Decisions Made with More than Luck

     Two years ago today, I was inwardly making a decision that would shape nearly everything about my life today.

     St. Patrick's Day 2016 - the day I woke up in a Mississippi College dorm for the first time, stepped out to the "Lover's Swings, and spent the morning reflecting on my visit thus far.

     I looked up and down at the beautiful, tall trees, the red brick buildings, and the lampposts reminding me of a Narnian winter wonderland. I wondered, "What will campus look like when fall changes the colors of the leaves or when snow covers each individual blade of grass?"

     My first year of college was dramatically impacted by that one day. One day of tours and stories, of falling in love with a place, and of setting off on a destiny I didn't know I had.

     Luckily, I never looked back.


Beloved Child

     Child, you are more than enough today. Hear the Lord's call on your day and your life.

     I wrote a little something for you that has been on my heart since last Sunday.

     Ready to read my post on Burning Youth? Click here.



At the End of the Year

     We had snow in Mississippi.

     And I say we because I am no longer alone at college. I am surrounded by dozens - dare I say hundreds - of people who are choosing to go on this college adventure with me.

     I have friends whose papers I edit, friends who encourage me to write (though not online. my apologies.), friends who point me to the Lord, friends who I can be goofy and dance with, and friends who I miss very much.

     There's not a lot I can say to sum up what this semester has meant to me. I'm 1/6 of the way through this college journey, and I want to hold on to every moment.

     What was this semester like? It was...


How to Appear Smarter and More Confident, No. 1

     Inspired by my days as a high schooler turning into a college student (ahem, that would be this summer), I am starting a new series "How to Appear Smarter and More Confident."

     It's a little goofy but a little serious. As I go through these things I've noticed in others and picked up on, I hope you will take them with a grain of salt. There are few things we need to do besides follow God's will for our lives. But these are fun and easy ways to stand out from the crowd a little.

     Sure, you may want to blend into the crowd. If that is you, by all means skip this post that I am slaving over for you instead of doing my homework. :) I won't be bitter at all...

     And, as always, the heartbeat of this post is growing in elegance in both person and spirit.


Hello, College!

Hello, hallowed walls, hallowed halls.
Clock tower, bell tower,
Traditions rising strong.
You have much to teach me, but I have more.

All I have brought is myself and some dorm decor,
But you have so much for this little mind of mine.
I'll grow as a person.
I'll grow as a student.

My portfolio will never be the same,
Nor will my bank account.
Yes, the days are long, and the nights are longer.
It's hard not to get them mixed up.


Dorm Sweet Dorm

     The moment you've all been waiting for (or let's be real, the moment I've been waiting for for years). I'm in a dorm room! So now I have two beautiful little spaces to decorate and love.

     A whole new aesthetic to explore, and a whole new canvas to paint on.

     Everything in the bedroom should revolve around sleep and comfort, so of course, my roommate and I began with these three throw pillows and built the room around grey, dark blue, and light blue.


Heart. Temper. Touch.

     Occasionally, I just have a single, excellent quote to share with you lovely readers. Usually, to deserve its own post, it has to be a quote revolutionizing the way I live or love or think. This one does all three.

"Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts."
~Charles Dickens

     As I plunge headlong into college this week, I pray this is true of me.

     May my heart be soft, even to those who have hurt me or hurt my loved ones.

     May my temper never tire, no matter how much small talk I have to endure.

     May my presence and touch be one that heals, brings life, and encourages those around me.


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