Thursday, July 21, 2016

favorites - new mini series

I'm starting yet another mini series, but this one (I promise) should prove decently interesting. I will be posting my "favorites" every few weeks. So for today I am posting my favorite song, book, food, etc of right now. They are only changing favorites and do not necessarily account as all-time favorites (although some of them may turn out to be all-time favorites). I am starting this series because I'd like to better document, and therefore better remember and better appreciate all of the things that pique my interest or involve my time. You are very welcome to join me on this creative venture.

So, let us begin:


// food: legit pizza from pieology.

// song: Mansions by NF

// drink: Woodchuck's Summertime Hard Cider

// book: Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

// quote: "Courage in danger is half the battle." -Titus Maccius Plautus

// word: badass. This just so happens to be my word of year (I know you want to know why, so ask!)

// smell: the ocean

Each time I do a post for this series, I will probably switch up (add or subtract) my favorites. If you'd like more info on why these are my favorites, or have any other inquiries, I'd love if you'd comment below or send me a little email.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

voices of the sea

this shot was taken looking over a cliff off the coast of California, down Pacific Coast Highway Route 1

“It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

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Monday, July 4, 2016

celebrate A M E R I C A

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed …” –U.S. Declaration of Independence

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

joy comes in the morning - Formerly List

"...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." -Psalm 30:5b

These last two months have been decently rough for me. All the normal unfortunates of being a full-time college student with full-time jobs, such as little to no sleep, not much of a social life, stress, exhaustion, and ... well, you get the picture. But on top of it, I was faced with a few challenges that really stretched and grew me as an individual. Challenges that, while I was going through them, I couldn't see an end to. The kind of dark tunnels you can't see the light at the end of. There were times that felt like hell, and times I absolutely hated myself because I failed or made a mistake. But through the dark and the utter despair, God was teaching me things about Himself and about His love and grace. And when my dark nights were over, the sun at last shone bright. 

I'm currently pulling an all-nighter as I type this out. And I have to open Chick-fil-A in less than an hour. But even with no sleep behind me, and the daunting prospect of a 10 hour shift surrounded by people ahead of me ... I have much peace and joy in what will come. For even though I'll be surrounded by people and be pushed out of my comfort zone, I look forward to brightening someone's day or making someone smile because I have the privilege of serving them dang good chicken.

Your pain, your sorrow, your despair or depression may seem to last for nights and nights. But I promise you that joy will come in the morning. He hasn't forgotten about you. You are precious in His sight.


Trust in You by Lauren Daigle
Dangerously by Charlie Puth
You Are So Beautiful by The Tenors
Bird Set Free by Sia
Everything Works Out in the End by Kodaline
Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem (Kevin DeYoung)
The Man in the Queue (Josephine Tey)
The Art of Intelligence (Henry A. Crumpton)

take 2 quizzes and one exam
potentially sleep
make valentines for the Hand Made Valentine Exchange
write out a more rigorous workout schedule
go to joshua bell concert
organize my room, because organizing is always a good idea
go on a galentine's date with my girls


Thine not mine
Verity Vareé | sharing the truth about beauty through your story
THE LAST LION || Churchill's Undaunted Determination 

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