Monday, January 28, 2013

Those Sick Days - Formerly Lists

I am sick today, and therefore I cannot go into work. Therefore, therefore ... I have a lot of time to sit at home and do "stuff". So I racked my brain and made a list of things that need to be done today. Below are my formerly lists. BONUS: I found some lists I wrote a few months ago about prepping for college, the application process, and how to study in general. Hope they will be of some help!

_________FORMERLY LISTS_________

To DO for Today
Blog posts for the HSLDA blog (2)
Print out ConLaw Syllabus 
Brainstorm Etsy details on ::new:: kits (coming soon to my Etsy shop!)
Prep for World History Exam

Valentines Goodies
Start creating Valentines presents for the family
Valentines kit airing on Etsy this weekend 
Create Valentines Day Tea menu

Oh the busyness of this Week
Preparations for a Pride and Prejudice Bash (Feb. 9) I am hosting with friends
Fundraising Promo Video
Starting new classes and ending old ones
Sending out the last of the Save the Dates for Sue's wedding
Cleaning my crazy messy room
Thanking God for you!

_________BONUS LISTS_________

>> High School, College and Beyond
  • Be disciplined every day.
  • Look at your assignment[s] right after class ends. Do what you can do right away, plan for the harder assignments.
  • Start preparing for the final the first day of class by making index cards, timelines, charts, graphs, free-writing to sample questions, etc (might sound a little overachieving, but you'll thank me when you get that A)
  • Always seek help and advice as soon as you need it.
  • Study first, and then have fun. <But be sure to fit in some fun.

>> Interview/Admissions
  • Come prepared with questions to ask
  • Research your respective college and their purpose and know about them before your interview
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses
  • Google college interviews (learning from the experiences of other students can really help!)
  • Research and know how to present yourself: appropriate attire, how to address who you'll be speaking to, etc
  • Pray

  • Get involved with the college
  • Find and utilize resources
  • Engage in the community
  • Study and learn with your fellow students
  • Get to know the area and all parts of the respective college in your freshman year
  • Balance your time well between academics and social
  • Be yourself

What are some of your recent lists? Maybe we share some tasks in common.

Signing off,
All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Hislight Photography

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Gillian Stevens - A heart for adventure || GUEST POST

I've admired Gillian's work, and her heart, for ages. Although we've never officially met in person, I feel as though I know her so well. Please enjoy these lovey words and photos from Gillian.


My name is Gillian Stevens.. I am a 21 year old fashion-student from Vancouver Canada. I also play the part of wife, photographer, blogger, and shop girl in my hours away from school. I love being creative and am constantly finding new outlets to express my creativity, and expand my skill set. I got married in August of 2012, and when asked about married life I can only respond by saying that I feel my full self now more than ever before – I love my new life with my husband!


I am so inspired by my friends and family. Growing up I always struggled with who I was and being myself. When I surround myself with people I love, I feel like I know who I am and it gives me the confidence to try new styles.

My interest in fashion probably started from watching my mom get dressed for work. It seemed like she had a closet full of shoes and I think I tried them on all of the time until they finally fit me.


I get asked a lot about my photography: what I shoot with, what tips I have for better photos etc. I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark II, and I really love it. As for better photos, just go out and shoot as much as you can. I learn by doing, and so the best way to grow is just to get as much experience as possible.


Well my days are all different so I don’t really have anything consistent to answer with..The only thing that I’d say is the same are our mornings: My husband and I wake up early (6am) and he makes coffee (I make it on weekends), we do devotions together and then we get ready for school/work. If we make enough time then breakfast is thrown in there but a lot of days we don’t get to it..


I never really trust myself when I feel down. The only voice I trust is God’s and I go to some of my favorite verses for refuge. He always has of way of bringing the comfort I need.

Joshua 1:9, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.


My wedding is number one for sure. It almost seemed like a life time event, seeing as I had been preparing for it since I was a little girl. It most likely will be a life highlight until I have children. I couldn't have been prepared for the indescribably joy I felt having everyone I love witness my husband and I give our hearts to each other and to God for the rest of our lives. It was perfect.

Also - moving to England in 2009 changed me and I have so many precious memories from that year.


I think the biggest thing is, try not to compare yourself to others. It is so easy to get wrapped up with what other people are doing, but it will take away from your own progression and accomplishments. There are always going to be people out there with more resources, experience, etc. If you seek to try and be like someone else, or be better than other people then your work won’t be genuine and it will leave you feeling unsatisfied.

Learn to be proud of yourself and your work.  Recognize that putting yourself out there, be it for art or photography or blogging, requires vulnerability. Being that vulnerable isn’t easy, but it can also be a real gift to others and bless others in ways you may never know.


Gillian! I loved loved loved conducting this interview with you! Your passion, your desire to serve Christ, your love for your husband, your courage to engage yourself in the new adventures of life, all have inspired me to live fuller for Christ! Getting to know more about you and your passion behind life has been so encouraging. I would, in a heartbeat, do this interview all over again. Thank you Gillian for taking time out of your crazy life to do this with me.  

Gillian is fantastic! Her creativeness and all-around inspiration for life is so catching! Go check out her blog, and sigh.

All text © 2013 Gillian Stevens, Queations and Editor's Note by Charity Klicka All Images © 2012-2013 Gillian Stevens

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Christian Ideal

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting, it has been found difficult and left untried.

 G.K. Chesterton

Hope you enjoy this.

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Hislight Photography

Friday, January 11, 2013

Winter Formerly - Lists and the Like

   Formerly, in relation to the past two weeks, life has been rather busy. In fact, it still is. Busy with Christmasy anticipation subsiding, New Years anticipation growing, that lovely task called school starting (don't get me wrong, I love school. Just not right now. ;), and my work load ever increasing. It is a good busy, but busy nevertheless. I haven't time for much else. Here are a few of my formerly lists. Creating such lists always help me to stay organized and frankly  just grateful for all I have.

Songs I've been listening to (over, and over, and over, and over)
Worn by Tenth Avenue North
Impossible Dream by Colm Wilkinson
Forever Young by The Tenors
Ocean by Bebo Norman
Into the Open Air by Julie Fowlis
Let All Things Now Living by Michael Card
You Loved Me First by Mikeschair
Able by NeedtoBreathe

Books I am Reading (when I have time)
The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
The Federalist Papers
To Live Free by Lon Fendall
A Crime So Monstrous by E. Benjamin Skinner
The Scarlet Pimpernel (reading again!) by Baroness Orczy

Things I should be doing right now
Packing for a sleepover
Writing three essays
Cleaning my room
Prepping for a Fantastic Clue party I am hosting (blog post coming soon!)

Oddities in my pockets
Candy Cane piece (been eating a healthy does of these all winter ;)
Chapstick (won't go anywhere without this!)
Hobbit ticket stub
Some random phone number (literally, I have no clue who this is)

Future Blog Post Titles (within the next week or two)
Gillian Stevens - A Heart for Adventure (Guest Post)
NEW Blog Series - Tips for the Aspiring Blogger
Pride and Prejudice Party Details (With the actual party post coming after)

So, these are my formerlies. What are some of your lists?

Signing off,
All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Hislight Photography

Tuesday, January 8, 2013