In USA, Life, Photagrophy

Hello everyone,

I've been away from home for quite some time now without posting anything. I don't know why but I just didn't feel comfortable with posting. Even though I sat down multiple times and tried typing things it felt more like a chore than a blog post. But now I am back comfortable with posting and telling you guys about this journey of mine. I have a lot to tell since a ton has happened here in 'Murica.

It all began when I landed in New Jersey on the 13th of August. We stayed at a hotel about 20 min from New York. The first day was mostly to get organised and to get informed from everything about host families to what we were going to do for the next couple of days.

Day two and three we spent touring Manhattan - which is kinda small in my opinion, but I still loved it immensely. A tour of Downtown - China Town, Little Italy, One World Trade Center - the first day, and Uptown -Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square - the second day.

Honestly I don't really think I got to do that much in NYC. I saw so many things, but since we had to go in groups and nobody wanted to do what I wanted to do I mostly had to tag along. I have some pictures though (even though they're not the best quality since we were on the move constantly and sometimes in the bus).


I think my favourite thing I got to do in NYC was when we had a bit of a rest in this public space - the one with the blue birds in the ceiling - and I just sat down by myself and watched all these New Yorkers pass by, them not knowing that I was a tourist. I took out my sketch pad and I drew.

I drew the birds in the ceiling, made a sketch of a palm tree, and studied this woman who were trying on these VR glasses. All around me were these people, young and old from all around the world just hanging out, busy and calm at the same time.

On the 17th it was time to catch the plane to go to Texas. I stayed my first three months in a small town called Ropesville, after that I changed family. I don't know if I'm comfortable speaking about what happened and the circumstances to why I changed families, so let's just say it wasn't the best fit.

I met some of the best people I have ever met in Ropes though and I am happy and grateful that I got the time I had there to meet them and spend time with them even if it was short.

Hope you all are doing well and know that I'm always here so just HMU!


Currently I'm situated in a city called Fate with a lovely family who are really nice and funny. I will be back with a less broad post and maybe share some more current pictures (if I decide to take some).

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Life, Tags


I haven't been up to much today, the weather is really crappy and mostly I've just been moving the last of my stuff back up to the house. Even though I'm back in my old room it's a lot different, more spacey and clean, a lot more cushions to say the least. I'm still a bit exhausted from the activities I held yesterday. The kids were so nice and we had a fun time. Everybody promised to show up next week to so that is going to be fun, but I may or may not have bribed them with FIKA. There is still space left though so if anybody from Askersund has a kid who wants to join just comment and I'll see what I can do.

And since that is basically everything that has happened since yesterday worth mentioning I thought that maybe you all would want to get to know me better, since the blog hasn't been up and running for that long, so why not do a  

'Get To Know Me Tag'.

1. What is your middle name?: 

Isabella, variation of Elizabeth. Meaning: Queen.

2. What was favorite subject at school?: 

English, Art, design and photography.

3. What is your favorite drink?: 

I don't know, whatever fits the meal I guess?

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?: 

Fly by Jessica ft. Fabolous is a current jam, 

Heaven by Ailee and Peter Pan by EXO are some all time favourites.

5. What is your favorite food?: 

Swedish pancakes or Bulgogi.

6. What is the last thing you bought?: 

The books me and mom ordered some days ago. Can't wait for them to come!

7. Favorite book of all time?: 

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.

8. Favorite Color?: 

Would like to say white but it's not really a colour but rather a spectre of them, 

 gotta say light cherry pink and electric blue.

9. Do you have any pets?: 

Not currently, no.

10. Favorite Perfume?: 

Unfortunately I'm sensitive to perfume and other smells so I can't really wear that many, so I don't have one.

11. Favorite Holiday?: 

Halloween (Samhain) or Christmas.

12. Are you married?: 

No, don't really want to marry either.

13. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: 

Wow, too many to count really (maybe not but I'm too lazy to).

14. Do you speak any other language?: 

I'm fluent in English and Swedish, but I also comprehend and understand simple Korean, French and some Japanese (bless dramas, anime and middle school education for that). Some days when my brain is working fine I understand, aka, know a few words here and there to maybe get the phrase, the languages of our sister countries Norway, Iceland and Denmark (sorry Finland you are too different).

15. How many siblings do you have?: 

Two brothers who's biggest interests are to annoy me.

16. What is your favorite shop?: 

I have no idea. Really.

17. Favorite restaurant?: 

Saigon?

18. When was the last time you cried?: 

Yesterday, because my friends keep sharing those horrible social experiments videos with street kids vs. fashionable kids and it gets me every time.

19. Favorite Blog?: 

I don't know, I only follow great blogs so I can't choose someone.

20. Favorite Movie?: 

Avengers, Iron Man 3 or Deadpool?

21. Favorite TV shows?: 

Scream, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Miraculous Tales of Ladybug And Cat Noir, Ultimate Spider-Man, Teen Wolf, Sherlock, Supernatural, Criminal Minds and so so SO many more.

22. PC or Mac?: 

Is this even a question? PC.

23. What phone do you have?: 

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note III.

24. How tall are you?: 

163 cm.

25. Can you cook?: 

Yes, and I love to.


That was the end of that tag. I will be back, or whatever they say. Oh, right, I forgot to tell you. I've been working on some sketches that may or may not show up later today. 

Bye!

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Books, Reviews, Life


Just gonna throw you a small book review I did some time ago because I'm so hyped to get the books I ordered. Tell me if you would like another review and if you are as hyped about Percy Jackson as I am. Now I'm just gonna eat some and prepare for the children's activities I'm doing this afternoon.


Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The Lightning Thief


Book synopsis/The Blurb:


Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.


Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


Thoughts on the Blurb:


Frankly the blurb don't do the book justice. The book itself is an emotional roller-coaster with a lot of humor and sass. But the blurb is inviting enough and there is a reason (beside the big crowds of fans who told me to read them, not pointing any fingers or anything, you all know who you are) that made me want to buy and get sucked in by them.


Okay, so now let's move on to breaking the whole book down into tiny bits and pieces... or not. We'll start with the *drumroll*:


Narration:


Percy Jackson is the main of this story and Rick made a wise choice when he chose to go with first person POV for this series. I think Rick Riordan opened up many doors to a better humor in the book that way, and made it easier to understand what's Percy's thoughts and what's not. Also it made more sense for it to be in first person POV then third person POV. Since 3rd person POV often give of a know it all feeling.


Setting:


They move around a lot in the book. Going on a not so successful field trip, meeting old ladies and being sent out on a quest. My favourite setting that will keep reappearing in the books (I hope), is of course Camp Half-Blood. Being kind of a boarding school in a summer camp format just gave me the right amount of nostalgia, being a summer camp kid myself since I was seven. What summer camp kid wouldn't want a pegasi stable, a lethal game of capture the flag and a greek god as the camp director?


Maybe I should also mention that it plays out in and around New York with some travelling here and there, so let's just say inside US boarders. Oh, and some Olympian places as well.


Theme:


It is a YA book series (I think), which means what for a fantasy book? That there is some shit going down and it may or may not escalate quickly. Some themes are greek mythology (yay!), action, friendship and a tiny little sprinkle of love.


My thoughts on the themes:


I would say that Rick Riordan made a great job with those themes, also portraying the feelings and priorities of a twelve year old. He has also turned the greek myths to something quirky and fun.


My overall thoughts and feelings on the book:


In the beginning I was a bit of a skeptic at how Rick chose to write. It wasn't my personal favourite of a writing style, but I got used to it and now there is a charm to it. It is so, so... so Percy! I don't think any other style would convey Percy's humor and feelings any better and it really is a fit.


I couldn't put the book down and I loved the way most characters stood up to bullies and showed everybody that This is me and I'm PROUD of it. You will find friends in the main line-up and they will become your little babies. I am really hyped to continue to read the other four books in this series and then if I'm up for it The Heroes of Olympus series, too.


And to all of you out there who have watched the movie. If you thought the movie was good read the BOOK! If you thought the movie was bad... read the BOOK!


Just had to include some fanart I made, self promo is not that bad. ;)

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Art & Fashion, Books, Designs, Life, Valentin Studios

Second week of work has gone by, and the third and last week began yesterday, even though I'm not under the guidance of my handler things are running along pretty smoothly. Last week I worked on a lot of new concept designs which I want to show you guys some time this week. I've also been working on a small vlog, but 'm not the best at video editing so bear with me.

Yesterday was a bit special. Everybody from the communal project met up for lunch and then we went for a tour at the new culture and knowledge center, aka the new middle school. It's coming along pretty well and the areas are really fresh (well besides all the construction dust). I got really exited by being in the dance studio and the auditorium, but definitely by being in the library. I love books so much, but it didn't really have anything to do with that, okay some but that is not the point. The point is that the tour leader described the library as an experience and not just a place, it seemed so awesome! I won't try to retell it but maybe I can show you guys how it ended up when I get back from the US?

Today me and mom finally ordered the books I've been waiting to buy for an eternity. So I only was allowed to buy three, but I made sure that it was the ones I've been anticipating the most. I had to buy House of Hades of course since it's the fourth book out of five and I already have all the other books of Heroes of Olympus, and they have been mocking me from their shelf. But soon I will be able to finally read the last two books. Then I also ordered the first book in Rick Riordan's new series about the Olympians; Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle, and I'm just so hyped to read that one. But then to the last book I ordered, the book that I have been anticipating the most, Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. It's the fourteenth book in the Shadowhunters Series and I just can't get enough of it!


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Before USA, Life, Valentin Studios


Hi everyone,

School is finally over so I'll have a lot more time to blog. It actually ended last Thursday but I've been busy with some late school work, events and other necessary stuff. Like going for my health eval, which I passed. I was quite nervous before, but they were so friendly at the clinic and my doctor had also been an exchange student. That got me really hyped so I asked some questions and she calmed me down.

Something that was a bit embarrassing was that my arm was too thin so we had to retake my blood pressure, because the machine had troubles calculating my arm.

After my health eval I went to my little brother's graduation, and then me and grandma had to run off to book an appointment at the vaccination clinic. But the day was not over yet. Now I had to go to my school to participate in some FIKA with my homeroom and to watch the year-end ceremony and the freshmen's concert. The concert was spectacular! So many great musicians and voices.

So this Monday I had my appointment at the vaccination clinic and it went sort of well. I am extremely afraid of syringes and needles, which guarantees that a vaccination won't be the best experience. Took the Twinrix (Hepatitis A & B) and the Tuberculosis test. I'm going there again today for a continuation on the TBC test.


But before I'm going to the continuation I will be at work. Today it will mostly be about managing and starting my social media accounts. So far I have an Instagram for my business, so check it out on @valentinstudios.

I'm also thinking about if Valentin Studio, or Emma Valentin Studio is a good name? What do you think? If you have any better examples write them down below!

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Life, Valentin Studios

​Began working two days ago. Super fun, really!

Just as the title hint, I'm working as my own boss with my own business. Which is a big step in my life since I've wanted to be a self-employed designer all my life (since I was ten), and I thought that maybe I should not only bring you guys with me on my journey to the US but also my journey as a fashion designer and business owner.

Let's go back to the beginning, well not the beginning as in when I was ten, but the beginning of this particular work opportunity.

It all began some days before spring-break when my mom shared this post on Facebook, "Open a business during the summer as your community summer-job" (roughly translated). The headline sparked a small interest in this little designer heart of mine, but I was not convinced just yet. Somehow I ended up talking about it with mom, asking questions. But neither of us knew that much about it, this led to me putting it on ice for some days. The post kept reappearing though and I remember thinking something along the lines "Okay, fudge it! An interview can't do any damage." (just to clarify, this was the day before the interview (good thing for me it was drop-in, right?)).

Magically I managed to make a somewhat good-looking, nice sounding, aesthetic CV for the next day (yay me!). I wrote down some questions that I wanted to know the answer to, put together a nice but not too nice outfit, you know the drill.

When the time finally came for me to go on my interview I was fairly ​super​ nervous. I had sweaty palms and what not. Even though I probably stuttered a whole lot it went well (well obviously since I got the job, duh).

So that is the background story. It was obviously a great opportunity, especially since I'm getting salary for 40 hours a week despite me succeeding to sell anything. But that doesn't make my work any less real or important. I will put my all into this so that I can go on working on my dream to become a recognised designer.

This week we are doing a start-up course, where we will learn marketing, planning, budgeting and other stuff. It's really interesting and fun. On Monday we did some practical exercises and had some lessons, yesterday we had a seminar with a lady from an organisation that helps people start their business. After that we all decided to work separate, and I decided to ask around about textile import and to work a bit with my marketing.

Everybody is so dedicated and ambitious. Can't wait to see how everybody and their business grow. 

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Before USA, Photagrophy

I had my interview with Explorius last Sunday. It went really well and everything was so casual. We talked over Skype since it's so late into the year and we had to hurry the whole process. Basically it was just the girl from Explorius informing my mom about everything and then asking some questions, easy peasy. After a while into the interview my mom had to go out of the room and I had to answer some questions by myself. Most of the questions were in Swedish while a third was in English. The questions were simple so anybody who's going to answer them another time, don't stress it. Take your time. It is not a test, just a way for them to get a picture of your abilities. My mom's friends relatives from California were over here in Sweden at the moment, which was super fun because they were really nice, and I got to practice my English before the interview, haha! We went out hiking before noon and it was so refreshing. Want to bring my friends there someday too.

On Monday I got preliminary accepted and was sent a whole bunch of documents and fill outs. It's a lot of questions and other important stuff that needs to be filled out, but right now I think most of it will be done in one or two weeks, if school doesn't delay it. I've also been applying for a lot of different summer jobs and scholarships. Everything is going really smoothly right now and I hope it will for the most part.

This week has been eventful, but not as stressful as I thought it would be. Have had four tests this week, of which two of them were English 6, National Exams. They went really well and I'm hyped to get them back to see what score I got.

It has also been seriously hot this week. We hit 30®C one day, it was insane! But the weather has made room for really nice photos. So happy I got to go out to take some new photos in photo class.


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