Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Day of Firsts



Yesterday was a day of many firsts for me. It was most importantly my first day as a Viking. I felt like a freshman all over again. Wandering around campus with a map in my hand searching for my classrooms. I found my first class with ease (psych 311- Human Development), it was my second class (comm 200, a basic level comm class that OSU did not have, so I have to take it with a bunch of under-classman :/) that was alot more difficult. Jesus sent me a helper yesterday when I was so lost I couldn't tell up from down, right as I was about to give up and drive home, a girl pointed me in the direction I needed to go. I decided it was best that on Wednesday I grab a coffee from Starbucks and walk around finding my classrooms, and it might make me feel like I fit in better. Like maybe I do know what I'm doing, and I won't have to keep telling people "I'm new," "I'm a transfer."
Yesterday to match my season of newness and openness, I tried a pumpkin spice latte' at Starbucks. Gonna go ahead and say... not my favorite, but at least I tried! After I had class I also had my first shift at Nike as their new permanent employee! Last but not least I decided that I better take a picture of my first day of school, to not only document the first day of my last year of college, but to also begin exploring the idea of fashion on my blog. I am trying to branch out, oh and I just bought the cutest brown boots, that I got 70% off from Cathy Jean. Gotta love that! So I am posting my first ever picture of my outfit for my first day as a PSU Viking. (Disclaimer, I have not, nor will I ever forget that my Beavers are first in my heart, but I have to be open to new things).



Love and Fresh Starts

-Kate

Saturday, September 24, 2011

30 Days Has September

Tis the season! Well... almost. I must say the transition from summer to fall isn't always easy, but for me this year I welcome fall with open arms. Rain it's ok to come out now! Time for a new chapter, new lessons, new opportunities, new friendships, and a much needed fresh new outlook on my school year ahead. Life ain't always what ya think it outta be, or at least that's what The Band Perry tells me...
As some of you may know, I keep a pretty extensive planner with me at all times. Some would say I'm an organized person. So I made a list. A list of 14 things I am excited about in the school year ahead.
1) I will a college graduate in less than a year's time.
2) I only have class 3 days a week
3) I get to live in Portland where alot of my friends are
4) I have made new relationships with people that live in Portland that I am excited about exploring more.
5) I want to focus on being a great friend, daughter, and sister, and I can practice on the people that live here.
6) Bible study on Tuesdays nights with other women who are stumbling after God at a similar pace that I am.
7) I am continuing to work for Nike, in hopes that it will lead to a job when I graduate.
8) Excited for what the Lord has for me, and is continuing to teach me as I am a single, 22 year old woman, finishing school, and trying to do His will, not my own.
9) Learning to budget money, save money, and really start acting like a grown up (which isn't easy when you live at home with your parents again)
10) Continuing to pursue music, playing my guitar, and possibly having my Grandpa teach me Spanish.
11) Training/ running in my very first 1/2 marathon!
12) Working on my fashion. Affordable, but grown up.
13) I get to be apart of a church (Solid Rock) where God is doing big things!
14)Continuing to learn what it means to be selfless.

So here is to working towards being a woman who lives her life for others, but also gets her own ish taken care of. Happy Fall y'all!

Love and falling leaves,

-Kate

Friday, September 9, 2011

Crazy Girl

Ever heard of the Eli Young Band? If not, you need to listen to their latest song "Crazy Girl," (which I so kindly added the youtube clip for you to make it easy). I was listening to it the other day, and the lyrics made me think so much of my relationship with my Father in Heaven. The chorus goes like this....

"Crazy girl, don't you know that I love you?
I wouldn't dream of going nowhere
Silly woman, come here let me hold you
Have I told you lately I love you like crazy, girl?"

It made my heart melt a little, slash conviction started creeping up on me. This song is meant as a love song from a man to a woman, but I like to look at it from God's perspective. Whenever life has me down, or I get in a rut of sadness I can just picture him saying those words to me, "Katie you are so silly, come here let me hold you." Like a father is supposed to love and cherish, hold, and protect his daughter, our Father in Heaven is even better at these things, if we let Him be. So why don't we always run to Him? In times where we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, why do we look to other things? He is the only one who can clean up our boo boos, kiss it and make it better, but yet continually I run to other things, other people for the comfort that God knows how to bring me better than anyone. He reminds me often that He is not going anywhere, and when I think myself dizzy over situations He is there to hold me and bring me comfort, and tell me I need to stop being such a crazy girl.

P.S The Eli Young Band will be at Dukes on Halloween this year, anyone interested? I think I just might have to be at that one. Until next time, I'm going to work on running to Him as my shelter.

Love and Protection,

-Kate




Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Home Sweet Home

I'm home! And I don't mean Beaverton. Corvallis, home of the Beavers! Even with how vacant the city is right now with students still absent, this city is home to me. Driving down Hwy 34 into town just brings a flood of memories. So good to be back in my city. This city is the one I will tell my children all about. I still remember my parents showing me one of their old houses back when they were single living in Salem. They were so excited to show us their old digs. I just know I will be equally excited to show them the 447 house. I might even be bold enough to ask whoever the renters will be at the time if we could have a quick tour. Haha. Too far? When I drove into town yesterday I didn't have the guts to drive by my old house. I don't know what it is. I'm happy that the new girls moved in, and that I know them. They are going to make that house look so adorable I bet. It's not my home anymore. It's theirs. I can visit, certainly, but... it's not my house.

Still I just know my children will be the ones dressed in Beaver gear straight out of the womb, bleeding orange and black just like their mommy. I will take them to football games down here, and they will have it instilled in them, that the ducks are bad, and Corvallis is where they should probably go to school (unless they choose a bible college of some sort, in which they better be getting a scholarship to go there, ya heard?) All of that to be said though, it just does feel so good to be back here. I am staying in South Town with one of my old roommates right now and it just feels so good to wake up to a quiet house with 1) french press of course (standard) 2) a beautiful backyard, the perfect scenery to inspire a blog post and 3) a whole day off from work with endless possibilities! Ok Jesus here we go today, lets live for you, and lets live in pure JOY! Nothing is getting me down today, nothing is stopping me from living life to the fullest! Now it's time for a 5 mile run, and then I think my roommate and I might have a photo shoot out by a barn that I see in the backyard of this house.

Love and Possibilities

-Kate

Friday, September 2, 2011

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine



Sometimes I feel as though I take my life way too seriously. My dad sometimes says (more so when I was a little younger) that I think the world revolves around Katie, and everyone else is just living in my world. In the times where I have a healthy grasp on this life in the here and now is when I feel like I'm truly living life to the fullest! I went to see a movie last night with one of my good friends. It was a serious movie, but there was a part in it that both me and my friend could not stop hysterically laughing at (even though that was not the intention of the scene at all). In that moment I was thinking about how no matter what it is you may be going through, whatever valley you might be in at this time, laughter can make things better if only for a short time. Any ounce of drama I may have, any hard time I am going through, is not only making me stronger but it is healed the quickest I have found when I am able to laugh about it. Not right away, certainly not in the moment itself, but eventually when I can take the seriousness out of it all and laugh is when I find the deepest healing. I included a scene from one of my favorite movies of all time, "Steel Magnolias," because it shows in cinematography what I am trying to describe with my words. So here's to dropping our heads back, showing all our teeth and holding our tummies, let's let laughter in our lives more! Sound good? And you can start by watching this clip because it never fails to put a smile to my face.

Love and Giggles

-Kate