Friends Pushing Me to Be Better

I just ate a dinner of popcorn, Chex Mix, celery, chocolate cake, an apple, “gorilla dip”, and a singular chicken wing.

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#nutrition

Also, the only thing I watched from the Super Bowl last night was the halftime show and the Honda commercial with the singing sheep, and that was everything I needed.

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I love Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars, but did anyone else feel like the halftime performance as a whole was a weird combo?

Anyway, I have nothing more to say about the Super Bowl, so let’s talk about how my wonderful friends have been kicking my butt in the best way possible.

Rewind to Friday: I had biomechanics in the morning, a good lunch with friends, bible study, a workout, homework, and productive procrastination (working on a birthday gift for someone!).

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Two of my dear friends, Mai and Kelsey, are in my bible study, and listening to their perspectives and insights on Scripture and faith in general was so inspiring. Most of all, their willingness to share their own doubts and trials humbles me to face my own doubts and trials.

Saturday started off with a walk through winter wonderland to get to work (unintentional alliteration).

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I tried to pack more substantial snacks so that I wouldn’t be so lightheaded and cranky like I was last week at work, but I guess all the walking, cooking, and cleaning I do (and the fact that I end at 2pm) just does me in. Needless to say, lunch was again demolished.

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While I was studying, my pal Connor came up to chat with me for a bit, and he gave me nuggets of wisdom to deal with my academic stress. His words were simple and things I knew logically, but I still needed someone to tell them to me in order to internalize it. 1) Happiness is important. 2) Don’t stress out because other people have more knowledge than you. Do what you need to do, but there’s no good in comparing and worrying.

Good stuff.

Saturday night involved a workout, some studying, and Tasty Burger (!!!) with the best friend.

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A cheeseburger from this joint was on our food bucket list, and Saturday night was the night to crush it.

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We liked their milkshakes as much as we liked their burgers! The shakes were uber thick and creamy. Like, you had to work those cheek muscles to drink it through the straw.

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love at first bite

Rachel and I talked about our Lent resolutions since it starts this Wednesday, and one of my things to “give up” is makeup. I don’t wear a lot, but I do wear a little every day. I told Rachel with hesitance that I would give up makeup, but the next day I told her I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it. She insisted that giving up makeup would be good for me, and that I shouldn’t cave just because it’s hard (it’s definitely not supposed to be easy!). I agree. Wearing no makeup will help me focus on my character and fight vanity.

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My roommate Jordan also gave me a great slice of humble pie when I told her that I’m not always early (and sometimes a little late) to things, especially if I’m meeting with a close friend. She told me that everyone, close friends or professional mentors, should have their time respected. Duh, common sense, right? But it’s easier said than done for me these days (punctuality is slacking). Jordan is 100% right though. I should never take advantage of my friends’ time just because I’m close to them.

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Lastly, my amazing friend Christina invited me to do mobile soup kitchen with her last night. I joined her and some other kind volunteers, but I knew that I wanted to make it back in time for the Super Bowl halftime show. Towards the end of the route, I started to get impatient and antsy to make it back to campus, but just watching how patient, considerate, and kind Christina was with all the people we met was a humbling and beautiful sight. A lesson in selflessness right in front of me.

I am constantly in awe of my friends and the beauty of their souls. God is definitely shaping me up through their example and words. And of course, so many bloggers push me to be better too. Thanks, guys ♥︎

Hope you all have a happy week! We’re kind of hoping that BU calls in for a snow day today…

So tell me:

Do your friends keep you “on track”?

What is one lesson you learned/were reminded of this weekend?

Thoughts on the Super Bowl/halftime show?

Best thing you did this weekend. Probably Tasty Burger with Rachel!

Spill It Sundays #6: My Favorite Music

Can I just tell you how excited I am that we have a three day weekend for Martin Luther King Jr. Day? It’s somewhat bittersweet because it’s leading us right into midterms week, but the extra day off definitely helps with some extra studying time.

I have a social life, I swear. On Friday night, I went to my school’s varsity basketball game (that we won!) and then out for a delicious sushi dinner with my best friends. ‘Twas super lovely!

Alright, now it’s time for the fun stuff: Spill It Sundays Music Edition! I suggested this theme to Arman, so obviously, I want to participate!

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Head over to the big man’s world to check out what kind of music other bloggers love/hate!

All time favorite musical artist/band:

It’s too hard to pick one!!! Can I choose a top three? Of course I can— this is my blog. 🙂

1. Tori Kelly

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2. Coldplay

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3. Josh Groban (his old songs, not his new stuff)

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A varied group for sure, but all of these artists never fail to make me move, groove, and belt out their songs. Now, this doesn’t mean that I listen to these artists’ songs all the time, but when I do listen to them, I instantly remember why I love them so much.

Favorite genre of music:

Evidently, I like a variety of genres. Some of my favorites include:

  • Singer/Songwriter (Tori Kelly, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Lucy Schwartz, The Civil Wars etc.)
  • Alternative (Coldplay, Imagine Dragons. etc.)
  • Indie Rock/Folk Rock (Mumford and Sons, Young the Giant)
  • R&B (ZZ Ward)
  • Contemporary Christian (Chris August, King and Country, Audrey Assad, Moriah Peters)
  • and yes….mainstream Pop (Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, and everyone else on the radio)

I’m indecisive.

Least favorite genre:

Metal. Heavy metal, light metal, I don’t know. I just don’t get it and it scares the crap out of me.

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I mean…..

Musician that shouldn’t be called a musician:

Any heavy metal “artist.” Yelling doesn’t count as music.

Embarrassing music tastes:

I actually fear that my neighbors often catch me dancing around to super upbeat, feel-good songs like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and more recently, Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas song, “Underneath the Tree.” Yes, I do really love that song too. I’m a dancer (and fun fact: I used to take ballroom dancing lessons), so it might not be that ugly, but that doesn’t mean I don’t make a fool of myself.

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I also used to be obsessed with Hannah Montana— the show and the music. My brother was kind enough to burn and label DVD copy of an old tape of me singing her songs…by myself…to the camera.

You will never see it.

All-time favorite song:

Ironically, it’s not even by any of the artists mentioned above!

*Drum roll*

To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra and Ma Fleur

I fell in love with this song when I first heard it in 2012. The teacher played it during shavasana at the end of her yoga/stretching class at the Orlando Ballet School Summer Intensive, and I started shedding tears as I laid there listening to this beautiful song. I really hoped no one opened their eyes and saw me. I made sure to ask the teacher what the song was, and then I purchased it on my iPhone almost immediately. I’ve listened to it a lot in the past 1.5 years, but I’m still not sick of it! That’s how you know it’s a favorite. It’s insanely beautiful and I’m always reminded about the blessings of my faith, family, and home when I listen to it.

Sap central right thar.

Bonus fact: I’m a huge fan of listening to music that matches my current state of mind, so I often imagine that I’m in a movie or a music video when a certain song is playing. Examples:

  • Driving on a beautiful day to “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
  • Being down in the dumps and listening to “The Scientist” by Coldplay
  • Gettin’ groovy with my friends to “Let the Groove Get In” by Justin Timberlake

Don’t even tell me you’ve never done this!

So tell me:

Who are your favorite music artists?

What kind of music do you despise?

What is your all-time favorite song?

Agree that you’ve imagined yourself in a movie/music video when a certain song is playing. 😉