I believe…

that we have an infinitely merciful, endlessly understanding, all-knowing God who loves us, forever and always, no matter what

that I don’t have all the answers, and that’s totally, 100% okay

that you must work hard and dedicate yourself to have success in life

that soldiers, firefighters, police officers, and anyone who gives their life for other people should be held in the utmost respect and gratification

that you can never be truly happy until you learn to accept that you’ll never be perfect

that we owe the world our talents and we have a duty in this life to use our gifts to improve the world

that “growing up” and giving up childhood loves and sentiments is a choice

that the world is a truly good place

that having manners is cool

that books are portals to new worlds full of discovery and imagination

that the founding documents of the United States should be respected, protected, and obeyed always

that we are responsible for our own actions and that we, as Americans and as people, have a right to make bad choices

that we were all created for a specific purpose, and that it is our decision whether or not we choose to fill our potential

that every day is a gift to be embraced

I love…

the Lord God, who created me in His image

America, the land of the free and the home of the brave

my friends and family ❤

when people are courteous

the Christmas season

school (most of the time)

interesting people

when you sit down to play the guitar, and music just flows out of you like breath

rainy days (I really can’t explain this one)

when people send you a nice little note “Just Because”

when you get up at 1 o’clock in the morning because you just HAVE to write down that new inspiration before it’s gone

anything and everything chocolate

J.K. Rowling, Jeanne Birdsall, Shannon Hale, Kate DiCamillo, John Green, Gail Carson Levine, C.S. Lewis… (the list goes on and on)

the beach at sunrise, wild and untarnished by human traces

all the seasons, for their unique and glorious depictions of Creation

singing with my buddies in the car to the radio ❤

breathing in the sweet scent of the mountains at my grandparents’ cottage

talking on the phone with one of my girlfriends for two hours straight :O

getting letters or handmade cards in the mail (emails are great, but…)

dancing around my room to The Sound of Music and singing at the top of my lungs (LOL!)

books, books, books!

the draping Spanish moss and soft white sands of the South Carolina coast (I’m a Carolina girl through and through 😉 )

staring out the window at the stars and filling a diary with deep thoughts about life

roaring fires and steaming hot chocolate on freezing winter days

when you and your BFF look at each other and start laughing maniacally for absolutely no reason at all

my fuzzy baby dog, Sadie ❤

the gift of music

Your Friend, Olivia

P.S. I may update this list periodically.

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