Saturday, November 26, 2016

College Update

Hey everyone! Today I really wanted to just sit down and update y'all all about what's been happening in my college life this semester. I'm still on Thanksgiving break which means I am so close to the end of the semester- yay! So I thought this would be a really good time to go through all of this with y'all! I really like sharing my college experiences with y'all so I hope you enjoy this update!

Dropping A Class
At the beginning of the semester I was planning on taking a class that would count towards my intended minor. I got the textbook we needed before the first day of class and was honestly kind of excited to take it. However, when I got in there I quickly realized the class was not going to be something I enjoyed. The course content wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be. The professor told us that nearly every grade in that class was from group projects and that people usually only got 70s on the exams. In addition, I just wasn't a fan of the professor, I could just tell the teaching style and my learning style weren't going to match up. So by the end of the first class, I really wanted to drop the course. So I looked at all the planning I have done for later in the my college career and figured out that if I did drop this course, I had time later in college to take a different course for my minor (this one wasn't required, I had chosen to take it). I was also still going to be a full time student at 12 credit hours if I did drop it. So I decided that the best decision for me was to drop it. It actually worked out much better having a slightly lighter class load this semester due to the fact that I work every afternoon as a nanny once I'm out of class for the day. By the way, let me know if y'all would like to see a post sometime about dropping classes in college!

Declaring My Minor
This semester I pretty much focused on finishing my general education requirements and getting a really good start on taking class for my intended minor. I wasn't officially accepted into my major until this June so I was unable to take an of my upper division classes, so I ended up taking my last two general education requirements and 2 Sociology classes for my minor. So about half way through the semester I figured it was time to officially declare my minor. So that's exactly what I did! I'm now officially pursuing a minor in Sociology along with my major in Special Education. It was honestly a super easy process for me (but every program is different). I'm honestly so proud of myself for finally getting everything together to declare Sociology as my minor because I had a really hard time my freshman year deciding on my minor and changed my mind about 5 times. By the way, let me know if y'all would like to see a post sometime about deciding on your minor!

Delight Ministries
Something new that happened this semester was that I joined the Delight Ministries chapter on my campus! If you don't know what Delight is- it's an awesome ministry for college women that focuses on devotions, community, and vulnerability through sharing our stories with each other. The chapter on my campus started back in January and I had wanted to join from the beginning, but put it off last semester because I had a lot going on with my classes and I was honestly scared to join a group of girls that I knew very little about. But this semester I took a little leap of faith and joined. I am so glad I did! It's been an awesome to get to know more girls who also love Jesus and get to share with each other. I really feel like it's helped in my walk with the Lord. I'm so thankful for it already and I cannot wait to continue with the group next semester and beyond!

Finals/ End of the Semester
My last day of class is December 7th (by little sisters birthday- Shoutout to Hailey!) and it cannot come fast enough for me. This semester has been a little rough just because there been a lot of newness for me- upper level sociology classes for example- as well as some stress and frustration. Luckily, I'm slowly finishing up all the assignments I have left in the semester and beginning to prepare for finals (which are the following week are the last day). I know I'll probably say this at the end of every semester but it is come and gone so fast! It really feels like it was just summertime a few weeks ago! However, like I basically already said- I am every excited to be done with the semester, have a great break, and start off the spring semester. Please just pray that the last few weeks and finals go well for me!

Classes for Spring
At the beginning of November I was able to register for the Spring semester. It is such a stressful experience at my school because there are so many students and classes fill up so fast. You really have to be prepared in advanced and also come up with a back up plan in case a class you planned on signing up for is already full by the time it's your turn. Luckily, registration ended up working out really well for me and I got into some upper division education classes as well as some for my minor. I'm honestly very excited for next semester now. If you're interested in knowing exactly what classes I'll be taking next semester- be sure to keep a look out because I'll be doing a post all about that closer to the start of the semester (most likely in early January!)

I really hope you enjoyed this college update and I hope it gave you some good insight into what's been going on in my life as far as college is concerned. I realized I hadn't talked about school on Life With Faith in a while and I thought now was a good time to finally do it again. Let me know in the comments how school have been going on with you at school!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Gratitude


"but thanks be to God, who gives us victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Hey everyone and Happy Thanksgiving! So between all the Thanksgiving activities such as watching the parade, eating turkey, and catching  a nap on the couch, today I really just wanted to sit down and talk to y'all about my gratitude (the perfect topic for today). If I'm being truly honest, this semester has been a little rough at times, so I just wanted to take a break from that craziness and refocus my own heart to what really matters as well as help any of my readers refocus if that's something they need in this season.

I am really just so thankful and full of gratitude for so many things and people that the Lord has placed in my life that I'd never be able to name everything in one blog post alone. But there's some things I don't want to leave out. I'm thankful that our God is a God who grants me grace in the times I'm not at my best. I'm thankful for my family and the relationship that we have that allows me to be able to lean on them and continue to live with them while I go through college. I'm thankful for my friends and that I can talk with them and laugh with them. I'm thankful for the university I get to attend and the amazing Special Education program it offers.

I'm thankful I'm healthy enough to go to Zumba and Pound classes. I'm thankful that the stresses I face are temporary and that I can go to sleep each night without fear. even comment on the posts I share. I'm thankful that there are people out there who read Life With Faith and I'm thankful for good food, and books, and hand lettering. I'm thankful for the totally crazy life God has given to me and planed for me, even if that crazy isn't always the good kind.

Obviously I have so much more to be thankful for that goes beyond those few things, every year I discover more and more things that deserve my gratitude. I would never be able to share everything in one blog post, or two blog posts, but I wanted to take some time this Thanksgiving to highlight my gratitude. I think it's a good way to refocus your heart to a posture of gratitude if you've found ourselves fall out of it, and that was definitely me lately. Lately I've felt a lot of stress and tiredness and have forgotten to be grateful. I really needed to refocus. I hope today allows you to get back into a posture of gratitude as well if you found yourself out of it like I did.

Let me know in the comments bellow what you're thankful for or what your Thanksgiving plans are! (I love to hear from y'all!)


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Introducing...Life With Faith!

Hey everyone! So I have a super exciting (and a little bit scary) announcement to share with y'all- my blog will no longer be named "Faith's Girly Life." Today I officially changed the name of my blog to "Life With Faith." Throughout the past few months I've really felt like I needed a change when it comes to my blog and after some thought I decided that renaming it was the change I wanted to make.

Honestly, the idea was a little scary at first. I've been blogging for almost two years under the name "Faith's Girly Life" so changing something that's been such a big part of my life for that length of time was definitely a little scary. But the more I thought about it, the more excited I got at the idea of a fresh new name for my blog. I started blogging half way through my senior year of high school and now I'm coming up on the half way mark on my sophomore year of college. So I'm in a different place in my life and I'm definitely a different person now. So I definitely think it's a good time to go for it and make the change I thought I needed. I even decided to update/create a new statement that really explains what my blog is all about. And here it is...!

"Just a blog about a girl learning to have faith and grace on this crazy journey of life while hoping to love and inspire others along the way."

But the fact that the name has changed doesn't change who I am or what you'll see on the blog. The heart behind the blog doesn't change. I'll still share about my life and Jesus and college and my thoughts. That's who I am. That's my life. That's what I love. And I honestly really enjoy sharing all those things with y'all so I'm not going to change that. I'm so excited about the new name and I hope all of you as readers are just as excited as I am; but I want to assure y'all that the new name doesn't mean  a new direction completely opposite of what you've already seen. I am still me.

I also want to say thank you so much for reading, commenting, and supporting Life With Faith. My blog and it's readers are such a big part of my life and I appreciate y'all so much! I hope y'all continue to support my blog from here on out!

I've been toying with the idea of changing the name of my blog for a little while now so I'm so happy that I finally did it and I'm finally able to share it with all of you. Please let me hear your thoughts about either the new name or change in general in the comments below because I'd love to hear from what y'all have to say!


Saturday, November 12, 2016

My Experience Moving Cross Country


Hey everyone! Today I really wanted to talk about my experience with moving cross country. In 2010, I moved over 1,500 miles from the Denver, CO area to the Charlotte, NC area. It was honestly a crazy experience, so I really wanted to share it with all of my readers!

A little background before I get into the move itself, the reason why we ended up moving is honestly kind of a long story (and this post will probably pretty long already) so long story short, we moved for my dads work. It was never planned to move to North Carolina specifically, but throughout the job search this is where my dad ended up getting the best offer, so that's where my parents decided we'd go. However, North Carolina wasn't completely foreign to us. My mom was born in North Carolina and my dad and traveled here for work before. But my sister and I had never been until the fall before we moved.

My dad actually accepted the new job the summer before we officially moved. So that July my dad moved to the Greensboro, NC area alone while my mom, sister and I stayed in CO for one more school year. We had this arrangement because we had only knew we were moving for sure at the end of June, and my parents thought it was too fast to move the entire family just a month later. So while my dad lived in an apartment and working in NC, my sister and I were going to school (we were in 5th and 7th grades respectively) and my mom was working at a TA at the middle school I went to in CO. So all school year this is how things were, with the family living in two separate states. But we did see each other multiple times throughout. My mom, sister, and I went to NC for fall break and spring break. My dad came back to CO for Christmas.

So it was a crazy school year to say the least, but we were able to ring in 2010 with a pretty successful year behind us and a pretty optimistic outlook on the year (and move) to come. However, 2010 ended up being the craziest year in my life. We put our house in CO up on the market and it sold in just over a week. Which was awesome because I think one of my parents biggest fears with the move was that we would be unable to sell the house. But that left an issue because my mom, sister, and I weren't moving until mid June. So my parents negotiated to push out the closing until April, then we moved into an extended stay (similar to a hotel) for the last 2 months in CO.

In the midst of all this, my dad got in a motorcycle accident two days before my  mom, sister, and I were going to fly out to spend our spring break in NC. It's a very long story, but the short version is this- he was mostly fine apart from some road rash, but when he went down on the motorcycle a bone in his knee was shattered. It took multiple surgeries, 6 weeks in bed, physical therapies, and more to get him to a place where he could walk again. But the main thing is that he was alive.

Finally, June came along and it was time to move. Because of my dads accident, my uncle was tasking with driving a mini van full of stuff, my mom, sister, me, and our dog from CO to NC. They picked me up from my last day of 7th grade and we drove away, headed to NC. When we first drove away I was sad, I'll admit it. I was sad to be leaving the place I spent the first 13 years of my life, the place that I knew, the place that definitely wasn't perfect but it was comfortable because I knew it and it knew me. I also feared the unknown. I honestly didn't know the new life that was waiting for me in NC. The drive to NC ended up becoming one of my favorite memories. It was 3 days of laughs. We were in constant contact with my dad and other family members and my uncle turned anything he could into a joke. I'd never been a fan of road trips, and I probably never will be, but I loved this one.

So now we were in NC, but the story of our move isn't over. We had my dads apartment in the Greensboro area we had to move him out of and a new house in the Charlotte area to move into. So one early morning, my family and lots of my dads coworkers rallied together to get everything out of the 2nd story apartment. Then we hauled everything almost 2 hours away to the new house where my moms cousin and my dads boss helped us move everything into the new house.

Over the summer we slowly unpacked boxes, decorated rooms, and settles into the new house.  My nana and popa even visited for a little while to help us with everything. It was a busy summer to say the least. This part of the experience was fun in some ways. I never had my own bedroom before so it was super fun to decorate my room. I got to choose what colors to paint the walls, what bedspread I wanted, and everything else going into my room. But I had never unpacked a house before, so having a whole house of stuff to unpack was stressful.

Then as the summer ended, we prepared to go back to school at the new school in North Carolina. We did all the paperwork, we took A.I.G tests, and even visited the school a few times. This was the part I was most afraid of, I had never been the new kid. In CO I went to school with a lot of the same kids from Kindergarten to when I moved after 7th grade. So I was really nervous. And honestly, that first year was difficult and it really took a lot of adjustment. I had to go into a school where I knew no one. I had to be the "new kid."

Moving cross country was hard and it was messy and it was crazy. But now that I've lived in NC for 6 years and am able to look back on the whole experience. I'd glad it happened and I'm glad I moved. My family needed it. I needed it. I really want to share with y'all some lessons I learned through the move, but I didn't want this post to be any longer than it already is, so I'm going to do a separate blog post on that sometime soon so be on the look out for that! & let me know in the comments bellow if you have any thoughts on my experience or you have a cross country move experience for yourself!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Monthly Intentions Collaboration-November


Hey everyone! Yet again, I'm here at the beginning of a new month and ready to share my goals. October went super fast for me! So I'm going to update ya'll on my October goals as well as share what I'm striving for in November.

High for October-My high for October was the fact that I got to go to a pumpkin patch twice this month! I went once with Delight (a women's college ministry) and once with my sorority sisters. It was super nice to do something fun and it was so much fun to take all kinds of cute pictures (check out my Instagram to see some of them!).

Low for October- My low for October was the heat! Its still hasn't quite cooled down here in North Carolina so it's still in the 80s most days. It's totally not fun for me! But it seems to be cooling down now that we are into November so things are definitely looking up!

October goals update-
1. Go apple picking- I did do this! The heat kept it from being as fun as I would've hoped if I'm being honest. But I'm still thankful for the experience.

2. Color more- I did not complete this at all. I was very busy with classes and other fun events that I let it fall out of my focus. But I do like to color, it just did not happen this month.

3. Stick to my updated blogging schedule- I think I was pretty successful with this one so that makes me feel great! I really struggled at the beginning of the semester to find a schedule that would work for me so now that I've found one I feel really great. But at the same time I've kind of relaxed about my blogging schedule this month. I don't want blogging to ever cause me stress so I don't want to beat myself up if I don't feel like posting on a particular day.

November Goals

1. Read one book over Thanksgiving break- When I'm in school I never read anything for fun or for myself because I focus on all the reading I have for school (as a special education major and sociology minor there's a lot of assigned reading). So now that I have a long break coming up I want to be able to read a book for myself. I actually have a few I've been wanting to read so I don't think it'll be very hard for me to pull off.

2. Eat healthy snacks- so a lot of y'all probably know this, you don't always eat the healthiest when your in college. Other things become more important, but I really want to put healthier eating back on my priority list and I'm going to do that by making sure I'm eating just one healthy snack a day.

3. Journal every day- I've kept a journal off and on for almost my entire life. But I haven't done it in what feels like forever, so this month I want to get back into it and stick to it everyday. I love being able to just brain dump and get out everything that happened, everything I'm feeling, and more onto paper.

I hoped you enjoyed looking at my goals for this month! What are your goals for November? Let me know in the comments bellow! And as always, be sure to check out the ladies below who also participate in this collab!
   


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fall Must Haves + Discount Code!

Hey everyone! So we're nearing the end of October- crazy right?!- and that means we're getting into fall and the means into fall fashion and cooler weather too! I'm so excited for fall this year y'all (as I always am) but this last summer has been over 100 degrees every day so I'm very ready for the temperatures to drop and the fall clothes! Fall is also have favorite season to dress for!


So today I'm going to share 3 Fall must haves from a super wonderful shop called Absolutely Southern Designs. They have tons of cute clothes and accessories that can be personalized and are super affordable. The shop is located in Virginia but they can ship country wide! And read until the end of the post for a discount code for Absolutely Southern Designs!

Monogram Pull-over
This is the perfect thing to wear to class! It's cute, it's comfy, and it's monogramed! There's even tons of different styles and the color and monogram style combinations are endless!



Pumpkin Monogram Baseball Tshirt
This shirt has everything you could ever ask for in the fall, it's a baseball style shirt with a pumpkin, monogram and glitter! I don't think it gets better than that! I think this is the perfect shirt to wear on Halloween or Thanksgiving, or any fall day for that matter. 




Monogram Baseball Hat
Baseball hats are good for days when you don't want to do your hair, days where you want a little extra warmth, to wear to class, to wear to the gym, etc. So why not monogram it to?! The color combinations are endless- you can get your favorite color or your school color (like mines is!).



To keep up with new items, sales, and other fun stuff with Absolutely Southern Designs follow my rep Instagram (@asdrepfaith)!

And what you've been waiting for the entire post...the discount code!
If your interested in getting one of these cute pieces or anything else from Absolutely Southern Designs you can use the code 'faith10' at check out for 10% off! I am so happy I got to share this stuff with y'all and hope y'all enjoyed it!



**I am a College Ambassador for Absolutely Southern Designs and received these items for free and will receive a small compensation for sales using the discount code above. However, all opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own**