February BookTube Recap

February BookTube Recap

Have you missed my BookTube videos? Well, don’t you worry. Here they are, conveniently in one location in the order in which I uploaded them. Now you can marathon them or just watch the ones you missed. I thought I’d try out this format for sharing my videos with you all. Instead of an individual post for each video, I figured I’d put them all in one post. I hope you enjoy! And if you would like to stay up to date on my videos, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkMVxL4PKW9rHkDHPO4-tdA

❤ Maya

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Wanderventures | January

Wanderventures | January

One of my biggest resolutions for 2016 was to explore. I am a stone’s throw from DC, but I have yet to take advantage of the beautiful sights, museums, galleries, etc. I have been too content with staying at home and being comfortable with my little corner of the world. This year I’ve decided to change that with Wanderventures (a combination of Wanderlust and Adventures) and finally take that step outside my front door.  Wanderventures will be a blog post series (preferably every month, but you know how I am with schedules) and it will be a culmination of all of the cool and amazing things I see and do during the month.

Now let’s look back at January’s Wanderventures.

On January 1st, I started the year with a trip to Five Guys with the family.fiveguys

The next day, on January 2nd, My sister and I went to the Renwick Gallery and The National Geographic Museum for the Indiana Jones Exhibit.

Anything I say about the Renwick won’t do it justice, so here’s some more information about the Wonder Exhibit from their website: http://renwick.americanart.si.edu/wonder/gallery

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The Indiana Jones Exhibit

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Even though I’ve never seen the movies, I thought the exhibit was awesome and enjoyed how they connected the fictional artifacts from the movie with real archaeological digs and science.

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Outside the National Geographic Museum with my sis.

On the 5th, I made my very first spider press print .

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What’s a spider press, you might ask? Find out here: http://postalmuseum.si.edu/collections/object-spotlight/spider-press.html

January 9th, I went on a vault tour of the National Postal Museum and saw John Lennon’s stamp album!

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The vault wasn’t nearly as enormous as this, but was still just as epic. That had a lot to do with the fact that John Lennon’s Stamp album was there. I fangirled so hard!!!

I got a new coat on the 13th and a new camera and the 25th.

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I participated in the #24in48 readathon on January 16th to the 17th and read/finished 3 books.

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January 28th, I went to Ebenezer’s coffeehouse for the best Hot Cocoa and Blueberry Muffin I’ve ever had.

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I saw Kung Fu Panda 3 on January 29th.

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The movie was Ah-mazing!!! I’d see it again a thousand more times if I could.

January 31st, to end off the month, I watched Grease Live on TV.

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I was impressed by everyone’s performance and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I also thought it was amazing that Vanessa Hudgens pushed through despite the news of her father’s passing. Such strength! You go, girl!!!

And in case you wanted to know, my favorite video I filmed was Would You Rather BookTube Edition and my favorite book was The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.

January was enormously fun, and wanderventurous (yes, I just made that word up). I can’t wait for the many more adventures I’ll have this year and I’m glad to be taking you all with me.

❤ Maya

NaNoWriMo Recap | I Won!!!

NaNoWriMo Recap | I Won!!!

Last week, I conquered NaNoWriMo!

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Woohoo!!! Yay Me!!! I did it!!!

You were probably expecting an update on my progress a lot sooner, but the day after or really the minute after I won, I got sick. And I should’ve seen it coming with all of my family sick, but I was entirely too optimistic that I would be able to escape the sickness. Needless to say, I was pretty miserable for most of last week, but I am happy to say that I am back and ready to chat.

This year’s NaNoWriMo was a lot different from the years I’d done previously. For one, I outlined the book I wanted to do when I usually pants it the entire time. Another very crucial difference is that this year, I vlogged my entire month. For those of you who don’t know, and if you’re on the internet I’m not sure how you don’t know, but vlogging is similar to blogging in that you’re simply saying whatever is on your mind. In blogs, you write it and in vlogs you’re sitting in front of a camera and talking for a few minutes.

Vlogging gave my writing a new accountability. I knew that I had to do a vlog of my writing update so it made me want to have at least written a little something each day. Sure, there were days when I didn’t write at all, but knowing that I was keeping track of my progress made me want to do a little more than I would have probably done otherwise.

I was a lot more open in the vlogs than I expected I would be. I found myself not just talking about how many words I’d written that day, but also about how my day was, some new books I’d read and I even had an emotional heart-to-heart towards the end of the month (that’s Day 21, in case you wanted to know. If you’re not up for emotions, I’d skip that video if I were you.) It was so freeing and awesome sharing my experiences and everything that came with my day to day life. I’m not sure I would do it as frequently, but I definitely think it’s cool to share a little bit of my day with you all from time to time and it’s something I definitely plan on doing in the future.

NaNoWrimo is and always will be an awesome experience. This year alone, I’ve been opened up to so many new experiences, vlogging only being one of them. I went to my first  in-person write-in this year and I also donated to NaNo for the first time. I enjoyed NaNo so much and I am so thankful for each and every year I do it. I’m already ready for next year!

❤ Maya

But wait, there’s more…

The entire playlist of my NaNoVlogs is below. At the end of the playlist is the NaNoWriMo Tag and a video about Why you should Donate to NaNoWriMo. I hope you enjoy these videos. For more videos every Wednesday, please subscribe to my channel.