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A Home is Where you Make it

As I sit here hoping and praying school will be cancelled tomorrow due to the minuscule flurries of snow fluttering through the air, I can’t help but be a little homesick for Montana.

Though I lived there for shorter than any other state I’ve lived in, I feel as though life there has made an extraordinary impact on my life. Whether it be because the two short years I lived in Montana were part of a very impressionable time in my life, or the impact of the people there was especially strong, Montana will always hold a special place in my heart.

I miss the snow and I miss the beautiful scenery found right outside my door. I especially miss the mountains. I, however, know that moving away was in God’s plan.

Sometimes scenarios are put in your life that are meant to be straining. Moving to Montana in the first place was intensely painful, but the two year detour put me on a completely different track of life that proved to be extremely beneficial now that I am back in Texas.

I am so thankful for my experiences that come with my unique lifestyle of moving around. I do, however, miss Montana’s snow a ton!!

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Manic Monday

Happy Monday Everyone!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was lucky enough to have an extra long Holiday Break this year, and today is my final day off. Unfortunately, I spent it at the DMV. Because I came from out of state, I had to re-take my driver’s test, which was a major disappointment. Today was that day.

As I sat and waited anxiously to take my test, all I could do was pray and pray and pray. I wanted to do well so that I could avoid the hassle of taking it over again.

Thankfully, I passed.

Even though moving has added little bumps in the road such as re-taking my driver’s test, I have been blessed with opportunities that not many people have. I have travelled all over the country. I have seen places that many dream to see. I have tried new things and made lifelong friends that live thousands of miles away from me. Reflecting over the short 16 years that I’ve been on this Earth, I realize how truly blessed I am with the experiences and lifestyle that I have been given.

Now, after a long day of waiting and thinking, I’m ready for the Georgia Bulldogs Game!!

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A Year of Growth

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Hi everyone! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas filled with laughter and joy! I, thankfully, was able to spend the week in Georgia with my extended family. ¬†Now, it’s time to prepare for the New Year!

This past year has been a roller coaster filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, and even rushes of excitement. ¬†When I started 2017, I was at the height of my sophomore year. ¬†I was on top of the world with my loving friends and successful school life. ¬†I had just gotten my first ever lead in a musical, and I was spending almost every moment doing something I loved, whether it be rehearsal or going to my favorite coffee shop with my best friend. ¬†I never expected to be told that once again, I was going to have to move accross the country away from what I viewed as home. ¬†I’ll be honest, I was heartbroken at just the thought of moving for the sixth time; moving in the middle of high school.

If you would’ve told me a mere 10 months ago the mental place that I’m in today, I would have not believed you. ¬†I felt depressed and completely drained. ¬†I felt that I’d never be as happy as I was in Montana. ¬†I was wrong. ¬†Little did I know… I would find incredible loving friends only a few months into the start of school.

Today, I am beyond blessed.  I am a part of a fantastic youth group filled with like-minded kids who share an intense love for the Lord, I have friends that I love and trust, and I am all around a happier person.

As I said, 2017 has been a rollercoaster, but it has also been a year of growth. ¬†Moving my Junior year has made me a stronger person, and after much contemplating, I am grateful. ¬†I owe it all to God. ¬†Moving from Montana was a blessing in disguise, and I never would have expected to be thriving here. ¬†God is so good and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for 2018.

“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison” ‚ÄĒ 2 Corinthians 4:17

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Hoping for a Winter Wonderland

This past week, all of my friends up North got completely bombarded with Snow!  Watching the weather from the comfortable 60 degrees that Texas has been hovering at has made me miss snow more than I ever thought possible.  Snow is a beautiful and exciting phenomena that I always took for granted living up North.  Constantly checking  the weather forecast has only made me jealous of my friends who are getting inch after inch of snow piled on.

My winter wardrobe is home to my favorite articles of clothing, and I look forward to swapping out my closet every year.  Winter seems to bring about a fresh new light to life, especially when it snows.  A snow-covered ground is quite literally a blank slate just waiting to be stepped in to.

Cozy sweaters, blanket scarves, and even comfy beanies make winter worth while. ¬†Though I’ve never really been a fan of being cold, I love when the weather outside is conducive to a hot cup of cocoa and staying in bed without a care.

Though I miss living up North and the special connections I have with the snow, moving back down South is a definite change in pace when it comes to both life and weather.  After all, living in a place like Texas makes getting snow all the more special.  I hope that I am able to see some snow this winter for even just a few days.  It truly is magical to see a blanket of white over the normally colorful world around me.  When I look at such a serene image, time seems to stop in a soothing manner.  The snow and the North will always hold a special place in my heart, but for now, watching from a far is all I need.

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End the Chapter, Not the Book

Author’s Note: Hi everyone! I’m SO sorry about the late post! I was majorly swamped Sunday Night.

This past Sunday during church, the Pastor’s sermon really stuck with me. ¬†His message revolved around dealing with life’s interruptions.

So often we are faced with interruptions put in place by the enemy whose sole goal is to persuade us away from Christ.  It has been this way starting with Adam and Eve and the Serpent who persuaded Eve to take a bite out of the forbidden fruit.

“Don’t put a period where God wanted a comma to be” ¬† Rev. Edlen¬†Cowley

Even Mary and Joseph experienced interruptions in their life when they were told that their life would forever change with the birth of Jesus.  Imagine the ridicule the two must have faced.  In times such as these they would have been shunned by their friends and families and forever looked down upon.  However, Mary accepted the duty and went through with the deed with her head held high.  She and Joseph placed a comma after their engagement and turned to more important duties such as preparing for the birth of the Messiah.

Today, we can learn a lot about how to go about our pain and struggle through stories such as Mary and Joseph’s, and learn how not to go about our struggles through stories such as Adam and Eve’s. ¬†We are all sinners, but placing a comma where we need to take a pause may help us from closing off opportunity in life. ¬†Dealing with pain and strife is difficult, but with the help of our Faith in our Savior, we can get through anything.

¬†1 Corinthians 10:13 says “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear”

Though what we face challenges as Christians, we will never be given a temptation that you cannot overcome.  You are powerful, strong, and capable of great things.

Throughout your week, remember that when dealing with one of life’s many interruptions, do not put a cap on the struggle, work through it. ¬†Instead of placing a period, place a comma. ¬†Work through the situation with grace and the knowledge that you are capable of dealing with any obstacle you may face. ¬†Let the novel that is your life continue and develop into something that would make your author proud. ¬†You are made in the image of God and you are gifted with the joys that He has given you. ¬†As one chapter of life ends, a new, more impactful one begins.

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My Life in a Picture

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Over the past year and a half, photography has become an almost essential part of my life. ¬†I love to go out with friends and take photos of and with them. ¬†I don’t know where I’d be or what I would be doing if I did not have photography in my life.

While living in Montana, I earned an appreciation for the beauty of nature due to my close proximity to it. ¬†One of my best friends introduced me to photography the beginning of my sophomore year when she decided that we should go out one weekend and take “fall portraits” of each other. ¬†I agreed because I not only loved being in front of the camera, I wanted to know what it was like to take photos myself. ¬†My love of photography as well as a lifelong friendship developed the very first time I went out for those portraits. ¬†After that day, my friend and I went out every weekend we had free to take pictures. ¬†It was amazing‚ÄĒa golden era in my life, and a development of an exciting hobby.

Montana had immense opportunity for photography.  A close proximity to Yellowstone National Park as well as unique rock formations, rivers, and colorful fields filled with flowers made photography easy and fun, whatever the subject happened to be.

When I moved away this past year, I thought that it would be difficult to continue the hobby in an area with not nearly as many interesting choices in scenery.  Thankfully, I was wrong.  God blessed me with friends who love to go out on the weekends to take photos, and areas close to home that make for gorgeous subjects.  I am also beyond thankful that I am able to look at things in a new perspective to make a seemingly boring subject into something beautiful.

Finding the beauty in a seemingly ‘boring’ or unappealing subject is not only important in the eyes of a photographer, ¬†it is also crucial for everyday life. ¬†Looking at things in a new perspective can put a positive spin on almost anything. ¬†For example, if I had looked at moving from Montana as an adventure rather than a hardship, I would have saved myself so much grief and been in a much better mindset. ¬†I am so excited to be in this new chapter of life filled with joy and excitement.

 

Throughout your week, try to look at daily hardships in a new light.  Capture the beauty of a moment in a happy thought.  Stay joyful and live life fulfilling your passions while using the talents that God has given you.

Turn your Unappealing Hardships into a Beautiful Picture with a simple change in perspective.

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The Joys of Relaxation

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The past nine days for me have been less than exciting.  Though I enjoyed every minute of Thanksgiving with my loving family and getting an early start Thursday night in preparation for Black Friday shopping with my mom, my week was pleasantly relaxing.

Typically, my immediate family travels to Georgia to spend Thanksgiving with aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, and distant cousins twice removed whom I’ve never seen in my life. ¬†Thanksgiving dinner in Georgia is compelling in its own special way. It is, however, anything but mellow. ¬†Waking up at six in the morning to prepare enough food for a small army of starving relatives has its own hidden perks, such as spending quality time with my grandmother and learning little tricks around the kitchen while watching the Macy’s Day Parade. ¬†But, spending Thanksgiving at home was a nice change of pace.

This year, I slept entirely through the Macy’s Day Parade and did not have to worry about helping in the kitchen. ¬†This year, my family decided to go out to dinner for Thanksgiving in order to prevent a mass of dirty dishes and leftover food. ¬†It was spectacular. ¬†After an amazing dinner without¬†any further cleanup, my mom and I went Black Friday Shopping at 9 PM on a Thursday. ¬†Though there weren’t any ‘out of this world’ deals, spending quality time with my mom made for an exciting outing.

My the days prior to Thanksgiving were spent taking photos and spending time with friends I love dearly. ¬†It was such a blessing to be able to spend time with the people I do not typically see during this week of the year. ¬†I am so grateful that I was able to spend Thanksgiving at home this year, though I’m already ready for the manic Thanksgiving that Georgia has in store for next year!

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