Happy Best Friends Day! + 23 Things To Do With Your Friends This Summer

Happy Best Friends Day everyone! I hope you get to spend some time with all of your friends today but, if not, here’s a list of 23 things you can do with your friends this summer! :)

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  1. Hang out at the pool.
  2. Have a friends photoshoot.
  3. Volunteer somewhere together for the day.
  4. Road trip!
  5. Go horseback riding.
  6. Attend a floating lantern festival.
  7. Make homemade icecream.
  8. Have a paint fight.
  9. Go camping together.
  10. Have a weeklong sleepover.
  11. Go thrift shopping together.
  12. Make a friendship playlist.
  13. Make friendship bracelets.
  14. Have a picnic.
  15. Start a book club together.
  16. Go to a music festival.
  17. Stargaze.
  18. Try out new crafts.
  19. Play with animals at a local shelter.
  20. Make a summer scrapbook.
  21. Go hiking to a waterfall.
  22. Tie-dye shirts.
  23. Go back to school shopping together!

I can’t wait to try all of these things out with my friends! I know it’ll be a lot of fun. :) If you try any of the things listed with your friends, let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you! :) Have an amazing day!

signi

Motivation Monday // Trust

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March 27, 2017

Today’s Theme: Trust

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“Worrying doesn’t change anything but trusting in God changes everything.” – Unknown

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“When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.” – Psalm 56:3

Trust is one of the most important things in a relationship. It’s the same for our relationship with God. We have to learn to trust Him and His plans for our lives. That’s my challenge for you this week. :)

signi

Motivation Monday//Future

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February 20, 2017

Today’s Theme: Future

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“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” – Unknown –

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“Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21

As graduation crawls closer, people are always asking me what my plans are for the future. And the truth is, I don’t know and I don’t want to think about it. The future is a very scary thing for me, filled with uncertainty and unknowns. But as a Christian, I have to remind myself that I’m not in control; God is. So really, the future shouldn’t be that scary because God is already there. And that is a very calming thought.

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Blue Sky Tag

Hey, everyone! I was tagged by Tessa Megan from Writer’s Ink to complete the Blue Sky Tag! Fun Fact: I was her first follower ever so it’s really exciting to see how much she and her blog has grown. :)

The Rules

1.Thank the person who tagged you
2.Answer their 11 questions
3.Tag 11 people
4.Give them 11 questions to answer

Questions And Answers

  1. Do you have any imaginary friends? – No, I don’t but I sometimes talk to myself if that counts. XD
  2. Have you ever been to the beach or would like to go? – I LOVE going to the beach! It’s so relaxing and beautiful. I’ve been so many times but it’s still amazing. :)
  3. Have you ever entered a writing contest? – I have entered a couple of writing contests but I have never won. One of these days, I’ll write something amazing. ;)
  4. If possible would you go into writing as a career or will it just be a hobby for you? – It depends on the type of writing. I could totally blog for the rest of my life! I’m not sure if creative writing could be my career but I think that if (and when) I actually become serious about it, I can re-evaluate.
  5.  Do you like to sing? – I do like to sing! I am in an acappella group at my school which is super fun (but a lot of work). The people are so nice and encouraging but singing isn’t my forte. It is fun though!
  6. Do you listen to music while you write? – Sometimes. Like right now, I’m listening to music while I’m typing this (If It’s Just Me by Hunter Hayes). But for homework writing, I don’t listen to music. I think sometimes the music can affect and change the feel of the writing. Hopefully, that makes sense. :P :)
  7. What book(s) have you recently read? – Besides books for school, I haven’t read anything. But! I received two books from my very best friend so I will read those soon!
  8. Do you like country music? – YES! And my friends hate country music! Can you believe that? My favorite country artist is Hunter Hayes.
  9. What’s your favorite movie? – Uhh… Let me think. Oh! I really like A Royal Christmas but that’s a Christmas movie so… I don’t know. :)
  10.  Have you read A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley or heard of it? – No and no! I’ll have to check it out though!
  11.  Do you watch or read the news? – I don’t watch the news too often and I don’t read the news either.

Tag! You’re It!

  1. LyfWithEm
  2. Light Up The Shining Night Sky
  3. Living The Gray Life
  4. Clara’s Craft Corner
  5. The Girl Upstairs
  6. Rocks and Minerals 4 Him
  7. The Happy Book
  8. Thriving Hope
  9. Abby and the Pens
  10. Found and Cherished
  11. Eclectic Ellen

Your Questions

  1. What is your favorite song?
  2. What new restaurant//cafe//coffee shop have you been to recently?
  3. What books do you love to read?
  4. What is your favorite type of music?
  5. How do you come up with blog posts?
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. What is the best thing to do on a rainy day?
  8. How has this month been so far?
  9. What do you love to do outside of school//work?
  10. What is your favorite comfort food?
  11. Where is your favorite place to visit?

That’s all! I hope you all have a good day! Also, there are 3 days left in the giveaway! Be sure to enter! (Rules and such here.)

signi

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Blogger Recognition Award

Hey, everybody! I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Tessa Morgan from Writer’s Ink. Be sure to check out her blog here and her version of this award here.

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  1. Thank that awesome nominator! And give a link to their blog(S)
  2. Write a post about this award
  3. Give a short bit about how/why you started your website
  4. Give two bits of advice for bloggers.
  5. Nominate 15 bloggers
  6. Tell those 15 bloggers via comment!

*Blogger Note: I’m not going to nominate anyone for this award today. I’m really sorry but feel free to do the award anyway! You deserve it :) *

Why I Started My Blog

When I first started my blog, I blogged under the blog Life As A Homeschooled Teen. Life as a Homeschooled Teen was started for me to share my homeschooling life as well as random thoughts and events going on. As I continued my blogging journey, I added more posts about life. After three and a half years of homeschooling, I decided to go back to school and then, Happily Abi was born! I still blog about life and everything going on but my main goal is to make this blog a happy, welcoming place for everyone.  I hope to use this blog as an influence for others and to display the life from a Christian point of view.

Advice for You

My advice for new bloggers is to make use of your about pages. For a long time, I had a general two/three sentence description of myself on my About page. If you think about it, this page is where all of your visitors will go to find out more about you. First impression is everything. Add enough information to satisfy your readers.

The other thing I would say is: post things that are “you”. Your blog posts should tell who you are and what you love. Don’t try to copy someone else because you want to be like them. You are you (and that’s truer than true). :) Be true to yourself and your beliefs and write the things that you like to write about.


Thanks again to Tessa Morgan for nominating me for this award! I hope you all have an amazing day. God bless!

signi

21 Day Self Portrait Project Days 16-21

Good morning! I hope you’re having a wonderful day so far. Here are the last 6 days from the 21-day self-portrait project. I liked these couple of pictures because they had really great stories behind them. Enjoy! :)

Day 16

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My Oma has taught me the importance of prayer. My grandmother is a prayer warrior. When life is crazy, she prays. When life is great, she prays. And when life is hard, she prays.

My Oma loves listening to my stories about my life and when I share a story about stress or disappointment, she reminds me to pray. It’s really encouraging to be reminded about the importance of turning to God in every situation.

Day 17

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Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to learn to play as many instruments as I could. When I first moved into my new home, my dad taught me how to play a song on the piano. I then was able to teach myself to play other songs. My parents realized piano lessons would be a really good opportunity for me so I started taking lessons at a nearby University.

My piano teacher was really nice and patient with me as I learned and practiced difficult pieces. I remember once I was having a really hard day. When I showed up for piano lessons, I was on the verge of tears. When my teacher asked me how I was, I burst into tears and for the entire lesson, she played piano for me to make me feel better.

My piano teacher taught me to express my feelings through music. I also learned to pick up different sounds in music, voices, and notes. She also taught me the importance of using music instead of anger. Without her, I wouldn’t be as far along as I am in music.

Day 18

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I took online classes for three years but it was lonely and difficult trying to study at home where my bed is like two feet away and way more comfortable than my desk where I studied. I played around with the thought of going back to school for a while, mainly because I wanted to have experience being around people before I went to college.

I was at a sleepover with my friend when she asked me, “What if we were in the same classes together?!” I laughed half-heartedly and said, “That would be cool.” I didn’t actually think I would go back to school part time nor did I have any intention of doing so. But I went along with it.

The next day, I told my mom about it and she said, “Well, do you want to check the school out?” and I was like, “I guess.” The next thing I know, my mom is calling the school (keep in mind that this is in late July) and I am sent to take an entry exam. By then I realized, “This is actually happening” and I started to get excited about being back at school full time.

Three weeks before the first day of school, I was accepted. Even now, I’m not really sure how this happened but I’m glad it did. I go to an amazing school and the people are all so nice and friendly. All of my classmates have gone out of their way to get to know me. I love the school so much!

Day 19

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Social media has a huge impact on the teens and children of this age. The social standards can totally destroy a person’s self-esteem. I know, because it did that to me.

For the longest time, I didn’t feel pretty enough, I didn’t feel any self-worth, compared to the girls online. I thought that in order to be “popular”, in order to feel loved, I needed to do whatever society said I needed to.

But my mom helped me to see the truth; I am beautiful the way I am. My mom taught me to look to the Bible for hope and encouraging. She encouraged me to memorize Bible verses so that I could remember them whenever I feel bad. And I’m so glad she did.

Through the Bible, I was able to remember my self-worth, to know that I am beautiful because God made me.

Life is hard. People are mean. And words hurt. But God still loves me. He still cares about me. He still wants me.

Day 20

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One thing I love about Christmas is how beautiful the world gets. As a child, my Christmases weren’t beautiful or full of gifts. Christmas just another day to me. But now that I am a Christian, I see the beauty in Christmas day and now that I have a family, I have the opportunity to celebrate this wonderful celebration of Christ’s birth.

Day 21

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“Look for the good in everyday life and share that spark with other people. You never know when someone else will need a little bit of happiness.”

– Abi –


There you go! I had so much fun with this project. If any of you are thinking about participating in the 21-day self-portrait project, you totally should! It’s worth your time. :) Have a great day!

signi

21 Day Self Portrait Project Days 1-5

Hey, everyone! So, in the beginning of November, my photography teacher challenged my class to participate in the 21-day self-portrait project. Every school day, for 21 days, we would take a self-portrait picture that somehow connected us with a family member, friend, teacher, anyone who influenced us. Then, we would write a story, quote, etc. explaining how that person influenced us.

I really liked the project because it helped me to push myself to take better pictures. Here are the results from the first five days.

Day 1

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My blog followers have made a big impact in my life. When I first started blogging, I only had five followers, four of which were my family members. I didn’t blog very often and I was discouraged when my blog posts that I did post didn’t get very many views. In the beginning of this year, I made it a goal to post more frequently. Eventually, the readers visited more often and my follower number grew.

I now have 231 followers, all of whom I have gotten to know and cherish. Each one of them has made some kind of impact in my life either in the comments they’ve written or the emails they’ve sent me. They all encourage me to keep writing. My blog followers are my motivation. They are my encouragers. They are the ones who I go to when I need to talk.

This picture is my main picture for my blog because I feel that it portrays how happy I am when I have the chance to reach another person with the truth of God through the words that I write.

Day 2

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There’s something about losing a parent that makes you feel lost. But when you find a family that you can be a part of, a part of you is restored.

Learning to live in a new family has been difficult. My parents aren’t perfect but they love me and that’s the important part. We celebrate our adoption anniversary every year. On our five year anniversary, my parents gave us all pearl earrings. These earrings are a reminder for me that difficult times will come but I will be stronger in the end.

Day 3

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My fifth grade Sunday School leader played an important part in my adoption process. She helped to spread the news that my sisters and I needed a home. She prayed for us even when I didn’t know it. I really believe that my Sunday School leader was an angel sent from heaven to help put all of the pieces into place.

I still talk to her every once in a while. Every time she sees me, she comments on how she loves me and prays for me and loves seeing me. I don’t know where I would be without her. And thanks to her, I have a family and a place to call home again.

It only takes one person to make a difference in somebody’s life.

Day 4

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“There was a flower in her heart, it just needed more room to bloom. And when she let it free, she showed the world that sometimes the most beautiful things can grow in the darkest of places.”

– R.M. Drake –

Day 5

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When I was in seventh grade, I had to read “Kisses From Katie” by Katie Davis for school. Reading about Katie’s life encouraged me to make a change in the lives of children. So in eighth grade, I created a website to sell bracelets online to raise money for Katie. I was able to raise over $400 for Katie and her orphanage in Uganda. This whole experience started my love for serving and writing.


So that’s it! I hope you all liked this post. Let me know if you are thinking about doing the 21-day self-portrait challenge. It’s totally worth it. ;)

signi

Christmas Gifts For Her

Hey, everyone! Christmas is just around the corner. Christmas gift shopping gets stressful sometimes so I created a gift guide to help! Every item is pictured, numbered, and linked so you can find it easily. Enjoy! :)

*Note: None of these links are affliated. :)


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HOME//DECOR

  1. Colorful Scratch Map from Etsy
  2. Isn’t She Lovely Pillow from Altar’d State
  3. Fuzzy Throw Blanket from Altar’d State
  4. Blessed, Loved, Forgiven, Saved Wall Art from DaySpring
  5. Live, Laugh, Laugh Wall Block from Hobby Lobby
  6. Fearlessly Be Yourself Wall Art from Hobby Lobby

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October Favorites

Hey, everyone! October has (almost) ended and I couldn’t be happier because that means that we are one month closer to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years! Yay! This month has been super busy but I have loved every little bit of it. I took some big steps and stretched myself by doing things I didn’t think I would ever do (like going to my FIRST DANCE). This month also included my 2-year blogiversary! (read more about that here)

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  1. Blackout poetry – Blackout poetry was something that I found on Pinterest and wanted to try. It is relaxing to me somehow and I like making new things out of older ones so this is perfect.
  2. Getting 200 followers! – I reached 200! This makes me so happy that there are so many people that are willing to read my blog posts and take the time to listen. Many many thanks to all of you!
  3. My first homecoming dance! – I went to my very first dance a couple of weeks ago and I am SO glad I went! I was invited by two friends of mine to go with a bigger group to dinner the day of the dance but when the reservations were messed up, we decided to go together. We were also able to convince three more of our friends to go with us. We had a blast! My tip for your first dance: don’t make any kind of expectations beforehand. This helped me to relax and be flexible.
  4. Gigi’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake – There are cookies. There are cookie doughs. And there are cupcakes. But this, this is heaven or really close to it. If there is a Gigi’s Cupcakery close to you, you NEED to try this!
  5. Posh Thomas Kinkade Painter Of Light Coloring Book – My grandparents gave this coloring book to me and I think it’s really cool. I like seeing the original picture with the coloring page.
  6. Celebrating my 2-year blogiversary! – My mother was AMAZING and cleared out her whole day just to make me a pie and decorate the kitchen for my blogiversary. (read more about my journey here)
  7. Sundress by Landon Austin (song)
  8. Alone by Marshmello (song)
  9. Yesterday’s Song by Hunter Hayes (song)
  10. 1 John 2:2 – “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

How was your October? Do you have any plans for November?

25 Things I Loved About Being Homeschooled

Hey, everyone! So ever since I posted this big news post, I’ve gotten questions pertaining to homeschooling and my big switch. So I decided to create a mini-series and answer all your questions. This is part 2- 25 Things I loved about being homeschooled.

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I absolutely loved being homeschooled and everything that came with it.

  1. You don’t have to wake up early every morning.
  2. But you have the option of waking up early to get everything done before 11:00 so you can have a free day.
  3. No school lunches – Homemade meals are the best!
  4. You can learn what you are actually interested in.
  5. Field trips to the coffee shop! Any time of the day.
  6. No dress code! (Although I could only wear my pjs on Fridays).
  7. Birthdays are holidays.
  8. Hot chocolate and homework in front of the fireplace? Yes, please!
  9. You can spend more time with family.
  10. There is no busy work.
  11. You can take naps when you really need it.
  12. You don’t have to rush in the mornings!
  13. PE = doing pilates in the comfort of your home WITHOUT the uniforms.
  14. Did I mention that I didn’t have school on Fridays?
  15. You’re not confined to a classroom.
  16. There’s freedom to go on fun trips in the middle of the school week.
  17. There’s more time to do the things you love to do.
  18. Homeschooling in high school gives you opportunities for great scholarships for college.
  19. Never getting stuck in traffic.
  20. Three, four, or even five-day weekends. Yes, it’s possible!
  21. Graduating early is totally an option.
  22. You can learn the way you understand.
  23. There are lots of opportunities to travel.
  24. It’s the best way to learn how to be self-motivated.
  25. You can do fun things like starting a blog!

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Homeschooling was awesome and I absolutely loved it. If you have any questions or a suggestion for this series, email me: happilyabi@gmail.com

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