Making the World a Happier Place – Part One

Making the World a Happier Place – Part One

There are things that we all do that, whether we realize it or not, are wasteful. Some things aren’t too harmful – owning a thousand hair ties and bobby pins that always float around the house doesn’t affect anyone but us, hahahah – but when it comes to how much we waste when we could easily be reusing …

It makes me cringe to think of all the excess trash piling up in landfills, simply because we don’t realize how easy it is to make little changes!

First off, I’d like to say that this post is not going to be advising against different things, such as fast food consumption because of ketchup packets and fry boxes. My goal is not to hate on things that cause any waste; waste is inevitable. But when it’s within my power (and comfort zone!) to eliminate throwing away more trash, I’ll take the extra time, spend a bit more money, and put a little more effort into making this earth, the only place I call home, happier and healthier.

This is part one of an ongoing series because I hope to continue finding ways to save on waste!

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Showering + Washing My Hair

What I Used To Do: Take a long, hot shower every morning and not really pay attention to the time, washing my hair with shampoo and conditioner.

What I Do Now: Take a warm, as-quick-as-I-possibly-can shower and ditch the conditioner! My hair is just as happy and clean without the added hair product.

Why I’ve Changed: I’m saving a lot of water now, as well as natural gas (which heats the water), conditioner, and time! I only take long, hot showers now when I’ve had rough day, either physically or emotionally, and that is much appreciated.

Washing My Face

What I Used To Do: Wash my face before going to bed every night, using a tissue or two to dry my face off. (Why didn’t I use a washcloth? I mean, really? I have no idea! lol)

What I Do Now: I’ve started using reusable makeup remover pads that my mom got from a wonderful shop recently on Etsy! I love them so much! They’re tiny and cute, they get all the makeup off my face, and they’re way better than tissues! Haha. They’re like little washcloths with adorable patterns on the back. I might need to get more …

Why I’ve Changed: I certainly didn’t need to keep using tissues, that’s for sure! 

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Thanks for reading! I will definitely do more posts like this in the near future, as the things I listed aren’t the only things I’ve changed in my life to make the world a better (happier) place! I hope that you have a wonderful Monday! ❤

— Maggie

His Word Comforts Me

His Word Comforts Me

There is nothing more precious to me than His Word.

I look to it to learn more about Him. I love to learn of His ways and hear Him speak to my heart.

Whenever I have any questions or worries, I open my Bible and, within moments, will have read something that calms me completely.

I look to it when I seek wisdom, and as I trust in His perfect timing, He is faithful to answer me.

Every night before I fall asleep, I allow the words I read to fill my thoughts and comfort my soul.

My Bible enables me to feel so much closer to Him, and His Word never ceases to bless me. 💜

Is there a Bible verse that has really blessed you? What is it?

— Maggie

Visit the ‘His Child‘ category on my blog for more spiritual inspiration.

Little Accomplishments – March 17th, 2017

Little Accomplishments – March 17th, 2017

What have you accomplished this week?

If you’re not wearing green right now, then I suggest that you watch out for the tricksters in your life. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

This past week was so productive for me! Last Saturday, I made a list of different little things I wanted to accomplish, and man, thanks to that list, I got some stuff done. I need to make a list like that more often, haha!

I won’t bore any of you to death with everything I accomplished, however; I’ll just list the best ones. Make sure to leave a comment down below on what YOU’VE accomplished! I’d love to know and cheer right along with you.

Let’s celebrate all of life’s joys – no matter how small!

This past week, I…

  • painted a Harry Potter house sign for my bedroom door. (Yes, I actually painted something – and with watercolors, no less! Not even sure how that happened. Here’s the picture proof – I like how it turned out, but it looked way cooler in my head! hahahah)
  • started reading The Mayflower (younger edition) by Nathaniel Philbrick. (On my journey of learning about American History, I’m starting at the Pilgrims’ voyage to my country. I’m loving this book so far!)
  • continued working on my story. (It’s coming along quite nicely!)
  • wrote a bit of the first chapter to my story. (YUP. I have no idea if I should share it; it might need a bit of work first!)
  • made a Pinterest board for my story. (You can get an idea of what different aspects of the novel look like in my head! Click here. If you follow me on Pinterest, I’ll follow you back!)

Comment what YOU’VE done this week down below – last Saturday through today!

— Maggie

Beautiful People – March 2017

Beautiful People – March 2017

As the recipe I was going to share today didn’t turn out, I’ve decided to post something a bit different! I hope you enjoy.

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Yesterday, Jaylee Morgan, an amazing writer that I follow, posted about a writers’ linkup that she participated in this month. I loved getting to read her answers to the questions, and she encouraged me to do a post of my own!

‘Beautiful People’ is a monthly blog linkup that gives writers a neat way to interview their characters! There are ten interview questions a month for anyone who wishes to participate. Not only does it help writers get to know their characters better, but it also develops the characters in the mind of the reader. 🙂

For my first time joining the linkup, I’ve chosen to interview the two main characters (Galaxite and Derry) from Galaxite, the book that I will start writing soon.

It was very odd for me to interview them, as they don’t even have a story of their own yet. However, I have been experimenting with which stories to put them in for months now, so I basically already know them at this point. I love that they’re getting to be in a story together! (I’d originally planned for them to be in separate books.)

Their answers will not necessarily give spoilers and hints toward what’s going to happen in the story; it’s just how they’ve presented themselves in my mind at this point.

Okie dokie, on with the interview. If you have any more questions you’d like to ask Galaxite and Der, I’d be happy to have them answer in the comments!

If you’re interested in joining this epic linkup yourself, click here or on the picture below.

For anyone interested in knowing a bit more about their story, you can read this post. 🙂 To quickly sum it up, it’s a historical fiction novel set in the poor villages and towns of 13th century England.

Galaxite’s answers are in bold, and Derry’s answers are in italics.

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What’s your favorite book/movie/play/etc?

The Bible is my favorite book – and not just because it’s the only one around! However, I did used to have a book of ballads my mother gave me, but I’ve lost it somehow.

What’s a movie?

Der. Are you really questioning the questions already? Just answer.

Alright, alright. I love the Bible – even though I, unfortunately, haven’t gotten to look at one in a loooong time. The Psalms are very inspiring.

Aw, I love the Psalms, too!

Indeed. *clears throat* Carry on.

Is there anything you regret doing?

If I’d paid more attention to gardening skills when my dad tried to teach me so long ago, I would’ve been a better gardener by now.

Aw, come on, Gal! That can’t be the only thing you regret.

It certainly is not the ONLY thing, but it was the first one I thought of! Now quit delaying! Tell us if there’s anything you regret.

I wish that I’d spent more time with my family.

*reaches over to give him a hug*

*accepts hug*

If you were sick or wounded, who would take care of you and how?

Der.

Gal.

*both laugh*

We rely on each other more than I thought we did.

Yeah, really. If Galaxite was hurt, I’d do the best I could to help her stop hurting – I’d probably get a damp cloth and poppy plaster, or something; depends on the wound – and if she was sick, I’d send in someone to give her some fresh milk, then shout my well wishes to her through the window.

DER!!

What? *looks innocent* I’d hate to lie to the interviewer. Sickness is highly contagious.

Is there an object you can’t bear to part with? Why?

I honestly can’t think of anything.

And I lost everything back when … you know …

What are five ways to win your heart (or friendship)?

Have a great sense of humor …

And a charming smile.

Have a great singing voice …

And beautiful hair!

Have a contagious laugh …

And the cutest little nose.

Derry, those are all the things you compliment ME on.

Exactly.

Describe a typical outfit for you from top to bottom.

A bodice, dress, and underdress; maybe a sash, as well, and some leather shoes; and probably a long ribbon woven through my hair.

A thin shirt and a tunic; a belt and pants; leather boots that my friend made for me … oh, and a hood on my shirt, as well.

You never wear a hood.

Ah, yes, but in the event that my ears get cold, my hood’s always there for me.

What’s your favorite type of weather?

Complete sunshine and not a cloud in the sky! Granted that it doesn’t make the world unbearably hot, anyway. I do love a good, sunny day.

I like when it rains.

My goodness, Der! Why?

‘Cause then you’ll stay inside and play board games with me! When it’s all nice out, you’re nowhere to be found indoors.

Ah, that’s true …

What names or nicknames have you been called throughout your life?

Gal. That’s about it. But I love it!

My only nickname is Der. Although sometimes, Gal calls me –

DER-BEAR

Stop.

NOOOOOO

What makes your heart feel alive?

Remember that night when we danced by the light of the fire?

That’s something I’ll never forget, Der.

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Haha, I hope you enjoyed! That was ridiculously fun to write.

— Maggie

About My Historical Fiction Novel

About My Historical Fiction Novel

Galaxite Rhys, a teenage girl from a developing medieval village (sometime in the 13th century), is offered some time off from her daily life when her best friend’s brother gives her the opportunity to stay with him in a neighboring town. Upon her arrival, she finds the man that completely matches her friend’s description, and is excited to begin her much-needed break with this friendly gentlemen. But something isn’t quite right, and she begins to sense that something’s amiss (in the most humorous way possible – this is not a frightening story) when the man isn’t as knowledgeable as he should be, and doesn’t quite know the way back to his own home …

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That was the overall description for the historical fiction novel that I’m working on!

It’s still completely in the development stage right now, as I haven’t even began writing it, lol. I’m forcing myself to focus on plot development, believable characters, and a strong sense of where the story will ultimately go before I put my pen to paper (or keys to keyboard, or something like that, hahah)

Do you think it sounds interesting? Once it’s written (haha), would you read it? Do you have any suggestions for what would make it more exciting? Please let me know all of your thoughts down below!

A story is just as important to the readers as it is to the writer. 🙂

Thanks!

— Maggie

My History With History

My History With History

I think that history is absolutely fascinating.

From learning about major events gone by, to time periods from centuries before, to all the people that have made the world a better place … there are so many aspects of history that interest me.

I love reading in-depth about specific eras, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, to the 1600s through the late 1800s. There are few things I wouldn’t be pleased to learn about … but it it honestly hasn’t always been this way.

How I Began to Love History

I was never interested in any kind of history in school; I just couldn’t get into the textbooks; no matter how my mom tried to make it interesting, I could not be persuaded. If anyone had told me that I would be fascinated by history in a couple years’ time, I would’ve laughed it off, proclaiming it to be the driest subject in school.

Oh, how wrong I was! I missed multiple years that I could’ve been enjoying learning haha

Well, better late than never!

Who would’ve known that I’d ever be checking out history books from the nonfiction section of my library? Not me!

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I absolutely love …

Biographies

Digging deeper into the lives of individuals who I admire and am curious about can get rather nosy sometimes (haha), but hey, Wikipedia has the information, so I’m not really stallking them … 😂

Getting to see them from a different angle than how the media always portrays them is intriguing and captivating, although sometimes … disturbing. There’s always so much more to people than is commonly discussed, from their family life, to their career, to their personal life and their cause of death. There’s always more, and I understand why those facts aren’t often brought up; they’re rather degrading, and embarrassing …

In learning about all of these people, from famous actors to brilliant authors, I’ve seen that, aside from the fame, they’re all normal like us. They’re very talented and dedicated, and they have a large audience, but they also have similar problems to what we have, and the same difficulties that we face – and often, their lives are even harder. In coming to know these people better, I find myself admiring them more than I did before. No one has it easy, but we’re all trying our hardest.

The Middle Ages

Right now, I’m working on a cool historical fiction novel, and I have been for about two years. It is nowhere near being done, as I’m still having to research the time period, as well as come up with a plot, specific setting, characters, etc. But the learning process is, while very tedious, so much fun!

Unlike common historical fiction, I’m basing my story not in a castle or in a nearby town, but out in the fields where the peasants had to work, where everyone was crammed together in small villages, where the church was the center of the town, where they all reported back to the lord and lady of the manor. Because I’ve chosen that setting, there’s way less information available to me, so when I’m in the mood to research, I have to dig deep.

The most recent subject I’ve been studying is medieval gardening, which has been dry in some areas, but overall a very fruitful experience. *too many puns*

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For example, did you know that poppies were grown not for their beauty, but for medicinal purposes? They used to mix the stalk’s peel with honey and use the mixture as a plaster on wounds!

Alright, enough info you probably didn’t want to know. lol

The Renaissance

Unfortunately, I have yet to study this time period (aside from writing a biography on Leo da Vinci), as I don’t want to get facts about the Middle Ages mixed up in my head, with information on the Renaissance! But one day, I assure you, I will happily learn about this topic. Mark my words.

American History

This one may be last on my list, but it is certainly not least! I just started learning about it, and I’ve started at the pilgrims’ journey here. From there, I will work up to the present. So excited!

If you read this far (hehe), I hope that you enjoyed this post!

Do YOU love history? What do you enjoy learning about?

— Maggie

Little Accomplishments – March 10th, 2017

Little Accomplishments – March 10th, 2017

What have you accomplished this week?

Welcome back to another post in my Friday series called Little Accomplishments!

I hope you all had an awesome week. ❤ If it wasn’t that great for you, however, I’m sorry about that and I’m here to wish you a happier next week! *positive potato*

Here’s a quick rundown for this post: I’ll compile a list of the little things that I did these past seven days that I’m happy that I did, and every person reading this is invited to share what you guys have done this past week, however great or insignificant, that you’re proud of! If you’re interested in doing a similar post like this yourself, feel free to copy this idea! Credit is needed only if you so desire 🙂

Let’s celebrate all of life’s joys – no matter how small!

This past week, I…

  • achieved a twenty day streak on Memrise. (That’s twenty straight days of learning Spanish – and that makes me very happy!)
  • got some books from the library on American history. (It’s something I’ve been wanting to study for so long, and I’m happy that I finally decided to get some books on it, haha)

 

  • bought craft supplies at Hobby Lobby. (I got yarn and watercolor paper! There are different crafts I’ve found on Pinterest (and also thought of myself) that I’m so excited to try! (Or rather, DIY, lol) I also retrieved some felt from our craft cabinet, as my mom bought it months ago and I’m now finally feeling craft-inspired. lol

  • worked on the 1800 pictures I need to go through on the computer. (I have to organize, categorize, and sort, as well as delete all of the blurry and unneeded ones. It can get rather tedious, but I also enjoy it! About 1000 down … 800 still to go. 🙂 )

 

Comment what YOU’VE done this week down below – last Saturday through today!

— Maggie