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Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park

Estes Park

Estes Park

Estes Park

Estes Park

Estes Park

Estes Park

Estes Park

Estes Park

Estes Park

Estes Park

Estes Park

Estes Park

Estes Park

I got back from Estes Park, Colorado today! It was an amazing, amazing trip with some of my closest and coolest friends. I met some new people, got to hear from some of the people I most admire, and even lost my glasses. Being the third trip of its kind that I’ve taken (where I get to meet new CollegePlus students and staff), I’m already feeling my excitement for life increase. It’s amazing what just hanging and being weird with people who make you laugh can do, you know?

To keep up on my life, make sure you follow me on Instagram!

LOVE;

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Lately, According to Instagram

 

 

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1. It’s shorts weather, right when it’s supposed to be.

2. Had a little fun with the camera at the pool!

3. She’s a country girl.

4. Fresh California #oranges in March definitely make me happy.

5. Cropped my useless senior sweatshirt because I’m cool like that. #caligirlforever

6. My mom’s flowers are blooming!

7. Nothing like bonding over Starbucks with sisters.

8. #UrbaneCafe with my friend, Brittany!

9. Jr. High youth group with some of the funnest people ever.

10. Did some laundry, had honest devotions, and helped my body with Pilates. Then I finished my juice. Pretty good morning, I’m so thankful for everything in my life!

11. So I’ve been taking pictures of food lately, but this chicken pot pie was very good. Oh and my two and a half hour nap was amazing too.

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Usually, when people do these “Lately, On Instagram” posts, it’s all their stuff, right? Well this was so good I just had to share. I’m pretty picky about who I follow in Instagram, I like to get inspired when I scroll down my feed, not ashamed for humanity by all of my sisters’ “friends”. I’ve been following Paul Octavious for a while now, and I really like his stuff! I saw this the other day and I was agape with amazement. What an amazing idea! I’m still working on making my instagram feed good enough for this, but if you’re proud of your instagram, or even your photography in general, this is an amazing idea!

 

@pauloctavius on Instagram

 

 

@pauloctavious on Instagram

 

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Have an awesome Saturday!!! I’m hitting the beach today (woohoo!).

LOVE;

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Weekly Wishes, #1

The Nectar Collective

Ready to be amazed? TWO POSTS IN ONE FREAKING DAY! Yep, this is happening.

One of the blogs I follow on Bloglovin (follow me here) called The Nectar Collective has a weekly link up that I just found out about (I’ve been late on checking my blogs, okay?). It is called Weekly Wishes. Basically you just list your big (or small) goals for the week. The best part, I think, is that you MUST visit the person who linked up directly before you and leave them an encouraging comment. I think it’s great, because I’m all about building online relationships, especially with people who are doing something similar to you. And duh, I’m pretty much the biggest goal setter I know. Every single day I have to write down my 35 goals for the day. And I find motivation and direction by listing out my big life goals (I’m actually going to write a blog post about this to come out on Thursday). Anyways, I hope you enjoy these, AND please leave me a comment with at least one of your goals for the week.

(I may not do this weekly link up every week, but I will do this fairly regularly, so stay tuned for that!)

 

GOALS FOR THIS WEEK:

one. Pack for Colorado early. I always feel like when I go on trips, I am packing right up until the moment I leave. That has to happen to an extent because I usually bring stuff I use on a daily basis. But sometimes it gets to the last hour before I have to leave and I’m frantically cleaning up and stuffing things into my suitcase. My goal is to be packed and ready to go on Monday, late-morning. I leave early Tuesday morning (!!!).

two. Get blog posts ready to post for two weeks. I have everything planned out until like the middle of May (yeah, that happened last night), and now I know exactly what to write and plan for. I’ll need to have most of my crap ready for next week since I’ll be gone for most of it, and I’d like to be ahead even after I get back!

three. Live in the moment. I have so much going on that it’s easy to think about everything but what I’m doing at the moment. My goal is to focus hard on what every moment holds and worry about other things later. Can you relate?

four. Start rolling on my new blog design. I mentioned yesterday that I am going to be moving my blog to a domain and getting it all pretty and stuff. Ugh, I hate this blog design. I really do. I’ve begun the process of experimenting and building the new one, and I can’t wait for you all to see it! I haven’t actually bought the domain yet, so I’m open to ideas for what my blog should be called! Right now I’m kind of thinking “Curly Aubry” since that kind of explains me and my life in two words. God knew what He was doing when He gave me curly hair. I have a messy, curly life too! Anyways, I flipping can’t wait to get things moved over there, but if you have any ideas, please please please let me know!!! (I’m planning on continuing with daily posts, it just will be called something different.)

five. I read on someone’s blog yesterday (sorry, I can’t remember who) that they often do fasts from certain things in their life. For instance, Facebook, or something along those lines. When I read that, I suddenly felt liberated. Seriously, how nice would it be to spend a month away from Facebook (since I really don’t think it adds anything to the marketing game today anyways) and just focus on everything important. (If my parents are reading this, they are probably chuckling right now.) It felt so good to think that way that I didn’t check Facebook this morning. Then I realized, however, that I use Facebook to communicate with the people I’m working with right now via a Facebook group. It makes sense for all of us, really, to communicate that way. So fasting from Facebook for a month is out for me. However, here’s my goal that comes out of all of this. I want to demonstrate discipline when it comes to Facebook. My notification count shouldn’t ever matter, and all I really have to look at is the sidebar where my groups are to see if there is anything new that I should know about. I could probably stand for just checking Facebook once a day (whoa.) and going on at other times only to post a question or a comment to my group. What has overtaken your life that you both should cut back on and would free your spirit a little more if you did? We’ve all got one!

 

Alright, so there you go! I’ll post an update hopefully sometime next week to let you know how this has gone. I always have goals, but there is something about writing them down and telling people about them that makes me that much more likely to follow through, you know?

Thanks for reading!

LOVE;

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Pool Day

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Today I went to the pool. However, I did not get in the pool because the rest of California is smart (not smart?) and has decided that March is still too cold to swim (even this close to the equator). The pool was ice freezing. But my siblings are crazy and I took pictures of them. I had a whole bunch of fun doing this impromptu photoshoot, and so did they! Hope you enjoy!

What is something you do for fun in March? How do you get creative?

LOVE;

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Huckleberry Chai Tea, Girl Talk, and Mentoring

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If you don’t know who Dr. Jeff Myers is, you’re really missing out on some of the most valuable material available to the human race. I have been familiar with him for about 3 or 4 years now and am taking the last class in a three-class series on leadership created with CollegePlus students in mind (although it is open to anyone). As part of my homework, I am required to find a mentor and a “mentee” (or someone to mentor) and I just had my mentee meeting this morning. I am extremely excited to see what happens with that. This girl that I’m mentoring has a bright spirit and is extremely creative. I’m super duper excited to just have girl talk with her and invest in her life!

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I introduced her to my favorite coffee and tea place ever called Pleasant Blends. If you live in Spokane and haven’t been to Pleasant Blends, do yourself a favor and go there! Best drinks, best atmosphere, best family-run business, I just love it. I ended up buying a little tea infuser and some spring-ey tea that Lindsey and I both agreed smells “Fresh.” I’m super excited to take it back to L.A. with me and enjoy the fresh tea. Literally there is a wall packed with different kinds of coffee and tea.

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I was pretty nervous about this whole idea of mentoring at first. I’m eighteen. I’m afraid that somehow it’s not right for me to be acting like I know stuff. At first, I just decided I would find a friend to practice on and never move past the required meetings. But then I had another spontaneous decision to ask Lindsey’s mom if I could formally mentor her. I’ve been teaching her and her sister piano for the past couple of months and Lindsey and I connected. Plus, I see so much potential in Lindsey. And, on top of that, I see a lot of similarities between the two of us. All that to say, the first official meeting went so well! No, it wasn’t structured. We just talked about life and both of us shared stories spanning from serious conversations with friends to hilarious disciplinary tactics our parents use.

I’m reading a book called Cultivate by Dr. Jeff Myers and a few other people. If you are interested in learning more about mentoring, I would highly recommend reading this book. It takes the scary out of mentoring by giving you specific types of questions to ask and ways to approach potential issues, how to direct conversations, and even how to choose someone to mentor based on your gifts and calling.

I hope your Saturday is going fantastically and if you have any questions or stories having to do with mentoring, please comment below!

LOVE;

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My Amazing Trip to Texas

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Here we are. The CollegePlus National Student Cabinet (or the CPNSC for short), complete with our goldfish crackers in the background that I’m too lazy to crop out. Left to right that’s Jordan, me, Bridget, Rusty, Megan, Richie, Kasey, and Enoch. And we all agree that we make an amazing team.

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As I was flying into San Antonio, I was starting to get a little intimidated. Not only am I from California, I’m also from the entire West Coast, which is like it’s own little world. Don’t get me wrong, the West Coast is home to the coolest things about this country, but the rest of the country doesn’t seem to get that all the time.

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But, really, I had nothing to fear. Yes, everyone I talked to there (expect for the ones from Michigan) said “y’all” and I stifled my laughter, realizing, “Oh yeah, the rest of the country doesn’t laugh when people say ‘y’all’ because it’s actually a legit thing.” And now I’ve caught myself saying it a couple of times, and guys, it might just stick.

Just kidding, I’d die. But I definitely hold a new-found respect for all those southern people who say it. Y’all are awesome. (Yes, that was me. Saying ‘y’all’.)

Moving on. That guy above is James, one of the most solid people I’ve ever met. Anyone who is lucky enough to meet this guy would 100% agree.

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This is Jordan. This is James’ daughter. This is my long lost soul mate. She just messaged me a Lady Gaga song. This is why we’re friends.

On a more serious note, Jordan and I are working on Marketing together. There are a couple of projects that we’re extremely excited about and I’ll probably be sharing most of them on the blog, so stay tuned!

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It looks like we’re working, but we’re probably just looking at Pinterest or Youtube.

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Direct quote from Jonathan (who’s sitting at the end of the table with his hand on his head): “I wasn’t sure if the drunk guys or Aubry was louder.” All of these pictures really don’t begin to communicate the amazingness that happened that night. We came up with the name of our event that we are planning. It is CPE3. The E’s stand for Engage, Empower, and Equip. And that’s just the bare bones of it all. If you’re a CP student, you will NOT want to miss this event!!!

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This is better, much more craziness in this picture.

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Also, most of these photo creds go to Rusty. Rusty Martin. You might know him from like Courageous or something (which I have yet to see, sorry Rusty, I’ll get on that). This guy:

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Let’s just end with his face because (well actually because I ran out of good pictures).

This trip was an absolute BLESSING and I can’t wait to continue working with all of these people. Hope all of your guys’ weekends are going well so far!

LOVE;

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