q u e s t i o n s & a n s w e r s

recently i put out a plea on instagram (@thebrightsideblog) for questions that y'all had for an upcoming q&a. i received some really great thought provoking questions, and so today, while sitting on my bed blasting twenty one pilots in my earbuds, i'm here to answer them....

"what's your favorite book or quote?" - camryn // ooh, hard choice! there's two aspects to this question. the bible is by far my all time favorite book, but my favorite secular book is actually a series. my choice definitely has to be either Harry Potter or The Maze Runner Trilogy. and my favorite quote is "I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God's thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all time." - unknown.

"fav song?" - nathan // well, i'm a bit of a music junkie so i'm gonna split this up into my top 3 favorite songs from my top 3 favorite genres... also because i'm super indecisive. Christian - for those who can't speak by tenth avenue north. (but i seriously love any song by TAN). Pop - migraine by twenty one pilots. Country - i love this life by LOCASH.

"what bible verse or story has made the most impact on your life?" - lexi // i actually have a verse and a story. the story would be that of Christ's death for my sin, and glorious resurrection. a true moment that has most definitely changed my life. and the verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13 "No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it." it's a wonderful reminder that no matter what, God will always help me through whatever i face.

"how has God changed you in the past year?" - nathan // God has changed me in a lot of ways if i'm being honest. he's taught me a lot, like how to encourage others, how to be confident in who i am, and most importantly, i'm being taught how to make my faith my own. how to become a true follower of Jesus, and not just a fan.

"what was your favorite show or book when you were little?" - camryn // my favorite book when i first started reading chapter books was The Bobbsey Twins and the Flying Clown. hands down my all-time favorite book from my childhood. though i used to really enjoy the Skippy John Jones books too. and my early child-hood favorite show was probably Dora, but as i got older, The Andy Griffith Show quickly took it's place.

"what would you like to see happen in the next year?" - lexi // well, i have a lot of totally unrealistic goals... world peace, finding a cure for cancer, become a professional singer, stuff like that so i'll narrow it down to some more practical goals (haha). goal #1 - i would love to see more unity in my life. with my friends, the youth group i attend, my church as a whole, really just the community i live in. goal #2 - i would love to become confident enough to sing in front of people. not exactly sure where i want this to go, but we'll see. goal #3 - i wanna get my permit! i turn 16 this year, so i'll finally be old enough! goal #4 - i want to start a band. not really sure what type of band, but i like reallyyy want to start one. and soon.

"what should people who want to blog do to help themselves when starting their blog?" - nate // i suggest narrowing down exactly where you want to go with your blog, exactly who you want to reach, and what you want to write about (general idea). after you figure this out - get connected in the blogging world. maybe guest post on a few blogs (if any of you are starting a blog and want to guest post, contact me and let me know! maybe we can work something out.), get an instagram for your blog, comment on other people's blogs. hope this helps!

huge shoutout to my amazing friends camryn, nathan, and lexi for submitting these great questions! i hope you all enjoyed my q&a, and i hope all you lovelies have a wonderful week.


this one's for the guys

to the guys that care:

nate// my actual biological brother. love you so much, bud. we may not always get along but i know i can count on you. thanks for being so protective, and bein' my partner in crime. i'm so beyond thankful that i can call you my brother.

caleb// words can't even begin to express how thankful i am to have you as my honorary brother/brother in Christ. you are one of the most trustworthy people i know, and you're one of those friends i know i wanna have around forever. you're quite honestly one of the strongest, most genuine people i know.

na(t)han// i'm so thankful that you're my "annoying older brother." we have some of the greatest conversations at 1am when we're both up for absolutely no logical reason at all. (lolol) thanks for being the protective big brother, but also knowing when to let up and let me fight my own battles.

to all my "brothers"// most of the time i don't take time to thank you, so thank youthank you for caring enough to be my friend, for caring about your relationship with God, for striving to be the godly man you're destined to be, for being the guys i can be tomboyish around and you don't care, thanks for not being dramatic, (seriously, you have no idea how much i'm thankful for the lack of drama) thanks for taking me seriously, for never going easy on me, and for cheering me on. you guys mean a lot. sadly, guys that really care are hard to find, so i'm so thankful that i have y'all. you guys are amazing, and i can't say thank you enough.
y'all are encouraging me to be a good friend back, to help you become the godly man God wants you to be, to strive to be more godly, and i can't even begin to express how much that means to me.
thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. 

love you guys.
your sis,

a letter to me

dear me,
you're currently 15 years old, and smack-dab in the middle of high school. so here's a few things I want to tell you:

don't let the drama get to you. try your very best to stay out of it, but also when it does come up try your very best to handle it maturely - and responsibly. because trust me, drama's gonna come up a lot.

be careful, but not overly careful who you trust. you tend to have trust issues, and that's okay. you're really working on it so good job on that. but just because you have trust issues, don't let that block people out of your life completely. carefully choose who you let in all the way, and what you share with the others.

don't let the rumors bother you. okay so because you have some really awesome guy friends that you're pretty close with, guess what? people are going to start completely false rumors. yeah, they frustrate you because of the false "facts", and how the rumors started, but don't let them bother you. it's not true and if they choose to believe the false rumors, they either don't know you well enough or they just decided to be a pain in the butt. either way - don't let the rumors bother you.

choose friends wisely. this is a time of life where your friends are influencing you quite a bit. so choose your friends wisely. choose the friends that are going to be encouraging your walk with God, not hindering it.

eat lots of food. 'nuff said.

stay close with God. don't let the world effect your walk with Jesus. stay close and drawing closer with God each and everyday. God is, and forever will be the most important part of your life.

respect your parents, and their decisions whether you agree with them or not. you tend to have a bit of a rebellious spirit in you. especially when you disagree with something. do not let that hinder your respect for your parents and their decisions. believe it or not they're really just trying to help you out because yes, they've experienced the teenage years before too.

be content. in every circumstance, no matter what. whether you really wanted that item, or to go to that friend's house, or whatever it may be. be content. always.

be thankful. so this one goes hand in hand with "be content."... always be thankful. you have a warm home, good food, an amazing family, fantastic friends, the list goes on and on. you have so much to be thankful for, so appreciate it. thank God for it.

be patient. things aren't always going to happen the way you think they should happen right away. (sometimes they just wont work out at all... at this point see "be content.") you need to have patience with your friends, family, school, God, and yes, even yourself. patience is very important.

stop with the attention-seeking. it's not about you. you're here on this earth to show Jesus to those around you. so stop thinking about yourself, and start paying attention to the people surrounding you. chances are if you just take a moment to listen, they have a lot to say.

so pay attention, me. there's a lot of things you need to work on, and you wont be able to accomplish them in your own strength. pray daily, asking God for help with accomplishing these tasks, and eventually you will improve. don't forget your purpose either.