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“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” -Henry James

Hello readers. It has been a couple months and boy has so much changed. I’m not doing great with my goal to keep up with my blog, am I? Well, there’s always room for improvement. I have attempted to write a couple times but I get stuck. Weird, right? Anyway, I guess it’s a good time to talk about all that has happened in my life. But where to start?

I’ve posted twice in the last 5 months and not filled you guys in on the happenings in Carra’s Life. After all, that is the name of my blog, isn’t it? So let’s go back a couple months, shall we? In April I started up a Twitch and YouTube account and in May I stopped. Sad, I know. I plan to get back into at least Twitch. I also finished another semester of college in May, receiving all passing grades. I’m that much closer to graduation!

At the end of May, I was offered a job at a yoga studio. No, I don’t teach yoga, I had a hard enough time getting up in front of my class last semester for my yoga final. I actually watch children while their parents take the classes offered. Sometimes there are no kids, though, so I tidy up the studio. It’s a really laid back place that I enjoy.

In July I went on a couple dates. The first was no fun at all, it was just super awkward and we barely said a word to each other the whole time. The other was so great, we we out for ice cream and just talked for hours. We go to church together so we already knew each other and we just really hit it off.

Also in July, after my wonderful date actually, I felt my first house-shaking earthquake. Growing up on the west coast, you think I would have felt them all the time but no. For this one, I was home alone with 3 cats and I had my first ever panic attack. That’s when I knew I had strong feelings for this guy. Crazy, right? I know what you’re probably thinking, “she’s just another one of those crazy Mormons.” I actually called him in a panic and he helped calm me down because he could hear how shaken I was. Of course, all 3 cats slept through the whole thing so it couldn’t have been that bad, I suppose. I just kept thinking what I would possibly do in the case of an emergency. Michaela told me if there was an emergency, I would need to shove all the cats in the one cat carrier we have and take the car and get as far as I could. Luckily, there was no emergency and I calmed down enough to go to sleep. California is crazy y’all.

School started back up in August and I’m taking 4 classes, biology, statistics, a support class for statistics, and English. I know, I know, it’s crazy to take math and science in the same semester but I apparently saved my hard classes for the end. I’m so close, I can feel my degrees in my hands.

This month I am celebrating PCOS awareness month and the one year anniversary of when Olivander, my wonderful furry companion, came into my life. I also got my first pair of glasses, so that’s exciting.

I know life will have a lot of changes coming my way soon and I am so ready and so excited.

As always, thank you for stopping by. Comment below with how you all have been doing the last 5 months. What would you like to see on my blog?

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“Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.” – Unknown

First of all, sorry for not posting last week. I was a little down because I had to drop my statistics class, which means I won’t be graduating in the spring as planned. Instead, I will be finishing in the summer. I guess I needed the reminder to not put too much pressure on myself.

The social media fast is going ok. I did download YouTube and Pinterest as well as Facebook messenger but nothing else. I find I have picked up my phone a lot wanting to waste time, only to remember I don’t have Facebook and Instagram anymore. But it is getting better.

Today I wanna talk about something I was going to bring up the last two weeks but didn’t. I recently did the ancestry DNA and was so excited about it. I knew I would learn my origins and maybe meet some family. I wasn’t prepared for who, though.

If you didn’t know, when you do the Ancestry DNA kit, you are linked to people who share the same DNA. I was linked to 2 aunts and several cousins. One aunt I was linked to was my dad’s only full sister and the other was my mom’s half-sister. My dad’s sister was, unfortunately, extremely rude. She refused to tell me anything about her, about our family, or even have a willingness to learn about me. She has had no connection to the family for 30+ years but assumed that, since I’m my dad’s daughter, I am a terrible human being and that I “need to find Jesus.” Of course, I set her straight right away. But, I don’t need that kind of family in my life and I’ve since made many more connections to our family without her. One reason I think she’s so negative towards me is because she’s my dad’s ex-wife’s best friend and he left her before I was born. Ridiculous, I know.

Anyway, the other aunt I found, my mom’s sister, has been very nice. We were able to connect over a few things and have kept in touch. I’ve also talked with a cousin of my dad who is kind. They’re out there, it’s just hard to tell right away.

Screen Shot 2018-10-21 at 10.19.38 PMI’m sure you’re all waiting to see my percentages, so here you go! If you’ve ever done the ancestry DNA, let me know if you’ve learned anything about you family and heritage. I know I have learned quite a bit and plan on learning more. I will tell you right now, I will definitely be visiting my local family history center soon to learn more.

As always, thank you for visiting my blog, don’t forget to keep coming back for more posts like this and others. Comment below if you have any questions. Have a wonderful week!

“In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.” -Alice Walker Read

It’s hard to write today. I have been sick in bed all weekend. But I want all of my readers to know one thing, I am working on being GDPR compliant. I know that I may not reside in the EU but it still affects me so. Unfortunately, many of the things that I can use to help make my blog GDPR compliant cost money. But if you start seeing pop ups, that is why. I’m hoping WordPress will come out with new things, like you may have noticed at the bottom of your screen. Until then, I hope I am at least better than before.

momAnyway, Yesterday was Mother’s Day. So I wanted to do a little tribute to many of the women who changed my life.There are so many women who have had a hand in making me who I am. Many of them don’t even realize how much. Mother’s Day isn’t about celebrating the women who have birthed you, or even women who only have kids. No. It’s a woman’s holiday, to show your appreciation for all that the women in your life have done for you. If it was only a day for people who physically birthed you, many people would never celebrated it.

grandmaI have been blessed with many wonderful women in my life who have been there for me, no matter what. There are too many to make a list but I will try to include photos of everyone.

As many of you know, I had a rough start in life and at the age of 7 I went from living with my mom to living with my grandparents. I spent some time at aunts and uncles homes but mostly with my janellegrandparents until I was 17, when they passed. I went back with aunts and uncles. I have been in and out of homes, my life has change a million times, but no matter what, I am cared for and loved. From family, to friends. From beds and couches in various cities and states. I know that no matter what, I will always have somewhere to go and I am grateful to know that.

I can never thank these women enough but I hope they know how much I love and appreciate them. Below I have a slide show of many of the women who changed my life as several videos to for you as well.

As always, thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you continue to come back each week. Comment below with how you show the women in your life that you appreciate them.

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“Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams. Don’t think you have to choose one over the other.” -Hal Elrod

More and more people are reading self help books and there are millions to choose from. As most of my readers know I am into Bullet Journaling, see my post here. When I was brand new to the journey back in July 2016, I joined many Bullet Journal groups on Facebook to help me get inspiration for this new journey I was embarking on. Through these groups, I kept seeing pages they called Level 10 Life. I thought it was interesting and I finally decided last week that I wanted to know what it was and why everyone was doing it. I found out where it came from. A self help book, I wasn’t too thrilled. I didn’t want to read it, there’s nothing any book could tell me that I didn’t already here from other people in my life. I brushed it off. Well, curiosity got the best of me and I finally caved and checked the book out from my local library and I am so glad I did. You’re probably thinking “is she ever going to share what the book is called?” I know, I know, I just went on a little tangent and never told you what the book is called. Well, it’s called The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8AM by Hal Elrod. I started reading it a few days ago and I love it. I thought it was going to be like everything I’ve always heard but it’s not. The Miracle Morning is really life changing but I don’t want you to take it from me. There are thousands of videos from people who have improved their life by incorporating Hal’s morning routine into their day. You can find many of them here.

If you have read the book, please comment with how it have changed your life. I have only done it for a couple of days and exercise alone has made me feel like a better person. I, personally, get up at 4:30am, which is when my husband gets up to get ready for work, and I begin my day. I pray, exercise, and read. I’m trying to get each of Hal’s Life S.A.V.E.R.S. to work and I’m adding a little at a time, as to not overwhelm myself. From there I do homework and house cleaning. Since I have started this routine, I have been getting to sleep earlier, which was an issue for me. I am so glad I started this and I am grateful for all the people in all of the Bullet Journal groups who shared their experiences because if they hadn’t, I may not have ever had the pleasure of reading The Miracle Morning.

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“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” -William Blake

Hello everyone! I apologize for going MIA for two weeks, I was busy helping my friend, the one who was hit by a car. She is doing well and she’s at home with her family. She has a new brace that allows her to bend her knee and it helps her get around. This is not what this post is going to be about, though.

Thanksgiving is coming up, so this is my topic today. First, many people don’t know when or why Thanksgiving started. I went to Google to get more information so that I can correctly inform anyone else. I don’t claim to know all about it but I did know a few things. Google directed me to the Channel’s site, to see it, visit here. But, here is a small excerpt from the site:

“In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations”

The site goes on to discuss when Thanksgiving became an official holiday until almost 200 years later. That’s a long time but it has been changing since then, into what it is today. From what was eaten in 1621 to now and the reason is was celebrated vs. why we celebrate it today.

They menu in 1621 did not include turkey or cranberry sauce nor did it have pies. Instead they had venison (deer), corn, fowl, and barley. Today, many households do have turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, potatoes (sweet and mashed), various pies, as well as other food choices. In 1621, the reason Thanksgiving was celebrated was because the pilgrims wanted to celebrate their first successful harvest in the Americas. They then decided to invite the Native Americans to join in the three day festivities. Today, however, we typically associate Thanksgiving as a day to spend with friends and family as well as think about all that we are thankful for.

Every family has their own traditions, my family’s traditions are slightly different than my husband’s family’s traditions and I’m sure our future family traditions will combine both as well as new traditions. Traditions also differ depending on what area in the United States you live in. If you are in the south, you have more southern food but if you go further north or west, you get a different menu.

What are your family traditions? What is your favorite thing to eat during the festivities? Comment below to share. Happy Thanksgiving from me to you! Enjoy your time with those you love.

“If You Want Something You’ve Never Had, Then You’ve Got To Do Something You’ve Never Done.” -Unknown

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I have received my very first blogging award. This award comes from one of my favorite blogs, Unschooling Momma and Poppy. This makes me feel so happy. It reaffirms to me that people do read my blog and that I am, in fact, making a difference. I want to thank them both, because the blog is run by two people, so thank you Momma and Poppy!

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I was asked to answer these 11 questions, so here it goes!

  1. What was your purpose in starting your blog?I have always loved writing and I wanted a way to get my writing skills to reach more than just my small friend/family circle. I was informed in high school of these things called “blogs” but I never really did any research pertaining to them until after high school. One of the best decisions I have made.
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?I would like to live in Europe. I know it has it’s good and bad, just as every place does, but I went to Europe once and I loved it. But in all reality, that will never happen, I would just like to move out of California.
  3. What is your favorite time of the day?I would say my favorite time of day is around sunset. I love watching the sun go down and it, usually, makes the sky so beautiful.
  4. What do you do when you feel like you have writer’s block?When I have writer’s block I either a) give myself a break and work on something else b)pray about it because religion is very important in my life or c) go back and read what I have written so far because sometimes going back and reading helps you remember where you were going with it in the first place.
  5. Is there any routine or ritual you have before you begin writing?I haven’t really made any rituals or routines before, or after, writing. I am still trying to figure this whole thing out but I am hoping to make a few routines, like reading and commenting on other bloggers posts and researching more on my topic of choice before I begin writing rather than just whenever I need something for said topic.
  6. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?My favorite flavor of ice cream, right now (it changes from time to time), is chocolate chip cookie dough…MMMM
  7. Do you have any pets?I do not currently have any pets but I want both a cat and a dog and my husband wants a fish tank. I grew up with animals and I miss having pets. I want a black labrador and any kind of cat.
  8. Are you a morning person or a night owl?Thankfully I can be both a nigh owl and a morning person. Since
  9. What chore do you procrastinate doing?I hate doing dishes so I procrastinate doing them for as long as I can.
  10. What one thing about yourself do you think makes you unique?One thing that I believe makes me unique is my ability to relate to so many people. In my 23 years of life, I have been through a lot and I can see things differently than others who have not lived through such experiences.
  11. What was the last thing you watched on tv?I rarely watch TV but we did just finish watching a movie! 17 Miracles is a fantastic movie, look it up when/if you get the chance.

Now, for my nominees!

  1. That Good Part
  2. Plant Family Co.
  3. Parenting And Stuff
  4. Everyday Surrender
  5. A Homeschool Mom
  6. Hubbard’s Cupboard
  7. Raising 5 Kids with Disabilities and Remaining Sane Blog
  8. A Tattoo On His Palm
  9. My So Called Yuppy Life
  10. Redheaded Owl
  11. Green Things Growing

To my nominees, I give you the following 11 questions and look forward to reading each one’s answers.

  1. If you could sit down and talk to anyone, past present or future, for one hour who would it be and why?
  2. How did you overcome a tough time in life? Would you say that the experience made you stronger?
  3. What gives you the desire to write a blog?
  4. What is your favorite downtime activity?
  5. If you could go back, or forward, in time, where would you go?
  6. What is something you have always wanted to do?
  7. If you could pick one profession to have for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  8. Would you do anything in your life over just so you could choose a different path?
  9. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  10. If you could talk to your 16 year old self, what would you say?
  11. If you were an emotion in somebody’s head, what emotion would you be? Whose head would you be in?

I look forward to reading some great blog posts. Also, please feel free to visit the blogs that I nominated. They are blogs that I follow and I enjoy reading them. Again, thank you.