appreciation can change the world

I’m sitting here in Speaker’s Circle listening to a man speak on his beliefs about radical Christianity. I’m sitting here in Speaker’s Circle listening to a young student speak up and challenge this man. I’m sitting here in Speaker’s Circle feeling so grateful that I can live in a country, live on a campus, that…

taking the swimmer out of the girl

It is strange thing no longer being apart of something you were apart of for so long. As my beloved sister and former teammates had their first swim meet of the season, I was reminded that my life is so quickly passing me. I feel like a completely different person than I was last November….

eyes unknown

It has always broken my heart seeing people drown out their self worth. Whatever their poison, some just spiral down into a bottomless pit of unhappiness that will never fulfill them. A speaker at a Steubenville conference told us that sin is a misguided attempt to look for God. Whether one recognizes it or not,…

while we are here

Yesterday was a good day. I laughed more than I have in a very long time. I sat around a table at a dining hall on campus surrounded by people who, even though I have only known for a few days, caused me to laugh so hard that my abs began to hurt and the…

when everything is new

Hey guys! Sorry I have not written in a few days, you could say the past week has been a whirlwind. I have moved into my room and it is already starting to feel like home. I dropped from recruitment, already managed to catch a nasty cold and make a run to Target for some…

simple and everything else

There was never a moment as serene as when I said goodbye to two of my best friends, Addy Evans and Karli Killian, before leaving for college. Imagine three girls laying in the back of a pick up truck parked off of a ditch, nestled in with pillows and blankets, looking up at the stars…

moms and how in the world they are always right

I left my house this morning for a trip to Ames and had stopped to splurge on a coffee from Starbucks (see the description of this blog above). I looked at the cardboard heat protector (who knows what that is called anyways) and saw Oprah Winfrey’s quote pictured above. “The only courage you ever need…

to my sister

My baby sister/only sister, Madelyn, had her first day of her junior year of high school today. I did not get to see her before she left this morning but I know that she looked beautiful as she seems to get prettier everyday. I know that she showed up in class this morning and said…

a good name

I asked someone close to me what they believed in thinking they would respond with the typical, ‘I believe in God and heaven or I’m not sure, I have a lot of questions’ answer that I usually get. Instead, the answer I got was, ‘I believe in a good name.’ He then went on to…

my obsession with Iowa

The photo above shows me, obviously way too happy, smiling and holding a candy apple and bag of cotton candy after witnessing the great Goo Goo Dolls perform at the Iowa State Fair Grandstands. Although yes, downing the apple and cotton candy on the walk back to my car was something that made my taste…

that one time I did something illegal…

Looking down wasn’t what terrified me. Looking up is what terrified me. Looking down was calming to me. The nice ground, where I belonged, my comfort zone. Down was also somewhere I was far too used to. Still, up was where I wasn’t supposed to be. Up was somewhere I had never been. So I decided to…

Welcome.

Come one, come all. Welcome to my new blog. My name is Carmen Marie Vajgrt, hi mom, and this is my attempt to share my thoughts on how the world seems to work. As the summer of 2014 winds down, I have been sensing this overwhelming feeling of change. Realizations that have been allusive until now….