I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don't want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift."-Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
9. The warm cookies were m&m today in the dining hall.
8. I realized that I have so many opportunities to do what I love at this school.
7. It's midterm week here at SMC... but I don't have any midterms!
6. I get to talk to camp people like Coll, Annie, Maggie, and Molly throughout my whole day.
5. Kristina and I never fail to make each other laugh even when we are tired or completely stressed.
4. I got a B+ on my first History exam!
3. In 6 days I will be in Harry Potter world with my mom.
2. All of Taylor Swift's new songs are the bomb.
Monday, June 4, 2012
"the emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends; a relationship between friends"
I think this definition is flawed and incomplete. Friendship is so much more than a relationship or a conduct. Friendship is so many wonderful things.
Friendship is support. It is showing up when it counts and going to watch lacrosse games, piano recitals, choir and band concerts, plays, shows, and performances of all kinds. It is giving a pal support in good times and bad and cheering them on in all their endeavors.
Monday, February 6, 2012
We have lots of big craft plans and it's going to be so fun.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
"Oh to be young and a teenager! Not an old grandma like me. A great-grandma! You know, I have 18 great-grandchildren! Lots of prayer, make that your life motto. Then you'll grow to be as old as me. Did you know I'm 92 years old?"
I said there was no way she was 92 (She really didn't look it!), but she insisted she was. I thanked her for her truly inspiring advice to pray often. I'm so grateful I had this encounter with this woman today. Little moments like that make me so happy.
In other news, I worked hard on a new craft with Sarah this week. After hours and hours it's finally finished.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Saturday, November 5, 2011
When the play began, none of my close friends were in the cast. I was pretty nervous about this at first, but it soon became clear that my fears weren't necessary. I made so many good friends in the cast and got to know people who I would never have talked to if it weren't for this show. I'm so grateful for all the new people in my life thanks to this musical and so happy that I've made new friends.
New friends really are so great. It's exciting to have new, stimulating conversation with people who are unfamiliar. I love getting to know people and embracing their quirks and personalities. It is so fun to learn about what makes a person unique and discovering how they are similar to you. Nothing brings more joy than a friend, especially a new one.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Today during mass (church) at school I did a lot of thinking and a lot of praying. I've been praying all month and have gone back and forth between emotionally stable and crazy, lovesick lunatic. Today, though, I really prayed. And devoted all of mass to reflecting on how I've been acting and how I've been treating this boy. I haven't let go, and that is so unfair to him. So today I decided to let go. God has been sending me little signals and I have truly felt him saying 'TRUST ME!' all day long. So that is what I'm doing. I am letting go. Not giving up.... Not losing hope.... Not even necessarily moving on.... but letting go. I am trusting that God will show me the way to happiness and show me what is right for me. Only He truly knows what's in store for my future, so what else is there to do, really, except listen and trust? No happiness can come from ignoring what God tries to tell us.
I've waited my whole life for God to talk to me. I wanted to hear his booming voice and really feel his words. Today I realized that isn't how it works. You have to open your heart to God in order to really hear what he has to say. It doesn't come in a phone call or over a microphone. It isn't always loud and clear. But God's will can be seen if we all just step back and listen up. I had never done that until this past month. So I think that is the blessing in being dumped. I have spent so much time listening to God and just reflecting on my life and current situation that I have finally seen what He intends for me-- at least I am starting to see. The point being, I have found true joy for the first time in over a month. And I am so grateful for that. So glad that I had the sense, for once, to just listen and trust.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
3 songs I listened to a lot this year:
1. Gravity by Sara Bareilles
2. What Love Really Means by JJ Heller
3. Magic by B.o.B.
3 people I didn't know before this year that were main characters in my life:
1. Sarah Wright. I met Sarah at Camp Tecumseh last summer during CILTS. She was one of my counselors. Even though we had a few bonding moments during the session, I feel like were really became close at home in Carmel. Whether it has been going to Mellow Mushroom, to Orange Leaf, to North Central's choir concert, or to Michaels, I always have a blast with her. I can tell her anything and call her any time. Our friendship started at camp and grew through that common interest, but I am so so happy that we carried our friendship into the real world.