“This I Believe”

Written for my senior capstone course.

I believe in doing laundry with my people.

Growing up, I would often sit and talk with Mom as she folded our laundry. I would help fold Dad’s handkerchiefs, fold basketball shorts, and put away towels. This was a common reoccurrence. Throughout this past summer, I sat on the living room floor of a dear friend who is the mom of a family with four kids. We would sit and talk together as we folded shirts, shorts, and socks, and then separate them into six piles. I spent enough time with them that I typically knew whose was whose without having to ask her. One morning recently I sat on the floor with a dear friend as we folded her clothes before her morning shift at Vanderbilt. Earlier this semester found me sitting in a Belmont laundry room having a life chat with a friend who was switching out loads. I have now done laundry enough times with another close friend that I know where everything goes and how she likes to fold her clothes.

Doing laundry may seem like a mundane, unimportant task. But it is something that everyone has to do. And when I fold laundry with my people, I’m not just folding their t-shirts. I’m living life with them. Doing life with the important people you care about is not just having lunch with them. It’s going to their award ceremonies, visiting them in the hospital, taking them Chickfila fries, and sitting in their class to hear their presentations. It’s buying them coffee, taking them to the airport or to pick up their car, going out to dinner with their family, and taking naps at their house. It’s buying groceries with them, having dance parties at 1 am, live texting them during weird situations, and having your own toothbrush at their house. It’s pet-sitting their fish, going on a 3.5 mile walk after class, crying with them because life is hard, and sitting with them on their couch after a break-up. It’s texting them pictures of hedgehogs cheering them on before a big test, giving them back massages, drinking hot tea, and going to basketball games.

Sitting on the floor folding laundry together may seem insignificant, but it represents something that is huge – living life with your people in the small moments and the big moments.

Committed. 

Two years ago I committed to Belmont – the day before the official commitment! 

I’d lie if I said I didn’t cry. 

The 29th I put the sticker on my car and drove over to Belmont. I parked on the 6th floor of the Curb garage and had some Jesus time as I looked out across campus. I was still sad about leaving Lipscomb – I had no idea what amazing goodness God had before me at Belmont. The morning of the 30th I turned in my deposit but I was determined. 

God was guiding my steps and continues to do so. Coming to Belmont was the best thing I’ve done. Can’t imagine my life without all the dear people in my life I’ve met at school! 

Crazy how nursing changed. But I’ve always known that I was at the right place. 

God is so good. 

   

 

This week. 

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Jordan and @thenateterry spotting outside of Lila!

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Bennett and fish Sushi!

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Lovely ladies having dinner!

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SAL.

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Kendall!

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Warm cookies, vanilla ice cream, and Kendall = love.

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It’s the Hart Strings and Teddy killin it! What a rockstar.

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Belmont adventure with Katie!

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It’s R&! Such a cool guy.

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Frolickin in Freedom in the caf.

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DRESS FOR SUCCESS. Visiting Lily 🙂

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Wow is this place magical.

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Flower scent hunting with Katie!

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Tuesday night dinner!

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My favorite city.

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@thenateterry gettin comfy in Lila.

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Belmont = beauty.

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Trying out new hairstyles.

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Jake Vroon!

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Fairy garden or Belltower Patio?

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DONE WITH OUR MACRO PROJECT!!! love them.

so much love for these people.

Friends.

Cliche but I am so #blessed by so many wonderful people in my life.

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Some of my ESL students and a helper our last night of classes 😦 so sweet!!

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How precious is this.

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Frolicking in Freedom with these beauties.

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On a stake out. What’s new? Obsessed with my bf.

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Dear sister and friend. I love you so much! Sometimes you just have to eat cake for breakfast.

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so cute.

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Dear friends. wow. love.

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So happy cuz my girl came home!!

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Matching at bible study!!

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it’s makeup ok

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Joy. I love this lady.

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all dressed up and fancy for Greek Week.

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My favorite Nana. Pretty sure our love for ice cream is genetic. I love this amazing woman. My goals include being as cool and sassy as she is.

Randfest

Our Event Management class had four groups that did four events! I was in one group and then also got to attend Randfest. Started last semester by Rand Walter, Randfest (RAND: Real Artist Nashville Development) featured bands, visual artists, and culinary artists (aka good food). A good time was had by all despite the freezing weather. Loved getting to hear everyone play! (and getting to eat donuts) Glad for the opportunity to volunteer as well!

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WOW love this girl so much. Kendall I am so thankful you are in my life!

 

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Rand’s sister and friend saved my heart (Jesus saved it but they saved it Saturday 😉 ) from freezing by bringing me hot chocolate. oh my stars so fab.

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feeling pretty official

 

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Bruin Recruiters Take STL

I was honored to get to go on a trip with Belmont Admissions to St. Louis for a dinner with prospective students! 8 Bruin Recruiters, 2 admissions counselors, and 2 financial aid counselors! We drove there on Monday, had the dinner that night, then came back Tuesday a little before noon. It was so great. I loved hanging out with the other folks and getting to meet prospective students! We had a lot of fun. Loved it 🙂 When we weren’t having life chats, I was being super productive and watching High School Musical and Meet the Robinsons. I think I only scared one student… oops… “HEY ARE YOU TOMMY?” but it was a great time.

I’m excited to go back and explore STL some day 🙂

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Casually walking around WAC with a pillow. Lady: “Did you have a slumber party last night?” “No ma’am, I am headed out of town with admissions…” #awk

 

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Making Brooke proud and ironing our red shirts ❤