Monday’s Musings

Hey Cats!

Happy Monday! Last week was beyond busy- I had plans every night, and barely had time to be at my apartment, let alone blog! I got to spend a lot of time with friends, both new and old, which was awesome, but by the time the weekend rolled around, I was absolutely exhausted. I slept from 9:30 Friday night until 11:15 Saturday morning, and it was the best thing that has ever happened to me. Part of the reason I was so exhausted was because I went to the Outcry concert in downtown Houston on Thursday night! It was an awesome night of worship with Kari Jobe, Bethel, the Passion band, Hillsong, and a few more bands that I can’t really remember. I went with some of the girls who were in my Bible study back in College Station. We had been planning this since March or April, and I was excited not only for the concert, but to see them as well! They’re some of my besties, and I’ve missed them a lot these past couple of months! We had a great time catching up and worshiping together, and we even got to see our Bible study leaders!

Hillsong is one of my favorite worship bands, and it was beyond awesome to see them in real life! I know most of their older songs, but they also sang a few of their new songs that I hadn’t heard before. One song in particular caught my attention. It was called Touch the Sky and I just absolutely loved it. It talks about the abundant life we have when we choose to give our lives over to Jesus completely.


I will be completely honest: I have a hard time turning to God when I’m wanting to touch the sky, or accomplish things. I like to think that Kristen can do everything all by herself. But the truth is that I absolutely cannot. These words made me realize that the only way I will be able to reach heights is by being humble and asking God to guide me, direct me, and teach me, and actually listen to Him. And even if I do not accomplish my goals, I am able to touch the sky simply by being able to talk to, praise, and serve Jesus who loves me so much and chose me to be His.

I know this was a little different from the usual, but I definitely felt like this was something I needed to share. Thanks for reading!


Monday’s Musings

Hey Cats!

Another week closer to summer! Actually, that’s not really too exciting for me, as I have yet to figure out what I’m doing this summer- eek! Hopefully I can figure that out in the next couple of weeks.

Today’s quote actually goes along quite well with that anxiety of not knowing what to do…

DVF quote

I have been in a bit of a tizzy lately because I feel like everyone has plans for graduation except for me. People are either getting married, going to medical school, or know exactly what job they want to have, and I feel like I’m way behind because I have none of those things. However, this quote is a great reminder that there are many people who don’t know what they want to do, and it’s okay. I mean, Diane Von Furstenberg said it, and she turned out just fine! This week, I’m going to try and focus on the type of woman I want to be- kind, caring, intelligent, and successful (to name just a few)- rather than what job I’ll get after I graduate. That will all fall into place!

That’s all for meow!

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101 in 1001

Hey Cats!

Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope your evening is filled with lots of glitter and delicious snacks- that’s my favorite part of this holiday. Actually, that’s my favorite part of every day. I don’t have big plans, but that is okay with me! I’ll probably watch the Aggies BTHO Duke in the Chick Fil A Bowl and hang out with my bestie!

Of course, when everyone thinks of the New Year, they think of New Year’s Resolutions. They also think that they will be broken in about a week, and they’re usually correct. I’m not very good with resolutions myself, I usually lose focus or get bored, convince myself it’s not very important, and end up giving up after about a few days. This year however, I’ve decided to take a different approach. I was inspired by Zelle from A Southern Style to do 101 in 1001: a list of 101 goals/challenges to be completed in 1,001 days!

I like this approach because it seems more feasible since it’s long-term. Also, I like that there are specific goals rather than vague ones- I think it’s easier to take big projects one step at a time! I’ll share my list with you here, and I’ve made a tab at the top of the page to update every now and then! I hope you’ll consider doing this as we start the new year!

My 1001 days started December 27, 2013, and will end September 23, 2016.(I will have been out of college for over a year…TERRIFYING) I included some guaranteed goals such as getting my Aggie ring and graduating, but some are a bit loftier, such as financial goals. However, I hope that this list as a whole will help me to achieve things I want (and need!) to achieve, and help me grow in numerous aspects.

Here’s my list:

1. Get a 4.0 (one semester)

2. Go to New York

3. Read the entire Bible

4. Get a job

5. Get a real job OR get into law school

6. Buy Tory Burch flats

7. Provide a meal for someone in need

8. Publish something

9. Travel somewhere new

10. Make 15 new Pinterest recipes

11. Get 1,000 blog followers

12. Get a sponsor for my blog

13. Host a fundraiser for a nonprofit

14. Graduate from Texas A&M

15. Get a kitten

16. Go to the gym regularly for two months.

17. Make a donation to Texas A&M

18. Tithe regularly

19. Live off the 10-10-80 plan

20. Get my own apartment where I pay my rent.

21. Buy something really nice for my parents

22. Host a dinner party

23. Finish decorating my school apartment

24. Make dinner for Todd & Kate

25. Crochet an afghan

26. Clean my parent’s entire house for them

27. Buy a suit

28. Blog every day for a month (minus weekends)

29. Clean out my makeup bag 12/30/2013

30. Buy a KitchenAid mixer

31. Deep clean my room at home

32. Read “Love Does” by Bob Goff

33. Give “The Case for Christ” to someone who could use it.

34. Go 24 hours without complaining.

35. Once I have a job, go 1 month without buying something unnecessary for myself, and save the money instead.

36. Go on a trip with Kinsey

37. Audition for a theatrical production

38. Start & keep up with a prayer journal

39. Start & keep up with a “Line a day” calendar for 1 year

40. Get a plant & not kill it

41. Print off my favorite pictures to display

42. Clean out my jewelry/clothes/shoes collection

43. Read 20 books

44. Turn my blog into a personal brand

45. Save $1 for every goal completed

46. Make my t-shirt quilt with high school tees

47. Stay off social media for one week straight

48. Go paleo for 1 month

49. Join at least 1 pre-professional organization.

50. Finish this list 12/29/2013

51. Learn to prepare vegetables in a way I actually like

52. Learn a lifetime fitness activity

53. Get my Starbucks Gold Card (and maintain it)

54. Get a career-boosting internship

55. Tell someone about Jesus

56. Make a new friend in every new class

57. Go to Washington, D.C. again

58. Volunteer at Children’s Medical Center

59. Learn more about my heart defect

60. Give a speech in public

61. Grow my hair long enough to donate

62. Memorize a Bible verse a week for a year

63. Interview/apply for a job in another state

64. Get a “big-girl” purse

65. Bring a real, live boy to at least one date function per semester

66. Hold a successful conversation in Spanish

67. Rip reindeer antlers off a random vehicle

68. Leave an interview actually feeling confident

69. Be able to intelligently discuss current events

70. Take the LSAT

71. Save & maintain at least $500 in my savings account

72. Get my Aggie ring

73. Go to an away Aggie football game

74. Make a plastic bag basket

75. Make  a “Pinterest Successes” board on Pinterest

76. Write at least 1 teacher per semester a thank-you note

77. Invest in 2 more good cookbooks

78. Use my crockpot once a month (while at school)

79. Introduce myself to each one of my professors

80. Buy new music for iTunes

81. Take the Floral Design class (for fun)

82. Organize my craft box so it’s not such a mess

83. Clean out my bookshelf

84. Try 3 new College Station restaurants

85. Participate in a philanthropy 5k (GlOW, Kappa Kolor)

86. Find maroon jeans that fit

87. Keep my part of the fridge clean

88. Be done with Candy Crush (either get tired of it or finish it)

89. Make a fancy brunch every finals week for my roommates/friends.

90. Give the best MOH speech of all time at my sister’s wedding

91. Bake something once a month

92. Conquer my fear of dogs

93. Find a new devotional book

94. Have more roommate dinners

95. Knit a scarf

96. Determine what my passions are

97. Paint something for inside my closet

98. Find someone who will go two-stepping with me

99. Learn to command respect rather than just attention.

100. Write down all the recipes I come up with myself

101. Reflect on how these challenges & goals have made me grow as a person over the past 1001 days.

There you go! Hopefully I can accomplish all of this in 2.75 years! I’ll try to keep the page updated so you can see how I’m doing! Who wants to give this a try with me?

Hoping you had a wonderful 2013 and looking forward to a fantastic 2014, that’s all for meow!

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13 Things to Look Forward to in 2013

Hey Cats!

First of all, Happy New Year! I hope you had a great time celebrating with your friends and family! I didn’t do a lot, I just got dressed up and went to  dinner with a friend, and then we ended up back at my house watching the Kardashians in our yoga pants and eating queso. And it was really fine with me. As for New Year’s Resolutions, I don’t really do those. I like the concept of having “goals” better than “resolutions” because I feel like it’s more motivating. My goal for 2013 is to make a 4.0 at least one semester, or maybe both. So we’ll see how that works out. Anyways, as of right now 2013 has the potential to be a fantastic year. Lots of exciting things are on my calendar, and I can’t wait! Here are some of the things I’m already looking forward to:

1. Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl– This happens in three short days! I have been missing Aggie football, and I’m glad we have one more game before the fall. BTHO ou.

2. Spring semester starts in less than two weeks- Which means I get to go back to my friends in College Station in a little over a week! I’ve loved being home, but I’m ready to be back in my regular routine and use my planner and drink coffee every morning.

3. The Bachelor premieres January 7th- And I am dying. Sean was my absolute fave on the Bachelorette, because he loves Jesus and is a Texas boy, and I mean, have you SEEN him? omg. I think that if Emily had picked him she wouldn’t be single right now, but whatever. I cannot wait to watch it instead of doing my homework every week.

4. Pretty Little Liars comes back January 8th- And we all know how I feel about that. Obsessed.

5. Emerald Green as Color of the Year. This is just so great. I love jewel tones, and I love green. I will be on a year-long mission for all things this hue, just so you’re aware.

6. Kate Middleton is having the Royal Baby this year. I just love the Royal Family, especially Wills & Kate. Well, mostly just Kate. I mean, she is perfect and she earned the ultimate MRS degree, which is to be admired. I cannot wait for the next heir to the throne to come into the world, because I’m sure it will also be perfect.

7. The Great Gatsby premieres May 10th. I am literally beside myself about this one. It’s one of my favorite books of all time, and I am obsessed. The story of fabulous city life in the 20’s- perfect.  Also, Leonardo DiCaprio is absolutely perfect for the role of Jay Gatsby, especially since he’s put on a little weight since his Titanic days (but still, I’ll never let go, Jack!) Sometimes when I get bored I watch the trailer and freak out about this upcoming cinematic masterpiece. Going. To. Die.

8. I will be halfway done with college in May. Eeeeee! I don’t know how I feel about that, I kind of want to stay forever.

9. My cousin is getting married in July! She is the cousin I have been closest to my entire life, and was my first best friend. I am so excited for her! Also, it’s the first wedding I’m actually in, so I’m excited to be a bridesmaid!

10. I’m turning 21 in August! The last exciting birthday. After that, you’re just old.

11. Catching Fire premieres November 22. Katniss Everdeen is my hero and makes me want to learn to do outdoorsy things. I read the entire Hunger Games series this summer, and I loved it, and I’ve been dying for the next movie. Dying.

12. Britney is finally giving us new music. Okay, so this isn’t exactly confirmed (it’s not even rumored), but I can dream, right? I mean, 2012 was a great year for the Princess of Pop. I absolutely loved watching her be sassy on X-Factor, and I think we’re all more than ready for more Britney.

13. Another great year of life. While I’m excited about all of these things, I might be even more excited for the unexpected things that will come throughout the year. That’s what makes life interesting and wonderful, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for me in 2013!

Meow until next time!