Category Archives: Keep the Faith

Time.

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Time is a mysterious thing.

It goes by slowly when you wish it would speed up…

and goes by way too fast when you’re having fun.

How much sense does that make?

I’ve been thinking about time a lot lately.

My first semester of my senior year of college is just about up.

We have finals week left and then we are free!!

Christmas Break cannot come soon enough.

This last week has been full of “stuff”.

Projects, presentations and papers. The usual.

All the things that get left to the last week of school.

Naturally.

Time management has been my best friend this last week.

Literally. I couldn’t hangout with many real friends because I needed to get stuff done.

I made lists off all the things I needed to do and when I needed to have them done by.

One of the best feelings in the world is being able to cross things off a list.

Such a satisfying feeling as you see your list get smaller and smaller.

I am happy to say I have made it through this week unscathed and managed to cross off my entire list.

Although I was worried at the beginning.

It’s like I like to stress myself out or something.

But I had no other choice. I had to get it all done.

I had to make every minute count.

Time is a weird thing.

Even now as I’m writing this post I have spent too much time staring at the blank screen as I go on Facebook or become distracted by something else.

Where has the time gone?

This next semester will only go by faster I’m sure of it.

That’s scary.

Kind of sad.

Life runs off time.

We have to wake up at a certain time. Go to class by a certain time.

We have deadlines and times when things are due.

We are strapped to the clock. To the grind.

Sometimes I just want to throw my hands in the air and give up.

I really felt that this last week.

But I didn’t give up.

Honestly I wouldn’t let myself.

I couldn’t.

I want to make the most of this time.

I don’t want to take it all for granted.

This time here in college with friends I have grown so close too.

Being in this stage in life where you aren’t to the “real world” yet and you just get to hangout with friends all the time.

As much as I want to graduate, I know I will miss this time.

Time is a strange thing.

Something that I don’t have enough time to think about right now.

On to the next thing.

Enjoy your time today and things of that nature…

You won’t get it back.

XOXO

Anna

 

 

 

 

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Be always Thankful.

For this post I wanted to take a minute and just talk about things I’m thankful for.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it would be most appropriate.

I see all these posts on Facebook from friends saying what they’re thankful for; and I’ve been inspired.

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I want to start off by saying I am thankful for a loving and gracious God.

It’s because of Him that I am able to do everything.

It’s actually because of Him I have things to be thankful for.

He has blessed my life beyond what I could ever imagine.

It’s because of Him that I am where I am in life.

He has perfect timing and is always faithful.

It’s a huge blessing to be at the school I am, getting the education that I’m getting and meeting the people I ‘m meeting.

I am thankful for a school that has professors that actually want to get to know you on a personal level.

Your education and success is their success. They want to be apart of your journey.

They want to see you succeed and pick you up when you don’t.

Or at least give you the tools to pick yourself up.

I haven’t experienced this type of educational setting before I came to college and I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way.

I am thankful for my family.

My loud, crazy, encouraging, supportive, hilarious, loving, safe, sometimes frustrating, family.

I couldn’t think of doing life without them and miss them every day I’m at school.

I am who I am because of them.

I get my sass from my mother, my awesome dance moves from my father, and my patience or lack there of, from my brother.

My mom is my best friend, my dad is my strong shoulder to lean on, and my brother is almost cooler than I am.

Almost. Actually he’s totally cooler than I am.

One of my favorite hobbies is texting them. Yeah, I said it.

Home is where they are.

I am thankful for my boyfriend, Josh.

He is such a blessing and it seems too good to be true sometimes.

He loves the Lord, and we just have way too much fun together.

He always makes me laugh. And smile.

We share a mutual love for Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

He brings me coffee and flowers…all on his own.

He has the best smile around, and gives me butterflies all the time.

He is a true gentleman.

I don’t know how I got so lucky.

He’s a keeper.

I am thankful for my best girl friends.

A girls gotta have her girls.

My girl Christine is such a genuine, loving, loud person.

We met last year, live together this year, and basically plan to live together for the rest of our lives.

She likes to braid my hair and listen to country music.

She is a painting prodigy and I can’t draw to save my life.

I’ve heard all her stories… more then once, and she’s heard mine.

She loves Jesus and it shines through her being.

We enjoy joy rides and adventuring.

She’s my soul sister.

Lauren. This gem.

My partner in crime.

My dance partner.

My singing partner.

My keeper of secrets.

My advice giver.

My puzzler and ultimate gamer.

The girl I can come to with anything and everything.

She’s my other soul sister.

Lisa. This lady.

I can really be myself around Lisa.

We’ve perfected the ugly face pictures and have a plethora of inside jokes and weird phrases.

I’ve laughed more then enough laughs to last a lifetime when I’ve been around her.

We made a music video; with Christmas lights. I know what you’re thinking, legit.

We get each other.

We became friends at literally the most perfect time in our lives and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

I am really blessed to be able to call them my friends.

I am thankful for my health and well-being.

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis my sophomore year of high school and thought my life was over.

But I have been super blessed to have little to no complications since then.

God is so good.

I am a healthy 22 year old who is fully able, with only the occasional case of “crazy college student”.

At least it’s better than Bieber fever. Yuck.

I am thankful for my freedom.

Freedom to express myself.

Freedom to be myself without fear.

Freedom to believe in what I want to believe in.

Freedom to go where I want to go.

Freedom really isn’t free and I am thankful for those who have gone before us and who are currently fighting for our freedom.

I am thankful to be able to dance.

This is my element.

The music just pumping through my ear buds.

Nothing else matters.

Just feel, and react.

I am thankful for the gift of rhythm.

It is my escape.

I may be a white girl but I can get jiggy wit it.

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I could honestly keep going, but for sake of time and length of this post I will say the end.

I encourage all of you to stop and count your blessings.

It turns any bad day into one full of appreciation and happiness.

We all have so much to be thankful for and things of that nature…

XOXO

Anna

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Sunday Funday.

It’s almost 9 o’clock and I am feelin pretty happy.

Here’s why…

I applied to write for my college paper this coming school year and….I got the job!

I am so excited to see what the next year holds and I can’t wait to start writing and doing what I love.

Fingers crossed it will be all about Fashion. I feel like fashion gets lost somewhere between the pages of the book you’re studying out of, or the papers you’re writing for your Biology class. Or… whatever class. I feel like I’m always writing a paper for something. Good thing I kind of like it.

The plague of the “sweatshirt and jeans” combo. Come on people…live a little!

I want to bring back the idea that you can study your life away and look cute doing it.

College students are some of the most creative people in the world. We are taught to think outside of the box and I think that transfers over into what we wear. We are young, hip, technologically advanced beings and I think we can do a with a little remixing on the clothing front.

Not to say I’ve never worn and sweatshirt and jeans, but I like to think I enjoy dressing up everyday.

My hope is to bring a little more zest to life here on my college campus writing for the school paper.

God is so good to me. My dreams are becoming a reality. Slowly but surely.

Today I got to enjoy good friends company, went adventuring and  even had on a little photo shoot. Accompanied by Dutch Bro’s of course. Can’t go anywhere without my coffee.

Sorry bout it.

I enjoy days like today. Relaxing in some comfy socks and not being too busy, but busy enough spending quality time with friends that remind me how lucky I am and how much God has blessed me and my life.

Here’s a few pictures that sum of most of my day and a little sneak peek of tomorrows post…stay tuned.

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 I hope you all had a Sunday Funday and found a reason to smile today.

Have a swell night and things of that nature…

XOXO

Anna

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It’s midnight and I’m feeling so blessed.

I feel the need to share my blessings with you.

God has been doing some crazy stuff in my life this past week. He has been such an answer to prayer.

Life gets so hectic, and especially now when I have about two weeks of classes left before finals. It’s so easy to get caught up in what’s going on in the moment and the constant worry of that next paper or test; we forget to always be thanking God for the blessings he pours into our lives daily. Lately my distractions have been what I’m going to do once school is out. I was worried about what I was going to do over the summer as far as jobs go. I didn’t have any strong leads anywhere and as far as I knew I was going to go on a job hunt when I got home. That’s never promising. Well God provided not one, but TWO job opportunities for me this summer. I mean WOW! They were literally just placed in my hands. I didn’t have to do much work for them at all. It was surreal. It was too easy. I didn’t deserve it. But He gave them to me anyway.

God is so faithful. He always provides.

I feel so encouraged, and I want to be an encouragement to you.

God is listening. He is listening to your prayers. He hears you when you call out to him. No matter how big or small. He hears you and will provide for you.

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1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

XOXO

Anna

 

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