Thursday, August 28, 2014
This summer was amazing.
In previous summers I’ve been playing soccer, traveling to different countries or working at a camp. So I guess you could say it was a little different. This summer I worked full time as an intern for a companies marketing department, so I am going to name this summer "my adult summer". I rarely got to sleep in, see my friends or go shopping (not that I really need to do that at all), but looking back I don't think I would change a thing. Even though I didn't get to sleep, see my friends or hang around as much as I wanted to, I learned the importance of being intentional and managing your time well. Monday through Friday I would wake up around 6:45, be at work by 8, and didn't go home till 5. By the end of the day I was utterly exhausted and wanted to just relax. I have a new appreciation for those who work a full time job, it is HARD. I had to learn to ignore my fatigue and go do stuff! This wasn't too hard, since I am an extrovert, but it was more challenging since I had a "grown up job". Through these long, tiring days Lord taught me more about who I am, who I want to become and where I am going. No matter where we are in life, God is working. It doesn't matter if we feel like it or not, He is God and He is faithful.
Below are some snaps of the summer.
My beautiful little sister Jordan and I on a date. We went to a Greek restaurant in Rochester called Opa! Opa!
Fourth of July weekend with my siblings at an Amusement Park. Taylor (back left), Grant (front) Jordan (back right)
My siblings are seriously the greatest. It is so cool to see how close we get each year. I love them so much.
One of my really good friends trains horses, so whenever we hang out, we ride.
Got to spend some quality time with my two best friends from high school. Jill (left) and Camillie (right)
I have recently taken up photography and I shot my first ever wedding in June.
I wanted to be like Harry Potter and write with a quill, but I also needed another creative outlet.
This summer I made so many new friends. I was not expecting this to happen, but I am so glad that it did, because it resulted in some great afternoon picnics.Posted at 2:25 PM | Permalink
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The first day of school I was 18, drank coffee occasionally, and could barely sleep in past 8 a.m. Now, in my last week of my freshman year, I am 19, I cannot get enough coffee, and waking up for my 9 a.m. class is the ultimate struggle. I have come so far and learned so much this year.
Now that I have experienced one full year of college (I must be so wise), I want to give future students some helpful advice.
You will change your major.
You will do one of the following three: like someone, date someone, or break up with someone.
You will be challenged to grow in your faith.
You will fail a quiz.
You will learn to say no to others and yes to yourself.
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Friday, April 25, 2014
This last weekend was Easter Break and since I can’t go home to Minnesota, I went to Virginia Beach instead with a group of friends. We didn’t actually go to the beach because of the weather, but we stopped by for about 30 minutes just so I could experience the ocean again before I go back to the land of a thousand lakes.
While down in Virginia Beach I mostly stayed at my friend Adie’s house and met all of her family. Her family is hilarious, just like Adie, but they are also very sweet and hospitable. On Easter it was a little hard not being with my own family, but Adie's family took me in with ease. On the first night I stayed with my friend Jenna. A fun fact about these girls: Adie and Jenna have been best friends for over 10 years so they are a lot of fun! Jenna comes from a big family where she has 6 siblings, not including herself. Not all of her siblings were home this, but her three younger siblings were home and her new baby cousin.
Living far away from home is always bittersweet. Bitter because I can’t always go home, but sweet because on breaks I get to go home with people and deepen relationships. As the year has gone by I have become more comfortable with the distance that is between me and my family. I have become more independent and dependent all at the same time.
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Friday, April 18, 2014
I can’t believe that my freshman year is over in less than a month. Seriously, it seemed like yesterday that I moved into my dorm. Looking back I can’t help but be so thankful for everything God has done and that I have been able to do! He has lead me in so many amazing directions and to so many people who have impacted my life greatly. But before I get ahead of myself, I still have 3-ish weeks to make memories, friends and most importantly, good grades (which is a struggle).
It is just a struggle to keep pushing through. I am not a procrastinator, but it has been a struggle to keep up with my crazy schedule, especially when the sunshine is so welcoming.
Leaving school will be bittersweet, so here is a list of the bitter and of the sweet:
I will miss
all my friends (you know who you are)
the Rot cookies
Johnnie Moore (but really)
the loft bed
The Muse, the White Hart, The Tea House, and Market on Maine
I can’t wait to
sing with my mom and sister
watch movies with my dad
hang with my brothers
not spend money (I need help)
see my friends from high school
go to Thursdays on First and the farmers markets
do laundry for free
drink Dunn Brothers Coffee, Spyhouse Coffee, and my mom's sweet tea
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Thursday, April 3, 2014
I love spring.
Partially because my birthday is on the first day of spring, but also because I love the sunshine! After living in Minnesota for the past 9 years, I have been anticipating warm weather in exchange for snowstorms. Unfortunately, I can’t have my cake and eat it too because last week it snowed. But on the bright side, Hannah (the best friend) and I made friends with a snowman.
Like I said before I love spring. The flowers blooming, the sun shining and being able to wear dresses all make going to class easier. I'm not sure what I will do if it snows again. You can never really know with the weather in Virginia.
In honor of spring I have made a playlist of songs all about sunshine. So while you are doing your homework outside make sure to listen to a couple.
Playlist: Here Comes the Sun
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
This spring break I was invited to cabin just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. I went with 3 other girls and we had a blast sleeping in, eating out and laughing hard. Here are some places that we check out over break:
The cabin that we stayed at was 45 minutes away from Charlottesville and so we took a couple trips to shop and walk around downtown. My aunt and uncle own a chain of boutiques called Bluetique, so we visited the one in Charlottesville. We also went to an urban Mexican restaurant. It was cheap and delicious! On one of our other trips to Charlottesville, we went to the Urban Outfitters and a cute restaurant called Brookeville Café. Overall Charlottesville is a phenomenal place.
We came back to campus Friday afternoon, which was nice because I wanted to get settled in before school started again on Monday. That Saturday I met up with some other friends and we decided to climb Sharp Top to see the sunset. I ended up climbing in jean shorts and a pair of Vans. This wasn’t the best idea but I made it. If you haven’t hiked at all while you’ve been at Liberty, you need to. Being nature helps us to recognize Gods glory. Also, being on top of the mountain reminded me of how small I am compared to the rest of the world.
Overall I had a fabulous break. It was nice to get away but I am definitely glad to be back to my crazy life on campus. Here are some extra photos from the break.
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Friday, March 7, 2014
7:30 a.m.: Meredith wakes up and realizes it is 7:30; goes back to bed
9:30 a.m.: Meredith wakes up for a second time and decides that she wants to beat everyone to the laundry room.
10:30 a.m.: She gets back, makes coffee, reads her Bible, journals and picks up her dorm.
11:30 a.m.: After she goes to pick up her laundry, she folds laundry and makes a pile of it on the floor.
12:00 p.m.: Meredith leaves the room in a wreck after deciding what to wear for the day and then goes to the Rot for lunch with her roommate and friend.
12:45 p.m.: Meredith and her friend’s head back to room to work on homework.
3:30 p.m.: Meredith decides that she wants to tye-dye bleach a pair of her pants, so her and another friend walks to Wal-Mart.
3:55 p.m.: While in Wal-Mart Meredith realizes that she needs to invest in coffee because she spends too much money at Dunkin Doughnuts and Starbucks.
4:25 p.m.: Meredith checks out of Wal-Mart with coffee, creamer, rubber gloves and rubber bands.
4:45 p.m.: She and her friend make it back to their dorm and her friend leaves to dinner.
5:30 p.m.: Meredith leaves to meet a friend a friend for dinner at North.
6:10 p.m.: Finally makes it through the SubCo line and sits down to eat.
6:50 p.m.: Meredith finishes eating and heads to the Schilling to watch Harris III: the Illusionist with a couple of friends.
8:15 p.m.: The show ends and her friends decide that they want to go geocaching.
9:30 p.m.: After finding 3 geocaches, they decide to go hang out at the Club House on east.
9:55 p.m.: They buy smoothies from Jamba Juice and watch Mulan on one of the TVs.
11:45 p.m.: Meredith is sleepy and decides she wants to go back to the dorm, so her friends take her back.
12:00 a.m.: Meredith goes into one of her friend’s room and catches up with her. She then leaves to go to sleep.
12:25 a.m.: Lights are out and Meredith is dreaming.
8:45 a.m.: Alarm goes off and Meredith gets up to get ready for church.
8:55 a.m.: She makes coffee and oatmeal and proceeds to get ready for church.
9:30 a.m.: Meredith realizes that her ride leaves in 10 minutes and she still hasn’t picked out her outfit or done her hair.
9:43 a.m.: She gets a text from ride asking if she is ready.
9:45 a.m.: Meredith bolts out the door and is off to church.
11:15 a.m.: Church is over and Meredith, being the social girl that she is, begins to catch up with her friends from church.
11:25 a.m.: Meredith’s ride beckons her to leave; they then proceed to the ROT.
11:45 a.m.: See’s best friend at ROT and eats with her and other people.
12:55 p.m.: Leave ROT with best friend and they go back to their dorm to get homework to work on at a coffee shop.
1:15 p.m.: They make all the way downtown only to find out that The White Hart is closed.
1:20 p.m.: The walk all the way to CAO to find out that there is no Wi-Fi.
1:45 p.m.: Then they proceed to the Muse, but that is closed as well. So they settle for Starbucks.
5:30 p.m.: The two best friends are done studying and listen to their stomachs and go to the ROT.
7:00 p.m.: Meredith and her friend leave the Rot and head back to their dorm.
8:00 p.m.: After relaxing, Meredith decides she wants to work out so she heads to the gym for a good sweat.
9:10 p.m.: Meredith finishes her workout and heads back to the dorm.
11:45 p.m.: Meredith has taken a shower and even finished a charcoal drawing for fun.
12:00 a.m.: Meredith is now in bed, ready for the snow day that awaits her in the morning.
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Friday, February 28, 2014
In 11th grade I visited Liberty University for CFAW where I got to see the Newsboys and The City Harmonic live in concert. Being able to go to those concerts during CFAW gave me a good impression of Liberty because I knew that if I choose to go to school here there would always be something fun to do. For example, I attended the Switchfoot concert last Friday. It took me back to 7th and 8th grade when I was a big fan of Switchfoot’s lead singer, Jon Foreman.
Since I listened to Switchfoot when I was younger, I am biased towards them, but Switchfoot is a seriously talented band. I had never been to one of their concerts before so I was blown away at their performance. They brought lots of energy to the stage, so when they were excited, the crowd was excited. Besides the energy, Jon sounded amazing and maybe even a little better than he sounds recorded. Even when he went out into the crowd he still sounded phenomenal. They are just so good.
The Kopecky Family Band, who played right before Switchfoot, was fantastic. If you like Dogwood and Holly or Rend Collective you will enjoy their music. I personally really liked their sound because they used a lot of fun instruments like the lap steel guitar; they also used lot of cool percussion parts in their songs, which gave them a unique sound.
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Monday, February 24, 2014
Hello everyone! My name is Meredith Boyce and I am the newest student blogger here in the Marketing Department.
A Little Background:
I was born in Lubbock, Texas and lived there until I was ten. Then my family decided that we should spread our Texas pride all the way to the Appalachian Mountains (North Carolina) and then the Land of Lakes (Minnesota) where I have now lived for the past eight years of my life.
If you were to ask me to describe myself in one word I would say extrovert. I love being with people and making new friends. This would explain why I am studying Coms: Ad/PR here at Liberty. Since high school I have always been very social and outgoing. There were lots of times that my friends would get upset with me because we could never go anywhere without me seeing at least three people I knew. This has carried into my college career as well, and I must say that it has gotten worse.
In my spare time I love everything and anything creative. Whether it is writing a song or blog post, taking pictures for my Instagram or painting with watercolors, I always find something creative to do. Along with being creative, I am very adventurous. In high school I ventured to the Dominican Republic and to Nepal, both for missions trips. I hope to continue traveling throughout my life.
I am extremely excited about being one of Liberty’s student bloggers. It is going to be fun to share all of my experiences with all of you. I hope that my blog is fun to read and that it inspires you to get out and make your time here at Liberty count.
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