Thrift Store Haul/Vlog

Hey Everyone! I went shopping for my birthday recently and decided to do a video because I got too much to try and type it all up with pictures. I also thought it would be a great opportunity to test out my video making skills and software! I am hoping to start doing some Hair Tutorials soon! Let me know if you like the Vlog!~

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

Write For YOU!

 

This is the second post in a series I am creating on my blog as an encouragement to other writers. You can check out my first and best tip here!

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There is a major pitfall lots of writers fall into. Me included. The booby trap is right there ready to capture you, and suck you down into its black depressing depth. It sucks the joy and the life right out of writing. Us writers use writing to express our emotions, feelings, and let our creative side out. But the pitfall is this. Not writing for you.

As simple as it sounds, writing for YOU is so important. Don’t write genres that are “popular” just so they will sell or get recognized. Don’t always throw romance into a story just because “people like that”. Don’t write murder mysteries because you think “people like gore and that stuff”.

You need to write what you love! Write what makes you happy!

If your heart goes pitter patter over medieval stories with the horses, knights and armor. Write what you love!

If you get so excited over Civil War stuff. The military, the intrigue, the injustice: Write what you love!

If you think that modern times is so cool and you like writing about people and their emotions and issues. . . Write what you love!

If you like all of the above. . . Don’t limit yourself to just one thing. Hop around! That’s what I do! I find that History has so much depth and richness, but I like making stuff up too! Variety is the spice of life. Whatever you feel like writing right now. . . . write it without worrying about whether or not people will like it. Write it because YOU want to write it! Make yourself happy, then your happiness with shine through in your writing and other people will feel the genuineness of it, and that will attract them.

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When you write something that you can’t really connect with, it can feel forced. Write something that you are passionate about and let that passion, emotion and creativity shine through!

There is only one you and it will be unique. God made each of us special with different thoughts and emotions. Let your individuality come through your writing.

So Write For YOU!

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What do you love to write about?

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

#OOTD Retro Outfit: Feat. my Mama!

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Say hello to my lovely Mama! Isn’t she beautiful!? She got this new sweater from goodwill. . . she had been on the hunt for a pink one for several months. She was doing her hair and I went and pulled out one of my vintage scarfs and tied it for her! I loved it! She looks so cute and retro! But comfortable and casual as well.

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I love my Mama! She is so awesome! I feel so blessed and honored to have her for a mother. She is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She has always been there for me and is my best friend! I am so proud of her!

 

OUTFIT Details:

Sweater: Goodwill $3.99

Jeans: Goodwill $3.99

Headband: Vintage scarf borrowed from me $3

Booties:  $38

Earrings: thrifted $2

 

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

#OOTD Casual Purple

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I really love this outfit! I got these purple corduroy pants from Gap for $4 in the clearance section and thought they were really cool! Especially for that price! I wore this outfit on a busy Saturday and wore it to take my Grandpa shopping. It was such a comfy outfit and I wasn’t at my best that day. I was so thrilled because I ended up inadvertently color coordinating! My scarf matched my pants, my hat matched my scarf and my nail color ended up matching too! It was a plummy purple! I am not totally sure why that excited me so much! LOL!

I love shopping but I was really not feeling well that day. I had been up for several hours in the middle of the night feeling really yucky. I ended up sleeping in till 11. When Mama told me that she needed me to go with her and shop with Grandpa, I at first was not a happy camper. I was achy and who wants to go out and be around people when you feel crummy? I grumbled to myself through rushing a little makeup on and putting on my shoes. God kind of convicted me of my bad attitude and with some prompting from the Holy Spirit decided to turn it around. “How often do I get to hang out with my mama by myself for an hour? Not often! Pull it together and be happy! You can do this, and you can have a good time doing it!” I gave myself a bit of a pep talk.

Having my normally VERY stoic Grandpa call me sweetheart and chat with me a little while we shopped made it all worth while. A time is coming when he may not be around for me to be able to hang out with my Mama’s Daddy and maybe I can give him a little bit of love in his probably very lonely and boring life. I treasure these times because, they will pass away like it says in Psalms 103

“15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.”

This thought that we have such tiny moments saddens me and makes me a bit melancholy, but at the same time it fuels me to make the most of every moment.

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Wow! This post totally just turned into a motivational speech! LOL!

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Outfit Details:

Pants: Gap $4

Tunic Top: from Meijer $4

Cardigan/blazer: gift

Scarf: Walmart $3

Beanie: Made by Me

Earrings: Claire’s $4.50

Boots: Amazon $25

 

Ever “pushed through” and been so happy that you did? Tell me about it!

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

The Best Writing Tip You’ll Ever Hear

Being so close to finishing my first novel, I thought it would be appropriate to do a mini series to encourage you writers and wanabe writers out there! So here is installment one and probably the most important of them all. 

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As a writer, I have struggled with all of the things writers struggle with. We can’t pretend like they don’t exist because they do. Writing is not something that comes easy. It is hard and that is what makes it awesome!

People tell me all the time.

 

“I can’t seem to finish anything!”

“I get so stuck!”

“My writing is not very good.”

“I want to write, but I don’t have the time.”

 

Maybe you have said one of these things. I am here with the answer! But it all lies with you. Only you can change you!

Here is my tip. It is so simple, yet no one ever told me this. Are you ready for this bit of wisdom that will change you writing life?

 

JUST WRITE.

 

You are probably thinking. Wait. That’s it? That’s the tip?

My answer: YUP!

We. . . ( I am including myself in this) come up with so many excuses of why we can’t write, or in our heads we put it off, saying “I will do it later.” What I am encouraging you to do, is commit to writing something every day. I’m not talking about writing 20 pages, hundreds of words, or chapters every day. Bite off what you can chew and run with it. For me in my life, I felt like committing to 20 min. a day would be a reasonable and accomplishable task. Now, I have picked a time that works best in my day, but before that, I was just writing when I could. “Ok, I have a half hour or so? I am going to write!” or “I am going out this evening and won’t have a chance to write later? I need to write now.” Are you getting what I am saying here? Pick a goal, and MAKE IT HAPPEN! I wish someone had grabbed me by the shoulders years ago and told me this. If you can only do 5 minutes a day, go for it.

The science behind it is you are training yourself to have a habit. And you know the only way you can get past those Writer’s blocks? Its by writing. Even when it hurts, or feels like it’s taking forever to craft that choice paragraph or get through that boring part of description. In a month or so, you will have set a habit of writing every day, and it will start coming more naturally to you. And if you don’t like your writing, it will get better. Because practice makes perfect!

Seriously! It can be just 5 min. a day. For me I needed rigidity. I couldn’t let myself get away with the “nah, I’ll do it later, I’m busy now.” Or, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Often times, what I found happened to me, tomorrow would turn into the next day, to the next day, then I would turn around and a week or a month would have gone by and I had not picked up a pen. So I made a rule with myself that if I didn’t write a particular day (because I was sick, or gone all day) that was fine, but I would have to make up for it. So if my goal was 20 min. a day, then I would do 40 the next day. That way, I wasn’t letting myself off the hook, and I was keeping myself accountable.

But really, the choice lies with you. And you may be too busy, or now is not the season that God has for you to write, and that is OK. But if you ever want to accomplish a written work, whether that be a short story, a novel, or whatever, you need to commit to actually writing.

Even if you hate what you wrote, even if it is hard. Even when your brain hurts.

I have a sheet of inspiring quotes in the nook where my bed is. Which is where I write. One of them is:

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank one.” ~ Jodi Picoult

My other favorite is this because it gives me such freedom:

“Writing a book is a process. Accept the process and be HAPPY with what you write each day.” 

So accept the process, commit to writing SOMETHING every day. YOU CAN DO IT!

 

 

Let me know if you ever want to chat about writing. Drop me a comment and I will get back to you!

 

Are you going to commit to writing every day? Did you find this post helpful?

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

Sweater Weather Outfit

It has been frigidly cold here in Michigan this past week. Well frigid is really relative. Like 10 degrees. Surprisingly it has actually been a rather mild winter. Very little snow. We have gotten upwards of 5 feet of snow on any given snowstorm. Not so much this year. Just little flurries, and then winter takes a break to melt everything, then dust the ground with a little bit more of white fluff. On one hand I miss the feet of snow we can go outside and flounder around in. I miss that white wonderland. But, on the other hand, I am thankful for the lack of snow we have had because it has allowed me to have a little more freedom. I can drive. Usually, if the roads are snowy and icy, I would stay home, but I have been able to be out and about quite a bit.

Back to the outfit. Because it has been so cold, I decided to wear some sweaters a little more lately. We heat with wood in our house and sometimes it gets hot. Like t shirt hot. But not this week! It has been cold! Especially in the basement. Today to practice piano, I had to bring a heater, and wrap my legs up in a blanket while playing so I wouldn’t get too cold. I love the special cozy feeling of winter!

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I layered a Denim shirt under my sweater and I love the effect! One of my necklaces is actually a whistle and I felt like Maria from the Sound of Music. Smile I feel like I need to round up some children, climb a mountain and sing “THE HILLS ARE ALIIIIIIIIIIVE!” I also love my Justin Cowboy Boots! They are especially awesome because I have had them for about 6 or so years. I got them for $10 from a flea market! Then, that seemed like a fortune, which cracks me up. They are the real deal cowboy boots and they fit my feet perfectly. They feel as comfy as tennis shoes now! We have been through thick and thin together! It was my birthday this past week and the other necklace was a present from my dear sister in law. She had it custom made with my verse for the year. I LOVE IT! It is so special because now I can carry a constant reminder of where my Focus is supposed to be. “Doing the will of God wholeheartedly and with my whole soul”. Isn’t it cool?!

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Outfit Details:

Sweater: H&M brand $4 from goodwill

Denim Blouse: Ann Taylor $2 thrifted

Denim Skirt: Gap brand $3 thrifted

Leggings: Walmart $5

Cowboy Boots: Justin’s Brand $10 from a flea market

Whistle Necklace: $7 thrifted

Earrings: Claire’s $5

Nail’s: Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails in the color Tough Love. I really love this color. It is such a pretty red that sometimes looks pink.

 

The weather, because it has been so cold has been conducive to skating! The pond is completely frozen and we have skated two days in a row! Such fun!

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What do you like about winter?

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

Writing Prompt 005

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“Isn’t this exciting?!”

“We are chained to a wall.”

“Yup! And now we have to figure out how to get out.”

“Uh no. YOU figure out how to get out. You got us into this mess, you can get us out.” I was not in a good mood. Sitting amongst filth and blood with shackles around my wrists with my arms above my head had a tendency to steal any joy out of my day.

“I find myself equal to the task!”

“Good, then do it silently! Blast! I can’t feel my arms!”

“We could sneak a key from the guard when he comes back.”

“With numb arms?”

“I though you weren’t helping.”

“I’m not!” I felt the insane urge to fold my arms and sulk. “Besides this is your fault.”

“You were fully aware that we were stealing food.”

“Not in the middle of town! Just because you want to be like Robin Hood doesn’t mean you can be. Sometimes we have to accept who we are.”

“You are waxing philosophical my friend. Would you like to sit here and philosophy? Or would you like to be freed from your shackles?”

He stood and stretched, his hands free of the wall, free of shackles, and with an annoyingly smug look on his face. I couldn’t refrain from rolling my eyes.

“Just unlock me would you?” I growled.

“Certainly! There!” It was done in a trice and I rubbed my sore wrists.

“Now to get out of this cell.” He paced to the open window and lifted himself by the bars and looked out. “And back to work.”

“You can’t mean we are going to go back for the food.”

“I certainly do mean that. The poor need to eat as well as the rich.”

I sighed, it was going to be a long day.

 

Let me know what you thought in the comments below! Critiques are welcome!

By His Grace,

Victoria