Wednesday, July 27, 2011

'All Ideas Have Consequences...'

Hey!! I'm back! I survived!
And more than that, I had an amazing time!!
(How predictable was that?!)
I don't even know where to begin when I try to describe those two weeks at Summit. It was SO many experiences wrapped into one. It was the slightly terrifying experience of a homeschooler being thrown into a group of 300 strangers. It was 75 hours of amazing sessions that challenged my very core and changed the way I saw almost everything in life. It was the heartbreaking experience of seeing the pictures of aborted babies and hearing the story of a former homosexual who was abused as a child. It was my shallow view of reality being challenged.
It was heat, humidity and sweat.
It was uncontrollable laughter as my friend Aaron practically had me in stitches.
It was the exhileration of white water rafting on the gorgeous Okoee River.
It was the feeling of communion as my small group prayed over each other.
It was overwhelming gratitude as my small group leader imitated Jesus in washing all of our feet.
It was the giggles of two girls rooming together late at night, talking about boys and every part of our lives.
It was joining in the mutual light hearted complaining about the less than stallar cafeteria food.
It was the daytrips down into tiny Dayton, Tennessee with boys and girls, where the boys would be daring in crossing the street, and the girls would be conscientious and wait for the light to turn green.
It was a whole two weeks without internet or music.
It was a time where my whole self value and the idea that I had of feminity and what it meant for me to be a woman and valuable was shattered, then rebuilt.
It was hot, hard, and heart breaking,
but it was undoubtedly,
the most amazing two weeks of my whole summer.
I sincerely hope I will never be the same.

The plane ride over...

I so was not used to the mountains...the first I hike I went on in them nearly killed me. Who knew it was even possible to walk up ground that steep and rocky?
It was totally worth it to have to wake up at 6:00am if I got to see sunrises like this :)

And don't let anyone tell you Tennessee isn't, maybe, but certainly not ugly.

Me, my roomate, Ragan, and our friend Nalani :)

The famous and ever hilarious Aaron, my seat buddy and new big brother figure :)
And a cute one of least of me. He looks like he's high :P Oh Aaron...
I love Maggie <3
This was graduation night so everyone was all dolled up, and I had so much fun doing Maggie's make up! She's so cute :)
But we weren't always cute...or serious!
And we definitely weren't the quiet ones on bus rides...
But we sure as heck loved each other.
(Don't you love how she has a bryan college sweatshirt, adn I have my summit tshirt on? REPRESENT!!!)

So in the end I don't really know how to completely describe summit.
All I can say is next summer--TRY IT. It will rock your world, change your views, break your heart, and make you laugh for ours. All the blog posts in the world couldn't fully describe it.
Just try it.

Ariana <3

Saturday, July 9, 2011

I promise I'm not goin AWOL....

See that there logo?? That's where I'm headed for the next few weeks, the Summit Ministries Worldview Academy, hosted at Bryan College in Dayton Tennessee :) I'm flying up to Tennessee tomorrow morning, and I can't say I'm not at least a bit nervous...because I totally am. 0__o
But...I wanted to let you guys know, because one of the rules of the conference is NO internet access throughout the week so we can totally focus on the classes and such, so I won't be able to blog :(
But I promise I'll take tons of pictures and have an amazing post ready for you guys when I come back in two weeks! I just didn't want you guys to think I had dropped off the face of the earth!

I promise I'll be back in two weeks, full of new ideas and raring to start the school year :) So have an amazing two weeks my wonderful readers--I appreciate each and every one of you SO much :)
Annnddd...because I just couldn't resist, here are some pictures of my new haircut..I quite like it.

Hahaa..don't miss me too much!! Love you all!!
--Ari <3

Sunday, July 3, 2011

We So Fly We In Outer Space

Hey girlies! Okay, today is actually NOT going to be an outfit post...wanted to shake things up a bit, in case y'all were getting bored of just seeing me in clothes. But there will be some coming up, because I just got some fabulous clothes and Forever 21 that I am SO stoked about!
Here are some photos that I edited of me and my friend Elise when we were having a photo shoot at her house the other day :)
I must say, I ADORE the new space layering effect on COOL!

Like this photo for instance. How cool is that???
Usually, I resent the drama queen lable...but sometimes its okay to let loose, and be diva :P
Usually I hate my smile..but for some reason I really like it in this picture. It looks the way I feel inside when I smile. Joyful and carefree.
PSH and you know it!! i'm done with the wildly edited photos :) But I also realized that I haven't posted a chapter of my story in FOREVER so I need to keep you guys posted!
Here's the fourth chapter of my story: Secret read the rest of the story, click the button at the bottom of the page, my wattpad button-READ, COMMENT, VOTE! :P

Chapter Four: Eyes That See

Her fingernails dug into the bark of the trees she had darted behind, her breath coming in short gasps. She was sure he had caught a glimpse of her, she didn't know why she was so afraid, he was just a boy going on a walk with his sister. When his blue eyes had raked over her, instinct took over, and she'd hidden herself from those eyes.

It wasn't that he looked threatening, he really didn't. He wasn't especially big and his blond hair stuck out at odd angles, as if he'd sneaked out of the house before his mother could apply a comb to it. She'd seen him laughing with his sister. Why was she so afraid?

She peeked out from behind the tree, the rough bark scratching her cheek. He walking toward the meadow, his athletic frame striding into the sunlight. She stepped out into the open, pulling her hair away from her face. She wondered how much he'd seen.

Though she'd been terrified, the instant his blue eyes connected with hers, she'd felt a peculiar feeling, one that had never touched her heart before. Sort of like a burning and a freezing all at once, and she knew that if she hadn't whipped her hair in front of her face and hidden, she wouldn't have been able to break the eye contact. Her hand involuntarily moved towards her heart.

Why had she acted that way? She saw boys every day, many had told secrets to her, and she watched them as they walked the streets with their friends, laughing and joking, heads high and voices boisterous. She'd watched them, but they'd never seen her. Boys never did.

Though she was in plain sight every day, she might as well have been invisible for all the notice they took of her. But perhaps it was better that way. The girls were worse. They noticed her alright, they would stare, whisper, and sometimes point. There's the girl, the strange one that never speaks. The secret keeper. Don't bother going over, she's like a frightened mouse. They say she's cursed. Stay away from that one.

Tears stung her eyelids. They saw, but the didn't see. How could they see? Had they ever been anything but normal? Had they ever had a life beyond ease, friendship, and laughter? How could they possibly understand what was held inside her? She didn't even want to understand. Every day she stared into that faded mirror and she really knew nothing about the girl that stared back. All she knew was what she had inside, how others reacted when they saw her. Fear. Distrust. Revulsion. Pity.

No one had ever reacted any other way. So why was he different? What was his name? Hadn't his sister called him Trystan? Her lips formed the name. He'd never come to her as she sat every day on the old wicker chair, the mouth of the cash box gaping beside her. She stared down at the forest floor, then closed her eyes, and saw the image of his eyes reflected in her mind.
She wished he would.


That's it!! I hope you guys aren't too mad at me for not updating sooner!
Have an amazing week!