What Comes Next

Hey y’all!!!

I know that it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted, but my life has finally slowed down a bit and I’m so excited to be back to blogging. Over the past three months I have been in the process of applying to sixteen (I know, sixteen is totally excessive) of the nation’s coolest universities. I’ve written dozens of essays and traveled to visits and interviews. Unfortunately, I’m still not 100% sure where I will be attending in the fall (I do have a current favorite), I know that God has a wonderful plan for me and I’m excited about what’s to come. With that being said, I thought I’d use this post to discuss some of the things I’ve learned over this process.

  • Patience is a Virtue

I struggle with needing to know every detail of my life and waiting on anything is generally excruciating. During this past year, I have waited to hear back from some schools for as long as six months. Through this process I have learned that you can choose to be patient, or you can choose to fret over a date that will come eventually whether you’re worrying about it or not. Patience truly is a virtue, and while I still am not the best at waiting, this process has most definitely helped me to improve in this area.

  • Rejection Isn’t Personal

Colleges receive thousands of applications for a limited number of spots in their freshman class. Many universities receive enough qualified applicants to fill twice the size of their freshman class, however they simply just can’t accept every qualified applicant. In the beginning, I took it really personally and was dumbfounded as to why I was rejected from a school where my stats were well above their average. As I have continued through this process, I have learned that so many factors go into your admissions decision and that it is not at all personal when you receive a rejection. This journey has taught me that you don’t always get what you want or deserve, but it’s not because you didn’t deserve it or weren’t qualified enough to be admitted.

  • God’s Plan is Better

Through this process, I have been rejected by a school that I saw as my dream school. I was completely in love and the rejection hit hard, however I have since realized that I would’ve been accepted if I was supposed to go there. God has a plan for your life and throughout the past year I have found comfort in the fact that every rejection is leading me to where I’m supposed to be. It’s hard to trust in the fact that his plan is better than yours, however that is true and this journey has helped me to realize that.

The college search process has taught me countless things about myself and I hope that sharing just a few of the things that I’ve learned can help someone in the future. These past few months have been a whirlwind, but I’m excited for the future and I know that I will end up exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

The Simple Joys of Life

Close your eyes. Now, take a minute and think about all the things you’re thankful for. The things that immediately come to mind are probably big things such as family, friends, shelter, health, and safety. With that being said, there are many small things in life that just make the world a little better. Often times, these small joys in life go unnoticed. These are the things that make the bad days better and the great days fantastic. I’m going to share a list (in no particular order) of some of these wonderful little things that make life that much sweeter.

  1. Puppies
  2. Fresh Flowers
  3. Coffee
  4. Girl Scout Cookies
  5. Snow Days
  6. Dancing Like No One Is Watching
  7. Free Wifi
  8. Fuzzy Socks
  9. Manicures
  10. Christmas Lights
  11. Laughing So Hard It Hurts
  12. Fast Internet
  13. New Car Smell
  14. Brunch
  15. Knowing Every Word To A Song
  16. Summer Camp
  17. Having Time to Yourself
  18. Fall
  19. Fresh Starts
  20. The Beach
  21. Warm Hugs
  22. Winged Eyeliner
  23. A Freshly Made Bed
  24. The Royal Family
  25. Handwritten Letters
  26. Waking Up And Realizing You Still Have Time To Sleep
  27. Chocolate Fountains
  28. Exercising
  29. Eating Your Favorite Meal
  30. Spending All Day In Your Pajamas

I encourage you all to take an extra minute today to reflect on all the simple joys that make your life better.

Stay Sparkly,

Samantha

Summer Adventures – Things You Learn From Being a Camp Counselor

Hey y’all,

I have finally returned from a summer of working at Camp Seafarer. Seafarer is a girls camp in Arapahoe, NC with a focus on seamanship and character building. I have grown up attending camp here and it has impacted my life tremendously. This summer I spent eight weeks working as first a camper in leadership training and then a counselor. In the past eight weeks I have learned more about myself and about life than I could have ever imagined. Today I will be sharing some of the most memorable and important lessons.

It is ALWAYS about others first!

After spending eight weeks with twelve and thirteen year old girls, I learned very quickly that the more you give the more you get. Being on around the clock can get exhausting fairly quickly, but it is so rewarding. The more energy and love you give out, the more you get back.

Stay Positive 

It is easy to get overwhelmed when you have thirteen campers each with unique problems and special considerations that you have to keep in mind, but I have learned that when faced with tough situations it is best to keep a positive outlook. I faced some challenging situations this summer that I do not think would have a good outcome if our counselor team and other staff members had not maintained a positive attitude.

 Don’t take yourself too seriously!

As a camp counselor you often have to do tasks that may seem ridiculous or even embarrassing, but life is too short to be worried about what others think,  so let down your guard and live a little. Since returning this summer, I have had a new found perspective on self confidence and what it means to be truly comfortable in your own skin. I am a firm believer in the “you do you” attitude, and I believe camp has taught me this.

Thanks for reading!!

xoxo,

Samantha

7 Awesome Quotes to Get You Through The Mid-Week Slump

Hey y’all,

We all know the feeling… the one that comes when you realize that it’s only Tuesday night and you still have to get through the rest of the week. Well, instead of dwelling on this feeling, it is much more beneficial to focus on the positives in life and move forward. I thought that I would share some of my favorite quotes and pieces of inspiration that help me get through the mid-week slump.

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I hope these quotes will help you finish out the week strong because you’re all fabulous.

xoxo,

Samantha