What To Do In Winter

Read

Yep, that is an obvious one for me to suggest, But there is nothing better to do when it’s cold. Snuggle up under a heap of blankets and read your favourite novel or one you have never read.

Memorise a passage

It is important for us to memorise passages from the bible so that is written in our hearts. Colossians 2:6-7 says “ So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” So if the Lord’s word is written on our hearts, we are being built up in him, with reminders of what he has done for us and what he wants us to do, so that we may one day become fully mature in Christ. And if it’s raining (or snowing if you live somewhere cool), if you are stuck inside, think about and remember what the Lord has done for you and overflow with thankfulness.

Do some yoga

Not an extremely intense exercise, but calm and somewhat relaxing. Very easy to do inside and is gentle enough to warm you up but not make you sweat too much. I enjoy the child’s pose, seated mountain pose, Cobra, and standing forward fold.

Draw or paint

Get creative whether, watercolour painting, scrapbooking or typography, it is always fun to create something that will always be counted as art no matter how horrible you think it looks.

Learn a song or an instrument

Spend that time you can’t spend outside learning something that maybe you’ll be able to play outside in Summer. extend your musical knowledge and skill on an instrument you know/or don’t know how to play.

I hope this was helpful for everyone who is living in Winter and if you’re living in Summer right now I hope I’ve prepared you with some things to do once the Summer is over.

– Tamsyn

Q & A

I  asked you guys a couple of weeks ago for some questions I could answer on this Q&A, and I want to thank everyone who responded.

What is a book you would never want to read again?

Some of the books I have had to read in my English class have been pretty bad, but I generally pick what I’ve heard to be good books and read them. So I can’t pick one book I don’t think, I find if I read anything in the contemporary genre I can’t read it again. It’s not that those books are bad it’s just once I finish them I don’t feel compelled to read it again or want a sequel to that particular book. So any contemporary book, I just don’t read again.

What is the longest time it has ever taken you to read a book?

To be completely honest when I finish a really good book sometimes I fall into a reading slump. That slump can mean it’ll take me 2 months to read a book or not even finish a book. So depending on the slump it can take me a long time to read books.

What genre of book do you prefer and enjoy to read most?

Fantasy. I love getting lost in worlds that authors have created. It is awesome to read and know that God has given that author the imagination and skilled thinking to create a whole world and creatures. I also love Historical Fiction Because it’s like time traveling to a place in the past, and living in that time while reading that book.

If you read one book over and over again, what book would you choose?

My favourite book ‘Waterfall’ by Lisa T Bergren definitely. I’ve read it 7 or 8 times. So that would be the obvious choice. ‘Waterfall’ is the first book in the ‘River of Time’ series, that also happens to be my favourite series. This book is  Historical Fiction set in Italy just before the Black Plague. Completely recommend This and These books they are my favourites. ❤️

You can find Lisa T Bergren’s books here.

Read my book review on her book ‘Season of Wonder’ here.

What is your favourite Bible passage and why?

My favourite bible passage is Romans 5:1-11, It’s titled Peace and Hope. I love this passage because it highlights clearly what the gospel is. If anyone asked me what they should look at to learn about the gospel I would say this passage. Verse 8 is a popular verse in this passage and sums up even shorter the gospel; But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. The passage is easy to understand, blunt and truthful, It’s my ‘go to’ passage.

What are your top 4 favourite songs right now?

  • ‘That Green Gentleman’ – Panic! At The Disco
  • ‘Bird’ – Billie Martin
  • ‘What Do I Know’ -Ed Sheeran
  • ‘Lover of the Light’ – Mumford and Sons

I hope you enjoyed this Q&A,

– Tamsyn

Amari of the Nomads – Prologue

We are nomads. We go where others dare not to go. We see things city dwellers would pay to see. We go out to where the elements are the harshest. And we survive together.

I was taught from a young age from my Madji (my mother’s mother) that we can go to the Dust and return, but you can not go to the Dust and return. She meant that we can go out there together and survive but if one of us were to go out there alone, we would not survive.

Together we are a number of around thirty. Madji, my family, my father’s brother’s family, my father’s sister’s family and her husband’s brother’s family. I am the only girl in my family. With five brothers I am the third child. I am my mother’s joy, for I am her daughter and daughter’s are precious to mother’s, father’s and men. And I am worth a lot of trade.

My family does not want me taken and sold, that is why I do not wear dresses like the city dweller girls. It is why I braid my waist length, coal coloured hair under my hood.

We are nomads, but we are more peaceful than most. That is why I am hidden within our clan. For other nomads believe that what they take, they own, and in a land where girls are few, it is dangerous very dangerous.

My father’s brother has twin girls they are but in their fourth year. They cling to their mother’s dress as she goes about her work on the camp. But they, besides me are the only daughters in our nomad clan.

Together we are precious.

This was a sort of prologue to a short story I have decided to write, The story is titled ‘Amari of the Nomads’. please comment below to tell me what you think…

– Tamsyn

Being Jazmine by Cecily Paterson – Book Review!

Cecily Paterson’s new book ‘Being Jazmine’ is released today! ‘Being Jazmine’ is #3 in the Invisible novels after ‘Invisible’ and ‘Invincible’.

I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review, so I am going to do just that.

To be completely truthful I didn’t like ‘Invincible’ (#2). I found It a bit boring and cliche, so originally I had decided that ‘Invisible’ (#1) was better as a stand alone novel. Then I received ‘Being Jazmine’ as an ARC and I got excited when I read the blurb. I will give you guys a little synopsis now;

Jazmine has never been ‘normal’, and now her life is changing too, it’s becoming anything but normal. Her mum is getting married and they are moving to a bigger, suburban house. But then while her mum is on her honeymoon, Jazmine sees a group of teenagers on a beach, not being ‘normal’ but being themselves and comfortable, speaking Auslan. She decides she needs to go on a camp, an Auslan speaking camp, to see if she can fit into a different kind of ‘normal’. Yet how will she keep balance in her life, between her new friends, old friends and her family?

I loved this book, It was interesting in the way it explored the Auslan speaking community. In some ways, I didn’t expect the perspectives some of the Auslan speaking characters held although I did understand the more I read. ‘Being Jazmine’ delve into common teenage issues like friendships and family relationships, except it was unique in the way that Jazmine’s ‘problem’, her hard of hearing, influenced these relationships.

This book was very clean and it didn’t really have as much a romantic aspect as the other two books, which I thought was refreshing because it allowed the reader to reflect on the bigger themes, which I talked about above.

I would seriously recommend this book to anyone, it was a gorgeous story.

rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Age recommendation: 12+

I did another book review on one of Cecily’s Books read it here.

Visit Cecily’s website here.

Happy Reading,

– Tamsyn

“Commit your way to the lord, trust in him and he will do this, he will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:5-6

Planner update!

I like to think that I’m creative and God has given me at least a smattering artisticness (pretty sure that isn’t a word but anyway…) so I have decided to do up my planner. If my planner is more inviting to my eye, I believe that I’ll make the most out of it and it will become an escape setting it up weekly. It’s really relaxing so I hope I can inspire you to do something similar. So this is how I do it.Processed with VSCO with g3 preset

  1. I go on to Pinterest and look up an aesthetic, so this week I looked up pastel purple aesthetic as you can see.  ☞
  2. Collect some pictures, print them out.
  3. Position the pictures and stick them in.
  4. Put in things I need to know for the week ahead.
  5. Draw some little pictures (I like drawing simple things like flowers, stars, and dots).
  6. The during the week I will add in little journal things, as well as write in to-do lists for the weekend.*

*Sometimes I’ll also add in some good Bible verses, as it helps me reflect on God’s word every time I look at my planner.

– Tamsyn

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalm 37:4

Ever – a short, short, very short story.

A smattering of blue sky against the clouds.

Crisp autumn breeze and the click-clack of shoes against the cobblestone.

They are not joyous things in my mind. They are quiet, withdrawn.

There was once a personality that walked these halls, far more ecstatic than all the children in the square.

But she’s gone now.

And she can’t come back.

Ever.

Never again will I see her face.

She won’t hum joyous tunes in the kitchen when the oven is hot and flushes all our faces.

She won’t be scrubbing and dusting in all the crevices the rest of us can’t reach.

She won’t be there at all

Ever.

– Tamsyn

 

Psalm 121 : The Lord is With Us Always.

It’s easy in life to succumb to the pressure and stress it gives. We sometimes look for help and hope in the wrong places and can be overcome with desperation. We search for reassurance within our world which can give us the wrong answers, that ultimately lead us astray. It is important to look to the Lord everything. Continue reading