Hey all! I thought I would give y’all an update on my second month at TNU and fall break!

I am still loving every second of my time in Nashville, and I’ve made a conscious effort to get out and explore my city a little bit. I have found some amazing little coffee shops that are perfect for studying and/or writing, I’ve made my way through some pretty delicious vegan restaurants, and most importantly: I’ve found a vegan doughnut shop that’s to die for. Traffic and I are getting to know one another, and we’ve come to a pretty nice agreement, I just try to get wherever I’m going without dying and/or killing anyone else. This has been a successful endeavour thus far. I enjoy the sunset behind the skyline every evening and I am loving everything about living in a city.

Life on campus is just as amazing as everything else. I’ve made a great little circle of friends and I have never felt lonely; there is always someone there to hang out with, study with, or binge watch an entire season of FRIENDS in one day. My classes are hard but so enjoyable. I leave class every day with such a joy in my heart. I just can’t believe I get to study my passion in such a challenging and in-depth way. I adore all of my professors, especially my English professors! Which is good, since I will be studying with them for a few more years. But seriously, they are so caring and sweet, and they form such a strong support system for their students. I’ve been taking with my major advisor about some different career opportunities and I am just so excited about the doors God is opening and the places He is leading me.

So, that’s a little update on how University is going. On to my Fall Break!

I was able to make it home on Friday, and so I woke up 4:00am to go to Aldersgate FMC for a Bible Quizzing meet! I was able to quizmaster some pretty awesome kids, and the best part of the day is when two little girls I had quizmastered last year came up to me with hugs and sweet greetings. What a privilege to watch these kids grow! My best friend drove 20 miles after she got off work on Saturday (and Monday) just to see me and my heart was filled with joy at being with her again. On Sunday I got to see my church family, on Monday I went to see one of my favorite people in the world, my doctor, and got an amazing report. Today I was able to run some errands in Olney, visit my sister, see an old friend, and talk to some of my favourite OCC people. I head back to my second home tomorrow and even though I’ve loved my break, I’m ready to be back in Tennessee.

Okay, that’s the boring stuff. Here are some slightly more interesting things I have discovered:

  1. As an adult who lives on her own, you can eat cookies for breakfast. Seriously. There is no one policing this.
  2. I swear I am at least 83 years old; one of my favourite things to do is go grocery shopping in my favourite health foods store and read every single label.
  3. Being on my own means I have no bedtimes. Which means I can go to bed at 8:05pm and no one will judge me (except my roommates).
  4. Speaking of roommates, they’re pretty great. It’s like a sleepover with your best friends every night but they also help with dishes and let you have some of their teabags. Win!
  5. Getting mail is seriously one of my most favourite things ever.
  6. Fruit tea. Fruit. Tea.
  7. It’s not unusual to see Sadie Robertson, Natalie Grant, or Meredith Andrews at church/on campus/around.
  8. You can walk around a college campus in pyjamas or in a business suit; both are perfectly acceptable!
  9. Coming home and visiting people is so fun, it’s like a mini-party.
  10. The Frothy Monkey has a drink that is made of apple, caramel, and espresso. Yes, please.

As I hope you can tell, I am loving every second of University life. Thank you so very much for all the prayers and support! I hope to blog within the next few weeks about some things that are a little deeper and of more substance than these little updates, but hey; you get what you get 😉

Thanks for reading,

Blessings to you all!

“The best way to predict your future is to create it” ~Abraham Lincoln.

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