Learning To Be Thankful One Day At A Time

Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday for as long as I can remember. When I tell people this, I generally get a lot of questions asking why. No, it’s not because my favorite food is mashed potatoes (though it definitely takes a nice second to puppy chow) or because I love watching the Lions lose every year. It’s the idea of taking a specific day out of your life to be thankful. I don’t know about you, but I often forget how good I truly have it. I do not lack food or shelter or a loving support system of family and friends, yet, without fail, I never tell my amazing Heavenly Father about these gifts and why I love them except on this one day a year.

Just going through my normal day provides me with enough things to be thankful for to last a lifetime.

I wake up at the cottage that I share with five of my closest friends. I cannot tell you enough how amazing they all are and how grateful I am to be able to live with them on campus. Our cottage, Mayor’s, sits right across the street from Centennial Park. The Park is beautiful during this time of year. There are so many bright and vibrant colors on the tree. I thank God for my friends, a warm house, and the colors that lighten our lives.

Female student jumps in front of wood church doors. As I walk through Hope’s campus towards my first class, I find an abundance of things to be thankful for in each glance. I pass Dimnent Chapel, my favorite place to worship, and the Bultman Student Center, where I always try to study but fail because I always see so many people that I know and love. I arrive at the DePree Art Center, my favorite building on campus. Inside it sit all my friends, ready to learn and make amazing art together. There is no shortage of inspiration here. I thank God for the places on campus that aide in making me a more rounded student and person, as well as a major (Art) that I love so much.

After class, I go to work at Hope’s Public Affairs and Marketing office where I work as a student graphic designer. I enjoy making materials like posters and cards that go out to all sides of campus. It’s so fun seeing my work hanging up places. I am thankful for the opportunities there that are teaching me to become a better graphic designer, the bosses that want to see me learn, and the coworkers that always keep me smiling.

After my day is done, I return back to my cottage. Without fail, I always have at least one text on my phone for one of my family members. Even though I don’t get to see them every day, it’s nice to know that they are one ever one text or phone call away. I’m thankful for a family that is always so present, no matter where we are.

That concludes my day of thankfulness, yet it doesn’t even begin to cover all of the things that I could be thankful for.

Passion Worship: Let It Be Jesus #TakeItAllTour

“I just wanna know– what are some fun things that happen off-campus that Hope students attend, but aren’t directly associated with Hope College? Is there anything to do in Holland other than go to the beach and hang out on 8th Street?”

The answer: YES.

For every college student, there comes a time in which the 8th Street burnout and Pine Grove winter occurs, leaving students wondering if other fun activities take place in the Holland area. Luckily for us, there are many opportunities for fun off-campus activities, one being concerts in connection with a local radio station, JQ99, taking place this fall.

My roomie Sarah and I heard that Passion Worship Band would be here in Holland at Ridge Point Church on October 16, and last night, we grabbed dinner and went to the concert. You may have heard of Passion Conference located in Atlanta and Houston, and the band we had the opportunity to see last night is the band associated with this concert (You can find out more about the Passion Conference here.) Plus, as an added bonus, Kristian Stanfill was there!

Check out some pictures from our night:

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Want to hear more about the fun things happening on campus and in the Holland area? Follow me on Twitter at @hopesophie17. Questions? Comments? Comment below or send me an email at sophie.guetzko@hope.edu.

And, by the way… Happy #HopeHomecoming!