Hello everyone! It certainly has been a while since I’ve posted. So much has happened between my graduation and family events. Last week my family and I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for a friend’s wedding. It was absolutely beautiful and I am so glad that we were able to spend time with our family and friends.
The Windy City
Every day that we spent in Chicago was beautiful, busy, and windy. The views of the skyline and the lake were so pretty. I also loved seeing so many different people throughout the city. There is such a diversity in a city like Chicago that I just don’t get to see very often back home.
One of the days in this big and bustling city we went to visit a couple of tourist attractions, or as I would rather call them, must-sees. The Willis Tower, for example, was definitely worth the long hour-and-some wait as the views from the 103rd floor of the building are breath-taking. The famous Bean was also fun to see and a great place to take pictures. The Ferris Wheel on Navy Pier was probably my favorite, though. It gives a perfect view of the boats and the city!
Family and Friends
Because we knew so many people in Chicago, there were lots of great meals with them, including a three-and-a-half hour dinner in Chinatown. While we ended up being pretty exhausted at the end of it all, I enjoyed spending time with the people who have made such an impact on my and my family’s life.
Have you been to Chicago? What were some of your favorite places to visit? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you :)
Hey, everyone! So today I’m going to start a new project for myself called the 101 in 1001. It’s basically a list of 101 things that I want to do in 1001 days (2.75 years). I wanted it to end on my 21st birthday as a little “birthday present” for myself, so I’m going to start today!
Start date: Friday May 11, 2018
End date: Friday February 05, 2021
A healthy lifestyle
Eat gluten free for 2 weeks
Work out twice a week for three months in a row
Eat meatless for 3 months
Take dance lessons
Become plastic free
Go to bed by 10 every night for 2 weeks
Get up at 5 every morning for 2 weeks
Go through my clothes and donate what I don’t wear
Learn 5 new recipes
Go through all of my photos and purge the duplicates
Spend at least 15 minutes outside every day for a month
Bike somewhere (anywhere)
Go skating again
Delete unwanted emails
Make an emergency kit for the car
Run in a race
Complete a 30 Day Squat Challenge
Go a day without my phone
Go a week without my phone
Go a month without social media
Complete 10 random acts of kindness
Try to go “car-less” for a week
Volunteer at an event
Be able to do a split
Work out in the morning for 2 weeks
For family and friends
Quilt a blanket for my aunt
Take a trip with my mom
Send 50 handwritten letters
Send a “just for fun” package to my friends
Throw someone a surprise party
Sing around a fire pit with some friends
Go to 5 sports games
Finish the 2017 scrapbook
Have an early morning Bible study outside
Visit a high school friend at college
Give someone a handmade gift
Send birthday cards
Take my sisters on “sister-dates”
Volunteer with my family a Saturday morning
Start a future hope chest
Reconnect with an old friend
Start a birthday tradition
Exploring the world
Go to a drive-in/outdoor movie
Take a roadtrip
Visit a city I’ve never been to before
Go to a flea market
See a shooting star
Watch the sun set, stay up all night, and then see the sun rise
Play an instrument on the beach
Have a picnic
Explore downtown Charlotte
Speak French with a native
Go horseback riding
Go on a spontaneous trip
Learn sign language (enough to have a small conversation)
Become fluent in French
Find a church by the university
Go to a lavender farm
Learn to identify 5 constellations
A little bit of me
Read the entire Bible again
Memorize 25 Bible verses
Read every Jane Austen novel
Finish watching all of the Doctor Who seasons
Watch 20 documentaries
Complete a 30 day photo challenge
Have a photoshoot
Vote in every election
Sew a quilt for myself
Put $5 into savings for every goal accomplished
Fill a sketchbook with doodles
Visit my high school teachers after I graduate
Paint on a canvas
Memorize a chocolate chip cookie recipe
Learn a poem by heart
Attend the midnight premiere of a movie
Read a book in a day
Celebrate Easter really big
Read 5 classic novels
Update my makeup
Have a spa day
Spend an entire day watching Disney movies
Build a blanket fort a read under it all day
Sell something on Etsy
Buy something from Etsy
Make a new vision board
Make a reading corner
Scribbles and words
Write 5 more poems
Journal every day for a month
Compose and write down 2 new songs
Write 3 “How-to” blog posts
Write 10 more devotional blog posts
Write a letter for myself to open when 1001 days are over
Guest post for another blogger
Map a book I love
Reach 500 followers on my blog
Write a wishlist of places I want to visit before I die
Go to a book signing
Write a new list when the 1001 days are over
I am so excited about my goals for this list! I will be sure to share an update every couple of months but you can check my progress on the “101 in 1001” page located at the top of my website.
Have you ever done a 101 in 1001 challenge? If so, how did it go? If not, would you want to do one? I can’ wait to hear from you! Have a great day. :)
Hello everyone! As I mentioned earlier, I had the chance to go to Peru for 8 days with my school. I got back a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing! I loved the country, loved the people, loved the culture.
Headed to Lima
Traveling to Lima wasn’t as stressful as I thought it was going to be. And of course, it helped to have friends coming along to have conversations with as we waited in the airport. The flight itself wasn’t too bad either. I had a chance to have a long conversation with a Pastor who was going as a missionary to Peru! It was really encouraging to meet another believer who was so passionate about his faith.
City on the Beach
Our first full day in Peru was spent in Lima.We spent the day walking on the beach and seeing the views from the city above the hills.
Mountains and Culture
Seeing the culture in Peru was really interesting. The markets were crazy busy with people calling out their products as you walk by. With so much going on, sometimes it got overwhelming. But, the people were so nice and just beautiful, especially patient with my broken Spanish. The nature in Peru was probably my favorite part. The flowers bloomed everywhere and the clouds drew attention to the greatness of the mountains.
Machu Picchu and the Sun Gate
Machu Picchu was absolutely breath-taking. The hike up to the Sun Gate was pretty tough but the view was worth the hike. We also got to see some llamas so that was fun!
Lake Titicaca was also really beautiful. I loved seeing how life worked on the floating islands. The weather was perfect and, of course, the boat ride out to the islands was beautiful as well.
I’m so glad that I took the opportunity to go to Peru with my school. I loved getting to see the beauty in Peru and getting to know the people better.
Hello, everyone! How are you? It’s been a while since my last life update so I thought I would share one today.
Things have been pretty busy until today. I just finished my third quarter of Senior Year and I’m not exactly sure what to do with that information. I’m excited to graduation coming up in a couple of months but I also know that I’m going to miss so many things from high school. I think, for now, I’m just going to take things one week at a time.
Speaking of, this next week is going to be full of really exciting things! On Monday, I have my final meeting before I head to… Peru! I’ll be gone for 10 days but I will come back with lots of pictures! I also have a Sign Language Club meeting on Monday which I’m very excited about! I’ve always found sign language to be interesting and I’m looking forward to being able to sign with some other people from my church and school.
The Awesome Blogger Award
I was nominated for this award by the lovely Lindsay from Linds4Dance. Thank you so much, Lindsay! Please be sure to check out her blog here and her version of the post here!
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The Awesome Blogger award was originally created by Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala. This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. they have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. that is what truly defines an awesome blogger. ~coffeelovingbookoholic
What’s your favorite quote? – “May the flowers remind us why the rain was so necessary.” – Xan Oku
What’s your earliest childhood memory? – My earliest childhood memory was when I was around 3 or 4. I was in preschool and it was my birthday. I remember having pigtails with purple ribbons and having nap time. I was so excited about my birthday that I couldn’t go to sleep. :)
If you could do anything in one day, what would you do? – I would probably wake up early, be productive, have lunch with some friends, and then spend the afternoon with my family. That would be a great day.
Who in your life, do admire most? – My former Sunday School teacher is someone that I admire a lot. She is the happiest 70~ year-old I’ve ever met. Every time I see her, she is always excited and reminds me to be strong in my faith. She constantly prays for me and it means a lot. She hasn’t had the easiest life, but through everything, she has been praising God. That is how I want to be.
Who is your favorite blogger and why? – Oh, my! Okay, my favorite blogger would have to be Madyson Grace. Her blog is full of meaningful posts that encourage us to remember the Truth.
Markers or Colored Pencils? – Markers. 100%
Chocolate or Hard candies? – Chocolate!
Current favorite outfit? – I would have to go with my church outfit. It consists of this fit and flare burgundy dress from Altar’d State, a black cardigan, and flats. It’s really comfortable.
Hello, everyone! How are you? I’m doing pretty well! The second quarter ended yesterday and I finally get a chance to breathe after all of the assignments. Yay! I was nominated by Bella from the Dancing Damsel for the Liebster Award! Many thanks to her! Be sure to check out her blog and her version of the post here.
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What are a few of your goals for 2018? – I actually just posted a blog post on my 2018 goals. You can read it here.
What’s a song you’ve had on repeat lately? – I love listening to “Well Done” by Carly Bannister. Both Carly and her sister Ellie Holcomb performed at Windy Gap at the beginning of the school year and it was amazing! You can listen to the song here.
If you write, what’s a current WIP about? – I haven’t really been writing recently so I’ll skip this question. :)
Do you have any siblings? – Yes! I have two younger sisters who are amazing! I love them so much. :)
Sweet, salty, or sour? – Sweet! I love all kinds of desserts, especially if my mom or sister made them.
Which book do you wish would be turned into a movie? – I would be so excited if The Selection series became a movie! It would be amazing!
What’s a word you always misspell? – I also misspell “misspell”. I forget there are two “s”s.
If you could live in only one city or town for the rest of your life, what would it be? – I’ve always wanted to live in London.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? – If I could have a superpower, I would want to have the power of teleportation. That way, I could just “poof” myself somewhere instead of having to drive.
What is the best and worst movie you’ve ever seen? – The best movie I saw was Wonder Woman. It was so good! I don’t know the worst movie that I saw.
Why did you start blogging? – I had been thinking about starting a blog for a while before I finally did start writing. It wasn’t until a lot of my friends started blogs that I decided it was finally time. I started Life as a Homeschooled Teen in November of 2014. It was a way for me to practice writing and I continued by adding more posts about life. And now here I am. :)
Hello, everyone and happy New Year! This year has flown by so quickly! Time really does fly when you’re having fun, or just busy. :)
2017 has been a crazy year for me. Between all of the travels and my surgery and starting Senior year, I’ve been busy! But I wouldn’t change that business for the world! It makes life interesting. :)
In the beginning of the year, I wanted my theme to be growth. But as life continued, I found that my theme was becoming peace. Peace in my school decisions, peace about the future, and peace about who I am, were all really important for me this year.
I posted a list of some things that I Want, some things that I Need, some things to Wear, and some things to Read for my 2017 Christmas Wish List.
2017 ended pretty nicely for me too! My sisters and I hosted a group of girls for a New Year’s Eve party. Ending and starting the two years with my friends and family is a blessing and I am so grateful that we had that opportunity.
So, how was your 2017? What were some of your favorite parts/memories? I hope that your New Year is just as great!
Hey, everyone! Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Have you started making your shopping list? I’ve been planning with my family and I’m really excited to spend the holiday with all of my relatives. I always look forward to Thanksgiving day. Speaking of Thanksgiving, there are so many things to be thankful for! Here are 30 Things I’m Thankful For.
God who has saved me despite the many times I’ve failed.
My family who drives me crazy but I still love them.
Friends who are open and accepting no matter what. The ones who encourage me to be my best every day and help me back up when I fall.
Teachers who work with me to help me get better.
Pastors who will sit with me and walk me through things I may not understand.
Sunday School Leaders who have prayed for me and my family week after week.
Military Families and others who work to keep our country safe.
The changing of the seasons and the beauty that comes with each one.
Vacations and the chance to have a break from the business of life.
Flowers which always cheer me up.
Surprise snail mail from family and friends.
Heaters to keep my home warm.
Socks to keep my feet warm (and for sliding around the floors).
Education and the opportunity to learn.
The wonderful food that my mom makes for me every day!
Cameras and the chance to capture memories in a photo.
Dishwashers! Because who wants to wash all of those pots?
Sunday afternoons full of rest and reading.
Little handwritten notes left in my lunchbox.
Happy moments with family and friends.
Clear nights full of stars and wonder.
The experiences, both good and bad, that have helped me grow into who I am today.
Failures that have helped me learn from my mistakes and encouraged me to do better.
Technology that allows me to communicate with my family all across the world.
Comfortable beds to sleep in!
Family traditions and the memories that come with them.
Books that come with great adventures!
The authors who have inspired me to write.
The many people who love me and pray for me.
All of you who take the time to read my posts! Thank you so much!
What things are you thankful for? What are you looking forward to the most this Thanksgiving? I hope you have a great week!
Hey, everyone! A couple of weeks ago, I got back from an amazing trip to Europe to visit my grandparents and cousins. I had so much fun with all of my family members, seeing some historic sights and meeting some amazing people. I can’t wait to go back!
At Home in Belgium
We landed in Belgium early in the morning and were greeted by my Oma and Opa. It was so nice seeing them again! Most days of our trip, my family and I would stop by my grandparents house and eat meals with them. Oma’s food is so good!
We took a day trip to a beach and walked for a couple of hours. The beach was beautiful and full of shells. Since it was the 4th of July, we ate some red, white, and blue M&Ms to celebrate. :)
Shopping And Friends
We spent several days shopping and looking for gifts to bring back home. One of my favorite days was when we stumbled upon a little neighborhood and met a really kind lady in her early 80s. She happily told us stories and showed us to a little chapel where she plays piano every week. It was so nice to meet another believer and to spend some time getting to know her. I know that I will never forget her.
A Short Road Trip
To finish off our vacation, my family and I all took a short three-day road trip to Germany. On the way there, we drove through Luxemburg and then stopped for lunch in France. It was really cool seeing how the culture and buildings looked so different as we passed through the different countries. It was definitely something that we don’t get to experience in America.
Germany was absolutely beautiful! I loved all of the houses and the flowers in the windows made me really happy. :) While in Germany, we took a bergbahn (old mountain train) to the top of a mountain; the view was AMAZING!
I had such a great time in Europe with my family. I can’t wait to go back and see them again! There will be a video coming up soon on my Youtube channel so keep an eye out for that! Have a great day! :)
Hey, everyone! Did you miss me? I am so so sorry that I haven’t posted! Life has been pretty crazy. But I’m back with a ton of new posts for you! First, I’ll catch you up on everything with a life update.
Travels and Adventures
At the end of June, my family and I took a trip to Europe for a couple of weeks to spend time with my grandparents and other family members. We spent a lot of time in Belgium and Holland but we also took a road trip to Germany to get a clock repaired. I had so much fun and met so many cool people. I am working on a travel journal to post soon so keep an eye out for that!
Surgery and Recovery
Monday morning, I woke up bright and early for the surgery on my arm. I was pretty nervous especially since during the nights leading up to the surgery I had nightmares. But, everything went well and I got to go home before lunch so it was fine! The rest of the day I spent sleeping.
On Tuesday, one of my best friends came over to visit me and cheer me up. She even attempted to clean my room for me which was actually really funny. Even so, she helped get my mind off of my arm and the hours I spent feeling useless.
Yesterday, my other best friend came over with her mom and her brothers. She also brought chocolate and flowers so it was a good day! ;) She helped to brighten up my day a bit and I am grateful for that.
Today, I can use my arm a bit more (enough to write some posts) and it doesn’t hurt. I’m planning on taking the rest of the week slow and careful. I am so glad that my arm is healing and that I will be able to use it normally again soon. This whole week has made me feel much more grateful for a healthy and functioning body.
So that’s my quick life update! I’ll be posting a Travel Journal from my Europe trip in a couple of days. Also, this is completely random but, I’m wondering what are your favorite brands for backpacks? Let me know in the comments below; it’ll help me a lot. :)
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! :)
Hang out at the pool.
Have a friends photoshoot.
Volunteer somewhere together for the day.
Go horseback riding.
Attend a floating lantern festival.
Make homemade icecream.
Have a paint fight.
Go camping together.
Have a weeklong sleepover.
Go thrift shopping together.
Make a friendship playlist.
Make friendship bracelets.
Have a picnic.
Start a book club together.
Go to a music festival.
Try out new crafts.
Play with animals at a local shelter.
Make a summer scrapbook.
Go hiking to a waterfall.
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!