Quarter Life Crisis

I'm going on a trip for me. I'm going to a land to which I've never been. When will I come back? That of which I'm unsure, but I know I'll be gone for a while. Explore other cultures. See other wonders. Meet other personalities. I hope to come to an understanding. To speak to…Read more Quarter Life Crisis

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The Spirit of 2002

It was almost Memorial Day, 2002, and Mr. Johnson's and Mrs. Knott's classes were eager for the school year to end. For fifth graders, they did a lot of growing up this past year. They dealt with a lot of change. And more change was coming, as they were about to end their time at…Read more The Spirit of 2002

That time I ran a marathon (part 2)

Previously on Just Victoria Things, I ran my first marathon.  After that, I vowed to never do it again. "Never again!" I shook my fist to no one in particular. For the first month after my marathon, any time someone would ask me when my next one was, I would respond, "Never."  (insert cliche: never…Read more That time I ran a marathon (part 2)

juuuuuuuuuu

Mr. Kitty titled this one for me. In the public education system, student-based offenses are considered especially hysterical. In Texas, the dedicated individuals who deal with the students are members of an elite squad known as the Student Variety Unit. These are their stories. *Names and details have been changed to protect identities. Summer is…Read more juuuuuuuuuu

She’s a an independent cliche

Ashleigh stands next to the counter, scrolling through her phone. "Um, excuse me," a woman behind her reaches for a latte. Unbothered, Ashleigh continues through her different social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat... "Ashleee!" The bartista yells through the crowd. Ashleigh picks up her Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte and makes a bee line toward…Read more She’s a an independent cliche

Rent a friend, join a gym. Earn a friend, build an empire.

I took advantage of the birthday deal Camp Gladiator offered. $9 for four weeks? Yeah, that's in my budget. And I was going strong, til I got my wisdom teeth removed. Did anyone else have a hard time recovering, or just me? I'm going for a run tomorrow, and I got them out last Friday.…Read more Rent a friend, join a gym. Earn a friend, build an empire.

This is my political post – I don’t care about your knees

I'm tired of social media being filled with football players. Yes, I love my Aggies and my Texans. But this isn't about them. This isn't about Kapernick. (spelling? too lazy to look it up) This isn't about Trump. This isn't about the NFL. This isn't about whether or not you are for or against the…Read more This is my political post – I don’t care about your knees

I’m more comfortable judging people behind their backs.

*Panting like a dog* I breathe in and out; my breaths getting short, my strides growing longer, my speed increasing...closer, closer, I hit my stopping point. I take one huge sigh. GASP. I look at Strava only to be disappointed. I felt like I was running fast. I certainly felt as though my lungs were…Read more I’m more comfortable judging people behind their backs.

5ummit – Woo Yeah!

"From the outside looking in, you can't understand it. From the inside looking out, you can't explain it." November 2011. I was in overdrive mode. We were pushing to finish stack. It was my chief semester. Meanwhile, up in Boston, unbeknownst to two dudes, the birth of a movement had just begun. By the end…Read more 5ummit – Woo Yeah!

I spent a day without my phone and almost died.

"Remember that movie 127 hours? Yeah it was just like that." That enough melodrama for the day? Here's what actually happened and what my day was actually like sans cellular device...   I race home from my workout with November Project Dallas. I had to hurry and get ready for work, as most people do.…Read more I spent a day without my phone and almost died.

A long-winded way of saying, “We made it”

Sometimes you need to take break from the things you love most. You need to reevaluate facts of life, and focus more on what you've been neglecting. For me, I needed to step back from We Run Big D. I needed to nurture my mental health and my faith. Throughout this Lenten season I gave…Read more A long-winded way of saying, “We made it”

Previously known as Sunrise 6K means #texansdoitbetter aka #np_pledgetakeover

I wrote this for the tribe...I thought about editing but decided, "No. Unedited, off the cusp, raw writing is when I excel, sooo, enjoy: Sunrise 6K means #texansdoitbetter aka #np_pledgetakeover The weather was cool, but not too cool. The air was crisp. A small gust of wind. *Gentle music begins.* I wake up. It’s race…Read more Previously known as Sunrise 6K means #texansdoitbetter aka #np_pledgetakeover

Brunch

"Hey, remember Nick?" Kelsey looked over at her friend as she took a sip from her drink. "The basketball player, right?" Daniel's eyes rolled up and to the right, his memory working hard. "Yeah yeah, he was a freaking star. I only hung out with him like once, but he was pretty cool." "Yeah. He…Read more Brunch

That Time I Took Adderall

It was my last semester of university. I was proud of myself. I had gone my whole life without ever taking academic performance enhancing drugs. I knew friends with prescriptions. I could have gotten them if I wanted for a small price. But I never did. And then, with the end literally right around the…Read more That Time I Took Adderall