Monday, April 20, 2015

nothing quite as loyal - WEEKLY QUOTE

Books. If you'd let me, I'm afraid I could go on and on about them. So much adventure, joy, mystery, life is found in books. Here's a snippet from the intro on my library page for an insight into why I love books so much:
"Books are fantastic. They tell the tales of long ago. They create imagery and descriptive accounts of both history and fiction. They tell the stories of brave heroes and fair maidens, of intellectual beings, and stark societies. They tell of adventures in far off lands, and of ones right in your own home. When you pick up a book (if it is a good book) the words will dance right off the page and create, right before your eyes, a whole new world. A world of mystery, fiction, drama, comedy, fantasy, suspense, history, all waiting to be revealed from inside those fantastic pages."

"There is no friend quite as loyal as a book."
-Ernest Hemingway

What's a current book you're reading right now? How about one of your favorite books?

Monday, April 13, 2015

what really matters | WEEKLY QUOTE

That's just it. I'm not afraid of failing at what I'm passionate about because I know He gave me those passions for a reason. But fear comes when I realize I might succeed at things that really don't matter.

Everybody wants to be a somebody, and nobody wants to be a nobody (to put it quite simply); and that means that many will go to any cost just to be a somebodyeven "succeeding" at things that don't matter.

So remember to follow your passions, but don't get caught up in the ought-to-be's that the world throws your way.

"I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I'm more afraid of succeeding at things that don't matter."

Monday, April 6, 2015

less about me, and the art of numbers

As of late (about the last 1 1/2 years), I've become a bit of a stats junkie. I am sort of obsessed with numbers and statistics, and how they correlate with real life events. I don't like math, in most cases, but I am a huge fan of numbers.

Numbers are concrete, factual evidence that can be used to convey or explain analytics, market values, rate of return,  percentages in sales or increased social media followership. They're tangible evidence of change, to put it frankly. And I rather like them.

Well, in light of my love of numbers I've decided to add a new category to the blog called Logic. This category will contain statistics, graphics and charts, the study of logic and reason itself, and really all things logic related (although technically speaking, my entire blog is based on logic. But that's beside the point).

To begin, I did a study on the most words used on my blog throughout it's existence, and would you believe "my" is the most used word as to date? To note, I am not sure how accurate this data is nor if the process pulled words from my entire blog or just a certain number of posts. 

But according the the date retrieved, these are some of the top words:

My- 180x
All - 126x
Do - 67x
Book- 59x
Life - 46x
Read - 43x
Work - 40x
Know - 38x
Make - 32x
Courage - 18x

Upon further analysis, I think the words pulled up for the graphic above correlate with the words in my most popular posts on my blog. But I am glad to see that among the most used words, action words take a prevalent place. If you know me at all, you'll know I live by action; do, be, fight, dream, live, and so forth. 

Furthermore, the data I retrieved also got me thinking about what I'm writing about and what I actually want to write about. Among many words, History, logic, courage, adventure, inspiration, joy, passion, drive, and bold are all words I want to be found more in my writing. Me, my, or other related words I'd definitely like to see less of. My life isn't about me. I don't live to see what I can make of Charity, although my life is a daily working of how Charity can truly grow. But I live for His glory, and to care and fight for the orphan, the widow, and the oppressed, to live vibrantly by embracing the glorious, the lovely, the brave, and to live by courageously taking on the next adventure. My life is not my own, and for that very reason I don't want me, my, or I to continually come up in my writing.

So to end, numbers are both decidedly practical and also capable of giving us an idea of what's working and what needs to be changed. And in most cases, change is good.

So here's to many more posts on numbers and logic, less writing about me, and boldly living!

P.S. If there are specific analysis posts you'd like to see, or my findings/research on a certain matter, do let me know and I'd be more than happy to try my hand at it. 

All text © 2015 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2015 Charity Klicka Photography; Word Collage geneerated by TimeDream

begins with a dreamer | WEEKLY QUOTE

Remember to dream, but do "not make dreams your master" (If, by Rudyard Kipling). God has given you the passion, the strength, the patience to reach for the stars and pursue your dreams. Hold fast, and dream on!

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." 
-Harriet Tubman

All text © 2015 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2015 Charity Klicka Photography