Saturday, October 31, 2015

Jornal Jar Prompts

Hey everyone! A little while back I wanted to get back into journaling, so I came up with the idea of making a Journal Jar (it's simply a jar full of writing prompts that I can pull out at random whenever I want to write). I decided to blog about it (the post is linked here) and a few people expressed interest seeing the list of prompts I actually ended up putting into the jar. So I thought I'd go ahead a list them in a blog post!

First I just wanted to tell y'all how I came up with the prompts. Some I found online. If you just google "Journaling Prompts" tons of list posts with many ideas come up. I looked at many different sites and just picked and chose which ones I wanted. I also made a few up. While searching online, I got a couple ideas for something else I thought it would be really fun to write about.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fall Bucket List #GalPalHoliday

Hey everyone! So today I've got a really fun post to go along with a really fun link-up! This month is called Witched, Ghouls, and Goblins. Follow the other posts on social media with #GalPalHoliday!
For this link-up, I decided I was going to compile a list of "fall like" things I've either done and really enjoyed or that I have yet to do in my life but really want to experience. Hopefully, I might even get to do some of these things this fall! I'll mark the ones I not have done like this (*). Enjoy and let me know if you do any of these things!
*Pick Apples at an Apple Orchard
*Carve my monogram into a pumpkin
*Hike in the NC mountains
*Spend a chilly morning drinking hot chocolate with a friend
*Have a pumpkin photo shoot
Go to a pumpkin patch
Bake pumpkin bread
Bake and/ or Decorate cookies
Give out the candy on Halloween

Friday, October 23, 2015

School Spirit in the Fall- Outfit

Hey everyone! So fall has hit North Carolina! I really love fall and fall clothes. So today I thought I'd share one of my fall outfits that even encorporates school spirit! I really hope y'all enjoy this outfit. I hope to be posting more as the weather gets even colder!

Shirt: UNCC long sleeve
Pants: H&M leggings
White Puffer Vest
Shoes: Keds
Earrings: Kendra Scott


Monday, October 19, 2015


My fire is giving kids with special needs a chance to grow and fear will not extinguish it.
For most of my life, I've had the desire to teach kids with special needs. I knew these children were not merely just "special" but "wonderful" and "remarkable." I knew what these kids needed was someone who loved them enough to help them grow. I believed I was that person. I knew I couldn't touch every child's life, but I knew I could make a real difference in my own classroom one day. So I set my sights on achieving just that. This was my fire. I got into the college of my dreams as a pre-special education major. Each day I go to class gets me one step closer to owing my fire.
But I have met some opposition along the way- mostly in the form of fear. I feared that people wouldn't understand my fire. I feared that  I hadn't listened to God correctly and that this was not my fire after all. I feared that maybe I wasn't called to teach. I feared I didn't have the ability to make it happen. I feared I had it all wrong.
Today, I'm telling the world that my fire is stronger than my fear. I'm letting the world know that I am capable of giving kids with special needs a chance to grow. I'm showing the world what I'm made of. I'm owing my fire.
Now I want YOU  to own you're fire.
It's wonderful.
It's powerful.
It's important.
I want you to fill in the phrase:

My fire is _____ and _____ will not extinguish it.
Tweet it. Blog it. Facebook it. Instagram it. Post it to Tumblr. Tell your friends and family about it. Whatever it is you need to do to get it out and proclaim it to the world. You have a fire inside of you just dying to be seen. Show it. Own it.
This generation has the potential to change the world. Lets not let it go to waste. Own your fire.

(Thank you to Firework People and Ashley Beaudin for the beautiful graphics!)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fall Break Recap!

Hey y'all! I just got done with fall break and getting back into classes, so I thought it would be fun to just kind of do a run down on how my fall break went! I didn't go anywhere too spectacular. I didn't hang out with too many different people. BUT I did do some pretty fun stuff I thought I'd share. So my fall break ended up being a little longer than usual. My math professor canceled class Friday afternoon, so I was able to start my break at 11 o'clock on October 9th! We had the weekend as well as Monday and Tuesday off. Then to make things even better, my education professor canceled class Wednesday morning, so I didn't have to go to class until Wednesday afternoon! Yay! It was so great to have worked out this way!

After class on Friday (as well as part of Saturday), I spent some time putting together a fun Journal Prompt Jar! I blogged about it too; so check out more on that from the post linked here.

So Saturday night my family and some family friends with to a German restaurant to celebrate Oktoberfest! The food was awesome and we had some great laughs, too bad we had to walk through the mud to get to our cars at the end of the night :/ But even with the mud it was a great way to spend a Saturday night!

On Monday, I was really feeling the fall spirit and really wanted to get crafty. So I picked up a little pumpkin at the grocery store and decided to paint it. I blogged about this too; so check out the detailed process from the post linked here.

Lastly, my break was ending on Wednesday morning and my dad was leaving to go visit my grandma and grandpa for a week. But before I went to class, and before he headed to the airport, my mom, dad, and I were able to get some breakfast at Waffle House. I had a chocolate chip waffle and orange juice (too yummy!). It was a great way to end my fall break!

Overall, fall break was just what I needed. I was feeling exhausted and worn out. What I really needed was some relaxation and some fun times with my family. And that's just what I got. I was able to return to school reenergized and so ready to take on the rest of the semester! By the way, I really enjoy doing these life update type posts, so if you like reading them let me know so I can try to do them more often!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Pumpkin Painting!

Hey everyone! I've been on fall break and it's been feeling more and more like fall in North Carolina, so I just had to sit down and paint a pumpkin. So I thought I'd be fun to share a step by step process of my little craft project. I so hope you enjoy!

Here's a picture of me with the finished project (I just had to get a picture for Instagram right?!):

I just started out with a big black circle:

I then added polka dots in many fall colors all over the pumpkin:

Lastly, I added my initial!


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Journal Prompt Jar

Hey y'all! Today I want to tell y'all about a simple little project I just started- my journal prompt jar!

So let me preface this post with some quick background: a few weeks ago I was having a hard time getting to sleep and I was starting to let things get to me and stress me out. I know what it's like to be super stressed; I didn't want to do that to myself anymore and frankly I needed some sleep! So I decided I'd try journaling before bed to help me. I've always loved to write and Lord knows I've got enough notebooks to handle my ramblings for a while. I found that it was working. But I also found that my writing always focused on what I did that day, which was only moderately effective in shutting my brain down.

So I thought journaling prompts were a good way to kind of focus my writing. So I decided to make a journal prompt jar. 

It's really simple- I just looked online for journaling prompt I liked or ones I felt like I'd really be able to write about and added some of my own. I typed them up and cut them out into individual strips. 

Then I just put them in a jar that was already at my house. The plan is to pick one out of the jar each night and just write! 

I thought this was a really cute and fun idea that I just had to share! If y'all want to see the prompts I put into the jar I can totally do a blog post on it- just let me know if that's something you'd want to see! And I'm on fall break right now so I've got a craft project planned that I'll be blogging about so keep a look out for that one too!


Monday, October 5, 2015

18 Things I've learned in 18 Years

1. You're dreams may evolve or change altogether, but never give up on them. We're crazy sometimes. Sometimes we realize our dream isn't something we want anymore and something else is truly want we want. No matter what that dream is, no matter how may times its changed, don't give up on your dreams. Always go after your dream. 

2. You're important too. In the midst of helping others, never forget your own worth. Your just as important as everyone else. You deserve amazing things. You deserve respect and love. 

3. Love always conquers hate. It's easier to hate, it's easier to get stuck in too. Love isn't always easy, but I promise you it'll prevail. 

4. Sometimes you need that day you don't get out of bed. It's ok to take a break. It's ok to rest and don't ever feel less about yourself because you feel tired. 

5. Chinese food will always be delicious. It'll always be my favorite. End of story. Fried rice? YAS. 

6. Take the time to learn about other countries and their culture. It's important to recognize that things exist outside of your own experiences. Taking the time to branch out and learn about those things will enrich your life. 

7. You'll never regret being kind. If we're being honest, we aren't always kind and we don't always want to be kind. But if you make it a point to be kind, even in those moments of weakness, you'll never regret it. 

8. Ya know- mom and dad are right sometimes. I think to the countless times they tried to take control of my decisions and how mad I got about it. Now I know that they knew exactly what I needed and where I belonged. 

10. Always desire to discover new things. No matter what it is. Gaining new knowledge is always a good thing. Ignorance isn't bliss. 

11. You're not perfect. And that's 100% ok. No matter how hard we try, we'll never be perfect. There's always going to be something. But let it be encouraging to you that there's absolutely nothing wrong with imperfection.

12. DANCE Never give up a chance to dance and have fun. It's those moments that make you feel alive. 

13. A relationship with God is so necessary and so beautiful. The older I get the more apparent this becomes. I can't put into worlds how I truly feel about Him. I'm just so happy to know that I can grow to know a God who loves me so unconditionally. 

14. Life is to short to focus on tomorrow. Live in the moment. Thinking about tomorrow will stress you out. Living for today will make you happy. 

15. Reality TV will always be too good to pass up. Call it the proverbial train wreak if you will, but I'll always be obsessed with reality TV shows. What's not to love about Big Brother and Survivor?!

16. Life flys by. Enjoy every minute of it. I may only be 18 years old, but I've honestly found this to be so true. I blink an eye and I feel like a day, a week, or even a month have gone by. So I really think it's important to find the joy in everything.

17. You can never have too much jewelry. Well maybe you can, but that doesn't make me love it any less!

18. You're going to judge and have bias, that's normal, but that should NEVER effect how treat anyone. I believe this to be one of the most important things my parents have ever taught me, like ever. So may things happen when you choose to put any preconceived ideas about someone and just give them a chance.