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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Living in the Commons

Now that we are all back from Thanksgiving Break I am finally able to show you what it is like to live in the Commons! I lived on the 4th floor of the Commons last year and it was amazing! The Commons are different than any other dorm on campus because it has a common area, hence being called the Commons. The common area connects the boys side to the girls side — it is a great way to meet your brother dorm and have fun movie and game nights with everyone. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a place to stay on campus. The only problem with trying to live there is that it fills up so fast and can be difficult to find a room. But any other place on campus will be just as fun if not more fun. Your dorm doesn't make your college experience, you do. Check out the video below so you can see what it is like to live in the Commons! 

*** Boys can't go into the girls side and vice versa. 

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

How to Beat the Semester Slump

Man, it's that time in the semester when you are living off of 4 hours of sleep a week, 7 gallons of coffee and 5% motivation. Just kidding, but it feels like this at times. I have some tips for everyone who is dealing with the slump.

Go outside.

I am not sure about you, but whenever I am outside, I am never stressed. I love the fresh air and just feeling the warmth of the sun or the cool breeze, or even raindrops (because I living in Drenchburg where you never know what you’re going to get). But being outside is proven to increase your mood. Especially with the sun setting earlier, it is important to not get cooped up inside. When we spend time outside we can also see the beauty that God has created. When I go outside I tend to feel closer to God and I have more peace.

Get inspired.

One thing that I like to do when I get sick and tired of doing work is try to read or listen to inspirational stories about how people were successful. It always puts me in a good mood and really helps me motivate myself because I want to be successful too!

I listen to a lot of Dale Partridges podcasts here



I think that this is the best thing to get more energy! When I work out I can sleep easier and I just overall feel good about myself. When I get really stressed one thing that helps me the most is to do yoga! I love it because it helps me to calm down and the stretching really helps me too! Another reason I like to work out is because when I make myself go to the gym, I feel like  I really have to get work done when I get home because I took time out of my day to go work out. It keeps me from procrastinating.

Remind yourself of your goals.

You can pass and graduate and get a good job and live your dreams out. So make sure you tell yourself why you are here right now! Stop wishing you were somewhere else and do what you have to right now to succeed today!

Hope those tips help you… I need them myself! 

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Staying Busy with Internships

Hey everyone again!

I just want to talk a little bit about internships that I have had the opportunity to do! I have had the chance to work with two amazing companies and groups of people.

ABC 6 News: This last summer I worked with a news station running their social media and doing anything that they wanted me to do. I was lucky enough to be paid for this internship. Really I would just call it a job because I helped them a lot with social media tasks. It was an amazing place to work. All the anchors and reported were super cool and so fun! Loved it. Updating their website, Facebook and twitter with the latest news were a few things I did everyday. This usually kept me pretty busy. I would also find cool stories to post on our website that I knew would bring a lot of traffic to their website. In this internship I was able to work 40 hours a week so I get a glimpse into the full time job world and made some good money with it! I also helped them with their Instagram and created a Snapchat for them. Overall I learned so much about the news industry. It was seriously so beneficial.


Sam Stroud Photography: I currently am interning with a photography business here in Lynchburg. I would call this one a true internship because I am not getting paid, but it could potentially turn into a job. This internship has also been super beneficial because photography is something I want to do full-time one day if possible. The people I work with are amazing and they make 12 hour weddings worth it! Plus, weddings are super fun and the food is always super good! This internship is typically only on the weekends so it really hasn’t been too hard to balance it with my job and school. Also, when I'm there it doesn’t feel like work. I have learned a lot so far!


To be honest the way that I got these internships was through other people. I think that you can have a lot of skills and talent, but making connections with people who can help you find internships and jobs is super important. Everyone you know is a connection and they might know someone who works in the field you want to be in, all you have to do is ask!

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Campus Costumes

Things are looking a little spooky here on campus! Check out how some people chose to dress up around campus in honor of the holiday weekend! How will you dress up? 

Rosie the Riveter

Starbucks workers dressed up too! 

Just a festive Avengers sweater!

The workers at Simply-to-Go dressed up.

A scarecrow!

Iron man... without the iron. a.k.a. Tony Stark haha

Power Ranger


Jack Skellington 

A Star Wars onsies... how comfortable. 

Ursula from The Little Mermaid

Max, Goofie's son! 

I think I found the face on the milk carton! 

Just some Average Joes

Workers at Subco in DeMoss

More Star Wars! 

Have a SAFE weekend everyone! :) 

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ring by Spring

So two weeks ago, I got engaged!! Super exciting yes! Crazy, yes! But it was really great and I am going to share the story with all of you.

To begin, I will say that I was suspicious. Caleb and I planned to celebrate our one year on Oct. 17th (even though we started dating on Halloween), and he was really excited. More excited than he had ever been about anything we have planned or done. So that was my first clue into this whole ordeal. But I, like a good Christian girl, protected my heart and suppressed my suspicions about getting engaged that day, though it was really really hard. Next he started talking about one of his “friends” who got “engaged” and somehow Caleb knew everything about the ring, like everything. I am talking he know how many Carats it was, how many diamonds there were and even how much it cost. But when I asked to see who this “friend” was he wouldn’t give me a name and Caleb had sent me a picture of a very specific ring that I had shown him before. There are a few other things that Caleb did, but I just continued to suppress my suspicions and told myself that it wasn’t going to happen.

The day before it happened my best friend Lydia took me to get my nails done for “her roommates nursing ceremony” and so I thought that was suspicious too, but I didn’t want to be a sleuth and continue to figure everything out. But when we got our nails done I told Lydia how suspicious I was and I COULD NOT read her. I thought she would have cracked and would have given me a sign as to if it was or wasn’t going to happen. She did a good job acting oblivious.

Little did I know that she was a part of the plan and later that night called Caleb and told him that I was suspicious.

Here is how everything went down:

Saturday the 17th Caleb picked me up at 9:30 am and we went to the Muse, which is were we had one of our first dates. When we got there he started to give me note cards he had made that said different reasons why he loved me. These note cards continued throughout the whole date. After the Muse we went to Tiny Town Golf, which is were we had our first date. Unfortunately, they were closed (even though they said they were open) so we drove around to waste time. While we were driving around Caleb told me that he wanted me to know that he wasn’t going to propose that day even though he was doing a bunch of cute stuff for me, but that he wanted to do it eventually. In that moment, yes I was sad, but it was comforting to know that he wanted to do it one day! Though a small part of me still thought he would do it that day, I respected what he said so I wouldn’t be upset later if it didn’t happen.

Next we went to RA Bistro which is were he took me the day he asked me to be his girlfriend. So we ate there and he continued to give me the note cards. Then, we headed down to the Black Water Creek Trail where he asked me to be his girlfriend. When we got there we put a lock on the bridge with our initials on it and threw the keys over into the river. I thought this was a cute gesture, but I was slightly confused, because that is something you do when you say “forever”. After we did that, we moved down on the trail and he gave me the last note card. But this time I had to read it turned around. So I turned around, opened it and it read “I love that you get to 100%, absolutely, with out a doubt spend the rest of your life with me … turn around”. In that moment I knew that he had to be proposing. So I turned around and he was on his knee with the ring and I cried.

The end.

Just kidding. Our best friends were there and he had a guy taking pictures. It was really sweet and fun. So after we spent some time taking pictures we went over to Rivermont Park, which is were Caleb had another surprise waiting. All of his family and our friends were there to celebrate our engagement and eat cake! That day was such a dream and it was perfect! Seriously, I still can’t believe it happened.

For those of you wanting a “ring by spring”. WAIT. It will happen in Gods perfect timing and trust me, your life problems will not be solved with a diamond on your hand. It is hard to wait, but it is worth it.

Me just shedding a few tears. NBD. 


Photos by Apon Photography



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Friday, October 23, 2015

Jefferson Bethke // You can be healed


I love getting to go to Convocation and hear amazing speakers such as Jefferson Bethke. He spoke today and it was so good. He essentially spoke on the power that Jesus has to heal us. He touched on a bunch of different verses in the bible, but he really emphasized how Jesus is able to take our wounds and use them for His glory.


We all have things that we have gone through and have baggage that we carry, but a lot of us haven’t let Jesus into the areas of our lives where we hurt the most. Jefferson wants students and young people to know that they don’t have to be afraid of revealing their brokenness. Everyone is flawed and if you don’t believe that then you need to think again. Jesus takes our wounds and he heals them. When we are healed a scar is left. The scar isn’t there to shame us, but it is there to remind us of how Jesus has made us new. Scars can be used to help others be healed and reminded of what Jesus can do for them! Don’t ever thing that you can’t be cleansed from past mistakes or that Jesus can’t use someone as broken as you. These are lies that are straight from the devil.


You can be made new. You have worth. 


If you are interested in watching Jefferson Bethke you can visit Liberty's YouTube here, or Jefferson Bethke's YouTube here


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Friday, October 16, 2015

LU Send Now // South Carolina

Liberty recently started a program called LU Send Now, in which students are trained to help people after natural disasters. It was designed to help believers to be able to follow the call to “go” to respond to the needs of others. At Liberty, we want to train students to be ready when the power of God moves through us to “go” or help others.

Any student is able to join. All they have to do is fill out an application and pay registration fee. The goal is to be able to provide enough funds for everyone who wants to travel with LU Send, but there will be times when funds will need to be raised.

Currently LU Send paired up with Samaritans Purse and sent a group of students to South Carolina to assist those affect by Hurricane Joaquin. If you are interested in reading about what they have been doing in South Carolina for the past week you can visit their blog by clicking here. You can also visit their Facebook page here. 


As day two in Columbia comes to a close, we are immensely thankful for the continued prayers of our university friends,...

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fall Fashion // What to Wear?!

Fall is among us and it is probably my favorite time of year because I love layers, boots, scarves and lots of textures! In honor of my favorite wardrobe season, I put together some outfits for inspiration. I am not endorsing any brands and in no way do I consider myself a fashion guru, but you can’t go wrong with a cute outfit, am I right?! Another aspect of fall is that it is super easy to stay modest and not go out of bounds when it comes to the Liberty Way. :)

The only problem we have right now in Virginia is that every other day it is almost 80 degrees… then, next thing we know it will be snowing. I am just praying that God sends us some cool breezes and it can be 65 degrees outside. The outfits below are a compilation of my closet and my roommates' closets.. because that's what you do in college.

Boots, striped long sleep shirt, flannel scarf and just a pair of blue jeans. Fall is easy! 

This is perfect if you are feeling a little fancier! A sweater with lace at the bottom, black jeans and flats (courtesy of my roommate Kennedy).

The above is my favorite because I love hunter green and warm orange colors! Light sweater, blue jeans, boots, and a scarf. 

This outfit is pretty chill for the most part till you get to the shoes, which belong to my other roommate, Deb. Flannel, cardigan, black jeans and closed-toe wedges. 

This is perfect for church or if you are just feeling girly. Jean Jacket (Kennedy's), dress (Kennedy's) and brown booties. Just make sure your dresses aren't shorter than two inches above the knee! 

I hope you are just as excited for fall as I am! :) 




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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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