Quote of the Week // 26th Week

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This quote was taken from a very long poem written by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) over the course of 17 years. I enjoy reading it because of how the words flow together to create the view of an aspirationist (which is not a real word, even though it should be)!

When reading this piece, I immediately began imagining those other worlds. The ones across the ocean on long voyages, in busy towns and cities filled with people; the ones across the land in small villages and homesteads, and down long lanes and avenues. In all those worlds, it seems as though there is so much for us to do, but only little done! There are so many things to be in those worlds all around us! It’s such an inspiring way to look at those other worlds, isn’t it? The question is: What are you going to do in those worlds?


Are you fond of this quote?

What do you imagine those other worlds to be like?

Do you enjoy any other work of Tennyson?

Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 25th Week

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Gustav Mahler was an Austrian composer from the late 1800s and early 1900s known to have stated this bit of wisdom. Being a composer himself, he believed that for some, it is easier to communicate using music than using words.

Every composer creates and has created music for a purpose, whether it’s to produce a joyous sound, a thought provoking melody, a comforting tune to those in trial, or an exciting array of notes for those of adventure! Each song is and was crafted to express a story or feeling that is hard to describe in words. If composers wished to tell their story of emotions and feeling, they could have written books. Many didn’t publish books but instead chose to write a song that would express what they wanted to say.

You know when you’re watching your favorite movie and it comes to the part where the best song begins? Don’t you get that feeling that only music can bring? Whether you feel happy, sad, excited, or scared, the music just seems to be so powerful that it can cause you to feel a certain way. That’s the power of music. It can tell us a whole story without disclosing a word. The rise of a flute, the fall of a cello, and the clash of a cymbal can express emotions and feelings; some that cannot be said in words.


Are you fond of this quote?

Do you think that music is a way of communication?

What’s a song that moves you unlike any words could?

Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 24th Week

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A few years ago, I wrote an essay for the Farm Bureau contest in my county. The phrase I was to write about was, “Don’t cut corners.” I won the contest and was awarded a $25 Walmart gift card. I was thrilled at the accomplishment and put the certificate in my homeschool portfolio. Writing that essay helped me to remember, years later, that shortcuts usually lead to either calamity or complete disaster.

A building can’t stand without a foundation. A mathematical equation won’t come out right if you skip a step in multiplying the numbers. A wall won’t look nice if you don’t tape the trim before you paint it. These examples tell us that taking a shortcut to make a job faster and easier probably is not the wisest choice. Being diligent in our work is what God tells us to do, whether we’re doing laundry, cooking dinner, at work, or even doing homework.

If we take shortcuts, we most likely won’t do a very good job and will have to do the job over again or take extra time to fix it, causing delays in our work. Shortcuts may sound nice and easy, but can also can direct us to dilemmas. This doesn’t mean that we should purposely take the long ways of doing things. It means that you should do the job right, even if it takes much time, work, and effort, remembering that if no one sees your hard work you can still know that the Lord saw it and smiled to see that you did the job right.


Are you fond of this quote?

What do you think about cutting corners?

Was there ever a time when you took a shortcut and regretted it?


Megan Joy

Starlight Blogger Award

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Hello again! I’m really excited to share the Starlight Blogger Award because it’s just so cool. It is passed between bloggers who wish to inspire others and who are a light to their readers. I actually hadn’t ever heard of this award before Megan, from Invisible World nominated me! She has such an inspiring blog filled with fictional writings and is even about to begin a writing challenge called “Flash Fiction!” Go check out her blog!

So, for this award, the first three questions to answer are passed along with the award, and the last three questions are made up by the nominator. On to the questions!

1) If you could describe or picture your inner soul, how would you describe it?

What a difficult question! This is certainly nothing I’ve ever thought about before. I would say that if I could describe my inner soul, the words I would use would be: old fashioned, kindred spirit, dreaming enthusiast, and just simply me.

2) What are you working on right now?

At the moment, I have a few projects going. I am in the midst of writing a Medieval novel, knitting a scarf, renovating an old chicken coop into a writing space/movie set, creating a homeschool portfolio to sum up my last year of high school, and searching for the perfect summer job. **haha**

3) What is your creative dream project?

One of my creative dream projects is to make an hour-long movie of some sort, and send it to a film contest. Two other dreams of mine are to sew the perfect 1860s ballgown and to publish at least 10 books.

4) What activities or places inspire you?

The activities that inspire me are; writing, walking, reading, playing  musical instrument, people watching, car rides, climbing trees, and baking. The places that inspire me are; windows, parks, forests, big cities, beaches, attics, Europe (never been there yet), and old buildings.

5) If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

If I could go anywhere in the world for free, I think the first place I would go would be Ireland. The second place would be Japan, and the third, South Africa.

6) Has a book/movie ever moved you so deeply that you carry a piece of it with you? (You had an epiphany while read/watching or the theme seemed to encapsulate your life.)

I love this question! The answer is definitely yes! The Anne of Green Gables books and the 1980s movies have seemed to capture my heart from the first time I saw them. I have actually memorized the opening scene of the first movie by heart, which is the reading of Lord Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shallot.” I would recite it now for you but it would take much too long. Also, the Little Women book and 19940 movie will forever dwell in a special place in my heart. Both Anne of Green Gables and Little Women are just the two most wondrous things in my mind! They can make one forget their own troubles for a little while and invest in the character’s, and create an imagery full of everything lovely!

Here are the rules for this award:

1.     Thank the nominator and add a link to their blog in your post.

2.     Answer Caroline’s 3 original questions as well as the three new questions your nominator has given you.

3.     Choose your 6 favorite bloggers and notify them of their nomination! When choosing your nominees, think of “the light emanating from the stars” – the blogger who truly touches your soul with their work, the ones who are a light to you – a true Starlight Blogger.

4) Include the logo of the award in your blog post. Also, never alter the logo photo or change the three original questions.

Starlight Blogger Award 05/30/2015

The Nominees:

Ruffles and Grace

Minnie Muse


Scattered Journal Pages

Lauren’s Notebook

A Farm Girl’s Life

Questions to Answer:

Original Questions

1) If you could describe or picture your inner soul, how would you describe it?

2) What are you working on right now?

3) What is your creative dream project?

My questions for you:

4) If you were designing the perfect house, what would it look like?

5) Would you rather be inspired or be inspiring?

6) What is the most inspirational food to you?


I’d love to here anyone’s answers to these questions in the comments!

Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 23rd Week

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I really like this saying because I enjoy both dancing and music. Taking these words literally, it means that dancers can choose how they’re going to dance to the music they are given. Are they going to join the crowd to fit in, or are they going to stand out by being different? However, this quote isn’t just for dancers; it’s for those who can’t always choose their own music in life. By this, I mean those whose lives aren’t one grand ball – those who can’t always be in control of choosing what comes along with the “life bundle.”

Like the quote says, “we can choose how we dance. . .” This viewpoint opens a new window for us. In each of our lives, we are given opportunities to choose how we “dance.” Are we going to follow along and do what everyone else does or will we do what God wants us to do? As Christians, the answer may seem clear in this case, but when the time arrives to make that decision, it can be difficult. Are we going to laugh at a bad word someone says when we’re with friends just to fit in? Are we going to join the group to see a horror film at the movies just to be not left out?

  • Let’s be the ones who are different!
  • Let’s be the ones who dance like the Princesses (and Princes) of the King!
  • Let’s be the ones who stand out from the rest of the world!

If we don’t, it will be hard for others to see the difference between us and the crowd.

When life plays us a song, we get to choose how we dance to it – and live our lives to it. Will you choose to go with the flow, or sail down your own stream with a smile, ready to explain what makes you so different when asked?

“But sanctify the Lord God in your heart: and be ye ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1st Peter 3:15 KJV

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2 KJV


Are you fond of this quote?

Do you love to dance?

What is something that we could do differently in life that would make us stand out for Him?

Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 22nd Week

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It’s that time of year when things are changing in our lives. For me, a milestone I’ve so dearly waited for has passed. I have celebrated my last year of high school and have graduated into the future. I can’t help but to feel a little sad that those times have gone so quickly. A few of my life goals have been accomplished and I am left to start over and commence filling up new goals.

The quote above is known to belong to Dr. Seuss and is a happy thought to remember when something we have looked forward to is fulfilled. I want to choose to be happy about achieving my goals and not spend my time being gloomy that those times are over. I can be happy that God has filled the last twelve years of my education with so many life experiences, love, and care.

So, if a stage in your life has ended and you must move onto the next, let’s be thankful for what God has given us during that stage, and look to our upcoming stage with a smile; because God won’t let us go on to that stage of life without the tools and knowledge we need. He has loved and protected us in the past and He will do the same in our next steps of life, even if we don’t know where those steps will lead us!

Isaiah 40:31 – “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  KJV


Are you fond of this quote?

Have you just completed a stage in your life and have begun another?

Are you sad that it’s over, happy that it happened, or both?

Megan Joy

Versatile Blogger Award

Hello, all! I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award and can’t wait to nominate some great bloggers!

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I was nominated by the author of Turtledesk, who has a really fun blog filled with art, quotes, projects, and all things creative! Go check it out!

Rules for this award:

  1. Thank your nominator and share a link to their blog.
  2. Share seven fact about yourself that your readers may not know.
  3. Nominate at least 10 other bloggers and inform them about the nomination.

Seven Little-known Facts about Me


  1. love Shirley Temple movies and have nearly completed my DVD collection.
  2. despise mosquitos. They art mine enemy.
  3. love baking cupcakes. have a vintage key collection.
  4. enjoy making goals and the hard work that goes with them.
  5. look a lot like my grandmother did when she was my age.
  6. have won a few archery tournaments (mainly because I just couldn’t be defeated by a boy).

My Nominees:

Scattered Journal Pages

My Vintage Experiment

A Bare Foot Girl

The Farming Daughter

Em Petrie

Tizzie’s Tidbits

Maddy’s Digital Diary

Inside Cup

Dreaming of Guatemala

Once Upon an Ordinary


I tried to nominate those who haven’t already received this award, but if you have, you can always do it again if you wish! Have a wonderful week!


Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 21st Week

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Thomas Paine (1736 – 1809) was an American patriot and author of Common Sense, an important document that sparked changes in the American Revolution. This quote happens to come from Paine’s 1777 book, “The Crisis.” It is followed by, “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; ’tis dearness only that gives everything its value.”

Now Paine was, in this quote, referring to the American Revolution as his conflict, but for us, our conflicts may be dealing with sickness, job troubles, family matters, school problems, or a number of other things.

Hard times are pretty unavoidable in this world. All of us are going to run into some sort of conflict at some point in our lives, and people are watching to see how we handle them. We can’t choose which conflict, how long the conflict, when the conflict, or how many conflicts will happen. What we can do is choose how we react to them, and once those conflicts are overcome, they turn into victories.

We can’t triumph unless we have something to overcome and these conflicts are our chance to learn, to grow, and to share it with others. It’s a chance to tackle a struggle and accomplish something in exchange!


Are you fond of this quote?

Have you ever read Common Sense or The Crisis?

What is your conflict?

What is your triumph?


Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 20th Week

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What? Another Willy Wonka reference?! Sorry, but this quote is just too special to leave in the corner. Plus, it’s just plain good advice!


Time: that thing that is measured with a round disk on the wall – or that glowing box on the nightstand.

Time: that thing we wish to pass when in waiting, or grasp at on a busy day.

Time: that thing displayed on so many glaring screens, but yet so often lost to those same screens.

Time is a valuable thing. We can use it, but we can also lose it to things like computers, phones, and televisions. I am extremely grateful for all of these things, but I can truthfully say I have wasted a lot of valuable time to them. Of course, as a blogger and writer, much of my time is spent typing away at the keyboard, so how can I find the happy medium of spending my time wisely?

This year, I plan to use my time by looking at the past week and asking myself – “Did you accomplish enough last week?” If the answer is no, I strive to do more and add an extra goal to my schedule. So far, this system has been working well and it might for you, too! Try it out and tell me how it works for you!


Are you fond of this quote?

Do you like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?

Have any tips for spending time wisely?


Megan Joy

Hints of Pink // Sunday Bests

First, I’d like to say Happy Mother’s Day to my mom! I love you!

Here’s another Sunday Bests on this beautiful day!

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The hints of pink are my favorite things about this outfit!

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Lost in a jungle (not).

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dress // kohls

shoes // payless

headband // icing


How was your Mother’s Day?

Do you like wearing hints of pink?

Megan Joy