15 Things to Keep in Mind

IMG_4896 - CopyKind of a random post today, but here are 15 Things to Keep in Mind!

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1. God is always in control. Nothing takes him by surprise. (and isn’t that such a relief!!)
2. Yeah, maybe you’re not as healthy as you can be, but at the same time life is short. So maybe try to be healthy sometimes, but also eat fries. Because fries are really, really good.
3. You should get excited about stuff. Even little things like, “I GET TO HAVE CEREAL FOR BREAKFAST MY LIFE ROCKS!!” It makes life more exciting and happier.
4. You’re not going to die before your time… and if it is your time, you’re not going to live. No matter what. It sounds really morbid but I think it’s also really reassuring.
5. Try new things. You’ll regret not trying something more than actually doing it. (Probably.)
6. Sometimes even if you think it through before you say it, when you say it is still doesn’t sound good.
7. Sometimes people aren’t very nice, but don’t let them bring you down. They aren’t worth it.
8. Give someone you love a hug. It’ll make you feel warm inside. (unless they don’t like hugs and end up punching you or something. I went to kiss the dog on his head the other day and he punched me in the face. So you know. Sometimes things happen.)
9. It’s okay to be serious. Sometimes things call for it.
10. But it’s good to be able to make people laugh.
11. It’s okay if you do something on accident and make people laugh—even if they’re laughing at you (assuming this isn’t some sort of abusive relationship) join them. It makes it better.
12. Don’t be ashamed of the things you like. (and if you genuinely are, maybe you shouldn’t like them.)
13. You should watch Anastasia at least once in your life (if it’s your kind of thing. My dad would want to pull his eyes out.) I should watch this movie again for like the 999 time.
14. Sing. A song you made up, or whatever you want. But you should sing every now and then.
15. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve been given (but also sometimes seems to be some of the most unhelpful XD) is “Pray about it, and then do what you want.”
So there you go. 15 things to keep in mind!
A bonus 16: if you’re going to buy chips and ice cream or something like that, don’t get the low fat or the diet kind. If you’re going to eat junk food, eat real junk food. This fact is thanks to my mom, who stopped me from buying low fat potato chips.

What’s your favorite one? Anything you think should have been on the list that I left out? 🙂

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King’s Blood by Jill Williamson~ Book Review

Back Cover:

In the second volume of Jill Williamson’s Kinsman Chronicles, a remnant has escaped the destruction of the Five Realms and now lives on several hundred ships adrift at sea. As a flock, they sail north into the unknown in hopes of finding land that might become their new home.

As the king’s illness worsens, Sâr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, and dark magic endanger his life.

One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania?

My Review:
I read the first book in the series awhile back, and I had decided it wasn’t for me. I love so many of Jill Williamson’s books, though (I consider her one of my favorite authors!) I had to give this series at least another try.

Honestly though, this series isn’t for me. There are too many characters, it’s hard for me to keep up with them all and remember who they are and why they’re important. That was the biggest thing for me about this book.

There were parts where I didn’t want to put the book down because I need to know what’s going to happen next but sadly the majority of the time I had to force myself to read it.

So many things happen in this book, if you read and liked the first one I definitely recommend you read this one as well!

Once again Jill Williamson shows her talent as she goes into detail about this world she has created and wants her readers immersed in.

I’d give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

I got this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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What I Learned my First Semester of College

I’m basically a real adult now that I’ve finished my first semester of college (haha, that’s a lie. I mean, I DID finish my first semester of college, but I don’t know about the ‘real adult’ part. 😉
What I learned my first semester in college:
When I first started college I was really nervous and not really looking forward to it at all. I was homeschooled my whole life and I wasn’t sure exactly how different it would be being in a classroom with several different students, and having a teacher that’s not my mom (and I therefore don’t want to talk to… especially because of said other students) and it didn’t help that literally like every college student that has ever breathed complains about school. (Thanks, guys, it’s really encouraging…)
So like a nerdy homeschooler, I sat down in my math class the first day of school. I opened my empty notebook and gotten my freshly sharpened pencil ready, and…
The teacher basically read us the syllabus. She went over each page and explained it clearly. She seemed nice. Her smile made me think of Anna Kendrick. My first day of notes looked something like:
1. No phones in class
2. Raise your hand before asking questions
3. And so on…
Did I really need to take notes? No. I already established I was nervous, though, and I figured I had nothing else to do, haha.
That math class was the only class I had in person, but during my first semester I also had two English classes, and one College Success Skills class all online. I could go into detail and complain about how my College Success Skills class and one of my English classes was really dumb. (In one of my English classes we learned about marijuana for two weeks? I am still trying to figure out what that has to do with English!)
While I don’t want to say I didn’t learn things in my one other English class, my favorite class was math class. (which is weird if you know me because up until like a week ago I was adamant that I’m not a math person.) I really enjoyed that class though, and my teacher, and then I started my summer semester—a math class as well and so far I’m doing really well in it—so I guess I sort of am a math person? Who knew! (Besides my mom who is a genius and told me all along I did fine, if not well, with math in high school.)
Anyways, one day I got up in the morning, it was a school day. I didn’t feel well though and I really didn’t want to go to school. I was determined to go to school, though. So I went.
And I got my mind blown.
The teacher started talking about Fibonacci, and while I can’t explain it well enough, I’ll try.
Fibonacci is where you start off with 0,1 and you add the 0 and the 1 and you get 1(so it would then look like: 0,1,1) and then you add the 1 and the 1 and get: 0,1,1,2. Then you add the 1 and the 2 and get 3 and it would look like: 0,1,1,2,3.
You keep taking the last two numbers and adding them to get the next number.
Eventually it would look like: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144… and so on.
At first I was less than impressed because, can’t you start with anything and add anything to it? You can start with a 2 and add a 5 and get 7, and then add 5 and 7 together and so on. (2,5,7,12) but then she explained it even more.
Fibonacci is a sequence of numbers, but it’s a sequence of numbers that show up all around us. It shows up in nature all the time! The Fibonacci sequence is related to spirals and you know how leaves can grow in spirals on plants? Plant leaves grow in spirals so that each leaf can soak up as much sun as possible without blocking any beneath it! And in seed storage plants use Fibonacci to store as many seeds as possible in a small space!
Now, I realize I’m not explaining it well at all. So you should look it up yourself. I recommend YouTube videos (because I’m a visual learner—another thing I learned in college!).
But the reason I was so blown away and amazed by what little I understood about Fibonacci is because for the first time in my life (not an exaggeration at all) I viewed math as a science not as… torture?
It made me realize, God made math. It wasn’t just a bunch of evil bored people who were like “Lets make innocent children cry” but more like, “Our God is so big let’s try to unravel a piece of this world He created.”
And you know what else is cool?
We have algebra, and calculus, and Fibonacci. We have too many different types of math to count! But all of that added together and we don’t begin to uncover a piece of what our God has made.
And you know what the best part is?
The same God who made math, who made Fibonacci, who thought up having plant leaves grown in a spiral so they would each get as much sun as possible… He didn’t stop there. He decided the world needed each one of us as well.
And that’s what I really remember learning from my first semester in college.

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What’s Next?

So you graduated.
You’re going to walk across the stage, be handed your diploma, and beam as you walk off the stage.
People will ask you, “What next?” (but let’s be honest they’ve been asking that for a long time, right?)
If you’re anything like me, you’ll say, “I don’t know. I was thinking about this idea I had but I don’t know if I like it enough to resign myself to being stuck doing that every day for the rest of my life.” (probably not word for word, but the same sentiment.)
You’ll probably meet people who will have (what they genuinely think are) good ideas of what you should pursue. “You need to go to college so you can get a good job.” Not necessarily.
I once told someone I was thinking about being a high school history teacher and she said, “You don’t want to do that!” (She pretty much had the same reaction anytime I told her something I was thinking about pursuing now that I think about it.)
If you’re anything like me, you want to have a plan. You would be pleased beyond measure if God said, “Okay, so here’s the five year plan.”
But…. He didn’t. At least for me.
So then it wasn’t just other people asking, “What’s next?” But me too. “What’s next, God?”
It was easy (and still is if I let myself!) to get stressed about not having a plan, or having a plan, but not sure if it’s the right plan.
I’ve heard people say things before like, “You can edit a blank document!” And it’s true. The idea being you should write what you want and just fix it later. I think it can be the same for a plan (this isn’t an excuse to do whatever you want.)
You can always have a plan and change it later. Has anyone in the history of the entire world actually have some go 100% according to plan??
So, I’m here to say, if someone asks you, “What’s next?” It’s okay to respond with, “I don’t know.”
It’s not okay to use that as an excuse to do nothing, to try for nothing. But it is okay to say, “I don’t know” as you pray, and work, and try. It’s okay to think that as you go to college, or work at your job. It’s not an excuse, or an end at all! It’s a beginning of something.
So, what’s next?
I don’t know.
Who knows what the future holds? God. And in the end, that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?

(and congratulations, graduates of class 2017!!)

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Currently~ July 2017

Hi! *waves*

I don’t know if I should apologize for the crazy long break I unexpectedly took or just awkwardly ignore it…. So yeah, I haven’t died yet.

Anyways, I lot has happened since February, I’m going to catch you up on some of it!

Reading…

Glass Girl by Laura Anderson Kurk

I’ve barely started and so far I love it! Weird fact? I’ve had it for a couple of years but haven’t read it yet because at first I couldn’t stand it. XD I don’t know what’s changed, really, but I do know that I’m reading it and thinking, “My main character would be, like, best friends with Meg.”

So maybe I’ll have to do a review of it when I finish. 🙂

Listening too…

Taylor Swift.

I actually have a radio car in my car now so I bought of a couple of older ‘classic Taylor Swift’ (I call it) CD’s and I’ve been listening to that lately. (Disclaimer: I do like her newer music too, but they ARE different.)

Watching…

Once Upon A Time Season 5! Things are happening. O.O

My sister Kristin is watching it too, but we’re not at the same place, so she came in the other night to say goodnight and I freaked out and stopped the DVD and leaped up to cover her eyes and almost hit her. 😉 I take fandoms and spoilers seriously.

Eating…

Cucumbers. It’s summer! I think my mom has picked over 100 cucumbers so far. I sliced about 50 one day before work to help her make pickles. It’s a little crazy. But very yummy.

Driving…

MY CAR.

I bought my first car. I’m excited and happy. 😀 It’s a little two door Ford. It’s only 13 years old! I was driving a 25 year old Honda, so my car is practically brand new. 😉

Finishing…

My second semester of college. When did that happen? I only have, like, a million years left until I’m done!

Really, though, it’s crazy and I actually have a blog post coming up on what I learned my first semester in college.

(I’ve learned I’m still 1,000% in favor of homeschooling. I don’t despise college, but I can really see the benefits of homeschooling when I compare the two.)

I only have a couple of weeks left of my summer math class, and hopefully by this time tomorrow I will have finished my CPR class– and I’ll be done with all health classes that I need (for now. Don’t be impressed, I only need one credit hour, haha)

So, what’s been up with you for the last forever?

I make no promises, but I DO want to get better at blogging…. 🙂

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You Should Homeschool

Now that I am a mature adult (haha, I try anyways) I am going to talk to you about homeschooling. I know have before…. but it’s something I am very much in favor of. 🙂

I tell pretty much everyone they should homeschool. I don’t try to shove it down people’s throats but offer it as an alternative that they might not have thought of. When presented with the idea of homeschooling though I think a lot of times parents are scared (and I’m not saying they shouldn’t be!) but they think things like, “I can’t teach calculus– they’d be better off with something who could!”

Bbuutt….. I’m of the belief you’ll cross that bridge when you get to it. Chances are, if you’re starting with a five year old you would be starting at kindergarten. Which, it’s been a while since I was in kindergarten, but I don’t think the math gets that complicated.

You take it one step at a time. Teach the alphabet and how to count to 10.

I am pro-homeschooling because I believe you should put your child in environment where he feels safe to learn. I’ll be honest here, if I had been public schooled I would have been one of those children who cried every day as they got on the bus. Probably I would have cried every day until I graduated. 😉

Education is going to always be structured to some degree, but in homeschool you have a little more freedom. If something came easily to me I could get ahead (many times on accident) and if something was more difficult for me my mom would go over everything again. And again. And again. Until I got it. While, yes, I needed to pass the test, but my mom wasn’t pressured with twenty other kids to teach, she had me (I’m sure I was difficult enough at times!). And her job didn’t rest of me passing a test. She cared that I understood what I was learning, not that I knew the right answer.

(For example: more then once in math I got the right answer…using the wrong method. My mom wanted to make sure I knew how not that I just knew.)

Being homeschooled brought me closer to my siblings and my parents. My dad didn’t usually help me with my school. He was usually at work and my mom helped me with school. My dad always told me though, if I needed help, he would help me. After a long day of school for me, and a long day of work for him, did I really want to do more school and make him do schoolwork as well? NO. Certainly not. But it is nice to know that I could have. It’s nice to know that he was actively invested in my education as well.

Being homeschooled gave me the freedom to be original. Since I was comfortable in my environment I felt free to ask my mom questions. (and then going back to parents being scared– you don’t have to always know the answer. I remember my mom working through problems with me, or looking up the answer. And you know what? Sometimes– probably if it had nothing to do with what I was learning about– she was completely honest with me and told me, “I don’t know.”)

I love asking questions. And the thing about questions is, you might get one answered and they might open up five more questions! I could get off topic, and I’m sure my mom got tired of it, but it was nice to know that I could ask questions.

I had free time! I never called my school homework. It was just school. So it always throws me off when other homeschoolers say homework because… is that just normal school? Haha, but I never had homework. Not like people who are public schooled do. Often times (in high school and I couldn’t figure out why!) I got done around two o’clock in the afternoon. Maybe even sooner. That meant I had all afternoon to do things!

And what did I do that spare time? It would differ from person to person, but I read a lot, and read about writing, and wrote a lot. I’m glad I had that free time so I could learn to be creative– even if I don’t do anything with writing.

I love that I was homeschooled because I love how it has affected my life. I love that I appreciate my parents so much (but never enough) for all they’ve done. I’m so thankful that I had this opportunity.

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True Dreams

Most, if not all, of us have seen that TV show, or that movie, or maybe we’ve read about it in a book.

Two people, madly in love—maybe even engaged—and then one person gets a job offer.

Not just any job offer. It’s their dream job. The one they knew they wanted when they were five years old.

But along with the job offer comes the different state that it’s in.

So the one person says to the other, “I can’t hold you back from your dream. You’ll grow to resent, or maybe even hate me. I couldn’t live with myself if that happened so you have to take it.”

And then the person takes the job, the couple breaks up, and all the fans are mad. Or sad. Or both.

There are some who would argue, “They could work it out if they just tried!”

Or some who say, “They must not have been truly in love, then.”

(As my dad pointed out, you don’t marry someone you can live with, you marry someone who you can’t live without.)

In my experience, though, sometimes the person who says, “You have to take the job” doesn’t listen to the person who was offered the job!

I think sometimes people fail to realize that dreams can change. Dreams don’t have to be goals, but sometimes they can be people.

I’ve been thinking about this lately, and as I think about it, I keep thinking about in Tangled when Eugene told Rapunzel, “You were my new dream.”

Maybe the person’s dream job did offer them a position. But that dream job may look a lot less appealing then the person they’re in love with—especially if to do that job they have to leave that person.

Just something I’ve been thinking about lately.wuv

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