Start Something That Matters

Hello fellow bloggers and readers,

I wanted to take the time to share with you a great book recommendation before the summer comes to an unfortunate end- even though it’s only June. I am sure everyone’s reading lists have grown exponentially with it being the summer reading season, but I promise this book will be well worth the three to four day read. I took a beautiful Instagram picture of the book below (I will take compliments on my fabulous photography skills later). 😛

Anyways, the book is called Start Something That Matters, and it’s written by the founder of TOMS Shoes. It’s an in depth story of how TOMS Shoes got started, the challenges Blake faced starting the business, and the life lessons he’s learned along the way. If you’re into books that are sincerely inspirational and insightful, I would take the to check-out, rent, buy, or borrow this book. It’s a quick read, but leaves you thinking critically about the difference you can make.

Start Something That Matters

Love Does

Love Does- Brandon Heath

This one goes out to the world changer
Shining your light in the face of danger
Oh, tell us what you know
You’re a saint, you’re a son, you’re a promise keeper
Bottom of the well, still digging down deeper
Oh, how far you gonna go

Chasing down hope
Moving on dreams
Taking that path
Maybe it’ll lead you home
Maybe it won’t

Nobody knows why your heart is broken
Nobody cries while your prayers are going up
But Love does
Nobody walks on the road you’re paving
Nobody sees all the souls you’re saving
Oh, but Love does
Love does

Friday morning listening. This song is one to help you conquer the day. If you’re a lyrical person like myself, then you would appreciate this song. My challenge to you: listen to the lyrics and think about your motivations. Are you motivated to impress others? Are you motivated to be better than others? Are you motivated to impact? If so, then please let these lyrics sink into your soul.

As I have written about before, it’s human instinct to compare yourself to others and be motivated by such, but human instinct isn’t an excuse in my mind. Motivation should be pure. It should be influenced by love, faith, and the intent to better yourself based on your experiences in life, interactions with others, and relationship with God. When you listen to this song, I hope you have a better understanding of where I’m coming from. “Nobody cries while you’re prayers are going up…Nobody walks on the road you’re paving.” Think about it. Nobody cares, but love does.

My favorite part about summer is you. <3

After two and a half years of distance, we finally get to spend our summer together in the same city. It’s been a long time coming, and I couldn’t be happier. 🙂


Pedestrian Bridge


Pedestrian Bridge


Abe Lincoln Memorial #kissesforthegentleman


Chillin’ with Abe! 🙂

Orange, Passion Fruit, and Jasmine

So you’re probably wondering why the title of my post is “Orange, Passion Fruit, and Jasmine.” Well, I hate to disappoint you, but there is truly no significance to what I feel is a rather clever name. Haha.

Actually, that’s a lie.

Orange, Passion Fruit, and Jasmine is the flavor of tea I have been drinking lately, and I must say it’s definitely worth trying. All credits to Lipton. (My deepest apologies for my lack thereof humor and creativity.)

…moving on…

So here’s to my first actual post of Summer 2013. For those that don’t already know, I am interning at the University of Louisville this summer. I am the summer Conference Coordinator through Housing and Residence Life at the university. My first day on the job I got promoted in the sense of job responsibilities (not so much in pay) because there isn’t technically a full-time professional in the position anymore. Keep word- anymore. The full-time Conference Coordinator left the position last October and the department has yet to find her replacement. Therefore, when I got here mid-May, I already had a laundry list of projects and task items. Some would find it overwhelming and stressful, but I actually find peace in chaos. Chaos is an opportunity for organization, which is my strongest skill-set.

Anyways, this is my fifth week on the job and I am loving every minute of it. In five weeks, I have had already had quite a number of on-the-job experiences, which makes for an interesting and exciting remainder of the summer. I walked into an unoccupied position with no formal supervisor until two weeks ago. The one person responsible for helping me with the job transition is leaving this weekend because she took a job in Arkansas, and the person responsible for mentoring and coaching me is currently job searching and ready to leave whenever. Three weeks into my position, I had to fire one of my conference staff for breaking a list of housing policies, and then had to troubleshoot a major conference master schedule error. Haha. I must say, it has made for a very interesting past couple of weeks.

Although it was an overwhelming start, I couldn’t have been placed in a better department with more supportive and genuine people. The Housing and Residence Life department at the University of Louisville is just spectacular. They may not be a flagship department in the world of higher education and student affairs, but they sure know the meaning and value of intentionality. And to me, that’s the most important thing you can have. Since the day I stepped foot on campus, I could feel the investment the department had in my internship experience, and their commitment to my personal and professional development. Everyone wears so many different hats here, but no one ever falters to lend a helping hand when you are in need. I love the camaraderie among the staff and the way everyone welcomes you as family. I have learned an invaluable amount in just five weeks and am anxious what the next month and a half has in store.

Well, I hate to stop writing because I have so much more I want to share, but I really need to make ground on my thesis work before a meeting tomorrow. Until next time, orange, passion fruit, and jasmine. 🙂

My Journey

I am ashamed of my lack thereof blogging behavior! I haven’t posted anything in what seems like ages. Regardless, now that it’s summer, I am looking forward to getting back into my blogging groove.

In the meantime, I created this little picture tonight because I was thinking about all the places I’ve been in the past five years. Hope you enjoy! Please be on the look out for an actual writing piece soon. 🙂 Cheers!

My Journey