Saturday, July 26, 2014

J U L Y + Trinkets

Well this is the part of the summer where I start to lose routine in my day to day life. When school's out, I forget which day of the week it is and I screw up my sleep schedule until I start taking "naps" instead of sleeping a full 8 hours. I've been blessed by this summer and the people I've spent it with.

So far this month I :
-Went on an amazing road trip with my wonderful friends to Nashville. It was such an adventure and still one of my favorite parts of summer. 

-I got my ears pierced. I have been telling myself that I would get my second piercing on my lobes since my 18th birthday. Then I was gonna do it on my 20th. Then just one day when I felt like it. And then finally, my 21st birthday came and went and I couldn't wait any longer. So on the 4th of July, Happy Birthday America!, I got my ears pierced. What hurt the most was how many times I accidentally hit my ears with my hands. Sleeping was horrible, every time I turned over (which was a lot) I hit my ears. I finally got that under control, though. 

- I spent the 4th of July with my friends and my Fairy Godparents. We had homemade ice cream and shot off fireworks in the front yard. It was a wonderful time. 

-I made a million cookies. Not working normal hours in the summer makes for a LOT of introspection time. Apparently, I am most introspective when I am baking cookies. Lots and lots of cookies. 

-I went to camp with some girls from Freshwater and we had a blast. It was so much fun to hang out with those little girls for a few days. We played GaGa ball (look it up), made smores, and did archery. It was amazing, our group memorized over 140 bible verses during the weekend. 12 kids. It was really cool because the campers were studying in James, learning about the impact their reactions can have on those around them. I have been reading James during the month of July, a chapter a week, and it was super neat to watch God reveal himself to me in some of the same lessons our campers were learning. Man, I love summer camp. 


All in all, July has been such a good month. It seems like at least once a week I get to share a meal with my friends (only the dream of my life), hanging out with wonderful people, playing Heads Up. I've been busy, busy, busy working on VBS, Welcome Week, and intern things for the fall. 

+Trinkets from July

Camp selfie: The before. 

Archery, like boss. 

For Aubryn's birthday the girls decorated our bunks. 

Lucky girl got to celebrate her birthday at camp!

Studying hard, trying to memorize as much scripture as possible. 

Our watermelon picking skills are on point. 

Breakfast for dinner and friend hangs at Beka Todd's. 

Daily reminders. 

Spades Night: Sitting in between my two favorite people. 




Happy July! Whoo!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

#nashventurin

Some friends and I went to Nashville this past weekend. We took a little of Nashville and added a little adventure. Nashville + Adventure = #nashventurin


I love friends that can find adventures anywhere. 


Impromptu stop at Mark Twain National Forest was by far one of the best decisions ever. Such a beautiful place. 




Pomegranate tea was a good way to start the day.  //Etcetera Coffee

Selfies all day. 


I found love at a Nashville farmer's market. // The Peach Truck




Barista Parlor







Straight chillin' 


Local Honey --cool vintage store // Local Honey

There was a small vending machine graveyard on the side of the road, so we went in and took a little picture. It was both scary and exhilarating.  Yay for adventures. 
Vintage store inside a trailer? Yes, please. // Sisters of Nature

More or Mark Twain. 




This trip was everything I could have ever dreamed of. These girls are the best, the city was so good to us, and I haven't laughed that hard in such a long time. I am so thankful for all the adventures this summer.

| If you want to see more of our #nashventurin, look for the hashtag on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | 
HaleyBeka, & Ashley made up the rest of the Nashventurin crew, they're pretty good road trip buddies. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Fave Apps



I'll be honest, I really like my phone. It is super convenient and a lot of fun. Over time, I have fallen in love with a few apps. This summer, I noticed that I've been using a lot of the same apps over and over again. I just can't get enough of these. And I want to share them with you!



1. Cel.ly: Celly is a way to send text messages to groups of people. You can use it online or with the mobile app. You create "cells" of people so that you can send out information to just those groups of people. Why do I love it so much? It has a pretty stellar "poll" function. You can send out a celly message to your group and ask them a question, give them options, and they can text back their reply. Celly will automatically generate the poll where you can see the breakdown of all the answers and who answered what. Celly also allows you to change the reply feature for each group. For pretty small groups, you can turn the reply feature on so that everyone in your cell will get everyone's reply. You can also change the setting so that the replies will only come to the celly account, no one else will get them. This is my favorite function, because that way I can see what is being said without everyone else getting a million messages. The last function works well for pretty large groups. You can turn the reply function completely off so that no replies will be accepted. Celly members will just get a text message saying that their message is invalid. Using Celly for Welcome Week 2014 has been a huge help. I can send out reminders, ask quick questions (with the super duper handy dandy poll function), and it can send messages to phones that don't get group messages because it doesn't come as a Multimedia Message. SO. COOl.

Celly

2. Trello: Trello is a little bit difficult to explain. I haven't completely mastered it yet, but I think I'm figuring it out. If you like making lists, categorizing things by lists, etc. You will love this. Trello allows you to make "Boards", each board has three already made categories: "To Do", "Doing", and "Done". From there, you can add cards to each list. Think of these cards as each item on your to do list. These cards can be as specific or as vague as you want! What made me fall in love with Trello? You can add pictures and other attachments to each card. If you want to remember something by it's image, just add it to the card. You can also add checklists. For instance, if my card was called "Groceries", I could just add a checklist of all the items I wanted to get at the store and check them off within the "Groceries"card. Need to make sure it gets done on time? Just add a due date to your card and it will show up when it's due! Trello can also be used as a community. Working on a project with a friend? You can invite other people to your board and comment on it with them. The activity feed on each card will show what everyone is doing!

Trello

3. Roadtrippers: I love road trips a lot, like a whole lot. More than some types of cake. Roadtrippers is an app where you can plan the perfect road trip. You put in your starting destination and your ending destination and it will map out a route for you. From there, you can select a few different categories, such as: Food, Lodging, Entertainment, Attractions, etc. Roadtrippers will give you options in all those categories along your route. Want to find a fun photo op? Want a quirky, local place to stay? Want to eat at the best place in town? Roadtrippers. Even better, have you been on a trip and have something they missed? You can add a place. I have planned thirteen roadtrips on Roadtrippers. Granted, I've only taken  two of them, I like to dream. And, if I ever come across 13 hours and 52 minutes of free time, I can make it to New Orleans. Oh yeah, they calculate your drive time and add in the average length of visiting time at all the attractions you select. Pretty dope, right?

Roadtrippers

4. Doodle: Doodle was like my best friend this year. When scheduling meetings with groups of people or Welcome Week interviews, Doodle was the go-to app. With Doodle, you can set up a list of meeting times, basically as many as you want, and email the link to everyone who needs to participate. They get the link and then check the times that they are available. Doodle will then show you the three most popular times. This is a life saver for busy college kids who are involved in too many things. If that wasn't enough to get me hooked, Doodle has a MeetMe profile. You can set up a profile with your schedule and people can choose a time to meet with you. Doodle will you send you an email to either confirm or deny or reschedule. When I get famous, or a full time job (whichever comes first), I would seriously consider paying $40 a year for calendar integration, reminders, and my own domain name.

Doodle | MeetMe: Trinity Griffin

5.  Kitestring: Kitestringis an SMS-based safety app. You can sign up on their website and they assign you a phone number. This number is your Kitestring number. For instance, say that I'm going on a run (which I wouldn't because running is horrible), I would text my Kitestring number "45m". In 45 minutes, Kitestring will text me and ask me to check in. I can either extend my time by texting them "10m" or "15m" for 10 or 15 minutes, or if I have safely made it back to my house, I'll text them my safe word. But if I am walking to my car after a concert, and for whatever reason, I don't check in when Kitestring texts me, they will wait five minutes before sending a message to my emergency contacts. You can change the message say whatever you like. Right now mine says something like "Just give me a call to make sure I'm okay!", and that I sent that message using Kitestring. If I ever feel like I'm in immediate danger, I can text my duress word to Kitestring, and they will immediately text my emergency contacts and tell them to give me a call. What's cool about Kitestring is that if you're in danger and an attacker or kidnapper has your phone, they can't check in without your safe word. Kitestring recommends deleting your text history after each trip so that no one can figure it out. I personally, have never been in a situation where I felt threatened or in danger, but I really like the "better safe than sorry" preparedness I get from Kitestring.

Kitestring: Frequently Asked Questions | Kitestring


What are your favorite apps? 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Trinkets




Reunited with some of the greatest people in my life at HOBY 2014

THE DREAM TEAM. 

I feel like "started from the bottom now we're here" is an appropriate phrase to describe us. From 2009 to now, still my best HOBY friend. 

SUN TEA

Found this shopping cart on my Friday morning walk with Sarah and Katie. I am not sure why it was here, but it made for a pretty fun picture. 


Sparkler fun with the brothers

Sparklers. 

All my favorite kiddos over at my house to help celebrate my birthday. 

Chalk drawings.

These goons ordered hot wings and were in for a surprise. They didn't even eat half. 

Driving the boat with the Fairy Godparents

Lake day. 




1. Summer is in full swing now, it's almost July. What's happening? Soon it will be the 4th of July WHAT.
2. I am trying my best to cherish all the moments, but they're going fast. So that means I'm taking lots of pictures and writing down all my favorite things.  
3. Psalm 63:3
4. I have been using Trello recently. I love making lists and and organizing things into lists. Trello allows you to make checklists WITHIN lists, add photos, and members (who can help you with your lists). It's a list-maker's dream. 
5. This is truly the summer of dreams -- SO many adventures. Off to Nashville this weekend and then some more Bolivar adventures until South Carolina. 
6. I got the eighth (and final) season of Psych for my birthday. I know, bring on the tears. It's too much. It's almost as bad as Monk ending. (File that under "Things I'm Not Over Just Yet")
7. You know what makes me feel like an adult? Writing checks. Making all my own meals. Look at Grad School. Turning 21. Whew, this is unreal.
8. Things I'm in love with right now: candles, potatoes, glitter, and TJMaxx. 








Saturday, June 21, 2014

20 lessons of 20.

Twenty was a really good year. There were a lot of memories and fun times and good life lessons that I should probably remember. Here are my top 20 lessons I learned while I was 20. 

1. Everyone has something they're good at. Encourage people in their passions and walk alongside them.
2. "Sometimes the questions are complicated but the answers are simple." -Dr. Seuss. 
3. Sometimes the best moments are the simplest moments. Some of my favorite memories are the simple nights in the dorm laughing until our sides split. I love the times of laughing at meals in Mellers with friends or the late nights in the Welcome Week Office. Even after all the big events and all the crazy shenanigans, the simple, normal days will be the ones I love the most! 
4. We all need grace. It's like the golden rule. Give grace to those you want to return that grace to you. 
5. Never trade authenticity for approval. Don't lose who you are to become what someone else wants you to be.
6. Shame can't survive being shared. Share your story with those you trust and love. Let them walk with you and alongside you. 
7. "Comparison is the thief of joy." -Theodore Roosevelt. 
8. Actively practice gratitude. 
9. Making lists is A-OK. It helps my brain function and it relieves stress.
10. Naps put me in bad moods. Consistently. Sometimes I avoid taking a nap because I know that in about 3 hours I'll just wake up angry at everything in my life, but I don't know why. But I'll still take them. 
11. My 20's are for making my dreams come true. So here's to summer camps, a possible big move, and a whole lot  of dreams come true. 
12. Change is painful, but it's overall good. 
13. Don't forebode joy. Don't sit around waiting for bad things to steal your joy. Choose joy in everything. 
14. Psalm 73: 26
15. It's OK to say, "NO." and take a nap. Even if that nap makes me angry. 
16. Let life surprise you. 
17. If  you accidentally lose an entire suitcase of T-shirts, you will be forced to wear real clothes every day. It's not that bad. Especially if you don't even know you lost it until four months later. 
18. There's nothing wrong with texting in ALL CAPS. 
19. Sometimes taking a drive in the rain is all you need to clear your head. 
20. Love where you are now. Love each and every moment. Choose to see the wonder and the blessing around you.

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The first half of the "Summer of Dreams 2014" has been more than I could ever ask for. Here's to the adventures to come. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Trinkets

IT IS FINALLY HERE. It's summertime! Finals are over, school is out, and it is officially summer. Let the party begin!

Local Natives @ the Granada in Lawrence, KS. 

Local Natives never fails to put on a stellar show. I love them.

This KC trip goes down in history as one of the best ever:

NEEDTOBREATHE @ The Gilloiz in Springfield, MO

Beasley Babe clean up nice for the Mozarkian. 

Mozarkian selfies. 

Mozarkian Queen 2014 accompanied by BFF Mozarkian Queen 2013. 
Welcome Week Steering Committee 

Some of my favorite people in the entire world. I'm super blessed to work with them. 

We killed it in the "stereotypical jumping photo" category

Welcome to the gun show. 

Our 3rd grade class at HisKids this year. They were a wonderful bunch of sassmasters, and I enjoy them a lot. 

As junior year comes to a close, I am amazed at how much has happened. It seems like this year has been going on forever, but also like it has sped past at 100 million miles an hour. It's been hardest to try not to wish it all away. Soon, I won't have college days anymore and it's up to me to make the most of it. It's been a crazy roller coaster of a year, but I am thankful. I'm excited for a summer of adventures.