Hey, world! It’s Lora.
This post will be a little bit different from my usual posts. That’s because I got nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Sophie at Travel With A Bookworm which I’m so thankful for. ❤
Once you are nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award, if you wish to accept your nomination, you must follow these rules:
1.Generate a post about the award.
2.Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
3.Write a brief story about how your blog began.
4.Provide two pieces of advice to newbie bloggers.
5.Select 15 blogs to nominate.
6.Comment on each nominee’s blog and provide a link to the post that you created about the award.
How did I start my blog?
So, to be honest, my blog wasn’t really a blog at the beginning. I made it in 2013 as a website for the girls’ club which I was a part of at that time. In general, my publications back then were about the activities we did as a club. However, as time passed, our club fell apart and I was left alone with a website I didn’t know what to do with. I didn’t want to quit running it because I really enjoyed writing articles. That’s why I transformed it into my own blog – a place for my ramblings, thoughts and adventures. I can’t be happier about this decision because My Messy Blog has turned into something extremely special for me throughout the years.
My advice to newbie bloggers
• Don’t ever push yourself too hard to write posts, which you believe the others would like, when you yourself don’t enjoy them. Focus on YOUR thoughts, ideas and opinions because that’s YOUR blog, not anybody else’s. Write about the things which make your heart beat faster and stay true to yourself. The readers will notice that you do it with passion and will stay, believe me.
• Invest some time in creating the design of your blog. This is what the reader sees first, so you want it to look good.
The bloggers I nominate
Thank you so much for reading this post. Wishing you a lovely day!
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
As I’ve said before, I’m trying to appreciate even the simplest things lately because I realized that I need to change my mindset into a more healthy and positive one. I’m still on my ”journey of gratitude” but I promise I’m getting there, guys! 😀 Consequently, I decided to write this little list of non-materialistic things I love about life and share it with the world to spread some good vibes.
1. Having deep conversations with your friends about life
2. Eating ice-cream straight from the tub while watching your favourite TV show
3. When the bus driver sees you running and waits 10 extra seconds to let you in
4. Taking a long hot shower while imagining different scenarios in your head
5. When you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin for a day
6. When you’re listening to music in the car and you imagine that you’re in a music video
7. When you suddenly feel like everything in your life is going to work out and you’ll be fine
8. When the day is sunny and you can feel the sunshine touching your body
9. When you finally get enough sleep after a long tiring week
10. When your best friends hype up your Insta selfies with comments like “Slayy” and ”#goals”. Like, I’m totally up for that girl power!
11. Having a sleepover with your buddies
12. Watching the sunset
13. Having a ton of inside jokes which only you and your squad understand
14. Falling asleep in the car and then, waking up at the final destination
15. When the teacher gives YOU as an example of what your classmates should be like (and you feel like a god for a moment)
I hope you enjoyed this list! ❤ I would love to read about your favourite non-materialistic thing/moment in life, so feel free to leave me a comment. Wishing you a lovely day!
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
This is just a random post which I felt like writing… Winter is definitely not society’s favourite season considering the fact that the weather is freezing cold. However, this time of the year is my favourite! During these winter days I can easily find inspiration in everything. Sometimes a cup of hot chocolate, a lovely book or even a warm pullover can unlock my happiness and make me love winter. I’m currently in the process of becoming more grateful and appreciating the tiny gestures of life. So here’s some of the stuff I enjoyed doing lately.
I recently discovered a wonderful café near the place where I live. Since then, I always go there on a Saturday afternoon. I fell in love with the design and the furniture the minute I entered. It is, for sure, one very cozy nook for chatting with friends or writing homework. 🙂
I guess I’ve been in the mood of finding new cafés lately… 🙂 because yesterday, my friends and I went to one called “Central Perk” for the first time. It’s actually decorated just like the café from “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.” and it’s so freaking cozy inside. We played board games, chilled and drank hot chocolate.
Another thing I’m glad exists in my town is the ice skating rink. I managed to go skating a couple of times this winter and I’m planning to go again soon.
Music is an irreplaceable part of my everyday life and I’ve been using the app Spotify a lot in the past couple of months. I’ve discovered a few songs which always make me feel the calm winter vibes, so I wanted to share them with you.
I really hope you enjoyed reading this post. I would love to know what do you like most about winter, so write me a comment! You can also follow @my.messy.blog on Instagram because I’m trying to be more active there. 🙂 Wishing you a lovely day!
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
It’s been so long since I last posted in my blog but it’s been such an exciting journey since then. I’ve learned and experienced a lot of things which were unfamiliar for me before. But the truth is that I’ve been missing my blog this whole time. That’s exactly what led to my decision to write this post.
As you may not know, in June I was accepted to study in the #1 high school on my wishlist. The school year started in September and since then I have been studying GERMAN! It was my first time facing up with this language but I definitely loved it. The very beginning was a big challenge for me… Believe me, German is pretty tough! 🙂 We were taught such an enormous amount of new vocabulary and grammar… that I somehow ended up thinking that I had started to forget English. 😀 I didn’t have ANY free time for my hobbies, not even for myself (which is a problem that I’m still dealing with). In fact, I have got used to the pressure and I’m continuing to work hard. Fortunately, my motivation to study German still hasn’t left me! Fingers crossed that it won’t happen in the near future!
Another thing that I’m SO grateful for are the people who I met at my new school. I feel like it was all about destiny… because we get along incredibly well and they have been such awesome friends since the first day. ❤ (if anyone of them is reading this, I’m sending you my hugs)
I really want to continue working on my blog because it has always been an inseperable part of who I am. My goal for the new 2018 is to turn “My Messy Blog” into a platform where I can express more of my thoughts and feelings. I really need a place to store them and I believe that a blog is supposed to be just that! I’m exhausted of publishing posts which I think others would like… when I myself don’t enjoy them. I hope you’re okay with that and cheers to new beginnings! See you very very soon… 😉
As I recently got back from a seaside vacation, I thought I would share with you an article that I wrote last summer about the place we visited. It’s a very special post for me, so I hope you enjoy reading it. xoxo, Lora
Obzor. A small Bulgarian town on the coast of the Black Sea. A place that will stay forever in my heart. “Nothing special”, you’ll probably say while passing by Obzor with your car down the highway. But you’ll never know what secrets this town hides unless you take some time to explore its magical streets. What you’re going to feel is actually unbelievable… I’ll never have the power of the words to describe my feelings during our sea vacation this summer. It wasn’t the lively town center or the beach that impressed me. The quiet streets did. Those long and narrow streets with apple trees beside them. Those same streets where no cars drive along… where a smiling elderly would reach out his hand through the fence to give you a fig that he has just picked from his garden… where people live simple. Simple things. That’s it. Happiness is hidden in the most unexpected places.
I saw many places during our holiday but my mind captured this calm neighbourhood near the sea which somehow attracted me. There were old abandoned houses, young families and lush greenery. I could feel the spirit of this place. I could see history just in front of me. This place was a combination of past and present and I was a part of that change…
I had a wonderful time spent in Obzor and I’ll definitely come back for more inspiration. It’s incredible to see such a place where time has stopped but life is still pure, simple and meaningful.
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
I’ve never done the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag before (and I might be quite unqualified to do it) but I decided to give it a go. I may be a little bit late but I guess being late is what I’m really good at. 😀
Shame on me… I know, I know! But let’s calm down and talk about books now because I’m excited to answer the tag’s questions!
BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR
I expected this question to be quite hard for me (as I’m that type of person who really gets into the book’s story and laughs hard and cries… A LOT!) but it happens to be easy! The best book I’ve read in 2017 is definitely “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman. I’ve never read such a touching and heart-warming book. I can even say that it was better than “The Fault In Our Stars” (which is unbelievable for me!) Brilliant story and characters! I recommend it to everyone!
BEST SEQUEL OF THE YEAR SO FAR
I’m afraid I haven’t read any sequels in 2017…
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
- “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon
- “Textrovert” by Lindsey Summers
- “Boy: Tales of Childhood” by Roald Dhal (it’s not a new release but it was recently translated in Bulgarian)
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017
“Turtles All The Way Down” by John Green!!!
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
Olly from “Everything, Everything”!
NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
Definitely Elsa from “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” and Flora Banks from ”The One Memory of Flora Banks”! Those two characters were very unique and had wonderful qualities.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR
I don’t think that there was a book which had disappointed me in some way because I don’t like setting up certain expectations before reading. But there is something that really pisses me off about the books I’ve been reading lately (I’m talking about the Young Adult literature) – THEY BASICALLY HAVE THE SAME STORY!! They are all about a girl with an illness who finds love… And it is always the girl who is ill!
(examples – ”The Fault In Our Stars”: Hazel Grace has Thyroid cancer, ”Everything, Everything”: Maddy has severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), “The One Memory of Flora Banks”: Flora Banks has anterograde amnesia)
Don’t get me wrong – I loved reading those books! But I feel like the only interesting thing about the female characters is that they have an illness or they’re dying. GIRLS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND STRONG not only when they are fighting a disease and people need to know that!!!
BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR
”The One Memory of Flora Banks” by Emily Barr. This book was a present for me from a very special person and the story was something more than I expected. 🙂
FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)
Fredrik Backman from Sweden. I love his humour and his writing style!
BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
*I actually am! Because both of the links (↑↑↑) will lead you to my book review. Muahahaha!
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
Another reason why I absolutely adore this book! Am I totally obsessed with it? YES!
FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR
I read “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon about two weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. I was a little bit sceptical about seeing the movie later on (because I don’t like watching the movie after I’ve read the book, as I’m likely to change my mindset about the story). But I went to see it with my friends and I was surprised how well it was made. Some moments weren’t the same as those in the book but my overall impression is good.
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR
”Britt-Marie Was Here” by Fredrik Backman has two wonderful illlustrations on the front and the back. I got it for my birthday and I couldn’t ask for a better present! ❤
BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THIS YEAR
- ”Gangsta Granny” by David Walliams
- ”13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher
- ‘‘Wonder” by R. J. Palacio
- and 3486 other books which I won’t have time for (because DAYS ARE TOO SHORT AND I WANT THEM TO BE 57 HOURS, NOT 24!)
THANK YOU for taking the time to read this post. It was my first tag ever and I hope you liked it. Feel free to answer the questions on your blog too and tag me, so I can read your posts. Wishing you a lovely day! ❤
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
I’ve been enjoying the summer time a lot lately and I’ve found plenty of time to read and check some books off my summer reading list. (click the link to see it!) As I finished “Billionaire Boy” the other day, I decided to type a short review of it. 🙂
Okay, so first I would like to mention that this was the second book, written by David Walliams, I’ve read. The first one was “Demon Dentist” which had a really interesting storyline and characters. One thing I noticed about Walliams’s writing style was that it was very similar to Roald Dhal’s. As Roald Dhal is one of my most favourite authors, it was quite easy for me to get into the story and follow the plot.
Title: “Billionaire Boy”
Author: David Walliams
Genre: Children’s, Fiction, Humor
Rating: 4 ⁄ 5 stars
“Billionaire Boy” tells the story of 12-year-old Joe Spud whose father invented the half-dry-half-moist toilet paper and became a billionaire. Joe has everything you can imagine (and everything you can’t even imagine): a formula racing car, his own orang-utan butler, a real-life shark in a tank, every video game in the world, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and so on… But there’s one thing he doesn’t have but really wants – a friend.
That’s why he insists on going to a normal public school, and not a rich private one. Joe also decides to hide the fact that he is a billionaire, so he can find someone who likes him for his personality, not for his money. During the first school day, he finds a friend, Bob, who doesn’t suspect anything. Even when Bob finds out Joe’s secret, he still wants to be his friend. As the story goes on, Joe Spud runs into some problems and adventures and finds out that true friendship can never be bought with money. The plot twist at the end is kind of predictable but touching at the same time. David Walliams displays the ideas of loyalty and trust in a brilliant way while including some humour. 🙂
A heart-warming, entertaining and humourous book. I recommend it to every child who is willing to explore the mysteries of wealth, every teenager who needs a reminder of what true friendship is, and every adult who wants to have a good laugh. 🙂
Hey, world! It’s Lora.
Looks like Bulgaria has given us a very hot and sunny weather lately and I’m loving it! 😉 I’m definitely going to take advantage of it as I have some awesome road trips and activities planned. However, one of my favourite things to do in summer is listening to music… NON-STOP! (especially when I’m travelling) So why not make a list of my favourite summer tunes, right?
Bellyache (Marian Hill Remix) – Billie Eilish
“Sittin’ all alone, mouth full of gum, in the driveway. My friends aren’t far in the back of my car, lay their bodies…”
I recently found Billie Eilish’s music and I’m so happy about it because it’s very unique and different. Honestly, I have to say that I enjoyed the remix more than the original song. It has a great rhythm and I’m planning to do a choreography on it. Let’s see how it turns out! 😀
Ocean Eyes – Billie Eilish
“I’ve been watching you for some time. Can’t stop staring at those oceans eyes…”
Another one of Billie Eilish’s great songs but it’s slower and there are mostly vocals.
Rodena Takava – DARA
“Там има някой, който да ѝ отива, да отваря вратата пред нея и да я разсмива…”
This is a Bulgarian song with a very catchy beat. I watched DARA perform it live at a concert in my town and I couldn’t help but dance! ❤
Can’t Get Enough – Basenji
“I can’t get enough of you. Oh, I’m falling into this again…”
I heard this song for the first time in my favourite film – “Nerve” (it’s in the soundtrack). Since then, I can’t stop listening to it.
Ne Si Za Men – Kristian Kostov
“Понякога искам да те прегърна. Понякога бягам и пак обръщам се назад…”
Another Bulgarian song on the list – the debut of Kristian Kostov (who, in case you didn’t know, won 2nd place in Eurovision 2017). I like the rhythm and the lyrics.
Feel It Still (Lido Remix) – Portugal. The Man
“Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now. I been feeling it since 1966, now. Might be over now, but I feel it still…”
I’m in love with this one because of its energetic beat and summerish feeling. Plus, the remix is FIRE!!
Leave me a comment with YOUR favourite summer song, so I can listen to it. You can also follow me on Instagram (@my.messy.blog) because I post a lot of cool stuff there too. If you’re interested in seeing my last year’s summer playlist, here’s a link: A Summer Playlist 2016. Wishing all of you a lovely day! ❤