Thursday, February 28

Speeches and Script

I'm a writer. Give me a pen and I will write until the cows come home. I loved my speech writing class, I could do research and write all sorts of speeches; ask me to actually give a speech and I think my eyes become as large as saucers. So when I was asked, by my internship director, to give a speech in front of a couple hundred scholarship recipients and donors, my mouth went immediately dry and all I could choke out was 'sure'. 

Oh boy, what did I just agree to?

I kept putting off actually writing the speech, not because I didn't want to write it, but because as soon as I wrote it, I'd have to memorize and actually give it. Yikes! She wanted the speech to explain about my experience with scholarships during college, how scholarships changed my education experience, thank donors for their support and encourage students to make the most of their financial support and give back in the future. I finally crafted the speech...two days before I was actually supposed to give it, and then stressed for two days about memorizing it. 

What was supposed to be 300+ people ended up being nearly 500 people tonight at the Scholarship Dinner, a small fact I am very thankful wasn't divulged until after I gave my speech. It's done. Fini. Thank goodness! It went well and although my legs were shaking walking up the stairs to the stage, the warm hugs I got afterwards made the whole thing worth it. That being said, do I want to give another huge speech anytime soon- No. I think I'll stay behind the pen in the future! ha. 

"Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face continually" 1 Chronicles 16:11


Thursday, February 14

Valentines Day Cupcake Style

Happy Valentines Day from the Traveling Cupcake!
Don't forget that this day is not just about showing your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife how much they mean to you- there are other people that deserve to know they're loved as well. Remember the friends who have been by your side through all the "broken hearts" and tears over dating issues. Remember the friends that sat on the couch with you on Friday night watching "Bridesday Friday" on TLC while eating Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Most importantly, remember your family who has helped raised you, listened to you for years, and always loved you through it all.

Not only have my parents always been supportive of any choice I've made, and I truly couldn't show them how much I appreciate them, but they've always shown love, kindness, support and given advice throughout 20+ years of life.

However, there is one special woman who I called today and it reminds me of God's love for us- and that is my grandmother. Grandma is a teeny-tiny 4'9 Scandinavian blonde haired woman who has spent almost her entire life in the kitchen. My grandfather and the love of her life sadly passed away going on five years ago, and its on Sundays and days like this that I feel she misses him most. I spent a lovely hour and a half catching up with Grandma and I love hearing about all the "new recipes" she is trying and her weekly outings with her friend Judith. Ever since my grandfather passed away I have made it a point to call her every Sunday afternoon after Church and I love our little time of fellowship. 

Don't forget about the special people in your lives today; besides your significant others there are friends and family members right around you that deserve to know how much they're loved. The past generation is sadly a dying breed, and there is so much we can learn from them: such a more simple, quiet, and natural lifestyle. So tonight as I curl up with a glass of wine and a book with a stereotypical Nicholas Sparks movie in the background, I am thankful for the people who show me love in my life.