What I’ve Been Loving – December 2018

What I’ve Been Loving – December 2018

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” – Steve Manaboli


Happy December to you! In all honesty, I have felt pretty distracted when it comes to blogging this month. That’s probably due to it being the holidays, so I’ve been out shopping, being with family, and planning out some exciting posts for the new year. (I have been keeping up with reading all of the lovely blog posts that pop up in my Reader, which I’m happy about!)

Little life update aside, the one post I’ve been thinking about writing is a favorites-type post, showcasing what has been making me smile and laugh. I’ve shared two other posts like this, one which was a couple days after my wisdom teeth surgery in May (here) and then another one in June (here).

The featured image contains some selfies of me and my siblings, because I honestly haven’t taken any other good photos lately. The weather’s been ugly and I’ve rather been stuck inside all month. haha


Movies I’ve Watched:

  • The Bishop’s Wife. I watched this one for the first time in the summer, since I hadn’t realized when I checked it out from the library that it was a Christmas movie! I enjoyed watching it with my mom last week, as it was her first time seeing it. The acting is amazing, and the ending is incredible!
  • The Talk Of The Town. After we finished The Bishop’s Wife, we kind of got into a Cary Grant movie streak! This movie was a comedy/drama (more like a drama) that had a freaky beginning, but became an enjoyable movie after the first fifteen minutes.
  • Falling For Christmas. This is one of those Hallmark-type Christmas movies (the ones I watch and criticize more than enjoy hahaha), but I did enjoy finishing this one with Joshua. The acting was pretty decent, and there were some actually funny parts in it!
  • Mixed Nuts. I’m currently watching this one with Joshua. It’s his first time seeing it, but I think is the fourth time I’ve seen it. It never gets old!

Videos I’ve Loved:

  • Jay Leno’s Headlines segment. I just found out a week ago that this hilarious man was the host of the night show all through my childhood, but I was too young to appreciate it. *regrets* To remedy this, I’ve been binge-watching all the videos I can find that people have uploaded of Jay’s Headlines segment. I’m so thankful for YouTube!
  • Craig Ferguson interviewing Robin Williams. The video’s literally called The Best Interview In The History Of Television. Watching these two riffing back and forth, quickly building on each other’s jokes is one of the best things I’ve seen in a very long time. It was twenty-six minutes of pure insanity!
  • Not My Arms ASMR Challenge. One of my all-time favorite YouTubers, Maria from GentleWhispering, did this challenge with her then-fiancée (they’re married now haha) and I just watched it again last night. I basically spent the entire fifteen minutes laughing!

Songs I’m Listening To:

  • Life In The Death Of Me – Unspoken
  • I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You) – John Mayer
  • Battles – The Afters
  • There’s Always Tomorrow – Rudolph Soundtrack
  • Count That High – Jordan Feliz
  • Faith – Jordan Feliz
  • Streets of Gold – Jordan Feliz

Coloring Pages I’ve Colored:

Quotes That Inspire Me:

  • “Show up in every single moment like you’re meant to be there.” – Marie Forleo
  • “Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles. Notice them.”
  • “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.”
  • “There is no dream too big for God to make a reality.”

“Fulfillment comes only when you decide to love God and give Him all of yourself.” – Dr. Charles Stanley


That was so much fun to write! Let me know if you want the links to any of the movies/songs/videos. My laptop has response issues, and it would take me a lifetime to add all those links. Thanks for reading!

Blogging Challenge – Day 7: Favorite Activities

Blogging Challenge – Day 7: Favorite Activities

Many of you know that I have a wide range of interests, and I often switch them out to keep life interesting (see what I did there? Haha!).

I love variety, both in what I spend my time doing, as well as the posts I write on this blog; I don’t like for anything to fall into habit or go along with any kind of schedule; I like to spice things up. 🙂

Sometimes, I find myself feeling bad for not continually doing any one hobby, but it’s just part of who I am, and as long as it doesn’t cost lots of money or hurt anyone (obvious reasons), I don’t think there’s a thing wrong with that.

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!

Favorite Activities

Drawing Comic Strips

This seems like a funny one to start with, as I’ve never talked about my love for this activity until right now, haha! But, alas, this shall be the first thing on my list. When I was twelve, I drew a short comic strip about a cute jumping spider named Bob while doing an art project. Since then, I’ve filled at least two notebooks with the adventures of Bob and his friends, enjoying learning the art of funny facial expressions and scene props. The comics range from three-panel strips to full-page spreads; they always make me smile when I go back and read them.

Photo Editing

When I was fourteen, I learned how to use different photo editing apps to filter photos (change brightness, add texture, etc.), make picture collages, and the mysterious art of masking (it’s kind of hard to explain, so please forgive me). Most, if not all, of the photos on my blog have been edited – usually, I’ve brightened the photo a bit to make it as bright and cheerful as possible. 🙂

Watching YouTube videos

I absoutely love watching challenges, ASMR sounds and roleplays, official lyric videos (especially Let Me Love You and Phoenix), comedian skits, ‘Try Not to Laugh’ animal Vines, and anything else I come across that is clean and either hilarious or relaxing.

Writing blog posts

I’m either scratching around for good material to write and share with you guys, or I’m struggling to juggle these blogging challenge posts and everything else I like to put up in a week! There’s too much, or too little; no in between. Regardless, I love coming up with posts whether I’m deeply inspired, or not. 🙂

Watching TV shows w/ my family

Home Improvement, I Love Lucy, Gilligan’s Island, and probably others that I can’t think of right now (haha!). I love family shows; they’re so refreshing to watch. I usually stick to old TV shows, like Leave It To Beaver or The Andy Griffith Show, as well. 🙂

Coloring

Most recently, it’s been from an adult coloring book that I got, and I’m coloring them with the 40-set pack of fine tip markers that my dad got me. 🙂 I’ve always preferred coloring over drawing, as I’m much better at that than sketching.

Baking

Since January of this year, I’ve loved trying new recipes – especially ones that might look intimidating at first! From pretzels to donut holes, I like breaking the mold of traditional baking and taking risks.

Writing

Whether that’s composing a blog post, a journal entry, or working on the draft of a novel, I’ve loved writing since I was eight years old, and reading for even longer than that!

What are some of YOUR favorite activities?

— Maggie