Friday, July 31, 2015

Elly's Summer Photo Contest

A Girl Photo Contest

To enter Elly's photo contest click on the button or click here. You must enter before August 1st! 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rain Droplets.

Rain, at last! It has been a while since it's rained here in Oregon and I am ecstatic to smell, feel, and see rain! This morning when I woke up, which was around 8:00 am I felt that it was colder than normal. Looking out my window, I found that the ground was damp and tree's leaves had droplets of rain scattered on them. Before I went running I found this rose outside of my house, I grabbed my camera, then took pictures of this beauty. 



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I Love Our Blogging Community

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Yes, YOU, the person reading, thinking, and commenting on my blog, thank you for taking the time to read and share your thoughts with me.

I have been a part of the blogging community for about three years and I can not explain how much I appreciate the blogging community. Never, in the three years I've had this blog, have I received a negative comment on a post. In today's society, it is hard to steer clear of people's negativity and put-downs but, blogger is different, the people are different.

Blogger is different in every good way possible. The girls in the blogging community are truly wonderful! I consider each one of you my friends. I've shared a lot of my thoughts on here and I have always felt safe doing so. That's because of how I have never had anyone be negative towards me and that you girls also share your lives with others and me on blogger.

Just wanted to give a quick shout out to all of you wonderful girls! The girls who help me get through life by reading my posts, thank you!

As I was writing this I thought of making this into some kind of award/button to put on your sidebar to show everyone how much we love them! I don't know how this would work yet, but I wanted to know if you girls would be interested in that before I start putting my thoughts into action. 

Again, Thank you!

Love,
Vanessa

Sunday, July 19, 2015

When Life Gives You Lemons

There are times in life where we feel like we have reached rock bottom, and I know from experience that it's hard to deal with everything going on. It could be a bad day, a horrible few weeks, or losing someone close to you can have you feeling down. However, there are things you can do to add some joy back into life. Here are 10 things that will help you be happier.

1. Dance- Dancing allows you to be free and only think about the next step, music, and how silly you could be looking. Turn your favorite song on and get off that couch! 

2. Get together with your friends- Friends are what are going to get you through the hard times in life, run to them when you need cheering up. You don't even have to talk about what's going on but just being around them, I guarantee, will make you feel better. 

3. Blog vent- I know you don't want to fill up your feed with your feelings but, this works for a lot of people. Open up a post and start spilling out your feelings, you don't even have to post it, just write about what is going on. 

4. Go to the beach- The beach has these things call positive ions in the air which make breathing a lot better, and when breathing is better, you feel a lot better. Plus, getting away from the city and some pretty scenery always helps! 

5. Read a book- Reading lets your mind go into another world and take a break from the one you're always in. Along For the Ride, by Sara Dessen is a book I'd read. 

6. Bubble Bath- This is a classic move to take if you need to relax. Wash away the negativity. 

7. Run/ Working Out- Running has done wonders for when I'm in a bad position in life. I run till I can't, or until I have no more negative thoughts. Working out is good for you mentally and physically.

8. Taking pictures- Seeing the world in a different perspective can be very effective, which is why photography is magnificent. 

9. Breath- This is an effortless way to feel better within seconds. Take at least five deep breaths with your eyes closed. 

10 Make blueberry Lemon-Aid- Blueberry lemon-aid is what inspired this post. I was making it and thought of the quote, " When life gives you lemons" and immediately I thought of a bad day, and ways to make a bad day a better one. Making something yummy is the way to do that. 


This is the blueberry lemon-aid that I made. The recipe for this is here Instead of cooking the blueberries I strained them, and warmed the pulp, sugar, and lemon in a bowl in the microwave. 

Cheer up! <3
Vanessa

Friday, July 17, 2015

Blog Disaster

If you haven't noticed over the past few weeks I've been changing my blog design a lot. At first, I thought I'd be cute to have my blog title look like mail and the posts as the letters. That didn't last to long.

Then I thought about changing the my blog to have a more summer look. That's what's up at the current moment. A splash of summer is what my blog header looks like. After a few weeks with the blog like this I feel as if I need to change it again. I just can't settle with this look, doesn't look/ feel like me.

My first header was simple and girly. That's what I now want for my future design. Something girly and simple, but not to sparkly.

I should be getting to work on it tomorrow morning but I wanted to know what sites you girls use to make your headers. I'm using pic monkey now but j was wondering what other sites you use, as well as tips!

Thanks!
Vanessa

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dream Journaling

Something I use to do as a child was dream journal. I have a notebook filled with dreams from my 5-7th-grade self. It started when a friend and I had a very similar dream on the same night about a certain someone falling off a building in a wheelchair (this was in the 5th grade) From then on we decided that we would write down our dreams so we found notebooks and started writing down our dreams night after night. After the year was up we both decided to keep dream journaling, I'm pretty sure I stuck with it longer. Dream journaling was just my thing. It was unique and fun.

I found my dream journal a few months ago and decided I'd start doing it again. I got off track due to going to school, but I'm hoping this time I can keep it up. I'd like to experience a lucid dream at least once in my life and journaling is the way to get there. Wish me luck in filling another book.
<3 <3,
Vanessa

Weekend 4

Friday July, 10th:
Friends and Food. These are two very important things to have in life but, when combined together it can be dangerous. My friend Jamie and Tania were getting together and I was invited to come make food with them. We ended up making mini apple pies, smore cupcakes, and a potato stuffed with cheese and bacon. At the time, it seemed like it might be possible to get diabetes and gain a few pounds. We had lots of fun cooking, which made things entirely worth it. Plus what better was to start to weekend then a bake-off?

Saturday, July, 11th:
Another day of selling blueberries! Saturday was a very enjoyable day to sell berries. The weather was cold enough that it wasn't painful to wear warmer clothes. Lauren and I spent a lot of time together telling people wear to pick and who to ask for help, that is if they need it. We were there for a few hours and a few hours with Sara. When we were saying goodbye to her she didn't let go of my sisters hand. I think she wanted us to stay longer, but we needed to give her family a chance to be with her.
I'm not sure what I did the rest of this day, for some reason this week and weekend has been foggy.

Sunday: July, 12th:
At 12;15 until 1:15 I was in Church connecting with God and learning more about how to become a better person. The homily was based off love and how we need to know what love is, love yourself and be kind to others before we can truly love life. Good points but I had a rough morning making it hard to fully follow what was being said.
I got my hair cut after. I can't explain how much I hate getting my hair cut. I have always thought it was a drag to get your hair cut. I pay a lot of money for them to fix the ends of my hair and in return I have to listen to the ladies talk pointless things. Plus, I'm always kinda worried they'll cut my hair the wrong way. UGH but that's done with for the next few months.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Memories: My sister's stitches

Something I bother my sister about all the time is the scar she has on her left eyebrow. It's not as bad as it sounds, the scar is small and hidden by eyebrow hair, but the story is quite funny. 

She was in 3rd grade, I was in 7th and it was probably spring. We decided that we would go to the park with our friend Taylor and our dog. Taylor is one of my oldest friends, we've known each other since we were two.
Anyways, we went to the park and my sister, Lauren, rode her bike there. When we got to the park Taylor and I went to the playground and Lauren rode around on her bike with the dog. I don't know how this happened but one minute my sister is on her bike holding the dogs leash and the next shes on the floor next to a tether ball pole. Taylor and I both run over to Lauren who's got blood on her face and is crying. We decided to leave the bike at the park, ditch the shoes and rush my sister back home before she drowns in blood. (Okay, so it wasn't that bloody but as little kids it looked like she might die.) So, here we are Taylor and me waking my sister to our house with one of us with no shoes. I can't remember who didn't have shoes on I know someone did.
Alright, so how did my sister mange to hurt herself? Well, as she tells it, she was riding her bike and looked back at Aluchi, our dog, following her behind and when she looked forward again there was a tether pole coming for her face. What I don't understand is how you end up getting 4 stitches because you bumped into a ROUND tether pole. How does that happen?! This is the thing I bother her about to this day. Getting stitches because you were stupid enough to crash into a round tether pole. I think it's just a sister thing that makes it obligatory to bother her about this silly incident. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Appreciating People

Recently, I got news that someone I care a lot about thinks they aren't going to be with us for much longer. This person has put a lot of faith and will in recovering; she's believed in the people who have strived to help her recover for over a year. Unfortunately, she's starting to lose faith in the idea of recovery and starting to accept the concept of afterlife. It hurts to know she might not be with us for much longer, but I know she will be in peace when she's not here. 

All of this got me thinking about how many of us don't appreciate the people around us as much as we can. We all care for one another, that's for sure, but how often do we really show true compassion, empathy, care, kindness, and love? Humans, I believe, are really self-centered. In today's world, it almost seems impossible to focus on others and not think of yourself. So much of our world is revolved around us and I think that it's time we start showing others how much we care before we no longer can. 

Everyone needs to know they are important to someone, from your family to a classmate, they all need love. Now, I'm not talking about being overly nice to them 24/7, I'm talking about doing small things for someone to make them feel important. This could be as little as listening to them (with your phone put away) while they talk to you, helping them with something, and giving them love. My point is that we need to show people they matter to us and that we love them before it's too late. 

Enjoy every moment you have with someone you care about. 

Vanessa 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Week 3

Wednesday July 1st:
I started getting to work at 7 in the morning which means I have to be up at 6. At 6 am I tend to wake up questioning why I choose to work during summer (it's hot outside, gardening in the sun's hard, the early hours, and people) Crazy idea I had. The one thing I do like is being able to unwind for a few hours. I sound very down to earth right now.... MOVING ON
After work, I took the Trimet home and just hung out with my sister for a few hours until it was time to paddle. Padding, as usual, was great. My favorite way to end the day.

Thursday the 2nd:
My sister and I needed to spend more time together and since our mom was out of the house, we decided we would turn on some music and dance. Somehow, we ended up seeing who could dance the longest without stopping. I'm not talking about stepping back and forth from side to side, I'm talking about full-on jumping, spinning, leaping, and more. We were crazy for a whole 15 minutes until Lauren stopped dancing. She still has to have an egg cracked on her head.

Friday the 3rd:
Blueberries! 2nd week opening and we were picked out in 30 minutes. This is a huge blueberry field but due to all the people that came to pick, what would have been an hour and 30 minutes, became 30. Let me tell you, costumers are not happy when they hear "Oh I am sorry but we are picked out... there are no more berries to pick." I felt bad each time I said that but it was the truth and they could see it.

4th of July;
My sister and I took the Trimet to the airport at around 1:30 pm after I went on a 3-mile run. I have no time to run anymore. We hoped on the train after seeing a few people we knew. The ride to the airport, where our dad was picking us up, went smoothly. No crazy people throwing fruit, that's something that happened on the train a few weeks ago while I was riding. After a long 50 minutes, we got to the airport and hopped in the car to Washington. We spent the night at my dads and saw the fireworks with his girl friend and her son.
The fourth of July festival was great. Lots of music to dance to (definitely Lauren and I's thing) We danced to a few songs and some very random rock bands. It was just a great night with my sister, dad, and his girl friend. (Going to need to edit this but for now it's ALL GOOD)






<3,
Vanessa

Design by | SweetElectric