Note To Self by Connor Franta

Hello, you wonderful humans!

I’m sorry I was gone for more than a week, I was busy adulting. Anyway, I finally finally got the Note To Self book by Con and I couldn’t contain myself. Connor Franta is a YouTuber, author, photographer and an entrepreneur. I love him to bits, I liked him even more when I started to read his books and even just by reading, you can sense his personality s l o w l y.

note to self by new york times bestselling author connor franta

This book is a memoir and like many other books that I read, this one is very interesting. It’s a combination of essays, poetry and original photography.

THE COVER

It. Is. Beautiful. I love flowers so much and seeing one on a book cover is a plus when I select books to read. It is so pleasing to the eye, very minimal and it tells so much in just a simple photo. The fonts used are pretty as well and the color combination of everything in the front is overall inviting.

note to self by new york times bestselling author connor franta

THE CONTENT

I just realized that poetry, short essays and photography when combined is a whole other thing, an interesting one and I liked it. Connor’s writing feels familiar, it also felt like I was the one who wrote the book because it is simple and straightforward. I liked his essays the most, it somehow made me get close to him like in an intimate way but through his writing. There are sad chapters which I also like but felt sad right after reading, and there are happy ones that just lighten me up and makes me wanna read it over and over again.

note to self by new york times bestselling author connor franta

I love reading poems and I was surprised that he writes poems too. He usually tweets them but reading his words through paper and ink is different. He usually matches the poem with a photo that I’m guessing that he took and you guessed it, I’m a HUGE fan of his photography. He has an eye for beautiful things around and I wish I could see the surroundings like he does because his photos always turn out really well, it always takes my breath away (don’t tell him I said that).

note to self by new york times bestselling author connor franta

note to self by new york times bestselling author connor franta

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I loved this book and I hope I could meet Connor one day and thank him, hug him and cry in front of him and maybe have a selfie after I ugly cry.

I’m so proud of him and I look forward to reading more books by him in the future. 💌

✨ Pauline

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Words Are Magic

Whether the musicians or scientists said it, words and quotes have always been one of life’s greatest gifts. Understanding words have always been very difficult. I, myself enjoy reading and quotes always stay with me. I like them written on my journal, on my wall or in any notebook I have because whenever I read them, I remember what journey I had when I read that book or what song I listened to at that moment.

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I know about not less than a thousand songs in my head. I’ve read a lot of books and poems and it is amazing how those words are stored in my mind. I’ve also been called a lot of things in my 22 years of existence and it just shows that not all words are perfect. However, having read and understand a lot of lyrics from songs gave me a boost. Even a simple “Stay Alive, For Me” helped me through my days and mostly nights.

Even this photo uplifts me (Image from Tumblr)

Words are complicated but there’s beauty in them too. They have this magic that you never knew you needed. You’re having a bad day or having the time of your life? There’s always quotes for those. There’s also this specific sentence that just sums up your life, well, maybe not entirely but you know what I mean.

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I love quotes. I may not make one as good as the ones that I know but I can always use them and make many mistakes with them. What’s important is that they stay. Words are wonderful. They’re not all good but they’re also not all bad.

Did a quote just magically appear into your head?

 

✨ Pauline

Said and Done by John O’Callaghan

How often do you look back?

Really reflect on what you’ve done.

The insignificance of it all.

Pointless arguments, inside jokes, funny haircuts.

But do you ever wonder how you will be remembered?

Or if what you’ve done and what you’re doing means anything at all?

What will your songs sound like when you’re dead and gone?

Will tears fall when the last note is sung?

And how will your story be told?

And will your words leave a bitter taste in their mouths, or will they even remember you at all?

Compassion.

The concept is rather simple.

Most know what it means to be civil, but there truly is a fine line between sweet and sour.

Give too much of yourself away and you’ll be all used up, not enough and no one will be around to share this with.

So what is it that motivates us to be better, gentler, more refined?

I’d like to think it’s those close to us, close to the heart and soul.

Those who carried you to the car after you puked on their shoes.

Those who took the blame for breaking the window when it was you who cast the stone.

Those who will be by your side when reality knocks on your door, both good and bad.

But more importantly, those whose stories you will share with your kids, and grand-kids, and their kids, and their grand-kids, in hopes to somehow keep this all alive.

Chivalry, decency, kindness, compassion, desire, strength.

How will you be remembered?


Another poem by John O’Callaghan to get me through the night.

 

❤ Pauline