Moments and memories: 1/12 *cue the good times*

Hello Lovelies! I think I need an award for latest monthly wrap up but oh well, at least I’m getting to it.

I apologize for not posting more, I have so many ideas but evrytime I sit down at my computer to write, boom. All the ideas flurry away and I’m left with a blank and un-motivated mind. This blog isn’t something I want to force myself to do though, so I’m trying not to pressure myself into writing/posting when I’m not feeling up to it mentally. So I hope to soon be posting more routinely, but for now I’m trying my best to just get what I can out and posted and I hope you will stick around! Thank you so much for reading my little rant, now let me actually continue on with this post, a little wrap up of January 2021!

I’m going to change up my monthly wrap up a little, making it a bit simpler. I’m going to state some of my favorite memories and then add 15-20 pictures to my post as hopefully a way to help me look back in upcoming years and help me remember the good of the years! Anyways let’s get onto it!

Memories of January:

  • Hung out with my neighbors, aka some of my best friends, a TONNN. I seen them everyday of the week for a point this month and it was a complete blast. I think we’re unhealthily weird and random but that’s part of the fun xD Some of my favorite memories with them are wearing drippy hats, making coffees, and screaming ‘Train Wreck’ and ‘Story of My Life’ at the top of our lungs.
  • Got our nails done and drove around to get free coffees for my friends bday, it was so fun!
  • I successfully got all my hours of driving with my permit accounted for, finishing up with a 2 and a half hour drive in the dark. and in the rain. On the freeway. Let’s just say I had a stress headache when we got home but I survived and we didn’t crash and now I’ve reached all my requirements for my license!
  • I signed up to play slow pitch softball at our local high school which is exciting but also terrrifyinggggg. I’ve been homeschooled my whole life and have never stepped foot onto the high school grounds so i’m really lost but I’m slowly adjusting! We also have to wear masks 24/7 while at the school which is something I’m willing to do to play softball but I will say, running in a mask is not a vibe. Not a vibe.
  • Got up at 5:00 a.m. to watch the sunrise with my neighbors and had a bit of difficulties but still ended up having a grand time!
  • Drank lots of coffee as per usual.
  • My mom cut me curtain bangs because lately I’ve been realizing that this life is temporary, half the decisions you make won’t change a lot of your overall story and just go for it. I’ve been embracing being spontaneous and just living a good life and its pretty nice ngl.
  • My neighbors and I started the year off on our right foot, literally. So we’ll see if that helps this year go better than ahem. our um. other year. *Cough…2020…cough*
  • My sister and I also worked for my dad for a couple Saturdays installing flooring which was nice! I didn’t love the work but I liked the money so I kept at it 😉
  • We got a tiny tiny bit of snow but sledding it it was amazingly fun xD
  • we fed cows for my grandpa, day and night because he had shoulder surgery and can’t use his arm for a while. The cows started having calfs and they’re the cutest!

okay that wraps up memories, now enjoy some pictures!

this picture is so blurry but for some reason I love it?
burning our Christmas tree, so sad but I also rlly love this picture like I feel like it has a deeper meaning but I don’t have a deeper meaning man. I just like the contrast but also its rlly sad bc duh, tree is burning ://

and I’ll end this post here. Hope you enjoyed ❤

Have a lovely day! How was ur January? Best part of today? Favorite meal of the day? I like lunch the most because I’m never hungry in the morning but breakfast food is amazing!

xx, Jasmin

Seventeen Syllables poetry book review. pt. 1 *falls back onto bed in pure happiness*

Hello friends! How are you? I’m doing wonderfully today, especially since I’m writing this post and you. guys. I’m so over-the-top excited for this review! I’ve done quite a few reviews but this is definitely going to the top of my list as one of my favorites.

Let me give you a bit of back story. Lori Hetteen, one of the loveliest people on Etsy, kindly agreed to send me her own two poetry books from her Etsy shop, lorihetteen. She has two books of poetry that she has for sale on her shop, both of which are absolutely, positively amazing in very way and I’m so very happy with them!

Now, with these poetry books I don’t want to spoil too much of the insides of them for you, especially if you are to buy them! But a struggle I came across was while trying to pick my favorite pieces of poetry to share with you, I couldn’t decide. So I decided to split this review up into two posts, and in this post I’ll review the Seventeen Syllables book! Now to show you some of my favorites pieces from the book, and to share some lovely pictures! Let’s go!

*All photos edited with Lightroom preset 🙂

The cutest intro page in my opinion 🥰

loveeee <3333

This page is quite explanatory if you read it, but ill sum it up for you once more. Lori often adds little notes, thoughts or explanations about the main piece of poetry. When she does this, she adds it to the bottom of the right hand page and it’s honestly one of my favorite things. It just helps expound more and really gets you thinking!

I love this!! I feel like a lot of the poems and pieces are about this but honestly this is one of the best reminders for me. There’s goodness in every stage, as long as we look for it. This relates back to last year, 2020, where a large majority of the year sucked but there was good. Quite a bit of good if you ask me. And i’m not saying 2020 was a “good” year, in fact it was quite pitiful but i’m choosing not to dwell on that, and instead to think of the more happier, positive things 🙂

I really love this one. I love the little definition/explanation or expanding on the haiku. I find it fascinating how its mentioned in the poem, we keep picking us. It’s so true and to look back at my life and realize how I chose my friends or how they chose me is mind boggling, it’s really something to think about.

A lovely piece of encouragement and such a good reminder. God’s got this, Even the ravens and the Lillies know that.

People like sunshine. They’re truly the best ❤

My mindset and hopeful mentality. It’s sometimes hard to keep a positive outlook on life but it makes all the difference.

The strugglessss. Especially of an awkward, socially incompatible teen like me. But we can do it. And I love the reminder of the right picture, “give up the act..” Yessss!! Exactly. Let’s all just be the real us and I think we shall get along fine.

Amen sister, amen.

I’m obsessed with this one. *realizes I’ve said this about almost everyone so far* 🤦🏼‍♀️ But it’s true! The journey is what matters most in my opinion. It’s hard though to not want to rush to the end, to get to “the good part” but trust me, the journey. is. worth. it.


And that wraps up the pictures! I hope that wasn’t too many and I hope you weren’t bored, I certainly enjoyed reading through the book!

For a final review of Lori Hetteens poetry book, Seventeen Syllables, I’d like to give it a glowing review. Lori was so sweet and responsive and kind, truly wonderful to work with and everything about Seventeen Syllables completely amazed me. The pieces of poetry were relatable and just, so perfect and really good reminders of good life lessons, be thankful for the journey, treasure every moment, be kind and reach out. Continue to pick “us” and never look back.

Please please check out Lori’s shop, here’s a link to it! and a link to Seventeen Syllables 🙂 And as always, if you end up ordering this book, reach out to me! I have a contact page on my website and I would absolutely adore to rant and rave about this poetry or almost anything under the sun. Keep an eye out for the second post of this review, where I’ll be looking at The Moon says Hello, and have a wonderful day!

Which piece of poetry from this post was your favorite? How was your day today? How’s 2021 going for you? Did you check out Lori’s shop?

thanks for reading lovely,

xx, Jasmin