Wednesday, December 17, 2014

People Always Leave

I have been thinking a lot lately about friends. I love my friends to death, but I always seem to make friends with those that are older than me!

This causes some problems while still in school. This happened to me in high school and its happening again. I become very close with a bunch of people from the class ahead of me, and then they graduate and I am left still in school to hang out alone or find new friends my senior year. 

I always question why I do this to myself, but I don't have an answer. 

I have this saying that "people always leave"... It's always proven itself to be true for me, but I know that my friends aren't choosing to leave ME, they're just leaving and moving on with their bright futures!

SO, as this first semester of my junior year has drawn to a close and as I have gotten closer to my senior friends, I  am preparing myself for goodbyes, but also, a LOT of good times before that goodbye! 

Saint Mary's hasn't exactly been the best four years of my life, but it has brought me the best opportunities and the best people in the world and I am grateful for that!

If Life's Worth Living, then it's Worth Recording

This post is going to be a little different than usual.

I would like to tell everyone about my appreciation for YouTube!

This website has brought so many people together! From daily vloggers who are YouTube famous, to moms doing pregnancy up dates and teenage girls doing makeup tutorials. This website has created a community.

Some of my favorite YouTubers are:

Candid Mommy
Jenna Marbles
You Deserve a Drink
The Moms View
Ellie and Jarod
and many others!

These people have each been though so much in their lives and they are now making such an impact on others, all whole getting paid to live a dream!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blooming Grounds Coffee House

Blooming Grounds is a local Winona, MN coffee shop that is open daily and has a wide variety of coffee, wine, beer and homemade italian sodas. Blooming Grounds serves free-range chicken breast in the food they make, as well as locally grown vegetables. The atmosphere is great for hanging out with friends or for studying! Check out our promotional video!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Take Control of Your Health

Usually, when someone sees a person taking this many pills, they get concerned. 
"Should you really be taking all of those pills?", most people say.
I should be taking these pills. 
Every morning, I take twelve pills and mix another into my water. 
That is a grand total of seven different kinds I take every day.
The important thing I should tell you is that only one is a prescription drug. 
All others are whole food supplements, enzymes, and vitamins that my body needs to function.
I received these pills from my Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner. 

What is Nutrition Response Testing, you ask? 

Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive way of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of illness and non-optimum health.
It is not one based on masking symptoms through drugs or medication but instead finding the underlying cause of the problem and helping the body heal itself. 

How does this happen?

As the Practitioner is doing the test, they are testing your body’s neurological reflexes. These reflexes are the nervous system’s way of telling the practitioner what and how your organ’s and other body systems are doing. This is possible because the nervous system regulates the body’s functions for each and every organ. The testing includes all organs, glands, joints, muscles and the entire body.
These reflexes are tested on the surface of the body.
This happens because electrical energy flows exist between all parts and organs of the body. This is how your nervous system communicates and controls the body’s functions. These flows can become disrupted for a variety of reasons. This disruption in the nervous system’s healthy electrical flows is what they are testing.

The test looks like this:

The practitioner will do the analysis by contacting your extended arm with one hand while contacting a specific reflex area with the other hand. If the tested reflex is stressed your nervous system will respond by reducing energy to your extended arm and send it to the stressed organ or body part.  This will cause your extended arm to weaken and drop.  This indicates an underlying stress or other dysfunction in that area of your body which may be adversely affecting your health.
Once the underlying cause of the dysfunction is corrected using proper nutrition the “weak” muscle response in your arm will no longer occur.

When I first head about NRT, I thought it was bogus. How can your body tell you what it needs to fix it? 

Well, after doing a lot of research and reading, I learned that this practice really makes the most sense and its drugs and lab tests that dont make sense! 

Our bodies are amazing. We were never meant to fill our bodies with synthetic drugs, and invasive testing. Our bodies were meant to heal themselves, they have the power to do so! 

My Story:

Before I began NRT, I lived a life that was miserable in regards to my health and I thought that was just the way it was going to be.

I was chronically tired, got headaches everyday, was lactose intolerant, had symptoms of IBS, and had an emergency cholecystectomy in March. Following the surgery, I had tremendous pain attacks and constant nausea. This lasted for about three months.

 Over that three month span, I made frequent trips to the ER, my regular doctor, and a specialist  all at the Mayo clinic, racking up over $20,000 in bills.

After a blood and urine test at every visit, I received a couple responses. Here are three of the best ones!
1. "This is normal after surgery. Youre going to feel different for a while." - ER doctors
2. "I really think the pain is heartburn, here is some antacid." - regular doctor
3. "I have no idea what it is. I am stumped" - specialist

All of these statements, yet no doctor chose to run a test on me besides a blood/urine analysis.

Since this awful experience at Mayo, I have been doing Nutrition Response Testing and have seen 100% gain in my health. It took about a month and a half to uncover different issues, but once I got a hold on some things, I started to feel so much better. 

I feel so good knowing I healed my body. 
It feels good to make my body feel healthy simply by giving it the nutrients it is crying out for!

So yes, I am going to continue to take these pills and yes, I will continue to give family and friends cards and recommendations to experience this change in health! I have seen this help me, I have seen this help a family friend, and I have heard from other patients of my practitioner, I know I don't need any more convincing...

I challenge you to do some research and consider taking control of your health today!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Care. No Matter What.

First Care Pregnancy Center.

This place has completely stolen my heart. I don't know what I would do without First Care and the women that work there. 

I have volunteered at First Care since I was 16 and just recently interned there this past summer. 

First Care is a pregnancy center that has four locations (Minneapolis, St. Paul, Richfield and Rochester) in Minnesota. 

We provide all free services. Pregnancy tests, options counseling with a licensed professional, STD testing and treatment, ultrasounds, parenting education and material assistance. We are also a licensed adoptions agency working with both adoptive families and birth parents. First Care also has a post abortion care program.

Our goal is simply to care for mothers and fathers who may be experiencing a pregnancy they did not expect, and their children by providing, education, truth, support and options.

We want to empower women to make the best decision possible for themselves and their babies. 

Whatever choice you make, one of our professionals with be with you every step of the way, as much as you want them involved. 

Tell me: Where can you go to receive services like these at absolutely NO COST and with NO PRESSURE and NO JUDGEMENT?? First Care simply wants to provide the answers you deserve. 

Women are the most important thing to us. You deserve CARE. No Matter What.

First Care Pregnancy Center provides that. 

Are you in need of their services? 

Schedule an appointment privately at

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wear Red Day

The two Big Reds(Cate Coghlan and Katie O'Leary) get ready to take pictures with Students on Tuesday

Big Red looks for his next photo opportunity.
 Tuesday September 16th proved to be a day full of school spirit with the Cardinal in the Plaza! Students were encouraged to wear red  on Tuesday of Cardinal Days.

Cardinal Days is a week in September similar to what homecoming week would be like at a high school.

“We started Cardinal Day’s because people were sick of not having a homecoming,” says Lance Thompson, director of student activities. “It is just another week like Welcome Week, to keep people interested and excited with back to back to back events.”
Saint Mary's University student, Marwan Albalawi, takes a selfie with the Cardinals

Two cardinals showed up in the Plaza that afternoon, Cate Coghlan and Katie O’Leary decided to help out the Student Activities Committee by volunteering their time to bring some school spirit and cheer to the plaza.

“My favorite part of being in the cardinal costume is seeing how excited everyone gets when they see Big Red in the plaza,” said Saint Mary’s University senior, Cate Coghlan.
Despite not having any home games for any sport, students still took part in activities and had a lot of fun.
Other events from the week included: Baggage, Comedian Pete Lee, Surprise! Volleyball, Open Mic Night, the Dolla Dance, a showing of 22 Jump Street and a trip to a Twin’s game!
“We used to spend a lot more money on this week, but we found out that students still participate and have fun without spending a lot of money,” said Thompson.

“It is a great sense of school spirit, despite it being extremely hot in the costume, I would definitely do it again,” said Coghlan.
Saint Mary's University senior, Katie Stein, poses with the Cardinal.

Big Red takes a moment to pose for the camera.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


This post is going to get REAL very quickly.

I have been amazed by the LACK of respect that college students have for their professors. I am not sure if this happens just at SMU, but a lot of my peers are the most disrespectful people I have ever encountered.

Maybe it is a generational thing.. I have noticed that people in my class throughout elementary school, middle school, high school and into college that my classmates have this attitude and sass, if you will. 

Romans 13:1-5 says "Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience."

My question is why do college students feel the need to be disrespectful to their professors? Many of them are sacrificing a larger paycheck to spend their lives dedicated to helping us become better, smarter additions to society. 

I challenge you to think about your level of respect for others and the example you are setting for others. Show people respect. You never know what people are going through. Your kindness could change their life in a drastic way.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 says "And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!"

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fill the Gap

Just last month, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Summit. At the Summit, hundred of thousands gather around the world to learn how to better their business, organization, church, or school.

This experience was one of the most life changing experiences I have had. 

One of the speakers, Wilfredo De Jesus, author of In the Gap, spoke about the gaps we encounter in our community. 

As someone who volunteers and interned at a pregnancy center, I have see the gap in my community first hand. 

De Jesus talked about why and how communities should engage with those lost in the gap. 

The first obstacle he suggested you tackle in order to get closer to the gap is letting go of the fear we have about taking our faith into the community. 

He said: "With revelation comes responsibility." If we know about the gaps in our community, it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to close those gaps! 

Even when it gets hard, we must do ALL OF THE GOOD! 

"The moment you decide to stand in the gap, there will be opposition, but if God is for you, who can be against you?" 

Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles. Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency ask the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But, conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.” 
   -   Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Find that thing you know you were made to do. Once you do that, get access the gap involved and do everything you possibly can to end the cycle of this seemingly endless gap we have right in our very own communities.