Saturday, December 17, 2016

FAVORITES - finals and finals

the Trossach mountains in Scotland, taken on my trip there in 2015

these past two weeks have been finals and final projects. today is the last day of it. i've gotten to the point where i just really don't want to do school anymore ... just not now. but i'm so close to the end of this semester, i've got to push through. 


// food: clementines 

// song: Summer Guest by Ásgeir

// drink: green tea with mint

// book: The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens

// quote: "Never, never, never give up." -Winston Churchill

// word: perseverance 

// smell: winter air

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Into the New Year - recap and highlights of 2015

Well, it was my sincere intention to post a New Years post before the new year actually started. But sincere intentions don't always turn into reality, unfortunately. It is now already almost the end of the year (yikes) and I am only just getting to my new years post. But it is HERE.

I've thought a good deal about this last year and what all has progressed since January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016. It was an immensely eventful, trying, long, growing, daring kind of year. I dared myself in many ways I never thought I would. I didn't shy back from the challenges, the unknown, or the pain.

My word for 2016 has been: breathe

More than anything, I've realized in 2015 that I did a lot of rushing and running around, and I seemed to constantly stay busy. And I spent a whole lot less time just being still and breathing. I left myself very little time to appreciate the little things, and the quiet moments of the day; The early morning sunsets, the gentle breeze on your face in the late afternoon, the stars shining so steadfastly every night, the kind smile of a stranger or that little flower blooming in the middle of a concrete jungle. My mind was always occupied with school or work or people or anything, and it rarely had the time to quiet itself and allow me the time to just sit there and breathe.

This year, I've embraced just breathing and living. It's been a slow process, and you'll hear more about it in my 2016 New Years post.

  • Officially became part of the Verity Vareé team as the Manager and Editor
  • Started working at Chick-Fil-A as Assistant Director of front of house
  • Took a month long Hazardous Materials Operations (HazMat Ops) course through my county's Fire and Rescue training facility.
  • Did a whole lot of living boldly (Refuse to be Average, Black & White, A Few More Days of Marching into the Battle, Living Boldly, and Have the Courage)
  • Celebrated Christmas with the ENTIRE family, all in one place!
  • Participated in a badass Savage Race with my sister (photo below)
  • Kept up the Grateful Jar, which I mentioned in my last New Years Post
  • Traveled to Scotland and England (words can't adequately describe this trip)
  • Attended The Tenors concert. They are my favorite classical/pop singing group.
  • Celebrated the 4th of July in Massachusetts with my sister and her husband
  • Traveled to Quebec, Canada right around Christmastime. Just magical.

be sure to check out my New Years post from 2014


ALBUM: How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle

BAND: My favorite band of 2015 was definitely Kodaline.

SONG: Once and For All, Lauren Daigle

MOVIE: Top favorite movies of 2015 were Cinderella, Antman, and How To Train Your Dragon 2.

BLOG: From the Ashes, by sister's legit blog

TEA: Green Tea with Mint.

BOOK: Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung. Cannot tell you how much this book has changed my life.

PHOTOGRAPHY ITEM(s): Got a new camera, 3 new lenses, and a legit backpack to carry all of it in. I got all this in preparation for my trip to England and Scotland, as I very well couldn't have gone to said countries without the appropriate equipment to document my trip.

MEMORY: My time in Scotland combined some of my favorite memories of 2015. The wild, raw, authentic beauty of Scotland. The rich culture, and meeting new people, and eating delicious food. The history, made up of castles, old houses, and Scottish landmarks. Oh, all of it, just spectacular and life changing. I am determined to go back to Scotland in the not too distant future. Want to come?

working on some branding for my new company, On Wilder Seas.


Houses of Parliament, ENGLAND
off the coast of Dunottar, Scotland

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

FAVORITES - traveling

these past few weeks have been ones of traveling, adventuring, and a whole lot of living. i've hit 5 states, multiple cities, and have met dozens of people. it's been quite the adventure.


// food: sushi

// songThe Only One Who Gets Me by Charles Kelly

// drink: bloody mary

// bookResilience by Eric Greitens

// quote: "If you can dream--and not make dreams your master, If you can think and not make thoughts your aim." -If poem, by Rudyard Kipling

// wordresilience.

// smell: autumn air

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

books and books and books || PART I

books are grand.

This is part one of a series that will be chalk-full of books. I like lists, thus I've categorized all the books into lists of
book shops, home libraries, & public libraries,
quotes about books, and
my favorite books.
There are many, many, many more photos and quotes about books. But since I simply cannot show them all, I decided to select a few of my favorites.

If you are not sure yet, I kind of have a thing for books.

This post covers BOOKS SHOPS and LIBRARIES

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

Thursday, July 21, 2016

favorites - new mini series

I'm starting yet another mini series, but this one (I promise) should prove decently interesting. I will be posting my "favorites" every few weeks. So for today I am posting my favorite song, book, food, etc of right now. They are only changing favorites and do not necessarily account as all-time favorites (although some of them may turn out to be all-time favorites). I am starting this series because I'd like to better document, and therefore better remember and better appreciate all of the things that pique my interest or involve my time. You are very welcome to join me on this creative venture.

So, let us begin:


// food: legit pizza from pieology.

// song: Mansions by NF

// drink: Woodchuck's Summertime Hard Cider

// book: Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

// quote: "Courage in danger is half the battle." -Titus Maccius Plautus

// word: badass. This just so happens to be my word of year (I know you want to know why, so ask!)

// smell: the ocean

Each time I do a post for this series, I will probably switch up (add or subtract) my favorites. If you'd like more info on why these are my favorites, or have any other inquiries, I'd love if you'd comment below or send me a little email.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

voices of the sea

this shot was taken looking over a cliff off the coast of California, down Pacific Coast Highway Route 1

“It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

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Monday, July 4, 2016

celebrate A M E R I C A

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed …” –U.S. Declaration of Independence

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

joy comes in the morning - Formerly List

"...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." -Psalm 30:5b

These last two months have been decently rough for me. All the normal unfortunates of being a full-time college student with full-time jobs, such as little to no sleep, not much of a social life, stress, exhaustion, and ... well, you get the picture. But on top of it, I was faced with a few challenges that really stretched and grew me as an individual. Challenges that, while I was going through them, I couldn't see an end to. The kind of dark tunnels you can't see the light at the end of. There were times that felt like hell, and times I absolutely hated myself because I failed or made a mistake. But through the dark and the utter despair, God was teaching me things about Himself and about His love and grace. And when my dark nights were over, the sun at last shone bright. 

I'm currently pulling an all-nighter as I type this out. And I have to open Chick-fil-A in less than an hour. But even with no sleep behind me, and the daunting prospect of a 10 hour shift surrounded by people ahead of me ... I have much peace and joy in what will come. For even though I'll be surrounded by people and be pushed out of my comfort zone, I look forward to brightening someone's day or making someone smile because I have the privilege of serving them dang good chicken.

Your pain, your sorrow, your despair or depression may seem to last for nights and nights. But I promise you that joy will come in the morning. He hasn't forgotten about you. You are precious in His sight.


Trust in You by Lauren Daigle
Dangerously by Charlie Puth
You Are So Beautiful by The Tenors
Bird Set Free by Sia
Everything Works Out in the End by Kodaline
Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem (Kevin DeYoung)
The Man in the Queue (Josephine Tey)
The Art of Intelligence (Henry A. Crumpton)

take 2 quizzes and one exam
potentially sleep
make valentines for the Hand Made Valentine Exchange
write out a more rigorous workout schedule
go to joshua bell concert
organize my room, because organizing is always a good idea
go on a galentine's date with my girls


Thine not mine
Verity Vareé | sharing the truth about beauty through your story
THE LAST LION || Churchill's Undaunted Determination 

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

to expand the mind | The Books of 2015

I had originally set an ambitious goal of reading 50 books in the year 2015. Well, I ended up only reading 20. Not quite half of my goal, but certainly more than I thought based on the busyness of my year. I do hate being too busy to read books. One simply can't be too busy to read books. That shouldn't ever be a thing.

Regardless, it happened to me last year (the busy part, that is). But I am thankful to have read as many books as I did. And for the record, I started a fair amount of really interesting books throughout the year but just never got around to finishing them (2016 goal!). 

Below is a list of the various books I read throughout the year of 2015. There's a mix of textbooks, biographies, inspirational pieces and mysteries, all organized in alphabetical order by category and then by title:

Assignment Churchill (Walter Henry Thompson)
Churchill (Roy Jenkins)
Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life (Gretchen Rubin)
The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam (Bảo Ninh)
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) (Chinua Achebe)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) (C.S. Lewis) 

Black Coffee (Agatha Christie)
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (Oscar Wilde)
Partners in Crime (Agatha Christie)
Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple, #13) (Agatha Christie)
The Black Abbot (Edgar Wallace)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie)
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Dorothy L. Sayers)

Principles of Comparative Politics (Gregory S. Mahler)
Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions, and Issues (Thomas Magstadt)

Inquiring After God: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Charry) 
The Abolition of Man (C.S. Lewis)
The Lost Tools of Learning (Dorothy L. Sayers)
Thinking. Loving. Doing.: A Call to Glorify God with Heart and Mind (John Piper)

You can tell I have an affinity for books of the mystery genre. I am excited for the books to be read this new year.

What are some of the books you read in 2015? Have any books you are looking forward to reading this year?

CHECK OUT my Goodreads account for the various books and essays I'll be reading this year.

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