inspired #06

all pictures via pinterest 

life is like the ocean.  it can be calm or still, and rough or rigid, but in the end, it is always beautiful. 

have an amazing week ♥

p.s.  thank you so much for 150 followers :) you guys are so so so so so amazing and sweet, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH ♥ and just 'cuz i felt like it, here are some celebratory brownie/cookie things i baked ^_^


a walk in my backyard

hello guys ^_^ how's summer going for you?

so last Sunday, i was a tad bored in the afternoon.  sunday afternoons are amazing, especially in the summertime.  it's warm and humid, and the sunshine floods everything in its light.  they're perfect for napping in front of a fan, reading, writing (*cough* yeah, that's been going real smooth), or taking walks and mapping out the area.  and the latter is what i did this past week.

and of course, yours truly took a range of photos.

which are going to be posted here.

what else did you expect? ;) 

so, i'm pretty happy with the way most of these turned out.  and i was pretty surprised to find those black raspberry and mulberry bushes.  they're so so good ♥
so...i have some ideas for future posts, and i hope to do them soon...other than that, i think a lot of posts might be life catch-up posts, since they're basically the easiest to do and, well, they're not all that bad ^_^
oh, and i think i just may have found my new favorite website ever. Chocolate Covered Katie  is one of the best food blogs out there if you ask me.
i mean, what could get better than healthy desserts and over half of them including chocolate? not a whole lot, if you ask me.
so, if you will excuse me, i think i'll go bake some chocolate brownie cookies now =)

have an amazing week and don't forget to keep up that beautiful smile


tags + awards

well. yeah.
i'm prettty bad at doing these things, if i do say so myself.  i get awarded, and then promptly forget about it for the following month or two.  ^-^ so i'm deeply sorry if i missed one and didn't include it in this post; i'm very grateful for it, i assure you. *sigh* i should literally write it down when i get awarded on a post-it and stick it on my forehead so i remember.

so the first one i'm going to do is the blogging community tag created by the lovely Jo.  she was so very kind to award this to me, so let's get right into it!

+ Answer the 7 questions
+ Tag others (as much as you want)
+ Provide link back to the creator of the tag (optional)
+ Include the picture above in your post


Dedicated blogger? 
Hmm, this one's tough.  I know of and follow so many different kinds of blogs, but for a consistent blogger, I'd have to say Morning. She's a faithful blogger, and is pretty consistent in her posting.  Plus her posts are always great and full of awesome content.

Blog with nice design?
Aghh...this one's so hard.  I know literally sooo many blogs that have the best designs ever.  ^-^ Guess I'll just pick one.  The Sunday Chapter isn't necessarily a blog I visit daily, or even  weekly, but the design is really simplistic and beautiful.

Awesome review/book blog?

Deep and thoughtful blogger?
THESE ARE SO HARD.  >-<  I love all the blogs I follow and they're all so awesome and thought-provoking.  But I'm gonna go with A Northern Belle.  I can't tell how many times her posts have helped me grow and learn. Her outstanding faith in God is what makes her such a unique personality, and I love each and every one of her inspirational posts.

A blog you always enjoying reading?
Note + Rain.  Micaela's got a awesome sense of humor, and her posts are great.  Plus, her design's wayyyyy beyond awesome.  I enjoy all the blogs I read.  I honestly had to decide between like 20 different blogs for this question.  But Note + Rain's a great blog, and I love it ^-^

Blogger with a great sense of humour?
I knew this one the second I saw the question.  Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce...*drumroll* Star Girl Productions.   Her sense of humor is the best of the best. xD You have to read her blog, it's seriously one of the best out there.  She's so sarcastic, and I love her for that ^-^

Blog that inspires you?
UGHHHH THIS IS TOO HARD.   Okay, let me just pick out another one from all the awesome ones I know of.   Can I choose two for this one? They go hand in hand, and they're equally awesome and inspiring to me.  Down by the Willows + Words Passing You By  are run by two amazing girls and their prose is beyond beautiful.  ♥

I   T A G

So the next two were awarded to me by the lovely Opal from Opal Swirls .  The Creative Blogger Award looks really interesting, so I can't wait to give it to a shot ^-^

 R U L E S
+ Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
+ Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you
+ Share 5 facts about yourself with your readers

5 F A C T S

1. I'm honestly the lightest sleeper ever.  It sucks. Whenever there's anybody even remotely talking or a small light switches on, my brain immediately goes into high gear and I'm alert.  It's very, very annoying ^-^

2.  Half of my time goes to thinking about matters over my head.  The purpose of humanity, the reason behind life, and why some people can't  get over themselves.  Making sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth is some of the best advice out there.

3. I'm an extrovert by nature, but I'm shy.  Until you get to know me. And I've been told before that I'm nothing like an extrovert, and that's true to a certain extent.  I'm more introverted in the first few conversations, and if our personalities click, beware. 

4.  I wave hi to security cameras. Go figure. 

5. I usually don't wear makeup on a daily basis.  Not that I think it's bad or anything.  Makeup's great.  But personally for me, I prefer no-makeup.  It's less work for me, and I don't know, I guess I just don't use it very often.  ^-^

 I   T A G

woah. fifteen to twenty people? uh - okay, i'll just go with anyone who wants to do this can do it.  i'm serious.  if you feel like doing it, just say i tagged you and please do it ^-^

So, like I said above, this one was awarded to me by Opal as well, so definitely go check her blog out.  It's awesome 

+ Thank & link to the blogger how tagged you,
+ Answer the 11 questions,
+ Nominate (11) bloggers, and ask them 11 questions.

 T H E    Q U E S T I O N S

What do you miss about your childhood?
I miss when my "friends" and I were actually friends.  We made the most amazing childhood memories together, and I wish I could relive those days again every day.

Lots of friends or a few good friends? 
A few good friends, hands down.  I would never want a hundred fake friends.  I want true, genuine people with whom I can be completely and 100% me. 

Winter evenings or Summer mornings? 
As much as I love the snow and snowboarding in winter, summer is completely the best.  Summer mornings the whole way =)

Coast or inland? 
eh..this one's tough.  I really don't know, I guess the coast.  It's so nice, but when the weather turns rough, I don't know.  I'll go with coast. 

Where and what would your dream house be like? 
You know, I've never really thought much about this one.  I guess, typically, probably like in Hawaii and a beautiful beach house.  I'd also love to live out West sometime for a little. 

Do you tend to organize or leave mess?
Well, typically, I like to be organized.  But sometimes, that doesn't happen. 

What sort of music do you like? 
Genre-wise? Electronic/Alternative/Rap

Do you have any pets? 
One cockatiel, one nanny goat, and two cute little goat kids.

Do you live in the country or city? 
Eh...more in between.  But definitely more country than city, and for that I'm forever grateful.  

Do you play an instrument? If so, what? 
Yes, I play the violin.  And I love it =) I've also tried to pick up the piano, so I can manage somewhat on there too.

Would you like to visit New Zealand someday? 
Let me think about this one.  YES.  And then we could all have a blogger meet-up in NZ ^-^ Plus, I've heard it's beautiful there.  The scenery is gorgeous. 

M Y   Q U E S T I O N S
1. If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
2. How did you meet your best friend?
3.  What is your favorite physical attribute about yourself?
4.  What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
5. Do you believe it is vital to everyday life to know what is happening in the world around you?
6.  Which is better—a novel or a movie?
7.  Are you spiritual or religious in any way? If so, how? 
8. How would you describe yourself in three words?
9.  Do you know your heritage?
10. On the first day of ruling the world, what would you do?
11.  Jeans or jeggings?

(oh, and for the record, for #7, I'm Christian.  I just thought it would be nice to know what my followers are)

I  T A G

  wow. What did that take me, like two hours? Well, at least I did these now, so they're out there ^-^ I hope you liked this post and I'll see you next time =)

keep smiling xx


To Take Time

      i was scrolling through my old blog posts, flipping through old notebooks, and going through a good dose of nostalgia, when i came across these words of wisdom scribbled away in a notebook.  i didn't write them, and i have no clue how they came to be in my possession, and there was no credit to where it came from, but they were just there. like verses of gold.  to tell you the truth, it was kind of like a good splash of cold water to my face.  have you ever felt like something speaks to you personally? i've felt that way to a good many things, and it's a very refreshing, yet strange feeling.

     so yeah.  today i wanted to post those "quotes" on here, because they're too good to let go.  and just to repeat, i didn't write them.  someone with much more wisdom and eloquence in words than me did, and i thank them for writing this.  it touched me, if it didn't anybody else.

Take time to think;
it is the source of power.

Take time to read;
it is the foundation of wisdom.

Take time to be quiet;
it is the opportunity to seek God.

Take time to be aware;
it is the opportunity to help others.

Take time to love and be loved;
it is God’s greatest gift.

Take time to laugh;
it is the music of the soul.

Take time to be friendly;
it is the road to happiness.

Take time to dream;
it is what the future is made of.

Take time to pray;
it is the greatest power on earth.

to take time to do any of these things requires something i'm not the best at.  diligence, planning, and patience.  to ask me to do any of that is practically a joke, let me tell you.  i'm probably the worst at organizing and planning things, and taking time to make time for me  is probably the one thing that i slack at the most. but if that's one of the most important things, then that's what i should begin working on.

but to wrap up, i honestly want to begin taking time to do everything it says up there.  To be quiet, to pray, to dream, to love, to read, and to laugh.  Those are the important things in life.

- autumn