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New Years Resolutions


“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but-well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Each year my goal is to grow, learn, and see all that I can. Sometimes I think that I’ve become more immature, lost knowledge, and seen the exact same things as the last year. But my goal still remains the same.


I learned a lot, forgot a lot.

Broke some stuff, made some stuff.

Said goodbye to some friends,……..didn’t introduce myself to any new friends.

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Knitted more than was good for me.


Struggled with some stuff.

Surprise, I’m an introvert.

The whole going to drivers ed for 4 hours every day with 64 teenagers was a new kind of hell. It brought me to tears every day and then on one fun day….I hurled.

On my special shirt too.


Many road trips revived my love for travel and my desire to see the world.

See the World

I read a lot.

At least I tried to expand my reading list beyond young adult fiction.

But no matter how hard I tried to enjoy The Scarlett Letter I couldn’t help thinking…”Good gosh woman, MOVE TO A DIFFERENT TOWN….idiot.”

I listened to a ton of music and found my place in the 70s with a little 80s rock thrown in. I found that I really don’t enjoy most modern music so the classic jams of Kansas, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Simon and Garfunkal and many many others kept me company. 🙂

I started my own business and have done pretty well for myself.

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I have not decided on what to do after high school, I have no clue who Fidel Castro is and I have never seen the movie “Flubber.”

But other than that I’d say I’ve learned a lot, seen a bunch, and found many things that I enjoy.

A few people have asked me this year what I want to be when I grow up.

Award for the worst question ever.

I have no idea. The options list has gone anywhere from fashion consultant to joining the marines.

I feel like I’d be a great sniper.

Anyway, the only things that I can see in my future are these,

  • I will be a person who is not ashamed to share her faith.
  • I will be someone who takes risks.
  • Someone who shares what she feels when it’s hard.
  • I will be someone who makes a lot of mistakes.
  • I will probably not be a very good lady.
  • I will probably not be a very good follower.
  • I will not be afraid to stand up for what is right.
  • I will learn to love God with my mind.
  • I will go on adventures.
  • I will seize every moment, every opportunity.
  • And I will learn to love every moment of life.

These are my New Years Resolutions.

2015, come at me bro.








A lesson for my future.

Recently I had the opportunity to share at a women’s Christmas dinner. I was asked to talk about what I had learned this past year through the Women’s meetings at my church.

Come once more into my truth circle.

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I hate public speaking.

And I double hate sharing any type of personal feelings with large groups of women.

So, here I was about to do both. I was petrified. But I knew I needed to share what God had told me to say. So I put on my inspiration suit and took the plunge.


And because I feel like God wants me to share it on here, I’ll tell you what I said.

I’ve learned a lot this past year and these women’s fellowships have played a huge part. This is the time in my life when I’m learning who I am and who I would like to be someday. I’ve grown up, am growing up, in a great home where marriage is upheld as the beautiful thing that it is. But being the second-born daughter that I am, because the expectations were for me to get married someday and because my sister wanted to, naturally I did not. But then what had begun as just a rebellious idea grew into a reality. I didn’t want to get married, I didn’t ever want to be a mom.

This fact kinda terrified.

I felt like a disappointment to my family and especially my parents. I was angry and really confused towards God. I wondered why I wasn’t like other girls. It wasn’t that I didn’t feel attracted to guys or that I never had crushes…I did. I just couldn’t picture myself in any type of lasting relationship. So all of this I was trying to sort through while going to women’s fellowships, and at first I thought that going to talks about staying pure for your future husband and being content in waiting for marriage were pointless when it came to me. Why would any of that ever matter? But then God changed how I viewed them, all of a sudden they weren’t just talks preparing me for marriage, they were instructions on how to better develop my character and relationship with God. I realized that I wasn’t called to be married or single, or widowed. I was called to love the Lord with all my heart, soul and mind and to put him above everything else.

Suddenly, I didn’t have to worry about my future because I knew that as long as I loved God, whether married or single, I would not be inadequate. Up until then I had believed that every good christian girl gets married and has a bunch of kids…and if you didn’t then you wouldn’t fulfill God’s calling to women. God has been showing me this year that that just isn’t true. For this upcoming year then, instead of spending time worrying about the future I hope to begin developing the qualities that every woman should have: kindness, humility, self-discipline, unconditional love, honesty and above all, a heart trained on worshiping the Lord.

Obviously right after I said these things I thought, “oh crud. Now I really have to work these qualities…not just talk about learning them.”

I know that I have a long way to go until I’m good at those things but I’m willing to try.

Merry Christmas All!

Hakuna Matata,

Ciao baby! 😉





The Best Time of My Life


This past weekend my sister and I changed the world.

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We began on Friday, after a chick-fil-a run (not a real run, mind you), and drove 8 hours to the gorgeous city of Nashville, TN.

We landed on a super sketch motel, where I debated putting the dresser in front of the door. I had to nix that idea though, I can’t lift anything over 10lbs, tops.

Saturday began with a lil T n V  (spongebob rocks my world) and then the touring began!

Let me just say, I adore big cities. It’s an obsession.

It helps if the city is as magnificent as Nashville. My favorite part of town has got to be Broadway St. it’s the perfect balance of big city and small town.






But let’s be honest, half the people that work in those bars have never been sober in their lives.


That afternoon we went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, I was in awe, as in mouth open and stumbling kind of awe, it was incredible. And I’m so happy that the exhibits were about the true country artists and their music. It wasn’t all just a bunch of Taylor Swift crap (sorry mom, I mean crud).

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The Hall of Fame,


Then came the real dream of dreams.

The Gaylord Opryland Hotel  

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oh wonderful mercies.

If you think Holiday Inn is pretty sweet (FYI, I do.) then you have not been to the gem of the crown in hotel heaven.

It fulfilled every dream I have ever had about life really.

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Now, frands. Come into my truth circle.

I am not boy crazy. I’m really not.

But at this hotel, low and behold I spot a fair-haired beauty in the distance.

Granted, chances are he was probably in his twenties.

Engaged, I shouldn’t wonder.

BUT here’s how the scene played out, he comes striding down the hall towards me and we arrive at the elevator at the same time (the girl in me squeals). It only has room for one more person (curse those clearly overweight women inside). And like the true gem I’m sure he is, he let me go instead of him. So boldly I step inside just as the elevator door slams into me. Concussed, I turn and never see prince charming again.

I realize after I have written this that it sounds like I was speaking of a dog, you will never know the truth.


Moving on.

We went to a Dierks Bentley concert on Sunday, it was the icing on the cake.

We came home exhausted, (bless my sister Hannah, she drove for roughly 30 hours the whole weekend combined.) but again, it was everything I have ever dreamed of.

And we truly had the time of our lives,

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Hakuna Matata,

Ciao baby!




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I’m really an excellent driver…

I got my permit 18 days ago.

Clinically Insane

First day I took a turn going 30 mph and my dad died of a heart attack in the passenger seat.

Second day I drove 5 mph in a 50 mph speed zone.

That was a personal win.

Interstate day was rough,

Cruise Control

But I think my parking is improving.

Parking's Hard.


Other people apparently don’t agree with me,

Stevie Wonder #2

But at least they didn’t disagree for very long,

My Car

So, who wants to car pool?

Hakuna Matata all,

Ciao Baby!



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I Sell Stuff.

Well, I’ve finally succumbed to “Susie Homemaker.”

Not only am I knitting, but now I’m selling my finished products.

Actually it’s pretty exciting. 🙂

So, check out my new Etsy store, because it’s awesome.

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I even have a couple employees,

Remember her?


We’re a party and 1/2.

Well, gotta go make a couple dozen hats,

Hakuna Matata,

Ciao y’all!





All I want is nothing more than to see Chester at my door. Basset-Hound-puppies-18 My birthday is on Friday. I only asked for one thing, a basset hound puppy named Chester. He will be my best friend and we will live happily ever after. I will feed him only the best and make sure that he has his eye drops. I will teach him his commands in Russian so that I am the only one who can command him. I already wrote him dozens of songs and we will harmonize on the choruses. He will keep the family up every night with his howling and I will love it. He will run as fast as he can to make me happy, basset_hounds_running This is my dream. And if anyone ridicules him I will pull a Rosa Parks, “no” Male_basset_hound ~Susanna


A Good Friend is Hard to Find

One of my dear friends is moving across the country this weekend and it’s made me think a bit more about friendships.

I’m pretty good at making friends, but I can’t retain them and that’s the result of a couple different things.

God has chosen to take away all of my closest friends and for a while I was furious with him. It seemed like whenever I got close to someone God would pack up their family and move them across the country, or to a different country. I was livid. And I’ll be honest with you, I still don’t understand why He is doing this, all I know is that I can trust Him.

The other reason was that I was (and am 🙂 ) one of the meanest kids ever to walk this earth.

While I may not have had them close to me for forever I did have some pretty good memories that will last me a life time.


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Btws, all of these friends of mine are beautiful people but apparently we’re incapable of taking a normal picture. 😀

This blog post is in no way supposed to be my pity party of one, it is to honor the dear friends that I’ve had especially the last few years of my life. When you’re growing up, like I am, it’s hard to find good friends that will stick with you no matter what and although not all of mine have stayed in good ole Burlington I know that God has a plan and I hope that the good times have only begun!

Hakuna Matata all,

Ciao Baby!