Thanks Board

Hi guys!

I recently made a thankful board, and I would love for you awesome internet-users to add to it!

I wrote a post on my shared blog, Braid Your Life, so check that out as well. Yay, blogging once again.

This thankful board is on trello, and is quite open. Just message me or contact me in any way, and I can add you as well. We can all share our random thanks, and make the internet a better place! I basically will add anything I’m thankful for on there. Check it out. :) From shoes to best friends, this thankful board will be filled with gratitude.

That is all for this post! BE HAPPY AND GIVE THANKS!

-Mintie (after another long break :D)

P.S. The abundance of exclamation marks on this post signify my excitement and joy.

Ups and Downs

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There are so many ups and downs in life. So many.

But that’s what makes it so fun and adventurous. If life was always a big “up”, the high would seem normal, and our “normal” now would seem low. So, since we have both ups AND downs, we get to see how amazing the good parts are. And the bad parts help form our personalities and experiences. 

But life is good. If you’re positive, everything can be a fun experience to learn from. It’s just your Point of View.

So, I challenge you. See the world differently. Change your point of view.

-Mintie

Which Path Should I Take?

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In my PE class, we head out to the track on Mondays and Tuesdays, running twice a week. Sad, I know.

From the Gym to the track, there are two paths. One is a concrete path, that goes around the buildings, and another way cuts through the grass. The teachers want us to go around the buildings, but often, we step onto the grass as a shortcut. By “we”, I mean the students.

While many of my classmates just follow the crowd, lost in their conversations, my friend and I take the concrete path. It came to me today that this situation was similar to life itself.

You can choose to follow the crowd, or just get lost in your own things, or you can choose the right way. Sometimes the correct path can be harder, longer, or difficult to walk through, but you have to persevere. You get to choose.

I guess that’s what makes life so exciting and fun.

-Mintie

Light in my Forest

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Ever feel lost, completely unsure of your decisions, or anything?

It’s like you’re walking through the dark forest, without your glasses, and everything is blurry. There’s no way out or in.

That’s how I felt yesterday. I felt like I was wading through murky water, with no idea what to do! I didn’t know which classes to choose, what assignments I should work on, and everything felt like a mystery. I couldn’t focus on my project, and I was so utterly and completely lost. I was in front of my computer at my desk, but not really there at the same time.

Feeling incapable and uncomfortable, I decided to chat my friend, Jan. Jan is an amazing person, and she’s very wise too. :) She’s also hilarious and fun to be around. I needed prayer and she just happened to be online. I told her how I felt, using unorganized examples, and she told me that she felt the same way sometimes too. 

Just talking to someone made me feel better, and the clouds started to clear up. I searched around online, clicking a few old bookmarks I had. I was reading a blog, and on the side was another great post. At first I laughed because it was titled “Invest in a pair of Earmuffs”. Then, I realized that it was talking about trusting in God and not caring about what other people say about you. This really spoke to me, and I think I didn’t come across it by coincidence. Thank you Jesus!

I also flipped randomly in my Bible, hoping to come across something helpful. Multiple verses told me to Trust the Lord, and made me feel on a path again. 

God was the light in my forest, the sun streaming through the murky water. I just needed to trust him.

-Mintie :)

I once was lost, but now I’m found.

Pray for Her

As I was walking home today, this girl I knew was waiting for her parents to pick her up. She had a cast around her left leg, and a thought flew into my head. Pray for her.

 I wanted, so badly to have the courage to her, but my fear gets in the way. What if the people around me thought I was weird? What if my prayer didn’t work? What if she thought I was weird?

That was before I realized something amazing.

God created me, and he is the creator of the universe, the one who saved us and made us! I could go on for hours, talking about how truly A-W-E-S-O-M-E he is, but I have something else to share. Just a few hours ago, I was worrying about being weird, or looking crazy, but why am I afraid? What is there to fear? I already have the greatest being ever as my father. What more could I ask?

Knowing these things opened my eyes. If I prayed for that hurt person, she would feel better, loved even, and touched by God. Her life could potentially change. God’s presence is on me, and what other people think doesn’t matter. <3

My friends, so amazing and filled with God, helped me realize this, and I can’t thank them more. They are amazing too.

-Mintie (Feeling amazed)

People make me Smile :)

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It’s so cool to talk to people, to get to know them! 

Often, I’m too wrapped up in myself to step out of the little bubble I’ve made for myself and meet someone knew.

I’m really awed by how amazing people are. Me, being human, I label and judge unconsciously, without even trying. This only makes it cooler when I get to know someone. Their real personality shocks me and leaves me astounded. How can someone have so much pressure, but act so laid back? How can someone be so talented, but hide it so well? How can someone smile when they’ve gone through so much?

Those things make my jaw drop to the floor in awe. What wondrous people I have around me. Every single person is filled with their own thoughts, personalities, hobbies, and so much more! When I realized this, getting to know someone became a hobby in itself. To even get a glimpse of someone’s life is too amazing for words. 

That’s why people make me smile.

-Mintie :)

Interesting Pasts

Sometimes I think I know everything about someone. I think that they’re just what I put them as, be it smart, sporty, nice, spunky, etc.

But they’re not.

As usual, I was walking to school early in the morning, and as I got closer and closer, there were more and more people. People of all kinds, with their different clothing styles and hair. I was worrying about the bell ringing and how my day was going to be, so it took a while for me to actually see the people around me. Not look, but actually see. I had been so wrapped up in my own world, that I didn’t notice that every single person was so special.

I know its overused, the words, “You’re special,” but it is SO true. Times a million. Everyone has a different past, and its not even close to fair to judge them because of their messed up clothes, hair, or the like. 

Who knows what they’ve gone through? 

Understanding this helped me learn to cherish every single person around me. They are so special. S-P-E-C-I-A-L.

haha It’d be pretty sad if I spelled special wrong though. 

Cherish someone today,

-Mintie :D