Stepping Out of Comfort-Zones + Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

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Hello! Hello! Hello!

I recently read Maria Reichardt’s Underwater, which I really enjoyed. Underwater is about Morgan, who before the big accident had an almost perfect life. However, now all Morgan does is confine herself to her house. She will never dare to step out, she misses the water and she can’t forgive herself. When the new boy next door moves in, she is reminded of the happiness of her old life. Morgan gets to meet this new boy next door and when she gets to know him, even more, she feels like she now has the courage to step out of her comfort zone and back into the real world. The theme of pushing your limits and stepping out of your boundaries have always been something important to me. From when I was young, I would always try and test every single little thing. Maybe that’s why I have a little bit o

The theme of pushing your limits and stepping out of your boundaries have always been something important to me. From when I was young, I would always try and test every single little thing. Maybe that’s why I have a little bit of a dare-devil streak; I just love to take a chance and try everything even if it means stepping out of my comfort zone. I’ll admit, it scares me to try new things sometimes but sometimes thinking of the positive outcome pushes me through it. Roller Coasters are a thing I absolutely love but they can scare me so much too but I know that if I push myself to my limits I can conquer the fear and I’ll end up loving it the ride. Anyway, I decided to dedicate this post to three things I want to try that will really push me out of my comfort zone.

travelling alone

large (15)The concept of travelling alone has always excited me but is also extremely terrifying. Going to a country completely alone. All by yourself. With only you and your bags. To say it scares me would be the least but I know that it’s something that people say is really rewarding. Wandering down streets with no final destination, meeting new people and learning about their lifestyle and just reflected on what your life was and what it will be like in the future. I love the idea! Perhaps I should go with a friend but I do know for sure that when I’m older I want to travel to destinations that I have always dreamed of visiting.

bungee jumping

Bungee jumping is terrifying. Propelling yourself of a twenty-metre tall building is pretty scarylarge (16) and is way out of my comfort zone. However, there is something that is so satisfying about overcoming a fear you never thought you could conquer. Instead of bungee jumping, it could be climbing a building. I never nothing against heights but going too high and looking downwards is unbearably scary. Bungee jumping is knee-wobbling but I want to try it one day and I can officially say that I have conquered something that is way out of my comfort zone.

driving

large (17)Driving doesn’t scare me as much as the other two but it’s pretty scary. I am not old enough to drive yet…thank god but at the same time I am super pumped to start driving myself everywhere. However, driving a vehicle that could potentially kill me in one turn and go scares me. I know that one day I will start driving and I will conquer that fear. Driving will definitely push me out of my comfort zones and let’s just hope that I will not be a horrible driver…

 

 

 

These are just three of the many things I want to do that will make me step out of my comfort zone. Reichardt’s Underwater is amazing and will really provoke your thoughts. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good contemporary. I know that I loved it and I am sure you will too. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is only one of the themes discussed in the novel. I can’t stress how good this novel is and you honestly have to pick it up!

what is something you want to try that will push you out of your comfort zone?

 

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The Get To Know Me Tag!

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Hello guys!! Today I decided to do another tag! What I love about tags, is the fact that I can express a little bit more about my opinions on certain books and I can introduce myself and my personality through my answers! I have never actually done the “Get To Know Me Tag” but I decided to do it today, as I love the concept of the tag! Thank you to Denise over at The Bibliolater ¬†for tagging me! Everyone should definitely go check them out! They are some of the nicest bloggers out their and their blogs will definitely not disappoint you!

basics about alicia

IMG_2245Name: Alicia
Nicknames: A lot of people call me leesh, leeshy or a leesh! ūüôā A know quite a lot of Alicias and they all tend to hate the name Leesh but I’ve grown accustomed to it.
Birthday:¬†May! ūüôā IT’S SO CLOSE!!!!
Star Sign: Gemini. Yes, the twins star sign. When I was younger, I used to be obsessed with horoscopes and birth gems but nowadays, I never read them and when, I do I never take them seriously.
Occupation: Student. I am a high school student and homework is basically my current occupation. When I’m older I would love to be doctor or a dentist but being a blogger or a vlogger would be an amazing job as well!

appearance

Hair color:¬†Black! It’s such a boring color. I do get brown streaks in the sun and some people think my hair is a really dark brown, but no, my hair is black.
Hair length: Long. I only ever have my hair long as I think it suits me a lot better than short hair.
Eye colour:¬†Dark Brown. Yes, another boring color! ūüôā
Best feature:¬†I don’t know!! I love my hair and I guess I love the looks and skin color of my ethnicity! ūüôā
Braces:¬†No. I don’t need braces and I don’t think I’ll be needing them any time soon!
Piercings:¬†I only have my ears pierced. I don’t think I would want other piercings!
Tattoos:¬†No. I’m not old enough!
Right or left handed: Right Handed! I used to be obsessed with being ambidextrous but I have come to the realization that I am only right handed!

firsts

Best friend:¬†My first best friend was one of my friends, Kaitlyn. However, sadly I moved and we have been apart for nearly five years. We still keep in touch and hopefully, I’ll see her again soon!
Award: I don’t actually remember! I do remember getting a writing award when I was younger and so I’ll have to say a writing award!
Real holiday: When I was about two years old, I went on a real holiday to Paris. Unfortunately, I do not really remember it, I only have one memory from the actual trip!
Concert:¬†Sadly, I have never been to a real concert because I have never been a true fan for many artists. Except for Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendes!!! However, I have never been to any of their concerts before. I plan on ticking off “going to a concert” on my bucketlist soon!

favorites

Film: I guess, I don’t really watch many movies because I am a restless person and I can’t make myself sit down for two whole hours to watch a moving image on a screen. However, I love any chic flic!¬†Especially, Mean Girls! I love it and it’s one of my favorites!
TV Show: Teen Wolf!! Is anyone a Teen Wolf fan? I absolutely love it and I love the characters and action throughout the series.
Color:¬†Mint Green! I have loved this color for such a long time and I don’t think I’ll be changing anytime soon!

Song:¬†I couldn’t just choose one song! I love so many at the moment. UGH! I CAN’T CHOOSE!! I’m loving Ariana Grande’s latest songs, such as Dangerous Women, Let Me Love You and Be Alright! Her latest songs are definitely under-hyped and I definitely recommend them! Of course, I am absolutely loving Shawn Mendes’ and Selena Gomez’s songs but I think that’s pretty obvious! I am also loving Justin Beiber’s Company! Just like Denise, here is a spotify playlist you guys can click play on:

Restaurant: I love healthy cafes and restaurants! I am loving a shop called Top Juice which has some amazing salads! I also love a health cafe called Combi, which has some of the most amazing raw deserts.
Shop: I am going to give you some of the most typical answers but I love H&M, Nike and Forever 21! They are the best!
Books:¬†You can’t ask a book lover what her favourite book is, because you are literally pulling me apart by asking this question. I think my top two series are The Infernal Devices and Lux!
Shoes: This is going to sound superficial but SHOES ARE MY LIFE! I just love buying shoes but I am very picky with my shoes! I love my Nike Roshes and I love some suede ankle boots from Windsor Smith that I adore!

currently…

Feeling: A little bit frazzled and mostly happy! I don’t really have anything to be upset about at the moment and I try to keep a positive mindset to most things. I am feeling a little frazzled because I have quite a lot of homework and upcoming tests!
Single or Taken: Single as a pringle!
Eating: Well I’m not really eating anything but I might have a smoothie later on tonight! I had a pretty light dinner.
Watching: I‚Äôm not watching anything¬†because just like movies, I don’t really watch many TV shows! I’m waiting for Teen Wolf to come back! I have had a lot of people who have told me to watch Gossip Girl so I might try to squeeze in an episode this weekend!
Wearing:¬†Pyjamas, which are just a pair of yoga pants, a NY T-shirt and a hoodie! I know…an interesting choice but I’m going to sleep in a few hours anyway!

future

r3ji2peChildren:¬†This is an interesting question…because I love the concept of raising a child until they grow up but I don’t know if I will ever be mentally prepared to carry a child in my stomach and raise it for the next 20 years of my life! Does anyone else understand me?
Marriage:¬†Hopefully one day! I think it’s a life goal, I definitely have! However, I am very choosy when it comes to boys but it’s still ages away until I’ll be able to marry and so I rather not dwell on it at the moment!
Careers:¬†Like I said earlier, I would love to do something in the field of medicine and science because I’ve always had that passion. I would love to be a blogger or vlogger too! Who knows what I’ll become?
Where you want to live:¬†Toronto or LA! I’ve loved both of these cities from when I was young! I’ve visited LA a few times and I love how it’s the centre of everything but the only problem is, LA is a very crowded city! I love Toronto as well and I think I would love to live in the city
of Toronto one day!

beliefs

d32ed23God: No! I guess, I have never really believed in the concept of there being an upper person in our world. I have grown up with the knowledge of many religions but I have never really believed in one.
Miracles: Not really but sometimes it’s nice to think that their are miracles in our world. However, I don’t really believe in it from a religious point of view.
Love at first sight:¬†I don’t really know! I think I’m still too young to make a proper judgement but I don’t really believe in it. How can you love someone when you first see them? It’s kind of similar to judging a book by it’s cover. Just because they look amazing doesn’t mean you’ll fall in love with them.
Ghosts: No! I read ghost stories but I think it’s childish to believe in ghosts.
Aliens:¬†You never know! I think that it’s kind of egocentric if we think we are the only beings in our universe! The possibilities are endless in this vast universe and for all we know there could be aliens out there!
Soul mates: I’ve always loved the idea that love is fate and since I’m too young to really fall in love, I would like to think that we have soul mates!
Heaven/hell:¬†No. I don’t really think we have a heaven or a hell. My point of view is that, “Afterlife is just something we made up to ease the pain of loss,” (Any Looking For Alaska Fans?) I think that afterlife and heaven/hell is just something we have made up to ease the pain of death and loss. Who knows though?
Kissing on the first date:¬†Sure…I guess! I mean, if you have known your boyfriend/girlfriend for all a very long time before you were officially together, ¬†then if you want to kiss on your first date then go ahead.
Yourself:¬†I think this is something we all struggle with. I believe that all humans are born with the same clear slate and capabilities, and as we grow older we experience different things which causes all of us to be individual. Therefore, if someone else can do something, you can do it yourself. That’s the kind of motivation I give myself. So, if someone else asks if I believe that I can do anything, I like to prove it to them and say that I can do anything!

i tag:

Sammie at Bookshelves and Biros
Jenny at Monica Book Lover
Among The Pages
Sakina at A Forest of Books and Memories
Whitney at I Love Books Girl 

what are some of your answers to these? i would love to read them and get to know you more, down below!