These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: May 2014 (Grateful Day 135)

So here we are at the beginning of a new month! Woo hoo!! Fun fact: it’s also my birthday week!! ūüôā But since it’s June now, I also get to share a few of my favourite things from May!

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Since it’s summer time now I’ve gotten the chance to do a lot more reading which is always a really great time for me! I’ve been re-reading a couple of my favourite books which are called¬†The Truth About Forever¬†and¬†Just Listen! These are both books written by Sarah Dessen that I first read in high school, but find myself re-reading every so often. I used to think it was really strange that I enjoy reading Young Adult books as a Senior in college, but after reading this great piece by¬†John Green¬†where he explains why people like Young Adult novels as adults. I think he hits the nail right on the head with it too because I think so many times as we get older we start to view the world through this lens of ‘I’ve done this so many times before it’s not that important’, but as a teenager certain life events are new. Driving a car without parent supervision is new and freeing as is falling in love or getting your heart broken. Thinking about what you’re going to do when you grow up isn’t as daunting as a teenager because that’s years from now, but as an adult those decisions are more real and far scarier. But teens have the luxury of being able to put off bigger life decisions because the future isn’t staring them right in the face. So yeah if you know a young lady who’s in need of a good book, or are just a fan of YA I definitely suggest these two books, or any other Sarah Dessen books.

Processed with VSCOcam with b1 presetThis month I have also celebrated many friends and family members. I watched people graduate and get married and began to understand the importance of making each moment count. I think I’ve started to appreciate more the people and moments in my life lately because I’m beginning to understand the fact that everyone around me is growing up, and some times that means they are moving to far off places. I think in another life at another time I would be more sad about that fact, but I’ve realized that my friends and my family are going to far off places to pursue a life they cannot find in the place they are in. For some people that means moving out of the country for a year or two and for others it simply means growing in to more of the person they are meant to be. Celebrating people as they graduate and get married has been such a fun thing to be part of and it’s been one of my favourite moments of the month!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThis month I also watched Once! Woo hoo oh yea hey o!! Seriously I suggest any music loving human being to watch this musical. Even if you’re a fan of music but not of musicals I think you’ll enjoy it simply because it’s about music. It is literally a musical about music! I enjoy a lot of musicals such as Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, but Once is the first musical I’ve seen live in a really long time. The first I saw was Tarzan on Broadway in New York, which was so cool!! That was also almost 8 years ago, so seeing Once was so great for me! I went with my best friend, who even though she likes music she doesn’t listen to music to the extent that I do and she loved it!! I really think Once is one of the most beautiful musicals I have listened to and will probably be among one of the most beautiful I will ever see. I also enjoyed watching Once because it was one of those days that I will remember years down the road as a wonderful day with one of my dearest friends.

May was good to me in so many ways and in the business of finals and papers I am glad that I got to find moments to enjoy the month. God was extremely faithful to me and gave me such great peace in the face of stress during the month. I’m thankful that I got to enjoy my favourite books and one of my favourite musicals and as always I am glad I got to spend time with my friends and family!

Grateful Days 131 & 132

Processed with VSCOcam with b1 presetToday I finished re-reading one of my favourite books. Truly one of my favourite YA books on my bookshelf. It’s called The Truth About Forever and I’ve read it 4 or 5 times. My favourite thing¬†about¬†this book is the fact that Sarah Dessen touches on the beauty of imperfections.

I wrote a blog post a while ago about¬†flaws¬†and after re-reading¬†The Truth About Forever I’ve found more beauty in the fact that people are flawed and the fact that nobody can be perfect. I also love this book because it touches on the idea of forevers. One of my favourite quotes from this book says¬†“Life can be long or short, it all depends on how you choose to live it. it’s like forever, always changing. for any of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. you can never know for sure, so you’d better make every second count. what you have to decide is how you want your life to be. if your forever was ending tomorrow, is this how you’d want to have spent it?” I realize that I’ve written a lot about making each moment count and such things, but in my life at this moment that’s what I’m trying to understand.

I like that in this book Sarah Dessen just flat out says that forever is subjective; it pertains to a certain person. I could think forever is waiting three days for something to arrive in the mail, while someone else could think one minute of waiting is forever. It’s all subjective.¬†She says the fact that forever is subjective is its truth. In the book the main character Macy,¬†is trying to understand what forever is to her and how she wants to live her life. Even at 21 I am trying to figure out how I want to live my life. How I want to remember this moment when I look back on it. I like the above quote about life so much because it’s true that depending on how you view life it’s either really short or really long. I don’t know how I view life in terms of length, but I do agree that it all depends on how you view it.

There have been moments when I have thought I have been living a long existence, and others when I think oh my goodness time has gone by so fast. I realize I’m only going to be 22 next week, but it’s crazy to think that in one week exactly I will be 22. I mean, holy cow!! I look back on my nearly 22 years of life and wonder where time has gone because it feels like it’s gone by so quickly and I think¬†22 years isn’t a long time. Then I¬†really think about it and 22 is a long time. I know of many people who won’t be able to say they lived 22 years for one reason or another, and that’s when I realize that I’ve lived a long life. I may even know people who say they have lived a long life at 18, it just depends on how we live it; how we make the most of it.

I don’t know what life is going to look like tomorrow or the day after, but I do know that each moment is different. Each season and each second I grow up; I change. I will never be 21 again and I will never get to be an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona ever again. I am changing and I am growing. I am also living my life the way I want to remember it years down the road. I will always hold dear to my heart the late night conversations, the time I drove a friend all the way to her sisters house in Maricopa only to find out her flight didn’t leave for another two days. I won’t forget the Star Wars viewing parties, or the weddings of friends I attended and was in. I won’t forget the classes I’ve taken and the things I’ve learned as a student. These are the memories I will take with me in each season.

When I look back at my subjectively long life, it’s been good. It hurt at times and it was so wonderful in others. But it has been beautiful and it has been mine.

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: April 2014 (Grateful Day 104)

 

It’s officially May, which means I get to share with you a few of my favourites from the past month! Woo hoo!!!! Even though it’s been a pretty busy month for me school wise, there are definitely a lot of things about this month that stand out as favourites of mine!

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetThinking about the past month and the hectic-ness of it all, I realize one of my absolute favourite things about this month were the moments I actually spent with God! I was telling a friend tonight that some times I get so wrapped up in the moment and so wrapped up in what I have to get done that I don’t spend time with My Jesus! Then I remembered the moments I did and how peaceful and right it all felt! How in those few moments, no time was wasted. It was like hanging out with a dear friend, catching up and chit-chatting away. Moments when I was at peace and felt great joy. I also realized when I did get these moments with Jesus, time seemed to expand, even for just a little bit and I got so much more work done!! But more than anything, God showed me a lot of favour in every area of my life, and for that I am forever grateful!!

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 presetAnother one of my favourites of the month is Gilmore Girls!! I am re-watching it which you can read all about¬†here, and I have so enjoyed reliving moments of the gals Gilmore. I laugh like I haven’t seen the show before, and I get a smidge annoyed because I know what’s going to happen later on in the series. I’ve also been re-watching parts with one of my roommates which has been really fun, especially since we don’t see each other nearly as often as we used to because we’ve both been so busy! I also just appreciate that television shows used to not be so dramatic (Gilmore Girls can be dramatic, but mostly because I can be a dramatic person at times and yell at the television like they can hear me and my yelling will change something in the show, which by the way it won’t). I appreciate the way characters develop from Jess Mariano to Miss Rory Gilmore. I also really appreciate that by watching the show (and any other show/movie/book I read) I learn so much about the way I view things in life, which has then helped me in the ethics class I am taking this semester.

photoI have also been listening to a lot of new music this past month! I’ve been listening to a lot of Sam Smith recently, but the album that has really caught hold of my heart is You Make Me Brave by Bethel Music. This album has spoken to so many parts of my heart and so many parts of my life! It is so full of love and so full of bravery!! This is one of those albums, where you just know and feel God in every song!! The heart behind the album is stunning and the heart behind every note is beautiful! I am a big fan of music and I am a huge fan of the kind that speaks directly to the heart places and this does that! I am a believer that music of any sort can speak to the heart places, so when I find a song or album that speaks to the heart places I just have to share. I read The Fault In Our Stars recently and John Green says, or rather Hazel Grace says¬†‚ÄúSometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book”. This quote basically sums up how I feel about certain books and albums, this album being one of them!

20140426-224130.jpgProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 presetThis month, like every other month, I also enjoyed especially the time with my friends and family! So many of my friends are going to be going on amazing new adventures soon, and so much of my family is moving away so the time I have gotten to spend with them this past month has been amazing! Whether we were sitting around talking or eating, every moment with my friends or family has been wonderful! I don’t get to see them as often as I would hope, but seeing them is all that matters because every moment is special when surrounded by loved ones!

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetI also grew to appreciate my love for books¬†this month. Even though I finished this book after April, I started it in April so I get to count it in my April favourites :). I always enjoy Sarah Dessen books, and this one is no different but I think the reason I like this book as much as I do is because it’s basically about a young woman who is trying to find herself. We’re all trying to figure out who we are, or at least I know that at 21 years of age I am still learning who I am as a human being so I really related to this book. As I get older I realize more that life is about finding who you are as a person. Not every one knows what they believe and why when they are young, but the older we get the more we understand our beliefs and the better our footing gets. I feel like I’m going to be in a constant state of self-discovery and I am perfectly fine with that because if I didn’t change and I didn’t grow I would be a flat person; I would be stagnant. But the idea that I mature and I grow in to the woman I am meant to be means I am like my favourite characters in my favourite books; I grow and I change just as I am meant to.

April was good to me. It was nice and it was as pleasant as can be, and though at times I wish I did some things in life differently I know my life is good. I am blessed and I am well loved! I hope April was good to you too and I hope May is wonderful! I would love to hear what a few of your favourite things about April were! Share with me what your favourite books of the month are or what television show you are glad you watched! I really would love to hear all about it! ūüôā

Grateful Day 103

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetToday I sat in class explaining to my professor the book I am currently reading. The book I have no real time to read, but choose to read because school is getting stressful and if I didn’t read for fun I could possibly cry. Reading gives me such¬†joy!¬†I have always known this, but telling my professor I am reading for¬†fun made me realize even more, that reading is a stress relief. I realized that life is creeping up on me, it is ebbing and flowing with the times and only a couple of things stay the same – God & Books. My family and friends change, for the better, with each passing season. As do you &¬†I. But God and books don’t change. God is the same Yesterday, Today & Forever! Then books, well books never change.

From the Bible to Young Adult Fiction, books have this way of remaining the same. The people reading the story may be different, but the story itself stays the same. Reading a book for the first time is like going to a new place and making new friends, while re-reading one is like visiting an old friend and seeing new sights.

I have traveled to so many places through the lens of an author. I have seen life through the eyes of a young Christian girl who served her masters with love and with zeal, and who loved God with every fiber of her being. I visited Narnia and made friends at Hogwarts. I got to know Mr. Darcy and the Bennett gals. I fell for Michael Hosea and Wes. I became friends with sweet Anne Elliot and mourned the loss of Mackenzie Phillips daughter. Books have taken me to so many places and allowed me to feel so many exhilarating emotions!

There was once a time when I thought my love for books was a bad thing, a strange thing. Yet with the passing of time I have come to realize the beauty of books and seen my love and appreciation for them as lovely. I have learned that my love for the pages between covers has made me who I am.

 

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: March 2014 (Grateful Day 74)

So it’s the first of April, woo hoo!! And I’ve decided I would write about my favourite things on the first of the month from the previous month. March was a bit slow in the blogging/365 Days Grateful realm, but I’ve had a good time throughout the month. I’ve done some pretty great things, experienced great moments and made great memories and I’d love to remember a few of my favourites.IMG_3856

As I look back on my blog posts for the past month I can’t help but realize I only read one book the whole month and I loved it! I read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and it is a wonderful book! It is extremely sad, yet so beautiful! I saw certain events in the book happening before they happened and this book still melted and broke my heart in the most beautiful way possible.

I also realize looking back that I made a lot of memories with some really awesome people! From weddings to Spring Break, the Renaissance Festival to prayer meetings and birthdays I realize that I am an extremely blessed human being!  Even though I some times wish my life was different or I was doing more adventurous things, I realize that my life is beautiful and blessed!! God has blessed me with amazing friends and amazing family! He put on this earth people who can tell stories that move people and make people think of life differently! God has blessed me with the ability to go to school, even though I often dread going to class! I am blessed with the ability to get an education and make memories with the people I love and reading books I love! Even though March seems to me to be a pretty boring month of happenings, it was beautiful and it was blessed!