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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

Haley Raydo

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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

Haley Raydo

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October 5, 2014

#BeRoyalKC

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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!)

Haley Raydo

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September 29, 2014

One Month Down, And Many More to Go!

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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

Allegra Vieux

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April 30, 2014

Campus Center Anthem

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What do you get when you combine Wyatt Melton, Ben Atwell, and my roommate Rachel Boan?

This. This is what you get.

I hope this gets you like it gets me.

Allegra Vieux

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April 28, 2014

7×7 Challenge

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Hey Blog World!

Here is a video from a cool academic event on campus called 7×7 Challenge. 7 Professors had 7 minutes to discuss an area of study that interested them, and then we in the audience voted on the most interesting or our favorite presentation. I included clips from every speaker and a few funny moments. Hope you enjoy!

Allegra Vieux

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April 27, 2014

Sunday Mornin’

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Bloggers-

Here is a video from my church a couple weeks ago. For those just tuning in, I go to Mission Church in Overland Park. This is Rachel and Wallace Fa’agutu, they are Hawaiian musicians and also children’s ministers. They have an album called “Little Songbirds” that I would STRONGLY recommend, especially if you know kids and want some fun worship music with an island influence :) They also have a few other records here: http://rachelnicolemusic.com/discography/.

This particular song is by Matisyahu called “Live Like a Warrior.” I’m a HUGE fan of their cover, so I hope you enjoy it too!

Haley Raydo

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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

Joey Alligier

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April 22, 2014

Go

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Wow, life is most definitely a GO GO GO venture.
This world has so much to offer and so many directions that continuously pull.

Yet, I have to be reminded to take a moment and stop.

Yeah you heard that right, STOP; everything.

In this, we realize what God really has to offer us. Sometimes this is an opportunity.

MidAmerica sends out trips every year locally, nationally, and worldwide that impact communities immensely. These range from Haiti, Arizona, and Africa. They also encompass construction, medical care, and education. The best part is that these trips are student and sponsor led. You don’t just GO. You get to plan and decide where to go. The impact these trips have on both parties is unmatched.

The call to go begins with a call to be.

If you want to help support; please comment or email me at jballigier@mnu.edu

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

 

Haley Raydo

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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