Monday, April 30, 2012

{Quote of the Week.}

 {via: flickr.}
Things just don’t work out. That’s the most simple explanation for life. You can dwell on why something that didn’t or shouldn’t have happened, but it did. So just move on. You can sit there crying over someone who did you wrong, or you can go out and live life to it’s fullest. Everyone needs reasons why things are the way that they are, but over thinking over powers your brain. It gets you hanging onto the past when what you really need to be doing is moving forward and focusing on greater things. When things don’t work out, find something that will.-via.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Because I'm a sap for royals.

I can't believe it's already been a year!

Happy Anniversary, Wills & Kate!

Royal-related roundup:
This tumblr always makes me laugh. This post killed me.
Hilariously clever.
Watch this without getting goosebumps. Impossible, I tell ya!
And, as always, if you'd like to follow along with my royal fascination, click here.

p.s. one of my dream jobs would be as a royal correspondent. who knows... ; )

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Shauna Niequist on life during your twenties.

{Edinburgh, January 2011.}

This is the thing: When you hit 28 or 30, everything begins to divide. You can see very clearly two kinds of people. On one side, people who have used their 20s to learn and grow, to find … themselves and their dreams, people who know what works and what doesn’t, who have pushed through to become real live adults. Then there’s the other kind, who are hanging onto college, or high school even, with all their might. They’ve stayed in jobs they hate, because they’re too scared to get another one. They’ve stayed with men or women who are good but not great, because they don’t want to be lonely. … they mean to develop intimate friendships, they mean to stop drinking like life is one big frat party. But they don’t do those things, so they live in an extended adolescence, no closer to adulthood than when they graduated. 
Don’t be like that. Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. 
Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? What have I learned about God this year? What parts of my childhood faith am I leaving behind, and what parts am I choosing to keep? Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?” 
Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love, and with people who believe God is good and life is a grand adventure. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path.
-via wild and wily ways of a brunette bombshell. 
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

take ten.

some recent favs from my 'ole instagram:

One: Motivational notes I write myself to keep sane. Others have included: 'Remember to breath, or you'll die.' 'It could be worse.' 'When overwhelmed, nap.' 
Two: I've doted on my University's beauty before, but it really never fails to make treks to class a bit more bearable.

Three: Can't get enough of Nie's book. (I couldn't wait until after finals to read it.) Inspiring, heart-wrenching, and all kinds of though-provoking.

Four: Four of the five nieces and nephews enjoying our family pizza party. Crazy cats.

Five: Hot-dog days on campus are the best days on campus.

Six: Sometimes I write the weather when copy editing. Sometimes I am creative.

Seven: These pups become your best friend the second you have some kind of grub. Minus fruits, of course. Poodles hate fruit. (Tigers hate pepper...)

Eight: Nephew Nathan was the bouncer at Grandma Peg's birthday this past weekend. Someone's gotta do it.

Nine: I enjoy showing anyone and everyone the site what should we call me. I laugh so hard when reading it it's become my main source of exercise.

Ten: Titanic in 3D. Need I say more?
as for now, it's back to end-of-the-semester craziness.
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Monday, April 23, 2012

{Quote of the Week.}

{via:  wistful wishes.}
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lately: what I've come to understand.


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Monday, April 16, 2012

{Quote of the Week.}

Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the ‘normal people’ as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like ‘Have a nice day’ and ‘Weather’s awful today, eh?’ you yearn inside to say forbidden things like ‘Tell me something that makes you cry’ or ‘What do you think deja vu is for?’ Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everybody carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others.- Timothy Leary
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

plumb crazy.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nie's new book!

My sister & I have been following NieNie's blog since before her accident. Sometimes, when I need a boost of inspiration, a moment to put all the stress of life into perspective, I read her blog and am reminded of what really matters.

Nie just wrote a book about her tragic accident and her extraordinary recovery. She also gave birth to a sweet baby girl last week.

I hope to read her book after things calm down — this time of the semester is always the most stressful. First thing I want to do after I turn in my last project (besides feast & sleep) is sit down and get lost in her inspiring story.


On a side note:
I would like to apologize to my family for being a bit grumpy and emotional lately. At Easter I was far too sensitive & reacted to something far too dramatically. Sorry family for being a basket case as of late. I love you more than words could ever say. (That's why what you say matters to me so much.) Love you.

p.s. A professor showed us this video early this week & I can't stop watching it.
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Monday, April 9, 2012

{Quote of Week.}

We never stop being who we are in life. Instead, we become more of who we are meant to be through all the changes and challenges we face because from every battle fought and every trial endured comes the opportunity for us to grow more. When our life takes us by surprise, when it doesn’t turn out quite how we expected, we initiate our dreams by implementing our own goals as we are inspired by what our lives hold for us now. Sometimes we need to stop questioning where life is taking us and just go, letting faith lead the way and making things happen by opening our hearts to love, second chances, and happiness for when we keep our hearts opened, we see the magic from the beauty life has start to come alive around us." -Jenna Kandyce Linch

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

To you & yours:

{via: adam voorhes.}
Happy Easter!

“Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, 
there can be no Easter Sunday.”
-Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

i apologize for these errors, rambles.

[april 2012.]

sometimes i feel like i'm kicking like mad to keep my head above water. just enough so that my eyes and nose are above the water. getting the minimum amount of air it takes to survive.

meanwhile, from the nose down, my body, muscles are exhausted and i struggle. struggle to keep myself up.

"it'd be so much easier to give up, sink to the bottom," my mind sometimes begs.
"no, no. we've come this far," i try and trick mind into believing.

april has always been a weird month for me. a different kind of weird than the weird i mentioned in february. it's when everything comes to a head, projects are due, plans for summer are made, and you prepare goodbyes for those you'll see again in august.

but this april is much different. this is my last april as a student. i'll say goodbye to friends next month, but we may never live in the same city, state again. it's entirely different. the jobs i apply for are now related to positions in which i dream of becoming my career.

it's not merely going through the motions. this is it. this is when it all comes full circle. the hoops, the trials, the memories -- they were all made to bring me to this time of my life. it's scary. frightening really. but exciting beyond belief. who knows where these next few months will take me? i surely don't, but i have a sneaky suspicion it's about to get good. really good.

right now though? i'd be lying if i said i wasn't absolutely, sick-to-my-stomach terrified -- if i said i didn't fall asleep after racing thoughts lead to a racing heart that eventually lulls me to rest.

so for now i keep kicking my legs and paddling with my arms to keep my head above water. because the shore is near, oh, so very near.

"I have accepted fear as part of life – specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back." – Erica Jong

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Monday, April 2, 2012

{Quote of the Week.}

{via: the now book.}
I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman. - Anïas Nin
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