I have recently discovered that index cards are kind of magical. Like, if you're into making bookmarks or other paper crafts, those things are awesome. They're cheap, they're easy to get, and they're versatile: you can use the plain side of them like a piece of card stock, and (again) they're much cheaper :-P Also, naturally, there's the traditional use of flashcards when needed.
Music helps, guys. Of course, I'm not saying we should be constantly listening to music and never taking a moment to clear our minds, but at times a good tune can be motivating or calming or comforting or whatever else is just the thing we need at the moment. (Aren't you impressed with the originality of these tips? I mean, all the things we never knew . . . ) And this song, in particular -- a life hack in and of itself ;)
For real, though. It's so beautiful.
Okay, another craft one: I have nothing whatever against fancy-schmancy calligraphy pens (in fact I rather like them), but as I recall they're somewhat expensive and they don't do so well for extended periods of crafting. But you know what I recently discovered? A plain old ballpoint pen will do just as well. (Or at least pretty close to it.) For moments when color is required, I have this collection of double-sided Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write pens, and I really don't know what I'll do when all the ink runs dry. They're technically my mom's, and they are awesome.
God's really been reminding me recently that worrying is Not Okay. (I mean, if you think about it, it's actually a sin.) Sometimes I think we feel like we ought to be worrying about something, and that's where Satan makes his mistake -- we never ought to be doing something that God has specifically told us not to do, even if we're worrying over how bad we are or how much we need to improve in some aspect of our life. Worry is still Not Okay, even if it's about our relationship with God or other people. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Maybe He means it.
Lamps are the best. There's just something about lamplight that's so soothing and warm and fuzzy, isn't there?
APPRECIATE THE EVENINGS
Lately, especially, the days have been kind of hectic, so it's nice to start noticing the relaxation that starts to take place as the day comes to an end -- when the schoolwork, practice, jobs, etc. are done, and the fam starts to unwind a bit. (Also, the prospect of bed is nice. Because sleeping <3) Random fun fact that hit me today as I was doing history: "dwindle" is an awesome word. Especially "dwindled" and "dwindling."
Books are just dear little entities, really <3 Particularly Peter Pan, by Barrie. I just recently re-read it and GUUYYYYYS. Also, since I'm reading Les Mis right now, I'm having struggles. I think I appreciate it more this time around, but still. It has moments when I'm like "C'mon, Hugo, you really don't have to tell me all this" and then other moments when I'm like "UM EXCUSE YOU MY HEART IS A THING." And Pinterest doesn't help, because there are all these feels-y pictures fusing the musical and the book and gahh. And Enjolras kind of annoys me in the book. I feel like that's a problem.
THE BLOGGER APP
I'm so glad there's a blogger app that'll work on my iPod. It's helpful to have my blog & y'all's blogs "in my pocket," as it were.
Well, I feel like there was probably more but I must adjourn now because of reasons. (Before I go, though, Evie, thanks loads for inviting me to collaborate on that "Delights" Pinterest board. It's a lifesaver.) Ta-ta, darlings! Y'all are awesome human beings. I'm rather fond of you. Have a fabulous weekend! Oh, and pray for me, peeps -- I'm taking the SAT tomorrow and in a nutshell: