June 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 1

June 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 1

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Before you read this post, make sure you have read my post I Can Do Better  to know how and where to donate, get informed, support, and follow the Black Lives Matter movement and people from the Black community. Si hablas español, y especialmente si vives en Colombia, lee mi publicación Puedo hacer algo mejor para enterarte cómo puedes apoyar a la Comunidad afrocolombiana. 

Hello and happy Thursday. I got some good news yesterday and if/when I feel like I can tell you about them, I will. I’m happy to read your comments and to see that reading these posts makes your days a little brighter. I know that for me, looking back is always a nice time. I’m sure that what made me happy two years ago will at least get a smile from you.

June 4th, 2018: Being called beautiful makes me happy. 

I mean, how can it not? I love to be complimented even though I’m kind of awkward and never really know what to say. I obviously like to be called beautiful but people I know, or non-threatening strangers. Ugh, I can’t believe I had to clarify that, but you know what I mean by that. I like girls telling me they like how I look and I like guys to do that too, if I know them and if I think they’re cute too. I like it when my family tells me that because they are pretty on board with my makeup addiction and they hype me up when I’m trying different looks. I don’t know. It’s a good thing, right?

What’s the best compliment someone can give you? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

May 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 4

May 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 4

Copy of Copy of THROWBACK THURSDAYHello and happy Thursday. How’s life? I’m back from spending a week at my mom’s house and I can’t wait for this school year to be over because. well, just because. I don’t know what I was thinking two years ago, but thankfully, I have a trusty old notebook that might so let’s go back in the past and see what 2018 Camila was thinking.

May 28th, 2018: Watching Full House again makes me happy. 

I don’t know why I said “again,” but I imagine I took a break from binge-watching it and then went back to it. I thought the show was kind of stupid but it was funny and I enjoyed it for that. I don’t really think anybody was watching it for the story. That last episode, though…

Do you prefer Full House of Fuller House? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

May 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 3

May 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 3

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Hello and happy Thursday. I know that because of a recent book review challenge I got some new followers and I want to say thank you and welcome. Mine is not only a reading blog but an “everything blog.” I talk about lifestyle stuff on Sundays, do makeup tutorials on Mondays, books on Wednesdays, the things that I’m grateful for on Thursdays, ARCs on Fridays, and teaching on Saturdays. Also in July, I blog every single day, or at least I try to.

Now that you know what my blog is about, let me tell you about this post series. Since 2016 I’ve kept these notebooks where I have written about things that have made me happy, so since the beginning of this series, I’ve been picking one of those random happy thoughts and I’ve talked about them.

May 21st, 2018: My dad’s birthday makes me happy. 

I mean, should I explain it? It makes me happy, it just does. I like to see my dad get excited about all his presents and everyone paying attention to him and only him on that day. What else can I say?

Do you have any special traditions that take place on your parent’s birthday? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

May 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 2

May 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 2

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Hello and happy Thursday. Now that not leaving home has become the new normal and not something people around you worry about because you might be depressed, I feel like my energy/productivity are at its highest on Thursdays because I don’t teach on Fridays, so it’s like my body knows this is the last day of the workweek for me. I do work on Fridays, but I don’t teach. I don’t know why I felt the need to defend myself on that one, but oh well. Let’s see how I was doing two years ago.

May 14th, 2014: Late afternoon showers make me happy. 

I mean, yes and no. I don’t like to spend all day without showering (if I can help it) because it makes me feel dirty. If for some reason the shower is broken, I’ll use baby wipes and change into clean clothes. Anything to feel clean. But if this is an “I’m feeling lazy, I’m going to shower late” kinda thing, my late is usually before noon. What I do like is showering in the afternoon or at night after a long day or in preparation for a trip or a special event the following day. I do like that a lot.

I have friends who prefer to shower at night instead of first thing in the morning. What do you think? When do you like to shower? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

May 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 1

May 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 1

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Hello and happy Thursday. How’s life? I decided to start using a weekly planner so that every day I can make a detailed list of everything I have to do and I hope it works. Whoever said working from home makes you more productive isn’t a teacher. That’s not the point of today’s post, though, so let’s get to it.

May 6th, 2018: Carlos Vives makes me happy. 

Carlos is a Colombian singer whose music can get pretty much everybody in a good mood. Many of his songs are catchy and you can dance to them. Every once in a while I like to listen to his most famous songs as if he were holding a private concert for me.

What type of music gets you in a good mood? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

April 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 4

April 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 4

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Hello and happy Thursday. Are we really in the fourth week of April already? I feel like I sat down, blinked, and April is basically over. I’ve seen different people go through their childhood diaries and recording themselves reading them, but since I have no clue where that gem might be, let’s see what made the Camila of 2018 happy. 

April 23rd, 2018: starting a new paperback makes me happy 

I could look at Goodreads and tell you what specific book I was talking about, but I’m not going to do it because I’m not feeling 100% productive today. Besides, I think I was happier about the fact that it was a paperback than the book itself. What can I say? I like paperbacks. I like floppy ones, I like mass-market paperbacks (I know, I know), I love their smell and the fact that I think I can read a paperback faster than I do an ebook. There are tiny silly things that make us happy, and I think in the times we’re living, we must look for them.

What’s a seemingly unimportant thing that makes you happy? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

April 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 1

April 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 1

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Hello and happy Thursday. It might not feel like it but it’s been a while since I sat down and looked back on the things that made me happy two years ago. I finally have the time, and what’s more important, the right mindset to think about happy things.

Now, let’s remember that 2018 was a rough year for me, or at least, it was the buildup to a generally bad time in my life, so many of the things that I said made me happy then might not make me happy now. Today’s random happy thought is weird, and you’ll see why.

April 2nd, 2018: Getting tattoos makes me happy.

Remember those “bad tattoo” posts I published a while back? Yes, on April 2nd, 2018, when I was on the verge of an existential crisis, I got two tattoos, one of which was misspelled and I have already covered up. Here’s some advice for everyone, okay? Listen up (or read up). The first thing that you should know is that tattoos are never “the solution” to anything. Seriously, it’s like the breakup haircut, only it’s permanent, and also, since you’re probably not feeling 100% you won’t notice that it’s probably ugly or, like in my case, misspelled. Now, attached to that, please do not consider switching tattoo artists if you do decide that what you need in your life is some ink. Going to a shop that is a few blocks away because it’s less of a hassle than going to your usual artist is a bad idea, trust me. Finally, and again, I know this from experience, having any number of tattoos will not prevent you from getting one that you might regret. I covered up part of my eleventh tattoo because I was convinced that what my life needed was more ink, and I wasn’t responsible about it. And guess who I went to see when it was time for a coverup? Of course, it was “my guy,” the one who’s been tattooing me since 2014. And he was so nice and nonjudgmental about it…that made me super happy.

What is one thing you’ve done that you thought would make you happy but didn’t? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

March 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 2

March 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 2

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Hello and happy Thursday. Today’s the day for looking into my recent past and discovering the things that made me happy on a given day. If you’re new to this blog or it’s your first time reading a “Thankful Thursday” post, every day for a few years now I sit down and write one thing that made me happy. I don’t provide any context about what I write, but I like keeping a record. What I do in this series called Thankful Thursday is go into those things I wrote and share a little bit about them. Right now we are exploring my happy thoughts of 2018, which was a tough year for me, and I’m glad I’m past everything that happened then.

March 12th, 2018: Buying new luggage makes me happy.

I remember this one vividly because I think for outside viewers it might look absurd but to me, it’s evidence of who I am. I was in Baltimore for the first time, trying to make it by myself for a week, and I had bought a shitton of stuff, which clearly didn’t fit in my suitcase. When I say “a shitton,” I mean I got the entire Harry Potter collection with the spines that together make the outline of Hogwarts for my best friend. So, naturally when a person buys the contents of a house, said person needs to buy a suitcase, right? Well, I bought a duffel bag that could fit an adult human comfortably. I haven’t tried fitting a person into it, but I’m pretty sure. That thing is so huge it looks like a tent, and I filled it to the brim with presents and souvenirs. As absurd as the story can sound, though, it’s not the first time and I’m sure it won’t be the last that I have to buy more luggage to store the stuff I’d been buying during my trip.

Do you buy a lot of stuff when you travel? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

On Gym Culture

On Gym Culture

Announcement.pngHello and happy Thursday. 2018 has been a year of great changes for me in every sense of the word. As I’m writing this, I’m unemployed (by choice) and in three months I will be moving to the States. As you’re reading this, I’m probably in a training program to become a teacher.

Small changes have also happened, like I finally decided to stop going to my old Zumba studio because I was feeling zero motivation. I changed Zumba for the gym because it offers a wider variety of classes, it’s cheaper, and it also gives me the possibility of using the actual machines if I ever want to.

In order to start going to the gym, a checkup with a doctor is required. I knew more or less what I was going to be told, and honestly I was dreading it. Let me summarize it for you: I’m overweight, and two hours of dancing classes per week will not change that. The thing is, I know that already and I’m not attending a gym to lose weight. I’ve already established a routine in which I exercise during the weekends and I want to keep it, that’s why I want to go to the gym.

The doctor who conducted the checkup was reproducing a discourse that 1. sounded completely fake, and 2. was targeted towards people’s insecurities. This second item was the one that made me write today’s post. Our society has a problem when it comes to working out or being “fit.” You can’t imagine how many accounts I’ve had to unfollow on social media, especially Instagram because it seems like everybody is obsessed with exercising and showing their bodies.

All of a sudden, a teacher I was following became a “fitness coach” and started posting what they ate everyday, and also bits of their workout routine, and that was just plain annoying. Add to that the “motivational” posts that went along the lines of “you can do it. Today is the best day to start your new life. If I could lose weight and gain my life back, so can you!”  It got to a point where I had to unfollow them to stop seeing those posts. The same has happened with more “famous” people, like Paola from 90-Day Fiancé.

I’ve already told you I go to the gym, and I try to eat healthily (yes, I also eat pizza and fries and I enjoy every second of it), and I even did a little series here in my blog where I told you about my visits to the nutritionist and the progress I was having. I’m okay with that, and I love when people ask me whether I’ve lost weight because I look slimmer. I’m not okay with dedicating all my thoughts into what I eat and the time I’ve spent working out. I’m not okay with a doctor telling me, their voice filled with pity, that in order to be happy I had to work out for two hours every day and I had to stop eating carbs at 5 pm.

What are your thoughts on gym culture? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

On Roommates

On Roommates

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Hello and happy Thursday. Let me tell you straight up what I think about having roommates: it’s not for me. I’ve lived for almost eighteen years with just my mom and my sister, and for most of that time, we’ve each had our own room.

Moving out is an obvious part of growing up, and if you don’t think so, maybe you should go see a psychologist. In the US it’s common for people to leave their house to go to college, and then at some point to have roommates. Well, that’s not common in Colombia, at least not for me or people in my same social circle, you know? We are expected to move out of our house and live by ourselves or with a partner if we have one.

My situation is obviously different because moving out for me really means moving abroad, but still, it never crossed my mind to have roommates. I know that having roommates is still having your own space but sharing common areas like the kitchen and living room, and sometimes the bathroom, and also sharing responsibilities like splitting bills, doing the cleaning, and grocery shopping. The thing is, I’d rather do that for myself and all by myself than living with other people my age with whom I don’t have a romantic relationship or share a family bond of some sort.

I reached this conclusion in full force after having to spend a weekend at home with my sister and her boyfriend. My mom went out on a trip, so it was the three of us, plus our two dogs. It was supposed to be a weekend, my time of resting and doing my own thing while mentally and physically preparing for another week of work. Let me tell you, I didn’t rest one bit.

I felt like there was a whole lot to do, which looking back I guess my mom does, but I ended up doing, and it made me upset that I had to do somebody else’s job. If somebody cooks and leaves the kitchen like a hellhole, then they should clean up because they were the ones who made a mess. That’s what I think, but I know in reality most people would agree that someone cooks and then another person does the dishes and cleans the kitchen. My sister and her boyfriend made pancakes one day. Do you know how long it took me to clean up all of their mess?

This might not be a thought many of you share with me, but I’d rather have a tiny apartment just for myself, and I’d rather spend all of my free time cleaning it, than having to clean somebody else’s mess. I feel that the weekend with my sister and her boyfriend was a test for me, and I believe I failed it, at least in the roommate department. No, not for me, thank you though.

In the comments tell me about yourself and your living experience. Do you have or have you had any roommates? How did it go? What advice would you give to someone who’s going to live with more people in the future?

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila