A busy, yet refreshing weekend

Why do I keep getting behind on my posts? Life is hard, I guess…and words are hard.

Anyway, this post will just be a simple life update. 🙂

This has been a pretty busy weekend and week.

Last weekend was truly one of the best of my life, though!

My sister and I got to go to Passion 2014 Houston! It was literally amazing. It was such a refreshing, yet challenging time, that came at a good time for me amid my transition.

Here’s a picture of us in our 3rd row seats:

Jordan and I were so excited to be at Passion 2014!

Jordan and I were so excited to be at Passion 2014!

For those that don’t know, Passion is basically a Christian conference for college-aged students, ages 18 to 25. The head of Passion is Louie Giglio. I am pretty sure his church in Atlanta started Passion. Musicians and bands like Hillsong, David Crowder, Matt Redman, and Chris Tomlin performed. Speakers included Louie Giglio, Francis Chan, Beth Moore, and Judah Smith. Special guests included the creator of the popular Bible app, You Version, Roma Downey from Touched by an Angel and her husband Mark Burnett, who direct the Bible series together, and the lady who is the curator of the rare Bible collection at the American Bible Society.

This past weekend I was challenged in my faith; I was given the opportunity to evaluate myself and my relationship with God. One of the most important messages I took away from Passion was in the talk that Judah Smith gave. He said that as Christians, we shouldn’t say “Christ is in me,” but rather, we should say “I am in Christ.” Smith stressed that if Christianity says that the power is in us, it will become a form of humanism. All the power is in Christ. As Christians, forgiven by grace, we are now hidden in Christ. This doesn’t mean that Christ is not in us, because the Bible makes it clear that the Holy Spirit is in the hearts of those who are in Christ. Smith also made a point that in our society, we are taught that practice dictates position. We work for the jobs we get. We earn our place in this world. Through Christ, position dictates practice. The moment we accept Jesus, we become hidden in Christ. That becomes our position. We should be obsessed with Christ and because of that, we should practice what we believe.

An interesting fact about Passion Houston is that there were over 17,000 people there. The top colleges represented in order were Texas A&M, Baylor, then University of Texas. There were so many A&M students there, that during the breaks, students started doing yell calls, which are basically the chants at football games. It was so cool!

I went home after Passion and, then rode back to College Station with Allison. We stopped at the A&M barn that is about an hour outside of College Station, and Allison took my picture. She did a great job! I love it.

Me at the Aggie Barn!

Me at the Aggie Barn! Photo Credit: Allison Reimschussel

This week, I haven’t had any tests, luckily, but I have two next week, so I have been preparing a little. This week is my only week until the week of April 7 that I don’t have a test. I’m sure it will be okay, though!

Here’s an outtake. I said “Let me try running at the camera.” This is what happened, and I think it’s pretty funny! 😛

Lol. Photo credit: Allison Reimschussel

Well, I guess that’s all for now!

Much love,

Bethany

A new kind of post ft. relatable movie characters

I wanted to post something a little different this time, and not entirely about me! I was thinking maybe every few posts, I’ll do one more like this. Or maybe I’ll make it a series or something…we’ll see. 🙂
Anyway, I decided to post about movie characters that I admire, who are also relatable!
Here are a few admirable movie characters whom I (and others!) can relate to, listed in no particular order.

Walter Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Actress Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013).

Actor Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013).

I recently saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and I fell in love! I went into the movie skeptical, thinking it might be pretty boring, but I was so surprised. This film was so wonderful. I love refreshing movies with a good message, and this was one of them!
But, back to the point, the main character, Walter, struggles with his personality and his tendency to day dream. People make fun of Walter and are condescending towards him. Walter decides to prove himself, and not let his fear of living hold him back. He decides to live his life, no matter what! Walter is reltable. We all get held back in life by our fears of what others think about us. We all have moments when we feel worthless because others are holding us back. I admire Walter, because he finally decided to break out of his comfort zone, and live out his dreams, literally.

Toula Portokalos, in My Big Fat Greek Wedding(2002)

Nia Vardalos plays Toula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).

Actress Nia Vardalos plays Toula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one of my all time favorite movies! I think I love it so much because the main character, Toula Portokalos is relatable. Toula is not the stereotypical pretty girl that you usually see in movies. She isn’t stick skinny, she dresses a little frumpy, she works at her dad’s restaurant, and she is 30 years old and living at home with her parents. Toula is self-conscious and constantly compares herself to her sucessful, married family members. Toula struggles for approval from her father, as she is not married and “making Greek babies” like her sister. Toula is just unique, and she wants to live her own life and do her own thing. Then, she meets and falls in love with Ian Miller, the man of her dreams, who is basically the opposite of the ideal Greek man that her father would approve of. On a sidenote Ian , played by John Corbett, is beautiful and basically my dream guy (in his role as Ian). Anyway, Toula and Ian end up getting married and moving next door to Toula’s parents. In essence, Toula is able to please her family and gain her independance at the same time! Toula is a great depiction of the not-so-typical recepient of a happily-ever-after that you usually see in the movies. Toula is more human, real, and relatable, despite the fact that she gets to marry a man who looks like a Greek statue (maybe that’s why her dad consented, after all).
Andie Walsh in Pretty in Pink (1986)

Molly Ringwald as Andie Walsh in Pretty in Pink

Actress Molly Ringwald as Andie Walsh in Pretty in Pink (1986)

Andie Walsh is one of my  favorite movie characters. I actually didn’t watch the movie Pretty in Pink until last summer, and I see why it is such a 80’s classic. Andie’s personality is spunky. She has her own unique style and vibe. Let’s face it, Andie is just so cool. She has a best friend named Duckie and works at a local music store. She loves fashion and sewing, which I can relate to. Maybe her happy ending with her high school crush, who happens to be the most popular guy in school isn’t particularly relatable, but her struggle as someone perceived as “different” or unique is. Andie sticks out and likes different things than the majority of her preppy peers, but she continues to do her own thing. She can’t afford all the new clothes, but she makes do with what she has and gives her style her own twist. I admire Andie’s ability to be expressive and comfortable with herself, while her struggles and challenges make her relatable.

Kiki in Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

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Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

Kiki has always been on of my favorite cartoon characters. I have been watching Kiki’s Delivery Service since before I can remember, and it never gets old! Kiki is a girl who wants to gain her independance, but life keeps getting in the way. When she turns 13, she gets to go on her own, to a city, to be the city’s local witch. She arrives at a seaside town that she loves, and soon finds out that he town already has a witch. A local bakery owner lets Kiki board from her in exchange for Kiki being the delivery girl for the bakery. Kiki encounters some hardships along the way, including losing her power to fly her broom and her ability to talk to her cat, Jiji. In the end, Kiki meets influential people who help her through her struggles, saves a friend’s life, and gets her powers back. Kiki shows that life isn’t easy and that there will always be struggle, but also there will always be people there for you, including your cat. Kiki gains her independence, and it is struggle, just as it is for  you and me. Kiki is faced with the relatable truth that life isn’t perfect, on the contrary it is quite a struggle. Kiki also demonstrates that it is perfectly acceptable to have a cat as a bestfriend!

 

I’m Already Getting Behind!

So this week I’ve gotten a little behind on my blog posts, so I will be posting two!

I had my first round of tests this week at A&M, and I ended up having 3 tests this week! It was tough, but I pulled through and did pretty well. I just constantly felt like I didn’t have enough time!

Time is something that has really been on my mind a lot lately.
To me, time is a concept that hard to wrap my head around. It’s never-ending but at the same time, ends things for us. It’s unlimited, but at the same time limited.
I don’t really know why exactly this has been on my mind! It’s just something that I think about a lot, I guess. Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if we didn’t have years and days and hour and minutes and seconds. I wonder what it would feel like to be without constraint and completely free of time. I guess it would feel like eternity. Maybe that’s why God gave us days and hours on Earth, so that when we get to heaven, eternity seems so amazing!

On another note, I’m really excited that the Olympics have finally begun!
The opening ceremonies were held on Friday. I watched some of the highlights and I decided that my favorite thing about the ceremonies were the sweaters that the USA Team sported. Despite the twitter backlash, I thought they were great. They were yet again designed by the esteemed Ralph Lauren, and are worth something around $1500 a piece! They best not be scratchy! The matching beanie was adorable too. I wasn’t completely fond of the chunky boots, but I guess they give the outfit a futuristic, arctic snow trek vibe, if that’s what they were going for.
Here’s a picture of the beanie and sweater:

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Here, you can see the Arctic looking boots:

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Here, notice the cute penguin in the pocket of the guy carrying the flag:

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Also, I joined another group at A&M called The Wells Project. It’s a Christian organization that is a branch of Living Water International. Throughout the semester, we will be raising money to build wells for people in other countries who don’t have access to clean water. I’m really excited to see what is in store with this organization!

Well, I don’t have much else to say, but I will have another post this week (maybe tomorrow)! It will be different than my other posts, and I think it will be fun!

Until then,

Bethany