[why? i suppose…]


How can someone so involved in their passion, like dance, or blogging, suddenly disappear off the map? “Snap, she’s gone, doesn’t blog in months…gosh, where did she go? I suppose she lost her spark and her inspiration.” Honestly, whether you are thinking that doesn’t much matter to me. I’m not who you see of me, or read of me, or imagine me to be.

This isn’t just my story. I’ve thought this about many people or blogs I see that have been deleted or abandoned. “Why is this person gone? He/she is longer inspired, I suppose. That’s too bad.” But in reality, the identity that we demonstrate for others, especially online, is vastly different from our real life. We judge others by what we see or read of them. I know I do, many times without thinking. The lives that Internet Dominators, celebrities, and even normal people show on the outside, albeit interesting, inspiring, or depressing, are merely a picture from their “best angle,” or, rather, the angle they want you to see. I can guarantee that every writer or blogger you come across has hidden secrets that no one knows or can determine from what they read. Their writing, even if it is deep and heartfelt, can’t entirely depict how they truly live and feel, because they refine their words into what they want you, the reader, to see. You can only find complete genuinity in a face to face relationship.

Me, you ask? I’ve moved on to greater things, and I have stronger passions than what I used to have. Sure, I’m not writing, but that doesn’t mean my life is any less exciting than it was when I posted every week, or every day. If anything, it’s more compelling by far. If you want to hear about my life, please ask, and I’ll be more than happy to tell you, personally. In the meantime, the life that I live and the passions I am pursuing are inequivalent to what anyone sees or reads about, and as I have grown up, I no longer feel that it’s necessary to blast my words out loud for everyone to hear. Honestly, the season when I was an avid blogger was a time in my life that I needed to connect with those beyond my physical reach, because at the time there weren’t many people who I could reach out to in my personal life. Now, I live in a season where the people around me and close to me take priority, and the relationships I have cultivated in the past years strengthen me in a similar way that being an inspiration to my readers strengthened me in the past. It wasn’t completely fulfilling, but it was what I needed at that point in my life, and I truly needed the people with whom I connected.

By the way, just because I may stop doing something on a regular basis doesn’t mean my passion for it has died, or that I have a less interesting life, and just because I’m pursuing different dreams doesn’t mean I’ve burned away the old ones. Hence, I’m writing a blog post now, but only because I have something to say. In addition, the things I write and pour my heart into aren’t always for everyone to see–oftentimes they are solely for me. I stopped taking dance classes partly because of my schedule, and partly because it was time to move on, but that doesn’t mean I lost my passion for dance. I still love it, and I have found that teaching dance and choreographing really inspires me. My passions aren’t something that simply leave my heart. They are eternal.

I’ve put some dreams on the back burner for now, but many new ones have come into play: college classes during high school, becoming a worship leader, wanting to become a speech therapist when I graduate, and mentoring others with excellence in dance and music. Writing music. Learning about the world around me. Loving the people around me. Trusting more. Shaping my own character even in the mundanest of tasks.

So you see, I may not post often, or ever, but I am pursuing my dreams whether anyone even reads my blog or not. Who I am does not equal what others think of me, even in my non-internet life. Who I am depends on me, and on God. I want to encourage you through this. Who you are is important. The people around you can only influence and change you if you let them. I’ve learned that one, for sure. I’m not saying don’t let them. I’m just saying follow your heart, and let yourself be affected by people, places, and things that inspire you to become stronger. If your heart is pursuing something merely to appease others, you might want to reconsider your motives. Ultimately, God is your only audience. My desire is to live my life to His glory, to become who He has destined me to be, and not to live for the world to watch me.

What about you?

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[this our hymn of grateful praise.]


for the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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for the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon, and stars of light;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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for the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony,
linking sense to sound and sight;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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for the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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for Thy church, that evermore
lifteth holy hands above,
offering up on every shore
her pure sacrifice of love;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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for Thyself, best Gift Divine,
to the world so freely given,
for that great, great love of thine,
peace on earth, and joy in heaven:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

{all photos copyright throughmykeyboard2013}

[just random me #10]


A Just Random Me linkup, another linkup, and a coupla photo challenges! And guess what’s happening tomorrow…………… [!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

10 things that made me happy this week:

1. that the GIVEAWAY is ending TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!

2. Chatting with wonderful friends!

3. TOMORROW IS FRIDAY!!!

4. Being random. Like the quote above.

5. Using PicMonkey to help me memorize stuff! LOL

6. Classical music, and thinking of this lovely lady when I hear the Moonlight Sonata. Love ya girl! :D

7. New emails!!

8. Being asked to be a sponsor for a bunch of people! It’s always fun for me!!!

9. Having a song you once sung to come on shuffle and yelling it out because no one else is listening [hehehehehe]

10. Hearing Tchaikovsky come on when I’m listening to Classical music on shuffle. LOVE!

Linked up:

Me!

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And we also have Britt’s Q & A linkup!!

Here are the questions….

1. What is your favorite Bible story? That’s a hard one, but one that I like is the story of Mary and Martha!
2. What colors are your room? My walls are a teal color, with accents of lime green, purple, and zebra–maybe someday I will show pictures!
3. What is your favorite meal? (lunch, breakfast, dinner?) I don’t know. That’s hard! ………….Probably lunch.
4. What is/was your favorite subject in school? Well I LOVE to read!!!
5. Are you a shy or outgoing person? Well I can be very outgoing with friends but can be a bit shy with people I don’t know or don’t know well.
6. Are you a more reserved or expressive person? I don’t know. I guess it depends.
7. How many brothers and sisters would you like to have? Well I think it would be cool to have an older sister, or a younger sister to take care of!

Go link up here! It’s always so fun to link up with Britt! :D

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[doncha love that button? :D ]

Entering here, into Carrie’s photo contest! You take a picture associated with your favorite verse! I put mine actually on the photo. :)

You should go and check out her blog and enter–she’s such an awesome girl, and one of my awesome friends!!! Be sure to go soon, it ends tomorrow!! :D

PS this is the lovely rose that I convinced my lovely mom to buy a couple years ago, because its smell is HEAVENLY! It’s called “Tranquility” and the name perfectly fits!

Entering at Elizabeth’s blog, one of my newest blogger friends! Subject: anything you like! :D

Don’t you ADORE the bokeh in this photo! I love it! You should check out Elizabeth’s post and enter into her challenge! PS: they are my grandma’s flowers! :D

PSS: sorry this photo didn’t come until I added it, I had thought it was in the post but it turns out not. :( But here it is now! Sorry!

[giveaway. the giveaway.]


Yes.

The giveaway.

Is here.

THE 25 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m sooooooooooooooooooo excited!!!

Or maybe we should call it the “28 follower giveaway” instead….You guys are so amazing!!

[Britt made my button–thanks so much, girl!]

And our loverly sponsors!!

BRITT will be sponsoring a BLOG DESIGN!

Some examples:

She does SUCH an amazing job!!!

RUBY will be sponsoring a ANIMAL BUTTON, with the animal of your choice!

RUBY will be sponsoring a HEADER, BACKGROUND, and BUTTON, for those who have WordPress designs and are not able to use Blogger designs! [it would work for a Blogger design too! :D ]

and RUBY is also sponsoring a PICTURE-INTO-ART DESIGN!

Aren’t these so cool? She can take ANY picture and turn it into a work of art!

EMMA is sponsoring a BLOG DESIGN! Her design blog is [here]!

Here are some of her examples:

http://www.mainegirlsgrowingup.blogspot.com/

http://klarabellecandy.blogspot.com/

http://sixfarawayfriends.blogspot.com/ (she did the header)

http://sarahelizabethfoto.blogspot.com/

She does a great job! :D

RACHEL is sponsoring a PERSONALIZED TEDDY BEAR DRAWING!

I mean, personalized?! Can’t get any better than that! You will tell her what kind of drawing you want and she makes it! That is *cool,* people!

GODSGIRLZ1 is sponsoring a BLOG BUTTON!

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She can make you any kind of button you would like! :D

and I will also be sponsoring a SIGNATURE, or A PERSONALIZED CONTACT BUTTON! [your choice of either]

Examples of all of the buttons, and the shapes and fonts for signatures [here]!

NOTE: For the contact buttons you may choose up to 5, but if you want over that number I will require my blog button on your blog sidebar. Kay?

MANDATORY: YOU MUST BE A FOLLOWER TO ENTER

Fill out this form to enter!

SPONSORS CAN ENTER!

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PS: As it says in the form, if you first enter but then you do an “extra entry” thing, you can enter again and click that it’s your second or third entry so that you can record your extra credit. So to speak.

The giveaway will end on August 10th [a Friday], so be sure to enter soon!

[just random me #9]


Hey y’all! If you read my overly exited post yesterday I bet you’re in anticipation for that giveaway! :D Well it will come soon, I promise! :D Thought I’d do a quick linkup for this week!

10 things that made me happy this week:

1. 26 amazing followers!!!

2. Watermelon. Yum!

3. Writing up MILLIONS [well, maybe just three] guest-posts!

4. Emailing with one of my new best friends….

5. Getting a giveaway set up–how exciting! And we will have tons of awesome sponsors!!!

6. A beautiful sunset, photographed over a lake in the park. It was so amazing. I will upload pics soon. :)

7. Snuggling with my brother this morning. Who knew?

8. Video-chatting with one of my friends for A HALF HOUR!

9. Getting back a lost earring. Always awesome. :)

10. Wearing a dress I had only used as a dance cover-up and finding that it was EXTREMELY CUTE!!!

Be sure to link up! :D Lots of love!
Hannah

Linked up:

Me!!!

Britt!!

Ireland!!!

[quotes]


IT’S SAAAAATURRRDAYYYY!!!

I’ve felt like my week has dragged and dragged on………but it’s finally Saturday!!! And, as I promised, I have some quotes for you, a couple I found that are really cool and a couple I made. Enjoy!

And the ones I made [feel free to take them! just tell me before you do. :) ]

I made this one above for Britt! Please do not take without permission from her.

lotzofluv, Hannah

 

[ohmygosh.]


ohmygosh

ohmygosh

ohmygosh

ohmygosh

ohmygosh

ohmygosh

ohmygosh.

i.

have.

20.

followers.

[!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

Is anyone excited other than me??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

That’s a step [well maybe five] away from 25 followers, people!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and what happens at 25?

we don’t know.

maybe.

something.

cool.

i don’t know yet, I’m still at 20, so don’t ask me.

but I did promise a mini-giveaway at 20 followers.

so………………

maybe a mini-giveaway will come.

we don’t know.

but you’ll have to stay tuned.

and maybe i can get five more followers before that happens and we can get even closer.

who knows?

so stay tuned.

Signing off, Hannah-With-20-Followers-Eeeeeek!

[linkups and more post coming tomorrow. I am sorry I’ve been so busy and not able to get some good posts posted. just bear with me, kay? peace and love.]

[guess. no really, guess.]


Okay, now I know this is giving away an answer in my contest but I have to say this:

[sigh.]

THIS IS MY 100th POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just have to be excited!!!!!! YAYYYYY!!!!! I AM SO ECSTATIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [means excited.]

Maybe I’ll do a special post! :D But it will have to be in another post, but maybe I’ll do something cool to thank you guys for 100 posts [and almost 20 followers]!!! :D Don’t worry, it won’t be millions of awards again, I promise. :)

Oh, and go take my new poll!!! I appreciate you all taking my other polls and I thought it was time for a change! [and a random change at that! :D ]

And I was awarded! What a great way to celebrate post #100!!!

Thank you soooooo much, Britt, for awarding me–you are such a sweet friend and blogger, and I am so glad that we met and have become friends!!! [she made the above button–isn’t it cute? she does such a great job!]

RULES:
1.  List 4 single words about yourself that describes you. Random, silly, loving, unique. :)
2. Answer the 7 questions. Will do!
3. Award 2 other bloggers that you would like to give the award to. I will do this at the end of the post. :)
The questions!
1. What is your favorite type of pizza? Cheese, all the way. Just cheese.
2. What nationality are you? Um……..American?
3. What is your favorite animal? Well, I love tons of animals, but one unique animal I like is the Red Panda (see button on sidebar and click on it for more info) It’s a really cool and cute animal!
4. What is your favorite name? I have such a hard time with coming up with names…..I don’t know!
5. What is your favorite scent? Well, as in a perfume….hard to decide! Probably “Happy” by Clinique–my grandma gave me some and I love the happy/tangy perfume!
6. Do you wish you were older, younger or the age you are? A little….
7. What is your favorite Bible verse? My favorite verses are Proverbs 31:30 and Philippians 4:6-7 –they’re really cool verses, you should look them up! :D
I want to award:
and
Godsgirlz1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They have both become my really great blogger friends and are the first to come to mind–they deserve this award! :D Congrats to the two of you!!!
So anybody got some ideas for a big #100 special post? I have an idea, but I want to know what you guys think!  :D lotzofluv!!!!!!!!!!! ~H

[uh, random…..]


Just wanted to write this. I want you to know that this is completely random. I am timing myself for five minutes of just typing. Here goes. [beep, beep, beep, beeeppp]

Today, I am slouchy. If you saw a picture of me right now,  you would know what I mean. Slouchy pants, comfy shirt, messy ponytail. Slouchy.

Soooooo….what have you been up to?

Anybody want a personalized button, like for your FaceBook or for your Twitter or Etsy or bucket list or to advertise your blog or somethin-or-other? Please go order one! [i love to do them!!!!!] Go to my [personalize] page!!!

uuuuhhhhhh……….

three minutes left! haven’t typed much…….

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Oh, I met a new blogger friend! Her name is Emma, and she has a wonderful blog! She’s my newest follower! [wow, number 18–cool!!! so close to 20 followers!!!]

Sorry, I took up a couple seconds putting her link in.

………………….

FIVE MINUTES IS TOO SHORT!!!!!!!!!!!! I ONLY HAVE A MINUTE AND [looks at timer] 30 SECONDS LEFT!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is going to be a very short post.

I hope not.

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Okay, this is getting very random. But that’s what happens when you only take five minutes to post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, hey–Ruby made a new blog! It’s a beauty/fashion blog called Inner Beauty! It’s not quite up-and-running yet but you should go check it out and follow! Here’s the link: http://innerbeauty-livingforgod.blogspot.com/

Soooo—[beep beep beep beep beep beep beep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO [sneezes] OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

boooooohhooooooo!!!!!!!

Well hope you liked my random five-minute post! :D