A Blogger's Guide to Why Blogging Matters

Hello everybody! It's been a long time since I've taken the time to sit down and write a blog post, but here I am. So much has gone on in my life in the last year and half, but one of the main things is that I started my first year of college (or university) in the fall! Moving out from home and into a new place was something really different and scary for me at first, but now that I'm halfway done with my first year, I can honestly say I love where I'm at and I'm so thankful for everyone I've met.

Now, I wish I could tell you that I hope to get back into regular blogging (something I seem to say almost every time I make a reappearance here, lol), but I'm just going to let the posts come when they come.... in other words, when I have the time and motivation.

Recently, I was prompted to reflect on how I fell in love with writing, and for me, the answer was simple :: blogging.
Not only has blogging changed my view of the world, but it has also affected how I a…

Top Eight Summer Tunes of 2017

Hello everyone! My summer has been officially kicked off for a while now, and I've been so busy with so many fun things! I'm making the most of my free time and trying not to spend so much time on my phone or laptop.... so far so good! I am in the process of writing a post that details my summer so far, so look for that soon! 
Anyway, let's talk about music. Summer is all about good music. It's the season when huge music festivals come to town, the season when you're never without a radio blaring the hits on the side of your pool party, and the season when artists release their hottest new jams for people to soak up while out in the sun.
As many of you probably know, I really love music -- listening to it, playing it, dancing to it. I went through a weird phase where I just couldn't find any good songs so I stopped listening to any new stuff besides the songs I already knew, but lately, I have rediscovered my passion for discovering new songs. Whether they be …

VLOG ::: Roadtrip Through the Mitten State

Hello everybody!!  So I have been doing quite a bit of traveling near and far lately and I would really love to share all of my adventures with you! Just in the past year and a half alone I've been blessed to have had the opportunities to go to Florida, Maine, Mexico, California, Canada, Washington DC and Virginia. So, yeah, I've been around haha.
In my most recent trip, my friend Elena and I visited Michigan's Upper Peninsula during Memorial Day weekend to celebrate our high school graduation. It was absolutely amazing and we had a blast of a time exploring our beautiful state.

If you didn't know, the state of Michigan, where I live, has two parts to it -- an upper and lower peninsula (which means they're each only connected to land on one side and surrounded by water on the other three sides!).

I happen to live in the bottom left part of the state which is insanely beautiful, but on this trip, we traveled to the top to see even more gorgeous parts of Michigan. L…

My Summer Bucket List

Hello everyone! So far so good with keeping up with regular-ish blogging! Aren't you proud me? I decided that I don't want to set a posting schedule for myself because if I do I'm afraid blogging will feel more like homework and then I'll become less and less motivated to do it. So for now, I'm just going to stick with writing posts as they come, whether that be three a week or one every three weeks. So we'll see what happens *fingers crossed*

Anyway, on to the main topic of this post... the thing you've allbeen waiting for... my 2017 summer bucket list! Every summer I make a list of goals and other fun things I want to accomplish during the summer, and this summer I want to share that list with you all! Maybe some of our goals are the same, or maybe your bucket list is completely opposite of mine. Whatever the case may be, I hope you enjoy your summer and are able to check many things off your own lists!

Let's get started!

Watch lots of sunsets! Sunsets…

Tips for the Tired Blogger

Hola! Welcome back to my little blog :) Now, I know you're thinking, "wow, July... two posts this week after radio silence for like five months?" Well, it's true; here I am. I've recently been re-inspired to start blogging semi-regularly again and I can't wait to reconnect with all of my old blogging friends. My mission this week is to go back and read y'alls most recent posts! 
Anyway, today I wanted to write a post about the struggles of the blogging process. Something all bloggers have experienced at some point or another is the feeling of "writer's-block...," that dreaded funk that takes over your head and eats up all creativity and inspiration before the ideas actually make it on the internet. We all know how frustrating it can be when writer's-block hits because it's not like we don't want to write a post for our blogs, but rather it's that we can't find the motivation inside to do it. Through personal experience, I …

An Open Letter To Myself, a Christian College Student

Howdy everybody! Remember me? July? That girl who used to post on her blog every once and a while? Well, I'm back, and I know I say this every time, but hopefully this time I'm back for good. This past year has been a crazy year (a post should be coming out shortly detailing my year), but the good news is, I'm finally a high school GRADUATE! Yes, I graduated. That means that college is right around the corner for me and I need to start making some really big decisions about my future.... *shudders* Wellllll, let's not talk about that right now. Anyway, I recently wrote a letter to myself of thoughts and tidbits that I want to take with me to college, and although it's quite personal, I wanted to share it (a slightly edited version) here anyway. Hopefully many years down the road when I'm looking back at this blog, I'll read this post and remember where I was in life in the time between high school and college. So I suppose this post is more for me than it i…

Somehow, the world is still spinning.

<originally published on 11/09/16 but republished on 06/02/17>

*please excuse this massive thought vomit*

So I'm guessing you've all heard the news by now. Whether you're a citizen of the United States of America or not, I'm sure the whole world was watching what played out on the night of November 8 at America's polls. Every four years we elect a new president through series of debates, a cutdown, more debates, and eventually a public vote between two main candidates (with the help of the electoral college, of course). This year, the stakes were especially high, given the two candidates.... a democratic liar and so called baby killer who put the nation at security risk, or a republican hothead whose disgustingly hateful words and policies spewed a trance of fear over the nation.

Somehow, we were supposed to pick one of these to be the new face of our country.
Somehow, we were supposed to make the choice between who is bad and who is worse.
Somehow, we were s…