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The power of words

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I often find myself talking about my favorite reads on here. I have raved on and on about Love Does (here and here!), and praised both Everybody's Got Something (here!) and Fly a Little Higher (here!). Whether it be fiction or non-fiction, I've always enjoyed reading. I love going to Barnes and Noble and giving up hours of my day to roam the endless shelves of books. And I often make far too many running lists on post-it notes, my phone, and in my agenda of books I must read.

Over the past six weeks while being home for winter break, I really immersed myself in books. My favorite genre is definitely non-fiction and I often seek out books that will inspire and encourage me. For Christmas, my parents gifted me with two books I had been eyeing for a while- The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan and I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. I hadn't read for fun since the summer but shortly after starting I am Malala I was reminded of my love for reading. I finished that readin t…

The art of slowing down

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This past summer I started volunteering at a local hospital. Initially, I was volunteering alongside nurses, doing little jobs for them here and there. I often found myself re-stocking drawers in patient rooms, searching the storage room for expired syringes and flushes, filling admit and discharge folders, and dusting the nurses' "cabs". While these were not the most glamorous jobs I could have been doing, I found joy in being in the environment and chatting with the nurses every once and a while. This winter break however, I wanted to try something a little different. While volunteering up on the floor with the nurses was great, I was itching for a new department, and a change of scenery.

When I arrived at the hospital a few weeks ago, my volunteer coordinator asked if I would be alright with running errands alongside the other volunteers. I was happy to do so and excited to try something different.

The errand running ranged from delivering flowers/balloons to patient …

Coffee Talk

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It's probably fairly obvious that I am a coffee lover. When I was younger, I used to just like those fancy Starbucks drinks. Growing up, my family would go to Starbucks every single Sunday after church. I would get hot chocolate, frappuccinos, or smoothies- but never would I dare get anything remotely coffee-like. Toward the end of high school I started trying lattes and mocha's and pretty soon I was hooked. For my 19th birthday I got a Keurig coffee maker and shortly after that, I was easily able to drink a cup of straight black coffee. You could say I went through a coffee evolution of sorts!
One of my favorite things to do is to grab coffee with a friend. There are just few things better than sitting at a table across from a friend, sipping lattes, and catching up on life. I always used to think this was only something moms would do. I thought this wasn't something I would find myself doing until I was well into the workforce and married with children. In recent years,…

It's all about you…kind of

I think that the start of the year can turn into somewhat of a slump. Back in high school, it would always be so upsetting to head back to school after break. We'd come off of such a high that was the holidays accompanied by endless days sleeping in and not attending class. But once things got going and we returned to school, it was like we never left. It wasn't that big of a deal. In college, however, being home for a six week break...things are a bit different.

The beginning of break is surrounded by holiday preparations. Baking, wrapping, shopping, and of course, eating far too much than our stomachs should ever consume. So many gatherings with friends and family get crammed into each day that we barely have time to sit still. After New Year's, however, comes the down time. Lovely, I must admit, but also kind of hard.

I would easily say I'm not quite ready to head back to school. I cannot wait to see my friends again, but the homework and studying can certainly wait…