Monday, April 30, 2012
College is when you find out who you are. You leave the bubble of "home" and are given new freedoms.
I took chances, made choices and most of all, learned that when people love you for you, that is what's most important.
My Chi Omega sisters are a true testament to this. They embrace my music obsessions, crazy dance moves and desire to always want to do what's right [even if it's the smallest thing]. Each day, they inspire me with their volunteer work, activism and innovation. If I've learned one thing in my four years it's that surrounding yourselves by those who love, support and inspire you, is imperative. For when they do those things, they will also challenge you to be a better YOU.
So as I struggle to write my senior goodbye, I will focus on two of my favorite things...
So this Monday- and hopefully forevermore, I will remember that even though goodbyes are difficult, it just takes finding a special place in your heart for someone to keep the love and memories alive.
HAPPY MONDAY, XO!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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Friday, April 13, 2012
FRIDAY IS FINALLY HERE! Although I shouldn't say "finally" because this week seemed to fly by... as are all the days leading up to graduation.
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Monday, April 9, 2012
April 9, 2012
Dear tired, uninspired, negative and jaded Shannon,
Today is a new day. Although you’ve spent the last few years being busier than one can imagine, it’s time to turn life around. Break out the Bible more, journal until your fingers are tired and smile so much that your cheeks hurt. Find the spirit that used to captivate those around you. Tough times will end and happiness will take over. Don’t let the negativity of others keep you down. Inspire your peers and allow yourself to see the unconditional love that others show you. Remember your two favorite phrases and allow them to guide you throughout each day. “Live with passion” and “kalos kai agathos – the singular balance of the good and beautiful.”
Remember the talk you had with Mike on Easter night. It took amazing courage and understanding for him to confront you – yet it was so necessary. He reminded you that people love your ability to see the best in others, at all times. This was the reason, he said, that made him fall in love with you three years ago. Find that gift and cling to it. For when you give others the benefit of the doubt, the same will be given back to you.
“Be not nobody,” and strive to be remembered for the positive elements that are within your body, mind and soul. Let your light shine for others to see. Let go and let God.
With love, grace and gratitude,