still not worth full tagging but

10 facts about me that you may or may not find interesting

I got tagged by my girl @percywinchester27 to post 10 facts about myself and then tag 10 people :)

  1. I work for a confectionary wholesalers which means I spend my day surrounded by sweets (you name it we probably stock it)
  2. I am the oldest of four
  3. I have a degree in forensic science
  4. I love jigsaw puzzles and sudokus
  5. My full name is worth 44 points in scrabble
  6. When I was 14 I won a competition in one of those teen magazines and the prize was a photoshoot - I still have photos from it
  7. It is near impossible for me to sit still - my hands at the very least have to keep busy so I’m always fidgeting and doodling - my fella loves it as he just gets endless head massages
  8. My favourite colour is burgundy
  9. I can pretty much sing the whole of ‘baby got back’ by Sir Mix-a-lot
  10. I can recite the alphabet backwards…while tipsy

Tagging: @amanda-teaches @babypieandwhiskey @feelmyroarrrr @grace-for-sale @jayankles @like-a-bag-of-potatoes @notnaturalanahi @queen-of-deans-booty @rhapsody-in-flannel @wheresthekillswitch

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This is so incredibly powerful and all my followers (especially you high schoolers heading to college soon) should see it. 

Life is not a series of selection menus; it is an ongoing journey with ups and downs and roundabouts that seem impossible to merge out of. You may find yourself so busy chasing happiness that you miss a real opportunity. You may achieve your goals only to find that it wasn’t at all what you’d hoped. You may realize that you don’t really KNOW what your goals are at all.

And that’s ok. In fact, that’s more than ok: that’s life. 

We tend to look at (and especially look back on) our lives like highlight reels or resumes: a series of ‘notable’ points with blank space between them. But life isn’t like that. Your life can’t be summed up by the memories on your Facebook feed. Life is a second-to-second adventure that is equal parts struggle, confusion, and hard work. 

And sometimes–just sometimes–it’s absolutely spectacular.

And it’s ok to remember those spectacular moments fondly. But just make sure you never forget that each and every one of them had chunks of the struggle/confusion/hard work mix in between. So if you find yourself in one of those now, don’t lose hope. Don’t give up. If I can convey one thing to my followers it’s this:

Nothing lasts forever. No matter how awful what you’re going through is, it WILL pass. Tomorrow the sun WILL rise. Whatever you’re going through now WILL fade. If you’re in a bad situation, educate yourself about it and what steps you can take; your situation will eventually change. If you’re confused about what you want, find what you LIKE and throw yourself into it; you’ll eventually feel a pull. If your own self is what’s somehow betraying you, HOLD. ON. Even the severest of setbacks have fluctuations. Wait for your moment, and claim victory.

Even happiness is transient; and that may seem like something sad and awful.

It’s not. The truth is so much of what we call ‘happiness’ is found in the pursuit of it. We panic when we feel it slipping from our grasp, but don’t worry: it’s just giving us the chance to chase it again; it does us the favor of continuing the game of tag before we ourselves even realize we’ve stopped playing.

Your life will be full of times–sometimes long times–that are frustrating, and make no sense, or are unjust, or unfair, or infuriating, or just plain hard. Worst of all, some of you may have to face those things alone; and I’m sorry for that. I’m so deeply, deeply sorry.

But.

Even the darkest clouds eventually give way. Have faith in the never-still, ever-changing nature of life, and hold tight, baby. Because sooner or later, the sun breaks through all the grey and it makes everything that came before worth it. 

Sooner or later, there’s going to come a moment where you truly shine.

Be ready.

Love Worth Waiting ~Klaus Mikaelson~

Originally posted by savingchesters


Prompts: “Don’t get up. Just cuddle.”
“You are so clingy. I love it.”

Summary: A late night talk after Klaus and his siblings are resurrected after five years of Hayley and reader looking for the cures.

Word Count: 1048


Five years of never-ending journey were finally over. Five years of trying to do something, what seemed at first impossible, were successful. Somehow, with a portion of luck and even bigger portion of effort, I and Hayley managed to find the cure for all the Mikaelson siblings. Hayley was fuelled with the need to cure her love, Elijah and I just wanted to find those cures so the love of my life, Klaus, could finally wake up from the hell he was in. Because the life had never been easy, not even then everything went smooth. Marcel decided to make it harder for us, he even nearly killed Klaus but at the end he backed off and let us leave the city.

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shoutout to all the could-have-been-hyperfixations out there, just because my Cursed Mind decided you aren’t worth a newly acquired full collection of seemingly useless stuff and the occupancy of my thoughts for 10 weeks non-stop doesn’t mean you aren’t still rad *finger guns* somebody will find you

anonymous asked:

I'm really sad about something I don't understand and was hoping you could explain. Why do people block without giving a reason to? I don't why it first seems like it's all going so well then the next you're blocked and you don't know why or what you did or said wrong? It's happened twice now and to say it hurts is an understatement.

Oh, my precious Kabby babies.  Circle up, it’s time for some firm but gentle life advice from Mom. 

First of all, unless I personally am the person who blocked you (which I’m obviously not since we’re having this conversation!), in a very real sense the short answer to this question is that you know I can’t actually answer this question.  You’re asking me to tell you why a person I don’t know did a thing for which I have no context, and for which there could be a thousand reasons. So in a concrete, specific sense, my answer is: I do not know.

However.

(You knew there was going to be a however.)

Social media is a deeply personal avenue for self-expression and it’s also a world where many of us spend a great deal of our time, which means that we have the full and free right to customize it into exactly what we want it to be.  The things that you post are personal reflections of you, which is  why it bums you out when someone mutes or blocks or doesn’t follow back; it feels on some level like a personal rejection.  But the space you curate is also a personal reflection of you.  You have the right to post anything you want and other people have the right to choose not to see it.  Both of those rights are equal, even though you’re only on one side so naturally the other one feels like it’s in some way “wrong.”  

I’m speaking with zero context for what your preexisting relationship with these people was beforehand (like obviously if it was a close friend and they blocked you out of nowhere, you’re going to have to sort that out with them directly, I can’t advise you there), but it’s important to remember that there may be no “right” and wrong” in this scenario.  It’s fully possible for both of these things to peacefully coexist at the same time:

1) your absolute right to feel a little bit rejected and hurt that a stranger on the internet made the choice that they didn’t want your social media sphere to overlap with their social media sphere,

and

2) that other person’s absolute right to say “if something or someone makes me feel even the tiniest bit ‘nope’ I am purging it out of this space so it is exactly what I want and need it to be.” 

They don’t need to have a reason.  That sucks, when you’re on the receiving end of it, which all of us have been - it truly and genuinely sucks - but it’s also reality.  One of the hard truths that incidents like this make us sometimes have to face - and we don’t want to face these things, because they can feel really icky and vulnerable and ping all the little gremlins in our brain  - is this:

nobody on the internet owes you their time or attention for anything you do or say.

This sounds mean and brutal, and I don’t mean it to be, because you know mom loves you, but it’s incredibly important, so I’m going to say it again to make sure that if nothing else, this gets through:

nobody on the internet owes you their time or attention for anything you do or say.

The celebs you stan don’t owe you a response to your tweet, just because you want one.  The people you tag in meta don’t owe you reblogging it to continue having that conversation with you forever, just because you want to prove you’re right.  The fans of the fic you write for your most popular ship don’t owe you crossing over to give you hits on your rare-pair fic if they don’t feel like it.  Nobody owes you a certain number of followers, nobody owes you a response to every anon you send them, nobody owes you finishing that fic you like in time for them to read it when they feel like reading it.  We owe each other one thing and one thing only: basic human decency.  That’s it.  Everything else is freely offered to the world, and freely taken by the people who want it.  It’s not a transactional exchange.  If you make art or write fic and you put it out there into the world, you’ve done a cool thing, and whether it gets ten hits or thousands it was still worth doing.  There will be people who aren’t interested, but if you get hung up on feeling rejected by that, it will paralyze you.

Social media is personal. That’s unavoidable.  It’s an extension of ourselves.  When someone is cruel to you or to one of your friends on the internet, even if it’s an anonymous stranger, it feels shitty.  When you express an opinion about something and a ton of people reblog it and the tags are full of “OMG YES THISSSSS”, it feels great.  We all experience that in different ways.  Society has always selected arbitrary measures for young girls and women to live up to in order to feel like they’re popular or they’re approved by the cool kids, and right now it’s things like “how many followers do you have” and “did you get an RT from a celebrity” and “how many likes on your posts”.  So on a primal level, maybe having someone you thought was a friend block you on Twitter or Tumblr hits you in the same deep core place as having the cool kids not come to your birthday party.  That feeling is super real!  It brings up alllllll that deep stuff we try to hide and pretend that we’re above experiencing, but we all have those squishy vulnerable inner selves that just need the cool kids to like us and we feel bad when they don’t.  

I had this exact conversation with my therapist a few weeks ago when she was giving me a hard time because my book has 60 reviews on Amazon, of which like the majority are 5 stars with two negative ones, and I have both the negative ones like memorized.  And she was like “CLAIRE.  WHAT THE HELL.  WHY DO YOU DO THIS?  58 POSITIVE AND YOU CANNOT QUOTE A SINGLE ONE.  TWO SHITTY ONES AND YOU KNOW THEM VERBATIM.  THAT IS NOT HEALTHY BEHAVIOR.”  And I was like “… . okay fine when you put it that way, yes I do sound like a crazy person.”  So like my advice to you – advice which I have just proven I am absolute garbage at taking myself, so like I may have just eroded my own credibility in my efforts to help – is to remember that you probably have a lot more than two followers so honestly this is probably not a bad collective ratio, and there may be lots of people who are very interested in what you have to say but you’ve focused a lot of your energy on these two people and it’s worth giving some thought as to why that is.

My question for you is this: what is the net negative impact of having these two people block you on social media? Like in an actual, concrete way, separate from those sort of core gut “I feel unloved in this moment” feelings, what is the effect on your life?  You might be surprised.  It might be zero.  In which case, let yourself feel those feelings, experience them as valid, and then breathe through them and move on and keep on doin’ you. 

I’m pushing back on you a little bit here very gently because it feels, reading this anon, like you’ve made a determination of hurtful intent on the part of the person who blocked you, or at the very least a certainty that this choice that made was about you and not about them.  That the fact that things seemed to be going fine and then they blocked you means you were somehow intentionally misled or mistreated.  Be really, really, really careful about deciding the cool girl didn’t come to your birthday party because she’s a bitch who wanted to make you feel terrible and is sitting somewhere cackling at the thought of your sad lil’ face waiting by the front door; maybe she didn’t come to your birthday party because she has depression and it’s hard for her to leave the house sometimes and she knew your party would be loud and wild and crazy and too much for her brain to handle right now. Be careful about presuming negative intent with no proof it exists.  The internet makes this so easy, the internet conditions us for this, and it conditions us to respond in kind. The worst thing you could do here is to, like, make a callout post or subtweet in the hopes that it will get back to them and they’ll feel bad, or to sic your other followers onto them, because that turns this into a situation that really does have a right and wrong; and since you don’t know if they were trying to make you feel shitty, or just went on a big block/mute purge to whittle their list down for mental health reasons that are totally their own, once things escalate you can’t put the horse back in the barn. It’s too late.  Now it’s A Thing, when maybe it never really needed to be A Thing.  And in almost all situations for almost all people in almost all ways, Kabby Mom’s advice is going to be, “please think carefully before you make this A Thing.”

This got long, I’ve been having a lot of thoughts lately about the conversations I’m always having with fandom folks the way we let social media permeate and shape our sense of self, in good ways and bad, so I apologize for my verbosity but also not really because that’s how things roll over in Kabby Mom’s Advice Corner.  But I will sum up in bullet points for those of you who have been skimming, to bring you up to speed:

  1. Everyone has the right to curate their own social media space however they see fit, and they don’t have to explain their reasons.
  2. They aren’t obligated to include you in that space even if you want them to.
  3. None of that is an objective measure of your worth as a person or a sign that you should stop being you on the internet.
  4. Your feelings of rejection come from a real place and you get to feel them, as long as
  5. You are striving to move through them without permitting them to paralyze you, and finally
  6. You never use someone else’s choice to curate their social media sphere as a justification for treating them like crap.

Focus on your positive interactions instead of negative ones – your friends, creating stuff and putting it out into the universe – whether it be art, fic, opinions, a podcast, gifsets, crackposts, whatever – and your social media world will be a better place.

In the immortal words of the great Michael J. Fox, “What other people think of me is none of my business.”

Sins of the Father

Pairing: Finn Balor x Reader

Warnings: brief sexual content (fantasy), mild language, maybe a little sacrilege (if you squint)

Word Count: 976

A/N: Hello hello! Normally, I write fics for Supernatural. However, I’m also a huge fan of WWE and love reading the works of that community as well. After reading some brilliant pieces from - and chatting with - the amazing @devitt-club, I got inspired to write a fic featuring one of my current favorites: Finn Balor. Apologies in advance because, this being my first foray into WWE fanfic (and alternate universe at that), this will probably suck. Still, it’s worth the risk. ^_^

Tag: @yourr-anger-your-anchor

Originally posted by leelakoiwolff

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the five comic book character tag tiers

god tier: your fave comic book character is a fan favourite who rarely attracts drama, meaning the tag is normally full of good posts, edits and art

good tier: your fave comic book character isn’t that popular and there could be more content but you’re generally satisfied with the few posts a week you get

ok tier: your fave comic book character’s tag gets clogged with porn or ooc interpretations a lot but it’s worth it for the edits and art

bad tier: your fave comic book character has a bad or ooc live action/animated portrayal and this is all you see when you go into the tag

shit tier: your fave comic book character isn’t popular but still manages to have a tag clogged full of porn, people arguing and ooc interpretations 

Nathalie Sancoeur Fic Recs

Let me guess, you love everything about Nathalie, but all these fic writers tag her on AO3 when she DOESN’T EVEN APPEAR. Well. Let me provide a list of good Nathalie stuff for you. 

Listen, I just waited through 13 pages and this is what I’ve found. 


Heartless By Design by @667-darkavenue - Nathalie leaves Gabriel and starts a fashion house in direct competition. The characterization is on another level. 

A Witch’s Familiar by @metawohoo - The Longest Nathalie-centered Fic in the Fandom. Top Shelf Stuff.

Psyche by @gabriel-fucking-agreste - I feel weird recommending my own stuff so here’s the summary. “If Hawkmoth is a hurricane, Nathalie Sancoeur is the eye that he surrounds.” 

Hearth and Home by @bounemr - Nathalie sticking her neck out for Trans Adrien and it’s lovely. One-Shot.

Causality by @krzed -  Oh my god. You have to read this twice, it’s cleverly done! Without spoiling much, it’s about Nathalie taking care of Adrien. One-Shot.

A Grain of Truth by @mirime-kisarrastine - The summary is “ Nathalie loves Adèle. Adèle loves Gabriel. Nathalie doesn’t care (it’s a lie).” and it’s from Nathalie’s perspective and it has a great style and I re-read it regularly. One-Shot.


Honorable Mentions - Nathalie Stuff that isn’t Fic, but it’s Worth Your Attention.

Chatalie by @thewonderfulwizardofass - A character design that turned into a full AU, what happens when Adrien suffers and injury and Nathalie takes up wearing the ring. (also just check out Jay’s nathalie tag here in general it’s all great shh)

@awomansoheartless is a lovely Nathalie Sancoeur RP blog run by the incredibly talented @sinfulmarinette


Feel free to add more stuff!

Untitled Excerpt from a future If You Call, I'll Answer Chapter

Summary: Emma works in a call center simply to pay off her student loans and she absolutely hates it. She lives with her longtime college friend Killian who moved her in with him after a pregnant Emma was abandoned by Neal Cassidy. Almost four years later, they still live together, raising Emma’s son Henry but they are only friends. Emma is afraid to ruin their friendship but maybe it’s time to take a leap of faith and find out if loving Killian is worth the risk.

Rating: Mature for the excerpt (Explicit for the full story)

Word Count: ~1200

Catch up here: Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6

Prompt: CS + “not for sale”

Tags: if you call i’ll answer

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May 2012

 “Swan, you cannot continue to drive around in this metal death trap,” Killian cried as Emma slammed the screen door in his face. He simply opened the door and followed her into the house. He shouldn’t have brought it up, but his mother insisted that Emma be “talked to” about the lack of safety of her Bug. And his parents might have taken action to prompt that discussion.

“Seriously Killian, it’s my car. I paid for with my own money and you can’t tell me what to do. You’re not my father, boyfriend or husband!” Emma stomped up the stairs, slamming the door to her room when she reached it.

“Oh, come on, Swan! You paid for it with your poker winnings from Will. And I am not trying to boss you around, I’m simply concerned with yours and the babe’s safety,” Killian defended, from the exterior of her bedroom door, which unsurprisingly she had locked.

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm looking for Darren songs sung at the Listen Up Tour, I've downloaded some but they´re full of background sound and screams :( Do you know where can I find them in a better quality?

Thanks to tagging (yay tagging!), I was able to find this masterpost of best quality recordings from Listen Up.

I don’t if it still works and obviously this is the OP’s opinion on best quality but it’s worth a shot!

mm tag thing

tagged by @thymajentastone (weeb) to say 10 “interesting” thing abt myself


1. i have a half sister 

2. i dislike oranges and pizza 

3. i can finish a starbuck’s kid sized hot chocolate in under a minute

4. half of the shirts i own are stripped 

5. i have 2 yr old breadsticks from olive garden in my desk

6. i have a tiny house in my backyard that no one has been into in like 3 years (there’s still stuff in there)

7. i have a cabinet in my desk full of broken headphones 

8. my mom said that when i have my hair straightened vs. just natural, i look like 2 different people 

9. when i was young i made my dog bite me so i could tell on him and get attention (i was so mean when i was younger)

10. i have over 130 webkinz (over $1,500 worth)

i have a total of 0 friends so i aint gonna tag anyone, but if anyone wants to do this go ahead

quick update because it‘s already late and I have to get up early 😅

I just saw Blade Runner 2049, and I really liked it. I personally thought it was better than the first one (like storywise) but I‘m still glad I saw the original before this one.

I Love Niander Wallace, I‘m excited to write (for) him (although I‘m not sure I‘ll get his character on point 🙈 but it‘s all fictional, right 😉😅

I also have a finished Joker oneshot, but it still needs to be checked again, so I‘ll try and post it early in the morning (or night, depending on wherever you are 😉)

okay that‘s that

😘 Good night y‘all

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Choice || Conor

Conor masterpost found here

Word count - 848

Summary - The one where the hate gets a bit much.

(S/N) means ship name

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Being the Conor Maynard’s girlfriend wasn’t the easiest thing in the world. You had been dating for a few months and really cared for him, but sometimes, you wondered if putting up with the fans was even worth it. They were always nit picking every flaw you had and constantly made up nasty rumors. Obviously Conor never believed any of them, but it still got old seeing your Twitter feed full of lies.

One day, you tweeted out that you would be going through the (S/N) tag on Tumblr if anyone wanted to post something they’d like you to see. You were good friends with a lot of YouTubers, so you had quite a big following yourself. Usually the posts on the (S/N) were kind, so you often went on there to escape an exceptionally rotten day.

Today, however, was different.

The tag was full of nasty things about you. It ranged from everything from a horribly photoshopped picture of you edited to be far larger than you really were, or another nasty rumor like you were cheating on Conor with Jack (again, that was a common one). Usually, you could look past it. You could close the app and focus your mind on something else like a book or film, but today, you couldn’t. Today, your eyes were glued to your phone screen, soaking in all the hate and telling yourself that everyone was right.

You finally locked your phone and walked over to your full length mirror. You stripped down to your bra and underwear and stared at the figure in front of you. Your belly stuck out a little and you were convinced you had unflattering hippo hips. Surely Conor could do better than you. Why did he stick with you after all these months?

You hadn’t even realized you had started crying until you felt a tear roll down your nose. You sat down on your knees and put your face in your hands, allowing yourself to cry as your tears rolled down your arms. “(Y/N)?”

You looked up when Conor said your name. He was standing in the doorway to the bedroom, looking at you with worry filled eyes. “Sorry,” you said, trying to wipe away your tears quickly. “I’m fine. Sorry.”

“Babe,” Conor said gently. Your lower lip quivered and your eyes pooled with tears again. Conor quickly closed the bedroom door and came to sit beside you, pulling you onto his lap

“No,” you said, trying to crawl off of him, “I’m gonna squish you.”

“What on earth are you talking about?” he said, urging you to sit close to him again.

“Conor, why are you with me?” you said. “You could do much, much better than me. Surely you know that.”

“(Y/N), what’s gotten into you?” Conor asked, brushing some hair away from your face. “You know I think you’re beautiful.”

“Your fans hate me,” you said, your voice shaking. “They keep making up rumors and photoshopping nasty pictures of me. They constantly tell me I don’t deserve you and honestly everyday I wake up and think they’re right. I’m too big and, and I cry about everything- like this. Why am I crying? It’s not- I’m making this such a big deal and it’s not a big deal. Conor I’m not good at anything I do and there’s got to be someone out there better for you than I am. Why do you suffer through being with me?”

You were still crying and no matter how hard you tried, the tears kept falling. “I’m being stupid,” you said for what felt like the thousandth time. “I just need to accept that fact that you should be with someone else and I should let you go so you can be happy.”

“Hey, look at me,” Conor said gently, pulling your hands away from your face. “Babe, I am happy. I’m so happy. There’s no one out there who’s better for me than you are. I don’t suffer through being with you. I chose to be with you. I don’t want to be with anybody else. Yeah, you have flaws, but so do I. Do you know when the last time I showered was?” You laughed and he smiled and said, “Well, neither do I. I’m disgusting, but you still chose to be with me. That’s the thing (Y/N), it’s choice. Everyday, we chose to be together. We’re not stuck being together and we don’t suffer through it. We wake up every morning excited to be with each other. We ignore what everybody else says and we keep loving each other.”

Conor swiped his thumbs under your eyes, ridding them of any fallen tears. “It’s not going to be easy,” he said quietly. “It’s going to be really hard sometimes. I can’t stop what other people are going to say. All I can do is assure you every second I can that I’m going to keep loving you. Is that okay? Is that enough?” You sniffed, gave Conor a small smile, and nodded.

“Yeah,” you whispered. “Yeah, that’s more than enough.”

Masterlist of the Winter Soldier ficlets (so far)
@ the sense8 fandom

so now that a lot of people have had time to catch up with the show and fall in love with all the characters and their connections, I was wondering whether it would be worth trying to come up with some ‘official’ tags for things? i’m not really sure how to go about that though, but here’s some things i was thinking about?

there’s the obvious tagging characters with their full names (though capheus doesn’t have a ‘real’ one so his is still up for debate) but there’s also ship names that no one really agrees on. i know everyone has their preferences, but as far as tagging goes it’s always easier when there’s one that is universally used!

ship tags i use are: 

  • blueski - will x riley
  • kalagang - wolfgang x kala
  • linando - lito x hernando
  • nomanita - nomi x amanita

i don’t really have any for my brotps though which i still want to come up with some for. 

so does anyone use any different ones to these or have any suggestions for other ships so i can get an idea of what the best ones to use would be? 

anonymous asked:

Dear Sonja. Hope you had a lovely trio. Why between now and between October and November.

thank you i did!

and okay, so this goes back to something i’ve been thinking for a while (that i know a number of other people have been thinking) that babygate/all the stunts were supposed to end in march but that simon found a way to fuck them over and extend certain contract clauses for a longer period of time.

mitam came out on november 13th, 2015. because things are still dragging on in the stunt department and because syco still clearly has control over their image rights (the most recent proof of that just dropped today - syco’s got new one direction merchandise coming out in october despite the fact that simon’s been screaming about the band being over for months blah blah blah).

my current thoughts are that syco contracts are incredibly biased in simon’s favour rather than the artist’s and that it’d be easy enough for him to find a contractual angle that benefits him (i.e. arguing that the mitam promo period actually extends for a full year rather than 6 months). in that case, the band would be stuck in limbo for as long as simon technically still has ownership over their individual images and the image of the band. they can plan things behind the scenes but they can’t counter anything simon says publicly (yet).

i’ve talked a little bit about this before here (and if you check my sunset clause tag you’ll see other posts from other people that delve into things a bit deeper too [my this is war tag is worth a look at too imo]) but tl;dr if we’re right and whatever contract clauses are in play all expire one full year from when mitam came out, that would mean that simon’s nasty claws would finally be forced to retract from the boys in or around early november of this year. in that case, it would be at that time that his control over their images would end and when they’d finally be free to undo the damage simon’s created and announce their plans moving forward as a band/end the stunts/have control over their own lives again publicly etc etc.

10 Health And Fitness Tips (For Beginners)

I have to admit, I don’t work out that much. I’m just one of those lucky girls who can eat whatever she wants and still look soft-tummied and fleshy. However, this year I’ve realized I do have some aspects of my body I want to, ahem, “tweak,” and am willing to work to get them to change. This is very weird and very new for me. (TW, HERE) ..

In my recovery of both disordered eating and a really unhealthy bout with extreme workouts, I’ve finally come to the point in my life where I realize that wanting to change my body doesn’t have to be unhealthy or stem from a place of body-hate. Wanting to lose weight or get toned doesn’t have to mean I’m spiraling downward into the oblivion and back into old habits. Wanting to lose some pounds and get some definition STILL can mean you are happy with your current body, and it also can mean you are willing to put fitness and health a priority, rather than just a hottie bootie. These are very important facts to reconcile with, and I finally feel at the point where I can say “hey, I love my tum but I’m planning on wearing a hot-pink mini-bikini this summer and I’d like to feel even more confident than I already am in order to do so.” Believe me, this is a very exciting development for me. I can want to lose weight while maintaining a positive body image? Awesome! Listen: I’ll never have a six-pack or a completely flat stomach. That’s just not the body I want, and I’m more than happy with some pushy soft parts. But I do want to get healthier and shape up/tighten a bit. I want to make this meat machine I’ve been gifted go as many miles as it can possibly go. Problem is, I don’t have many HEALTHY tips to go with this newfound feeling, just really damning and horrible ones. I want to be happy.

Enter Kristine! Kristine has been a friend of mine for a couple of years and is a total Brooklyn Bambina with great hair and a stomach you could serve a cheese platter on. She’s got a sharp wit and a really toned, awesome body which she puts a lot of healthy and dedicated work into. She’s a great example of being fitness-heavy while still going to brunch and livin’ life. I asked her for her 10 best fitness/health tips for beginners, and she was more than happy to write them up for me (first guest post in ages)!

If you like what you read, follow her on her tumblr and Instagram @kristineckubat. And remember, be healthy. Live long. Feel good in your boom boom booty. Kris’ tips are below:

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THE PRIZES

F I R S T P L A C E 

⇝ a mystery gift box in the mail! (It could be a box full of candles! It probably won’t be a box full of pumpkins. It will most likely a box full of different witchy gifts! You’ll just have to trust me.)
⇝ a five card tarot reading!
⇝ a coupon code to Broom Corner!

S E C O N D P L A C E

⇝ a three card tarot reading!
⇝ a coupon code to Broom Corner!

T H I R D P L A C E

⇝ two coupon codes to Broom Corner!

THE RULES

  • You must be following me. This is, after all, a present for my followers!
  • Reblogs count, likes do not. You may, of course, like it to bookmark it.
  • No giveaway blogs! You may reblog from a sideblog, but you’ll need to give me the name of your main blog if you win. 
  • Winners will be chosen using a random number generator. You will have 48 hours to respond and then a new winner will be chosen.
  • You must be at least 18 years old and you must be comfortable with giving me your mailing address.
  • Unfortunately, I can only ship to the US. However, there are still two prizes that don’t require shipping so you can still enter!
  • Please don’t tag this as a giveaway! If this post gets pulled before I can announce winners, then I have to call it off. 
  • This giveaway begins today, December 25th, 2015, and ends January 15, 2016

✦ If this post gets more than 500 notes, I will give you guys a sneak peek into the mystery box. At this point in time, the box is worth over $30, but it will probably go up because I’m enjoying stuffing it full to bursting. 

Full-color commission of Momnar/Allegro-Designs’ beautiful OC Satoko Arishima from her story Cybergem!  Doing the biomech limbs took a long time but the designs were great and the ref was clear and it turned out looking awesome, so all in all totally worth it. :D