Sunday, April 20, 2014

Something More

Christmas and Easter are difficult holidays for me, mostly because I can't decide what my attitude should be towards them. I mean, aren't these just pagan holidays that some guy decided to "Christian-ize" a long time ago? On top of that, we have so many silly little traditions that do nothing but distract from the "real meaning" of these holidays that it's hard to focus on God.

I've tried giving up on trying to make Easter a Christian holiday, and just enjoying the fun. (We don't actually do much of anything on Easter; our only tradition is that our grandma sends us candy.) Taking this approach makes it a lot easier, but I don't want to just forget during this time about God and what he did/does for me. Besides, the easy way usually isn't the right way.

I've also tried to focus on what Jesus did for me; I mean, he died just so I could be with him! That's pretty amazing. But it's also very difficult to make myself think about that when there's so much else going on. It makes me uncomfortable all day because I don't feel "holy enough," like I need to try harder, which is frustrating.

Another problem I have with Easter is all of the hype. I don't mind the silly bunny and egg stuff (though I've never seen how those two are connected...), but what really gets me is all the Christian hype. I hate all the little candy crosses and the incessant pictures of Jesus or the cross or lilies, all with a sunrise behind them and cliche sayings. It feels like a "get out of jail free" card so that you feel like you're celebrating the "right thing."

I don't want my day to be all about trying to think about the "real meaning" of the holiday. Especially when it isn't really the real meaning.

It just feels too fake, too forced.

Maybe it would mean more to me if this were a day where just Christians got together for a dinner and simply celebrated Jesus' coming. If we ate together, read together, prayed together, and remembered all that he has done for us. A day without another holiday that everyone celebrates just to have a good time. Maybe, just maybe.

I don't want this day to be the only time I purposefully remember what Jesus did.  I want something real, that is with me forever, not just on some special day. I want something more.

Thoughts?

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Little Bit of Catching Up...

Hello again! Sorry my posts are so sporadic, I think I'll try to post at least twice a week...but no promises. ;)

via Pinterest
Anyway, I thought I'd give ya'll a quick rundown of my life in the past three months:

January
I started my second quarter of school and began really working at Mission Ridge (a ski mountain). I got sick the second week of school and stayed that way all through February. I also started an Instagram for my Etsy shop and got a whole bunch of orders. Because of all that, I was pretty worn out. It was kind of a bad month. :P (Oh, and I turned 17 :) )

February
This month was pretty much more of the same: school, stress, work, sewing, sickness, and a little more stress. Aaaaand the weather was kinda gross, which usually doesn't bother me, but I think it just added a wee bit more to the rest.

March
I took the SAT, which I didn't feel awesome about, but ended up doing pretty well. I was supposed to study for it but, y'know... Yeah, so that was interesting. I got better, though not completely, finished the quarter, and went to Hawaii for spring break!

And that bring us to April, this month. I've started my third quarter, received two large custom orders, and am finishing my job tomorrow! Spring is finally here, and everything is in bloom! It's so beautiful. This looks to be a very pleasant quarter. :)

Thanks for bearing with me as I figure out what on earth I'm doing!
I'd love to hear from you, if it's not too much to ask. :)
Christina

Sunday, April 6, 2014

1 Year//How Well Do You Know Me?

Wow.
I've been on Blogger for 1 year today. And so much has happened.

First I found Anna/Storyteller's blogs and then through her I found several other blogs and through those blogs I found even more.

Thank you all so much for supporting and encouraging me in my blogging endeavors! It's been so much fun.

You guys have inspired me so much in my writing. I don't write much at all, but I probably wouldn't have started if it weren't for all of you. :)

I don't have anything exciting to celebrate, but I thought it'd be fun to see how much you know about me now! (At least, I hope someone other than me thinks it's fun). :)

1. Where did my blog name come from?
  a. A book
  b. My imagination
  c. A dictionary

2. How many siblings do I have?
  a. Two brothers
  b. A brother and a sister
  c. Three brothers

3. What is my favorite color?
  a. Coral
  b. Teal
  c. Both

4. What is my favorite book?
  a. Little Women
  b. The Scarlet Pimpernel
  c. Little Dorrit

5. What is my favorite book series?
  a. Anne of Green Gables
  b. The Chronicles of Narnia
  c. The Scarlet Pimpernel

6. Can you name three of my hobbies?

7. Which instrument do I play?
  a. Guitar
  b. Piano
  c. Violin

Comment your answers below! I'll reveal the correct ones in a few days. :)

I hope you all enjoy my blog! Thank you so much for an awesome year of blogging!!
Christina

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hello Hello Hello!

Hey everyone!

Wow, it's been a loooong time! Sorry 'bout that!

I've really missed blogging and all you guys! I'm not quite sure why I haven't been blogging...


Anyway, yesterday I started spring quarter, which is kinda exciting. I'm taking Spanish 3, English 202 (Critical Analysis), and Economics 101. I'm not sure I like my Econ professor, but time will tell. ;) This is the first quarter that I don't get to be in a class with Kendall, which is a bummer, but there's nothing I can do about it!


We went to Hawaii over spring break; it was beautiful! It didn't get too warm, and we didn't get burnt until the last two days! I ended up burning my nose pretty badly, though. :P  Besides playing in the ocean (which we did a ton of, I can assure you!) we went zip-lining, mini-golfing, and car-racing! I have no idea what type of race-cars they were, if there are different kinds...


I also read two really good books while on vacation! Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Mcgraw, which is a children's book recommended to me by my good friend Sophie, and Persuasion by Jane Austen, which I read simply because it's Jane Austen! They were great, and I fully recommend them!


So, I'm glad to be back! How are you? Tell me what's up! I haven't been reading many blog posts either...
Ta-ta for now!
Christina
all photos taken by Christina a few months back