I know that you and I do not always get along, but we sure have weathered some tough times, have we not? Though it has not been easy, or especially fun, I have something very important to say to you now.
This will probably be one of those "I never thought that you, of all people, would say this to me" moments, but what the heck. I like you a lot. No, it's more than that. I love you. Yes, this is from me. I know that I've been a friend to you, and I've also been your mortal enemy, but I have discovered that you are a pretty darn cool person. This is real, not one of those you-did-something-really-awesome-and-I-worship-the-ground-you-walk-on type things. I love you for who you are, because you, my dear, are amazing.
I love how you smile and laugh and make others succumb helplessly to giggles. I love how your personality draws people in until they feel like they have known you forever. I love how you take the time to do thoughtful little things for others without thinking about it twice.
I admire your struggle to be you, how you can fail, forgive yourself, and try again. I admire the strength you show when you have none at all, the way you continue to give when you've got nothing left. I admire that you do not see asking for help a sign of failure, or asking for a hug a sign of weakness.
I love how you live with passion. You pursue things with all of your heart, and though you do not always succeed, you never give in. I have watched you accomplish huge things in your life. I have seen you take pride in your victories, and I have rejoice for you, also.
I have learned from you that no matter what praise you receive from others, you must be pleased with yourself to truly be happy. I have learned that loving yourself, faults and all, is a really hard thing to do. But I do love you. It has not been easy. Hard times have come before, and they will again. We are not perfect by any means, and I can assure you that there will be times when I will be furious with you. Just never forget that I think you are a wonderful, amazing, and beautiful person. No matter what, I will always love you differently than anyone else in this world, because to tell you the truth, there is no one else I would rather be.
I came upon this little letter in a book I received a few Christmases ago. I wanted to share it with all of you guys, not to enlarge your heads or anything like that, but because there are thousands, even millions, of people around the world, girls especially, who constantly compare themselves with others and feel like they don't measure up. They do anything and everything to try to fit in, but it never really seems to be enough. There are many people who smile and look okay but are secretly hurting inside. I know that that might not even be the case for you who are reading this (considering I only have seven followers and all), but I don't want to risk the chance that it could be. I don't want you guys to forget that each one of you is special. I'm sure you've all heard that before, but I want you to really think about it and believe it's true. You guys are God's children, uniquely and exquisitely made. Don't think for a moment that you are nothing because in God's eyes, you are everything. He has plans for you, to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and future. He loves you, and so do I. :) Have an awesome day!
...I've been taking pictures with my dad's old camera.
...my brother and sister have been making friends. Literally.
(This is Jim Bob.)
(This is Sally.)
...my siblings and I have been sleeping in the living room instead of our own rooms (haha).
...my family has been meeting with the Lord every day.
What about you guys? How were your "past few days"? :)
On another note, I made a few changes to the blog. You might have noticed the new but short blog description and the massive, border-less images (special thanks to Arielle!). What do you guys think? Yay or nay?
I absolutely love patterns. I love the way the colors swirl and mix together in interesting ways. I love bright little doodles and pretty fonts.
I love the ambiance of downtown Alberta. Everything is so pretty and picturesque. I love the fact that not everyone has cars, and many people still walk or ride bikes. I love how everything is either cute, cool, or quirky.
I love "Keep Calm" anythings.
I love my sketchbooks. I love my pens and my markers.
I love God's amazing world. I love the tall, majestic mountains and the vast, open sky. I love the puffy, white clouds and the cool air. I think God is the greatest Artist ever.
Hello again, dear readers! After two weeks of not going online, scrolling through blogs and social networking sites mindlessly, I survived! During those two weeks, I was able to focus on and do quite a few things.
I discovered a new (well, I guess it isn't really) series, the 39 Clues. It's about Amy and Dan Cahill, orphans who know nothing about their parents or their history. Their grandmother, their only friend and solace, had just died and left them the chance to uncover great clues and shocking secrets that greatly involved them, as well as the whole world. Before I ramble off into making a book review, I have to say that the series is captivating and humorous but, take note, there are also a few mildly negative aspects to it. Needless to say, my mom and brother and I are all engrossed in it (we started listening to the audio versions, haha).
I was also able to work on my planner. Remember this post? I was finally able to finalize and put to action a few of my ideas. Sadly, designing it digitally would be too much of a hassle (printing and binding it might be too much alone for now, not to mention expensive!) but, as I keep reminding myself, an artist is not measured by his or her tools. I'll explain more about how the planner project is going soon in another post. :)
Oh, by the way, have you checked the Inspiration page on this blog? There are a few blogs there that I recommend following. I've also updated it; there are some new additions
Anyway, I liked being off the internet but I'm also glad to be back. Stay tuned for the next entry! Au revoir!