Thrifty Finds || Sweater Weather

As I look out my window and see rain, I’m beginning to except the fact that Fall and cold weather is upon us.

Am I happy about it? Ehhh… not really.

Am I coping with it? Yes

Last weekend my family and I took a trip to Portland, Oregon… and along with that always comes thrift store shopping.

Also, I bought four sweaters and a pair of jeans for $21. Like what?! Saver’s was having a 50% off sale.

Lace-up Zara Sweater

I found this gem as I was about to stand in the checkout line.. and I’m so happy I did, because it’s one of my favorite sweaters in my closet now. With it being a size large, it’s oversized, cozy and on trend with the lace up detail.

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Knit Cream Sweater

I love the quality and detail of this knit sweater. The material is very soft, and it gives the perfect feminine tough to my Fall wardrobe while keeping me warm. I will probably wear a white long sleeve under it when the weather is chilly. It can easily be dressed up or down.

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I picked up this simple staple black sweater with a v-neck and side zipper detail. The material is thin, but still relatively warm, and the fit is perfect for a pair of skinny jeans paired with booties.

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H&M Salt and Pepper Cardigan

If you know me at all, you know I wear an open cardigan most days of the week. I was stoked to find this new one to add to my collection. I like that it’s unique in the sense that I don’t see many with the salt and pepper knit, plus it is long enough to cover my butt and comfortable. My favorite way to layer cardigans is with high waisted denim and a basic crop top. They can easily be dressed up for down and are so versatile. I think I’m on my fifth straight day of wearing this one… whoops.

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what is your best find at the thrift store?

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How to be Healthy When You’re a Student

Work, school, study, repeat

With it being the third week of fall semester, my days have been full. Trying to balance being a student, a part-time employee, and having a social life is nothing short of challenging. Maybe I’m the only one, but one of the first things that I sacrifice when life gets hectic is taking time for myself and focusing on my health. When I have to be at work at 7 it’s hard to eat a filling, healthy breakfast unless I wake up extremely early. Then only have an hour between work and class makes it very difficult to pack a lunch and usually leaves me grabbing something quick. Not to mention, with a packed schedule that demands late nights, early mornings and focus for school work, it’s very easy to become best friends with caffeine. Oh, and working at a coffee shop doesn’t help very much.

Can anyone relate?

For a second there I forgot to spend any time working on myself, and I’m the type of person that if I continue to forget about bettering myself for more than two weeks I start drowning. I won’t even notice it sometimes until subtle things become apparent and I have to stop and realize that the cause of them are from neglecting certain aspects of my life. You guessed it, the first place I see a negative change is my skin… whether it’s from stress or cheating slightly in my diet, I notice direct correlation with breakouts.

Just this past week I looked in the mirror, and all at once, realized wow, when was the last time I did something for me? Mind you, I suddenly became aware of this because of a breakout that gave me a flashback of the years I struggled with acne. I slowly had been losing sight of my health and skincare roots. For the first time I felt as if I could relate to everyone who’s told me their countless excuses as to why they don’t eat a clean diet- “I’m too busy” “I work too much” “School is hard and I can’t worry about that” “My schedule doesn’t allow for me to eat good”. So, if you’re in the same boat as me, rowing down a fast-paced river with lots of rapids, I want you to know that you can still eat clean, but don’t stress about being perfect.

My best tips to live healthy while being busy

1.Make the best possible choices

It’s okay that you’re not super woman and don’t have time to meal prep every single meal seven days a week, and it’s okay that you want to sleep in the extra thirty minutes instead of cooking a full breakfast spread. I understand that life is busy and unpredictable and sometimes you don’t want to worry about working a full day and then coming home to cook dinner. However, what you do have control over is choosing healthy restaurants to get takeout from, and picking the best options when it comes to food. Opt for gluten free whenever possible (almost everywhere should have at least one option nowadays), ask for the dairy free option, and try to go away from processed, sugary foods. Start ordering coffee with honey instead of a sugary syrup sweetener, or switch out cream for an alternative milk like coconut.

2. Have healthy snacks on hand

Trust me, I know how tempting it is to eat the quickest thing while you’re running around town doing errands, studying or find yourself hungry at work… but one of my best recommendations is to always keep quick, healthy snacks on hand for those times when you’re in a pinch. Some of my favorites are RX bars, macro bars, lara bars or perfect bars. Fruit, or trail mix is a great choice, or even hummus and veggies is simple to pack as a snack. Instead of getting fast food, plan ahead and stock up on healthy food when you’re at the grocery store, so that you have healthy options within reach.

3. Drink water

Of course this one should be a no brainer, but for some reason I know that when I’m non-stop busy, I forget to stay hydrated. There are so many benefits to drinking water it’s crazy: clearer skin, increase energy, flushes toxins from the body, aids in weight loss (just to name a few).

3. Get healthy sweets

If you’re anything like me I have the biggest sweet tooth, like ever. So, I think I would die if I didn’t have healthy sweets available to me. Sometimes we need to be rewarded- whether it’s for a hard day at work, or school, or  you’re on your period, or maybe you just feel like eating chocolate and watching the office… you deserve it. But instead of indulging in overly sweet, fake, or processed sugars I recommend opting for the alternatives (and yes, they still taste great, I promise!).

Chocolate: Lily’s Chocolate, Evolve chocolate

Simple Mills cookies– these are the best cookies ever- sweetened with coconut sugar, grain free, and freakin’ delicious

Coconut Bliss ice cream: better than regular full dairy ice cream… this stuff is addicting and only sweetened with agave nectar. What the heck!

4. Invest in yourself

Take time for yourself. Take a bath, put on a face mask, watch your favorite show or listen to your favorite music, light some candles and remember your worth. I find it much easier for myself to stay in a healthy mindset and continue to pursue goals when I practice self care. I love to read the bible and write in my prayer journal. We have to remember to love ourselves and be kind to our bodies because they’re the only ones we have. Don’t be so hard on yourself: it’s okay if you eat chocolate or have something other than a salad, just listen to your body.

5. Be thankful

Count your blessings. From personal experience, I know that I am most happy and healthy when I remember to be positive and have a grateful heart always. If you let negativity creep in it can be easy to lose sight of health goals and caring for our bodies- inside and out.

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In(Fuse) your Coffee with Nutrients + How To Get Frothy Coffee

To be honest, up until a couple months ago, I was never a huge fan of the normal, over-rated cup of coffee. And frankly, I’m still not.

With that being said, I recently discovered a coffee revolution that has transformed my mornings. And today I will be sharing my little secret with you, along with a sweet recipe that will have you in (healthy) caffeine heaven.

Before the recipe, I just want to talk about the actual coffee for bit… Have you ever heard of healthy coffee? Neither had I, before I found out about this one. It’s called Fused by Rain International and it is made from a balanced blend of grapefruit seed, grape seed, pomegranate seed, and black cumin seed. Each seed provides its own variety of benefits and nutrients for the body. They have combined the four seed oils into each coffee bean, creating a high-powered source of nutrition that elevates your normal cup of coffee and transforms it into a source of health and wellness.

I am blow away by the idea of coffee being good tasting and good for you. I absolutely love love this product and can see myself using it for years to come because it’s so much better for you than regular coffee. Now you can get energized and drink your nutrients for the day all in one. I’m going to show you how I like to drink my Fused black instant coffee in my favorite recipe. If you’re interested in further researching, or purchasing the Fused coffee by Rain, you can go to this website–> Rain

p.s. Rain also makes a latte version of the Fused coffee (with the same 4 seed oils) that is made with coconut creamer which means it’s dairy free, creamy and delicious. Try it out here.

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Now onto the recipe…

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These are the ingredients I like to use in my coffee:

Fused black coffee , coconut milk, wild cocoa powderwild cocoa butter and cinnamon. dsc_0047

Pour one packet of Fused coffee into about 8 oz. of hot water. dsc_0064

Sprinkle in the cocoa powder.
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Steam, or microwave your choice of milk. I used coconut.dsc_0093

Pour your coffee mixture and milk into a blender (and try not to spill like I did)dsc_0100dsc_0106

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This coffee tastes really yummy and has the perfect flavor for fall. I love adding cinnamon and cocoa to make a “mexi mocha” type drink, but feel free to add any spices you prefer. I don’t usually measure the amounts of cocoa and cinnamon I put in, but I just eyeball how much I like to taste (sorry for the non-measurements). You can also substitute the cocoa butter for regular Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.

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New Season, New Look: Derma e Night and Day Creme Review


With the welcoming of a new season, there have been an abundance of changes in the air… and in our skin.

As many of you know, I’m fortunate enough to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, however, many of you may have also heard about the hurricane that we experienced over the weekend. There was literally a tornado that struck along Oregon’s coastline… what?! That is unheard of during my lifetime, and ever for that matter (that I’m aware of).

Anyways, my point is that when the weather changes from hot to cold in a short period of time, one of the main things that is affected is our skin (and not in a good way). I don’t know about yours, but my skin, especially my face, gets way more dry than normal. One of the most important precautions in keeping our skin looking dewy and glowy is to moisturize the heck out of it.

Today, I’m teaming up with Derma e to bring you a review of their newest addition to their advanced, natural line of skincare products, that launched last month. What’s the big news? New and improved packaging! But don’t worry, they still sell the same great products (no changes to the formulas), just with a new look. Not only do they have a new look, but they are also expanding the stores that they sell in, woohoo! You can now find Derma e at Ulta, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Target and other stores. The only way I can explain their new transition is innovative and clean; perfect for the minimalist aesthetic.

Here, I’m only focusing on the Hydrating day and night creams to compare the old and new packaging, but Derma e will be switching all of their other products over to the new packaging by March of 2017.

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I really like how Derma e decided to keep the benefits of their products and packaging on their boxes, but rearrange it in a more orderly way. dsc_0837dsc_0839dsc_0843

Now for the review…

I know that my cousin experiences dry skin during the colder months and she needed a new moisturizer. Her thoughts after using the Hydrating Night Cream for two weeks:

The first thing she told me was how much better she liked the new packing. Good job Derma e! She applied it as the directions stated, after cleansing your face at night. She was pleased with her results and described the moisturizer to be “just the right thickness I want for overnight hydration”. She applied it on any pesky dry patches, and by morning, she said, they has disappeared. In the past, she hadn’t been compelled to stick with a skincare routine, but after trying out the night and day cream, she found herself taking more time to pamper her skin and enjoy the process. She told me that she was scared to use such a thick moisturizer at first, because she has mildly oily skin around her T-zone area. But after using it for a few days she was pleasantly surprised to find that her skin did not look or feel oily.

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Here are her thoughts on the Hydrating day creme:

Her favorite quality of the moisturizer is the smell, as funny as that sounds. She really enjoys the consistency and easy spreadability of the hydrating creme. She felt as if it gave her skin just the right amount of hydration throughout the day, and whereas with other moisturizers she’s tried, she feels this one really sinks in and lasts all day. She would recommend this product to anyone looking for the perfect light moisturizer during the day, as she explained “I just put it on and run out the door”.

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Comparatively, here are the night and day cream (with the old and new packaging) side by side. I think this small change in packaging makes a world of difference for Derma e products, mostly because now the look and feel of the products that you’re purchasing seem to line up more closely with the higher-end pricing. Your paying for what you get, great, natural skincare. dsc_0889dsc_0892dsc_0895dsc_0899dsc_0902

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoy and try out the Derma e products if you’re so inclined. xoxo

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November Favorites // 12.3.15

We have zipped through yet another month in the year of 2015, what?!? 

Who else is in complete awe of it already being December?

For the sole reason that I adore watching my favorite Youtuber’s monthly favorites videos, I decided to create my own compilation with the hope that it is mildly helpful for at least one of my readers out in the world of cyber space.

Before I delve in, I wish to make the point of saying that if you’ve been enjoying any wonderful products during the month of November, I would love to hear about them. I am always looking for new products to try out!

Now for the fun part… 

Beauty favorites

I have recently been loving a few products from one of the best natural brands: Pacifica. The first product is their limited edition eye shadow palette (that I don’t know the name of), which includes a variety of matte and shimmery shades. For the past few weeks I have been using the peachy metalic color all over my lids, then applying NYC’s smooth skin bronzing in “Sunny” into my crease as a transition color. To finish off the look I like to lightly smudge the Pacifica deep matte burgundy color into my lower lash line in order to make my brown eyes pop. I apply mascara, and boom! my simple makeup look is complete.

  
I have been religiously using a mix of the Solar Protection SPF foundation and Pacifica Alight multi-mineral BB cream as my foundation base, applying it with my recently purchased Real Techniques miracle complextion sponge for a flawless, full-coverage finish. Because I struggle with blemished skin, I prefer to use a majority of products that are on the more natural side in order to not irritate my sensitive skin. And never have I tried out a Beauty Blender sponge previously (simply because of the investment); however, for a quarter of the cost I was able to purchase the Real Techniques dupe, if you will, which I have been very impressed with.

  One brand that I have currently been loving, and is prominent in my skincare routine, is Michael Todd. Their charcoal detox deep pore cleanser, jojoba charcoal facial exfoliator, kaolin clay mask and antioxidant carrot multi-vitamin serum are all incorporated into my daily skincare routine. I cannot rave about this great, all-natural company enough; they make wonderful, healthful products for my delicate skin.

  

Fashion favorites

This November has been one of the coldest months in Oregon I can ever recall. At times, I find it difficult to dress in a cute fashion when the weather is so extreme, because it’s quite tempting to wear sweats every day, or even a fuzzy blanket out of the house. However, I have managed to find a middle ground where I can sport outfits that are both warm and fashionable. For example, I have been constantly wearing turtle necks and mock neck sweaters that range from fuzzy, wooly, chunky and soft. I am currently obsessed!

I have been layering many staple pieces in my closet, like this warm, gray coat over a variety of long sleeves or t-shirts. 

 
 
One of my other favorite new clothing treasures is this vintage denim midi skirt, detailed with funky fabric. I have no other skirt in this style, and I believe it adds a nice and interesting element to my wardrobe.  Random favorites 

Music….

Of course I have to include a few of my absolute favorite and replayed songs for this month. Lauren Daigle never fails to knock my socks off with her soulful and meaningful christian gospel music, but my all-time favorite song of her’s is Trust in You because of just how true it is. 

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Another artist, although his songs are in no way “current”, never disappoints with his unique sound. Alt-j is one of my favorite artists ever, and I’ve just begun delving into his full album of Tesselate which never fails to put me in a better mood. Matilda is one to applaud.  

  

And for my last music favorite, I have been playing Adele’s album, 19, nonstop whenever I’m getting ready in the morning or riding along in the car. Although I can appreciate a couple of the songs off of her newest album, Adele 25, I am not the biggest fan of the more modern sound she has now personified. My number one favorite from the UK star will never stray from Daydreamer; so good! 

  

Youtubers…

Kathleen Lights is my number one YouTube guru hands down. I admire her genuine and goofy personality that couples with her knowledge of makeup and beauty. If you haven’t watched her yet, and need something to binge watch over Christmas break, go check her out! 

https://m.youtube.com/user/KathleenLights

Bible verses…

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.” Philippians 2:14-16 💛

I love this verse, and the message it portrays; definitely one to live by daily. 

Edibles…

My main source of liquids have been a great amount of water and many cups of tea! Two of my favorite tea flavors this month have been Trader Joes’ candy cane tea and Celestial seasons Vanilla Sleepytime. If you’re a tea lover, you’ll be sure to develop an obsession just like I have! 

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Pacific—> http://www.pacificabeauty.com

Michael Todd—> http://www.michaeltoddusa.com

Real Techniques—> https://realtechniques.com

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‘Tis the (sunny) Season // 11.28.15

I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was just as full of flavor as mine!

I figured I would write a small catch-up of my current life events for all of my lovely readers.

So….

My Thanksgiving was all I could have wished for and more. My family, my aunt, uncle, cousins, grandma and I all spent our holiday at the beautiful Oregon coast. My relatives own a lovely beach house close to the border of Oregon and California where we were blessed to vacation for a few days. If you’ve ever ventured to the Oregon coast before, you would know that the weather can often be very cold and foggy; the sun rarely being prominent. However, for the two full days we stayed there, the sun was shining and the air was nearly the warmest I can ever recall it being. God was truly blessing us at such a wonderful time filled with family!

The morning of our departure day, my uncle, dad and I decided to hit the waves since the water was glassy and surfable. The ocean was cold as ever, but the sun warmed our bodies through our wetsuits as we managed to ride each precious wave. When I surf, there are absolutely no words to describe my feelings of elation during the solitude I am given with the sea. No other activity brings me the same perspective and makes me realize the enormity of our world, crafted by my maker’s hands. I hope one day, if you haven’t already, everyone would be able to feel the sensation that comes with surfing.

As for the rest of my extended weekend and past endeavors, I have been busy as a bee doing my Christmas shopping early, mostly online. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather sit in my warm, cozy house searching the internet for fabulous things rather than braving the crowded stores filled with scatter-brained bargain shoppers. But whatever floats your boat.

My mind  has been a flurry of blogging ideas for the month of December, so please stay tuned for exciting new material! Also, please let me know in the comments whether you would enjoy seeing a Christmas gift guide or DIY gift guide in the future because I would love to create it for you. Because trust me, I know how stressful gift planning/buying can be.

Well, that’s all for today’s catch-up with Madeline, thank you for reading and don’t forget to comment, like and follow for the fun planned this month! Love all. Love Madeline.

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Contrasting Textures.

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all survived since Mondays are sometimes not so fun.

I first want to start by saying I hope you are all looking forward to Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it), because I know I sure am! Thanksgiving is surely my second favorite holiday of the year, following Christmas. I love looking forward to precious family time, yummy, home-cooked food, and the warm feeling of the holiday season. What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?

…. When I woke up later then I had planned to today, I quickly racked my brain for a classy, yet grunge outfit that was easy to throw on in a pinch. Luckily, my tired brain was able to function early this morning and I came up with this all black, contrasting textures, entirely vintage, look. Although, from a distance, it may seem very simple, being that it is all the same color: black, when you take a closer look you will find that the different textures, such as angora wool, denim, cable knit and leather come together nicely to create a more interesting and sophisticated feel.

At times, when all black is paired together, it may relay almost a goth-like vibe, however, since I sported a soft turtle neck sweater with fashion forward lace-up boots and a trendy button-down denim dress (in which I styled to replicate a skirt), the look is transformed into something much more edgy.

I decided to put my hair into a simple half ponytail in order to keep it out of my face. I kept my makeup very neutral, as I do most days, with bold brows, a hint of bronzer in my crease and natural mascara.

If you choose to replicate this look, I would love if you would send me a picture (Instagram listed below). Thank you for reading. I am so thankful for you! I want to know what all of you are thankful for, so please leave me a comment below!

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Hask Keratin Haircare Line Review


Hello friends!

During the chilly months of the year, do you ever find your hair to be lacking in moisture and shininess? Or does your scalp ever feel itchy?

I know that I experience all of these qualities in my normally-shiny, hydrated locks when the fall and winter months begin to show themselves. And just let me tell you, I do not like dry, brittle, dandruff-dusted hair, and I’m sure you don’t either.

Now that you know my thoughts on gross winter hair, I feel the need to tell you about a variety of products I have absolutely been loving. Just recently I began using Hask’s keratin-infused hair care line of shampoo, conditioner, hair oil, and deep conditioning treatment mask. This array of products is designed to infuse hair with a great amount of moisture and nutrients, such as keratin. When all four products are used together, the outcome is luscious, healthy, repaired locks.

I tend to gravitate towards very thick formulas of conditioner to keep my hair looking and feeling it’s softest all year round. When I first used the Hask Keratin conditioner I enjoyed the thick consistency, but the application felt to be very generic; however, once I washed the product out, I was extremely pleased to find that my hair was smoother than ever. The shampoo was also very good for my hair; lathering well and leaving behind a very clean feeling. But my main focus for a hair care line is the conditioner, which I have nothing bad to say about it.

After leaving the shower, I proceeded to lather my hair (root to tip) with the deep conditioner that is apart of the line. I left it on for ten minutes (as is directed) and followed the application with a thorough rinsing. This product made my hair feel nice and hydrated in the moment, but in my opinion, left no lasting results. Not to say that I didn’t like it, but my hair didn’t benefit tremendously from the thick treatment.

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I finished my routine by thoroughly distributing a pea sized amount of the repairing hair oil into my damp hair; beginning at the ears, making my way to the ends. I had tried this product on it’s own about a year ago, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint the second time around. This product is definitely my favorite one out of Hask’s keratin line! The formula does not leave my hair feeling heavy or weighed-down, but rather silky, shiny and weightless.

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Overall, I would surely recommend all of these Hask hair care products to anyone looking for a rejuvenating hair boost. The formula does just what it’s said to, hydrate! which is the perfect thing my hair needs as we transition into winter. Not only do the products work incredibly well, they are also free of sulfates, parabens, gluten and artificial colors.

If you would like to purchase or simply browse any of Hask’s wonderful items, just click the link -> http://haskbeauty.com/brand/keratin

Thank you all for your endless support, and keep an eye out for my skincare routine which I will be posting in the near future! Until then, I would love any post ideas you may have, please leave them in a comment for me. Love all. Love Madeline.

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His plan for me // 10.5.15

A day filled with emotion, but in the end, faith in His plan.//

School terrorism is NOT funny, ever. Not last week, and definitely not today. When will people turn from evil, and rest their eyes on the one who created everything good?

I can only hope and pray that that day will come soon; when people finally take off the blinders and see clearly that there is comfort in His words and promises.

God always has a plan, even though you may not be able to see it in the moment. And this is something I am trying to constantly remind myself of; because even things like not getting much playing time during a soccer game or not being on time to an event are apart of his plan. It’s learning to put your undivided faith in Him that makes life worth living, and it’s something we all could use some practice doing.    plaid4  plaid1 plaid2

Listen for His voice and you will hear it.

I love you all. Love Madeline. xoxo

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Beautifully flawed.

and now she’s fifteen, silently stumbling, learning how to exist in a world full of constant noise.

she grew up.

since she was three years old she impatiently waited for the next greatest thing, day after day. and just like that, her life floated by without her knowledge, the way a wide, desolate pasture slowly becomes a blur, being viewed from the small, square window of a car.

and as her eyes finally flutter open again, after the many years that were lost, she is someone entirely different. even she does not recognize the new face that stares back through the silver-trimmed mirror into her soft, brown eyes.

she is bound by the love of the heavens. her hands no longer tremble as she gracefully writes the delicate words that flow from her heart. instead of seeing the dull light of each day, she is now enamored with each new shade of green, lining the winding northwest backroads as she embarks on her next promising adventure. she is changed. she stands firm in her beliefs and her opinion is unaffected by outsiders’ thoughts.

and as her eyes explore the blue depths of the water before her feet, she sits, watching the last golden sun rays drift off of the shimmering sea, and in that moment, it is more clear to her than anything has ever been in her entire life. she is beautifully flawed. & just like her, the world that she lives in is beautifully flawed.

and now she’s fifteen. with nothing but the future ahead of her, and for the first time in her whole life she feels like the world is hers and no one can take that away from her.