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Germany

I’ve officially been accepted to study abroad in Germany for the upcoming fall semester!! I will be studying abroad at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin and I absolutely can not wait! I’m staying with a host family and I will be there for almost five months studying German. I know it’s going to be one of the biggest challenges of my life thus far, especially considering I haven’t been overseas before, but I am so ready for it. Of course, I don’t want to wish the last half of my sophomore (!!) semester and summer away, but I’m counting down the days until I step off that plane. I will be using this blog (or maybe a separate one… haven’t decided yet) to write about my time in Germany/Europe so stay tuned for updates!

 

 

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Lately

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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struggle bus

I’m pretty sure all of my teachers get together and plan to put all of my tests and papers on the same day. I’m honestly starting to believe that. Every single week, I have an average of 3 tests and quizzes one one day and an 8 page paper due the day before! Not to mention hours of homework. The Sophomore Slump is real, y’all. It also doesn’t help that I’m taking German and Spanish at the same time. I thought that was a good idea, why? I know college is not easy, especially Auburn, but it seems like all my friends have maybe one or two tests a month, and MAYBE one paper, and I’m here doing work hours every single night while they’re out having fun. I guess that’s what I get for doing awful freshman year.

I can not wait to get into classes for my major. Maybe I’ll have some more motivation to do my work when it actually interests me. The funny thing is that I don’t even know for sure what I’m majoring in anymore. All I can really do is laugh at myself.

Thanksgiving break, where are you?!! I’m in major need for some Birmingham lovin’. Newks, my bed, my Bham friends, a mental break, and homecooked meals are calling my name.

Speaking of Thanksgiving break… where the hell did 2013 go?

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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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When A Heart Breaks

I lost my best friend yesterday. I lost the one person that has ALWAYS, without fail, been there for me. The one that has loved me unconditionally complete with all my faults,the one that has listened to every word I ever said to them, and the one who has never judged me. I lost one of my favorite things in the world yesterday, my dog.

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One of my favorite memories of growing up was going to the pumpkin patch only to come home to this wonderful surprise. I was 7 years old and had NO idea I was about to get a dog. I named him Hiccup and loved him the first minute I saw him. I had a lot of family drama growing up and Hiccup was the one “person” who was always there for me. I had another dog, an older golden retriever named Cally, who I loved with all my heart (and was devastated when he died 5 years ago) but Hiccup and I had a different connection. He loved me as much as I loved him, and I could tell.

Hiccup turned 10 in October 2012, so he definitely wasn’t the youngest dog ever but I thought I still had 3 or so years left with him because a beagle’s’ life expectancy is about 12-15 years. I think the reason I’m so upset is because I was caught so off guard. I found out that he was dying last night while I was at work and it honestly felt like my world stopped for a minute. I am very serious about my work, but I put everything down and ran out.

It was probably the most painful thing ever to see the life sucked out of my precious baby. I cried and cried and cried. The worst part is, my dad told me that he noticed something was wrong with Hiccup and that he ran straight up to my room looking for me before he laid down and started to cry. That broke my heart. I never knew how much it could hurt to lose something or someone so close to you. I’ve been very lucky to have not really experienced any real loss in my life so far, so Hiccup dying definitely takes the cake.

My heart is so heavy and I keep wanting to call my “bub” up the stairs and play with him. It is still sinking in that he’s gone and now he is nothing but a memory. I wish I could just hug him one more time.

I miss my best friend but I know he is in doggy heaven with the other best dog in the world, Callahan.

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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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