Catching up on my photo challenge

Day Seven: A photo of someone you miss
My little baby bro (who is FIFTEEN now and got his permit a few weeks ago… whaaat?!)
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Day Eight: A photo of your favorite band/artist
Maroon 5. You guys probably knew that already :)
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Day Nine: A photo of yourself when you were a baby or child
Fun fact, I look sad in this picture because I was crying before we took it. Why was I crying, you ask? I had HORRIBLE stage fright and instead of performing at my first few dance recitals I bawled my eyes out and ran to sit with my parents until it was over.
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Day Ten: A photo you like for any reason
This is pretty much my dream living room. I’m obsessed with it in just about every way possible. It’s perfect!

I figured I’d post a few since I’m so far behind :). Sorry for being such a slacker recently, I’ve been working on my finals for summer school and trying to paint my apartment. I can’t wait to share everything with all of you!

xoxo
Mal

Days 4 & 5 of the photo challenge

Blah, blah, blah, I’m terrible at keeping up with these things.

Day Four: A photo of a place you’d like to visit

San Francisco :). Not only would I like to visit, I’d like to move there. Really soon…

Day Five: A photo that makes you laugh
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I shared most of these but they always crack me up.

xoxo
Mal

Why do you love what you love?

I used to be a part of an AMAZING church. Words cannot describe a more loving and accepting place. Not only do I credit my faith to the people that surrounded me there, but I also credit them with many of my other positive qualities. I went on many missions trips with them and built some of the most amazing friendships that still support me today. I rarely talk about my faith on here. There are a few reasons for that. First of all, I know everyone has their own belief system and that not all of you are Christians. Second, I don’t want to shove my belifs down your throat when all you’re here for is a cheerful story about a delicious burger. To each his own, right? Anyways, I’m bringing up religion today because one of the wonderful people who helped shape my life recently found me on facebook. He writes an incredible blog about navigating life and being a great person. He also talks about loving Jesus but…get this…not in a way that seems pushy or condescending AT ALL. It’s amazing and I’m hooked. I’d highly recommend checking him out (you can find Jarrod right here).

Anyways, he posted yesterday about “why”. He was in a situation where someone asked him why something was important, and even though this thing (Jesus’ ressurection) was extremely important to him, he couldn’t explain why. At the end of his post, he challenged his readers to write about why they love the important things in their lives. I thought this was a fantastic challenge so I jumped right on board. I wrote a few…

Work
I love working. I love applying myself and succeeding in what I’m doing. I love working as a leader because it gives me a chance to guide those around me and I love working for someone because it gives me a chance to learn. The feeling of accomplishment when you tackle a big project or win a seemingly impossible client is one of the best feelings there is. I like being able to tell people that I have everything in my life because I worked hard for it. It gives every aspect of my life meaning. My relationship with God is a lot of work because I’m a doubting girl but I don’t think it would mean much to me if it didn’t require any effort.

Blogging
I blog for accountability. Sometimes I fancy myself to be a fashion blogger, other times I’m a novice chef, and still others I try out my writing skills. I love that blogging allows me to pursue all of these avenues. Where else can you do that? I feel as though I’ve grown immensely since I started blogging. I have learned so much about myself, my work ethic, photography, crafting, and the wonderful people in my blog community. Sometimes, I’m embarrassed to admit that I blog because I feel like it has a negative or cliche stigma attached to it–especially for an art student. But at the end of the day, I keep coming back because I adore it. I need to man up and embrace my blog because it truly makes me happy and challenges me in ways I never thought possible.

Learning
I love to learn. I’m the girl in class who has read the chapter, typed up her notes, and is eager to ask a million questions. I love the challenge of not knowing anything about a particular subject. Each lesson you learn feels like such an accomplishment and opens up a whole world of opportunities and questions. I like learning because I feel like it makes me a better person. It enriches my conversations and allows me to connect with more people. I feel like the world is a huge place and learning is a great way to organize everything you see, feel, hear, touch, and taste. I hope to be a student for the rest of my life–long after I stop attending school.

And now its time for YOU! Why do you love that thing that you love? Can you sum it up? Or if someone asked you would you have no idea how to answer? I can’t wait to see what you all do with this!

xoxo
Mal

P.S.

The photo for Day Two: is a photo of yourself at least one year ago. This one is from the summer before I started college…

And this one is from last summer…

I’m a grumpy girl

I’m running on three hours of sleep right now and I’m really not so happy about it. I’m a gal who LOVES her sleep (hey there 8 hours a night!) so when I miss out on a lot of it it makes me kind of grumpy. It also makes me really loopy. I’d like to note that my lack of sleep was NOT intentional and that I tried my best to get a good nights rest. Anyways, since I’ve been up since 3:30 this morning, I figured I’d get a post in before I headed off to work.

I’ve been seeing all these photo challenges on facebook recently so I figured I’d do one too, just on the blog :). So let’s kick it off!! If you’d like the list of prompts so you can post in the challenge too, just send me an email.

Day 1: A Photo of You

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I’m pretty sure I post way too many pictures of myself, but one more can’t hurt :).

Sorry about the severe lack of real content today. I’m going to go ahead and blame that on my severe lack of sleep (see what I did there?).

Have a lovely day!

xoxo
Mal