Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Not a Summer Farewell

Summer is my favorite. It's two months of having no responsibilities but a lot of freedom. It's full of warm weather and friends and the ability to do whatever you want.

Today's the last day of summer, and usually at the end of our two-month period of bliss, I get pretty upset, not thinking that I had a fun summer. Thinking that there are things I could've done to make it more fun, memorable, distinguished. But today, thinking about the summer I've had, I seriously could not ask for one thing to be changed. I had the best summer of my whole life and can't believe the things I've been blessed with during my two months.

I traveled all over the country, spent time with my best friends in the whole world, made a new set of best friends in the whole world, did a lot of learning, wrote more than I thought was possible, and discovered new passions.

I'm still in disbelief about it all.

I went to our high school's graduation, awestruck by the senior class of 2013 and their accomplishments. I realized that it's our time to be the leaders of the school and the community.
I had fun hanging out with friends, who also to be friends of the infamous Henry Clay Book Club.
I helped with some of the new Henry Clay class and realized how incredible it is that I'm actually in my fourth year of a program that I love so much. I can't wait for this class to find their passions and work with such great peers!
I baked a loooot, including one of my new favorites, which had the potential to give me a heart attack. But it was still good.
I made a ton of Monogram Meredith shirts, which happens to be one of my favorite things. I'm in love with the idea that I can make something that other people love, too.
I hung out with friends that made me happy and brought them all together for one fun night before everyone left! (PS: Note the dress? That was my favorite post to write. Ever.)
Dear goodness, I packed, and I packed a lot. This picture cracks me up because for the majority of my summer, I lived out of what I had packed in a suitcase, and this is what it started out looking like.
I spent a week at Passport loving my friends and my time there, but most importantly, loving God.
It's funny how just a week of worship and praise and being surrounded by those who love God as much as you do can change you so much for the better.
I'm forever trying to figure out how to act in the name of Christ and part of that is through working for others in His name. I learned that all I want to do is shout from the rooftops about Him!
I proudly repped Monogram Meredith everywhere I went, including our family vacation to Boston!
I found my sister to be one of my best friends in the world.
I visited some of the coolest places on the east coast with my family and had some experiences, including driving through NYC in a mini-van with a car-topper.
And I overall had fun with my family, just doin what the Scroggins do.
The biggest part of my summer was going to Leadership in the Business World, where I spent three weeks in San Francisco and one week in Philadelphia. I could go on and on about the random things I've learned (just ask my mom, she's tired of hearing it).
I mean, I'd flown once before in my life, let alone flown by myself. So going from Boston to SF was a learning moment in itself. I've never been by myself in that sense. I flew to a place where I knew absolutely no one, and that scared me to no end.
I learned about the odds and ends of living without parents and with a roommate, being in an unknown city with a bunch of other clueless people, taking public transportation, splitting checks in a timely manner, meeting new people, and so much more that I couldn't encompass in one post.
I learned that as much as I love the south, I could potentially see myself as a city girl someday.
I played lots and lots of volleyball. This was one of the more ironic parts of the trip because I never told anyone before that I used to actually play, so when we were on the beach and I whipped out my game, they were surprised! I loved playing with people that actually knew how to play, too!
I drank lots and lots of coffee and tried many new things at Starbucks (even when they do misspell my name). Seriously, I don't ever buy coffee, but without my own coffee maker, I had to have it! We were always so exhausted that going to get coffee was a known.
I faced one of my biggest fears and learned to like new things, from scary movies to Chinese food.
I visited somewhere I'd love to work someday... (Google, if I'm using Blogger to promote you, will you please hire me?!)
...and left my mark there. Zoom in and that line in black in the middle? That's me.
I ate lots. But who cares, right?! When in Rome... well, more of a when in San Francisco, eat lots of sourdough bread. But getting back into normal eating habits is bittersweet.
I rocked some business formal and business casual all the time and showed that fashion can still be a part of it. With a statement necklace, you can easily change the world!
I met the brightest, most intelligent, and most passionate kids in the whole world. I gained not only a few good friends, but a whole family. That top picture is my business plan team and I was so incredibly blessed to be a part of it. I learned to work in a team and about how I can personally attribute to it. I can't get over how much I loved my new family! They taught me so much, as we all learned from each other. By the way...my team won, and we won just about everything, from the scavenger hunt to the actual business plan competition!
And I even wanted to post some of the better pictures I have of my new friends; the good Lord knows that I have a blue million. But in every picture I looked at, there was always someone missing and I couldn't get over how many new best friends I met. So I felt like posting our group picture was adequate.
I met 119 of my best friends in the whole world at LBW and I know we'll always stay in touch.
I love my LBW family so much!
Again, this summer has been the biggest blessing. It's been the best thing to ever happen to me and I could not ask for anything to be different! Everything that's happened to me has been a learning experience and so even though our summer will fade away, the memories and the lasting impact will always be with me.
I truly believe that summer is a state of mind. We don't have to say goodbye to summer because the innovation, passion, and big dreams can, and are, all still be there.
So, guys, cheers to never saying goodbye to summer.
with much love,


  1. Well it certainly looks like you made the most of an awesome summer. Congrats for making it a great one and best of luck for a successful school year.


  2. And all of this makes me so happy to know you have embraced this big world with many accomplishments under your belt. Your blogs are FUN to read and has given me the opportunity to get to re know you. Obviously, you can tell I am not the writer you are (ur talent is a gift), but writing runs in the family! I loved writing papers in college, received all A's in the 3 different classes (yeah, I'm proud, even at my old ripe age) and Lauren is writing a book! She has just started her 2nd chapter. ..but still!!
    I wish you the best in your final year at H.C. and I am confident you will succeed in whatever path you choose. I have always loved you...always will. Truly, carnee'...ps.your grandma loved The Front Porch!♡♥

  3. I know there will be many difficulties and challenges but I am determined to do it. If it does not succeed then it will be a lesson for me as well


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