Favorite Non-Book Things | 2020

I always try to make one end of the year wrap up post about things that brought me a lot of new joy that year! This year, I did seem to find a lot of love and comfort in already established happiness, but I still thought it would be fun to make a list of just a few things that helped make 2020 a little brighter (even if #10 is truly the most cursed timeline and I have no idea so I got here but…)! ๐Ÿ’—

โžฝ 01.) Dr. Jart+ Cicapairโ„ข Tiger Grass Cream

Dr. Jart+ - Cicapairโ„ข Tiger Grass Cream 1.69 oz/ 50 mL

2020 was truly a year of me trying to find a good night time moisturizer after Drunk Elephant Lala Retro reformulated. (I still love CLINIQUE Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator and/or Tatcha The Water Cream for in the mornings!) But basically, I truly would buy a new moisturizer every two months in hopes of finding a new love, and then I finally found (my number two non-bookish 2020 happiness on this list, which lead to me finding…) Dr. Jart+ Cicapairโ„ข Tiger Grass Cream and fell so in love! But also, honorable mention to PURITO DEEP SEA PURE WATER CREAM, which my family gifted to me for Christmas, and I very much am loving it and it has a much better price tag! And I imagine the PURITO Centella Green Level Recovery Cream is similar to the Dr. Jart one, and might be better for the colder seasons!

โžฝ 02.) Beauty Within

BeautyWithin | sundays

Truly, my new favorite youtube channel of 2020 is easily, hands down, Beauty Within! Felicia & Rowena are two Asian women with two very different skin types, and they use, review, and give the best recommendations for all price ranges! They have helped me so much with my skincare journey and they are truly just the sweetest in general, on top of being the most helpful and inclusive that I’ve ever found! Rowena has also very much helped me in 2020 to stay organized, to be more productive, and even help sparked my love for Notion!

โžฝ 03.) Notion

How I'm Using Notion to Track my Life in 2020

This summer, May posted some of their Notion pages on twitter and I was instantly intrigued! I love any and all kinds of different mediums for organization, and I quickly fell completely down the rabbit hole with the rest of the book community! I won’t lie, I have fell off a little bit in December keeping up with things, but I blame that on setting up a lot of my 2021 physical organization methods! Hopefully lots of new 2021 pages soon!

โžฝ 04.) My Cat

The light of my days, always. She deserves her own spot on this list for her cuddles alone!

โžฝ 05.) Writing Letters

There are many, many reasons for this, but writing letters has been something that I have really adored doing all 2020. To my family, to my friends, to different trades in the kpop community, I just really love writing letters! And I forever want to let me loved ones know I love them in every medium. Also, save the USPS!

โžฝ 06.) Going Outside

I will never take just being outside for granted again, ever. I feel like I am still very bad at reminding myself to go outside, which doesn’t make sense because I always feel 100 times better on the days that I do. But a lot of times, when I am finally free to go outside, it is too dark. But that special time, right before it gets dark, and I can just breath in all the crisp air right now, while looking at the mountains, and hearing the river (with no boats on it, please god, I am begging), it feels rather magical and extra healing, and a lot of those afternoons have been my favorite of all 2020.

โžฝ 07.) World of Warcraft

It is so wild, because 2020 is the year I should have the most free time (from not being able to commute alone), but it is the year I played less videogames and I read less books than any other. It is very strange to think about, but I think most people were just kind of focused on surviving and learning how to live in this very different world, and valid. But I still plated a lot of vanilla wow, and my guild is still going hard in Naxx. I also play a little retail wow with the new expansion, Shadowlands, but I still don’t love it as much as classic wow.

โžฝ 08.) Jocie B ASMR

Jocie B ASMR - YouTube

Would this be a meltotheany favorites list without incorporating at least one ASMR artist? So, I started watching Jocie in 2019, but I fell extra hard in love with her in 2020, and her ASMR really got me through some shitโ„ข! She has such a range of ASMR styles, and is never afraid to try new things. I also think she is very inclusive with the items she uses, and I think she is just amazing. Also, she does do fairy ASMR, and it really works for her and I love it so much!

โžฝ 09.) jtotheimin

I couldn’t really think of how to include this, because I am still a little scared to talk about my other channel to the book community, but the last half of 2020 had a lot of happiness brought into my life because of my BTS (and a few other kpop group) youtube channel, jtotheimin. Not to get too real, but it does feels strange to be in a different online space away from books, but I feel proud that I grew something without a Goodreads following and without feeling like I will never live up to the faith people have in me. (Or… just feeling like I’m letting people down by not being able to control my anxiety better and film a new booktube video.) A lot of bookish spaces in 2020 felt really unsafe to me, and I didn’t know what to do, or if I was just going to give up everything, but learning to have confidence in myself again, and getting to talk about being seen in a different way, was really healing to me, and I am so very thankful for this channel.

โžฝ 10.) Survivor

Survivor28logo.jpg

Listen, I really don’t know how I truly got here, but I have currently watched almost ten seasons of this damn show and I can only blame only leaving my house once in almost a year. Basically, two seasons dropped on Netflix and one of those seasons was set in the Philippines, in the north province of Luzon (Cagayan), and I was like “why not?” but it truly awoken something in me. Well, after I unexpected cried my eyes out because Cliff Robinson was on that first season I watched, and it truly was the heartbreak I didn’t see coming. But the TL;DR is that I am not emotionally, unstable, invested in Survivor, and I am currently using my parents Hulu membership to continue on with using my precious reading time to watch this show and get upset when they vote the wrong people out.

The way I am truly giggling after writing that last one. 2020 truly just threw all the curveballs, aye? But I hope you enjoyed this post, and maybe something on this list will interest you and make your 2021 a little more fun. Tell me something non-bookish that made you happy last year! And I’m sending you all so much love and light always. Happy reading (and watching questionable shows)! ๐Ÿ’—

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22 thoughts on “Favorite Non-Book Things | 2020

      1. Haha! Ahh I can never answer that question because I love them all so much! It’s really hard to have just one BTS bias! Tbh my bias changes weekly (right now it’s Tae). โค They are all amazing in their own way. XD OT7! *lol*

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  1. Notion! And cats!! Aaaah!

    This is such a lovely idea, I might write a list of non-bookish things that made my year happy too.

    And congratulations on your jtotheimin channel! Just subscribed – I just got into BTS last December dfsdgfgdfg lmfao.

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    1. ……. my heart at this whole post? i can’t believe you just hit me with that? whewwww baby! i love you! i can’t wait to see your fave things! and… i can’t wait to watch your bts journey!! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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  2. Melanie, you are such a bright light and Iโ€™m grateful for your energy and friendship. Your cat is adorable and Iโ€™ve loved seeing you grow your kpop channel. Your happiness is everything! ๐Ÿ’– Love you so so much ๐Ÿ’—

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  3. I LOVE YOU and i’m so happy that i could introduce some happiness into your life via notion. (also the they pronoun usage……. my heart ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“) your cat is so cute, i loved jocie b asmr on your rec, and i can’t wait for you to have the best year in 2021!!

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  4. I switched to a vegan, organic moisturizer last year. I am pretty happy with it. I donโ€˜t think they are available outside of Germany though. Not sure… they are called Annemarie Bรถrlind.

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  5. this is already one of my favourite blog posts of 2021 ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ as I said, my list would’ve also included your cat and jtotheimin.. and then it also would’ve included meltotheany, Melanie, my soulmate, my best friend, the jimin to my tae. that’s seven things. the rest would’ve been tae, hobi and joohoney.. okay goodbye ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ’œ

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