Hey all.

These past few weeks have kind of thrown me for a loop. It’s the quintessential end of the year slump and everyone is on their last wire. In the midst of this, I’ve been trying to sort myself out a little bit in terms of past and present, all while preparing for the ever-looming future that is South Africa and senior year.

When I am stressed, it helps me to stop and take time to appreciate things that give me pause, small moments of beauty that are often so overlooked in our “do-more” world. So this Friday Five is dedicated to a few things that I appreciated this week.

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1. Last night, I read East of Eden and went to bed at a reasonable hour. I loved reading before bed growing up and forgot just how great it is to wake up the next morning with your saved place tucked between sheets.

“Virtue we think we learn because we are told about it. But sin is our own designing.”

2. This poem struck me to the core. April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. It is real, it is closer than we think. You know or are someone who has been impacted by this.

3. My favorite place to run away is High Brow Brew in Franklin, TN. It overlooks a little lake and I try to make it out there at least once a month to be outside of myself and take some time to reflect. Little places are important. Find one and make it your own.

4. I also think it’s good to have little indulgences. Mine are flowers. Yes, they will die in a week, but nothing makes me happier than waking up in the morning and seeing a fresh bit of beauty within my own walls.

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5. And finally, reminder from my dear friend Janie during a presentation she made yesterday for our leadership class that still has me thinking: “We misplace things. Our Creator does not.”

May your weekend be filled with peace and rest.

xoxo,

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