An Internet Gem.

College

Before I share the newest, most amazing and addicting site on the entire internet, here are four things that have been going on:

1. I found out today that I’ll be stretching my PR muscles once again by teaming up with Bugs4Christ for another awesome project. I’m sure I will dedicate a post to that later.

2. I’ve eaten around seven avocados in the last two weeks. Guacamole basically runs through my veins and I’m happy about it.

3.  A tree fell across our street and into our yard at around 5 a.m. on Sunday. It caused a transformer to explode not too far from my window, and I was pretty convinced that I was going to die. Thankfully, nobody and no cars were hurt, but I wasn’t a fan of being woken up to the ear-splitting sound of a tree falling and snapping numerous power lines.

4. Speaking of our house, we finally gave it a name- The Penthouse. The name has a long back story, which I may or may not type up later. Naming houses is a sort of an RUF tradition in Athens, so it’s a big deal that we finally came up with a title.

NOW for the internet gem. I recently stumbled upon FOUND, which is a National Geographic blog. Nat Geo is possibly my favorite magazine on the planet, and I was pretty much ecstatic when I found this.

What is FOUND? I’ll leave it to the site itself to explain:

“FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public.”

Basically, this blog showcases a bunch of unpublished, beautiful Nat Geo pictures. I’m drooling.

I was going to share a few links to my favorite pictures on the blog, but I can’t choose. They are all marvelous. So please, just go explore the beauty of FOUND.

K

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Ode to Summer Music

Just Life and Stuff

Several events have inspired me to write this post. Firstly….

I GOT TICKETS TO GO SEE MUMFORD AND SOOOONNS.

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My favorite band of all time! I got the special “email invite,” (since apparently I’m a big enough fan to get an invite or something like that) and bought a few tickets for my friends and I to go in September. I’m a little excited.

SO ANYWAYS, I’ve really gotten into digging up new music. Specifically, folk/indie/rock music, which I adore. So I thought I would share my newer discoveries on here.

1. The Oh Hellos

I got hooked on the Oh Hellos last semester, and they are one of my all-time favorites. If you listen to “Through the Deep, Dark Valley” from start to finish, it tells an intricate story full of metaphors and allusions. They are similar to Of Monsters and Men and their lead male and female vocalists are phenomenal.

Listen: Second Child, Restless Child

2. The Doodads and Don’ts

I can’t get enough of Riverbed and War. They remind me of the Head and the Heart. This band has a pretty small following (note how hipster I am right now) but has some pretty powerful lyrics and strings. Plus, I’m all about those male harmonies.

Listen: Riverbed

3. Josh Garrels

I really started listening to Josh last winter, and he is awesome. He has a very unique sound. His music is very chill, I played it while studying for last semester’s tests. Look up the lyrics to Farther Along. Woah.

Listen: Farther Along

4. Casey Abrams

I vaguely remember him from Idol, but it wasn’t until a few months ago that I listened to his album. His voice is crazy different and I love it. His songs remind me of summer.

Listen: Ghosts

5. The Rend Collective Experiment

Gareth Gilkeson has a voice similar to Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE (also one of my favorites) and their sound is a mix between the Oh Hellos and Mumford.

Listen: Come On My Soul

Of course, I have to include something from my favorite band ever: Mumford.

Happy Listening!

K

As of Friday at 4:00 PM, I’ve been in existence for two decades. I still feel about four years younger, so I guess it’s the mindset that counts.

To be honest, the last week of work was rough. I had a stomach bug, both of my chacos broke, I had a massive headache, we lost all power for eight hours at camp, and I had the most embarrassing moment of my life. However, I am deciding to view the beginning of my third decade as a fresh start. July is going to be more laid back for me (hopefully) and I get to travel and get ready to move into my new house.

Although work has been pretty taxing lately, I still see that God is good and He is at work. I can see lives being changed because of camp, and if that’s not motivation, I don’t know what is. The next step of my job is to reach out to donors and potential supporters through publications, and I’m looking forward to this new PR side of my position.

On another note, my family got a new PUPPY! Her name is Nala and she is a baby yellow lab. I am madly in love.

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Also, one very excellent part of my birthday was my beautiful, scrumptious, perfect, delicious, fabulous CAKE.

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This masterpiece (was) a gift from my best friend from camp and my sweet bosses. It was a red velvet cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory, one of my all time favorite restaurants on the planet. I can honestly say that this sucker was the best birthday cake I’ve ever tasted. And I’ve had a lot of cake.

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I want to upload some more pictures for this post, but honestly, I’m just too pooped at the moment. My flickr page is updated though!

– K

God, Just Life and Stuff, Relating Publicly

Great things He has done.

College

I got a very important email today, one that would determine the outcome of the rest of my college career and influence my entire life. The email told me that I’m officially a part of one of the top Public Relations programs in the country.

This email answered my prayers, gave me a huge relief, and reminded me that God is always sovereign, even when I’m doubtful.

I seriously didn’t think I would get into my major. My grades were right on the “minimum” line, so naturally, I was terrified. So many times I’ve been “not good enough” for many jobs, positions, or people. I couldn’t bare the though of being “not good enough” for what I want to do with my life. Just the idea of rejection has weighed on my shoulders every day for the past few months. Writing, nonprofit, and communicating with others are all things that are close to my heart, and I am passionate about them. PR is my ticket to a career filled with my favorite things. This is why I couldn’t stand the thought of being rejected.

Luckily, I was blessed with acceptance. I owe my major to God’s Grace, since there were many reasons why I shouldn’t have gotten in.  I’ve promised to use my major/career to honor Him, because He gave me the opportunity to go to my favorite school and major in my two favorite things. I want today to always serve as a reminder that God’s plan is great, and I should never doubt Him about anything ever again.

– K

SB Update 1

Travel

I feel as if as if the last couple days can be best shown in pictures:

First, I made some muffins in the dorm. Yes, I stole milk from a dining hall, using a tervis. Risky, I know.

They turned out pretty well

Now I'm slaving over french...

..but at least I have my all time favorite show: SVU.

I’ll be cooking a lot over the next few days, so get ready for recipes!