Jul 31, 2015

How to Write For Yourself

Hello bffs! It's been a while since I posted last and I'm so sorry, but I've been getting quite lazy since I changed my name, but that's ok. I'm still figuring things out.

Today I'm going to teach YOU how to write for yourself! I'm not talking about blogging for an audience or writing a paper, I'm focusing more on journaling and keeping up with your life. So here are some whys and hows for writing in a diary or journal.

DO IT YOUR WAY
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If you are a neat person and need a theme for all of your pages, then make one! If you are a mess and just need a spot to rant every once in a while, then use your book as an outlet! Don't do it one way or another because you saw it on Pinterest and thought it would be the best way. It's ultimately your own space and you get to decide how to run it. Using your own method will also make it more likely for you to want to continue. Be original :)

YOLO

What always kept me from consistently writing was not having things to write about. I was scared that my sister would find read my journal and use it as black mail or something. But you know what I decided this time around? YOLO! Who cares if she reads it! I'm not going to lay it on her pillow every night but so what if I write about my life? I will write what I want and pretend to myself that nobody will ever read it.

DON'T FORCE YOURSELF
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 When I was about 10 years old I told myself I would write every single day. It got to the point where I'd scrawl out "HI IT'S 9:33 PM AND I HAVE NOTHING TO WRITE ABOUT HAHAHA HEY GUESS WHAT I HEAR DADDY COMING UP THE STAIRS NOW WHAT DO I WRITE" and that got me absolutely no where in life. So if you really, honest and truly have nothing to write about (which shouldn't happen that often, be creative !!) then skip it. Carefully though, because not writing is a very bad habit.

BE HONEST, KIND, THANKFUL
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Don't hate on yourself. Compliment yourself and count your blessings.

And lastly, here are some tips to add just a little spunk to your journal!
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Hopefully this inspired you even if just for the teensiest second. Have a spectacular week!
-Bree, the girl without shame



Jul 25, 2015

time for a new look!

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Hi guys! It's me, Brenna the Bad Blogger. If you haven't noticed, I've just began a new construction process and so I guess I'm not really a bad blogger anymore. I'm a girl without shame :)

The story behind my new title is really simple.
I've been teaching myself how to be myself around everyone, and not change to look better for certain people. Especially now that I am entering high school, I think it is an important thing to learn. 
Hopefully you are ok with the change, and won't forget that I'm still the same Brenna that was here 20 minutes ago when I changed the URL 

Also, if anyone has skills in the graphic design department and would like to design my blog for me (since I don't know anything about that stuff), then I would LOOOVE to pay you in multitudes of shout outs and buttons in my side bar. I'm specifically looking for a header and a new button. And anything else if you are up to it hahaha! 

Thank you to my followers for reading what I write, and I try to improve everyday, just for you!
Live without shame today 
-Breeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Jul 21, 2015

being ok with the granny i am




  • i'm constantly wearing sweaters
  • indoor plants are my favorite!
  • very rarely do i find myself loving younger actors
  • or teenager tv shows
  • snail mail is the best kind
  • i am a little obsessed with flowery patterns
  • i guess i'm a little more traditional than most kids my age
  • i'm not opposed to older music
  • crocheting is fun!
And I am ok with that! All of this goes to say that you should be okay with being a granny too! As a young person I've been trying to figure out my style lately (just check out my Pinterest boards) and being able to wear the clothes that I like is kind of hard. I don't want to wear crop tops and booty shorts, or listen to the newest 1D or Wiz Khalifa song...or whatever those YOUTHS are doing these days!

ahhh i just love leslie.
Keep in mind everyone, being different is great fun (most of the time). You will find other people like you that will make you really excited to not be alone, and to have someone to watch I Love Lucy with! Being excited about stuff with other people is one of the best free experiences you can get.

Thank you for reading my tiny rant/shot of inspirations. Hopefully you guys take this to heart. 
It's okay to be different
Have a fantastic day. 
Looooove, Bree

>>p.s. if you are interested in guest posting or helping me design my blog, please email me at princessbeemo@gmail.com <<

Jul 19, 2015

2 in 1: Book Review Edition

A few days ago I finished two books! One of my best friends recommended (and forced) these books for me to read and so I did!

 


I thought to myself, why can't I write two posts when I can just combine them into one?


So here are brief summaries and my opinions for each of the books.

+++First of all, Nantucket Blue is definitely an older teen book, about the struggles and romances of a 17/18 year old girl, Cricket Thompson, who follows her best friend Jules to the island of Nantucket for the summer.  There are a few heart throbs of the male variety included *wink wink* 

It's for a more mature audience, and I wish my friend warned me before I read it. It's not too bad, I just wish I knew what I was getting into, if you know what I mean. 

Other than that stuff, it was a very compelling read with lots of twists, turns and emotions. The characters were very relatable as well. If you're cool with teen romance novels, then you would most definitely love it.  I'm not really that kind of girl, but it was still a pretty good book. Not tooooo cheesey ;) (((Sorry Rowan and Phoebe!))) 

There is a sequel to it, called Nantucket Red. I would read it if someone gave it to me, but I don't really feel like I need to read it right this very minute, and that may simply be because of the romantic side of it. +++


+++The Maze Runner was more my speed. Adventure and logical thinking. Granted, it is post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction instead of twenty first century romance, so I guess that explains my liking for it. None of that kissy kissy fluff!

 Unfortunately I saw the movie a couple of months ago so I sort of knew what was going on, but the book was different, in a much better way. 

The main character, Thomas, finds himself in a box that has only one exit, to a place called the Glade, filled with smart teenage boys. They all live their together next to an ominous maze that is chock-full of BIG SCARY MAN EATING ROBOT SPIDERS! RAWWR! All of the boys have come from the Box, one every month and all they remember is their name. Thomas is a little different than the rest of the boys, and strange things begin to happen soon after he arrives, and he plays a major role in changing all of their lives.
"I go on many thrilling adventures and wonderful escapades through books"

It is also quite a page turner, and I really enjoyed watching the characters grow brotherly bonds, and building rivalries too. I plan on reading the rest of the series as well!+++

I liked both of the books, however in all honesty, Maze Runner was much more my style and I would recommend it to more people. Now go read some books!

This is basically my summer right now...I'm a princess I guess

Have you read either of these? What is your favorite book genre? Let me know in the comments!


Jul 14, 2015

Best Trail Mix EVER





I, Brenna, love trail mix. I can eat it at night or in the day, for lunch or breakfast or elevensies. 
But one of my least favorite things is when I buy a bag and only like the m&ms and peanuts! That is wrong! So below I have made a list of things that should be in a trail mix. 
  • banana chips
  • almonds
  • large sunflower seeds
  • m&ms 
  • cashews
  • dried coconut chunks
  • peanut butter & dark chocolate chips
  • dried mango
  • yogurt chips
  • cheerios
  • peanuts
  • dried pumpkin seeds
  • dried cherries/craisins (NOT RAISINS)
  • goldfish
  • pretzels
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Being able to balance crunchy, chewy, salty, sweet, sugary and protein-packed is an ART! So mix these carefully and maybe one day you can become a master mixer like myself. Also, be reckless in combining these finger foods and discover strangely creative flavor combinations. 

Most importantly, enjoy the trail you are traveling that accompanies your snack.

What is the most important ingredient in your trail mix?

Jul 12, 2015

The Ichthus Experience


Wednesday morning I got up at 6:30, grabbed my bags and headed to church to have a short Bible study, then drove to Lexington, KY for the Creation Ichthus Music Festival. Little did I know how much fun I was going to have and how much I was going to grow.

Day 1
Day 4
On the first day, my group got there around 10, after talking to the most random people and getting lost several times. I didn't really know the people I was with because I only moved to the church a couple of months ago, so making new friends was really good for me.

If you've ever been to a camp of any sort, you know it's pretty common to connect with people extremely fast and be able to mess around and still get to know each other through deep conversations. I really enjoyed being able to do that.
Newsboys Concert


The concerts were crazy! I saw a whole range of artists from rap, to indy, from heavy metal to contemporary pop and hymns. I loved all of it, and got 2 albums. My favorites were a band called Author and a singer/songwriter named Abe Parker.




I also got a whole bunch of free stuff, but aside from that I bought 2 t-shirts that I love and really want to show you!



On the second and third days it rained really hard and since the festival was held in a horse park, everyone got muddy and gross and smelled of something quite similar to animal poo.
I had to give up my poor green flip flops which did me no good anyway, and battled the rain head on.
Everyone was stationed at a canopy pole in our camp ground during the storm so we wouldn't blow away. I secretly enjoyed the rain because it was cold like back home, instead of hot and disgusting.

God's promise after the storm :)
Saturday was a gorgeous last day. We played Frisbee with strangers and tied dental floss to the legs of one of thousands of June bugs. I couldn't believe that it was already over, and how much I had learned about God through talking to others and hearing music.
A henna tattoo I got for free (before it dried and peeled)

 :) I'm sorry to bore you all to death, so I'll wrap it up. Thank you for reading and hopefully you all have had a blast this week too!
Have you ever been to a music festival?

Jul 3, 2015

Top Summer Picks



In this warmer weather, everything is cuter. I don't know why, but the world looks a little more kawaii in the summer. Also, I have been spending quite a bit of time on Pinterest, and I wanted to share some of my favorite summery things with all of you!


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Dessert: My favorite summer time treat is a delicious bowl of affogoto. It's a scoop of vanilla ice cream and two shots of espresso, perfect for a small after dinner dessert. Starbucks doesn't serve them, but you can make it at home with just coffee and ice cream, and some independent shops sell them too. THEY ARE HEAVENLY

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Nails: My family is taking in 2 interns this summer and one of them really enjoys painting nails, so she did these comic book nails for me last night, which I really love. We kind of modified them, by using red gel polish, then outlining the nails with a sharpie and adding the white streaks. These are super cute!

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Accessory: A couple years ago my wonderful mommy bought me an owl watch for Christmas I believe, and it has come back into Brenna's wardrobe for the summer. The mint green watch goes with a lot more outfits than I expected, so this is my favorite accessory right now!

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Print: Right now I am obsessed with pineapples! I don't have a single piece of clothing with any pineapple on it at all which makes me very sad, so instead I adorn my Pinterest boards with them. Also I recently dyed my hair a little lighter and one of my friends told me I have pineapple hair :)

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Book: My mom just introduced me to the Francine Rivers books. I unfortunately can't remember the name of the series, but these book are spectacularly written, based off women of the Bible who barely got a sentence about them. They are really interesting and if you are a Christian woman, or interested in different cultures, I definitely recommend these! It opened my eyes to the Old Testament. 


Do you think I missed something really important? What are you summer favorites, or your favorite out of these?
Let me know by commenting, tell me what you think!
Have fun this summer and be safe~
Bree