All posts by Leanna Smith

About Leanna Smith

Leanna is currently studying religion and performing arts at Bryn Athyn College. She grew up in Kempton, PA and prefers the countryside to anywhere else. She looks forward to exploring more about how music, dance, and theater can be integrated into New Church worship services. Her life goals include but are not limited to: being a mum, home making, hobby farming, singing professionally, and always being an active member of whatever New Church society life lands her in!

The Simple Life

About a year ago, I was struggling with an overuse of social media and the internet. I was spending way more hours on the computer than I wanted to be and wasting so much time and energy on the silliest of things, like “Can We Guess Your Mental Age? – Take the Quiz!” or “The 24 Cutest Animals of All Time.” I felt discontented with my life and overwhelmed by all the excess of information constantly flooding into my head. How could I even focus on trying to do the right thing when all my extra time was spent online? Deciding it was time to do something about it, I started severely controlling my computer time – forcing myself to use sites like Facebook or Pinterest only once or twice a week, for a limited amount of time. I actually set timers to alert me when my time was up. With my newfound free time, I started falling back in love with activities I had always enjoyed, such as reading, crafting and cooking. I suddenly had so much potential to be useful to more people, because I was no longer wasting hours of my life away on the computer.
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Praise: Is it My Gift or His?

As a performer, I am no stranger to praise, and attempting to stay humble has always been an important part of who I am. Because I started dancing when I was four, I was taught from a very young age how to receive compliments gracefully and how to always make sure I thanked people for coming to see me. Since then, my performances have expanded to include theater and voice and the same rules still apply. What I discovered as I grew older, however, is that praise is a very difficult thing to deal with. If you let it go to your head, you become prideful; if you deny it, you become ungrateful…not quite so glorious as it may seem. I think praise can be very useful, but only if you know how to handle it.
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