Sunday, July 22, 2012

5 Ways to Have a NOT Boring Summer: #1--Create Videos

#1 on the list of fun things to do this summer is: Create Videos.

Note: This does not mean it's number one in importance or fun...I just thought I'd start with it :). 

I love video production. Love it. Love it. Love it!!! (That's why I'm planning to major in New Media Communications :)). But creating videos is not just for people who are crazy about filmmaking.

It used to be that only those with tens of thousands of dollars could purchase film equipment and make videos. That is no longer the case. If you are going to get into media production professionally, then, honestly, it still costs a lot of money. But if you just want to create home videos or explore your creative visual skills, you probably have something you can use. A cell phone, iPad, Flip-type camera, or an actual video camera (I'd recommend this if you have one) can all be used. For that matter, I made this spur-of-the-moment video with my inexpensive digital camera which is meant to take mainly photos. What do you think? You did watch it, right? *Waits* So...what did you think? Really, I would like to know. Please keep in mind that I did not have a tripod with me.

Anyway, back to my point. It's amazing how much technological ability we have at our fingertips nowadays. Computers come with photo and video editing programs which can perform the basic functions needed to put together a video. It is possible for most people to shoot and edit a video. How cool is that?

You could make a puppet video. You could make a video to share about a special experience. Once you have some video-making experience, you can enter video contests and/or even create a video to help promote a worthy organization.

Don't forget the value of home videos...they're great for recording (and making) memories! If you're going on a vacation this summer, that's a wonderful time to get footage of both your family and the surroundings (which will probably be pretty!).

You can read the introduction to the 5 Ways to Have a NOT Boring Summer series here.

P.S. If you find it in your heart (or perhaps more appropriately, your time) to share your opinion on one or more of this eager nineteen-year-old's videos, that would be wonderful :). If you like what you see, I would love it if you would subscribe to my channel: ChildlikeFaithMedia.

Friday, July 13, 2012


Changes. So many changes. I looked back at my first post on this blog (I can't believe it was 16 months ago!) and saw how much things have changed since then. I am now planning to go to college. I am now legally, "officially" an adult. I have graduated from homeschool highschool. These are good things. It's nice to be finished with highschool. It's nice to look forward to college. It's nice to be given more opportunities as an adult (such as being able to serve onboard the Logos Hope).

But it's hard, too. And opportunities that are open only to children and teens have closed. And I wonder how I'll pay for college. And I get frustrated at the amount of rejections I get (both to my freelance submissions and job applications).

I feel like time is flying by so much faster than it did during my childhood. Like weeks and months and years are quickly slipping away. And sometimes...sometimes I think about how blissful it would be to be a little kid again. 

To play for hours without worrying about getting things done. To hug stuffed animals and talk to them and not think it silly. To imagine lives for my little dolls. To get lost in amazing books and not have to set them down to take care of stuff. To actually think that getting bored was a possibility. To not notice if my hair was tangled and my clothes didn't match. To feel like waiting two weeks for a birthday party was "forever".

But I can't slow down time. I can't relive it, either.

There are so many decisions to make. So many life-changing choices and changes. Where to go to college? Where to apply for a job (um, in this economy, pretty much everywhere, right :)?)? How to occupy my time during the wait before college (especially since I don't have a full-time job yet)? It's easy to eagerly dream about the future and nostalgically remember the past. But seizing the moment and enjoying the present...why is that so hard sometimes?

May we all seize each day for the glory of God! 

Monday, July 9, 2012

5 Ideas for How to Have a NOT Boring Summer: Introduction

It's summer. We're not doing schoolwork. Summer jobs are not available the way they used to be (if you have a summer job with regular hours, you are blessed!). In other words, a lot of us have time on our hands.

So I thought I'd do a series on some ideas (taken from my own life) on stuff you can do that's fun...and maybe even serves a practical purpose, too!

There will probably be five posts but if I come up with more ideas, I may change the series title to "7 Ways to Have a NOT Boring Summer", etc. The first idea should make its appearance on this blog in a week or so.

If you have ideas for me to try out, feel free to leave a comment now and throughout the series...the idea may even make it into a post!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

When Things Don't Go As Planned


I'm a planner. I may even be a somewhat obsessive planner. I love my To-Do lists. And I like things to go according to plan.

But what about when they don't? When, despite your hopes and plans, things don't work out?

It's disappointing. It's frustrating. It can even be downright disheartening.

I know that I, personally, need to try hard to not overreact (a.k.a. freak out) when plans don't end well or have to change. When only one person gave to Natalia through my giveaway, I was definitely disappointed. It made me sad that I wasn't "popular" like some bloggers that get hundreds of comments. I really hoped to make a difference and raise money for Natalia and instead, I wound up feeling like a failure in the advocating-for-waiting-orphans department.

Would it have been better to not even try? I don't believe so. You never know what can happen if you don't try! Hosting a giveaway on my blog wasn't a success. I can learn from that and change my approach. I can focus my advocating on Facebook rather than on my blog (unless my blog suddenly becomes a super popular place :)).  

I know that I'm sometimes tempted to not do something for fear that it will be a waste of time and effort. For fear that I'll fail. I'm not talking about the times when it's wise to not attempt something (especially without proper training, etc.). I mean when I have a good chance of accomplishing something but also a decent chance at, well, not accomplishing it. Sometimes I just need to set aside my worries, do the hard work necessary, pray, and hope for the best.

What goals do you have at this stage in your life? Do some seem almost impossible? What helps motivate you to try anyway?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Giveaway for Natalia!!!

This giveaway is to raise money for this sweet nine-year-old girl. (You can read my original post about Natalia here.) Do you see the dollar amount? There was only $144 in her adoption account in December there is over $1300! I would love for Natalia to be put on the "sizable grants" page. That will take $2500. It's already over halfway there...let's get it the rest of the way!

Each entry is $5. Please go here and click the yellow "Donate" button. After donating, come back here and leave a comment on this post (with your email address!), letting me know how much you donated. If you donate $25, that is five entries. $50 = 10 entries Etc.

Of course, this is about helping Natalia. But since it's a giveaway, there are prizes :). Here they are:

1. The cutest armadillo you'll ever see :)! This was crocheted by my amazing best friend, Emily. (Thank you, Em!!!)

 I love the color! And it's so cute how it can roll up armadillo :).

2. This South American couple pin was also handmade. It looks bigger in the pictures than it is in real life. This is really cute, too!

3. Interrupted by teen author Rachel Coker.

 4. The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark.

5. The Chasm by Randy Alcorn.


These books have only been read once :). They are in very nice condition but of course, as with all of the prizes, I cannot guarantee what condition it will be in by the time it arrives at the winner's house.

Please feel free to donate prizes while the giveaway is running. Just leave a comment or message me on Facebook with the information. Thanks!

Don't forget to give to Natalia and enter to win one of these special prizes! (Please list what you'd like to win and in what order. Ex.: 1. Armadillo 2. Interrupted 3. Pin 4. The Chasm 5. The Dragon and The Turtle Go On Safari)

This giveaway ends on July 4th (because I want freedom and independence for Natalia!).