The Next Academic Year – My Hopes For Truth and Beauty Blog

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Hello my lovely Truuties,

It feels so good to be writing a blog post again! I’ve been quite busy and just never really got round to blogging but don’t worry, I’m still hoping to continue the growth of this blog! Most importantly, I’m hoping to continue the growth of this community, that you are a part of, which I like to call the Truuty Fam. 🙂

So these are my hopes for Truth and Beauty, in the next academic year…

  • Be more consistent
  • Slightly narrow down the topics I write about
  • Plan ahead and write throughout the week so I’m not rushed on the day I want to post
  • Build a stronger and larger community
  • Improve the quality of my writing
  • Improve my photography skills
  • Continue to dream big for the future of this blog
  • Encourage, bless and inspire
  • Continue to pray about this blog and follow God’s plans for it
  • Grow my @truuty_blog Instagram
  • Share more about my faith in Jesus
  • More content within each post
  • Trust that God will do amazing things through this blog
  • Get to know more people I can share my passions with
  • Impact lives

The journey so far…

Thank you so much for all that you have already done to help this blog grow! Whether you were here to see new-born Truuty, here to read any of my past blog posts or this is your first time visiting my little corner of the Internet – a massive thank you to you! You have been a part of something so special to me; something that I believe is in God’s plan for my life – Truth and Beauty Blog! 🙂

The journey to come…

If you would love to continue this journey of making all those hopes become reality, please carry on reading my posts! 🙂 As well as this, prayer will be greatly appreciated! Also, I love kind and honest comments (which I always find super duper encouraging!!), lovely followers and likes on my posts. This is because they help more people to find my blog and they motivate me so much – not because of the numbers and popularity but because I want to reach out to many people and grow a wonderful community, the Truuty Fam.

Thank you again and let’s embark on this mission to make our hopes become reality! However, I believe that it won’t be out of my strengths or your strengths that anything becomes reality. It will be by the greatness of the Lord!

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Lots of love,

Truuty xx

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Are you excited for the future of this blog? Do you have hopes and dreams for your blog? I would love to support you! Have you followed @truuty_blog on Instagram? #truutyfam

50 Things You Could Do This Summer (Ideas)

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Hello my lovely Truuties,

Summer is on its way! I’ve decided that this year, I’m going to plan my summer properly so that I can make the most of it! 🙂 The first step (in my opinion) for planning the summer is having some ideas of what sort of things you might like to do. I had a think about it, came up with some things to do, looked online for more ideas and now have my own list. Hopefully, this will give you a few ideas for the summer and maybe help you plan in advance. I’ve added things that I personally won’t be doing but some of you lovely Truuties might like to do. So this is ’50 Things You Could Do This Summer’ (in no particular order)! 🙂

  1. Go for a walk in the countryside
  2. Go camping
  3. Go cycling
  4. Have a picnic
  5. Go to the beach
  6. Travel within the country you live in (e.g. explore the capital city)
  7. Make summery drinks (e.g. homemade lemonade, smoothie…)
  8. Make ice lollies
  9. Do lots of photography
  10. Have a photoshoot with friends
  11. Go shopping
  12. Try an unusual or new flavour of ice cream
  13. Do a charity event
  14. Write blog posts/start a blog
  15. Go to a different country
  16. Have your own pamper evening
  17. Put together a summer playlist
  18. Go strawberry picking
  19. Have a water fight
  20. Watch the sunrise
  21. Watch the sunset
  22. Get some new room decor/reorganise your room
  23. Have a tech-free day/s
  24. Do some gardening
  25. Practice a skill you want to improve on
  26. Invite a friend round for a sleepover
  27. Make a den outside (hehe)
  28. Spend time with family
  29. Spend time with friends
  30. Read a certain number of books
  31. Do some baking
  32. Make a fruit sorbet (e.g. watermelon sorbet)
  33. Go to a cafe and have a summery drink (e.g. smoothie)
  34. Go to the cinema
  35. Write a diary or keep a personal video diary
  36. Study
  37. Start a YouTube channel
  38. Do some art and craft
  39. Choreograph a dance/compose some music/write a poem…
  40. Start learning a new language
  41. Go to a concert
  42. Do some DIY
  43. Start a business
  44. Sort out stuff you don’t need any more
  45. Play sports
  46. Eat healthily
  47. Have a garden party/barbeque with friends and/or family
  48. Get a haircut/new hairstyle
  49. Relax and reflect
  50. Do what you enjoy

I know that nearly everyone (including me) won’t do all of the things on this list but I’d like to encourage you all to do number 50. Do what you enjoy. Whether you’re extremely busy, not busy at all or going through a hard time, try to enjoy your summer. It’s not about doing what the media tells you to do during this season. It’s not about what you’re expected to do. We don’t all enjoy spending our time in the same ways. It’s about finding what your heart tells you to do and choosing to do what brings you joy.

Lots of love,

Truuty xx

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I would love to hear from you in the comments!

What are you going to do in the summer? Please leave a comment sharing your own ideas!

The Perfect Dance – Serves 7 Billion (A Poem Inspired by Benjamin Zephaniah)

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Hello my lovely Truuties,

Today I have something a little different for you – a poem! I really enjoyed writing this at school and although it’s not a super-high level of English or anything like that, I love it and I hope you will too! 🙂

The Perfect Dance – Serves 7 Billion (Inspired by Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem, ‘The British (serves 60 million)’):

Prepare some moves, music and art,

then immerse them in creativity and personality.

Stir in the necessities –

passion with expression

and a sprinkle of reflection.

 

Don’t forget the musicality and some accuracy,

cook it in emotion and devotion,

excitement and enjoyment.

Always remember the story-line,

and a little mime.

 

Put in a dollop of movement and self-improvement,

and some amusement? (optional)

Blend in the communication and association,

but don’t leave out your medium and most importantly,

a feeling of freedom.

 

Enjoy!

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I have some exciting news – Truth and Beauty blog now has Instagram! Yayyyy! @truuty_blog

Lots of love,

Truuty xx

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Have you written anything like this before? Have you read Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem, ‘The British (serves 60 million)’?

My Trip to Japan – some photos!

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Hello my lovely Truuties,

These are some of the photos from my trip to Japan! I hope you like them! (By the way, I have loads more photos than this. I took between 2000 and 3000 photos! :/ hahaha)

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Lots of love,

Truuty xx

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

What’s your favourite photo in this post? Have you ever been to Japan? Is Japan somewhere you’d like to go to one day?

Where I’ve Been for the Last Month or so! :)


Hello my lovely Truuties,

It feels so good to be back!

Guess where I was…(Clue: I went to the other side of the world!)

I was in Japan!!!! It was incredible! Although I’d been to Japan before to see family there, I discovered so much more this time about the country and life in general – partly because we did more travelling around but also because I’m older and can understand things more. But I must say that seeing my grandparents again was the best part of our time in Japan. I’m so thankful for everything we did and experienced during our trip!

Because we were spending time with family and friends and exploring Japan, I decided that I wouldn’t write any blog posts while we were there; I wanted to make the most of our time. Sorry if any of you were looking forward to some Eastery posts hehe! :/ Hopefully I will have those kinds of posts next Easter. 🙂

Probably my next blog post will be of some photos I took in Japan. I’m so excited to share them with you!

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Lots of love,

Truuty xx

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Did you have a good Easter? What have you been up to recently?

Spring Flowers

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Hello my lovely Truuties,

I love Spring so much! The flowers are so beautiful.

It’s so lovely to see lots of flowers. Just looking at them and enjoying the outdoors makes me feel so peaceful and thankful for all the wonderful creations.

During the cold seasons, they have to persevere through the rough conditions but after that, when it gets warmer, they bloom and glow in the sunlight so stunningly and somehow they seem contagiously joyful. I think that can really help us to remember that if we persevere, we will come to know that it was worth it because of the amazing things that happen when we just keep on going with faith.

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Lots of love,

Truuty xx

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Do you like Spring? What do you love about flowers? What are your thoughts on my thoughts?

“The Joy of the Lord is my Strength”

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Hello my lovely Truuties,

Have you had those days, or weeks, months or years when you just feel down? It may feel like there’s no hope. Even if you know there is hope, you might not feel the hope.

Last month, I put a Bible verse inside my clear phone case (1 Peter 1:6) which reads, ‘Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead.’ I also have a Bible verse monthly calendar and for February, it says: ‘Be joyful always’ (1 Thessalonians 5:16). I soon came to realise that both of these verses fit perfectly with what I’ve been thinking about recently.

One of the questions I answered in my Q&A post was “How do you make yourself feel better when you are down?”. That question is what planted the seed for this blog post. Since then, God has been reminding me of a lot of things to do with joy when getting through hard times.

I watched a film called ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ and the main character is a teacher called Grace, who goes through a terribly difficult situation. There was a point when she felt hopeless and thought she would loose everything. Grace must have felt as though there was a wall that she couldn’t break through or climb over. However, she prayed about it and God took that wall away and made everything come together amazingly!

Although Grace found it hard to be happy during that time, she still had joy when she remembered God’s love.

When being a Christian was something that I just understood in my head, my life would sometimes feel miserable when something bad happened. My strength wasn’t in the Lord. Now that my faith is in my heart, I can feel joy even when I’m not happy and I’m so thankful for that!

You see, I believe that happiness and joy are very different. A lovely Christian YouTuber called Cambria Joy explained this incredibly well in one of her videos:

“Don’t forget that happiness is a feeling and feelings are temporal. We cannot solely base our lives on seeking out a feeling that can leave us in the blink of an eye or with the changing of circumstances. Happiness is not something that you reach or attain. It’s a feeling, a decision, a choice. Choose to be happy – but don’t base your life around it because you will miss the mark sometimes. So, instead of living for happiness, why not discover the contentment of joy?”

Joyce Meyer wrote:

“You can get unhappy, but you cannot get unjoyed because joy is something that God gives you.”

This is the song that gave me the idea for the title of this post – The Joy of the Lord is my Strength (Psalm 28:7):

 

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I send you all my love and prayers to those of you who are going through a tough time! I’d like to encourage you to trust in the Lord and receive the joy He is offering you right now. I hope this post has helped you or moved you in some way, whether you are finding life hard at the moment or not! 🙂

Challenge: The Bible verse for March on my calendar is, ‘Encourage one another and build each other up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Please join me in this mission to spread the joy to your friends and family by speaking kind words and being there for each other!

Lots of love,

Truuty xx

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

What are your thoughts on this?

Feel free to email me (truutyblog@outlook.com) if there’s anything you’d like to chat about! 🙂