Friday, April 27, 2012

Ready, Set.... FINISH!

Let the countdown begin... School is out in less than a month and my life has officially become all about group projects and finals. Although its been hard to make time for other things, like life, its the sweet little reminders that make me remember to come up for air.  This week has been beyond hectic with being sick and trying to coordinate 4 group projects, yes that's right 4 groups with 4 sets of different people. Let me just say, organizing is not one of my strong points and this week it had to be. Anyway, this morning I got to sleep in and enjoyed every second of it.  As soon as I woke up immediately I remembered everything I have to do today, and then looked at my phone...

My amazing sister called.  Normally when she leaves a voicemail its either seriously important or some random thought she had.  Today is was more hilarious than normal.  She called to tell me that this was the anniversary of when Beethoven created my favorite song Fur Elise (the only song I can play on the piano from memory).  This random voicemail made me crack up with hysterical laughing because she always gives me a hard time about never memorizing any other song, and because she had a giggle in her voice that took me straight back to when she was a little kid.  What Steph did not realize is how much I needed to hear that message.  I have been so stressed and worried about school that I have pretty much forgotten about everything else. 

Which brings me to today's discussion topic.  Family, where would we be without them? The beauty about being in a family is that they are genetically tied to you from the point of birth to the rest of your life.  Whether or not you actually get along with them is another story.  I am beyond blessed to have my family because they have supported me through every single thing I ever wanted to do.  It is easy to get caught up with everything in life and forget to remember that without people to share it with, it would have no meaning.  I can't remember how many times I told my family I wasn't going to college after high school, and now I am pulling better grades than ever and will be starting a VERY exciting internship in June. Do not be one of those people to be so concerned with life and its "stuff" that you forget who you are and who you have. 

My sister means the world to me and I can honestly say that although we may have had our arguments over the years, there is not one single thing I would not do for her.  From long road trips across the US and crazy nights, to bobsledding down the hall and random adventures chasing transit buses, she is my very best friend and love her dearly.  God is so great and merciful, He has given me so much and put people in my life to remind me of His grace.  Who is the person who keeps you grounded? Have you thanked them today? Do me a favor and give them a hug! Have a great Friday everyone, be safe and be blessed! :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Better to give than receive!!

Well, that was an interesting month! I can't believe I have yet again fallen behind on my blogging, its like I have a life or something haha.. Lets see this week is spring break (thank goodness)!!!! Although I am beyond thrilled to be on break, this cold that has taken up residency in my lungs is really getting old, fast! Last month I received quite a bit of incredible news and cannot wait for it all to unfold next month. I feel so grateful to have people and opportunities in my life that allow me to pursue my dreams. I worked hard and sacrificed a lot and come the end of May it will all be paying off.

Today's topic of discussion is the lottery. Now unless you've been on a deserted island or living under a rock recently you probably heard about the ridiculous, world record setting amount of money that the lottery was up to. Now ill be honest I never play the lottery, mostly because I work too hard for my money just to blow it on some ticket and probably never win. However seeing as that it was a world record amount I figured id buy a ticket. Well the lottery came and went and obviously I didn't win. However for that week of pure madness surrounding the lottery it showed a lot of peoples true colors. I flat out laughed at some people's responses about what they would do with millions and millions of dollars and I was saddened by others.

It seemed like every one's brain was thinking about the lottery and how much crap they could buy with all that cash. However you want to know what I would do if I wont the lottery and won millions of dollars? Donate it! Simple as that, now sure I would pay off any bills my family had, and set up a nice LITTLE retirement fund, and allow myself to have enough to live on, but I would definitely not live a ridiculously luxurious lifestyle. Everyone who asked me what I would do with that money was shocked at my answer. I told them that after taking care of my family, I would continue working no matter what and donate the rest to cancer research or give it all to a hospital like Children's Hospital in Madera, CA.

I am sorry but it is not humanly possible to need all that money. Children's Hospital never turns a child away. No matter whether their parents can pay or not, so why wouldn't I want to donate to that? I mean how could I enjoy my millions knowing that if I would have given that money to researchers they could have possibly come up with a cure for cancer or AIDS. People were irritated that I just wouldn't stop working and live off my riches. Um, Hello? Seriously? I would rather have peace in my heart knowing I may have helped save a child or helped save their parent from cancer, than have millions I DONT NEED! What would you have done? I found that a lot of people feel differently than I do, which is fine, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but would you rather have a full bank account or a full heart? I'm pretty sure that it would have been one or the other, not both.

I don't want to hurt any one's feelings or upset anyone, I simply want to provoke some thinking for you. Life's greatest gifts are not the ones you receive but the ones you give. You can spend your whole life slaving away to make millions for yourself but if you have no one to share it with then where does that put you? I would be happy to win the lottery and donate to every cause that I see fit. Life is not all about designer jeans and handbags (although I do love them) it is about making sure that we try to help others and give back. Have a great day everyone and God bless. Remember He put you on this Earth for a purpose, probably time to start figuring out what it is if you do not already know. Lets pour grace today!