Category Archives: Daily Posts

Netflix’s Death Note: Reaction Video

Happy Friday everyone!

Today, I wanted to share my thoughts on the Netflix adaptation of Death Note. I watched the trailer and formed some opinions on the cast and story line. I hope you guys find this interesting! Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Sorry Ladies, One Gray Hair and Your Life is Over.

Hello everyone!

Today, I wanted to talk about the double-standards of aging between men and women. When men start aging, going gray, having some wrinkles, they are seen by society as distinguished, independent, wise, ‘silver foxes’, and handsome. When it’s an older women, she is seen more as dependent, unproductive, unhealthy, and should be taking better care of herself. God forbid a woman has a gray hair, she either has to pluck it or dye it. Ironically, older women tend to live longer than men, so many women are not unhealthy. 

Don’t worry, I know most people don’t tend to think like this. But, media portrayals through various mediums like magazines and television, are rampant with ageism between the sexes.

For example, Miriam O’Reilly, an Irish TV host, sued BBC for age discrimination in 2010. At that time she was 51. She used to be one of the presenters for their show CountryFile, until they dropped her for younger presenters. They replaced her with younger presenters, but kept John Craven, who had been on the show since it began about 20 years before the lawsuit, who was 68 at the time. Sure, he had been with the BBC for a long time, but O’Reilly had also contributed to the BBC for about 20 years. The BBC told her that they wanted a new presenter to appeal to youth.

O’Reilly experienced comments such as “time for Botox” and “careful with those wrinkles when high definition comes in”. O’Reilly won her case. The BBC apologized and still wanted to work with her because she had been with them for so long.

O’Reilly stated that “The idea that wrinkles or grey hair can sound the death knell for the careers of female TV presenters is beyond appalling, especially in a country where over a third of the population is aged 50 and over.” Truth. I got my information for this case from the BBC’s article about it and the agedicrimination.info website.

A more familiar example might be the hate that Hillary Clinton faced during the election. Whether or not you like her or not, you can’t deny that many people were put off by her age and the fact that she was a woman. She’s 69 and Donald Trump is only a year older, yet he stated “Well, I just don’t think she has a presidential look, and you need a presidential look” and states that he thinks she lacks stamina.

Older women have mainly been represented as the “grandmother and cookies” generalization. Strong, smart, and leaders are not words that people, or at least any form of media has associated with older women. Those adjectives are used with men.

I’m not saying that it’s not true that older men are smart and independent, but why can’t it be true for women also? Why does it only have to be men who are aging nicely and not women?

This post was prompted by the Daily Prompt: Gray

Feel free to leave any comments and questions!

Friends Forever?

Hello everyone!

Recently I was thinking about the idea of “friends forever” and how life really is. Since I’ve been to college, I’ve kept in touch with three close friends from high school, but I’ve had a strange falling out with one, who I was really close to.

I feel like after high school, who you want to keep in your life is really up to you. You have to make the effort or else the friendship will just tend to fade away. Of course, there are some people who I haven’t spoken to in a year, but I can still text and call them almost as though nothing has changed. But for the majority of people, you tend to revert back to virtually strangers.

After high school, whether you go to college or get a job, the people you meet then are the ones that will have an impact and will most likely befriend.

I feel like the difference between high school friends and “real world” friends is the fact that friends you make post-high school tend to have more in common with you. Sure, you have things in common with high school friends, but you’re still kind of forced to be around them because you’re stuck in the same place for years, same classroom, and same people. Everyone knows everyone, and they all already know you.

After high school, if you leave your hometown, you get to redefine who you are. You get to introduce yourself to people how you want and not have your past define you.

My friends that I’ve made in college all have the same general outlooks as I do for my future. We want to be successful and independent. I know you might be thinking isn’t that everyone’s goals? No. People I was friends with in high school had goals of staying in town and getting married, which is totally fine. We all have different wants in life, but because our goals were so different, we had completely different mindsets.

I guess my point of this post is to let people know that after high school, you’re only going to stay friends if you put in the effort. But, you’re going to meet so many people who share the same beliefs and future that you want. Don’t feel like you have to stick to someone just because you were friends, sometimes you do need to move on.

Feel free to leave any comments! Thanks so much for reading guys!

Senioritis

Hello everyone!

Yesterday, I skipped all of my classes and did absolutely nothing. Why? Because I just didn’t want to go. But don’t worry, I’ve only missed like two classes the entire semester, not a chronic skipper.

But I realized that I graduate in almost a month and started panicking. No job set up, still have to pass current classes, and I have no idea what I want to do.

All I could think is TIME IS RUNNING OUT.

When I woke up today, I took a breathe and thought through everything. It’s amazing how we can stress ourselves out so easily. So what if I don’t have a job lined up? There’s no rule that says I need a ‘real job’ out of college. It would be nice, but I can always do part-time jobs, while I look for the right job.

I don’t need to stress out about my classes because I’ve done virtually everything and received decent grades. I realized that I should just enjoy the time I have left, and focus on my graduation day. I want to make it as fun and memorable as it can be.

I guess my point of this post is to remind everyone that we do have time. Don’t stress yourself out like I did, and if you do, take a minute and remember that there’s no ultimatium or rule that you have to follow. Just living in the moment and get what you need to get done at this moment, before worrying months ahead.

Thanks for reading!

via Daily Prompt: Timely

College Safety Doubts

Hello everyone!

I tried doing a post a day, but unfortunately I skipped the last couple days, so I’m going to try again. Today’s topic is Doubt via Daily Prompt.

It made me think about a rape case that’s going on at my school right now. A football player is accused of raping and assaulting a female student, and has been suspended from the football team.

But, when I was about to take my midterm, my professor did a little spiel on cheating and academic dishonesty. It caught my attention because he said that anyone caught cheating will have a high possibility of people expelled and that it happened to two of his students, even when cheating was their first offense.

It made me doubt what the college said about taking the rape case seriously and my safety as a female in general. How can a student who cheated get expelled, yet a student who raped someone is only suspended? That’s messed up in so many ways. It shows the priorities that my school, and I believe many schools have.

Thinking about that makes me feel sad for the girl who was raped and other girls who have been sexually assaulted. I understand that before the school suspends someone for rape, they need to confirm and make sure that the story isn’t made up because some people do lie about it. But this person has had multiple assault charges all at different schools, and I just don’t understand how he is still considered a student. It just makes me sick and feel horrible for the girl who had to go through that traumatic experience because of him.

Sorry that this post was depressing, but it’s just what the topic made me think about. Feel free to leave any comments.

Youtube Vlogs?

Hello everyone!

Phew, cutting it close to missing a daily post. The reason I want to do daily posts is to make sure that I write every day. Whether it’s from a daily prompt or whatever I want to talk to you guys about, I want to be in the habit of posting. Just thought I would get that out there because I started daily posts without really saying anything.

Anyway, this is just a short blurb on what I’m thinking about doing with my Youtube channel, (pssst…subscribe). I tend to do a lot of makeup tutorials, unboxings, DIY’s, and a couple random product videos, like unboxing tea.

Recently, I’ve had a lot of random thoughts on my mind that I wanted to get out. Most of the time it’s about things I’ve learned from class that day and want to talk a little more about it.

So, I’m thinking about doing vlogs where I do just that; talk about whatever I want. What do you guys think? It’s not going to be me going somewhere cool or anything like that. Just me in my room, telling you about things that have been on my mind.

I know this seems like a dumb idea to deliberate, because everyone does that, but it’s because the content of my channel isn’t about that. I suppose there are a lot of people who have their ‘opinion’ vlogs, but it’s usually on a different channel than their main content.

It’s random, but I would love some opinions. Also if you’re a fellow Youtuber, let me know and I would love to check out your videos and support you!

Expecting Unexpectedly

Hello everyone,

Today’s topic came to my mind via Daily Prompt: Baby.

Recently, a friend of mine announced she was pregnant. She’s the first one among my group of friends to have a child. Everyone congratulated her and so did I, but in the back of my mind, I was wondering why. I know, that sounds like a horrible thing to say, but it’s honestly what I wondered.

She has such a bright future, and I know she still does. She’s a hard worker and very smart, even with an unexpected pregnancy, I know she’ll achieve her goals. But, I just felt sad for her because I know it’ll be a hindrance. Am I a horrible person for thinking that?

A lot of people I know who have kids or are pregnant, aren’t married. I know, I know, it’s 2017, who cares if they’re married are not. I’m not coming for a judgmental viewpoint, but a logical one, at least to me it is. I might be putting this in cold, logical terms, but having someone contracted to be with me forever means double financial help to raise this little person. I’m twenty-two and the people with kids I know are all around the same age, or younger. Many of them weren’t in college or stopped going after the pregnancy.

I just…I feel sad for them because they weren’t able to experience things like college, their first apartments, living alone in general, travelling, the freedom to do whatever they want for themselves. It’s like they lived dependent on their parents, still in their parents home and now all of a sudden, a little person is dependent on them.

I have no clue how they handle the financial burden. That’s what scares me the most, I can barely pay my rent, much less a child and all that comes with it. Also, they’re now kind of now stuck with someone for life…a lot of friends were dating their significant others for maybe six months and now they have a kid together. To me that’s absolutely crazy, I know it’s unexpected to them too.

I just wanted to get my thoughts out about unexpected pregnancies. I don’t think less of people who that happens to, but I think that now a chunk of fun and life is gone. I know that babies bring people happiness and love, but it’s just different…I don’t know exactly how to put my thoughts into words. If any of you have any comments, even if it’s to argue my opinions, please share. I would love to have an inkling of what goes through peoples minds when they find out they’re expecting, unexpectedly.

Thank you for reading!

Can’t Talk, Must Run

Hello all,

Today’s topic is Slur, via Daily Prompt: Slur. It made me think about slurring words, but not because I’m intoxicated. Because I am a horrible public speaker.

I know a lot of you can relate to that too. I always feel fine before presenting anything, but as soon as I get up in front of people or even just speaking at my desk, I start to get heart palpitations. It’s the horrible human instinct of fight or flight when you feel all eyes on you, and it sucks.

I looked up a lot of tips to help ease the nervousness, but nothing helps. My words are always too fast, too shaky, slurred, and just overall the entire thing is pretty embarrassing. People say practice makes perfect, but I’ve done speeches my entire academic life, and it hasn’t gotten better.

Sometimes, I just have to accept that I’ll be a bad presenter. I have done better when it was a topic I was interested in, such as Sea World, but on assigned speeches where I have no choice, boy oh boy do I suck.

Let me know if you guys have had the same experience with public speaking, you know wavering voice, shaking body, slurring words, and sweat everywhere…the normal.

Tea Unboxing & Tasting

Hello all my lovely people!

I recently got in touch with the owner of the store Good Life Tea, via his instagram. He was generous enough to send me six of their most popular teas and I made an unboxing video of it all! So far I’ve tasted the Belgian Chocolate Rooibos tea, the Kyoto Cherry Rose Organic Green tea, and the Last Mango in Paris tea. They’re all delicious, but my favorite is definitely the Last Mango in Paris so far. It’s such a delicious, fruity tea! Check out my unboxing:

To all my tea lovers out there: What’s your favorite?

Thanks for reading everyone!