Hello Friends!

I have not posted on this blog in FOREVER and I am so sorry about that! I have been having a wonderful, yet challenging summer with an internship at a Brazilian Steak House, traveling for work and with family and I feel like I am JUST now able to relax and enjoy summer ( only 3 weeks left)! This is the time of the summer that I get nostalgic BUT this year it’s different I am so excited for Senior year because then the real world awaits! I learned so much from my internship and even learned quite a few things I don’t want to do for my “grown up” job. For instance I MUST be outside, or at least on the move. It pains me to sit at a desk all day. corporate America might not be for me.

I was able to take a trip with my second family…the Berlins a few weeks ago to Newport Rhode Island. WOW all I can say is it is SO beautiful up there! And those northerners aren’t too bad;) We had the most amazing time and I loved every second spent with little T. She is getting SO big and old…I can’t believe it. Annie is growing into the most beautiful young woman and can kick any ones you-know-what in tennis! We went on a run together one morning & she did GREAT!

Straight from RI to CO to meet up with my family for a week in heaven on earth, Estes Park. I love my family and this trip reminded me how amazing they are and how FUN we are too:). At the beginning of the week I asked them to pray over me and that God would really use this time to spark a fire in my heart again. I believe he did just that. I’ve been fighting a lot of different things this summer and God has been my rock, even in the mess ups. I am thankful. And I’m thankful for how he is guiding me even now, even today to be more like him. My hope is that I would be so in tune with his thoughts that they become mine.

This morning Mom and I went for an hr run/walk at my favorite place. The Katy Trail. It was a perfect morning and I am really savoring them as soon I will head back to Waco (not my favorite place to run). Hopefully I’ll find a place I can really enjoy this year as I gear up to train for my half in February! WAHOO!

Lots and lots of exciting things headed my way and I hope only to grow closer to Christ through it all. A verse I have loved this summer is 1 Peter 5:7-9

“Cast your anxieties upon Him for he cares for you. Be self disciplined and alert. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Resist him and stand firm in the faith.”

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*SPECIAL* Guest Post by Lindsay Cash

SO thankful for these sweet words by Lindsay Cash, a dear friend of mine and one of my many rolemodels I have been blessed to watch and attempt to mimic at Baylor:) I am thankful for her taking the time to share with us ALL that is going on with her in New York…Can’t lie, reading this I became so envious of this time in her life! I’m so happy for you Lindsay!

Be sure to check out her blog [HERE] or TWEET HER [HERE] and you can also see [HERE] my guest blog!

HELLOOOOO to the friends and fellow appreciate-rs of Emily! I am so thankful for her giving me space to write on such a sweet site! I’m Lindsay Cash, and a second-semester senior – WHAAAAT – at Baylor with Emily! I’m not actually there though – for my final semester, I’m working and studying in NYC! It’s truly a different world up here – and it’s so easy to become wrapped up in it all!

Here are a few things I’ve learned about NYC and the people in the past two-ish months:

–       The people are NICE! I’m happily shattering the reputation for NYC-ers. I work at Madison Square Garden (http://www.msg.com/) , the craziest sports arena in the world, and my supervisors and fellow interns would stop and do anything for me if I needed it. LOVE the people.

–       So close, but so far. I can stare out my window from Queens into Manhattan and see my destination. A 15-minute walk to the subway/25-minute subway ride/8-minute subway transfer/12-minute walk to destination later… FINALLY there. Loving the exercise!

–       Flats or die. If I see ANYONE in the streets with heels on, I raise my fist in the air. Get it girl, cause I sure can’t. Thankful my friends talked me into getting a solid pair of flats – Shout out to Tory – couldn’t survive without ‘em!

–       Didn’t even flinch… Yeah, it’s pretty much impossible to shock people here. NYC is THE biggest melting pot ON EARTH – everywhere you look, you see the most outrageous person, outfit, store or museum. Then as you’re walking away in amazement, you see something else surpassing that. Truly, there’s never a dull moment!

–       What is personal space? There’s just NOT any! People. Everywhere. Every subway cart is stuffed to the brim; every restaurant packed (at every hour), every street corner, every coffee shop… So many people, with so many stories. Once you choose to embrace it, it’s a beautiful reality.

 (View from my apt!)

These are the hilarious encounters of NYC so far. But beyond walking these streets, working at MSG, spending time with my roommates, and time spent studying, the most important concept I’ve learned is a little three word command: “Abide in Me”.

New York City is: cutting-edge, cosmopolitan, imposing, strong, cold, bustling, daunting, thriving, overwhelming, diverse, crowded, sleepless and indescribable all at the same time. I knew I would be living here almost 9 months in advance to my move.  And up until the day I got on the NYC-bound airplane, I told myself I will remain true to myself. I won’t let the city change me; I won’t let society turn me into stone.

I, I, I, me, me, me! Such a common thread in this city! There are 9 million of us squished into a tiny island!… All of us competing, branding ourselves and putting our best foot forward every second of every day. Sounds like a cakewalk, right? Imagine the most stressful day of your life – then cram it into one hour. That is reality here. So who am I to stand up to NYC – or anywhere for that matter – and fight? What strength do I have on my own? It doesn’t matter that I’m in the college-to-real-life transition: whoever you are, wherever you are, you can’t take on this life alone.

John 15:4 – Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Apart from Jesus, we are fruitless. My time in New York has shown me this truth in the clearest form I’ve ever seen. As a Christian, my (our) job is to abide, despite the world saying our job is to strive. When we realize that abiding in Him is our ultimate and utmost important calling on earth – the blessings and peace of His mercy is painted all over our lives.

P.S. – Currently reading: Radical by David Platt (for the 2nd time)… Definitely encourage you to get your hands on a copy! One of my favorite quotes:

“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.”

NEW design and appreciation for art

What do y’all think of the new design? Colors and rose picture? I LOVE that painting! I think it is so pretty with the most beautiful colors! I feel like this is a softer look and I was happy to switch up my blog a little! That’s always fun! 🙂 Thanks so much for everyone who has given such amazing feedback via email or comments! I love hearing from you!

Yesterday I shared a picture of an elderly man my little brother sent me! So sweet, and so adorable. I texted the picture to my Dad and he mentioned it looked like a Norman Rockwell painting, curious I looked up his artwork and was so in love! This morning I am inspired by such beautiful artwork! Perhaps my appreciation comes from an artist as a Dad, nonetheless here are some of my absolute favorite pieces of art.

First and formost my all time favorite artist is my Dad, Jeff Warren! He majored in graphic design in college and then went on to seminary to pursue all God had in store for him. Art has followed him in his profession ever since, whether it was back in the youth group days making calendars with silly cartoons or more recently using sand art during Christmas Eve services. I LOVE when he paints. It just is another little piece of him I love. I hope to show much more of his work someday when I’m home! Perhaps we can get an exclusive interview with him;)

This next piece is HUGE and hanging in our Dallas home. I will be stealing it when I get a place of my own, because yes, it is THAT amazing! My Dad usually tells a story as he paints, not verbally but visually. He will begin with perhaps, baby Jesus in a manger and transform it into Jesus on the cross. That is one thing that is so powerful about his artwork.

Having an artist as a Dad has been so fun and I think it has bred in me appreciation for beauty in the small things. And no I’m not going to give all the credit to my Dad in this, having a beautiful and positive mother has also upped my chances for an optimistic outlook:) But truly art is so wonderful to me and I’m thankful I have been taught to appreciate it! Here are a few more recent/forever favorites.My all time favorite by famed Vincent Van Gogh, or maybe my all time favorite piece of art… EVER.

‘Starry Night’

If you haven’t heard Don McLean’s song, ‘Starry Starry Night’ then look it up NOW!

My favorite museum day, The Louvre in Paris a few summers ago.

 

“A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.”

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

-Michelangelo

Click on this link below to see an amazing story on hope,art, forgiveness and Colorado!

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>Senior Fashion Show

>This weekend Baylor will host a fashion show filled with garments from the best of the best, seniors that is. The Baylor Senior Fashion show is a show filled with Senior Fashion major’s final collection. It will not be a night to miss.
At 2 and 7 p.m. on May 1, in the Barfield Drawing Room there will be a runway set up to show the seniors collections.

Visual Merchandise students coined the theme for this year’s big night. “Going Vogue: A Reflection In Time.” Some say it was a play off of Sarah Palin’s ‘Going Rogue’.

Andie Day, senior fashion major and a designer who will be show casing her works filled us on all the behind the scene work. “Well it’s way more than anyone realizes. I guess the main thing is you have to have clothes at a fashion show, and we made them so, we’ve been working on this pretty much since Christmas break. That’s when our first assignment was.”

Through patterns and nights of sowing the designers have given all of their time to this day. “It’s a ton of work even just getting all my models to be able to come and get fitted has been tough.” Andie has 6 models walking this weekend showing a total of 12 pieces. “My favorite outfit is probably the wide leg pants with the floral top.” Day sowed all of her outfits and sketched them as well.

In preparation for the show Day has some special guests to get her models runway ready. “I have some friends coming in to town to do hair and makeup. Their names are Liz and Britain. I met them through movies I styled for and they did hair and make-up. Their cool, (they) lots of tattoos.” Day said.

“I can’t wait to be in the show.” Said junior English major Tori Poole. “She asked me to walk in it along time ago and her clothes are so awesome so I am really excited.” So is Days family, they will be coming down from Dallas to see the show. “My whole family is coming into town, even my older brother. My parents are very excited because this is a big deal that I’m done and graduating!”

This is a picture of Tori Poole modeling one of Andie Days jackets that can be seen in her senior collection.

>Tornados Threat Baylor Campus

>Emergency Tornado sirens blared their horns Tuesday night as storms containing hail and strong winds rushed in from the west. Many Baylor students hurried to seek shelter at home, library and basements on campus after receiving a text followed by a voicemail around 8:45.

“I had been in a group project with about 100 other people.” Said Tori Poole, junior writing major. “We were told that we were under a tornado warning and we might have to go into the hall way.”

Whitney Warren, sophomore communications major, had a different situation when it came to seeking shelter. “I was outside running to pick up t-shirts from a friends house. The skies were turning really dark and it was becoming very windy.” Warren said.

As the night went on Baylor students stayed safe in bathrooms and closets. “My roommates and I huddled in a closet for about 30 minutes!” Said BriAnn Dorris, sophomore social work major.
Tornado warnings were in effect at one point Tuesday night for all of McLennan County because of the strong winds and hail, but by around 9:30 p.m., the warning area had been taken back to areas south of Waco and at 9:45 the counties warnings were finished.”It was a very frustrating day for me! I was in that presentation room for 5 hours thanks to the storm and by the end we were all hungry, tired and ready to be home.” Said Poole.

While no tornado touched down in Waco it was a night to remember for Baylor students.

Many are very thankful for the alert system Baylor has set up, “without my parents here, I would have had no idea about how bad the storm was going to be,” Warren recalled.

“I got the voicemail and immediately went home instead of driving to get groceries like I had been planning.” Said Dorris.

So thank you Baylor for keeping us dry, safe and away from the harm of a tornado.

>Dedicated to DIA

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Every year since 1934, Baylor University dedicates a day to the Bears’, diadeloso, the school’s mascot. It is a collegiate holiday for Baylor and many students couldn’t be more excited. “It’s my first DIA and I can’t wait!” Said Jessica Wilson, freshman, Public Relations major. Students seem to hype up the day so much that many professors don’t both having class the Friday after. The day is filled with fun on campus, tables from many Greek organizations can be found along with other campus social groups. “Last year I worked the Pie a Pi Phi booth, it was hilarious!” Said sophomore communications major, Whitney Warren. This year Baylor has decided on the theme of ‘Deep in the Heart of Dia.’ Tanks will be available in all campus housing lobbies or cafeterias.

Off campus, 10Th street sponsors their own mini DIA by renting jump houses, and the long awaited fraternity men showing off through a basketball tournament. Last year the men were surprised with a visit from some other players, the Baylor basketball team to be more specific! The men rode up in a golf cart for their arrival on 10Th street. Swarmed with sorority girls anxious for pictures, as the fraternity brothers seemed to just cross their fingers that they weren’t about to be challenged and ultimately publicly humiliated!

Most fraternities have house parties with water slides, and other forms of entertainment.
Sorority girls dress out in Nike shorts and tanks that represent their clubs. Neon is the color scheme of the day.

Photo credit: Baylor.edu

While many Baylor students keep it “fratty”, professors are excited for the day off as well! It is a win win day for both staff and students! So enjoy the day off and be safe!
HAPPY DIA!

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>IM Soccer Champions

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Yesterday, the division 1 soccer intramural championship was played. It was an intense game between Pi Beta Phi and Chi Omega. With in the first half of the game Chi-O scored the first point on Pi Phi goalie, Junior, Maddie Davis. Along with the Chi-O score Pi Phi came back with a header into the goal by Pi Phi junior, Maegan Moore. With a tied game the many fans on either side were going crazy! This game and the points along with it helped determine the final results of Intramural 2011 All University Champions. With a tied game the referees sent the game into a 5-minute over time. The game was intense and the players pumped up as Pi Phi drove the ball back down the field for a final and winning goal against Chi Omega. Within this play senior Pi Phi, Skylar Hurt, rolled her ankle but was carried off the field later to walk off the field just fine.

>Founders Day

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Today is Founders Day for Pi Beta Phi. Every sorority has a day that is dedicated to their founders and a chance for the current members to learn more about their past leaders.
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity was founded on April 28, 1867, at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. Pi Phi was founded as IC Sorosis. The name was changed to Pi Beta Phi in 1888.
These random facts are just a few that will be shared in our Founders Day meeting this afternoon. We plan to have food, drinks, games and even a guest speaker! One thing that is very special this year is a game show we call, Pi Phi Panel. Past Pi Phis who are now on our AAC, advisory councel, will be asked questions about their time at Baylor. From favorite memories to the differences they see now, it will all be shared and I can’t wait!
Last year was a great time of fellowship and friends and I think this year won’t look any different.
I am honored to be apart of such a wonderful organization with such amazing women by my side!

>Great Upcoming Event!

>This year, on April 9th Baylor University will celebrate its 25th year of Stepping Out. Stepping Out is one day out of the year that Baylor students come together to help those in need in the Waco community.

“If someone has a need, we want to meet it,” says Lindsey Warner, sophomore non-profit marketing major out of Houston and member of Stepping Out Committee.

This year the Committee is aiming high and hoping to meet their goal of 3,000 volunteers. Stepping Out is always filled with a diverse group of people, from sororities to groups of friends, professors and families; they all come with the same goal in mind, to make a difference.

“Last year I went to Stepping Out with my pledge class, and we had so much fun!” Warner recalls.

Stepping Out has been announced in chapel through PowerPoint, video clips in the libraries, as well as a slide in the All University Sing PowerPoint that played between acts.

“It’s easier than you’d think to get the word out on campus about events coming up! We try to use as much visual devices as we can, to get college students attention!” Warner said.

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>Profile story over Jessica Wilson

>This past week I was able to interview Jessica Wilson. I was very happy to meet with her again after my first interview with her that was on camera. On a personal, none classroom side of things, I have been thrilled to get to know her better! This semester Jessica pledged Pi Phi here at Baylor and I am just a year older than her and I am also a Pi Phi. It has been a privilege to work with her in class as well as getting to see her at recent Pi Phi events.

When Jessica and I met this week we decided to have our interview take place in Jones library. We were able to do the interview on each others cell phones by recording so we could replay the interview when we began writing. I had not used this technique before but I found it very helpful.

I focused primarily on Jessica’s volunteer job as a Baylor Bruins girl. Her bubbly personality makes her ideal for any young athlete to meet. Jessica takes High School athletes around on Baylor football games and shows them a taste of what Baylor spirit feels like! Jessica sticks to her assigned athlete like glue at the games because there trip is for them to make a decision not so they can be swayed by others.

I think Jessica is a great Bruins girl because she has the personality and characteristics anyone would love to see in a young women. She can relate to the parents with her well taught manners and can relate to the athletes because she is easy to talk to and I’m sure it helps that she is a beautiful girl!

Being that Jessica is freshman the Sports Network Group, Baylor Bruins, should be thrilled that they will, if she so desires, have Jessica for the next three years. Perhaps our football stadium, fans, school colors and wonderful coaches aren’t the only thing that sway the minds of these eager High School athletes.

Jessica with her brother, Parker, cheering on the Baylor Bears!