Friday, December 18, 2015

Fall 2015 Semester In Review

                                               

Hey everyone! Now that I'm officially done with finals and enjoying winter break I really wanted to just sit down and just sort of share some final thoughts on my first semester of college. So here are some thoughts on the semester!

It was much harder than I thought it would be.
Who would've thought my biology lab would take so much out of me?! HaHa. Not only that, being in total control and having total responsibility for your daily life has been way more difficult than I imagined. I was someone who thought high school was very easy, and expected college to be the same, however, I quickly learned that it does take a lot to be successful.

I have learned so much more about myself than I thought I ever would in college.
This semester really has taught me so much about myself. I've gotten to dig deeper into my beliefs (specifically when it comes to education). I've realized exactly how much I need and desire Jesus in my life. I've learned the true severity of my need for control (which I'm working on daily). I've learned just how important positivity is to me. I've learned that I am capable of being successful in college, even though it is difficult.

I am so proud of the direction I'm headed.
This semester I decided that I wish to double minor in Urban Youth and Communities and Sociology. I'm super proud of myself to be following my dreams and going forward with this despite the vast fear I still encounter at times.

I'm so glad I've met some of the people I have.
I have met some great friends and great professors that I believe have truly made this semester possible for me. Without them I really have no idea what I would've done. I'm so thankful and blessed to have people like them in my life!

I have had so much fun.
College has really offered me the opportunity to have so many different experiences that I've enjoyed so much. Sporting events, the Walk Now for Autism Speaks, and even deep discussions I've had in some of my classes have really made this semester great. I can't wait to see what fun and adventure I'll have in semesters to come!

I'm so glad I decided to live at home.
People are always asking me about my decision to live at home during college and I was unsure about it myself to be quite honest. However, this semester has really shown me that I did make the right choice. I need to have the ability to be on campus and be "in the know" but I also need time at home with my family to decompress. I need the 30 minute drive alone to relax. I need the little bit of normalcy my home brings at the end of the day. It may not be for everyone, but it was the right choice for me. 

I'm right where I need to be. 
There have been times where I've really soured some of my decisions. However, this semester has really shown me that I am making all the right decisions and I'm right where I need to be right now to succeed. 

Overall, I'm so happy with how this semester went and am so ready to have a great break & then get back to next semester! To be truly honest, it's been the craziest semester of my life. But I'm so appreciative of every minute of it! Later in December or early in January I'll be writing about the upcoming Spring semester so look for that if you're interested!

XOXO
Faith

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

An Open Letter to My "College" Friends

                       

Dear "College" Friends,

It's so crazy to think that something as simple as orientation or a biology lab could be the start of friendships. But no matter how we met, there's some things I'd like to say.

Thank you so much. Thank you for being there for me when none of us knew exactly what we were doing. Thank you for sharing meals with me. Thank you for Starbucks dates. Thank you for laughing with me. Thank you for seeing me during my highs and lows. Thank you for complaining about random annoyances with me every once and a while. Thank you for encouraging me and allowing me to encourage you.

A lot of things have happened this semester. A lot of them we may still be processing. Some of them we may still be dealing with. But one thing that I'm thanking God for is the fact that I've met you. I hope we stay forever friends, no matter where life may take us. 
 
You may not realize how important you are to me. And we may not be able to spend the time together I wish we could- But Thank you so much for being my friend. 
 
XOXO
Faith

Monday, December 14, 2015

10 Ways I Practice "Self Love."

                                     

Hey everyone! Today I really wanted to talk about 10 ways I practice "Self Love." To me this basically means just taking care of myself and loving myself when I'm feeling down or not well. Everyone's version of self love cane be different, these are just some of my favorite ways to practice! Hope you enjoy seeing these!

1. Getting Starbucks
2. Coloring
3. Reading a book
4. Binge watching a TV show
5. Eating a "good" snack
6. Working out
7. Journaling
8. Taking a nap
9. Listening to music
10. Dancing


I'd love to hear what y'all like to do to take care of yourself! Let me know if you like any of the ideas I've mentioned or have something different you'd like to share!

XOXO
Faith

Friday, December 11, 2015

My Christmas List 2015

Hey everyone! Today I thought it would be really fun to share what's on my Christmas list this year! I know that gifts are not the point of the holiday, but I did thought it would be fun to share some things I'd be so grateful to receive.

                             
                                
     
Short Sleeve Piko Dress
in French Rose (linked here), Majolica Blue (linked here), Heather Grey (linked here), or Marsala (linked here)

Kendra Scott Mabel Silver Necklace
in Mirror Rock Crystal (linked here)

UNCC Camekbak water bottle
(linked here)

UNCC College of Education T-shirt
(linked here)

Starbucks Gift Cards
because who doesn't love Starbucks right?!

I hope y'all liked getting to take a look at what I'm wanting for Christmas this year! What are you wanting for Christmas (or any other holiday)? Comment bellow and let me know!

I pray you have a blessed holiday season!

XOXO
Faith

Friday, December 4, 2015

Thanksgiving Break Recap!

Hey everyone! My thanksgiving break is over now and I'm back in classes- but I really wanted to talk a little bit about my break. I hope y'all enjoy when I share more about my daily life in blog posts like these.

So on Wednesday I spent a lot of time with my family. We went out to lunch and went shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond, World Market, and Publix. It may not sound like it, but it ended up being super fun. But before we left the house we had to snap a family picture with our dogs (Bandit & Panda)! It's really one of the best pictures we have as a family and I just love it!

                           

On Thanksgiving I spent more time with my family! We watched the Macy's Perade, walked the dogs, and ate! Here's a picture of my sister and I + one of my plate of food! 

                                  

                                   

On Friday I went to a morning Zumba class! It was such a great way to start my morning. Bellow is a screen shot of my check in on Facebook. 

                                    

I also posted two posts about what I'm Thankful for! It was really nice to shop some gratitude on my blog! 

                                              
linked here

                                   
liked here

XOXO
Faith