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4 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick this Winter

Okay, so it's kind of winter already, I know.  BUT NOT REALLY.  Technically, winter just starts on December 21st, so we still have some time till it's actually winter, although, let's face it, the weather doesn't really go by that.

 I love this season a lot -- the crisp air, the holidays, the snow, COOKIES.  But I don't really like the cold. (Except for snow.  Snow is nice -- in moderation.) And for every winter that I can remember I've always gotten sick at one point or another. Even if it's not a really bad sickness, I've at least been struck with a cold or the flu.  It's not fun.  Last year, for the first time, I never got extremely sick.  ("Extremely" defined: I had to take a day off because I was just plain sick.) A couple weeks back, I was sitting in class thinking about how germ-y the place was and I got the inspiration to write this post.  (YES I KNOW I should have been thinking about, well, um, school.  But no one's PERFECT RIGHT.)

Germs -- anywhere. If someone just coughed, avoid that air like the plague. My family knows that I'm like the super picky one about anything that even potentially has germs.  My rule is to JUST STAY AWAY.  Just do it.  You won't get infected. Except, don't be like...rude. I know there have been a couple times where I'm just like 
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and then I'm usually scared that the person thinks that I don't like them or I'm just a rude person.  WHICH I AM NOT.  But in that scenario, saying "I don't want to get sick" sounds like a really lame excuse....so.  Be nice and stay healthy.  It's a win-win for all.

So I'm not sure how scientifically proven this one might be, but it's proven by yours truly.  If I start feeling sick or if I'm just getting a not-so-great start to the day, I just drink WATER.  Or tea. Preferably tea, but whatever works.  I just find that the more water I have going into my body, the better I feel.  AND if this helps, drinking water helps with losing weight.  And that is proven.

 So you all are probably sighing right now because these all sound really clichĂ©
, but  THIS ONE IS SO GOOD. I'm not even kidding you.  I started doing this a lot more last year, especially in school.  Do you know how many things we touch that...like are touched by many other people? And pretty much wherever you go there's stuff that other people use.  At a store, think about the grocery cart.  Doorknobs? Computers and keyboards at the library.  There are so many things that we touch every day that we usually don't realize are so germ-y.  Solution? Wash your hands.  I promise you that it really does help. 

And when all else fails, honestly? Just eat what's good for your body, and your body in turn will thank you.  I know that it's really hard during the holiday season, but that's where self-control can come into play (IF of course, you're one of those amazing people who have self control.  In which case tell ME YOUR SECRETS, because ha, this girl needs some help with that.) Eat lots of fruit, because they fill you up and taste really sweet at the same time. And while it's definitely not something that happens overnight, if you stick with one thing and make it a habit, it'll slowly start to become a part of your lifestyle.  

but really, it's also the holiday season so go out and eat some cookies too okay. 

So what do you think about this? Do you all have any ideas about what else we can do to STAY HEALTHY THIS WINTER? Together, we can so no to donuts and iced coffee, my friends.  (PFFFFFT YEAH SURE) I'm attempting to go sugar-free this week (key word: attempting), so send HELP, guys. It's going to be a long one.  What do you do to stay healthy? Let's talk! (Oh, and on a totally random side note -- my awesome friend Morning is doing a blogger yearbook.  Isn't that the coolest thing ever? And we want you to be a part of that.  So definitely hop on over to her blog to find out how you can be in it! It's pretty amazing.) 


100 Reasons I'm Thankful this Thanksgiving

SO.  Thanksgiving is tomorrow. (I'm sure you knew that... but still.) Is that not crazy? I've always felt that once it hits Thanksgiving, time flies till you're at Christimas/New Year, and then there's those real winter months.  Not sure how I feel about that yet.

I am super excited about the upcoming season, but at the same time I also want to make sure I stop and admire the beauty around me in every step of the way.  There's no way I want to let everything slide past me just because I'M BUSY.  I am busy, but I want to still live in the moment.

I had the idea to write this post for a long time.  I wrote a post similar to this one a few years back called 50 Reasons, and that post took me an eternity and a half to write, so today I'm just going to go through everything I'm thankful for and not expound too much on everything.  Honestly, I'm just so thankful to God for everything He's given me, and writing this list made me realize how much we take for granted.
I'm not going to lie, I had imagined Thanksgiving this year to be a lot different, but in a sense, isn't that the point? To be thankful for what we do have, and what we don't have.  It's hard, but UM like Thanksgiving is about giving thanks?? Haha, so that's one thing I'm working on this year.

What are some things that you all have learned this year?
1.   God.  Wow.  I have no words, honestly. He has been everything to me this year, and I've learned to trust Him so much. There's so much I could write about this, but since I have 99 things (that are not nearly as important as God because He is God) left to write yet, I'll stop.
2.    Family.
3.    Friends.
4.    Good water.  When we moved, the water situation was pretty bad.  IT'S A LITTLE THING but is it a big thing.
5.    Grace.
6.    The first signs of a new season
7.    That fact even though you're getting older, God is still the same and He's the purpose for my life.
8.    Gratitude
9.    Finding confidence in God
10.  Stories
11.  Music
12. Wet grass on a summer's morning
13. Traveling near & far.  Traveling in general.
14.  Honest conversations without the small talk
15. The Internet
16.  Small towns.
17.  Google
18.  The fact that I live in a country where the freedom of speech is allowed.
19.  The Bible.
20.  Moments when I'm pushed to my limits then realizing that I am indeed capable.
21.  This amazing access we have to anything at our fingertips.
22. Those who actually listen rather than speak.
23.  Good grades
24.  Health
25.  Air Conditioning
26.  Food
27.  Words
28.  Nature
29.  Art/Graphic Designing
30.  Sunrises + Sunsets
31.  Victory over the enemy
32.  Jesus' sacrificial love
33.  Photography
34.  Perfect days
35.  Days that aren't perfect (slightly), because through them I learned and continue to learn.
36.  Sleep
37.  Chocolate
38.  Those who fight for our freedoms
39.  Satisfaction found in where I am/who I am.
40.  A risen Christ
41.  Drives down scenic roads
42.  My home
43.  Open skies and mountain streams
44.  Forgiveness
45.  Weekends
46.  Hope (It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:26) 
47.  Trials (In retrospect, but God does teach amazing things through trials.  And I would not be the person I am today without them.)
48.  Color.
49.  The fact that I am God's.
50.  The power of Jesus' blood.
51.  The cause I live for 
52.  Sweet summer
53.  Help from others, but mostly God.
54.  The dictionary and thesaurus
54.  Starry nights where God is only a whisper away
55.  Encouraging people.
56.  Libraries
57.  Vision
58.  Education.  I don't think enough people realize what a privilege this is.
59.  Inspiration.
60.  A safe place to live
61.  Hand written letters
62.  Life (Without this, wow, we wouldn't be able to give thanks.)
63.  Vacations
64.  Blogging (SUPER thankful for this one)
65.  Twitter.  I think.
66.  Fruits and veggies (really!)
67.  Humor
68.  Hot showers after a cold day
69.  The holiday season
70.  Home cooked meals
71.  The violin (I play it and it's pretty much the best thing ever.)
72.  People who smile back
73.  The fact that no matter who is president, Jesus is King.
74.  That God gave me a working mind
74.  Cell phones
75.  Piling under blankets on a cold night
76.  Waffles ;)
78.  The ability to read and write
79.  Peace
80.  Laughter
81.  Campfires
82.  The fact that I woke up today
83.  Freedom to vote
84.  The cleansing of tears
85.  My life lessons
86.  Electricity
87.  My privileges
88.  Energy
89.  Computers/Technology
90.  Prayer
91.  Protection
92.  Sleeping in
93.  Pizza
94.  Anonymous acts of kindness
95.  Water
96.  The gift of voice
97.  Sweater weather
98.  Moments so funny I'm laughing until my stomach aches
99.  My unfailing God
100.  Completing lists

DONE. There's my list for you.  100 things I'm thankful for.  Writing this made me realize that really -- there are so many little things that we take for granted.  There's so many small things that we usually don't think about that if we wouldn't have it would be much more...let's just say inconvenient. 

Have you thought about this at all? You should definitely make your own list of things you're thankful for this Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for this year? If you're in America, are you doing anything special for Thanksgiving? I'd love to hear about it! 

Have an amazing day and stay safe + thankful ♥

life updates

heyyy guys.  it is i. today i thought that i'd just write down some stuff that i've been doing lately, because i need to write a post AND BLOGGER'S BLOCK IS LIVE AND UP RIGHT NOW.  so, yeah. when all else fails, talk about life!

er...something like that.

but i'm going to try to keep this post short and to the point, because GAHHH i feel like i have a million things to do right now.  AND THEY ALL NEED DONE.  like oh wait i should go work on that mt. everest of homework.  but no i need to do nano because i'm falling behind.  HEY I ALSO LIKE NEED TO EAT.
so, obviously, i've been a bit busy but here goes nothing.

feeling: a lot of things.  1) HOW in the world is the election tomorrow? like excuse me i think i'm going to go cry or something.  I just cannot believe that the election is tomorrow and like we're going to have a new president and wwwwooah how much this country needs the help of God like oh.  my.  goodness.  i just can't even wow like help adfjkjfdkljfdsklfjakfd WUT IS HAPPENING.

 2) it's fall.  IT'S FALL. actually, wait, let me go correct myself.  Thanksgiving (yeah...that lovely holiday that's wayyyy off in the distance like it's totally not even going to be here for so long yet hahahahaha) IS IN 2 WEEKS.  aha.  ha.  ha.   can someone please, please explain to me how on earth the holiday season is coming up so soon, and while you're at it WHY IS IT NOVEMBER ALREADY.  where did the time go????

3) bored. lolol okay so i had started writing a life update post a few weeks ago, but i never felt like finishing it (until today!!), and back then i had written that i was bored because apparently i did not realize all the work that november would bring.  lol.  oh, autumn. 

4) stressed/busy/what on earth/GOD HELP ME. basically, y'all, my family is moving.  not super far or anything, but we're moving.  and if you've read my blog for the past few months, you'd know that i had written about this wayyy back in the summer.  i was all like "yayy we're moving super exciting can't wait bla bla bla" hahahahahahaha. 

basically, it didn't happen.

there were so, so many delays, difficulties, and just things that were not working out at all.  so we didn't.  and even though every single day i prayed about, in a sense it was pushed to the back burner in August and September.  well, it's happening now.  and i'm not like just saying that because it's legit happening within the next few weeks. and wow.  stress.

there is so much that needs to be done with the new place.  literally fixing so much up in it. and we go there a lot, obviously, because um, we kinda need to be there! so we've been doing so much driving and stuff.  and yeah -- basically all that goes along with that.  and add to that the fact that I'm doing nano (i just think it's weird because every other november when i thought i should do it i didn't because NO i'm just so busy!! sorry not this time.  but HAHA this year i'm literally BUSY and i decided to do it.  go me.) but really though, it's not too bad i guess.  (what am i saying)  i'm not putting all my energy into nano right now, because i know that life things are more important right now, but i'm trying to just get words out in the mornings or whenever i have time.

add to that that i have a violin concert coming up in two weeks.  my teacher gave me like double the amount of songs i usually play, so hello i should be practicing.  do i have time? dude no. i'm part of a writer's critique group that i need to get a story written for? did i write it yet? lol no. i have so much blog work and internet stuff that needs done.  i don't have it done yet.  

oh and we must not forget about school.  ha. ha. ah.  i'm supposed to be writing an essay about chocolate. even that's not giving me an incentive.  ADKFJS:LFK

reading: haven't read any books recently, just because i don't want anything to influence me too much during nano, but the last book i read a few months ago was The Rivers of Judah by Catherine Farnes for like, the third time? It's amazing.

baking:  I HAD TO PUT THIS IN HERE. haha.  if you've been reading my blog for a while, you might know about my slight baking obsession.  obviously i haven't had the time to do a lot of baking, (speaking of which i should probably pack the baking stuff. HM.), but a few days ago my mom decided to make a cake.  i was just like "okayyy we're moving so i don't think we should bake cakes but i'm definitely not going to argue because...um...cake." so she made a cake.  AND I AM NOT KIDDING YOU IT IS THE BEST THING EVER.  like oh.  my.  goodness.  I am so trying that recipe again once we move.  it was so, so good.  perfect.  like maybe in the future i'll even post it on here because that cake was the bomb.

wishing: to be closer to God.  like, i just want to keep having that steady relationship with Him even in busy times.  i've been learning and trying to only fear God and not looking to the left and right.  i need Him.  a lot.

writing: well, this is going to be ground breaking, but NANO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

not even kidding, man.

trusting: God for this journey called life? yeah.

enjoying:  mmm.  good question.  i don't really know, to be honest.  i guess i just need to enjoy the small moments with Jesus more.  

realizing:  that although i wished some things in my life were different, God is still good.  it's hard sometimes.  yeah, it's really hard.  sometimes tears come.  by the bucket loads.  but God is still there.  He's blessing me right now in this way that I can't see, and in the meantime He's giving me other things to keep my focused on.  that old hymn called "trust and obey" pretty much nailed it.  There's no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey. GOD ♥


Well, that's a wrap for now, folks! I hope you liked this post and thanks for reading.  It was a little disorientated and all i know, but i literally just sat down at my laptop and wrote it.  i just needed to get everything that's been happening lately.  it's crazy, but i'm thankful that God is still God.

so.  voilĂ 

tell me what's been happening in your life! how has life been going? anything exciting? are you doing nano? HOW'S THAT GOING FOR YA. (*cough* some people write 11k in one day and all that good stuff.  how in the actual world do they do that even i'd like to know. xD) How's school been going?

have a great day/evening and i'll talk to y'all next time!