Working Out: How To Stay Motivated When You're Just Starting Out

A little while back, I decided this year was going to be the year in which I was going to improve my strength and flexibility. You could call it a resolution of sorts, but I'm not big on resolutions. I just felt like this year was the year, and I was ready for God to push me farther. It has been a dream of mine for several years now to do the splits and become more flexible and strong overall (thanks to dancers and gymnasts whom I  have always looked up to). I have made many mistakes, and learned a lot about my physical health in the past couple years, and so I wanted to share what I've learned with some of you who might be just starting out. With that said, I am by no means an expert and I am still learning all the time. But I'll quit jabbering now and get on to the tips!

Drink Water
I know you've probably heard this before, but this is WAYYY too important to overlook. Drinking water improves your performance, as well as your flexibility, and also helps you to stay energized throughout the day. Even if you only work out once or twice a week, drink water all the time. You'll be amazed at how much better you'll feel overall.

Warm Up 
Never forget to warm up before the workout. And if you are just stretching that day, always warm up before that too. from my experience, I find that it's better to do a 15 min. workout or a smaller but semi intense workout before stretching a lot, as your muscles are warmed up more that way. Just make sure you are not too stiff and cold before you stretch and do an intense workout. Warming up will prevent you from getting injuries.

Don't give up when it hurts
That moment when you feel like you cannot do another crunch or lunge or whatever you're doing anymore, do a few more. Just a few. If you don't you won't advance. to quote FierceLivy (an awesome Youtuber) "Push past your limits." Not to throwing up mind you, just a little more each time. you won't die I promise, even though it can feel like it amiright :P

Learn the difference between good pain and bad pain
There is such a thing as good pain, believe it or not. Good pain is when you step out of our comfort zone. Bad pain is when you push too hard and end up hurting yourself. good pain should feel painful at first, but should go away as you get stronger and more flexible (it should feel more like a burn or sore pain). Bad pain gets worse and worse as you keep going and continue working out (It should feel like more of a sharp pain or ache). Bad pain means you should either stop until you know how to do the exercise in the correct form, or talk to someone who is educated in such matters (like a fitness instructor, or even a chiropractor if it's bad enough). Learning the difference is super important for advancing. Remember to always research before you try a new workout or stretch routine when you're first starting out. You won't regret it.

Work your way up
A lot of beginners try really hard workouts to begin with and then give up because it was too hard. My advice: focus on form first, which means trying really easy workouts, and then work your way up to the hard ones. If you can get through a hard workout, but your form is bad, you won't be advancing like you should be, and you could injure yourself. Try the easy ones first. Doing it right is more important than how much you do. Also, if you are given the option to modify a certain exercise, and you cannot do the advanced version yet, go ahead and do the modified versions and learn to do them well. As long as you can feel it in the right places, you are doing things right, and one day, those advanced versions will easy!

Be determined
The first few weeks will be the hardest, as you get used to working out. You will be sore some days, you'll feel unmotivated some days, and let's be honest: THE BURN CAN BE SO NOT FUN but it's worth it I promise. pretty soon you'll find yourself wanting to work out more, because it makes you feel so good. Yeah there will always be days when you feel like you just do NOT want to get out of your chair, put down that book, or get off of the internet, but that's when it is most important to get up and do it. JUST DO IT (no I'm not sponsored by Nike I just find it helpful).

Pray and Seek God about your goals
God cares about you, which also means He cares about your interests and goals for your life. I know that God put this goal in me, and I might have given it up had He not helped me. Pray about your physical goals and also pray for the strength, motivation, and ability to accomplish them. You might could do well without God's help for a while, but in my experience it's a thousand times better with Him to help you. I consider Him my coach and my cheerleader haha ;)

Put on music
I cannot stress this enough. If I didn't have music I'd probably wouldn't be working out still. Put on whatever motivates you to move. It helps take your mind off the burn sometimes. Also it's important to note that the tempo of the music can affect your performance, so be careful about what you choose for different workouts. For example, putting on fast, upbeat music for a stretching session can make you a little too pumped up, and you could accidentally push yourself too hard and injure yourself. Put on appropriate music for each part of your workout. (e.g.  cardio: fast and upbeat. Stretching: something relaxing like indie pop or even classical music if you want a really relaxing session.)

Reprogram your mind
Have a goal, and picture yourself in that way. You are strong, flexible, and resilient. Keep that image in your mind. When you are doing a tough workout, keep telling yourself that you are strong enough to do it. A lot of the time, it's your own head that keeps you from achieving your goals. If we reprogram our brains to "we can" instead of "we can't", so much can be accomplished it's insane.

Use Youtube
broke and you can't buy videos or join a gym? (I wouldn't join a gym even if I had money haha not my thing but anyway.) Youtube is the answer. I use it all the time. You can find just about anything on Youtube (including things no one needs to see). I'm am currently obsessed with Blogilates Pilates and stretching. Blogilates makes Pilates and working out in general fun (plus I loooooove pilates anyway) and she is super sweet and encouraging. But find whoever works for you. There are a ton of videos out there. Note: This does not mean I agree with everything about said channels, or the lifestyles of the people behind them. I only recommend them because their videos have helped me along a lot.

What is your favorite kind of workout? Let me know if you want me to post my favorite workout videos or stretches or something, or maybe some workout playlists? I love getting feedback from you guys! Thanks for reading lovelies!


Not Sure What I'm Doing

I don't have a clue what to blog about next. You guys want another life update? That's about all I got. Or maybe a rambling post about food or something? Do you have any ideas? please let me know. I'm all out of inspiration guys XD


Christmas Gifts for Teens

IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS PEOPLE and I tend to get a little over excited sometimes. Apologizing in advance. Anyway, gift shopping is the hard part of Christmas, and for those of you who wish to buy a gifts or gift for the teenagers in your life, this post is for you. I don't want to say we're complicated, but we can be hard to shop for. I should note though that these are things that I, as a homeschooled nerd, would love as gifts, and I do not claim to know what every teen likes, but maybe it can be of some help if you don't know where to start.

For the music lovers, these are fantastic gift. I use mine every day, almost without fail. My favorite cheaper ones so far are Panasonic ones, which you can find on Amazon and possibly Ebay. The ones that are closest to mine you can find here. They're the best ones I have ever owned by far. If you wanted a more expensive option, I've heard that Beats are good. I have never owned a pair, but they seem to be liked by the majority. Also Bose are supposed to be really good as well.

Before you "what the crap" lemme explain. Ukuleles are the easiest instrument to learn, and the sound so sweet and happy. Plus, if your teen is a Twenty One Pilots fan, it's a win-win situation. Also, learning any instrument is good way to learn perseverance and patience, so I guess it's a win-win-win. anyway, I think it's a good gift idea. ;) A Soprano uke is recommended for beginners, though I would opt for the ones in the $50 range, not the ones in the $20-$30 range. Why? because I have a very distinct feeling that you will get a better quality uke that way. Just my opinion. I am by no means an expert.

Prismacolor color pencils and a sketch pad
For the artists, or anyone who loves to draw or doodle. Prismacolor pencils are praised by professional artists. My sister (who is very artsy) has a set, and they are lovely. The set of 24 that my sister has are not bad at all as far as price. They can sell for up to $50 in some places so I would recommend Amazon or Walmart for the better prices. As far as a sketch pad, Walmart has a decent selection for a different prices. Note: Make sure the sketchpads are acid free. The drawings will last longer if they are acid free.

Concert Tickets
Is there a band in town that your teen loves? Buy them tickets. I'm pretty sure they'll love you forever (okay I hope they do anyway but you know). Note: you may have to do some discreet research or asking around to determine the favorite band.

Band Merch
This ties in to the concert tickets. band merch makes band fans very, very, very happy. You may have to do some discreet research or asking around to determine the favorite band though.

We teens are growing, therefore we need food. Especially Oreo's and chocolate and those things that are not good for us at all.

Book light
For readers, these are LIFE SAVERS. When one can't sleep, and when one is riding in a car late at night, they prove to be most useful. And, they may make the reader want to read an actual book instead of a kindle, which is healthier for them right? (Truth be told I'm just making excuses because I want one). this one clips onto the book, and is affordable too. this one though (it is a little more expensive), looks like it would be amazing. It's all according to your budget though.

Something to benefit a hobby or passion of theirs
What are they passionate about, or what do you notice about what they like to do? Get something that they could use for their hobby or passion. For example, if they like to knit, get them patterns or yarn, or if they like photography, get them their own camera or a new lense. They'll appreciate the interest in what they are interested in.

A giant teddy bear
I'm 100% serious. Everyone needs it in their life. Granted, they are not the cheapest thing in the world, but in my opinion, IT'S SO WORTH IT. ESPECIALLY, if the teen needs a bit of comfort in their lives. Believe me, stuffed animals are wonderful for emotional support. Especially giant ones. I don't know why. But they are.

A bag for all their tech (laptop, tablet, etc.)
technology is taking over the world (actually that sounds awful. lets not let it please.). Most teens have a laptop or tablet or phone or all three. you can get plenty of sick as frick messenger bags or cases for all of it, and at affordable prices now, too. (this is also a great option for someone who loves to stay organized. I know I do.)

A cool mug for coffee or tea
Even if they just drink hot chocolate or something. I would highly recommend looking on Etsy for one. They have one for just about every fandom or family member, with hundreds of quotes and such. Funny ones, sweet ones, majestic ones. I'm telling you. They have just about everything. Plus, it feels great (especially if you have siblings ;)) to have your own special mug.

What's one of the most memorable gifts you ever received? Merry Christmas everyone!!




Ignore the long and rambling title. So where have I been? Life decided to happen. You say, "isn't that supposed to be a good thing?" and I say, "maybe." some of it has been good. Really good actually. And other moments have been like WHY DO HUMANS EVEN EXIST ON THIS PLANET but you know things are trucking along and I'm surviving, and maybe even enjoying life. Most of it. *clears throat*.  For lack of ideas I thought I'd give you all a life update. Yeah, I can hear you yawning already. If things go according to plan I'll have more interesting posts eventually. I sincerely apologize for the lack of posts people. I promise I'm not mad at anyone. :)  So my life......

What I've Been Loving:
  • TWENTY ONE PILOTS. Like seriously why haven't I got into them before?!? Oh yeah, cause I judged them because I thought they were depressed, weird, goth kids who needed Jesus. I'M SO ASHAMED FOR THINKING THAT. They are some of the sweetest people on earth and they've helped so many people. I love them to death. No, I don't agree with everything they say or do, but they are sincere people with beautiful music and beautiful hearts. EVERYBODY GIVE IT UP FOR THE BEAN AND THE SPOOKY DRUMMER. A few of my very favorite songs are Car Radio, and Holding On To You but I my favorites are pretty much ALL OF THEM. And Vessel is my favorite album. I could go on for a while but I should save that for another post. a LOONG one.
  • Jane Eyre. NOBODY TOLD ME THAT MAJOR FEELS WERE INVOLVED IN THIS. Mama had began to read it to me a long time ago, but I barely understood most of it, so I thought it boring. We also watched a movie a long time ago but I remember it being strange and horror like. Recently I found a movie on Netflix, looked it up to make sure it had no *ahem* scenes that make one squirm, and finding nothing alarming (aside from the fact *SPOILERS* that he has a mad wife shut up in the top of his house), I dove in. OH THE AGONY BUT IT WAS SO GOOD. I'm reading the book now and in all honesty I'm still not sure what I think about Jane's decisions. BUT I CAN'T STOP BEING OBSESSED. 
  • History. I have an obsession with history. Like, a bad obsession. I read classical novels, I listen to classical music around the house, I randomly quote Jane Austen (especially Mrs. Bennet) in a British accent*, I look up period dramas all the time to see if they're worth watching, I sometimes read sections out of my old textbooks, I have conversations with my grandpa (who is also a history nerd), and I've always drimed of attending a ball in full costume.  I mention it now because I had big life changes, and I had kinda forgotten how much I loved Period dramas and gowns and classical music and history in general, until I watched that Jane Eyre movie, AND SUDDENLY I REMEMBERED MY OBSESSION. THERE IS NO GOING BACK. *(Be honest with yourself fellow Austenites, you have, at LEAST once, wailed "Oh Mr. Bennet you have no comPASSION on my poor nerves!", to the alarm of your family members. I know you have.) 
  • Marvel. Marvel is ruining my life. especially the Captain America storyline. *FLAILS* I feel rather idiotic loving comic book characters almost as much as real people but you know, what else is new. But, if you would have told me three years ago that I would be wanting to get my hands on comic books, crying over superheroes, Hyperventilating over the movie trailers, thinking about doing full cosplay for Infinity war with my best friend in two years, and marrying one of the characters, I would have said you were crazy (okay so I'm not marrying him. yet.......... yet.) 
  • Pinterest. Yeah I know I'm really, really late to the party. BUT I"M HERE NOW. First it was G+, the it was Polyvore, and now Pinterest is added to the pile of things that make me forget I have a life. Don't judge; they provide therapy for the slightly insane. (please tell me that's the right way to use a semicolon because I'm still trying to figure that little thing out)
  • Anklets. I'm pretty sure you're bored silly by this point. to make this short and sweet, I love anklets, and I happen to be reading a book about a girl who loved one that she had, so it made me want to buy myself some anklets. During Bible study yesterday for some crazy reason (probably because I should have been listening...) I realized that I had bracelets that might work, and lo and behold, they did. So I got really excited over something that no one else (except my lil sis) got excited about so I slap it onto this blog in the hopes that my weird little self is amusing somebody. 
  • FOOD. Current cravings: Pizza, Bread, Chocolate, Ice cream, Cookies, and like Japanese or Chinese takeout?!?!? My body is very random. 

What I've Been Doing
  • Deciding what to do with my life. At some point all high schoolers think about that this, and for me this year has been no exception. And guess what? I DON'T HAVE THE LEAST IDEA WHAT I'M DOING but that's okay. I'm just trying to figure my priorities, find balance, and pursue those priorities. College? Wherever God leads. Mcdonalds? DEFINITELY NOT. If I do get a fast food job, it will be Chick-fil-a, no question. Wow I got off track. okay, in short, I'm just waiting to see what's right for me. 
  • Getting in the swing of a new school year. For some people, this is a really stressful situation, but this year has been different. My mom has really worked hard on a better schedule for us this year, and things are a whole lot less rushed and crammed. She's been breaking us in slowly from about the middle of last month, and things are going pretty well so far. I've been enjoying it. yeah it's work, but not overly stressful work. 
  • Listening to waaaaaaaay too much music. Again what else is new. but seriously there is some great music floating around out there just waiting to be discovered, and I think I discovered a significant amount of it this year. I wanna share it with everybody but that would take a while. Probably the rest of your life so, don't ask.
  • I'd put more in this category but I feel like I don't do anything else interesting so yeah I'm Dun.
So my life is a bit nuts. But all in all, It's really beautiful. I have a lot to be thankful for. *I type as I listen to Unstoppable by Sia*. But seriously that song makes you feel invincible.
What you guys been up to? Please let me know if you like posts of this sort, and whether or not you want to see a post entirely devoted to Twenty One Pilots? Or while we're at it, an entire post about Marvel? OR an entire post about food :D? I love you people!


P.S: I apologize for any incoherence. I wrote most of this when I was very tired.


L.M. Montgomery And Anne of Avonlea Rambles


I listened to the Anne of Green Gables audio drama (done by Focus On the Family Radio Theater) and I decided to read the book. I borrowed it from my grandma (who is a fellow book lover :)), got almost all the way through, and then I spilled water all over it. So I gave it back to grandma saying how sorry I was, and didn't pick it up again until I found it at a homeschool book sale (seriously one of the best things ever to get involved in). I read it with a fresh outlook, and LOVED it.

By this time I had already watched BBC's Anne of Avonlea with Kim Braden, and enjoyed it quite a lot. The acting isn't fantastic but it's good nonetheless. I tried reading Anne of Avonlea and I just couldn't get into it for reason. Maybe because I watched the show and I already knew the basic storyline. Maybe I just wasn't giving it a chance. I don't have a clue. Anyway I decided to try it again a month or so ago.

I just recently finished it, and I want MORE.

The humor, the love, the characters, the descriptions, the imaginings of Paul and Anne, just, GAH. I really, really wish Avonlea was real. I want to live there. It is now my dream hometown. And I want miss Lavender to be my friend, Anne to be my writing consultant, and I want Echo Lodge to be my house thank you. Either that or Green Gables. or even Hester Gray's little space of land.

L. M. Montgomery has this way of writing that makes one almost taste the words as you read. It just slides deliciously like cream pie into your heart. Okay that sounded a little cliche, I know. But it's so true. It's like a little slice of heaven. Not exaggerating even a little.


"I like to fancy souls as being made of  light. And some are all shot through with Rosy stains and quivers...and some have a soft glitter like moonlight on the sea...and some are pale and transparent like mist at dawn." ~Anne.

"You're never safe from being surprised until you're dead." ~Rachel Lynde

"Anne and Paul both knew 
'How fair the realm 
Imagination opens to the view'
and both knew the way to that happy land. There the rose of  joy bloomed immortal by dale and stream; clouds never darkened the sunny sky; sweet bells never jangled out of tune; and kindred spirits abounded. The knowledge of that land's geography..."East o' the Sun, West o' the Moon" priceless lore, not to be bought in any marketplace. It must be the gift of good fairies at birth and the years can never deface it or take it away. It is better to posses it, living in a garret, than to be the inhabitants of palaces without it" ~Chapter XV

Of course I want to continue Anne's story now, but I'm also very eager to read other L.M. Montgomery books. Like Emily of New Moon and The Blue Castle. Have any of you read others? Were they good? I'd love to know! :) 

Well I'll stop this ramble now. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did (;D). 



Why You Should Read The Classics

[Life has been crazy these past few months, which means lack of posts. But I want to get back into it. I can't promise consistency but I will try :) in the meantime here is a post I've dragged from my drafts. I love you guys!]

It transports you back in time.
It tells you (kind of) what it was like living life back then. And oftentimes it's a lot more interesting than life now. (It's kind of funny how when these books were originally published they were contemporary novels, whereas now we consider them historical novels....)

They spoke like sophisticated people.
I don't know if you've noticed, but we Americans have the habit of simplifying everything, including our elocution (ha! I used a big word!). I always sort of feel like a backwoods redneck that lacks proper society when I read classics (yes I'm an Austenite. Where else would I get a phrase like 'Lacks proper society'?). If you read enough, it will improve your overall vocabulary. And if you ask me, this world sorely needs that.

It improves one's manners.
It makes you think more about little things like "keep your elbows off the table" and such. And if you're like me, you pay attention to the way people eat and such in period films (some of which are based on classics). I've noticed they will take small bites, and sit very straight in their chairs, and try to make polite conversation. They deserve a lot of credit for that, I mean, it's hard to take small bites when you're famished!

They're often refreshing.
If you read the good ones, they'll often emphasize the important things in life. They encourage one to relax, and enjoy one's family and what God has given them, and to put people first, and yourself and material things second. I find if I'm having anxiety about something, they'll calm me till I'm certain things will turn out okay. Somehow when reading about other people's problems, or about a families love, our own problems don't seem bad or as large. I'm a firm believer that God gave us books and stories to help out with life in general.

Because you can read them aloud with a British accent even if they're american classics.
Need I say more?

It gives you motivation to learn something you usually wouldn't.
I taught myself how to knit from books because of period films and Historical Novels. It makes me want to learn how to wash clothes like they did, or keep chickens or something. Maybe it would would be completely useless to learn these things. On the other hand, it could be really smart to learn skills most people don't think about anymore. You never know when you may need to put your old fashioned skills to good use in God's Kingdom.

It gets you outdoors.
I don't know about you, but whenever I read novels written by people like Louisa May Alcott or L. M. Montgomery, I feel like going outside and frolicking in the sunshine, or simply laying on the ground reading, writing, or dreaming.

So there you have it. Now what are you waiting for? :)



Beautiful Words

 I'm the type of person that just randomly says words under my breath because I love the way it rolls off my tongue, or who sits and reads the dictionary, or types random words into google translate. I'm a word lover. This randomness is for other people like me. 

Logophile (n.):
A lover of words.

Solivagant (adj.):
Wandering alone.

Wanderlust (n.):
A great desire to travel and rove about.

Pluviophile (n.):
A person who loves/takes comfort from rain.

Ceraunophile (n.):
A person who loves lightning and thunder.

The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.