Tuesday, February 28, 2012


This is a scheduled post, as I am currently in the air, flying to California for a speech and debate tournament. This is going to be fun. ^_^
“There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.” – Edward Abbey

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

no reserve, no retreat, no regret.

Hernando Cortez Pizarro was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. Born in 1485 to Spanish nobility, Cortez performed dismally in his law studies, opting instead to become an explorer in the new American lands. He is known for overthrowing the Aztec Empire and winning Mexico for Spain. 

After living in the Caribbean for many years, Cortez received permission to lead an expedition into Mexico. Upon landing in the New World, he burned all of his ships. It was a signal to everyone in his mission: turning back was not an option.

For a history project a couple weeks ago, I wrote an essay on Cortez and his impact on the development of the Americas. Something that struck me was his commitment to his cause. Giving up was never even on the table. He isn't the perfect example: his cause was his personal gain, and many of his methods compromised his integrity - but it made me think. If someone can be so committed to a selfish end, and they can devote their entire life to completely pursuing that objective... what would happen if we completely devoted ourselves to pursuing a good and holy goal?

My goal is to be given completely over to God, totally surrendered. No reserve. I am resolved that regardless of what others do or say, regardless of what happens to me, this is and this will remain my choice. No retreat. I will always make mistakes – I’m just not perfect. But I determine to serve God with all my heart, and I determine to always give 110% towards my principles, my absolute best. No regret.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: "iamstressedout" Edition

As I go into two back to back tournaments, my "stressed" playlist is being listened to a lot. =P These are three of my favorite songs... (Also, sorry for the late post - tis a result of the tournament busy-ness.)

Your Hands

God of My Everything

Carry Me

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: Lady Antebellum

I'm not a Valentines Day person. I don't plan a frilly pink outfit. I don't give out cards or chocolate. (I did when I was little, but even then they were blue and white, not pink. =P)

The materialism and sugar-orientation of Valentine Day celebration doesn't make me happy. I don't need stuff to know I'm loved, and if I have too much sugar I will spin out of control.

All that to say, when I realized Valentines Day was on a Tuesday, I wasn't sure what song to post. I realized that "This = Love" by the Script could work, but I had already shared it.

Recently I discovered "Just a Kiss" by Lady Antebellum, plus it's tangentially related to Valentines Day. ^_^ I've never been a Lady Antebellum fan ("Need You Now" seemed clingy and lame), even though I love country, but this song is nice and their new album is really pretty.

Happy Valentines Day!

The dog in the back is the same one as in the Christmas post. I thought this picture was too adorable not to share... ^_^

(original photo here)

Saturday, February 11, 2012


I've got a couple thoughtful posts in the works, but I've been crazy busy, and haven't had time to finish them... So I'm going to share Hannah's thoughts on leadership. This is an awesome post.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. (John Quincy Adams)
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. (Harold R. McAlindon)

Thursday, February 9, 2012


I don't watch the Super Bowl, but the commercials are funny. Yay for YouTube! Here are a few that I liked.

Volkswagon/Dog vs Force
If you haven't seen it already, click here for last years. It was better. =P

M&M/Sexy and I Know It

Pepsi/Elton John vs X Factor

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: Dreamer

This is different from the kind of music I normally listen to, but I think I like it. It was on iTunes as a free single a while back. The video is kinda weird. But whatevs. Elizaveta was trained as an opera singer, or something, but then decided to make pop music. Dreamer is a pretty, upbeat, random and happy song. ^_^

Leave  your fear of love behind
Let your dreaming be your guide
If you seek then you shall find
I believe in fairy tales and serendipitous encounters

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Quotes - history and change

     “We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is disappearing.” – R.D. Lang
      “We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.” – F.A. Hayek

     “There will be a time where you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L’amore

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Weather reports

"This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather." ~Phil Connor

Happy Groundhog Day!