Hey everyone! So as you can probably tell by the title, this post is going to be a pretty short and sweet one. I know I have links all over my blog, but I just wanted to take a second to tell everyone.
I HAVE A YOUTUBE CHANNEL! AHHHH!
I am still kind of freaking out about it because originally I hadn’t wanted to start one because although I love filming and everything, I kind of wanted to be a behind the scenes girl and was content helping my best friend with her channel. But after some time, and watching Louise (a.k.a. SprinkleOfGlitter) and Zoe (a.k.a. Zoella), I realized that both of them ran blogs (which are adorable) AND had channels, and while their main concerns are their channel, I realized that while my blog is a pretty great thing for me to start on, a YouTube channel would help benefit me and help me reach other audiences.
So now I am making it official. I already have several videos up and I have others planned, so I hope you enjoy not only the blog but also the videos!
Plus don’t forget to check out the above mentioned blogs and channels, and I will link them here!!:
Louise’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Sprinkleofglitter
Louise’s blog: http://sprinkleofglitter.blogspot.com/
Zoe’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390
Zoe’s blog: http://www.zoella.co.uk/
Thank you all so much and until next time my lovelies!
As I am typing this, I am still trying to recover from the intense weekend I have had! If you have been paying attention to my posts (and Facebook and Twitter), I was at W.O.W. 2015, otherwise known as Weekend of Warriors. And there was non stop fun and craziness from start to finish.
From the moment the campers stepped off their buses and loaded into the caravans (because apparently buses can't drive on the river like other cars can), our weekend had started. Well to be honest, my weekend started as soon as I stepped foot onto the camp site because we had to get our cabins and everything ready for the kids when they got there.
The first night wasn't too bad, just lots of cheering and such, and a very late lights out. I should've picked up on the foreshadowing though on how crazy it would truly be. Everything from Cabin Wars to Crud Wars and whatever else you can think of in between.
*Cough cough* Red all the way *cough cough*
My fellow TL was stellar (You are awesome Bri!), and my 13 girls were the sweetest things ever! It's insane what running across a huge camp site, while struggling to get a bunch of tasks done, and cabin times can do to grow a friendship. Plus I got to see all the new friends I had made in January (even though I know have to wait until July to potentially see them again).
2015 is supposed to be my year for traveling so how it has kicked off potentially might be the best way ever and it's only February.
This weekend, while it was an amazing opportunity to officially get away from everything (especially technology!), it was also an amazing opportunity to grow in my faith and help others as well.
What was amazing though is what we were able to preach to the kids. We were able to disciple to younger kids, and help them understand Jesus' words and what their worth was. One of my favorite parts about this weekend, involving this very specific thing, was the synonym Mario O. used for us and a $100 dollar bill. If he crumbled it up, would you still want it? Heck yeah! I'm a college kid, I will take whatever I can to help with fees and stuff.
What if he crumbled it up, and stomped on it on the ground, would you still want it?
What about if he crumbled, stomped on it, spit in it, and then tore it but was able to tape it up and it was still the exact worth?
Moral of this was that it is no matter how much you feel torn, or crumbled or just ready to break apart, you still hold so much worth because you are a daughter (or son) of the Almighty King. You hold so much more worth than you could ever imagine.
Another of my favorite messages he talked about involved the infamous Crud War and Frio River. It went something like this: It is incredible on how we can go into a mud pit and throw ketchup, mustard, chocolate syrup, shaving cream and dog food at each other and be a complete mess, then go to the river and take a plunge. We stand by the icy cold river on the edge, waiting and debating. We stand looking like a complete mess ready to be cleaned by the water. It's kind of what it is like to decide to follow Christ. You stand before him, a complete mess, ready to be clean, and then...
You jump. Feet first into something so shocking that you struggle to catch your breath for a moment, but then you reach the surface and you're immensely cleaner than you were before the plunge. Sure sometimes you feel like you're drowning but there is always a helping hand to help you out.
So this insane, maniac, all out crazy weekend held more to others than just a camp. It was a place to meet people all across Texas who you probably never would have met otherwise, a place to get your exercise in (I'm done for the month!), a place to just come and let it go (hehe. See what I did there?), and a place to be yourself because that is the best you could ever be.
Okay this was supposed to be a travel post but it kind of got off-topic... Oops....
Until next time my lovelies!
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." Matthew 28:19
Photos taken by a Canon Rebel T3
Also a HUGE thank you to the Still Water Sports Camp Media team for capturing some awesome photos and videos!
Hello my lovelies! I hope you all are having a fantastic day/week/month.
I just have finished my first full week back at college and I am already ready for another break... But anyway, now that school is back on I have to switch from lazy do nothing but write/watch YouTube videos Mikayla to student Mikayla who stuffs everything in her purse and has to fight for a decent parking spot.
Thankfully though, I get a small break the first weekend of February due to the fact that I'll be a tribal leader for Still Water Sports Camp. Whoop whoop! Praising Jesus with friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.
Getting a break is grand and all but do you know what I struggle a lot with?
What I actually NEED to take! It never fails, I will forever wait until the last minute to actually pack and then I'm rushing and I usually forget something (i.e. glasses, pillow, blanket,). So today's post is going to be about my travel needs and how you can snag some of the same cool stuff.
My number one travel need, that I can't go anywhere without, is my beloved Canon. My Canon Rebel T3 is my baby (tying first place with my laptop and my tablet). If I am allowed to bring it, you better believe that it will be in it's case besides me. I just recently got my camera bag from Mooshi on Etsy. I fell in love with this leather camera bag so much, I had to have it! So far, it has been a fantastic investment!
My next need for any kind of travel are my headphones because sometimes [the majority of the time] you just want to listen to music and sleep (Guilty. All the time). Mine are just some plain white ones you can find in any store. What I love about them though is the little button on the right ear-bud cord. The button lets you control the volume and if you want to play or pause a song without having to dig your iPod or phone out of your pocket.
There is always a journal in my carry-on so that's probably a pretty big necessity for me because I like being old-fashion, and actually write down my blog posts before I type them up just so I have my mind thoughts on paper than as I am typing, I usually add some words or take some away. It's also a place to stick stray thoughts and ideas for a new post down.
And since I am a young lady, and whenever I get to where I am going, want to look at least decent, even if I am dressed in travel clothes. One thing I have in my carry-on bag is a small make-up bag which holds my foundation and powder, lip gloss and eye liner so I am able to do a quick touch-up before I meet anyone. Thankfully though, recently with my new make-up (Thanks Younique!), I never really have to.
Although my carry-on is my lifeline while traveling, whether it be via car or plane, what I have in my suitcase or duffle-bag is just as important.
Besides my regular clothes (usually folded in half and rolled up to save space), I always, always, always have a pair of my comfy clothes. All my comfy clothes consist of is my favorite pair of Pokemon sweats and my favorite hoodie. There's nothing better than when you're feeling homesick or just aren't feeling well in general, than to curl up in your comfy clothes and either take a nap or read. Another thing I have to have are my fuzzy house shoes. Call me crazy but I absolutely love my house shoes. Especially if you're staying at a cold place and you need to keep your feet warm.
Since most of my traveling this year will be by car (Thanks Texas for having awesome cities!), and my stay will usually consist of friend's homes, and hotels (even a couple of cabins!), my go-to home away from home item is my blanket and pillow! With your own pillow and blanket to cuddle up underneath, it'll offer the comfort of home but just outside of your cucoon is your next adventure.
Now whether it be celebrating some time with family in Austin, spontaneous girlfriend trips to San Antonio, or kicking back in the Hill Country, I am packed and ready to have some much needed relaxing time.
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."