Blogging Challenge – Day 31: The Finale

Blogging Challenge – Day 31: The Finale

Ahh I can’t believe this blogging challenge has come to an end, guys! 😭

I had so much fun doing it; I met so many new people, and I got to learn more about all of you through it, too! I will definitely do another one in the future … I’m thinking about maybe a fall challenge. I love talking about all things fall! 😍🍂🍁

So, I wanted the last day of my posting about the challenge to be a little finale post, not the last, self-promotional prompt it had me do yesterday, lol. I’m going to talk about a few things relating to this challenge. If you’re interested, keep on reading!

Also, just so you guys know, I’m going to be off WordPress most of the day, as I have some different things I will be working on. I’ll do my best to respond to comments today, but it might be tomorrow. 💕

Enjoy!!

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The May Blogging Challenge

Why I Loved This Challenge:

  • It taught me soooo much more about myself, as well as all the bloggers who participated in the comments! Isn’t it crazy how we can learn more about ourselves when prompted to do so? When we list what makes us happy, or think through our blogging goals, or what our favorite foods are … you’d think I’d already know that about myself, but it was cool to see it all written down!
  • It taught me to do a better job with blog post planning. Hahaha, I will admit that this was the hard way to learn this lesson, but it needed to be done. Don’t wait ’til the last minute to work on posts; have things ready well beforehand, when you can. However, don’t pressure yourself to write more posts than you’re capable of. #BlogComfortably
  • It gave me the chance to blog every day for a whole month! This was the best part of all. I met so many new people, got to put up a lot of awesome content, and was able to blog for 30 consecutive days!! What!! It was awesome.

A Message to My Fellow Challenge Buddies:

Cheila and Angela both decided to do this challenge right along with me, which was such an exciting experience! I had no idea that anyone else would want to join me, so it was such a nice surprise. Girls, I loved reading your interpretations of the prompts, as well as getting to learn more about you! If we ever get the chance to do something like this again, I would absolutely love to. ❤

If you guys haven’t visited their blogs before, please do!! They both blog daily, and they have a whole variety of different posts across their blogs. 🙂

My Top 5 Favorite Prompts from The Challenge:

Thank you sooo much for following along on this challenge! It was a great experience. ❤

— Maggie

Blogging Challenge – Day 30: Where Else You Can Find Me Online

Blogging Challenge – Day 30: Where Else You Can Find Me Online

For the very last prompt of this challenge (I’m doing the finale tomorrow, as May has 31 days, not thirty haha), I am going to give you guys links to where else you can find me online. I’m not in very many places online anymore, haha, at least not actively, but this can still be a helpful resource for anyone who’d like to follow me elsewhere!

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!

Where Else You Can Find Me Online

YouTube. I mainly watch others’ videos on this account lol, but I also have some photo editing tutorials up, as well as a few gaming videos that I did with my brother, Joshua!

Twitter. I’ve had this account for maybe a year and a half, but I only just got back to posting (erm, excuse me – tweeting) on it! I like linking to [most of] my recent posts shortly after publishing them, as well as finding GIFs that go along with how I’m feeling currently, haha!

Pinterest. I’ve had various accounts on this awesome website/app over the years. On my current account, I love pinning new recipes to try, inspirational quotes, funny memes/jokes/roasts, missionary quotes/photos, and beautiful photography. #dreamin

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I can be reached through all three of these platforms, as well as right here on my blog! I love meeting new people, and I’m always up for following back on all websites. Another way you can contact me is on my Contact page (haha), or directly through my email: dreamingofguatemala@yahoo.com !

Thanks for reading, guys!

Where else are YOU online?

— Maggie

Blogging Challenge – Day 29: My Favorite Movies

Blogging Challenge – Day 29: My Favorite Movies

Hi, guys! I hope you’re all having a wonderful  Memorial Day weekend, and that your week has gotten off to a great start. 🙂

For the last and final time, I’m changing up the day’s prompt. That is because I’m combining the last two of the challenge (‘my favorite social media sites’ and ‘where else you can find me online’) into the last prompt for the challenge, which I’ll be posting tomorrow.

For today, I’ll be talking about my favorite movies!

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!

My Favorite Movies

First of all, you guys should know that I absolutely love comedy movies!! Rom coms, especially. I’m not one for anything else, really; fantasy/paranormal usually frightens me too much lol, romances are too emotional, true stories are a bit too sentimental for me … ahaha I’ll stop here before I offend someone. There are awesome movies that I’ve seen from all sorts of different movie genres, and there’s not a thing wrong with the movies I didn’t like; they just honestly weren’t for me!

Below, I’ll share with you some of my all-time, the-first-to-come-to-mind favorite movies. Make sure to let me know if you love any of these, too!

Waking Ned Devine. It’s a delightful story about a small village in Ireland called Tullymoore (ah or however it’s spelled) where one of the residents win the lottery … but the main characters can’t figure out who. I love the whole cast (save for the villain character haha), the setting, the plot, the humor … there is very little that I dislike about this movie! I’ve watched it so many times; I really don’t know what I’d do without it.

27 Dresses. It’s about a wedding planner who would love to have a wedding of her own one day … but with a man that is already taken. When she has to plan this long-time crush’s wedding, and the bride-to-be is someone she never would have expected, things become chaotic very quickly! I love the whole cast in this movie, the humor is great, and the plot is definitely gripping. ❤ I love getting to see Katherine Heigl and James Marsden in these roles!

Mad Money. When three woman who have it badly off one way or another find themselves working at the same bank, and all three dealing with retired money going to the shredder … they all get a brilliant (albeit illegal and felonious) idea into their heads. Hahaha the focus of this movie has such awful morals, but it is absolutely hilarious! I love Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes in these roles.

The Holiday. When two heartbroken women decide to trade houses for the Christmas holiday, they end up each falling for someone while there … two different people that have always been in the lives of those two women. I love the settings, the plot, the music, the wardrobe (I’m serious. while watching, just pay attention to what everyone’s wearing. So cozy!), and the two relationships that come about over the course of the movie. They’re sooo sweet and I’ve already loved Kate Winslet and Jack Black from other movies, but this was actually the first time I’ve seen Jude Law and Cameron Diaz in a film. I ended up loving both of them, though!

Clue. Oh my goodness, this movie has me laughing the entire time I’m watching it. The cast is brilliant, the humor is nonstop, and people are dying this way and that. What’s not to like? ;D If you know how to play the classic board game, Clue, then you’ll know what’s going on in this movie, and you’ll appreciate all the references. Tim Curry playing Wadsworth, the butler, is my favorite part of the whole movie.

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. I couldn’t list my favorite movies and not mention Harry Potter somewhere! This is my favorite Potter film because, for some reason, it is the most intriguing to me. I love the additions to the cast, and the focus on finding whoever’s after Harry … or not … haha I’m trying not to give away anything! I also love all the Defense Against the Dark Arts lessons that Professor Lupin teaches; those scenes are fantastic!

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Thanks so much for reading, everyone! Do we have any favorites in common? And how about you?

What are YOUR favorite movies?

I’ll see you guys for this challenge again tomorrow, then lastly on Wednesday for the grand finale!

— Maggie

Blogging Challenge – Day 28: What Makes Me Happy

Blogging Challenge – Day 28: What Makes Me Happy

Hi guys! I hope that your week has gotten off to a great start. ❤

Day 27 is about what makes me happy! I love thinking about and writing down the things in life that bring me joy because it’s honestly a great reminder to be joyful! It’s the little things that really get to me and make me smile, which is the reason why it’s easy for me to be so happy. 🙂 Check out my list below.

I hope you enjoy!

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!

What Makes Me Happy

I love watching sunlight filter through the leaves as the wind carries itself through the trees. I love the sound of laughter, and of knowing that the joy someone else feels is because of something silly I did or said. I love buying a new notebook and filling it with the thoughts and ponderings that are always on my heart. I love the calm just after it finishes raining as I watch the water droplets cascade down thin branches.

I love listening to music and tapping along to the beat. I love learning new things, especially about history, foreign language, and technology. I love the process of writing a story, and the joy one feels upon final completion. I love taking photos of the people that I love and capturing the happiness in their smiles, and in their eyes.

I love meeting new people and having meaningful conversations. I love falling for a new book, and dreading its end for how much it means to me. I love getting mail, for it always blesses me to hear from friends. I love crawling into bed at the end of a long day and being able to relax.

I love browsing Pinterest and finding endless inspiration there. I love watching YouTube and getting to experience others’ passions. And I love blogging – writing posts, responding to comments, and reading others’ blogs. It adds sooo much happiness to my life. ❤

Thanks for reading, everyone! How about you?

What makes YOU happy?

— Maggie

Blogging Challenge – Day 27: A Challenge That I Overcame

Blogging Challenge – Day 27: A Challenge That I Overcame

Hi everyone! 🙂 Happy Saturday to all of you. ❤

You should have seen me last night, tapping away on my mom’s laptop as quickly as I could; I hadn’t gotten the posts for today ready yet. I don’t usually work on posts the morning they’re to be posted, except to proofread and tweak things here and there, so I was freaking out a little bit! If you couldn’t already tell, I love being prepared, and having things ready – when it comes to blogging, especially. Thankfully, I got everything done in time and quickly went to bed! Whew!

Anyway, today’s prompt is to be about a challenge that I overcame. Let’s jump right in. xx

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!

A Challenge That I Overcame

I have one very good reason for changing up this prompt, haha: adolescence. I am seventeen years old, and have not yet faced many challenges to overcome – thus, I cannot speak from experience on this matter. However, in an attempt to stick to the THEME of this prompt, I’d like to share with you five different Bible verses that have helped me through hard times and difficult circumstances, because the Lord’s love, as well as the care of my family, are what get me through the adversities in my life. ❤

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV {when I was younger and afraid to go to sleep at night, this verse helped me through so much. ❤ }

“…for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” ~ Hebrews 13:5 AMPC {whenever I doubt that the Lord cares for me … this verse reminds me of His truth.}

“So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.” ~ Romans 8:26 AMPC {when I’m struggling to pray, like I often do, this verse reminds me that I’m not alone in my praying.}

“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.” ~ Psalm 3:5 NIV {this one also has to do with trouble sleeping 🙂 }

“But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” ~ Proverbs 1:33 KJV {this one has kept me peaceful in times of fright. ❤ }

Thanks for reading! How about you?

What gets YOU through the tough times?

— Maggie

Blogging Challenge – Day 26: People I Admire and Why

Blogging Challenge – Day 26: People I Admire and Why

A very happy Friday to all of you! This is my favorite day of the week, not only because it’s the start of the weekend, but it’s also when I get to post Little Accomplishments! I always feel so accomplished while reflecting on the past week, haha. 😀

The prompt for Day 26 is about people I admire and why. Below, I have compiled a list of the people that first came to mind, in honestly no order at all! Haha, thanks for reading! ❤

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!

People I Admire and Why

  • My mom. She is absolutely amazing at what she does. ❤ She is a devoted wife, takes care of me and my siblings, keeps up with our home, homeschools us, she bakes and she cooks, and on top of all that, she blogs … she is an incredibly strong woman. I’m so proud that she’s my mother. ❤
  • My dad. He is kind, caring, a good worker, strong in the Lord, and he loves me and my whole family so much. I love his sense of humor (except for when he makes dirty jokes lol), and the little things he’ll do for me and my siblings, his love for sweets (he had to have passed that down to me), and he is diligent at his work, both on the job (he drives a concrete truck) and all the projects he works on at home. ❤ I couldn’t ask for a better father.
  • Jesus. He is the perfect example of who I want to be. ❤ His love, grace, patience, forgiveness … every time I read about Him in the gospels, I am reminded of His greatness, and the deep-rooted desire that I have to be more like Him. I love Him so much!
  • Agatha Christie. She is the best mystery writer of all time! Her characters are perfection, and her plots and cases are both equally unsearchable. Watching Poirot figure out each mystery he is met with is always my favorite part of each story; when he tells everyone (and the reader/viewer) who did it – and how. It’s brilliant!!! She has stumped me with every single case – save for one or two when I figured out a few details before Poirot did – what!!!
  • Cheila. Girl. You are definitely one who deserves to be admired. You write a few blog posts a day, reach out to sooo many bloggers all across WordPress, you follow and faithfully read their blogs, and you’re so kind and generous – especially with your Sunday guest posts!! I saw a while back that someone commented that you’re like the Jenna Marbles of WordPress – it’s seriously true! Thank you for all that you do, Cheila.
  • William Shakespeare. I have two words for you. *leans forward in my seat* Brilliant playwright.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien. Two more words: extraordinary storyteller.

And last, but most definitely not least …

  • YOU. You’re a blogger, and that is reason enough to be admired! All bloggers are so creative, dedicated, kind, caring … this community really is the best. Thank you so much for blogging, and for just simply being who you are! If I’ve never come by your blog before, comment down below and I’ll be sure to stop by. ❤

How about you guys?

Who do YOU admire?

— Maggie

 

Blogging Challenge – Day 25: Things I Would Still Like To Learn

Blogging Challenge – Day 25: Things I Would Still Like To Learn

Hi guys! How is your day going? I hope that you are happy, and that whatever you’re up to today, your day has been and will continue to be enjoyable. 🙂 ❤
Yesterday’s prompt was all about things I’ve already learned, and today’s prompt is about things I would still like to learn! This is actually the prompt I’m the most excited about writing, because it got me thinking about all of the different subjects I’m very interested in learning more about. Check out the list I came up with below!

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!

Things I Would Still Like To Learn [About]

  • History. I am insanely interested in and in love with this subject, and despite how much I’ve already learned, there’s always more. To name a few I haven’t touched on very much yet, there’s American history, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and Britain’s history. (They’re all things I learned a bit about in school, but am looking forward to still learning more about 🙂 )
  • Geography. I think that it would be really cool to know more about where countries are in relation to each other, as well as country/state capitals. I’m especially wanting to learn about Europe, Central America, and South America.
  • Theology. Only just recently did I learn what this subject was, and since then, I’ve been interested in digging deeper into it. 🙂
  • Biology. For 10th grade science, I took a course in biology, but there’s still sooo much I have yet to learn about! For example, how plants work, why different animals behave the way they do, etc.
  • Chemistry. Ahhh yes!!! I already love this one so much. However, I haven’t searched for any really good resources yet to continue my study of this, so that is on pause for now. One day, I’ll learn more about cell structure, the periodic table itself, how chemical compounds work, different brilliant chemists/alchemists, and so much more.
  • Linguistics. For the last couple of years, I have been extremely interested in different languages. If I hear anyone out in public speaking in another language, I am fascinated, and always so excited when I catch a word here and there, haha. There truly isn’t a language I don’t want to learn, but the first five that come to mind (not including Spanish) are French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, and Korean. (Honestly not sure where the last one came from! But it would be very interesting.) There are also different Mayan languages spoken in Guatemala by the indigenous people, and their native tongues would be so, SO cool to learn one day.
  • Anatomy. I have a feeling that if I had a better understanding of how the human body works, there wouldn’t be so many things that freak me out. If I had a scientific understanding of the different functions, I think that would open my mind to how intricately designed and masterfully created our bodies are, and no longer feel afraid of so much. 🙂
  • Color. Apparently, as I found out not too long ago, people have done studies on color – how humans/animals respond to them, how colors are created and what they symbolize, etc … it’s something I’d have to learn more about to fully understand, but from what I know now, it sounds really neat!
  • Foreign Cultures. From Native Americans, to the Mayan empire, to the ancient Chinese dynasties … there’s still so much I have to learn.

Among the various activities and skills I’d like to learn one day are the piano keyboard, knitting, basic automobile knowledge (in the event that I need to change a tire or do something under the hood when I’m out by myself), amigurumi, and maybe some gardening skills, too. 🙂

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Thanks for reading, guys! I really enjoyed writing this post, as it has got me thinking about how I can dig deeper into all of these subjects once I finish with school next year! So, how about you?

What’s something YOU’D still like to learn?

Happy Thursday!

— Maggie

Blogging Challenge – Day 24: Handy Tips I Have Learned

Blogging Challenge – Day 24: Handy Tips I Have Learned

Hi guys! Happy Wednesday to all of you. ❤ Today’s prompt is all about different handy tips I have learned! So, I decided to compile a list of the little life lessons I’ve learned over the years; some are sad, some are quite helpful, and some are absolutely hilarious. You’ll see why in a moment! Thanks for reading!

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!

Handy Tips I Have Learned

  1. Don’t ever set your bag/purse/wallet/phone down somewhere random with the rationale of, “I won’t forget to grab it.” This was how I lost my purse at age nine, and man, it really upset me. But because of that experience, I’m always SUPER conscious of where my valuables are! So, in a way, I’m glad I had that happen.
  2. Turn off camera flash. Save yourself from temporary blindness.
  3. When going into doing a blogging challenge, or other similar types of challenges, plan things well. You don’t want to stress yourself out. Like I did.
  4. Don’t sit down on the couch without grabbing the remote and/or controller. This is insanely aggravating.
  5. Don’t drink a large Sprite immediately before riding a roller coaster. I know that this handy tip is quite specific, but just take my word for it.
  6. Don’t watch anything scary before bed. When/If I do immediately before getting in bed, I cannot fall asleep haha
  7. Never leave the house without hair ties. This is for all of you who have hair. #lol
  8. Always keep chargers on you while out, especially on long road trips. No one likes their phone/iPod dying , especially when you don’t have a backup phone.
  9. Drink water at least every other hour. If I wait any longer than this, I start feeling dehydrated. Not fun!

Haha, that’s quite a long list! I could even keep going on, but I’ll stop here. How about you?

What’s a handy tip that YOU’VE learned?

— Maggie