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Bienvenidos! (Welcome)

Wasabiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!  Welcome to my blog, the Sun, Sea, and Everything in Between!  I’m Mal, a home schooled, left-handed, music-obsessed Christian who loves anything and everything to do with the water 🙂  I love God and am constantly in awe of His perfect creation!  Read more about me here!

I am a first-time blogger and just want to put it out there that I make ALOT of mistakes, so be ready for those!  This blog is about exactly what it’s called: The Sun, Sea, and Everything in Between!  Well, I guess it’s mostly about the Everything in Between part…

I hope you’ll stay and explore my little corner of the inter-webs for a while!

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(Oh, also I figured I should say something about this: The little drawing on the header of my blog ism’t my own creation.  I found it on google images, haha.  Thanks to whoever drew it!!!

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January Bujo Set-up 2019

Hey everybody! It’s time for my January Bujo Set-up, and this is super exciting because it’s the start of a new year and a new bullet journal. So there won’t be much writing, but here’s basically just my layout of this month.

I will say, though, that my set-up has become way bigger. (By that I mean I added like one more page than usual…heheh)

I was going to do snowflakes as a theme, but since I didn’t see any snow this month, I wasn’t really feeling it. Instead, I did a (really horrible job of) mountains and trees since we just had a winter camp in the mountains (which I still need to do a post about…).

There’s my cover page! It’s…very…abstract…heheh. But seriously, those trees look demented XD

So, for that little thing I wrote in the top left corner, after I wrote it, I immediately realized that I’d written something about the “air” twice and now it looks cringe so…

But the whole adventure thing was, like, supposed to apply to the fact that I went to winter camp and we were being “adventurous” and stuff. (We even ended up sleeping outside one night!…more on that later)

This page, same as ever…

Ok, so I’m kind of excited for this one. This is my (one) new thing that I’m implementing this year and, yea… I actually started doing this last year, but stopped in April (which was before I started blogging so…) and now I’m starting up again! I figured it’d be good to keep track of how much moola I’m spending each month. And stuff.

So that’s it, I guess. Same as always, I feel like.

What’cha doing for YOUR bullet journal?

(haha, everyone probably already posted theirs…)

Do my trees look demented? (can they even be called trees???)

2019 BuJo Setup!

Hey! Firstly…let me say: I’m sorry for having not posted at all this year yet, but I finally posted the other one, so yay!

But anywhoo… It’s a new year, and time for a new BuJo! So here’s my really boring and simple set up. (January’s is soon to come!)

So, if you looked at the really super horrible and grainy and blurry featured image (which is way worse than these other also terrible photos because I took it on a different day, like at night, and the lighting was different so…), you’ll see that this year my BuJo has coffee all over it!!!! I also have no idea what brand this is because I got it for my birthday last year and I think it’s from amazon, but that’s all I know.

Um, you can see my failed “reference page” or whatever, and… Let’s just leave that alone for now.

And then, there’s the “Year at a Glance” page, and I did blue for winter months, green for spring, yellow for summer, and orange for fall. So, yes.

(Also, let me point out that I hate the color choices that I used in not only this page, but just in general. And this is mainly because they are just random colors that I was grabbing and going crazy with.)

This page is pretty self-explanatory I think, but basically there’s just post ideas (for if I have an idea for a completely different month that I happen to be in) and then my goals for my blog this year 🙂

Again, basically self-explanatory for these last three pictures.

Any suggestions of what other page layouts and/or themes I can use for next year?

What is Christianity? (Ft. Beach//Nature Hike Photos)

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Firstly, let me say that I’m really sorry for this unexpected mini hiatus kind of thing going on here, but I’ve been working on this post for over a month now and didn’t have much time to focus on other posts…heheh

I’m also going to add a bunch of photos (even though I’m not really a great photographer or anything) that I actually took on my own, not my sister (go check out her blog here!), since this post is, like, super long and you will probably skim 😂

Continue reading “What is Christianity? (Ft. Beach//Nature Hike Photos)”

Adiós 2018…Hola 2019! ft. a few already-seen pictures

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Right.  Currently I’m sitting here watching the music video for joy. by for KING & COUNTRY.  But I’d better write this soon…

Well another year is passing, and the next is just around the corner.  Here’s some of this years’ highlights (ft. a few really bad, already seen, pictures)

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+Highlights

  • Started a bullet journal
  • I tried out for America’s Got Talent (see that post here) IMG_0104
  • I went to Utah for our youth group’s winter camp!
  • Glow party!!!
  • My aunt’s wedding
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  • Went to Knott’s Berry Farm 2 days in a row
  • Started this blog!
  • I was a junior leader at my church’s VBS! (our group was the Speedy Sloths…that makes sense, right?)
  • School ended (no more projects and etc. due!!!)
    • A LOT of celebrating the aforementioned
  • Citizens and Saints (aka The Citizens…they changed their name) Concert!!! (at which I also helped out)
  • Lot’s of beach days!
  • Lot’s of swim practices
  • Lot’s of church and//or youth group events!
  • A few AIO albums came out!
  • Went to Vans U.S. Open
  • Went to youth group’s Summer Camp!!!! (here)
    • It was super crazy!
  • Road trip to Lake HavasuHoover Dam, Sedona, and Grand Canyon!

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  • My (what seems like) 2nd millionth first day of school.  Again.
  • Started taking a speech and debate class
  • Had a few early (like really early) morning surf sessions
  • We went to Great Wolf Lodge with a bunch of human beings from our school//home school program thing
  • Harvest Festival at church (it was LIT!) for Halloween
  • We went camping twice   (Carpinteria + Jalama Beaches)

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  • Thanksgiving!
  • Two debate tournaments…they were…okay…
  • WE SAW THE NEW CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM MOVIE!!!! *ahem*
  • I started helping out at the library
  • Went to two Nutcrackers (I had two separate friends in two separate productions)
  • Went RV camping (again) in Jalama (pronounced Ha-la-ma) beach
  • CHRISTmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (of course)
    • Celebrated Jesus’ birthday ❤ (see this post)
  • Had a “Keep Christmas Alive” party with youth group at church (it was the day after Christmas, hence the “Keep Christmas Alive”

+Books

  • Summer of Broken Things-Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • The Hiding Place-Corrie ten Boom
  • Echo-Pam Munoz Ryan
  • The Last Battle-C.S. Lewis

+Songs

  • Still Rolling Stones-Lauren Daigle
  • Ruin-Shawn Mendes
  • Don’t Be a Fool-Shawn Mendes
  • Glorious-Macklemore ft. Skyler Grey
  • All Good-Capital Kings and Hollyn

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+Resolutions//Goals

  1. Practice piano/guitar/uke at least one every 2 days
  2. Work on increasing my range (voice-wise) more
  3. Read my Bible every morning
  4. No complaining
  5. Fight less with my sisters
  6. Volunteer more
  7. Learn Spanish (and actually commit to it)
  8. Get better at Bujo-ing and etc.
  9. Improve my brush-lettering
  10. Have 10 resolutions/goals

 

Well…I guess that’s it?  Seems like I should say more though…

Oh whale, bye! We’re off to our friends’ house to hang out and celebrate New Year’s Eve!

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What are your resolutions and goals?

Are you excited for the New Year too?

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What is Christmas really about?

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Everywhere there’s snow…(Haha, jk.  CA rarely gets a white Christmas)

So, onto the burning question:  What is Christmas really about?

Well, that’s pretty obvious.  Presents!  Right?

Not quite.  Let me explain…

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Christmas is, in plain words:

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that He sent His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

You’ll probably hear this a lot during this month but it’s the truth!  Seriously, Jesus is the reason for the season!

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See, it’s not just that God sent His Son to create a new holiday, perform a few miracles, then head back up to heaven.

It’s waaay more than that.  God sent His only Son to earth as a little baby, a symbol of humility and meekness.  He could have come with loud trumpets, or in a golden chariot or something grand like that.  But, nope!  He came as a baby, which actually fulfilled prophecy!  In fact, seven hundred years before she was born, Mary was prophesied to be the mother of Christ. Isaiah wrote, “The Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

See?  Even before Mary was born, His birth was prophesied!!! (and eventually fulfilled, hundreds of years later!)

So, now that we know “Who?” and “What?”, onto the “Why?”.

Well, to put it simply, because God loves each and every one of us!  In the verse a few paragraphs up there, it says, “For God so loved the world…”  He doesn’t just pick and choose, like: “Oh, I think I’ll save that one because I like their hairstyle.”  He loves all of us.  And it doesn’t matter whether or not you believe in Him and love Him back, all that matters to Him is that you exist, and that makes Him want to love you.

Now, having said that, it also pains Him to know that He can’t be with all of us in heaven.  See, He gave us free will (see Joshua 24:15 below), so we get to choose whether or not we want to be chosen.  (Does that make sense?)  He chooses those who choose Him.

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” -Joshua 24:15

C.S. Lewis once said, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”  Our real home is heaven.  However, we are still here is because of sin.  When sin entered the world through Satan and then through Adam and Eve, it infected all of God’s beautiful and perfect and good creation(s).  So now, even though His creation is perfect, it groans because of the pain sin inflects.  But our real citizenship is in heaven, and God is just waiting for us to accept that citizenship.  (In this world, but not of it!)

“I once was dead in sin, alone and hopeless.  A child of wrath I walked, condemned in darkness. But His mercy brought new life, and in His love and kindness, raised me up with Christ and made me righteous.  You have bought me back with the riches of Your amazing grace and relentless love, I’m made alive forever, with You life forever, by Your grace I’m saved!”    -“Made Alive” by The Citizens//Citizens and Saints

“How?”, you ask, do we become saved?  Well, because God sent His Son to earth as a baby, because of all the miracles and the teachings that Jesus did, and especially because of Jesus’ death on the cross, all we have to do is pray a little prayer:

  1. “Dear Jesus, I’m sorry for sinning, I know it isn’t what You want for me.
  2. Please forgive me.
  3. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins so that I wouldn’t have to suffer pain.
  4. Thank You for giving me eternal life with You in heaven!
  5. I love You and praise You with all my heart, Amen”

And there you go!  If you prayed that prayer with real belief in God and that Jesus died for you, then there is a celebration in heaven!  The angels and God rejoice in your salvation!

“I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. -Luke 15:7

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Did you pray the prayer?

Do you believe that He died for your sins?

Do you beleive this is the real meaning of CHRISTmas?

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December Bujo Layout

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Hey there, hoomans!  I finally finished my December bujo and now I’m gonna share it with you!

This month I decided to go for a really super simple Christmas lights theme because I thought, Hey, why not?  So yea.

Also, just to warn you, this month got really messy just because I was rushing it and kept wrinkling and ripping pages and speling things wrong.

Oh look,  I even spelled spelling wrong! (Jeez, what has gotten info me?)😂

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So here’s the cover page.  Again, I know…messy. And a ripped page.  Let’s just ignore that for now.

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Well.  The reason for the wrinkliness is that I messed up on the page so I tore it out and made it into a ball, but then for the monthly spread, I accidentally picked up a sharpie to make the boxes instead of a thick fine liner, and it bled through so I had to glue it back on.  Same with the other side, haha…

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Since it’s Christmas and the season of giving, I added a “gifts + eTc” page.  It’s pretty self explanatory.  Basically, I write the name of the person receiving the gift, what it is, if I wrapped it or not, and how much it was.  And, yes it says “when” where it should say “wrapped” but I’ve fixed it by now.  So don’t worry bout me!

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Do ya like it?  (Haha, probably not-it’s so messy!)

Any suggestions of what other spreads I could possibly add in the future? (Since the new year is coming and all)

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Christmas Bucket List

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I haven’t actually done anything like this yet, but I figured-hey, why not?  I’m actually really excited for this…However, it most likely won’t be fully finished like last time XD

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  • Go Ice-skating
  • Watch every single Christmas movie you can think up…(i.e. Home Alone, A Christmas Story, Elf, etc.)
  • Make hot cocoa
  • Build a Gingerbread House
  • Bake and Decorate sugar cookies
  • Go Caroling
  • Make a Christmas playlist
  • Go see the Nutcracker
  • Random acts of Kindness
  • Organize Secret Santa gift exchange
  • Make and wear an ugly Christmas sweater
  • Spend the day buying and wrapping gifts
  • Make//buy gifts for mailman//UPS//Fedex (etc.) people
  • Read the story of Christmas (Luke chapter 2)
  • Have a Birthday Party for Jesus!
  • Cut//Chop down your own Christmas tree
  • Make a driftwood Christmas tree (this might only be a Californian//coastal thing, though…)
  • Whatever else you want to do 🙂

So these are just some of my ideas, of course, in California we don’t get much snow, so that’s the only reason I didn’t include any of that kind of stuff.

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Do you have a Christmas Bucket List?

Have (or Will!) you done any of these ideas yet?

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Christmas Wish-list!

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Let me just first off say, that this post is not meant for me to sound greedy or spoiled or anything like that, I just thought I’d share what I’d like for Christmas this year!  Haha, I’m not the Grinch, don’t worry…

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Also, sorry I’m posting this kind of late in the day…

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  • KALA Concert Uke
  • literally any and every dual brush pen made by Tombow
  • more Polaroid film
  • NKJV journaling Bible
  • Fjallraven Kanken Backpack (Sky Blue)
  • Pura Vida Bracelets//rings (in general)
  • Books (no sure which ones yet, I’m still thinking about it)
  • Muji stuff…just because XD

Anyways, thanks for reading this short, but to the point, post.  Haha, if you’ve already gotten this far, you (hopefully) don’t think that I’m greedy and spoiled XD.

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What’s on YOUR wish-list?

Any suggestions on what good books I should ask for this year?

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Christmas Traditions

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  • Every year, we put up our tree and take all the decorations out of storage the day after Thanksgiving.  They usually stay stacked up next to the front door for another 3 or 4 days…heheh
  • We also have this reeeaallly old advent calendar thing where you put the star in a different pocket each day and inside that pocket is a piece of paper that has an activity for the day or a piece or candy or something!adventcalendartree.jpg
  • Speaking of advent calendars…We also own “The Story of Christmas-Advent Calendar”, which has these little ornament//book things that we read, one a day, and they tell the OG story of Christmas, Jesus’ Birth ❤adventcalendar.jpg
  • Aaand, speaking of books, as a family we always read certain books together, for example, we’ve been reading the story or Saint Nicholas (the OG Santa Claus) every year.
  • I think our oldest tradition yet has been the one where we all pile into the car, wearing our biggest jackets and thickest jeans and grab some hot cocoa from either Starbucks or Peet’s Coffee and we drive around looking at people’s Christmas-light adorned houses like creepy stalkers (haha, jk about that last bit!)
  • Our church is located right next to a little neighborhood and, every year, we gather together to go Christmas Caroling through the streets there!  It’s such a blessing, because as we sing, we see the Joy that enters the lives of these people we barely know!  In fact, there’s one family that looks forward to it so much, that they have all their friends over to wait outside in the freezing cold for us to sing for them and they even hand out hot apple cider and hot cocoa as well!
  • Looking back, I’ve realized that, when I was little (up until basically age 10) it was so painfully agonizing to have to sit and listen to my parental units read the story of Jesus’ Birth.  It’s actually quite funny, because now, I try to look forward to it!  It’s honestly, probably the best part of Christmas because we get to thank God for giving us the Perfect Gift, His Son! (It’s even better when Christmas falls on a Sunday and we get to go to church to celebrate His Birthday even more!)

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What is YOUR family’s favorite Christmas tradition?

Do you have a special Advent Calendar that you use every year?

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