Free by Careena Campbell {Book Spotlight} Happy book release week!

Hello, hello, my friends! Long time no see! I am so excited and honoured to be a part of Careena’s release celebration and book tour of her beautiful book, ‘Free’.

As is common of a student in year twelve, I barely had any time to finish reading Careena’s book by the posting date. However, what I did read I found beautiful. The book is riddled with familiar hymns and the setting is exciting. From what I’ve read, I would recommend the book for younger children, although I am sure all ages would enjoy a book like this. There aren’t very many books these days that aren’t trying to bend to the world’s standards. I am so excited to finish reading this book, and once I do, I’ll be posting a full book review on here and on my writer/bookish instagram account.

What is ‘Free’ about?

17-year-old Ruth is used to being independent and trusting God to provide for her needs, even with the little protection life in the 17th century provides her. But when a strange turn of events lands her on a cargo ship with no immediate way off, what is Ruth to do? The sailors are rough and rowdy, but Ruth finds First Mate Leonard particularly intimidating. What is hiding behind Captain Edward’s passive nature? Will she ever be free? As the sailors face the trials of ocean travels, they realize their young servant holds a key to peace and happiness that they don’t have. A truth that could change their lives forever. But does Ruth have her heart open for the ways in which God wants to change hers? A heartwarming tale about faith, forgiveness, and rediscovering what freedom really means.

Also, Careena created a trailer for her book! How epic is that?!

She also posted a Youtube live Q&A, where she answered questions about her newly released book!

About the author

I believe that what we fill our minds with influences who we become. My whole life I’ve wanted to create books I had a hard time finding as a kid–stories that were just as uplifting as they were exciting.

@careenas_adventures
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Author website

Buy the book on:

Goodreads

Amazon

Other book tour participants:

March 8th: Amanda Tero
March 9th: Alexandria Miracola
March 10th: Effie J Stock
March 12th: Zielle K. S.

If you decide to read this book, leave a review! Being an author is a small business. Leaving reviews is an incredibly helpful way to support the author. Even if it is just, ‘I liked it’, if you read this book, I am sure Careena would very much appreciate a review left on Amazon or Goodreads. If you decide to read it, comment down below!

Once again, a HUGE congratulations to author Careena Campbell for publishing her first novel! Publishing a novel is a very hard and incredibly exciting thing to accomplish. Check out the other lovely lady’s book tour posts! There are author interviews, book reviews, and more!

Where Monsters Prey + A second Co-Written Poem

Please read this! It’s so important.

Spread the Spark

Over the past couple weeks a friend and I, Anna from Anna’s Ideas (https://ideasofanna.blogspot.com/) have been working on two poems. The poem I am posting is called “Where Monsters Prey.” And you can find our second poem, “Rescuer’s Facade,” on her blog.

Where Monsters Prey

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Deep in the darkness

Where the monsters hide

Just out of sight,

Is now where we find shelter.

We thought we didn’t know them,

And that their presence was

Far from us.

Their purpose,

Unclear.

Because they were just,

The shadows in our closet

The creaking down the hall,

The branches in the window

Waving, tall.

Familiar frights

That had our trust,

We always said they couldn’t hurt us.

So we didn’t see, all this time…

Danger was so close to us.

From strangers to family,

The monsters became.

When it was no longer

The white van down the road,

That stranger…

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9 Things Wicked Tells Us About Life

Hi everyone! Hope you all have been well and keeping safe, sane, healthy and joyful!

A few months ago, I wrote a post called, “Nine Things Les Miserables Tells Us About Life”. It is still my favourite article I have written, If I’m being honest. But then I remembered Wicked, the West End and Broadway musical. The musical that I watched for the first time almost a year ago and enjoyed it to bits. The musical which contained the songs that I sang and listened to 24/7 while my brother begged me to stop. While I haven’t had the pleasure of being a part of this production, the soundtrack is absolutely amazing, just like everything else about it. And then when I was wracking my brain for an article to write, I remember that yes, just like Les Mis, Wicked has some nuggets of truth that ya’ll deserve to hear.

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A Threefold Chord is Not Quickly Broken {A Guest Post by Kirsten J. Foster}

“Two are better than one.” This comes from a verse in the book of Ecclesiastes, which says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.”  (Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV)

People can do many things better alone – like certain chores and tasks – but teamwork is a better option sometimes.  Have you ever seen a sailor sail a large ship alone? Does a warlord go to conquer a city by himself? How about an organization or ministry director?  Do they do everything alone? Of course not! One person alone would never take a city by himself, a single sailor could never handle such a large ship at sea, and the director would be overwhelmed if he/she tried to handle matters alone.  These things require a team effort.

Imagine you’re hiking through the woods alone, just enjoying yourself and the nature around you.  However, you slip down a steep bank and hurt yourself. First, it is a bad idea to hike by yourself (Ecclesiastes 4:10), and second, you have no one there to assist you or get help!

However, when two or three of your friends join you for this hike, there are many great benefits:

a)     You are safer together

b)     You are less likely to meander off and get lost

c)      If one of you stumbles, the others are there to keep you steady

d)     If you come across danger, you have a better chance at fending it off than if you were alone (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

Now you have heard me talk about some of the benefits of the power of companionship, but you are probably thinking, “What does this look like in real life?”  I thought I would take some artistic liberties and give some examples of companionship that I have seen and read in movies and books.  Please note that these ideas are my own and might be different from your views.    

Bonanza’s Cartwright Family 

Stories of love, loyalty, friendship, courage, and family play a major role in this western TV show that aired in the 60’s and 70’s.  In multiple episodes, half-brothers Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe demonstrate sibling troubles, but they also show how teamwork can accomplish more than going alone.

When Little Joe needed help rebuilding a large logging flume that a group of men damaged, his family came alongside and helped him out – and they even completed the project in record time!  If Little Joe chose to work on the project alone, would he ever be able to accomplish that much?  (Fourth season, The Quest)

When Adam did not meet Little Joe at Signal Rock, what did the youngest Cartwright do?  He sent word to his family about the problem at hand, and the three of them set out to find their lot kin.  Together, they could cover more ground and have a better chance at finding Adam rather than if Little Joe searched the desert alone.  (Third season, The Crucible)

When Little Joe did not know how to handle a situation concerning a deaf girl, did he choose to fight his conscience alone?  Instead, he told his problem to Ben, who gave him careful advice on what Little Joe could do. It can be a large burden on a man to deal with stressful problems alone, but when he has a partner to share some of that burden, things usually move along much smoother.  (Second season, Silent Thunder)

Most of the time, when a fist brawl erupts and one of the brothers is in the middle of it, the other two step in.  Most of the time, it is only because the chaos is getting out of hand, but sometimes, the two will do it out of pure protection for their kin.  Three men can overtake a group better than one alone.

The Cartwright family shows us the wholesome values of family and collaboration, which we can apply to our lives.  We may not be wandering deserts in search of lost family, but we can most certainly use the example of teamwork to cover more ground as we do assorted yard work.  Building a flume to get timber down to sawmills may not be our issue, but it is handy to have some extra help when fixing a house or outbuilding. Whatever the case, this family of hard working ranchers show us that collaboration can achieve more than if we’re alone.

J. R. R. Tolkien’s Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee

 

Middle-Earth and the fate of all living things depends on a single Hobbit to stop the growing evil in the east that threatens to take over the world.  Throughout all three books, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee go through many challenges and trials that a Hobbit could never imagine! However, through all of it, they remain friends.

Let us take a look at Sam for a moment.  He had the choice to remain in The Shire and continue living a simple life, yet he still decided to venture into the unknown with Frodo.  When things got really hard, and he had the chance to desert Frodo, he chose to keep his promise to Gandalf and remained with his friend.  Because of Sam’s choice, he was able to help protect Frodo from greedy Gollum (The Two Towers) and prevent his friend from slipping the Ring of Power on a few times.

If Frodo were to embark on such a quest alone, who knows what trouble he would run into!  Or what about those times when the ring seemingly called to Frodo, and Sam had to tackle his friend once to prevent him from making a horrible decision? (The Two Towers 2002 movie addition) 

Everything I have said here goes back to that verse in Ecclesiastes: “Two are better than one.”  Because Sam went with Frodo, he was able to help his friend prevail in many challenges and keep him accountable with the ring.  Together, the two of them demonstrate deep loyalty and outstanding partnership. 

Kirsten Foster’s Concord Mason and Daniel Roberts

When you live in the wild land of Montana Territory, I would highly recommend buddying up with someone!  Well, these two young men do just that. One being trained to live off the land and fight and the other having the knowledge of books and business, Daniel and Concord both embark on an adventure that neither of them can imagine as they both seek to discover their calling in life.

In this example, the two young men have different skills that can help the other.  If Daniel is facing a mountain lion, then Concord can protect his friend with the help of a rifle. 

On the other hand, let us say someone plans to swindle Concord in a business deal.  In that case, Daniel knows how to sniff these things out and is able to prevent his friend from falling into a troublesome trap.

The two men have very different skills, and they can each use them to help the other.  Together, the two of them stand a better chance in the rough country and lawless towns than if either went alone. 

In addition, they can help encourage and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11).  Concord deals with insecurity in life, and Daniel helps him through his insecurities by sharing encouragement and sticking by his friend’s side.

Daniel, on the other hand, has only ever dealt with an occasional stage hold up and lived in town his entire life, so living in the wilderness with the constant threat of robbers is a fearful experience for him.  However, good ol’ Concord is there to reassure and protect his friend. 

These are all good examples of what collaboration and friendship look like in our world.  However, there is a final example I would like to share. 

As a Christian, each of the three strands mentioned in Ecclesiastes 4:12 is a part of my life.  Christ is one of those three strands. He is the strongest strand in that threefold cord, so that when the two weaker ones break, He still holds us together.  Though my life may be a wreck and my family a mess, I still have Christ as my stronghold.

In Nahum 1:7, it says, “The Lord is good, a refuge and stronghold in times of trouble.”  Our friends may have walked away from us, and we may feel alone in our sufferings, but the Lord will never leave you.  It may feel like the world is crashing down around us, and we are slipping away with it, but God is holding onto you. He is that strand in the threefold cord that will never break, no matter what.  

The Conclusion 

For Christmas last year, I braided western-looking braids out of hemp cording.  Sure, one strand alone is easy to cut with a pair of scissors, but try cutting the braided cord.  It’s a lot harder, isn’t it? It is the same with companionship and collaboration. When two or three people are battling a dangerous animal, it is most likely that the animal will lose because it is outnumbered (Ecclesiastes 4:12).  Safety in numbers.

On the other hand, think about those times where you feel hurt and lost inside.  Those times where you don’t know what to do. You do not have to hide your feelings from everyone.  It can actually be dangerous sometimes to keep painful feelings bottled inside.

We should not feel like we have to cope with these things alone.  It’s good to have a shoulder to lean and cry on at times, and it feels good to know that there is someone out there who you can talk to and share your burdens with.  It feels good to know we have someone we can depend on to help us. 

Think back to what I said about Little Joe and Ben.  Little Joe could have chosen to try to solve his problems alone concerning the deaf girl, but he admitted his weakness and turned to his father for help.  With a few comforting words and wise advice from Ben, Little Joe found the encouragement and ideas he needed to solve his problem.

The power of love and friendship.

Finally, remember that God is one of those three strands in life.  He’s the strongest one that holds the other two together, even when they break.  He is the one in control and will always be by your side, no matter what.

I challenge you today to remember the amazing power in collaboration.  Sure, there are many things that you can do best alone, but there are just some things that work best when you do it with others.  Besides – it can be a lot of fun to do stuff when you’re not alone!  

And that fantastic article was written my very good friend, Kirsten Foster. I’d like to once again thank her for her contributions to my blog, and I hope you were encouraged and blessed as you read what she had to say. 🙂

The Mystery Blogger Award

Hello everyone!

I’ll try not to make it a habit to post tags too often, but I thought I’d just do this one, just so you all can find out a bit more about me since this blog is still fresh.

Thank you to the lovely Abi Lyn for tagging me for this award! ❤

First up, the rules!
1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
2. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
3. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (This award was created by Okoto Enigmas.)
4. Answer the 5 questions you were asked.
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
6. You have to nominate 10-20 people.
7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
9. Share a link to your best post(s).

I thought I’d splatter the post with a bunch of corny gifs to spice it up a little. Alrighty, let’s get started then!

Le Questions

1. What is your favorite meal for dinner?

Oh, anything with potatoes in it. Or soup, because weirdly enough, I’m a soup addict. Or rice paper rolls. *licks lips*

Oh look, it’s Michelle!
2. What’s your favorite kind of fruit juice?

I don’t drink juice a lot, but if I had to choose, mango or orange juice is nice.

This is a very dizzying gif…
3. What is your favorite type of music?

I love all kinds of music! It depends what mood I am in. I’m usually listening to contemporary music or songs from musicals, but I love a Capella as well. I’ve currently been obsessed with the Wicked soundtrack and Rachel Platten songs.

4. What is your favorite room in the house and why?

My bedroom, because it’s comfortable and quiet, and I can sing really loud, and because our house doesn’t have a lot of rooms other than other people’s bedrooms. But I also love it in the family room when everyone is there, because it’s cozy and I love spending time with family.

5. If you could become fluent in one language in an instant, what language would it be?

I think I’d pick Tagalog (Filipino), because it’s natural to want to know your own language. If I had a second choice, I would pick French.

3 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. I’m a Hufflepuff. 36% Hufflepuff, 23% Gryffindor, 21% Ravenclaw, and 20% Slytherin.
I thought this was Ricky Gervais for a second

2. I was homeschooled all the way up to grade 10.

3. I’m secretly Hermione Granger even though I’m not really like her, and I only wrote this because I couldn’t think of another fact about me.

I nominate: (apologies if you don’t do tags)

Noah @ Life In Kyoto

Rhi @ Marshmallow Harmonies

Sarah @ Paraphernalia

Jo @ Pananaw

Kenechi Duatron @ Randomgirlsramblings

Trudy @ True Story

I also nominate all the other Hufflepuffs out there, and anyone else who would like to do this award/tag!

My questions for you

  1. What is the strangest story and/or blog post you have ever written?
  2. What is your current favourite book and why?
  3. Are you an extrovert, an ambivert, or an introvert?
  4. Would you rather have one wish granted right now, or three wishes granted five years from now?
  5. What qualities do you look for in a friend?

And last but not least, my favorite post to write was 9 Things Les Miserables Tells Us About Life.

I had a lot of fun with this post, so thank you once again, Abi, for nominating me!

| Do you like doing tags? | Which Hogwarts house do you belong to? | Do you like potatoes and soup? | Will you do this tag? |

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4 Steps to Making Great Goals for 2020

Hello everyone!

During this time of year we’re getting ready to go back to school (well some of us), we’re making new goals and reaching for new stars.

Last week, I took a goal-setting class on The Young Writer’s Workshop. Because of how much it helped me, I wanted to share with you the four steps I learned to setting good goals– condensed into one post. For this class, we were setting goals for our writing journey, fiction of non-fiction. However, you can set goals for anything you would like.

The first step to making great goals is to reflect on the past year.

This is a time to focus on gratitude, milestones (big or small), achievements and anything else you would like to include. Do this in bullet points, or you can even freewrite a messy paragraph if that’s what works for you. If you can’t remember what happened, ask your family members or refer to your journal if you have one. When you’re writing this, some things to remember are:

  • Milestones/achievements
  • Obstacles that didn’t defeat you
  • Paradigm shifts you experienced (a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions– a change in mind, basically)
  • Important decisions you made
  • Key books or resources you completed

After you’ve done this, figure out what worked and what didn’t, so you can block out the unhelpful things, and continue doing the things that benefited you.

Now it’s time to reflect on where you want to be in the future.

This should be a free, one paragraph (or more, I can’t expect writers to keep it to one) reflection on what you want 2020 to look like for you. Write down everything that comes to mind, and don’t be afraid to go wild on this, this is for you, no one else.

Write this in present tense. So instead of, ‘I will wake up early every morning to read my Bible’, it should be ‘I wake up early every morning to read my Bible’. This helps to get you into this positive mindset; it’s as if you are already doing it, and we can envision ourselves already reaching our goals.

Have fun with this step!

The next step is to reflect on your current reality and where you are now in life.

I get that this may be a little discouraging, but this will be very helpful to plan your next steps. I find it helped me to face what I was feeling and allow me to do something about it, or even just realise it. If you’re not comfortable doing this, don’t feel you have to.

This is a time to get brutally honest about your current situation. Where are you now? Maybe you’re dealing with some tough things, or you’re stressed out. Whatever it is, take the time to write it down. After you’ve done this, take some time to write a short reflection on what you learned from this exercise. Maybe you’ve discovered something you’ve been hiding from, or didn’t want to realise.

Refer back to your desired destination in step 2 and use them to help you write down 2-4 big goals for the year.

Ah, here we are. We’ve come to the setting-goals step. The first step, is to make sure these goals are your own and based on your views, values, and ideas; not anyone else’s.

It’s really important to keep your goals minimal, as it can be overwhelming to have a lot of goals. After you have written down your big goals for the year, now is the time to plan out the next achievable and simple step to get you closer to your goal. Make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T. Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based.

A bad example of a goal would be:

Goal: I’ll get better at blogging.

What exactly does ‘better’ mean for you? What does it look like to ‘get better’? Be specific. It’s not time measurable. Is there a deadline? This might seem obvious to you, but having the deadline right next to your goal — even if it’s just December 31st 2020 — is helpful.

A bad example of a next step would be:

Consistency equals getting better, so I’ll start being consistent on my blog.

Although it is great to be consistent, what does consistency look like for you based on what your schedule is already like? How does one ‘start’ being consistent?

For example, one of my goals is:

Goal 3: Consistently write 1 blog post per week until the end of the year.

Next step: Sit down and write down blog post ideas and based on past postings, find the day that works best for me to post. (My next step could be: make a detailed plan with deadlines as well as plan days to batch create.)

The goal is time measurable, and something that I can achieve if I work at it. The next step will get me one step closer to my goal, and is specific. When you’re setting your next steps, be sure to set ones that you can easily complete so that you can write down your next step after that. Or, ones that will set a chain reaction of consistency and habit are great. But for now, focus on one easy-to-complete next step.

If your goal was ‘Get better at blogging’, you could change it to: Complete and study (book title) on blogging by (date). Your next step could be something like: Go to the library to check for the book, and gather a few friends to study the book with me.

Once you have your goals, well done! If you did this, share your goals down below if you’re comfortable. I would love to read them and cheer you on! All of our goals will look different for each of us. Some of our next steps may include making detailed plans, but some of you might not like rigid plans and are more flexible. Do what works for you, just make sure they follow the S.M.A.R.T plan. 🙂

To review the steps:

1. Reflect on the past year.

2. Reflect on where you want to be in the future.

3. Reflect on where you are now.

4. Make your goals using the S.M.A.R.T plan.

All that said, the process of setting goals should not be stressful or overwhelming; it should be fun and motivating. If it’s starting to overwhelm you, maybe it’s time to take a step back and be kind to yourself. 🙂

I promise this is not a tactic to get you to comment; I genuinely love reading your comments, and I love responding to each and every one of them.

What are your goals and next steps in 2020?

Did you find this post helpful? Will you do these steps?

Anything else you want to comment? Leave it down below! This is a judgement free zone, and your mind is welcome. 😉

 P.S The backround featured image is from Canva.com

Say Hello 2020 | Just some thoughts

Hello future!

2019 has come to a close, and if it had just come to a close, and it was January 1st instead of 12AM on January 4th, this would make more sense. But play along and pretend it’s January 1st.

It’s New Years Eve, (well it was, at the time I started writing this) there will be food, fireworks, noise, family and friends. It’s a small end of year for us this year, no going to visit relatives, and the whole family isn’t here. But that’s okay.

I’ve thought a little bit about 2020. There are a lot of things to add to the list of things that I could do better. A lot of things are changing. I’m moving schools. That is, I’m moving from homeschool to a big VCE public school. That’s crazy! I’ve been thinking about it, and it scares me. It excites me and I’m grateful for this opportunity, but it’s also scary to think about it. It’s a massive school with new people, it’s a different environment, and it’s the last two years of my schooling. I have that nagging thought in the back of my mind that tells me I’ll never be good enough.

This is the time of year where we usually set expectations for ourselves. It’s so great to make goals for ourselves, but this can be a time where we can compare ourselves to others. We plan vigorously for the next year, and we lift the standards for ourselves so high so that we can be better, that we feel discouraged because we can never reach them. We make goals to be like that popular girl who always looks perfect, or that guy who is good at literally everything. Been there, done that.

Maybe the reason we never reach our goals is because we set them too high. Maybe the reason we don’t change is not the fact that we actually don’t change, but we don’t notice the change. We’re too busy shooting for the highest star, that we don’t notice the star we’ve already caught. I’m not saying to shoot high, go for it! But if it’s for the wrong reason, it’s not healthy for us.

In the youth theatre that I am part of, the director always says that she’s not looking for who is the best singer, or the best actress or the best overall performer. She is looking at us as individuals, and if we are making magic to the best of our ability. Not to the ability of the best singer in the room. To the best of our ability. She looks at whether or not we’re doing our best; pouring our heart and soul into what we’re doing. She wants us to reach for OUR star and no one else’s.

I’m still learning to set goals for myself and no one else. I’m learning to set the goals that I want to set, not the goals that I think other people want me to set. I want to be the best I can be. And it’s still a learning process for me. But I’m learning to reflect on myself and what my goals as an individual are.

And I’ll get there someday. And so will you.

P.S the backround featured image is from Canva.com

What If God Hasn’t Called Me To Write?

Isn’t it great to be called by God?

Um, yes. That would be AMAZING, to hear God’s voice instructing me to do something. I for one would be so proud to be doing God’s work.

But… what if I like doing something, and I really want to keep doing it, but I haven’t been told by God to do it?

What if it isn’t really God’s plan for my life?

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I Assume… {Collab With Esther | WTD Blog Tour}

Hi my smol potatoes!

Today I have a special collab for you, to celebrate the launch of Write In The Dark! Now, I know this is late, but we had some….. shall we say….. difficulties. XD

Due to my poor decision making skills, Esther came up with this collab idea, where we come up with assumptions for each other.

Without further ado, here is the collab.

Hi, my name is Esther Jackson. My dad is old, but my mom grew up in the earliest age. Tolkien’s rhymes and riddles are an inspiration. I’m pretty sure I have Aspergers, but I don’t know for sure. Second youngest, youngest girl, as many brothers as sisters. I enjoy a good cabbage shoe and any other language joke. Primarily homeschooled, but I have spent some time in small Christian schools. I make a point of trying to foolow God’s commands as much as I can. The best part of life is knowing that I don’t have to worry about dying for when Jesus wants me he will call, (until then, am I immortal?)

Favorite well known fiction book

Lord of The Rings, or anything by Tolkien.

Favorite well known non fiction (Bible excluded)

Ooh this is a hard one. I’m going to guess Anne Frank!

Favorite modern piece of music

I feel like I know this, I just can’t think of the title! I’m going to say Hillsong Glorious Day.

Favorite classical piece of music

Wild guess: Piano Sonate op. 13 “Pathetique” 2nd mov. (yes I looked up the name in my piano book)

Dream future

To serve God and then have a big family while homeschooling all the way through. And also publish books.

Dream vacation

Somewhere with family on the beach or in the woods for up to a week or more.

Dream book to write

A fantasy novel, or a historical fiction.

Favorite religious holiday

Easter.

Favorite non-religious holiday

I don’t know many holidays…. New Years Day?

Favorite Bible verse

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (I couldn’t think of another verse)

Those are my Esther assumptions.

What did you think? Did you have any assumptions of your own?

I’d be surprised if I got any correct.

Since we were squeezed for time, I wasn’t able to get Esther’s responses to my assumptions, so I’m asking her to respond in the comment section. 🙂 Don’t forget to check out her blog and her part of the collab!

PS. The backround featured image is from Canva.com

Over Cupcakes And Comfy Couches {WTD Blog Tour}

Hello my smol potatoes! Thanks for stopping by. So why don’t you kick your feet up, grab a mug of tea or coffee to go with these cupcakes? *hands you a cupcake* I had a lovely chat with my friend Madi over cupcakes and comfy couches, so why don’t you come along and join us?

Madi: sits in chair excitedly waiting for Zielle

Zielle: runs /skips into the room Hi!

Madi: stands up and excitedly hugs Zielle YAY, you’re here! How are you?

Zielle: hugs Madi back It’s so good to see you!! I’m so great, how are you?

Madi: It’s so good to see you too! I’m great—I made cupcakes to celebrate your new bloggy! Would you like one?

Zielle: Ooh thank you so much! I would love one. By the way, I love your house!

Madi: Thanks so much! Would you like to sit down? I have these armrest-chairs so comfy you may fall asleep. offers cupcake

Zielle: smiles and sits down Wow, these are comfy. I love the maroon colour. It matches my blog! takes cupcake Thank you!

Madi: sits down Maroon is one of my favorite colors! Ooh, really? I haven’t seen your blog theme yet! Can you show me a picture of the design?

Zielle: Really? That’s so cool! I love the design, it was actually designed by Mukta! shows you a photo | takes a bite of the cupcake This is amazing!

Madi: Oh my goodness, it looks amazing. She did a fantastic job! What does Write in the Dark mean? And thanks — it was my second time making cupcakes myself. laughs

Zielle: She did, didn’t she? grins That’s a great question! Write in the Dark is a play on words for Light in The Dark. And plus, I love writing. laughs Well, you did a really good job! smiles

Madi: Oh, I love that! And I love writing too. grins and thumbs up Will you be posting any of your writing on your blog? And thanks!

Zielle: I sure will post some! Maybe not everything, but there will be some snippets. At least, once I have a set work in progress. laughs and sinks into the chair Ooh this is nice.

Madi: Oh, I can’t wait! I remember reading your writing on your old blog and loved it. Speaking of which, will you delete your old blog or nah? And oh yes, giggles these are super comfy.

Zielle: Aw, thank you! I don’t think I will delete it. I love looking back at my old posts, even if the majority of them are cringey. laughs

Madi: Old posts are the best to look back on! Except maybe the cringey ones. laughs

Zielle: laughs as well They are! Can you recall one of your cringiest old posts? I think the majority of mine were cringey.

Madi: I remember this one post where I wanted to talk about my teeth getting pulled out… on my doll blog. And also post a bunch of random selfies I somehow tied into the post so people could see what I looked like. laughs I remember really liking your posts! What kinds of posts will you post on your new blog?

Zielle: Oh dear! laughs I feel like I remember reading a post about something like that on your doll blog before. laughs again Aw, again, that’s very sweet! I’ve always loved reading your post, I always get some kind of enjoyment and inspiration from them. 😀 On my new blog, I will be posting writing snippets (as mentioned before), life posts which include posts about my faith, writing and teenage life. 🙂

Madi: laughs Aww, thank you so much! And I literally can’t wait for those posts — they sound amazing and I love lifestyle stuff. How will they differ from your old blog, if at all?

Zielle: Thanks again! That’s a good question! They won’t differ much, but I’ll be talking a lot less about homeschool since I’ll be heading off to public school next year.

Madi: Oh, wow! Are you excited or nervous for public school?

Zielle: Both! I’m very excited to be able to have this experience, but also nervous. I’ve met all my teachers and they’re all pretty good which is great! It’s a massive school, though!

Madi: Oh my goodness, that sounds insane! I’m so nervous for you, but I bet you’ll do absolutely amazing. Will you be blogging about that, too?

Zielle: It is!! It’s so exciting, though! Yes, I will be blogging about the transition and my survival. XD

Madi: laughs Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to read about that. I hope you’ll have a great time transitioning — and of course, surviving! What’s the URL so I can visit it?

Zielle: grins I can’t wait to write about it! Thanks, Madi! smiles Oh can’t forget that! The URL is writeinthedark.home.blog.

Madi: I can’t wait for its launch! I’ll be one of your first followers. grins Have you posted on it yet or nah?

Zielle: Aw thanks!! I have made one post welcoming you guys to the blog, but that’s about it! 😀

Madi: Yay!! I can’t wait for all your posts! Thanks so much for coming. hugs Zielle

Zielle: Aw, thanks for inviting me over! I always love chatting with you. returns hug

Madi: Come over anytime — and best of luck with your new blog!!

Zielle: Thank you so much!! stands up

Madi: Want some cupcakes to go? XD

Zielle: grins Yes please!!

Madi: grins and gives her a nice case of cupcakes

Zielle: grins and takes the cupcakes Thank you! opens the front door and exits I hope to see you soon! Thanks, again!

Madi: come over anytime! waves

Well hello again! Wasn’t Madi’s house pretty? I had so much fun catching up with Madi and chatting with her over those amazing cupcakes. I think I need to get the recipe.

Madi helped me out with my blog tour even though she doesn’t do blog tours, to help celebrate the launch of my new blog! She is such a sweet and encouraging person and is also a very talented bloggy friend, so I highly recommend you check out her blog which she just started! You may also know her from Life Undefeated, her author blog, and Delightful World of Dolls.

Mukta {BORN FREE}

Enni {THE BLANKET BURRITO}

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Esther {WE’VE GOT POCKETS}

Zielle {WRITE IN THE DARK}

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Noah {LIFE IN KYOTO}

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Jo {PANANAW}

Madi {MADISON GRACE}

Thanks for joining our chat and joining me in the launch of my new bloggy!

PS. The backround featured image of those scrumptious cupcakes is from Canva.com