Hi Gals! Ainsley is so nice to do this for me, so make sure to check out her blog! (The link will be at the bottom of this post.)
She is super kind and interesting, so I hope you enjoy getting to know her a little. 🙂
Hey! So my name is Ainsley. I’m 17 years old. I live in Florida with my mom and day and two younger siblings. I love the color blue because it’s the same color as my favorite sports team. Some other things I enjoy are writing, volleyball, hanging out with my friends, playing guitar and singing.
- Who inspires you in your life? Why?
Hmmm, that question is kinda hard for me. Besides Jesus, some of my biggest inspirations are Sadie Robertson (I absolutely love everything about her) and my parents (they have some pretty cool God stories and are literally the best)
2. When do you feel most confident?
I feel most confident when I’m worshiping God or have just finished my personal time with Him. It’s easy to lose focus and get lost in the things of the world, but after I’ve refocused on God and am truly praising Him, I feel the most peace and can be confident in who God created me to be.
3. Let’s say you just met a person. What is something they could do or say to make you more comfortable?
For me, I appreciate when someone initiates the conversation. I can be a pretty shy person at times so I like it when someone else is able to ‘break the ice’ and is comfortable talking around me.
4. Give yourself a compliment right now that you feel like you need today. What is it? And why?
My compliment would be: ‘You are beautiful just the way you are. You don’t need to worry about what others think because God created you just the way you are.’ There’s a bunch of times I’ve struggled with self-image, from my weight to my height to my looks. I always need to remind myself that God has a plan and purpose for me and that I am beautiful in His sight, despite what the world may say. This is a constant battle though, but in the Bible it says that God turns our weaknesses to strength. And I believe that God wants to use our ‘flaws’ and differences to bring Him glory.
5. What makes you a good friend?
I like to think that I’m caring and understanding in my friendships. After reading ‘God Girl’ by Hayley DiMarco it really got me thinking about how many times I say ‘I’ in my conversations. It inspired me to start listening more in conversations and asking questions to show that I care.
6. What do you need to make more time for in your life?
To make more time in my life, I think I need to let go of a lot of things and focus on what God is calling me to do. Like I said earlier, we can get caught up in the things of the world which can cause us to feel like we’re not doing much. It’s only when we’re doing what God has called us to do that we can find true joy and purpose in life.
7. Who is your best friend? How you describe them, and why do you think you get along together so well?
Hmmm I have a lot of close friends but I would have to say that my closest one actually lives about 3,000 miles from me (I know, how ironic). I got to meet her before she moved across the country and she is the absolute sweetest person I’ve ever met. I love her passion for the Lord and how she draws me closer to Him. She’s one of my only friends I can be completely vulnerable with and have spiritual conversations with. Even though she has Lime & Mold disease, she is a fighter and is so strong. I love her to death.
8. What are some ways you think you strengthen your faith in your daily life?
To try to strengthen my faith I like to start my days with God in time with Him– I think that is so valuable. I love reading my Bible and talking with Him. Also, I’ve been trying to get better at praying more often and staying focused on Him throughout the day. I want to be able to talk to Him about anything and everything and also be able to hear what He is calling me to do. Other than that, I love watching Christian YouTube videos, listening to Christian music and going to youth group.
9. If you could give advice to your younger self, going through something hard, what would you tell her and at what age?
For my younger self, I wish I wasn’t as shy and that I made more bold moves for Christ. I regret all the missed opportunities I had and that I wasn’t more of a light for Christ. Often times I let fear get in the way when God could have used me. I wish I had replaced my fears with truth and faith in Christ and that I would do bold things in His name.
10. What is your favorite hot drink?
This may surprise you, but I’m not really into hot drinks. I’m not a huge coffee or tea person. BUT I do like hot apple cider in the fall time and also hot chocolate with lots of whip cream 🙂
11. Beach gal or mountain girl?
I am definitely a beach girl considering I live like 10 minutes from the beach. Although I think sand is annoying and am terrified of the creatures of the sea (and seagulls), I love the heat and how relaxing time at the beach is. BUT I have to be very careful because I get sunburned easily :p
12. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
My favorite childhood memory is probably going on vacation with my extended family every summer. We would go to Georgia or North Carolina and rent a house for everyone to stay at. I loved spending time with my cousins and doing things around town. My favorite was probably tubing down this one large river.
13. 🙂 or 😀
I use both. I use 🙂 if I’m smiling and 😀 if I’m grinning or laughing. Kinda weird I guess.
14. Who are some people you couldn’t live without?
I can’t live without my family. Although my siblings annoy me sometimes, I truly love them. I am very blessed to have all of my family live pretty close to me. I get to see them often and I frequently take that for granted.
15. What is your current favorite song?
I have so many favorite songs. If I had to choose, I would say ‘Run’ by Urban Rescue. They played at a conference I just went to and they were absolutely amazing. The song has such a great message and is super catchy. Another one I like is ‘Days Gone By’ by Hillsong Young and Free. It just came out and I think it is so fun.
16. If you had to choose to live without one thing out of the following, which would it be?
I would say a hairbrush. I know that kinda sounds crazy, but if I brush my hair, it gets super poofy so I hardly ever brush my hair. And if I had to, I could use my fingers.
17. As a child, what did you dream of doing?
As a child, I wanted to be a singer. I loved watching Hannah Montana and wanted to be just like her. The funny thing, though, is that I never performed in front of people and was very shy so I don’t know why I wanted to sing.
18. What is your favorite book?
Gosh, it’s so hard to choose a favorite. I absolutely love ‘Love Defined’ by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird. In addition to that ‘Do Hard Things’ by Brett and Alex Harris was an incredible read.
19. Sunflower, Peach Blossom, or Poppy?
I’ve always loved sunflowers and thought they looked so happy
20. Chicken Salad or Tuna?
I actually like both a lot. I was just introduced to chicken salad a couple months ago and it is so delicious. So if I had to choose one over the other, I would say chicken salad.
21. When you see it has snowed, what is your first thought?
Well it doesn’t snow where I live so if it did snow, I would freak out :p but last year, my family was in North Carolina and it started to snow while we were driving. Once we got to our house for the week, and we ran outside and played in it for a couple of hours until I couldn’t feel may hands. It was so much fun!
22. To you, what is the message the world is telling us as teens about beauty? Do you think it is correct?
I think a lot of the world tells us that we need to have perfect skin, perfect facial features and be pretty. And it’s hard to measure up to that standard when everyone is unique and the idea of “pretty” is always changing. Finding your value in God and noticing how beautifully made you are is important. We need to try to please God instead of trying to please others.
50. What are some positive media sources you would suggest? (Like music, blogs, podcasts, etc.)
I absolutely love Christian YouTube channels and Christian music. Some of my favorite YouTubers are CoffeeAndBibleTime, FarAwayDistance, and Emma Mae Jenkins. Some of my favorite artists are Rend Collective, Urban Rescue, and Hillsong Young & Free
Here is the link to her blog:
Thanks so much Ainsley!