Five Truths About Homeschooling Through High School

I know that everyone reading this has heard at least five lies about homeschooling, so this is a post with five truths! I have been homeschooled since 8th grade (I’m now in my last part of high school) and I think there’s a mystery to homeschool kids. I mean, what do we do all day? Are we generally unsocial? You just don’t know! Let me set you straight 🙂

1.) We’re generally pretty chill.

As with any group or organization, there are those who take things to the extreme; homeschooling is definitely one of those things. I won’t lie, I enjoy the silly memes and satire based off homeschool. But it’s important to note that the amount of people who actually live the way you see online is verrrry slim. You probably wouldn’t know most of us were homeschooled, especially those in high school. If you walk into a coffee shop midday during the week, you’re probably in the presence of a high-schooler studying for their upcoming test.

2.) Yes, homeschooling takes diligence and a lot of hard work.

Almost every time I tell someone I’m homeschooled they say one of two things: 1- Do I live in my pj’s? or 2 – “Wow, I bet you have to be able to focus very hard to pull that off!” The answer to that is that yes, it takes diligence and hard work. I’m definitely able to accomplish tasks better than I used to be. Studying for classes, finals, and other tests are usually done by an individual through high school. (Of course, no homeschool student could do it without their parent.) I enjoy this a lot because I know my limits for work-load and have learned tons about how to survive in a college environment.

3.) Most of us do not feel like we’re missing out on the ‘high school experience’.

Ha, so this is my least favorite question. In short, I do not feel like I’m missing out of any ‘high school experience’. This varies from student to student, but in my case I am perfectly content with my life as a homeschooler. I had a high school sweetheart, go to dances with friends, and keep myself busy with really cool activities that I would never get to do as a typical student. I manage marketing for local businesses and spend a lot of free time as the editor of this website (and of course the blog you’re reading). I have a lot of ambition and while I think I could definitely excel in the typical school setting, my life now is all I could hope for it to be.

(I attended public school until I began homeschooling, and I struggled with anxiety for a long time while I was there. Sometimes people just thrive better in unique environments!)

4.) Yes, we are able to thrive around people our age who are not homeschoolers.

This sort of goes along with #3, but is important. Most homeschoolers date, hang out with, and participate in activities with people our age who aren’t homeschooled. Personally, almost every friend I have isn’t. I have had to learn to overcome the feeling of seclusion that so often comes with being the ‘homeschooler’ of the friend group. I think any person who is high-school age and homeschooled deals with this for a while, but when we are comfortable with who we are it doesn’t affect us anymore. There are rude people just about everywhere, but we quickly learn how to let silly comments go.

5.) Yes, we have homework — and yes, we wear our PJ’s to school sometimes.

I’m saving this duo for last because I think they’re fun questions that are valid. Unless I have homework from classes I take outside of my home, I consider all work “homework”. Once my school day is over, it’s over. It’s a really great perk of this way of schooling.

Oh – and yes, a lot of us enjoy wearing sweatpants and other comfy clothes around the house. However, it is always nice to get dressed up even if I’m just walking around my home!

Any more questions? Comments? Let me know in the comment section below!

My Experience at The Well Citywide Gathering

As the saying goes, “the best things in life are free”. The Well Citywide, based in Nashville, Tennessee, is one of those things. I came to The Well unsure of what to expect, but I had travelled five hours from where I live to see what the hype was about. My mother is an avid Christy Nockels fan and wanted to see her perform at the event, so we made the trip to Franklin, Tennessee.

When we arrived at Church of the City in Franklin, we were welcomed by a hot chocolate, coffee, and cookie bar. When I say hot chocolate bar I do not tell a lie. There was everything from crushed peppermint to whipped cream to sauces of all different flavors. Oh – and marshmallows, of course. Here’s what mine looked like:

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Then, Chris Tomlin’s wife, Lauren, got up on stage to tell us about what was to come. She explained what The Well Gathering was created for, which is essentially a space for women all over Nashville to feel like they belong. It’s a space where these women can find friends and bond over coffee and the Word of God. I find this as something special, and I am slightly jealous that St. Louis doesn’t have one yet.

Then, Christy Nockels took the stage and performed most of her new Christmas album, The Thrill of Hope, for us. She told us about the songs she picked for this album. I found the story behind her song “Amaryllis”, particularly inspiring. Here is her explanation of that song:

 

 

I thought it was funny how Christy kept asking us to sing along but no one wanted to because we just wanted to hear her sing so much! All in all, this was a great night and if you know any ladies in the Nashville area who would enjoy a (FREE) event like this, tell them about it! Here is a link where they can RSVP for the next one on January 23rd, 2017! Thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it.

Franklin, Tennessee in December

I have always loved Tennessee – more specifically, Nashville. I don’t know what it is about Nashville that has made me fall in love with it, but I suppose a lot of it is the memories I have made there. As a kid, I heard stories about the magic that happens there (and heard the magic), and I never lost that sense of wonder: Why is it such a special place? Why am I drawn to it?

Over time, I have come to love Franklin, Tennessee as well. Every summer I take a trip to Nashville and it always ends with a special visit to Franklin. As much as I love Tennessee in summer, I’ve always wondered what it would be like in winter. So, when I was surprised with a trip there in the middle of December this year, I was a tad bit excited. The trip was mainly to attend Christy Nockel’s The Well: A monthly citywide gathering for women across Nashville to encounter Jesus. I am not a Nashville native but my mom wanted to go, so we thought “why not?” (More on that experience here)

I was pleasantly surprised to spend a lot of time in downtown Franklin. Some of my favorite places are along that main street – Philanthropy, Finnley’s, and the adorable Starbucks on the corner. I was most excited to see the Franklin Theatre at Christmas-time, though. The red lights and old-school look of it just gets me in every picture I see.

Another favorite place is The Factory – a complex of stores, restaurants, art studios, and other fun little nooks. I got to try Jeni’s ice cream there for the very first time. I ordered the Pear sorbet (as evidenced below) and it tasted like pure Christmas magic. It was almost like a Christmas snow cone. Almost made me miss summer (almost!!)

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I definitely will try to make it to Franklin again around Christmas. I think a lot of the Franklin/Nashville obsession for me is how it feels every time I visit. I always know people around me are hard at work on things that will change the world. Those people in the corner of Frothy Monkey might be just catching up, but they also might be discussing when their new album drops. I was walking around downtown Franklin while my favorite singer was up the street making promos. You just never know!