Artists, they stand boldly.

My friend recently talked about how she loves going to shows so much because she finds life in seeing the artist boldly exclaim their deepest thoughts to thousands of strangers. She loves how vulnerably the artist stands on a stage, exploding their emotions to everyone. They stand elevated, emotionally naked.

If you’d ask me to read my journal in front of thousands of people every night for the next year, I would want to say no.
But artists, they are bold.

This weekend I got to see two bands that I love. Local Natives and Arcade Fire.
At both shows there were fans stuffed into rooms and arenas connecting their lives to the lives of the artist. They connected because of the artist’s bravery. They connected because of vulnerability. I loved getting to see that.

We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”

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Plunge for Landon

Today’s snow/weird mix of weather didn’t stop my friend Allie and I from plunging it for Baby Landon, thanks to our friends Jamie, Jonathan and Austin who called us out.

Now, we called out our friends Jess, Lettie, Mia, Myah, Chelsey, Becca and Paige!!

For each person that plunges, we’ll donate to this 5-month-old who is battling cancer.

For more information on this guy, check out

(I apologize for the poor quality, technology gets confusing sometimes.)

The internship search is OVER (for now)

I have accepted a position at a really incredible agency in Kansas City and I couldn’t be more thrilled! It is a real internship too, where I have clients and other real things. These positions are extremely competitive, so I’m extra proud.
With that, I have three things to say.

1. Praise Jesus.
Praise Jesus because during this search I have become even more excited about my major and the world of communications. I love how public relations let’s me work to make a small idea something important– where I get to see what potential my clients have and then physically make it happen. I also love getting critically solve problems when there doesn’t seem to be much hope, much like what Jesus does with you and I. During the internship search I saw a lot of the gospel. It was fun.

Praise Jesus that this is over.

Praise Jesus because I get to move to Kansas City, which is something I’ve wanted to do for over a year. Now I get to check out if it’s a place I’d like to live after I graduate.

Praise Jesus for my friends and family who edited numerous essays and resumes, listened to me blabber about subjects they could care less about and rejoiced with me in the end.

2. Thank you to those people. I am so grateful.
3. I hate cover letters.

Yep. I’m saying this loud and clear… I HATE THEM.
This could bite me in the butt later in life, but truthfully I could care less. I really do not like writing cover letters. I hate having to professionally come up with a three to four paragraph essay about why someone should hire me. Truthfully, the dude also applying probably sounds quite similar to me. I just hate them. You can argue with me, I don’t care. I just don’t like it. Most applications involved a cover letter with something extra, which is why I made an origami dog.
Thankfully for this internship I didn’t have to write a cover letter! Instead I had to write an essay where I compared myself to a brand. I chose my shampoo. It worked, I guess.

I’m so releaved this process is over. Also extremely thankful, hard work really does pay off. Now to do this again in a few months for a real job, yucko.

This is me during the internship search:

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This is me after the internship search:

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Recap of February and March: insane

Y’all, life is insane.

Really, the past two months have be insane. Fun, but insane.

I’ve been going crazy over schoolwork and intern applications.

Basically, I thought taking 18 hours was a good idea and I haven’t accepted an internship yet, so I can’t say too much, but let’s just say it’s a lot of work. (I am going to blog more about the internship process, but I’ll do that after they creep me.)

It’s safe to say James Kirkpatrick and I are basically best friends.

Although I’ve been really busy, the past two months have also been really fun.

So, here’s a quick recap of the exciting things in life:

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We had several snow days, so a ton of girls came over and we ate breakfast, watched movies and ate snow ice cream. This was one of the first cool community moments of the semester.

One of my best friends, Katie, turned 21! So, I made my first two-layered cake.

I found my student ID after being lost for a year and a half. I guess this was a sign from God I ought to go to the rec center.

Katie, Mackenzie, Sophia and I went to a free concert on valentine’s day. It was probably one of the best days so far this year.

My campus minister and his wife had their second baby! This is Emily, not the momma.

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CCH threw a prom for the kids at Show Me Christian Youth Home! The theme was Candy Land, with the live cast and board game.

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My friend Rachel is a photographer and came to visit me from KC. So, while she was here she took photos of Sophia, Mackenzie and I. Hilarious day.

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I went to the library a lot. Sometimes with Lettie (to me, this picture is hilarious.)

I made an origami dog for an intern application. They didn’t hire me. shoot.

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I went to Tennessee with all of these people. ALSO, I went hiking. If you know me, you’ll know I do not go hiking. BUT, I went from loathing hiking to kind of being okay with hiking. Plus learned a lot. It was great.

I finally visited Thistle Farms in Nashville.

The UCM cookie was announced. Big deal people. Chocolate Chunk Carmel.

I watched FROZEN and sang Let It Go every single day.

UCM won the national championship in basketball. Truth be told: I didn’t know they were good until they were in the final 4. whoops? Anyways, there was a parade where the best players stood in a fire truck.


cool things that do not have pictures:
I received free tickets to a Miley Cyrus concert. So, Katie and I are going and cannot stop laughing at how hilarious this is.
I learned a lot. A lot about people, the Lord and text books.
The very first thunderstorm of the spring happened. The second is currently happening.
I convinced my brother to like tea.
I bought a coffee grinder.
I went on a grad school campus visit.
I enrolled in my very last semester of college.
+more things I cannot think of at the moment.

Life has been crazy but really fun. Sometimes unexpectedly fun.
Praise Jesus for that.

(Now I feel like a mom scrap booker with all of these pictures everywhere. web designers: I need your free help.)