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Mario Flores

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February 1, 2014

Wisdom On Time: Take It One Day At A Time

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“We were created with the capacity to live life one day at a time. So make it to where your work load will only be that of one day.”

I confess that lately I have been rather stressed and disheveled with my schedule, roles, and responsibilities. But if the afore mentioned quote is truth, then I believe that with effort, diligence, and discipline-balance and peace of mind are possible.
So, paying attention to my schedules from school, church, and work I’m working to do this.

I have learned friends that in: staying up late (and not being able to sleep in with 8 and 9am classes-the struggle is real), not keeping up with assigned readings for consecutive days at a time, treating studying as a chore and not as an opportunity-an opportunity to please, serve, and worship the Lord-if all those negative things are done, feelings of being overwhelmed, high stress and high potential for breakdown are highly likely to take place.

I’m confident that nobody wants any of that.

Sure there is such a thing as eustress (stress that is actually good for you). Okay, I’ll concede that, but friends if we can manage our time wisely and focus on putting “first things first”, stress that has no benefit will affect us less negatively. Life will be more enjoyable and fuller.

“Take care of yourself.”-Wise words.

Peace in the Middle East friends! Know that you’re loved,

Mario Paul Flores.

PS Here are some moments from the past week I wanted to share with y’all:

This is just a wee bit colder than the 80 degree weather back home. But trust me when I say that I will take 10 degree weather over 100 degrees anytime (anytime as in I have warm enough clothes for it)

This is just a wee bit colder than the 80 degree weather back home. But trust me when I say that I will take 10 degree weather over 100 degrees anytime (anytime as in I have warm enough clothes for it)

I'm continuing to learn Greek! The Top line says "God I love." and the bottom says "The Lord Christ I love."

I’m continuing to learn Greek! The Top line says “God I love.” and the bottom says “The Lord Christ I love.”

Here's the man that's teaching myself and others Greek. And yes, Randy is trying on yet another hat.

Here’s the man that’s teaching myself and others Greek. And yes, Randy is trying on yet another hat.

I like seeing snow outside the window :D

I like seeing snow outside the window :D

Let it snow...as long as driving conditions can remain safe that it is.

Let it snow…as long as driving conditions can remain safe that it is.

I've mapped out my planner! :D Organization Station I might be on my way! Maybe, hopefully...

I’ve mapped out my planner (This is just two pages of the 3 months worth of work I did! Credit to Jamie for her persuading motivational speech to manage my time more efficiently!  :D Organization Station I might be on my way! Maybe… Hopefully…

 

Mario Flores

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January 24, 2014

11 thoughts

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So yeah, just 11 thoughts that I wanted to share. Here they are written out:

11. It’s always a frightening moment when you’re not sure if all that came out was just gas.

10. There is no “morning after” or regret when a person follows Christ. (Without going into any details, there have frankly been times in my life when I woke up in the morning wishing I had made different decisions the previous day.)

9. Faith, particularly faithfulness to Him, is risky.

8. Vulnerability too is risky; but I have found that the reward far outweighs the cost.

7. Don’t just mask the smell… with Deodorant, or cologne, or body spray, or Febreeze… Instead: take a shower, or wash your clothes, or clean
your room, or all of the above. But consider doing all of the former on top of the latter.

6. Procrastinating only makes sense for a little while, but eventually…

5. All real truth is God’s; fear not where you find it.

4. Virtually everyone, at every level, enjoys and learns best through stories.

3. Err on the side of grace; often we have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes.

2. I’ve learned that whenever I flush the toilet, I will no longer leave my eyes open.

1. He isn’t just an all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent Being; He is a Person, He feels, He loves, He cares-for all; all includes you.

P.S. this video would not have been possible without it being shot and edited by a great and talented friend of mine: Blake Nelson. Blake is one of the Resident Educators for our school. If you read last week’s blog, just know that he’s a “friendly, neighborhood” kind of guy.

Haley Raydo

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January 19, 2014

New Dorm Room Update

January 19, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

Ok just an extra quick post to show you guys my new room!  I am rooming with my good friend Mckenna this semester and we are both very excited!  We pretty much redecorated everything, so I thought I would share!

Here is an overview from the door! We have Christmas lights all the way around our room for some extra light.

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This is my bed!  Above it are bulletin boards with my favorite pictures of my friends and family!  And the one in the middle is of Venice, Italy which is my dream place to go… so that is why I have a big framed picture… yup.

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This is my desk!  We keep the TV across from the couch!  And yes… I am definitely watching that KU game!  Rock Chalk!

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This is Mckenna’s bed and our couch underneath! The flower lights is probably my favorite thing about our room! (they are from Target!)

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Ya soo that is about it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Follow me @haleyraydoo @mnublogs

 

Mario Flores

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December 14, 2013

Sweet Ending :)

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So Sunday night, after hanging out with Jamie, I run in to this guy: Philip Prado!! Former MNU Blogger :-D

 

Sorry it was blurry, but I was on one leg to show off our matching clothes! Plaid PJs and Plaid shirt!

Sorry it was blurry, but I was on one leg to show off our matching clothes! Plaid PJs and Plaid shirt!

 

 

"Te amo Je Tem" Spanish and French for I love you. You could say I'm one incredibly blessed man!

“Te amo
Je Tem”
Spanish and French for I love you. You could say I’m one incredibly blessed man!

Thanks again Jamie!

Thanks again Jamie!

Later in the week, before my last final, in the office of the School of Christian Ministry and Formation, Randy still doesn’t fear being silly in public. He’s next to one of MNU’s most beloved Professor: Kelvin St. John. He teaches both New Testament Literature and Discovering the Bible (Both Gen. Ed. classes for all MNU Students.)

Randy's wig is ridiculous.  St. John's hair is glorious.

Randy’s wig is ridiculous.
St. John’s hair is glorious.

Then Last night, St. John treated Jamie and I out to some Chinese food! Once again, I love how so many professors here are so personable!

The one and only St. John is incredible. That is a fact.

The one and only St. John is incredible. That is a fact.

 

Now here’s a pic of a good friend of mine, across the hall: Matt.

Obviously this pic had to be taken since we were matching!

Obviously this pic had to be taken since we were matching!

 

Alright so tonight, my youth group that I serve as an intern for: Well Rooted (From Living Hope Church of the Nazarene) had a Christmas party!! Ugly sweaters were “totes obvi” encouraged:P

And don't worry that mirror was broken and "repaired" before I got to this RA room:P

And don’t worry that mirror was broken and “repaired” before I got to this RA room:P

Here’s a shot of the group not knowing I was taking this pic haha

and that little baby that belongs to one of our sponsors is most definitely one of the cutest babies on the planet.

and that little baby that belongs to two of our sponsors is most definitely one of the cutest babies on the planet.

 

That trail on the right side is a river with Oreo steppings stones (Not a sidewalk...)

That trail on the right side is a river with Oreo steppings stones (Not a sidewalk…)

And of course there was a white elephant gift exchange. Here’s a short clip of my gift acquiring. Keep scrolling to see better pictures of the great decorative gift I scored!

Here are two pics of the skull now safely and not stolen in my room.
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Here it is beside the reason I "stole" it in the first place. On the left was 2nd East Side's LanBarger Lympics Totem!

Here it is beside the reason I “stole” it in the first place. On the left was 2nd East Side’s LanBarger Lympics Totem!

Hopefully if you click this link, you will be directed to the video showing our dance that we mixed the song for ourselves and made choreography for ourselves!
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Alrighty friends if you’re wrapping up your semester as well, may you finish strong! If you are not wrapping up a semester, may you enjoy this special time of year with your loved ones, and everyone else (Unless of course everyone is a loved one for you, which I actually hope IS the case!! [Course that's not easy though])

Y’all are loved!

Peace in the Middle East,

Mario Paul Flores

Haley Raydo

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December 7, 2013

Advice Session 1 | Studying for FINALS…

December 7, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So I decided to start a series on my blog!  I am going to be giving advice on miscellaneous subjects throughout the rest of the school year.  My biggest passion in life is giving advice to people… that’s what I’m studying in school!  So not only is this great practice for me, but I also know that I enjoy reading people’s thoughts when they are extremely passionate about it and authentic… And hopefully you can take something away from it!

This week I felt it only fitting to talk about… studying.  I know most of us cringe at the very sound of the word, but it is inevitable in high school and college life.  Finals are coming up next week, and let me tell you I hope I can take my own advice!  But I decided to take what I’ve learned and what others have learned from this semester and give you some last minute advice. :)

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First of all, try your best to start in advance.  Now I am one of the biggest procrastinators you will ever meet, so this is something I need to work on to.  But when it comes to studying, especially in college, overnight crams just don’t get it done.  Also last minute studying brings upon unneeded stress and not a lot of sleep. Do yourself a favor and begin studying a week before.  Spend an hour a day reading over your notes, creating a study guide, or whatever you need to do so that you can spend the last day going over things you don’t understand.  You can also find help with tutoring and from your professor easier if you start in advance and find the right questions to ask.

My next tip would be to figure out what kind of studier your are.  Do you study better alone or in groups?  For me, I am not typically a very motivated person.  Although I am fairly independent, I work better in groups because of my “chill personality” (basically I get lazy).  Now if you’re a talker, you may not want to study in groups if you want to get anything accomplished.  I know it may be uncomfortable because your personality type longs to be with people, but in the end you will have accomplished more working alone.

Another big one I think most of our generation struggles with is putting away the electronics.  I know your phone is legitimately glued to your hand… but it will be a huge distraction! It always is for me anyway! I would recommend to grab a cup of coffee and/or a snack and get COMFORTABLE. I am not talking in front of a t.v.!  Find a quiet place and get comfortable… you may end up staying there for awhile.

This next tip was something I never did in high school, but in college I have had to do quite a bit   That is… read your text book.  I understand, it’s soo boring.  But in college there will be things on the test that you will not know just by listening in class. Now I have learned a bit of a cheat on this one over the course of the semester.   What I do is read over my notes, then I head over to the book and find where it talks about what I read in my notes.  I learn a lot more examples and get a greater understanding of the concept after doing it that way.  I don’t have to read the in between stuff, but just learning more than what is in my notes has been very successful so far.  This may not work for all of your class (for instance math and some sciences) but it’s a start.

My last tip is more of a plead… GET SLEEP.  It is so important to sleep before exams.  I have always done better and felt more confident when I have had a good night’s rest.  It may seem dumb and overrated but believe me it works!  Studies have shown that sleep helps you retain the knowledge that you have studied.  It may seem uncool… but you will feel a lot better and remember a lot more!

Hopefully this helps! Happy finals! ;) Oh and may the odds be ever in your favor…

Gee thanks.......

 Gee thanks…….

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

follow me on @haleyraydoo @mnublogs

Joey Alligier

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December 5, 2013

Dear Santa,

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The taste of the chicken flavor is becoming mundane and you just watched the series finale of Prison Break.
This is the most wonderful time of the year for college students who consistently indulge in Ramen Noodles and their roommate’s Netflix.
It’s December. Which means:

School is out soon
Christmas is around the corner
Socks with Rudolph on them are socially acceptable

As the jolly man in the, simply put, soft-large-red-onesie is fast-approaching, instead of paying attention in class, I daydream of the things on my WANT list. This year that includes:

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Elephants inside...

A phone case

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Adidas watch

Cool and classy

Camera tripod

I need straighter pictures

Slim style khakis

Nothin' better, oh oh oh

Body wash

So fresh and so clean

Laundry soap

Cheap and Lasting

As you can see these things are not on the typical person’s list, unless you’re about 35. I mean when I was younger, getting socks would have ticked me off, now it would be like manna from heaven. Seriously, I think the washer eats them,and usually just one out of the pair

A strange phenomenon happens as one transitions from the teenage years to young adulthood. We start to desire actually pretty useful and everyday materials…. Sure the PS4 would be cool, but I NEED BODY WASH.

I know that finals are around the corner and I should probably study instead of sending screenshots of hoped for gifts to my mother. Yet, even in the adolescent search for these gifts I am finding a sense of maturity.

This time of year is one to appreciate the little things, the simple happenings, and the beauty of life. The little things like stocking-stuffers symbolize my mom’s corny sense of humor which I obviously inherited and emphasizes how important my family is. The simple happenings such as the pictures I get to take with the accessories I hope for or the whiff of Dove for men when I raise my arms in excitement of the season. And the beauty of life is found in the “Reason for the Season.” The greatest gift was the not-so-silent-yet-beautifully-kinda-gross night when Jesus was born in an animal trough amidst a barn type structure.

Overall, I could get nothing on my “Grown-up Christmas List” and still be satisfied and content. While I wouldn’t be upset if an Ipad Mini was underneath the cheesy-Santa-Claus/Rudolph wrapping-paper, I will feel the same if beneath the cheesiness is a 12 pack of calf-high socks.

Enjoy the season for what it brings, just don’t forget to appreciate the little things, the simple happenings, the beauty of life, and the body wash.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

P.S.- I don’t know who Ryan is…..

Britney Lewis

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December 4, 2013

Procrasti-Nation…Have You Joined Yet?

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Ahh, the sweet smell of waiting to do nothing.

Yup, that’s where I’ve been for the last two weeks.

I’ve been talking myself out of endless assignments because if it’s due tomorrow, I’ll do it tomorrow–not joking.

I mean, the art of procrastination is an intense skill. I’ve been trying to procrastinate procrastinating, but I’m even failing at that. It’s just that procrastinating has become such a huge part of my life…I’m not sure what my world would be like without it.

It would just be weird…you know?

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So with the help of a few Tumblr Gifs, I can accurately walk you through the current phases of my life as I brace finals week head-on.

As we all know, procrastination is a cycle that looks a lot like this:

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Now, once you’ve entered the cycle, it’s obvious that there are no exits. I can admit, I’ve actually tried to break the cycle–it’s harder than it looks, seriously–but somehow I get sucked back in. Just the other day I was telling myself how I was going to write my speech three days before hand.

But then this happened…

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Now three days have passed, and here I am…writing my speech less than twenty-four hours before it’s due.

It’s like no one understands! I can’t help that I get distracted and suddenly develop ADD while I’m doing homework….It just happens…okay.

And we’re not even going to mention those assignments that profs slip in at the end of class….

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Like, was that even on the syllabus? IT’S DUE TOMORROW? WHAT IS LIFE????!!!

Then I find myself like this…

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Because I don’t want to stay up all night writing a twenty-page book report.

And If I get that paper done before midnight….

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Welp, you’re darn skippy that I’m going to look a whole lot like that image above because no one wants to pull an all-nighter, and if they say they do….well, then they obviously don’t value sleeping like the rest of the college students I know.

So, there you have it, folks! Here’s Procrasti-Nation at it’s finest…have you joined yet? Ha, I know I sure have.

But, seriously, I really have to get off this blog because even as we speak, I have a whole lot homework to do.

Over and out, Homies!

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Joey Alligier

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October 30, 2013

Passion in Pictures

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Pictures capture a moment in time. A spot in history that can never be truly replicated. Snapping the obnoxious laughter from a more-corny-than-actually-humorous joke or catching the relief of a runner crossing the finish line is a fulfilling feeling. But it’s not fulfilling simply because the picture isn’t blurry. It’s fulfilling because there’s a story behind the picture. This story can impact the way you live because it molds the way you view life, people, and individual moments. Maybe it’s obvious and maybe it’s up to interpretation. For example, the corny joke is from a blooming friendship that is an answered prayer and the relieved runner has been training for months after forgetting what running meant.

There are numerous different things in life that can present opportunity for you to pour yourself into. For me, photography is one.

Here’s some of my “work”
(LOL, work? I was just being creepy, well like, kind of, never mind…)
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Such a Time Cam Mario Madsion Deal Kylee Dylan Dr. Spittal Pumpkin RunLook at life through a different pair of glasses; who knows, maybe it will be a perfect fit. Don’t be afraid to try new things. They can become the things that mean the most to you. It doesn’t matter how good you are at it! The passion is yours, do with it what you will and make it matter.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Allegra Vieux

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October 9, 2013

10 MUSTS before starting homework…

October 9, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Hello Blog World.

Senioritus has settled in. It is barely midterms. BLAH

I never thought I’d be the apathetic student ready to finish school. Just a few short months ago, I wanted to get a job on campus after graduation so I could stick around because I love MNU so much. It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Still love MNU, but ready to move on to the next step in my life.

Lately, I’ve been noticing that there are several completely illogical things that I HAVE to finish before I can even think about my homework. I know they’re illogical because I’m in intro to philosophy. You don’t have to tell me.

So may I present to you: 10 MUSTS before starting homework!

#1. Find a local Mexican bakery with friends and sustain yourself off the sweet-carbolicious goodness.

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#2. Make a late-night run to Applebees for half price appetizers (I’m a little embarrassed to say how often this happens)IMG_2285

#3. Design a new tattoo. I’m clearly an artist.IMG_2293

 

#4.) Meticulously make your bed. No wrinkles!

 

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#5. Read a book for pleasure. (I don’t even like reading, but this book is AWESOME when there’s homework to be done or not!)IMG_2295

 

#6. Sweep the bathroom floor.IMG_2297

 

#7. Organize the clothing in the dresser- you know, just in case my mom shows up and wants to see the inside.IMG_2298

#8. Pick out a shade of pink and sparkly to repaint my nails.. so what if it’s the 6th time this week?IMG_2299

#9. Re-organize the scarf collection.

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#10. Beat the high score on DOTS- If you don’t have this game, go download it! I scored a 301 without any powerups- WHATS UP.

IMG_7436And this dear friends, is why I’m blogging at 3am… with homework to be done yet.

Joey Alligier

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October 6, 2013

Run Pumkpin Run!!

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Hearing the roar and cheer of over 2,000 people accompanied by the footsteps of yours and those around. Out of nowhere the corner is rounded to match the noise with bodies and visible encouragement, the unspoken knowledge as well as feeling is that this is the moment. This moment defines the past 22 minutes. The strides get bigger and the breath gets heavier. The mind and body start to focus and run off of pure adrenaline. The focus on that finish line and the one guy left ahead. Pushing harder and harder even when the energy reserves seem to be depleted. The line is crossed and there is partial relief and some aspects of “What if?”.

This past weekend was the 15th annual Jared Coones 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk. This was my 2nd time participating under the 2 year head sponsor team of MNU. This being my 3rd 5K I am obviously a pro…..okay definitely far from! However, this is the one I came the most prepared for. Throughout the week, the forecast seemed to predict my despising of the cold and dropped in temperature day after day. My utility belt the day of the race contained a jacket, long johns, beanie, ear muffs, another hoodie, nasal spray, cough medicine, another shirt, and gloves. Needless to say my body and mind feared “44 and cloudy”, yet I was prepared.

Besides the fact I was more prepared, this race was also different because of my blog about the same event last year. At the annual MNU community fair this year, Jared’s dad and Jayne’s husband, Tom approached me and expressed the gratefulness for what I had wrote. This seems so simple, yet it was powerful. Powerful because it proved that this blog outreach for MNU goes beyond our gorgeous campus, but into the lives of many. Also, it proved the sincerity of this man. He has been through so much and is still so selfless enough to give gratitude to a young man who wrote a blog.

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 I can imagine that I wasn’t the only one who has asked, “What if?” when it comes to a race and this race specifically. Tom Coones has got to be one of my inspirations that definitely continues to tug on my heart strings. This event has gone from simply hundreds of attendants to a record number of 3, 583 race participants. It may be ignorant of me to infer, but I have to think that Tom has faced the breakdown in his own mind of battling with powerful questions similar to, “What if?”. Obviously he has been encouraged and answered those questions with a hopeful heart. A huge heart at that.

Tom’s life was not defined by a moment just as the fact I didn’t catch that darn guy in the blue shirt did not define my success. Success is not win and lose, seems contradictory right?, it is defined by what you say it is. I ran a personal best and finished 7th in my age bracket. Plus, I was met with nothing but love from my MNU family and maybe a hand-fed cupcake from Nate Howard. It was a successful day, except at Baker University….

 The gain and success in this event has not been based on the loss of lives, but found in the living on of those same lives through more than 3,583 people who challenge themselves and fight to find a cure and stand behind a great man who is Tom Coones.

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Keep on and keep God,
Joey