“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So, when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”

– Paulo Coelho

I first read this quote when I was 13-years-old. My younger self didn’t realize then how much these words would mean to me years later.

Since reading that quote for the first time, I’ve moved to a different country and back, met some amazing people, read tons of books, experienced heart-breaking loss, survived a global pandemic, been on some amazing adventures, and had my life flipped upside-down and backwards by events I can’t control.

I started this blog when I was 13-years-old. My younger self didn’t realize then how much this little corner of the internet would mean to me years later. This blog has helped me work through the times life has dragged me back with difficulties, and enabled me to rejoice when I was launched into something great.

Over the past few years, I’ve realized that we’re all arrows being shot by The Archer. He is launching each of us into His perfect plan for our lives. There will be struggles along the way, but the future holds amazing things. He pulls us back in preparation to shoot us forward.

I am an arrow being shot by The Archer.

This is my story.

This is me.

Welcome to The Artsy Arrow. :)

Hi, I’m Meredith – the writer behind the Artsy Arrow. 

I love God, and aim to serve Him in everything I do.

I’m currently 18-years-old and a senior in high school.

My family and I live in Kansas City, Missouri.

I’m homeschooled, and have been for most of my life. This year, I’m attending my local community college for dual-credit classes, as well as completing a few online courses.

I plan on moving to Arkansas next year to attend college. I’d like to major in psychology and minor in Spanish, and I hope to become either a clinical psychologist or a therapist. The human mind, behavior, and condition have always fascinated me, and I feel called to help people overcome challenges in their lives using psychology. I also have a passion for language and communication, so learning fluent Spanish has become an important goal for me. 

I have one sibling – my 12-year-old brother Garrett. He is my adventure buddy and best friend. We love to watch movies, go for runs, build forts, and run errands together. He’s the best. :)

I also have one pet – my sweet guinea pig Winston. He is super curious and has lots of energy, but can also be very snuggly (when he feels like it, of course). He likes to eat lots of veggies, run marathons on the floor, and curl up next to the space heater when it’s cold.

In April of 2017 when I was 13-years-old, my Dad’s job transferred our family from our hometown in Missouri to Toronto, Canada. We lived there for two-and-a-half years before returning to Missouri in September of 2019, shortly after I turned 16. My time there opened my eyes to the world, drew me much closer to God, and shaped me into who I am today. If you’d like to read more about my life-changing experience in Canada, check out the post below.

The End of an Adventure // My Story + 5 Lessons I Learned Living in Canada

I am an avid reader, and some of my favorite books include (in no particular order) Walk Two Moons, Chasing Redbird (and anything else by Sharon Creech), A Man Called Ove, Salt to the Sea, Anne of Green Gables, Peter and the Starcatchers, Pride and Prejudice, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Help, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Little Women, The Secret Garden, Holes, 100 Days of Sunlight, Lord of the Flies, Tisha, Charlotte’s Web, The Hiding Place, and well, you get the point. (If you’d like to check out my bookish posts, click here.)

As much as I adore reading, I also enjoy creating. I love to write stories and blog posts as well as play my violin, draw, paint, make short films with my little brother, crochet, and craft.

Some random facts about me include…

  • I love experimenting with hair color, and have dyed the ends of my hair bright red using Kool-Aid (which, by the way, didn’t wash out like it was supposed to – I had to cut it off O_o). I’ve also done purple ends and pink highlights using semi-permanent dye (which, thankfully, did wash out as intended).
  • I love the color blue.
  • I’m a Gryffindor, INFP, and an Enneagram 6.
  • I prefer waffles over pancakes.
  • I can solve a Rubik’s Cube.
  • Ice cream is my all-time favorite dessert, although cheesecake is a close second.
  • I love exploring different airports when traveling. 
  • I often dream about living in a small, cozy loft apartment somewhere in a big city. 
  • I could stay in IKEA or Barnes and Noble for hours.
  • I am a proud fan of the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • I collect key chains from all the places I visit.

Finally, my goal for this blog is to inspire and uplift others while documenting the life God has planned for me.

John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Thanks for reading,

Last updated – September 2021