Is My Decision The Right One?

Dealing with a difficult decision

How you can always make the right decision


Throughout our lives, we constantly make decisions. Each day we decide what we want to eat for breakfast or when we want to get dressed up for work. We constantly decide how we want our lives to go and to be, but sometimes we can't. I am a firm believer of Christ and I know that each decision that I have made or will have to make has always been done. One of my good friends explained to me the other day after I told her about a difficult decision I had to make, that God already knew what decision I was going to make and gave me the freedom to make it myself.

I recently quit my job and it was the most difficult thing I've ever had to do. It was even harder than leaving for college, or watching my friend move away. My heart was being pulled every possible way a heart could be pulled, until I eventually knew what I had to do. It didn't just happen, it had always been there in the back of my mind since I started the job. Once I quit my job, I felt such freedom and joy. I had felt like I was a bird stuck in a cage and was not able to completely be myself. I knew in my heart and in my faith that I had made the right decision because I was able to leave.

When you have to make a difficult decision in your life, it can feel like the world is crashing around you and you don't know where you're going anymore. I know just how frustrating it can be to have to decide what you should do, especially when you're trying to figure out what is best for you and your ideas aren't the same as other people's. I have learned that you can only count on one person beside yourself who knows just what you need and what's best for you, God.

My favorite bible verse has been especially helpful in this transition into the unknown. The verse of Proverbs 3:5-6 says " Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." This verse reminds me that I might think I know what I'm doing, but that only God truly knows what I'm doing and why I am making difficult decisions. He created my plan and your plan before we were even created and no matter what we do, there is no way that we can alter that plan.

I want to talk about courage for a second. I can't even begin to explain how brave and how courageous I had to be to go and tell my boss that I needed to work at this job anymore. This was something that I had been so scared to tell anyone about and no one knew the whole truth because it was difficult to admit. After I did quit, I felt like I could do anything and that I wasn't scared anymore do say no and to stand up for myself.

I think sometimes in life, we get so caught up in always making the right decisions and making the decisions that would benefit others rather than ourselves. We become so focused in other people that we forget about the most important person, us. If we don't focus on us sometimes, then what good are we being to those who need us and those who we don't know need us yet. As a believer of Christ, I still have no regrets because I understand that everything I do has a purpose and has a greater meaning that I will hopefully learn one day.

As you go through the day and have to make some difficult decisions yourself regarding school or your family or your job, I hope that you know that I will be praying that you hear God and make the decision He wants you to make and needs to make. I hope that when you make that decision, you feel at peace with it and it makes you happier than before. You should always remember that this is your life and no one else's. Remember that you can't give away what you don't have and can't be the person you know you aren't.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.


My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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The One Thing Everyone Should Do Before They Graduate

Why I wish everyone could have shared in my end of school adventure.


The end of freshman year was filled with the abundant stress of final exams, teary-eyed goodbyes, and last looks at my dorm room on South Campus. The academic year was overwhelmingly busy, and I tried my best to soak in every single moment as a first-year college student. But as I'm sure many of you can understand, it's not always possible to make time for the adventures we so desperately desire. I found myself saying "I want to do that!" all year long, and here it was the last week of the year and my bucket list had barely been touched. All those Philadelphia excursions, dreamy coffee shop dates, and campus explorations that I looked forward to never ended up panning out…

… until last Thursday night.

With about half the freshman class moved out of South Campus, everything felt a little strange. There was barely a dinner rush at all in Donahue Dining Hall, and my room looked so empty it almost made me sad. Naturally, I called up a couple of friends. Within minutes, we met in the lounge, and we were off for our adventure.

Every single day on the way to labs in Mendel Hall, I walked past the beloved Falvey Fountain. It had become such a consistent part of my routine that walking past it felt like it was a necessary daily occurrence. But this time, we didn't walk past. In fact, we stopped dead in our tracks and admired its color changing beauty for a brief moment.

And then we dove in!

Yes, we jumped right into the fountain. First the daring adventurer of the group, then his sidekick, then the skeptic, and finally myself. This was definitely not allowed, but no one was around, and more importantly, no one cared. Being knee deep was freezing, but the adrenaline rush was too much to suppress. So we submerged further, dunking each other and splashing the icy water literally everywhere. My wet hair made way for the most epic hair flip of all time, and we all laughed joyously.

All the stress of looming final grades and the completion of projects, the bittersweet goodbyes to our newfound families, and the hassles of packing up for the year were washed away in that fountain, drowned in the euphoria of the moment. We were officially baptized in summer as it dubbed us the kings and queens of adventure.

Afterward, we wrung out our soaking clothes and snapped a quick pic of our drenched selves. Trying to escape the scene hastily, I dropped my bag of M&M;'s. They spilled everywhere, leaving streams of melty chocolate and food coloring running through the aftermath of our fountain dive. The scene looked like a bit of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory had exploded from the fountain and into the night.

I am far from kidding when I say that adventure is a must for everyone, at any stage of life. Whether it's fountain diving at Nova, or sky diving in New Mexico, something about us as human beings needs the unusual, exciting, and even hazardous experiences. This one was particularly cleansing and absolutely unforgettable.

So I implore you: go forth this summer and be adventurous! Explore hidden places, try new eats, shuffle a stranger's playlist, introduce yourself to someone on a whim, or just get in the car and drive with no destination in mind. This summer is for the bold; this summer's for you.

Happy adventuring!


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