Saturday, September 1, 2018

My College Bookshelf

Well, I have officially made it through my first week of college classes! Overall, I would say things have been going quite well, and I'm so grateful for this exciting new experience. My classes haven't been too intense (yet, that is; I'm sure that will change pretty soon!), my roommates are all very nice, the campus is beautiful and quaint, and I've already made a few sweet friends and had some fun adventures. Of course, I do miss home and my family terribly, but I'm so glad that my college is close enough to make weekend trips back home possible! In fact, I'm writing this from home right now, as I came back for Labor Day weekend. :)

Now, let's get onto the real purpose of this post! So, I remember last year my sweet friend Abby did a post about the books she brought with her to college (you can find it here). I loved the idea so much that I wanted to share what's on my college bookshelf! Deciding which books to bring with me was not an easy task, as you can imagine, but I'm quite happy with what I chose to bring along with me. Having some of my favorite stories in my dorm bedroom definitely makes it feel more like home. :)

  • Of course, I absolutely had to bring some Jane Austen with me! I limited myself and only brought the ones that I thought I might want to reread in the near future: Pride and Prejudice and Emma, which also happen to be my favorite JA novels. <3
  • Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge. I really love this book and brought it along with me just in case I ever have time to reread it!
  • Love Your God With All Your Mind by J.P. Morland. This was a graduation gift from my church's worship pastor. I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but I hope to do so soon! It's all about knowing why we believe what we believe as Christians.
  • Classic Colouring: Jane Austen. I'm glad I have my Jane Austen coloring book on hand for whenever I want to feel semi-productive while watching a movie or show in my free-time (if there is such a thing in college)! ;)
  • A Hobbit Devotional. I thoroughly enjoyed this devotional, and I highly recommend it to fans of Tolkien! The author relates stories from The Hobbit to Scripture in amazing ways; I got so much out of this book.
  • A Jane Austen Devotional. Again, I adore this devotional and can't recommend it enough. It is so well-done, and I've learned so much from it. To quote Kathleen Kelly from You've Got Mail, "Read it! I know you'll love it."
  • The Jane Austen Handbook. As I'm writing this, I'm realizing that about 80% of my college bookshelf is comprised of Jane Austen's novels and things inspired by her works! But what can I say? She really is my favorite author. :) Anywho, I brought this along because it's such a fun "handbook" to Regency-era life! It features such cute illustrations, too.
  • The Anne of Green Gables series. At first, I planned on only taking a few of the Anne books. But a few days before I left, I decided I just couldn't leave this beloved series behind! Even though I know I won't be reading all of these while at college (as much as I wish I could!), it's so nice to have them sitting on my shelf for whenever I want to gaze at the gorgeous covers and flip through the pages.
  • Emily of New Moon and Emily Climbs. I've already read the first book in this trio, but I still need to read the last two! Maybe between my schoolwork, I can find the time to read Emily Climbs. While I can't say I like these books as much as AoGG, I still want to give them a chance.
  • Belle's Library. This is a cute book, designed as if it's Belle from Beauty and the Beast's literary journal. I love the cute watercolor doodles that are on each page.
  • The Art of Tangled. This is such a beautiful book that I received a couple of Christmases ago! It's filled with concept art from my favorite Disney film, Tangled.
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This is a new addition, as I just purchased it yesterday! I watched the new Netflix film a few days ago, and loved it so much that I just had to read the book as soon as possible! So far, I am very much enjoying it. :)

Well, it's rather late, so I will wrap up this post here. I hope you've enjoyed it!

If you're in college, what's on your bookshelf?
If you're not, what books would you choose to take with you?


P.S. Would you be interested in a post in which I share pictures of my dorm decor? Do let me know in the comments! <3

Sunday, August 19, 2018

summer 2018.

This summer, as a whole, has been one of my absolute favorites. It's been a summer of trying new things and stepping outside of my comfort zone time and again. It's been a summer of new friendships and inside jokes, loud laughter and huge smiles. It's been a summer of growing both as a person and in my walk with the Lord. I feel like this summer has taught me to say "yes" to new things that I might have shied away from before. It's taught me to be more adventurous, carefree, and easygoing.

Of course, this summer vacation hasn't been perfect. There have been challenges and disappointments, losses and heartaches. But still, when I reflect back on these past three months, I must say that I haven't known a summer this good in quite a while. ;)

A photo I took the other day of Bodie Lighthouse on Hatteras Island, Outer Banks, NC.

Summer 2018, you were wonderful, and I'm so sorry to see you go. But I'm so excited for this brand new college adventure that starts tomorrow (!!!).

Once I get into the swing of things, I'd like to try and blog consistently while I'm away at school. But until then, you can keep up with me over on Instagram (click here, or find me at @mollyrebekah_).

Well, it's late, and I have to get up bright and early tomorrow in order to move into my dorm, so I'll keep this post short and sweet and end here.

Much love,
Molly <3

Sunday, July 22, 2018

It's Okay to Not Know

If there's one thing I've been learning throughout this whole process of preparing for college this fall, it's that it's okay to not know. It's okay to not have everything figured out, to not have it all together.

As someone who likes to have everything planned out and know what I'm getting myself into, this has been such a challenging thing for me to learn. So how does this tie in with my college prepping for this fall? Well, deciding what to major in has been a bit of a struggle for me (as I'm sure you know by now, if you've read my other posts!). I've been putting all of this unnecessary pressure on myself to figure out right now what I want to study. Sometimes, I'll feel confident about what I plan to major in, but give it a few days, and that assurance will waver, leaving me stressed and scrambling to find the degree that seems right for me.

Because the truth is, I don't know what I want to do yet. And as much as my perfectionist-self dislikes the idea, that's 100% okay! I'm only starting my first semester of college, taking your average Gen-Ed classes, so of course it's totally unnecessary to stress out and overthink about what I'm going to major in. Because truly, I do have plenty of time to decide.

So the moral of the story is this: even though we, as imperfect humans, might not know what to do most of the time, God always, always does, and I find that far more comforting! We don't have to figure everything out on our own; in fact, we can't figure everything out on our own. But we can take heart in the truth that God has every tiny detail of our life figured out, and He'll reveal His wonderful plans for us in His perfect timing.

By no means have I mastered all this. I'm still taking baby steps as God is teaching me to let go of the feeling that I need to have it all together, and instead just trust in Him. Trust and believe that He knows all things, and that I don't need to worry so much about what I'm going to do four years from now when I graduate college. Because He's going to be with me every step of the way, leading me and guiding me!

Here are a few verses that I'm going to try to keep in mind in order to help me with this. Maybe you could use them, too! :)

"We do not know what to do, but our eyes are fixed on you." - 1 Chronicles 20:12 ESV

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6

"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." Proverbs 16:9

The Bible always says it best, doesn't it? :)

Much love,
Molly <3

P.S. I move away to college in just 29 days, y'all--29 days! How crazy and scary and exciting is that? (Okay, I'm only moving about 40 minutes away or so, but still.) I'm really looking forward to this new journey ahead of me, and in the meantime, I'm going to try to soak up and embrace every precious moment at home before I leave. :)

P.P.S. I'm almost done reading The Return of the King, and oh my goodness, I just read the chapter in which Eowyn and Faramir meet and fall in love. GAH, they are just so sweet and perfect together. I think Faramir would have to be one of absolute favorite LotR characters, along with Eowyn. They're both absolutely amazing characters. (Okay, enough rambling about this topic for now; I'm sure I'll be doing a post about the series once I finish it, and I can share all my thoughts about it with you then!)