Binge Worthy Netflix Shows YOU NEED TO WATCH// 2019

Hello everyone, I hope you all are having a fantastic day so far. Currently in the Chicagoland area, we are experiencing freezing temperatures, with the wind chill it currently feels like (-45 ℉)  😬, so to all my Chicago peeps, please keep warm and safe! However, last year I wrote a post on must-watch Netflix shows (2018), so I figured I’d update everyone on new shows I’ve watched within in the past year. All of the following shows, happen to be Netflix Originals and they are all my favorites. I tried to include a variety, so that there is at least one show that appeals to you, (however there are no horror shows that I have watched entirely, so I apologize to all my spooky lovers). take out the snacks, and prepare for the Netflix marathon that awaits you!

#1

YOU: This dark and mildly romantic thriller will keep you intrigued and addicted to keep on watching.

Synopsis: A bookstore manager (Joe) becomes instantly infatuated with a woman (Beck) who walks into his store, he soon becomes very obsessive and goes out to extreme lengths to be apart of her life, doing no matter what he has to do to make that happen.

Why you’ll love it: As more begins to unfold throughout the series, the mystery begins about who Joe really is, and he’s not the person Beck believes he his.

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#2

Sex Education: For those that like raunchy comedies with some heartfelt content, then this is for you. 

Synopsis: Takes place in modern-day Great Britain. Otis is a young teen virgin, who seems to know a lot about sex problems, maybe because his mom is a sex guru. However, when him and the school’s tough gal Maeve both meet, they decide to make some extra cash by creating a sex therapy clinic on the down-low to help their classmates sexual issues.  

Why you’ll love it: It’s a masterpiece that touches on all aspects of sex, through all genders and orientations, we see genuine humor and content that everyone can relate to in some way. (And hey, you learn a little about sex ed too!)

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#3

Master of None: This witty comedy is perfect for those who are young and confused about what they want.

Synopsis: 30-year-old Dev lives in the great New York City, he’s at the age where he’s struggling with what he wants in his life, both personally and professionally with his career. Throughout the show, it glimpses through Dev’s past and we see the important roles his friendships play in his life.

Why you’ll love it: This comedy is very realistic and is the epitome of millennial culture.

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#4

Love: A quirky Rom-Com that fulfills both a comedial and romantic standpoint perfectly.

Synopsis: Two millennials both recently become single. When they coincidentally meet and befriend each other, they develop a friends-with-benefits type of relationship, until they realize that they both feel more for one another.

Why you’ll love it: These two seem like polar opposites, however they may just have one of the best relationships.

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#5

Atypical: A heartfelt, authentic comedy, that glances in the life of someone living with autism.

Synopsis: Teenager Sam is on the autism spectrum, he decides that he wants to find a romantic connection, however he needs to learn how to be more independent, which causes his helicopter mom, to make changes in her lifestyle. Sam and his family learn how to adjust to these new changes and each experience challenges in their way of navigating life.

Why you’ll love it: This sincere show, gives you an understanding of autism, by both through the person with autism and those close to the person with autism.

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#6

Everything Sucks!: A quirky coming-of-age series, that takes a different perspective on high school.

Synopsis: It’s 1996 in the town of Boring, Oregon. Boring High School’s two clubs, AV and drama clubs decide to team up to create a short film production, that will help them get more recognition throughout the school. Of course, teenage romance issues take place, especially between the two main characters.

Why you’ll love it: The humorous show sharply touches on what goes through the minds of many teenagers throughout high school, from both a seriousness and comical view-point.

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I hope you all enjoyed this post, and hopefully check out one of these shows. Even if they do not call your attention at first, I highly recommend giving them a shot. Comment down below which Netflix Original you’re most interested in watching! 💻

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My First Semester in College

Hello everyone, I am back with a new blog post as promised. For today’s post, I will be talking about a general overview of my experience during my first semester in college. A huge part of why I was not blogging for months, was because I had started college and I was adjusting to the college life. However going forward when I start the spring semester, I am planning on continuing with my blog, by posting once weekly.

I will not be enclosing what school I go to as of now, for safety reasons, however I am from the Chicagoland area and I do attend school not very far from my house, at a Liberal Arts College. I did choose to dorm on campus, to really engage myself in the college experience and to practice independence.

The day I moved into my dorm was such a blur, I remember feeling heighten emotions of anxiousness, surprise, and excitement. From where I was the first half of 2018, going and starting college was a massive change from everything I had been used to. The main feeling I felt, was that this was unbelievable, I am no longer living at home, I’m away from my family, and I am starting this new chapter of my life alone at college. Orientation was great though, I participated in this pre-orientation program, before my school’s main orientation, and it helped me meet new people and feel more comfortable in the environment before transitioning to a larger group setting.

The biggest adjustment at college was definitely living in the dorms. I live in a quad, so I have three other roommates, and living with strangers is difficult, you have to open up, and thankfully we all did and become close later on. The cafeteria food is alright, although after two weeks, I got real sick of the food and just wanted a home cooked meal. The most difficult aspect of living in a dorm, was the whole bathroom situation, my dorm building has communal bathrooms and man was that an adjustment, for others it’s not too bad, but something I miss is the luxury of my bathroom at home and the privacy I had, although it is part of the college experience.

As far as classes go, they are way better than in high school without a doubt. I took an english composition course, my freshman year seminar which was about gender and college experience, and an intro to psychology course. I was also enrolled in a math class, however I ended up dropping that class (a story for another time). My classes were very good for the most part, I had the best professors and I was so thankful to have made friends in each of my classes. It’s very nice having a different schedule every day, having time in between classes to relax and go back to your dorm or to chill in the main lounge and get some work done.

Overall, college has opened me up to so much more, I have met many cool people,  I have gotten out of my comfort zone, took risks, and have gotten involved in campus life. There has been some struggles throughout the semester, where I had wanted to move back home or felt alone, but I pushed through it, like most students. I appreciate the pretty great moments I had with friends, the laughs that I had not felt in years, and the one-time opportunities I partaken in.

I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about how my first semester at college went. I am planning on starting a college series on my blog, where I write about a variety of aspects of college life, so if you have requests as to what you would like to see, then comment them down below! 

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17 Things I learned at 17

Hello everyone, it’s been awhile since my last post, I went on vacation last week and I’ve also been getting ready for college, I finally move in this weekend. It seems like everything is happening so fast, I’m excited but also nervous. Anyways, today is my 18th birthday and I decided to do a post that would make me reflect on my year of being seventeen. Most of these are very personal and I decided to write this for me in my journal, however I thought it would be nice to share with you all, everything I learned this past year.

I learned that/to….. 

  1. My mental health comes first. I think that during my senior year is when I finally realized that my mental health is valid. I had such a difficult year mentally and I realized that my mental health is just as important as my physical health.
  2. If I have the opportunity to fix something, then I should do it as soon as possible. I learned this the hard way, but there were so many times when I could change something, but all I did was fear “what if’s” my mind and wasted time.
  3. Challenge my avoidance. My anxiety has been the worse it’s ever been this past year, from the start of senior year until as recently as a few weeks ago. There were so many, many events that I unfortunately avoided, because I was so afraid and because of that, I will never have memories of those events in my life.
  4. To deal through uncomfortable situations. Of course no one wants to feel uncomfortable, however the feeling is impossible to flee. I had lots of practice, sitting with those uncomfortable feelings, giving myself that exposure. I’ve also learned ways to cope with it and make it better.
  5. Take chances on first-time opportunities. On a more positive note, there were few very memorable occasions I took apart of. My fear almost got the best of me, but I took those chances and did not regret one of them.
  6. Get out of the house and do something for yourself. During the winter months, I felt so alone and isolated, I stayed home pretty much everyday secluded from everything, except my appointments. Maybe what I really needed was just some time outside of the house even if I was just solo.
  7. The library is a sacred and underrated place. This ones a little different, but this was the one place I always felt safe whether it be at school or my public library. During the school year, whenever I didn’t have classes, I would go to the library and sit in the back, next to window and daze off sometimes, looking into the gloomy sky. I felt okay there, and sometimes if you just need sometime to be by yourself, the library is the right spot, to tune everything out.
  8. Gratitude practices make a difference. This year I was challenged with practicing gratitude by my therapist. At first I thought to myself, “this is useless”, however it was far from the truth. The more I began to practice this skill, the more I realized how much more appreciative it made me of everything. (I highly recommend everyone trying some different gratitude practices).
  9. It’s okay to just sit and cry. I accepted that sometimes crying is needed, everything feels better once you cry. Crying is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength.
  10. Living outside of your comfort zone is probably one of the best things. I unfortunately probably was in a cave most of the time (metaphorically speaking), but those very limited times when I got out of my shell, were the absolute best. Hopefully that’s a goal that I stride for more when I’m 18.
  11. Challenging yourself is a great way for you to grow as a person. Any challenge that you give to yourself, will shape you into the person you are looking to become. Set the bar up high and challenge yourself.
  12. If people are there for you, then open up to them. There were a few people in my life, that were there for me when I needed them, and I just couldn’t express what I was feeling or going through, but if I could go back and change that I most definitely would.
  13. Write, Write, & Write. Release your endless emotions: write them down, journal, blog, or just type them in your phone. Creating my blog was one of the best things I’ve ever done and it gave me this outlet to express everything I am passionate about and to have the freedom to write about anything on my mind.
  14. If you feel that your struggling mentally, seek a therapist or talk to a counselor/social worker. I finally started seeing a therapist a little bit after I turned 17. As well as, last year at school, I finally reached out to my school social worker, and I realized that it’s okay to just go and see them. Sometimes you need a break from your class and need to talk to someone who understands what you may be feeling. Thankfully I had an amazing guidance counselor and social worker at my school, that I was able to see throughout the day.
  15. My mom is always there for me. Yes, my mom was probably always there for me, but this last year was unlike any other year. After all that I went through, I had to say that everything impacted her in various ways. Most of all, she helped me finish school when I lost motivation and continued to help me with any of my needs.
  16. Sometimes it’s the most simplest things that feed the soul. It may be just hearing the waves clash on the shore, or that bite into your favorite meal, or maybe feeling the warmth of the sun against your skin. Be mindful during these sensations and remember them.
  17. I’m still finding who I am and want to become. I saved this one for last because this is something I constantly think about. I’m often confused about life, and although life is a journey about self-discovery, I know that through time I will find myself and know who I am.

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