Thursday, March 7, 2013

Pinterest Finds (February + March)

Here's some more traveling pins that I love, and I hope you will too! To see more like these, you can go on my Pinterest page.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Lifescouts, yeah!

One of my favorite YouTubers is charlieissocoollike. He posted a new video the other day and talked a little about his friend's idea of having badges for real-world experiences. I followed his link to Lifescouts, and I love it!

Here's the badges I currently have:

1. Rainforest Badge: About 5 years ago, I traveled to Ecuador with my youth group. We spent time both in Quito and in the middle of the jungle, or rainforest, for 2 weeks. I can't even describe how amazing it is there.

2. Mountain-Climbing Badge: This summer, I went to Japan! We climbed Mount Fuji, which is incredible. The view!

3. Driving Badge: As a farming family, I learned to drive a bit before some did. No, I wasn't driving the combine at age 8, but I have seen it done. I've officially had my driver's license since I was 16, so nearly 4 years.

4. Parade Badge: Before I went to Alaska with my church, we had a fundraiser during my town's celebration week (ever hear of the Dalton Gang? That's pretty much the only thing that ever happened to my town) and we were in the parade, home-decorated themed float and all.

5. Pet-Owning Badge: I'm a proud owner of a cat, although I've had a hamster, rabbit, and several dogs in the past. Yay for animals!

6. Snake-Holding Badge: Again, the jungle in Ecuador. Also, elementary school field trips to the zoo tended to end in me grossed out from all of the animals we held.

7. Swimming Badge: I may know how to swim, but I can't dive or do anything besides the very basic.

8. Picnic Badge: I love picnics! Between going to the park or just in my backyard, I've had a fair share of picnics, although I'd love to have more.

9. Zoo Badge: When you live in Southwest KS, there isn't much to see or do. Going to the zoo is a solid choice for any kid or animal lover. I've gone to some in Colorado, Texas, and many places around Kansas.

10. Horse Riding Badge: My uncle and his family are cowboys, so I've done some horseback riding.

11. Sunrise Badge: Sunrises and sunsets are some of my favorite things. Waking up early is so worth it to see the sun shine over the empty plains nearly every morning.

12. Fishing Badge: I'm definitely not good at fishing, but I have fished a few times. The best time was in Alaska in a river, although I didn't catch anything or even get relatively close, and the worst was when I caught my finger instead and got a nice scar.


What badges do you have? Can you one-up me? You might be able to, I don't know :)

Also, is anyone else really loving the great graphics? Reminds me of the graphics on Crash Course on YouTube. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The One About the Snow Day

February may not be so bad afterall, as I thought here. Why is that?

It's snowing! And not only snowing, but snowing a lot. I can't even contain my excitement!!

What I want to do is put a snowsuit on, grab a sled and go to the nearest hill. After sledding, I'd go and warm up by the heater with hot chocolate and popcorn, while watching a movie.

Doesn't this sound so perfect?

But no, I can't do any of these things. Because of school. Why are we the only school in practically the entire state of Kansas that didn't cancel classes today? I DON'T KNOW. But I waited patiently, checking my email every 2 seconds in case I missed the alert saying classes were cancelled. GRRRR why didn't it ever come??

Have no fear, I only have one class today and work. The teacher for my class? Didn't show up.

Here's the important question though: Who wants to go sledding with me?


I hope your day is great and that you get to play in the snow all that you want! If you're stuck in the winter storm too, please stay safe!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The One About Expectations

Is it just me, or does everyone have extremely high expectations for everything, only to be let down time after time? Not only for themselves, but for everyone else too. What we should do, who we should be, how to perform.

Part of this is because of our culture, the beliefs and values surrounding us, and the norms, or expectations and rules of behavior.

Our "ideal" view of how everything should be is nearly always different than the way things are, and not a good different.

As a college student in America, I'm hit constantly with expectations. I need to get the best grades, have a good major that will bring a successful career, and basically succeed in every possible way.

But what if I don't want to do those things? I have other goals in life, such as traveling the world, possibly owning my own small business, have a husband and family, and ultimately do what God calls me to.

I feel like the expectations of our society say those things are wrong and I should do what's expected of me, nothing different. Not that those are bad things to do, but I don't feel that's where I'm called to be or what I'm meant to do.

Lately I've been struggling with what exactly I am meant to do, but the truth is that I don't know. I am pretty much clueless as to what I should do next, but I do know what I shouldn't do. And right now, that is most likely college.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The One About February

February 2013. So far, I'm not loving this month.

It started off with my dorm's toilet overflowing several times. And me having to clean it up. Grossss! But at least maintenance finally fixed it, a few rugs and other items late.

Next, school suddenly decided to be busy and give me homework practically day. Also, my night class (Biology. Science + me don't work well together.) has a test over multiple chapters every week. Whaaat. Who does that?

Working on the student newspaper at my juco means I'm basically in charge of design, which I don't know much about. Great, huh? I'm supposedly an editor also, but I'm basically a regular staff member who does a few more things. Or fewer. I'm not especially fond of working on staff, but only 2.5 months left! yeah, I have a countdown.

Sickness and migraines have also come so far, which are never fun. Is there anyone out there who hasn't caught the flu yet?

I've been trying to look at the positive side, which brings me to a few things:
+ February is already half over (yay!)
+ I went on a college visit this week that went surprisingly well. Now on to the deciding!
+ Pancake Day. If you don't know what this is (which you probably don't) go here
+ The Psych Slumber Party tomorrow night, a marathon from midnight to 6 am, that I get to spend with my lovely sister!
+ Anthem Lights released their new single, "Hide Your Love Away" today, and I can't get over how perfect it is.
+ Pinterest helps me ease my want to travel by looking at more travel pins. Or maybe it makes it worse, I can't tell. Either way, I love it.

How is February treating you?

Friday, January 25, 2013

This Week's Pinterest Finds: January 21-25

If you're like me at all, you probably love Pinterest. While thinking about cutting back some, I can't help it and pin like crazy anyway.

This week, I found a few great travel pins. (These and more can be found on my Pinterest page)

Free vintage map printables
This amazing Tangled look-alike castle in France

I hope you like them too! Have a great weekend :)