Monday, April 16, 2018

Why am I blogging?


"Why should I continue blogging?" 
"My template is not an original..." 
"Half of my followers don't ever comment..." 
"Blogging takes up my time."
"If I'm going to continue it needs to be worth it!" 
Does this sound familiar?  I've been having a lot of these kinds of arguments with myself lately.  I've even seriously considered to stop blogging.  I could do other things and focus on other things other than blogging.  But you know, all I have to do is ask the question, "Why am I blogging?"  and I decide to stick through it.

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So why am I blogging?  That's a good question and here's the answer...
I'm blogging because I want to encourage people, inspire people, and share my writing. 
Just the other day a friend of mine said that my blog was very encouraging to her sister who was going through a hard time.  That touched my heart!  πŸ’™  Also I've heard from my mom that some friends like to watch my blog!  My blog must be at least somewhat good because they wanted to look at it.  To all those bloggers out there!!  Not everyone comments!  They might look at your blog, get something from it, and walk away not commenting.  That's something I've learned to accept.

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My blog doesn't have to be perfect or even popular.  It doesn't have to make it to Pinterest or Instagram.  It can be a blog that friends, family, and a few other bloggers follow.  Also, here's something I learned just today.  I don't need an original template.  It can just be a normal template from blogger.  As long as the context is good it doesn't matter too much.  Although if you want a big blog that has like 200 followers then I suggest that you do get an original template.  

Now after having a blog for quite a while I've decided to make it a Lifestyle blog.  Filled with tips, ideas, inspirational, songs, background music, smiles, links, writing, books, style, adventures, fun, goats, blessings, encouragement, health, ideas, and a lot more fun things.



Let's TalkπŸ“Š
~ Do you ever feel like quitting?  I really hope this has helped you!  What keeps you blogging?  Do you like this video.  I've used one of those recipes already and it turned out pretty good! ~

Also I want to say thank you to all those people out there that have encouraged and helped me with blogging!  
Lily πŸ–‰

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Big Announcement


Welcome everyone!  Today I'm going to interview a new blogger, Justin, who just started a blog and is very excited about it.  He started it on January 9, 2018 and his blog is titled Living the Dream.  BTW he's my brother.  😁  I encourage everyone of you to check out his blog, follow it, and subscribe to it.  He would be greatly encouraged!  Make sure you check out his blog!!


Me:  What is your blog about?
Justin:  About survival, backpacking, and farming.
Me:  What kind of posts do you do?
Justin:  Survival tips, what's happening at our farm, and more like that.
Me:  Tell a little bit about yourself.
Justin:  I'm 14 years old and I like sharing about adventures I have.  I enjoy hiking, farming, and hunting.
Me:  What inspired you to do this blog?
Justin:  Lily did.*
Me:  What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Justin:  To be able to share with everyone my tips, stories, and more.

* I did not bribe him to say that!!  What a kind brother!


Let's Talk
~ Did you look at his blog?  If so did you like it or follow it?  I hope you liked my very first interview with my brother, Justin. ~
Lily πŸ–‰


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

4-H Friends



In 4-H I've met a lot of people, some younger, some older.  I've learned to deal with different people from sweet to annoying.  I'm going to share some pictures and memories of times with 4-H friends.


This girl does dairy goats in my 4-H club.  Last year at the fair we had an awesome time riding rides.  I thought she was going to throw up on one of them (that got me really nervous).  We also got to get ice cream together and walk together around the fair grounds.  She's really fun and has a cute little brother.  😊
4-H Friends do things with each other!

(These are two kids from my 4-H club.  This pic was taken at my county fair in 2015)

At my county fair there's lots of fair rides and normally on one of the days during the fair us 4-Hers like to go on them.  I remember one year when I was riding a spinny ride with a boy from the picture above (the picture with that boy on the left and a girl on the right).  As we were riding the ride it started to spin very, very fast!  I looked over to him and he was not smiling (I was smiling because I was having fun).  "Are you okay?"  I yelled, over the sounds of the ride.  Now, I thought he said, "I can't breath."  My heart jumped, he can't breath?!  But when the ride finally ended I asked him why he couldn't breath.  He said,  "I didn't say, 'I can't breath' I said, 'I can't scream".  I will always laugh at that scary but funny memory.
4-H Friends make memories!

One thing you don't want to happen at the fair is let your goat get loose.  Yeah, your goat might trust you and follow you every where but once it gets loose at the busy, loud, crazy fair it will run!  I remember one year when someone's goat got loose and us 4-Hers had to help catch it.  Goats are fast, BTW. 😁
4-H Friends work together!

(pics of us on the rides)

Yes, at the county fair you have a lot of fun with 4-Hers.  I normally get to know them better during the fair too.
4-H Friends have fun with each other!


4-H friends don't only have fun with each other they also do things that aren't fun.  Like studying the Dairy Goat Score Card (not fun!!)!!  I really don't like the Dairy Goat Score Card but in the end it was worth studying because I needed to know it at a showmanship show.
4-H Friends do hard things together!

(watching my brother show his pig)
4-H Friends are always there for each other!

~Pig Barn Friends~
This year is going to be my first year doing a market pig for 4-H but my one brother has been doing it for four years.  
Now this is really funny!  The first year my brother did a pig he and his friend found something up in the rafters in the pig barn, a plastic alligator.  For three years they would play with it during the fair then when the fair was over they would hide it back up in the rafters.  They had a lot of fun playing with that alligator until last year they cut it up and threw it away.  Okay weird ending but it's a memory that my brother and his friend will laugh at for years to come.  
4-H Friends do funny things together!

Not only do 4-Hers have hard and funny times they also have embarrassing times...  My brother who brings a pig to the fair was washing his pig one day at the fair.  Now when it's time to wash your pig you need your friend's help to direct the way for your pig and keep gates shut.  As my brother brought his pig back after it's washing something really embarrassing happened.  A gate some how wasn't shut and his pig ran right into a wool demonstration!  That was embarrassing!  My brother and his friends ran in after the pig and all worked together to get the pig back to it's pen.
4-H Friends have embarrassing Times!

Let's Talk
~ If you're apart of 4-H or was please tell me (in the comments) or a memory about a friend you had in 4-H!! ~
Lily πŸ–‰

Monday, March 12, 2018

4-H Awareness Week


March 11-17, 2018 is 4-H awareness week and I'm going to do some posts to promote 4-H.
I'll be: Sharing 4-H memories, Telling about 4-H/the projects I do, and more!

4-H, I was a very active member the maximum number of years I was eligible.
↑This is the 4-H pledge↑

I've been in 4-H for 7 years and let me just say this, it's been AWESOME.  I've done family living projects (like sewing, baking, nature, and a few more), dairy goats, a market goat, and this year I'll be doing a market pig.  


In 4-H I've done a lot, learned a lot, helped a lot, experienced a lot, met a lot of people, and over all made A LOT of memories.
I don't like to talk in front of people but 4-H has helped me when it comes to talk in front of a group of people.  Also I've learned to make new friends and to do hard things.  Like halter breaking a market goat, it's harder than it sounds.  I have done things for our community and have promoted 4-H at local stores.  I've even gone to the PA Farm Show to work at their 4-H booth!  That was pretty awesome!
Let's TalkπŸ€
~ So, are you excited to see the next posts about 4-H?  Are YOU a part of 4-H or do you know anyone who's in 4-H?  Have you ever considered joining a 4-H club? ~
Lily πŸ–‰

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Helpful Morning Tips // Part 2


Okay, so in my Part 1 of Helpful Morning Tips I told some tips but now I'm going to add onto them.  I'll share with you in this post some recipes, songs, videos, and more!!  I hope every one of you find some new recipe that you like, a great song you love, or even decide to use the walking video that I shared.  This post was a lot more fun to write and we'll see if people like this one more than Part 1.  😁

Also I'm going to be showing you pictures that I (and my brother) took while I was on a walk.

~ Time to Eat Breakfast ~
If you remember from my last post I said that a healthy breakfast in the morning is really important.  So here's some recipes I really like!
Overnight Oats ⇨
Overnight Oats are awesome!  This website is my favorite one for simple, healthy, and easy overnight oats recipes.
Breakfast Shakes ⇨
For Christmas I got a blender so I've been using it a lot!  Breakfast shakes are really great!  Here's one of my favorite breakfast shakes.  Also you can see more of my favorites on my Pinterest page


~ Spending Time With God ~
Breakfast isn't the only thing I said was very important, spending time with God is SO important!!!!  Here is a Bible study I'm doing from Pinterest on Prayer. 



~ Time to Walk ~
I sometimes have a hard time falling to sleep at night so I like to walk that way I'm tired at night.  Sometimes I do it in the morning (which is best).  Here's a video that I use to walk a mile.

Random fact about my family!!  We like FORDs

~ Music ~
Music in the morning will wake you up and bring a nice beginning to your day.  Here's some songs I LOVE!  

 
(My youth group song this song.  I LOVE it!!)


(this song is from the Clark family and it's really good)


(this is a AMAZING song!!!)

~ Something Fun ~

Isn't this cute?!
Let's Talk
~ What did you think of this post?  What do you think of the shake  and overnight oatmeal recipe?  What's your favorite breakfast?  What do you do for your devotions?  Have you ever heard any of these three songs?  ~
Lily πŸ–‰

Monday, March 5, 2018

Helpful Morning Tips // Part 1


Morning time!  What's the very first thing you do when you get up in the morning?  Do you reach for your phone, hit the snooze, or even get a cup of coffee.   What you do in the morning effects the rest of your day.  How are some ways you can make your morning worth it?  I'm glad you asked!  In this blog post I'm going to share some things that I really found helpful to me in the morning.  Just 8 tips from me that I think will help you a lot for the rest of your day.


1) Don't hit the snooze!!!
First one of the best things you can do is go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier!  I'm a person who doesn't like to sleep in, so this is easier for me.  But I have the problem of hitting the snooze button on my alarm.  Now it may seem harmless but it really isn't the best thing to do.  Just think about it, your alarm goes off, you jump out of bed, hit the snooze, and jump back into bed.  Now if your alarm has a 9 minute snooze by the time you fall asleep your alarm goes off.  Maybe you're like me and you hit the snooze like three to four times till you get sick and tired of doing it and then you get up.  Trust me, I've done it, it's best just to not hit the snooze and wake up.  Quick Tip:  Put a piece of paper over your snooze button saying NO SNOOZE that way you won't push it before thinking first.  Also you can make your bed as soon as you get up so that you can (or don't want to) get back into it.  Oh, and one more hint!  Put your alarm clock on the other side of your bed so that you have to get out of bed just to turn it off.


2) Start your day out with prayer
When I get up in the morning I like to immediately pray and thank God for helping me not to hit snooze, giving me a nice sleep, and for protecting me during the night.  It really is Amazing to start your day off in prayer.  I believe God loves it when we do that!  It might be hard to get into but once you start that habit you'll love it!  Quick Tip:  Write a note right next to your alarm saying PRAY and that will remind you to pray.


3)  Drink a glass of water
When you wake up in the morning you're dehydrated so you NEED water.  I like to fill my favorite glass up with water and make it a goal to finish it in the morning.  It might seem kind of hard to do but once you start taking a few sips you won't want to stop.  Quick Tip:  Put the glass of water next to you while you're doing your devotions.


4)  Don't look at the computer yet
I have made it a goal to not go on my email till I read my Bible and most of the time I follow through with that.  Whenever I go on my laptop I get very distracted so my morning gets ruined because I forget to drink my water and things like that.  It's just not best to go on the internet right away in the morning.  Quick Tip:  You can put a sticky note on your laptop or phone to remind yourself not to open or turn it on until you spend some time with God.


5)  Read your Bible right away
Reading your Bible right away in your day is so important.  Before you go out and talk to people, see the world, and have to deal with temptations read God's Word and pray.  You'll be all ready for whatever the devil throws at you if you've already been with God and are ready for it.  Quick Tip:  Most of the time my devotions go better if I'm in a quiet place alone with God.  Sometimes that's hard though so I've even done them outside when it's nice out.


6)  Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Try not to eat really floury or sugary things for breakfast.  It makes you tired and doesn't give you the energy you need for your day.  Also make sure you eat breakfast, it's important!!!


7)  Exercise and get some fresh air
Exercising in the morning is another good thing to do.  I don't do it as much as I would like to but when I do I feel good for the day.
I always go outside for like a half an hour in the morning just for chores.  It always feels so great to breath in that cool or warm air in the morning.  I love hearing the birds singing and once in a while I get out early enough to see the sun come up.  That's always awesome!!  Quick Tip:  Don't know what to do in the morning?  Try just walking around your house a few times.


8)  Turn on some happy music!!  🎡
I know this is a funny one but I love it!  Music in the morning will lift your spirits.  😁


Let's Talk
~ So, did this help you?  Are you excited to see more (part 2)?  Do you agree that music in the morning lifts your spirits?  Do you drink a glass of water as soon as you get up?  I've been trying to and it really helps your day!  Do you try to start your day out with prayer?  I can't wait to see your comments! ~
Lily πŸ–‰ 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Brainstorming


Do you ever brainstorm about a book you want to write?  I brainstorm a lot about book ideas.  Normally they're at night.  Isn't that odd???  πŸ˜‹  But the thing about my brainstorming is that I do it way too much and in return I have so many book ideas and not enough time to sit down and write them all. 


So what do I do about it?  Well, when I was at a big homeschool conference I got to ask a professional about that question (What should I do when I have so many book ideas but don't have time to write books for all of them?).  She told me to write all my ideas down, maybe one day I would be able to write them but until then I could have them all written down.

(Isn't this awesome what I did with my desk?  I have a glass top on my desk so I put papers under the glass.  It looks so cool!!!)

So that's what I do whenever I start to brainstorm.  Sometimes I'll even brainstorm during school so I'll quickly write it down on a sticky note.  πŸ˜›  I like to write my ideas on OneNote and in notebooks.  You should see all the pages in my notebooks that are just filled with book ideas and writing I've done.  So today I want to show you a quick thing I wrote a while ago.  I hope you get inspired to go write too and when you brainstorm AGAIN remember to write it down maybe one day you can write that book.  But don't get discouraged, I'm sure one day you can use that story.

~Unknown when I wrote this but I'm guessing it was in 2017...~
Tears slid down her face as she looked up at the dark sky.  The stars were so beautiful!  With that she realized her troubles were so tiny compared to God's power.  There were so many stars and to think He made them all.  "If God can make the universe surly He can help me get through this night, even though it feels like I'll never make it to my bed."  With the tears still on her face she started thanking God for what He had done for her today.  "God, thank you that I'm ahead in Science so that I could take off from Science today."  "Thank you that the goats were good tonight."  On and on she went.  It gave her strength to finish her chores and make it to her bed.  


Let's Talk ✍
~ Do you brainstorm a lot like me?  What kind of things do you brainstorm, poetry, book ideas, short stories, etc.  What did you think of what I wrote?  I just found it in one of my notebooks so I thought I would share it. ~

BTW  Sorry I haven't posted as much as I would like to.  I'm just in a slump right now.  Hey!  If you want to tell me some blog post ideas that would be great!  You don't have to, it was just a thought.  πŸ˜‰
Lily πŸ–‰