A Day for Dreaming

Today marks 50 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. made his “I Have a Dream” speech. While a lot has changed in the past 50 years there is a lot that still remains the same.

My favorite is the human nature to dream. I spend most of my time dreaming. I dream of what I want my senior year of college to be like. I dream of what I want to do once I graduate. I dream of what I want my future to look like and the mark that I want to leave on the world. I dream of ways to make my desires a reality.

Wofford has influenced a lot of my dreams and made me dream for things I didn’t know existed. 3 years ago I was moving into my freshman dorm, in the same way that our Class of 2017 is doing today, with a dream. The important thing is to hold onto that dream, change it as you change, make it grow, and make the effort to make it a reality.

As Kid President said today “We all have a duty to make sure the world keeps dreaming of better things.”

I leave you with two videos that have inspired my day:

Wofford Move-In Day! (A combination of some of the best people and the best commercial on tv)

The speech that inspired it all:

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

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Wild Wednesday

Do you ever have those days where nothing goes quite like you could have planned? Well that was my day.

I had a post planned for today, but with today’s events I changed my mind. (I was very excited about the other one so you’ll probably see it soon, though.)

The day started off with waking up and not being able to move. Sometime during this morning I rolled over funny while sleeping and strained a nerve in my neck. My back was so tight I was having to think about breathing because I simply wasn’t to avoid the pain. Luckily, it has relaxed some throughout the day at work, but this morning had me worried.

But today while at work I found out some amazing news! Tri Delta‘s nationally raised $5.6 MILLION for St. Jude this past school year! This was a record year for the fraternity! This also sets us at more than $14.2 million towards our goal of $15 million in 5 years! At the rate we have been fundraising I’m predicting that we reach our goal before Christmas.

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[the announcement on the Tri Delta insta]

I’m also extremely proud of my chapter, which raised over $30,000 this past year. Being a smaller chapter this is quite an accomplishment. I’m so proud of my sisters and all the work that they put into helping with fundraising!

Do you have a favorite philanthropy? What’s the most you’ve raised for an organization?

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

Too Blessed to be Stressed

I’ve changed the topic of this post several times this week. It was originally going to be about grace, but it has been quite the interesting week and this topic seems to be more appropriate.

I’ve never really understood the phrase “Too blessed to be stressed” until now. Between classes, babysitting, sorority stuff, getting ready for Old South this weekend, getting a very not so good test grade back, and a 15 page paper and presentation due this week, to say I’ve been overwhelmed would be an understatement. Normally all of this would stress me out (and maybe it is but staying up till 6 this morning is masking the stress), but this week I have been very zen.

Today is my grandfather’s birthday and as my brother and I surprised him for a birthday dinner tonight, it all began to make sense to me. Ever since Grandma passed away two weeks ago there have been a lot of things going through my mind. A lot of things that I would like to do differently. I’ve also started listening to a Country Hymns Pandora station. I know, sounds lame for a college student to admit this, but the inspiration that it provides while I’m studying is the best. Grandma always emphasized how blessed she was because of her faith and her family. The two most important things in anyones life. Without these, nothing will be satisfying.

Well tonight as I was driving away from talking to my brother in the parking lot of California Dreaming for about an hour I began to cry. This is normal for me (I just love my family so), but this was different. I was not sad, I was overwhelmed. I am so incredibly blessed.

I have my family, my faith, my health, and friends that provide the support I need at school. Even though by normal standards this week has been downright rotten, I have been in an amazing mood and it’s because this feeling of blessings. I have not stressed about getting my paper and presentation done. I have not worried about what will happen for my future. I know it will all work out. I know it will all be done according to God’s plan. And most importantly, I know that alongside with God I have my family that will always be here to support me.

Therefore, I’m too blessed to be stressed.

Keep Dancing,

Cayla