I am not sure if I have mentioned it before, but I lead a bible study down at my school's Catholic Newman Center.  Last year as a freshman I started going to our bible studies, or what we call WORD groups, that get together weekly to discuss the upcoming week's gospel. I was completely taken aback and honored when my WORD leader, and friend Stacey, asked me to co-lead the Spring semesters WORD group with her and the next year take it over.  Stacey is so insightful and knowledgeable of our faith it amazes me, so you can see why I was so flattered that she had chosen me

One of the take home points she would always throw in at WORD is "you can't do faith alone".  Ever since she had said this at one of our WORD groups I was instantly intrigued by it. it really got me thinking. As children our faith foundation is built in the home.  Our parents help to build us up in our faith and our faith practices, by taking us to church, CCD and youth group, teaching us how to act like Christians, do the right things and teach us about our faith.  It is our duty in our faith journey to find friends and eventually partners that share the same beliefs and faith as we do.  As I am Catholic, it is important to me to have Christian friends and friends that are Catholic.

Why is it so important to have friends and partners of the same faith and religion you may ask? It just makes sense! Think about it.  If you want to stay away from drugs and alcohol, you will stay away from the people that do those things.  And if you are a big music person you want to be friends with people that share that passion with you.  Having friends in faith is the same idea! You can not grow in your faith without the help of others.  My best friend Ellen is one of the most faithful people I know.  She, along with Stacey, are the people I want to learn from and have with me on my journey towards an eternal life. 

Let's be honest, college sets us up for failure. College is just one huge test! This is the time where your relationship with the big man can be broken or strengthened.  I don't know about you, but when I got to school last year it occurred to me that I was now in control of my religious life.  I did not have my parents there waking me up every Sunday morning for church.  I took this realization and turned it into one of the most positive experiences of my lifetime so far.  It all started by going to the Newman Center my first weekend at school and later in the semester joining Koinonia, a women's group we have at the Newman Center.  At the Newman Center it is so refreshing to be surrounded by all these college students that have a strong connection because we all share this common belief. 

Koinonia is a group of about 20 or so women, and growing, that meets at least 5 times a month for a daily mass, adoration, rosary, hour of service and a monthly meeting.  It is awesome to know that I have a true relationship with every woman in this group just based off our one common belief, that truly makes up our whole being.  From this group I have met some of my best friends at school and I know I could go to not only my close girlfriends, but any girl in this group with any problem.  Koinonia has really brought home to me the idea that faith cannot be done alone. I know that there is so much we have to do on our own to get closer to Jesus, but why not have others there with you on your journey?  Not only are these girls helping me on my journey, but I know and I hope, that I am helping them in their journey as well.

Lastly, I would like to mention your future husband or wife.  A couple of weeks ago we actually talked about this in my WORD group.  We talked about how important it is to many of us, that our spouse shares the same religion as us.  First off, it would complicate things a lot less, I can only image.  Second, you need someone by your side that betters you as a person in your religious life and challenges your when you aren't fulfilling your Christian duties.  If anything you need to share the same beliefs, because we all want to spend forever and eternity with our future spouse.  I am no expert on relationships, seeing as I can't keep one for more than six months, but I pray for my future husband.  I encourage you to do just that.  Pray that your future husband or wife is safe at this time, growing in their faith and readying themselves for your lives together in the future.  It is kind of a strange concept, but at the same time it is a cool one.  I know I sometimes forget to put him in my prayers because it is still a new concept to me, but when I do remember I get kind of excited praying for the man who will one day be my husband!

To sum this all up...YOU CAN'T DO IT ALONE! That's all I am trying to say.  You need to have those friends and family members in your life to hold you accountable for keeping the communication lines open with God and continue to grow in your faith and knowledge. 

Please share below your thoughts and feelings about this subject and stay tuned for my next blog on how you can't do fitness alone!!

God Bless!

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

She is alive!!! I know I haven't been able to blog for a while! It has been upsetting that I haven't had time to sit down and blog but I finally have time today and I might even write two posts! But first I will give you the highlights of my food in basically the last three to four weeks...we've got a lot of catching up to do!

A couple weekends ago I was able to go home for fall break and I was excited to get my hands dirty in the kitchen!

I finally made a dinner that got a two thumbs up from the WHOLE family! What was it you ask? A tomato tortellini soup, with a side of garlic bread. 
Sunday's my family is always known for having a family dinner and a dessert usually accompanies it.  The soup was for dinner and a pumpkin spice cake was on the docket for dessert!
The middle had a walnut glaze and I ended up just using regular icing and topped it with the recipe's icing it called for! It was yummy!

I made cookie dough for cookie dough cupcakes! I took these frozen cookie dough balls and baked them into the cupcakes. These were for Emma, one of my roommate's birthday! She loved them, the suite loved them and my brothers loved them! I am so mad I forgot to snap a picture of the end result!

The last day of fall break I was home all by myself baking and cooking up a storm.  I made some yummy, healthy, pumpkin muffins to bring back to school to have for breakfast! I can't wait to be able to actually do this at school!
And of course I had to make my famous granola bars! My roomie loves them! I also made dinner for the family.  I made a white cheddar mac and cheese that was baked in the oven and topped with bread crumbs. It was a big hit! The only thing was it called for a 1/4 cup of white whine...I think it was probably too much.
For lunch that day I made myself a burrito with brown rice, tomatoes, lettuce, black beans and guacamole, and put it in the panini maker.
I forgot to mention the weekend before I came home I went to visit my bestfriend Ellen. I had a great time seeing her school and her of course, and we finished off the night at her local diner.  I was pleasantly surprised to have one of the best vegetable quesedillas I ever had!
Also, my mom and grandma came up to visit me! I love getting visitors especially when its my mom and grandma! We had a a nice visit, and we went to Nonna's an Italian Restaurant in town West Chester. I had never been there before and I had never been to a restaurant that had a specific lunch menu and dinner menu.  The pickings were a little slim for a vegetarian, but I got a very delicious vegetable wrap.  My Grandma got some beautifully looking and tasting bruschetta as an appetizer.
Did I mention I found a whole clove of garlic in my wrap!! Good thing I noticed before I bit into it.  I would've been tasting garlic for days!
The weekend after fall break was Christine's birthday, another one of my sweet mates! Three of us went and made her the cutest cupcakes I've ever made! She loved them!
On her birthday we all got dressed up and went out to Iron Hill Brewery! It was such a fun night to have the whole suite together and just go out together. I would love to do it more often to try all the different restaurants here in West Chester. I enjoyed a decadent crab sandwich, with massive sweet potato fries and coleslaw.  I am not a huge fan of coleslaw, but I always try it when I go to a restaurant.  I actually really liked it, same thing with tartar sauce, there's was different and I am a fan!

The last one I will share...Panera! I went out with a couple of my friends the other night to Panera and I got a bread bowl! Oh my I know how bad it is for you, but I hadn't had one in years. I got French Onion soup in it and it was deeeelish! I could just sit and each their bread by the baguette. Nothing better!

Thanks for stinking with me through this post if you made it to the end! I will hopefully be posting again soon about workouts and other awesome things!

God Bless <3