summer reading list

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

recently, my friend, jack, told me that i needed to read a novel this summer, so naturally, i took that as "i need to read as many novels as i can." i put together a summer reading list for myself and after putting it to a vote on my instagram, i have decided to share it with you. I have put an X next to each book that I have finished. i hope to finish all of these by the end of the summer.

on my list is

  • the handmaid's tale X
  • gone girl X
  • the girl on the train X
  • sad girls X
  • middlesex X
  • out of bounds X
  • slaughterhouse five 
  • catch 22
  • the marriage plot
  • the mars room
  • the perfect mother
  • how to walk away
  • into the water
  • educated
  • the book of essie 

i encourage you all to make a summer reading list for yourself, maybe include some of these on your list! also comment some more books i should read, i'm always up for recommendations. until next time!


pura vida

Monday, June 11, 2018

hello beautiful people!

today is one of those hot and humid days here in michigan, but that's nothing compared to the humidity in costa rica. i've never been to costa rica, so i don't exactly know what it's like, but i'd have to assume that it's very hot and humid.

in fact, my wonderful friend, olivia, is going there to study abroad. i guess we could ask her while she's there, or we could all take a giant trip there and figure it out on our own. doesn't that sound like a good time?

well since i can't exactly afford a trip to costa rica and i assume many of you can't either, i have a small piece of costa rica for each and every one of you.

recently, i became a rep for pura vida bracelets. now if you've never heard of pura vida, i will gladly fill you in. pura vida began when two college grads went to costa rica for a trip. these two grads met two local bracelet artisans and had them make 400 bracelets for them to take back to san diego. these two grads sold all 400 of the bracelets and realized what a great business it was. today, each and every pura vida bracelet is made by artisans all over the world, many of them are still made in costa rica.

the coolest part is that pura vida's core belief is giving back! many of their bracelets are from the charity collection, which means that each one of those bracelets supports a specific cause.

now if i haven't sold you yet, how does a 20% off discount sound? c'mon, i know most of you are college students who love bracelets, anklets, and rings! why don't you just check out their website and if you see something you like, use my discount code: AUBREYSOCHACKI20 .

peace out, aubs

excerpt from my journal no. 44

Monday, June 4, 2018

so i haven't done a journal excerpt in a very, very long time and i actually have decided to retire them for now; this will be the last one. if you enjoy reading my poems and such, you can check out my hello poetry or purchase my book on amazon.

untitled- 06/01/18

don't write for anyone but yourself
the moment you write for him or her
you lose yourself and your voice

very short and sweet to end a series of journal excerpts! i will probably continue to post some journal photos on my instagram stories, so check those out if you enjoyed these.

love you guys!
see you all very soon.


happy 200 and 15k

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

so today i am hitting two major blogging milestones! this is my 200th post and the day that i hit 15,000 views.

i just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart! i started this blog in 2015 and i didn't expect much from it. i had no idea what to talk about and quite frankly i didn't even know who i was. i feel like this blog has brought so much growth to my life. thank you so much for following me on this journey!

for those of you who have been here since the first post, you are crazy! but honestly, thank you for seeing something in me, when i couldn't even see myself. you have seen me change my blogging topic several times, you were there when i published take me with you, and most of all you were here when i hit 15,000 page views! thanks for sticking around, i can't wait to see where this blog goes!

for those of you who are more recent, i am just as grateful for you! you see something in me and this blog and that is truly amazing! i hope that you stick around so that you can witness some cool things that i have planned for this blog and for my life. read some old posts if you desire to and stay tuned!

that is all i really have to say! so thank you again! let's see what adventures await us, shall we?

much love, aubs

friend dates

Sunday, May 13, 2018

so you go to college and you meet your best friends, but what about summer? you all have to go back to your hometowns; some of you have internships, some have full-time jobs, others are traveling the world. so what exactly do you do to keep up with your friends?

you could just hang out and watch movies or you could do something much more exciting! like, go on a friend date. i think it's unique and a change of scenery to go somewhere new with your friends.

recently i went on a friend date with grace. we initially planned on going to downtown detroit for lunch, but we ended up just hanging around her city. it was super fun because we both got all dressed up like we were going on an actual date and we just spent the day together.

it's so crucial to stay connected to your college friends throughout the summer. it might only be three months, but it's a great idea to get excited about seeing them every now and then.

so seriously, take some time this week. connect with a friend and schedule a fun date for you two. go get coffee, go to a movie, go out to eat, etc. whatever you do, just remember to give your friend your full attention!

love your friends like they're a special date, they deserve it!

xoxo, Aubs 

active faith

Sunday, May 6, 2018

hello friends! i recently was chatting with my friend, bryce, about actively pursuing God every day. we both thought that it would make a great blog post to start out the summer blogging season. this summer i want to make an effort to blog more often and to pursue God at all times.

when bryce and i were talking, we discussed ways that we pursue God. now, you have all probably been told to read your Bible, pray, go to church, etc. but what about the mundane tasks?
1 Corinthians 10:31 calls us to do everything for the glory of God; "so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." so what about putting on your makeup or brushing your teeth? what about filling your water bottle or driving to work/school? what if, with every task, we pursued God with all we've got?

now i'm just going to discuss two of the tasks i mentioned above, putting on your makeup and filling a water bottle.

i told bryce that i have begun to sing of His praise while i do my makeup in the morning, just to remind myself who God is. sometimes i will play my favorite worship songs or i will just say a simple mantra like "you are the great I am" or "faith over fear." just doing this has transformed how i feel in the morning, it wakes me up, reduces my anxiety, and generally makes me happier.

and bryce told me that he has been thinking about the cisterns in our lives and how God is the only cistern we should be filling and the only cistern we should be using to fill ourselves. now if you don't know what a cistern is, check out Jeremiah 2:13. bryce explained it best when he said, "we dig our own cisterns, our own broken cisterns, never enough to make me happy, can never fill me up like the spring of living water that is the cistern of God." now bryce told me that he thinks of this every time he fills his water bottle and prays that he fills his cistern with God.

isn't it just extravagant that God is present in everything you do? isn't is truly amazing that God wants to be present in everything you do? that all He wants is to know you?

i hope that you find a small task in your life or take one of the ones i mentioned and use it to glorify God.

xoxo, Aubs 

i can only imagine

Saturday, March 31, 2018

hi friends!

i just got back from seeing i can only imagine with my mom and i'm pretty sure you need to go see it too because holy moly was it amazing! but really there were a couple things that stuck with me, 1. priscilla shirer was in the movie, which for some reason reminded me of christine caine's talk at passion, probably because i needed to hear the truth from her talk again. 2. bart's manager said to him, "what are you running from?" and then told bart to "embrace it" 3. no matter how much your (my) life is falling apart, Jesus is never ever ever ever (a million times ever) going to abandon you (me).

so yeah, let me expand on these all a little bit more!

one. christine caine's main point during her passion talk was "who told you?" and lately i've been really down on myself and feeling super unworthy and just unlovable. you guys probably think i have my life altogether, especially since i wrote a blog post on the topic of being unlovable, but honestly, i don't have it all together. i write these posts for me so that when i am feeling this way, i can look back and read the truth. anyways back to christine's talk. so during this movie, i saw priscilla and i instantly thought of christine and instantly thought, "who told me i was unworthy and unlovable?" Jesus sure didn't say that. i mean Jesus thought i was worthy and lovable, enough so that He died for me. so why do i let my depression and anxiety spew lies in my life? why do i let past events tell me who i am? because man, i am forgiven, i am worthy, i am loved, i am lovable, and i am pretty freaking awesome. so that being said, i need to remember that it only matters what God says about me, not what anyone else, myself included, says about me.

two. "what are you running from?" a lot. "embrace it" how? how should i do that God?
i am going to journal about this tonight, see what God says to me and for once listen to Him. i encourage you to do the very same thing. tell Him what you're running from and ask Him how you can embrace it.

three. last week was a rough week. i was extremely panicky and anxious, i just wanted to curl up in a ball and never leave my bed. i'm not even going to lie, i think i cried every single day of the week because of how overwhelmed i was. but hey, even when i was crying, i was talking to God. i was thanking God every single day that i was alive, that i was feeling emotions, that because of Him i still felt joyful. so you know, even when my life feels like it's falling apart, and i swear it has fallen apart a lot before, Jesus is so freaking cool and will never leave me. and even when He's silent, He's still there.

so yeah man, go see i can only imagine! maybe God will use it to reach out to you in unthinkable ways! and happy easter! Jesus is alive. and He is alive every single day!

xoxo, aubs