I have been up since 4:50 AM, but it has been 100% worth it because today we had a day off (probably to prepare for our final tomorrow morning) and a bunch of us went on a day trip!! The really cool thing about some of these cities over here, like Florence, is that they are heavily populated with study abroad students. Therefore, there are several travel companies that cater to Americans studying abroad. It really is so great. They have really good deals on trips and especially day trips, like today, when you leave early, spend all day in one place, and then come back that same night. It's been a long day, but completely worth it!
Today we traveled to Cinque Terre and y'all... It was amazingly unreal. Oh yeah, FYI, that's the iconic town with all the cute colored houses. Like imagine that all over Pinterest... Yeah you know what I'm talking about. It is technically 5 small towns on the coast, but they are all so small, yet so colorful. And not to mention the crystal blue water that is all around the town. It's another one of those places that you see all these cool pictures of, but you never imagine you will see it with your own two eyes. I am in love with the town!!
We actually started at one city and did this famous hike from one town to the other. Let me just tell you, what a workout!! It was around 3.5 miles up and down. The beginning was brutal because it was stairs straight up. We all got to laughing and I quickly learned it is impossible to walk up giant stairs, laugh, and breath all at the same time (lol). But after that is was really enjoyable!! So many amazing photos and lookouts. After that we ate at a restaurant on the beach and the rented chairs and umbrellas. It was honestly so nice!! The weather was perfect, not to mention it finally felt like summer as I was laying out there. The beaches are actually rock beaches, not sand, meaning they were a little uncomfortable, but it was well worth it to reach the water. I don't know if I have ever seen water that was so blue and crisp. The color was so amazing!! It was really cold at first, but once you got in and got going it was very relaxing and refreshing! I wish I had more time in this place, but a day trip was honestly perfect! I am now ready for a good warm shower!!
The past couple of days in Florence have been full of fun! My sweet friend Michelle Lowell turned 21 on Friday (yesterday) so there was lots of celebrating! In Italy your 21st birthday isn't as big of a deal, but we sure didn't care! Since we had such an early morning this morning, we decided to go out and celebrate on Thursday night, plus we had a pre station in class that day so there was much needed celebrating to be done. We went to this great restaurant with yummy past and then went to some different places in Florence! At the end of the night we went to the "secret bakery" where they bake fresh croissants and okay goodies. They were still warm and fresh out of the oven! It's a secret because it's technically against the law for them to sell to us at that hour and the location is kind of hidden. So fun!!!
Friday, which was her birthday, we actually had a class scheduled trip to Tuscany (how perfect, right) where we toured a famous American winery and had a spectacular lunch and wine tasting. It was really a great day! We really tried to make it special for sweet Michelle! I can't imagine not being around my family on my special day so we really wanted to make her feel loved!
Michelle and I have the same major and over the past year we have spent a lot of time together in and out of the classroom. So many fun times and memories! I was so excited to celebrate with her in Italy!! Michelle, thanks for putting up with me on a regular basis. I can't imagine my TCU experience without you!! Here's to a future Salata date, lots of grey's and scandal watch parties, study sessions, pop culture chats, and lots more laughs! Happy Happy 21st Birthday my friend!!!
We will spend the final days in Florence and have a final due tomorrow and a couple of projects that are due once I return home. Then I will finally be school free!!
The friends, memories, and sites have been so unforgettable. I can't help but be thankful! I am learning so much on this trip when it comes to proper gratitude. Happy Memorial Day to all you Americans out there! Kind of sad I am not at the Lake, but I guess I'll just have to settle for Cinque Terre (insert eye winking emoji)!
May you be oh so thankful for a long weekend... I am betting you deserve it!
Southern and Thankful
I must say... I have given Paris a second chance and it did not disappoint this time!!!
A couple of summers ago my family and I took a day trip to Paris and I was not really a fan. It is such a beautiful and iconic city, I hated to not like it, but I found it very nasty. When we were planning weekend trips a while back several people wanted to go to Paris and I was very against the whole idea. Simply because I did not like Paris when I last visited. But like I said, this time was a whole new experience!
We left on Friday afternoon and first off our place we stayed was like a palace. We rented a Airbnb loft. It was awesome!! We walked in the door and there was a big kitchen and living room (2 pull out couches). We then went down stairs and it was kind of dungeon-ish because of all the brick. I am like 90% sure this place used to be a bomb shelter back in the day. It was such a cool place to stay in the heart of Paris!
We were all starving after that and stumbled upon this amazing burger place. I am not sure what a famous French dish to order is, but I do know a little thing called "French Fires" and I consumed a ton this weekend. The place we ate dinner was to die for. I think after two weeks of pizza and pasta we were happy to eat a little something different, but wow y'all it was such a great meal!!! We ended up having a movie night back at the loft that night because we were all so tired and we knew the coming days would be busy! Needed to rest a little, which is why we slept in the next morning. It was great!!!
Saturday we did a lot of exploring. We didn't really have any set agenda we just walked and walked, which was very nice if you ask me. We stopped along the way several times for sweet treats and we just roamed in and out of shops. Saturday night's dinner was also very good and after that we went to the Eiffel Tour for the night show that happens during the first five minutes of every hour. This night was honestly so funny. The last night I went to the Eiffel Tour all I remember was all the different venders being chased constantly by the police. It was very frightening. I was a tad nervous about going at night, but it was honestly so much more enjoyable this time. I mean yes, venders were everywhere, but no one was being chased and no one made me feel threatened. The night show was so pretty... I could sit and look at that tour all day long if I had the opportunity. I say this night was funny for a few reasons:
1. Allie Bolding made me ride the Mary go round with her AND I ended up riding this lion that did not even move. My feet touched the group the whole time. SO FUN @allie.
2. Allie Bolding also suggested we share a crepe, but they was totally against banana. I wanted a banana chocolate one and she wanted a strawberry chocolate one. Needless to say we did not share a crepe and Allie got the one she wanted. Then, later on, Allie dropped a strawberry on my shoe. I now have a constant reminder of that night!
3. I hailed a cab on one side of the street and ran to the other side to get in his cab. When this happened we passed the other 3 members of the group (who we got separated from) and they thought we were all running away from them because I was running and the other 4 people with me followed along. Also, in this process I was almost hit by a car or two. These may not be that funny to you, but I can assure you memories were made that night!
If we are being honest the real reason I went to Paris was because I wanted to see Sam Baxter and Sarah Amend!!! Two of my favorite people ever!! On Sunday we were able to meet up with them and spend the whole day together. Though it was raining, it was still a fun day. We met at the Eiffel (because everyone knows where that is) and then just went around that area. We also visited this chapel that overlooked all of Paris. If it weren't raining I am sure it would have been beautiful.
That afternoon we had already planned to take this biking tour around Paris and I must say it was my favorite thing in the trip. Plus, Sarah and Sam came along with us. This really made me enjoy Pairs. I think in the past I have been to all the really touristy parts of Paris and that is why I wasn't a big fan of the city. The bike tour was 4 hours and we went all over the city. At iconic/important places our guide would stop and tell us information, which was nice! Such a good way to see the city. Plus, we stopped for ice cream AND a boat ride around the river was also included. I highly recommend looking into a Fat Tire Bike Tour if you visit Paris!
Monday, was quite the day. We woke up and ate at this delicious breakfast spot. I had pancakes, with fried eggs and bacon on top. It was like one whole dish together, which was kind of weird, but insanely awesome! We then went to the Louvre and holy cow that place is massive. Even if we had a whole day to spend, there is no way you could see the whole thing. We went to the main attractions, like the Mona Lisa, because that was really all we had time for. It was still really cool to see such famous art in person. Maybe one day I will have time to go back and spend more time!
We then went to the airport. The next part of this trip is insane. Here is a summary of the travel plans over the next 24 hours (Monday/Tuesday):
We were originally supposed to fly from Paris to Florence. Keep that in mind please!
Basically we showed up to our 6:15 flight at 3:45 pm, then it got delayed, then it got cancelled (majorly sunny outside, yet it got canceled for weather) then we got on a flight at 9:30 to Barcelona (always wanted to visit this place... Yay adding another country to this trip), then that got delayed, then our Barcelona flight finally boarded, then a 30 minute delay, then we took off in the air, then landed, then another delay cause not enough staff to deplane to group, then we finally got off the plane, got a hotel room, left the airport at 2, finally got checked in at 3 am, slept at 3:39 am, and finally woke up at 5:45 am to watch the sunrise over this beautiful city because for several of us it was our first time in that city. I would have killed to have a day in that city. I cannot describe my emotions when I heard we were staying in that city overnight. We got no sleep, but it was so worth it in my book. The sunrise my beautiful and just being in that city was a success for me. We then had to get on a flight at 11 am back to Florence because we did have to get to class. It was such a crazy weekend, but full of amazing fun and memories. It will be something I never forget! I cannot wait to go back to Barcelona!!
How's that for an update? (Lol).
I have been back in Florence since Tuesday afternoon and besides a few days trip over the next week I will be located in this beautiful city. I am excited to spend some much needed ground time in this city.
I cannot explain how thankful I am to my God and my family for making this trip possible. Everyday I am amazed and in awe of this part of the world. I am such a lucky guy! Makes it really easy to be thankful, huh?
May you all be thankful for the unexpected adventures in life! I wouldn't trade it for anything!
Southern and Thankful
SUPIRSE!!! Double post because today just so happens to be a very special day back in Stuttgart, AR. I felt like this really needed to be a separate post because today is graduation day for the seniors at Stuttgart High... And that, my friends, is a big deal. It is crazy to think that two years ago that was me and now I am traveling Europe. God's plan is so amazing!
It seriously feels like just yesterday I put on my cap and gown. Nervous. Excited. Anxious. Unsure. Sad. Thrilled. Graduation day is a mix of a thousand emotions. I remember waking up that day and deciding that I wanted to chose to be happy, for the most part, on that special occasion!
To the class of 2016,
You will have plenty of time to be sad later this summer as you prepare to really say goodbye. I hate to say that, but it is true. You will be sad at some point, but today should not be that day. This is the day you have been working for all of your life. Enjoy it!!! You deserve it! After all the tests, papers, quizzes, projects, and overall work this is your time to celebrate yourself. Never again in your life will you walk out in front of basically your whole hometown (because Stuttgart) cheering you on. It is such a special time! Odds are later you will look back and wish you would have enjoyed it more, but for today just try to live in the moment. Take in the view from the field. Smile at your friends. Hug your teachers. Be confident. Throw that cap high. Don't trip... If you do, laugh. Thank your parents and family. Listen to the speeches... I promise they have useful stuff in them. Thank God for the many lessons learned and many memories made. This chapter is closing whether you like it or not... The thing to do at the moment is to enjoy it. I wish I could go back for the day and be in your shoes because today is truly going to be such a special day. Please be thankful for that when you finally lay your head down tonight after all is said and done. You wouldn't be here if it weren't for him! Congratulations Class of 2016!!! You are also SHS alumni... Just let that sink it!
To Hannah Oliver,
Hard to believe this day has come, huh? I think back to my graduation day... Oh how strong and encouraging you were! I wish with my whole heart that I could be there today to cheer you on! Here's where the whole "different chapters" things seems to really mess things up all again. BUT I have excellent news... As soon as you take that diploma in your hand and walk out of Ned Mosley Stadium, you and I are back in the same chapter. Just like that! In the blink of an eye! I am so excited for your future and I am even more excited to see just how exactly that includes me. I have known you for what feels like my whole life. Our roles in each others life's are constantly changing, but one thing is for sure: I have so enjoyed watching you grow into the young women you are today! So many people love you and so many people are extremely proud of you... Including me! I have had my time in this crazy "new chapter" that comes with graduating high school. I am ready to see what all you do with your new chapter! You are going to thrive... I just know it. I know you are excited for Mississippi State (ha GO FROGS) and I know you are sad to leave SHS, which has been so near and dear to your heart, but I encourage you to trust that God has a plan... A a dang good one at that! Here's to you my sweet, loving, unforgettable, smart, talented friend. Happy Graduation Day!!!
The seasons change so quickly and soon enough all these seniors will look back and be (an upcoming Junior in college) and they will be feeling nostalgic like I am today! Hail noble alma-matter... Dear old Stuttgart High!
May you all say a prayer for all the seniors all around the world, but especially some of my dear friends in Stuttgart, AR!
Be excited. Be present. Be full of joy! Be thankful on your graduation day!
Southern and Thankful
HEY GUYS...IT'S ME FROM EURPOE!!! And wow I have lots to fill you in on! It has been a crazy, but great week over here! Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were spent in Rome and then on Thursday we took the train to Florence (a whole new world). We spent today and yesterday in Florence, and now I am currently in a plane to Paris!! Then on Monday we will return to Florence for the rest of that week!
I was able to finish up a lot of fun must do's in Rome, like the Colosseum and the Forum. Rome was such a great city full of lots of hustle and bustle! I was sad to leave, but happy to travel to Florence where things are more my pace!
But before leaving Rome I was able to meet up with the Stephanie Bell!!! Yeah, you know, the one that has basically been my best friend since birth!! It was actually such an unreal moment!! We have been the best of friends for our whole life. We have been through a lot together and we have even traveled to together, but never have been been in a whole different country together!!! It worked out perfectly that Steph and I were on very similar trips and there were a couple of days that we would both be in Florence and Rome! We matched schedules and figured that meeting in Rome would work best!
So on both of our last nights in Rome we meet up at the Trevi Fountain (talk about crazy) and explored around! We then got dinner and say outside at this cute restaurant close to the Spanish steps. After dinner we stumbled upon a famous gelato place and then went back to see the Trevi at night. The whole time I was kind of in shock that both of us were in such a cool place at the same time. We also both brought friends... So fun to spend time together!! We are both so fortunate to be over here and being able to see a familiar face, let alone one of my best friends on the planet, in Rome was such a blessing. This will be something we can add to the list of things we will tell our kids one day!! Have a great rest of your trip @steph... I can't wait for more adventures when we both return!!
Florence has been fun, at least for the 24 hours we were there, and I look forward to spending more time in that breathtaking city next week! We took a walking tour yesterday in the pouring down rain. Like hail and everything, but sure whose idea that was, but it was a nice way to get aquatinted with the city. Florence is so much smaller... It makes a huge difference! When we were walking around yesterday afternoon my eyes locked with my friend, Brittany, who has been studying abroad in Florence this whole semester! She was taking her last photo on one of the Florence bridges... Talk about crazy! It was such a cool moments. You know, one of these when your mouths just drop! So exciting! TCU has a flagship program in Florence and several of my friends have been studying abroad this whole semester. A lot of them just finished and we're celebrating there last night in the city. Some of us ended up going and hanging out with them. Actually so fun!! It is so cool to go somewhere like Florence, Italy, and hang out with other honored frogs that all have a different TCU experience. TCU study abroad is such a great thing!!
Please say a prayer for us at we spend the weekend in Paris. To be honest, when I went a couple of years ago I was not a fan. I am hoping for a different experience this go round! I am also really hoping to meet up with some other friends that are in Paris also. It is sure to be fun weekend! Can't wait to fill you in when I can!
Oh also, today after getting gelato (I'm obsessed) 5 of us got stuck in the worlds smallest elevator... For like 10 minutes! Fun times over here! But hey, still lots to be thankful for!
Stay thankful... Talk soon!
Southern and Thankful
Oh you know just casually riding a train on a Sunday afternoon after visiting one of the most dreamy places in the world. How did I get so lucky?
There are places in the world you see in pictures and books, but these are places you never imagine seeing with you own eyes. Venice, Italy is one of those places for me, but to my surprise I was actually able to spend a weekend in this place I never imagined seeing. If this isn't a reason to be thankful, I don't know what is.
While I am in Europe taking classes we have 3 day weekends, which allows us to travel if we so wish. It is a pretty typical thing for students to do when they study abroad because it gives us the opportunity to see more of the country. There are so many amazing places to visit over here and it was hard narrowing it down, but I knew Venice was a place I wanted to see!
Four of us caught a train early Friday morning and made our way to this city on water. I am not sure if you are familiar with "AirBNB", but it is a very cool site where people will rent out their homes, apartments, etc. for those who are traveling. It is often a lot easier and less expensive than a hotel. It is also great because you almost get to experience what it would be like in that place. We found a lovely studio apartment on the mainland of Venice (Mastre) and from there we were able to ride a bus 10 minutes across the water to the man island of Venice. I cannot put into words how amazing it was seeing it for the first time.
This city has so much mystery and wonder. You can't help but think about the history and purpose of a city that is slowly sinking in the water. There are no cars, but instead everyone travels by boat or gondola on the many water ways. Some areas are very populated and bustling, like the grand canal, but it is so easy and fun to "get lost" by taking any alleyway or side street. These areas are almost more beautiful than the main attractions. You all know I love to take photos and in Venice I swear it is impossible to take a bad photo. I will post some below, but they will never compare to physically being there.
Friday, we really just explored and took it all in. We went in and out of several shops and of course found gelato. I randomly picked this cool restaurants for dinner. I didn't notice until inside, but they had men's ties hanging all throughout the restaurant. This place was small, but there must have been at least 50+ ties from all over. All different/fun themes! They even had an American flag one! I had seafood risotto I have had risotto before, but never before with such fresh seafood!! It was delicious! Seriously, won't ever get over that city.
Saturday, we did a really cool food and wine tour throughout the city. They have some really delicious food in my opinion. Because they are surrounded by water they have access to so many different fishes and sea creatures. The tour took us to several local places where we had local food and drinks. As we walked from restaurant to restaurant we learned lots of fun facts about the city from a local tour guide. She was so sweet and so fashionable! We saw the local market with all the fresh produce and fish. It was so lively on a Saturday morning. The perfect time to experience it! All of us would agree this was a great way to see Venice! This city is made up of several different islands. After the tour we decided to venture to one of the islands that is famous for glass making! We got to see a glass blowing demonstration in a real glass factory and it was so interesting! I had never really thought such about how glass is made, but these people are very skilled... They make it look so easy! All the shops, naturally, sold all glass products so we didn't stay on this island long, but it was for sure something fun to do! We ended the night with dinner, where I got fresh salmon! It was so fresh it still had bones in it! So yummy!!
Today (Sunday), we only had a little time before our train departed, but there was one thing in particular we did not get to do... Ride a gondola! A sweet lady from London, Jane, on our tour told us she had done it before and that it really wasn't that special. It is very expensive and all you do is ride around, but we decided we needed to be able to say we visited Venice and rode in a gondola! And that is exactly what we did!! Because of the cost we decided to have a lighter breakfast/lunch and buy fresh fruit from the market. I am telling you, that market is incredible! We then went on a gondola ride and even though it was nothing too special, I am happy to check that off the bucket list!
So yes, I am sitting here just pondering how incredibly blessed I am to be on this adventure. Who knows? I would love to visit Venice again one day, but if I never get the opportunity, I am thankful for this past weekend and God's given ability that allowed me to see this enchanted city with my own eyes. I don't think I will ever experience anything like Venice! What a dream come true!
This week a will be spending a few more days in Rome before moving on to Florence in the middle of the week! Then this next weekend I will be traveling to Paris! I swear things keep getting better and better!
Stay tuned... I have lots to be thankful for! Stay thankful... Y'all also have lots to be thankful for, no matter where you are or what you are doing!
Southern and Thankful
Hello friends and family!!! Or should I say Ciao!!
I arrived safely in Rome on Monday after 9+ hour flight, and man, this city is so cool. Did not know a lot about Rome coming into this trip... All I knew is that it was this famous historic city. But, man, what a city!!
Shockingly our hotel is pretty nice minus the fact it is like 75% under construction. I swear construction follows me everywhere! My room has a balcony, which is so nice and so Italy!! I am obsessed!!! They also bring breakfast to our room every morning... Now that is a blessing!! We are slowly, but surely, learning our way around the city, which is pretty cool.
Monday night we went to a real Italian restaurant and were served 5 different courses starting with an appetizer and ending with dessert. The pasta was delicious, and let's not forget the bread. I mean I love bread in general, but it is just so good and so fresh here!! I am in love with it.
Tuesday we hit the ground running and walked over 22,000 steps (thanks Fitbit). Contrary to popular belief, we do actually have a classroom/learning center where we have met and had lectures a couple of times, but mostly we are always on the move. Yesterday we had a tour guide that took us all over the place. We went to the National Gallery of Ancient Art and then went on a walking tour of the city center, which included The Spanish Steps, The Pantheon, and the Piazza Navona. So much beautiful art, architecture, and style here in this city. I look forward to exploring some more in the coming days! We went to a nice cafe for dinner and ended up making friends with the staff... They love us! We sat there for a while and did homework because yes, that is apparently still necessary when abroad.
Today (Wednesday) we started out at the Vatican City radio station and we had a wonderful lecture from the coolest man. He has been working there for 40 years. We just talked about communication and various things. He has been all over the country with the Pope! We also went all over the Vatican including Sistine Chapel! It was so amazing!
Today also happens to be my Bia (Carl Brothers) 70th birthday!!! We got to celebrate this past Saturday night, and I am so glad I was able to be there. Kind of wish I was there to bring you breakfast like we usually do this morning, but we will have to to save that for another time! I am so thankful to have such a loving, caring, and selfless grandfather like my Bia! He has taught me so many valuable things over the years, and I will always be grateful for that! I hope you had the best day ever, Bia! Can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks!!
Jet-lag has been hardest thing for me, but in the past it has not been an issue. Weird I know! So let's just pray that I will feel much more rested when I wake up tomorrow!
I will check in soon! Until then I hope things on the other side of the world are going great! Stay thankful my fiends!
Southern and Thankful
This is going to be a long and overdue post... Bare with me! These past couple of days have been a whirlwind of crazy. And naturally, all I wanted to do was sleep!
Finals week was all sorts of things, but for me, it was mainly tiring. I have still not really recovered, but I am young and I can think of much worse things! I am still waiting to hear back on a couple of things, but overall I think finals week was successful. I do appreciate all the prayers and kind words over the last week! I know they helped in so many ways!! Thursday I finished finals and I was honestly so sad. If you would have told me that at the beginning of Sophomore year I probably would have laughed. The Sophomore slump is SO real. I came back after Freshmen year and nothing was as exciting. People had changed and overall that first semester of Sophomore year is one I never want to return to. Don't get me wrong, it was good in so many ways, but at the same time it was so challenging. Overall Sophomore year was full of challenges, but at the same time full of great excitement. Here are a few things I am thankful for as a result of Sophomore year:
1. Living in the fraternity house was one of the best experiences. I loved being surrounded by pledged brothers whom all are so cool, smart, unique, and fun in their own ways. Being right down the hall from some of my closest friends is something I am really going to miss. Huge, shout out to my roommate John! I met John on move in day of Freshman year and I would have never imagined the way our friendship would grow. Our schedules may be pretty opposite, but I am really going to miss living with you next year. I'm pretty sure we solved all of the worlds problems in Beta 250 over the past year! Thanks for putting up with me and being my best roommate thus far! I am going to miss the Beta house and all the guys around me. Not to mention my hall way, where lots of great studying went down. But as they begin to really start building the new Greek I will not miss all those loud machines and parking issues. Thank God for Beta 250!
2. Thank God for lots of great tour and a (hopefully) wonderful class of 2020 joining us in the fall!
3. Thank God for his planning and purpose for me. Everyday I feel like I am getting closer to figuring out what exactly I want to do with my life, in ways of profession. This year I was able to decide on not 1, but 2 minors and chose and emphasis within my major. The possibilities are thrilling!!!
4. Thank God for all the great concerts and events I was able to attend this year along with fun family and friends! DFW is a fun place!
5. Thank God for the opportunity to join the frog camp family!! I am really looking forward to being a frog camp facilitator this coming August!
6. Thank God for Grey's Anatomy. Yes, this is a TV show. But I started it 2 days before Sophomore year and last week I finished the series on Netflix. This is so lame, but after 11 seasons I feel like those characters are my friends. I mean technically they did survive Sophomore year with me!
7. Thank God for Hillary being in Dallas again and getting spend special time with her. What a blessing!
8. Thank God for my family and their endless love. I could not have done that without them!
9. Thank God for working out my Junior year living situation. I am so pumped to live with Justin, Sam, and Chris next semester! Don't you love when the big man works it all out?
10. Thank God for the little everyday things that made this year great. @chickfila
11. Thank God for being a vineyard vines rep and getting to bring a whole lot of whale to TCU! That was a fun job!
12. Thank God for the up's and the down's... They have been so beneficial in the long run.
13. Thank God for the seniors whom have shown me so much love since I stepped on campus as a freshmen. I am really going to miss them on campus!
14. Thank God for my position on exec and the positive things that come with that job.
15. Thank God for my professors and the knowledge they have given me throughout this past year!
16. Thank God the not so good grades... They pushed me to work harder.
17. Thank God for the good grades... They gave me needed confidence.
18. Thank God for the kind people I crossed paths with on a daily basis. They are the day makers!
19. Thank God for many many opportunities.
20. Thank God for TCU!
I am really going to miss certain aspects about this year, but I so look forward to a nice summer and a new semester in the fall! Looking back on this year only reassures me that God's plan is always the perfect plan. Happy Summer y'all!!
I was home for a little over 48 hours and sadly today, on Mother's Day I had to say see you later to my sweet Mom!!
Mother's Day is always important to me because though my mother deserves more than 1 day I always love celebrating her!! She really is the best Mom!! I think of all the things she does outside of our family and I don't know how she is able to do all the things she does! She is so selfless and so giving... It amazes me! Thank you Mom for being so loving, encouraging, and faithful all these years. I get a lot of me from you... I don't know what I would do without that!! Thanks for getting me all ready to go today! I wish I could lay on the couch all day and eat our fav snacks, but I hope you will still do that! We will have plenty of time for that when I get back! You deserve all the praise and love in the world today! I am loving you from a far! Happy Mother's Day, Momoo!
By this point you are probably wondering where I am headed... I am ITALY bound today!!! Ahhh I am so excited! It doesn't actually seem real. I have been planning this since the beginning of Sophomore year and now it is here!! I am fortunate enough to be studying abroad with the communication studies department. We are spending 10 days in Rome and 10 days in Florence, with travel time in between. It is going to be an amazing experience! I will sadly not be able to write everyday, but I will try to check in as much as possible! Make sure to follow me on Instagram because I have a feeling that is where I will be doing the most communicating!
Pleas pray for a safe flight for me and my friends all traveling today!
God is so so good! Don't forget to be thankful for your mother or any mother figure in your life today and everyday!
On to the next adventure... You can bet I am so very thankful!
Southern and Thankful
Hard to believe today is my last day on campus as a sophomore. Also hard to believe I have spent a majority of the time studying, packing, or taking a final. Oh the joys of finals week! I could not have survived this week without my buddy and one true pal, Callie Jo!! Thanks for helping me out and sticking with me this week!! Earlier this week someone asked us, "Are you two always together?!" lol that's when you know it is real!
Callie and I studied today from 12:30 to 5:20 for an exam we have in the morning at 8 AM. If you would so kindly say a prayer for us that would be greatly appreciated!!
Lots to be thankful for today, including study buddies! One exam left as a sophomore... I can do this!
Southern and Thankful
Hey people!!! Today was a better day... It may have been because I didn't technically have an exam, but I will happily take it!!
Instead, I had a group project presentation! I think it went pretty well and we got encouraging feedback from my professor so that was nice! When I realized last night, that I had to dress up for this I was a little concerned because I sent basically everything I own home last week. But luckily I had literally one dressy outfit! Always have to be prepared.
This was also my only day this week that I didn't have to be at a final at 8 AM. Praise the Lord for that!
The goodbyes are starting, which I am not really ready for! I got to get off campus for a couple of hours to eat dinner at Chuy's with Carol! Carol and I have made Chuy's dinners a regular thing! Gosh I am going to miss sophomore year.
I am really just rambling on, but as you can see I am trying to happily soak up these last few days despite finals. I am going to head to bed now considering I have a final at 8 AM. It is a design project so I am really praying for some creative juices and what not. Again, anything is better than a test! Pray that I can be focused and productive tomorrow as I study hard for my final exam on Thursday!
Wow this all doesn't really seem real, but I am so thankful!
Southern and Thankful
A couple of thoughts from today:
1. My classes in Italy start one week from today and naturally one of my teachers chooses today to send the syllabus along with 1,000 other things we need to do before arriving other there. Let's not forget today is the first day of finals. She really could not have picked a better day and time!!! Really not a fan of that decision. Didn't need that added stress.
2. When you wake up at 5:30 AM to study for your 8 AM final you should really make time for a nap. (Note to self).
3. I have never been the best test taker so a lot of the time I will circle questions to go back to after I have been all the way through the exam. There were a couple that I went back to and I honestly should have known the answers to these particular questions, but I got everything all turned around and then ended up leaving the final so frustrated. I then get outside where I am greeted by rain and remember I left my umbrella in the classroom. I hustle back to get it and naturally the teacher is gone and the doors are locked. RIP to my TCU umbrella.
4. After the sequence of events in number 3 I was so frustrated. Therefore, I really don't know how I feel about the final because I was so frazzled when I left. I am really praying I did good... It is very needed.
5. I then go to my teachers office to look over old tests in preparation for that final and he asks if I want my paper back. He was referring to the 15 page paper I turned in last week. The same 15 page paper I knew my professor had put my grade online, but I was waiting to look until after my nutrition exam because if I didn't do as well as anticipated, I wanted to keep up the positive spirit. So needless to say my professor hands me my paper and naturally I didn't do as well as I hoped and then as I am sitting there supposed to be looking at my tests I was feeling very defeated. I'll be going back tomorrow to look over them again.
My point in all this is to show that no one has perfect days and even though things can be discouraging, you have to take things one day at a time and pray that God has better days ahead. Also, I feel like during finals week one day is going to be harder than the rest. At least I hopefully got that out of the way, right?
6. (this is more positive) I have like $350 dollars left in campus cash so I have ben paying it forward all day and buying anyone anything their heart desires. It is nice to be rich in terms of campus cash!!
Hope you all had a better Monday than I did! Here's to 3 more days of finals and a light at the end of the tunnel. Stay thankful y'all!
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 student at 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!