Switching site urls

Hello everyone!

Thank you to everyone who has followed me on my journey thus far! I have made the decision that I believe will be best for me in the long run to switch from this site to maddibluhme.com

If you are following this one please go follow my new one to make sure you don’t miss any content! Again thank you for the support!

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Fall Fun: A Day at the Pumpkin Patch

Fall Fun

Fall and specifically the month of Halloween are certainly improved by pumpkins. I am not a pumpkin fanatic, but I do enjoy the seasonal decor and pumpkin food. I also finally got to check off one more item from my fall bucket list

There have been pumpkins on sale at all of my local grocery stores for awhile, but what fun is that when I am lucky enough to live by multiple farms that have pumpkin patches every year. This year I went to Tigges Farm, which has a family friendly atmosphere and an abundance of pumpkins.

If you are in the Greeley area I highly recommend taking a trip here! They do have more produce than just pumpkins, but naturally that is there biggest draw at this time of year.

They had a variety of different pumpkins; pie pumpkins, carving pumpkins, decorative pumpkins that looked to small to be real, but somehow were.

This year I only got one pumpkin to carve, one pie pumpkin, and the rest were two small to carve, so we painted them with watercolor based paints instead. The watercolor is nontoxic, and as long as you allowed the paint to dry before painting a second coat it covered the pumpkins wonderfully.

There was walking involved, however, they did have free hay rides to from their shop down to the patch. It was a warm day and there were a lot of people out visiting the farm. Their atmosphere was fun, family friendly, and vintage. If you are in the need for some seasonal family pictures this would be a great place to go.

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I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and thank you for stopping by 🙂

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Netflix’s Binge-worthy Horror: The Haunting of Hill House

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October. A month full of spookiness and fright. Pumpkins and ghosts all gather ‘round this time of year. It’s spooky season, and we have so many movies and shows that will keep us awake for days.

I a self-proclaimed scaredy cats. Even jumpscares that everyone else will see coming, still manage to scare me. I get paranoid when I watch too many episodes of Criminal Minds, throw in the supernatural and I am done for. So, we can say I am not quite caught up with watching all the new scary movies. However, when I saw that Netflix had a new original series released called The Haunting of Hill House, I decided to give it a go.

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The Haunting of Hill House official poster. Copyright @Netflix

 

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I began watching the show. Other than knowing it was a horror movie, presumably about a haunting at a house known by Hill House, I wasn’t sure about story line or characters or anything. I went into this with zero expectations.

Immediately you are taken into a world full of ghosts and fear.

The first episode opens as many horror movies do. The perfect and happy family moves into a large and ominous house that it so obviously haunted. The family, known as the Crains is made of loving parents who buy houses to flip and sell. They have five children, two of whom are twins. Even by the first few nights of their stay the youngest, the twins, begin to learn of the haunted nature of Hill House.

The events that occurred in the summer the Crains habited Hill House is juxtaposed with the story line of the family in their adult lives since escaping. At first I thought they had made a huge mistake; now I know who escapes the house, but it did not take long for me to realize just how wrong I was.

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The Crain family. Copyright @Netflix

They are still a haunted family. Both by the past and in the present. Though they escaped the house they did not escape the ghosts and fear. It follows them around, which brings an added element to the fear while watching. It draws you into their lives and the show does well with developing the characters. Though they may try to live their lives as well-adjusted as possible, their connection to the house remains.

I have finished the entire season and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The first night I binge watched a few episodes and I was so scared I couldn’t bring myself to turn of the living room light and I practically ran to my bedroom. In the later episodes there were some scenes that blew my mind. With each episode at an hour long Netflix has outdone themselves with a great piece of Halloween fright.

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Legit Journals

This post is not sponsored, however if it could be that would be pretty cool…. I’m broke always.

Legit Journals

Though there is convenience and permanence in writing online I have to write everything down, pen to paper, before it ever reaches the keyboard. There is a magic in physical writing and my ideas tend to flow much more organically when I am writing versus typing.

I absolutely love journal shopping. Target, online, local stores, Barnes and Noble; you name it, I am looking at their stock in journals. I love Moleskin journals as they have such a clean look. The pages are quality and, let’s be real, they are just so aesthetic. However, the price. $20 for paper where most of what’s written inside it is going to be scratched out and revised? As much as I would love to be able to spend that much on a single journal that just isn’t cost effective for me.

I needed a journal for writing stories, poetry, or content of that nature. For bullet journaling I wouldn’t use since it is regular lined paper, nor sketching, or school(which I stick with the $1 notebooks).

I like things that are inspiring and interesting and when I found a company that is exactly that and also environmentally friendly, or at least as environmentally friendly as you could be in the paper industry, I was ecstatic.

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I found the Decomposition books. They each have a fun and original design by Michael Roger. Each of the notebooks or composition books is made with recycled paper. I bought three at Target, however they do have a direct online site; which you should check out at: https://decomposition.com

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I love each of these covers (especially the astronaut cats) and I can’t wait to fill them with stories. I bought these for $6 each.

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What are your favorite journals or pens? Let me know in a comment down below. 🙂

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Inspiration

How tostay inspired when writing

It happens to everyone. Whether you write, draw, sculpt, work on cars, have a hobby; you fall into ruts or you lose inspiration. I find this to be especially true when you have a passion that you desperately want to grow into a career. It is hard to turn anything into a career, and it is even harder when you are doing it 100% yourself, lacking connections and money to spin dreams into reality for you. It is difficult, so how are you supposed to stay focused on the goal when the journey is so hard? How are you supposed to feel inspired when everything you do is rejected or shot down?

I am not an expert in winning, or constantly being inspired or reaching the top of the mountain, though I do have experience in losing, and being rejected, and falling down and picking myself back up. And in this current saturated landscape of trying to be noticed online for your passion I have some strategies that I have adapted to in order to keep my head afloat, even when I feel like sinking.

  1. Write small one page prompts if you have nothing for a larger story.
    • There are so many places to find writing prompts. Search it on Pinterest and thousands of ideas will pop up. Reddit has an entire space dedicated to prompts, and you can even share your prompts; r/writingprompts. Or I always enjoy reading the Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day and creating a story out of the first thing that comes to mind. They have an email list for their Word of the Day, which I have subscribed too. Not only do writing prompts force you to think, the short stories they help you produce can be expanded upon and developed into a larger project. It can also provide some reference material for when you need to work on your main project but have run out of ideas.
  2. Create a vision board.
    • Vision boards can be digital or material. I find that being able to reference my goals makes me more excited to put forth the effort to accomplish them. Finding pictures and quotes for vision boards is an adventure of its own too. It forces you to think about the “why” of your work and the path to reach it. It is always there for you when you are feeling hopeless.
  3. Do things, even if it has nothing to do with writing.
    • I have a bad habit of stopping my life when I get down. If I feel like a failure when it comes to one aspect of my life I shut down every where else so I don’t have to face failure from multiple sources, and it is really hard to break free from those chains. That’s why I find it so important to drag myself up and do something small, something simple, something that has nothing to do with writing. Maybe it’s taking a trip to the dog park, baking cookies, or doing dishes. These things are all important and needed done anyways, and now that I’ve started moving it’s easier to keep that momentum going.
  4. Continue evolving.
    • Stick with your passion. Change your methods. I love writing. I have so much to say and I need a place to express it. This I know. Though I do not always know the best way to go about bringing it to the public. I have gone through different sites to share ideas, I have submitted blog posts or short stories to publications. And I have not seen the results. I won’t stop submitting, however I knew I needed my own space. So I started a blog. And maybe this won’t work either but I will grow from this chapter and be able to go that much farther in the next one.
  5. Take breaks.
    • Even if it’s an unintentional break, embrace it. I get caught up in work and school and if that means I don’t write for a few days then that means I get to look at my work in progress with a fresh set of eyes. Occasionally I will still beat myself up about neglecting the thing I enjoy doing most, but that never brings more productivity. It’s also great to take intentional breaks. Looking at something nonstop will desensitize you to mistakes. Take some time to read a book and have a quiet evening.
  6. Write something, you can always change it.
    • If I am determined to work on my WIP, but have no inspiration I still force myself to write something even if it is just basic plot building and there is barely any story telling. That is still valid and necessary work to completing a novel, and as it is incomplete I can go back and change it once I have had time to ponder and develop ideas and words into something more beautiful.
  7. Understand that everyone has had to struggle.
    • What you see on social media is carefully curated to only show something desirable. Nobody is posting every single rejection they’ve ever experienced, or the days of nothing. The days where little happens and it’s just oh so ordinary. What we see is a small percentage of real life. It’s cropped, edited, or one piece of the whole pie. Social media does not show time either. What we, as consumers, may see as a finished product we rarely see the team behind it. If we see one post there may have been hundreds of hours of planning, working, and tears to create that. It is one snapshot not a whole life and we can’t expect our own lives to be like social media 100% of the time, since that is not true for any one person alive.
  8. Success is not a competition.
    • We are happy when someone finds success, or at least our idea of what we find successful. Yet, if it’s success in our field, or it’s someone we know there is that small voice that is angry it wasn’t us. However, that voice is toxic. Just because someone has “made it” doesn’t mean your spot has been taken. Success can come to everyone in their own time.

 

Fall Bucket List

With fall starting I have been itching to jump into my sweaters and sit by a roaring fire with a hot cup of cocoa and reading a good book. Here in Colorado it is still routinely hitting the 80s and 90s but I am prepared for when the temperatures finally drop. Feel free to join me on my magical fall journey!

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Why I Took a Gap Year(or two)

I’m now into my 5th week of college and it has been a whirlwind. I will admit I was highly nervous to start, though the first day passed by with ease.

To say it’s been a whirlwind has been an understatement, and though it hasn’t been the longest time I can already appreciate my taking two years off before going to college.

Here are some of the reasons why I am thankful for taking a break that don’t involve expensive year long travels that many people I know would never be able to afford:

  1. Taking classes seriously

By the time I had graduated high school I was barely going to class and doing the minimum amount required of me to maintain my GPA. If I had entered college the summer after graduation I would have taken that same mindset with me and I would not have tried as hard as I am now. Now that I am truly passionate about my education I can take my classes and homework seriously and put my full amount of effort into it and listen to constructive criticisms.

2. Know what I want to study

Taking two years allowed me the time to ponder over the specifics of what I wanted to study. I have known for awhile that I have wanted to write, but that is pretty open ended in terms of a specific area of study. Now that I know what I like to write and what I want to do with my life I can make sure I am only taking classes that I am interested in or will get me closer to completing my major.

3. More confident in myself

When I graduated high school and in the two years between then and now I have gained so much more confidence than I ever could have imagined I would have one day. Though I still believe I have a ways to go it is tremendoulsy improved. I have more motivation to try as well, which I have found boosts my confidence

4. Ready to be involved

When I was in high school I had absolutely no school spirit. If possible I had negative school spirit. And now though I can poke fun at the fact that my school mascot is the same animal as Arthur, I am proud of where I am. I am also eager to be a part of my school’s offered activities, especially in the writing department.

5. More life experience

I can say with certainty that I have more life experience than I did at 18 years of age. Still at 20 I have no idea what I am doing half the time; but what I have learned in two years has helped me in setting myself up for success. Much of college writing in my communications and sociology classes is pulled from experience and without this two years of being in the workforce I would be at a disadvantage. My time management skills have also improved; which is needed for the large amounts of homework my classes leave me with.

In the end you have to do what it best for you. If you are ready to go into college immediately after high school that it superb! All the more power to you. I am not trying to influence anyone one way or the other, however I want to break the stigma of taking a break before going to college, or not going to college at all. College is not, nor should it be for everyone as there are many career paths that are enjoyable and successful without going through the traditional college role. It’s what is best for us as individuals, and I hope to give more of an insight into a different route than what it considered “normal” by societal standards.

Going Back to School

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It’s been quite awhile since I’ve blogged anything, but my job got hectic and I got busy and neglected to post. However, I am not going to let that be an excuse anymore and look forward to get back into posting regularly.

This August I am going back to school. I am really excited to do so, though, the closer it gets to the 20th the more I find my nervousness creeping up. It’s been two years since I’ve been a student in a classroom setting, and though I know these past two years have been full of incredible learning. I know that two years without being in a classroom will be an adjustment.

It took me two years to decide going to college was the right choice for me, and though most of my colleagues are going into their junior years I don’t have any regrets in that decision to wait.

Two years ago I was tired of school. I was tired of the expectation from adults that I had to go to college right away. I was daunted by the applications and FAFSA and all the change and effort that goes into starting a successful college career. In high school I was doing the bare minimum to get by, as I never truly needed to exert myself in order to be doing well. I also had a naive notion that once I graduated high school I could work a crappy job but all my creative endeavors would have an instant pay off. To which I quickly learned was not the case.

Taking two years was a necessary step for me. I have always been one that has their head in the clouds. I can’t help but be day dreaming constantly. And though I love dreaming, it has left me a bit lacking in the reality department. If I’ve learned anything these past two years it’s that success is not instant, and it certainly helps to find opportunities that will water you; allowing you to grow.

However, I realize that without that two year hiatus I never would’ve learned that lesson and I would have not taken college seriously. I would have skipped classes or continued with my high school mantra of bare minimum.

This two years has changed me in positive ways when it comes to education. I am beyond excited to start my classes and I’ll be going into this school year with a strong resolve and determination for learning.

This post is not to sway anyone to take a gap year (or two) before going to college, but rather just to remind everyone that there is no time limit to doing things. Or there is no right or wrong way to achieve education.

DIY Creating a micro-camper

I know of very few people who are perfectly content without ever traveling. I am not one of those people. One part of me wants to live like a nomad, ending up wherever the wind takes me.

Though I don’t think I could seriously live like that; the sentiment is still there. I want to see the rest of the world. Yet, we all have to start somewhere and I am starting with the US. I think one of the biggest deterrents for myself when looking to travel is the cost. Even with an Airbnb, a place to stay is a huge cost.

Recently my partner and I had the opportunity to buy a minivan for under $200. We jumped at the chance to take it and turn it into a micro camper (a trend that is already running wild on Pinterest.)

Here we are picking it up and giving it a jump.

We have a lot of work but I am excited to have a summer project and keep everyone updated on the work we put into it, and of course the places it takes us!