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A McDonald’s restaurant, complete with McCafe, on the Old Town square in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Much of American culture is exported. Many Hollywood movies debut overseas just a couple of weeks after their première in the United States, if not sooner.  People in other countries are better acquainted with U.S. politics than the average American.  And, our music floods the Top Ten hit lists of most nations whether those nations have English as their official language or not.

A Burger King restaurant, complete with a wig-wearing mascot, in Nassau, The Bahamas. A Burger King restaurant, complete with a wig-wearing mascot, in Nassau, The Bahamas.

I’ll never forget the pre-arranged Bahamian driver who met my husband and me at our cruise ship in the late 90’s.  The driver was blasting a song by Tupac Shakur. I appreciated that Tupac wanted to know how we wanted and needed it, but we had not traveled by car, plane, and ship to hear him.  “Junkanoo, please,” we politely asked, preferring…

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55 Things All College Girls Should Do In 2015

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It’s almost 2015. How crazy is that? Here’s my list (with some added from my fabulous friends and sorority sisters) of 55 things all of you college ladies should do in the year 2015. Keep me posted with details about what you accomplish over the next 365 days!

  1. Start a blog about something you’re passionate about. Your sorority (hint, hint…become a Stylista), your relationship, your pets, your make-up. Write about anything!
  2. Give your dorm/apartment a complete makeover. Canvases/mason jars/flowers. Do it all!
  3. Adopt an animal from a shelter: these babies need homes too. Try to convince friends/family to stop going to breeders for animals. Shelters have so many homeless ones that are just as great!
  4. Take pictures of everything you do. Memories are irreplaceable and I constantly find myself wishing I had more pictures from THAT theme dance, or THAT date night. Make your 2015 collage crazy good!
  5. Play an intramural sport at your college. Get fit, baby!
  6. Read The Five Love Languages. This book can teach you a lot about every type of relationship you’re in! Whether you need to learn more about your boyfriend or your best friend, this book can show you a lot about how to interact with others.
  7. Take a class you ACTUALLY want to take… something that is going to teach you a lot about life and what you want to do with it. I took a class this semester that was an elective that taught me more than I’ve ever learned in any class I’ve ever taken before. I’m very thankful for Dr. Cangemi at Western Kentucky University and everything he taught me and my class.
  8. Join a club that is going to help further your career options and help you make connections. Things like PRSSA for Public Relations majors and Up ’til Dawn for those of you who want to get involved with non-profit organizations.
  9. Study abroad! This is something I’ve always wanted to do and hope to do it this year! Visit a country that takes you out of your comfort zone and learn about things that aren’t so familiar to you. See things you’ve never seen before in Ireland and Harlaxton!
  10. Take an art class like the ones offered at Painting With a Twist! Go with a group of your girlfriends and paint some cute stuff for your newly made-over dorm/apartment!
  11. Be philanthropic. Do more than what is expected from you by your chapter. Yes, you have to get your mandatory service hours. But go beyond that! Volunteer at a children’s home or come up with your own fundraiser for something you strongly believe in.
  12. Listen to Taylor Swift’s 1989 album. DUH.
  13. Create a Goodreads account and go wild! Okay, maybe I’m a bit of a nerd. But this site helped me find so many cool new books. You can search through genres and even check out books similar to your favorite ones. It’s the holidays…I know ya’ll have some time to kick back next to a fireplace with a big cup of cocoa and a good book. GO. Check it out!
  14. Dye your hair! Give yourself a new look. Why the heck not? New year, new you. I like these ideas…
  15. Keep a journal of the next 12 months. You’ll be amazed by the end of a year. Keep a list of accomplishments and things you hope to achieve.
  16. Visit a family member who lives out of state. They can show you a lot of cool things in places you’ve never even seen or heard of before. Take time to adventure out of your state if you can’t go out of your country. Traveling is fun no matter where it is.
  17. Buy yourself a planner. It’s much needed if you don’t already have one. Try Lilly Pulitzer or Kate Spade.
  18. Collect key chains that you love from places you go. My mom does this and her collection is pretty crazy now!
  19. Take a yoga class. It’s the holidays…you should want to feel relaxed. What better way than to go work your buns off and also have a soothing workout at the same time?
  20. Binge-watch Gossip Girl. You just need to if you haven’t already. Are you even a college girl if you haven’t yet?
  21. Shop at the farmer’s market. These people work hard to provide for their families and their stuff is usually better than all that junk at Kroger’s.
  22. Have a “block party” with the girls on your dorm floor (or girls in your apartment building). It’s super fun to meet girls with similar interests as you. Friends don’t always have to be in the same sorority…they can be Panhellenic friends!
  23. Go to your school’s sporting events! The players train year round for people to come out and watch them. Whether they are good or not, it’s still a good time to dress up in your school’s colors and hang out with friends in a fun environment.
  24. Make friends in your classes. You don’t have to hang out with them outside of class, but having someone to study with or just complain to about the exams and work load is really great. Especially if you need to miss a class due to sickness!
  25. Go to Spring Break in Panama City Beach, Florida! So, so much fun. It’s definitely an experience every college girls needs before they graduate.
  26. Discover a local cafe and fall in love with it. We have Spencer’s in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Everyone loves to go there and hang out with friends. Find a place that fits you and your friend group!
  27. Health is extremely important! Try to go to your doctor for a checkup after the holidays. Stress and anxiety can get to all of us. It’s good to stay on top of sicknesses that might be arising in you.
  28. Find YOUR place on campus to study. A lot of people have certain environments that they have to study in. I need it to be silent where ever I am. I can’t be distracted by other people or I will NEVER get my work done. Go to the library or find a place outside when it’s nice out to refresh yourself.
  29. Look at your dorms’ bulletin board AT LEAST once a month. There’s so many free events that your campus hosts that you probably aren’t aware of! Check ‘em out! Our Mass Media building constantly has speakers coming in from everywhere to talk about their experiences. Why wouldn’t you want to see pictures that were in National Geographic?
  30. Celebrate EVERYTHING! Birthday? New job? New sorority members? New DRESS? Don’t care. Celebrate it.
  31. Spend a day just doing absolutely nothing. Get in your PJs and relax! You deserve it! Make some Ramen and plant your butt for the day.
  32. Road trip with some sisters! Go to all of your hometowns and see what they have to offer. Let your sisters take you to their favorite places that they grew up knowing. I’ve always wanted to do this since my hometown is 13 hours away from everyone else’s!
  33. Create a Polyvore account. You can put together outfits that you might like together to plan out your week or a party outfit. I like this account because I love pretending I have all of this money and can spend on it ridiculous amounts of clothing…but I don’t…so I just make outfits for other people to look at! HAHA
  34. Put $10 aside from every paycheck and save up for something you’ve always wanted. That big screen TV? A Lilly dress? Girl, if you can save that much, you’re allowed to splurge on something great.
  35. Pay for someone’s coffee who is in line behind you and make their day. I’ve seen so much of this lately. You’ll feel great. They’ll feel great. Everyone wins!
  36. Go to a concert for a band that you LOVE.
  37. Take a language course. Knowing a different language can help you get a job over someone else someday.
  38. Fall in love with coffee if you don’t already love it. You just need to. It’s like…mandatory to surviving college.
  39. Do you have weird fountains on campus like we do? RUN THROUGH IT.
  40. Don’t take your bus on campus… just walk it on up to your class, girlfriend. There’s no such thing as the Freshman 15 unless you allow it.
  41. Finally get the phone number of the cute guy from your class. I know you want it…
  42. Try to dress well for your classes at least once a week. It’s not hard. And if you’re trying to accomplish #41… this will probably help ya out.
  43. My sweet  sorority sister said “Try not to sweat the little things, they don’t matter anyway.” And this is true. You wore the same dress as another girl to formal? Who cares! Oh, she likes your date too? Again… who cares? Move on and don’t let those little things stress you out.
  44. Turn your phone off for a week so that you have to have actual interactions with actual people. Girl, you won’t be doing interviews through a text message. Go out there and get yourself some communication skills. They’ll do ya some good.
  45. Lay on the roof of your favorite frat house and watch the stars with your favorite frat star.
  46. Read the book Firefly Lane. This was suggested to me by one of my sisters so I will definitely be checking it out.
  47. Make out with one guy from every fraternity or sports team. Why not?!
  48. Try every type of beer at your local college bar/hangout spot in one night. We have Hilligan’s at WKU. Where do ya’ll hang out?
  49. Turning 21 this year? Try to complete your shotbook in one night. I know–it’s crazy. I probably won’t be able to finish mine. But hey, we’ll see!
  50. If you can’t adopt an animal like I stated in #3, at least go play with them!  You can get service hours for doing this. Go walk one of the dogs and enjoy yourself! They need love even if you can’t take them home.
  51. Meet your boyfriend’s family. It’s okay… they’ll most likely end up liking you and then you don’t ever have to do the awkward meet the fam thing again.
  52. Spend more time with your party friends. Have a good time. College is stressful enough. Let yourself let loose and party for once!
  53. Also… spend more time with your calm friends. It’s cool to have a night in studying sometimes.
  54. Meet new girls in your chapter. They may not all be your best friend…but there are plenty of girls in your chapter that you probably have no idea that ya’ll have stuff in common. Give it a chance. You never know, the girl that never talks could be your MOH some day.
  55. Binge-watch Gilmore Girls. My older sister and I have been all of Winter Break and oh my gosh… LORELEI AND RORY ARE SO PERFECT. DO IT NOW!

There you have it. MY list of what every college girl should do in 2015. Yes..  some of it is biased… but it’s alright. Do whatcha feel! And happy new year, beautiful!

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This Is How We Date Now

This article is the complete culmination of this generation’s dating style and it is so sad that we need validation from others to feel sufficient with our own lives.

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We don’t commit now. We don’t see the point. They’ve always said there are so many fish in the sea, but never before has that sea of fish been right at our fingertips on OkCupid, Tinder, Grindr, Dattch, take your pick. We can order up a human being in the same way we can order up pad thai on Seamless. We think intimacy lies in a perfectly-executed string of emoji. We think effort is a “good morning” text. We say romance is dead, because maybe it is, but maybe we just need to reinvent it. Maybe romance in our modern age is putting the phone down long enough to look in each other’s eyes at dinner. Maybe romance is deleting Tinder off your phone after an incredible first date with someone. Maybe romance is still there, we just don’t know what it looks like now.

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The Start of Something Great

As you know summer has unofficially ended with the passing of Labor Day, but you can also tell by the 11 foot corn crops growing near my house. But while my time at home has been filled with ups and downs, due to my summer job at the YMCA as a camp counselor, I will still miss my coworkers, my kids from camp, and my family of course! But lucky for me, I have been distracted by a whole new set of people that I can call family!

Two weeks ago as a freshman orientation leader has been the most inspiring, eye-opening, and incredible week of my life where I was able to find myself, make new friends, and reaffirm the whole reason why I came to BU and decided to be part of the orientation team. In the words of the hilariously awesome Saturday Night Live skit that was performed during the week, ” that’s a good group, that’s a really good group!”

Last year when I was a freshman, my group was a bunch of losers. I know that sounds pretty mean, but it is so true. During our time participating in the freshmen activities, we did nothing. We didn’t feel like doing anything, we were not very enthusiastic about anything going on, so I stepped up and tried to cheer everyone up by volunteering to jump into the kiddie pool and look for the marble at the end of the relay race! But they were not having it. And it had nothing to do with our CREW leaders, they tried everything in the book to get us excited and get to know everyone and actually enjoy ourselves, but it was like my group had fun repellent on. When I got from that trip from hell, I promised myself that I would try to become a CREW leader so that nobody would have to experience what I experience during my session.

Fast forward to two weeks ago after long hours of training and strenuous activity when moving the freshmen in, my partner and I met our freshmen, and we were presently surprised. At first they were a little quiet, but they would still participate in all the team-building activities that we ask them to do. The next day we did activities on campus, and they were getting really into it and becoming friends with each other and we all had fun during the dance party at the MAC. Then it was time for Crossroads, where we go to campgrounds and do many activities like Wacky Olympics and perform hilarious Saturday Night Live skits that were just so perfect. For Wacky Olympics, we may not have won all of the events, but we had the most fun doing it and had the best team spirit with our war paint!

After a pretty exciting day came the Fireside Talk were the freshmen could say whatever they wanted about their experience during orientation! Everyone laid their heart out on the line, which was a first because normally people just said “I can’t wait to start my journey here at BU” or “Thanks for putting on such an exciting event” or something like that, but this talk got so EMOTIONAL! I am not one to cry in public EVER, but I was bawling my eyes out with my CREW partner and we were so proud of all the freshmen and especially ours because a few of them went up on stage and said something. So many of them had come out of their shell and were talking to everyone. I felt like a proud mom watching them change! The funny thing is that they changed me too! I was like them at the beginning of training because I didn’t know my partner at all before this, but now we are good friends because we were able to experience everything together! I am more talkative and talk to even more people than I did before, because they gave me the confidence and support that I needed to become better person, and I am eternally grateful for each and every one of them. They were my first orientation group and my partner’s last, and by far I don’t think any other group could top that down the road. I love all of them to death and am so glad that I met them. Like I say, everything happens for a reason, and I now know what the reason was for meeting each and every one of them was. It was to change my life for the better!

GROUP HUG!!!

Best Freshmen Ever! God’s Not Dead! And Everybody Poops!

 

Sincerely Yours,

The Oreo ❤

Summertime Sadness

So I found this from May that I never posted, and as I read it, I can say that I had a great experience as a camp counselor, but I am soooooo glad that summer is over!!! Enjoy

So it just hit me that I really want to see all my friends again! I know, what took me so long to say this? But I just had a conversation with my friend from school and wished we were back hiking in the woods! I also miss my high school friends! I have been stuck in my house the last two weeks because I don’t have a car…tragic! Pretty soon we will all be getting together for graduation and the graduation parties that follow, so I am muy excited! I wish the twins from Nashville could come up for the weekend so we could just hang out and party hop, but sadly they have to work 😦 But I am trying to look on the bright to many memories this summer!

So here’s to summer memories! God’s Not Dead! And everybody poops!!

 

Sincerely Yours,

The Oreo ❤

House of Flies

The most disgusting thing to ever exist are big, fat, juicy flies! I mean of course everyone knows this, but you don’t know how bad they are until you find them in your house! And this probably still doesn’t sound that bad, since you can obviously pick up your fly-swatter and kill them.

But can you kill 15 different flies that are on two different windows that are just chillin’ out like they are at a backyard barbecue on Memorial Day?

Let me take a few steps back and tell you that our house isn’t tidy, but it isn’t trash on the floor and 2 week old food in the sink either. It’s more like an organized chaos. Well anyway, the family went to Cleveland for the 4th of July to hang out with the family! Less than 24 hours later we return home and guess what happens?

We are greeted by flies in our kitchen window and our sliding glass door. I freak out a little bit because there are so many in the window that it looks like something died on the window and they are devouring it. So instinctively my dad grabbed the fly swatter and started murdering the flies left and right. Then I walk over to the sliding glass door to get my kitty more water and I turn into a little girl all over again. I said, “Daddy! Daddy! Come kill these flies over her!” It was completely gross! We checked everywhere for more and to somehow figure out how they all got into our house because literally less than 24 hours before we were completely bug free or at least thought we were. So we checked to see if there were any broken windows or cracks or anything that could explain this atrocity and along the way we found more in the basement, our upstairs bathroom, and my brother and sister’s room!

Talk about disgusting!!!!

And what is even worse, is that they seem like they keep coming. We think we killed all of them and then the next day, a couple more are flying around in our face! Hopefully I killed my last fly today, but who knows, they like to re-spawn (come back from the dead)!

If anyone has an idea of how this could happen, I would really like to know!

Flies are the enemy! God’s not Dead! And everybody poops!

 

Sincerely Yours,

The Oreo ❤

Don’t Ride Your Bike to School

Soooooooo last week I had a crazy idea that I immediately regretted the second I started. Okay, so you know how everyone wants to ride their bike to school, or at least thinks about doing it? If this wasn’t you, then skip ahead. But I always dreamt of riding my bike to school so that I wouldn’t have to ride the dreaded over-crowded bus. Well, guess what? I did it. I rode my bike last week to attend open gym for volleyball. 😦 

Why am I not excited that I finally accomplish my life-long goal of riding to school? Because my school is at least 5 miles away from my house! Which is normally okay because I can do 8 miles easily without even noticing that I have been biking for that long, but 5.9 miles of tough terrain and many hills is almost unbearable.

You remember those pesky bikers riding in the street and making you slow down so you don’t accidently hit them, because why in the hell are they riding their bike on a road? I was proud to say I wasn’t one of them. And there lies my problem. Since I hate it when that happens to me, I chose to ride in the “berm area” (the space between the road and the grass basically), because I know how it feels.

YOU ARE WELCOME! My legs are not!

And that was only getting there… I still had volleyball, which consisted of a marathon of lunges and special volleyball squats (it still hurts to talk about). Then the dreaded ride back, which consisted of a long walk through 3-foot grass with mosquitos nipping at my ankles and an awkward stroll through a farmer’s sprouting cornfield, while a nearby neighbor yelled at me for “trampling the crops.” Then I gave up on trying to be a “good person” and did the thing I hate the most…I rode in the street. But you have to understand, this was after 45 minutes of tough terrain, two hours worth of lunges, and a long walk through grass and cornfields, 

I had to do it!

When I finally made it home I came up with only one conclusion: I will NEVER do that AGAIN! But I’m kinda glad I did it, because I got it out of my system thinking that I could causally ride my bike to school anytime I felt like it. It wasn’t all bad because I got to ride my bike and get a great workout, but then there was all that sweat and my butt hurt afterwards due to the stupid seat (ouch!). The only other downside was how sore I was afterwards, I could hardly get up the steps and bend down to pick something up.

Lesson Learned! DON’T RIDE YOUR BIKE TO SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is a great workout, but also a great pain.

Bikes can hurt. God’s Not Dead. And everybody poops!!!

 

Sincerely Yours, 

The Oreo ❤

 

10 Books to Change Your LIFE!

Here are the ten must read books that will change for life. At the end of reading them you will feel emotionally connected to every single character in the book and you will weep and sob because there is no more left to experience. I can attest to this because it has happened to me more times then I would like to admit and not just with books, I weeped at the ending of One Tree Hill and sobbed when I was able to see the happy ending of 90210 and then I felt a hole in my heart that said, “What am I supposed to do now?” And I said, “I guess I’ll just watch another show.” And now I’m hooked on Gossip Girl!

But back to books, these are the ones that changed me for the better and I am so glad that they did. Here’s a little synopsis on each book. Enjoy!!

 

1. The Great Gatsby

great gatsby    “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles

 

2. The Hunger Games Trilogy

hunger games trilogy   In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives.

 

3. The Best of Us

the best of us    An all-expense-paid week at a luxury villa in Jamaica—it’s the invitation of a lifetime for a group of old college friends. All four women are desperate not just for a reunion, but for an escape: Tina is drowning under the demands of mothering four young children. Allie is shattered by the news that a genetic illness runs in her family. Savannah is carrying the secret of her husband’s infidelity. And, finally, there’s Pauline, who spares no expense to throw her wealthy husband an unforgettable thirty-fifth birthday celebration, hoping it will gloss over the cracks already splitting apart their new marriage. Languid hours on a private beach, gourmet dinners, and late nights of drinking kick off an idyllic week for the women and their husbands. But as a powerful hurricane bears down on the island, turmoil swirls inside the villa, forcing each of the women to reevaluate everything she knows about her friends—and herself.

 

4. The Fault in Our Stars

the fault in our stars   Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

 

5. The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia)

the magician nephew   When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory’s peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew’s magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined. Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter many worlds through the mysterious pools there. In one world they encounter the evil Queen Jadis, who wreaks havoc in the streets of London when she is accidentally brought back with them. When they finally manage to pull her out of London, unintentionally taking along Uncle Andrew and a coachman with his horse, they find themselves in what will come to be known as the land of Narnia.

 

6. The Giver Trilogy

the giver    Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

 

7. Thirteen Reasons Why

thirteen reasons why    Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

 

8. Uglies Series

uglies    Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license – for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever..

 

9. Turnabout

turnabout    In the year 2000 Melly and Anny Beth had reached the peak of old age and were ready to die. But when offered the chance to be young again by participating in a top-secret experiment called Project Turnabout, they agreed. Miraculously, the experiment worked — Melly and Anny Beth were actually growing younger every year. But when they learned that the final treatment would be deadly, they ran for their lives. Now it is 2085. Melly and Anny Beth are teenagers. They have no idea what will happen when they hit age zero, but they do know they will soon be too young to take care of themselves. They need to find someone to help them before time runs out, once and for all….

 

10. The City of Ember Trilogy

The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)     Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked…but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all—the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness….But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone? Will the people of Ember listen to them?

 

P.S.- There are many more great books out there, these are just my favorite. I also have many other books left to explore. And most importantly don’t judge a book by it’s cover!

Books are friends! God’s not Dead! And everybody poops!

 

Sincerely Yours,

The Oreo ❤

Summer Update Alert

Summer Update Alert!!

So I tried learning how to play my guitar from videos on YouTube, but that failed miserably! Not because I have zero patience, but because it takes time to learn a new skill; and besides, I think someone has to teach me personally, not through a screen. But I will try again because it is something that I do want to accomplish during my 104 days of summer vacation. And if I don’t fully learn how to play now, maybe someone back at school can teach me?

I started reading this really interesting book called Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster and it is a really interesting autobiography. It is “the story of how a haughty former sorority girl went from having a household income of almost a quarter-million dollars to being evicted from a ghetto apartment,” and it is amazingly fantastic. She is definitely someone you will love to hate! This is only the first book of my summer, but it won’t be my last. She has two more books and then on to the next author. Later I will post my favorite books of all time!

Now onto the job situation. After being told by several companies that they have hired their summer staff (this has been mostly summer camps), I finally hit a break and have an interview this week as a camp counselor for the YMCA! And I could not have been so excited! I’m not even nervous about the interview because I know I am meant for this job. I have been involved with the YMCA since I was 7; first with the after-school program and then with the bazillion sports I played over my 7 years there. So if I get this job, my dad can get off my back about getting a job and doing work around the house. The only thing I am worried about is what to wear to my interview. Dress up or wear nice jeans and a top? What’s more professional  for a summer camp interview? Decisions decisions…Hopefully I get the job and wish me luck!!!

104 Days of Summer Vacation! God’s Not Dead! And everybody poops!!

 

Sincerely Yours,

The Oreo ❤

Summer Lovin’

I am finally home from my first semester in college and have nothing to do for once! But for anyone that knows me, this sucks!! I am the girl that brought books and homework to the mall, dinner, and volleyball games in high school. I need homework or my body cannot function. This summer is going to be very hard on me, especially if it last for 3 whole months! So my plan this summer is to:

1. Find a job!!!!

This is the most important so I can buy my books for the upcoming school year and just have money in case of emergencies!

 

2. Buy my chemistry and biology books for next year!

I want to get A’s in both and I figured by getting a job and buying my books during the summer, I will be able to get a jump start on all the homework so I am not struggling during the semester! (Told you I need to be doing homework all the time!)

 

3. Read as many books as possible!’

I like reading and like imaging other people’s lives and what could happen if you go down a certain path and books are the way to do that. They inspire me to be more and to know that I can accomplish anything if I put my mind to it.

 

4. Learn to play my guitar!

I have had my guitar for the past 3 years and had one before that and never learned how to use it. This is the summer that I learn how and write songs that I am too tone deaf to sing. This will help me express myself and who knows what will happen?

 

5. Write on my blog and finish writing my books!

Writing helps me express myself in ways I never thought possible and writing books about how I wish my life could be makes me appreciate it even more!

 

6. Add to my list.

 

This summer is about learning new things and exploring myself in ways I never thought possible. It is my turn to feel happiness and like I said, who knows what will happen this summer. So here is to an exciting and fun-filled summer filled with opportunities that will last a lifetime!

Happy Summer! God’s Not Dead! And everyone poops!

 

Sincerely Yours,

The Oreo ❤