One Year

A lot happens in one year.

The end of some things, the beginning of so much more.

One year ago, on May 12, 2015, I bought my Darth Vader onesie. I wanted it intensely.

Who knew I would move somewhere cold enough to warrant wearing a onesie at home for well over half of the year? I’m all about that cost-per-wear, ya know.


One year ago, I would have never imagined that I, the one who loved being home the most, would be the one to move across America to work in the Midwest.

Color us weird. 😜🍭🎨 #biscuitpaintwall #latergram #gurlz

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One year ago, I was just getting ready to graduate. I thought I had a chemical engineering gig lined up for me in Houston. God had different plans for me.

WAHOO I GRADUATED! #chemepedigree

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One year later, I’ve made new friends, I’ve done new things. I even went to a monster truck rally.


One year later, life is still confusing, and I keep on asking for life directions, because I still don’t have all the answers. I probably never will, and that’s okay.


One year later, I’m still excited to see all the mysteries that God will continue to reveal.


One year ago, I thought this would be a day to treasure for the rest of my life.

One year later, I realize that every day is a day to treasure.

Thanks to everyone who helped me embrace being a strong, independent woman in my Taylor Swift year.

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Olay vs. Nivea: Part Infinity

This is part 7 of the 7 part series on this! Read the earlier ones first: 2 3 4 5 6

I recently came back onto WordPress to write a post, and decided to check out my stats.

To my surprise, there were actually views on my posts! I couldn’t fathom for what reason, and turns out there are people who are pretty interested in the Olay vs. Nivea debate.

Well, a full 5 years after the very first post, here is the ultimate followup.

I actually just recently (like a few months ago?) got to the bottom of the Olay bottle. By got to the bottom, I mean I unscrewed the top, took the pump out, and wiped the tube that the pump top is connected to and wiped the lotion off of that. I also used the tube thing to scrape at the lotion at the bottom. I have kept it upside down so I could get more lotion out.

Why bother? Because the lotion is great! It doesn’t have any perfumed fragrance, and it’s rich and moisturizing without making my legs feel gross and sticky.

What’s changed between the experiment and now? Well, a year or so ago I started actually applying lotion regularly after I showered, not just for special occasions. So I’m much more accustomed to the slightly “sticky” feel that you get whenever applying lotion. Even though this same bottle of lotion has stayed with me for 5 years, it was only in this past year or so that the lotion level really started moving.

I went to college in a much less humid city, which definitely helps with the “tacky” lotion feel. I keep using quotes because it’s not quite the sticky or tacky feeling you get when using too rich lotion that just doesn’t absorb. I’m just talking about the initial moistness that you feel when putting on lotion.

Right after the experiment ended, I discontinued using the Nivea, mostly because it had a scent which, while not bad, was not something I wanted to smell all the time. I think my mom might still be using it to this day.

The final consensus (between me, myself, and my legs)?

Olay is the clear winner. Still.

Would I buy this lotion at full price? Ehh, I don’t really buy any health and beauty products at full price, to be honest. If it was on sale, though, and I was almost out of lotion (which won’t happen for a while, because I have quite a bit of Aveeno and Bath and Body Works lotion right now), I would probably pick one up.

This is part 7 of the 7 part series on this! Read the rest: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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I wouldn’t consider myself particularly ambitious, in terms of wanting to make tons of money.

However, today, in Sunday service, they had someone come up and share about Compassion International (CI), one of those charities that you can sponsor a child through. They played a touching video about a child discovering she was being sponsored. I teared up a little bit.

Cynical me… The first thing I did when they started talking was look them up on Charity Navigator. World Vision has gotten so much bad flak, and last thing I wanted to do was contribute to some organization squandering their money in the name of Jesus.

Turns out, they have consistently been well-rated on Charity Navigator, something CI is proud of, and touts on their literature and website. (I would, too.) My interest was piquing.

When I got home, I went online to look at the children. Looking each and every face, my heart broke a little more. I came wanting to sponsor one, and now I felt worse and worse as I looked at another, feeling as if I was betraying the others.

As of typing, there are 9,230 children available to sponsor.

Through their program, sponsorship of a child costs you $38/month. Not insignificant, but very doable, $456/year.

Confession time…

In 2014, I spent just under $500 on shoes and clothes alone.

That’s still less than the $800+ I spent in 2013.

Yeah, I know. As a college student, too. 

(To be fair, I was working at the time, but that’s still not an insignificant amount of money.)

My point being, that’s not an amount I’ve never spent on non-vital items within a year’s time.

Like I said, right now there are 9,230 children available to sponsor.

To sponsor them all for just one year would cost $4,208,880.

Of course, that’s not the point of this program. Part of the point of CI is to pair each child with one person (or group of people), who personally write to and develop a relationship with the child. For one person to sponsor all 9230 children would not be bad, per se, but to do so would miss the relationship building.

Even so… More than anything, I feel like this has pushed me to work harder, focus harder, and pray harder. Money doesn’t just buy nice things. It buys very necessary things, too, and it doesn’t have to be necessary things for just us.

This isn’t meant to be a pitch to go sponsor a child, but if you do decide to, or are already doing so, let me know! I’m planning on sponsoring a child with someone, and would love to talk about it with another sponsor.

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