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Something Different

At school and work I pass a lot of people. A lot of them are a lot like me, and a lot of them are a lot different. But together we make up the school. If everyone different from me didn’t go to my school, it probably wouldn’t be there. There probably wouldn’t be enough people going to make it profitable to stay open.

A large variety of people come through at work. People traveling for work, young moms getting together for a playdate, older couples going out for lunch, and some… well… questionable people. (I’ve had more then one person tell me they just got out of jail, so… yeah, we get a variety XD)

There is one person in my class who is really different from me, just in our physical appearance I know we’d have different tastes, but he seems nice and we get along fine (in the very minimal interactions we’ve had…)

The point of this is, the world is made up of so many different types of people. Individually they are just one person, but all of us together create an intricate society.

So why is it’s so easy to find places where people are tearing each other down because of our differences?

They don’t have the right skin color, or political belief, or go to the right school, or whatever it may be. Instead of looking at our differences as part of a unique finger print from God people assume that our differences are bad we need to be uniform.

I don’t know if I’d call myself an artist. I like crafts like knitting and crocheting, and I do draw sometimes, and write, so I guess you could say I’m an artist. One idea I’m very fond of is– everyone is going to look at art differently. I’ve never been fond of the Mona Lisa (I just don’t get it), but you know what? That’s okay. It’s art, and some people do appreciate it. There are other forms are art I like better, and relate to better, and that’s how it’s supposed to be!

We should value different forms of art because each piece should be unique and special and cater to a specific type of person, or feeling, or idea.

Why is it when it comes to art we encourage originality and uniqueness, we want it to be different and set apart, but when it comes to God’s creation, the ultimate artist, so many people ask, “Why aren’t we all the same?”

Just like if all movies were the exact same, or books, or songs, if all people were the same it would be… terribly boring.

A sunset isn’t just one color, because it looks so much better with a variety! Just like our world shouldn’t be– can’t be– just one type of person. It takes each of us to be different and unique to make this world the place it’s supposed to be.

(this is, of course, within in God’s standards of how we should live our lives.)

So maybe you know this Really Cool person and you wish you were just like Really Cool. I get that, I do, but somewhere out in this world there could be a person who doesn’t need Really Cool who couldn’t relate or understand, or maybe even listen too Really Cool, but needs Genuine You.

(On a random note, today is my blogs 4th birthday! Yay!)

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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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Currently~ October 2016

Hi, all! It is October first now, and Fall is (and has been for a little bit) officially here!

And since it is, I figured it was a good time to do a ‘Currently’ blog post!

Currently….

Reading~ A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White

So far I like it! Look for a review coming up soonish.

Watching~ NOT SOUND OF MUSIC THAT’S FOR SURE.

*ahem* I mean, I’ve been wanting to watch The Sound Of Music for weeks and you know? I can’t find our copy anywhere! I even looked places I knew it wouldn’t, and even went into the dark depths of the closet where we keep the Christmas stuff and I still couldn’t find it! I’ll just have to buy my own personal copy, but it still made me sad.

Anyway, I AM watching Hart of Dixie season three. I’m not sure what I’ll watch after this, though….

Writing~ A few months ago I started a new story for an idea I’ve had a for a little while now… but the idea was still too small, and even though it was an ‘old’ idea, it wasn’t big enough yet, it still needs time to grow into something big. So I wrote a few hundred words, and the happy feeling pattered out and I knew, what I knew when I began the story: there isn’t enough.

So, after not writing again for a few weeks, I started writing another idea that I’ve had for awhile. A bigger idea. An idea I love and I think I can actually finish. You know what it is? A SEQUEL!! (That will take you to another blog post I did where I talked about my story a little bit.)

It isn’t a sequel to my WWII story, but to the story I finished before that one, called Pieces of My Heart. 😀 Here is the Pinterest board if you want to look at it!

Eating~ At this very moment… nothing. 😉 But I did get some caramel so I can make caramel apples again! The last time I made them– my first time making them– was three years ago, the same year I started blogging.

(Oh yeah, so um, happy birthday, Naomiandbooks…)

Looking forward to~ Besides fall? I’m really looking forward to fall. 😀 I’m, of course, looking forward to the holidays. (ALWAYS) Honestly, I’m just interested to see where this next time/phase of life is going to take me.

OH! And I’m looking forward to the Celtic Festival that’s coming up in a few weeks! That’s always a good time. Well, except for that time my sister Kristin and I were walking by ourselves and this creeper older guy drove up and was like, “Hi girls, need a ride?” He drove off and Kristin and I were like, “Walk faster, walk faster, walk faster.” Oh, and then there was that other time I got a ring stuck on my finger, I feared forever. (or losing my finger.)

So that’s what’s going on Currently. But I also feel like this was also a throwback post– I linked a lot of stuff I wrote a long time ago….

What’s going on with YOU currently?

 

 

 

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I Could Be Upset

I could be upset about the candidates we have for our upcoming Presidential election. (It’ll be my first time voting!)

I could be upset that cops keep getting shot, and everyone seems to blame the cops for that fact.

I could be upset because people are racist.

People are dumb.

Illogical.

I could get upset that people keep changing “Black Lives Matter” to “All Lives Matter” but seem to forget that ‘all lives’ include unborn babies also.

I could be upset because people are sexist.

Or because people will underestimate homeschoolers.

Or young people.

I could get upset because no one really seems to care about anyone else unless their skin is different, or their ethnicity.

I could get upset because while terrorists attack other countries, instead of caring, people are to self absorbed to even notice.

There are so many things that bother me, or that could bother, or that I struggle with not letting bother me. (When there is nothing I can do it just seems better to not get too bothered about it.)

Sometimes I don’t say anything. Sometimes I don’t react.

Sometimes I have so many things I want to say, I know if I tried none of it would make sense, so I grumble and hope the next person is smarter, nicer, kinder.

I try to pretend that an election isn’t coming, because, unfortunately, one of the candidates is going to win. It is one of those situations where I can’t control it so I try to ignore it, but every now and then I think, “But November is coming, and God hasn’t performed a miracle… we’re going to be in so much trouble–”

But you know what?

I don’t belong here. Thank God for that!

I don’t belong here and I’m not supposed to belong here.

I am one of God’s children, and while things here do concern me, this all is just temporary.

I could be upset, but I also could remember that ultimately God is in control.

He was in control in the past, He is in control now, and He will be in control later.

I could be upset…

or I could work on trusting God.

(I’m not saying getting upset is bad– righteous anger is very acceptable! These were just some of my thoughts, though.)

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My Life Lately

Well, it isn’t really the beginning of the month anymore, but I wanted to do a thing kind of like a “currently” to inform you all of some things that are different then they used to be!

The first thing is, I stopped writing for http://www.homeschoolingteen.com. 😦 I was sad, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep doing that, along with everything else I was doing at the time (or planning on doing shortly). So, after two years and twenty four book reviews (oh my, did I really do that many?!?!) I decided to stop writing for them. But if you’re a homeschool teen (or even used to be!) and you want to write for them I highly recommend just asking them if you can. I make no promises but the lady I was in contact with always seemed really easy going.

Secondly, I got a job! I now work at a fast food restaurant. So far I like it fine. 🙂

On a more exciting note, I took my last high school final yesterday!!!

Last Test

Only in homeschooling do you have your pictures taken during a test. XD (photo credit: My Mom.)

I also started writing for another online magazine/website! I now am writing monthly book reviews for http://www.pursuemagazine.net I just started so I have only done three so far. 🙂

And I’m working on my WWII story, editing it a lot. 🙂 (but then on the other hand, it is not nearly as bad as it could be!!) And then when I’m done editing it (this round) I should go back and editing my last contemporary again, because I’ve been taking a break from it for a while…

So that’s what has been going on my life lately! Staying busy yourself?

 

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Lions and Babies, oh my!

Since I got my blog, I feel like it has gone from, “Happy and silly” posts to… “serious and depressing” posts. Sorry, if that’s true. Not sorry enough to never write a somewhat serious blog post, though. 🙂

So apparently someone somewhere killed a lion. Apparently that’s a big deal? (really, I shouldn’t be surprised. Why should all of a sudden people get brains?)

Now, I don’t know the context of how the lion died. You know what, though? It doesn’t matter. It’s a stinkin’ (probably literally) lion for crying out loud!

Recently there was a hashtag that was going around (and I don’t remember what it is because I’m a heartless animal eater….) but something big in China goes down every once in a while where people abuse animals (it may be dogs specifically, like I said, I’m an animal eater) and some people were making a really big deal out of.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I like our dog. I almost accidentally stepped on her front feet earlier and apologized.

But it bothers me so much people can get in so much trouble, and be so frowned upon from hurting animals. But if I was pregnant (don’t freak out, I’m just using me as an example) and if I wanted to get an abortion, I would probably be encouraged. (by the world. My family… let’s not even go there, hah.)

From the world’s perspective, I’m young. (which, the world is actually not wrong on this one… for once.)

I haven’t graduated high school yet, I don’t have a job, I don’t have a car, I don’t even have my own room. Besides, my sister is getting married, so there is all that (and I’m not sure how fast you get fat, but I might not be able to fit into my bridesmaid dress by then, and I already bought it…). I want to go to college after high school, but how could I do that and work and take care of a baby?

Really, having a baby would be an inconvenience.

So it would be perfectly acceptable (by the world standards) for me to get an abortion. Yet, if I went hunting the next day, people would think I’m some sort of blood thirsty… evil… redneck…

People don’t want to live up to their responsibilities is basically what it comes down too. (a very small percentage is actually by things like rape. I’ve never understood why you would choose to kill your baby still. Of the three people involved, I know who of those three people involved I would want to die. Hint: not the innocent party.)

People have become so self centered. Like I said earlier, babies are inconvenient. You know what else is inconvenient? Pretty much everything.

It is inconvenient that people have to pause what they are doing throughout the day to eat, drink, and go to the bathroom. It’s inconvenient to get sick, or have your car break down. It’s inconvenient when someone gets super sick and you have to stay at the hospital until three A.M.

But does that mean we can start killing off people left and right, innocent or guilty? No. So why is it that way for abortion? Why does the most innocent thing get killed? It is definitely not the baby’s fault it lives.

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Life As A Writer

I write. (I know some of you are thinking, “well, not on your BLOG but okay.” I’M SORRY, OKAY?!?! 🙂 ) Anyway. I don’t write some of the ‘weirder’ books with time travel and aliens and evil government uprisings (usually) but I still write. And I still get IDEAS even if I just stick them in the “Someday-Maybe-I-Wish-I-Could-Write-All-The-Stories-Now” folder.

As writer, though, (or maybe it’s just me, or because I’m homeschooled– I think it’s a combination really) I can be really… unique. Very different. 🙂

For example, several weeks ago I went out to dinner for a friend for her birthday. I got sweet and sour chicken, but they put it on top of cabbage (which it turns out I kind of like) and had rice in a separate bowl. We started talking about the cabbage and I said, “How do we know this is actually cabbage and not something like dried spider guts?”

Probably not the most pleasant thing to talk about while eating….

Blurting things out before you think about them is bad enough when you’re not a writer, but when you ARE a writer what you blurt out is even worse…. But it’s also a bigger and better accomplishment when you don’t! Or at least I get pretty excited….

Oh, or I have another example.

A couple of years ago I volunteered at a Renaissance fair. Since I was just a volunteer I didn’t really have to ‘act’ at all so for the rehearsals we mostly played games that forced you to interact with each other and think quickly. So when it came to me to say an action quickly– did I mention I don’t work well under pressure? Can we blame it partly if not completely on that?– I blurted out the first thing that came to mind, “Shooting people.” I’m pretty sure everyone took a step back.

So, yeah. At any given moment I can/will make up a story about the person in the story who had five tubes of tooth paste in his cart any nothing else, or anything really.

Famous quote from the famous Adrian Monk. (This is really a fictional tv show but Monk has a sever case of the mental disorder known as OCD or CDO)

I just figured this quote from Monk fit. 🙂

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