Sooo it is cold outside. Literally I am looking at the weather report right now and it says that it feels like 9 degrees outside. And we all scream and plea “WHYYY” I have never had the urge to skip more classes in my life, not because of the class itself but because of HOW COLD it is! Seriously though, that should be reason enough to cancel classes.
Anywho, I thought it would be most convenient of me to provide a semi-sarcastic, semi-realtalk on how to stay warm.
1. Don’t go outside. Seriously, avoid it at all costs. Just hibernate all winter… like a bear. If that was socially, financially, and spiritually acceptable I think I might consider. I would say goodbye to all my loved ones and bam you wouldn’t see me until March.
2. Wear layers. I hope for most of you this is an immediate “duh” however according to some people on this campus and other college campuses around the country I might think differently. I mean seriously! Flip flops? And you think you are done with the “bro tank” phase once winter hits, but believe me you are not. I guess muscle men don’t get cold? Are “muscle men” a thing?
3. Sometimes you have to sacrifice. I would like to think I am a girl who likes to dress “cute.” I mean I tend to be the friend of the group who is rarely seen in sweat pants and t-shirts. But sometimes you have to be willing to sacrifice to keep warm. In a perfect world, this is how I would want to dress for winter: (courtesy of my obsession with pinterest)
But when you step outside and it literally feels like someone is punching you in the face, sacrifices are made so I end up with something like this: (courtesy of twitter @haleyraydo)
Maybe I am not to that extent yet, but I feel that way. I also feel like I make that face quite a bit. I see people walking all the time with their completely normal face, and when I am walking out in cold weather I make the worst faces. Oh well. Again, sacrifices.
Now winter isn’t all bad– I love the snow (when I don’t have to drive in it), THANKSGIVING, Christmastime, College Basketball (Go NEERS and gooo to my Jayhawks), Football, warm sweaters, chai lattes.. you know… But all this will be relevant around January/February.
The point of this, I am not sure. It might be me venting of my hatred for single digit weather, or it may be of help to those of you who struggle with these concepts…
Also, if my Minnesota relatives or my Alaskan friends are reading this– I know, I’m a wimp.
Tonight I’m talking about incredible dorm life. It’s awesome.
First off dorm life is the way to go when considering college, even if you live in the same town. All of the RA’s are super duper amazing and our RE is also spectacular! I always go to my RA if I need anything at all or just a nice little chat. She’s great with those.
All of the girls here are so nice and friendly so it’s easy to find a good group of girls to chill with. I’m friends with girls upstairs, downstairs, and even girls in the upperclassmen dorms. It’s fun to just walk down the halls and walk into a room and start talking to someone. Open doors means “come on in!” Most of the time anyway. Be careful, though, they might be changing… whoops. That’s awkward.
I advise not being that person to curl up in their room all the time because it’s much more fun to meet people! I’m a part of many different friend groups, but I think I have found one I’ll stick with. And I by group I don’t mean clique. Those don’t exist. I’ve been able to open up more and be myself around these girls and that’s been hard for me this year. Now that I have a bunch of girl friends, it’s like I’m invincible! Whenever I have a bad day, I walk into a friend’s room and BOOM, all better.
If you like your sleep like me, forget it. You won’t get much sleep. But it’s completely worth it, though. So many memories are made in the dorms that you’ll treasure forever. And make sure to take a ton of photos with friends!! We live by the selfie here. No shame whatsoever. Whether it’s watching movies until 3 in the morning, hall parties, or even studying, it’s always a great time. Everyone loves each other and that’s the way it should be!
Now, that whole sleep thing, I’m going to try and do that. Until next week!
Homecoming week was full of fun, excitement, and adventure! Watch this video to see many of the events that took place. (Stick around until the end for a message from a few of our past bloggers, Joey and Mario.)
So, homecoming week has come and gone… and let me just say it was a blast! SO many fun memories were made; ASG did a fantastic job! Also I have a random thought I have been thinking about this last week. Although it was nice to have a bit of distraction from some of the struggles of life with all the fun events of Homecoming week… I have in the last few weeks been a little down…. But don’t worry there is HOPE! I have a quick thought I would like to share on that in a bit… but here are some pictures of a FANTASTIC Homecoming week!
We had a movie night, a hoedown, a homecoming dance, and a football game where we BEAT BAKER (if you aren’t a Pioneer you may not understand but that is a big deal around here!).
(Yes I wore my Royals jersey over my dress… I am that dedicated).
All that to say it was a crazy and busy week let me tell you!
Now thats homecoming, let me give you just a quick thought of the day and then I’m done rambling.
I have really been reading and thinking a lot about hope the last few weeks. For many reasons I have been kind of in the dumps with some personal issues but mostly with the uncertainty of life and exactly my calling. Whether you’re a Christian or not we all go through these times. And these are times that help you grow. But beyond all that I have been realizing there is hope. Some lyrics from a song, Anchor, by Hillsong go like this:
There is hope in the promise of the cross, You gave everything to save the one you love, and that hope is an anchor for my soul, my God will stand unshakeable!
Man I love that! It gives me the chills! I think when I am sad or overwhelmed sometimes I think God is surprised or He can’t handle it. But He is UNSHAKEABLE. And because of His promise of love on the cross, we can have hope! Hope that there is a God who is constant, who loves and cares, and who wants what is best for us. When everything around us seems chaotic or maybe there is a lot of hurt… remember these song lyrics! I think if we can have hope in Christ (who He is and what He has done) which coincides with trust, we can be more diligent in being patient through the trials and the pain. Just wait and see what God will do when you regain a piece of hope in Him.
What that has to do with Homecoming, or what Homecoming has to do with Hope? No one will ever know. It has just been my life the last week though
Hope you had a stellar week! I’ve been helping out with a few of the homecoming events, which has been SO much fun. A lot of the events, and this evening, got me thinking about the fact that everything fun seems to happen at night: most of this week’s events, stargazing with awesome friends tonight, city events like the plaza lights. I could go on and on.
I have a mindset that business gets done during the day, and all the fun happens in the evening/at night. Maybe I shouldn’t feel that way, and there is a lot of fun to be had during the day, but I am at my happiest at night-time. Something about the darkness, or maybe it’s the stress of the day coming to an end, brings conversations, jokes, and just being with people to a different level. Some people get crazy as they get tired, others grumpy, and still others just laugh, but it is so much easier to get to know people as the day comes to a close, though perhaps we feel this way because we can dwell on these things as we sleep afterward?
I’m not sure what brought this up, but I’ve been thinking a lot about it recently. It seems like ties are made and severed after nightfall: making new friends, maybe losing some that made you emotionally unhealthy. But, sometimes it’s just trying to figure out what’s still open late in Olathe, and packing up the car to head to McDonald’s or Waffle House, or just to drive because it’s free (kinda).
These experiences are something you can’t get back, hours well spent, so I encourage you to stay up late once in a while, study all day so you can stay up late, and just be with people.
That’s all I’ve got for this week, I hope you all are blessed as you live your lives this week, and I’ll see you soon!
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:
Also I got the chance to go to game 3 against the Orioles… Here I am with my sister
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:
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!
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!
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:
I’m a firm believer that God uses His creation to speak to us and teach us. My favorite thing to do is go out in nature and spend time in His presence. My heart always expects Him to show up, and He always does.
A few weeks ago, God used the idea of metamorphosis to remind me that I have been transformed. When I gave myself to Christ, I gained a new identity.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (ESV)
I was walking back from dinner one night with some friends and found a huge green caterpillar crossing the sidewalk. Long story short, it ended up in my dorm room inside a Starbucks cup. The next morning, I woke up to find it inside its cocoon.
That day in my Environmental Biology class, we spent the entire period catching and tagging Monarch butterflies. I couldn’t stop thinking about my caterpillar and how it was going to completely transform into a butterfly (or a moth) in a few weeks.
“How is that even possible? How does a caterpillar make itself a cocoon, live in it for weeks, and then come out with wings and fly away?”
There were so many questions running through my mind, and as I would stare at my caterpillar’s cocoon in my room, I couldn’t help but think that this is a metaphor for our lives.
The moment that I fully surrendered myself to Christ and decided I wasn’t going to live for myself anymore was the day that I was completely transformed. Sure, I looked the same on the outside, but not on the inside. The way I lived my life from then on was completely different… and still is.
My priorities changed. My friends changed. My schedule changed. My desires changed. My passions changed. Everything changed.
As I look at the cocoon in my room and then walk outside to see Monarchs flying around campus, I am filled with joy knowing that Christ has the power to transform us into new and beautiful creations. It doesn’t matter where you came from or where you are now. God has the power to transform anyone.
A lot of people think my fascination with nature is weird. I could watch bugs crawl around for hours. I love collecting leaves because I think they’re so cool. I enjoy laying down in the grass, not even caring about how many bug bites I’ll get. I’m not really scared of bees because I think they’re pretty. When I find something in nature that I’ve never seen before, I will most likely try to find out what it is… and it’ll bother me if I don’t. I think nature is an adventure.
I love nature so much because it’s the rawest form of God’s creation. I have come to know and understand Him more deeply by spending time in His work of art. He creates and cares for the smallest, seemingly insignificant aspects of this earth. I think that’s awe-inspiring.
My challenge to you this week is to set aside time to be in nature and let your mind wander. Talk to God and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Bring a journal and doodle or write about what you experience. Bring your Bible and read your favorite Bible verse. Enjoy the moment.
I hope you’ll set aside time to do this, and if you do, I want to hear about it! Feel free to leave a comment sharing about your experience. I promise you won’t regret it!
My caterpillar crawling on my homework. He’s so cute!
My caterpillar’s home. (He made his cocoon before we could transfer him to an actual bug cage.)
Last Saturday I had the honor and opportunity to run in the Jared Coones Memorial Pumpkin 5k Run/Walk. Going on its 16th year, this event honors the lives of Jared and Jayne Coones who died of cancer.
Got my shirt and race number. I’m ready for this thing.
MNU is a big sponsor of the event and they have a big tent and they paint people faces. It’s really a cool event. MNU also has a team that runs in the event.
Team MNU in all of its glory
I’m not going to lie the I underestimated the pace of the race but I still did a lot better than I thought. In high school I used to run track. I ran the 400 and 800 in high school. So I haven’t really ran “competitively” in about 5 years, I have a game to play later in the day and my head coach randomly shows up and 2 of his kids are also running in the race. Also I’ve never ran anything like a 5K before so this is all new and dangerous territory.
Not bad for a guy who has ran in five years. I finished 49 out of 1387 people who ran the 5K competitively, the 47th male of 761 males who competed, also 7th out of 21 in my age group of males 20 to 24.
In the end it was an amazing experience, to be able to do something for higher cause and honor the memories of two people in the process. To be honest the best part of the race was the end when everybody who was in the race were able to get massages after the race.
Shout out to the people at ProCare Chiropractic, Dr. Toby Scott came in the clutch for making sure, I was well taken care of and that I was ready for the game later on the in day. This man is a life saver.
The race was held at Black Bob elementary, its a couple of blocks from MNU. Right now the race is almost over and everyone is starting to gather in gym for the awards ceremony
At the end of all this I still had a game to play at 6 pm that day at Central Methodist University deep in the back woods of Missouri. Unfortunately we didn’t come out with the win but it was an amazing day. But trust me I’m probably not going to doing all this again. Next we have Missouri Valley at Arrowhead Stadium, its going to be a HUGE game, and man I can’t wait.