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The Year My Life Changed

If I am being completely honest with you, 2017 was a hard year for me. From the very beginning, it was a major challenge. It started with sickness in the family, and then I was in a car accident, and it felt like things weren’t getting better no matter what we did.

I was in and out of doctors appointments for the better part of the year. I started my second to last semester of college, which, let’s be real, was a challenge.

But throughout all of the hard times 2017 threw at me, God kept on showing me how infinite and perfect his love is. He showed me that whatever happens to me in this life can be used for my good.

Here is a short video on my 2017:

Moving on to 2018, I have a few things that I want to say.

2018 is the year of the double open door.

2018 is the year to live intentional.

2018 is the year to follow my dreams and to succeed in them.

2018 is the year of opportunity.

2018 is MY year.


How was 2017 for you? Do you have big plans for 2018? I want to hear all about them in the comments below!


All the love,

Shi xx


A Commuter’s Guide to College // Part 2

It’s that time of year again: Back to school! Which means, loads of college posts are coming your way! About two years ago, I wrote a post called “A Commuter’s Guide to College.” Now that it has been a couple of years, and I am heading into my senior year of undergrad, I thought it was time for an update.
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A Commuter’s Guide To College // Part 2

1. Get involved. One of my biggest college regrets is that I didn’t get as involved as I would have liked. I’ve spent a lot of time blaming it on commuting, but that’s really not what is at fault. The fact that I never went out of my way to do any of the fun extra curricular stuff is completely and totally my own fault. If you are just starting out in college, I totally recommend that you get involved with some type of club or activity that you are passionate about, and stick to it. 

2.  Get to know your professors. If you can, get to know your professors a little bit. This way, if you have to miss class because of an emergency like an illness or icy roads, they know you and that you wouldn’t lie about it. I’ve had to miss class so many times because of bad roads, and my professors have always been really cool and understanding about it because they know my character. 

3. Email your professors if you aren’t going to make it to class. This is sort of for everyone, and also kind of a ‘duh’ tip, but seriously. If you aren’t going to make it to a class, be responsible and let your professors know. This speaks loads about your character. 

4. Make time for your homework. When you commute, it is easy to get behind in your work because of family, jobs, and other responsibilities. So just make sure that you are making time to get your homework done, because it really does impact your grade!

5. Keep some sort of planner. I’m only organized because I use a planner like crazy. Between my family and school and work, I’ve got a lot to balance. I’ve taken to using the bullet journal method in all my planning to keep me organized and let me tell you, it helps a ton! Find what works for you and stick with it; I guarantee it will make your experience so much easier!

Are you a commuter? What are some of your tips for people who are commuting to college? I’d love to hear them in the comments below! 

All the love,

Shi xx

What Is A Legacy?

“Legacy…what is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see. I wrote some notes at the beginning of a song someone will sing for me.”

The other day I decided to go back through some of our old family photos. I’ve always loved looking at old pictures. It’s so fun for me to reminisce on the days of my childhood.

As I was going through the photos, I found a whole bunch of my grandparents and it really got me thinking. Thinking about how much of an impact each of them made on my life as I was growing up and even today. So, I thought I’d share a little bit with all of you about them and what they’ve taught me.


These are my grandparents on my moms side. Ruth and David. My grandpa passed away in 2006, and that was what triggered us moving to Ohio. We wanted to be closer to my grandma. They taught me a lot and continue to teach me a lot.

They both love the Lord with a passion you don’t see often. Grandpa was a pastor for a long time. Even today, grandma shows her love of the Lord with how much she loves on us grandkids. She would do anything for us and I am immensely grateful for that. She has taught me to love people with a selfless love–to give up things that you may want for things that others may need. She has taught me having a big family just means that there is more love to spread around.


Grandpa taught me in a different way. I didn’t know him well. We just knew him from the few trips we took out here when we were little. But he’s taught me about what it means to leave a legacy on your family. Everyone talks about him with such fond memories that I wish I had known him better. They talk about him like he would make them laugh. He’s definitely taught me about being there with your family and loving them so much that they have the good memories of you.

I can’t wait to talk to him again one day.


These are my grandparents on my dads side. Renate and Nevis. These two have always had my heart. They’ve taught me a lot through their endless love for each other and for us grandkids. Their love story is something that is so astounding and lovely that I don’t even want to try to put it in words.

The basics of it are that they met when my grandma still lived in Germany and grandpa was there with the military. She couldn’t even speak any English and somehow they managed to make it work. I’ll have to get her to tell me the story while we’re there and I can vlog it.

Anyway, they’ve both taught me so much about love and life.28056448581_65b05e4959_o

Grandma has taught me that love is something you feel deeply. It’s something embedded down into your soul. Yes, it’s a choice. But it’s a choice that’s worth it every time. She has taught me what it means to miss someone so deeply that you feel it in your bones. She’s taught me that every moment of every day counts and that we should cherish those moments.

Grandpa taught me a lot about perseverance. He passed away from cancer a few years ago, but he never stopped fighting. He fought for his wife; he fought for his children; he fought for his grandchildren. He fought so hard. He taught me to cherish the people you love every day. He taught me how important saying “I love you” is. I can still hear him saying it to me. He taught me that sometimes you just need a hug. He taught me so many things that I don’t even know how to write them all down.

They all taught me that the most important thing in this life is our families. They are the one’s who will carry our legacy. We may not get to see those seeds we planted, but they are there. They are in the hearts of our loved ones; they’re in the old photographs; they’re in Christmas memories; they are in anniversaries and birthdays and holidays. Our legacies are carried throughout generations because of the way we love people.

I hope I leave as wonderful of a legacy as all of these beautiful souls have.

All the love,

Shi xx

p.s. I’m on vacation right now! (In Colorado with my grandma!) If you’d like to follow along,
feel free to follow me on snapchat!


101 in 1001 Update #2

Happy 2016 everyone! As we head into the new year, I thought I’d do a quick update on my 101 in 1001 challenge. I’ve not marked too much more off of the list, but I have marked some, so I thought I’d quickly update it before I forget too much.

101 in 1001 Update

101 In 1001 Update #2

  1. Come up with 101 things
  2. Find a job that allows me to go to Church on Sundays (blogging, hopefully)
  3. Read all of the books in my TBR (4/18)
  4. Keep up with my journal for 30 days
  5. Keep up with my planner for an entire school year
  6. Watch the sunrise at least once
  7. Get my own apartment
  8. Pay for a strangers order in the drive thru
  9. Go zip-lining
  10. Hike in the Rockies
  11. Hike in the Appalachians
  12. Keep this blog consistent for 1001 days (+ always after that)
  13. Go ice skating
  14. Go on my first date
  15. Take a spontaneous road trip
  16. Watch 5 Ted Talks (3/5)
  17. Go camping
  18. Buy stationary + use it
  19. Celebrate turning 20
  20. Celebrate turning 21
  21. Figure out SEO
  22. Learn how to set a budget + stick to it
  23. Make at least 4 new friends at school
  24. Go to at least one football game
  25. Go to at least one school production
  26. Learn the ukulele
  27. See NeedToBreathe in concert
  28. Attend Playlist Live or Vidicon
  29. Give a 100% tip
  30. Make reading my Bible daily a habit
  31. Memorize 101 scriptures (0/101)
  32. Send flowers to someone
  33. Receive flowers from someone
  34. Get to London to study abroad
  35. Talk to publishers about Left
  36. Keep my nails painted + pretty for one month
  37. Make daily exercise a habit
  38. Go to a farmer’s market
  39. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a week
  40. Get in touch with at least one old friend
  41. Host a series on this blog
  42. Read through the Bible in a year
  43. Get my passport
  44. Travel to at least two new places
  45. Buy five items from etsy (2/5)
  46. Wake up at 7:00 a.m everyday for a week
  47. Volunteer somewhere
  48. Learn French
  49. Begin another novel
  50. Get a DSLR Camera
  51. Go to 10 concerts (3/10) — One Direction 8/18 // Ed Sheeran 9/17 // Rock Concert 
  52. Take a trip alone
  53. Volunteer at 5 events (0/5)
  54. Finishing reading every unread book on my shelf before buying a new one
  55. Run a 5k
  56. Explore a cave (a different cave…)
  57. Go out of my way to do something nice for each of my cousins
  58. Attend a blog conference
  59. Try 5 new restaurants around me (2/5)
  60. Go to a musical
  61. Visit New York City
  62. Become a Morning Person
  63. Finally get both of the projects I’ve thought of started (0/2)
  64. Unplug for a whole day
  65. No soda for a week straight (+ maybe break the habit completely)
  66. Send 10 birthday or “just because” cards to friends (0/10)
  67. Spend an entire day watching Disney movies
  68. Go to a pumpkin patch
  69. Comment on fifteen random blogs
  70. Do a family game night every other Friday for at least one month
  71. Visit at least 5 museums
  72. Finish Parenthood
  73. Finish Drop Dead Diva
  74. Rewatch One Tree Hill
  75. Get Harry Styles to follow me on Twitter
  76. See One Direction in concert twice (1/2)
  77. Graduate college
  78. Learn to speak French(on here twice)
  79. Spend 30 minutes every day writing (for at least 30 days)
  80. Donate blood
  81. Finish NaNoWriMo three more times (1/3)
  82. Go to an aquarium
  83. Get 50,000 hits on my blog
  84. Keep my room clean for an entire month
  85. Put $5 into a savings account for every item checked off this list
  86. Visit Boston
  87. Visit Washington, D.C.
  88. Take a fitness class
  89. Go on a picnic 8/19/2015
  90. Learn to play the piano
  91. Go back to Cedar Point and ride Millennium Force
  92. Do some collaborations with other bloggers
  93. Get something I write published (an article/book/short story)
  94. Give my writing teachers from Freshman year a physical copy of my first book
  95. Call my grandma at least once a week
  96. Keep in touch with my cousins/extended family
  97. Make a scrapbook
  98. Spend more time investing in my friendships
  99. Go to church more than two Sundays a month
  100. Finish this list
  101. Start a new list

Are you doing a 101 in 1001 challenge? How is your list coming along? Let m know in the comments below!

All the love,
Shi xx

10 Songs I’ll Listen To For the rest of my Life
Hey, hi, hello.
Happy Monday!
I’m in a weird mood today and I have five chapters of Dracula to read and a paper to write before tomorrow. (Yikes!)
Today, I thought I’d do a quick and easy post for you all so that I can get to my homework quickly. I did a post like this before on my old blog, and I loved it. It’s so fun to me to share my favorite music and to have people share their favorite music with me. These are 10 Songs that I’ll listen to for the rest of my life.

  1. Boston by Augustana
  2. Where Do Broken Hearts Go by One Direction
  3. Brother by NeedToBreathe
  4. Let Me In by GroupLove
  5. Where I Belong by Building 429
  6. Through the Dark by One Direction
  7. I Wouldn’t Mind by He Is We
  8. Don’t Let Me Go by Harry Styles (are you seeing a theme? Oops.)
  9. Something I Need by One Republic
  10. Be Still by The Fray

10 Songs I’ll Listen To For The Rest Of My Life from helloshiloh on 8tracks Radio.

What songs do you think you’ll be listening to for the rest of your life? Let me know in the comments below!
All the love,
Shi xx

p.s. can you believe it’s September tomorrow? Because I really, really can’t.