times like this.


written at a time I believed i wasn’t enough — but life keeps going on.  i look back and smile, looking back at the pain i went through at this time. i’m so glad i made it through.


i don’t think I can do this

my heart is heavy and my hands are tired from lifting the weight of prevailing sadness of this time

how do i escape the trap of my own conscience repeatedly reminding me that i’ll never be enough?

how do i calm the calamity within my mind that has swept away every achievement i’ve earned; replacing it with the scattered debris of all my past mistakes and failures?

these are the questions i ask myself when my world gives way and when i can’t seem to find peace with shortcomings that have scarred my confidence and esteem in such times like this.

but my heart clings on to the mantra it has always known…

surely there is a light.  surely there is hope. 



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Just something fun I found and copied off Pinterest. 🙂 Anyways, my friend Janielle and I made an Instagram account to showcase a common passion we both share — calligraphy! 😉 It would be great if any of you can follow us @a.j.lettering . ❤ ❤ Looking forward to sharing more of my works. 🙂


letter to my best friend.

dear best friend ❤

before i met you; i knew you. you are the person that i would experience all my best memories with. you would be the person i’d share all my secrets and fears with; and i’d have the privilege of knowing yours.  you would be my go-to and my advisor. i would be the person who would make you laugh with all my crazy ideas and theories about life.  i would be the one who’d do everything in my power to set you up with the boy you really, *really* liked for years. i would pray for you and with you; never allowing you to carry your burdens alone. best friend, i tried looking for you for years, in so many different places, in so many different people. all those friendships meant something to me, but they seemed to have all been pointing me to something greater. to you. best friend, i was so caught up in investing my time and energy into other people that i didn’t realize that it was you i needed, this whole time. i’m so glad i found you because i need you — your beautiful soul. i hope you need me too.


your best friend ❤

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shaved ice @ bubble world

this summer, my family and I finally tried a dessert that has become increasingly popular over the past couple of months.  i would see many of my friends posting pictures of shaved ice or bingsoo, however you refer to it, on different platforms of social media, and i was ecstatic to try it out on my own.

i absolutely loved it! i believe that it’s a great treat when you would like to cool off in the heat of summer days.  it’s SO refreshing and i personally love eating it with toppings such as pearls and mango.  i would definitely recommend for anyone who hasn’t tried shaved ice to put it on their bucket list for this summer.  with this kind of weather, i don’t think shaved ice can disappoint. 🙂

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sweet sixteen.

Well, I’m very behind in keeping my blog up to date. However, my summer’s been busy with babysitting my sister and hanging out with my family, that I haven’t been thinking much of what I can upload onto my blog. But, I’m back, and am ready to share about one of the most memorable days of my summer this year.

Last month, I turned sixteen.  This age is considered a milestone if you live within North America. 🙂 It’s the age where you can learn how to drive.  It’s the unwritten age that states that you are no longer a kid anymore.  You begin to realize that even after encompassing childhood, you still have a whole life ahead of you.

After most of my friends decided to celebrate their “sweet sixteen” with parties with lots of their friends, I decided that I wanted to do the same.  Planning for my birthday wasn’t all that easy as we had some issues booking the venue and co-ordinated everything within 2 weeks of the actual party!

Anyways, I had such a memorable time with my family and friends. ❤ I’m so so thankful for pouring their love and blessings into my special day.  Big shoutout to my mom and dad, my cousins, my friend Alyssa, and my boyfriend for decorating, baking, doing my make up, and for setting up and cleaning up before and after the celebration.  Aaand, how could I forget thanking all my friends for all the thoughtful gifts they gave me. 🙂

It will be a day that I will remember for the rest of my life. My sixteenth birthday was nothing short of sweet. ❤


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I think the last time I did a post like this was when I first started out my blog this year.  Now doing it for a second time, I think it’s something I want to keep doing continually.  I want my blog to represent the things I stand for  — appreciating those who have poured blessings on blessings into my life being one of them.

I’m sure that I’ve mentioned Janielle in a number of my posts in the past, but it wasn’t until recently I truly realized how much she meant to me.  I’ve finally found my best friend.   My other half.  One of the few people I can truly share anything in my heart with.

I remember a couple years ago when we were starting out as friends, my dad predicted that one day, this younger girl who I barely knew at the time would become my best friend.  Naturally, I did not believe that could come true.  She was one and a half years younger.  I didn’t think we could relate to each other and share life the way we do now.

Through coming to my house almost every week two years ago, our sleepovers, Prayer Hub, having a vacation together, God has brought her so much closer to me than I could have ever imagined.

Janielle, thank you for all the inside jokes, memories, secrets, and advice you’ve given me.  Yes, you may be younger, but I see so much wisdom and strength inside of your young heart.  You continually inspire me to be kind and to draw closer to God.  You are my sister and I can’t tell you what it means to have you in my life.


SO much love for her.

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sister of my soul; friend of my heart 

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1.5 years apart, and she’s only like 1.5 inches shorter than me….

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I live for more times like this. ❤ 



Well another year has come and gone and it’s summer once again.  It’s almost been a year since I started this blog, and I’m proud to say that I think I’ve been making progress with my blogging journey 🙂

So, my grade 10 year absolutely flew by incredibly fast.  It honestly doesn’t feel so long ago since I first started the school year.  I think it was a year of new experiences, new lessons that I’ve learned, extreme stress, a year of change, and a year of growth.  There were extremely happy times, and extremely disappointing and difficult times.  But I’m proud I got through it. 🙂

But, it’s summer now!! 🙂 Time to de-stress,  hang out with friends, catch up on all the sleep I lost this school year, and just reeeeelax.

However, I have no intention of being a couch potato throughout the next two months.  Like last summer, I will be sharing my summer bucket list on my blog. I’m super excited to share what I have in mind for this summer….


  1. Get a job… (I’m so broke)
  2. Learn three new songs on the ukulele
  3. Start a YouTube channel and start regularly vlogging 🙂
  4. Get a head start with Math 11… (not that I want to… it’s definitely more like I need to, not gonna lie…)
  5. Get my learners driver’s license
  6. Read at least 5 books (I’ve gotten so lazy when it comes to reading LOL)
  7. Decorate my bedroom with more pictures
  8. Post on my blog at least once a week!
  9. Work on my French
  10.  Go to the beach at least three times this summer 🙂


That’s all I have! Hope you enjoyed. Can’t wait to blog more about my adventures and accomplishments this summer!