The Gift of Knowledge!

Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to further my education.

While I may not always enjoy the work that comes along with college (like the 7 hours I spent working on an essay today), I am so grateful that I get to go to college. I’m thankful I get to continue to learn about things that I’m interested in. I’m thankful to get to have professors who are passionate about the subjects they teach. I’m thankful for parents who are willing to help pay for college so that I can focus on school.

I’m just very thankful…I know that not everyone has the chance to attend college for multiple different reasons and it makes me feel so blessed to have this opportunity.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post, guys. Talk to you tomorrow!

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Day Four!

Hello, lovely readers! As you can surely tell by now, my blog title are getting less and less creative, so, if you have suggestions I would love to hear them!

Now, onto what I’m thankful for today.

Today, I’m thankful for YouTubers, entertainers, actors, and those in the entertainment industry who make cool things that I then get to watch. Because one of the best feelings (for me, at least) is getting into my comfy bed and putting on a show, movie, or YouTube video that I enjoy, that I am entertained by, or am relaxed by (or all of the above!)

There are sooo many YouTubers, actors, etc that I could list who I am grateful for, but here is the shortened version: Hannah Hart, whose comedy makes me laugh (expecially her puns) while her life and kindness inspire me; Tim Allen, who I have loved since his Home Improvement days and now enjoy watching on Last Man Standing (because he’s hilarious); Julie Andrews, whose voice enchants me as does her acting; Steve Martin and Martin Short, whom I was introduced to together by their roles in the Father of the Bride movies; and last, but not least,  is Lilly Singh, also known as iisuperwomanii, whose positivity and comedy, much like Hannah Hart’s, both inspire me and entertain me.

So, today, I am thankful for these folks and many more. You know what else I’m thankful for? That you guys took the time to read this post! Thank you so much- it means a lot to me! Talk to you tomorrow!

Day three of thankfulness!

Today, I’m thankful for the right to vote. While I’ll admit politics aren’t my favorite thing in the world, they are very important and I’m thankful to have the right to help choose the people who run our nation. In addition, I am also extremely grateful to the men and women who fought so that I could have this right. Thank you. Without you and your hard work, I wouldn’t have this privilege.

That about sums it up. Today’s blog is short, sweet, and to the point (much like people’s prayers before a meal when they’re super hungry-ha!) Nonetheless, I hope you enjoyed it! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read it!

 

Day two of gratitude!

Yesterday, I blogged a little bit about how I am thankful for Christ and His love. Today, on day two of this gratitude challenge, I am going to take a few minutes to write about the second thing I’m thankful for…

Music. Since I was young, music has been something I’ve loved and have enjoyed. As I grew older, my love for music deepened as I became involved in numerous musical groups, both at school and at church. My senior year of high school I got to school early almost everyday to participate in a musical group and, yes, I was tired, but I was also happy because I was so immersed in what I loved (and what I thought I’d end up doing as a career for the rest of my life.) As I’ve continued to grow older and have moved into college, my involvement with music has slowed down, but nonetheless, music is still something that makes me very happy and has a very special place in my heart.

So, today I am grateful for music. I am grateful to currently be involved musically again for a period. I am grateful that I got to listen to an amazing jazz ensemble in my Jazz Appreciation class today. And, lastly, I am grateful that music is always there to comfort, encourage, and aid in the expression of emotions.

A time to give thanks…

Yo, yo, yo- I’m back (and clearly as weird as ever!) It’s been a while, but nonetheless, I’m trying to get back into blogging.

Today is the first day of November and with November comes Thanksgiving, a day to reflect on the things in life we are grateful for. But, I want to extend it into a month of thankfulness…let me explain. I just finished watching a YouTube video by one of the vlogging couples I am subscribed to and in the video the husband was talking about how he wants to tweet out something he is grateful for each day this month. This, in turn, made me want to blog everyday about something I’m grateful for, so here it goes…

Today, I am thankful for Jesus Christ and the plentiful love, mercy, and forgiveness He shows me each and every day. I have been a Christian since age 13, but recently, I haven’t felt as connected or close to Christ, which is something I am taking steps to work on. Even in my times of wandering, Christ has never left me or abandoned me, and I am so thankful that He is faithful even when I am not.

I will also (most likely) be sharing an image to go along with what I am thankful for each day on Instagram, so go follow me at www.instagram.com/megdiane12, and comment below with something you’re grateful for! Thanks for taking the time to read this. Talk to ya tomorrow!

– Megan

Counting my Blessings

Hey everyone! It feels like it’s been an eternity since I’ve posted anything on my blog, but I’m back!

And today, I’m taking a moment to reflect on one of the many blessings in my life. As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and going to a few friends’ pages, I realized something: I am so incredibly lucky to be at the same college as my boyfriend and my best friend (that’s two ways to describe the same person, just to avoid any confusion. :p ) With last weekend being Labor Day weekend and most students having a three day weekend, a ton of my friends that are away at college came home to see their families, friends, and their special someone (if they have one.) As most college students probably did, I saw multiple posts from people in long distance relationships because of college saying how happy and thankful they were to get to see their boyfriend/girlfriend. And as I looked through my own Instagram page, which is filled with selfies, pictures of my dog, and pictures of me and Michael, I realized how thankful I am that I don’t have to wait weeks to see Michael. While couples at different colleges might have Skyped, called, or texted each other, I got to be with my boyfriend in person, just cuddling on the couch, enjoying the nice weather we’ve had today, and taking silly pictures, which is a normal thing for us. I see Michael almost everyday of the week whereas a lot of other couples I know go weeks without seeing each other. If I want to cuddle and watch a movie with Michael, we can just pick a day of the week to do so rather than having to wait to be able to do a simple thing like that. The purpose of this post isn’t to depress people in long distance relationships or to say that my relationship is better because it’s not long distance, but rather the purpose is to reflect on how thankful I am to have Michael living literally 6 minutes away from me. ❤ I’m so very, very blessed just to have a sweet, amazing guy like Michael, but I’m even more blessed to get to spend as much time with him as I do. ❤

And here are a few of the pictures we took today (we’re complete goobs and can’t take a normal picture to save our lives. :p )

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When Life Gets Hectic…

Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yolk upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yolk is easy, and My Burden is light. Matthew 11: 28-30

To say the least, the transition from high school to college has not been smooth. At all. It’s been full of stress, tears, and exhaustion, and it still is. But tonight, I realized that even though I always say I try to be optimistic, I haven’t been doing a very good job of that lately. I’ve been sulking, and complaining, and throwing myself a big ‘ol pity party.

Even though my reaction is normal and a part of our human nature, that doesn’t make it helpful. Focusing on the negative rather than the positive makes things seem so much worse than they actually are, and from today on, I’m going to do my best to focus on the positives in my life and all the things I have to be thankful for rather than how tired I am, or how much homework I have, or whatever else may be going on in my life.

And I have so many things to be thankful for. The fact that I have the opportunity to go to college and to continue my education is a huge blessing, even though I take it for granted way too often. There are people who would love to go to college and further their education, but can’t because of financial issues, and I’m thankful that that’s not the case for me.

I’m still at home with my family and I get to see them everyday rather than being away from them for weeks at a time. With still being at home, I have my own bedroom. I have my nice comfy bed rather than an uncomfortable dorm room bed. I have a bathtub that I can soak in and relax when homework and school are stressful, and more than that, I have my own bathroom and can shower barefoot without coming in contact with who knows what.

I have an incredible, wonderful, loving boyfriend who I’m lucky enough to be at the same college as and to get to see almost every single day of the week. I have a shoulder to cry on when things get to be too much, I have a best friend to laugh with on the good days and the bad days alike, I have a better half to lean against and rely on when things are not going so well. I have unconditional love, support, and care, and that’s something I can’t put a price on, but I am so, so, so extremely thankful for, and I love Michael to pieces.

I have a Heavenly Father who never leaves my side, even when I stray away from Him. I am loved beyond what I can even begin to imagine by the Creator of the Universe, and I can trust Him to take care of me and guide me through everything, including this new chapter of my life. I can come to Him for rest when I’m weary and I feel like I can’t go on anymore, and He will carry me and strengthen me.

Life may be stressful and busy and a little bit (or a lot) overwhelming right now, but when I take a step back and realize how blessed I am and how much I have to be thankful for, everything just seems to be a little bit easier.

It’s not going to be easy, I can tell you that, but I’ll get the hang of this college things eventually.

Update time!

Hey guys and gals! Sorry it’s been so long since I posted anything! I was lacking ideas and I tried writing a few random posts, but they just weren’t working for me (excuses, excuses, I know.:p )

But, I finally decided to just give you guys an update on what’s going on in my life, so let’s get to it!

Monday, Michael and I started college! Yay! Or more, kind of yay. 😛 In complete honesty, the past few days have been a little bit rough, but hopefully things will get better soon! College is a bigger change than I thought it would be, and it’s going to take some adjusting and getting used to! But, I’m so thankful to have Michael by my side through all of it and for all he does to help make the bad days better and easier. He’s just wonderful. ❤

As far as classes go, this semester I’m taking five classes (15 credit hours total) and they’re all general education requirements, which so far seems to mean lots of books( I bought/rented 12 books total. :p ) and lots of homework, which is already proving to be a bit overwhelming so we’ll see how this semester goes. Luckily though, I have plenty of time to work on homework between classes, but unfortunately, it gets a little lonely being by yourself for three hours at a time, so I’m still having to adjust to that!

So far, I haven’t really gotten involved or made new friends like everyone suggests you do your freshman year of college, but, in time, I will. Right now, I’m working on simply adjusting to the differences between high school and college, and then I’ll look at joining clubs and being a little bit more social. I’m more on the shy side, so I have to adjust to my new surrounding and become more comfortable before I really start talking much, and that’s what I’m doing right now.

But, looking on the bright side, while this week has been a little rough, not having a dress code is pretty awesome! I went to a private, Christian high school, and while we didn’t have uniforms, we did have a fairly strict dress code which did not include yoga pants, leggings, or any athletic wear basically. So actually being able to just throw on yoga pants and a t shirt for school is a huge plus for me and I’ve taken advantage of it the past few days. :p AND, we have a Chick Fil A, a Taco Bell, and a Starbucks on campus, so I’m pretty happy about that.

I mentioned him briefly a little bit earlier in this post, but I am so, so, so thankful to have Michael with me to help make this transition easier. Even when the days are long, rough, and hard, knowing that your best friend and your better half is there to listen to you, to be a shoulder to cry on, and to cheer you up is such a blessing, and I’m so thankful that Michael is here with me to do that, and that I’m here to do the same for him. I really don’t know where I’d be without him by my side, and I’m so thankful I don’t have to find out. ❤

And I think that about covers it all! My life isn’t all that exciting at the moment. :p I get up, go to school, do homework, hang out with Michael, and go home and sleep and repeat the next day. College is busy and challenging, even in the first few days, and I will definitely be glad when Friday rolls around!

Thank you guys for taking the time to read my post, it means a lot to me, and I will see you guys again soon!

Personal Musings

Today, I just need to let loose and talk about a thought I’ve been having, so if you’d like, continue reading for a glance into my mind!

Hey guys! I apologize for not posting anything new in almost a week! I’m trying to get back to blogging though. 🙂

Today’s post is a bit of a personal post for me, just to write about things I’ve been feeling. If you’ve read my about me page or visited my social media pages, you probably know that I love music. Music has always been something I’ve loved and enjoyed, even when I was a little girl, and as I’ve gotten older, my love for music has continued to grow and grow. My freshman year of high school, I auditioned for my church’s praise team, which was a huge step for me because I was very shy, and the summer after my freshman year, I started going to praise band rehearsals and performing and worshipping with the group. My junior year, I started attending a private high school (I had been homeschooled before this time) and joined my high school’s choir and women’s ensemble (basically a small women’s choir), and continued participating as a part of my church’s praise team. This past year, my senior year, I continued participating in choir and women’s ensemble at my school and praise team at my church, as well as joining my school’s praise team (my school was a small, Christian school and we had bi-weekly chapel where we performed and led worship.) I say all this to convey the message that music has been a huge part of my life for the past three years. And as graduation has come and gone and I’m transitioning from high school and college, I’ve outgrown all these groups, choir, and women’s ensemble, and the praise bands, and today, I’m realizing how much I miss them and how much I miss having music in my life that way. For the first time in three years, I’m not a part of a musical group and I don’t have rehearsals or sound checks or choir concerts to go to, and even though my identity lies in Christ and not in music, it feels like something is missing from my life, like a piece of me is missing. Music is such an amazing, magical thing, and it’s so personal to each and every person it touches, and it has touched my life so deeply and has become a huge part of me and of my life, and not having it in my life feels strange, and it’s difficult to understand.

Hopefully, as college starts, new musical opportunities will arise, but until then, listening to music will have to suffice.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and listen to me talk about what goes on inside my head! I appreciate it so, so much and I’ll see you guys again soon!

Blogging Recognition Award!!!


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Hi everyone!

I was so so excited and honored to find out this afternoon that I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by the lovely Nicole, and you guys should totally go check out her blog by clicking on her name above! She’s an awesome blogger, and I think you guys will enjoy her blog just as much as I do! Thank you so much for nominating me, Nicole! It means a lot to me and it made my day. 🙂

How my blog was started

Previously, I had been blogging just a little bit on Blogger, Google’s blogging service, but I was never very into it. However, as my summer progressed and I got more and more bored, I decided to start blogging again, to give me something to do and to be a creative outlet for me. At first. I thought about just using my old blog, but I wasn’t able to customize the appearance of my blog as much as I would have liked to, so I decided to give WordPress a try, and I’m so glad I did because it has been amazing and I’ve found so many blogs and people here that are just wonderful. 🙂

Advice for new bloggers

My three pieces of advice for new bloggers are:

1. Don’t be afraid to interact with other bloggers

Interacting with fellow bloggers can be a great way to meet other writers and maybe to even gain more followers. Comment telling someone why you enjoyed their post, or why you enjoy their blog in general, or share an experience that’s relevant to what they posted about. As a blogger, I know I enjoy when people comment on my posts because it’s nice to get feedback and constructive criticism, and I’m likely to follow people who comment on my posts, so commenting is a good thing and you shouldn’t be shy about doing it!

2. Use tags. A lot of tags.

Tags are a great way to make it easier for people to find your posts. For example, if I’m writing a post about yoga, or I’m asking people who do yoga for advice, I’m going to use the yoga tag so it’s easier for those interested in yoga to find my post. The same is true of when I was doing Blogging University’s Blogging 101 course. When I wrote a post for Blogging 101, I used the Blogging 101 tag so other bloggers who were participating in the course could easily find my posts. Tags are a very helpful tool, and it’s definitely okay to use as many, or as few, tags as you want. Don’t be afraid to use 10 tags on one post if you want to, but also don’t feel like you have to use that many if you only want to use 2 or 3.

3. Be yourself

Blogging is meant to be a fun experience and a way to express yourself, so don’t put pressure on yourself to be “perfect” or to write about things that you don’t want to write about. Find topics that you’re interested in and are passionate about, and blog about those. Write about experiences you have and tell why you liked or disliked them. Customize your blog and make it look how you want it to look, be that girly or neutral colors or whatever else you like. Big a blog name you like, and make a tagline based on that.

Just make your blog your own! Your blog is a place to write your thoughts and about your experiences, and it should reflect you and what you want it to reflect.

My nominations

1. Type One Writes

2. Gertie’s Journey

3. Leaf and Twig

4. The Totally Serious, Absolutely Professional Blog

5. Summer Does Things

6. Disneyinspiredstuff

7. Being Woke

8. GoPro Starter

9. Draw and Shoot

10. Bespoke Traveler

11. Pursuit of Life

12. Animal

13. Needle and I

14. Vintage Reflection

15. Home is What You Make It

** Rules**

1. Select 15 other blogs to give the award to,

You may not nominate yourself or the person who nominated you.

2. Write a post showing off your award.

Be sure to include a picture of the award (you can right -click and save the image above to do so. ) 🙂

Write a bit about how your blog got started, give new bloggers a little advice, thank the person who nominated you, etc.

Be sure to include a picture of the award (you can right -click and save the image above to do so. ) 🙂

3. Comment on each blog and let them know you nominated them. Leave a link so they can find your post nominating them. 🙂

4. Leave a link to the original post over at Edge of Night so your nominees can refer to this post to find the rules if necessary and to avoid confusion.

Thank you guys so much for reading this post, and thank you Nicole for nominating me for this award! Have a great night guys!