Things to do Procrastinating Summer Reading

  1. Start a Workout Regimen
  2. Take out your old barbie dolls and experiment with them (make films, dye their hair,)
  3. Write A book. Just try it. I don’t care if you say you aren’t a writer.
  4. Learn a language on Duolingo
  5. Learn how to become really good at makeup before school starts
  6. Go on an adventure around town. Bring a friend and $30 and preferably a couple bikes and see what happens.
  7. Be a plant nanny. Get a cute lil plant and water it.
  8. Volunteer
  9. Make lots of money doing chores and don’t spend it right away
  10. Start journaling
  11. Learn how to draw pics of yourself
  12. Read another book which is long, heavy and actually much more boring than your actual summer reading

That’s it folks! What is your summer reading? Comment below. ⬇️

I’m Back Here I Think.

I’m sitting on my Grandma’s bed writing. It is 8:00 in the morning and I’m hot and sleepy. Where I am is very hot and I’m already almost through a whole cup of water. To be honest, I don’t really know why I am writing right now. As I’m sure you know, I haven’t written on here on a very long time. Maybe it was the final rush for school, maybe it was the unavailability of WiFi or perhaps simply the laziness of my fingers, which seem to prefer a small iPhone screen nowadays.

After a very long unannounced series of months without writing I honestly do not know if I will be writing more frequently. I certainly miss the community, that is for certain. I miss coming on here every morning and writing one of the 35 drafts or I don’t even know how many published posts. It’s for certain that I’ve been evolving. The posts may be different when I do post. I find tips and self-care interesting. I’d also love to interact with all of you in the comments.

So, since WordPress Polls seem to be a thing of the past, (unless somebody knows how to get them)

I will be asking you what you will want in the future.

A) Self Care / Tips

B) Personal Writing

C) Lists (e.g. Things I love about/ things to do)

D) Literally everything that comes to mind.

Comment below which of the above I should post more often — hopefully I’ll be up here soon.

Welcome to Spring

It’s spring time and it is raining from the roof onto my computer as I type. Yay! I thought I would post a little about this new season because before summer it is one of my favorites.

  • NO MORE WINTER I hate to be a grinch but winter is my least favorite month, (Christmas is awesome though). Everything is cold and cloudy rain is welcoming because it is warm. Winter is like a dark cold hole that you’re never able to come out of.
  • Flowers That speaks for itself. Who doesn’t like flowers
  • Smells Whether it is fresh rain on pavement or fragrant blossoms, or even freshly mowed grass, IT SMELLS SO GOOD
  • Spring Cleaning Having the motivation is so nice and refreshing
  • Looking forward to summer Because HELL YES you know it’s coming
  • Everything just feels good. 

But daylight savings is a different story. I am an early bird. Like a WAY early bird. I like to wake up at 5:50 AM and that was much nicer when I could SEE! But now nights just go late and mornings are dark. 😦

It’s raining hard by the way. Last night I had to put my music way up to hear it over the rain.

Love you guys! Leave a comment below if you have anything to say about spring. I’d love to hear from you.

Museum Curiosity and Half-filled Notebooks

It’s a quarter to seven in the morning, and my alarm went off at six. I’m writing because I was reading a post and thinking about the past few months. In the past few months I’ve moved and ended up coming to terms with politics in America and for the first time in my life actually tried to avoid them. I don’t know why, but they are just so consuming and terrifying that I have to hide. I know that later on I will come out of my hole because at some point I have to, otherwise, why am I a citizen? Aside from all that, I am also recovering from being sick, as you read in my last post.

Being sick took up half of my week-long break but I’m well again. I went out to the city with my dad and my friends a few days ago, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and spent yesterday wandering almost aimlessly around the fields where I live, reading and brewing myself nettle leaf tea. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about all of the journals that I have accumulated over my life. I got my first one the day I turned eight. For the six years since, I  have drawers and drawers of half-empty notebooks and journals all for slightly different purposes, but the overall purpose would be to fill them up with writing so that I could look back on the writing later, because I love to record and document, and make beauty out of my documentations by exploring the craft of writing.

One of the activities that my friends, S and Eleanor engaged in was taking a trip to the art museum. Eleanor did not enjoy this activity much at all. She is a more science-oriented person than an art-oriented person. What I really enjoyed, (and I believe S did too) was seeing let the art sort of soak in and tell something. Wondering in the craft of an artist from a long time ago, and letting their story reach out to my own world, no matter how old the art was, is essential to an artist of any kind. I hoped it helped Eleanor, because she writes. Creates. We film things together. But the way that the silent observation of art curates your soul a step further into a wiser creative state was really what I enjoyed. That doesn’t necessarily mean an art museum either. It could be a history museum, a science museum.

I believe it was two years ago, me, Eleanor and Eleanor’s family went to a history museum. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I can’t really tell you why. Seeing the artifacts that had been touched by people of long ago, not only toughed but artifacts that had been integrated into their lives, was now on display for me. I soaked it in and took pictures and notes (hence my hunger to document) and it was blissful.

Feel free to share your experiences down below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

Sick again but still alive

Right now I’m lying in bed sipping tea on a Thursday morning and not being at school. I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing because if I miss school my grades will drop but lying in a tangle of silky sheets pillows and my giant down comforter with sunny air coming through my open door is quite relaxing.

Throwback to winter break. I had just finished a study-intensive course which I’d come out of with an A+ and was feeling very proud of. I was going to use Christmas break to fly to my Grandma’s house of whom I love spending time with my dad (her ex-son-in-law) was also staying with us because even though he her ex-son-in-law they get along really well and both my dad and I didn’t want her to be lonely over Christmas.

Anyway, I was feeling very excited for my hard-earned break, so after my plane landed, I met my dad at the terminal (he’d just come back from Costa Rica an hour earlier and my Grandma drove us to her house in her Subaru.

The first night, Grandma and I listened to Christmas music while we broke out 100-year-old family heirloom Christmas ornaments some made from recycled materials during the Great Depression when her family had nothing, some even from her Grandmother. Then we sat on the couch with the dogs and watched cheesy Hallmark Channel Christmas movies while my dad rested. 

So, as you can tell, my vacation got off to a lovely start, in fact my dad and I spent the next day driving around in a convertible Mercedes which he was borrowing from my cousin. 

That night, I had a fever. I was very sick and everyday it got worse. That same night, my dad had a painful ear infection from Costa Rican ocean parasites. I spent all of Christmas break including Christmas day sleeping. Grandma spent all of Christmas taking care of my dad and I. 

By the time I had recovered, school had started again. 

The point is, I’m done being sick. If you don’t want to be sick, don’t go to school or fly on a plane. 

Anyway, what was two nighhts ago uncontrollable shiver attacks from a fever which froze my speech and ability to do almost anything is now a stuffy nose. Hopefully I’ll be better by the weekend.

Miss this

Hey guys!

I just want to say I have not written here in so long. I really miss all of you guys and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to post more regularly especially in the summer. School work is really plaguing my time at the moment, but reconnecting with you guys would be great. This year, one of my goals for this blog is to sort of veer it in the direction of lifestyle. Since I’ve been moving, and working on trying to establish a regular routine, this subject has been important to me. Let me know in the comments what you want to be seeing in Raven Wings in 2017.

Ariana

2016 Reflection

Wow. What a wild ride! After a quite normal year, 2015 which was nice and happy and normal (of course following 2014 which no one really enjoyed), 2016 was going to be the year that things changed. And things did change.

The beginning started off slowly. In the first week, David Bowie died. The next major event was when Prince died, and then things started to get bad. 49 people were shot dead in an Orlando nightclub, a British MP was killed for her politics. A singer was killed in Orlando. Unarmed black men were being shot by police simply because of how they looked. And then Brexit happened, and then Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated to a major party and then as fast as that happened, Donald Trump got elected in November.

(We can’t forget that this year both Rihanna and Beyoncé dropped albums and it helped compensate for some of the turmoil but still…)

Personally, I’m in the middle of moving, and I just started high school, and school, really because I’ve never been to school. Also, my mom remarried this year. So personally 2016 was also a huge year.

But here’s the deal. Seeing a lot of change in 2016, (politically none of it good in my opinion) it’s a warning and a signal that a new era is beginning. 2017 probably won’t be quite so crazy. Because this year, we’ll be settling into the new world that 2016 created for us. Saying hello to this new world may be difficult for a lot of us, but we are just going to have to find out what happens.

 

Winter Break

Hey, it’s Ariana, I want to wish you all a happy New Year.

My 2017 didn’t start of perfectly I’ll say because while on vacation I became sick with I have no idea. I still have it. I hope I’ll recover before school starts because I want to enjoy at least some of my break.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my country. I’ve been avoiding the news a lot but also thinking about how I wish I was in another country where things aren’t descending into quite so much muck. I feel embarrassed to live in a country which is being defaced. (I live in the United States by the way). My dad went abroad and he said he only thought about these country’s problems about ten times during the entire three weeks, and I was really impressed.

I’ve also been thinking about and trying to do more writing this year. Words are a real powerful weapon and a means of escape, even if it doesn’t even mean leaving your own bedroom. I’ve found it hard these days however because I am so sick, I can’t stay awake for anything. I have been looking outside at the nature around me however and feeling inspired from that. What the world around you is much more inspiring than some types of media. The way people walk and talk. Another thing I need to do this year, (this reminds me) is use up all of those writing composition books I’ve been using for years. I have about ten pages left of this old pink one and I’m sorry to be finishing it, but I’ll feel great that so many pages of handwriting and all will be sealed — completed.

 

How to Create Your Go-to Badass Makeup Look

These can be hard times. Usually during bad times I come out looking like a mess. Self-confidence is key to riding easily through.

You are going to want to start by reminding yourself NOT TO WEAR TOO MUCH. This is a super minimalist look, you don’t want to cover-up insecurities with this look. While doing your makeup, you want to have in mind the image of what the powerful half of you looks like.

Step 1.

Put on your favorite music

Step 2.

Use primer. This will keep your makeup on strong all day.

Step 3.

Go light on foundation if you decide to use it. Foundation will minimize the “you” in the look.

Step 4.

Put on a small bit of bronzer where you find it necessary for glow.

Step 5.

Apply a nude eyeshadow. Blend in order to create a very subtle smoky cat-eye.

Step 6.

Use dark brown eyeliner on your waterline. You may bring it up to the corner of the eye, and line that as well, but only a slightly.

Step 7. 

Create subtle wings with liquid liner to elevate your eyes, right before it slopes down to the corner. This will make you look awake and ready.

Step 8.

Apply mascara heavily to at the end of the eye, but keep it lighter as it slopes near your nose.

Step 9.

Use a subtle lip.