Thursday, February 16, 2012

You Are Loved

Today is a day that I remember a fallen member of the SMC community. Last year many lost a friend, son, brother, and student too soon. This is just a quick post to remind you that you are not alone, and that you are loved.

This week was Valentine's Day. Whether you celebrate it or not, it is a time that we should all reflect upon the love and blessings in our lives. Whether receiving a card, candy, or text might not seem like a lot to some people, I appreciate those who have remembered me enough to make the effort.

Life can catch up on us, get overwhelming, and seem unbearable. It is during these times that we must remember the good things and how we are loved.

It is now that I would like to share a story about a starfish.

While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.
He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”
Reach out and tell people you love them. Check on a friend, call your parents, be there for those when they need you. Make a difference for one person and you can change their life.

Even more so than ever, I send you all my love. I wish you well on this day and remember: you are not alone, you are loved.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Miss Alexandra Byrne

Even though her birthday was a WHILE ago, I promised her this as a part of her birthday present. Happy (belated) birthday Alex! Always better late than never I say.

There are so many wonderful things I can say about this girl. She is one of the best people I know and I truly feel privileged to consider her one of my best friends. When we first met I knew I liked this girl and our friendship has continued to flourish over the last year and a half at Saint Mike's.

Now here are a few reasons why I love this girl so much:
  1. All-girls schools RULE!
  2. Finding our connections realizing that its a small world we live in.
  3. Being LINK buddies :)
  4. Her positive influence on my life!
  5. The marvelous things that happen when we're together
  6. Hijacking friends' cars and going on trips to McDonald's for a late night McFlurry and fries
  7. Car playlists!
  8. Hey neighbor...
  10. The fact that we both have memory books
  11. She helps me make my bed because I fail at it ALL THE TIME
  12. She comes up with the best nicknames for everyone!
  13. Our vent sessions
  14. TLauts love
  15. Campus Ministry insanity
  16. GDAMS!
  17. She's got an ASL that shoots through the roof
  19. #sassyladylove
  20. She's been 20 for exactly a month now - so HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU 20 YEARS 1 MONTH OLD!
    Sending all my love, Your Sassy Lady :)