Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Highland Fling - Victoria Magazine

   Ahh, Highland Fling is the perfect phrase to describe what I feel in this wandering heart of mine. My word, I can't tell you just how much I want to travel to far off places. Namely, Scotland. I want to roam the grassy hills, take great gulps of the fresh Scottish air, and just live in that rich culture and place. 

This is Sir Walter, my newest edition.
   What?, you may ask, sparked this Scotland desire. Well it all started when I was just a wee little thing. For some reason, I found inspire and joy (dare I say) in the idea of Scotland. Of course, at the time I really didn't know what Scotland was but I did have an inkling of what I thought it was. My real wanderlust really started with Ireland, but slowly moved to Scotland. And there it resides. So, back to my tale. As I got older (or approached the age I am at now ), my desire to travel to Scotland became more than just a wanderlust for the land itself. I started to develop a passion for learning the language (Scottish-Gaelic), and soon that turned into a yearning to know the people of Scotland, to delve into the rich culture it offered, and to appreciate that very different land from my own. My dream is still to travel to Scotland one day. And if I achieve a level of fluency in Gaelic, I would love to converse with the people of Scotland that still speak Scottish-Gaelic.  And presently, I actually have a wonderful opportunity to travel to Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England with People to People Ambassador Programs in the summer of 2013. However I will need to raise a lot of funds before I can embark on that adventure (but that is another blog post). 

   The main point of this post is to share with you a few photos I took of some of the glorious pictures taken for Victoria Magazine's special on Scotland.  Have a look, and sigh.

Imbued for centuries with legend and lore, the magical land of Scotland offers a captivating doorway to both the past and the present. Visitors can explore historic landmarks and battlefields, elegant country estates, and ancient lochs and glens or enjoy Edinburgh’s myriad urban delights, such as world-class restaurants, prestigious galleries and theatres, and the famed Grassmarket shopping district.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

On Wilder Seas - tumblr blog

I started a tumblr blog, called On Wilder Seas, September 2011 I believe. On Wilder Seas is a compilation of photographs and quotes that inspire me to live an audacious life. . Oh, “to dare more boldly, To venture on wilder seas, Where storms will show [His] mastery; Where losing sight of land, We shall find the stars” (Sir Francis Drake). Tumblr, along with Pinterest, is a sort of community where I can be inspired in my walk with Christ, and inspired in my aesthetic musings. A place to grow in the beauty of the Lord. 

Do you have a Tumblr or Pinterest, or both? Tell me about them! What was your reason for starting one.

All Text and All Images © 2012, 2015 Footprints in the Sand

Friday, November 30, 2012

my room

A glimpse into my room. No, it is not normally this messy. Honestly. My room is my little haven away from the chaos of life. There I create, read, read and read (hence the gazillion books in the picture, and that isn't even half of them), jam out to good music, sleep, study truth, and build the dreams of tomorrow. Yes, I am thankful God has blessed me with a room of my very own.

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Sue

Today I am thankful for Sue. My sister Susanna, who is one year older than me, has been my best friend since we were in diapers (yeah, pretty much). We've been through a lot. Her and I, playing dress-up, making sand food (like mud-pies, except with sand instead of mud ;), making experimental concoctions in the kitchen, playing spies (and literally being 'partners in crime' ;), painting our nails, putting on makeup and doing girly things, and staying up late watching our favorite TV shows together. And that isn't all, there is a whole lot more, but then I would have to write a book and I don't have time for that currently. :)

   Now she has moved away, is going to college, and is marrying this awesome guy next year. Yes, it is a shift in our close relationship, but that's what real friendship is: Being able to stick close despite distances, or obstacles. So today, and every day, I am thankful for Sue, my bestest friend. 

Who is your best friend? What do they mean to you?

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Washington Needs to Hear From You this Thanksgiving!

   Dear Reader,

Between the national election and a major hurricane hitting the East coast, it’s certainly been an eventful month!

   We’re approaching the end of 2012, but IJM still has work to be done this year. I encourage you to join me (and IJM) in calling on the Senate to help pass two anti-slavery bills before they leave Washington—your action can make a huge impact! Your voice truly matters, and our senators need to hear it from you!

   As I anticipate a Thanksgiving with loved ones, I want to say thank you for all you've done. I am truly proud to serve alongside you and IJM in this fight to end slavery.

Last call to make your voice heard on 2012 human trafficking legislation!

   The U.S. Senate only has until the end of 2012 to pass two critical anti-trafficking bills: the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and the End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act.
We need your help to make sure both of these life-saving bills stay high on Washington’s agenda and come to a vote before Congress adjourns this year.
Washington Needs to hear from you. Your voice matters!
Holly Burkhalter

Holly’s News from Washington

The Washington Post lead editorial on November 7 was titled, “President Obama’s second term: Now the hard work really begins.” As I think about the things our government can and should do to eradicate modern-day slavery, I couldn’t agree more. We need some very hard and sustained work by the President and his cabinet, and we need vision and goals and commitments that we’ve not seen to date.

Your Voice Matters: Meet Daniel DeCecco

"As Wyoming is the only state to not have passed an anti-trafficking law, it has been part of my agenda to get a bill put forward…And so far, I’ve seen many legislators stand very supportive of a bill—and even to see bipartisan support among legislators from different backgrounds has been really encouraging to me. I believe that our government is formed to fight against things like this."
Your Voice Matters,

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Where is Your Hope? || 2012 Elections

Election’s Over—God’s Still in His Heaven, All’s Right with the World

Well, it has been a week since the November 6 presidential elections. I’ve been thinking a lot about the elections results, and it is very easy to be discouraged with the outcome. This election I was actually able to participate, and I had the amazing opportunity to witness firsthand the passion, energy and faithfulness of tomorrow’s leaders through Generation Joshua (GenJ).
I volunteered with GenJ Thursday the 1st through Tuesday the 6th. I walked miles and miles passing out literature door-to-door (and sprained my ankle because of it ;), waved signs by the freeway until I couldn’t feel my hands (or face), call-banked with about six other girls all in my hotel room, sorted literature for hours until I had memorized every word on every pamphlet, and all the while held optimistically onto the hope that at the start of the new year we might have a new president. It was an amazing experience, and I enjoyed every part of it. But when the results for the election were announced Tuesday night, and Virginia was colored blue, I just about wanted to cry (seriously). We had all worked so hard in the Loudoun County area to get the Republicans (or those undecided) to vote. Virginia was one of the key states, and every single vote counted. It was a hard blow. Everyone on my team was frustrated at the work they put into the elections, and at the outcome.
Wednesday morning I headed back to my home (I had stated in Sterling, VA for the campaigning). Frankly, I was in despair. I set my hopes on a new president, and when God decided He had other plans I just wasn’t happy. I had forgotten that our hope is not in any politician, nor in a political party, nor even in the United States of America. I am proud to be an America, and thankful that God has blessed this great nation. But driving home, I just let myself be overwhelmed with despondency. I tuned in to the radio, and the first song I heard was My Hope Is In You by Aaron Shust. The chorus goes like this, “My hope is in You, Lord / All the day long, I won't be shaken by drought or storm / A peace that passes understanding is my song / And I sing my hope is in You, Lord” And then the bridge goes, “I will wait on You, You are my refuge”. How amazing, how true are these words. I prayed right there in the car, “Lord, whatever happens, You are my refuge and I will place my hope in You!”  (My prayer was a good deal longer, but I shan’t bore you ;).
So you see, although we need to stay involved in politics, fight for what is right, and be good stewards of this amazing nation, we need to remember that ultimately the only thing that matters (truly matters) is if we have accepted Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and surrendered our life to Him. Heaven is our home; this earth is only a temporary stop. We are strangers and exiles here, but we are citizens of Heaven.  Remember the words of God in Hebrews:
 “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 11:13-16, ESV)
And so, take heart dear reader! No matter who wins or loses elections, God is and will always be faithful. He reigns over all the earth, and our victory is assured in Him!
So what can we do now? For starters, share the Gospel—the Good News of Jesus Christ—with the people around you. Get involved in your local church. Look for ways to help the lost and hurting in your community. Shine Christ’s light in a dark and hurting world. Next, pray for our president. Yes, he may not be who we would have wanted, but he is still our president and we can pray for God’s guidance in his life to make the right choices, to stand up for the voiceless, and to (maybe one day) look again to God.
Stay strong and courageous, this life will be a struggle and we will have to work hard for what’s right! But it will be a struggle worthwhile because we have already won victory in Jesus!

In His name,

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Leadership in the Law

Last summer I had the privilege to participate in the Loudoun County Leadership In the Law Camp. For an entire week I learning about law, practiced mini cases in front of a jury of my peers, and worked on my big case for moot court that weekend. It was an exhilarating, albeit new and slightly intimidating, experience. I met eleven other students who shared (for the most part) a like minded passion for Justice. One girl in particular who I roomed with, she and I became great friends during that week. She is incredibly talented and smart, and I am certain will go on to do great things. I also happened to bump into a friend of my sisters from Patrick Henry College. He is a lawyer now and was chaperoning for one of the nights with the boys cabin. And, each team, I being the Civil Defense, had a real lawyer as their mentor. Let's just say, mine was simply fantastic. We won half of our case, but the experience (in this Moot Court instance) is what counts.

   All in all, it was a time I shall never forget. It sparked in me a renewed interest in law. And though I may never become a lawyer, it reminded me again of the importance of justice and of standing up for what is right. 

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blog Book - DIY

Make your own blog book. By creating a book where you can store all your creative thoughts will help you when you hit writer's block.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Look for Him.

“But there must be a real giving up of the self. You must throw it away "blindly" so to speak. Christ will indeed give you a real personality: but you must not go to Him for the sake of that. As long as your own personality is what you are bothering about you are not going to Him at all. The very first step is to try to forget about the self altogether. Your real, new self (which is Christ's and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom. Give up your self, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in” (226-227).

-C.S Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book 4

 I have found that when people try to find satisfaction in themselves, they will only come up with “hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay” (227). But when we run after God and seek His ways with all our hearts, we will find eternal life. We will gain the All after having given up our all. We must “keep back nothing” (227) from God. For that which has not died in us will never be raised from the dead. Nothing that we could do can ever save us, but everything in Christ can. Look for Christ, dear reader, and “you will (surely) find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in” (227). 

Seek Him First,
All text © 2012 C.S Lewis, thoughts from Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

DIY Binder Cover - Back to School

   Yes, I know you all have already started school and that this DIY is belated, but nonetheless here it is. How To Creatively Make Your Own Binder Covers for School. Binder covers can sometimes be very basic, typed up paper of your class, teacher and year. As it is my last semester in official high school, I decided to be a little more creative with my work books. 

   All you need is paper (works best if you use card-stock), paint (I used watercolor), paint brushes (can never have too many of these), preferred binders (ones with clear sleeves on the front/back), and somewhere to work.

Monday, October 15, 2012

[Away we go] Edinburgh - Anthropologie

   In August, Anthropologie featured a few Scotland musings on their blog Magazine at a Glance, as well as in their September (2012) catalog. Likewise, the July-August issue of Victoria Magazine also featured Scotland (but that is another blog post). For the most part, I think all of you know about my love for Scotland. {in a nutshell: I love Scotland a lot. I love the culture, the language (Scottish-Gaelic), the people, the land, and even the food. Something about that place just sparks in me a real joy. } So when I received both of these issues in the mail I was pretty stoked. In this post, I thought I would share with you some of muses found in the pages of Anthropologie, Scotland edition (more specifically, Edinburgh centered). I took of few snapshots of some of my favorite pages from Anthro's September magazine. 
These wallpaper designs are really quite fantastic!

A must have: patterned scarves.

Is there some place you long to travel to? Go ahead, share your wanderlust with the world.

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography, taken of pages from Anthropologie's September 2012 | *Beannachdan = Blessings in Scottish Gaelic

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

for this Day

This is a little of what my day looked/looks like. Warm yogurt honey waffles with maple syrup and fresh raspberries, Grapefruit juice fizz, a little bit of Sehnsucht*literature study of C.S Lewis and his craze for Northernness, a plethora of chapters and materials to read in preparation for my World History exam, and a messy desk that I haven't used since, I don't know when (simply because the desk is messy and these days I have not been in the best of moods to clean it). You want to help? 

When I think of traveling, of visiting places like Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England, of the adventures that will befall me on such a journey, I get this sensation of Sehnsucht*.

In German, Sehnsucht means an "inconsolable longing", a kind of mystical yearning. Can I better explain what I feel? Surely not. A sort of yearning comes over me, likened almost unto C.S Lewis's "Northernness"1.

I now work on my essay on Lewis and his Northernness craze, whittling away the hours until the essay is due and anticipating bible study tonight. All the while, pondering on this sense of Northern calling accompanied with that thing called joy. My mind is fully engaged at this point, I can't turn back now.

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

1 Lewis on Northernness, "I was uplifted into huge regions of northern sky, I desired with almost sickening intensity something never to be described (except that it is cold, spacious, severe, pale, and remote) and then, as in the other examples, found myself at the very same moment already falling out of that desire and wishing I were back in it” (17). as Musings about this to come later, be looking. || *SehnsuchtSehnsucht is a German noun translated as "longing", "yearning", or "craving", or in a wider sense a type of "intensely missing". However, Sehnsucht is difficult to translate adequately and describes a deep emotional state.