{27 THINGS YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO DO . . . and probably never thought of}

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2 7   T H I N G S   Y O U   W I L L   N E V E R   B E   A B L E   T O   D O   I N   Y O U R   L I F E :

1. cut your whole lawn with only scissors (I mean, technically this is possible, but idk?? lol)
2. cross your legs and drive a car
3. see yourself without looking at a mirror or photo (THIS THOUGHT ALWAYS FREAKS ME OUT)
4. completely stop blinking
5. walk on the ceiling - julia
6. swim to deepest part of the bottom of the ocean
7. eat while hiccuping 
8. stop reading this post right here and now and go no further attt allll (I DARE YOU. I mean, *cough* jk jk xD)
9. read every book in your library in your lifetime (not likely, anyways, and if so WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING WITH YOUR LIFE OTHER THAN READING ???)
10. touch a real star
11. splash underwater
12. own 0 books in your entire lifetime (HONESTLY IF ANYONE DOESN'T OWN A SINGLE BOOKS EVER THAT'S JUST WRONG like it shouldn't be possible *shakes head at the thought*)
13. stop eating (but honestly, why would we want to??...)
14. not have a pool noodle sword fight in your lifetime
15. meet every single human in the town you live in
16. speak whale like dory can:

17. use/speak all the words that exist in the world (in your language)
18. ot make a single typo in your life (WE AREN'T PERFECT)
19. fluently speak all the languages in the world
20. remember every moment of your life
21. make yourself younger (BUT WE CAN STILL BE KIDS AT HEART, RIGHT??)
22. walk around the whole world on foot (I mean, *ahem* we can't exactly walk on water, people)
23. snap your fingers and make your bed
24. know another persons thoughts other than your own
25. watch the princess bride and not be able to quote anything
26. eat all the different kinds of food in the world
27. use a cardboard box as a boat

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*silently moves forward with post with no last note whatsoever*

we spontaneously did sparklers the other night and I got these pics ARENT THEY SO COOOLLLL (also, my bro makes really cool artistic shapes somehow?? I can't even make a legit heart lol) *feels slightly proud of myself for figuring out the settings to take this style of pic on the spot* it's a good feeling to feel a growth in confidence and knowledge in my photography - as it was kinda a self-goal this summer for myself *thumbs up to self* XD

p.s. SCHOOL IS STARTING SOON. WAHT EVEN. *squints at Julia 'cuz she went and graduated without me* hahahaa

have any others to add to the post?? have you done sparklers this year?
when does school start for you?

lets live

R E C E N T N E S S || volunteering + I GOT TO SEE INSIDE THE BACK OF THE LIBRARY

Monday, August 07, 2017

R E C E N T   L I F E N E S S -

T H I S  M O R N I N G -
it rained and i wanted sleep but alas, work called. *feels like I never really woke up this morning*

R A N D O M N E S S -
spontaneously went blueberry picking. loving salt water taffy waaayyy too much. failing at keeping my room clean. looking at all the lovely fonts to download to use. trying to keep my open tabs to a limit. falling for the pretty school folders (they actually have pretty colors now gaaaahhh). lots of 50 cent frosties. scuffed + scratched phone case (I drop it a looootttt). new sunglasses. a new dress that I'm going to fix & alter. feeling kinda sad cuz AUGUST. wishing summer could stay forever.

W R I T I N G -
welllll, it's on my planner to sit down and figure out my novel. currently, I'm helping Julia with something of hers sooo *is still kinda being productive*

S U M M E R  R E A D I N G  E V E N T -
so I volunteered for a the libraries summer reading finale this year and OMW IT WAS SO AWESOME. we set up the event and had a bunch of fun with the other teen volunteers. I lugged a 5 gallon thing full of water balloons outside and then guys I GOT TO SEE THE INSIDE OF THE BACK OF THE LIBRARY. I mean, I know my library super well, but I had never been in the back before and it was soooo coooolll.

but the actual thing was also pure epicness. Basically it was 50 teens let loose with nerf guns in the library playing capture the flag, then there was a pizza party, and theeennn, a water war. so the water war had a water balloon battle (one of my friends dunked the remainder of the bucket of water on me *squints*, dunk tank, slip n slide, and water shooters. basically, I got purely soaked. like, so soaked, guys. BUT IT WAS SO AWESOME 

what are some random things that you have done/have been feeling recently?
have you ever volunteered for something before?

monthly overview

{JULY IN REVIEW} || we went camping + summer reading finales + updated design

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

J U L Y - 
- went camping with my whole family - this was so awesome and I ate a lot of chocolate and s'mores and hotdogs  and read a bunch and lived in french braids XD

- went to one of the summer reading finale events. the one for our other library is this week!! nerf + water war battles here I come. I'm actually gonna be volunteering to help out this time *grins*

- learned that I don't have as much time for reading anymore *all the sadness* also WILL THE LIBRARY STOP WANTING THEIR BOOKS BACK SO QUICKLY *has a ton of books I still need to read on my shelf* 

- had an awesome time having our grandparents over - I haven't seen them for yeeaarrrsss. it was so much fun and I miss them sooo much 

- basically every time I walked into my room this month it was a mess (legit idek how many times I cleaned that thing this month xP)

- worked a bunch and tried not to melt in the heat BUT I SHALL NOT COMPLAIN

W R I T I N G -
^^ I would say this gif explained writing for me this month to a T

uhhhhmmm. so I lowered my goal more than once this month, simply because life just got so busy and I just wasn't feeling my novel too well. At the same time, I made a lot of awesome memories this month :D

I lowered my goal and ended up with 15k for mainly three reasons:
1. time - LIKE DOES THIS EVEN EXIST ANYMORE
2. tired me - I keep falling asleep with my lights...or .2 seconds after my head hits the pillow. it doesn't leave much time for reading, let alone writing xP
3. the second part of my novel just doesn't seem to be cooperating - this has been really hard, it just doesn't feel...right. somethings off, and I think now that the stress of nano and having to write is over I'm going to sit down and figure out what I need to do *nods* *is hoping i won't have to scratch everything i wrote this month* 

but omw my cabin mates did SO amazing!! congrats to everyone who participated - even if our stats sometimes say otherwise, we are all winners <33

R A N D O M   M O M E N T S -

little sis: *points up* look! a pack of birds!

- waking up in the morning and realizing I fell asleep with my lights and they were on all night #whoops
me when kayaking: it's so beeeaauuttiiffuulll
julia when kayaking: *points* hey look at that weird tree branch!

me: *is sitting on porch steps outside* *stands up without realizing phone is on lap*
phone: *flings down cement stairs and bounces several feet onto cement driveway*
me: *grimaces*
phone: *is somehow still okay*

me: *makes pudding*
pudding: *is all eaten in 30 seconds*
siblings: CAN I LICK THE BOWL

- running out into our weeds/backyard with my bros and watching a firework fest nearby us in pitch black darkness

- when your older sis makes cinnamon rolls for breakfast and you come home after work eagerly awaiting the deliciousness...then you find out there aren't any left
- making seasoned pretzels and thinking they didn't rly turn out and then you look at the pans a half an hour later and they are basically all gone

- when your five yr old sis sees your grandparents for the first time since she was a baby and she comes to you later and casually goes "I like grandma and grandpa"

- my five yr old sisters definition of what us sisters do and why she loves us: "you tell imaginary stories, make cakes and desserts. aaaanndd you take us in the pooolll, and you paint our nails and go on bike rides and brush my teeth!"

julia at restaurant: let's play tic tac toe!
julia: *closes car window*
me: um. julia?
ju: what?
me: you seriously just closed my hair in the window
ju: *laughs hysterically*
me:
- my first kayaking trip!! it was around four hours and a blast (note to self: next time bring snacks & water, 'kay?)

me: *bakes bread*
me: *comes back two hours later* HEY GUYS WHERES THE BREAD
dad: um. gone?...
me: two loaves?!
^^ note the theme of food being devoured this month. summer does this, people 

- sitting outside and shucking corn with my five yr old sis <33
me: *comes home from errands*
bro: *sees portable closet thingy that we bought* ooohh a wardrobe! I hope there aren't any lions and witches in there 

packing for camping:
me: where did your clothes go?
five yr old sis: they are down there! I smooshded them. But I had to take my bear out so I could fit my pillow 
(btw she packed all her self and omw she actually knows how to pack??)

me when packing: *tries to stuff more books in backpack than clothes*

sis: *comes into my room with fly swatter*
me: watcha you doing?
sis: looking for flies to kill *casually leaves*
me: *whispers in five yr old sisters ear* you're beautiful
sis: well. you are beautiful-er

F A V   P O S T S -
i cant do it all by mary - basically this post really described me lately. perfectionism is a strong enemy and time thief. xP It's really been hitting me lately that I cant do everything and I need to stop expecting that of myself. so yes, this was an epic post <33
{dreams and callings} the best is yet to come by audrey - all of  Audreys posts are so inspirational and relatable but this one is probably one of my favorites. it's so amazing and so true
camp nano july 2017 // you can do it by hannah - I also really related to this post. xD I love how Hannah always manages to put the truth into such simple, straightforward words.

I seriously loved so many of all your posts this month guys, but honestly, *clears throat* I just forgot to save the links. whoops. xD 

J U L Y   G O A L S   A C C O M P L I S H E D -

honestly, I completely forgot I even had any goals this month. I was just too busy living July and only remembered on the 30th that I even had set them. oops. XD

- complete nano. enjoy writing, don't stress - wwwweeeeellll. I completed nano, but sadly, I can't say I enjoyed it all. BUT I WILL BE WORKING ON THIS *nods resolutely* 

- look into a journaling bible - so I forgot to do this but I still want to xD

- listen to the online sermons my mom told me about - yep! still working through them 

- read a bunch
- yeess. a lot for me this summer, anyways. like 98 hrs total for summer reading so far *cough* and I'm behind?? *blinks*

A U G U S T   G O A L S -

- try not to think about the next month that is coming + don't stress about school coming (I'm excited for my subjects, especially my science, but I'm just wondering how in the world I'm going to add school into my already crazy schedule. xP) omw summer is going so fast. basically like this:
- figure out what's going on with my novel + what I need to do with it

- take lots of photos to capture moments and memories

- organize my closet + figure out some storage solutions 

- prioritize + accomplish things that need to be done + live life
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GUYS JULY IS OVER WAHT EVEN it was so busy but so awesome and i'm so sad it's over. also, why in the world are the stores bringing out school stuff?? *has mini heart attack* ANYWAYS lets forget about that nonsense, 'kay?


on a side note, I changed some stuff around here, if you haven't noticed. do you like it?? plz dont say otherwise cuz omw the html was being such a pain *ahem* XD

how was your month?? is your summer going as fast as mine?
what do you think of the updated design??

lets live

{BEACH PICS} || recent stuffs & feels + learning not to push my own limits

Monday, July 24, 2017

R E C E N T   L I F E - N E S S  +  F E E L S   I N   N O   P A R T I C U L A R   O R D E R  -

my first kayaking trip (note: bring snacks + water next time). gma and gpa visiting. blueberry donuts. long car rides + cramming all the luggage on the car floor. waves splashing. taking lots of photos. foggy skies. new camera card = new possibilities. discovering 'rogue one' on netflix (will be watching this again soon!!). going to the library to plan new teen events. early morning rising. working at the CSA. walking a total of 600+ steps to get to the beach. all-you-can-fill frozen yogurt (get cookies and cream it's ammaazinngg). falling asleep in the car ride home against gpa's shoulder. new shoes. wading in the water. ice cream. mozzarella cheese sticks. watching 'the finest hours' again. snuggling with 5 yr. old sis on the couch. barefeet + walking on the beach. falling asleep with your bedroom light on. extreme nerf wars. talking about photography with my gpa. almost being done with our house redo. baking bread. frizzy beach hair. hugs. lots of hugs. saying goodbye. "it's the hardest part. the leaving." as my gpa said yesterday. being busy. learning to be more patient with myself and my limits. striving/learning to crave Jesus and His word more. enjoying every moment. living life. <33

what are some things God had been teaching/bringing to you lately?
what's up guys?? tell me what you have been up to! <33

thoughts

the world needs more encouragers + YA today || {WE HAVE SUPERPOWERS}

Saturday, July 15, 2017

the world needs more encouragers.

sometimes, a bit of encouragement, or even a smile, can be the difference between life or death. it could make a difference that you may never even know about on this earth!

"keep going. keep writing. keep doing what you're going." << an elderly man from the blueberry patch we went to said this to me. my sisters and I just randomly started a conversation and soon we were chatting with five other people as we picked up a bunch of blueberries. XD We heard a lot of their travels, and they wanted to know what we liked to do, and wanted to do in the future. he said that before we left, and wow, I never knew a few simple words could really mean so much. but it's true.

we have to keep going. we have to keep writing. we have to keep doing what we're doing.

WE are the generation that can stand strong and defeat the "normal" YA books of today. we are the writers. the voices. the storytellers.

we can break the silence.
we can do this.

But it's not easy. It's not easy to stay strong, follow Christ, and stay on the straight path. It's not easy to be abnormal. face it, it's hard. It's gonna be hard. We don't just start on the straight path, we stay on it.
life following Jesus isn't normal. it isn't easy, but it's worth it.

This is why we need to encourage more. We have the power, why don't we use it? my younger siblings have played a game where they ask "what super power would you have if you could have any one you want?"
well, guys, this is real. We have the power to make an impact. We have the power of encouragement - the power to make words that are clean, enjoyable and God-honoring. The power to smile, to speak words to strangers, friends, and family and tell them about Jesus. 

We all have superpowers. Let's use them.

has anyone ever said something encouraging that has really made an impact for you?
do you use your superpowers enough?

hello there fellow human. i'm sarah - the introverted extrovert. just a teenage girl who apparently likes to embarrass herself {as you will see here}

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