For those of you who know me, I am an Apple girl through and through. I bought my first Macbook when I was 11 with the earnings from my bread business, I had an iPhone 3GS at 14, then upgraded to the iPhone 5 last year and bought a Macbook Pro Retina before college. I loved Apple. Don't get me wrong, I still do love Apple, but there are several things that have turned stale in our relationship.

Lately, I have really noticed the many shrewd business practices that Apple uses in order to ensnare their customers. Changing charging cables so you have to buy new accessories, updating a software so that an older iPhone is not able to use said software, but most of all Apple has been slowly losing the innovation that they have pioneered for so long. Ever since Steve Jobs has died, Apple has been falling behind in the smart phone wars and leaving out key features that the newest smartphones have.

Enter Android. My boyfriend got a Samsung Galaxy s3 in the beginning of the summer, and being an apple girl I hated everything about Android...until I actually got to play with it myself. The large screen was especially awesome, but what mainly got me were the many features that Android had that the iPhone did not (going back to the lost innovation of Apple) NFC capabilities, LED lights to light up depending on what notification you got, the ability to change your lock screen and launcher, different icon packs. The list goes on and on. I realized that I was missing out on something awesome so about a month ago I switched to the dark side and got a Samsung Galaxy s5.

Here are a few reasons I love my Samsung Galaxy:

1.The big screen. The Galaxy s5's screen is 5.1 inches, that's a whole 1.1 inch bigger than my iPhone 5. It's a big difference. I can watch Netflix and read blogs very comfortably on the Galaxy. Trying to use my Mum's iPhone 5 now is so hard. I can't type, my eyes hurt after reading a little bit, and it would not be fun to watch a show on that small of a screen. For this reason alone, I could not switch back.

2. Customization. I have gotten to the point in my smartphone career where I wanted to customize beyond just my wallpaper. Android facilitates that beautifully. I can go and download a different launcher from the Play Store, and it changes the way my home screen looks, feels, but even how it acts. Currently, I am using Aviate as my launcher, and as you can see by the first picture, I can choose which apps I want to see, put them in different banks, and arrange them how I wish. This is even separate from my app bank, where I can look at every app. The other great thing about Aviate is that it changes what is on the one screen based on what I am doing. If I am at school, Aviate can tell my location and will pull up the second picture so that I can easily access the apps I need, see my calendar and write quick notes. My iPhone could never do this.

                             



3. I can use my phone as a TV remote. That's right. I am so lazy that I don't even need to use our TV remotes anymore. I can control the actual TV, the cable box, the DVD player and my Chromecast all from my phone. The Samsung Galaxy s5 has an IR sensor built right in, so I can technically control any and every TV if I really wanted to. 



Those are definitely my favorite features of the Android system and specifically my Samsung Galaxy s5. One thing I do miss just a little bit about Apple is how seamless all of their apps work together. When you have one way that a phone looks and feels, you can make that near perfect, and Apple's seamlessness in switching from app to app, opening up a message and calling the person, and even playing music are quite perfect. 

Many people after doing this sort of post makes a final verdict as to which system is better. Honestly, both of these systems are great. In having experience with them both, I would say Android works better for me at this point in my life. For someone who wants a simple, intuitive interface, Apple is just what you need. Everything makes sense, there is little to tinker, change and potentially mess up. Android is for when you want more customization, which can be very daunting and confusing at first. It takes a lot of time to make your Android phone be what you want it to be, but it gives you the option to do that which is what I wanted. 

I have a Macbook and I have an Android. I'm one of those weird ones in both camps, and I like it that way, it makes me different :) 

--GeneticGinger

I am one of those people who hate watching the news or reading about what is going on in the world because I just get depressed about where life as we know it is going. The other day however, I was curious about all the fighting going on in the Middle East. I assumed it was similar to the fighting in Iraq so I hadn't thought much about reading up on it before. To my horror I learned all about ISIS and the Yazidis and what is really happening over there. To sum things up, a sect of radical Shiite Islamists who call themselves ISIS, is surrounding this mountain where this small religious group called the Yazidis lives. Currently, they are gunning this mountain and treating the Yazidis like ants, trying to smoke them off of their anthill and exterminate them. I could not believe that this was going on in a part of the world.

Meanwhile, our newsfeeds, twitter feeds, and news articles are filled with reports of Robin Williams suicide. I am not trying to discount his death, but as my friend at work said, we worship these celebrities and actors when children, infants, and families are being torn apart with the attacks from ISIS. They starve, thirst and hurt from the hot sun and over here in America, we mourn a comedian, a great comedian, but our priorities are seriously out of whack.

In America, we live in a bubble. We think and believe that we are untouchable. We get into everyone's wars and make things better but we believe that other nations won't come and attack us. We are comfortable. We have food, water, homes, families, and we don't have to worry about getting gunned down as soon we walk out the door. We have religious freedom. No group is standing outside of our church trying to smokes us out. We can pray, sing, and read our Bibles in peace. We even ignore a lot of what is going on in other parts of the world. America is everything to Americans. We don't care about any other countries besides ourselves.

When in the past year have we been broken over the sufferings of others like the Yazidis? When have we cried out to God on their behalf and asked Him to give them strength? When have we looked beyond our comfortable lives here in America, into the lives of those struggling to survive in the Middle East? I know I haven't. But I am really going to strive to read the news every morning to put my life and purpose into perspective. I am not the only thing that consists in my world. There are hurting people both overseas, and in my path that I need to pray for and minister too instead of being a selfish American.

I leave you with one last thought: Where is our priority as Americans? Is it mourning over the death of a comedian we know and love, or is it supporting, encouraging and praying for those over in the Middle East who are being tortured, starved and oppressed?

--Genetic Ginger
Lately I realized how much I struggle with decisions and choices. Until a certain person came along in my life, I had not realized how indecisive I was in deciding what I wanted to do, what I wanted to eat, and even what I wanted to wear for the day. In the last few weeks, making good choices has been a struggle, specifically choices regarding what I watch and how I act.

Tonight while driving home from work, I realized why beginning college students have such a hard time making even the simplest of choices and decisions and how we are expected to be able to make those right decisions and good choices.

Let me explain with a story. I have always been one to take people's opinions very seriously, almost as gospel and I would consider this my fatal flaw or hamartia as the the Greeks put it. I remember when I was younger, and still now, I would ask my Mum how an outfit looked, and based on what she said, I would decide for myself whether or not that outfit was good or bad. The problem was when she would tell me an outfit wasn't great, whereas I thought it was lovely. In these times of decision/crisis-should I trust my Mum who is much older, wiser, and smart than me, or should I trust me who hasn't even been on the earth two decades!?- I often told myself that my opinion wasn't right and that I needed to listen to what she was telling me.

After much searching through decisions I have made in my life, whether they be big or small, I have realized that when I have to make a decision, I won't decide myself. No, I will consult my parents, my friends, my boyfriend, the internet, etc and then make my decision. Because I value people's opinions so much, I put what they say about what I should do, above what I think I should do and sometimes what I want to do. There have been many times that I am on the brink of making a decision, but I ask someone what to do, and they tell me the opposite of what I was going to do, and then I reconsider and do what they said because I must be wrong since they said something different from me. What has happened that has changed a bold, decisive person that knew what they wanted out of life, to a more timid person in need of human acceptance through changing what they believe!?

I then began to search through my childhood to find places where I could investigate. When you are a child, you get told what to do most of the time because your parents know better than you. As you get older, they tell you to do less and less things in order to have you start making decisions on your own. Some kids relish this freedom and run with it. However, I was on the other side of the fence. I relished the freedom to begin with, but then I became timid, and afraid that I would make the wrong decision and bring fire and brimstone onto my head and ruin everything. This, I think, is when I began to seek the opinions from those around me. It was subtle at first, like asking my Mum how an outfit looked. But then it grew and grew until I was asking people what I should say to someone when I'm in an argument with them, or if I should go and hang out with this person, or lounge on the couch, or even should I buy this or do I not need it.

I'm not saying that asking people's opinions is wrong. I just think that for me personally, and many others as well I'm sure, asking people's opinions for making decisions causes me to 1) not listen to what God may be telling me or trying to show me in making me seek Him for a decision that no one else can help with 2) put myself down in thinking that my opinion doesn't matter and 3) seek other's approval by deciding what they think I should decide.

As I was pondering decisions, I also had an epiphany about choices. I hear all the time people talking about kids in college and how they make bad "choices" and that they were taught not to make those choices. Now I just want to respond to them and say the following:

Coming to college is hard. Not initially, but gradually, as I am just now realizing some things that are hard about college. When freshmen come to college, they have just graduated high school, have just moved out and are just starting to make their own choices about school, life, and friends. Many of them get into trouble, as they are not used to making choices. I don't mean decisions, but choices, like should I go smoke weed or stay in the dorm and study. For many of them, they choose the former and people judge them for it. However, there is more to it than just that.

When kids live with their parents, their parents tell them what not to do. Don't stay out past 12, don't smoke, don't drink alcohol, etc. There is a list of no's and that is what the kid follows. If they stray past those lines, another don't is added to the list and they are grounded. When this happens though, the kid is not developing their own moral compass and what they believe about what is right and good and pure. They are just blindly following what their parents say because their parents have the ability to ground them.

Lately, I have struggled with making decisions about movies. Sometimes I might be in the middle of a movie and not think it is bad, until my parents tell me not to watch it. In these kind of cases I ask myself: Why did I not think/see that? Even though I have been raised in a Christian home and I have been a Christian since age 4, I figured out that I had not spent the time developing my moral compass. Instead of feeling bad over watching an inappropriate movie, I would just listen to my parents just to listen to them and obey them and be legalistic and not feel any remorse, or even want to change my thoughts about such movies. Many times I wondered, why I didn't believe the same thing they did about certain things like movies, but now I know. I've been trying to think more about what I will tolerate watching/listening/reading in this world. I want to develop my own moral compass in accordance with God's commands and really believe it, not just not watching a movie because my parents said not to.

I know this was deep. I understand my thoughts by writing them out, and this is what this blog is for. It is an outpouring of my heart and thoughts and sometimes it may be deep, like today, but in years to come, I can look back on this and see what I have been struggling with and strive to understand myself better.

--GeneticGinger




Today is Monday. That was a three word sentence, yet it was loaded with meaning. I know you felt it. Monday is the beginning of the week. The beginning of a week filled with school/work/other unpleasant things. The low after a great weekend. The day you realize you didn't get any work done over the weekend and you have to get it all done today. Basically just a bad day. Every week.

Normally I just push through Mondays and ignore the various feelings and emotions going on, but today I've let Monday affect me, and I can't even blame what's going on on Monday. I had a fantastic weekend going on a road trip with friends and it was extremely hard to come off of that high into a low of schoolwork and jobs. While doing laundry the Lord put a thought in my mind that I have been slowly unraveling. I realized that I have let my joy in life be influenced/controlled by people/school/circumstances, when in reality I need to be finding joy in Christ or I am just not satisfied. If I don't find my joy in Him, I enter an emotional roller coaster controlled by who talks to me, how good I'm feeling, and how much homework I'm getting done. Reading my Bible in the morning and praying on the way to school won't cut it at this point. I have to constantly evaluate what is controlling my attitude; is it my grade in Organic Chemistry, the text that my friend didn't reply to or having to take care of chores? If it is not Christ, I  fin my identity in and and put my joy back in Christ which is much easier said than done.

I was listening to Trip Lee tonight and heard True Security by him and it brought tears to my eyes.


                                             Dag I'm praying for my sister
That she would cling to the God
That can save and deliver
I'm praying for my sister
That she would cling to the God
That can save and deliver
True security is found in Christ
He will never leave you
He's down and around for life
I'm praying for my sister
That she would cling to the God
That can save and deliver
True security is found in Christ
He will never leave you
He's down and around for life

This is so true, and was an amazing reminder that my identity and security isn't found in what is around me, be it family, friends, and other good things, but Christ, who will never waver, change His mind about me or forsake me. 

It may be easy while reading my blog to think that I have everything figured out, but in reality, writing this blog and exposing my heart is a challenge as I have to put my feelings into words and confront them. It is a way to keep myself accountable to what has affected me and not let it just roll off my back. Just know that and be encouraged :)

sidenote: {I just realized that I haven't written anything since the end of January. Wow. It definitely shows that my priority has been in school and not in exploring my thoughts, which is good, but only to a certain extent. I miss writing.}

--GeneticGinger
For quite a while I have been pondering this post as music is such a prevalent part of all of our lives. Whether or not you realize it, our culture revolves around music. Not only does every store, restaurant, and other public place play music, but most of the time people play music in their car, walking to school, at work and even at home. Why is this? Why can we pinpoint times of our lives when we heard a song? Why do we relate certain songs to people? Why are songs so easy to memorize? God gave us a powerful gift when He gave us music. However music is used to hide...from silence. Silence is scary. Silence forces people to be alone with their thoughts. Silence makes people face reality and stop hiding behind a fa├žade. However, we have been given music as a gift from God and we cannot use it to hide from the life he has given us.

This semester I have stopped listening to music along my commute as it distracts me from life, orients my thoughts toward meaningless words, and many times causes me to forget to appreciate the beauty that I pass every day on the way to school. However there is a time and a place for everything under the sun, and used wisely, music can be wonderful.

Originally I planned this post to explore the various moods and feelings behind certain genres and analyze why when you are in a certain mood, you gravitate towards certain songs, however please don't skim over the above paragraphs. I have learned the hard way what can happen when you let music control/rule your life.

Music is an absolutely fascinating thing to study. The way that it changes over time boggles my mind and make me wonder what the music to come will sound like...and also what will be the content as music nowadays is half of the time not even appropriate to listen to. With every musical genre I believe there is a mood that goes along with that genre. Through this post, I seek to evaluate those moods and give examples of my favorites from the genres I evaluate. They are different for everyone but as MS MR's song Hurricane puts it "Welcome to the inner workings of my mind."

According to Itunes my top genres are-

  1. Pop (161 songs)
  2. Alternative/Indie Rock (160)
  3. Dubstep (93)
  4. Soundtrack (75)
  5. Christian and Gospel (58)
Pop: When people think of the genre of pop, what often comes to mind is a bubbly Carly Rae Jepsen singing 'Call Me Maybe', or Justin Bieber singing 'As Long As You Love Me,' however this genre encompasses much greater music then those two awful songs. 

For me, Pop=happy. When I am in a really good mood, I'll often put together a playlist with my favorite Pop songs. These songs are often one hit wonders that I buy as I do not like all of the group's songs. Pop music conveys a kind of carefree nature that youth (myself included) are drawn through, which is why it is a treacherous territory when it comes to the meanings of songs. I started buying music from a young age and have found as I have gotten older that those songs, even though they didn't have bad words, mean some really bad things, that I didn't recognize until now.

#1-Keep Your Head Up-Andy Grammer
This is the perfect song to listen to with your windows rolled down, shades on, and hair flying in the breeze. Definitely one to listen to when you've just had the best day ever or when you need cheering up.




Honorable Mentions:

  1. Settle Down-Kimbra-A different take on Pop, yet still Pop.
  2. Kiss You-One Direction-A summer song. It's just wonderful. Requires rolled down windows.
  3. She's Got Me Dancing-Tommy Sparks-An oldie but goodie. Very light and happy.
  4. The Golden Age-I picture myself skipping happily in a busy city with this song in the background. 

Alternative/Indie Rock: I may have the most Pop songs (not by much), but this genre is near and dear to my heart. In this genre I can find artists whose music I love entirely. Not just one song but everything. For me Alternative is the genre I listen to when I need to ponder something. If something is going on in my personal life, I listen to The Strokes. If I can't figure out the solution to a problem, I listen to The Strokes. If life isn't giving me any lemons and I feel absolutely awful, I listen to The Strokes because they make any day better. The majority of my Alt/Indie collection is The Strokes but I definitely own a few other gems as well. 

#1-Last Night-The Strokes
My Dad introduced me to this band when I was seven or eight. In my teen years I rediscovered them and ever since then, they have definitely been my favorite. For some reason, The Strokes have such a calming effect on me. When I don't know what to do/what to feel/what to think I just take a drive and blare this song and all the others on this album and sing along and I feel so much better afterwards. The Strokes are also one of the few artists where I actually like all their songs, not just one or two.



Honorable Mentions:
  1. Daylight-Matt and Kim-Definitely one of my favorites. Such an upbeat and jolly song.
  2. Animal-Miike Snow-I love the beat in the song, it make absolutely no sense, but is extremely happy. 
  3. On Top of the World-Imagine Dragons-Not only do I love the melody, but the words in this song are so applicable and true to being on top of the world. 
  4. All Star-Smash Mouth-A classic, yet it never gets old. 
  5. Diane Young-Vampire Weekend-You must roll down your windows to get the full effect of this great number. However, the rest of this album did not hold up to this song. 

Dubstep: You are probably staring at the computer in utter shock right now. Yes, I absolutely love dubstep. It. Is. Brilliant. I can not listen to it all the time, but in certain situations it is wonderful. When I need to think critically, I will listen to dubstep. The other day I was driving and was trying to figure out a critical thinking problem in my head, and none of my normal music was helping, but then I tried some dubstep and I was able to concentrate and not get distracted. That car ride was where I originally had the idea for this post. When I need to really think about something, and not let it fly in the breeze like when I listen to Alternative music, I will play dubstep. For studying math and science and sometimes reading philosophy, it helps me focus on the task at hand, maybe partly because I am not memorizing words or trying to alter the melody by adding a harmony, but just listening to basses being dropped. 

#1-Rage Valley-Knife Party
There was a day when I was having so much trouble with my math that I literally put this song and a few others by Knife Party just on repeat it helped me concentrate so well. The quality that sets Knife Party above other Dubstep bands is their differing aspects of the songs that they put together so well.  None of their songs are disjointed like a lot of other dubstep; everything is perfectly planned out and timed to make a really well mastered dubstep song.



Honorable Mentions:
  1. Ruffneck Bass-Skrillex-Skrillex can be offputting, but this song brings in melodies with dubstep which makes Skrillex much more palatable.
  2. Fortune Days-Glitch Mob-This reminds me of videogame music, but it is wonderful and a song from their new album.
  3. Derezzed-Daft Punk(Glitch Mob Remix)-Derezzed on its own was great, but this remix ups it much more and keeps you on the edge of your seat, is also is even better after seeing Tron.
  4. The Son of Flynn-Daft Punk(Moby Remix)-The overlay of the violins over the original by Daft Punk puts this above even their masterpiece.
  5. Lunar-David Guetta and Afrojack-This song is so well done and has one of the sickest bass drops.

Soundtrack: I use dubstep to promote my studies in the left side of my brain, but soundtrack music I use to promote my studies in the right side of my brain. In this case, I really do not have a favorite few songs of soundtrack but I do have two favorite albums that I study to quite often. Soundtrack albums are so wonderful because they are mostly just classical music, but with a bit of a dramatic spin. They keep you engaged in the music without putting you to sleep. You can also say you listen to classical music but you're really listening to the music of the fight scene of Thorin Oakenshield and the White Orc which is 100x better then any classical music.

#1-Old Friends(The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)-Howard Shore-This soundtrack has gotten me through the 10 page paper I once wrote, multiple trips overseas trying to fall asleep (songs that are played during orc battles don't lead to the most peaceful sleep, just FYI), and the occasional wistful time of daydreaming that one sometimes needs. My favorite song on this soundtrack has to be the song below, I love the happy lilt that comes about midway through, but also the varying moods conveyed throughout the song.




#2:-Time(Inception Soundtrack)-Hans Zimmer-This soundtrack I love and hate at the same time. I love it because of the beauty in the music but I hate it because of the the sadness conveyed through it in such an effective manner. However, it is exceptionally crafted (as everything Hans Zimmer creates is), and definitely is worth checking out.




Christian and Gospel: I have a really hard time writing about this one. So much Christian music nowadays is not focused on the right reasons. Writers strive to write catchy songs that someone like me would like to listen to. However, it is more important for Christ to be made real to those singing that song. Much of my Christian and Gospel music is more of the Pop/upbeat Christian dance music that makes me want to sing the words because it isn't boring. I have always had a tough time finding Christian music that I like, and because of that, I really don't listen to Christian music too much. I would much rather spend that time praying to the Lord, then listening to songs that sound good, but really don't mean anything to me. The songs below are those which have challenged me in some way and thus I do listen to them, not like my other music however.

#1-Reign in Us-Starfield-This song has gotten me through many a trial. Not only is it catchy, but the words are so true and need to be sung and remembered. I don't often listen to Christian music, but when I do it is normally this song, because I am broken and this song just reorients me to the one Who broke Himself for me.


Honorable Mentions:

  1. Remind Me Who I Am-Jason Gray-Blog Post This song has been so poignant in me finding my identity in Christ and not in other things. 
  2. We Stand Amazed-Attalus-My absolute favorite worship song we sing at church. The words and the melody combine to bring about such a heart-wrenching and beautiful song. 
  3. All I Have is Christ-Sovereign Grace Music-The title says it all. 
  4. Sweetly Broken-Jeremy Riddle-One of my favorite worship songs we sing at church.
  5. I Will Follow-Chris Tomlin-This song communicates a simple act of submission to God that I strive to live out every day. 
--GeneticGinger

Well...another semester has begun for me. A semester full of english classes to temper out Calculus and Organic Chemistry. A semester which will lead into an amazing summer. Most importantly, a semester where I am determined to make more friends on campus and witness.

This first week has been rough, just like last semester. But surprisingly it has not been due to my classes, but rather to the fact that my brain won't shut up. Whenever I am mentally exhausted, whether it be due to school, life circumstances, or physical exhaustion, my brain goes into hyperdrive. It is almost as if all my thoughts are stacks of papers, and then a mighty tempest comes through my room full of papers and mixes them all up. At the same time, time just seems to have slowed down this week. I have been ready for the weekend, not because I don't want to go to class, but I don't want to deal with the monotonous nature of college. It has been an emotional roller coaster for sure... 

An example from my brain this week: Can I really spend the rest of my life in a lab doing experiments...what if I get bored...what if I get skin cancer...I like English maybe I'll just do that since its easy...oh man I get to go to Hawaii this summer...why is it not summer already...what does the Lord want me to do with my life...have I upset this person because I did this thing...did they take it in the wrong way...do they think bad of me...now they hate me...they never want to talk to me...why did I commit to helping with this event...i can't handle life anymore... 

Earlier in the week I had a meeting for this conference that I will be speaking at and one of the ladies said something that really encouraged me. "When you are in that funk, just worship."This really hit me as I have perpetuated this funk through dwelling on me and continuing to have a pity party and attempting to pull people into that pity party. However, I really need to just be worshipping God for another day on this beautiful earth and enjoy every moment I have on it and be relying on Him for strength, rather than seeking that from others. 

The funk didn't leave immediately, but by the Lord's grace it has finally left and worshipping the Lord through it all definitely was key.

--GeneticGinger

A little less than a year ago I wrote this post in the wake of being sick and tired of technology and the effects it has on our society. Lately, I have been thinking quite a lot about this post and how it holds even more true in the sphere of college.

In my first week of college, I was quite surprised by the amount of people who walked around with their phone in their face and their earbuds in- making any chance at conversing while walking impossible. Slowly, I began to fall into the same type of deal. I mean who wants to talk to anyone at 8am in the morning? Not me for sure. Lately, however, I realize how detrimental it has been to my relationships with my classmates, friends, and family.

Since I am a commuter I get to come home to my family every day, and often I tend to bring those bad habits from school, back home. Unless I am keeping track of the minute-to-minute updates on my twitter, instagram, facebook and snapchat, I feel disconnected and out of the loop. When in reality, I am disconnecting from my family and not giving them the love and time that they desire and need from me.

This school year I have become addicted to twitter. Having 150 characters to create a witty statement that's goal is to make people laugh or agree with me is such a fulfilling thing. However, when my whole day can be marked out by what I post on twitter, that's a problem. One of the best parts about my hiatus from technology last year was not finding out about what my friends were doing via facebook, but finding it out from them by making the effort to talk with them. I was able to connect on a much deeper level  because I had to seek them out to ask how they were doing, not just know they were doing well because they said so.

Another issue with relying on technology, is having your thinking influenced by that technology. So often I will start daydreaming and thinking about the meaning of life and other grand and novel thoughts and ideas and then *beep* twitter notification and there goes that train of thought. I can try to recover it, but it will not be the same unadulterated thought that it was. This has made me unsure of my thoughts and feelings as well since I have not made the time to sift through what I think every day. When too many thoughts accumulate in my mind without a way to escape, things just blow up, get taken out of proportion and overthought.

Most important with technology however, is that with the constant usage of technology by me and many others, it is impossible to pray without ceasing as Paul commands in Thessalonians. When I take a break from doing homework what do I do? Go on twitter, like an instagram picture or comment on someone's facebook status. Does it ever cross my mind to pray for 5 minutes and give that time to God? Nope. I don't let it cross my mind because of my idolatry of my social media status.

I ended the the first Generation Overshadowed by Technology post with a drastic challenge to my readers and to myself. This time around, I realize that that is not as feasible since I have lots of responsibilities that involve the internet and my phone. However, I am not posting this sort of post without a change in my own life.

I am going to strive to be much more considerate at home with my usage of social media sites, seek to spend time with friends via face to face interactions, and try and put my thoughts into words, hopefully by using my blog and journal much more than I have in the last two months. Ultimately, I pray that this will strengthen my relationship with the Lord, family and friends.

--GeneticGinger
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