Week Four

Week four was a good one, mainly because I made some pretty good progress on my goals. I worked out and watched what I ate more, which lead me to already lose a few pounds. I finished a great book (A Thousand Splendid Suns–definitely a recommended read). I also got to spend a lot of time volunteering at church and at school. With the time that I wasn’t volunteering, I spent a good amount of time bonding with my mom, and also sitting down for some hours to get lost playing the guitar and piano. It seriously amazes me how healing the sound of an instrument can be. Overall, I feel pretty good about myself and this week.

On the other hand, this last week was rough when it came to my relationship with Jesus. Though I read my bible every night, I felt empty and really distant. That all changed today. I watched Tim Chaddick’s sermon on jealousy and realized that I have been jealous in a lot of of different areas of my life without even realizing it. His words convicted me, and made me realize what things I need to work on. Already, I’m incredibly excited to work on these changes, and can feel myself already allowing Jesus back into my heart. It’s a great feeling.

I guess you could say that this week was pretty great. I’m hoping that it continues for some time to come.

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Week Three: Progress Report

The last three weeks have been…well, great. I’ve gotten to spend a large amount of time with my friends, with my family, and I’ve been able to go on random adventures with friends, both new and old. I’ve also watched way too many episodes of The Office, and spent far too much time on Pinterest and Tumblr.

Despite this, I’ve really struggled with a few of the goals that I had set for myself. I haven’t finished a book, I’ve gained weight, rather than losing it, and I’ve eaten so much junk food that it’s embarrassing.

On a brighter note, I’ve been really good with time management. I’ve also been pretty good with keeping up a good appearance. I’ve found little things to keep me busy, like volunteering at my church and school.

Reading through this, I guess I could say that I’ve had some progress. Not in the areas that I had most hoped for, but that’s my own fault. I need to be more responsible with how and what I eat, and making sure that I work out as often as I can. I still have 64 days until school starts. I don’t know about you think, but I’d say that’s still plenty of time for me to still make some changes.

I missed being home.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. The last few weeks have been filled with random errands, graduations, and way too many graduation parties. Though I’ve been super busy, I’ve had a blast during my time home thus far. All of the graduations and graduation parties have allowed me to reconnect with friends and family that I haven’t seen in a year. And honestly, it’s been really nice. Sitting in a circle, poking fun at each other and laughing over old memories has reminded me of how hard it was to leave for school in the first place. Yes, this last year I had the time of my life. But the years before were also just as wonderful. I guess that sometimes it takes a little reminder to see what there is in your life that you truly missed.

8 Reasons You Keep Finishing 2nd Place – In Life

Thought Catalog

Sports are more than a billion dollar industry. They’re more than a hobby, more than a profession, or even an event. For many, they are the foundation in which we build our personal character and work ethic. It would be impossible to calculate the amount of time I dedicated in a gym, on a field, or even in the backyard playing catch with dad.

At the time, I was simply playing a game I loved. Not aware of the influences my coaches made or the lessons they instilled. At 26, I’ve faced endless obstacles, endured multiple failures while appreciating every accomplishment along the way. Sports prepared me for the wins and losses of an adult, the heartbreak of defeat and the joy of victory.

Most importantly, the lessons I learned throughout my sports career transitioned right into the real world even after I pealed my jersey off for the last…

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45 Things I Will Teach My Daughter

Cool list.

Thought Catalog

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(1) Don’t post vague announcements on Facebook. My daughter will not be that person.

(2) Don’t bite your nails.

(3) Don’t pick your cuticles.

(4) Just leave your damn fingers alone. Trust me, it’s a habit too hard to be broken.

(5) If you have a dream about drinking a lot of water (more specifically from an outdoor garden hose) it’s because you drank too much.

(6) Don’t drink too much too often, college is okay. But after that things get messy.

(7) Clear the timer on the microwave when you’re done. No one like thats asshole who leaves time up.

(8) Know how to change a tire. So then you can teach me…

(9) A fridge shelf/drawer won’t clean itself. Then again in your time it might. You’re lucky. Cleaning the fridge is the worst.

(10) It’s okay to feed stray cats, but don’t let them sleep…

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82 Days

So I calculated it out. There are 82 days left until I leave Phoenix again to start my sophomore year at USC. Though I don’t actually start school until August 25th, I have a few obligations (new job training, moving into a new apartment, exchange student host orientation) that require me to be at school a little earlier. Though I’ll be missing out on the end of my summer, I am 100 percent okay with this. I really do love spending time with all of my friends and family at home, but I’ve found that my life at SC is somewhat more…interesting than my life here. At school, I’m challenged more by my friends and professors, and I’ve found that these challenges have made my grow in maturity, intelligence, and interest in topics that I had never previously considered to be important. This fall, I’ll be starting classes for my new minor, I’ll have a new job, and I’ll be living in an apartment with three of my closest friends. I’ll be looking for internships and getting more involved in the USC community to see what I can do to leave my mark before I graduate.

Even though I am anxiously waiting for this next semester, I know that there is still a lot to be done in my life before I leave. Over the last few weeks, I’ve compiled a list of a few things that I want to accomplish this summer.

1. Read, read, read–This semester, I only read through about three books that were not school related. This summer, with all of my free time, I want to make sure that I am spending it wisely, not just reading, but reading books that will impact the way that I see the world and the people in it.

2. Be Healthier–It’s really hard to be healthy in my home. The food that my family eats is often filled with lots of salt, few fruits vegetables, and unhealthier meats. This summer, I’m going to take the initiative to make sure that what goes in my body is healthier. I’ve also made a vow to myself that I’m going to work out for two Friends episodes every day (the elliptical happens to be placed perfectly in front of the television). There are a few pounds that I can shed, and a few pounds of muscle that I should really work on getting back.

3. Continue this blog–I still have a ton of ways in which I could be a better person, and ways that I feel as if I can hold myself to a higher standard. By reflecting about them, I have found that I am able to clarify my thoughts more and take better notice of what I need to do, and what I can do to grow.

4. My Appearance–I wouldn’t consider myself a slob, but I find it really easy to have lazy days far too often. This summer, I’m going to do my best to work on my appearance, so that it will be easier when I start working and having professional internships.

5. Time management–It’s so easy for me to sleep in later and later each day. That’s not happening this summer. I’m going to make sure that I’m up and out of bed by 10am, and ready for the day by 11 latest.

As of now–that’s it. I’m sure more things will come up along the way, but these are the most important. I can’t wait to look back at this post come August, and will hopefully see a huge change in how far I’ve come.

Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31 has always been a great reminder of the kind of woman that I want to become. And looking at the verses again, I realize that I lot of them relate to topics that I want to improve about myself. I think a better way of going about this is taking a verse and working on that each week or so. 

This week is verse 25. It says “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” It’s funny how perfectly that verse describes the week that I’m having.

A few days ago, one of my good friends asked me something that resonated deep within my heart. While talking about our future careers, he asked “How do you plan to change the world for the better through business?” The thing that freaked me out, was that I struggled to come up with an answer. Thinking, I realized that every way that I hope to impact the world is completely unrelated to the career that I will be spending 8-10 hours at a day for the rest of my life. 

Long story short, this conversation got me thinking. Later that day, we’d also talked about how it had been my dream to be a teacher until about a year ago. After thinking through our conversation, I realized that I still want to pursue this dream. And I’m going to–by applying to be a member of Teach for America.

When I told my mom this, she was immediately skeptical. “You expect to live on a teacher’s salary for two years and then be able to find a good job afterwards?” And to be honest, she’s right. It won’t be easy to make that transition. But I have to remember that  Proverbs 31 woman laughs without fear of her future. God will bring me through it with his own plan and timing, and that’s what’s important.

Now back to the part about strength and dignity. Easy–I need to be able to be strong, even when I’m hurting, and I need to clothe myself with dignity, to show that I am the bigger person. It will be really hard. Especially when it seems like he doesn’t care, and his comments come out sporadically when I am least expecting them. But I can do it. I can be the bigger person. Only seven more days.

Patience.

I’ve decided to add patience to things that I need to work on for the next week or so. There is a certain person in my life whose words hurt me–a lot. And he has no idea how much of an effect they have on me. But I can’t sink to his level. I need to be patient with him, for whatever reason he is choosing to be a jerk to me, and be more forgiving. Because the less I let him hurt me, the more he’ll realize that what he’s doing is completely unnecessary. I always try and keep up a positive attitude when he says these hurtful things, but now, this positive attitude has to be real. Here’s to the next week.

Aside

A week has seven days. Seven mornings, seven afternoons, and seven nights. With those seven days, I’m going to do something new. I’m going to pick a trait or characteristic that I feel like I need to strengthen and I’m going to work on fixing only that for seven days. 

This week’s trait is going to be complaining because like I’ve said, that’s what I think I need to work on. So here’s to seven days of focusing on complaining less.

Cheesy Girl Post of the Day.

In case anyone cares, here is a bucket list of things that I’d really enjoy doing with my future hubster:

Driving up PCH and appreciating our beautiful surroundings.

Road tripping across the country and seeing random tourist attractions in each of the states we pass.

Spending a week sans technology in a remote cabin. Books, warm blankets, warm fires, and cuddles.

Swimming in a random lake or river in some even more random European country. Find a waterfall and kiss underneath it.

Making a fort in our future home and watching a movie and/or sleeping underneath it.

Go to the zoo. Often.

Buy/wear matching bracelets.

have date night once every two weeks, and when we get busier, once a month.

HP Marathon. Duh.

Build a treehouse for our kiddos

Watch 26 movies in 26 days, each starting with a letter from the alphabet

Put a hammock in our backyard.

Stargaze/dance in the street.