Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Blogger question

Hello Lovely Readers,

I have a question should I get a twitter account to promote this blog. A lot of bloggers I follow and when they suggest ways of growing their blog they recommend twitter. I don't have a twitter account but I could really use advice bloggers and twitter users. 

Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks,

A little bit of joy

I have a little Facebook page called Delightful Scribbles one of my favorite blogger Soundtrack to I Do liked my page. It is nothing big but I did say in my blogging goals I would celebrate little achievements and I consider this an achievement. I love her blog and follow her wonderful photos on Pinterest and I am honored she likes me on Facebook.
Check out her blog, she writes a lot about weddings, wedding music and wedding photography. She also writes a bit about her life and her faith. It is a great little place for this girl this girl to escape. Thanks Colleen for your inspiration. 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Love is in the Air

One of my favorite bloggers Desirous of Everything and a few other bloggers have started a February Comment Love Challenge. Here are some of the things she wrote about the challenge:
I don't know about you guys, but I sort of live for comments on my blog.  A blog comment let's me know that someone is actually reading what I wrote and that someone actually liked it enough to say something about it.  I mean, that's kind of a big deal right?

So are you up for the challenge?  Here is how it will work.  When you link up below, your blog will appear on the first four blogs and creators of this challenge.  We encourage you to follow all of these blogs if you do not already!  Adding your blog to the linky tool means that you are ready to participate in the Comment Challenge which starts February 1 and ends on February 14 just in time for Valentines Day!  Get it?  Comment Love??

What do you need to do?  Comment on at least 3 blogs a day for two weeks straight.  The purpose of the link devise below will encourage participants to comment on fellow participant's blogs.  Discover new bloggy friends and start conversations.  However, you are allowed to comment on any blogs that you like. 

I hope you look at her blog Desirous of Everything join the challenge and spread the love with your comments. 

I have been watching the 1st season of Gilmore Girls
so to start this spreading of the love here is a great love scene...
"I love you, you idiot"

A little bit of light

"Why does anyone lie? Cuz we're scared? Or crazy? Or just mean?... There's a million reasons why a person lies... But sometimes, you tell a lie so big... that it changes your whole life... Lie's so big... it makes you think... "
-Willy Jack Pickens "Where the heart is"

It came to me to me in church... it is a long story. My church is going through the book of Luke and today we read the text of Luke 11:1-21, 29-35. We read it in kind of a mix up order but the part of it that stuck out to me was the part about Jesus casting out the demon of a man. I know because of Hollywood we think of demons in probably an odd way, my pastor talked about the movies like The Exorcism, of course I just watched the movie Disney movie Hercules so I had the image of Pain and Panic in my head. Any way, whatever we imagine is probably not right. The way my pastor described it was Satan can tell us lies about who we are, and sometimes we can get a relationship with those lies more than the truths God created. 

I know this is very true of myself. I don't know how or when but some where in my life I was told that I was unworthy of love. I wasn't actually told that but I hear it whispered in my ear a lot. I have believed and clung to a lie that I was unworthy of love for so long. I have love in my life but sometimes I feel like no matter what I do I won't be good enough for the love that is around me. Or in other words there is this standard to be met and what ever I do I can not meet the standard. 
Like a pole vaulter now being able to get over the bar
It is a deep trapped feeling and it is not a happy thought process... so I don't know why I cling to this lie. But my pastor said that spiritual forces exist to lie and destroy all the good in the world. It is true when I am in a good place with the Lord these lies don't whisper to me but when I have pulled away from the Lord they are at their loudest. But these spiritual forces can be defeated. The most important way to counter act this is a life of prayer. Through this life style we allow more light to come in and see less darkness. 

I think this will be an on going thing. I obviously still carry many scars around with me. 
Then we discussed Luke 11:9,10

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."

We have to keep to asking God. Asking God shows our venerability and it shows that he is in charge. Then we have to seek. We have to seek out the directions from God and the places in our lives that need to change, or the places that we still have darkness with in us. And knock, we can't just ask because it is not just about what we pray it is mostly about our actions. My pastor said the quote..
Pray like it all depends on God, then when you are done, go work like it all depends on you.
(It is very important that it is in that order)

The quote from Where the Heart is came to me as I was walking home from lunch. I wasn't wondering so much why we lie, I was wondering more why stick with the lies. We know they aren't true but I guess like Willy Jack Pickens said "we are scared" and we let the lies grow so big they just become a part of us. But we all need a let a little bit more light in our lives and let go of the darkness we carry around. This might be a life time journey. 

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Sunday Song

All Sons and Daughters- Let It Shine

The band preformed this song today at church and it really resonated with me. 
I am still processing the sermon it was really good and insightful into my life. 

Hope you had a good weekend.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Don't judge me by my pin boards

Okay you can judge by my Pinterest board... 

I mean after all I have "planned" my whole wedding via Pinterest and I am single. 
Best to make fun of myself
And yes I have planned out my entire imaginary wardrobe and I never go clothes shopping
 and designed my future dream home. 

But I have used it mostly to find pretty and funny pictures to use for my blog.

But I have also found great songs and videos on it. 

And my obsession for Downton Abbey, Gilmore Girls, Jane Austen, Coffee and Chocolate, 
and all things pink are quite obvious.

But yes I do collect recipes I hope to one day have to have the skills to make. 

And yes I do have pin boards dedicated to being a hopeful romantic and to flowers I like. 

And I have a board dedicated to all the places I want to see. 

I even have a board dedicated to men I have Hollywood crushes on 
(there are too many to show pictures of).

And for my rebellious side I have a wall dedicated to the tattoos I would get if I was to ever get a tattoo. 
(Don't worry mom... I am not getting a tattoo) 

But seriously if your not on Pinterest what are you waiting for.

Here is a little tutorial.

If you want an invitation you can contact me and I will be happy to send you one.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On your mark, get set... go!

Go the Distance- from the movie Hercules
Good motivation for the start of new semester. 

Today was my first semester of my spring semester and my first semester being a full time grad student. Now I won't usually post about every day in school... I don't want to bore you guys. But I want to celebrate this small accomplishment of going full time. As much stress as it causes me my grad school is a big BLESSING for me. I have wanted to go to grad school since I was in undergrad but I took a year off so I could claim independent financial status. But then due to personal reasons I had to make a year off a year and a half off. I have also been going to school part time for the last year and working full time so to have the stability now where I can go to school full time feels AWESOME. Last night I was thanking God that he has allowed me to go to grad school and he has kept this door open. I am also lucky/blessed that I get to go to school in a city I love so much. 

Let me start off on a good note. Today with the weather you would not know it was the end of January. If you remember on Sunday I posted pictures of the snow around Boston. Well today the high got up to the 50s. I grabbed an ice coffee after my second class to enjoy while I am doing homework. I even saw people sitting outside during my lunch break... it does not feel like winter. 
Snow mostly melted from Simmons Campus

I also caught up with a friend in the cafeteria, and we had lunch together and I saw my roommate twice in on campus. Last semester I never saw her I guess, not that I will be on campus more I will see more people.  That will be nice not to be running into class after work or running to work after class. But I sadly think that is where the good news ends. 

After my first class I was doing to many things at once and dropped my traveler mug in just the right place where the handle broke off.  It can still hold coffee... but I won't be using it on the T any more. 

Also I did have a Legally Blonde moment today where I was not prepared for my management class. It wasn't as bad for me as it was for Elle Woods because most of the class wasn't prepared... due to a miss-communication about where to find the syllabus. Which means instead of doing one week's assignment I now have to do two weeks.

I don't know if this is good or bad but I am thankful that I don't have a Valentine this year because both my Tuesday classes have assignments due that day and it looks like I will spend the weekend before Valentines Day and probably Valentines Day in the library doing homework. 
My Calendar for Valentines Day 
I know you probably don't need to see a picture of my calendar but I did make a blogging goal to take more pictures of life and I thought it was funny. 

Again I don't think you need a picture of my desk but in my blogging goals to take more pictures of my life I thought I would share that right now my desk is pretty organized but I am sure in a few weeks it will be covered in papers. (I will keep you posted). 

Well now I should hit the books at least until Parenthood tonight. 

Have a good day!

I am no artist

I am not an artist but I have loved to draw (really doodle) since about 6th grade. I have never really pursued it in any way what so ever because I always saw my my mom as the artist in the family. I have also liked fashion so when I was in high school I filled the sides of my notebooks of drawing of cocktail dresses. But I must admit that I also love drawing wedding dresses. I have bought Bride's magazines to find dresses to draw. Bridal magazines photography have models that stand normally, instead of all bent over or twisted around like most fashion magazines, so I find them easier to draw.

Here are examples of my drawings...

I have also tried to add color.... 
I think I have to upgrade from crayons but it was all I had.
This was a drawing I did for my friend before she got married. 

With my love of Downton Abbey and my new love of Edwardian fashion I am trying to draw dresses from that time period.
I am also working on drawing sleeves. 

I think I will use Pinterest to get more fashion ideas to work on my drawing.
Thanks for looking at my drawings. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Blogging goals

I started this blog post...in earlier January but I never posted it because I realized it sounded like I was whining.  

I am a small time blogger but sometimes I wish I was a big blogger, it might be vanity. I first started this blog thinking I would just share my creative writing the story I was working on at that time. But soon I realized I wasn't writing a lot. Then last spring this this blog just became about my life with inserts of my story. But I guess in someways I thought one day this blog would be explosively big. My dream was a blog like the one Julie Powell had in the movie Julie and Julia.

But I am still a small time blogger dreaming of one day being a big blogger with 100s of followers and lots readers. Right now I sit at 18 followers and a small little Facebook page where I post everything I write. So though small I try to have a presence on the social media front. 

But who wants to read a blog of some one just whining. I have read lots of lots of bloggers I follow that give hints on how to grow them my favorite come from one of my favorite bloggers Desirous of Everything in her post What I have learned about blogging this year so far. Maybe I like it so much because she mentions my blog. But was reading her blog that I was inspired to put my blog under construction in August to boost its appearance. But I also found a new blogger I like A Law Student's Journey.  She blogs a lot about crafts. While I am not a crafter (but if you are... I really recommend it). But she has a post called Tips to Grow your Blog. I feel in some ways I want my blog to grow but I also want it to be a place where I stick to my statement on top. 

I am the kind of person that believes in love, believes in sappiness, believes that God has a grand plan for it all, and I am enjoying the journey of figuring it out.

But there are more things I would like to do...

1. Include more music. In my post Music of my life  I said "I like music but I am not a music expert. I can not play a note of music because I never learned how to read music and I can't sing but that doesn't stop me from singing in my shower or at church. I also can't tell the difference between a melody and harmony. But I still love music all kind of music too.." So to be true to my music loving self I am going to post more songs. I will post them near the top of my post so you can listen to them as you read

Here is one of my new favorites...
Love is Waiting- Brooke Fraser

2. I will try to take more photos of my life. While I do love pinterest and will continue to use it. I want to take more of my own pics to share with you my lovely readers. Of course I only have the camera on my phone... I will try to take more pictures to share my life. 
Like this picture, I took at my Dad and Step-mom's house, 
it inspired my post In want of Womanhood 
and part of my story A Blooming Flower

I am setting those two goals now and when I think of others I will share with you.

Things that will continue...

1. I will post about my story. I started this blog primarily to show off the story I was writing. But now it has turned into a blog about my life, faith, and dreams. But one of my major dreams in life is to be an author so I will of course be posting more about my story. If you want to read it in it's entirety (up to date) I have set up a blog just for my story you can find it here. Of course on the right hand side are all the links to it. 

2. I will write about my life. Rather it be about my faith, my love for Jane Austen, Downton Abbey, Gilmore girls or books. It might also be about what events/struggles are going on in my life. I have loved people reading these and either making comments/suggestions or giving me virtual hugs. I have always used this blog as kind of a diary and I will continue to do so.

3. I will keep celebrating my little and big triumphs like when I reached 100 post or 100 followers. Or when I write pages in my story. Or when I finish a semester in school, or when I finally school (that will be a big triumph).

 Hope you enjoy the journey too.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Snowy Days in Boston

"Snowfall (kind of love)"-Ingrid Michaelson
Good song for this kind of weather

Hello lovely readers,

Here in New England we can't say winter really starts till January. I think it is so we can convince ourselves that winter won't last forever. But I think I can say winter has come to Boston. Last Sunday when I checked the weather before going to church I checked the weather on my phone and it said 6 felt like -12. By the time I left church it was 12 and felt like -6. Even though I have lived in Boston for 6 years I still don't know how to dress for that weather (maybe you just can't). Over the week we have had flurries of snow but nothing that stuck. But yesterday we had our first snow. Now it wasn't much but I took some pics of it.

Right now I like the snow, when I was home watching it come down it was nice and quiet. I made myself a cup of hot spice tea and watched a movie. Even when I went outside it seemed like the world was quiet. It was very nice to have an excuse for a quiet day.

Now it wasn't much snow but I took some pics of it on my walk home.  

The Fens under snow

I love seeing paths of people who ventured away from the sidewalk 
I was trying to capture a couple walking through the snow
Icicles from a car. Also the thing I don't like about the snow... when it turns to brown.  
I don't have a great view from my window but here is the park across the street from me. 
The little sparrow on the top of the tree... very brave birds to brave the cold. 
I liked seeing the red berries on this bush. 
The fence of the park...I liked the contrast between the black and white