I just cannot quite believe that the semester is soon coming to a close. Here we are with two and a half weeks of classes left–there is a light at the end of the tunnel! This is about the time of the year when it seems like everyone’s running around like chickens with their heads cut off. I must say my mind is feeling a bit scatterbrained trying to keep up with everything, so I apologize if this post is just absolutely random.
The biggest news I have to share is that I unexpectedly won $250 this past week! Our library on campus gives out a research award every year in which students can turn in papers they have worked on for classes for a cash prize. I turned in a research paper that I have been working on for most of the semester for a Criminology class that looks at whether or not crime could be seen as beneficial to society. I am very thankful to say that I won the award and the cash moneysss. There is seriously nothing better than getting paid the big bucks to do school work. PTL!!!
This last weekend my fiance and I and the youth group got to put on a sports and arts clinic at our church for kids in the area with special needs. We had about 35 kids come and provided basketball, volleyball, soccer, and arts & crafts for them to participate in. Both Zach and I have worked for Helpers Inc. in the past (an organization that provides care for kids with special needs in the Kansas City area) which provided us with connections to the Blue Valley area’s specail olympics. We were able to invite kiddos involved in this program to come participate in our clinic as a form of outreach and service to the community. It was so great watching our students interact with these beautiful children and have a blast doing so. How absolutely refreshing it is to be with people who truly treasure and enjoy the simple things of life.
Beyond that, I am afraid there is not really much more to report. Life lately has been filled with papers and projects and preparing for finals in a couple weeks!! Wish me luck!!
This past week I received the extremely exciting news that I have officially been accepted as an intern at The Keeler’s Women Center for this upcoming summer! The past couple months have been spent in prayer asking the Lord to offer direction and guidance in my search for an internship, and I am so excited and relieved that He has provided such an amazing opporunity. The Keeler Women’s Center, located in downtown Kansas City, seeks to wholistically serve women in the urban core of KC in which they provide a number of different services and programs to do so. Some of these services include free counseling; English tutoring; spiritual formation classes; education on parenting, nutrition, and other subjects; care packages; a food pantry; and various clubs such as book clubs and knitting clubs. They are purposeful in serving these women from all different facets and I am so exctied to be able to be involved in each of these programs. In learning more about what God has called me to do in regards to a career or vocation, I know that he has created a passion wtihin me for coming alonside and advocating for women and that I really thrive off one-on-one time with others. In playing off of those 2 extremely vague ideas, I am praying that God would direct me through this internship and help me gain a better understanding of what He has called me to do at least for the near future. Needless to say, I am absoluley stoked about the learning that will take place this summer and for God to shape me through this experience!
Kind of going along with this and also going back to this passion I have to advocate for women, I found this video on facebook and had to share. The Dove Campaign has been promoting the following video in an effort to continue to foster healthy perceptions of beauty amongst women. It is extremely interesting and moving and I would highly recommend that you take a few moments to watch.
I’m sorry I’m so late in the game in updating you guys on what’s been going on lately! This last week has been absolutely CRAZY. Technically I am Junior in my undergrad but since I’m graduating a semester early, this past week I HAD TO TAKE THE SENIOR COMP. For those of you who are unaware, the Senior Comp is an exam you have to take your senior year which is basically a cumulative final for all of the classes you’ve taken during your four years that are in your major. I found out about this exam right before spring break, so the past couple weeks have been filled with studying, studying, studying. Thursday was the moment of truth. Took the exam, which lasted a couple hours, and walked away feeling like I had absolutely no idea how well I did. Yesterday I got the awaited news from my professor that I had passed and that everyone did extremely well on the exam (PRAISE THE LORD!!!!) All this to say, despite the upcoming papers and projects, I am feeling so excited and relieved! The Lord most certainly provides
Also, as you can see in the picture, another most prominent highlight of the week was going from my dumbphone of 3 years to an iPhone 5. UPGRADE OF THE CENTURY.
As much as I would have loved to have gone on some sort of trip or traveled somewhere during the break, I am so thankful to have had some time to just relax and start hacking away at THE LIST (the never-ending task list of wedding details, school papers and projects, internships details…and on it goes). My fiance and I finally registered for our wedding which proved to be an all-day event. Let me tell you, bedbath&beyond is INTENSE. That place is packed to the brim from floor to ceiling, no joke. It was such a blast creating our wish list together, scanning for this and that and then some. I was also so excited to be able to give my bridesmaid invites out to my ladies which was of course so fun and I am just so excited to get to share this upcoming day with them. I purchased vintage handkerchiefs on Etsy (officially addicted) and used them to make a sort of envelope surrounding the invitation and tied twine around it to hold it all together. Of course, the absolute highlight of the break was beginning the studying process for my upcoming Senior Comp Exam that I have to pass in order to graduate…Basically I have to go back and study all my notes from every Sociology class I’ve taken at MidAmeria to prepare for the exam and hope to do well enough to pass. Its here in a week and a half so hopefully I’ll have good news to share about it soon! Despite the studying I was able to spend some good time with the family which was so refreshing. As you can see, watching the Sound of Music was a definite priority for the little sister and I during my break times between studying–can’t go wrong with that movie choice. It was such as blessing to find some rest both physically and spiritually with the fam and get geared up for the rest of the semester. Ready to do this!
I hope you had a wonderful spring break and are ready to finish out the year strong! THATS ALL FOLKS!!
I’m at this point in the semester where all the homework and craziness is getting the best of me. This past semester I had some upper division elective spots to fill and, since being a Sociology major and Psychology minor, I thought it’d be good to take some classes from the one remaining behavioral science major–Criminal Justice. Now, having taken no Criminal Justice classes prior to this semester, I of course thought it best to jump into a senior-level course focusing on the most debated and controversial issues within Criminal Justice. NBD. Piece of cake.
Needless to say, the confidence has waned a bit since then. This class as well as the two other Criminal Justice classes I’m taking have proved to be a challenge. The first couple weeks of classes I pretty much spent most of the time feeling like a dumdum, having absolutely no clue about anything that was going on. Yet, they all have proved to by extremely interesting and I am so glad I made the decision to take the classes I did. Right now I’m brainstorming and researching internship opportunities in the area now that I’ve technically hit my senior year (graduating in Dec ’13!) and need to do my internship/practicum here soon that’s required to graduate. As much as it may seem like a burden to some, I’m super stoked about it and feel more prepared due to the Criminal Justice classes I’m in. I’m at a place where I have a general idea of what I want to do after I graduate but its still pretty vague. I’m hoping that through this internship the Lord would provide a clearer direction on what I’m supposed to pursue after graduation.
All this to say, a lot of the internships and/or future job opportunities are in the realm of Social Work and often involve some sort of casework. This is when you work with and represent people who are disadvantaged in society and need treatment or help. Taking the Criminal Justice classes that I am I think I will help me feel more prepared for this kind of work and opens up ideas for different types of internships or future jobs.
Sorry if some of this is dry, I know Academics isn’t the most invigorating topic to read about, but its incredibly important! I have been so blessed by the education I am receiving here and have felt so challenged by my professors. Bo Cassell, my Sociology professor, is phenomenal and always has such interesting insights that provoke tons and tons of class discussion and learning. He is also someone I greatly respect because of his spriritual depth and leadership. What could be cheesy devotional thoughts or quick prayer times at the beginning of class are refreshing, insightful, challenging, and completely heartfelt. I’m so blessed to have a professor to learn from, not simply from an academic aspect, but in a completely holistic way–by simply watching him live.
Of all the places one would expect to find inspiration or an encouraging word, I believe the restroom would perhaps be the last place. However, this one cheesy 90’s poster in a ladies restroom on campus reminded me of a conversation that I had this past week with a woman that works with me at the Learning Center, which is a daycare program on campus. This vibrant, 67-year-old lady who has worked with children for years has spent most of her adult life as a pastor’s wife. This role of supporting her husband in ministry had often brought along pressures and expectations in which she felt pushed into being somebody she wasn’t. In telling her story and reflecting back on her life, she told me to always remember to be faithful to myself and to not allow myself to slip into living for man rather than the Lord. In so many ways, however cheesy it might be, this 90’s poster I discovered in the restroom said just that, so I thought it only best to pass on to you. Ladies, PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED.
I Have the Courage to Be Myself
I have the courage to embrace my strengths–Get excited about life–Enjoy giving and receiving love–Face and transform my fears–Ask for help and support when I need it–Spring free from the superwoman trap–Trust myself–Make my own decisions and choices–befriend myself–Complete unfinished business–Realize that I have emotional and practical rights–Communicate lovingly with understanding as my goal–Honor my own needs–Give myself credit for my accomplishments–Love the little girl within me–Overcome my addiction for approval–Feel all my feelings and act on them appropriately–Nurture others because I want to, not because I have to–Set limits and boundaries and stick to them–Say yes only when I really mean it–Have realistic expectations–Take risks and accept change–Grow through challenges–Be totally honest with myself–Correct erroneous beliefs and assumptions–Respect my vulnerabilities–Heal old and current wounds–Treat myself with respect and teach others to do the same–Plan for the future but live in the present–Value my intuition and wisdom–Develop healing, supportive relationships–Make forgiveness a priority–Accept myself just as I am now.
There are many times where the Lord provides a calling for someone in allowing them to meet some sort of need. This last summer, my fiance, who is a youth and worship pastor at a local church, was made aware of a need within our church community. Many people within the 18-30 age range (the Mosaic Generation) were desperately in need of community and were struggling finding it on their own. After numerous discussions with various people including the church staff, my fiance decided to take on the committment of launching a young adult ministry.
Towards the beginning of last semester a team of about 6 of us started meeting every other week to begin planning what this new ministry would look like and praying that the Lord would direct our decisions. We began spreading the word about it officially meeting as a group, incorporating worship, teaching, and prayer into our times together. Thorought the semester we sought to develop a clear vision of what the Lord wanted this ministry to look like and developed some plans for this spring semester. Last week we had our first meeting together since the break and it was so exciting seeing all the people that the Lord brought to be a part of this ministry. Tonight we start meeting together in small groups and I am really excited about beeing a part of this new vision! I pray that the Lord would begin to form a community out of this group of people and begin to shape us and challenge us through one another.
So far this year of 2013 has already been a whirlwind. One month of the twelve is already coming to a close and it feels like I was just making new years resolutions yesterday. My mind is blown thinking about all the change that will come to be within this following year, its unbelievable.
Here’s the new that’s been in this girl’s life. Last week, two of my dearest friends moved half-way across the world, one to study at a film school in Scotland and the other to study ceramics in Wales. Needless to say, I have been stalking there Instas and facebooks ever since. (Sidenote–every picture that you take in Europe is automatically phenomenal.) I started a new job last week working with one-year old’s at a daycare program on campus which has been a blast. Even though these little guys are often nuts, their cuteness makes up for everything. God knew what he was doing when he decided to make little ones absolutely adorable and precious. Wedding planning is underway and not a day goes by that I cannot believe that this awaited chapter of my life is officially on it’s way. As exciting as figuring out some of those details can be (details that us gals tend to obsess over–the dress, the decor, etc.–hence why pinterest exists) I cannot express how stoked I am to get to fully share life with my best friend. However, even though the whole engaged scene is all about looking ahead, by golly we are determined to give this stage the attention it deserves by focusing on the here and now.
More change coming with 2013 includes being officially done with my college career by this time next year. Along with this exciting fact comes stress and worry about what in the world I’m supposed to do with myself once I get there. Here within the next couple of weeks I will be trying to narrow down what internship to tackle this summer, which I am praying will bring me some direction within the Behavioral Sciences realm as to what to go towards. I am so thankful to the Lord for providing me such amazing people as my professors who have been helping me ask the tough questions in order to pinpoint a job or career that align with my gifting and passions. I’d be a fool to expect the Lord to reveal all now, but want to make sure I’m being purposeful in asking Him to go before me and prepare a way.
In looking ahead, I am so excited to see the Lord at work through all the change and challenges in the coming year, whether that be in my education, internship opportunities, local ministries, or relationships. 2013….here we go!