my goals for 2022

i can’t believe it’s already 2022! my mind is still stuck in 2019 haha. anyways, i’ve seen several bloggers and instagrammers sharing their goals/resolutions for the new year, and i always love seeing what everyone is hoping to accomplish for the new year, so i thought i’d do the same.

my goals aren’t super huge, just small things i hope to do to make my life better this year.

01. grow my hair

around august, i cut my hair short and it hasn’t grown back super well, so i’m hoping to let it grow out this year, and hopefully dye it a few times as well.

02. read 5 books each month

i didn’t read much at all in 2021, besides for school and a couple of books in the summer. i don’t know if i’ll be able to read 5 every month, but we can try!

03. post on the blog once a week

last year, i didn’t post much at all and i think once a week will be a good goal to start with. even if i don’t get to post once a week, i will at least try to post as consistently as possible.

04. only check my grades at the end of each quarter

at this point, i’m checking my grades so often that i just do it out of boredom even if i know nothing’s changed, so i’m challenging myself to only check them at the end of each quarter.

05. clean & organize my bedroom

cleaning can be super relaxing and the end result is super rewarding, so i want to keep my room as clean as possible through the year & organize/decorate it a bit too.

06. save up my money & spend it wisely

i want to learn how to spend and save my money intentionally rather than spend it excessively on things i don’t want or need.

07. exercise every day

mostly during the seasons where i don’t have track and in the summer, i want to stay fit and try out different forms of exercise to see what will work best for me. along with this, be intentional with what i’m eating to stay healthy.

08. draw/write/do something creative every weekend

this will get me off of a screen during the weekend and leave me feeling much better about the time i spent.

09. get my driver’s license

i’m in the process of getting a permit, so maybe by the end of the year i’ll have my license? we’ll see!

10. expand my blog & reach 300 followers

along with posting weekly, i’m hoping to expand this blog and maybe reach 300 followers? i’m at about 230 now, so if i’m posting consistently there’s a good chance i’ll be able to reach this goal by the end of the year.

11. successfully complete a “one second everyday” challenge

this will be really exciting to look back on at the end of the year if i remember to do it every day, and i think it will be a cool way to remember 2022.

i hope you enjoyed reading my goals for the new year. i’d love to hear whether or not you are choosing to set yearly or monthly goals for yourself. let me know!

~ avery xx

well, it’s been a while… but I’m back!

Heyyy there! (ayy I’m still at it with the cringy intros) Welcome (back) to Sparks of Ara! You may not remember me (who does?) since I haven’t posted on here in almost 6 months… and looking back at the most recent posts I’m cringing so hard… I have definitely changed quite a bit since my last post, so I guess I’ll recap where I’ve been, what’s changed, and what’s up for the blog! Which will hopefully start up again! I’m also very sorry for unexpectedly leaving with no notice (that seems to be a trend for me)

So, let’s start with me? (not the most exciting or wanted topic but that’s okay) (also there may be a bit of self loathing on here but I’ll try not to because I don’t think anyone will want to read that lol) (and I have a thing with parenthesis and saying “and”) I’ve just finished my freshman year of high school, which is exciting! It went by really quickly, which I definitely wasn’t expecting given covid. Speaking of covid, I’m vaccinated now, which is very exciting because that means I’ve been able to go out a bit more now! (not that I have much to do with or without covid) …and I’m starting to ramble…

I’m going to try to be more transparent and honest on here! A lot of the content I had before wasn’t “me”, I was just trying to create what I thought others wanted so I’d be more liked, which is why I got burnt out easily. Here’s some types of stuff you can expect from me: (most of it’s similar to what I had before, there’s no huge changes here)

  • lifestyle (which is what I’ve always been doing)
  • a bit of fashion (?)
  • wellness/mental health/self care (since mental health is very important and I want to encourage y’all to focus on yourselves!!)
  • books (I love reading but don’t read much, so we’ll see where that leads)
  • lgbtq+ stuff (I’m excited for this, hopefully y’all are too)
  • pretty much a whole bunch of different categories that can be meshed into the word “lifestyle”

A bit more about me/what I’ve been up to…

  • I cut and dyed my hair… several times! I dyed it pink and then purple (which its currently at) and I’d say its around my shoulders! I love changing things up, and given my impulsive-ness it was really fun doing that!
  • I shared the blog with some irl friends (not my proudest moment, but I don’t think any of them are reading this) (if you are, HI, please let me know that you’re reading this haha it’d make me really happy)
  • I finally figured out that I’m an INFP
  • …and maybe an enneagram type 4 (though I could be a 6 or 9 I’m not 100% sure)

I feel like I’m oversharing even though I’m… not… anyways, I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately, so be sure to look out for a “playlist” type post lol. I’m planning on posting once or twice a week (really depends on the week haha but more likely once a week because I’m that type of person)

Anyways if you’ve read this far, thank you so much for reading! I promise I’ll be more consistent and start interacting with your posts too! I want to catch up with you all too, let me know how you’ve been doing in the comments!

Once again thank you so much if you’ve read this far! xx

~ arabella

(also ps; sorry for the lack of photos in this post,,, I promise the next post will be much more put together and I’ll be back with tons of fun content for y’all this summer!! but I wanted to get this post out sooner rather then later haha)

7 LAST-MINUTE CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

Hello! Only TWO days until Christmas, wow! Although Christmas is just about here, I will be sharing some last minute activities you can do for Christmas! Most of these you can do with whatever you have at home!

After today’s post, I will be taking a short break to celebrate Christmas and the holidays! I will be back just before the new year! Anyways, let’s get started!

#1: Christmas Pjs!

We have done this in years past but this is a super fun way to get into the holiday spirit! I love the way that these ones look!

#2: Christmas Cookies

I looove Christmas cookies so much! They’re cute and easy to make! Plus they’re delicious too!

#3: Secret Santa

This one you can do last minute too! Just gather a few friends or family and exchange gifts! You could also do something online as well such as gift cards! Just make sure you stay safe if gathering!

#4: Donate Gifts ❤

I really wish I was able to do this this year, but we usually do it through our church and it is a great way to give back to your community! Even just donating old toys and clothes can make a huge difference for someone! When I am older I hope to make this a tradition with my kids!

#5: Christmas Photoshoot

This is so fun and you can do it in a variety of different ways. I love taking photos of ornaments on the tree, but you could even grab a sibling or friend and take some in the snow! (If you have snow of course…)

#6: Watch Christmas Movies

This is an easy one, but watch Christmas movies! I love the classic cartoons haha… and Elf of course! What are your favorite Christmas movies?

#7: Listen to Christmas Music 🎶

This kinda goes in hand with the last one, but Christmas music! Simple yet super fun and festive!

That’s all for the last minute Christmas ideas! I cannot wait for Christmas and the new year! How about you?

Will you be doing any of these fun, festive activities over the next few days? Let me know! I hope you all have an amazing holiday season and I will be back in a week or two with some exciting posts for 2021! And make sure to stay safe!

What are your plans over the next few days? Let me know!

~ Arabella ❤

50 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME- PART ONE

Hello everyone! I am going to do a “get to know me” type post by sharing 50 things you may not know about me! I will be sharing 25 today and 25 in a few weeks. Plus some recent photography! Also, if you have any questions for my q&a, submit them below! I have just recently come back after a while of on and off blogging, plus I have some new followers, so hopefully this will help you all get to know me better! 😉

Let me know a fun fact about you in the comments. And let’s start!

Also ps- sorry for the random photos… I haven’t taken a photoshoot in a while but I will hopefully be getting better with that as the holidays come!!

  • I dislike the colors red, yellow, and brown
  • I usually drink 96 oz of water a day
  • Fall and winter are my favorite seasons
  • I am in girl Scouts
  • I love getting my nails painted though I haven’t in a while
  • It is November 15 as of writing this! (But I have been busy so I am still writing this on the 20th… 🙈 though I will schedule it tomorrow! #bloggerlife)
  • I am a very fast walker
  • When I am older, some things I may be include: special ed teacher, speech language pathologist, physical therapist, labor and delivery nurse, pediatric nurse, small business owner, or maybe a content creator! (Such as blogger or youtuber)
  • I will almost always choose sweet over savory- I love sugar lol.
  • I will be posting some exciting content for the holidays in December!
  • Christmas is my favorite holiday
  • My birthday us right near Christmas- I’ll be 15, wow!
  • My hair is two different colors but I’ve never dyed it- if you want an explanation let me know!
  • I go to school twice a week in person!
  • I’ve never had starbucks but would love to try it someday!
  • I have recently started making no sew scrunchies! They usually turn out really good except for some hot glue that doesn’t quite stay in its place…
  • This blog used to be called Anything in the Wonderful Life… And one of my first posts was a book review for a book I had only read a chapter or two of… #cringe
  • I love Fuller House! Anyone else?
  • I’m growing my hair!
  • My favorite month is December (probably because Chirstmas and my birthday are in December and I love the holidays!!)
  • My least favorite month is probably May…
  • I love monkeys! They’re one of my favorite animals!
  • I like learning about history! Hence why history/geography is my favorite subject!
  • I love listening to Rachel Platten!
  • Lastly… Unlocked just came outing this, I just started it! I haven’t started the actual book, but I have read the extra stuff and honestly its pretty cool!

So, I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about me! And if you have any questions for me, comment them below or contact me!! Have a great week and happy thanksgiving for my U.S. friends!!

See you soon,

Arabella 💜

7 SIMPLE FALL HAIR IDEAS FOR NOVEMBER

Hey everyone! Today I am here with 7 simple fall hair ideas for November! Although fall has passed like crazy, we still have a month til the holidays fully start.

I don’t know about you, but the weather up in New England has been so weird. Last week we had snow, and now it is in the 70s.

Honestly, since I only go to school twice a week in person, it is easy to just put my hair in a simple ponytail and leave it like that. However, hopefully this post will give you (and me!) some inspiration for more fall hairstyles for November!

Let’s get started, shall we? Just a quick disclaimer: none of these photos are mine, they came from Pinterest.

10 peinados de otoño que serán tendencia en 2019 según Pinterest

First up is just a simple half ponytail! I love these since it keeps hair out of your face while still being cute! Definitely pair it up with a scrunchie, too.

Next we have french braids! If you have a little bit of extra time, these are perfect! They look really cool and honestly, it is definitely worth the time to do them!

#DutchBraids #EasyBraids how to dutch braid pigtails dutch braid tutorial for beginners dutch braid step by step dutch braid crown dutch braid vs french braid dutch braid short hair how to do dutch braids step by step #howtobraidedhairstyles

We also have dutch braids, a similar alternate to french braids! If you can french braid, then dutch braids will be easy. You just put the strands of hair under instead of over. If you still do not understand (because I’m not the greatest explainer), just look up a tutorial online!

YouTube #cute #hairstyles #for #medium #hair #for #teens #curls #cutehairstylesformediumhairforteenscurls [New] The 10 Best Easy Hairstyles (in the World) | Easy Hairstyles For Medium Hair For School Quick Mornings For Work Step By Step Long Short For Beginners Curly For Teens To Do On Yourself Updo For Moms Thin For Little Girls For Kids Half Up For Wedding Cute Braids For Black Women Videos Simple Tutorials Shoulder Length Straight Ponytail For Prom Bun Formal With Bangs For Summer For Everyda

On the days when you are rushing out the door, but still want something nice, a high ponytail (or low if you’d prefer) will work perfectly with an oversized scrunchie or you can take some fabric and tie it around, sort of like in the picture above.

These Braided Hairstyles Are Gorgeous And Super Simple | Messy Bits

Next up is a fishtail! Obviously, you do not have to be as fancy as this one, but it is a great alternate to a french braid. Here is a great tutorial if you’re wondering how it works.

The Best Back to #School Hairstyles for Lazy Girls ...

Another great style if you are in a rush: just wear it down! You could put a clip in if you wanted something fancier. I love wearing my hair down even though I often forget, but it definitely is amazing to show off your natural hair!

Head scarf and Bow accessories are super fun to play with! Headscarf tying hairstyles add the cutest hair accessory to any look! Try this boho style!  headband hairstyles, headband braid, topknot Headbands,Headband & Hair Bow Inspiration, head scarf styles, head scarf head scarf styles for natural hair #Hairbandana #hairstyles #shorthairstyles #hairstylesforgirls #hairtie #hairscarf #silkhairscarf #hairscarfstyles #hairbun

Last up is a bun! These are perfect with scrunchies and there are a wide range of buns you could do. I personally love messy buns with a scrunchie, but more formal buns are a great option too! Plus, if you are feeling fancy, you could do a french braid into the bun.

Honestly, most of these styles are super quick and easy if you know how to do them. Would you like another post simil

So there you have it! 7 fun fall hair ideas for November! Which styles are your go-tos? Mine is definitely a high ponytail! Which is your favorite of these?

Feel free to chat in the comments!

~ Arabella 💜

I’M BACK | FT. WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO LATELY

Hello everyone! After a few months of on and off blogging, I am finally back! I will be sharing what I have been up to during this time as well as what’s to come! And feel free to chat with me- I am excited to catch up with you all!

First off, I am officially a high schooler! I feel so old being almost 15 but at tbe same time, I can’t wait for the future! In just 3 years, I will be able to vote and soon after, in college. Wow!

So that is part of the reason why I haven’t been posting, even though school does not seem to take up as much of my time as it used to.

I have been really interested in starting a business, so maybe in a year or two I will be able to actually start one! I would love to be to sell some photography, designs, or other items on etsy! Any one here on etsy or have a small business? I would love to hear your stories!

Also, thank you so much for 200 followers! It means so much to me!

I might be updating the design of my blog soon, so look out for that! I like the current one so likely nothing too major.

I am planning on posting twice a week, maybe Tuesday and Friday, probably around noon EST, so that any UK or international followers can get the posts that same day. It may change, but I am planning on posting at least once a week.

I will be posting lifestyle, fashion, and inspiration posts on my blog, similar to the past.

Thank you all so much for reading! I cannot wait to start up blogging again for real!

~ Arabella 💙

Answering Your Assumptions About Me

Hello everyone! Today I will be answering your assumptions about me! I can’t wait to see what you came up with. Plus, this is a great chance for you to get to know me! Sorry it took a while to write this, school has recently started plus I am scheduling this post for a few weeks from now!

Before we start, shoutout to Esther, Catherine, and Raegan for submitting some assumptions about me!

aerial photography of airliner
All of these photos in today’s post are from Unsplash!

The Assumptions

You prefer dogs over cats.

This is true! Although I like both, dogs are definitely my favorite!

Your favorite color is blue.

It is actually tied between blue and purple! Lately I’ve been liking purple a bit more, but usually it is blue!

You like caramel

Yes I do! I don’t have it much because I have braces, but I love eating it when I can!

You don’t enjoy school, but you do what you need to.

I actually do enjoy school! I love history and French the best!

book near eyeglasses and cappuccino

You like reading but you don’t do it enough.

Yes, this is on point! I love reading but I can go days without reading- I need to be better about that! I try to read every day but don’t end up reading, haha!

Your favorite hobby is photography.

Yes, I love photography! It definitely is my favorite hobby.

You would like to be self-employed in the future.

I feel like at first, no, but later when I have kids I would love to run my own business and be self-employed.

You might enjoy a career involving journalism.

Although it would be fun, I do not think so. My top three future careers are special education teacher, speech language pathologist, and nurse midwife! Maybe a hairstylist or photographer too… or possibly blogger and/or influencer but I might be a little scared to do that as a full career.

white and black piano

You play/did play a musical instrument.

Yes! In 3rd grade I played viola and in 5th clarinet! They were fun but I never continued them! I have continued chorus though! We have a piano as well and I’ve been trying a little bit of that too!

Your favorite color is blue.

Yes, read my above answer! It is tied with purple and blue.

You do not like broccoli.

This is half correct, I do not really like raw broccoli but I love it cooked!

You are 5’5.

No, I’m actually 5’7! I’m pretty tall lol.

You love flowers.

I do like flowers! My favorite is probably rose or lily, maybe amaryllis!

orange and white flower in tilt shift lens

And that is it for the assumptions! Thank you everyone for submitting an assumption. If you have any post ideas or anything you’d like to know about me in general, feel free to comment them!

And also thank you for 200 followers! It means so much to me! ❤

~ Arabella

Travel Bucket List

Hey guys! Today I’ll be sharing my recent travel bucket list! I’ve done a couple in the past, however, in those I would look up different countries and list whichever ones I thought were cool… But today I’ll be sharing 5 places I would really love to go to! So let’s get started!

All of these photos are from Unsplash! I usually use my own pictures, however I wanted to use these pictures!

Also, obviously we can’t really travel right now, but I would love to go to these places in the future! Just as soon as I get a passport…

top view photography of city during daytime

SPAIN

I would love to visit Spain! I am currently learning Spanish on Duolingo which made me really want to visit Spain. I’ve been doing a lot of research on Spain and from the pictures at least, I’ve just been dreaming to visit!

lavender field

FRANCE

I would just love to visit France! The food, the culture, the languages, everything! I am also learning French so going to France would be fun! I’d love to visit Paris or maybe somewhere in the country nearby too!

seashore during golden hour

Hawaii

Although this is in the United States, I seriously would LOVE to visit Hawaii! The beaches would be lovely, as well as the volcanoes and national parks would be nice to visit to! I would also actually consider moving to Hawaii someday! Probably not, since I live in New England and need cold weather in winter, haha!

buddha statue during daytime

INDIA

My best friend is from India, and so I have heard a lot about Indian culture and it makes me just really excited and hopeful to visit one day! I’ve seen so many pictures that just inspire me and there are so many parts of India I would love to see (doubt I’ll see them all though!).

bird's-eye view photo of city near ocean

NORWAY

I have no idea how I got so obsessed with Norway, but I’m glad I did! Doesn’t this picture look #goals? I would love to travel to Norway and see the Northern Lights and visit the sea!

pontoon boat with bridge as background photo

This is just a picture from New England, where I live! I love living in New England since it’s so pretty any time of year (especially fall)!

I hope you all enjoyed learning a little bit about where I would love to visit!

Have you ever visited any of these places? Where is your dream place to visit?

~ Arabella

The Outstanding Blogger Award

Hey guys! I’ve been nominated for the Outstanding Blogger Award by Esther from Esther’s Nook! Her blog is amazing I would definitely recommend checking it out.

The Rules

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (Make sure to check out the original award post here!)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

The Questions

How would you describe your dream room?

My dream room would have light blue walls, a grey rug, white furniture (white bed, nightstand, etc), light blue comforter, some grey decals, and a lava lamp! Don’t know if that is too specific haha.

What’s your dream car?

I don’t have one really! Maybe a Tesla? I don’t know much about cars…

Do you want to go to college?

Yes!! I’ve already started thinking about this despite still having a couple years to decide… I would like to go in my state or somewhere nearby. Maybe major in nursing, education, business, or genetics!

What are four words that describe your personality?

Hmm… introvert bubbling with ideas?

I really do not know.

Would you rather live in the country or city?

This is really tough since I love the suburbs! But probably city because there would be a lot of fun things around that you might not necessarily get in the country! But I would love to live in either.

What are three foods that you strongly dislike?

I love this question! Peanut butter, bananas, and either cottage cheese or blue cheese! I’m not that picky but I have about like 8 foods that I strongly dislike!

If you could dine with one person from history, who would you choose?

Maybe a family member from the past because I would love to learn about family history!

Nominees

Kaelyn

Amber

Girl Online

Erin

And anyone else who would like to do it!!

Questions for the Nominees

  1. What is your favorite type of chocolate (dark, milk, white, etc)
  2. Would you rather visit Japan or Mexico?
  3. Would you like to have kids when you’re older? If so, how many?
  4. What is your favorite book?
  5. Have you ever been to Disney World?
  6. What is your favorite movie?
  7. Do you prefer fruits or vegetables?

I hope you all have enjoyed learning a bit more about me. Anyone who would like to do the tag is welcome to!!

Also, if you have read Keeper of the Lost Cities, are you team Keefe or Fitz? I’m Keefe allllll the way!

~ Arabella