My Dream Future

Today I’m going to tell you a bit about what I hope for my future. I find that I’m a bit of a scatterbrained person, and posts like these help me sort my thoughts out and give me a bit of direction.

So once I finish high school I would like to go to university without a gap year. I would like to stay in Canada, but not in my province. I would really like to go to Ottawa, but I need to spend some time researching the schools there first. I think I would like to take a journalism program, but I’ve been changing my mind on that yearly for a while now. I think at this point I’ve decided that it will probably be something involving English.

I would like to do my first year living on campus, and spend my second and third year doing online classes and house sitting around the world. I would like to go back to campus for my last year, so I can have a proper graduation.

After that I hope I live in a cozy, but not too small, apartment. I think I would still like to be in Ottawa, but if not I would like to be in Edmonton or Calgary. That way I’m still in a pretty big city like I want to be, but I’m a bit closer to home. I want to have white walls and lots of plants, as well as big windows and good wifi. By that time I hope that I have a blog that is big enough, and brings in enough money, to be a full time job.

I hope I have a close circle of friends that I truly love and trust. I don’t want to spend a lot of time out, but having enough close friends to go out for coffee with someone every few days sounds ideal. My friends will be a lot like me, and understand that I need a lot of time by myself. It would be nice if they were bloggers as well.

I would like to be taking steps towards becoming an art director, and maybe getting smaller jobs to build my portfolio. I would like to eventually work my way to being an art director for bands that I like, or some fashion magazines.

I would like to think that I’ll have a good workout routine, and good eating habits. I would go to a yoga class a few times a week, and eat balanced meals with lots of fresh fruits and veggies.

The most important part of this dream future is my mental health. I hope that I’m happy with myself, feeling secure in my relationships, and just happy in general.

Hope you all liked this post. I sure had fun writing it! Tell me a bit about your dream self/future down below. I really want to see what you all want in life, talking about other’s future really interests me!

Until next time.

15 Things To Do In My 15th Year

15 Things To Do In My 15th Year

On November 11th, I started a new year of my life. I’m going to do what I can to make it a year of happiness and improvement. These are 15 things I want to do to make it my best year yet.

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  1. Eat better. Less sugar, more greens.
  2. Work out daily. Get in shape, just in case the zombie apocalypse happens.
  3. Write more. This is my third attempt at a blog. I want to make it work this time.
  4. Be kinder to those around me. Start showing everyone that I appreciate them.
  5. Refine my wardrobe. Create a capsule that works year-round.
  6. Sell some of my books. I have more than I need, and the extra money would be nice.
  7. Learn the flute. I’ve had one for years, but I stopped playing after music class wasn’t offered. Time to get learning again.
  8. Embrace minimalism. Less objects, more happiness.
  9. Redo my room. It’s been the same for years, and it still looks like it could belong to a ten year old. I want a place that I enjoy being in.
  10. Start doing things that will help me with job and university applications. Blogging is step one. I still need to find other things to do.
  11. Save up enough for a ticket to another Twenty One Pilots show. I’ve seen them live once, and I can’t wait to see them again.
  12. Build my blog. Soon I’m going to get my own domain and hosting. I want my blog to be big enough that it can be a side job in university.
  13. Become more artistic. Get better at things like drawing and graphic design.
  14. Find a passion. Lots of people have written about that moment. The moment they find something that sets their soul on fire. I want that moment
  15. Become a better person. Be healthy, happy, kind, and satisfied with myself.

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Crossing my fingers that I’ll actually follow this list. Is there anything else I should do? Tell me in the comments!

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What I Learned From Two Failed Blogs

Before I started The Rose-Tinted Chapter, I had had two blogs which I deleted after a few months of running them. I didn’t put work into those blogs in vain though because I learned some things about myself and about the blogging world through them. I’m going to share some of the things I learned from those blogs.

#1: I’m a bit of an attention whore.

One of the main reasons those blogs flopped was because I had almost no traffic on either one. I felt as though I was writing for no reason since nobody was reading my work. At that point I was writing very impersonal things, so my writing didn’t even benefit myself. This blog already has more traffic than either of those blogs ever had, so I know my words are reaching someone. (Thanks for reading my work. Knowing that someone is reading this makes it all worth it.)

#2: I need competition in order to work well.

This time I started my blog really close to the beginning to NaNoWriMo. When November rolled around I was horrified with myself and thought I would have to give up NaNoWriMo in order to keep blogging. Turns out there’s a thread in the forums for people who do NaNo with blog posts, so I decided to do that. The competition and the threat of losing makes me write a lot more than I would if I hadn’t signed up for NaNo. In fact, I’m currently sitting in a hotel room while my family is at Chuck E Cheese just so I can catch up on my word count. I decided to skip out on skeeball on my birthday for this stupid competition guys. I’m either really dedicated or really scared of failing.

#3: I should have researched before starting those blogs.

I hadn’t even heard the word SEO before starting my first blog. I didn’t understand how categories on WordPress worked, and my writing was really low quality. Now I know how to make my titles SEO optimized, even if I don’t always do it, and I know how categories work. My writing isn’t top notch, but I’m putting in a lot more effort. In the beginning, I just didn’t know how blogs worked, and now I’m at least making an effort to learn.

#4: I need to write about things that interest me while sticking to a common theme.

My very first blog was really all over the place. My second blog was a little more together, but I wasn’t writing about what I wanted to write. Now my blog is still a bit scattered, but I’m writing about what I want to write about. My first blog had no direction, and therefore nobody wanted to read it because it was everywhere. I didn’t even want to look at my second blog because I was forcing myself into a box that I didn’t really want to be in. I’m much more happy with this blog than the other two.

#4: I need to set solid goals.

When I started my first blog I called it a hobby blog in my head, but in the back of my mind, I had dreams of living the “blogger lifestyle” and blogging full-time. For my second blog, I started it knowing that I wanted it to become my job in the future, but I wasn’t happy with it, and I wasn’t putting much effort into it. This blog I started with a goal of turning it into a job by the time I’m in university, and I’m putting a lot more effort into it. I know that blogging full time is a really hard goal to reach, especially for someone who’s never had much luck with social media, but I need to set my goals high in order to keep trying to reach them. I’m not treating this blog like just but a hobby and then expecting results, I’m expecting the results I work for.

#5: Telling friends and family about your blog isn’t always a good idea.

When I started my first blog I had to ask my mom if I could, and she said I could as long as she monitored it. This sounds really reasonable, but that made it very hard for me to write about what I wanted to write about. I think three of my friends followed my second blog, and that was way worse than just my mom. I knew that I was being monitored, and I haven’t had a close relationship with a friend since seventh grade, so I couldn’t write properly. I was writing what I knew they expected me to write instead of what I wanted to write. Nobody I know in person follows this blog, so I’m free to discuss things like my thoughts and emotions without feeling like I’m being judged constantly. I know that you guys won’t judge me (at least outwardly) because you all want to be here. I have the freedom to write my darkest secrets and I don’t shy away from posting them. Of course, I hesitate since it’s a bit intimidating to share some things with anyone, but I feel safe sharing my heart with you.

I could go on and on about this, but I think five is a good number to leave it on. Thank you guys for reading this far, you’re the reason I keep writing. Have any of you learned any lessons from blogging that you want to share? Do you want to spill your deepest darkest secrets? Did you eat a really good taco that you must tell someone about? Comment it up.

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