If you hadn't known from my instagram or even Facebook and Twitter, I got to experience my 21st birthday in Las Vegas with one of my best friends, whom I have known for 7 years. It was a crazy trip due to both of our flights getting delayed due to the weather so I was stuck waiting for 3 hours in the airport for Kelsey, getting a free upgrade on our room, getting drinks and food credits and 'Celebrate' room keys that gave us privileges and for the first time we had to explore a city neither had ever been in by ourselves.
Here are just a little bit of photos we took over the course of the week we went. (Tip: Do not go for as long as I did-go for a couple of days instead of a week)
As it gets closer to my birthday and my trip, I have come to be more self-conscious of telling people where I am going for it. When people think of Vegas, they think of sex, drugs and gambling. I can tell you right now, there will literally be none of that when me and Kelsey go. I feel like going to Las Vegas has become such a taboo thing in today's society, but it literally has some amazing places that doesn't tie in with any of those three things.
Last semester I joined my school's newspaper staff. If some of y'all have been watching my monthly vlogs, you'll know that I am a designer for them. Recently got given the job as Art Director for the rest of the semester, so go me!
For my second full day in Austin, we decided this was gonna be our hiking day, which meant having a well placed breakfast that would hold us all over until the late afternoon. Day 2 was definitely an out-of-body experience getting to be with family and just generally enjoying myself for once.
This spring break (#sb2k16) I was extremely lucky to spend part of it in Austin, TX with family. With everything that has been going on in the beginning of the year, this family time was very much needed and I could never thank my cousins enough for opening their door to me and letting me become part of their household.
This post and the next two will be heavily filled with photos and little excerpts about my time in Austin.
I got very lucky this Spring Break. Instead of not being able to really enjoy it, I actually get to spend the first half of it with my cousins in Austin, Texas. Ever since I had visited them several years ago for Winter Break, I fell in love with their city, and have been itching to go back. ACL just does not give you enough time to really explore the city.
Why do I travel?
I travel to see the sunset on a different coast. Because it's not about itineraries, planned tourist spots or luxury hotels. It's about getting lost in a city and loosing yourself, only to find yourself. It's only eating food specifically from that country and not chain foods. It's becoming so immersed in the culture you leave a part of yourself there and take a part of there home with you.
It's about being left speechless, not by the wonders of world but by the little things; whether its the countryside or the people. It's about learning the culture and being submersed in it. I travel to learn all the tips and tricks to pack less and experience more.
I travel to see the work of God on snow-capped mountains and fields filled to the brim with flowers. It is to see animals in their own natural habitat and not behind bars or glass. It is to be left in awe and wonder of how different two sides of the world are. It is using the same feet that stepped into crystal blue waters in the tropics to hike across hills in the Greenbelt. It is not knowing where you will end up but being happy to be moving.
I travel so when I am looking back, I do not regret the "what if's" because they turned out to be "I can and I will." I travel because my heart aches to be in places that I have never been in. I travel because I realized that we were not meant to just pay bills and die. I travel to learn that life begins right outside of your comfort zone.
I travel so I can learn to appreciate the journey as much as the destination.
I travel to open my eyes to the world around. I travel because if God had intended me to stay in one place, I would have roots instead of feet.
To travel to a place I know is fun but also kind of safe. But to travel to a place I have never been before is exciting and exhilarating.
This past weekend was one of those times, even though I was still in Texas, I hadn't really been up the east coast of it before. Taking the crazy plunge to go visit our (ex) boss but also to visit the park, Marissa and I took the drive up the coast to Galveston.
The 4 and a half hour drive was something new, but luckily we filled it up with blasting songs and lovely chatter.
The biggest problem we had the entire trip was upon arrival we realized that because we didn't book the hotel ourselves we didn't quite know who's name the room would be under, but thankfully we had the confirmation number and that problem became not a problem anymore.
I could sit here and type out my entire weekend, but I thought the photos would do it more justice than I would. This past weekend was absolutely stellar and Galveston is definitely up on my list to go back to.
Until next time,
As the summer winds down to a close, I get the chance to reflect on what this summer has taught me and how much I've changed. I am still having trouble believing that it is already going to be Fall and time for another semester of school. Soon it'll be Halloween (my favorite Holiday; lots of exciting things for that month), Thanksgiving, Christmas than another new year is upon us.
I never would have thought this summer would make an impact on me and my life, I just knew I would be doing something exciting (and scary) for the first time. Confused? Let's rewind back a couple of months.
In January, I gave my commitment to serve as a TL for two camps in July, without even pausing to think that I had no idea what I was doing with my faith, how am I supposed to teach little ones. Fast forward to May, the finals were rolling to a close, I managed to scrape past Spanish and Philosophy with passing grades and now brought the opening season for Schlitterbahn, along with the news I'd be promoted from cashier to lead to supervisor all in the matter of 2 days.
June brought my first glimpse of how a Still Water summer would go. It also brought along my first single road-trip ever and that was exciting yet scary because it was right after the Wimberly floods so I couldn't take the planned route, but also because it would be an almost 4 hour car-ride with no one but myself. Although my parents had their concerns, I arrived safely and in one piece (minus a quick panic attack and going the wrong way). Spending 4 days out in Blanco at the Franklin Family Ranch for Tribal Leader training was a beautiful way to start the summer, and it made me extremely excited for camp in July.
July felt like a quick month with myself spending 9 days out at FFR again for camp. But it also brought along the excitement of my little sister starting school. That was a tough day to send her off into the world. After my trip for camp, July crawled by at a snail's pace.
August has been one of the exciting months for me. The first week brought me participating in the first ever Champ Camp down here in Corpus! But it also brought my road-trip to New Braunfels for my absolute favorite band, R5. I am still having a hard time believing that I actually got to see them live and in person. Plus the biggest event in my life this summer happened in August. I moved! Still trying to get used to it honestly. Even now, as I sit in my new room, typing up ideas for posts, it still hasn't hit me.
My summer has been filled with meeting new people, crazy times, highs and lows, trying new things and just enjoying life. Although it was a nice break, I am more than ready to hit up those school books and learn new things for my degree, even though I have a feeling that once school really starts up, I'll be back to counting down the days until summer vacation.
Until next time my lovelies,
I recently just got back from being gone 9 days (NINE!). And as you can guess, I was at camp, no not as a camper but as part of the staff. First camp as part of the Core Team and the second one as a TL, both jobs being exciting and fulfilling.
I know I have spoken about Still Water in previous posts, and all of those have been leading up to this one. I made the commitment early on in the year to help out for Rookie Camp, and I have been counting down the days ever since.
Now that's it is here and gone I am at a lost on what to do with my time until school starts. Isn't that sad? But then again, isn't that how most major events work in people's lives. There is so much hype leading up to the big event then said event comes and goes, and it's like what happened?
I was lucky to go to one camp in my childhood, a Young Life camp, and I loved it, but that was the only one I ever participated in and I feel like I didn't get to fully experience what most kids got to. My heart has always been with kids, my faith and traveling, (and of course photography and writing) so getting to get out of Corpus for a little bit while getting to hang with little ones sounded like the perfect gig.
And it was!
I got to mix being somewhere that wasn't Corpus, hanging out with little kids AND growing more in my faith in one sitting! I don't know how much better it could get. Plus I got to kick around a soccer ball which I have missed immensely. This summer was a struggle for numerous reasons but this trip had me feeling blessed for the lives that I, hopefully, touched, and for the people who have touched mine, everyone from the people I became friends with to the little kids who taught me it's okay to take naps during the day and to always appreciate the small things.
I want to say a HUGE thank you to Still Water for letting me apart of this amazing journey and I cannot wait until next year!
Until next time lovelies,
Photo credit to Still Water
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