Friday, February 19, 2016

Hello it's me...


I've always been awkward with introductions. I'm not really sure where to begin. I suppose my name is always a good starting point.

I'm Larissa, a 19 year old girl who is completely book enamored and quite struck with a terrible case of wanderlust. Some of you may know me from YA Midnight Reads, as I was lucky enough to be a co-blogger for there for over a year. I left the blog for a number of personal reasons but really ever since have been itching to be able to write on a platform that truly allows me to express myself- both my thoughts, words and ideas. I've just been waiting for things to calm down in terms and I now finally think it's time to re-enter the blogging community.

This time around I want to do things a little differently though. I still will be reviewing books- as reading is an activity like no other for me. It brings me such calm and joy. But yes, of course there are those common YA tropes that bring rage and total annoyance to every fiber of my being haha. 

However the difference with this blog from that of a totally book centered blog is that there will be more of a focus on discussions. Something I learned from my previous blogging experience is that formulating my thoughts and sharing opinions and views is one of my favorite things. I love to raise awareness on issues that some may have not even considered before and have honest and raw responses. It is because of the aforementioned that on Life As Larissa you can expect to see many discussion posts. Some will be book related, but I plan on the majority having roots in feminism, controversial issues and the society we live in currently. It’s hard to really be specific on what I’ll be talking about but really anything I can’t stop thinking or talking about, expect a post on it.

I also mentioned near the start of this post that I’ve been struck with quite the terrible case of wanderlust. It is because of this that I plan on sprinkling this blog with some travel posts. You’ll see such things like general stories and photos from my trips, my dream vacations (I seriously have over 50 planned, oops), some of my bucket list activities/when I actually accomplish them and recommendations. I honestly would love nothing more than to be able to share my love of the world and its gorgeous sights with you, and Life As Larissa is the platform I want to use to do exactly that.

I’m so excited to be back and can’t wait to interact with everybody. I hope that if you did know me before that you will continue with me on this latest adventure of mine. More likely, if you don’t know me or my words I hope that you will join and grow alongside with me on this wonderful blogging journey. It would be an absolute honor to have you by my side.

Welcome to Life As Larissa (: I'm can't wait to begin sharing my posts. Below is a survey that I would greatly appreciate you filling it out. It's essentially to satisfy my curiosity but also to get a feel of my readers and they would like. 



34 comments :

  1. Hello!
    I'm so so excited you decided to open up your own space, Larissa and from the sounds of it it's going to be EPIC. I'm excited for everything, but especially the discussion posts because I know you're super passionate about the topics you'll be discussing. And obviously, I'll be visiting you daily.
    Good luck, my Clary-freaking-Fray-loving friend (I HAD to mention her somewhere! ;)) You will rock this thing! :)

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    1. NICK THIS IS MY FIRST REPLY TO A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG AND IT'S EXCITING OKAY.

      AHHHH I'M SO HAPPY TO HAVE MY OWN SPACE TOO. It's an awesome feeling (: And I'm so ready to write some some discussion causing posts.And awww <33 Your support means so much.

      LOLOLOL yes Clary had to make your comment <33 she's just TOOOOOOOOO FREAKING AWESOME to leave out. Thanks love

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  2. I can't even express how excited I am right now. THIS. IS. EVERYTHING. There's been a massive hole in the blogging community since you left Larissa and a lack of thought provoking and confronting discussions that we so desperately need. I can't wait to see Life As Larissa take flight and I feel privileged to be able to share your journey and see you take on the world ♥

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    1. SAME KELLY. LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS SITE, YOU'VE MADE IT COME TO LIFE <33
      And awww Kelly I honestly think you overstate me but it definitely inspires me to deliver. I shall make you proud! Thank you so much once again for being there for me and basically being my blogging fairy godmother <33 I appreciate and love you to bits.

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  3. OMG I am so excited for this!! Travel dream posts are literally my favourite and I'm still working on a way to incorporate them into my own blog. All the best successes with your site going forward. We shall be here in Google Hangout awaiting to beta read and fangirl over your every post �� WELCOME BACKKKK. (Although I didn't know you during your YMR time oops. Anyway it's the NOW that counts ��)

    Aentee

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    1. ME TOO GIRL! Most exciting day in awhile haha. And omfg YAY I honestly was a little wary that people wouldn't really enjoy my travel posts so I'm glad I at least got you. And woooooo, yes I'm incredibly grateful for my google hangouts crew <33 Hahah, despite not knowing you before I'm so glad to have met you Aentee (:

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  4. Hello. This is the first time we've met. I don't know you. But your blog is gorgeous.

    JUST KIDDING. HI. I LEFT YOU A SURVEY THINGY. I LOVE YOU. I'm sooooooo freaking excited to read everything you write. :) :) Because you're a squish

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    1. Hello, it's so nice to meet you Valerie. I'll go check out your blog asap. Thanks for the lovely compliment (:

      HEHEHE <33 I saw your survey response, it was definitely hard to tell which one you left [; AND YAY I LOVE YOU GIRL.

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  5. YES! I am so happy to hear this Larissa! I've missed you so, so much - blogging hasn't been the same without you - so I'm so glad you're back. ♥ Can't wait to see what you come up with here! xx

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    1. ZOE!!! I've missed you so much <33 Honestly your comments always never fail to bring a smile to my face (:

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  6. LARISSA! I'm so happy you're back! Not sure if you remember me at all. I changed a bit too when it comes to blogging. My blog (Istyria book blog) is now merged with Reading With ABC and is called Quite The Novel Idea. Exciting times!

    I've honestly missed you in the blogosphere and I look forward to your posts!

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    1. OF COURSE I REMEMBER YOU! And oooo I didn't know about that change, haha been pretty distant from everything. But that's awesome and I'm glad it's going well for you (:

      <33 that means so much, thank you!

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  7. My entire life has obviously been leading to this. I am so excited and happy for you and cannot wait to see all the things you are going to do here. Go spread your wings and fly baby bird *hugs* *tackle hugs*

    Now I am going to head over and press the subscribe button.

    P.S. Kelly, you did a fantastic job in designing this amazing blog <3

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    1. Haha yes Rashika, your whole 18 years on this Earth has been a build up to the release of my blog [; And yes girl *flies into the sunset* I'll try to do you proud <33

      Thank you lovely! The fact you subscribed makes my heart sing.

      AND OMFG DIDN'T SHE!? Ahhh love her and it to bits

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  8. Your blog looks amazing! I'll definitely be checking in to see what's going on with you. Best of luck!

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    1. <33 thank you so much Annika! all credits to Kelly, she's awesome.

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  9. YAAAAS I am so excited about this! I can't wait to read alllll your lovely posts and just stalk you in general :D NOW OFF TO DO THE SURVEY!

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    1. <33 I'm so glad girl! I definitely am on board with your stalking haha. Stalk away lovely. Thank you for the love and doing the survey

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  10. Yay Larissa! I'm so glad you're back and blogging again! That is super exciting.I like the new blog name and the theme is stunning. I love that there's going to be a focus on discussions because your discussions are golden.

    I can't wait to see the travel posts you have planned, that sounds like fun!

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    1. Hahah me too! I actually missed it so much omfg. It's definitely super exciting and I've been itching for my little dream to become a big reality. Thank you so much, though all of the design creds go to Kelly. She's an absolute genius and gem of a human. And awww the fact you like my discussions makes me smile because they're so much fun to write (: Also, so does the fact you're into my travel posts! LOL that makes two people at least

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  11. Best news ever, best news ever!!! See, I love ALL these things! Books? Check. Travel? Check. Discussions? Check. Larissa? CHECK!

    I cannot tell you how happy I am to have you back, even though you kind of already know haha.

    P.S.- Take me with you on ALL the trips, mmmkay? Great. ;)

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    1. <33 YAYAYAYAYAY. I sure hope that will mean you'll love this blog then Shannon. Lol I love how I got a check, awwww.

      Honestly, you know how happy I am to be back but I still shall shout it from the rooftops.

      Okay, deal!

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  12. Hey Larissa! I may of, kind of, stalked your old blog when you were still there so I know you a little bit.... but I don't think we've ever talked? Anyway, hello! I love, love, love the new design and I hope this blog is everything you want it to be. Discussions post are my fave (especially if you're going to be talking about feminism too!!) and I love that you'll be mixing it up with some travel posts. I've already hit the subscribe button and cannot wait to see more of you around.

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    1. Hey Rachel (: It's nice to officially meet you! Thank you so much, though all design credits go to the wonderful Kelly. Discussions posts are honestly my favorite to write also. And yes my discussions often have ties into feminism. <333 So glad you're excited and thank you so much for your kind words

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  13. Welcome back Larissa! I missed you dearly when you were on hiatus so I'm so glad to have you back! I'm looking forward to reading the posts on this blog, especially your discussions and travel posts!

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    1. <33 Thank you Jeann! I know I have definitely missed the warmth of interacting with fellow bloggers. Can't wait for your future thoughts on my posts haha.

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  14. Welcome back Larissa! I missed you dearly when you were on hiatus so I'm so glad to have you back! I'm looking forward to reading the posts on this blog, especially your discussions and travel posts!

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  15. I just discovered your blog and it's so pretty! I can't wait to read your reviews. Nice meeting you, Larissa. :)
    Jess @ Little Book Heaven

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    1. Hey Jess! It's so nice to meet you and I can't wait to get to know you better (: Thank you so much for your kind words <33

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  16. YAYYYY I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE BACK, OMG, THIS IS SO WONDERFUL. *flings cake and confetti everywhere* I have totally missed your wonderful discussions. You write the best, most passionate, most thoughtful discussions of ever, I might add. And I love your reviews too, OF COURSe. So basically I shall just be here every time you post. :')

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    1. CAIT! I'm definitely super happy to be back (: God, you have me craving cake now omfg. I have missed you and your discussions too girl, I don't know how you churn them out so frequently. Thank you so much <33 your support and kind words mean so so so so so much to me

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  17. Yayyyy!! Welcome back, Larissa!! I'm very excited to see you back. :)

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  18. I’m awfully late to comment here, but I guess better late than never. I’m so happy you are back, Larissa. I’ve been following you on YA Midnight Reads.

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