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Seven Simple Smile Sources!

Posted in Mackenzie McCloud on January 1st, 2015 by Mackenzie McCloud – Be the first to comment
This is one of my favorite pictures of my pal, George! How can you not smile at this?? :)

This is one of my favorite pictures of my pal, George! How can you not smile at this kid?? 🙂

In the interest of sticking with my resolution, I hereby begin my list of seven things that make me smile every day.

One thing that made me smile today was my dog. Today was bath day, and my favorite furball was less than excited about it. Nevertheless, he obediently stood in the bath while I soaped and scrubbed away the adventures of the last few weeks. The worst part for him is getting rinsed (he trembles when I get to this part). Once I was done, I stood up to grab a towel to pick him out of the tub, and he made the cutest little whining sound. He looked pathetic, but I mean that in the most affectionate way. All of his normally poofy long hair was slicked back away from his shih tzu snout! I started laughing so hard, and I think he got mad at me, because he decided to shake out his fur when I bent down to pick him up. Brat.

Another thing was the bowl of ice cream I had. We’re out of chocolate syrup, so I took the liberty of popping open a jar of fudge topping. And yes, it was deliciousssss.

Conversations with my friends will be a consistent cause of smiles. There’s something about being able to talk to someone and laugh endlessly at nothing, everything, and anything, that can make your day. It could be a random string of emojis, a picture, a Skype session, a Snapchat video, anything. And we all have those inside jokes with our favorite people – phrases that, to anyone else, make absolutely zero sense.

This next one is a bit off the wall. Candles make me smile. I love the soft glow of a single flame, the colorful arrangements of decorative candles, the different scents. I think they’re so pretty and peaceful. And although we can’t have candles in the dorms, I’m looking into some cheap LED lights that should have pretty close to the same effect!

My neighbor George makes me smile. All the time. He came over today to hang out with my brothers (he thinks they’re so cool – I don’t see it). They had a little bonfire and George got a huge kick out of it. He’s always asking questions and running around and being as curious and adventurous and silly as a little boy should be, and an awesome friend!!

I really like looking at the stars. I smile at the sky all the time when I’m at school, because I swear there are more stars every single night. They make me smile because – actual science aside – they’re just minding their own business, burning, twinkling, shining away. And just because we can’t see them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. They still are, just chilling, being stars.

The seventh thing that made me smile today was a video my mom showed me. Now, I’m sure it’s made its rounds on social media, but I hadn’t seen it. I’m pretty sure it was from Britain’s Got Talent, and Simon Cowell had just cut off this young boy’s singing. You could tell he was nervous and scared as Simon held up his hand to stop the music and informed the boy he ought to try a different song. So he did. His rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Who’s Loving You” blew everyone away. A wonderful and entertaining reminder that sometimes when everything feels like it’s going wrong, it might about to be going very, very right.

“But God can only smile because only God can know what is coming next.” – Desmond Tutu

… wait, I was supposed to do what?

Posted in Mackenzie McCloud on December 14th, 2014 by Mackenzie McCloud – Be the first to comment
I also got distracted by all the filters I could have applied to this picture. Yeah.

I also got distracted by all the filters I could have applied to this picture. Yeah.

Why is it that when I have the most to do, I get the most distracted?

I fully intended to get this paper done when I decided to hang out with my friend Smokey (Tanner). It made sense in my mind, because we both have stuff we need to get done.

Yeahhhhhh. Here’s what actually happened:

  • We competed for a solid 45 minutes over TriPeaks Solitaire. He beat me. Like, twice. Which I still don’t understand because I had just showed him how to play the game.
  • I added seven new “successful school habits” pins to my College Pinterest. A couple were about studying for a test, and the others were about writing good quality term papers (I’m aware of the irony, thanks).
  • Listened to a parody of “All About That Bass” that made me even more uncomfortable than the original, but that might just be because the singing was a little flat.
  • Checked my phone to make sure that it was still time-locked so I could be productive. I have this app that lets be block certain other apps from working (like Snapchat, Instagram, Trivia Crack, etc.) so I don’t get distracted (…).
  • Talked about my dog. I miss that ugly ball of fur like nobody’s business.
  • Considered walking to McDonald’s for sweet tea. Because I’M OUT. L
  • Checked the temperature. Above freezing, so I might still go.
  • Tried to convince Smokey to let me paint his nails. My attempt was unsuccessful.
  • Finally asked why people call him Smokey. He’s a fan of BBQ – a big enough fan to make the hall smell like ribs for a month.
  • Internally cried because I have way too much to do. Oops.


Okay, so I obviously need to work on my focusing skills. And I totally will. After I go get my sweet tea. Yeah.

My Response to the How I Met Your Mother Finale

Posted in Jasmine Lara on April 3rd, 2014 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment
A look at a couple Cobber's opinions on the How I Met Your Mother Finale

A look at a couple Cobber’s opinions on the How I Met Your Mother Finale

If you’re as big of a fan of How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) as I am, you’ve probably got some strong feelings about the series finale that aired on Monday night.

Honestly, I still don’t know how I feel about it. I only hopped onto the the HIMYM bandwagon about three years ago when my friend Patrick suggested I start watching. Even though I am fairly new to the fan base, I still felt a connection to the characters and I’m sad to see the series end. I can’t tell you how many days I spent binge watching the first 8 seasons over my Christmas break last year to make sure I could remember everything for the upcoming 9th season.

For me, the HIMYM finale was as much of a disappointment as it was a success. The first reason I was disappointed  was because the finale made the whole series about Robin. It felt like I just spent nine seasons waiting to hear more about the amazing life that Ted had with Tracy (the Mother) to only find out that Tracy was nothing but a a side note to Ted’s love for Robin. I could have lived with Tracy dying, but I can’t live with it all being about Robin. Tracy seems so minimal in the the grand scheme of the series because it seems like this whole time, we’ve been listening to Ted tell a story of love all while asking his children’s permission to pursue their Aunt Robin.

I think the biggest disappointment for me, though, was Robin and Barney’s divorce. To me, their divorce completely erased three seasons of character development for Barney. His proposal to Robin in the 8th season completely threw me for a loop in the sense that I never imagined him to let go of who he was for love. Honestly, I didn’t imagine that Barney was capable of loving anyone other than himself.

As much as these were major disappointments in the series for me, they were also things that made me realize how much these characters have grown, and how this is the beginning of another journey for them. Yes, I’m disappointed that the past nine years have been devoted to asking permission to move on. Yes, I’m disappointed that Robin and Barney didn’t work out. But the importance of these greatly outweighs my disappointment. If you look back on the series, Ted has always been willing to sacrifice what he loves most in favor of those he loves. He sacrificed moving to Chicago for Tracy. He sacrificed his love for Robin by letting her go up to the top of Goliath National Bank to let Barney propose. He sacrificed his apartment when Lily and Marshall got married. I’m not saying that Tracy was a sacrifice for him, but rather Ted finally being gifted with someone who was not only a perfect match, but also someone who had loved and lost before as well. If you also remember, Tracy’s first love was Max. Ted and Tracy both sacrificed their first loves, willingly or not, only to meet someone who they were compatible with and who they were able to love.

Secondly, I’m partly glad that Barney and Robin didn’t work. Barney never said that he didn’t love Robin. In fact, he said that despite his love for her, the marriage just wasn’t working. As far as we know, Barney was completely faithful to Robin in their three years of marriage. Barney grew as much as he was thrown back in those few seconds it took to admit that it just wasn’t working. Carter Bays and Craig Thomas took those few seconds to show us how important honesty is in love. They showed us how important it is to be true to ourselves and to not change just to make someone else happy. Yes, the breakup was devastating. But Robin and Barney staying together for the sake of happy fans isn’t worth making two characters unhappy.

In the wise words of Ted Mosby, “love is the best thing we do”. While the finale was a disappointment, I think the series as a whole did its job in teaching viewers the importance of the relationships you build, and how sometimes you need to make those sacrifices and struggle to find your yellow umbrella.


It Was A Pretty Great Sunday

Posted in Jasmine Lara on March 17th, 2014 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment
Sarah and Matthew did an awesome job dancing during one of the choir's songs!

Sarah and Matthew did an awesome job dancing during one of the choir’s songs!

Usually I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off on Sundays, but this time around I would say it was a pretty good day!

Having my Chapel Choir friends come back from tour was a great enough way to start my day, but what made it even better was being able to attend their home concert here on campus. They had a pretty amazing selection of music–they did Cloudburst by Eric Whitacre and In the Beginning by Aaron Copland to name their two bigger pieces. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the concert, I highly recommend

watching the stream here; it was such an amazing concert! Not only did they showcase their talent with music, but some of the choir members danced during one of their pieces, and you could tell they put a lot of practice into making sure it was an amazing show!

The second reason it was an amazing Sunday was because of my Homecoming meeting. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m lucky enough to be serving on the Homecoming committee again this year as the

My friend Kevin gets pretty expressive when he sings!

My friend Kevin gets pretty expressive when he sings!

Design Coordinator. Last night as a fun activity we had Allison Richards, a senior here at Concordia, come in and lead the committee in some laughter yoga. Laughter yoga is a form of yoga that’s focused

more on posture and poses, but laughing at the same time. It was a great way to loosen up for the rest of the meeting. Who

Allison lead us through a fun "row the boat" section during laughter yoga--as you can see, the committee really got into it!

Allison lead us through a fun “row the boat” section during laughter yoga–as you can see, the committee really got into it!

doesn’t love to laugh? We’re trying really hard to collaborate more as a group, so after meeting individually we asked everyone to go around and write down ideas and feedback they might have for other committees. It was a good way to get our brains working! Next week, we’re going to (hopefully) start thinking of logo ideas–we’ve already decided on a theme, but that’s still classified information! 🙂 It’s going to be a great year for this year’s Homecoming committee, I can already tell!

“What’s Your Major?” Part 2

Posted in Jasmine Lara on November 1st, 2013 by Jasmine Lara – Be the first to comment

With spring registration just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m going to be doing with my life after I graduate. While it’s still a ways away, it’s a daunting thought. Growing up is proving to be a hard task for me–I’m constantly forgetting where I put things, I spend my nights building forts in Brown’s staff room, and I experience at LEAST one mini breakdown when things don’t go my way. I’m constantly asking myself “What am I going to do when I don’t have the structure of class to keep me going?”

I've got my schedules planned out for my remaining time at Concordia and it feels great!

I’ve got my schedules planned out for my remaining time at Concordia and it feels great!

No one is a wholehearted fan of change, but most people accept it. Something that I’ve recently had to accept was the realization that Social Work is not my calling. This also means a lot of things are going to change for me: my intended major, my career path, even my circle of connections is going to change. It’s an extremely scary thought–I had all these big plans for myself to go to grad school and get my Masters in Social Work, to work in the mental health field, to do all these things that would change the world.

What I didn’t think of was how happy I was going to be doing it. Don’t get me wrong–Social Work is an extremely rewarding carer path and it makes millions of people’s lives better every single day…but it just isn’t for me anymore. I’ve found that my strengths lie elsewhere–Multimedia Journalism and Communications to be exact–and I couldn’t be more comfortable and at ease with my decision.

Communications has always been something I’ve kept in the back of my mind, but I didn’t want to immediately default to Comm because I wanted to test my feet in other waters. Honestly, I’m glad I did–I’m taking my first Communications class this semester, and I’ve already fallen in love with it. Because I took classes in other areas, I know that I’m making the right choice because I just feel that much more comfortable with where I’m going. After speaking with my advisor about my other interests in Art and Writing, he suggested that I look into Multimedia Journalism, which takes

Here we go! :)

Here we go! 🙂

aspects from each field and made it into one. It was a no brainer–I would of course decide to major in both! And the nice thing about it is that Communications and Multimedia Journalism actually coincide very well together scheduling wise.

Growing up is hard. Deciding what I want to do with my life is that much harder. But I know that all these changes are going to eventually lead me to where I belong and where I’m going to excel. I’ll still be changing the world in my own little way, and I still hope to someday go to grad school. I just have to take it one day at a time. Knowing what I want major in (not necessarily what I want to do with it) makes the question “What’s your major?” less frightening. I don’t really think it should frighten anyone, really. It’s okay not to know what you want to do with your life. It just means you’re making sure you know what will make you happy.