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Life Lately

Going to be totally honest with you all, this week wasn't the greatest.  I broke my glasses (#1), and I can see pretty fine without them too, so that's what I went around doing.  Not wearing them.  But it wasn't the easiest, and I think it just added a lot of stress to le life.  Added to that the regular busy-ness of life (YO SCHOOL) and like 100000x other things--let's just say it's been pretty crazzzy lately.
I didn't even know what post I was going to post today....and if we're going to be completely honest, I wrote the first three sentences of this post this morning and I'm currently trying to finish it at almost 9 in the evening.  SUCH IS LIFE.  (Also I'm so tired right now too *yawn*)

Reading- So I was doing a fair amount of reading last week and before that, to be honest.  But really recently I haven't even had the time to read.  (WHICH IS REALLY SAD.) Like to be honest, all the reading I've really been doing recently is English literature and the Bible.  *cries* Revelation is amazing and so like BOOM IN YOUR FACE.  Guys. 

Writing- Wellllll, I suppose "my novel" should be the correct answer here right now, but.....um.  Haha.  Haha.  Haha.  I did get some progress on my novel this month overall, but I'm not quite finished with it (have a littttttle more to do).  Will I get it finished by the end of this month? Who knows.  Other than that, I've been doing more journal entries? Trying to record the feelings of life as they happen.  Honestly, writing has kind of taken a seat on the back burner and I need to write some more.  SOON.  *falls over*

Cooking- Actually, I've been doing a pretty good amount of this.  (When do I not?????????????) Yesterday I made chocolate zucchini bread (yeah.  it was awesome.  Like, guys, if you ever try chocolate zucchini bread, slather peanut butter on top of it.  IT'S LIT.) And last weekend I made tacos because tacos.  They're amazing.  End of story.  


Feeling- Well, stressed comes to mind!!!!!!!!!!!! Ugh.  In science, our teacher asked us if we play instruments to bring them in and give a demonstration ("it doesn't have to be a concert" AHAHAHAHA OKAY YOU WISH BRO).  Apparently it has something to do with sound waves and jazzy stuff like that.  I'm not sure if all of you know,  but I play the violin?! So I guess I have to take it in and play it? Like...that's a thing? And I'm not okay with it? xD I just get kind of nervous/excited and yeah.  It's frustrating and stressful and I just want to get it over with.  *cries*

And I've found that car rides are pretty much my favorite thing ever.  There is honestly nothing more enjoyable than watching the sun set and and listening to your favorite music and realizing that Jesus is everything.  OH MAN. 

Eating- Ummmm.  Food.  I don't know.  Chocolate zucchini bread? Sorry guys, I'm tired.  :P 

Wishing- That things would be different.  But I also want to be able to not let the circumstances dictate me and to look only to God.  But it's hard, yo.  

Also I'm really wishing for free time because like um that would be sincerely amazing thanks.

Skating- A lot more! I honestly love doing it so much, and now I'm on to the next level so I'm still very much a beginner but it's fun.  I went to a public skate on Monday, and for the first time ever, a girl a little younger than me stopped to talk to me?!? Like WHAT? Can we restore our faith in humanity again? (lol totally kidding.  not.)  But I thought it was a really nice thing to do and it made me happy.  SO yeah.  Also watching figure skating videos on YouTube is the bomb.  (HAVE YOU SEEN YUNA KIM?) 

Deciding- That better vision doesn't come by sitting around and wishing.  I haven't really talked about this on the blog a lot, but a holistic approach to healing/restoring eye vision is something I've always been into. Like I mentioned somewhere up there ^^^ I wear glasses sometimes, and they broke last week (WHYY), and it's really made me think.  To be completely honest, getting your vision back isn't easy and it takes time and dedication.  DEDICATION IS VERY DIFFICULT.  But yesss....this is something I've been working on.

Needing- To go to Hobby Lobby and the flower shop soon.  I want to decorate my room a little bit, because I haven't done basically anything to it since we painted it and I moved into it, and it's really drab.  Actually, I did set up a clock, but I don't think that counts.

Listening- To...um.  A lot of instrumental music....like the Piano Guys.  

Wanting- To get more sleep.  Less school.  More time to do important things.  *screams* You ever feel like you don't know what to do because everything is so crazy and busy and WHAT EVEN because same. 

Also tea.

Realizing- That I have a lot of hobbies xD BUT WHAT CAN I SAY.  They're all good.  Right now, (I almost wrote "write now".  I really need to go sleep.) I'm trying to mainly focus on my violin (I have to play it in front of human beings.  Y'ALL.), writing, and um...trying to live decently? Also above all I just want to remain close to God because I know that when I do everything else kind of falls into place. YES.

Also I just realized that once I get done with this post I'll have gotten everything crossed off my list for today.  THANK YOU JESUS.

Smiling- About the fact that I just got a new skating jacket.  And that I don't need to worry about what other people think about me because fear of God > fear of man.  (These things >< remind me so much of algebra right now.  So not smiling about that !!!!)  Also I saw the most beautiful sunset this evening.  The whole sky was so pink and pretty.  AND GUYS THE WEATHER RECENTLY.  It feels like spring in February?? This is awesome.  It's supposed to be 70 degrees tomorrow.  YESS. 

Thinking- That I need to start taking more photos that I can use on the blog.  All the pictures I've taken probably in the last month have all just been food pictures, not even kidding. 

Planning- For a garden this upcoming summer.  We bought a whole bunch of seeds that need planted in little things ("little things" SEE PEOPLE I AM SUCH A GOOD GARDENER.) so they can grow a little before we actually plant them in the ground.  FUN. 

Drawing- I've been trying to do different calligraphy and fancy writing styles because there's a poster contest coming up where we have to write a inspirational quote/Bible verse in like...calligraphy style? So I've just been practicing that lately.

Figuring- that I might have forgotten a decent amount of other things I could've included in this post, but I'm signing off for now and I'll try to include them in next week's post.  :D 

What's new with you all? 


p.s. I'm going to get caught up on all of your lovely blogs as soon as possible!! I WILL DO IT.

The Kind Princess | Crown of Beauty | Orphan Awareness

Y'ALL.  Okay, so a few months ago (I think it was last year), I was able to do a book review for a then-newly released book called Secrets of Royalty.  It was such an incredible experience, and I'm so grateful that Crown of Beauty allowed me to do that! That book is fire, and if you read that book, you'd know it's all about...royalty. After all, that is who we truly are, isn't it? It's pretty mind-blowing.  Today, I have a super exciting guest post by Livy Jarmusch, the author of Secrets of Royalty, and she's going to talk about...you guessed it, being a princess! Most importantly, she's talking about how we can reach out to those who are most in need.  It's amazing.

"She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy."
~Proverbs 31:20

The Proverbs 31 Woman is described as a fearless lady who lives with open hands and an open heart.
She doesn't freak out when trouble comes her way, and she laughs in confidence at the days ahead.
She is a selfless dreamer, who spends all of her energy on blessing someone else.

She is like the ocean, forever giving, giving, giving of herself, and never asking for anything in return.  The Proverbs 31 woman is a beautiful picture of the Princess Bride whom Jesus desires to see blossom in each of us. She displays the stunning beauty of Jesus' selfless heart.

One of my all-time favorite movies is the Princess Diaries.  It's a comical tale about a teenage girl who discovers that her life has the potential to be much more influential than she ever dreamed possible. She discovers that she is a real life princess! Although the movie is only intended to be a whimsical coming of age fairy-tale, I love connecting the dots and drawing the parallels of how Mia's life connects with mine.  Her story of learning to be real life royalty not only makes me laugh, but also inspires me. I love the character growth that happens between the first and second films. In  Princess Diaries 2 my favorite scene is where Princess Mia reaches out to a group of orphans, during the Independence Day Parade.

When she notices these kids, she stops the whole parade and extends her hands to the poor, forgetting what the critics might say. Right in the middle of a parade that was supposed to be all about her, Mia stopped to show love for the forgotten. She humbled herself, and exalted others. This is a moment when Mia's true princess character shines. The world no longer revolves around her. Mia's focus is on those sweet little ones who need her help and encouragement.

And shouldn't the story be the same for us?
Shouldn't we, as God's daughters, spend all our energy on making someone else feel beautiful and loved? Sisters, this is the noble calling which we have received: to live with our hands extended and our hearts wide open.

To say "yes" to the hurting, hug the broken, and spend all our energy and resources on the orphan, the widow, and the outcast.

Proverbs 30:15 says, "The leach has two daughters, 'Give, give!' they cry..."

If you've ever had an encounter with a leach, it is a nasty thing. The blood sucking creatures cling to your skin, and aren't shy about consuming! In a generation that screams, "life is all about me!" we must be so careful that we do not carelessly consume what we've been entrusted with. When our world starts to revolve around our mirrors, our closets, our emotions, and our cravings, something is seriously wrong. We're living like daughters of a leach, instead of daughters of the King!

When the Lord fills me with His waterfalls of endless blessings, I don't want to be a stagnant pond, or a lake without an outlet. I want Him to flow through me like a river, pouring into the lives of those around me. I don't want to be a dead sea, but instead an ocean that gives without regret.

Sisters, let us graciously remove the spotlight from ourselves, stop in the middle of our foolish
parades of selfishness, and go lay our lives down for someone on the sidelines. Let us esteem them greater than ourselves, bestow a crown of beauty upon them, and feel our hearts explode with fireworks of God's love!

It is more blessed to give than to receive. May we give everything we have, in total abandonment and utter joy, to the One who first loved us, and has called us according to this purpose.
In the film, members of parliament were arguing about where they should build Mia's spectacular new summer home. But Mia spoke up, remembering the orphaned children from the parade. She desired to donate her brand new castle to the kiddos, "I don't know why I should live in two homes, when they have none." When they finally cut the ribbon and celebrate the grand opening of this children's home, Mia's heart soars! She finally understands what it means to be a Princess! She has embraced her role of royalty.


So what about you? What is your story? How will you embrace your royal call, and reach out to those who need love the most?

Did you know that there are 25 million orphans in India alone? We are fundraising to build a home for orphaned girls in India! To find out how you can get involved, visit our site: Crown of Beauty Orphanage! 

*claps* THAT WAS AMAZING.  Thank you so much for doing this, Livy!! What did you all think about this post?
 Don't forget to show Livy some love in the comments! 

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Wave of Water on Body of Water

so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 cor. 10:31

GUYS I DID IT.  I got this post up on Wednesday.  YESS.  I was afraid that I wasn't going to be able to, because I was sick this whole week (which was the worst thing ever), and I finally got back into my regular schedule today, and I'm still recovering and I need to work on alllll the things that need to be done. *sigh* I feel like I'm always so busy. xD  But that's the reason why I decided to one of these posts today.  I mean, what's better than hunting up pretty pictures online?  NOT MUCH IF YOU ASK ME. And on a side note, I've been drinking SO. MUCH. TEA. Like, morning, afternoon, and night.  It's so good. ♥ OH AND IT'S SNOWING, Y'ALL.  EEEEP!!! Praying for a delay tomorrow xD 

So let's talk! HOW IS LIFE? Have you gotten sick at all this year? Which of these pictures was your favorite? DO YOU LIKE TEA? (How can you not?! =) 

- autumn