Book Review: I Don't Wait Anymore by Grace Thornton

Jun 27, 2016
:: This book was sent to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. Scroll down if you just want to see how many stars I gave this book:: 

We've all heard it a million times before: you should never judge a book by its cover, right?  Well, if that was a law, I'd have been guilty of breaking it more than once. True, I usually read the back of a book cover before I make my final decision, but what usually draws me into reading a book in the first place is solely its cover (don't lie- I bet you do that too!). And that's exactly what happened with this one. Just look at the beautiful cover and its hardcover-ness! I'm not normally a hardcover fan for practical reasons but the size of this one works well and fit comfortably in my hands, FYI. 

I Don't Wait Anymore is a memoir and inspirational story written by blogger Grace Thornton. Initially, I didn't realize this was a story based on Christian faith but obviously the BookLook Bloggers program is a Christian publishing website- I just kinda didn't realize that before this. Personally, I grew up with a Christian background and though I don't really choose to talk about faith and deeper topics on here simply because I would never want to exclude anyone, I think this book can  appeal to people who aren't necessarily religious but just need a little bit of an inspirational read- to give you a little boost when things don't always go as planned.

The story tells of Grace and how she expected that her life would be perfectly planned out the way she'd always imagined (married with kids by her late 20s) but began to feel a bit cheated when it didn't happen accordingly. Most teen and young adult girls can relate- a life you've envisioned in your head for the longest time and suddenly you realize the pieces just aren't falling into place the way YOU want them to. That's how Grace was but then she decided to let her faith take over and gave it over to God and trusted Him to guide her every step of the way. She began to live her life solely for God and chose to overlook her own selfish desires.

I like how honest Grace was with herself throughout the story. It felt a lot like I was reading a personal diary which was interesting but at times also a bit hard to follow as some of the thoughts didn't easily flow into each other. Apparently this book was based off of Grace's original blog post of the same subject- which I have yet to read- but interestingly, I did feel like the book was one long blog post. There were raw moments and funny moments but a few times it was almost repetitive in its overall message (give your life to God, live for Him, and don't expect life to be anything like you imagined unless it's in His plan). I'd say this book was written with a female audience in mind, probably best for ages 16-30.

I wanted to like the book as much as I loved the cover- you should see the pages, they're pretty and shiny like magazine pages- and I am glad I read it at least once. I think if you happen to come across this book, you should give it a read or it would also make a thoughtful gift for a friend who might be needing a bit of guidance and hope. I was able to appreciate the overall inspirational intention of the book and like I said, I am glad I read it once, but I was kind of left feeling like, ok, so yes, this is life, God has a plan for me and then I'm done and hopefully Heaven is better than I can imagine. Which I kinda knew all along and doesn't really leave me feeling on top of the world just yet (I'm only human, after all). Just, you know, you get the life you're given and don't complain but enjoy all the good moments because there's a lot to be thankful for... 

So basically, to sum it all up, I'd give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The newest family member

Jun 20, 2016
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Her very first day at home- I can't imagine how stressful and scared a shelter dog's life is but I hope Lulu will feel nothing but safety and love in my household.

On Saturday morning, I woke up at the spur of the moment- a lot earlier than I normally would've anyway- and decided I just HAD to go and adopt this little chihuahua I had seen online at the local humane society. However, this definitely wasn't a spur of the moment decision. I had been wanting to do this ever since I first adopted Djinn Djinn 6 years ago (I have always felt guilty about the fact that I wasn't able to adopt his little sister and his mother who were also at the pound-- the POUND--animal shelter is too kind of a description, in my opinion).

The desire to adopt another pup was particularly strong lately. I feel like Djinn Djinn is calmer and more adaptable than he's ever been even though I was still pretty nervous about how he would react to a new little friend since he has never been around dogs much. It might sound ridiculous but the whole night before, I couldn't stop thinking- should I go and adopt the little chihuahua? Should I? After all, this would be the first time I'd ever have 2 pets at the same time. What'll it be like having 2 dogs? Should I? Should I? I literally had dreams of it throughout the night and when I woke up that morning, I knew I had to go and be first in line to adopt this little girl.

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Her second day at home- she's started being a bit more playful. I can't believe how adaptable dogs are.

Weighing in at a little over 4lbs, I have decided to call her Lulu after one of my favorite childhood cartoons, Little Lulu. I also wanted her to have a short 2 syllable name like Djinn Djinn's but somehow, thinking up female dog names is a lot harder than male names, at least for me it was! When I saw Lulu's listing online (formerly, her name was 'Si'), she sounded like everything I was looking for in a second dog: tiny, calm, friendly, and gets along with other dogs & what a coincidence that she's about 6 years old (same age as Djinn Djinn!).

So... why did I decide to adopt a chihuahua? For many reasons. I know lot of people tend to think most chihuahuas are hyper and annoyingly aggressive but I could never rule out an entire breed simply because of such stereotypes. I wanted a dog that fits with my lifestyle- with Djinn Djinn being on the medium size (20lbs) I wanted a second dog who wouldn't overwhelm him and one that would be very easy to travel with or basically just easy enough to carry around everywhere. Also, I've heard that chihuahuas are hugely overpopulated here in California so if I could have a hand in helping to make one less Chihuahua homeless then I feel that much better. They are wonderful little creatures.

Lulu already seems to be adjusting well to her new home- she sleeps a lot and she needs to gain maybe half a pound. She has some dental issues and that makes me sad when I think of how neglected she must've been. Her fur is a bit scraggly right now but I think she'll grow a healthy coat in no time. I feel like she was meant to be in this household- she is just perfect and I love her so much already, it feels like she's been with us forever. I hope Djinn Djinn will warm up to her eventually. So far he's keeping his distance like a sulky little child.

I don't mean to sound like a crazy dog lady (too late, right?) but, life is just so much better with a dog(s).

Thanks Instagram, for making me happier

Jun 15, 2016
Photo Jun 13, 9 43 21 PMI recently came across this article about how instagram could actually make you happier. And you know what? I completely agree with it.

I find that Instagram- something so simple and insignificant in the grand scheme of things- makes me feel more appreciative of the world around me and everyday life in general. I know a handful of people could still argue that instagram is a big fat waste of time and that it takes someone away from living in the moment but I hardly agree. Instead, for me, I look forward to observing small details that I probably wouldn't have noticed otherwise and it gives me so much joy to capture a beautiful corner of the world that others might not have seen yet or observed in the same way I have. I find that I remember the moment so much more and that I can live it and then relive it through the photo. Life's been a bit frustrating lately so having something like instagram to focus some of my energy and creativity on is making such a difference. Like writing a blog, instagram also helps me to get out and explore more. It inspires me to create more moments and memories and the fact that I am able to share them with people who are interested only makes it that much more fulfilling. Likewise, I am so inspired by other people's snaps...the up to the minute snaps from all around the world and all I have to do is search for a hashtag...it's quite incredible although I wonder if 100 years from now, futuristic type people will be laughing at us about how advanced we thought we were.

Obviously, there's many times and places where taking a photo is just not ideal or appropriate but I can always talk about that some other time...

I don't know how much longer instagram is gonna rule the world - I hear Snapchat is where it's at but I'm just not budging. I think no matter what social network becomes the next best thing, the simple act of taking photos to capture life's beautiful moments will always be a positive thing. And positive things can only add to happiness.

Does instagram make you happier? Or do you wish people would put the phone down already and just take a mental photograph instead?

Accepting rejection and moving on

Jun 6, 2016
I've had a little bit of time to let this sink in and though my initial reaction was "WHAT? That's not fair at all!", everyone faces some type of rejection at some point in their life and if they don't, well, they must not really be trying to live up to their full potential, right? If you've read this post, you'll have a better idea of what I'm talking about. But, if you don't feel like reading that post, basically, I had high hopes of majoring in art but was denied recently by my school's art department. Though they don't give any specific reason for rejecting someone, I suppose in short, it can only come down to the fact I just wasn't good enough. 

Ouch. I hate to admit things like that. 

I really had no idea if I was going to be accepted or not. I wanted to be completely optimistic and believe that I would be, but at the same time, there was a tiny nagging voice in the back of my head that told me to be prepared and to start thinking of other options. Like I said, my initial reaction to finding out I had been rejected was thinking how unfair it was. I had devoted so much time and energy into my art classes and funnily enough, I was actually starting to feel a bit confident in my artistic abilities. My next main reaction was WHAT AM I GOING TO DO NOW? It's not so easy to just pick up and move away to another university.

LET IT SINK IN. The most important thing I realized was to acknowledge my feelings of disappointment. Talk about it with someone who'll listen until they tell you to shut up and move on (and actually, the only person who should be telling you that is your self). 

CONSIDER ALL OPTIONS. It's easy for doors to slam in our faces but the main thing is to get right back up and start thinking of all the other opportunities you can create for yourself. Research everything and come up with a plan. 

FOCUS AND PROCEED. Pick the next best plan you can come up with and just go for it. For me, that's gonna be to just switch to another university but stay on track with Art because that's what I love and I'm too far in to even consider anything else. 

STAY DETERMINED. Right now, everything's sort of up in the air for me but I've found that it's important to consider all pros and cons. When it comes down to it, though, don't dwell on every little detail too much because obviously plans need to be a bit flexible.

DON'T GIVE UP. I can't tell you how many times in the past few years I've felt like just giving up. Just feel like going out and get a "real" job because this school stuff is eating up way too much of my life. But in the end, I know that I can't just quit something I've devoted so much time to. If you have an ultime goal, long term or short term, absolutely do not quit. You have that desire or dream for a reason and it's important for you to follow it- don't waste your life living through or working for other people's dreams. As for me, I have NO CLUE how things are going to end up. I don't know what I'm doing AT ALL, but things will happen and I'm making sure that they happen, so basically... things are happening.