Blogging Challenges

Blogging Challenge – Day 5: Growing Up

If I were to include all of my adolescent years for the focus of this post, then I would say that I have had and am still having a very happy childhood! I’m currently seventeen, but next April, I will officially be an adult, which is so exciting!

I recently wrote a post about what I’ve been learning as I grow up, which you can check out here – and today, I’ll be talking a bit more about what growing up has taught me. 🙂

You can read about what this challenge is here. And make sure to check out Cheila’s and Angela’s posts for today, too – we’re all doing the challenge together!

Growing Up

Have you ever looked back at what your life used to be like and thought, Man, my priorities were so different back then? Sometimes, the differences are for the better, and other times, it’s for the worse. It all depends on our situation and how everything impacts us.

Well, as I have entered the teenage years of my life and left many of my childish and preteen issues (haha) behind, there are only four things left that honestly, truly matter to me. In no particular order, here’s the list!

1. My friends.

Over the years, I’ve had a good many friends – mainly online, but also in real life. They didn’t last, unfortunately, but I still greatly appreciated them while they were part of my life; they brought me joy, taught me lessons, and often left me with scars that won’t ever heal, but I’m a stronger person now because of it. From that perspective, I can look back at those crazy relationships with a smile on my face. Thanks to all of my beautiful blogging friends, the painful memories don’t hurt that much anymore. ❤

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2. My relationship with the Lord.

When I was a few months shy of turning twelve, I came to know the Lord, and my relationship with Him has rapidly grown from there. With each Bible verse that I read, through each trial that I experience, down to every prayer that I’ve ever said to Him, my faith is always growing.

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3. The Guatemalan children.

I can’t even begin to explain the connection that I have with these children that I’ve never met. I’ve seen a handful of pictures of them, but the love for them that I feel runs deeper than I can understand. One of the main reasons I’m learning Spanish so passionately is so that I can easily communicate with them when the day comes; I’ll know exactly what they’re saying, and they’ll be able to understand me, too.

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4. My family.

I’ve talked about them so much on my blog, especially recently, because of how much I adore them. I do believe I’m one of the proudest big sisters in the whole world.


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So, how about you? ❤

What matters most in YOUR life?

— Maggie

13 replies on “Blogging Challenge – Day 5: Growing Up”

I love how you chose to address this post. I’m sorry people have hurt you in the past. Friendships are hard because they come and go and because people change. We are all different and, as beautiful as it may be, it can also cause a lot of heartache. I have experienced that too. And loneliness, it has been a part of my life as well. I hope you consider us fellow blogger your friends. We are here for each other and I’m so grateful for that. I’m sure you are too. Also, your faith is inspiring. Hugs, dear Maggie!!

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It’s okay; I’ve learned a lot through those experiences. I’m doing much better now 🙂 I agree, the differences in all of our personalities clash when incompatible people become friends. I had to learn that the hard way. Yes, I do call all of my fellow bloggers my friends; I’m so thankful for all of you! 💕 Hugs to you, too, Cheila!


I am so proud of you for learning from those relationships and not being bitter. Not that me being proud matters but I am. Ya for the day when you get to go to Guatemala 🙂 I hope you have internet so you can keep us updated. I don’t think proudest sister in the world covers it :):)

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Aw thank you, Margaret 🙂 That does matter to me, very much. On the organization’s website, I saw that they have wifi for the children who stay there to work on their schoolwork, so I’ll most definitely be blogging while there!!! Which I’m so excited about 🙂

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I love how you interpreted the prompt of growing up! This was amazing to read. I have always only had a small group of friends. The times where I entered a bigger group, it always led to drama (As only children and preteens can do). Your faith and positivity is also inspiring to me! You’re an amazing person Maggie, and I’m happy to be one of your blogging friends 😀 🙂

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Thanks, Angela! I’ll be coming over to your blog to read your prompt shortly. xx I’ve realized over the years that a small group of genuine friends is so much better than having a large group of acquaintances! 🙂 Aw thank you so much, Angela – I love being one of your blogging friends, too. xx

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Your walk with God is inspiring and amazing and I love this about you. Friendships can be a pain because people don’t stay the same and I do consider you a friend. 🙂 May God keep and continue to bless you.

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Really loved your posts. I know for me growing up I struggled to trust because I was really insure about myself and took myself too seriously.
As the years have gone by I have gotten better and learned to open up and let people in but shutting people out is always my first instinct when I either hurt or threatened.
At the moment I have the bestest friends who are more like sister to
I love them so much and appreciate their friendship


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