Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Last Stretch

In a couple of hours I will be moving back to Asbury for the last time. I seriously cannot believe that this is my final semester of college. WHOA. Time really does fly when you're having fun. And when you spend more time stressed than not. This last semester will most definitely be bittersweet (I love when things are bittersweet because it normally means that what is happening currently is good - and what is about to happen is good). I am so incredibly excited about where life will lead me after May, but I know that I will never get these college years back - I have LOVED these years. When I realize that a chapter of my life is closing I feel the pressure to go out with a bang. Make the last stretch memorable. Something to talk about later. Well, I'm not even back on campus and I'm already feeling the urge to "go big or go home" and in order to graduate I can't stay home - so I'm going BIG.

Many of my friends have been blogging about bucket lists. I've decided to create a short list of things that I would like to see happen before May 6th - graduation.

Pull and all night-er just for fun.
See one midnight premier (or two, or three...)
Spring break somewhere with awesome people (Please be the beach!!!)
Get all A's. LOL. I have two classes - this BETTER happen.
Have a crazy photo shoot with my roommate Jordan!
Have a movie marathon.
Go to a concert (The Band Perry if I had a choice)
Participate in senior chapel!
A weekend camping trip.
Use the LUCE like its my job. Racquetball as much as possible.
Volunteer somewhere.
Graduate. That's kind of a big one!
Ride a roller coaster. Ughhh, Terrified.
Be in a movie.
Get a tattoo. Ha :)
Find a job for after college.
Drinks and Thinks with my girls - all the time.
Fall in love - because I'm running out of time. HAHA.
Have a sleep over.
Watch an entire TV series.
Have a homemade dinner with friends a few times a semester.

If I can do half of these things - I'll be more than satisfied. I know there are more things I can add to the list - but this is a good tangible start! Lets do this...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Out with the old and in with the new?

Wow. Another year has passed. 2011 was 365 days full or love, laughter, and lessons learned. Here are some of the BIG things that come to mind when I think about what the year has held.

I finally Went to Africa. Uganda will always have a piece of my heart.
My precious nephew, Charlie, joined our family - he is a miracle from God.
Gained some wonderful new friends. Lost a few friendships.
Saw Taylor Swift's Speak Now Tour. It was magical.
Began my senior year of college. Whoa.
Was on homecoming court with 7 wonderfully Zealous friends
Tried out for a TV show - The Glee Project - in Nashville. (Still not famous)
Traveld to NYC with two of my closest friends. Had a frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity's!
Got my nose pierced with a best friend.
Watched the Sound of Music. It changed me forever.
Learned to listen. To really listen.
Become an RA and worked with an amazing staff.
Took an art class and actually finished a few projects.
Held a summer job as a nanny.
Served another year on WGM cabinet and heard how God moved all around the world.
Had a roommate become the greatest friend I could ever ask for.
Saw a few midnight premiers with friends.
Got the stomach flu. Threw up 22 times.
Lived in a commune with over 400 people for three days.
Started a blog.
Turned 20. Finally out of my teens.

The biggest lesson learned: I set expectations for people. Very high expectations for those I love. More times than not, they fall short. This isn't a flaw with them - its just reality. Its in these times that they fall short that I still have to pour out love. Unconditional love. Because I fall short of the glory of God daily. He continues to shower me in love and mercy. I am blessed because in the areas I "perceive" people falling short in my life - God consistently surpasses all of my expectations.

Watch out 2012 I'm ready to take full advantage of you. I already know some big events and huge changes are in store. I could not be more excited!

Happy new Year!!!!