Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 1

Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 1

Hi there, everyone! ❤ I hope that you’re doing well. 🙂 Today, I will be talking about some of my recent favorite quotes!! Because I’m always browsing Pinterest for inspirational quotes, I have acquired a lot of favorites over the years! For this post, I have chosen five that are very relevant for my life right now, and I’ll also talk a little about why I love them so much. Let’s jump right into this!

My Top 5 Current Favorite Quotes

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Throughout September and into October, as well, I have been working really hard on changing different negative behaviors that have become too prevalent in my life. From impatient responses to judging others, there are different ways I feel and act about things and circumstances without realizing how it’s impacting my life. If I can get myself into the habit of thinking before I respond, then I won’t make as many bad mistakes as I do now. Tracking my progress, both the highs and lows, really helps me to keep going, which is why I bring it up on my blog from time to time. 🙂 I’m thinking about doing my Making the Change posts again, but I’m not sure yet. I probably will!

Let life surprise you.

Are you like me, in that you want things to go according to plan, and when things change, whether for better or worse, it really messes you up? I struggle with this all the time. It could be about my school work, or the blogging plan I made for myself. If something gets changed, or added or moved, I get really disoriented and oftentimes upset about it. The reason this quote speaks to me is because I want to do a better job of letting life surprise me! Most things don’t go exactly according to plan. I desire to accept the little changes 🙂

Be nice first.

If I can get into a better habit of taking the plunge and being nice to people I meet first – whether I say hi to the person behind me in line, or I compliment the waitress’ hair – I could really beat my social anxiety in leaps and bounds! It’s definitely something to work on, and quotes like the one above really help me to stay motivated!

If it costs you your peace, it’s too expensive.

I always find myself getting in over my head about all sorts of things. I keep my room too tidy. I keep my blog schedule too tight. I spend too much time organizing pictures. I become over-dedicated to all sorts of things, to the point where I don’t even like the thing I was dedicated to anymore, haha! It’s a sad existence. So, the moral of the story is, yes, I would love to have a clean room, and a blogging schedule and organized folders of pictures, but they tend to cost me my peace. By working on a bit at a time, and finding joy in the length of time it takes me to become inspired, or feel well enough to clean up, etc, is what I need to work on.

His will. His way. My faith.

This is a quote that someone based off of Jeremiah 29:11, which is an absolutely beautiful and comforting verse, and I love this quote, too! I am happiest in life when I’m trusting in His will and following His plans for my life. Whenever I try to step aside from the path He has ordained for me, I am always disappointed. It’s not like something bad happens to me if I make a bad choice, or something; the Lord isn’t like that. I just end up feeling down, almost like I can just see that He had something greater planned for me, but I chose to go somewhere else. After an experience like that, I’m always more than ready to return to following Him again! ❤

So, those are my favorite quotes! I had so much fun finding those five and talking about them. Let me know in the comments below:

Which of those quotes was YOUR favorite?

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My Fall 2017 Room Tour!

My Fall 2017 Room Tour!

Hi there, everyone! I hope that you’ve all been having a beautiful weekend 🙂 ❤ Today, I will be sharing my fall room tour post with you!!

Decorating my room for the fall is one of my favorite events of the entire year! Growing up, my mom always started off the holiday season by putting up our array of festive decorations. Since having my own room at the place we’re currently living, I have started my own little collection of holiday decor, which makes me even more excited for this time of year!

Out of all the seasons, I’d have to say that I enjoy setting my room up for the fall months the most. I just love the warm colors, Halloween-y mood, and nature/fall vibes that come from all autumnal decor! Browsing stores when they’re set up for October and November makes me so happy, and the way my room looks at this time of year is definitely a joy, too.

Let’s jump right into this!

The first thing I enjoy showcasing in most room posts of mine (haha) is my beautiful piano keyboard, and right now, it has a leaf garland and orange lights above it! I had the lights in my room this time last year, as well, but I bought the garland a few weeks ago. I love how it looks, and I’m always appreciating its beauty any time I’m in my room, haha!

I keep thinking that it looks like something from Pinterest that would cost too much to recreate, hahaha, but that isn’t the case at all! The leaf garland is from Walmart ($3) and the lights are from Dollar General ($3). Crazy, right? Super inexpensive and extremely festive!

I love how the soft lights look where they’re hanging behind the curtain!

Just inside my bedroom on the left wall, I have my Heart and Brain calendar. I think I’ve shown it to you guys before, but as the featured picture changes every month, it’s worth showing again! I keep laughing over October’s.

At the back of my piano on the windowsill is where I keep my succulents during daylight hours. The one that Samuel gave me for my birthday earlier this year is still going strong (left), and the one I got last fall (right) is continuing to thrive, as is that tall weed, haha!

On the keyboard stand, I currently have a pretty art/quote picture that I saved from an old planner. One side has positive affirmations, and the other (as you can see below) has a motivational quote in pretty calligraphy! (Also, I’m a sucker for anything with feathers on it)

While experimenting with lighting and filters, I got the below shot, which I think is pretty cool, but also spooky, haha! (It does not represent how my room looks in real life.)

Now let’s move on to something I’ve really been enjoying recently!

On the same day that I bought the leaf garland, I also found a little candle at Walmart that has an absolutely amazing, fall-ish scent! It’s called Pecan Pumpkin Cake.

My little brother came in the room one morning when it was lit and said, “Ooh I just want to eat it!” haha

Just behind the candle, you can see part of the shadow box I got for my birthday, which I first shared with all of you in this post. It makes me so happy to read and look at, especially since it goes along with my fall decor!

Now I get to show you guys my desk!! Let’s check this out 😀

I went for a more minimal look this fall (at least in comparison to how my desk looked last year; everything on it was fall-themed, haha!). I wasn’t in the mood to use different decorations from past years this season, but what you see above is what I did come up with. I really like it!

I’ll show you a bit more of everything up close, from left to right:

Since I was maybe twelve years old, I’ve been drawing my own comic strip (I should show you guys sometime!), and my favorite character is the one pictured above. I taught Samuel how to draw him, and after he did, he gave that drawing to me, haha! I love it – aside from it having arms and hands instead of wings, it’s really good haha

I don’t have very many things checked out from the library right now, so they all handily fit over in this corner! I have some different movies and a few books, and my lovely ‘Pumpkin Pie’ candle, as well. ❤

I love how the ‘Dream Big’ sign looks with my picture of me with the band!

I have been loving the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of the Bard’s plays recently, lol; I plan on reading the one above (Much Ado About Nothing), as well as The Comedy of Errors, and Hamlet, too. Also, I’ve had that cute animals glass vase for a couple years, and I just love it!

This owl mug from Hobby Lobby just screams ‘fall’ at me, haha! I love it. I really need to start having my coffee in it in the mornings, but it’s currently being used, once again, as a hair tie holder. lol The snowy owl stuffed animal is a favorite of mine (I think I’ve shared it on past posts), and those multi-colored leaves you keep seeing in different shots are from a pack of loose fake leaves from WalMart. 😀 The last thing I have to mention from this photo is the orange rock next to the mug, which is a cute little kindness rock.

I’ve been seeing these around lately – children are painting stones, then giving them away to make others happy, and I fell in love with the one above. Samuel got one that says ‘Shine like a star,’ which I thought was neat, too!

That’s it for my desk! Next, I’ll show you the upgrade I gave my bedside table:

… Yup. A red leaf. I was kidding about the ‘upgrade’ thing, haha! During the two years I’ve lived at this house, it has been impossible for me to decorate my bedside shelves the exact way I want them. This is what’s currently on the shelf below:

Let’s pause for a moment before we go by once more gazing upon this beautiful sight …

Ahh; so tranquil. *takes a few deep, happy breaths*

And that’s it for my fall room tour! Thanks so much for reading, guys! I’d be very happy to see how you guys have done up your room for the current season you’re in. (Shoutout to the bloggers I know who are currently experiencing spring right now!) Share a link with me if you decide to do a room tour post, as well!

See you tomorrow 🙂 xx

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Stories I’d Love To Write – Part One

Stories I’d Love To Write – Part One

Hello everyone! Today’s post is honestly an extremely unique idea for a post. I’ve never seen a blogger cover this topic before, although I don’t actually know that many writers here on WordPress. (*makes a mental note to go meet some more*) lol Either way, I absolutely loved the idea when it popped into my head because it would be a lot of fun to gather the information together, and would definitely encourage me to keep writing! As you saw from the title of today’s post, I’ll be going over stories I’d love to write someday!

I have been creating stories since I was eight years old. In the nearly ten years since I wrote my first one, I have had hundreds of ideas for stories. Alas, all but maybe thirty of those came to fruition, haha, so they’ve all been left in different notebooks I still have, as well as short drafts in the ‘stories’ folder on the computer. I sifted through these two sources for today’s post and compiled a list of the main stories I would still love to write. Even if I haven’t touched the idea since 2011, if I think I could make something out of it, I’ve included it. 🙂

The fun thing about this is that listing these bits of inspiration and sharing them with you guys will give me a chance to see what all of YOU would enjoy reading! It would help me so much if you could share in the comments which story/ies you think would be the most interesting ones to read. (Most, if not all, of them will probably be short stories one day, not full-length novels, so I might share some of them with you!)

Without any further introduction, let’s get right into this!

My Story Ideas

I would love to write the story of …

  • A HUMAN GIRL WITH BUTTERFLY WINGS. Back in ’13, I did write her story, but its ending was choppy, and there were many things that could be improved. As a whole, the characters and setting are fantastic! If I can improve story structure, it would be an enjoyable fantasy novel to write. (It was called Hutterfly, by the way. I might keep the name the same for the second draft.)

  • A MAN AND WOMAN IN LOVE. This is very vague, I know lol, but that’s the only way I know to describe them! They are the couple from Jump and A Tea Cup Forgotten, which are the only two short stories I’ve featured on my blog so far. I have such a fantastic image of how they look in my head, it’s crazy … and one day, at some point, I would love to write their full story, not just short stories that represent scenes of their lives.
  • A YOUNG GIRL AND HER DRAGON. I attempted to write this back in maybe 2012, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I abandoned it when I hit the brick wall of broken story structure (haha), but I could do something with it, and my preteen self would be so happy with that. lol The girl’s name is Melody, and I called the dragon Darwin. I might change the names in the second draft!

  • A GIRL WHO TURNS INTO A CHICKADEE. Alright, before you question my sanity, know that I was obsessed with chickadees (and other small birds) when I was between the ages of ten and twelve!! I loved watching the real ones eat the birdseed I put out for them, I loved looking at pictures of them in books and online (I used to have a big board of chickadee photography on Pinterest) – I couldn’t get enough of them. They made me so happy! (They still do, but my affection has toned down immensely haha) Back in maybe 2012, I wrote the first draft for what I called Chickadee Magic, then lost a good portion of what I’d written when I deleted the wrong draft one day (why did I have two going?? GRR). However, the novel still has 27k words on it, so I can go back and read that at some point. It will be a blast from the past, haha!! However, if I decide to write the story again (and complete it this time), I will make it a short story. I don’t love chickadees enough to write 30k+ word novel on them. LOL
  • A DRAGON WHOSE SCALE COLORS ARE TIED TO HER EMOTIONS. This story idea was what made up my first NaNoNovel, back in 2012! I loved writing it, am still in love with the characters, and I think it whole-heartedly deserves a second draft. It was about a princess named Cassandra who was turned into a dragon by an irritated wizard named Alfred. I can’t remember exactly what else happens, except that she meets a chickadee (big surprise lol) named Frank, and a real dragon called Shiro. It’s a fantastic fantasy adventure novel. I will definitely write out this one again!

  • A GIRL AND A PACK OF WOLVES. Is this cliche?? I can’t remember if there’s been a story on this lol (Julie and the Wolves, much…?), but hey, maybe I’m taking a not-unique idea and making it my own. The girl is walking through a forest, when she realizes a wolf is pursuing her, so she hides in a tree. Turns out it was a very evil wolf, although I haven’t worked anything else out past that. The next morning, a nice wolf comes along, which ends up being able to talk, but I don’t think she trusts it a first … eventually, he convinces her to come down, and introduces her to his pack. That’s it. Not sure if I can make a cool story out of it, but it might be interesting! I had no idea until now that I had so many cool fantasy ideas I hadn’t worked on yet, haha!

  • THE PRINCESS WHO SAVES THE PRINCE. Fantasy twists have inspired me for years, and this is definitely a classic one! I’ve attempted to write it a few times over the years, and I plan on actually doing so at some point. It might be a novel, a story in verse, or a short story. We’ll see!

Thank you so much for reading! Going over which stories I’d love to write / attempt to write again was both encouraging and a lot of fun! I hope you guys enjoyed it. I’ll probably share a second part to this post one day, which is why I included ‘part one’ in the title of this one. 🙂 Let me know in the comments below:

Which story would YOU want to read?

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