March Highlights

03/25/19

Did someone say spring?

Yes! I did.

Haha, yes I know that was a lame joke.

I’m so thrilled that spring break is here, and I only have 5 weeks left at school! . . . .then 2 free weeks before summer semester starts……

But for now, FREEDOM!

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04/15/19

Then I ended up covering shifts but it’s all good.

So here’s my March highlights now I’m finally above the waters a bit.

It’s finally warming up, so between classes we go out on the beach! My college campus is conveniently located on the shores of lake Coeur d’Alene.

I chaperoned at a youth retreat in Montana where I snapped this pic at an old phone booth of the highway. We climbed up the buttes behind the campus in snow a few feet deep for some fun. 

This YMCA office has been my homework place lately during my breaks. Which I actually should be doing at the moment since I got an assignment due. Until next time, cheers!

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February Highlights

I picked my college degree focus!

Well, I picked two actually: Journalism and photography.

And this is the girl who was never going to go to college. Hahahaha

I started out attending school last fall, with the intention of taking only English classes so I could better my writing skills. I ended up taking English and joining a choir. (I thought I was just signing up for voice lessons, haha.)

And then….

I thought college was kinda cool

….and I found out I only needed to take one math class to compete a degree.

Fun Fact: I hate math.

So,

I decided to get an AA.

Originally, I was going to go for English. But then my adviser enrolled me in a journalism class that I ended up loving. And I realized I didn’t like the English program.

After some research, I found out with only 4 more classes, so one semester, I could add an AA in photography, too.

So let’s hope I get through college soon so I have more time for writing.

This wasn’t a regular monthly highlight. But, that’s cause all I’ve done this month is work and school.

But here’s a photo of my latest toy I borrowed from the journalism department. Pretty soon you should start seeing some shots. Let’s hope I’m a natural 🙂

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would like to point out that my Converse are pretty sweet, too

10 Fun (and random) Facts About Me

1. I’m studying in college for a journalism and a photography AA. I’m super crazy about grades and will do all extra credit work. My plan is to go to school over the summer so I can get done faster, but online so I can work more hours (although I’m already pretty much full-time). If you asked me what I looked forward to most each day I’d tell you bedtime. (I know I’ve become so boring.)

2. I’ve become a shoe freak over the last couple years. I just got a pair of checkerboard vans I’m in love with (swoon). I love skateboard shoes and sneakers! But no heels! I actually just bought my first pair of heels today because I needed black shoes for my choir concert and they were the cheapest shoes at the thrift shop. I’m throwing them out directly after the concert. Who invented such painful flimsy contraptions?

3. I waitress at a Mexican restaurant and lifeguard at the YMCA. I love both my jobs and I think they’re pretty cool. One of my bucket list items is to work as many different odd jobs as possible, so I’d like to add the ski resort this winter.

4. Right now my favorite TV shows are When Calls the Heart and Liv & Maddie. My all-time favorite is Bonanza! (Cause Candy is the best!)

5. I LOVE the Canadian Anne of Green Gables! I could do an Anne marathon any night! (Well, any night I wasn’t at work or had homework due…)

6. My style…..I love jeans and a sweatshirt. And if I’m home its sweatpants. In summer I run in T-shirts and swim shorts.

7. I try to be creative but often fail. I was going to buy a cute daily planner to journal and sketch in but I opted out for the cheap $2 one in the end, which was a good decision because all I fill it with is to-do lists.

8. I think it would be super fun to run an old-fashioned 1940s ice cream parlor.

9. I plan to work on a cruise ship when I finish up college, so I can “see the world.”

10. When I get enough funds, I plan to build the “Ponderosa.” (That super cool ranch in Bonanza.) I realllllly want a bunkhouse. Then I can host retreats.

November-January Highlights

Hi friends! Sorry it took me so long to get this post out. Life has been super busy lately and I had to fly out of state for some family business. Here’s a recap of my last couple of months.

YMCA

I got a 2nd job life-guarding at the YMCA. I really enjoyed the course because I’ve always thought First Aid was interesting. It’ll also help me when I write about my character who lifeguards in an upcoming book :).

Ski Resort

I had a blast skiing at the local ski resort. I plan to try snowboarding next, so we’ll see how that goes. 🙂

I also had another choir concert, started back up with school, bleached my hair a little lighter, and got braces. It’s been a busy past few months. 🙂

October/November Highlights

Well, look at the time fly!

Here’s my October/November Highlights!

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This ride ran backward for the Scarywood theme

My girls and I went to Scarywood Theme Park for an awesome night of screaming and rides.

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I performed at my first college choir concert.

choir concert
NIC Chamber Choir

I wrote my first article, Counting it All Joy for Refresh! Women’s Leadership Newsletter from Partners International. 

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I was so thrilled to have a reason to put my hair in a Roman lady updo. And the braid is real 🙂

I dressed up as a Roman lady for the church Harvest Carnival where I helped out with face painting.

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Squad at the church Harvest Carnival

I sent my article off to theRebelution.com  to have it published. (Link and info to follow.)

and then……..

WE GOT SNOW!!!

Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!


"Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!"
                                                                               1 Chronicles 16:34
                                     

How Writing has Benefited Me

Hey guys! Here's a guest post from a young writer, Jewel Dodgson. 
 
Hey! My name is Jewel Dodgson and I am 14-years-old. I have seven siblings, five sisters and two brothers. I recently moved to Tennessee seven months ago. A few of my favorite things to do in my spare time are reading, writing, and exploring the beautiful outdoors.

When I first started writing I was 12. I was writing school essays and short stories. I thought they were boring and annoying to write. Then I got an assignment to write a creative and descriptive essay. It took me about 2 days until I found a topic to write on. I was sitting at my desk in my room when BOOM! An idea hit me in the head and I ran to the get my laptop and started to type away as fast as I could.

When I started typing that essay, I realized that writing can be a whole lot of fun! That was when the door of creative writing was opened. When I found out about creative writing, I started to enjoy writing school papers. I began to see writing as a fun thing to do instead of a chore. Once I found out I actually liked writing, I started to put my thoughts on paper and started my own story. I found out that it’s a lot of fun to use my imagination to write!

  Writing has helped me to put my thoughts into words, and words on to paper. It has also helped me with communication. In the years to come, I hope to become a better writer and to explore all the different writing techniques and finish the book that I am currently writing.

Jewel with an 8 lb carp she caught in the Holsten River.