The Front Porch

************ Not sure why the whole formatting is weird with the pictures but sorry! I can’t fix them! 😦

Tomorrow’s my first day of school!! Exciting! Maybe … my first class is Finance and I already want to throw up knowing that.Smile with tongue out

I never knew how many blogs I’ve been following until these last few days. Given a handful are Tumblrs, therefore they update constantly, but even without those, I have 50+ unread posts every time I open my Google Reader. And I log in at least twice a day now.

Anyway, I’ve been busy catching up on blog posts and I’m loving each and everyone of them! Yes, I read them all!! Not much of the Tumblrs though because there are SO much pictures but blog posts, check!


Today, I woke up at 7am, showered, got ready, and headed on campus. It was our second day of FTK Leadership Challenge Retreat!!

I got to school by 7:45am. In hand was my OOIAJ … just in case the breakfast they serve was not good enough.Winking smile

Luckily they served breakfast tacos from Bill Miller’s. Mmm … I ate my OOIAJ (because who wastes such good food! plus I’m pretty sure it’s better for me). I couldn’t resist though so I took one Potato, Egg, and Cheese taco. They did a horrible job on wrapping these babies with cheese everywhere. Gross to cheese like that but mmmm to the potato.






We then headed into our room and sat in a circle and had reflection.

They gave us a notebook they had made filled with blank papers. They were even personalized with our names!! I covered up my last name.Winking smile

This is where we write about our thoughts and answer questions that have been asked. And anything else we want to reflect about goes into there.

Questions such as: What gives you spirit? What would or does kill your spirit? What other questions are on your mind? etc. etc.

The title to this post The Front Porch goes along with something we learned today. I’m not going to bore y’all with it but seriously, I love the saying and would love to incorporate that into my home in the future.


Then went into little groups and listened to lectures.

I love when they print out all the slides so I know how close we are to the end.

Is that terrible? Whoops.



One of the advisors for Leadership Challenge/FTK co-wrote a book with a friend of his about leadership.

He gave us our own copy to keep and read if we liked. And he even autographed it!! How sweet!!

I for sure will add this to my list of reading materials.

Why not?

For lunch, they ordered us Papa John’s. Not too healthy but what can you do? Free food is free food. I made sure to pick the ones with the most vegetables! That has to count for something right?Smile with tongue out

I learned a lot from those 7+ hours of retreat today. Though it was long I can pertain everything I learned to real life things. Stuff like running and staying healthy. It’s going to be a long journey to find my balance with those things and other things in life, but if I sit down and really think about the path I lead and plan it out, I can get there. Slowly but eventually.

I learned so much more, but I won’t bore y’all.

I just really want to remember this day that gave me great memories. I cannot wait to work with everyone to make a difference.

FTK: For The Kids Dance Marathon at UTSA with pediatric cancer. Together we can make a difference. (Cheesy words? … But so true!)


Time to relax … then bed. I’ll let you all know how it goes sometime this week. Peace and love!Open-mouthed smile

Mama Spoon

Yesterday I moved into my new apartment for my last year of college (hopefully).

I’ve realized writing new posts and staying healthy is going to be a challenge but I’ll try my hardest to do it!

I need to find new running grounds. I know everyone that is in college go to the rec but I just don’t feel comfortable. I might try it out but if it’s too hard or I feel uncomfortable, I’ll invest time to look for a gym.


You can’t see much of my new room but I’m sitting here eating my smoothie with my Mama Spoon. That’s what the company that made it called it. It’s so big!! I love it!Rolling on the floor laughing


This had nothing to do with anything but I ate a really big breakfast. Whoops.

Spinach & Eggs. Turkey Links. Whole Wheat With PB&Co.

I’m a little scared to put this up there because some people will judge me for eating so much unhealthy foods. Oh well.

Reason was because I woke up early and had a lot of errands to run and knew I wouldn’t be able to eat til 6pm. Ahh college life. I need to not fall back in that routine so I bought some snacks while I was out for the future.

Right now it’s just me and another girl, Jenny, my brother’s girlfriend’s sister living with me. We love it so much more than last year.

We had a really terrible roommate and one good one and at the end, it just ended bad because the terrible one wouldn’t cooperate.

Whatever. Done deal. They still live in the same place which is down the hallway from us but we’ll survive. We just hate when she’s loud and we can hear her voice. Grossness to the x factor … whatever that means.


Today was the first day of Leadership Challenge Retreat. At 5pm, I headed on campus. FTK was having a dinner with Santa Rosa representatives that supports FTK and the families with children who has/had cancer.

Somehow I got on serving duty. Beans and rice? Beans and rice?

It was great seeing everyone again.

Tomorrow will be our 2nd day and our last. I’m excited. But it sounds tiring. It’ll be from 8am – 5 pm. Eeek.

It feels weird to be back but I’m excited to kick off my last year of college.

School starts Wednesday for me but I only have one class that day so it shouldn’t be too bad.

Time to relax. Byeeee!