Do it to Make Him Proud

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“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

-1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT)

As I think and pray everyday about what I’m going to do with my future, I find myself hurting more and more. With all that I do, I wish to make my parents proud and I want them to see me as their hardworking daughter who is trying her best to figure things out and make something of herself. I currently go to school online in a wonderful university, but in my case, wanting to earn a living by gaining a degree in visual arts is not something I can achieve online. That would mean that I would have to travel all the way to Virginia from New York, and I’ve grown so close to the Hudson Valley, that I could not consider anywhere else home but here. Deep in my heart, I don’t want to leave. I want to stay here, and I pray for this every day.

As God continues speaking to me, he is revealing to me more and more that he is listening. He hears the desires of my heart and knows all my thoughts. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says and what anyone else thinks. You are beloved and you are a child of a King. He has called you redeemed and has made you new. Focus on him first, and everything else will all fall into place. Do everything that you do now, tomorrow, and in the rest of your days, to the glory of God. It’s becoming more clear to me, and it has me more at peace. When I see the look of disappointment in someone’s face when I tell them my dreams and my goals and what I am trying to do to obtain them, don’t let it affect you to the point of not doing those things! It may hurt, when you see their disappointment, and it may even deter you from even moving forward in your plans, but don’t do it. If you have a dream, a passion, and a goal, speak out those desires to your father so he may hear them. And do it all to your Heavenly Father’s glory, to make HIM proud.

A New Found Hope for a New Year

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Ah, here we are. We’ve made it to a new year and maybe to some, a new life. I’m so happy to be alive and standing right now. New Year’s Eve was a magical event that played out right in my home. It was a time that was so dear and special to me because I was surrounded with my intermediate family and my boyfriend. We sat there with our tummies full, because we ate like Kings, and told each other what we felt like we learned and accomplished in the past year of 2014. We also spoke of our dreams and hopes for bettering ourselves and our lives for the new year of 2015.

Everyone had such diverse experiences and I almost choked on my words when it came to my turn, because I felt so emotional about what happened this past year. A lot of ups and a lot of downs, but I feel like I have become such a stronger person in my faith and in my character. I found a new hope that I would carry on and continue in this new year and every year after that. Once you have a grasp of life and your presence here on Earth, and just how powerful it is, you can never let that go. Our feet are planted on this Earth for a unique and specific reason for each and everyone, and we are meant to breathe in this life to it’s fullest. God is such a loving God, and he has blessed us with far more than we can even fathom.

To be able to take in every single moment, capture every special memory, and smile with the biggest gum-showing grin is what we were meant to do. That is what I thrive to do this year; to capture my special moments by developing  and growing in my Photography, to never take anything for granted, to meet someone new everyday and to love like I’ve never loved before.

And as the ball dropped and we all gathered around the living room counting down from “5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1”, I looked at every expression on every face. I felt the happiness and joy vibrate off the walls of the room, and I gave a sparkling peach juice toast to my dear boyfriend and leaned in for my first New Years kiss ever.

I couldn’t have asked for a different way in celebrating New Years, or a different set of people to spend it with.

So let’s raise our glasses and here’s a toast, 2015, We’re ready for you.

-Kat A.


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Enjoying every last drop of this year

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“What are you thinking about?”, he asks me as I realize that I have a large smile on my face as I breathe in the beautiful and warming atmosphere of the coffee shop we sit in. My eyes gaze around the room, admiring each little knick knack here and there, from the art displays on the walls, to the paper hearts hanging from the ceiling. I let my lungs fill with the sweetest smell of coffee as I breathe in the steam off of my worn out mug, and answer him with a “Nothing.”

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Thoughts swirl around my head as I let my imaginations run wild. I look at the little shops around us as I peer through the glass, imagining what it would be like to own a little apartment up above a small coffee shop like this. I then feel someone lightly tracing my skin on my hand and I look up to see Jake smiling at me. I so very much enjoy his company because it’s as though we don’t need to drown our days with conversation, we’re content with just being in each others presence. We don’t need to speak because we already know what the other is thinking about through little gestures. As I sit there soaking in every moment, he is also sitting there and doing the same.

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As we finish our lunch, and enjoy every savory morsel of it too, we prepare ourselves to go out and venture to different whereabouts in the beautiful area we know as the Hudson Valley. We walk around with pink noses and frosted fingertips in the historic town of Kingston. We admire the little shops here and there that are filled with different and unique characters. Nothing compares to this area in the wintertime, for even though this is the time of frostbitten toes and dead trees, there is still so much life and spirit around us as people smile and enjoy the festivities of the giving season.

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Jake takes a hold of my hand and walks me around this beautiful town, and tells me stories of his childhood, his favorite memories, classic Marvel comic book nerd talk, and of course… Yes, you guessed… A bit of Star Wars loving. I laugh at all his little quirks and smirks and let the cold wind kiss my face as Jack Frost gives me a small “Hello.”

“What do you want to do now?” Jake asks.

“Let’s go thrifting!” I reply.

Ah, the adventures of thrifting. We roamed around the isles of clothes that are filled with character and that have been loved on a bit more than brand new clothes in retail stores. There’s nothing like buying nifty things for much less than what you’d pay for in stores nowadays.

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Of course, we had to end this perfect day with watching Star Wars and splurging on some delightful vegan ice cream. This year, overall though, is ending and wrapping up quite nicely and I couldn’t ask for a better ending to a better year. But, hey, it can only get better, huh? I’m so looking forward to all the new and exciting adventures that are held for me this new coming year. It was so very nice knowing you, 2014, you will be remembered. Well, this insomniac needs a cat nap at least, for it’s already 5 in the morning. Goodnight to my other fellow insomniacs, and good morning to the early birds!

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