January 2, 2017

New Year Resolutions 2017

Hey again! Good morning!

I hope you all had a great night the night before yesterday and a pleasant start of the year.
Hopefully you still have the same amount of limbs as you had three days ago!

Yesterday morning I woke up full of energy so I thought I should just as well get this year started with my first blog post. I ended up growing too tired in the evening to finish it before today though. Woops. 

For the past 4 years I have been giving myself 10 New Year Resolutions (because I like that number) in the beginning of the year and then looked back the next to see whether I could live up to my own expectations or not. It's become a fun little tradition and a way for my ever so unsatisfied expectant self to keep track of how much I grow throughout the year.

I have usually kept these posts on my personal blog but this year I'd like to put them up here as well. For no immediate reason.

In keeping with tradition I'd like to reflect over the resolutions I made for 2016:

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...................................................... 1.  Travel to 2-3 countries
...................................................... 2.  Own less materialistic items
...................................................... 3.  Go to the doctor, dentist, optician etc. and have everything checked
...................................................... 4.  Take measures to be more content with my looks
...................................................... 5.  Strengthen ties with and see my family more often
...................................................... 6.  Find a new hobby
...................................................... 7.  Do something I fear
...................................................... 8.  Become a donor
...................................................... 9.  Attend 3 cons
.................................................... 10.  Be a part of the cosplay show



Well that looks... uhh. Let's discuss this.


I definitely lived up to my first goal - I went to Korea twice, once in January and once in June. Let me also add that this was the first time I traveled completely by myself without having someone accompany me on the way back and forth and without staying with friends. It's been something I've wanted to do the past few years but at the same time something I was scared of. Check off #7 too!
Right after coming back from Korea I spent a week with my family in Italy. In October I went to Vienna with my Celine 씨 and our eonni, Charlotte 씨.

Although I barely wrote about my con experiences this year, I went to both J-Popcon, GEEKcore, and Comic Con. J-me and I had planned to perform for this year's GEEKcore now that we couldn't do it for SVS the year before. But once again I think we managed our time wrong. GEEKcore snuck up on us and before we knew it, it was time for the con.

I actually got rid of a bunch of stuff  this year and that's also something I'm happy about. I gave my sister, mom, and grandma a lot of BODY SHOP products that they found much more use for than I would have and I also almost emptied a big box of drawing utensils that I handed over to a second hand shop for children. It was a rewarding feeling to know that I could both make people happy and avoid unnecessary waste.
Emptying out my closet was yet another think I would have liked to do but didn't find time for. That'll be a job for this year.

This lack of time... or should I say prioritizing my time wrong also resulted in me not getting started on a new hobby - but I did find one so I'll count #6 as half done.
Becoming a donor was quickly done online so I'd proud to say that I also reached that goal. Also, a week ago or so my mom asked me to help her become one as well. I'm content to know that I influenced my mom like this 

Aaaand another thing I didn't do was to have a health check. My doctor was in one part of the country while I was in the other and every time I went to visit my family, I'd forgotten about making an appointment 2 weeks ahead with the doctor.
Speaking of family I REALLY DID TRY to strengthen ties with them and I think it was working. I went home whenever I could but with everything that's been happening the past 2 months... I'm afraid a lot of it has gone to waste. My parents had what I categorize as a really bad divorce and now I have a hard time talking to both my parents and my grandparents. Everything is chaos.
Ughhh

#4 might have been too vague. I think I had bigger things in mind when I wrote it but now that I look at it again, I question myself when I have done enough to live up to this. I bought a really nice facial cream and for Christmas I got an oil for my hair after having done a bit of research on how to strengthen it. We'll see this new year if it works out.

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That was last year. Now let's make the jump to 2017.
I'm not exactly sure what I want to focus on this year.
I feel like I spent my time horrible in 2016 - always studying and not enjoying life enough.
This year I want to spend my time as wisely as possible so that I on January 1st 2018 can look back and think "Wauw! I did so much in just a year?!" Yes, that is my goal.

And.. after all this chaos I've been reflecting a lot and realized how important it is to value what we have while we have it. Because in the blink of an eye it could all disappear one day.

Wooooops sorry! I'm getting emotional now. It's been a couple of hours since I started this post and things happened.

Anyways.
I'm giving myself until the end of January to change these but for now, here are my
New Year resolutions for 2017!


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................................................................... 1.  Travel to 2-3 countries
................................................................... 2.  Own less (and clean out wardrobe!)
................................................................... 3.  Complete health check
................................................................... 4.  Sing every day
................................................................... 5.  Be active on my Youtube channel
................................................................... 6.  Appreciate the little things more 
................................................................... 7.  Go on a cosplay photo shoot
................................................................... 8.  Blog more
................................................................... 9.  ???
................................................................. 10.  ???



Do you have any New Year resolutions?
If you haven't made yours yet and would like some inspiration, check out my old ones from
201320142015, and 2016.



October 29, 2016

It freaking happened again!

I went to bed early last night thinking I could use some sleep after a hectic week and that it'd be good to be well rested before my final this Monday.

Well, I woke up to a message sent to my page. Nothing unusual.
Only this time it was my face all over again and some imbecile pretending to be a 36-YEARS-OLD NURSE FROM CANADA - WITH MY FACE!!!

My full conversation so far with the hero without cape:
As before, click the picture to enlarge them


 And here are the pictures he sent me.
Since we're in different time zones, it'll most likely be some hours before I'll get a reply.


Now THIS is truly the work of a good-for-nothing.
Unlike LAST TIME where they actually took the time to mirror (and maybe cut) my picture, this picture has been stolen directly from THIS LENS REVIEW BLOG POST on my beauty blog.

[UPDATE AS OF NOV. 1st]

Some hours after I created this post, the guy replied me again - this time with another picture of my long lost, 15 years older twins profile and a link as well!
Of course my internet had to die on me over the weekend and since I was also busy studying for my exam yesterday, I couldn't be bothered with all this before today.

Let's take a look at the profile:
First off: SCREW YOU! Like I look 36?! WHO IN THE WORLD DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?!?!

But yes. Interesting.
It's actually quite entertaining finding a profile like that. It kind of feels like finding an alternate version of yourself in an alternate universe.

It seems this Lucy ("jasi8") went a whole different way and became a nurse. Ah, yes.
Maybe this is the me that never discovered K-pop?
In high school she chose French instead of Spanish and without having any cool hobbies or strange goals to pursue, she decided to fly all the way to Canada to start a new life. She fell in love with the moose there (they have moose, right?) and decided to become a vegetarian.
She's got 25 cats and still counting but sees herself as a strong, independent woman. The only reason she's on this site is because her friends from the moose loving vegetarian club and her made a bet about who could find and convert most meat lovers within a month. She's probably coming in second.


Okay odd stories aside. Like I said, I got a link to the profile as well:
Unless I decided to join the site (which I have absolutely NO intentions of! I want to associations with them whatsoever. Not that I have anything against OkCupid but I refuse to have my face on a dating site), I didn't have any way to report the profile.
So instead I contact OkCupid and told them as it was: Someone is using a picture of me without my consent and I want them to take it down ASAP.

And now, we wait.

[...will be updated later...]

October 20, 2016

I'm a featured dating site member?

Something weird happened yesterday.

I had just returned from my adventures to buy glue so I could fix my shoes before GEEKcore tomorrow when I came home to see a message sent to my Facebook page.

[Click the pictures to enlarge them]
A stranger sent me a link to a tweet, asking if it was me in the picture.
..and I found this. That's my picture right there, cropped and mirrored.
I was furious with what I saw!
How DARE they use my face like that!?
And also, how dare they say this "Katie" person is a 25-year-old when I can't even get into clubs with this face in my own country without showing ID?

At first I thought maybe someone had stolen my picture and made a fake profile using my face. You know, a catfish or something. I immediately told them to take it down.
 But the more people around me looked into it, the more it seemed like it was this "page" itself that had falsely made an account with my picture to make themselves seem more.. legit, I suppose?
 I was preparing myself for a large scale attack to expose them and their trickery but soon after writing to them, the Tweet was removed.
As you can obviously see, the page is in my own mother tongue. I'm not even American! How double dare they!

I didn't get a screenshot of this yesterday but I can see today that they have removed two other tweets: one with a picture of a (blonde?) girl with a cross necklace and some text asking whether Christian girls were better to date (or something along those lines). I forgot what the other picture was about. But both were right beside the picture of the girl with the bruises on her face.

From what I understand, this twitter user is trying to frame Julian Assange - and simultaneously trying to appear like a more trustworthy site by acting as if they were a real, popular dating site with users like "Katie".

I haven't read more into it and won't have time to do so this coming week with both the convention coming and my trip to Vienna coming up.


I wish this whole thing would blow up so those people could finally be exposed once and for all.
I'd be happy to help!

At least it seems a couple of people have noticed on this Reddit thread


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Now if you'll have me excused, I have a con to prepare for.

See ya!

Lucy Hart