Little Accomplishments – June 23rd, 2017

Little Accomplishments – June 23rd, 2017

What have you accomplished this week?

Welcome back to this week’s Little Accomplishments, everybody!

I’m going to start by saying, how is it Friday again??!! I’m pretty sure I just hit “publish” on last week’s Friday post, LOL! I have no idea if time is flying like this for anyone else, but I am truly in shock. I mean, what?!

Alright. I won’t continue to ramble on in this scattered manner. Although I’m tempted to, haha

I hope that you all had a great week! As you know, mine sped by, but some great and definitely unexpected things happened over the course of these past seven days, and I’m thankful for each one of them. Some of them I have shared below, but others I’m keeping private for personal reasons. Without further ado, let’s get into this.

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

This past week, I…

  • started learning the piano keyboard. (Last Sunday, my mom was considering donating our piano keyboard, which we’ve had for years but I’ve never had an interest in. Suddenly, I got the notion in my head to see if it and the stand fit in my room – specifically in the corner where I’ve been keeping my electric guitar [which I still can’t play], and to my delight, it did. Since that day, I’ve been watching videos on YouTube and familiarizing myself with the keys, notes, major chords, scales, and other tips and tricks that I come across to help me learn. The quickness of this decision, and how much I’m suddenly loving it, truly appears to be inspired by the Lord. So I’m going along with it and enjoying every step of the way. I think I’ve already fallen in love with it. ❤ If you play the piano, let me know in the comments below! I’d love to chat with you.)

  • organized my closet. (It’s difficult for me to find a way to make everything in there work together organization-wise, as it’s so narrow, but I have it set up pretty nicely for now! I’m always finding ways to improve it haha)
  • started a new coloring page. (This one is a neat, intricate butterfly that I colored using lots of different colors instead of similar tones like I usually do! I can’t decide if I should leave it as is, or add more color. I think I’ll figure that out this upcoming week.)

  • began learning Spanish 5 on Memrise. (The first part of the course is all about sports lingo – specifically, futbol. That means that I’m learning how to say ‘that’s a foul!’ and ‘he’s the best player of the year’ and things like that, lol. I might need to discuss sports stuff like this in Spanish at some point in my life hahaha, but definitely no time soon!)
  • finally started reading Head in the Clouds. (I’ve been eyeing this novel on Goodreads for a while now – it’s been on my ‘to read’ shelf for so long – and I finally got it from the library when I accidentally found it last week, haha! I will definitely be reviewing it sometime soon because I’m only on the second chapter and I already love it so much.)

{Bonus Segment: Little Future Accomplishments}

Oooh! How exciting! Am I right?! I’ve never shared a to-do list on here before 😀 These posts are always about things I’ve done, haha, but I have some different things I’m wanting to get done this upcoming week, so I thought it’d be a good idea to hold myself accountable, lol. Let’s see how many I can check off next Friday.

  • learn the major piano scales.
  • further acquaint myself with piano lingo (what terms are used and when).
  • finish reading Head in the Clouds (can I do it in a week? I think I can!).
  • paint a new watercolor painting.

I’m sure I’ll have more to share next week, but these are the four biggest things! (And honestly, the third one is a stretch. We’ll see about that one.)

Happy Friday, everyone! ❤ xxx

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

— Maggie

Little Accomplishments – June 16th, 2017

Little Accomplishments – June 16th, 2017

What have you accomplished this week?

Welcome back to this week’s Little Accomplishments!

Hellooo guys! Man, this week was so productive for me, it was a bit overwhelming haha! I looove getting things done, don’t get me wrong, there was just so much productivity happening this week that it was a bit much lol 😱

I’m debating over whether to pick the best ones to share, or to just dump all of them into this post. I’m not sure. We’ll see! Update: I’m doing all of them.

I hope that all of you had an absolutely beautiful week! And hey, if it wasn’t the best, there’s a shiny, brand new week up ahead for all of us. The weekend is here (what, what!!), which is the best way to start these next seven days. xxx Make sure to comment down below what you’ve been up to this week. 🙂 Enjoy!

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

This past week, I…

  • got all the photos and videos off my phone. (YAY!!!! This is actually a gigantic accomplishment for me because I’ve been attempting to do this for weeks, and finally [upon my mom’s urging to try again – thank you, thank you, thank you!!], my mom’s laptop registered that my phone was plugged in and let me transfer everything. I can’t express how happy and relieved this makes me feel.)
  • finished the Spanish 4 course on Memrise. (Woohoo! This isn’t quite as big of an accomplishment as finishing Spanish 3 a few weeks ago, as that course had over 600 words/phrases to learn, and Spanish 4 had about 150, but hey, I was still pretty excited to see the little badge that pops up upon course completion!)

  • caught up on all classic reviews for Spanish on Memrise. (This always takes me a while, as even taking a couple days off from language learning gets me so behind on review, but that makes me even more excited when I see what I took a screenshot of below! Four completed courses, with no words to review on any of them. 😀 )

  • took multivitamins for one full, consecutive week. (This is one of those accomplishments that’s boring, but soooo necessary!! The multivitamin and vitamin C I take are both chewable, and I can’t stand how they taste, so most days for a long while, I’d “forget.” But now I’m back to taking them 😀 )
  • planned everything out so that I can have a laid-back week of blogging. (It won’t look like much of a difference to the readers, but for me, it is a much-needed break. The May blogging challenge I did was an epic whirlwind of creative blog post writing, but whew! It took a toll on me – and I know that it was challenging for Cheila and Angela, too – my lovely fellow challenge buddies. So, over the next week or so [possibly longer], I’ll be publishing you guys’ summer stories every other day until I don’t have anymore. I am taking a break from interviews, recipes, and Sunday inspirations. For right now, I’m focusing on just getting Little Accomplishments posts, as well as the summer memories, ready to post, and just working on behind-the-scenes stuff for now. ❤ )
  • updated my About page and sidebar picture. (How do you guys like it?? I looove the new About page! Click here to check it out. ❤ )

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

— Maggie

Becoming a Big Sister For the Fourth Time

FeaturedBecoming a Big Sister For the Fourth Time

On Friday afternoon, I found out something that I’d really like to share with you guys!

My mom is going to have another baby. ❤

I wanted to write a post about this, not only to let you guys know, but also because … well … I have mixed feelings on it.

I wish I could say that I'm excited, and joyful, and really happy about this beautiful news … but because of some deep-rooted fears that I have, I feel way more worried than I do happy.

Here's why.

I'm scared that my mom will have to go through a lot of pain. When she had my little sister Elizabeth last summer, Elizabeth was born via c-section. It took my mom weeks to heal from that, and that time was hard on our whole family, especially me, as we did our best to take care of her and comfort her when she was hurting so much.

I'm scared that others will think we're weird. When people see big families, they tend to put them in a certain category, and that makes me feel so awkward.

I'm scared that others will think I'm a teen mom. I'm not usually the only one caring for Elizabeth when we're out and about, but when I do, people have gotten the wrong impression before. I love having younger siblings – especially babies! – but because I'm afraid of others' opinions, that has taken away my joy.

I'm looking forward to this baby. I can't wait to meet him or her … but that excitement is drowned out for the time being by the worries that are filling my heart.

It will take time to heal from how that hospital stay last June drained me. I'll have to write a post on that sometime soon. And it will take me time to learn that others' opinions aren't what matter. One day, I'll feel better about this, and over the next weeks and months, I will get to the point where I will eagerly anticipate the arrival of my new little sibling.

But for now … I am thinking things through. I am praying. I am giving myself room to heal.

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Throughout my mom's pregnancy, I will be writing more posts about how I'm feeling, how her pregnancy with Elizabeth went, and other life updates. I would deeply appreciate all of your encouragement, support, and prayers.

Thank you so much for reading. ❤

— Maggie