At our school, we have something that the Professors call “Arbor day”. Yeah, it is as stupid as it sounds. Basically we all clean up the campus in small groups. Mostly, there’s a kitchen crew, raking crews, bushes crews, and rock bed crews. It sucks. Any ways, I really am not trying to rant. It’s crazy though, how much you can learn from your life. The work was hard, the hours were long, and there was no pay. But it was a blessing because I was able to spend some quality time with friends, getting closer to every one there. We got to fool around while raking, dance to music during breaks, go out for lunch, and swim in the creek afterwards. It was a fun time and I’m glad to have experienced that for the third time in the years. It’s a nice reminder that one can find joy from all things that they do. Life is what you make it!

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Nancy's Musings

 Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3

Nine-year-old boy breaks down the meaning of life, free will, alternate universes and alien lifeforms.  Pure unadulterated Truth.

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As I half-way mentioned in my last post, the question, “What is the point of life?” has been bothering me a lot lately. Well, I asked my boyfriend what he thinks the meaning of life is and he agrees with John Green that the point of life on earth (other than come to faith, die, and go to heaven) is to work towards your goals, because the best part of an achievement is all the time, energy, and hard work put into making that goal a reality. That really, we are already stuck here on this earth and there’s no way to get out of it so we might as well make the most of what we do here. (Of course there is a way to get out, and that’s called suicide but to be honest, I’d rather suffer on earth for a few more years than regret my decision of not trusting God above all things for eternity in hell.) This all totally makes sense if you take these statements for what they are saying and not read into them. But of coarse, knowing me, I read into them. Once again, my boyfriend gave me yet another answer to my tough questions, He said that its like when you’re in the middle of a literature class and the professor reads too far into every little detail of the book. It kind of starts to take away from the simple entertainment that the book was meant to provide for you, right? Same way with life. I think its time for me to let go and take life one step at a time, with a clear and simple mind to get me through each moment. I don’t know, it all helped me quite a bit and I hope that if you, a reader, are struggling with a re-occurring question like this, my boyfriend’s insight was able to help you too. Comment below if you have any other thoughts, or disagreements on this topic!

The Top 10 Tips I’ve Learned from Minimalists

This list is all so true! I need to work on simplifying my life. . .its healthy!

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I’m not going to covet other minimalists’ lives anymore.

I don’t travel the world with a single backpack.

I haven’t packed up my family to travel across the country in an RV for a year.

I am not a single woman with a futon, a suitcase and a laptop.

I didn’t choose 600 square feet of dwelling space with a hobby farm ‘round back.

YET, I adore reading about these amazing people and their even more intriguing journeys toward transformation. In perusing books and blogposts, these characters seem like old friends. We’re all rooting for them. Their triumphs and courageous leaps of faith provide the inspiration for our own stories. However, through all this story following, I have found there is not one formula for choosing a simple life…it is not a one-size-fits all t-shirt. No matter what our life looks like, I do believe each and every one of these…

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So today in English class, we watched a youtube video on the analysis of a book, some of you may be familiar with it, The Great Gatsby. Which, by the way, is an awful book that I don’t recommend you read, if you haven’t already. You wouldn’t be missing out on much, I’m not just saying that it’s a bad book because it’s boring (which is not that unexpected, knowing that it’s a book written right in the middle of the 1920’s) but because – spoiler alert – it’s a depressing book. Everyone dies. Anyways, in this Crash Course video, John Green made some very insightful comments on the book and I’m not going to comment on every single one because, duh, no one likes to read an analysis of an analysis. So, I do recommend that you listen to the analysis for yourself. . .and I’m pretty sure you’d be able to understand it without actually having read The Great Gatsby prior. What I am going to point out, though is that a major theme highlighted in the video, from the book is this: The pursuit of the American dream is the accumulation of stuff. And what’s the point of this accumulation of stuff that we find so great and worth-while? Whether you are religious or not, I’m sure we all can agree that after we die, everything we did, everything we bought, everything we made on this earth will not matter to us anymore. Yes, our legacy may continue to live on in this world, but truth be told, if you didn’t do the things you did in your lifetime (no matter how unique and exciting they may seem), someone has or will come around and do those very same things. Dang, I don’t mean to make this sound like a depressing rant about how none of us matters in this world but I’ve been thinking a lot about it this evening. I’ve been re-evaluating what my priorities are for my future. What is really going to matter in the long run? I’d love you hear what you all think on this topic in the comments below. 🙂 By the way, I am a Christian, so any words of encouragement would be completely fabulous.