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January Wrap-Up+A Taste of Winter| 2017

By on February 6, 2017

I totally forgot to share these pics! It’s now early February and (at least here) starting to warm up slightly! We don’t usually get a lot of snow here. It usually snows once, generally in January, and melts before the week is up! But we typically get a day off school so there’s that! So I’ll leave these wintry photos here for you as an (almost) au revoir to winter!

 

January Wrap-Up

January was kind of a crazy month!

I celebrated my 21st birthday this month so I would say that was my biggest highlight! I had a great time with my friends and family. Other than that, January has been a crazy whirlwind of a time. I had to add a class super last minute, so I had to play catch up a little bit. I am not taking five classes and let me tell you, this will be my hardest semester yet. I’m chalking it up to the fact that I’m now in my program officially so these are my major courses. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy but it’s been a bit more difficult than originally expected! I also am experiencing the first of many many many MANY clinicals for my major (education) so lots of observation and tutoring going on. I love it! But it is also nerve wracking. Nothing I can’t handle though, just gotta keep on keeping on (do people still say that?).

Watching– The Teen Wolf winter finale was an emotional roller-coaster(anyone who watches and loves #Stydia knows what I’m talking about), still watching Timeless because it’s AMAZING, The Travelers on Netflix is crazy good, and I started watching When Calls the Heart with mom and we are hooked. Thank you Hallmark for once again pulling on my hopeless romantic heartstrings.

Reading- Still reading See How They Run by Ally Carter (my favorite author)! I’m so much slower at finishing books these days (it really pains me to say that). I used to be able to read more than one a week! And yet my TBR pile keeps growing and growing…

Also, I’m loving Sadie Robertson’s (y’all know I love her) Live Original devotional book!! I received it for Christmas and it’s phenomenal. It’s a weekly devotional, which I like because since I have 8ams more than half the week, it is a struggle for me to do a full devotional in the morning (when I like to do them). I also bought a Journaling Bible and I’m obsessed! The one I bought is the Inspre: The Bible for Creative Journalinig. It has blank lined margins AND some with un-colored pictures that you can fill in!

LovingHP Sprocket! It’s such a cool gadget and I LOVE it! I had wanted a polaroid camera for so long but they were so expensive plus the film! Which doesn’t last forever. So I never could make myself bite the bullet and splurge. Well, in Zoe Sugg’s “What’s in my Bag” video at the end of 2016, she talked about the Sprocket, a pocket-sized photo printer! You can print right from your phone, make them look like polaroids, and it’s so much cheaper!

What was your January like? Anything exciting?!

 

xoxo Ariana

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21 Things At 21

By on January 17, 2017

Good morning everyone! Guess what?! Ya girl turns twenty-one today. Yup. I feel extremely old actually. It’s kind of a weird birthday. Still considered young but actually kind of an adult, an actual twenty-something! Anyways, last year I shared 20 Things I Learned By 20 and I really enjoyed doing that post! So, seeing as this year it’s a milestone, here is 21 Things at 21!

  1. Being alone is okay.
  2. Even if you are good at being alone, you can still get lonely. Which is okay too.
  3. Having standards is good.
  4. Strawberry cheesecake is the bomb dot com.
  5. Family is everything.
  6. You will have doubts about your future but pray about it and keep pushing.
  7. Life is coming faster and faster. It’s fun and exciting, but also kinda scary all in one.
  8. Pink is-and will always be- the best, most happy color ever.
  9. You probably won’t stop caring what others think by tomorrow. Just try to care less and less each day.
  10. Planner stickers make everything better.
  11. God has a plan, seek Him in everything you do.
  12. Making time for your old hobbies is important, so don’t forget about them.
  13. Soft blankets make the world go around.
  14. Hard work does (and will) pay off.
  15. Splurging on a Starbucks every once in awhile won’t break the bank.
  16. Sometimes a “me” day is necessary.
  17. Painting is very relaxing.
  18. It is very very VERY important to keep up with finances.
  19. You’re never too old to learn a new language.
  20. Disney is still the best form of happiness.
  21. Being 100% yourself is the best possible way to go through life.

xoxo Ariana

 

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Spring Semester 2017 Goals

By on January 10, 2017

Hey y’all! I hope everyone has had a great first week of 2017! As I write this over the weekend, soaking up my last few days of winter break, I was inspired by this post on Dani Dearest‘s blog!

I’ve never set goals for myself (at least outside of my own head) for the semester. I just finished my first semester at my new school and I loved it. The campus, my classes, the people, everything. LOVE my school. But there were a ton of things I was excited to do once I transferred that didn’t really happen in the first semester. Obviously, I knew I wasn’t going to do everything in the first semester but I wasn’t fully satisfied with what I did do. I was a bit scared and timid and mostly focused on settling into everything. (Universities are way different than community college! Maybe I’ll do a post about that…)

So, I’ve decided to set semester goals for myself and I’m posting them here to hold myself accountable! But also to inspire someone else to set semester goals (or any goals)!

Get all A’s and B’s in my classes

This has been and always is my number one goal! I love school, I love learning, and I love the sense of accomplishment when I get good grades. Especially if the class is hard! Grades are the key to getting that degree, which is the whole point of being in college!

Attend a Delight Bible Study session

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Delight Ministries is an all women’s Bible study group that has a chapter at my school. (They have many chapters at so many different colleges around the country! Just check out their website here to search for yours! I actually know a few girls already involved. I wanted to attend last semester but it just didn’t work out. They meet on days that are difficult for me to make it to. However, with my new schedule this semester, it should be easier and I want to make an effort to attend!

Make new friends

Now, this goal may seem silly to some people. I don’t know about y’all but I’m shy. I’ve definitely improved with talking to people and I’m pretty good about making “semester” friends with people seated around me in my classes (especially when the teacher makes you work in groups) but extending the friendships out of the classroom is where I really struggle. I chalk it up to two things: being a commuter and being introverted (more on both of these in a later post). It gets lonely on campus sometimes so I would really like to make a few solid friends this semester!

Look for study abroad opportunities

I LOVE traveling. While I am a very amateur traveler (never out of the US, typically family vacays, etc.), I can feel deep down how much I want to travel. There are SO many places that I want to visit. What better way than to get college credit and learn while I’m there?! I would really like to study abroad sometime in my college career. I have to keep a look out on the website and maybe even talk to an advisor to get some planning done in advance. (This leads me to my next goal)

Save $10 of every pay check

Saving money is always a great idea and always a goal of mine.Whether it be for study abroad, paying off student loans, or just saving to save up. I want to be more hands on about saving my money for the future!

 

 

Hopefully, this list has inspired something in you to set goals for yourself! I think setting goals is wonderful, even if you don’t accomplish them. I get bored when I’m not working towards something. At the end of the semester, I’m going to revisit this and see what I’ve accomplished! Here’s to a new semester!

 

What are your goals for the semester or for the whole year?! I would love to hear your goals!

xoxo Ariana

 

 

 

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2016 RECAP

By on January 3, 2017

Wow, I cant believe it’s already a new year! 2016 was a big year for me. So many amazing, incredible, once in a lifetime things happened to me and I’m so blessed for it all! Let’s have a recap, shall we?

 

Things that happened in 2016:

  • Turned 20 years old
  • Met Sadie Robertson at her book signing which resulted in the funniest picture EVER
  • The Panthers made it to the Super Bowl (gotta represent the home team!)
  • Graduated with a 2 year degree (at the same time my cousin graduated with hers!)
  • Baby sister turned 16 *cries*

  • Traveled to Nashville for the first time (You can read about it here,here, and here!)
  • Got accepted into my #1 school
  • Road tripped with my mom, sister, and best friend to Atlanta to meet Kian &JC on tour
  • Got Abby hooked on Teen Wolf
  • Took my sister with myself and Abby to soundcheck at the 5SOS concert
  • Went with my family to see Lindsey Stirling perform the next day (read about both concerts here!)

  • Had all four of my wisdom teeth removed
  • Traveled to Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where I check off a life bucket list item of eating at Cafe Du Monde
  • Had the annual family beach trip to Sanibel immediately after

  • FREAKED OUT over the PLL summer finale
  • Got obsessed with a handful of amazing new television shows
  • Celebrated my one year blogiversary!
  • Babysat A TON (and I wouldn’t have had it any other way, love those kiddos!)
  • Traveled back to Atlanta with my dad and sister for Dragon Con (and met some of Hollywood’s finest)

  • Started my first semester at my new school
  • Took a “Children’s Literature” course that was about comic books and superheroes and the homework was to watch the correlating superhero movies (a dream come true in the college world, at least for me)
  • Took a family weekend trip to Boone

  • Baby sister learned to drive (again *cries*)
  • Voted in my first presidential election
  • Best friend got accepted into Hogwarts (delivered by a special anonymous owl *wink wink*)
  • Had a MAGICALLY WONDERFUL time at the happiest place on earth!!! (Magic Kingdom and Epcot!)
  • Developed a new love for Star Wars
  • Started learning Italian (buongiorno!)
  • Made all A’s and B’s
  • Celebrated a wonderful and very merry Christmas at home with my favorite people in the entire world

And just like that, it’s a new year!  A whole new year full of new experiences, new people, new places, new knowledge, new accomplishments. I am QUITE excited about this new year. I feel different about it, different than I ever have. I feel like some big things are going to happen this next year. Maybe not big to other people, but big for me. And I’m ready, ready take this year on head first! Let’s do this 2017!

What is something you are looking forward to in the new year?

xoxo Ariana

P.S.

Helene in Between
This post was part of Helene’s (from heleneinbetween.com) link up party! Thank you so much for hosting this Helene!! It was my first link-up EVER so I already have a New Year’s Resolution checked off  ✔

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Proud To Be An American

By on November 9, 2016

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Last night, history was made. This was the first presidential election I voted in and actually was able to pay attention to, for lack of a better phrase. Unlike other presidential elections (that I can remember), this election had people at each others’ throats like never before.

I am writing this because I have just experienced history. I want to look back in the future and remember this time in my life. I have a few thoughts and reminders to put out there. I am not writing this because of my political views or the opposing ones.

Regardless of Donald Trump being the new President, or even if Hillary Clinton was the President, they are/would be just that. The President. The leader of our country. I was raised to be respectful in general, but to always respect our President, no matter how I felt about the individual.

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Mr. Trump will be our President. Many people are very upset at this. Even I feel the need to take a deep breath. It seems no one was satisfied with our options. Nonetheless, he won. Therefore, I will respect him as the leader of our beautiful nation. I will pray for him every day, just like I would if anybody else had been elected. I will pray that God guides his hand, his mind, and his heart in providing, protecting, and leading the United States of America.

I hate getting on social media and seeing things like “say goodbye to our freedoms” or “See ya later, I’m moving to Canada”. That’s not the patriotic American spirit. Social media has honestly been such a game changer in politics. I totally understand that people are upset, the mood is low, etc. I think everyone just needs a few days to process and regroup. But Americans persevere. We work together and we push through. If you are upset, it’s okay. Keep that hope, that spark alive.

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Think back to how this country began. People who didn’t even know what was on the other side of the ocean filed into ships and sailed for days and days, away from England. They faced adversity straight in the face. They did that to escape restriction. They did that to have the freedoms to believe what they believe and voice their beliefs without consequence. Those people were some of the bravest in history and I have never been more thankful that they risked EVERYTHING for future generations.

Think of all the people who have fought for America one way or another. Think of the people who are out there fighting right now. The LEAST we could do is be respectful and kind to one another, including our new President.

How blessed am I that I get to live, to be born in a country that allows me to have a different opinion??? And that not only is it okay, it is my RIGHT?? I am still so proud to be an American citizen. I would have been just as proud had there been a different outcome. This is my home.

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Please do not harass, threaten, degrade, or even just be plain mean to anyone who has a different opinion, voted differently, or speaks out about their views. It’s extremely hard, ESPECIALLY in modern society and especially today, to voice your political opinions. It’s scary because anybody could comment horrid things to you just because. And there are people who are being outspoken and receiving backlash right this second. It shouldn’t be that way. They should be allowed to have their opinion respected, even when it is disagreed with.

Whatever happens over the next year, the next four years, or the next forty years, the one thing I DO know is that God already has this planned out. He knows how it will end. He knew who would be our president in 2017 from the very beginning. I have faith in Him. I find peace in Him. One day, none of this will matter.

But until then, be kind. Be humble. Have faith. Be uplifting and encouraging to each other. Be respectful. Don’t ruin friendships over this. Don’t lose hope in our country, the very country that has overcome so many hardships when there was almost no hope left.

Everyone take a deep breath, stay positive, and have an amazing day!

xoxo Ariana

 

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,

and to the Republic for which it stands,

one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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