Friday, February 3, 2017

THE LAST LION || A Series on Winston Churchill

For one of my core classes, I was required to write an essay on political leadership. There were very few guidelines for the essay, the only requirements being that I 1) must pick a political leader, 2) must have a thesis statement, and 3) must analyze said political leader's leadership style as being, in short, good or bad. 

There were a good many candidates for said essay, but I finally narrowed it down to Winston Churchill. I have admired his leadership qualities from afar, but have not spent too much time actually sitting down and learning about what made him great.

When deciding on Churchill, I originally thought to myself, which political leader do I own at least 3 books about? I figured it would be easier to write about someone I already had at least a few books about in my personal library, that way I would not have to go scouring around the library for options or use internet sources (which I am not a particular fan of). 

I came to find out, I actually own 14 books about Churchill. FOURTEEN! When did that happen? I added a few scholarly journal sources to the mix, just to spice things up. But mainly, I stuck to using the plethora of books I owned on Churchill.

So throughout the next few weeks, I will be posting various analytical posts on Winston Churchill, as well as quotes by and about him. I'll also highlight a few of my favorite books on Churchill, should you be interested in learning more about him. And every post I write will be properly sourced and cited under the APA format.

Is there anything particularly you would like to learn more about concerning Churchill? Or perhaps something specific you would like me to discuss/talk about? Comment below and I will make sure to add it into the series!

Ah!! Okay, I'm actually really excited about this! So here goes.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

FAVORITES - finals and finals

the Trossach mountains in Scotland, taken on my trip there in 2015

these past two weeks have been finals and final projects. today is the last day of it. i've gotten to the point where i just really don't want to do school anymore ... just not now. but i'm so close to the end of this semester, i've got to push through. 


// food: clementines 

// song: Summer Guest by Ásgeir

// drink: green tea with mint

// book: The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens

// quote: "Never, never, never give up." -Winston Churchill

// word: perseverance 

// smell: winter air

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Into the New Year - recap and highlights of 2015

Well, it was my sincere intention to post a New Years post before the new year actually started. But sincere intentions don't always turn into reality, unfortunately. It is now already almost the end of the year (yikes) and I am only just getting to my new years post. But it is HERE.

I've thought a good deal about this last year and what all has progressed since January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016. It was an immensely eventful, trying, long, growing, daring kind of year. I dared myself in many ways I never thought I would. I didn't shy back from the challenges, the unknown, or the pain.

My word for 2016 has been: breathe

More than anything, I've realized in 2015 that I did a lot of rushing and running around, and I seemed to constantly stay busy. And I spent a whole lot less time just being still and breathing. I left myself very little time to appreciate the little things, and the quiet moments of the day; The early morning sunsets, the gentle breeze on your face in the late afternoon, the stars shining so steadfastly every night, the kind smile of a stranger or that little flower blooming in the middle of a concrete jungle. My mind was always occupied with school or work or people or anything, and it rarely had the time to quiet itself and allow me the time to just sit there and breathe.

This year, I've embraced just breathing and living. It's been a slow process, and you'll hear more about it in my 2016 New Years post.

  • Officially became part of the Verity Vareé team as the Manager and Editor
  • Started working at Chick-Fil-A as Assistant Director of front of house
  • Took a month long Hazardous Materials Operations (HazMat Ops) course through my county's Fire and Rescue training facility.
  • Did a whole lot of living boldly (Refuse to be Average, Black & White, A Few More Days of Marching into the Battle, Living Boldly, and Have the Courage)
  • Celebrated Christmas with the ENTIRE family, all in one place!
  • Participated in a badass Savage Race with my sister (photo below)
  • Kept up the Grateful Jar, which I mentioned in my last New Years Post
  • Traveled to Scotland and England (words can't adequately describe this trip)
  • Attended The Tenors concert. They are my favorite classical/pop singing group.
  • Celebrated the 4th of July in Massachusetts with my sister and her husband
  • Traveled to Quebec, Canada right around Christmastime. Just magical.

be sure to check out my New Years post from 2014


ALBUM: How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle

BAND: My favorite band of 2015 was definitely Kodaline.

SONG: Once and For All, Lauren Daigle

MOVIE: Top favorite movies of 2015 were Cinderella, Antman, and How To Train Your Dragon 2.

BLOG: From the Ashes, by sister's legit blog

TEA: Green Tea with Mint.

BOOK: Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung. Cannot tell you how much this book has changed my life.

PHOTOGRAPHY ITEM(s): Got a new camera, 3 new lenses, and a legit backpack to carry all of it in. I got all this in preparation for my trip to England and Scotland, as I very well couldn't have gone to said countries without the appropriate equipment to document my trip.

MEMORY: My time in Scotland combined some of my favorite memories of 2015. The wild, raw, authentic beauty of Scotland. The rich culture, and meeting new people, and eating delicious food. The history, made up of castles, old houses, and Scottish landmarks. Oh, all of it, just spectacular and life changing. I am determined to go back to Scotland in the not too distant future. Want to come?

working on some branding for my new company, On Wilder Seas.


Houses of Parliament, ENGLAND
off the coast of Dunottar, Scotland

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

FAVORITES - traveling

these past few weeks have been ones of traveling, adventuring, and a whole lot of living. i've hit 5 states, multiple cities, and have met dozens of people. it's been quite the adventure.


// food: sushi

// songThe Only One Who Gets Me by Charles Kelly

// drink: bloody mary

// bookResilience by Eric Greitens

// quote: "If you can dream--and not make dreams your master, If you can think and not make thoughts your aim." -If poem, by Rudyard Kipling

// wordresilience.

// smell: autumn air

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