Lisa's Life

Sunday, November 26, 2006

I had to go to the doctor today. She said that I have a sinus infection AGAIN! I wish I could figure out what is causing me to get them so frequently. I spent the afternoon doing homework trying to get a little ahead for finals. I am burnt out and ready to go home. I talked to my friend Katie today and it was so nice to talk to her. I realized that I often have such high expectation of things (which a lot of people do) that I feel such a let down when reality settles in. I love what I do at KSU. It is different than I thought it would be but I still love it:)

Anyway finals begin soon and it is crunch time for the next few weeks. Can't wait till Christmas break!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Well Thanksgiving sure did fly by quickly. I said goodbye to my parents tonight. They are headed home tomorrow. It was weird having them come to visit b/c I realized that I am off on my own now!!! It was a nice visit. Tonight my aunt and uncle, grandma, parents, and brother came to my game to see me cheer. Then we met up with another aunt and uncle for dinner. It was one of those moments where you just wish you could freeze it! I had a great time having family around this weekend. It was also nice being able to just enjoy it and not worry about traveling...it came to me!

Anyway I am truly thankful for all that I have. I have some great family members. Tomorrow though I am going to the doctors b/c I am sick:(

Good night!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Well Thanksgiving is almost over and I am sad! I really think that we need more than one day a year designated for good eating! I had a wonderful time with all of my family. It was so nice to see some of them. I didn't realize how old I had gotten until I got to Kennesaw. Here I am the oldest one in most of my classes and on my team. And today all of my little cousins are not little anymore. When did I get old?

It was a day that I was truly thankful for my life. I think of others who don't have the greatest life. Their hand of cards is a lot harder than mine yet they still seem happy. They don't ever become victims to their lives...they inspire me. I also spent some time today talking to my cousing in law school up at UGA! What an amazing feat to do what he is doing. That too inspires me.
In the midst of all that I am realizing that I not only have a great life but I have had it kind of easy. Yeah I had to go through a lot to get to where I'm at but so have a lot of others. My uncle, my dad, and I were talking tonight about how important attitude is. That is truly what makes your life what it is. If you think you can do something than you will. The mind is a truly powerful thing. As we were talking about all of this my uncle said something to me that I will never forget. He said in case you haven't caught on Lisa you are anything but average....hmmm!!! He said that all that I have gone through to pursue my dream has earned a lot of respect from him! I had never really thought about that. I spend so much time trying to be better at everything I do that I forget to realize how far I've come. I never seem to give myself enough credit....I am incredibly driven. (I think a little too driven). It gets me into trouble sometimes.

Anyway my point is that we can't ever feel sorry for ourselves or our circumstances. Self pity is one of the worst places in life that we can find ourselves. It does nothing for us. You must always find something to be thankful for...something that you can be positive about. Because if you stop for long enough to think about you can find something that you have been blessed with no matter how small it seems. And by acknowleding that you will be successful in what ever you do!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Today I spent a lot of time working on final projects and papers. I am such a procrastinator that I figured I needed to get a head start. I have also been working on my project for 3324 about body image and the media. I was wondering if anyone has any comments on this. It is true that what we see becomes reality to us. So many women are suffering with eating disorders and I think that we need to change the images we are selling in the mass media!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Thanksgiving is this Thursday and I can't wait. My parents are coming in to be with me!!! I have to admit that we rush through Thanksgiving and go straight to Christmas. Why is that? I am a little pushy when it comes to Christmas. For instance I have already started listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas music. I know I shouldn't and usually I don't but I just can't help it. I get so excited about the holidays and all that they mean. I am sad when it ends so why not enjoy it as long as you can? I really should wait until atleast Friday to do all this!

Thanksgiving is this Thursday and I can't wait. My parents are coming in to be with me!!! I have to admit that we rush through Thanksgiving and go straight to Christmas. Why is that? I am a little pushy when it comes to Christmas. For instance I have already started listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas music. I know I shouldn't and usually I don't but I just can't help it. I get so excited about the holidays and all that they mean. I am sad when it ends so why not enjoy it as long as you can? I really should wait until atleast Friday to do all this!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Finals are coming up. I am trying to get ahead now and make a dent in all that I have due in the next 2-3 weeks. The stress has begun. I am already starting to feel overwhelmed with how much I have to do. I really hate school right now:) I have worked so hard all semester and hope that my grades are reflective of that. I have a huge final project to do, 3 papers, a website, and 3 finals. I wish I could fast forward time.

I just registered for Passion '07. If anyone is interested in going let me know soon b/c prices go up. In case you were wondering what Passion is I will tell you:) It is a conference for college students who want to make a difference in their generation. We gathere togethere for 4 days to meet with God. The praise and worship is AMAZING and they have some great speakers coming. There will be over 13,000 people there from around the world!! This year it is right here in Atlanta on January 1-4! Please come if you want to see God move in your own life and in those around you. God is doing something great.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

resume writing:

state objectives
state skills you have
state experience
need education, skill, and experience
may use chronological, combination, or functional resume
don't staple it
don't use "I"
don't attach a photo
no more than 2 pages
key words to use: interpersonal, (words from job description),
give them back what they want

Sunday, November 12, 2006

The weekend is almost over and I still feel like I haven't rested yet! I babysat last night and we watched How the Grinch stole Christmas. I know it is a bit early for that but I couldn't help it.I have been thinking about a lot of things...one of which is the music we listen to. Although people say that they really aren't listening to the words of it but just the beat do are they really influenced by it? The reason I ask is b/c the music on our radios is so vulgar sometimes and I don't understand why we even allow it to be played. But does it affect our generation? What kind of role does it play in influencing the decisions we make?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Today in class we talked about body image and how the media affects it. I really think it is a huge issue in our society b/c so many women (and men) struggle with how they look. Just look at the rate of plastic surgery. No one anymore is satisfied with how they look b/c we are constantly bombarded with images of perfect people. It is so far beyond reality but seeing it so often makes us think it is. My friend recently told us she was struggling with an eating disorder....it saddened me! I wish that the way we looked didn't carry so much value. Why don't we just learn to love ourselves the way we were made?

The other night I got to visit with some old friends from home. They were in town for a conference at Northpoint so I went over there and we went to 722 together and then dinner. It was so nice to see them. It made me realize how much I miss them. It felt like I had never left....like we just picked up where we left off. Man I miss them but home feels so weird to me! I wish they were here longer. I realized that some things change, but other things may seem that way b/c of time and distance but in reality they are the same. If you can go for a length of time without talking and then pick up right where you left off when you see each other I say it is a real relationship that has meaning and value....something worth hanging on to.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Last night we had to practice after our game. I ended up working at the ticket booth b/c I was till feeling pretty sick. I had to lay down b/c I was so nauseous and dizzy. Someone had to fill in for me in our stunt sequence. Plus I had sat out from tumbling. It kills me that I have to sit out even if it is only temporary. I WANT to cheer b/c I love it so much. I dont know how the injured people do it every week.

I am going tonight to see some friends that are in town for a conference. I am excited to see them!! Today is election day and I didnt get to vote since I am out of state. My dad didnt' send me my absentee ballot in time so I am a little disapointed...but what can you do?

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Today at church the pastor talked about Ted Haggart who had to step down out of his church in Colorado. He had to publicly make a statement about what happened....apparantly he had been with another guy. Our pastor encouraged us to not pass judgement on him but to learn from it. We can all walk away and realize that things like this are not beyond any of us. We all have the capability to fall into that by sipping from different cups a little at a time. Before you know it you are so far gone. The little warning signs/conviction/promptings we get from God are to prevent us from reaching destruction. It's not so much about rules but about protecting us from termoil and destroying our relationships, life, etc. It made me think a lot about things and get some stuff straight with in me. Great reminder:)

I have seen enough of hospitals to last me a lifetime. Friday I got hit at practice and ended up in the ER to check for a concussion. We also thought I had broken my nose but luckily I hadn't. It hurts a lot and is slightly bruised and swollen. However, I am still very dizzy and nauseous. I spent the weekend laying low b/c I didn't feel so great! Then today my mom called me to let me know that my grandma had a heart attack and was in the hospital. I went over to Kennestone to see her and they wouldn't let me in to see her. I went back at 9 to see her and got in. She was so excited to see me. I was so glad that I was able to go...and so was she. It's nice to be so close to family. I love that we are all so close by. I really think I want to stay here in Georgia after I graduate. Really what's left for me at home? I am having the time of my life here and LOVE every minute of cheerleading.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Do you ever think about how much the events of our lives reflect what is going on emotionally inside of us? I never really thought about it until someone point it out. I realized the changes that I am going through in my life are mirrored on the mat. I have never been so pushed mentally, emotionally, and physically in cheerleading, yet that is exactly how I feel about my personal life. I am learning this huge lesson about trusting myself to achieve/grow more than I've ever done before or even thought was capable. It has been really hard on me to learn these lessons-mostly through honesty spoken in love- but I know that I am ready to face this level.