In the coming months, I will be starting a Bible study in my sorority house!
When I joined Greek life last fall, I almost immediately felt called to be a light for Jesus in my chapter. This year, now that I’ve returned from studying abroad, I’ll be living in my sorority house with my roommate as my best friend alongside 55 other Alpha Chi sisters.
I have absolutely NO idea what I’m doing, and for that purpose, I am going to document the whole process in hopes that maybe I can help guide anyone out there who is looking to do the same thing!
I’ll be sharing the steps I’m taking, the things I’m learning, and my thoughts and feelings along the way. Once the Bible study is launched and happening, I’ll also be sharing how it’s going and growing, and maybe even affecting my sorority house and sisters.
Here’s where I’m at now: God has provided for me in some crazy ways in order to help me accomplish this. I am not being dramatic when I say that there have been some curveballs out of left field from Jesus when I least expected them. I’m talking prayers answered after almost a year and international conference calls. (It’s a long story.) But to briefly catch you up to speed, just know that the planning is well under way and my next step is to network with other Christians in the Greek community at school in order to (hopefully) coordinate some events between our chapters and walk alongside each other as leaders in our Greek houses!
I can’t wait to share this journey with my Y&J readers, so stay tuned!
Happy New Year, everyone!
I’m assuming most of you have jotted down a few of those infamous New Year’s Resolutions. Good for you! Personally, I love setting goals.
The truth is, though, that we don’t always meet those goals. I took a look at my list of last year’s resolutions the other day, and I only sorta met 6 of the ten goals on the list. Although I was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t more successful in 2018, I realizes that I still made 6 major improvements in my life! For example, I made spending time with God a regular and important part of my day-to-day. I got more of my writing published and I took better care of my hair. I became proficient in French, I wrote new music, and I became more comfortable with taking risks. I’d call that a win!
The point of all this: be realistic with your resolutions, and don’t stress if you can’t check them all off. We’re humans, not robots! Life is not so black and white as meeting and not meeting resolutions. So, set goals that are more abstract instead of so minute that slipping up one day means you’ve already failed.
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I have been living in Santa Barbara for about seven months now, and while that is not a huge chunk of time, it is certainly enough to do a good deal of exploring and experiencing. And in that seven months, I have pretty much concluded that Santa Barbara is the greatest city ever. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s ten reasons why…
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Somehow, 2017 has come to an end, and I think it is time this year is laid to rest. For all of its misfortunes, though, 2017 was a great year for discoveries in all areas. Here are my 17 favorite finds of 2017!
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Once again, Christmas has come and gone. As sad as that makes me (a devoted Christmas lover), I want to share the highlights of my Christmas with you in hopes that it might make gift-giving that much easier for you next year! Here are my favorite gifts both given and received from this Christmas (but in all the excitement, don’t forget the reason for the season, folks)!
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Alright. Truth talk.
Staying strong in your faith in college is hard. Staying strong in your faith at a large, public college is harder. Staying strong in your faith at a large, public college known for its reputation as a party school is, as you can imagine, a bit of a challenge. I’m not going to lie, it is really frickin’ hard sometimes.
Now, I’m not off in skimpy clothes raging every weekend. Or any weekend, actually. And because I’m not, it’s easy to feel like I stick out like a sore thumb here. It is far too easy to fall into the trap of believing that being different makes me weird.
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It’s December 1. I’d like to pretend I’m not that excited, but come on – it’s the mooooost wonderful tiiiiime of the yeaaarrrrr! I’m going to Disneyland tomorrow, I have a Christmas tree up in my dorm room, and I’m sharing my go-to gifts for 2017! Now that’s what I call a Merry Christmas. All of these gifts are between $4-$45, so there is something for everyone’s budget. Gift away!
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I am back with my second holiday gift guide for this year! While the last post was more general with items for lots of different personalities, I wanted to create a more specific and specialized guide for some fun and cute Christian gifts. After all, Christmas is about Jesus! Here are some great items for all the Jesus freaks and God gals in your life!
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I have been at college for seven weeks.
I would like to tell you that so far, they have been the best seven weeks of my life, but that just wouldn’t be true. In fact, they have been stressful, terrifying, exhausting, overwhelming, confusing, and incredibly difficult.
When the first of my friends left for school in early August, I watched them flourish. Constant Instagram posts and Snapchat stories displayed countless fun activities, tons of great friends (which they were making so quickly), and a bubbly “I love life” attitude. Naturally, I expected the same thing when I left for college.
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It’s October 1, which means that ten-year-olds everywhere are eagerly picking out their Halloween costumes for this year. I know I was at this time several years ago. (I’m pretty sure that at age ten I chose to be Hermione Granger…) However, it also means that there is an abundance of college girls getting amped up to find sets of lingerie and animal ears for the big night.
If you’re like me, this is not exactly appealing. And when I say “not exactly appealing,” I really mean not at all even in the question, are you kidding me?
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