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I started listening to podcasts not too long ago, so I was behind on episodes from some. One podcast I subscribe to is Annie Downs – a speaker and author I have come to love. I just listened to one of her episodes from the beginning of the year when she talks about choosing a word for the year. This is something I had never heard of before but found very intriguing.

I realize we’re 3.5 months into 2015 already, but that leave 8.5 to go! So I’m going to do it. This word could be anything. Something that will help you change an attitude or outlook, something to remind yourself when you get in certain situations, something to just focus on for the rest of the year.

After thinking about it for a few days, I have decided that my word for the rest of the year will be JOY. I don’t think I am an overly negative person, but I am known to get overwhelmed and anxious sometimes about things. I think JOY can apply to so many things in life – something didn’t go your way. someone is mean to you. you feel lonely. The outcome of any situation is in how you react to that situation. Many situations and the feelings they produce can be overcome by JOY. Sure it sounds easy, and maybe for some people it is. I’m envious of you. But for the rest of the year, when I am sad, disappointed, lonely, mad, anxious, upset – I am going to do my darndest to choose JOY instead of feeding into those feelings.

Check out Annie’s podcast and challenge yourself to choose a word!




Addition to last night’s post

Thanks to friend, C, we remembered another regional (or maybe just difference) in wording. Both C and I are from the south and apparently have different words.


What do you call it when you intentionlly pull someone’s pants down?? We always called it “pantsing.”  However, this caused a great debate on our freshman hallway, as the girl who called it “shanking” was determined that she was right (as was her mindset for everything). Anyway, “shanking” is what happens when you completely hit/kick a ball (soccer, golf, tennis, etc.) is the wrong direction. And I am fully convinved that I am right in this for two reasons:

1. Look up “shanking” on and there is nothing about pulling down pants. There is, however, the verb usage of hitting a ball in the wrong direction.

2. Look up “shanking” on google images: get maybe one jpeg of someone who had their pants pulled down. Look up “pantsing” on goggle images: get nothing but pictures of people having their pants pulled down.

I rest my case.


I wonder if there’s a bubbler?

KHP Day 1

One of my favorite things about going to Vanderbilt is the immersion of various regions.  My freshman year were randomly loaded onto a dorm hallway, and our group became Atlanta, Milwaukee, Ohio, Miami, Connecticut, Chicago, and North Carolina.  At first glance, this would not seem like such a diverse group, after all, they are all from the eastern half of the United States.  You would be baffled, though, as we were in many of our conversations, the different words different regions use. One of my favorites that made my day today was roommate’s M Wisconsin reference to the water fountain: aka a Bubbler. Here are a list of some differences:

drinking fountain

To most this is a water fountain. To my roommate (who I love, but the periodic accent and words are just too easy), it’s a bubbler.
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