The Truth of a Gap Year

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of a gap year; a year in between high school and college or between the four years of college or even after college where students and graduates take a break from school to find other opportunities outside of school to gain special life experience.

Gap Year Between High School and College

Now in truth, this should be planned ahead of time, probably around junior year of high school. Get your plans on paper then when you start college searching in senior year, you can go to these colleges and ask about deferment. Deferment is an opportunity to have your freshman year deferred to next year while you take a gap year. You’ll still be enrolled, you’ll just start next year. The idea of a Gap Year is becoming a great investment in the eyes of colleges. Each year, they enroll students who take their first year of freedom and squander their education. A gap year helps guide young adults to become socially mature so when they go to college the next year, they’ll be able to focus on their studies.

Gap Year Between the Four Years of College

For many of us though, we didn’t hear about a Gap Year until it was too late. If you think that way, you’re actually wrong. Taking a Gap Year between the four years of college might actually help you in the long run. Employers hire college graduates with experience. Why hire a college grad with only booksmarts when you can hire someone who took advantage of the opportunities out there and gained important experience.

So where ever you are in life, consider a gap year for yourself, a friend or a family member. Have a fun weekend!

P.S I must say though, I am not an expert in Gap Year subject matter. The facts I have put down here are just things I have heard and read. I highly recommend you talk to your college/high school advisor about deferment and Gap Years.

Society Makes Me Sad

Everyday, I wake up and get dressed, as does everyone in the world. I don’t have a floor length mirror to look at myself in but I still look at myself and think, “I could afford to lose a few pounds”. Now, just for your information, I’m not fat or overweight and I’m not extremely skinny, I’m exactly at the body weight I should be. But I have a small pouch now and I don’t like it. I had a flat stomach once and I used to be really judgemental of the girls in my classes who had these pouches. Now I’m ashamed of what I thought.

I’m saying all this because there are beautiful people out there and there are ugly people out there. But body weight shouldn’t factor into those labels. Character should; instead, however, bad behavior, at least in celebrities, is noticed and, through media coverage, is sometimes unintentionally encouraged.

But I’m not going to ramble on about this. All I wished to say that someone who looks ugly can become the most beautiful person to you if you just give them the time to express themselves.

P.S. This post was inspired by LoudThoughtsVoicedOut’s post on society.

More Than Happy #nocomplainweek

Hey everyone! My church has started a twitter/instagram campaign for the rest of the week called No Complain Campaign.

This week, challenge yourself to not complain or argue. The definition of complaining is any way you think of it. Any time you find yourself complaining about anything, stop yourself and pray about it. If you’re not much of a prayer person, stop and move onto a different topic or just stop talking. This also applies to arguments. This whole week, either stop and pray or just move on.

Now, there’s a second part to this challenge. You see, at church this weekend they were handing out small , pin-on buttons for us to wear. They challenged us to take a selfie with our buttons and post it to twitter/instagram. Here’s my part of the challenge:

Since you don’t have a button, find a creative way to showcase No Complain Week. It can either be your own button, a poster, or anything you set your mind to, but let’s make this week a week with no complaining and no arguments.

#nocomplainweek

Also, for anyone who is interested in a church or just wants something different, come check out Southeast Christian Church’s Online Campus, open on Saturdays @ 4pm and Sundays @ 9am and 11am. Enjoy!

P.S. Should you participate let me know on twitter at: @anmlhp. Have a great week!

Joann’s Golden Nuggets

Today mom and I went on a day trip to Joann’s. While I was looking around I happened upon the sewing machines where I met a kind employee who was ecstatic about these machines.

joanns

Personally, I was happy to hear what she had to say. I’m hoping to get into sewing. I love the idea of sewing my own clothes. So when she was telling me about these machines, I paid attention. The single most important thing she told me was about the Emily Griffith Technical College. They have multiple exciting classes including many sewing courses.

Another very important thing she told me was looking into Husqvarna sewing machines.

husqvarna sewing machine

The machine pictured here is the one she recommended to me. Now I don’t remember the exact model or price, however I do remember it being less for MSRP. Anyways, I hope you’ll check the links posted here and tell me what ya think.

P.S. TMNT is amazing!

Eating @ the Yard House

Today is a special day, so we stopped at a special place. We’re celebrating my grandma’s birthday and remembering my grandfather.

Gelardo_Grandparents
The cat resembles grandma and the eagle stands for grandpa.

I know this is a short post and it’s been a long time since I posted, my apologies.

P.S. My friend introduced me to a great literary journal here in Parker, CO. Find it on tetheredbyletters.com. Look ’em up!

Music Thursday with a Challenge

So here’s a thought, I volunteer with my church’s youth group and every week we have new music. I absolutly love the mental challenge of thinking up something new for them. So here’s the music for this week:

Happy Days by Jesus Culture

I Am by Crowder

Forever Reign by Hillsong United

God I Look To You by Bethel Music

Here’s My Heart by Passion

Open Up Our Eyes by Elevation Worship

Hope you like the music!

Oh and by the way, here’s a challenge: find me a song, secular or non-secular, with no swear words and no sexual references. If it’s good I’ll put it on my ipod and on next Thursdays post. See ya!

P.S. My main reason I don’t like music with swearing or sexual references is that when I put my earphones in, I’m in sanctuary. It’s my escape from the world I live in. Please respect that when posting your songs.

Time and Time Again

Man, I always feel whenever I start a blog that it’ll fall flat on its face again. I hope this isn’t the case with A Touch of Rain. I’ve heard the first year is a tough one but I’ll keep pushin’ through.

Time and Time Again

So here’s the deal, I love surfing the web and when I’m not, I’m either working, sleeping, playing a majority of games, or watching television, which I have to use my laptop for. When I began this blog, I thought “what would be different?” I love rain, the sounds, the smells, and I love that God’s the one that thought of it. But more on that later, this is my first post and I want to make a good impression before I rant.

I’m also a part time writer because I have a part time job. If I didn’t have a part time job, I’d probably still be a part time writer. My family and friends say I have a talent, and believe me, I think I have a talent too, but deadlines remind me too much of school and having just graduated, I don’t like walking down that memory lane. Speaking of my job, it is my dream. Without revealing too much, I work on a stage. But I don’t travel and I don’t put my heart and soul out there for the audience to cherish or crush. I have every respect for actors and what they do and I’m very certain that I couldn’t do the most important part of my job without them. However, without the work that I do, there would never be a show.

Well then, for now I’m done with the all about me. Tell me about yourself if ya wanna.

P.S. By the way, if you notice that my voice changes while I write, it’s probably late and I’m watching a movie.