Now, if you do not know me personally, you have no absolute clue what I’m talking about. If you do know me and what I’m going to go off about, you might as well stay since you’re already here, but I apologize in advance if you are hearing this for the 3rd or 4th time…he heh…
My birthday is coming up. I am turning sixteen. *cue exasperated sigh*
Don’t get me wrong, birthdays are awesome and I’ve spent them usually with either my family or best friends, having a good time, eating food. (food is the key to a grand birthday)
So why is this birthday different and full of controversy?
I don’t think 16 is that big of a deal. There, I said it. But before you go off on me about how 16 is the best birthday, let me explain why I think 18 (Even poor 17) should be more appreciated.
Reason No. 1: At 16 you can drive, but at 18 you can drive *dramatic pause* alone
I don’t know about where you live and what driving laws you have, but here in Michigan, you have to be at least 18 to drive alone. Without another human in the car. This means you can listen to whatever music you want.
Just kidding, that’s not the real reason (but it is A reason…)
Yeah, sure, you are eligible for a license at the age 16 but going back to my previous paragraph, you have to either drive with an adult or other people at that age.
Which is fine. Juuusst fine.
At 18, you can take the drivers test alone (with parents approval. (Oh wait, you’re an adult now. Nevermind.) AND you can drive in the car alone.
Reason No. 2: You’re an adult now.
You can’t drink, (I have no intention of this but others do so rock on you) but you are considered a legal adult in the USA.
And guess what you get to do when you are an adult…
That’s right folks, you get to VOTE! (can I get a whoop whoop?)
Voting is something that is, let us say, dear to my heart. I am a feminist. I am a supporter of women’s rights and support those of the LBQT+ community. I want to be able to have my say in what I want or think would be good and fair for this country or state. Do you agree?
Reason No. 3: 16 is overrated.
Again, don’t get me wrong and think I am whining about my birthday. I just think that since a lot of girls and boys celebrate their “Sweet Sixteen” already, why not switch it up and celebrate the more (in my opinion,) momentous number 18? No? Well, it isn’t for everyone I guess and that’s fine…
If you have read this and decided that 18 is better than 16, kudos to you!
But if you haven’t, it’s totally okay because that’s your opinion and I don’t tell you whats right or wrong 🙂
With all that said, I hope you have a super-fantastic-extraordinary Saturday! (or Sunday)
Now based on the title, one just might assume I want to change the world or at least, have a part in changing it.
Well, to the one who assumed that, you win a cookie!
As I mentioned in my most recent “Monday Quote”, I talked about an app and foundation called Claim Your Campus, or CYC for short. (You can read the quote here)
One of the founders of that app came to my youth group on Sunday night and talked about how he and his team want to change the world through the power of prayer.
Can you say “Awesome” ?? (Yes, you can, go right ahead.)
Now this man, he was so passionate about his dream and mission to change the world, it really set a fire under everyone’s butt! Sorry, I couldn’t think of another phrase that I had pictured in my mind…
He was a very encouraging speaker and you could tell that he wanted to share the love of Jesus with everyone he could, for as long as he could. When he talked about consistent prayer and the Trinity, he kept everyone so engaged and ready to live our lives for God!
I will definitely think of that night whenever I pray or someone needs prayer. ❤
So now that we’ve got CYC done, let’s talk about the other half of this titled post, “Changing The World”.
Okay, so one person can’t change the world, (so I’ve been told) but they can certainly make an impact on the people living in and on our world! (and some can certainly change it, good or bad)
Take Malala Yousafzai as a world changer. She was a girl who loved school and came from a small village in Pakistan, where later girls were banned from school! What did she do about it? Sit at home with her family, only thinking about making a change? NO. She got up and took a stand for herself and the girls in her village and country.
After taking her stand for girls she was shot in the head. People across hundreds of countries were instantly stopping what they were doing when they heard what happened and started praying for Malala.
Did getting shot in the head stop her mission and hope for change?
No. It only made her fight for justice more fervent.
Since then, she has been helping girls all over the world get their right to go to school and learn. All over the world. Not the whole world, but it’s getting there.
See what prayer can do? It helped make a movement in changing our world into a better place for kids and even adults to grow up in.
Next time someone or something needs your prayer, don’t put it off and forget about it. It could quite literally change someones life in a way only God could imagine.
And if you want to make an impact on the world? Go on and shoot for whatever star you want, but remind yourself that those are God’s stars and He will lead you to whichever one He has set for you, not what you think is right. (But still, go on and be a world changer, I believe in you ❤ 🙂 )
Today I thought I would show you my playlists and some music that I listened to in 2018.
Most of this playlist is chosen by my sister and also twin, who wants to go by Twin. (I know, just nod and smile with me) She is the one who tends to shove weird and new genres of music in my face and then I slowly start to appreciate the songs she chose.
Before we start, I want to set a little disclaimer that some of these songs are weird or have meanings and I will put a little blurb of info below it to explain that song. (sorry, that was a long run on sentence)
LET US EMBARK ON THIS MUSICAL JOURNEY! (Twin thinks the word ’embark’ is too extra. I disagree. What’s your opinion?)
+ In My Blood – Shawn Mendes + Classic – MKTO + the Greatest Showman soundtrack (Because who hasn’t listened to this a thousand times??) + Oblivion – INDIANS + Lost In Japan – Shawn Mendes + Simple – Florida Georgia Line + Malibu – Miley Cyrus (I don’t care for this song but Twin does so I put it in here for her sake) + Fancy Shoes – the Walters + Eventually – Tame Impala (there is a cover sung by the artist “Lucius” who sings it with less severity) + no tears left to cry – Ariana Grande + Country Roads (Take Me Home) – John Denver + The Woods (Acoustic version)- Hollow Coves + Concrete Jungle (Acoustic version) – Au/Ra + Say My name – Destiny’s Child (As Twin spouted off this song, she sang it with great gusto) + These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore, Dan Caplen) – Rudimental + I Like Me Better – Lauv (Twin and I fought back and forth on this song but she won because it was constantly playing from her tablet speakers) + Kansas City – the Mowgli’s + Baby Shark – Pinkfong (I just had to put this on here, sorry) + Waltz for John and Mary – David Arnold and Micheal Price + Hit or Miss – Jacob Sartorius (Twin requested this one. Don’t judge me) + Love On Top – Beyonce + Africa – Toto (One of my all time favorites, I must say) + You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi + Long Way Down – Tom Odell + lovely (with khalid) – Billie Eilish + Revolution – UNSECRET and Ruelle + River Of Tears – Alessia Cara + The Night We Met- Lord Huron + How Could You Leave Us – NF + Glorious – Rise Cast + September – Earth, Wind and Fire + We like to Party! (The Vengabus) – Vengaboys (Okay, call me crazy, but before you say anything, go search it on Spotify or Youtube. After you’ve heard it, THEN you can call me crazy!)+ + High Hopes – Panic At The Disco + Waves – Dean Lewis (Twin’s favorite song. Ever.) + Flowers – The Deli + Chances – Backstreet Boys + Sweater Weather – The Neighborhood + Heaven’s Not To Far – We Three + come out and play – Billie Eilish (Another of Twin’s choice)
Okay, there you have it! My (our) 2018/favorites playlist. I hope you enjoyed reading and find some new songs for your own 2019 playlist.
I just got my last baby tooth pulled (sorry if you’re squeamish) and my language skills are not to savvy right now. I’m a talker and not talking is kind of torture for me, so as I was getting all numbed up in the dentists chair “Hey, why don’t I write a blog post? At least I can still speak my mind!”.
So here we are, a short while later, my jaw sore, cheeks numb and one less tooth in my mouth.
Since it is indeed winter and some people (including me, even though I adore the snow and chilly weather) do not enjoy going outside. Instead, I read tons of tons of books to keep myself from going stir crazy 😛
The books I am choosing contain some of my all time favorites, as well as some newly released books or all around classics. It was hard for me to choose only five, but I had to narrow it down from my whole bookcase to a handful so that you wouldn’t get too bored.
Now, onto the books!
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series are amazing and I will never tire of reading about all of Harry’s, Ron’s, and Hermione’s magical adventures, no matter my age.
The reason I started out with this series is because the books can sustain you for a good, satisfying time and they give you a lot to think about after reading them. I learned, thanks to J.K. Rowling, that no matter your age, you can still have a wild and creative imagination.
I’ve read this series 5, going on 6 times and I STILL am so entertained and fascinated by J. K. Rowling’s world of magic. My mom started reading to my twin and I were 11, the age harry was when he went to Hogwarts, and we were HOOKED.
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
For some of you, this may be an easy read, but it is always worth reading it because it gives multiple valuable lessons about life and tells a lovely tale about two unlikely friends coming together.
In some copies and publications of “The Secret Garden”, pictures are included! I’ve read a couple different styles of the book and each one has had their fair share of art.
Some are pencil sketches, others are watercolor, but each one looks amazing and helps people picture the amazing story of Mary’s life more clearly.
Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Oh how I love a good Sherlock and John adventure…
Disclaimer – I haven’t read all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery crimes, but the ones I have read? Some of the best stories I’ve ever laid my eyes and mind on.
A few of the more well known titles include: A Study in Scarlet, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and His Last Bow.
The tales of Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are and will be a wonderful and intriguing classic for years to come, for ages of all sorts.
Fierce – Ali Raisman
This is one of my favorite books that was ever given to me. My friend (you know who you are 🙂 ) gave it to me for my birthday last year and I LOVE IT.
Ali Raisman, if you don’t know, is an American gymnast who competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Her book is written in a sort of a diary/biography/memoir all rolled into one inspiring and amazing book.
Ali talks about everything from her childhood, gymnastics, feminism, and to how she was sexually abused as a young teen. She talks about how to be and live a fierce, brave, bold life and not to back down to challenges in your way.
I really REALLY hope you check this out at your local library or even buy it!
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
This book is full of sorta-cheesy teen/ YA romance and it’s lovely.
Every time I read this book, I’m always inspired and want to write my own stories and make more friends (because you can never have too many).
The other reason I love this book is that the main character has a twin. And I have a twin. So when I read the book, it’s like, double twinning is being achieved.
Rainbow Rowell (yes that is her real name, I promise) is an amazing and fantastic author. She is always very descriptive, creative, and very, very relatable. Her other books (which I also highly recommend for your TBR pile) are: Landline, Eleanor & Park, Carry on, and Attachments.
I hope you find some time in your life to read these books. Each one holds a special place in my heart for a different reason and I always love sharing them with people.
This past year has been one of my best, If I’m being honest.
So many wonderful and life altering things happened in 2018, I could fill up a book! For your sake, I won’t do that. But I will tell you the top 5 things that I think are most monumental from this past year.
Ready? Here we go…
No.1 – I figured out what I want to do in life.
I want to be a farmer. A farmer of what, I’m still not sure, so I am working on that aspect of it. I know that a lot of people don’t know what they want to do in life until they are older and already have a different job, so I am so pleased I found what fills me with so much joy and passion.
I have been given loads of opportunities to pursue this dream and passion by so many friends, family, and places, I feel so thankful for them and the places I’ve been able to go and seek out the knowledge I want and need. 🙂
No. 2 – I started the process of getting my license!
This is always a very exciting and important time in anyone’s life and I can’t wait to finally grasp hold of that little plastic card and drive like the wind! (And by wind I mean the gusts of air I get from going 26 MPH in a 25 MPH zone because I’m crazy like that. )
No. 3 – I have made so many new friends!
If you ask any of my close friends, I love talking and being around people. A lot. So it’s fairly easy and fun for me to make friends and I have made some of the BESTEST (is that a word? I don’t care) friends in THE. WORLD. All of them are wonderfully perfect and I love them. Plus, I’ve grown even closer to all of my best friends, which is awesome.
*One of my new best friends Eleanor, runs Pointe To Christ blog. (which is awesome go check it out. I’ll put a link down below.)
No. 4 – Musical happenings.
Even though I am homeschooled, I am in a band, which surprises some people. I play the alto saxophone and at the beginning of the year I was placed in advanced band, which for me was very exciting. I thought I’d linger around the lower levels for a while but my instructor thought I could handle the audition and I got in!
I also am getting the opportunity to try out for marching band in the summer of 2019, which I am stoked about. Although, I am not the best at memorizing music so it might be more of a challenge for me but hey! A challenge can be good, right?
No. 5 – Faith.
This past year, I have grown stronger in my faith and love for Jesus. I’ve found great comfort and peace with Him and am excited to pursue and gain more knowledge from the Bible and from God through whatever He does for me.
I’ve always set myself big New Year’s resolutions and they have always failed to exist after about a month or two. This year, let’s try and go for some more chill goals, hmm?
I exercise in the summer, but shouldn’t it be year round? Yes.
I think I’ll make a little calendar or something to help keep me on track. I might try out yoga…what do you think?
This is not a top priority, but it interests me as a human being, okay?
I have both a skateboard and longboard so I have hopes to learn some tricks and to improve my skating abilities all around. I have also recently acquired a snowboard so that should be fun to work on once it starts to snow, that is. (come on Michigan, what’s the hold up??)
Ahh books…One of life’s greatest pleasures…
I have a TBR list all ready to go for the new year and I plan on re-reading a ton of my favorites! I hope to further expand my reading boundaries and touch on subjects and genres I haven’t read or looked at before.
I already have known plans to travel in 2019, but I still want to put it on here because I am not the most adventurous type of person. I want to go on road trips, camping , hiking in places I haven’t been before.
In a couple years, my family is making plans to go to Europe for a while to visit some friends, so that is something to be excited about. I can’t wait to go! (even if it means facing my fear of flying and heights! Eep!)
I hope you enjoyed reading about my 2018 self reflection. I’ve been on lots of adventures and plan to have lots more in the coming year!
2019 is just around the corner and you know what that means…
Picking apart dozens of books and scouring the internet to find the best possible word to help you conquer the coming year!
Completely what you had in mind, am I right?? If not, let me explain.
Word hunting is something my family has done for the past year or so and it is really fun. Some of our friends introduced this tradition to us a couple Decembers ago and we loved the idea of it!
Basically the idea of word hunting is that at the end of December/early January, you go looking for a specific word online or in a book. You are looking for a word to keep you ‘in check’ so to speak. So that you can keep in the back of your mind, so that it can help you look at life a bit differently or help change things (like your attitude towards things) during the year.
An example is my word from this year, which is “stop”. Now, I’m not saying I have a bad temper, but *whispers loudly* I have a quick and bad temper. So the reason why I chose this word is that whenever I would get mad or annoyed at my siblings or anyone in general, I would think of my word (stop) and it would help me think “okay, stop. calm down, take a breath” in the midst of my anger. My chosen word has helped me in the past with more situations than I could have anticipated, which I think is one of the points of this exercise.
Picking a “word of the year” is a really fun task and is even MORE fun if you do it with your family. The way we do it is that we all gather in a room and we all grab a book AKA our big ol’ dictionary, or tablet and we all search for our new word and write them down. Sometimes we find them immediately, while others take a couple days to find.
Your word doesn’t have to have some deep meaning behind it, but it should have some purpose behind it. The point is that the word you choose can help push your boundaries and explore your possibilities.
To conclude, here is a list of 5 ideas and inspiration to help you make the most out of your word of the year!
This is probably not a helpful start, but find a word. Remember, it has to have the purpose of pushing you and your limits. What are you afraid of? You could base your word off of a fear/s you have and try to conquer that said fear/s.
Once you have found your word, study it. Use a dictionary, find your word in the bible, look at your word from another language. What does it mean or look like in another language?
Keep a journal or notebook. Write down what you are learning from your word and how you can improve upon it. Write down experiences, lessons, and failures regarding your word.
Make a Pinterest board based off your word (because I know you and love Pinterest* as much as I do). Maybe you could even make an actual vision board using magazine cutouts or print things off your computer. This is a fun activity for both young and old ages to do together or separate.
Find a bible verse that connects your word to its purpose. I enjoyed this task using my word (which was stop). This was the bible verse I chose to go alone with it:
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19
What is your word of the year? Why did you choose it? I’d love to chat about it down in the comments or you can contact me through email.
Good morning! (Or evening depending on where you live…) I thought you should get to know me a bit more, seeing as I’m new to this world of blogging and to all of you! I hope you like learning about all the weird and random things about me!
1- I have read the Harry Potter book series 4 times, going on 5.
2- I LOVE hot drinks, but I like green tea, black tea and black coffee the best.
3- I love little kids. Their laugh, their innocence, everything!
4- I have a pet cat named Jovie but we rarely call her that. It’s either Kitty or Cat.
5- Winter is my favorite season.
6- I do NOT like eating fish.
7- I love writing. Fantasy, fan fiction, realistic happenings, you name it.
8- My favorite song from The Greatest Showman is “From Now On”
9- My favorite book that is NOT a series is called “The Color Project”
10- I’ve only been to 3 US states, but I have been to Canada.
11- I play four instruments: Saxophone, piano, ukulele, and flute. I also dabble in cello.
12- My favorite colors are black, yellow, dark red, and blue.
13- I have green eyes (although my sister would argue this).
14- My handwriting is terrible. (I try and make it pretty but it doesn’t work)
15- I love singing, but I am not very good at it.
16- I want to do something in the horticultural/agricultural business when I am older.
17- I am can be very shy at first, but once you talk to me I’m very chatty and outgoing.
18- My favorite animals are chickens, cats, and any kind of bird.
19- My favorite band AT THE MOMENT is (it changes every 5 minutes) Panic! At The Disco.
20- I’ve never gone water skiing. But I have gone snow skiing.
21- I have a fear of heights.
22- I used to collect EVERYTHING as a young child. I mean, I still do, but it is controlled collecting. (It was a problem. I could have been eligible for that “Hoarders Buried Alive” show, I swear)
23- My favorite candy is either Reese’s cups or a Hershey’s with toffee inside.
24- My favorite songs are Hallelujah and High Hopes by P!ATD, Broken Vessels by Jess and Gabriel or Salamander Eyes by James Newton Howard.
25- I have a very deep fear of man-made mechanical things such as planes, bridges, elevators, and boats.
26- I wear glasses. (I know, in my picture I’m not wearing them but I do. They are black.)
27- I love big, baggy sweaters with a passion.
28- I have a book obsession and have two and a half bookcases filled with them.
29- My favorite flowers are Daisies, Black Eyed Susan’s, or Hyacinths. (Hyacinths smell the best)
30- I’ve never been bitten by a snake. (And don’t plan to in the future)
31- I drink coconut milk.
32- if I could pick a fictional world to live in, I’d choose the Harry Potter universe because it’s AWESOME.
33- I love sports very much but I am not very good at them. I am good at watching them though.
34- My favorites sports are basketball, soft/baseball, football and lacrosse.
35- I love to draw, watercolor, sketch, sculpt, or do anything art related.
36- I am terrified of thunderstorms.
37- My dream is to one day own a farm of sorts and teach people about horticulture. (Horticulture is the art or practice of garden cultivation and management.) I also want a greenhouse.
38- One of my favorite food is grilled zucchini, squash and tomato. (Try it. Your life will never be the same)
39- I live on the short side of life. (5’2”)
40- I love love LOVE plants. My favorite is either the Aloe plant or the Hyacinth flower.
41- My favorite smells are old books, bonfires, christmas trees, dirt and freshly mown grass.
42- I’m a sophomore in high school.
43- I am homeschooled and have been since the 3rd grade.
44- I am 15 years old.
45- I LOVE FANTASTIC BEASTS. A LOT.
46- I have shoulder-length brown hair.
47- I tend to wear dark clothes but love colored things just the same.
48- Marvel is amazing and my favorite Marvel character is Hawkeye.
49- I am right handed but wish I was left handed.
50- I love the rain. The smell is the best part.
51- I love making people happy and laugh.
There you go! I hope some of them made you smile 🙂 Let me know in the comments what traits you and I share (or don’t!).