What Road Would You Take?

Hey guys! Today I would like to share a great post with you that has been a great help to me. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” –Robert Frost 

Many of you may have read Frosts poem, The Road Not Taken, but have you really thought about the meaning behind it? This quote also by Frost, has really put into plain view the meaning of his poem.

The meaning of this quote is that many people who you know may be taking a path that you know is wong. But you should not let them pressure you into going with them, you should take the road that not many people take. There will be times that you may be walking this road by yourself, but know that God is always waking it with you. 

Find friends that will help you, and encourage you to do right all the time. Make it so this road is no longer the road that is not traveled any longer. By having Goodly friends that want the best for you and by witnessing to others, you can make this happen!

I hope that you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or comments please leave them bellow or in the contact section at the top of the page.

Gavyn

 

Tips To Make Your Camping Trip An Enjoyable Experience

Hey guys! Todays post will be on tips that might can help you next time you are camping, or on any outdoor adventure! I hope that you enjoy!

When most of us go camping, we look for a campground that has running water, bathrooms, and showers. But sometimes (like when my family went camping last), you may think that they have all of these things, but they only have bathrooms. So what are you going to do? You can’t turn around and come home, because you may have paid a lot of money for the campground and traveled a long way. So here are some general tips for camping, with some survival tips thrown in.

Pick a good place to set up your tent: When you go to a campground, if you camp with your family or friends, you may choose to pay a little more and get a group campsite. You may also be hiking and camping on the side of the trail, which will be your choice of were you set up camp. You want to put your tent up on high ground and away from a body of water, in chase of a rain storm or flood.

Don’t bring more than you need: A mistake that I have made time and time again is this very thing. Especially if you are going to be camping and hiking, this is something that you really need to consider.

Pack more food than you think you will need: Now I don’t mean to bring your whole pantry with you, but bring more snack type foods. You will be doing more physical activities while camping, which will make to burn more calories.

Look at the weather for the days you will be camping: This will help you pack better, and to pack less things. If it is going to rain, you can bring along the rain gear and leave the cold weather gear behind. By looking at the weather ahead of time, you don’t have to pack things to be prepared for all-weather conditions.

If you don’t like cold weather, don’t go camping while it is cold: This may seem like a very obvious fact, but you still need to keep this in mind. Some people think that they can bring a few heaters and be fine. But the truth is, if it is cold outside your tent, even if you have a few heaters inside, you are still going to be very cold. If you like hot weather and can’t stand cold weather, camping in the winter time is not for you.

I hope you enjoyed these tips for camping! If you enjoyed this post please leave a comment bellow or in the contact section at the top of the page.

Gavyn

Nerf Gun Game Ideas

Hey Guys!  Today I am going to write a short post on games that you can play with Nerf guns. I hope that you enjoy this short fun post, because I know that all of us still play with Nerf guns from time to time!

Capture the flag: This is a fun game that can be played with 4-6 people with Nerf guns. The basics of this game is for each team to have their own flag, and for the other team to capture it. The rules are that if you get shot, you have to go back to base to re spawn. But if you get shot while standing on the base, you have to wait 5 seconds until you can re spawn.

Traders: This game can be played with 4-6 people also. To start the game, you will need to make a piece of paper for every person that is playing. On the paper, you will write “trader” on one of every 2 people playing, and leave the other ones blank. You will give everyone a card randomly, and everyone will look at their card. Next, everyone closes their eyes, and only the traders look around to see one another. The object of the game is for the traders to shoot everyone, but when the traders shoot someone, the person is now a trader. If the non traders shoot all the traders they win, but if the traders shoot all the non traders, they win.

Team death match: This is one of the more common games played with Nerf guns. For this game, you can play with as many people as you want. The object of the game is to shoot everyone on the other team without dying. The rules are you can have 2 re spawns, and you have to wait 10 seconds after getting shot until you can start playing again.

I love playing these games with my family, and it is also a way to get some exercise in the afternoon. You can play these games with any Nerf gun, but it would be more fair if everyone had a single shot gun, instead of one person having a magazine fed gun.

I hope that you enjoyed this post! Leave a comment bellow on your favorite Nerf gun games, or leave a comment in the contact tab at the top of the page.

Gavyn

Teens Worst Nightmare: Public Speaking

Hey guys! Today I am going to write a short post on teens worst nightmare: Public speaking. I will add a few shorts tips, and how to get over the fear of public speaking.

The number one tip that I think anyone will give you when talking about public speaking will be, do it. When nervous about getting up in front of people, take opportunities that you get to do this. Wether it be playing an instrument in your church, or giving a speech, you will be glad that you did it afterward.

When you are preparing to stand in front of people, be well prepared. Being prepared will cause you to be less nervous and will give your audience something better to listen to. What helps me when preparing to speak in front of people is to practise my speech or presentation on my family before I present it.

What also helps me is to listen closely to good speakers when they are speaking. Pick out the things that you like in their speech, and apply them to when you speak. 

Take your time when you are on stage, don’t rush your speech or performance because your audience will notice when you rush. I know that when you are on stage, that longer you are there, the more nervous you get, but take your time to give the audience a better presentation.

Relax before entering the stage. Focus on your breathing, and go over what you are presenting before you get on stage. The better you prepare yourself before hand, the better you will do on stage.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this short post! If you have any questions or comments please leave them bellow or in the contact tab at the top of the page.

Gavyn

 

My Drivers Ed Experience: Tips For Passing Drivers Ed

Hey guys! In today’s post, I will be sharing my drivers ed experience with you, and a few tips on how to pass and do well.

At the beginning of last year, my mom signed me up for drivers ed that our local home school group was hosting. As most of you may know, drivers ed normally last longer than a week at a normal public school. But not for home schoolers, we like to always take the slightly difficult route.

At the beginning of last year untill summer when I was scheduled to attend the class, my Pawpaw was letting me drive some and teaching me the road signs as we drove. As summer rolled around, I soon found out that some of my friends were also attending the same drivers ed class as me. I thought for sure that drivers ed would be an easy pass class were I could set back and talk to my friends for a week.

The first day of class came quickly, and I soon found myself at the front door of the church were the class was taking place. As we all went into the classroom I took a seat beside one of my good friends and took out my note-book. The teacher passed out our work sheets and then told us how he was a strict teacher and would fail us if he thought we shouldn’t be driving. After the introduction, he told us that many people’s lives are in danger when we are driving. I totally agreed with him having been to a few wreaks at that time, and seen the consequences of not driving safe.

By this time, I was pretty comfortable so far with the teacher, but he caught my attention when he said to look at the person beside you. I looked at my friend trying not to smile because of the seriousness in his voice. He then said, “This is the person that will kill you in a car accident.”

I saw the smile drop from everyone’s face. I then knew that this dude did not take the privilege of being able to drive lightly!

The next few days were filled with watching gruesome videos of people getting into wreaks, these were meant stick in our minds to keep us cautious when on the road. To be honest, this was probably the second most stressful week of my life, because of trying to learn all of this information after I got home every night. Not to mention the time I forgot my lunch one day( I almost died).

By the end of the week I was so nervous about taking the test to pass the class. I though for sure I would fail, (at the time I did not know that the test was 200 questions long). But to end the story, I did pass, and got my permit on my birthday this year. So let me share some tips with you for passing drivers ed.

Listen during class: Bring a notebook and take notes while your teacher is talking, because if you are like me, you learn better when someone is explaining it to you.

Study outside of class: Yes, you should take notes and pay attention during class, but you also have to study on your own when you get home.

Remember that you are learning important information: After drivers ed when you take the test and get your permit, when you drive, you have people’s lives basically in your hand. Don’t drive recklessly, or abuse your privilege of driving on roads and highways. Because if you do, this privilege could be taking away in a second, and you could affect many people’s lives.

Don’t stress about failing the class: If you practise the tips above, you will easily pass drivers ed. A lot of road safety and driving is basically common sense and things that you have been taught since you were little.

I hope that you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions about drivers ed, or want to tell me about your drivers ed experience, leave a comment bellow or in the contact section!

Gavyn

 

 

Learning How To Play A Musical Instrument At A Young Age

Hey guys! Todays post on Music Mondays will be on Learning to play a musical instrument at a young age. Some of you might be in the process of learning how to play an instrument, and some of you might want to in the future. But I hope that this information will help you in your music carer.

When you have the opportunity in your teen years to learn how to play an instrument, it would be very wise to take that opportunity. In your teen years, you have more time on your hand to learn how to play an instrument than you will in later years. It will also be easier for you to learn in your teen years because of smaller fingers and you can focus better on it. It will be difficult at first, and you won’t be able to play the best, but stick with it and the practice will play off.

I know for some people the cost of learning to play an instrument is very expensive if you have to pay for it yourself. But there are some ways to cut the cost almost in half. At first, start to learn how to play an instrument that doesn’t cost very much. An instrument like the guitar, violon, or keyboard is inexpensive, and is great for beginners.

But when you are buying your first instrument to learn with, do not buy the most expensive instrument at the music store. I started out with 99 dollar guitar while my brother started out with a 300 dollar guitar. Yes, his guitar is easer to play, but mine has a better sound, and it wasn’t very expensive. As you get more advanced in your instrument, you have the opportunity to save up, and maybe buy a better instrument in the future. 

People may be telling you that when starting to learn how to play an instrument you need lessons. This is not really true, because some teens do very well teaching themselves how to play that instrument. Now if your parents are offering to pay for you to take lessons, it would be very wise for you to take them. But when you are wanting to learn without your parents funding it, I would buy a music book, instead of paying for lessons that are really expensive. Go to the music store and buy a Hal Leonard music book for your instrument. It may cost around 10-20 dollars, but it this best brand I have found by far.

I hope that this helped you guys! If you enjoyed this post or want to tell me about the instrument that you play, please leave a comment bellow!

Gavyn

Sunshine Sunday: Deuteronomy 31:6

Hey guys! Todays verse is going to be Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee”.

This verse is written by Paul while he was preaching to the people in Israel. Paul is telling the people to be strong and courageous and to not fear because God will always be with them. Teens especially tend to worry about their future, like there first job, and going to college. But as we see here, as long as you pray and ask God for guidance, he will lead you in the right direction.

Me personally used to worry a lot about my future. But after praying and asking the Lord for guidance, I came to the realization that you have to trust in God to help you make the right decisions for your future. If God wants you to take this opportunity or go and do this, he will open doors for you to do those things.

The last part of this verse is saying that God always goes with you, and will never lead you the wrong way. Sometimes you may feel like there is no one to trust, but you can always trust in God to help you take the right paths.

This verse also talks about fear, and to not be afraid because God is always with you. With me going to school to be a firefighter, one of the things that I learned early on is that it is a dangerous job. You could go to work one day, and not come back the next, and you have to willing to except that this could happen. Because I am a Christian, I am not one bit afraid of dying, or risking my life to rescue someone else in danger. I have the assurance that if I die, I will go home to be with the Lord in a much better place than on earth. If you have also excepted Christ as your savior, you have no need to be afraid of death, nor earthly things.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions for comments please leave them bellow or in the contact tab at the top of the page.

Gavyn

 

Why Do We Enjoy The Beach?

Hey guys! For todays post I will answer a question some of us might have never thought about. Why do we enjoy the beach?

For most of the people in the Unites States, they don’t leave anywhere near an ocean. But for some of us, we may live 3 to 5 hours away from an ocean. This means that if ever, most people in the US don’t spend all of their time


at the beach. Since we don’t do this, when we do go, it makes for a fun and enjoyable experience.

Another reason that we enjoy the beach, is that we really don’t have to do anything while there. It would be just fine if we set on the beach or at the pool all day! This makes it really enjoyable to get a break from the busy lives of people in the US.

While at the beach, we might also get to do things that we can’t do in our home town. Such as swimming, fishing, and boating. For this reason, we really enjoy these activities since we can’t do them very often.

The reason that I also like going to the beach, is to spend time with my family. For a lot of us, we are so busy that we don’t get to spend as much time with our family as we would like to. Going to the beach with family or friends gives us a oppertunity to do this.

Thanks for reading and I hope that you enjoyed this fun short post! Please leave a comment on the reasons that you enjoy the beach!

Gavyn

 

Tips For Going Away From Home For The First Time

Hey guys! Todays post will be tips for teens who are getting ready to go away from home for the first time. I know for some home schoolers like myself, we don’t leave home very much. So I hope this will help calm someone who is leaving home for the first time.

My story of going away from home for the first time is going to Civil Air Patrol(CAP) encampment a little more than a year ago. This is a week-long event were CAP cadets learn the basic skills they will need to be in CAP. It is basically boot camp for CAP cadets.

At the age of 14, I had never been away from home overnight without my family. So a week away from home in another state seemed like a nightmare. How my brother and I made it through that week, I have no idea.

The first day was the worst. Stepping into a room filled with higher ranking cadets screaming commands at you every second. Having to sit and stand at attention looking straight ahead even at all meals. But let me share a few tips that helped me make it through that week.

Don’t be shy, make friends: If you are going to a summer camp, or sport camp, make new friends. These new friends are the people who will help you make it through your first time away from home. That is one of the mistakes that I made my first few days away from home. Friends will help keep your mind away from home, and this might be their first time away from home also.

Don’t spend all of your time thinking about home, and not enjoy the experience: You need to live in the moment, don’t think about home, but focus on the experience you are having. You will enjoy your first time away from home by practicing this.

Before you leave home, don’t spend so much time worrying about it: One of the mistakes that I made is doing this very thing. Before I left, I spent so much time worrying about how it would be. But after the trip, it was not as bad as I thought it would be.

Don’t be afraid to go away from home for the first time: Don’t pass up great opportunities just because you haven’t been away from home before. As you get older, there will be many opportunities for teens. But a lot of these may require you to be away from home for a few days or weeks. Don’t be afraid to be away from home for the first time.

I hope that you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions for comments, leave them below or in the contact tab at the top of the page.

Gavyn

3 Reasons Why You Should Dress Your Best

I know for teens, sometimes it is hard to get rid of those basketball shorts and tee-shirt. But as teens grow older the importance of  wearing nicer clothing also increases. Here are 3 Reasons Why You Should Dress Your Best.

  1. Wearing nicer clothes increases your confidence: Wearing nicer clothing is a confidence booster. It will make you feel good about yourself, and about how other people see you.  If you look great, you feel great.
  2. It’s a mood changer: If you wear the same shirt everyday, and wrinkled pants, your mood will most of the time be bland. But if you dress up a little, you will feel different, and more excited about the new day.
  3. Your future could rely on it: In your teen years, you will be going on your first interview for a job. When being interviewed for a job, if your outward appearance is not good that instantly kicks you off the list. My purpose in saying this is that dressing nice could be the deciding point on if you get an important job. I used to think that what is on the outside of a person doesn’t matter, but what is on the inside does. This is not always true, because think if you were lost somewhere. Would you be more likely to ask for help from someone who is well dressed, or someone with sweatpants and a tee-shirt?

 

I know for some of you, this might seem like a big change. But if you are going to start dressing your best, start with dressing nicer only a few days a week, and then everyday after a while.

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