My Thoughts On Life Recently

My Thoughts On Life Recently

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy Saturday to you!

To begin this post, I want to first share the fact that my silence absence these past few days was not planned. I had different ideas I was wanting to write and share the latter part of this week, but none of those posts got written. That usually happens when my days end up being more full than I had anticipated, which results in very little time to brainstorm ideas then sit down at the laptop and work on them.

I don’t mind when I don’t have posts to share (although posting daily would be fun!), but it does end up being more frustrating when I thought I was going to.

While thinking about possibly writing something to share today, I realized that some of the things that are going on in my life right now, as well as things that are soon to happen, have been consuming many of my thoughts and filling a good amount of my time. Being able to talk through them with you here would really help me, and your prayers over some of these issues would be much appreciated!

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage (I’ve chosen a caramel frappé for this occasion), and let’s sit down for a chat.


The seasons of stress in my life are finally coming to an end. It wasn’t until a discussion I had yesterday with my mom that I realized how anxiety-ridden these past few years have been for me. Since I was about fourteen years of age, I’ve gone through some really hard things, where the elapsed time between each one was often non-existent.

Severe injuries, difficult pregnancies (not my own, lol), toxic relationships, heartbreaking experiences with church – I can recall many things that stressed me out in my later teenage years.

Some of these situations I’ve mentioned made it hard for me to approach the Lord. There are days when all I want is to be in His loving arms, but I don’t have the ability to even form a prayer. Then there were other situations that made me go running to Him, where I was able to express everything I was feeling. Through it all, though, I’m thankful for both types of trials, because no matter what my response was to each one, I know now that He was always there with me.

Following the birth of Isabella, my youngest sister, I have seen a definite difference in how I feel about everyday life. It’s almost as if I’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel – a point I didn’t even realize I was running toward. While I don’t think it took me four years to get here, I do think this marks the end of my deep-rooted concern for my mom when she was pregnant. The complications that came from her pregnancies with Elizabeth and Isabella truly did stress me out, as I wanted my mom and my little siblings to be in good health. Now that we’re all here and she’s done having babies, I honestly feel like I can breathe again. I had not noticed just how tense I was about it all until now!

I have various doctor appointments coming up. One is to go to a dermatologist (I have so many eczema-related skin conditions), another to the eye doctor, and a well check-up two weeks from now. The biggest one is for a consultation this upcoming Tuesday so that I can hopefully get my wisdom teeth out this month. I’m praying that it all goes well! I don’t have any concerns about the surgery or recovery itself, but I’ve actually never had an IV before, so that’s the main thing I’ve been praying about. May I be able to go through with it, and may the person who does it do it right! Your prayers would be much appreciated. ❤

I’ve been spending more time with Joshua. He’s my fourteen-year-old brother, and he and I have been able to go places together once I finally got more comfortable with driving! So far, we’ve picked up dinner a few times for the family, went to one of our favorite thrift stores once, and earlier this week, we took our bikes and went riding on some trails. We definitely had a great day, and I’m looking forward to other outings like this! We don’t get to do enough together otherwise, so I’m thankful that we have this. ❤

I’m considering doing a blogging challenge in May. The one I did last year with a few blogging friends was a huge success! It taught me a lot more about how I want to blog, and having a post to share every day really got me connected with the blogging community. I’ll share an official invitation post closer to the end of the month if I do decide to do it, but I’d love to know right now: Would you be interested in doing one with me? 🙂 I’d enjoy reading what you guys would write about for the prompts, and I’d be sure to link to your blogs when I do my posts, as well!


That’s what I have today for an update post – I hope that you enjoyed reading. ❤ I really enjoyed talking about these different things! Let me know in the comments below how you’ve been doing lately.

Have a blessed weekend!

— Maggie

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 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