Bye Felicia ! 

So, yesterday I decided to finally delete photos off my Instagram. If you follow me, you know I have a large amount of photos up. I love Instagram. I love putting up photos of what I’m doing, where I’m going and important things in my life that are happening. As a result, I have put up 1665 photos in the last almost four years that I’ve had an Instagram. That’s roughly a photo a day.
  
 As you may know, I’ve recently had some big changes in my life. I decided to finally delete photos. I’ve NEVER. EVER. EVER. deleted photos off any type of social media, but it was time. It’s time to grow up and put the people who aren’t in my life anymore away. There were a lot of great memories that I deleted, but it was necessary. 

  

“So let’s raise a glass to better days, forget the past and our wicked ways.”

Beauty Blender Cleaner

I’m obsessed with makeup, as you all may or may not know. I use my beautiful little beauty blender every. single. day. and sometimes I get lazy and don’t clean it [don’t judge me].

I’ve been trying to find a way to clean it without having to purchase the beauty blender blender cleanser solid for $16, because I would much rather spend that money on more make up.

I’ve tried cleaning it with my Bath and Body works hand soap, my shampoo, everything. I finally found a beauty hack that really works! I used my Dove body soap to clean it and it was amazing!!! It looks almost new and today my makeup went on like icing on a cake, flawless. I love it.

Try it out and let me know what you think! (:

The makeup is simply an extension of the personality and colors, clothing, makeup all express something.”

Disneyland Forever Fireworks

So, as you all may or may not know, I’m completely obsessed with Disney. Like all things Disney. I love Disneyland. Last week, Lucas and I went twice in two days. On Thursday, I spent the day park hopping between California Adventure and Disneyland because Lucas took his cousin to CA Adventure and my uncle, aunt and cousins were at Disneyland, so I tried hopping between the parks.

It took us from about 9:30 am to 2:30 pm to do all the big rides at California Adventure, or at least get fast passes to the rides, even though some we couldn’t go back to ride right away. On the other hand, I got to experience both parades at Disneyland that day. The Soundsational Parade [which is so so so amazing, it’s really worth the wait], and the Paint the Night Parade [ which is too short for my liking, it’s not worth the wait]. So that day I got to do a lot at both parks.

The next day, Friday, Lucas and I went by ourselves. We arrived fairly late, but the whole point of going this time around was to watch the fireworks from a decent place in the park. During the 24 hour day at Disneyland, we were able to experience the Disneyland Forever Fireworks, but mostly just the projections that are up on Main Street. It was amazing. Friday, on the other hand, we found a spot right in front of the castle about an hour and a half before the fireworks started. This is not a place for you to be able to watch the Paint the Night Parade comfortably, or at all, since there are many people in the way.

We sat down, and as time got closer and closer to the fireworks starting, more and more people tried to shove their way into our personal space, so I recommend you bring a blanket or something to mark your territory.

We were able to sit for most of the time, but as soon as the fireworks and the display on the castle started, everyone began standing up, so we did too.

The whole show was amazing and it definitely makes your cry, or at least gives you goosebumps. Like a whole lot of them. If you don’t believe me read this.

One of my favorite things was that I was able to take photos in front of the castle with no other people in them. It was amazing (:

Here are some photos from the show:

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“To all that come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America… with hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

– Walt Disney

Chicago

So, I went to Chicago a couple weeks ago and it was the worst experience of my life! Don’t get me wrong, the city itself is so freaking amazing. I loved it. I hadn’t been to Chicago in about 7 years and I did all the touristy things all by myself. It was amazing!!!

The truth is, I learned a lot about myself on this trip. It gave me some time to reflect on what I want in life. It gave me time to grow up. It gave me time to experience things alone.

Here are some of the touristy things I did while in Chicago:

First, it is important that you find out where to go via google maps and take screenshots, because throughout a lot of the “L” there is not a lot of service so it can be easy to get lost within the train if you don’t know where to get off and where you are going.
*TIP* bring earphones so people don’t know that you are a tourist, so you can still hear the directions in your ear. (;

I walked around Wrigley Field. Walked around and inside Navy Pier, though did not go into the museum.  I walked around The Loop [which is what I think is Chicago’s downtown area]. Walked through Millennium Park [aka where The Bean and the Crown Fountain are located]. Walked through the Lurie Garden & Grant Park.  Went to the Water Tower Place [which is a huge 7 story mall, with everything imaginable]. Walked up and down Michigan Ave. Went to the Disney store and found some awesome Chicago Disney shirts. Walked by the Art Institute. Walked to Buckingham Fountain. Went to the Taste of Chicago [which is a really yummy festival where you can taste a whole bunch of food for a certain price and it was totally worth it]. Ate some deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s. Touched Lake Michigan at the North Shore Beach. Conquered my fear of heights at the Sears [Willis] Tower.

Things I learned:
– going on adventures alone is awesome, you don’t have to waste your time on something you don’t wanna do and you can do whatever you want, in the order you want it, however long you want it.
– Always. Carry. Pepper spray
– Starbucks is always a good choice if you need to use the bathroom, charge your phone, rest.
– Always carry cash, even if it’s just $20.
– The place to buy your ticket for the L can sometimes reject your card, ask one of the people who work there to help you.
– If you actually own a selfie stick, it is probably easier to use it than ask a stranger to take your photo, cuz sometimes it’s super annoying and they usually never take the photos how you want them.
– Bars close late in Chicago, like 4 am.
– Most people are really nice, especially when they know you’re from out of town.
– If you really wanna explore, bring some comfy shoes, and walk.
– The only person you can count on is yourself. Trust your gut.
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 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones  you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

gah.

It’s been really difficult to articulate in my brain and in words what I’ve been feeling the past two weeks. I know, life changes sometimes but it’s been really hard to cope with this one.

In the past four-ish months I’ve lost three best friends, I’ve ended a relationship, I’ve felt completely lost; on the other hand, I’ve made some friendships go from being just casual friends to people who are never ever leaving my life. I’ve also finished college. And, I’ve started seriously dating my best friend. Honestly, it’s been hard.

Maybe it’s just me but I feel scared that I’m moving on with life so fast. I mean, in the past week I’ve gotten called for 5 job interviews, I graduated from college, I’ve started thinking about the future. The scary thing is that the future is around the corner.

With these jobs I will be able to make enough money to finally move out. I say finally, because there comes a time when you should move out of your parents house. I didn’t get to do the whole college thing, where you move into a dorm at 18 and sometime between junior and senior year of college you move into your own apartment and then by the time you finish college you’re able to afford your own place because you have a job lined up because were able to intern somewhere during your junior year for one semester while you went to Europe the other semester. But really, I didn’t get the whole “normal” college experience, but I loved my college experience. Yes, I still live at home. No, I didn’t get to study abroad. The point is, it may be time to move out.

This is when the tough questions happen. Do I move out alone? With friends? If so, who? What if I can’t afford it? Will I be able to? Where do I move to? So many questions.

So yeah, it’s been a tough time. There’s a lot of new going on in my life and there’s a lot of change. I hate change. I seriously hate it.

I miss school already! I do, it’s stupid but I do. Thanks for letting me vent. I’m good for now.

“Let go of things you can’t change. Focus on things you can.”

Capstone: Blogging Gratification Part Three by Elia Pacheco

MY RESULTS FOR MY THESIS!!!

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Hello again!

My name is Elia Pacheco and my specific Capstone research paper is specifically on blogs, it’s called: BLOGGING GRATIFICATION: UNDERSTANDING HOW READERS AND BLOGGERS PERCEIVE BLOGS.

On my second blog post I talked about my literature review, and how I would use the Uses and Gratification Theory and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory in order to facilitate my research questions and find out what I needed in order to prove that people do get gratification from reading blogs. Well, I DID IT!!! But, before I go into that, I will explain the way I was able to prove my research question and hypotheses.

 

Methodology

I was able to recruit a total of 201 participants for my study. I was able to recruit my participants via the internet. Participants answered a thirteen question survey, which not only analyzed their demographics (Sex, Age, Country of residence, etc.), but answered…

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I’m Perfectly Okay

Okay, so it’s been a few months now and I have decided to talk about it finally.

Yes, the boyfriend who I was soooo in love with and I broke up. Why? You don’t really need to know. But, since everyone keeps bugging me and asking me the same things all the time, [basically] we weren’t compatible anymore. I realized we did not want the same things. We did not have the same objectives. Sometimes you get comfortable, and it’s not the best thing for you but since you don’t want to hurt the person that you love the most in the world, you don’t say anything. You stop saying things that hurt you or things that are on your mind and pretend like it does not affect you or you don’t think about it, when honestly that’s all you do. [at least for me, that happened this time] There were many things said, many things that should or should not have been said. There were many things that happened that had gone unacknowledged for a long time, etc. I decided that it was time for me to take charge of my own life. I’m graduating from college for Christ’s sake!  I needed to figure out my life. And that’s basically all you need to know…

Yes, I will always love him, but I’m not in love with him anymore. Yes, I may or may not be dating around. Yes, I miss him and the friends I’ve lost as a results of this break up, sometimes. Yes, I have cried and will probably keep crying from time to time. No, we do not talk, at all, ever. Yes, I am ready to move forward with my life, both in relationships and in real life. Any other questions? k. good.

I head this song and it prompted me to write this post. These are my favorite parts of the song:

“This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
(Starting right now) I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

Losing friends and I’m chasing sleep
Everybody’s worried about me
In too deep
Say I’m in too deep (I’m in too deep)
[…]
But there’s a fire burning in my bones
And I still believe
Yeah I still believe

And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time”

Because I deserved better and I don’t care what ANYONE has to say to me. I’m graduating college, I’m having the best time of my life with all of my friends. I’ve not been this happy in so freaking long! I’m not trying to convince you, just letting you know that I am PERFECTLY okay! (:

“Falling in love is easy, its picking up the pieces, putting your heart back together and trying to move on…that’s hard.
[but I did it!]