The Quality Of Our Time

The Quality Of Our Time

Hi there! I hope you’re having a fantastic day. ❤ In this post, I will be sharing with you something that has been deeply on my heart lately. It was on a recent car ride home with my mom that a conversation came up that really inspired both of us. By the end of our chat, the way I view something very precious in my life was completely changed. Can you guess what the topic is?

Yes, the title states it clearly: TIME.

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The Confidence Of A Child

The Confidence Of A Child

Hey there! Happy Wednesday to you. ❤ Bright and early Monday morning this week, I went and sat down on the living room couch to see Elizabeth. She had just woken up and was already smiling while rubbing the sleep out of her eyes. At one year old, she will be two this June.

I had my phone in my hand, so I decided to show her and my mom a picture I got of Isabella a week or two ago. That made Elizabeth smile even more, so I decided to turn on the selfie cam so she could see her own cute little face.

That is how the featured image of this post came into being.

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Overcoming Medical Fears | My Story

Overcoming Medical Fears | My Story

Hi guys! Happy Tuesday to you. ❤ The topic of today’s post is something I’ve never written about before (and this will probably be the last time, as well, haha!), and that is medical fears. I will be talking about how I used to feel as a child, and why I feel so much better about it now.

If I can be an encouragement to you – any readers that have medical fear/s, for most people have at least one! – then that is absolutely wonderful because I hope I can inspire you. I know how hard it is to feel better about something that causes us to be fearful, but I would love for you to hear me out – just take into consideration what I share here.

Thank you in advance for reading! I hope that you enjoy.

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Emotional Bank Account

Hi there! Happy Saturday to you. ❤ A few days ago, I read a wonderful, inspiring post by a new blogger I just met, and I had to share it with you! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. ❤

Hey Guys! I’ve never heard of this term before until a couple of weeks ago while I was attending a professional development seminar, and it really stood out to me. If you’re like me, a newbie to this term don’t worry I’ll explain it all in a few. Just like a regular bank account, we […]

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5 Simple Ways to Quickly Brighten Your Day

5 Simple Ways to Quickly Brighten Your Day

Hey there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ In today’s post, I will be sharing a few inspirational tips with you! I know how much it helps me to be reminded of easy ways to get out of an emotional rut, as I find myself in one all too often. That is the inspiration behind this post. ❤

Sometimes, a day just truly doesn’t go well for us, which we can’t do much about. However, there are other days when it’s not the day itself, but how we see it that brings us down! I have noticed, especially over the past few years, how true this fact is in my life. It’s also an eye-opener to how we respond to what’s happening, as well as seeing circumstances as they truly are and not through biased vision. It’s a learning experience, for sure – one that I’m still very much on myself!

Just as much as I hope these tips will inspire you, I hope to inspire myself in return. They are five easy ways to quickly uplift your mood – and hopefully mine, too! Life is one crazy journey, and learning to face the sudden turns and ups and downs is where we will conquer our emotional roller coasters. 🙂

If you have any requests for this inspirational series, please do let me know in the comments below! It is my goal to focus on having my blog be as encouraging as possible, both to reader and author alike. ❤ I hope that you enjoy!

Because this post goes along with the theme of the HARPs challenge I’m participating in, I’m counting it as one of my posts! Go check out this awesome competition here.

5 Simple Ways to
Quickly Brighten Your Day

1. Go do something productive. I know that on days when things really aren’t going the way I’d like, it blesses me to make sure there are at least a few good things that will make me happy about that day! One thing that really gets my positivity gears turning is by performing an easy task I was already needing to do – regardless of how necessary, important, or detailed the thing is. It could be anything from re-organizing the refrigerator, jotting down blog post ideas, or arranging the shirts in your closet by color – it’s totally up to you! If you find that you’re already feeling a bit better after having completed that thing, that’s the important part.

2. Turn on your favorite song. For me, there are few things that boost my mood more than hearing one of my favorite tunes! This could be an epic instrumental piece, a hit pop song, or a worship song that always makes you joyful – it depends on your music taste, and how much you’re willing to jam out! 😉

Related Post: My Favorite Songs From ‘Future’

3. Compliment someone else. I read a post yesterday morning that beautifully reminded me just how uplifting it feels to make someone else smile! (I’ll be sharing that post with you this Saturday, so definitely be looking out for that!) I wouldn’t recommend complimenting others if you’re angry or something, because that could come across as aggressive. lol This applies better for on days when you feel sluggish, maybe it’s even rainy outside – a typical “meh” day. Try it! Giving someone confidence they probably don’t usually get will have a huge impact on them. ❤

4. Go outside. Weather-permitting, that is! There are few things that can dampen (sometimes literally) your mood more than a drizzly morning, or a hot afternoon, or a snowy evening. (Yeah. I heard Michigan’s getting snow. In April. #ThatsTheNorth) You get the picture! If you can comfortably go for a bike ride, a walk with your dog, or just sit out on your front porch – DO IT. There’s something beautifully refreshing about being out in nature.

5. Turn on your favorite movie. Even if you just watched it last week! If it’s your favorite movie, it’s bound to have scenes that bring you great happiness. Personally, I prefer a movie with a great sense of humor, but hey, you do you. If horror films are your cup of tea (although there’s certainly nothing refreshing about fright!), go enjoy your favorite movie. You won’t regret it!


Thank you so much for reading my post today! If I don’t get around to responding to comments until tomorrow, that’s because I’m going to the eye doctor this afternoon, and having my eyes dilated may cause dizziness and light sensitivity. haha

Let me know in the comments below:

How do YOU brighten your day?

Have a beautiful day!

— Maggie

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5 Reasons Why I Loved Reading ‘God Has a Plan for Your Life’

5 Reasons Why I Loved Reading ‘God Has a Plan for Your Life’

Hi there! Happy Tuesday to you. ❤ I hope you’re doing well! Earlier today, I finished reading the first book I’ve completed this month, and I’d really like to tell you guys all about it!

On one of my many browsing adventures on Amazon (haha), I came across some books I haven’t read yet by the pastor and author, Dr. Charles F. Stanley. His teaching has been a huge encouragement to me for years, which is why I ended up buying the book I’m talking about today: God Has a Plan for Your Life. Many of Dr. Stanley’s other books looked really great, as well, but I knew that this one was definitely the one the Lord would use to speak to my heart – and He truly did!

So, allow me to tell you why I ended up loving this book. ❤

1. It is the perfect length. At only 148 pages, I thought at first glance that it would be too short of a read, but I was wrong! It definitely packed a punch, and I’ve walked away from its ten quick chapters feeling beautifully different about my life.

2. Its focus is right where it should be. Everything Dr. Stanley wrote about is full of truth, and the basis of his advice is centered, as always, in the Holy Bible – which is absolutely true! I loved seeing what he had to say about the future of believers, because I long for the security of faith in a future of goodness for me and my family. I deeply struggle with that because of fear and anxiety filling my thoughts when it comes to what the Lord has for me. This book, I can confidently say, calmed my heart immensely. ❤

3. He stressed the importance of taking life one step at a time. When I’m constantly focused on figuring out what is to come, then I have completely thrown away the present! It’s an awful mistake, and one I didn’t realize I was making – until now. I am thankful for Dr. Stanley’s godly wisdom, for I have thought for too long that the best times of my life lie ahead. With that mindset, then where am I right now?

I desire to live beautifully right heretrusting the Lord to lead and guide me, showing me what to do next in His timing.

4. He reminds readers that waiting on the Lord is an essential aspect of our future. We live in a day and age where everyone is able to receive most, if not all, of what they want, in a very short amount of time. Because we’re used to everything being quick, it’s hard (for me especially) to remember just how perfect the Lord’s timing is. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought before, If the Lord would just give me an answer to [this question], then I’ll know I’m doing the right thing. The truth is, the Lord doesn’t delay in telling us what we need to know – when the time is right, we will know in our hearts for sure! By putting our trust in Him, this leads me to my final point:

5. I have been reminded that when we trust in the Lord, we are right where we’re supposed to be in His will. I still have so much to learn, but by being open to seeing when I have faulty ways of viewing things in my life, I’m able to take so many steps forward! I hope and pray the same is true for you. There will be many quiet days in all of our lives, when we wonder if where we are is where we are supposed to be … and only through the peace that He gives us will we know that for certain. I now know that even in the most silent of moments of my existence, He is still good, and His plan for me is still very much there.

Thank you for reading this quick review! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book, because I’m still slowly letting everything that it taught me to soak in. I’m truly looking forward to seeing where the Lord is leading me – I know that He will accomplish great things in my future!

Have I convinced YOU to read this book?

Let me know in the comments below!

— Maggie

Healing Begins Here

Healing Begins Here

Hi there! I hope your week is going well so far. ❤ Happy Monday to you!

This is a post that I have been wanting to write and share for well over a week now. I’ve started drafts, deleted drafts, brainstormed the basic idea – have you ever had that happen before? Sometimes, it takes days (or even weeks!) of working on a post before it becomes what you originally wanted it to be. 🙂 That is my situation with this post. It has transformed itself into a more personal post, rather than the motivational piece I had initially written. I’m happy to be sharing it with you now!

I have mentioned before that these past couple of months have held a lot of meaning for me and my family. We’ve been through highlights and low points, experienced easy days and harder days … sometimes, a single day contained a bit of everything. Since Isabella was born (and she turns two months old today – that’s just crazy!), I have been learning and experiencing a lot – and not just with my family, although there’s been much of that, as well!

I have also started down the path of conquering all of my past troubles and fears, one aspect at a time … with my Heavenly Father by my side.

I am at a good place now where I can face the traits about myself that I absolutely abhor. Among these things are un-forgiveness, impatience, fear, and indecision, and through circumstances I’m suddenly finding myself in daily, the Lord is leading me through my healing journey, one step at a time.

I could not be more thankful, because I can see that I’m making progress, which I have thought at times wasn’t possible. Daily, the Lord is reminding me that all things are possible through Him!

Since I started Dreaming of Guatemala last winter, this outlet has provided me with so many blessings. I love having a place to inspire others and share motivation from my life, but I don’t want anyone to ever think that because most of my posts are upbeat, it means that my life is easier than anyone else’s. We all have off days, myself included, and there are definitely things that I do or have happen that are less than glorious! This is why I share more vulnerable posts at times, because I want others to know that we all go through things. Even if I don’t write about the downsides of my life as much, they’re still there. May we all grow through what we go through!

There’s no shame in talking about what we face. It may be hard or embarrassing at times, but I know how much it inspires me to know that others are facing and conquering the same things I’m going through! If you’re struggling with something, whether it’s a trait I mentioned myself having or not, please know that there is hope. There will be bad days, but that does not in any way mean that we have a bad life. Making progress and taking steps in the right direction takes time, but the beautiful outcome is completely worth it!!!

I hope and pray that you are doing well! If you’d like, let me know in the comments below:

What is something YOU’RE overcoming?

We can do this!!! 🙂 Have a blessed week!

— Maggie

50 Reasons To NOT Commit Suicide!! READ THIS BEFORE YOU DO IT!

50 Reasons To NOT Commit Suicide!! READ THIS BEFORE YOU DO IT!

Happy Sunday, guys! ❤ I have a beautiful post by a blogger I just met this weekend to share with you. If you’re going through a tough time, or know someone else who is, PLEASE read this post and share it with others. It brought tears to my eyes as I was reminded by Jessica of how much each and every one of us matters, especially to the Lord! Don’t hesitate to reblog this beautiful list of encouragement for others to see, as well. The Lord loves you! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  1. It does get better. Believe it or not but eventually it will get better.
  2. You are amazing!
  3. Sometimes God redeems your story by surrounding you with people who need to hear your past, so it doesn’t become their future.🙌
  4. Sometimes God assigns certain mountains to your life to show others that they can be moved.
  5. It  may not feel like you’re making progress but believe me, you are. That’s why others are watching. Keep going.🏃💪
  6. Your breakthrough is not attached to the ones who tried to break you.
  7. Don’t give up. Things can change in an instant.
  8. We would miss you.
  9. You are loved! (Psalm 34:18) God is close to the brokenhearted & saves those who are crushed in spirit.
  10. There is beauty in your breakdown. 💋
  11. For some, the only thing you did wrong was pick them! It’s not losing your life or sleep over.
  12. God created you for…

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