Blogmas Day 2: November Faves!

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Welcome again to The 12 Days Of Blogmas! I’m so excited that you’ve joined me for another post 🙂 Today I have for you a list of my November Favorites! Now, unlike a “good and professional blogger” I forgot to write down what I liked for this month…so it probably won’t be as complete as it could’ve been. That being said, I was also super busy this month so I wasn’t able to do and try as much seasonal stuff as I wanted, so there’s that too. But please forgive me and I hope you enjoy this post 🙂

 

Makeup:

My makeup faves are always what dominate these posts but I’ll try to keep it at a reasonable number 🙂

First I have my elf “Matte for Plum” eyeshadow pallet. It creates a super nice base for any makeup look and you can wear it as it is, or dress it up some with a dark lipstick (mentioned below)

Next I have the elf Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in black that I’ve been using almost every day. It’s so much easier to apply than a liquid eyeliner and it stays on forever 🙂

In the category for nice dark winter lipsticks I have elf matte lipstick in the color Razzle Dazzle Red, and one given to me for my birthday (thanks Bestie 🙂 which is L.A. Colors in the color Charmed. Both are a really nice color and when applied with a lip brush, stay on for a long time.

Also, this month I had my first experience with applying false eyelashes and I learned not to attempt to put them on when you are running super late to a party because you will mess everything up and get frustrated and leave them off anyway 🙂 So there’s that…

 

Clothing:

Now, I don’t really have any clothing faves for this month because I wear pretty much the same thing every day. But it would be a shame for me not to mention this EPIC cloak that was made for me by a really good friend (shout out to you Tristan, you did an amazing job 🙂 And true to the nerdy soul that I am, I have been wearing it to not only battle my fainthearted enemies, but also to chill around the house in (in fact, I’m wearing it as I write this right now!).

 

Books:

This is also one of my favorite categories to do but especially this time because I actually have found some time to get back into reading!

I borrowed a book from another good friend of mine (aren’t my friends the best?! You rock, Anna 🙂 and I have been thoroughly enjoying the read. The book is called Captivating authored by John and Stasi Eldredge and is about how God can restore the captivating beauty of the woman’s soul as the crown of Creation. Really, I would suggest that everyone take the time to read this book 🙂

 

I also purchased and have been reading Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction. It’s pretty much exactly what the title suggests. Very informative and has a lot of amazing advice from authors Orson Scott Card, Philip Athans, Jay Lake, and the editors of Writer’s Digest. I’m only three chapters through it, but it has been so helpful in the planning of at least two of my stories in progress, if not more 🙂

 

And I think that just about sums it up 🙂 What we’re your favorites for November? And don’t forget to come back on Friday for another Blogmas post!

 

Blogmas Day 1: Welcome!

Woohoo!!! The Holiday’s are finally here! This is the time that I look forward to all year! Christmas, New Year’s, and all the holidays in between.

Because I love this season of life so much, I thought it would me so much fun to do a series of 12 holiday themes posts titled “The 12 Days of Blogmas!” which I will be posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday leading up to Christmas. So without further ado, let’s get started!

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The day after Thanksgiving is known to most as Black Friday. However, to my family it’s called “Tree Trimming day.” This is the day where we get out the tree and shake the dust off, unpack the lights and staple them around the ceiling, adorn the mantle with the nutcracker collection, and play Christmas music while the whole family takes part in getting ready for the festive season. It is probably one of my favorite days out of the whole year 🙂

Here are some ideas for your own tree trimming day! It doesn’t matter if you decide to decorate the day after Thanksgiving or if you choose to wait until December. My family usually gets too excited and so we do it as soon as possible 🙂  Whether you live by yourself or with your family, you can still make it a special day!

First, you’ll need your decorations. However you chose to decorate is up to you; you may cover the ceiling with lights, or maybe you just stick with a simple tree and wreath. But the decorating is important (it’s in the name for the day itself so of course it’s important:)…Obviously

Next, you must set the mood. I would suggest a nice fire in the fireplace (not to big though as you’ll get overheated with all the moving around and decorating you’re most likely doing) and some soft instrumental Christmas music. Nothing too loud, you just want to set the mood, not ruin conversations. Normally this is the time where, as we unpack the ornaments for the tree, Mom and Dad will tell the stories behind each one or where they got them. We wouldn’t want music to hinder that. Also, if you don’t have a fireplace or don’t fancy building a fire, you can find a plethora of video recordings of fires with soft music in the background on YouTube.

Lastly, after everything is decorated sufficiently, you might find it enjoyable to share a few snacks while watching a Christmas themed movie. I wouldn’t suggest many snacks though as Thanksgiving was just the previous day, but some popcorn or cheese and crackers goes nicely. Or you could have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving  buffet with popcorn, buttered toast, jelly beans (if you like them. I don’t fancy them myself…) and pretzel sticks. As for the Christmas movie, I have several favorite suggestions but the one I would most highly recommend would have to be A Child’s Christmas In Wales. It’s a beautiful movie based off the poem by Dylan Thomas. Is this one of the most quoted movies by my family? Why yes…yes it is 🙂 With such gems as these:

“You mean the postman went “rat a tat tat” and the door rang?”

“Call the firemen…and the police as well…and Ernie Jenkens (he likes fires!)”

“Then I pushed him down then he pushed me down and then we had tea.”

“Mr. Daniel looks like a spaniel.”

And our favorite: “Would you like anything to read?”

I’ll type the whole thing out in a later post, but I cannot recommend this movie highly enough.

So once again, welcome to Blogmas and I hope you will enjoy what’s in store in the next 11 days that I’ll post 🙂 If you have any suggestions of posts you would like to see from me, feel free to leave your ideas in the comments below. Merry Christmas!

19 lessons I’ve learned in 19 years…

In my life so far, I’ve had many ups and downs. I know I’ve had it easier than a lot of people my age, but I still have individual struggles of my own. I’ve had hard times that I responded negatively to, and I’ve had issues that I learned from and became a better person because of. Today I turn 19 and I keep telling myself that since this will be my last year as a “teenager” I have to make it the best 🙂 Because I have been reflecting on my life so far, I thought I would take a moment to compile a few things I’ve learned in this time and hopefully you will learn something too.

I will say what I always do before giving advice: I don’t have my life together. There are many, many things that I don’t know yet and many things I have yet to experience. I am in no way saying that you should take my advice word for word, but it would do me a great honor if you would take the time to give it a read 🙂

Without further ado, 19 lessons I’ve learned in 19 years!

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Lesson 1: Don’t hold grudges. It does no one any good and it just makes you bitter and unpleasant to be around. They are a waste of time, and time is precious. Holding a grudge over something that happened in the past is a great way to steal joy from the present and the future. Don’t hold on to something that would be better let go of.

 

Lesson 2: Don’t seek out justice if someone has wronged you. It isn’t your place to get them back for a perceived wrongdoing on their part, nor is it your duty to ruin their reputation by talking about them behind their back. Justice will find them because no sin goes unpunished. Remember that you don’t have to be there to see it though. Gloating in someone’s misfortune, even if it was deserved, is wrong and not classy.

 

Lesson 3: Don’t allow what other people think about you to define who you are. You are completely different than they are and their opinion holds no weight in your life. If they’re your elder, listen with an open mind and make your decision based on logic. You owe it to them to listen to what they have to say, but no one is forcing you to take their advice. Don’t let someone’s flawed view of you effect your view of yourself. You don’t need their approval or permission, so don’t let their word be law.

 

Lesson 4: Be nice to everyone. From the employee at McDonald’s to the teller at the bank and from the cop who pulled you over to the greeter at Walmart, everyone has a life just as individual and complex as your own. So be nice. They have a family too. They have worries about the future just like you do. Just because you feel slighted doesn’t mean you can take it out on other people who have no control of the situation. The universe doesn’t revolve around you, so stop acting like it does. Even if you’re having a bad day, be nice and respect others and you just might make their day.

 

Lesson 5: Your parents really do know best. As teens and young adults we like to think we know so much and that our parent’s way of doing things is “outdated.” But the truth is, they have lived longer than you, they have more experience than you do, and all they want for you is the best. It’s common to think that they are trying to ruin your life by not letting you do something, when in reality they just don’t want you to have to learn a lesson the hard way like they had to. You can learn so much from your parents and if you could trust them to teach you how to walk and dress yourself, why wouldn’t you trust them to help you choose a college or a partner for life? Don’t get so caught up in what you think you know to ask for your parent’s advice.

 

Lesson 6: No one hears your voice if you stay silent. You want to make a difference? Then get ready to stand out. You can’t make a change if you aren’t willing to be set apart from the crowd. Set aside your fears and stand for something you believe in. As the saying goes, “If you don’t stand for something, you might fall for anything.” Life isn’t meant to be safe, we’re meant to stand out and life dangerously. If you spend all your time trying to fit in and play it safe, you’re going to end up empty and full of things you wish you would’ve done.

 

Lesson 7: Change is constant. And that’s okay. We have to keep pressing forward in life, as long as you don’t forget where you used to be and the lessons you learned in that season of life. Embrace the chance to move on and stop looking back and wishing for something you can’t have.

 

Lesson 8: Take time to just think. Never be too busy to just work through why you think the way you do and what is important to you. Write down the ideas and thoughts you have and share them with others. You never know, it might be just what someone needs to keep up their journey.

 

Lesson 9: Ask questions. Never pass up the chance to ask questions. It’s a privilege that you  have, so use it. Read often and learn from others. Take the time to learn a new skill or perfect what you already know. There’s nothing wrong with being smart.

 

Lesson 10: Be thankful. Thank people for the smallest things; the things that don’t normally matter. By thanking them, you show them that you care about and appreciate them. A grateful spirit is always satisfied.

 

Lesson 11: You are priceless. There is only one you in the world and you are worth so much more than you think you are. Don’t settle for second best and don’t allow anyone to disrespect you. Likewise, don’t disrespect yourself. If you say you aren’t good enough, you give others the permission to say the same. Treat others like they are priceless too. Because they are. No two people are the same and everyone deserves to be honored and loved.

 

Lesson 12: Don’t be too caught up in your own problems to notice that someone is struggling too. We’re all in this race of life together and it’s hard. It’s also not a competition so don’t feel like you fall behind everyone else because you help people. Don’t ever let someone face a challenge alone. You may not be able to fix what’s wrong, but you can make them feel worth something and often that’s half the battle.

 

Lesson 13: Stop blindly following others. Take the time to form your own opinions and beliefs and never be afraid to back them up. Just because something is accepted by a lot of people, doesn’t make it right. You have a brain and logical thinking for a reason. Use them.

 

Lesson 14: Technology shouldn’t replace personal relationships. Write letters, call, go to the coffee shop together, whatever is necessary. Let them know that they mean more to you than a text message. Though texting is handy and nice, if you have the opportunity to, opt for a communication method that’s more personal.

 

Lesson 15: Create something. Every person has a desire to be a creator in their own way because we were all made by a Creator. So paint, write, make something beautiful, sing, dance, do something to reflect the One who created you. As Tolkien said, “By becoming sub-creators we can better understand the heart of our Creator.”

 

Lesson 16: Life doesn’t get easier so don’t wait around for it to. If you spend your whole life waiting to do something fun until life gets easy or slows down, you’re going to be waiting for eternity. Take each day captive and use it to do something great. Learn how to live the life you always wanted, even when it’s busy.

 

Lesson 17: You are a lot better off than other people. The problems that seem world-altering to you are nothing in comparison to the struggles of others. Stop complaining about how you have it so bad or about how your life is so unfair and change something. Don’t just sit by and watch your life like a movie. It’s happening to you right now and you need to be brave enough to step in and change something you don’t like, instead of just complaining about it.

 

Lesson 18: If you’re the best in the room, you’re in the wrong room. There will always be someone better than you, and that’s okay. If you were the best already, there would be nothing to work for. Don’t strive for perfection; strive to get better than you were yesterday. Don’t get jealous of someone’s success. They worked hard for it.

 

Lesson 19: Always look for the best. In the world we live in now, it’s so easy to get discouraged by all the bad that happens. But in every situation you have a choice. You can chose to act, or you can choose to react. You can choose to be angry, or you can choose to learn. You can choose to be discouraged and give up, or you can choose to take heart and press forward. Giving up is easy, finishing is hard. Don’t run at the first sign of hardship. You will only know how strong you are when you’re tested.

 

In summary:

Don’t hold grudges: it’s a waste of time

Don’t seek out justice for yourself: that’s not your job.

Don’t let other people define who you are: they don’t know you.

Be kind to everyone: they deserve it.

Your parents are a wellspring of knowledge: use it.

Speak up: the world needs people who stand for something.

Change is certain: don’t be afraid of it.

Use your brain: you have it for a reason.

Ask questions: it’s the only way you learn.

Be thankful: you will always be satisfied.

You are Priceless: treat others the same.

Don’t focus on yourself: others may need your help too.

Form your own opinions: just because everyone thinks it, doesn’t make it right.

Get off your phone: seek out personal relationships.

Be creative: it’s what you were made to do.

Don’t take your days for granted: You don’t know how many you really have.

Don’t focus on your own problems: others have it worse.

You’re not perfect: don’t let that be your goal.

You have a choice: don’t give up and take the easy road.

 

It hasn’t been an easy year for me, but I can honestly say that even through all the hardships and pain, my 18th year has been one of the best. My good times have outnumbered my bad times by a thousand. And I am so excited to see what the next season of my life has in store, because I know that no matter what’s going on right now His plan is always the best 🙂

I would love for you to comment below with a lesson you’ve learned in your life so far. I would very much enjoy hearing from you 🙂

Farewell to Mountain Home

In my life, short as it has been so far, I have lived in many different places. But I can say with certainty that I have never been as sad to leave somewhere as I am now by leaving here. You wouldn’t think that I would miss a little town where the only real attraction is the Walmart and where, for the most part, the landscape is about as flat as a pancake. And yet it’s not the town itself that I’m going to miss, but the people who live there.

I believe that every person you meet over the course of your life leaves an imprint on you and teaches you a lesson. Even if the only lesson you learn from them is “don’t be like this person.” I’ve had many good experiences here, and some bad ones. But I’m going to only talk about the good here as I believe that it’s finally time for me to put the bad memories behind me and focus on all the other wonderful things that the people I’ve met have shown me.

As I said, everyone teaches you something. And while living here I learned so much about my personality, who I am now, and who I hope to be someday. I have looked up to so many of you as mentors (even if you were my own age) and I don’t know where I would be without you. You were my co-workers, my teachers, my leaders, and my friends. And so many of you have left a lasting impression on me.

I used to hate it here and I couldn’t wait to leave. But now I find myself eagerly anticipating the day that I get to come back.

Unfortunately, this is shorter than I would have liked but I have to hurry and post it because I won’t have internet access for a few days as I’ll be on the road. But I wanted to write this little post to tell you all that I appreciate the time I’ve spent with you and what you’ve taught me. I won’t forget you and I hope that you have fond memories of me 🙂

Thank you all so much and I can’t wait to come back!

Bethany

 

Please comment below a fond memory of the two of us that you have 🙂

 

 

 

 

Worth It All blog tour:: Day 4!

Welcome back to Girl on Fire for the fourth day of the Worth It All blog tour!

Today I have a short little post but I have done three picture edits showcasing a quote by Bella from each of her books 🙂 I hope you are having fun so far and don’t forget to check out the end of the post for where the tour will go next!

 

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Here’s where you can find the rest of the blog tour fun for the rest of the week 🙂 I hope you are enjoying it!

Tomorrow the 4th go to Elizabeth Lindsey‘s blog

Next, Saturday the 5th, check out Beth H.

And to wrap the whole thing up with a bow, we have a post by the author herself, Isabella Morganthal on the 6th 🙂