What I’m Into | March 2014

It may be a Monday, but today is a beautiful day. It’s Opening Day – baseball season has officially arrived and I could not be more excited for another season of cheering on the Reds. It’s the official launch day of Bedlam Magazine, a beautiful place that I hope you will check out. It’s also the end of the month, so it’s time for another recap post, but in a slightly different style. I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer to let y’all know what I was diggin’ this March.

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Books // I finally read Divergent a few weeks ago and I LOVED IT. I read it in six hours and bought Insurgent the very next day. That one took me around a week to finish, but I also really enjoyed it. I haven’t purchased Allegiant yet and probably won’t for a few weeks, so I’ll probably let you know what I thought of it next month. I also sort of started reading Multiply by Francis Chan, but I don’t know how much I like it or if it’s one I’ll finish. E-book-wise, I’ve been digging into Ashley Beaudin‘s 33 Questions to Ask Your Heart, which has been really good for figuring out what makes me me.

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Naturally, my favorite line in Insurgent.

Movies + TV // It took me a few months, but I finally hopped on the Frozen train… I’m not sure there’s a single person who didn’t like that movie. I was working at Target the day it came out on DVD and I swear, I personally sold fifty copies in the first two hours I was there (and if you were only buying Frozen, I could tell you your total based on which version you bought within 45 minutes). I think that might actually be the only movie I watched this month, which is a shame. The roommate and I have been stalking the movie listings at the cheap theater, so maybe we’ll check out more this coming month. On the TV front, the season finale of Teen Wolf aired last Monday and it was overwhelming, but relieving. I’ll miss a few of the characters who won’t be returning for season four, but for the most part, I think I’m okay with the storyline. I watched a handful of episodes of Parenthood this weekend while dog-sitting and I AM SO INTO IT. If someone wants to hook me up with a Netflix account so I can keep watching, I wouldn’t be opposed to that.

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Because sometimes, simplicity is key.

Music // La Dispute’s new album “Rooms Of The House” came out on the 18th and I can’t stop listening to it. Seriously, I have the CD in my car and I don’t even listen to the radio when I’m in there. I can’t choose a favorite song because they’re all SO DANG GOOD. I love how their sound has evolved with each of their albums and I can’t help but love a band that talks about Michigan so often in their music.

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Casual selfie the day my copy arrived.

Community // March was a good month for seeing people I don’t get the chance to see very often. I had dinner with Ava and lunch with Taylor while they were home on spring break. Lots of good conversation and laughs were had with those lovely ladies. I also took a little road trip up to Indianapolis to visit Maggie and Jazz and it was pretty much the best.

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Taylor and I cheesin’ it up after consuming #alldacarbs at Olive Garden.

Growth // I’ve started experimenting a little with different fonts and different mediums and it’s been a whole lot of fun. I’m still nowhere near considering myself an artist, but I’m finding new ways to express myself and new ways to experience joy. On a completely different front, I’m training at the Starbucks in our Target and I’m really excited to be back around coffee again. Earlier in the month, I joined a crew of fabulous people to help plan this year’s Pride festival. I’m serving as media coordinator, which is a little stressful, since I’m the youngest person, but it has been a really good time. OH – I also bought a bed(!!!) last week, which is a very adult thing to do, and it also made me feel like I can truly call Cincinnati my home.

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I’m really proud of this one, even though my black pen was dying.

I can’t share blogs I liked with you this month because I did some serious slacking on blog reading and I can only think of two posts off the top of my head (on that note, you should check out Ben’s responses to the World Vision fiasco here and here).

Feel free to let me know what you were into this month and if there’s anything (blog posts especially) that you think I should check out!

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Finding Myself

I don’t want to write this post.

I know I said that I was going to be brave, that I was going to speak up. I know I need to share my heart because the world needs my voice.

If I’m honest, I just haven’t been able to find my voice lately. I have so many thoughts in my head, so many feelings in my heart, but I don’t know how to share them. I don’t know how to put them into coherent sentences. I don’t know how to make them have meaning.

I drove to Indianapolis yesterday, partly because I didn’t have to work, but mostly because I needed to find myself. I needed to understand myself better in order to find my voice. It’s almost funny that Indy was the place I felt drawn to, since I hadn’t visited this city before.

I met up with some dear friends and celebrated their church’s third birthday. I worshiped with them in a way my soul has craved for months. I shared a meal with (mostly) new friends and I felt whole.

On my way back to Cincinnati today, I stopped by The Springs, a beautiful retreat center in the middle of nowhere Indiana. I spent a few hours in a cabin with an assortment of paints and canvases and my Bible. I read through Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians and I was reminded of these simple truths:

  • In him I have redemption (Eph 1:7)
  • Because of his great love for me, God made me alive with Christ even when I was dead in my transgressions (Eph 2:4-5)
  • The peace of God will guard my heart and my mind (Phil 4:7)
  • I have been raised with Christ (Col 3:1)
  • My life is hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3)

I’m back in Cincinnati, but I am not the same. I feel refreshed and renewed. My soul has been replenished. My heart has encountered my Jesus once again in a way that it hasn’t for many months.

I’ve rediscovered the love of my Savior and the truth that I am…

redeemed

In Review | February

It’s that time again, folks… though I’m not sure how it’s already MARCH. Where is this year going? To be honest, I’m glad it’s March now because it means registering for summer classes in a few weeks. I paid off my tuition balance from the fall semester last week, so I can officially go back in May! This also means I’ll be returning to the admissions office in late April and I am STOKED. Anyway, February has been a weird month with a lot of ups and downs, but as for now, life is good. Like, really good.

ANYWAY! Here’s some of my favorites from February. Believe me when I say it was NOT easy to narrow it down – so many good things out there this month.

Read:

  • Some Thoughts on Ellen Page by Ben @ Registered Runaway // ICYMI – Ellen Page came out this month. I love what Ben had to say about it. You can also catch her coming out speech at the end of his post.
  • Church is not my priority, healing is by Rebekah Richardson // Over the past month, Rebekah has become one of my favorite people from the Internet. She’s hilarious and supportive and she posts great Instagrams. This post made me realize that it’s okay if church isn’t the answer for you in certain seasons of life… which is nice because I’ve been wrestling with whether or not I’m in one of those seasons right now.
  • Where Have They Gone? from the Banner // Simply put: “Isn’t it time for the church to welcome back its gay sons and daughters, along with their spouses and children? Isn’t it time to encourage everyone to know the love of God for each and every one of his children?”
  • I Don’t Have My Shit Together by Micah Murray // It’s no surprise that Micah made the list again this month, especially after I read this: “I don’t want to be a Christian writer, if it means writing from the heart and then hitting backspace until it feels safe again.” Way to hit the nail on the head, friend.

Listen/Watch:

  • Finding Nemo (CENSORED!) // This video gets me literally LOLing every time I watch it.
  • “Just Don’t Go” – Local 12 Parody // GUYS. I have no shame at all in bringing back Bob Herzog’s parodies this month. This man is GOLD. But really, this Frozen parody went viral, so if you haven’t seen it… where have you been?
  • Pentatonix’s cover of “Say Something” // I’ve never been a big fan of Pentatonix, if I’m honest, but this cover is just too beautiful not to love.
  • Mary Lambert’s “She Keeps Me Warm” on GMA // You’ve probably heard Mary on Macklemore’s “Same Love,” but you are seriously missing out if you haven’t checked out her music. Also, her live vocals are just incredible.

What were some of your favorites from February? Let me know!