Five Things I am Thankful for + a poll

Hello, my friends!

We often forget to be grateful in our everyday lives – We’re busy, and a lot of the time, it seems like there is nothing to be grateful for. But there always is! Even if it is as simple as you had a house to keep your warm and dry overnight, or you ate breakfast this morning.

There is always something to be grateful for.

Anyhow, I want to make it a habit of making being more grateful, and not just at Thanksgiving. So I decided that I am going to post 5 things I am grateful for – More than the basic food and water. :p

Books

Sometimes I wonder what I would do without books. I love being able to get lost in a character’s world. And being able to go back in time and see what life was like when I read historical fiction.

My Blog

I love blogging, ever since I started 3 short months ago. I’ve learned so much since I originally started, and I can see how my writing has improved. Thank you so much for reading, following, and commenting. It means a lot to me. ❀

My Siblings

My siblings drive me nuts sometimes (but I can be annoying too. 🀫), but their also my best friends.

Snow

I love the snow and right now, we’ve got plenty of it. I’ve enjoyed being able to be outside, ski, sled, and build snow forts.

Amazing Friends

God has blessed me with so many Jesus-loving friends. ❀

I have so many things to be thankful for – What are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments!

But before you go, would mind voting on the poll below? I’ve been blogging for a few months now, and I’ve done a variety of posts, and I have some ideas for some, but I want to see what posts you would like to read. And always, if you have any extra suggestions or feedback, feel free to contact me.

Thank you for reading and voting!

February Goals: 2022

Hello, my friends!

Happy February! Are you excited for another month to work on your goals for the New Year?

I am excited! And I’m going to set some new goals for the month and break up the ones that I already set for the New Year so I can hit them. So here we go!

  • Hit a word goal of at least 20K

    I am not expecting to get a very high word count as I will be outlining, and not drafting this month, but I do hope to hit at least 20k.
  • Finish my outline for The Bensons

    I hope to start writing in March once I finish the outline this month – It’s historical fiction so I need to do a lot of research. I will most likely be sharing some snippets on here, and more about the story soon.
  • Hit 80 followers on my blog

    I am super close! Only 9 away. And if you’re subscribed, thank you so much for helping me get this far. And if know someone who would like to follow me, send them to this page to follow.
  • Read at least 7 books

    I slowed down on reading in January and I want to pick back up again to hit my goal of reading at least 50 books this year. I need to get started on that!
  • Make sure at least 1 of the books I read is nonfiction

    As I write nonfiction a decent amount, I want to get started reading more to get better at writing it.
  • Set up my bullet journal

    Alright, *cringes* I haven’t worked on my bullet journal as much as I want to be. I’ve worked on it once. But I only got it a few weeks ago, so I hope I can get it started again.
  • Memorize at least 4 Bible verses

    I memorized two verses in January – But I hope to memorize 4 this month to get back on track to hit my goal of 40 this year.
  • Keep up with my Bible reading

    At this point, I’ve stayed on track to read the whole Bible this year – so I want to keep that up and stay on track so I won’t fall behind.

And there are my goals for February! Let’s chat in the comments – Do you have any goals for February? How are your goals for 2022 coming?

Christmas blog tour stop #1: A Peek into the Ski Life in Photos

Hello, my friends!

If you saw the title, a few of my friends and I are doing a blog tour! We wanted to do it earlier, in December for Christmas, but the timing didn’t work out, but we decided to go ahead with it anyway. So here we are with a bit of Christmas in January. Check out the kick-off post by Bethany for more details.

(Also, the only day that worked for me was Wednesday, that’s why I didn’t post yesterday.)

And for my post, I decided to share a few photos from my family’s winter and ski trips. But let me give you some background before we start so you all know what this has to do with Christmas for my family and I.

About five years ago, my parents decided instead of giving us gifts/presents for Christmas, they would get us all skis and take us skiing every week. We’ve continued that tradition, and we’re very blessed to be able to ski every week. I have a pile of photos to show you all. I hope you enjoy it!

A fun ski picture well we are on the lift!

Here’s my little sister, and younger brother on one of the lifts! Aren’t they cute?

Ahh, this photo was taken a few years ago, I’m guessing on one of our ski trips up to Minnesota. I’m the girl in the blue, with my little sister, and older brother ahead of me.

Aww, I love this photo with the clouds and the shadows. I believe my older brother, sister, and I are on the lift, but I’m not 100 percent sure. It was taken a few years ago.

This isn’t necessarily a skiing photo, but it is one of one the mountains we visited so I believe it counts? I don’t know, but it is pretty.

Here’s me, my little sis, and my dad. I just realized how many times my little sister has popped up in these photos. She does love getting her picture taken. 😁

This one is just another pretty photo that we took while we were skiing.

I love how the sun reflects off the snow in this photo.

And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed seeing these photos, let me know in the comments, which photo was your favorite?

Make sure to follow the tour, check out tomorrow’s post on Bethany’s blog.

Thank you so much for reading!

Diaries of a crazy writer: In which I share about my week during Crazy Writing Week

Hello, my friends!

How are you all doing? It’s been a while since I last posted, but I warned you. This week I was participating in a challenge called Crazy Writing Week (CWW or CDubs) it is a really fun and awesome way to write a lot of words. Here’s how it works.

There are two teams, this year’s teams were called the Peacocks and the Flamingoes (A.K.A The Pink Birds as my friend, Vi called them.) Each team tries to write as much as they can (words) or spend as much time on writing as they can by the end of the week (hours), whoever has the most words and hours wins, and if one team is ahead in one category, and the other is ahead in the other category, it’s a tie. This year the leaders added in another category, achievements, which you can earn by watching the videos they release each day. Make sense? (It’s a bit confusing.)

I was on team Peacocks!

Now that you know the basics, I thought I would share a bit about how it went, and if I ended up hitting the goal I said I was hoping to in my Newsletter.

Day One:

The first day is always a bit crazy, with everyone trying to figure out how it works and trying to get a good start on the week. But since I’ve been on CDubs before, I was mainly writing and helping others get things figured out.

My total from day one: 2,069 words

Team leading: Peacocks

Total Word Count: 435,625 words

Day two:

Day two is a little bit less crazy, but everyone is still getting the hang of things!

My total from day two: 2,717

Team leading: Flamingoes (Those sneaky pink birds!)

Total Word Count: 1,077,753 words

Day three:

Alright, at day three, people are starting to get the hang of things, and the competition is getting fierce.

My total from day three: 2,016

Team leading: Peacocks

Total Word Count: 1,774,788 words

Day Four

Midweek! Day three and four are like. . .the same. There really isn’t much of a difference, and even I had a hard time keeping them separate in my mind when I wrote this but I spiced up my word count a bit, setting a new record for the most I’ve written in a day.

Also, my older brother jumped on and ended up on the other team on Friday. I was excited to share this with him, and he enjoyed it a lot!

My total from day four: 4,034

Team leading: Peacocks

Total Word Count:  2,462,988 words

Day Five:

Aight, Day five was a bit slower for me, but I still hit a decent word count, even though I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t hit my goal.

My total from day five: 3,291

Team leading: Flamingoes

Total Word Count: 2,995,766 words

Day Six:

The second to last day of the competition. There is always a flurry to write as much as you can and I hit my word count and beat the record I had just set only three days before.

My total from day six: 5,009

Team leading: Flamingoes

Total Word Count: 3,421,146 words

Day Seven:

The last day of the competition. . . a rush to try to write as much as possible. And once again, for the third time this week, I set a record for the most I’ve written in one day. . .

My total from day seven: 6,582

Team leading: (Keep on reading to find out who won)

Total Word Count: TOTAL: 4,276,740 words

After thoughts:

This week was. . . a blast. I had so much fun and I was able to catch up with so many different friends. Plus, my brother and another friend of mine were able to get on and join the fun.

My total for the week ended up being. . . .24,588

Which means I wrote over what I thought I was going to do. I set a goal of 15k and ended up surpassing that by a little over 9k!!

Wow, this week had been productive.

The team who won was:
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The Peacocks!

My team won!!

It was a great competition and I can’t wait for CDubs again next year – I wrote the most I have ever had in a week!

Thank you so much for reading!

A Peek into my Christmas

Hello, my friends!

Merry Christmas Belated! I hope you all had a fantastic day and remembered the real reason for Christmas while you celebrated.

Today, I thought I’d share some photos and other things from my Christmas. So here we go!

We recently got our mantel finished, and we really enjoyed decorating it this year! A good friend of my mom found these really neat bells and gave them to us.

Mom decided they would fit perfect on the mantel.

We did so much baking this season! These were chocolate cake cookies that my sister made.

Salted caramel pretzel delite that tasted great!

Dipped Short Bread cookies that my little sister and I made together!

These were some very fun decorations that I wanted to share. I love the little trees!

My Aunt, older brother, and sister, along with my sisters played a very fun and intense game of “Whovilleopoly.” Which I need up winning by 1,000 points! It was quite fun!

I got quite a few books for Christmas, to add to the stack that I got from the library that I wasn’t even done with yet. One of them was Little Women from my cousin, which I haven’t read yet but I am very excited too. I am going to be very busy reading this break!

We walked through the lights display on Christmas night, with my grandparents and aunt. I loved looking at all the lights even though we had already been through it about 10 times. (I know, my siblings and I love going through it about a million times each season.) I really liked this one!

We finally got some snow today! Only about an inch, but we are supposedly getting more this week.

I loved this sign! So pretty and something we do need.

I love this one! The way the photo was taken made it look like the lights were just floating! So pretty!

How was your Christmas? What was your favorite photo? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Time flies, how do we catch it?

You only have so much time. How do you save it?

Timed Tuesday is back again! Last week, I did a post on Why we need to save time.

Today, I am talking about how we actually go through with that and save our time.

I’ve learned that I waste so much time when I don’t have a list or a plan. Often, I will make a list right before I go to bed. When I wake up, I know what needs to worked on first. This way, I always know what I need to do and I am not mindlessly wasting time. Once the first task is done, I move on to the second. And so on.

I’ve tried using a schedule also, but that didn’t work well for me. In my house, every day is different. And to be honest, I would get annoyed when my days were turned upside down with an activity that was not structured into my day.

This is why I use a list instead of a schedule. It still helps me to save time. Just not in a specific, time-framed way.

But it’s different for everyone. Maybe you use a schedule, and that works perfectly for you. I don’t know. But, here are three ideas you can use, no matter what, to save your time.

  • Be Organized

Organization. Yes. It will help you save time. Use lists, checklists, that sort of thing.
If you are organized, you won’t have to look for things, you will know where your keys are, your shoes are and you won’t have to spend your time looking for things. If you have a list, you will always know what you need to do next.

Organization also helps you to have what you need. For example, if I throw my soccer jersey on the floor when I am done wearing it, it will be dirty and lost under my bed when it is time for the next game. However, if I am organized, I wash it right away after I wear it and put it away neatly in my dresser.

  • Take the time to prioritize what needs to be done.

This is similar to being organized but it is a little different. Knowing what needs to be done and when it needs to be done, doing things in the most logical time-saving order: this will save your time and also save you from any mad scrambles when you’re late for doing something.

  • Pray

Ask God how He wants you to spend your time. Ask Him to bless your time and your day. If God is planning your day then it is bound to be productive.

So, go, stop wasting time and start saving it. Share your time-saving tips in the comments.

Until next time,

Timed Tuesday – Why we need to save our time

The day is here!

Our first timed Tuesday! Today, we will be focusing on why we need to save time and use it wisely. (If you missed out on any information, Timed Tuesdays were announced in my Newsletter, this week in December I will give three tips on time.)

Time seems to fly by, one minute it’s there and gone the next.

We need to save time and use it wisely for a few different reasons.

  • The Bible calls us to save time– There are so many different verses in the Bible on time. I am going to share a few of them later.
  • Life is busy- It’s that simple. We can’t spend two hours in the morning writing (or whatever else your hobby is if it isnt writing) when we’re supposed to be at school, work, or whatever else you should be doing.
  • Lost Time is never found again- I like how Benjamin Franklin put that. You can’t go back. You might be able to do whatever you missed but you can’t have that time back.

These are the three key reasons why we need to make the most of our time.


Here are a few of my favorite Bible Verses on time:

  • Behave wisely toward outsiders,Β making the best use of your time. -Colossians 4:5
  • Β Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. -Psalm 90:12Β 
  • Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. -Ephesians 5:16-17

Sadly, I often find myself wasting time. I will open my computer and go to the Young Writer’s Workshop site to sign in for a sprint and I find myself checking all my notifications or messaging friends and family on Google Hangouts when I should be focused on a sprint. I also get distracted making doing graphic designs when I could be using my time more wisely doing something that actually needs to be completed.

Think about this for a second: What wastes your time? What time could be better spent on something else? Give yourself an honest opinion. If you feel comfortable, you could share things that cause you to waste time in the comments.

I hope this can be helpful for you! Next week, we will go deeper into How to save Time.

Until next time,

December Goals!

2021 is not over yet.

Yep! You heard me! 2021 has not come to an end yet. We still have 31 days to go, which means there’s still time to finish up some last month goals!

And here are mine!


Writing

  1. Reach 50 followers on my blog- I am only four away!
  2. Finish outlining The Marbelle’s at Camp Wild Waters– I am almost done so this one should be pretty easy to complete.
  3. Start my short story- Last year, I started doing a short story contest in Febuary, I have no ideas for this one though. So I need to get cranking on it. (Once it’s done I will most likely post it here)

Personal

  1. Read at least ten books- I’ve slowed down on my reading the past month and I want to start back up again.
  2. Finish my office– It’s so close to being done! (I will post about it when it is.)

And, there are my five goals for December 2021! Before we know it, it will be 2022. Kind of shocking, right?

What is one thing you would like to do before the month is over? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Announcement and Art!

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oday, my friend, Ollie is going to be sharing her artwork! Before we get to see her masterpieces, I have an announcement to make.

I am going to be slowing down on my posting schedule. Every day is a bit too crazy for me at the moment with busy holidays coming up. So, I will only be posting four times a week. Though this week, with my Thankful post, I will end up with five posts.

Now, with my announcement out of the way, let’s get to Ollie’s amazing artwork!

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“Drawing is my favorite hobby. I do a lot of it in my spare time. Sometimes I draw hours on end. In fact the second drawing (the one where the girl is holding the bow and arrow.) Took me 3 hours to complete! People are my favorite subject to draw. I love creating characters and giving them their own personality and backstory. A picture really is worth a thousand words. I did these drawings for fun, and based them off of pictures found on Pinterest, but put my own twist on them.”

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 “My name is Ollie. I am a 16-year-old girl with a love for Jesus and a passion for serving others. When I’m not babysitting I’m either baking or doing art. God has given me the talent to draw, and l love doodling in my spare time. I hope you enjoy my drawings!”

I hope you enjoyed seeing all of Ollie’s drawings! I did. Let me know in the comments which you liked best!

Happy early Thanksgiving!

Until next time,