Thursday, December 31, 2015

'15

 
 
 
I woke up in darkness surrounded by silence
Oh where, where have I gone?
I woke to reality losing its grip on me
Oh where, where have I gone?
'Cause I can see the light before I see the sunrise
You called and You shouted
Broke through my deafness
Now I'm breathing in and breathing out
I'm alive again
You shattered my darkness
Washed away my blindness
Now I'm breathing in and breathing out
I'm alive again
Late have I loved You
You waited for me
I searched for You
What took me so long?
I was looking outside
As if love would ever want to hide
I'm finding I was wrong
'Cause I could feel the wind before it hits my skin
You called and You shouted
Broke through my deafness
Now I'm breathing in and breathing out
I'm alive again
You shattered my darkness
Washed away my blindness
Now I'm breathing in and breathing out
I'm alive again, I'm alive again
'Cause I want You, yes, I want You, I need You
And I'll do whatever I have to just to get through
'Cause I love You, yeah, I love You
You called and You shouted
Broke through my deafness
Now I'm breathing in and breathing out
I'm alive again
You shattered my darkness
Washed away my blindness
Now I'm breathing in and breathing out
I'm alive again

-Alive Again
Matt Maher
 
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Millie


Over the past two years I've had the privilege to teach violin lessons to a few sweet kiddos. We meet most weeks, and hold our recitals at nursing homes. I've loved sharing joy in music, and learning to teach music. This weekend, at our Christmas nursing home recital, I met a lady named Millie.
Millie came from a family of servants in the Kent countryside of Britain; she traveled the world as a missionary, with her husband. Her husband, Ted, was shot and killed in Cuba.

  Mille, who is 98, told me all this after we played our little arrangement and passed out our little cards. She took me back to her room to give me a copy of the biography that had been written about her and her husband. Mille also gave me a copy of her Christmas card.
Here's what it said:

My Dear                                                                                                           December 2015
  
   Happy Jesus Birthday! I really believe that! I pray this Christmas greeting finds you all well. This year, I'm almost finished reading my Bible all the way through. I'm sure it is close to the 100th time! What thrills me is how, that in the middle of the night, verses come to me like the one, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Prov. 3:5-6. I thank the Lord we are all so healthy. We don't know how much longer we have, so make the most of every minute! Not everybody is expecting the Lord to come back, but when I was a young girl, my father would open the drapes and say, "I wonder if it's today?" Now I am doing the same! 

    Lets celebrate Jesus! 
           Your ever loving, 
                        Mille

I love love love this. This Christmas, I'm going to try and look at things with the perspective of 98 year old Mille. Will you join me?


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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

31 Blog Post Ideas


Ever feel like your in a blogging rut? Yeah, me too. Here are 31 ideas to get your creative wheels going.
  1. What your favorite articles of clothing are 
  2. A embarrassing story
  3. Something that brings you joy
  4. Your lazy person hacks 
  5. Everyday makeup tutorial
  6. What's in your purse
  7. A book review
  8. Your bedroom tour
  9. How you wind down after a overwhelming day
  10. A time when you felt lonely
  11. Your holiday traditions
  12. What you've been listening too
  13. A recipe you love
  14. A weird quirk you have
  15. List of things your readers might not know about you
  16. A hair tutorial
  17. Day in the life of you
  18. Gift guide for someone your age
  19. Photo journal 
  20. A quote you love and why
  21. Someone who shaped you into the person you are today   
  22. A random act of kindness
  23. What fruit of the spirit is hardest for you
  24. A list of blog posts you love
  25. Before and after of your organized desk, closet, ect.
  26. Something you value
  27. Your T.V. or movie recommendations
  28. A hard experience and how it impacted you
  29. List of things your thankful for
  30. A interview with a family member
  31. Someone you admire and why
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Friday, December 4, 2015

Carousel Days



One of my earliest memories is of my grandparents taking by older sister Rachel and I into downtown Seattle in the midst of the Christmas season. We would take the bus and ask my Mimia to kiss us after she put her lipstick (in order to obtain some red color for ourselves). After wandering the streets in our matching Hannah Anderson jackets, lunch would take place in the Nordstrom Cafe. We would browse the racks of designer childrens clothing, never to buy, just shuffle through. Sniffing Channel on our wrists, we would strut down to meet my Hungarian Grandpa at the carousel.


I remember joyous surprise after my Grandpa buying us more tickets in order that we ride again. 
Decorating their house for Christmas. 
Helping Mimia set up the Christmas village. 
Creating a detailed gingerbread house, complete with individual sides not to be crossed. 
Rachel's non-stop words pouring out after the magical day.  



Since than, years have passed. Two more siblings joined the picture; we moved out of the city. 
My grandpa's life was taken by a stroke, leaving my Grandma to carry out these traditions with her much-to-busy grandchildren. 

  We make it down to Seattle every December to satisfy my mom with a Santa picture (we now have over 15 years of consecutive Santa pictures...) and we try our best to hop on the carousel. 
Gingerbread house making has disintegrated, as we never ended up eating the sugary confection. I think the Christmas village found itself at the Goodwill.


 We now realize this is the last year with all the kiddos in the house, available to be dragged of on these adventures. Collage breaks will become our best shot to squeeze moments like these in. 
But you know what? 
New Christmas traditions will be made.
Spontaneous moments of joy will occur. 
And I will always treasure these carousel riding, gingerbread making, Nordstrom shopping, Christmas village decorating days of fun. 
  
Q: Do you have any treasured holiday memories? 

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Joy in my Journal: a guest post


Hello Elissa's lovely readers,
My name is Joanny and I blog over at Joannywhite.co.uk. A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Elissa asking if I could do a guest post for her blog. I haven't done a guest post in a while and I love doing them so I didn't hesitate to say yes.

Elissa gave me a list of topics to talk about and when I saw one that mentioned "something that brings me joy", I immediately thought I would write about my journalling experience.
I have been journalling for a while now and I have really enjoyed it so  I will write a bit about the different things I journal about and how that has helped me grow closer to God. 

 Prayers:

When I got my first journal, I thought there wasn't really much to journal about as the only thing I wrote in my journal were my prayers.
Sometimes I feel like writing about my feelings especially my prayers of gratitude.
This really motivates me to always be thankful because I always read back and discover that I've gone through a lot and that through everything, God has always been faithful.
Bible Verses:
Another thing I journal about is bible verses. There are so many of them I love and I can't pick a favourite. I feel like the colour brings the words to life and I constantly get reminded by looking at them.






Events:
I take advantage of events like Good Friday and Easter to draw. I have recently been into drawing and so I try to do more of it in my journal. These drawings help me remember the importance of these events.



Song Lyrics:
I love songs and I think the most important thing about songs is their lyrics. When the lyrics speak to me, I write in my journal so I can keep reminding myself about what it says.

Quotes:
Inspirational quotes are one of very favourite things too. I love quotes because they are so uplifting and brighten up my day. I find them really encouraging and motivating.




If journaling is something you are considering, hopefully this post has given you more ideas about how you can make journaling very colorful and fun. It doesn't  have to be words. You can get as creative as you want. Let your imagination go wild and just get lost in the moment. Quality time spent with the Lord is never wasted. Hopefully thus inspired someone. 
If you want to see more about my journals or know more about me, you can always pop over to my blog and say hi.
Thanks ever so much for reading.
God bless.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Awkward and Awesome: Round One



Hello everyone! I've decided to start doing a "Awkward and Awesome" post every few weeks. (a.k.a. every few months...) Basically, I'll catch you up on all my awkward and awesome happenings. Like the time I peed my pants on a hike with a bunch of kids or when or when I was pretty sure the dental assistant thought I was illiterate... so here we go!

Awkward: I was at a costume fitting for party scene in The Nutcracker, and I had tried on about fifty-billion different dress/skirt/jacket combinations. It was outfit variation 50,000,000,001 and I stood staring in the mirror while taking to the costume mistress. "I don't know, it's fine if you like it," I told her. "I guess I just think it's a little plain Jane." I promptly turned around to find not only the costume mistress, but our artistic director who's name is Jane. Ahem.

Awesome:  What's awesome?  Well, I totally didn't fail my chemistry exam that I was sure I had. And even thought I'm just generally better at math based sciences, I am still terrified to mention any of my quiz or exam grades. Because every one is brilliant. There are no kids that turn it late homework or procrastinate on studying. They are all so smart. And then there's me.

Awkward: Apparently all my awkward things have to do with Nutcracker. So we have new marzipan costumes this year. Yep. There basically a blue version of the costume Sandra Bullock wears in Miss Congeniality for her talent. Without the wedding decorations on her arms.
Here is a visual aid:

Uh-hmm. And I bet the girls that previously wore them were five foot eleven and ninety pounds, because they are t-i-g-h-t.  Let's just say that nothing is going anywhere. And I'm going to leave it at that. 

Awesome:  It's almost December, and December is my-most-favoriteist month of the year. Warm fires, way too much chocolate on my hands, Tchaikovsky, Amy Grant and Michael Buble playing constantly. Nutcracker, my birthday, Christmas, and time shared with friends. Oh, yeah, and I will be  licensed driver! 

And that just about wraps up round one of Awkward and Awesome. So now I'm curious: what are your resent awkward and awesome moments? 

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Why I'm Glad I'm Not a Turkey



I'm glad I'm not a turkey.
  I'm glad I don't have to worry about being turned into jerky.
   Or being referred to as quirky.
 I'm glad I don't have to walk around with my feet all dirty.

I'm glad I'm not a turkey.
Being made fun-of because I'm just a birdie.
Tripping because my dirty feet are stomping in a hurry.
I'm glad I don't have to worry about being shipped of to New Jersey.

I'm glad I'm not a turkey,
I don't have to worry about not turning thirty.
But I guess I do have to worry about being wordy...

You see, this Thanksgiving I'm feeling thirsty.
I'm ready for a Thursday filled with more than awkward greetings and weird evenings.
I don't want to sit and eat and have meaningless conversations filled with empty words.
I'm not willing to run through the holiday session like a turkey with it's head cut off.

I'm glad I'm not a birdie.
I'm glad I don't have to finish this holiday season feeling dirty
Or sit through empty conversations being shallow and wordy.
This Thanksgiving, I'm glad I'm not a Turkey.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

5 Reasons I love to Journal

Hello friends! Today, I am so excited to share this post that Faith wrote for my blog. Faith blogs over at Faith's Girly Life where she shares diy, fashion, lifestyle, and her heart for Jesus. I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did! -Elissa


Hey everyone! I'm Faith from Faith's Girly Life and I was blessed to have the chance to guest post here on Letters to Jayna! Lately I've gotten more into journaling (you can check out some more about that over on my blog) so I thought I'd share 5 reasons why I love to journal. Hope y'all enjoy!

1. It's a good "wind down" tool-
A lot of times I will journal at night before I go to sleep. I think it's just a good way to end the day. It's quiet, it's clam, and I find that when I'm done writing I feel good about going to sleep.

2. Getting things on paper is a good release-
This one is pretty simple. But I feel like sometimes writing stud down is a good way to get it out of your mind and let it go.

3. I learn more about myself-
Sometimes journaling really makes you think, and this allows you to really dig into who you are. how you feel, and what you believe.

4. I can be totally me no matter what-
There's no one judging you on a piece of paper, so there's no reason not to say exactly what you want to. This has been so freeing for me as someone who gets very anxious about what others think about it.

5. It refocuses my mind-
Having something specific to write about really helps me just focus my mind when it's normally very hectic (I'm that person who has a million things going on in their mind at once)

So do you journal? What made you start? What do you like about it? Let me (& Elissa) know! & feel free to check out faithsgirlylife.blogspot.com for more of my blog posts!

XOXO 
Faith 

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

fashion friday: November Grey





 Better late than never... right? It's been really chilly, so my sweaters and knits have been coming out. I love winter clothes for about two months, before I get tired out rotating through the same outfits over and over. I was wearing a scarf with this, and I'm not exactly sure why I'm not wearing it it the pictures....

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Monday, November 9, 2015

I don't look at fitspiration: here's why

 

I don't look at 'fitsporation'.
I don't believe we should use shame and jealousy to motivate ourselves into making healthy choices.
I don't believe losing weight is the key to success.
I don't agree that I am a bad person if I eat a cupcake.
 
I don't want to stare at six packs and thigh gaps all day.
I refuse to believe loosing weight is the answer to bigger problems.
 
I do strive to be healthy.
I try to eat whole foods, drink lots of water, and exercise at least 5 days a week. 
 
But I don't need my perception of healthy or beauty distorted by "motivating" tips.
I don't think women need to use pictures to motivate them to become healthy.
I think women need to understand they are valuable no matter what size they are.  
 
So there, I said it.
I don't look at fitsporation, at that's why.
 
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

our daily bread


Every day of their journey, God kept on showing his people how well he would look after them, if they would trust him, and obey him. When they were hungry, God made the sky rain food--bread coming down from heaven! "What is it?" they asked each other.
 -Taken from The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Text copyright 2007 by Sally Lloyd-     Jones

After the Israelites had been brought out of Egypt, they were walking.
 Stomp, stomp, stomp.
Day after day, night after night.
And they got grumpy and whinny. They were tired of walking, of setting up and taking down camp. They were tired of traveling, of extreme weather, of blisters on their sore feet.
      They were like a 4 year olds who haven't had a nap, food, or their blankies.

They finally made their camp; and they were hungry.
  So God sent down manna from heaven every night, and instructed them to take only what they would need for each day. Their were told to take no more, to take no less, than what they would need for that day.

I would have been the whiniest manna hoarder in the camp.

After God had rescued the Israelites from slavery, from cruelty, from abuse.
God brought them to a huge ocean where he made a way.
He lead them through a ocean on firm ground.
God saved them hunger, from thirst, from more then they could handle.
He made a way, when there was no way.  

God, give us today our daily bread. Give us no more, no less than what we need. Teach us to look back on our running from you, and your rescuing of us.
Show me the oceans you have parted,
the paths you are paving for me.
Remind to ask and receive.
Show me how you make a way, when there are no ways.

 
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Friday, October 30, 2015

fashion friday- pumpkin clothes!

 
 

 
 
 



 
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What I've Been Listening To

(photo via http://psd.fanextra.com/articles/25-inspiring-examples-of-music-photography/)

Today, I'm going to give you a miniature playlist of a few of my current favorite songs. These are the guys playing over and over and over on my ipod. I hope you enjoy, and maybe get some new favorites!
   
    Before I start though, I have to tell you something. I have weird eclectic taste in music. I have a love for pop, really good worship music, I love classical, and I will always have a soft spot in my heart for musicals. I love indie rock, and some classic rock. I am that person that doesn't care for country music. (Sorry country music fans!)

1. Beautiful Things by Gungor 

2. Thrift Shop by Postmodern Jukebox

3. Like Real People Do by Hozier

4. Holy Spirit by Francesca Battiatelli

5. Waltz of the Flowers by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Q: What have you been listening to?

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

October Favorites




I am totally into short boots, boyfriend jeans, and cozy sweaters paired with scarves. (Basically, Pinterest) I love the scarves with the sweaters because it adds a touch of class, while still staying warm and cozy.



My dance class has a Facebook group message that use to chat, communicate about schedules, ask to borrow stuff, etc. Lately, we have been sharing hilarious memes and this is my current favorite. Our new artistic director is over zealous  diligent about our attendance to classes and rehearsals, so I love this. ;-) 


White Collar is one of my all time favorite t.v. shows ever. All the seasons are on Netflix and I love it. I have held of on all the series because of those silly things called grades, but this is one that I love. I cannot say enough good things about it.

  
Food wise, plain greet yogurt with honey is my October favorite. I've been eating a lot of Tupperware contained meals with my busy schedule, and this is my go-to. The sweet honey has awesome health benefits, and paired with the tart greek yogurt, it is absolutely delicious. It's also good with fruit ;-)


Organ chi tea lattes are my most favorite non-caffeinated drink. I'm not sure if these are just a north west thing, or if the whole country has access to these delicious sips of bliss. It's basically a creamier, more vanilla-ie, chi tea latte with some other yummy spices. It's October in a cup!

Q: What are your favorite October items?

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