Cold Through the Eyes of a Runner.

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The sun shines over the city.

It calls me to come.

To experience.

But the bitter cold mocks the sun.

Saying don’t go.

I refuse to listen.
I cloak myself in the here and now.

And go.

Taking that leap of faith, I go           I fly                  I live.

This is the story of my cold run yesterday on the empty Schuylkill River Trail!

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It bites, it nibbles, it takes.

It embraces, it circles, it encompasses.

It taps, it hits, it punches.

I shiver, I quake, I persist.

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All of this to say, it has been RIDICULOUSLY cold the past two weeks. Like bitter, you can’t even stand to walk to class sort of cold! The snow was pretty, for a moment. Then it got too terribly cold that it remains, yet in the form of ice and grey slush. The snow salt gives the city this odd appearance of a place in process of becoming clean. It has yet to get rinsed, and the residue of the scum builds up, on shoes, on the sidewalk, in the streets. (https://lifethroughtheeyesofarunner.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/trinkyi-through-the-eyes-of-a-runner/?relatedposts_exclude=1239)

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But we push through these cold times, both literal and the psychological cold times.

And I cry

“How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?  Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;  my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.  I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.” Psalm 13

And with that, the smile returns to my frozen face.

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Photo Credit to: Sarah (http://www.beingbeloved.net/), Robin, Allison, and Jacquiley

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Chances Through the Eyes of a Runner.

He was 21. She was 19. He was 20. 

As I sit here about to shut my eyes for the night. I ponder life and death. 

They were my age. So young. With so much ahead of them. 

It hits home: both the accidental and the not accidental.

The passing of my classmates into eternity. 

I shed a tear for them. For their families. For their friends. 

I shed a tear for what we say. About them. 

“They were so young.” “He was so nice.” “She was so beautiful.” “He was so smart.” 

We say these things. All too late.

It makes you wonder, why didn’t we say them sooner? Why did we hold back our thoughts before?

 

We are called to encourage one another, to lift up our brothers and sisters. Why don’t we. 

You never know when the chance will be gone.

As I pray for their families, their friends, our campus, I pray that we appreciate each other and take a moment to remember all who we love. I pray that we branch out to those who we don’t know as well.

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In honor of KEVIN ZHAO, PULKIT SINGH, and MADISON HOLLERAN. 

 

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Family Colloquialisms Through the Eyes of a Runner.

“Oh mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy, a kid will eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?”

“It’s only guacamole but I like it I love it, I want some more of it.”

I am reminded in the presence of others, some things I do and say are weird.

We all pick up weird sayings and habits from our families. And it is always amusing and amazing to hear other people’s sayings, and find out which ones of my own are not common.

Coming to college, I found out my mixture of Virginian and Ohioan roots are not the way everyone was raised. It is constantly amusing to hear colloquialisms that were unused in my own home, but used regularly in others.

I love learning these cultural differences.

Who would have thought that I would be talking about the “cultural differences” between someone raised in Maryland and myself in Virginia.

But here I am. I can’t help but laugh after I say something and get that weird dumbfounded look from my friends that mean they have never before heard what I just said. It’s so cute.

And funny, because I do the same thing to my other friends.

What do you say or do that is weird or unique to your family?

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Lights Through the Eyes of a Runner.

The lights twinkle in the distance. They look so close yet as I reach out my hand to touch them, I cannot reach. It is as if they are just beyond my extended hand’s welcome. For now, I am just an observer. Contemplating their beauty. Seeking their meaning. I am not meant to reach these lights now. But be patient, “in time, you will touch me” they whisper. 

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A Year in Review Through the Eyes of a Runner.

I would probably have to say 2013 has been my most challenging year yet. 

Some of the best and worst things have happened in this year, but because of Jesus I have gotten through it all!

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3

Beginning my year, I thought I was driving in the right direction, but I’ve discovered the second you think you can do it on your own God shows us a mountain that we can’t just drive through without him!

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Driving the Country Roads

 

With the commencement of 2013 brought my first semester of statistics…..

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First day of Spring Semester Freshman Year!

But it also brought fun adventures in New York City and Philadelphia with my amazing little brother!

Philadelphia Exploring!

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Wicked on Broadway!

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Philadelphia Exploring!

It brought movie nights with friends.

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Life of Pi Movie Night!

And first snowfalls…

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First Philadelphia Snowfall I witnessed

And second snowfalls….

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Snowy Night of Housing Discussion Dinner!

 

Outings with friends, halls, and Wharton Women…

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Max Brenners with Wharton Women!

 

 

It brought Trips home…

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Valentines Day Weekend

Coffee…

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Midterms…

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Midterms…

Many Birthdays…

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Arianna’s and Robin’s Birthday Celebration!

And more trips home…

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Spring Break Creations!

It brought Mommy to Philadelphia!

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Mommy and Mallory’s Trip to Philadelphia

More movie nights with friends!

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Movie Night on Cold April Days

And volunteering with my friends! (now roommates too!!!!)

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Prism Interfaith Service Day

I saw my little brother perform in Carnegie Hall!

 

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Brendan at Carnegie Hall!

Experienced my first Fling!

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Roomies at Spring Fling!!

I explored West Philly with a great friend (now roommate!!)

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Cute Little Bookshops on Rainy Days!

It brought Salsa Dancing on Friday Nights!

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Salsa Dancing!

It brought lots of random dancing!

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College Green Dancing!

 2013 brought Train and John Legend to Penn! (for free!!)

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Train Concert!

And meetings with celebrities!

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Brittany Snow!

I sailed for the first time in 2013!

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Wharton Leadership Venture Sailing Team!

It brought cupcakes and finals…

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Crumbs ventures during Finals Week!

It brought the end of my freshman year, the end of BEPP 250, move out, and an awesome final night in Philadelphia!

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All packed up, goodbye 403 Hopkinson

It brought a summer working at Walmart and the start of my blog…

https://lifethroughtheeyesofarunner.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/changes-through-the-eyes-of-a-runner-from-philly-to-bedford/

With the summer came hiking and camping!

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Appalachian Trail Hiking and Camping!  https://lifethroughtheeyesofarunner.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/camping-through-the-eyes-of-a-runner/

 

 

It brought fun country adventures…

It brought Mayhem in Mexico!

It brought trips to South Carolina with my boyfriend!

Time on the lake…

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Smith Mountain Lake!

I ran my first half Marathon!

I returned to Philadelphia as a sophomore!

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NSO not being a freshman! 🙂

I became single…

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Salsa Dancing!

I fell in love with my roommates!

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New York with 2 of my 3 wonderful roommates!

It brought White Water Rafting!

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Wharton Leadership Venture White Water Rafting!

I went to New York City for the 5th and 6th times this year

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New York City during Fall Break!

I dressed up and danced…. A LOT!

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1920’s Party!

I had a lot of fun!

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Halloween!

I became not so single and chopped off all my hair! 🙂

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Tyler and I at a 76ers Game!

I ran my second (and best!) Half Marathon!!!

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8:41 miles at the Philadelphia Half Marathon!

I came home for Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving with the Family!

 

I witnessed more snow….

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Roommies in the Snow!

I celebrated Christmas over and over and over again!!!

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Decorating before Thanksgiving!

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Christmas Day at Papa’s

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Bedlam Christmas Party!

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Christmas at Tyler’s Aunt’s House! (when meeting the family!)

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Cru Christmas Party with my FSG girls!

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912 Harnwell’s Christmas Party!

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Zeta’s Christmas Formal!

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FSG Christmas Party!

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Christmas Eve at Angel’s!

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Christmas Dinner at Mommy’s!

But the last moment of the year was one of my favorites! Radiate! The Winter Cru Conference! Ringing in 2014 while worshiping God is the most amazing thing!

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1920’s Ringing in the New Year Party!

 

Now all I’ve talked about in this Photo Review is the positive.

 

The things that I desired not to take pictures of in my year: a 3 week flu sickness, failing finals, crying, a LOT, becoming depressed, doubting myself, not feeling close to God, hating myself, distancing myself from people, feeling sad, that pit in my stomach, and so much more.

Through all those un-picture-worthy moments I have been shaped. God has used those gross, lowly times to grow me! 

 

Happy 2014 all!