My 1 Year Blogging Experience💻

 I’m feeling buoyant and excited as writing this post because today marks my One Year of blogging! On this day on 2016 I published my first post, How To Deal With Homesickness on WordPress and from there I continually started blogging. Now let’s go back a few years, I always wanted to have my own blog for many reasons, to call myself a so cal “Blogger”, to share my writing with people on the internet, but most importantly I love the art of writing, I would write during breaks, recess in elementary school, and till the date I grew profoundly passionate with words. First, I had no idea how all the blogging madness gets to have a name nor how you work the site, in 2012 was when I discovered Blogger in google, the excitement of finally having a place in my own on the internet fascinated me, I wanted to write and write, but there was a point where I had no idea where to start or what I wanted to write about. I spend hours and hours designing my blog to look nice and cool like other bloggers, but I ended up not liking the process, the process of coming up with a name for the blog, the theme, what to write about, who to write about. All this just overwhelmed me, so I figured to leave the anxiety away, and just write, that’s all I wanted to do. I named my blog “Mekeke’s Sky”.

Here’s my first blog post I wrote:

Friday, October 19, 2012

“Hello, as you can tell by the title this is my 1st blog post ever. I seen blogs about everything you can thing of, there’s blogs about sports, fashion, arts, even the craziest theme you can think of. I decided hey, why not start my own blog and write about my interesting topics, so here I’m writing my first blog and so happy and excited to what’s coming in my newest blog.  Aloha”.

Sometimes I look back at this, and wonder how did I write this? The craziest theme you can think of?? I was young, I sometimes laugh at my own writing. It’s good to make mistakes and learn from them. From there I wrote another post on the same day:

 I want to start off with Happy half October everyone!

 “It’s my favorite time of the month especially because my birthday’s around the corner,Yikes! Fall is here and I’m so so excited, it’s my favorite season of the year. Fall has so many things I love, first off the cold weather and rainy days, wearing my favorite scarves and sweaters and boots… I could go on and on about it! So enjoy your Fall while it last”.

Again, my writing wasn’t great, I still needed improvements in grammar and sentence structure. I stopped completely after that, and never came back to this site. It was my first blog page, therefore it’s dearest to my heart. A lot of things happened around those years, I graduated High School, took some time off before going to a community college. I lost sidetrack of my writing world online, and rather wrote on journals instead. Fast forward to 2015, was when I finally decided to launch my official blog on the Internet & leave my laziness and wasting time behind, and that’s when I came across WordPress, I felt that WordPress was an easier site then Blogger, and I went ahead and started planning out my ideas, how my theme would look like and make it stand out. My motivation was thrilling, and I was excited to be back writing online again! I was feeling happy and excited with all these new designs and ways to moderate my blog in my own way, I ended up naming my blog ‘Mekekewrites’, ‘Mekeke’ for my name and ‘Writes’ because it’s me as a Writer and transferring words from paper to an online document.

My first blog post ever in WordPress was on November 12th, 2015. It was my Fall 2015 Tag. I was sharing a few of my favorite things I love about Fall and thought it would be fun to share some things about me, so readers can know a little about me.

On this day was when I officially started blogging continually for a year! On January 25th, 2016, I wrote a post about How To Deal With HomesicknessI wanted to write something that I can share with fellow college students that were going through the same phase I was, going away from college. I wanted to write things that we can all relate to & help each other out in ways that can lead to a safe environment.

My one year blogging experience, has been a fun heck of a ride. I noticed that my writing has improve so much and I continue learning and boost confidence in my own writing. I learned to be myself, the best way to be successful and being confident for who you are as a person. This is my space to continue my art of writing, and hopefully inspire you through my words. A place to be yourself, a place to make friendships which I had made though my journey in blogging, and that’s been amazing. I’m so grateful for all you readers and for making this a fun journey!

THANK YOU for supporting my 1 year of blogging, for Liking, Commenting, Following, and Reading my content, it means a lot to me!! I hope to keep blogging for you guys and continue making better content for 2017 and keep aspiring and motivating readers word by word.

There’s always room for improvements!

Aloha,

Mekeke

Where I Go to Get Inspired To Write

Hello all, Happy 2017! It’s been so long since I last posted, but here I’am back with the blogging game. I hope you are accomplishing your goals so far, if not don’t give up you still have a long way to go. I want to start the new year bringing you a somewhat interesting post about writing, that’s right, writing! If you are a writer yourself or thinking of taking the writers route, I think this post might help a bit. I want to share two places where I go to get the inspiration flowing to write those words down. 

Let’s get started, shall we?

Today, there’s so many places or things where you get the ‘aha’ moment, let’s say when inspiration hits you. It’s a great feeling when you feel motivated and have that feeling in your stomach when you’re amused about something and all you want to do is live that moment of feeling inspired and let your creativeness flow.

Let’s name a few places where one might get that accelerating feeling to write.

*Coffee Shop:

The coffee shop is a place for coffee lovers, it’s a safe haven for those winter days, the aroma of the warm, welcoming smell of coffee that pulls you right in, I’m not a coffee person myself, but a nice, quite, place but sometimes noisy, is a place to get your mind settled to get those words going around your mind. Observing my surroundings, the people, what they are drinking, the nice mellow music playing in the background, friends and family reunions. I imagine what these people are talking about and images start to accumulate in my mind, need character inspiration, there you go!

Pro Tip #1: Use the 5 senses. Touch, Smell, Hear, Sight, Taste.

That’s correct, using your five senses might be a lot of help to get inspiration for writing.

It’s one of the places I head to get in the zone of writing, and not worrying about time. So grab yourself a coffee or tea, put on some headphones, grab your magic pen & notebook, or type as you please. Now, it doesn’t have to be a coffee shop, it can be a place where you desire to be and feel the most comfortable. I can say we can get inspiration in the most bizarre strangest places, I’m just saying! Haha.

 

*The Beach:

I have an obsession with the beach, it’s my truest deepest favorite spots to write. It’s something about the sea that just relaxes me & clears my mind to think better and get the juices flowing. Inspiration hits as soon as I sit down on the sand and hear the sound of the waves crashing to shore, while sipping a Piña Colada. Yes, living the life! Think about the many stories you can come up with just a single object, a palm tree, the coconut laying on the floor, or someone doing a sand castle for instance. 

Pro Tip #2: Choose one object you can find at the beach or any place you like, then start writing a sentence about that object, then go on and write a paragraph about it, see how far you can go. You’ll have a story in no time. Good idea, right? Try it!

I get a lot of writing done, especially when I’m writing something that relates to the ocean, it’s truly a place for creativity to grow. It’s the place I can fully rely on when I want to get inspired, and write away.

Do you have any favorite place to get inspiration? I want to hear it.

Check out my recent post on How Do I come up with Story Ideas? here! I share with you 5 places to come up with story ideas.

 

Aloha,

Mekeke

 

Be Content For Who You Are

12:00 AM

I’m staring into space, where I can only see the light coming in between my curtains from the balcony, here I’am pitch black and my mind circulating with ideas and thoughts. Physically I’m tired, but mentally wide awake. So, what did I do to put myself into sleep, I scrolled onto Twitter. Now, I keep my tweets minimum, I tweet motivational quotes, as well as interact with my followers. I like to motivate my followers with inspirational sayings, such as “Life is about taking chances, and live to the fullest”, you get an idea!

I don’t know why I have the strangest thoughts late at night, but I decided to tweet something like “Why do we run away from our problems?” “Why can’t we just face our fears and move along?” and “Life’s too short to second guess yourself”.  Now, why am I thinking about this in the middle of the night. Why are we more aware of our surroundings in the middle of the night. It’s kind of engrossing, don’t you think!

I don’t know where I’m going with this, and I don’t have an exact answer for that. In other words, as I mentioned above from my late night tweet, Why is it that we run away from our problems, instead of vanquishing it. Our lives are surrounded with negativity, we judge in daily basis, even if we’re not aware of it. It’s kind of mean to think that judging and being biased exist. On the contrary, we have to always find the positive to this nonsense. We face problems daily, either at work, or at school. We over stress for things that don’t even matter, but we’re so used to, that we put our focus on negativity, why is that? I have learned so many life lessons taught by my father. He taught me to love yourself before you can love somebody else, he also taught me don’t waste your time surrounding yourself with a mindset that won’t get you anywhere. That is not all, I have so much knowledge now in life, that I intake it with me, and not forget why I’m here. 

I feel like I’m mumbling or I’m not making sense at all, but we can’t ignore what is bothering us, instead swallow that out, and have word to word with someone who you think can help you in all aspects of your problems, just know that you’re not alone in this. 

My blog is all about positivity, happiness, and colorfulness. I want my readers to feel welcome and find inspiration, and joy reading my posts. I aspire to bring people together in every post I publish. I don’t accept any negativity, whatsoever.

Be content for what you have, regardless, what you’re going through, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Be content for who you are, not what anyone wants you to be. Be unique, be YOU!

Wishing you Peace & Happiness! 

Aloha,

Mekeke

Writing Schedule of a College Student

Happy Last Saturday of October!

I wanted to write this post for a while now, but I had the tension to put that aside, along with other things. Moreover, here I ‘am writing this post about how I handle my writing schedule while being a college student. Now, ever since I started the Fall Semester, my schedule has been hectic, and when I mean ‘hectic’ it has been crazy! First of all my writing schedule during the summer has been all about writing words, and more words, it has been very intriguing to have the time to just sit down and write your life away. It has been a fun time to utilize my time wisely and manage to finish short stories I haven’t completed since way back. With school in session, and having back to back classes it has been difficult to do creative writing.

This semester I have had about 10 papers in total for all my classes, and so far I written about six papers out of 10, and I still have four to go. Yikes! I know. Writing papers has taking over my social life apparently, including studying for midterms and working on homework from morning to late nights. *Sighs*

I hardly find time to write non school related papers, and always try to fit into my creative writing in my schedule. Fun Fact: I actually enjoy writing school papers, but not as much as I enjoy writing my own stories. Feeling kind of distressed for so many school work,  stress is at a high level right now,I hardly prepare myself home meals, and  watch T.V. College is a serious business, it’s no joke! It may take most of your social life, but at the end, all the late night studying will soon be paid off. 

How do I handle my writing schedule being at school

I always have an agenda that helps me to stay in track and focused. A planner is a college student’s best friend. Staying and maintaining organized is a road to take, I know what is due and what is not, I never miss a homework assignment because I stay in track. In other words, my school schedule is intact. When it comes to creative writing, I try not to miss a day of writing a sentence or even a paragraph of my novel, I keep a notebook that dedicates all the attention to the story I’m writing, I jot down any ideas on paper, or when inspiration strikes from hearing a song, I always write that one idea down so I won’t forget later. I don’t write stories as often as I used too in the summer, but being able to come up with ideas and write at least 15 minutes a day is a big difference than not writing at all. As for my blog, I schedule my blog posts before hand, when I have time to spare I go back to my post and edit them. If I’m writing this post, it’s because I have the time to do so.

Anyway, this year I want to participate in my first ever NaNoWriMo for 2016, but I keep plunging myself down that I won’t be able to have the time to write a 50,000 word novel. I have started writing a novel back in April, you can read more about it here: Update: Writing A YA Novel. I would like to keep writing this story, because I felt in love with all my characters and the story itself, It’ll be nice to be able to finish this novel by the end of November, but let’s see what happens. 

That being said, being a college student takes a lot of patience, yet, rewarding! You just have to find time for yourself and do things with kindness and with patience. Time Management is key! 

Twitter: Follow my Writing Updates

Aloha,

Mekeke

Family Photographs

Sometimes words aren’t enough to explain why I love family photographs. Have you heard that familiar verse,“A picture is worth a thousand words” yup, that’s right. A family photo is more than just a photo, it’s more like a memory that will always be in everyone’s life. A photo says more than words that can’t be describe, especially when it’s a photo with a loved one. Family photos can convey emotions, feelings, and memories. Memories will always be part of our lives, good or bad, but we can always leave the bad behind, and concentrate on the good. Now, there’s photographs of families who aren’t perfect. First of all, you’re not perfect, I’m not perfect, no one’s perfect. If you know of a perfect family, please let me know? I want to meet them. 
I frequently come across childhood photos of me and my siblings through our dusty old albums which are hidden in the closet or in the basement, anyways, it always evokes me with nostalgia. The memories I created with my family are never forgotten, and that special moment comes to mind like it was just yesterday, remembering how cute your siblings were when they were a child, or how happy the people on the photograph are, and then you come across a photo of you, and sometimes think to yourself, “Whoa, did I look like that?” or “Is that how I dressed before?” it goes on and on, funny, huh? It’s great to indulge in reminiscence and laugh once in a while.  
You may cry, laugh, and sometimes feel melancholy towards a photo, because it brings back long lost memories that maybe you have forgotten. For some reason, you went back to them and recall those moments that you thought were lost. Lost, but not forgotten. 
 It’s how we value as a family the most. It’s not just a picture that we’re showing happiness and excitement, but it’s in the person that shows us who we are, we transport it through photographs. Moreover, a picture with a loved one is more than a memory, it’s something to reflect back on those moments and live those days forever. 
What do you cherish most in life?
Til Next time!
Aloha,
Mekeke

Story Time: Thoughts

Welcome back to another post, yet a more serious blog post!

For some reason I felt Tuesday October 4th, was a Friday. I don’t know where my mind was at that point of day, but overall, I did not feel myself at all, it’s just one of those days were you don’t feel satisfied or content, like there’s something missing or you need something, but you just don’t know what it is. That’s how I have felt this past days, I felt like crying, but crying for what? It was an unclear explanation what was going on. I tried putting my mind thinking about positive things, but it quite didn’t help. College homework is taking over other things, but you know what? I actually enjoy doing school work, it keeps my mind off from things I don’t want to think about. Clearly, it’s not school stress, it’s beyond that. I went back to dance after being hiatus for a long time, in dancer’s mind, it’s a very, very long time. I was excited to go back but at the same time I felt the adrenaline, my heart racing fast, I felt tense and nervousness. I haven’t danced for a while and that give me the anxiety that I might start all over again, watching other dancers who are better than me, really gives me a low self-esteem. On the other hand, it motivates me to push harder and work hard in my dancing. I know there’s a lot to work in dance, but with passion and love I can move mountains. 

My morning English class got canceled that day so I stayed in bed mostly all morning, but then I thought it won’t do good staying in bed all day, so I decided to take a stroll at the beach and keep my mind off from thinking all this things flowing in my mind.

Just hearing the waves crashing to shore, feeling the ocean breeze, and smelling the sea salt ocean water, helped me quite a bit, I mean a lot, from there I commuted to school for my afternoon class. I felt much better after that, I came home with a clearer mind, spending my evening watching scary movies with my family, Halloween is approaching around the corner. My evening went well, but that night I thought I was better, but I wasn’t, I went crying myself to sleep. It’s a sensation of being lost without no direction to go to.

The next day, I woke up somewhat better, so I decided that today, was going to be a better day than yesterday. Leave my problems aside and have a positive mindset, and it worked.

No matter what you’re going through, think about the things you are grateful and thankful for. Don’t let stress & anxiety consume you, fight against it. Always, go to people that will motivate you and encourage you to keep going for your goals and never think that you’re not worth it, because if it matters to you it will matter to someone else. One more thing, let go of your doubts. 

Look at the bright side of things and SMILE! A smile a day keeps the pain away. 

Until next time!

 

Aloha,

Mekeke

Happy 1st of October!

Hi Guys,

Well, it October 1st! Are you guys excited or nah, it’s just another month each year. October is my favorite month of the year, Halloween, my birthday…….. yes it’s my birthday month! It’s an exciting time of the year and I can wait for all the candy and delicious birthday cake, and the list goes on and on.

So, today was a great day, another beautiful sunny day in Paradise. Today, I witnessed my first Pow-wow locally and wow! For those who don’t know what a Pow-wow is, it’s a North American Indian ceremony that involves feasting, singing, and dancing. It’s a wonderful experience to gain more in depth of the Natives, Native Americans embrace their culture with love, they’re happy for who they are, they are willing to show the Native American dance and culture to other people outside their tribes. The costumes, the men and women with long braided hair, dancing to the sounds of their drums. Just watching them dance give me chicken skin, the excitement was beyond and I couldn’t stop watching them with amusement. It was truly an exhilarating experience to witness and gaining knowledge through their culture and way of life. I appreciate learning different cultures and understanding their beliefs, language and traditions. You’ll be surprise how much you learn from them, it’s an eye opener. Have you experience a different culture aside from yours?

 I’m enjoying the breeze with the view of the mountains as I’m writing this post. I might spend the rest of my evening doing some writing and maybe do homework, why not! Well, that’s it for today. See you soon with a new post. 

“You have to taste a culture to understand it”- Deborah Cater

 

Question: What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

Mines chocolate, all kinds of chocolate. 

 

Aloha,

Mekeke

 

Dancing under the Moonlight

*This picture inspired me to write a short story about a boy and a girl meeting for the first time one summer shining night on a beach location. They immediately felt some kind of attraction to each other though dance. The night was long for them to connect and fall in love. Here’s my Fiction Summer romance short story, Enjoy!*

The night was cold, with the ocean breeze alarming us with the swirling wind. Before us, stood a tall Banyan tree with string of lights hanging around the branches illuminating the place around us. The tree might be old but the sustainability of the roots were intact to the freshness of the soil ground. The place was a magical feeling like being on a real set, which it was. Lights here and there, the beach feet away, Everybody having a good time, laughing and dancing to the music playing in the background. It was a fun, safe environment, people meeting other people, telling stories with a bonfire; roasting marshmallows. I was having the best moment of my life dancing with my friends in a circle, back to back laughs and choreographing our own dances to the different style of music playing in the background, when my eye caught someone I haven’t noticed before. “Who is he?” I wondered in thought. For a moment, I stopped dancing to observe him for a bit until I got nudged in the shoulder by my friend. I smiled, and went back to dancing recalling that first encounter. Somehow, I would steal a quick glance to the young tall, slim man who’s chatting with a group of people by the Banyan tree. 

Summer night and I got my eye on you. Dancing and twirling hoping to catch your attention. “Oh no, he’s looking this way!” Now, I’m feeling shy and embarrassed, cheeks turning red. “Why is he laughing? Is he laughing at me? I turned around to make sure if he wasn’t laughing at someone else, but there was no one behind me. Well, I wanted his attention, Right? Now I got it. 

“His coming this way!” I whispered to myself, putting aside a string of hair in my face.

“Hi!” His smile triggering butterflies in my stomach like a 10 year old girl. 

“Hi!” Hoping not to make a fool of myself. It was a five second moment of awkwardness with no words, until he spoke again. 

“Do you want to dance with me?”

That smile! Extending his hand for a response. 

“Me? I mean, sure!” I looked behind where my friends where all signaling me to go with him, smirking them back. I took his hand accepting his invitation to dance with him, the lights were brighter than what I though to be.  We stopped close to a branch under the Banyan tree, where there was a closure signaling not to go further. The music changed from upbeat to a slow song. Great!

From sweaty palms I got wrapped in his arms while he grabbed me by my waist and started motioning through the slow dance. We looked at each other, both with smiles on our faces. It was a moment of excitement and evolving emotions I was feeling dancing with a young man, in a beautiful setting night. Dancing under the string of lights and the moonlight shining above us. The slow music stopped, and we held each other for another moment. The  music changed to an upbeat song, but we were so caught up in the moment, we didn’t release ourselves after a while. All of a sudden we let go and danced with our arms up in the air, just having a great time dancing with our friends as they approached us, making the atmosphere boisterous.

The night continued with bonfires, more upbeat music playing, laughing. My conversation with him was long and interesting. By now, we knew a lot about each other making us closer, with the awkwardness before put aside. The warmth of his body made me feel secure and warm as the cold night picked up. 

I couldn’t stop but wonder what was it I saw in you, can you dance? certainly yes! There’s something in you that attracts me to you, I don’t know what it is; but I’m curious. Our dance was enriched with flavory charm and our laughter making us younger again, dancing to the rhythm of the beat. Beat to beat, heart to heart. The sounds of the waves crashing to shore, and here you are alongside me. Your green eyes shining through the lights of love. Certainly the best summer nights of my life, a whole magical night of dancing under the moonlight. 

 

 

Aloha,

Mekeke