12.5.19

"no need to say goodbye"

Hey friends.

Yes. It's true. Ramblings of a Redhead Girl is alive again (for the time being :P).




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I know, I know. It's been awhile. And I gave such a dramatic farewell, didn't I? Truth is, I didn't plan on typing on this blog again. But here it is not even a year later and I've changed my mind. Maybe I'll share more about this decision (or rather the process behind the decision) sometime, but for now I want to jump right in with a "normal" post. Not much will change around here, I think....except that my focus on this blog is going to be primarily all things story related. I'm hoping to share and write more about my own books, and talk about the books, movies, tv, music, and theater that I love.




Oh. And expect lots of gifs. :P As if you couldn't tell.

*all y'all who don't like gifs*

The only change is that you probably won't see as many personal posts on this blog anymore...I have a new, smaller one for that that I would share the link to but I had been having spammer problems on this blog before I left so...let's wait and see. ;)

Lately I've been reading....

Wives and Daughters
I'm about 3/4 of the way through reading this. It's the first time I've read it, although I'm completely familiar with the story courtesy of the BBC miniseries. Funnily enough, I never "connected" with the miniseries that well, but I've been loving the book. I mean, I liked the miniseries and all, but I've found it easier to understand and like a lot of the characters better through the book.

(Except for Osbourne. Ugh. He's fine in the series but he and I DON'T GET ALONG IN THE BOOK.)



Anne of the Island
I needed some LMM in my life lately so I opened the third Anne book and BOY DID I NEED THIS. I just...something about the phase of life Anne is in during this book and the things she's struggles with/struggled with are so painfully relatable to me. I used to think I related to her a lot...then I found myself thinking not so much...but I have reverted to my former way of thinking again. We trap ourselves into misery the same way. Maybe I'll talk about the particulars sometime in a separate post but for now just ♥♥♥. Also, Gilbert is a gem and it's so funny how you can tell Anne just doesn't want to admit to herself how much she cares unlike in the movie where it's actually portrayed that she DOESN'T like him. Anyhoo.



"I'd marry Gilbert Blythe if he were rich." {said Phillipa}
"Oh would you?" said Anne, rather viciously.
"We don't like that idea a little bit, although we don't want Gilbert ourselves, oh,no," mocked Phil.

Phil though. xD


Lately I've been watching...

Wanted: Dead or Alive 
OKAY. SO. GUYS. Honestly my favorite TV show lately is this western show that's sometimes cheesy and sometimes just downright confusing. But Steve McQueen is the star and somehow he just makes everything cooler. ;) This is also the first western TV show I've seen (unless you count Dr. Quinn....?) and it's a fun change from movies.

Steve McQUEEN

Leave it to Beaver
I've only seen the first and second seasons but my family has been watching the fifth lately and, for once, I'm finding the later seasons of a tv show better than the earlier ones. (Generally it seems to be the other way around, with old tv shows at least.) This show is just so funny and wholesomely happy.
(It's also crazy how many times my own brother and I have been able to relate to some of the scenarios Wally and Beaver find themselves in. xD)



And listening to...

Canyon City
New musicccc yessss. So, I've had a coupe songs from this artist on my spotify for a little while now but I only really took notice of the music the other day and realized "wow this is good I need to check out more." I haven't listened to them extensively enough to give a solid opinion, but so far I'm liking what I'm hearing. This is the song that initially caught my attention; give it a listen if you will. ♥


That's all for now. Happy spring, my friends. *hugs*

What do you all think of this blog return?
What are some of your favorite story-related things lately?

10.9.18

The End of Five Years (HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT)


credit: me
Five years of typing at a keyboard, letting my thoughts flow into the white space of blogger.

Five years of checking for comments, smiling and clicking "publish" when I read what my friends had to say.

Five years of sharing hopes and dreams and likes (and dislikes) for the world at large to see, though it was (thankfully) limited to the few wonderful people who took time to read my blog.

Fives years.

Five years is a long time, friends.

And though I can hardly believe I'm saying this, five years has been long enough for Ramblings of a Redhead Girl. It's been GOOD, my friends. I honestly and completely believe 100% that blogging has been a HUGE influence over the person I've become. Without blogging, I would not have the friends I have, love the stories I love, and been so strengthened and encouraged by the love of Christ you all have shown me over the years.

The things I've gained by blogging can't be properly expressed or counted. It's hard to believe that I've gotten to the point I wanted to be at so many years ago--back then I was a "ghost" follower, then an anonymous commentor, and finally I made a blog account and created my own blog. The Story Girl was the blog I stumbled upon (I was googling pictures from Pride and and Prejudice '95) that started me on this epic journey. I became a devoted follower of that blog and many others, like Yet Another Period Drama Blog and Regency Delight and Fresh Modesty and  All Things Bright and Beautiful.

I joined the blogosphere's excitement over Amy and Melody's meetup, became a member of the Pride and Prejudice '95 Forever Club, submitted entries to Sink Me! and eagerly checked my blogger dash every day for that little orange "comment awaiting moderation" link.

I freaked out when I got my first follower (who is actually one of my dearest friends, Éowyn!!!!) and regularly checked where my blog views came from ("Mom! I got a view from {fill in the name of some foreign country}!!!"). I participated in so many blog parties and filled out tags and wrote movie and books reviews, dreaming of the day I would be a "big" blogger with more than 50 followers. Maybe even a hundred.

Dreaming of whether I'd make blogging friends, friends I could visit.

You see, when I started blogging back in 2013, it really filled a void in my life. I had a couple friends, but I didn't get to see them very often. And when I found blogging, it felt like I had found a treasure trove of people with similar interests and backgrounds--most of them were Christian homeschool girls who loved period dramas and reading books and writing stories.

And though I already loved to read and write and had just been introduced to Jane Austen by my amazing mom, I credit the blogging world for encouraging my love of these things and introducing me to things I might never have heard of otherwise.

The blogosphere introduced me to The Phantom of the Opera, and I was henceforth a Broadway musical fan. (And without that I might not have watched NEWSIES. ♥♥♥)

I found out about self publishing through Createspace, giving me a goal for my writing that I am still hoping to reach. I discovered NaNoWriMo which is one of the best things evvvaaahh.

I read The Blue Castle and Behold the Dawn and Resistance and SO many other books that are really special to me because of people in the blogosphere.

Guys....I don't know how to list all the things blogging has given me. Besides tangible things like new favorite movies and books and music, it also taught me so many indescribable things.

I have long felt that blogging has taught me a deep appreciation for how different we all are--but how we can be united in our love for certain things, and even more importantly, in our dependence on Christ.

I have seen so many differing opinions throughout my years of blogging (and yes I was one of those people who "kept up" with comment wars, though I rarely participated xD): skirts vs. pants, Pride and Prejudice 1995 vs. 2005, Harry Potter is the best vs. HARRY POTTER IS EVIL, courting vs. dating, traditional publishing vs. self-publishing, Laurie vs. Professor Bhaer, was Frank Churchill a villain or simply Misunderstood??, should Rey end up with Finn or Poe or Kylo??

Everyone has a different story. Everyone has a different road. Different convictions, likes, dislikes, goals, dreams, struggles, and ways of living their life.


Blogging has taught me that that's okay. That as the body of Christ, we are all called to different roles in His service.

And obviously, this is something we could learn anywhere--but for me, I think I learned it here, on this cyberspace platform we call home.



And so here I am. Five years later. I was fifteen years old when I started, now I'm twenty.  I was a homeschooled girl living in Florida on 5 acres in the country. I had twelve pet cats (OUTDOOR, don't judge), 3 dogs, and a handful of chickens. I spent my time reading and drawing and playing outside. Now I live in Michigan. I'm a nanny to earn money, but I'm a writer at heart. I live in a neighborhood five minutes from a lake and go swing dancing nearly every weekend and don't have as much time as I used to do read my favorite books.

And that's only scratching the surface. I'm still me, I'm still Natalie, but I have changed so much in the past five years, and the things around me have changed even more.

Ramblings of a Redhead Girl is special and beautiful and a part of my past, but it's time to move on to something new. This chapter of my life has ended, a new one has begun. And in the words of Winnie the Pooh (from the Christopher Robin movie):

"I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I've been."

(Am I good at that? Haaaaaaa. No. Not at all. But I'm learning. ;))

In honor of the five year birthday of my blog, here are some of my favorite posts from over the years. I picked one for each year, though that was REALLY hard to do.


~2013~


This post is ridiculously short, but for the sake of nostalgia, my first post ever is my favorite. (Plus it's the least embarrassing to link to haha)

(Also, can we notice that my only comment on that post came from Naomi 3 years later? Naomi, you're AWESOME. *high fives*)


~2014~
(no more ableist skool, isolated housing, overbearing assignments, 0 crips, losing friends- literally never again), distance from Helen and toxic friends, freedom from shitty jobs, my own lil hut, finishing shows, acne going away :D kept good friends, dating a really sweet person, literally travelled to all cool places (SF, Seattle), reading whatever, building habits, fantasizing about my future - neverending openness, staying inspired, my fabulous life continues...

Favorite things about this post:
-I had only 32 followers
-I used the "lately" format for the first time (I think)
-I said " sobsobsobsobsob" xD
-We were moving into our new house 
(WHICH WE JUST MOVED FROM THIS YEAR WHAT THE HECK)
-I was still all "please don't steals my photos ahhh they're works of art someone's going to sell them in an art competition for millions of dollars but they're MINE." :P


~2015~

This post literally went VIRAL, fam. I even found it on some stranger's instagram. I AM VERY PLEASED.

~2016~
Ahhhhhh nolstagic FEELS. *hugs my fwiends*

~2017~
 FIRST VISIT. :D (Also, this post launched beginning of people actually quoting my book. YES.) (Like 3 people but still.)

~2018~
Untitled
*say to myself "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." over and over*

So I realize I kind of chose "big" posts as my favorites and while they ARE favorite posts because of the memories attached to them, there are also a lot I simply enjoyed writing and even enjoy reading. xD So I included a few more below....


(some) Honorary Mentions:

(Honestly, the semi-bitter sarcasm in this post just about sums up how the first half of this year has been for me and it cracks me up. (That and the gifs of course, Necessity of life and all that.))

(Honestly, re-reading this reminded me just how much I love this tv show.)

(Still relatable. xD)

(Preach)

(Honestly, this may be my favorite piece of fiction ever, so yeah.)

(This makes me happy. ♥)

(again, still relatable)

(The gifs though xD)

(THE TIME I FINISHED MY FIRST NOVEL AWWW<3)


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You want to know the best thing blogging has given me, though? YOU GUYS. You wonderful, amazing, unique people. Some of you are my dearest friends and some of you I barely know, but every time you've taken the time from your life to comment on my blog, you have made me happy. You've blessed me exceedingly with your encouragement and appreciation and I simply can't put into words how much I appreciate every single comment I've ever received.


Weeelllll.....almost. I can't bring myself to appreciate the spam comments, but being that those all are probably from automated computers or whatever, I guess they don't count. :P



So here we are.
Happy BirthayRamblings of a Redhead Girl!!!!
(née Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens)

Five years stats:
107 followers
96,596 pageviews
Most viewed post: 
My Favorite Couples (3,181 views)



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And now we come to the end of this post. I really love you guys. I just don't know what to say besides that. After five years of writing on this blog, words now fail to come. I can't express how much you all mean to me.
Thanks for making these five years the most epic, memorable, magical years of my life.

*GROUP HUG* 




If I could leave the new generation of bloggers with anything, it would be this:

You are special and precious and loved by an awesome, infinite God who created the stars, only to have His hands pierced by nails on the cross for YOU.

You are a beautiful person, inside and out. Every single quirk and tiny facet of your personality is precious and fantastic, part of the person you were created to be, and you have a role in this world no one else can fill.

The smallest word of kindness can mean the world to someone else. Remember that sometimes it's these tiny things that can change the course of someone's life.

Be yourself no matter what, my friend. Because you'll the shine the brightest when you do.
VSCO - I stopped counting at 500 publishes thnx fam go follow this dude on insta | silent-enthusiast


♥ Love you, guys. xoxoxoxo I'll never forget you.



The End
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Inner me: Pssst. Natalie, didn't you forget something?

Me: Ohhh yeah.



Did you think I was leaving for good?

You guys:



Me: Heehee.



You guys:

Me:


Also me:


Me/you guys:



Me:




Yeah. Y'll better check out this link. ;)
Starry Eyes


See you around, kids. 

16.6.18

Lately//Spring 2018+a HIATUS



What ho and welcome! (Where did that come from?) And how are you this fine spring day?

'Hem. Let's try again. I honestly don't know what my deal is sometimes. :P

Dear friends, welcome to spring and welcome to the 2018 springtime edition of my "lately" posts. You know, the ones where I talk about my life because my life is so interesting and y'll just live to read about what's been going on with me.

All right, in all seriousness, I have "so much to acquaint you with"! Let us begin.

Lately I've been....

//Visiting//
•With Éowyn! That's right, around the last weekend in April I had an impromptu visit from my dear friend, Éowyn. It was absolutely c r a z y how fast it all worked out so well and that I got to see her. <3 We had a fabulous time together, watching movies like Rio Bravo, The Greatest Showman, and My Darling Clementine. We explored some shops in my town and went to a lighthouse and hiked the Sleeping Bear Dunes which was a little exhausting but very very fun. :D And we felt so proud of ourselves afterward. It was such a special time, and I'm so grateful to God for how it all worked out. Till next time, Éowyn! *hugs*

look! There are our shadows :P

•With Alyssa and Olivia.  Read this post for the story on that. ;)



//Watching & Reading//
Brooklyn
This movie brings me to tears and makes me feel safe and happy and healed all at once. It's realllly good and I've watched it twice within the space of about a month or so. I really find comfort in watching how Eilis adapts to her new home and life. Though, my recent move seems nothing in comparison. I can't imagine crossing an ocean all by myself and living alone. It's absolutely terrifying.
Bu anyways. The aesthetic of this movie, the music, the Irish ACCENTS, the characters and romance....EVERYTHING. I love it dearly. (Also TONY. ♥)

(PS. I recommend filtering or fast forwarding with the remote, just fyi. It has some issues. :P)

"THE BEST PART. This is when I lose it altogether." Brooklyn movie 2015

Road to Avonlea season 5&6. All right, can Gus and Felicity just get married already? Also, why are the season openers always so bizarre and drawn-out? Will Andrew King EVER come back? (Despite my complaints, I still love this show. :))

Solo. I LOVED THE NEW STAR WARS MOVIE SO MUCH. Click here for my thoughts.

Incredibles 2. Guyyyyysss. Frrieeennds. this moviiiieeee. *cries* Incredibles 2 was amazing. Seriously. I absolutely loved it. This movie didn't feel at all like a "sequel", it felt like an expansion of the previous movie. Funny thing is, I didn't "grow up" on this movie like I did other Disney movies. I can't remember the first time I saw Incredibles, but I'm pretty sure I wasn't super young. BUT. The opening scenes of this movie literally made me tear up. It just felt so nostalgic and perfect. The characters were all the same, nothing was changed, it just continued

I REALLY LOVED THIS MOVIE. The plot, the humor, the dialogue, everything. (Also, Jack-Jack fighting the raccoon was literally one of the best scenes.  It had me laughing so hard I was almost crying. I rarely laugh that hard and it just made me so happy. <3)

(*I've actually been watching a ridiculous amount of movies and such lately, but I'm not going to weigh this post down today with all that. ;) The above mentioned are just recent highlights.*)

•Uninvited by Lisa Terkeurst 
Wow. This book was really good. I generally find modern Christian nonfiction (what little I've read) to be somewhat iffy, but I don't really recall much of anything that I disagreed with in this book. It had a lot of very healing, encouraging words. Highly recommend for anyone that struggles with feeling unwanted or rejected, or recognizing that your value comes from Christ's love for you--not the opinions of others.

•The False Prince trilogy. AHHHH I'm finally re-reading these books and I love them so so so much. *hugs tight* Sage especially. But really everyone. (But Sage, though.) (And Fink.)

If you like medieval adventures with intrigue and plot twists and snarky dialogue YOU NEED TO READ THESE BOOKS. (did I mention how great the characters are??)

(OKAY BUT THIS SONG REMINDS ME OF THE FALSE PRINCE AND SOMEONE MADE A COLLAGE FOR IT HELP)
(Not quite how I picture Sage, tbh, but you know. It's okay. :P)

//Busy preparing for//
•The ACT test. I got it done June 9th and I actually feel like I did pretty well, all things considered. (Especially despite my desperate meltdown of worry about it the day before.)

•My new summer job at a church daycare. I'm kind of worn out from all the paperwork and the CPR class I had to take, but my first day should be sometime next week and I'm very grateful to be working this summer. 

//Listening to//
For King and Country 
Especially "to the dreamers", "priceless" "shoulders", "this is love", "fix my eyes", "run wild" basically all of them, please listen they're amazzzziinnnngg. 


•Owl City Cinematic album
I know I keep talking about Owl City but guyyyyyysssss. IT'S SO GOOD. *cries from happiness*


//Loving//
Scrivener (LITERAL WRITING LIFESAVER)
•Good friends <3
•The endless expanse of whipped cream clouds you can see when on a plane
•Flowers from the store (pictured below)
•The glow at sunset
•Going to a swing dance group with some friends from church
•The lake at different times of the day. It never fails to amaze me how many different colors and looks it displays. Crystal blue, soft gray, misty green, dusky lilac, bright silver, deep black...
•The feeling I had from traveling solo for the first time. During my travels at the airport, I had moments of intense loneliness and fear, but overall it was an exhilarating experience. God proved faithful, as always, and I felt encouraged and inspired by the taste of independence the trip gave me.
•Long phone calls with good friends ;)
•Going to the movie theater with my brother.

the flowers

//Stressing over//
•My flights/layovers on my trip to Alyssa's home. 
•Studying for the ACT on June 9th
•Paperwork for my new job
•Getting fingerprinted for my new job
•Taking a CPR/AED/First Aid class for my new job
•My new job
•Life


//Learning//
I feel as if I've learned so much over the past couple of months, and yet I know I need to learn so much more, because honestly? Despite all the goodness God has been giving me, I spend a lot of days feeling depressed and ungrateful. And I know I need to change that, for He's proven His faithfulness to me time and time and time and time and time and time and time again.

And time again. ;) He is so good.

When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.
Psalm 138:3
#my view from the plane <3

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Real talk, friends. Life has been crazy busy since we moved. Not only has it been busy, it's been hard. There's been a lot of ups and downs, and lots of things we still have to figure out. Frankly, I'm on the brink of being overwhelmed (maybe I already am and just don't know it because I'm so exhausted haha) and have decided I need to change things up this summer.

Which means....I'm taking a blogging hiatus. :( I know my summer job is going to add a lot to my schedule. And when I do have down time, I want to spend it writing my fiction projects.  I have stories that need to be completed and characters who will never forgive me if I don't fix their lives before I write "the end." And that means I have to give a few things up this summer.

And to be honest, I feel like I'm at a crossroads with this blog. I don't want to give it up. But for awhile now blogging just hasn't felt the same to me, and I'm thinking it may be time for something to change. I don't know what that is yet. I want to keep on blogging, but my life has a bunch of question marks written all over it at the moment and until I get some of those boxes filled in, I feel at a loss as to what to do with my blog.

Now, that being said, I hate to box myself in. I'm officially going on a blogging hiatus for the summer...but I may unofficially be back once or twice or thrice. ;) Because I just know if I say something like "I won't be back till August", I'll probably want to pop back in during July or something. :P  (Also, I will still be checking comments, so if you ever want to get a hold of me, don't hesitate to comment. :))

Till the time is right for my return, friends, I bid you all a very fond farewell. ♥

(I'm sorry this farewell is so brief and detail-less. I want to get this post done, and I feel as if I have so much to say that it's easier to say practically nothing, till I have the time and the right words. :( Sorry, friends. *hugs*)




What have you been doing this spring?
Have you ever traveled solo? Did you like it?
What are some of your summer plans?
SEE YOU AFTER THE SUMMER! :)