Tuesday, February 6, 2018

"There's such a lot of different Annes in me."

Alright, so this is likely going to be a very rambly post, but I just really want to put these thoughts into words! :)

"There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting." - Anne of Green Gables

Ever since I first read Anne of Green Gables, this quote has really resonated with me, but even more so now as I try to figure out what I want to study in college. As I've mentioned on here a few times before, I've gone back and forth loads of times about what I plan to major in. I just have so many different interests, and it's been pretty difficult to choose which of them I want to pursue!

I've mostly been torn between English, history, and animation. And for a while there, I was seriously considering the third option. I mean, I love drawing, so I tried to convince myself that I would enjoy animation. I tried telling myself that I would like it and that I should study something involving art because that's what I love doing in my free time.

But in the back of my mind, I think I knew all along that animation is not for me. I've tried to make myself enjoy digital art, but I'm just not really into it; I much prefer drawing with a pencil and paper! I really don't want to spend tons of time staring at a computer screen, trying to make art move. Because honestly, I have no desire to animate things, so why in the world would I want to spend four years studying it?!

I just don't! When I came to the realization that I seriously do not want to pursue animation and that I don't have to, I just felt so relieved, like a weight had been lifted off of me. I had been trying to make myself like something that I'm just really not interested in, and as would be expected, it didn't work! So I am officially scratching animation off of my options list; I am not going to consider it any longer. It just isn't me, and I honestly don't think it's what I'm meant to do.

It feels so good to say that!

You see, art is something that I love doing as a hobby, for my own enjoyment. And I want to keep it that way! The thought of turning it into work just isn't appealing to me.

So, what major am I considering now? History, actually, maybe with a minor in English, and I'm pretty excited by the prospect! It just seems way more up my alley, as I love history, and some of the things I could do with this degree include museums and historical preservation (my first thought was Colonial Williamsburg, haha!). I could also pursue this degree through online classes, which I am seriously looking into! While they're still expensive, they cost quite a bit less than staying on-campus would. I also like the fact that they would allow for a little more flexibility and freedom than studying on-campus would. (I think homeschooling has spoiled me a bit in that respect! ;P) 

I'm already feeling so much more confident and excited about this decision, which I think is a good sign!

Above all, I just want to do what God has called me to do, and I'm going to keep praying about what His will is for me with all this! It truly is such a comfort to know that even if I can't quite see it yet, He does indeed have a perfect, wonderful plan for my life, one that is far greater than anything I could ever imagine. I can trust Him wholly and completely with every aspect of my life. As Proverbs 3:5-6 says, 

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.

I know this post was very rambly (and likely boring, too!), so if you made it to here, thank you so much for reading this! I don't know if this post really had much of a point, but I find that it helps sometimes to put my muddled up thoughts into words. I've been thinking about all this for a while, and I already feel much better after writing it out!

Anyways, I shall put an end to this little life update here. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!


"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" - Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, January 28, 2018

A Few of My Favorite Soundtracks for Studying + Creativity

Whenever I'm studying or drawing, there's a pretty good chance that I've got earbuds in and I'm listening to a soundtrack of some sort! I find instrumental music, especially movie scores, so relaxing, and they really help me focus on whatever I'm working on (which can be hard to accomplish, since my house is preeetty loud most of the time, haha).

So after reading Elanor's post from a few weeks back about her some of her favorite film scores, I felt inspired to put together a similar post of my own! A few of the soundtracks on here I already mentioned in my last post, but I'm going to include them on this list again anyways, as it simply wouldn't be complete without them.

So, let's go ahead and get into it. :)

Star Wars Music

I haven't really mentioned it much on here for some reason, but my family and I are all big fans of Star Wars! They're such fun movies, and I've practically grown up watching them. 
I've been in a Star Wars-y mood pretty much ever since we went and saw The Last Jedi in theaters, so naturally I've been listening to the music from the series on repeat lately! I put together the above playlist with all of my favorite songs from the movies so I could have them in one place. My top favorites would have to be "Rey's Theme" (this song is soo beautiful!), "Across the Stars" (again, I LOVE this one), "Yoda's Theme," "Jyn Erso & Hope Suite," and "Princess Leia's Theme." :)
Cinderella 2015

This movie is just beautiful, and its soundtrack is no different! I don't listen to it as much as I used to, because when the movie first came out I listened to it like crazy and kind of ran it into the ground for a while, but whenever I do turn it on I'm reminded of how gorgeous this soundtrack is! Some of my favorites are "A Golden Childhood," "You Shall Go," "Who Is She?", "La Valse De L'Amour," and "Courage and Kindness."
Instrumental Disney Music
There are so many pretty instrumental Disney songs, so I made this playlist with all of my favorites on it! 
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Little Women 
This is such a lovely album! Many of the songs sound quite similar, but they're all so pretty in their own way. My favorite song from this soundtrack would have to be "Spring."

I just love this soundtrack. It's full of so many gorgeous songs that are perfect for when you're studying or working on a project!

Ahh, this soundtrack! Just like the other albums I've mentioned, this film score is so very beautiful, my favorites being the theme song, "Knightley's Walk," and "The Last Dance."

I haven't listened to this one in a while, but whenever I do I always enjoy it! It's made up of such pretty, relaxing songs that are perfect for some nice background music. :)

Do you enjoy listening to film scores?
If so, what are some of your favorites?

Thanks so much for reading!
Molly <3

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Another Period Drama Tag

Elanor from Musings of a Jane Austen Wannabe has put together an absolutely lovely tag, all about period dramas, and I am so very excited to fill it out! So, let's go ahead and get right into it. :)

1.  What was the most recent period drama you watched? Share what you thought of it.

Little Women. I've discovered recently that I can watch movies and shows on my phone while I draw or work on Etsy orders, and Little Women was one of those! I think this film does a really good job at following the novel. Aside from some aspects that I think could be better, I really like this movie. Plus, the soundtrack is absolutely lovely--but more on that later! :)

2.  Do you generally prefer period dramas in the form of a movie or a TV series/mini-series?  Why?

I'd have to say I like them better in the form of a TV series or mini-series. Especially if it's one that is based off of a novel, because then it tends to follow the book more closely since it has more time to do so. The only problem is when you don't have enough time to watch the next episode yet, and you have to wait until later! (Or worse, when the next episode hasn't even been released yet!)

3.  What is your favorite musical period drama?

The Sound of Music counts, right? Because I do really love that one, especially at Christmastime. :)

4.  Read the book first or watch the movie first?

I've done both, so I suppose it depends. Typically I like to read the book first, because, well, books are (almost) always better, and I like being able to picture the story inside my head without being influenced by the movie/TV adaptation. But if it's a book I don't see myself reading anytime soon, then I'll probably just go ahead and watch the movie or show based off of it. Sometimes it'll inspire me to read the book even more!

5.  What is a valuable life lesson you learned from a period drama?

From Pride and Prejudice, I've learned not to judge others too hastily, and to always look for the best in people. From Anne of Green Gables, I've learned that kindred spirits are not so scarce as one might think, and that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet. From Northanger Abbey, I've learned that it is very important for one's love interest to have an understanding of muslin. ;) 

Okay, so that's more than just one valuable life lesson, but I couldn't limit myself to just one!

6.  Which period drama hero would you be likely to fall in love with in real life?

Alright ladies, if you've been reading my blog for a while, then I think you already know the answer to this one...

Seriously, Gilbert Blythe is like my dream guy. As I've stated on here (many times) before, he's just so sweet, kind, hardworking, funny, and caring. I love how he never stops loving Anne, even when it seems like he'll never win her over. Plus, he just so happens to be very handsome. Yeah, I think I would definitely fall for him in real life! 

(Also, I hate how when I look up "Anne of Green Gables" or "Gilbert Blythe," I see a bunch of images from the new Netflix adaptation of it. Like, EW! Get off my Pinterest!!)

Jonathan Crombie's portrayal of Gilbert Blythe is the only one for me. <3

7.  Do you ever like to binge-watch a period drama series?

Oh yes! Especially if we're talking about Pride and Prejudice 1995 or Emma 2009. ;) I don't think I've ever binge-watched an entire period drama series, though; the most was three episodes of P&P in a row, but I probably could have kept going if it weren't so late in the evening!

8.  What things go best with watching a period drama?

Hot chocolate (if it's winter), a knitting project, a cozy blanket, and someone to watch it with you (in my case, my mom!).

9.  Which period drama do you think you would fit into best?

Maybe Emma 2009, Pride and Prejudice 1995, or Anne of Green Gables. And not necessarily because I think I'd fit into them, but simply because they're my faves and I would just love to be in any one of them! All three have such beautiful scenery, wonderful characters, lovely costumes, and sweet, handsome suitors. ;)

How cute are these two?!

10. If you could have any period drama character for a best friend, who would it be?  And why?

I think I'll go with Anne Shirley. I feel like she'd be such a sweet, encouraging, supportive, and inspiring friend! Plus, you'd never be at a loss for things to talk about with Anne-girl around. ;)

11. Show us a picture of a period drama costume you wish you could wear in real life.

I'd love to wear Emma Woodhouse's entire wardrobe, honestly! But I especially love these two:

12. Are there any period dramas you like to watch during a particular season or holiday?

I think Anne of Green Gables is perfect for spring and summer, and Little Women is wonderful during Christmas/winter. Emma 2009 reminds me of fall, because I watched it around my birthday (which is in November), and P&P 1995 makes me think of Christmas vacation because that's when I watched it last year. 

Honestly, though, I would be perfectly fine watching any of these period dramas no matter what time of year it is! :)

13. Which period drama has your favorite soundtrack?

This is incredibly hard because I have quite a few! I absolutely love the Little Women soundtrack, and I've listened to it countless times. (In fact, it was my most-listened to album for 2017 according to my Spotify account, haha.) It's perfect to have on in the background while I'm doing schoolwork or drawing. 

I also LOVE the Sense and Sensibility '95 soundtrack. It's just beautiful, and I've listened to it many a time, as well! 

The Emma 2009 soundtrack is also full of gorgeous songs that make for perfect study or creativity music. Unfortunately it's not on Spotify anymore, or available for purchase anywhere, but thankfully there are still a few songs from it on Youtube.  

^ How I feel about not being able to listen to the Emma 2009 soundtrack in its entirety anymore...

14. Dream cast your favorite actor and actress in a period drama of your choosing; tell which parts they would play and why.

Ooh, this is tough! Hmm... well, I would love for there to be a really great adaptation of Rilla of Ingleside, but I honestly have no idea who I would cast for the roles! I think I shall skip this question as I really can't come up with a good answer.

15. Are there any period dramas you like more than one version of?

I like both the 1995 and 2008 adaptations of Sense and Sensibility. I like certain aspects about both, and I think they each do a really good job at doing the novel justice!

16. What are the top three period dramas that you haven't seen on your to-watch list?

I'd like to see Wives and Daughters, Love & Friendship, and Lark Rise to Candleford. I'm also rather curious to see the new adaptation of Little Women that's coming out soon.

17. Show a picture of your favorite period drama hairstyle.

I think Emma's braided bun is just gorgeous. I wish I could somehow do it on myself!


18. What was your favorite wedding in a period drama?

The double wedding at the end of Pride and Prejudice 1995 is soo sweet, so I'm going to go with that one!

Okay, I couldn't resist putting this on here because it seriously cracks me up. Like, come on, Mr. Darcy, just smile, would you? ;P

19. What is your favorite biographical period drama?

My mind is totally blanking on this one! Hmm... I think I'm going to skip this one as well because I seriously can't think of anything right now.

20. Which historical novel will you forever recommend to anyone and everyone?

I will always recommend Pride and Prejudice to anyone and everyone! Need I explain why? ;)

Thanks so much for putting this delightful tag together, Elanor! I had soo much fun answering these questions. :) If you aren't following Elanor's blog, you totally should be! She is truly a kindred spirit and writes wonderful posts that you're sure to enjoy. :)

And now, the rules stated to tag at least one other blogger, so I'm going to tag...

Abby P
Miss Woodhouse
Miss March

...and anyone else who wants to do this tag! By all means consider yourself tagged by me. :)

Thanks so much for reading!
Molly <3