Monthly Letter: July 2015

7/31/2015





Goodbye, Hello is a series of letters written by me as I reflect on the past month and ponder about the upcoming month. Read the letter of last month here.


Goodbye July,



I was busy sending applications for college and a few part-time jobs so I've been moving around a lot.  I looked intensively for an apartment and was on the road for weeks. Oh and of course: "To Ethan" has been completed! (I can't believe it!)

You taught me that people are going to break my heart and then build it up again. I give bits of my heart away and I get bits back.

And you know what's scary? The days won't wait for me, they'll run out eventually. They're mine, so I'll take them.

I stood up for myself this month. If not visibly, I did it mentally. I realised that I am not an option and shouldn't let myself be treated like one. It's something I keep forgetting. Or worse, ignoring. So I made the decision that the moment I feel like I have to prove my worth to someone is the moment to walk away from them.

What else did I learn? Oh. I might get hurt but I'm going to put myself out there because maybe, just maybe, one day it'll be worth it.

This past week I watched Paper Towns and I loved every bit of it. The cast was so lovely to watch. (Read what Paper Towns has taught me here.)

A book I enjoyed a lot was Marina Keegan's The Opposite Of Loneliness. I bought it and read it in one go. She was such a talented, warm young woman. Rest in peace, angel.

By the way, "To Ethan" ranked #24 in Short Story and that's the highest rank so far! I feel extremely proud. Thank you guys a lot.

Hello August,


please don't be over too soon.


What did you guys learn this month? I'm curious to read about it.

From the girl who adores summer,
Arden.

58 comments

  1. I love your lists. Paper Towns was such a good movie, I adored the cast as well :)) Now I just really need to read the book. Wise words in this list as well !

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    1. hey bree, thanks!! :-) the book is amazing, you really should go read it and i don't say it because it's john green. the movie actually opened my eyes about things. x

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  2. great list! it's nice to know more about you :) and knowing that we have some things in common :)

    xx Jamie| Love Peace and Shimmer

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    1. thank you for swinging by! i'm glad you can relate xx

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  3. I'm watching Paper Towns tonight and I can't wait! I loved the book and I'm hoping the movie is just as great :) As for something I learned this month, it's that I need to focus on the now -- instead of thinking about work thats due or classes I have to be in soon, I should just enjoy being in the present! Great list + advice xx

    Justine x | teenfolk

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    1. the movie is even funnier than i expected it to be. but i won't say any more :x have fun watching it! & that is a very good thing to learn, i definitely agree with you x

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  4. I learned not to give up on love so easily, that I can grow further in my entertaining role than I ever thought, that I should embrace the ones I love and that Minions is an extremely funny movie (unexpected).

    This was a lovely post to read Hannie. I'll be following you from now on at Bloglovin'. Your blog is definitely worth visiting.
    x
    The Losing Struggle | Bloglovin'

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    1. those are wonderful lessons to learn in life! & i agree, the minions are too cute. i don't find them annoying at all although my friends do c:

      thank you so much, i appreciate it!

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  5. I just discovered your blog and I love it, I'm now quite obsessed. I love your lists, they are amazing.
    Distance is hard. But as you said, it helps you realize who is worth keeping.

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    1. aw omg thank you! it's funny we have almost the same template but i love your blog, too. and i agree, thanks for popping over here! x

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  6. Your wisdom is an inspiration ♥ I absolutely love your lists & really learn and reflect when I read your thoughts. I am a blank as to what I learned this summer. . . no wait, I did learn that spending time with my grandparents is important to a loving family. I saw both sets this summer and it was great.

    Xoxo, Shelly

    www.shellystuckman.com

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    1. aw thank you a lot :-) and spending time with your grandparents is definitely important. i'm glad you had fun! x

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  7. Your wisdom is an inspiration ♥ I absolutely love your lists & really learn and reflect when I read your thoughts. I am a blank as to what I learned this summer. . . no wait, I did learn that spending time with my grandparents is important to a loving family. I saw both sets this summer and it was great.

    Xoxo, Shelly

    www.shellystuckman.com

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  8. Love the post and the list! I like the fifth one more, never be an option! I let it happen once and one of the worst mistakes I've ever made!

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    1. i definitely agree, it happened to me so many times and i never actually realized it really? but i will always walk away from people who treat me like an option from now on. c:

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  9. Paper Towns was the first John Green book I read, and I loved it, still do! It's still my favorite John Green book, although I have yet to read Looking for Alaska. Anyways, I always get nervous about the film adaptations of novels I love, but after seeing The Fault in Our Stars (after having read the book) turning out so well and after hearing everyone rave about the Paper Towns film, I've lost the nervousness and am just plain excited to watch it! / Good luck with college, jobs, and apartment hunting, and congrats with your short story :D -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. awh, looking for alaska is just as great. you might have already seen all those quotes from it. i really want it to become a movie as well, with kaya schodelario as alaska c: the movie is really great, i wasn't disappointed! thank youu <3

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  11. I love these reflections, we learn something new everyday and it's real easy to forget when we need them the most. Have a good weekend Hannie :)

    Sharon

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    1. totally agree xx thank you sharon, you too!

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  12. I love this post, I can't believe July has gone already. I'm yet to watch Paper Towns, the book is my favourite my John Green so I have high expectations aha! xo
    www.lexiealexandra.com

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    1. time flies so fast! haha i get that, have fun watching it!

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  13. I can't wait to watch Paper Towns, I read the book and I loved it!

    http://www.notesofglam95.blogspot.it/

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    1. have fun watching it when you get around to do it c:

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  14. Such an interesting post with some amazing insights and reflections..good on you girl <3

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  15. very nice list I always love such posts too discover a little more about the person behind a blog
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  16. Great post! I've learned, that i need to love myself first, to let somebody else to love me. :)

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    1. awh, that's something very important to remember c:

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  17. This is so inspiring!
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    1. you should! hope you'll have fun xx

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  19. Very nice. Would love it if you could check out my newly launched Holiday Style Diary!
    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love 

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  20. these are great lessons, thanks for sharing!

    lifeisashoe

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  21. love everything! great photos :D

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  22. I love this photos. I'm really looking forward to watching Paper Towns.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. thank you! have fun watching it xx

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  23. I enjoyed reading your blog. Your words are full of inspiration. Keep it up!
    Good vibes Fox
    -www.wanderlife.tv

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    1. thank you so much for coming 'round!

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  24. Love it :) Bisous from France!

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  25. I love reflecting on the month! It's great to look back and think of all the good things that have happened! Hope you have a great month of August! <3
    xoxo,

    BerryBloomXO.com | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog 
    also on BLOGLOVIN 

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    1. thanks a bunch, same goes to you c:

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  26. Good luck on the college apps! I love lists to reflect on my past month, and more importantly, to focus on what I've learned and what new experiences I've had.

    Sara // dearskim.com

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  27. so trueee! <3

    check out my blog + follow too?
    wildvagabondss.blogspot.com

    xo,
    Jess ♡

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  28. I won't know until September, that's the way it always works for me.

    / Avy
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    1. ohhh I see. thanks for popping over x

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  29. This list is amazing! Such a nice post idea! :)

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