February Goals Review / New March Goals

Happy March! Is Spring here yet?
Despite it being cold, February was a good month for goals. 🙂

2014 Goals--February

February Goals

1) Finalize and follow a budget plan

I actually do have a way to budget now. I have a dollar amount that I won’t to succeed for the semester which averages to a certain mount every week. I have a spreadsheet and enter my receipts on it. I’ve set it up to calculate how much I’ve spent so far. Not going to lie. It’s almost Spring Break and I’m more than halfway to my dollar amount. It’s not too bad. But I also haven’t put in my Friday Walmart trip–that was a big one. Still, I have a system and now know where I am financially and where my current path is taking me.

2) Re-examine goal 4 of my year-long goals and figure out how I can incorporate limited technology time in my life

I didn’t do this one. I can’t quite make up my mind what I want to do about this. An internet free day? or maybe just social media free? Or set times every day? I think, in general I just need to have more self control about random internet surfing, pinteresting, blog reading, and buzzfeed quiz taking when I should be studying. So, for now, I’m putting this goal aside.

3) Pray and decide if and how I want to be a part of Campus Ministry next year.

Well, I applied and had my interview. I’m thinking I’ll probably just come back to the same position. But that’s okay with me I think. I’ve still got work to do.

4) Write 10 blog posts

Let’s see…darn it. I only wrote 7. But by tomorrow I should have 3 more  (including this goals one). That will also finish my 7 posts in 7 days (a blogging challenge hosted by Jen at Conversion Diary).

5) Continue reading just-for-fun books 🙂

Yep. It’s slow going but I did start Insurgent. So I’m going to call this one good.

Overall, I did pretty good. Not stellar but not too shabby either. Now, what does this month have in store?

 

March Goals

1) Set aside two hours a day for homework time and three hours on Saturday

I’ve been playing around with the idea and I think I just need to do it. Lately, I’ve fallen behind on readings and the like and it’s just not okay with me. I get so easily distracted, I procrastinate. But at the end of the day I love feeling like I’ve accomplished something. And when I don’t do my homework I don’t get that feeling. And I don’t get as much out of class. So, I propose two dedicated hours (I can adjust it to be longer or shorter if I deem necessary) a day for homework. When I say dedicated I mean locked in my room (or at work), not even a smidgen of social media, no laptop unless necessary for the homework itself dedicated. So 2 hours Monday-Friday and 3 hours on Saturday. They don’t have to be in a row but long stretches are better than short bursts for sure. And obviously if I get done with all my homework before I’m done, I can stop.

2) Finish Insurgent and start another book

I don’t think this will be hard especially if I take Insurgent home for break next week.

3) Set my 4 year plan

I need to talk to advisor and one of the honors program chairs to discuss the next 2 years of my life. I’m almost halfway done with college and I really just need to sit down and decide how this is going to go (at least I feel like I do).

4) Write 10 blog posts

Especially with break, I’m hoping I can make this goal in March though I didn’t in February.

5) Find a weekly or even daily cleaning time

This is one of my year-long goals but i really want to tackle it sooner rather than later. I’m definitely the messy one in my room and though I’ve generally been doing better about keeping my desk clean I haven’t been doing better keeping up with my dishes.

 

Check back in next month to see how I did!

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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!)

— 3 —

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!

— 4 —

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!)

— 6 —

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.

— 7 —

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!

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!

January 2014 Goal Review

It’s been quite a month. Now let’s see how productive it’s been. It’s once again time for my monthly goals review. Let’s see how many of my goals for January I accomplished and what goals I’ll be setting for February.

2014 Goals--January/February

January Goals

1) After I get back to school, clean up my room in preparation for this new semester
I did ok at this. I reorganized my closet and everything! But my desk…well, it’s still a mess.

2) Figure out my schedule in a typical week of this semester (including exercise, reading time, homework time, weekly cleaning etc)
Yeah, I haven’t scheduled out those things. But maybe I don’t need to. My schedule isn’t always predictable. So it might be  impractical to schedule everything.

3) Write 8 blog posts
Yes! Goal accomplished. I wrote a bunch of Quick Takes posts, as well as writing about staying and praying at school when so many were gone on the March for Life, and a piece on trying vs. doing and how we often get so caught up in achieving a prize that we don’t value the effort.

4) Come up with a budgeting plan
Haha. No. I’ve been saving receipts and in the beginning I was pretty good about entering purchase amounts on a spreadsheet. I’ve also had the idea of rewarding myself with little purchases if I keep my spending down. So far though, I’d hazard to guess I’ve spent more than I would like. I guess there’s a loose plan in place it just needs to be finalized and actually followed.

Overall the month wasn’t so bad. I did better than I thought.  Now, what goals shall I set for this month?

February Goals

1) Finalize and follow a budget plan

2) Re-examine goal 4 of my year-long goals and figure out how I can incorporate limited technology time in my life

3) Pray and decide if and how I want to be a part of Campus Ministry next year.

4) Write 10 blog posts

5) Continue reading just-for-fun books 🙂

Well, there we have it. My February goals. Check back in this time next month to see how I did!

 

Linking-up with Laura! Check out her monthly goals link-up!

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.

— 2 —

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.

— 3 —

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.

— 4 —

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.

— 5 —

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.)

— 6 —

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.

— 7 —

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!

 

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!

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!

7 Quick Takes Vol. 21…Worth the Wait

— 1 —

So…you know how I wrote this post the other day and promised a quick takes on Friday. Well it’s Saturday. I forgot 😛

— 2 —

But, I have a good excuse. Yesterday was a bit crazy. And 7 quick takes wasn’t the only thing I forgot. But I did spend the evening in Kansas City at the Marriott volunteering at a pro-life benefit dinner for the Vitae Foundation.  Our college sends volunteers every year. It was fun and we got to hear Dr. Ben Carson speak.  He has an amazing story of being raised by a woman who had a 2nd grade education who divorced her husband when she found out he was a bigamist. She refused to go on welfare, and though they didn’t live well they were eventually able to be independent. He’s now this amazing brain surgeon. So yeah. That’s cool.

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Dr. Carson also taked about education in America. He referenced Alexis De Tocqueville who wrote Democracy in America. One thing De Tocqueville saw as he observed schools in early America (circa 1830) was that they taught values. For example, Bibles were opened in the schools. Additionally, Carson touched on how our standards have slipped. It used to be a 2nd grade graduate was completely literate and the average vagabond could tell you how the government worked.

Nowadays we see things like this:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1727706630001/watters-world-july-4th-edition/

Although I like to hope that this a sample of the worst not a sample of the general public.
Sorry if I rant on this, but hey, I am an education major.

— 4 —

Things are settling down into a rhythm which is nice. Classes are going good. I dropped one and now my load is pretty easy. I didn’t want to ever drop a class. It seems like such a quitter thing to do.  But I’m so glad I did. The class was rigorous when it came to homework and this semester I just couldn’t do it along with everything else. Sometimes you just need humility.

— 5 —

My work with campus ministry would be one of those things that falls under “everything else”.  It’s been a whirlwind since the the retreat. But I’m learning a lot and having a lot of fun. I’m working with some great people and for some pretty great reasons. 

— 6 —

I’ve also got my campus job. Thursday was my first day as a test proctor. It’s nice so far. If nothing else it’s a job. And as a perk, its actually related to my major. It’s a comfort to know I’ll have a steady source of income soon. I like having something consistent and comfortable. I don’t like worrying about money. Sometimes I wish we didn’t need money.

— 7 —

Lastly, enjoy this pretty picture from my short time in Colorado:

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at Conversion Diary and check out the link-up!

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!

My Current To Do List

I’ve been in a bit of a writer’s funk. I haven’t published much beside my 7 Quick Takes lately. I’ve got several drafts but either haven’t/can’t finish them or I’m not sure if they’re what I want to say. But I had an idea. Why don’t I share with all of you the list of things I plan to do before I leave for my sophomore year of college?

I love lists. I make them all the time when life gets even a little busy. They help. A lot. My main lists right now are the list of things I have to do before I leave for my sophomore year of college and a list of things to buy before then. This isn’t a “this is what you need for going back to college” post because when it comes to that everyone is different and this is just my specific situation. This is more of “this is what I need for going back to school/this is my life right now” post.

You see I’ve only got a few days left before I hop on a plane to Colorado. I’ll spend the afternoon with my roommate and the night at her house with her family. The next morning we’ll drive to eastern Kansas to the ranch where we will be having a retreat with the other members of campus ministry for a couple days. Then we go back to campus and move into our dorm. The following Monday we start a week of training. Finally, on the 28th classes start. But before all that, I have some stuff to do.

To Do List 2

So…here is my list of things I need to do before I head back to school, (which is soon, like five days away soon).

To Do

  • go shopping (I’ll talk more about this below)
  • get my haircut (dang, that’s right. When am I going to do that?)
  • order my books for school
  • order spiritual direction book (that would be this one, which a friend of mine reviewed here)
  • pack–with my backpack packed for the retreat
  • copy my birth certificate (I was told to bring this for a potential job on campus this semester)
  • use the “Draw Today” drawing kit to make some charcoal copies of religious artwork
  • get a thermometer (I’ll do this when I go shopping) (And yes, this would be a BBT thermometer for charting)
  • read: St. Kateri book, the Harry Potter book a friend lent me, Rediscovering Catholicism (don’t count on any of those)
  • Set up my phone to receive emails form my school email and so that I can update my Facebook status
  • make a playlist to use as I travel 9 hours with my roomie to Kansas
  • write the petitions for the family send-off Masses that will happen on campus (part of my ministry position)

In addition I have to help my brother with his summer reading essays he has to do for school, and, if I have time I should working on editing/proofreading my uncle book manuscript though I probably won’t finish it before I go. I also need to do laundry.

Now, here’s some of the things on my Walmart list. (I’m waiting until I get to Kansas to buy notebooks and pencils and all that.)

Walmart List

  • planner
  • watch battery for my watch
  • white tank or cami
  • 2-in-1 shampoo
  • thermometer (see above)
  • toothbrush
  • travel toothpaste

So there you have it, just a little peek into my life right now and the way my mind works.

2013 Goals: July Review/August Goals

Well, July is over and done with. Like really over. Like 2 days ago. Yeah these are late, as I confessed here. But anyways, here’s my monthly goals review and my new goals for the month of August.

July Review

1)Work on the following for school: Spanish and math

No. I did a little bit. But not really much. Oh well. Guess that’s not happening. Summer goal fail.
Since I didn’t…I don’t get to spend a lazy day wearing comfy clothes, enjoying myself, and relaxing
Yeah, i’m probably going to do a little of that anyways since I’ve come down with a cold.

2)Write essays for application to education department

Didn’t do this either. I kinda tried. I sat down with my laptop, ready to play some music and get this done. But I was confused and easily gave up.
Since I didn’t…I can’t go on Twitter for a week or until I’m done writing the essays (whichever comes first).
Why did I make this my punishment? Ugh.

3)Get my driving permit

I actually did this! I was even looking at getting my full license. But there isn’t an available appointment until after I leave.
Since I did…I don’t have to tell the whole long blog post on why I can’t drive yet.

4)Finish “Rediscovering Catholicism” and one other book (probably the book on St. Kateri). Write reviews for both.

Didn’t happen. I’m only a little bit into “Catholicism” and maybe half through the Kateri book. 
Since it didn’t…I don’t get to read the “Freedom Writers Diary” next.
Considering that I was going to borrow this from the library which in a week and a half, I’ll be 500 miles away from…not much of a punishment.

5)Write a letter to my future self

This one should have been really easy. But I still didn’t do it
Since I didn’t…I can’t eat  chocolate for a week.
This punishment it really to strict. As judge, jury, and executioner I wave this sentence. (And this has nothing to do with the chocolate sundae cones in the freezer. Nothing.)

Wow, I did pretty dang bad this month. I only got one goal done. And it was one I was just about positive I would accomplish. Well, one month is over and now another begins.

August Goals 

This month I’m going to list and explain my 5 goals for August and include consequences like I did in July.

1) Spend no more than 1 hour on the internet each day (Sundays excluded) browsing blogs/news/Facebook newsfeed

A friend and fellow-blogger recently published this post about how we spend our time on social media. And it made me realize that the computer is a HUGE part of why I’ve been so unproductive this summer. Truth be told, I’ve spent quite a bit of my time on the internet this summer. I know I can’t go completely computer or internet free (neither do I want to) but I do need to be more intentional about how I spend my time. This is a small step. But maybe it will help.
If I don’t…Then I have to cut myself off from “fun” internet: Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, blog browsing etc. for 3 days

2) Write letter to my futures self

Maybe I’ll have some motivation for this as I start my sophomore year
If I do…ice cream is called for 🙂

3) Do the stuff i should before I head off to school

This includes: pay my tuition bill, edit my uncle’s book, help my brother with the essays he has to write before the beginning of the school year, hopefully make my memorabilia book (?), pack, and make a road trip playlist.
If I…actually, I’m not going to assign a consequence for this one.

4) Take an awesome road trip with my roomie out to school, also see beautiful Colorado

This is a goal that is all but guaranteed.
If I do…I get to enjoy that 😉

5) Survive and thrive!

Next week I’ll be helping with a VBS. Then I’ll be heading out to school the 13th and 14th of this month. I’ll go on a 2 day retreat with the other college ministry student leaders. Then, we’ll have a week of training. We’ll help with move ins, and send-off Masses. And, eventually, classes will start the 28th. It’s going to be a lot of fun! But probably kinda crazy.
If I do…I’ll get to relax and hang with my friends resting in the knowledge of all I’ve made it through.

There you have it! I didn’t assign myself anything very big this month, because I know I’m going to have plenty on my plate (see number 5). I’m going to have plenty to do. Check back at  the end of the month to see how I did with these goals!

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 18)

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Wow that’s right it’s Friday. hehe

— 2 —

I went shopping with an old friend today. We had fun and I found a cute dress.  And I got a surprise at the register–the dress was on sale 🙂 We went to a few different places, including 2 stores that just opened. We also found a nice little juice bar and got smoothies.

— 3 —

My post about charting which you can find here got a number of views this week. I’m glad to see it was popular. It was a post I considered not publishing but, I’m glad I did. Stay tuned for more as I get myself going in the world of charting.  🙂

— 4 —

Summer is almost over. In about 2 1/2 weeks I’ll be heading out to Colorado and from there road trip with my roommate to college in Kansas. Then the true adventure begins. I’ll be taking 18 credit hours, doing my ministry work, hopefully spending time with my friends and suitemates, and hopefully working a part time job a few hours a week. Speaking of work…

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I only have one more week of work at my summer waitressing job! It’s been…interesting. There have been bad days, good days, boring days, crazy days. I’ve certainly gotten more comfortable at my job, even to the point of feeling like an old pro (at times). But…I’m going to be quite fine with it being over. Time to look forward to my next job I guess. I’m hoping to have something on campus this semester, possibly at our mailroom.

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This week is World Youth Day. AND there’s going to be a flashmob! How awesome is that! It’s in honor of Pope Francis, will be set to a song written for the occasion, and will take place on Sunday.

Find out more here:

See the complete instructions here (though the choreographers are speaking Portuguese, but you can still see what they’re doing obviously):

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Well, this is late enough as it is. So…Have a great weekend everyone and here’s a cute picture 🙂

kids holding hands
“Siblings” via morguefile.com

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