Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Since tomorrow is NYE I guess I could write about New Year's resolutions. BUT I never make those. I never really saw the point. If I truly wanted to do something (lose weight, read everyday, run everyday, etc...) I would just do it. Once I put my mind to something there is really no stopping me, whether it is January 1, May 1, or August 1. If I am going to do it, I will do it. I think it is unrealistic how some people set these unattainable goals when knowing, their never going to achieve them. I say if you do make a new years resolution, keep it simple.
So I can't really talk about resolutions I want to accomplish. I guess talking about simple things in general I would like to happen see in 2010 is close enough?
*side note* What is the correct way to say the upcoming year? Is it "twenty-ten" or is it two thousand and ten?" Theoretically they are both correct, but is one better than the other? I am leaning towards "twenty-ten."*end side note*
So for 2010, I would like to continue with my 4.0 in grad school. This is the longest I have had a 4.0 and it is weird! I get nervous at the end of the semester because I don't want to break the streak. I only have 6 classes left (about 3 semesters) so hopefully I can finish out strong!
Also for 2010, I want to keep the friends I have close and pull the ones I have let drift away, back in. Having a good solid group of friends is so important. As I get older I really start to see who true friends are and who was just a good acquaintance. People come and go but true friends will always be there. I had dinner last night with true friends. I have know these girls since middle school, and while we may not see each other (hardly ever) or really even talk all that much, I know if I needed them at 2 o'clock in the morning I could pick up the phone and they would be there. Those are the high school friends. And now I have my college friends. And it's the same story with them. I know they will always be there. Always. After reflecting on just this paragraph it seems I am a blessed little girl to be surrounded with people I can always count on.
Finally for 2010, I want to continue to grow as a well-rounded person. I want to be happy all the time! I want to make others happy, all the time! I want to acheive things (I'm not sure what yet), I want to be better and make this world better! Or atleast start with my community ;)
I have learned a LOT about myself this year. It was kinda that first year on my own to spread my wings a bit. A truly weird and creepy and exhilarating feeling! 2009 was a pretty good year. I turned 22, graduated college, began a Master's degree, lived on my own for a full year, painted without adult supervision, planned a vacation for the girls, served in Mexico, was single for [almost ;) ]the entire year, made new friends, lost old friends, got a big girl job, acquired a 401k (?!), yeah...it was a good year and I am whole heartedly looking forward to 2010! :)
(Sorry if I ramble or change subjects, but it's my blog, I can do that!)
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
To me, Christmas is almost like another Thanksgiving. I am so blessed and have so much to be thankful for. But what I am most thankful for is the REASON for the Season. Yes, cliche and corny, I know but the little, catchy phrase is so true. There is a much bigger reason for this lovely holiday season. There's more to the Christmas trees and shopping and presents and bows and parties and outfits and songs and friends and..and...and....the list goes on!
The real reason is because long ago a sweet little baby was born to Mary and Joesph. He was born holy, perfect, and sinless. He was born to take my sins so I can live forever in eternity! I can't think of a better Christmas present than that!
I leave you with one of my favorite Christmas songs. It truly captures what Christmas is all about.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us, a Son is given,
And the government shall be upon His shoulder;
And his name shall be called
the Mighty God,
the Everlasting Father,
the Prince of Peace.
Monday, November 30, 2009
I am thankful for... a God who loves me and sent His son to die for me and give me eternal life after I leave this CrAzY world we live in.
...having a wonderful, loving family.
...amazing friends who love me no matter what and are always there for me when I need them.
...living in the most privileged country in the world.
...food, water, shelter, clothing, car, cell phone, little things I take for granted everyday!
...a job! These days, it is a precious thing to have and not only a job but a good one, with people I like and who share the same morals and values as I do.
These are just the basic, generics but I could go on forever. I am so blessed by everythign in my life and try my hardest not to take it all for granted. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Work e-mail, School e-mail, Personal e-mail- check, check, check.
MSN Messenger- check.
Access to all of these via iPhone- check.
What is the world coming to!? I have listed every means of communication I have an account for or have access too. Just so you don't have to count, that's 10 (TEN) methods of communications!! And that's probably not even half! Within Facebook there is wall-to-wall, messages, and chat! Within e-mail there is a messenger systems! The list is never ending!
And yet, somehow, someway...we still can't find the words to say what we mean. We can't seem to just be able to speak freely with each other. To tell someone how we really feel about them. (I am talking about in a friendly, "Hey, I like you" kind of way, not the mean "Hey, you're ugly!!" kind of way). Ever wish you could go back in time when the boy had to walk to the girl's house and actually ask her on a date?! Like had to physically speak the words, "Would you like to go to dinner with me?" Now days we get a text that says "dnr l8r?" And we're lucky to get that much. When did typing vowels become uncool?
Ahh, gone are the days of simple romance and conversations. When did it become easier to write words rather than speak them? As a child, parents are so excited about their baby's first words, are we going to get that excited about baby's first text? or e-mail account? Ok, I exaggerate a tad, but you get my point.
The English language is the most difficult language to learn, and we, as Americans more or less have got it down! Let's learn to use is and truely speak with one another. I leave you with this quote by Joseph Priestley. He was born in 1733 and died in 1804. That's right, 1804 and even he understood what was happening to our communication. Even then!
"The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate." - Joseph Priestley
Monday, November 9, 2009
As a personal touch... I LOVE how when I spell checked this blog the following words were hi-lighted as being misspelled: Howzyamomma'an'emdoin (this is totally a word!), Mardi Gras (seriously?!), Ouachita, Natchitoches, Avoyelles, and Tchoupitoulas (of course!), Nawlins and po-boy. I mean seriously...they need a cajun dictionary!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Me and Crystin at the Revel watching Pat Green during the second half of the LSU-Florida game!
Last week, I made potato soup for my girls and we watched Grey's Anatomy and carved pumpkins!! The soup was delish, if I do say so myself. And the pumpkins...well they were...unique?
Well that pretty much covers October. I just couldn't go a whooooole blog without pictures. I have tons more and I can think of a few things in September that were skipped over. And I will give full report on Halloween after this weekend!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I never ever thought I would say this but... I am looking forward to FALL/WINTER! and the weather it will bring! Now I love little dresses and cute swim suites but I am ready to wear cute jackets and long sleeve shirts! I'm ready to curl up on the couch under the blankets, wait I do that in July too....Or sit by the fire, wait I don't have a fireplace....Well anyway I am ready for it to be cool!! I'm ready to bundle up! Ready to put on sweatshirts and bunches of layers and go to football games! And in the spring, go to baseball games with Crystin and snuggle up under about six blankets! And drink our Starbucks! This is me and the girls at the La. Tech Indy Bowl last year...BRRRR! :)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
1. I finally finished a project I started for my grandparents. My grandfather is a WWII veteran and has had an extremely difficult time getting proper recognition for his service to our country. When the war was over, it was over. He just wanted to get home and apparently all the correct documentation was not in order. Well, he FINALLY received ALL of the metals he truly deserves. So after year of paper work, letters from his superiors, etc, we have the metals and my grandmother wanted everything put in a special place. So....
So I made a scrap book! Papaw when he was about 18!! These are all of the metals he received. Starting on the left: a good conduct type medal, the American campaign medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign medal and the one on the far right is the WWII victory medal. Papaw served in Normandy,Norhtern France,Rhineland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Hurtgen Forest, Ardennes, Bulgen, and Chechoslovakia and was a solider in the Battle of the Bulge. He use to NEVER talk about it, but I mean who would? But he has slowly realized, if no one talks about we will forget. And forgetting about what these men did for us today is NOT an option. So thank the vets and soliders!!
2. I took up cake decorating! Ok, I've only done one so far and my mother was a tremendous help BUT it was soo fun and really not all thaaat hard. It was for Jessica's 21st birthday so I wanted it to be really cute, but I didn't want to have to pay a lot for it.
Taaaa-daaaaaa! I think it turned out quite cute! and I think Jess really loved it.
Happy birthday bestie! :)
3. I am completely done working at LSUS. We had our BIG event RiverBend Revue last Wednesday and that was my final day. The theme was Guys and Dolls, which is a casino/gangster theme. I worked the silent auction and thank goodness I have WONDERFUL friends who dressed up with my to play the part!! I thought we looked pretty cute and I think for the most part we had a good time!
4. So with no more job at LSUS, I began working FULL TIME at The Community Foundation. I have had a GREAT week so far! I am still learning and trying remember exactly how to enter the checks as a git to the right operating account or even if it's a donation of money it's not really a gift it is a non-gift???! Haha, yes with every new job there comes the little things you just gotta learn. But I know I will get it down eventually. But I did find out today, I get to do a design project!! I am super excited because I think we are going to order Adobe photoshop and InDesign and I can play and really do some fun stuff! I am really excited!!
5. I already blogged about Nathan and his race. Still heavy on my heart. He is doing so amazing but continue your prayers!
6. I started a Twitter...and I don't understand it at all!! Haha! I guess I will give it a few more days to figure it out and then I may just delete it.
7. I am actually thinking about giving up the ole Crackberry and switching to an iPhone. And if you know me, you know this is a big deal!! I am in love with Blackberry!! But I have been playing with the iPhone and it is really growing on me. So I think I am going to make the switch...here goes nothing..
Well I guess that's all for now. Probably the longest blog ever. Oh well, enjoy.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
So I got to thinkin.... I was right. My life was boring this week! I didn't go out any. I hardly talked to any of my friends because school has started and they are all busy. There wasn't much on t.v. Nothing major at work. No Monday night girls night, no Thursday night Cantina night. No nothing. As I sat on the couch in my pajamas at 6:30 and wallowed in pity, something suddenly hit me...
HELLO JENNIFER YOU LIVE IN AMERICA! This is the land of opportunity. I am so blessed to have parents that are still married and love me! I have a (big) little brother who would do anything in the world for me. I have a roof over my head, a fridge full of food, a college degree that I am not in debt for. I have car insurance, health insurance, friends that I adore [and they adore me :)], I am getting my Master's, I have an amazing job, with amazing co-workers. And I know when I die I am going to Heaven! I mean seriously, what the heck is wrong with me?!
I am so blessed and I feel so guilty when I get down on myself. Snap out of it Jenn! God has provided so much! I am truly blessed and should say thank you waaaay more often to the big man upstairs.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
As a side note, I am happy to be working downtown again...I am close to Daddy's office, which mean lunch dates again. AND I will get to eat at BlindTiger! One of my favs!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I graduated in May with my degree in public relations and didn't really know what I wanted to do after that. I knew the job market is terrible right now and just thought I needed a little something more. I didn't really want to leave Shreveport, since I just moved into a townhouse and such. LSUS offers a Master's of Science in Human Services Administration. This sounded perfect! The end goal would be to do public relations work with a non-profit. So 3 weeks after undergrad graduation, I started my graduate degree.
This degree is 100% on-line. I have never met face-to-face with anyone in the class or even the teachers for that matter! And I even had to do "group" work in one class! I took 3 classes this summer and each class was set up in a different way.
One class had the 8 weeks broken up into 4, 2 week sections with a paper due at the end of each section. There were group discussion posts as well as class discussion boards.
Another class had a different topic out of the book each week that we would write on and every other week a paper would be due.
And the last class was actually an undergrad class but it helped me get used to on-line classes and the non-profit finance world. For this class we read chapters and had quizzes and/or questions and spreadsheets due.
The key to these classes is to just stay organized and on top of things. As long as you have everything turned in by the due day, it is very simple to keep ahead. And the great thing is if you turn it in early, you don't have to worry about it for the rest of the week!
I can't wait for the fall semester to see how that schedule works.
Oh, and did I mention I earned a 4.0 :)
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
- I don't like funerals. I mean I know they are no ones favorite, but still they just make me sad, even when I know the person is much happier in Heaven. They always make me think about my family, and how I never want to lose anyone!
- According to the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, I am an ESTJ personality. Overview: I am the Guardian, constantly scanning my surrounding to make sure everything is in proper order. Number one career- Military Leader. Not sure if this is a good thing. Ha! Read more about me here- http://www.personalitypage.com/ESTJ.html. (It is so true it's scary!) And then see which one you are here - http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp
The first website has the best descriptions but the second website offers the test for free!
- Weekends in the country are the best. Home cooked meals, plenty of reading time (that doesn't have to do with school!!), sleeping late, swinging on the porch, and pink lemonade with every meal! Ah.....
- A good laugh with your friends can make everything better!
- And finally, painting your room and then going on a 5 mile walk/run will make sure extremely tired the next day! (And the room's not done yet! More on that later...)
Thursday, July 30, 2009
This verse has been on my mind A LOT lately, since I frankly have no idea what the future holds. I am just so grateful someone does! It so comforting to know that He gives us HOPE for the future! There is a light at the end of this tunnel! Each day, and sometimes each hour, I change my mind and contemplate, "what is my next step?" And I still don't know! So here are my options:
1. Continue graduate school. Work a part-time job, be an extra in movies, and continue to be a kid until I finish school. This of course with numerous benefits of not having quite as much responsibility just yet, still being able to act like a kid, and have fun with my friends who haven't graduated yet and don't have to debate life just yet, and being able to take off whenever I want to go places without a worry.
2. Continue grad school. Get a "big girl job." Now since I gradated in May I have really been trying to do this but recently it hit me, I don't want to grow up yet! Do I gotta?? The benefits here...a salary, health benefits, feeling like I accomplished something, getting out there in the real world, etc.
Now option 2 seems to have more benefits but, aren't these benefits the ones that will still be available after I finish grad school next summer? Aren't those benefits still going to be around... unlike the being young and acting like a kid aspect which is quickly fading. If I pass on a job now, doesn't that mean that there is something that much better for me waiting for me later.
Ahhh...decisions, decisions...God show me the way.
While I did not vote for Obama, after he was elected I tried to keep an open mind and really hear the guy out. I will say that he is a much more eloquent speaker than Bush could ever be, but on that note- Hitler was a great speaker too. Now I am not comparing Obama to Hitler, because even I think that is a stretch, just their speaking abilities. Anywho, after really trying to be open minded and see both sides, I find it quite difficult to support anyone who will support abortions, give my hard earned money to those who are not working by choice, or try to universalize health care. This is AMERICA, home of the free land of the brave, not communist Germany!
Our country is in desperate need of leadership, good leadership that will take this country in better direction than it is currently going...and I don't think sitting around having a beer in the White House is going to help any! Figure it out!!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
So I graduated from college! Now what? I think I should have started this blog after graduation, but it just hit me today that I should write down all my fabulous thoughts about grad school, where life is taking me, other thoughts and interesting happenings. And while I try and figure out what the heck I am going to do with my life!? This should be an interesting journey....
So to catch you up to speed...
Crystin and myself graduated in May '09! YAY! And we had to wear super cute shoes!
Then all the girls went to the beach!
Then I started graduate school to earn my Master of Science in Human Services Administration. More on that later...
Then a trip to Lafayette, LA with besties...
Then a mission trip to Cordoba, Mexico with Broadmoor and the fam...
A wedding here and there and a some nights out with friends....and that brings me to NOW! I am one essay away from finishing my first semester of grad school. I have so much to learn in school, at work and in life! But somehow I just know everything will work out... LOTS more to come :)