Friday, February 28, 2014

Junior Week : Junior Banquet

Junior Week culminates with a big banquet on Friday night.  It is the highlight of our junior year, and nothing in the world would have prevented me from attending!

This year, our banquet was held at West Manor Estate in Forest, VA.  It was a beautiful venue and my roommate from last year, Amber, did a wonderful job with the decor!

Kaitlyn, Chloe, and myself
Junior Banquet starts with one of my favorite Sweet Briar traditions.  A few months before banquet, you ask someone to write an ode about you to be read at banquet.  You can ask a friend in your class year, your tap club mom, a friend who has already graduated, or even your little.  I asked my friends Kate and Katherine, who are sophomores.

My ode was perfect....mentioning Alice, my blog, and bows.  Basically summarized me in twelves lines of flawless poetry!
I could go on and on about this girl, but let's just leave it with she's my bestfriend
Between odes, we had a wonderful dinner.  I could go on and on about the food, but I'll just say that it was 10000x better than cafeteria food and I wouldn't mind eating like that every night of the week.
My table
Chloe, me, Allison, Kelsey, Caroline, Kaitlyn, Juliette, & Ariel
The highlight of junior banquet is getting our rings and robes! (I'll have a separate post on each of those topics in the new few days.)  We order our rings back in the fall semester, so it's a great surprise that day before banquet when you realize you'll be getting your ring!

Most of my tap class
Glory, glory, y'all!
Chung Mungs
Do y'all have anything like Junior Banquet at your school?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Junior Week : Costumes

The next five days are going to be filled with all things junior week!
My favorite thing about Sweet Briar are the rich traditions that go back decades...and some of them even to the founding of our college in 1901!

Junior week is the week immediately before junior banquet.  A few days before junior week starts, we receive an email or letter from a senior who remains secret until the end of junior week.  This letter outlines the costume themes for each day.

Monday - Trolls (I was an orange troll)
Tuesday - White Trash Wedding (I was the bride....)
Wednesday - Chung Mung Names! (I'm Gardenia)
Thursday - Men of Tinder
Friday - No costume! We wore our class colors (blue and black) and got ready for the big night!

Although our seniors are secret, I had a strong feeling that mine was my Chung Mung mom, Nina.  She has a specific way of writing that I can always recognize, and when I realized that my costumes were all group costumes with my sisters, it was pretty much finalized that Nina was my senior!

Wednesday - Chung Mung Names
Sneak Peek, Mint Julep, Super Star, Sweet & Sparkly, LooLoo Lemon, Peeping Tom, Gardenia, & Boo Gram
Mint Julep, Peeping Tom, & Gardenia
Thursday Night - Men of Tinder

Join me back here tomorrow to find out about another aspect of junior week!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


I've certainly fallen off of the #blogeverydayinFEB bandwagon.  I started off strong, but unfortunately the end of the month got in the way and things got crazy!

Last week was junior week, which I'm planning on doing more comprehensive posts about, but basically, it involved dressing up according to a plan given to us by a secret senior.  This senior was then revealed to us at our junior banquet at the end of the week.  Luckily, my Chung Mung sisters and I had group costumes every day, so it was a lot of fun!

The next two weeks are also going to be crazy as we wrap up things for mid terms and spring break!  I don't have any exciting plans for break, but I'm excited to go home and relax!  My little, Lily, is coming home with me...and we'll be going to NYC for a day...her first time!

What have y'all been up to lately?

Monday, February 24, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 24, Guest post from Whim of the South

Day 24: Grab A Guest Post.
Today I asked my good friend Breck to hop on over to life with rMe for a fun guest post!  Thanks for the great post, Breck!

I attend college. I sit through lectures. I complete discussion boards. The exams that I take are the same that the others in the classroom take. The halls the other college students walk through are the same as the ones I do. But I am not a student. Yes, I am enrolled in school. Yes, I have a degree of study. And yes, I participate in classroom discussions. I am not a student in the sense that I’ve never been good at “being a student.” Being a student requires hours of studying, extra time spent on projects to make them perfect, and constant reviews of papers before they’re turned in. That’s never been me. I don’t have a photographic memory or the attention span to sit for hours on end re-reading the same material. My outlets have always been creative ones. I excelled at art class and design class. My creativity showed through on poster projects. And I could never understand why I didn’t do well with exams, the way I do with creative pieces and projects. I express myself through my designs, through my creative writing, and through what I wear.

Instead of doing a “fluff” guest posts, I wanted to write about this topic because it’s close to my heart. Because of how I expressed myself, I chose to major in fashion because it was something that I had a passion about and how I could excel in classes that weren’t so focused on people that were as “right brained” and focused more on those that were “left brained.”

A lot of other young women struggle with this because they do have a creative side and don’t understand why they excel in hands on areas rather than exams. By choosing a major that allows you to express your creativity, you won’t stifle that and will allow your skills to grow and become something amazing. Choose a major that you can have an outlet in. Granted you will still have to apply yourself, but applying yourself will be so much better when it’s something that you enjoy and are passionate about.

You might not be a student, but that doesn’t mean school isn’t for you! 



Thursday, February 20, 2014


You know what's worse than spending hundreds of dollars on textbooks before the semester starts?  When the professor then assigns even more textbooks to buy throughout the if you haven't already purchased enough!

So you've spent a whole bunch of money on textbooks, and with spring weather approaching, all you want to do is buy new spring clothes...right?

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 19

Day 19: Little Known Facts About You.

Here's a few facts you may not know about me...

I was an Irish Step Dancer for many many years.  That's me in the navy and pink dress (on the far left!)

I studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain, my senior year in high school.

I had a pet hermit crab named Rainbow for about eight years.  Who knew hermit crabs could live that long?!

The summer after my freshman year in high school my friend Diana and I went to Shakespeare Camp for five weeks of the summer....nerd alert?

The first like five or six baby teeth that I lost, I lost at my grandparent's house.  My mom was convinced it was because the tooth fairy at my grandparent's house left a little more under my pillow (and it totally did!!!!)

Now that we've gone through some fun facts about me...what's something about you that I wouldn't guess?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 17

Day 17: Five Favorites.

I got a few days behind on #blogeverydayinFEB, but this one seemed fun, so I decided to do it today, and then start with Day 19 tomorrow!

Five things I've been loving recently...

(1) EOS Mint Lip Balm
The weather here has been crazy.  Warm and balmy one day and fifteen inches of snow another day.  In addition, my room is SO dry due to the heating system, so my lips and skin have been cracking.  This lip balm has alleviated most of my dry lip problems!  Hallelujah!

(2) Lilly Pulitzer Pen/Highlighter
What's better than a Lilly highlighter?  A Lilly highlighter that also has a pen attached!  Perfect for taking notes while reading articles or textbooks.

(3) Jif Whips
I love peanut butter.  This stuff is awesome.  Go buy it.

(4) Sweet Briar College Class Ring
I'm not quite loving this yet...but I couldn't resist adding it!  I am SO SO SO SO SO EXCITED to get my class ring on Friday night!  It is a long tradition at Sweet Briar that we receive our rings during junior banquet, which is happening on Friday night!  I'll do a whole post on junior week, junior banquet, and class rings next week!

(5) Dove Shampoo & Conditioner
If you have frizzy, unruly hair, go get this shampoo & conditioner. NOW.  My hair is usually a frizzy crazy mess, but this has seriously changed my hair.  I don't care what kind of parabens or sulfates are in here, because it is making my life so much easier.  I used to spend 20-30 minutes straightening my hair most mornings, and my hair wouldn't even be perfect.  But with this stuff, I run the straightener through the top layers and just a few minutes later, my hair is perfectly straight, smooth, and soft!  Plus, it's looking a lot shinier!

What have you been loving lately?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 16

Day 16: A Hard Lesson Learned.

Over the years, friends have come and gone.  And sometimes it's hard to see when a friendship ended until you have a new friend and you realize how that friendship is 1000x more effective.

After seventh grade, I moved to a new house and went to a new school for one year.  I knew no one at that school, and the first day of school didn't go so well.  To start out, my locker door got jammed shut and I couldn't even get my lunchbox out.  My mom hadn't yet deposited money into my lunch account, remember this is the first day.  My old school didn't even HAVE lunch accounts.  So there I sat.  Alone and hungry.  On the first day of 8th grade.  Well, the whole year didn't go so great at all.  The people at that school were petty and self-obsessed.  I don't say that lightly, but really, it was true.  Sometimes I look on facebook to see what those people are up to, and for the most part, it's not pretty.  One girl was recently arrested for assaulting a police officer after he tried to arrest her for possessing large amounts of cocaine.  Another is pregnant with her third kid. And these were all girls that I would have considered my friends then.

The next year, I started at Linden Hall School for Girls, also known as the place where I made friends that became family.  My Linden Hall sisters are literally some of the best and most successful people I know.  Even if we haven't talked for ages, I can still send a simple text to my bestfriend Diana, and we've got a conversation going as though we never missed a beat.

Kristen, Diana, me, and Marta
This is the best group of friends I could ever ask for.  From the day I set foot on Linden Hall's campus when I toured, to the moment I had my first class with this goofy bunch, we were inseparable.  All four of us were involved in the drama department, so from dinners in the dining hall to those late night tech rehearsals, we were always together.  Sadly, Diana graduated a year after us, but that didn't keep us from constantly keeping her in the loop while she was off enjoying the big world of college.

To be honest, Diana and I are more like sisters than friends.  We refer to each others mama's at our second moms, and her family has been like our family in Lancaster since our relatives don't live near us.  And lucky for both of us, Diana lives in New York City now, so we'll be taking the Big Apple by storm when this summer rolls around!

To sum things up, I've learned that friends come and go, and you can't get upset by that because the people that are truly meant to be in your life stay around.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

5 Steps To The Perfect Paper

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We all hate them...but 95% of the time, we don't have a choice but to write them...papers.  Last week I had a paper due almost every day.  It got me thinking that I follow the same general pattern every time I write a paper, no matter the topic or what class it's for.

Usually in my classes, we're writing papers based on articles or other primary sources, but if your papers aren't based on other text, let me know how you write your papers!

 I know #1 sounds like a no brainer - of course you have to read the material to write a paper on it.  But trust me, I may or may not have tried once or twice to write a paper on a Spanish novel I did not read in it's entirety.  Do you think those papers went well?  Absolutely not.

You're never too old for an outline!  Even if you're just jotting down the main points you want to make in each paragraph, it will help you stay focused while you're writing.  Plus, it will help you to remember everything you wanted to say!  Sometimes when I get to typing away, I get so caught up in a certain paragraph I'll completely forget what else I wanted to say in the paper!  But then I just look at my trusty outline, and we're good to go!

As far as your works cited...once I finish my paper I'm always so glad that it's completely over with, I nearly forget to add my works cited!  My biggest tip?  I usually put works cited at the end of my outline.  Then when I go back and make sure that I wrote about everything I had planned to, I'll see works cited and think "okay! Let me add that now!"

What are some of your tips for writing the perfect paper?

p.s., Speaking of writing the perfect need the perfect work space to stay productive, right?  Carlee, Dorothy, and I want to see those workspaces!  Join us on March 30th and #showuswhereyouwork!  Interested?  Shoot me an email!

Disclaimer: I received a small compensation for mentioning Grammarly's Proof Reading Software in this post.

Friday, February 14, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 14

Day 14: Happy Valentine's Day!

We have another snow day today!  These snow days couldn't have come at a more perfect time!  It's giving me plenty of time to get back on track with work, rest up, and just have fun with my friends!  As for Valentine's Day, I'm hoping to get off campus this weekend, but with the foot of snow we received, I don't know how likely that is!

What are your Valentine's Day plans?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 13

Day 13: A Favorite Quote

I can only pick one?  This may be the hardest decision I make all day (especially since we have a snow day!!! today and I'm not planning on doing much of anything except watching the Olympics and sleeping).

This quote is kind of my mantra for 2014.  I'm trying to better understand that it's up to my decisions and behavior for how my life plays out.  I can't depend on others to change me, I can only depend on me.

Happy Snow Day y'all and STAY WARM!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 12

Day 12: What's In Your Bag

This week has been crazy, from papers and projects due every day to celebrating my 21st birthday.  I had the greatest intentions of literally dumping out my tote and snapping a few photos...but for now a polyvore set will have to do.  Maybe in the future I'll go back and do this post again, with my own photography!

in my bag

I'd say my bag is more like a Mary Poppins bag and less like an every day purse.  I like to be prepared, stay entertained, and most of all - stay hydrated and avoid becoming "hangry" (hungry and angry).

If I'm just running a quick errand, I'll put my cards, ID, and phone in my Lilly wristlet, and just slip that into my pocket.  Otherwise, I tend to tote around a book, waterbottle, and snack, too!

What do you keep in your bag?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 11

Day 11: A Story of Traveling

Hands down my favorite place I've traveled to was Spain.  I went during my senior year in high school and it was one of the best experiences of my life.  I wish I had more pictures to share, but unfortunately those are on an external drive at home.  Luckily, I do have a few that I uploaded to facebook!

The trip started with a weekend in Madrid.  From there, our school organized for a private bus to take us to Salamanca.  Our driver, who if I remember correctly, was named Pablo, was quite entertaining.  Although my Spanish teacher told him to take the freeway, as we were all prone to motion sickness, he insisted on taking us through the mountains.  He was so excited when we finally saw a little patch of snow, maybe the size of a textbook, as he exclaimed that he was sure we had never seen such a thing before.  Unfortunately, we're from Pennsylvania, and we had just left about a foot of snow back home!

With my diploma from Estudio Sampere in Salamanca
I graduated from the program with high honors in grammar, composition, and culture.
Once we arrived in Salamanca, we started going to school at Estudio Sampere.  We had grammar lessons in the morning, composition lessons mid-morning, and in the afternoon our teachers (Maria, on the left in the photo, and Ester on the left) would take us on a field trip to visit museums or see other things in the city.

Didn't I have some awesome glasses senior year? They even had zebra print on them....

Our host mom and the school arranged for us to go to Flamenco lessons once morning!
Another fun story of the trip..
We left from the Philadelphia airport on a Sunday evening.  A few days prior, my Spanish teacher (and our chaperone) had found out that her mother was going to be admitted to the hospital.  Even though all of us had insisted that we stay back and leave on a later day, Senora insisted even more than we travel on.  However, when we landed in Madrid, she found out that her mother was even more ill.  Once we arrived to Salamanca, after our weekend in Madrid, Senora unfortunately had to go back to Pennsylvania, leaving us chaperone-less for a few days.  HOWEVER!  After a lucky turn of events, my Aunt Linda flew to Spain, speaking not a word of Spanish, and joined us for the rest of the time!

On the facade of the New Cathedral in Salamanca.
There are actually carvings of an astronaut, a monster with an ice cream cone, a lynx, and a rabbit on the main facade!
On the old cathedral, there is a frog sitting on one of the skulls, and legend has it that if you can find the frog, you will have good luck.

Take me back to Salamanca....

Monday, February 10, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 10

Day #10: What You Are Learning This Season

It's so ironic that this is today's post.  In my eyes, today is the end of one season as the beginning of a new one comes tomorrow.  Today is my last day of being twenty.  Come tomorrow, at 6:43 am, I'll officially be twenty one!

Twenty was a good year for me.  I met so many amazing people who have helped to shape my life in amazing ways.  I made Dean's List for the first time!  I started to think about the future and post-grad life.  I'm, hopefully, going to have an amazing summer internship in New York City.  Fingers crossed on that one!  

With all of that said, 21 is just another year to keep on learning.  To keep on figuring out who I am and what people I want to continue having in my life.

I'm learning how to find true friends, even if they are internet friends who are on the opposite side of the country.  I'm learning how to find out who I am, in terms of what I picture myself doing for the rest of my life.  Remember how I'm a Spanish major?  Although I want to use my fluency to help others, I can't picture myself being an interpreter for the rest of my life.  What can I see myself doing?  Marketing and public relations for an arts organization.  And goodness gracious, praying that I get an opportunity to test the waters on that idea this summer!

What are you learning this season?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 9

Day #9: A Day In The Life

Although this post goes up on a Sunday, I'm going to outline a weekday-day in my life...because let's face it, those are more fun!  On an average Sunday, I wake up and ease into the morning with a mug of tea and a book.  Unfortunately, weekdays don't allow me enough time for such luxuries.

Here's my day on an average Wednesday...

7am: Wake up!
7:00-7:30: Read in bed or catch up on blogs.
7:30-8:15: Shower and get ready.
8:15-9:00: Breakfast time!  Two scrambled eggs with mushrooms, tomato, ham, and cheese, please!
9:00-10:50: Class (Sociology and Spanish Conversation)
10:50-12:00: Write blog posts, work on homework, catch up on sleep...
12:00-12:30: Lunch!
12:30-1:20: Class (Christianity)
1:30-3:30: Work in the President's Office
3:30-4:30: Homework!
4:30-5:30: Class (Fine Arts Workshop)
5:30: Dinner!
6:00-9:00: Study, study, study, study!
9:00-10:00: Get ready for bed.
10:00-11:00: Read and check my email before going to bed.
11:00: Goodnight!

(and yes, I know I'm geriatric for going to bed at 11 on a school night!)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 8

Day #8: Music That Moves You

These are a few of my favorite tunes...

Colder Weather - Zac Brown Band

Dixieland Delight - Cover by Old Crow Medicine Show (original by Alabama)

Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show (never Darius Rucker)

The Call - Regina Spektor

What are some of your favorite songs?

Friday, February 7, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 7

Day #7: A Public Encouragement

Hey you..yes, you.  Are you feeling down?  Feeling like school is just too much?  And you can't possibly make enough time to catch up with friends or read a book that isn't about nuclear physics?  Well I'm here to tell you that it's going to be okay.

Things might seem hard now.  Sure, you're up to your knees in projects.  But you know what?  There is hope.  Things will get done.  They always do.  Projects will be completed.  Tests will be studied for.  You've got this.  Yeah, you.  You've got this.  Take a break.  Go for a walk or get some friends together for a movie night.  You are more important than you work, and you know what?  Laughter is the best medicine.  So laugh.  Put on a funny movie or hang out with that one friend that always makes you double over with laughter.

So what now?  Get off the internet.  Find a friend.  And be you.  Be the wonderfully and fearfully made you.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 6

Day #6: Make-up Must Haves

I'm not huge on makeup..and by that I mean I rarely wear it.  If I put on any makeup on a school's just mascara.  Nail polish and chapstick, on the other hand?  That's more my type of beauty product!
beauty faves

Favorite Nail polish:
Essie Bikini So Teeny.  
It's the perfect opaque light blue.  Perfect for spring and summer...and I've been known to wear it in the winter, too (like right now...)

Favorite Foundation:
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation.
I have trouble finding a foundation that matches my skin because I'm fairly pale, but I don't want my foundation to wash me out even more.  My friend Abby has the foundation, and I tested it and it turned out her shade was basically perfect for me!  I couldn't have scurried off to the drugstore any faster!  Plus, it's affordable on my college budget.

Favorite Mascara:
Benefit "They're Real!"
So this, on the other hand, is not friendly on my college budget.  I'm still using a deluxe sample that I received from Sephora, but I may have to splurge on this once that sample is complete.  It both lengthens and volumizes my lashes..and since mascara is often the only makeup I wear, it really makes my eyes pop!

Favorite Eye Shadow Palette:
Too Faced Natural Eye.
As I said, I don't often wear makeup.  But if I am going out or getting dressed up, I do put on a bit of eye shadow.  This palette is perfect because it has both light neutral shades, but it also includes darker shades to create a smoky eye.  The palette also comes with  cards to demonstrate how to create specific looks, which is a great help to me because I'm not so great with makeup application!

Favorite Lip Product (for the moment, atleast):
Nivea Lip Butter (Vanilla & Macadamia).
The winter months are harsh on my skin..especially my lips!  My dorm room has a really dry heating system, so my lips have been cracking like crazy!  This lip butter has completely solved that problem.  It's really thick, so I don't wear it during the day.  But I apply it at night while I'm doing homework or before I go to bed, and it keeps the cracking to a minimum.  During the day, I use Nivea Kiss of Moisture lip balm!

What are your favorite beauty products?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 5

Day #5: A Movie/Book Review

Like Bailey, I was hoping to finish a book to talk about today.  But unfortunately, school..and meetings...and internship applications...and tutoring session...well, they all got in the way!  I'm going to take Bailey's lead and recommend a few books and let y'all know what I'm hoping to read in the coming months (or over the summer, when things will be a little more relaxed!)

My own photography
In the coming months, I'm hoping to incorporate more of my own photography, and less google-d images, in my blog.  What do y'all think?
What I'm Reading:
Love Does by Bob Goff
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

What I Suggest:
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Map of True Places  by Brunonia Barry
Aureole by Kate Mitchell (psstttt, that's Kate The (Almost) Great!)
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

What I'd Like To Read:
Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Do y'all have any additions to any of these lists?  I'd love to hear what books you're hoping to read soon...or what books you've read and loved!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 4

Day #4: The Story Behind Your Blog Name

Unfortunately this is a pretty boring post!  My blog name is super simple, mostly because I wasn't creative enough to come up with something more innovative.  My monogram is rMe and this blog is about my life...hence, life with rMe!


I hope y'all are having a great week!  Here's a little recap to keep y'all updated on my life....
 I'm getting back into the swing of classes, work, and meetings galore..not to mention my for-credit internship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.  This semester I'm developing a social media and marketing plan, and I can't wait to see how that takes from over the next few weeks!  I'm back to tutoring for Spanish 101, 102, 201, and 202, with my first tutoring appointment tomorrow night!

I can't wait to get together with the lovely Breck of Whim of the South for dinner Thursday night, and church on Sunday morning.  What a blessing to have such an amazing and genuine friend right here in Lynchburg!  (Breck, I promise not to get as sappy on the blog as I did in that text...except maybe on your wedding day.)  Also!  We just ordered our bridesmaid dresses for Breck's wedding!!  So excited to stand beside such a beauty on her big day!

What have y'all been up to lately?!

Monday, February 3, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 3

Day #3: Something That Scares You

This is a big question...and it could go two ways.  I could take this in either a philosophical or a literal manner...but I suppose I'll briefly explain both.

On a more literal level, I'm afraid of rodents, bugs, and sleeping with the door closed (which I am forced to do every night at school and it is terrible and I toss and turn all night).  This is a weird one...but I'm also scared of getting caught on the train tracks when a train is coming.  Okay, yeah, that's probably extremely irrational.

On a more philosophical, deep thinking level, I'm scared of mankind.  I know that sounds ridiculous because well...I am part of mankind.  But, I'm scared of the way that some people in this world act.  The way that some people think is an appropriate way to act?  Or the way that people think they can treat others?  That scares me!  It scares me that their children will then think it is the right way to act, and the cycle will just continue on in that way.

What are you afraid of?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

#blogeverydayinFEB: Day 2

Day #2 (I skipped day #1 for #blogbreakfastinbed): What Fires You Up

When I think of things that "fire me up," I think of things that inspire and motivate me - things that push me to work harder or study a little longer in order to be more successful or try harder.  

What fires me up?  

My GPA from last semester "fires me up" to study just as much, if not more, this semester to continue getting good grades.  My sweet friend Mackenzie fires me up to persevere when situations seem impossible and to strengthen my relationship with Christ.  Good books, like Love Does and The Art of Fielding fire me up by inspiring me to try new things or become a first rate version of myself.  Deep verses, like Mark 11:23, fire me up believe in the power of prayer.

What fires me up?

Washi tape.  Colored pens.  Pink & Green.  An organized dorm room.  Cute mugs.  Rain boots.  English Breakfast Tea.  Sending letters in the mail.  Peonies.  Hydrangeas.  Lilacs.  Lavendar & Navyl

What fires you up?!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Blogger Breakfast In Bed

I am so excited to join Dorothy of Prep In Your Step this morning for a fun blogger link up!  A few weeks ago, actually right after Christmas...which seems like it was just yesterday, Dorothy reached out and invited a bunch of bloggers to join her in sharing their pictures of breakfast in bed!

What is the first thing you do on a lazy Saturday morning? At school, I usually take about an hour to catch up on blogs, scroll through instagram, catch up on the news, write a few blog posts, or just read a book!  Since I don't usually have any plans on Saturday  mornings, I like to take my take waking up...just as long as I'm ready for brunch at 10!  When I'm home, it's a whole different story... puppy snuggles, please!

What would your ideal breakfast be, don't forget the coffee?! I'm not a huge coffee drinker, so my beverage of choice would be a steamy mug of English Breakfast tea, if it's cold outside.  If it's warm?  A big class of chocolate milk, please!  To go with that, dippy eggs, two pieces of rye toast, and a side of scrapple (do y'all even know what that is?!) would make me a very happy camper, even early in the morning!

If you could have woken up this morning and been anywhere, where would it be? In my bed at home...or anywhere where when I roll over I'm greeted by the obnoxious snoring of Alice the beagle.

{And just for fun }What is your favorite instagram filter? I'm going to cheat on this one..I don't use instagram filters.  I pre-edit my pictures in a different app called "Afterlight" (which has filters and other kinds of photo settings) and then import them to instagram.

Thank you so much for hosting this, Dorothy!  It was so much fun, and I can't wait to see everyone else's blog posts!
What's your favorite way to start a Saturday morning?

p.s., In order to help with my blogging mojo, I'll be participating in #blogeverydayinFEB with Bailey of Anchored in Love Divine.