My Weekend In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hi, y’all!

This week’s travel adventures sent me to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a short little visit.

The main reason why I came this weekend, was to celebrate my cousin Peyton. She graduated from high school on Friday night! Peyton and I have been inseparable from the moment she was born because we basically grew up together. She ended up moving to Pennsylvania her freshman year of high school, but we are still close and we still love (and fight) like sisters. Peyton graduated from Canon-McMillan High School with honors. Her graduation was on her high school football field, and I felt nothing but pure pride as I watched her receive her diploma. I am one proud cousin!

On Saturday, my nana, cousin, aunt and I spent the day seeing the beautiful city of Pittsburgh and shopping of course (hello to tax-free shopping!).

We went to South Side to do a little bit of shopping and sightseeing. It was such a fun little area that kind of reminded me of a less raunchy version of a street in New Orleans. I loved seeing all of the graffiti art done by a local artist. There we lots of cute little boutiques and restaurants. We went to the cutest little place, Milkshake Factory, where we got yummy classic chocolate milkshakes. I am thinking that we need one of these in Oklahoma (please). Plus, we could not leave without a mini photoshoot to document our fun little trip. My poor cousin Peyton is used to me forcing her to take a million pictures with me wherever we go…oops. A mini photo shoot is something all of my family and friends have come to expect with me wherever we go now. They will thank me later (I hope).

Then my aunt drove us to Station Square, which is a cute little area. It is a great place for tourists, like myself, to get a great view of the city of Pittsburgh. I love that you can basically see everything from this one area! The tall buildings, the water, the famous yellow bridge, Heinz Stadium and more. What made this even better, was that is was an absolutely beautiful day. The sun was shining and it was the perfect temperature (unlike the beauty of dealing with the unpredictable weather of good ole Oklahoma).

I had such a great time spending time with my family, shopping and seeing the beautiful sights of Pittsburgh. Now it is time to fly back home to Oklahoma and go back to sleeping in my own bed (thank goodness).

XOXO, Sierra

 

Farewell To Sophomore Year

I am not really sure how this happened so quickly, but I am officially finished with my sophomore year of college. I swear that I blinked in August and now it is already May. Like seriously how did that happen? This year has been filled with new memories and growth. I thought that it would only be fitting to highlight some of the best (there is a lot, so I for sure cannot fit them all) moments of my sophomore year of college.

In August, I got to move into the barbie dream house, aka Alpha Phi. I was a little nervous to live in a house with over eighty girls, but it has been one of my favorite parts of college. I cannot thank my roomie, Jesse, enough for all of the Netflix binge watches, late night food runs, cries, laughs, rant sessions, fashion shows and more. Room 233 became a home, and I am so thankful I get to live with my bestie in the dream house this year. It will be missed!

 

What is the absolute best season of the year? Football season of course! Collge would not be college without looking forward to every single Saturday game day in good ole Norman, Oklahoma. From dressing up in crimson and creme, spending the day tailgating with my sisters, and cheering on my favorite boys, game days are for sure the best days. I mean seriously…it is September yet? Boomer Sooner!

One of my favorite parts of freshman year was getting blessed with the best big out there. This year, my family grew a little bigger because I got two of the best littles out there! Hannah and Taryn are two perfect additions to our fam. They might drive me a little crazy at times, but I absolute love being their “mom” while they are at college. I cannot name two people that make me laugh more than my two littles. They keep me young and I am seriously so blessed that God put them in my life. I am not sure how I got lucky enough to have the best family out there!

If you know me, you know how seriously obsessed I am with my cousin Jessica’s two kids, Kaden and Blakelee. I honestly had no clue it was possible to love someone so much until these two kiddos were born. People usually think that Blakelee is my kid since I post so many pictures of her on social media, but do not worry guys I am totally content with playing with my B and Kaden for a long long long (long) time before I even think about having kids. I am beyond blessed to be “RaRa” to my two favorite babies on the planet. I thank God every single day that I get to play such a big part in their lives. They definitely have my wrapped around their fingers. I loved getting to watch them grow this year. From my little Kaden turning four and my Princess B who is about to turn one (ugh how?).

This year, my family decided to celebrate Christmas a little differently this year. Instead of spending Christmas at home, we loaded up and spent a week in a cute little house in beautiful Destin, Florida. I am not one for change, but it was such a nice little getaway with my sweet family. Plus, the good thing is that we can celebrate the birth of Jesus no matter where we are at. I am so lucky to have such a perfect Savior and such a perfectly dysfunctional family! You cannot choose your family, but I would not trade them for the world (most of the time at least).

 

Sophomore year also brought a (somewhat) big milestone with it, I have somehow made it to twenty years of life! Birthdays in college are a little hard without having your family, but luckily I have the best family out there. My mom, dad, and little sister drove up to Norman to spend the weekend with me. Also, my very best friend surprised me and joined us! The perfect day for me is being surrounded by the people I love, so I must say it was such a perfect day. They for sure know how to make a girl feel loved. I cannot wait to see what the rest of my twentieth year has in store for me.

 

March 4, 2017, was the No. 1 highlight of my sophomore year of college. What is so important about that day? One word: Soonerthon. In the fall of my sophomore year, I took a risk and decided to apply for Soonerthon Exec. I was lucky enough to be selected to serve as an Ambassador. As an Ambassador for Soonerthon, I basically was tasked with raising as much money as possible for the Children’s Miracle Network Foundation. I fell hard and fast for Soonerthon. There is nothing more rewarding than getting the chance to spend the day with some of the best kiddos on the planet and get to watch them enjoy being a kid for the day. The number of money we raise is important, but it is so much more than a number. That number is lives changed. That number is families getting to stay in Oklahoma to get the care their child needs. That number is so much more than a dollar amount, and I am so beyond blessed that I got to play a part in it. This year, I also learned that I get to serve on Soonerthon for the second year in a row as a team captain on Ambassadors, so I absolutely cannot wait!

One thing that I strive for every single year, is to grow in my faith. There is not a single “perfect” Christian out there because there is always room for growth. I actually love that concept. I will never be done learning and growing closer to God. God continues to amaze me year after year. In the moment I might not understand what he is doing or what he is trying to teach me, but a little farther down the road, I realize that everything happens for a reason. God never fails to reveal his glory to me and I am so thankful for that. This year God had me step out of my comfort zone, but it was so worth it in the end.

In January, I had the honor of being named the new Editor-in-Chief for the University of Oklahoma’s Odyssey community. I had big shoes to fill because of my EIC, Julia Bauer, was seriously such an incredible leader and mentor to me. I love being the EIC to my team. I get to edit articles and write articles, but most importantly I get to create relationships with my fellow colleagues on my team. I have grown so much as a leader this semester, and Odyssey is part of the reason to thank for that. I love my team so much, and I am so blessed to be their EIC!

 

 

My major is public relations, and I have seriously grown so much as a public relations professional this year. M first semester of sophomore year, I took intro to public relations and from there I fell in love. This semester I took public relations writing, public relations publishing, and global public relations. I seriously learned so much from those three classes. I also had the opportunity to be a part of OU’s student-run advertising and public relations agency, Lindsey + Asp, which also gave me great insight on the agency side of public relations. In April, I got to start my time as the public relations intern for Oklahoma Watch. I get to help set up for their monthly forums and it seriously so much fun! I love having so many opportunities to grow as a professional, and I cannot wait to learn more before I go out into the real world.

There are not many people I would go back to my high school for, but my best friend is one of them. My senior year of high school I took my best friend Ally to prom, and this year, I had the honor of being her date to her senior prom. It was so much fun getting to spend the day getting all dolled up with her and then spending the night dancing away. I mean let’s be honest, who needs a guy when you have the most perfect best friend on the planet? I am seriously so blessed that I get to call this girl my best friend. God knew that I needed her in my life. I cannot wait until she is at OU with me in the fall!

Well, there you go a highlight of some of the best moments of my sophomore year of college. I made so many incredible memories, but it might have taken you a couple days to read this blog post if I had included all of them. I am seriously so blessed to have one mighty God, an incredible family, perfect sisters, the best best friend, and the chance to attend the best university on the planet.

 

Even On The Darkest Days, God Is Still Awesome

It is 12 a.m. on this lovely night of spring break, which means as I lay down my head clouds with thoughts. I should probably be sleeping, but it is the perfect time to reflect on life, what do y’all think? This might go on a little tangent, so bear with me here.

I was just thinking about God and how awesome He is. Yes, I know I probably say that quite often, but I am serious. Our God is one awesome God. I cannot even stress enough how incredibly awesome He is.

“For the Lord Most High is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth.” Psalm 47:2

It is incredibly easy to get caught up on the things that go wrong in our lives. We might be going through a storm in our life whether that be something as “big” as the death of a loved one to something as “small” (relatively speaking, I think everything is equally challenging) as struggling with school. Sometimes we are so wrapped up in the bad, that we forget to remember how great our God really is. We did nothing, absolutely nothing, to deserve God’s blessings, yet He loves us so much that He blesses our lives in great and unexpected ways.

We tend to forget about how awesome God is during those hard times. Through my twenty years of life on this earth, I have realized that there is always something to be thankful for, even on the darkest of days. You just have to be willing to look for that goodness.

“The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.” Psalm 145:9

Here is a little glimpse at some of the little things and moments that reminded me of how awesome God is tonight (just tonight, there are new things I think of every day because He is that awesome).

Tonight I got to spend some quality time with my two precious cousins and their sweet momma. I had to just sit there for a moment and thank God for giving me them. I do not thank God enough for putting them in my life. They have given me the purest love and joy I can experience on this Earth. I seriously did not know it was possible to love so much. Like the fact that I got chosen to be their RaRa, their sweet name for me,  amazes me. I am blessed beyond words. God is so awesome for blessing me with them.

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Lately, I have been feeling like I am not being the light that God wants me to be. I have been struggling with that. I want to glorify Him in everything I do, but sometimes it feels impossible, especially going to school at the University of Oklahoma away from my family and my childhood friends. I do not always understand where he places me, but I finally got some confirmation that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. That was a great reminder for me to constantly be showing God’s love wherever I am at because I never know how He is going to use me. It is usually when I least expect it.

“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transfered us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of  sins.” Colossians 1:9-14

Finally, in a couple of days my sweet friend in heaven will turn twenty. This day hits me pretty hard. It is hard for me to comprehend how I got to turn twenty a couple weeks ago, but Unique is not here to turn twenty. I honestly just do not get it, but you know what? That is okay. We do not always have to understand what is going on. What I do know for sure is that Unique will be in heaven celebrating her special day with God. I am sure it will be a huge party filled with singing, purple decorations and lots of “Cheetah Girls” songs. I cannot wait for the day I get to see her radiant smile and give her a big hug again. That is why God is so awesome. He sent His son to the Earth to die on the cross for our sins, so we could have the chance to spend an eternity in heaven with Him. I get to see Unique again because of that. How awesome is God for loving us that much?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Take some time today to remind yourself how awesome God is. I promise you that you can find something to thank God for.