Friday, May 30, 2014

Living Life: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life."
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I recently watched this movie with my parents, and I have to say--I loved it.

I honestly don't really know why.

It is 
strange,
confusing,
random, 
but
breathtaking,
adventurous,
and 
heartwarming.

The scenery is absolutely gorgeous.
My excitement to travel to more unknowns grew tremendously. 

I suppose what I really loved about this movie, was Walter stepped out of his world and took a leap of faith.

I don't want to spoil the movie for you, but Walter did what so many people fail to do in this life.

Actually live.



Check it out. 

I know you like it!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ab Killers

Recently my mom brought home an item that is supposed to really help with abs.

It is called the Ab Carver Pro.

Let me tell you, it really does work.

I did 10 and was sore for two days.

It looks a bit strange, but directions are provided on how to use it properly.

There are also some videos online that you could use as a workout.

It is about $40, but I thought this was a pretty good deal.

I was talking with one of mom's fitness fanatic friend and she said crunches and sit ups weren't the answers for abs.

Often times, they don't give the results you wanted, and you can end up injuring yourself.

The Ab Carver Pro is supposed to be the best thing for your body to get those abs you always wanted. 

If you want to tone your abs,  I would highly recommend it. 



Sunday, May 25, 2014

20 Gifts

"Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!"
Psalm 107:21

20 Gifts.

A graduate's celebration party. 
Getting lost in the woods.
"Good mornings" on runs.
Summer buddy.
Beanie Bag that fits three.  
Growing up, going afar, but not growing apart.
High school friends graduating. 
Childhood friend getting married.   
Ice cream date with a sweet friend. 
Dad making it safely home and new postcards for my collection. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Last summer, one of my best friends from college came to visit me and we made the most delicious cupcakes ever. Below the picture is the blog where I got the recipe from. 

Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield:  The recipe is supposed to make 24 cupcakes, but I usually come up one or two short.

Filling
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix together all ingredients with an electric mixer until well combined and completely smooth.  Roll into 24 1-inch balls and set aside while you make the cupcake batter.

Cupcakes
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs

optional garnish:  mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 24 muffin cups with cupcake liners.  Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Add cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, milk, and vanilla extract.  Mix until well combined.  Add flour alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition, and beginning and ending with sour cream.  Put 1 to 2 tablespoons of cake batter in the bottom of each muffin cup.  Add one peanut butter ball to the center of each muffin cup.  Top with 1 to 2 tablespoons more batter, making sure to cover the top of each peanut butter ball.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely before frosting.  Frost with peanut butter frosting and garnish with mini chocolate chips.

Peanut Butter Frosting

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 lb. confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Beat all ingredients together with the paddle attachment of an electric mixer.  Mix until completely smooth.  Use to frost peanut butter filled chocolate cupcakes.

 This is a picture I found from our finished masterpieces!
Enjoy!
:)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fahrenheit 451: What Books Say

In one of my classes this past semester, we read Fahrenheit 451.

I have to admit, it has become of my favorite books.

Imagine a world where books are banned.

Fire fighters "fight" against books and burn them.

It is strictly the law.

Sitting on the porch, walking and smelling the flowers--it is all forbidden.

Peace and quiet is foreign.

The power of thought, of remembering is banned.

This world is depicted as being miserably meaningless. 

People walk around aimlessly, not knowing what their true purpose in life is.

Happiness is nonexistent. 

Reading through this book, I thought about how careful I have to be each day in my life.

How am I spending my time? 

My goal for this summer is to grow.

To do.

I want to make my life more meaningful. 

I challenge you to read this book.

It truly does change your perspective on life.

Books won't save you, but maybe the things we can learn from books will. 

"Books were only one type or receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us."
- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451










Sunday, May 18, 2014

10 Gifts

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever."

1 Chronicles 16:34

10 Gifts.

A beautiful, godly couple getting married.
<3

The most beautiful, encouraging, Christ-loving friends a girl could ever ask for. 
My mom.
Her beautiful, gentle spirit.
All A's smile. 
The smell of salt water, and the feeling of rough sand between your toes.
More like sisters.   
Girl time. 
Soft custard that melts in your mouth.
Sunset over the crashing waves.
Sower's Seeds
So many more gifts than just ten during the week, but I encourage you to look all around you. Each and every day I am amazed on how beautiful life truly is. 

:)


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Perfect Fit

I believe everyone has God-sized dreams. It's not about how big or small they are, because He creates each one to perfectly fit the size of your heart.

Some of my dreams are big, some are small. 
Some I think about, some I don't even know about.
Each are uniquely created for me. 

God has a dream for you, your talents, your one life that has never been and never will be duplicated by anyone else. 

Why not live for an adventure?
An adventure no one else has lived.

I get tired of what I call "the checklist."

It's the checklist of what I am expected to do.

Graduate.
Get Married.
Find a Job.
Have Kids.

You get the picture.
I want more than just a "checklist" of things to do in life.

Yes, I want to graduate, fall in love and have kids, but I want to do SO much more than just that.

Dream big, sweet girls and you too guys. 

Don't get bogged down with that "checklist" of how your life is supposed to be.

Create your life on what you want it to be. 

Your life and dreams are the perfect fit for you. 


PS: Liked those quotes? They come from You're Made for a God-Sized Dream. Check it out!

:)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Gifts of Thanksgiving

One of my most favorite books of all time is called One Thousand Gifts

It is a challenge. 

Am I willing to take time out of my day to find things I am thankful for?

You know, the blessings all around me or what Ann calls them,

Gifts.

But aren't they gifts?

Gifts sent from above. 

I want to share my gifts with you.

Why not do all 1,000?

10 gifts per week.

100 weeks.

Almost two years.

Two years full of life's adventures.

It seems like a long time, but how quickly time seems to fly. 

Let's begin the journey.

:) 

“A life contemplating the blessings of Christ becomes a life acting the love of Christ.
And when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me." 
-Ann Voskamp

Monday, May 05, 2014

Dormant

My writing has been dormant this past month, but this life of mine hasn't.

I have finally found the place the Lord wants me to be fall semester. 

It is the most unexpected place, but I am so excited to see what He has in store.

Needless to say, I am thrilled.

I received a sweet note from a friend a few days ago, and it really made me think of the past two years.

Going to Faulkner University for three semesters was perfect for me at that time.

I met some incredible people, learned from some amazing professors and life-long friendships have come from it.

Coming home and taking online classes was perfect for me to do this past semester.

Doors have been opened, and I have been able to build relationships with people I never thought I would. 

Looking back and seeing how everything is intertwined fascinates me.

Every moment in life is preparing you for the next step.

Whether it is at the same place, or some where you least expect, God will work wonders.

Everything will always work out.

Your life is never in a dormant stage.

Everyday preps you for the next.

What attitudes and priorities are you prepping for?

Those little choices may affect the rest of your life.

Don't think dormant, think alive. 

We are to constantly grow. 

:)