End of a Season.

The ending of 2014 is just around the corner. Usually the end of the year prompts people to evaluate the last year and consider what to work on in the next. Although it is the time of year where everyone is posting about reflections and New Years Resolutions, this post has been a long time coming. I started this blog with the intent of posting regularly, I was excited about travel and life and experiences.

Recently, my Pastor was speaking about the year and how if we are not progressing we are regressing, but in the last couple of months I felt like neither was the case. Everything had seemed to plateau, the dreams I once had non-existent, future plans uncertain and unsure what will come next.

There is a funny thing about dreams, sometimes they are better in your head, things don’t always turn out how you wanted. For years I believed I was the type of person that could go to Europe, that could have an amazing adventure. I believed I was the type of person that would travel, maybe it was the fact I was always a dreamer and I believed in big things, but although I enjoyed my trip to Wales, it wasn’t what I expected, and maybe solo travel isn’t cut out for everyone. I don’t mind traveling alone, I don’t mind exploring places by myself, but in Wales, although I was in another country, I was still just me. I don’t know if I was expecting to learn something new about myself, or if I was expecting to find a part of me that could be adventurous or free-spirited.

This year I’ve realized that I’ve lost who I am. I’ve lost the personality and spirit, I’ve lost that part of me that makes me who I am. I’ve lived in Oklahoma for almost 5 years and have realized that no one here knows who I am, but no one actually knows me. I want 2015 to be different. I’m not sure yet how that will happen, or what it will involve.

This next year will be full of decisions. This year I have a job thats ending will most likely coincide with my lease ending. The perfect opportunity to move if I wanted to. Out of city. Out of state. Out of country. I could go anywhere (as long as I can get a Visa that is), but where to go? Do I stay? There’s nothing in Oklahoma holding me here, but there’s also nothing anywhere else that is leading me there. The world is just waiting for me to take a step. To make a decision. Do I move forward? Move back? Stand still? Which way do I go?

Where do I start? Where do I continue? Do I stick it out and try to change who I am? Reach out more? Continue to accept this is how it will always be?

At the moment I am making a list of 30 things I plan to do this year. 30 things, not necessarily goals, or changes but things I would like to accomplish. If you made that same list for the year, what would you add to the list? What types of attainable things would you commit too?

2015 is right around the corner. A new season. A new beginning. A new outlook. A change.

-Elle

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Rachel Hauck Fires Up the Romance with “A Brush with Love” Kindle Giveaway!

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The Princess Spy By: Melanie Dickerson

I’ve always been a fan of fairy tales. There is just something about them that captivates an audience. There are so many versions of fairy tales out there from movies, to Disney, to books. However, Melanie Dickerson has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Taking stories we have all heard before and transforming them into something fresh and new they we will love even more. Dickerson has found a way to take fairy tales and weave in Christ to each story. The Princess Spy is her latest in a great set of books.

The Princess Spy is the story of Margaretha, an avid fan of talking, but when she meets Colin she learns a secret about Lord Claybrook, the man currently pursuing her. She must continue to act as if she knows nothing when around him and keep her mouth shut or it could cost her the lives of everyone she loves.

I loved The Princess Spy! You will not want to put this book down until the very end, with twists and turns throughout you will be on the edge of your seat. Make sure to check out the book and the rest of Dickersons! These books are great for all ages!

I received this book complimentary through the BookLook Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Susie’s Hope: A Review

What I thought:

Susie’s Hope is an inspirational, true story that shows the effects of what animal abuse can cause to humans and to the animals affected. This is a good movie for those interested in learning more and those who have a soft spot for animals, make sure to bring a tissue box.

I’ve always been a fan of movies based on true stories and enjoyed this one, you may want to screen it before sharing it with kids because of a few scenes that may be a little graphic for a younger audience. The quality was better than I expected although the movie didn’t keep me tuned in through the entire thing it is still worth watching and will open your eyes to animal abuse.

About the movie: Run time 105 minutes

Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
Watch and share the Susie’s Hope trailer here!
 
About Susie:
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and even won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!
Check out and share Susie’s Hero Dog Award Video here!
 
This website is a GREAT resource for all things Susie / Susie’s Hope related
I received this movie from FlyBy Promotions in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Lumo Project: The Gospel of John #JohnOnNetflix

What I thought:

As of this past Monday you can now watch the Lumo Projects the Gospel of John on Netflix, and it is worth adding to your list. The Gospel of John is a full length film using the actual text from John without edits or changes. You can view the film in the King James Version, New International Version and it is also available in Spanish. The Lumo Project will eventually have all four Gospels available.

The Gospel of John is not your typical movie, it wasn’t created to sell out theaters, or adapted to please audiences, the script come directly from the Bible and the film is used to add to and give context to what is already written. The Gospel of John is a new way to experience the Bible by not only hearing the Word spoken but by seeing what it would have looked like during the time. This film will enhance what you have read by showing you what the world looked like when Jesus lived. This is specifically great for people that are visual learners because they can see what is happening along with the text. I really enjoyed this film and think that it will be an amazing resource for people and give them an entirely different experience when interacting with the Bible. I am excited to see the rest of the Gospels as they come to life through these films.

About the Film and Lumo Project:

FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.

A ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels.

The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionise the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.

This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine. 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

For More Information:

Official Website: http://www.lumoproject.com

I was provided access to the Gospel of John in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

-Elle