugly washu christmas shirt

32: monet or da vinci?

da vinci

33: van gogh or michelangelo?

van gogh

34: if you were a teacher, what would you assign to your class as their first project?

lol idk. maybe i would make them fill out a tumblr questionnaire.

35: how do you pronounce ‘crayon’?

……like it’s spelled? the “cra” in “crazy” and “on” as in “on and off”

36: have you ever wanted to be invisible?

yup. it’d be a cool superpower.

37: have you ever wanted to be everywhere?

i don’t think so. i want to go everywhere, but not be everywhere at once – not even abstractly. that sounds like too much.

38: if you could change any one thing about your current surroundings, what would it be?

more space & larger windows. more plants.

39: do you hear things in layers or all at once?

layers

40: neon light or natural light?

i love neon light aesthetics. but as a personal preference, i’m gonna have to go with natural light.

41: if you could choose one instrument to master overnight, which would it be?

cello or acoustic guitar

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Life Update #2

10 things happening right now.

  1. For the first time in two years, I’m trying harder to expand this blog. I’ve been working on it very sparsely and casually over the past months, and I’m pretty proud of the little bit it is. Well, now I’m finally getting my blog its own Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. These accounts will mostly just be little notifications when I post and maybe the occasional retweet or reblog. We’ll see. I’m not 100% sure where I’m taking this, but I do know I want to blog more and blog harder. You can follow @brooklyngirljournal on Instagram and Tumblr or @brooklyngirljnl on Twitter. Thanks for any and all of your support!

2. I’m heading off to Austin! I’ll just be gone for a week from Saturday to next Friday, but I’m pretty excited. I haven’t really explored the weird (dark) side of Austin yet and I’ve dearly missed Tex Mex. Plus, I’ll get to see some of my best friends down at UT that I haven’t seen since winter break. Have any suggestions for what I should see in ATX, since I’m going to be a clueless tourist?

3. France for Euro Cup 2k16!! Allez, les Bleus!!!

4. I just finished Year Two (that’s Season 2, I suppose, in normal terms) of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and I’m so hyped. The live show finale sounded amazing and I can not wait to be able to attend my first WTNV live show sometime soon. Unfortunately, I can’t make it this year as I am heading down to Austin when they come to Dallas. But next time, for sure. I can’t stay away from a live showing of Cecil/Carlos love any longer. And if you guys have no idea what I’m saying, do yourself a favor, get on YouTube, and start listening to Welcome to Night Vale. You might regret it, but hey, “Are we living a life that is safe from harm? Of course not. We never are. But that’s not the right question. The question is: are we living a life that is worth the harm?”

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5. Before this post starts to seem like a shameless plug for each and every one of my social media handles, I just want to say that expanding my reach goes both ways. I would love to hear what you guys are posting. Leave a link below to your latest blog post and I’ll be sure to read/comment/like it. You can even leave a link to your Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, whatever. I’d love to know what you all are up to. Building a community is important.

6. I have to relearn high school calculus in preparation for next semester. Gross. #khanacademyfordays

7. In an attempt to not sit on my lazy bum all summer and put in some level of productive effort, I’ve taken up an internship with New Story Charity. They do the kind of international developmental work that I hope to get into in the future. Basically, they’re a nonprofit that transforms slums in developing countries into sustainable communities. They’re also on a mission to stop chagas in Bolivia, a disease caused by the “kissing bug” that leads to fever, swelling, and heart failure. If you’re interested in interning or helping out, check out their website at www.newstorycharity.org.

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8. It’s World Chocolate Day! #treatyoself

9. I’m about to finish a book I’ve been reading for a while, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Here’s my 2 second book review. 4 stars out of 5 since it’s relatable to college freshmen and fangirls and somehow manages to be both a Harry Potter fanfic and an original story at the same time. Fun for a light read, but I’m more of a deep thoughts/annoyingly philosophical kind of girl, so I could’ve enjoyed it more.

10. Dark skin is not a crime. How hard is it to grant somebody the right to not be shot at? Trayvon Martin. Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Sandra Bland. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. And so many more. Say their names, because they matter. Black lives are human lives; black lives matter.

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Life (So Far)

This is kind of an ambitious list. Besides, what could a seventeen-year-old girl know about life? She hasn’t even lived a fifth of it yet; how can she come up with five truths about Life? It’s true- there are still so many things that I don’t know. We’re all constantly learning and changing, so I definitely realize that I’m not yet the wisest person I can be. That said, I would still like to share the little life lessons I’ve learned from my seventeen short years on earth. Maybe you should take it with a grain of salt, but maybe- hopefully- you might actually learn something from an ignorant youth.

5 Things I’ve Learned About Life (So Far)

1. It goes on. Robert Frost was right. This is all we ever know for sure about life. Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got. And it’ll keep rolling on and on no matter what choices you make. Like a train on a busy schedule, it will move on with or without you. It’s up to you whether or not you want to give up or hold on for one more day. So be strong. You can’t repeat the past, but you can look towards the future. There’s a lot of possibilities out there.

2. Be unapologetic. Your parents have spent half your life teaching you to say your “pleases” and “thank yous”, but think- maybe you’re being too polite? How many times do you say “I’m sorry” each day? More than you think. “What kind of music is this?” “Get out of my way.” “I don’t really like this color.” “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.” Yes, you should be kind and polite, but don’t trade your confidence and pride for those three words. Be yourself. Unapologetically. Never ever say “I’m sorry” for being you. If they don’t like your music, smile and say “I like it. But that’s just me. Do you want to listen to something else?” If she doesn’t like your hair or he laughs at you for missing a stupid question, sit up straight and answer back with confidence and grace. Don’t hunch over and mumble an apology, wishing you were invisible. Make your presence known- there’s no shame in that.

3. A smile could change a life. Ok, so maybe it won’t. Maybe that man behind the counter won’t remember your face after five minutes, or that lady thinks you’re a creeper for trying to be nice. You take that risk because you know who you are. You are an uplifter. You radiate positive vibes. It doesn’t matter if not everyone needs it, most people will. Everyone is fighting a hard battle whether you know it or not, and everyone needs a smile -maybe even a hug- from time to time. So smile at strangers. Lend a hand. Speak up when you see a person in need of help. Your reward shouldn’t have to be a “thank you”; your reward is the self-satisfaction you receive from doing good. Who knows? Maybe those smiles could change your life.

4. Open your eyes and you open your mind. You should always be seeking out new perspectives, seeing things outside the box. I don’t care what your background, your ethnicity, your past experiences, your religion, your race, or your political affiliations are; the universe is larger than your views of it. There’s always two sides of a story. And ten billion opinions on it. So go ahead. Embrace the counterargument to your beliefs. We can’t be defined by a cult, or an organization , or any piece of this world, because we are global citizens part of a world culture. There are no “other people” who aren’t like us. Everyone out there is human, from the lowliest criminal to the richest man, the misfits, the leaders, the truth-seekers. You can’t go around hating a whole chunk of the global community. We are only a small blue speck in this vast expanse of the universe. Hang on to the only family you have.

5. The little ordinary things turn out to be important after all. We are a combination of small decisions and slight changes that add up to be an avalanche we call life. If you hadn’t met that person, where would you be now? What if you’d never said ‘yes’ to him or ‘no’ to her? What in the universe conspires for us to be at the right place at the right time when there are an infinite number of places you could be at any particular time? And why is it that we can always recall those seemingly insignificant glimpses of our lives that haunt us until we’re lying on our deathbeds? The time he lent you a pencil in third grade. Or that time daddy let you get ice cream from the food truck. Or the compliment she gave you when you were feeling the most insecure. Treasure these moments, because one day, they will be all you have. Treasure the cups of coffee, the giggles, the songs on the radio, and the pennies on the sidewalk. They are invaluable because you can hold them endlessly in your mind- a memento of your life.

Hope you enjoyed this xox