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#116. Have an impact on someone’s life.

What does it mean to have an impact on someone’s life?

If you had asked me this question at the beginning of summer I would have immediately answered that to have an impact on someone’s life you would need to do something drastic, something that would change that person’s life forever.

However about mid-way through summer I came to the stunning realization that every interaction I have, in some way leaves an impact. Take the little girls at camp, maybe my impact on them wasn’t life-lasting, but for a week I made something of an impact on their life. Perhaps something I said encouraged them to do or try something new, or maybe my impact was even smaller than that. Whatever the case may be I still made an impact. With this epiphany I had, I realized that my actions have consequences and those consequences impact people I know directly. With this realization I decided to take care and think before saying or doing something I regret. This way the small impacts I leave will be positive and not negative.

However aside from making small impacts everyday I also made an impact like my first definition. You see my family recently started sponsoring a child from Indonesia. By paying only $30 dollars a month we guarantee our sponsor child, named Agung, will receive enough food, clean water, clothes, and the chance to receive an education as well as Bible lessons. We are also allowed to send him letters, which they translate, and small gifts such as stickers. In June I wrote him my first letter, explaining to him about who my family was, what we were doing for him, and reminding him that God is watching over him and his family. Two days ago I received a letter back from his mother (Agung is only six) saying how thankful she was for our sponsorship and telling us more about her son. The letter brought tears to my eyes, to think that our small donation of money was helping our little Agung and his family so much was just truly incredible. I can only hope that our sponsorship continues to help this family in need.

Anyway I hope this post wasn’t too serious for this supposedly light blog! Two more days of summer and I’m not finished, so don’t give up hope on me yet. Expect a long post tomorrow.

May the summer be ever in you favor,

Meagan

*If you are interested in sponsoring a child in need, please check out this website: http://www.compassion.com/

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Fun with a Capital F

Not only did I complete three things yesterday, I also had a sensational time in doing so. I dare say yesterday was one of my top-5 most memorable days from this summer and most interestingly it didn’t start out as anything special. I was actually  beginning to think it was going to be a dud day until things started to improve miraculously. I would even wager that yesterday taught me an important lesson in the patience department. “Good things come from those who wait.” Seems like a legit message for me after yesterday.

#28 Make something out of duct tape.

If you have stuck with me this whole summer, you may remember that I am a pretty pitiful crafter. (need I bring up the college? how about the pottery?) So I was having some regrets on ever thinking I could possibly make something decent out of duct tape of all things. Never one to turn down a challenge though, it seemed like fate when I was pursuing the aisles in Five Below and came across a whole shelf stocked with a variety of colored and decorative duct tape at the discounted price of $1.99. Grabbing one fluorescent green roll and a pale blue one, I triumphantly walked away with my purchases, thrilled to be on my way towards completing yet another bucket list item. When I arrived at home a quick Google search gave me an excessive amount of tutorials involving duct tape. However with my nonexistent crafter skills I decided to stick with the basics and make a bow. Fifteen minutes later I was beyond ecstatic, because not only had I made a decent bow I had actually enjoyed the process of making it. Energized after my huge success I decided to try my hand at making a wallet. Thirty minutes later, after only a few minor debacles, I was once again pleased with the outcome of my work. With a bounce in my step I headed out to show off to my family my new accessories. They were so impressed they asked me to make them wallets. With my ego boosted from all the praises I can very rightly so check off #28.

#29 Send a message in a bottle.

As I was “completing” this task the voices in my head kept up a steady rant of “CHEATER!” “CHEATER!” This is because I decided not to pollute our already polluted waters with a message in a bottle that would most likely never be found or read. Call that statement cynical, but it’s the truth. Luckily the internet hosts a variety of ways for someone to send a virtual message in a bottle. That’s how I managed to complete this item without littering, with the help of this nifty little website: http://www.oceangram.com/ Keep our waters clean people, resist the urge to throw bottles and trash and do it online instead. 🙂

#60 Go bowling. Try to win.

Bowling in three words is: exasperating, hilarious, and fun. Especially when its mini bowling. That’s right folks, miniature bowling, also know as duck-pin bowling, is played with smaller bowling balls and pins. You also get to roll three times, unlike the two times in normal bowling. Duck-pin bowling is all the fun of regular bowling, just in a smaller size. I took my friend there once years ago and when she asked if we could go again I gladly agreed. Four games, two strikes, and five spares later we were exhausted after our bowling bonanza, which involved a lot of screaming and jumping up and down, so we came back to my house, collapsed on the coach, and watched the Olympics. Somewhere in between we decided that we have the skills to be the next USA Beach Volleyball team. How exactly this happened, I don’t know, I’ve never even played volleyball. That just goes to show how random we are. 🙂

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


Updates Part 2!

#100 Tie dye a bra.

As an American youth, I have tie dyed every possible thing there is to dye – shirts, tanks, shorts, socks, bandanas, sheets, scarves…you name it and I have tie dyed it, with the exception of undergarments. All the different times I have found myself in a tie dyeing situation, not once was the idea proposed to tie dye bras or even panties. With this in mind I knew that this summer I had to complete my tie dye collection to include the abandoned brassieres. While picking up supplies to complete this “mission of justice” my sister and I got a little carried away and ended up purchasing white tanks, socks, and t-shirts as well as the sports bras to tie dye. During our artistic expo into the world of tie dyeing, my friend and I determined that this project could be tweaked for guys as well, whose stopping them from tie dyeing their boxers? At any rate I think it is a form of injustice that undergarments are shunned in the universe of tie dying and I am extremely satisfied that I can truly and justly wear tie dye from head to toe need I feel it necessary.

#111 Midnight swimming.

 This is yet another bucket list item that despite its simple nature the memories I take from this adventure will be treasured forever. I will probably always recall the moment when I looked over to my right and found what  appeared to be a large cockroach swimming straight towards me. As I stood frozen to the spot in fear, squealing like a pig, my obnoxious friend found it helpful to point out that, no that was not a cockroach, it was simply a water bug, and could I please keep my caterwauling to a minimum. This apparently crucial  piece of information, along with the snarky comment about my screaming, did nothing to console my nerves as the hideous pest swam ever closer. Finally I snapped out of my petrified state and scrambled out of the pool, barely escaping the wiggling antennae of the water bug, and vowing to never again swim at night. Of course twenty minutes later I forgot all about my pledge and jumped back in the infested water.

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


My Birthday and Other Important Things

Ok, so maybe my birthday isn’t actually that important in the scheme of life, but one day of the year it’s all about me and I like to use this fact to my advantage. I’ll admit that sounds extremely selfish and it is, but please believe me when I say I am in no way a brat. I will admit I am spoiled, while others don’t have enough food and clean water, I have an abundance of those as well as material items that I don’t really need. I am lucky to have a loving family, a home to live in, and the chance to receive a first-rate education. My family is not rich and I do not get everything handed to me on a silver platter, but like I said before I am extremely blessed and I try to remember this when I have a bad day and feel the need to act like my life is horrible.

So to sum up:

Am I an angel? No, not in any way.

Do I try to remember how blessed I am? Yes.

Do I want to make a real difference in this world? Defiantly. But lets move away from such intense topics and focus on what this post is supposed to be about – my birthday and my bucket list adventures.

Like I’ve mentioned several times before, my birthday was exactly a week and one day ago. I turned the ripe old age of fourteen, which shed some light on the fact that I truly am growing up and will soon start high school. It kind of smacked me in the face, of course I realized all this before, but actually turning fourteen just made everything come into perspective. I’m no longer a kid, but I’m far from grown up. This became very clear when I tried to sign up for parasailing and guess what? I was too young and the minimum weight you had to be was twenty pounds more than I weigh. It was the perfect example of how I am no longer a kid, but am defiantly not grown up yet. Therefore #113 was asphyxiated. Never one to give up easily, I made sure to still have a fantastic birthday and complete some different items after this minor bump in the road.

#76 Make smoothies. Then sit on the porch and enjoy.

Fresh peaches, fresh strawberries, a dollop of Greek yogurt, some ice, and I had my birthday breakfast. Delish!

#8 Eat strawberry shortcake.

Hot cocoa and pumpkin pie are to fall, as strawberry shortcake is to summer. Did that make sense? Anyway what I mean is some foods can only really be enjoyed during a certain season. Hot cocoa and pumpkin pie are to be enjoyed during autumn, while strawberry shortcake, watermelon, and lemonade are enjoyed during the summer. I’m not sure how this came to be: why are some foods forced into exile the rest of the year only to be eaten during their certain season? But whatever the reason strawberry shortcake will forever be a summer staple.

So there you have it, I completed two bucket list items on my fourteenth birthday. But did you think that was really all I completed? Of course not! Just wait and I’ll fill you in on all the other things I’ve been up to while on vacation. Now please enjoy some more photos of my special day and then you can leave this blog and go on with your merry lives. 🙂

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan

PS – Who’s watching the Olympics? Cuz I know I am!


#25 Have everyone I meet for a day sign my shirt

I’ll admit I sort of cheated on this bucket list item. I know this one sounds slightly daring, asking complete strangers to sign my shirt, but it’s completely normal at the camp I have been going to for the past ten years. Allow me to explain; at this week-long summer camp my sister and I have attended for the past years, everyone receives a camp t-shirt the very first day. On the last day everyone wears that year’s camp shirt and we all bring Sharpies and sign each others shirt’s. So when I noticed this particular idea on someone else’s bucket list, I decided to put it on mine, knowing that even if I failed to complete any other list items, I would for sure complete this one. So there you have it, I have successfully completed #25.

As you can sort of see in the left photo (sorry about the shoddy photography), I managed to get a ton of signatures this year. You can also see that the signatures are mainly composed of some sort of food, character, or object, instead of actual names. This is because at camp you go by your “camp name”, which is basically a completely random name of your choosing. Mine is Finnick, after the most fantastic book character that is. 😉  Because of this, the signatures range everywhere from “Cupcake” to “Werewolf” to “Pickle.” This year I got more signatures than ever before, most likely because this was my first year as a helper, meaning I worked with the campers instead of being a camper, and all the kids love, love, love you when you are a helper. My ego got a major boast this week after the way the kids adored and admired me. Anyway the picture on the right is of a few of my past camp t-shirts. I actually have ten in total, but as you can see this picture only shows four.

Well that’s all for now. I’m sorry that this was the only list item I completed in the past week, but camp kept me completely busy. More to come soon!

May the summer be ever in your favor,

Meagan


The Miracle of Life

What is this? A post and it’s not even summer yet? What is this blasphemy? Due to my child like impatience I find myself succumbing to my blog early and writing this post. I’m actually surprised I was able to refrain myself until now. Hopefully this is a sign that I’m maturing….uh yeah not likely. Nonetheless here I am now and with some exceedingly thrilling news.

I have ducks. Yes you correctly read that sentence. It does indeed say ducks. And yes I live in a crowded suburb where one does not find many farms and/or ducks. But alas in my basement, freshly hatched and new to the world, are my six endearing baby ducklings – Uno, Dos, Tres, Cuatro, Cinco, and Seis. Who knew I would use my limited Spanish in such a way! Anyhow after a month of watching eggs (which is just as exciting as it sounds) my cherubs were due this weekend and arrived as expected. Out of the eleven eggs only six hatched but from past experience and numerous internet sites I know this is or was a successful hatch.

ImageI suppose I need to tear myself away from my quirky internet blogging and go back to some more important matters – such as my history essay. But summer is fast approaching and I am beyond prepared to begin my adventure! Look for more posts soon!

May the summer be ever in your favor.

Meagan

P.S. The Summer Games now has a twitter! Follow me @the_summergames for sneak peeks and bonus material!