My Summer Bucket List

It’s summer time, and that can only mean one thing : summer break is round the corner! So much time, so little to do. You know this summer is going to be amazing – you don’t know how or when or why, but it’s gonna be great! Here’s a couple things I’m going to be doing this heat-down before my summer kicks its proverbial bucket and if you’re looking for a little inspiration, I hope this helps!

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1. Go to a concert

2. Read a book every week

3. Go to the beach

4. Go to a carnival

5. Have Movie Nights

6. Learn that sport you’ve always wanted to

7. Volunteer at the animal shelter

8. Have a bonfire night

9. Have gaming marathons

10. Hit the mall

11. Have water fights

12. Have a picnic with friends

13. Buy a Bubble Gun

14. Go camping

15. Learn how to bake cookies

16. Go hiking with my family

17. Have a fireworks show

18. Write a story

19. Finish reading all my wait-list manga

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That’s all for now!

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂 

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You Are Strong Enough

There are so many times in your life when all you feel like doing is giving up. It’s been too hard for too long and you just don’t think you can take it anymore. It would be so easy to just give up.

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But that’s not who you are.

You’re meant for so many bigger and better things. Don’t you dare go give up on yourself. You’re all you have and you are the best and most unique thing you can offer to the world. Don’t let your struggles overwhelm you so easily. Give it a fight. So what if the whole world gives up? They’re not you. They’ll never be you.

You’ve got to do it for you. Whoever you are, wherever you are, you’re worth it. You can do this, I believe in you. You were given this gift of life that you get to open everyday and you’re so lucky, you don’t even know it. Keep working hard towards your goals, and destiny will be on your side.

Let your struggles be part of your story. Some day, other people will hear of how you worked your way through seemingly impossible odds and you’ll be an inspiration to them. Just imagine all that it could be!

Stay Strong!

Deliya x 🙂

From Croatia, With Love

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

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Most recently, I visited Croatia with my family to catch a break from all the stress life’s been throwing at us lately. Moreover I made an effort not to go to an over-advertised tourist city this time. From London to Paris to Rome to Milan. You name it, I’ve been there. But hardly ever have I been to a country where the aura was quite so relaxed as Croatia’s was. I instantly fell in love.

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I firmly believe that wherever one goes, one must go with all their heart. Wanderlust drew me to as many of its cities as I could visit in a week and a half. First stop, Zagreb. Untainted artistic beauty.

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From it’s beaches to its nightlife, this city had me totally blown away. All I know was that I had never seen a place that unbelievably fascinating. It was miraculous, the way this city bewitched me.

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The thing that caught me most was the Museum of Broken Relationships, which was an establishment unlike any other in the world. It housed relics and information about failed relationships of common Croatians, who had donated these to the museum.

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Coming to Croatia in the summer was like inspiration. Night time is when Croatia came alive. Under starry covers is when all the magic happened. Next stop: Plitvice. Here is where we went on an exotic 8 km hike and got pelted with hailstones. Truly an unforgettable experience.

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Last stop: Split. From the Croatian National Theatre to amazing football stadiums and arenas, the streets of this city were full to bursting with lively energy.

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P.S. All these pictures have been taken by me so please do not lift them without giving credits and due permission. Thanks!

Until next time!

Deliya x 🙂

The Fault In Our Stars : A Review

Following the release of the film adaptation of this book and it’s worldwide success, I thought it was about time I did a review of the Fault in Our Stars.

Being a bookworm myself, I have way too many books on my Kindle, and, having read the book in late 2012 (and having cried like a baby at the ending), it’s resurfacing this year could only mean ecstasy for me.

The story’s protagonist, witty, realistic and quirky Hazel Grace, is a cancer patient who meets her love interest, the gorgeous Augustus Waters at a Cancer Patients’ Support Group at the basement of a church in Indianapolis, where the story is set.

The whole sordid tale, laconically, is basically about a sick and dying girl meeting a hot boy, resulting in the two falling in teenage love and going on adventures together. In an abhorrent twist of fate, however, the sick girl manages to live while hot boy dies. End of story.

Or so you would think. But it’s so much more than that. To me, it was like a rose-coloured reminder that we all still have our whole life ahead of us, even though we’re all dying. That’s sort of beautiful, if you think about it.

This book was definitely a heart-breaker (because of obvious reasons) but, to be sure, it was definitely filled with little nuggets of wisdom, humor and warmth. Human-scale fortitude is so refreshing once in a while, wouldn’t you agree? This book evokes such rare and tender emotions such that I have rarely found it as hard to hold back from sobbing uncontrollably at a book.

From wishes to tragedies, from love to life, from eulogies to metaphors, this book has it all. Most of all, it is a dexterous, earnest story, filled with witty realism. It’s all about the time in your journey when life goes awry. It is a must-have on the shelf of every soulful reader and, if, for nothing, you must buy it for a laugh.

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

What Makes You Indispensable

Most of you guys are, like me, about an age where planning your future is starting to become essential. You prepare, dream, and work for your goals and hope that it’s all getting you somewhere. But, most you guys are, like me, also probably at least a bit lost and afraid. Whether it’s of the unexplained change the future might bring, the things you don’t know about or beating the competition. It’s all new and big and scary and hurts my head to think about it sometimes.

At such times, thinking about how to stand out from a crowd, separating yourself from the sea of other faces becomes the next pragmatic thought process. Making yourself an indispensable member of whatever organisation or team you plan to join is not easy. Everybody else is trying to do it – you’re not the only one. But you need to be.

However I think there are some ways in which you can make yourself marketable to your potential employers or colleges (excluding being a sycophant). They’re not very easy but definitely achievable targets that one can aim towards to stick out.

1. Upgrade your skills

The best way, I think, to stay marketable is to avoid being stale and out-dated. Keeping your knowledge and skill set current, fresh and relevant can greatly enhance your marketability. This may include upgrading your communication skills or technological know-how but it is a smart investment for your future. The more you’re willing to learn and open up to the idea of improvement, the better your chances are out there. Strengthening your abilities and qualifications (or gaining new ones!) increases your value greatly. Make sure to stay on top by being informed and anticipating what skills your potential employers deem important for the future.

2. Be Flexible

In an ever-dynamic world with a diverse job-market, being flexible is crucial. Keep an open mind. It builds a good reputation for you as a well-connected and necessitous worker.

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I hope this helps any of you guys who, like me, were wondering what the most marketable skills were that one needed to make one indispensable in the job market.

This post was inspired by Webucator.com ‘s Ask Series as part of their “Most Marketable Skill” Campaign.

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

♡ Some Of My Favourite Things ♡

These days I’ve been having to work harder than I ever have in all my life.

It’s been really stressful and super challenging and all I really want is to slow down, even if it’s just for a while.

I thought it was time for a little well-deserved break and so, here I am, typing out on my computer in the dark of this little town, some of the most pleasant things I can think of and things I love and enjoy.

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 1.  Tea

Keep calm and drink more tea.

2. Books

My favourite, to be honest.

3. Writing

Blogging – anything to get the creative bursts out

4. Anime

Anime, manga, cosplay – it doesn’t matter – I’m obsessed.

5. Puppies

OK, let’s be honest, who doesn’t?

6. Naps

I mean, seriously, sleeping is underrated. *knackered*

7. Dresses

8. Music

More specifically, dubstep and instrumental

9. Old TV Shows

I mean, come on.

10. Chess

I don’t know. #sorrynotsorry

11. Football

RMA are Champions & Kings – ’nuff said.

 12. Carnivals

The last time I went I was bloomin’ 11 years old! It’s been ages!

13. My PS3

You name it.

14. My Polaroid

Need I say more?

15. Pretty Odds and Ends

All things kawaii.

16. My Bow Collection

Can we just take a moment?

17. Mary Kate and Ashley

Because they’re the only other twins I know.

18. Christmas Time

Everyone’s happy – it makes me feel kinda glad.

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂