Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Rather Random Post, Indeed

Hello, dear readers! My family and I are taking a little "staycation" this week from school and work, just doing different things in our area, and since I have some extra time on my hands I thought I would do a random "life lately" post. :)

That's me in Colonial Williamsburg last summer, snapping a picture of my sisters. :) I decided to use this as my new profile pic!
This past Saturday, I went to a Newsboys United concert in North Carolina with my parents, siblings, and a few other family members. (If you're familiar with contemporary Christian music, then you've likely heard of this group. If you haven't, you need to check them out!) The concert was absolutely amazing!!! Such a wonderful, wonderful night singing joyful praise to the Lord. The current members of the Newboys were there, of course, but for this particular tour, two of the band's original members from the 80s and 90s, Peter Furler and Phil Joel, performed some of the band's older hits as well. It was incredible, and definitely a night that I won't soon forget! 

Zealand Worship, a band that I hadn't heard of before this, opened for the Newsboys, and I LOVED their performance so much!! The lead singer is actually Phil Joel, the aforementioned former member of the Newsboys. I've been listening to their music pretty much non-stop for the past couple of days, and they've quickly become one of my favorite groups, right up there with Rend Collective. I definitely recommend Zealand's music! <3

There has been yet another new development in my college plans! What a surprise, right? ;P As I mentioned on here before, I had been seriously considering pursuing a degree in history. But the more I thought about, I realized that what I really wanted to study in college was something that involved my passion for art and creativity. So a couple of weeks ago, I came across a brand new program offered online through the college I'm currently enrolled in: a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Arts. As I read through the course descriptions, I was so excited, thinking to myself, "This is exactly what I've been looking for! This is what I need to do." God led me to discover this program at just the right time, when I had been kind of stressed and worried (unnecessarily) about my college plans. With classes like Drawing, Painting, Digital Photography, and Digital Illustration, I'm really looking forward to starting my freshman year of college this fall! 

While I have thought in the past that turning my hobby into a job would make it less enjoyable, I've come to the realization that I truly do want to do something where I can put my passion for creativity to use. And while I won't be able to stay on-campus for this program like I had been planning, I think I'll be alright. I mean, at least I'll be saving thousands of dollars on room and board! ;)

After about three years or so of using Instagram off and on, I have decided once and for all to say goodbye to this social media platform. While I did enjoy using Instagram for keeping up with people and sharing my artwork, photos, and bookish ramblings, the cons far outweighed the pros of using this app. (I actually wrote down a list of pros and cons for using Instagram, and had only 5 positive aspects, with 9 negative ones!)

The biggest reason why I decided to delete my Instagram account was because it became such a huge distraction for me. It took up far too much of my time, and I hated how after I posted something, I would find myself almost obsessively checking my phone to see if anyone had liked or commented on my photo. Even the positive aspect of being able to share my artwork had a negative side, because it could quickly become self-centered.

I also disliked how easily I could fall into the comparison trap by using Instagram. By looking at other people's lives as they appear on social media, I could start feeling like my own life and talents were inadequate. I was just tired of putting too much value and emphasis on my online presentation of myself, and of "living" through Instagram rather than embracing this beautiful life that I've been given.

While I do think that social media can be used for good, I don't believe Instagram was a healthy thing for me personally. And now that I've deleted my account, I already feel freer because I have one less thing vying for my attention!

I am almost done rereading Persuasion for a scholarship being offered through the the Jane Austen Society of North America (the essay prompt is about that particular novel, which is right up my alley!). I don't think I'll ever tire of Austen's beautiful, witty writing. <3

After this, I'm planning to finally start reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy! I've read The Hobbit twice and I love it, but for some reason I have yet to read the actual series. All that is about to change, however, because I plan to start The Fellowship of the Ring as soon as I finish up Persuasion. I've got the whole trilogy borrowed from the library on my Kindle, ready to go! ;)

Well, I think that's about it for this rather random post. Now I'm off to go catch up on reading some blog posts! (Does anyone else feel bad when you write a post but haven't read or commented on anyone else's recent posts? Or is that just me?)

Have a wonderful day!
Much love, 

P.S. If you're curious, the photos in this post were taken at Colonial Williamsburg and Luray, Virginia, aka two of my favorite places! :)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Little Women Week Wrap-Up

I'd like to start out this post by just saying thank you to everyone who participated in the Little Women Blog Party that Abby and I hosted this past week! Whether it was by reading the posts, leaving a sweet comment, or answering the questions to the tag, it truly made this little blog party all the more enjoyable to have you following along. This was actually my very first blog event that I had ever hosted or co-hosted, and I had a ton of fun doing so. <3

So for this post, I just wanted to do a quick round-up of all the posts from the Little Women Blog Party! (Hopefully I haven't missed any; if so, just comment below with a link to your post!)

My Posts:

Reflections on "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women Blog Party Tag - My Answers

Abby's Posts:

March Week: A New Little Women
If You Liked Little Women...
The Question of Beth
A Little Women Tag: My Responses

Tag Posts:

Livia Rachelle's Answers
Elanor's Answers
Cordy's Answers
MovieCritic's Answers
Hamlette's Answers 

Again, thanks so much for following along for Little Women week! I really hope you enjoyed celebrating this beloved American classic with Abby and me. :)

Have a wonderful week!
Molly <3

Friday, March 30, 2018

Little Women Blog Party Tag - My Answers

Happy Friday, everyone! I meant to have my answers to the Little Women Blog Party tag up sooner than this, but until now it's been hard for me to find time to get around to it. But the week isn't over yet, so it's all good!

Anywho, I'll quit rambling now and get into my answers. :D

1.) Is there anything from the book that you wish were in the movie?

Maybe the scene where the girls go to the picnic with Laurie and his friends from Europe? I think that's a fun part in the book.

I also really agree with Elanor's answer to this question: more Amy and Laurie would have been nice! While their relationship kind of seemed like an afterthought even in the novel, in the 1994 film it felt even more like they had just been suddenly thrown together.

2.) If you could change one point of the plot, which would it be?

Now, I must be honest here! Throw tomatoes at me if you will, but I'm still kind of torn over Jo and Laurie not ending up together. I mean, I can see how Jo and Professor Bhaer make a sweet couple, and Laurie, if I remember correctly, wasn't exactly at his best when he proposed, but still. All throughout the first half of the story I thought Jo and Laurie would make such a sweet couple, and I must say that I wouldn't at all have minded if a few years after his first proposal, when he and Jo had grown and matured a bit, Laurie had asked her to marry him again. I'm just not 100% sold on Laurie ending up with Amy, and Jo with Professor Bhaer.

*ducks to avoid all the tomatoes that are surely being thrown at me by now* ;P

3.) In Chapter 13, the March sisters and Laurie talk about “Castles in the Air”, basically their unrealistic but lovely hopes and dreams. What is your castle in the air?

Hmm... I would absolutely love to someday be an illustrator and stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. That would be a dream. <3

4.) What would you most like to see in a new adaptation of Little Women, whether in book or film?

Any specific actors, setting, or time period changes?

For a new film adaptation, closer accuracy to the book would be great! And as to a new book adaptation, I wouldn't mind reading a modern-day story inspired by Little Women--that is, as long as it's well-written and does justice to the original novel!

5.) What is your favorite dress from the movie?

I think Meg's blue afternoon dress is beautiful.

6.) Which March sister(s) do you relate to most?

I'd have to say that I relate to Meg the most. We're both the oldest of four siblings, and can tend to mother-hen them at times. And like Meg, I can also fall into the habit of comparing myself to others and caring a little too much about what others think of me (something I am definitely trying to work on!).

7.) Do you have a favorite film adaptation of Little Women?

The only version I've seen so far is the 1994 version, so I guess that is my answer by default! And I do really like that adaptation, even if I do think certain aspects of it could be better. Overall, I feel like it does quite a good job at bringing the story to life, and for the most part, the characters are all cast very well!

8.) What is your favorite quote from Little Women? (Movie quotes count!)

I already shared one of my very favorites in this post, but another quote that I love is "Life and love are very precious when both are in full bloom." I also really like this one from Amy: "I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship."

Another quote that I think is just so funny is this one: "Jo's nineteen hair-pins all seemed stuck straight into her head, which was not exactly comfortable; but, dear me, let us be elegant or die!" ;P

I actually illustrated this quote for my Etsy shop! A customer purchased it recently to use in her daughter's nursery, which I think is just so awesome. Hooray for introducing classic literature to kids early on! :D

9.) Do you have a favorite scene from Little Women?

I think the beginning of the book is lovely in all its Christmas coziness. I also really love the ball scene shortly thereafter, where Jo first meets Laurie and they display their very impressive dancing skills. ;P

10.) Aside from the March sisters, who is your favorite character from the story?

I really love Marmee/Mrs. March. She's just a wonderful character, and such a kind, encouraging mother to Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Laurie is a delight, too! He's such a goofball, and I love his and Jo's sweet friendship. :)

Welp, there are my answers! I hope you enjoyed reading them. And thank you so much to everyone who has done this tag already! I've loved reading your posts, and if you haven't had a chance to do this tag yourself yet, it isn't too late. You can find all the questions in one place here, and once you finish your post, just be sure to leave a comment with a link to it so that Abby and I can do an end-of-the-week link-up. :D

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend, celebrating the resurrection of our incredible Savior!

Much love,