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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When the Letting Go Becomes An Adventure

     I'm in a season of letting go...

     I'm leaving books and furniture and my loved ones behind.

     Yes, I am leaving books behind. I want to pack lightly. And two hundred books doesn't exactly scream light. I've always been a fan of margin, and I know you feel it too--this need for less. This need for adventure and flying free.

     Somehow, letting go of material possessions is an adventure in itself. As I packed for college, I ran this through my head repeatedly: Pack like you're leaving the country. Pack as light as you possibly can.

     Adventure and simplicity walk hand-in-hand for me.


On the Grace Days

     I woke up this morning thinking "How could it already be August? And why, whyyyy does the first of the month have to fall on a Monday?"

     When I actually woke up and realized there are 31 days in July, I felt I'd been given an extra day. So while today isn't February 29th, it's giving me the space I need to prepare for August.

     This is only my third July blog post, as you may have noticed. (No? Just me, I guess.)

     There has been a whole lot going on in my life, and I am growing as a person while having awesome summer-before-college experiences. And that is what counts. If I haven't found time to write online, maybe I just don't care as much as I used to.

     I'm giving myself grace by not worrying about a posting schedule. I'm giving myself grace by living life to the full instead.

     These are the days of grace.