Ten tiny things that make me happy…

Here are 10 things that I love right now:

1. ABC’s Once Upon a Time

This show is AWESOME. Some of the writers of Lost write for it, so you know it’s good. If you life fairytales, mind-bending story plots, and good writing..check it out.

2. Snowberry Scentsy Candle Warmer scent

Smells like heaven.

3. Netflix

I’ve jumped on the netflix bandwagon, and having the app on your phone makes a 40 minute workout fly by when you’re watching House or Lost.

4. Sensodyne Pronamel Toothpaste

It’s more expensive than regular toothpaste, but totally worth it.

5. Sweet Potatoes

Quite possibly my favorite food ever. Too bad it took me 21 years to discover them.

6. Kroger brand Greek yogurt

Cheaper and better than every kind of greek yogurt that I’ve tried! The honey kind is the best.

7. Starbucks Christmas blend coffee

My precious fiance gave me a bag for Christmas, and it is soooo good. It’s one of the few types of coffee that I prefer to drink black.

8. Kindle

So. Many. Books. 🙂

9. Essie nail polish

Beautiful, not too expensive, and keeps me from biting my nails.

10. The twitter account @emergencypuppy

Go look. Now.





Well, where do I begin?

My last post was December 6th. I will attempt to give you the Reader’s Digest version of the past month:

CHRISTOPHER AND I ARE GETTING MARRIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m starting a new blog. Not getting rid of this one– but check out http://www.mizelovestory.blogspot.com. I started it with my fiance as a way for us to share our story, our engagment, and the things that life will throw our way. As long as I’m living in the age of technology, I’m going to use it to my advantage. I want our blog to be something that I can look back on when I’m 70 years old and be able to remember all the details of our happiness together. Enjoy!

Also, check out our blog for the full engagement story :). I’m a happy girl.




Reverb 2011 | What books did you read?

In 2011, I read:


The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan: (Book 1 of The Wheel of Time series) : My sweet boyfriend got me into this series. I still need to read the second book, but the first one was great. It was somewhat hard for me to read toward the beginning,  but then it picked up and I couldn’t put it down.


Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers: Yes, I realize I’m like 5 years behind on this, but I read Redeeming Love for the first time in 2011. I thought it was fantastic, and I wish I had read it when I was in high school. I loved it. I cried for about a week.


The Hunger Games | Catching Fire | Mockingjay: by Susanne Collins: This was the best book series I’ve read since Harry Potter. I read all three of them in 2 days. Read them before the movies come out. I absolutely loved them.


Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: I actually wasn’t too crazy about this book. Too much animal abuse. Great ending, though.


Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe: I hadn’t read this book until I took Civil War and Reconstruction this semester.


The Green Mile by Stephen King: I LOVE this movie, so I thought I’d read the book. I like Stephen King a lot, and the book did not disappoint.


#Reverb11 | Where did 2011 begin for me?

The year 2011 began for me in Jacksonville, Florida. I was with my bulldogs supporting them in the Famous Maroon Band for the Gator Bowl against Michigan.

                                                                                          [This is one of my best friends, Rachel, and me]

We defeated Michigan by a landslide, and was a very fun trip. The only complaint was that I was ancy, and had been for the past two weeks, because Christopher spent a good deal of his break in Liberia, Africa.

Winning a football game, especially in mine and Rachel’s opinion, was an excellent way to start the year.

some thoughts, not my own

When nothing is owed, deserved, or expected-
And your life doesn’t change by the man that’s elected
If you’re loved by someone, you’re never rejected.
Decide what to be, and go be it.

-The Avett Brothers


Do not pity the dead, Harry, pity the living. Above all, pity those who live without love.

-Albus Dumbledore


Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.

-Dr. Seuss


A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.

-The Wizard of Oz


I consider myself to be blessed beyond what I deserve. I have wonderful family and friends, and I can honestly say that I have felt loved my entire life. Over the past two years, God has really taught me what unconditional love looks like and what it means. A major device in His orchestration of this lesson for me was though working as a staffer at CentriKid. Though camp, I saw unconditional love in a lot of ways.

Unconditional love is stopping everything you’re doing to talk to a friend who needs to vent.

It is showing people love even when they are hard to love.

It is saying up very late and waking up very early.

It is seeing the needs of others and helping meet them, even when you’re exhausted and just want to sleep.

It is spending long hours on the road traveling to spend just a few precious hours with dear friends.

It forsakes selfish intentions.

This past summer my team memorized Philippians 2:1-11. When I think of unconditional love, the phrases “count others more significant than yourselves” and “look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” from this passage come to mind. When I think about counting others as more significant than myself, it can hurt my pride at times—especially when I see people and have thoughts like “I’m better than them” or “Where are they going with their life?” Who am I to think that? I’m as much of a sinner as they, and I’ve done nothing to deserve the love and grace that has been given to all of us. If only we would receive it.

I have experienced unconditional love from a wonderful perspective of camp, friends, and family. I have also experienced conditional love. Conditional love is fulfilling, for a moment, as long as you do something to earn it. Conditional love can disguise itself in the form of people who you thought were once good friends. It can ease its way into our lives, and soon it’s what we cling to; a sense of being loved with work involved to deserve it.

How often do we let conditional love creep into our hearts and steal us away to the idols within? This is one of the questions that has been most convicting in my life. In writing, it has such a simple solution. Doesn’t it make more sense to devote your heart and love to the One who loves you unconditionally, rather than long for conditional and weak things of this world?

Our selfish desires keep this simple solution from being carried out. My prayer is that we see past the finite things we desire and focus on the things that are not of this world. Let us invest our time, energy, love, affection, and emotion into Christ. Let all that we do be to glorify Him, and let His grace overwhelm us.

The greatest love that the world has ever known is in the truth of the Gospel, and thank you Lord that it is everlasting, enough, and unconditional.