Sunday, 27 July 2014

Jars of Joy

Hello everyone!

So, I was going to write this post as a tutorial for these cute wee jars, but because I am not in a great mood at the moment, I couldn't bring myself to write a happy, upbeat tutorial for them, which is really what they deserve. Instead I decided to write other stuff, and just to make me feel better, five minutes ago I finished this post, went to insert the images and the pop-up screen for the images came up blank, and the only way to get rid of it was by refreshing the page, which meant I lost the post I had just written. Yay for blogger!

I helped my little brother make these jars for his school gala, and I think they are so sweet, and kind of what I need right now. They gave me the idea to make a jar of messages for one of my friends, who is quite sick at the moment, and she has had to take a while off school, and I just thought she could use some cheering up as she has been at home by herself, getting a bit bored by the sounds of it. :)

My life is super busy at the moment guys. I can't remember if I told you this, but our choir got through to nationals, which means that we are practicing for twelve hours a week at the moment! Plus, applications for halls of residence for university open this week, and I live in a town that is too small to have a uni, so I will be moving to a different city to study next year. And of course there are other things happening too, like the year 13 ball this weekend (so excited!!!) and homework (eugh).
So, blogging isn't my top priority at the moment, and I promise I'm reading your posts, I just don't have time to comment! How is your life at the moment? Could you use a little jar of joy?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Great Unknown - Abigail

Thank you so much for having me! I am 17 years old and about to begin my last year of high school.  I will be tying up loose ends and I’m actually looking forward to this school year because it will be more relaxed and my work load not as heavy.

What subjects will you be taking in your last year of school? What are your favourite subjects?
I will be taking a class on the american government, space and earth science, literature, maybe some grammar… I still haven’t nailed them all down yet.
My favorite subjects have been the world history and american history classes. I just love history and am good with maps and dates.

Are you planning to do any tertiary education? If so, what sort?
I have not been doing any college work, and honestly, I don’t know if I will. 
Here in the United States, almost everyone is expected to go to college, so my choice is usually met with a bit of apprehension, but I’m okay with it.
Right now, I just don’t feel called to go to college. That may change over the next year, I’m just taking it one step at a time. I also don’t think it’s bad to go to college a few years later than normal. I only want to go if I need to learn something. It’s too expensive to use it as a place for experiences or just killing time.
I had the opportunity not too long ago to get some credit hours in some cool classes, but it just didn't feel right.

What job are you doing at the moment and what does it entail? Do you enjoy it?
I work part time at my local public library. I do enjoy it very much. I grew up going to a library every week, so I’m really in my element. I’m an introverted and awkward person, so it has been good for me to work with patrons and has helped me come out of my shell. I also really love learning all the ins and outs of my small library.

What job do you want to be doing at the moment? 
Right now, I really love my library job. However, I can’t see myself working there for much longer. I live in a very small town and the library is very small and I could never work full time there, it’s just not big enough. While I can possibly see myself in a bigger town, I don’t know if I want that.

Do you have any regrets? Or any advice?
I’ve never enjoyed school and did just enough work to get by. But now I see that if I had really applied myself to my work instead of just viewing it as something I had to do, I could have had really good marks and a good time learning.

I love the way you put this, Emma. ‘The Great Unknown’. It is just that. I still feel so indecisive and confused sometimes. I can’t wait to get going with my life but I’m not quite ready to leave.
I have many interests and enjoy learning about so many other  things, too, there are so many choices.  I’ve been learning to just trust the Lord. He knows where I’m going and where I’ll be.
Jeremiah 29:11 says; “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and hope.”
It has become so, so comforting to know that my life and future is controlled by God. It may be unknown to me, but He knows, and when I am doing what He wants me to do, I cannot go wrong.
So here’s to The Great Unknown and my last year of school! I know that it will be good, especially under God’s watchful eye.

Thank you again for having me. I do enjoy your blog and sweet personality, keep up the great work.

Thank-you for being here Abigail! I really enjoyed your interview, especially because you are at a similar stage in life to me, so a lot of what you said resonated with me. I completely agree about uni/college, if you don't know what you want to do there, it can be quite a waste of money. And working at a library sounds awesome, I would love to give that a go :)
On another note guys, you may have noticed the change in my blog design. I did really like the other design, but the were some things that I wanted to change and update on it, which I couldn't because of the way it was made, and then I just wanted everything to be simpler, and voila! This appeared.
So, please let me know if links aren't working or other things like that, and do any of you know how to change the newer, home, older images at the bottom?
Slowly getting back to a regular schedule, I promise, and if there is anyone else who wants be a part of this, I would really love to interview you, just flick me an email at emmamcil55(at)gmail(dot)com. 
And one more thing, I did a post on Meg's blog recently, which was a lot of fun, and that you should definitely have a look at. ;)

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

On time

Time is a funny thing. The harder you try to grasp it, the quicker it slips through your fingers. And the more you want to slow down, the faster it passes. Just when you finally have a good moment, it decides to get away on you.
It is a cold, impatient thing, time.
Like a wheel loose from a car going down a steep hill, it careens on through, taking no care for those it bumps on the way.
And yet, we never seem to get enough of it.
The hot commodity that everyone wants. Imagine if you could buy time.
But then again, I suppose you can. In a roundabout way.
It is so relative though. We think that it can be measured, that all minutes are made of sixty seconds, and that all hours are made of sixty minutes. Isn't the minute that you got exciting news in different to the length of a minute where you met a new friend, or said goodbye to an old one? No minute is the same.
Time is just not quite as simple as we would like it to be.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

I've missed this

Hello again.
same picture, I know, but I like it, so I decided, why not? :)

So, I have missed this. A lot. But I have not had time for it and so I am pleased that I had a break.
Guys, I have been in a theatre production of Next to Normal, and it is simply the most incredible show. It is a musical, and it is the most powerful one I have ever seen or been a part of. It's not your average jazz hands musical, this is raw, and powerful, and emotional. It won a Pulitzer Prize for being the first musical to deal with mental illness. The music and the script are incredible, (seriously, if you ever get the chance to see it, do, you won't regret it) and I have been lucky enough to put the show on with the most amazing people. I have made some amazing friends doing this, and I just feel so lucky. Because I have always been one of those people who has not that many, like one or two really close friends, and then a couple of other people that I know well. But now I have my friends from school, and my awesome blogging friends, and now my friends from theatre, who just make me laugh, and laugh, and we have the best times. :) Especially one person I didn't know that well before the show, and now we are good buddies, and I am so pleased that I got to know him.
But anyway, sorry for rambling a wee bit. It's after one of our shows at the moment and I'm just feeling pretty good, plus it's the first day of the holidays. I will be returning to normal blogging now, with a great unknown post on wednesdays and another post in the weekend. I've missed you guys!!! I'm excited for the rest of this year, especially seen as I think I am getting closer to knowing what I want to do next year, which you will know if you have been reading my blog for a while that that is something I have been struggling with and why I started my great unknown series. But I will talk about next year in another post, which will finish off the great unknown series. :)
Now you're all caught up, and I think it's bedtime for me. (So glad to be back!)

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