I have been sitting here for a good while, trying to think of something to write about. I can think of a lot of things, but tonight I have something on my heart and I can't really ignore it.
The one thing that I loved about high school was having a wide variety of friends. I loved how loved I felt by each and every one of my friends. I never once truly felt like I wasn't good enough for anyone. I know the whole high school stereotype of fitting in with a certain crowd or click and trust me, it is real. I just never really believed in it because I am a firm believer that anyone can be friends. No matter what they like, don't like, etc. I can't recall a time in high school where I felt like an outsider. I know many people do, but in high school that was luckily one of the few bullets I dodged.
I never ever imagined myself coming to college and experiencing this first hand. I guess this is something that is life. I am in no way disappointed in who I am friends with because I would like to think I have a lot of friends and my true, closest friends are better than anything I could hope for, but there have been times where I felt like I wasn't good enough for a certain group or person at this school and that actually makes me very angry. Not really agency at someone else, but angry at myself for even feeling that way for one second. I don't get angry because I don't like confrontation. It is stupid. Tonight as I lay in bed and yes, something on social media caught my eye, I couldn't help but stop and pray.
I know we all have our friend groups and I know we all have people we would do anything for because that is what best friends are, but if you for any reason think you are better than anyone else you are WRONG. I would encourage you to walk up to your mirror and take a good long look. Then I would like to remind you of one thing:
God made everyone equally. No one is better than the other. NO ONE. I don't care if you are in the best sorority/fraternity, if you are an athlete, or how smart you are (or think you are). Everyone is in the same boat because we are all children of God. So next time you post on Instagram about how cool your click is, think about those out there that want to have a click. Those who you should remember to include every now and then. This world is full of millions of people so I encourage you to befriending as many of that million as you can.
I am sure you are thinking, "Oh Cade is jealous." And that would be a tad accurate, but really I am just sad for the people who see things likes this and think "I wish I was as cool as them." You probably don't even realize it, but instead of making others feel like they aren't good enough, we should be telling them that they are.
Those of you who feel like you don't fit in or that you aren't good enough, let me tell you a thing or to. From the God loving, social media obsessor, not athletic, not the smartest, not the hottest guy who would much rather stay in then go out and get drunk, you are good enough. No matter what you think, I can tell you that you are wrong. You are cool. You are smart. You are beautiful. You deserve to be loved.
Take it from someone that has spent way to much time wishing they were someone else or friends with someone else. I know, it's hard, but God made you for a reason and he placed you where you are for a reason. Now get out of whatever you are hiding behind and be you. That is the best thing you can be. I struggle and will probably always struggle with wanting to be better. That comes naturally for you and I because we are humans. But what I am no longer going to struggle with is wanting to be someone I am not. God gave me a great life that I need to take advantage of. Join me in being thankful for this important notion of being you.
I am sorry because this came out of no where. I think it is something we all struggle with at some point, but I am quickly learning that wishing I was something or someone else isn't going to be anything but at waste of time. I may not get invited to every social event. I mat not have a 4.0. I may not be in 1000 things. I may not have the best hair. I may not have abs. I may not get drunk. I may not get the most likes on insta. But guess what?
I am strong. I wear glasses. I rock colored pants. I only know how to tie a bowtie. I need sleep. I love cookies. I consider netlfix my friend. I have a southern accent. I have tremendous faith in God. I am thankful for days on end.
God loves us no matter who we hang out with, what we look like, or how many likes we get and tonight (along with everyday of my life) I am thankful for this.
I don't rant much, but when I do I rant hard.
Thanks for listening. You may be the cool kid or you may be the kid who doesn't know how cool they are. Either way I encourage you to take this into your daily routine... along with a little thanks.
Southern and Thankful
For those of you who know, I love Student Foundation. I feel like a lot of my posts revolve around that, but that is simply because I am so honored to be part of this wonderful organization. It definitely has a special place in my heart. Today we had the last meeting of the year. As members of stufo we are all on a point system. We get points for things like advertising stufo, doing alumni events, and many other things. I kind of forgot about the point system, but today at the last meeting they have awards for those with the most points. They had a top three and I was totally not expecting anything because all I really do is take selfies. But apparently you get points for that because I received the award for the most overall points in the organization. I am so honored because with this being my first semester I really tried to put all my efforts into helping others fall in love with TCU like I have fallen in love with TCU. There were 4 prize options and all were pretty great.
1. Away game tickets to the OU game this fall.
2. A gift card for a pair of custom nike id's.
3. A TCU football signed by Garry Patterson
4. A pair of TCU cowboy boots.
I picked the TCU football because that is something I would love to have. Coach Patterson has not signed it yet, but hopefully he will soon and maybe I will even get to be present. I am super excited to add this to my TCU collection. This is a perfect award to help me remember my first semester in stufo and it is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Stufo has not only put me in the position to form relationships with prospective students, but it has also helped me gain friendships from within the organization. Just another thing I am thankful for in this organization. Speaking of friends, one of the sweetest girls, Bonnie, had the second highest points and I am so thankful for her friendship. I usually see her early for tours and she is always a ray of sunshine. She has been a great help this semester and someone I always look forward to seeing on tour day. I appreciate how sweet you are and I know you must give a wonderful tour. Thank you for brightening my day!
Overall with today being the last day of classes for freshman year, say what, I couldn't have ended it in a better way. It has been one school year with lots to be thankful for, including student foundation for the 1000 time. I look forward to putting on my purple polo next fall, but until then, go frogs and go thankful.
Southern and Thankful
I have talked before about the importance of being spontaneous and as much as I believed that to be true, I had to squeeze in one more random thing freshman year.
If you keep up with me then you are aware that I have a small sweet tooth for donuts. When I say small I actually mean very big. Any and every kind will work just fine for me. Any opportunity to go get donuts is an opportunity I am going to take. I love the little local donut shops and the people that frequently visit them. I haven't really found one of those here, but yesterday when my friend Hunter asked if I wanted to get up and go to the closet Krispy Kreme today, I could not say "no" to that. Krispy Kreme is so good, but the issue is that the closest one is about 30 minutes away from TCU. Kind of strange considering all we have around here. I also couldn't resit this offer when I heard that if you bought a dozen donuts then you would get a dozen free. WHAT KIND OF DEAL IS THAT YOU ASK? A SWEET ONE!
So this morning I literally rolled out of bed and Hunter and I drove straight to the Krispy Kreme. I was kind of happy with this decision because it was so nasty outside this morning... I needed something to brighten my day. Donuts came to my rescue. Now, why I thought I needed 24 donuts? I am not really sure, but we got there and the hot light was on (that would be a gift from God my friends) and all the different donuts just sent me into a bit of a daze, so yes, I bought 24 donuts... Judge me. But the nice thing about having all these donuts is giving them to friends. This puts a nice smile on there face and makes me look extra nice (lol).
Life is fun with good times and donuts like these. Start tomorrow with a donut... probably not 24, but one or two won't hurt. Hey maybe you could give some to a friend... That would be nice of you! I am thankful for today simply because it started out in a great way! Now if you will excuse me, after studying and doing laundry today, dancing with the stars and one of my many donuts are calling my name. Wow, I like being this thankful. Donut you?
Southern and Thankful
It is that time in the semester and if I can make it to this time next week it will be a literal miracle. With one day of classes left for me, 2 finals and a project due on Monday I am in a huge state of bittersweetness. How is this year already over? How have I made it this far? (lol)
It is all just very crazy and stressful to me. I have also been up since 6:30 and I believe I am losing my mind so that's that.
Anyways, today I want to pay a little tribute to my typical Monday here at TCU. I actually typically don't like Monday's so that was something new I liked about college. My freshman year experience would not have been same it if weren't for the wonderful organization of STUFO. If you keep up with my life then you know I adore giving tours to prospective students. It has been one of my favorite things about TCU this far and I am so appreciate that I am able to give back in that way. Today was the last tour for the semester because the semester is sadly almost over. It is hard to believe the next time I give one of those I will be a sophomore. Okay new subject.
I do have to give a little shout out to my awesome CO. Justine, I could not have been paired with a better person for my first semester with this job. I have enjoyed every backwards step with you my friend. I was so nervous about things at first and you made me feel so welcome. Just like I know you do for all of those that we show around the campus. I have learned so much from you it is crazy. You have helped me all along the way and it is easy to say that I am thankful for you. It would not have been the same if it weren't for you. Thanks for putting up with my tour selfies, adding things that I forget, and supporting me though it all. Thank you God for horned frogs like Justine Grace.
I will miss the tours and the many selfies, but next semester I will be back and I already can't wait!
Another thing I love about Monday's are the dates I have at Chick Fil A. My friend Hunter and I started going at the same time and now we just show up every week on Monday and sit with each other. The company always varies, but you can always bet Hunter and I will be at Chick Fil A on Mondays at 2. It has been a fun tradition for this second semester. One full of great fellowship and friendship. That is something to be thankful for I'd say.
Here's to making it to this time next week... That's is all I need in life right now. Prayers would be greatly appreciated as I wrap up Freshman year... Yes, a piece of my heart breaks every time I say that. Needless to say I am overly thankful today!
Southern and Thankful
This weekend was undoubtedly a weekend to be thankful for. Weekends are usually something I'm thankful for because:
1) It's a time to rest from a hard week of school
2) Time to catch up on things I'm behind on
3) Time to get ahead in school and complete things on my long to-do lists
But this weekend I was especially thankful because my family came to the Fort to help me pack up some stuff to send home since the Freshman year is beginning to wind down. I love having my family come visit me because they are so supportive and loving and it's always great to show them my home away from home. However, this time was even more special because my family brought my 85 year old grandfather. Having my Papaw here was so exciting because I got to show him the place that I've been calling home and hear all about how he has been doing. My Papaw is such a special man in my life and he inspires me every day. He is the hardest worker I know and he is constantly supporting me in every step of my life. He is an amazing role model and being given the opportunity to show him TCU was such a cool experience because it was a chance for me to show him the place I have been calling home for the past 8 months.
On Friday I got to experience my first Texas tornado with my family which was really crazy. I'm thankful I was with my family because we were together and safe. Later that night I went to one of my favorite restaurants, Joe T's, with a couple of my friends and my family. I love that Joe T's because their food is always so delicious and who doesn't like a good meal with good people? Then on Saturday, I spent the day showing my family around the beautiful TCU campus and enjoyed watching some Horned Frog baseball take on Texas. When Sunday rolled around, it was time for me to start loading some things in the car and saying goodbye to my family for the last time this school year. Soon I will be back home with my family in Stuttgart enjoying a nice summer until it's time to come back to TCU once again as a SOPHOMORE!
I cannot believe it's already that time. The days have gone by so quickly and as I look back on this year I realize that I've had so many things to be thankful for. I am so grateful for the love and support my family constantly shows me and especially grateful that I could have my Papaw here to show him TCU and why I love it so much.
Only a week and a half until freshmen year is officially over. Can y'all believe it? I am thankful to be blessed with such a wonderful family and thankful for a great and releasing weekend with them.
Southern and Thankful
Like this if you like to be different!!!
Okay so yeah we all know I will do whatever it takes to spice up life. I mean going through the day to day motions can often get boring, at least for me. Maybe it's because I have ADD, or maybe it's because I want to take the most life has to offer. Maybe it's both! (lol) Whatever the reason may be, I am a constant encourager of the spicing up of life. For more examples of how to spice up life, refer to the rest of my blog posts because I promise it is a reoccurring topic. Today's way of doing this was to sit outside.
People, you always have the option to sit inside. Always. But what is the fun in that? I mean if it is too cold, too windy, too hot, raining or snowing.. then no please don't sit outside, but if it is nice weather and the sun is shinning go outside. Restaurants, your friends, your family, etc. all have the accommodations to sit outside. You must like it... Use it for once! Some of my favorite meals at home have been when my family and I take the time to sit outside. It makes a huge difference in the dinner conversation and overall atmosphere. I mean I know we probably think differently, but it makes me generally happier.
TBT to that one time a bird did poop on me while I was sitting outside at the zoo, but I mean it's okay. It did make for a great story!
My point in this whole post is to show you how cool and fun it is to do things out of the ordinary. For example: sitting outside. If you look, a lot of the time the outdoor section is empty. Today my friend and I took the opportunity to go outside and eat dinner because why not?
I am thankful for little things in life like that make it "outside" the box. Get it?
Southern and Thankful
Okay so this post might seem to be a little silly, but stay with me please (lol).
I know everyone has the thing that I like to call "guilty pleasure food." It can be anything really. It is typically what you eat when you are:
6. Hungry (my personal favorite)
It is also typically something that you have to go out of your way to make or get. It isn't something you have everyday, unless you are depressed often and if so your guilty pleasure food won't fix that. Just a thought! You might have this like once a week.
Here are some examples:
-Ice Cream (hopefully not Blue Bell)
-Cheese Dip and Chips
-okay I am stopping the list because I am getting hungry; you get it.
Also, if your item is healthy it's not a guilty please food... Just clarifying that for you!
Anyways, mine has changed for sure. Coming from the small town of Stuttgart to the big town of Fort Worth, needless to say my options have grown and grown! I love love love food a lot. So it is hard to pick, but I think I know what mine is. It used to be a special snack every time I was in Little Rock, but now that I have access to it, it has taken the current spot for my #1 guilty pleasure snack. Pumpkin Bread from Starbucks. Of course Starbucks is everyone's favorite coffee shop, but the baked goods are just as great as everything else they have at Starbucks. I swear. Buy them! I especially love it when my Mom is with me because truth be told, we are both a sucker for this pumpkin bread. If you have never had it, it is to die for (not really, but it's good). The whole point of this little lecture I have just given you is to be thankful for your guilty pleasure food. I mean today after my last test of Freshman Year (aside from finals), which by the way I made a B on so that is good, I was just needing a pick me up. Nothing picks me up more than my guilty pleasure food. Also, it is fitting that I find my guilty pleasure food at Starbucks because I have tons of gift cards after graduation last May!
I am just saying today I am thankful for my pumpkin bread... Whatever yours may be, whenever you may eat it, be thankful for it! It has gotten me through the worst and best days!
Southern and Thankful
I do not personally know the chancellor of TCU, but I have been to a couple of events where he has been there too. I must say, he is a great guy.
As part of Student Foundation, the chancellor and his family invite us to their home at the end of every year to thank us for all we do as tour guides for TCU. I was pretty excited for this dinner because this isn't something every TCU student gets to do. Unfortunately, it rained for about 5 minutes today and in this short shower they panicked and decided to move the event to a large space on campus. I was really bummed because I really wanted to go to his house. LOL that sounds weird, but like I said, having an exclusive invitation like that one gets you all excited. I could have decided not to go or I could have been upset, but I quickly remember how the location doesn't even matter. The fact that our busy chancellor is going to take the time to move the event all around to make sure we were conferrable and happy speaks volumes. So we didn't go to his house? We still were given a great Mexican feast with the Chancellor and his wife.
I really love how personable they are and how they care and interact with this camps/community. That is a choice that they make on there own and it really says a lot. They also had a raffle and gave out really cool prizes. Sadly, I was not chosen, but hey at least my number was in the jar, right?
Sometimes life is rough. Somedays you are tired and frustrated. Somedays things just aren't going your way. These are the days that we are tested as a person. To pass this "test" we must look at the glass half full instead of half empty and give thanks for all that is going on around us. It is that time of year and I must say I am fading fast. I am thankful this dinner tonight because it helped me remember to stay positive and stay thankful even when I don't feel like it.
Huge thank you to TCU staff, STUFO, the Chancellor and his family, and anyone else who made tonight such a great dinner for us. #thisiswhyistufo
Prayers please because I do have my last test of the seamster before finals tomorrow night at 7:00. I am ready to put an end to some of these classes, but to do that I need confidence, wisdom, and strength. Gotta stay focused and keep my eyes on the goal of finishing this semester strong!
I challenge you to stay positive and stay thankful. We are almost there my friends... almost!
Southern and Thankful
One of the movies that everyone feel in love with was and still is Pitch Perfect. A movie with talent, comedy, beauty, and music like you have never seen before. This film rocked the world a couple of years ago and it just so happens that the sequel is coming out in theaters this May. I cannot wait!
I am sure you are wondering why I am talking about this film. Well you see, this is one of my favorite movies and I was always wanted to hear acappella in person. I have the pitch perfect album on my phone, but I have never actually seen someone with this talent in person. Leave it to TCU to change that for me!
This year a good friend and brother of mine formed the club on campus and tonight I had the opportunity to go hear two cool group's. Man was it good!
I was super proud because several of my brothers performed and they did a great job! I mean you have to have some real skill to make your own music with nothing but your mouths. I was also feeling #blessed because my night class got out just in time for me to attend. I may or may not have been planning to leave early... Good thing it all worked out! needless to say, I am thankful for some awesome entertainment tonight!
Also, today I want to give a huge thank you to my friend Patrick for inviting me to have lunch with him and his grandparents. I have meet his Granna before and it was so great to have lunch with both of this grandparents. Thank you so much for treating me like family and buying my lunch. I really appreciate feeling so loved! I also really appreciate eating anything besides the BLUU (cafeteria) for lunch! I am so thankful to have great friends who welcome me and make me feel loved! I have always cherished that in a true friend!
Between a rocking acappella concert and lunch with friends/family, it has been a Monday to be thankful for. That is kind of odd, I know. Monday's are often the worst days of the week, but guess what? They can be the best days of the week, if you want them to!
As finals approach, keep all of us college kids in your thoughts and prayers. I know we would of course be thankful!
I hope your week started as great as mine and I hope you are thankful!
Southern and Thankful
All I have to say is what a weekend. It has been fast and furious, but so much fun. After a great formal on Friday night, my Fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, headed to Austin for our Spring Formal. I was really excited because
1.I love any occasion to wear a bowtie.
2.I had never been to Austin before… I am now obsessed with it.
We were literally only there for about 24 hours, but man did we make some memories. Memories I am so thankful for.
I have to start out by saying how thankful I am for my date. Brooke Wong, you have rocked my socks off since the day I meet you. You have such a drive and a spirit that is so unique. I love being your friend and I consider it a huge honor to take you to my formal. It was so much fun with you and I wouldn't have wanted to ask anyone else!
Brooke’s a great friend and she was a wonderful date. You all know how much I appreciate great friends in my life. Apparently when you have an away formal it is custom for the girl to make the guy a cooler....Brooke is super artsy and so creative. She made tons of coolers for other people so I told her I didn’t mind if she didn’t have time to make me one. Secretly I was hoping she would because I knew whatever she did would be BOMB. And oh how I was right. Please see the pictures below. It is so me and I love everything about it. If that wasn’t enough, she also got these custom made cookies, also pictures below, and they are the coolest things I have ever seen. She got one that is the state of Texas, one that is a Vineyard Vines Whale, two Beta cookies, and one with my name. I don’t want to eat them because they are so perfect. She also got me a piece of pie from our favorite place in Fort Worth. Brooke can I just say that I am so thankful for how special you made this weekend? I loved exploring Austin with you, getting directions from you, dancing the night away with you, being stranded with you, eating great food with you… Hell I just loved being with you. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. I am SO thankful for you! ILY!
I would also like to give a shout out to the social chair of Beta, Chris Pozzi. He has done a great job and I am so thankful we have someone like him planning and leading our social events.
According to the hotel, we were a great group and they loved having us. Makes the whole weekend worth it wouldn’t you say?
I so enjoyed this fun time with all of my friends. Ice cream, 5 hours of sleep, lots of dancing, a missed bus, an uber ride, and lots of laughs this weekend make me so thankful for TCU. As the year comes to an end and I look back at this weekend I can’t help but think about when I thought something like this was impossible. God has blessed me in more ways than one. I had a great weekend, a great date, a great group of friends, a great fraternity, and an all-together great life. I am forever thankful!
Southern and Thankful
Blessed is an understatement when it comes to my life. Each and every day I am amazed by God's steadfast love. In return, I have claimed this space to show my thanks and whatever else comes along the way. A recent graduate from Texas Christian University who loves any creative insta post, all donuts, and dress pants that make you do a double take. I pray God has a grand purpose for me and I plan to get there with a little Southern and a lot of Thanks! Join me!