College Station, Texas Carly Cares:
Feel free to leave me a comment! I may not be Oprah Winfrey, or have the fashion sense of Elle Woods, but I care about YOU and have so much to share with you when it comes to loving yourself-especially since Jesus loved you first! Enjoy these tips and suggestions to make your Friday even better!
Food for thought:
Aah, the weekend has arrived yet again, and by the time you read this I will be on my way to San Antonio, Texas to attend my fiancé’s med school orientation. San Antonio is very near and dear to my heart-I spent my freshman year attending UTSA and fell in love with the city and most of all people that live in it! I got to venture out of the student bubble and try local restaurants, explore the riverwalk and beyond! San Antonio has endless possibilities for fine dining to organic porch stops, shopping, sightseeing and entertainment. If you haven’t visited and experienced the culture of San Antonio-put it on your bucket list because not only does this city have good food, but incredible sceneries, history and everything in between.
So, in order to get in the spirit of things, I’d like to provide you with a list of some of the best eats in SA:
- Chris Madrid’s (burgers) 1900 Blanco Rd
- Mi Tierra Café (classic Mexican-breakfast/brunch) 218 Produce Row
- Pam’s Patio Kitchen (sandwiches/soups) 11826 Wurzbach Rd
- The Cove (organic-tacos/burgers) 606 W Cypress
- Rio Rio Cantina (Mexican) Riverwalk
- Rita’s on the River (Mexican) Riverwalk
- The Original Mexican Restaurant and Bar (Mexican) Riverwalk
- Café Ole (Mexican) Riverwalk
- The Republic of Texas Restaurant (Texas Cookin’) Riverwalk
- Jim Cullum’s Landing (Jazz bar) Riverwalk
- Swig Martini Bar (Jazz bar) Riverwalk
Whether or not you get the best service at any of the Riverwalk restaurants, it’s still a fun time-so sit back, sip on your margarita and enjoy the ride that is San Antonio!
Coffee with Carly:
‘Behind every successful person is a substantial amount of coffee’ → if you want to meet me for coffee, I’m always ready for a good conversation and a warm cup of joe!
For this Friday, since you’ve been the superhero of your life, take a trip to Muldoons and enjoy all things hazelnut with a warm Caffe Pazzesco. Muldoons is one of my favorite coffee spots, and when I study- I take my Pazzesco with an extra shot, but beware-it’s V E R Y strong, so be sure to have substance in your belly before sipping on some ‘Pazz.’
Friday is a day to let loose, reflect on your week (hectic or not) and start to unwind-by perhaps turning on the radio at work, on your ipod after your last class, or in your car. Since I am driving to San Antonio today to attend my fiancé’s med school orientation, I’ll have plenty of time to listen to all of my favorite tunes…ok maybe not aaall my music-it’s only a three hour drive-I have about a week’s amount of songs I can listen to on my itunes. That being said, I won’t limit this weeks’ song, instead I’d like to share a few of my favorite playlists that I like to jam to-but let be honest-on long roads trips that I F R E Q U E N T L Y make, in order to save my battery AND wifi phone bill, I skim through the channels. Kick it old school and please make yourself a CD. Do not depend on radio stations along the way-because they will disappoint you, you will find yourself with a grand total of two stations-that of which play only the greatest hits of Willie Nelson. Willie-I love ya, but I will definitely and almost immediately fall asleep to your slum drum country blues. A playlist can be music of the same genre, or multiple random hits all put together to make one heck of a CD. A playlist (especially for a long car ride-all by your lonesome, or with friends) should be your absolute-shake-your-booty-dancin-with-myself-cry-because-thinking-about-your-favorite-memories-to-this-song-makes-you-sentimental favorites! Here is what one of my playlists look like:
So far I’ve given you recommendations for ‘Redeeming Love’ by Francine Rivers, ‘Captivating’ and ‘Wild at Heart’ by John and Stasi Eldredge and ‘Crazy Love’ by Fancis Chan-all of these are preparing you to open your heart and mind to a better life with Jesus! Not only do they challenge you to look at a perspective beyond the norm in which you’ve created for yourself, they also encourage you to delve into the possibilities of letting go and letting God-in all aspects of your life. For this week, I’d like to introduce you to a discipleship manual called ‘Youth Aflame!’ by Winkie Pratney. In three words this book-changed.my.life. Two years ago I had the privilege in meeting the Winkster himself-and boy was he a hoot! He speaks casually as if he’s talking to his grandkids, but also with authority and rawness. Whether you’re teaching a Bible study or checking out the “whole god thing,” Winkie’s leadership and wisdom will take you from point A to point B in a matter of chapters. The way he explains sex before marriage, jealously, and homosexuality are so gentle, relatable, and honest you’ll wonder why he hasn’t been on Ellen by now!
Lately, I have been feeling weak. I feel as though my career path is up in the air, and with graduation right around the corner anxiety is kicking in fast. I am usually pretty good at giving my worries to Christ-but sometimes (as we all are) I’m too human to find strength and succumb to my fears. The everlasting question of ‘what I’m doing after college’ replays over and over to the point of complete exhaustion. Quite frankly- I don’t know where I’m, going, I don’t know what I’m called to do or who I’m supposed to be. I know I’m not alone in this-in fact, I’m almost sure 99% of us are going through the same thing. You might not be deciding on where to start your career path right after college, but you might have decisions to make-no matter big or small-that you find difficult to make. My encouragement for you today is to take a deep breath and release your worries to God and wait for His quiet voice or gentle push that motivates you to the right path-His way. Take heart in Jeremiah 29:11 “The Lord has great plans for Y O U, they are plans for good, to give you hope and a future.”