Tess hasn’t been having the best past few days, but I saw that today was good for her. I’m really glad things are turning up for her.
I was feeling super sick and congested when I woke up this morning, but Charlene gave me some sudafed and breathe easy and I took a glorious nap and woke up feeling better.
We went to this lookout in Yosemite today, and the connection, vibe, and photo ops were unbelievable.
I feel like people are actually wanting to talk to me and get to know me now. For the first time in a week, I feel like people aren’t scared of me.
Momma and Jie came to visit me. Mom leaves for Machu Picchu tomorrow, so it was good to see her. She’s so silly. She called me homedog.
I had an AMAZING talk with Putri Sarah tonight. I was feeling out of it, so was she. Ended needing to just talk to someone.
I feel like I’m getting closer with people here. Walls are coming down. I had a really good talk with Nick tonight. I feel like he’ll be a really good friend here.
I got SOOOO much work done, and I’m not even overwhelmed.
I was able to read Heraclitus and have a long talk with Justin about the content. After about two hours, we still ended up no where. It was good, and I feel like my brain is really working itself.
Yay for growth.
First day of classes - David Williams is going to be such a good teacher
TESTIMONY NIGHTS with the Roomies <3 We set up a fort and ate cereal and it was ridiculous. They honestly made my super shitty and dark day so much better
I ditched the whole gluten-free thing for the night. I love frosted wheaties.
I went on a glorious trail run alone. I got attacked by a swarm of flies or gnats or bees or something and I ran but they followed. Woops.
I may have joined the Worship Team…. :) I have never sung in front of people before, especially as a leader, so this will be a HUGE step out of my comfort zone.
We had a community meeting to talk about community, and the bonding and willingness to be a community just seemed so legit.
We had a total random dance party immediately following. SO GOOD.
We spontaneously decided to run to the lake at 11pm. First time of many this semester. Roomies and I tried to take pictures… didn’t turn out so well.
"Life is to be enjoyed, not endured"
We had our first Plenery at High Sierra from David Williams, which reminded me of Bruner’s classroom and CPS simultaneously… I get a second shot at doing well at a school like CPS. I’m ready for this.
I met a couple new people today. Breaking down barriers, yessss.
I finished unpacking completely … which I never do. Everything is nice and organized and somewhat decorated. I never decorate. I did crafts. I never do crafts. Yay new things!
First morning of High Sierra: I noticed we are already family. Which is horrifying, and delightful at the same time.
Scavenger hung and ice breakers were memorable. I had this awkward moment where I made people think that I was excited for the semester to end and to say bye to everyone!
Tonight after family time, we went out to the Rock area (I’ll learn the names soon). Worship was crazy and raw and freaking amazing.
I got breakfast with Devon at Subway, and then a pumpkin spiced latte from Starbucks WHICH WAS DELICIOUS!
Darrah blessed me with a vitality bowl and helped me bring my gear to the U-Haul so I wouldn’t die in the heat. Our conversations are always encouraging.
LEFT FOR HIGH SIERRA
Got Jamba Juice with Devon before my first High Sierra Meeting
High Sierras Meeting: Seeing everyone excited made me realize I should be excited too
I think Devon and Darrah made scones? I LOVE SCONES
The high energy of APU’s move-in day and new students on campus helped me remember that there is something to look forward to this year
I spent a lot of time with Darrah and Devon today, and we Skyped with Meridith to swap stories.
I was able to meet with someone for the first time in four months. He is the only one on campus who is not afraid to push me out of my comfort zone so that I might be 1% better than I was the day before. Sometimes you need that push from someone with a trustworthy perspective.