Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My people






College has been good so far. The people here are friendly and kind, but it's still not the same as being around people who know me. People who know how I act when I am stressed, what makes me happy, what my favorite foods are. People who just get me.

I know that the relationships I am building right now will blossom into deeper relationships after a time, but right now, I miss my people.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

And that's okay






Soft wool yarn
Video chats
Fangirling
Colorful pens
Full pages in my planner
Watching Merlin
Sweatpants
New friends
Writing letters
Granola bars

Sunday, September 7, 2014

autumn is my favorite


Autumn is my favorite. 

I could list all the reasons, but you could find those anywhere on Pinterest and Facebook. 
Sometimes I wish that no one else loved fall as much as I do so that nothing I say about it sounds cliche, but then I realize that there's a reason everyone loves fall. It's okay to enjoy something that others enjoy just as much if not more than I do. There's a reason those things are loved, things like tea, The Book Thief, vintage clothing, and teal. You don't have to like those things, but if you do, own it. Don't stay away from something you enjoy just because everyone else likes it. Swimming against the stream is important and it has it's place, but sometimes I need to remember to just love what I love and nevermind if everyone else loves it, too.

Autumn is my favorite.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

lately...in list form




inspired by: light // smiles // laughter // soft yarn // Celtic Woman // the dedication of others // encouraging words
colors: teal // grass green // sunlit gold
desiring: growth // a challenge // a good year
satisfied with: my college choice // delicious food // stillness
anxious about: papers and exams // establishing and maintaining friendships // my ability to do well // getting my passport in time for my Israel trip
grateful for: God's provision // supportive family // amazing suitemate // chirping birds // good books
smelling: cafeteria food // fruity teas // freshly mowed grass // new notebooks 
reading: And the Shofar Blew by Francince Rivers // The Two Towers // books for school

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The choice




So it begins, this branching out of mine. Living eight hours away from my home, dwelling with people I have just met, and studying harder than I ever have before.
Am I willing to be changed by my experiences here, or will I refuse to listen to others?
Will I thrive in my classes or just do enough to get by?
Will I invest in relationships with my classmates or shut myself off because it's easier that way?
Will I stretch myself or expect others to change?

The choice is up to me.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

focus




The sound of crickets, rustling leaves, chirping birds, and rippling water mix with sounds of civilization, of the train whistle and busy traffic.
All I can see is the pond, trees, golden sunlight, and distant power lines, but I know that just over the row of trees and houses is the train station and the busy town that surrounds it. 
Tonight is a beautiful night, full of laughing sunshine, a teasing breeze, and a refreshing warmth. But I could focus, if I so chose, on the ugly power lines and rushing vehicles.
My enjoyment of this evening is entirely dependent on where I choose to focus.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

fist pumps



















fist pumps
McDonald's ice cream cones
one-day field trips
making fun of commercials
playing tourist
random fact debates
stick figures on the side of a 12-passenger van
life as a musical
brainstorming
Adventures in Odyssey and movie quotes
matching t-shirts
popcorn
reading books outloud
Daddy Claus, not Santa Claus

I love my family.