Dear Younger Self – A Letter to the Girl I Used to be

Hey y’all! I’m back after way too long. I’ve missed talking to you guys. This summer has been crazy but I’m finally learning how to bring some sort of balance to the craziness and squeeze in some time to chat with y’all. I finished school and started working full time. Probably enough explanation. I suppose it’s something a lot of high school grads have to figure out when they enter the workforce. 🙂

Today is kinda different cause I really wanted to write a note to my younger self. If you have a younger person(s) in your life (which I’m sure you do), make sure to take a minute to encourage them, inspire them, tell them the truth about themselves. You don’t know how much that can impact a young mind – world changing!

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**Above: one of my senior pictures. That’s the girl who’s talking. **

I finally got to tell the younger me what I always wished someone would have. Writing it all down was somehow incredibly healing. Almost like I was able to go back in time and give that girl the advice and encouragement she really really wanted. It meant so much to be able to be that person. Yeah, it sounds weird, but that’s okay. 😀 Continue reading “Dear Younger Self – A Letter to the Girl I Used to be”

Top 10 Posts of 2017

Happy New Year, ya’ll! I’m super excited about 2018. I’m not much for ” new year resolutions” since I always fail them within three days. However this year, I’m doing something a little different. I’ve written down all my goals for 2018. Being able to look at the list as something to work towards rather than to change myself for is a much more inspiring focus! 🙂

2017 has been a great year over all. Yes, each year holds it’s own trials and troubles, but they dim when compared to all that we’ve learned, accomplished, and experienced. While I want to get on with the new year, I thought it’d be great to take a peak at the most loved blog posts of 2017. Which ones made it into the top 10? Check them out below! Continue reading “Top 10 Posts of 2017”

The Dust Bin of History: Art Attempts From Before I Became an Artist

Every artist has a story of how they got where they are. Some are natural prodigies who paint beautiful pictures from age eight. For many of us though, our pasts are marked with more failures than successes. I was convinced that I would never become an artist. I wanted to, but I didn’t “have what it takes” or so I thought. And indeed, I am certainly no prodigy!

I thought it would be fun to share with ya’ll where I come from. Starting when I was about six, I’ll lead you through the years right up to the present. 🙂 Continue reading “The Dust Bin of History: Art Attempts From Before I Became an Artist”

One Year Blogiversary!

Today marks the one year anniversary of LoveNotes! I’m so excited with how far we’ve come, and how far we’ll go in this next year. I have learned so much through blogging. Being a steady blogger is certainly not for the faint of heart and I must admit that sticking to a schedule is something I try to accomplish but regularly fail doing.

If you were given the chance, what is the one thing you would improve, change, or love about this blog? I’m giving you the chance to say it! I would absolutely love to hear your opinions in the comment section below! While this blog is my outlet, it is ultimately for you guys and the glory of God.

You all are awesome for joining me throughout this first year of trial and error. I have many goals and dreams for this blog and only time will tell what happens. 😉

My quote for this year hits me right between the eyes every I time I read it. I tend to be a little too timid and afraid of what others will think.

“If you are doing it for the glory of God, then why are you hiding it in your drawer?”

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My Testimony – The Full Version

As I said in a recent post, I felt strongly prompted to share my story. I did a very short version on The Day I Finally Gave Up. Here’s the long version. I can’t believe that I’m sharing this with you all, just to be perfectly honest. It makes me feel very vulnerable because it’s a very personal thing to me. 🙂

I may be only sixteen, but God has worked so much in my life. I have seen his power and felt his love in a true and personal way and I want to share that story with you. I’m not sure how to describe it all, but I’ll do my best. Continue reading “My Testimony – The Full Version”

From the Best Day of My Life {Pictures}

Which was the best day of my life? Easter. Yes, Easter of this very year. You can read why here. Actually, that post was written the day before, so I’ll explain a bit more. The reason Easter was so special, was because I had finally given everything up to God and learned who He really is. I could finally celebrate his resurrection with energy and zeal. No pangs from a guilty conscience.  Continue reading “From the Best Day of My Life {Pictures}”

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful readers!

In my little corner of the world, there is much joy at the remembrance our dear Saviour’s birth so many years ago. I hope there is a spark of this peace and happiness in each of your homes and hearts wherever you are on this planet.

As you celebrate this great day of joy, remember why He came. Not to take over the world, or show off, but to show us what a godly life looks like, lived out, and then He died a horrible death to be a perfect sacrifice for our sins that any one who believes in Him is saved. With His Spirit in our hearts, we no longer need to fear death. Isn’t that incredible? And that is what all this feasting and merriment is all about! So I encourage you to live this day in celebration  of Him, remembering the true “reason for the season”!

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Christmas Traditions

I enjoy fun Christmas traditions. They’re not only sweet, but can be a great help with interacting with family and friends. So maybe you generally spend Christmas by yourself? That’s fine too! There’s plenty of things you can do as a single.

Don’t have too many traditions, though!

The holidays can quickly become overwhelming if we aren’t careful. So… rather than having a gazillion traditions, select the ones that you feel would be the most meaningful and draw you closer to Christ and the reason of his birth. Also, some traditions may take a lot of time while others only take five minutes.

Here’s a few Ideas:

  1. Host a simple (or elaborate if you wish) Christmas Party.
  2. Find simple ways to share some kindness into someone else’s life which could include:
    1. Caroling with family, friends, or your church
    2. Taking cookie plates to the neighbors
    3. Something simple as saying a cheerful “Merry Christmas” in the store rather than the normal and mundane “happy holidays”.
    4. Simply sharing an extra dose of kindness in everything (see more on this here).
  3. Make Christmas cookies, candy, or some other special Christmas food.
  4. Use candy canes in decorations, food, and beverages as a quiet reminder of who Jesus is (see the post about, The symbolism of the Candy Cane).
  5. Make handmade cards to send to elderly/lonely acquaintances.
  6. Don’t end the Christmas celebration on December 26! Leave your decorations up ’til the new year arrives.

So there are a few ideas. Got your brain going? It’s okay not to feel inspired at first. The most important thing is the silent worship and adoration of the King that takes place within your heart. It is from this place of complete adoration that we can truly celebrate Christmas in a way that Jesus enjoys. Imagine him being right there with you; joining in the festivities (or the lack thereof). Do you think that he feels your heart in it, or are you a couch potato friend to him that would rather watch a movie and drink your coffee alone? However you choose to commemorate Christmas, remember to have a very merry Christmas.

Delaware Bay Digitals

I had never been to Delaware. Nor did I think I would ever want to. I don’t know why I felt this way, but I had a certain distaste for the state. But since I’m a person who loves new sights, I decided that it would be okay to travel down along the Delaware Bay on the way home from a recent trip (which you can also read about here and here).

We stopped at a pullover along a gravel road that ran alongside the water front close to the mouth of the bay. Several large piers extended out into the water, and would have provided an excellent place to take photos from, but due to my uneasiness of heights and the moving water below, I quickly decided I would do better with ground shots. So, I took shots of the piers themselves which, actually are an icon of waterfronts, and bring up nostalgic feelings for me.

So I ended up enjoying Delaware after all!! And though I still like Maryland better, I think it’s a beautiful state. 🙂

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