A Four Year Finish

Spring of 2015 showed up sooner than expected and May 15th was the day I kept wishing for all semester to take its sweet time. Now it is June and while things are different and new, I still feel quite similar as I did when I embarked on my four year adventure. Crazy how a four year finish can change you during the longest haul but leave you feeling your same old self at the end. Because aside from a flipped tassel and thousands of flipped pages I am still me. Just a better, brighter, truer version of me. Less- baby-faced, less tethered, less hesitant me. One with 22 candles with eyes looking bravely at what is coming my way and hands palms-up waiting and expectant to receive what is next. Like a whole year off!!!!!!!! Like the unknowns of upcoming grad school applications, like this new “big girl” job of serving and loving on foster children who aren’t sure of what love really feels like, or trying long distance friendships on for size, or nurturing an income from scratch.

But still I’m me. Still a kid at heart and height. Still sporting bright colored mismatched socks and the highest of ponytails. Still scribbling out pro-con lists. Still using my hand as my favorite recycled post-it note to etch down reminders. Still love being under the sunshine. Still convinced my mom is the only person who reads this thing. Still and always thankful for numerical and alphabetical street signs so I don’t stay lost for long. Still, I prefer college football field-side but know watching from up high will be just as fun too. Still continuing my Monday night membership of dinner, wine, and reality tv with the girls, and STILL never knowing what we want to eat that night. Still fighting the tendency to appear that I have it all together and planned out. Still letting out heavy sighs and soft smiles when His grace intervenes with perfect timing. Still me. Despite a four year season of all things new, unpredictable, exciting, chaotic. All things excellent and absurd. 

thank God for the excellent absurdity which enables us, if it so happen, to play great parts without pride & little ones without dejection, rejecting nothing through that false modesty which is only another form of pride, and never, when we occupy for a moment the centre of the stage, forgetting that the play would have gone off just as well without us“. | CS Lewis

If I sit still long enough to press pause and rewind the film I can’t help but notice that even with changed addresses, faces, settings, feelings, career plans, back up plans, and priorities not once did my Playwright step out of scene. Steadfast He stood, watching His craft worry and muddy herself and stumble through missed lines and miscues, crave bigger parts and louder applause, and sometimes forget whose show this really was. Forget that this whole production would have gone off just as well with out her. Playing back and participating in almost every part. Scenes of off-stage, backstage, and center stage. Scenes of solitude and whiny monologues. Scenes of big audiences and loud cheers and those of dim spot light lighting, and curtain pulling. Scenes spent as supporting cast polishing others for their big roles. Steadfast He stood. Through every misread, every hesitation, every hint of anxiety and doubt. All the while being way proud as He added, altered, erased, and perfected her.  

I have learned way more than what my transcript or inked up notebooks could tell you. I’ve learned just as much inside the classroom as out. I’ve learned about others and and I’ve learned about me. Oh the things these past four year have taught me. I have learned: Little ol’ Lubbock isn’t a little small boring town, even though my “con-side” of the college decision making list would have previously said so. Never put on lipgloss if your hair is down and Lubbock wind is blowing. Getting ready and dressed from head to toe for a football game on a moving bus is in fact possible. Ski Trips are way fun minus the actual skiing part. Nothing compares to West Texas sunsets. It’s probably best to limit oneself to a two drink max at Chimy’s. Defensive linemen who are three times my size are way more friendly than scary, and funny too. Being a student, twirler, and part-time employee has perfected my pack-an-extra-pair-of-clothes, take meals-on-the-go from amateur to professional. I’ve learned to be at peace with the fact that I will never know who A is on Pretty Little Liars. Putting my phone on airplane mode for 30 minutes to “unplug” has become the most rewarding part of each day. I have learned to invest, relate, and seek out intentional relationships with others from down the street, out of state, and around the globe, because a mere service project or a poorly thought out social media post will not suffice to make a true change. When my heart is stubborn, unreceptive, thankless He still sends surprises my way because I am no exception to His sweet grace. Grow up only in the good ways. When you mess up, own up. When everyone else is doing the same, its okay to just do you. Future Red Raiders pay close attention to this last bit of knowldge… Ready?… If you park at the Football training lot TTU parking services wont ticket you because they don’t check. Shhhhhh!!!!! Oh, one last thing, telling yourself you won’t be friends with the older girl who has the same nike shoes and practice clothes fearing she’ll think you’re trying to copy/be her is the biggest lie. Not to spoil anything but you might end up being best pals and may write a blog together. 

So cheers to the past four years and the One who wrote all reality and remembers it more clearly than I do. Who never stopped watching, polishing, and applauding. What an adventure it has been! I wasn’t needed but You thought it would be way more fun to include me and You were first to high five me after I crossed the final stage of my four finish. Now as post grad I am training to work with foster children and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I am still able to tutor Tech athletes. I’m currently helping two freshmen prepare and embark on their four year adventure and I can’t to watch in the audience and see how it all plays out. 

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SARAH IS GRADUATING COLLEGE!

The day has finally come! Sarah is graduating from Texas Tech University this afternoon and I am so extremely excited for her! A few months ago we got together on a nice spring evening and walked around campus to take her senior pictures. Now that the day has finally come for her to graduate, what better time to share some of them with the world? But before we do this, let’s throw it back to when Sarah was one of the most adorable baby girls Texas has ever seen:

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With over 500 shots taken, it was really hard to narrow it down. With that being said, here are SOME of my favorites:

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I mean, we had to get at least ONE “hand shelf” in there 🙂

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One thing that Sarah and I both love to do is listen to my dad’s wise sayings that he likes to bestow upon us. One of our favorites was when I was trying to decide which internship opportunity to take when I was in college. He told me “A Bird in the Hand is Worth More than Two in the Bush.” What he was trying to say is that “A bird in the hand,” is yours, and it’s not going anywhere unless you let it go. But if you leave it and go for “two in the bush,” there is no guarantee you’ll catch them, you might even end up with nothing in the end. My friendship with Sarah is something I consider to be “A bird in the hand.” I am so thankful that God placed her in Lubbock Texas 4 years ago at Texas Tech Twirling Tryouts. She is such an amazing friend to me and I value our friendship more than she knows! No matter how many other “birds” may come or go I know that we will always remain friends.

So here is to you Sarah…..Now go concur the world!

Bucket List

We’ve horribly neglected updating our blog but we have some new stuff that we want to start posting and we want to share it with you all. We felt like being more adventurous this month so we thought we would challenge ourselves to a month long mini bucket list. It’s a pretty simple idea: create a list and check it off. We are both fabulous list-checker-offers but this list is less mundane and way more exciting. We each made a short list of tasks that we have never done but I have always wanted to try. We are giving ourselves one month to complete the list and we have to take a picture during each event. Once we are done we will report back and hopefully have some interesting stories to share.

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Sarah’s List:
1. Try 24 hour juice cleanse
2. Bake cookies and deliver them to my local hospital nursing staff, police, and fire department and thank them personally for what they do
3. Attend a wine tasting
4. Help someone else check off something on their bucket list.

Amanda’s List:
1. Take a Spin Class
2. Attend a baking or cake decorating clas
3. Read the book “To All The Men I’ve Loved” from LC’s Book Club
4. Attend a workshop or training for career development

We are really inspired to maximize this month by trying new things and going out of our  comfort zones. At the end of March we will follow up with how things went.

What Kind of Book Best Describes You?

Hello! Hello! Hello! We are so sorry we have been absent for two months but we are back in action and ready for the Holiday season! Back in the beginning of the semester I (Sarah) was asked by one of my professors “What kind of book best describes you?” in a “get to know me” intake for the whole class, and I thought it would be fun to elaborate more and of course let Amanda join in on answering this out-of-the-box question as well.

Question: What kind of book best describes you?

S’s Answer: The type of book that best reflects who I am would probably be a coloring book. I identify with bright colors, having creative freedom, and feeling satisfaction after I complete something to the best of my ability. I wouldn’t describe myself as a novel because sometimes most times I have difficulty using my words. I’m not great at sitting still for long periods of time and I am most definitely not one who has every punctuation mark placed perfectly in their lives.

I prefer being childlike over being professional. I can be naive and slightly gullible at times but I hold on strongly to my creative abilities and sense of originality. Outlines give me just the right amount of structure while open spaces allow me freedom to create something new. I enjoy being able to make my own choices by picking what colors go where and knowing that no one will ever be able to create the same masterpiece that I am etching up.

Sunny days are my sanctuary and my taste buds always crave fruity flavors. I listen to my music a little too loud and my eyes are widest when I see the splendor of a West Texas sunset that my Illustrator perfectly paints each evening. I’m a 10 year old trapped in a world telling me to grow up already, unwilling to turn my doodles into resumes. I trade in early bedtimes for late night adventures of taking study breaks to go play with friends’ new puppies, roaming Jones stadium after hours to take in the calm before Saturday’s storm, and going on Broadway crawls that end with bare-feet-jumping-around-on-kitchen-tile dance parties.

I’m not one to expose my whole self by being an open book placed on a shelf for a curious costumer. I gravitate towards the privacy of my own refrigerator with only a select viewing audience of close family and friends. I think it’s very important to leave your mark on something so I don’t mind switching up the pace or adding my own twist to things that have already been done before. I use my 24 pack of fine point sharpies to scribble out packing lists, frantically post reminders, and boldly print due dates, because black ball point pens only leave left-handed smudges, and who wants to be described as a giant smudge or a misprint?… I try not let my age define my state of being or let urgency and post-grad plans rob my sense of color. Plus, who am I to alter the design of what The Ultimate Artist perfectly drew up and hand crafted.

A’s Answer: I think the type of book that would best describe me would be a 2015 Kate Spade Planner. There is just something about writing down all of my tasks, events, and deadlines on a piece of paper that makes me feel excited. Sure, I have my calendar on my iPhone and my electronic calendar at work, but it isn’t the same. Call me “old school” I guess, but nothing beats out a trust planner that I can hold in my hand.

I guess you could say that a planner technically isn’t a book, but the way I look at it is that a planner is a book about you. You could almost say it is your autobiography. Now it may not be filled with eloquent sentences and perfectly fitting adjectives, but it truly represents who you are. I believe you can really tell a lot about someone by what their planner looks like. For instance, are you the type of person who buys a planner, spends all day writing things down and never looks at it again? Or are you the type of person to include motivational quotes and verses on the days that you know will be tough to get through? Your planner perfectly describes you without even trying.

Now you might be wondering, why a 2015 Kate Spade planner in particularly? Well I purchased this beauty just a few months ago and I am in love. The simplistic, classy, and fun design fits my personality to a t! If you are in the market for a new planner to get your new year started out right, you definitely need to look into this beauty! I purchased mine at Dillard’s for $36.

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(They do not sell the Gold Dot online, but they do have the Ikat! Purchase Here.)

WCW: The Texas Tech Twirlers Edition

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Happy Wednesday Everyone! Amanda here… I wanted to take a quick second to talk about a group of girls who have worked so incredibly hard this summer, The Texas Tech Twirlers! [In case you didn’t know, Sarah is the Head Twirler for the TTU Twirlers!] Currently, the girls are at Notre Dame for the 2014 NBTA National Championships. The competition officially started yesterday, but today is their first team event. They will compete as individuals and a team a few different times during the week and then conclude with the National Collegiate Championships on Friday.

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Being a twirler in college is very different from other collegiate sports and activities. During the spring and summer, these girls don’t have a “class” that they attend to practice. All practice is held outside of regular class and work schedules. They don’t receive funding to help pay for trips to Regionals, State, and Nationals, it all comes out of their own pockets or is fund raised by the girls themselves. So while being a twirler in college is an amazing experience, it is also a LOT of work!

With that said, join me in saying GOOD LUCK to this great group of girls who have worked so hard to get to Nationals this year! Now go show them what being a Tech Twirler is all about!

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You can follow them on these different social media sites for updates:

Twitter- @ttutwirlers
Instagram- @ttutwirlers
Facebook- Texas Tech Twirlers