Tuesday, November 3, 2015

YOU'RE INVITED || A Ratty & Mole Christmas

Helloooo all! I am so excited to announce a collaboration of the dear Rachel of Inkpen Authoress and I, called:

Here's a bit on what it's all about:
We (Rachel and I) both love Christmas, and creating, and giving, and thought it right to create a place where bloggers (and folks) from all over could come and participate in a Christmas gift swap. 
The name Ratty & Mole came about because the relationship between Ratty & Mole is a most splendid one. So simple and loyal, filled with adventure and wonder, with life and cherishing each day. And Moley and I both would like this gift swap to emulate the very giving, joyful, wonder-filled qualities that the Ratty & Mole relationship has.
Rachel and I have dubbed ourselves as Mole and Ratty (respectively), ever since we had our very Wind in the Willows picnic last year

So, a very Ratty & Mole Christmas Gift Swap was created. And if you were wondering about there being both a Ratty & Mole Gift Swap and a Ratty & Mole Christmas, that's because the R&M Gift Swap part is the title of the main website, and leaves room for other RM gift swap opportunities (which extends beyond just Christmas). And then the R&M Christmas bit is specifically for, well, Christmas time. So there you have it.

We'd just love it if you'd join us in this merrymaking and Christmas giving. All the DETAILS can be found here.

And if you have any questions, email RMGiftSwap@gmail.com.

I do hope you'll participate!

Ratty, aka
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Refuse to Be AVERAGE

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My second half semester classes started this week. I am not over-the-moon excited about this, but I am looking forward to the challenge I know this semester will bring. I've also accepted another part-time job, so I'll be putting in a good 40+ hours a week of work, plus school, volunteer, and so forth

Ah life, you never cease to surprise me.

The above images are a collaboration of much of what goes on in my head these days. Also, yes, you may think it strange I have both the words Humble and Brilliant. But I think there is a place for both, just as both are equally inspiring to me. Humility is an essential aspect of the Christian life, and a virtue we will struggle with for the rest of our lives. And being brilliant, for me, doesn't mean I'm going to be ridiculously smart and marvelous and everyone will love me. Rather, brilliant to me means that I will try my very best and give all I have to be the very best me I can be. Brilliant is a motivational word. 

Then there are the images of the sea and books. Two things I have great affection for. And then of course the photo of some European country in the wintertime (which combines travel + winter/Christmas, 2 more things I greatly cherish). 

And then the quote in the middle, by A.W. Tozer, that kind of pulls the whole collage together:

LET your heart SOAR
as it WILL."

I am not average, and I have never pretended to be. I don't like most of the things kids my age like. I am not doing the traditional 4-year school on campus gig. I work 3 jobs to save and pay for school, all on my own. I wake up every morning and have to remind myself of the promises of God to give me the strength and courage to get through to the next day. There are days where I can only take it 1 hour, 1 minute at a time. I am no hero, and I don't want to be. But I know what living is, and I want you to know what living is and what it means to live every. single. minute. with purpose. 

No, this is not me telling you to be like me or do what I do. You don't have to work 3 jobs to know what it means to live fully. But I would like to challenge you to reassess what it is your living for and fighting for. 

Take a moment and answer these questions:
What gets you up in the morning?
What keeps you going when the going gets tough?
What are you doing with your time?
What drives you?

Remember that greatness is a lot of things done well; day after day, workout after workout, obedience after obedience. It doesn't take any effort to be a loser. But it calls on everything in you to harness your will to say I am going to challenge myself. If it was easy, everybody would do it.

Don't be content to be average. Let your heart soar, venture into the unknown, challenge yourself, learn new things, be okay with failing but never quit. 

I'd love to chat with you about what drives you and motivates you to do what you do. You can comment below or email me.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

THE LAST LION || A Series on Winston Churchill

For one of my core classes, I was required to write an essay on political leadership. There were very few guidelines for the essay, the only requirements being that I 1) must pick a political leader, 2) must have a thesis statement, and 3) must analyze said political leader's leadership style as being, in short, good or bad. 

There were a good many candidates for said essay, but I finally narrowed it down to Winston Churchill. I have admired his leadership qualities from afar, but have not spent too much time actually sitting down and learning about what made him great.

When deciding on Churchill, I originally thought to myself, which political leader do I own at least 3 books about? I figured it would be easier to write about someone I already had at least a few books about in my personal library, that way I would not have to go scouring around the library for options or use internet sources (which I am not a particular fan of). 

I came to find out, I actually own 14 books about Churchill. FOURTEEN! When did that happen? I added a few scholarly journal sources to the mix, just to spice things up. But mainly, I stuck to using the plethora of books I owned on Churchill.

So throughout the next few weeks, I will be posting various analytical posts on Winston Churchill, as well as quotes by and about him. I'll also highlight a few of my favorite books on Churchill, should you be interested in learning more about him. And every post I write will be properly sourced and cited under the APA format.

Is there anything particularly you would like to learn more about concerning Churchill? Or perhaps something specific you would like me to discuss/talk about? Comment below and I will make sure to add it into the series!

Ah!! Okay, I'm actually really excited about this! So here goes.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

deliciously moody skies, a collection of photographs || PART 1

There is peace
even in the storm.
-Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

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