bronchitis and the year is coming to a close/milestones

First things first: I have bronchitis. (this is the cue for somebody to say: "ain't nobody got time for that") I've officially had bronchitis for three weeks now, and I'm quite sick of it. The number of medications sitting on my portion of the counter in the bathroom has been steadily growing over the past few weeks. From the looks of things however, it looks like the virus is very slowly leaving me, which I am quite happy about since I've been sick for five weeks now.

It's exam week, so I really should be studying, but I don't have my first exam until Saturday morning, so I think I'll be okay. I'd much rather sit here writing while listening to artists with genius lyrics on Spotify.

Starting tomorrow morning, I have 5 days until I go home for the summer. Five. It's quite ridiculous actually how fast everything has gone. I feel like the school year has just started and it's insane that 8 months ago, I didn't know anyone here and now some of them are my best friends. Of course I'm looking forward to the summer at home. Of course I am. I will miss these girls though. We've already been through so much in the course of 8 months, and it's going to be weird not seeing them every day. I'll definitely miss them. The word bittersweet is really the best way to describe it.

Especially because I faced a huge milestone this year, and without these girls, I probably would have never done that. One of my closest friends here, who will be my roommate next year, shared a huge and personal story that she'd never told anyone before, and from there we were all in the room and sharing and I just felt super pulled to tell and I felt ready, which I didn't know if I'd ever be. But I was, and I told them my story about transferring schools and EVERYTHING that encompassed my life in high school, which I've never ever told anybody before, and it was just so great to have such support and such great friends that I felt comfortable telling this to since it was super personal and super scary. But it was a really good thing and probably one of the best nights of my life, to be completely honest. I felt more connected to all the girls and I understood them in ways I haven't been able to before, and our relationships grew loads that night and I couldn't be more grateful. I'm not going to tell that story here, for obvious reasons and because it's still something I'm dealing with and I'm not ready to tell the world, but you should know that had I not transferred schools, I really don't know where I would be right now. I certainly would not have gone to a christian college and I certainly would not have met these marvelous people that are now some of my best friends, and I don't even want to imagine not having met them since they've affected me in so many ways and have changed me for the better.

That is precisely why three months away is going to be very bittersweet.

And on that note, we will transition to what I've been listening to lately:

The ever-changing playlist

Shake it Out- Florence and the Machine
Never Let Me Go- Florence and the Machine
Car Radio- Twenty One Pilots
Holding Onto You- Twenty One Pilots
Migraine- Twenty One Pilots
Set Me on Fire- Bella Ferraro
Want U Back- Cher Lloyd (Boyce Avenue Cover version)
If You're Gone- Matchbox Twenty
Timshel- Mumford & Sons
Sigh No More- Mumford & Sons

I received a Twenty One Pilots cd as a gift from this years Cultural Discerners as we initiated the new leaders, and it's totally not my style of music, but I don't think I've ever been so blown away by song lyrics before in my life. It's incredible and I'm growing very attached.

And I'll leave you with these lyrics from Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons, and another from Car Radio by Twenty One Pilots because both sets of lyrics are quite genius.

Love; it will not betray you
Dismay or enslave you, it will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be (Mumford & Sons)

There's faith and there's sleep
We need to pick one please because
Faith is to be awake
And to be awake is for us to think
And for us to think is to be alive
And I will try with every rhyme
To come across like I am dying
To let you know you need to try to think (Twenty One Pilots)

~Sophie Leigh


complaints and celebrations

Hello. I'm here writing for two main reasons: 1) to complain about recent events and 2) to celebrate recent events.

1. I'm going to complain first because that's what I do, especially when it comes to my sucky immune system. I've been coughing for nearly two weeks, and let me tell you. It is exhausting when all your energy is going towards breathing. Just yesterday the cough moved from my throat into my chest, and it feels like it's bronchitis, which isn't good since I have a dance performance less than 2 weeks away. It's a real attractive hacking cough right now and I'm probably contagious, so my roommate is really lucky that she's home for the weekend and doesn't have to hear this. The stress from the end of the semester isn't helping either.

2. Now for celebratory talk. Despite being sick with contagious viruses/bacteria, it's been a good week of good news.

First: We got the quad! All three of us will be in the quad (still don't know why it's called the quad when it's meant for 4 people.) and it will be wonderful.

Second: So a while back I applied for the cultural discerner position and I got it! So that's exciting. And all my friends got the leadership positions they applied for and wanted, so that's good also. Sophomore year will be a good year.

And third: DANCE GUILD. I'm super super excited. It's in two weeks, and we have costumes and it's wonderful and I'm super excited to dance and perform. Yay! And my best friend is probably coming since I just invited her and yay! :)

Okay, this was a short post because I'm sick and tired and DayQuil doesn't help me stop coughing and instead just makes it hard to focus.

The Ever-Changing Playlist

Set Me On Fire- Bella Ferraro

Love Addict- Family Force 5

Boris- BOY

Lullaby For Cain- Sinead O'Connor

And I think I'm going to take a nap now even though I went to bed at 10:30 and got about 12 hours of sleep, I'm still exhausted and just standing up is tiring.  My sucky immune system isn't my friend right now.  Get well wishes would be very appreciated.

~Sophie Leigh


sophomore year and breaking boundaries

I think it is time for another entry. And I didn't wait three months this time, so I've giving myself a high five for actually being on time and not waiting forever. Last time I posted, it was the end of January, and quite a bit has changed since then. Today's blog can be narrowed down to really two categories: breaking comfort zones and sophomore year. I'm almost halfway done with my second semester, which is absolutely insane. Two weeks until Spring Break, and then we're halfway done with second semester. I seriously feel like this semester just started. It's crazy how fast everything is going.

My first order of business is talking about sophomore year. 

1) The Room Situation: There's been quite a bit of talk about whom is rooming with whom next year, and there was actually quite a bit of drama with other people because of this (not me, don't worry. I don't do drama) and so there was a lot of work to do there, but now we have a plan, and everything seems to be running smoothly, so all the stress in the room situation is finally gone and everything is figured out. The end result is this: First semester, I'll be rooming with my good friend Christine in the quad, which is a larger room meant for three people. (Don't ask me why it's called a quad when only three people normally live there because I have no idea.)  So first semester will be really nice, since it'll be just the two of us in a big room with lots of space. Then during Interim (our January semester), (unless someone ends up going abroad for that month) and second semester, Lea, who had been studying abroad in France will join us, and it'll be the the three of us. So it's really really perfect and I'm really excited for next year because it will be super fun. All we have to do now is find some time for all three of us to talk to the RD (which is hard because we're all busy at different times and 2/3 of us are engineers), and we're golden. 

2) CLC (Community Life Council) (Or, dorm leadership): This one kind of intertwines with the whole taking risks and breaking comfort zones thing, but it also goes along with sophomore year changes. A while back, there was a meeting about leadership for next year, and I didn't think I would be a part of that, and so I didn't attend. I was really set on not being part of leadership because that isn't something that I've ever really done. But then I really thought about it, and now I'm feeling pulled to do some kind of leadership position, which is really weird, because that's not me. I've always been a follower, and not a leader, so for me to want to be a leader is a really weird feeling. So I've been feeling that pull the past couple days, and so I looked into the leadership positions that would really suit me, and I found it. I talked to one of my friends who is also applying to a leadership position about this and how I was unsure if I should, but she said to go for it, and now I'm going to. 

So each dorm and even each floor has quite a few leadership positions available. RA, RHET,  Barnabas, SET, CD, MAC, CPC, and SC, most of which I didn't know anything about when I started school. And here it is. I announced it yesterday on my twitter, so if you follow me you already know, and if you aren't following me, you can follow my twitter here.    >    TWITTER: Sophie__Leigh

 I want to be a CD, which stands for Cultural Discerner. Cultural Discernment has a lot to do with intertwining a Christian perspective on popular culture, which I find really interesting. It's about analyzing lyrics and songs of artists both secular and Christian, and analyzing and digging deep into movies and of other popular culture and discussing those, finding the good and the holy even in the less good and less holy. I love music and movies, and of course I want to grow in faith as well, so why not combine both of them? 

While this is scary; a leadership position isn't something I would normally consider, I think this will be very good for me. Especially as an English major, I need to be able to analyze things that interest me, and I'm going to be a sophomore next year. I'll be in the older half of the dorm, and I need to grow and be a model to the incoming freshman since I'll have had that experience already, and I think this is one of the best ways for me to do so. So there you go. I'm totally stepping out of my comfort zone this year, but that's okay. That's what college is all about. New things and breaking your previous safe boundaries. Sometime in the next few days, I'm going to apply to be BB's Cultural Discerner and set up an interview. I'm just praying that this is the right decision and that everything goes well. Fingers crossed. :) 

And while we're talking about stepping outside of comfort zones....

1) Service learning: For my sociology class, we're required to do service learning, and that's another thing that is outside of my comfort zone. I've gone twice already, and I'm getting more used to it and it's a little less scary every day. I'm going to the place that my dorm has set up because it's a lot more convenient and it somehow works with my schedule. We go to Cook Library Center, which is a place in Grand Rapids where kids can go after school to work on their homework. It's in a Hispanic side of town, so one of my worries was that there would be a language barrier that would really halt the connections and communication, but the kids that I've worked with so far are very bilingual, so there was really nothing to worry about. I'll talk more about my experiences with that later on once I've done more with it.

2) Testimonies: This is a really really big one that I'm still thinking and praying about because it's huge. So far we've had three students give their testimonies to the dorm during dorm worship on Wednesday nights, and each time I've been feeling pulled to talk, but the sign that I should hasn't arrived, and I'm imagining that it'll be awhile until I strike up the nerve to even ask about it. Because I do have a testimony. I have things that I've been itching to tell that I've never ever told anybody before, and keeping it inside, even though it's things that I've worked past and healed from, is eating me alive. Long story short: it's about hating high school, and transferring schools, and how that has actually saved my life. That's all I'm going to say on the subject because I'm still working through everything in my mind and it's still a big jumble even months after the event.

So that's definitely been a thing on my mind. We'll see how everything goes. I'm just waiting for my sign.

On a much much lighter note, I've been doing dance guild again, and I adore everything about it. I'm doing three dances because I'm insane: guild lyrical, advanced lyrical, and guild jazz. The I am so in love with both of my lyrical dances and I don't know how I would get through my week without them. Jazz is iffy. I like it, and I'm doing it with one of my really close friends which makes it a lot better, but I'm not in love with it. It isn't what I expected when I picture jazz. Maybe it's the choreographer, maybe it's just her mediocre song choice, but I don't think I'll be doing guild jazz again. If advanced is an option next time, maybe.

But lyrical. I love it. Sure, I've received some pretty nasty bruises on my shoulder (be glad you can't see it. It's disgusting and discoloured and I cringe every time I look at it.) and my tailbone and pretty much everywhere else that bruises are possible, but I still love it. I get to do some marvelous floorwork (the reason for bruises) and it's gorgeous and I can't wait for the performance even though we're only the third week in. I'm so excited for the dances to come all together, and I can't wait to see all the other dances all put together, especially since one of my friends is doing flag and another one is doing pointe, so I'm super excited to see them doing things that are so them. So that's kind of my life right now.

Okay. Lots of words. Time for some photos.

We had a winter photoshoot that was fun and numbed my hands. And we made a fort, which was the most rad thing ever and made us feel super cool since because of our fort, we made it onto Overheard At Calvin; a facebook page filled with notable overheard and overseen conversations and sights.  

The never-ending playlist

Cups- Pitch Perfect

Dare You to Move, Meant to Live, This is Your Life- Switchfoot (Instrumental). Just listen to this and try and tell me that it's not beautiful. I dare you. .....see what I did there? :) 

Afraid to Know, Gravity Happens, Beg You to Fall- Kate Voegele

Push, Unwell, If You're Gone- Matchbox Twenty

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber on Fleet Street

I Dreamed A Dream, On my Own- Les Miserables

Goodbye- Ke$ha (the one song of hers that I enjoy. It's acoustic and gorgeous, so don't judge.) 

Demons- Imagine Dragons    

Jar Of Hearts- Christina Perri 

I'll leave you with some Switchfoot lyrics that I really like and that I'm trying to live my life by:

Maybe redemption has stories to tellMaybe forgiveness is right where you fellWhere can you run to escape from yourself?Where you gonna go? Where you gonna go?Salvation is here

This is your life, are you who you want to be?

~Sophie Leigh


I Don't Know How to Be Brief: on YouTubers and Insight

    It's been brought to my knowledge that I haven't actually written a proper post in nearly three months. I've actually done pretty well at posting regularly, but then this happened. I'll try to get better, I promise.
    A pretty big thing that has affected me lately is YouTube. Not in a, I really want to make YouTube videos way, although I have done that, but more in a way that I've gotten quite a bit of insight and inspiration from the people and/or web series I've been watching lately on YouTube. So I'll take you on the little journey with me and I apologize for this ridiculous length because I have so much to say on the subject and I could talk for hours about it. 

I'll start with the web series that I have been watching, and I'll try to make this short because I could talk about this forever. It's called the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (which is produced by Hank Green, but we're not going to talk about him otherwise you'd be here for days), and to put it briefly, this show is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice told through the video diaries of Elizabeth Bennet, (there is a side channel of Lydia's video diaries, but I'll come back to that.) who goes by Lizzie, who in this adaptation, is a grad student in communications. What I really like about this is it's a way to get to know the classic literature for people who aren't into the classics. I've never actually read Pride and Prejudice (BAD ENGLISH MAJOR!) so this is a really good way to get to know the general storyline in a way that is more relatable. Maybe now that I know the characters and the storyline a bit more, I'll actually get around to reading it one day. I've fallen in love with the characters, and surprisingly, the character I love the most at the moment is the one I absolutely hated at the beginning of the series. And that character would be....Lydia Bennet!

At the beginning, I can sincerely say that I outright despised the character Lydia Bennet. She was a party girl with no boundaries, and in real life that makes me rather annoyed, so of course seeing it on screen would have the same effect. But as the story goes on, we learn SO MUCH about Lydia that it's really hard to hate her. I didn't start watching Lydia's vlogs until about a week ago, and watching those gives so much insight that you don't see from Lizzie's point of view, so it's a really cool thing. I love seeing character development, and Lydia's character development is ridiculously amazing and very well done by the actress who plays her: Mary Kate Wiles. It's so brilliantly done the way that you can see Lydia changing as the show progresses. 

So that has definitely been a big part of my life lately. And you know, having super attractive guys on the show doesn't hurt. William Darcy (left) and George Wickham (above), my friends. Not bad to look at. 

The first individual person in my current YouTube list is Christine Riccio, who goes by the username of polandbananas20. 

I somehow came across her video about having long hair, and since I too have ridiculously long hair, I couldn't not watch it. From there, I discovered her love of film and books, which is pretty much the reason why I subscribed because she is just as obsessed with books as I am and she has quite a sense of humour that I highly appreciate.  She has a book channel as well, which is awesome, and her videos are just fabulous. Oh, and I bought a really freaking awesome shirt from her that says, "My Hair is a Weapon, which is pretty much my life story, so that's cool. It's THIS shirt. 

The next few, which should come to no surprise at all, are English twenty something boys. 

We will start with Dan Howell. This picture is actually a pretty accurate representation of him. So Dan's YouTube is danisnotonfire and though his cussing is a little more than I'm usually okay with, I've grown used to it. So viewer discretion if you are under eighteen because it contains some more mature content (language wise). A lot of his videos are just fun things, and I really adore that, but the few videos that are serious are probably my favorites. In the serious ones, (more specifically, his fan-mail and his "The Meaning of Life" videos) he just seems so genuine. In his "The Meaning of Life" video, which you can watch HERE, he talks about how it's just occurred to him that we have ONE life as humans on earth, and so we need to do something that in the long run, is going to make us happy, and it's really inspiring for obvious reasons. In his fan-mail videos, while they do have their humour and a bit of creepiness that comes with all of his videos, it's obvious that making videos is something that he really likes to do and he really appreciates everything that this channel has done for him. It's really important to have that mixture of hilarity and entertainment while still having seriousness when it's necessary. Another thing that I like is he has a video about being left handed which because I am also 99.9% left handed, I can relate too a little too well and it is quite unfortunate. Fun fact: His birthday is 4 days before mine (although he is 3 years older), so I thought that was cool too. He is also addicted to Maltesers which is the English version of Whoppers, so I'll definitely have to try those eventually.

The next on the list is Phil Lester. Another very accurate representation in picture form. I believe that Dan and Phil (amazingphil) are flatmates at the moment. Unlike Dan, Phil hardly ever swears, which I really like. He's hilarious and I love listening to his stories of his childhood. It's rather entertaining. Random facts about Phil: He likes red pandas and lions. I really like his videos as well because they are very relaxed and just talking to the camera about his life, which I really like. Just Phil. Stay cool man. And keep loving red pandas because those are my favorite animals.

This last one's going to be brief because I'll talk some more about him in another post soon, (and by soon, I really hope that I don't mean three months because that is unacceptable, girl.) but here is Charlie McDonnell, also known as charlieissocoollike. He also doesn't swear, like EVER, which I really love.

Besides the fact that he's incredibly adorable (because seriously, just look at that face) and he's friends with Hank Green, there's just so much positivity being emitted off of him and I can't get enough of it. I only started watching his videos yesterday, but already it's made such an impact, so I'm really excited to talk more about it in my next post. To summarize my thoughts on him, he's just so sweet and motivated and excited about what he does, and that makes me excited. His motivation strategies are motivating me to do what I love, and it's all so fabulous that it's really hard not to smile just thinking about it. Most of my opinions on his motivation and everything I'm going to save for next time, but I will tell you one thing because I just need to say it.

He has this strategy that I saw in one of his videos called "Don't Break the Chain,"(he got the idea from a strategy used by Jerry Seinfield) and in his case, he has a three separate charts for exercise, videos, and his feature film that he's working on. The whole point is to make sure that he's being productive every day, and since he marks on the little calendar thing every time he accomplishes what he's trying to accomplish, it's both a metaphorical and literal chain of productivity that he's trying not to break.

Don't Break The Chain 
The video is ^ here if you want to see for yourself what I'm actually talking about.

I'm actually going to try this method for myself and see how it works out in the categories of both writing and exercise, so I'll let you know how that goes later on. You can download and print one HERE if you want to try it out.

So that was, as briefly as I could put it, Charlie McDonnell, who is currently my favorite person on YouTube. More about him to come in the somewhat near future.


swiftaholics, piano therapy, and holiday festivities

Wow? Have I really been in college for over two months now? Crazy stuff there.

So it's been awhile, hasn't it? I suppose that means that it's time to update you on my life. Now where to start my rambles?

I am now the proud owner of the Taylor Swift, "RED" album, and it is the most magnificent thing I have ever heard. This album has almost literally been on repeat since I obtained it on October 23rd. (which just so happens to be the day after it came out. I'm a college student without a car. There really isn't much I can do about that.) These lyrics are absolute perfection and I can't get them out of my head. Kudos to you, Taylor.

A very exciting event occurred yesterday: I played the piano! I am a little obsessed with that instrument, and I don't think I've played to this extent since I left for school in August, so I am kind of on a piano high at the moment. In the music building there are a bunch of practice rooms with pianos in them, so after my class yesterday I just went and played for 40 minutes and it was wonderful. It felt so good and I was feeling very deprived, so getting that out of my system was exactly what I needed. Considering that I haven't really played since August, it was a little rough, but I'm getting the hang of it again, which is absolutely fabulous. Since I have a class in the music building almost every day, (and just my luck, it also happens to be my last class of the day as well) I think this will be my new routine. If nothing else, it'll help me wind down after hours of classes. I apologize for my rambling on that subject, but the piano is kind of a huge part of me and not being able to play on a regular basis has been killing me. I mean, I brought a keyboard with me, but it's really not the same. To sum it up, this has just been really good for me and I am incredibly happy.

There really isn't much else to say. I went and saw the Broadway rendition of "Anything Goes" a few weeks back, which was pretty fabulous. (and the fact that we had some of the same choreography for my senior year musical made me feel pretty dang cool.)

My English class right now is way too easy. I'm not even trying in that class and I am almost positive that I have an A. The fact that I'm an English major may have a little something to do with that. Thankfully, next semester I'll have the starting point english major class, so that will hopefully be a much better experience, because this English 101 class? Not a fan. Besides the fact we won't have class again until after Thankgiving: I'm very okay with that.

This post is so scattered. Just so many things have happened. And despite my previous expectations, I actually did celebrate Halloween and go trick or treating. I was pretty upset at first because I thought I wasn't going to go, and I didn't have a costume anyways, and this was a problem because I can't even remember a time that I didn't at least celebrate Halloween. The costume did end up being very impromptu since I didn't know I was even going trick or treating until five minutes before we left, but it works. I got to go trick or treating and that made me ridiculously happy. I got candy and everything, and then I stayed up until 1 am watching Halloweentown. It was a good holiday.

(See, I went with my floor. While yes, we came up with very very impromptu and lame nerd costumes, it was much better than nothing. It's not like I had a lot of choices within the contents of a closet much smaller than I'm used to.)

Have I covered these past few months well enough? Halloween, Anything Goes, being an English major, piano, and Taylor Swift? Yes, I think so.

And now onto one of my favorite parts of this blog. Sharing what I've been listening to. Don't mind the fact that it's pretty much the entire "RED" album (along with a very select few others). I'm not sure how I managed to limit this list to only a few of my favorites, considering the fact that I'm in love with the entire album.

The Ever-changing Playlist

All Too Well- Taylor Swift

I Almost Do- Taylor Swift

Girl At Home- Taylor Swift

Treacherous- Taylor Swift

The Moment I Knew- Taylor Swift

State of Grace (Acoustic Version)- Taylor Swift

Innocent- Taylor Swift. (yes, a song not from the RED album. Shocker.) 

I Fell In Love Once- Chase Coy (because he is precious. look him up.)

Little Lion Man- Mumford and Sons

My Own Little World- Matthew West

Sing It Out -Switchfoot (and pretty much the entire Hello Hurricane album. It's lovely.)

Okay. I'll stop now. I could go on forever, but I should probably save some for later.

And I will exit with a couple of quotes that I saw on my Pinterest board a while back. (I've finally joined the bandwagon and I am happily addicted.)

"Let your faith be bigger than your fear."

"Keep calm and shine on."

Have a marvelous day, and don't forget to be a shining light to whoever shall cross your path. Shine on.

~Sophie Leigh


College: The First Month

Considering that I didn't have any classes until 12:30 today, I had a little time, so I thought I should talk about school. More specifically, I thought I should talk about college.

I have been in school for nearly a month now. This is absolute craziness. It feels like I was just a terrified senior at my new school, and now I'm a freshman at my new school, but strangely not quite as terrified, considering the thought that this is college, and not just high school anymore. I find it odd that I'm not scared. Maybe the fact that my house is only 30 minutes away is some comfort. I'm not really sure where all that unexpected bravery came from, but I'm glad that I have it.

To put it briefly, or not so briefly, knowing me and my ability to write far more than necessary, I love college. Even though I'm barely a month in, I know I chose the right school, which is ridiculously calming. I love the fact that this is a christian school. It makes things a little less scary, and it makes me feel safer knowing that most of the people here share similar morals. I love the size of this school. Only 4000 students, and the campus is small enough that I won't get lost. Especially for me, someone known to be directionally challenged and someone who has the capability of getting lost very easily, this is important.

And now we approach a subject that is a little deeper. Friends. In my first three years of high school, I was pretty lacking in the friends department, which is pretty much the reason I transferred for senior year. Now in senior year, at my new school, I got pretty close to some people, and honestly, I got closer to them within a year than I had in numerous years at my other school. I think that says something about the quality of friends we are talking about here. So how does this relate to college? I think one of my fears about coming to college was not being able to make solid friends, along with not being able to keep the friendships I already have because of long-distance (even though it's really not that long. I live half an hour away from my school).  I already had to start over at my new school in making friends and starting fresh, so would I really be able to do that again, after only a year of knowing these people? While I do still keep in touch with one of my close friends; texting and keeping up to date via facebook, twitter, and instagram, college is a place for new relationships. I'm not anywhere near willing to let my current relationships die, but college is a place for new relationships, so it's important not to hold onto those current ones so tight that you don't open up space for new people.

Even though college is giving me amazing opportunities for new friendships, the high school ones are important as well. I apologize in advance for this photo bomb. I couldn't choose just one photo to showcase my spectacular senior year.

I think the thing that makes me happiest about college is that I do have friends here, which amazes me. Not even a month in, and I have friends that I feel comfortable with, which is pretty big for me since I'm pretty quiet and uncomfortable around people if I don't know them well.

This is us. Me, Abby, and Christine. These are the girls that I already have become friends with and have become close with, even with not even a month into college. I feel so blessed to have met them. I also had to include a photo of dorm retreat because it was super fun and I love the girls on my floor.

Another exciting thing about college? Activities. And namely, dance guild. I have always loved dancing, but I never really got the chance to participate in it because I am not particularly good since I haven't actually had a dance lesson since I was 5, so that really hasn't given me a chance to improve. I mean, I've done musical theatre, which does include dancing, and I love it. So the fact that I get to participate in dance without having to be fabulous at it makes me so happy. I am doing Lyrical Dance Guild, which is definitely my forte. It reminds me of musical theatre along with dancing, so that is just the icing on the cake to my college experience.

Wow, I'm sorry. I talk a lot. At least you got pictures this time. That's an improvement.

The Ever-changing Playlist

Give Me Love/Parting Glass- Ed Sheeran

Ronan- Taylor Swift

Begin Again- Taylor Swift

You'll Be in My Heart- Tarzan (I like Disney, okay?)

I See the Light- Tangled

A Beautiful Mess- Jason Mraz 

Ain't it Good- Children of Eden ( I did this musical in 2010. Not really sure how this popped into my head right now.)

The Chain- Ingrid Michaelson (Speaking of which, I am going to her concert on October 1st. I am muy excited. Muy means "very" in Spanish, in case you didn't know.)

All in all, college is going very well. :) It's a lot of work, but I love it.

~Sophie Leigh


The Fault in Our Stars

Usually I don't post more than once a month. But I just have something that I can't help but share.

I just read the book, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Now, I love books. They are one of my favorite things in the world. But it has been a long time since I have been so hooked on a book. For the longest time, the Harry Potter books were my favorite books ever. Nothing surpassed the love I had for them, but then I read this, and now The Fault in Our Stars is my new favorite book by far.

I smiled, I cried, and I wanted to scream. That's how much I love this book. And after getting it from the library and just finishing it two days ago, I already want to buy it and read it again. That' s how in love with this book and this author I am. It's such a tragic love story and everything about it is perfectly imperfect. Some of the quotes from the book are just flawless, and I can't even contain my emotion about them.

"That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt."
"I lit up like a Christmas tree, Hazel Grace."
"My thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations."
"What a slut time is. She screws everybody."
"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, then all at once. 
I have so much love for this book.

The Ever-changing playlist

 We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together- Taylor Swift

Fearless- Taylor Swift

This- Ed Sheeran

Confidence- Teddy Geiger

Jeanette- Chase Coy

It's a short list today. I've been writing a lot the past couple days, so I've been listening to the last three people a lot on Pandora. The acoustic music really helps me concentrate. 

I've been sick with a cold and cough for the past two weeks. Hopefully it goes away before school starts back up again.  This is definitely why I've been inside writing and reading instead of enjoying the end of summer. 

So I suppose I will leave you with a quote I found a few days ago:

"There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it is sent away."
I hope you get the chance to inspire someone today!

~Sophie Leigh