Becoming: Proverbs 31 Girl ✓

Such a great perspective and reminder!

Proverbs 31, Proverbs 31 Woman, Growing up I always had the mentality that Proverbs 31 was qualities that a wife and mother needed to have. Whenever I read that chapter I always thought to myself “Wow, what an amazing woman of God – I’m going to have a LOT to work on to keep up with the standards that she sets”. Recently as I was once again reading this chapter from the bible it dawned on me that I need to work on having all of those qualities in my life right now – not the day after my wedding. There’s a saying out there about how putting a ring on your finger and getting married does not mean that you will automatically become this amazing wife/husband you thought you would be. If you don’t possess these qualities in your life before marriage, then you won’t have them after you get married either.

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Wanderlusting.

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Today, I re-realized how beautiful our world is. I absolutely love seeing pictures of the beautiful people, flowers, food, and culture of the world’s many amazing countries. I think that often times, it’s really easy for me to forget how much beauty there is on this planet until I’m reminded through a photograph or a video. Lately, I’ve been going through a phase where the littlest things in nature will completely fascinate me. I’ve lived life for 18 years without truly realizing how peaceful and delighting the environment around me is and this truly baffles me. The new found appreciation that I have for the Earth and its beauty has increased the excitement that I have for when I am able to study abroad. Currently, I hope to go to Sydney, Australia. But at the same time, I would love to experience life in Southeast Asia or Europe. As I plan more and more for my future, I’m beginning to acknowledge the fact that the time I have to explore the world is incredibly limited. There are so many places that I’d like to see, and I vow to do everything in my power to see them before I die. 

Growing Up

One of the biggest things that I had been thinking through in the time leading up to this blog was the fact that I’m growing up. I’m 18 years old. I live in a city that’s hundreds of miles away from my parents and hometown, and I’m about to finish my freshman year of college. It’s time for me to start making the decisions that will impact my future. Impact my career, impact my future family, impact who I am as a person. 

Earlier tonight, I had a really cool heart to heart with one of my good guy friends. During the conversation he talked about his relationship with his girlfriend, and how he is already making decisions that will impact their future together. Listening to him talk, I was astounded by the maturity with which he was talking about his future. He already knew what he wanted, and was using his goals to shape the way that he viewed the world today.

In all honesty, listening to him speak at the beginning of our conversation freaked me out a bit. Here my friend was, the same guy I had seen laughing hysterically at a picture of Rachel McAdams holding a Chipotle Burrito fifteen minutes earlier, making decisions and creating relationships based on where he would be almost ten years from now. It was unexpected, and it sparked a whirlwind of thoughts in my mind.

One of these thoughts was about relationships. Stupid, I know. But listening to the way that he talked about his girlfriend, and hearing the emotion and love that he has for her in his voice made me want that for myself. 

I’m 18 years old and I’ve never had a boyfriend. Out of my entire friend group, I am the only one who has never had a relationship. Normally, I’m fine with this. I understand that timing varies for different people, and that some great guy or a few great guys will come along at certain points and walks of life. But sometimes, waiting for these relationships sucks. Even though I don’t feel much pressure to be in a relationship, it’d be nice to have someone there. 

But at the same time, it’s important for me to remember that my time will come. It’s okay to lag behind others in this regard, because that hopefully means that whoever comes along will be freaking awesome. So I must wait patiently for that time, whether I’ll meet him tomorrow or next week, or I’ve been friends with him for years or a few months. He’ll come. I just have to be patient, and be okay with being patient until then.

Today was a long day.

Today was a long day.

Firstly, I had a geology lab exam at 8 a.m…right after sleeping for only four hours due to last minute studying.

Straight from the exam, I walked to my JEP location. Then, I volunteered at the Swipes for the Homeless Booth for over two hours in 90 degree weather. In direct sunlight. No shade included.

From there, I went to class and then spent another two hours volunteering for Swipes.

To conclude this already wonderful day, I worked on econ homework, successfully getting myself more confused about the topics  than I had been before I even began the assignment.

Needless to say–it was a very long day.

 

Recently, I’ve been working on complaining. I’ve noticed that whenever anything happens in my life that I deem frustrating, annoying, tiring, or unnecessary, I immediately find something negative to share with others about it, whether this be on my twitter, through a text, or through random angry rampages. Today, I found so many moments and times where I would begin to complain and immediately had to remind myself of the good. For example, despite the fact that my lab exam was slightly awful, it was the last time I’d have to wake up early on a Wednesday. Even though the walk to JEP was hot and tiring, I got to see my favorite kiddos for the last time. Even though I got dehydrated sitting outside and volunteering, I was doing something to help better to lives of others. Looking at these things, which I would have previously complained about, in a positive light helped me realize how many great things were happening around me, things that I hadn’t even noticed or acknowledged before.

Not complaining is hard, and it’s going to be a lengthy process to reduce how often I complain. But I’m willing to accept this challenge.

 

Warning: this blog will be filled with flowers, Aztec print, and an obscene amount of ramblings about my so called life.

Hi There. I’m Nana.

I really enjoy daisies, aztec print, hot chocolate, quirky socks, Jesus, my family, my friends, USC Trojans, Pinterest, Purple, Sunflowers, Mermaids, Social Media in all shapes and sizes, Long Walks on the Beach, Picnics, Spontaneous Adventures, and as of this morning–blogging.

Something that I don’t enjoy: idleness.

I’ve spent the last eight months living in Los Angeles, California. I’ve been surrounded by thousands of students who strive for something more, and find that “more” in different places, whether it be in material items, in athletics, in music, or in their academics. I’ve tried new things, met new people, and learned more about myself and who I want to be.

I keep saying that I want to be a leader. I want to motive people to strive for more. I want to make a change. I want to be more mature. I want to be stronger in my faith. I want to use words that inspire people, not words that push others down. I want to appreciate my surroundings, and take more time to appreciate others. I want to be more active. I want to feel more comfortable in my skin and with my appearance. I want to know that I am working as hard as I can. I want to know that I am making the $376 a day that it costs to go to USC completely worth it.

It’s time for me to stop wanting to do or be something, and actually DO it. At some point, I must stop thinking that one day I want to do or be all of these things and actually BE all of these things.

That day, is today.

The Beginning?

I recently read a quote that says the following:

    “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

When I first saw this, I thought about how stupid cheesy it was. The fact that I found it on tumblr really didn’t help either. 

But the thing is, what the quote is asking us to do is actually pretty legitimate. So many times lately, I’ve found myself being dragged down by the people around me in ways that surprise me. If I am truly my own sunshine, in a sky of clouds, then I will be able to light up the lives of others.

And that’s what I’m going to do.