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SCHOOL’S OUT | LIFE LATELY | SUMMER BUCKET LIST 2017

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….


SUMMER BUCKET LIST 2017 

  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!

xo,

Ainah

 

 

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CAHSMUN 2017.

Coming back from my first Model United Nations conference yesterday, I can say that I’ve learned a lot about the effort and hard work that comes with being a leader.

It was a tiring, hectic, yet fulfilling and unforgettable weekend to say the least.  I left Friday afternoon with 7 other students from my school and one of my teachers for this conference.

I’ve never done or been to anything like this before, so honestly, I had no idea what to expect.  With little preparation besides the position papers I had to write, let’s say that I was unprepared.   I could try to give a little bit of background information on what this conference is really about,  but honestly, CAHSMUN is one of those things that you have to experience to really understand… 

But basically, CAHSMUN is a role-play of the United Nations.  You are given a committee and a country and two topics to research about beforehand.  Then, during the actual conference, you have the opportunity to present your research in front of other high school students that represent different countries and have different stances on the topics that were given.

CAHSMUN’s motto says, “Learn today. Lead tomorrow.”  I was truly impressed by all the high school students who run this three day event, their intellect, effort, and dedication is something that I can’t stress enough.  It was hard for me to believe that they were once first-timers like me, in a beginner committee, unsure of what to expect during a formal debate.

During the closing ceremony, the keynote speaker brought up some points that personally spoke to me.  She quoted a man named Ralph Emerson who once said, “To know even one life breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded.”

This conference brought me back to remembering that an accomplishment shouldn’t be something made out of a block of wood or paper.  It’s not about my ability to debate or speak.  It’s about having a heart.  It’s the valuable lessons you learn in life about compassion, collaboration, and communication.

I was blessed to have experienced this amazing weekend with some of my friends. (Also, making a really cool new friend 🙂 )  I thoroughly enjoyed making memories of a lifetime with you all — whether it was ordering pizza at 2 am, being super indecisive with all the decisions we make, running out of Denny’s, having photo shoots right outside sketchy buildings, going to parties until 11, and staying up until 4 in the morning… I wouldn’t have wanted my first CAHSMUN experience to be with anybody else.  I’d gladly replay this weekend over and over again in my head as long as I have you all by my side.

All in all, I am so glad I got to take part in this conference.  See you in a year, CAHSMUN.

xox,

Ainah

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16 THINGS I LEARNED IN 2016.

So, we’ve reached the end of another year.  If I’m going to be real right now, a lot has happened this year.  Good things such as going to Mexico for my first-ever mission trip, creating this blog, and making a variety of new friends.   Good things that I want to take with me and cherish for the rest of my life.  And of course, there have been challenges, disappointments, and trials that I’m ready to leave behind in the past.

I know that it would basically be impossible for me to recall every event in my life that has taken place during 2016.  So here’s a list of 16 things I’ve learned and accomplished over the span of the last 12 months.

IN 2016…

  1. I learned that I’m a work in progress.   The last couple of months especially have revealed to me my need of better time management and lack of focus on priorities.  I’ve been hard on myself, to say the least; and have let these feelings of confusion and agitation bring me down emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically.  I’ve learned that I can turn away from my limitations to a God who has none.  I’ve learned that I have family and friends who believe that I can achieve my goals, my pursuits, and dreams as long as I put my heart and time into it.
  2. I learned to let things be. – I learned that there are things that I can’t change such as the way people act or situations around me.  I learned that life is not going to go my way.  Life writes it story with a pen that I’m not allowed to hold.
  3. I learned that not everyone is going to like you.  – It’s a hard truth that I think everyone has to learn to accept.  But I’ve learned that as long as the right people love you for who you are, what else really matters 🙂
  4. I learned that I can’t be in control of everything. – I have weaknesses, limitations, and I make mistakes. I’m human.  Not being able to have everything under control makes me realize my need for God, for family, and for friends. For advice, for wisdom, for love, and for support.
  5. I learned that quality is more important than quantity. – I feel like I’ve only been able to establish genuine close knit relationships with a few friends this year.  I thought that having millions of friends could be one of the best things to ever happen.  But what does having a million friends mean when half of them are stabbing you in the back? I’m more than grateful for the few, close friends that I have in my life today – people I can truly enjoy life with and accept me for who I am. 🙂
  6. I learned that time is precious. – It goes by so fast.  As a friend recently told me, “Don’t waste a single moment of life.” Live with intention. Leave your legacy.
  7. I learned that life is about two things – loving God and loving people. – Life has a purpose. This is it. True joy and satisfaction comes from living these 2 commandments out.
  8. I learned that gratitude changes everything. – I know that I won’t have everything I want in life.  But being able to go to a place where people have to thrive with significantly less than what I have, opens my eyes to how blessed I really am.
  9. I learned that it’s important to find what you are truly passionate about. – I’ve found that doing the things you love with those you love is something that makes living life worth it.
  10. I learned that God wants the gospel spread and his people led. – One of the most memorable things I took from that Student Council Conference I attended a couple months ago.  It’s a calling I want to fulfill.
  11. I learned that a positive outlook can make you a much happier person. – Dwelling on the negative makes everything about life miserable.  Change starts with you.
  12. I learned that it’s okay to be vulnerable. – People appreciate when you open up about your weaknesses or life experiences.  Stories help us to connect and inspire.  Stories spark emotions and makes sense of things.
  13. I learned that the way you treat other people says a lot about you.  – Don’t think I need to elaborate on this. 🙂 The Golden Rule shouldn’t be overlooked.
  14. I learned that overthinking and worrying doesn’t change anything. – Instead of thinking about how things can go wrong, I’ve learned that I need to focus on how things can go right.  Everything works out for a greater good.
  15. I learned that I don’t need to go through hard times alone. – Family and friends are in my life for a reason. To support, love, and believe in me when I’m incapable of doing those things on my own.
  16. I learned that I still have a lot to learn.  – There’s always more to life than it seems, and I know that I’m still young and have so much growing to do.  This upcoming 2017, I hope I look forward, inward, but most importantly upward to the One who knows what’s in store for my life this year.
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BLESSINGS ON BLESSINGS. | WHAT I’M GRATEFUL FOR IN 2016.

Hello, I’m back again.  🙂

I apologize once again for the inactivity over the last little while – and again, we can blame school, life, and priorities for taking time away from me to update my blog. 😦

But what matters is that I’m back, for now.  I have two weeks off school starting today due to Christmas coming right around the corner, so I think I can make it up to all of you who may have been wondering when you could see new content uploaded on here.

Speaking of Christmas, it’s unbelievable how fast time goes by.  How are we only 15 days away until 2017? Honestly, this year has been one of the most eye-opening, challenging, yet most unforgettable years of my life.  Being a very nostalgic person, around this time of year, I always reflect on the great things that God has done, the opportunities He’s given me, and the people He’s placed in my life.  So, I’m going to share all of that with you today.  I haven’t got a list started yet in my head, so I’m also excited to see what I’ll come up with. 🙂


BLESSINGS ON BLESSINGS | 2016

  • mission trip to Mexico
  • first bedroom
  • starting this blog ((:
  • getting onto Honours With Distinction in grade 9
  • joining student council
  • student council conference
  • new laptop
  • first summer job experience
  • seeing family over the summer
  • learning how to play ukulele
  • finding out that my cousins have gotten their VISAs to come to Canada 🙂
  • just having my family around and their constant support
  • prayer hub
  • friends ❤ (you know who you are)
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BACK TO SCHOOL.

Well my life has turned upside down this past week, and trying to adjust back into having routines and schedules is a lot easier said than done.

I started grade 10 about two weeks ago, and honestly, I think I can say that it’s been an okay start so far.  We kicked off the start of the school year with a carnival in celebration of my school’s 25th anniversary and I got to face paint kids and hang out with my friends for about 4-5 hours that day.

I can already sense that the work load will be much heavier than last year and I honestly don’t know if I’m prepared.  I’m nervous, but all I can do is work hard and hope for the best.

Student Council has actually been a great experience so far.  Although I’m not exactly sure if I enjoy meeting during lunch on Thursdays, but let me just say that I know with no doubt in my mind that I’ll be serving my school community with a great group of people.  In these couple meetings we’ve had so far, I can sense a positive atmosphere and genuine concern for our high school body in each individual represented on the Council.

Friends.

Hmm.  Well this is probably the one aspect of school that I’m totally unsure of right now.  To be brutally honest, my circle have friends has drastically changed in the last little while.  I’ve become extremely close to one of the new girls in my grade and have been starting to branch out to another girl I was always friends with who’s also on Student Council but was never really close to.  I’ve started to get a little more comfortable with people outside my grade and I’ve maintained a strong friendship with one guy who was already one of my closest friends last year.

I was expecting to find new friends this year and get closer to people I never really invested in before.  It’s just funny how some people who I thought I would have been tight with forever… have been fading away in many parts of my life.  I never would have thought that yesterday, I would have sent my best friend last school year a text saying, “I miss you.  We should go on a walk together soon.”  There’s no way I’m letting our friendship disintegrate completely, but it’s just …weird, knowing that we barely talk anymore.

So things are shifting and changing, and I’m still trying to find stability in this plane of existence.  But I guess all that matters is that I’m still standing, and I know that there are people who will stand with me in my journey.

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OH FOR GRACE.

12:11 am.

I sit at my desk nearly blinded by the light from my laptop.  Exactly one week until my new school year begins.  Just like I’ve elaborated in my last entry, I’m ready to welcome a new year with new challenges, new experiences, new trials, new triumphs,  huge blessings and huge joy.  What a year this will be.

This past couple of nights, I’ve been trying to improve my sleep schedule so it wouldn’t be a huge adjustment for me to be waking up at 6:30 in the morning, five days a week, again.   I must admit that I’ve been successful up until tonight.

A song that I’ve heard on a blog of this wonderful woman I was able to meet on the mission field would not stop playing in my head.  The sweet, sweet, melody that accompanied beautiful lyrics which state,  “Jesus, Jesus, how I trust you,” was stuck on replay.

For some reason, feelings of anxiety and fear crept into my mind as I realized that this new school year was approaching far faster than I expected.  I’ve usually been an optimist who has tried my best to console my nervous friends and classmates around this time of the year, but today… my mind was wrapped around the possibilities of what could go wrong this school year, whether it meant my academics, my roles on student council, my walk with God, or my social life.

It’s not easy being in high school in this time and age.  I do strongly believe that it is a time of transition between interdependence and independence.  The grip that teachers and parents have had on you your whole life starts to soften as they let you go experience both the beautiful and difficult realities of adulthood.

I don’t think that it’s some sheer coincidence that I felt God prompting me to go back and look at that blog post in which I discovered a wonderful old hymn called, “‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.”  It’s timeless lyrics was what I needed to hear today.

I want to end off by quoting what this woman I met in Mexico wrote in her blog as she made a cover of this hymn,

 

“This song is a beautiful old hymn that has come to life again to me these days. In the middle of all of this craziness, these words go deep. It’s so sweet to trust in Jesus.

All of these times that I’ve looked into my future and not known how it is going to happen, I just have to look back at all the times that I’ve proved him over and over. 

Not that it’s that easy…I know I’ll have my days of feeling anxious. But as A.W. Tozer wrote, “I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace.” It’s not that easy, but it is that simple. Just to take him at his word. And he gives grace to do that. 

Oh for grace to trust him more.”  – Heather Molina

 

If you’d like to listen to Heather’s cover of this hymn, I’ll leave the link down below:

 

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!

Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

 

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A NEW BEGINNING.

Summer’s coming to a close and it’s surreal to me how fast it’s gone by.  From moving two days right after I finished all my finals, renovating and repainting, visiting family and friends occasionally, and starting this blog… I just can’t believe that school is starting again in only a matter of 15 days.

These past two and a half months were definitely a well deserved break from all the stress that came from the 10 months of pure almost non-stop productivity and busy-ness of  student life.  I’ve had plenty of time to rejuvenate, relax, and return to old interests that I barely had time to do before the break.  Just like any other summer, I’ve learned a lot of things that I don’t necessarily obtain from sitting in a classroom.  (But I’ll save those things for another entry 🙂 ) Somehow, these pieces of wisdom I’ve picked up lately have made me feel ready to start a new school year.   It’s so strange how time plays games and makes it feel like I was only in the second grade yesterday.  But I’ll admit that it’s a bit of a struggle to entertain the thought that I’m halfway through my high school journey.  I make a list of goals I want to achieve in every new grade that I enter, and I’m thrilled to be sharing this year’s list with all of you:

GRADE 10 GOALS: 

Academic: 

  1.  Obtain a cumulative average of 95% (Honours With Distinction.)
  2. Get 1-2 Class Star Awards.

Spiritual:

  1. To remember to honour the Lord in all I do.  I know that this may sound vague, but returning glory and praise to the One who deserves it most in this world, is an extremely important thing for me. 🙂
  2. Read the Bible every morning before I go to school.
  3. Go to a Christian youth event with friends.
  4. Join this year’s mission team (again.) ❤ ❤ ❤

Leadership:

  1. Be able to organize chapels that will truly impact the hearts of the high school student body.
  2. Be able to organize events that emulate and spread the love of Christ within the high school community.

Social: 

  1. Make 2 new friends in different grades.
  2. Become closer to people in my grade who are either new or barely an acquaintance at this point in time.

My measure of success is not based on whether I accomplish everything on this list or not. 🙂  This list is just a tool I use to keep myself motivated throughout the school year.  As long as I know I worked hard, tried my best, have fun with friends, and have been able to witness God in one way or another, that’s what makes a good year, a good one. 🙂

I don’t know what this year holds for me yet. But I’m excited for this new beginning.

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