taking things day by day

You Gotta Get With My Friends April 22, 2012

Filed under: Friends — Courtney @ 4:48 pm
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That’s a Spice Girls reference, in case you didn’t know. But it’s true. My friends are awesome. In the past two weeks I have been able to hang out with my three different circles of friends. It was pretty grand. Let me tell you about my three different crowds.

First, there’s my friends at college. Obviously I get to see them all the time, but I’ve seen them four times in the past two weeks! And everyone got to come out to our WND (Wednesday Night Dinner) this past Wednesday! That rarely happens, so it was great. On Easter, several of us had a Beatles Rock Band night. Then there was that week’s WND when we Skyped with my best friend in the whole world, Melanee. Then there was WND where every single one of us were there, besides Melanee, of course, since she switched schools. Then Friday, we did Relay for Life! I’ll have a whole post dedicated to that later.

Next, there’s my Carmike crew from work. It was Alicia’le’s birthday last week, so we went out! It was great. I don’t work there any more as of exactly a week ago, but I still gotta hang out with them as much as possible! I made lots of great friends working there. I’ll definitely have to stay in touch. Our night out was complicated at first, but it ended with some 90’s music at the bar, and that was fantastic (that would be what inspired this post). I forget how much I love 90’s pop music until I hear it outside of my own vehicle, and I start flipping out singing at the top of my lungs. Don’t judge.

Lastly, there’s my friends from high school. I have two really great friends, Taylor and Vivi, who go to college two and half hours away from mine, so I don’t get to see them but a few times a year. Not this weekend, but last, I made a trip up to see them. It was so fun. They go to my college’s rival, and I went to their scrimmage game. Couldn’t really get into that, haha. But I was a good sport the whole time! I saw another one of my guy friends up there as well as many of Tay’s and Viv’s friends up there. I wish I could go up there every weekend! I definitely do not see them enough.

So, the point this post is to say that I love my friends, and God has blessed me with some pretty great people. Now, this was just about my friends. My family and my boyfriend Chris are amazing, too, but I tell them that all the time. I don’t tell my friends enough how much I appreciate them. I love you guys, thanks for everything each of you do for me! I am so thankful for the great friendships that I have and have kept for so long.


This isn't from the past two weeks, but it's the only picture that I have with all eight of us in it!
From left to right: Katelyn, Me (standing on the table, like always), Alex, Chris, Courtney, Justin, Zach, and Ian!


Here is the few of us from Carmike who went out for Alicia's birthday! It's not quite everyone, but it's a lot of us!


Viv and Tay! Miss them WAY too much!


Smiles & Good Friday April 7, 2012

Filed under: Perspective,The Word — Courtney @ 2:07 pm
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I’ve been thinking about a few things recently, and I thought I’d share with you!

I don’t even remember the store I was at anymore in this particular instance, however it happens often, but that is irrelevant to the story anyway. Wherever I was, when I checked out, I was being pretty friendly (having a job where I deal with unfriendly customers sometimes has made me a much friendlier customer). My cashier, on the other hand, was not. She never smiled at me or said anything like “How are you?” or “Have a nice day.” As my “I Am…” states, I love to smile. “Smiling is my favorite,” as Buddy the Elf would say. I always feel a little offended in some way when I don’t get a smile back. I left the store thinking she was rude because she wouldn’t smile back at me. Then I got to thinking. Maybe something bad has happened to her recently and smiling is just too hard for her right now. Maybe, even though she was unable to smile back, my smiling helped to brighten her day a little. Or maybe, my first thought was right, and she was just unfriendly and just doesn’t like to smile. Either way, I’m going to stick with smiling. Hopefully my smile can help someone who really just needs a smile.

Then, there was yesterday. Yesterday was Good Friday, in case you didn’t know. The day that represents Jesus dying on the cross to forgive our sins. 1 Peter 2:24: “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” What an amazing feeling. But I didn’t come here to preach to you (although, there is nothing wrong with sharing the Word). I came here to tell a story about yesterday. Chris (my boyfriend) and I went to Wendy’s, my favorite fast-food restaurant at the moment. Our service was terrible, the cashier was rude, and they had to re-do our order because they messed things up. I left the place angry and annoyed about it. Then I thought about it being Good Friday, and what that day represents. I realized what had just happened to me there that annoyed me was nothing like what happened to Jesus who didn’t even complain. I must admit, thinking this didn’t instantly change me attitude, although it should have; however, I am still human, and it took me thinking that for a while for it to finally make me realize that my “bad” experience at Wendy’s is nothing compared to what Jesus went through for me.

So, next time you have an unfriendly cashier or waitress or the next time you feel like you’re having a bad day, remember that someone is going through something much worse. If you can’t think of any normal scenario that is worse, then think about what Jesus went through. It may sound lame, but it may help you to have a more positive attitude, which is something I strive for. I’ll be working on this myself. Let’s take this journey together. We need a new perspective.

Oh yeah, and don't forget to smile 🙂
Can't tell you how thankful I am for these guys!


I Still Haven’t Cried. April 2, 2012

Filed under: New Things,Perspective — Courtney @ 3:01 am
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If you know me, then you know that I’m a cry baby. About everything. I mean, seriously. No need in trying to tell me different, because I know the truth. My mom is sensitive, my dad is sensitive, my mom’s parents are sensitive. I was doomed to be sensitive. And I am.

Saying that, I didn’t cry when I had over nine inches of my hair cut off. And I didn’t cry the next day. Or the next.

And then there was today. I can still say that I haven’t cried. But my eyes not watering at all was true til about and hour and a half ago. It seems so silly to be upset over hair, but I can’t help it. Naturally, I told my mom about how I was upset about my hair and didn’t really like it at the moment. Then my mom reminds me about what good I did for someone else (I donated the hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths for women with cancer). However, even though she was trying to make me feel better, it only made me feel worse. I thought about how there are some people without any hair due to chemotherapy treatments, who I use to be, by the way, and then I realized how selfish I was being. That’s why I did this in the first place, so why am I getting upset about something as small as my hair cut? Perspective.

Top Left: Pre-hair cut
Top Right: Post-hair cut
Bottom: The nine inches of hair that was cut that I'll be donating