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Update on Life

My last few posts have always started with me apologizing for my lack of posts. I always feel bad whenever time gets away from me or I procrastinate, because I actually do enjoy writing. To be honest, I have been putting off making a new post for a while now because I couldn’t think of anything to write about.

This time I will not make excuses. Besides, bogging is not something mandatory, but something I do for fun. That being said, I want to work on being more consistent with posting.

Part of the reason I put off blogging was because of my indecision on what kind of post to make. I have done all sorts of different things in the past. I have made posts on health & wellness and weekly themes, like Poetry Fridays, and others. Maybe it would help to get an idea of what kind of content you guys would like to read. I always have my favourite subjects (i.e. music, etc.), of course, but I want to have content that’s creative and interesting. So, what do you think? Let me know what kind of blogging you’d like to see me do!

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Anyways, if you’ve been wondering what’s been going on in my life over these past months, let me tell you. In one word: school. In more words, life’s been crazy as usual. However, it hasn’t always been bad crazy – there’s been some good in there too. For example, I’ve had the chance to make a few new friends this year, which is great. I love meeting new awesome people. After the few months in which I was walking around as through a thick fog – a time also known as winter – I began to make some changes in my life. I have wanted to be consistent in my devotions and prayer life for quite some time, but have struggled to get in and keep up that habit. Accountability is a great thing. It’s really helpful to have someone else to meet with, even if I then go and do my own thing. It motivates me to keep up with it and not give up, if I have someone who’s expecting me to meet them. I’ve found that starting my day in God’s presence positively affects the rest of the day and has made me more aware and engaged in daily life. I’m not sure if it’s been quite a month yet, but I’d say I’m off to a good start in making this a long-term habit!

That’s all for now folks! So, share your thoughts (in the comments) on what content I should do here. Here’s a song I discovered today: Everyday People by Morgan Harper Nichols.

Wonderful Wednesday

I realized I haven’t posted anything on here in a month now, so I figured it’s about time to fix that. If you’ve wondered what I’ve been up to lately, I’ve mostly been reading, working on my writing (stories, not blogging), and doing basic responsibilities. TBH, I’ve been lacking energy lately. Not sure if that’s because my body isn’t used to the heat yet or what. However, it’s definitely frustrating when you have a bunch of things you’d like to do, but little to no energy or motivation to do it. I’m sure more than one person can relate to that.

One thing I’ve learned recently, is to jump on board when I have the motivation to do something. Take the opportunity when it arises, because you never know how you’ll feel later. Of course, there will be times you need to act despite how you feel, however, the point is, if you have the time and the will – dive in! That’s my advice. Anyways, I wanted to write about a few new and wonderful things that I’ve discovered lately – not give life advice (intentionally) – so without further adieu, here’s to a wonderful Wednesday!

  • Christian Rap

I never had any interest in rap music. I just didn’t enjoy it, so I avoided it at all costs and cringed whenever it came on. However, this past school year I was challenged to listen to music I wouldn’t normally for one week. I accepted. During that week I discovered that I do enjoy rap music! Some artists I listened to: NF, Twenty-One Pilates, and Propaganda.

  • Anime & Manga

Yeah I’m a nerd and I’m not afraid to show it! One of my favourites (still) has to be the first one I ever watched, which is called “Fruits Basket”. I’ve watched the anime and recently finished the first book in the manga series. I’m looking forward to reading the second. (Of course, I’ve got a few animes I’m watching, but for the sake of this post I thought I’d keep it short.)

  • Books

Some of you are thinking: “Hey! She’s always liked books! What’s new about that?”. And yes, that’s true, I’ve always been a book lover. However, lately I’ve finally been able to get back into something wonderful called ‘pleasure reading’. I know, right? What a concept! I have to admit, it took a while to transition from analyzing books for school into actually enjoying them. I think I’ve got the hang of it again now!

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  • Writing

Similar to my book/reading situation – mentioned above – I haven’t had much time to write stories with homework on my to-do list. After school ended, however, I was able to get back into that as well! So, I’m inspired and working away at a few different novels! It’s looking promising, so far. I find reading and writing very exciting and it continues to inspire my creative mind!

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  • Self-discovery

This is going a little off topic – since it’s different than the other points – however, I wanted to mention it. Lately, I’ve made some internal progress. I find it a little strange because I wasn’t actively working on this recently. So, I’m not sure what changed, but I’ve begun  to accept myself – flaws and all – instead of letting what others think define me. People-pleaser (and perfectionist) are definitely phrases that have described me in the past. However, I think I’ve started to let go of my insecurities and be more comfortable with who I am. I can only explain it by saying that it must be a work of God in my life. I’ve struggled with these insecurities for so long, that it’s really encouraging to finally hear an alternative voice saying “This is who you are. It’s okay. Just be yourself.”

What are some new and wonderful things that have come into your life? What have you discovered lately?

Coffee Confessions

I do not always participate in Lent, however this year I decided to give up coffee. It’s better for anxiety to be caffeine free; caffeine increases you heart rate and makes panic attacks more likely. So, I decided that 40 days without coffee would be a good start for going caffeine free.

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So, I thought the first week was going to be the hardest because of caffeine withdrawl. However, that was not how things panned out. It was difficult to transition at the start. After that it got a little easier. Then, when it was two weeks away from Easter, I began to crave caffeine again. It was almost as if my body was saying: “you can almost have coffee again!” Fighting with your own body isn’t very fun…

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Almost immediately after the fight with myself, my personal life took a nose dive. Suddenly I had much more to worry about than not drinking coffee. So… that was a good thing, I guess? Not really, but hey, life hasn’t been all bad. This year has already had its good moments as well. Right now I’m having a rough time, but that happens in life. Life is not always a bed of roses, sometimes winter is long. I just have to keep holding on until spring comes and surround myself with the positive and supportive people in my life.

Anyways, this was not meant to be a depressing post… so here are some pictures of Boston Terrier puppies to give you good feelings.

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As you can tell, I love Boston Terriers. I’m a little biased because my family owns one. But I’m not crazy, they are sweet, loving and have great personalities! Cuddling with my Boston is one of my favourite ways to feel better when I’m down.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! What are your favourite ways to get out of a downward spiral?

Word of the Year

It’s still January, therefore I feel justified in letting you all know my (goals and) “word of the year”. I know I have been sporadic in my blog posting. Ironically, the word I chose for the year is “priorities”.

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Well, it makes sense, right? I chose this word because it is an area I want (and need) to work on in my life. I am striving to better balance all my activities and work, and prioritize my time so I get everything done that I need to accomplish each day.

Good goals. It’s an area I imagine needs to be consistently reworked on as you enter different stages in life. Each season brings on new challenges. So, how do you go about creating lasting change? Great question! Let’s figure that out together.

1. Planning 

Something I have noticed that works for me is planning ahead. I know, that takes time. Is it really worth it? It may seem tedious, even pointless, in the moment. However, if you’re like me then you are more likely to follow through with your goals if there is a set schedule. Start by getting a hold of a program that works for you. Buy (and actually use) a planner, create a schedule online, or there’s always a calendar on your cell phone.

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2. Perseverance 

It’s important to recognize that in all likelihood you will trip up at some point on your road to success. Don’t beat yourself up over it – (I know I’m guilty of this). Simply remember that many others have stumbled down this road before you and have made it to the end. Be patient along the way and give yourself a little grace.

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3. Attainable 

It’s important to make sure you’re setting attainable goals. You will still reach your destination by taking one step at a time. It will also make for more lasting change than if you were to try and transform your life overnight.

Final Thoughts

Set a time frame for yourself. Tell someone who will keep you accountable and spur you on towards completion of your goal!

Let’s start off this new year, and February, right and make practical – (even if small) – steps towards the finish line.

Blessings & love to you all.

~beeanni

*(Images from Pixabay)*

Vegan Tid Bits

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(Picture and recipe can be found here: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Veggie-Sandwich-Recipe-35415233).

According to Dictionary.com a vegan is “a vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet” and “a person who does not use any animal products, as leather or wool.” Personally I wouldn’t use the word vegetarian, simply because it may confuse some people who want to know the difference between the many veggie diets.

One question I always found a bit frustrating and difficult to answer is “why did you become vegan?” There is more than one reason to become vegan. Most people aren’t really expecting me to dive into a huge explanation, but veganism can be a deep subject and I need more than a sentence to explain my choices. So, this is the perfect place to share my thoughts with anyone who is interested.

When I first made the change to being vegetarian and then to vegan, many people told me how it was unhealthy or how I would be missing key nutrients. There were even others who thought I was crazy! However, contrary to popular belief, there are many health benefits to being vegan. Many health conditions and issues can be managed or even cured through eliminating animal proteins from the diet. Furthermore, in my high school food & nutrition class we were shown the documentary Forks Over Knives; this was my first introduction to plant-based living.

Another side of veganism focuses on the treatment of animals and the environment. I think most people would say they care about animals. I certainly have always loved them, but that was never my main reason for going vegan. I’m sure I was shown in class something on food and the treatment of animals. I don’t know what it was… maybe it just had never sunk in. However, recently I needed to remind myself of the reasons I chose to become vegan in the first place, and I was recommended the documentary Earthlings (WARNING: graphic content). It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted! Without a doubt Earthling was the hardest thing I’ve ever watched, but I did it because I needed to see the truth and bring myself back to the start. After that, there was no question where I stood. This is the documentary that truly made me understand that veganism is much more than a diet – it’s a LIFESTYLE.

vegan-myths-memeI feel like the first impression from some people is to think that vegans don’t like food… or that we only eat salads. This is simply not true. My family knows very well that I enjoy eating and I can assure you I eat more than just lettuce!

One food I’ve wanted to try more of is avocados. My parents don’t really like avocados, so we don’t ever use them in our meals. I remember having them in a salad once at a friend’s house, but I don’t remember what I thought of them. So, I’m looking forward to being able to experiment with different recipes to see what I think.

This is living now! There are so many different foods & recipes I want to try.  Grains, fruits like mangoes, veggies, and more.

All in all, I feel the best being vegan. It’s not my intention to judge or make anyone else feel guilty, but I am confident knowing that I’m living a healthy lifestyle and staying true to my morals and beliefs. Of course, I’m not perfect. I know that life is journey and this is a part of it. So I try not to beat myself up if I slip now and then. Everyone does, I’m sure.

Did you know that these celebrities and athletes are vegan?

  • Ellen Degeneres (actress/ comedian)
  • Natalie Portman (actress)
  • Carrie Underwood (singer/songwriter)
  • Alicia Silverstone (actress)
  • Ellie Goulding (singer/songwriter)
  • Patrik Baboumian (strongman)
  • Mac Danzig (mixed martial arts fighter)
  • Cam Awesome (boxer)

-A

Defending Manhood

Anyone who knows me will understand that I am a very passionate person when it comes to my convictions, beliefs, and the things I love. Today I decided to write on the topic of defending manhood. I realize that this may be a bit of a controversial topic for some, but I feel that this needed to be said.

Some of you may be thinking, but you’re a woman, why are you talking about manhood? I’m glad you asked. There are many misconceptions about the opposite gender and how we can expect them to act. And I’m discovering that unlike a lot of people I’ve come across, I hold different views on the subject.

I overheard a conversation recently where a woman mentioned something alike to “men are just grown up boys”. It reminded me of the concept “boys will be boys”. I really disagree with these statements. Though some may act childish, it is not right to generalize the whole male gender in this way. I believe that as women, we have a responsibility to encourage the men in our lives toward true, (and biblical), manhood. If you assume that boys will be boys, then don’t be surprised if they are acting like boys. However, if you encourage and expect more from them, then they will rise to the occasion and exceed your expectations.

I often hear about how women want to be treated by men.  Though, I don’t see a lot of women thinking about how their actions and words are effecting men. We both have a responsibility to spur each other on and to encourage those in our lives into becoming the best versions of themselves. We can be greatly influenced by those around us and the expectations we are held to. So, you and I both need to be a part of raising up true men and women; we are in this together.

When I spoke up to the women earlier, one of them said to me: “Come back in 20 years when you see what men are really like, then we’ll talk.”

Personally, I hope that whatever I’m doing in 20 years, and wherever I am, that I can truly say I’ve made a positive impact on the people around me. I strive to see and expect the best in everyone. I hope I will have been an encouragement to them and helped them to realize their strengths and ability to rise to greatness.

-A

Apology

In case anyone’s wondering, I thought I would explain why I’ve been a little ‘on and off’ lately. I’ve been through an ordeal this winter from finding out I have asthma (and learning how to live and deal with my symptoms). Also, more recently I’ve been experiencing a variety of symptoms including exhaustion, headaches and muscle aches, etc. I’m still trying to figure out what’s going on. I saw my doctor last week and had a blood test, but everything came back normal. So, onward I press into further testing to find answers.

As I’m sure you can all understand, I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. So this is an apology for my forgetfulness and inconsistency. Please bear with me.

Thank you all!

~A