I will say this past semester was the most hectic, stressful semester that I have experienced while in university. Each day felt like it would drag til the next project, assignment, exam, etc. and I constantly felt as if I needed another 8 hours of sleep. But, I survived, and not only that, I flourished and grew. School pushed me like never before to prioritize and work hard for good results. During my last academic advising meeting, I found out that I will be graduating a semester early!! At first, I wasn't sure whether to take this as good news or another thing to worry about in regards to a very soon post-grad life...Will I be continuing my education after getting my B.A., or perhaps just get a job? These are still questions that I have decided to take one day at a time and trust God to provide for me in all areas of my life, as He has and continues to do so on a daily basis.
Once I got past the initial fear of having my undergraduate education cut by a semester, I was so happy and grateful for the opportunity to save some money and begin my new journey in exactly one more year! Like I mentioned previously, fall of 2017 was pretty rough with my classes, but with every minute of overwhelm and tears of frustration, I had to lean into God more and more for peace and rest. College can be absolutely horrible if you let it overwhelm you, which I am still working on not allowing it to do. Another exciting thing that happened to me this semester was being inducted into the Sociological Honors Society, Alpha Kappa Delta. All of my hard work felt much more tangible than just good grades...I have a certificate for it! :)
I just wanted to go ahead and catch you all up on my educational experience, struggles, and successes for the semester as I prepare to enter into a brand new semester in 2018. Thanks so much for following my journey and supporting me and my goals/dreams!
Yesterday morning I practically woke up singing the chorus of "living on a prayer". Haha! It's true. I am halfway done with my undergraduate education and that is absolutely crazy to me. How has this school year gone by so fast?! It was such a memorable year for me and I am thankful for every second of it.
I feel like this year went by so much faster than my first. One reason I think that is because I'm comfortable. I already knew the campus, friends, classmates professors, etc. This year definitely pushed me more worth time management. I felt like I constantly had things to do, homework to work on, set-lists to practice, or tests to study for. There would be sporadic bursts of business and exhaustion, and then it would die down a bit and I'd having nothing more to do than watch Netflix and go to Disneyland (which was always great). I am so proud of myself for how hard I worked this year, and I don't say that to brag. I say that because I am grateful that I was able to do it without too much conflict or stress...for the most part! I just want to say thank you to everyone who supports me on this beautiful journey. I am so excited for my junior year of college and I look forward to seeing what is in store for me for the 2017-2018 school year.
In the mean time, I am oh so happy to enjoy my summer vacation and to continue to grow, even during my off-season.
Another semester of college is here as I begin to finish off the first month already! I can't say that I'm not enjoying it. I love my new schedule and my classes. It feels like a great semester already, which I'll admit I was a little iffy about during Christmas break. Just today, my science professor brought us all doughnuts, which is always makes a class a little greater.
This semester, I really want to invest in what I love. It's as simple as that. I really don't have a lot to discuss in this post, but I just want to encourage everyone reading this, to think about the things you really enjoy & would like to see grow. Whether that's school/learning, your job, a hobby, or a dream or goal that you might even feel is impossible or unrealistic. I think if you choose to invest in something, you're going to see results. I have seen both sides of this. I have experienced not investing in things likes talents or homework and saw zero progress. That's the thing, either way you'll see results, but you can decide what kind of results you want.
With that, I hope that you go into the second month of 2017 with confidence and positivity so that you can focus and invest in what makes you happy and will make you grow as a person overall. It's never too later to start fresh!
As November begins, life starts feeling a whole lot busier leading up to the end of another semester...
We often focus so much on what's at the end of our current storm that we are unable to rejoice or have a grateful heart for what is in our life now. In a conversation I had with one of my roommates, we were talking about the struggles we face now that we didn't have two years ago. These are the experiences that we once longed for and looked forward to and now we long for new and different experiences.
Lately, I've battled with having a positive and thankful heart, despite certain circumstances, versus self pity and uncertainty. Now, after having conversations with several different people, I choose to love every moment that God gives me. I choose to love people, with no exceptions. I choose to love my educational journey. I choose to love the things that push me past what I believe are my limits.
Although I know that things and people are not always going to be perfect, I trust in God's plan for my life because I can see where He has brought me from and how much I've developed over the past few years. I hope that in another two years, I am different than who I am today. But for now, I'll try my best to enjoy the moments I am given and not try to look past it, but to see in it.
I hope you all are having a great beginning to the holiday season and I hope that you will also try to see the great things in your life RIGHT NOW, regardless of the stage of life you are in.
& remember, it's never too early to start listening to Christmas music to cheer you up. Just saying ;)
For my Intro. to Fine Arts class, we had to take a field trip to LA last week where we visited the Getty Center, Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Let me just start out by saying this was such a fun day! I loved all three of these places and they were all so beautiful.
The Getty Center was huge with so many different art room you could walk around in and tons of super cute gift shops , coffee stands, and the most beautiful garden over Los Angeles. I also bought a really cute baseball hat from here :)
This cathedral....WOW! I was blown away by all of the tiny details, symbolism, and beauty throughout the entire tour. The architecture was insane and every piece of art had so much meaning and depth to it.
And of course, the Disney Concert Hall was awesome!! The music was literally perfect. The passion from the LA Philharmonic's conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, was so evident in every single downbeat of the performance. This was definitely an experience to remember, especially as a musician.
Overall, this day was one for the books and I have no doubt that I will revisit them all at some point again. I definitely love living in Southern California.
Way back when, I came to visit Vanguard my junior year of high school and I fell in love with the community and faith that surrounded it. Being that I was already playing bass on the worship team at my home church, I automatically had the burning to desire to continue using my gifts that God has given me.
As soon as I decided on coming to Vanguard, I knew one day I'd audition for the worship team...Well, this day finally came just about a week or two ago and I made it! I am so honored and blessed and just so so happy that I can do something I love while honoring God at the same time in addition to being at such an amazing school with friends that continuously support me. I am excited for this new chapter and how God will use me as I work with an awesome group of students to lead others into God's presence.
I hope all is well, and enjoy the rest of your week!!
This past week has been overwhelming, exciting, stressful, fun, and new. As I go into another year of college, new challenges are already on their way. I am determined and excited to not only face every challenge but to conquer each one. With God, my friends, and my family, I know this semester will be both successful and all worth it.
With back-to-school season arriving fro most people and summer coming to an end, it is so important to stay calm and stress-free while you enter into a new school year (as hard as it may be). My first week back was pretty tough, but I am getting back into the groove of school, homework, and trying to manage my time better. Of course, you still need a balance of school work and just relaxing whether that is going to the beach, taking a Disney trip, going to a coffee shop, or even as simple as taking a walk. I have also found it helpful to change my scenery once in a while as I do my homework. Personally, I enjoy doing homework in the library, at the beach or outside instead of being in my dorm room all the time. I just get bored of it!
With stress levels rising on campus, I needed to get out and escape from it all for a while. Disneyland, of course, saved me from insane this weekend. My friend Cindi and I had the best day! As we got back to school that night, we felt sooo much better than we had just hours before.
A few days before, I also had a nice little date with my favorite guy and obviously, all my worries left. Just being outside on such a beautiful day in such a beautiful city made me feel at peace as I was mesmerized by the gorgeous view in front of me.
I encourage you to go out and just do something you enjoy every so often so that your mind can relax and reboot. It's easy to get trapped in your daily schedule as your drown with tasks, assignments, and endless lists of things to get done; at work, school, home, anywhere and everywhere. So take some time this week to try and just relax and not think about all the things that go through your mind every day. We all need to just chill and ENJOY our days. Every single day is such a blessing so let's not let the responsibilities in life overwhelm us and rob us of a good day/week!
Lately, I have been getting ready to go back to school this month with some small shopping trips to get some school supplies I don't have for this semester yet as well as some clothing items, and even home ware items.
I wanted to share a few of these items with you on here in case you are looking for similar items, just want some inspiration or an idea on anything that you need, or to just make sure you haven't forgotten anything!
Anthropologie has THE CUTEST planners ever!!!! This one I thought was adorable with a more classic, minimalist look. & with some cute stickers (wink wink) you can decorate it a bit more and make it your own!
A cute and simple denim shirt is always a great go-to for a cute and easy outfit if you are having trouble on picking out what to wear.
These black workout pants are soooo comfy!! These are perfect for your lazy days when you don't even feel like getting dressed. With a cute graphic t-shirt, this outfit actually looks quite cute and effortless, obviously!
The best part about these items, were their super affordable prices!!! The only thing I do not have a link for is the tumbler, which was given to me. But all of the rest will have a link down below :) I hope you all have successful shopping trips for school supplies, back to school clothes, and other fun goodies you might want to get for dorms, decor, etc! Good luck!
Bethany Mota Stickers:
So, it's official. I am completely finished with my first year of college! I am so proud of myself and so excited for the next three years of my undergrad education.
There were definitely moments these past two semesters when I just kept thinking about how much work and how many assignments that I had to do. I am still working on taking one day at a time. I am so thankful for the friendships that I have made and for the support that I had from family, friends, professors, and the list goes on. I look forward to more growth next semester.
My floor that I lived with for the past 8 months or so has been absolutely amazing. These girls have helped mold me into the person I am now through their kindness, support, and laughter. Luckily, a bunch of us will be living on the same floor again next semester, so I am so excited to have them be apart of that family again.
As I look forward to summer vacation, I'd like to try and recharge myself for next semester and really focus this summer on taking care of me, physically and mentally. I think that it is so important to have a balanced life and to not just stress out about school, but to enjoy our down time that we have. So, hopefully this summer will allow me to develop healthy habits and to just relax these next three months that I have to myself and to new adventures!
I am so happy and excited to be in the last month of school now! My hard work so far has paid off and now I'm just trying to work even harder to finish the semester off strong. I feel like I have been buried in assignment after assignment and it really stinks! But that's college for you. I know that it will all lead to great things so I stay motivated. Lately I have just been wanting to relax and it is pretty much impossible. For me, relaxing can be me sitting in a coffee shop for several hours, whether I'm working on homework, blogging, reading other blogs, or watching cute YouTube videos. I think it's pretty obvious I am an introvert. I definitely re-energize myself by having quiet alone time or learning something new from a DIY post. Pinterest is always a great relaxer! & now I should probably clean up my room and get started on some more work. I hope you are having a great week and I encourage the student in you to push through with full speed ahead to a great summer coming up very soon! I have to remind myself how fast my summer vacation will be here, it seems a bit more worth it when I look forward to relaxing at home, the beach, park, etc with NO HOMEWORK, projects, presentations, or research papers. I now realize this was a very rambly post and I apologize haha Clearly my summer needs to come sooner rather than later. Let's hang in there people!
I am simply a young woman learning and loving life, trying my best in all that I do to keep Jesus at the center of it all. Follow me on my social media accounts linked on the top of the page to stay up to date!