This is nice

Photo by Artur Aleksanian

I never really into sunny days; it's nice and all but I'm more of a rain kinda girl. But today is really beautiful. Weather aside though, let's talk about shampoos and podcasts. I know, very random, but they've been on my mind quite a lot. So, why not talk about it, right.

So, first thing first, shampoos. Le sigh. Why is it so hard to find the one? The last shampoo I talked about, Natur, I don't think it's working anymore. And after observing, I believe my hair don't really like the product. It's a shame though, I really liked it in the beginning. I felt like I finally have found the right one. Oh, well. My hair journey is a really long one. My sister has been researching some shampoos for me to try though. There is one she's strongly recommend. I think we shall see. Oh, talking about my sister, Natur shampoo works well with her. 

Now, let's talk about podcasts. There are two new podcasts on my list right now. One is Full coverage podcast and the other is Twenty thousand hertz podcast. Full coverage podcast is a podcast discussing about beauty. The hosts are Lindsey Kelk and Harriet Hadfield. What I know is that Lindsey is an author although I haven't read her books and I know Harriet (or Harry) from her YouTube channel. This is a new podcast, so far there are two episodes but I really like this podcast! It's not heavy but informative and quite funny too. The other podcast is a really good podcast too. It's a podcast about sound. I haven't heard all of the episodes (so far there are 12 episodes) but the two I've heard were about space and movie soundtrack were so good! I would describe the podcast as a high quality produced and sophisticated podcast. But, it is also informative and interesting too! Oh my god, you guys, the music they featured on the episodes I've heard were a very nice addition. Point is, I really like this podcast. It's nothing like I've seen or heard before. 

These days I've been into podcasts and books rather than YouTube videos. That's really my cycle for entertainment. What have you guys been up to? Also, have a great day!


Baby steps

I had a nightmare last night. But, don't worry, today's post isn't about it! Ha! Following yesterday's quite sad post (anyway, yesterday I unexpectedly had a lovely birthday!), I want to share some blog posts from my fav bloggers. Their posts really help me in my current state. Sometimes I tend to not read this kind of posts because I want to save it for the "occasion", sometimes I read it and then come back for it. It depends. But here are the posts:


Letting go

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This is already March 22. I know I haven't been around much and it seems like only one post per month, goodness. Well, today at 4 p.m.-ish, I'll be 23 and I honestly don't feel as excited as I used to. Still, I'm grateful for the all lovely wishes people gave. It's really nice of them. The reason why I don't feel excited is because I'm scared. Little trivia about me is that I really love number 22; because I was born on the 22nd, obvs, I'm simple-minded like that. And, I didn't particularly have a good year when I was 22. It was no doubt the most unproductive and meh year for me. Believe me when I said that the only exciting things I got to do were doing internship and driving. I definitely do not take anything for granted. I am really grateful. It is just in the span of one year, I know I could do more things I'm interested in.

It was upsetting because of how much I anticipated it. I also thought that I might be able to pick up more life skills and get my life together. Not gonna lie, I was so spoiled and I might still am and I depended on my parents (especially my Dad) a lot. When I lost my Dad, I don't know how to live. Grief is a really strong emotion and it lasts so long to me So, when I failed at things this year, it made me rolled into a ball and cried.

I learned few things though. Friendship is harder now. People move forward. The world doesn't revolve around anyone. Time definitely doesn't wait for anyone. Also, can we talk about time? Lately I thought about it a lot. Like, do I need more time? Do I waste too much time? But then if I thought like that, it's probably I waste too much time, right.


A positive mind

Hi you guys. What’s up? I haven’t been doing much but am trying to finish one thing for now. Remember the sleep cycle I talked in a few post back? It’s still pretty back. Then I watched this video by SciShow, I began to wonder that it’s because I still play my phone even in bed. Bad habit, I know—maybe I should really start reading the two novels I bought on impulse. I really should. Also, what are you guys into these days? I’m these days pretty much into travel vlogs—not that I watched that many but I have some favourites! Besides that, I’m also into soft music these days.

A good morning
I usually feel pretty good in the morning as long as I don’t have bad dreams. But few days back I really felt like “this is the morning”. I even said out loud that it was a nice weather outside. It was sunny. I mean I pretty much a rain kind of gal. So, that was like a first . . . maybe. I don’t really count. I also felt so motivated and checked most of my to-do list!

Let me just say that it’s not easy to manage my hair—finding suitable shampoos are difficult too. My sister and I always do research when it comes to shampoos. One of a shampoo that suited us at one point was The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo. Now, we use Natur and as far as my experience goes, it’s helping. Although, after we finish it, we will try two new shampoos that my sister has researched for us. They are Purebaby shampoo and Organic Care shampoo. I just hope I will find the one. And while we’re still talking about hair, I still haven’t get a haircut. I think maybe I should wait a bit longer—oh I don’t know. The dilemma.

Why is gardening so hard? Few days back, after Mom came home from the office, she asked my sister and me if we wanted to do some gardening with her. My sister is pretty much into gardening more than me, so I knew she would do it. For the sake of new experience and help Mom, I said why not and helped. The weather was really nice and the wind! I felt like I was in a beach or something. Gardening is so hard, though. I think it’s a nice way to bond with your family but the situations have to be really good, because if not, I think it could cause arguments. Well, at least from my experience.

Enjoying my life
I realized that I really am lucky. My life is not perfect but I am content. I had slumps in life. I know I could fall anytime if I don’t believe in myself and won’t stop comparing myself now to myself back then. Comparing to others is not good—but my weakness is when I compare myself now and myself back then. You know, all of the what ifs. I think, the keys, for me at least, are stop comparing and have balance in life. I really am grateful for my life and for the things that shaped me to help me become who I am now.

And that’s it guys. Hope you have a good day!

ps. Why do ideas often come when you’re in the bathroom? Like, oh my word, next time I really should write things down and definitely not after getting ready and running errands. Oh, and what’s on your wish list lately? Mine is a glasses frame. I know what I want but my face is small that I’m afraid the frame will not suite me. This was pretty much what I heard when I was shopping for a frame last time. The struggle, guys.


Not feeling that well

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Hey you guys, hope you are all doing well. I wasn't feeling well because, uh period pain. But now I'm feeling better and not just my stomach, but also my eyes! Few days back when I went to my Uni to attend my friend's dissertation exam, few of my friends and my sister pointed out that my eyes were red. They all told me to use eye drops but hell if it wasn't scary. From when I was a kid, eye drops was just terrifying. Don't you think? Sadly, after one day I didn't think it was getting better and I had to use eye drops. I'm so glad to say that it wasn't as terrifying as when I was a kid and that my eyes are fine now!Also, that day I took my sister to a restaurant to meet her friends. After that, I went home. The journey to home was so long but my phone was on my bag and it was in the back seat. I secretly cursed myself. It was so boring on the road! Final solution though, I turned the radio on. And by the way, on the road I always listen to music. I never listen to podcasts anymore. I tried to but it just didn't work. It was like I have to concentrate to understand the podcasts (and English isn't my first language) while concentrating on driving. I just can't. What about you guys?

In the few months I feel like I'm a bitter person and so sensitive if someone's getting on my nerves I will be so snarky. So it is a pleasant surprise to learn that I'm happy for my friends' achievements. I guess when I don't enjoy my life, I tend to be a bitter person. It is so nice to finally be able to enjoy my life again.

These days I like to listen to music from two musician, Yiruma and Ehrling. The first one was a rediscovery. I've always loved his works. I love Maybe the most but River flows in you and Kiss the rain are so close behind it. Try listening to these videos: River flows in you and Kiss the rain. The latter was a new discovery. I knew his works through Tamara's videos and then I checked out his Soundcloud and Spotify. My favourites are Sommar, Champagne ocean, Chasing palm trees and Tease. Apart from music, I also enjoy The College Prepster videos. How on earth I just discovered her now? I have no idea. She's likeable and inspiring. I also read her blog and I loved it so far.

Now, I know that I have goals this year, quite many to be honest. But I just want to make challenges for myself this year. I think it would be fun to do 17 challenges on 2017, but then I realized it is too much for me. Also, can I just say that choosing and setting up challenges is so hard? I mean! I really want my challenges to be fun, healing, entertaining but also productive in a way. I mean, so far I just have very few. But who knows? I'll brainstorm some more.

So, that's it guys! Hope you are all doing well. I really wanted to write this post on the actual day but the pms stomach-ache situation really wasn't fun to write anything at all!
Maira Gall