Meredith's Blog

How to Beat the Semester Slump

November 12, 2015

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! 


Staying Busy with Internships

November 6, 2015

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!


Campus Costumes

October 30, 2015

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! :) 


Ring by Spring

October 29, 2015

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




Jefferson Bethke // You can be healed

October 23, 2015


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