The tolerant left?

If you don’t follow me on Twitter, please change that: brennaspencer, however, if you do follow me on Twitter I’m sure you have noticed the hate I’ve been getting. I wanted to tell you guys about how tolerant the people who tweet hateful things at me are. I’ll also screenshot some of the tweets.

Here’s how it started:

If you don’t know who Jaclyn Hill is then you are missing out because she is a phenomenal makeup artist and I’ve always enjoyed watching her YouTube videos. However, she favorited a tweet that was hateful to President Trump. I decided to comment on it. A pretty harmless comment, that I was disappointed and couldn’t see myself being a fan of someone so hateful towards our president. The left did not take that well. So then my next tweet was “this is Trumps America, if only I cared about your opinion” because I was getting so much hate…. LOL. It got SO much worse. (I’ll post screenshots of tweets I promise just wanted to elaborate). I was ready to argue with these liberals but unfortunately the only thing they say back is insults. If you want a good laugh, please take the time to read the screenshots below.

Whole 30 Experience

If you’ve never heard of the Whole 30 diet/lifestyle (my mom refuses to call it a diet in my household so we call it a lifestyle) then you are missing out. If you haven’t heard of it, here is a link to all the information:

https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/

But to summarize, Whole 30 is basically where you cut out all the foods that can have a negative impact on your body such as grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol etc. I don’t necessarily consider it a “diet” because although you will lose some weight, it’s specifically for trying to make your body feel better.

I started Whole 30 with my mother and father on November 25, 2017, and just completed it a few days ago. It was the best thing I’ve ever done for my body. Some of the benefits are listed on the website but here were my personal benefits from it.

  1. More energy!! I have always been a low energy person and this made me less tired throughout the day.
  2. Better sleep, I have bad sleeping habits and this definitely helped me get a full 8 hours of good sleep each night.
  3. Weight loss, I did lose around 11 pounds in the 30 days, however, I didn’t eat super healthy before
  4. No more sugar cravings, after about a week I wasn’t craving anything sweet anymore when normally I crave chocolate cake ten times a day

Those are just a few of the major benefits that I noticed. Now here are the cons:

  1. Very inconvenient, for a full-time student and full-time employee it was difficult to make time every day to plan meals and go to the store. Let’s just say I made plenty of leftovers for the next day.  Although it was inconvenient, it was do-able.
  2. repetitive, I don’t have a huge kitchen with lots of utensils when I’m away at school so I repeated the same 4 or 5 meals every week which made it not as enjoyable but once again it was do-able.

Those were the one 2 cons I had on this program. I actually really enjoyed having a restrictive diet. There was never a point where I wanted to give up because I really loved how great my body felt.

I will say that the new Whole 30 book that just came out allows you to eat white potatoes, however, I cut out white potatoes from my diet. There’s no specific reason why I kept away from white potatoes, I just didn’t feel like eating them.

Here are some of the meals I ate while on the program:

Breakfast: Hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, bacon (no sugar) and sausage (no sugar)

Lunch: normally ate what was left over from dinner the night before

Dinner: chicken with green beans and sweet potatoes. filet mignon with zucchini noodles with olive oil, garlic, and onions. Salmon with squash and avocado and tomato salad.

I loved Whole 30 so much that in about 9 days I’m restarting it! It definitely opened my eyes to why it’s important to be careful what we put in our bodies and how much the food we eat affects our bodies.

ATL Airport Blackout Experience

On Sunday, December 17, I was on my way to West Palm Beach, Florida for a work conference (SAS by Turning Point USA) my flights went from BNA > ATL > PBI. However, my flight never made it to PBI. I made it into ATL around 11am and my next flight was due to take off around 1:30pm. I was so excited to be able to work this conference so I was very anxious to head to Palm Beach. Next thing I knew, 15 minutes before boarding the lights went out, completely black. It was raining so many of us assumed that maybe the rain/storm knocked the power out and airport employees assured us that our flight would be on its way soon. Two hours passed… still no sign of regaining power and none of the employees had information on what was going on. There was hardly any cell service and people’s phones were dying due to the fact that we couldn’t charge our phones. Restaurants had shut down and there was no running water so going to the bathroom was a difficult task. I had been calling and texting my parents constantly to see if they had any updates since we didn’t have service. I received a call from my mother saying this was a huge breaking news story that the ATL airport was experiencing a blackout. Thankfully I was with a friend/co-worker so that eased my anxiety a little bit. 2 more hours passed and the sun starting setting and still no information on what was going on. Our flight kept getting pushed back every 30 minutes. Then the smoke emerged. There was an electrical fire in the basement that had caused the power outage and the fire had reached one of the trams.The fire alarms were going off for hours which drove all of us insane. As it started becoming pitch black outside it became eerier inside. Planes were lined up on the tarmac. Passengers were stuck in planes for over 9 hours. People were stuck inside of elevators for 9 hours. Pretty soon it was pitch black outside. The airport has no emergency lights, no food or water, and no heat. The employees eventually started handing out peanuts and pretzels from the airplanes. The only thing visible in the airport was the flashlights from peoples phones. I received a text from my mother saying my dad had gotten me a hotel and I needed to leave. I and my friend desperately wanted to stay in the airport to catch a flight as soon as possible but it wasn’t looking possible at all. We decided to go to the hotel. We were at the opposite side of the entrance so since the trams were not in service we had to walk 2 miles just to get out of the airport. This is when the chaos really happened. People were trying to navigate a dark airport. Handicapped people were being carried up escalators in their wheelchairs. As soon as we reached outside we knew we were in trouble. It was complete madness. You couldn’t even see what was in front of you because there were so many people. We had to take a specific bus to our hotel and we stood outside for over an hour waiting for a bus before we decided we were going to get on a bus, ride with it to its destination and then from there uber to our hotel. We arrived at our hotel baggage-less, cold, starving and scared at 9pm. My main concern was our baggage. Once we checked in we went downstairs to eat only to find out that it was a 2-hour wait. So we decided to go to target and get some essentials for the night and then order pizza. We got to bed around midnight but I was restless. I was so worried about how we were going to get to the conference and our luggage so the entire night I stayed up on Twitter to get updates on the airport. Thankfully one of our advisory board members was trapped in ATL too and was able to rent us a car for the next day. Just before midnight, the lights came back on in the airport but obviously they had lots to sort out. Then around 3:30am, they tweeted that the airport was open. So I woke my friend up at 4am to go to the airport to see if we could find information/retrieve our luggage. We found out that our luggage would be on the first flight to West Palm and we could retrieve it there. At 7am we headed to the rental car to drive 9 hours to West Palm Beach. We made it to West Palm around 5:30pm on December 18 and the conference was amazing the rest of the week.

Unfortunately I do not have any photos or videos of this experience because I stayed off my phone as much as possible to conserve battery, however, I will link some youtube videos/news stories below

by: Michelle Holton via Youtube

If you’re really into conspiracy theories, this next video by Studio News, is very interesting, highly recommend watching it! & there are a bunch of videos similar to this one on youtube!

This was easily one of the scariest experiences of my life. Officials have not ruled out terrorism. Do I think it was terrorism? Absolutely. The news stations were barely covering this story. It was hard to describe the chaos and madness that was happening inside of this airport that night but it was terrifying. 400 flights canceled and 30k+ people trapped in an airport with no information to what is going on. Will we ever truly know what happened? Probably not but after experiencing it, I 100% think it was terrorism. Although it was terrifying I’m glad I went through it. It was a great lesson. Being an adult is already hard but being an adult in a potential terrorist attack is 10x harder.

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My Favorite Podcasts

A question I get asked frequently is about the political podcasts I listen to. I spend a lot of time in a car, driving back and forth from school, so I spend lots of time listening to podcasts. Here are my top 5 favorite podcasts:

  1. The Ben Shapiro Show: I’m sure this podcast is number one on many conservatives list. Shapiro is such a well spoken, knowledgeable conservative so his podcast offers lots of insight into the national and local news.
  2. Constitutional: This is a series that explores the constitution and our Founding Fathers. This is a really good lesson about our Nations history-highly recommend
  3. Rush Limbaugh Morning Update:  Perfect to listen to on the way to work or school. Rush is someone I highly look up to and if you’ve never listened to him on the radio you should because he is so smart and entertaining.
  4. Common Sense with Dan Carlin: Dan Carlin talks quite fast but it’s a good way to keep up with current issues going on around you. This podcast will also give you a good laugh.
  5. First Mondays: This is a podcast about the Supreme Court- really entertaining

 

Cheers to 2018

It has been almost six months since I’ve written and honestly, it feels like it has been years since I’ve written. To say the least, I have been the busiest these past six months than I have ever been in my entire life, and also the happiest. 2017 has been filled with many ups and many downs. By far this year has been the most growth in my life that I have ever experienced. I’ve learned more lessons than I have ever learned in my life and I really needed to learn them. So I am going to share those lessons with you guys. I tend to keep my personal life off my blog and social media and I will continue to do that, however, I want to share my reflections of 2017 and my goals for 2018.

Reflections from 2017:

  1. Have the strength to be nice in all situations, even to the people who have wronged you. You can never lose by being a kind person.
  2. Words cannot be unsaid. Chose them wisely.
  3. You still have time, for everything. Do not rush
  4. Say yes to adventures. Memories are some of the most precious things in life.
  5. In reference to 4 above, take lots of pictures. With today’s technology, there is no reason to not cherish every moment and take lots of pictures.
  6. Be confident, yet humble. Confidence can take you many places in life.
  7. Pick and choose your battles- some things are worth fighting about but most things in life are worth working through
  8. Dress professionally as often as possible, you don’t know who you will run into
  9. Connections will get you far in your professional life, so go out and network

Goals for 2018:

  1. This is the most important goal for me in 2018. Get rid of toxic relationships/relationships that are not benefiting your life. There are some people who just do not deserve to be in your 2018.
  2. Save money. I (sometimes) have a problem with spending money, especially on food.
  3. Workout 4 times a week, at least.
  4. Continue with a Whole-30 lifestyle. I have never felt better than when I was on Whole-30.
  5. Teach myself French, my middle name is French so I feel like I have an obligation to learn it haha.
  6. Better my spiritual relationship

 

Since I haven’t written in while I will do a life update. I have many things that I would like to write about but since 2018 is approaching so quickly, I wanted to write about my reflections and goals.

Cheers to 2018!! May it be the best year yet!

Lessons I’ve learned In College

I can’t believe in little over a month I will be entering my final year of college. It really hit me yesterday when I was receiving emails from professors and seeing my status as “Senior.” Looking back college has been some of my best times and some of my worst times. Here are some lessons I learned in College. Life is so short. Do what makes you happy.

  1. Don’t enter college with a boyfriend/girlfriend. Chances are it’s not going to work out. Theres so many new people you meet and things can get messy. Entering college is such an adventure and the last thing you should be worrying about is a relationship.
  2. You’re going to change your major a couple times. Don’t stress about it. Don’t force something, chose what you’re passionate about.
  3. Planners are everything. Sometimes you don’t realize how much you have to do and how much time is in a day. Go through your class syllabus and write down every due date, project, quiz and test on there.
  4. Check your planner everyday. It’s not useful to have everything written out and then not check it everyday.
  5. That boy you’re going to fall in love with isn’t worth worrying about right now. He may be everything you want but if he really loves you he will stay no matter what so don’t take it too seriously right now.
  6. Join an organization or group of some sort. Chances are you’ll meet your best friend(s)
  7. You don’t need anyone in your life who isn’t benefiting you. Don’t be afraid to cut people out of your life who keep you small.
  8. You will miss your mom/dad and they are missing you so text/call/facetime them everyday.
  9. Don’t lose sight of who you are. College has lots of temptations and pressures but stay true to yourself.
  10. You’re going to get your heartbroken and you’re going to be miles away from your mom but stay strong. It will get better. Do things to better yourself
  11. You only live once and you’re only in college for a short time. Don’t waste it. Go to that basketball game or party. Go hiking, bowling etc.
  12. Start a journal/diary and write in it at least twice a week. In a few years you’ll be able to look back at some of your best and worst memories.
  13. Find a good church and stick with it. Don’t let your faith leave when you go to college. College is the time where you’ll need God the most.
  14. The freshman 15 is real… go workout, play sand volleyball, go hiking. Don’t eat ramen noodles everyday.
  15. Friends are so important. They help you get through the hard parts of life so find good ones and treat them right.

Book Review 3

Hey guys! I am so excited to share this next book with you guys. Now I got this book from my lovely mother for my birthday back in December and I read most of it during my Christmas break and then when I went back to school I got so busy with my internship and school that I wasn’t able to finish it but tonight I picked it up and was able to finish it.

The book I’m reviewing today is called i am n. It is about the true stories of Christians who face Muslim extremists. This book is so powerful and will bring tears to your eyes. The stories in this book are so horrific and it’s hard to believe how these Christians are being persecuted.

So before I go on, I would like to explain the title of the book. I was confused by the title at first but “n” stands for the Arabic letter muslim extremists use to identity Christians.

One of the stories in the book that really touched my heart is chapter 32 called “Point-Blank Forgiveness” and it takes place in Nigeria. Habila Adamu and his family were sleeping in their house one night when they were invaded by radical muslims. They demanded that Habila gather his family outside. They asked if Habila was a christian or muslim and he said christian. The radical muslims told him to change his answer or he would be killed. Habila stated once again that he was a christian and they shot him in the head and left. Habila’s wife bent down to him and Habila told her that he was still alive. Through the grace of God Habila lived and is able to go on and tell his story.

This book is full of stories very similar to Habila’s. I think this book is so important because the world, especially Americans, need to see the persecution christians go through by radical muslims. This book is full of stories but these are only just a few. Go read this book and pass it along! It’s also available as an Ebook for those kindle lovers out there.

Also the authors are from a nonprofit organization called “The voice of martyrs”that offer help to persecuted christians. I say that because across the top of the book it says “The voice of martyrs” and because it’s a great organization!

Also there is a website: “i-am-n.com” go check it out!