sistah sistah 

I know things have been a little quiet around here as of late. The first two weeks of summer have been crazy busy with moving, switching jobs, and so on. But in the midst of all the chaos, I’m thankful for my sister who’s down for silly photo shoots and marathoning New Girl.
It’s going to be a good summer. 



taking time to breathe

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Things have been a little quiet around here as of late. This semester, while perhaps less academically challenging, has brought with it MCAT studying, internship searching, and, to top it all off, a new relationship. Life is currently very full, beautiful, and busy.


Shaaaaaamless snapchat.

Last week was spring break for our university, and I spent it with some truly wonderful people. It was likely my last spring break, and the trip emphasized just how rapidly graduation is approaching. Although I’m  only a junior, spring’s arrival is bringing with it the weddings and graduations of several of my close friends. Though I really am looking forward to the future (work, medical school, whatever that may be) the weight of adulthood is drawing ominously near.

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It’s still so weird to me that we’re all in our twenties. It’s disgustingly cliche, but I could have sworn that I finished high school just yesterday. I’m so guilty of rushing breathlessly through the weeks, focusing solely on the next assignment, job, or opportunity. Sometimes I lose sight of the precious now, and instead become wrapped up in the ever approaching tomorrow.

I want to become more intentional. I want to savor the stage I’m at, in all of its messy, sleepless, glory. I want to spend less time worrying about physics and more time laughing until I cry with friends who are more like family.

I’m such a work in progress.

– Tress


a semester in review

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Feelin’ hashtag blessed by a supportive fam.

i. Our fall concert was pretty bittersweet, because I’m taking next semester off from dancing in order to prepare for the MCAT. Choreographing at a collegiate level one last time was wonderful. Getting to share something you’ve created with an audience is completely breathtaking, and it’s an experience that I’ll never forget.


ii. I moved into an apartment this summer, along with three incredible friends. Not to brag or anything, but we successfully kept (almost) all of our houseplants alive, and only set off the complex’s fire alarm once. All four of us will be parting ways after senior year, in pursuit of either grad school or marriage– it’s made this year an incredibly precious. They each enrich my life, and are such a source of joy and encouragement.


iii. This semester I FINALLY got to see The 1975 live. I am not ashamed to say that it was one of the highlights of my semester… I plan on seeing them every chance that I get.
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iv. Finally, BOUND raised over $1,000 for human trafficking survivors through our Dressember fundraiser. I never would have imagined that it would have been so successful– it was a total Jesus thing. (Also, you can still donate! Check us out here: )

What were some of your highlights?


thankful thursday


I know that we’re still a week out from Thanksgiving, but I am feeling overwhelmingly content. This period of life moves so quickly, and things change rapidly, but it’s pretty rad. (Side note: I signed my first lease this week, and my brother got engaged. c.r.a.z.y.) I’m trying to savor every moment of it– after all, there comes a point where being broke and not having your life figured out is no longer charming (terrifying)!


I am so thankful that I get to attend a university where students are not only encouraged to create, but are provided opportunities to showcase their work.


I’m thankful to be living in a country where I’m free to pursue an education. Right now in history we’re reading books about women right’s in parts of Asia and the Middle East. The oppression they deal with is incredible, and I take my own freedom for granted way too often. In fact, there are actually more girls than boys in my physics and genetics classes right now– how cool is that?! #WomenInScience #Wow

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I am so, so, SO thankful for the people that I get to do life with. My family, friends, and my hamster make my life so bright. The world is filled with beautiful people, but I’m pretty sure that I get to be around the best of the best.

Snapchat from The 1975 concert we attended– it was honestly the highlight of my semester.

I’m thankful for music. For good books. For color and sunshine and fresh flowers.

I’m thankful for my job. For the crazy, completely overwhelmingly full days. For lazy, Saturday mornings. For sturdy mugs and stronger coffee.

I’m thankful for my wonderful church family. For my dog. For roommates that are down for baking and Netflix sessions after rough days.

I am thankful.


ohh we’re halfway there

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First official pleasure read of the summer! 10/10 would highly recommend, especially to those planning on entering medicine/law with the intent to serve. 

Well, sophomore year is officially over. Praise the Lord, forever and ever amen.

In all honesty, it was a great year. I was blessed to have incredible roommates, friends, and mentors– it was a year of building relationships, and deepening roots. I feel like I’m walking away with a greater sense of purpose, and a more holistic understanding of the world.

That being said, it was far more academically challenging than freshman year. (*cough* organic chemistry *cough*.) While entering summer was bittersweet last year, I feel drained this time around. The next couple of months will be a much needed respite.

That being said, I’ll be keeping busy.  I recently received a job in a nearby bakery, and I’m hoping to line up some shadowing opportunities. I’m also enrolled in an EMT program (SO PUMPED) and I’m taking a couple of summer classes.

That being said, I’m going to spend this upcoming week resting. And I refuse to feel guilty about it.

It’s going to be a great summer.



of break

One of the major perks of attending a private Christian college is that you get an Easter break, in addition to a regular spring break.  It’s pretty fab.

A sculpture near the ATL beltway… It’s entirely made of trash!

Over spring break, I had the opportunity to stay with Church on the Street, a ministry down in Georgia.  They serve mainly homeless and trafficked folk down in inner city Atlanta, and it was an eye opening experience.  The head pastor emphasized the underlying causes of poverty, and how the decisions we make (like where we choose to live, work, send our kids to school) will either contribute to or alleviate the problem.  (Google gentrification… It’s a major thing!)

A bike shop in South Atlanta that serves as a major youth outreach. 

But I digress.  That’s an entirely different post altogether.

When one of CotS leaders found out that we were in ATL with B.O.U.N.D., our campus’ anti trafficking group, she made us ‘freedom bracelets’. (They’re inscribed with Isaiah 61 and Micah 6:8). 

It was a good trip.  Getting off campus– and outside of yourself– definitely puts life into perspective.

Capture the flag with some neighborhood kids in South ATL.

I loved it there.  B.O.U.N.D is already planning on returning to Atlanta next February for the Passion Conference, and spending time with the community again next spring break.

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One of our last days in ATL. 

 Who knows? Maybe I’ll live there one day. (Emory Medical School IS right downtown…)

Game night! So photogenic, so wow.

Easter break has been far less exciting, although much more restful.  It does a soul good to spend some downtime with the fam jam.

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Easter Sunday… We’re only smiling because He is Risen. Also, a guy behind the photographer fell over. (True story!)

Working hard and investing in others is time well spent. But sometimes you just need to nap, read a book, and head bang to Taylor Swift with your sisters.




thursday thankfulness

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Standard breakfast.

This week, I stumbled upon a hidden campus dining service gem: the peanut butter protein shake.  I am pretty gosh-darn thankful for those beauties– mornings are 75% less stressful when you can eat your breakfast while walking to class.

I am thankful for great roommates.  One of them started doing morning pre-sunrise devotionals, which has forced me (in a good way) to become more accountable with my quiet time.  The other one stays up late talking about science with me, and both are always down for spontaneous taco runs.  It’s a pretty great setup.

I am thankful for wonderful professors, who give extra credit lectures on the scientific accuracy of the Jurassic Park movies.  Biology is literally the best major.

DNA extraction in cell biology lab.

I’m thankful for cool labs.  I really do enjoy them, even though they can seem unending at times.

I am so thankful that I dropped my dance major.  I actually have time to sleep and eat now.  Plus, it made it possible to add a Women’s Studies minor, which is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now.  (I’m still taking dance classes on the side for fun though. 😉 )

I am so thankful that tomorrow is Friday.  (It’s little sibs week too!)

I am also thankful for those peanut butter protein shakes.

They are straight up magic.