May 27, 2011

Destination Revalation

And where will this BIG JET PLANE be taking me in t-minus 24 hours....

Drumrollllllllll please.... 

Ladies and gents! Tomorrow I will be on a plane to
New York City!!!
Shall I repeat it?
I, Lindsay Botwinick, will be fulfilling my lifelong dream and going to NEW YORK CITY

Words can not contain my excitement, but pictures sure CAN!
Enjoy the montage loveys :)

Au Revoir, Memphis...HELLO NEW YORK! 

May 26, 2011

Free at last...or almost :)

Well, it is the last OFFICIAL day of Maymester.  The last day of 3 hour classes.  The last day of world record note-taking (seriously, I think my right arm muscles have gotten slightly bigger than my left).

NOTE to SELF: If I must take another Maymester class in the future, 
I will need to learn the art of ambidexterity, 
just to even things out :)  

And last but not least, today is the last day that STUDYING is in control of my social life for the summer!  Yes, after today ( or more like 10 a.m. tomorrow)
I will be a free woman...

And where do all of the free women go, you may ask?  Well my actual destination will be revealed to you tomorrow, but today I will leave you with a video that gives a hint as to what my transportation will be :)

Listen and Enjoy

May 23, 2011

Today is the day that the Lord has made


Once again, I have been amazed by God's ability to read my confused mind and ease my worried heart.  Why this surprises me?  I have no idea, but this morning He presented me with a message that my ears and my heart desperately needed to hear.  The first line from my favorite devotional book (Jesus Calling by Sarah Young), said this....

"APPROACH EACH NEW DAY with desire to find Me."

As soon as I read this, God had my full and undivided attention.  

It went on to talk about how before I had even gotten out of bed, God had already shaped the path that would get me through this day.  So, as I hit the snooze button 10 times to delay the inevitable reality of  getting up and being bombarded by a busy day, the Lord waits with excitement for me to roll out of bed and see all that HE has been planning!

Well, if that didn't make me feel bad for still laying drowsily in my bed, it sure did wake me up! Ok, now I am eager to see what God has been planning, because I am struggling to just find a place to breath on my to-do list for today.  

I continue on with my reading, and it is not but two seconds later that my question is answered...
It reads:

"There are hidden treasures strategically placed along the way.  Some of the treasures are trials, designed to shake you free from earth-shackles.  Others are blessings that reveal My Presence: sunshine, flowers, birds, friendships, answered prayers."

While I was worrying about how I was going to fit GOD into my to-do list, He brings me back and reminds me that He is always present in our lives no matter how busy our schedule is.  We shouldn't even have to wait for His trials or blessings to remind us that He is there.  We should constantly be aware of His presence, and seeking glimpses of His Holiness daily. 

The message of this devotional was tied perfectly together in this last line...

"Search for deep treasure as you go through the day.  You will find Me all along the way."

This is my prayer for TODAY.   

May 18, 2011


3 hour classes
10 quizzes
4 tests
  15 days  

It has me wishing for ONE thing...

7 more days.... I think I can I think I can.

May 10, 2011

Remember when...

What in the WORLD did we do before cell phones?  I guess this unimaginable thought probably only resinates in my generation, but I honestly don't know how I made it through each day without my trusty little blackberry.  And then I remembered... we communicated through THESE:

NOTES!  Folded with love in a perfect envelope shape.  Pictures drawn on the outside displaying what "kind" of message was hidden inside.  And of course, sayings like "Private!" and "For your eyes only" made a girls heart skip a beat at the thought of a possible profession of love from a shy boy who was too afraid to say his true feelings to her face!  Haha, I guess this means of communication wasn't so bad... Dare I say that I might part from my precious blackberry to have a week of fun-filled notes??  Who knows what exciting things might happen ;)

have a Blessed day 

May 8, 2011

I love you, Mom

There is a lady who is everything I aspire to be...
                                   she is...
a hug
a teacher
a cheerleader
an encouraging word
a peace-maker
a master chef
a role model
a daughter of the Lord
a hero
a friend
But, what I admire most about her is that...
she is my MOM.

I love you, Mom.
Happy Mother's Day!

May 5, 2011

Confessions (from) a shopaholic

Lets get real for a minute...
from one fashionable girl to another, can you keep a secret...
You must know that I have not told this to ANYONE...
A secret SO huge, I could only choose to share it with my most dedicated readers...
Here it goes...

Lindsay Botwinick
may be,
sort of,


Ok, ok so its not the biggest secret in the world, I admit!
But with this bold proclamation, it sure does sound like I am making
a step in the right direction on the road to recovery from

Unfortunately, it is still something that I battle with each and every shopping trip.  But, for the sake of my (I mean, my parent's) wallet I promise it is something I am really working on!

There is only ONE person, I believe, who can truly understand this addiction that I struggle with... her name is Rebecca Bloomwood (Complusive-shopper extraordinaire).  She is the main character of the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic.  Throughout the entirety of the film, I was amazed to see bits of myself coming out scene after scene.  In one quote, she epitomizes my shopping experience!

"When I shop, the world gets better, and the world is better, but then it's not, and I need to do it again"
Rebecca Bloomwood

Ms. Bloomwood, I could not have said it better myself. 

Let's take a look at an ordinary day in the life of a shopaholic...

 It is the face of determination... chin up and head held high, 
the girl is on a mission to find that perfect piece that will try (but of course fail)
 to complete the never ceasing wardrobe.

Sticker shock as some would say... a deal has been found that
is too good to be true.  There is no backing out now...

ELATION at a new purchase! Who knew the gratification
of one item could feel so good!  Surely this happiness
will never go away...

Oh how far the mighty have fallen!  Elation no more...
all that is left is an empty wallet, too many clothes, too little space,
and REGRET as your only friend.

If this shopping experience describes you...Well, you just might be a shopaholic too!

(Side effects may vary!) 

Au Revoir, my fellow Shopaholics!  May you all have a very Happy Thursday :)

May 4, 2011

5 things

This week's obsessions...

1. Cloth Covered Classics

I want to put ALL of these beauties on my bookshelf :)

2. Olivia Palmero's Wardrobe (in its entirety)


Can I be her, please?? 

3. This very Royal (and may I add adorable) Image

So stinkin' cute!

4. Open Back Dresses

These will be perfect for the
127434202418 weddings that I will
be attending this summer!

5. America

Amidst the Royal clamor brought about by the Wedding of the Century, America is no sooner to forget the recent, pivotal events that took place in our dear country.  Our hearts go out and extend to all who were affected by the tornadoes and the storms.  We ask God to place His hand over the South as the restoration of a defeated community begins.  But, with a nation uniting together to help this affected area, I have never been more proud to be an American.

Our nation was also united this week under a much different circumstance.  A decade after the tragedy of September 11th, Justice has finally been served...with the death of Osama Bin Laden.  Need I say it again... I am so proud to be an AMERICAN.