Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Reasons To Live: #176 - 186 | lifestyle

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I have since switched to blogging on wordpress (, producing about the same lifestyle + diy-esque content that used to be on here! I've left all 'reasons to live' posts, as well as my original first post that began it all. 
-Jan 3. 2016
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I hope you're all having a lovely day!

176. Right at the top of the list, Demi Lovato. You may be wondering, why? Why now? Is this a sudden interest that you've taken in everyone's favorite Camp Rock star? Actually, no. I've been a fan of Demi's since, well, probably when Camp Rock came out. I remember watching the movie, and relating immensely to a shy girl who wrote song lyrics and wanted to sing them out loud (this was when I was ten
years old, and still thought I had a good voice, btw). Recently, I actually had the wonderful opportunity to MEET HER! The experience was lovely, and I only remember weird snippets of it, but omigosh it was amazing. I posted the picture on my instagram, and there it is to the right. (Very low quality, I know, but I had to include it!).

177. On that note, Camp Rock. I know, I'm so childish. I actually am, though? Just the other day I was watching Lemonade Mouth (another Disney movie, that's on Netflix) and texting my best friend, Natalie about it. I kind of rambled a ton about Camp Rock, when I was talking about Demi, but let me say it again, I absolutely adored (and still adore) it.

178. I have a feeling I'm going to be referencing loads of famous people in this one. The 1989 Tour has to be of the best tours (I'm actually just saying that, as I don't know how to chose a favorite concert, they've all been magical) I've been to. I made a whole blog post on that, linked here, but I will say, that the post is a bit sub par, and I was trying to be "professional" so I didn't really write a lot about the tour. I don't care much about that, anymore. 1989 was a beautiful tour. I went with my twin sister and one of our best friends, and it was a beautiful night. Taylor Swift, one of my idols, does an amazing job of connecting with the crowd and making everyone feel special. I truly felt like a princess that night.

179. How could I talk about 1989, without talking about the woman behind it all, Taylor Swift. For those of you who aren't totally obsessed with her, Ms. Taylor Alison Swift just turned 26, this past Sunday. I will save you all from that rambling, which if you're interested you can see on my tumblr, but let me just say, that Taylor is an absolute sunshine and I am so grateful for her and I am so proud of everything that she's accomplished.

me and my sister @ otra santa clara
180. Crazy things happened last Sunday. One Direction had their last every performance before they take a break! Eeek, I am so very nervous. I know that they deserve a break, as they've been touring like crazy for the past few years, but it is still a bit sad. Their last performance was on the X Factor UK, and was extremely emotional. I might have cried!

181. I'm sure this is very predictable + typical, but Holiday Break! I'm so excited because my break starts in just a few hours (as I'm writing this during my second period final -- no worries, I've already finished) once I take my 4th period Java final! I'm super excited because I've literally been counting down since, well probably November! December is one of my most favoritest times of the year, because I love decorating, and present giving, and all kinds of lovely thing.

182. Another really important person, who I'm so grateful for is my best friend, Natalie. She's been on this blog a couple of times in outfit of the day posts! We met in the sixth grade, and so we're approaching our six year friendaversery soon! Natalie is sweet and lovely and she's always helping me out, whether it be to explain Calculus to me, or by letting me practice her make up skills! Her birthday is this Saturday (19th Dec) and she will be 18, so I am very excited.

183. Speaking of the holidays, Christmas! I'm not a Christian, but I have always loved Christmas ever since I was a young girl, decorating my tree and leaving out milk and cookies for Santa! Now, for me, Christmas is a wonderful way to give presents to my family friends, and all the people who I love around me.

184. This is kinda unrelated, but also very exciting, Vidcon. If you didn't know, Vidcon is a conference type thing where YouTubers can go and meet with fans and other creators! It's a pretty amazing thing, and I am going in 2016 with a few friends + my sister! I'm super duper excited, who wouldn't be, as I've been wanting to go since I first started watching YouTube!

185. Unrelated to the rest of this list, but relating to Vidcon, Disneyland. Vidcon lasts until Saturday, and my friends and I have made plans to go to Disneyland on that Sunday. I'm very excited, as I am a massive fan of Disneyland, and I love meeting all the princesses and fairies and characters!

186. Going back to my holiday theme, Baking. I think baking is super fun and lovely all the time, but during the holiday's, it holds a more special place in my heart. I love making cookies and brownies and all sorts of sweet goods, and giving them to my friends and family.

In the comments below, I'd love for you to tell me one thing that you 
are thankful for this holiday season!
lots of love,

Posted while listening to You Are In Love by Taylor Swift

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Sleeping Playlist | lifestyle

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I hope you're having a wonderful day! Today, I wanted to share my sleeping playlist. I know that some people don't need music or anything to sleep, but I prefer to have some kind of background music while I sleep. I'm trying to wean myself off of it, so I generally only use the music when I'm having a hard time sleeping or need to relax. 

My list is 20 songs long, and they're all songs that I find relaxing/calming, if that makes sense.

There's a lot of Taylor Swift on here, because I associate a lot of older music with gentleness, and being young, because I was about thirteen when Red came out, and even younger when Fearless came out. I put "Ronan" on here, because it is a beautiful song, and I love it, but I always keep it at the bottom of playlist, because it is a very sad story, and if I've been upset earlier in the day, I'll start crying when it plays. 

There's also a fair amount of Ed Sheeran, who generally, makes softer, lighter songs. I also really like "Small Bump" but it's super sad and I sometimes cry when it plays. 

Do you guys have sleeping playlists/need music to listen to? What songs are on it?


Posted while listening to Parody Song from Hum Sath Sath Hain

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Reasons to Live: #166-175 | lifestyle

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I have since switched to blogging on wordpress (, producing about the same lifestyle + diy-esque content that used to be on here! I've left all 'reasons to live' posts, as well as my original first post that began it all. 
-Jan 3. 2016
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Here’s another installation in my Reasons to Live series, aka things that make me really happy! 

166. The way the leaves smell on a summer night. This is my goodbye to summer.

167. Birthday Parties. Mine was on Saturday (the 8th of August) and I had such a wonderful time! I’ll be posting pictures soon!

168. Girls Who Code. This is a repeat reason (I think), but I was part of the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, and I had such an intense, educational, and fun time! I’m thinking of doing a post on my experience… Thoughts?

169. Tech Shop. As a part of Girls Who Code, my class got to take a trip to the Tech Shop in San Jose. It was such a cool experience, and the people there were so kind!

170. Spontaneous Haircuts. I do these. A lot. My hair was pretty damaged, and I had washed it, and then I just took some scissors and cut it off… It’s way shorter than I would prefer, but it’s not bad!

171. Girls Who Code Graduation. Again, talking about my life. My graduation was on Wednesday, and it was so much fun! I was really stressed out about it, but it was so exciting and super cool!

172. Being able to create a web app. Something that I never thought that I would ever say. For our final project, my team and I created a web application! It took a lot of work, but it was so rewarding!

173. Skindex. AKA the web app that we created. Essentially, skindex is an app that allows you to find the best foundations, moisturizers, toners, etc., based on your skin type.

174. Coding. It’s so cool and fun, because whenever you succeed and the program that you’re writing works, you get this immense sense of joy! Also, it’s really interesting.

175. Penguin. This is a mention to this thing we did at my GWC class. Every day, we nominated someone who we thought had done something cool, or taken initiative, the day before, and for the rest of the day, the nominated person carried the penguin around. It was such a great way to recognize and acknowledge the wonderful things about each person.

That’s all for now. I want each and every person who’s reading this to know that they are beautiful, and wonderful, and deserve all the happiness that the world can offer them. If you ever have suicidal thoughts, do not hesitate to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Someone will be available to talk 24/7.

I love you all so much.
Until next time,

Posted while listening to What I’m Thinking About by The Swon Brothers

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Reasons To Live: #152-165 | lifestyle

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I have since switched to blogging on wordpress (, producing about the same lifestyle + diy-esque content that used to be on here! I've left all 'reasons to live' posts, as well as my original first post that began it all. 
-Jan 3. 2016

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I hope that you're having such a wonderful day! Today I will be sharing things that make me very happy and smile and laugh and feel good! 

152. Junior Prom. I really wasn't sure if was going to go or not, and I did, and it was wonderful and I loved it so, so, so much! I would really recommend going, because I had such a fun time with my friends and made beautiful memories.

153. Tapestries. This is something that we did in my Contemporary Lit. class, where we reflected on our lives, and presented them to our class. I learned so much about my class mates, and it was a beautiful, bonding experience.

154. Apricots. I'm including this, because right now, apricots are in season, and my sister is OBSESSED with them, and they make her smile a lot.

155. Watermelon. My favorite FRUIT!

156. Graduation. Most people (in the class of 2016) have graduated, and if not they're graduating soon! I think it's so amazing and wonderful to see where people are going, and how their lives are changing.

157. Cupcakes. They're wonderful.

158. Cookies. Specifically, the homemade ones that are pretty much fresh out of the oven. (I might be hinting at an upcoming blog post)

159. When your hands and toes are painted. I feel like when this happens, I have got my life together. Also, it's just fun.

160. Matt Nathanson. I had the pleasure of hearing him live a few days ago, and it was truly a top ten moment. He's incredible at interacting with a crowd, and he's so cheerful and happy. Also, his voice is AMAZING.

161. Christina Perri. I listened to her at the same concert as the one I saw Matt Nathanson, and again, I cannot say enough nice things about her. She's so cute, and energetic, and it's so clearly visible, when you watch her perform that she's in love with what she does. I think that kind of passion is beautiful, and I think she's so amazing.

162. Beautifully colored scrapbooking paper. I recently bought a GIANT pack of scrapbooking paper, and the sheets are so beautiful and colorful with all sorts of prints, and that makes me happy.

163. People who compliment other people, just cause. This is me thanking the cute little old lady at work last week who called me pretty and then said "I must get that a lot" because it MADE MY DAY. (ps. no I don't get that a lot)

164. Lasting friendships. My dad's friend (they went to high school together) came and visited the US, from India with his family. Both families had dinner together, and I found it really cool that they went to high school together!

165. Big dreams. Relating to the above reason- They both came from really small towns and had this dream to come to the states. To me, it's really cool to think of how far they've come.

That's all for now. I want each and everyone of you to know that you're a wonderful and beautifully made person, and that I hope life brings some magic your way. If you're ever having some scary thoughts and want someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Someone will be available to talk 24/7. 💕💜💙


Posted while listening to Safe by Miranda Lambert

Monday, March 30, 2015

Reasons To Live: #141-151 | lifestyle

hello friends! I have since switched to blogging on wordpress (, producing about the same lifestyle + diy-esque content that used to be on here! I've left all 'reasons to live' posts, as well as my original first post that began it all. 
-Jan 3. 2016

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I hope that you’re all having a wonderful day/night/afternoon/whatever time it is right now. I’m so excited to share this post with you, because I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve posted a ReasonsToLive!

141. Love with Food: This is probably one of my most favoritest snack boxes ever.

142. Elephants: Let’s just take a second to appreciate them. Because they’re adorable and cute and fabulous and just amazing creatures.
143. Smelling like Sugar; NO JOKE. Someone a few days ago told me that I smelled like sugar and I don’t know, that’s just such a huge compliment to me.

144. Pretty, pretty Shoes: aka my junior prom shoes! I am so, so in love with these. THey’re beautiful and sparkly and stunning and so HIGH.

145. Spring: SPRING! SPRING! SPRING! The weather is pretty and sunny and beautiful and I am in love.I think this is possibly my most favorite season ever and I am so, so, excited.

146. Graze: I really liked the little snack boxes, because they’re so varied! Again the haul on this will be up soon!

147. Compliments: People who give compliments, people who get compliments, just compliments and nice things.

148. Braids: Recently, I’ve just really loved wearing my hair in two braids. I don’t know why. I don’t typically “do” my hair at the morning like that, but just during class when I’m bored.

149. Christmas videos: I love, love, love, them. My most favorite one is Louise and Zoe’s gift giving videos. ALL OF THEM. They’re so kind and sweet and loving and ADORABLE.

150. Junior Prom: I think this was on my last list too, but I prom was on Friday and it was wonderful! The music wasn’t the best but I had such an amazing time.

151. Beautiful Friends: Talking about Natalie and Anchita! If they let me, I’ll post a few pictures from prom below because they both looked absolutely stunning!

Thank you for reading this post! Please, please remember that you are important and kind and wonderful you absolutely deserve life. If you are ever feeling upset/suicidal/need someone to talk to, do not hesitate to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Someone will be available to talk 24/7.

i love you all loads.


Posted while listening to Just One Yesterday by Fall Out Boy ft. Foxes

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Reasons to Live: #126-140 | lifestyle

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I have since switched to blogging on wordpress (, producing about the same lifestyle + diy-esque content that used to be on here! I've left all 'reasons to live' posts, as well as my original first post that began it all. 
-Jan 3. 2016
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I hope that you're all doing wonderful! I haven't done one of these in a while, and so, I figured, it was due time to put another list up! Basically, a list of things that make me happy!

126. Winter Break. AKA ski break. AKA a perfect time to relax and it's wonderful and amazing.

127. It's almost SPRING. I think possibly my most favorite season ever and I'm so excited and delighted and I just want it to happen.

128. Waterfalls. They're pretty cool and they make me smile.

129. GOL GAPPU'S BDAY. I don't want to put her real name, for privacy reasons (she's super worried about that stuff), but she's a family friend and I'm so happy and she's finally 14!

130. Instagram. I love it. I just made one! link here. And it just makes me happy and I really like it.

131. Aishwarya Rai Bachan. I absolutely adore her.

132. Rings. My favorite accessory ever. I always forget that I have some, because i keep them in an old glasses case, but I really like them.

133. ULTA. The closest one to me used to be pretty far away, but one that's really close to me just opened and I am so happy. Ulta's basically like heaven for makeup. A haul will be up soon!

134. Nature Box. I ordered their trail package thing, and it came a while ago, and THANK GOSH, because I was having quite possibly the worst day ever. I'm really happy and I enjoyed it a bit! I will be putting up a mini review type post on that soon!

135. Homemade/DIY Colored Candles. I'm basically promo-ing myself, but I am truly in love with these and I can't get enough of them! If you want to see what I'm talking about, the link is here.

136. Travel sized makeup. It’s just so cute and wonderful and you can take it everywhere.

137. Vanilla Bean Noel. It’s a bath and by works christmas scent. I use it all the time. I am obsessed.

138. Birthday Presents! My friend, Natalie’s birthday was ages ago! In December, to be more precise. Her presents have been sitting in my room for about 4 months, and I finally got around to giving them!

139. Accomplishing a big clean or house project. As in like, when there’s something you’ve been meaning to clean or fix or tidy or whatever, and you keep forgetting to, and then when you do it’s amazing!

140. Junior Prom. I’m going! Not with a date or anything, but just with my friends! I’m really excited! Be expecting loads of prom related posts!
I hope that each and everyone one of you reading this know that you are worthy and capable of living on this planet. You all deserve to be here. You are beautifully and wonderfully made. If you’re having suicidal or self harming thoughts, please don’t be afraid to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Someone will be available to talk 24/7.

much love,

Posted while listening to The Boys of Fall by Kenny Chesney

Friday, January 30, 2015

Reasons to Live: #111-125 | lifestyle

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I have since switched to blogging on wordpress (, producing about the same lifestyle + diy-esque content that used to be on here! I've left all 'reasons to live' posts, as well as my original first post that began it all. -Jan 3. 2016
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I haven’t done one of these in ages (it’s been more than a month) and I’m so sorry about that!! However, I’m so excited to have one for the new year!

111. Being made a full time cashier. I don’t want to say where b/c that’s a bit of personal detail, but I’ll explain this one. Basically, I was hired as a seasonal cashier PT, which means that after 4-5 months, all of the managers would decide whether or not to keep me on. And the decided I was worth it!! I dunno, it makes me really happy!

112. Final grades for the semester. I know that this might not be a positive for a lot of people, but this year I worked so hard and I got my GPA + my grades up! I’ve mentioned this briefly, but last year (in specific first semester) my grades dropped a TON and I was really worried about the future. So I worked super hard this year, and I am so proud of where I’ve gotten.

113. The Sun is coming out! I live in NorCal, so it’s never super cold here or anything, but as I type this. it’s getting exceptionally sunny on my arms.

114. After Christmas shopping/sales. Basically amazing deals on everything. I did a ton of shopping, and I made a blog post on it which will be linked here.

115. Summer Programs. This is another super nerve wracking one, but I'm applying/looking at loads of different summer programs to figure out exactly what I want do with my life. If you're still in high school, I strongly urge you all to find some in your area of interest.

116. Girls Who Code. It’s a summer program. I really want to do it! Basically, they don’t require any previous knowledge on coding or computer science (thank god!) and basically just want to show teenage girls that coding/computer science is an available career. They’re pretty cool, I think. The link to their site will be here.

117. Teachers who are kind enough to offer second chances. My contemporary teacher (I think I’ve raved about her before) is so kind and is allowing us to make up any work before grades are due. I dunno, I think it’s really nice of her to do that!

118. Teachers who are kind enough to write recc. letters. Or fill out long forms. Seriously, they’re the best. My physics teacher said that he would be “more than happy to” fill out some forms for me which I found very kind and sweet.

119. New Shoes! I got new shoes! During after Christmas/New Year Shopping! I’ve needed new shoes for such a long time, and I’m so so so happy that I got these ones! They’re a bit different looking so I’ll have to play around with some outfits with this one.

120. New Binder Dividers. My last ones were getting so annoying, and I really didn’t want to go out and buy new ones, so I did a simple little DIY, and now they look so amazing! The DIY is already up. The link is here.

121. New Phone Cover. I used to have an OtterBox because I’m clumsy and I feel like they’re really safe. But I lost the outer shell thing, and then the case was kind of falling apart so I figured it was time to buy a new one. The picture to it is below, and I love it so much!

122. Changing up desk decor. Is that a thing that other people do? Or is it just me? Again, super simple DIYs that make me so much happier. I will be posting a mini blog post debuting it once I had some finishing touches.

123. Twinkly Lights. I keep them up way longer than is socially acceptable. They make me really happy and it just makes the room look really cheerful and happy. Plus, they work as a super amazing nightlight,

124. Randomly deciding to chop of bits and bobs of your hair. Let me explain. On the first of January, my sister and I were making fun of people who are like “new year, new me”-which we do every year. But then, we were like, hmmm maybe we should cut our hair.

125. Skying with Grandma’s. So a few days ago, I wrote my grandma a letter (not a big deal, I love writing to her) and I was talking about how I wish I could see her (because she lives in India). And then we skyped with her, and my aunt and uncle, and my cousins. It was so much fun and loving and it made realize how much I love her and miss her. Warm Fuzzies all around.

There is a purpose for you to exist and there is a reason that you are on this world. You are loved and you are important and worthy. Please, please, please never forget that. If you are contemplating suicide and/or need someone to talk to, don't hesitate to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Someone will be available 24/7. I love you.

much love,

Posted while listening to Girl in a Country Song by Maddie and Tae