Right now, I'm blogging from my kitchen at home.
My weekend was pretty packed. I babysat for Quinn Thursday night. She is precious and has grown up so much!
On Friday I took a six hour drive southeast towards Saint Louis.
I picked Steph up at SLU, and we went straight to Six Flags. We had so much fun wandering around the dark park, getting lost, and avoiding the people dressed in scary costumes that follow you around. High of the night? Getting put in the same ferris wheel cart as a couple on a romantic date. #awkward
Saturday we went shopping and got lost downtown. We drove through an occupy wall street protest, past the arch, and into an area with basically no buildings. Luckily, google maps got us back to campus safely.
Sunday I drove home to Kansas to finish my midterm for my aggression class. I was impressed with how productive I was able to be at home. Carly and I joked the rest of the day about being primed for aggression. We like to make psych major jokes.
I love being home. Last night, I baked for my family and got to decorate cupcakes. Three of my favorite things.
Speaking of family, did you know I'm a grandma? Well, a DG one anyways. Dana's new little is Hannah. She's great and is so excited to be apart of our family. Big/little reveal was SO fun. I loved watching how excited everyone was when they found out who their big is!
I'm glad to get to be home for the next few days. It's good to get away from the stress of college life and refocus.
Monday, October 17, 2011
This is my 100th post. This calls for a list of 100 Things I Love, in no particular order.
- Highs and lows at panhel exec meetings
- Cooking dinner for myself
- Cooking dinner for other people
- Planning parties
- Gathering people together to play games
- Making friendship bracelets
- Sassy, but serious, DG Bible studies
- Rainstorms at CT that force you to stay in your cabin, which ends up with all of the campers so much closer than they were before the storm started
- Sleeping out on the suspension bridge
- Fall boots
- Getting a latte from Starbucks
- Choreography on the spot in show choir clinic
- Performing at closing campfire
- Senior of the Event at chapter - hearing the funny stories about the seniors as small children
- Personal values clarification exercises and devotions
- Heart to hearts on the back porches of LV cabins
- Mint chocolate chip ice cream
- Facebook Chat
- Talking to the StIL staff
- Giving the torchbearers their medallions at closing campfire
- Finding a new craft to try out
- Scrapbooking old pictures
- Moments of peace and clarity that come while journaling
- The smell of baked goods in the oven
- Candlelight Mass
- Singing in church
- Brainstorming ideas for a costume
- Business Casual
- Hashtags in real life
- Waking up early and going to a coffee shop
- Sitting in the Olmsted coffee shop and hanging out with everyone who passes by
- Skyping with friends who are far away
- Telling epic stories with Sowens to our campers
- Playing ice breakers
- Talking to my mom on the phone (basically everyday)
- Singing entire musical soundtracks, really really loud, in my car
- Hand written letters from campers
- TOMS shoes
- Hugging friends
- The feeling of accomplishment after completing a long assignment
- Shopping with my sister
- Trips to the Smokies with our "third family"
- Feeling close and connected to a community
- The Sisters of Life
- Night Prayer
- Diet Dr. Pepper with Cherry
- Hanging quotes on my wall
- Picture frames
- Espinanca from Cactus Grill
- Laughing with friends
- Christmas morning
- Curling my hair
- Finding out you have something in common with someone new
- Discipleship with Dana
- My DG family
- Life Nights
- Drake Late Night Lock-Ins
- Swing Dancing
- Decorating cup cakes
- To Do Lists
- Crossing off things on my to do list
- Post-It Notes
- Color Coding my planner
- Singing in the shower
- Late night shenanigans with my roommates
- Spontaneous froyo with Sarah Mooney
- Singing "Welcome to the Family"
- Walking around cities
- The moment when you know your campers understand the lesson you are trying to teach them
- Flash Mobs
- The excitement I feel when I land in the Indianapolis Airport
- The color of the trees in the fall
- Playing board games
- Taylor Swift songs
- Jumping pictures
- CT staff sweatshirts
- Crew neck sweatshirts
- Taking walks and having real conversation
- Midnight Hole
- Wedding photography
- Talking in accents
- Passing friends from the other village on Lake Hill
- 2nd period coord time
- Planning out my day
- Broadway posters
- Sitting around or by a fire and talking
- Starting fires
- Achieving goals
- Reading for fun
- When you know someone is really listening
- Making a decision to do something positive and actually following through with it
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Last night, I led DG Bible Study.
We read "Things I Don't Do" from Shanua Niequist's Bittersweet. We talked about "DO EVERYTHING BETTER" and which one of those words is the crux for us. For the pharmacy girls it was "better," for some it was "everything," but right now for me, the painful, harsh, killer word in my life is "do."
Shanua writes eloquently about why "do" is harsh and aggressive and damaging to the soul, but right now "do" is killing me because I feel like all I ever have time for is "do." Whether it's school, work, or meetings, I have been running from place to place and "doing" life away. I do not leave time to simply be. And it's taken me until this week to realize how damaging that's been to the core of who I am. I haven't left time to be a friend or even be with God. And I do not want this to become a habit. So it's time to reframe the way I'm living my life and the way I'm thinking.
Yesterday, my friend Sarah wrote "you can do something to make love win today." That's where I want to live my life.
So, in honor of "Things I Don't Do," here are my two lists. I'm still working on some of these, but I know in order to get to the heart of who I want to be, I need to be honest with myself and with life.
Things I Do:
To me, these are the things that outline who I want to be. They are either abstract guidelines that outline my way of living, or specific practices on how I live my life.
Things I Don't Do:
These are the things that go against the things on my "Things I Do" list. These are the things I am willing to give up in order to pursue excellence in my life.
End of Bible Study challenge: Pick one item, from either list, to work on this week. I picked list 1, item 1.
Friday, October 7, 2011
1. Spoke at the Board of Trustees Meeting
2. Went to the ISU game
3. Taught some new members about Greek Life
4. Spoke up for something I believe in
5. Had dinner with some good friends
6. Got sick
7. Said goodbye to a friend and a mentor
8. Coached Pi Kappa Phi
9. Shared a part of my heart with my discipler
10. Saw an old friend.