Turning Eighteen

Turning Eighteen

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful Tuesday! ❤ This is the day that I’ve been looking forward to for the past few months, and I really can’t believe it’s already here. Have I mentioned before that time absolutely disappears when little ones are running around the house? There’s something about spending time with babies and kids that makes the days fly by. ❤ I wish it wasn’t so! For the days when they’re so cute and little are gone before I know it.

On this day last year, I wrote a post (which you can read here!) talking about what I was thinking on my seventeenth birthday. It amazes me that a full YEAR has flown by since I wrote that post! I read it again this weekend, and I was reminded of how deeply thoughtful I was that day. Here’s a quotation from it:

I’ve realized that there’s more to life than the things we own, the status we have, and the audience that we captivate. It’s about family and friends, making happy memories, and exploring new places. Above all, it’s about coming to know our Heavenly Father even more. That is a lifelong process that doesn’t ever seem to tire me, but instead brings me to love Him even more.

Man – I don’t even remember sounding that wise, haha! I’m pretty sure by now the Lord has called me to be a writer because I love expressing my thoughts and ideas through words. ❤

As you can probably tell by the title of this post, April 10th has come back around again – which means that I’m turning 18 today! I have learned so much in the three hundred and sixty-five days that have elapsed since I was celebrating my last one, and I think the one main thing I’ve noticed this day is just how special birthdays are as a kid. The childlike attribute of enjoying your special day that much is something that made my childhood so bright, and I’ve definitely seen my view of life changing these past few years as I grow older.

Life is not about what you do – it’s about who you spend it with.

Reaching out in kindness to your family, extending a helping hand to the poor, being open to holding conversations with new people and old friends … there is so much quality of life to be found in loving others. ❤

Today, my birthday is no longer a day to appreciate myself like it was when I was little … I now possess the knowledge of how precious life is, and how blessed I am by the Lord to be a shining light to those around me.

Being willing to face the aspects of myself that need improvement, and cultivating the areas that others truly appreciate is something I’m truly mindful of this day.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about me, there are some posts I wrote recently which I definitely recommend!:

The Passions I Pursue || Focuses For April
Growing Up So Fast || Healing Begins Here

Thank you so much for reading! Very shortly, I’m going out to have breakfast with my dad, which I really enjoyed doing with him last year, as well. Have a blessed day!

— Maggie

My Favorite Songs From ‘Future’

My Favorite Songs From ‘Future’

Hello there! Happy Monday to you. ❤ I pray your week is getting off to a beautiful start! On this quiet, rainy day where I live, I wanted to write a quick and fun review of one of my new favorite music albums! I’ll be talking about Future by the extremely talented music artist, Jordan Feliz!

When I found out that he was releasing his second album a few weeks ago (which I promised myself I’d buy back when I was so obsessed with his debut album, haha), I ordered it off of Amazon the morning after it came out. I had decided to wait to listen to any of the new songs, even when he released the audio versions on YouTube because I always think it’s more special to listen to the album as a whole – not just through digital releases!

I’ll go ahead and link to some of these songs so you can listen to them yourself 🙂 However, I highly recommend the entire album if you do like Jordan Feliz and his style of music! (Remember ‘The River’? It has been a radio hit for quite a while now!)

At this point, I haven’t even listened to every song on Future. That’s because when I buy a new album, I’ll really enjoy listening to a handful of the new songs, then when I get tired of them, I’ll check out the rest of the album! I’m able to spread out my enjoyment of the music this way 🙂 Let me know if you do this too, haha!

Also, I have already been listening to Witness and Changed for months/weeks now, and they’re both beautiful songs! Today, I’ll just be talking about the top four that stand out to me from the album right now. I hope you enjoy! Comment down below which one is your favorite. ❤

180 – In this song, Jordan expresses his desire to return to the Lord, even after all he’s gone through. It is a wonderful reminder to me that regardless of how far I’ve gone, the Lord will always welcome me back – and the same is true for you. We just have to put our trust in Him!

That’s The Life – If, for no other reason, this song is epic because of all of the unique notes Jordan manages to hit! That’s one of the things I love about Jordan – I can’t get over how talented he is! Anyway, he sings about marveling over how the Lord is caring for him – something I myself do daily!

My Shelter – Jordan talks about how no matter what we’re going through, the Lord is always by our side, watching over us and protecting us! His love never fails. ❤

Lay It Down – This is the song that stood out to me on this album first. The chorus really got to me, and just like other songs that urge us to bring all of our burdens before the Lord, releasing them into His hands, Lay It Down moved me to tears. Definitely, listen to this one!

the tracklist.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope I have encouraged you to check Jordan Feliz’s music out if you haven’t already! 😀 You can get the album on Amazon here. (Not sponsored!)

Happy Monday to you! Let me know in the comments below:

Which song is YOUR favorite?

— Maggie

My Health And Fitness Journey: An Introduction + New Goals!

My Health And Fitness Journey: An Introduction + New Goals!

Hello there! Happy Thursday to you! ❤ I hope you’re doing well 🙂 The topic of this post revolves around something I don’t often bring up, yet it is a crucial part of my life! Today, I’m talking about my health and fitness journey. I hope you enjoy!

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This past December, I decided that I was ready to begin caring for my body better than I had been before. The fears of injury and restriction had been holding me back for a long time – and before I go on, I’d like to share why.

Since I was the age of thirteen, up until very recently, I’ve struggled with recurring hip pain and doing anything too physically-involved. Minor injuries kept me back from enjoying sports and anything physical activity-related.

I struggled for a long time to see how the Lord would use that pain for my good, because I was so tired of hurting. I wanted to be able to run, ride my bike, get involved in sports, etc. Having a recurring weakness made worse through strain affected me for years.

However, as I near my 18th birthday, I’ve noticed something huge – my hips have not bothered me for quite some time now. I couldn’t tell you the last time I found my hips hurting was, and that’s saying a LOT!

I still don’t know exactly why the Lord would have me do so little in the ways of exercise until now, but hey, not everything is for me to know. Maybe it was simply so that I wouldn’t take for granted the beautiful blessing it is to walk, run, dance, and be physically fit.

Taking fitness slowly and building endurance has always been a struggle for me. That’s because when I’m passionate about something, then I’m all in! – which isn’t a smart mindset to have when it comes to creating any exercise routine. You have to build endurance and allow your body to adapt to those lifestyle changes! Otherwise, you’ll injure yourself, wear your body out, or ruin the initial mentality you had toward exercising: “I can do this!”

The fear I had throughout my pre-teen and teenage years held me back from doing anything than beginner-level exercising and stretching. That means that I wasn’t getting anywhere because I wasn’t sticking with any program that would help me build strength and move forward! It was smart of me, in a way, but I was more afraid than I should have been, and the agitation I felt toward my body hurt me more times than I can count.

Now, when it comes to how I eat, I’ve noticed a few things I need to change: I need to stick to serving sizes, and I have to curb my growing sugar addiction.

For the past few years, I’ve enjoyed eating the meals and snacks we have around the house. The majority of what we have and what I choose to eat are pretty good options, but I almost always serve myself too much. I’m tired of feeling more full than I need to! Even when the serving size suggestion is less than I would give myself, my body appreciates it when I eat a balance of nutrients, not just what looks good.

My sugar addiction, which I’ve started to notice is getting worse, is brought on when we stop somewhere to grab a snack/treat while we’re out of the house, when I bake homemade desserts, and when I get a craving for something sweet after nearly every dinner. My dad and brothers really like treats, and so do I now myself, but I must say that I’d rather have something once or twice a week than daily, haha! This is why I’m having to learn the art of resisting temptation.

I love filling my plate with food, but I don’t like how it makes me feel. Eating sugary foods is a lot of fun, but the fatigue that plagues me afterward isn’t worth it. Doing a relaxing activity is more fun than power-walking a few miles, but how good I feel after exercising is well worth the sacrifice.

I have a lot of goals in mind I am slowly putting in place in my life. My desire to do this is driven by the drive I feel for my wellbeing, overall health, and how much I want to care for the body the Lord has given me! It’s up to me to do the best that I can to care for and love the way my body is.

Here are some of my goals! If we have any in common, let me know in the comments below 🙂

  • Drink soda once a week. Once I have this practice down, I’d love to change it to bi-weekly! I could easily have soda every day, which is so awful for me – I’d rather be drinking water.
  • Exercise/Stretch every day. Whether I’m power-walking in my bedroom, riding bikes with my brother, or doing an easy stretching routine, I can totally do this! I love how it feels to get fit, which is why this needs to be a daily practice in my life.
  • Eat out once a week. Sometimes, we’ll do more if things get hectic one week, but otherwise, I want to stick to eating the healthy foods here at home. It feels better to eat healthy.
  • Stick to serving sizes! I have to stop serving more on my plate than I want to eat! I have to remember that it feels better to eat the right amount for me.

Thank you so much for reading my post! I hope this could be an encouragement to you, because it sure encourages me when I see how others are moving along on their health and fitness journey. ❤ Speaking of encouragement, I’d like to give a quick shoutout to my beautiful friend Jordan’s most recent fitness post – it really encouraged me to keep going on my own journey!

I hope you have a beautiful day! Let me know in the comments below how YOU’RE coming along on your health and fitness journey!

Have a blessed day! ❤

— Maggie