The end of this week has just got me all off track because yesterday TCU played (on a Thursday Night), which was also a school day. Very weird when you are sitting in class and thinking "Oh wait...Today is game day!" But nonetheless it was fun! It was a blackout game so everyone wore black. One of my favorite games of the year! TCU won and is now 8 and 0! GO FROGS!! Lots of good things, right?
Well yesterday the coolest thing happened and I just have to share it with y'all. So if you go back to Monday'spost I talked about how great of a tour it was with my friend Landon as my tour guide partner. Well yesterday I got an e-mail from one of the girls in my tour group (e-mail below) saying how great of a tour it was and how much she loved us. To summarize it for you, she basically said she is planning to attend TCU because of me and Landon and the tour we gave. BEST FEELING EVER. To know that we are doing our job well and to know that we are helping others fall in love with TCU is my absolute favorite thing about being a tour guide. It was also super awesome that she reached out and shared that with me. Totally made my day!
Today was an okay day. It was pretty cool because Landon and I got to give a tour of the new library to the board of trustees and various others at the new library dedication ceremony. The new Library is SO nice and I am very thankful that I got to help out at this cool event. Times like these make me love being a tour guide.
I always try to be completely honest with you all when I write this daily. I can always find something to be thankful for, but some days it is hard because some days are just not easy. Sophomore year in general is just SO different. It is harder, but harder in totally different ways. When I left TCU last year for summer I knew things would change, but living in that change has been harder than I thought.
Some days I feel like I am not good enough.
Some days I feel like I have lost a war.
Some days I feel like I have no real friends.
Some days I feel like something is missing.
Some days I feel a little lost and doubt God big time,
Some days I want to give up.
Some days I want to be little again.
Some days I question everything that is going on around me.
Some days I wish I could turn back time.
Some days the devil just really gets to me.
Today was a little bit like one of those days, but I tell you this to remind you of one thing:
EVERYDAY I have my God.
EVERYDAY He is with me.
EVERYDAY He loves me.
EVERYDAY He is all I need.
EVERYDAY He makes me a believer.
EVERYDAY He has a plan for me.
EVERYDAY He challenges me.
EVERYDAY He teaches me something new.
EVERYDAY He gives me something to be thankful for.
So yes, things happen. The devil gets in and brings all these negative vibes. That's okay for about two seconds, but then you have to be reminded of the EVERYDAY things. Some days are overflowing with joy and others are sprinkled with it. It doesn't matter because no matter what it is or what is going on or does or doesn't happen, EVERYDAY we have God. The EVERYDAY things make the somedays seem so so small.
God, I thank you for that EVERYDAY!
Southern and Thankful
If you read my blog on a regular basis then you know I am so pleased with the church home that God led me to here in Fort Worth. I often feel very blessed by it! When I came back after summer I had the chance to sign up for a mentor through the main church in Fort Worth. I go to the college ministry which is located on campus. They said they would match you with a cool adult based on questions you answered. I thought this was the neatest thing ever!
I received my mentor and he is such a cool guy! (His name is Logan). This was back a couple of months ago. It is actually very ironic some of the things that we have in common. So blessed by our relationship already. We try and get together once a week to talk about life and how God is working in us everyday. I have enjoyed and find myself looking forward to this time.
Last week when we met he asked if there would be a time that I would be available to have dinner with him and his wife. He said she wanted to cook dinner for me and introduce me to his home and his dog. I was really excited about this because that is actually so nice. When you come to college you forget what it's like being in an actual house with actual home cooked meals. I went over and had dinner with them tonight, plus his younger brother and when I left I found myself very thankful. To be in a random city where I hardly know anyone and for someone to open their home to me and cook me a home cooked meal... that was probably the best thing that has happened all week. Such a nice break from campus and the busy environment. It was so nice to meet the people Logan has told me all about and it was nice to let them get to know me. His wife fixed enchiladas and corn and rice. So good!
Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we forget to look around and be thankful for the people that are right in the hustle and bustle with us. No matter who they are, if they are making an impact on your life in any way... that is something to be thankful for! I am so thankful for a nice meal with such nice people. They did not have to do that, but they did and that is what makes me thankful today!
Southern and Thankful
As a member of student foundation one of our many responsibilities is to thank the generous donors for their giving. Fitting for me, huh?
Each semester every member is required to sign up for a 2 hour shift for thank you calling. We spend those 2 hours calling all the donors who have given back to TCU financially. I am a huge fan of this because those donations truly do make a difference on this campus. They are part of my experience and I find it very important to thank the individuals who make that happen. It can also be really funny.
Most people don't answer so I left a lot of nice voicemails thanking them for their time and generosity. I also had a lady answer
"Hi Mrs______ my name is Cade Bethea and I am a member of Student Foundation her at TCU..."
Nothing on the other end. I didn't even get to tell her thank you. Her loss right?
Last semester when I did thank you calling someone actually knew that I was Southern and Thankful... COOLEST THING EVER. (I blogged about it that day if you'd like to go back and look lol).
It is so cool because on the rare occasion when someone does answer the phone, there is always a couple or at least one person who wants to have an actual conversation. Today, I talked to the sweetest woman and she actually wanted to know about me. It's people like that y'all. And you won't believe it... SHE KNEW WHERE I WAS FROM!!! When I say I am from Arkansas around here people always feel obligated to ask where in Arkansas when both them and I already know they aren't gonna know where I am from in Arkansas. When this sweet lady asked I told her expecting the same old same old "Oh is that near Fayetteville?" But y'all this woman knew exactly where Stuttgart, AR was!! I was probably a little too excited, but I think she understood. She had been there with her son to the "big duck store" AKA Mack's. We then talked all about Stuttgart and how I lived there my whole life and how my parents owned a store on main street. We went through everything. It was so refreshing!
I may have left almost all voicemails thanking people, but that one lady made the whole process worth it. Plus, hopefully those people get some joy in their heart when they hear my voicemail. These annual givers are a huge part of how I am able to do what I do at TCU. It would not the same without them. It is people like them who give so generously that make this such a special place. Giving in general is something we all must do because God gives so much to us. Consider giving next time the opportunity arises... You never know what's going to come of it!
Southern and Thankful
I started the morning off at 7:45 a.m. with a smile on my face and purple in my heart because today was another Monday at TCU! I love giving tours as you all know, but today was extra fun for a few reasons.
1. The weather was perfect. It was a little chilly, but after all these months in the heat I am thankful for some chilly weather. I so enjoyed walking around campus in the morning with such great weather. When we give tours they are always better with good weather. Everyone is always in a much happier spirit. Thank God for chilly weather!
2. My usual co couldn't make it today, but boy did I have a nice fill in. One of my best friends, Landon, wanted to give a tour with me so today worked out perfectly. Landon, thanks for filling in, being a great friend, and teaching me a thing or two about TCU. You are a special guy! Thank God for Landon.
3. Last week we got official Student Foundation half-zip fleeces and they couldn't have come at a better time. They were perfect this morning on that chilly tour! People were complimenting me on mine all day long and it is so comfy. Thank God for half zips.
4. My group only had 3 prospective students today, which is unusually small, but I loved it. I felt like I was able to engage in and really answer questions that they had. We also had a really cool alumni in our tour with her daughter and she was sharing all these cool facts about TCU when she went to school here. Such a fun thing to have her with us today. Thank God for a great group.
I love Monday's at TCU. I am thankful for Monday's at TCU. It is as plain and simple as that!
Southern and Thankful
There are some days when you can't have something that makes you thankful! Most days I share something that happens in my life, but today I am sharing something that didn't happen! Between the weather, not having any winter clothes and fall getting colder, I've been missing some fall traditions. As I went back to my room to have popcorn for dinner, I was talking to my mom and she decided to inform me that she made a pot of chili tonight. I have always liked her homemade chili, but I have never really appreciated it...until tonight when I couldn't have it. Funny how that works, huh?
I was set in my bed eating basically burnt popcorn (still thankful for it though) and I couldn't help, but wish I had a bowl of chili! The weather here has gotten colder, making me want warmer fall foods all the time. Can't wait to be home for thanksgiving and have some homecooked meals... It's been a while!
So today I am thankful for my Mom's famous chili because I can't have it. And because I'd love to be home for some of these falls traditions. It is so hard to believe it is almost November. Time flies when you're having fun! Be thankful for this last week of October... Winter is coming whether we like it or not!
Southern and Thankful
Hello friends, family, and followers!!!
Sorry I have been MIA the past couple of days, but my nights have ended later than normal.
Thursday night we had beta Blacklight and it was a really fun event! We wore all white and went to a venue that was filled with black lights. We then threw this neon powder everywhere and danced the night away. Super fun and super messy, but so worth it! Huge thanks to my dates Kylie and Chandler for coming along and making the night so enjoyable! It took me a while to get cleaned up, but overall I had a great time! Always thankful for fun events like that!
Friday was also really fun because I finally got to go spend some time with Hillary and her friends now that she's in Dallas!
Side note: this rain this weekend has been crazy! You can imagine how great it was wearing all white, covered in powder on Thursday night! The weather has changed my plans for the whole weekend!
I drove to Dallas to meet Hillary and her friends to see Ben Rector in concert! The rain was awful! I could barely see! After finally getting to Dallas and the concert venue, I drove around forever looking for a place to park. They kept sending us from one lot to the other because they were all full. By this time it was after 8 and that is when the concert started! I texted Hillary to see where she was and she was still in her apartment. We agreed to meet there instead since the parking was so bad! I get to her apartment and the tickets for the concert won't print. Ticket master's website basically crashed and their phone was off. Between this, parking, and the weather it was as if the Lord didn't want us to go to Ben Rector. Hillary decided she has a surprise for us! We then ubered to the Ben and Jerry's Ice cream factory location AKA the surprise! It was great ice cream and a fun change in plans! We got back to the apartment and we were all so tired we could barley keep our eyes open! Such a fun night with Hill and her sweet friends!
This weather just makes you not want to do anything! We slept in today and then Hillary and I decided to go surprise Madison and Mr. Allan as their planes got in to the airport at 12:30! They were headed to celebrate at a family birthday party, but we made these obnoxious signs and saw them for about 15 min before they had to leave the airport! So good to see them even if it was only for a quick minute! Hillary then took me to one of her favorite lunch spots! Such great food and conversation! Like I said, much needed! We then spent the rest of the day watching TV and taking naps because that is what you do on a rainy day! I was invited to another event tonight, but between the weather and me being borderline exhausted, I decided to stay around the house and chill with some of my friends!
The weather completely changed my plans, but it's okay because this was much better! Half tired of rain, but then again not at all because it gives you an excuse to be lazy! Everywhere you are, I hope you have had a great weekend, rain or shine! I know I am thankful for that this weekend!
Southern and Thankful
I love that my Mom has to buy things for her store in Dallas because when she has to come to Dallas that means she has to come see me. I love that!
After fall break I came back and was playing catch up with two tests and a big essay due. When I found out my Mom, Auntie Kiss, and JanJan were going to be here for market at the same time, it made getting through it so worth it. I could not have asked for a better group to make me feel better after a week of stress. God's timing is always spot on.
I have been missing my family a little more this year. I am not homesick, but I think I got so used to being around them all summer and now that I don't see them as much some days are harder than others. Especially when I have a thousand things going on. So blessed that the timing was just right and they could come hang out after I was free of midterms.
We spent some good time together and then took my friends to dinner, which is always fun. I love that my family loves my friends and that my friends love my family. It couldn't have worked out any better. I do hate that they had to leave so soon, but I already can't wait to be home for thanksgiving. Which by the way people, will be here before we know it. CRAZY if you ask me!
This week has really been a huge God week. I have just seen him working in areas and working in me. His timing has made this week very special. I always look back at times when my life was consumed with worry and see how all along God was with me and He made me in the palm of His hands. It is very comforting! I am feeling extra thankful for His work this week!
Thanks Mom, Kiss, and JanJan for taking time out of market to spend with me. You 3 are the best 3 women in my life. You always cheer me up, feed me well, give me gifts, and overall shower me with love. I could not imagine life without you. Thank you God for those 3 and a fun quick visit from them! Special times indeed!
Southern and Thankful
Praising the lord and heaven above that midterms are over and I am out of that tunnel!
I am actually already in bed because I am super tired, but I must tell you that I did have some visitors after I turned in my essay and took my test today. They came at just the right time! Without a doubt needed after this stressful week! Come back tomorrow for more info on my sweet visitors!
I want to take this time to thank you all for your prayers and encouragement over this past week! I haven't gotten any grades back, but I feel better than I did after the first round of tests so that is really positive! I am hoping it continues to go up from here! I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have such an amazing support system! So, thank you:)
Stay thankful. Stay positive... There is always something waiting at the end of the tunnel! That is something to be thankful for, right?
Southern and Thankful
Today has been SO fun. Tomorrow I have an Environmental Debate Essay due and a PR test. I just really enjoyed studying and writing a paper all day.
I am totally kidding. It has actually not been fun at all, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, which is reassuring. While working today, I decided I needed to try and put things in perspective. So I took a minute and thought of all the things that I could be doing that are far worse than studying.
1. I could be getting stung by 1,000 bees
2. I could be lost in the middle of no where with no one or no phone
3. I could be in a hospital somewhere
4. I could be getting a shot
5. I could be forced to eat a worm
6. I could be locked in the same room as a snake
7. I could be frozen in Antarctica
8. I could be in a car wreck
9. I could be haunted by a ghost
10. I could be lost at sea
Needless to say, after putting things in perspective, studying became a lot easier!
Prayers are always appreciated, especially since I have a test tomorrow. I just really need wisdom and confidence that I can make a good grade on the test. I am smart. I just need to know I am smart. If that makes sense. So if you believe in prayer, pray for me tomorrow at 11:00! I feel much more confident about my essay, but prayers are always a good thing!
I hope you all started your week with a thankful heart! It will get you through... I promise!
Southern and Thankful
"You are not somebody else’s opinion of you. You are not damaged goods just because you’ve made a few mistakes in your life. You are not going nowhere just because you haven’t gotten where you want to go yet. On the other hand, you are wiser from mistakes you have made, you are brave because you were bold enough to put yourself in a position to take risks and make mistakes. And you are someone who’s walked through a bunch of rainstorms and kept putting one foot in front of the other. I think I keep learning every day, but after learning for 25 years, the one thing I do know, is that pain does make you a stronger person and I do know that walking through a bunch of rainstorms and continuing to put one foot in front of the other makes you clean.” -Taylor Swift 1989 Tour Arlington, TX 10-17-15
You will have to excuse me because I am still currently coming off of could nine. It is not easy, people. Last night I was given the best concert EVER by the great Lord above. I have always been a huge Taylor Swift fan. Ever since her small country days I have liked her and seen the meaning in her music. Last October when 1989 came out I fell in love. I am by no means her number one obsessed fan, but y'all I do love her a lot. I was lucky enough to see her perform last night with 60,000 of my closest friend and it was the best thing ever.
Side note: today at church we talked about worshiping false Gods. T-swift is not a God to me. She is very cool and she is my favorite musician/celebrity/everything, but I am not worshipping her, I promise. I just really love her!
I bought these tickets almost a year ago and I have listened to her pop music since it come out last October, constantly. It honestly never gets old. I have been looking forward to this moment and it was well worth the wait. She put on such an incredible show it blew my mind. So creative and so Taylor Swift. Everything she does has such a deep meaning and I love it. The costume changes, her sass, her confidence, her strut, the moving stage, the glow brackets that blink different colors when Taylor comes out and at different times as she sings, her music old and new, her surprise guest Ellie Goulding who sang "Love Me Like You Do" with Taylor, and just all of the above made it a night I will always remember.
I took so many videos and so many pictures, I can't stop looking at them. Taylor will probably tell you that 1989 was the album of a lifetime. It had done amazing things on the charts and it has been constantly evolving into something else. That is what makes Taylor one of the best artist today. I can't imagine how she feels with the tour almost being over. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next... It is going to be amazing!
I am just so thankful that I got to see her live and in person. Y'all I was in the same room as her!!! I got to watch her art at work right in front of my eyes. It was incredible! I can't really explain it, but goodness it was so cool.
The quote at the top of this post is one of many inspirational things Taylor said to us during her show. I love the first part the most.
""You are not somebody else’s opinion of you."
This is so true. I often struggle with this. Trying to please everyone and worrying WAY to much about what others think. It sometimes gets to the point where it consumes me. God made me. I am a special person and I have one life to live and I should live it how I want. Taylor Swift created 1989 and faced a lot of judgment. She switched from Country to Pop basically overnight. She was scared and I am sure had doubts. But she stuck to her gut, didn't let others get to her, and she simply remained herself. Look how well that paid off. It honestly amazes me! It was so empowering!
You may think I am a crazed fan or weird for enjoying it so much, but I honestly got more out of it than some good memories and music. The 1989 tour was special and it taught every single person a huge lesson. It told Taylor's story and left all feeling thankful for themselves. That is the best thing EVER in my opinion. Taylor Swift, thank you. I appreciate you and your art more than you will ever know! I will always be thankful that I got to experience the 1989 world tour!
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!