Out of My Comfort Zone

Happy New Year’s! Tonight we said goodbye to 2015 and rang in 2016. 2015 was an incredibly life changing year in my life. I graduated, went to college, traveled by myself for the first time, learned that I can take care of myself and live on my own, and so much more. Even though 2015 was one of the toughest years of my life, I grew so much. God and I grew ever closer in 2015 and I hope that 2016 follows suit.

I don’t like New Year’s resolutions because I never stick to them. I do, however, feel that I need to be pushed out of my comfort zone a little bit more in 2016. It’s the only way to grow, right? I started that journey earlier this month by starting an entirely new blog, and now I am adding a new platform to my docket. I have decided to try to start vlogging. I love watching vlogs such as PsychoSoprano and Mimi Ikonn, so I thought, why not try it? I have been dying to to try my hand at vlogging for such a long time. Mostly, this is for me to document my life for my future self to watch, so I can remember the moments that are meaningful to me. There have been so many times in 2015 that I regret not recording. No more of that.¬†Here’s the new video I uploaded tonight:¬†https://youtu.be/96rEkHAPq3A

Our New Year’s celebration was the same as previous years. My family has a tradition that we each pick a movie to watch until about ten minutes before midnight, when we turn to the local news channel which broadcasts the New Year’s celebrations in our county and the counties around us. We watched Grosse Point Blank, School of Rock (my choice), and Looper. We also listened to some music on the record player that I got over Christmas, which came today! James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James was the christening record, a personal favorite of mine and my dad’s.

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I hope you all had a beautiful end to your Holiday season, may 2016 treat you well!

L

CHRISTMAS CHEER: My Weekend

Hello all, I hope you had a lovely weekend!

Even though I am still getting over this finals-week-stress-cold, I still had a fun weekend.

On Friday I woke up around 1… I know, I know, but I think I really needed the sleep because I felt a lot better when I woke up. When I realized the time, I jumped out of bed and exercised, ate lunch, and headed out the door to do some Christmas shopping. I only had the time for Target, and though I didn’t find anything for the remaining friends on my list, I did get a cute crop top that will be perfect for Holiday parties. (Lookbook coming soon!)

When I came home I felt worse. Shopping really took it out of me, so I stayed in and watched Elf. I love that movie! It cracks me up and always puts me in a Christmas-y mood. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear!”

On Saturday I started the day out with a drive around the country near my house. Here’s a landscape picture that I took…

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So thankful to live on such a beautiful country-side!

And an outfit of the day…

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My mom and I went shopping at the local Christian bookstore for gifts and Khols for shows. The mall was so insanely crowded I almost asked to turn around and go home, but I am so glad that I didn’t because the sales were worth it. Even my mom, who is very, very picky about what kind of shoes she buys, found a pair that she liked.

After dinner, my family finally put up our Christmas tree! My dad and I always work together to put up the tree, and my job is to sort and fluff the “branches” of our twenty-one year old faux-pine while he puts it together.

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This was only part of the mess of branches.

It gets a little more difficult every year, but we always do a fine job in the end. It got to be too late to decorate the tree, but the garland, lights, and angel are up and ready to go!

On Sunday, we decorated the tree. We have ornaments from vacations, from both my mom and my dad’s childhoods, antiques, crafts from my elementary school years, things like that. It’s always fun to arrange the ornaments just so.

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Right now, my mom and I are working on projects while we’re watching Veggie Tales, The Star of Christmas. Because you’re never too old for Veggie Tales. My mom is making German stars for Christmas presents and I’m planning for this coming week. Tomorrow, I’m cleaning my room. Maybe rearranging it, too. That is, if I can lift my furniture. We’ll see how that goes down. I’m working on blog post ideas, too! The flood gates have been opened.

On that note, a bit of news! I am getting a new camera for my birthday next week, so the picture quality is about to get a lot better on this little blog! I’ll probably stick to my phone when I’m documenting my weekend for the round up posts like these just because it’s easier, but I have plans for fashion posts, recipe tutorials, and more! I’m so excited to get started!

L