Goodbye 2019 / new favourite reads, life lessons, and finding a new love

I’m sure I’m not the only one here but guess who’s shook that it’s 2020??

Being completely honest here, I’m extremely confused (as always) as I reflect back on what happened this past year. A lot of things… changed, and in a way I’m happy with how much I have grown as a person compared to the Kimberly in January last year.

In this post, I’ll be reviewing some of my bookish stats for 2019, some significant events that happened, and some simple goals I am aiming for in 2020. Hopefully I won’t drag this post on too long… because none of our eyes would appreciate it haha 😅

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but for the first time of 2020, let’s begin this post, shall we?

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Looking Back: November / book slump + finishing my first short story (!!) + auditioning for dance team

I couldn’t help but smile as I finally logged back into WordPress.

It’s amazing to think how much has changed between the last time I posted here (around two months ago) to right this moment. Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of WP Reader, but as I began to scroll down the page, I felt a sense a bittersweetness and serenity. There’s just something about blogging that makes me feel at home. There’s so much I miss from blogging – in other words: I’m thrilled to be back!!

To be honest, I need some time to get back into the rhythm of blogging (since I’ve been doing horrible at this for the past few months tbh) and trying to find that balance between it and everything else in my life. However, I’m hopeful that things will work out, since I’m once again, falling in love with the blogosphere all over again. Since it appears that I didn’t do a monthly wrap up post for October, consider this as a merge of these two months as I struggle to fit everything under 1000 words (update: i failed).

Let’s begin this post without further ado, shall we?

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My 5 Favourite Characters from 2019 Reads So Far! / screaming about my love for them, and why you should too

There’s a lot of things that I love immensely.

Just on the top of my head: family, dance, and fashion design! If I could, I would go on for awhile undoubtedly. Of course, books are one of them (surprise surprise…). But what makes us adore the books that we… adore? Its characters.

Sometimes it may also be the world building, to plot, to simply the dialogues, but characters are nearly always the first thing that we get emotionally attached to. On that note, today I’m going to share my top (INSERT NUMBER) favourite characters only from the books that I have read this year!

Without further ado, let’s begin this post, shall we? ✨

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Looking Back: August + September / so… I have reappeared: a thing called school, dance, and fostering (smol life update)

These past two month were, dare I say, eventful.

With school *cough* back in session, it’s been difficult finding that balance between academics, extra curricular, family, and basically well, everything. This post is long overdue, as in I’m posting this in the middle of the month?? So much happened between the start of August to like… a day ago (?) so it seems rather fit to also include a smol life update in this monthly wrap up.

Let’s hope that I’ll be able to recount the bits and pieces of events that happened 😂

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Review: Finale by Stephanie Garber / all the feels, intense fangirling.. did it live up to the hype??

It’s no secret that the world of Caraval has my heart.

Ever since the first novel in this trilogy arrived to my hands, I have loved and internally cried with our friends Scarlett and Donatella as they adventure through the world of Caraval. Needless to say, all series must come to and end – thus, this post. Written by the amazing Stephanie Garber, I have the honour of reading, and reviewing Finale (Caraval #3).

Even though it’s been a few weeks since I have finished this book, whenever I catch myself thinking about it I’m just??!?! This has been SUCH a dramatical ride, and I can’t believe that it has gone to an end. Seeing that I’m already screaming, lets just hope that this post won’t be filled with an unsuitable, yet necessary, amounts of fangirling and rants as I recap about my thoughts on Finale. Let’s dive into the post, shall we?

side note: there may be some spoilers if you haven’t read the first two novels in this trilogy! reader discretion is advised ;))

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Looking Back: July 2019 / first month on PAR, avoiding Finale, and attempting double pirouettes

And just like that, another month has passed.

This month gone by both slowly and rapidly at the same time for me, if that’s possible. Since I’m currently out of the country, jetlag is getting to the best of me and my ability to stay fully awake. I’m still somewhat surprised as to how fast each day has gone by, but I think that I was somehow incredibly productive??

Anyways, this post will be the first monthly wrap-up on this blog, so it’s definitely something that I’m excited about! Even though this post is relatively late, but hopefully this will still do some justice. Let’s start this post, shall we?

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6 Simple Ways to End Today Calmer / healthy habits + self care tips

So apparently I’m currently in a self reflecting mood right now??

After listening to “You Need To Calm Down”, the over-analyzing version of Kimberly suddenly began to think about what that phrase meant to her. Then I realized: isn’t that something I tend to unconsciously say to myself almost daily?

Coping strategies for stress and/or anxiety are invaluable lessons that will help us for the rest of our lives. Positive, healthy habits helps us to get to know ourselves more, and to take better care of our body and mind. For those who often find themselves struggling to fall asleep due to worrying thoughts, I do hope that some of these tips will be able to help you! Of course, I’m not a professional – these are just some strategies that I have found based on my own experience.

Without further ado, let’s start, shall we?

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The Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2019 / ft. Goodreads and new favourites

It’s that time of the year again, my friends.

Summer is *officially* here, and that cues for more time to blog! Since last post was more of an introductory one, perhaps this one is the actual first post? If that’s the case, what better topic than to start off with bookish content?

Last year I also did the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag, and it was honestly so much fun. I recently read Ilsa’s post (which, btw is amazing and you should check out), and a great thank you for allowing us to do this tag as well! Without further ado, let’s begin, shall we?

*all books are linked back to Goodreads!

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the start of something new / petal and rising

and suddenly, you just know it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings…

I’m not exactly sure how to write my first blog post, so let’s just give it a go. Whether you came from my old blog – Free Perspectives – or if this is your first time reading ramblings of a potato tea child (in this case… is me), hello and welcome! I’m so glad that you have taken a minute out of your day to visit this lil post – thank you <33

On this blog, I’m planning to keep on the same niche as the ones I had for Free Perspectives – bookish, lifestyle, and mental health (usually my posts consists of one or two of those niches mentioned). Since it’s summer currently, I aim to post at least once a week!

As mentioned on Free Perspectives, I believe that Petal and Rising isn’t a new story in my blogging journey; instead, I’d like to think of it as the same book, but as a fresh new chapter to start with.

Whether you decide to stick around or not, I hope that there’s someone, or something, that will bring you smiles today! I am genuinely excited for this blog’s future; let us see what tomorrow will bring :))

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