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.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Vlog 6 // Delight

Now for all of the links I promised...

The Last Goodbye. So, so wonderful and sad all at once.
Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman

What have you enjoyed this week?
What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

My flaws and faults

Have you ever noticed that the people who are most similar to us tend to frustrate us the most? There are some things that I do that I know I shouldn't, so I get more upset with people who do those things. 

Why is this? I tell myself that it's because I don't want others to make the same mistakes I do, especially when they are younger than me, like my siblings.

But really, I think it's because seeing others do things that I do forces me to confront my flaws and faults, the ones that I try to keep hidden. 

Next time I find myself getting frustrated at someone for this, I need to stop. Stop getting angry. Stop telling myself that I have good reasons to be upset. Then I need to start asking God to help me change my own ways before I expect other people to change.

I don't know why exactly I am sharing this on here. Maybe because I want to be honest with all of you. Maybe because I hope I am not the only one who does this. Maybe to encourage you that you are not alone in this struggle. Maybe so that we can help each other.

Matthew 7:3-5
"And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

{insert poetic thoughts}

Am I supposed to have lofty, poetic thoughts on my birthday? As I sit in my dorm lounge, eating pumpkin pie ice cream, and watching The Voice, I have no poetic thoughts. It's been an ordinary day, for the most part. Good, but ordinary. A lot of people let me know they love me, but my day looked the same as usual. Class. Work. Homework. Netflix. Treating myself to ice cream. 

I'm 19 now, which is hard to believe. But that's it. No big thoughts or keen insights now that I am a year older. Just some passing thoughts on a chilly November day. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

weekly wrap-up // playlist

reading: The Two Towers // What you need to know to love better // That we should be called "His!" // Take responsibility for your failed relationships //
watching: Arrow // Once upon a time // Tim Hawkins // Forrest Gump // Agents of Shield //
loving: early birthday cards // new yarn // ice cream // wool socks when the heater doesn't work // skype calls with family and friends // Delight and Be's new blog and wonderful posts //
sights: the first snow // the first snow melting // books, books, and more books for class, plus a lot of maps //
laughing at: the fire alarm going off when my roommate and I try to turn on the heat // fellow cafeteria workers climbing into dishroom sinks to clean walls // Tim Hawkins and Michael Jr. youtube videos //
accomplished: this week's required reading (I only managed to get it done by knitting while I read. Otherwise, I would have been so bored I couldn't make it through) // a lot of work on some custom orders //

What have you been doing this week?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday // 2

7. Time to be alone
8. The calm that knitting brings.
9. Good conversations over meals.
10. Home-baked goodies.

11. Coffee. I've never been much of a coffee person, 
but I got some one day and really enjoyed it.
12. Pumpkin pie ice cream.
13. Field trips and spending time with different people.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Vlog 5 // Thriftbooks

Hello, all! Here's another vlog for you all. Let me know what your favorites this week have been!

Also, I just installed Disqus to use in the comments. I love that you will be notified when your comments are replied to so the comment section can become more of a conversation and less of a one-sided thing.

You can check out thriftbooks here if you're interested. Warning: it is addicting.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday // 1

1. A job here at school.
2. Beautiful sunlight, even on cold days.
3. Relaxing afternoons with not much homework.
4. New friends to laugh with.
5. Soothing, peaceful music and new journals.
6. Professors who let me knit during class.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

weekly wrap-up // Wednesday edition

reading: The Two Towers || Luke and Numbers for Bible classes ||
watching: Doctor Who || Once Upon a Time || Agents of Shield || Mulan 2 ||
listening: Give me Jesus - Acapella || Be Thou My Vision || Broken Vow - Josh Groban || Christmas music || I Need Thee - Fernando Ortega ||
enjoying: weekend fun with new friends || quiet dorm rooms when people leave for the weekend || comfy blankets on chilly nights || dressing up as Rosie the Riveter || knitting socks || journaling more regularly ||
accomplished: new Etsy product photos and listings || my first shifts working in the cafeteria ||
needing to: finish reading Numbers || vacuum || spend time reading "just for fun" books || turn off my phone and computer sometimes || make time for people ||
colors: evergreen || sky blue || yellow || gray ||
scents: emergen-c, orange flavored || wild berry tea || apple cinnamon air freshener || chocolate ||
sights: sunny, cold fall days || classrooms and whiteboards || street lights through the blinds || costumes ||

Monday, November 3, 2014

November goals

I cannot believe it's November already. I just can't. Where did this year go?

To help me focus on getting things done this month instead of the vague "someday", I wrote out a few goals for this month. Most of them are related to my Etsy shop since Christmas is quickly approaching (51 days. I haven't had the countdown on my phone since the middle of October or anything...), but here they are!

1. Take pictures and upload Etsy listings. I either need to manage self portraits without a tripod or convince a friend to be a model. We will see.

2. Do not buy yarn unless it is for a custom order. I'm so bad about shopping for yarn online, especially when I receive promo codes or coupons, but I need to resist the urge unless it is necessary. 

3. Finish custom orders I have currently. I have a couple of custom orders for my shop, and I need to get them done in time to ship them before Christmas. 

4. Plan and start making Christmas gifts. Should I have thought of this before? Yes. However, I am a deluded soul who thinks she can knit faster than she can. I do have several long drives ahead during Thanksgiving break...

5. Finish reading The Two Towers. I'm about halfway through. It's one of those books where I know the ending, so I don't move through it as quickly as I do other books that I don't know the outcome.

6. Complete all schoolwork on time. I've been good at this so far, but procrastination tends to happen more as the semester goes on. 

7. Exercise at least twice a week. This may not seem like a lot, but it's more than I am doing right now, and it needs to happen even more now that I have a drawer full of candy. 

They say seven is the number of completion and perfection, so I will stop right there. We'll see how I did on the other side of this month.

Do you have any goals for this month?