A Modern-Day Intervention

I’ve made another observation lately. (I know, an observation by the blogger of Wordsmith Observations? So surprising)!

But this, my friends, was an observation I’m not entirely proud of. The observation? That the very first thing that happens in the morning is my arm reaches out, like a pre-programmed robot for my phone. The sad thing? I’ve only recently realized that’s a big problem.

In the morning, I don’t jump up and go to the window to see the refreshed morning landscape, I don’t twirl in a wildflower field like Anne of Green Gables…I don’t stretch, I don’t read, I don’t pray. No, instead I reach for something to numb the sweet morning light, and later I’m left wondering why the feeling of emptiness crowds in all around me so intrusively, no matter how many blessings I know I have in my life.

So, yesterday I chose out of necessity to ignore the screens. The moments I normally would be staring at a YouTube video, I picked up a book; and the moments I normally would be scrolling endlessly through social media feeds, I cleaned the house. I took time to think and I took time to write.

It’s funny how much time I had to be productive and get things done, when normally I’d just shrug and reason that I was just too “busy” to do this or that. As a result, of this newfound productivity, I felt less…awful. Honestly, less useless.

I mean, it’s sad to think that the creations that we were meant to use to our advantage have started to control more of our everyday life than it has given substance. So, I challenge you- and me, from this point on to be conscious of the uses of these screens and…

Place the people in your life before social media.

People are valuable and people need your support. You never know what another human may be going through, so that’s all the reason you need to give your full and undivided attention to your family members, your friends, anyone that comes along your path in life.

And…unfortunately, people are temporary. We are here today and gone tomorrow. So, enjoy every precious moment with those you love.

Take necessary precautions to remind yourself of the importance of real life.

If you’re noticing screens controlling you more than you it, there’s a problem, my friend. One precaution I’ve started to do is charging my phone in a place that is not directly next to my bed. It usually gives you time to choose real life over the virtual first thing in the morning.

Be patient with yourself.

Just because you had a day controlled by social media, doesn’t mean you should get discouraged and let the bad habit continue. Nope! We aren’t giver-uppers like that!

Old habits die hard, they say. But consciousness about a problem is key.

Realize too much screen usage encourages apathy.

What is apathy? Good ol’ Merriam Webster describes it as, “a lack of feeling or emotion, impassiveness.” or “a lack of interest or concern, indifference.”

I don’t know about you, but that is the last way I want to live my life. I want my life to be spent being a light and encouragement to all around me. That, in and of itself, demands a higher level of feeling and emotional intelligence, (not to mention motivation) unlike any other!

Being mindful of the effects of our choices is extremely important. I’ve noticed social media getting in the way of things I love the most. My faith, my family, my writing, my art. I feel like I don’t “have time” for anything, when really I would have plenty if I would place what is most important first.

Another thing apathy does is wiggle its way in front of the goals we want to accomplish in life. Or, it could be preventing goal-making to begin with! I mean, with all this time on screens who even has time to think about what they really want to be doing in life? Apathy is a pro at doing its best to prevent fulfillment and feelings of fulfillment in what we do, what we create, and who we are. It’s a pretty well-rounded villain.

A lot of the times when we wonder, “why am I feeling this empty?” it is because we are choosing what is empty.

Instead, become intrigued with life again. Start seeing the beauty in the little, in the flowers you see randomly while you are walking the streets, in the kind words exchanged by people around you, in the art of the world, and the words that poetic souls come up with.

Which leads us to our another tip to overcome this unbalanced view of media…

Use screens to your advantage, not disadvantage. 

By all means, I am not telling you that media is altogether the antagonist to your protagonist, but it will be that that way if you allow it to be!

We spend hours and hours on things that are virtually useless to us, in the long run.

And as a result of doing this, we neglect the fact that we are in an age that has a remarkable amount of resources at its fingertips. We have the freedom to grow in our knowledge or artistic capabilities, by the availability of countless videos showing tips and tricks.

If we wish to be better writers, we can go online to study vocabulary and poetic forms..If we want to become better painters, we have access to millions of videos of talented artists that give perspective on ways they’ve grown in their art! If you want to learn about history, about carpentry, about architecture…newsflash: you can.

It’s proven that some of the BEST learning is indeed done by our own want to learn, outside the classroom. So, why are we not taking advantage of this? This should be making us jump out of our seats, and yell, “YES!” But that apathy has kicked in, hasn’t it?

See, we humans are very prone to simply wanting the entertainment side of media. We are a nation seeking amusement. Amuse literally meaning to “not think” or to “distract”. That is something we have to make a distinct effort to unlearn.

So, now that we are informed of a well-rounded approach to the technology bombarding us in everyday life…

I wish for you to be in control of your screens, not the other way around.

Search for substance, my friend, even in your screen usage. Find documentaries you think would intrigue you. Search for knowledge. Write! Read! Use all these resources for your creativity. But never let the incessant media presence cloud your mind of what really matters.

Not saying there aren’t times for memes, or cat videos, or Netflix shows…but it’s always a temptation for us to ONLY view these things, losing sight of the real purpose of this life we live. Make the time you do spend on screens less frequent and more useful by viewing it as a tool to grow you as an individual, not to hinder you from any real human connection or growth.

Thanks for listening to my little observations.

Until next time,

Hannah

Flower Crowns, Bare-feet, & Chrisstan Photography

What are your first thoughts when the words “Senior Pictures” are uttered in your presence?

I assume, if you’re older, your first thoughts probably go a little something like, “Oh, my gosh, Janice. How precious. I remember when MY kids had their senior photos. All those cute little pictures to send to your grandparents and aunts and cousins!”

The younger people…. yeah, I think their first thoughts would go a little different.

Going into my senior picture photo shoot, I had virtually no clue what to expect. To put things mildly, I was a senior picture skeptic. And putting off pictures until a few days after graduation? That just gave me more time to anticipate all the ways senior pictures could really goof up.

I naturally assumed that when I got there I’d have to pose awkwardly (posing is something I’m very bad at), fake smile (smiling on cue is also something I’m very bad at), and after a few weeks I’d see my Senior Photography fate, which I figured would haunt me for the rest of my days.

Thankfully, I can say all such assumptions were completely off-base..

Immediately as my mother and I arrived at our Senior Photo Shoot destination, Chris, the photographer of Chrisstan Photography, greeted us with a big grin and and loads of enthusiasm. Her radiant and bubbly personality struck me in the best way possible as she exclaimed to us, “I’ve been so excited for this!”

I knew my mom and Chris were old friends, but I’d never met her before. Almost minutes after meeting her, I could confirm all the good things that my mom told me about about her.  She welcomed us into her home, which turned out to be a positively beautiful atmosphere, and I instantly connected with her as I saw the wonderfully crafted paintings of her own creation, lining the walls.

We had established beforehand that I would be wearing a flower crown for some of the pictures I’d be in; the flower crown was an aspect I was very excited about. Although, I think Chris proved she was even more excited about it! She even brought out her whole collection for me to choose from. She said she made one recently, and showed it to me. Right away, I knew that was the one I wanted!

Finally, it was time to get down to business. Our first stop = the field next to Chris’s house.

This is when I thought to myself, “Here come’s the posing.”

But, actually…I was simply told to have fun, maybe twirl a little bit. No poses to hold, just be in action and always make sure you are giving your hands a purpose. I thought this was a revolutionary thing, seeing as I hadn’t heard any other photographer say this to me before. After the initial time it took to loosen up, I was actually having a lot of fun!

Chris also did this thing where she told me to fake laugh with her, leaning forward, and then leaning out…and sure enough, after a while of that silliness it was real laughter!

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After the pictures in the field, we decided to go to a nearby lake and orchard to see what kind of shots we could get there. I was having so much fun at this point, and was hyped for more. Who knew a photo shoot could be so fun?!

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Another aspect to our photo shoot was bringing a few family heirlooms, including a quilt my grandma on my father’s side sewed when she was younger and a teacup my other grandma on my mother’s side gave me. I thought it was really cool being able to incorporate these treasures into my senior pictures.

I was also able to bring a few of my favorite books as props: thus the Charles Spurgeon and Sherlock Holmes books that make an appearance.

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At one point, Chris even hoisted herself up onto one of the small trees in the orchard to get a different angle for the photos. Honestly, I wish I could have taken a picture of HER at that point! But a photographer’s gotta do what a photographer’s gotta do!

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These were some of the ones taken in the orchard.

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And at the end of the photo session, we walked a few steps from the orchard to the lake.

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When I walked away from that shoot, I was happy, I was impressed, AND I was no longer feeling like I’d be haunted forever by my Senior Picture outcome. Actually, I couldn’t wait to see how they turned out!

After this photo session, I would wholeheartedly recommend Chrisstan Photography 1000x over! I do not think I would have enjoyed the Senior Picture process nearly as much if I would have gone with anyone else except Chris.

Chris, thank you for saving me tons of ridicule and laughter later on in life, looking back at my pictures. Instead, I will look back and remember how much fun and laughter I had with flower crowns, bare-feet, and Chrisstan Photography!

Here is a link to Chris’s site, if you want to check out any more of her gorgeous work!

https://chrisstan.com/

I’m also including a slideshow of pictures captured, (most not shown above).

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And as always, thanks for reading, guys! I’ll be posting more and more this summer, after I get this whole college preparation thing down! Stay tuned.

Your high school graduate blogger signing out,

Hannah

Let’s Teach Girls to be Somebodies

Lessons in life tend to have the nasty little habit of tiptoeing up to you and gut punching you out of nowhere. I liken it to a bit of a realization brick aimed straight for your noggin, (…to put it gently, of course). I’ve recently had the pleasure of testing out that hypothesis of mine, and spoiler alert: I was totally right.

I wasn’t looking for a lesson on society that fateful Monday. But that Monday I got one anyway, and it came in the form of a conversation with my  seven-year-old niece a few months ago that really got me thinking…And not in the way I was happy about.

That Monday, I came down from school, my niece and my dad waiting for me by the car. She was bouncing up and down, in her little first grader way, smiling ear to ear. She proudly displayed to me her newest artistic endeavor of a rocket ship hurdling through space. “You can have it, Hannie! Do you want it?”

“I would LOVE it! It’s beautiful…” I smiled at her and got into the car, being sure to dote on it even more, in my typical proud-aunt nature.

While driving down the road, we fell into our normal discussions. You know, how our days were, what new things she was learning at school… when, all of the sudden she proceeds to tell me about the newest developments in first grader gossip- a little boy in her class liked her! I giggled and made sure to remind her she was far too young to have a boyfriend. Wait until you’re older!

“Like when I’m sixteen?” She asked, inquisitively.

“Maybe!”

“How old are you, again, Hannie?”

I inwardly cringed, knowing exactly where this conversation was heading. “I’m 18.”

“Well, then why don’t YOU have a boyfriend? You’re 18, you should have one.”

“You have to wait for the right person,” I replied to her. “I haven’t found the right person yet.”

“Well, why don’t you? You’re 18.”

This persistent question, after all was said and answered, struck me the wrong way. This is a seven-year-old little girl that seemed absolutely bamboozled, not even being able to grasp why someone wouldn’t have a boyfriend at any given time. We kept talking and it seemed she could not fathom the idea of being older and not having a boyfriend.

As the conversation progressed, it seemed this little seven-year-old had already bought into the dreaded lie that many of us women tend to fall into: That we *gasp* need a guy in order to make us happy or complete. If you don’t see that as a societal issue, then it’s okay. We’ll work on that.

By my niece asking this seemingly innocent (yet quite intrusive) question, it revealed something very alarming. A worldview forming already, filled to the brim with all-too-serious implications.

If these young girls continue to believe what society, and perhaps the people around them are teaching them, this will not bode well. The belief that we are not anybody unless we have somebody is a destructive lie being circulated around the populace. A majority of growing up and becoming comfortable with who we are as a person comes from times where we are single. In all honesty, in order to have a healthy steady relationship later on, we must know ourselves and be independent in who we are.

I want to challenge head-on this belief of always needing somebody.

I believe instead of indoctrinating girls that the end-all in life is to settle for quantity of guys and not for quality, we need to tell girls to wait for someone that is worth their time. Knowing yourself and your value is the only way a relationship will really work in the end.

Your sole focus should be on being a somebody, not on being somebody’s. (That’s how the quote goes, right)? I love it.

Many times we love to blame society as a whole, instead of recognizing society is made up of us- everyday people. This means we must make a stand and do whatever we can do to help girls around us, and better ourselves, with the right beliefs.

All those who consist within society (news flash: that’s everyone) need to take a good look at the consequences of what we teach to our youth. Now, I’m only 18, but it’s taken years to realize some of these things for myself, realizing I can be completely content at whatever phase in life.

If we pressure girls to simply be in a relationship for the sole sake of being in a relationship, then we are more often than not pressuring them to settle for people who do not treat them right, and do not care for the greater good of them as individuals.

OR, on the other hand, it pressures girls that every friendship with a guy needs to be, or become, something more.

Not so. I’m a firm believer you need some brothers to have your back. No matter who makes fun of you for it…because, believe it or not, people can be pretty cruel about that, too.

So, how do we teach girls to be somebodies? Or better yet, how do we re-teach ourselves, after years of continually finding our value in a relationship status (or lack thereof)?

Well, first off…

We are responsible for our own happiness

Yes, you will find your person that you instantly just click with! BUT- at the end of the day- YOU alone are the person that can make or break you. YOU are responsible for your happy. Do not base it off of anything or anyone you can lose. And do not base your happiness off of whether you are in a relationship or not.  That will only lead to disappointment.

Know Your Worth

If nobody has ever told you before, you have value. And our value has nothing to do with how great we are at things, or how pretty we are, or the fact that we can juggle ten oranges at one time. (Good thing, because I can’t even juggle a schedule).

Our worth is completely independent from us. So, what does that mean? It means we have worth because we are humans, beautifully and wonderfully made. That’s apart from anything foolish you’ve ever done, or said, or thought. It’s easy to say that…but to act it and remind ourselves that?

Hm. That’s when things get tricky.

You are your own person

You may think this one is a no-brainer, but a lot rides on the full understanding of this belief.

We are individuals responsible for our own happiness, growth, and feelings of being fulfilled in life. If you are looking to find your identity in someone else, that’s not going to do you well. (Oops, I spilled the beans). Yes, our significant others should be people we feel happy around, and encourage us to be better than we were yesterday. BUT- there is a distinct difference of finding someone that makes you happy, and finding your happiness in someone.

If we look for a relationship like this, what happens when the hard times come? We run away…because aren’t relationships supposed to be sunshine and roses? Nope. The ones worth it, are the ones worth fighting for.

Before getting to know anyone else, you should know YOURSELF

Before going into a relationship, we should always have a firm grasp on who we are, our values, our beliefs, our intentions…all of it. If you don’t have a good grasp on any of these things, you’re more than likely walking into a relationship blind as a bat.

Be PATIENT

Remember what I said about earlier- the whole pressure from outside sources thing? Well, guess what. IT’S A HUGE DEAL. So, don’t let yourself get pushed around into going along with something for the sake of obligation, or pressure. You’re in charge of your own life, my dear. Remember, never go along with something just out of the feeling that you “need a boyfriend”.

Patience is key. And hey- guess what! I’m learning this, too! College is coming up, and I’m going to have to take my own advice. So, you’re not alone if you’re reteaching yourself that you’re a somebody without a somebody.

Quality over quantity.

I hope this post got you thinking and that we can spread this message to all you beautiful souls! (Hey, guess what, fellas)? Honestly, this message that I just said…not gender specific. I recommend it to all humans! Just felt that it was on my heart to write this.

Hannah

Hoodies, Apple Cider, and Campfires Galore (A Welcoming to Fall)

“And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awakened.”

Raquel Franco

It’s no surprise that I’m just a little bit happy completely PSYCHED for fall, and seeing as how last week was officially the first day of this lovely season, it’s only appropriate to have an appreciation post, no?

But first, Imma be real with you. Fall hasn’t always had the same attraction to me as it does now. Actually, I never really had much of an opinion on the season until I had gotten older. I’m an only child (except for an adoptive brother that moved out very early in my life) so fall wasn’t highlighted by stories of raking leaves and jumping in with all 11 of my siblings. It was more or less just cold weather and pumpkins…and lots of em.

However, over the years, by and by, I’ve developed a real and deep appreciation for fall in all its glory. It’s easy to say I’ve slowly fallen in love with everything it has to offer. I love the crisp leaves that rustle underneath my shoes as I walk, I love the rich splendor and color that meet my eyes as I walk outdoors, I love how nature falls in the most beautiful way possible during this time and I’m left in awe.

There is so much to be happy about if you take the time to appreciate the little things. There’s fresh apple cider during a good barn party, the pies that you and your friends will make together, the sports game you will watch in the evenings while bundled up in a fuzzy blanket to lessen the cold, and it just seems like the world starts to slow down for a bit, even if for the slightest amount of time, in the fall. You get to appreciate aspects of life a lot more.

Let’s go ahead and list a few more of my favorite parts of fall that we can look forward to in the up and coming months.

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#1 – Thanksgiving (I live in the United States)

For real, though, do I even really have to elaborate on this one?? Just the thought of Thanksgiving is making my mouth water. Pies, stuffing, casseroles, yeah. You get the picture. It’s one big fiasco of good eating, especially in my family, that has country roots. I’m convinced that growing up in the country helps homemaking skills.

#2 – Chilly Weather!

Alright. You can stop giving me that look. I’m feeling the judgment radiating through the screen before I even publish this! I know that chilly weather isn’t always that much fun at the time, but compared to our summer scorch fests, I’d take a fuzzy scarf and beanie any day over slowly boiling in Vitamin D, thank you very much.

#3 – Scented Candles

I’m sincerely sorry. I’m going to give the common girl answer (don’t worry, there will be more of those to come!) and say scented candles. Because, really, who can’t resist the smell of sugar cookies and pumpkin pie wafting from a melted wax? Name the person, and I will be shocked.

#4 – Cappuccinos

See? I warned you. We’ve got another cliche answer on our hands, ladies and gents. You know what, though? I’m going to own it and wear this cliche answer with pride. Cappuccinos in the fall time = the perfect combination. The cold weather mixed with a good steaming cup of joe is the BEST way to start the day off right.

#5 –  Campfires

Fall is one of the best times of the year to do campfires with friends and family. Why? Well, my friends, I’ll tell you…by fall, all the evil little mutant bugs that enjoy making our lives miserable will be dying off *YAY* and bug bites become much less common. This makes for a much happier Hannah when it comes time to gather round the fire and tell scary stories.

#6 – MY BIRTHDAY!

Eyyy, well lookie there. My birthday is in fall, too! And if that’s not a reason to like fall at least a little more, I don’t know what is!

#7 – The Beautiful Foliage

As I said before, nature is at one of its most beautiful parts of Autumn. Photography will be a cinch since everywhere you look the world will be your own personal canvas of color to capture.

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Well, it’s ten o’clock at night as I am writing this, and I think I’ve officially finished up with my little nod toward fall. I know this isn’t what I normally write (I normally don’t write in list format)…only if it’s an award post, but trust me, I’m getting used to junior year’s work and am starting to have much more time for blogging. So, hold on to your seats, folks! There will be more material to come very soon

What are some of YOUR favorite parts of Autumn? List them all down in the comment box! I would be curious to see everything!

In conclusion, thank you sticking around to read through this lil’ ol’ welcoming to fall. I wish you all a very lovely day and a HUNDRED cappuccinos and bonfires in your near future!

What?! It’s the best blessing I could fathom.

Until next time,

Hannah

Junior Year & Growing Pains

Well, I’m here to break the news to everyone.

Five days ago, officially, I became a big bad junior in high school. Approximately one year until senior year, about ten giant leaps closer to graduation. So, yes, you’ve heard right. Hannah is growing up.

Wait! What are you doing?

Oh, come on! Pull it together, man! There’s no crying in blogging!

The truth is, it hadn’t even sunk into me until the first week of school that I, indeed, was finally one of those “big kids” that I always wanted to be more like. In second grade I remember my best friend Brooke and I always looking at the juniors and seniors, planning and imagining what we’d be like when we were finally “grown up” and about to go to college like them.

Now, instead of playing pretend we’re actually getting dangerously close to being on our own. Weird, huh? The days feel like years and the years are feeling like days.

So…my mom and I were going school shopping last week, just a girl’s night for her and I. Notebooks, binders, pens, highlighters, and the likes…nothing exciting, but just going out and shopping together, having fun.

We were walking through the busy aisles and talking and laughing as we are accustomed to doing. She stops in her tracks in front of the food department and smiles a sad little smile at me.

“This is one of the last times I’m going to go school shopping with my baby.”

I smile back at her and wave off the comment. “Hey, maybe not! I’d have seven more years of this if I go to law school.”

She laughs, and we continue on the long voyage through the seemingly endless aisles of Walmart. Eventually, we check out with about our cart filled to the brim with school supplies.

And trust me, when I tell you this, guys…if there were ever a paper shortage on earth, just holla at me and I’ll send a notebook your way. When notebooks are 17 cents, we’re going to take advantage of it.

But, after the school supply fiasco, my mom and I still hadn’t eaten (at almost 9), so we decided to make a late night Wendy’s stop. We went inside, laughed, ate, talked, all as my mother tried her best to embarrass me by singing to the oldies on the overhead radio, but she didn’t embarrass me! (Mostly, because practically no one was there, but still…that’s progress!)

I knew at that very moment, this was a time that I’d remember for the rest of my life. Being with my mom, one of my very best friends (and sometimes, arch nemesis), and just having her be there for me. I know I’m lucky in that aspect. I have both my parents and they love me, no matter how much I resist them and would like my freedom at times, I know I would be lost without them.

So, on my first day as a junior, I could tell my mom was a little off. Being a mother is a tough deal. You take care of someone for years and years and then you are expected to let go…just like that.

I guess this piece is mostly to reassure everyone (especially those moms out there) that if your kid is growing up, don’t be scared! Being a mom doesn’t end at a specific point. I’ll always need my mom, no matter how old I am. Her motherhood doesn’t have an expiration date.

So, Mom..(since I’m sure we all pretty much know that this was directed toward you), thanks for all you do for our family and all that you have done specifically for me. I really appreciate it. I’m feeling all that excitement and joy looking forward to the future and all there is to come! I know you are too 🙂

Hannah

Liebster Blogger Award #2 ???

GUYS!! My second Liebster Blogger Award?! Eyyy! I knew all this typing wasn’t for nothing 😉 But seriously, such an honor and all thanks to this awesome blogger (Lord of the Trekkies) – you can find her at  https://lordofthetrekkies.wordpress.com/

I received this nomination a month or two ago, but things have been kinda sorta CRAZY around here and I hadn’t gotten to this post until recently. So, sorry for the wait, but I wanted it to have my full attention. Better late than never, am I right?

I’ll start off with the rules of this lovely little award, which will especially be helpful to those I choose to nominate:

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Now, without further ado…let’s answer some questions!

1. If you could go back in time, where would you go?

Good question! When I was a kid I’d have to say “the Little House on the Prairie days”. But today, after a few more years of history classes, I think I’d pass on the offer and go for a time much more modern than prairie and much simpler than today, (AKA a time where you could easily avoid getting scalped, and a time you could leave your doors unlocked without a care in the world). So, naturally, the 1950s and 60s would be an interesting time to visit. Notice I said visit. 🙂 Although the 50s and 60s have a bit of an enchanting quality in some areas, it was indeed not a perfect time to live in. With severe segregation and discrimination of African Americans and women in the workforce. This is an important part that is very easy to overlook with society’s depiction of 1950s day and age. So, with that said! It’d be fun to visit for a day in a place like Mayberry, South Carolina. The Andy Griffeth Show is what is behind my loving the idea of its simplicity. 

2. Why did you start blogging?

I was kind of inspired by a family friend that started blogging. I’d been writing since childhood, and this seemed like the most reasonable outlet to express myself through writing in this period of my life! I’d blogged before, but with WordPress it’s different. There is a real community of writers and readers that interact and give feedback to each other, which makes blogging sooooo much more fun! Before, it felt like I was talking into thin air. 

3. Who, in your opinion, was the best actor ever? Why?

I have a few favorite actors. Audrey Hepburn, first and foremost. I loved her in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Roman Holiday”, and many other titles she has been in over the years. She was one of the few actors and famous individuals that continually held themselves to a particular standard of excellence, reflection, and class. She was much more than a pretty face, in fewer words.

4. What is your favorite animal?

Alrighty, ladies and gents. I’m going to put a “CLICHE” warning out there because it’s true. My favorite animal is a dog. I just cannot tell a lie. But my second favorite animal would have to be ducks/ducklings. There’s nothing cuter!

5. What is your earliest memory?

Whew! Alex, you’re coming up with some really good questions! This is definitely a toughie…I actually have a lot of memory of when I was little. Especially when I was two or three years old. One memory, in particular, was a special Christmas morning in 2002 or 2003. I was with my brother, my mom, and my dad, with Christmas presents under the beautifully ornamented tree. I had my absolute favorite plaid nightgown on and I recall that that was the morning I received my very own wooden doll house. It had its own furniture, had a little Barbie doll couple to live in this humble abode, it even had stairs from one floor to the next. (There were THREE floors!) I was practically in Barbie heaven.

6. Who is your favorite artist? (Music, books, art, etc…)

I have a lot of favorite artists, including authors, because writing is indeed an art form. Charles Dicken’s work in David Copperfield was impressive. Other than that? To Kill a Mockingbird was another wonderful classic that has important lessons inside. Those are my favorite classics, not including the novels that I read. And for art? I’d have to say Monet is an artist that I really like. “Waterlilies” is a beautiful piece of his. Although, I’m a huge fan of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” as well. I’d have to say Starry Night is my favorite.

7. Favorite emoji?  I use the laughy face the absolute most, but I love the one with its tongue sticking out too hahaha

8. What’s your favorite meme?

roasted

Just because this is 100% accurate.

9. Is Kahn from Star Trek Into Darkness really evil? Why or why not?

Um, TOTALLY….because. Yeah, well, I actually have no clue.

10. DC or Marvel? Why or why not?

Marvel, because I’ve actually heard of Marvel before. Some of my friends watch it.

11. Best movie you’ve ever seen?

The last movie I saw was Center Stage: On Pointe. It’s a movie about a dancer: ballet AND modern dance is included. I thought it was a cute movie.

 

11 Facts about Myself?

I’d like to maintain some of my mystery, so maybe I’ll do eleven facts the next time around haha

 

Questions for the Nominees

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

What is your least favorite thing?

What are you most passionate about?

What do you enjoy writing about the most?

What makes a good blog?

Any tips for teenagers growing up in this generation?

Your favorite show/movie?

If you could do anything career wise what would you do?

Dogs or cats?

Your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?

Favorite type of music?

 

Now, onto another fun part!

Get ready, folks…

Ta Daa!

Nominations! 

Peas Romaine Calm ( https://peasromainecalm.com/ )  I just recently found this gem a few months ago and I just love the idea behind it, the aesthetic, and of course- her posts!! Go check this one out if you love cooking easy and delicious meals for you and your family 🙂

Prayers and Piazzas ( https://prayersandpiazzas.com/ ) This is another blog that I found a few months back and I can’t get enough of it! Prayers and Piazzas never fail to amaze me with photography from all around the world and posts about travel and life. Go check it out!

Wish I Was Mary ( https://wishiwasmary.wordpress.com/ ) A cute little blog that I discovered today! She’s just started, and that’s exactly what this award is for! Blogs that are super promising and have awesome potential. Her posts are funny and very well written. Go and take a look!

A Momma’s View ( https://amommasview.wordpress.com/ ) Her post on homeschooling is dead on! If you want a blog with interesting, well-written, eye-catching posts- go look at this one right here.

Joy’s Travel ( https://ranie2015.wordpress.com/ ) I saw some of the photography on this site and what I saw I loved! The flowers that she captured at one point were breath-taking. If you love beautiful quotes and photography go and look around the place 🙂

Noteable Pad ( https://noteablepad.wordpress.com/ ) I cannot recall if I’ve nominated this particular blogger before, but I’m going to go for it just in case I haven’t! I love her work, her site is beautiful, and I just love the idea of a blog designated for books. So, if you’re wondering what exactly you should read next, look at this little gem!

Writing and Works ( https://caroljforrester.com/ ) I came in contact with this particular writer when I was in my very beginning stages of blogging and she gave me such genuine and sweet encouraging comments! Thanks for spreading positivity and P.S. your blog is pretty cool. Everyone, go look around if you want to see drawings and posts about almost anything under the sun! You won’t regret.

Robin T. Photo ( https://robintphoto.com/ ) One glance at this blog and you know why I nominated it. With such beautiful pictures, who wouldn’t nominate such a blog? This is a site you cannot overlook. Take a peek and you’ll see why.

Dreams Come True ( https://demetrickquinn.wordpress.com/ ) I found this lil’ ol’ blog a while ago and thought it was pretty cool! There aren’t many young guys that I see making blogs and I thought this one deserved a little round of applause! Go check it out!

My Heart Says Yes ( https://myheartsaysyes.wordpress.com/ ) This blog is chock full of amazing thought provoking pieces. Especially the last one that I read, focused primarily on loss. Go look around you will not be disappointed. Her pieces are well-written and pick at your heart strings.

Blossoming ( https://orangeblossoming.wordpress.com/ ) I found this blog about a month ago and I instantly fell in love with it. There are so many great qualities to it. This blog is focused on “lessons from the farm” which is another endearing thing about it. Look at the last post, it is such a great reminder if life and it will be sure to put lots of things in perspective.

So, to all you wonderful bloggers that I nominated: good luck and keep up the good work with your writing! When you’re done with your questions make sure you shoot me a comment, so I can take a look at your answers!

Thanks again for the blogger award. I just love getting these!

Until next time,

Hannah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Blooms- Photography of the Day

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, there is a rapture on the lonely shore, there is society, where nothing intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but nature more.

Alright, you little readers, you. I admit I’ve been a little slack with the posting, and when I say “slack” I really mean “completely negligent and only posts once a month even though she loves blogging” kind of slack. It’s pathetic, I am aware.

BUT- to make it up to you all, I’ve taken some summer photography that I thought you might enjoy. There’s nothing better than a little nature, no?

So…I’m going to be very frank with you. When I share these pictures I plan on giving as little information of the picture’s back story on purpose in a pathetic attempt to hide that I took these pics at the outdoor garden section of Lowes. Hey, don’t look at me like that! I’m using the resources given to me.

So without further ado, here’s your own little virtual flower bouquet of the day.

Hope you’ve enjoyed!

Your own personal Lowes outdoor garden photographer signing out,

Hannah