Monday, January 26, 2009


I have a huge passion for purity.

As a Christ follower it is my aim to live a sexually pure life and save sex for marriage. Sex is most fulfilling if saved for the commitment of marriage. That's how it was made. Sadly, in this day and age marriage itself doesn't mean as much as it used to. There are so many divorces and the whole issue of homosexuality. But when it comes down to it....marriage is between a man and a woman who were made to complete each other and to connect in such an intimate way that is supposed to last forever through thick and thin no matter what, come what may. It's beautiful. AND if you're convincing yourself into thinking that you'll be able to ride the fence as close as possible and not eventually give real with yourself. I've seen too many friends give in that way. If you're aim is to be pure...don't put yourself in tempting situations...because everyone is human...we weren't made to withstand that kind of be smart and real with yourself.

This is kind of a touchy subject but it's on my heart because, though most people don't agree with me...I know there are those few that do and I think they should know that they're not alone in their principles.

Even if you've made a few's never too late to put your foot down and start out fresh. When you want to make a change, be honest with yourself, get support, make some changes that will take you out of tempting situations, don't be afraid to make some drastic sudden changes, acknowledge you can't do it alone and ask for God's help. You'll be blessed for it. Sex is so much more beautiful and fulfilling inside of marriage (I know because I have seen the effects of it in the lives of others who waited)...God knows what He's talking about having us wait...after all...He created sex. :)

1 Corinthians 6:18-20, 7:1-3
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.1Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.[c] 2But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. 3The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.

Busy Bee

I'm sooooooooooo busy!!! You don't even's insane. After this week it won't be as bad though. I have sooo many commitments....2 hard biology classes, a class that requires me to do craft projects, voice lessons, choir, my bonner scholarship (interning in an office...where I'm working on a senior project...and volunteering at a homeless sheltar), biology senior seminar (a research project and short nature film), and they're going to be offering free martial arts classes at my college so I might be starting to take those too.

Am I spreading myself too thin? or just taking advantage of every last opportunity I have here in the last days of college? only a few of those things are I'm pretty tied down until May 9th. Each normal day begins at 7AM and ends at 5PM...but then I have homework and whatnot.

Tomorrow we get senior pictures taken! How exciting!

I finally figured out what I'm doing my senior seminar project on...and surprisingly was influenced by Disney Nature. I'm doing a survey of the landscape change in this area from the early 1900s up to the present. I've been going to the archives our library (where there is the sweetest little old woman who knows everything about the history of this area...fasciniating stories) and looking through all their photo archives finding all the pictures of landscapes and nature views from this area through the years. I've found 84 pictures so far that I'm going to narrow it down to the ones where the exact locations are available. Then I'm going to go to these places and film what the area look likes now. Once that's done I am going to overlay arial maps of the area from 1950 to now so that I can chart how much the landscape has changed using Geographical Information Systems. I will cut the old pictures, the new footage, and the arial maps together with some footage of some of the endemic species of plants and animals (only found in this area) that are at risk if the landscape is further destroyed. Once I've analyzed the data and done my research I will have to write a paper and I'll take excerpts from that to make a naration for my film.

It's all coming together...I figure it's something that will look good on a resume and it's a product that I can present ....just in case Disney Nature ever decided they simply couldn't go on without giving me a job interview :)

OHH speaking of Disney...I'm officially a Disney College Program applicant!!!! I have a phone interview on Friday!!!! I can't wait! If I get in I'll be going from August until January. :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Experiences

I'm midweek through my first week back at school. It's great to be back and see everyone. I think I'm going to love my classes. I'm taking Genetics, Population and Community Ecology, Senior Seminar, Decorative and Wearable Arts, College Choir, and Voice Lessons. Yikes! That is alot! My schedule is crazy. I'm busy from 7-5 four days a week.

College choir is definitely new for me. My voice teacher suggested that I join. I was a little nervous going to the first practice yesterday, but it wasn't so bad. I'll definitely be learning a lot as I go. Who knew that musicians speak a completely different language!? It's a struggle just figure out where we are on the page based on all the musical jargon. It's an exciting new challenge though.

Also my Decorative and Wearable Arts class is going to be amazing...we're making collages, journals, rugs, and lots of other neat crafts. It is right up my alley.

Oh and I'm a bonner I receive tuition money in the place of volunteering 140 hours per semester at non profit organizations. This time I'm the Intern in the Lifeworks office where all the scholar staff members work. I started yesterday. I'm basically just a secretary. I just entered stuff on the computer for four hours. I really enjoyed it though...I got to listen to my ipod and just zone out. That's definitely a fun new experience. I can remember pretending to be a secretary when I was little...I still feel like I'm just playing pretend hehe.

For the rest of my bonner hours I will be returning to work at a local day center for the homeless. I'm excited about going back on Thursday.

Anywho...this is my quick post just to say that I've been having a great week back. I'm keeping up with my routines and I've been working out (my body is exhausted!). I absolutely love how my schedule is so diverse. It feels very well-rounded. I'm excited about trying some new things and pushing myself through hard classes.

Even though I get nervous or anxious about trying things I don't know much about or being in hard classes...the satisfaction of sticking with it and looking back knowing I did very rewarding. So go out and try something out of your normal box! It's great :)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

What to Expect from My Blog...

Since I'm in the beginning stages of this blog...let me just say a few words about what to expect fro my blog. I'm a senior in college about to graduate--I'm excited about life and all the possibilities it has for me. This is my journey into adulthood, into the real world, while still holding onto my child-like/innocent personality.

I'm all about all things positive: positive living, motivation, hope, dreams, morality, family values, encouragement, good clean substance free fun, redeeming the time, making the most of my situation, purity, staying young, living life on purpose, stepping our of my comfort zone, living an epic life, finding the good in every situation, keeping an open mind, trying new things, and just about anything else that has defined me as eternally optimistic. I'm a Christian, I'm obsessed with Disney, and I love Full House. This is where I'm at, These are the things I love and endorse.

I plan to write many blog posts that will either be in the form of ideas on how to improve, brighten, or get motivated your own life or merely happenings from my life that I hope will be an encouragement to others as they follow me through my journey.

These are the kinds of blogs you can expect from me. =)

Back to School...For the last time!!

I should be sleeping right now...but I've been struck with spontaneous motivation lately which keeps me up into the late hours of the night...the kind of spontaneous motivation that comes with every new year.

This sudden motivation boost is great...though it keeps me finding a million random things that need to be done and making never ending to do lists. As soon as I finish one list...I come up with more ideas of things that I "need" to do and I make a new one.

Eventually I'll run out of steam and probably slip back into procrastination land for a month or so...most likely this will be as soon as I get my first home work assignment. Isn't that always how it goes? Funny how that works.

Anyways I'm headed back to Mars Hill College tomorrow for my last semester! Crazy! I can remember the days of being bitterly depressed thinking I would never be done with school. I'm so ready. I'm not good with long term goals, so graduating is a really big deal to me.

I will be a college graduate on May 9th...then what? Who knows. I have lots of ideas though. I most definitely want to pick French back up. I took 4 semester of French at my community college. I was very good at it and really enjoyed it. After I transferred to Mars Hill and realizing they had no French courses, I got out of practice and forgot everything. So that's one thing. I have lots of self-improvement ideas for when I get out of school. I guess if I am unemployed for a least I'll have that.

I've been trying to get my life more organized these last few days at home. I must say that iGoogle, Google Reader, and Google Calendar have really helped me out as far as organization goes. I highly recommend them. I want to start networking more as well. Not really sure what for...but networking is good no matter what I guess. Twitter is a helpful networking tool, as well as, Facebook. Sheesh...God bless the internet.

Oh and speaking of technology. My friend is giving me her used (and slightly cracked...but usable) iPhone! How amazing is that!?

Anyways, until I have something more to say...

Sunday, January 4, 2009



I went to go see Bed Time Stories with my brother, Jer, today...I wasn't so sure about it going in. But it actually turned out to be really good. I laughed a lot and it left me with a nice warm fuzzy feeling. It was super wholesome and had a great message for kids, as well as adults.

But this entry is not about that...and I'm not saying "WOW" because of the movie...oh no. The thing which merits a nice big capitol "WOW" is Disney's latest film label, Disneynature. It was recently created in April of 2008 as a throw back to Disney's previous nature film endevor "True-Life Adventures." This was a nature film series started by Walt Disney himself in 1948 and continuing until 1960. It was a big hit with lots of award winning films...well apparently they're bringing it back in under the label of Disneynature.

Before the movie today they showed a trailer for the first of many films under this new label, a film called Earth. simply must watch this trailer before you go on reading...and make it full screen...

Now you're saying it too aren't you!?...WOW. The film is from the same director/producer of Planet Earth and The Blue Planet. I haven't seen The Blue Planet, but if the movie is half as good as Planet Earth then it's sure to be AMAZING!

Anyways, when I got home I did a little research on Disneynature and visited their website. Take a look.

Disneynature is based in France and according to the website...

"Disneynature is the Walt Disney Studios' label dedicated to working with the leading filmmakers to produce one cuttting-edge theatrical release each year celebrating the wonders of the world in which we live."

"There are no stories told with more drama, excitement, humor, inspiration, than the stories nature tells. Disneynature will travel to the farthest reaches of the planet to capture these stories so that they can captivate audiences around the world."

I'm most definitely a nature person. If there is one thing that can move's nature. I love a good breathtaking view. That is the sole reason why I want to travel so bad...I care little about historical sites or monuments...but to see the wonder and majesty of the natural world that just screams out the glory of God....that's something I can get behind.

After seeing the trailer for Earth I got chills! While reviewing the website my heart began to beat rapidly. I grew up on the Disney values, eating up all the "if you can dream it, then you can do it" advice. So at once the gears in my head started absolutely amazing would it be to work for Disneynature?!! Even if I was just a lowly production assistant...who cares!! I'd be based in France and traveling the world, adventuring, using my biology degree, combining it with my love for Disney, and being apart of something so grand...something that takes the glorious parts of our world that often get overlooked or can't be readily seen and brings them to light for everyone to see and marvel at our universe that can't help but point back to a creator!

WOW. I've found my dream job. Most definitely. If only....

I've been searching for an epic job or something exciting to do when I graduate. Any suggestions would be very appreciated. So far the ideas I'm looking into are....

  • The Disney College Program
  • Some kind of career with Disney...Adventures by Disney perhaps?
  • Becoming a flight attendant
  • Going to technical school to get some kind of culinary degree while living at home and working
  • Going to work at Zoo Atlanta ...I interned there in the summer of 07.

I'm still searching and praying about what God wants for me...I just have this burning desire to do something filled with excitement (which definitely comes in many forms) and travel. I would also love to have the opportunity to find my way in a big city at some point in my life. We'll see what happens. I'm just waiting for a door to open.

Anyways....if you want to lift your spirits...I suggest you spend some time marveling at the world around you. It's full of inspiration :)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Live Life On Purpose in 2009!

Happy New Year!!

My friends and I had a craft party at my house for new years eve. We bought plain white shoes and decorated them and we made "resolution boards".

We also spent a big part of the night playing with a slinky...ha...I am forever amazed at how being a kid never gets old. No one ever really wants to stop playing with toys and grow up...I'm convinced that "growing up" is just a societal thing. If more people would just break down, forget about trying to be cool, and rediscover the things that they once enjoyed when they were a child...the world would be a much happier place.

I love how I always manage to find ways of having so much fun while being totally sober.

Here's a tip for the new a small 7" X 5" notebook. Use it for making lists...currently I have many running lists. Lists of people to reconnect with, to do lists, new years resolution list, lists of music to check out, lists of things to eventually blog about. Some other interesting list ideas are...list of traits you want to find in a mate. This really helps to keep you from lowering your standards and settling for less than you deserve. Also make a list of the kind of person you want to be. Then you can take steps forward to becoming that person.

Having a notebook for lists really does enhance my life (weird, I know) really helps to keep me motivated and organized. Also I'll use the same notebook for random notes, thoughts, poems, quotes, or doodles. Plus when you finish the notebook you can look back and read all the interesting things you wrote down.

Here's a list of some of my new years resolutions:
1. Get in the habit of doing a morning routine of spending time with God, eating breakfast, reading the news, and exercising
2. Read more!! and stick with books once I start them!
3. Be a leader...I'm always so passive.
4. Speak out...I always find myself keeping quiet about my believes and more!
5. Stand up straight (I would really like to improve my posture)
6. Become a better listener and improve my memory
7. Reconnect with old friends...invest more in current ones
8. Improve my music tastes (any suggestions on bands I should try out?)
9. Live life on purpose!! Don't just drift through life.

Also here is a picture of my resolution's very symbolic ...and I love to play with words!

Here are the shoes I made....yay for splattered paint!

I hope you got some fun ideas for some ways to at a little positivity to your life...crafts, rediscovering the things you loved when you were young, making lists, doodling, and I really encourage you to make a resolution board..perhaps this visible resolution list will serve as a constant reminder through out the year as I see it on my wall.