Tuesday, July 18, 2017

15th Birthday + MEETING GOALS

Okay so LOOK WHAT MY SISTER GOT ME ISN'T IT GORGEOUS 

I turned 15 yesterday, which seems weird and then again not all that weird. XD My dad and several younger siblings and I went hiking about an hour away, we hiked on some trails through the forest and then went down by the beach and it was amazing, I really don't think anyone but God could ever create something so beautiful, so chaotic and yet peaceful at the same time, feeling the tide at your feet and just breathing the air and walking through the sand and thinking that He made all this is really awe-inspiring. 

Emily also needlefelted me an owl and my dad got me roses and dark chocolate and avocados. Because nothing says love like perfectly ripe avocados. XD Also I didn't know what I wanted for my birthday and didn't ask for anything, so my parents are giving me money to spend at Hobby Lobby, hopefully to find some stuff to decorate my room, (more on that in an upcoming post, XD) 

We left at 1:30 and didn't get home until around 6:30, had dinner and then Emily and I took Charlotte for a walk, my sister brought me home cold-brew coffee. (and I wasn't joking when I said I wasn't going to sleep that night, I don't think I fell asleep until around 4:30 in the morning) and we also had toasted coconut ice-cream and chocolate chip oatmeal cookies which was amazing. 

Honestly, yesterday was really awesome and I felt so happy and content as I was writing this  post last night, either that or I was just really hyped up on sugar and caffeine. XD

And now, we ramble. 

MEETING GOALS 

Setting daily goals and doing whatever it takes to meet them every single day, lately I've been learning just how rewarding and fulfilling this is, is it always easy? Heck no, is it totally worth it? Absolutely, 

I'm talking about Camp Nano, (meeting my word goal everyday) but also some personal goals that I've been striving to meet as well, and meeting them has been so rewarding and motivating, even when it's hard and there are days when I'm absolutely sure I can't possibly do it, pushing past feeling stuck and hopeless makes me feel like I could do anything. 

I think the thing about whether or not you fail or succeed is what sort of habits you get into, like, you keep doing what you're doing, at least for me at least, when I fall so behind on writing that I accept the fact I'm going to fail anyway, I don't get any further from there, and then before you know it it gets too late to catch up anyway.

 but when I pick myself back up after falling behind and actually push forward and meet my goals, I want to keep doing that because it's just so much more rewarding and you don't want to let yourself fall back into the cycle again, and it's actually getting easier for me.  I'm currently writing more words each day than I was during Nano back in November in order to catch up after falling behind. And meeting my other goals every day too. Which has been just awesome.

Also guys I HAVE SO MUCH MORE I WANT TO POST ABOUT RIGHT NOW so stay tuned. XD

Do you like hiking? 
Are you anything like me when it comes to meeting goals? 

~Hannah~

Monday, July 10, 2017

July so far + summer loveliness + UPDATES

July has been absolutely crazy so far you guys! AND IT'S ONLY BEEN A WEEK AND A HALF. 

How's Life? 
As I said above, life is crazy. XD But life is also pretty awesome, my siblings and I went swimming yesterday and I rediscovered just how much I love dunking myself underwater and then dramatically springing back up again. (okay I know that sounds weird but for real though, swimming is just awesome and I forget how much I love it) Emily and I have been going for walks everyday and attempting to leash train Charlotte, we had an insane storm last week, a tree fell on top of our garage, (nothing was super damaged thankfully) someone's shed and trampoline blew into our yard, and my bunny had to sleep in a pet carrier in my room because her cage was soaking wet. Along with biking, campfires, fireworks. Yeah, it's totally summer.  

CAMP NANO UPDATES
Basically I've gotta write like there's no tomorrow in order to meet my goal, which is about 5k less than what it started out as, and that's okay. Because I'm confident I can do it. 

I'm slowly resdiscovering my characters after abandoning them in the desert for 7 months, so if they're not exactly on their best behavior, I guess that's understandable. 

So yes, I'm off to track down some writing buds tonight to get as much words written as possible.

Well if you've made it through this jam-packed post, then I applaud you my friend, XD Have an awesome evening (or morning, or day, depending on when you read this, I'm finishing this post at exactly 8:04 PM XD) 

What are one of your goals for this week?
Random; what is your favorite fruit? XD 

~Hannah~

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Photoshoot + IT'S THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP NANO

*photo creds to Sare cause she rocks you guys. XD

So Sare and I dragged our sisters and met up early yesterday to take pics and discuss all of the bookish writing things, we met at a charming little coffee shop. I ended up getting a lavender iced latte since I had never tried anything lavender flavored before and yes it did taste just like flowers and coffee and yet somehow it worked???  Like both my sister and I  actually thought it was really good. xD

On another note, It's the first day of Camp Nano and I have yet to write a single word. *slinks off to cabin to stalk other people's word counts*  *realizes no one has updated their's yet which is a relief* 
I AM SO EXCITED THOUGH I really want to get this month off to a good start and I want this to be a successful Camp Nano, I just really struggle with beginning books, like starting a new story is an opportunity to finally write a completely perfect book that doesn't end up being a total mess. But in reality you guys. You cannot write a perfect book. Let alone a first draft, let alone in A SINGLE MONTH. So that's not what I'm setting out to do this July, I'm here to write to my heart's content, not a perfect book, but hopefully not a book I hate either. Good luck everyone! I'll probably be posting updates throughout the month.

Most interesting coffee flavor you've ever tried? 
Have you started writing yet? (if you're doing Camp Nano that is) 
~Hannah~

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

J U N E + (everything is happening so fast but life is so exciting)


Another month gone, and honestly I'm not really sure where it went, probably lost somewhere in all the craziness, this month was SO busy for us but also really quite awesome. And basically I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S ALMOST JULY  so let's get into this post,  shall we?

BIG THINGS 

We spontaneously went on vacation! And honestly I wish I had enjoyed it more, it's kind of ironic that I wrote a whole blogpost about comfort zones because I did so badly with that on vacation, with dealing with my irrational fears and anxieties but I really do wanna get better at dealing with the things interfering with my life because I don't want all my fears to prevent me from actually ENJOYING LIFE. 

I mentioned that my parents left the state for a few days but I wasn't really able to say why, well if you read my old blog you might know that two of my little sisters are adopted, well my parents are hoping to adopt again! This girl is actually in the country though so it;ll be easier, I'm praying it all works out and really excited even though we can't share a lot of details right now. 

My birthday is in like 3 weeks! And nope I'm actually not scared at all about turning 15. XD And my little sister's birthday is the day after mine, and my brother's birthdays are this weekend and then the weekend after that. Plus my other brother's birthday was on Monday, so it's birthday season for us XD 
little things 

- Finding a mosquito in the bottom of my coffee..

- Teaching Emily how to make brownies. 

-  Learning that you can revive tired bumblebees with sugar water. (sadly the bee we found couldn't be revived, but it was still interesting to know, also, anyone else think that bees are actually really interesting and bumblebees are adorable?? XD) 

-  Jumping on our trampoline 

-  That fact that it's almost July and it's been like 70 DEGREES OUTSIDE everyday. Such awesomeness. 

-  Waking up to find Emily rifling through under our beds and then finding out THE RATS ESCAPED (because their cage was unlocked) and then helping her catch them. 

-  Fresh strawberries = Summer happiness 

- Teaching Emmy how to felt, she proceeded to make a whole bunch of cats. XD

-  Wanting to make a hammock but ROPE IS SO EXPENSIVE and I can't find out exactly how much I need.

- Emily constantly wanting allll the pets even though she currently has more pets than any one else in the family.
             
(In Between Things)

- My older sister making tie-dye shirts for everyone cause she's got serious skills. 

- Making friendship bracelets because I too have skills and cause we know how to do summer right. XD 

- Working on improving my photography. 

- We got Spotify Premium! The family one where you can have multiple accounts on one thing so it costs less. 

- Plotting my Camp Nano novel (I CAN'T BELIEVE IT''S SO CLOSE) and getting really excited to get back into writing. (

- (also was struck with some major inspiration while listening to this song by Abbiee AND OHMYGOODNESS THE GORGEOUSNESS. Please do yourself a favor and go listen to it) 


-  Reading a really good book about anxiety and how there is basically now logical reason to worry about anything BECAUSE GUYS WE HAVE GOD AND HE'S GOT THIS. 

- Aimed to spend less time on Instagram because it's just really refreshing. 

G O A L S 

Learn more about my camera (AKA why it isn't behaving for me)  and learn a bit more about photography in general.  Done! We're getting along quite well lately, the G15 and I. XD 


Just keep plotting, just keep plotting... I  feel like I have enough to get through next month without getting stuck which is all I need, the rest of the plot will materialize along the way. XD (yes that is basically how I write my first drafts) 

Plan a photoshoot  Yupyup Sare and I are finally getting together this week. XD 

And....embrace summer and do some totally summery things and JUST LIVE LIFE   It would be reallly depressing if I failed at this. XP 

July Goals 

Conquer Camp Nano. WE CAN DO THIS YOU GUYS. 

Figure out what I want to do for my birthday. 

Sleep outside. 

Bake something summery 

Try a new hairstyle 

Take pictures of fireworks 

Not let this month slip away worrying about everything. 


Soooo there you go! A peek into what this past month has been like for me, honestly so many more little things happened but I couldn't even remember them all, hope you guys enjoyed this post. See you all next month! 

Random question; when is your birthday? 
Have you ever tried tie-dyeing anything? 
Are you freaking out over Camp Nano, or just hoping to wing it? 
~Hannah~

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An entire day without social media + SONGS I'M LOVING + It's the first day of Summer

 
So I decided to challenge myself yesterday morning to go the entire day without social media of any sort, (no Instagram, Pinterest, or even blogs) now, I definitely already try to be conscious of how much time I spend on my phone, but quite often I still find myself wasting time scrolling through Instagram and stuff and sometimes it downright infuriates me when I realize how much time I've wasted.

So yesterday I decided to take a break, and yep, I made it through the the whole day, it was quite refreshing, and also the fact that my phone died helped too, I finished a DIY I was working on and started another one, brainstormed for my new novel, played with my bunny, basically just stuff I usually do but without Instagram and Pinterest in between. I think I'm probably gonna keep doing this, I mean, y,know, still use Pinterest as a source of inspiration and check Instagram occasionally, but not constantly, it leaves so much more room for real life, which is what I wanna be all about this summer, y,know?

So I also  wanted to share some songs I've been loving lately, (I've linked the titles to Spotify since I have not the skill nor the patience to imbed the playlist into this post XD) 


This is like, one of my go-ro happy songs BECAUSE I JUST LOVE IT and relate to it so hard, it makes my anxieties seem more insignificant and helps me deal with my fears. + It just makes me really happy. 


I've loved this song since the first time I heard it and have been listening to it a lot lately since I realized how much it reminds me of one of the themes of my new book I'm plotting. 


Again, this song has been forever in the playlist for my book series and also it's just amazing. 

***

Also guys SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY HERE. GO LIVE LIFE, DO SOMETHING ADVENTUROUS.

What is one of your summer goals? (more on that in an upcoming post) 
What are some songs that have been inspiring you lately?

~Hannah~

Friday, June 16, 2017

Life's crazy/amazingness + I'M WRITING A SEQUEL

*photos from vacation AKA places where you could be outside without feeling like melting* 

Hey guys! What's new with you all? Life has just been so crazy busy lately, and I usually don't say that unless it's actually true. XD I've been trying to do a post sticking to just one topic, but nope, so today we're doing a post about, well, basically everything, bear with me here as I ramble about life and feel free to do the same in the comments below. XD

We just got back from vacation on Tuesday, (we left Sunday morning) and then literally THE DAY AFTER THAT my parents left to go out of town and so now my sister and I have been in charge for the past few days which = all the responsibilities. I mean, I already help my mom out a lot around here, or at least I try to, but like when it's just us I realize THERE'S SO MANY THINGS TO KEEP TRACK OF. XD I'm actually kind of liking it though, having a lot of stuff to do keeps you from getting bored, (AKA wandering aimlessly through the house and mindlessly scrolling through Pinterest) 

Also, I haven't really talked much about Camp Nano lately since my total drop out back in April and then mentioning I was plotting a new novel that I was kinda unsure about, but the thing is that I have been thinking a lot about the novel I want to write this month, actually, it's been in the back of my mind since last November, I use the unwritten characters and scenarios to amuse myself when I'm bored, (does anyone else do that?) And this novel is not the one I previously planned to write next month, but rather one I actually have a plot and ideas for AND A WORLD AND CHARACTERS I ACTUALLY KNOW AND LIKE.

I'm writing the sequel to my Nanowrimo novel! 

Yep, that downright embarrassing 50k I pounded out in a mere month THAT SARE SOMEHOW ACTUALLY THOUGHT WAS GOOD. I'm writing a second book and I'm planning to make it, (and the first one) even better.Better yet, I'LL ACTUALLY FEEL LIKE I KNOW WHAT I'M DOING. I'm so excited!

(also somehow I ended up in the craziest/awesome-est cabin ever and I know I have trouble keeping up with you guys BUT REALLY THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING ME IN STUFF)

So I'm really hoping I can finally get back on track with my writing and editing in the next few months, I've kinda been out of it since November and, as you may know from previous posts, have kinda been having trouble sticking to things, but I'm going to make it my goal next month to get serious about my writing again.

Whew, if you made it through all that, then I congratulate you, seriously. XD

Is it super hot where you live write now? 
Have you ever written a sequel? 

~Hannah~

Thursday, June 8, 2017

COMFORT ZONES + fuzzy lights

Do you want to stay where you feel safe 
Take your fears and lock them away
Do you want to hide 
And pretend you're okay
There's a whole world out there 
Just beyond your reach 
Do you want to stay here and hide
Or take a risk
And truly live your life 

^^^
not like, the best poem I've ever written or anything, but just something I came up with on the spot. XD

I've been thinking about comfort zones lately, you see, I have a lot of fears, some of them rational, others not so much, (I'd prefer not to list my fears here so as not to make you guys think I'm *ahem* crazy) But the thing is I've been thinking about things that force me to leave my comfort zone, and how sometimes you need to deal with things that you're afraid of in order to, well, live life, cause if you stay where you feel safe, you're going to miss out. And personally I don't think it's worth it, when really, when you think of how huge the world is, and Who is in control of it all, what are we so afraid of anyway? And does it really even matter?

I wanted this to be an eloquent and inspiring post, but really it's a 8:30 am-coffee-fueled-post. XD But I hope you guys get what I'm saying, this summer, I'll probably still have to deal with a lot of my fears, but I don't want them to completely get in the way of things that I actually want to do, of going on adventures and doing things I've never done before.


What do you guys think? How do you deal with fears and comfort zones? 



~Hannah~