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What a past couple months it’s been! I have been going non-stop from Thanksgiving until now.

The most exciting part of that has been Auburn Football. Last year, Auburn went 3-9 and was winless in the SEC. Even with an exciting hiring of a new head coach, I came to Auburn expecting a mediocre season at best, and boy was I wrong. I would say that the Iron Bowl (Auburn vs. Alabama game) was one of the most exciting experiences of my entire life. I sat with my brother and best friends right behind the field goal. Chris Davis #11, made an amazing miracle play leading Auburn to beat Alabama in what was the most amazing Iron Bowls ever. I, along with almost the entire Jordan-Hare stadium, rushed the field in pandemonium. I have never felt the amount pure joy that I felt in that moment. It was such an amazing experience. After the game, my friends and I rolled Toomer’s Corner and went to celebrate the victory. The next weekend, Auburn played in the SEC championship. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend but I did watch the game at Moe’s BBQ and got to roll Toomer’s after the victory. After the celebration, all of Auburn moved onto the next football game to watch, The Ohio St. vs Michigan State.  If Ohio St lost, we would be going to the National Championship, and guess what? We did. And I got to roll Toomer’s Corner twice in one night. Even though we ended up losing the National Championship, I am so thankful for being able to experience, the now infamous, 2013 Auburn Football season. I will never forget this season. I mean how awesome is it to go from being winless in the SEC, to SEC champs the next? War Damn Eagle!

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I am thankful to say that this Christmas break was the first time that I legitimately did not want to go home. I had such a great semester (just very busy) and I was not looking forward to leaving Auburn for a month. Even though I worked a lot, Christmas break was good. It was the break I needed, especially after my stressful semester! It was also great to be back at work and making money. I also, of course, loved being with my friends from home for a whole month. I always miss them so much!

After Christmas, I went to visit my family in Buffalo, NY. I always love going up to Buffalo. I feel like I belong in the north, and it is always so great to visit my family. It was absolutely freezing! Really though, the windchill was -20 one day. And of course that day we decided to go to Niagra Falls. It was so cool to see in the winter!

Now, I’m back at Auburn and hoping and praying this semester is just as great, if not better! I am currently in the process of planning my study abroad to Germany and just trying to survive my classes so far.

And here are just some pictures from the past few weeks.

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Christmas Cocktail with my little

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SEC championship with my big!

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Toomer’s Corner after the SEC championship

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Niagra Falls on the coldest day of the year in Buffalo.

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#5 Ricardo Louis aka the guy who won the Georgia game with the miracle catch. IMG_1572Stalking the Vampire Diaries set with my friends over MLK weekend.

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to be thankful

I noticed a pretty ugly part of myself the other day. On my way home from class, I got the urge to check my mailbox as I do about once every month and I was surprised to find something other than Geico junkmail and coupons. There were two cards and a package in my mailbox all with my name on them. I immediately run back to my car and rip open one of the cards. I don’t even stop to read the card. Instead, I open the card immediately, without reading anything, looking for money. The joy I felt when I saw the money in the card was not worth how awful I felt about myself later when I realized I didn’t even know who the card was from. I was so caught up in hoping there was money in the card, I did not even stop to read what sweet soul sent money to me for HALLOWEEN. I almost sat and cried to myself a few hours after opening the card when I realized that this is not the person I like to think I am. When did I become so caught up in myself, money, and worldly things? One thing about me is that I hate following the crowd. I’m kind of against the newest technology (ahem, e-readers, you will be responsible for wrecking me if you make real books become extinct), I don’t follow trends, I don’t like music in the top 40, I don’t like how modern the world is becoming and I’ve always somewhat moved against the current.  I like to think I’m a somewhat “different” gen y-er, an old soul of sorts, and this situation showed me that I’m not as impervious to getting too caught up in myself and the things in this world as I thought I was. I am not that much different from all of the other ungrateful kids out there who care nothing about a card from a family member; the kind of person who would toss a card in the trash after collecting the money from it.

I’m actually glad this happened though, because it taught me to be more grateful, forget about money and worldly things, because in all reality, they mean nothing. What really matters is the person who took time out of their day to think about you and to send you a card because of that. That is what is important. Because at the end of the day, the person behind the card will always be there. The Chipotle and Starbucks you bought with that $20 will be gone after your most recent trip to the bathroom and that’s something we could all remember every now and then.

I am sad that I let money rule my life and I’m not letting it anymore. It’s time for me to be thankful for the things I have, the people that send me cards with money I did nothing to deserve, and the life that the Good Lord has blessed me with.

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Sweater Weather

Disclaimer: There is actually no such thing as ‘sweater weather’ in Alabama at the end of September but a girl can only hope.

So, it has been a WHILE since I’ve updated my blog. I’ve been crazy been this summer with work, moving, my dad’s wedding, working out, and having a social life. I feel bad I’ve neglected this little blog but I’m sure all 20 of you don’t mind.

I want to dedicate this post to the awesomeness that was my dads wedding. There is nothing better than a wedding in the heat of summer in good ole’ New Orleans. I had never been to New Orleans before and I definitely consider New Orleans one of my favorite places now. Abigail came with me and I couldn’t have asked for a better friend to come with me. She was my partner in crime.

Sadly, we were only there for a couple of days and didn’t really have time to do as many touristy things as I would’ve liked. Nonetheless, it was AMAZING.

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Me and my bro before the wedding

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MIMOSA TIME after the wedding
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The food at the reception was amazing. If I could go back in time to eat that food again, I would.
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two of my favorite people in the world, my brother and Abigail

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My new step-mom!

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The beautiful Roosevelt Hotel we stayed at. Me and Abigail had the complete set up. Our room was so amazing and was separated from all of my family and the wedding party, which was kind of nice to get away from the chaos.

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Night out with the fam on Bourbon Street after the wedding!

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Blurry, but my new favorite place.

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Brendan and his friend Cason (who is the sweetest kid ever) and me and Abigail with our friend Kevin from high school!IMG_7270

my whole family and the everyone who came to the wedding all went to The Famous Door and literally danced the night away. I will never forget that night. I was filled with so much joy.IMG_7273No words.

All in all, such a great trip. It was so great to be with my family (that I never get to see) and be in a great city like New Orleans. I had the time of my life and will never forget that trip! I am already planning my next trip back. Can you say hello MLK weekend?!

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Photo on 7-11-13 at 11.56 PMThis is my last computer selfie taken ever in this room. I’m moving out of the house that I have lived in for 12 years and it’s literally one of the saddest days of my life. I hate change, and this is a big one.

 

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People Always Leave

People always say that our experiences shape who we are but I think that we are shaped not by our experiences, but by the people in our life. I am such a people person. Let me clarify. I hate being around huge crowds, so if you ever see me in the middle of one, I definitely will not be the biggest ‘people person’ right then. What I mean is that once I become friends with someone or develop a relationship with them, I just expect them to be around forever. And then here comes reality hitting me like a ten pound brick when our lives take different paths and we become separated. I am so fortunate to have some of the greatest friends ever. And what happens? We are all ripped apart after high school.  Who has the hardest time with it? Of course, me. I made a bunch of amazing friends at work and who has to move away to college and rarely see them? Me. Leaving people that I love is definitely on the top of my list of things I hate to do. Once I become close with someone, I cherish that relationship forever. All of this goes to show you that I love the people that I have been privileged to know in life.

I have been shaped by the people that I have been surrounded by. They are all a part of me, even apart from me. I am a better person because of all of the relationships in my life, even the ones that “end.” I put that in quotations because now-a-days when people move away or become separated, it is still easy to keep in contact. But for me, that’s not enough. Call me old fashion but connecting over social networks does not do it for me. I still feel a void without that friend in my life.

Though I would never take away the relationships I’ve created that have been separated by distance, I wish that they didn’t have to end. I hate change and I hate when people leave.

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Ho Hey

I’ve been really inspired lately. I’ve also been very happy and dare I say, content? I think it has something to do with my sudden rush of inspiration to write. Here’s the problem? I’m so inspired that I don’t even know where to start. I could start with how Silver Linings Playbook has drastically changed me, because it is SUCH A BEAUTIFUL MOVIE! Honestly, I could go on for hours on how amazing I think Silver Linings Playbook is.

I could also go on about how beautiful of a show LOST is. I’m watching it for the third time through and it is even more beautiful than I thought before. I love the relationships and the characters. I truly don’t know if another show will ever compare to the genius of LOST.

I’m also really happy! Of course, my life is by no means where I want to be, but this semester has been so much better so far. I really think I’m starting to love Auburn.

I’m thinking of a new direction to take my blog in. This blog has kind of served as a whiny, diary of mine and I don’t want it to be like that anymore. Stay tuned for some awesome updates. (I’m pretty sure they won’t be awesome, but I’m trying here y’all!)

 

and with that, I would like to leave you with this quote from Silver Linings Playbook cause it’s kind of awesome.

“This is what I believe to be true…you have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest. If you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.” -Pat, Silver Linings Playbook

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It’s Time

My break has been wonderful. The only downside is that it’s coming to an end. I have one day left in Birmingham. A part of me, a big part of me, just wants to pack up and move to Birmingham but I know that is just stupid because I would honestly be miserable at some point.

I am excited for this upcoming semster and hope that me and Auburn finally click. I felt it coming on before I left Auburn but after spending 5 weeks at home I’m not sure how I’m going to feel when I get there.

I’m going to miss my family so much and my sweet doggy.

I’m also going to miss my friends so much. Why do we all have to be separated? A part of me is literally missing without them. I wish life was fair and perfect and we all were together more. But, c’est la vie.

 

Of course, I’ll miss Newks soooooOOO much. As always. I can never wait to go back. I think being absent from Newks is what makes my heart fonder. :)

 

Until next time

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Samson

Christmas break has been great. I miss Birmingham. I miss Newks. I don’t know what it is about my coworkers but I’m happy there. Truly happy. I feel so dumb saying this but I honestly believe I am happiest at Newks.

I’ve been working a lot but I’ve also hung out with good friends. Relationships make my life and not being able to really see my friends for months at a time leaves a hole in my heart. I miss them all so much and it is so great to be able to be with them this break.

The only downside of this break is that I have been working so much that I have not stopped to appreciate everything and enjoy this Christmas season. Of course, I have enjoyed working and being reunited with my coworkers but I haven’t really watched any Christmas movies or baked or those types of Christmasty things. There are also so many shows I need to catch up on and books I need to read this break… it’s overwhelming!

I’m currently reading Pride and Prejudice and I absolutely love it. I recently read The Fault in Our Stars and it’s pretty great.

Anyways, I’m hoping to do nothing but watch Christmas movies and eat food and read and watch tv for the rest of today and tomorrow.

 

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Better Love

Life has been good lately. I think I can finally say I’m happy with Auburn. I would not go as far as to say 100% in general, because who REALLY is 100% happy with their life? But I finally know that I made the right choice, and that making friends takes time, moving to a new place with 25,000 new people takes time to adjust. I expected it all to happen right when I got here and when I didn’t I immediately blamed it on Auburn.

I will say, though, that I can NOT wait to go home for Christmas. Yeah, it is weird being home and having parents to answer to, but its home. And home is good. Home is home.

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b8Me and my main guh, Abigail were the only 2 white people at a black wedding. It was DEFINITELY interesting, but very fun. I was the only white girl wobbling in a sea of 50 black people. It was hilarious, and probably something I’ll always remember.

b1Thanksgiving break was great! I got to work with my favorite coworkers and was FINALLY reunited with my best friends. I miss them so much. More and more as each day passes!

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b2My sorority had our Christmas cocktail this week. It was a lot of fun and a great last time of all being together before Christmas break!

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I got to work the merch table for one of my favorite bands, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors (see blog post about them, here) They are involved in Young Life, and I love them! I’m also going to see them on Friday in Birmingham, so I got to see them this past week (from afar) and then this Friday up close, again! I’m excited. They always put on a great show. Oh, and that is Drew Holcomb and I. Ellie (his wife and fellow bandmate) just had a baby so she didn’t take part in the meet in greet.

The only thing standing between me and highway 280 are 5 finals. Ugh. Ew. Shoot me. The reason this blog post is being written is because I am trying to do everything but study.

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Today, I am thankful

I have so much to be thankful for, I really do. So, today I am thankful.

To name a few…

1. My dad (and whole family, too). My dad has been here for me more than anyone the past year. I love him so much. He is so special to me.

2. My friends, old and new. I have some of the best friends anyone could ask for. I didn’t know what a friend really was until I became friends with Lydia, Erin, Claire and Mivi. They are SO special to me. I can literally tell them anything. I would give my life for any of them. I have also met some wonderful friends in Sigma Kappa, and at Auburn. I am so blessed with all the friends in my life.

my four best friends

3. TV shows. I know it sounds lame, but I really do love my television show. I honestly think most of them have made me who I am.

4. Coffee. Cause I can’t live without it.

5. Music. It’s amazing.

6. Writing. I love it.

7. The opportunity to attend Auburn. Where I’m from, it’s almost taboo if someone doesn’t go to college so I’ve always just assumed everyone should go but I now know that not everyone can afford college and it is a blessing that I am able to go to such a great school.

8. Last but not least, Newks. I know that probably half of my blog posts have something to do with Newks but it is a huge part of my life. I have grown as a person working there. No, working the register, running food or making salads has not made me a better person, but the people I have met and experiences I have had there. I love everyone I work with more than life. Newks is my escape from life. While I’m there, I don’t worry about anything. I love it.

some amazing coworkers.

Overall, I believe I am pretty blessed. Sure, my life has a LOT of trials and shitty situations, but I know that I really am so blessed. I have the best friends and family. What else could one want in life?

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

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