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Write!

Just a heads up: I hope to post a video in the near future to talk about how I’m staying productive this summer, which you can find on my youtube channel, meltqueso 😊

Now, I say “Write!” because it’s one of the best things to do when you feel strong emotions like overwhelming sadness or anger. I say this because not only does it prepare you to talk these things out later, but it’s far better than the alternative of doing things you’ll regret later.

On a small scale, my sister has broken a few tablet charogers out of anger and as silly as it feels to her now, the damage that resulted from that action is permanent. The feeling was not.

One thing I highly recommend is getting a notebook, it can be plain and small or decorative or WHAT EVER and use that specific notebook to write and negative thoughts you have. Be honest with yourself and take the time to let it all out. Nobody has to read it.

When you’re finished, I would try to still find something positive that could come from what you wrote, we ther it’s something you want to work to change or a personal growth milestone. Anything, just as long as you feel better afterwards.

And remember, you can always use codenames or shred the journal or turn it into the plot for the movie based on your autobiography (😂). Just keep in mind, this pain you feel is temporary, and you are in control of your actions.

Stay good, my friends!

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

Your Turn! | Soulmates

I was having a late night conversation with a close friend about guys we know and I ended up creating a summary of what I hope for in the future. Now, I just got out of high school, I’ve been single my whole life, and I don’t plan on dating anybody until I’ve got myself all figured out.
The thing is, all the guys I knew and grew up with, yeah they’re good people, but they’re just all the same (literally saw a bunch of them together today and they all had thr same haircut and outfit). More specifically, they like the same type of girls: athletic bodies, nice eyebrows, full lips, tumblr and IG baddies. !!! There is nothing wrong with those girls!!! I actually rlly admire their sense of aesthetic and ability to slay the makeup game!!! I just can’t find myself wanting to fit into that style because I know I’m an actual nerd, and I’m proud of who I am.
I try to keep my description of a soulmate broad, yet specific to me, if that makes sense. No, I’m not going to go all “I’m not like other girls because checklists are superficial” because in essence, this is a checklist and I don’t care if I’m like or not like “other girls.” Girls rule.
But anyway, here’s my checklist:
▫ nice, intelligent homie
▫ similar values on life, family, the big things
▫ cool with my friends
▫ can teach me new things about the world or life or their interests
▫is also willing to learn from me and others
▫will support me in my decisions
▫wants to make the world even just a little better
and as a bonus:
▫will marathon Star Wars or Avatar The Last Airbender with me 😂

Of course, I’m still young and I have no idea how to relationship in the 21st century, so for now, a nice homie that can support me even as just friends is great lol

So, what qualities do you look for in a person and what advice would you give to a teen that might just want some older sibling relationship advice? Comment down below and please stay respectful!

Thank you all and I hope to get back on with some book reviews!

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

May 2017 Favorites

Third month of favorites! I definitely had to keep myself occupied with youtube and music. School has been crazy! Not that June is upon us, I’m probably going to include more physical items or places in these favorites posts.

VLOGS/TRAVEL:
Who Am I? – Markiplier
What makes you so special? – Tessa Violet
Dyeing Short Hair – soothingsista

PEOPLE:
Mayim Bialik
Meziee B

TED Talks:
Ericka Alston
Lizzie Velasquez
Billy Ward

GAMES:
Little Nightmares – Markiplier
Hello Neighbor Alpha – 8-bit Ninja

MUSIC:
Radio – Conan Gray cover
Computer Boy – That Poppy
Computer Boy’s Play Date – That Poppy/Melanie Martinez Mashup
Malibu – Miley Cyrus
What I’ve Been Looking For – Ashley Tisdale ft. Lucas Grabeel

ANIMATION/FILM:
The Girl Without a Phone – A Cinderella Story (short film)

BOOKS:
The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever – Jeff Strand

What were your favorite things this month? Comment them down below! Also, comment any blog recommendations you might have for me or others interested! Have a great day friends!!

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand | Queso’s (Spoiler-Free) Book Review 📖

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever is about 15 year old Justin, aspiring big-time film director. With his two friends, Bobby and Gabe, and a cast of peers, teachers, and neighbors, Justin is set on creating the greatest zombie movie ever (roll credits 😂). However, his crew lacks a lot of proper direction and focus, but what more could you expect?

I picked up this book after reading the summary on the back cover (which was very much appreciated) and decided a break from the typical teen romance was in order. I felt a tinge of nostalgia as I read, which made the character interactions a bit more comical. See, I also wanted to film a horror movie in my younger teen years, but I was stopped by lack of direction and focus, much like the characters.

The characters themselves were a bit unbearable with their antics, but hey, they’re 15. The writing was also nothing too groundbreaking, but it did a great job of setting the tone of the story. What is the tone? For the most part, it was pretty comical. Everything that could’ve gone wrong with their filming did, and this ultimately made for an interesting middle school-teen story centered around great and not-so-great moments in the filmmaking process.

Rate: ★★★★☆

Don’t forget to share some of your favorite summertime books below!

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

What are/were your plans after high school?

In less than a month, I’m graduating high school and in these past few months, the thought was a little terrifying.

It wasn’t so much the amount of independence that was scary, but the expectations others placed on me. I’ll be graduating in the top 10 of the class out of 403 (thank you God) with a few college credits from AP and dual enrollment and plenty experiences from academic and service clubs and organizations. All throughout high school, people told me I could get into any college I wanted to, with my resume and the fact I was a female minority. They didn’t believe me when I said I wanted to go to the community college down the road or the common university in the city over.

I did apply to the more prestigious, in-state schools (again, thank you God) but I knew I wouldn’t go there. First, those schools still cost too much. Even with my grades, I was just meeting average of others who were accepted. I wouldn’t receive much in scholarships.

Second, with money aside, I don’t really care about prestige. As long as the school  has the programs I need and is safe, then I’m cool with it. A degree is a degree is a degree. That’s okay.

Lastly, it makes me sad to see people rule out the possibility of community college. It’s not reserved for “dumb” people. In fact, it’s super cost-efficient and people that chose to go to community college to save money are indeed smart!

I believe you don’t need titles to change the world. You can make huge differences in your life or somebody else’s no matter where you go or what you do. Congrats to the people that have actually made it to their dream schools, your hard work and dedication is not unnoticed! But also to the ones still finding their way, nobody truly knows that their plans will go through. It’s okay to not know! Just do what you love and love what you do 😊😊

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

Thank you for your love and support 🌼

Don’t forget to thank those special people every once in a while. It could really make their day!

Stress Colds.

I think that’s what I’ve been experiencing since February. (I wish I was joking).

One of my goals for this year was to obviously make healthier decisions, and while I’m usually good at sticking to the small differences, I kept putting off my mental or emotional health as a priority. DO NOT DO THIS. It’s so important to check all aspects of your health regularly. You can do this by making a personal checklist of what you feel is important to see in yourself or writing in a journal (my personal favorite). The possibilities are endless!

I hope you find a way you can always take care of yourself because even though there are amazingly supportive arena helpful people out there, it’s you who has control over the decisions you make and the attitude you chose to posses. As always, I believe in you!

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales | Queso’s (Spoiler-Free) Book Review 📖

In honor of summer break being just around the corner (or for some, lucky you, it’s already here) I’ll be posting some reviews of book that I have read that you might want to read when you’re relaxing during break!

REVIEW: Based on the back cover summary, Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales appears to be no more than the typical ‘shy-girl-meets-cool-guy-and-her-life-changes-forever’ love story.

Do not let it fool you.

The “love story” this book promises is comically self-aware of its YA (young adult) novel cliches, while maintaining a believable situation for the characters to face. The main character, Arden, deals with real world events of living under a single parent and finding independence from her peers. While there is a romance aspect in Arden’s story, the book takes its time to focus on family relationships and friendships even more.

The lead is strengthened by her supporting characters, something that parallels our own lives, yet is majorly underrepresented in most modern coming-of-age novels. With that said, if you enjoy John Green for his strong focus on the two main characters, you may not enjoy this book as a romance. However, Tonight was a refreshing break from the usual character dynamics portrayed in most mainstream YA books.

Overall, this book takes the “norms” of YA novels and spins it into a more convincing adventure with a very pleasing ending.

April 2017 Favorites

Yay! Second favorites post! April flew by so quickly, by the time I get to May favorites, I’m already graduating (oh boy). Without further ado, here’s my favorite things for the month of April!

VLOGS/TRAVEL:
Dead Mall Series by Dan Bell
Jenn Goes To Indonesia (clothesncounters)

TED Talks:
Caroline Paul
Laurence Lewars

HAULS/DIY:
Giant Blindfolded Slime Challenge (andreaxandrea)
how to make a zine (Jordan Clark)

MUSIC:
Bridgit Mendler- Atlantis
Dodie Clark – Intertwined
Bruno Mars- That’s What I Like
Paramore- Hard Times

ANIMATION/FILM:
Your Lie in April (anime, also I just realized the title and the month and lol)
Andi Mack (Disney)

April consisted of studying for AP exams and some DIY projects in between *shrugs* I need sleep

IG: @chorkybolton
YT: meltqueso

 

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