My Bucket List

Hello everyone.  I hope all is well and your life is going wonderfully!

Today I am going to share my BUCKET LIST *cue dramatic music*.

Okay, it isn’t that scary or exciting (but background music makes everything better. be honest here) and I just recently realized that I actually have a bucket list.  Here we goooooooo!!!!!

My bucket list ⇒
  • Travel to Austria

Why?  When I was little I watched a documentary on the Lipizzaner horses in Austria.  I thought it was the coolest thing ever and decided I was going to learn Spanish (which is the language I thought they spoke there) and move to Austria to work with the horses.  Well, 11 year old me, Austrians don’t speak Spanish but that was an awesome idea and I still want to go.

Here are the gorgeous stallions

                         

  • Learn to surf

Why?  I have always wanted to surf.  It seems so cool.  Also, I have this innate fear of jellyfish.  I was stung by very badly one summer and it took weeks to heal.  Then it took me a very long time to get myself back into the water even though I knew there was a very small chance of there being more jellyfish.  I want a reason to get into the water and get myself out of my comfort zone.

I’m going to continue with the picture thing and give you a picture of a surf board.

Keeping with the beach thing…

  • Spend the entire summer at the beach.

Why?  I love the beach.  I don’t live at the beach.  I want to.  End of explanation.

  • Acquire a helicopter pilot’s license.

Why?  I think it would be so cool.  Not many women have helicopter pilots licenses and it sounds like it would be awesome.

  • Fill an entire journal with my life.

Why? I like documenting my life.  Not so I can share it with other people but so I can look back and see how I was feeling, what I was doing at that point in my life.  I am currently working on this one.  It is very nice actually.

  • Get one of those really colorful drinks from Starbucks.

Why? THEY LOOK SO COOL!!  I see them on Pinterest all the time and they look fun to drink.  I haven’t been to Starbucks much at all and this would just be fun.

  • Study abroad.

Why?  So, when I say study abroad I mainly mean go to college in Puerto Rico.  Because Puerto Rico is amazing and beautiful.

  • Eat more Crêpes.

Why?  I like crêpes a lot.  So much, so much, so much.  I like to eat them with cream and strawberries and some powdered sugar on top.  There is nothing keeping me from eating them.  I just want to eat more 🙂

  • Eat a churro.

Why?  Now, before you start thinking that I have never eaten a churro in my life, I have.  I like churros a lot (more than crêpes) and I used to eat them very often.  Then, I found out I am gluten intolerant and that ended my churro eating days.  I haven’t figured out how to make gluten free churros.  These are sad times.

  • Go to Italy

Why?  I like Italy and the old towns that are there.  I mainly want to go for the winding streets and the photo opportunities there.  Also, food.  Not sure how that would work with my gluten free-ness but we’ll see.

  • Travel to Ecuador.

Why?  My friend went to Ecuador this year and the pictures he took were beautiful!  There are mountains and the ocean and it looks gorgeous.

  • Spend the entire summer at the beach with my cousin.

Why?  This is something we both decided we want to do.  And it would just be more fun with her.

  • Eat a smoothie bowl.

Why?  They are so nice to look at!  Like, they make food beautiful.  An art.  And it is fruit so a win win.

Here are pictures 

                                                                                                                

  • Become fluent in Spanish.

Why?  I am Puerto Rican and have spent most of my life not understanding what was being said around me.  It gets a little aggravating after a while.  I like how it sounds and it feels good to speak it.

Well, this brings an end to my 14 item bucket list.  I’m sure it will grow as I do.  Do you have anything in common with my bucket list?  Do you have one of your own?  Tell me in the comments!

Pineapple pt.1

Hello everyone!

First thing to say about this post: I like pineapples.  A lot.  They are one of my favorite things ever.  My mom was given a pineapple to put in a fruit salad and kept the crown of it (the top).  We let it dry on the counter and then I asked if I could plant it.  I have always wanted pineapple plant and here was my chance.  So, after it dried I found a pot and put the pineapple top in it.  I was very proud of my pineapple plant.  That is, until the tips of some of the bigger leaves started to turn brown and shrivel up.  After observing my pineapple for a few days I came to the conclusion that the bigger leaves dying was not a big deal.  There are many new leaves growing from the center.

That’s all I have for now!  I will probably do another post later with another update.

Much love,

Leila

Music (again)

Hey there!!!  So I am here for a short music post because I found some really cool music.

A rendition of Burn  from Hamilton – An American Musical.  It sounds  amazing and has some women with AMAZING voices.  Definitely a song  I would have on repeat.

This song is a mix of You Will Be Found  from the musical Dear Evan Hansen  and The Story of Tonight  from Hamilton – An American Musical.  Sung by Ben Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda it sounds like honey *swoons*  Ben Platt has a unique voice that is very enjoyable to listen to.

This song is mostly in Spanish and is a song for Puerto Rico while it is still recovering from Hurricane Irma.  It features Lin-Manuel Miranda and many other artist including Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello, and Anthony Ramos.  It features a very strong Puerto Rican vibe so beware lol 😛

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you go listen to these songs!  If you do let me know what you think in the comments section!

Love,

Leila

SKrafty Blog Carnival

Hello everyone!! Today I am doing something new.  I am hosting the blog carnival for my blogging class.  I hope you enjoy this!

 

Who Is Your Favorite Music Artist and Why

Melissa, who has the blog ‘Life On A Farm‘, writes about goats 🙂 and general farm life—

Blogging Carnival, Topic Music

Hi guys I am so excited to share this blog with you because this blog will be apart of a bigger blog from my class. So my blog post is about music and I will be writing about a music author named Paige Buxton. she only has two songs called “Goosebumps” and the other is “No Time to Waste”.  They are not very popular but Paige wrote her music so people could listen and she did not care about her fame. Paige was against bulling.  That is another reason she wrote her music and a lot of people in the comments of her You tube videos say that she died doing what she loved.  Paige was only 20 years old and she had a younger sister named Ashley.  Paige was a great singer and people are always commenting on her videos and she mostly gets positive comments.  I stumbled  on her videos while sitting in a live stream and they mentioned about her mother and her sister walked up to them and her mom talked to him about her while her sister was playing with his dog.  Many people since then have been going on her channel which her sister took over.  Paige took a stand to bullies and she loved what she did.

 

Zach has the blog Sports Gamer and writes about the various sports leagues, the teams, and keeps us updated on how the seasons are going—

My Favorite Music Group
     Welcome! I’m about to reveal to you who my favorite musical band is… but don’t freak out when I tell you that they don’t make English music! Their name is BTS, known as “방탄소년단” or “Bangtan Sonyeondan” in Korea. As you can probably guess, they make Korean music. Before you ask the inevitable question: “Why do you listen to this if you can’t understand what they’re saying?” let me tell you that in Korea, English is very trendy and popular. Korean bands love to include a large amount of English words interspersed between all of the “confusing” Korean lyrics. Also, I’ll be here to answer some of your hypothetical questions, so don’t worry!

 

Question #1: What genre of Korean music does “BTS” make, and are they any good?

Answer: They make Korean Pop music (shortened to “K-Pop”) and are one of the best groups out there (I’m biased, of course)!

Question #2: What kind of band are they? Are they a dance group, an instrumental group, ect.?

Answer: A lot of their music is upbeat, but some of their songs are slow with great vocals being constant throughout every song! They are a seven-member boy band (yes, as most K-Pop bands are in Korea) and can dance really well!

Question #3: Are there any songs that you would recommend me to listen to?

Answer: This is a hard question… when it comes to music groups, referring the wrong song first can turn a person away from a really good group, simply based upon a first impression. If I had to choose, I would say listen to “Best of Me” on their newer album, Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’. That should start you off well, but then again, I don’t personally know your music tastes!

Question #4: Is this band popular in places other than Korea, or are you just one of their few fans from another country?

Answer: Yes, yes, yes! They are very popular around the world. A few years after their group debut, they started to gain worldwide fame and since have won the “Top Social Artist” award at the Billboard Music Awards, an American music award show!

Question #5: Does the language barrier make it hard to listen to, and are their lyrics even appropriate?

Answer: Well, yes, and no. The language barrier can make it quite awkward to listen to at first, but it’s pretty easy to become used to. As for appropriateness, BTS’ lyrics highly vary in their lyrical “content.” You see, as is the case in many countries, the main focus in pop music is “romance/love” music, which I don’t know if you’ll be opposed to. As for bad words, stay away from their older albums (or ask me for advice in choosing songs) and stick to their newer ones and you should be just fine! Most of their music is clean and sounds great!

Question #6: I’ve heard that these Korean guys can dance… is it true?

Answer: Yes, it most definitely is. BTS is great at pulling off incredible choreography to go along with their upbeat tracks. If I could recommend my personal favorite dance group, I would say “Speed.” Take a look at their dance practices if you can, they are just incredible!

 

If you read all of that, then wow, I’m impressed! I truly thank you for taking the time to read my long post about foreign music, and as always, have a great day!

 

I did a post about three of my favorite Christian artists—

My Favorite Music Artist(s)

Hey there!!!  Today I am going to talk about a few of my favorite music artists.  I say a few because I have come to the conclusion that I do not have one favorite artist.  I was originally going to call this post ‘My Favorite Music Artist’ but obviously that wouldn’t work.  That said, let’s get to the post.

Jordan Feliz

 

 

Jordan Feliz is on the top of my favorites list.  His music hits a cord in me and I love it.  I fell in love with his song ‘The River’ and still listen to it with enjoyment.  His music is rooted in the walks of faith that he has gone through in the past few years.  The songs touch me because they talk about God’s faithfulness and blessings in our lives no matter the season that we are in.  It is always nice to listen to music that reminds me God is always there.  I am currently (as in while I am writing this) listening to Jordan Feliz’s newest album, Future.  I could listen to this for forever :P.

 

Now for another favorite music artist.

Lauren Daigle

Lauren Daigle has an amazing voice that is basically the equivalent of a Christian Adele.  If Lauren Daigle and Adele did a duet it would shake the very earth we live on.  Sadly that has not come to pass.  Now, back to Lauren Daigle.  She grew up in Louisiana and was immersed in a diverse range of music from a young age.  Her worship songs have a unique sound to them that you won’t find anywhere else.  How Can It Be, her debut album, has some amazing songs on it.  I Am Yours and My Revival are two of my personal favorites.

Now for my last artist.  It is actually a group.

 

Mosaic MSC

This group has some of the most powerful worship music I have heard in my life.  My cousin introduced me to them when I was going through a really hard time.  The song she told me to listen to was Tremble.  I listen to that song when I need to calm down before a competition or if I am feeling overwhelmed by something.  The very first word of that song is peace.  Last year they came out with a Spanish EP that included Tiembla (Spanish for Tremble) and another song I  love, Bella AmorTremble is a powerful song full of praise to the Almighty God who cares for us.  

Much love,

Leila

Hannah has the blog Aesthetic Cosplays and blogs about cosplaying –

My Music Vibe

     I turn my head to see someone snapping their fingers at me, trying to get my attention.   I take out my ear buds and the world snaps back into place and I notice what’s going on around me.

This is something that happens A lot!   I am so deep into my music everything else fades away and I am in my own little world.   Whether I am listening to Ed Sheeran in all his glory or some hard core rock or even the sound of someone rapping a hundred miles an hour.   Whatever my vibe is, I am lost.   I’ve entered this crazy world of music.  Do you ever feel that way?   Well, I do.

To be honest I don’t know what my favorite song is.  It’s always changing.   But one of my favs is Moondust by Jaymes Young.   I love a lot of his music and Moondust is just one of his best in my opinion. He has two versions so if your interested in the song, make sure you listen to both versions.

I started listening to music at a young age.   I think my first album was Toby Mac when I was like 4 or 5 and alot of Christian music followed.   Then when I was 10 or so and Iphones and things were first being made (gosh I feel so old lol) we got an Ipad and that’s when I started watching YouTube videos about music and alot of music videos like Katy Perry who I thought was the best singer ever lol back then.

And that’s what I have on music 🙂

Aesthetic Prince

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My Favorite Music Artist(s)

Hey there!!!  Today I am going to talk about a few of my favorite music artists.  I say a few because I have come to the conclusion that I do not have one favorite artist.  I was originally going to call this post ‘My Favorite Music Artist’ but obviously that wouldn’t work.  That said, let’s get to the post.

Jordan Feliz

 

 

Jordan Feliz is on the top of my favorites list.  His music hits a cord in me and I love it.  I fell in love with his song ‘The River’ and still listen to it with enjoyment.  His music is rooted in the walks of faith that he has gone through in the past few years.  The songs touch me because they talk about God’s faithfulness and blessings in our lives no matter the season that we are in.  It is always nice to listen to music that reminds me God is always there.  I am currently (as in while I am writing this) listening to Jordan Feliz’s newest album, Future.  I could listen to this for forever :P.

 

Now for another favorite music artist.

Lauren Daigle

Lauren Daigle has an amazing voice that is basically the equivalent of a Christian Adele.  If Lauren Daigle and Adele did a duet it would shake the very earth we live on.  Sadly that has not come to pass.  Now, back to Lauren Daigle.  She grew up in Louisiana and was immersed in a diverse range of music from a young age.  Her worship songs have a unique sound to them that you won’t find anywhere else.  How Can It Be, her debut album, has some amazing songs on it.  I Am Yours and My Revival are two of my personal favorites.

Now for my last artist.  It is actually a group.

 

Mosaic MSC

This group has some of the most powerful worship music I have heard in my life.  My cousin introduced me to them when I was going through a really hard time.  The song she told me to listen to was Tremble.  I listen to that song when I need to calm down before a competition or if I am feeling overwhelmed by something.  Last year they came out with a Spanish EP that included Tiembla (Spanish for Tremble) and another song I  love, Bella Amor.  The very first word of that song is peace.  It is a powerful song full of praise to the Almighty God who cares for us.

Much love,

Leila

You can see this post and a few others on the post SKrafty Blog Carnival.

The New Thing (That I Love)

Hello everyone!!  Soooo, I got a new haircut.  I haven’t had my hair cut in a long time (I had almost grown it down to my waist) and it was getting a bit out of hand.  Now, for the longest time I have been ardently opposed to the thought of having short hair.  When I was 11 my hair was cut very short and I hated it.  I mean HATED IT.  I fought against getting my hair cut until now.  I have been going through a change physically because of some internal problems and I guess I wanted to change in a way that I could control.  After much thought and looking at a lot of pictures, I decided on a length I felt I would be happy with.

I absolutely love it!!!

It is so much easier to take care of.  In the morning I just wet it and put some leave-in conditioner on it and I’m good to go.  It is fun to leave down and is very curly.

Before Cut

 

After cut

 

Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it!  Have you ever been nervous about a hair cut just to have it turn out awesome?  Tell me about it in the comments 🙂

Don’t Despair

less worry – more faith

Lately I have been struggling with certain things in my life.  In this  time I have turned to finding quotes and writing them over and over again.  I will write them in any notebook I am working in (I always have a notebook lol).  It helps me to clear my mind and concentrate on what I need to be doing.  Less Worry – More Faith is one of my favorites right now.  It reminds me that God is in control of whatever situation I am struggling with and I don’t need to worry about it.

-From The Ground Up-

Don’t be troubled

because of the mountain tops

you have yet to touch.

Like a tree, you will grow,

not from the sky,

but from the ground up.

                                                                                        – Morgan Harper-Nichols

This one hit home for me.  Just because you feel like you are at a low spot doesn’t mean you aren’t growing (believe me, I would know).  We all start at the bottom, not the top.  It may seem like a hard lesson to learn but there it is.  YOU CAN’T START AT THE TOP!!!  When you are learning something new you make mistakes and fall sometimes. In the end this just teaches you how to get back up and keep going even when you hurt.

Don’t compare your progress to what other people have done.  Everyone grows at different rates.  You may be doing something that does not come naturally for you.  It might be very easy for the next person.  DON’T STOP!!!  No matter what you are doing, you can do it.

You can do the thing.

This is something my friend and I say to each other a lot.  We are both still in high school and sometimes this is the only way to help each other out.  Basically it means              ‘I don’t know what you are doing but you are amazing and I know you can do it.’

I hope you find your little bit of sunshine today and share with many people.  You never know who’s life you may change

Much love,

Leila 😛

 

 

My (amazing) Movie Review

Hello everyone!  Today I will be doing a movie review.  This is something new for me so hang on.

I decided to review the most recent Ben-Hur movie.  I was a fan of the 1959 version (which was very long) and finally got to see the 2016 version with my dad over Christmas break.

The movie revolves around the concept of forgiveness.  Not only brother to brother forgiveness but the forgiveness God has for His children.  The beginning idea of revenge is still there as shown in the 1959 version, but it is not what you take away from the movie.

I really appreciated how Jesus was portrayed in the movie.  He is shown to be a  kind person and to possess a quiet power and confidence recognized by everyone.

And now for the best part … the chariot race!!  The chariot race was amazing just as I had hoped.  The horses and chariots lived up to all I expected.  Everything leading up to the race concerning the horses was very well done.  I like horses a lot so that was thoroughly appreciated.  Many elements from the first movie are kept throughout the entire ten-minute scene and the CGI and live action cuts are blended together very well.

Though this movie was different from the 1959 version I felt that in light of the general story line it flowed very well.  I would definitely recommend this movie and plan to watch it many more times.

 

Cast:

  • Judah Ben-Hur – Jack Huston
  • Naomi Ben-Hur – Ayelet Zurer
  • Tirzah Ben-Hur – Sofia Black – D’Elia
  • Esther – Nazanin Boniadi
  • Messala Severus – Toby Kebbell
  • Simonides – Haluk Bilginer
  • Jesus – Rodrigo Santoro
  • Ilderim – Morgan Freeman
  • Pontius Pilate – Pilou Asbaek

 

Trying New Things (because why not)

Hello everyone!  It has been a while since I posted but I have an amazing explanation why.  The only thing is … it is not on my blog.  Before you start freaking out and thinking I am abandoning my blog (I am not) let me finish.  I am doing something new (to me) called guest blogging.  Basically, I go post on someone else’s blog or I ask other bloggers to post on my blog.  I think it is really cool and an awesome way to get content out.  The guest blogger on my site is Zach from SportsGamer.  He has a blog dedicated to sports and gaming.  Zach wrote My Experience with Emus and Alpacas for y’all to read on my blog.  Go check out his blog and leave some comments!

I had the privilege of guest blogging on Hannah’s beautiful blog, Traveling Ginger.  As the title suggests, the blog is about travel and I like it a lot.  That is where you will find the whole story of why I have been gone.  Hint: it has something to do with travel.

I hope you will go visit these blogs and read some of the awesome content.  Don’t forget to comment!!!  Thanks so much for reading my little post here.

My Jams

Hello everyone! With a sudden burst of inspiration I have decided to make a compilation of my favorite songs. Enjoy!

Lead Me Back – Morgan Harper Nichols

I Lived – OneRepublic

This Is Me – Keala Settle, The Greatest Showman Ensamble

A Prayer For Grace – Morgan Harper Nichols

Tough – Morgan Harper Nichols

Seasons – Hillsong Worship

Just Imagine It – MKTO

HARD LOVE (feat. Andra Day) – NEEDTOBREATHE, Andra Day

The Trooper (Overture) – 2Cellos

Wake Me Up – 2Cellos

Zone Out – KB & Chris Lee Cobbins

River Of Jordan (feat. Breyan Isaac) – Lecrae, Breyan Isaac

Sparrows – Jason Grey

Can’t Live Without – Hollyn

In Awe – Hollyn

Party In The Hills (feat. Steven Malcolm and Andy Mineo) – Hollyn

Rather Be – Pentatonix

Rise Again – NEEDTOBREATHE

The entire This Is Not A Test album by TobyMac

Rewrite The Stars – Zac Efron, Zendaya

What Ifs – Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina

Psalm 46 (Live) – Shane & Shane

Classic – MKTO

While this is not a complete list of my favorite songs (that would take up a lot of space :/), these are some of my most listened to.  I hope you enjoy them and let me know in the comments section if you listen to any of these as well or have some you think I would like. Thanks for reading!