Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!! Wherever you are, whatever your situation may be, and whatever struggles you’re going through right now, just remember that there is always, always, something to be thankful for.  And guess what? I’ll add another thing to your list.  Presenting the stages of Thanksgiving Day entirely in GIFs! Please enjoy and have a wonderful day!

So first you wake up like

And then you plant your butt in front of the TV to watch the parade!

And you enjoy all the music and floats…

But everybody knows this guy is the real reason we all watch the parade

So after starving yourself all morning so you have more room in your stomach…

Your guests have arrived (or you arrive) and it’s time to eat!!!!

For the next hour (or two, or three) you turn into a perfectly designed machine with one purpose: to eat

When you are distracted with small talk and family conversation, you’re all like

But inevitably the “Oh, so are you still single?” question comes up and you’re just like

But internally you’re like

But then someone brings out pumpkin pie and you immediately feel better

Eventually the eating is over and although you want more you’re absolutely stuffed and may be close to death

But even though your body hates you you’re just like

And overall it’s been a pretty awesome Thanksgiving

But the best part? You wake up the next day and EVERYTHING IS CHRISTMAS

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

While I Was Away…

Holy cow it’s been nine whole days since I’ve made a post! To all of my amazing readers, I apologize! I haven’t been just sitting around twiddling my thumbs and watching Say Yes To The Dress though.  Here are all of the things I’ve been up to that have prevented me from blogging.

1. Playing gigs with my band

2. Practicing with my band and learning Christmas songs

3. Writing a paper

4. Writing a paper about how I wrote the previous paper

5. Writing the midterm assignment paper

6. Studying for the midterm

7. Taking the midterm

8. Modeling in a local fashion show

9. Ugly crying with joy over my new PS4

10. Hitting that busy point where essentials such as eating and sleeping are something you need to “make time for”.

So yeah, that’s what I’ve been up to lately! I’m grateful that God has put these things in my life to keep me busy, but at the same time, finding a balance between OH MY GOSH SO STRESSFUL SO MUCH ANXIETY GET AWAY FROM ME EVERY SECOND OF MY TIME IS PRECIOUS AND IF I FAIL THIS MIDTERM I WILL END UP AS A HOBO and “Oh no, I don’t need to get that done right now.  I can definitely watch 10 more episodes of Parks and Recreation in the mean time.  Wait, midterm, what midterm?” is tricky.  Hearing God’s voice in the din of our hectic lives can be even harder.  But I don’t think God is limited to speaking to us in absolute silence, although that is one of the best ways for us to listen to Him.  He’s everywhere.  He places events, opportunities, and people in our lives and speaks through them.  And maybe being silent doesn’t mean retreating to a cabin in the middle of nowhere (although that certainly sounds appealing sometimes).  Can we be silent anywhere? I don’t mean not saying a word at all, to anyone.  I mean can our hearts be silent? Can our minds? I know my mind is like the Energizer Bunny with ADD.  The average person thinks 50,000 thoughts per day, but mine certainly feels like millions and millions are going crazy in my head.  Oh, and that doesn’t mean that they’re intelligent thoughts or anything.  Most of them are crazy stories or characters I make up or hypothetical situations with a .1% chance of happening where I have to make a huge decision that will decide the fate of the universe.  A lot of it is just junk stuff though, i.e. worry.  And that’s a bigger waste of brain cells than reality TV.  One of the keys that I’ve learned to being interiorly silent is getting rid of worry.  Think of stressful thoughts and anxiety as some doofus with a megaphone that won’t shut up.  He insults you, doubts you, makes you feel bad about yourself, and just annoys you until you can’t take it anymore.  And every time you listen to him, the megaphone gets bigger and bigger.

He’s like this @$&^!*$* from Duck Hunt.  Grr.

So how do we shut this guy up? It’s simple: we have to shut up.  Because guess what? PLOT TWIST.  That laughing dog is your own subconscious! *gasp* And every time the dog – you – tells you something negative and you buy it, you’re cutting yourself off from hearing what God has to say to you.  Why? Because God only wants to tell us positive things.  Not like, “Hey, Julia, I’m letting you off the hook with that paper! Go do whatever you want to!” but “Hey, Julia, I know what you’re dealing with now and it’s all going to be ok because I love you and I will never leave you to handle it alone.”

That sounds like a pretty awesome message to me, but unfortunately, we let our crazy lives and all the worries that go with them get in the way of hearing it.  So, what I’ve learned and what I’m telling you here is to think happy! And trust me, I’m not this type of person at all, although I’d like to be:

It’s more like having a realistic yet positive outlook on life.  And yes, despite the awful, horrible crap that we all go through, despite the atrocious things humanity does to one another, despite that weight on your shoulders right now, and despite the fact that Degrassi is *still* on, we all have a reason to be positive.  A guy that maybe you’ve never even met or talked to died for you, specifically.  He didn’t die for the human race.  He died for you.  And He died for your mom, specifically.  For your brother, specifically.  For your friend.  Because He loves each of us personally and intimately.  And here’s more good news: you can trust Him with everything.  You can trust that when He says that He’s there for you, He will be there.  Basically, you are never, ever, ever alone.  So finally, being truly silent isn’t equivalent to becoming a mime.  Being truly silent is having a heart that blocks out the noise of negativity we try to tell ourselves and is constantly in union with God.  It’s almost like an unending phone conversation with God without the awkward silence on either end when you run out of things to talk about.  Sometimes it’s just knowing that He’s on the other line.  In our crazy, busy, noisy world, the silence of God is what gets us through with joy and peace.

– Julia

Teenage Cliches I Never Want To See Again

In a disturbingly borg-like fashion, many teenage girls seem to share a hive consciousness where they latch onto something and run it into the ground until you’re begging never to see it again.  Members of the hive who form their own personalities are immediately banished from the rest of the consciousness and left on their own in the wild, never again to be accepted back into the hive.  Sadly, most of these poor creatures end up as some predator’s lunch within a few days after their banishment.  Or they start a blog.  (See what I did there?) But seriously, why do girls (and guys) buy their tickets to ride on the Collective Train of Thought without trying to come up with something original? Yes, it was funny the first 100 times I heard it! It was even funny a few times after that! But say it one more time and it’s hard not to dream of Godzilla rising from the sea and smashing the cliche bandwagon, only to be followed by Mothra of course.

So without further ado, here are my top five teenage cliches that I never – ever – want to see again!

1. Bacon And Its Near-Religious Following

Yes, yes, I get it.  Bacon is very delicious.  And it is! But please, just stop with the “bacon is, like, MY LIFE” cliches.  It’s run its course as your favorite course. Oh my gosh, did you catch that? Up top.  No…? Okay.  Moving on.

2. “That Awkward Moment When…”

You know what, I’ll confess that I’m guilty of this one.  But seriously.  If everything is awkward, NOTHING IS AWKWARD.  And that is truly awkward.

3. Mustaches

This one is just sort of puzzling.  Why are girls so obsessed with men’s facial hair? And, like, those mustaches on sticks you get at claire’s…is anyone really going to carry that around and hold it above their upper lip? I say we should just grow real mustaches and be done with it.

4. “Teenager Posts”

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People, this is why teenagers get a bad rep.  It makes us sound like perpetually exhausted and hungry anti-socialites whose brains are made up of bitter and sarcasm.  Some of these are funny, but most of the time I just wonder if there’s anything appealing about being so miserable and sardonic.

5. GIRLS AND FOOD

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I am Italian.  I love food as much as you do.  But single girls, you do not have to overuse the “I don’t care about a relationship I just I love food” mantra CONSTANTLY.  Is food amazing? Yes, absolutely.  But just because you’re single you do not have to pretend like you’re a loser and the only thing that will ever love you is Taco Bell.  You’re way better than that.  You’re like, Sheetz, at least.  Kidding, kidding! My point is that just because you’re single doesn’t mean that you have to practically date your McNuggets.  Focus on appreciating yourself as just yourself.

So there are my teenage cliches that need to disappear.  Thoughts? Let me know in the comments and enjoy being single and eating your bacon while you twirl your mustache and experience that awkward moment when you’ve been reading teenager posts for three hours!

– Julia

 

A Nerd Girl’s Love Life Entirely In Superhero GIFS

Seriously, does anything need to be explained about this title? Let’s get started.

Fake dudes have been your comfort-zone crushes for a while now

And you’re hesitant to break out of your little world of capes and spandex

Because every time you try to meet someone it doesn’t work.  Expectation:

Reality:

But you still can’t stop wishing for a Superman to your Lois Lane

Especially when you’re painfully aware of how accurately this portrays your life

And there was that one guy…

But it didn’t end well.

So just when you’ve hit rock bottom by watching Hulk Vs. Wolverine/Hulk Vs. Thor for the 30th time…

You see somebody at school or work and suddenly you’re all like

 

Cuz he’s got the heart of Captain America

The brains of Bruce Banner

The brooding mysteriousness of Batman

The hair of Thor

And the swag of Tony Stark!

And you know that you’re a super-match made in Heaven!

But alas! Your love life seems doomed to be worse than even Wolverine’s…

Because this amazing guy already likes someone else

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And at first you’re all

And then you’re all

But then you start to get REALLY mad like

CUZ IT’S NOT FREAKING FAIR

But when you stop and think about it, maybe you missed the lessons that all those comics teach us

That no matter who you are

And no matter what others say

You are super.

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With or without your dream hero.

Yes, I know the feels.  Soak it up.

Besides, there’s a new cutie in town who’s caught your eye.

Stay awesome.

 

– Julia