Monday, April 14, 2014

True Beauty


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Finding Vivian Maier

On April 4th, while volunteering at the library delivering materials to homebound patrons, I was using a photography app on my phone, and the guy I was volunteering with noticed. I told him I am really into photography, and that I plan to get my photography degree someday.

This past Friday, he surprised me by giving me this article, about a documentary called "Finding Vivian Maier" :








It is in theaters right now, and none of the theaters near me are playing it, so I will have to wait until it comes out on DVD to see it.

It is about a photographer, Vivian Maier, who worked as a nanny in Chicago's northern suburbs. She would take the children she looked after on many expeditions, and took many, many photos on those expeditions.

It seems interesting, so I will definitely check it out when I can get a chance.

So, to the guy I volunteer with every Friday morning, thank you for giving me this article. I really appreciate it!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Living the Single Life

I have never had a boyfriend, and although I do want to be in a relationship someday, I am perfectly content with being single at the moment.
 
I can focus more on my schooling, and finding a job, and taking care of myself.

Yes, I do eventually want to have a boyfriend, and eventually a husband, but it's not a huge priority at the moment. Though, I am starting to get a little anxious about when that will happen, as I am getting close to 30, and I really want to start a family of my own.

This is my favorite "single" song, that Natasha Bedingfield sings. It pretty much sums it up for me right now.

Although, I am starting to think about (hopefully) getting in a relationship someday soon, as I really want to get married and start a family. And I'm not getting any younger!!

I don't see why teenagers and young adults feel like they have to rush into relationships, and to go through a bunch of different boyfriends/girlfriends before they get married.

They have many, many years ahead of them, and they don't need to be worried about whether they are in a relationship in high school. They need to focus more on school, friends, and family time.

So, for the time being, I am content being single (no drama, no anger, no negativity). Although, I won't say no to going out on occasion!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Volunteer Appreciation Week

This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week, and while getting ready to volunteer at the library today, I was given a thank you card and treat (a bar of chocolate) from the volunteer director, in appreciation of the volunteer work I did.

It is nice to be appreciated on occasion. Especially for the work I do. It means people notice what I am doing, and appreciate it.

There is going to be a Volunteer Appreciation Reception next month, and I am looking forward to it.

I love the volunteer work that I am doing, and plan to stay with it as long as I can.

This is the second year of my volunteering at the library, which is amazing. I can't believe it's been that long already. It kind of feels like yesterday that I first started, but it also feels like ages as well.

I am so thankful for this opportunity at the library, and for the amazing people I met during this time. Everyone has been so nice to me, and supportive in everything else that I do.

So, as the library is thanking us volunteers for our work, I thank them for giving me this opportunity to work with them. I truly enjoy it, and it wouldn't be the same without it.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This Needs to Stop

Yesterday, there was yet another school incident, this time a stabbing. It happened at a Pennsylvania high school, where a 16-year-old stabbed 21 people.

Just because you are hurting, that does not make it right to take it out on other people. If you feel the need to hurt others, PLEASE TALK TO SOMEONE/GET HELP.

No one deserves to go through something like this. Ever.

Prayers, thoughts go out to those affected by this event.

A Change is in the "Hair"

Well, today I got a hair cut. I normally don't like getting haircuts, but I really needed one. Plus, I've always wanted to try a pixie style, and since the weather is warming up, I figured I'd go for it now.

I am very happy with how it came out. The stylist did a wonderful job.

Here is my before picture:



And....


My after picture:




It is very short, but that is what I wanted. Although, it'll probably take me a while to get used to the new length, as I am so used to how it was before.

I wanted to try a pixie style cut, like I said, and had been looking for the perfect cut for about a week or so. I found a picture of the perfect cut today on the internet.

My hair isn't quite the same as in the photo I found, but that's ok. I am very happy with my hair.

I am going to miss my long hair, and I will grow it long again. But, I figured I'd get a short style for the summer, so I don't have to spend a lot of time on my hair.

A few people have already commented on how they really like it, and that feels good to hear.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Meetup #3: Making Hats for Preemies and Pillowcases for Cancer Patients

Today was the third Meetup event I went to. It was a charity craft event, where we made hats for preemies, and pillowcases for cancer patients.

I hadn't done any knitting or crocheting in a while, so this was a perfect excuse for me to start up again.

The women there were very nice, although I think I was the youngest one there. But, I had a good time.

I crocheted a hat, and it came out pretty good, although I made a minor mistake during the process. Here is a picture of the finished product:


Purple is my favorite color, so that's why the hat is purple. It looks pretty good, seeing as this is only the second thing I've crocheted.

All in all, today was a good day, and I am so happy that I was able to make something for someone in need.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Your Greatest Test


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Joy Drive

Some time ago, I heard about Joy Jars, and I was on the NEGU website, and saw an idea for hosting a Joy Drive.

This organization was started in memory of Jessie Rees, a girl who died from cancer.

I am thinking of hosting a Joy Drive sometime this summer, and maybe ask a friend or two if they want to help out as well.

I do not like seeing people suffer, especially children. It just breaks my heart. And if I can do something to help out, even just a tiny bit, I'll feel like I helped someone live. Or at least get the treatment they need, or whatever else they required.

So, if you want to help in some way, please check out the NEGU website. It is well worth the time and money!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Vegetarian/Vegan Lifestyle

Several years ago, I tried the vegetarian lifestyle, which was inspired by my sister, who had been a vegetarian for many years.

But it only lasted for a month.

Although, in that month, I had more energy, I felt better, I was sleeping better, and because of that I wasn't as tired as I usually would be.

I also cut down on how much meat I ate in general a bit.

I recently went out to eat at a vegan/vegetarian restaurant with a few other women, and the food was great!

Since I have tried healthy foods that taste really good, I am more willing to be a healthier person in the long run.

I have been recently checking out vegetarian/vegan cookbooks from the library, to see if there are any recipes that would interest me, and so far, about half of them do interest me. Hopefully I will be able to start making these recipes soon! They sound really good!!

Let's just hope I can stick to this lifestyle for longer than a month this time!