High Five for Friday 6.29.12 (actually it’s more like High Nine!)

Oh my WORD I’ve been slacking on my H54F posts! I might have to have more than five things just to make up for it. Sheesh.

1. Last week I went to lunch with two different friends I haven’t seen in a while, Christina and Whitney. Christina learned about my not-so-wonderful directional skills, and Whitney and I got to catch up on some lost time.

2. I spent the day in Athens last Thursday taking care of some sorority business, and it was really a wonderful day. I had lunch with a sister, and it was great to kind of get to know her a little better! I of course hung out in Myers hall for a few hours with my MCO people. I also got in SO much reading time because I had a pretty fair amount of downtime in between several different appointments. I went home and had dinner at my Grammy’s house, and that wrapped up a perfect day in my life 🙂

3. Alex and Ellis joined me for a little bit when I Skyped Vica while she was in Russia. It was good catching up with all of them! I miss my best friend, but I can’t wait until next year when we’re together in Athens again!

4. It seems I am now the proud owner of an iPhone! It was my birthday present from my parents, and so far I love it!

I was obviously pretty excited to open it…

5. I got to catch up with Codie and Charles on the phone this past week! Charles was his usual encouraging self, and I hung up feeling really motivated to do something awesome with my summer… and my life. Codie of course had interesting stories as well about his time in Texas. It was good to know I’ve still got my awesome friends even when they’re all over the world. But I won’t lie, I can’t wait until we’re all back in Athens instead of scattered all over the country and the planet 🙂

6. My birthday was AMAZING. Three of my best friends from GHP showed up at my house and completely surprised me. I literally had NO idea they were coming, and I’m sure my reaction was pretty hilarious. They took me to lunch and then we loafed around town. They never fail to make me laugh!

7. I went to the Lady Antebellum concert the night of my birthday and had an awesome time! I made some super awesome signs that I was proud of simply because they took me FOREVER to make, and then I got to the door of the concert and they wouldn’t let me take them in! 😦 So I’m posting pictures of them here so that they’ll live on in their glory, even if not for their original purpose. I went with my parents and Ellis came with me, and we partied it up the whole time. I left there so exhausted just from singing/screaming every word and dancing to every song. But it was definitely the best possible way I could’ve ended an epic birthday.

8. I’M AT THE BEACH. I’ve caught up on so much reading and sleeping and other things I never have time to do. The weather was rainy the first few days we were here, but it gave us some chill time to just relax for a change. So awesome.

9. I started a new blog. What? Why? Well, I love country music, and I love blogging, so I decided to combine the two and hopefully make something worth reading. It’s called Talk Twangy to Me, and I’ve got tons of cool ideas for it!

Happy Friday!!!

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High Five for Friday 6.15.12

Glad I remembered to do this 35 minutes before Friday is technically over… oops!

1. Well, the wedding happened! And it was quite a wonderful weekend for all involved. I can’t even believe how blessed I am to have the family and friends that I have. Things may change, but I know they’ll always be there for me, and I’m aware now more than ever of just how much of a blessing they are to me. I wouldn’t be anywhere without my family, and I know some aren’t fortunate enough to be close to their extended family, and that makes me that much more grateful for the closeness in my own family. We’re all so excited to welcome Nick and his family into ours!

There are SO many pictures on my Facebook, but since I had to pick just one to put here, I think this one is appropriate 🙂

2. I’ve done so much musically this week. I’ve spent a lot of quality time with both my guitar and my piano, and I can’t even begin to say how much it helps. Sometimes life is just a little weird, and I had forgotten how sweet it is to get lost in music. It’s also nice to see myself improving… I can almost play barre chords with a decent sound on my guitar. Sweet!

3. I went shopping for some apartment things this week! I got some pillows, and some other random decorations for my room. Moving in with my roomies will make me feel like an adult… yeah that’s weird.

4. Yesterday I went to Starbucks and got a lot of biology work done. Productivity is always a plus. Makes me feel better about myself! That might warrant the #OCDProblems hashtag…

5. Tori and I went to Athens today! She had to take a math placement test, so I tagged along and we had some adventure time after her test. I’ve missed the Classic City, so it was good to be back for the day. I got to see several friends and I also got to go to my favorite place ever, none other than Two Story Coffeehouse! I don’t think coffee has ever tasted so good! I can’t wait to see our many more adventures once T. Riggs is in Athens next year!

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A fairly impossible question

If you could do one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I never expected that question, especially not in the context where it arose. And to be honest, I’ve really never thought about it until now.

As I’ve grappled with that question over the past several days, I’ve realized I can’t truly answer it.

During my first year of college, I realized that I have passions and God-given talents that I never knew existed until they were exposed and tested. I had no idea how much I was truly capable of until I was challenged. And half the challenge was trying to go in so many directions at once. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but the past year has taught me that I can’t limit myself to whatever I feel right now or whatever might make the most logical sense.

I’m incredibly blessed to have opportunities and options, and I don’t have to choose only one at the expense of all the others. I have my whole life ahead of me, and I intend to pursue as many opportunities as I can while I have the time and the ability. I don’t think I could contain my life to chasing after only one thing when my heart contains so many dreams and so many passions.

I could give a million answers, but it ultimately comes down to this: For the rest of my life, the one thing I want to do is LIVE.

I want to use every moment to love, to sing, to write, to smile, to dance, to talk, to listen, to cry, to laugh, to celebrate, to bless the lives of others, and through it all, to glorify God.

If YOU could do one thing for the rest of YOUR life, what would it be?

High Five for Friday 6.8.12

So, when this post goes live, I’ll be living it up in the whirlwind of pre-wedding activities! Katy’s getting married TOMORROW!!! I’ve spent my week trying to prep for this weekend, and it’s finally here!!!

1. I did a whole other post on it, but I went to Sigma Alpha Omega’s National Convention last weekend, and it was wonderful. By the way, since it’s “out” now, I can say this: WE’RE HOSTING CONVENTION NEXT YEAR!!! I can’t wait for a celebration of our Savior and our sisterhood in the Classic City in 2013!

The Mu Chapter ladies at Convention!

2. Except for taking the test, I’ve officially finished one unit of my biology class! Woo hoo! I can’t wait until it’s over and I’ll never have to take a science class again. Yessss.

3. I had a rather eye-opening conversation with a good friend this week. Sometimes it takes another set of eyes to see what’s truly going on, and that’s exactly what happened. I’m so grateful that God blessed me with the friends I have now. I don’t know where I’d be without them.

4. THE CMT MUSIC AWARDS WERE ON LAST NIGHT!!! I watched them all the way through, including the red carpet show with Evan Farmer and Katie Cook. I of course tweeted the entire way through, and when it was all said and done I had sent about 70 tweets over the course of three hours. What can I say, country music and social media are two of my favorite things. When they get together, well, my tweeting just can’t be contained. OH, and speaking of Evan Farmer (he’s the host of CMT’s Top 20 Countdown), he tweeted me back today, which is really cool. I hope I’ll get to meet him sometime; he seems like a pretty cool dude.

So, this is the second time he’s replied when I tweeted something at him, which I think is awesome. How many celebrities do you know of who actually take the time to do that??? Can’t wait to read his book… it’s on its way from Amazon and should be here when I get back home on Sunday. Sweet!

5. Just to celebrate this weekend, here’s a lovely picture of the soon-to-be-happily-married couple, Nick and Katy. In a little over 24 hours from this post, Miss Katy K. will become Mrs. Katy May! Can I get an “AWWW??”

By the way, this was taken last July at the place where they’re getting married. Here we are almost a whole year later, and it’s all coming full circle!

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Songs, Spaceships, South Carolina, and Sisters.

For the first time in what feels like ages, I didn’t write my typical Friday post.

Why? Well, honestly, I forgot. Because this weekend, I had the privilege of going to the 8th Annual Sigma Alpha Omega National Convention at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. We worshipped the Lord together, talked about sorority business, shared ideas, and had a great time dancing and goofing off.

In all honesty, I didn’t want to go. I just started a summer biology class last week, and I was already covered up in work when it was time for me to pack up and leave for three days. I was stressed and overwhelmed, and I didn’t think convention would be anything spectacular, and it was going to be a chaotic trip to get there. But God knew there was a reason I needed to be there. So he got me there, chaos, expectations, excessive luggage and all.

We arrived and had missed most of the first day, but soon enough I was meeting my sisters from all over the country. I watched them all do crazy things in the talent show, and then we went to bed to wake up to a long day of festivities. Throughout the rest of the weekend, I met so many incredible sisters who told me all about what their chapters had done and how God was using them on their campuses. Somehow, our group connected with the Alpha Alpha girls from James Madison University, and it was almost like we were meant to find each other. We shared most of our time with them, and I can honestly say that in that group of 14 girls who had been strangers only 24 hours prior, I felt completely at home in a place I’d never been before. We laughed and talked and laughed some more, and we stayed up late Saturday night chatting about anything and everything.

I hadn’t known that I would go there and find such a blessing through connecting with those girls and with the sisters in my own chapter. I hadn’t known that God was trying to show me that it’s not all about me, and I don’t have to be so independent all the time. I hadn’t known that he would show me how to open up to people even if it did scare me to death. And before this weekend, I hadn’t known how much of a blessing SAO truly is in my life. If God hadn’t brought me to UGA, if he hadn’t placed me in that sisterhood, I wouldn’t be the same person I am right now. I don’t want to imagine who I might be if his hand hadn’t guided me to join SAO last August.

So all in all, God took a weekend that I was quite honestly not looking forward to, and he used it to show and teach me things that I needed to see and know. I don’t have any biological sisters, but now I’ll have plenty of sisters in my heart wherever I may go. I came home wishing the weekend didn’t have to end, but I know this weekend wasn’t the end of my adventures in sisterhood… it was the beginning, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store!

“A [woman] of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a [sister].” Proverbs 18:24