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Oh, Mrs. Potato Head, tell me, is it true that pain is beauty?

 

Melanie Martinez album titled Cry Baby is one of the best albums I’ve listened to. Not only for her unique sound and lyrics but the message in a lot of her songs. One of those impactful songs is called Mrs. Potato Head, which I quoted above. The approach this song takes is eye opening in the way that she shows what society defines as beauty or that if you don’t have anything going for you, you can just pay thousands of dollars to fix whatever you hate about yourself.

We see this daily in the celebrities so many people idolize. It’s a common thing in our society and I think it says so much about how messed up and confused our society is and it’s actually sad. The media is telling us we have to look or act a certain way in everything we do, say, like, wear, and what we look like and it’s heaIt’sreaking. It’s heartbreaking because we are all made to be ourselves and not one of us is the same in appearance, personality, likes, talents or whatever!

We were not all created to fit in and be the same but to be ourselves and stand out!

Because of society and its ideas of what beauty should be, I know some amazing women who don’t believe that they are beautiful. Even I don’t always believe I’m beautiful even though I know that everyone is unique and different and that in itself is beautiful. There are days where I look in the mirror and wish my tummy was smaller or my thighs weren’t as ‘jiggly.’

I know a girl who I feel hasn’t been told enough times that she is beautiful…and because of it, she covers her face in layers of makeup and always changes her hair (whether cut or style) Even though she is stunning with or without makeup, dressed up or in sweats and a t-shirt, she doesn’t believe it because society gives this image of beauty that she doesn’t ‘fit’ into and through her 19 years of life not many people have told her she is beautiful just the way she is.

So I just want to encourage you and say: Don’t define yourself by society’s definition of beauty. Embrace you and your body and be beautifully and unapologetically you!

 

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Loving People Like Jesus

Hello there!

I’m so sorry it’s been so long since I’ve blogged. My priorities have been to focus on my upgrades for college and now that those are done it’s a waiting process to get my marks back. Since that’s done I’m hoping to be able to put a bit more of a priority on my blogging and novel writing. But today I’m gonna work on writing up some posts and finishing up ones I started so today my friend Cori has written another guest post so I’ll let her share what she’s written.

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Growing up I learned that people are not always the easiest to love all the time. I was taught that you have to love everyone, even if you don’t like them.

One of the most important commandments is to love your neighbors as yourself. God said that himself. Treat others the way you would want to be treated is something my youth pastor would say often. Although not always the easiest route, it is the way that Jesus lived himself.

Jesus hung out with people that you wouldn’t really expect. He made friends with the liars and cheats. The outcasts. The people nobody wanted to be. I think He did this to set an example for us today. He didn’t have to love on those people. But he chose to show them the love and respect every person needs.

Now that doesn’t mean that Jesus took crap from people either. He would correct them when they were wrong, in a very polite yet clever way most of the time.

Don’t think I’m telling you to hang around a murderer and be best friends with them. But I am telling you to love that person no matter the sins they struggle with because, in the end, his sin is the same as mine. Even if mine seems minuscule in comparison God sees all sin as the same.

When I was in grade school the teachers would always pair the new kids or the weird kids with me because In my house you treated everybody the way you would want to be treated, therefor I was always the nice one in class, even when I didn’t want to be I was paired with them. Now I was a very shy kid. It was pretty hard for me to do this. But I felt the call that God put on my life to follow him at a young age and I knew it was the right thing to do.

There was this one kid who nobody got along with. I’m not gonna share her name but she was a nice kid. Just a bit strange. Once one of my friends asked me why I hung out with her so much. I simply told them that she deserved to have friends too. At the end of the school year, we went our separate ways but her mom came up to me and thanked me for being so nice to this girl. She was a bit hyper and talked A LOT but I did enjoy her company and learned to love her very much.

I wish more kids would give each other a chance rather than judging a book by its cover. It’s so hard for me to see all the bullying and abuse that goes on In schools these days. It’s sad.

I learned pretty young that it’s honestly so rewarding and worth getting to know a person no matter how much they annoy you.

Now I know we aren’t all in grade school here. That was just one example. I have another. Take homeless people for example. I have worked and served homeless people for as long as I can remember. But some people won’t even look in their direction. Some Christians don’t even see them as people.

I’ll never forget the day that I went up to a homeless man and gave him some food and he looked at me with tears in his eyes. He said nobody would even look at him that day. He searches in his bag for a ring he had made and he gave it to me saying that he wishes there were more people like me in this world.

I’ve given people on the streets Christmas presents that haven’t gotten anything for 25 years and they’ve broken down and asked me to watch them open it. It wasn’t much just some essentials and little things and a book but he was so thankful for his gift. He said that maybe there really is a God that loved him all because I treated him like a normal person for a few minutes.

I love these experiences. Ones with people who think they don’t even deserve it anymore. Broken people. I see them as a beautiful creation of God and it’s almost magical seeing these moments.

If people could just open their eyes and see them as people in a bad circumstance the world would be a much more beautiful place. But let’s move on to another example.

Now we’ve all had that one neighbor that everybody hates right? I have anyways. Those people are one of the hardest to love. Just the meanest most annoying people you’ve ever met right? Well God calls us to love even them. I know crazy right?! Well, I know for a fact that Jesus would have gone up to that guy and said: “I love you no matter what the sin you are struggling with.” So we are called to do the same. That’s not always the easy thing to do but sometimes the hard choice is the best choice.

So many times in the Bible the Pharisees would scold Jesus for hanging out with “that guy” like why would a guy like you hang out with a guy like them? Love, that’s the answer. Unconditional unfailing love.

I know these words aren’t really something easy to read but it’s very important. So next time you just can’t stand someone, pray for them. It not only changes them but it changes your heart towards them. I’m not saying you have to like them, but you must love them.

“Lord help me to love like you do. Help me to love my enemy’s and pray for them. Help me to go up to the weird kid and be their friend. I thank you for your love and grace on us. We don’t deserve it but you made us deserve it by dying on the cross for us. Help me to spread love through out the world and shine your light through me. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen”

Distraction Free Writing

Hello Readers!

So today I am going to share a few tips with you lovely people on how I go about getting the most out of my writing….Which means going distraction free.

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Now, I don’t know about you guys, but as my days go on I find myself getting more and more distracted every morning I sit down to write. Whether that be by the internet or my phone. Over the past couple days, I’ve asked a couple of my friends about what distracts them from writing and just made a list of different ways you can go about focusing on your writing but still staying connected. (As in, if you wanna keep Twitter open, then great! Go ahead 😀 ) Now, I’m sure all these ideas are not new to y’all but sometimes I myself like a little reminder of alternatives to keep from getting distracted.  *writes the author as she gets distracted and ends up taking a ten minute twitter break*

Anyways! Here is a list of different distraction free approaches (all of which I use) to writing.

1. Do a series of Word Wars/Word Sprints.

Probably my favourite thing to do. I’m quite competitive so a little playful competition can really get me going. Because, setting a timeframe where I have to write and knowing that someone else is racing me to get the most words, really gets me going.

 

2. Have another writer friend keep you accountable.

This is another thing I do. If I am texting or chatting with another writer friend online and I need/want to go write. Sometimes I will say things like: ‘Okay. I am going to write for twenty minutes. If you see me online feel free to call me out on it and set me straight.’

That helps me keep accountable because the last thing I want is for my friends to scold me and think I’m a terrible writer! *gasp* That would not be good at all.

 

3. Use the ‘Distraction Free Writing’ setting on your word processor.

So, yeah. Just discovered this for WordPress ( WOOOOHOOO!) and I recently came to discover that both word processors that I use have this! It has worked wonders for me simply because. I love Twitter and my novel playlists are on Youtube. Both are distracting, and let me loose on Youtube and I’ll be watching every Ricky Dillon video in existence…a million times over. So, thats always nice when you have a playlist going or something and still don’t want to be distracted.

 

4. Set a timer.

Pretty simple. Turn on a timer and get writing. I find, by having a timer and KNOWING the minutes are counting down, that I get less distracted with everything else around me. (See #1 for similar alternative)

 

Bonus: 5. Turn off your Wifi and put away that phone

So, with this one, you can’t really stay connected or online considering you are turning off your Wi-fi. BUT this is my back-up plan. If I’m getting distracted, with the click of a button I turn off my wifi for a bit.  Next thing I do is put away my phone. Or if its sitting beside me, I will flip it so I can’t see the screen light up if I get a notification of any sort.

 

So, thats it! There is my list of ways I write without distractions. Do you have certain ways you go about not getting distracted while writing? If so, tell me them in the comments! 😀 I’d love to hear from you all on how you go about avoiding distractions.

 

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle

 

The Theory of Everything || Movie Discussion Thing-y

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Hello readers!

So, just this last weekend I went to go see a very wonderful movie (filled with feels) and now, just because I feel like it, I am going to tell you about it! (I mean this website is like a virtual library and libraries have movies so I’m still sticking to my usual blog stuff…..) The movie I saw was called ‘The Theory of Everything’ a true story about Stephen Hawking.

So, the thing is, I was supposed to go see ‘The Imitation Game’ on Saturday but when the movie was sold out we had to change our game-plan. My sister (age 13) and my grandparents were with me when I went to see this movie. The option was either ‘The Theory of Everything’ or the new ‘Annie’ movie.  Obviously you can guess how this went. My sis wanted to watch ‘Annie’ and I wanted to watch ‘The Theory of Everything.’

I’m so glad I got to go see this movie (My sis went to Annie 😛 ) and let me tell you, if you haven’t seen this yet, you are missing out.

 

Watch the trailer:

 

As you can see from the trailer, this movie looks beautiful, and it really is! I always have a special love for movies based on true stories and this movie, I loved! It was so beautifully done and I really did love it….Though there were many scenes that had me crying like a little baby but I mean thats normal for stuff like this…

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*This was basically me in the theatre*

 

Anyways. To be honest I didn’t really know much about Stephen Hawking before watching this movie and he seems like an absolutely brilliant man. Note that Stephen Hawking is a very strong atheist. I was warned of this by my mother before going to see this movie but that doesn’t bother me.  So, I just thought I would mention it….Just in case atheist POV’s in movie’s aren’t your thing… (Please don’t take this the wrong way at all, as I am not against atheists but I just wanted to mention this)

As well as the movie itself, the casting was absolutely perfect and I loved it very much! The actors were fantastic and did such a great job! *applauds the actors*

So basically, if you haven’t seen this yet, you MUST go see it (or get it when it comes out on DVD/ITunes. Whichever you prefer) it is an absolutely fantastic movie!

 

Though, I do warn you…You may want to bring some kleenex or something to wipe away those tears. 😉

 

So thats my little discussion thing-y. Have you seen the movie? Want to see it? What are your thoughts on this movie? (Despite wether or not you’ve seen it) I would love to hear from you all!

 

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle

My Great Escape

Hello Readers!

It seems I’m finally getting on top of this posting on time thing! Wooh! Thing is that I MEANT to post this one a little earlier today but I got so caught up in reading The Scorch Trials, Fangirling on Twitter (which reminds me you can all find me on there if you want to follow me and chat books and such!) and adding books to my goodreads which I never got around to actually adding even though I actually read them…. I mean my book goal for this year was/is small but I’m pretty sure I’m close to reaching it…I still have all of Christmas break though. I just hope I have enough books since Goodreads doesn’t really count how many times you re-read a book so…yeah 😛 Anyways, on to todays post!

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So, I’m a poet, but didn’t know it and I-hold up. *narrows eyes* Apparently I have now started saying the things my Papa does…and that is not a bad thing. (Every time my Papa rhymes he will say ‘Oh, I’m a poet but I didn’t know it’ and I had to use it…Anyways)

I always find an escape when writing. A great escape that stretches on forever, through countless worlds of my creation just by putting words on paper! Putting those words, those feelings down on paper, laying them out there fro you to see and put into a material thing.

That’s why I love writing most of all. You can take their troubles and make others ‘see’ it through the characters struggles and it gives you a material thing that you can put those things too. Writing novels and stories is and probably always will be my escape. But recently I have discovered something…My love for Poetry.

Now some of you might roll your eyes and think that to be a classic author/writer move but hear me out on this.

When I was 9 years old I also started to write poetry and to be honest for a while I loved it more than novel writing and after a couple years and tons of poems later, I was just done with it. I liked novels better and I didn’t want to be a poet anymore but recently I have found, thanks to being ‘forced’ to do poetry for school I found out that, even though I thought I lost that inner poet, I really didn’t.

After writing about 6 poems (all of which need various levels of fixing, but who cares) I just kept writing more and more and getting more and more ideas for poems. I also realized something about poetry…

It gets out certain feelings and emotions novel writing can’t always do.

Poetry, like novel writing, is its own thing both have different ways to channel emotions. Both are a great way of escape.

And both, I find are my ways of escape. I am slowly re-learning the approach to poetry, and quite enjoying it, though a mess it may be. Whether or not anyone will ever set eyes upon my poetry, it is something I will cherish as a personal means of escape and a personal display of my emotions and feelings and I honestly think that, whether it be writing novels or poetry or something else, writing is a form of power this way. A form of magic.

You can take things and twist and pull and tug at it, the words bleeding out onto the paper and take something only you could ever understand or feel and make others understand. Make others see your pain and the way you convey your means of escape from that pain, sorrow, or stress.

And with that, I want to encourage you. Never stop. Don’t ever let those doors slam shut just because you might fear what others think of you or your writing. Don’t let them close off all means to your escape. It’s your escape! Yours alone and no one else. So keep writing, press through, use that escape and don’t let those doors close on you.

That is what I let happen to me but now, I took back the key and reopened my means of escape through poetry and I intend to keep that door open. I encourage you to do the same. Don’t let others burn down the walls of your escape, your safe haven.

Your writing is your own and that always needs to be remembered. Your own not someone elses.

 

Until Next Time,

Adriana Gabrielle

‘Bout The Blogger (Tag from PaperFury.com)

Hello Readers!

So, I have some writing posts I am going to be plugging away at today. (I really need to get back on schedule here, Yikes!) but until then, I am doing a tag from Cait over at Paper Fury (formerly known as the notebook sisters but you will now find the blog at www.paperfury.com )

 

So, let’s do this! Today’s tag is an ‘About The Blogger’ Tag where I’m gonna answer some questions about my blog and make shoutout to other bloggers and so much amazingness! 😀 So let’s do this!

‘BOUT THIS BLOGGER

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I wanted to share the things I learned being a Teen Writer and a full time reader 😀
2. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?

No real story. Adriana Gabrielle is my pen name and I write. Simple as that heehee. Though as some of you may know (judging by how when I link up to social media its usually under my actual name which is ‘Adriana Lister’ and also how some of you know me in real life… ) that Gabrielle is my grandma’s name. I never met my grandma but from what I’ve heard she was a wonderful and artistic woman and I guess by using the name ‘Gabrielle’ I am kinda…oh I don’t know how to word it…honouring her? (still not sure if that is the right word to use) anyways, you get my point. The name Gabrielle is special to me and my family and thats why I use it as my pen name and therefore in my blog title.
3. How many designs have you been through since you started blogging? (Pictures! We demand pictures!)

Ummm…. I’m trying to think. I know for the first few days I had my blog up I went through multiple different blog themes but then I stuck with this one until I switched to this most recent design about a month ago:

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4. Have you ever switched blog platforms? What made you move? If you haven’t ever changed…why?

I decided to use WordPress for my blog and haven’t switched to any other platform. The reason? I used to use blogger for a blog I had at one point but I didn’t like how the themes on blogger were. I didn’t like how they didn’t look professional enough for my taste no matter what I did. Though there are many blogs I visit that are Blogger and they look wonderful! Blogger just wasn’t for me is all, I guess 😛

5. How long does it take you to write a post? What’s your postly process like?

Usually it takes me about half hour to forty-five minutes to write a post…*cough* but lately the blog has been a teensy bit dead over the last week but I am gonna pick it all up now and it will be wonderful! (The post idea bank is all full again meaning more writing posts! Wooh!) As for how the post writing process goes, I write my post then I read through it to check for typos (but sometimes they still slip through) then I add a million tags and then publish it. Voila! Finished! You have a post 😀

6. Have you ever been super nervous about a post? Why?! What was it?

Confession time…I am nervous about every single post I do! I really am. My reason? I’m in no way a professional writer so I always get nervous posting how I do things when I write because sometimes I feel I can come across as very demanding and basically saying ‘It’s my way or the highway’ but….I still have readers and you guys seem to love me …*nervous chuckle* right?

7. Do you have a blogging schedule?

I do….but this last week has been a little off. (and I keep forgetting about my music posts O.O) So here is my schedule:

-Mondays– Share The Love posts which are anything from talking about a book I read (or want to read), Book reviews, Reviews on movie adaptations of books (haven’t done that yet but it’s coming!) and pretty much anything book related!

-Tuesdays– Novel Time posts which is writing tips, things I’ve learned while writing, or info about my novels or anything writing related. (I kind of need to work on actually posting on Tuesdays but I’m getting there….I’m thinking I really need to start scheduling my posts…)

-Wednesdays through Thursdays-I don’t have things scheduled but sometimes that when I’ll throw a bonus post in or something…and that also leaves the options opened so if I want to do different posts and such on those days 🙂

-Fridays– Is when I do (or should be doing *cough cough*) my Music Mania posts where I review a movie soundtrack, Cd’s, artists, music videos…anything music related,really!

8. Do you tell people In-Real-Life about your blog? Their reactions?

I most certainly do! Usually when I tell people I blog they ask for the link to my blog and then I get an email or text the next day saying how much they loved my posts and such…but there was this one time I told a girl at a homeschool event that I wrote and had a blog (not sure how it came up exactly cause I only bring up my blog if on the topic of writing or something…) and she sounded rather disgusted and said: ‘Oh, you’re one of those people?’

Uhhhhh….Yes? I think so? haha. I really tried not to laugh but other than that one reaction most people  love to hear that I blog and love it when I give them the link so…yeah! Wooh!
9. Top ten blogs you read/comment on the most! Go! Go!

I don’t have that many blogs I read frequently….and I would say that I don’t think they add up to ten but then we all know I would then have trouble picking ten of them so, here goes! By the way these are in no particular order as to favourites. Just the top 10.

1. Carissa @ Digressions of a Demented Scribe,

2. Cait @ (what is now) Paper Fury,

3. Laura Smith @ Laura L. Smith,

4.Playlist Fiction Blog,

5.Aidyl Ewoh @ Noveltea

6. Tori @Stori Tori’s Blog

7. Desolation of Blog (If you are in ANY fandom check this blog out!)

8. Rachel @ Rachel H. Day

9. Stacia @ S.J Aisling

So, I can’t think of a 10th blog so it’s only 9 I guess…But I was close!

10. If you could change/improve things about your blog, what would they be?

You know, I haven’t really thought about it. At the moment I am quite happy with my blog and how it is, but eventually being able to design my own blog and make it a little more personal would be cool…But i have a lot to learn in the ways of design first I think 😛

 

So, that was my tag from Cait over at Paper Fury. Her new blog design is extremely epic and amazing and her blog in general is amazing so if you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should!

Well, Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle