I wasn't quite sure how I felt about turning 20. But I think I finally feel my age. I didn't quite want to stop being a teenager, but I was ready to not be a teenager as well... I had the most amazing birthday with the most amazing people and I couldn't have asked for a better day. And here are a few shots from my birthday celebrations.
This is a popular video going around on youtube, so I thought I would put into blog form. Here are a few makeup and beauty products that are brand new, super hyped up, and that I will NOT be purchasing... (This may be offensive to people, then again this font is probably offensive too, but I warned you)
A good percentage of people may age all go away to school and live on campus. Which is great for them because so many people do hauls on dorm things, and tips and tricks for kids who live on campus. But when it comes to the rest of us, I feel like we don't get as much help. So here are a few essentials Ive loved as a college commuter.
1. An Aux Cord.
I just recently got a new car that has an aux cord option and it has changed my life. I don't struggle to find cds that are crammed into the side door panel of my car nearly as often as I used to. I just tell siri to play my music and I'm set. And if you want to see what I like to listen to, check out the right panel and click on the playlist tag and it will take you to all of the playlists that I have published!
2.A Youtuber or Audio Book
Find someone on youtube you enjoy listening to, or an audio book you love and play them thought the aux cord instead of music. I find it to be calming when things feel hectic and I don't want to listen to music. I often listen to The Penavega's on youtube, or TheAnaEdit also on youtube. I drive forty-ish minutes each way to school and back and its nice to not be constantly bombarded with Chainsmokers or another indie band playing that Cleopatra song yet agin.
3. A Giant water bottle.
When you are away from home for long periods of time its nice to be able to not have to pay for vending machine drinks. I have a 50oz water bottle from Nathan ( https://www.nathansports.com/supershot-hydration-bottle-4314tn ) I fill it with ice and unsweetened tea every single day. To the point where the kids at the daycare I work at know all about Miss.Allie's Tea. Or as one of sweet little buddies says "Ow-wee Tea?" Keep hydrated and save some vending machine dollars.
4. Find a Hobby!
Often I find myself scrolling through instagram looking at people who are away to school always having fun. Always at some party, or some sport, or club, or anything. So When you feel like your missing out its good to replace those feelings with a hobby or activity. Ive enjoyed doing yoga, but you could join a bible study, do a dance class at a local community center, take up a new art like writing or painting even if you think you're terrible at it. Keep yourself busy to keep away those boring times.
5. A knowledge of Your Enviroment.
Now this doesnt always apply if your school is under ten minutes from your house, but I drive a good distance and in the fall when I transfer to a university I will have another long drive. So if you're in the same boat as me, get to know the area you're in. Find someplace you like to hide out, or explore. I go to school in Monroe and if you check out this post: http://www.allisonderosia.com/blog/monroe-michigan this is a little bit of the exploring I did and really got to know the area i am surrounded with. Find the little corner of the world that you can embrace because trust me sitting around at home can wait.
For an early 20th birthday present, my parents bought me the most gorgeous bible I ever did see. My name is in little golden letters on the brown leather cover and I just want to show everyone. I decided that with my first "grown-up" bible I should read it a little more. So I found my way to the book of Ruth and I loved it. It talks about Naomi, who's husband died, and both of her sons as well. So she returns to her homeland where her daughter-in-law follows, insisting to remain at her side.
This struck me as so strange. Ruth had just lost her husband, and instead of going back to the home she's always known , she stays with Naomi. Whenever I got through and big life change I am so inclined to just sit in the comfort of my own room with my own thoughts and ways of thinking. However God used Ruth for something so much bigger than retreating back to her homeland. During this waiting period, she worked for Boaz, helped Naomi as she grieved, and kept steady.
So often I find myself getting bored. Bored of the daily grind, of school and work. Tired of living in suburbia Michigan. Just tired. I long for adventure and romance and all of these wonderful things and these in-between times can seem so long and boring. I find myself wishing for my future to just hurry up and get here. Reading this book, however, I felt like God was really telling me to just relax and enjoy this in-between time. Enjoy the building blocks of whats to come. Trust my future to him and enjoy my college experience and enjoy taking pictures of river and being late to class. To look at each day as it comes and all of it's craziness and glory.
So right now I may not be traveling the world, or living out some Swoon worthy Hallmark movie. But I am still needed to be present in my day to day life. Grasping onto the pretty sights along the way, and getting through the tough ones. These in-between moments can be made great by having coffee dates with my bible, and loving on the sweet little babes at the daycare. For this is what God is calling me to do right now. And whatever is next will come next.