8 SUMMER FAVORITES I’LL BE TAKING INTO THE FALL

This summer, I fell in love with a few new things that I am definitely not ready to give up quite yet. As excited as I am for fall, and the different weather, foods, and adventures it will bring, I’ve decided that I will be dragging along the 8 SUMMER FAVORITES that serve as reminders of the random discoveries I made during the summer of 2017. Let’s get started.

 1. This Unicorn Mug

If you happened to read my earlier post, 7 things I’m NOT bringing back to college, I mentioned my ridiculous obsession with coffee mugs. I should also mention that I  have another slight (or not so slight) obsession: Unicorns. Naturally, when my friend, Samantha, gave me this beautiful thing for my birthday in July, it instantly became my favorite member of my mug collection! It is also one of only two (insert sad face here) coffee mugs that made the cut on my college packing list this year.

2. These Planner Stickers

College 101 Tip #1: USE A PLANNER!! Honestly, if you want to remember all of the projects, assignments, and exams you have to take, places you have to be, things you need to buy, emails you need to send, and so on, making the most of your planner is an absolute necessity! If you are looking for something to help remind you to use your planner, make important dates stand out, or just make planning more fun, planner stickers are the way to go! I got this set from my best friend, Courtney, a fellow planner-advocate. Of course, my favorite stickers are the ones that are coffee related!

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MY 5 FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES (and why)

Hi, I’m Jordan and if you didn’t know yet, I am a Christian. 🙂 It was a little bit difficult for me to pick my top Bible verses for this post. God’s Word has a lot of great things in it! However, I managed to narrow it down to a few of my Favorite Bible Verses, with explanations as to why I picked these 5.

*All Bible quotes on this post are taken from the NIV version*

1. Joshua 1:9-

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

In the first chapter of Joshua, Moses has recently died and God is now preparing Joshua, the son of Moses’ assistant, to step up and lead the Israelites into the promised land. While giving Joshua instructions, He repeatedly gives the command: “Be strong and courageous”, expanding on the phrase in verse 9 and reminding Joshua that he is not alone.

As someone who has struggled with anxiety and panic attacks for years, being “strong and courageous” throughout life’s trials is definitely not a second-nature type thing for me. Learning to trust in God above all else in an attempt to fight the tendency to be overcome by fears that are often irrational and sourceless, is a pursuit that must be intentional. This verse serves as a reminder to me that no matter what life brings my way, I am never truly alone.

2. Isaiah 43:2-

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” 

This verse is part of a larger section within Isaiah chapter 43 in which God is speaking to the people of Israel, reminding them of His love for them, how He is for them, and  it also a section in which He defines himself as the first and only God.

One of the reasons I love this verse is because it is beautifully written. In my opinion, the imagery used makes it a great quote to paint on a canvas. 😉

The second reason that I love this verse is that, similar to Joshua 1:9, it can be used as a reminder that God is with us at all times, through all situations. What a beautiful reminder.

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7 THINGS I’M NOT BRINGING BACK TO COLLEGE

 

I don’t know about you, but when my space is too cluttered, my life feels too cluttered. I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself a hoarder; however, I do tend to over prepare for things. Moving into my college dorm was no exception. Throughout my freshman year, I learned a lot of things. One of those things being that I have way too many unnecessary things. Today, I’ll be sharing 7 things that will definitely not be on my Move-In Day Packing List this year.

 

1. A Printer 

Yes, I brought my own printer. One that had been advertised as the “World’s Smallest Wireless Printer”. It seemed like a genius idea at the time. After all, what if I needed to print something when the library (the closest building to my dorm with printers) was closed? What if it was snowing and I didn’t want to walk across campus to the 24/hour computer lab? What if I was just having a lazy day and didn’t want to leave my room to print something? While having a printer in your dorm room may seem like a convenient luxury, in my case, my printer only caused an extra headache. I was never able to connect it to my school’s Wifi properly, which meant that each time I wanted to print a paper, I had to plug it into my laptop and wait up to 10 minutes per page. It ended up being a waste of time, space, and money, and one of several items that I ended up hauling back home at the beginning of Fall Break. Go Jordan.

2. A Million Dishes

For some reason, I love coffee mugs almost as much as I love coffee itself. Okay, maybe not that much. 🙂 However, I do love them a lot, along with cute bowls, plates, regular cups, silverware, tumblers, travel mugs, water bottles, etc. They seem to be an obsession of mine for a reason I have not yet determined. Last summer when the time came to pack up my belongings in preparation for move-in day, I struggled to part with any of my acquired mugs, bowls, plates, tumblers, and travel mugs. And so I did not part with them. I’m typically very diligent about washing my dishes almost immediately after I use them, therefore, I quickly realized that, though I wanted to keep all of my dishes in my room, I really didn’t need all of them. This year, I will only be taking a select few. I’m sure my family will make use of the rest of them more frequently than I would.

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