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.
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! :)
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!!
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 ^^
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!
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 :)
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!