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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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APPRECIATION POST | JANIELLE DOMINGO.

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.

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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. ❤ 

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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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