A Motivational Message From the Journal of an Awkward Almost-Genius (AKA Me)

As Ben Kowalewicz (The Billy Talent vocalist) once said, ‘So many people will try to stop you, but you can’t let them. Live life to the fullest, and have however much  fun that you want.’ I personally think that this is great advice to live by, but does it apply to every situation? Does it apply to my situations and experiences? Call me crazy, but I look up to Ben and the guys in Billy Talent because, well look at them! They were like me, the dorks, the misfits and the outsiders in highschool who all had one common interest: rock music. they formed a group called Pezz and recorded tier first album in guitarist Ian D’Sa’s basement. This was almost 25 years ago. Pezz is still going strong, just under a different name. Now called Billy Talent, they can knock down any obstacle that stands in their way. Heck, they were willing to put the entire production of Afraid Of Heights on hold because of drummer Aaron Solowonuick’s MS relapse, but Aaron insisted that they soldier on without him. The bond that they have is crazy. They were once like me. So was JK Rowling, and they all went on to do something great. None of them ever fit in. They all had humble beginnings. They weren’t popular or well-liked. JK Rowling ended up on welfare, but still made Harry Potter happen. I am destined for greatness, or so I’ve been told. Or maybe I’m destined to be the villain in my own story.

All of us have the potential for great things. It’s just a matter of -ugh- effort and how we use that potential. If we put our minds to it, we can achieve greatness. I hope. I wan tto be the next JK Rowling, SE Hinton or Mary Higgins Clark. You look at some of these people an think they have it made, but you need to look at where they came from. Most of them built up their empire and wealth from absolutely nothing. Nobody great ever got there without actual effort. Nothing in life is free. Weather the price is money, or effort, you’re always paying somehow, and it always pays off. So go cahse your dreams, they aren’t out of reach.

-Tash

#LifeHack: Sort of Holographic Hexagon Wall Peices

Hello! Have you guys seen the music video for Alessia Cara’s Stay? It messed me up so much. So, the guy misses the elevator Alessia’s in, and then time just keeps resetting itself until he and Alessia go out, then he dies and everything just resets again. It’s crazy! Anyways, because it’s may and i needed to think (only think, haven’t actually done anything yet!) about spring cleaning. I took down a poster i’ve had for too long, but didn’t have anything to replace it, so i googled “cute Tumblr room decor” and found this. YOu can use holographic paper, i just only had tinfoil on hand.

You will need cardboard, tinfoil (or holographic paper) and *optional* Sharpies to doodle on the hexagons with.

Step One. If you are confident with your freehand skills, sketch out the shape of a hexagon. If not, simply find a template and trace it onto your cardboard. Make as many as you would like and cut them out.

Step Two. Cover each hexagon in tinfoil or holographic paper. If you wish, you can use your Sharpies to put designs on them. I used quotes and obscure references from “Stranger Things”, “The Librarians”, “Harry Potter”  and “The Outsiders”. I also wrote “ok no” and drew stripes on the rest. Tape or sticky tack to your wall to finish.

Thank you so much for reading my blog and following my posts. I am  quickly gaining popularity (i think), but i just do it because i enjoy it. It’s not a job or anything. Just letting you know. Remember to follow my blog so that you don’t miss out on my posts and leave a like if you like my #LifeHack collection! See ya’ll soon! Stay Gold!

-Tash

PS. Only Outsiders fans will understand that reference at the end. So probably only me. Oh well!

Locker Stuff!! DIYs and Revamps!

It’s that time of year again. Lockers. Sarcastic Yay. Do not let the cramped spaces bring you down, as it is easily fixed by cute stuff! Today I am going to show you the essentials that you can find anywhere for cheap, some awesome revamps on cheap stuff and totally original DIYs. Let’s get started.

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  1. Locker Shelf

This is unavoidable. Lockers just do not have enough space for everything. Even if you get a few shelves, you will probably need a sturdy shelf at the bottom. This one was $1.25 at Dollarama, but they are just as cheap at The Dollar Tree or the locker section at Target and Walmart.

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2. Whiteboard/Corkboard Revamp

I was at the SuperStore with my mother when she did her grocery shopping. We passed by their seasonal section and I found a large half whiteboard and half corkboard for only $2! When we got home, I decided to revamp it. I took the marker clip off the sides and covered the purple plastic part in flower patterned duct tape. Then, I blinged out the top portion with stickers.

3. Owl Magnets (Shown in #2’s Photo)

Okay, these are the best magnet clip things I have ever seen. For $1 at Dollarama, these clips come also in Peace Signs and Hearts. If you do not want to spend anything and have magnetic clips lying around, you can print off pictures of owls and glue them on.

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4. Duct Tape Pencil Holders DIY

You will need duct tape, labels (I just printed off two Lily Pulitzer prints and cut the shapes I wanted out of the paper), packing tape and a tin can

Step 1. Cut three strips of duct tape and stick them to your can so that you can’t see any of the tin showing through. I like to fold the top over the rim of the can so that you get a polished look. If you run out of tape on your roll, just apply glue to the cardboardy (Is that a word) area on the bag of your pattern and wrap around the can.

Step 2. Stick your label on to your can and write whatever you choose, maybe what you are storing inside or be random like me and right things like “LOL” and “Be Awesome”. After the label has been applied, cover with packing tape for longer durability.

I loved these so much that I made the one with the British flag sticking out of it for my room! You can just put pencils and other writing utensils inside, or you can put all your essentials inside like I did. I put in a pack of tissues, a whiteboard marker, a black pen and the thumbtacks for my corkboard, but feel free to put in whatever you want.

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5. Whiteboard Calendar DIY

You will need a printout of a completely blank calendar, stick-on magnets and packing tape.

The Only Step. Cut out the calendar. Cover with packing tape and fill in all the information with a whiteboard marker. Place a magnet in each corner and one in the center.

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6. Personalized Magnets

You will need old magnets that you do not need, packing tape and printouts

The Only Step. Glue your pictures to the magnets and cut them out. Cut out a strip of packing tape and glue on top.

Just to give you some ideas of the things you could put on your magnets, I googled “Unicorn Emoji” and found the above picture of a panda with a unicorn’s horn that says “Keep Calm and be a Pandicorn”. I also used a picture of a kitten sitting in marshmallows, the Gryffindor emblem from Harry Potter and three pictures from one of my fave shows ever, The Librarians. Remember, this is only advice and you need to be as true to you as possible when decorating your space.

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-Tash

Happy Belated Birthday Harry Potter!

Okay, so I know that Harry Potter’s birthday was on July 31st. I was a bit late in getting a blog. But it is NEVER too late for a DIY!! I was randomly surfing the net for DIY back to school videos when I came across this one video with really cool digitally made binder covers that were modeled after YA books like Mocking Jay and A Fault in our Stars. I watched the video and thought that the DIY was soooooo cool and I just HAD to try it, so I did the cover for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and redid it for my Judo Terminology book. Here is the link for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u74s4AS1bs

I really hope that you enjoy this DIY and you can use literally ANY book cover that you want for this amazing DIY. Keep Calm and Craft On!

-Tash