Secret Meaning of Character Names

Whenever we go on vacations or to stores there always seem to be those pieces of paper with every common name on them telling their meaning and Hebrew of Latin origins. If you’re anything like me, those absolutely fascinate you. Trying to figure out if your name description matches your personality and who’s is the best. There are many different meanings behind each name. Mine, Jordan, is Hebrew if I recall correctly and often means down flowing or flow. This really has no significance whatsoever to me as I am a person and can’t exactly flow in the conventional sense. This name as you can probably guess is often derived in meaning and significance from the Jordan River which plays a big part in the bible and Christianity.

The great thing about writing your own books is that you can choose the significance and meaning of your characters names. This is a trick that a lot of really popular authors do that, and you may not have even realized it. One of the most famous examples is from Star Wars. Darth Vader, who is later revealed to be Luke’s father in one of the biggest plot twists in cinema history, his name in German literally means “Dark Father”. Writers are good at entering this subtle character hints and developments behind the scenes.

One of my favourite series Harry Potter, has a lot of these character naming tricks implemented into it. Albus Dumbledore is a really interesting one. The name itself means white and wisdom, which paired with his luscious long white beard is a perfect fit. Although the story behind the name is even more interesting. There was a go owner of Britain that when he claimed the throne became an ally of an unlikely foe, Septimus Severous. Sound familiar? Argus, which if Filch’s first name means watchful. That fits perfectly doesn’t it? Bellatrix means great female warrior, war, and a woman in power. What better for the Dark Lords first hand lady? Harry means power, a great name for the chosen one. My favourite story is of Madam Trelawney. There was an actual prophet that shares her last name in myths and stories who was cursed so that no one would believe any of her prophecies, although they were true. This was very true of Madam, who was believed to be insane by all but was very insightful and correct in her divination. Good ol’ J.K. Rowling does a very good job at things like this, these are only a very select few examples, so feel free to explore and find more Harry Potter ones on your own, you will for sure be mind blown.

In the ever popular hunger games series there are also many really cool name stories that fit the characters to a t. Go and look some up from your favourite books or tv series and put your favourite in the comments, stories like this fascinate me! So next time you begin writing a story out some subtle hints in your character name to make it a little more interesting, and satisfy the history buff in you. Happy Booking all!


How To Make The Perfect Smoothie

My new food obsession is smoothies, as you could probably tell from the title of this post. What I love about smoothies is there are so many health benefits and so many different recipe options its not just the same one over and over again. There are endless different combinations and kinds that you can make which makes them more fun to have. The only bad thing about smoothies is getting the hang of making them. Getting the right ratio of fruit, liquid, ice, and other ingredients for flavour or health can be really tricky. The list of possible ingredients and combinations are endless. The one thing to do is take time and experiment┬áto see which kinds work out and which ones don’t.

Although as I am impatient, I like to take shortcuts and see if I can find easier ways to do things. There are many tips out there of the formula for the perfect smoothie, some good and some not so much. So I complied a list of the top suggestions to hopefully help make it easier to make a good smoothie for your needs

The recipe that I usually use is 1 cup of a liquid and 1 cup of fruits or vegetables. This is perfect for a morning smoothie when you don’t need allllllll that much protein and you want that good healthy taste to keep you on track for the rest of the day. This typically makes a smoothie that is a good consistency. It is solid but still easily moveable so you can easily drink it out of a bottle.

There are many different liquids that you can use for your smoothie. Green tea is perfect for the morning because it will boost metabolism and it has caffeine to give you a morning boost. What I do is I buy the gallon jug of Lipton iced green tea and put a cup of that in my smoothie. If you don’t want to buy iced tea you can make the hot green tea the night before and chill it in the fridge overnight so it will be ready for you in the morning.

The options for fruit in the smoothie is endless. There are so many options that you can use and mostly for the fruit the combinations are just to your specific taste. I would recommend to only use frozen fruits though because it acts and both fruit and ice to give in the smoothie texture rather than just a liquid. If you do choose to use non frozen fruits than I would add some ice to the mixture to make it less liquidy.

The combinations for smoothies are endless this is just my favourite type to make, although there are many more different kinds. Protein power, cinnamon, and chai seeds can be added to any recipe to boost metabolism and flavour. Hope you enjoy your smoothies and happy cooking!