Why I Love Halsey


With Halsey’s new album Manic coming out tonight, it seemed fitting to do a spur-of-the-moment post on why she’s my favorite artist. I mentioned how two of her songs inspired my blog name in my previous post, and one of my first posts on this blog was about her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour (which was amazing, by the way). If she’s influenced my blog, you know she has influenced my life in general. This is why I’ve devoted this post to the reasons I love Halsey!

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Behind the Name


Throughout my time as a blogger, quite a few people have asked me why I decided to name my blog “Castles and Hurricanes.” Settling on a name was a challenge, and I contemplated it for a while before creating my site and social media accounts. Whenever it comes to colors and objects in writing, I tend to take them very seriously and look into the symbolism in general and for me personally before reaching a decision. I was the same way when I was searching for name options for my blog. If you’re interested in learning about the thought process behind my name, this is the post for you!

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2020 Bullet Journal Spread


I have been obsessed with planners ever since I can remember. In elementary school when we were supposed to purchase a set planner from the school, I had my mom buy me a Lisa Frank planner instead. I think the teachers wanted all of the students to have the same planner so they could tell us exactly where to write things down, but I did fine on my own (I mean, how many assignments did I have to keep track of back then?).

Last year, I used an amazing Wonder Woman planner from AC Moore (who else was devastated when they heard that AC Moore is closing all of their stores?). It was slightly more customizable than your average planner as you could start with any month you wanted; you simply had to fill in all of the dates (if you want to learn more about that planner, I did film a YouTube video about it last year). For 2020, I’m going to be using a bullet journal! I found a fairly plain journal with dotted grid paged from Hobby Lobby, and I am excited to organize my planner exactly the way I want it this year! While I am still a beginner, I like how my bullet journal is coming along!

For this post, I wanted to share my layouts so far. I have a yearly section and have started January. These are not completed yet, but I thought I would share what I have! Hopefully, it’ll give you ideas for your own bullet journal.

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Goals for 2020



Happy New Year! I hope you had a fun time bringing in the New Year, whether you worked, went out, or stayed in. Personally, I went to the mall with my parents during the day (there was a restaurant nearby that they had wanted to go to), and then we went home to relax and watch Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Eve on TV.

Normally I’m not someone who makes a list of resolutions at the beginning of a new year, but I wanted to this year (it’s the start of a new decade, after all!). I’ve been tired and frustrated at where I am in life, so I’m determined to get closer to where I want to be. I believe I accomplish more when I can see what I’m working towards, so I wrote down my goals to inspire me throughout the year!

I have quite a few goals, so I thought I would separate them into personal, blogging, and YouTube goals. While I will likely have short-term goals every month, the goals listed in this post are more long-term. Of course, I always wish for happiness and health for myself and friends and family (and for everyone really), but as it’s something I hope for every year, I didn’t include it in the following list.

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2019 Favorites || Beauty


As I mentioned in my previous post, I had a lot of favorites in 2019. This post is my last ‘favorites’ post of 2019, and this one discusses my beauty favorites! While I’m not a beauty guru, I do love trying out new products, and in 2019 I did just that. I tried a variety of new brands that I was introduced to by fellow bloggers and YouTubers. There are still plenty that I need to look into, so hopefully that will happen in 2020!

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