Tuesday, February 26, 2013


The older I get, the more I realize how much more I have to learn. Sometimes it depresses me. But I'm accepting that it's just the way things are. I'm never really going to reach the top--no one does. Everyone will always be able to do better. Nobody will ever reach perfection.

And quite honestly, I don't mind so much. Because, wouldn't it be boring if we reached the top? Life is a constant climb up a mountain. If we got to the highest point, then what would be be left for us to do?--Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I can motivate myself by reminding myself that I have so much more that I'm capable of. That is perfectly fine with me.

Probably the best thing about never being able to reach the top, though, is that you have no limits. There is nothing holding you back from being better. There is nothing keeping you back, nothing saying, "you can't go any further." There are no limits.

So I will never stop climbing as high as I possibly can in my life. I will train myself to never be content with where I am.

I may never reach the top.

But I have no limits, either.

And that is amazing.

"Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own." ~ Philippians 3:12 

In Christ Alone

Sunday, February 24, 2013

"No power of hell,
No scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand." 
{my favorite part of the song}

This song is so amazing. My hope truly is found in Christ alone.
I love Jesus so much. It's hard to comprehend that He still loves me even though I fail Him daily.
But He loves me unconditionally. 
And He died for me.
That's what I call real love.
Today, I just want to say, "Thank you, Jesus, for saving me from my sins."

If you've never experienced Jesus' love, then I recommend asking Jesus into your heart. 
Because honestly--you won't regret it.

Old Ideas

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I've always wanted to write a novel about the Titanic. I started one a long time ago, when I first got into writing. I only got a chapter and a half into the story, the format was awful, and--to be honest--just wasn't very good. I lost interest in the story after about two weeks of working on it. Every now and then, I would come back to the story and play around with it... But nothing ever really came of it.

Until now.

I'm going to be writing a research paper on the Titanic in a little bit, so naturally, I've been researching a lot about it (obviously). The accounts that the survivors wrote are really interesting and powerful to read. It's really something to think about what happened that night. There were so many heroic men who let women and children go first (although, more weight was put on first class women & children--not all women and children).

Anyway, after all the studying, my desire to write a book about the great ocean-liner returned. I've been wracking my brain to figure out how to make the story more unpredictable (let's face it though, we all know how the story is going to end). I've been playing around with ideas more than anything else, partly because I have no solid idea what I want to do with this story, and partly because I'm working on another story right now.

Tonight, for instance, I decided to break my rule of writing the story in order and jumped ahead to the sinking of the Titanic. I think that it really helped me sort my ideas and get a feel for where I want the story to go. Not only that, by writing the most tragic, horrific scene first, I got to know my characters fairly well--because, let's face it, the true personalities of our characters come out when they're put through trials (just like real human beings).

I still have no idea what I'm going to call this novel (right now, it's saved in Scrivener as "Titanic Novel"--original, right?) and I really need to work out the plot--in fact, "really need" doesn't seem to cover it--I'm talking about major brainstorming, here, people.

Overall, I'm really excited about this novel. I honestly can't wait to see where it goes.

Do any of you have any current writing projects? What are some things that you've always wanted to write about?

xoxo, Emily

One Day

Friday, February 22, 2013

One day, I want to travel the world. I want to visit all the places that I read about.

I'll admit it: I have the wanderlust. I want to see the world.It doesn't matter how I get there, or even when (although, the sooner the better)--just so long as I get there. 

Don't get me wrong, I love my beautiful hometown and I'm content to live here for the rest of my life (although living in Ireland would be pretty cool). I just want to see the world and all the people living in it. Then I'll be content to come home and live out the rest of my life in the place I love most with the people I love most.

So yes, I love my home. But I my feet still long to get up and roam, to walk where big historical figures walked--where great authors and artists walked.

I dream of seeing this beautiful world. And after I see the world, I want to write about it--along with all the adventures I had in it.

More than any other place, though--I want to visit Europe. More specifically....

Ireland--and Great Britain. If I only ever travel to those two countries, I'll be happy.

Do you have the Wanderlust? Where do you want to travel to and why?

xoxo, Emily

Nothing Like It

Thursday, February 21, 2013

There isn't really anything in the world quite like music. It captures nearly every emotion imaginable--with mere notes. I'm able to express myself through music. Nothing helps calm me down more than sitting down at my piano and letting my fingers run over the keys, searching for chords that will bring my feelings to life. Even writing stories doesn't equal the way music makes me feel.

I hate to go a day without listening to music. In fact, I can't remember the last time I went a day (or even two) without listening to music. I can't stop whistling, or humming, or even just dancing around the house (I like to dance).

Music is a huge part of my life--it always has been, and I'm sure that it always will be. And I'm completely okay with that. I play the piano, flute, and just started taking voice lessons. It's hard to explain the feeling I get when I'm making music. There isn't really anything else like it. 

Music turns everyday emotions into something I can hear. I can express myself through music. Maybe that's why I love it so much.

What do you think about music? Why do you love/not love it?

xoxo, Emily


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Here are some quotes about love that I--well, love. And here's a song for you, too :)

^One of my favorite songs.

This quote^ is amazing

From The Hunger Games

Happy Valentine's Day :)

xoxo, Emily

Shine On

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

First off, thanks to Jamie for awarding me this :) I'm going to have fun answering your questions!

The Shine On Award Rules:
shineonaward1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you. 
2. Post the badge on your blog. 
3. Answer the questions posed to you. Regardless of how out-of-left-field they may be.
4. Nominate five bloggers who shine a little light in your day and be sure to notify them.
5. Issue some questions you’d like them to answer.

What’s your favorite comedy movie or tv show that you’ve seen? Oh my goodness, this is a tough question. Of course, Downton Abbey is my favorite show of all time, but I guess that isn't really a comedy (although it can be pretty funny at times).Off the top of my head, I'm going to say The Princess Bride--it's hilarious!

The Avengers or the X-Men and why? The Avengers--I've never seen the X-Men. But the Avengers is pretty cool, so I'm guessing that I would like that better anyway. :)

What is one of your favorite carnival rides? Hm... Well, if it's just a small carnival-type-thing, then I like the carousel. There's something classic about it. If we're talking about an amusement park type of thing, then I love roller coasters (it's more of a love-hate relationship, actually). To be honest, though, I like most rides. Except for the ones that look like they'll kill me. I stay away from them.

Who do you like more in films, the heroes or the villians? Why? It totally depends on who the heroes and villians are. I like heroes for the most part--but then again, sometimes I feel bad for the villians. If I feel like the villian is misunderstood (like Guy of Gisbourne on BBC Robin Hood), then I like them. But I usually like heroes.

Is there something that comes with the territory of blogging that you struggle with–is it hard for you to write your posts, schedule them, come up with the post ideas, ect? I find it hard to post consistently. Once I get done with school, I usually just want to read, play the piano, or work on one of my novels. When I do make or find the time to blog, sometimes I have a hard time coming up with things to post about. Lately, though, I've been telling myself only to post when I have an idea, because I'm not blogging to say something, I'm blogging because I have something to say--does that make sense? 

Favorite ice cream. Chocolate & vanilla twist (soft serve) with colored sprinkles :) 

If you could meet your blogging friends, who would you like to meet and where and how would you like to meet them? Hmmm... I think it would be cool to meet Jamie. It would just be cool maybe to go to some huge monument or something and all of a sudden say, "Hey, there's one of my blogging buddies!!"


Now, I think that I'm only going to award two bloggers, because I can't really think of too many other people. So....


My questions:

What is your biggest fear?
If you had one wish, what would it be? (You can't wish for more wishes, OR wish to wish for more wishes!)
Dream vacation spot?
What is the most inspirational song for you?
Do you like to write? If you do, what time-period is your favorite to write in and why?
If there was one moment in history that you could go back to, what would it be--and why?

Okay, that's it! :)

xoxo, Emily