[5 THINGS TO DO TO CALM STRESS -- what i do] + putting your trust in God and worrying less

Saturday, December 09, 2017

i've been reading in Psalms lately and SO many times it says to hope in God, to not fear, and to not worry. In Him, we should trust. basically, that got me thinking about stress and how much time we waste on it (me, anyways xP) so, we all know about stress and how just plain annoying it is so I'm not going to talk about it except to share a couple tips i've found/use on how to push back that stress!


  • A D U L T   C O L O R I N G   B O O K S :
not that we are adults or anything *cough* BUT THESE THINGS ARE SO COOL. although, this can be counter active to the whole no-stress thing depending on your personality -- but personally, I really love this. i'll often spend around 15 mins in the evening doing this and listening to music or an audio book

  • T E A  /  C O C O A  /  C O F F E E  +  B O O K S :
plug in some Christmas lights (or even grab a blanket and sit by the tree), and read a fav book you haven't read for a while

  • B I B L E   J O U R N A L I N G  +  P R A Y E R :
so I haven't officially done this yet myself (BUT I SO WANT TO) -- but I do take lots of notes [basically I write all along the margins *cue reading upside down from continual notes that go around the whole page* ah hahaa xD] also lots of underlining and boxing in with colorful pens. its a great way to calm down and spend time in God's word while being creative. and guys, just pray, okay? that's probably the biggest "tip" I could give you. trust me

  • [ M U S I C ]   C H R I S T M A S  /  J A Z Z  /  C L A S S I C A L  /  P I A N O :
basically anything calm, and without lyrics. [however awesome they may be, they can be distracting] add a candle and a soft blanket and pillows and it'll be amazing, trust me. also, music with any of the above suggestions is basically perfection 

  • B A K I N G :
okay, so this /can/ be a stressful thing if everything blows up or goes wrong (or you burn oven mitts on the stove top -_-), BUT, it can also be really nice and calming. bake something random, or just a pan of brownies. put on before mentioned christmas music and get going! [T I P : make sure your work space is clean before beginning + clean as you go - it helps a bunch]


so these are a couple things that I do to help calm stress -- just remember that God didn't give us life to spend our time stressing about it. in stressing and worrying about what we can't control we are basically just telling God we don't trust Him, and, even if we don't realize it, it's true. 

'...do not fret -- it only causes harm.' 'the Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall i be afraid? ... though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this i will be confident.' psalm 37:8 + 27:1 and 3

so, guys, we don't need to stress and fear 'cuz God is with us. with God we can be without worry. with God we can be fearless.


[WHAT I CREATED FOR EDITING] + why you should print your novel in spiral bound to edit

Sunday, December 03, 2017

editing. scrolling through a document, getting lost, and trying to figure out what in the world you are doing (+ getting headaches from all the previously said scrolling)


it started when I saw that you could print a spiral bound book off lulu and suddenly I knew what I wanted do. *cue random inspiration moment* basically, I made up my own thing and went with it. I knew what I wanted, and I figured if no one else was going to make it I'd make it myself (this was actually julia's bday gift I made a couple months ago lolol)

basically, it's your book. printed out. with lots of extra space between lines to write in. extra width on the margin to write notes on. an extra blank page for notes after every chapter. and a bunch of blank pages at the end to write in.
^^ YOU HAVE TOTAL PERMISSION TO WRITE ALL OVER THIS THING but be kind to yourself and don't destroy it, for the sake of the book and yourself xD

I   P R I N T E D   M Y   N O V E L   T O   E D I T   I N   +   W H Y   Y O U   S H O U L D   T O O :

  • because its your book and you wrote it and you deserve to hold it in your hands !!!!
  • it's not official. so if you wanted to wait until your novel is completely done to print out, look at this as a step between the two
  • because YOU CAN WRITE IN A BOOK c'mon, we all know it's forbidden. but not with this thing
  • you can carry it around in your backpack and don't have to worry about it dying (no charger necessary, guys)
  • it's a place to keep all notes and editing in ONE place. don't mess with a thousand documents and the said scrolling. just, don't.
  • its so aesthetic you'll be excited to start editing TRUST ME. ITS WEIRD
  • DID I MENTION IT'S SPIRAL BOUND???! like, dude. I love spiral bound so SO SO SO SO MUCH. like, you can fold it over and it's not in the way and you don't have to use your arm to hold it open (we all know this struggle xP)
  • when reading on a screen it's hard to notice all those typos - it's easy to glaze over stuff on your laptop. in a printed out form you notice things waaayy more
  • IT'S DISTRACTION FREE. no internet embedded in this book, people. it's also cleanly formatted - which helps your eyes and mind to focus easier
  • easy to flip around, but keep your place.
  • it's also good for rewrites. make the edits in the book, then later, use the book as you go along rewriting it onto your laptop


we all dread editing (most of us, anyways -- some of you lucky beans out there actually /like/ it *is jealous*) REGARDLESS, here's my solution that I created to help with the horribleness of editing -- or even just a way to make it more motivating for any writer out there - DO THE THING!

[if you guys are interested in the actual /making/ of this book -- like the formatting -- comment below saying so. if I get enough people interested, I may just have to do a tutorial!]

btw if anyone has any questions i'll be waiting by the mailbox for the next few days waiting for my copy to come xD [PICTURES TO COME]


[a review - WHAT WAS UP IN NOVEMBER] aka randomness + THIS MONTH WENT BY SO FAST]

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

L I F E   I N   N O V E M B E R :

  • thanksgiving happened +the christmas event + my bday
  • stayed up until 2am a couple nights this month getting stuff done *squints*
  • took a lot of photos [hence the photo dump in my last post - LIKE I HAVE TO USE THEM, GUYS]
  • discovered this really neat board game called "ticket to ride" SUCH FUN - but watch a youtube video to learn how to play it. the instructions are nuts
  • remade a pie crust four times BECAUSE SOMETHING WAS WRONG AND THE DOUGH WAS LEGIT MELTING i still think it was our oven
  • did some Christmas shopping:

W R I T I N G   T H E   W O R D S :

I LOVE COUPON CODES SO MUCH THEY ARE MY FRENS (besides you guys, of course *cough*)

BUT OKAY I printed out my unfinished novel to edit because it needs rewriting and I just feel like I need to be able to look at it in legit book form (I get so lost scrolling thru Word tho). and now the wait for the thing in the mail yaaaayyy

U T T E R   R A N D O M N E S S :

julia: *bangs cereal box on my head* oh wow sorry that was a total accident
5 yr old sis: if the sky was green it would match the ground and then we would bump into it all the time because they look the same

"aren't you glad our lips aren't inside out?" - ju
me: *jawdrop*

time change + julia at the dentist = this ^^

"steak is my best friend ever" - six yr old sis

seeing how fast you type is actually really fun. I got my speed up to 103 WPM OMW

me hearing in background:
*slap* HA. I FINALLY killed that fly! - bro
julia: *is struggling to open package of cheese*
me: *watches julia struggle*
julia: *continues*
me: .....
julia: ugh fine *tosses package over* open it

mom: julia you really sound sick!
julia: Im not sick. I have a cold. 
me: ....
so it was snowing and I opened the car door and then all the snow that had been on the door FLEW ONTO MY SEAT and then Julia laughs *squints*

when a friend asks what you are doing for your bday
6 yr old sis: "so you know when I was a little kid - like when I was four"...

very randomly made a chocolate cake with my mom
so I just deleted exactly 500 emails MY OCD IS HAPPY

"you know I eat water?" - sis

julia and I tired from prepping for event =

coming outside after our event to see it's pouring rain and this older lady just goes "ew"

I was hanging out at our booth and this guy comes up to me and goes "I just met your mom!!" and I'm like "My mom?? I didn't think she was here-" and then he goes. "oh. um. wrong booth" and i'm like:
having some young girls from other booths hang out at our booth and teaching them how to knit and crochet <33

so I was looking up backpacks and yep IVE ALWAYS WANTED A LEAF BLOWER, like, ????????????????????
so I was leaving in the morning and said "goodnight" instead of "goodbye"and my dad just laughed (this was the last day of the christmas event jsyk. don't judge)

ALMOST DELETING ALL MY RANDOM MOMENTS thank goodness for recently deleted tho
^^ my little sis tried to guess how to spell my name. maybe this should be my new signature?? XD

julia randomly in conversation: so we are going out for your bday tomorrow because we can't go on thanksgiving 
me: what
me: wait. what?
^^ it was a blast tho XD

I accidentally burnt oven mitts on the stove top. AND I CHECKED TO MAKE SURE IT WAS THE RIGHT BURNER NO JOKE and all I was doing was boiling water

me: *squeezes paint bottle* why isn't this coming out?? -- oh. oooopppss.
me: *plugging in phone to charge*
why isn't it going in?
^^ I was trying to put it in the headphone jack. whoops

"are you really turning sixteen or are you just a robot?" - 8 yr old bro

my alarm went off and I legit had to lay there for 30 seconds trying to figure out why in the world I was supposed to be getting up 
I woke up and looked up at the shelf above my bed and um. basically this book is like this 8lb. book on the history of america. I use it as a book end. *cough* 

little sis: *whispers in my ear* my wiggly tooth is even wigglier!

me and julia be like:
F A V   P O S T S :
stress just isn't worth it - by jonathan - an excellent post on how stress just isn't worth it. READ THE THING.
nanowrimo week #4: lots of movie watching and I wrote "THE END!" - by katie - KATIE FINISHED HER NOVEL AND FINISHED NANO BEFORE THE THING EVEN ENDED AHHH everybody head on over to her blog and give her congrats and pizza k
WHY I'M THANKFUL TO BE THANKFUL (2017) // I'M REALLY TIRED BUT ACTUALLY REALLY HAPPY + APPLE PIES MMMM - by ju - yep actually linking my sisters post. but read it if you haven't, k xD
why perfect isn't worth it + thankfulness - by hannah - hannah wrote an awesome post about perfectionism and thankfulness that is totally a must read xD

N O V E M B E R   G O A L S   C O M P L E T E D :

  • do a fallish craft and/or bake - berry pies, apple pies, sweet potato pies, pecan tassies, and other thanksgiving stuff - and a chocolate pie THAT WAS SO AMAZING AND SOMEHOW I FORGOT TO TAKE A PHOTO OF IT (and it was a custard filling which was actually really interesting to make)
  • hang out at the library and/or coffee shop and be all writerly 

  • stay warm - except for that one night setting up our event. it was in a barn so basically it was as cold as outside which was like 30 degrees or something. IT GOT VERY COLD AFTER OVER THREE HOURS.
  • start Christmas shopping + prep - FINALLY STARTED ON THIS - I have plan to make plans for Christmas-ey stuff for next month ("plans to make plans" *shakes head at self*)
W H A T S   U P   D E C E M B E R :

  • and hopefully writing and school and blogging and reading and all that good stuff
  • also a meeting at the library that involves pizza YOU CAN'T GO WRONG THERE

G O A L S :

  • read more [cocoa + christmas lights + books = amazingness]
  • get ready for christmas without stress [LISTEN TO LOTS OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC]
  • get my book from lulu and plan a starting/end date ???? we'll see xD
  • plan crafts + bakes to do with the fam

november was an amazing month. thanksgiving, an event (THAT IS FINALLY OVER WHOHOO), my bday, and lots of hanging out at the library and coffeeshop. [guys. I got to sit in a nook at the library and read. how weird is that tho]. life just happened, and it was great. hope you had as awesome as a month as I did <33



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