Workouts for Teens to Keep Variety in Your Routine!

Hey y’all! I’ve been thinking about how your workout routine needs variety, and researching to find fun routines that could be switched up for getting out maximum benefit every time! However, there was no extensive list or collection of workout programs for those who are “shopping” for routines. So, with many thanks to the bloggers and YouTubers who will be featured in this post, let’s get into it!

  1. Chloe Ting

Have I not said enough about her workouts? 🤣 Most of them last between 10-20 minutes each, and she also has a website where she posts challenges with several different workouts a day! I loved the 2019 and 2020 challenges, so check out my posts below to see how my experience went, and why you should do them too!

The reason I love these workouts and the workout challenges is that they are structured and vary throughout the week, so you’re not just continually putting your body through the same grind day after day. Plus they’re just awesome and intense! 😂

2. Joanna Soh

Joanna Soh has a huge variety of workout videos, from kickboxing to an eight-minute morning workout for high-schoolers with little time. (The latter was actually the first workout routine I “followed”, and I’ve pasted the link below!) She’s also got some amazing health and fitness advice videos, so if you decide to head over to her channel, then check those out as well.

3. Here’s some blog posts by bloggers who have compiled lists of workouts that work for them. I’ve tried a few of the ones they recommended. There’s so many options for people with varying priorities, and I hope you go check them out!!

  1. THE BEST YOUTUBE CHANNELS FOR FREE WORKOUTS + MY FAVORITE WORKOUT VIDEOS ‹ christina and camera

Christina @christinaandcamera has such a fun blog full of inspirational Pinterest pics and advice. She did a glow up series a while back that had some great tips! These videos in her post look fun and are mostly short, which is great for a student or someone who has little time in their day.

2. 5 Workouts to Make You Run Faster

Find the awesome Rachel @JoyfulCreations! She blogs on faith, fitness, and her lifestyle and her writing is high-quality stuff, guys! In this post she lists some exercises that have helped her improve her running and may help you as well! They look intense – so for those of you out there who like to do hard things, head on over and check it out!

Here are two more videos that Rachel introduced me to in her post: Life Update + Fall Faves. I haven’t tried them yet, but I hope to because they both look really awesome!

3. Pinterest sources

There are so many awesome pinterest boards that just burst with linked pics, videos, and more! To start with, check out Hope Leilani’s Fitness and Exercise Pinterest board! She’s marked some great ideas!

4. Pamela Reif (Note: I would advise muting the video and streaming other music instead. Her music choices are just … bad.)

Aaaah this girl has so many workouts, including so many specific, short, and even some workouts targeted for girls only/guys only! I’m so excited to try some of hers next! Here are some of the ones I’ve marked up to do sometime:


‘Right guys, thanks for hanging in! This was a bit of a disorganized and messy post, but I hope I gave y’all a few ideas for your next fitness goals!! Have fun!

Makayla

Who are some of your favorite workout routine providers? What’s your current workout routine (or challenge?)

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My word of the year + February Goals!

Hi y’all!

Yes, I’m late to the bandwagon regarding “word of the year”, but let’s hope you all have forgiveness in your hearts for another fellow mortal who has a tendency to get pre-occupied with life! 😂 And what better? Live to the full, people! That’s what this year – every year, really – should be about: living the best life you can, and striving to not get caught up in things that don’t matter in the long run – like social media or student grind – and focusing on what DOES matter, like the eager pursuit of knowledge and lasting relationships!

The last couple weeks has been a bit of a blur, with more of a focus on artsy stuff. (Be prepared for an art post soon! Knowing me, “soon” could be anywhere from tomorrow to four weeks from now!) But art cannot satisfy when you know that there’s so much more to life than living in a self-absorbed bubble.

(I haven’t known what to pick as my word of the year – I’ve never done it before. In fact, I’m still not sure if it’s the right one! But I’ll try it and roll with it, and we’ll see what happens!)


This year’s word means a lot to me because, in the last few weeks, I have slacked off a bit on my goals and vision for my future. Activities like sketching, reading, and cleaning are all well and good in their time, but not as a lifestyle. I want to get up and back into my routine from December and early January, when I was smashing goal after goal and feeling so accomplished. Going back mentally to a time when I felt “fulfilled” has helped me to decide what it is I want to do so that I can work towards fulfillment again.

(And, here’s my opinion – Fulfillment comes only through the pursuit of your passions. TRUE fulfillment comes only through the passionate pursuit of YHVH. If we are “pursuing God” by robotically “doing the things” (like reading the bible and praying) but we are not passionate about it, then we will simply end up dry and empty. When we have a passion for YHVH and His Word, it is THEN that we experience true fulfillment.)

So, without further ado, my word of the year is ….

Determination.

Determination to finish the essay. Determination to follow YHVH whatever turns life takes. Determination not to let a friendship die. Determination to stay true to your beliefs. Determination to not quit. Determination to succeed – to grow stronger, faster, smarter, better.

“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Phillippians 3:14, NKJV

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”

Phillippians 2:12-13, NKJV

(I did some research on the above verse – the word “work” means to “bring to completion”, to “achieve”. “Working” out our salvation thus means to pereservere and not give up until we reach the end of our days.)

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27, NKJV

“Yet the righteous will hold to his way, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.”

Job 17:9, NKJV

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

Hebrews 12:1, NKJV

What’s neat about Paul and his letters is that the majority of these letters were written to new believers – like me. Believers who lived in places where the Word of God was blasphemed in even the everyday activites – like the place I live. Believers who suffered persecution from their families and from the government and experienced hardships, including even the normal ones that everyone experiences. I’m so sick of the hardships. Sometimes I get so sick of it all that I don’t want to continue being “different” anymore. I’m sure that the new believers in the first century also has these doubts, insecurities, and moments of weakness. I’m sure that many of them thought of deserting – of simply fading back into the immoral background again.

But Paul’s advice reminds us of why we’re here, why we came to Christ in the first place. Because we are empty shells, in need of the Holy Spirit, the Holy “breath”, to FILL us as the Word we read FULFILLS us. We can’t forget the reason we’re here. We must have determination.


Alright! Now, for my February goals!

(Note: January goals were … a flop! I read up to Amos, not Malachi – I went to bed at ungodly hours – RPC tanked this month because of technology issues. But am I completely ashamed? Nope! I did more math than I’ve done in months, connected with some friends, drank water, and read a huge portion of the Bible! January was a great month, and although I know that I can do better this month, I’m not going to toss my efforts in the can saying “well, THAT was a waste of time.” January was a month of learning, and I’m proud pleased to say that I learned a lot of life lessons indeed!)

Goal #1: Go to bed at 9:30 80% of the time. (A much more sustainable goal than last month. My schedule doesn’t allow for me to go to bed at 9:00, and often I get so overwhelmed with trying that I skip this goal of a proper bedtime altogther. I hope this time will be more comfortable for me, and I think it will.)

Goal #2: Read less – write more. (When I borrow a series from a friend, I tend to binge read, leaving school and extracurriculars half-done or not done at all! But writing expands my brain, gives me a clearer head, AND attacks some of those assignments that regularly pile up!)

Goal #3: Read Micah to Malachi, and the four gospels (Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John.) Any joiners? 🤣

Goal #4: Throw myself into school, doing whatever random asignments I can find, then clean up and organize everything ASAP, hopefully by the end of this month. I hope to finish the RPC Grade 10 English course by the end of this month.

Goal #5: Make my website! (I can’t wait for this! I’ll be launching a website as a part of my Business course, and of course I’ll let you all know when it’s up and running, hopefully by the end of this month!)

Goal #6: Begin the 2019 Summer Shred Challenge! (Whew, this one lasts 35 days! It’s a lot longer than the others I’ve done, but I’m planning to take it slow and treat my body carefully. ✌ I’m putting NO stress on myself to do the workouts perfectly, but I’m going to do my best!)


Well, I hope you all are having an amazing day! What are your goals for February? Let’s chat it up in the comments!

Makayla

Savory Quiche

(Y’all may have noticed that I’m doing more “blog” posts now! Don’t hold me to it, but I do hope to keep it up! I’ll be posting more essays soon too, once I’ve had a chance to do all the editing. (I know you all love them!😉)


So, on to the piece de resistance … the quiche recipe! This recipe is sourced from The Milk Calendar cookbook recipes, which are ages old! It’s been my favorite breakfast ever since I can remember. Lately my younger brother and I have been making this non-stop!

This quiche is savory and, as a bonus, its actually healthy too! Perfect for every meal – at breakfast, serve it with fruit and sausage – at lunch, serve with greens or cauliflower – or at supper, serve with potatoes and corn!

And the best part? It’s easy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pie shell (see the Little Sweet Baker’s post here for the most amazing crust recipe you will ever make in your entire life! Using lard substitutes was always tedious and unsatisfying until I found this simple, fast, and incredibly flaky recipe! I could rant on for hours about it!)
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli (or 1 cup whole spinach leaves)
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Dill
  • ¼ tsp. Nutmeg
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper (or two, or three, for those of y’all who like a lot of spice!)

Instructions:

  • 1. Brush mustard over the bottom of the crust. Place broccoli and cheese in crust.
  • 2. Whisk eggs, milk, dill, and spices in a bowl, then pour over the broccoli and cheese.
  • 3. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 40 minutes, or until verrry lightly browned and firm.

And that’s it!

I really hope you enjoy making this recipe! (And I beg you to use the Sweet little Bakers’ recipe for the crust, which is just perfection!)

Until next time, I hope that all 200+ of you have amazingly wonderful day!

Makayla

I got nominated for the Liebster Award!

Hey y’all! I’m here with the awesome Liebster award! I was nominated by several people and I picked it up from another, so I’ve got a ton of questions to answer! Hope you find them interesting and thought-provoking!

Here are the rules!

  1. First, thank the person who nominated you, include a link to their blog, and add the Liebster Award badge to your blog and/or post.
  2. Next answer the eleven questions from the person who nominated you.
  3. Give eleven random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5-11 fellow bloggers with less than 200 followers.
  5. Notify your nominees that you nominated them for the Liebster Award.
  6. Last, but certainly not least, ask your nominees eleven questions.

Firstly, I was nominated by Grace, from “Don’t you know I’m singing”! Thanks so much, Grace!! I loved how fun and deep your questions were! (Y’all, I have to admit though, I have the same answers as some of the other bloggers who were awarded! *covers face*) Here’s the link to her post … Liebster Award – Don’t you know I’m singing!

Questions and Answers …

  1. What is one line/verse from one song that you really love, and why? I really love this line from Rend Collective’s song ‘Revival Anthem’ … “We will praise you when our hearts are breaking, praise you when our world is caving, we will not, we will not be moved.” Annnd also this line from “Sing it from the Shackles” … “You’re my deliverer, My anthem throughout it all, When my strength and my fight is gone, I know You will come through.” These songs echo the hope I need right now.
  2. What is a song you absolutely hate, and why? “Closer”, by Chainsmokers. At volleyball they played it all the time, so when I started listening a little closer to the lyrics I was shocked it even existed! Then in my “Christian” Homeschool group, the other teens loved it! I’m not ridiculing them, but it seemed really sad to 14-yr-old me that they called themselves”Christians”, yet didn’t act like Christ-followers at all.)
  3. What are your thoughts on politics, and a Christian’s role in that realm? I know that politics are a big part of life, and especially as seen with the regulations imposed recently, our leaders have a huge impact on our lives. If we choose more carefully, perhaps our lives will be better, but I have come to realize that our hope is not found in our earthly leaders, but in our heavenly Leader. As far as my personal involvement in politics, it goes no further than animated discussions with family and friends, and eagerly awaiting the time when Christ’s kingdom will abolish all earthly “authorities”.
  4. Who, aside from your parents, siblings, and relatives, has been a role model in your life, and how/why did they become a role model to you? Many of my friends have become my role models, and in different ways – some of them I admire for their talents, some for their faith, some for their habits and accomplishments – I try to learn from those I admire rather than idolizing them or making them my hero, because no ones perfect. One of my role models is actually my mom’s best friend – she is a truly amazing woman, everything you could ever dream to be – beautiful, hard-working, loving and caring, a good mother, a wonderful cook and home-maker, a supportive wife, and full of vibrancy and faith. She bursts with energy and is always so sweet. I know nobody’s perfect, but she seems pretty close!
  5. Do you celebrate Christmas in your family? Why or why not? Our family does not celebrate Christmas, because it is not commanded or endorsed in the Bible and many of the traditions have some pretty scary pagan roots. We do, however, celebrate the Biblical feasts like Passover and Sukkot (Tabernacles), and they are so much more meaningful and fun than the worldly holidays!
  6. What’s your favorite aspect of creation? I think my favorite aspect would be the sky – sunrises, clouds, stars …
  7. If there was one talent you could magically have, what would it be? A perfect memory!
  8. Do you have any allergies/dietary restrictions? And what are they? I have no allergies (for which I am so grateful!) … however, we don’t eat any of the unclean foods described in Leviticus 11. With a little research, you’ll find that not only are we commanded not to eat them, they are some pretty nasty and unhealthy little critters too!!
  9. If you could time travel into the future or the past, which way would you go? Forwards or backwards? Backwards … I’d rather go back to happier times, than forward into uncertain times.
  10. What movie/book character have you read/watched whose personality seemed to be exactly the same as yours, and who was the opposite? I think I’m a cross between Phillippa Gordon, in the Anne of Green Gables Series, and Tris Prior, in the Divergent trilogy. I identify with Phillipa’s spur-of-the-moment attitude, love of her friends, honesty and insecurities, and bubbly personality! I love Tris’ daredevil qualities, loyalty, and blunt honesty. I’m the polar opposite of Jane Bingley, from Pride and Prejudice. (She’s nice, selfless, virtuous, and always thinks the best of people.)
  11. What are your personal boundaries on what you can/shouldn’t watch or listen to in the area of entertainment as a Christian? I try to evaluate my books on how I would feel if I died in the middle of them and someone found me like that! XD I hardly watch any movies and prefer not to, but if there’s a good (and I mean, it has to be really good) documentary or Christian film I’m in! The kinds of music I would listen to, and occasionally do, is music which uplifts and strengthens and encourages me, fills my head with good messages, and doesn’t make me feel things I shouldn’t. I don’t like cuss words, and I don’t like immoral messages, and that goes for all my literature, film, and music choices.

This set of questions was posted on my friend Jasmine’s blog! Thanks for nominating ‘whoever read it’, Jazz! 😉 She doesn’t do awards anymore, but I thought I’d grab this from the archives since it looked like fun (plus, it’s great publicity for her too!!) So head on over and check her out! Here’s the link to her post: Liebster Award – Bookworm.

Without further ado, let’s start in on the questions! *rolls up sleeves*

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? (In 5 years, I will have graduated from high school. In the three years since graduating, I hope to have gotten a full-time job (or part-time business,) played volleyball on an actual team, and decided whether to ranch or become a lawyer.)
  2. Favorite ice cream flavor? My favorite ice cream flavor is either mint chocolate chip, or chocolate, or vanilla, or caramel, or … need I go on?
  3. Have you played or do you play any sports? Yes! I have played on soccer, basketball, and volleyball teams, but I play mostly volleyball now.
  4. Describe your idea of a perfect day! Go to bed at 8:45 in a tent in the BC mountains at Gardom Lake the night before. Wake up at 6:00 AM. Go for a walk with my best friends. Make breakfast in the lodge. Go swimming and kayaking on the lake. Study the Bible with Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson. Play volleyball and worship jam with my Bible study group. Get an email offer from Capitol Records to contract an album. Get an acceptance and scholarship letter from Prairie or Briercrest. My acne magically disappears. Roast marshmallows over a huge bonfire with all the gang. Sing campfire songs. Play dark tag – with flashlights – in the forest. Go to bed at 1:00 AM. Sleep in til 10:00. (Was that too detailed?🤣)
  5. Something you’ve made recently? A few sketches and paintings, some of which I hope to show in an art post sometime soon!
  6. Tell us where your ideas come from. I pull them out of my sock drawer. 😎 JK! Actually, when I get inspired, it could be from anything! Often, normal, boring activities make my poor brain try to compensate by making lists, or making up a story in my head.
  7. Tell us the book you’ve learned the most from. The Bible, hands-DOWN!! (I also loved “The 7 Habits of Highly effective Teens” by Sean Covey, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, “Horse Speak”, by Sharon Wilsie, and “An old-fashioned Girl” by Louisa May Alcott.)
  8. Fave magazines. I don’t have any magazine subscriptions but I love to read any fashion, interior design, or christian teen girl magazines I can get my hands on!
  9. Share a personal experience/choice that has improved your writing. Taking the Ron Paul Curriculum has, without a doubt, drastically contributed to the quality of my writing. (See this essay on the many benefits of taking the RPC!!) My love of reading has provided me with a pretty extensive vocabulary! Also, taking the Challenge program forced me to do my research and find synonyms in order to “not plagiarize”.

A few days later, I was nominated by Laurel Jean! Thank you, Laurel! 🤗 Please do check her out, she’s got some amazing posts which are great for reading and discussion! Heres the link to her original post: Liebster Award.

  1. How did you choose the name for your blog? (I chose “Yah’s Girl” partly because I wanted a name that drew attention to faith in YHVH instead of just to me, but also because I was out of ideas! I may change the name in the future, so any ideas from y’all readers out there?)
  2. If you could work any job for one week, what job would it be, and why? (I would love to be a firefighter for one week. I would need to be ready at any moment to give up my safety for someone’s house or workplace, or even give my life for another. If I came out of it alive, it would be a strengthening, awe-inspiring experience that I believe would change me forever.)
  3. What is the biggest thing you’ve learned from blogging? (Now that I think of it – one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that appearances aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes I follow a blogger, and later find out that the person I thought was pretty perfect is actually dealing with *gasp* issues!! (JK) Seriously though, it leads to becoming more sensitive to others and trying to really understand them; which is a great quality to develop.)
  4. What does your ideal weekend look like? (Sleeping in on Shabbat and eating breakfast as a family, then watching a couple bible teachings and discussing them; hanging out with the pals from the Bible Study group from noon til midnight, reading the Bible, singing, and playing sports or running games!)
  5. Do you set goals for the New Year? (I set new goals every month, but I don’t set New Years goals, per se.)
  6. What is the best book (aside from the Bible) that you’ve read, and why do you think so? (Aside from the Bible! Aw, come on! 😉🤣 I don’t know which I’ve learned the most from, but I’ll choose one, just for kicks! “Horse Speak”, by Sharon Wilsie. I read it when I was trying to figure out a friend’s horse, and although I don’t agree with everything in the book, I found it really thought-provoking as it forced me to think extra hard about the body language I show and how others could perceive it. My friends thought I was crazy for trying to communicate with a horse, but y’all, it’s legit!😅)
  7. What was the best thing that happened to you in 2020? So many things, but since you said ‘best’ … in the last few months I got real about my faith. I didn’t know how to have long prayer times or long Bible study times by myself. I love worship singing, so that wasn’t a problem, but I needed to expand my comfort zone and do it for YHVH. He is so good and is currently in the process of ripping out and replacing the drywall in my heart. It really hurts, but I know it’ll look better in the end. 😊🙏.
  8. Which historical figure do you most admire, and why? King Josiah of Israel. He walked in YHVH’s ways all the years of his life. What’s unique about him, is that he began seeking YHVH at age 16. I identify with him because of his age (lol!) but also because he sought YHVH at a time when it wasn’t popular. I feel its a similar situation today, and am so glad to see more teens stepping up.
  9. Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years? It really all depends on YHVH’s plan, because there is no way I will proceed into the future without His blessing. BUT … In ten years I’d like to be married to an amazing guy, managing teens camp and discipling young teens in the Word.
  10. If you knew that today was your last day on earth, how would you spend it? I’d meet up with all my friends and tell them everything I’ve ever been hesitant to say – I’d write letters to people for their future birthdays – I’d get in my heart and help YHVH with that drywall job, because I want to be ready. In fact, maybe I’d better start doing some of that now …
  11. What is your favorite Bible verse, and why? I love 1 Timothy 4:12. “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers; in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” I also love Romans 12:2. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” These verses are pretty much my anthems – what makes me want to change and stay set-apart from people’s expectations of “an average Christian teen”, and be a part of something so much greater, although no one may ever think I’m famous.

Well thanks again, Laurel! I LOVED answering these!


I was just about ready to post this, when Grace over at Vibrant for Jesus nominated me!! I’m so glad she did, ’cause I love her questions! Thanks so much, Grace!!

  1. If you could only have three books of the Bible, which ones would you pick? Ahhh, don’t do this to me!!! Wellll …. I’ve recently begun to read the whole Bible straight through, so let’s just choose among the ones I’ve read so far on this goal, which would be Genesis to Micah. Ummmm, I’d have to choose Deuteronomy, Psalms, and Isaiah. But that was so hard! 😉 I’m so grateful that we have the WHOLE Bible!
  2. What’s something that the Lord has been teaching you lately? Whew, thats a question all right! YHVH has recently been teaching me that when I ask him for advice, I need to take it! It sounds crazy, but sometimes I ignore what he responds because I don’t like it – but that’s not trust, is it?
  3. How would you explain salvation to someone who has never heard of Jesus? “God, the one and only, has a name, Yahovah. He came into our human dimension as Yeshua, Jesus, so that he could bring us back into covenant with him. Jesus showed us what it means to fully obey and love God, and through His sacrifice we have forgiveness of all our sins, if we repent and turn from wickedness.”
  4. What are three of your favorite inspiring quotes? 1) “Work Hard; Dream Big.” 2) “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” 3) “Imagine a guy, praying to God that he gets to marry you!” (I’ve included the image below, because it just pops with meaning! Listen, I know it sounds kinda cheesy, but it just fills me with hope for the future and peace about God’s plan. That ‘guy’, whoever he is, is out there, and praying about it, and imagining him praying about it, makes it all much more real and keeps me focused on the true goal in relationships – to honor God through it all, not turning it into something romantic or awkward, but keeping it real and present and having fun and enjoying just being friends. Aaaah, I have to make a post on this, cuz this is getting way too long! 😉)
  5. What three words would you use to describe who Jesus is to you? Emmanuel. Savior. King.
  6. What do you spend the majority of your day doing? Thinking. 😛 Really, I do a ton of variety during the day, but what it all boils down to are the things I love or believe in – working hard, education and learning, music and artsy stuff, and writing.
  7. What are five historical characters you admire? 1) Louisa May Alcott. Not only did she believe in a simpler way for women to be beautiful – through cultivating their inner beauty and their character – but she wrote fiction that showed young women blooming into maturity and beauty, and gave us all a glimpse of what a sweet and perfect young woman is. 2) The Ten Booms. During WWII, The Ten Boom family hid Jews from the Nazis who wanted to capture and destroy them. They were such noble and strong people, and the persecution that they suffered for protecting YHVH’s chosen nation was horrendous, leading to two of their deaths. Corrie Ten Boom escaped with her life, and wrote an amazing biography called “The Hiding Place.” I admire her so much for her resilience and faith, during some of the darkest times the world has ever seen. 3) Bethany Hamilton. Granted, she’s still alive, but she’s still historical!! I admire her determination for not giving up on surfing even though she’d lost her arm in a shark attack. She perservered and beat her own body, and gave thanks to God for it. 4) The leaders of the American Revolution. They had everything to lose, and nothing physical to gain. Their only gain? Freedom. Freedom to have faith. Freedom to support their families and move up in life, unfettered. Freedom to obey God’s Laws instead of man’s. That’s true freedom. 5) Arnold Schwarzzenegger. Yeah … maybe a little weird, but hear me out! While I don’t agree with everything in his personal life, he was a politician, businessman, successful actor, and a guy who broke the expectations set for him in everything (not to mention that he attained an insane fitness level.) He was committed and determined, and that’s what I admire about him.
  8. Do you prefer reading out of your paper Bible or your digital one? Oh, my paperback, ALLLL the way! I love underlining, circling, or starring important phrases/passages/things I want to remember, and to me it just feels so much more “I’m reading the Word of God” if I’m holding a literal book in my hand as opposed to looking at a screen. But I often do find it helpful to cross-reference using digital bible tools, like the interlinear.
  9. When you are sad, angry or hurt what’s a Bible passage that ministers to you? At the top of my head, Isaiah 43. It outlines just who we are as children of the King – sought after, treasured, and brought home. But it’s not often I seek any specific chapter in the Bible when I’m hurting – I’ll pray, or just blindly pick up the Bible and flip to where I’m reading in an efort to forget about whatever hurtful thing happened.
  10. If you are joyful, happy, or excited what’s a Bible passage that helps you worship? I don’t have a specific one, but I love to praise through any hopeful, joyful, or thankful passage that can be put to song! I’ve written songs based on Biblical passages in the past and it really makes the Word come alive for me!
  11. What helps you to be focused on Jesus throughout the day? Honestly, I often fail to be focused on Jesus throughout the day. Life catches up and I lose sight of what matters. But I find that I live more productively, consciously, and faithfully when I make studying The Word a priority.
This is not my pic – all credit goes to the owner, whoever they are. 😊

My nominees!

(Hehe … 12 nominees? Oh well! 😝)

My questions for all of y’all! Sorry that the first two are a bit goofy!

  1. What was your first thought when you saw your name on the nominee list?
  2. Did it take the ambulance members long to revive you after you realized you’d have to do this award? *giggles*
  3. What’s one of your favorite books of the Bible, and why?
  4. What’s your favorite genre of music?
  5. What is something you’re really passionate about?
  6. How would other people describe you?
  7. Where do you find hope when you’re feeling hopeless?
  8. What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
  9. What is your biggest fear?
  10. What is something you wish you could tell your ten-year-old-self?
  11. Where do you want to be in five years?

And finally, here are the eleven random things about me!

  1. I have a habit of sticking pencils in my hair … and leaving them there and forgetting about them!
  2. If you see me wearing a dress, it’s either because my parents made me, or my jeans are all in the wash. Or I might just be in a “dressy” mood (which almost never happens!)
  3. I’ve always wanted to learn to surf, but never had the chance.
  4. My room is almost never messy. (Ha. I just destroyed the typical teenager stereotype.)
  5. I am a night owl AND a morning person.
  6. I hated peanut butter with a passion, up until a year or two ago. And now I could eat it every day!
  7. I might be on a Keto diet, mediterranean diet, intermittent fasting program, or health kick – but the minute you set a cookie in front of me, I’ll forget it all.
  8. If I could spend all day with my friends, I would wake up happy for a week!
  9. I’ve never liked video games – the longest time I’ve played is around 10 minutes of minecraft when I was 10 years old.
  10. If I’m in my room, listening to a video, with my door closed, and my parents are on the other side of the house whispering, I can hear what they’re saying. 😶 Don’t worry, they know!!
  11. I have had so. many. often-weird. nicknames. (Mikki, Mik, Killah, Kayla, Sis, Jess, Rosebud, Mak, Makalay, Makayler, Obsessed-kitty-girl, KK, Bell Bottoms, and *shudders* Macky.)

This was SOOOOO much fun, and this time, I actually nominated the quota of people! XD I hope you all found this enjoyable! Any thoughts? Rants? Questions? Talk to me in the comments! 👇

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Makayla

Healthy and YUMMY Teen Breakfast Ideas!

Hey everyone! A while ago, I posted some “healthy” breakfast ideas, however, I realized I only provided “inspiration”, no recipes!! (And honestly, those foods were the “cheat” kind of healthy! *winks*)

So, let’s get creative about breakfast beyond that same old bowl of cereal, with some filling, fun, and fantastic recipes!! 👊


Before we get into the recipes, let’s cover some of the basics – what your body needs in the morning, and how you can get those elements by choosing carefully the foods you eat.

First of all, you need breakfast. (Well, maybe not need it, but … I did research! 🤣) Without it, your metabolism may not start up early enough in the day. If you skip breakfast, not only will you be hungry and low on energy, the lunch at noon will all be converted into fat. 😮 Yep, so grab those plastic containers and meal prep if you must, because breakfast is an essential! (Now, there is a debate on this, so don’t just take my word for it. Go ahead and research it, and plan your day according to what you decide is best for you! 😉)

What you feel like having at breakfast-time really depends on your lifestyle and how you feel. I try to consume an even balance of everything at breakfast (which a mixture of fruits, veggies, eggs, and dairy), have a protein-packed recovery lunch right after my workout, and eat meat and mostly carbs at supper. That’s just what works for me, but everyone should reason through their own schedule in an effort to feel the best they can throughout the day. It totally depends on your lifestyle too – more active people will need more protein to sustain them throughout the day.

I have some general rules for my “diet”…

  • Enjoy what you eat. Make it satisfy, and make it count.
  • Don’t measure calories to the decimal. Just flow with estimates.
  • Never turn down a home-made cookie! 😉 (Haha, I’m such a cookie girl!)

…. in addition to specific rules like …

  • No processed foods (pasta, store-bought bread and sweets)
  • Greens every day, y’all! *throws on a cowboy hat*
  • Eat until 8/10ths full – then stop.
  • Throughout the day, keep in mind a measure of about 50% carbs, 30% protein, and 20% fat. (Of course, be sure to do your own research on what percentages you use. For some people, it might be overkill, but for me, on some days it’s good to have a rough estimate.)

Now, let’s get into these articles, which are jam-packed with great ideas and recipes for the best breakfast ever! 👏😄

Breakfast for Teenagers (& Athletes): 8 High Protein Ideas | Jill Castle RD

This link contains some super-quick breakfast ideas! Most of them aren’t really recipes – just taking a few ingredients and making a meal out of them!

Healthy breakfast Ideas for your Teen – Mom Junction

Omigoodness y’all! These ideas are so full of variety and honestly – I want try them all!! From quiche to smoothies, there are so many great ideas for delicious breakfasts, most of which are pretty quick!

21 Easy Breakfast Ideas Your Teen Might Actually Like – Raising Teens Today

Oh. My. Cheesepuffs. All of these recipes look SO DELICIOUS and are really easy! If you check out any link look at this one, I’m begging you! There’s variety, sweet and savory, filling and healthy, it’s pretty much a comprehensive list! Make four or more of the recipes on the list and you’ll pretty much have a breakfast banquet! Speaking of which, please see below ….

How to Throw a Stunning Breakfast Banquet – Not So Perfect

Megan’s post is so fun!! I loved the concept of her breakfast banquet!! If you and your family normally eat breakfast together, this is a great reference for a simple yet great-tasting smorgasbord-style breakfast table! Aaah, my mouth waters!!😂


Well, see ya later friends! I hope you try some of these, and that you are now armed and empowered to be able to make your own breakfast everyday … and enjoy it! 😅

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Have a great day everyone!

Makayla

What are some of your favorite breakfasts? Should I add any more article links to this post? Let me know in the comments!

January Goals + Inspiration!!

Hellllllooo all of y’all! How have you been, physically and mentally and spiritually and emotionally and everything in between? (Let me know in the comments! 😝) Whose ready to start the year right? (I hope you smashed your fist into your palm and yelled, “Let’s do it!”

Here, lemme say it for the both of us …

LET’S DO THIS THANG!!!!

(alright, now that I’ve got you all hyped up for success, let’s get into Monthly Goals again … and it’s January 2021! Crazy!)

My January Goals! (I’ll do a recap at the end of the month to share how things went!!)

  • Complete the Chloe Ting 2020 workout. (Which I just did! Woohoo!! It was intense!!!! Even so, those with a decent amount of endurance and willpower can crush it! To see my tips on completing the challenge well, see this link!) I had a BLAST with this one! Throughout an injury, busy days, and lack of sleep, I persevered and you can too! But remember: To God be the glory! Without Him as my strength, I can do nothing.
  • Go to bed at 9:00 every night! A while back I was talking to one of my friends, who also suffers through the Chloe Ting workouts with me – He goes to bed at 9:00. (NINE, you guys!! How??!!) Anyway, I know it’s better for my health, so I’m going to try to get to bed as soon as I get in from work. *nods*
  • Finish reading the Old Testament – read Job to Malachi!
  • Complete 20 Lessons of RPC school
  • Complete 5 Math Lessons (each “lesson” is 5 sections)
  • Drink more water (I’ll bet this is on everybody’s goals list, but for good reason!)
  • Make more blog posts, but don’t let it take over my life. (I’m not fantastic at balancing life, blogging, and school, but I’m trying to get better while still making sure my posts are meaningful and well-written!)

The rest of this month, I plan to work on a few new scales and scale patterns (piano), play violin consistently, paint with watercolors and acrylics, and come up with new bullet-journaling ideas!

Inspiration … from bloggers!

A few days ago I read this post by Tanya over at ‘Inspired to Inspire’, and I found it so meaningful because I have all these visions of what I want to be like in the future, but am I living up to them? Tanya’s post (read it here!) reminded me to live like my future self.

I don’t want to live a stagnant, unexciting life – I want to be passionate, adventurous, strong, resilient, productive, bubbly, energetic, hardworking, efficient, proactive, committed, and godly. I know it takes years to develop these qualities. I know that it’s hard, and the journey there can be exhausting and painful! But I also know that it is so, so worth it!

Here are my anthem songs for this month!!


Feel free to join me in my goals! What are some of your goals for this month? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! I might even join you! Remember, “Teamwork makes the dream work!”

Alrighty, with that cheesy saying, I shall leave you cringing. Stay awesome, y’all!

Makayla

I completed the 2020 Challenge!

Hey everyone! Yes, it’s in the title, but I must say it again … I completed the 2020 challenge! 😂

As always, I didn’t regret it! It was pretty fun throughout the whole challenge, and I absolutely reccommend it to all of you fitness buffs! I have officially graduated! 🤣 I wonder if Chloe is going to post a 2021 Challenge …

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My Experience

It’s true that this workout program is a little more intense than the 2019 SHRED. There’s at least one extra workout video per day, sometimes two extra, so it can be difficult, but hey, that’s why they call it a ‘Challenge’!

And this one certainly was a challenge! Overall, it was great as a second step from the 2019 challenge. It included a lot more high-intensity workouts, and it really demanded that I make a concerted effort to set aside time during the day for the workouts. Some of the workouts had weights, but not to worry for those of you who don’t have them (myself included), there are also non-weight alternatives.

One thing I’d like to mention is that it took me three weeks instead of two. I took extra rest days, because of events in my life and schedule that I couldn’t have predicted. I just wanted y’all to remember that it’s okay if you have to take extra rest days because of how you’re feeling or something unexpected that comes up in your schedule. Don’t stress it – the important thing is that you work hard and don’t procrastinate!


Here’s why you should do this workout in particular …
  1. Progress! If you’ve just come down off the 2019 Challenge, or any other challenge, it’s important to ponder whether you want to continue on this specific fitness journey. If so, you need to keep up the habits you developed, otherwise you may slide back into your former state, undoing all the work you’ve done. Taking another big step will set you up for progress.
  2. Specific. There are some ways that simply running lots and throwing around hay bales cannot give you the results you may want. Although some may consider workouts to be “fake work”, (which is true!), this workout allows you to target certain parts of your body for muscle gain. (Note that I did not say weight loss. You can’t target parts of your body for weight (fat) loss, because fat spreads itself out. However, by focusing on exercises for certain parts of the body, and by repeating those exercises consistently, you can increase muscle gain.)
  3. Maintenance! During the winter months, we tend to lead more sedentary lifestyles, so this is a great indoor option to keep you ready (and prepare you!) for activities in the warmer parts of the year, when going outside is more fun, and running games are more feasible! 😉
  4. Training. This challenge provides a pretty good all-around workout for advanced fitness goals. I’m currently working towards a goal of a higher endurance level (for max performance and stamina) and more fullbody toning (which, in my case, I want for volleyball. Volleyball is a great sport because people in any fitness level can play, but it’s really only the skilled ones in top shape who become good players, which is why I want more full-body strength and co-ordination.) But regardless of which sport you play, you can study up on what ways you need to be fit in order to play that sport the best you can, then work on those.

Tips!
  • Keep yourself accountable. Push yourself. Be your own tough and mean fitness trainer! Don’t give up unless you’re about to pull something. Then, break for all you’re worth! (Keeping consistent and pushing your boundaries gives you the full experience, and it makes the breaks so much better!
  • Keep a positive attitude about the exercises. Try not to “hate” a certain exercise … ironically, if you dislike it, it’s probably the one you need to do the most! So challenge yourself to do more and go further.
  • Drink water! Actually, better yet, buy yourself an absolutely gorgous and chic water bottle (for the girls!) and a totally sleek and cool hydroflask (for the guys!) The reasoning is that you’ll drink more often (and why not feel like a boss every time you do, am I right?) 😉

Well, bye everyone! I really hope y’all are all doing well! Let’s talk in the comments about fitness, faith, and falafels! (Or not …) Anyway!

Makayla

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My December Goals – What were they, and did I achieve them?

Hey there again y’all! I’m back with another awesome life update, but this time, it’s not just for me! I hope my goals will inspire YOU to make some, because honestly y’all, it’s never too late! (Be aware that I revised some of these halfway through, due to the *ahem* impossible nature of a few of them!)

My December goals were:

Finish Chloe Ting 2019 SHRED Challenge!

This was so unexpected, but so fun! In this post, I talk about my experience, and in this one I provide some few tips for getting off to a great start!

Reading a Bible book every day … (definitely not completed!)

Originally I had wanted to read a Bible book a day, but when I reached the longer books it became too much pressure. Don’t worry … I’ll eventually work up the courage to actually do it! This month I went through 1 Samuel to Esther, and I’m in Job now!! It was awesome! I learned so many new things I’d never heard or understood before, and I’m so excited to read more of the Bible that I have literally never seen before! It’s been such a journey to finally make this goal to read the Bible straight through, from beginning to end, but it has been SO worth it. And I’m only partway through!

Complete Lessons 113-140 in all three of my Grade 10 RPC courses, and catch up on essays up to that point.

I didn’t get anywhere close to 140. I went from 113 to 130, which actually isn’t bad. What I’m really excited about is the fact I caught up on almost all my essays! *throws party* At one point I had a “to write” list of about 12 essays! 😱 Now the tally is down to 4 (plus editing the other ones, and making minor adjustments.)

Play violin daily with the goal of playing on worship team soon.

A friend gave me the Suzuki violin book one this month, and I’ve been noticing some amazing growth in my technique and sight-reading! I’m so excited to go find Book Two so I can continue growing! (No way did I play daily, but I worked slowly through Book One, various scales, songs from memory, and worship songs.)

Complete the Chloe Ting Ab Workout Challenge!

(I completed this challenge in tandem with the 2019 SHRED. It was very fun, and after the first few days it actually got pretty easy!!)

Learn to make salads that taste really good. That includes learning leafy, fruit, veggie mixes, quinoa, cream salads, and smashing some dressing recipes too! (By the way, if you have a fave recipe, please share!)

I didn’t start the month learning much, but I finally made a vinaigrette! Does that count? 😅 I discovered that I can handle spinach almost every day, in salads, green smoothies, and omelets. Work those greens, guys! (I’m going to say I didn’t get this one, but my eating more spinach means I get a B+)

Learn to draw manga freehand, without copying … ?

I got an ironic kick in the pants partway through the month when meeting a young man who drew manga (and was literally so good!) Maybe it’s peer pressure, but since then I’ve been sketching here and there, brainstorming ideas for a comic. (A small one.) It’s been really fun, and I’ve gotten experience as well as improving my hand.

Begin the Chloe Ting 2020 SHRED Challenge!

Yep, I began it! It’ll carry on into January since it lasts two weeks. (Check out my post here, where I discuss some specifics of the program.) Update: I completed the 2020 Challenge!


So there are all my goals from the month of December!! I’ve never had so many goals in one month before and it’s literally flown by so fast! I’m super pumped for January too, though … *peeks at the ever-growing “January Goals” draft in my folder …*

Inspiration from this month:

You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth. – William W. Purkey

“So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Mathew 17:20-21, NKJV (emphasis mine.)

“I spent some time praying about all this and eventually realised this: my day might not be perfect, and I accept that, so how can I make the most of whatever happens, and what can I do in addition to make sure I’m making the most of each day?” (quoted from This is the day – Part 2 (From Not So Perfect.)


Update On What I’m Studying

Guys!! It was Hanukkah this month!! For those of you who don’t know the roots of Hanukkah, it’s a festival day of remembrance, referenced in the Bible as the “Feast of Rededication”. Jesus remembered it in John 10:22. It’s a festival which commemorates the re-dedication of the altar in the temple in the 2nd century B.C.E. (To see an amazing speaker on Hanukah and the layers of meaning within the word, see Keith Johnson’s speech at this link. To see the entire series (and trust me, these guys are good!) see this link.)

Recently I’ve been feeling the need to rededicate myself … not just the soul that makes me me, but my faith and my actions. I pledged to be a Hanochite – a woman trained, a fighter, someone who stands for what’s right – because that’s who I want to be.

Giving up myself for His Glory means taking breaks from working out hardcore, especially on Shabbat, so that I can glorify Him on the day of rest. I have to give up some of those things I obsess over that keep me from having relationship with Him, or keep me from reading my Bible. I want to go further in school, paying better attention and writing quality essays. I want to look deeper into the Word, praying about a passage I don’t understand rather than looking it up online or merely skipping past it.

Most of all, I want to go wherever he leads me. I want to do whatever he asks of me. My flesh doesn’t want to – but it’s necessary for spiritual growth.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.” 1 Peter 3:15-16, NKJV


Thanks everyone for coming back to the blog! Stay awesome!

Makayla

What were your December goals? What goals are you excited to start working on this month? Let me know in the comments!

I’m starting the Chloe Ting 2020 SHRED Workout!

Hey y’all awesome people! I know some of you are doing the Chloe Ting 2019 challenge, so thanks for joining me! I’ve finished, and boy, was it a ride! (Click here to see my recap!)

I’ve been resting for the last few days, and I’ve decided to go officially crazy and start the 2020 SHRED! (I know, I know, I’m pushing it, for a beginner! Bring on the 🔥PRESSURE🔥 and keep me accountable!!)

I’ve passed the first rest day, and I’m now on Day #5. Directly related to the workout, I feel pretty good all over. In almost every Workout video, the exercises seem to really focus on the legs and gluteus muscle in particular. It’s important to end each workout with some deep leg stretches, or you will ache the next day! So, do yourself a favor, and don’t forget to do the optional cool-down at the end.

Compared to the 2019 SHRED, more of these workouts are standing ones, which are fun! Make sure you’re wearing runners, or you might slip or twist your ankle. I’m greatly enjoying the lack of up-and-down-planks (😂), and the abundance of combo workouts! I’m more breathless doing these workouts but hey – what’s life without doing hard things?


For this specific challenge, here are some tips to have fun, stay loose, and give you your best chance of success!

  • Begin to eat more healthily. Learn to average the correct diet percentages of protein, carbs and fat. Some people start with 20% protein, 50% carbs, and 30% fat, but depending on your activity level you can play with it a bit. This will enable you to gauge what you personally want and need, and which foods are good for your lifestyle. See this article for details.
  • Stretch every day! Focus on those areas that were the hardest to hold in place/keep going with during your workout.
  • Rub peppermint essential oil on your limbs and joints to help with flexibility. Breathing in peppermint can also assist in clearing your airway and help with blood flow.
  • As always, pay close attention to the form. I know it can be hard to determine whether you’re arching your back or not, or whether you’re going deep enough into the stretch, but for any questions you may have, be sure to do some research. You may find a video that explains it in more detail.
  • Be kind to yourself and your body! Don’t force yourself to finish a workout that will hurt you in the end. I literally, just today, fell really hard on my tailbone, and was unable to finish the Day #5 workouts!😱 But you know what? It’s okay! I did half of it already. Sometimes, you have to know when it’s merely mental block keeping you from finishing your workout, or something more serious, like an injury. I’m hoping that hot water, some essential oils, and tonight’s rest will fix me up enough to get back at it tomorrow.

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Cute hairstyles for Summer Camp!

Hey everyone! Just popping in for a short post today. Hope you enjoy!

Have you ever been to summer camp with your hair on its second day? Trust me, its not something you want to go through without that one trusty person who knows how to French braid! But although French braids are THE hairstyle when at camp, there are several other preppy styles to wear that are way easier and cute as well!

1. half up, half down.

I like this one because it calls attention to the back of the head, which doesn’t happen with normal styles. If you have long flowing hair, this keeps it out of your face and adds dimension to the back of your head. Plus, you can dress it up a lot! Scrunchy, braid, kerchief, a mini bun (trust me, it doesn’t make you look like a guy!), you could even add small flowers! (I tried this once and it made me feel like a princess!)

2. braided ponytail.

I went through a phase where I did this quite a lot! I find that you can use either the three-strand braid and the two-strand (or “rope” braid.) Start with a section of hair at the front middle of your face, and pull it into a braid. (The larger the section, the larger the braid, but also the bigger the pouf, which makes it harder to control.) Then pull the rest of your hair into a ponytail, and tuck in the braid, so it travels from your hairline to the ponytail, across your head.

The braid looks visible, and at the root of the braid is a pouf that adds dimension to the front of your head, which may have otherwise looked flat on its second day.

3. messy bun.

If you know you’re not going to be doing a lot of running that day, a loose messy bun looks amazing and won’t fall out if you use the right tricks! (I confess I have yet to discover these tricks!) I normally make my buns just by twisting the hair at any point on my head (normally mid to low height) and wrapping it with a spiral ponytail band (which are my favorite hair band EVER! They hold hair in place really nicely and tightly, because of the spirals. If they stretch, just put them in a bowl of boiling water and they’ll shrink magically!)

4. the famous, the one-and-only, milkmaid braid!

This is my absolute favorite style ever! Not just because it gives off such whimsical swiss alpine vibes (be still my heart!) but because it wraps the face with such a beautiful braid that whoever wears it instantly looks gorgeous! It can be super simple, but it looks like it takes a lot of practice to get it right. Here’s a tutorial (simply because I have never excelled at giving instructions about something which I can’t do! 😂)

5. bandana.

I saw this one a few years ago and my cabinmates and I instantly fell in love! (No, it wasn’t a boy, it was a bandana!) Fold your bandana in half so it looks like a triangle, then flip the long side one inch over, and over, and over again until it looks like a ribbon. Loop it around the back of your head and tie it at your hairline, being sure the “bow” lands slightly off-center, or you’ll look like a rabbit. Here’s a pic because my instructions look confusing even to me!

(Source: https://blog.stylewe.com/step-up-your-hairstyle-fashion-with-bandana/)

I hope y’all enjoyed! Let me know your thoughts. What are your favorite hairstyles for summer camp?

Makayla