What Spring Break Taught Me About Rest

I needed Spring Break like I needed oxygen. 

The month leading up to the break, I had at least two exams each week (normally three) because two of my classes have 5 exams total rather than the normal 3. (Ugh.) On top of that, every single one of my five classes (even my online class) has a project. All are due the end of April, so I’m in prime-time “get-stuff-done” mode on those. On top of that, I shared an update on my mental health and my little daily struggles. I say “little” because I know that one day, I will look back and think I was actually rather blessed to worry about school and traveling and big life changes because it meant exciting things were happening in my life.

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Just an Update I Guess

Hi, sweet friends. It’s been a few months since I first shared my anxiety story on the blog. A huge weight was lifted that day, and a new world was opened. For pretty much my whole life, I only shared about my mental health with people very very close to me, and then suddenly I gained hundreds of new little pieces of light and warriors of encouragement. So, thank you. And I feel like it’s long overdue to give you an update.

I heard someone recently describe the season of life they were in and they referred to it as a “battle”. I couldn’t put it any better myself, really. Moving to downtown Houston, going to a new school, and living alone made me face my biggest fears, and it really hasn’t been anything more than a battle.

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Sister Weekend

Whenever I don’t have any travel plans or visitors (read: Cameron comes to town) for the weekend, I head home after my classes on Thursday. I think that has been the absolute best part of transferring to Houston; I’m a 40 minute drive from home and I can spend time with my family, Chip, and a shower that actually gets hot water. (Only downside about my Airbnb.)

This weekend, the parental units were actually out of town for business, so I was to fulfill my role as eldest sister and make sure everyone got up, ate, and went to school. Also, people ask all the time how many sisters I have, and the short answer is that I have 3. 1 biological, 2 “sisters-from-anotha-mister”. (And you can tell which is my biological sister because we look like straight up twins. More on that later.)

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50 Random Facts About Me

I feel like ever since I’ve kind of re-vamped the blog, there have been some new faces! It’s crazy how much I feel like ya’ll are my blog family, and at the same time, I feel like we don’t know enough about each other. I love the 50 Random Facts tag on YouTube, so I thought I’d do it over here. And in return, you can tell me some random things about yourself in the comments, so I can know ya better!

  1. I used to be ADDICTED to Diet Coke. I drank it in the morning instead of coffee, and now that sounds so gross. I think when I first started my blog I was still an addict, so if you scroll way back on my Instagram feed there’s probably several Diet Coke cans pictured.
  2. I hate puzzles. Probably because I suck at them. And I really don’t like doing things I’m not good at, but I’m trying to get over that.
  3. I was in a commercial for my aunt and uncle’s store. The commercial was all in Spanish and only aired in Honduras, so I’ve never been able to watch it or show it to people which makes it sound like I made it up!
  4. I have a scar on my left hand from where I cat bit me when I was babysitting when I was 12.
  5. I used to try to sleep in my splits when I was a dancer because I wanted to have perfect flexibility.
  6. I love being outside, but I hate smelling like outside.
  7. I am afraid of jack-in-the-boxes even though I know when they are going to pop out. (*cue the scene from Elf*)
  8. In second grade, I fell off the counter I was standing on trying to get a mug for milk and I had to wear an ice pack in my pants to school for a couple weeks. I was so injured, I couldn’t sit on the floor with the rest of the kids. I had to stay in my seat and sit on a pillow!
  9. For the third grade play, the part I wanted the most was to play the mom. I got the part and was so happy to be bossy and wear an apron.
  10. I almost went to the University of Iowa to major in English and be on the dance team.
  11. The high school I graduated from, I only went to for my senior year. It was a private Christian school and I LOVED wearing uniforms and having chapel Wednesday mornings. I miss it so much and wish I went there all through high school!
  12. My sister, Caroline, and I get asked if we are twins all the time, and when people find out we aren’t actually twins, they always think she’s older. (But I’m 2 years older!)
  13. I’m really close to my Dad. I want to be like him when I grow up!!
  14. When my parents first met Cam’s parents, they kept saying how Cam’s mom looked so familiar, but couldn’t figure out where they’d seen her before. Months later, Cam noticed a piece of painted pottery in my room. Turns out, his mother had owned the studio I painted it at and we used to go there all the time! So it’s possible I had seen Cam years before we actually became friends and then dated.
  15. Cam and I planned for him to ask me out on November 15th because 15 was his favorite number.
  16. When I was younger I was OBSESSED with Jesse McCartney in the way that some people nowadays are obsessed with One Direction. I had SO many posters in my room.
  17. I either get told I look like Hilary Duff or Leighton Meester. I’m ok with either of those!!
  18. A lot of people can’t figure out what nationality I am. Some people say I look 100% American and some people think I’m Asian. I am 50% Honduran and my mom is from the states.
  19. No, I am not fluent in Spanish.
  20. I haven’t had un-painted toenails in 6 years. I just don’t like the way my toenails look without polish haha!!
  21. I was a drill team officer in high school and it was one of the most challenging and rewarding positions.
  22. I’m a literature nerd. I LOVE Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and anything Greek mythology.
  23. I ALMOST got certified to be a Zumba instructor, but then I was transferring so I didn’t. I really hope the opportunity comes along again because I think it would be so fun!
  24. Oddly enough, I think my favorite food ever is tuna salad.
  25. I’m obsessed with libraries and churches. When I’m in a new town, I like to wander around those if I can find them!
  26. My favorite place in the world is Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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