Not long ago, I made a post on my personal goals for 2018 and today I thought I’d expand on that. I really want 2018 to be a year of personal growth for me, I’m sure you’ve all heard the quote “the best project you’ll ever work on is yourself” and we all have to keep that in mind, right? I really want to educate myself this year and just learn things – really expand my knowledge further and become a lot more clued up on everything I’m interested in.
So, without further ado, here are 4 things I want to educate myself on this year…
I already started working on this one during the end of last year actually, I’ve always been in love with the universe, the cosmos, the moon, the sun, the stars – astrology, whatever you wanna call it. I’m obsessed with it and find it so incredibly interesting, and I really wanted to educate myself on it! I’d purchased some second hand astrology / horoscope books ages ago but had never gotten around to reading them, they’d just been sitting on my shelf the whole time. Late last year I thought right, I’m gonna start learning now – so I got out my laptop and my books, sat at my desk and just wrote and wrote until 3am. I was copying everything down, replicating the drawings, just figuring everything out and it was honestly so fun. The notebook I used was just a spare one I had lying around but I really want to get a space themed one because as I’ve mentioned before, all of my journals are individual and relate to one specific thing – this one being astrology! It’s definitely something I want to keep working on this year, because I just love talking about it so much.
If you guys know me (which you do), you know I’m a feminist forever – I will literally defend women (all women) ’til the day I die. Obviously, the force of social media and the internet has literally taken feminism up by 32423403403% and I’m absolutely living for it, I love the movement so much. On a scale of 1-10 I’d say I was about a 6.5 when it comes to knowledge on feminsim, I know my stuff enough to defend myself and hold a conversation, but I could still learn a lot more. I really want to go into the history of it and even things such as every day sexism, because I know there are still things going on around me that I’m unaware are sexist and so on, and I also want to educate myself so I can stand up for others too, girls support girls.
I’ve wanted to learn Spanish for the longest time now, I studied it when I was at school but obviously that was compulsory and so at the time I never really paid that much attention (none of us did) – I was in the top set but I only studied it for around 2 years before I moved schools, and at my new place they didn’t offer languages as a subject. I remember a couple of phrases but that’s about it and they’d probably be grammatically incorrect anyway so, let’s just say I’m not the best at it…
I started Spanish on Duolingo about a year ago and I was learning quite a lot, but then I got super busy and basically just let the whole thing slip – I’ve started back up again now though and this time I’m determined to stick to it. I’m aware that obviously Duolingo alone is not going to be able to make me fluent in Spanish, but it’s a starting point, right? Any tips or suggestions of Spanish TV shows etc. that I could watch would be greatly welcomed – I know some of you who read my blog are Spanish (and amazingly fluent in English) so any help would be greatly appreciated!!
My obsession for learning Spanish started back up again recently because I discovered the K-Pop group BTS, and when I say discovered, I mean actually took the time to see what the hype was about because I’ve never been into K-Pop or listened to any of the music before etc. – I’ve just never took any interest in it. Someone RT’d a member of BTS onto my timeline on Twitter the other day and I was like okay, I’ve been hearing about these guys everywhere for years now and I just don’t understand what the big deal is, let me check them out.
Update: I now understand what the big deal is.
*rant incoming (scroll past this if you don’t wanna hear me yell about K-Pop)*
What have I been doing my whole life? I thought K-Pop was this weird phase thing that teenage girls were interested in and I never really took the time to actually look into it but now that I have, I can totally see where everyone is coming from. IT’S THE BEST THING EVER. Let’s not beat around the bush here, Korean boys are the most ethereal, beautiful beings I’ve ever seen. What’s the deal with that. I’ve never taken a slight bit of notice before because obviously, I don’t see that many (I don’t think I’ve ever seen any) Korean people during my day to day life, and I’ve never had any reason to Google them or look at them etc. but holy shit they’re magical. I’m just captivated. I kind of sat there in silence for a good 10 minutes just watching these BTS videos wondering why I hadn’t bothered to look into them sooner, and then I started listening to the music and I was like ?!?!!?! Fair enough I haven’t got THE faintest idea what the hell they’re saying, but that doesn’t mean it still doesn’t sound good. (Jungkook’s vocals anyone?????????) and then I started watching their live performances and…….THE DANCING???? I’ve never seen anything performed so perfectly in sync in my life. I don’t believe they’re real, everything about them all is too perfect to be real, it’s just a conspiracy to ruin everyone’s lives and have K-Pop take over the world (note: it’s working). Not to mention the fact they all seem absolutely hilarious (thank you Lord for subtitles) but even when they’re speaking English (RM is the only one in the group that can fluently speak English so he basically just translates everything for the others, otherwise they just sit there staring into space which is hilarious in itself) they’re still funny as hell and basically (I will actually get to my point in a minute) I was just sat there like…I wanna be a part of this. I WANNA KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON. Because obviously, when RM isn’t speaking English and there’s no subtitles, I haven’t got the slightest idea. There’s just loads of laughing and shocked faces and messing around and I’m like….let me in on the joke guys.
So yeah, I basically just felt useless and thought you know what, I’m gonna get my ass back into gear and learn Spanish (I know Spanish and Korean have no relation whatsoever but it’s the thought that counts okay) and so here I am now, trying to become the next Spanish leader (that was a joke, I’m quite happy being an English citizen).
It’s been a crazy few days.
Also, back to the BTS rant – I could just be speaking into the void here and you’re all sat reading this like Chloe…what the hell. Because I don’t know if any of you guys even like K-Pop as I’ve never had any reason to ask (until now) and I’m also aware that BTS is probably the most obvious / popular band to start with but I’m new to this and I will eventually start broadening my horizons, I just wanna appreciate Korea okay. OKAY.
So in other words, if you’re Spanish or like K-Pop (or both!!) LET’S TALK.
Starting My Book
And last but not least (sorry for going on a massive tangent above I got carried away) starting / publishing my book! I have a post coming up soon about this so all will be revealed shortly, but I basically have no idea where to start on this one and so I need to get myself clued up on the dos and dont’s, which tools to use, pricing etc. I’m not planning on selling my book (because let’s be honest who would buy it right now) but I just wanted to create something for myself that I could hold in my hands and be like hey, I did this, so I need to start working on that asap and get myself clued up!
And that’s all I’ve got for now loves! (I always use too many exclamation marks and brackets someone please stop me). If you have any advice / tips / suggestions etc. on anything that I’ve mentioned here please let a sista know and I will be forever grateful. Let me know what you want to educate yourself on this year! (another exclamation mark I am so sorry)
All my love,