Another year, anther missed Thanksgiving. Oops! I always miss home terribly this time of year, and I can’t wait to celebrate full force in future years. I will be a forced to be recognized with as I try to make up for all my missed celebrating! Below are a few things I am thankful for:
- A family that loves and supports me
- A sweet boyfriend with a great reading voice and rockin’ mustache
- The opportunity to use my mind in the classroom and further my education
- The chance to experience German culture
- Coffee. Always.
- My health
- My bed that is always there for me with open arms
- Old and new friends
- Chocolate chip cookies
- The chance to experience life. Cheesy, but true. Very true.
Hi friends! Sorry for the radio silence. It’s been a full few weeks. I’m on break right now, soaking up the extra sleep and eating my weight in Holiday sweets. Below is a photo review of the many things 2017 brought my way. Enjoy!In January, I started the year off by participating in the LA Women’s March with two other friends. We joined over 500,000 people that day. It felt good to do something.February was spent with this little munchkin as my Valentine. She is beyond words adorable and I miss her so much!March brought a Spring Break trip to Texas with Jessica to visit my parents. It was so fun to explore a new place with my girl by my side!April was a big one. I found out I got the Fulbright to Germany (hello employment) and graduated college!May was a chill month of work in Malibu. My parents and I went to Disneyland one day to celebrate my graduation– happiest place on Earth, after all.June was no small undertaking, what with my brother’s beautiful wedding and moving myself across the country to Texas. Oh, and my 22 birthday!July saw a girls trip to San Francisco and a few days spent in El Segundo with old friends.August was family time. I hung out with the cousins in Iowa on the farm 🙂 They are so funny!In September I found myself back in Germany! My Fulbright started and I hit the ground running at full speed.In October I took a much needed vacation to Salzburg, Austria with two friends, as well as London to visit a Uni class mate. The scenery was breath taking and the company was even better!I saw my lovely parents in November and boy was it great! I had fun showing them around my stomping grounds.December brought Christmas and my stunning friends Mele and Annie. I feel grateful to have friends who will come all this way to see me!
Here’s to a crazy, whirlwind year! I learned to much, sometimes the hard way, but I’m looking forward to 2018. I will turn 23, probably start a new job or school and possibly move. I can’t wait to see what God has in store. Happy New Years, friends!
Happy Mothers Day to the woman who:
-Always notices when we are running low on toilet paper and refills it before it’s too late
-Magically produces a perfect gift and matching gift bag out of thin air upon request
-Somehow knows everyone and their mom’s up-to-date contact information and address
-Can cook, sew, clean, repair, plan and organize like nobody’s business
-Never goes on a trip without bringing me back a thoughtful souvenir
-People always tell me I look like
-Allowed me to dress myself in a pink fruit-patterned jumpsuit every day of fourth grade without protest, simply because she knew it made me feel cool (*cringes*)
-Supports and encourages my decision to live abroad
-Edited multiple drafts of my Fulbright essays
-Loves me unconditionally, even when I don’t deserve it or can’t seem to love myself
-Cheered me on when I got my first tattoo
-Taught me the importance of commitment and determination
-Is the only woman who calls me by the nickname”Missy”
Happy Mothers Day to all those who:
-Act as spiritual mothers and mentors
-Are adoptive or foster mothers
-Are having difficulty becoming a mother
-Lost their mother
-Have a difficult relationship with their mother
-Are expecting and will soon become a mother
-Are empty nesters for the first time
-Have stepped up to fill the role of a mother in someone’s life
Happy Easter! I spent last night decorating these pastel, Easter-themed sugar cookies. I’m particularly proud of the Christmas tree, Jack-o-lantern and scary red-eyed bunny ;p Crazy to think I will spend next Easter in Germany!
Now I’m off to church and lunch with my family.
Thankful to celebrate the resurrection of my savior today! Have a good one.
Happy New Year friends! I am at home with a glass of wine and a good book, just the way I like it. So I don’t like to use the word resolutions because it makes me feel like a totally irresolute failure of a person when I fall short of meeting mine! So maybe it’s just semantics, but I prefer to use the word goals when it comes to my ambitions for the coming year. January is an interesting month– the let down after the holidays can be pretty anticlimactic, yet I have to gear up to start another semester. And this is my last semester of college! What. even. So, I figured it would be nice to take a moment to list a few goals, both large and small, I have for 2017. It is sure to be a year of huge transition and change as I try to navigate myself in a new direction post-graduation, but here goes:
- Read every night before bed. Seems simple enough…lol.
- Memorize a poem (I’m thinking this one).
- Learn to tell a great joke or story. I’ve always wanted to crack people up at a party, but feel too insecure to put myself out there (what if they don’t laugh?!). But I’m 21, I think it’s high time I remedy this!
- Improve my German.
- Practice photography more regularly (and get creative with the camera settings– no more Manual setting for this girl).
- Perform at a Coffee House. Every month my university has an open mic night where students can sing or play instruments, and I’ve always been interested in signing up to sing or play piano but never had the guts! 2017 I’m lookin’ at you.
- Move to Germany (I told you there were some biggies on here) ;p
What are your New Years ‘goals’?
Merry Christmas friends! Do you know one of the stories behind the date of Christmas? Many historians agree that one reason we celebrate Christmas then is because that’s when the ancient pagans celebrated the Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice is the shortest, darkest, coldest day of the year. And on this day the people would light a candle to remind themselves that Spring is coming, and that there is joy and warmth to be found amidst the darkness.
I celebrate Christmas mainly as Christ’s birth, but I also find this story to be particularly poignant this Christmas season. 2016 has been an intense time. It’s been a difficult year for many in a myriad of ways. Our world has endured unthinkable violence, cut throat elections, unending wars, natural disasters and so much more over the course of the last twelve months. Personally, this year has been difficult for me in certain regards, and I’ve had my fair share of dark days. But it has also been a year of positive growth and change.
So although Christmas is typically thought of as a happy-go-lucky, light hearted time, it can still be hard to muster those feelings. It’s okay, even healthy to reflect on those times in their reality. But the pagans still understood one key truth: they knew that no matter how hard things may get in life, you can always find hope, whether it be in a single flickering candle’s flame or a raging fire.
I am sending Christmas joy and perseverance your way today friends. It’s been a long year, but we made it. Next year will have its ups and downs, but never forget you can find a tiny glimmer of light if you only look. Now I’m off to see what Santa brought me…;p
I stalked everyone like a crazy paparazzi this break, which resulted in this little Thanksgiving film! Even though they were probably annoyed with my incessant filming, I think they are ultimately grateful to have these special moments captured in perpetuity. I hope you enjoy!