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01 January 2019 @ 03:28 am
New Year Survey (2018 in Review)

1. What did you do in 2018 that you'd never done before?

Performed in Las Vegas! Visited the ark encounter. Got cateye glasses.

2a. Did you keep your New Years's Resolutions for 2018?

No. I gained a lttle weight and I didn't read the Bible every day.

2b. My resolutions for 2019 are:

Finish my book and pursue publishing.

3. What was the best song of 2017?
You Say by Lauren Daigle

Runners Up:
Shepherd by Local Sound
Good Life by The Young Escape
In You I'm Found by Gateway Youth
Catching On by Elephante
Malibu by Miley Cyrus
Sit Next to Me by Foster the People
You Belong to My Heart by Flora Martinez
Done For Me by Charlie Puth
How This Ends by Grayson Reed

4. What was your favorite TV program?
Anne With an E

The Office

5. What was your favorite film of this year?
Mary Poppins Returns

The Greatest Showman
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Crazy Rich Asians
Instant Family

6. What was the best book you read?
Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos

Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Chosen But Free: A Balanced View of God's Sovereignty and Free Will by Norman L. Geisler

7. Who did you kiss?
1. Matthew
2. Cashion

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Performing in Vegas and paying off my car. I OWN IT!!!

9. What was your biggest failure?
I lost the job I really loved :-(

10. Did you suffer any illness or injury?
I got sick right before my 10-year college reunion in October and was sick for about a month

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Rainbow Silverware, Lipsense

12. Where did most of your money go?

13. What states/countries did you visit?
Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut for my parents' housewarming party, Nevada

14. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Falling in love with Cashion, Vegas

15. What were some of the highlights of the year?
Meeting Cashion, our first kiss, performing Uptown Funk with Zona Pachanga in Las Vegas, performing with Ritmos Latinos, Bible study with Lauren and Eric, dancing at the Maverick with friends, Handmaid's Tale with Kristen, Jackie and Jon lived near Tucson for a while, Science of Consciousness Conference, tried to start The Wingwoman but didn't success, Fine Arts Museum in Boston, Unscrewed Theatre with Lauren and Eric, Whose Live Anyway with Cashion, checked out a woman's quartet group and want to do this in the future, pool party at Chris' house and having a conversation about demons in the pool, chicken fighting and Marco Polo, swing dancing with Cashion, Wet n' Wild Phoenix, Dave & Busters with Kristen and Cashion, ski ball at Golf n' Stuff, 7 cups with Lauren, meeting Laura Mayes and Raquel at The Journey Bible study, created cool shoes for Cashion and dressed up as Anne and Gilbert with him, Korean barbeque, Walk for Freedom at Brandi Fenton to raise money to combat child sex trafficking, Phantom of the Opera masquerade ball.

16. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Read the Bible and write my book

17. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Fool around online.

18. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it with Cashion's family

19. Did you fall in love in 2017?

20. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 33. My friends and I had Indian food and we went camping!

21. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
"Colorful, eclectic, and classy as hell." -Lauren

22. What political issue stirred you the most?
Rape not receiving the punishment it deserves

23. Who was the best new person you met?

24. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017:
Grace... God is pleased with me and I don't have to earn His pleasure. He loves me and can't love me any less.

25. What craft projects did you do in 2017?
I sewed a shirt, an oven mit, worked on my quilt, made another dream board

26. Heartbreaking moment of 2018?
My church closed the doors and we sold the building, I broke up with Matthew
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31 December 2018 @ 02:59 pm
Bold = Favorites of the year

1. The Greatest Showman (Akhil and Matthew)
2. Despicable Me 3 (Self)
3. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Lauren, Rachel, Dawn)
4. How to Be a Latin Lover (Self)
5. It (Matthew)
6. Loving Vincent (Matthew)
7. War Room (Matthew)
8. Pride and Prejudice (Self)
9. Dances With Wolves (Matthew)
10. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Self)
11. Ferdinand (Matthew)
12. The Maltese Falcon (Self)
13. Everything, Everything (Self)
14. Power Rangers (Self)
15. Logan (Self)
16. The Case for Christ (Self)
17. The Apostle Paul (Matthew)
18. Overboard (Matthew)
19. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Jackie)
20. Coco (Self)
21. Kidnapped (Self)
22. Rough Night (Self)
23. The Mountain Between Us (Self)
24. I Feel Pretty (Mark)
25. American Graffiti (Matthew)
26. Goodbye Christopher Robin (Self)
27. Tristan & Isolde (Matthew)
28. Incredibles 2 (Joel)
29. I, Tonya (Self)
30. The Post (Self)
31. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Self)
32. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Dina and friends)
33. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (Wesley)
34. Christopher Robin (Cashion)
35. Still Alice (Cashion)
36. 42 (Cashion)
37. Crazy Rich Asians
38. Ready Player One (Cashion)
39. Pleasantville (Cashion)
40. A Wrinkle in Time (Cashion)
41. Red Dawn (Cashion)
42. Resilient (Kristen)
43. Wrath of the Titans (Cashion)
44. Maze Runner: Death Cure (Self)
45. Do You Believe? (Self)
46. Anne of Green Gables I & II (Cashion)
47. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Self)
48. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Cashion)
49. Goodwill Hunting (Self)
50. Instant Family (Cashion & His Parents)
51. Mary Poppins Returns) (Cashion & His Parents)

1. Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury
2. Carrie by Steven King
3. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
4. Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake
5. What Color is Your Parachute? (2000) by
6. The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin
7. The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad
8. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
9. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
10. Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos
11. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
12. How to Get a Date Worth Keeping (in Six Months or Less or Your Money Back) by Henry Cloud
13. I Work At A Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan
14. Lovable: Embracing What Is Truest about You, So You Can Truly Embrace Your Life by Kelly Flanagan
15. Chosen But Free: A Balanced View of God's Sovereignty and Free Will by Norman L. Geisler
16. Nonviolent Communication: Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values by Marshall Rosenberg PhD
17. Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior by Kimberly Wagner
18. Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jenson
19. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
20. Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser
21. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
22. Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
23. (Since Nobody's Perfect) How Good Is Good Enough? by Andy Stanley

To Read in 2019:
*I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman L. Geisler
* Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
* Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent
* Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard by Jennie Allen
* Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
* The Diary of Virginia Woolf by Virginia Woolf
* Time Paradox
♪.¸¸.*´¯`*.¸♥ ৡ.†.Dannielle.†.ৡ ♥¸.*´¯`*.¸¸.♪
17 April 2018 @ 04:33 pm
You've probably heard of a pack of wolves and a herd of deer.. maybe even a caravan of camels and a pride of lions... but have you heard of these fun groups of animals?

A parade of elephants
A pod of pandas
A squad of squid
A scurry of squirrels
A mob of kangaroos
A colony of bees
A congress of baboons
A kaleidoscope of butterflies
A drove of donkeys
A tower of giraffes
A prickle of porcupines
A slaughter of iguanas
A parliament of owls
A covey of quails
A shiver of sharks
A bale of turtles
A coalition of cheetahs
A band of gorillas
A cackle of hyenas
A prowl of leopards
A horde of mice
♪.¸¸.*´¯`*.¸♥ ৡ.†.Dannielle.†.ৡ ♥¸.*´¯`*.¸¸.♪
31 December 2017 @ 10:39 pm

Movies I saw in 2017

Favorites are in BOLD (those I saw it with are in parantheses and italics.)

Best Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Self)
Nine Lives (Isai's Birthday Party/James)
Priceless (Tiffany)
Split (Jonathan)
Sing (Self)
Passengers (Tiffany)
Moana (Tiffany)
The Lego Batman Movie (James)
Genesis: Is it History? (Tiffany)
Beauty and the Beast (Tiffany)
Before I Fall (Self)
The Shack (James)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Jonathan)
Wonder Woman (Bible Study/Jonathan)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Jonathan)
Gifted (Roseanna)
Hacksaw Ridge (Jonathan)
The Ringer (James)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (James)
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (James)
Brooklyn (James)
The Divergent Series: Allegiant (James)
Life (Mark)
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (James)
Trolls (Jonathan)
Christian Mingle (Jonathan)
The Matchbreaker (Self)
Tallulah (Self)
Lion (Dawn)
Miracles from Heaven (Dawn)
Stage Beauty (Dawn)
Hidden Figures (James)
Big Fish (James)
Just My Luck (James)
Loving (James)
Unbreakable (James)
Table 19 (James and Dawn)
Dunkirk (Eric)
Fireproof (Jesus)
A Tale of Love and Darkness (Self)
The Zookeeper's Wife (James)
Die Hard (Nathan)
Open Windows (Self)
Ruby Sparks (Matthew)
If Only (Matthew)
My Life as a Zucchini (Matthew)
Boss Baby (Self)
Alice Through the Loooking Glass (Self)
Romantic Anonymous (Matthew)
A Dog's Purpose (Matthew)
Casablanca (Matthew)
La La Land (Matthew)
The Breakfast Club (Self)
The Glass Castle (Matthew)
A Brilliant Young Mind (Matthew)
A Christmas Prince (Self)
Noel (Lauren)
12 Days of Christmas (Self)
Pete's Christmas (Matthew)
It's a Wonderful Life (Matthew)
The Emoji Movie (Self)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Matthew)
Baby Driver (Myself)
Age of Adeline (Lauren)
Leap! (Matthew)
Nicholas Nickleby (Matthew and Dawn)

My Top Movies of 2017: Passengers, Hidden Figures, Star Wars

Recommend me some movies! My favorite genres:

Inspiring, indie dramas, witty indie comedies, emotional, heart-felt, and romantic dramas, quirky, feel-good, comedies, cerebral, suspenseful, psychological thrillers, exciting adventures, sci-fi thrillers and fantasy.

Book I've Read in 2017

Favorites in bold

Are You My Type, Am I Yours? : Relationships Made Easy Through The Enneagram by Elizabeth Wagele
If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single?: Ten Strategies That Will Change Your Love Life Forever by Susan Page
Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison

Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types by David Keirsey
Driven by Eternity: Making Your Life Count Today & Forever by John Bevere
31 Prayers For My Future Husband: Preparing My Heart for Marriage by Praying for Him by Jennifer Smith
Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories) by Mary Robinette Kowal
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before series) by Jenny Han
Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst
Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are by Robin Jones Gunn
Children of Eden: A Novel by Joey Graceffa
Boundaries in Dating: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships by Dr Henry Cloud Dr John Townsend
The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
Type Talk: The 16 Personality Types That Determine How We Live, Love, and Work by Otto Kroeger
Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger
Date or Soulmate: How To Know If Someone Is Worth Pursuing In Two Dates Or Less by Neil Clark Warren
The Cure: What if God isn't who you think He is and neither are you? by Bill Thrall
Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Dot Journaling―A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together by Rachel Wilkerson Miller
The Cinderella Complex: Women's Hidden Fear of Independence by Colette Dowling
Just Your Type: Create the Relationship You've Always Wanted Using the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger

Currently Reading: Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury

Best book of the year: Till We Have Faces

♪.¸¸.*´¯`*.¸♥ ৡ.†.Dannielle.†.ৡ ♥¸.*´¯`*.¸¸.♪
27 December 2017 @ 12:52 pm

New Year Survey (2017 in Review)

1. What did you do in 2017 that you'd never done before?
I went to San Fransico.

2a. Did you keep your New Years's Resolutions for 2017?

  • Continue writing my book and possibly pursue publishing. NO

  • Go to Vegas NO, but I'm going in 2018! FO SHO. Zona Pachanga is performing.

  • Figure out what the heck to do with my life. Check. I wanna stay at the Gospel Rescue Mission for a while.

  • Live more authentically Check!

  • Dive deeper into God's love Check!

  • LOVE MYSELF more. "If you don't love yourself, you'll always be chasing after people who don't love you, either." DOUBLE CHECK!

2b. My resolutions for 2018 are:

  • Stay under 110 pounds.

  • Read the Bible every day.

3. What was the best song of 2017?
Summer Love by Jorge Blanco


  • Easy Love by Lauv

  • Attention by Charlie Puth

  • There's Nothing Holding Me Back by Shawn Mendes

  • Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay

  • What Lovers Do by Maroon 5

  • Feel it Still by Portugal

4. What was your favorite TV program?

  • Anne With an E

  • Bachelor

  • When Calls the Heart

5. What was your favorite film of this year?


  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  • Split

  • Hidden Figures

  • Romantic Anonymous

6. What was the best book you read?
Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis


  • Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are by Robin Jones Gunn

  • Date or Soulmate: How To Know If Someone Is Worth Pursuing In Two Dates Or Less by Neil Clark Warren

  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison

  • Boundaries in Dating: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

7. Who did you kiss?
1. Mike Barrett
2. James Martin Eder
3. Samuel Mora
4. Jonathan Cameron Bass
5. Jesús Alfredo Meza
6. Daniel Garcia Acuña
7. Matthew Robert Gill

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I found love.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I went into a lot of debt because I wasn't making enough money to pay the bills.

10. Did you suffer any illness or injury?
I was really healthy this year.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Bullet Journal

12. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, debt, and food

13. What states/countries did you visit?
California, Connecticut

14. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting the job at Gospel Rescue Mission

15. What were some of the highlights of the year?
Meeting James, meeting Tiffany, karaoke with Tiffany, meeting Dawn, meeting Matthew, haunted corn maze, joining Zona Pachanga and performing Uptown Funk, lantern festival, Jackie's wedding, Bible study and all the awesome people I met there, hiking with Yolanda and Vanessa,  craft fair, going to the petting zoo, Christmas caroling with friends, all the memories with Lauren, especially horseback riding with James and Lauren and games nights, especially the dinner and wine murder mystery.

16. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Read the Bible.

17. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Fool around online.

18. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it with Matthew's grandma and brother.

19. Did you fall in love in 2017?
I think so, yes. <3

20. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 32. I had a bunch of friends come to BJ's Brewery and then we went to a fair afterward and road carnival rides!

21. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
"Colorful, eclectic, and classy as hell." -Lauren

22. What political issue stirred you the most?
Medicaid being reduced for low income families.

23. Who was the best new person you met?

24. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017:
Don't expect so much from people and from yourself... perfection is found only in Jesus Christ.

25. What craft projects did you do in 2017?
Painted a file cabinet purple with sparkles, made a key holder, sewed a skirt using this tutorial.

26. Heartbreaking moment of 2017?
When Tiffany passed away and I was in Connecticut for Jackie's wedding and couldn't attend the funeral.

♪.¸¸.*´¯`*.¸♥ ৡ.†.Dannielle.†.ৡ ♥¸.*´¯`*.¸¸.♪
10 August 2017 @ 11:09 pm
"My father said that the Hebrew word for childlessness is related to the word for darkness, and that the word for darkness is related to forgetting. Lack of memory. Lack of children. Lack of light."
-A Tale of Love and Darkness
♪.¸¸.*´¯`*.¸♥ ৡ.†.Dannielle.†.ৡ ♥¸.*´¯`*.¸¸.♪
07 January 2017 @ 05:19 pm
What does my future husband want in a woman?

He wants someone strong, independent, comfortable in her own skin, who knows what she wants. Madly in love with Jesus, excited about this gift called life and passionate about her goals and dreams. She loves people and loves to have fun, singing, dancing, and joking around with a laugh that reverberates off the walls. She is refreshingly honest and won't sugar coat the truth. She has a fiesty, larger than life personality but she's also a good listener, an encourager, a faithful lover, a hopeless romantic who would do ANYTHING for the one she loves.

For some, I'm a little too much woman to handle. I need to find a man who wants this woman and I need to stop falling for men who want someone else. I vow to be myself, not apologize for being myself or wish I were someone else because the man who is looking for ME will only find me when I'm not hiding who I truly am.
♪.¸¸.*´¯`*.¸♥ ৡ.†.Dannielle.†.ৡ ♥¸.*´¯`*.¸¸.♪
01 January 2017 @ 01:59 am
1. Will you be looking for a new job?
I have been unemployed since September so I REALLY need to find a new job. I've applied to various different places and I'm getting very frustrated.

2. Will you be looking for a new relationship?
Heck yes. Story of my life.

3. New house?
That would be truly wonderful but is not very realistic as I do not have a steady job.

4. What will you do different in 2017?
I will write more, I will stop being so hard on myself, I will remember how much God loves me and not put so much pressure on myself.

5. New Year's Resolution?
Truly believe I am worthy because Jesus Christ loved me enough to die for me. Don't settle for less than I deserve. My one word: Fearless. Fearless because there is no fear in love. Fearless in being my authentic self. Fearless in my relentless pursuit of my goals. Fearless because God is good and my trust is in Him.

6. What will you not be doing in 2017?
Kissing the person I've kissed on and off for two years because I'm lonely.

7. Any trips planned?
I plan to go to Vegas this year.

8. Wedding plans?

That would be wonderful but I don't have a man yet.

9. Major thing on your calendar?
Honestly the only thing on my calender right now is a game night and my friend's surprise birthday party.

10. What can’t you wait for?
Meeting my true love.

11. What would you like to see happen differently in 2017?

I'd like to spend more time with God and reading His Word. I would like to work on my book more.

12. What about yourself will you be changing?

I will work out more and eat healthier.

13. What happened in '16 that you didn’t think would ever happen?
I got my dream job and lost it.

14. Will you be nicer to the people you care about?

I am kind but I will continue to do my best to be honest and firm, speaking the truth in love.

15. Will you dress differently in 2017 than you did in 2016?
There is a story I will have to tell you about being sent home from church to change because my pants were "too tight." I really don't have the money right now to buy a whole new wardrobe. Eventually I will dress in a way that is attractive and professional and I won't give a damn about legalistic Christians telling me that it's not appropriate but first I need to be able to afford to go shopping.

16. Will you start or quit drinking?

I drink moderately and there is nothing wrong with drinking as long as you've got it under control.

17. Will you better your relationship with your family?
I hope so.

18. Will you do charity work?
I did a lot of it this year and it's exhausting but I would like to do more.

19. Will you be nice to people you don't know?
I always am.

20. Do you expect 2017 to be a good year for you?
I hope so.

21. How much did you change from this time last year till now?

That is a relative question. In what way?

22. Do you plan on having a child?
Not this year.

23. Will you still be friends with the same people you are friends with now?
I hope so.

24. Major lifestyle changes?
If I move.

25. Will you be moving?

See above.

26. What are your New Year's Eve plans?
This year I went to San Francisco. Read all about my wild adventures here. Next year is way too far away to plan.

28. Will you have someone to kiss at midnight?
Again, please see #26.
♪.¸¸.*´¯`*.¸♥ ৡ.†.Dannielle.†.ৡ ♥¸.*´¯`*.¸¸.♪
31 December 2016 @ 07:18 pm
Movies and Books of 2016
(Bolded were my favorites)

Hail, Caesar!
Great Expectations
Star Wars Episode VII
Young Messiah
After the Ball
Secrets of War
The Jungle Book
Finding Dory
Daddy's Home
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Suicide Squad
The Secret Life of Pets
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
God's Not Dead 2
The Huntsman: Winter's War
Independence Day: Resurgence
How to Be Single
Magnificent 7
Florence Foster Jenkins
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Practical Magic
Legend of Tarzan
Now You See Me 2
Zoolander 2
Pete's Dragon
Doctor Strange
Rouge One: A Star Wars Story
La La Land
Collateral Beauty

To See in 2017 List:
Hacksaw Ridge
Alice Through the Loooking Glass
A Tale of Love and Darkness
Love & Friendship
Mother's Day
The Choice

The Bible
Girl of the Limberlost
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
Peony in Love by Lisa See
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
Hurricane kiss by Deborah Blumenthal
Why you do the things you do : the secret to healthy relationships by Timothy E. Clinton
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
Wait and See: Finding Peace in God's Pauses and Plans by Wendy Pope
The Universe of Us by Lang Leav
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp
He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys by Greg Behrendt
Conversational Evangelism: How to Listen and Speak So You Can Be Heard by David Geisler
If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single?: Ten Strategies That Will Change Your Love Life Forever by Susan Page
Are You My Type, Am I Yours? : Relationships Made Easy Through The Enneagram by Elizabeth Wagele
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcot
A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion) by Francine Rivers
♪.¸¸.*´¯`*.¸♥ ৡ.†.Dannielle.†.ৡ ♥¸.*´¯`*.¸¸.♪
26 November 2016 @ 10:23 pm
Big surprise, I am attracted to a man who is less traditionally "masculine."

1.) Left (joyful, friendly)
2.) Left (polished, classy, genteel)
3.) Right (introverted, modest)
4.) Right (quiet, composed)
5.) Right (engaged, attentive)
6.) Not attracted to either one but if I had to choose, the right. He didn't blame the girl for the breakup.
7.) Left (Committed, Sincere, deliberate, genuine)

My order:
1.) Brazilian
2.) Turkish
3.) Mexican
4.) Mixed Race
5.) Filipino
6.) Australian
7.) Italian
8.) American
♪.¸¸.*´¯`*.¸♥ ৡ.†.Dannielle.†.ৡ ♥¸.*´¯`*.¸¸.♪
11 November 2016 @ 02:59 pm
Infatuation is the state of being completely carried away by an unreasonable, chaotic, super intense affection. It usually happens right away and it greatly influenced by sexual attraction. Love craves a deeper connection and is more calm and steady.

Love lasts a lifetime while infatuation usually dies off when the object of affection does something stupid or undesirable.

Infatuation has ulterior motives. Love has genuine intentions.

Infatuation brings out obsession and jealousy. Love brings out understanding and trust.

Infatuation is shallow. Love is deep.

Infatuation is selfish but love is selfless.

Infatuation wants the person NOW and will do anything to get what it wants. Love is gentle, kind, and patient.

Infatuation is being in love with the idea of someone. Love is being in love with who the person really is.

Infatuation is possessive. Love is generous.

Infatuation thrives on playing games. Love thrives on meaningful connections.

Infatuation is childish. Love is mature.

Infatuation grows with desire. Love grows with friendship.

Infatuation stems from insecurity. Love stems from self-assurance.

Infatuation is never content with one person. Love is monogamous.

Infatuation can be self-destructive. Love can heal you.

Infatuation thinks love should be perfect. Love knows humans are flawed and leaves room for grace.

By the way, infatuation can blossom into love.
♪.¸¸.*´¯`*.¸♥ ৡ.†.Dannielle.†.ৡ ♥¸.*´¯`*.¸¸.♪
26 March 2016 @ 01:23 pm
Books to read about Foster Care:

A Child's Journey Through Placement by Vera I Fahlberg

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old: by Harvey Karp

Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children by Daniel A. Hughes

The Emotional Life of the Toddler

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family

Healing Traumatized Children: Navigating Recovery for Children with Turbulent Pasts

Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook--What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing by Bruce Perry

Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered by Bruce D. Perry

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber

I Love You Rituals by Becky A. Bailey

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

God and Jetfire: Confessions of a Birth Mother by Amy Seek

Reparenting the Child Who Hurts: A Guide to Healing Developmental Trauma and Attachments by Christine Gordon

Everything You Ever Wanted: A Memoir by Jillian Lauren
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26 March 2016 @ 12:33 pm

Is it possible to have a crush on a VOICE!? This mysterious man has captured my heart. The last line of the poem gets me every time.

Every Day You Play....
Every day you play with the light of the universe.
Subtle visitor, you arrive in the flower and the water,
You are more than this white head that I hold tightly
as a bunch of flowers, every day, between my hands.

You are like nobody since I love you.
Let me spread you out among yellow garlands.
Who writes your name in letters of smoke among the stars of the south?
Oh let me remember you as you were before you existed.

Suddenly the wind howls and bangs at my shut window.
The sky is a net crammed with shadowy fish.
Here all the winds let go sooner or later, all of them.
The rain takes off her clothes.

The birds go by, fleeing.
The wind. The wind.
I alone can contend against the power of men.
The storm whirls dark leaves
and turns loose all the boats that were moored last night to the sky.

You are here. Oh, you do not run away.
You will answer me to the last cry.
Curl round me as though you were frightened.
Even so, a strange shadow once ran through your eyes.

Now, now too, little one, you bring me honeysuckle,
and even your breasts smell of it.
While the sad wind goes slaughtering butterflies
I love you, and my happiness bites the plum of your mouth.

How you must have suffered getting accustomed to me,
my savage, solitary soul, my name that sends them all running.
So many times we have seen the morning star burn, kissing our eyes,
and over our heads the grey light unwinds in turning fans.

My words rained over you, stroking you.
A long time I have loved the sunned mother-of-pearl of your body.
Until I even believe that you own the universe.
I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains, bluebells, dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses.
I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.

-Pablo Neruda
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08 February 2016 @ 12:37 am
so translucent like souls worn on sleeves
moonjellies ride the tides
fill the tight spaces of the harbour
with milky light

so lovely like flowers worn in girls’ hair
lilylovley and full of saltsap
floating under boats by ropes
easy as song

Jan Dean
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31 December 2015 @ 07:44 pm
Yes, it is the beginning of February but I am backdating this entry because it is my tradition every single year to post the list of movies and books that I saw and read during the year, bolding my favorites. I was sick around the holidays and didn't feel like doing this list and then I forgot about it in January but now I am finally going to post it! Those that I italicize were runners up but not favorites.

Movies I've Seen in 2015
Jersey Boys
Total Recall
If I Stay
The Age of Innocence
The Guilt Trip
The Villain
American Sniper
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Cinderella (2015)
Amazing Grace (2007) (This was a rewatch)
Legally Blonde
Strange Magic
Big Eyes

Beyong the Headlines: The Amanda Knox Story
The Book of Life
The Theory of Everything
The Age of Adaline
Pitch Perfect 2
Hot Pursuit
Inside Out
The Longest Ride
Ted 2
Jurassic World
Project Almanac
Cloud Atlas
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Labor Day
Far From the Madding Crowd
The Red Tent

Jupiter Asending
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Endless Love
Lost Boy: The Documentary
Maze Runner: Scorch Trials
War Room

Books I've Read in 2015
Alanna: The First Adventure (The Song of the Lioness, Book 1)
Where Have All the Good Men Gone?: Why So Many Christian Women Are Remaining Single by A.J. Kiesling
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His by Robin Jones Gunn
Soul Virgins: Redefining Single Sexuality by Doug Rosenau
For the Right Reasons: America's Favorite Bachelor on Faith, Love, Marriage, and Why Nice Guys Finish First by Sean Lowe
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Prepared for a Purpose: The Inspiring True Story of How One Woman Saved an Atlanta School Under Siege by Antoinette Tuff
Emotions: Can You Trust Them?: The Best-Selling Guide to Understanding and Managing Your Feelings of Anger, Guilt, Self-Awareness and Love by Dr. James Dobson
Your Half of the Apple by Gini Andrews
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Finding the Love of Your Life: Ten Principles for Choosing the Right Marriage Partner by Neil Clark Warren
The Elite by Kiera Cass
Picking Up the Pieces: Recovering from Broken Relationships by Lou Priolo
The One by Kiera Cass
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
The Heir by Kirea Cass
In Your Underwear: Life in Intentional Christian Community by Brian Sanders
Fear: Breaking Its Grip (Resources for Biblical Living) by Lou Priolo
Motives: Why Do I Do the Things I Do (Resources for Changing Lives) by Edward T. Welch
Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
Valley of the Horses by Jean M. Auel
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
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30 November 2015 @ 09:40 pm
I am not the only 5'3" 105 pound woman in the world...

According to this BMI chart, I am normal and healthy.

The clothing stores sell my size in the work-out clothes section but suddenly I don't exist when I look at the business suit section. What's up with that, Clothing Stores?!

I went to Banana Republic today, and here is a picture of me wearing a pair of really cute slacks in size zero, the smallest size they sell:

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30 November 2015 @ 12:54 pm
Sometimes I like to rant about things because it's soooo frustrating.

* More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese. More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity.

* Most clothing does not come smaller than a small... and I am an extra small... sometimes, depending on the brand, an extra, extra small.

* The sad thing is that I am not an extra small person. I am a normal, healthy, average-height woman with an hourglass figure. Why should I have to be considered "extra, extra small" when everyone else is just extra, extra big? In the last ten years, the average weight for women has increased 11 pounds in America and in the last 50 years, the average waist size has DOUBLED. The average waist size in 1950 used to be the same waist size as me. That means there were many women who were smaller than me in order for my size to be the average.

* I know many women who are just as tiny as me and we are forced to shop in the juniors section and we miss out on all the beautiful clothing made for women our age because they don't make fashionable, adult clothing to fit our measurements.

* I have ranted about this before and I'm sorry for doing it again... I'm just frustrated that on days like today... Cyber Monday... when I could be buying gorgeous coats that are regularly $300 for only $3o right now on certain websites... but the smallest size they carry is "small" which, in my opinion, is NOT EVEN small. I would kill for a 36 inch bust. (Not literally, but you catch my drift.) 36 inches is several inches bigger than I am so how can that be small? I would be swimming in that, it would not hug my curves, and would make me look like a freaking stick in a marshmallow.

I go on Pinterest and I see all these super cute outfits but I can't seem to find them in the store when I go shopping....

Who are these people and where do they shop!?

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13 November 2015 @ 01:23 pm
Some Songs on My Work Out Playlist
*Push It
*A Quitter Never Wins
*Hurts So Good
*Gonna Make You Sweat
*Get Ready for This
*Sexy and I Know It
*No Limit
*Strike it Up
*Work B***ch
*Body Ache
*What a Feeling

Also, if you look like this, feel free to fill out the application to be my boyfriend, okay?
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20 July 2015 @ 01:26 pm
All the jobs I want require either: a Master’s level in Counseling, Therapy, or Psychology; or a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services or Education. I knew I should have stuck with the Education degree... I am thinking of going back for counseling??? This is a pretty serious and expensive decision and I would appreciate any feedback you may have if you have one of these degrees. I am tired of living just below the poverty line... high enough that I don't qualify to receive food stamps but low enough that I struggle with buying groceries.

Also, if you receive grants or financial aid... how did you go about it? I don't know the first thing about getting grants. 
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28 June 2015 @ 07:06 pm
Many across the land are celebrating right now, but I have been quietly grieving for our nation. I have not yet spoken out about my confusing feelings on the historical day of June 26th, 2015, but I would like to now.

Last Friday, five Superior Court judges overturned 50 million American votes, invalidating the marriage laws of more than half the United States. As a libertarian, I am grieved that the states' decisions were overruled and the federal government took even more power into their hands when we should be limiting its power and giving the power to the people in the states. First of all, there is supposed to be a separation of church and state, but the state stuck its nose into the business of marriage, which was designed and consecrated by God on day six of Creation. Marriage is and always was a religious institution that the federal government had no business legislating, taxing, and redefining the definition of. The goal is always to limit the size, scope, and power of the government so that the people have the most freedom and liberty possible.

As a libertarian, I also believe in the equality of everyone as free individuals. This country was founded on Christian principles by devout, God-fearing forefathers who wanted to get away from the opression of King George, who, among many other atrocities, subjected his people to jurisdiction that was foreign to their constitution.

56 signers of the Declaration of Independence believed, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

As a Christian, I am grieved that our country legalized something that is against God's design. This ruling gives legal credence to something that is detestable in the eyes of God. I realize that given the direction of our culture, secular legislators won't always use biblical principles as a basis when deciding on civil law.

The government's job is to ensure justice is served for anyone who has disturbed the domestic tranquility or general welfare of the citizens. Under that definition, yes, I think it has the right to legislate morality. Everyone agrees that murder and rape are wrong because violence is immoral. We take the moral rule that violence hurts people and is therefore wrong, and we establish laws that protect people from getting hurt.

Is anyone besides the homosexuals themselves and any children they might adopt actually getting hurt? No. They will answer to the Supreme Judge of the World for their sins when they meet Him face to face.

An argument was made that the government might now force bakers, photographers, and ministers to participate in same-sex weddings. This hardly constitutes a reason to ban same-sex marriages because we shouldn't target the "innocent" who haven't actually violated anyone's first ammendment rights. We don't have to force our beliefs on them and they shouldn't force their beliefs on us, either. It's a free country after all. Another argument was made that now our public schools are going to be teaching that homosexual marriage is "right" and "good" and we don't want our children to be indocrinated with these lies. Our schools were already doing this and before that with teaching our children that evolution was true. Children should be taught solid biblical principles at home so that when you send them out into the world they're able to stand firm in their beliefs.

This decision has consequences. We may not see it right away, but in five years or less I guarentee we will start seeing some major changes in attitude and legislation in the United States and we're not going to like them.

In conclusion, I don't support or endorse homosexual marriage being forced on us by the federal government but like it or not, it is here, folks. Since we live in a broken world I'm not surprised, in fact, I am a little surprised it took this long to happen because it was only a matter of time. I remember only ten years ago the statistics of people in favor of gay marriage were reversed, 30% being for it while now it's 60%. This was bound to eventually happen. Jesus told us it would happen. God would not strive with men for long and eventually God gave them up to their vile passions (Romans 1:26–27). The world hates us because it hated Him first.

Our country has lost respect for God and His Word and they no longer believe the Bible is Truth. We cannot expect anything different. What we can expect is hostility toward Christianity because what's right is wrong and what's wrong is right in their eyes and we are bigots for thinking otherwise. The movement away from God has left me feeling more and more like a pilgrim in this foreign land and I'm so thankful my citizenship is in Heaven. The good news is that God is still sovereign and He is still sitting on the throne. The good news is that the gospel is a message of hope and redemption and we need to use it to reach out to this broken world rather than attacking and condemning it. Leave God to judge them... and focus on loving them and pointing them to Jesus.