Wednesday, December 5, 2012

12 Acts of Random Kindness

It hit me today. 

We are a blessed people. Can I get an amen? 

We live in a time and period of abundance. I am the first to admit it, I have a plethora of things that I do not need. Then I look at my textbooks and watch the news and realize, I need to give back. I am sure a bunch of you are thinking you are in the same boat. 

So here is my challenge, I stumbled across it somewhere on google today and can't seem to find the origin of the amazing idea! But the here is the gist - 

On December 12 (NEXT WEDNESDAY) do 12 random acts of kindness.  
Well... it doesn't have to be twelve... but that is a number to aim for! 
Even one act of kindness can  mean the world to someone!

- Take pictures, 
- Take Videos 
- Write a Haiku 
- Draw a Picture
- Sing a song

of the acts in action! 

I would love to see the impact that it has and how many people we can reach!!!  

I have already asked 2 friends to do this with me and come along with me for this fun time! 

Here is a list of a few things we might do, the possibilities are ENDLESS! 
-Put Quarters at a vending machine for a few free drinks! 
- Pay for someone's meal
- Bake for Neighbors
- Leave a gift in your mailbox for the mailman! 
- Make a baked good for the fire station & thank you note
- Give someone flowers for no reason 
- Donate some clothes
- Write encouraging notes to people you admire
- Pay for someone's car wash
- Leave an overly generous tip at a meal
- Give an exceptional review to an employee at a store
- Send friends encouraging texts
McDonald's- Give Blood
- Leave money at for people in line & see how long it goes
- Surprise a friend with Starbucks 
- Complement Someone's outfit/appearance 
- Pay for someone's groceries 
- Pick up things that have fallen off a shelf at a store

Seriously.. the list could drag on forever. 

I can't wait to share our success/hear about yours! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Farewell Oxford.

I have compiled some of my favorite pictures from this trip into a slide show with some music and a thank you for all of your support while I have been over here!

My plane leaves tomorrow at 11am Oxford time which is 5am Texas time and 3am California time, so say a little prayer that everything goes well before you go to sleep tonight!

Enjoy the video!


Monday, August 6, 2012

A whirlwind of a week: Olympics, Salisbury Cathedral & Stonehenge, and Paris!

Whirlwind of a week doesn't even begin to describe the amazing week I have had I got to to an Olympic game!

We got to go to Wembley Stadium and see Women's Soccer GB vs. Brazil! I can honestly say that this was hands down one of the most amazing experiences of my life. This may be the only olympics I will ever get to go to in my life and I got to do it in LONDON. Blessed. That is the only word that I can think of. I was seriously so excited... You will be able to tell by the pictures. 

 Ticket in hand and READY to go! 

My friend Mackenzie and I were so excited

Group Shot! Love the stadium in the background!

We had awesome seats! Go team GB!

The teams lining up and singing God Save the Queen! 

70,568 people in that one stadium. ah

Another Group Picture! Love it! 

On Wednesday we got to visit Salisbury Cathedral! It was absolutely stunning, the pictures like don't even do it justice! 

This is their new Baptismal, it was beautiful and so picturesque 

I now may have a small obsession with stained glass... its fine. 

You read this right people. The Queen visited here THIS YEAR. 

That afternoon we got to visit stonehenge! It is so incredible to see this picturesque place! 

On our way home we saw this BEAUTIFUL full rainbow. I was obsessed. 

Finally I got to visit PARIS FRANCE. It was seriously a dream come true! Getting to visit all of these places has been so amazing especially during the Olympics! 

The Eiffel Tower is hands down one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen

This is the church of the sacred heart! It is the highest point of the city so obviously I was LOVING all the views you could see! 

Moulin Rouge! 

My first Crepe... Apparently my eyes were swollen... 

Notre Dame! 

I was so excited to go into the Lourve and see so many amazing pieces of artwork

me and mona... we are on a first name basis

The lock bridge! So much Love! 

Okay, so this may be my favorite picture of the whole trip. It was STUNNING. 

little baby macaroons! 

Our amazing dinner the final night! We had so much fun! 

All of this to say, we are having an amazing time and I only have 3 days left here in this majestic place! I am so incredibly blessed to have had this opportunity and this is a very bittersweet ending! I am very ready to see my friends and family, but am so sad that I have to leave here! I am so thankful for all of y'alls constant support and encouragement! 


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rome and Blenheim!

This weekend was great! We got to explore Rome and the vatican! I loved my time here and getting to see the culture at a very raw level. 

These were on our walk to the Vatican! 

It was so surreal to be there! It was absolutely HUGE!!

Here are the Spanish Steps! 

and the Trevi Fountain! 

Gelato was absolutely wonderful!

Here is a picture of the pantheon it is known as a church for the Martyrs. It is pretty amazing to see this amazing, historical place!

Of course we had to have a little Margherita Pizza! It was simply amazing!

Moreeee Gellllaatooooo!

I loved getting to see Rome for a second time and am thankful for the opportunities to travel! 

On Monday when we got back in the swing of things we headed to Blenheim palace! This is the birthplace of Winston Churchill who was the prime minister of England for 4 years and is a very influential character throughout history! 

The gardens were spectacular! 

They had just finished renovating and repainting the eyes! It was kind of creepy! 

I seriously feel so lucky to have all of these opportunities to see these amazing sights! 

I will probably update again soon! This is a crazy week! I am headed to a women's Olympic Soccer Game tonight! It is Great Britain versus Brazil, So look for us!