Nov 28, 2012

Everything // A Reminder

This video, it's just...amazing. {By the end of it, tears may or may not have been trickling down my cheeks.} I hope it will bless you as much as it blessed me. And maybe open it up again from time to time, just to remind you of His great love.

Because sometimes we forget.

Nov 22, 2012

Remembering the Beauty in Life

Sometimes it's hard for me to be thankful. Life has been so...dull lately. My time, thoughts and energy have been centred around school, and I've settled into a routine as lifeless as a rock. It's hard to thank God when there hasn't been anything exciting happening. But today I was reminded that even on these mundane days, life is still beautiful. God is still amazing. I'm still alive and I have yet to discover what He has in store for me. So this Thanksgiving, this is what I'm thankful for:

Aunts, who spontaneously give me little gifts just because they know I like them. And art, too.
Books, for those moments when I need to forget about school for a while.
Coffee and hot chocolate, perfect for snuggling under the covers on snowy days.
Devotions, from which I am able to learn so much.
Excitement for Christmas, although it comes with some nostalgia, too.
Family, the best friends I can ever have.
God's beyond amazing greatness.
Helping, because it is a beautiful thing to do.
Inside jokes.
Just Dance 2. Because of it, I can say that I get physical exercise regularly.
Knowing that there is nothing at all that can separate me from God's love.
Life, every aspect of it. And laughs--heaps and heaps of them.
Music, especially this kind, when I need to be reminded of the beautiful things in life.
Also mothers, because they're so, so awesome.
Notebooks, for documenting life.
Oreos, because they are so delicious.
People, because they are strange and haunting and wonderful at the same time.
Quotes that make me stop and think.
Rick Riordan. Enough said.
Snow, all 7430523480 inches of it. (I'm exaggerating, although it often feels like it's that much.)
Typography, because it's just so pretty.
Up, because it's a beautiful story.
Vacation weeks, finally!
Weird brothers and sisters who torment me but are still my best friends.
Xanthosis, because it brings back memories.
You, because you are awesome.
Zeal, renewed and strengthened.

An Anthology of Thanks | Hannah Nicole
Linking up with this lovely blogger!

I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving. Spend time with loved ones, take a break, eat lots and don't forget the beautiful things in life. Have an awesome day!


{PS Yes, I'm participating in Thanksgiving even though we Canadians already celebrated it a few months ago. :P}

Nov 21, 2012

From a Liebster Awardee

I was awarded by Arielle from Spaceship to Infinity!

The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers by bloggers. It is a way to acknowledge each other and say “You’re doing a great job." It is for blogs with 200 or less followers, so it’s also a great way to spread the word about smaller blogs and get them more readers and followers!

When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person(s) who nominated you. You pass the Award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions. You’re not allowed to nominate the blog(s) who nominated you!

The 11 random facts:
  1. I am fascinated by art and creativity. Graphic design, painting, theatre, writing--they all inspire me.
  2. Stories affect me too much. I often act like fictional characters are real. *cough Percy Jackson Leo Valdez Jo March Lucy Pevensie cough cough cough*
  3. Although I'm a teenager, I read more children's books than teen and adult books.
  4. Book stores excite me.
  5. I often judge a book by its cover. Also by its fonts and paper quality.
  6. Sometimes I stop doing something because everyone else is doing it. Is it hipster-like of me to say so?
  7. I often feel like my sentences are too long.
  8. I think our generation needs to stop trying to grow up so fast.
  9. I have a silent, thoughtful side and a weird, funny side, and I am torn between which voice to use online.
  10. I can't eat tacos properly.
  11. I think you are all awesome.

The 11 answers:
  1. What is your dream job? I would love to be either an art director or a graphic designer.
  2. Any favourite quotes? I've come across hundreds that have made me stop and think, but the one that I can never seem to forget is this one from Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery: "It's not what the world holds for you. It's what you bring to it."
  3. If you could teleport anywhere, where would you go? Narnia, definitely.
  4. Who is your favourite book character? It's a tie between Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia and Leo Valdez from the Heroes of Olympus series. I like Lucy's sweet, youthful nature and her faith in Aslan. With Leo, I like that he's incredibly hilarious yet underneath that, his character is such a deep one too.
  5. What is your favourite animated film? Disney/Pixar films are awesome. I really like Up and Tangled.
  6. Do you play any instruments? Yes, I play the piano and a little bit of guitar.
  7. Would you rather live on the beach or near a forest? Beach. The sound of waves is lovely, especially in the morning.
  8. What's your all time favourite blog? I don't really have just one favourite. I like looking through a mix of different blogs, specifically Cupcake Dictionary, Ink and Iridescence, Capture Life, Unoriginal Originality, Wanderrgirl and Spaceship to Infinity. :)
  9. Pencil or pen? For writing, pen. For drawing, pencil.
  10. What song always cheers you up on a bad day? "Love Will Find You" by The Museum
  11. What is your favourite non-domestic animal? I like owls. I collect things with owl designs on them, although I think they're a little creepy in real life. 

The 11 people:
  1. Lydia from For My Own Satisfaction
  2. Emma-Lee from In Real Life
  3. C. C. Shoshanah from My Midnight Melody
  4. Pepper from Would You Like Pepper With That?
  5. Jianine from Definitely Screaming
  6. Elisha from There is Joy
  7. Ate Alyssa from Treasure of Jade
  8. Hawwa from Beautiful Chaos
  9. Ate Damaris from Diary of a Styleaholic
  10. Sarah-Anne from Simply Sarah-Anne
  11. Shelbie from Nineteen Going on Five
{ I know some of you don't put awards on your blogs. That's okay. You don't have to do this if you don't want to (although it would be awesome if you did!). }

The 11 questions:
  1. If you had a time machine, which time period would you go to?
  2. Would you rather have a job as a photographer or a writer? Why?
  3. Who would you like to meet most (dead or alive)?
  4. You're allowed to choose a new subject in school. What do you pick?
  5. Which fictional character would you love to play in a movie or theatre production?
  6. Do you think books are better than movies? Why or why not?
  7. What are your top three favourite songs?
  8. Would you rather trek across the desert or travel the sub-zero tundra?
  9. If you're going to college, what course would you want to take? 
  10. What makes you awesome?
  11. If you had one week left to live, what would you do?

Yay! Thanks for the award, Arielle! If you weren't tagged but would like to participate, feel free to join in the fun! :D