Sunday, October 19, 2014

Phillip Phillips Concert

By the title of this post, I'm sure you can guess what I'm writing to you about...

Last night, Whit and I got to enjoy an amazing performance by Phillip Phillips. I was a little apprehensive about attending this concert at first due to my complete lack of knowledge when it came to his music. I had heard the songs that had been on the radio, which I would say had been overplayed, but I was pleasantly surprised by his vocal tone and broad range of genre. He played a lot of edgier songs and some that I would compare to jazz/blues. It really complemented his voice and it caught me off guard. I have been listening to his songs on Spotify all day and I can definitely say that I am a fan (and that I have a bit of a crush)!


Monday, October 13, 2014

ETC. Photos

Here are a couple random photos I shot this past weekend...


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Small Moments

Another week of school has past and yesterday marked a month since I moved to school. I have to say that I have settled in nicely but I am definitely feeling the stress of classes and schedules. I feel like I have been running around with my head cut off and that I have been pushed to try to figure out what "I want to do when I grow up." Between doing my school work, photo assignments and looking for job shadows, I haven't had a time to really breath. I contemplated skipping class today to rest but in the end I decided to go and I was glad that I did.

This evening, while I was waiting for my photo event to start, I took some time to enjoy the small things. I came across a rose garden that I have walked past for the past three weeks without noticing. I decided since I had my camera with me  that I should capture a couple shots. Moments like this, where there are no pressures and you forget the stress, are everything. I find peace in the small moments...

I'm hoping to rest a little bit this weekend and try to center myself again. I find that I put so much pressure on myself to have everything together when I need to remember we are all "messy" people. We all have problems, stresses, and imperfections. I need to not freak myself out over the unnecessary and rather try to feel the peace of the small moments all the time. Anyway, thats enough of my rambling!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Art Installation & Feeling Sick

This week has been a bit of a blur so far... Mostly due to the fact that I haven't been feeling too great. On Sunday I ended up waking up with a bit of a cold and it still hasn't gone away. Colds are the worst thing in my mind. I would rather have a fever and have a headache over having a pesky cold. Pairing the cold with getting used to my new life as a student means I have been running around, doing homework, and getting up early. Not my favorite things in life but I can handle it.

I have to admit that even though I have been thrown back into the world of being a student, I still feel pretty comfortable. My schedule isn't too rough and the workload isn't that bad. I think being comfortable now in the apartment is helping a lot. It now feels like "home". Obviously, I have a much more comfortable home back with my family, but this one is doable!

I spent some time today visiting a local home here in town that is also an art installation of sorts. It was completely my thing as the owners and artists used old pieces of what most people consider garbage, to cease something unique and eclectic. Visiting this place made for a nice break from feeling sick!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Week One of College

The first week of school is already over and I feel like I have accomplished a lot. Yes, I still need to complete my homework but that gets to wait until the last day of the week (procrastinating seems to still be my thing...). 

I've attended my classes which all seem like they will be fun and I have met a few more people. My communications class seems like it will be the most educational at this point and my film class will be more review than learning something new. However, I am the most excited about my newspaper class. I somehow managed to get my first choice of being on the photography team and I have completed two events in two days and have yet another project tonight. I'm finding that not only has it managed to push me when it comes to my photos but it is making me go outside my comfort zone by getting in contact with businesses and attending sporting events by myself.

Earlier today I visited a local cupcake business (Whit did come with me but I called them myself) and then walked around town. We happened upon the local farmer's market, which made me homesick for the first time. One of my favorite things to do was visiting our local market at home and taking photos of it, so this was a definite reminder of home.

I was excited though because I had my camera ready to go, so I managed to snap a few new shots to share with you here and on my Instagram. I hope you enjoy them!


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Things I have Learned Thus Far...

As you may be able to tell from the title, this post is going to be a list of the things that college has taught me thus far...

1. Moving in to an apartment is a lot of work. Not only do you need to try and set up electronic devices, you also have to find a home for all your stuff. Organization becomes key!

2. You might not meet people right away. After two weeks, I can still count on one hand how many college acquaintances I have.

3. Shopping for groceries becomes a regular occurrence. I have spent more time at the grocery store in the past two weeks than I ever did living at home. When there are only two people eating the food, portion sizes change drastically.

4. Frisbee is a skill that as a college student, you must master!

5. If your a bit of a homebody, you need to push yourself to go hangout with people, even though all you want to do is watch Netflix. It's the only way you will meet people.

6. ALWAYS be a good judge of character. There will always be people that you will meet that will try and alter your moral path. Stay true to yourself and don't let anyone get in the way of what you want from life.

7. If you don't have a bike, get used to walking EVERYWHERE...

8. Living with your best friend can be challenging, but most of the time it is the best thing ever!

9. Get used to having your butt whooped when playing basketball with your best friend because she is a pro.

10. One of the best places to get away from the stress and to be fully surrounded by unconditional love is by finding a church that truly speaks to you. We have visited two very different churches since we have arrived. Even though we still aren't completely sure which one we are meant to attend, we felt welcomed at both. We felt God's presence and we know He will guide us to where we are meant to be.

- Susie

Friday, September 12, 2014

Campus Photos

I was really excited to spend the afternoon walking around campus, capturing shots of the architecture colliding with nature. There are so many interesting buildings with great detail, that I knew as soon as I got here that I would need to take some pictures. I'm sure I will share a ton more over the next couple of years!