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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Let's Talk Stress

I am very thankful for all of the opportunities I have and everything that I have to do for school. But this doesn’t mean that I don’t get stressed out. After three years of college I have come up with a few ways on how to manage your stress.


This is one of the first things I go to when I am stressed.  It is true that you will feel more productive after you exercise and work out! In order to do well on homework, you have got to increase oxygen and blood flow!
I love to lift weights because it makes me feel powerful and it also really focusing on muscles and releases stress.
Yoga is one of my best friends. I always feel like I have had a massage after I do yoga. It also helps to reduce cortisol levels; this is a hormone that you release when you are stressed that inevitable tells your body to pack on the fat, so you don’t have to worry about the freshman 15 if you do yoga for 30 minutes everyday!!

Get Organized

Unless you are perfect, you need to get organized… and I am pretty sure none of us are perfect. I have 18 credits, a job, an internship and along with that we are required to put in 20 hours of community service each semester.
Here is what I do! I look at everything I have due for the upcoming week, take a note card, list the days and write down each day what I think I can accomplish. Then I get to work on those days. I will admit that I don’t get as much done as I’d hope most days, but it definitely helps me to not miss assignments and helps me to visualize everything I have to get done. I got this awesome organization idea from my sweet and clever boyfriend, Caleb, who knows that if I don’t get organized I will go CRAZY.

This is what I do ^^

Eat Healthy

If you aren’t eating healthy you won’t feel your best and you also might worry about gaining weight, which is just another thing you don’t want to have to stress over. Your body needs good energy to function, I am sorry but burgers, fries and pizza won’t cut it.

I also find that I feel most stressed when I am thirsty. Make sure to drink enough water. All of these things are common sense, but it is easier said than done! One way I track my water intake is through an app called Plant Nanny. It tells you how much water you need to drink each day based on height, weight and amount of activity. Every time that you drink, you are also watering a plant on the app. I may or may not have let my plant die once, but I have definitely consumed more water because of this helpful tool!

Laugh a Little

Make sure you take time to pamper yourself, do something you love or hang out with friends. You have to realize that you won’t always get perfect grades and, honestly, that is okay! Obviously don’t fail, but you need to have a healthy balance, otherwise you can really drain yourself.
Plus, having fun is fun

These two make me laugh a lot (Lydia, Casey, me). 

Last and most definitely not least, PRAY (this is most important)

If we are stressed, then we are not relying on the strength of God. Yes, we need to work hard and stay organized, but we aren’t super humans and if we seek the Lord, I do believe that he will multiply our time.
Everything we do we should be doing it to the Glory of God (1 Cor 10:31) and any victories we have should be given back to Him.

So just take a few breaths and tell yourself that you can do it... because YOU CAN! 


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

GMO's: Should you be concerned?

The other week I went to an event hosted by Live Healthy Liberty. The event, as you can guess by the title of this blog, was an informational meeting about GMO’s. It was honestly very educational and I learned a lot! There are a lot of questions that many people have dealing with the topic of GMO’s and I would like to help everyone out by answering a few of these questions… so lets get started.

Disclaimer: I am not telling you to go all organic, paleo, become a vegan or etc, I just want to educated people! 


What are GMO’s?

  • GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. That is a pretty simple explanation of what they are, but that doesn’t exactly tell you what it means specifically. If you were to google “What is a GMO” this is the answer that would pop up:
    • “GMOs are plants or animals that have undergone a process wherein scientists alter their genes with DNA from different species of living organisms, bacteria, or viruses to get desired traits such as resistance to disease or tolerance of pesticides.”
  • So to dumb it down a bit, it is basically taking a cell from a living thing and putting it in foods to make them either resistant to pesticides or help them grow faster and bigger.


How will this effect us?

  • We don’t know… SURPRISE! hehe
  • But seriously, scientists and nutritionists don’t know exactly how GMOs could affect us. They have only been around for roughly 20 years, and while scientists have done research to figure out the exact outcome of consuming genetically modified foods, we can't say exactly how we will be affected.
  • This is what they do know: They do know that there has been an increase in allergies since exposing people to genetically modified foods. Also, there was a study done in the UK where a group of people were exposed to a genetically modified soybean product and there an 50% increase in soybean allergies. Interesting right?


Why is organic food so expensive?

  • Great question! There are two reasons that organic foods are so much more expensive.
    • The first has to do with labeling. In order to sell foods or produce as “organic” they have to be labeled organic. This, surprisingly enough, comes at a very high cost. The farmers and manufactures have to go through a long process of proving that they are truly organic and not genetically modified. And, it is good that they have to do this.
    • The second is because some of their food could become contaminated with runoff water or wind particles that come from surrounding farms that are not organic or are genetically modified. This then makes the amount of organic produce farmers can sell, smaller therefore they have to raise the price in order to live or make a profit.

How do I know if food is Genetically Modified?

  • Funny you ask… you can’t know! If you Google “the DARK act” you can learn why! Basically it is a bill the Senate passed that bans states from requiring labeling of Genetically Modified foods. Also, just for some humor, DARK stands for Deny Americas the Right to Know… I honestly find this hilarious, because a lot of Americans would say that they want to know what is in their food, and actually a 2012 Mellman Group poll found that 91% of American consumers wanted GMOs labeled. The only way to know is to look for foods that are labeled organic or non-GMO.


What foods are Genetically Modified?

Below is a list of crops and the percentage of them in the US that are genetically modified.

  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)


Should I be concerned?

  • I will leave this part up to you. I personally will continue to eat foods that are possibly genetically modified because I cannot afford to go all organic and Cheez-its are way too good. But I definitely want to know what foods are genetically modified and what are not.

The Non-GMO project is a great place to get more information for those who are still curious. This is also where I got a lot of my information besides the event that I went to. 

Fun Fact: There are twenty-six countries that have total or partial bans on GMO foods. The countries include Switzerland, Australia, Austria, China, India, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, Mexico and Russia.

Overall, I am really glad I went to this event because I learned so much! I am thankful that Liberty allows people to learn from many different kinds of people about many different things!  

Grace, Kennedy and I :) 


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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Liberty University Farmer's Market

Do you love Farmer's Markets? Well you are in luck, because Liberty has one! It just started last year and has continued into this year! It is a great way to learn about local businesses in Lynchburg and to see what your classmates are making and selling. Click here for more information on the Farmers. Also, make sure to watch the video and share it with your friends! 





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Friday, September 18, 2015

Sadie's Duck Call to Live Original

As many of you know Sadie Robertson, one of the stars from the hit TV series Duck Dynasty, came to Liberty for Convocation.  She had the opportunity to talk about what God has been doing in her life and what she has done in response to what God has done. Sadie has experienced some amazing things. She has been on Dancing with the Stars, she has started a clothing line, written a book and has started touring to speak about her “Live Original” movement.  But it is important to keep in mind, what I think Sadie would want you to all know, that just because she has done so many amazing things, she couldn’t have done it without God. When David Nasser asked Sadie what she wanted the next five years to look like, her response was that she typically doesn’t like to plan because most of the time God has something completely different in store for her. She encouraged all the students to think similarly and allow God to guide them through their lives.

Sadie spoke a lot about her passion behind the Live Original movement. She stated that she really wants people to feel comfortable in who they are and who God created them to be! So many times we compare ourselves to others, whether it may be on looks or likes/followers on social media, but Sadie wants people to know that we are perfect without those things. Christ died for our security, so why are we so insecure? We have no need to worry about how we look or how someone else looks. When we compare we either put our dreams and ourselves down or we elevate ourselves and become prideful. I agree with Sadie, we do spend too much time comparing ourselves to others and it changes the way we think. It is amazing how God has given everyone different talents and abilities. We are not to live in shame or pride of those things, but we are to use them for the glory of His kingdom.

*drops the mic*

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Friday, September 11, 2015

New Music Hall

Liberty just opened its new music hall, so I decided that you all needed to see it! So here is the video I made! If you happen to ever visit Liberty, make sure to check it out. It is so big and beautiful! Definitely makes me want to be a music major sometimes… But here is a link to some stats on the new building: the equipment they have, how many practice rooms there are and so much more. Enjoy!


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Friday, September 4, 2015

Year Three...

So this year I am living off campus, taking 18 credits, working a job and an internship. So let us just say that life is sorta crazy. But I am super excited to be back at LU!

To give you a glimpse of what my summer looked like, I worked for a news station in Minnesota running their social media! It was a dream, considering I was paid to go on Facebook and Twitter. I also made them a SnapChat!  But overall I learned a lot from working there, because I was able to follow the anchors and reporters around and shoot stories. It gave me a whole new respect for news, because so much work is done in one day for just a 1 or 2 hour show. Needless to say, if you ever need a cool summer job, work for a news station, you won’t regret it.

Now that I am back at school I am working like crazy. This is my last year, so I feel like I have so much to do! But in the midst of doing a bunch of homework and just work in general, I have decided to make a bucket list of fun things to do to keep my sanity. So here it is:  

  1. Go to the Virginia drive-thru Safari!
  2. Rent something from Camp Hydaway and go somewhere to use it
  3. Meet John Luke and Mary Kate Robertson :)
  4. Go on a legit picnic with a basket and plaid blanket
  5. Go to Peaks of Otter (hike)
  6. Make cold brew coffee

Let me know what I should add to this list (preferably things that don’t cost $$)!

Below are a few pictures from summer!

My brother, Taylor, and I out to eat with the family.

Let's just say I worked with some amazing people this summer.

My sister, Jordan, and I just goofing around.

At an outdoor movie with some of my friends from high school

Caleb made his way to Minnesota this summer. :)

I live with these two beauties. (Deb and Kennedy)



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Monday, June 1, 2015

Coming to a Close

The end of the year is always so bittersweet. Bitter because you have to pack, clean, and say goodbye to friends who you may never see again. But it is also really sweet because you no longer have to do classwork, take tests, or write papers and you get everything else that goes along with summer. I think that there are definitely more sweet things than bitter things, but it is still hard especially for those who don’t like change. I do ok with change, but after a while you just want some consistency. I think the hardest thing for me if that the hall your on changes. The reason it is hard is because you make some great friendships and you get comfortable with people and right when you are the most comfortable its time for you to pack up and leave.  But I think that it is a good thing. Staying in your comfort zone too long makes it easier to rely on yourself or your circumstances more than on the Lord. For instance, I am currently unsure of where I will be living next semester. Normally this would make me really stressed out, but I have decided that I am not in control and that the Lord is perfect in His time and he will put me on the right hall.

On a different note, this year has flown by so fast! I still can’t believe that the end is here! I remember flying to school at the beginning of the year and settling in to the newly build commons. Crazy (and scary) how fast it has all gone! I fell like I have learned so much about myself, who I am, and what I want to do! Looking back at the beginning of the year, I can see that I have changed a lot! I probably will say that about every year, but I really do feel that way. College changes and mature you and I won’t lie, a lot of the ways you are changed and matured can be tough, but it is totally worth it!

As far as this summer goes, I am not 100% sure what I will be doing. I hopefully will be working as a waitress and also taking pictures for people, but I guess I will just have to take it day by day!

Below are some pictures of my favorite memories from this year!

Me, Alexa and Gabs

Matt Wertz and Parachute Concert

The Gang at hannah nursing ceremony!

Thanksgiving with Caleb:)

Me, Ashlynn, Jenna & Jenna getting Dunkin Donuts

Hall Christmas Party

Christmas at home!

Lydia has become one of my best friends this year!

So many snow days!

These girls made prayer groups the

Low quality photo, high quality friends

Mr. Goodies with Caitlin :)

Last Mr. Goodies run with some friends before we all leave!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Leadership at Liberty

In high school, I had a friend from my church that went to Liberty, and whenever she came home, we would hang out and I would hear all her stories about school, her friends and all her experiences. One experience in particular, was her experience with being on Leadership. Here at Liberty, every student who lives on campus has the opportunity to be apart of a group of people who are “the spiritual leaders of the hall”. Leadership on a hall consists of two RA’s, two SLC’s and 10-15 prayer leaders depending upon the size of the hall. This past month and a half at Liberty has been pretty crazy as far as Leadership goes. The Office of Student Leadership has been busy interviewing RA’s, RA’s have been busy interviewing SLC’s and the SLC’s have been busy picking out prayer leaders.  I was a prayer leader this year on the 4th floor of the commons and I am happy to say that I will be a prayer leader on the 4th floor again next year!

Anyone who wants to be on leadership has to fill out the application the applies to the position that they are interested in and must be approved by their current RA’s and SLC’s. After that, for anyone who wanted to be a PL, you must go to the leadership fair, which is a big event where all the RA’s and SlC’s set up a booth where you sign up to interview with them to be a prayer leader.

Every prayer leader interview is a little different but the format of it stays generally the same. You interview with 4-5 other girls and the RA’s and SLC’s ask you different questions. My first year interviewing, as a PL I was really nervous, but this year I wasn't’t as nervous, and this was probably due to me know the people who I was interviewing with.  In my interviews they asked everyone various questions about being a prayer leader and the different tasks that they are supposed to partake in.  They also ask questions about your own relationship with God and how he has been teaching you.  I would say that the RA’s and SLC’s would want to know that you have a consistent relationship with the Lord and that you want to serve Him through being a prayer leader, and after knowing that, they choose based on if they think you would be a good fit for their hall. It can be a bit nerve wracking, but its really not bad at all if you are trusting in the Lord to work through you whether or not you become a PL or not.

This is a picture of my Leadership Team from this year! I love them all!

Click here for more information about Student Leadership.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Bistro is back

I finally around to making another video blog about some of the food on campus. This time my friends and I headed over to the newly re-opend "Bistro". The Bistro is a longtime favorite for a lot of Liberty Students, but this last fall semester Liberty got rid of it due to the exapansion of the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall that it once had been connected to. Now that it is back on campus, every student can enjoy their beloved Californian Flatbread. As my friend Hannah, likes to say, "The Bistro is back and better than ever"! 

Enjoy the video!


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Break 2015

Ah, glorious spring break. This sweet week came just in time. Prior to spring break, I was extremely overwhelmed with the amount of work I had to get done. But, spring break came right on time! I know it sounds cliché, but it really was just what I needed.

For the first 3 days of break (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) I went to my friend Caitlin’s house in Roanoke. We spent time, just relaxing. We cooked, we explored Roanoke and we did girly things, like painting our nails and watching chick flicks. In Roanoke, I wanted to go to the mall because they have an H&M, which I didn't’ buy anything from. Later on Saturday we walked around downtown for a little bit, got coffee from Mill Mountain Coffee, and also went to see the Roanoke Star. After that we stopped by the cutest little bakery call Bubble cakes. They make the cutest and most creative cupcakes. I got a carrot cake cupcake (to share with Caleb, because carrot cake is his favorite) and a little red velvet cupcake because that is my favorite. I will be honest, I liked the carrot cake cupcake better, but nonetheless they were both delicious! That night we were so tired that we just got in our sweats, painted our nails and watched a movie. If you are wondering what movie we watched, it was Father of the Bride, a movie that you should watch if you haven’t already.

The next day we got up early and went to church! We came back, took a nap, watched silly YouTube videos and then went to the store to get stuff to make dinner for my boyfriend Caleb and Caitlin’s friend Ayla.

Over break I also got to spend some time with Caleb and his family. We hiked Buffalo Mountian, cooked, watched multiple episodes of his favorite show House, as well as, Big Hero 6. We went running together; this is where I found out how fast Caleb can run and how not fast I can’t run! So that was a sign to me that I should run more! I am really glad that we could spend time together and I really do enjoy being with his family.

He scared me to death, becuase he actually climbed up all of that! 


I hope everyone else had a fabulous spring break! 

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