Monday, January 6, 2014

Fly Me To the Moon {living radiantly, adventurously}

| Today's music playlist:
Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Frankie Lymon, The Teenagers
Fly Me to the Moon
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Best Day of My Life - American Authors
I See Fire - Peter Hollens' version |
So I never got around to doing that traditional 'end of the year' post. Oh well. I was camping and trying to finish up The Rebels of Florida. (and yes - it's finally, finalllllyyyy done!) I'm sure you all can forgive me.
But seriously.
This year is gonna be beyond fabulous, folks. Just sayin'. I sense huge things are going to happen this year. I thirst for adventure and somehow I feel that 2014 will be immersed in it.
Because, truth is, every year is an adventure in its own way. You don't have to go skydiving or travel the world to live adventurously.

This year, I'm striving to live radiantly, diving into adventure when it knocks at the door, embracing change and always on my toes. Never stagnating, never letting the grass grow under my feet.
Most of all, I want my being to overflow with the love of Christ. I want my eyes to sparkle with His joy and peace.
I want to be radiant.
I want to live in the moment, drink in the little details and notice every blessing, no matter how small it is. I want to remember how much God has done for me, and be in constant gratitude.
I want to be the kind of person who you see and think, "whoa, she's totally in love with the Savior."
Each new year we think of things we want to aspire towards, or accomplish. For most of my teen years I've made goals to accomplish things in the new year.
Things. Just marking stuff off a list.
Well maybe it's time for a change-up.
Yeah, I still have stuff I want to finish. I still have goals. Lists. But perhaps the most important things can't be marked off, they don't fit into a little box which you can cross out with ink.
Maybe the most important things aren't things at all. 
But, what about character qualities? Now we're getting somewhere! What if instead of long to-do lists I just aspired to be a different sort of person, a better sort of person?
What if I aspired to be more like Christ?
I don't know about you, but that sounds like a good plan to me. So that's what I'm going to do. 2014 will be amazing. And whatever happens, I know who's in charge. I know who I am, in Him. And I want the world to see what they're missing without Christ in their lives.
Okay, so another thing I've been musing. I want to write stuff down. Like, yeah I'm already a writer. I obviously am going to continue creating stories, and strange, tortured characters. That's not what I mean here. No, what I'm talking about is journaling. Describing little moments and blessings day to day. Even if it's just a few paragraphs, a few words.
Today for example, I'm drinking in everything. All the beautiful aromas, delicious tastes, and pleasant memories. Today I'm savoring...
| Buying French gifts for a French-loving friend. |
| A spritz of perfume from a little shop Mom and I went to in Micanopy. |
| A chilly, overcast January day, spent in a charming little town with my mommy. |
| The taste of an organic mocha and German chocolate brownie on your tongue. |
| Dancing around to 50's music. |
| Visiting the library. Nuff' said. |
| Getting a new Spanish book from the library. Me gusta! |
| Listening to your brothers' laughter/unintentional sound effects |
| Chances to explore and do new things. |
| Being weird. |
| Laughing. |
| Smiles. |
| Knowing that even tomboys like me can be feminine and hopeless romantics.|
So there's my little New Years' post. Random as usual, but how is that new? 
Y estoy frio. The temperature is dropping quickly...whoooo! I love least, when we finally get to have a wintry moment here. For real, the rest of the country is getting warnings to stay inside so they won't freeze to death, and here we are running around outside and having a ball.
Esta bueno. Life is good.
Anyway! Adios queridas! Tell me what's new with you now, okay?


  1. Congrats! on finishing your book. That's a huge accomplishment and a great way to start of the new year.

  2. *cracks up and agrees WHOLEHEARTEDLY about the weather*

    Happy new year! BIG CONGRATULATIONS for finishing the book! :) Almost done editing mine...eep!