Ready to Kill it

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Today is the kick off to my 6th UCM Homecoming Weekend here in Warrensburg!  Wow.  6 years.  Well, after working last night and sleeping for a solid 12 hours, I’m refreshed and on my A game.  Bring on the crazies!

Here are a few pictures from homecoming last year…

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Hil, Me, Meg and Karley out and about!

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We did a whole set of scenario pictures and I’m not sure what the scenario was here, but for some reason I have a VERY different expression than them. It’s probably a good thing I don’t remember this…

I’m so excited for this weekend and soooooo excited to see everyone who is coming back to celebrate and reconnect with old friends! :) 

 

Here’s a few things I’m loving today:

1. Dove Nourishing Oil Care Deep Conditioner- it’s the cheapest one and the ONLY one that really works on my hair

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2. Clean and Clear Hydrating Gel Moisturizer- helps my face with this dry weather and it’s not oily at all

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3. St. Ives Orchid and Coconut Lotion- once again.  SUPER cheap and SUPER moisturizing, not to mention it smells amazingImage

4. Quest Nutrition Bars- I am OBSESSED with these bars.  They are all natural, super healthy and really filling.  They’re also great heated up in a mug for 30 seconds.  

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Alright, time to get to a little bit of homework before I go into work.  I’ll be working tonight 5-CL, Tomorrow Open-Close and Sunday 10-4.  It’s about to be A LOT of running around and hopefully a lot of money making!!!  Ready to kill it! 

 

 

Here’s a thought:

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Peace.

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Well, today wasn’t too eventful at all.  The Dish guy came though and we finally have cable!  Not a necessity by any means, but definitely nice to be able to finally watch a few of my favorite shows again.  It’s been a LONG time. :) I also finally picked up my tools from Jared’s apartment today and was able to hang up pictures and other things on the walls, so it’s finally looking like a home here!  A hippie home, but still a home.

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Part of the living room. And Drew. Oblivious.

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Part of the bedroom!

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My little corner of the office room. Loveeeee

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Of course. The most beautiful picture of Marilyn.

In other words… This makes for one very happy girl today.  So excited everything is coming together finally! :)

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Well, Drew’s working on some dinner now, so I’m gonna go help and then start on some homework, or go see friends for awhile!  The options are endless!

Here’s a thought:

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Talkatchalata,

Happy Hippie

A New Hippie Home :)

Half the Sky

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Half the Sky

Wow.  I can’t believe it’s September already.  Where is the time going? I guess that being busy all the time now is making time go by so much faster than it did over the summer.  That’s typical though.  Between “ending” the summer at the lake and “moving” to Warrensburg to begin a new semester of classes geared toward my teaching certification, it’s been a pretty big whirlwind these past few weeks.  I say “ending” and “moving” with hesitation because although the summer ended, I decided to continue working at the lake while taking classes this semester.  So, for now, I live in Warrensburg Sunday nights-Thursday mornings, and at the lake Thursday afternoons-Sunday afternoons.  It’s quite exhausting, but in the best way.  I am absolutely in love with the lake for obvious reasons, but more importantly I am completely in love with the amazing group of people I’ve been privileged to work with and be friends with there.  I also love my classes and professors in Warrensburg, along with the awesome new apartment we rented, so it’s kind of like having the best of both worlds all the time.  Also, the 1 hr and 40 min drive to and from the lake on Thursday’s and Sunday’s gives me plenty of time to call and catch up with my family in St. Louis, which is wonderful and makes the drive go so much quicker.  Well, that pretty much sums up life right now.  It’s crazy, tiring, and so beautiful and I’m loving every second of it.

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Thanks to some downtime last night and Drew’s subscription to Netflix, I showered up and climbed into a clean bed pretty early to find something to watch on my computer before I fell asleep.  I wasn’t expecting AT ALL to find what I found.

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This documentary follows Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn, writers for the NY Times, through their journey of discovering gut wrenching happenings of the oppression of women and young girls in different places around the world.  I can honestly say that I haven’t seen anything on tv in the past year, or so that has really gotten my attention to the point that I sat still and watched the entire thing, until now.  The first place that they visited was a center in Sierra Leone called Rainbow Centre.  Amie Kandeh run this center for young women and girls who are victims of rape in Sierra Leone.  She houses some of them, and medically checks and rechecks several thousand each year.  While she explained the details surrounding her organization, tears welled up in my eyes as she stated that 80 percent of the girls who come to her shelter are under the age of twelve. She said that the war in Sierra Leone ended and it became punishable by law to use firearms, but that rape was just a simple slap on the wrist for the rapist, while it was looked upon as an unforgiveable sin cast upon the victim.

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Another story that really pulled my heart strings in this documentary was that of Somaly Mam in Cambodia.  Cambodia has an alarmingly high number of young girls and women bought for nothing and sold into brothels for 100 percent profit each day.  Somaly Mam was actually bought and sold by a friends aunt when she was 12 years old into a brothel where she had between 10 and 20 customers a day, saw her best friend beaten to death, and finally escaped during a police raid a long time after.  She went on to develop an organization that not only provided housing, counseling, education, food and so much love to girls who had also been sold into brothels, but she developed a strong set of connections with police department and began going on raids by herself each week to expose the brothels and save the young girls from them.  So many of the young girls had no family to return to upon being rescued because they were looked at as an embarrassment and as shameful children.

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There are so many more incredible stories on this documentary and so many young girls affected by different forms of gender based discrimination each day all around the world.  I highly recommend watching this.  More so than anything else I have ever seen.  This documentary pulled at my heart, opened my eyes and set a fire to my soul leaving me desperately eager to play a part in not only ending this, but in being right there with those girls and being able to love, educate and inspire them.  It’s made me even more aware of the cruel injustices that go unspoken each day and of the number of people who are truly unaware and uneducated on these issues.  One of the most interesting thoughts that I had last night while falling asleep was this: I have never been more aware of the the number of people in this world who live incredible lives and leave deep footprints on the hearts of so many people in this world.  I have never been aware of the number of people who have lived lives like this that I have never heard of.  Never seen.  Never spoken to.  I want to be there.  I want to know all of these incredible, hardworking, determined and loving individuals who devote their entire lives to loving others.  I want to be one of them.

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ImageI have already got a pretty good idea of something I may look into doing after seeing this documentary, but for now I’m going to keep it in the safe confines of my crazy head and just let it simmer for awhile.  I’ll keep you posted though. :)

Here are a few links to different resources and organizations that I’ve talked about in this post, just in case you would like to check them out.

Rainbow Centre in Sierra Leone

http://www.rescue.org/where/sierra_leone

Somaly Mam in Cambodia

http://www.somaly.org/somaly-mam

Half the Sky

http://www.halftheskymovement.org/

Here’s a challenge:

Open your mind today.  Learn something new that will better you and share it with someone else.  Knowledge is power.

Here’s a thought:

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Talkatchalata,

Happy Hippie

Rainbow Sweatbands & Bright Sunglasses :)

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So, I’m just sitting outside at Panera right now working on a few things for school and I got a weird urge to write in this old thing.  No explanations for why I stopped posting… Just needed the extra time to live more I guess.  :) Here’s a quick update on life these days: 

  • Living at the Lake of the Ozarks and loving every minute of it.  It’s definitely been a learning experience in many different ways, but just like everything else in life it’s been completely worth it.  
  • Not going to Spain in the fall.  Plans for that fell through at the end of May and while I was a little bummed for awhile, I honestly think it’s the best thing.  Everything happens exactly how it’s supposed to and that’s just how life is.  
  • I have absolutely no plan for the fall.  (Weird.) I am so excited for it though.  Not looking forward to it too much though because that would mean missing out on right now.  Ain’t nobody got timeee fo that. :) 

Being here this summer has taught me so many things.  I have been challenged so far beyond my comfort zone it’s ridiculous, but the reward has made it worth the challenge.  I guess that’s how life is though.  If we get too comfortable, we end up settling and forgetting how to push ourselves.  Here’s a few things I’ve learned.. or maybe just remembered… this summer. 

 

  1. Always remember who you are.  Always.  I think that it’s so easy for us to lose pieces of ourselves as we grow up, but what we don’t realize is that who we were to begin with IS good enough for everything that is to come.  There’s no need to change yourself, lose yourself, or give up pieces of yourself to get by in life.  You are you and you fit perfectly in all of the places you’re supposed to be in life.  So, if you don’t fit; don’t change.  Just keep on keepin on.  :)
  2. Time is so precious.  I have become so aware of just how important each minute of each day is.  Don’t waste a single second of it.  There are days when I am absolutely exhausted because we all run ourselves ragged down here, but then I crawl in bed (usually when the sun is coming up) and I have a couple more memories to throw in this old head and that makes it worth it.  The way I see it is that if I were to die tomorrow, would I be happy with what I did today?  It’s a great way to live.  Not always the most conventional, but hey I’m not all that conventional either.  
  3. Be silly.  Be crazy.  Be wild.  Do outlandish things that no one else understands.  Live so much that your heart is full and a smile is always on your face.  Dance around in rainbow sweatbands and bright sunglasses.  Stay up all night and jump off the dock when the suns coming up.  Drink beer and ride tricycles around.  Jump off of cliffs into the lake..and if you get hurt… jump again the next time.  Take road trips back home for a night with good friends and a little sailor. ;)  Surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard your stomach hurts.  Be curious.  Don’t ever be afraid.  And love until your heart feels like it’s going to burst.  

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Here’s a thought:

 

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Talkatchalata,

Happy Hippie :)

It’s Good To Be Back

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I can’t believe it’s 2013.  Time is seriously going by at warp speed right now, and I honestly wish that it would slow down a bit.  In each isolated moment of the day I am happy and excited about what’s happening around me, but as I look back it all seems kind of like a blur.  I guess that’s part of growing up though.

Well with a week of the new semester under my belt, I can definitely say a couple of things with a strong certainty:

1: I am going to LOVE the MA in Teaching English as a Second Language graduate program.  It’s going to be a lot of work and the classes are going to take a bit of getting used to, but the excitement of it all should hopefully motivate and push me through the tough parts.

2. The GA position with Graduate Studies is awesome.  I won’t lie, I was a little nervous at first accepting the position because I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, but I couldn’t have landed myself in a better department to work in.  Everyone in the office is so helpful and patient and fun to work with and be around that it makes work something I’m starting to look forward to each day.  :)

3. I’m going to learn a lot about pit-bulls. I found this beautiful girl at the grocery store last week and intended to take her into the shelter the next day, but after hanging out with her for just a couple of hours, Drew and I both fell in love with her and decided to keep her.  Her name is Benelli, or Nelli for short and she is SUCH a character.  She has the most readable facial expressions I’ve ever seen in any dog and it has made each day SO much better from all of the laughter she provides.

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Meet Nelli :)

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She gives the best/ craziest kisses

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Twins? Hahaha

4.  It’s going to be a great semester.  Really, it’s going to be a great year.  There are so many new things to learn, and to look work towards.

A few things:

  • Shrimpfest next weekend!
  • The Gladiator Mud Run on March 9th!

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  • My birthday on St. Patrick’s Day!  23 isn’t anything exciting, but it’s still a birthday and it’s on St. Patrick’s day, so that ALWAYS makes it awesome! :)
  • The Mustache/ 80′s Party in April.  Such a great time last year, and I know it will be even more awesome this year! :)
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  • The Hospital Hill Half Marathon in Kansas City on June 1st!  I am SO excited to begin training for this next week and even more excited to have my friend Hunt to run it with me! 
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Well, there a quick screen shot into the beginning of what is sure to be an amazing year!  It’s a pretty lazy Saturday night around here.  I decided to take a little down time and cuddle up with Nelli and some Netflix and it’s turning out to be quite a relaxing night. :) Tomorrow is the employee Christmas party, so it’s probably definitely a good idea to rest up and save energy for that because it’s sure to be a LONG night. :)

Here’s a thought:

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It’s good to be back. :)

Talkatchalater,

Happy Hippie

Jump, Jump Wiggle Your Rump and Walk it Out Like Grannie

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It’s labor day weekend! :)

 

And here in Warrensburg, labor day weekend 2012 means…

  • Kickin’ off the weekend with a GREAT day at work on Friday. :)  When I was leaving for work, I noticed that it looked like an insane downpour was on the way, so I decided to run through McDonald’s and pick up Ashley and I each a frappe because caffeine is a necessity, especially on a rainy day.  Well, it turns out that she had the same idea and had picked up sodas for both of us on her way to work, so it was double caffeine day!  And to top it off, we both had on Razorback hoodies in honor and celebration of the first game of the season being tonight!!  It was such a fun day and the kids were extra good, which means that they had more smileys than frowns on the scoreboard at the end of the day.  I was SO excited because more smileys= The Continental Drift. Now you may be wondering what that is exactly, but instead of telling you I will show you.  Just picture this dance… and a class of 24 fourth graders doing it.  It was seriously the highlight of my week.

  • A nice long nap after school on Friday with the sound of the rainstorm the WHOLE time.  Perfect.
  • No alarm clock for three days.  YAho0o0o0o0o!
  • A rainstorm that has not stopped since yesterday morning at 8am.  I love the rain, but my hair does not.
  • Razorbacks first game of the season!

 

Alright, well for the sake of enjoying this time to do absolutely nothing, I’m going to log off of this computer and do just that.  Hope you’re all having a GREAT weekend!

 

 

Here’s a Thought:

 

Talkatchalater,

Happy Hippie