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!

Back To School Playlist

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Can you believe that summer is already over? School is back in session! To help keep you company while walking across campus or to help keep your spirits up while driving to work or school, we put together this great Back to School Playlist!

  1. Bo$$- Fifth Harmony
  2. Bang Bang- Jessie J. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
  3. Don’t- Ed Sheeran
  4. Boom Clap- Charli XCX
  5. I Will Never Let You Down- Rita Ora
  6. All About That Bass- Meghan Trainor
  7. Shake It Off- Taylor Swift
  8. Money On My Mind- Sam Smith
  9. Chandelier- Sia
  10. Wild- Jessie J.
  11. Problem- Ariana Grande
  12. Really Don’t Care- Demi Lovato
  13. It Was Always You- Maroon 5
  14. Girls Chase Boys- Ingrid Michaelson
  15. Riptide- Vance Joy

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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

Friday Favorites {Texas Tech Football}

Happy Friday Everyone! Tomorrow is the Texas Tech Spring Football Game and we are pumped! In honor of this weekend, today’s Friday Favorites post is dedicated to the top 5 reasons why we love Texas Tech Football!

1. Pregame Show- Goin’ Band Style
“Who’s the greatest band in the land?”
“Goin’ Band!”
“Wreck ’em Tech!”
“Go Red Raiders!”

Seriously, no one does a pregame show like the Goin’ Band. The crowd in the Jones goes crazy when they see the band run out of the tunnels!

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2. Hype Song
When this song starts blasting through the stadium speakers everyone knows it’s officially Game Time!!!

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3. Kliff Kingsbury
“Our coach is hotter than your coach” doesn’t event begin to describe Kliff. The atmosphere that he has created for his players and the passion that he has poured into Texas Tech Football is evident. Lubbock is now back on track to being one of the rowdiest crowds in college football.

4. Twirling, duh.
Nothing compares to twirling with the Goin Band for all of our rowdy red raider fans

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5. Game Day in Raiderland
Texas Tech is already one of the most beautiful campuses in Texas, but add some more Red Raider spirit on game day and it is a sight to see! The Saddle Tramps work all through the night wrapping the Will Rogers statue (yes, the butt is facing Texas A&M) and decorating campus.

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We will see you at the Jones tomorrow!

xoxo,

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