the liebster award

Hello friends! This is a response post for being nominated for a Liebster Award by Jo Smith (by the way, thank you so much!). The Liebster Award is for bloggers who have under 200 followers and is given as a way to acknowledge and encourage new bloggers. Being nominated means a lot, so thank you to everyone for reading and thank you Jo for nominating me!

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to his/her blog
  • Answer 11 questions from that blogger
  • Give 11 facts about yourself
  • Nominate other bloggers! (Max 11)
  • Ask 11 questions for them
  • Ask them to give 11 facts about themselves

Here are Jo’s questions:

  1. Would you change your name? If so, what would it be and why?
    1. – I would make Marie my middle name because its a family name. It is my mom’s middle name as well as my grandmother’s, great-grandmother’s, etc. on up the family tree.
  2. Do you believe in luck? If so, why?
    1. -I believe in fate which I guess can be interpreted as the same thing. I believe that whatever is meant to happen, will happen. Sometimes these things may be a surprise and seem lucky, but I think everything is part of a bigger plan.
  3. Where would you prefer to live besides where you live now?
    1. I’m actually in the middle of making this decision for my 20’s. I’ve been brainstorming about where I may want to move after I graduate college and I think I may want to live somewhere like Savannah, GA. It’s beautiful and artsy and in the south, so it doesn’t get too cold.
  4. What book or magazine are you reading currently?
    1. I’m reading Beautiful & Damned by Robert M. Drake. It’s a book of different stories. I bought his poetry book, A Brilliant Madness, (which I highly recommend just FYI) a couple months ago and I love his writing style and how open he is with his emotions. I buy every book he writes now. This is the link to his Barnes & Noble page where all of his books are listed if you are interested: Robert M. Drake
  5. If you had another blog, what would it be about?
    1. I would have a travel blog. I love traveling and having the opportunity to travel and write about it would be amazing. If only I had the money and time.
  6. Would you live in a tiny house? (100-500 sq. feet)
    1. Nope. Can’t. Won’t. I’m incredibly cluttered and I get really claustrophobic. I feel like those two would not go together very well in a tiny house.
  7. Which decade are you most? (20’s, 30’s, 40’s, etc.)
    1. I was slightly confused by the question, but I’m taking it like which decade I like the most. I think I would have loved the roaring 20’s. The flapper dresses and all the excitement going on would have been fun. However, I love the swing music from the 30’s and 40’s like the Boswell Sisters and the big bands.
  8. What is your zodiac sign?
    1. I’m a Virgo! My birthday is August 25th.
  9. Which time of day do you prefer most?
    1. Nap time and sunset.
  10. If you had a chance, would you meet up with your readers (for your blog) for coffee?
    1. Of course! I would love to meet all the people I have had the privilege of interacting with through my blog.
  11. If you could go back in time, which period would you go back in and why?
    1. For those who have read my blog before this won’t be a surprise, but I would go to Ancient Egypt. Seeing all the architecture back then instead of the ruins now would be AWESOME.

11 Facts About Yours Truly:

  1. I love to run, but that is as far as my athleticism goes.
  2. Pineapple is my favorite fruit.
  3. I could eat pasta every meal of the day.
  4. I was Drum Major for my band in high school.
  5. I am an only child.
  6. I’ve moved 11 times in my life.
  7. In the summer of my sophomore year in high school I went to an Indian wedding in London and it was the coolest thing ever.
  8. I have an extra bone in both of my feet.
  9. I love spicy food.
  10. Peacocks are my favorite animal.
  11. I took piano for years and then I forgot my song midway through my concert and quit because I was so embarrassed. I was maybe 7 or 8 years old, so don’t judge.

My nominees:

One Millennial Girl – I love how you tie in your sense of humor into your posts! You have a very encouraging blog.

Karina Pinella– I especially love your poetry. You’re very creative and your writing is unique.

Life of a Writer – I love how you aren’t afraid to speak out about your beliefs. I also love how you write about what you’ve been through in order to connect to others.

My questions to you:

  1. What is your favorite animal? Why do you like this animal so much?
  2. What was your favorite childhood TV show?
  3. What is your favorite TV show now?
  4. What is one thing you want to accomplish in your lifetime?
  5. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  6. What is your favorite song as of this moment? (Mine changes pretty much everyday so I understand the difficulty of picking one)
  7. What made you create a blog?
  8. What word would you use to describe yourself?
  9. Name a person who has significantly impacted your life. How have they impacted you?
  10. What is your favorite sport?
  11. If you could trade places with any celebrity for the day, who would you choose?

Comment a link to your answers below and don’t forget to nominate your own people and say 11 facts about yourself!

I love you all. Be adventurous. Chérir la vie.

Ellie X.

 

 

range of beliefs

Today I made the drive back home after finishing my freshman year of college! Pray that my GPA was high enough to keep my scholarship. College was amazing and I miss it, but I’m happy to be home. I always visit my best friend from high school, Eliza, when I come home and her college best friend, Kelsey. Today we did the normal catch up on drama in our lives, visit taco bell, and talk about boys, but after we caught up our conversation found its way to religion. Eliza and I went to the same private Christian high school. Now, Eliza and Kelsey attend a Christian college and I’m at a public college, so we’ve all been involved in religion courses. We started off just talking about how professors we took all taught from different perspectives. For example, we discussed Martin Luther and how some professors taught that his nailing of the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg Castle Church was fact and others taught that depending on how you look at the evidence it can be debated whether or not Martin Luther was the one who posted them. It was interesting to me mainly because both professors were people I considered to be highly intelligent, but why did they not agree if they were both “experts” in their field? It got me thinking about religion in a general sense.

I have never met two people who agree on absolutely everything. Ever. I do not think it’s possible to find two people who have the same values, beliefs, morals, political views, etc. There are just too many options for people to decide on. Someone once described modern religion to me to be similar to a buffet line. Imagine the buffet line is all different religions: Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic, Mormon, Protestant, Sunni, Shiite, and all the ones you can think of. Then as you go down the buffet line, you pick out each thing you like about the different religions. If you like to have your sins forgiven through confession, then you choose that from Catholicism. If you believe in karma and meditation to channel the God within then you choose to have that from Hinduism. You continue down the table until you reach the end and you have your plate which is now your own personalized religion. Society has caused this mindset of “I do what is best for me and what works for me” and I’m not saying that is right or wrong. That isn’t the point of this post. I just think it’s interesting compared to religion over the past several centuries.

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I’ll start with the Egyptians (because for those of you who don’t know I have a slight obsession with Egypt and I have a lot of useless knowledge about it). The Egyptians were polytheistic, meaning they believed in more than one God. They actually believed in MANY gods and they were constantly changing depending on who was Pharaoh. The gods only communicated to the Egyptian people through the Pharaoh, which basically gave him all the power because who would know if he/she was lying? The regular townspeople of Egypt were not even allowed inside of the temples because they were the “dwelling places” of the gods. Egyptian history had different phases: The Dynastic Period, and Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms. Before the Old Kingdom in the Dynastic Period, the gods were very often portrayed in animal form along with human form. In the Old and Middle Kingdoms the focus shifted from animal and human forms of the gods to the sun god Ra. Ra had temples built to him along with a small pyramid. While the other were still an important part of religion, it was the first time that a non-animal or human was the focus. Then in the New Kingdom, the Pharaoh Akhenaten decided to do away with polytheism and make Egypt a monotheistic society. However, this decision was not so popular and after Akhenaten’s death polytheism was immediately brought back. Tradition dies hard. I find it interesting because Egypt prospered for about 3000 years and their religion changed and shaped itself throughout that time and has now (to my knowledge) died out. So, what about all those people throughout the 3000 year period who devoted their lives to worshipping these gods that don’t exist in the modern world? Were their efforts in vain?

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Another, more current, example is the Zoroastrians. Zoroastrianism is the pre-Islamic religion of Persia that has been around for 3500 years and is still being practiced today. I do not know as much about this religion as I do about the Egyptians, but I do know that they are having a problem because they are dying out. Traditionally, Zoroastrians only marry other Zoroastrians and they do not consider converts appropriate for marriage. From the information I could find there are only about 190,000 left around the globe. Considering there’s 7.125 billion people in the world (give or take a few) and we are constantly growing, 190,000 is not a lot. They have had to make to make changes to their strict rules in order for their religion to survive. The more traditional Zoroastrians are upset by the change in this ancient religion, similar to the anger felt by the Egyptians in the change from polytheism to monotheism. My question is will this religion die out like Egypt’s?

What happens to the people who dedicate their lives to worshipping gods, but then their religion dies out. Civilizations like the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians whose gods are no longer worshipped and only mentioned in history lectures. Was it all for nothing?

I’m not necessarily looking for answers. This was mostly just food for thought to get the gears spinning in your head. I’m not trying to offend anyone or make light of anyone’s beliefs. I highly respect what people choose to consider the truth and I have my own things that I believe. I just wanted to write about how religions have changed and morphed in different societies over the centuries.

I love you all. Be adventurous. Chérir la vie.

Ellie X.

P.S. If you’re interested in what I talked about, here’s places where I’ve learned information from.

http://www.aldokkan.com/religion/religion.htm

http://www.religionfacts.com/zoroastrianism

I also have several Egyptology textbooks that I’ve bought off of Amazon.

Zoroastrianism picture: https://thenoblequranofallah.wordpress.com

Egyptian picture: http://cultureblogmrbz.weebly.com/

 

 

i’m a dog person

I have been procrastinating doing my English paper for about 2 hours now because I watched a puppy video on Facebook and then it was all downhill from there…so, I decided to do something productive with all the puppy videos so here are some cute and adorable faces to cheer up your day 🙂

 

This one is just absolute hilarious. Just like every other Buzzfeed video ever.

 

 

And while dogs are my favorite, here is a hysterical cat video for you cat lovers 🙂

And here are some puppy pictures for you too.

 

I hope you all have a great week filled with smiles! Happy late (almost not even anymore) Monday!

dalmatian puppy

I love you all. Be adventurous. Chérir la vie.

Ellie X.

is this real?

Everyone said that when I got to college I was going to learn and experience new things, but I guess I assumed that I would of at least heard of the new stuff! Something I had never even heard of was Shuffle Dancing!

This is SO COOL!! I thought I knew about dancing because of my cousin. My cousin is one of the most dedicated to dance people I know. She has dance classes every. single. day. Just off the top of my head I know she’s taken acro, tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, and she’s on dance team at school. So, I grew up going to all the competitions and watching the dance videos online and I thought I had seen at least all the styles of dance…NOPE! Shuffling is flipping cool guys. Not like the Cupid Shuffle, like moonwalk mixed with spinning and jumping and awesomeness. I discovered this at the Life In Color Music Festival in Miami this month and I am bound and determined to learn to do it. People were just dancing around and it was awesome. Here’s some Instagrammers and Youtubers I’ve started following since making this discovery:

  • @ecruz_n
  • @shufflestyles
  • @gabbyjdavid
  • Elena Cruz Nichipor

^This girl was at the same music festival as me, which is how I discovered this!

Here’s a tutorial I found if you’re interested!

 

How freaking cool is that?! It may not be everyone’s style, but it’s perfect for when your in room and just need to bust out dancing (unless you’re in my dorm room and don’t even have enough space to breath properly).

I just wanted to share my discovery with you guys! Thanks for reading!

I love you all. Be adventurous. Chérir la vie.

Ellie X.

10 childhood movies you shouldn’t forget

This day and age is full of the idea that “newer is better.” And sadly, so many great movies are being forgotten about! This is a list of 10 movies that still have my heart, even if they aren’t as popular as they used to be. Keep in mind the list that I originally made had 40-50 movies on it and it physically hurt to cut the list down to 10, so this is in no way all the great movies that deserve to be mentioned. So without further adieu here are 10 childhood movies that shouldn’t be forgotten:

10. The Road to El Dorado (2000)

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I actually did not see this movie until I got to college, but it instantly become one of my favorites! The basic story line is the two guys in the picture (Miguel and Tulio) are thieves who win a map in a gamble. The map is to El Dorado, the city of gold. This takes them on a journey in search of the treasure of their wildest dreams! I can’t say much else without spoiling stuff…I recommend this movie for anytime you want to watch something funny with a sense of adventure.

Rotten Tomato Scores:   Tomato Meter: 48%      Audience Score: 68%

9. The Black Cauldron (1985)

the black cauldron

The Black Cauldron is a little darker than your every day children’s movie, but I love it. It is kinda weird, but I can honestly say I have never seen another movie like it and I think that’s a good thing! Basically, there is a pig that can tell prophecies (yes, i know that’s strange) and this evil guy named The Horned King steals him. Taran, the red head in the middle of the picture, is the pig herder and goes on a hunt to find his pig before The Horned King can raise his undead army. This movie has definitely been forgotten about, but I still watch it!

Rotten Tomato Scores: Tomato Meter: 55%     Audience Score: 48%

8. The Iron Giant (1999)

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The Iron Giant is one of those wholesome movies about finding friendship in the most unlikely places. It has a similar plot to the movies like E.T. or Earth to Echo. An alien crash lands on earth and a young kid befriends it and becomes its protector and helps it figure out a way home. Meanwhile, they’re trying to stay hidden from the government officials who just never seem to understand that aliens are the good guys.

Rotten Tomato Scores: Tomato Meter: 96%     Audience Score: 89%

7. The Goonies (1985)

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I mean, what can I say about this movie…I think it’s my favorite on the list. The Goonies is a classic! This movie has every great aspect of a movie that you can think of! Bravery, adventure, friendship, sacrifice…ugh I could go on about this movie. So, this movie is about a group of kids who all live in a neighborhood that is being torn down. While exploring the attic of one of their houses they encounter a map leading to a pirate’s treasure. They set off in search of the treasure to acquire the money they need to save their homes. I recommend this movie to everyone! WARNING: This movie curses a lot so if that kind of thing offends you, be warned.

Rotten Tomato Scores: Tomato Meter: 69%     Audience Score 91%

6. Annie (1982)

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Not the remake made in 1999, or the remake made in 2014, but the remake of Annie made in 1982 (there is also one from 1932, a musical, and a radio program, but we aren’t focusing on those haha). For those of you who didn’t know, this movie is based off of the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” that started in 1924 and ended in 2010. This is the story of an adorable, mischievous orphan who never doubts that something amazing is coming around the corner. When a wealthy man takes her under her wing, she may have just found the family she always dreamed of. *Random fun fact: When Annie first came out as a Broadway play, it was the most expensive play of its time*

Rotten Tomato Scores: Tomato Meter: 50%     Audience Score: 69%

5. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

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For all of you Sherlock fans out there, this is the childhood movie you should never forget! The Great Mouse detective follows a mouse named Olivia (the tiny mouse in the middle) whose dad was kidnapped by an evil rat, Ratigan (clever name, I know 😉). Olivia implored the help of detective Basil of Baker Street, who takes the characteristics of Sherlock Holmes, to help her find her father. Anyone who enjoys a good mystery should never forget this movie!

Rotten Tomato Score: Tomato Meter: 81%     Audience Score: 79%

4. All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

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This is one of those movies that seriously confused the crap out of me as a child, but for some reason I still loved it! The story follows the dog in middle, Charlie, who owns a casino, but is killed by a gambler named Carface. However, Charlie has this magic watch and comes back to life to have his revenge. He uses the little girl in the picture, Anne-Marie, to get to Carface. But, like everyone knows the powers of friendship are a powerful things and Charlie begins to care for Anne-Marie. Will he choose to act out his revenge? Or will he choose to help Anne-Marie, who is also being used by Carface?

Rotten Tomato Scores: Tomato Meter: 50%     Audience Score: 63%

3. Treasure Planet (2002)

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Treasure Planet is about a boy, Jim, who grows up hearing a legend about a planet filled with treasure…haha never would’ve guessed right? Well, the little boy dreaming of the adventure of finding the planet grows up and gets his wish when an alien crash lands at his house with a map to the treasure (that seems to happen a lot in this list). Anyway, Jim leaves on a journey in attempt to discover if the planet is real, but he leaves with a rather suspicious crew aboard the ship in the picture above.

Rotten Tomato Scores: Tomato Meter: 69%     Audience Score: 70%

2. The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

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I have to be honest…I have never actually seen this movie. I KNOW. I know. I shouldn’t be putting this on my list if I haven’t even seen it, but while I was making this all of my friends bragged on how good it was and went on about it deserved to be on here. So here it is! From what I have gathered, this movie is about the five appliances in the picture and they all live in a cabin together. The all start to get lonely because their owner hasn’t been to cabin in a while and they go on a search to find him in the big city. It sound like a really great movie and everyone talks about how cute it is, so I’ll have to watch it.

Rotten Tomato Scores: Tomato Meter: 75%     Audience Score: 81%

1. The Rescuers (1977)

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The movie that I picked to be the top movie that shouldn’t be forgotten is The Rescuers. I didn’t choose it because it’s the most action packed, the one with best sense of adventure, or the best message. I picked this movie because I think it has the best balance of the qualities that are present in all of the movies on this list. This movie is seriously just a great all around movie! It has action. It has treasure. It has a great storyline! This is the story of two brave mice who go to save a little girl who is being held captive by the evil Medusa. Medusa is using Penny (the little girl in the picture) to get into a small cave in the ground that is said to be the holding place of the world’s largest diamond, The Devil’s Eye. The cave is too small for Medusa to fit through, so she kidnapped Penny from the orphanage and is holding her until she retrieves the diamond. This movie is awesome and should never EVER be forgotten. I mean, it’s two mice rescuing a human from another evil human…what’s not to love? This is a happy movie that is good for any night when you want to revisit your childhood.

This list is the perfect movie list for anytime you have insomnia and its its 3 in the morning and you can’t sleep (a.k.a. every single night in college). I was looking at the new Disney movies and all the new stuff was coming out and it spurred a moment of nostalgia. So, here’s to the people who still watch the old stuff along with the new movies!

I love you all. Be adventurous. Chérir la vie.

Ellie X.