Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Vacation

Well, I gotta say I think this was my favorite Christmas in quite a while.  This year we got to spend a week in our friend's cabin in Arnold, California.   It was really nice.  Yeah, we didn't have cell phone reception or internet for an entire week, but it was super cozy and relaxing, plus we got to visit Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Lake Alpine.

I'd venture to say there is probably nothing more inspiring than a restful week in the mountains.  The fresh air, the smell of pine trees and a wood fire, the soft sunlight shining through the windows. <3333 It's all so soothing.   I was really happy that during this week I was able to write the lyrics to an entire song, now I just need to work on the music.  But what was even better was that it wasn't a love song!  I've been trying to write songs with better lyrics and it just seemed hard to write about things other than heartbreak or love.  My song started off being about a clock (I know random, but the music sounded like it was ticking) and then it ended being about time and life.  It's actually pretty deep.

Well anyways if you wanna see some more pics from our trip you should check out my other blog.

And I know it's a bit late, but Merry Christmas!!!
Have a good end of the year <3

With much love,
Nicole Alejandra

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

This has got to be the most stressful finals week I've ever had, and it's not because of the finals, but the papers and having to switch rooms this week too. 

Well, Christmas has taken a little longer to set into my mind this year, but with my first Christmas present for the year and finals almost being over, I think it's time to start celebrating!

I was writing my huge essay for my Women's Literature class in the library earlier today, when I found my girlfriend making the cutest Christmas gifts.  They're pretty simple to make, are very pretty, make great gifts, and keep the holiday spirit going.  

It's a tiny box of chocolate that comes with a ribbon, pencil, a special note, and a blank piece of paper.  So the way this gift works is.  As you eat the sweet chocolate, you use the pencil and paper to write a sweet note to someone else, then you tie the ribbon around the note and pass it on.  It's the gift that keeps on giving!  You could choose to get them chocolate as well if you want. 

Well anyways, I have to go, continue typing up papers, helping my roommate pack and move into her new apartment, studying for my last final, and packing my own stuff, so I can move out.  May God Bless You as you continue working through finals and begin to enjoy your Christmas Break.

With Much Love,
Nicole Alejandra

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Everything's hilarious when I'm exhausted.... I'm going delusional O.o

So I definitely know I'm not the only one stressing out about finals week.  This probably would've been an easy week had I kept up on my papers and worked on some of my assignments earlier.  My eyes are sore, and I'm tired and cold.  Unfortunately we are now in "crunch" time and with 24 pages needed for my womens lit class, and 3 essays for other classes; there's no time for sleep.  

It's funny though that as stressed as I am I find myself packing, just listening to music, and writing songs.... I guess it's my way of coping/de-stressing. lol 

So my suggestions for you guys this week is:
  • Sleep tons.  Your brain works so much better. 
  • Assign certain amounts of time for specific subjects.   I can spend all day working on my creative writing hw, but then I'll never finish that paper for American Lit.
  • Take breaks.  You can take breaks, but I'd suggest it by studying or working on a different subject or by napping. hehe
  • Work Out!  So I feel like dropping dead right now, and as tired as I am working out always helps, it makes me feel better, gives me more energy and is actually a great way to release stresss, especially stretching.
  • Don't procrastinate.  I keep thinking of how little homework I would have it I didn't have any late assignments.  Get them in, asap, so you can relax. You don't want to fail your tests.
  • Pray.  It's amazing how much better you'll feel after spending just a few minutes with God.  He'll provide you with the peace and rest you need to get through the day and week.
  • Keep warm and drink tea and eat tons of Vitamin C.  When you're super exhausted probably not sleeping as much as usual and are stressed your even more likely to get sick.  You don't need a sickness to add on top of all the other worries you have. So keep healthy and strong.
Only SIX more days till the semester's over! You can do this!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Music is the story your heart wants to sing, and pain the honesty that makes it beautiful...

Being a writer is probably one of the most emotionally painful jobs to have.   It's painful because to write out something with the honesty you have to many times go back and relive some of your hurts.  But I don't think I could have it any other way, it's one of my biggest passions in life. Probably one of my hardest songs to write was my song "Hard As Metal," which I wrote in June of this year.

I finally got the sound file from my guyfriend for it, which we recorded together on his laptop a few weeks ago.  I absolutely love it.  I've been songwriting for about three maybe four years now, but this probably one of my first songs I really like.   It's a painful song, but it's definitely beautiful. It talks about how we tend to close our hearts off after heartbreak, becoming hard as metal, and the only way to be able to love again is to learn to forgive.   One day, I hope to get it professionally recorded then I can show it to you guys. I might make a music video too. ;) 

I honestly had no idea for an album name when his iTunes was asking us for one, but my guyfriend came up with a pretty sweet name from part of my lyrics. "Crimson Words In Cursive"  I think it's sounds pretty good, so I might just keep it.   Well anyways I was taking some random pictures of this red rose I got from our choir concert last night, and I couldn't help but use one of the pictures for making a possible CD cover.  Any ideas, suggestions, or comments??  Let me know!