Good ol’ Home on the Range Given statehood on January 29th, 1861 The Sunflower State Birthplace to Barry Sanders and Bob Dole
Known for unpredictable and ridiculous weather trends.
And the current home to a HORRENDOUS WHITE SUBSTANCE THAT FELL FROM THE SKY.
I think we all know I’m referring to snow.
Please allow the next few lines of letters formed into words to be a venting session.
Now, I know I know, BAHUMBUG.
BUT, I like the snow…..for about 15 minutes.Then it can melt.
February 3rd, 4th, and 5th brought forth a ridiculous amount of snowfall. This cancelled school for the 4th and 5th.
Moral of the story:
1)The only times snow is okay is when: 1) IT’S LEAVES WITHING 24 HOURS 2) IT GETS SCHOOL CANCELLED
I mean, in general, it’s a beautiful thing. I just absolutely hate the cold. Shorts Tevas and singular layer of shirt
seems like a dream of a previous life. On the other hand, this looks pretty sick! So, it’s not all horrible
As my venting comes to an end, I appreciate your ear.
In all reality, the snow makes MNU look beautiful and there are even places to sled here.
I hope I didn’t shed too much light on your blizzard, sNOw matter how much I hate the cold!
Well we have reached February finally. It’s a new year, new semester, so I thought I would bring you an update from my second semester at MNU.
My classes are relatively more challenging compared to last semester, however I have found them pretty enjoyable. My schedule goes:
MWF: Orientation to Psych, Old Testament, Life Span Development, Human Sexuality (let me tell you that one is quite an interesting/awkward/exciting class, if you are a psych major this may be one you may want to take)
T/Th: Physical Science and Prob and Stats
So that is what I have been up to lately. Between classes, nannying, and school events, you could probably find me in a study room at the library with some good friends. (And as short of a walk as it is… I will most definitely be driving as long as it going to be soooo cold!)
Another place you could find me this semester is watching basketball. Whether it be Sunday/Monday night intramural boys basketball, or our Pioneer boys demolishing Baker, you could find me cheering on the sidelines!
Yes we take pictures of ourselves instead of the game. Go ‘Neers!
Also there are some awesome things to do in Kansas City on the weekends! Last night you could have found me at Winter Jam! And it was awesome! I think my ears may still be ringing!
Ya no big deal or anything, but the drummer for Newsboys was spinning at a 90 degree angle… Crazy!
It was an awesome night of praising the Lord with the talents He has given to us.
Oh hey Lecrae
I also like to watch movies and hangout with some of my favorite girls.
From Left to Right: Mckenna (my roomie), Rachel, Me, and Randi
Also this semester has already consisted of more Applebee’s half-priced apps runs.
So that is about it… nothing too crazy but hopefully you get the idea of a pretty busy but fun semester already!
“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)
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.
I like seeing snow outside the window :D
Let it snow…as long as driving conditions can remain safe that it is.
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! Organization Station I might be on my way! Maybe… Hopefully…
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.
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.
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.
This is my desk! We keep the TV across from the couch! And yes… I am definitely watching that KU game! Rock Chalk!
This is Mckenna’s bed and our couch underneath! The flower lights is probably my favorite thing about our room! (they are from Target!)
So Sunday night, after hanging out with Jamie, I run in to this guy: Philip Prado!! Former MNU Blogger
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
Here’s a shot of the group not knowing I was taking this pic haha
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…)
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.
Here it is beside the reason I “stole” it in the first place. On the left was 2nd East Side’s LanBarger Lympics Totem!
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])
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.
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…
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:
A phone case
Slim style khakis
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 thelittle things, the simple happenings, the beauty of life, and the body wash.
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?
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:
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…
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….
Like, was that even on the syllabus? IT’S DUE TOMORROW? WHAT IS LIFE????!!!
Then I find myself like this…
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….
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.