Off to Saranac Village

     As you can see from the title, I’m going off the grid yet again.  Tomorrow I’m flying to Saranac Lake, New York for Work Crew at YoungLife’s camp, Saranac Village!  I’m so excited to serve for four weeks with lots of friends I haven’t even met yet and without technology distracting me.  However, I hate leaving y’all without new content so I’ve made some arrangements!

     One of my favorite things about blogging is the community of sweet girls I’ve met, and five of them will be helping me post while I’m away!  I’ve scheduled lots of posts to go up throughout the time that I’m gone, but each of these girls have also written their own posts that will go up on my blog!  Emma from Simply IntrospectiveBrooke from Live the Prep Life, Cayleigh from CNPrepster, Olivia from Absolutely Olivia, and McKenzie from Styled by McKenz will all be guest posting on my blog and taking over my Instagram account at one point or another over these next four weeks!  I’m so excited for y’all to read their posts, they’re awesome and I know you’ll love them as much as I do!

     Now, more about Work Crew, because I want y’all to know all about it and pray for me!  I’m going to be what YoungLife has nicknamed a “tawashie,” or part of the housekeeping crew.  I’ll be spending the next four weeks cleaning bathrooms, folding blankets, and helping with lots of other odd jobs.  While that might not sound like the most fun way to spend a month of my summer, doing it in a place as gorgeous as Saranac Village, with people as kind and fun as the other Work Crew kids I’m about to meet, and for a God as good as the one I serve sounds like the best thing I could possibly be doing with my summer.  Several of my YoungLife leaders did Work Crew at various other YoungLife camps while they were in high school and they’re all so excited for me and have spent the past few months telling me just how much fun I’m going to have.  I truly could not possibly be more thrilled to have this opportunity to spend a whole month on a YoungLife property serving God by helping other high schoolers have the same experience I had when I spent a week at YoungLife summer camp at Frontier Ranch in Colorado last summer.  Aside from serving in the form of cleaning and other manual labor, I’ll also be sharing my testimony with kids at camp.  I’m definitely most nervous about this aspect of Work Crew, because while I’m confident in my story and don’t struggle to share my life in writing like I do here, I’m an awful public speaker.  I know my testimony has the potential to impact the kids I share it with, but I’m afraid I won’t present it the right way because I’ll panic.  Please pray for my time at Work Crew and travels in general, but I’d especially like to ask you to pray for the sharing of my testimony.  I need God to ease my nerves and speak through me.

Thanks for reading!  See y’all when I get back!  Look forward to a post (hopefully including a video!) about my experience at Saranac sometime when I get back.

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17 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

     For those of you who don’t know (probably most of you because I don’t know who actually keeps up with bloggers’ birthdays), today I’m seventeen!  I’m so excited for all this year has in store and I know blogging will continue to play a big role in my life as I conquer this year of college applications (and acceptances and denials), AP classes, good memories, and the many “lasts” of high school.  That being said, as much as I’ve overshared on my “Meet Faith” page (check it out here if you haven’t already!), there’s definitely still a lot you don’t know about me.  Today, since it is my seventeenth birthday, I’m sharing seventeen things you didn’t already know about me!  I hope this post helps you get a better sense of who I am.  Enjoy!

  1. Yes, I’m from the South.  No, I don’t like sweet tea!
  2. I’ve moved cities three times over the course of my life (so far).
  3. I love cats and mine, Hercules, is the sweetest.
  4. I have a serious issue waking up to alarm clocks.  It’s not even that I hit snooze, it’s just that I don’t hear it if I’m remotely tired.
  5. I prefer big cities over small towns.
  6. I have a fish named James Pond II (the first one died and the name was just to good to avoid reusing, I mean come on).
  7. I want to go to college in Texas and major in journalism there.
  8. I think music is about feeling, and you can feel a song without words (hence my love for ODESZA’s instrumental tracks).
  9. I just began getting involved in YoungLife my freshman year of high school and have already been to YoungLife properties (camps) eight different times (for YoungLife fall weekends, YoungLife summer camp, Work Crew Weekends, Wyldlife winter weekend, and Wyldlife summer camp).
  10. I consider dark chocolate a food (not a dessert!) and it’s definitely my favorite.
  11. My favorite subject in school has been English as long as I can remember, and I like writing more than reading.
  12. My favorite Bible verse is John 10:10.
  13. I’ve seen Taylor Swift in concert three times and have an emotional attachment to her because her first big hits (“Picture to Burn” and “Our Song” especially) got my mom (and my little sister and I) through her divorce with my dad when I was six.
  14. My Chick-fil-A order is a #1 with no pickles on a multigrain bun (I swear the multigrain buns are way better).
  15. My biggest shopping weakness is definitely a cheap top (like under $20).
  16. I want to have a dog named Chanel as an adult.
  17. I would like to think I’m somewhat wise but I definitely have a younger personality (my jokes are all dumb and I fit in way too well with my eighth grade Wyldlife girls).

Thanks for reading!  Can you relate to any of these?  Tell me how we’re alike in the comments!

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Off to Southwind

     This post is nothing formal, just a little explanation of what’s going to be happening on my blog and Instagram this weekend!  I’m so excited to be heading to Southwind, a YoungLife camp in Ocklawaha, Florida, for Wyldlife camp this weekend (Thursday to Monday)!  If you’re unfamiliar with Wyldlife, it’s YoungLife’s (the Christian ministry targeted at teenagers which I’m super involved in – read more about their mission here) middle school ministry.  Similarly to how YoungLife is largely led by college students, most of my area’s Wyldlife leaders are high school students, myself included!  I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to lead at summer camp this year and I could not be more thrilled to have the chance to travel to another one of YoungLife’s gorgeous properties with my area’s sweet middle schoolers!  Our time at camp will include lots of fun activities like swimming in a pool and lake, watching hilarious skits, eating amazing food, experiencing a ton of awesome surprises, and learning more about a relationship with God.  Going to a YoungLife camp entails lack of access to technology (excluding cameras) for the duration of our time at camp to exclude distractions from the purpose of going to camp.  That means I physically won’t be able to post on my Instagram or blog while I’m gone, but someone else can!

     While I’m away, I have Cali from A Touch of Southern Style (@atouchofsouthernstyle on Instagram) taking over my Instagram for me (she’ll be posting my pictures I’ve scheduled for her) and I’ve scheduled two blog posts (including my June playlist and a new Scripture Sunday) to go up Friday and Sunday while I’m gone!  Cali is so sweet to do this for me and I know y’all will love her, so definitely check out her Instagram and blog!

     Blogging aside, I would really appreciate your prayers this (long) weekend!  I’m stoked to have the opportunity to be used by God at Southwind and I want to be the very best leader I can be.  Please pray that God would ease my nerves, help me interact well and form strong relationship with my girls at camp, and use me to model a healthy relationship with Him.  I’m definitely more excited than nervous about leading at Wyldlife camp this time around, but I still want to be sure I’m serving as a window to God for the kids at camp, not a window to me.

Thanks for reading, see y’all when I get back!  Look forward to a post (hopefully including a video!) about my experience at Southwind!  Have a great weekend!

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Progress Update on My Goals for The 2017-2018 School Year

     At the beginning of the school year, I wrote a blog post about my goals fro the 2017-2018 school year.  I began the year with attempting to keep an optimistic mindset, despite hearing the common opinion “junior year is the hardest” about a million times.  Today I’m sharing a progress update to show y’all how I’m doing and hold myself accountable for the areas in which I’ve been slacking, that way I feel more motivated to get to work when I begin second semester on Monday!  If you’re interested in reading the original goals post from September you can find it here!  If you have yet to create goals for your school year, it’s not too late!  You’re more than welcome to use today’s post as inspiration for your own goals for second semester.  The original goals are in italics under their categories and my post-first semester responses regarding my progress follow each one in plain print.  Enjoy!

Academic Goals

  1. Complete the school year with all A’s and B’s. – So far I’ve had all A’s and two B’s!  My two B’s at the end of first semester were both within two points of being A’s, which are better number grades than my B’s sophomore year!
  2. Be somewhat successful in A.P. Environmental Science (Science isn’t really my best subject.  It’s not that I’m really bad at it, I just typically don’t perform as well in that subject as I do in my other classes). – My final grade in A.P. Environmental Science for first semester was an 88, which still isn’t quite as high as I’d like it to be, but it’s honestly higher than I expected it to be!  My second quarter grade was actually an A, but unfortunately my first quarter grade was an 87 and my midterm exam wasn’t quite high enough to bring my average up to an A.
  3. Get a 100 on a test. – I have yet to get a 100 on a test, but I’ve had several A’s and even had a 99 on an essay!
  4. Make 4’s and 5’s on my three A.P. exams at the end of the year. – I haven’t taken the official A.P. exams yet, so I’m unable to gauge my success in this goal so far.  However, I finished the semester with two A’s and one B in my A.P. classes!

Athletic Goals

  1. Attend as many preseason lacrosse practices as possible. – I attended all of the preseason lacrosse practices and conditioning workouts offered!
  2. Work out more. – I’m not even going to lie, I’ve done very little to work out outside of lacrosse conditioning and preseason practices.  However, I’ve worked out a few times since the new year began and I plan on becoming more active in 2018!
  3. Play more in lacrosse games than I did last year. – The lacrosse season hasn’t begun yet so I’m currently unable to gauge my success in this goal.
  4. Make the varsity lacrosse team again. – The lacrosse season hasn’t begun yet so I’m currently unable to gauge my success in this goal.
  5. Score a goal during a varsity lacrosse game. – The lacrosse season hasn’t begun yet so I’m currently unable to gauge my success in this goal.

Spiritual Goals

  1. Make lots of new middle school friends as a WyldLife leader. – Check!  I’ve loved leading WyldLife thus far and have made a ton of middle school friends!
  2. Go to YoungLife club every week that I possibly can. – I haven’t missed a YoungLife club yet!  Am I really surprised by this though?  Nah.
  3. Feel refreshed after fall weekend at Windy Gap (a YoungLife camp in North Carolina). – This one was easy.  I loved every second of fall weekend at Windy Gap (read my Windy Gap travel diary here), as I always do, and I can’t wait to return next fall!
  4. Read the Bible daily. – I hate to admit this but I really didn’t do a good job of keeping up with my Bible reading during first semester.  However, this semester is off to a promising start as I’ve read at least a chapter everyday since January 1st!  I definitely plan on making this goal last through second semester.
  5. Pray more often. – I’ve begun praying constantly.  I talk to God all the time now and I think it has improved several areas of my life.
  6. Use my devotional daily. – I haven’t been using my devotional daily, but I hope to start doing that once second semester begins (here’s to getting up earlier and having extra time before school).
  7. Go to winter weekend with WyldLife campers as a leader. – Winter weekend hasn’t happened yet, but I’m hoping to earn a spot leading in a cabin in February!
  8. Apply for YoungLife camp summer work crew. – I have yet to apply for YoungLife camp summer work crew, but I have been in discussion with my YoungLife leaders about doing so and they’re going to guide me through the process this semester!

Social Goals

  1. Make five new friends (or at least acquaintances). – Thanks to my chatty A.P. U.S. History class and lovely yearbook staff members this goal has been accomplished and surpassed!
  2. Do something really fun one weekend with a friend(s). – I attended Music Midtown (read the recap post here) in September with a couple of my friends and we had so much fun.  I will also be traveling to Charleston with a couple close friends in a couple weeks for a girls weekend to celebrate one of my best friends’ birthday!

Blog Goals

  1. Post at least twice a week every week. – With the exception of two weeks, I have kept this goal up pretty well!  I always posted at least once each week, but there were those two weeks that I just felt overwhelmed by writing another post along with my schoolwork and extracurriculars.
  2. Reach 20,000 total site views for 2017. – This goal was reached and surpassed, thanks to you all!
  3. Collaborate with a big brand. – Since the beginning of the school year I’ve collaborated with several small brands and spent another semester as a Jadelynn Brooke high school ambassador, but have yet to collaborate with another big brand.
  4. Host at least three giveaways. – So far I’ve already hosted two giveaways over on my Instagram, so I’d say this goal is going pretty well!  Stay tuned for another exciting giveaway coming soon!

Thanks for reading!  Here’s to accomplishing more goals in second semester.

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 Collab

     Happy New Year!  Today is a fresh start.  As cliché as it sounds and as hard as I might laugh at myself for saying this by May, I’m going to make some positive changes in my life in 2018.  This time next year, I hope to be accepted to college(s) and be far along (if not done) with my college decision making process.  I’m going to make the most out of my last three semesters of high school, and the time is now.  Today I’m joining tons and tons of people around the world, including my friend Cayleigh from CNPrepster, in making resolutions for 2018.  These resolutions will push me towards my ultimate goals for 2018 and serve as reminders of what I’m really trying to do this year.  I’m sharing these resolutions with y’all not only to hopefully inspire your own resolutions, but also to hold myself somewhat accountable for fulfilling them.  I wrote a post on my resolutions last year (read it here) in collaboration with Cayleigh, so we thought it’d be fun to collaborate on the post again this year!  I absolutely adore Cayleigh’s blog and I’m so excited to see what she has in store for 2018!  Be sure to read her post on her resolutions for 2018 here.  Without further adieu, here are my resolutions for 2018!

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Thanks for reading!  I hope you’ve had a fabulous time celebrating New Year’s Day and that 2018 is oh so good to you!  Don’t forget to check out Cayleigh’s post here.

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My Year in Review 2017

     Since I began high school I’ve begun trying to savor every moment.  I am suddenly able to appreciate each year for all that it has given me and end it thinking about how truly blessed I’ve been.  I want to say 2017 has been one of the best years of my life, but as I say that I realize I said the same exact phrase last year and the year before.  If you’ve seen the movie Soul Surfer or just enjoy the band Two Door Cinema Club, you’ve heard their simple 2010 hit “This is the Life.”  That song has come to serve as my life’s theme.  I by no means think I have a perfect life, but it’s exactly the life God wanted me to live.  I’ve decided to make the most of every moment and attempt to see life for all it’s worth.  Today I can see how that mindset has begun to shape my life as I write this post reviewing my year.  I hope you enjoy this post even half as much as I’ve enjoyed life this year!

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     I began the year alongside a few of my friends in our YoungLife club room, where we drank sparkling grape juice, sang some karaoke, and took a ton of pictures.  When we returned to school for second semester, my schedule completely shifted and I had to adapt to a new set of teachers.  A couple weeks later we had our first snow of the year, and I invited one of my best friends, Cammie, over to spend the night and soak up the snow day!  Clemson, a South Carolinian college less than two hours away from me, won the College Football National Championship and my friend Scout and I drove to Clemson to welcome the players home and congratulate them!  The 21st was Cammie’s sixteenth birthday, we celebrated with bunch of our friends at a local pizzeria.  The following week was drenched in the stress of lacrosse tryouts.  After three years playing JV lacrosse, I finally made varsity!

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     The month of February was relatively uneventful.  At the beginning of the month, I had a photoshoot with a couple friends at a local abandoned mill.  The day was full of laughs and resulted in a ton of cute photos!  Lacrosse practice dominated my time after school as we prepared for the season.  We played in a tournament before our games began the next week.  Towards the end of the month, I spent a Sunday downtown with my friends Cammie and Liza and our YoungLife leader, Anne.  We got ice cream and went to the top of the parking garage to look out at the city.

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     At the beginning of the month, several of my friends got together to throw a surprise party for my friend Emma’s sixteenth birthday.  She was so genuinely shocked, it was the best!  Lacrosse season was in full swing and I had at least one game each week along with practice after school each day.  Anne, Cammie, and Liza consistently came to support me at our home games and it was the sweetest thing!  In the middle of the month our school choir took a short trip to Orlando (read my travel diary here) in which we went to Universal Studios.  It was such a fun trip and it was so great to get away from everyday life for a few days!  When I returned from the trip, I found out that my father had purchased a used car for the children of the family, specifically me at this point in time, to drive.

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     April began with spring break, which my family spent the beginning of in the Bahamas at Atlantis (read my travel diary here)!  We had an amazing time swimming, snorkeling, exploring, and riding every single slide.  When we returned from spring break I began my job working at a local shoe boutique.  I still work there now and I absolutely love the job!  A week after spring break Anne, Cammie, and I went to our local theatre to see Liza perform in a production of James and the Giant Peach.  Liza was amazing and we celebrated the performance with Pelican’s sno-balls afterwards.  The next day we got up bright and early to run in the YoungLife 5k Color Run, which was super fun and also helped us fundraise for YoungLife summer camp!  After the 5k I rushed home to shower the dye off then hopped in the car with my friend Scout to attend The Chainsmokers’ concert in Charleston (read my recap of the concert here).  The show was amazing and ended with us meeting the opener, Kiiara.  We also ended up on The Chainsmokers’ Instagram and Snapchat stories the next morning!  The following Monday was Tacky Prom Club at YoungLife, which gave me a fun opportunity to dress up in an ugly dress.  Our town’s Spring Fling was at the end of the month, and I attended the downtown event with Cammie.  Within the month of April, our lacrosse season came to an end.  We made it to the second round of playoffs, farther than any of our school’s previous girls lacrosse teams has ever made it, and had a record breaking season.

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     May was equal parts stressful and exciting.  I went to Carolina Point, a YoungLife camp, with my local YoungLife group at the beginning of the month to serve during family weekend (read “5 Things I Learned During Work Crew Weekend at Carolina Point” here).  I found out I was accepted to join my school’s yearbook staff, which I was (and still am) so psyched about.  After celebrating Mother’s Day with my mom, I finally bought my own blog domain and changed my blog’s name from A Pocketful of Prep to A Pocketful of Faith, and I couldn’t possibly be happier that I made that decision.  A week later we had our lacrosse banquet, where I received my varsity letter and a plate award made by a teammate for “Most Likely to Bring Snacks.”  After an overwhelming exam week, I finished the school year with all A’s and B’s.  The Sunday following the last day of school, I left with my local YoungLife group for Frontier Ranch, a YoungLife camp in Buena Vista, Colorado (watch my travel diary video here).  In the section of the week contained by May, I rappelled down a cliff, road a horse, and square danced with a stranger on Western Night.

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     June picked up where May left off in the middle of our time at Frontier Ranch.  In our remaining time, we hiked Mount Princeton, drove dune buggies, and celebrated Christmas “the Frontier way.”  Frontier Ranch was truly one of the best weeks of my life, and I’d recommend going over and over.  A few days after we got home, Scout invited me to hang out at her house before going to dinner the night before my birthday.  As her dad was driving us to the restaurant, he stopped “to show us a local botanical garden” which turned out to be my surprise sweet sixteen!  It was super fun and my friends made me feel so loved!  I asked to switch beds with my willing little sister (she had one queen bed and I had two twin beds) and make some minor changes to my room for my birthday, and I’m very content with the way it turned out!  At the end of the month, I went to a four day lacrosse camp at Limestone College.  The weather was crazy hot and the camp itself was a lot of hard work, but I earned the Gatorade G award for heart and hustle!

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     I celebrated the Fourth of July with a couple friends at a local Craig Campbell concert.  I didn’t know many of the words to his songs but it was still fun!  A few days later I hopped on a plane and went to Washington D.C. for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (read my recaps on the conference here).  I learned so much that week and made so many good friends that I still talk to daily!  If you ever have the opportunity to attend the conference you most definitely should.  A week after returning from WJMC, my sister and I flew to Texas to spend some time with our extended family.  Our two week visit began with our dad’s side of the family.  With our dad’s parents and a few of our cousins, we spent a couple days at the JW Marriot San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa then returned to their home in Bandera (read my “Texas Travel Diary 2017: Week 1” post and watch the corresponding video here).  A week later, we switched over to our mom’s side of the family and joined our grandmother in San Antonio.

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     I began August with my first official college visit at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  I absolutely fell in love with the campus and could totally see myself attending in the future!  After the tour we came back to San Antonio to spend a little more time with my mom’s side of the family before our grandma took us to the beach at Rockport, Texas.  There we stayed a few more days, concluding our time in Texas.  My family has gone to Rockport since my mom was a little girl and I’m so glad we got to go this year, little did we know Hurricane Harvey would terrorize our beloved beach town just a few weeks later (read my “Texas Travel Diary 2017: Week 2” post and watch the corresponding video here).  I went back to school on August 17th and junior year had begun all too early.

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     September has to be one of my favorite months of the year due to the sudden wave of activities.  It began with our first home football games, which I spent in the stands with my closest friends.  My cousin Reagan came all the way from Texas to a nearby equestrian center, Tryon, to ride in an eventing competition and we got to go see her!  This was the second year we got to watch her and it’s so fun to see her do what she loves.  Mid-September was Music Midtown, a music festival held in Atlanta, Georgia.  I attended the festival with my friends Patty and Scout, and while we were there we got to see AJR, Tove Lo, Big Sean, Bruno Mars, Judah and the Lion, Zara Larsson, Lizzo, Russ, and Future play live, it was amazing (read my recap of the festival here).  The weekend following Music Midtown was my local YoungLife group’s fall weekend at Windy Gap.  I absolutely loved every second of Windy Gap (just as I did freshman and sophomore year) and definitely felt as though the weekend brought me closer to God.

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     The school year was in full swing as tests and essays started picking up in October.  The 20th was a teacher work day, so my family made a long weekend out of it and spent some time in Montreat, North Carolina (read my travel diary here).  We came home early Sunday morning so I could be confirmed into the Episcopal church!  Being confirmed was such a neat experience and reward for the year of studies and prayer that I had put into the process.  The following Friday my sister, brother, father, and I went to one of Duke’s exhibition basketball games at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  My dad graduated from Duke and loves watching basketball, so we went to a lot of games growing up.  I haven’t been able to come along since middle school due to school work and conflicting plans, so going this year was a real treat!  Halloween came around and Cammie and I dressed up as pigs in blankets together for YoungLife Halloween club.  Everyone thought the pig in a blanket costume was adorable and it worked in our favor to have blankets because it was really cold that night!

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     After three years of waiting, I finally got to purchase Taylor Swift’s new album reputation on November 10th.  The album surpassed my expectations and was definitely worth the wait (read my post about reputation here)!  We celebrated my little sister’s birthday on the 12th with her favorite meal at home.  Thanksgiving break came just in time on the 22nd.  I had my friends Cammie, Evan, and Sarah Grace over the night we got out for break to have a little “Friendsgiving” gathering.  We ate some delicious desserts, took tons of pictures, and had lots of good conversation, it was so fun!  I volunteered at our local Turkey Day 8k at 5:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving day then celebrated Thanksgiving with my family over some delicious home cooked food (props to stepmom).  I worked my first Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday sales at the shoe boutique and while it could be overwhelming it was also really fun!  I checked my Instagram stories one night over Thanksgiving break to find that a set of twin girls my age I met while waiting for Big Sean’s set at Music Midtown was in town visiting relatives, so I messaged them and we ended up having dinner together at a local restaurant!  It was so cool getting to know them, we now keep in touch via Snapchat streaks and are planning on meeting up again!

Gold Metallic Texture copy 8.jpg     December has always been my personal favorite month of the year due to the joyful anticipation of Christmas.  The 2nd marked my first high school attempt at the SAT, and as much as I dreaded it, it really wasn’t that bad.  I got my scores back a couple weeks later and ended up getting what I needed for my current top college (however I’m going to continue retaking it until I reach a higher score or finish junior year, whichever comes first)!  A week or so later our town got its first snow of the season, and my yearbook teacher let us go outside and enjoy it during school!  After a week of stressful exams (which I managed to get all A’s and B’s on, by the way) we got out of school on the 21st.  Immediately after getting out of school Cammie and I went ice skating at our local rink that opens annually downtown.  That night, Cammie, Evan, Sarah Grace, and I got together at Evan’s house to decorate cookies, exchange gifts, and celebrate Christmas together.  I was so happy all of my friends loved their gifts this year! Given my income from work I was able to choose gifts I really thought fit my friends’ individual styles and personalities.  My family went to the Christmas Eve service at church and all my siblings and I participated in our church’s Christmas pageant.  My sister and I were angels because our church was short on willing youth and my little brother was the cutest little sheep!  We celebrated Christmas morning with gift opening (I received a record player!) and yummy cinnamon roll bread for breakfast.  My mom and stepfather came in town form Georgia to spend the day with my sister and I, so we went to a local Thai restaurant (one of maybe five restaurants that were open) then saw Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (which is absolutely hilarious by the way).  We celebrated my little brother’s birthday on the 29th with a special dinner.  So far I’ve spent winter break working on blog posts, working, and traveling to Lynchburg, Virgina, where I’ll be spending New Year’s Eve with my stepmother’s family.

Thank you for not only reading this post, but for following along this year.  I love and appreciate all of y’all so much and I’m so glad this blog is part of my life.  I wish you the happiest celebrations both today and New Year’s Day and a 2018 full of personal success, contentment, and blessings.

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