Last week, I celebrated my 19th birthday. I have always been pretty low key about birthdays, so what we planned to do – dinner and a movie – ended up being eating at home and seeing a movie on Netflix – just as nice 🙂 Anyways, I’m happy I got to spend so much time with family and hear from friends I hadn’t heard from in quite a while. Not that you can do much at 19, but it’s crazy that the years have passed so quickly, and in a blink, I have reached my last year of being a teenager. Here are just a couple photos below 🙂
My boyfriend sent me this basket of Edible Arrangements as he was off at Duke doing research and couldn’t make it. My mother went wild with the pictures… I thought this one looked nice and captured quite impressively the cute 19 made out of pineapples in the middle.
For myself, I recently found out about Thredup, which is a website that sells used clothes very cheaply. You can choose to buy from them or to sell them your own used clothes (though I hear bad reviews about the selling part). I browsed and purchased three shirts from the website and it came in the cutest packaging right in time for my birthday! Needless to say, I am really pleased with my purchase and for those who do a lot of online shopping, you would feel right at home.
A while back, a friend also got me these two ridiculously cute items from Mochi Things – the first is a set of pretty colored highlighters and the other a Japanese weekly planner. I am an absolute sucker for stationary and am pretty excited to use it. I decided to include them in this post just because they looked quite pretty haha. The shorts in the picture below is from Ann Taylor that my mother got me.
My brother has a couple of key stores he goes to when he gets gifts for me and my birthday was no different. The two mugs (one is from Christmas) are both from Anthropologie and the cute little black and white box is from South Moon Under. I love them all so very much and at the rate he’s going, I will have quite the accumulation of mugs 😉
I’m really grateful for the life that I live. I’m thankful for God and I am thankful for family, for the opportunities that I have been given to reach the place that I am now, more so than any physical present that I received. 19 is a new year for me and I am excited for what it brings. My hope for myself is to stay motivated and to stay true to myself, to work harder to understand others and show compassion and love in ways that I can, and to transition into greater maturity and understanding of the world and pursue a deeper love for God.
Whew, coming back from a long hiatus.
Things I is liking right now…
1) Big Scarves
I like wrapping my scarves and then knotting them and fluffing them up. So warm and so comfy, especially during this season.
2) Yahoo Answers
Yeah, I’m going to admit it. Physics is so stinkin’ hard. But it’s really nice being able to find people who are willing to explain the problem to you. This is the only reason I survive physics.
3) Let the Waters Rise – Mikeschair
This song is so beautiful. It makes me want to sing.
Because why not, it’s coming up soon. The word cornucopia got me a bonus point on a lit quiz too 😉 I’m ready for a much needed break … in order to do more college apps and study and catch up with work.
This is my last freaking day.
I can’t believe it.
Looking wholeheartedly back on this challenge, I am so thankful for MY LIFE. In all of it’s totalities.
I am so blessed with beautiful and wondrous friends and family.
They are my supporters and my encouragers, my companions and my lovers.
I realize that my life is fully set because of the relationships that I have. It is not so much about the physical things that I have, but all about the relationships.
I thank God most of all. He has blessed me with great things.
Thankful for opportunities of service.
Today I went to the House of Joseph to volunteer and spend time with people who have long term dealings with AIDS.
I swagged out a pumpkin decoration in sharpies and glitter pens B)
It’s weird, but I think that the little things that we do is one bright spot of joy in someone’s life.
Thankful for food… and shelter… and basic necessities.
Praying for those who don’t have those.
A constant reminder to never forget your blessings.
So today I give thanks to this challenge – because it truly has been a challenge trying to come up with thirty things to be thankful for.
Now, I realize though, as almost a month has passed, that this has been a wonderful way for me to truly appreciate everything around me and how much God plays a part in it.
Thanks to every one of you who stumbles upon this as well 🙂 Thank you for reading my mindless gibberish when you could be doing other things!
Thankful for FAMILY
who will rejoice with me as I finish my common app essay me thinks 🙂
I’m seriously stressed about a lot of college app stuff…
but I know, in the end, I have so many people that support me. I have a God who loves me no matter what.
I have cute babies to cuddle at the Ministry of Caring.
What more could you want in life?
World peace… but you can’t have everything huh
Thankful for people who make me HAPPY when I’m sad.
Sometimes I just like to dwell on the topic of popularity and how much I’m influenced by it and how much everybody in society is influenced by it. Very recently, my friend accidentally left my name off of an invite list for homecoming, so I was very confused when people asked me if I was going to that person’s house. Instead, I spent needless amount of time worrying about if I had done something to offend her or if she purposely did not want me at her house, etc. etc.
Now flash forward to now, literally two days later, and she sent all the emails to me because she forgot to add my name. People started offering me rides. I got invited to a different person’s pre-homecoming event as well…
And I realize… how superficial I’ve become. I feel guilty because now I look back on this situation and I thank God for always providing for me and making everything work out in the end.
But I also realize that if you are a good person and you treat other people well, good things will happen to you. I should be happy with the people that I have in my life right now because they are everything to me and not worry about such things as popularity.