new year’s bucket list–retrospection (part ii)

I knew that my thoughts on my previous post were just too much to leave in one. Plus, I’ve always wanted to do ‘part posts’…hehe.

6. Get a camera.

mac

Status: In progress…

Comments: I mean, we’re traveling. That means I still have 34% chance, right? I pray. I hope. I’ve always needed one and I just–yes. It’s coming. Coming…

7. Improve my sketching and drawing skills.

amazing pencil art

Status: Um, check…ish?

Comments: But seriously, I don’t know. All I’ve done are doodles and those cute little drawing things, which I think I’m more expert at than that ^. Wow. That’s just amazing.

Anyway, I’ve decided that sometime in the near future (when I find that bamboo pad thing for drawing—where is it!?) I’ll make a blog comic about this little sad kid called…erm…I forgot his name. But it’s about his adventures to find happiness. I’m so excited about it because he’s such a cute little darling thing and I wuv him sho much and really, let’s all admit, stick figures are booming these days.

Which is weird.

Like, we’re advancing, but we’re also retreating (vintage, blah blah blah). And I think that…in the very future future, like, will they do that about us? I mean, I have no idea if we have some kind of stable fashion era or something, ’cause it’s all a mix. Hmm..

8. Wear a dress.

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Status: In progress

Comments: WE’RE TRAVELING SO I’LL GET YOU BACK ON THAT. Plus, I missed an AWESOME wedding because I had no flipping dress! :'(( Awful. And I’m seeing really lovely ones..

9. Smile more.

smilee

Status: Check.

Comments: Even though I don’t really like my smile. It’s weird.

10. Get out of my comfort zone and show myself something.

shy

Status: CHECK CHECK AND MORE CHECK

Comments: YAAAAAAH!!! I GOT OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE! *boogie dance oh praise dah LORD!* I can’t believe it! I played the piano, I sang at church, I showed people my naughty side (which is beginning to grow…no one knows my crazy side yet. huh.) and well, it’s so much fun! Recently my dad gave a message about 3D blessings, and he talked about how in order to spread a blessing you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone. Like Abraham, neh? God blessed him and told him about all the wonderful things He’d do for him. But in order for that to happen Abraham had to get out of his homeland–his comfort zone. That spoke to me a lot. Like, we’d just presented a song, and after that, everyone congratulated me saying they never knew I could play. They liked it. They were blessed. That Christmas day two talents had been discovered. And when you bless others out of your comfort zone, you get blessed too!

All in all, this year has been tough. Honestly speaking, I’m not looking forward to next year. It’s an odd number, and those kinds of years have a tendency of going…dowwwwwwn. Like 2013. Uck! I don’t know about the others year, but I pray and hope that God will give me the strength to go through next year.

*groans*

It’s going to be one busy, beesy, year…

Happy living, Happy New Year’s, and Happy…Happy?

Jo

Disclaimer: I don’t own those pics, yah?

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redemption week -May 2014.

I miss you all 😀 Anyway, guess what: last week was my Redemption Week 😯 No, nothing religious here or anything strictly connected to homeschooling 😀 It’s for myself. RW is a period of time when I put aside my most prized possessions–my iPhone and Macbook– and focus on the important things I haven’t been able to catch up to or have ignored in my hectic routine. It’s like fasting. Technological fasting, haha. So yes, it’s an extreme way of pulling myself away from procrastination. As a homeschooler, such a hobby (procrastinating) can be very destructive and these past weeks haven’t been quite productive…

The funny thing is…it was my first time 😀

I just felt like I needed a change, but was worried that I wouldn’t be able to cope without the two ‘items’. I write a lot, and my laptop is the fastest and easiest way to store in my scribblings (with a paper it always gets lost, somehow). And so a week without it seemed impossible. But I did it! After the first day, my mind was more focused on the study of the Book of Joshua (it’s awesome!), and I found some really cool stories that aren’t mentioned in children’s Bible story books (I know, a little too old to depend on them, right?). I was also able to catch up on my studies, realizing that Geometry (proofs) aren’t too bad (guess it was just laziness) and that I really can learn all the geographical regions and capital and largest cities of each state, and what each state’s biggest production is.

Fact: Madison is the capital of Wisconsin 😀

Another fact: Idaho is a potato state 😀 *falls over chair*

Here’s the map I had to draw!

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You like it? I think it’s the best I’ve done so far 😀 I lost my other map of Africa though 😦 Guess I have to draw it again…

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My English has finally left the intense adjective and adverb phase, and now I get to read a book! I’m now reading ‘The Hiding Place’, and oh, it’s so beautiful <insert tears here>. I’m taking lots of notes (sentence structure, new words, author’s tone) and sometimes it just overwhelms me so much that I can’t tear my eyes away from the book (or get my fingers to reach the pen). I’m getting to the climax, and I’m so jumpy! Can’t wait to watch the movie. I’ve got my tissues ready 🙂

Last, but not least, have you guys heard about the chaos going on in Nigeria? 😦 Around 300 girls have been kidnapped, there has been two bombings at a local stop! I’m beyond myself with fear because all my relatives live there 😦  My uncle was so close to being a victim of one of the bombings, but miraculously, thankfully, nothing happened to him. Please keep this country in your hearts.

Happy Tuesday,

Jojo 🙂