Cultivating A Joyful Life | Content Where We Are

Cultivating A Joyful Life | Content Where We Are

First and foremost, before I really delve into the topic of this post, I’d like to clarify that I’m well aware that most people don’t live in cozy little outdoor patios like the one featured above. πŸ˜‚πŸ’š It merely serves to materialize the ‘home’ theme of Part One of my Cultivating A Joyful Life series, as well as keeping to the constant theme of these posts, which are gardens.

In the introduction that I wrote last week, I shared a beautiful way to think of our minds and our hearts, and that is by comparing them to a garden. The gardens that are well-cultivated, loved, and overall taken care are home to many beautiful plants and accents throughout! However, much against the gardener’s will, weeds still sprout up, good plants still die, etc, so it is essential that they are continuously cared for.

They cannot be cultivated to a certain point, then left to their own devices; just like with gardens, our hearts need daily (in some cases constant) care, or else everything gets bad quite suddenly. In abandoned gardens, flowers start to wilt, stems fade and begin turning brown, leaves slowly fall off the trees … in short, beautiful things cannot live if not taken care of.

I may be speaking of gardens, but in many ways, one can put his- or herself in this situation, as well. What happens when we stop actively putting aside bad behaviors? How does our life change when good habits that we were constantly nurturing are thrown to the side? Our positivity starts to wilt, happiness fades and turns to sorrow, and the joyful way we usually feel begins to crumble away. It’s a sad image, yet absolutely accurate; I’ve seen it happen – and felt it happen! – time and time again.

One of the utmost things that has been on my mind as of late have been earthly dwellings – or, put plainly, as you’d probably prefer πŸ˜‚, our homes! 🏠 Many of us (myself included) become discontent with where we currently reside for all sorts of reasons. That’s what I’ll be attempting to tackle today – discontentment with where we live, and how we may come to be okay, happy, and just overall …

Content Where We Are

This is a fact of life that many of you probably already know: we easily (and often) become bored. Growing tired of anything in our lives that stays constant for too long is a frequent occurrence, and it is completely different for each and every person. We crave change, we desire new things, and, sometimes, we simply long for life to be a bit more interesting. I know that I personally love for things to be familiar, yet interesting; normal, yet different.

You see, I love for things to have a basic schedule and predictability, while still leaving room for creativity, for switching things around here and there when necessary. For example, I really enjoy going places, and I love that most when they’re differentΒ places. I like to get my schoolwork done on weekday mornings, but in a differentΒ order each day, depending on how much work I’m assigned. I thoroughly enjoy reading books, browsing blogs, and listening to music, and I enjoy those activities most when they are differentΒ books, blogs, and music. Do you see the growing pattern here?

I love predictable variation.

That may sound odd to you. In fact, it sounds odd to me. But I have realized while writing this post that it is an absolute truth in my life.

When it comes to where my family and I live, I strive to be happy with where we’re living. I decorate the bedroom I occupy to my utmost liking, and I learn to accept the little things that are wrong with the house itself (for there are always cons to the homes we find ourselves in). I’m usually quite fine with wherever we’re living. However, the moment I begin to feel unhappy with the location, I feel very trapped, sometimes afraid, and most certainly like I want to break free and move elsewhere – far away – to beΒ anywhere but here.

When I look to the Lord for the healing balm that will soothe my aching soul, I always find three things that comfort me. Here they are:

  1. He cares for us so much. It may look like we’re stuck somewhere, whether it’s because we haven’t found a new place to move, or there are financial struggles, etc, but all things serve a good purpose (Romans 8:28). Find joy in the waiting! It definitely seems fruitless at times, but we are always being prepared for what is to come. That leads me to my second point:
  2. The dreams and plans that the Lord has for His children are far greater than we can ever imagine.Β It says so in His Word! (1 Corinthians 2:9) We often find this hard to believe, especially when we’re hurting, but please, if you will, take a moment to look back at the beautiful life you have. Can you see His hand at work? I always can in my own life. ❀ That leads me (again!) to my third point:
  3. This is not our eternal home!Β I tend to think that bad/upsetting living situations are a permanent thing, but guys. Everything is SO temporary! Not only are there beautiful opportunities and experiences waiting for us in our future, but we are also “looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.” – 2 Peter 3:13 NLT, emphasis mine. That’s the first time I’ve read that particular translation of the verse, and it has me so excited right now for all that He has in store for us!

In conclusion, it’s hard to feel settled in the houses/apartments we live in sometimes – and that’s okay. At times, it’s important that we move, and in other situations, it is crucial that we wait. Look at your unique situation from every angle. For me personally, I know that my family and I will soon move out of the house we’ve lived in for two years, which I didn’t even know about when I started writing this post. ❀ The Lord’s blessings are everywhere!! (: xx (by the way, we don’t have a date or anything yet. This plan is tentative. ‘Soon’ will have to do for now. πŸ’š)

How about you?

Are you finding the joy in where you live? What are YOUR favorite things about your current home? πŸ πŸ’œ

Happy Wednesday, guys! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful, blessed week!

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Spotlight Saturday | Shannon from Kittyp0p

Spotlight Saturday | Shannon from Kittyp0p

Hi there guys!! Happy weekend to all of you(: My, but it has been a while since I did a Spotlight Saturday!! I’m so happy to have done the one for this week because I had so much fun writing it with the featured blogger! Hope you guys enjoy. xx

My words are in italics, and hers are in bold.

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Spotlight Saturday #12

Hello everyone! Welcome to another one of my Spotlight Saturday posts. πŸ™‚ Today, I have the wonderful opportunity to interview a very kind blogger whom I’ve really enjoyed getting to talk to recently! Please welcome Shannon from Kittyp0p!

Hellu, I’ve never done anything like this as I’m still somewhat ‘new’ to the blogging world. When Maggie asked if I would do an interview, I was more than happy to oblige and excited to do a collaboration with her. So thanks a bunch for including me, girl!

You’re very welcome!! I’m excited to get into this. πŸ™‚ So first, I’d love for you to tell us a bit about yourself. What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Some of my hobbies and interests are of course blogging, and I know it might sound super boring or like a chore to some people- but I love to organize. I wouldn’t consider myself a “neat freak”, but I do enjoy having a place for everything and categorizing my belongings as well.

My interests include spending time with my loving boyfriend of almost 2 years as we both work a lot, we don’t get too much time together- but after moving in together this past June, that hasn’t been as much of a problem. We get to come home to one another and when our schedules match up for a day off, we either work on cleaning up our place or go out downtown to have a dinner date!

Haha I’m the same way with organization!! I absolutely love it and finding new ways to organize. πŸ™‚ Your boyfriend sounds like the sweetest guy ever!! I’m glad you two get to spend time together. My next question for you is, what is your blog all about? And what are your favorite types of posts to write?

Thank you, it’s good to know I’m not alone! He really is a dream haha and I have no idea what my blog is about. It’s basically just become a vessel for my photos and thoughts on things I’m using or what’s going on in my life. It’s become my favorite “social media” if you can call it that.

I like writing my favorites cause I like reading those type of posts to find new and cool things to try and experience (: but I also enjoy sharing my photos of random days off and outings we’re enjoying, whenever I can.

You’re welcome! And that’s so funny; I tend to feel the same way with my own blog. It’s all over the place!! I love how you share so much of your life on yours – it’s great to get to know a blogger like you so well! WordPress is my favorite social media now, too. It may not be the one everyone uses, but I love getting to connect with others that way! My next question is, what are a few posts that you loved writing recently? Please share them with us!

Thank you! It’s so encouraging to have such a supportive audience.

Being comfortable sharing my thoughts and experiences is vital, and I think that’s why my blog shows so much of the real me. I really liked doing the awards posts recently- it’s such a honor to be recognized by other bloggers (including yourself) and answering their questions has been a blast! I also think it’s great to spread the word by nominating other blogs. It’s a lovely way to show your audience the blogs you think deserve to be seen and heard from.Β 

Aww yeah, award posts are always so much fun!! x Next I’d like to know, what are two different posts of yours that you loved writing, and what are they about?

Totally! My favorite post I’ve ever posted is called B0yfriend backst0ry and it’s just that- the story of how my boyfriend and I met and eventually started dating.

I love it because it’s a nice read and I put together a lot of my favorite photos of us for it.

Another one I really enjoyed was my G0dsey supply post.

Even though it’s a short one, the shoes I mentioned are awesome and the business is only growing and becoming more user-friendly. The online store is ever expanding, they’re doing flash sales now, and customer service is 10/10!

I’m actually waiting for two more pairs to come in the mail soon, so I’ll probably make another post about them when I get those. I’m so excited for the new ones!

I absolutely loved the post on you and your boyfriend!! Ooh I’ll have to go check out the second one you mentioned. πŸ™‚ That sounds awesome! Next I’d like to ask you, what are a few things you’ve learned about blogging that you’d like to pass on to other bloggers?

Definitely give it a read and check out the site too. I wasn’t into sneakers til I started shopping from there haha and thank you again, my boyfriend appreciates all the sweet comments as well!

Something I’ve learned in my short time blogging is that you’ll get genuine followers if you’re genuine. Putting yourself out there can be scary, but the community here on WordPress is so open and non-judgmental. Which is super refreshing for a social media outlet!

I definitely will! And aw you’re very welcome(: I agree, the blogging community is amazing! ❀ I’ve had so much fun interviewing you, Shannon! Thank you for doing this with me. Is there anything else you’d like to say before we go?

This has been a blast for me too! I just want to say thank you again for considering me and my blog for this interview- it really means so much coming from a blog I enjoy so much and a blogger that’s such a lovely person (: keep it up xoxo

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Thanks for reading this week’s interview, everyone! It would make me so happy if you’d go check out Shannon’s blog for yourself. She is so sweet, posts weekly insight into her life, and would love to chat with you in the comments section of her posts!

 

Happy Saturday, guys! ❀ let me know in the comments below if you checked out her blog, or if you already follow her! 😊

Little Accomplishments – August 11th, 2017

Little Accomplishments – August 11th, 2017

What have you accomplished this week?

Welcome to this week’s Little Accomplishments!

Why hello there, everyone! My goodness, how in the world is it Friday again? πŸ˜‚ Does anyone have the answer? lol! πŸ’š Anyway I hope that you’re all doing well and are as excited as I am that the weekend has come back around for us to enjoy! πŸ˜€

I have been working on so many different things things recently. Those have mainly been music-, blog-, and organization-related, and as you all know I love those three things SO much, so life has been a blast!! After that bout of sickness my family and I went through, it has been a huge blessing to have an enjoyable week that was pretty much back to normal for us. Among the things I accomplished, I was able to do something I’ve never done before (it’s the second thing mentioned in the list below – check it out!), all of my 12th grade school subjects have been lots of fun and very educational (hush Maggie, your nerd is showing hahaha #homeschoolerforever), and … well, I’ll keep talking about how life has been for the rest of this post! I won’t continue to ramble on right here! πŸ˜‚πŸ’œ

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

This past week, I…

  • completed Spanish 5 on Memrise. (YAS! I’m always excited when I finish another level of these awesome language learning courses. Although I must say, I’m also sad because I’m getting ever closer to the end of these lessons! [By the way, I shared a picture of Spanish 6 below because I’m excited about learning that next.])

  • learned to play a song on the piano. (Guys. This is my most favorite accomplishment ever!! ❀ I looked up the piano chords to Jordan Feliz’s How Long [which has been my favorite song for months now] and, with the chords that I found, I was able to teach myself to play the tune and sing along with it, too! When I’m a bit more confident, I’d love to share a video playing it for you guys! That would be so cool!!)

  • went through my phone. (That means that I cleared off apps I’m not using, transferred all photos and videos … everything that monthly phone maintenance entails!)
  • tidied my room. (This includes dusting and cleaning my desk, dusting the piano keyboard [it needed it], and straightening everything on my bookshelf!)

  • went through the books on my bookshelf. (Special thanks to the pretty way I’ve arranged my books, this was hard to do, haha! But as shown in the picture of my room somewhere above, I found a way to make everything still pretty, even with some of the books missing. x I’m donating some, and others I’m keeping elsewhere because they’re more like reference books [baby names, tree reference guide, etc.].)
  • finished reading King John. (I mentioned this on my reading list post earlier this week, and I must say that I really enjoyed it! It’s definitely Shakespeare’s most underrated play. If you like reading Shakespeare, I’d recommend giving King John a try!)

  • began reading The Merchant of Venice. (Eh, not as gripping to me as King John was, but I’ll still read it. The characters are pretty cool – and funny, too!)

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

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