Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Favorites: DONE WITH GRAD SCHOOL FOREVER Edition!!!

As you can tell from today's title, I'm a little a million times excited about finishing grad school!!  Last night, I took my last final ever!  The term technically isn't over until May 5th, but I'm done with everything I have to do!  Oh yeah!  It feels so good!  

It's so crazy to think that I started graduate school for my master's in Library Media Specialist on March 17, 2015.  And now I'm finished on April 29, 2016.  Y'all, I finished a two year degree in THIRTEEN months!  That was no easy feat--lots of tears, major stress, and having to sacrifice exercise and spending time with friends in order to do homework or study.  I'm SO glad to have my life back!  Graduation is May 7th, and I'll receive my degree in the mail shortly after!!!

This is my #1 FAVORITE today!
This is right after I took my final last night!  We have to use a computer with a camera on it because they film us the whole time to make sure we aren't looking at notes or no one is helping us.  I took my final with zero make up and wet hair because...#dontcare    ;)



Tuesday, I shared a recipe for Birthday Cake Bars.  I'm making them again today to take to a Secret Church simulcast at my church tonight.  They are so good and a FAVORITE dessert right now that I can't allow myself to eat haha!  I had them at school Wednesday for the club I sponsor and then my friend, Hailey, texted me a picture that night after she had baked a batch.  They. Are. So. Good.




Since I have a life now and so much extra free time, I'm getting back into shape.  Before I started grad school, my usual workout after school would be an easy 3 mile run.  Notice I said easy because right now, 2 miles is all I can handle--especially since I'm not used to running in the heat.  I knew I needed to swap out a day of running with a day of cross-training.  This workout designed by Jenna Wolfe from The Today Show is one I used to do before grad school started (notice a pattern?).  It's a FAVORITE because it's tough and requires zero equipment.  And it doesn't feel like you're working out very long.  I had to modify two of the exercises on Wednesday night because I couldn't do that many reps of them.  But I know I'll build up to it in no time.




I am so in love with this chambray dress I picked up last week that it's my FAVORITE dress for school right now.  I wore it to school Monday and was so comfortable the whole day.  This is going to be such a great dress to slip on this summer when I'm running errands and it's too hot for anything else because the fabric on this is so thin!



My church is broadcasting a Secret Church simulcast tonight and I AM SO EXCITED!!  Why the name Secret Church?  Christians in other countries who are openly persecuted because of their faith are sometimes required to hold "secret" churches.  Since the government cannot know about this, sometimes their church "services" they last for hours at a time because meeting time is so irregular.  Tonight's broadcast is 6 hours and David Platt will be preaching on world religions and how we, as Christians, can know exactly how to share the Gospel with someone of a different religion because we will know exactly what they believe.  I know 6 hours seems like a long time, but last year it went by so fast that I couldn't believe it was over!  He's an amazing pastor who gives out so much information that there's barely any time to digest it before moving on to the next point.


Linking up with Andrea

20 comments:

  1. YOU are amazing 13 months..WOW, just wow!! Ho cute is that chambray dress, love it to pieces and your are just a doll!! Enjoy a fabulous weekend!!

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  2. CONGRATS on finishing school! That's so exciting. I didn't do grad school but I was over the moon when I finished my undergrad so I can't imagine how happy you're feeling!

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  3. YAYYYYYYY!!! A huge set of congratulations are in order. Now it's time to celebrate big time!!!

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  4. YAY YAY YAY! CONGRATS GIRLY, that is a huge accomplishment and the biggest weight off of your shoulders ever, am I right?! ;-) Hope you have plans to enjoy a delicious cocktail (or five) this weekend! I think I am going to try out making those birthday cake bars too, yum!

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  5. YAY! Congrats on grad school, lady! You totally deserve a birthday cake bar :) Also, I love that dress!! Where did you get it?? And my hubs and I love David Platt! Love what your church is doing tonight.

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  6. HUGE CONGRATS TO YOU!! I felt like that deserved all caps! I hope you have the best weekend celebrating! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  7. Congrats! Such a huge accomplishment. And holy moly..those bars look amazing. Have a super relaxing weekend.

    Shelly||http://www.thequeeninbetween.com/2016/04/friday-favorites_29.html

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  8. Congratulations on being done with your grad school! I know that you must be so excited to finally have that accomplishment completed. Enjoy your weekend!

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  9. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I remember how relieved I was when grad school was officially over, it's the best feeling!! Good for you getting back into your workouts. Maybe we can keep each other motivated!! I think your Secret Church service sounds really cool!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  10. Congratulations!!!!! That is amazing that you did all of that in 13 months! I hope you can take a nice, long break this summer to relax after all of your hard work!
    -Jessica, Sweet Little Ones
    P.S. Love the chambray dress!!!

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  11. So happy for you!! What a accomplishment! I am LOVING your chambray dress! Where did you find it?

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  12. Sarah, that's absolutely incredible!! Congratulations! You definitely need to treat yourself to something amazing this weekend!

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  13. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! I know you are so relieved and excited! Completing a 2 year degree in 13 months is just crazy awesome! I love that dress, too! So cute, where is it from?! Hope y'all have a great weekend! :)

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  14. Congratulations!!!! Is Jenna Wolfe still on the Today Show? I liked her and loved her workouts!! Also, my pastors mentor is David Platt - so we have lots of love for him and the Secret Church, I hope it is an amazing blessing to you!

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  15. Congratulations girl!! Now go have a margarita! Or 5 :)

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  16. YAY!!! great post friend! so glad i came across your blog! hope you'll stop by mine! happy friday!

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  17. PS I have my Masters in Library and Information Science too :) #twinning! it's the greatest feeling!

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  18. That dress is so cute and looks so comfy! I love that you paired it with OTBT's too! I have two pairs and wear them all the time-they're so comfy!

    xoox, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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  19. Ahhhh congratulations Sarah! That is SUCH a huge accomplishment. I can't believe how quickly you finished the three year program! I hope you celebrated big time!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

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