Sunday Easter came and many people not only celebrated Jesus rising from the tomb, but they also celebrated the end of lent. I ,included, was very happy lent was over because I was in dire need of Chick Fil A. I am honestly shocked that I was able to give this up for lent. I ate it at least 3 times a week, if not more, and they are only open 6 days a week. LOL @ that.
Chick Fil A was something I often found myself wanting. During lent, but every time I had the desire for it, I stopped and said a prayer. Most of the time I just thanked God for Chick Fil A and also for all the things that I do have access to. I think we often forget all the little things, especially when we want something so badly. Just the other day I actually went to Chick Fil A to study with a friend, but didn't get anything. The temptation was real.
My friends temptation is real and though this is a very minor example we still have to guard our hearts and minds from the devil. I am 100% sure the devil would have loved to see me eat Chick Fil A, but the coolest part is that I did not satisfy him. I did not do as he wanted because he is not my God. My God died on the cross for my sins and then when they went to His grave on easter morning He was not there. He does marvelous things every day. He gave up a lot of things for each of us, yet He is perfectly fine with that. For those same reasons I am perfectly fine with giving up something. It is actually the least I can do!
On Monday I did get Chick Fil A twice because I was so happy to be reunited!!! It tasted so good. Funny how things can change when they have been absent from your life. It was like having it for the first time all over again. Needless to say, I highly recommend giving up something you seriously don't think you could live without for lent next year. I didn't think I would be able to do it, but when Jesus was carrying the cross up the hill I am sure He didn't think He would be able to carry on either.
If you successfully gave something up for lent join me in being thankful for marvelous things, like Chick Fil A!
Southern and Thankful
After last week I was in desperate need of a break. I was so so happy to go home for Easter! Even though I had just been at home for Spring Break, I did not care because I was really needing to sleep in my own bed. Thursday nightafter finally getting home, getting a full meal, and getting into bed I think I slept for like ten hours and I don't even think I moved. It was one of those sleeps that woke me up all in a daze. I was confused, but that means it was a really really good sleep. I think I got like 14 hours of sleep for the whole week, last week. Actually very ridiculous! I don't know why I did that to myself... I just had so much going on!
I was very bummed though because event though I put in all this hard work I did not do as well as I had hoped. I mean I put in more work and time than I did for the first round of tests and for some reason it didn't go as well. That is honestly just my luck. It is just so frustrating because I feel like I have always been like that when it comes to tests. Maybe I just stressed myself to a point that wasn't good for me. Either way, I am disappointed after all that work.
Things have just been so weird lately. I was laying in bed on Saturday night and I realized that the next time I sleep in my bed I will be a Junior in college... not a sophomore anymore. I mean that was such a crazy thought. And I am not saying that I am ready for that, but Sophomore year has been such a weird year. In a good and bad way! So selfishly I am ready to check it off the list and take a nice long break from classes, but then again I know I am going to bed so sad to see it go. I hate how most things in life are like that. Or at least for me they are in this stage of my life. I am really going to try and be positive in the next coming weeks because I know they will fly by! Being positive is a choice and I think it is often a choice we forget to make. Being at home kind of reminded me of that!
Prayers for a positive attitude and mindset as I go through the rest of the semester. I am going to pray that everyone, including you all, will join me in being positive! I have a feeling at times it is going to be more difficult than I imagine!
I will for sure share more in the coming days from the weekend, but for now I wanted to share this with you! May you learn to be thankful for a positive outlook on things.... I know it is going to make a major difference on the rest of the semester!
Southern and Thankful
Hi people... so today the most ironic thing happened to me. Here I am, ya know, moving from one study location to the other and BOOM-there it is. The light at the end of the tunnel...well I mean technically I am not there yet, but I can finally see it in the distance.
***see light at the end of the tunnel below***
Aren't some of the things God paints beautiful? Funny how just a few hours ago I was looking at that and now I am drying off from walking back to my room in a torrential downpour. Hail and everything. Let's hope that is not a prediction of what my test tomorrow is going to be like. This goes to show you that if you take the time to appreciate that light at the end of the tunnel it will eventually appear!
My test tomorrow is at 9:30--prayers are welcome! And then I am out of here and saying goodbye to 10 of craziest days of my life thus far. Here's to praying I make it there!
Stay tuned; stay thankful!
Southern and Thankful
I need some motivation, some energy, something. I am seriously losing my mind from studying. All I want to do is go to bed, but oh wait, can't forget about the two hard tests you have in the next two days.
They always say you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think I am at this stage of the tunnel where I have set down the middle, pitch black part, waiting for the light to come to me. Have you ever done that? It is really not a fun feeling. I mean I know I have to get back up and keep going because eventually I will make it. If only that could happen a little faster, ya know?
Anyways I needed a little pick me up. I mean doesn't it sound like that's what I needed? Right! So I decided to order some cinnamon sticks from Pizza Hut for a couple of different reasons:
1. Who doesn't love cinnamon sticks?
2. I'm studying for my nutrition test and I was tired of feeling healthy.
3. I was hungry, but didn't really have time to stop and go get something.
4. Too tired to walk to my car/somewhere on campus.
5. Haven't talked to my Mom in ages, but I am sure if I had talked to her todayshe would have agreed with my need of cinnamon sticks. Oh by the way thanks rent;)
6. I really wanted Chick Fil A, but I gave that up for lent. Hurry up Easter!!!
Really I think I am just sitting here writing about this as an attempt to procrastinate. So sorry if this is boring, but if it makes you feel any better this was the only fun thing I did all day so of course I have to be thankful for cinnamon sticks.
The lesson here is that even though I am tired, stressed, etc. I AM HERE
AND I HAD CINNAMON STICKS.
Gotta take the time to be thankful no matter what! If this doesn't prove that it is possible, I am not sure what does.
Order some cinnamon sticks, get yourself together, and push on. No one likes the bump in the tunnel.
Okay I am getting up and moving forward. By moving forward I mean going back to studying. Hope you enjoyed this extended thankful metaphor!
Southern and Thankful
Things have been kind of crazy, but as always, I am still thankful. I am going to catch y'all up on this past week... Hope you can keep up!
THURSDAY March 17, 2016
4:07 am: TCU Alert Sytem is going off all over campus. Flashing lights. Loud voices. Not a nightmare. This wakes everyone on campus up. You can imagine how excited we all were. They do this to inform us that dangerous weather is on the way. Not that necessary in my opinion because this dangerous weather was thunder storms. I literally could have slept through that. It finally goes off. I get back in bed
6:40 am: TCU Alert System is back at it again. My roommate and I cannot decide if we need to get up and go in the hallway or stay in bed. We get up and go in the hall to see one guy with his blanket and pillow sleeping. We crawled back in bed as the thing yelled, flashed, and rang. Very annoyed at this point.
7:15 am: TCU Alert System goes off AGAIN. My roommate says, "not getting up." I agree and lay there. Also let's keep in mind that every time this goes off it e-mails us, texts us, calls us, and calls our parents on top of all the noise. TCU is very relentless if you cannot tell at this point. I am laying in bed and all I can think is that here I am, a very busy college student that doesn't get enough sleep in general, but now TCU has decided that they would like to take a little more of that sleep away from me to keep me safe in the middle of the night. I mean I am thankful they want to keep me safe, but I need sleep. I didn't go to bed until 1:30 am.
I then woke up at 8:30 am for class. It was quite the night. At the time it was very hard to be thankful because my sleepy self was talking. Looking back I could understand one alert, but three was too much. Still a tad bitter they didn't cancel any morning classes.
Lesson learned here: safety is first and if you are safe it does not matter if you are tired or not...you are living. Eventually I will get over all three calls, but this is the best I can do for now. I mean at times I felt like I was in a bad dream. It just kept happening over and over again. It is kind of comical now!
I need some serious prayers for this week, please. I have a paper, a project, advising, and two tests all before Thursday. Not to mention all the other little things. I am going to need a miracle to make it to Thursday... here we go!!
Same time, same place tomorrow and I will share how the rest of the weekend went. Here's a hint: it involved no TCU Alert. That is something to be thankful for, y'all!
Southern and Thankful
This weekend was a really fun weekend and one that I was really ready to put behind me. I know, that might sound bad, but I was actually in charge of the whole Beta Dad's weekend. After months and months of planning I was excited, yet anxious for the weekend to get here. I wanted everything to go smoothly, but most importantly I wanted it to be a fun weekend for everyone including my Dad and I!
My Dad came in on Thursday night, which was fun. We went to one of my favorite places and the the next morning he actually got to come on an official TCU tour with me! My Mom got to come on one back in February so I was excited he was getting the opportunity also. I talk a lot about giving tours and I think it is fun that my parents have had the opportunity to come along with me!
Friday night we went to the first TCU conference game and we had our own party patio! I was real nervous because rain was predicted, but I never saw any rain...praise the Lord. We all had a fun time and TCU even pulled out a win! Huge thanks to the baseball ticket office for working with me and making it a great time for all!
Saturday we went to Top Golf. You may not know what that exactly is, but that's okay because before Saturday I did not know either! It is basically like bowling, but golfing! I actually really enjoyed it. We had our own space and a room with a buffet set up for brunch. Highly recommend doing an event at Top Golf. Their staff was so great to work with. I thought I would be doing a ton of work and that I wouldn't be able to enjoy it, but I really didn't have to do anything after I got there. They are awesome! Dad and I both really enjoyed this. If it would have been a little less windy that would have been great. I can control a lot of things, but sadly I cannot control the weather!
My friend Patrick and I then took our Dad's to a great burger spot in Fort Worth! Love that place.
Saturday night I made a reservation for us all at this local sports bar and it was a big hit. I never could get them to call me back, so I decided to take that off the weekend schedule, but then last Wednesday they called wanting to confirm my reservation. Two weird things about this:
1. I never made a reservation.
2. I had just heard 5 minutes earlier that it might rain Friday night.
Needless to say, God was looking out! Just goes to show you that everything works out the correct way!
Sunday, Dad left and Dad's weekend was officially over. A weight was lifted off my shoulders for a couple of hours, but then the stress of this coming week set in. It is okay though because I can do this. I am happy to be here and learning!
Thanks to all the Dad's and guys that thanked me for my work. I do a lot of the behind scenes stuff and it means a lot when people recognize that! I encourage you to remember that. Whatever you do odds are someone plays a huge part in that. Try and thank them. It is more important that you know!
Continued prayers as I try my hardest to make it through this very busy week! I am thankful for my Dad's and all the Dad's that made Dad's weekend extra special for me!
Southern and Thankful
Back at it again with the photoshoots today on this gorgeous Texas day. My sweet and only friend from Hawaii, Nikki, asked me to take a headshot photo for her because she needed it for one of her classes and, of course, I was happy to do it. It was honestly such a pretty day and Nikki has such a glowing personality it was easy to photograph.
TCU always does such an amazing job with keeping the flowers fresh, bright, and beautiful during this time of year. I have been told the story, which I should probably know since I am a tour guide. But the rest of the story is that TCU has some type of endowment where they are constantly getting new flowers. I am a big fan of that I must say. Not only does it make our campus look beautiful, but it seriously brightens my day when I see them. I really appreciate whoever pays for this constant planting of pretty flowers.
Surround yourself with things that make you smile because sometimes on crazy, busy, stressful days seeing something colorful and bright might just make your day. And if you get the opportunity to stop and take some pics, I highly recommend. Mine turned out really well as you can see below!
I sure am thankful!
Southern and Thankful
I often find it easy to be thankful for simple things. For example, today when I went into one of my classes that is typically lecture style. We usually go in and sit in the same seats and try to listen to what my teacher is reading off of her powerpoint. I often get distracted after a while because the class is an hour and 20 minutes long. It can sometimes be very boring.
But not today folks. I went in the classroom and the chairs were all in a circle. We developed our groups for a group project, did a fun exercise with a hula hoop, and then created an extra credit project out of LEGOS. Yes, like the colorful blocks one plays with as a kid. I can't tell you the last time I played with legos, but wow it was actually kind of fun going to that class.
It seemed like in high school we did something different every day, 5 days a week. But here at college things can get a tad boring. I so admire teachers that make it a point to change up the classroom environment. Makes me thankful to go to class.
Let's say life feels boring to you. I encourage you to change it up! Add a little color, take a different way to work, rearrange your closet, etc. Changing things up can be scary, but when we are in control of that change it can kind of be fun. Think about it as you go into this week!!
I have been feeling very overwhelmed because I have 1000 things going with Dad's Weekend this weekend (I am in charge) and school and everything else. Feel free to lift me up in your prayer requests! I would so appreciate that!
Here's to happily changing up life. It can put a smile on your face, which FYI, never hurts anyone!
Southern and Thankful
The high today was officially 90 degrees and with that I said goodbye to the warmest winter I can ever remember.
I would just like to say that I prayed every night for a snow day, and I am a tad bitter I did not get one. I mean halfway into the winter season I knew it was going to have to be a miracle, but I believe in miracles so I was sure it was going to happen since we had so many days last winter. It will take me a while to recover from not having a snow day...stay tuned.
Yesterday when I got back to campus I packed up all my winter things to take back home and I was a little disappointed because I had tons of great winter things I never got to really wear because it was so hot in Texas this winter. I mean I have felt like the semester was ending all semester because the weather has been so warm and usually that doesn't happen till the end. It makes me a little nervous how the summer is going to be, especially for my small little town that is full of farmers. I am going to go ahead and add that to my prayer list because I know how important that is to so many people. Feel free to join me!
As sad I was to pack up my winter clothes, I am so looking forward to warmer weather. I also am having such a hard time believing how fast everything is going. In less than 2 months I will be a junior in college. Things have got to slow down like pronto.
Here's hoping your week started out in the best way possible.
Southern and Thankful
I am back in Fort Worth after a great break that flew by. I spent Spring Break at home since I will be going abroad in the beginning of May and I could not imagine a better way to spend my break. Things have been so crazy for me this semester and it was so nice to just be at home. Not only was it productive in several ways, but it was also full of rest, relaxation, and great food. My family sure is special.
When I first got home it was kind of depressing because I was seeing how all my friends/other TCU people were having such an amazing break in all these far off locations. But as the week went on I became very thankful for my decision to go home. And let's not forget how happy I was to be reunited with my bed. Wow I already miss it!
In case you are not friends with me on snapchat, you must know that the only thing I seemed to do over break was eat. One day I was watching my own story and noticed how it was completely full of the food I was eating. But oh well. If I had to be jealous of the fun everyone was having by watching their stories, they could be jealous of my food, right? (LOL). But seriously I got to eat at some of my favorite restaurants AND my Mom, Dad, and JanJan made some of my favorite things. For example, last night we had homemade chicken and dumplings AND Kentucky derby pie for dessert. I mean it is quite possible that I gained 50+ pounds this weekend. Crazy, but so worth it!
It was kind of weird with my Spring Break being so early. None of my friends were home during the week, but it turned out to be good because I was able to spend lots of quality time with my family and I was able to get caught up on all my TV shows. I love a good TV series FYI. Mills, Mom, and I watched the whole first season of Fuller House... we would recommend! Really cute show!
Needless to say sometimes home is the best thing for you. I may have not known that at the beginning of Spring Break, but now that it is over I am fully reminded of how thankful I should be for a low key week at home. I am really wishing that at this moment I could be back on the couch, but I have like 8 weeks left of sophomore year (CRAZY) and I would like to finish that first. And I will be back home in 10 days for Easter. Now, if I can make it through these next 10 days I will be extra thankful. I have so much going on in these 10 short days that I already see the stress headed my way. Go ahead and start praying if you will!
Remember that when all else fails home will always be thankful to have you back for a while. Until next time... thanks Spring Break 2016!
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!