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October 20, 2014

Why You Should Go to (School In) Kansas City

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Hello friends!

Nice of you to stop by– and can I say this semester has flown by!  We now only have 7 weeks left of this fall semester…. (mind-blown gasp)  Yes its crazy, its intense, its ridiculous, and its scary– but lets not let that stop us from enjoying a read and learning about an amazing city.  Yup, KANSAS CITY actually IS an amazing city.

Now I put “school in” in parentheses because you can leave those words in or out.  If you have already graduated college or already attend a college than lets read this as “Why You Should Go to Kansas City” because… well, you should.  If you’re in high school and about to make a decision of where to go- let me do some braggin’ on and convincin’ of Kansas City.  (If you don’t know MidAmerica is in Olathe, KS– just a twenty minute straight shot away from downtown KC)

SO here it is… Why YOU Should Go to (School In) Kansas City:

If you’re a sports fan:

Do I really need to say anything else about these Royals, man? If so read my post from a few weeks ago– it will enlighten you.  We are now in the World Series and can I say this city is going crazy!  Even the fountains (if you didn’t know Kansas City has the second most amount of fountains in a city) are all blue, ROYAL blue!  If you don’t believe me here is some convincing:

http://postgradproblems.com/this-is-an-absolutely-bone-chilling-tribute-to-the-kansas-city-royals-playoff-run/

Also I got the chance to go to game 3 against the Orioles… Here I am with my sister

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If you aren’t a huge baseball fan- no worries! Our KC Chiefs are doing pretty well!  Arrowhead Stadium is actually the loudest stadium in the world!  Our MNU boys even got the chance to play there! Here is a picture with my friends at the game:

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If you like soccer– good news! KC has one of the best soccer teams in the MLS!  Heading out to Sporting is always a fun time!

If you’re into the arts:

I say this in my fancy voice.  KC is great if you love the arts!  My sister and I went to the ballet this last weekend at the Kauffman Center…. and let me just say I was impressed all around. It may have been for a project but I quite enjoyed it!

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They have the symphony, ballet, and opera all at the Kauffman Center which is beautiful!  Also the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is phenomenal as well as the Plaza Art Fair!

(Also if you like jazz- check out the Green Lady!)

If you love to eat:

Who doesn’t?  But KC is a great place to grab some good food.  We are known for our BBQ–I highly recommend Oklahoma Joes which did not originate in Oklahoma believe it or not– There are soo many good places to eat though! Great Mexican restaurants, fondue places, all you can eat meat restaurants, amazing burger places, and soooo much more!  You really can’t get enough of the good cookin’ in KC.

If you’re a hipster:

Oh man this is a great place for you! Every coffee house in KC seems to have that “hipstery” flare (yes I made up a word).  I personally love the Roasterie– which has 3 KC locations! Yay happy day! (Also I have a free drink to redeem so I need to stop by there get myself a Chai latte)

If you love some good concerts- we have so many great places and get so many great bands.  City and Colour is a personal favorite of mine and this year is the second year in a row they have come to KC.

Also we have the river market, farmers market, First Fridays (vintage findings in West Bottoms), and West Port…. (enough said).

If you love a good theme park:

Good news! MNU is 30 minutes away from Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun… Also about that distance away from Schlitterbahn Water Park!

If you love Christmas: 

Can I tell you there is nothing better than the Christmas season in Kansas City… The Plaza lights, Crown Center, and Union Station– they make the season so much more cheerful! I even posted a blog about it last year– feel free to check it out I am sure I will be writing another one soon enough however!

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If you love nature:

Kansas City is huge and vast, so don’t think you’ll be surrounded by buildings with no nature.  Just take a short drive and you’ll see it.  On MNU’s campus we have the BEST trees around! (seriously though)  If you drive 30 minutes south you’ll be on some farms, and in an hour drive or so you’ll hit the flint hills (yes we know Kansas is a flat state and the flint hills are basically nothing- but c’mon they are still pretty cool for a flat state).

There is soo much more… but I will leave you with this to ponder. Seriously you need to come to KC. If you need more information… stop by this site:

http://kansascity.national-property-management-group.com/about-kansas-city/lifestyle/

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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October 12, 2014

Advice Session 4: Take Your Walk to the Next Level

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Hello friends!

Now if you know anything about me you will know that I love to give advice.  I mean LOVE it.  That is in fact what I am studying to be (I am majoring in psych because I want to be a counselor).  I am really passionate about seeing people come into their own potential in what God wants to do in their lives.

So if you have read any of my blogs last year I did a few Advice Sessions so I thought why not? (shoulder shrug).

I wanted to give you a few things that have really helped me grow in my faith.  Obviously there are reading your Bible, praying, going to church– the basics– but these are the things that have helped me grow beyond the mediocre and what I would advise any one of my friends.  So here are a couple:

1.  Taking time out of my day to sit and be quiet.  I have so much noise in my life– talking and listening, classes and studying, working and interacting, music and my slight obsession with Grey’s Anatomy (don’t watch it if you want to be or continue to be a diligent student). Even when I am praying I am quick to talk and not listen and be quiet.  I think we miss out on God sometimes because we are not quiet enough or slowed down enough to wait and listen.

2.  Join a small group! Seriously they are great! I was in one my freshman year here at MNU and again this semester.  They have helped me grow so much in the last couple years.  From being able to being accountable and being consistent, to building community and fellowship–they are all important.  ALSO MNU has several great ones! Gert involved in that community aspect of this school!

3.  Surrounding myself with people who encourage me and bring positive and godly life!  Don’t underestimate the power of some godly friends.  Through any situation they are there and they are great.

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4.  Walk out in the gifts God has given you.  I think so often I am quick to pass up on opportunities, or I think God won’t use me.  Or I think I am only limited to a particular gift God has given– but then I put God in a box.. By praying and figuring out my gifts I have been given, and working on letting them develop by using them– I have grown so much more! Don’t just sit around asking God to fill you when He has already given you gifts and wants you to step out and use them to serve one another.

This is a piece of song I am working on (This is me trying to step out in the gifts God has given me) and it has to do with point of in not forgetting your first love.

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5.  Finally the lesson I am learning this year– if you do all these things: join small groups, surround yourself with good influences, walk out in service and gifts that challenge you and take you to the next level– but forget the very reason you will lose it.  Don’t forget your first love

This is just some practical advice from my own experience that has helped me take my walk to the next level.  Hope it helps you too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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October 5, 2014

#BeRoyalKC

October 5, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

I can not even begin to describe my excitement this week has held for me!  As a sports fan born and raised in Kansas City, the last several years have been rather disappointing.  Between the Chiefs and the Royals, a few tears have been shed, several screams of frustration have escaped, and an every once and awhile throwing of an object, have been spread throughout my lifetime.  The only news of glory from my KC sports teams were stories my dad, uncles, and grandpas liked to talk about.

And just within this last week, the Royals… THE Kansas City Royals, ended their 29 year drought of playoff appearances!  And everyone reading this goes wild! I mean seriously this gets me emotional. I have literally been waiting my ENTIRE life (and some) years to see the Royals do ANYTHING.

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So when I was reflecting on this week and what I was to write about, this was pretty much the only thing that came to mind. I mean people across MNU campus were tweeting, yelling, and cheering.  Talk about some excitement!

Now to relate this post back to something practical (especially for those of you who aren’t sports fans) I wondered what it would be like if people would spend as much time and as much excitement on the Lord as they did about the Royals ending their drought.  I mean people are spending hundreds of dollars on tickets, posting thousands of posts on social media, and cheering and yelling to wake everyone in their dorm up, staying up late watching the long extensive games, and carrying conversations with friends and strangers about last nights game.

Now none of this bad, if it was I am in trouble… BUT I think there is a point to be said there.  It is so easy to get wrapped up in something (it may not be sports for you) but so many times we forget to get wrapped up in the very thing that brought us here to begin with.  If we would just take the time to stay up and listen and sit in his glory, tithe a little of our money once a month, post on social media about all what God has done in your life instead of complaining, and having conversations with friends and strangers about the Lord, our world would look so different!  Our ministry, our churches, our lives, and our relationships would look different!

Sometimes it just takes little steps… Maybe start spending 15 minutes of your day with the Lord and go on from there.

This doesn’t mean you can’t stay up late watching the games and tweeting your little hearts out about the Royals (believe me I still will be… you can catch it all @haleyraydo) but maybe next time you sit down to watch the Royals or whatever it may be you get excited about, remember the Lord and His goodness.  And remember to take that relationship one step further than the I go to church on Sundays, pray before meals, and sit in a Christian beliefs class kind of level.

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

(Go Royals!)

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September 29, 2014

One Month Down, And Many More to Go!

September 29, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

I am back and at it again! I am now an official sophomore at MNU and I am quite enjoying myself (besides the endless amounts of homework).  We are about a month into school now and so much has went down!  Here are some top memories to keep you up to date!

Above the title picture are my lovely and beautiful suitemates on the first day of school! That day we were really excited, and its been all downhill since ;).  My friend Rachel is in the nursing program so she is extra excited and extra stressed.

 

This is my childhood best friend Annie! We came to MNU together last year and I am so thankful for her! This us at ASG’s White Light Event. We downed melted chocolate and had some very classy conversations of course.

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MNU at the K!  This is my friend Dan Wright. He would hate me for putting this picture up, but he refuses to read my blogs so hopefully he’ll never see it :).

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MNU tailgate at the first home football game! My sister came to visit (she’s in the middle) and it was soooo fun! We love having a winning football team!

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And lastly a much needed picture of Thrift Store Prom is below.  We got are tacky on (I wore a jumpsuit) and skated at Skate City.  It was a blast!

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There is sooo much more in store for this year!  God has really laid a lot of things on my heart that I can’t wait to share with you all! Also some fun things too :)  Right now I am trying to enjoy every minute of my college experience because one day I will wake up and it will be over :( These are some of the best years of your life!  You get to live with your best friends, go to crazy events, yell at sporting events, and attend chapel multiple times a week.  So if you’re in school don’t wish it away, if you’re in high school don’t wish it away (but do know college is pretty amazing! especially if you go to MNU hint hint), if you are in your early part of your career don’t wish it away!  Take the time to learn and grow, to make memories, and to see the opportunities God has for you now. God doesn’t need you to be at a certain stage of your life to use you, He uses you just as you are!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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April 26, 2014

A Look Back: Freshman Year

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Hello friends! We are at the final week of school here at MidAmerica.  It is exciting, sad, and weird all at the same time.  It is so crazy to me how I have already been through my first year of college! It literally flew by.  I had some great memories, and I learned a lot too.

So in honor of the end of school, here are some of my favorite memories =:

HOMECOMING 2013

I wrote a whole blog about this night… I mean it was absolutely insane.  We got to Uptown Theater had a bunch of fun, but we left in the pouring rain only to find that we had a flat tire.  So we got stuck downtown, in the pouring rain, with a flat tire, at a creepy gas station, for quite awhile.  It is something I will never forget.

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NEW ROOM AND ROOMIE

It was so exciting to move in with one of my best friends Mckenna Bessmer this semester! We had such a blast! This was our room:

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DAN WRIGHT

Yup my pal Dan Wright is one of my favorite memories this year basically because he is the most entertaining person you will ever talk to. If you are a student here and you don’t know him, or you are coming here next year, you need to meet this crazy kid.  He probably won’t even see this because he refuses to read my blogs (-__-) Basically he is a kid full of one-liners and he will make you laugh for hours.

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PLAZA WITH MY FAVORITE GIRLS 

If you have ever been to Kansas City during Christmastime… you know that the Plaza is the place to go (also Crown Center).  There is something so wonderful about Kansas City

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OLAF ON CAMPUS 

There really isn’t anything else to say.

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SNOW DAYS 2014

Basically one of the best things in life is being stuck on campus with all of your best friends in the snow with NO SCHOOL.

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WORLDS OF FUN LAST NIGHT

This weekend was MAX week! So we got to go to Worlds of Fun for Nazarene Night.  This is the Mamba:

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Basically this year has been absolutely crazy.  I have met some amazing people that I am so thankful for! It is going to be hard to leave all of them for a few months, but it is exciting to know I still have a few more years with these awesome people.  As a freshman you come to college, nervous but excited.  You meet people the first week and for the most part you move on and meet other people.  You have to get adjusted to the hard and long study life.  You have to get used to challenging professors and being responsible for your own grades.  It was a crazy experience for me, but I learned so much! And I grew up a ton!  All in a good way.

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

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April 12, 2014

Behind The Scenes of MNU’s Production: Little Women

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Hello friends!

I hope you all have had a great week! It has been so nice out here in Olathe… 77 degrees today!  If that doesn’t put you in a good mood I don’t know what will!

Here is a video from MNU’s production this spring of “Little Women”.  The staff was so kind to let me in back stage to get the inside scoop for all you blog people out there! So here it is!

P.S. if you are interested, MNU has a great theater (theatre?) program! :) Last fall they produced a musical “Annie Get Your Gun” which was also fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

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April 5, 2014

The Final Countdown: One Month of School Left

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Hello friends!

It has been another crazy week to say the least!  But knowing that summer is only a short month away has been keeping me going!  Which is absolutely insane! Where did the time go?  This semester literally flew by and we still have Easter Break! The bad news about only having a month left (besides leaving all your best friends) is the end of year crams.  Grades need to be up, and there is the stress to do well on every assignment, test, quiz, paper left!  (P.S. The final countdown guy is awesome)

If you are anything like me, than you know it is a challenge to be motivated, to end out the year strong.  I have always struggled with that.  I have read 180 pages of one of my textbooks this week (because I am a procrastinator and waited until the week of the test to start reading) and I literally thought I was going to lose my mind.  So here is some advice for you: Don’t lose your mind!

As the year comes to a close… don’t stress yourself out too much!  Don’t wait until the last minute to do everything.  Instead start early and pace yourself, allowing yourself time to relax.  That way you won’t lose your mind studying like I have this week.

Next, get motivated! Set yourself a block time where you are going to get as much homework done as you can.  These times work the best for me in the afternoon after class.  That way I can spend time with my friends in the evening.  Whenever you decide to block out your time, make sure it is without distraction.  So if that means going to the library, turning off the TV, or turning off your phone… do it!  Let every minute of this time not go to waste.  When you finish, you will be able to relax and spend time with friends.  A couple standard blocked off hours goes a long way if you make it a goal to do everyday or at least frequently.

Don’t forget to take a break and let the Lord give you peace! Finish the year out strong!

I leave you with this last piece of advice:

keep calm

 

Stay calm!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

ALSO stay tuned for a video about the MNU production of Little Women :)

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March 28, 2014

Just Stop and Learn to Be on the Beach: Life Update

March 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So these last couple of weeks have been action-packed to say the least.  Last week was spring break and it was definitely much needed.  Because all my professors felt like pushing all of their exams and papers to the week before break, the week off felt so sweet.  The weather in Kansas was all over the place, at least so I heard.  I was in Texas with my family which was amazing! (60-70 degree weather days, it can’t get more perfect)

And for all you mid-westerners who haven’t seen the beach in quite sometime, here is the beach at Galveston we went to:

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Even this week back has been crazy! This Thursday was junior testing day so it was a day off for the rest of us!  My friends and I celebrated a late birthday lunch for Sarah and Anna (who are like the sweetest things in the entire world) and the night before we dressed up with our entire dorm and went to the Cheesecake factory!

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Also…. MNU made it to the Final Four in the NAIA tournament!  Nearly all of the school went out to support them too! Fans were going crazy! Unfortunately we fell just a bit short, but it was a crazy intense game until the end.  We are all so proud of our basketball team!

So basically you are up to date on my life. My classes have been a bit more challenging as of late, but I know that the Lord is taking care of me as I continue to be diligent!

Taking away from all of the craziness of the last couple weeks I will leave you with this advice: Live in the moment.  Now there are times where it is key to look to your future to make plans, and key to look to your past to learn.  But so often I think we get caught up in the future and past that we forget to look in the present.  There are many opportunities around us, we just have to open our eyes and grab them.

I was walking along the beach this spring break and I remember how I kept thinking about things that I needed to do for the next few weeks.  That is when God opened my eyes to see where I was.  I was on the beach on a warm day, which is not something I had experienced in a long time.  After this long, cold winter, I had been looking forward to a day like this for awhile, yet I was letting it slip away.  This is just one example of many in my life where I need to stop, and just learn to be on the beach.  Listening and smelling the waves, and letting my mind go to that peaceful place.  No matter where you are, take time to live in the moment.  Even if it is just sitting in class or having lunch with friends, you never know when you are going to wish that you were back in that moment.

Ok I’m done rambling!  I hope everyone’s year is treating them well! And I think it is finally time we can say Happy Spring!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

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March 15, 2014

Mother Daughter Weekend… And So Much More

March 15, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So it is finally SPRING BREAK! Woo! I am going to keep this short for you all, so you can go out and enjoy your break!

A couple of weekends ago I got the opportunity to go to Mother Daughter weekend here at MNU.  It was so much fun, and there was a lot of good work put into it!  Reflecting on this, it really made me think about how many awesome events we have on campus.

I had a friend come by from another college to visit.  She took one look at our calendar in my hall, and said “I wish my school had as much to do.” There are so many people that work to make your years at MNU special.  There is always events: hall parties, dances, movie nights, late night munchies, dodgeball tournaments, intramural games, game nights, and so much more!

I think this is by far my favorite part about MNU, and if I could give any advice to upcoming freshman, I would say go to your school’s events! You meet great people and you really get connected to a community!

This video is from mother daughter weekend!

Have a great spring break!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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March 8, 2014

Conference, Concert & a Crazy Week

March 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So it is a Saturday night and I am just getting back from helping out my church with a new conference they call Stained Conference.  AND… It was pretty awesome!  The conference dealt with being Stained with Righteousness specifically with purity and dating relationships.  So just to share some awesome things that God is doing in the Kansas City community I have some awesome pictures and quotes:

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Best Quotes:

“You gotta decide before you collide” 

Amen

“Uh oh I can hear Wrecking Ball playing.” 

Yup better watch it

“The stain of sin comes when you allow yourself to be alone.” 

Preach it

“You’ll never attain and preserve sexual purity in your life until you learn to attract and protect the presence of God in your life.” 

“We are called to fight for life!” 

So just a few highlights of a great weekend for you.  All glory to The Lord! Two girls gave their lives to Christ, and a 100+ teens gave a commitment to being stained with the righteousness our God has offered us.

Also on Thursday All Sons and Daughters came to Olathe! If you do not know who they are, stop now and look them up… Seriously! They are great!  Not only do they have so much talent… but they love and serve the Lord!  So we went to their concert and they were great!

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This week has been a bit crazy with all of the papers and tests and what not.  I don’t think I had one day where I didn’t have several due dates.  But hey that’s life!  It is hard work but it all pays off in the end!  Sometimes though when you feel the stress like I was feeling this week you gotta just take a step back and relax and trust that God is good and He is big.  And that should be all your motivation you need but if you need some additional support… Spring Break is just right around the corner! So keep all of that in the back of your minds for some great motivation!

P.S.  Shoutout to Cross Points Church for the great conference! You don’t want to miss it in 2015

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley