Tuesday, April 30, 2013

stop. just for a second.

Image from here

This week is crazy.  Fo realz.

It's the week before finals so all of the professors are trying to squeeze one last test in before the semester ends.  And all of the different groups on campus are trying to fit in one last hurrah before we part ways for the summer.  Meanwhile, everyone is trying to figure out how in the world we're going to fit the things in our room back into a car to take home.  (Really, I'm not sure how that will work.)  So we're all running around like crazy people.

Being an introvert, it's even more exhausting to always be going.  I can't do it for long.

So as a reminder to myself, and all of the rest of you introverts or busy people out there, I want to say be still. Breathe a little.  Do nothing.  Or at least take some time to not do something on your to do list.  If you're really feeling crazy, try to forget about your to do list all together for a little while.  I bet you'll thank me.

I've realized that for me to be the best me I can be, I need time to not be thinking about the things I need to get done.  I'm more energized, motivated, focused, and happy when I take time to read blogs or make things or journal or read or watch Friends.  So I try to do those things, even if they make me feel unproductive.  They're important.

Basically, what I'm trying to say is that when things are busy, just chill.  It'll be okay.

Happy almost summer, friends!  We're in the home stretch. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

song i'm overplaying

When I listen to music, I just listen to one song over and over and over and over and over and over again.  Then I get sick of it.  So does everyone around me.  Then I find another song.  And overplay it.

It's a good thing that my roommate listens to music the same way and we have the same taste in music or I'm sure I would drive her crazy.  

The harmony in this song gets me. And she's from Indiana.  I like it here. 

You Again (plus a surprise) from Kel on Vimeo.

What have you been listening to lately?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

spring has sprung!

All pictures were taken by me or my friend, Emily.  

Today I'm thankful for warm weather, great friends, and laughter.  Days like these are the best.

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, April 22, 2013

decorating a dorm room

My roommate, Carey and I tried really hard to make our dorm room look nice. Neither of us had any experience with interior decorating, but we tried. I mean, I know it's my room so I'm a little biased, but I think we did pretty well.

We picked a few colors- for us, it was light orange, grey, yellow, and a little bit of teal. From there, we basically tried to buy everything in those colors. It didn't really happen. Some things had more yellow, other things had more blue or orange. That's why I'm really glad we did these two crafts where we could pick our own colors.

First, I covered three pillows with a fabric that Carey and I both liked. One for our couch and one for each of our bed. And we also took paint samples (love free DIY projects!), made flower cutouts, and strung them together to make a pretty wall hanging.

 They're probably my favorite things in the room because first of all, Carey and I picked out all of the stuff together. And just because it was the first thing that we did as roommates! We both love the way it turned out. We think we have the cutest room.

 I don't know if we'll keep it for next year- we might tweak some things. But for this year, it has been awesome to live in a colorful, bright, happy room.

What has been your favorite DIY piece for a dorm room?

Monday, April 15, 2013

five things i learned my freshman year

It's so strange to think that my freshman year of college is almost over.  Crazy life. So I thought I'd share them with any of the rest of you who are either in college, or heading there soon. Hopefully, I can help make your freshman year easier! Maybe.

1. Get involved where you are. Find a club you want to be a part of, a study group to join, a group to tag along with, whatever it may be, just do something. Meet people.  That's how you're going to meet those lifelong friends everyone talks about.  Having said that, don't do too much. Everyone needs some time to themselves. Balance is important.

2. Learn to have grace and share.  Especially if you have a roommate, this makes a world of difference. I was extremely blessed this year by a roommate who is easygoing as I am when it comes to this stuff.  We decided early on that my closet was her closet, her food was my food, and vice versa.  We don't take advantage of each other, but it's made our friendship knowing that yes, you can wear my shirt will always be the answer.

3. Most nights, get enough sleep. It will make a huge difference in how you feel.  But pick some nights to enjoy college life and stay out until four in the morning.

4. Friendships change. And that's okay.  Not being in the same town anymore changes things, but that doesn't mean the friendship has to end.  Even though you might not talk or see each other as much as you used to, remember that they still care.  Cherish the time you do get to spend together.

5. Your whole life doesn't need to be planned out.  People change majors all the time.  And even if you decide you want to do something different than what you majored in- you can do that too!  So don't stress out about having to have the rest of your career planned out.  It'll be okay.

I'm sure I'll learn a lot more as I go through college, but these are the main things.  But I'm sure that no matter what happens, you'll be fine!

For all of you other students/graduates, what important lessons did you learn during your college years?

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Hi, friend!  Welcome to With Audrey- my attempt at blogging.  I'm hoping that this can be a creative outlet, a source of accountability for me to always be learning, and a place of community.

This is going to be a lifestyle blog- basically, it'll probably have bits of a lot of things, depending on where this journey takes me!

So here you go.  I'm going to do my best to improve my photography and writing skills while showing you a realistic view of my life.  All for the glory of God.

Hopefully, you'll stick around and do it With Me.  (See what I did there?)