the second birthday of my lil’ blog

Today is my blog’s second birthday.

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Two years of babbling on the world wide web.

Two years of expressing so many thoughts and feelings that I couldn’t have expressed otherwise.

Because my stats are nothing extraordinary (actually, they’re quite dismal), I shall skip that boring-ness and simply celebrate my blog and talk about what I’ve loved/learned through blogging. Without being too boring. I hope.

green-chameleon-21532blogging has taught me how to explain my feelings in a way I hadn’t before.

Before I started blogging, I didn’t really have any way to explain my feelings. Journaling had never clicked with me before and besides that I really didn’t know how. Once I started blogging however, something clicked and being able to express myself is so wonderful. I’m pretty open with what I talk about on here, which leaves me sort of vulnerable, but isn’t vulnerability a beautiful thing?

pam-menegakis-388875getting comments is like getting flowers or eating cookie dough (i.e. it’s wonderful)

Getting comments is how I know y’all are reading my posts. Otherwise I truly don’t know. Not to mention how wonderful it is to see that someone took the little bit of time and energy to leave me a comment. It’s really wonderful. Also, in my two year experience I have only ever received on actually weird/mean comment, and that was on my  “‘Tis the Seas- Wait what?? No Christmas” in which I believe I may have hit a nerve haha. Anyways out of the many comments I’ve gotten, there was just the one I had to hold back. But seriously, guys, I’m trying no longer to care about all the other stats and stuff, but comments still mean the world to me. And besides, when I’m sad that no one comments, I can eat cookie dough to cheer up. And when I’m happy that someone commented I can eat cookie dough to cheer up. Basically cookie dough is life. #EatMoreCookieDough

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the blogging world is pretty darn cool

discovering other people’s blogs, reading all the different styles of writing, seeing the different views people have, and their ideas, and everything is so amazing. There are so many amazing blogs out there! I pretty much follow a specific type, ya know the type where the author loves Jane Austen, is a tea addict, does reviews on musicals, likes a few classic hollywood actors, etc. and I love finding more along that niche. Getting tagged for tags is fun and makes me feel loved, and it’s just a very wonderful community.

aaron-burden-25844it’s incredibly difficult to get followers, but that’s ok

Okay apparantly followers just don’t happen for me? I’ve been here for two years, and I still only have IUO:WEIFURIOEWUROIUQO{I_(*#* followers. So that is a bit depressing, but one of my blogging goals this year is to simply not care about the stats. I may not have a lot of followers but the little followers I do have are pretty awesome. Would I like to have a nice amount of followers? Well yeah of course, but it’s not the end of the world, and I don’t blog for the numbers so it’s ok, but like it would be a nice pat on the back to finally reach my goal.

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I don’t really know how my posts get written. The littlest random thing while pop into my head and BOOM I’ve got a post. Sometimes I have 30 posts sitting in my drafts waiting to get published, while other times I go months without thinking of anything good and I have to resort to my tags (not that those aren’t bomb-diggity). Also I think I currently have over 40 titles for which I don’t have an actual post written up for, simply a title I know could be genius. I guess that’s how I often write my posts, I think of a good title and the rest normally works itself out.

jeremy-bishop-102629 there are so many things I still don’t know how to use/do on WordPress

I only have one page, because even after all my research I can’t figure out how to make another one. I rarely remember how to get to my admin controls. And so much other stuffage.

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although in this post all the photos are from Unsplash

being able to share my photos and poems and such on here is a great outlet

As I mentioned earlier, I so many of my thoughts and creative abilities would be sitting idle if I didn’t have this blog. It’s so wonderful to be able to actually do something with it.

my lil’ baby is two today, so round of applause for my blog.

*throws confetti* *passes out cookie dough* *is awesome* *bows* *catches flowers* *accepts gifts in the form of million dollar checks or large bowls of cookie dough* *waves happily*

Anyways, thank you to each and every one of you who has supported and encouraged me on this attempt to be classic. My time past had been simply smashing, and I’m thrilled to watch the future of the blog.

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Happy ‘It’s My Blog’s Birthday’ day!

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and all the sudden 2018 arrived

2018

Crazy, isn’t it? That all the sudden there’s a new year. The start of a new beginning.

2016, I worked really hard making and breaking habits. I did a lot of hard work and reaped the rewards. I’m gonna be honest, in 2017, I really slacked off. But I hope to do better this year.

Normally I wouldn’t post my ‘goals’ or ‘resolutions’ but I think if I post them for the world to see, it will make me more inclined to follow through. So here goes.

2018 GOALS: 

  • Exercise daily. In 2016 I was exercising three times a day and I felt amazing. So I need to start exercising at least once.
  • Drink even more water. I drink a good deal of water now, but I should be drinking even more.
  • Eat less junk. I don’t want to say ‘go on a diet’ or ‘lose more weight’ but I just need to create a habit of eating better.
  • Arrange and follow through with an actual sleeping schedule.
  • Floss daily (yes this is how honest i am, i’m letting everyone i know know that i need to floss more regularly #brutallyhonest).
  • Apply essential oils to hair and face daily.
  • Make a weekly schedule at the beginning of each week.
  • Blog regularly, plan out posts each month.
  • Complete room decorating.
  • Earn more money.
  • Find/accept more opportunities to earn said money.
  • Smile more. Frown less. Watch body language.
  • Explain instead of express my frustrutions.
  • Become the ‘awesome big kid’ to the younger kids I know.
  • Go somewhere exciting.
  • Learn a little dancing. Whether random steps from tap or ballet, or a little bit of swing.
  • Volunteer somewhere.
  • Contact at least one family member (that I don’t see constantly) every week.
  • Go on an awesome outing with a friend or family member once a month.
  • Drink more tea.
  • Do a cleaning/organizing project once a month.
  • Be braver, take opportunities even if they sound scary.
  • Do a morning and evening stretch session every day.
  • Spend more time in nature.
  • Learn to accept compliments and criticism like an awesome warrior.
  • Get my camera out at least three times a week.
  • Create in my art journal at least twice a week.
  • Sell my crafts somewhere (my paper crafts). Etsy… a store… idk somewhere
  • Get to a point where I can do the splits. Y’all. I was almost there last year (as in 2016). But I stopped doing the stretches so I’ll now have to start from scratch. But I’m almost positive I can do it.
  • Read more books. Hopefully about 60.
  • Cook/bake more.
  • Watch sunsets. And even watch sunrises.

So that’s what I’ve thought up. Habits to make. Habits to break.  Things to do. Etc.

So what do you think? What are some of your goals for 2018? And doesn’t that sounds strange? 2 0 1 8 !!! Here’s to the New Year!

when it’s hard to be thankful

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Let’s be truthful here, life is really difficult sometimes.

And let’s be even more truthful. Sometimes it’s really difficult to be thankful.

Sometimes, you search and search and search for something to be grateful for, and nothing comes to mind.

My family and I have been enduring some really awful hardships lately.

And it makes it so difficult to be thankful.

Life is awful, so how could you be thankful? Right?

Yeah, I’m having a really hard time with life right now, and I’m stressed. Life stinks and then you die. That’s my life motto. I’m kidding, I’m kidding, it’s not. But sometimes I feel like that.

BUT LIFE IS STILL GOOD. GOD IS STILL GOOD! God is there.

And I have my family. I have friends. I have shelter, and food, and so much more than life’s necessities.

So yeah, it’s really difficult to be happy. But maybe we don’t need to be happy.

And it’s hard to be grateful when life is so difficult, and things are kicking us down, over and over, but God is with us, and isn’t that enough?

So this Thanksgiving, even if you can’t find much to be thankful for, there is enough, because God is with us.

Happy Thanksgiving, and God’s blessings.

Life is Crazy + ttfn

Agh! Life has been crazy lately!!!

We’re moving tomorrow, so we’ve been in a crazy hassle and I’m stressed and emotional about leaving the only house of I’ve ever lived, I’ve never moved before and so it has been an interesting emotional roller-coaster.

We’ve had out of town guests, and I’ve been planning a three week trip, so that’s exciting but added even more stress (in real glad I’m doing it though).

So those are some of the reasons that I haven’t been very active in the blogging world lately.

So y’alls prayers for my family and I would be very highly appreciated as we continue to deal with this crazy time in our lives.

Suffice to say, I won’t be blogging for the next couple of weeks unless I get the unlikely chance. (I’d still love comments though!) So ttfn, ta-ta for now!

Spring Wrap Up

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Well, my friends. Spring is over. It’s been over for a while (since April actually), it’s been weeks since we had cool weather. So summer has arrived. Bummer :/ But Spring was lovely while it lasted.

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Anyhow, Spring was extraordinarily busy for me. I honestly don’t really remember much of what happened in March/April, but May has been PACKED. Packed, packed, packed, packed, packed.

Well, for me at least. This was the first really busy season of, well like my life basically. It was interesting, I’m sure, to watch me flounder and trying to balance things and stuff. It was pretty stressful, and although much of it was fun, exciting, and enjoyable, it was still overwhelming. And I may be just a tad behind in school *cough, cough* ahem and I maaaaaay not be able to have much of a summer vacation…

This gif is my reaction to not having a summer vacation (even tho it’s mostly my fault) :

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But it’s been nice to be busy with things and to have so much fun, I’ve loved spending time with my friends and family and just have a good time.

And now, to hear more about my spring;

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  • I attended a Dave Ramsey seminar, and that was really interesting. He’s so funny and smart, and well, rich! Haha, but seriously that man is full of so much wisdom, and his sarcastic remarks tickle me pink. I learned a lot, and had a good time. Okay, but so it was at this huuuuuge church, and there were tons of people there. And so, when we were arriving, we were several miles away from the church, and it took us over a half hour to get just those few miles because soooo many people were trying to get to the seminar! I was so scared my mom would be upset because I was the one who convinced her to go, but she ended up loving it!
  • My sister had a birthday and although we tried our best to give her a fun surprise outing, it wasn’t a huge surprise, but it was very nice. We went to a museum and I fell in love with many paintings, and was horrified by many paintings.
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Ain’t it gorgeous?!
  • Purim (a celebration of Queen Esther’s bravery, Mordecai’s wisdom, and God’s protection over the Jews in the book of Esther) was a good holiday. We performed my second play I had written and directed (and this time I had a small role). It turned out pretty well and I was very pleased with it. The kid who played Haman, the villain, had this black curled mustache, but it kept falling off so he had to hold his head up really high and kept making the snootiest facial expressions. It was awesome!

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  • Not much at all that I can think of… Oh, my dad turned a significant milestone on his birthday.

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  • And we went to a friends house and went to this very strange place called the Sarah Winchester house. This lady was very superstitious so it was kinda weird, but the architecture is amazing.

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MAY

  • My sister, Delaney went to China. She was gone basically the whole month and just got back tonight.
  • My mom and dad had their anniversary, and I made them a nice dinner that they claimed was amazing, and I made the dining room all nice and set a nice ambiance of our families classic music 😉 I also penned a geometric whale on a canvas, and it turned out quite nice!

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  • Then I spent the night at my friend’s house and we prepared for her big birthday party we’d been planning for a long while, and stayed up very late talking. Then the next day we assembled everything and got into our costumes for her Pirate Costume Party. Let me tell you, this was by far one of the most fun birthday parties I’ve ever been to! I was ‘first mate’ and I won several games, which is a shocker becasue I don’t usually win games. I liked my costume pretty well, and it was great seeing everyone else’s! The games and food and people were all swell! I also painted her a cat. I’m not super happy with it, but she has it hanging on her wall, so I guess she liked it!
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I felt so strange in the coat and the gel in my hair and the jewelry and the make up. But it was also realy fun.
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The pretty much rotten cat I painted for my friend.
  • We went to a baby shower, and it was like woodsy themed, like mamma bear and little stuffed foxes and owls and stuff, it was so fun.
  • We went to the fair and it was so fun!!! I loved riding the rides with my friends and it was just really fun.
  • Another friend I have had a costume party, too, and it was so fun! I dressed up as Jessie from Toy Story and convinced a friend to dress up as Bo Peep. It was really a blast, making the costumes and wearing them. Although it was really warm outside, so that was a bit uncomfortable.
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My violin playing shepherdess friend ;P
  • Then I went to a violin recital my dear friend was in, she played Married Life from Up. I maaaay have teared up a might, ahem. She did wonderfully and performed so well, plus it’s just an amazing song so I have reasons.
  • And probably one of the biggest things of this month was working on my third play, Peter Pan. This was for a co-op my nephews attend. It was very fun and challenging, and I learned a lot from it. It was so fun seeing all the kids find their talents and reaching and expanding. There were some incredible actors there! I look forward to working with them again. I hope it went well and I can’t wait to see the video since I was backstage the whole time during both performances. Also, this was Peter Pan guys, and that’s one of the best stories ever!
  • We have been scurrying around trying to get our house in good enough condition to sell, so we can move to this town 30 mins away, and hopefully get this really cool house.
  • And two nights ago, I spent the night with two friends, we ate junk food and watched Narnia and laughed and had a swell time.

So that was my Spring. I’m preparing for several Summer events, but you’ll just have to wait and see until my Summer Wrap Up comes out in a few months.

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So how was your spring? Anything eventful?

Lately I’ve been…

Not doing much of anything. Which is why I’ve not been able to think of much to write. So here is a brief (or maybe not so brief) synopsis of what I’ve been doing lately.

Reading:

This rotten book called ‘The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making’. I’m actually considering giving up reading it, which I don’t do often. I’m also re-reading ‘The Bronze Bow’ with my nephews for their co-op. It’s a bit above their reading level but I’m enjoying re-reading it, as it used to be one of my favorites.

Watching:

Okay so last night we watched this movie called The Thin Man and I loved it! It was a humorous film noir, and a terrific classic. I just felt happy watching it, and I laughed so often! The main characters were wonderful, and Myrna Loy’s nose scrunch was so cute!

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And every now and then I’ve been watching an episode of When Calls the Heart, but they are so painfully cheesy! But I like them anyways…

Trying

Painting again. I recently painted another painting, I haven’t in months, and it didn’t turn out so hot, but oh well.

Eating

Too much junk. Way too much. I so need to start eating healthy again…

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Doing

Math… Makeup… My hair… whatever. Not much.

Going

Nowhere.

Loving

The lilacs and flowers all over! So lovely!

Hating

Math. So much. Urgh. It’s the scourge of my life.

xD Watching like two kids in my class do this everyday. SO RELATEABLE!!!!!!!!!

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Thinking

About how I wish I could think of something worth while to write. #un-inspired

Feeling

Kinda pointless. Life is boring right now, I do the same things everyday, like in this little circle. But whatever, I’ll get over it.

Hoping

For adventure of some sort.

Listening to

Switchfoot, lots of Switchfoot, I love those guys! And Emile Pandolfi, an amazing pianist, while I do school.

That’s all I got to say… Yep. ‘Cause I’m just over here racking my brain for anything to say, and nothing’s coming.

Signing out.

The end

Spring Whisperings

Ahhhh spring time! I just love spring time. If only it lasted longer than a week in these parts, then I would be really happy! Anyways, the trees are blossoming, the flowers are popping out of the ground, and the earth looks very happy right now.

I’m happy to say that I (finally) took every single one of these pictures! Yay! Also, special thanks to ‘Ann’ for posing 🙂

Our little family orchard’s plum trees are blossoming and it adds such joy to the scenery! I noticed them a Saturday morning (I don’t go out to our orchard very often) and ran out just as our fellowship was arriving to take pictures, and because I was hurrying, they didn’t turn out all that great, but oh well!

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My sister and I also went on a bike ride, and I decided as we were pedaling out the driveway that I should bring my camera and snapped pictures the whole ride. I took some pretty cool pictures, but for the life of me they won’t upload!!

And then my friend told me about the orchard in bloom down her street. The almond trees were absolutely amazing and gorgeous! We took pictures of each other and I took tons of pictures of the lovely trees.

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So yep. I’ve had lots of fun photographing our spring, it’s pretty much amazing!

So how is your spring?? Have your flowers started blooming yet? Remember, drop me a comment and follow along! Happy Spring!

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And in case you live somewhere spring has not started, here is aflower I made that lasts year round 🙂