Tag: What I Am Grateful

Another tag! :D Jenny from itsmeeejennyy tagged me to do this tag and since it's the new year, I decided to do it to give some thanks and acknowledge what I'm grateful for during 2014. 

First and foremost, thank you Jenny for tagging me! I'm really glad I've gotten to a point where other bloggers have started to tag me to do certain posts (: Jenny always takes out time in her day to read / comment on my posts and I'm so grateful for that. A year ago, barely anyone was really reading my blog and now I have something like a blogging friend.

& now onto the tag!!

2014 was pretty hectic for me. It was the end of my 3rd and beginning of my 4th year at college. I moved apartments practically by myself and started some new chapters in my life. I got not only one, but two jobs and I joined a lab to research working memory and cognitive development. When I look back on 2014, it's clear that I had a lot of things and people that helped me through all of it!

1. Family
Obviously, without my parents I wouldn't be here. They help me a lot and I know I could always call them. My sister and I are very close and I know I could always go to her for advice. Now that I'm almost done with school, more anxiety and panic has set in about my future and my sister has been there to help me through it all. By the way, Happy Birthday Sistaaaaah. 

2. My boyfriend
I have known my boyfriend since kindergarten and we got together after senior year of high school (18 years old). He's been my best friend all throughout those years and I couldn't imagine a life without him. I am so incredibly grateful for him because he's the reason why I'm happy and can be happy. It wasn't like I was really sad before I started dating him, but I was so apathetic about everything that nothing mattered to me. He encourages and supports me in everything and I'm going to stop being cheesy right now before someone pukes. 

3. My biffle
I intentionally keep names vague, by the way. It was my decision to put myself on the internet like this and I didn't want to name my best friend's name in case it causes problems for her. She has a pretty unique name and it makes me laugh. (: My biffle and I had some bumps a long the way, but I've always told her that I'm so grateful that she was the one to patch things up after our big fight after middle school ended. We went to different high schools and we could have just not talked to each other, but because of her, I still have a very close and wonderful friend that I can share everything with.

4. "Other" friends
I have some other close friends, but if I gave them all individual spots this blog post would be way more than 10. I still have some other things to list out! Most of my friends are those who I have met either in middle school or beginning of high school. I find it somewhat hard for me to make a lot of new and long lasting friendships. As someone describes, I'm a bit of homebody. I don't like to go out and do "normal" early 20 year old things including partying and drinking because I get extremely nervous and anxious about being around strangers. The friends that I'm close to understand that and always put my comfort in their planning. I always have great talks and even really dumb talks with my friends, but they're always fun. I can really imagine myself keeping contact with my core group of friends for the rest of my life. 

Just a heads up, but the next few things are definitely not as serious!

5. Food
Food is a necessity, but oh gosh. I love food and I'm grateful for the delicious things that we can taste and eat. There's always something good to eat to match or even enhance my mood. When I go on dates for special events with my boyfriend, we choose fancier places and each time I get so impressed how food can taste so good. 

6. Makeup
My blog is mostly all about makeup and it's something that I just really love. During my nasty breakout a few months ago, I hated my skin and how I looked. I just felt terrible looking into mirrors and I would feel pain on my face just by moving it. In hindsight, there are other people with worse acne but this was the worst my skin had ever been. Foundation, concealer, and just bright and distracting lipsticks or eye looks helped me so much with my confidence. I strongly believe that a woman doesn't have to wear makeup to be beautiful, but I'm so grateful that it is there to help me when I don't feel beautiful. I also love how a colored lip just makes my mood get better in general.

7. Internet
This is an "of course!" kind of thing. Without the internet, I wouldn't be able to blog or keep in contact with people. I rely on the internet so much and I'm so glad that I was born into the age of the internet. 

8. Music
I played violin for about 7 years and I regret not continuing while in high school. It helped me enjoy music in general a lot more because I knew how much work was put into creating it. I tried to learn guitar too, but something was off with one of the pieces and so it never sounded right. I also never got it fixed so.... it was my fault. I also relied on a lot of angsty rock and emo music in middle school because I thought no one understood. I was suuuuuuch an "emo" and wannabe scene kid during that period of my life. It's embarrassing to look back onto it, but that music scene will always be my favorite. I still listen to "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" by My Chemical Romance when I'm sad/mad about something. 

9. School / Education
This is such a "nerdy" thing, but I do enjoy learning more in general. I tend to stray away from STEM topics because it's too technical for me. I like chemistry and stuff, but I don't have enough background in those areas to even be able to start reading publications. I have to rely on summaries for that. What I mostly study right now is culture and the field I'm thinking about joining is medical anthropology. It's really fascinating learning about all these cultures and it's opened my eyes to new understandings so that I wouldn't be so ethnocentric. I like learning, but school itself with standardized exams and stuff just ruins it for me sometimes. 

10. The Readers / Commenters on my blog
Without you, I wouldn't be able to keep on doing this. I used to get one or two comments a month at most, but now there's comments on almost every blog post. I don't know if you noticed, but I use "you" instead of general "you all" when I refer to those who read my blog. I feel like it's much more personal and it helps me visualize talking to a person instead of the general internet. So thank you, whoever you are, for staying with me. I'm eternally grateful for your help and support.

I hope you had a happy new year!

For who I'm tagging, there will be some familiar names! 
Jacklyn from http://jacklynv.blogspot.com/
Sharlynn from http://theblackmentosbeautybox.blogspot.com/
Stacy from http://www.newfoundbeautyblog.blogspot.ca/
MissJ from http://justj.ca/
Jemma from http://jemmabeauty.blogspot.com/
I can't think of other names right now, but I tag anyone else who reads this post! Make sure to comment below if you did and I'll go to your blog and read your post as well <3

The guidelines are - 
Thank the person who tagged you and leave a link for them.
Write about 10 things that you are grateful for. Anything that popped out in your mind and explain why. 
Tag 10 bloggers and comment on their blog. Let them know they've been tagged.


  1. Awww thank you so much c: You don't need to thank me, I enjoy reading your posts! :) Yeah blogger friends haha^^ It's so cute that you have such a supportive boyfriend! Furthermore, I would die to see your pics from the "emo" phase lol I haven't been in a real,"unnormal" phase tbh. Well, that's good for my future me!
    Love, Jenny

  2. Ohh this is such a loving post! ^ ^


  3. Thank you! I was going to make it a lot more cheesy, but I started getting too embarrassed.

  4. Great post! Thanks so much for tagging me! I definitely will put this down to do in the near future! I love getting to know more about you! I too 'got together' with my currently and only seriously boyfriend in the last year of high school so this coming June is our 3 year dating anniversary! I'm really glad to see you included food in your 10 because it would be probably in my top 3!! LOL. I too am in your boat with socializing, I don't party, go out till early morning and all that, I think you appreciate life more being sober although I love good wines and beers! And yes! Blogging brings so much happiness to me too so I wish you all the best with your growing blog!

  5. I think I deleted a lot of those "emo" phase pictures because I never fully committed to the look. I'm super embarrassing... even now hahahahah

  6. I'm looking forward to your post because I wanna know more about you too! I think if we met in real life, we would be good friends always chatting about makeup hahaha

    i really do love food. I'm sort of living alone and don't want to depend on my parents (and their money) as much and so I haven't really been eating a lot of good food. I love going home so that my mom can make me food :D

  7. Thanks so much for the tag Hao! I've recently found your blog, but I'm happy that I did :) It sounds like you've gone through some tough times in life, which makes all of the above things even more precious to have.

  8. Loved this, I think most of the things you listed apply to me. God damn I love food haha! And I also went through an emo phase, I loved MCR and fall out boy and even went to their concerts back in the day.

    And don't worry, I'm also an introvert. Keep blogging and I wish you every success!

  9. Awe this was sweet! Thanks for tagging me again :) I just got my wisdom teeth removed, so hopefully I can have this up soon. I want to do some makeup reviews first since I haven't done those in awhile.

    I really love that I found someone who likes blogging as much as I do. :)

  10. You're welcome!! I really appreciate when people leave comments because it lets me find great blogs like yours a lot easier. I'm looking forward to see your version of the tag!

  11. Food is so good and amazing!!! I went to a new Mediterranean place for lunch and it made me so happy (:

    I'm still really into Fall Out Boy! They're releasing a new album soon and their last album is one of my favorites hahaha

    And thank you! You're so sweet <3

  12. Oh no! How are you? When I got my 2nd one out, it hurt a lot more and so I got really lazy. I hope it went well for you.

    It's always nice finding someone to talk about blogging and makeup. It took me 2 years to tell people in real life about my blog.... hahahaha

  13. I'm fine now, but it was pretty bad the first couple days. I pulled out all 4 of my wisdom teeth to just get it over with.

    I agree! I didn't really have that many people to talk to about makeup before. I've always wanted to start a blog, but I was always concerned that no one would read it haha.

  14. Nooooo. I got one out and then realized the second one was growing after I went back to school. I'm worried about getting my top ones removed though because people told me that those are the more painful ones.

    I like your blog!! Whenever I'm on it... reminds me that I really need to update my layout though.

  15. You should have removed all of them at once! It's a pain to go to the dentist multiple times. I couldn't even see my top wisdom teeth, but I just knew they were growing because it hurt. I didn't want to wait until the top ones were visible. One surgery is enough for me lol.

    Thanks! Changing your layout is actually hard and time consuming. It took me forever to learn what to do. I don't think I'll be changing mine anytime soon.