New Year 2022!!!!!!

Hiiii!!!!

This post is late, so just consider it the last post of 2021! Now, it’s the second day of 2022 and gosh did 2021 fly by quickly, it felt like 2020 and 2021 were one year. I hope that the new year brings new hope, positivity, and the end of pandemic. I just wanted to do a quick recap of the year, things I did/wish to do and share some of my resolutions. Enjoy!!!

2021 Recap

Volleyball

I started playing volleyball in July, back-story, I hated volleyball, absolutely hated it. I went to a volleyball camp in July. On the first day, I injured my ankle, the same ankle which was broken two years ago, and I ended up going to the hospital; luckily it wasn’t that big of a deal. I continued to push myself to play the rest of the season in August and September.

Outdoors

I went camping four times this year and it was a blast! The first two times we went nearby the third time it was in Tofino, I wrote an entire post about it here.  The fourth time I went to a place called Camp Jubilee. I also went hiking several times this year and it was awfully tiring but so much fun. Hmmmm… what else….. Oh yeah, I did go swimming a lot this summer too.

Image Credit: Adam Cai

Music

In school, I joined band and started playing the clarinet which is a woodwind instrument. I didn’t continue to do vocal training, as I did get pretty busy, but I plan to do it when I have more time. The guitar, I practice when I have time, but I definitely need improvement.

Reading

This year’s reading is nothing compared to last year. Last year I read 300 books and this year I probably read less than 50. It’s not that I didn’t want to read, I just couldn’t take out enough time.

General

I had exams about a month ago and they went pretty well. I trained for acting over the summer and got through an audition, but the arrangements did not work out for us. There are obviously other things that happened this year, but let’s keep it short.

2022

Volleyball

Starting tomorrow, I have practices for Volleyball league. I have games every Sunday for the next 10 weeks and I’m so excited!

Image credit: Matt Brown

School

I am pretty excited about the science fair this term. Due to the rising Omicron variant, there are more restrictions and our school opening is delayed until Jan 10th. As of now, it looks like we might be going back to online learning. *Groan*

Reading

The goal is to read at least seventy five books this year, hopefully, more. I will also do few book review posts.

Health

I’m overall as healthy as a horse, but I’d like to give more focus to my wellness this year.

Image credit: Justin Morgan

Blogging

I will try my best to post regularly and interact more with other bloggers. If I’m going on a hiatus I will announce it first, but I will stay as active as possible!

That’s all so far for the New Year, but I’ll update if something else comes up! Hope you enjoyed the post! Stay safe and take care!

🎉Happy New Year Everyone!🎉

Where I have been + Life update

It has been almost three months since I last posted. I never thought I would take a break that long, but I needed it.  With COVID stress, school exams, sports and other activities, life hasn’t been that easy. I am currently on winter break; I have two weeks off school. Starting next school year, it’s grade 8, high school. According to everyone, high school is so much fun! I don’t think so, I’m a little nervous, honestly.

Image Credit: S Malla

Anyway, it was my 12th birthday in November! We went to a light show the day before. On my birthday, I got breakfast in bed and spent the day watching a movie. I got a new phone, clothes, a headset, and a couple pairs of earrings.

On October 30th, I organized a Halloween party with a costume contest and other fun games. We preponed our Christmas party for Dec 19th. It was originally planned to be on the 24th, but there is a new restriction after the 20th, allowing only 10 people to gather indoors beside the host household. We played games and it was a lot of fun. There was no turkey this year, but that was alright ‘cause the food was still amazing.

I also had a volleyball tryout this week for the Volleybox Winter League and I was accepted, which was so exciting! Before the winter break, we had the Young Entrepreneurs Fair at school. I made handmade scented soaps. I sold out in five hours! I know it sounds like a lot, but others took longer and the people at my school are very picky about what they buy. I’m donating 20% of the money I earned to two local charities.

I also started practicing meditation a few weeks ago which taught me breathing and relaxation techniques.

This was a pretty short post, but I thought an update would be nice. I’m most likely going to post more often.

Anyway, how have you been? And any suggestions or ideas for a new post?

🎄Merry Christmas!🎄

Positive Self-talk

Self-talk is something we do all the time. I’ve been practicing positive self-talk for a while now, and I thought I’d share what I have with others trying out positive self-talk. Positive self-talk makes me feel good and helps me see a situation from different perspectives. Getting used to sticking to a habit can be a bit hard in the beginning, but with a bit of practice it’ll definitely work. 

Here are a few examples of negative statements I am trying to turn into positive ones. 

Negative Self-talkPositive Self-talk
I can’t do this, it’s impossible.A bit hard, but I’ll give it a go.
This is too hard. I give up.I just need to practice a little more.
I made a huge mistake.Everyone makes mistakes, that’s how we learn and grow.
How can I be so stupid.I am ok just the way I am.
I’m not good at this.I still need a bit more practice.
I don’t want to talk in front of many people.Just take a deep breath and you’ll be fine.
I feel sad and lazy today.I am in charge of how I feel. I will choose joy and happiness today.
They will laugh at me if I lose.It doesn’t matter what other people think. I’ll do my best.
I’m not going to get any better at this.I just need some more practice.
I’ve never done this before and I’ll be bad at it.There’s a first time for everything. It’s an opportunity to try something new.

Not a lot, but just a little something I decided to start with. Taking care of our mental health is really important and I believe positive self-talk does help with stressful situations in our lives.  My goal is to get better at positive self-talk.

Have you tried positive self-talk?

Camping in Tofino

I went camping in Tofino with my family last month. It was such an amazing trip that I completely forgot about reality, I forgot that I was even going back to school, I forgot about COVID and what was going on in my life (ok, not completely, but ya’ll get the point). 

Tofino is one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations with gorgeous beaches, national parks and coastal art and culture. It is a small coastal town on Vancouver Island.

Image Credit: S Malla

Ferry/Driving

Since Tofino is on the island, we had to take the ferry. We left home at around 6 am to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, about 45 minute drive from our house. Then we boarded our ferry at 7:30 am, and the ferry took exactly two hours to reach Duke Terminal in Nanaimo. After that, it’s almost three hours of driving from Nanaimo all the way up to Tofino. We stopped at Port Alberni for about half an hour for the washroom and coffee. I got a chocolate milkshake that tasted like vanilla ice cream in chocolate milk. It wasn’t worth wanting to drink something cold. I felt that we should have gone to Tim Horton’s instead. Altogether I think we travelled about five and half hours including ferry and driving by car.

Tent set up

As soon as we got to the campsite, we cleaned up the area a bit and set up all tents one by one. We got a new tent this time, it’s taller, so it felt more spacious. I helped to set up the sleeping mats and sleeping bags in the tent. It’s fun to set up the tents and the camp area. Altogether there were five tents since we went with family friends.

Image Credit: S Malla

Food

After the campsite set up, we had lunch. The campsite we stayed at didn’t allow keeping food out while we weren’t there or overnight because of bears in the area. So there was lots of effort taking food out and putting them back again in coolers and then in a car. Unlike other times going camping, this time we decided to spend less time on food prep and spend more time doing activities. So, most of our meals were sandwiches, burgers and barbeque. We ate momo (Nepali style dumpling, not the statue) with sauce for dinner on the first day, though.

Image Credit: S Malla

Explore the area

On the first day, we went to Amphitrite Point Lighthouse. It was kind of gloomy that day but the lighthouse was still nice, especially the waves around it. While we were hiking around the trail near the lighthouse, we could hear the whistle buoy (it sounds like a foghorn) the entire time. It’s activated by the wave action of the ocean and is louder when the sea is rough.

Image Credit: S Malla

On the second day, we wandered around the city for a while. We visited the Himwitsa Native Art Gallery, owned and operated by local First nation members. I got a pair of super cute earrings with a wolf print on them. We also got fish and chips from a local fish and chips fry, just so that we didn’t have to go back to the campsite again. It was actually pretty good, they even put a fried pickle in the package and it was sooo good. I’d actually wanted to try fried pickles for so long (I’m a pickle lover), but that’s besides point.

Beaches/Forests

Tofino is mainly known for its waves and there are literally the biggest waves there. The beaches are gorgeous. We went to Long Beach on the second and third days. It is the longest sand beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island, stretching over 16 kilometers. I saw lots of surfers, kayakers, swimmers, walkers and book readers enjoying the beautiful beach. I plan on going surfing there next year. Tofino is the home to one of the best surfing areas in the country. We also visited Wickaninnish and Cox Bay beaches and they were not that crowded like Long beach.

Image Credit: S Malla

Pacific Forest running to the edge of the beach was beautiful. Pacific Rim National Park, located in Clayoquot Sound, is one of UNESCO’s protected Biosphere Reserves.

Campfire/Smores

No camping is complete without smores. We were not allowed to use logs for campfires due to the restrictions to prevent wildfires. So, we used a propane camp campfire for smores. (They were so good, but a bit hard to eat because of my braces)

So that’s how my camping trip went. We felt that three days wasn’t enough, should have stayed more. I forgot to mention, on the day we were returning, we were five minutes late for our reservation for the ferry (we should report 30 minutes prior to departure to a secure reservation spot). We lost our reservation,  and had to wait about two hours at the terminal to board the 11:45 pm ferry, and we ended up getting home at around 2:30 am. That was also an experience, and it wasn’t that bad either. So yeah, it was a pretty memorable trip.

Have you ever been camping?

Vogue’s 73 Questions

Heya!

I apologize for not posting the past two weeks. I was really tired after acting classes and volleyball. And I went camping in Tofino on the weekend. I will write about my camping experience in Tofino in another post. Anyway, I am doing Vogue’s 73 questions in today’s post, inspired by one of my favourite bloggers, Poorwa, who also did this a while ago. I chose the ones I liked the most from the Vogue website.

  1. On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about life right now? Probably an 8 isn’t up nor down.
  2. What’s one thing people don’t know about you? I can get irritated really easily. 
  3. What’s your wake-up ritual? Brush my teeth, wash my face, go back to bed
  4. What’s your go-to bed ritual? Brush my teeth, skincare, say goodnight to my parents, go to bed, listen to music, read a book, lights out, lie down until I fall asleep.
  5. What’s your favorite time of day? On sunny days late evening, on rainy days around 5-6 am. I love the sound of rain, especially if it’s raining a lot, it’s calming.
  6. Dream country to visit? Bora Bora.
  7. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had? My 11th birthday surprise was in a parking lot social distancing with each other since we weren’t allowed to invite anyone due to the pandemic.
  8. Heels or flats/sneakers? Sneakers all the way.
  9. Vintage or new? Vintage, it gives a vibe, but new is always nice too.
  10. Who do you want to write your obituary? That’s something I am not going to think about for the next 80 years.
  11. Style icon? Zendaya, 100%.
  12. What are three things you can’t live without? My family, my friends, and lotion.
  13. What’s one ingredient you put in everything? Salt.
  14. What’s your biggest fear in life? Death.
  15. Window or aisle seat? Aisle. When I was younger I loved the window seat, but now it just gives me headaches.
  16. Favorite app? This is a thing….
  17. Secret talent? Don’t’ really think this is a secret anymore, but I can do weird things with my eyebrows.
  18. Most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life? I can’t remember.
  19. How would you define yourself in three words? Talkative, weird, nice
  20. Favorite piece of clothing you own? Tie-dye tee from Aeropostale.
  21. Must have clothing item everyone should have? Crew-neck.
  22. Superpower you would want? Time Travel.
  23. What’s inspiring you in life right now? Night views and quotes.
  24. Best piece of advice you’ve received? “When you feel like quitting, remember why you started…”
  25. A book that everyone should read? “The War that Saved my Life” By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
  26. What would you like to be remembered for? Helping change someone for good.
  27. How do you define beauty? What’s on the inside, anyone can change the outside.
  28. What do you love most about your body? Everything, it’s important to love your body no matter what. Don’t listen to people who make fun, take care of your body.
  29. Best way to take a rest/decompress? Sit somewhere with a nice view, turn soft music on, have your favourite drink and just watch. For me, it would be going to the beach in the evening, sitting in the trunk, watching the water and listening to nature.
  30. Favorite place to view art? The beach.
  31. If your life were a song, what would the title be? This is way too hard to think of. My life is ups and downs.
  32. If you could master one instrument, what would it be? The guitar. I play it, but I’m not the best.
  33. If you had a tattoo, where would it be? On my finger, but something small and cute.
  34. Dolphins or koalas? Koalas. (This was such a hard decision)
  35. What’s your spirit animal? Hummingbird, according to my sixth grade teacher and my friends, but it’s also pretty accurate. 
  36. Best gift you’ve ever received? I’ve received many nice gifts there isn’t a best one.
  37. What’s your favorite board game? Snakes and ladders (It reminds me so much of my childhood)
  38. What’s your favorite color? Blue.
  39. Least favorite color? Olive green.
  40. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds.
  41. Blow-dry or air-dry? Air dry, less frizzy 
  42. Pilates or yoga? Pilates. 
  43. Coffee or tea? Coffee.
  44. What’s the weirdest word in the English language? Bumfuzzle: Being confused or causing confusion.
  45. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Dark chocolate.
  46. Stairs or elevator? Stairs, elevators make me sick, but if I’m tired or there’s too much stair then elevator.
  47. Summer or winter? Fall.
  48. You are stuck on an island, you can pick one food to eat forever without getting tired of it, what would you eat? Apple chips or yogurt. 
  49. A desert you don’t like? Cassava cake.
  50. A skill you’re working on mastering? Volleyball.
  51. Best thing that happened to you today? Getting Starbucks. 
  52. Worst thing to happen to you today? Skinning my knee. 
  53. Best compliment you’ve ever received? You always make me smile. 
  54. Favorite smell? Lavender. 
  55. If you made a documentary, what would it be about? My life. 
  56. Last piece of content you consumed that made you cry? Can’t remember. 
  57. Lipstick or lip gloss? Lip gloss
  58. Sweet or savory? Savory.
  59. Song you can listen to on repeat? Slower, or Rubberband. Both by Tate McRae 
  60. If you could switch lives with someone for a day who would it be? Zendaya. 
  61. What are you most excited about at this time in your life? Graduating Seventh grade. 
  62. Your go to for having a good laugh? Old pictures. 
  63. Your affirmation for today? I love myself for who I am. 
  64. Favorite fashion trend of all time? Collared shirt, under a crew neck, with baggy pants. 
  65. What do you usually order in Starbucks? A Mocha Cookie Crumble Frap with extra mocha drizzle. 
  66. What is something you always travel with? A  hairbrush. 
  67. How many nicknames do you have? Probably three. Adi, Diya, Avacado. 
  68. First thing you thought of this morning? Shopping.
  69. Something you do every morning without fail? Go back to bed.
  70. What’s something you’d tell your 5-year-old self? Don’t buy too many Barbie dolls.
  71. Something that is always in your bag? Lip balm
  72. Craziest thing you’ve ever done in your sleep? This was kind of recently, in May I went camping with family and the second night, I fell asleep and apparently woke up, patted my dad’s knee, counted to three and went back to sleep. 
  73. Zodiac sign? Scorpio.

Honestly, it might have taken a bit of time to answer these questions, but it was really fun. I hope you enjoyed reading my answers and you should definitely give this a try!

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