Archives for February 2014


Countdown to Graduation: Part 3

Day 87: Birthday reminder text from sister. The funniest person I know.

Day 86: Look! I’m so old fashioned I make my speech therapy materials by hand. Just kidding, my printer went kaput at the last minute. That’s always so much fun isn’t it?

Day 85: Opening night of All-University Sing at Baylor! Kappa’s theme? Running Wild. I’m the one on the left clearly going for the natural look

Day 84: Pre-Sing Blizzard run with my roomie!

Day 83: Spending a beautiful Saturday morning at the Farmer’s Market, one of my very favorite things about Waco. (Also, they have gluten free crepes!! Score!)

Day 82: Starting up my favorite Lenten devotionals. Also, apparently if there’s a book called Bread and Wine, I will love it. I’ll talk more about why I love  these books later on but for now, here are the links if you’re interested!

The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan

Bread and Wine

Simplifying the Soul by Paula Huston


Day 81: Volunteering at Friends For Life, a local adult day care. Taking pictures is their new favorite thing, so instead of just one picture I’m posting four because adorable. Captions from top left clockwise

“I want to smile with you!”

“Take a picture of me waving, I’m friendly, you know.”

“Take my picture of only me”

And this last one started as just one person and me but everyone wanted to add their best friend and I didn’t mind one bit.

Day 80: Early morning studying because that’s the only way I could feel sane and productive. Does that ever happen to you?

Day 79:  Fun Fact: Entertaining Lab TA’s make Chemistry all the more enjoyable. Oh and isn’t this a science-y photo?

Check out Part 1 HERE & Part 2 HERE


Countdown to Graduation: Part 2

This is week 2 of the countdown to graduation in pictures. I can’t believe how difficult it is to remember to take one picture everyday. It’s so simple but so hard for me to remember. Also, honesty zone, sometimes I really have to dig to find something good about each day.

Day 94: Stopping to smell the totally fake, decades old, panhellenic building roses. But actually, learning to laugh that we’ve spent more time in the Kappa room than we have at our own homes thanks to All-University Sing.

Day 93: Love getting surprise Valentine mail from my mom and my Grandmomma (forgot to document the latter…)

Day 92: The upside to cold days: Warm blankets, hot bevs and good books.

Day 91: Since Kappa initiation landed on Valentine’s Day, I spent Valentine’s with my GALentine’s eating more ice-cream and brownies than I care to admit, because nothing represents the meaning of Kappa better than baked goods, amirite?? (sidenote: I had never heard the term ‘galentines’ until this year…am I way behind?)

Day 90: Beautiful flowers from my valentine!

Day 89: Woke up with an inkling of sickness which I absolutely have no time for. Remedy? Chicken Chili from Shauna Niequist’s book Bread & Wine (see: Day 92). I couldn’t make it look as pretty as it tasted, but trust me, it works wonders for the soul.

Day 88: Chaco weather is BACK people! Thank. Goodness.

Enjoy the beautiful weather! :)

To see Week one, Click HERE! 


Music for the Hopeful

I love music. It speaks to my soul in ways nothing else can. Music is my love language, I love to give songs to people in hopes they would feel what I feel when I listen to it.

I can’t very well burn everyone a CD who reads this, I wish I could though! And you would love it because burning CD’s is an art form to me. It would be so specially crafted for you and what your life looks like. I listen to each song, to the lyrics, the beat, the key and I put them in a specific order. An order that reflects the goal of the playlist, to cheer up, to comfort, something to cry to, something to dance to; every list has a purpose, goal and theme.

I didn’t burn you a CD but I made you a playlist. The theme? Hope.

Weekends are for resting and breathing and remembering there is a tomorrow. This playlist is for playing in the background while you read, cook or do housework. These lyrics are meant to sink deep into your heart and soul. These artists are here to comfort you and remind you you’re not alone.

This music is for you, and the best part? Some of the music on it is free for you to download right now via Noisetrade! (Links posted below the playlist)

Enjoy your weekend, may it be filled with hope.


Countdown to Graduation: Part 1

Last Wednesday marked 100 days until college graduation. Wow.

A lot of my friends create a Facebook album and post a picture a day for 100 days. I’m way too forgetful to do that, so I’ve decided to consolidate them and post once a week on here for the last 100 days of college.

There are so many big life moments I wish I had counted down in pictures like this. There’s something beautiful about acknowledging every moment instead of just crossing them off to get to the finish line. So I’m savoring the days and making every moment matter, even the mundane.



100ish: Technically…this picture happened on day 101 but I forgot that Wednesday was day 100 and didn’t take a pic so let’s just go with it. And okay, yes, it’s a typical sorority picture but I’ll spare you the “OMG I LOVE MY FAMILYYYY” and just tell you, they’re awesome people, they make me laugh and have made Kappa feel like home and I’m so thrilled to add sweet Jenna to the mix!


99: Helped my roomie’s boyfriend surprise her (she didn’t know he was in town). She’s a fun one to surprise. Note to self…;) Also, surprises are SO great (only if they aren’t happening to me)


98: Seeing one of my favorite bands in concert, Seryn. Do you listen to them? No?! Go to Spotify immediately. Then see them live ASAP.

97: Lazy Cat-urday morning at home with this cutie.

96: Fam jam sesh. All strings. All the time. We should probably branch out eventually…But for now, the banjo, mandolin and guitar is working pretty well…now all I need to do is learn more than one song…;) Wagon Wheel, anyone?

95: Cold winds + hot tea = Wonderful in every way.

5 down, 95 to go.


What I Learned in January

So, this is a few days late, whoops. But it doesn’t mean I didn’t learn anything except for maybe I’m not a punctual person.

Anyways, I love this idea of sharing what I’ve learned every month. It makes lifelong knowledge/memories bite sized and easier to take in. And it helps remind me that even when a month feels like a complete dud, I DID learn something. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something too!

1. When you speed through December with holidays and such, January feels like it drags on FOREVER. Not necessarily in a bad way, but just, it does.

2. When you don’t write things down things you learn, you can’t remember them to blog about…

3. Austin is fun when Waco is not.

4.It’s weird when people talk about my blog in real life. I start stammering and stuttering and apologizing for being. So in conclusion, I’m SUPER happy you read my blog, just don’t tell me about it to my face. (Just kidding, that’s rude. I’ll get over it. But you could comment too?)

5. I’m a total theology nerd. Baylor requires two religion classes to graduate, Christian Scriptures and Christian Heritage (history of the church). And yes. I put it off for a while. I’m in a class of freshmen and sophomores and if I fail it I’m not graduating, but I won’t fail because I LOVE CHURCH HISTORY! But I’ve been hiding it from my classmates. So if you’re in my class and reading this, I lied. I did do the reading (in fact I BOUGHT my textbooks because I knew I would re-read them once the class was over), I’m not confused by what the professor is talking about and I do know how to spell Tertullian (This red squiggly line says otherwise, but trust me, that’s how you spell it.)

6. I don’t know how to get used to cold weather. I actually want to cry most mornings when I open the front door because I have on 7 layers and it’s never enough.

7. The Grammy Awards will never be normal. I don’t know why I watch them to see some nice calm TV. But nobody arrived in an egg this year, so it’s whatever.

8. Amber is Maggie!! One Fine Day (or Parenthood) anyone?? I love discovering my favorite actors as children in other films, especially the adorable Mae Whitman!

9. I constantly keep ranch dip in my fridge. NOT dressing, dip. And I make it myself. There is a difference. I go through an unmentionably large amount of it and just recently found that not everyone (I probably couldn’t find 5) makes a container of ranch dip on the reg. I always have it on hand (except for now, I just finished it off…come back later?)

10. The final thing I learned is that I have a lot more to learn. The more I progress through my final undergraduate semester, the more I realize that I don’t feel prepared for the real world. I think secretly I am but my head doesn’t feel it yet. The end of an era is always weird feeling right?


What did you learn in January?