Sunday, October 30, 2016

Note To Self

Note to self,

Don't waste energy on people who aren't worth your time. Find that person who likes you....not because of your clothing style, music taste, how pretty you are or how much you weigh, but because of who you are inside. Find that friend that loves you because of your heart. The one who respects your thoughts. The person who knows you better than anyone else, and the one that heard you when you never said a word. The person who makes your problems their problems, and the one that will never leave you, ever. Thats a true friend. Don't let go of them.

Don't tolerate anyone who pretends to be your friend, because, believe me, they will never amount to much. Not all your friends are going to be as close as a sisters or brothers, but don't let yourself be hurt by people who don't really care about your feelings, berate and hurt you. Don't let yourself go through that just for the sake of hanging out. Stop trying so hard for people who don't care.

Love the true friends that you do have, because they are rare as diamonds. Let them know how much you care about them. And endeavor to be that friend to others who loves unconditionally.

Friday, October 28, 2016

7 Reasons Why Extroverts Struggle Too

Yes yes, we know introverts have it rough. "Today was great until people," right? Introverts relish in sitting in the corner, eating Doritos and petting a cat at a gathering or party while extroverts appear as social zealots, gallivanting around the room conversing with everyone. But the truth is, extroverts struggle too. Yes we feel insecure and shy, and sometimes we want to go hide under a rock with Pinterest and a bowl of double chocolate oreo ice-cream, but that doesn't make us introverted. Not quite. 

1. Extroverts Can Be Shy Too (sometimes)
When I was 13, I was very insecure and hid from all human existence besides maybe my direct family. I didn't have any friends, besides like one. Yes, I was shy, but I wasn't introverted...I was simply scared of letting my bubbly self show. When I went through this "phase", I really wanted to show the extrovert I was to others, but I literally could not do it!  The truth is that people think extroverts never get shy, but thats just not the case. For me its really who I am around that determines the extent of my socialization. Like at work, I pretty much stick to myself, and I don't act too crazy or funny like how I normally am around my friends or family. When I am surrounded by adults I normally go into "adulting" mode and act mature, but when I am surrounded by other teens I can be pretty...lets just say "extroverted", and thats who I truly am.

2. Extroverts Feel Like They Talk Too Much
I talk too much. I'm probably the most chatty teen evvaarrr. I always need to be talking to someone....(I could literally carry on a conversation with a tree stump if I had to) because that is how I recharge. I feel refreshed after a social get together, a phone call or even after a small talk session with the grocery store clerk. Thank goodness for my mom! She sits through my rants and random chinwags. I honestly don't know what I'd do without her to talk to.

3. People Think We're Flirt'in When We're Just Be'in Social 
Omgosh. This is the really awkward thing about extroverts, and something I'm very self conscious about. Extroverts are excitable, and really smiley (not saying that introverts aren't) and we tend to talk in a way that may make the opposite gender think we are flirting, when we actually aren't.... I don't know how extroverts really look like when they flirt cause I haven't had that experience yet...hehehhe... but I'm sure its very entertaining.

4. Being Social With Strangers When They Don't Wanna Talk
Talking to the dude at Taco Bell being like "Hey, hows your day going? Nice weather today, huh?" and all you get is *rolls eyes* ookkkayyy...."awkward" *whispers under breath*

5. We Feel Incapable of Deep Conversation
We feel like we can't talk about deep things. We tend to be more "humorous" with private things which makes it hard to express feelings to those people we care about. Like if you wanna tell your mom that you really appreciate her, but you don't know how to do it in a seriously way, cause you just feel awkward telling her. Not because thats not what you feel, it just doesn't come naturally. 

6. We Feel Pressured to Keep The Conversation Going
We feel like we need to be talking all the time. When we go out with friends, we feel like we always need to be talking, and that silence just isn't suppose to happen. Sooo we end up saying awkward things to keep the conversation going. Extroverts care about others feelings, maybe a little too much. We hate offending people, and we don't want people to think we don't find them interesting and fun to be with, even if we don't. XD

7. We Know We Are Awkward But We Like Getting Attention
We may do rash things, and make ourselves look stupid, but we enjoy entertaining others, getting attention, and we laugh too much, but thats what makes us awesome. Almost as awesome as introverts. 

Are you introverted or extroverted?
Do you relate with any of these points? 
What was your favorite GIF?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Book Review || Surviving The Angel of Death By Eva Kor

When my mom first mentioned this book to me, I was skeptical. "Yeah, yeah, another World War 2 book again." I thought. "Just the mentioning of Nazis, experiments," But something in me pushed me to pick up the book and start reading. When I got started, I couldn't put it down. I read the book in its entirety in 2 hours. Ive read dozens of books on the holocaust and watched several movies and documentaries about the topic, but I have never read anything like this book before. This review is hard to write, just as this book was exceptionally hard to read. Eva Kor's 150 paged account of her experience at Auschwitz was haunting, shocking, heartbreaking and, surprisingly it was extremely motivational. 

Eva was a fighter. She fought to save her own life as well as her twin sisters. She outsmarted authority, and lived to walk out of the gates of Auschwitz, alive, unlike most. She had a strong will and an amazing mental positivity which fed her fight for survival, which was amazing for a 10 year old girl. This book was eyeopening to the fact of the true horrors of Adolf Hitlers reign over German in the way of the concentration camps. For one thing, I knew about the gas chambers and the massive crematories, but I had never read about the experiments done on twins in the camps. The Nazis would conduct procedures on the one of the twins, injecting a deadly disease into their blood that would eventually kill them. Then they would kill the other twin, and preform autopsies on both bodies to compare the sick organs to the healthy. Eva and her sister where in all reality human guinea pigs....Eva being the one injected with the deadly disease. The doctors also experimented with changing eye color, hair color and even the sex of the child. This was horrifying to read about. Who could do such a thing to an innocent child? No one, and especially no 10 year old should have to go through something so awful. I would say this book is graphic, not because Eva Kor's descriptions are detailed and extensive, but just because of the facts stated in the book. For this reason I would not recommend this book to anyone younger than 15. Yet, when I got to the last page of the book, Eva turns her horrifying story into a motivating, inspiring take away for her readers, reaching out to those who have been hurt. In the end she forgave the Nazi's for all they did to her and so many others. I could never do that. She wrote that forgiveness is what freed her soul from all the anger she had held for so many years. For me, thats incredible to think about. I rate this book 5 stars.  It is defiantly a must read for everyone! To watch an interview with Eva Kor where she tells her life story click here

What I took away from this book: Recently, the whole Black Lives Matter promotion has escalated massively. People are constantly calling others racist, saying they are prejudice because of their skin color. They think they are fighting for peace, saying they are oppressed and abused, when they have never really known war. People today know nothing of what racist truly means. Hitler, killed Jews. He had them burned alive, gassed, hung...beaten. He did this to children. Children. Americans today, do not know what racist truly means. A lot of people joke around with the word "racist" which really annoys me, because its not something to be made fun of. I'm not against african americans or any race for that matter, but this really made me stop and think about what the word racist really means, rather than what todays world is saying. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Stop Waiting

Patience has always been a hard thing for me.  I always need to know now. I'm always waiting to start life. I'm always waiting for that moment when I'm an adult. I'm always waiting for another day. I'm always waiting for college. I'm always waiting for something better than what I have. But, time and waiting are strange things. Time is always working, always running, never stopping. Once a second goes by, nothing in the world can make it reverse. What we do now can't be changed in the the future. When I'm constantly upset over what isn't happening at this moment, I realize that I miss out on all the things that are happening now. And thats the problem with me. I think I've got everything wrong. I shouldn't be waiting for life, because life is happening, right now. I don't realize that all the things I'm waiting for will come soon enough, and that I should enjoy my life where I am now, and while I can because one day I know I'll wake up, and all the precious things I have now will be gone, forever, and I know that I will never get them back. 

I need to cherish my family and the moments I have with them, because one day, they will be gone.

I need to be willing to accept change now, even if I don't like it.

I need to love being crazy, 16 year old, goofy, awkward, clumsy me because one day I'll be grown up. 

I need to live in the moment. I need to live today, because one day, today will be tomorrow. 

Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now. -Unknown 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

NEW BLOG DESIGN! || October Faves

If you all haven't noticed yet, I have a NEW BLOG DESIGN!
How awesome, right!? I purchased this cute design from Etsy for $7.50, last week, but it was one of those designs where you have to install it yourself. Okay, so I am horrible with machines. I can't sew, I can't mow a lawn (long story), I know virtually nothing about computers, designing blogs, not to mention installing designs. So, I texted my soul sista Julia,  and asked her if she could install if for me. And being the most awesome human being in the world that she is, she said yes, and had in installed within an hour! (It would have taken me 100 years) Thanks, Jules! You da best! *throws confetti and hands her mechanical sining thank you card*

Having a new design really brings a certain measure of inspiration. I have lots of ideas for new posts, and I even updated my about page. Check it out. Lets just spit out the old bio was wwwaayyyy too long, and boring, right? Admit it *shakes you into agreement* Reading Naomi's post, about internet bios, really inspired me to change that old stuff.

I'll stop rambling now and move onto some October Faves:

Katie Grace's post on how to plot a novel: was fantastic. I have always wanted to give NaNo a try, but I have never gotten up the nerve to actually do it. But some day, when I get to it, I'm going to use the Snowflake method she suggested.

Julias post about her music, and the JANE EYRE SOUNDTRACK : was totally fabulous! Julia got me started on Dario Marianelli a few months ago, and ever since I've been hooked on the soundtrack he wrote to Atonement, and especially Jane Eyre. If you haven't read the book. Go do it now. The movie (2011 version) is superb. The script is so beautifully written, its romantic, and heart wrenching with a good dose of suspense. I've watched the movie twice in the past few days. Thats how good it is.

Hannah's post about her experience with NaNo: was yet another great post about writing a novel. Just gathering all the info here....taking it from the experts. XD Her novel also sounds goals, and you need to go read all her ideas, cause she looks like she's on her way to being a bestselling author, and you don't want to miss out on that!

Aalyiah's post about struggles: really hit me because what she said was so true, and it really connected with me. It think everyone struggles with those self-defeating feelings, but at times we feel that it is only us, and that no one else feels the same, but really they do. Everyone does. Her post was just a really big encouragement to me, and I hope it is to you as well.

Vanessa's college vlogs: are always fun to watch! I've really been enjoying following her experience, and getting a peak into life as a college student. She's also a really awesome dancer, which you need to go check out for yourself, cause I can't describe how fabulous she is!

Well, I'm off to go drink tea from an actual tea cup and saucer, (like the cups that jitter against the saucer when you carry it. I love that noise..) and isten to my beloved Jane Eyre soundtrack, *whispers* and possibly start waltzing in the kitchen, which may or may not attract odd glances from my family.

Have a wonderful weekend, my frens!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Beauty || A Poem By Georgie

Hello readers!
Today I have the privilege of sharing with you a poem written by one of my dear friends, Georgie! As well as writing poetry she also is an amazing photographer and has taken all of the photos included in this post! Show her some love in the comments!

Beauty is in the sky above
Dancing pink clouds and
The rays of the sun.
Beauty is found after spring rain--
Sweet smelling air and
Things fresh again.

Beauty is with
The birds that sing,
Sweet harmony.

This is me.

Beauty is on the hot summer days--
When children go out
And laugh and play.

Beauty is in the swaying trees--
Dancing, swinging
In the breeze.

This is me.
Beauty is with the leaves that fall--
Red, orange, yellow,
Sun shining on all.

Beauty is in the sparkling snow--
Flashing bright crystals
As stinging wind blows.

This is me...
Beauty is in the sunset deep--
Flowing o'er horizon
Before the world sleeps.

And I see beauty in these things.

About the Writer:
Hello there, everyone! My name is Georgie. I'm a Christian girl who loves piano, Ireland, photography books, writing, music, sweaters on cool autumn days, poetry, and Swing Era dresses and dancing. One of my life verses is Psalm 119:115, which reads, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." I want to thank my dear friend Clara so much for inviting me to share a bit of myself on her blog; it has been a true joy! In Christ's love, Georgie

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Friends || Weekend Wrap-up

This Weekend:
  • This past weekend, I watched all three Lord of The Rings movies with my dad and my brother. It was my first time watching them all through, and I absolutely love them. No I know why everyone is so crazy about them. 
  • Sunday night, I had my friends over to hang out and spend the night. We sang songs by the wood stove while Abi played the guitar, ate french toast, watched Anne of Green Gables while drinking raspberry cordial, and I took a photo shoot of all these photogenic gals. 
  • I took one of my brothers on his first "date" for his birthday. We went down to the park and fed the ducks and swans at the pond, then we went out for ice-cream. 
  • Started reading A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. 
Random Quote:

Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now. -Unknown