Tuesday, June 28, 2011

50 Graduation Tips - Part 2: Show me the MONEY!

I ended last month with the first post of a two-part series specifically for graduates.  Most of the high school graduations have taken place now, and I know firsthand that this is when all those college preparations start to hit you head on!  So I figured this would be a great time to bring you part two!

Last month’s post focused more on college, class, and what to expect. This month’s 25 random tips for graduates will feature the financial aspect of this new chapter in your lives.  AKA: SHOW ME THE MONEY!  Enjoy!

$              To quote Dave Ramsey, “Debt is dumb; cash is king!”

$              Don’t be above working at McDonalds. If it’s the only thing you can find, and it pays the bills, it’s better than being broke. 

$              If you work at McDonalds, be careful you don’t eat too many double cheeseburgers, or you may need to use your hard-earned money to buy a gym membership.  ;)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Love at First Fight?

"You're so insensitive!"
"If you really loved me, you wouldn't do so many hurtful things!"
"Well, you always have to pick on my faults...and you can't even see that you're the one causing the problem!"
"Hey! Don't you dare blame this all on me!"

Sound familiar? Read on.
Doesn't sound familiar? Good, but read on anyway.

I'm going to make a crazy statement here and then spend the rest of this blog backing it up.  Are you ready?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sheepish Smile . . .

Regrettably, I haven't had the opportunity to write my "Love Talks," post for the 17th today. I'm at a Bible Quiz tournament right now, and between the seven hour car ride and the tournament itself, I'm all tuckered out! :P

I was going to try to post tonight anyway, but my lack of inspiration and current scatter-brained mentality left a lot to be desired from the pitiful beginning I wrote. But don't worry, I'll make it up to you! Expect a spectacular post on love and relationships within the next several days. And hey, if you leave me a comment about what YOU'D like to see in that blog post, maybe you can give some direction to the whirling ideas that swarm in my head at the moment! ;)

In the meantime, if you're new to the blog, or you haven't read "Nineteen and Never Been Kissed," my other "Love Talks" blogs, or my popular series on modesty called "Smarter Pants," take this opportunity to get all caught up! :)

Stay tuned! :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

What Was I Thinking?

Hey Everyone!  Today, I'm going to take you on a trip back through time, to the distant, distant past: The beginning of 2011. ;)

First of all, I must apologize for my lack of posting lately.  Part of my absence, I must ashamedly admit, is due to my new toy: An iPad 2. (I'm loving it, in case anyone was wondering!)

However, the greater part is due to some trying circumstances that have deeply affected my life in the past week or so. They are sensitive and personal in nature, so I can't talk specifically about what's going on, but suffice it to say--it has been rough.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Graduationburg Address

Guest Blog time again! :) 

I am thrilled to tell you that I got personal permission to post for you, my readers, the most epic graduation speech I have ever heard!  Peter Day played Abe Lincoln in the Faith in History Performers' play on the Civil War era.  A few weeks later, at the homeschool graduation, he reworded the Gettysburg Address to be his graduation address. I assure you, the crowd was rolling in laughter. So, without any further nostalgic rambling, here it is:

The Gettysburg Address: Graduation Remix! :D
by Peter Day

One score minus two years ago, my parents brought forth to this world a new child, conceived in love and dedicated to God and to the proposition of homeschooling. 

They then engaged in a great struggle, testing whether they, or any couple so dedicated, could successfully educate a child at home. We are met at the graduation of that child. We have come to celebrate what all these students have accomplished over the years. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense . . .we cannot celebrate .  . . we cannot congratulate . . . we cannot commend these students. The brave parents, mothers and fathers, who struggled to raise the students deserve far more credit than the students. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did to raise these graduates. It is for us, the next generation rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who taught us have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these parents we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave so much of their devotion. That we here highly resolve that these parents shall not have labored in vain. That we as homeschooled students, under God, shall show this world how to live, and that education of the children, by the parents, for the Lord shall not perish from the earth.

Kudos, Pete. And God bless the class of 2011!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Jumpstarting June! "I Have a Question . . ."

Hello!  Happy June, everyone!  I trust you all are enjoying the fine weather. (By "fine," I could mean "Ah, the weather is fine!" or, "FINE! Be rainy and nasty, see if I care!" . . . It all depends on where you live.) ;)

Anyway, I have an exciting new addition to announce for my blog!

I think we could really have some fun with an "Ask Joy" column! (You know . . . kinda like "Ask Abby," except--better!) So starting right now, ask me any of your questions about life, love, God, the Bible, your family issues, relationship questions, your car problems (okay, maybe I won't be helpful there...go ask Click and Clack!), or any of the topics you've seen on my blog, and I will give you my take on the matter!

I might not be an "expert," per se, but I do have a lot of Bible knowledge that helps me understand God's perspective on our lives. I also have nearly twenty years of experience in interpersonal relationships! (Well, I'm a person, and I live with people, hence . . .) ;)  If you happen to stump me with your question, I also have connections with some really smart people who can help me out. I promise I won't just fudge it if I don't know the answer. AND, even if you don't like my response, you're not obligated to follow my advice, you won't hurt my feelings if you disagree, and I promise not to say "I told you so!"  . . . at least, not in as many words. ;)

No question is too "silly" or insignificant . So what are you waiting for--"Ask Joy!"

You can "Ask Joy" anonymously at http://formspring.me/AskJoy17

As the old adage goes, there's more than one way to remove the epidermis from a feline! (Though I certainly hope you won't be skinning any cats!) You can leave your questions as comments on this post (where you also have the option of anonymity). Also, if you're the Facebook type, "Like" this page using the button on the left, and leave your question as a "wall post." If you are a textaholic and can only communicate in 160 characters or less, then @ThoughtofJoy17 on Twitter is the way to go. Regardless of how you submit your question, be sure to mention that it's a question for the "Ask Joy17" column!

I most likely won't be able to include every question I receive in a blog post, but I will do my best to use as many as possible. However, if you give me an email address or other electronic contact method, I will send you a reply even if I don't decide to use your question!  How cool is that?

The questions I decide to use will be featured, along with my mind-blowingly brilliant answers, in a post at least once a month.  The more questions I get, the more often I'll write! :)

I really, REALLY want to start answering your questions! Ask Joy now! :)