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I love red velvet cake, glitter, music, car washes, and nail polish. I am a southern belle with a hint of cajun class. Starting this blog was a challenge to do something I WANTED to do not because I HAD to.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

song in my heart

Music is my everything. Before I even get out of bed in the morning I immediately sync my phone to my jawbone jam box and find something to perk me up for the day (I am NOT a morning person). This past Christmas I asked my dad for a subscription to spotify premium so I could listen without the ads. It was one of the best gifts! 

The point I am trying to make is that music sums up my life at times without me even knowing it until that glorious 'ah ha' moment! There are people and situations I can plug into songs and think wow they wrote that song directly for me, which is obviously not the case, but I like to think that anyway.

Music improves my mood and sets my day in motion. I literally could not go a day without it. 

What are you listening to lately?

I found this picture on a tumblr today so it was the inspiration for the post. Miranda is my girl! 

Check out these albums...
Nashville cast (ABC television show)
Phillip Phillips-The World from the Side of the Moon
Florida Georgia Line-Here's to Good Times
Lauren Alaina-Wildflower
Best of Wayne Toups

:) and you need to listen to the whole album! enjoy!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

school days. school days. golden rule days.

School days. School days. Golden rule days!
my dad would always tell Jack and I that when he'd wake us up in the morning for school, along with...
Good morning breakfast lovers a howdy do!

Last week was the first week of school! So it was basically syllabus week, which is fine by me! All of my friends and I have been talking and we definitely soaked up as much laziness over the break as we could! Well it is back to the grind now.

This semester of classes will certainly be interesting to say the least! Many of you know I am studying student affairs, but most of you probably have no clue what student affairs means. To sum it up really quickly, this profession is to continue working with college students in all areas other than academia, such as being a professor. Well I guess there are classes that student affairs professional could teach, but that could get tricky. Admission, Greek Life, Student Activities, Residential Life, Career Services, Student Success...Anyway you get the point.

This semester my cohort has the opportunity to have a class taught by our current Vice President of Student Affairs! We are extremely excited for his class. It's on current student affairs issues. We are going to be talking and writing (A LOT OF WRITING) on all of the hot topics going on in student affairs divisions across the country! Should be a good class.

This semester I am in an Ethics and Law class for student affairs! Yikes! I am definitely nervous about this one. I know nothing about this subject. I guess that is why it is called learning...joy!

I am extremely excited about my last two classes! The American College Student (And their environments)  and Counseling and Helping skills for student affairs. These two classes are strictly focused on the student. As of now I think the counseling class will be my favorite...mostly because I am excited to share what I learn with my old roomie from NSU. She was a psych major and we loved to talk about all kinds of psych/counseling type things!

My classes are certainly going to be an experience, but what is more exciting/interesting/etc is my graduate assistantship! I have only worked one week so far, but I know it is going to be an amazing semester. I am working in the First Year Initiative Office. This office focuses on first year students through tutoring, programing, scholarships, and general support to keep them interested in Southern Miss, so they will not transfer or drop out, but will graduate from this university!

I have three areas of focus as of now, managing the tele-counseling center, managing the FYI tutoring labs, and assisting with the leadership lunch series! More on all of that later!

The semester is going to be crazy busy...so feel free to send good vibes and prayers my way!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Give Me Faith

Saturday I left Bunkie for Hattiesburg. I wanted to be back at my own apartment, sleep in my "college bed", and wake up and attend church on Sunday. I am so glad that I did. Being back in Hattiesburg has been much more quiet than Bunkie.  There's not four different TVs on at the same time, someone always in the kitchen, two cats running around or old friends walking through the door.
Sunday's service was amazing. Just what I needed to recharge. Don't get me wrong I loved being home for the holidays, but I missed First Hattiesburg. The last song of the worship service I wanted to share with you all.  The words ring true to so much right now in my life and I hope it can help any of you in some way.
"give me faith to trust what you say"....easier said than done right? This is always so tough for me. I always want to put matters into my own hands and that simply will not get me anywhere. "I may be weak, but you're spirit's strong in me"...I love this line. I'm not really big on new year's resolutions, but I am going to make a more conscious effort to know that I do not have to do it alone. I don't go through school alone, or study alone, or make friends alone, or overcome struggles alone. God is always right there. I just forget sometimes! "my flesh may fail, but God you never will"....how true is this!? 
Perfect example: I have been bummed out about starting my second semester without a graduate assistantship. Most of my classmates and friends all have positions on campus. Not only does this position help them financially, but with experience upon graduation. I've talked to my parents about it so many times trying to understand why I had not been able to get a position. Finally we chalked it up to that it was just not meant to be for the fall semester. God had other plans for me. I needed to focus on school and get settled. I did not realize how big of a transition this would be. Entering college as a freshman was a piece of cake for me! Entering graduate school WAS NOT a piece of cake! In the middle of the semester I adjusted well and learned how to be a student again ( a more prepared/engaged/active student). At the end of the fall semester I sent out emails to multiple people and departments about possible opportunities. No luck. So I figured well I guess I need to focus on just school again this semester.
Well folks today God did not fail me. I am excited to say I was offered a graduate assistantship in the FYI Office (First Year Initiative). This office works with new students and the orientation programs in the summer! I am so excited/happy/blessed. Things work out the way they should. The way God wants them to work out. He knows what is best.

So if any of you are kind of stuck in that "New Year rut" just have faith. Something will happen at the right time the way God wants it to happen for your life. Just surrender to him. 

Remember he loves you...all of you...just the way you are!

These are the lyrics to the song. It is called Give me Faith by Elevation Worship.
I need you to soften my heartTo break me apartI need you to open my eyesTo see that You're shaping my life
Pre Chorus:All I am,I surrender

Chorus:Give me faith to trust what you sayThat you're good and your love is greatI'm broken inside, I give you my life

Verse 2:
I need you to soften my heartTo break me apartI need you pierce through the darkAnd cleanse every part of me


Bridge:I may be weakYour spirit strong in meMy flesh may failMy God you never will (repeat)