Friday, August 25, 2017

Interview With Saanvi From A Notebook One Pen And Me

Hello, peoples! I'm back again. Did you miss me? Maybe? Probably not cause I wasn't really gone I'm just feeling weird today. First of all, there is a humongous hurricane coming in to where I live right now and I might lose power so don't be scared if I don't post for a while. Second Taylor Swift released and new song and I am freaking out because I haven't heard it yet because I am planning on doing some kind of reaction video thing but it is KILLING ME. Third I'm excited about this post because I am doing an interview with the awesome Saanvi who I have actually had on my blog before.  I had a lot of fun working with her for that so we decided to do an interview swap. You can find her interview with me over at her blog.  So welcome the one and only Saanvi!

First, we will start easy. What is your name and what does it mean? 

My name is Saanvi and it means Goddess Lakshmi, who in the Hindu religion, is the goddess of wealth, health, fortune, and prosperity. She is the wife and strength of Lord Vishnu, the preserver, and restorer of the Earth. Goddess Lakshmi is also very beautiful(like me!)

Oh my gosh. Yeah, you might have the coolest name like ever. Haha. What is your blog name and what does it mean?

My blog's name is A Notebook, One Pen, and Me. It simply shows me being alone with my thoughts on life. It shows that I write stories and can also be called a dreamer.

That's so pretty! My blog name doesn't really have a meaning. Now we are getting a bit more personal. How do you spend an average day?

My average day is spent with work in the morning, and blogging + relaxation activities in the afternoon. The evening is all about being joyful. My activities can include listening to/singing music, reading, or watching movies.

If I was asked that question the answer would literally just be like youtube and blogging. You are like very organized. Haha. What are your favorite hobbies?

My favorite hobbies include blogging, singing, reading, playing the violin, and swimming.

I didn't know you played the violin. That's so cool. :) What would you do with 1 million dollars? 

If I had a million dollars, I would try to make a difference in the world and people's lives. Half the money would go to charitable organizations.

Same. Same. I would definitely do that. *hides because I would probably spend it on like electronics or something*. Ok ok, I'm.  How do you come up with blog post ideas?

My blog post ideas are usually random thoughts, but a source of inspiration is romantic Bollywood music.

Why are your answers all so cool! If you got 3 wishes what would you wish for?

Usually, there are downsides to wishes, but they would be: a chance to be famous, world peace, and save endangered species.

Actually true which I didn't think about. In movies a lot of times there is always a price. If you could hang out/meet any living person for an hour who would it be?

If I could hang out with any living person for an hour, it would be Barack Obama for no particular reason.

Because he is awesome I'm guessing is the answer. :) If you had to choose a career now what would it be?

My career would be a well-known actress! I love to sing and dance, and it would be a great way to leave a mark on this world. I would love to be in movies and would have no problems playing the main actress. Plus the dresses and traveling! 
That is pretty much like my dream. So what I am gathering from this interview is that you want to be famous pretty much. What are you super annoyed about right now?

I am super annoyed that Math is a subject taught in schools, and something I have to study as well.

Same! Math is almost always so annoying. 

Make sure to both check out her interview with me and also follow her blog because she is very cool and she just recently hit 100 followers which is very awesome. If you would also like to work with me whether it is about an interview or guest post or a company feel free to check out how to do that here.  I would love for you guys to answer some of the questions above in the comments below so that I can know more about you. If you are still reading this first can I just say you are very awesome second make sure that you are following my blog so that you can find my future posts easier. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Why Successful People My Age Annoy Me (And Also Why It Shouldn't)

I've noticed something interesting about myself recently. Every time I see someone my age or just quite young who is successful (like has an album or has a song or something) I get really annoyed and just kind of sad. I'm not exactly sure why but I think this started like a couple months ago. I was looking at Time's Most Influential Teens 2016  (why I'm not sure) when it kind of clicked for me. 
I am always thinking about the future. I probably think about it a bit too much.

I am also always looking at peoples Wikipedia pages because it's a thing I like to do. This might be a problem but that is not what this post is about. When I look up like famous internet stars a lot of times they started posting at like 11 or 12 and by the age of 13-14, they became like famous with this huge fan base.

 I was at my friend's house recently and we were talking about singers and our favorite artists as of late. She was talking about GraceVanderwall and how she loves her new music. If you don't know who she is let me explain. According to Wikipedia (see) in September at the age of 12, she won America's Got Talent. Soon after that she got signed to a record label and released her first EP. At 13! She's also won a Teen Choice Award so there is that. There are a lot of stories like this about like really young people (11-14) who are doing things like writing and publishing books, launching clothing lines, and releasing albums. 

Whenever I hear stories like this I think about myself. I'm 12 and I definitely haven't won some super cool award on a tv show. I also don't have a record label or released any type of song on the internet (unless you count my two super bad covers on youtube I for some reason won't take down). I've never even appeared on tv or anything like that. 

The thing that I have to remember though is that I am a kid. I shouldn't be thinking about things like jobs and the future. I mean I am freaking 12. I am also a pretty cool 12 year old if I do say so myself. I have a blog which I keep up with consistently which is not something a lot of other people can say. Comparing yourself to other people is never good and that is a lesson and I am always learning.
This reminds of the whole "women taking other women down" thing. What people always say to that is that for you to be famous or successful it doesn't mean this other person can't be. There is room for more than one cool person on this planet. That is a lesson we all need to learn. 

This post was bit rambly and all over the place but I hope you guys liked it. The main message was just don't compare yourself to others and that there is room for more than on people to succeed. If you did enjoy this post make sure to follow my blog either using that little follower gadget on the side or Bloglovin'. I just hit 90 followers on there and I am hoping to hit 100 followers by November so if you want to help me reach that goal make sure to follow. Also while I am just telling you to follow me a bunch make sure to check out my new youtube channel as well. Do you ever find yourself comparing yourself to others? If you are around my age can you relate to what I said in this post? Do you have any fun stories about overcoming things like self-doubt? What kind of posts should I do more of? Do you think I should change my blog name (I am thinking about changing it to something involving my name)? Are you following my blog (I hope you are)? If you are new to my blog and you have your own blog make sure to comment down your blogs URL so that I can check it out. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Post About Marfa Including Hiking In A Hail Storm And Actual Artists And Some Pretty Pretty Pictures

If you have been with me for a while you might remember last year I went to Marfa for the first time ever and it was kind of awesome. 

I also did a little vlog that you could check out if you want to. 

Marfa is a super cute little artsy town literally in the middle of nowhere/the desert/both. A bunch of famous people have also been there. For example Beyonce. Like that's freaking cool. We also were born in the same place. Like we are pretty much the same people. *laughs awkwardly* Haha yeah.

My parents have some friends who have a house there so of course, we had to go. We means like me and my parents and sisters. All cool peoples. So last time we went I posted around 10 million posts on it. That is the estimate. No, but like actually. I have 5 (I thought 6 but the 6th disappeared into oblivion) posts talking about Marfa. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5,. They are not like the coolest things on the planet but still very cool so you should check them out. 

This time though I didn't use my computer much so I'm just going to do this wrap-up post. First there house is amazing. It is like their vacation house but just the sheer style of the place will blow you away because of awesomeness. 

Thank you, mom, for taking this photo of me because I like really like it. 

So it took about 9 hours to drive there from our house. Yes, and it is in the same state as where I live. Texas is that freaking big. 

We left around 7 and got there around 4 so we just explored Marfa a bit and settled in. 

The next day we started our official trip with a hike at one of the nearby nature centers. 

It is called the Chihuahuan Desert. I think. Maybe. *hides in corner* I went there last year and this time it was just as cool. 

We walked like for a while. I'm not exactly sure how long but I think about 3 miles or something. That might not seem that much to people but it freaking hot and also I am not an athletic person. 

It was a legit desert though so there were cactus and everything. 

And dead trees.

And an actually really pretty cactus. This one is called queen something. I forgot the exact name because my memory is questionable but you know. It's cool. *hides in corner again*

*starts singing* Standing on a rock, standing on a rock, standing oooooonnnnnnn aaaaaaa rooooooooccckkkk. Yeah! *hides in darker corner*

This is some kind of plant. Probably. It might be an alien. Haha. *laughs awkwardly*

I don't know why my dad thought of this but on the way back he asked us if we had ever had a root beer float and I kind of exploded. It was dangerous to be in like a 5-mile radius of this explosion. It was that bad. *laughs at my bad jokes and then realizes no one else is laughing and goes back in the corner* Why? You ask. Oh, I don't know. Maybe because I HAD NEVER HAD A ROOTBEER FLOAT BUT I LOVE ROOTBEER. It was a real problem. Also for people who don't know root beer is not actual beer. It is a type of soda. I am not that weird. Maybe. *hides in the corner again* So we stopped at the store and got ice-cream and root beer and made root beer floats and can I just say THAT IF YOU HAVE NEVER HAD THIS MASTERPIECE YOU MUST BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING. Like I might like these things just as much as brownies. If you know me you know that that is pretty serious.

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Even Justine knows. So yeah try it if you haven't. Or don't and just get some for me. That is even better. 

The next day was the real thing though which we had to wake up at like 6 for. Kind of annoying but worth it.

The next day we went to Big Bend National Park!

I had never been to a national park so you know I was pretty excited. It was absolutely beautiful! 

Plus there were a bunch of humongous and really pretty colored grasshoppers so that was pretty cool. 

We arrived there at about 9 and started hiking at around 10. We hiked up a mountain which is like so cool to say. Nabila has officially been on top of a mountain. That is how cool she is. Kind of. Haha. *hides*.

It was about 5 miles with both the up and down combined so I was pretty impressed with myself. It was seriously the most beautiful thing I have ever seen though. 

It was cloudy so it wasn't that hot and we got to see mountains and they just seemed to go on forever. It was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Like actually awesome using awesome as it was intended to be used. 

Me in my hat and my shirt staring out into the distance all dramatic. I'm a very dramatic person. 

This is where the story goes a bit sour. When we get to the top we notice how some of the clouds were getting like really dark. This when I start getting scared but I think nothing of it. Then it starts thundering and I see lighting so we start walking really quickly down the mountain because we don't want to get rained on. What happens you ask? Oh, you know. IT STARTS RAINING. 

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Like seriously. Why do you have to be so annoying weather? We try to hide under a tree before we remember THAT IT IS A FREAKING DESERT AND THERE AREN'T TREES IN THE DESERT. Such fun. So we are all wet at this point and we try to wait it out but it just keeps going and then the rain starts like really hurting and we figure out it is also hailing. Like seriously peoples. 

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The hail wasn't like that bad but I was getting really annoyed at this point. I was starting to get scared that I would get hit by the hail in my head and blackout and no one would notice and I would be left there. Yeah. I have dark thoughts at times. I then, of course, fell to make things better. We make it down pretty quickly so we all run to the car and it ends up being fine it was just like every annoying. 

We had lunch in the car because we were all hungry. By then our clothes were dried although our shoes were still absolutely soaking. It had also finally stopped raining. We had planned to go a little drive around the park and we still had time before we needed to get back so we just decided to ignore our wet clothes and do that. 

There were a couple places where you could stop and so we got out and figured out that this white stuff was actually hardened white ash from volcanoes. I found this very cool. 

Then we drove all the way to the Rio Grande which is a super long (or big, you know, Grande, big/large, it's a thing) river that also works as a natural border to Mexico. 

The water was really fast and it kind scary but also super pretty. I liked seeing it. 

We drove back around 7:00 and we got back around 9:00. We had dinner and then headed to bed.

The next day we just stayed in Marfa and walked around and explored it. This is probably my favorite fence just about ever. 

A cool little art space. 

I'm obsessed with these plants although I'm not sure what they are called. 

For lunch, we went to this cool burrito place. 

Like a bunch of famous people have been there. 

I also love burritos and the food was super good so it made me happy. 

This is pretty much the best gas station ever. I'm not sure what it is actually used for as it looked deserted but it was cool. 

We went to the courthouse and went to the top and there was a pretty cool view. 

Then we had dinner and went to a cool hotel type place called El Cosmico. It is seriously so cute and they have hammocks which makes it a million times cooler. We watched a singer sing a couple songs as well and her voice was super pretty. 

The next day was our last day there so we went on a little hike. 

There were a couple streams that we had to cross and I was kind of scared I would drop my phone. Thankfully I didn't. 

When we got back we had dinner and then went back to the same artist place we had gone earlier. This time though there were a lot of people there because I think it was an art opening (not sure if that is the right wording). There were a bunch of photographs of people at this state fair (which fun fact I have never been to). The photos were so cool and the color contrast looked amazing. 

Then hot chocolate because hot chocolate is amazing. 

The next day we left and I think it took us about 9 and a half hours to get back to our house. 

If you liked this post make sure to follow my blog. Also I might have started a youtube channel recently (I did a vlog about this trip on there) that I have been uploaded on that I would love for you guys to check out. Also the Charlottesville thing. Like seriously people? Have you ever been to Marfa? Have you ever been to Big Bend? Have you ever been to Texas? Have you ever been to a national park? have you ever been hiking? Have you ever been to the top of a mountain? Do you enjoy walking/running/hiking outside? What is the prettiest thing you have ever seen? Do you want to go to Marfa? What was your favorite photo in this post?
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