Friday, October 23, 2009

Simply Gorgeous

Some things just take my breath away.

Nature astounds me.

The stories behind each picture are a mystery.

I love the idea of capturing a moment.

P.S. I'm still mastering the art of posting pictures. Google Images isn't the best place to find quality, I've learned.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Oratory? Definitely. Original?...Ugh.

I love Do Hard Things. It's on my top five books list. I never get tired of reading it, and it has a place located very close to my heart. So, when I figured that I'd do an original oratory speech about it for debate, I thought, "This will be so simple! I'll just use stuff from the book yet make it my own!" No, Elyse, that's plagairism. I knew that. Silly me. So, now what do I do? Well, what ended up happening was me sitting myself down at Word with Do Hard Things in hand, and just typing. It was very negative, with no hope. "Teenagers are going to be the demise of the world!!!" was basically the unintended message. So I started over. It sounds more hopeful, and I think that its much more "me". I really think this speech could have effects beyond the competition room. I want to inspire people with what I say. Please pray that I can use the soil I've been given to be fruitful. So many opportunities present themselves in debate. This is one of them.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tennis Lessons

My tennis season is over. It makes me sad; it felt so good to just get out there and concentrate on nothing but a little yellow ball. But so many great things came out of it. I learned a lot, like...

  • You learn a lot about people when you're in a small space together.
  • Never read in a stick-shift car.
  • Kindle a friendship where you both laugh at the exact same things.
  • Dry your spandex before you wear them.
  • Ok, try to avoid spandex in general.:)
  • It's okay to swing and miss least it's going somewhere.
  • Move your feet.
  • Shake hands when the game is over.
  • Love all.
  • Laugh when you mess up.
  • Know that the next match is still going to be there.
  • Focus.
  • Country music is beautiful and annoying at the same time.
  • Sometimes love is bad and lines are good.