Thursday, May 9, 2013


"What would you do if you weren't afraid?"

I absolutely love this quote.  It can be looked at from so many different view points.  My life is a constant question of what would I do if I could and what SHOULD I do.  Always follow your heart.

Some final inspiration:

"Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude." - Dale Carnegie

"Happiness depends on ourselves" - Aristotle

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know" - Ernest Hemingway

"The purpose of our lives is to be happy" - Dalai Lama

Love this:

"You didn't have to run... I knew it was love from a mile away."

Friday, March 15, 2013


Oh hey there!  Its been awhile.  But I think I'm back for a bit.

There is something about watching a really good father with his kids that gives me a little more faith in humanity.

Every once in awhile I'm lucky enough to get to spectate one of my favorite relationships, when it's done right, the bond between small kids and their dad.  Dad is the hero, he has no flaws, he's the epitome of awesome. He's also the enforcer, but you would never want to do anything to disappoint him because he's the one person you never want to let down.  My Dad was my hero when I was little, and he still is today.  He was my protection, my inspiration, and showed me how a man should respect and treat women he loves.  He set the bar high for every other boy who would ever walk into my life, and he taught me never to settle.  The bond between a father and a daughter is a special one, especially when it's done right.

Today I walked into Panera to grab some lunch and do a little last minute cramming for my afternoon exam.   There was a father with his two daughters in front of me in line, one looked to be around 2 and the other a little over 3.  Absolutely beautiful and very well behaved little girls.  I loved watching them interact.  He adored them, and it was evident in their every interaction, and they worshiped him, he was Dad after all.  Gentle, supporting, and loving.

Little reminders like these just go to show me there are good guys still out there.  Men who will make great fathers, amazing role models, and supportive loving husbands.

Being in your early twenties is a funny age.  We're all over the place.  Some friends are getting married, some already are, some are starting to plan families, some already have two kids, or... some of us, are happily single, pursing our own personal dreams.  It seems thought no matter what path your on, you always stare wistfully at where someone else's life and "wonder what it would be like" to be there.  I personally can't imagine being married or having kids right now, but I have friends who can't imagine their lives any other way.

At this point, I'm just trying to look for the good in everyday, count my blessings twice and never take anything for granted.

Continue to look for the little joys in life that bring a smile to your face :)

Have a beautiful day! Paz y Bien.

- Kari

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Good Lord I love summertime.

"It's a smile, it's a kiss, it's a sip of wine it's the summertime" <3

Friends, food, and fun.  Can't beat it.

Monday, May 14, 2012


"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Be smart, study, make dumb mistakes, move on, have fun, make lasting friendships, but most of all, love. Love life, love your mistakes for what they teach you, love others, and just... love you."

Officially a college gradutate!  How crazy.  3 years and now on to the next phase.  But, I'm blessed and get 4 more years in Blacksburg.  I'm more than a little excited to move on to vet school and see all the opportunities this new adventures life has for me.   And I can't wait to meet new people!  Gotta love new friends, always exciting.

Paz y bien.

Love life, it's too short not to.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Final push! Well shove really

Almost done!  2 more finals and I'm finished my undergraduate career at Virginia Tech.  Kinda crazy to think about.  It had truly been an incredible 3 years.  It's amazing to think how much I have learned and grown in such a short amount of time.  I am a completely different person today than I was when I stepped on campus August 19th, 2009.  And I honestly feel like most of my growth has been for good.  I know myself so much better than I did back then.  I have convictions, depth and inspiration.  My passions have only grown stronger and I am so excited for my future.

Vet school here I come.

Friday, May 4, 2012

old quote favorites

My SERVE and LDRS Blog:

"Behind every woman's scorn, is a man, who made her that way" - baggage claim

"Can you get to your future if your past is present?" - Carrie, Sex and the City <3

"keep calm and study on"

Too often we don't realize what we have until it's gone. Too often we're too stubborn to say, 'Sorry, I was wrong.' Too often it seems we hurt the ones closest to our hearts, and we let the most foolish things tear us apart.

"Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them. But, to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require "- St. Francis of Assisi -

"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together." - Marilyn Monroe

"We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets."
— Marilyn Monroe

"The opposite of faith isn't doubt, it's fear"

"nothing worth having ever comes easily."

“Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you're pretty sexy and you're taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.” - Carrie Bradshaw

"Corona and crabs, life is good, dude that brand should totally pick that quote up and put it on a shirt with a Maryland flag pictured in the middle, it'd be beautiful"

"I'm a ninja!  Get on my level"

"If you're not heading in any direction, go in every direction; it gets you places. So get random, make chaos your b****." - from Christopher Mehfoud's list of epic quotes

"Brothers and sister this is our faith, it is real, and it is wonderful!" -Father John (aka FJ)

"Living Well is the Best Revenge"

"I just took my anger out on that cracker and cheese..."

"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love" - Albert Einstein

"The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die." -Prefontaine

"A woman's heart should be so lost in God that a man needs to seek Him in order to find Her"

"Hearing nuns' confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn." Fulton J. Sheen

"guys, treat your girls like they're a gift from God, and girls, don't settle for anything less." ~ Todd Lemeiux

"the best things happen at the least expected moments"

"Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create" - Pope John Paul II

"Sleep with the Angels, dream with the Saints" ~  Chels

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." - Mother Teresa

Monday, April 30, 2012

Next step...

Theodore Roosevelt—soldier, explorer, president—once remarked, "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed."

So good:

When you choose to be great you think less about the reasons why not and you think more about the plan for how.
When you truly believe you will be great you think less about what you don’t have and you think more about what you must create.
When you truly believe that that you shall not fail you think less about your weaknesses and you think more about what skills you need to learn and develop.
When you choose to be great you concern yourself less with your successes and you think more about what you can do to help others succeed.