Monday, April 27, 2015

My Life (In as many posts as it takes) #42

Saying goodbye. 

Its been a packed weekend and I wish I had had the time to upload photos for ya'll but I'll do it next week. =) 

On Friday was the last day of the Co-op I've been apart of for 12 weeks. It was really sad because the directer who has been their for 13 years left this semester and were not coming back either. It was an amazing 12 weeks, I learned how to make architectural drawings, I wrote a book, I made a quilt and I preformed in two skits. I made some new friends and it was really amazing.
On Friday, I said goodbye to that. 

These are photos I took of Rebekkah for fun. I was experimenting with no face photos. =) 

On Saturday I spent 2 hours and 45 minutes waiting at a subway for some friends to pick me up. I hate being alone, but it was totally worth it to spend time with them. The girl I met up with was Lauren, one of my best friends. We've known eachother for eight years, emailed almost every day and now shes moving away from Texas. 
On Saturday I had to say goodbye to her for what may be years.

I'm not great with goodbyes. Any of my friends will tell you when I have to say goodbye I get uncomfortable with all the somberness and usually make a joke which makes for an odd goodbye. I find them hard, but goodbyes are part of life and right now I'm trying to look forward to what's coming next. But theres always a sad feeling when I have to say goodbye to something I loved.

Do you find goodbyes hard? 

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Food For Thought #13

What are we complaining about?

Most people who write posts about why not to complain are saying things like this: "There are people dying for Christ today and you're complaining that school is hard? How selfish can you be?"

This is not one of those posts.

We all have different hardships, some more serious then others, but God gave us our problems, and he's going to help us deal with them.

Now, we all have something to complain about in our life. Weather its hard relationships or we can't find the song you want to listen to right now. You could find hundreds of things to complain about if you wanted to. But why do we want to? Is it helping anyone to complain? Now I'm not saying its a sin to complain, I don't believe it is, but nothing good comes of it except selfish wants.  

Philippians 2: 3-4
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Please don't think I'm saying that you can't say that something is going wrong in your life, I think that sharing our pain with others is one of the ways God helps us to heal. Because, sharing does not equal complaining. I'm just saying that complaining, for the sake of complaining, is not good.

This week, I'm going to try to stop complaining for the sake of complaining.
Does anyone want to join me? 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Writing Wednesday #7

How to Write Poetry Easier 

Now, this is super short tutorial because you’ll notice I’m not saying “How to write poetry 101” This is how to write poetry that probably will make sense, a little easier then it has been before.

Pick a Subject 
You need to have a definite subject when you’re writing poetry because anyone can slap together some words together that rhyme or sound nice but the goal of poetry is to get a thought, or idea, across in a rhythmic way. So, pick a subject and stick to it, don’t write a line just because it rhymes with the last one, think about it for a while and find one that really fits. 

This is the hardest part of poetry, actually writing it. I know for me, the hardest part is finding words that rhyme, yet still on topic. And here enters the best site ever invented for writers: Word Hippo. This site has where you can search for synonymous words, opposite, and best of all, rhyming words! I have used this site SO much to help me with poems and it’s amazing. I would defiantly sujest you check it out. =D

Show your poem to someone and have them give you their opinion. Plus, that’s one of the best part of being a writer, sharing it. =) 

And to close this off, I have a poem I wrote a couple days ago. I wasn't going to share it originally but a friend of mine said I should, so here it is. 

Time, why don’t you stand still?
You are ruining every last part of my will. 
I can’t keep moving forward like this, 
Knowing every moment that something is amiss. 
There is always one more task to be done 
And yet another battle to be won. 
Maybe a book or two to write 
Or maybe an army to fight.
I wish you would just stand firm 
And not go on, no matter the terms.
And let me get some work done 
I sure could do quite a ton 
But no, you keep moving forward 
Even though you don’t know what towards. 
Moving to some unknown goal
Never knowing what moments you stole 
And took with you into the deepest past 
Taking them oh, so very fast
Time why can’t you stand still?
You’re going so fast, your making me ill 
I wish you could stop for just one moment 
So I could figure out where you went.
Soon, I’m sure I will just drop, 
Time, oh why don't you just stop?

By the way, to anyone who cares, Camp NaNo is going okay, I'm right on track! ;D


Monday, April 20, 2015

My Life (In as many posts as it takes) #41

I'm here, again. Thats saying a lot okay. Its been a crazy week. Not in that we've been doing a lot, theres just a lot of emotional stuff going on. 

My mom has an ulcer in her stomach. Which, while it is not horrible serious, shes having to take a ton of medication which is throwing off her system so if ya'll would pray for her, I would be very grateful. 

Also, I've been writing in a lot of my spare time, trying to get caught up and stay caught up on NaNo. I have to admit, most of the time I really love NaNo but this time its been a little stressful so I'll be glad when I write those glorias two words "The End" and am done with it. 
I promise once I am done I will share some more about this story and introduce you to my characters, but as it is I haven't even met them all yet. ;D 

So, here are some photos from our passover celebration, which we do as a jewish seder, except with a christian twist. =D Its honestly very hard to describe so I'll just show ya'll a couple photos of us in our costumes. =) 

From left to write, Me, my dad, Sarah, Michael, The one kinda blocked in the back is Grace, then the one blocking her is Rose, Mom, and Rebekkah. =D

Testing the camrea setting to make sure it worked, Getting random photos of Rebekkah is always a pluse, shes just so adorable. =D

Michael and Sarah, their goofballs sometimes, that why I love them. ;D

Michael got this photo and it was so awesome I had to share it. =D

Mom got this one of all us girls dancing. Sarah is completely blocked by Rebekkah. XD

The following photos prove how much Luke adore company and how much he begs for pets. ;D (Photo taken by Michael)

Begging pets froms Sarah.

Begging from Michael. Luke really wants to be a lap dog, which is why hes completely on my brother. ;D
Doesn't he look happy?

Haha, another attemt at dancing, I accidentally knocked into Sarah though and she fell over. Thankfully, she was not hurt at all and came up laughing. =D

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Food for Though #12

Sometimes I act like I don't care. 

I do it all the time. Something happens that really hurts me and I act like it never bothered me. Now this is great sometimes, but today I have to admit something that really bothers me about my life. 
I'm not ahead. 

My last Friday post was about we need not to worry when others were ahead of you, because you are right where you need to be. 

I wrote that post because I needed to be reminded of it. I tried to be okay with not being as ahead as some people, but it seems like this week has conspired against me so I would notice how far ahead people were.

 Today I sat, reading an email from one of my friends, getting more and more upset about what I haven't done in life. 

I have never really done a good grammar coarse. 
I have not completed Algebra 1 yet, and I'm 15. 
I have not traveled outside of the U.S. 
I can't recite scripture very well. 
I can't play a single instrument. 
I can't tell you the name of each state. 
I haven't done a lot of things that most people have. 

But, you know what? I've done a lot of other thins that I never would have been able to do if I had spent my whole younger childhood doing the above things. And I'm only 15, I can still do them. 
I may be behind other people, but I'm not going to let that stop me. 

When my friends tell me they are almost done with Algebra, it hurts me, because I wish I had worked hard enough that I was that far ahead. But it shouldn't bother me, I really am right where God wants me, and I'm trying to get better at just accepting that fact that other people may be ahead, but its where they are supossed to be. 

Have you ever felt behind?
Do you tend to act like it doesn't bother you, or show your emotion? 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Writing Wednesday #6

In which I tell you how Camp NaNo is going, share an except from my book, and try to not bore you. 

Well, I've been bouncing back and forth all month between doing really well in Camp and way behind. Right now I'm doing well. So yeah, all that has made for an annoying mix of feelings. I just can't seem to steady myself out and get into a rhythm. =P 

See how weird it looks? 

Yesterday and today I was finally able to get on track and really get some writing done. So now I'm 60% through!

Honestly, its been really hard for me to get out that much. It may only be 6.000 words, but I have to force myself to go to the keybord. =P 

So, I'm going to share an unedited excerpt. I hope ya'll enjoy it. 

(That's the name of the book. =) 

          “Please wait outside while the council makes a decision about this, your highness.” The chairmen said.
I nodded, turned, and slowly walked up the old stone steps with a feeling of dread growing in my heart. Isabel had made a good case ageist me. I did not know how she had done it but, she had made false case against me. I turned slightly as I came to the last step and looked back at the councilmen. They would have to make a hard choice I knew. Most of them looked like they knew what there was decision was.
I turned back and the guard let me out of the room.
Isabel stood with a victorious look. “So, did you found out what you wanted?”     
“Yes.” I said, trying to keep my voice steady.
We stood in silence. Me praying that the council would not take me from power. Isabel was not going to make a good ruler, my parents knew it and I knew it to.
“The council will see you now.” The guard said and this time Isabel came in with me this time.
The feel in the room was tense. The room was so silent that I could hear my satin slippers on the floor. My dress trailed on the stairs and with each step my heart stopped a moment, wondering what would happen. I got to the bottom and turned to face the council.
“After discussing it thoroughly,” the chairmen said, standing “we have come to the agreement that you are guilty and shall be banished from the throne for your crimes.”

What do ya'll think? 

Monday, April 13, 2015

My Life (In as many posts as it takes) #40

I hope you love random photos and random tags because thats the whole of this post. I got tagged twice this week and I had a lot of fun photos of fun things to show ya'll. =D 

I was tagged for both by Jamie at A Year Of Nature Studies. =D 

This is a curtain me and my sister made out of rolled up strips of paper. =)

Award number one: Liebster Award
(Note to all who are interested: Liebster is German for 'dearest' or 'friend'.)

(All of Jamie's questions are in bold)

Choose 3 or more bloggers!
Ask them 5 or more questions!
Post it on your blog! :)

1: Do you like candy?
Yes, I love candy. Especially Skittles. =D 

2: Have you ever been on a roller coaster?
No, I have never been on a roller coaster. My family was never much into amusement parks.

3: If you have done #2 then was it scary?

4: Have you ever been to Disney world?
Nope, I like some Disneys but I'm really not a 'fan' of Disney. 

5: Do you like chocolate?
Yes, my favorite is plan milk choclate. =) 

Yes, you may all judge me for taking apart of the selfie craze but some friends of mine gave me this awesome hat and I only had a few minutes before we left to take a photo so I took it myself. =) 
Rope. =) 

6: What blog do you check the most often?
Hum, thats really hard because I cheack a lot of blogs almost every day but probably Defying Depravity or (Almost) Purfectly Pink

7: What is your blog main purpose?
Good question! Honestly, I opened this blog with a lot of different purposes but now I'm really trying to focus on encuraging people in their faith, everyday life and writing! Also all my lovely followers have made blogging more awesome then I could have imagined. 

Yes, Toothless  fell asleep on my pearl bracelet. Does anyone else see Lucifer from Cinderella? 

Me, Luke and Tothless. =D

8: Do you like movies or books better?
BOOKS!!!!!!! I really like TV when I'm sick or when I'm just so upset about something I want to zone out for awhile but for the most part I only watch about two movies a week. But I read anytime I get the chance. =D

Luke gives you his paw when your petting him to say thank you. He looks pretty happy in this photo. =) 

Blog away number two: The good friend blog award. 

1: Do you like spaghetti? 
Spaghetti is my favorite meal!! =D I make it any time I'm given the chance. =) 

2:Do you have pets?
Yes, I just showed a picture of my dog, Luke and my cat, Toothless. They are the hole houses pets but I feed them and make sure they get bath, and they really love me best so everyone refers to them as mine. ;D

My aunt gave me this 1923 Underwood typewriter for Christmas. I am still rather in a happy zone about it. Granted, the inks dry so I can't use it but other then that, its in great condition. =D

3: Do you or have you ever had braces?
Nope, never had braces, glasses, horrible acne or anything that really seems to define the teenage years other then a large growth spurt. ;D

4: What is your blog about? 
Writing, my life, and a lot of other random things. ;D

5: Do you like bubble gum or something with chocolate better?
BUBBLE GUM!!! Which you would probably guess by my blog title. I love gum. ;D
Toothless being a goofball. He actually slept in this position for about fifteen minutes. XD

Yes, Luke is cuddling our cat. They do it quite often and its adorable. =D

My awesome friend Lauren gave me this in July I think and I just last month got around to actually doing it. Pathetic, I know. ;P

6: How many stars would you give my blog? 
(you wont hurt my feelings! I like people who tell the truth better) :) 
I would rate A Year Of Nature Studies three and a half out of five stars. =) You've still some things you could work on but overall, you've got a great start. =D

7: Do you like tags or prefer people STOP nominating you???
(remember #6) ;) 
I love every single tag I get. I have a  love of answering questions about myself/my blog so tags always give me an opportunity to have fun! =D 

From left to right, Grace, Rebekkah and I. We went to play Tennes and were having a lot of fun. =D

Okay yes, this was a HUGE mistake. Rebekkah and I were trying to put together a tree for easter but we did it wrong and it turned out like stacked pancakes. I literally fell on the couch I was laughing so hard. ;D

I know this is the lazy pursons way of doing it but I'm in a rush to get to writing for Camp NaNo so whoever wants to do this tag is welcome to! 

Thank you all for reading and thank you Jamie for the tags! =D