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I can't believe it's taken me so long to finish "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking". As I mentioned this before, I can devour a novel in a few days but reading anything other than fiction tends to bore me --even if it's a topic I consider important.

This book was everything I expected and much more. Susan Cain, being an introvert herself, accurately describes all the struggles that most introverts face at some point in their lives. I praise how she took her time to travel, interview both introverts and extroverts, authors, teachers and scientists, and how she neatly laid it out for everyone to understand. Sure, from time to time, she shares her own experience. But this book is based on research and assertively argues that there is nothing wrong about being an introvert and that --just like anything else in life-- having a certain personality type it's downsides and upsides. 

Here are some of the topics I found most interesting:

  • The extrovert ideal: In the early twentieth century, America switched from the Culture of Character to the Culture of Personality. "In the Culture of Character, the ideal self was serious, disciplined and honorable." Impressions didn't matter, actions did. But in the Culture of Personality, the opinions of others became more important, people had to be "bold and entertaining". It has persisted ever since, only causing more cases of anxiety because the pressure of reaching the extrovert ideal can be mentally exhausting. 
  • Introverts can be good leaders, and work better with an extrovert team. The same happens with extrovert leaders that achieve better results with an introvert team. Both styles complement each other. Not to mention, there has been famous introverts who became leaders or caused a huge impact in history, such as: Rosa Parks, Mahatma Gandhi, Charles Darwin, Eleanor Roosevelt, among others.
  • Cain also discusses highly sensitive people. When I got to this chapter, I was about to skim it through, since I thought it wouldn't apply to me. Turns out, thanks to this book, I realized that I'm a highly sensitive person. Not something I'm proud of (I wish I could I drink normal coffee and not have my heart rate rise like crazy) but many things have started to make more sense now that I know more about this condition. 
  • Opposites attract is not a myth. My boyfriend is an extrovert, an ESTP to be precise, just the complete opposite of me an INFJ. The author mentions how couples need to learn from each other, accept their differences and look for a middle ground. I felt identified and definitely learned from the other couples she interviewed.

Whether you're an introvert feeling a bit out of place, or an extrovert who is simply curious about the subject: read this book. You won't regret it. It's very eye-opening and will bring you to an epiphany so you can live your best quiet life. 

"Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you're supposed to." 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Book review: Quiet


Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on “Only love is real” by Brian L. Weiss. This is not the type of book I’d purchase, it was actually a gift. I tend to read mostly novels, though I’m trying to change that. Other types of books, such as memoirs, usually bore me (I confess I never finished Eat Pray Love). But since this one was a short read, I decided to give it a try. And I’m glad I did.

Before going more in-depth, the book covers spiritual topics such as reincarnation. So if you are strongly against it, feel free to skip this post. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, but there is no need to generate a fuss.

First off, a little background on the author. Brian L. Weiss is an american psychiatrist and hypnotherapist that has made many appearances on TV, including The Oprah Winfrey Show. I kept my mind open while reading this book. I had previously heard about sessions were the person being hypnotized shared some details of their previous life -- such as name, year, geographic location-- and afterwards they’d look up the information to find it did match old records.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review: Only Love Is Real

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I cannot emphasize enough how rereading Twilight automatically took me back to 8th grade, making me feel like a teenager again. Now after being done with it, I'm seriously considering rereading the rest of the books. But for the time being, the only saga I'll be focusing on is Harry Potter.

It's not the same reading a romance/fantasy novel when you're fifteen than when you're twenty-four. There are plenty of stuff from the ‘adult’ world that one ignores while being younger, falling easily in love with the characters. Around the time the Twilight film was released, there were a bunch of graphics circling the internet, stating that Edward Cullen had raised the standards for future boyfriends. Well, this book simply raises the standards for any relationship.

It's not like I don't believe in romance. I've actually been in a relationship for the past three years, so perhaps there are a few things that I've learned along the way. Firstly, it doesn't matter how much someone attracts you, in real life no one will take such intrepid risks after knowing you for such a brief period of time. Bella and Edward literally had only two dates to get to know each other, plus a few days sharing a table at lunch. The love represented in the novel is highly unrealistic and kind of toxic if you reflect upon it.

Not to mention the way time lapses in the novel. At first, time progresses at an average speed. But after the Saturday that Bella and Edward spend together in the forest, everything happens too fast. She meets his family momentarily and then has to run away and save her life. I feel like Meyer could have filled us in better on the Cullen's before the two protagonists declared their love to one another. I know that either way we get to know the characters better in the rest of the books, but in my opinion there's a gap that could've been filled before Bella flies to Phoenix.

Nevertheless, it was entertaining to grasp the small details I had forgotten and that were overlooked in the film.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Reread: Twilight

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Given that I've read the first four Harry Potter books in a row, I'd thought it would be better if I wrote a collective post, rather than one per book. It's actually a bit hard to write a review because J.K. Rowling is a fantastic author. While reading, you automatically get transferred to Hogwarts and the magical world. Not to mention, you get to know the deeper layers of the characters.

If you've seen the movies (which most likely you already have) I recommend reading the books. You don't even have to read them all or start with the first one. Just jump straight to your favorite one. The books are written is such manner that you will understand them without impediment. Not to mention, the author always does a small recap at the beginning and sometimes makes references to previous events throughout the novel.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

Harry Potter's second year at Hogwarts starts to get more interesting. While still in the Dursleys house, he gets visited by Dobby, a house-elf who definitely knows more than what he lets on. His warnings are premonitory about the dark year that lays ahead. Thankfully, Harry is rescued by Ron and his twin brothers, they used Mr. Weasly's magic car. Once he returns to the Wizarding world, Harry, Ron and Hermione meet their new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gildory Lockhart, who is nothing but a narcissist and has never fought against anything remotely dark.

Things start to get strange in Hogwarts when Mrs. Norris, the caretaker's cat, appears petrified in the middle of a hallway. Naturally, Harry and company were there at the wrong time and the wrong place. Later, when the Gryffindor students participate in a duel with the Slytherins (which is supervised by Professor Snape and Lockhart), Harry faces a snake that appeared thanks to one of Draco's spells. Harry automatically speaks to the snake without noticing anything odd. The problem is that he's actually speaking parseltongue, a language only Dark Wizards can understand. Therefore, the entire school starts to think he's behind the attacks.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

The third year begins with the news of a convicted murder being out on the loose, warning both muggles and wizards. The Durselys, as usual, are inhumanly cruel to Harry. They get visited by Aunt Marge, who surprisingly enough is far worse than Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon. After constantly insulting Harry, he involuntarily blows her up and runs away with this Hogwarts stuff and with Hedwig. While alone in the empty muggle streets, Harry feels as if he's being watched when suddenly the Knight Bus appears and takes him back to the wizarding world.

He later finds that the escaped prisoner is Sirius Black and learns what he has been punished for. On the train back to Hogwarts, Harry faints due to the presence of the dementors -- creatures who feed on human happiness. This year with the help of the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Lupin, Harry will learn how to face these terrible creatures without passing out. He will also meet Sirius Black, who didn't want to harm him after all.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:

Oh the terrible things that lay ahead of the fourth year. This is when the story starts to get creepy. Though not at the beginning, while still in Pivet Drive, he gets visited by the Weasleys. The Dursleys were expecting them to knock on the door. But since they're not muggles, they decided to use the Foo Powder and appear in the Dursleys fireplace --which was a hilarious scene by the way. They picked Harry up in order to attend the Quidditch World Cup. Things start to get weird when the game ends, Voldemort followers cause a riot and the Dark Mark appears. Once again, Harry and company are spotted at the wrong place and wrong time.

When the new school year begins, they learn that it will be unlike the rest given that the Triwizard Tournament will be hosted in Hogwarts. Wizards from other countries are expected to arrive, and one candidate per school can participate. To everyone's surprise, Harry's name pops out of the Goblet during the announcement of champions, making him the fourth. His friendship with Ron stumbles and the entire school is against Harry participating. He confines his troubles to the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Mad Eye Moody. Only at the end will Harry comprehend that the malevolent Lord Voldemort was behind his participation and that he has returned to finish what he started.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Harry Potter: Book 2 - 4

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Hello earthlings!

After being MIA for a month, I’ve decided to return to the blogosphere. This time with a different intention. Remember how I’ve mentioned countless times that I’d be walking away from the typical beauty topics? Well, this time I mean it. This new face --and phase-- of La Luna Vita will mainly contain book reviews (shocker!) and perhaps I might slowly glide my way into physical and mental health subjects. I’ve resumed my yoga practice and found so many benefits! I’d be happy to share them with you.

As I recap, I wanted to share my 2017 reading list so far. There are a few reviews pending, I’m still thinking of the best format to present them --without containing too many spoilers.

  1. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  2. The Lake House by Kate Morton
  3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  4. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
  5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling *currently reading
  10. Only Love is Real by Brian L. Weiss *currently reading


Perhaps you’ve noticed a pattern going on here. Just to take a break from Harry Potter for a while, I’ve been thinking about re-reading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. From wizards to vampires. Please don’t judge me, I generally don’t read that much fantasy.

How about you? What are some interesting books you’ve read this year?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Resurgence

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It’z crazy how a four letter acronym can define you so well. I found out I had an INFJ personality a few years ago, but didn’t start giving it much importance until I came across a website that created content specially for introverts, it’s called Introvert Dear. Reading the articles written by other like me made me feel more comfortable with my personality. I also learned that I have one of the rarest types.

Embracing it is something relatively new to me. As a kid, I always felt something was different about me. I was comfortable being me, but having others constantly ask me “why are you so quiet?” made it seem like I was acting wrong. That’s when it began, the whole “blending in” process. I did it in order to avoid answering questions to which I had no other explanation than “that’s how I am”. After attempting to explain myself a few times, I realized that extroverts seldomly understand introvert’s motives. Back then, however, I did not know these characteristics had labels.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Accepting my INFJ personality

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As you may be noticed, I’ve barely ever written about fashion in the last 5 years that I’ve kept this blog. This doesn’t mean I’m not keen on shopping for clothes or dressing nicely. The main reason why I don’t like to write about this topic is because in this “millennial” era, there are too many style varieties and the trends seem to last less than a year. I, on the other hand, am more fond of purchasing timeless/classic pieces. Hence, I don’t see the point in posting about what I wear if it doesn’t change much.

If I had to describe my style, I'd say I mainly dress with neutral colors: whites, blacks and earthy tones. I prefer clean cuts and avoid crazy patterns (except for a few summer blouses). I'm the type that likes to invest on certain items --such as coats and jeans-- but looks for other items in a bargain. And I firmly believe that less is more when it comes to fashion, which is why I don't do too much layering or combine too many colors. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Why I don't blog fashion + 5 trends I dislike

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I recall keeping a journal/diary as early as the age of six (I got it as a birthday present). To be honest, I’ve actually kept all the journals I’ve used throughout the years. Of course back then my handwriting was horrible, I misspelled almost everything and I’d write about unamusing events like “June 14, 2000: Today I went to the mall.” Still, it became a habit that stuck with me ever since. One of the things I’ve grown fond of is rereading my entries after months or years. I’ve found it both entertaining and bewildering -- realizing on many occasions that I’ve overreacted about little things, the type of things that wouldn’t make me upset now.

Journaling has helped me in different ways. What I’ve noticed is it’s been most effective when using notebook and pen. I’ve tried online journaling, there are great sites such as Penzu, but I rather stick to the old-school version. There’s nothing more freeing than being able to scribble your thoughts, not limiting it to words but also illustrations. (I’m sorry trees).

Sunday, July 9, 2017

5 Benefits of Journaling

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Last week I traveled to the jungle region of the country, a small city called Iquitos. According to The Guardian, it is considered one of the world’s most remote cities. There are only two ways of getting there: by airplane or by boat. There are no roads that connect it to another city due to it’s surrounding geography.

The entire experience was nonetheless unforgettable. Even though I’m terrified of insects --and oh boy, there you find all kinds and sizes-- the view was worth it. The Amazon river is simply majestic. Up from the sky it is impossible not to recognize its’ swirls in the midst of the green rainforest. While navigating in the river itself, you can feel the relentless current in the form of soft sand-colored waves. The best part of traveling to remote areas are the night skies filled luminous little dots.

So here are some photographs, 'til next time!


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Into the jungle

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Hello there! Well, a couple of weeks ago I finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time ever. I still do not comprehend why I never bothered to pick up the books when I was a kid. I was fascinated by the movies but too lazy to read all of those pages. I always told myself that I would read it soon, and then time passed by. My teen years drifted away, I stepped into adulthood and I remembered that promise I made myself so many years ago. It’s better late than never, right?

While reading the book, I couldn’t help comparing it to the movie. I enjoyed learning more about the characters, the small little details and quirks that were overlooked in the films. Before, I would always wonder how each Hogwarts House differentiated itself; while Gryffindor’s and Slytherin’s attributes were obvious, there was never an explanation on Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. Now that I’m reading it, things are starting to make more sense.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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