Since I feel like a lot of you only know my reading tastes and not really much about me, I thought I’d do a little Q&A about my life and everything else. The questions are all from Aradhna, Emon Economist, and Olivia. Thank you all! If you somehow didn’t know this, my name is Lia and I’m Dutch. I’m 21 years old. I’m obsessed with a lot of things like space, psychology, feminism, Hamilton, watching youtube, creating things, and, of course, books.
Because nobody sent me questions (I’m looking at you twitter folks. No hard feelings :P), I’m just going to answer all the questions I ask myself way too often and then answer them too (because why not). The reason for me doing this Q&A is because I think aromanticism is relatively unknown and though it is part of the LGBT+ spectrum, it gets little attention. When I asked whether people would be interested in reading this Q&A 28% did not even know what it was. So it is time!
Back in December I was tagged for the Who Am I Tag by Emma Lauren from Corn Book Reviews, thank you Emma! This is a really interesting tag, and very different from the types of tags I usually do.
- What is the meaning of my name?
Lia means nothing except that it’s an abbreviation from names ending in “lia”, but my real name actually has a beautiful meaning (which I cannot tell you because I don’t want you knowing my name).
- What is my Myer-Briggs personality type? (Link)
Mediator personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, Mediators have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the Mediator personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration.
I like this! It really fits my personality. However, I might be a little less dreamy as this description says, and I also am not really gifted at languages. I have done such a test a while ago and then I got ISTJ, which is a lot different. While filling out this test I realised how much more confident I have become in the last couple of years!
- What is my Zodiac Sign?
This is always a problem for me because I’m in between Leo and Virgo, it really depends on the horoscope. I believe that because the zodiac signs shifted that I’m officially a Leo though.
- What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)
My initial thought: Hufflepuff (and a little Ravenclaw)
According to the test:
Hufflepuff – 17
Ravenclaw – 13
Gryffindor – 9
Slytherin – 7
Hah I was right!
- What is my learning style? (LINK)
- Visual 4
- Aural 7
- Read/Write 4
- Kinesthetic 7
You have a multimodal learning preference. (AK)
Not sure what that means, but I assume it’s good.
- Am I Right or Left Brain Dominant? (Link)
I am left brain dominant because I am right handed and that is the real answer to this question but I’ll do the test just to see what it gives:
I use my brain equally.
- What is my Blood Type?
I have absolutely no clue?
- What Career Am I Meant To Have? (Link)
Writer. You have a skill for language, your imagination is vast and you are artistic and creative. Your brain is just overflowing with ideas, and all you have to do is get a piece of paper and share it with the world. You were born to turn words into magical stories
Hmm.. I’m on the right track then!
- Which Divergent Faction Do I Belong In? (Link)
My first thought was Erudite or maybe Amity but I never expected this! I’m apparently very fit for Candor, does that have anything to do with that I choose Blue in the quiz?
- What Does My Birth Order Say About Me? (Link)
I’m a second and middle child, which would mean that I am a social butterfly, peacekeeper, and fairness-obsessed, which I would not really say so. This probably has to do with the fact that I have an older brother (with aspergers), I act more like the first-born: a natural leader, ambitious, and responsible.
I am not tagging anyone, but I’m leaving this open for anyone who wants to! It’s really fun to do these little tests and think about what they say about you.
Do you think Candor fits me? I’ve never thought of myself as someone who would fit in Candor… Does your name has a fun meaning?
In about 10 hours from when ‘m writing this the new year begins and that makes this the perfect day to look back at what you did and what you’re going to do. What is life without a little self-improvement? I love looking back, but right now I’m going to look ahead.
My life is always so busy with everything, and I love being busy, but sometimes I need a break from it. I’ve come to realize that there are so many things that I want to do, and so many hobbies I would like to keep up with. There are some changes I want to pursue in my life and what better time is there than the New Year? I’ve got some resolutions! I don’t really have resolutions at all actually, but this year I have, which feels weird. Anyway, let’s get into it.
In 2017 I will
- Eat less meat. I don’t want to become a vegetarian, because I do love to eat meat from time to time, but I just want to eat less meat. At Christmas dinner my dad had made some kind of deer stew and I felt so horrible about eating it. Seriously, I couldn’t eat more than a few bites. I don’t like meat that much (besides, it’s really expensive) so I thought why not eat less?
- Get more organized. My life is a mess most of the time, I have so many ideas and plans but they get all jumbled in my head and I forget about them. I would like to change that. So I’m going to make a planner in which I’ll write everything down. I’ll also start writing blog posts ahead and plan out my tasks.
- Get my driver’s license. Finally! Yay! I hope to get it before spring, so maybe (just maybe) I can actually go somewhere on my own, and not have to take the train!
- Get high grades. My grades aren’t bad, but lately my motivation has gone down and I barely do more than is necessary for school. And I really want to get my grades up again! At least some eights and nines should be feasible!
- Blog less but have more interesting content. I blog daily now, and sometimes I just don’t have time on a day, so I do an easy tag or something else, and I don’t want to do quick posts. I want content that’s really interesting, so I’m going to stop forcing myself to write every day. I will do more personal and more discussion-type of posts in the future.
- Keep writing. This month, I’ve written more than any month, and I loved it! I just need that little push to keep writing. I’m also going to try NaNo in November, so I’ve got to prep for that!
- Draw more. I want to draw more, both just for fun, but also so I can get some more designs in my society6 store.
- Not quit photography. In February, when my photography club ends, I know I’ll be relieved (I don’t like the meetings that much) but I don’t want to stop photography all-together.
- Read a lot! I’m trying to up my goal to 100 books this year. I am thinking about also trying to read some non-fiction, like self-help/informational books/popular science books, because they’re so inspiring and interesting. I’ve been interested in reading Quiet by Susan Cain for a while, so that might be the first non-fictional book I’ll read.
This Time Next Year Tag
I was tagged a long while ago (over a month) for Sarah’s tag This Time Next Year. Thank you Sarah for the tag! I think this is a great idea and I should have done this a long while ago. So sorry for that. I couldn’t come up with anything at first, so I procrastinated (I should probably put that on my list as well: stop procrastinating so often)
- Thank the person who tagged you
- Write your goals for next year
- Write how you’re going to achieve your goals
- Tag at least 5 of your blogger friends to share their goals
- Then if you wish in 365 days write a post for everyone to see if you have been successful or not!
This time next year… I will have participated in NaNoWriMo, and not given up
I will do this by practicing writing a lot, I plan on keeping writing every week or month. So I at least get more easily into that “writer mood”, you know the fluent typing thing: when you’re just writing and writing without thinking too much about it. I will also plan my project, I will have thought of a story idea before the end of October. Then in November I will start planning my novel, using a very elaborate outline (because I will need that).
This time next year… I’ll be finishing up my Bachelor End Project, and hopefully I will graduate “met genoegen” ( I don’t know what it’s called in English, it means you’ve got a 7.5 or higher on average)
I will do this by keep working hard, keep up with all my courses and get high grades. I will need to nail some exams (getting grades of eights and higher), which means that I’ll need to study hard and don’t settle for a six.
This time next year… I’ll be more organized in my blogging, writing, school and basically everything
I will do this by keeping a planner, and I think I will use a combination of regular planning and bullet journaling, because I’ve used it in the past and bullet journaling works quite well for me. I have written a post about planning and organizing that will go up tomorrow on Ally’s blog.
I would love to know what your goals are this year, so tell me below or do this tag! I tag everybody who wants to do (sorry I’m not tagging anyone in specific because I know a lot of people already did a post like this one).
What are your goals?
Seriously my motivation is there, but my attention keeps drifting away. I need to study. I don’t feel like I know it all well enough and my first exam is in two days.
Usually my exam preparation consist of a few stages:
- *I’ve got enough time to study, I still have like three weeks*
- *WAIT NO I DON’T* Panic
- *Everything’s going to be fine*
- Prepare + study
- *Never mind I’m gonna die*
- Planning (again because my last planning was way too full and I can’t keep up)
- *Where is my motivation??*
- *Oh that went actually quite okay*
- *Please tell me I didn’t fail the class*
Four things that make it a bit more manageable:
- Studying with friends
I really like studying together because you can help each other out and it is much more fun. We skype to go through our summaries together, or we just meet up at school and work together. The only disadvantage is that I have one more exam than my friends, which is the exam that is on Monday. Which means that if we meet, it is about one of the other two exams and I need more time to study for the first one, because I am stressing out about that one!
I listen pretty much all day to Walking on Cars and Dotan, I live for Shadow Wind by Dotan. I LOVE THAT SONG SO MUCH ❤
- Flash cards
This is my favourite way of studying. It takes me a lot of time (A LOT!), I write down all the key words and explanations and usually print them. I wrote them out once that is so much work! I cut out the cards and get to testing myself. If I know a card I move it to another pile and you can basically see yourself progressing. I love that part. But even better is that you actually know them by heart when you’ve finished. I have learned about 300 key words in just a few days so often, it is wonderful 🙂
Sadly I can’t do that for the classes I’m doing right now, and I’m a bit too late to even get started.
- The breaks
How do you survive studying?
I am always busy learning myself new things. Random things, usually. Things that I find really interesting, but are absolutely useless to be able to do. This week I discovered something new, and I thought about all the things I tried to learn myself but never actually finished learning. Here’s a list of things I want to be able to do or have tried to do:
- Sign Language. I have tried to learn it and I got pretty far actually. I can do the alphabet and do basic sentences like “My name is ..”, “How are you?”, things like that. But then I found out that I was learning ASL, which is American Sign Language, and that is different from the Dutch sign language. Apparently. So my knowledge would be quite useless. Then I got less motivated and I didn’t have time anymore, so I kinda put in on pause and never continued.
- Writing with my left hand. This was actually something I did one boring afternoon, but I still want to be able to do that. It would be so cool to be able to write with both hands. And of course if you injure one hand, you can still use the other one (this actually happened to me last winter, my hand was hurt so I couldn’t really write).
- Speak French. A language isn’t something you learn from a book. It just doesn’t work. I had 6 years of French classes and I still can barely have a conversation with a French person. Trust me, I tried. And failed, miserably.
- Astronomy. A few years ago, during the summer, I got bored and wanted to know more about our universe. So I started doing research and writing interesting things down. The stars and everything that’s out there is just so interesting! But then summer ended and school started and I didn’t have time anymore.
- Dvorak. You probably never heard of Dvorak, but we talked about it in class so I got interested. Dvorak is basically a keyboard where the letters are in a different place. According to the inventor himself, this should be much easier and faster. The letters that are used most often are in the middle row of your keyboard, so your fingers are on them automatically, which makes it faster. I started learning this yesterday together with my friend, because it was Friday afternoon and you know how Friday afternoons are. It turns out, learning typing on a different keyboard is a pretty good way of procrastinating.
Of course there are also things that I did actually learn to do (I’m not that much of a loser that I give up every time!). Examples are drawing, knitting, crocheting (is that actually a word?), photography, and probably some more, but I can’t think of anything right now.
What are things that you tried to master and failed (or succeed!) ? Are there things you still want to learn in life?