(My First) Sunshine Blogger Award

Ever heard of “cause and effect” ? Well, to catch you up to date- I’ve been going through a little of that lovely philosophy, as of lately. The cause? Junior year has come in full-swing. The effect? School is preventing much time for me to blog and read other people’s lovely pieces. I’m not very pleased that it’s taken this much time for me to write another piece, considering I set my hopes on writing posts much more frequently, but life gets busy, and that’s okay.

So, I figure the best thing I can do right now to let you know that I’m still on this big blue and green blob of a planet is by writing an acceptance to MY FIRST EVER Sunshine Blogger Award! I’m always so excited to get one of these awards, and this is not an exception. I mean, it takes me like two months to get around to writing these things, but, trust me…I’m excited when I get them!

First off, I want to give a special thanks to Alex (from: https://lordofthetrekkies.wordpress.com/ ) ! She gave some pretty fun and unique questions that I’ll have to answer later on.

Before I get further into the award, I’ll list the rules of the award, for those I decide to nominate

  1. Post the award on your blog
  2. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you
  3. Answer 11 questions that have been assigned to you
  4. Nominate 11 deserving bloggers for the award
  5. Ask 11 questions to your nominees

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award designated to those you feel bring sunshine into your life and the lives of others by blogging.

Now, without further ado, let’s get into these questions!

What is one book that changed the way you think?

I’d say that the book “Black like Me” by John Howard Griffin did a great job of really opening my eyes to the struggles of the black people living in the south in the 1950s and 60s, and what true progress we’ve made from that time. We never are really taught what big leaps and bounds we’ve made in modern society because history classes are very often just focusing on long ago past. This book did a great job of laying out before its readers the raw and extreme hardships that these everyday people were faced with in the deep South. I never knew it was still that bad back then until I took the time to read books such as these when older.

Do you believe in aliens? Why or why not?

Haha, no, I do not believe in aliens. I feel that if there were any extreme life on any other planet near us we would most likely know by now. We are barely able to find any traces of water these planets, so I highly doubt that aliens exist. Now, I could see maybe a few plants or things such as that, but not a full-fledged creature.

What is the worst ever book you’ve read?

Oh, gosh. So many. And a lot of them were mandatory readings assignments from school, growing up. One of them particularly was assigned in seventh or eighth grade named The Summer of My German Soldier about this twelve-year-old Jewish girl and this almost-romance with a Nazi German soldier that was grossly too old for her. His age was 18-22? Somewhere around there. This book also went on about her abusive relationship with her father. I was not very impressed and was thoroughly confused by the end.

What would be your dream career?

Ever since I was a kid I’ve dreamt of becoming a real author, so that is definitely a written- in-stone dream of mine that I would love to fulfill by the end of my life. I was tossing around the idea of being an adoption lawyer as a main career and doing writing on the side, but I just stopped and thought to myself- why would I want to do that full-time, when I could possibly follow in the path to writing full-time, something I love even more?

Writing is my thing, and I’m under the conviction that I should at least try to see if I could make it a full-time career. I would want a job on the side, as well, so I could support myself as I’m starting out. But, I believe all good things come to those who work for it.

Another thing I am hoping to do is, after high school, is travel writing. I think it would be a good way to grow and see the world. Traveling is something I’ve always wanted to do, seeing as I have grown up in a small town my whole life.

What is your opinion on house cats?

I feel the laziness is excessive. No wonder you’re a big ball of pudge, Fluffy!

Why did you start blogging?

I guess I just started as another outlet for my writing. It’s a good way to share a little of my passion with others!

If you could travel anywhere, real or fake, where would it be?

I think that I’d love to visit some of the best art galleries in Europe. I would love to take it all in, and admire the beauty. But somewhere specific? Probably Venice, Italy. For many reasons!

Are you allergic to something? If so, can you tell us what it is?

Not anything that I’m aware of, except for maybe POLLEN. I just know that when that pollen count is up, I’m a wreck.

Have you ever went on a trip outside the country? Where did you go?

I’ve never gone anywhere outside the country. Although, when I’m old enough I want to pursue travel writing, because traveling is another important factor for me.

What is the biggest book you own? Can you take a picture?

The absolute biggest book we own has to be this ANCIENT dusty old Bible that we’ve somehow gotten a hold of. It dates back to the 1890s and the thing is ginormous. I don’t think I’ve seen anything bigger than that!

What’s your favorite kind of coffee?

Two words. ICED. COFFEE. (But, more specifically, French Vanilla iced coffee).

Here are my eleven questions for the folks I nominate next:

What is your favorite work of art? It can be any art form: painting, written word, etc… Why do you think it has affected you so much?

What do you think is the most important thing in life?

What are three of your most recent favorite music albums? Who sang them?

Is there something you’re really looking forward to in the next year?

If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?

What is one thing you would never change about yourself even if you were given a million dollars?

If you would ever write a book, what would it be about?

If you could turn into a completely different person for a day, what would you want to be? (Example…pro soccer player, seamstress, etc…) Why?

What do you want to accomplish in your young life? Any new years resolutions you’d want to fulfill if you knew 100% that you’d do it?

Find a quote that describes you to a tee.

If you could recommend one book for me to read right now, what would it be? Why?

And PLEASE- I will not stress this enough- when you are done with these, do not forget to tell me you are done! No matter if you make it three months later or an hour later. I thoroughly enjoy seeing all you guys’ answers to stuff!

I guess it’s time  to nominate some of you for the award! I will do as many as I feel, because eleven new nominations are sometimes hard to come by. I’ll only choose those who I feel really bring sunshine to the blogging community, so if I nominate you, you should feel that much more special 😉

https://bayart.org/blog/    – I’ve found this blog a few months ago and I absolutely love her latest idea of submitting a random act of kindness per day, to take a step back to tell yourself “hey, you’re on the right track” and to encourage you to keep making a difference. Keep up the positivity!

https://prayersandpiazzas.com/   – Okay, this blog has got it all! If you are at all interested in history, travel, everyday observational posts: go follow this chick. She’s got GREAT content and her photography is kinda sorta AMAZING. Whenever I get the chance, I love to read of her most recent adventures. It’s the kind of blog I’d want my blog to evolve into when I’m older and get out into the world (a whole lot of travel, adventure, and insight). Keep up the great work! Thanks for bringing the sunshine 🙂

https://marymacandcheese.wordpress.com/   – I look around your blog and what I take from it is that you have such a positive air to yourself and your writing! I like how you incorporate a little of your personality into some posts. I am a big supporter of writers incorporating themselves into their writing and I think that you have the start to a great thing coming. Keep up the great work with culminating and adding your special touch to writing! You’re doing great!

https://jorobinblog.wordpress.com/   – I found this blog, I think, about a month ago and I really like the issues she brings up in her blog. She confronts common issues that crop up in life and she presents it in a way that shows good insight to how we can approach these things. Thanks for your great work, and continue to do what you’re doing!

https://infinitebelly.com/   – Okay, it doesn’t take much to understand why I’m nominating this blog for the Sunshine Blogger Award. The first time I went to the blog, I was astounded at the beautiful photography and the DELICIOUS LOOKING FOOD! I mean, it’s got everything, really. Great writing & amazing food. You can’t beat it. So, Infinite Belly, keep it up on this cool endeavor! There are many that appreciate your spectacular blog. I’m just one of them.

Alright, everyone. I’m going to leave it at that! I will try my hardest to find even more blogs to nominate the next time. Things have just been so hectic that I haven’t had time to explore more blogs than I already have.

Again, thanks so much for the nomination! I appreciate every one of you that take your time reading my posts and caring about my writing (something that makes my heart happy).

As always, have a lovely day, and I will try to post again very shortly.

Your trusty blogger signing out,

Hannah

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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 was 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. And my mom was just thinking of that inevitable clock ticking down.

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 🙂

Loveee you, Mom!

Hannah

I Would’ve.

This Thursday (four days ago) was meant to be the day of my young writer’s conference in Philly.

The day before, I woke up, just like any other day, but I woke with the distinct knowledge that I would be traveling three hours away to attend this conference at a university filled with professional writers, publishers, editors, and the likes. There I would learn, socialize with other writers, and show my hard work to a real-life editor for review and discussion on how to move forward with this passion and career (*eek! Yes! Career!) of mine. That’s some pretty exciting things for a sixteen-year-old.

So, yeah. But, listen here. I’m warning you. Before you get too jazzed up about this writer’s conference deal…*ahem. You know when your teachers say, “Don’t procrastinate. You’re gonna die” and you’re like- “OKAY! I’m going to do this right away so I won’t die!” That was me….the first twenty-four hours of having the book.

But WOE IS ME! Hannah, what were you thinking??

You’re probably quite familiar with the cycle, as well. What cycle, you ask? The dreaded cycle of procrastination. You say to yourself, “Oh, golly gee! I have so much time to do this MANDATORY READING that I don’t have a care in the world as of now!” And there you go, skipping through a field of wildflowers, licking an over-sized lollipop while completely and utterly happy with your clear disillusionment to reality.

Fast forward to the last three/four days before the conference: Hmmm. We see a very stressed out sixteen-year-old girl wringing her hands in despair. Oh, goodness me! Whatever shall she do?!

Yeah. You get the picture. When I woke up Wednesday morning, I still had half the book left to read and a little more of my writings to jot down in my new fancy journal. By that time I was pretty stressed out. I hadn’t really been nervous at all about the conference the days before, just about the reading. I was so excited about everything other than that.

Because this a new chapter in life for me! Heh heh. Chapter. Get it?

Oh gosh. How do you people deal with me?

But really, I’m confident in my ideas and my writing. It was just the principle of it all. Not being finished with the reading, not being finished writing down the WRITING! I still hadn’t packed! So, of course, Wednesday morning I was completely stressing. How was I ever going to get things done in an orderly fashion? Plus, going three hours away to a place I’ve never been before, without knowing one single person in the university was not necessarily in my comfort zone. That just kinda added to everything.

After a few minutes wigging out, I tell my parents, “I’m not going. I can’t possibly get all this done.”

I justified it to myself by repeating these things in my head, You’ll go next year. By then, you’ll have more material to show and your ideas will be even better! You don’t want to go when you’re stressed, anyway. You don’t want to. 

I started believing it, too!

All in all, I was psyching myself out big time. I was feeling the pressure and I wanted to bail. In reality, I could get it done. I’ve been ready to meet with a professional in the writing business for a while now! I could do it!

What was I even thinking? Why was I limiting myself  because of a few little setbacks? I was going! I made up my mind right then and there. Because if you want to do anything worthwhile in life you have to jump in head first.

I marched up to my mother and I tell her, “I’m going.” I turned my mind around completely, doing a full 180 for the betterment of myself. I knew good and well how important this was to me.

She looks at me and says….

“Sorry, Hannah. We won’t be able to go this year.”

HA you should see the look on your face! Not the answer you were expecting, eh?

Well, as it turns out, our dog, Millie, a little four-year-old rat terrier miniature pinscher mix that has glaucoma in her eye wasn’t feeling particularly well. Her eye was being especially painful for her that morning and we didn’t feel comfortable leaving her for that long trip.

But you know what? I felt so much better knowing that I had the guts to put my foot down and set my mind to go on that trip. I wasn’t going, but having that determination made all the difference for me to still feel good about everything.

Like it says in the title, at least I knew I would’ve. I don’t want to make this into a preachy lesson or a cheesy little inspiration for you. I’m just putting it out there for the future, for me and for others to remember.

And guess where I’m going next August? You can bet I’m walking straight into that young writers’ conference in Philly to learn, grow, and thrive in the area that I love most.

Signing out,

Hannah

 

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A Quickly Written Inspiration

writers are forgetful

This is a good thing to remember* throughout your day!

Anytime you’re being a little down on yourself for whatever reason, be reminded of the good qualities you possess, just as the quote above considers. For instance, “You may not remember the silly little chores you have to do around the house, but you remember the important things in life” and another example, “You may not be the greatest at Algebra, but you rock at English and literature.”

Now, isn’t that encouraging? That is how we should consistently approach life, with little reminders to ourselves that no one can be perfect in all areas. Although this does not mean that we shouldn’t try to improve in the areas we don’t have a clue. How can we ever accomplish anything with that kind of thinking? We all have to start somewhere. What this philosophy simply does is prevent us from feelings like failures before we get better at something, or because we don’t have a certain quality we like about others.

“If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it’s stupid.” Albert Einstein

I love this quote from Einstein because it is apparent that even he himself faced setbacks. Einstein, believe it or not, failed subjects at school and didn’t feel as great as he could have at some points in life. Look how he turned out! He was one of the greatest minds in history and he faced the same struggles we do.

All in all, this should be a blog that encourages you to be the best version of yourself.

BUT- before you can even come close to doing that you have to make peace with who you are as a person  (including all the little qualities you could do without and the qualities you wish you had). Once you are content and know who you are, you will find yourself that much happier in life.

In conclusion, I hope you lovelies have a great day today and that you carry this message in your back pocket, to encourage and to wipe away any troubles you may come along.

Again, wishing you all a great day!

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?

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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

The Indecisive Nature of Growing Up

Ultimately, nothing is written in stone. No matter how much we believe otherwise, one little change of plans and we are right back to square one. Things change, people change, everything changes. We all grow.

I’ve noticed this a lot growing up; your childhood and teen years are one phase after another. One day you want to be a vet, one day you want to be a teacher, one day you want to achieve world domination, owning all the T.J Maxx and Chick fil A’s of the world…oh, wait. Did I just say that out loud?

Anyway, all of us, at some point in life, are forced to choose a profession or line of work that we… hopefully (*fingers crossed*) will never get completely sick of. No pressure, right? Well, that, my friends, is the point that I am at right now. Stuck in between childhood and adulthood, I am forced with some pretty big decisions. Time has flown and people that I have grown up with since childhood are starting to graduate high school. I find it hard sometimes to appreciate where I am at in life while I am so deeply aware of how close I am to being on my own.

I have my whole life ahead of me and that scares me, yet pushed me to unimaginable excitement and vision of living my purpose out in this world. Thinking of these things, as long as it is in a positive way, is something that I choose to follow out for my own good, because using these situations will push me further and further to the goals I have set for myself. That’s the only way to overcome doubt. So, where will Hannah Garner be in the future?

Only time will tell.