Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My Delaware Bucket List

  • Delaware State Fair
  • Brandywine Zoo
  • Brandywine Creek
  • Wilmington
  • Nemours Mansion and Gardens
  • Fort Delaware
  • Zwaanendael Museum
  • Delmarva Peninsula
  • Fenwick Island Light
  • Funland
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Brandywine Creek State Park
  • Jungle Jim's
  • Alapocas Run State Park
  • Rockford Park
  • Rockwood Museum and Park
  • Air Mobility Command Museum
  • Lewes Beach
  • Glasgow regional Park
  • Viking Golf & Go-Karts, Thunder Lagoon Waterpark
  • Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge
  • DuPont Mansions/Chateau Contry
  • Hopkins Farm Creamery
  • Delaware Seashore State Park
  • Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lums Pond State Park
  • Bellevue State Park
  • Battery Park
  • John Dickinson Plantation
  • Fort Delaware State Park
  • Steampunk Treehouse
  • Miles the Monster
  • Dressed John Milton Statue
  • Delmarva Peninsula
  • Fenwick Island Lighthouse

Monday, August 14, 2017

My Favorite Characters

I love the fictional world, and I try to visit a different place as often as I can.

Here are my favorite characters from books, movies, and TV shows:
  • Hagrid
    (we both love animals, although I wouldn't go so far as smuggling them around)
  • Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
  • Bombur from The Hobbit
    (quiet like me, but I do speak quite a bit when I want to!!)
  • Rory from Gilmore Girls
    (quiet, yet fierce!)
  • Merida
    (Goes down a path she chooses for herself, and isn't afraid to speak up for herself)
  • Newt Scamander
    (another one who loves animals, and is passionate about saving them)
  • Hurley from Lost
    (More of a thinker, like me)
  • Gold/Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a Time
    (I don't know what it is about him that I like so much; maybe that he shows that there is good and bad in everyone, and that whatever you choose to do has a consequence)
  • Hoss from Bonanza
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

My Connecticut Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Connecticut:

  • Harry's Place
  • Durham Fair
  • Submarine Force Museum
  • Sleeping Giant
  • Dinosaur Park
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Tour the Mark Twain House
  • Visit the Willimantic Frogs
  • Lake Compounce
  • Pex Museum and Factory
  • Ride the Essex Steam Train
  • Pick some apples at Johnny Appleseed's farm
  • Tubing on the Farmington River
  • Kent Falls State Park
  • Tour the State Capitol
  • Cornwall Bridge
  • Hammonasset Beach
  • New Haven
  • Pick Your Own Produce at Jones Family Farms
  • Taconic Mountains/Salisbury
  • Gillette Castle
  • Hartford
  • Mystic Seaport
  • Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum
  • New England Air Museum
  • Hill-Stead Museum
  • Rocky Neck State Park
  • Maritime Aquarium
  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center
  • Shore Line Trolley Museum
  • Beardsley Zoo
  • Steam Train ride

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My Colorado Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Colorado:
  • Pikes Peak
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • Wolf Creek Pass
  • Independence Pass
  • Keystone Resort
  • Denver
  • Boulder
  • Aspen
  • Denver Zoo
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • The Wild Animal Sanctuary
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Chimney Rock National Monument
  • Ute Indian Museum
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
  • Colorado State Fair
  • Pose at Four Corners (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah)
  • Colorado River
  • Watch a rodeo
  • Take the Telluride gondola at sunset
  • Four Pass Loop
  • Holy Cross
  • Lake Dillon
  • Browns Canyon
  • Pagosa Hot Springs
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Maroon Bells
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Hanging Lake
  • Santa's Workshop
  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • Raft the Yampa & Green River
  • Cache La Poudre River Corridor
  • Ride horses at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
  • Downtown Aquarium-Denver
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Benson Park Sculpture Garden
  • Ghost Tour in Fort Collins
  • Trolley Tour in Fort Collins
  • Clark Family Orchards
  • Long's Peak
  • Colorado Balloon Classic
  • Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Monday, August 7, 2017

Things You Would Change if You Could

Like many people, there are things I wish I could change, both about myself, and the world as a whole.
  • My eyes (I was born with an iris coloboma in my right eye, which has affected the sight in that eye, among as other things)
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • How people treat others (Is it really that hard to just let people live their lives how they want to, without juding them for every little thing? If everyone were the same, life would be very boring. No one is perfect, so mistakes are going to happen, and that is what life is about; making mistakes, learning from them, and moving on.)
  • Unemployment
  • All suffering
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

The Wildest Things I Want to Try

There are some things on my bucket list, that are kind of out there
  • Snowboarding
  • Skydiving/tandem skydiving
  • Indoor skydiving
  • Ziplining
  • Jump from a waterfall
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Learn archery
  • Try to learn to skateboard (yes, to me this is wild)
  • Try snowboarding
  • Go horseback riding on a beach
  • Go bunjee jumping
  • Go on a mission trip
  • Publish a book
  • Dye my hair a crazy color
  • Become more outgoing (I am very, very shy, so being more outgoing is definitely part of this list)
  • Learn to play the piano
  • Learn karate
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Live in another country for six months to one year
  • Conquer my fear of public speaking
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Meet one of my favorite actors (I have a post about people I would love to meet someday, which you can check out HERE, if you like)
  • Fall in love (and be in a loving, fulfilling, healthy relationship)
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

What I Would Spend A Million Dollars On

There are a lot of things I would like to spend my money on, but these are what I would truly like to spend it on. I know $1 million won't be able to go this far, but this is what I would like to do.
  • Food and basics/essentials to give to the homeless
  • A farm for me, family to live on
  • Horses to raise
  • A DSLR camera
  • Equipment to help me film YouTube videos
  • Donations to cancer (and other diseases) research
  • Donations to end animal cruelty
  • Water filtration systems for developing countries
  • Essentials for those in developing countries
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My California Bucket List

Things I would like to do in California:

  • Disney Land
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Knott's Berry Farm
  • Legoland
  • Yosemite National Park
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Tour Alcatraz Island
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Sand Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Sand Diego Zoo
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Hearst Castle
  • Sequoia National Park
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Mui Woods National Monument
  • Redwood National and State Parks
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Lombard Street
  • Grauman's Chinese Theatre
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Griffith Park
  • Napa Valley
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • Heavenly Mountain Resort
  • Cascade Range
  • Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
  • Half Dome
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • General Sherman
  • Venice Beach
  • The Big Sur Coastline
  • Ride a cable car in San Francisco
  • Chinatown
  • Long Beach
  • RMS Queen Mary
  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • California State Railroad Museum
  • Underground Tunnels of Los Angeles
  • The Wave Organ
  • The Winchester Mystery House
  • Secret Tiled Staircase
  • Seward Street Slides
  • The Secret Sidewalk
  • Tesla Coil
  • Glass Beach
  • Horsetail Fall's Fire Fall
  • Forestiere Underground Gardens
  • Devils Postpile National Monument
  • Salvation Mountain
  • Audium-Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space
  • Watts Towers
  • Phantasma Gloria
  • Santa Cruz Mystery Spot
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Defenestration
  • Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze
  • Mono Lake
  • Rustic Canyon's Murphy Ranch
  • Heart Rock Falls
  • Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
  • Camera Obscura & Holograph Collection
  • Victoria Beach's Pirate Tower
  • Santa's Village
  • Yoda Fountain
  • Wayfarers Chapel
  • Bob Baker Marionette Theater
  • Cabazon Dinosaurs
  • Garden of Fragrance
  • The Cat House
  • Fern Canyon
  • Wood Line
  • Mescaline Grove
  • Japanese Tea Garden
  • Bishop Tuff
  • Robo Lights
  • Land's End Octagon House
  • Monticello Dam Morning Glory Spillway
  • The Parrots of Telegraph Hill
  • Black Star Canyon
  • Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour
  • Fairy Post Office
  • Long Now Orrery
  • Castello di Amorosa
  • The Flower Fields
  • Gilroy Gardens
  • Snow White Cottages
  • Chapel of the Chimes
  • Vasquez Rocks
  • 24-Hour Sprinkles
  • Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens
  • Chandelier Tree
  • Fork in the Road
  • Devils Golf Course Landscape
  • Eureka Dunes
  • Suisun Bay Ghost Fleet
  • Crystal Cathedral
  • Venice of America Canals
  • Lotta's Fountain
  • The El Segundo Butterfly Preserve
  • Spadena House
  • Leroy King Carousel
  • House of Air
  • Lucia and Aristides Demetrios Wind Harp
  • Monopoly in the Park
  • Desert Christ Park
  • The Carson Mansion
  • Graffiti Waterfall

Monday, July 31, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in July

Here are the things that made me happy in July:
  • Going to my blocks' block party
  • Seeing Despicable Me 3 in theaters
  • Going to ukulele night a few times
  • Going to the local Farmer's Market
  • Seeing a little girl in a ladybug dress, with wings and an antennae headband
  • Getting my first order, for whom I won an e-gift card to
  • Seeing fireworks on the Fourth of July
  • Having a good bill of health this month
  • Not missing any work
  • Riding my bike to and from work each week
  • Seeing a fire hydrant painted to look like a Minion (yes, this made me happy!!)
  • Holding the local library's resident gerbils while their cage was being cleaned
Again, it's not much, but at least I had a few things to be happy about this month. And that's all that matters.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Things I Want to Add to My Life

I have been wanting to do more with my life, than just wasting my time doing nothing all day. I have started with getting a job 4 months ago.

Now, I want to have as good a life as I can make it.
  • More knitting and crocheting (I haven't worked on anything in a few years, and I really miss it!)
  • Alone time every day
  • 30 to 60 minutes of exercise every day
  • At least one healthy meal/food choice a day
  • Chats with friends twice a week
  • Doing something once or twice a month that brings me out of my shell (I am very shy, and introverted, and I would like to be more outgoing [on my terms], so hopefully I will be able to do this at some point)
  • More confidence in myself
  • Speaking up for myself more, when I want to say something
  • Acceptance of who I am (I am one of those people who doesn't really love themselves as much I should, and I want to change that)
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Arkansas Bucket List

Things I want to do in Arkansas:
  • Hot Springs National Park
  • Little Rock
  • Little Rock Zoo
  • Christ of the Ozarks
  • Park Indian Mound
  • Hemmed-In-Hollow Falls
  • Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Blanchard Springs Caverns
  • Eureka Springs
  • Bella Vista
  • Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo
  • Arkansas State Fair
  • Bathhouse Row
  • Crater of Diamonds State Park
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • Garvan Woodland Gardens
  • Thorncrown Chapel
  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
  • St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church
  • Anthony Chapel
  • Beaver Lake
  • The Old Mill
  • Grand Promenade
  • Hot Springs Mountain
  • William J. Clinton Presidential Library
  • Old State House Museum
  • Johnny Cash House
  • Lakeport Plantation
  • Powhatan Historic State Park
  • Jacksonport State Park
  • Parker Pioneer Homestead
  • McCollum Chidester House
  • Monster Mart
  • Pillow Thompson House
  • Holiday Springs Water Park
  • Mammoth Spring State Park
  • Ozark Mountains
  • The Great Passion Play Theme Park
  • New Holy Land Tour
  • Boggy Creek Monster

Monday, July 24, 2017

Words That Define My Personality

There are a few different sides to me, and differnt situations will bring out different sides of me.

The words that describe my personality are:
  • Introverted
  • Shy (this is me a lot of the time)
  • Quiet (this is also me a lot of the time, especially in situations I haven't experienced before, or ones that I don't know what to expect, or with people I don't know/am not friends with)
  • Loving
  • Curious
  • Sensitive
  • Empathetic
  • Word lover
  • Awkward
  • Fun-loving
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, July 21, 2017

My Florida Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Florida:
  • Disney World
  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Discovery Cove
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  • Jungle Island
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Jungle Queen Riverboat
  • Sunken Gardens
  • Lowry Park Zoo
  • Bonnet House
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Seacrest Wolf Preserve
  • Key West Aquarium
  • Antique Car Museum
  • Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
  • Fun Spot America
  • Key West Lighthouse
  • Freefalling at iFLY
  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
  • Black Raven Pirate Ship
  • Dolphin Encounter Tour
  • Daytona Beach Bandshell
  • Dali Museum
  • Flagler College
  • Orlando Eye
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Everglades
  • Swim with Manatees
  • Cocoa Beach Pier
  • Juniper Springs Run
  • See white pelicans
  • Bike the Withlacoochee Trail
  • Float down the Ichetucknee River
  • Sea Turtle Walk
  • Reptile Discovery Center
  • Surfing lessons

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Arizona Bucket List

Things I want to do in Arizona:
  • Desert Botanical Garden
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Old Tucson Studios
  • Monument Valley
  • Heard Museum
  • Arizona Science Center
  • Oak Creek Canyon
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Biosphere 2
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Red Rock State Park
  • San Xavier del Bac
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • Phoenix
  • South Mountain Park
  • Slide Rock State Park
  • Grand Canyon/Grand Canyon Skywalk
  • Camelback Mountain
  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Havasu Falls
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • Cathedral Rock
  • Chapel of the Holy Cross
  • Reid Park Zoo
  • Lake Powell
  • Lake Mead
  • The Wave
  • Glen Canyon Dam
  • Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
  • Kartchner Caverns State Park
  • Bearizona Wildlife Park
  • Wildlife World Zoo
  • Out of Africa Wildlife Park
  • London Bridge
  • Flagstaff
  • Hoover Dam
  • Sedona
  • Canyon De Chelly National Monument
  • Lake Mohave
  • Tumacacori National Historical Park
  • Scottsdale
  • Taliesin West
  • Heritage Square
  • Phoenix Art Museum
  • Hall of Flame Fire Fighting Museum
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Meteor Crater
  • The Domes
  • Flinstones Bedrock City
  • "Fireflies" The Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room
  • Eliphante
  • Mystery Castle
  • Coconino Lava River Cave
  • Santa Claus, Arizona
  • Titan Missile Museum
  • Roden Crater
  • Valley of the Moon
  • Arcosanti
  • Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
  • Two Guns
  • Case Grande Ruins
  • Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In
  • Walnut Canyon
  • Abandoned Jerome Post Office
  • Oatman Ghost Town
  • Wupatki National Monument
  • Gallery in the Sun
  • Large Binocular Telescope
  • Tonto Natural Bridge
  • Chloride Ghost Town
  • The Bird Cage Theater
  • Jack Rabbit Trading Post
  • Rose Tree Museum
  • Area 66
  • The Superstition Mountain Museum
  • Yuma Territorial Prison
  • Hackberry General Store
  • Her Secret Is Patience
  • Humphreys Peak
  • Diamondback Gridge
  • McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope
  • University of Arizona Mathematical Models Collection
  • Abandoned Longhorn Grill
  • Jerome's Sliding Jail
  • Twin Arros Trading Post Ruins
  • Wupatki Spirit Totem
  • Tumbleweed Christmas Tree

Monday, July 17, 2017

Things I Am Grateful For

There are many, many things most people take for granted, but if we slow down and think a bit, we have so much to be grateful for. Especially this day in age.

Here are the things I am very grateful for.
  • First and foremost, my life
  • My family
  • My friends
  • Access to an education
  • Access to medicine and medical care
  • Access to a library
  • Access to many different resources (books, electronics, CDs, etc.)
  • Access to fresh, clean water
  • My job
  • My cats
  • A house to live in
  • Having clothes, shoes to wear
  • Living within walking distance of shops, restaurants, etc.
  • My bike
  • A bed to sleep in
  • Having my own bedroom
  • Blogs and other outlets that let me express myself (I am a very shy person, so actually speaking really scares me; writing/blogging/etc. really lets me get all the thoughts, emotions, and ideas out)
  • Having a roof over my head
  • Access to fresh food
  • Air conditiong/central air and heating
  • Transportation
  • Painting/drawing supplies
  • Those who are willing to give up their freedom (and sometimes their lives) for my freedom and life, and so that I can live the life that I want
  • Having my mom in my life for as long as I did
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Alaska Bucket List

Here is my Alaska bucket list.

  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Mendenhall Glacier
  • Anchorage Museum
  • Denali
  • Anchorage
  • Juneau
  • Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Alaska Zoo
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Chugach State Park
  • Tongass National Forest
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
  • Totem Bight State Historic Park
  • Kincaid Park
  • Chilkoot Trail
  • Alaska Botanical Garden
  • Flattop Mountain
  • Hatcher Pass
  • Wonder Park
  • Exit Glacier
  • Brooks Falls
  • Eagle River Nature Center
  • Beluga Point Site
  • Stampede Trail
  • Great Alaskan Lumber Jack Show
  • Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure
  • Thunderbird Falls
  • Whale watching
  • Dog sledding
  • White Pass & Yukon Route Railway
  • Kroschel Films Wildlife Center
  • Kodiak Laboratory Aquarium & Touch Tank
  • Running Reindeer Ranch
  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Jewell Gardens
  • Santa Claus House, North Pole, Alaska
  • Pioneer Park
  • Chena River
  • Aurora Borealis
  • Katmai National Park
  • The Inside Passage
  • Fairbanks
  • Riverboat Discovery
  • Glow Putt Mini Golf
  • Innoko National Wildlife Reserve
  • Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge
  • Alaska Bird Observatory
  • Alaska Horse Adventures
  • Alaska Canopy Adventures
  • Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center
  • The Imaginarium
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Bear Creek Cabins

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dream Jobs

I have quite a few jobs that I would love to have, although some of them I'm not sure if I have what it takes to work in that field.

But it doesn't hurt to dream (that's why these are dream jobs, right?!)!!!
  • Baker/bakery owner
  • Author
  • Special education teacher or teacher's aide
  • Voice-over actor
  • Farmer
  • Seamstress
  • Graphic Designer
  • Astronomer
  • Photographer
  • Chocolatier
  • Animal shelter worker
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

My Alabama Bucket List

I know I have other posts on things I want to do, but I have decided to bucket lists on what I would like to do in each state.

I  will start with Alabama here, and go from there.
  • Birmingham Zoo
  • Battleship Memorial Park
  • United States Space Camp
  • Noccalula Falls Park
  • Birmingham Civil Rigts Institute
  • Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
  • Birmingham
  • Montgomery
  • Walk across Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma
  • Cathedral Caverns
  • Civil Rights Memorial
  • Ave Maria Grotto
  • Tour Battleship USS Alabama
  • Zip Trip at Red Mountain Park
  • Watch the community theater version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Monroeville
  • Go to the top of Mt. Cheaha
  • Little River Canyon National Preserve
  • View the landscape from the observation deck at Vulcan
  • Watch the sun set on Dauphin Island
  • S'mores from SpringHouse Restaurant
  • Cammie's Old Dutch Ice Cream Shop
  • Lobster roll at Rollin' Lobstah
  • Chili dog at Mrs. Story's Dairy Bar
  • Watermelon margarita from Taco Mama
  • Turkey sandwich at Bates House of Turkey
  • Upside-down banana split from Kreme Delite
  • Lobster mac and cheese at R. Davidson Steakhouse
  • The Harvey Milkshake at Palace Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop
  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • Chewalca State Park
  • Big Spring Park
  • Rickwood Caverns State Park
  • Montgomery Zoo
  • Tuskegee National Forest
  • Cheaha Mountain
  • Dismals Canyon
  • Russell Cave
  • First White House of the Confederacy
  • Gulf Coast Beaches
  • McWane Science Center
  • Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • The Bama Belle
  • Cold Mil Fleet Dolphin Cruises
  • Mobile Carnival Museum
  • Museum of George Washington
  • Southern Environmental Museum

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Ways I'm a Leader

To be honest, I do not consider myself a leader at all.

I am painfully shy and introverted, I do not like being around a lot of people, I have a hard time speaking up...

Yeah, I prefer not having a lead in discusions and all that.

Maybe one day I'll be able to feel comfortable in a leadership position, but as of now, I am fine with other people leading things.

**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

(Sorry this is so short; I didn't really have much to say on this topic. Ironic, isn't it?)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in June

Here is what made me happy in June:
  • Finally getting to ride my bike again
  • Checking out the local Day In Our Village fest, and manning my works' booth for a couple of hours
  • Celebrating Father's Day
  • Getting my summer reading t-shirts from work
  • Getting a compliment from a co-worker, on a dress I wore
  • Getting a compliment from a co-worker, on my bike
  • Going to my town's Thursday Night Out a few times
  • Seeing a hummingbird come to drink from our feeder
  • Seeing Wonder Woman in theaters
  • Getting CPR certified
  • Getting to make a necklace for the summer reading program at the library (I LOVE beads!!!)
  • Seeing a female cardinal on the front porch
  • Seeing the Bean in Chicago
  • Seeing the Crown Fountain in Chicago
  • Going to a ukulele night in town
  • A little girl saying hi to me as I was volunteering one day
I know it's not very long, but at least I have a few things to be happy about this month.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Everything I Love to Do Outdoors

I love the outdoors and all that it has to offer. When the weather is good (or bearable if it's winter), I try to go outside and do something at some point during the day.

I love:
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Reading
  • Eating
  • Bike riding
  • Roller blading
  • Relaxing in the yard
  • Photograph nature (the animals, the plant life, all that goes on)
  • Picnics
  • Outdoor concerts
  • Outdoor festivals
  • Shopping
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the iddea for this post!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Things I Want to Make

I have a list of things I really want to learn how to make, and I hope to be able to start as soon as possible.

The things I want to make are:
  • Sweaters (starting with one for my dad, as he asked if I could make one for him sometime)
  • Gloves
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Tops
  • Pants
  • Dresses
  • Purses (I have one that is almost done, that is knitted; I just need to sew on the handle and inner lining)
  • Hats
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Earrings
  • Anklets
  • Macarons
  • Scarves
  • Beach bags
  • Market bags
  • Skirts
  • Socks
  • Cakes/cupcakes/cookies for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, etc.
  • Sugar/buttercream/fondant/other mediums of flowers
  • Figures made out of gum paste, modeling chocolate, or other food mediums
  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Scrapbooks or photo albums with all of my pictures in them
  • YouTube videos
  • Other baked desserts

Friday, June 16, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Worth

I am linking up with Kate Motaung for this week's Five Minute Friday.

This week's FMF is: Worth

Why is it so hard to see the worth in others?
The worth in ourselves?

Everyone was put on this earth for a reason.
Each life is worthy of living, no matter how long or short;
No matter whose life it is.

Our worth is not measured by the opinions of others.
Nor by the amount of things we have;
Not the grades we get in school;
The jobs we have or the amount of money we make.

Our worth is all the same because of Him.
No one is more or less worthy than anyone else;
No one should be made to feel like less.

Many people have been made to feel like
They are bad people,
That they don't measure up to
What society says is beautiful.

Just for being who they are.
Just for being different.
Just for being human.

But different is beautiful, and they deserve a life worth living.
Each and every life is worthy of the One who created it.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Favorite Places I've Been

I haven't been to too many places, but I do have a few favorite places out of the ones I have been to. I love to travel, and I hope to be able to go to more cities/towns/etc. in the future, that I can call my favorties one day.

  • Paw Paw, Michigan
  • San Francisco, California
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Billings, Montana
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
It's a short list, and I feel bad for it being so short, but I do love these spots. Hopefully I can add lots more to this list in the futures.

**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea of this post!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

My Dream Trips

There are a lot of places I dream of going to someday. I couldn't choose just a few for this list, as there are lots of places I really, really, really want to visit (I have other posts on here that you can check out as well, of places I would like to visit: HERE, HERE, and HERE.), but here are my top dream trips.

  • Italy
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Sistine Chapel
    Trevi Fountain
    Santa Maria Delle Grazie (The Last Supper Mural)
    Vatican City
    Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • England
    London Bridge
    Big Ben
  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Warsaw
  • Disney Land
  • Disney World
  • New York City
    Statue of Liberty
    One World Trade Center
    9/11 World Trade Center Memorial
  • Manhattan
  • Boston
  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • Hawaii
  • Pear Harbor
  • New Zealand
  • Ireland
  • Mount Rushmore
  • France
    Eiffel Tower
  • Cairo, Egypt
    Luxor Temple
  • Giza
    Great Pyramid of Giza
    Great Sphinx of Giza
  • Jamaica
  • Australia
    Sydney Opera House
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Brazil
    Rio de Janeiro
  • Argentina
  • Jerusalem
  • Austria
  • Haiti
  • Israel
  • Peru
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Greece
  • Niagra Falls
  • Grand Canyon
  • Taj mahal
  • Stonehenge
  • China
    Yungang Grottoes
    Longmen Grottoes
    Hani Terraces
    Leshan Giant Buddha
    Forbidden City
    Temple of Heaven
    Terracotta Warriors
    Shilin Stone Forest
    Lijiang Old Town
    Mogao Caves
    Great Wall of China
  • Japan
    Golden Pavilion Temple
    Mount Fuji
  • Pennsylvania
    Liberty Bell
  • Alabama
    The Selma Bridge
  • Missouri
    Gateway Arch
  • Kennedy Space Center (Florida)
  • The Alamo (Texas)
  • Crater Lake (Oregon)
  • Chimney Rock (Nebraska)
  • Space Needle (Washington)
  • Old Faithful (Wyoming)
  • Salt Lake Temple (Utah)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Florida)
  • Louisiana
    New Orleans
    Baton Rouge
  • Wales
There are many, many, many more places I would love to visit, but these are my top ones. I know this is a lot, but I love to travel, and want to visit as many places as I can, as many different cultures as I can.

**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Things That Make Me Feel Healthy (Mind, Body, and Soul)

I recently found a blog called Paper-Bark Burch (run by Sarah Jo Burch), and fell in love with it. She posts about her knitting, lists, her life, her faith, and more.

She has done a 52 Lists Project, and that has inspired me to write my own posts on a few of the things from the project.

The first one I will do is Things That Make Me Feel Healthy (Mind, Body, and Soul).
  • Yoga
  • Reading
  • Sudoku
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Knitting
  • Nature
  • Quiet time every day
  • Exploring the town
  • Writing (journaling, blogging, etc.)
  • Napping (yes, napping. It's one of my favorite things to do for myself)
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Trying to learn foreign languages
  • Volunteering
  • Cuddling with my cats
  • Walking
  • Inspiring/motivating quotes

Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Favorites of Summer

Since I did a post on my favorites of spring (which you can read HERE if you haven't already), I decided to make on for summer now.

Here are my summer favorites
  1. Swimming at the pool
  2. Road trips
  3. Trips to the Farmer's Market
  4. BBQs
  5. Fireworks for the 4th of July
  6. Warm weather
  7. Bike riding
  8. Lemonade
  9. Shorts and t-shirts/tank tops
  10. Going barefoot
  11. Lazy days
  12. Ice cream
  13. Local summer festivals
  14. Local summer concerts
  15. Popsicles
  16. The local Day in Our Village festival
  17. The local Thursday Night Out festival that goes all summer long
  18. Picnics
  19. Watermelon
  20. Being able to have windows open (especially at night!!)
  21. S'mores
  22. Bubble blowing
  23. Sandals and flip flops
  24. Water guns/balloons
  25. Corn on the cob
  26. Pasta salad
  27. Fireflies
  28. Butterflies
  29. Ladybugs
  30. Block parties
  31. Hanging out on the front porch
  32. Hanging out in the yard
  33. Gardening
  34. Summer rainstorms
  35. Summer movies

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in May

May was a good month for me, and I wanted to share what happened this month, that made me happy.
  • Getting to go to a local ukulele meetup with a coworker
  • Seeing Everything Everything in theaters
  • Going to the first Thursday Night Out that's in town
  • Going to the local Ethnic Festival
  • Shopping at a local thrift store
  • Going to another festival in town, and making a couple things at the bead shop
  • Getting an A as a final grade in my spring semester class
  • Going to Red Mango twice this month, and getting banana peanut butter smoothies (they are SOOOO good!!!)
  • The warm weather (at least, the days that were warm)
  • Getting a fidget spinner (yes, this made me happy!)
  • Ordering t-shirts for the library's summer reading program
  • The violin I ordered finally arriving
  • Making a bracelet at the local library (I love beads!!!)
  • Getting the first three seasons of Lost from the library's sale shelf
  • Meeting the library's newest friend, a comfort dog, that children can read to each month
  • Getting to decorate some cakes and cupcakes in one of the last classes of the semester
  • Celebrating a loved one's birthday

Friday, May 12, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Mom

I am linking up with Kate Motaung with this week's Five Minute Friday.

Today's FMF is: MOM

This Mother's Day, like the last six, will not be celebrated in the normal way at my house.


My mom died a little over seven years ago, and I will not get to tell her in person how much she means to me. So now, Mother's Day is like any other day for me.

I am not a mother myself, so I can't really celebrate it that way either.

I have a project in mind that I want to try out, to have in memory of my mom.

My mom wasn't in the best of health for quite some time, but she never really complained. She was a trooper. She loved her job at the local library, and she loved to eat!!

I miss her more and more every day, and I wish she was still here, but I am glad she is not sick anymore. It really took a toll on her, as well as us.

I know she would be proud of us, and how far we have come, in the time since her death.

I went back to school and took several classes for my degree (baking and pastry), and my dad and brothers are doing well.

But of course, we wish she was still here, so she could experience more out of life, and so we can tell her all about our days.

I love you and miss you so much, mom!!

My New Violin FINALLY Came!!!

I had order a violin (a Crescent brand) in March, and it finally arrived today.

The case it came in.

The violin, bow, and the extras that came with it.

They had sent the original one I ordered soon after I ordered it, but before it arrived, it broke, so they offered to send another one (at no cost). I agreed to that, and was expecting it to come within a couple weeks afterwards.

It actually took closer to one month to get here, which I am not too happy about.

But, I am happy that it's here, and that it didn't get damaged somehow.

I haven't played it yet, but I did check it out, and compare it to my old violin. The new one is bigger, as my old one was used when I was in elementary school and is too small for me now.

It is been over 10 years since I last played, so I will have to relearn how to play. I bought a songbook a while ago, so I am really looking forward to getting back into it.

Comparing the sizes of my new violin (left) and my old violin (right).
I have always loved music, and instruments, so having the violin, as well as a ukulele and a guitar (can you see a theme going here?) makes me very happy. I am very rusty at playing instruments, as I haven't played any in so long, but I am willing to practice, so I can get better (especially better than when I played in elementary school, as I didn't really practice a lot back then!!).
I want to learn how to play other instruments as well, but this is one that I absolutely LOVE!! And one of the ones that I wanted to play first.
Looking forward to having a relaxing time, playing my new violin!!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

My Summer 2017 Bucket List

Here is my summer bucket list.
  • Make at least one YouTube video
  • Visit Navy Pier
  • Ride the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier
  • Learn to barbecue
  • Go swimming
  • Go for a walk once a week
  • Make homemade lemonade
  • Go bike riding at least once a week
  • Go mini golfing
  • Go to the local Farmer's Market
  • Go to an outdoor concert
  • Put pictures into photo albums or scrapbooks
  • Play Twister
  • Make melted crayon art
  • Be able to do a handstand for at least five seconds
  • Practice cake decorating skills once a week
  • Cook a new meal once a week/month
  • Visit the local zoo
  • Make s'mores
  • Explore the city
  • Go bowling
  • Go on a picnic
  • Go to an ice cream/froyo store
  • Try out a running routine
  • Host at least one game night
  • See the Bean in person
  • Buy a Polaroid Instax camera, and take lots of pictures
  • Make a bear at Build-a-Bear
  • Bake something once a week
  • Start doing yoga regularly
  • Go on a photo shoot
  • Learn to speak/read/write Spanish fluently
  • Learn how to skateboard
  • Get a henna tattoo
  • Volunteer at the local animal shelter at least once
  • Learn how to apply makeup
  • Make a vision board
  • Go paintballing
  • Play laser tag
  • Write letters to friends, family
  • Do a Wreck This Journal book
  • Have a Harry Potter movie marathon
  • Have an at-home spa day
  • Watch fireworks
  • Make pulled pork
  • Learn how to sew
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Make cheesecake
  • Get bedroom redecorated
  • Visit the Hemingway House/Birthplace
  • Get my driving permit
  • Practice driving
  • Read one book a week
Yes, I know this is a long list. No, I don't expect to do every single one. But I want to try.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

52 Reasons Why I Love You, Mom

I think I got this idea from Pinterest, and thought it was a sweet idea.

My mom died several years ago, so I won't be able to give her this, but I thought I would share it with you guys.

Required Materials:
  • A deck of playing cards 
  • Plain white or colored paper 
  •  Scissors 
  •  Stickers, photos, other decorations 
  • Pencil, pens, or markers 
  • Hole punch 
  •  String or ribbon


  1.  Cut squares of plain paper to fit the cards; glue a piece on each card.
  2. Decorate one side of the card with stickers, photos, and fun doodles. On the next card, write the "reason."
  3. Punch holes in the cards; tie together with string or ribbon.
This would be a great gift for Mother's Day, a birthday, or any other time. Enjoy!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

10 Lessons From the Dalai Lama

I forgot where I got this from, but I love these lessons, and decided to share (if anyone knows where this is from, please let me know, so I can give credit to whoever created this list!!)
  1. Nothing is permanent
  2. Smile if you want a smile from another face
  3. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to achieve it.
  4. Once a year go some place you've never been before.
  5. Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
  6. Follow the three R's: Respect for Self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for all your actions.
  7. With realization of one's own potential & self confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
  8. The ultimate source of happiness is our mental attitude.
  9. You have to start giving first and expect absolutely nothing.
  10. Kindness is the key to peace and harmony in the family life.
Remember these lessons, and things will (hopefully!!) turn for the good in this world.

Friday, April 28, 2017

All Are Welcome Here

While out volunteering recently, I noticed that quite a few homes had lawn signs out, saying "All Are Welcome Here." Both sides had colorful backgrounds, with one side having that saying, and the other having a picture of the United States.

I wondered where they got them from, so I Googled it, and found a website you can order them from (if you want to check it out, the information is HERE).

With everything that has been going on lately, it's sad to see that we have to resort to things like this, where we don't know if someone is going to be accepting or not, kind or not, human or not.

But, it's nice to know that there are still people who care about others, no matter who they are. I hope to be able to get signs like this one soon, to show my support for others. That I care.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

30 Ways to Focus on Self-Care

I recently saw this article on Pinterest, and thought I would share it.

The 30 ways to focus on self-care are these:
  1. Read a new book
  2. Diffuse essential oils
  3. Take a walk
  4. Take an epsom salt bath
  5. Light a candle
  6. Make a homemade body care item
  7. Write in a journal
  8. Practice yoga
  9. Listen to your favorite music item
  10. Drink a green smoothie
  11. Make and apply a face mask
  12. Go to bed early
  13. Make a homemade meal
  14. Organize your closet
  15. Treat yourself to a cup of coffee
  16. Doodle or color in a coloring book
  17. Walk somewhere new
  18. Cozy up in a blanket
  19. Buy yourself flowers
  20. Listen to your favorite podcast
  21. Take pictures in nature
  22. Turn your phone off for a few hours
  23. Declutter your workspace
  24. Go through a stretching routine
  25. Give yourself a manicure
  26. Scroll through Pinterest
  27. Try a new way to break a sweat
  28. Lay in the sunshine
  29. Have a solo dance party
  30. Pray
It doesn't hurt to put yourself first on occasion, and taking care of yourself. If you can't take care of yourself, you can't take care of, or help, others. Be kind to yourself; you deserve it!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Recipe: Eggless Cookie Dough

Yes, I am posting another recipe. The first time I tried this, I instantly fell in love with it. It is SOOOOO GOOD!!!!

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix everything together, and enjoy!

So easy, so simple, yet so very good. If you try it out, let me know how you like it!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

What is Operation Christmas Child?

A few years ago, I happened to pass by a local church that had a sign up, saying that they were a collection site for Operation Christmas Child. I went online to see what that was all about, and absolutely loved the idea of what they do.

So, what is Operaion Christmas Child?

Basically, it is a Christian organization, where people can pack shoeboxes with items for children, who may not otherwise get anything, for Christmas.

Items like school supplies, toys, clothes, and more.

I was able to pack and send two boxes (one for a boy, and one for a girl) a couple years ago, but haven't been able to do it since, because I had limited money. Now that I have a job, I hope to be able to pack and send many more in the future.

You can pack and send boxes at any time during the year, but there is an annual collection week in November every year, and you can check online to see where the nearest collection spot is.

This is a great organization, and an amazing thing you can do for those in need. If you are able, and would like to do something for those who aren't as fortunate as you, please try and pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. You will feel great about helping others in need, and many times, those who receive a box go on to become successful, and they in turn help others.

Do good for others, and good will come to you!!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Recipe: Top Ramen Salad

This is one of my absolute favorite recipes!!! The first time I tried it was probably about 7 or 8 years ago, when my sister made it for a birthday celebration she was having for one of her children.

For the salad:
2 (3 oz) packages chicken flavored ramen noodles, broken into pieces, seasoning packets reserved
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 (16 oz.) package coleslaw mix
3 green onions, chopped

1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread ramen noodles, sunflower seeds, and almonds onto a baking sheet.
  2. Bake noodles, sunflower seeds, and almonds in the preheated oven until fragrant and toasted, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Combine coleslaw mix and green onions in a large bowl. Pour cooled noodle mixture over the top.
  4. Whisk olive oil, reserved ramen seasoning packets, vinegar, sugar, and black pepper together in a bowl until dressing is smooth. Pour dressing over coleslaw and toss to coat.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Joni and Friends Family Retreats

A few years ago, I heard about Joni and Friends Retreats (you can find more information HERE, if you are interested to learn about the organization) through a friend, and, when I learned about what it is, have been wanting to volunteer at a retreat ever since.

These retreats give those with disabilities five days of fun, faith, and friends, and can help them escape from the stresses of life for a while.

Giving them a space to have fun, to be themselves, to forget their troubles for a while, to make new friends...sounds like something I would love to be a part of

I have been wanting to go very much, but I couldn't go because of money issues. Hopefully next year I will be able to go on a retreat. They sound like soooo much fun!!!

The closest one to much, which I would love to go to, is in Michigan. But, these retreats are kind of expensive ($300 plus, on up to over $1,000 for some of them), so I have to wait to go (which stinks; I so want to go on one!!!). But, I think with what these retreats offer, it is worth the money, and the wait.

I am a very shy person, and I would love to be more outgoing, so something like these retreats would definitely help me with that, while I get to be a part of something much greater than me.

That is what makes life worth living. Helping people out. People who will in turn help others, and so on.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

My To Be Read List

I absolutely love to read, although I haven't done much reading lately, with work, school, and volunteering.

Here is my list of books I would like to read:

  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle PaigeOr
  • The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
  • Yellow Brick War by Daniell Paige
  • The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
  • Voice of Gods by Eleanor Herman
  • Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
  • Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman
  • Queen of Ashes by Eleanor Herman
  • Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  • Firstlife by Gena Showalter
  • Lifeblood by Gena Showalter
  • Shibumi by Travanian
  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
  • Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
  • I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
  • Lamb by Christopher Moore
  • The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello
  • Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
  • Second Life by S.J. Watson
  • See Jane Run by Joy Fielding
  • Broken Harbor by Tana French
  • You by Caroline Kepnes
  • Dying to Be Me: My Journey From Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing by Anita Moorjani
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  • Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
  • Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcsen
  • The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
  • After You by Jojo Moyes
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • The Shack by William P. Young
  • Boosypants by Tina Fey
  • Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • Christine by Stephen King
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  • The Second Sex by Simone Beauvoir
  • A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  • Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  • The World According to Garp by John Irving
  • A Visit from the Good Squad
  • Look at Me by Jennifer Egan
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges
  • #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
  • The Irresistible Introvert: Harness the Power of Quiet Charisma in a Loud World by Michaela Chung
  • Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  • It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken by Greg Behrendt, Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt
  • Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • It's Not Like a Secret by Miss Sugiura
  • Speak of Me As I Am by Sonia Belasco
  • A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl
  • The Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lillian Rivera
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
  • The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  • After the Fall by Kate Hart
  • Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  • Love Yourself: A 10 Step Guide to Becoming the Best Version of Yourself by Alyse from Raw Alignment 
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • We Can Be Mended by Veronica Roth
  • Black Moon by Romina Russell
  • Zodiac by Romina Russell
  • Lost in London by The City Works
  • Creative Cat by David Sinden
  • Pies, Fries, and Ice Cream
  • The Gender Game by Bella Forrest
  • The Gender Secret by Bella Forrest
  • It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort
  • Who Says You Can't? You Do by Daniel Chidiac
  • Dare to Be Kind by Lizzie Velazquez 
  • Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
  • Inhuman by Kat Falls
  • The Rose Diaries: The Weaving of The Fates by Natalia La Fey
There are more books I'm sure I would like to read, but this is a long enough list for this post!! I don't want it to go on for ages.

What is on your To Be Read (TBR) list?

Friday, April 21, 2017

10 Steps to Self-Esteem

I saw this on B You Magazine's Instagram account and loved it. I don't have very much self-esteem, so this helps (yes, I know the magazine is geared towards girls quite a bit younger than me, but this is a really good magazine, and can be for pretty much anyone!).

The ten steps are:
  1. Know yourself.
  2. Understand what makes you feel great.
  3. Recognize things that get you down.
  4. Set goals to achieve what you want.
  5. Develop trusting friendships that make you feel good.
  6. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
  7. Stand up for your beliefs & values.
  8. Help someone else.
  9. Take responsibility for your own actions.
  10. Take good care of yourself.
These are really good steps, and I would be very willing to work on these. I never really had all that much self-esteem growing up, and I really want to work on that.

I want to be the vest version of myself, that I can be, so any help/tips are always welcome.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Favorite Songs

I have always loved music, so I figured I would share my favorite songs.
  • You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban
  • The Prayer
  • Because We Believe by Andrea Bocelli
  • Go Where Love Goes by Andrea Bocelli
  • When a Child is Born by Andrea Bocelli
  • Standing Outside the Fire by Garth Brooks
  • Everything by Michael Buble
  • Mary, Did You Know
  • Hundred More Years by Francesca Battistelli
  • Free to Be Me by Francesca Battistelli
  • Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
  • When You Believe (from the movie The Prince of Egypt) by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
  • Through Heaven's Eyes (from The Prince of Egypt) by Brian Stokes Mitchell
  • Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield
  • Single by Natasha Bedingfield
  • God Bless Us Everyone by Andrea Bocelli
  • I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons
  • Ho Hey by The Lumineers
As you can see, the songs are from several different musical artists and genres.

These are my favorite so far, but once I hear more songs, I will definitely add more to this list.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My Monthly Goals

For a while now, I have been thinking about what I want my monthly goals to be.

Here is what I came up with so far:
  • Save most of money from my paychecks (this one is going well so far!!)
  • Exercise 4-5 days a week (yoga, walking, cardio, bike riding, etc.)
  • Try incorporating healthier meals each day
  • Put things away when I am not using them
  • Contact my friends one to two times a week (call, text, email, etc.)
  • Donate/get rid of 5 things I don't need/want anymore
  • Drink more/enough water each day
  • Spend one hour a day, at most, online
  • Spend 1 hour, at least, outside
  • Spend, at most, 1 hour by myself to recharge, a day
  • Read three chapters of a book a day
What are your monthly goals? How are they going so far?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Learning How to Play the Ukulele

I recently got a ukulele, and am now teaching myself how to play it.

I have always loved string instruments, and I actually played the violin for a couple years in elementary school, as well as taking a beginning guitar class in high school (I still have the violin and guitar, though the violin is too small for me now, and I haven't touched the guitar since I took the class).

For a little while now, I had been interested in learning to play the ukulele, but since I didn't have the money for an instrument or lessons, I couldn't really do anything about it. Now that I have both (I got a job in February), I can now learn to play on my own time.

My ukulele, and the accessories it came with.
My work (a library) has a couple ukuleles for people to check out, and they can learn how to play. That is what got me interested in getting my own ukulele, and learning to play.
I am really looking forward to getting good at playing, and getting comfortable playing in front of others. It was one of my favorite ways to relax and unwind, and it is fun to do!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

My Health Goals

Now that I have my fitness goals down, here are my health goals.
  • Stay well hydrated every day
  • Start, and keep up, a regular essential oils routine
  • Eat half as much junk/unhealthy foods
  • Eat twice as much healthy(ier) foods
  • Learn how to cook, and try out, one new recipe a week
  • Get down to a healthy weight, and maintain it
  • Get clear, healthy skin, and keep up a skincare routine that works for me
  • Find out a haircare routine that works for me, that will get my hair in a better condition
  • Go to bed between 11 pm and midnight each night
  • Wake up (and get up) by 9 am each morning (7 am on Fridays)
  • Meditate on a regular basis
  • Do yoga each night to help me fall asleep
  • Clean my bedroom up for a healthier sleeping environment
  • Spend 30 minutes to 1 hour alone each day, to recharge
  • Spend 30 minutes to 1 hour in a park
  • Read 30 minutes a day
  • Journal at least twice a week 
  • Try drinking tea for 30 days 
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter 
I will most likely add more to this list at some point, but this is what I have now. What are your health goals?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Fitness Goals

For a very long time now, I have been wanting to get into better shape. I have been thinking about what I want to do, to help me with that, and this is what I have decided on.
  • Find out/know my limits when I first start out
  • Lose around 40 pounds with regular exercise and diet
  • To try a running routine for 30 days
  • To take up yoga 3 to 4 times a week
  • Walk for 30 minutes 4 days a week
  • Bike at least once a week, for up to 30 minutes
  • Work up to being able to do up to 50 pushups at once
  • Work up to being able to do a one minute plank
  • Jump rope at least once a week for 10-20 minutes each time
  • Work up to being able to do 25 sit-ups at once
  • Rollerblade once a week
  • Swim once or twice a month
I won't do all of these at once, but I think this is a good start for me at this time. I just need to find the motivation to actually get started, and to keep, a fitness routine, as I just can't bring myself to actually start/have a regular routine.

Hopefully I can start soon, as I really want to be healthier.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

15 of My Favorite Feelings

I saw a YouTuber post a video recently, on her favorite feelings. At first I thought it was kind of an unusual thing to post about, but once I watched the video, I liked the idea of it.

Here are 15 of my favorite feelings:
  1. The warmth of the sun
  2. An unexpected, but altogether welcome, compliment
  3. Doing better than I thought I would on something I was very nervous about
  4. Something I made being enjoyed by others
  5. A comfy, warm bed during on cold nights
  6. A warm drink on a cold day/night
  7. A cool drink on a warm/hot day/night
  8. A good laugh
  9. Hearing my favorite songs/music
  10. Visiting new places, and seeing new things
  11. FInding out I can do something I thought I couldn't do
  12. Seeing and talking to friends I haven't seen/talked to in a while
  13. Spending time with animals
  14. When someone tells me they were thinking of me, and wondering how I was doing
  15. Enjoying a day/night out with friends, family
What would be on your list of 15 favorite feelings?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Poem: Not by Erin Hanson

I saw a post of this on Facebook, and loved it. I figured it would share it on here as well.
You are not your age,
Nor the size of clothes you wear,
You are not a weight,
Or the color of your hair.
You are not your name,
Or the dimples in your cheeks,
You are all the books you read,
And all the words you speak,
you are your croaky morning voice,
And the smiles you try to hide,
You're the sweetness in your laughter,
And every tear you've cried,
You're the songs you sing so loudly,
When you know you're all alone,
You're the places that you've been to,
And the one that you call home,
You're the things that you believe in,
And the people that you love,
You're the photos in your bedroom,
And the future you dream of,
You're made of so much beauty,
But it seems that you forgot,
When you decided that you were defined,
By all the things you're not.
Remember, everyone, including you, is beautiful in their own right, now matter what their name is, how they look, who they are. More people need to see their beauty, and their worth. No one should be made to feel like they don't matter. Like they aren't beautiful. Like they aren't worthy.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

3 Things I'd Like to Try Before Year's End

There are many things I would like to do/try this year, but I have decided to focus on three at this time (or, at least, I would like to focus on these).
  1. Learn how to play the ukulele.
    For a little while now, I have been wanting to play the ukulele. A co-worker of mine goes to a ukulele group thing on Thursday evenings at a local restaurant, playing songs on the ukulele. I have always loved music and instruments, especially stringed instruments. So, hopefully, I can go to these ukulele meet-ups on Thursdays, once I get decent enough.
  2. Learn how to sew.
    For a long time, I have been wanting to learn how to sew, but never got the opportunity to.really learn how to. I want to be able to know how to fix/patch up clothes if I need to, and to be able to make my own clothes and other items. My mom was able to make my bridesmaid dress for my brother's wedding, and my sister has made several different items, that are very impressive. It makes me want to learn for myself, so I hope to be able to do that sometime this year.
  3. Write a book (or at least start one).
    I love to write, and have had the idea of writing a book for quite some time now. I just haven't had any inspiration for a story yet. I really want to have at least one published book in my life, and to have people enjoy it.
What are three things you would like to try this year?

I know this was only supposed to be three things, but I just thought of one more thing I would like to try this year, which is:
  • Running/jogging
    Normally, I hate to run, but I've seen and heard about how many people love the benefits of running. So, I have been thinking about trying a running/jogging routine at some point this year. I am trying to get myself into better shape, so I am willing to try running, at least for a little while.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Tough Time in My Life

Everybody goes through a tough time in their life, at some point. I have definitely gone through my share of mine.

The toughest time in my life was the last 5 or so weeks of my mom's life, her death, and about 6 or so months after her death.

It was really, really hard to see her so sick, and not able to really do anything. A few weeks after she first went into the hospital, she actually started to slowly improve, so we though we were going to be able to take her home at some point.

That was not to be, though. A week or so later, she took a turn for the worst, and just went downhill from there.

I hated seeing here like that; so sick, and not being able to take care of herself.

When we knew she was going to die, I went to the hospital's chapel, because I was so overwhelmed with the whole thing. We had spend so much time at the hospital with my mom, and it was taking a toll on me. On all of us.

For at least six months or so, after my mom died, I cried at night, and knowing my mom wasn't physically there to comfort me made it worse. I took some time off of school, so I could

Surprisingly, after almost a year, I was ready to go back to school, but I had to wait about a year and a half to go back, for financial reasons.

I had several dreams about her, almost all of them good, making me wish I could tell my mom about these dreams. Now, I seldom get dreams about my mom, which I miss.

These days, I am doing much better. I am still in school, I now have a job, and I am volunteering. I just wish my mom was around to witness these things. But, I know she would be proud of all that I have accomplished so far.

I miss and love you very much, mom!!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My 5 Year Plan

I have been thinking about where I want to be in my life, in the next five years. There are a lot of things I would like to do, and I am trying to get at least some of those done as soon as I can.

So, here is my five year plan:
  • To finish my baking degree
  • To get/start my photography degree
  • To get my bedroom cleaned up and redecorated
  • To move out of my parents' house
  • Have a regular exercise routine
  • Have a healthier/better eating habit
  • To be in a healthy, loving relationship
  • Learn Spanish fluently
  • To at least start writing a book
  • To become a little more outgoing
  • Learn to play the ukulele
  • Re-learn how to play the violin
  • Learn Italian fluently (or at least semi-fluently)
  • Learn sign language (ASL) fluently (or at least semi-fluently)
  • Get my vision re-checked
  • Save up for, and buy, a good DSLR camera
  • Adopt a dog
  • Become proficient in cake decorating
  • Learn how to apply makeup
  • Learn how to sew
  • Learn to love myself (yes, I really want to do this)

Monday, April 10, 2017

100 Things To Do When You Are Bored

If you are bored, and can't think of anything to do, here is a list of 100 ideas, of things to do when you are bored.
  1. Play a board or card game
  2. Visit a museum
  3. Go for a walk
  4. Go for a bike ride
  5. Doodle/draw/paint
  6. Take a long, warm bath
  7. Bake a cake
  8. Bake cookies
  9. Bake brownies
  10. Cook something
  11. Learn a new language
  12. Be a tourist in your own city/town
  13. Fly a kite
  14. Write a story
  15. Garden
  16. Play with your pet(s)
  17. Have a movie day/night
  18. Have a spa day
  19. Practice yoga
  20. Read a book
  21. Call a friend or family member you haven't seen/talked to in a while
  22. Go to a local concert/festival
  23. Visit the local Farmer's Market
  24. Go on a picnic at the local park (or in the living room if it's too bad outside)
  25. Make a collage
  26. Make a vision board
  27. Go bowling
  28. Visit a theme park
  29. Go garage-saling
  30. Go to a thrift store
  31. Learn how to play an instrument
  32. Make melted crayon art
  33. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  34. Volunteer at a homeless shelter
  35. Volunteer at a local library
  36. Volunteer at a hospital
  37. Find other local places to volunteer at
  38. Put a puzzle together
  39. Color in a coloring book
  40. Redecorate your bedroom
  41. Do a crossword puzzle
  42. Have a movie marathon
  43. Write poetry
  44. Write a story
  45. Write a letter to your past or future self
  46. Draw with sidewalk chalk (you are never too old for this!!)
  47. Go roller blading
  48. Binge watch a TV series
  49. Write/create your own song(s)
  50. Make a bucket list
  51. Check out a new-to-you restaurant
  52. Learn how to sew
  53. Bake a loaf of homemade bread
  54. Learn how to juggle
  55. Make a 101 in 1,00l Days list, and try to complete as many of those things as possible
  56. Play a sport
  57. Donate any items you don't need or want anymore (that are in good condition)
  58. Meditate
  59. If you don't know how already, learn how to apply makeup
  60. Try a new hairstyle
  61. Spend the day at a library, and check out things that interest you
  62. Learn how to tie a tie
  63. Sign up for a class at your local community center
  64. Stage a photo shoot
  65. Join a MeetUp group (
  66. Make and give gifts to friends, family
  67. Go on a picnic
  68. Learn about bullet journaling and try it out
  69. Try a different hair color
  70. Visit a new city
  71. Put your physical pictures in frames, scrapbooks, or albums
  72. Do a random act of kindness for someone
  73. Try out a science experiment
  74. Look at the stars, and try and find a constellation
  75. Build a blanket/pillow fort
  76. Visit a zoo
  77. If you have a dog, walk your dog
  78. Watch a sunrise
  79. Watch a sunset
  80. Try skateboarding
  81. Tie dye clothing
  82. Visit an aquarium
  83. Visit a science museum
  84. Try origami
  85. Try archery
  86. Attend a cooking class
  87. Make a homemade pizza
  88. Learn finger knitting (look it up; it really is a thing!!)
  89. If you have kids, go on a daddy/daughter, mother/son, daddy/son, mother/daughter date(s)
  90. See a play
  91. Have a water gun fight
  92. Have a water balloon fight
  93. Make a smoothie
  94. Decorate a pair of white shoes
  95. Learn self defense
  96. Dance to your favorite music/song(s)
  97. Host a barbecue
  98. Go mini golfing
  99. Host a game night with friends
  100. Make homemade lemonade

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Things That Make Me Happy

There are lots of things that make me happy, and I figured I would share what those are.

  • Books
  • Journaling/writing/blogging
  • Baking
  • Feel-good movies
  • Warm weather
  • Rain on a warm day
  • Hugs from loved ones
  • My favorite music
  • Taking pictures
  • My favorite foods
  • Relaxing out on the front porch, or in the yard, on a warm, sunny day
  • Playing the violin
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Bike riding
  • Pets (playing with them, cuddling with them, petting them, etc.)
  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • A very comfy bed
  • Cheesecake (I LOVE cheesecake!!!)
  • The sound of rain (and the smell after a rain)
  • Butterflies
  • Hot chocolate during cold weather days
  • Ice cream on a warm/hot day
  • A good laugh
  • Having people to love
  • Making awesome memories with family and friends
  • Making s'mores
  • Going swimming on a hot day
  • Learning something new
  • Being able to buy things that I want and need, with my own money
  • Making lists (yes, making lists makes me happy!!)
  • Taking an accidental pictures that turns out really good
  • Going somewhere new, and having a good time
  • Being warm on a cool/cold day/night
  • Being cool on a warm/hot day/night
  • Eggless chocolate chip cookie dough (seriously, this stuff is SOOOO good!!!)
  • Flowers
  • Gardening
  • Being in nature
  • Being alive
  • Being me
  • And many, many more!!
What makes you happy?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

3 Wishes

I have been thinking about all the things I would like to do in my lifetime, and these are the three that I would most like to happen (although I know the first won't happen in this lifetime).
  1. To get to see and talk to my mom again.
    My mom died in 2010, and it was very hard on me. We didn't have the best of relationships, but I did love her very much, and hated seeing her so sick, and in the hospital, the last 5 weeks of her life. I did get to say goodbye to her, but I did not want to let her go. I really want to be able to be with her again, one more time.
  2. To have a job/career that I will love, and not really feel like 'work.'
    I have a few passions: writing, baking, and photography. I am currently going for my baking degree, and hope to get more degrees in all three friends in the future.
  3. To travel the world.
    I have never been outside of the U.S. before, and would really love to travel all around, outside as well as in the U.S. There is a lot that the world has to offer, and I want to see and experience as much of it as I can, while I can.
There is much, much, MUCH more that I would love to be able to do, but these are my top three. I hope to be able to enjoy more things in my life, and to have the best life I can possibly make for myself.

Even though this is a three wishes post, I have decided to add one more, because it's something that I really, really, really want:
  • To get married, and start a family of my own.
    I want to get married to someone who loves me for all of me, who won't hurt or try to change me, and who I love very much, who I will love for who he is. I would also love to have children, either biologically, or through adoption.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Enough

I am linking up with Kate Motaung, for this week's Five Minute Friday.

This week's FMF is: Enough

You are enough
You are beautiful enough
You are smart enough
You are loved enough
You are worthy enough
You are talented enough
Is it really so hard to see your worth?
Your beauty?
Your strengths?
Is it so hard to see the worth,
the beauty,
the strength in others?
Everyone has a right
to be who they are,
and does not need to change
for anyone or anything.
Their life, as well as your own,
is worth it,
is enough.
You are more than what other people think of you.
You are the way you are for a reason,
and nothing can change that.
You have always been enough,
and will always be enough.
You do not have to be perfect,
to be enough.
No material possession
determines your worth.
You are worthy of this life,
and this life is worth it.

My Fears

Everyone has fears, even if they don't want to admit it.

I have three big fiears:
  • Death (my biggest fear)
  • Heights, and
  • Spiders
I know, spiders aren't the worst thing to be afraid of, but they creep me out. I won't scream, or freak out if I see one, but I will NOT hold one.

Heights, I have been afraid of pretty much forever. When I went to Montana with my family for a wedding, we had driven partway up a mountain, and had got out to check out the view. I was seriously scared being up that high.

Death, I never seriously thought about, until my maternal grandpa died in 1999. Seeing him like that in the casket, really scared me, and I have been very afraid of death since then.

I am starting to come to terms with death, and accepting it as a part of life, but I will probably always have some fear of it.

Another 'fear' of mine is not finding someone to spend the rest of my life with, and having a family with. I really want to be a wife and a mother, and as I get older, it doesn't seem like it will be happening anytime soon. I'm not in too much of a hurry, but I would really like to be in a loving relationship at some point.

I am also afraid of public speaking, of speaking in front of people. I definitely do NOT like being the center of attention, of being in the spotlight. I always think of what others may say, think, or do when I speak, and I always get stage fright when I have to speak.

I do try to calm myself, and try not too think too much into it, but it doesn't really help. I always get scared, and my mind goes blank when I get up in front of people. I do want to work on this, and become more comfortable in speaking, but it may take a while for that to happen.

These fears are not preventing me, for the most part, of living my life. I still do things that I enjoy, and try not to worry too much about what may happen. I don't want to miss out on life, and want to enjoy it to the fullest.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

10 Things I Cannot Live Without

If I had to choose ten things I couldn't live without they would be:
  1. Books
    I love to read, because I can get lost in a book, and travel to different places, without having to go very far. It helps me to de-stress, which is awesome.
  2. Music
    Music also helps me to de-stress, and I can get lost in it as well.
  3. Notebooks and pens
    I also love to write. As I am a very shy person, writing helps me to better get my point across, and I can be creative in what I want to say.
  4. Blogging
    I know blogging is basically writing, but I had to include it here.
  5. Baking supplies
    I absolutely LOVE to bake, and am almost finished with my baking degree.
  6. Digital/DSLR cameras
    Yet another passion of mine. I am always on the lookout for photo opportunities, and many things catch my eye.
  7. Puzzles
    This is another thing that helps me to de-stress after a long day/week.
  8. Blankets
    I love blankets, and I am one of those people that prefer to be covered when I sleep. I don't know why.
  9. Knitting and crocheting supplies
    Another de-stresser. I love making things, and I always look forward to the finished product.
  10. Chocolate
    Obviously!! I LOVE chocolate, and can't see myself being able to live without it.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Movies I Would Like to See

Because I am busy with work, school, homework, and volunteering, I don't feel up to doing much sometimes, but when I do feel like doing something, it's just to watch a movie, or go on the internet.

Here are the movies I would like to see:

  • Logan
  • Power Rangers
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • La La Land
  • The Shack
  • The Great Wall
  • Rock Dog
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • The Girl on the Train
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Cars 3
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Boss Baby
  • Born in China
  • The Case for Christ
  • Sing
  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
  • Fences
  • Jackie
  • Moonlight
  • A Monster Calls
  • Storks
  • Free State of Jones
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  • The Huntsman: Winter's War
  • The Boss
  • Miracles From Heaven
  • The Fountain
  • Risen
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  • American Sniper
  • Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
  • Spectre
  • Steve Jobs
  • The Lady in the Van
  • A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velazquez Story
  • He Named Me Malala
  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
What is on your list of movies to watch?

There will definitely be other movies I would like to see, but this is it so far.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Death and Life

We don't get to choose our time. Death is what gives life meaning. To know your days are numbered. Your time is short.
That is a line from the movie Doctor Strange, said by the character The Ancient One.

And it is definitely true. We do not get to decide our time. We do not get to live forever, no matter how hard we try.

The first death I experienced (and that I remember) was my maternal grandpa's death in 1999 (I was 13 then). It really scared me, and made me start thinking about my own life. It made me very, very afraid of death.

I know that we can't live forever, and I am trying to come to terms with my own mortality. I am partway there, in accepting it, and I want to make the most of this life while I can.

At this point in my life, I am afraid that after I die, that that is it. That I won't exist anymore.

I know some people don't believe in God, and heaven, and all that. I respect their reasonings, but I myself am not so against the idea of there being something more than this life, more than this world.

I don't think I am afraid of death itself, just that it causes so much pain and suffering, and that I have no absolute proof that I will not stop 'existing' after death. That my sould would be in a better place.

People have told me, as well as me reading, that if you have a dream about someone who has died, that means they are telling you that they are ok, and not to worry or to be sad. I have had several dreams about my mom after she died, all but one being a good dream. It made me feel good, because she was doing good in the dreams, but sad as well, because my mom wasn't alive anymore for me to tell her about the dreams.

I don't constantly think about life and death, about mortality, and all that, but every once in a while, something will remind me of it, and make me think about the future, and what it holds.

Hopefully, at some point in my life, I will be fully accepting of death, including my own. I don't want to be so afraid of death, and what it brings, that I forget to live a full, meaningful life now. I don't want to miss out on all that life has to offer.

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Benefits of Volunteering

For almost five years now, I have been volunteering at my local library, delivering library materials to those who can't make it to the library (due to disability, illness, etc.). It was one of the best things I decided to do, during what was, at that time, the worst time in my life.

I was going through a very tough time, and after a while, needed something to occupy my mind. Originally, I had wanted to volunteer in the children's area at the library, but when the library held a new volunteer meeting, they suggested I do the home delivery program (I did get to volunteer in the children's area after starting that, though).

I wasn't sure I really wanted to do the home delivery program, as I didn't have a license, but they said that was fine. There were (and are) three other people who are the main delivery people for the library.

After almost five years, I am so thankful that I did get to do the home delivery program. I met some really nice people, it brought me out of my shell a little (I am normally a very introverted and shy person), and I am doing something that I really enjoy.

On many occasions, some of the people I deliver materials to have said that they really appreciate what I (and the others) do for them, which makes me feel really good.

By volunteering your time, you get to help other people (and animals), and you get a rewarding feeling of your work, a sense of purpose and belonging. Volunteering may be free, but what you get in return far outweighs money. Your service definitely does not go unnoticed.

Volunteering actually helps raise your mood, you get to do what you love, you meet some amazing people, and you are doing some amazing work for your community. It really is one of the best things you can do!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

My Favorites of Spring

It is finally spring, so I thought I would post my favorite things about spring.

  1. Flowers and trees blooming
  2. The weather getting warmer/nicer
  3. The Farmer's Market starting up again
  4. Not having wear winter clothing
  5. A light breeze blowing
  6. All the different colors coming out in nature
  7. Going on walks
  8. Relaxing out on the front porch
  9. Relaxing in the yard
  10. Finally being able to start a garden
  11. Being able to ride my bike again
  12. Fresh fruits and veggies (that are in season)
  13. Days staying lighter longer
  14. Dying eggs for Easter (and Easter itself)
  15. Being able to open windows during the day (and night) when the weather is warm
  16. Pasta salad
  17. Picnics
  18. Exercising outside
  19. Seeing butterflies
  20. S'mores
  21. The all-around beauty that is spring

Saturday, April 1, 2017

I Am Finally a Working Girl (Again)!!!

I recently started working at my local library, as a shelving aide. Basically, I sort the materials that have been returned, shelve materials that are checked in, and pull materials that are on hold for patrons.

The library is within walking distance, which is really nice. I work three days a week, for about 15 hours each week.

One of the children's librarians, who I am friends with, had been suggesting I apply at the library, and would remind me about handing in an application. I had finally handed one in, around mid-January, but wasn't really expecting to hear anything about it, as I didn't hear anything the other times I applied.

But, I was very shocked when I was asked to come in for an interview, and even more shocked when I got a call saying that I got the job. The day I got the call saying I was hired, I was pretty much on cloud nine, I was so happy!!!

While working in the children's area one day, a little boy waved at me while I was shelving books. It made me feel good knowing kids (at least, some kids) were comfortable enough to interact with the staff. He was such a sweetheart!!

I have been volunteering there for almost 5 years now, so I am pretty familiar with some of the goings on at the library. I still get to volunteer, with the homebound delivery program, which is nice. I didn't want to give it up.

Since my mom worked at the library for a long time, I already knew a lot of the staff there, before I started working, which has greatly helped me with my job.

Hopefully this job lasts a lot longer than my last one (which it seems like it will), and that I will be happy with it (I am very happy with it so far!!).

It feels really good to be able to work again, especially at a place I love going to. The people are nice, the hours are good (and the pay!!). I'm just very happy right now!!!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

Since this week is spring break for me, I decided to go see Beauty and the Beast at my local movie theater yesterday.

I didn't really know what to think before the movie started, but I wanted to keep an open mind about the movie, and wait until the end to form an opinion on it. I must say, though, that I am very impressed with the movie. It exceeded my expectations.

The costumes, the set, the acting, the music, the all was very superbly done!!

I absolutely loved Belle's yellow dress, and how they made up Beast to look. And the ending. That was beautifully done!! I especially loved how Belle stood up for herself when Gaston was trying to get her attention, and her hand in marriage, as well as when she was with the Beast.

I would definitely watch this movie again, and would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about seeing it.

Monday, March 20, 2017

My Spring Bucket List

Now that I have a job, I am more inclined to want to do more fun things, that I am able to pay for myself. Here is my spring bucket list.

  • Get my driving permit
  • Practice driving
  • Get bedroom cleaned up
  • Buy a violin
  • Buy a ukulele
  • Buy a laptop
  • Bike at least once a week
  • Go to the Farmer's Market
  • Fill a sketchbook
  • Start a garden
  • Dye Easter eggs
  • Go bowling
  • Try jogging
  • Donate unwanted items
  • Host a game night
  • Bake something once a week
  • Take nature photography walks
  • Make and eat a homemade pizza
  • Try a new recipe each week
  • Go on a picnic
  • Buy new clothes
  • Redecorate bedroom
  • Practice cake decorating skills
  • Knit or crochet a sweater for my dad
  • Eat out at least one new-to-me restaurant
  • Visit the local Hemingway Birthplace
  • Paint something on canvas
  • Put puzzles together
  • Bake at least one loaf of bread
  • Start an essential oils routine
  • Buy exercise clothes
  • Start a regular exercise routine
  • Re-learn Spanish
  • Learn ASL
  • Make a vision board
  • Learn Italian
  • Learn how to take better pictures
  • Make flowerr crowns
  • Eat from local ice cream shops
  • Publish at least one video on YouTube
  • Learn how to sew
  • Make and fly a kite
  • Host a potluck
  • Visit a free museum
  • Try eating healthier more regularly
  • Become certified in First Aid/CPR
  • Try drinking tea on a regular basis
  • Take up meditation
  • Take up yoga
  • Learn how to apply makeup
I may add more to this list in the future, but this is all I can think of so far. What is on your spring bucket list?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

My Life Bucket List, Continued

More places I would like to go, things I would like to do, and more.

The Chocolate Bar in Houston, Texas
Serenbe, Georgia
Canton, Mississippi
Milton, Delaware
Boone, North Carolina
Abilene, Kansas
Creede, Colorado
War Eagle, Arkansas
Shipshewana, Indiana
Guildford, Connecticut
Capitola, California
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Davis, Oklahoma
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
Berlin, Maryland
Natchitoches, Louisiana
Sitka, Alaska
Hood River, Oregon
Paia, Hawaii
Damascus, Virginia
Shelburne, Vermont
Frederick, Maryland
Grand Haven, Michigan
Cedar Key, Florida
Marietta, Ohio
Healdsburg, California
Franklin, Tennessee
Keene, New Hampshire
Corning, New York
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Pella, Iowa
Galena, Illinois
Archery Tag (saw this on Pinterest)
Get a tattoo that means something to me
See The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker in person
Bar Harbor, Maine
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Lindsborg, Kansas
Mount Carroll, Illinois
Sandpoint, Idaho
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Dahlonega, Georgia
St. Augustine, Florida
Smyrna, Delaware
Chester, Connecticut
Durango, Colorado
Pacific Grove, California
Harrison, Arkansas
Bisbee, Arizona
Seward, Alaska
Fairhope, Alabama
Fill shoebox presents each year, as a family, for Operation Christmas Child
El Caminito, La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentine
Lombard Street, San Francisco
Umbrella Sky Project, Agueda, Portugal
Brouwersgracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
Bregagh Road, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
Cherry Blossom Avenue, Bonn, Germany
Qiyi Street Chongron Alley, Lijiang, China
Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain
Chefchaouen, Morocco
Korankei Valley, Toyota, Aichi, Japan