Days pass by and often we find ourselves doing the same thing over and over. Dressing the same way. Eating the same foods. Going to the same places. Etc.
Nothing is wrong with a normal and frequent routine, but sometimes it is nice to change that up, ya know?
Living at TCU is wonderful because of the small town feel this campus had. That is a large part of why I picked this university, but of that I sometimes to forget I do live in a city. Fort Worth is actually has the same population size as Seattle, in case you didn't know. I didn't learn this fun fact until I got to campus. I am so used to doing the same things over and over because I have never really had a lot of options. I am not complaining. I am actually quite thankful for that aspect of my life. But I did choose to move to this city, therefore I should take advantage of all the things out there, right?
if you know me, then you also know that I love to dress up. I mean most of the time I will be over dressed, but I don't consider that a bad thing. I would rather be overdressed than underdressed... Am i right?
One of my RA's decided to invite anyone who wanted to come downtown to eat and we could all dress up. First off, when I heard dress up... I was in. I thought to myself, "On a Tuesday?" But I mean I actually loved the idea! I will not always have the opportunity to do something with such spontaneity like this. I figure it is important to take the time now to enjoy it. We went downtown in the city... That is one of those things I forget I have access to. And may I add how cool that is! We ate at a cool Chinese bistro and enjoyed something different for a change.
Life is supposed to be fun. If you can sit here and tell me you love your daily routine, great. But we all know at some point that will get old and you will want to change it up. Don't be afraid to change things up and don't let something stop you from doing that. It is really what life is all about. We are not robots... We can change things up from time to time. I have always been a firm believer of being different and I am so thankful for that. You don't have to make different actions in your life, but you really should consider being different from time to time.. It makes life fun! I am sure thankful for this change today... Life today is fun and I am thankful!
Southern and Thankful
Mondays always end up being 10 times better when you start them with a tour. In case you didn't know, I am a tour guide at TCU and I give tours for special programs for students. Monday at TCU is one of those and what that means is that around 4 times a semester we have these days that are special to seeing TCU. On Mondays at TCU, this semester, we have had a lot of seniors who are trying to make that big decision and then juniors who are preparing to make that big decision. Today was a great Monday at TCU because the weather was absolutely prefect. This is probably the first tour where the weather was so nice! I got to wear shorts, the flowers were blooming, the birds were chirping, the sun was shining, and hopefully future honored frogs were accepting. Apparently when the weather is nice it makes a big difference in the amount of students who decide to join TCU. I mean if you think about it, it makes sense. On days where it has been rainy or cloudy, our campus doesn't look as nice. No matter what, we are always fun and energetic, but when the weather's so great that helps.
Also, if you follow me on any social media the you know that I take a selfie with every one of my tour groups... its my thing! So attached below is our selfie from today. What a great group we had today! What a great group I always seem to have. I just hope that I and my sweet co have been helpful because all we want is for potential families to fall in love with TCU like we did.
Today, I also got a huge slap in the face. Okay, not literally, but still. THERE ARE ONLY 36 DAYS LEFT IN THE SEMESTER. I REPEAT 36. How in the world is that even possible? I kind of had to stop and take it all in because I feel like I just started. Funny how fast time passes isn't it? One day I will look back and remember writing this and I can almost guarantee I will want to go back so bad... Kind of makes me sad, but very happy at the same time.
Whoever you are I am hoping you are getting nice weather too. If not, hang in there. I promise it will come!
I am just thankful for the job I have in being a tour guide. Can I major in it, maybe? Now wouldn't that be sweet!
Also, I hope you all are preparing your hearts and minds for this coming week... I love Easter. I can't wait to be thankful for it. I mean I already am, but you know what I mean.
Have a great week!
Southern and Thankful
What a busy weekend it has been friends. Since I refrained from posting yesterday, let me break this post up into 2 so you can really get the gist of what happened yesterday.
Saturday morning was the camps wide community service day most commonly known as "LEAPS".
LEAPS is TCU’s all-campus community service day that happens once a semester, sending hundreds of students, faculty and staff to multiple service sites around Fort Worth and Tarrant County. As a TCU tradition of service since 2000, LEAPS helps you explore service opportunities while getting to know your fellow Horned Frogs. I did not have the opportunity first semester to volunteer, but after seeing what a big deal it was at TCU, I wanted to volunteer this semester. A huge number of people on and around the area participate around campus and I thought that was so cool. Saturday was the LEAPS for this semester and I was excited to help out.
I worked on campus where kids from local schools came and were given a sack full out books. My job was to read with them for over two hours. It was actually kind of fun! I like to read, but I feel like as I get older it gets harder to find time to read. I don't like being told what to read and I don't like being told to read something boring. It kind of took me back to the days when I read some great books. Today I read with two boys, Jared and Jayden. They were pretty cool and for the most part liked to read. Like any kid, they don't understand that this is a skill that you will use for the rest of your life. I tried to teach them that to a certain extent, but you know kids. I liked that they also asked us to write in every book something encouraging. I wrote them some really cool notes and I hope they look back one day and remember me.
In high school I spent a lot of time at the Miss Arkansas/ OT pageants supporting my friends, Hannah and Ashley. I know a lot about the system, weirdly, but I can say that while coming to college I have missed meeting people and making connections through my friends that competed. I was really surprised when I got to LEAPS and there were like 15 Miss Texas/OT titleholders. I about fell out because I have not seen a titleholder in ages... and I have never seen one in Texas. I had to introduce myself and so I did. I actually made some new friends! That was really cool and over all LEAPS was a great event! I can't wait to do it again! Needless to say, I am thankful for LEAPS!
Today, I am thankful for last night and the great time I had at the ADPi black diamond formal with one of my best friends. I love any opportunity to wear a bowtie. The weather was great and overall it was a great time with such great people. The venue was in a really cool place and we danced the night away. Michelle is such a great friend to me and I appreciate that more than anyone will know. I was very unsure of what life would be like in college and who I would become friends with... Michelle is a great example of how God works that all out. She will do just about anything for me, she understands that I am usually late, she is so encouraging, and she has been such a light in my life when I needed it most. I am thankful for Michelle and the place she has in my heart. Never have I laughed so much in my life! Last night was another memory in the books with you and that is something truly be thankful for.
See how great it is to be thankful for life in general. What a great weekend with cool friends, fellowship, food, and fullness of the heart. I am oh so very thankful!
Southern and Thankful
May I just start off by saying that I am a tad sleep deprived and I am in need of sleep. Which means this may or not be the best post... Bare with me.
Last night was an extremely fun night because it was Beta, Theta, and Alpha Chi Hometown Throwdown. Everyone dressed up to represent their hometown and it was a really fun event. I, of course, wanted to take the good ole mascot costume, but unfortunately I did not really have a way to get that so I had to settle on something else. I gathered up a camo riceland hat, my duck call, and then, thanks to Mr. Allen, I had a great camo Edward Jones button down. I was pretty proud of my outfit... I feel like it fits the Duck and Rice capitol of the world very nicely. My date, Michelle is from Austin so she rocked out her UT stuff and all in all it was a fun night. Lots of dancing and lots of people!
This event didn't end until pretty late... So college.
That really isn't a problem, unless you have to be somewhere the next morning at 8 a.m.
I don't love the early early mornings, especially when I stay up late the previous night. This event this morning was one I am glad I made it out of bed for.
TCU does a great job at raising all of it's money to fund projects on campus. Part of this is done through an organization on campus that has a campaign called "Count Me In!". I had the privilege of being part of this and encouraging other students to donate to some aspect of campus. I, along with everyone else who gave back to the University, was invited to a breakfast with the chancellor this morning at 8 a.m. I was kind of dreading it, but I saw that it was breakfast and I knew I had to go.
1. Because the breakfast was bound to be good
2. Because the chancellor was speaking. We have such a cool chancellor. I always look forward to hearing if speak.
He has been here for some time and he seems to make everyone work in a great way. He loves TCU and all that comes with this campus.
Needless to say, it was worth it.
After that, since I was already up and going I managed to get a lot of my homework done today before my class. I am so glad I did this because that means I have a less stressful weekend.
I know we all love sleep. Trust me... I love sleep. The thing to remember is that as long as you are on a good schedule, which I am now, then you will be good to go. Some nights and mornings like today remind me that I can always sleep when I am dead.... such a true statement. Don't let a little thing like sleep keep you from enjoying life. Get it all under control and life will be even better.
The past 24 hours have been full of awesome things and I am so thankful for that.
Speaking of sleep, I believe it is time that I finally got some!
Southern and Thankful
All week long here at TCU the weather has been great and a campaign called, "Not On My Campus" has been defying the odds by making a bold statement. The bold statement is:
Sexual Assault will not happen on my campus.
Did you know that 1/4 of women will be sexually assaulted?
Did you know that 1/16 men will be sexually assaulted? (yes that's a thing)
Did you know that 90% of the time the victim will know the perpetrator?
Did you know that TCU is making a bold step to end this on our campus?
Everyday this week we've had various stations set up on campus where students are encouraged to come by and write "Not On My Campus" on their hand in black sharpie. There photo is taken on a camera and students are encouraged to post on their personal social media accounts to attempt to stop sexual assault on their campus. These pictures have been all over social media all week long and when scrolling through my timeline, they do stand out. Thinking about how many people use social media and how many people have posted, it would be very hard to miss. I think about all the people who are now aware of such an alarming issue. This is not just the case at TCU, but all over the world. It is so heartbreaking to think this happens and nothing has been done about it, but oh am I wrong about thinking that nothing can be done to help fix the issue. TCU is proof that something can be done and that makes me thankful I chose to attend this
Cody Westphal, Student Body President, a brother and a friend of mine has worked so hard to raise awareness for this topic all year long while I have been here. He, along with the rest of SGA, have done an amazing job that makes students, faculty, and alumni proud to be tied to this university. As a student, I am thankful for the work they are doing to stop this issue on our campus. I am also proud of the student body, who has gone and gotten their picture taken this week. If you have not, I highly encourage it. It is beautiful weather, which makes for a great picture. Stating at 11 they are in various places around campus- it's kind of hard to miss them. If you're really interested and need more information then feel free to ask, or check out their Facebook page, "Not on my campus!"
Even if you don't have questions please go and look at all the photos and articles surrounding this topic. It is amazing how such a little place and small amount of people can make such a huge difference. I am thankful for this movement and I am thankful for what God has placed in the hearts of individuals here at TCU. Together we can put a stop to this... Together this will not happen on our campus, and for that I am thankful!
Southern and Thankful
If you read yesterday then you are aware that I had lots to be thankful for. Instead of sharing all on one post I decided to separate two major things because they were just too good! The first thing was that Stephanie came to visit.. Still love her for that. But I have yet to share my thanks for the second thing.
If you know me, you know that I love Vineyard Vines. I am super thankful for that brand because I feel like all their clothing really describes me. That may sound silly, but my style is pretty unique and when I look at their website or go in the store I know it is me for sure. I have worked hard because all I really want in life is to be featured on their insta. I feel like I have said that before, but whatever I'm saying it again (lol).
This has never happened to be so you can imagine my reaction when my friend called me yesterday to tell me I was on the first page and it mentioned my name.
YOU ARE LYING?
IS THIS REAL LIFE?
EXCUSE MY WHILE I LOW KEY DIE!!!"
I mean what in the world? How does that even happen? I don't have an answer for that, but I sure am thankful that it happened. The picture is of me last summer when I was at the lake with all my vineyard vine gear on. I don't really now how that even happened, but boy do I fill like a big deal!
People have been texting, snapchatting and calling me saying they have seen me....that is just so cool to me! I'm still not really over it. I know it's probably weird, but it is very exciting. I never thought I would be on the insta, let alone the first page of the magazine. I don't really know how to write about it because I am in shock, a huge state of excitement, and I wish I could be in that magazine more often!
I am just thankful for all the opportunities that God has given me. Big or small, I am so thankful. I am also thankful because now all this money my parents and various others have spent on clothes for me has paid off... This is the best gift I could ever receive. It's important to recognize all that God does for us. There is not a day that goes where I am not amazed by what he is doing in my life. Take that into consideration as you go about your normal routine. God is so good, but not just because He made it possible for me to be in this magazine, but because he loves us all and wants use to do great things in life... All we have to do is trust Him and be thankful.
Southern and Thankful
Today has been a pretty great day!!!
I'm going to really elaborate on it in tomorrow's post because two pretty awesome things happen and they both deserve their own post. I mean both things were things I was wanting to happen and it just so happened they happened on the same day. It's hard to pick one to be thankful for today, but because she and her friends drove all the way here and spent the night letting me show them off in Fort Worth, I have to say that Stephanie Bell making her appearance in Fort Worth for the first time makes me super thankful today!
It is very weird because way back when Stephanie and I toured TCU. At that point I really wasn't sure if TCU was for me, but like I said, that was a while back and I am glad I'm in the right place. Stephanie and I have been going to the same school with each other since daycare... Often times we have had every class together! Talk about an adjustment coming from seeing someone everyday to seeing them as often as you can. It sometimes makes me sad, but then I see how happy we both are and that makes me so happy. I have been to visit Stephanie and see her friends a couple of times, so I was eggar for her to come and see me and I was ready to introduce all my friends here to my best friend from home. Huge shout out to Stephanie's sweet friends for driving her and coming along for the ride. Any friend of her's is a friend of mine and I was happy to show them off too.
We went to eat with some of my friends, which was super fun. Like I said, I was happy for Steph to meet them. I then showed them all around TCU. My dorm, where I'll be living next year, etc. I then took them to one of my favorite spots: The Football Stadium.
Huge shoutout to Stephanie for walking all around the stadium, on the field, up tons of stairs, and jumping over a rail in a dress and wedges. That takes some serious skill! I am so glad we got to have one quick adventure in Fort Worth before I sent you on your way!
I got a little sad when she left because I have been missing all of our old times, but good for us because the long hall is over, we will be back together next weekend for easter, and then summer is SO soon. Makes my heart so happy!
Stephanie, I am so thankful for our friendship and I am thankful that you came to spend some time with me. You are one of the best people in this world and I am glad you got to bring that to TCU! Can't wait for more fun times together... Thankfully, no one can keep this pair down! Love you @sb012!!!
Southern and Thankful
I know many of us are not huge fans of cell phones for many reasons, but when you live six hours away they can make all the difference. I have missed a lot of things about home during this transition, but one of the biggest things I have missed is my Dad's constant input. I like to pretend that I don't listen to him, but some how he always seems to be right (my mom too), but today I was extra thankful that he was a phone call away. Whether it is sports or just life in general he always does his best to help me out. People say as I get older I look more and more like him and I can tell I am starting to act more and more like him too. Some how I just didn't get his science gene! LOL
Ever since I have come back from Christmas Break I have been home once where I saw my Dad, but other then that I have not got to spend a whole lot of time with him. This makes things hard because there are so many people you want to squeeze into your life, but sometimes it is harder than ever. That is what I look forward most to this summer. I am ready to be able to devote some real time to those I love, including my family and Dad!
After I called to check up on them and fill them in on my life I couldn't help but be extremely thankful. My family has been so great during this whole process, I know I have told you that before, but some days it is easier to see that than others. My Dad has helped me on countless occasions and today was just another day of getting this advice. He says I call him only when I need something, but that is because he is one of the only people I really ever need help from. I will hear anyone out, but taking their advice and putting it to use is something I typically only do when it is my Dad's. I really do feel for those who for one reason are another do not have a Dad. I can't even imagine.
So no, it's not his birthday or fathers day, I just want to take the time to thank God for such a great Dad!
In our busy life it is hard to find time to tell our loved ones how much we appreciate them, but when we have the time we should with out a doubt use it wisely. Thank you Dad for teaching me about sports, giving good life advice, helping me reach my dreams, working so hard so that Mills and I can have the best life possible, for giving me your gray blanket, for teaching me how to have style, showing me that having a servants heart is one of the best hearts, recording all my favorite shows, teaching me how to tie a bowtie, cooking all the best things, and for all around loving us all more than most things. I cannot imagine learning from anyone else. You are so special to me and I look forward to much more of your input as life goes on. I hope you have a great week and I hope you remember how much I love you!
Be thankful for those who love you like this. They deserve all of the thanks!
Southern and Thankful
Excuse my absence yesterday, but when you get the opportunity to go to bed early and sleep in the next day...you take it. I got 11 hours of sleep last night, which was much needed. I know you all understand that!
I would like to give a quick shout out to my tour group yesterday morning at Experience TCU. The weather was pretty nasty, which is never good because it makes the college seem less appealing. My group was super nice and didn't seem to let the weather bother them one bit... I loved that. Below I attached the selfie that we took. I know some of them are coming next fall and I know some are heavily considering it. That makes me so excited!!
Today was been such a chill day, which was much needed. But today is also one of my sweetest friends birthday!
Maycen, boy am I glad you were born. You have played much a special part in my life thus far and I am eternally thankful for that. I will never forget when I really became friends with you. We used to ride the golf cart all around the neighborhood and man did we think we were something. Some of the craziest things have happened to you (and me), but I am so thankful I was part of your crazy life. By crazy I mean:
A. The time you were in the hospital for like ever and we were so worried about you.
B. The time your phone got stolen and we played detective.
C. The time we missed our flight in the Atlanta Airport coming back from NYC.
D. The time in DC I tried to take your pic getting searched by security and I almost got arrested.
E. The time we went to winter formal together.
F. History with you know who... HAHA.
G. The time we were stranded in the mall with no ride and we thought that was such a big deal. (stranded is a pattern for us)
H. Always seeming to have the same english class as you.
I. The band days... LOL LOL LOL
J. The hug I received from you the first time I saw you after coming home from college... Best moment ever!
Just some crazy memories I will never forget. I will also never forget how encouraging and helpful you were in me becoming the mascot. You always helped me get ready and you always encouraged me to be me. I have always loved that about you. I will always remember the days we stood by each other on the track, cheering on the football team under those Friday Night lights... Man do I miss those days. Speaking of encouraging, I could not have made the college decision without you. Seriously. Throwback to the time we went to Baylor and we thought we were going to be Bears... LOL. But really, I remember being so scared to go out of state. Having someone who was in the same position as me made things so much easier. I kind of felt like the whole time we were in it together. Even though we didn't end up at the same place I know I will always have you to understand and encourage me. Your heart is so big and even though you like to appear tough (which you are) you have a weak spot for those you love and I am glad I get to see that. It's because of this I know you are going to make a great vet, wife, and mother one day. I cannot wait to be back in the same place this summer for an extended period of time. More gossip dates, LR trips, movie nights, and nicks trips are in our future and I am anxiously waiting for that. I hope you had a fabulous birthday sister friend. I saw all the insta posts from your new friends and they made me so happy. I am so glad someone is celebrating you today! I could go on and on about you all day, but I will save me love for when I see you again, which is going to be so soon! Thanks for being such a great friend and loving me for who I am. That is so rare in a person and I am thankful I have you... We are all so lucky! I love you precious! See you sooner rather than later! I am thankful for you all the day long... Welcome to 19!
Southern and Thankful
Everyday I wake up and I tell myself that I am going to wear my glasses because I am just too tired to put in my contacts. I also tell myself I am going to go straight to class and come back to take a nap, but neither ever happen. I don't really know anything besides glasses or contacts because I have been wearing one or the other since I was 3 months old. Lately I have been thinking what it would be like to not be able to see. If I didn't have glasses when I was 3 months old, what would have happened?
Growing up there was always the typical child mockery that glasses are for nerds. There came a point that when I got a little older that I kind of believed this. I didn't want to be a nerd and I didn't want to be four eyes and I didn't want to constantly wear glasses. I got contacts and boy have those been interesting. My vision is so bad that I have to have these special contacts and don't get me wrong they are a great invention, but sometimes they can be a pain. I have never really realized how great my glasses were until recently.
Today I got up and told myself I was going to wear my glasses, and I actually did. I have never really thought about why I don't wear my glasses, but I guess because I felt like it was never "cool" that I got out of that habit.
So today I am simply thankful for my glasses. I would not be myself without them. I would not be Cade Bethea without them. God gives us all things that make us unique. In fact, he gives us multiple things that make us who we are. I am thankful that I have begun to realize that my glasses make me who I am and I would not be myself without them. Be thankful for the things that make you oh so special. It can be small or big, but if you'd be a different person without it, then odds are it makes you special. We may sometimes have a love hate relationship, but truth is I love my glasses and I am so thankful for them today and everyday.
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!