Things I Would Like to Do in 2014

live-laugh-loveInspired my friend, Elyse, I have made a list of things I would like to go in 2014. (You can see her list here).

Mainly, I want to live in 2014. I want to do things I have never done and I want to enjoy my life. This is a long list and many of these things won’t get done, but hopefully most of them will. :)

(My goals are on this list.)

  1. Update my passport
  2. Get a library card
  3. Have a picnic in a park with friends or family
  4. Unplug for 48 hours
  5. Make body butter
  6. Write a compliment to a friend and put it somewhere for them to find later
  7. Ride a mattress down a staircase
  8. Make a Low Calorie Italian Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry
  9. Make a public speech
  10. Read a book a monthbooks-584
  11. Pray for pilgrams on a Walk
  12. Complete the book “52 Stories of the Bible”
  13. Get a Texas map and highlight all of the highways you have traveled
  14. Buy a homeless person a full meal
  15. Read every novel by Nicolas Sparks
  16. Visit a walk-through aquarium
  17. Lay in the road in the middle of the night and watch the stars
  18. Visit a vineyard
  19. Visit the OKC Memorial
  20. Go on a road trip with a friend or friends to somewhere we have never been
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  21. Bake a pineapple upside down cake
  22. Go Ziplining
  23. Paint a painting each month
  24. Run a 5K
  25. Stay in a haunted hotel
  26. Fly in a Hot Air Balloon
  27. Ride the train in Trinity Park
  28. Go Ice-Skating
  29. Attend a service at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth
  30. Make Breakfast for my mother
  31. Visit Baylor Street Art Wall in Austin, Texas
  32. Finish a Crossword Puzzle
  33. Get Dad tickets to a game at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas
  34. Go Paddleboarding
  35. Go to a Music Festival
  36. Have a classic movie marathon
  37. Spend a weekend in Dallas, doing Dallas things
  38. Go to a Farmer’s Market
  39. Fly a Kite
  40. Go bowling
  41. Make Lemon Herb Chicken
  42. Go to the Zoo
  43. Sponsor a Pilgram
  44. Go to a Pumpkin Patch
  45. Visit a Flea Market
  46. Take someone who has never been to a Drive-In Movie
  47. Watch the sunrise
  48. Play with Sidewalk Chalk
  49. Get my CHL
  50. Visit Capernaum First Century Village
  51. Do something special to celebrate love on Valentine’s Day
  52. Eat at Mary’s in Strawn
  53. See the view from the Tower of Americas in San Antonio
  54. Go to the State Fair
  55. Visit Little Bohemia
  56. Re-do Senior pictures on UT campus
  57. Visit Pioneer’s Rest in Fort Worth
  58. Solve a Rubik’s Cube
  59. Make an Orange-Banana Smoothie
  60. Travel to Buffalo Gap, Texas
  61. Have pictures done with me in a my law school graduation attire
  62. Nap beneath an ancient oak in Austin
  63. Two-Step with my Daddy
  64. Go on a hay-ride
  65. Journal a list of all time favorite quotes
  66. Watch the Swiftettes in Nazareth
  67. Visit Lady Bird Johnson’s Wildflower Center
  68. Finish a jigsaw puzzle
  69. Get a deep tissue massage
  70. Visit Texas State Cemetary
  71. Make Agape
  72. Write a Credo for my life
  73. Meet up with the girls in San Antonio for a reunion
  74. See the Diamond Loch Christmas lights
  75. Attend a service at the First Congregationalist Church in Fort Worth
  76. Visit Stonehenge II in Hunt
  77. Bell Ring for the Salvation Army
  78. Visit Munster Mansion in Waxahachiemunsterhouse05
  79. Attend a Candelight service
  80. Do something special for St. Patrick’s Day
  81. Attend a Pat Green concert
  82. Get a map of the United States – highlight the States you have visited
  83. Serve on a Walk
  84. Become CPR certified
  85. Buy and wear a size 6 suit
  86. Reach my ideal weight
  87. Visit Clark Gardens in Weatherford
  88. Make an apple pie
  89. Get admitted to another federal court
  90. Obtain a Good Credit Score
  91. Attend a service at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport
  92. Eat at Chef PointChef Point
  93. See the Dinosaur Tracks in Glen Rose
  94. Visit St. Patrick’s Catherdral
  95. Shop at the Dallas Galleria
  96. Eat at the Green Frog
  97. Ride Grapevine Vintage Railroad
  98. Make a Spinach Cheese Pie
  99. Surprise a friend with flowers at work for no reason
  100. See the cattle drive in the Stockyards
  101. Go to the Fort Worth Nature Center
  102. Visit Ball-Eddleman-McFarland house and Thistle Hill
  103. Visit a Coach outlet store
  104. Try Bailey’s BBQ
  105. Go to an Antique Mall
  106. See a movie at the Last Drive-In Picture Show in Gatesville
  107. Host a dinner party
  108. Visit the Tyler Rose Garden
  109. Donate blood
  110. See “The Promise” in Glen Rose
  111. Purchase a subscription box
  112. Watch every Matthew McConaughey movie that you have not seenmatthew-mcconaughey-smile-cute-shirt-1288896635
  113. Purchase a Coach purse
  114. Give a Starbucks card to a friend, for no reason
  115. Visit Justin Boot Outlet
  116. Eat at Downtown Cafe in Weatherford
  117. Go to Scat Jazz Lounge
  118. Make a red, white and blue dish for 4th of July
  119. Make a happy birthday wreath for a friend and surprise them by putting it on their door on their birthday
  120. Do a one-month Instagram challenge
  121. Carve a pumpkin
  122. Make a pizza from scratch
  123. Redo a bulletin board
  124. Get my hair done at Neimans with my mom
  125. Go to Shakespeare in the Parktumblr_llcqinZZMy1qgiaino1_1280
  126. Dress Fancy and go out to dinner
  127. Take a cooking class
  128. Host a scavenger hunt
  129. Get a pedicure
  130. Make a vision board
  131. Eat at Gogo Gumbo in Boyd
  132. Take a photography class
  133. Make a T-shirt
  134. See a Ranger’s game
  135. Make Leaf Art
  136. Get a canvas. Blindfold yourself and splash different colors of paint on it. Open your eyes and see the masterpiece.
  137. Get a camcorder and record everything you do the entire day.
  138. Color an entire coloring book
  139. Feed the ducks at the duck pond
  140. Go Camping
  141. Visit the Mint in Fort Worth
  142. Go to Eskimo Joe’s in Stillwater
  143. Buy a T-shirt from each state I have been to and make a quilt
  144. Take dinner to someone who is having a hard time
  145. Visit someone I haven’t seen in a few years
  146. Buy coffee for the person behind me (Will do again)
  147. Make a list of goals and accomplishments. Put it in a journal to review when you feel low
  148. Try Essential Oils
  149. Spend the night in a town I have never been to.
  150. Do something that scares me

Mack Brown, my hero…

Mack Brown came into my life in 1998. I was a student at the University of Texas in Austin. My dad talked about football quite a bit, but I just politely nodded. I had some understanding of the game, but not enough to have a coherent conversation. Mack changed that.

There was something different about Mack. He was excited for the football program at Texas and he spread his enthusiasm. He and his wife bought pizzas for the students standing in line for tickets. He asked the fans to come early, stay late, be loud and wear orange. It didn’t take long for the stadium to fill with a sea of orange.

From day one, it was clear that he loved these players like his own children and that he wanted the best for them. Mack coaches from the heart. He reported to the media with grace, never placing the blame on just one player. He recognized that his players were still just kids and needed guidance. Every Spring, he and his wife hosted a formal dinner to teach the players proper etiquette.

With a man like this in charge, who wouldn’t be intrigued? I began watching the games and following the program. At first it wasn’t because I loved football. It was because I liked Mack. However as the team succeeded, my love for football developed. In a few short seasons, I could even speak football.

Now that the language barrier was gone, my dad and I had something else in common. Our conversations were no longer so much about the weather or me nodding politely as he spoke football. We were bonding over Longhorn football.

A lot of people have Mack to thank for good times at the University of Texas… about 100,000 people per week for about 12 weeks each fall … However there are few who have Mack to thank for a rejuvenated relationship with their dad.

Thank you Mack Brown. You are a legend at the University of Texas at Austin and a hero in my heart.

Hook’em Horns!


Why Aren’t You Married?

I get this question all the time, from a range of people, in a variety of forms. I would like to eventually be married, if its in the cards. I would just rather things happen naturally with someone than try to force it, just to meet someone else’s expectation.

Being single at 35 does not mean that I am less of a person or that something is wrong with me. It simply means that I have not married someone. Yep, it’s that simple — no further analysis needed.

However, people love lists … and I feel like blogging, so here are 10 possible reasons:

1) No one has ever asked and meant it. It’s true. I’ve been in relationships where marriage was talked about, but never very seriously.

2) I put my education and career before finding love. I decided early on that I wanted to be financially settled before I married. For that, I needed a solid education and a stable career. I have those now, but I am not completely financially settled. I am close to that goal, but not there yet.

3) When I have looked, I didn’t find what I was looking for. I used to want Prince Charming who would spoil me rotten. He doesn’t exist.

4) Most of the time, its easier to not be married. I am used to not sharing my daily life with someone. A change in that status would be very unsettling. I don’t like change.

5) I needed to (and still need to) grow up. I don’t always make the best choices when it comes to interpersonal relationships. I have grown leaps and bounds in the last few years, but am not where I think I need to be.

6) I don’t beat the same drum as everyone else. It will be challenging to find my match because I am so unique in my way of thinking. I was blessed with an amazing family and incredible friends, but what I have picked up from them doesn’t jive with the rest of society. My match will need to jive with me…or at least tolerate it.

7) I have an old soul. I have strange and old fashioned expectations. I want to be picked up and taken out on a date — not meet there. I want him to pay — not go Dutch. I want an element of mystery, flirting and fun in the dating phase. See, I’m weird.

8) I’m not Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Anniston. I am not physically fit, I have body/self esteem issues (they may as well…), I’m not wealthy and I’m not famous. I don’t act as if I own a room. I’m just me…I can’t compete with the likes of them and the image of the perfect woman portrayed in the media.

9) I’m hidden and I’m comfortable that way. I don’t go out all that much. I socialize, but generally with girls. I am usually talking to and casually hanging out with a guy or two, but its entertainment more than anything. I am happy with that most of the time. It’s what is known. It’s what is comfortable.

10) It hasn’t been part of God’s plan yet. If its meant to be, it will be and there is nothing I can do about it. This is God’s life. I am just lucky to be chosen as the person who gets to watch it all play out, first-hand. Thank you God for casting me in this role, so far, it’s been a blast.

Yes, I would like to be married someday. Yes, I want children. More than I care to express this publicly, but I won’t force something that isn’t right.

I hope you understand.

What is a Magnolia Moment?


Back in the Spring of 1998, I was driving through East Texas for a wedding.  On the way, I went through a small Texas town named Magnolia.  As I was driving through the town, I noticed how gloriously beautiful the town was, which led me to thinking about my young life (I was all of 19 years old) and I realized just how gloriously beautiful life was…I call that a Magnolia Moment.

I hope to share more of those moments in this blog.