Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What I choose to remember

I was reading through my journal entries from January of last year, and I came across the following entry and remembered that I had written it up as a blog post, and it seemed to fit this year, too.

After three snow days delayed the beginning of school this year, this prolonged vacation is over. I've loved every minute, even if I didn't always feel productive.

But that's okay. Sometimes the most "unproductive" times are the most memorable. In a month, I'm not going to remember all that time I didn't spend on that essay. What I will recall is the way Natalia sings "Redeemed" and "Let it Go" into her little microphone. The way Abbie laughs while trying to blow out birthday candles. The way Chloe loves to cuddle while watching movies. The way the boys get each other going just to sit down 10 minutes later and trade sports cards. The conversations my cousin Tia and I had each night in Canada before falling asleep at 2:00 am. The way Ne-Ne, my grandmother, bustles about while Grampie swaps stories with their three children. 

All of that is what I will remember, and that is what I want to remember forever, once school is over and grades fade into a distant, unimportant memory. Once I am far away at college and don't see my family every day.

These things matter, these memories, more than any grade or stress or online game or Facebook update.

This is what I will choose to remember.

And you know what? It's true. I have no idea what essay I was talking about or what things were stressing me out then, but I do remember every single one of those precious memories that I wrote down. Now that I am "far away at college", I treasure the memories that I have made and I am so glad for all the times that I set aside whatever pressing things I was working on to spend time with people.

P.S. To celebrate my Etsy shop being open one year today, I am having a sale! 20% off your purchase from now until next Tuesday with the coupon code "celebrate".

Friday, January 16, 2015

Vlog // lots of food

Happy almost weekend, everyone! I hope you've had a great week.

I recorded this on Thursday and talk about the weekend, so I hope I don't confuse you. :P

You can visit the lovely Miss Hannah's blog here.

What are some of your favorite things from this week?

Monday, January 12, 2015

weekly wrap-up // wishing

It's been a while, but here we go with another weekly wrap-up.

reading // Dear Mr, Knightley (I wish I had less books to read for school so I could just read this all the time) // To Be a Jew (a book I'm reading for school, but it's so informative and interesting to read) // The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie // Grace for the Good Girl //

listening // Rest Easy by Andrew Peterson // Natalie MacMaster Pandora station // I Need Thee Every Hour by Selah // Take My Hand, Precious Lord/A Closer Walk with Thee by Selah // So She Dances by Josh Groban // 

watching // Sleepless in Seattle // Mary Poppins // Saving Mr. Banks // Agent Carter // 

anticipating // going to Israel in March!! // a silk painting class this weekend // worship chapel on Friday // 

thankful for // my passport coming in plenty of time // knitting which helps me focus on homework (I am so glad I can knit while I read!) // good friends to laugh with // Josh Groban music which makes even mopping the cafeteria floor enjoyable //

wishing // I could see my family more than once or twice a semester // I had more time to read just for fun books // college wasn't so expensive // God would just give me a list of what He wants me to do (anyone else with me on this?) even though I know that's not how He works // 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cliche thoughts

At the close of the year, I have the same cliche thoughts as everyone else:

"This year sure has flown by!"

"There is so much I should have done or wanted to do but didn't."

"Time seems to go by faster the older I get."

At first, I feel as if I need to have some tidbits of unique wisdom or witty remarks about starting 2015 with a bang, but then I stop and realize that there's a reason these thoughts are cliche. It's because they are true. While not all cliches are true, there is a reason that most become benal and overused, and it is because they express feelings that many people have. So, it's okay to have these feelings. If you are having these same thoughts, you're not alone. It's okay to have these cliche thoughts as long as all of your actions that follow are your own and you are not setting certain goals and nurturing particular dreams just because they are cliche and "everyone else" has them.

I've been thinking. God gives everyone the same amount of time every year, every month, every day; no one gets any more than anyone else. It moves past us all at the same rate. I can see the changes time brings but I cannot stop it from moving any more than I can see the wind. All I and anyone else can do is to make the most out of my time. Another trite saying, I know, but still true. It seems as if some people have extra time to do all of these amazing things, but really they just manage their time well enough to get those things done. I know I need to work on that.

Being away at college has taught me to value the people in my life more than ever and to cherish the time I have with them. Having big dreams and lofty goals is good and even necessary, but I cannot get so caught up in those big things that I lose sight of the small things that are right in front of me. 

Now, I would love to hear from you:
What are your thoughts on new year's resolutions? If you have any, what are they?
What are some cliche sayings you never want to hear again? Why?
What are some of your big dreams for your life?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas-y things

Baking Christmas cookies. 
Celebrating multiple December birthdays.
Seeing family members play basketball.
Wrapping gifts. 
Church Christmas activities.
 Finally being home after my first semester of college. 
Lots (and lots and lots) of Hallmark Christmas movies because why not.
Staring at bright Christmas lights.
Reminiscing past Christmas adventures.
Wishing for snow so we can have a white Christmas.
Packages in the mail.
Window shopping.
Little adventures like riding the carousel at the mall, playing my four-year-old sister in Wii bowling, and bringing whatever siblings are around to the grocery store for that one item I need.

Christmas break has been wonderful so far. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thankful Thursday // 3

I was all excited to start my Thankful Thursday series, and I missed three in a row. Oh, well. Life happens, which is why I have a lot of things for today's (one day late) post.

14. Skyping with family and friends.
15. Snow!
16. Music that helps me focus and music that gets me excited.
17. Learning how to better skim textbooks while still actually learning.
18. Getting along better with my roommate.
19. Bursts of inspiration for blog posts when I actually sit down to write.
20. Fun times in the dishroom.
21. A birthday package from my family.
22. The color purple.

23. So many people showering me with love on my birthday.
24. People who go out of their way to be kind.
25. Having unexpected free time due to cancelled classes.
26. Biting wind that makes me feel more alive.
27. God's Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman. I just started it, but I already love it.
28. Being able to help others with homework they're struggling with.
29. A sister who will fangirl with me.
30. Old friends and memories.

31. Discovering new music.
32. Apple cinnamon tea.
33. Being away from my family and friends for months made me realize how grateful I am for them.
34. Fruit.
35. Being able to bless other people through gift giving.
36. The excitement of Christmas break almost starting is what is getting me through these last couple of weeks.
37. An amazing field trip to New York City and finally being able to visit the Met museum.
38. Friends to belly laugh with. It had been too long.

39. Warm clothing on chilly days.
40. A sweet package from a sweet friend
41. Christmas lights and music.
42. Technology that allows me to instantly connect with both people I have known my whole life and people I have never met in person.
43. Finally getting paid.
44. Flavored sparkling water.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Playlist and shuffle

Some days are playlist days and some are shuffle play days.

Sometimes I crave predictability; I want to know what is coming and who I will come in contact with. Everyone and everything is neatly organized and is nice and orderly.

Other days, things are more unpredictable, with many mood shifts and unexpected events. 

As much as I might like to have lots of playlist days, more and more often I find myself having shuffle days. I don't know what is coming next, and I need to be okay with that. I can't control everything, and I shouldn't try.