Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fall 2010 Sched

It's a little early to be writing this, but seeing as school is starting in less than a month [.... i know] I might as well:

Monday:

9:30-10:30 - Chapel
12:00-12:50 - Intro to Convergence
1:30-2:45 - Journalism Research
3:00-3:50 - Nature of Computing
4:30-5:20 - PR Practicum
6:00-9:00 - Acts

Tuesday:

8:30-9:20 - Volleyball
10:30-11:45 - Writing for Public Relations
1:30-2:45 - Theology I

Wednesday:

8:00-9:30 - Work
9:30-10:30 - Chapel
12:00-12:50 - Intro to Convergence
1:30-2:45 - Journalism Research
3:00-3:50 - Nature of Computing

Thursday:

8:30-9:20 - Volleyball
10:30-11:45 - Writing for Public Relations
1:30-2:45 - Theology I
3:00-5:00 - Work

Friday:

8:00-9:30 - Work
9:30-10:30 - Chapel
12:00-12:50 - Intro to Convergence

+ writing for the newspaper, PRSSA, Social Action ministry, church, and a dance/yoga class or two...

looks like it's going to be a crazy semester. Can't wait!

<3

Sunday, July 25, 2010

This verse...

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

-Romans 12:2


As a teenager/college student especially, I feel this verse is a daily challenge to follow.

But we can't grow if we're not challenged, right?

I Dreamed a Dream

I Dreamed a Dream

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
And they turn your dream to shame

He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came

And still I dream he'll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

-Fantine, Les Miserables

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Reminder to Self:

At the end of the day, it's still all about God.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Donde esta summer?!

It was the end of May. Finals were almost completed and I could already visualize myself laying out in the sun, day in and day out. By the time I had finished packing the last of my things, I could practically feel the ocean's salty waves lifting my body up and down.

And then I came home. And the perpetual California Gurls record I had playing in my head came to a screeching halt.

June gloom had arrived, and it wasn't. going. away.

I would wake up every morning and the overcast chilly weather was there. For four long weeks... make that five or six since the gloom extended into July, I would be forced to hike, party, and live in 65 degree weather, with little to no sun. What was this?! I don't know if it was the weather or if it was sheer exhaustion from school, but June was a bad month. Sure I had fun here and there but mostly it was just me in a slump.

Then finally last week [40 days before school starts, I might add], the sun came up! Finally!

Bike rides! Hiking! Bonfires! Parties! Beach all day!

But now, only 7 days after the sun decided to show itself, he has disappeared again.

Lamest.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

In A Relationship

I like being in a relationship with God better than being in a relationship with a boy.

Here's why:

1. God won't ever break up with you or make stupid excuses for his behavior. He will stay there until the very end... and beyond that. "Til death do us part" doesn't really apply in this relationship.

2. God won't ever hurt you. Remember those fights and cruel words? The tears and insecurities? Yeah, God doesn't bring that upon you.

3. No matter how shitty you treat Him, He will always forgive.

4. You won't get pregnant. The whole Virgin Mary incident not included.

5. He always has time for you. AND He likes your friends.

6. You can skip the whole "meet the parents" thing. Well, He can meet your parents, but at least you know He won't show up late to dinner and He won't be awkward.

7. He fills the holes in your life. Emotional dependence on God is actually healthy.

8. That whole commitment thing? yeah, He kinda loves it. He won't freak out when you say you want to be with Him the rest of your life.

9. You don't have to ditch Him during girls nights out.

10. He wrote an entire book with promises, love songs, and TRUTH for you.

uninteresting.

i eat, i sleep, i work, i think.

i also occasionally laugh.


this unexpected bout of laziness and apathy towards all of life stems from my not spending some QT with God.

so I will be back once the whole apathy thing has ended.


That's one of the best things about being in a relationship with God. No matter how "boring" your life is at the moment, best believe He will come and shake things up, for His glory. Following Him and doing what He says basically means living a Christ-centered life. And from what I've seen and experienced, there's no such thing as an apathetic, boring life when Christ is in the picture.

So apathy, meet thy doom!


<3

Friday, July 9, 2010

hiking, the 4th, Little India and other summer adventures.

So this summer I've decided hiking is something I actually enjoy.

Somewhere in between the years of hiking The Narrows, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and various cave and waterfall expeditions, my father's ideals of nature have rubbed off on me and I've begun to take some adventures of my own :)

Last month I found myself hiking to the Hollywood sign with two friends. It was perfect weather, sunny but windy, and the trail was just challenging enough for me to work up a sweat... though that was largely in part to the sun. Anyway, it was definitely worth it!



This was the view at the top. And yes it feels like you're on top of the world, or on top of Los Angeles anyway.



We may or may not have had to tresspass, but I've always believed in the saying, "It is better to beg for forgiveness than to ask permission." And we didn't have to beg so it's all good.

While the hot dusty roads of North Hollywood were fun, this past week I decided to stick a little closer to home. And by home, I mean the ocean.

There's just something calming about standing over this vast body of water, shades of grey and blue by turns, and knowing God is in control. There is so much to take in. The metaphors, artistic inspiration, and the sheer power of the water is endless, a never ending wealth of our biggest fears and hopes.



This was the view when we first started hiking down the cliff. Breathtaking, no matter how many times I've seen it. (photos taken by my lovely cousin, Mikki).



After slipping and sliding down some hills we were greeted with the salty aroma of the ocean, barely crashing waves, and a lotttt of seaweed.



We also saw a lot of these little guys. One came scrabbling up by the rock I was standing on and it felt not unlke a very large spider crawling around :p Not cool haha.

Other than the hiking expeditions, I celebrated a surprisingly fun 4th of July, lit off firecrackers for the first time in my life, explored Little India, and ventured to a bonfire or two. Shopping and movies have also taken up a surprisingly large amount of my time, which is odd considering how little I care for buying things 90% of the time. All in all a good summer so far! :)


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

different kinds of love.




Every relationship reads like a story, complete with humor, romance and sometimes tragedy. Always irony.

Some relationships are short stories, some are novels, some are a series where the characters keep returning, even when you thought they were done with. Some stories are great only for a certain time in your life, but once you grow out of that phase, the story just doesn't work anymore.

But in the end they are all truly stories, aren't they?

It doesn't matter if it was a seven-chapter stint, or a novel the size of your physics textbook, they were real. You learned from them, you were influenced by them.

Some of the stories weren't entirely enjoyable of course. They may have started out captivatingly enough, but the ending was so drawn-out that you couldn't wait to just close the book already.

Or maybe your story began as a slow read, but picked up speed unexpectedly towards the middle, leaving you breathless till the very end.

And sometimes the relationship is just a great read from beginning to end. You read the first page and you're hooked, and you go through the entire story absolutely addicted. Even if you have to put the story down for awhile, you just can't wait to get back to it. You don't mind re-reading it. It's a keeper.

There are the stories that you won't ever forget, even if you never read them again.
There are the stories you remember fondly, though you don't know exactly why.

It's just a matter of sorting through the different stories you read in your life and deciding which ones youre willing to take the time to read again, which ones you are willing to commit to reading to the end, and most importantly, which ones you are going to keep.

A truly great story is one to be cherished. If some parts are tedious or difficult, it's worth plodding through because the ending is wonderful.

now that i have similied the crap out of this interesting metaphor it's time to return to my own story. stories. whatever.

happy reading!

<3

Friday, July 2, 2010

Definitely going to see this!

Say what you will about Zac pretty boy Efron, the guy can act. and sing. and dance.

And I'm not referencing High School Musical when I say this.

Anyway, besides the fact that Zac Efron is ridiculously talented gorgeous, this movie looks good :)

I've already seen Toy Story 3, so I guess this is next on my "to see in theaters" list:



I can't wait!