Who is This Squid?

Me aboard a replication of the Pinta (one of the 3 ships that Columbus used to explore the New World)

Ahoy there!  My name is Sydney, but I like to go by the (nick)name Squid.  I’m a 17-year-old Messianic homeschooler gal who has an incurable love of learning.

I never know what to write here, because everything sounds so self-promoting and rambly… but, if you clicked on this page, then you obviously are looking for that?  Sooooo here goes:

Meyers-Briggs – ENTJ (but barely Extroverted… I have a lot of Introverted tendencies)
DISC – C/I – Assessor
I am strongly left-brained and analytical, yet, contrary to that, I am right-brain dominated as well in things such as music, (see below) and creative writing.  I’m kinda confused, truthfully.  I don’t fit any mold.

Favorite subject in school? (People ask me this a lot) I love science when it has math in it, (i.e. physics) and math in general.  I’m a mathie and proud! #mathielife
Also, I’ve started learning to code and hope to continue my education in coding throughout my high-school career.
Somehow, I’m also rather good at writing (so people tell me), which means I have to put very little thought into it for it to be acceptable.  This is great news, cause I really dislike school writing…

Last year (Algebra 1) I found this amazing and relatively unknown math program called Mr. D Math.  He starts at Pre-Algebra and goes up until Pre-Calculus.  Check it out!  Mr. Dennis DiNoila is amazing at teaching and really cares about each and every one of his students.  He wants to help us understand and succeed in math, and always responds to messages if you’re confused during the week. I haven’t regretted using it and, if you like a classroom setting despite being a homeschooler, I doubt you will have any reason to regret using this program either. 🙂

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I have always loved music, and I’ve been playing the piano since I was eight.  About 4 years ago, I asked my dad and stepdad to teach me to play the guitar, and they said yes!  That had always been a dream of mine and now it is a reality!  It’s a great feeling.  This year, for my 17th birthday, my mom and step-dad bought me a guitar! It’s amazing. 🙂

Percussion has always come naturally to me.  I took drum lessons for about a year before realizing I’d need a drumset to really be able to continue learning.  So, I switched to tap dancing.  The huge dance studio environment that I found myself in was not conducive to my learning or enjoyment, though, so I stopped lessons there too.  This year, our family is joining an orchestra, choir, and band program for homeschoolers where I’ll be on percussion in band and singing in the choir. 😀

I’ve been a photographer and birder from a young age and I hate to shoot anything but manual mode on my new Nikon D7000 and my LG G4 smartphone.  I love shooting anything, including – but not limited to – the birds I find, my super cute 3-year-old brother, my pets, and occasional paid jobs like senior and/or family pictures(😄).  My dad is my mentor in these fields, and I love learning with and from him, along with occasionally teaching him something!  I publish some of my pictures on Flickr, and the link to my profile page is on one of the widgets around my blog (and those blue words!).  I would love if you’d go check it out!

Religious background:
I grew up in a Messianic Jewish synagogue but now regularly attend a small Bible church in addition to the occasional visit to our synagogue.  I serve on our church’s audio/visual team by manning the sound board, and I’ve really enjoyed the friendships I’ve made with those who serve also.  Also, our family leads worship there and at our synagogue once in a while. 🙂

I have 4 siblings.  First off, twin step-sisters who are 8 months younger than I am, Zoe and Rhyan.  Then, a blood-sister who is 3 1/2 years younger, Carrie.  Lastly, the cutest of us all, my half-brother, Adam, who is almost 14 years younger than I am.

Lyfe Goals:
I try to break the mold and negative stereotypes with everything I do.  I really respect the authors of the book Do Hard Things immensely because they want to change our culture’s perception of teenagers, and, in my opinion, that’s exactly what we should do as Christians — but always by example.

This summer, I worked as a Junior Counselor (JC) at Camp Gilead, a Christian summer camp near me.  It was amazing to see what God did in and through me in the short time I was able to serve, and I’ll be talking about this summer for years to come. 🙂

I hope that you enjoy my blog, and I appreciate all of the kind comments I receive from you guys!


Numbers 6:24-26