Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thankfulness Thursday III


Hello, beautiful friends!

Wow. It's been a week. The craziness never seems to slow down, and there's been lots of heavy stuff weighing on my heart. But sometimes, you just have to barrel through and keep praying, and that's where we are right now. And that's okay. There's always a light at the end of the tunnel.

As always, we're back with Thankfulness Thursday. Because, like I said last week- when your brain is a hurricane of a mess, breathing out a thank you can do a world of good. So here we are. Messy but thankful.

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I am thankful for laughter. The kind of laughter that makes your sides hurt, the kind where you aren't even 100% sure what you're laughing at anymore, you just know that you're happy. 

I'm thankful for days at home to recharge and catch up, no matter how rare they may be. They're the most rejuvenating thing in the world, and I am so much calmer when I'm able to have them. 

I am thankful for mornings spent reading and writing and doing Bible studies. Mornings where you get to stay, curled up, avoiding the Internet at all costs, just purely existing in a state of pure silence. 

I'm thankful for quiet nights that are technically mornings, when the world is finally still and words are finally able to be written. 

I'm thankful for scarves and sweaters and beanies, which I'm constantly wrapping myself in this time of year.

I'm thankful for little things. Boxes of cookies, finding an unused dance studio tucked away, and sunsets that paint the sky pink. I'm thankful for Psalms and journals and talking to people I love. It's a good life, friends. 

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• Thankfulness Thursday Friends 

If you take part in Thankfulness Thursday, be sure to send me your link! I'd love to share it. ♥

Daminika @ Walking in the Sonshine

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So, tell me- how was your week? What are you thankful for? ♥

Monday, November 13, 2017

Senior Updates II

sunsets are forever my favorite thing. ♥


WHEW. How have we already made it to November?? Mind = Blown. This semester has flown by. Like, in my head, it's still September. But now we're almost at Thanksgiving? I don't understand.

Overall, the semester has gone well. It's been beyond crazy. I honestly can't remember a time where I've had SO MUCH going on. It's been a lot to balance, and the overwhelm has been so real, but it's been good. Super thankful for everything, even when it's chaotic.

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L A T E L Y

If you follow me on Twitter (shameless self promo), then you know that I'm attempting NaNo again this year! I'm still honestly not sure if this was a wonderful decision or a terrible one. I really loved it last year, but this year hasn't gone quite as smoothly. I don't know if it's the story, me, or both, but it just hasn't gone as well. Here's to lots of sprints to knock the rest of the 50K out!

Theatre wise, things have been CRAZY. Last month, I crewed/prop mastered a murder mystery play, which was so much fun. We got to play around with lots of fake blood, and I was THRIVING. xD Now I'm in the midst of Christmas prep, which has been a lot of work, but super fun. I'm actually getting to choreograph a piece for our show, I'm in another piece that involves dancing with massive wings and being flipped upside down, and I also have my first-ever solo dance. We're also in the midst of competition prep, and I've been asked to choreograph that piece as well. I'm so beyond excited for these pieces, but it's definitely nerve-wracking!

I'm doing Thankfulness Thursday posts on the blog again this year! I always love this series, and it makes me so happy when you guys join in. If you decide to take part, be sure to send me the link to your post, and I'll share it!

We had the chance to escape to the beach for a few days, which was wonderful. The whole trip was filled with so many Jesus blessings, and it was the best weekend I've had it quite a long time.

I've FINALLY gotten back into journaling, which has been awesome. It's so good for me, I really need to make it more of a priority.

I also got a job last month! I'm working at this adorable local bookstore, and I'm really enjoying it. I've always wanted to work at a bookstore, so I'm so excited to finally be getting to do it!

School has thankfully been fairly low-key, for which I am SO thankful. Super weird that there are only a couple of weeks left. I'm currently trying to figure out my classes for next semester- my last semester of high school. Not going to think about that right now....

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G O A L S

-COMPLETE NANO. I am so determined, y'all. I have to finish this.

-Catch up on snail mail. If you've written me snail mail and I haven't responded yet, I'M SORRY I LOVE YOU I PROMISE. I'm going to write you back, I promise!!

-Start Christmas shopping. The fact that it's actually time to think about Christmas presents is crazy, but I really don't want to wait until the last minute this year.

-READ. I am so behind on my reading challenge. There's pretty much no way I'm going to complete it, haha, which KILLS ME. Ugh. But I'm going to get AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE I AM DETERMINED.

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R E A D - O C T O B E R

speaking of reading...

The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice- I actually won this book in a giveaway! I had mixed feelings on it. Overall, it was a good book, very bittersweet, but a bit odd. Not great, not terrible. 

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie- It was about time for me to read this! Such a classic.

All My Sons by Arthur Miller- I had to read this for school, but actually enjoyed it. It's an extremely well-written play, with a super interesting premise. 

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L I S T E N I N G

Dark Horse- Sleeping at Last
Earth- Sleeping at Last
Overcome- Elevation Worship
Countdowns- Sleeping at Last
Everything to Win- Anastasia Broadway Soundtrack
Mess of Me- Switchfoot
HAPPINESS- Acoustic- NEEDTOBREATHE
Who I'd Be- Shrek Broadway Soundtrack
I'll Keep On- NF
If You Want Love- NF

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So, how's life going for you? What's the best thing that's happened to you lately? I HOPE YOUR DAY IS GOING WONDERFULLY!! ♥


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thankfulness Thursday II


Hello, friends!

How's your week been going? Mine has been nothing short of insane- in complete honesty, I utterly forgot that today was Thursday and that I needed to post a Thankfulness Thursday post until...well, until right now. Things have been super stressful, and once again, blogging has flown to the back of the agenda. These posts are really important to me, though, and honestly they're super helpful for getting my head in the right place on the days where I feel like my brain is a hurricane of a mess. Hopefully, they help you a little, too. ♥

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This week, I am thankful for the amazing world that God created for us. I had the opportunity to escape to the beach for a few days last week, and it was the most wonderful thing. So this week, I am thankful for beaches, sunrises, sunsets, and all of the amazing things in this world. 

Once again, I'm thankful for people. I'm thankful for people who push me to keep going when I don't feel like I can, and I'm thankful for people who believe in me so much more than I believe in myself. 

I'm thankful for writing, even when it's NaNo season and the very thought of writing makes me want to pull my hair out and/or cry. It's a super frustrating thing to love, but I love it dearly, and I'm so thankful for the ability to write. 

I'm thankful for homeschooling, and the flexibility that it gives me. My life would look so vastly different if I wasn't homeschooled, and frankly, I don't like the idea of it. I'm so glad that I'm able to do the things that I do, and I'm thankful that homeschooling allows me to do them.

This week, I am thankful for giant fluffy blankets, and sweaters, and dancing. I am thankful for sleep, and brownies, and seeing friends after a long time apart. I'm thankful that even amidst all of the insanity, life is still full of so many good things.

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• Thankfulness Thursday Friends 

Vanessa @ Simply Me
Daminika @ Walking in the Sonshine
Jessica @ Apples of Gold

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What about you? How was your week? What are YOU thankful for? ♥




Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thankfulness Thursday I


Hey there, friends.

Before I get into this, I just want to go ahead and apologize. I’ve been so absent, not only here, but on your blogs and on social media as well. I am so sorry for that. I know that oftentimes, real life has to take priority over the blogging world, but consistency is really important, and I feel bad that I’ve been lacking in that area around here. I’m going to be working really hard to fix that in the upcoming month, but we’ll get into that another day.

As you’ve surely judged by the lack of posts (I have never posted only once in a month on here before. I’m mortified.), to say that this past month was crazy would be an understatement. October was honestly one of the busiest, most overwhelming months that I’m able to remember. It was filled with lots of really good things, but it was full. And it was really difficult at certain points. But that’s another thing that we’ll get into another day. (I promise, I’ll just do a full brain dump here at some point soon and fill you in on all of the insane things that have been going on as of late.)

But today, I don’t want to talk about all of that.

I want to talk about thankfulness.

If you’ve been around for a while (and if you have been, bless you), then you may remember that for the past two Novembers, I’ve done a series called Thankfulness Thursday. Generally, I would post a short list each Thursday in November of things that I was particularly thankful for that week, in an attempt to work on being more conscious of things in my life to be thankful for. This November, I want to continue the tradition, but hopefully elaborate on it a bit more. Lists are great, but I also think that it’s good to write out different situations or things that you’re thankful for in a bit more detail. I’m sure that it will vary in length from week to week, depending on time and such, but I’m determined to do this every Thursday. I would also love if you would join in as well! Last year I had several other bloggers come alongside me and do Thankfulness Thursday on their own blogs, and it was really cool to see the blogosphere erupting with gratitude. If you take part, I'll link you in my posts to share! So please, join in the fun!

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In all of the craziness of the past month,  I’ve really seen how many things there are to be thankful for, even if sometimes you have to look a little harder to find them.

I’m thankful for people. I know, I’m a complete introvert, and my mantra definitely still stands that people are terrifying entities. But I really do have some awesome people in my life. I’m thankful for people who love me even when I’m on the brink of losing my mind. I’m thankful for people who push me to get past my fears and just go for it. (psst psst love you aimee) I’m thankful for people who are thoughtful enough to randomly send me a super sweet text, and completely make my day. I’m thankful for people who listen to my rambles and laugh with me about stupid things and just make life better.

I’m thankful for opportunities. October most certainly was full of them, and while it was really overwhelming, I am so thankful for all of the opportunities that have come my way. More on that later as well, but I’m just really thankful for the different things that I get to be a part of.

I’m thankful for rest. Another thing that October taught me was just how valuable rest is. I have  a tendency to want to forget that I’m human and, y’know, ignore the fact that I need things like food and water and sleep. But I feel like it’s only when you’re engulfed in a ton of craziness that you really gain a full appreciation for those rare days when you just get to breathe.

I’m thankful for creativity. I have so many creative projects going on at the moment, and I’d honestly forgotten just how much I love it. It’s what I thrive on, and I’m so thankful that my life is such that I’m able to pursue the things that I love.

I’m thankful for a God who cares about every aspect of our lives, not just the big, dramatic parts. I feel like we have a tendency to think that God only cares about the huge things in life, but He shows up in the most unexpected places, and it’s the coolest thing to see. He is perfect in all of His ways, and watching that play out is pretty incredible.

Think about all of the things you have to be thankful for today, friends. It's pretty fantastic.


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• Thankfulness Thursday Friends 

Daminika @ Walking in the Sonshine



I MISS YOU GUYS! How's life going? What are you thankful for today? ♥