Be present.

8 days until Christmas. 8 days to eat as many Christmas cookies as I can consume and sing as many Christmas songs as I know. 8 days to watch all of the Home Alone movies, Christmas Vacation, Elf, and of course, Miracle on 34th street. There is so much to look forward to around this time of the year. You get to hang out with your family and friends, sit by the fire and drink hot coco, and look forward to all of the new things that the New Year has in store.

I took my last exam yesterday to conclude my first semester of college, and I am so excited to have a break and relax. But it really got me to thinking about how quick time goes by. And it also reminded me that I don't want to miss out on all that life has in store. As a kid, I just wanted to be a teenager. When I was a teenager, I just wanted to get my drivers license. Soon, I wanted to be in college and be independent. And that day snuck up on me. Now, all I want is for time to slow down. It really is crazy how fast time flies, and how short life is. I have learned so much this semester about myself, about who I want to strive to be, and about living each moment of my life to the fullest. This semester has taught me to be completely present in each moment, to seek adventure in everything, to be intentional with everyone around me, and to be apart of something so much bigger than myself. So I just want to encourage you, wherever you are in life right now. No matter where you are in life, be present in every moment. Do something that scares you. Seek out your passions and talents. During this holiday season, be present with your friends and family. Hang out and be intentional with them and cherish every moment. Anyways, I hope you all enjoy the holidays!! Drink lots of eggnog and eat a bunch of gingerbread cookies while watching your favorite Christmas movies!!! Merry Christmas!