Sunday, February 26, 2012

And So It Begins...

Don't you just love weekends? 

Me too. Especially the further it gets along in the quarter and the lazier I get. 
Weekends are a legitimate excuse to be perfectly, deliciously lazy. 

And I have been this weekend. And actually all last week too... oops. 
When I should have been studying for biology, I was watching my latest obsession, Downton Abbey

If you haven't heard of this show, you are missing out on something that could quite possibly change your life. Who wouldn't love a PBS drama set in the early 1900s that centers around a wealthy English country family and their servants? 

We had to buy the second season to find out what happened next. 

I suppose I wasn't totally lazy this weekend. I worked at a track meet. I went on a ninety minute run in advisory winds and almost died! And I went to church this morning! 
(But that is never really a chore... I love church!!! ) 

The thing is, this was my last free weekend for awhile. Track is officially kicking off this next Friday, at an icebreaker meet in Portland. And finals are coming up. And student government is getting busier. And we actually have registration for next term already on Tuesday... this year is flying by!!! 

So I think its perfectly acceptable to eat a million chocolate chip cookies today and watch tv and be lazy with my family. I'll go back to school this evening, and tomorrow kicks off a busy season! 

And so it begins...!

This is my desktop background right now! I think its a good reminder :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Things I Love About Today:

I love people.
I love making new friends and being social.
I love conversations with strangers.
I love being on Student Government and being involved.
I love playing the guitar.
I love the feeling of finishing a really hard workout.
And I love doing it as a team.
I love m & ms, especially when they are valentine's day colored!

:) I love life!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Little Piece of Wise Advice...

I'm tired of being productive. 

Or at least always feeling like I have to be. 
This weekend I have gotten so much done, and I'm happy about it, but I need to remember that its okay sometimes to just relax and do nothing. 

I stumbled across this Winnie the Pooh quote today: 

Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you cant hear and not bothering". 

I think that is quite wise :) 

This weekend has not been all fun and no play though! Yesterday my friend Annie and I went on our long run together and rewarded ourselves with some self serve frozen yogurt from Kiwi Lokos! It was cold outside, so we were a little crazy, but I'm also crazy about frozen yogurt. So there. 

We had the best talk, and it was the perfect way to begin a Saturday :)

I'm getting a little tired of the town to be honest, and feeling a little claustrophobic, so it will be nice to go home for the three day weekend coming up. I miss my parents, and I miss my sisters. 

I also really want my mom to buy me groceries!!! I'm tired of living off of oatmeal and hardboiled eggs. 

But life is good here, and I am really liking school lately. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!!!
And remember that sometimes its okay not to "bother" :) 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I Feel Good!

I just wanted to share how faithful God has been this week!
Last week, I was dealing a lot with stress.

I tend to be an achiever... I constantly have a to do list floating around in my head, and I love checking stuff off that list. I am actually more of an overachiever if the truth be told....

Which is not a bad thing. I mean, if I didn't put so much work into things, I wouldn't get the same results. It's an aspect of myself that I like.

The problem comes when I get really stressed. And when I put more effort during my day to getting things done than into people. And when I focus more on God's agenda than on mine.

Christine Cain tweeted this the other day, and it really struck me: "I often find that there is a direct correlation between the number of divine appointments that I have and my willingness to be interrupted".


So true.

So what did I do?
I prayed. I asked God to help me to get all the things I need to get done without worrying. And I recognized that He has placed me in these areas of responsibility and He will help me do what I need to do! And I asked Him to help me focus on his agenda throughout the day and not mine.

The result?
Everything seems to have come together this week. All the things I was stressed about getting done are working out, and I have felt really at peace!

And I have had so many great and fun conversations with people. I LOVE people. And I love talking to people. And I have just felt so much more at ease. Less rushed.

Monday night, my roommate Leish and I checked out the new self serve froyo place that opened up here: Kiwi Loco's!

That's right. Self serve froyo. I have to say, I'm warming up to this city. In the past couple of days I have discovered that this city has a sushi place too! And a co-op!

This has been the super hardest week of practice ever, so I'm exhausted, but feeling super accomplished!
Until next time lovelies!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Fondue Take Two!

Tonight we re-created our fondue night from a few months ago :)

It was pretty sooo delicious! Beats eating at the cafeteria any day :) 
My favorite thing about fondue is by far the dessert part. Bananas and chocolate... mmm!!
And we worked up an appetite playing Just Dance, which I had never played before. It's so much fun! 

The rest of the night has been pretty uneventful. I'm a little sick of Ontario. BUT. I found out that they just opened up a pay by weight frozen yogurt place here!!! Stepping up their game?? :) 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

This really blessed me today, and I want to share it with all of you!

Philippians 4:4-7, Message Version

4-5Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you're on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

 6-7Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life!

I love the way this passage sounds in the message version... its just so clear!
This is exactly what I needed to hear this morning. I tend to stress and worry. All the time. But I feel so much peace and reassurance now. I want to get this deep into my heart and never forget it :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Doing Work!

I have been so productive today!!!

Math Class
Psych test
Creative Writing homework
Hang up posters around campus (work for student government... I LOVE my new job on there!)
Guitar practice
Clean dorm room
Track practice (45 minute run and hills)
Math homework
More Creative Writing homework

I'm such an overachiever these days... I really need to learn to relax. 
But then I wouldn't achieve so much!
Plus, it feels really good to check all of the things off of my to do list for the day! 
Pretty much every day this week has looked something like this. I am so tired that I fell asleep today on the couch in the student lounge when I was supposed to be reading!! 
But its okay! 
Tomorrow is Friday, and hopefully I'll be able to relax a little 
this weekend because I'm getting so much done :)