5 Things I am Thankful for This Week

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1. My two art essays.
It might sound strange, but I am so thankful this week that I found my essays for Art that I had written in January before the prelims. The two essays (One on designers and one on artists) are about a page and a half long each which doesn’t sound like a lot but I have to memorise three pages.. which kind of is a lot. So having these essays already ready to be checked over by my teacher is a big help.

2. My new song that I am writing.
I wrote a new song on Friday night after I watched a movie called Grace Unplugged (Its so good, you should watch it! – it’s on Netflix). I was crying so much through it.. Okay.. its rated U (or G) but it just made me cry and afterwards I wanted to write a song and its called This Is My Story (MAAAN can’t imagine what thats about?! haha!) and I have been wanting to sum ‘my story’ up in a song for quite a while so I’m glad I was finally able to do it.

3. The Vampire Diaries.
Its a series on Netflix and I really like it so I am thankful for it. I didn’t think I would like it, like at all but I really do.. maybe even more than Pretty Little Liars. They are in competition right now. Watching series’s allow me to relax so I like them :)

4. I am still running!
I go to the gym every second day and I’m not going to lie, today I didn’t particularly feel up for it but once I was there I loved it :)

5. A University offer (which I’m probably not going to take…)
This evening, I received a conditional offer from Aberdeen University, the conditions aren’t as hard as Glasgow (Aberdeen is ABB and their summer school. Glasgow is AAA and their summer school). Anyway, its for German Studies and even though I probably won’t take either of them because I want to do Music, its just a good confidence boost to know that I can be considered for that level of education and everything so yea :) But I really want to hear back from Edinburgh College to see if I got into their course for Music but we shall see. I will update you when I know.

Happy Monday, much love.

Choose Life – 11th of April

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HEIRS AND DOGS

” 1 John 3:1
‘ How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!’

A new convert approached Watchman Nee in deep anguish of soul, saying, ‘No matter how much I pray, no matter how hard I try, I simply cannot seem to be faithful to my Lord. I think I’m losing my salvation.’ Watchman Nee replied, ‘Do you see this dog here? He is my dog. He is house-trained; he never makes a mess; he is obedient; he is a pure delight to me. Out in the kitchen I have a son, a baby son. He throws his food around, he fouls his clothes, he’s a total mess. But who is going to inherit my kingdom? Not my dog. My son in my heir! And you are Jesus Christ’s heir because it is fo you that he died.’
It’s deeply liberating to know we are Christ’s heirs not through our strivings for perfections, but simply by means of grace. It’s difficult for us to grasp fully the concept of grace. Maybe this illustration will help: A burglar broke into a house and killed a sleeping baby. If the father tracked down the burglar and killed him, that would be revenge. If the law took its course and the burglar was sent to prison, that would be justice. If the father forgave the burglar, took him into his home, and treated him as his own son, that would be grace. It sounds an absurd scenario, yet that’s what God did for us, even though it was we who killed his son. How about spending some time meditating on that for a while?”

Choose Life – 10th of April

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Successful Or Faithful.

” ‘1 Thessalonians 5:24: “The one who calls you is faithful,
and he will do it.’

We mustn’t confuse success with faithfulness. There is nothing wrong with being successful, but it doesn’t mean you’ve been faithful. Or maybe we simply need to redefine or qualify what success is. Mother Teresa of Calcutta was once asked, ‘How do you measure the success of your work?‘ She looked puzzled for a moment and then replied, ‘I don’t remember that the Lord ever spoke of success. He spoke only of faithfulness in love. This is the only success that really counts.’
Today’s short verse says three things: God calls us. He’s faithful. He’ll do it. If we respond to his call, he will be faithful, and he’ll accomplish what he wants. That’s what Mother Theresa is getting at when she rejects success for “faithfulness in love.”
Are we faithful in what God has entrusted us with – in terms of our talents, our finances, our relationships, our ambitions? Are our ptiorites aligned with his? Whether we’re involved in business, politics, education, or the arts, are we blindly pursuing personal glory and success, or seeking to be Christs ambassador where he has placed us?
Oswald Chambers writes, ‘We are not called to be successful in accordance with ordinary standards, but in accordance with a ear of wheat falling into the ground and dying, becoming in that way what it never could be if it were to abide alone.’
The nature of faithfulness in love is that it is sacrificial. Chris laid down his life for us. In turn what will that look like for you this week?”

Much love

Five Line Friday

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Believe me I know what if feels like
To think so low of yourself that nothing ever feels right
I see the beauty in you, I see the truth

You were made for more
You were made to love and be loved

– Start of a song by me.

Much love

Choose Life – 9th of April.

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Topsy or Turvy was the title of todays reading and I thought I would share it with you because it’s genius.

” 1 Corinthians 1:27,28
‘God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are.’

God’s ways are sometimes topsy-turvy. With him, things work differently. The first are the last and the last are the first. God in heaven becomes a baby on earth. Our life comes through his death. His cross provides our crown. Foolish shame wise. Weak shame strong. His ways are most definitely not our ways. But thank God his ways aren’t ours. In our sophistication, we’ve learned how to make a living but not how to live; we have higher incomes, but lower morals; we have more acquaintances but fewer friends; we have fancy houses but broken homes. The list goes on…
Tosy-turvy… his ways right, our ways wrong.
And when it comes to praying, you might think it reasonable to pray for comfort, peace, joy, wisdom, but this Franciscans prayer offers us the total opposite.

‘May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach our your hand to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in this world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.’

Lord I choose – maybe with some hesitation, but convinced it is your will – to embrace this benediction for my life today. Amen!”

– Choose Life by Simon Guillebaud

I almost shouted at my book as I was reading the prayer by this Franciscan but as I kept reading, it strangely made sense. What do you think?

Much love

Making Time for the Things You Love.

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I was planning on writing about Human Trafficking today. Or sharing my English Essay on Human Trafficking with you but I am leaving that for another day.

These Easter Holidays I have been focusing very much on things that I love to do. During term time, I get stressed. Really really stressed 24/7 and I thought I would give myself at least a week to try and relax. No studying has been accomplished this week. I feel guilty, honestly. In my head I’m like “but what if studying this week would make a big difference for my exams” or “What if I go back to school and everyone has done ten times more work than me” or “What if the teacher is disappointed in me”. BUT I have decided that I want to have some time to do things other than school. Life isn’t just about school after all. And next week, I will study.

So

I was a runner. School interhouse games – I was there. Sports day – my favourite.
I know, I’m laughing inside too. I barely do ANY sports now. No, lets rephrase that, I DO ZERO SPORTS. We can keep laughing about this.. but I was the second fastest girl in Primary School and the fastest girl in High School ( I caught up with my competition lol). It got to the point in church sports days where I would win but they would let someone else win because it wasn’t fair apparently. Which as you can imagine, me as an 11 year old, I was not happy. But all of that doesn’t really matter, the moral of the story is that I forgot how much I miss running.

I went to the gym yesterday. Which was scarier than I thought it would be. I was really nervous for reasons I won’t bore you with but I really liked it. I haven’t been the the gym in probably almost exactly a year and it felt good to go back. I never run on the tredmills because it makes me really anxious but yesterday I went at a time when not many people go to the gym and I went in knowing that I wanted to run again and it was so good. Its hard to describe, but the feeling of running, I just love.

Another thing that I have been doing because I love it, is art. Specifically word art though. I have never actually really gotten into this type of art but I follow quite a few people on Instagram who have real talents for it and I wanted a way to remember all of these inspirational quotes that I like so I thought this might be the perfect way.

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What do you love to do?

Much love

Travelling Tuesday – Long Beach, CA

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This first blog post for Travelling Tuesday is just so predictable of me, I apologise.

California.

Such a typical place for a teenage girl to want to visit, right?
I agree. But I have talked about wanting to go to America for years and years and years and this is one of the places that I would most like to visit.

First of all, the name is beautiful. Imagine being able to say “I live in Long Beach”. It just sounds pretty. Then, we also have the obvious fact that it looks absolutely stunning. 

I mean.. come on.

I read from a travel website that “Located in the heart of Southern California, Long Beach blends the urban sophistication of a big city with the relaxed atmosphere of a beach resort. Discover diverse hotels, world-class attractions, cutting-edge museums, award-winning restaurants and a thriving, multi-faceted arts and culture scene. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, with 5.5 miles of sandy beach front, plus miles of inland bays and waterways, Long Beach basks in the warm glow from our year-round California sun.”

Perfect.

Things To Do in Long Beach

– Queen Mary Ocean Liner
– The Aquarium of The Pacific
– The Pike (An amusement park, I think!)
– Visit Naples (Naples is a neighborhood of Long Beach, California, United States, built on three islands located in Alamitos Bay. The islands are divided by canals which open into the bay. Most of the streets on the island have Italianate names)
– The Walter Pyramid
– Soviet Submarine B-427
– Shopping (obviously)

Where to Stay in Long Beach

Hyatt The Pike:
Hyatt The Pike Long Beach
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel:
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Hotel Maya:
Hotel Maya - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Writing this blog post did not help my desperation to visit this country. At All.
Much love

Self Love Sunday (one day late)

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Its Monday. Not Sunday, I know. I wasn’t going to start this schedule thing until tomorrow. However, I just felt the need to write out some things that I am thankful for.

– HOLIDAYS
Easter holidays. I love Easter, because of the celebrations and the sun and the joy in peoples faces. School is almost finished too. 2 weeks of holidays, one week of school and then it is study leave which technically means we’ve finished school apart from going in on the days of our final exams. Ever.

– My Scripture Union group at school.
Last week was my last ever Scripture Union get together at school and the teacher who runs it gave me a book called Choose Life by Simon Guillebaud. This book contains daily readings. One verse from the bible and then a page of writing to encourage you for the day a head. This made me think that somehow she knew I was struggling with reading the actual bible. I have actually been struggling with reading in general – SHOCK HORROR. I know. I don’t know, I just can’t concentrate on it or can’t really be bothered if I’m being completely honest. However, I remember loving books. I still love books, of course. I’m just going through a phase of not really reading. And that goes for the bible too, its just SO. BIG. And it doesn’t really make sense and there is so much in it that I get frustrated when I can’t remember what I read a few days ago. SO, this book is kind of perfect really. While I’m at it, the verse for today is
Isaiah 40:30,31 “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

– My School Friends.
I’m really going to miss them when school is over. My year are so terrible. We have so many cliques and groups and it isn’t good at all. And the way I got through school is sticking to myself really. I never really stretched myself to make friends with the entire year. And that’s ok. There are times when I feel really sad that our year can’t just all be friends but actually there’s a gossipy side to our year and a friendly side and I’d rather stick with the friendly ones. And that’s ok too. But I have a few really close friends in school and they are some of my favorite people in the world. Because as we get older we realise that everyone is different, everyone has tricky lives but we choose to care about other people lives and not just our own. We remind each other how strong we are and how it’ll be ok even if we’re having a hard day. These friends in school are ones that have known me for years and they know me well enough to know that I am forever grateful for them.

– The Sun.
Bit of a weird one.. But the sun makes me smile more so I’m thankful for it too.

– My New Scarf.
I have a new scarf and its got blue flowers on it. I have worn it everyday since I got it and I love it so much. It’s just me in a scarf.

What have you been thankful for over this past week?

Much love

Blogging Schedule ideas?

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Remember when I had a schedule for blogging?
Yea, that kind of died.

But since it’s the holidays, I thought I would try to start with one again. Not everyday, but a few days a week. So what I am thinking is: 

 
Travelling Tuesday – Talking about different countries and their cultures.

 

World Wednesday – Talking about important topics in the world that I might have an opinion on. Like slavery or mental health or health care or religion or natural disasters. 

 
Five Line Friday – I like writing songs and I might want to share the random lyric ideas that enter my mind. 

Self love Sunday – where I write at least 5 things that I am thankful for from that week. I am pretty good at being positive outwardly but in my mind it’s totally different. 

 Those are all of the ideas I have so far (feel free to make suggestions.) But then rest of the days I either won’t blog or it will be spontaneous things that I just fancy writing about.

Feel The Fear and Do it Anyway.

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Most of the time, this is the best advice you can give. For me anyway, I don’t know about others. But saying ‘You’ll be fine’ doesn’t make sense to me because there’s no way of knowing that but to just be fearful but do it anyway is so truthful. 

Because yesterday I had my music practical prelim. 
And as much as I tried to fine, I totally wasn’t. And some people might not understand how difficult it is to spend all do your free time working towards something and being totally prepared but as soon as I walk into the exam room, I just can not control my emotions. As much as I try too. And it’s the most frustrating thing because it feels like all my work and practice is for nothing. 
However, even though my head was literally shaking at first, the first 2 songs on Guitar went fine :) but then I totally messed up the next one.. My hands were so shaky that I couldn’t pluck the strings. And I couldn’t control it and I didn’t know what to do. So that didn’t go so well. Then I finished with a song that redeemed me a bit. Then voice… Oh man. The first song,  I burst into tears with in the first few words. The examiner said that I could have a break. So I went outside to bawl my eyes out for a while and catch my breath. My teacher came as well to see if I was okay. I don’t know if I’ll get marked down for having to have a break but I literally couldn’t sing. Or breath for that matter. So then I came back and the first song I sang, my voice was pretty shaky but it went okay. 
 And then I totally nailed the last song. 
I sang loud and did dynamics and I managed to sing the three notes at the end which I was really struggling with for the entire year because I have to sing super loud to be able to hit the notes. That was the first time I sang it right in front of anyone which is probably why Mr Ross (my music teacher) was having a party to himself afterwards aha! And the examiner was proud of me to come back and do that. 
I was so glad it was over. 
Well the performance was over but I was still so overwhelmed. I cried for ages afterwards. It was probably partly because I was sad that I messed up quite a lot but most was probably being so overwhelmed. I am so glad it’s over. But I wish I could just perform like I can do when I’m in my little practice room by myself or together with the rest of my music class. It’s so annoying! I hope I’ll get there one day though. 
On the plus side, it’s like a ritual for the teacher to give you a cream egg once you’ve finished your exam. Which is fabulous.
On a happier note, my friend very kindly made me this flyer for the fundraiser I am organising for my trip to Rwanda this summer. It’s so pretty, isn’t it? 

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