College Station, TX
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 Lubbock, TX-you heard me-my Aggie self is on her way to Raiderland. There is joy in having a long distance relationship-like finding new, fun, and yummy places to eat in our college towns! One of my favorite times with Trent are dates where we individually have grown up, and taking each other to our favorite spots is a special treat for the both of us! For instance, when he comes here in College Station, we sometimes take the must-have-to trip to Fuego, but I like to take things up a notch and visit Downtown Bryan’s ever-so-quaint Madden’s. Even though Madden’s is definitely ideal for a girl’s brunch but don’t fret-dudes dig dainty too. Sure they might not get to order their favorite brew, but because their usual routine doesn’t ordinarily involve a cappuccino with a salad- it’s even a treat for them-especially because they are with YOU!
You might be thinking-nice places are expensive…it takes a weekend’s worth of tips just to pay for one meal. And you’re right! Trent and I work double time when we know we are going to see each other that weekend-which I believe keeps us accountable for the work we have to get done. So here’s an idea: go 80/20 on date night…if that makes sense. Trent and I might love fine dining-especially a character dining at Walt Disney World-but we also enjoy simplicity and are very practical when it comes to being short on change. For example, two weeks ago, I was in Raiderland (yes-I love him-A LOT) and we wanted to try a high end, romantic, graduation-celebration-type restaurant (the type of restaurant that doesn’t show the prices on the menu) called Café J but also wanted to go to a concert that night. So instead of spending all of our money in one place, we ate at Fuego’s ultimate competition, the Austin original-Torchey’s Tacos, and enjoyed cocktail hour at Café J! We loved that we could go from a casual setting to elegant and not worry about emptying our pockets! Torchey’s just opened in Lubbock, so if you’re traveling to that area be sure to check out the best of both worlds, by dining at a cheaper-but delicious counter service restaurant, and get ready for the night in a classy way, with cocktails, wine, beer, or martinis at Café J.
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, bring a book and relax at Sweet Eugene’s House of Java and dive into the delicious flavors of Java Shakes like Oreo, Mudslide, German chocolate, or Butterfinger! Or since the weekend brings colder weather (boo), try a specialty espresso like Café Amore that has a flirty romance of raspberry and complete with café mocha.
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 Lubbock today to visit my fiancé and friends for one last time before we all graduate, I’ll have plenty of time to listen to all of my favorite tunes…because, God created Lubbock to be in one of the most remote parts of Texas, an almost eight hour drive needs to be complete with the ultimate jams. That being said, I (again) 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 lets be honest-on long roads trips that I frequently 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:
Katy Perry’s Dark Horse
Billy Idol’s Dancin’ With Myself
Beyonce’s Drunk in Love
About 10 Beatle’s songs from multiple of their records
Anything and everything Van Halen, Guns of Roses, and Bruce Springsteen
Mama Mia, The Breakfast Club, Chicago, and RENT soundtracks
Worship songs by Kari Jobe, Hillsong United, Jason Castro, and DC Talk
Best of Country
Frank Sinatra-Gene Kelly
And yes-I have some Latin music in the mix
As you can see, I don’t have a favorite genre, and can never make up my mind on the type of music I want to drive to…life’s a highway!
So far I’ve given you recommendations for ‘Redeeming Love’ by Francine Rivers, ‘Captivating’ and ‘Wild at Heart’ by John and Stasi Eldredge, ‘Crazy Love’ by Fancis Chan, and ‘Youth Aflame’ by Winkie Pratney-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 challenge you by writing your own story. It’s midterm time, middle of the semester, the end of one season and beginning of another, times are busy and reading is sometimes last on your agenda- so I want you to write your thoughts down in a journal. Sometimes time gets away from us, but whether or not great, notable things are happening in your life it’s important to reflect on your past and recall moments in where you’ve learned lessons, got a job, won an award, or ran a marathon! This weekend, go to Barnes n’ Noble, Target, or even Wal-Mart and buy yourself some binded paper to start writing about YOU to remember for forever.
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 Isaiah 40:29 “He gives POWER to the weak and STRENGTH to the powerless.”