Saturday, July 30, 2016

lately



Hello!
    I thought I'd just pop in and write up a little update about what I've been up to lately. For me, summer has been pretty lazy, and uneventful. Everything has slowed down considerably, which can be nice, and relaxing at times, but flat out boring other times. My family has gone on a few hikes, and fishing outings with friends, and we have taken a few out of town trips together, but nothing super big and exciting. I've spent a lot of time at the library the past few weeks. I've gotten a ton of books that I really want to read before the summers over, and I have to start my school reading list. Right now I'm trying to read the Illiad. I really enjoyed it at first, but its starting to get really boring, and I don't think I'm going to finish it. I'm also reading three biographies on C.S Lewis. I know, like who would read three biographies about the same person? The answer is me... XD I've finished one biography, and I'm well into the second. I love C.S Lewis. He's one of my favorite writers, and I greatly admire him. Its pretty neat to learn all of the obscure, no so well known things about his life before he became a Christian writer. The next books on my reading list are Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Brontë and The Last Lion by William Manchester. 

    The past few days, I've just been hanging around the house, watching Diagnosis: Murder, and old movies from my childhood like Pollyanna, and The Princess Bride. I've organized my closet, rearranged my room, listened to a lot of music, hung out with friends, and read a lot. Its been nice to just take a break from my normally busy life, but I'm getting restless, and I almost want school to start, and I'm even thinking of starting early. I'm getting anxious, and extremely excited about getting my drivers license in two weeks, and I'm nervous about starting college classes through dual enrollment in the fall. This year is going to be a big step up for me. Just the thought of being able to drive, possibly get a job, and tackling school is really exciting for me.

   For the remainder of the summer I'm trying to exercise more on my own. I'm trying to run everyday, and eat healthier. I attempted to do Julia's no sugar challenge, but after a few days, I simply quit:p But, I have been trying new things that work for me, like balancing my intake of food. Not eating too many carbs and trying to eat more protein. Your body needs a little sugar. I don't think its good for you to eat a lot of it at one time, but its not good to completely cut your body off from sugar either. Its pretty much impossible to go sugar free. Sugar is everywhere, its in bread and fruit and yogurt... you really can't get away from it unless you do Paleo, but who really wants to do that?! XD I'm trying to limit myself to one sugary desert a week, and I'm also trying to eat more veggies than fruit, and more protein than carbs, and drink more water. 

    At church, my mom is trying to start a kids choir with the kids club she teaches on Wednesday nights. Out church doesn't have very many kids. Most of the class is made up of my siblings *rolls eyes and laughs*, but we are working on a song for them to sing in church sometime. And since I am one of the two people that play the piano in our church, I was asked to play the accompaniment for the song. I've never played an accompaniment. I've done chord piano for my brother when he sings, but I've never played an actual accompaniment!! I'm pretty excited! Its a beautiful piece and I'm picking it up pretty fast, so that always makes the practicing process easier. I'm also on summer piano break, but I'm currently working on a tango piano piece for a master class I'm doing around Christmas. I attended the master class last year, and it was a great experience. The pianist that conducted the class is almost famous so its a pretty big deal for me that I've been invited to attend! I get nervous thinking about it! Aslkereslrek! This year is going to be awesome, and I'm looking forward for all that lies ahead! 

  So that concludes a few highlights on how I've been and what I've been up to. Now its your turn! Drop a comment down below, and tell me what you've been up to this summer. :) I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! Oh, and pop over and check out my recently updated about page if you would like. 

Until next time,


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Awkward + Awesome


Awkward:
1. Carrying 10 books under my chin all through the library, then dropping them, everywhere, all over the biography section causing a random stranger to stare awkwardly at me while I try and pick up my books in a calm, non-clumsy fashion. 

2. Quickly turning off the basement lights then darting upstairs so no one kills you.

3. That moment of silent anticipation that goes through the living room when Simon is deciding.




4. Its really awkward when you and a stranger are walking towards each other, then you try to get out of their way so you turn and they do the same, then you go the opposite way and they follow you. XD

5. Shopping at Michael's for embroidery floss (which is only like 39 cents or whatever) I had my phone and keys in one hand and a whole bunch of change in the other. My total came to 58 cents and I was fumbling around with the change....then I dropped it. It was only like three or four coins, but you kinda feel obligated to pick them up. The cashier just gave me "the face."

6. Being home alone is awesome, okay. But after you get done watching a creepy movie, alone, every sound I hear is like "oh no! here comes a serial killier!", and its like "ooookkkkkay wheres the kitchen knives?!"  *hyperventilates* #chickenheart



7. When your parents run into old friends at the grocery store, it can be quite embarrassing. You know, like the kind of friends your parents use to hang out with when you were a baby. And they're  like "Oh you've grown so much! Do you remember me?! How old are you now?" And your just kinda like "......." *grins* *blushes* 

Awesome:

1. I watched Anne of Green Gables with my mom on Sunday night. We watched the second movie in the series, and OH MY HEART. #soromantic 

2. Finding money in my clothes!



3. Spending all morning at a creek floating down inter tubes, wading in the creek and reading a book of Edgar Allen Poe poems. Nothing like it! Oh and having pizza for lunch was pretty awesome to. XD

4. Just a random thought I had today. Wouldn't it be awesome if I actually owned all the clothing items that I pin on Pinterest? That would seriously be the dream come true. 

5. I took a 7 mile bike ride with my brother on Saturday. We rode down by the river and around town, then we stopped at Dairy queen to get ice-cream. #bestweekendever 

6. Iced hazelnut lattes and bookstores. 

7. Spending some time with myself in my room, listening to music, moving around furniture, and watching old episodes of When Calls the Heart. 


Tell me about you! 
5 Random things you did this week?
What has been your favorite outing this summer?


Friday, July 22, 2016

20 Things That Make Me Happy



1. Sleeping in late
2. Art galleries
3. Lavender lemonade 
4. Going to the water park with friends
5. Spending two hours at the library
6. Pinterest
7.  Lace dresses
8. Daily hugs from my mom when I wake up in the morning
9. Long drives in the country 
10. Seeing an old couple holding hands 
11. Milk chocolate 
12. Books that take over you life when you read them
13. Watching the sun set with people you love
14. Clean dishes
15. Having a debate over who is the cutest One Direction member with a friend
16. Singing in the shower 
17. Listening to the birds
18. My piano teacher
19. Looking at old photos
20. Old movies and popcorn




Thursday, July 14, 2016

Serenity Ln.


Sometimes I just have to get away from life and spend some time with myself. To take my bike and camera and cycle the old back country roads is somewhat tranquil and comforting, after a long day. I watched the sun go down over the blue mountains, far beyond the valley where I overlooked the river and the woodlands as I picked wildflowers and took photos of the magpies and finches that capered about on the dusty road. Its always nice to be alone with nature and adore the serenity of creation once in awhile. One needs to be alone, and one with nature to recharge, then go back to life refreshed and ready for the next day. <3

-The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy
is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens,
nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be-
~anne frank

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Why I Listen To Christian Music

Secular music and Christian music are two topics that many people debate over. Is it okay for Christians to listen to secular music? Or, are Christian music genres such as contemporary, pop, or rock okay? Its all so overwhelming and very confusing to think about. Its just like--- XD



But, for us as teens living in the 21st century, we need to make these decisions, and set boundaries up for ourselves on what we let ourselves listen to, and the kinds of music that we decide not to listen to, because music effects our thoughts, actions and how we influence others. Its a personal decision that each and everyone of us has to make for ourselves.

First, I want to clarify that just because christian music has the "christian" label on it, does not make all Christian music wholesome. And just because secular music isn't Christian doesn't mean that all secular music is bad. There are some great songs out there written by secular artists that have wholesome content, and great themes, like some of Adele's songs and Ed Sheeran, but personally, I have chosen not to listen to secular radio stations, (even though I do buy some songs on iTunes) because even if I listen to those stations for the good songs, I would most defiantly come across music with content I don't want listen to. Its just not worth it, in my opinion. #unpopularopinions XD


But, I also recognize that not all Christian music is God honoring. Personally, I don't appreciate some band members that say they are "christian" yet they have lime green hair, piercings, tattoos and play heavy metal. If you are going to call yourself a Christian, and sing about Jesus, you are representing Christ. Not the world. You might as well listen to secular music. You just have to listen to your conscience. 

God created music to be holy and pleasing to Him. He didn't give it to us to dirty it up with cuss words or bad content, like some secular songs. It was created to be used in an uplifting and clean manner. But, some Christians debate over if Christian rock, pop and contemporary music is ungodly or not, and if it truly is uplifting. In my opinion I don't agree that it is ungodly at all. Personally, I enjoy it very much. 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord
-Colossians 3:16

  • In the last part of the verse, it says that if you sing with grace in your heart to the Lord, you are praising Him. If you are truly worshiping and praising Him, then what does the genre matter? If you listen to the lyrics of Christian songs, you will hear that these songs bring glory to God, they encourage our walk in Christ, and they are full of lessons from the Bible. It does not leave us to dwell on worldly thoughts, but to edify Christ. Yes, its modern and different from the traditional hymns, but even when the old hymns were first written, they were considered contemporary, and even ungodly by some people of that century. And look at those hymns now. They have some of the greatest messages, and they are very uplifting, but so is Christian music, which are the hymns of our age. 

  • Christian music is also family friendly. Its wholesome for all ages, and it sets a good standard for younger kids as far as what their music choices might be in the future. 

  • Christian music also sets up a boundary for ourselves. Say that, I was to listen to a good secular song, but it only had one teeny swear word in it, soon I would let myself think that its okay to listen to music with more and more cussing and eventually I might even start to say or think those words. With Christian music, I don't have to worry about swearing or unwholesome content, because the songs are about Jesus and not the world, and you can't go wrong with that;) 


So, this is why I listen to christian music. I know not everyone will agree with me, but thats what makes people different and unique! Everyone has different tastes and opinions;)


Phew! Talk about intense, right! XD
Here are some of my favorite Christian songs at the moment. 

Grace Wins- Matthew West
Jesus in Disguise- Brandon Heath
Diamonds- Hawk Nelson
Come to Jesus- Chris Rice
Call it Grace- Unspoken
Sparrows- Jason Gray
Soul on Fire- Third Day
Forgiven- Relient K
This Is Now- Josh Wilson
Trust In You- Lauren Daigle 
Keep Walking- Toby Mac 

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Sunday, July 3, 2016

k.e henson || quote tag


you are weakness,
and you are greatness,
all wrapped up in one
masterpiece of life,
blessed with loveliness.

-k.e henson

thank you to jordan for tagging me
i tag vanessaallie and elizabeth