My obligatory "OhmyGod college is sooooo crazy" Post

10:09 PM

And I reiterate: OhmyGod college is sooooo crazy.

For starters: I go to the most beautiful school in the nation, Hope College! Starting off here has been pretty good, but with all change comes varying hardships.

First of all, the homework load is grand. I always worked hard in high school, so I don't feel too stressed, but it's still a lot of new types of learning. We do way more reading and papers than in high school. The good thing is, you're at school 24/7 so the resources are basically within your reach outside your dorm window, and sometimes you don't really have anything better to do than to work ahead.

Making friends is hard too, even though in college orientation you're thrown into all of these groups and such in order to make them. The fact of the matter is, I'm quite quiet (tongue twister), and making friends is hard for even outgoing people sometimes! I know I'll have a good group in a jiffy though, because everyone here is super nice and inviting : )

Third, all I think about is food. I'm not sure why. My biggest concern before noon is what's on the lunch menu in the dining hall, and my biggest concern after lunch is what's on the menu for dinner. It's seriously deranged and kind of cute at the same time. I can't explain it.

To finish off this random post about how my life has once again been flipped upside down, I'd like to leave you with the reason I'm at this lovely school! God gives me HOPE that I have made the right decision in my college choice everyday through the beautiful campus and great people. Little things happen every day that make me see that this is true : )

See that? Right there? That's GOD.
Until next time,



Words of Wisdom From Grandpa

4:02 PM

Hi there!

A wise man once told asked me, "Someone is going to do it, so why not you?" and it changed my life.

I'm headed off to college in 11 days, and it's been putting a lot of things into perspective for me. Above all, how big my dreams are and how hard they can be to achieve.

In high school I was at the top of my class, and I do know I'm pretty smart. However, at the beginning of the summer I had started to realize that there are people much, much smarter than I am, those who have strong talents of many kinds. This is inevitable in our world.

So, my dreams of becoming a best-selling author, of changing children's lives in certain ways, began to seem too far out of reach for the caliber of person that I am. I started thinking that there were others who were better at writing, at being with children, and they would get there before me; they were going to follow my dreams and I would be watching in the dust of their success and happiness.

I never said this to my grandpa, but I think he could see it in me. I was losing hope at becoming who I had wanted to be. That wasn't the go-getter girl he'd known forever, and so he reached out to me with those words: someone is going to do it, so why not you?

I haven't felt the disappointment I was feeling at the beginning of the summer since. Whenever a thought comes to my mind telling myself that I'm not a good writer, or I'll never be able to change someone's world, I stop and say to myself someone is going to do it, so why not me?

It's the truest thing I've ever been told and told myself. I want to encourage everyone out there to do what they have always dreamed, go after it, and don't lose sight of it, because one day it will be done and why shouldn't it be you? If you go after it with everything you have, it very well could be. It's going to be hard work though, don't kid yourself there.

Be an artist, be an author, play college baseball, find a cure, go to medical school, start your own business, make YouTube videos, create, create, and create, because someone is going to do why not you? If you want to, all you have to do is go after it.

Never doubt yourself,



I'm a Camp Nanowrimo Winner!

7:33 PM

Hey everyone!

This post is about what Brooke actually wrote, and what Brooke is really writing.

Sorry for talking in third person I'm just excited about my URL.

This July I was able to participate in Camp Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo is an organization that tries to get you to write 50,000 words, smack dab in the middle of your insane, busy life. It usually takes place in November, but for years they've been doing a summer program during April and July called Camp Nanowrimo. You can go for the usual 50,000 word goal or you can create your own personal goal.

Since I'm a student and November is usually a busy time for me, I decided to do Camp Nanowrimo this summer during the last July! I set my goal at the usual 50,000 words and I was able to pump out 55, 976 words this July!

I'm so proud of myself for many reasons. Writing is one of my greatest passions, and I feel like I've succeeded in some aspect of it. I wrote a short 30,000 word novella, and now I'm partway through (25,000 words into) what seems to be a huge piece, and will end up around 80,000 words.

I'm so excited.

This wasn't the post I'd had planned for the next one, but I realized I could share these badges and I wanted to share my accomplishment.

There are a lot of published Nanowrimo writers - two that I'm a huge fan of are Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins. Just the thought that I could someday be as good of a writer as them is amazing. I love thinking about it.

I'm sorry I just keep going on and on about this, I'm just still excited. It's great to share it with people!

Thanks for reading! Maybe someday you'll be reading a lot more from a published book, on the bestsellers shelf, in your local bookstore.

And so Brooke did write....

~ Brooke


Life is SOOO b-e-a-utiful

11:59 PM

"Living close to the ground 
Is seventh heaven cause there are angels all around
Among my frivolous thoughts
I believe there are beautiful things seen by the astronauts 

The indications reveal 
That few of us realize that life is quite surreal
So if you're dying to see
I guarantee there are angels around your vicinity"
~Angels, Owl City


The title of this post is a Bruce Almighty reference that I believe you understood...but maybe not, so just letting you know. 

My summer is breezing by, and I've had a fantastic share of beautiful moments. I wanted to post them for you all!

This is a photo taken in Glen Arbor, Michigan where my grandparents live : ) They live in a tiny little vacation town year round, and it's always amazing to see them and explore the area that they live in. This was taken at Pierce Stocking Drive on the overlook. It's truly a beautiful sight to see, and an amazing feeling to see so many happy people running up and down!

Just me doing my favorite thing in the world at the same overlook...reading! 

This is of my dog, Ellie. She's the sweetest thing in the world and all she wants to do is love you. I took her to the middle school that I went to, listening to Love is Easy by McFly at the same time. The lyrics made me feel incredible as I stood in the field of the place that, quite honestly, gave me some not so good memories. 

Middle school was full of awkward times and mean girls, so hearing the line "...And I see places that I have been, in ways that I've never seen, my side of the grass is green. Oh I can't believe that it's so simple, it feels so natural to me. If this is love, love is easy, it's the easiest thing to do. If this is love, love completes me..." It was so refreshing to be with my happy, happy dog in a place that once hadn't been so great to me. I saw it from completely different eyes. It's so easy to love Ellie; she is a blessing in my life and I'm so glad she opened my eyes. 

The picture of the flower is from my grandpa's garden. Gardening is one of his favorite hobbies, among tennis, golf, and painting. Every year beautiful flowers come up in his front and back lawn, and they're too amazing not to photograph. There's so much life budding in his yard. 

The next picture is of me at my mom's wedding! Yes, she got married! I'm so happy for her, and I love dressing up for any occasion. Becoming a blended family, with two brothers of my own and three new stepsisters, hasn't been easy. There's a lot of trial and error, but I'm happy with how far we've come and the service was amazing at recognizing the putting together of two families. 

The final picture is one that my best friend, Alyssa, took of me at the Disney Store that opened recently in the mall by our house. Disney is one of those things that never gets old, and I'll never stop loving it *sings Frozen* It was great to be able to walk in, sit down at the coloring table, and pour some pretend tea with my best friend : ) Getting old never has to be a bad thing!

I'm happy I could share these amazing moments of my summer with you all. My next blog post will either be a college dorm haul or a little bit of inspiration that has been building inside of me for a while!

Stay tuned, 

Brooke : )


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Book Recommendation/Review)

12:17 PM

Hello everyone!

Yesterday I finished E. Lockharts We Were Liars and I thought, "I NEED to write a review on this book!"

20% off at Target! HEY!

This isn't going to be like a normal book review, just because I don't want to give a lot away; it's important to go into this book not knowing anything at all.

First of all, I give it 4/5 stars, due to the fact that it's brilliantly written and executed, but it isn't something I would read again.

Why wouldn't I read this again? It isn't necessarily a happy, summer read. It's more something you pick up if you want to think.

The book is narrated by Cadence, who comes from the rich, right, Sinclair family. The entire family spends their summer on an island that their grandparents own off the coast of Massachusetts. They live in a facade where everyone in their family is perfect..."No one is needy. No one is wrong."
Cadence is the first born of the Sinclair grandchildren, and spends her summers with the other first born children of the families: Johnny and Mirren. Then comes Gat, not their cousin, but a boy of their age brought by Johnny's mom's boyfriend. Johnny, Mirren, Gat, Cadence. They call themselves the Liars.

Summer fifteen goes horribly wrong.


I've never read anything by E. Lockhart before, but I know she has other books and I'm willing to check them out after reading this book.

I'd probably recommend this to the old YA crowd, 15+

If you haven't read it yet, go read it.

If you'd like me to discuss this book further, including spoilers, let me know.

You can tweet at me @brookewrote to let me know :)


Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen (Review)

7:23 PM

Note: I am not being paid to write about this book. I picked it in my own free time and paid for it with my own money :)

Set in Lakeview, a small suburbia, in the late 90's, Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen, reeks of the past yet someone reminds us of the present, and tells the story of Halley Cooke's junior year in high school. 

Narrated by Halley, we find out that her mom has taken control of her life, and not given Halley any room to breathe the last few weeks of her life. Her world is turned upside when she receives a call at summer camp from her childhood best-friend, Scarlett, who tells her that Michael Sherwood, Scarlett's boyfriend since the beginning of summer, has passed away in a motorcycle accident. She returns home early from camp to go to Michael's funeral with Scarlett, standing by her the whole time.

On the first day back at school, Halley is aquatinted with Macon, a mysterious boy who's up to no good, as Halley's mother believes. He constantly drives by their house, disturbing the neighbors. When Mrs. Cooke finds out he's become Halley's boyfriend, she decides not to put up with in anymore. Meanwhile, Scarlett has taken three pregnancy tests and is sure that she's pregnant with Michael Sherwood's baby. Throughout the novel, Halley stands by Scarlett in her decision to keep the baby, all up to birth.

The story is quite similar in tone and feeling to Sarah Dessen's other books, like This Lullaby and  Just Listen. It's a classic YA, chick-lit, summer read. A very girly, somewhat romantic novel.

Subject matters include sex, teen pregnancy, and the mother-daughter relationship. While themes are the true meaning of love and friendship, as well as learning to define yourself and not letting others do it for you.

Personally, I loved this read. It might be because I'm a daughter who loves her mother so very much, but I felt very reassured by this book. I'm not just some goodie-goodie, OKAY! It made me feel as if I've been doing the right thing all of these years, by taking what my mother has said to me in consideration when making my life choices. It will certainly make you think of this too. The characters were extremely realistic; Halley's thought process exactly resembled one that I had had at one point or another.

I've read a few Sarah Dessen books, but Someone Like You makes me want to read more. I'd recommend this book to teens ages 15+, since it deals with so many issues. However, I believe my recommendation might be a little conservative compared to others, so read as you wish.

In my To Be Read pile right now: The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, and This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl.

Let me know what you think of these book reviews. I'm going to be doing more, as well as a reflection on my reading from high school.

Thanks for reading!


Anna and the French Kiss

Books I Would Read Again!

1:03 PM


If you know me, you know I don't often re-read books. It just becomes boring to me and *sight* I can't do it, even though I wish I could.

However, there are more than a few books I would love to re-read.

This is my bookshelf, it lies above my bed and makes me feel very secure at night with all of my friends surrounding me *haha*.

As you can see, I have a very large collection, and I'm looking to add more shelves.  I also have a tiny book-nook right next to my bed which, as you will see later in the post, houses my FAVORITE books :)

Without further ado, the books I, the non-book re-reader, would read again.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - I just wrote about this books a couple of posts ago, I believe. AMAZING read. I can't wait to read more of her work. 

The Lightning Thief Series by Rick Riordan - BOY oh BOY did I love these books in middle school and continuing into high school. Personally, greek mythology is one of my favorite things, which is probably why I love them so much. They're just so amazing, and I'm so happy Riordan has another series where he continues their adventures. 

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - The loveliest short read I've ever had. God, do I love this book to death. It's one of the most beautiful books I've ever had the joy to read. It makes me appreciate so much more my literacy and my eye-sight. 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I was never all for classics until I got into high school and met this novel. It changed my perspective on older literature, so much so that I was able to enjoy books like Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice, and Crime and Punishment (I love, love, love Crime and Punishment).  *perhaps I'll have to write a post on my favorite classic reads that I read during high school and now in college*

This next one is going to be SHOCKING...

...Yes, the Harry Potter Series. I could read it over and over again. These were the books that got me into reading. I have multiple copies of some as you can see; I just collect them from people who don't want them. 

And isn't this a pretty bunch. These are a few of the books on my book-nook next to my bed. And some of my favorites that I would re-read. 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Need I say more? I'm an 18 year old girl.

Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende - This was a summer reading book going into my senior year of high school. It's amazing. If I do a post on my high school reads, this will surely be included. 

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - Quite a different read than I thought it would be. I read this for a project the fall of my senior year, thinking it was about fairytales and happy endings. However, I got something much different and much darker. None the less, I would still enjoy re-reading it just because it's different and can make you think. 

The One (or the entire Selection Series) by Kiera Cass - GOSH I LOVE THIS SERIES. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I WOULD MARRY IT. Okay, I'm done. 

Fangirl and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell - Just amazing reads. Both were ones I could relate to a ton. Rainbow Rowell even favorited my tweet last week *screams*

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle - A great summer read. I think I read it in the winter though... *oops*. 

So, those are more or less the books that I would re-read if I ever had the time...right now my To Be Read pile is SOOOO huge. 

See ya!


Ally Condie

Recent Teen Book Picks and Reads

12:12 PM

Hey guys!

In case you didn't know...I'm a big reader, and I read a lot of YA (Young-Adult) Fiction!
(Seriously though...I'll have to show you my new book shelf soon)

These three books are ones that I've read or picked recently, and I'd like to recommend them to you all.

Reached by Ally Condie: This is actually a series, and I've had this book for a while. The first book in the series is called Matched, with the second being called Crossed. I ended up enjoying these in the end, but for a while they felt pretty slow. However, if you're a fan of dystopian novels I would give these a read! It begins in a world so perfect that citizens are matched with their future husbands or wives at the time they turn 17. This Society will do anything to prevent things from going wrong. If you like the Hunger Games or Divergent, I recommend this series!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: From what I understand this book has been out for a while and is very popular. I've just started it and so far I love it. It's about a young girl, Anna, going into her senior year. But what happens when her father decides, in the midst of her budding romance with co-worker Toph, that Anna is going to be sent to PARIS for boarding school this year? Read to find out! Definitely a good book for fans of chick-lit.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: This is the one that I have yet to pick up and read, but it's relatively new. I've heard amazing thins about it. All that I can tell is that it appears to be about a young, pretty girl who is suddenly faced with the task of protecting someone. What appears to be another chick-lit novel takes a turn when Harper is possessed with powers and guardianship. I'll have to let you know what I think of this one after I read it! I can tell it's going to be a good, fast read though.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!



My life and what has become of it: absolute chaos

11:08 PM

This is my new room. New as in just-moved-in-yesterday-still-trying-to-find-that-one-box kind of new. 

To give you another perspective, here's what the new room at the new house looked like the other day. 

Much better. 

Needless to say, the last few weeks for me have been absolute chaos, and I'd be lying to you if I said I felt like blogging at all throughout graduating, my graduation party, packing, moving...blah, I haven't felt like doing anything I love for weeks; I'm so burned out. 

But that's not why I came here today, because today I felt like posting. I came here to inform you that my new life with two brothers, three step-sisters, three dogs, one cat, one mom, and one step dad is, well, crazy...but it's okay. 

I have so many more interesting things to blog about, and I can't wait to show you all my new bedroom (once it's clear of boxes of course), and maybe post some pictures of these last few weeks. 

It's all apart of the journey,



DIY Grad Party Gifts

10:29 PM

Hey guys! Here's a fun gift to give to any of your friends/family that are graduating this year! It can be put in a dorm room as a decoration to give any room a little bit of spirit :)


Wood (any size, bought or scrap from home)
Small nails 
Friendship bracelet string
Printed College logo
Paint colors of choice
Acrylic gloss coating


1. If you're starting from scratch, cut your wood to your desired size, I cut a long board into 8 x 8 squares. 

2. Sand your pieces of wood so that you and the present recipient doesn't get any splinters :)

3. Paint the wood with the desired color. 

4. While allowing time for the paint to dry, go to your computer and print out your logo!

5. Spray your dried, painted wood with your acrylic coating, giving it a glossy look. 

6. Position your logo on your piece of wood. 

7. Begin nailing over the logo until you have the outline/shape completed. TIP: the more nails you use, the more string-decoration will go onto your board...this tends to look better. 

8. DO NOT PEEL OFF YOUR LOGO YET...if you do, you'll lose track of what the nails were meant to be in front of: First use your string, zig-zagging it and outlining your logo! Be sure to knot it at the beginning. 

9. After you're satisfied with your string, tie it off and cut the excess string off. 

You now have a quick, fun gift for any grad party :)  

I'm so excited to give these to my friends!

 Until next time,



Knowing Yourself

6:28 PM

I might be a bit young, but in my nearly 18 years I've spent an immense amount of time trying to know myself and discover who I am. I believe it's made getting past peer pressure, finding good friends, and learning what I want in the future a lot easier for me.

I'm going to try and not make this all about being introverted, this post is not only for introverted eyes, but...

It's EXTREMELY easy in America to believe that being quiet is wrong. People will tell you being quiet is bad, and they will try to change you to better suit the world that they're living in. If you're quiet, and struggling trying to fit and and be the loud, bubbly person that all the other kids are...don't change yourself. Simply find good ways to adapt to situations in which you must be a little bit louder, for example a speech or presentation in class. Being in a world of talkative people does not mean you must change yourself to fit this mold. 

See, from a young age I've been very interested in personality and the psychology behind it. I guess it's because in a world of EXTROVERT EXTROVERT EXTROVERT I felt a little bit better knowing that my contribution to society was normal, acceptable, and quite rare. Which is why I can't stand when people put themselves down saying "I'm too quiet."

This recently happened to me, as my older brother is interviewing for an internship at a business where he has to sell insurance to people in order to do well.
"You're a perfect fit for this job," The interviewer told him, "You have everything we're looking for,"
My older brother smiled, awaiting the interviewers next response.
"The only thing is..." he pauses, "If you want this internship, you need to become less quiet,"

I understand that for the job he needs to be a little more sociable, but the interviewer believes that my older brother needs to change his whole personality for the business...which is just an internship.

While it would be great experience for my brother, I hate that he's so eager to change himself for someone/something else. I feel that if he knew himself better, then he would have an easier time figuring out what kind of internship/job to pick. The entire thing is making him believe that being the way he is, is BAD. I don't know about you, but I don't like that.

What advice do I give to you as to getting to know yourself?

  • Spend free time alone
  • Write in a journal, reflecting on the day
  • Take a personality test
  • Make a list of your likes/dislikes

No matter what personality you have, I promise you that if you get to know yourself better it will lead to in the right direction. Having a good sense of who you are is substantial in making everyday life decisions. It may seem like a relatively easy task, but it's not. You really need to delve in side of yourself to figure out the best thing for yourself. You might just find yourself in a situation when you realize ehhhhh, that's not for me. And that my friends, is a good thing, knowing yourself well enough to make proper decisions. 

Until next time,


DIY Letter Decor!

7:27 AM

DIY Letter Decor!
by Brooke (brookewrote)

Hello everyone! I've recently made something new that's going to go in my new bedroom at our new house, and in my dorm room! I'm also going to use it as a decoration at my graduation party, so it's very versatile :)

Shopping List:
~Wood Block Letters from Michaels ($4.99 a piece)
     ~for a less expensive option, pick up cardboard letters! 
~Optional Secondary Piece (I used an anchor, $2.50)
~White Paint Primer (should be no more than $0.99 for a small bottle)
~Color Paint (Any color you wish! I used a black that we had in our basement, but again you should be able to get a small bottle of acrylic paint for no more than $1)
~Additional Decorations (ie. Glitter! This was $1.29 per small bottle at Michaels)
Clear glue
~A piece of cardboard
~Modgepodge or Acrylic coating 


1. Go to your local craft store! This is always the most fun step :) and really I don't need to include it, but it's the BEST PART so why would I omit it!

2. Prime your letters with the primer (don't forget to set up your area)
     ~I did this the night before I did the project

3. Once dry, slap some black paint on those babies.
     ~I did multiple coats, waiting for each one to dry before I put another one on. Be sure to get the insides and edges just as good as the tops!

4. Coordinate tape the way you want it!
     ~This would be the step where you begin doing any other kind of decoration on your letters that you want, but if you're following my lead, add your tape to your pieces now.
     ~ Be sure that your paint is dry before you do this step! Don't get hasty!

5. To put the glitter on, I used my multipurpose clear glue which I spread on using a paper towel and then sprinkled the glitter over the top. 
     ~I alternated between silver and gold, but you can do this any way you like. 

6. Wait until the glitter dries (could take some time) and peel off the tape. 

7. Go over your pieces with either modgepodge or an acrylic coating to secure the glitter! 

Voila! There you have it! I hope you enjoy your new decorations for your room/dorm/party!


On Moving and Growing Up

4:17 PM

So I've spend a lot of time thinking lately about what I'm leaving behind as I head off to college next year and even more so, oddly, what I'm leaving behind as I move house this June.

My mom is getting remarried this August; I'm extremely happy for her, yet there is a part of me that is sad to leave behind some of the things that are apart of my life right now and have been for many, many years. My room, for example, is a huge mess yet I love it and it comforts me; it's my sanctuary, I do all of my work in here.

While it looks very "teenager" and I'll be turning 18 this month, the walls that have been painted light blue since the end of middle school for me have taken me through many tough times. My bulletin board holds every movie ticket that I've seen in the last five or so years, and I can remember the seasons I saw them in and the friends I was with, and whether or not I was being totally obnoxious in the theatre...(I'm sorry to anyone in those movies.)

I picked a star theme at the time I was redesigning this room with my mom because I had decided that they were my favorite shape. Most of the time my bed is left unmade and I have to crack the blinds with my hands since the piece that folds them open fell off last year.

My favorite tote and rain boots now sit by my craft pantry, and inside you can see it could use a bit of organization. 

There are National Honor Society attendance cards hanging off the edge (I'm the secretary), there is a picture frame on top of my hardcover Harry Potter books, chocolates next to buttons and candles, CD's next to stationary. It's like a game of I-Spy.

My book shelf has gotten over-crowded. I pile books on books of Young Adult fiction, with a random mixture of classics that I either fell in love with or was required to read for school.

The stars grandma made me these, and we have to leave them with the house.

My HelloKitty alarm clock, consisting of mostly horrible memories trying to get out of bed for school at six in the morning *hits snooze* (btw...the kitty on top is the snooze button)

This lamp and I go way my very first bedroom before my parents go divorced. I've honestly had this thing since I was in a crib.

Fun. My favorite band. I love this poster to death, although I do not plan to hang my belts in a hanging fruit basket anymore (side note: the fruit basket was a gift, and I didn't buy it for the soul purpose of hanging my accessories).

My closet, whose door's can't seem to stay on the track, and my dream catchers, who fail at rescuing me from my horrible dreams that frequent me so often.

Another bookshelf, first belonging to my great grandmother, that hold many past and present obsessions of mine.

My clothes lie strewn on the floor most of the time, when I'm too lazy to pick them up and put them away. I took this picture at an angle where it doesn't look nearly as bad as it really is.

And my shoes...not where they should be.

My ancient furniture that my mom is selling soon. My bed, dresser, and side table drawer all go together in this fashion. I've had these since my first "big girl" bedroom. 

The comfort of a room can be brought somewhere else're still the same person inside. Bring home with you.

I still have waves in my hair. 

And my eyes are still green. 

Blue is no longer my favorite color, and I'm growing out of the cluttered space I'm living in right now. I can no longer wake up to a HelloKitty alarm clock, and my childhood paintings don't quite fit my new maturity. Sometimes, change is good, because the things in life that are meant to stay with you do. I might be leaving my home, but it's refreshing to know I can start with a blank slate...a clean, organized slate.  Things I will keep - Harry Potter, Fun. , my crafty-ness, my love of reading, my rainboots, my tote, my hair, my eyes, my hope. 

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