The Liebster Award!

I would like to thank wavesofawesomeness for nominating me for this award! Please check it out if you haven’t already if you like quotes, poetry and other awesome posts!

So the rules for this award are as follows:

  1. Acknowledge blog who nominated you and display award
  2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs
  5. Notify them of the nomination
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer

The Questions Given To Me:

Would you rather own a bakery or a candy shop?

I would have to say a bakery because as much as I like candy I prefer pastries!

Do you prefer drawings or paintings?

Both! And if you like paintings check out this blog.

Would you rather live in an area that’s always hot or always cold?

Cold. I always prefer the cold over the heat

Who are your favourite bloggers and what is/ are your favourite post(s) from them?(I don’t have to be one of them 😉 )

wavesofawesomeness

Elaine

Shay-lon

Opher

inkgirlandwords

Jirah

orangutanlibrarian

Chape

Shweta Suresh

Katzenworld

becomingdeutsch

Esmé

Simon

Shruti

Christina

And I’m sure I’m still forgetting a few!

Who are your favourite YouTubers?

I really like Ryan Higa!

Who are some of your favourite authors?

Jane Austen

J. K. Rowling

Dan Brown

Stephenie Meyer

Dyan Sheldon

Khaled Hosseini

Margret Atwood

Jack Kerouac

Meg Cabot

Describe your blog in an advert style

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a confused, anxious, pessimistic, weird, introverted, twenty year old girl? Well look no further we have just the blog you want! At lifesfinewhine not only do you get the real twenty year old girl trying to find herself experience you also sometimes get random posts about Awards and Tags! So don’t forget to check out lifesfinewhine to stop the fun and start the soul crushing anxiety!

What is/was your favourite topic to study in History?

Everything! I swear I have never been bored learning something in History (yes I know I’m a nerd).

What type of phone do you have?

Samsung

What would you change about your life?

I would get rid of my anxiety.

If you were president/ mayor/ royalty, what would you do or change about your area/ county/ country?

I would work harder to bring peace and unity to my country, I would also make sure that my country causes as little pollution as possible even if it means certain things are banned, I would work very hard to stop hunting, I would try to help people who can’t afford education get free education, I would try to bring universal healthcare and free university for my citizens.

11 Facts About Me:

  • I love Italian food
  • I want to someday see Germany and hopefully live there!
  • I want to explore Europe
  • I love anything to do with History and Psychology
  • I am currently learning German
  • I’m 20
  • I’m 5’2
  • I love animals
  • I love art
  • I used to like horror movies but I’m not that into them anymore
  • I love reading

My Nominees Are:

Anyone and everyone reading this! (Do the same questions!)

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Universe In Chaos

Sleep deprived

Heavy eyelids

Room in disarray

Life in chaos

Coffee stains on the mattress

Ink smears on the fingers

House in disarray

Universe in chaos

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The Blogger Tag

I really want to thank thegirlwithanaccent for this tag! If you like posts about makeup, travel, food and books please do check out her blog if you haven’t already!!

Question 1: How tall are you?

5’2

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? 

I know how to knit if that counts…

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve? 

Trolls who leave horrible comments for no reason.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Know-it-alls. We need to remember that in this insanely vast universe we know extremely little.

Question 5: What’s your favourite song?

Imagine by John Lennon

Question 6: What is your favourite social media website?

Ummm don’t really have one…

Question 7: What is your favourite way to spend free time when you’re alone? 

Reading while drinking some warm tea.

Question 8: What is your favourite junk food?

Anything fried- especially if it’s made of potatoes!

Question 9: Do you have a pet/pets? If so, what kind and what are their names? 

They are cats and are called Roger and Cleo.

   

Question 10: What is your number one favourite non-fiction and fiction book?

My favorite non-fiction book is The Cold War by Martin Walker

And my favorite fiction book is On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Question 11: What is your favourite beauty product/tool?

My beauty blender of course!

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

Seriously I get embarrassed so often I can’t even remember anymore!

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Mimosa’s… 😅

Question 14: What is your favourite movie? 

Star Wars: A New Hope

Question 15: What was your favourite lesson in school and why?

Honestly, I can’t choose just one so my favorites were History, Psychology and English. History because I have always been passionate about History and I love learning it, English because it gave me a chance to write and explore in depth the work of other writers and Psychology because it has taught me so much about life and why we are the way we are.

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live?

Germany.

Question 17: PC or Mac?

PC

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date boy/girlfriend, spouse?

Hahaha… I wish 😅 Unfortunately I’m a forever alone person!

Question 19: Favourite celebrity?

Ellen DeGeneres and Seth MacFarlane (I can’t choose!)

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want to be friends with?

Hahaha any of the bloggers I follow! They all seem so awesome!

Question 21: Who is your biggest inspiration?

My friends and family!

Question 22: What is your favourite blog to read? 

There are so many!! Here’s just a few of them:

https://fitness9555.wordpress.com/

https://roseelaineblog.wordpress.com/

https://opherworld.wordpress.com/

https://inkgirlandwords.wordpress.com/

https://0hmz.wordpress.com/

https://chapeblog.com/

https://theorangutanlibrarian.wordpress.com/

https://combingthecatacombs.wordpress.com/

Question 23: What is your favourite high street shop?

Haha I’m not a high street shop kind of gal… 😂

Question 24: Are you in education or do you work?

I’m still studying.

Question 25: What is one thing you are proud of?

This blog and everything I’ve written on it!

My Nominees Are:

Shay-lon

inkgirlandwords

theorangutanlibrarian

Shweta

And anyone else who wants to do this is more than welcome to!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated for this awesome award by Shay-lon Moss who is one of my favorite bloggers and who I have become amazing friends with over time. She has an incredibly engrossing blog which includes but is not limited to fitness, health, motivational posts as well as videos and occasional posts about her life. She also has a growing and equally amazing YouTube channel that you should definitely visit too.

The rules state:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice.
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.  (OK this is what I’m bad at so I hope I got everyone)
  • Share 7 facts about yourself!

7 Facts About Me:

  •  I’m mostly an introvert
  •  I love reading
  •  I love bread
  •  I’m Indian
  •  I was born and raised in Kenya
  •  My birthday is on April 20th and I am going to turn 20 this year
  •  I am obsessed with Modern Family and Family Guy right now

My Nominees:

Rob

Kiranmag

vishal4u

christina15bk

swiftiewithfragilex

And anyone else reading this please consider yourself nominated and feel free to do the award!

P.S this award needs to be done within 24hours in 30 seconds or the blog award will explode. LOL —kidding?:)

Harry Potter Quotes!!

So as you all probably know I am totally obsessed with Harry Potter and decided to share some of my favorite quotes with you today!

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What About Now?

During my gap year I have been thinking a lot about how we have stopped living in the moment and how everyone has become so busy with life that they have stopped appreciating life and the little things that make life amazing. People have stopped just relaxing and doing literally nothing for a while to rejuvenate. I mean when I first started the gap year it just felt so oddly wrong to do nothing and relax. I felt like there was something else I should be doing. But now that I have been relaxing for a while now and only doing things I enjoy and want to do it feels amazing. Not just psychologically but physically too!

We live such a fast life these days that from when we’re about three we are on the go. First with school then with college and then with work. We always say “I’ll just relax when I retire, I’ll just pursue my hobbies later” but how sure are we that we will get time to do anything in the future? Nobody knows what the future holds for us. We are so used to procrastinating the things that should be our priority to do things that should be our last concern. We have become so caught up with making money, technology, socializing and work that we have forgotten how important it is to make time for ourselves.

If we want to start to change this pattern that is beginning to characterize our society we need to start changing ourselves and fast. We need to start changing the way we are raising our children and we need to emphasize to them that the most important thing in the world is not money or even education, the most important thing is to follow your dreams and live for yourself. If we start changing our ways now maybe the next generation will do even better than us and they will be the change that we so desperately need.

I want to conclude this by saying that I challenge you today to do something that you’ve always wanted to do ever since you were a child whether it’s learn an instrument or write a book. Do something that you are truly passionate about but have procrastinated doing!

My collaborator for the post, Mukund Pathak, wrote a wonderful poem about the above!

Sing with me the song of joy
And live life as  newer before
      You’ll start loving your life
       And all your tears will wipe
     And the melody will reside in your heart
     And bliss will be in your beats
     You’ll forget all your pain
      Life will be simple and plain
    And you’ll feel your presence
    And life will be worth living
    Just sing with me and see the change
     Beauty of life you’ll know …
I really hope you guys liked this post and please don’t forget to check out Mukund’s blog!!!
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Thing To Do During Your Gap Year

As a lot of you know I decided to take a gap year before going to university and so I decided to share some of the things you can do during your gap year to make it more fun:

Travel- You can finally see all the places you’ve always wanted to see during your gap year. You can choose to travel to different countries and stay there for a while or you can decide to explore your own country and go on a fun road trip. You can also finally do things like sky diving, bungee jumping or maybe just relax by the beach.

Read- You can finally read all the classic books everyone is always talking so highly about that you pretend to have read anyway. You can cross out all the books you had on your book bucket list!

Relax- Think about it when was the last time you relaxed? Like really relaxed without having literally anything to do? Well this can be a couple of months of relaxing like that!

Listen- Listen to music. Listen to the sounds outside your windows. Listen to the people around you. Most importantly listen to yourself. Think about what you really want. Listen.

Create- Create a blog. Start a YouTube channel. Start a tumblr page. Start a Pinterest page. Just do something creative and fun with your time!

Write- Write anything you want! Write some poetry, lyrics, a story or just anything that’s been on your mind because you will never have this much free time ever again.

Have fun- Do some stuff you’ve always wanted to do that you never had time for before like learning something new like an instrument or a new language! This is the perfect time to do this!

Research- You have an advantage over people who have already gone off to university- you have time. Make sure you do lots of research on what university you want to go to so you go to something that’s perfect for you! Plus you have time to think about what classes you want to take too!

If you want more information on universities click here.

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My Favorites This Month

This month has been really crazy and I thought I would write a post about some of my favorite things this month.

Books

The Well Of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall- this fascinating read challenged mainstream society and was banned upon publication nearly ruining Hall’s career. It is not an autobiography but is very similar to Hall’s own life. The story revolves around Stephen a girl whose parents are disappointed at having a daughter. Her father quickly accepts that he has a daughter instead of the son he longed for but her mother never really gets over it. Stephen who was always more masculine and different from the other girls grows up to be a lesbian and the book is about her life and struggles.

Equus by Peter Shaffer- this play took the world by storm. It revolves around a psychotic young boy called Alan, who blinds six horses. This compelling play is from the point of view of his psychiatrist who tries to understand him and in the process even begins to envy him. I had to read it for my literature class and I absolutely am fascinated by this play.

Othello by William Shakespeare- Othello is a heartbreaking tale of two lovers whose love is shattered by the evil and manipulative Iago. Othello is a black man in love with Desdemona a white girl and so their love is frowned upon by society however they decide to elope and get married anyway. But things soon change as Iago whom the gullible Othello trusts convinces Othello that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. This story is a touching and emotional tragedy and one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. To be honest I was never a huge fan of Shakespeare’s plays but I had to do Othello for my English class and ended up loving it.

Catch 22 by Joseph Keller- this book is one of my favorite books of all time and recently I decided to read it again (yes I’m a book nerd). It’s a complicated book about the military and Yossarian who doesn’t want to continue flying missions for the military. However, there’s always a catch in everything he and the people around him do. This book is imaginative, creative and engaging and if you haven’t read it so far you really need to.

Paper Towns by John Green- Paper Towns is a thought provoking and inspiring tale of two teenager- Quentin and Margo. Quentin has always been in love with Margo since the two were children and Margo who grew up to be a lot more popular in high school than Quentin drifted apart from him. However, after an adventurous night together they reconnect only for Margo to completely disappear. Quentin tries to find her and in the process ends up learning a lot about himself and his friends.

Songs

Hello by Adele- it seems like anything Adele sings is pure genius and I am absolutely loving her new song Hello. It is not only catchy, it has depth and meaning- something that a lot of songs these days don’t have. The video too is amazing and Adele looks more beautiful than ever. The video tells us the story behind the song. It’s simple yet perfect for this particular song.

The Hills by The Weeknd- this song is just so saddening and so honest. It’s very relatable for most people who have been in relationships because most people have been in a relationship like this one at least once. It’s also really catchy (it was stuck in my head for a really long time) and it has a great beat to it. Plus, the remixes by both Nicki Minaj and Eminem are great and make an amazing song even better.

Hotline Bling by Drake- this song took the internet by surprise and almost everyone was making parodies of it or making fun of Drake’s “dance moves”. This song not only instantly puts a smile on my face but there is also a deeper meaning to the lyrics. It’s a really fun song and I’ve really been into it this month.

Come On Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners- I recently read and watched The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and this song instantly became one of my favorite songs. It’s a fun, pretty hipster, and catchy song that you need to listen to. It’s not exactly a famous, mainstream song but it’s a great song.

Complicated by Kimya Dawson- Kimya Dawson is amazing and I’ve been pretty obsessed with her music lately. Out of all her songs this one is probably my favorite one because it’s just so real. It talks about how we all just need to accept each other for who we are instead of just judging others for being different. If you’ve never heard a Kimya Dawson song you need to listen to her immediately!

So I hope you liked this post and don’t forget to like, share, follow and comment on what your favorite things this month were!

Book Review: Paper Towns

*Warning: Contains Spoilers*

John Green’s Paper Towns is easily a classic and officially one of my favorite books. His style of making the characters painfully realistic and relatable just makes the book better. John Green brings to life characters and plot lines that no other author could do so well. He never stops to try to make his characters perfect and pleasing to the reader but instead brings out their flaws clearly, not hiding any details. The first John Green book I have ever read was An Abundance Of Katherines and since then I have admired his writing skills. His books bring out emotions no one even knew existed. Green doesn’t have to look far for his ideas and inspiration, he just has to find ordinary situations and write an extraordinary book about them. As a teenager especially, his books seem so relatable because we can understand the struggles of dating and prom and love and stereotypes.

Paper Towns starts off with a young Quentin Jacobson and who is already in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman. They discover the dead body of a man who has killed himself and they both react very differently. He steps away from the body whereas she steps closer to it. This already shows us the difference in their personalities which eventually leads to them drifting apart as they grow up. Margo looks for adventure and thrill while Q is quite fine with a cliché and mellow existence. Margo is popular and beautiful but morbidly unhappy with her life. Quentin on the other hand has an average life with average friends and seems quite satisfied (except being hopelessly in love with Margo who he is no longer close to).

One random night Margo convinces Q to go on an adventure with her to punish her boyfriend and best friend who were secretly sleeping together behind her back. They also punish a few other wrong doers in the process. Eventually they go home and Q is excited about what the night will lead to only to find out that Margo has completely vanished. At first he thinks she’ll eventually turn up as she had the tendency to run away sometimes but after being gone for a long time Q finally realizes she’s not coming back on her own this time and so he begins a Sherlock-like chase.

Quentin feels that since he and Margo spent the night together before she disappeared he has an obligation to look for her. He knows she loves mysteries and thinks she’s hidden some clues that will eventually lead to her location. Deep down he thinks that she wants him to look for her and find her. Meanwhile, a lot seems to be happening at school where Quentin’s not-so-popular friend Ben is now dating Margo’s super popular friend Lacey and everyone (except Q) seems to be obsessed with prom. This adds an element of humor and fun to an otherwise serious book which is always welcomed.

Finding the clues that Margo left leads to Quentin’s quiet and uneventful life becoming a whole lot more fun and adventurous. He visits places he never otherwise would have visited, he stands up against the bullies, he even misses his own graduation in order to go look for her. Ironically, his parents who are both psychologists seem to be missing this change of personality (or as he points out as long as he isn’t turning into a juvenile delinquent they’re okay with the changes).

Eventually, Quentin and his friends (which now includes Lacey) locate Margo and go on a road trip to New York to find her. However, when they do finally find her she barely acknowledges their existence and tells Q she didn’t want him to look for her. She confesses she never wants to come back and prefers instead to go her own way unlike Q who wants to go to college and lead a normal life. After a passionate kiss they decide sadly to go their own way but promise to keep in touch.

The book ends with them kissing but knowing they will no longer be together as they have both chosen different paths in life. The ending is quite sad and depressing but yet very honest and realistic. I actually liked that John Green decided not to bring them together but rather let them go their own way because that makes the most sense.

In conclusion, even though this book made me super sad and I didn’t get out of my pjs for almost two days after reading it I would still recommend that this is one book you absolutely should read (and keep some ice cream or chocolate nearby for when you finish it). As always John Green has done it again, giving us a book that has taught us more about life than schools ever will.

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable”

Things All Introverts Want You To Know

Being an introvert can sometimes be very difficult. You never know what to say, or how to handle new situations and people. Sometimes regular things that most people don’t even need to think about can make you freak out. Here are some things that will hopefully help you understand introverts better:

  1. We’re not bitchy, unfriendly or mean- if we just met or even if we’ve been friends for a while but aren’t that close the only thing you’re going to get is a smile and some polite and probably painfully awkward conversation about cats. It’s not that we’re anti-social or even asocial, we like talking and are probably dying to talk to someone about the latest How To Get Away With Murder episode we just watched, it’s just our brain seems to freeze around unfamiliar territory (you). So please just try to be patient if we don’t smile back or look away in fear. We’ll come around soon and it’ll be worth it!
  2. New people scare us- it’s not you it’s us. No, honestly! Please don’t leave us alone with random people you claim we have “lots in common with” because even if we have everything in common the conversation is not going to flow. We aren’t going to know how to begin or what to say next, I mean the most likely thing that will happen is we’ll leave on the pretense of going to the bathroom.
  3. New situations scare us even more- everything from being picked on to answer a question in class to flying on an airplane or giving an opinion can be chilling. Even sitting near someone new can be terrifying. But that doesn’t mean we don’t like going to new places and trying new things, it just means we need to take small, less scary steps towards it.
  4. If we say we’re busy we’re probably in our pj’s binge watching Game Of Thrones– introverts need to recharge so that we can get up in the morning and handle the next day. If we sometimes turn down your offer to hang out don’t take it personally. It’s not that we don’t enjoy your company, because we do and sometimes hanging out is really great but introverts need their alone time where they can just binge watch their favorite shows for a while, or stay in bed and read. This does not mean we don’t want to go out and have some fun so try not to give up on us!
  5. Trying new things is not fun for us- even though we’re never going to say no to try a new ice cream flavor, trying new things can be quite intimidating. What we would probably love to be doing instead of going to a new club or even meeting new class mates is sitting at home with a book in our hand. New experiences are always good but for us we prefer the good old. We’re very habitual and change can often be very uncomfortable.
  6. Reading rules- there are so many awesome things I can say about reading I don’t even know where to start. I think the best part is you can quietly sit somewhere, with no one else around to talk, and you can really appreciate the book. Plus, for a while all you think about are the characters and you forget about real life and you get to be a part of a fictitious world. When you see us reading do not, I repeat, do not interrupt us even if there’s a zombie apocalypse.
  7. We’re secretly rebellious- we’re secretly super rebellious and just because we don’t give our opinion doesn’t mean we don’t have an opinion. There’s just so much going on in our heads it’s difficult to put it into words. However, once you get an introvert to start talking you will learn so many weird facts it’s going to blow your mind. You’re also going to get some crazy conspiracy theories and opinions.
  8. Don’t try to change us- being an introvert is not something we want to change. We like being who we are so stop trying to push us to be more social. We like having a small group of close friends, and we like being on our own. Accept us for who we are, not what you want us to be. We are, believe it or not, comfortable in our own skin. Don’t try to fix us because we aren’t broken.

I know how tough it is to be an introvert because you can never truly be yourself around a lot of people and sometimes it’s challenging to be the quiet shy one because people are so quick to judge. But to all the introverts out there, be strong because being different is something to cherish not something to be ashamed of. And to all those reading this who aren’t introverts, just because we’re shy doesn’t mean you can’t take the first steps. Try talking to that geeky chick sitting at the corner reading and if you succeed in befriending her trust me you have got one good friend. We may not be a lot of things but we are loyal and protective over people we love. So just be proud of who you are and do your best!

” You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my head” – Yoko Ono

“I restore myself when I’m alone” – Marilyn Monroe