My First Blog Post EVER! (Blog:Welcome2mylife)

I stated blogging in 2011. IT started with a blog titled Welcome2mylife. I still have access to this blog but it’s not readable to anyone but me. When I closed it in late 2013 I had 21,000 age views and like three followers. I did not promote this blog accept to a few close friends. It was my outlet, a place I could just write and write and write, talk though things and feel better.

This was the first post I posed on that blog. I will post things from it from time to time. Enjoy.

In The Beginning…

Thursday, February 24th 2011

I stole that quote… Think he will mind? Probably not. Well Hi, I’m Aryk. I am 18 and live somewhere in the United States, and I am a HXC Christian. Im also incapable of spelling anything correctly and I don’t honestly care. If you comment correcting my spelling your comment will be deleted. (You know who you are). I am keeping this blog for a lot of reasons. One is so I can just talk freely and not be judged. Two I want to be encouraging to people, I want ppl to read this and go wow if she can trust god so can I. And also in 50 years I wanna read it to my kids and be like this is what I was thinking way back when, that kind of thing… So a little about me. I love music, speak a little French, play guitar (sorta), play flute, and play baritone/euphonium I also like to sing I don’t tell anyone that, I think my dog may know… anyway. I also love to write. I keep a hand written journal and a blog, but you already knew about the blog… So get to know me, I have big plans in life I plan to take the world by storm and change it for the better in Jesus name. If you have questions about me I am happy to answer them to the best of my abilities. Get ready to see Gods Power and Happy Reading!



Getting my License:

Like any 15 year oldI was excited to learn to drive. I had driven around up on the woods at 14 but that was my experience driving so to get my permit I was excited. At 15 1/2 year old I enroll in Drivers Ed.

Me Driving my Dads H2

I went take my written test and failed. Twice. I was very upset because I missed it by so little. But my Dad told me to “get back on the horse” so I did and third times the charm. I passed.

I got my drivers license in Chelan, WA about a month after my 16th birthday. I waited because I was scared and it doest seem like it was pressing to me but while on a trip to Chelan, my Dad pulled me out of the pool and said “We’re going to go take your drivers test.” I passed the first time. Thankfully, the guy that administered the test was played back and the whole driving test lasted maybe 15 min.

Anyway, I was allowed to drive my Mom’s 2008 Malibu when she was not using it, I was rarely allowed to drive my Dad’s 2009 Hummer.

I was content driving their cars and being driven most places.

My Cars:

In 2013 I bought my first car. She was a 1997 Ford Taurus, in Gold. She had 115,000 miles on her. I named her Gloria and I was in love. Now, she smelled like cigarettes (I don’t smoke) and it was gross. But four  bottles of fabric spray later, she still smelled like cigarettes. Anyway, I was so proud to have my own wheels.




I was following my friend to go get coffee and she turned left on a solid green light (yield to on coming traffic) I pulled up saw no one and turned left. Then out of no where a green car appeared just as i saw him hit the side of my car. The impact pushed my rear end over a lot and seared my break lines, so I could not stop and hit a pole. The first thing I remember was looking up and seeing a passenger of another car mouth to me “Are you okay?” I nodded.

The next thing I did was pull my phone out from under the passenger seat where it had fallen and called my Dad, he answered and I said “I got in a wreck” He replied “where?” about a min and thirty seconds later my Dad was on scene he parked in a near by church lot and ran over to me. I was okay, the guy that hit me was okay. The police then showed up… all six of them and they looked me over and the guy that hit me and guided traffic til the tow truck could get there about five min later.

Thank the Lord, the guy that hit me Willy, I later learned, was wonderful. He saw I was a young kid and felt bad but stuck to the story that I turned in front of him when he had the right of way which he did. So I got a $175 ticket. My new car was totaled. The impact bent the axel. I was not injured thankfully just a little stiff the next day from the whiplash.

Anyway, my insurance covered everything and I took a 6 hour on a Saturday, driving course for $125, and that cancelled out the ticket.

However, I was left afraid to drive.

About a month later, I bought my second car Bu. She was a 2007 Malibu Maxx with 120,000 miles. I was in love. She was a HUGE step up from Gloria, and thought he monthly payment was astronomical (248$) I was very happy.


Sadly though….


Me and my ex-boyfriend were driving in Spokane Valley, WA from the grocery store to his house. He was driving. It was a four min drive from the grocery store to his house. Anyway I was looking at my phone in my lap when he went to turn right and a white car drove in to the side of us.

The first words out of my ex’s  mouth were “I’m sorry.” I felt worse for him than I did for me. We pulled out of traffic and got out. I had to really push the door to open it. But we got out and my ex went over to the other driver and he said he and his passenger were okay. I called my Dad, again. He again replied “Where?” and was there in a matter of min. The police then showed up and looked everyone over and wrote 2 tickets… one to my ex, and one to the other driver fro having a 10 year old riding shotgun, that was too small for the front seat.

We them called my Ex’s Dad for this trailer and towed my car to my ex’s house. I remember after the police where done and we were free to leave, my Dad asked if I wanted to go with him or with my Ex and his Dad, and I looked at my Ex and asked him what he wanted me to do. He said come with us. So I did and we made the best peach pie I had ever had.

We sustained minor injuries in this crash, My ex had a large brush on his chest from a necklace he was wherein with ring on it. The metal ring was shoved in to his chest from the seat belt. I oddly got a huge brush on my hip also from the seat belt. Also, there was groceries on the floor by my feet when he hit and so I accidentally stepped on about 12/18 eggs.

I was relived in a way to have my insurance cover everything and not have to make that care payment anymore. I actually made money in the total, and payed off the care and pocketed the few hundred dollars.

Fast foreward to 2017 and I bough my current car, also a Malibu. Bu, as we call her is a 2009 Malibu LT, with 88,000 Miles. I love her most of all.

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She is way better on the monthly payments. Literally, like half of what I was paying before and the insurance is low as well.

I have been driving her for a year so far and have loved every min of it. Heated seats are so wonderful in the winter and she is so good I spend like a measly $15 a week on gas, and me and my sister drive all over town. I have never had a problem with her and only ever put gas and oil and wiper fluid in her. She runs like a champ and is safe. Which is most important.

Here are some pictures of my cars though the years…

Gloria the day I bought her.
Bu in the snow.
Bu the day I put her in reverse and she would not go back in to drive. Ended up being a small fix thankfully.
Bu doing 80mph down I-90, also you can see I put a lot of miles on her this was like 6 months after I got her and she has 30,000 miles more than when I bought her.
Shortly after going 80mph, I was pulled over for having a light out. Thankfully, all I go t was warning.
This is Bu number 2, my current car, a few weeks ago when she rolled over to 100,000 miles.


My 2018 Bucket List

  1. See a broadway play on broadway
  2. Touch the Atlantic Ocean
  3. Provide Christmas to a family
  4. Leave the continental U.S.
  5. Kiss my Future Husband, on all seven continents
  6. Finish Law School
  7. Pass the Bar
  8. Have a doctorate Degree
  9. See Mt. Rushmore
  10. Pull a fire alarm
  11. See the pyramids in Egypt
  12. Have my Dad walk me down the isle
  13. Adopt a baby
  14. Publish a book that I wrote
  15. Vote in presidential election
  16. Touch a giraffe
  17. Jump off a waterfall
  18. Build a sand castle in Hawaii
  19. Read entire HP series
  20. Read Bible, cover to cover
  21. Carve my inishials in a tree with my husband
  22. Give more than 10,000 dollars as offering, not tithe
  23. Graduate high school
  24. Be an organ donor 
  25. Finish my major
  26. Hit a tv in with a baseball bat
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  27. Learn an instrument
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  28. Get a toms tan
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  29. Have my own apartment
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  30. See Time Square
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  31. Donate blood
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My Top 10 Most Listened to Songs

  1. 7 Years – Lukas Graham
    1. I wrote about this song, HERE. It gives me a bitter sweet memory to when I discovered this song. I correlate it with a really hard time in my life, breaking up with my boyfriend of 2.5 years, that being said. It’s a good song.
  2. Trust In You – Lauren Daigle
    1. I love the words in this song. “When You don’t move the mountains, I’m needing You to move, When You don’t part the waters, I wish I could walk through, When You don’t give the answers, As I cry out to You, I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You, I will trust in You” If that dosen’t move you I don’t know what will.
  3. It’s Not Over Yet – For King & Country
    1. This song is fuel to my fire. It’s burning in me and I ain’t gone let it stop for no one. “To everyone that’s hit there limit, It’s not over yet” That line speaks to me. It reminds me that even though your out of strength, there is a God who will never run out. Isaiah 40:31
  4. A-Team – Ed Sheeran
    1. This is my calm down song I listen to it when I’m anxious and I sing it to myself when I’m anxious. I try to focus on the words and stop focusing on whats making me anxious.
  5. Brother – NEEDTOBREATHE
    1. I have the great pleasure of having seen this performed live, by NEEDTOBREATHE. It. Was. Amazing. If you haven’t seen them live, your going to need to do that. SO, good!
    2. I don’t know what it is but “Brother, lemme be your fortress” is my favorite line. Such good lyrics.
  6. God is On the Move – 7eventh Time Down
    1. I sing this song in my head a lot. It’s just so catchy. God is on the move, on the move today.
  7. Glowing (Cassette Remix) – Nikki Williams
    1. Such a good beat, I recommend listening to this loudly. It’s better that way. lol.
  8. The Comeback – Danny Gokey
    1. This is my jam. Its my anthem for law school. If you don’t know already law school at U of I, is my Comeback. “This is your time, your moment, the final fight your golden you’ve come so far keep going”
  9. Set Free – Borgore
    1. I did not say that all the songs were Christian… Borgore is a /intresting/ artist. But he does good stuff once in a while. I like that his music has heavy metal influences yet it’s dubstep. I liked a lot of metal in my high school days but had to give it up because the lyrics are often so anti-God which I am not. I like uniqueness in the musical make up. Anyway good song, good beat.
  10. Ten Thousand Reasons – Hardline
    1. I love this song. I could listed to the first 10 seconds forever.

If you haven’t heard these songs, you are missing out. While these are certainly not my top 10 favorite songs its my most listened to songs.

My Skin Care Routine

I am not a beauty blogger… I don’t LOVE to wear make up and I rock a naked face 80% of the time. But I do care if my face looks presentable. No-one likes zits, whiteheads, blackheads or acne in general. It’s no fun, and sometimes painful. So I do my best to keep my skin in tip top shape. Now that being said, I don’t do it if I don’t see the reward. I am a results driven skin care person. If it doesn’t work, and work quick, I’m out.

My Skin Type:

I have VERY oily skin, hair, and nails. But to make things more difficult I also have sensitive skin. So the tough stuff that controls the oil, is too hard on my skin and results in dry patches. I have also been treated for eczema, though I haven’t had it in years, since puberty really.

Here, it my face today. No photoshop, no filters, just some good old natural light from out my window.


I’m breaking out today. Mostly along my chin and lower cheeks. Now, I think its from too much soda and not enough water. I’ve been busy and had midterms so I’ve been neglecting my self. This is the result in my opinion.

Face Wash/Exfoliator:

I am a morning shower persons. Sometimes at night instead, but usually in the morning. 99% of the time I am pressed for time and so my routine has to be quick if it’s going to work. So I wash my face in the shower to save time. I have been using these face wash products in the shower.

(left) Formula 10.0.6 is my new favorite. I found it at Ulta when shopping face masks and became addicted. So I use their Be Berry Ready, face wash or Best Face Forward face wash a lot.

For daily cleansing I switch between… depends on the mood i’m in.

  • Be Berry Ready
    • Smells like grape Pez, and though it does not lather up really good it does leave your face feeling refreshed and clean without being too harsh or drying.
  • Best Face Forward
    • Does not foam up like it says it does, but also cleans really well and leaves a clean face. (Second to the Be Berry Ready, though)
  • Biore Baking Soda Acne Scrub
    • Leaves the face feeling that squeaky clean feeling and a little more dry than the others but great bang for your buck and does get your face super clean.

For a facial scrub that really, and I mean really gets the dead skin I use One Smooth Operator, also by Formula 10.0.6. I use this about every 3 days for a good scrubbing. Do not get it in your mouth… It’s so gritty it was disgusting. Don’t ask how I got it in my mouth…


Make-up Removal:

On days where I do wear makeup I look forward to the sweet relief of taking it off more than anything. For this process I start with a good old Walmart brand makeup remover wipe.


In all honestly this does not get all the makeup off but its a good start. It will get the appearance of make up off you but it will not clean your face. So to actually get makeup off I would shower and use face wash. But, thats rarely a reality, usually I just want it off so I can go to bed so I use Micellar Water to remove the rest of my make up. It’s like magic how it gets the Kat Von D Tattoo liner off. Also the only thing that cuts though Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation too. Another stubborn one to remove.


Face Masks:

My secret to beautiful skin, and staying that way is Face Masks. My little sister/Roommate got me hooked and now I buy them, constantly and use them almost daily either to spot treat or full face… between the two of us we have several brands and types of face masks on hand at all times. The common 7pm question is “what mask should I do?”

For deep cleaning I like the Freeman Charcoal Probiotics (Second row 2nd in from the left) mask. That sucker will clean you up real good in just one use. However, all the clay masks really do something but the charcoal will really do something if you need it, it is kinda intense to do multiple days in a row. I never go more than 2 days in a row with it for fear of drying me out. The Freeman Tea Tree oil one (top row farthest left) also does good job.

For more of a light cleanse I use a moisturizing or balancing or stress free mask. Now I prefer a clay to a peel off just because I’m a texture person and the gel feel of the peel offs is kinda yucky to me. But they work, so I suffer though. Plus its really satisfying to peel off.

Oh, I almost forgot… I apply all masks with either my Elf Pointed Foundation brush or my Sonia Kashuk brush. Both work good and clean up easy.



Last thing I use and almost always forget to use is moisturizer. After a mask or a cleaning I like to moisturize but I forget a lot since I’m so oily usually. When I do moisturize i use… Equate Moisturizing Cream. It works good and does not leave me more oil than I was naturally. Also this container lasts a life time. IMG_8363

Well, that’s my beauty secrets. I got nothing now. lol. What products do you use? What are you loving? What are you hating? What brands of Face masks should I try?

Let me know in the comments!



Kissing Before Marriage?/My First Kiss

I need new followers… so at the expense of my embarrassment here is a post all about kissing. My first kiss, to my views on kissing in a relationship and most of the stuff in-between.

My First Kiss:

I was 15 years old. A Freshman in High School. We, and by we I mean the Marching band were on a tour bus to Seattle from Spokane for a show. We were about half way there and playing truth or dare… naturally. As any stupid teenagers in a unsupervised bus would be doing. I was dared to kiss a boy. The boy was a boy I found attractive but didn’t have a crush on or anything, he was not even really one of my friends he was just another kid on the bus. I believe he is openly gay now but that’s besides the point. The bus had come to a stop in North Bend. The Wendy’s Parking lot. I was facing him in the bus isle nervous. He was blushing and laughing asking if he had a say in this. The answer was “no” according to the kids that were instigating the situation. So the kids started chanting “DO IT!, DO IT!” So I leaned in an pecked him on the lips. It was awkward and uncomfortable and we both could have lived with out it to say the least. But that was my first kiss.

Now, I know some of you are going to say “that was a dare it dosen’t count” so I will tell you the story of my second kiss. I was in my Mom’s car parked out in front my friends house. He was in the passenger seat with me and I don’t remember how it started but we ended up kissing… well, making out. Sorry, you had to read that Mom!

My View on Kissing:

Okay, now that I have your attention lemme get more serious and talk about how I feel about kissing. I believe that kissing is okay when you are dating.

Now, that being said if a guy I liked and myself started a relationship with the intent on seeing if we were fit to marry and he didn’t want to do anything more than hold hands till we where engaged, I would happily respect that and comply. I would really respect a guy for this.

But if It’s up to me I don’t think there is anything wrong with kissing and only kissing when you are in a relationship. Now, If you haven’t kissed anyone and have the chance to hold out till your married, go for it I think that is super cool and I almost wanna say I don’t want kiss another guy till I am engaged. How cool would it be to only know that person emotionally and have no physical relationship to distract you till you decide it’s forever.

I have only ever been in one serious relationship. It lasted over two years. I was ready to marry him.

I remember the first time we kissed. We where hangin out a group of us at the house of a lady he was house sitting for playing video games and such when everyone but the tow of us had started a conversation in the kitchen. So I leaned in and kissed him. I totally caught him off guard and it was hilarious. We had been dating about three weeks when we first kissed. I was nervous to kiss since it had been like 5 years since my high school shenanigans. But, eventually I got over it.

Do I regret kissing him? Yes and no. I regret the relationship because it ended up being a waste of my time since he had no intentions of marrying me, but I enjoyed it at the time.

One Step Further… ?

Touchy subject… I believe that the line is drawn at kissing on the lips, till marriage. Now, I believe there is a lot of passionate kissing that can be done and still stay in the realm of appropriate. But I still believe in the line being drawn at clothes on, hands in places that can be seen, kissing. Now, I must confess I didn’t always follow this thought pattern and I didn’t follow it because… I was being stupid. No one is to blame but me… and a little bit alcohol. But none the less, it was wrong thinking. Thankfully, I choose after the relationship ended and the smoke in my head cleared… that I wanna draw the line at kissing and not as much as a toe will cross that line till I say I do. Thank you Jesus for clarity on this subject.

So… tell me about your first kiss? How old were you? Where did it happen? Where do you draw the line of whats okay before marriage? Let me know!