Saturday, August 27, 2011

"I suck on the reg"

...wise and oh so true words from my dear former roomie but very close friend Ashley. When I say this, don't think I mean she sucks on the reg. In fact, in my opinion, that is very false. She rocks my face off. We had breakfast today, and little did I know our coffee date would be so encouraging, relieving, refreshing, and all of the above. Something I really need after my sophomore year and this past summer of feeling empty.

When we say "I suck on the reg", that's just Ash's way of expressing how empty, totally miz (miserable, for you all who aren't down with the "abbrevs" [abbreviations]- haha) and unfruitful I am by myself, without truly inviting God into my life. And I agree... I suck on the reg, fo sho.

This past year I was in what I would call a "sophomore slump". Don't get me wrong, I had a good year, but that's all it was... just plain good. Classes were hard, and I stressed a lot. I didn't have a lot of time to myself, or to really spend time with my friends when I wanted to. And, worst of all, my relationship with God really suffered. Going to Passion in January was really refreshing, as was my trip to Peru, but after that I fell into my old ways once getting back to the grind at school. I neglected my studies, church, fellowship opportunities, etc. I knew what I was doing was not good, and not pleasing to God, and I am very disappointed in how things went. This summer was slightly better, because when I was in town I was able to visit my home church, but still with my internship and whatnot I sometimes felt like I had the life sucked out of me, and didn't want to put any effort into any other endeavors... even my spiritual life. Yeah. Not cool.

Now that I've poured out my guts, my time with Ashley gave me a sort of new outlook on this coming year. For me, a priority this year is to work on developing a ZTA Bible study, and with the help of my dear friend and mentor, Emilie, who is on Campus Outreach staff this year, and other sisters, I am really looking forward to making that happen. I am hoping to really get involved with some other religious organizations on campus, like RUF, finding a church in Spartanburg I really love, and really working on my personal relationship with God through extra attention to journaling, prayer, and fellowship. Having fellow believers to keep me in check, push me, and keep me accountable will be invaluable to me and I am so thankful to be fortunate to be surrounded by so many. I can only hope that I will grow in faith, knowledge, and confidence of Jesus Christ this year!

partner in crime :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

British Invasion, Kroske style!

Only days ago I returned from a fabulous Eurotrip with dear dad and mom! There's no way I can blog about everything I did and saw, but I will do my best to give a Sparknotes version complete with pictures! We went on a bus tour through Scotland and England, and I had my doubts before we left, but it was a great experience! I'm not sure if we just lucked out, but we had a great tour director (with a British accent... YESSS) and some wonderful people who were touring with us. Crazy enough, there were three other people from SC, along with a couple from Georgia (whose daughter went to Wofford, as did the wife's father!). Amidst these close connections, we also met people from Minnesota, Texas, Australia, India, South Africa, and Japan on our trip who traveled the European landscape with us!

A few of my favorite people will be described below. First there was Tammy, a super sweet, super sassy, and super great-dresser from Texas! Funny enough, she was a Silpada lover so of COURSE she and my mother got along swimmingly and Suz is her new Silpada rep! Our family loved spending time with Vic and Jenni, a couple from Melbourne, Australia. First of all, I loved their accents. And they were SO friendly. Vic was hilarious and I'm pretty sure he could make friends with a tree. They have two kids around my age that they left back at home so they always had funny stories and it's just funny for me to think about what their kids would think if they heard me talking about how cool they were.

The Kroskes with our favorite Aussie friends on a lake cruise!
Silpada girls in Bath, England!
Like I said, I can't talk about everything I did, because we packed SO much in about 11 days! I will say that this trip really appealed to the Enlish major nerd in me. I got to see Shakespeare's home, Tintern Abbey (as in Wordsworth's "Lines Above Tintern Abbey"), William Wordsworth's home, and a few sites of author's former homes!

Our tour included the cities and countryside of both England and Scotland, and I fell in love with those countries, especially Scotland. They are so proud of their culture, and I think that is so great. Between bagpipe music and clan tartans all over the place, these people are truly proud of where they came from, which is not hard to believe with such friendly people and beautiful landscapes everywhere you go. I loved the Highlands of Scotland, the Lake District of England, the Links of St. Andrews, the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, and the bustling city of London. The only way to try to explain our adventures is through pictures!

The Kroskes love Scotland! We had a border collie, we have a Westie, and we're Presbyterian. All we need is an accent!

The beautiful city of Edinburgh from the stunning Edinburgh Castle!

The amazing Edinburgh Military Tattoo... bagpipes, drums, and uniforms galore!

Kroske golfers at the birthplace of golf... St. Andrews links!

My favorite part... a visit to a farm in the Highlands of Scotland!

Stonehenge ROCKS.

Rock on, Dougie! The original Hard Rock in London!
The carriage Will and Kate left their wedding in! I also got to see her dress.. BEAUTIFUL!
Expect more blogging as I get back into the groove at Wofford! I move in Sunday, which means I have about two days to pack up my whole life to start my junior year! Ahhh!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Freedom!

I realize it has been a while since I updated this blog, but my previously mentioned internship at the Drive has made it quite difficult for me to have a lot of time to myself! Thankfully, I am now in my first full week of a true summer, because last week marked the last week of my internship!

I'm not going to go into a lot about my internship, if you know me, you know what I did and how I feel about my experience, but I will say I did learn a lot. It was my first "big girl" job. Previously, basically all I had done was babysit, so this was my first time working under a true boss. I loved my boss, he was a relatively young guy and freaking hilarious. The only part that I really didn't like was my incredibly long hours with no pay, but I guess that's intern life, right? Sometimes it was just really discouraging, when I would spend incredible amounts of time at the ballpark and miss out on time with my best friends and family, but I learned to keep a smile on and just do what I'm told. I learned how to use Photoshop and got the opportunity to practice a little graphic design... a career path I had once flirted with. I enjoyed it, but only wish I had more knowledge and resources to do all the fun creative things I was assigned!

I got a peek into a true business management system, got to sit in on meetings and do behind the scenes things, and it all taught me one thing: do what you love. Life is to short to do a job you don't look forward to each day. No matter what I end up doing when I graduate and get a job or a career, I will make sure I wake up each morning looking forward to seeing my fellow employees and doing what I do everyday. This was an amazing opportunity for me, and I am so thankful for my time at the Drive. It was definitely a summer of learning about myself and my interests, and that's what I came for!