Friday, June 27, 2014

New song lyrics "Heart Hit"

(Written my Michaela, all rights reserved)

Everyone's got a story
But nobody wants to tell
So we sit in whitewashed tombs
Like we're the only ones in hell

Everyone has a rough spot
But we excuse our own
And blame it on our victim hearts
We're the only ransomed soul

Well, everyone has a past
And everyone has a future
But for now our solitary selves
Join the crowd of nondisclosure

Last night I had a dream
Of an army too great to number
They were marching side by side
But not one of them saw the other

So I'll show you my wound
You don't have to show me yours
My guess is both of our hearts are torn
So what are we waiting for?!

Secrets, stories, battles, glories
Wins and losses, we've all got it
Everyone's wound is different
But everyone's had their heart hit
Their heart hit
Yeah, everyone's had their heart hit

Everybody's pumping blood
Like arrows through their heart
We've all been born into this world
That's a good enough place to start

If you don't want to share
Don't pretend that no one does
Have the courtesy to sympathize
Because you've been in that rut

We're really all the same
Skeletons playing dress-up
Born and raised so differently
All tainted by Adam's mess-up

I think you're the victim
And the offender all the same
It's a real small world we live in
So who are you gonna blame?!

So I'll show you my heart
It's an ugly, beautiful mess
Show you the One who loved my soul
Enough to take upon my distress

Secrets, stories, battles, glories
Wins and losses, we've all got it
Everyone's wound is different
But everyone's had their heart hit
Their heart hit
Oh, their heart hit
Yeah, everyone's had their heart hit

Everything that you've been through
Everything you're crying over
Jesus nailed it to His body
So give up your load and give Him what He asked for

Your secrets, your stories, His battle, His glory

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Pencil Sketch "The face of determination"

I drew this on a Sunday afternoon when I was feeling quite under the weather and really bummed out that I didn't get to go anywhere that I'd planned. Messaging a friend, the subject of art came up. Guess what, he draws too! I never knew that. So it inspired me to start drawing again. (I'd been so busy during the winter I had grown rather apathetic) I actually looked at my own profile in a picture just as a guideline, and then went from there. It actually looks nothing like me.



Saturday, June 7, 2014

Headband out of a Square Scarf w/ pictures

A simple and cute look for work, play, church, the office, dates, or bad-hair-days. You can choose from most any scarf and make it work for you.

The picture tutorial is pretty self-explanatory, but let me elaborate if need be.

Note: if you are using an oblong scarf (as opposed to a square scarf) steps 1-4 are not necessary.

Step 1: Decide whether you want your hair up or down, or your bangs forward or back. Do your hair accordingly, keeping in mind you'll need about 2 inches of room for the headband to go around. Hairspray is helpful. Also, if you are going to wear earrings or wear makeup, do so now.
Step 2: Lay the scarf down flat, and fold it in half, point to point, to make a pyramid or triangle.
Step 3: Visualize a half-way point between the top-of-the-pyramid corner and the base, and the point down to that area.
Step 4: Visualize the remainder of the scarf in fourths, or quarters. Find the 1st quarter between the top and middle part, and make a crease with your hand. Fold the crease over, as to hide completely the top-of-the-pyramid point folded in step 3.
Optional step: depending on how wide you want your headband to be, you can stop folding after step 4, or you can fold the scarf in half one more time.
Step 5: Hold the scarf by each end, pulling firmly as to keep from unfolding. With the smooth side facing out, place the middle of the scarf at the nape of your neck and bring either side up to the front of your head.
Step 6: Secure in the center with a simple knot, pulling just tightly enough to keep it firmly in place without potentially giving you a headache.
Step 7: Tuck the ends of the scarf underneath the headband, close to your head, on either side. Ta-da! You're done and look fabulous!

More pictures:

Trying out a 70's style

This is actually my sister's dress
 What I'm wearing:
Chocolate brown, high-necked sleeveless dress (my sister's)
Floral Scarf, draped around my shoulders backward ($1, local thrift shop)
(no shoes, couldn't find any heels the right color)
Henna design (temporary tattoo) on my foot and forearm
Foundation, brown eye shadow, mascara

My sister's dog on our deck

Recently got about a foot taken off my hair length

My mom was the photographer

Thursday, June 5, 2014

I'm attracted to the heart

 Most women have something specific they're looking for in a man. And in Christian circles, it's been encouraged for girls to actually make a list of requirements for potential beaus to measure up to. (which can be dangerous, because nobody looks like Chris Hemsworth, loves like Ryan Gosling, has the character of Tim Tebow, is as rich as Jay-Z, and sings like Hugh Jackman, all in one) I must admit I have written up such lists, though they really only contained character traits and such. But the more I've observed the opposite gender (and the more the opposite gender has observed me :/ ) I've come to realize that I really don't have a certain stereotype of guys I like. In fact, I've become much less legalistic when it comes to what I do and don't want. I don't care if a man has been to college, what job he has, or what he looks like. His hobbies are his own, so as long as he's passionate about something, I don't mind what it is, or isn't.
Is he a woodsman? A hipster? A nerd? Good for him.
Is he a businessman? A blue-collar worker? A DJ? As long as he's a hard worker.
Has he been to Yale? To Moody? To a tech school? The question is, does he pursue knowledge and wisdom?
Is he clean-cut? Does he have tattoos? Does he wear skinny jeans... or carpenters? As long as he's reconciled his appearance with the Lord.
Does he listen to hymns? To jazz? To heavy metal? I'm cool with that if he's able to worship God through them.
 Please don't misinterpret this as me being desperate and willing to take any man that comes along. In fact, it's just the opposite. I've developed a deeper standard: a good heart. (as well as being a Christian, that's already been established.) Let me explain: more recently - because I'm getting older and therefore eligible - there have been a couple potential suitors interested in me that I've had to evaluate, and make a decision based upon that whether I said yes or no to pursue a relationship with them. Because of all the time, thought, and prayer put into these decisions, I've really had to ask myself, "what is it that GOD requires in a man," and not "what do I think I need/want in a man."  Taken back to Micah 6:8 I found my answer: "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" That's it! It says nothing about hairstyles, hobbies, and personal preferences! So what is on my man-quality-list now? Love God, love others (the first two commandments, Matthew 22:37-39), do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with God.
 Don't get me wrong, I don't expect perfection. No one is perfect. If I were to come across a perfect man, he wouldn't want me, because I'm not perfect! But the man who loves God and strives to model after him, it will motivate him to love others before himself. But that means I, yes me, should be striving for the same thing. I must love God before I love any man; love God more than I love anyone. And not try to "work the system" by taking things into my own hands.

 So, girls, let me give you that list, again:
  1. Love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength
  2. Love others as yourself
  3. Do Justice
  4. Love Kindness
  5. Walk Humbly with God