Pretty Little Liars was Renewed for 2 More Seasons… and Fans are NOT Pleased

On the same day as ABCFamily’s teen mystery drama “Pretty Little Liars” (PLL) was set to premiere its fifth season, news broke that the series had been renewed for an additional two seasons. While the show has a rabid fan base, folks were not happy that it will take at least another two years before PLL’s four main characters will figure out who has been stalking and tormenting them (a mysterious person who only identifies themselves as “A”) since the beginning of the series.

The showrunners of PLL probably were not expecting the following reactions from fans when they proudly posted the news on their Facebook page yesterday.

Some fans just want freedom:

Some fans turned to memes to voice their frustration:

Lots of fans are worried that they will be grandparents before they find out who “A” is:

Some fans have their own theories about how the show will drag this whole “A” thing out:

They are justing waiting for “B” to show up:

Personally, I think these reactions are both right on point and hilarious. The show is turning into a joke, and ABCFamily should end it on a high note rather than dragging it out. “A” supposedly revealed themselves in last night’s episode, but knowing the way this show works, that person really isn’t “A.”

P.S. I know I said I was going to be posting less frequently for the next few weeks, but this was too good to pass up on. Clearly I have no self-control when it comes to teenage soap operas. Carry on.
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Inspiring Blogger Award

Central Park in April

I’ve been honored with another award, and this time it’s the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” from super sweet Hilary over at Cutie Cameras. A great big thanks to her for nominating me! I adore her posts about vintage cameras in particular, and you should definitely peruse her blog regardless of whether you’re a photography aficionado. It has plenty of fashion and lifestyle posts for everyone to enjoy. Now then, it’s time to recite the rules of the award:

  1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Facts About Me

1) I’ve never broken a bone.
2) I’ve never eaten a hamburger from McDonald’s, Burger King, or Wendy’s. Since I’ve been able to get away with it for so long, I’ve made it a life goal to continue this streak.
3) I loved Volkswagen Beetles when I was a pre-teen. I was so obsessed that I had a collection of miniature replicas of them, t-shirts, Kleenexes (if that’s not weird, I don’t know what is) with tiny illustrations of them, and posters of them on my wall.
4) I designed the header for this blog myself using Photoshop.
5) Sometimes I seriously wonder if I could live anywhere without a SuperTarget or Chick-Fil-A. It already upsets me that there isn’t a Trader Joe’s within 100 miles of my home.
6) I’m an avid watcher of Pretty Little Liars and Teen Wolf. I’m well aware that this makes me sound like a 13-year-old girl. #sorrynotsorry
7) Speaking of watching TV, I’m a big fan of the British “constructed reality” show “Made In Chelsea.” It’s technically not broadcast in the United States, but some lovely person in the UK uploads episodes on YouTube the day after new episodes air and thereby feeds my addiction.

Other Inspiring Blogs

Wandering Rush | So many beautiful photos, and a healthy dose of kitties along the way.

Alexcellent | I just discovered this gem of a blog, and I’m just in awe at Alex’s storytelling skills. Her posts are hilarious!

Love & Sparkles | A great lifestyle blog that goes beyond just fashion, recipes, and decor.

Lady Sarah’s London | A very classy lady’s look at London. Sarah’s photographs exude elegance, and they bring to life the chic image of London that I’ve always imagined.

American Vintage Online | Can I just have all the outfits featured on this blog?

The Fashion Huntress | Want some tips on how to dress well without breaking the bank? Look no further!

Kitt Noir | A mix of classic pop culture, fashion, and more with a modern twist.

A Worried Student | This blog gives us a glimpse inside the mind of every student – but articulates it in a way that I never could.

Violet Key | So. incredibly. chic. I would like one of all the home decor items featured on this blog, please.

Cupid or Cats | Whimsical, well-written, hilarious, and thought-provoking all at once.

Popcorn & Polka Dots (formerly Put the Kettle On) | If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know how much I love Hannah’s blog. Her treks across England and photographs are superb!

Liz & Lifestyle | The name speaks for itself: it’s a fun lifestyle blog that touches on everything from how to maintain a healthy lifestyle to exciting new interior decorating discoveries.

That’s Just My Cup of Tea | I love the mix of content on this blog. Posts feature things like quotes from John Green, advice on surviving a 9-5 job, and Charlotte’s fashion finds.

A Spoonful of Style | A fabulous lifestyle blog that’s a treat to read. It’s so sophisticated, but so effortless at the same time.

Madsen Style | Another great fashion blog with tons of wardrobe inspiration

A Sneak Peek Behind My Laptop Keyboard: My Writing Process Blog Tour

Last week Ase at A Spoonful of Style invited me to take part in the “Writing Process Blog Tour.” A Spoonful of Style is delightful, charming, and so very chic. It’s chock full of beautiful photographs, yummy recipes, inspiring interior design ideas, and trendy fashion-forward finds. I’ve been a fan of Ase’s blog for several months, and I can’t recommend it enough! Thanks again for inviting me to participate and for your all-too-kind words, Ase!

You may be wondering what exactly this blog tour is all about. Well, it starts off with an invitation from a fellow blogger and is essentially a brief Q&A session about your own blog writing process. In order to keep the tour moving along, the blogger who just posted their answers (in this case, me) then invites three other bloggers to answer the same questions in a post exactly one week later. It’s a never-ending tour, my friends! Join us, won’t you? Here we go!

1. What are you working on?

I admit it: there’s nothing but a DIY Harry Potter coffee mug and accouterments from Ikea behind my laptop keyboard.

I’m not working on anything in particular at the moment, to be quite honest. I’m in the middle of studying for the bar exam (for those of you who are unfamiliar with the process of becoming a lawyer in the United States, after you graduate from law school, you must still pass another exam in order to be licensed in the particular state you want to practice law in. The exam covers a wide range of legal topics, from criminal law and procedure to property law to contract law and more. The exam itself can last anywhere from two to three days and is only offered twice a year), so I’ve been devoting less time to the blog over the past week or so.

However, I am constantly on the hunt for new quotes to incorporate in my “Monday Motivation” posts. I often run across quotes on Pinterest that are worded beautifully, but aren’t visually depicted very well, so I will design a new image with the same quote. Graphic design can take a fair amount of time, especially if you’re using apps on your phone instead of Photoshop on a computer.

2. How does your work differ from others in its genre?

The answer to that question depends on what genre my blog falls into in the first place, and I’ve had a rather difficult time trying to figure that out. It seems that most of the blogs I love are lifestyle blogs, but I don’t know if T#G falls into that category. Maybe this is a culture blog? I have a tendency to write posts that make references to reading, television, and pop culture in general. I suppose even the posts about fashion and technology are tied to Western culture.

I don’t know. Oh, man, now I’m all flustered. Excuse me while I try to figure out my blog’s identity. #BlogLifeCrisis

3. Why do you write what you do?

I think I may have mentioned this elsewhere, but I started writing this blog with the intention of discussing topics related to Generation Y/Millennials/my generation’s interests. I decided not to stick to that mission statement so strictly, mainly because there is already an overload of news websites, and everyone doesn’t want to read blog posts about how much the economy sucks all the time.

Nevertheless, I think there’s a bit of a void when it comes to discussing youth issues in the blogosphere, and hopefully this blog helps fill a tiny piece of that void. So, from time to time, I still post my thoughts on articles about Generation Y’s attitudes, work lives (too many unpaid internships!), education, etc.; scientific studies that may affect our generation’s health; and this generation’s pop culture obsessions (Jennifer Lawrence, anyone?). This generation wants to keep track of its job prospects and vent about the trials and tribulations while pursuing higher education just as much as it wants to keep track of what new shows Netflix is streaming and what gorgeous outfit Emma Stone is going to wear next.

4. How does your writing process work?

My writing process, just like pretty much everything else in my life, is all over the place. There are two different writing processes I may use. Regardless of which I use, it’s safe to say that I don’t have a post outlined properly in my head before I begin writing. I usually just go with the flow and edit as I go along. I try to use my reporting skills from my journalism classes as much as I can in order to help make each piece as readable as possible.

Writing Process #1: I find a cool article, see a cool YouTube video, or experience something that makes me think, “Hey, this has ‘BLOG POST’ written all over it!” Then I start writing and either
a) decide my writing is nowhere witty enough and abandon my endeavor all together,
b) write the post, decide “Meh, this is something I can post whenever. I’ll let it live in the drafts folder for a little bit,” and then “a little bit” turns into “eternity,”
c) spend an insane amount of time writing the post and then schedule it to post later, or
d) write it, post it, and then realize that not very many people think it is quite as cool as I did. #SadFace #NeverAgain

Writing Process #2: I realize that people really liked a certain post (for example, fashion at the Oscars), and decide I need to make more of those kinds of posts. This was the main reason why I had Kate Middleton fashion posts twice in one month (see here and here). In other words, I post things that I know y’all will like to read – or at least I hope you will like to read.

On a somewhat related note, I make the Monday Motivation posts weeks in advance and schedule them to post on their own. Like I mentioned above, I often design the quotes myself, but I also find a bunch of them on Pinterest as well.

Some Well-Written Blogs

A Worried Student | This blog tells the tale of my life better than I ever could. This British student is incredibly insightful, witty, and well spoken. While he often discusses the trials and tribulations of studying, taking tests, and trying to survive school, he also ventures into non-school-related territory to talk about cool apps, current events, and cultural issues. It’s a great mix of topics, and the blog will be a great addition to your WordPress Reader!

The Fashion Huntress | She’s a young professional with an eye for style and savings, and her blog features some trendy outfits that you can wear to work or when you’re out with friends. The photos themselves are works of art, and each post comes with tips on how to make certain pieces work for you and your budget. Love it!

Cupid or Cats | A sometimes quirky, sometimes silly, sometimes serious, but always intriguing blog. One of my favorite posts was Janey’s story about trying to save an unintentionally rogue bird that was flying around her home. It was beautifully written and really struck a chord with me. I just recently began following Cupid or Cats, but it has quickly become one of my favorites.

Stress Might Actually be Good for You, But It’s Not for the Reason You Think

While I was lurking around Reddit last week, I ran across an AskReddit thread that posed the question “What’s one TED Talk (or equivalent) that everyone should watch and why?” Quite a few people said they were particularly fond of Kelly McGonigal’s lecture on how we can rewire our brains to interpret stress as a good thing, and thereby improve our lives generally and possibly even increase the longevity of our lives.

“How you think about stress matters,” explains McGonigal, who is a psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University who has spent years studying the effects of stress on the human body.

For many years, scientists and doctors warned that too much stress could be harmful. However, new research has turned that assertion completely upside down. As McGonigal notes, a more recent study found that people who have high levels of stress, but don’t view that stress as a bad thing, are less likely to die.

Furthermore, this means that the belief that stress is bad for one’s health was actually the 15th leading cause of death in the United States in 2012. More than 18,000 Americans died simply because they thought that the stress they were experiencing was negatively impacting their bodies.

Once you get over the initial shock at the suggestion that stress isn’t bad for you, McGonigal’s theory seems to make sense. After all, with all the multitasking, interconnectivity, and pressures that come with our work, school, and social lives, stress is inescapable – particularly for my generation. Getting rid of stress altogether is impossible. So, like McGonigal suggests, the next best thing is to spin that stress in a positive way. You don’t have to pretend like it’s not there, but you also don’t have to think of it as the Grim Reaper (following you around, making you susceptible to your co-worker’s cold, or making your heart rate flip out).

What do you think about McGonigal’s theory? Are there any other TED Talks or TEDx Talks that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments!