What Christmas Means to Me

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. It’s magic and joyous and kind. It’s as much the gifts you get as the gifts you give, yet as I’ve gotten old enough to go out and buy my own gifts for people, it’s the look on someone’s face when I give them something they really love that puts the biggest smile on my face.

Everyone on this earth wants to feel joy and happiness and to feel cared for. Christmas is the time where I really feel and see that all around me.

Then there is the romantic parts of it. Mistletoe and ice skating dates, drinking egg nog or a peppermint mocha with someone your getting to know, feeling that romantic pull in your heart. It’s a beautiful thing and it makes me feel excited, because I’ve never experienced that in person before and love during the holidays feels like it’s sprinkled with that little extra spice of magic.

People change during this time of year. There is more kindness. More remembering that we really are all in this life together and we are all deserving of being treated well. A lot of people donate time to feeding the homeless and more people give a little extra to those in need. More people are willing to give the benefit of the doubt and understand that mistakes are human.

This time of year is special. The decorations all around are gorgeous. There is a festive spirit you can feel in the energy of the people around you. I’ve seen so many guys wearing Christmas sweaters this year… so so many. More then the girls and I thought to myself, “the men really came through in terms of spirit this year and I want to hug every single one wearing one of those sweaters because I’m so proud. All of the women too while I’m at it. The Christmas cheer ends nowhere in my heart.”

But, what I’m most happy to say here is that this has been my favorite Christmas so far. It’s been happier then any other Christmas I’ve had and it’s because I’m happier now then I’ve ever been. Every single day of my life recently has been so joyful and full of life that it baffles me. I’m treating myself the way I always deserved to be treated. I follow my joy at all times. I follow my excitement at all times. Everything is working out for me. I’ve never appreciated myself or life in general more.

This Christmas feels so rich. Rich in happy moments with my family. Rich in dancing. Rich in singing until I got my annual sinus issues and even that hasn’t been bad at all. I’ve never had such a good time while my nose and throat were acting up in my entire life. I’m so deliriously and wonderfully happy and I know there is no end to it in sight. I know that my life is just going to get better and better. There is so much good to experience. So much music to fall in love with. So many books to read and movies to watch. So much to laugh about. I feel so blessed this Christmas and I know it’s a feeling I will have for the rest of my life.

Christmas is like all the best parts of life to me. I can only explain it as these visions of beautiful moments in my head. Moments like when I gave the item in my hand to a woman who was looking to buy that item and didn’t know where to find it. Then I just went back and got another one to buy myself. Moments like one of the guys that work as a janitor taking out the trash from my store so I didn’t have to do it myself. Then another time me holding the door open for the same guy when I was on my way to storage (which he didn’t want to accept at first.. which made my eyes roll, but I digress). Moments like my sister tickling me when I was trying to get her to fist bump my hand and us both ending up laughing tell we started coughing because it was all too much. Moments like picking out a free ornament from World Market with my family and finding the most beautiful animal ornaments to hang on the tree.

Christmas is a beautiful time of year. Filled with the taste of peppermint and lots of music and cheer. I love it with every fiber of my being and I appreciate so much Christmas this and every year.

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30 Days of Gratitude

These past 30 days I chose to do a gratitude challenge to remind myself of all the incredible things in life there is to be grateful for.

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September 18th, 2019

Day 1: What are you most grateful for today?

Today, I’m most grateful for how far I’ve come. My mind is clear. My heart is clear. I am satisfied with who I am. I’ve made full peace with past mistakes. I’ve made peace with all of my past. I’m focusing on a better future. I’m always doing things that I love to do and I’m practicing being happy and fully myself all of the time. I’m keeping my commitments and I’m the strongest mentally and physically that I’ve ever been. So, I guess I’m most grateful for myself. Because I never gave up on myself and I stayed as positive as possible even when it was only to say that it’s ok to feel bad at a point and that I wasn’t always going to feel that way. So I’m proud of myself.

September 19th, 2019

Day 2: What Technology are you most grateful for?

My phone is probably the most important piece of technology that I’m grateful for. Because it’s what I use most for everything. Music, Reading, writing, gaming, video watching, socializing. Everything’s on my phone. Pictures of memories. My financial applications. I used to do online college from my phone. So it is the technology I am most grateful for.

September 20th, 2019

Day 3: What food are you most grateful for?

I love a good tamale or pupusa. But, I think I’m most grateful for Del tacos bean and cheese burritos. They’ve been a go to non-expensive food item that have kept me fed many many times since I was little. That and McDonald’s chicken nuggets, which are also a childhood favorite.

September 21st, 2019

Day 4: What memory in life are you most grateful for?

I’ll never forget the moment as a little girl coming home from flying on my own and running into my dad’s arms after thinking I’d never see him or the rest of my family again. He hugged me so tight it hurt, but I will never forget that hug. It reminds me that no matter what I will always love my family.

September 22nd, 2019

Day 5: What item in your home are you most grateful for?

I’m picking a mundane item for this because that is how I want to interpret this question. So the mundane item in my home I am most grateful for is the family coffee pot. Really recently, my mom finally purchased a coffee pot and since then I’m always drinking coffee. Recently, we’ve had pumpkin spice as well as red velvet flavored coffee that has been delicious. So I’m really grateful to have the coffee pot.

September 23rd, 2019

Day 6: What in nature are you most grateful for?

Literally all the animals! Animals are a gift to us all. They are so human and every single one of them is a unique blessing. I adore them.

September 24th, 2019

Day 7: What book are you most grateful for?

This is a very difficult question. I am grateful for so many books. I guess I have to say Twilight because it is the book that got me into reading in the first place. My life would be very different if I never read that book. So despite it not being the best book, I owe a lot to it.

September 25th, 2019

Day 8: What lesson in life are you most grateful for experiencing?

Day 8 is getting a bit heavy. The end of last year and the beginning of this year were some of the toughest months of my life. My mental state was not the best and my dad was in the worst part of his illness. I felt lost and utterly and completely alone. I found in myself such inner strength from dealing with all of that. I now find myself genuinely happy. I became very independent during this period and I learned how to be my own anchor and I also learned how to not take what other people say or do personally. Even things that my family would say that hurt. I learned to change my perspective. To stay grounded in who I am and what I believe. To do the best I can no matter what. But I also learned to follow joy wherever it is found. I don’t think of my dad’s illness in the same way. I don’t feel hopeless. I don’t feel alone. I understand myself better and I understand being human better. I am different now, but also very much the same. So I’m grateful for how the hard times teach the most valuable lessons.

September 26th, 2019

Day 9: What place have you traveled that you are most grateful for?

When I went to San Diego and swam with the dolphins when I was a kid. That’s such a bucket list experience and I was happy to have had it. It was a really amazing experience.

September 27th, 2019

Day 10: What are you most grateful for in your childhood?

I’m grateful for God’s hand in my childhood. I don’t speak much about religion. I’m not here to preach or tell anyone how to live their lives, but I cannot deny God’s hand in my life. Before I was born, my family made a decision to move to a specific place not realizing that that was where they would meet me. I came into their care in a daycare and in so many ways I’ve never left. I’ve always felt guided. I also always felt like I could trust that everything would be ok because I was put where I was for a reason. Especially one experience where I was bit in the eye by a dog and they got my eyelid completely but missed my eyeball. I’m grateful I have sight in both eyes because of that. If that wasn’t a miracle I don’t know what is.

September 28th, 2019

Day 11: What movie are you most grateful for?

This is difficult. Only because I’ve rarely ever thought of movies in a way of being grateful towards them the same way I do for books. But, I have to say that recently it was Endgame. Spoilers: when I saw that Captain Rodgers actually did get to live out a full life with Peggy when I thought that was impossible it released a wave of both happiness and pain inside me. Or rather it transformed pain into joy. It gave me hope to know that in life what’s meant to be will be and that the universe works in incredible and mysterious ways. Most of the time not in the way you think it will.

September 29th, 2019

Day 12: What 3 people in life are you most grateful for?

This is an easy question. My mom, dad, and my sister. I wouldn’t be who I am without them. Even if we don’t always get along perfectly, my life would be radically different without them. I love them with all my heart.

September 30th, 2019

Day 13: what season of the year are you most grateful for?

I am super grateful for fall. The weather is cooler. Things get spooky. I feel more alive and there is Halloween to look forward to and Christmas is not too far behind. It’s one of the most exciting times of the year.

October 1st, 2019

Day 14: What rejection in life are you most grateful for?

In my life, I have experienced many rejections. Mostly from people.. and I’m not just talking about crushes. But, I think the rejection I am most grateful for is the very first one. I don’t like calling it rejection, but my biological mom gave up her rights to keep me and gave me to my grandmother on my dad’s side. From there my grandmother in a way gave me to a family during daycare and while she was in my life after for the most part that family raised me. I wouldn’t be who I am without that first pass off or from the second. It was like baby hot potato. But, I have a family who raised me from love so I’m glad for it. I don’t know if I’d like who I am if I was raised elsewhere. I love the life I was granted. I would never have wanted my life to be different.

October 2nd, 2019

Day 15: What about your body are you most grateful for?

I’m grateful for all of my body. My ability to see and hear and touch and taste. I’m grateful for how my body heals. I’m grateful for my brain. I’m grateful for my bodies ability to adapt. To strengthen itself and show me that I’m capable of far more than I often believe. My body has gotten me up everyday and has experienced many beautiful things. I have learned to treasure it. I didn’t always feel that way.

October 3rd, 2019

Day 16: What band are you most grateful for?

The only true answer to this is Linkin Park. Even if I feel like in a way I shouldn’t be allowed to say so. It deeply reminds me of someone I care about and I don’t really know how they feel about me now, but Linkin Park is their favorite band and so I’m not sure about saying this answer even if it’s the only real answer to me that is true. Linkin Park’s Music is beautiful. It’s pulled so many people out of darkness. I even saw a video of a woman who used their lyrics to save a man’s life from committing suicide. Music that saves lives. Music that inspires people to walk in the light in a way that doesn’t shut out the fact that the dark exists. That’s incredible music. I am immensely grateful for it.

October 4th, 2019

Day 17: What about your job are you most grateful for?

I am grateful that I have it. That things have gotten better within it. That the majority of the people are worth working with, especially when it wasn’t always like that.

October 5th, 2019

Day 18: What trait do you have that you are most grateful for?

I am grateful for my sense of loyalty. Not necessarily just to people I care about, but to my ideals. I do my best everyday to be the best person I can be and to treat others well. The very basis of who I am is someone who wants to do some good in this life. Sometimes I mess up, but that’s ok. It all comes with being human.

October 6th, 2019

Day 19: What splurge item do you own that you are most grateful for?

I’m not lying when I say I never splurge. It’s not because I don’t want to it’s more that I convince myself that I’m better off saving for something for someone else. Or for an emergency. Last month I went to go by pants for myself at Forever 21 and I got these great pants for only $3.90 and they look amazing, but I got them for a very low amount. I’m really good at getting nice items for low prices. This includes books (which often come to me for free). I’m probably one of the lowest maintenance people out there. But, I have to admit if I see some shoes from Aldo or some sweatshirts and clothing from hot topic I want to buy them. Especially now that hot topic has this Hocus Pocus sweatshirt with witchy sleeves for $80 and I want that so bad. But, with Christmas coming I’m not even allowed to buy myself stuff. Talking about this makes me want to do a little splurging on myself. Maybe I’ll make a point of it after the year ends.

October 7th, 2019

Day 20: What are you most grateful for in your daily life?

I’m most grateful for the food I have to eat. Everyday I always have something and it’s usually something pretty tasty and the fact that I can eat everyday and try new foods when I want to is a wonderful thing.

October 8th, 2019

Day 21: What small item that you use daily are you most grateful for?

My earphones. They allow me to watch and listen to whatever I want without bothering anyone else with what I’m watching. They also help me to concentrate on one thing, especially if I’m listening to music while writing.

October 9th, 2019

Day 22: What Thanksgiving memory are you most grateful for?

Weirdly enough when I was a vegetarian for two years and this one thanksgiving my grandmother took me to her friends home for dinner and everyone tried to convince me to eat meat and I kept saying no. I’m grateful for this memory because it’s one of the first times I decided something about myself for myself that wouldn’t be changed because others thought it was strange. I may not be vegetarian now, but I do miss it. I never really learned how to do it properly and having to eat out quite a bit in a world where there isn’t always a vegetarian friendly option (looking at you in-n-out) I don’t really push it too much.

October 10th, 2019

Day 23: What use of your phone are you most grateful for?

The use I’m using right now. The ability to write blog posts and connect with others who share the same passions as I do. The amount of blessings I’ve received from blogging have been infinite and I will never ever regret one second of the journey I began 3 years ago! I truly am grateful for the friendships and opportunities that have opened up for me since starting and I know that there will be many more in the future!

October 11th, 2019

Day 24: What about social media are you most grateful for?

This is mostly a reiteration of yesterday. Because the social media I am most grateful for and that I care most about is WordPress. Blogging is an incredible thing. It’s changed my life multiple times. I know it will continue to in the future.

October 12th, 2019

Day 25: What are you most grateful for in your city?

That I live in a place with such a diverse amount of people and how you can go down a single street and see many different cultures and people living alongside one another.

October 13th, 2019

Day 26: What meal did you have today that you are most grateful for?

Both breakfast and lunch. My sister made food both times and when she makes it is always delicious. I had oatmeal in the morning and a meat soup with garlic bread for lunch. Both were amazing!

October 14th, 2019

Day 27: What are you most grateful for in your country?

I’m going to give a real answer for this, because I’m not always super patriotic and politics makes me angry and I can rant about certain things in politics for ages and get nowhere so.. that’s that. What I’m grateful for in this country is the people in it. No matter what craziness is going on the majority of Americans are good people who want to fight for what’s right. It’s the unity that I see in those who protest and who see injustice and call it out that truly make me feel good to be an American.

October 15th, 2019

Day 28: What about your home are you most grateful for?

I’m most grateful for having a home. A place to sleep. A place to keep myself clean and fed. A place where I feel safe. There isn’t really anything about it I’m more grateful for then anything else. All of it is precious to me.

October 16th, 2019

Day 29: What bill are you most grateful to be able to pay?

All of them? Rent is huge because without it I would have no place to live. My phone has everything and if I couldn’t pay that bill no one would be reading this now. Bills are such a necessary thing. The basics of living so I’m grateful to be able to pay them all.

October 17th, 2019

Day 30: What experience this month are you most grateful for?

I’m grateful for having dedicated myself to doing this and my yoga practice. I’m grateful because I’ve noticed that through these two things I’ve been able to reduce my anxiety and depression and to feel myself again. I’m so much happier today than I once was and I did that myself and for myself. I’m excited for the future and I’m excited for each day and that’s the greatest gift I’ve ever given myself.

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My Thanksgiving

I didn’t expect it, but my Thanksgiving was the most normal and relaxed day I’ve had in a very long time. I might even call it peaceful. We had food, a lot of food. Pupusas, tamales, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and flan. Not your typical Thanksgiving, but what made for a great one in my family.

I sat and watched movies with my sister. Two horror movies, an thriller/action flick, and a romance. I enjoyed all of them. It felt like the much needed reprieve I’d been waiting for. Nothing big happened. Nothing changed. It was a day that just was and for that I am grateful.

It’s been hard to remember to be grateful recently. My family and I do not agree on a lot of things, but they will always be my family and I love them. I know that no matter what they’d never leave me behind. I’m grateful that at least I have a job. I hate it, but I have it. I forget to use it as the stepping stone to keep me afloat until a new door opens.

I also appreciate that even if so many doors have closed in my life recently, that I am young. I’m only 19. I have so many years ahead to figure life out. My journey has only began and yes a lot of sucky things have happened, but as they say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. For the first time since everything has happened I feel excited about the future in a way that is different from before. I’ve decided to focus on myself. To focus on the things I want to do with my life. I’m going to work hard and be true to me.

It is going to be slow going for a while. I have a lot of pain that I need time to start to heal. I have a lot of questions with no answers that I need to let go of. But, I think I have the ability to work things out. To get past the sadness. To do something I can be proud of with my life. Even to one day find a love that is good for me. Someone my family loves. Someone I can share everything with and who knows they can share anything with me.

I’m thankful for the life experiences that I’ve had. The good and the bad. It’s kept me with a decent head on my shoulders. I’m thankful for books and I’m thankful for movies. Stories give hope in the dark. I’m thankful for being alive. I have a chance to meet people and see amazing things. It’s a good time to be alive. I’m thankful for the opportunity to move forward. I’m going to do what I can to turn my life around and take the world by storm.

Thanks to all of you for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!

Celebrating The Little Things Tag

I am so excited to be doing this tag, it feels so good to celebrate some of the best parts of blogging, the people. Those bloggers in the community that have been a huge support, giving them a little bit of appreciation. 

To Birdie Book Worm, thank you for tagging me! To everyone reading this, check out her blog it’s so much fun to read and she is just all around amazing!

The Questions: 

Who is your very first follower (if you can find out) Tag them and give them a shout out! 

I feel really bad about not being able to answer this question. I am so sad that I can’t find out who my first follower was. So, for now, I am just going to thank the first person who believed in my abilities. The person who has inspired me and kept me sane. My mom, not only is she my biggest supporter, but she does her best everyday to make sure every person is taken care of. I love her so much and I am glad for the opportunity to thank her. 

What was the last milestone you reached? 


Just yesterday, I woke up to finding out that I had received 1,000 total likes on The Book Raven, which is absolutely insane. Just thinking about how much love and support I have been receiving in the short time I have been blogging has been amazing. I am so grateful, humbled, and inspired by this beautiful community. 

What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us! 

I am so proud of every post I create for this blog, but my first post will forever have a special place in my heart. I hope for the dreams I had at the start become a happy reality for the me of the future. Here is the link to my first post: Hello World!

Who was your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shoutout!

My most recent follower is Book Slay who has a wonderful blog that I can’t wait to see more posts from. The posts are sweet and simple and I enjoy reading them a whole lot! 

What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

The latest post I posted was I Owe My Heart to Poetry a poem that celebrates poetry and the effect it has had on my life. 

The first person to like that post was Pure Glory who has a very lovely and inspirational blog. These posts are a whole lot of food for the soul, delicious and good for you too! 

How many months have you been blogging for? 

It’s been three months and two days, which is absolute insanity for how much this blog has grown in such a short amount of time. I can’t believe how a push from my sister has turned into such an important part of my life in such a short time. I feel like I have been doing this for so much longer, but in reality it’s been basically no time at all. I love the community for this! 

Do you have any bloggers your friends with? Give them a shout out! 

There have been several bloggers I have been able to interact and learn from that I would love to shout out here. 

Ava Who has such a lovely nerdy blog who is the biggest sweetheart with the biggest heart! I love her posts and hearing about both books and anime, two of my favorite loves. 
Teacher of Ya Who is a huge support and activist for this community, her passion and advocating for ya literutre is both incredible and incredibly important. 
Ya and Wine Whose blog is so beautifully unique with wine pairings that are simply stunning to see. She is such a wonderful person and I enjoy interacting with her whenever I get the chance. 

Lia  Whose posts have made me think and whose project I am a proud to be a part of. Talking with her is wonderful and I am so happy that I found her blog. 

Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

The last tag I participated in was the Kiss, Marry, or Kill Book Tag a tag that I am very proud of as it was so fun to create!


I do not know who created this tag, but I will give a shout out to Birdie Book Worm for doing the tag so I could find it and explore its amazingness for myself! 

Have you any social media related to your blog?

So far I have a Twitter @tiana_reads and an Instagram @the_book_raven !

Last but not least …. just say thanks to all your followers.

Thank you so much to everyone! To my followers, thank you for joining me on my bookish journey in life. To every person that I has liked and commented on one of my posts thank you so much for your continued support! To you, dear reader, thank you for being here without you these words mean nothing. 

Tag! 

As those who have gone before me, I will be tagging every person meantioned in this post! Thank you for supporting and inspiring me. 

-Till next time! 


Celebrating 200 followers! So Many Feels


I never could have guessed that I would have grown so much so quickly. I can’t even fully comprehend it! 200 people, 200 physical flesh and blood human beings enjoyed my posts enough to press a button and follow me. It’s one of the most unprecedented and incredible feelings I have ever had in my life. I am forever humbled by everyone’s support. 

This feeling is unreal. I couldn’t thank you all enough. I started this blog on October 14th, 2016, approximately 3 months ago. I was encouraged or rather demanded by my sister to create a blog about the things I love most books, writing, and poetry, but mostly books.  We spent several hours trying to come up with a name and I finally and happily decided upon The Book Raven (it felt right for the poetry portion) and so this blog was born. I tentatively posted my first post Hello World and fearfully let my words be heard for the first time. I told myself that if I am going to do this I am going to push myself to post everyday and with the disappointing exception of not posting for little more then two weeks in November I have stuck with it thus far. 

In this short time, I never expected how much support and love this blog would get. It has been such an important boost to my confidence and to all my hopes and dreams that this has been such a source of happiness. This community is honestly the best and most positive community I have ever had the pleausure of being a part of. There are so many people here that I have come to look up to and so many that keep me inspired. I put my entire soul into every piece that I write and it delights me to no end that fellow bloggers have been enjoying it all. 

It means so much to me, to hear this communities thoughts. It doesn’t matter if it’s a comment or a post. I simply love reading everyone’s posts. The biggest part of blogging for me is the communal sharing of thoughts. As much as I write my own, hearing others thoughts and opinions have helped me to grow most. It is so important to me that everyone’s voice is heard. Every thought is valid weither it is the same or different from my own. 

It is so crazy to think that this is all possible. That you can write your thoughts and share them with so many. The amount of good that could be done, the amount of positivity that could be shared, and the many unique possibilities are endless. It makes me so excited to wonder what the future shall hold. 

I want to thank you, dear reader, for reading my thoughts, for supporting me and all the people in your life that you support. This is not just my own celebration for me, but a celebration of you and this community. 

I may write the posts, but nothing would come of it if it weren’t for the support from you. 

I want to do something special for this celebration and I want to thank and celebrate every one of you reading this, so I want to ask you what your passion is and what you love to do most as well as your favorite quote. 

I want to create a post for you, that celebrates you. That is what would make me happiest. To celebrate every person as the wonderful individuals you all are. 

Thank you all for reading! Your support is incredible. 

-Till next time! 

Thank You For Inspiring Me

There are so many writers who have given me hope for my own future. Writers who have succeeded dispite the odds. Writers who have inspired their readers for good. Writers who have choosen to give their lives to the craft that has given me hope for the world. 

Stephen King 


This man’s word on writing. The story of his start, have given me the hope that my dream is possible. He is someone who started out small. He wrote articles for his brother’s newspaper and then kicked butt with his first novel Carrie that jump started his career. I want to thank Stephen King for his words about words. It is his story that continues to inspire me to write. 
Julie Kagawa 


I love this woman’s books so so much! Her ya fantasies filled with amazing worlds and captivating plot have inspired me to want to write ya fiction. I have always loved mystical beings, but the way she depictes characters and develops worlds gives me a whole new perspective. I want to thank Julie Kagawa for her beautiful writing. Her words built a love for fantasy inside me that I will never let go of. 
Ellen Hopkins


Ellen’s poetry drew me in. Her stories opened my eyes to whole new way of writing. Narrative poetry is now one of my favorite types of poetry. I would love to be a able to write a book in a similar poetic style as hers one day. Ellen’s writing is absolutely stunning. I want to thank her for her words of truth about suicide and addiction. Her poetic authenticity inspires my soul. 
Lois Lowry 


Her book “The Giver” is my favorite book of all time. Her words bring me to think about how the world may turn out if we do not do anything about it. Her words inspire me to write words that matter. Words that might inspire action. I thank her so so much for inspiring a light bulb in my head to say, “Hey, hey you! See these words? You love them no? You hold them dear? Write something that gives someone else the feelings that this book gives to you. Capisce?” Enough said. 
Dawn Kurtagich 


Dawn writes with such a unique voice. Her ya horror stories inspire my darker side. Her book “The Dead House” is one of the coolest novels I have ever read. Her uniqueness made me wonder about in what ways my own writing is unique. What is different about my own voice? What stories do I have to tell? I want to thank Dawn for helping me to realize that no matter what my personal voice matters. To write unapologetically. To write like me. 
For all writers out there: thank you so much for giving yourself to words. You are teachers, inspirations, and true motivators. Never stop following your heart. Keep speaking the many truths of this strange universe. Thank you! 

-Till next time! 

A Letter To God 

Dear God, 

Today is Thanksgiving day here in America. As I am sure you are aware. I wanted to take some time to give thanks to you, for creating this crazy world. For guiding me and giving me the will to try my best. 

This is one of the hardest things for me to write, but I feel like it is necessary. You have given me so much love and respect and I wanted to give some back to you. 

This year has been crazy. Mixed with the good, the bad, and the awful, but I promise to do my best to be better and do a little good. To form my small little rebellion against the bad. 

I am so sorry to you and all around me for any wrong I may have committed. I ask for forgiveness. 

God, there has been so much anger and hatred in this world. I ask for the strength to fight back against hate and for extra guidance when I don’t quite know what to do. 

I’m so thankful, God. For my family. For the roof over my head. The bed I get to sleep in. The food I get to eat. The people that I have met. The ability to write. For books. For running water, heat, and utilities. I pray for those who do not have these things to be blessed with extra heat, a warm meal, a bath, warm clothes, and a compassionate heart to spend a little time with them. 

I am so thankful for this life. I love you, God. Thank you for being my light in the dark. 

Good night!