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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Today was going to be a good day. I am excited for the Perth College Open Day tomorrow (like how I slipped that in there? More later.) and my Orthodontist appointment was over so I no longer had to worry about it. But a few things made my day even better… Firstly, in music I finally understood how to play a song that I had been struggling with. For me, this is ace because I want to do well in this subject and it stresses me out a lot when I just can’t grasp something. Then, in English I got my Personal/Reflective essay back and passed it at Higher Standard. Woop! I think it might have been a NAB because we didn’t get grades. Just a pass or a fail. So I am so thankful for that..! English is flipping hard. Then… then… in Art I have been working on a piece and it was seriously going horrifically. We had our reviews and the standard of my work was not at all Higher level. Then, I started this piece again, I have been going to the Art Department in my free periods and now its competing with one of the best Higher Art pieces in the department. Oh yeeea! I don’t usually brag about stuff like this but I am kinda proud of it because I really was struggling. It shows though that extra time and hard work pays off. A picture of it will be at the bottom of this blog post.
Anyway, you’re probably wondering where this sudden Perth College Open Day came from. Well, basically, I am planning on applying for German at a couple of universities and Music at some colleges. I mean, I’m applying for German because thats ‘my subject’ if you know what I mean. Like, some people are associated with being good at sciences or maths or English or art but I am good at German. However, it isn’t exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life. I enjoy it (most of the time) and I’m good at it but I actually want to study Music much, much more. So, I am going to Perth College Open Day because they have one of the best Music programs in the UK and I am hoping I will fall in love with it so that I will have even more motivation for it. I spend a lot of my free periods in the music department. I love going into a practice room and being able to just play and sing between classes. Sometimes I don’t feel particularly productive but I always want to go to the music department. That’s the thing about music. There isn’t a lot I can do in any mood I’m in but with music, I can be happy, sad, disappointed or confused but I’ll still always go back to my little practice room. I am gradually gaining confidence though, so this is good. Yesterday at youth group I sat, played guitar and sang for ages. People were walking past and around me and singing with me and I didn’t seem to mind. So we are getting somewhere. I would never have been able to do that a few months ago. Slowly but surely 😉 Anyway, back to Perth. Tomorrow I have the day off school to take a train down to the college. I have a tun of homework to do on the train or if I get there early (which I most likely will because I gave myself 2 hours to get from the train station to the college. It takes half an hour to walk to the college. Lol!) I am so excited and nervous! I will also post some pictures of the college so you can see! 🙂
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I found this blog post and thought it was so sweet and so true. (even if it is super cheesy. But we have got to the point where we all know that I really don’t care if its cheesy 😉 In fact, it makes me love it even more. )
A girl who loves music is a girl who sings. She can lift up your spirit whenever you
are in the lowest point of your life. She can sing for you while you both look at the gloomy
skies as it rains very hard. She can sing you a lullaby when you wake up at 2A.M. and can’t
go back to sleep. She can whisper a soothing hum close to your ears making your angry
heart calm down, driving all your disappointments, frustrations, anxieties, all your stress
and pressures away.
A girl who loves music is a girl who dances. Whenever things go wrong
unexpectedly, she’ll just dance with the rhythm and overcome her problems. She can be
jolly and silly sometimes, but these will just make her even prettier. She can dance
with you the whole night and wait until sunrise to watch the sun as it brightens up your
faces while the birds sing cheerfully your love story.
A girl who loves music is emotional. She reminisces your wonderful moments
together upon hearing her favorite songs. She cries every time you’re away while
listening to your love songs. She is compassionate towards other people for she can also feel
their sad melodies and can hear their agonies at every beat of their hearts.
A girl who loves music is a great listener. She pays attention to every word that
you say and remembers it all just like how she memorizes the lyrics of her 500 favorite
songs word by word in just one week. Every conversation with her is worthwhile. You don’t
need to worry if you can’t relate with her for she will always understand that people are
unique and have different attitudes, just like music that has myriad genres: rock, pop, etc.
It’s impossible to be bored while talking with her for every word that she’ll speak, she’ll add
a colorful tune, thus making even the nonsense words exciting to listen.
A girl who loves music is a poet. But she doesn’t need to speak to express her love.
Instead, you can already see her poetic devices written inside her cute and charming eyes,
the rhyme and meter you can observe in her mesmerizing smile. She may be very
paradoxical sometimes making her very hard to understand. You can never have an idea
what caused her to be angry at you but she will never let the day end without you hugging
each other again.
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It feels strange, being in my last year of high school. I remember when my brother was in sixth year. I thought he was so old and much like an adult. I don’t feel old.. in fact, because of my height, I feel like I could pass as I first year. Last week, I was buddying for the Primary sevens that are coming to secondary school after the summer and I kid you not, many of them were taller than me. I mean, it is slightly worrying but at the same time I do actually love being small. I just had to laugh because I doubt they realized that I’m actually a sixth year. Anyway, this is my last year of school so I wanted to challenge myself a bit.
This year I chose Higher Modern Studies (because I’m so bad at English so I need some literacy subjects) Intermediate 2 maths (bad idea!), Advanced Higher German (Currently trying to convince Edinburgh College to make an acceptation and let me do open learning because apparently our school don’t have the syllabus for this level) and Higher Music. Maths is just not my thing. I mean really… I am literally incapable. But I’m trying. I will stay at least until I receive my exam results because if I didn’t get a good grade in Higher RMPS then I will re-take that and drop Maths. Anyway, Music. I have missed a year of music and therefore I’m pretty out of practice with the theory side of things so this alone is a challenge for me. However, my music teacher is so so patient and does anything he can to help me. On top of this, I chose acoustic guitar and voice as my two instruments. Acoustic guitar? no problemo. Voice? totally out of my comfort zone. I mean 1, this means singing solo infront of people. 2, this means singing without my guitar. 3, this means being tested on my vocal range. As you can imagine, voice is really testing my confidence. Which I don’t have a lot of, to be honest. But this is part of the reason I chose voice. All I want to do is be able to sing without shaking like a leaf. Its actually extremely annoying and I really want to have more confidence because music is something that I love.
My friend is helping me in music because he is also doing voice and plays piano so we don’t need the teacher all of the time. However, yesterday I went into my own practice room and practiced ‘ A Change In Me’ which is from Beauty and The Beast. My teacher gave me the CD so I could practice and it was going really well singing with no one there. Then my friend came in and asked ‘Are you winning?’ and I replied ‘I am actually’… bad idea.. this meant he wanted to hear it. I always sang really quietly so both the teacher and my friend could barely hear me but yesterday I just had to try harder. I asked him to stand where I couldn’t see him so I would be less nervous. But I sang. And I sang louder and it was so nerve racking. I could hit the high notes but I stopped because I was scared I’d mess up but it was ok,he helped me because he knew I could do them.But that was enough for one day. The thing is, I will get more confident and eventually I’ll be able to sing it all with people watching but that was quite an achievement for one day to be honest haha! I’m just trying to challenge myself and praying that I’ll get more confident because music is something that I love.
above, I linked ‘A Change In Me’ so if your interested you can listen to the song I’m practicing 🙂 But I realized that I think the version I’m doing at school is bit higher so its actually easier to sing with this video. Maybe I’ll ask if I can sing in a little bit of a lower key. Failing that, I can cope with the higher notes if I have to haha!
Here is a cover of You Have Won Me by Bethel. I spent my free period in the music department at school practicing. I really love to go there to relax. At home there is always someone in the house. I like having my own space where I can just play and sing. However, I recorded this when I came home. I know the quality isn’t good and my face looks like a beetroot because it was literally 26 degrees today which is quite warm for Scotland.
Anyway, hope you enjoy!
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The last time I spoke to some of you guys about ‘future plans’ I probably told you that I plan on staying for sixth year. There has been a change in plan. Don’t worry, I’m not flunking school or anything… I’ve applied for some courses at colleges that would allow me entry into the second year of University… if I complete them with the needed grades. I have applied for Social Sciences at Glasgow Clyde College and Travel and Tourism and Advanced Higher German at Edinburgh College. During the research process, some of my friends and I have been praying. However, if it’s not right then I’ll probably just not get accepted and I will do my sixth year at school but I am so excited In case I do get accepted. Most of my time has been spent writing these three personal statements so I hope either my Travel and Tourism and Advanced German or Social Studies statements will be enough. So yea, I just thought I’d let you guys know. I also spoke to my guidance teacher about it and she thought that it would be more beneficial for me and I am sensible and ready for the next step. I would really appreciate your prayers. I have just submitted the applications today so it may take a little while for them to reply but I will update you when they do. Thank you for praying for me!(:
You can stop reading now but if your interested in reading my personal statements or maybe you need some ideas for your own then keep reading 🙂
So I had to write three personal statements. The first one, Travel and Tourism, took the longest because my brother was helping me with corrections and he’s a perfectionist.. I’m not complaining! Its probably better than my other ones because I just wrote them by myself and my mum helped me a little 🙂 So Travel and Tourism:
‘Your family lives all over the world’ is not something every child gets to hear. Every year there would be new places to visit, new people to meet, new countries to see. I first realized I had an interest in Travel and Tourism when I began to discover more about the countries I would be visiting. I became fascinated by the vast variety of languages, tourist destinations and stunning scenery.
This industry interests me because I enjoy learning about different cultures and tourist destinations. Since I was a child I have toured around Europe and other parts of the world. This founded my passion for languages and culture. I have also been taught German from a young age and studied it at school to SQA Higher level. Because of the enjoyment and challenge I experienced, I am eager to further my knowledge in the language.
From spending time with family in Germany, I have personal experience of that country’s way of life. Through this I am able to appreciate the wonderful contrast in cultures. The city of Edinburgh is therefore an ideal study setting for this field and living in the heart of this historic city would enable me to familiarize myself with the issues relevant to international Travel and Tourism.
Outwith studying, my interest continues. Attending youth group and church has allowed me to meet numerous people from many backgrounds which has strengthened my interest in the subject. Committing to learning to play the guitar has inspired me to explore music from many cultures. I also enjoy reading books, magazines and newspapers. These can provide knowledge of various cultures, industries and world events. Work experience at Munlochy Animal Aid and Avon has taught me about cooperation with others; these have increased my confidence and my sense of responsibility.
I am passionate and enthusiastic about places and people. I have good social skills and I am disciplined and organized, striving to fulfill my potential in all areas of my life.
Next, Advanced Higher German:
German has always been a focus in my life. Because both of my parents and other family members are German, I was taught the language from a young age. As I grew older, I wanted to become fluent. The more I practiced, the more I wanted to learn.
However, I first realized that I had a passion for German after an exchange trip to Berlin where a completely different dialect from my family’s one is spoken. I thought it was fascinating that there were different ways of speaking the same language. During this experience, I became friends with a girl from Berlin. She has been my pen pal since then and we exchange letters and emails regularly. Writing in English and German allows us both to practice our conversation skills and learn new phrases. As well as this, spending time with family in Germany has given me personal experience of this country’s way of life.
I studied German at school to SQA Higher level. Because of the challenge it brings, I am eager to further my knowledge in the language. Outwith studying, my dedication to Germany and its language continues. By reading German magazines, I have deepened my understanding of grammar. I am determined to accomplish my potential in this subject. Recently, I helped out with a German Day at my school where many pupils had the opportunity to discover more about the culture and basic knowledge of the language. It was an enjoyable and rewarding time for me as it encouraged the pupils to learn about the culture and basic knowledge of the language in a relaxed atmosphere. Moreover, I learned a lot about working with others; this has increased my confidence and my sense of responsibility.
Germany’s culture has also inspired me to pursue the study of German. With a great interest in travel, culture is something that I am intrigued by. I am passionate and enthusiastic about places and people. I have good social skills and I am disciplined and organized, striving to fulfill my potential in all areas of my life.
And last by not least, Social Sciences:
There are so many unanswered questions in the world we live in. Why are people being discriminated? What makes
people react in the way they do? These are questions I have been asking myself during the time in which I am studying
Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies and Modern Studies. These subjects allow me to be challenged by the issues
prevalent in the society we live in today.
My interest in the workings of society revolve around the people I spend time with regularly. I am particularly interested
in the ways people recover from difficult situations. By attending youth group and church I have met different types of
people who have been through various incidents in their lives through which they may have felt excluded or confused.
Youth group has taught me a lot about cooperation with others, responsibility and equal opportunities.
I am also intrigued by the way people react to their surroundings and, in particular, the reasons why people commit
crimes. This is a part of the Higher course I am doing in Religious Studies. I am intrigued by the questions raised by
philosophers about the problems people are and have been faced with both in History and at the present time. In Modern Studies,
we spend time exploring the issues pertaining to Health and Wealth in the United Kingdom. We covered topics such as,
poverty, health inequalities and why they are caused. This enabled me to have a deeper understanding of inequalities that are present in my own environment.
I also feel that foreign languages help me to understand different societies and communities. From a young age I have
been learning German and spent a lot of time visiting family and friends there. This has helped me to understand and
appreciate that country’s way of life. I have realized that being able to speak German has enabled me to communicate
with a range of people that are from a culture other than my own.
I am passionate and enthusiastic about places and people. I have good social skills and I am disciplined and organized,
striving to fulfill my potential in all areas of my life.
If there are any mistakes please don’t tell me haha!! Because I can’t change them:P
But hopefully that gave you an idea of why I have applied for those particular courses and if you need ideas, hopefully that gave you some 🙂
Now.. we all know I love travelling 🙂 From road trips 30 minuets away to flights across the world. Its just something that I become so excited about.. so so excited about so of course it has to be a ‘board’ on my Pinterest. Before I get into the beautiful pictures I have found, I wanted to tell you about what I have been thinking about this week.
This week I have been thinking about my devotional life. yup. It is probably something quit normal to think about but I was thinking about it a lot this week. I like to wake up in the morning, early. Or earlier than probably most teenagers. I aim to wake up at 6am. The thing is.. that stretches to 6.30 and I get ready for 7 and read. Then I wake Rachael up at 7.30… that only gives me 30 minutes. Personally, I didn’t think that is enough time for me to spend with God in the morning. So, I was thinking about it. I want to be as excited about getting up in the morning to read and pray as much as I am for going on holiday or on a road trips. Here’s something for you to laugh at. When I was younger, I packed my suitcase 3 months before going on holidays. 😀 yes.. every time I would count exactly 3 months and start packing. Its quit funny actually. Anyway, back to the point 😉 During the week, I was watching a sermon by my friend Peta about devotional life (perfect timing eh? 😀 ) and now that I have been trying to spend more time with God, if I don’t read my bible for long enough in the morning I come home from school and drink tea and read. For example, today was great!! I came home and made tea (Oh my… I’ve been drinking Earl Grey with Honey… 😀 ) and read my bible for a while. Then, I played guitar for a while and wrote two songs. One of which isn’t even recordable yet and the other which is just recordable. Peta and I both love to play guitar and sing but we all know that I could never ever even to Peta, one of my best friends, sing that in front of her when know one else has ever heard it. Nope, just wouldn’t happen. So, trusty Whatsapp did the job and she listened to it.. I was so nervous.. I had butterfly’s 😀 (pathetic, I know) About 5 minuets later, I got a Facebook update saying that she had tagged me in a post.
Here is what it said: “So Lisa Frantz just sent me a recording of her latest song… Seriously one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. Jesus is happy. So am I 🙂 ”
How encouraging! I’m not very confident and to get that encouragement just made my day. Seriously 🙂 I have wonderful friends.
So, my point is, I am aiming to be as excited for devotional time as I am going on holiday 😀
Here are the all important travelling pinterest pictures 😉 I’m of to church now 🙂