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Not-So-Random Announcement!

Hey everybody!

Miss me? You don’t have to! My new blog is up and running, so if you’d like to see what I have to say these days, check it out here: http://1peter3c4.tumblr.com/ 

Thanks for the support for this project, I would be all kinds of grateful if you’d follow and keep me on my toes for the next one!

~Blessings!

Kiana <3

Day 365 (The Finale) - Ahhh, this is a bittersweet post for me&#8230;This time of blogging is at an end, and so is my 18th year. This really has been an incredible experience for me, and rather stretching as well. I&#8217;ve learned a lot and I&#8217;ve done my best to share it, though I&#8217;ve fallen a bit short of my ideal mark. Still, as this social experiment/whatever you call is draws to a close, I just want to say how thankful I am. Thankful for my family, who have been so very involved and supportive throughout all of this. Thanks to my friends and readers, who made this whole thing worthwhile. And thank You God, for giving me breath and new insight for 365 days (19 times over, that is) and a means to share it. 
Everything has its time, and this has ended. It&#8217;ll sure be strange to not &#8220;have&#8221; to take a single picture tomorrow though! But I hope that this blog has been able to cause you to think, or has brought a smile to your face&#8230;Thanks for reading! 
~Blessings!
Kiana
Day 365 (It&#8217;s a mobius&#8230;O.O) - Aaah, it&#8217;s getting down to the wire folks! But that&#8217;s beside the point. The point is: Ignorance kills. You know how as a kid, it was weird to think that the mushrooms in your yard could be poisonous, and yet your parents were shoving fungi down your throat at dinner&#8230;And what about those stories about mothers and daughters who were having a camp out, and the wood they used to cook their food was deadly? And of course, berries are always a no-no unless you know exactly what they are. 
For some reason though, we never seem to think about what the ramifications of spiritual ignorance could be. We don&#8217;t consider the emotional side-effects of jumping into the unknown. They say that knowledge is power. And truthfully, in this day and age, knowledge is constantly - literally! - at our fingertips. Why in the world would we go for something we have no understanding for? Especially when we have a liable source of information readily available&#8230;The Bible, God&#8217;s spoken and inerrant word, is free for the taking now. We don&#8217;t need to look any further than that to know all we need in this world. 
Day 365 (again!) - So, I&#8217;ve never actually met somebody who has my name and spells it the same way. And I didn&#8217;t meet this little girl today, but still! It&#8217;s really a first for me&#8230;It&#8217;s a little weird to think that somebody has &#8220;my&#8221; name. And yet, I know that there is no one like me on earth. God has created us so that &#8220;No two are alike.&#8221; We are all individuals - whether we act like it or not - with none of us being exactly the same. Sure, we may share traits with one another, or even be freakishly similar in many regards, but you won&#8217;t find anybody who is 100% like you. And out of all the people to have walked this world, doesn&#8217;t that make you feel special? Like God could still pick you out of all the other grains of sand in this desert? Because He can. And He does. 
Day 365 - I actually like my little blue 50cc scooter. Really. It&#8217;s great for short trips around town, it&#8217;s lots of fun during the summer especially, and it&#8217;s incredibly inexpensive to fill up the tank. However, that doesn&#8217;t mean that it&#8217;s an ideal vehicle - as awesome as all of that may sound&#8230;
You see, I actually almost got into another accident yesterday on the way to a chiropractic appointment today. Only this time, because I totaled the car and no longer have one to drive, I was on the little blue scooter. And besides the point that the crash would have been much worse this time, it was just weird. I was actually directly in front of the car before they started to pull out. Of course, in the moment I wasn&#8217;t really thinking about what was causing the possible accident, but afterwards I had plenty of time to think about it. The reasoning is actually quite simple. The driver wasn&#8217;t looking for me. I mean, she wasn&#8217;t moving at all when I&#8217;d ridden up, but because she wasn&#8217;t looking for or expecting to see me, she didn&#8217;t until I had almost been hit by her. 
Isn&#8217;t that so typically human? We see what we want to see and are oblivious to everything else. We can ignore the obvious in favor of searching for the fantastical. Why is that, do you think?  Perhaps because instinctively we long for paradise. Too bad we got ourselves kicked out&#8230;But that doesn&#8217;t mean that we can waste our time wanting and wishing for what is lost. The truth is, while this life might not be desirable, reality within God&#8217;s plan for us will always be more promising than any imaginings or substitutes we can come up with&#8230;True story. So basically, stop day dreaming and strive for what God wants for you. You just might end up in Paradise after all!

Day 365 - I actually like my little blue 50cc scooter. Really. It’s great for short trips around town, it’s lots of fun during the summer especially, and it’s incredibly inexpensive to fill up the tank. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s an ideal vehicle - as awesome as all of that may sound…

You see, I actually almost got into another accident yesterday on the way to a chiropractic appointment today. Only this time, because I totaled the car and no longer have one to drive, I was on the little blue scooter. And besides the point that the crash would have been much worse this time, it was just weird. I was actually directly in front of the car before they started to pull out. Of course, in the moment I wasn’t really thinking about what was causing the possible accident, but afterwards I had plenty of time to think about it. The reasoning is actually quite simple. The driver wasn’t looking for me. I mean, she wasn’t moving at all when I’d ridden up, but because she wasn’t looking for or expecting to see me, she didn’t until I had almost been hit by her. 

Isn’t that so typically human? We see what we want to see and are oblivious to everything else. We can ignore the obvious in favor of searching for the fantastical. Why is that, do you think?  Perhaps because instinctively we long for paradise. Too bad we got ourselves kicked out…But that doesn’t mean that we can waste our time wanting and wishing for what is lost. The truth is, while this life might not be desirable, reality within God’s plan for us will always be more promising than any imaginings or substitutes we can come up with…True story. So basically, stop day dreaming and strive for what God wants for you. You just might end up in Paradise after all!

Day 364 - What is this list of words, you ask? This is a vocabulary list, actually, for ASL, Ameslan, or American Sign Language. That&#8217;s right, folks! I&#8217;ve finally started an language course for ASL&#8230;I&#8217;m so excited it&#8217;s pretty hard to contain. Unfortunately, I don&#8217;t currently know anybody who is Deaf to practice with or to tutor me. I&#8217;ll have to work on putting myself out there I guess. Still, crazy possibilities come with learning about this new language and culture. 
I&#8217;m only on the third lesson of the first course, and already I&#8217;m overwhelmed with the new information I&#8217;m getting. The Deaf Community and Culture is a truly complex and interesting thing. And while the &#8220;hearing&#8221; community might consider deaf or hard of hearing individuals as &#8220;disabled,&#8221; they themselves think differently. I read this quote that went like so: &#8220;Deaf people can do anything - Except hear.&#8221; Isn&#8217;t that awesome? I love that attitude! All too often, even people who have no physical or mental impairments will start to make excuses for themselves. 
I mean, how often have you used the whole, &#8220;I&#8217;m too tired,&#8221; or &#8220;I have a headache,&#8221; or even &#8220;I&#8217;m afraid to try that,&#8221;? Hmm? I can tell you that I&#8217;ve used all of the above and many more in different situations. Instead of trying to think of what we can do - or better yet, what God can do through us - we tend to confuse our abilities with our handicaps. No. No more of that. I see no reason why we can&#8217;t do anything. &#8220;All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me.&#8221; That&#8217;s the verse. Not &#8216;some&#8217; things, or &#8216;most&#8217; things, but &#8216;all&#8217; things are possible. Sure, maybe by ourselves that&#8217;s not true, but thats why there&#8217;s that last part. We can accomplish nothing without God. So why be without Him in the first place? 

Day 364 - What is this list of words, you ask? This is a vocabulary list, actually, for ASL, Ameslan, or American Sign Language. That’s right, folks! I’ve finally started an language course for ASL…I’m so excited it’s pretty hard to contain. Unfortunately, I don’t currently know anybody who is Deaf to practice with or to tutor me. I’ll have to work on putting myself out there I guess. Still, crazy possibilities come with learning about this new language and culture. 

I’m only on the third lesson of the first course, and already I’m overwhelmed with the new information I’m getting. The Deaf Community and Culture is a truly complex and interesting thing. And while the “hearing” community might consider deaf or hard of hearing individuals as “disabled,” they themselves think differently. I read this quote that went like so: “Deaf people can do anything - Except hear.” Isn’t that awesome? I love that attitude! All too often, even people who have no physical or mental impairments will start to make excuses for themselves. 

I mean, how often have you used the whole, “I’m too tired,” or “I have a headache,” or even “I’m afraid to try that,”? Hmm? I can tell you that I’ve used all of the above and many more in different situations. Instead of trying to think of what we can do - or better yet, what God can do through us - we tend to confuse our abilities with our handicaps. No. No more of that. I see no reason why we can’t do anything. “All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me.” That’s the verse. Not ‘some’ things, or ‘most’ things, but ‘all’ things are possible. Sure, maybe by ourselves that’s not true, but thats why there’s that last part. We can accomplish nothing without God. So why be without Him in the first place? 

Day 363 - Poor puppy! As you probably know - or now know - I have a dog. A really adorable boxer named Puck. He can be pretty perfect when he wants to be, or rather obstinate the rest of the time&#8230;Anyway, he has basically live his life (up to this point) with a ton of room to run around and be a dog. But recently, since we&#8217;ve moved, he&#8217;s had to make do with less space than he has been accustomed to. It&#8217;s been a bit difficult to train him with his new boundaries. Not because they&#8217;re smaller, but because of the white flags.
Now, it&#8217;s difficult to see in the picture, but there are actually little white flags that mark the perimeter of the electric fence. These are actually what&#8217;s preventing him from going outside at the moment. Sure, the shock is a deterrent, but he has to be too close to the line to get shocked in the first place. But as I was saying, he pretty much a puppy when we first trained him for the electric fence at our old place, but we used flags then too. Just the sight of them the first day we put them up had him shaking even now. He&#8217;s been shocked several times before, but once he got used to it, it rather stopped being effective unless we upped the setting. However, bring out those tiny pieces of plastic and metal sticks, and we can hardly get him outside. Why? The memories.His memories of the consequences those white flags represent outweigh the actuality of the situation. He knows what it is to be shocked - it&#8217;s unpleasant, but it&#8217;s not harmful - and yet a week ago, he still couldn&#8217;t bring himself to stray too far from the actual house. As you can see in the picture, he&#8217;s worked his way much closer since then, and now we can just let him out without having to attend to him. So what&#8217;s the point of this?
Well, sometimes, even humans tend to remember only the negative. We get so caught up in our fears of what we can recall that we forget to look for the good that came out of it. In fact, we get so wrapped up in ourselves that we stop listening to what God might have to say on the matter. We close our hearts and our minds and when God comes knocking, we allow Him no entrance. We make our memories into absolutes and refuse to even consider listening to and following the plan of our Creator. So here&#8217;s my advice for that: Force yourself to remember whatever you&#8217;re refusing to forget anyway. Replay it and think about it objectively. Or if you can&#8217;t do that, find somebody who will be objective and ask them to listen to your story. Try to find the good that might have come out of that and then sit and listen. Listen for whatever you&#8217;ve missed while God was directing you. Because I guarantee that whatever He&#8217;s been trying to soften you towards is in your best interest, despite your hesitations. Trust Him.

Day 363 - Poor puppy! As you probably know - or now know - I have a dog. A really adorable boxer named Puck. He can be pretty perfect when he wants to be, or rather obstinate the rest of the time…Anyway, he has basically live his life (up to this point) with a ton of room to run around and be a dog. But recently, since we’ve moved, he’s had to make do with less space than he has been accustomed to. It’s been a bit difficult to train him with his new boundaries. Not because they’re smaller, but because of the white flags.

Now, it’s difficult to see in the picture, but there are actually little white flags that mark the perimeter of the electric fence. These are actually what’s preventing him from going outside at the moment. Sure, the shock is a deterrent, but he has to be too close to the line to get shocked in the first place. But as I was saying, he pretty much a puppy when we first trained him for the electric fence at our old place, but we used flags then too. Just the sight of them the first day we put them up had him shaking even now. He’s been shocked several times before, but once he got used to it, it rather stopped being effective unless we upped the setting. However, bring out those tiny pieces of plastic and metal sticks, and we can hardly get him outside. Why? The memories.His memories of the consequences those white flags represent outweigh the actuality of the situation. He knows what it is to be shocked - it’s unpleasant, but it’s not harmful - and yet a week ago, he still couldn’t bring himself to stray too far from the actual house. As you can see in the picture, he’s worked his way much closer since then, and now we can just let him out without having to attend to him. So what’s the point of this?

Well, sometimes, even humans tend to remember only the negative. We get so caught up in our fears of what we can recall that we forget to look for the good that came out of it. In fact, we get so wrapped up in ourselves that we stop listening to what God might have to say on the matter. We close our hearts and our minds and when God comes knocking, we allow Him no entrance. We make our memories into absolutes and refuse to even consider listening to and following the plan of our Creator. So here’s my advice for that: Force yourself to remember whatever you’re refusing to forget anyway. Replay it and think about it objectively. Or if you can’t do that, find somebody who will be objective and ask them to listen to your story. Try to find the good that might have come out of that and then sit and listen. Listen for whatever you’ve missed while God was directing you. Because I guarantee that whatever He’s been trying to soften you towards is in your best interest, despite your hesitations. Trust Him.

Day 362 - So, this is apparently my new nightly regimen&#8230;Sure, nobody was seriously injured in the accident, but that doesn&#8217;t mean that things don&#8217;t have to heal. Covyn and I threw our necks, a common result of getting in a car accident, and now we have some things to do to help us get back to &#8220;normal.&#8221; The thing is, the stuff that&#8217;s wrong with our necks are small - hurtful - but small. Truthfully, I&#8217;d be inclined to say that I&#8217;ll be fine before Wednesday even hits. However, based on what I&#8217;ve been told by my doctor, they won&#8217;t be. I can&#8217;t even do karate for at least a month, probably more.
Sometimes, there are things that seem like less than they are. These are the easiest things to loose track of until they become something big and unbearable. It&#8217;s hard to get to the bottom of something once it&#8217;s been blown out of proportion. A weed is simpler to take out than a tree, don&#8217;t you think? So why would anybody let a problem progress to the point of no return? Because, in the moment, that would be the most convenient thing to do. To ignore what&#8217;s going on in the now. To believe that it will go away eventually. Believe that it will heal itself.  
Foolishness. That&#8217;s what it is. Pure foolishness. Nothing fixes itself, or if it does, then it is incorrect or different and messed up. No, if an issue is to be properly taken care of, then you need to get to the root of the problem. You have to attack it while it&#8217;s small and manageable and you must realize that any inconvenience posed at the moment is more than worth the pain and trouble that waiting would cause. Something to think about&#8230;

Day 362 - So, this is apparently my new nightly regimen…Sure, nobody was seriously injured in the accident, but that doesn’t mean that things don’t have to heal. Covyn and I threw our necks, a common result of getting in a car accident, and now we have some things to do to help us get back to “normal.” The thing is, the stuff that’s wrong with our necks are small - hurtful - but small. Truthfully, I’d be inclined to say that I’ll be fine before Wednesday even hits. However, based on what I’ve been told by my doctor, they won’t be. I can’t even do karate for at least a month, probably more.

Sometimes, there are things that seem like less than they are. These are the easiest things to loose track of until they become something big and unbearable. It’s hard to get to the bottom of something once it’s been blown out of proportion. A weed is simpler to take out than a tree, don’t you think? So why would anybody let a problem progress to the point of no return? Because, in the moment, that would be the most convenient thing to do. To ignore what’s going on in the now. To believe that it will go away eventually. Believe that it will heal itself.  

Foolishness. That’s what it is. Pure foolishness. Nothing fixes itself, or if it does, then it is incorrect or different and messed up. No, if an issue is to be properly taken care of, then you need to get to the root of the problem. You have to attack it while it’s small and manageable and you must realize that any inconvenience posed at the moment is more than worth the pain and trouble that waiting would cause. Something to think about…