7 Quick Takes (Vol. 36) on Being Crazy and Trusting God

Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary!

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Another busy week! I had four tests this week. I’d say I’m not sure how I made it through, but I do. Only by God’s grace. I was terrible over the weekend and got very little homework done until Sunday when I crammed for 8am history test the next day. It went well actually. Then I had a philosophy test and a test in my PE methods class on Wednesday. Tuesdays are bulletin days followed by my night class. I had planned to get up early and go to morning prayer with my dorm at 7:20. But I slept in and got up at 8. I then went to do the bulletin. I also had my night class. So, I didn’t get to studying until after 8:30pm. Somehow though, both tests the next day went fairly well. The rest of Wednesday was a little crazy. I had adoration at 5:30, after which I was going to sit in on a lector and usher training at 6:50. I also had a ministry meeting at 9pm. Well, I wound up being in adoration for an hour rather than half an hour (the next person forgot to come to their slot) but, as it happened, I really needed that extra time with Jesus. So I did some math homework Wednesday night (it was due before my test Thursday) but not all of it. I didn’t have class until 10:50 on Thursday so I decided to get up early and do it before class. Well, something was screwy with my alarms and I wound up getting up at 10am. Somehow though, I got the homework done between the time before class and my lunch break.

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This is all to say: God is good. That’s how I got through it all. It certainly wasn’t me. It was Him. God has been leading and encouraging me to trust Him more lately. One of the ways he’s done this is by showing that yeah, He’s got this. This again, relates back to my theme for the year of JOY. (Which I still haven’t written my post about!)

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Oh, why not! Let’s do it! So, yeah, In addition to writing about JOY I haven’t written about a lot of things as I talked about in last week’s quick takes. I had hoped to write some posts before now. But at that point I hadn’t looked at my planner.

Well, this week is going to be different! Jen at Conversion Diary is hosting a 7 posts in 7 days challenge/link-up. When I heard about the link-up my initial reaction was : I should do this! It will get me to blog more. But before I committed to anything I checked my planner (although I should probably have just trusted God on this one). Looks like everything will work out fine (I hope!). So yeah, challenge accepted. I have a philosophy paper to write and another test to take but…JOY and trusting God and all that. Let’s be crazy and give it a go!

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Speaking of being crazy I re-applied to Ministry today! Ok, I don’t really think it was a crazy idea. I think it was a great decision. I love being a part of campus ministry. I mean, yes, I doubted at the beginning of the semester if I was supposed to. But I can’t see myself not doing ministry. Is it a lot of work? yes. Is it at times stressful? Yep. But it’s God’ work and I trust that He will provide. I also left my application open to whatever job they think would be best for me. The bulletin might be becoming a practicum in the Mass Com department (which would be great, don’t get me wrong). It would just mean that I would have to take on a different role if I’m invited back to ministry next year.

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This week I did find some time for fun! Friday night I went to a ladies night put on in my dorm and got my nails done by a girl in my dorm. The pattern isn’t exactly what I had asked for but I was just in awe of her patience and loved being pretty-fied (there’s really no otehr way to descibe the emusement a girl gets from doing silly thing like paintign her nails). Also, on Saturday, I kind of impulsively decided to highlight my hair. My roommate did it for me and while you can’t really tell unless you know that I highlighted it (the color is similar to my natural hair color), I like it. It’s teh first time I’ve ever died my hair. As I side not I also haven’t skyped my mom since then…
On Saturday (when I probably should have been doing homework) I also made JOY wall art. It was just paper cut outs of teh letters, colord with markers and put up on the wall to remind me. Last night I decorated more. I had  a few minutes and decided to hang my picture of Mary and Jesus and my cross above the head of my bed. These are things I’ve been meaning to do all semester, so It felt good to get them done. Especially since the semester is almost half over. (2 weeks until Spring Break!)

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I’m especially excited to go home for Spring Break because I might not go home this summer. Nothing’s been established yet but I’m probably going to apply to a live-in service program with the Little Sisters of the Poor. However, the home closest to my parents’ house isn’t participating in the program. So if I do the program I’ll be at least 4 hours from home. I may even be 18 hours away. The idea of spending all summer away from my family and the hometown I know so well, is a little…daunting. And it’s the main reason I hesitate to apply.

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Well, that was a lot of text…so how about I just wish you a good week and tell you to check back in on Monday for the first installment of my 7 posts in 7 days. It will help me achieve one of my February goals and my Year of Blogging Well challenge.

As always, I’ll be back next friday with more quick takes!

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7 Quick Takes (Vol. 32)

Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary!

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I’m back at school! I’ve had 3 days of classes so far. I’ll have my night class for the first time next week. Everything’s going fairly well, especially all things considered. I’m taking World Civ II, Philosophy of Nature, Second Semester Spanish, Elementary PE Curriculum, Math for Elementary Teachers 2 and my night class, Integrated Art and Music Methods (an education class). I’m feeing fairly confident about this semester. It’s going to require  perseverance, but I can do this.

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My goals are going fairly well. I haven’t been able to figure out my weekly schedule yet because I don’t know my work schedule yet. I also need to review my goal about social-media-free Saturdays. Other than that goals have been going well. I’m tracking my spending, eating (mostly) well, and I even exercised yesterday.

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I’ve also picked a word for this year! I was at Mass last week and just felt so good and such JOY. I’m always praying for peace. But by peace I mean freedom from worry and troubles. For me, joy is about growing where I’m planted and being happy and joyful despite the situations, to not sweat the small stuff…or even the big stuff, I guess.

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Apparently I should live in paris… I took a buzzfeed quiz. It said I was an “artist, philosopher, and daydreamer” which is totally accurate. And I do want to go to Europe sometime. *sigh* Maybe someday. But just for a visit….like maybe a 2 year long visit. 😉

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Sherlock starts on Sunday! At least here in the US. I’ve had to be careful about spoilers on Pinterest and the like. But in about 48 hours I will be soaking in the fabulous writing and acting. There are few shows that I follow. Sherlock is one of them.

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Tonight I’m going to a Honky-Tonk. Yep. It’s a funny word. But it should be fun. It’s put on in part by the campus swing club. Tomorrow I’m going to a short retreat specifically for sophomores. Then Sunday will be my first Mass back on campus. I’d also like to see Frozen this weekend, but we’ll see.

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Ok. So this post really doesn’t live up to my higher standards for myself as I set out in my Year of Blogging Well challenge. But next week is a new week. And I will be back next Friday with more quick takes! 🙂

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7 Quick Takes Vol. 28: I’m Actually Going to Blog Again ~or~ Christmas Break

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It’s Friday! I have been so bad about doing these quick takes lately. I think it’s nice to have something like this though: short, a way to keep blogging, and scheduled. This is something I should really work on being consistent about.

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Finals are over! We didn’t get out until late this year. So many other colleges had finished before us that it was kind of depressing to still be taking finals. But I made it through! And I only lost my mind three times. 😉 Also, one of my teachers gave us candy during our final (yeah, we learned about classical  conditioning in his class).
I also got my grades back. Keeping them up I’m glad to say. Spanish was my low grade this semester and I wasn’t sure how the final was going to go. A matter of mere points  would decide between letter grades. But I pulled it off. Overall in that class, I wish I’d been a bit more diligent. We had homework due 4 nights a week and I missed some of them just because I forgot and wasn’t able to turn them in late. Next semester I need to be better about that.

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I’m home! Back with my family. Honestly, it’s not all warm smiles and watching Christmas movies. But it is home. The day after I got back, some of my family and I went to the city. We did some shopping and spent most of the day at the big department store downtown. We went out to dinner too.

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Christmas time! It’s sort of weird. Back at school everyone was clinging to Advent hard. People protested how early the Christmas decorations started going up on campus (mid-November) and some people weren’t playing Christmas music. But here at home things are a bit different. Christmas music is certainly not taboo, the outdoor nativity set glows in our front yard, and the tree will be going up later today. But at this point, Gaudete Sunday has passed, the O antiphons have begun, and  Christmas is only 5 days away!

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Five days!!! Ah! I haven’t finished shopping! I’ve bought one gift. I have a sibling to buy for still and oh yeah, my dad. Are your parents as hard to shop for as mine are sometimes?

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Also, with break I have much more time for blogging. And I have a few ideas floating around so I’ll hopefully be posting more over the next few weeks.
After reading Jen’s Post I find this kind of ironic. She advocates for shutting down the internet from Thanksgiving to New Year’s because no one has time to write anyways. Haha sorry but I’d have to protest that! Christmas is one of the few times I can actually post with any sort of frequency. That and the summer. Basically any time I’m not drowning in responsibilities.

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I have a few other things to do over break too. I’ve got some essays to write, books to read, a prayer life to improve, goals to finish, new goals to write, a driving test to take (finally), and time to spend with my family.

Merry  (early) Christmas!

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7 Quick Takes Vol. 27: What I Should Be Thankful For

I’m going to something a little different this week in honor of Thanksgiving. But no, I decide against the obvious list of things I’m thankful for. Usually we give thanks for things like food, clothes, family. These are all good things. But what about the hard things? The things which we take for granted or which are sometimes not so pleasant. So here’s 7 things I should be thankful for.

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My room. I live in an old dorm. There’s lead paint somewhere deep down on the walls. The water is gross. The air and heat are funny. There’s no sound proofing at all. And yet, I have shelter, which is a lot more than some others can say and so I should be grateful.

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My friends. Do we get on each other’s nerves? Yes. Could I have faired a lot worse? You better believe it. My friends are good people and I should be thankful to have them in my life.

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College. I have the opportunity to attend a great Catholic college, despite the cost. I’m going into plenty of debt doing so and sometimes I’m overwhelmed by meeting requirements and planning my class schedules. But hey, I’m able to go to college and I should be thankful for that amazing blessing rather than focused on the burdens of it.

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My work with campus ministry. Sometimes it’s difficult. But I try to remember that it’s worth it. I have a great opportunity to reach people and for that I should be thankful.

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My Classes. I have both a very easy class and a not-doing-so-hot-in kind of class this semester. I tend to complain that the easy one is too easy: he grades extremely leniently and I almost never have to do the reading before class. And the other one: well, yeah I ain’t too fond of my grade in that either though it’s largely my fault for forgetting homework. Still, I have these opportunities to learn. No matter the stress, I should be at least a little thankful.  (On reflection this may be similar to #3 “College” but they focus on different points.)

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My health. I admit it’s kind of a standard thing, but it’s something I often overlook. Overall, I’m a healthy person. I don’t have much to deal with in that area. So that’s something to be thankful for too.

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Living away from home. Most of the time I’m probably pretty content to be living on my own. But it is sometimes hard to be away from my family. I know living away from home has helped me to grow in many ways and continues to challenge me. It’s got positives too. Overall, I think I should be thankful for both the opportunity to live away from home and for being able to visit home fairly often.

 

Happy belated Thanksgiving!

 

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7 Quick Takes Vol. 26

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So…it’s 11:35 as I begin actually writing this so these are going to be quick, quick takes. 🙂

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I’ve been sick the last few days and it’s been a bit rough at points.  But it was nice to spend all of yesterday afternoon on Pinterest.

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Tonight I went to the Man Panel here on campus. It featured, a single man, a dating man, an engaged man, a married man and an awesome monk. It was great to hear their perspectives. The married guy shared a great story. He once held a summer job (I can’t remember what as now) but he worked with this disgusting guy and they drove a truck together. And every time this disgusting guy saw a girl in yoga pants he would slow down and stick his head out the window and STARE AT HER. The married man told us he planned on telling this story to his infant daughter when she was old enough. He also said the new version of yoga pants is leggings. Just think about that. Every time you’re putting on your leggings remember that disgusting 45 year old man who will be staring at you.

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I’ve also been reading a lot about Common Core. It make me angry and I’m hoping to write a post about it soon. What really upsets me is Catholic schools adopting the standards and those who are giving them money for doing so.

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Saturday (which is now today) is the 50th anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Doctor Who. If you don’t know what Doctor Who is….just, just go find out. It’s a great show. And though I am stranded without access to BBC America I can at least still celebrate with Google. Their doodle is pretty cool, there’s a whole game you can play.

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Friday (Yesterday) was the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination. It’s important to remember these type of events. I’ve done some reading on the subject, particularly the factual events as well as some conjecture. I find conspiracy theories amusing generally. But this article makes a case for not throwing the Kennedy conspiracy theory away offhandedly. I actually read this all the way through, which is pretty impressive for me and really shows the author’s skill.

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Goals review. Tie to review this month’s goals. But really, let’s not. This week has been bad for goals. Getting to class was an accomplishment in and of itself.

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7 Quick Takes Vol. 25 (Including a few small rants)

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It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. And yes, this is late…

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Friday! Yay! This week, I’ve made it through a double quiz, a regular quiz, two tests and a spanish writing workshop this week. Yeah. But you know, it hasn’t been that bad. I’ve already gotten back 3 of these and I did pretty good grade-wise. This week I’ve been pretty unproductive and it’ll be nice to have the weekend to regroup.

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This week I got to babysit with a friend. It was fun. Though, I did get spat up on by the baby. Still, as I was rocking him to sleep I was struck by the fact that I could be good at this. Maybe someday… Babies are just really cute. And, if you hang around enough young christian women you will probably see what might be called “baby fever”. Not that I ahve that mind you…. But yeah, I related to at least some of this article after I babysat.

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Must all women in movies be dressed inappropriately? Tonight I watched Iron Man 3 (which is the main reason this is so late) and the women…well let’s just say there was a general lack of clothes. Some were even in bikinis. And the worst t part is, they were in no way necessary for the story line. Even Pepper Potts who (spoiler alert) was pretty awesome and kick-butt in the movie, was shown in several scenes wearing nothing but capris and a sports bra.

Frankly, I’ve just been hit over the head lately with just how much women are objectified in our society. And we call this liberation? progress? Of course, for this particular movie I would hazard to guess that the outfits were picked because of the target audience. I could go on. Excuse me if I’m ranting but I am pretty fed up.

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There were some things about Iron Man 3 I really liked. Overall, I liked it. I’m a sucker for super hero movies in general. But, what really stuck out to me is just how beautiful a self-sacrificing and deep love is. Tony shows this love to Pepper throughout out the film and it was beautiful and heartwarming. I love seeing men depicted as people who are willing to give everything for those they love. Deep down I think it’s what all women want. Now, off course, our first love and savior is God. he must always come first and must always be our center. But we can also experience a reflection of that love through a holy man. Forgive me if I’m being preachy, but heck, true love is beautiful.

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Another bee in my bonnet this week has been the Common Core standards for schools. As someone who plans on working in the education field and who cares about both education and children, I take issue with Common Core, to put is simply. Hopefully I can do some research and write a good post on why we should not be adopting these standards.

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Goals review. Real quick I’m just going to review my goals for this month. Hm, I’d saying I’m doing okay, but I need to step it up, especially on the goals I haven’t even touched.

 

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November Goals

As always, I’m back to review this last month of goals and set my new goals for this month.

October Review

1) Keep to my bedtime

Uh…yeah, no. I did ok some nights, but honestly I’ve never been good about keeping to a consistent bedtime. Overall though I think I was better about getting enough sleep this month than previously. But, on Thursday I was up until 1:30.

2) Eat breakfast every day

Hahaha. I did a little better. If microwaving a frozen waffle and wolfing it down counts as breakfast. But I didn’t even do that every day.

3) Pray every day

No comment.

4) Use my budget

Nope.

5) Draw

No.

Wow. I failed every single goal. That’s impressive.

November Goals

1) Pick a breakfast food that’s quick, easy, and which I will enjoy

This is to help me eat breakfast more often. Also, I need to get up with enough time to eat too.

2) Read through Part 3 of Rediscovering Catholicism

I’m working my way through it in spurts. I read some in the summer and read a bunch last week over Fall Break. Now I want to be more consistent. But I’m trying to be realistic. Part 3 is about 100 pages. So that’s an average of 3 pages per day. I also have the weekends and Thanksgiving Break to read larger chunks.

3) Work on Summer Internships–email archdiocese, pick 3-5 solid possibilities 

I’ve been thinking about what I want to do next summer: Totus Tuus? Internship with my diocese? Education internship somewhere? I need to do some thinking about this and get in contact with people.

4) Do an exercise video once a week on Saturdays

Along with Zumba classes twice a week, this will give me 3 exercises every week. The plan is to do this on Saturday with some of my suitemates. Thanksgiving weekend doesn’t count.

5) Make Spanish flashcards

I’d like to do better in that class and since I got back from break I’ve been feeing a little lost in the vocab. So, flashcards I think would be a good idea.

6) Start ministry-related tasks before the day they’re due

I have a tendency to start things the day they’re due. Or the night before, if it’s due in the morning. For ministry-related stuff this sometimes means I’m stressed out the day of.  Hopefully I can remedy that by planning ahead and getting a jump on things.

7) Take my temperature every morning as part of charting

So, charting hasn’t been going so good lately. I have not been on top of it at all.

8) Go to Thursday Mass

I have an adoration slot right after the 12:05 Mass, so it makes sense to go to that Mass. Also, I need to go to a Mass where I’m not an assistant sacristan so that I can appreciate and absorb it.

9) Write my 7 Quick Takes every week and 3 other blog posts throughout the month

I have not been good about blogging lately and I’d like to do more.

 

Check back in next month to see how I did!

My Crazy Life ~or~ Why I Haven’t Blogged in 18 Days

So…you may have noticed that I’ve been pretty quite over here lately. The last post I wrote was on the first, before that I wrote one on the 12th OF AUGUST. That’s over a month ago.

But this last month has been pretty bust for me, so I hope you’ll excuse my absence and get excited as I get back into blogging more regularly!

Since the 12th, I’ve been in 5 different states (not counting layovers in Nashville and Cincinnati). I’ve taken several different flights, climbed a mountain, started classes, and laid to rest my great aunt.

It’s been 30 days of ups and downs. 30 days of craziness, and sorrow, and busyness, and fun.

Here’s what I did:

  • Flew to Denver to meet up with my roommate and drive together out to Kansas
  • While in Colorado we took the cog-rail train up Pike’s Peak, visited garden of the gods, and the air-force base
  • Drove about 8 hours to our top-secret retreat location and went on a 2 day retreat with campus ministry before the start of the year
  • Went through a week of ministry training
  • Flew home on Sunday (with a layover in Nashville on my way to Chicago) to attend my great aunt’s funeral
  • It was a sad day but beautiful. There were bagpipes. (And yes, we’re Irish. )
  • Flew back to school on Tuesday (with a layover in Cincinnati)
  • Classes started Wednesday
  • I’ve helped out with various masses, including send-off masses and the mass before the campus consecration to Mary
  • I’ve edited and compiled 5 bulletins
  • I scheduled students for adoration time slots and we got enough to start our 4-days a week adoration
  • I dropped my honors psychology class because it was requiring more homework than I could do or was willing to do
  • My school loan is confused
  • I still haven’t deposited my lat check for work. I got it, but the amount’s wrong.
  • I found a job on campus proctoring tests
  • I’ve kept myself alive

This Saturday is the feast of St. Matthew. For our campus ministry this marks the end of all the busy beginning of the year projects and events. I can now take a breath and look back. Perhaps more importantly though, I can get myself onto a schedule for the rest of the semester and get into a routine. A routine of prayer, exercise, classes, ministry work, proctoring work, and perhaps homework. And, of course, I should be blogging more.

Okay, it’s after midnight here…I should see if there’s anything else I need to get done and then go to bed.

Keep your eyes peeled for a new and long overdue edition of my 7 Quick Takes tomorrow!

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 11)

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Adventures in roofing! This week, I haven’t had as much time on my hands for blogging because my family has been busy redoing our roof. I did go up on the roof, though I didn’t think I would before. It was…not good, at first. It’s not that I’m afraid of heights it’s that I’m afraid of falling. But I got used to it and even survived getting on and off the ladder and onto the roof. A couple of my uncles came up to help and they and members of my family made up the work crew. We worked Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday a bit, then took Thursday off (it was wet that day). We worked Friday (which is when I first went up). And Saturday we finished. Now there’s a new roof above my head that supposed to last for 40 years. To celebrate a job well done we had homemade milkshakes. Yum!  Chocolate! 🙂

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I knew this week would inspire me to get more scheduled. All this work and productivity was a proverbial kickstart. Now I just have to follow through. Writing this post actually reminds me that I intended to make up a schedule. So that’s certainly on my to do list this evening. There’s a number of things I want to include: exercise, prayer, math practice, tutoring my brother, job searching perhaps. And of course, I should include time for blogging.

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What companies can I support? As a Catholic, I believe that there are certain things I can not support, maybe not even indirectly. This is something that’s come up again for me since I got home. What companies can I support? When does guilt become guilt by association? Does money have to be getting back to Planned Parenthood before we boycott a company? What if we’re just supporting a company that has ties to an organization that gives to Planned Parenthood or a similar organization? Or what if there aren’t any alternatives? I’ve been told that we shouldn’t be too zealous about this. But at the same time, we should be wise stewards of our money. So where’s the line? 

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Patience is a virtue. A friend reminded me recently of this old saying. My mom used it on us as kids and I’ve heard it plenty. As I’m living at home, in this tightly-packed house with my parents and my 7 siblings, sharing my room with my sisters, and having to work with my mom’s schedule–it seems very appropriate.

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Homeschooling enrollment is up according to this article. The article also debunks some of the myths around homeschooling, including that homeschoolers don’t get enough socialization for their own good. The article quotes from a report saying that homeschooled kids have “‘healthy social, psychological, and emotional development, and success into adulthood'”. As someone who was homeschooled I love to here positive things about that method of education and those who were educated that way. If you’d like to learn more about homeschooling myths (and potentially laugh) check out this video from Blimeycow:

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I just read a great article about Sedevacantist nuns who returned to full communion with the Church. The article gives a depiction of Sedevacantism too and tells an engaging story. I guess I never realized that there’s a whole network of Sedevacantists. It’s intriguing to note that the article makes the Sedevacantists out to be an extreme form of Traditionalists. The so called “cult-like” practice of the organization are also mentioned. It’s great to hear stories of people recognizing the truth of the faith, these sisters were quite brave to leave all they had known for so long. Welcome home sisters!

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I’ve been thinking about the direction of my blogging. Honestly, I haven’t determined anything. But one topic that interests me (so much that I recently gave it it’s own Pinterest board) is femininity. Alternately I could write on Catholicism, teaching, discernment, being a college student…or all of the above. I’m a Catholic, a woman, a college student, a future teacher, an on-and-off discerner, a sister, daughter…I guess there’s a few things to go off of. I’m thinking something with Catholicism and/or femininity probably. I guess I just need to figure out where exactly I should go. Any thoughts?

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