The west has become my favorite place to visit over the last year so after a stressful start to the semester, my 3 besties and I jumped on the opportunity for a road trip. Now keep in mind the 4 of us are from Nashville and Arizona (spoiler, we went to ARIZONA!) is about 24 hours away. This post is just a collection of stories and events from the first two days so make sure you click the read more. You don’t wanna miss these wild stories.
For those of us singles ladies, Valentines Day can be a bore. Luckily us college students were blessed with Febuary 14th falling on a Wednesday so if we are single we can take the time to study or watch netflix like any other day. But, just in case you need something to do, here are a few tips on how to make the most of the day and get some free stuff out of it as well.
Often times people use relationships, materialistic things, and people to try and determine their self worth and this weeks living radical is all about defining your own self worth. Self worth is confidence in abilities and feeling worthy of praise and love for those abilities.
Tennessee weather can be extremely tricky. Recently here in Nashville we have gone from the snowpocalypse to the 60 degree weather. My favorite outfit combo for going out lately has been a high waisted skirt paired with a sweater. This is a perfect combination for Nashville weather because if its cooler out, you can add a pair of tights and a cute jacket to make it warmer, or just keep it simple on the warmer days. This particular skirt was custom made in the style of a similar JCrew skirt that is no longer sold, but I have found a few similar ones to link online. There’s a lot of yellow ones on ebay, but I’m not sure on the sellers reliability so I will link some in other colors from department stores and etsy instead. My sweater is from American Eagle and I bought it last season but their are still similar ones online! I actually came across one that was very similar in Forever 21 not to long ago. This whole look gave me a very summery school girl vibe along with that winter feel. It’s great as a transition to spring outfit and especially perfect for the 60 degree January days we get here in Tennessee!
Also I got these curls with my 1 and 1/2 inch bed head curling wand! These curls tend to be my go to hair style. And my makeup was just my go to as well. My necklaces were bought at forever 21 and are just a set of 3. I paired the outfit with my gray heels!
It’s been quite some time since I did one of these so there’s lots to catch up on.
Let’s just start with how my chaotic last semester ended up going. I had to take all but one of my finals from my 19 credit hours of classes so that amounted for an extremely stressed out Kenzi for a few days. After finals I was pretty confident I had done well in all my classes but was still scared to check my grades so I waited till after Christmas to do so. Once I checked them I learned I had passed all my classes. Most with an A or B might I add. Pretty proud of that first semester. Although I was able to handle the 19 hours, I do not recommend anyone to do that, especially a first semester freshman. It was very overwhelming and I’m confident I could’ve done much better in classes if I would have taken less hours. Also it’s no fun to have to stay in every night to study! You wanna be able to go out with friends at-least some during the week and it is nearly impossible to do that when your taking so many hours.
Things I learned First Semester:
- Professors expect a lot out of you and if you aren’t studying at-least the same amount of hours you are in class, you won’t do very well.
- Always do the extra work!
- Chick-fil-A always makes you feel better after getting a bad grade
- Working while going to school is tough but teaches you responsibility and time management so it’s good.
Now on to the start of this semester. At the end of the last semester, I had registered for classes and then decided I no longer wanted to major in radiologic technology so I changed my major to nursing. So that required a new plan since I would not be able to get a bachelors degree from my community college. I will now be finishing up my 2 years of community college to get my associates in pre-nursing and then transferring to a 4 year university to get my bachelors as an RN. So I have now switched all my classes to ones for my new major and will be taking 15 hours of just my pre-requisite classes. Also, by changing my degree plan I am now technically a first semester sophomore by credit hours because I took 19 last semester and did a lot of dual enrollment in high school.
Now on to the weekly update of how the semester has started.
Classes started back Thursday after we had a month of winter break plus 2 snow days. My birthday was January 16th, Tuesday. This was the day we were supposed to go back to class, but all of the Nashville area got about 3 inches of snow on top of some ice so schools closed including the college. It made for a pretty great birthday! We were out of class Wednesday as well so those two days consisted of lots of Waffle House and lots of driving around in the snow. So needless to say, the semesters off to a wonderful start!
In 2018 I won’t set the typical resolutions, mine will all be in changing the way I live my life for my Savior! So keep reading and you will understand my perspective on how to TRULY LIVE RADICALLY!
My goal with this series is to share my studies all while focusing on living fearless, growing in my faith, understanding my purpose and self worth, all with the goal to live truly radical!
Woah! Its already Christmas Time!
Christmas in my opinion is absolutely the best holiday. As a child when asked the question “Whats your favorite holiday?”, I would look back at someone with a genuine confused look. I didn’t understand how anyones favorite holiday could be anything other than Christmas… as I’ve grown up I have of course realized there are so many reasons I love Christmas just like other people have reasons to love other holidays, and alot of those have to do with the mood people are in and all the happy music and movies playing.
I’ve definitely been in Christmas celebration mode since before thanksgiving but I get criticized for my listening of Christmas music and movie watching so far ahead of Christmas so I have waited until now to share all my holiday favorite music, movies, and other random stuff.
So for music, I am going to link my favorite holiday playlist, including my personal playlist on Spotify. Theres several different generas of Christmas music on these so get ready! And for Movies I will just list them out, most are on Netflix or hulu and link the DVD’s on Amazon. So just Click to listen and Click to Shop!
I love the winter, but when it comes to my skin I HATE IT! The winter months bring many fun things, but dry, cracked, broke out skin is not one of them! While I haven’t quite perfected my skincare routine for the winter months, I am able to minimize the effects of the cold on my skin through this routine.
Starting with the morning…
First, I wash my face with my Pacifica, Kale Detox face wash. It is gentle on my skin and I’ve used it since I was probably 15, it’s my favorite. Its also made with all organic ingredients so it doesn’t have all the extra chemical stuff.
Second I use my Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturizer. It is oil free and I always tend to use it for a while and then switch it back up with my Pacifica Cactus and Kale moisturize. I love both, it just depends which one I have at home at the moment.
Thats pretty much all for the mornings, they are pretty boring cause I try my best to not put much on it to keep from drying it out before putting on makeup.
In the evening…
I start by using coconut oil to remove my makeup. Usually I just put a little on my finger and take the makeup off my eyes because my face wash is makeup removing anyways.
Next I wash my face once again with my Kale Detox face wash and get the rest of my makeup off.
After that if i’ve had some extra breakouts that week, I will use my Deep Down Detox Mud Mask from ulta to clear out my pores a bit. It actually doesn’t dry my skin out and makes my skin feel super soft. I see a big difference the next morning after I have used it too!
After I have washed the mask off, I use witch hazel to help get rid of acne scars. My favorite on is the Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel from target because it smells much better than just plain witch hazel, but the cheeper option is the Dickinson’s Witch Hazel also from target.
When all of that is done I moisturize my face with one of the two moisturizers I use in the morning, or use some extra coconut oil if my face is extra dry.
That’s my whole winter Skincare routine!
So the first thing on my list of things I am thankful for is my salvation and my church family.
The best way to explain this would be by telling my testimony.
I was raised going to church every Sunday and Wednesday and I never questioned it because thats what we did. I first started feeling lost when I was 5. I’m missionary baptist so a common phrase to describe that painful feeling you get when seperated from God and really kind of lose the childhood innocence and begin to understand the difference in heaven and hell is “lost”. Around the age of five I realized I was seperated from God and needed to be saved. The night this hit me I was at church at a revival. A revival is a meeting that last at least a week and we have church service every night and sometimes during the day. That night I got down in the floor in a back hallway of my church and prayed. I didn’t get save that night or for another 5 years. I continued to pray the next 5 years and didn’t give everything up until I was 11. I got saved one Sunday morning in March at the age of 11. I was praying in my pew at church and the power in the building had gone out during the church service. That Sunday during Sunday school we had decorated flash lights and learned how to shine our light for God… obviously Gods plan for the service that day because no one knew the power would go out and the Sunday school lesson went right along with the sermon. The preacher talked about how you can’t shine a light for God if you aren’t saved and that hit me pretty hard as an 11 year old. As we sat in the church with all the lights and the few kids from my classes flashlights scattered through the church, the guest preacher taught a sermon that hit me pretty hard and I got down and prayed till I felt peace. I immediately doubted what I had and didn’t tell it. The next week I prayed again at church and finally realized that the Sunday before while sitting in my pew praying I had been saved. No one had told me what to say in my prayers all those years and it took that long for me to surrender everything to God. Now I get a forever relationship with the one who died for me and I’m beyond thankful for that!
That was the best day of my life and it was definitely the hardest, easiest thing I’ve ever done. Since then I have doubted my salvation and when I do I pray and ask the Lord to take me back to that day I got saved, he always takes me back to that moment in the pew on a Sunday morning. Of all the things I could be thankful this is for sure the top one because without salvation nothing else matters and without God I have no purpose on this earth. I believe God called me to witnesses for him and to live so that through my good works others might see God through me. My salvation, testimony is my biggest witness and it is what will get me to heaven some day when my work on earth is done.
I hope someone can get something out of this. Don’t forget to comment something you’re thankful for down below.
Alright I’ll start by saying this is not me complaining it has just been a WILD last few weeks.
My Monday went pretty well. Went to classes like normal, work then studied. I mean other than the stress of a lab exam the next day, it was a good productive day… But then come Tuesday…
So I started out my Tuesday morning stressing over that anatomy lab exam that there honestly is no telling how I did cause those things are TRICKY! Then as the day went on I continued to stress over a psychology paper that is due on Thursday, I haven’t even started writing. I decided to go to starbucks after class to work on this paper. While sitting at starbucks my email notifications ding and sure enough its the college! I open the email to find out that my high school transcript was never sent to the college! Yes! I have been enrolled and taking like 19 credit hours without even having a completed application to the school… So I call the admissions office and apparently that’s allowed for one semester then they put a hold on your re-admission. So I get my high school transcript and go to the college to turn it in, at this point almost in tears and when I walk in the admissions office the lady tries to pick at me about it. Like she literally looks at me and is like “oh if you give me $5 I will take that hold off your admissions”. So being the frazzled and upset Kenzi that I am at this point I pull out my wallet and go to give her $5 and she starts laughing and says, “oh no honey, I was kidding! You’re good to go.” EMBARRASSING, Right! So I leave the admissions office go to talk to the Dean of my program but the health science offices close at 4:30 so now I have missed the first day for registration and am possible out of my health science cohort all because my county school board didn’t send my high school transcript when I requested it to be sent back in August. So now I have to continue to wait on the dean to contact me to find out if I am still in my cohort and if not I will have to register for classes and probably not get the ones I need because of something that was completely out of my control and caused me to miss the first days of registration.
So fast forward to the next day. It now early morning and hardly anyone is on campus. I walk in the health science building and start to walk to the deans office to go speak to him and HE ISN’T THERE! Plus, apparently you cant just walk back there like I usually do, you have to go and talk to the secretary first so I had the secretary all confused and then I got stressed out and didn’t even leave a message for him I just walked out instead.
Now fast forward another day- Thursday, I check my email and after two days of stressing over all this for two days and being dramatic and basically thinking I am going to fail out of college, I find out that everything is okay and i’m still in my cohort and not failing out of college.
So basically was my week. Lots of good things happened through the like seeing old friends and shooting pictures for several families but it was hard to enjoy the good stuff when I was focussed on the previous story.
All I gotta say after that week is God is in control even with all the curves life throws ya!
This next week has so far been much better. My eight AM class was canceled. I’m not sure what it is about college eight AM’s but it is so much worse than a high school eight AM. Anyways, my day started later than usual so that was good. I went to school then work then home to study. Tuesday I started my day around 7:30, extra early, for my anatomy lab where we learned about the nervous system. Then I went to anatomy lecture and took my exam. After this I went to the opthamology department and learned about the program, it was actually pretty interesting.
I’d say this week has gone pretty well so far. So thats the college update for the week.