Fun

iPhone Photography 

Hi, readers!

I’m on my lunch break at work right now. I wanted to quickly share some photos with you from a garden I went to yesterday. It’s so huge that we walked for about four hours and still didn’t make it through the whole thing! 

Feel free to use these pictures for writing prompts, inspiration, or whatever. 🙂 

Time to tackle the second day back to dance! I have modern and ballet today. Talk to you all tomorrow!

❤ McKinnlee

Ballet

Potential

Good Morning!

It’s 6:35 am right now. I’m so excited to try this new style of posting. Also, be sure to check out my new blog theme!

Today is my first day back to the regular season of dance. I’m definitely looking forward to tonight! It gets me thinking about when I started dancing and what I would be doing if I wasn’t dancing.

Have you ever thought about a human being’s potential to do something? Just think about this: Say you have the potential to become an amazing opera singer, but you never tried. If you knew that, would you want to try in the first place? Do we work hard at things because we have natural talent, or because we love doing them? Maybe a little of both!

Just my thoughts for this morning! Have a wonderful day!

❤ McKinnlee

Writing

Some Changes…and an Announcement!

Hi, Everyone!

 

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far! I wanted to update you on some changes that will be happening to my blog.

Starting the 29th, I’m going to change the look of my blog a little, plus I am going to change the style of how I post. This is going to turn into more of a daily blog, so you will see shorter posts of whatever is on my mind or what I have going on that day. I’m hoping it will give you a little more insight into the life of a dancer.

Don’t worry, I’ll still be posting the same kind of content (Recipes, Devos, Dance Tips, Short Stories, ect.).

Ok, now that the boring stuff is out of the way, I have an exciting announcement! Drumroll please…………..

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Starting in September, I’m going to begin posting a chapter of my most recent novella every week. Here’s the basic summary of the story.

 

Starting over is hard. Especially for Rachel. Her life has been all ups and downs, but when she moves to Texas, she hopes that the blank slate will finally be a smooth one. Unfortunately, she finds herself in constant conflict with her new friends, and a family emergency doesn’t make life any easier. But when it comes to life or death, Rachel has to dig deep to rediscover her true passion for music, songwriting, and her faith in God.

 

See you all next week!

 

❤ McKinnlee

 

 

 

Writing

Summer

Welcome to another Fiction….Saturday?

Sorry I’m late on this post. I’ve been working all weekend and prepping for another summer intensive week next week. Anywho, here’s my piece of fiction for this week.

 

Summer

 

She wonders through the tall grass, gazing at the green around her. The wind whistles into her brown locks, streaming them behind her as she walks. The sun casts golden shadows across her bare arms. She looks up into the green, searching for young apples. It’s summer. She doesn’t want it to leave.

She spots an apple and scrambles up the tree. She sits on a branch and drapes her sky blue dress over it. She lays back against the tree and grabs the apple in one swoop. She takes a bite and lets one bare foot dangle in the breeze. For a moment, she breathes it all in. Before the dread sets in.

She has trouble enjoying the season because of its short duration. It’s running away with the breeze, and she wants to go with it. She wants to climb to the top of the tree and disappear into the swollen blue forever. She knows it can’t happen, so she dreams about it.

The light gently closes her eyes as it surrounds her and soaks into her skin. She breathes it, in and out, trying to save the feeling in her heart. It melts her mind and molds her spine into the tree. Her lashes flutter open, and she looks up into the leafy prism. The green light captures her mood. Gentle and sharp all at once.

She jumps down from the tree, her dress flying around her like a parachute. She lands on the soft grass gracefully and looks around her once more. It’s time for her to leave. The sun is setting. The summer is ending.

Her heart beat increases at the thought of this. She doesn’t want it to end this way. She begins to run, her feet tripping over one another in the tall grass. The hard wind moves into her lungs and chokes her as she runs. She swallows the air with her tears. She keeps moving, everything choking her at once. It feels like she is being pulled backwards. It wants her. Summer wants to keep her.

Let me go. She thinks as she bends over, gasping for air. Her mind flashes with all of the memories of the summer. The pictures fly through her mind. The tears she had swallowed reappeared.

It wasn’t the season she wanted to relive. It was the memories. The laughter. And the goodbyes. Saying goodbye to the summer meant saying goodbye to someone forever. She was clinging to that memory with everything in her being. It pulled her backwards every day. She had to leave it behind her.

She rings her hands, leaving the memory in the dust. She swallows her tears once more, and begins to run. She soaks in the last drop of dusky light with a thought of determination. She would run until she couldn’t see the summer when she looked back.

 

 

❤ McKinnlee

 

Fun

My Three Favorite Movies

Hi!

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday!

Today, I wanted to share with you my top 3 favorite movies! Here we go…

  1. Gone with the Wind (1940)  This is just such a classic. I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this movie. So, so good.
  2. Back to the Future (1985) I just love how quirky and goofy this movie is, while exploring a deep concept like time travel.
  3. Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977) This movie is just such a masterpiece. It’s just so different than any of the other movies that were coming out at the time, and is, in my opinion, the best Star Wars film.

 

What are your 3 favorite movies? Comment below!

 

❤ McKinnlee

Ballet

I’m Tired of Losing

Are you always in the back of the line? At the bottom rung? Do you constantly maintain a losing record? 

Me too. 

And I’m tired of it. 

When I found myself frustrated with my short comings the other day, I thought to myself, “it’s not like I can do anything about it.”

But that really isn’t true. You always have the potential to be the best at anything you want to be the best at. With true determination, no one will be able to get in your way. Don’t stop dreaming just because someone gives you a hard time. Where they there when you first realized your dream? Do they know the depths of your motivation? 

If you’re tired of losing, I have a solution for you. Stop losing! It’s all a mental game. Make a decision, develop a plan, and stick to it. 

❤ McKinnlee

Devotionals

My Treasure Thou Art

Hi, Everyone!

I’m back! I spent a lot of time reading, praying, and reflecting when I was away. I was finally able to (somewhat) understand what God has been speaking to my heart recently, or really, throughout this year. I wrote down a bunch of my random thoughts on the trip and finally was able to sit down tonight and make them a little more cohesive. Let’s dive in!

“Where a man’s treasure is, there his heart will also be.”

Researching for this post, I rediscovered that this popular saying actually comes from a scripture in Matthew.

“For where you treasure is, there your heart will also be.” -Matthew 6:21.

In a world full of things, we lose sight of our true treasure. We let dreams, talents, and people take our hearts. A. W. Tozer talks about how this has been a problem since the beginning of time. In his book, The Pursuit of God., he shows us Abraham’s struggle with this. Abraham loved his son Isaac dearly, to the point that he became an idol in Abraham’s heart. God knew this, and he knew the only way to rid Abraham of this idolatry was to test Abraham. If you don’t know the story, God asked Abraham to offer his son Isaac to Him as a sacrifice. Abraham wrestled with the idea for a while, but eventually decided that he would trust God. After all, God had given Isaac to him in the first place. If God wished it, he would give Isaac back to Him. Here’s a quote from Tozer to finish the story.

“God let the suffering old man go through with it up to the point where He knew there would be no retreat, and then forbade him to lay a hand on the boy. To the wondering patriarch, He now says in effect, ‘It’s all right, Abraham. I never intended that you should actually slay the lad. I only wanted to remove him from the temple of your heart that I might reign unchallenged there. I wanted to correct the perversion that existed in your love. Now you may have the boy, sound and well. Take him and go back to your tent. Now I know that thou fearest God, seeing that thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from me.'” 

Abraham realized that the only truly fulfilling and lasting treasure was God. God should not be just first on the list of treasures in our hearts; He should be the only treasure in our heart. His unchanging Character is something to be carefully treasured in a constantly changing world. The very thought of having Him as our treasure should make our hearts soar. The Psalmist often captures the simplicity of this joy, such as in Psalm 107.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!”  Psalm 107:1-2

Think about it. Your best friend, your Savior, and King is the Creator of the Universe. He made everything, yet He gave it all up so you could have a relationship with Him. Is it too much to ask for you to set aside your earthly treasures for Him? It’s not that we can’t love other things if we love God. But those things no longer own our hearts. They are merely blessings given to us by God. They are not a part of our hearts. Our talents,  our blessings, and our gifts are outer pleasures, not inner treasures.

Once you set aside your heart’s desires for the One who desires your heart, you find Him to be an anchor. You can cling to Him through trials. He does not waver. Blessings don’t change His place. Curses don’t chase Him away. Our God is our treasure, and He’s not going anywhere.

Having God as that treasure is priceless. You no longer need to count on the world for satisfaction. You can rest in Him. When the world fails you, you can look to Him. You can have nothing, yet, through Him have everything.

Oh, God. My Treasure, Thou art.

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Seriously, Tozer says much more than I possibly can in his book, The Pursuit of God. I had trouble shortening that quote to a readable size:) Here’s an amazon link if you want to buy it. I highly recommend it.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pursuit-God-W-Tozer/dp/1940177103