2016 Blogger Awards – My Nominations!

Hey y’all! Sorry I’m so behind on posting this, life is crazy and it’s taking forever to pick people for each category. However, I’m super excited to write this, I love the idea! To nominate your favorite bloggers, everything is on this page.

Sidenote: Just because I don’t nominate you does NOT mean I don’t absolutely love you with all  my heart, as I mentioned above this was really hard in the first place.

P.S. My little brother just told me he thinks I have the blog of the century (like awww)

Okay sorry I’ll stop rambling, now onto the nominations:

Blogger of the Year: Elm from Just Elm. Elm has been here ever since I first started blogging, and she has also always been here as my friend since then. She’s just overall a great person who sometimes tries to help other a little too much  😉 It has to mean something if virtually everyone around here knows who she is, right? Plus I connect with the whole tree thing… (P.S. I am definitely NOT her ex-boyfriend xD)

Blog of the Year: The Artistics. Okay so this is kind of cheating since I’m part of it, but shh. I just think that it’s grown so much in the past year, and has a totally different element than other blogs that are around. Different people sharing different ideas, but all in the same place! Plus we have a magazine because we’re like totally cool, and the other people are great.

Kindest BloggerGioia from My Crazy World of Books Blog. Absolutely, 100%, no questions about it. Gioia is the kindest, sweetest person I have ever met in my entire life. She’s always there for me with a pick me up and a smile. She apologizes for talking about herself, and always makes me feel special. I am so grateful to have a friend, and an example like her.

Most Approachable Blogger: Fibit from well,  Fibit.  He’s so easy to talk to and always willing to offer up what seems so simple advice. You’ll definitely want to add him to your arsenal of friends if you haven’t already. He’s really funny and just great in general 🙂

Best New Blogger: Edge from Edgy Concept. His blog is really cool guys, it’s really different. Plus he’s a pretty okay person even if he doesn’t like pineapple on pizza. Nah, I’m kidding he’s really great. I love being able to have out of the norm conversations with someone, and  he’s definitely a good person for just that.

Most Positive Blog: Teenella from uh, Teenella. I haven’t talked to her much, but I’ve always known of her and seen some of the things she’s done. She just seems super sweet, and spreads positivity. Especially with her new Secret Santa project!

Most Helpful Blogger:  Liv, from the  Inspirational Dreamer . She’s not blogging anymore and she used to always be here, so it’s a little different to not have her around. But we still talk almost daily and she’s still amazing and willing to help with anything. Just knowing that she still cares is enough to make me feel better 🙂  So even if there won’t be any new posts, the old ones are definitely still worth reading.

Best Looking Blog: Colby from Dreams and Movie Screens. I don’t know how she got the cat to do the thing it does, but it’s SO cute. And I don’t even like cats. And the colors just compliment each other really well.

Most Relatable Blog: Allie from The Wondrous Life of Allie M. I always find myself relating to what she says whether its just talking to her or reading her posts!  She writes about things that I can connect with which is really cool! Go check out her blog!

Most Creative Blogger: Jerrod from Its Jerrod. This past year he created a joint blog called The Artistics which is based on creativity. He puts so much work into this blog and his own it’s crazy! I’ve loved being a part of the joint blog, and have got to see up close how much devotion he has to blogging.

Funniest Blogger: Abi from The Punk Butterfly. I always find myself laughing at the randomest things she writes because it’s totally something I would say! She’s just funny in general, and I love a good mix of sarcasm and humor.

The Wildcard: Liss & Dani from Life of Teen Girls. It seems like they’ve been around forever. I always look forward to seeing their posts. I’ve always thought it was cool that they started a blog together, and I’ve loved becoming good friends with the both of them 🙂




Blogmas 2016! – December 9th

Hey y’all! It’s currently 10:41 pm after a pretty long day, and I’m trying to not fall asleep as I write this xD 

Today’s theme was, Jesus Visited the Lonely and So Can You.

So for today I did 2 small things. 

First, I babysat some kids who live up the street. They’ve been begging for me to come over. We watched the Angry Birds movie and then played Tickle Monster- a game I made up with them and other stuff like Hide and Seek. 

I had a little of fun, and it was super cute to see their faces light up when I was playing with them 🙂 

And secondly, I just sent a few texts to some friends that I haven’t talked to awhile just asking them how they’ve been. 

Happy Blogmas day #9, only 16 days till Christmas! 
Love y’all! – Aspen AKA The Author 

Blogmas 2016! – Someone/Something That Made A Difference To You

Hey y’all! So in light of the Christmas season, I wanted to do a post on things that people have done for others that made a difference to them. Christmas is about giving and loving others, so I asked my two best friends, Ry and Laur if they would help out.

All three of us have typed out situations we’ve been in (coincidentally around Christmas time) and how someone helped us. (The experience is in italics and my comments are in bold). I hope you read til the end, I’m honestly really proud of this post.

First up, Ryann.

         It was this time two years ago and I was going through a really really hard time. I had  very bad depression, and it was to the point where I was hurting myself regularly. I had stopped on my own, and it was really hard to. My mother was getting me help with my counselor at the time and I opened up to her about what was happening to me. She told me to do things such as fix my chakra and look to my unconscious. I finally told my mom that I wanted to go to an actual doctor and get a mental evaluation. She and my step dad told me it was all in my head and I could fix it if I really wanted to. She talked about it as if it wasn’t a real thing. I didn’t know what to do, I was extremely suicidal, but then Aspen talked to me and asked if I was okay. Her asking me if  was okay was enough to help me push forward because I didn’t know anyone cared about me. I’ll always be thankful to Aspen, because in a way she helped me save my life. -Ryann 

At the time I was honestly terrified to say anything. We had only been friends for a year, but I already knew I couldn’t let something happen. I didn’t know how bad it was, but guys, I promise, please just say something even if you’re scared.Just speak up, you being scared will never amount to the feeling you’ll have if you know you could have said something.  You have no idea how many times I’ve looked at her and thought that there was no way I would be okay if she didn’t exist. But I can also say it wasn’t me that saved her, it was her. And no matter what she says I’ll always know how extremely strong she is, and I’ll always look up to her for that. So… thanks Ry. I love you. 

Next, Lauren.

         Last December I got a major jaw surgery. After I got it Aspen and her parents came to visit me in the hospital. She wrote me a super sweet card! Once I went home from the hospital Aspen would come over pretty much every day. We would do a lot of puzzles and she would just come over to be with me. My jaw was wired shut so I could not tell her how much it meant to me that she would be there for me even though I could not say anything. My mom swore that we had some kind of secret language because she knew exactly what I was trying to say. Anyways just the fact that she was there for me and to help me meant the world to me!     -Lauren (the favorite)
  Haha, oh Laur. You guys have no idea how much pasta we ate in those like 6+ weeks since she could only swallow food and not chew. And as I’ve mentioned in a post before, my parents actually weren’t going to take me to see her in the hospital that night. But I started full out bawling, I was so worried. I just HAD to make sure she was okay. And even though the whole thing sucked, I think it actually strengthened our friendship. We didn’t need words… we were just together. I hope I’ll always know what you’re trying to say 🙂 I love you Laurenzo. 
And now my turn.. wow I’ve struggled so hard to pick a situation where I’ve received help, there’s so many.
          So, everyone is probably assuming that I’m going to be talking about my health problems, but I’m not. Not today. Don’t get me wrong, I have received SO much support with it and am so extremely grateful for that. However, there is one time that came to mind when thinking of something that made a difference to me: my cousins.
          As I’ve mentioned before, I’m the oldest of all of us, 10 girls and 3 boys. And I know they love me, and want to be with me, but I’m still a teenager, so sometimes I feel like I don’t connect with them. But they always brighten my life. Each time I see any of them I can’t help but smile as wide as possible.  They teach me simple things like unconditional love, and how to laugh at stupid jokes. They show me what family really means. They’re some of my favorite people on this planet, just ask any of my friends how much I talk about them.
         But there was one night in specific that we were just rough housing in my grandma’s back yard and laughing our heads off. I don’t remember exactly what was happening but we were all showing off our purposely embarrassing dance moves. And then all of a sudden one of them goes, “This is so fun. Aspy showed us how to be ourselves and not be embarrassed” and another one goes “Yeah I’m happy when I can be crazy” and then one by one they all just go, “Yeah!” And keep dancing. But I’m just standing there tearing up. I’ll never forget that. I’ll never forget that I the ones I look up (well, down) to most look up to me. 
Okay, that was it! How did you like it? I actually really like this idea, and think that I am going to do another one, but this time featuring stories from YOU! If you have a story of a time that someone/ something made a difference to you (short or long) comment down below! I need enough to make an actual post, so don’t hesitate to comment 🙂
Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author 

Blogmas 2016! – December 8th

Hey y’all! I’m sorry for not doing a post yesterday, I honestly forgot and I had homework to do after my chiropractor appointment. But I’m back for today! 

Today’s theme is Jesus Prayed for Others and So Can You 

As simple as it sounds, prayer has immense power. It’s direct communication with God that brings answers and comforts, even if it’s not immediate. God knows what’s best for us and won’t always give us what we want, but he will give us what we need. Often in ways we don’t realize or wouldn’t expect. 

So for today I wanted to try and take my prayers to a deeper level. I always pray to have a good day, and bless the sick, and to help my friends (you guys included) and family. And I thank Him for my home, and food, pets, and family. 

Tonight I’m going to be more earnest. Be thankful for more things, pray for more people. I’ve been thinking about what to ask for that would help the most. I’m going to pray for asking opportunity to serve, and to be better able to help people I know. And for you guys, I know so many people who struggle and I want you to know that I care. 

I hope that even if you don’t pray your able to recognize the things your grateful for and to want to help others 🙂 

Love y’all! – Aspen AKA the Author 

If I Let You Define Me

If people asked you about me

This is what you’d say: 

Her lips could make me smile 

Even though she never would. 

She was too much work,

Without all the right benefits. 

Pretty in bed,

But not in tears. 

When it came to love

Her heart unfailingly subdued her brain. 

She was smart enough to leave, 

but naive enough to stay. 

She knew I didn’t love her, 

But she tried to convince herself I did.

So she let me tell her it was okay 

Even when it wasn’t. 

A stupid girl that gave me what I wanted 

For  deception in return. 

Then she started to say no. 

The more I kissed her,

The more she pushed me away. 

The moment she was good enough for herself,

She wasn’t for me. 

Blogmas 2016! – December 6th

Hey y’all! Today didn’t start out so well. My back hurt really bad so I skipped 5th period and just went to school late. Other than that today’s been pretty good. Ryann came over after school and we just laughed and watched some TV.

Today’s theme is…  Jesus Read the Scriptures and So Can You 

I read a few chapters in 2nd Nephi (In the Book of Mormon) yesterday, but as today went on I kept reminding myself that I needed to read today. ….. For the post. Which  thinking back on it is horrible, I love reading my scriptures, but the main reason I wanted to do it today and not just push it off til tomorrow was so I could post about it. And as bad as that makes me feel, I’m really glad that I decided to do the 25 day challenge so that I would do these things every day.

But, I still had to write the post, and it’s getting late. So I did one of my favorite things, opened my gospel library app and decided to listen to them instead, like what I’m doing right now.

As I mentioned before, I’m reading in 2nd Nephi, which is talking about the 2nd coming. It keeps talking about the consequences of following either Satan or God. And it keeps listing all of these blessing that come with following God.  One of my favorites so far is in Chapter 9 verse 45, “O, my beloved brethren, turn away from your sins; shake off the chains of him that would bind you fast; come unto that God who is the rock of your salvation”.

And it made me think of a movie I was watching about a half hour ago, McFarland, USA. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a really poor school in California with kids who work in the fields just to put food on the table for their families, that start a cross country team. I won’t spoil the movie, but all of the characters are portrayed as extremely hard working. And all they have to deal with is hardship after hardship, and ones that most of us will never even have to think about.

As I watched, the word unfair began to run through my mind. People don’t choose their situations, why don’t they get what I have? Why do good people have to go through such horrible things?

Which is a question that I’m sure we’ve all heard before, and even though I knew the answer, it seems I needed a reminder. Good people go through hard things. And bad people get away with bad things and get rewarded when they should be punished. But the creator of the Earth is fair, and our creation is fair. These good people that suffer will be rewarded, maybe not in this life, but in another. Those you did bad will pay for what they did. There will be fairness.

Matthew 5 goes through many situations, these are just a few:

Verse 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

Verse 6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”

Verse 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God

(My favorite) Verse 10 & 11 “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”


I hope you guys liked this post, it gave me a good peace of mind after a hard day. Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author

Blogmas 2016! – December 5th 

Hey y’all! It’s day 5 of blogmas, and the theme is Jesus Healed the Sick and So Can You. 

So today I prayed for everyone I knew who was suffering from a sickness whether it was physical or mental. 

I took the time to assess their specific situations and pray for God to comfort them in their time of need. 

I also signed up to be an organ donor yesterday. Not all of my organs can be donated, but some of them can. And I figured why wouldn’t I save someone else if I had the chance? 

Sorry this was so short, I’m writing another post that should be going up either tonight or tomorrow. 

I hope you guys had a good day. Love y’all – Aspen AKA the Author