goals for 2018 | results + goals for 2019


since 2018 has come to a close, it’s time to revisit my list of goals that i posted last january and see how many i completed. i always forget about the goals that i’ve set by about march, so i don’t have much hope.

(key: ✅ means i reached my goal, ❌ means i failed, and 🔵 means i partially did it.)

reach 1000 followers ❌

guys i was so close :'( i had 994 followers on the last day of 2018. literally just six away from reaching my goal. sigh.

i’m not really surprised, though. with school and camp and marching band taking up my time, my posting has definitely not been consistent this year. and if i’m not regularly sharing content, then i can’t expect to gain a lot of followers, you know?

reach 50k in my novel ❌

oh dear. definitely did not achieve this one. i stopped writing fiction altogether after last year’s nanowrimo, and this november was the first time in three years that i didn’t participate. but i do miss my novel and my characters, so maybe i’ll pick it up again sometime.

not cry on the first day of school ✅

i think i actually did this one, yay me! then again, i don’t really remember the first day of school, so who knows. however, i definitely did cry during band camp, but that doesn’t really count.

learn to play drums ✅

i’m taking percussion 1 this year, so i am learning! i can play basic stuff on snare and bass now, and i plan on joining my school’s drumline next marching season. there’s also talk of a county-wide indoor drumline being started, which would be so amazing.

our christmas concert was lowkey a disaster

go to a concert 🔵

i mean, i played percussion in a christmas concert, and i attended my friend’s choir concert, so technically i did this? but since it’s not the type of concert i was thinking of, i’m not going to consider it fully completed. none of the bands i like had concerts nearby this year, and even if they had, i wouldn’t have had the money to go.

meet an internet friend ❌

no, because most of my internet friends love ridiculously far away, and i didn’t travel much this year. i love you guys so much and it’s a dream of mine to meet some of you.

go to camp ✅

i spent about three weeks at summer camp this year and i loved (almost) every minute. i made so many memories and new friends that i will cherish forever. click here to read about this year’s camp experience.

i am so ready to go back in january to work at winter camp! it’s going to be freezing, but i’m still so excited.

get better at drawing faces 🔵

the one on the left is from spring of 2017, and the right one is from this summer. i guess that’s improvement? i didn’t draw as much this year as i would have liked to, and when i did, it usually opted for my flower people instead of ones with actual faces. but it doesn’t take me nearly as much time to draw a fairly decent face now, so i’ll give myself this one.

get better at gymnastics ✅

i ended up having to quit gymnastics in early summer because of camp, and i wasn’t able to go back in autumn because of marching band. despite that, i think i did complete this one, because at the beginning of the year i learned to do front tucks on the floor and fly aways on the uneven bars, among other things. also, i’m starting lessons again this month!

make a new friend ✅

yes!! i made quite a few new friends, actually, or at least acquaintances. i’m proud of myself for completing this one because since i’m so painfully shy, it’s usually really hard for me to make friends. that’s why i’ve had the same four friends since probably fourth or fifth grade. but being in band forced me to interact with my peers, so i’ve met a bunch of people whom i adore and who (hopefully) like me back.

read 100 books ❌

eh, not quite. i thought i could do it, but i had a huge reading slump over the summer and ended up missing my goal by 23 books. i posted about some of my most memorable reads from 2018 year right here, in case you missed it.

now, moving on from the the goals i failed in 2018 to the ones that i’m destined to forget about this year, too!


read one page of les misérables a day

my brother did the math for me, and if i read one page of les mis a day, i’ll finish it in about four years. this sounds more appealing to me than sitting down and trying to get through 1,463 pages of a book that i’m just reading for bragging rights.

join drumline

i wanted to do drumline last marching season, but due to a miscommunication on my mum’s part, i ended up in front ensemble instead. and that’s ok; i learned to play mallet instruments, aux percussion, and became friends with one of our section leaders, but i really just want to play bass drum.

the drumline’s section leader has let me play bass a few times in the stands and at pep band. and i really like most of the people in drumline, so i think it’ll be a better fit than front ensemble (especially since our section leaders aren’t coming back next season). unfortunately, joining drumline will require me to audition, learn to march, and memorize sets, but i’m determined to do it.

get a summer job

since i worked at summer camp as a CIT last year, i’ll be able to be a full-time counselor this year, which i am so so excited about! i just need my mum to agree, which she’s sort of hesitant about because i’ll be spending over a month away from home, and because she doesn’t want to drive eight hours every weekend to take me to and from camp. but i’m still hopeful that it will work out. and if i can’t be on staff the whole summer, i’ll definitely be a CIT again.

earn 10 merit badges

i always earn about 4 or 5 badges at summer camp, so as long as i do a few by myself during the rest of the year, i should be set. a few badges that i’m hoping to complete include outdoor skills, music performance, skiing & snowboarding, and the two space-themed ones.

vegetarian bean enchiladas

go vegetarian

i’ve been wanting to be vegetarian for awhile, mostly because i just don’t like meat that much. in december, i ate next to no meat and made a bunch of vegetarian recipes, so hopefully this is the year that i really go for it.

continue to explore cooking

i’ve discovered that i really like cooking and it’s something that i want to keep doing through 2019. i want to try more complicated desserts, as well as making my own vegetarian meals so i don’t have to eat my mom’s meat-based dinners. there’s a whole section of vegetarian cookbooks at the bookstore, and i’m hoping to pick up one of those so i have somewhere to start.

read 50 books

i read 77 books in 2018, so i’m kind of disappointed in myself for lowering the number. but i’m just trying to be realistic. i usually do a lot of reading over the summer, but if i’m going to be working at camp, i won’t have as much free time to read as i normally do. 50 books doesn’t sound that challenging to me now, but we’ll just have to see.

what are your goals for 2019?

xo apollo


monarchs + life, i guess (3)

i haven’t posted in over a month and a bunch of stuff has happened since then. so today i’m going to be ranting about my life!

also, i have some pictures of monarch butterflies and mexican sunflowers to share. :)

– this is my first year going to public school, and it’s been really stressful so far. i’ve already missed a lot of school because some days i’ll wake up and just be way too overwhelmed to go to class. i think the hardest part is being around people for so long, especially since up until last week, i was staying at school until around 6:30 everyday because of marching band. but the season’s over now so i’ll have free time again.

but, uh, if anyone has tips for dealing with public school, they would be greatly appreciated.

– it’s only the third month of school and i know of seven or eight people who like/liked me. one asked me to homecoming in august, and two (maybe three) others were planning on doing the same, but didn’t once i said i was going with my best friend kelsie. two are 8th graders in the band who will probably lose feelings for me now that we won’t see each other very often, one is my best friend at school, and the other is a girl who’s friends with my brother. i’m flattered that people like me so much, but it’s kind of a lot to deal with. and i feel really bad about myself because i know i’ve hurt some of them and might screw up our friendships. romance is so messy and i’m not any good at it.


– marching band was the only thing i liked about school, and our final competition was last saturday. the season started off pretty well and then gradually went downhill. the most disappointing part was when we got second place percussion in our class, and then found out that the announcer had made a mistake and we’d actually gotten fourth. (to put it in perspective, there were five bands in our class and one of them didn’t show up.)

i only have classes with one of my band friends, and i’m going to miss everyone a lot. we still have a banquet, a few playoff games, and pep band before the season is completely over, but it’s not the same as practicing outside in the rain before the sun’s risen, spending all day with my friends, and then sleeping in a pile on the bus on the way back home. i can’t wait until next year when i get to join drumline. :)

– musical auditions happened recently. my school’s doing les misérables this year. i sang left behind from spring awakening, and i was so insanely nervous. my brother told me that my face was twitching. everyone said that if you audition for a supporting role and don’t get it, then you’re automatically placed in ensemble, which is what i wanted anyway. but i guess they did something different this time and only a dozen people got ensemble, and i’m not one of them. but my friend who only auditioned because of me got in. i’m totally not mad though. :)

idk, no one is very happy with the cast list, not even the people who got good roles. the only person who’s really ok with it is my brother, who got cast as the innkeeper. i’m honestly really disappointed because the musical was one of the reasons i decided to go to public school, and now i don’t get to be in it. i’ll probably help backstage but it’s really not the same.

– my friend n told me years ago that he was going to write a song for me, and he finally did. i listened to it during lunch yesterday and i just sat there and cried. it’s called i guess i lied and it’s my favorite song right now. it’s about me and our history together and it kind of means the world to me. he’s so talented and i’m really proud of him. :’)

this was a messy post but i really needed to rant. life is too much to handle sometimes.

i’m thinking of posting more poetry soon, if you guys are cool with that. i was very caffeinated last night and ended up staying awake until 3:30. during that time, i cleaned my whole room, did two projects for school, and wrote a couple of poems that i’m actually rather proud of. so just a heads up that you’ll be seeing more poetry soon even though the last post i made was about my poetry, too.

have a good day, everyone. i’m so glad that autumn is here.

xo apollo

summer bucket list | results


hey! with school starting in two weeks, it’s time to review my summer bucket list and see if i actually did any of the things i set out to do.

(key: ✅ means i reached my goal, ❌ means i failed, and 🔵 means i partially did it.)

1) explore ✅

i think i got in a good amount of exploring this summer. i went to the dam down the road a few times to fish, pick up trash, and just get away from home. and i walked all over the camp i worked at and found some new areas, like the high ropes course, more remote campsites, and an animal graveyard.

2) read 15 books

i read 18 books this summer! my favorites were the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue by mackenzi lee and i am princess x by cherie priest, but you can see all of them by friending me on goodreads.

3) nail my back handsprings

because of how often i was at camp, i had to quit gymnastics for the summer. since i don’t trust myself enough to practice back handsprings without a spotter, i didn’t get anywhere near to accomplishing this. that’s ok, though — i’m hoping to rejoin my gymnastics class in the autumn, and i’ll keep working on my handsprings then.

crew #68

4) vbs 🔵

vacation bible school was . . . wild. i had five little boys, including two sets of brothers (who were also cousins). they were good the first day, but then they got out of hand. one kid wouldn’t stop crab walking and punched me in the chin and none of them would listen to me. i got to skip the last two days for band camp, and i am so thankful for that, because i don’t think i would have made it.

(i’m giving this one a partial because i wasn’t there all week.)

5) hang out with friends 🔵

i actually didn’t see my friends much this summer. we were all just really busy. one was at a ballet intensive in the city for a month, and i only saw her once, when i went with her family to see her final performance.

but i did make a few new friends at camp and spent several weeks working with them. my bff izzy came to ahg camp with me, too.

6) earn 2 ahg badges

i actually got a few more than i was hoping for. gardening & plant science, nature & wildlife, and boating safety are ones that i’ve completely finished, and i’ve almost earned creative crafts, pen & paper arts, and swimming thanks to camp.

7) go to camp

i spent three weeks at camp this year (i was on staff for two weeks, and a camper for one) and had the best time of my life. so much crazy, fun stuff happened, and i’ll have to make a separate post about my experience, but there was never a dull day.

8) garden 🔵

because of my insane schedule, i didn’t get to tend to my garden very much. but it rained so much that my plants survived anyway. it sucks that i didn’t get to enjoy my flowers, though. and while everything is still alive, it’s totally overgrown, so it’s not even that nice to look at.

my hair is a hot mess

9) get a tan

i have visible tan lines for once in my life?? amazing. really, my skin is only darker because i didn’t use sunscreen at camp and got burned at the waterfront, but i think it still counts.

10) go swimming

i swam in the river by my house a few times, went tubing, jumped into a pool with all my clothes on while at camp victory, hiked to a swimming hole, and swam everyday at ahg camp for the boating badge and waterfront survival/lifesaving class.

so i completed six of my goals, sort of did three, and only failed one. i’m usually rather horrible at keeping up with the goals i set for myself, so i’m actually sort of proud of this.

how was your summer? are you ready to go back to school? let me know in the comments.

xo apollo

q&a answers | part five

hey, guys!

i spent the last week working at summer camp, so that’s why i haven’t been posting. i think i’ll be able to get lots of content out of my camp experience, though, because it’s been . . . wild. so keep an eye out for that, i guess.

it’s been awhile since i posted more answers to my q&a (coughit’sbeenlikeeightmonthscough), so that’s what i’m doing today. enjoy! :)

click to read parts one, two, three, and four.

| gracie’s questions |

how do you think that you can change the world?

i would like to use my art to help others feel less alone. maybe i’ll be able to draw or write something so honest that people will realize they’re not the only one to feel that way.

having a job where i can make an impact on someone’s life seems good, too. like a youth group leader or camp counselor or something.

writing or reading?

i get writing and/or reading slumps quite often, so my answer would depend on if i’m in one of those at the moment. but right now, i’ll say writing. i’ve been writing down lots of memories and journal entries and poems recently.

drawing/painting or photography?

same thing as the last question. i get lots of hobby-related slumps. i’ll go with art for now, because it’s relaxing, i can create something beautiful out of nothing, and i have some great art supplies.


favorite book ever?

(i manage to come up with a new favorite book every time i get this question.)

i’m going to say tiger lily by jodi lynn anderson. it’s a peter pan retelling from tiger lily’s point of view and it broke my heart the first time i read it. it’s heavy and touching and, despite being set in neverland, so real. 

your favorite word?

it might not be my favorite word ever, but i really like “litost.” it means “a state of torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.” “ethereal” is important, too, for personal reasons that i’m not sure how to explain.

the first five things you think when you hear your own name? 

(for anyone who doesn’t know, my real name is loren, not apollo.)

1) how everyone pronounces it “lauren” unless they know me well. :’)
2) it means “laurels and victory,” which is kind of funny because i’m a loser.
3) this one girl (also named loren) at camp two years ago who got high off of bug spray.
4) my soccer coach made us all pick a food that starts with the same letter as our name, to make it easier to remember who’s who. my food was linguini.

the first five things you think when you hear MY name?

1) i know a girl named grace and apparently she has a golf cart??? i’m jealous.
2) one of my youth group leaders (also named grace) always brings really good snacks to bible study.
3) this super sweet girl who helped me during one of the worst days of my life. her middle name is grace, i’m pretty sure.
4) a girl at my church was telling me about her friend who is basically the exact same person as me. we like the same music, have the same hobbies, share a zodiac sign, etc. she moved before i got to meet her, but i follow her on social media, where she goes by the name grace.
5) and i think of you, of course, sweetheart. :)

| olive’s questions |

what would you pick, to be able to fly, or to breath underwater?

breathing underwater, i think. in my head, it seems like chilling underwater would be really peaceful and exciting. but i’d probably hate it in real life because i’d be afraid of drowning.

Related imagewhat’s your favorite tv show?

i don’t particularly like watching tv, because i get bored too quickly. but two shows that i really like are gravity falls and over the garden wall. they’re both cartoons with weird elements mixed in. i’ve also been watching the office and parks & rec, and i’m enjoying those a lot.

what’s your favorite day of the week?

at the moment, i’m looking forward to sunday, because that’s when i leave for my second week of camp. i don’t usually like sundays, though. i’m not a fan of getting up for church, and something about them makes me feel sad and tired.

do you like seeing movies in the theater, or at home?

i never go to movie theaters unless i’m going with friends or i’m on vacation. but i prefer watching movies at home anyway. i can wrap myself up in blankets and have free snacks and draw while the movie plays.

what’s one food you will never get tired of?

peanut butter. it goes well with everything.

popsicles or ice cream?

one time i had a popsicle, and the joke on the stick was “what is it called when a bunch of raspberries get together and make music? a jam session.” and i swear, i had never been more glad to be alive than when everyone groaned at that joke.

but i like ice cream better. there are more flavors and you can use toppings and it’s not as sticky.

Image result for apollo statue aestheticif you where a demigod, who would be your godly parent?

the quizzes i’ve taken say apollo. that makes ense. he’s supposed to be the god of archery, healing, and poetry, right? that fits me. and i already go by the name apollo online.

if you where an elf in keeper, what ability would you want to manifest?

being a shade would be pretty sweet, i think. but i took a quiz and got inflictor, which would be ok as long as i could make people feel happy and safe.

if you were a dragon, what color would your scales be? (PURPLE!!)

i’d hope for silver or maroon.

 what’s your favorite video game?

the legend of zelda series is really great, i love the characters and lore and music. i also really like this ds game that my brother has called fantasy life, and skyrim, of course.

do you have any left handers in your family?

just one of my uncles, i believe.

have you read lodestar yet? what did you think of it?

i have read lodestar, my mom bought it for me because i won nanowrimo last year. i don’t exactly remember what it was about (haha oops), but it’s the keeper of the lost cities, so i’m sure it was incredible.

what do you think the difference is between a fairy and a pixie?

pixies are the mischievous ones, and they all have pixie cuts. fairies are the ones that sing to flowers or whatever.

| kiki‘s questions |

how long is your hair?

sigh i have no new photos of my hair

about an inch past my shoulders. i’ve had long hair for most of my life, but i thought i’d try something new this year.

skirts or shorts?

shorts, absolutely. the only time i wear skirts is if it’s for a costume. shorts are just much more comfortable to me.

elves or hobbits?

as much as i love the hobbits, the elves clearly have it better. they’re tall, they can sing, they’re beautiful, they have glorious hair, they’ve got cool names, and did i mention that they’re tall? because that bit is important.

favorite animal?

i really love turtles. i want to have one as a pet and name it billie joe armstrong, like the lead singer of green day. but none of the pet stores in my area sell turtles anymore and apparently it’s illegal to keep a turtle you find in the wild.

favorite shoes?

i bought combat boots last autumn and they’re pretty much the only shoes i wear. and they have pink flowers printed on the inside, so that’s cool. but i also adore the beat up converse that i’ve had for years. they have a moon drawn on the toe.

winter or summer?

winter, i think. i like that i can wear boots and hoodies and beanies, and how much nicer hot showers feel, and stepping outside and seeing your breath puff up in front of you. this summer might change my opinion, though, because of how much time i’ve been spending at camp.

it’s snowing right now, i wish it was summer. but when the summer rolls around, i wish i was freezing. (cough it out // the front bottoms)

favorite star wars character?

poe. oh my gosh i love him so much.

favorite dessert and lunch?

cereal for both. i don’t care what time of day it is, i will always be down for having cereal. specifically honey bunches of oats in a tea cup with no milk. that’s strange but i don’t really care.

hang on, i just made myself hungry. i’ll go get some cereal and then come back and finish this post.

i hope you guys enjoyed this! maybe you learned that we have something in common, or that i’m weirder than you thought. please don’t come after me for not putting milk in my cereal.

have a good day!

xo apollo

life, i guess (2)

a bunch of exciting stuff has been going on in my life recently, and i thought i’d share everything with you guys by dumping it into one post.

our cabin

– my best friend izzy and i spent the first weekend of june being counselors at camp victory. every year, our church takes their after school program up to the camp to have fun and learn more about God. we were put in a cabin with the elementary school girls, but we were primarily assisting the younger ones. izzy’s family has been helping for years, but this was my first time. i sort of hated it, but i know i’ll go again next year if i get the chance.



– i carried so many girls on my back that i have bruises on my hips from their legs.
– it rained pretty much nonstop. there were about two hours on saturday when it wasn’t raining and we got to play games outside, but it was pouring the rest of the time.
– one of those games involved running around with a dead octopus. izzy got a bit too into it and ripped off a tentacle.
– they made us do zumba every morning. that was . . . something.
– i got into the pool with izzy when i was fully clothed. it was fun and all, but i didn’t bring enough dry clothes, and the t-shirt i was wearing at the time was white and kind of thin. still, i’m glad she convinced me to do it.
– the girls in our cabin decided that our group would be named the “glitter star bears.” we had to do a cheer about it at every meal and it was sort of awful.
– we had a movie night on saturday, and someone told me we were watching shrek, so i was naturally very excited. they lied, though, and we were really watching monsters university. don’t get me wrong, i love that movie, but i had my heart set on shrek.
– i slept in the leaders’ cabin the last night because our girls were so loud and stayed up really late. sadly, i didn’t sleep any better up there, and i ended up getting about four hours of sleep over the whole weekend. also, there were roaches in the cabin and a snake in the bathroom. :)

– my brother was at a karate tournament the same weekend i was at camp. he did a roundoff backflip during his first kata, landed wrong, and ended up breaking his foot and injuring his knee. but he got back up, completed the kata, and got second place. his foot was broken in three places, i think, and he had surgery on monday to fix it.

– i found out last week that i’m old enough to work at my summer camp as a counselor in training! since i’m a girl and it’s a boy scout camp, i didn’t think it was likely that i would be accepted, but somehow i was. i’m ridiculously excited for this, because i’ve wanted to work at camp since i first went there in 2016.

getting ready for camp has taken a lot of work. i had to complete three online courses, do a bunch of paperwork, and buy a venture scouts uniform (unfortunately, the guy that ordered it got the wrong size). on top of all that, i’m leaving today for a training session at the camp and i won’t be back until friday night.

– a few months ago, my math teacher saw me drawing in class and asked me to make a new mathematics-themed poster for him. i sort of forgot about it until the last two weeks of school, so i had to rush to get it done. i worked on it for nine hours (most of which was probably organizing art supplies on the table), but i finished it in time. my favorite part is the blue jay, i think i did a good job coloring it in.

– this is maybe less important than the others, but i’ve heard that love, simon is being put on netflix this month, and i am so excited to watch it again. i love the soundtrack, i love the book it’s based on, and i am so ready to cry at the ending again. happy pride month, by the way! 🌈

– a few people have been asking if i’m going to do cwwc again this year. i’m sorry to say it, but i won’t be. i just have too much planned this summer, so i think it’s unlikely that i’ll have an entire month that i can dedicate to it. sorry!

have a good day! :)

xo apollo

room tour

i’ve wanted to do a room tour for ages, but my bedroom has always been kind of mess. so over the past few months, i’ve slowly been getting my room to where i want it: i finished painting my bed, i hung up the tapestry i got in d.c., i bought accessories, etc. and i’m happy to say that my room is finally pretty enough to share.

well, the real reason this post took so long to make is that i didn’t want to clean. but i was on a productivity kick this week and swept, washed my sheets, watered all my plants, put away my clothes, and wiped (some of) the watercolor stains off my desk. i had to take the pictures for this before my room returned to it’s natural state (aka a disaster), because it’s probably never going to be this clean again.

i love seeing my friends’ rooms for the first time, because i feel like it’s a reflection of who they are. for example, my brother’s room has looked like a dump for the past five years, which perfectly displays his apathetic personality. my best friend’s room is covered in her own artwork. so i thought letting you guys see what my room looks like would help you get to know me better or something.

also, i’m so sorry about the quality of these pictures. the lighting in my room is always horrible, and this is the best i could do.

sorry for getting sidetracked. let’s get into it, i guess.

here it is! :)

my room has been all different shades of ugly in the past, such as dark blue, pale yellow, and lime green, and now it’s back to blue with white and orange accents. the walls are actually two different colors: the one behind my desk is a slightly lighter blue than the others.

here’s a mirror i “borrowed” from my brother years ago and never gave back!

to the right of my mirror is my dresser and dragon tapestry. i don’t like the dresser that much because it doesn’t match the rest of my furniture, but i think it’s special to my mom because she won’t let me get rid of it.

my dresser is sort of where weird knickknacks go to die. there are a bunch of little trinkets on it that i don’t know where else to put.

i have a glass bowl with my favorite lip balms, a piece of petrified wood that i got for valentine’s day last year, some amethyst, and a 10th doctor funko pop that was a christmas present from my brother.

a cactus made out of rocks, some adorable clay animals that megan made, and a tiny music box that plays the song somewhere over the rainbow.

a wormaid from megan, an octopus from allison, a mermaid figurine, and more amethyst.

i usually have some flowers in my room. the current ones are poppies and bachelors buttons.

here’s my favorite part of my room: my desk area. i got the desk from my neighbor years ago and keep painting it different colors to match my room.

i keep some art supplies in a custom mug i got for christmas.

i have an embroidered twenty one pilots quote, an artist mannequin, more flowers, and a salt lamp. apparently salt lamps are supposed to help with anxiety, but i don’t think mine works.

my desk drawers are always messy, especially the bottom one. it’s stuffed with letters and old journals and also some 3ds games. i think my whole life story could be discovered from the contents of that drawer.

the next drawer up is where my sketchbooks, artist trading cards, and drawing books live.

i keep my markers/pens/colored pencils in the top drawer. this drawer used to contains tons and tons of crayons. i’m not sure why.

above the desk is a strand of lights! i’ve hung special odds and ends from the lower section.

there are some paint swatches and a love, simon movie ticket, which i talked about in my latest art post.

a pressed flower crown from my last day of co-op and a sketch from a nature journaling class.

an atc and an old photograph of the light of my life. she hates it, but i think it’s cute. :)

i was trying to figure out how to play the end of all things // panic! at the disco on the ukulele and came up with this.

a weird picture i cut out of a magazine and a paper chain.

my closet is on the other side of the room. there are lots of odd things in there, like a flag from summer camp that reads “semper ubi sub ubi,” (“always wear underwear” in latin) shinguards that haven’t been washed in five seasons, a sort of shrine to one of my dead cats, and maybe even an entire person. who really knows.

beside the closet is my loft bed. it was originally purple, but i painted it white last christmas. or started painting it, anyway. it didn’t actually get finished until a few days ago.

i made my bed for the first time in years to take this picture. it’s extremely hard to make your bed when it’s so far off the ground.

beneath my bed is my reading corner. it’s just a costco dog bed with a body pillow bent around it, but it’s very comfortable. my three favorite stuffed animals live there, who are creatively named kitty and pink bunny. i don’t think i ever named the dog.

my new bookshelf is also under my bed. my parents helped me make it, and i painted the whole thing. unfortunately, i’ve already filled it up, so we’ll have to make another one soon.

i can reach the top of the bookshelf from my bed, so i keep a journal, pen, and flashlight there. that way, i can easily get to some distractions when it’s late and i still haven’t gone to sleep.

my ever growing plant collection takes up one of my windowsills. i’m surprised that they’ve stayed alive this long.

my other windowsill is home to a wooden L (a christmas present from kelsie), a party favor from my friend izzy, and a soccer trophy from elementary school. maybe it’s a dumb thing to keep, since my team didn’t actually win anything, but it’s from the coach who made me fall in love with the sport, so it’s special.

there are two little hooks beside my windows that i hang my favorite necklaces from.

this isn’t super important, but look at how cool my light is! it casts a pretty pattern on the ceiling and makes me feel like i’m on a pirate ship.

so that’s my bedroom! i hope you enjoyed the tour. :)

there’s an empty piece of wall beneath the windows, and i might turn it into one of those picture walls that you see everywhere on tumblr. i’ll definitely show you guys if i ever get around to doing that.

have a good day!

xo apollo