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Tara Jones

If I were to give a new student advice on how to survive college, the first word that would come out of my mouth is, “God.”

It is crucial to have a backbone of faith – in something. By having faith in our Lord, you will have more faith in yourself. When you have more faith in yourself, you feel more motivated to do what you love and live gloriously in college.

I don’t know where I would be without speaking & living with and for God. He walks with me every day…I can feel and hear the Holy Spirit responding to my cries for help and my shouts of joy – especially when I am most distracted by life’s complexities. Those complexities make me so much stronger, and I could not be without the Lord. When I am weak, He carries me, comforts me, and helps me to be back on my own two feet again.

God is not a choice for me. He is necessary and innate. And I absolutely adore my one and only Savior.

P.S. Check out “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young — it’s an amazing devotional that I think would help just about anyone as a morning pick-me-up, nightly read, or daily reminder!

Ta, ta for now!

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Tara Jones

Love

by Tara Jones on April 7, 2014

in Uncategorized

LOVE isn’t solely for Valentine’s Day. Love is patient and love is kind. Love is for all. You might even think of Nat King Cole’s “Love” or Haddaway’s “What Is Love.”

…Baby, don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me no more.

Honestly, I think love is so overrated. People give love way too many definitions. Love is an indefinite feeling! No boundaries. Zero. Zilch. Why would we strip someone of the opportunity to feel something really genuine? All I’m saying is, THIS WORLD NEEDS MORE OF THE X’s and O’s. No questions asked.

Love can be anything as simple as loving a certain food, color, or loving life simply because you were given the Heavenly chance to have one! I believe that love stems from gratitude — if you cannot be grateful for all that you have been given, the people in your life, or what is to come, what is there to love?

That is just my opinion. Agree, disagree, or agree with a difference…I will still love what everyone else’s opinions are as well!

Ta, ta for now!
xoxo

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Tara Jones

Music + Me

by Tara Jones on March 21, 2014

in College Life

What role does music play in my life?

Music answers questions. And the lyrics are more than words; they are emotions, stories.

Want to know the best part?

Everyone has an undeniable love for music.

Music thrives in us.

It’s hard to go a single day without listening music. Not only because it is SO intoxicating, but also because it’s, well, practically EVERYWHERE.

There’s Rap, Christian, Pop, R&B, Folk, Indie, Rock, Metal, Celtic, Opera, Classical, Electronic, Instrumental, Dubstep, Dance, International, Alternative, Alternative Rock, etcetera. The list goes on!

…And (hopefully) everyone can find something they like.

* * *

I could seriously sing and dance to music all the time if I didn’t annoy anyone as a result. Music moves me. I always put myself in the place of the singer and perform the lyrics. Especially in my room where nobody’s watching (Ha ha – we are all guilty of this. The hairbrush shindig too, right?).

Music is so fantastic. I honestly almost can’t even write about my love for music. I have to show it!!

I’m sure you are wondering, Who are your favorite artists and what does your playlist look like, Tara?!

It’s top secret; Shhh! JK.

First and foremost, I use basically the best app EVER to land the internet: Spotify (And their slogan is literally “Music for everyone”).

My favorite band? Muse. Hands down. I swear, nobody loves them more than I do. Just ask my family and friends. (I also love artists such as P!nk, Lady Gaga, Van Halen, Twenty One Pilots, Tove Lo, The Mowgli’s, Hozier, Shiny Toy Guns, Panic! At The Disco, and Fall Out Boy).

Aside from the faves, I’ll get down to the ‘serious stuff’ – music for studying. Now, you all might think this is crazy, but I’m not going to lie. Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” album is STELLAR for studying! I cannot tell you how much more productive I am when I listen to it! There is this really nice stylistic transition from song to song that only Miley could prove herself.

Secondly, I listen to classical music when I am doing coursework because I lose myself in all of the melodies and movements. It keeps you focused! At the same time, it boosts your IQ ;-)

That’s all I’ve got for you, but I hope you have a great rest of your Spring Break & whatnot. Ta ta for now!

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Sometimes, people feel pressured to do what everyone else is doing. Although, ‘sometimes’ might be an understatement. You know what I mean? It’s as if there is this constant reminder from our acquaintances that somehow they are ‘alpha.’

Well, I’m pretty sure we were all created equal. Maybe not. Eh, who knows?

Sarcasm.

All I’m saying is: Let’s quit fooling ourselves. We really only want to be like ourselves. We don’t want anyone else to be like us. Our uniqueness is what gives us some pride – the good kind.

On the contrary, it’s one of the BIGGEST compliments for others to try and be like us (only a little)! You should be flattered. Yeah, it will be annoying to try and be thankful for people ‘copying’ you in some way – and I apologize for being so derogative – but it shows your impact on others.

You’re inspirational! A sensation, I say.

Now, what is the point for bringing this topic up on Fontbonne’s blog? Jealousy is rampant in smaller campus communities. (Or maybe I am just giving that as an example because truly, it’s everywhere). Don’t believe me? Try to be a little more observant. It’s all in the eyes and language. The dining halls have suddenly turned into catwalks, everyone’s eyes meticulously scrutinizing your every gesture, expression, and clothing item.

What’s up with that?!

Please…I honestly don’t know. But you know what? Let them look. If you’re confident with who you are inside and out, don’t let anyone’s once-overs claw underneath your thick skin and tear you apart. You can’t say you haven’t done the same ;-)

Food for thought. Thanks for reading! Ta ta for now.

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Back in the St. Lou Groove

by Tara Jones January 21, 2014

Hello again, readers! It’s so nice to not only be starting a new year, but a whole new selection of classes. Break was most definitely not long enough for a large portion of us I would assume! Even so, it was much needed and well-deserved. What are your resolutions for 2014? Maybe you only have [...]

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Second Semester Frenzy

by Tara Jones December 12, 2013

YAY! I am so proud of all of us for finishing first semester successfully! Soooo, now what? What about second semester? Hmm… I really want to try my absolute best this upcoming semester. That seems cliché, but I want to quit with the mind games and be serious about my education. I don’t want to [...]

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Happy Holidays

by Tara Jones December 11, 2013

I feel so guilty already! My family doesn’t exactly have set holiday plans for Winter break like everybody else. Rather, we’re spending time bonding with each other because I feel like that’s something we can certainly improve on! The Christmas season isn’t about gifts and gluttony, food and folly. It’s about love. Thus, that’s what [...]

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Simple Tricks of the Testing Trade

by Tara Jones December 9, 2013

‘Golly, how the heck do you study for a final enough to feel prepared?!’ Glad you asked. Well, let’s start off by saying procrastination is a baaaad idea. Really. It is. But we’ve all been guilty of it! No worries. Secondly, get your priorities together! Remember how in cartoons, they would show the two sides [...]

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Obrigado

by Tara Jones December 2, 2013

Gobble, gobble! It’s that time of year again, isn’t it? Stupendous! Hmm, what am I thankful for? I couldn’t be more thankful for all of the opportunities, friends, family, adventures, and in general, blessings that God has given me. Trust me, I could make a reeeaal long list!* *I’m not quite positive any of us [...]

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

by Tara Jones November 12, 2013

Hello, hello, hello! I hope all of you are doing well as you fight against catching the flu virus (or if you may have already gotten sick). I’ve been getting a bit busier with the school workload, as I’m sure all of us are! So, where do I do it? I personally like to go [...]

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