My birthday was awesome!
I received so many sweet Facebook posts, messages, texts, and phone calls.
I talked with my family and even got to FaceTime with one of my best friends.
The weekend as a whole was a whirlwind of fun from start to finish.
Here are the highlights:
- Thrift store shopping
- Barnes and Noble
- Finding Dory
- 2 get togethers
- In PJs till lunchtime
I basically partied like a rockstar all weekend.
And while I’m thankful for good work, getting back into my routine will be hard tomorrow.
Now, it’s time for this 26 year old to go to bed!
Remember: the new blog schedule is Monday and Friday.
Let me know if you have any topics you’d like me to discuss more in-depth.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new adventure–Year 26.
I’ve already shared my goals with you, so now I just want to recap what happened last year:
- I was working as an office manager
- Serving the deaf at 2 churches and a school
- Making the decision to leave Alabama again to head out to Rhema
- Falling in love with missions
- Writing for this blog everyday
- My heart was steadily being changed by this radical notion that following Jesus was never meant to be a Sunday only affair
I am so blessed and humbled by everything that happened which brought me to right here, sitting on my couch, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
25, you’ve been good to me. Now it’s time to start out on my next adventure.
Finding Dory was awesome!
This is one of the few times when I think the sequel is better than the original.
The journey of Dory, Nemo, Marlin, and the gang was quite epic.
I knew it would have a happy ending, but Finding Dory really stuck the ending–I didn’t see it happening that way!
Plus, it tied in really nicely with Finding Nemo. I loved how Pixar weaved the two stories together.
Here’s some of the lessons I learned from Finding Dory:
- Family is #1
- Life lessons are truly unforgettable and will always guide you to make the right decisions
- Always be yourself
- Don’t say things you don’t mean
- Just keep swimming (couldn’t resist!)
Go watch the movie. It’s super cute.
My birthday (and America’s birthday) is almost here!
Hard to believe that my daily blogging commitment is coming to and end.
I will definitely keep up my blogging, but not everyday.
Right now my plan is to blog on Mondays and Fridays. The days are subject to change (the objective is biweekly posts).
This is just my preliminary planning because birthdays have always been mile markers for me.
This upcoming year I really want to become a more focused writer.
Daily blogging was only step one for me. I needed to get in the habit of writing everyday.
Now I want to get better at taking ideas and fully developing them.
I am excited! And I hope you’ll stick around through the next year. It’s going to be fun.
I learned a new skill today.
I can now slice up a watermelon–and it doesn’t look like I’ve hacked it with a sword!
My cooking skills are slowly developing…
(Anyone can learn how to slice up fruits and veggies pretty fast.)
Planning out menus and such does not come easily to me. Honestly, I’ve kept my meals simple enough to be sitting down and eating within 30 minutes.
But I have a crock pot now, so I want to utilize it and make yummy foods that just need to be reheated.
Pretty sure that when I have kids they will spend a lot of time with me learning how to cook.
Assuming that I figure it out myself…
I didn’t pay attention to that growing up and, if I had an opportunity to go back in time, that’s one thing I would change.
Learning to cook while you’re young is much easier than figuring it out later.
We’re all selfish.
The number one priority can easily be yours truly, especially for us single folks.
At least, this is something I have to keep in mind…
There is coming a day when spontaneity will come less and less.
And I’m okay with that.
The temptation to put others last is not new. This has been a problem from the beginning of time–only Jesus is perfect.
He gave us many great examples of selflessness.
We all want to be like him, but it’s hard…the upside down kingdom is a bit much to wrap your head around.
- The first will be last.
- He who wants to be first must be a servant.
- It takes the faith of a child to get into heaven.
None of these truths can be lived out with a selfish attitude. (And none of this is possible without the Holy Spirit.)
Maybe we all need to go into Selfishness Anonymous.
It couldn’t hurt, right?
I have a bad habit of setting up unrealistic goals for myself.
There’s nothing wrong with setting goals that stretch you, but be careful to not beat yourself up during the stretching process.
I am working on a writing project that is definitely stretching me!
The project is helping a phD candidate in an electrical engineering program turn his research into a written dissertation.
Reading the material and translating the data takes time–which means that setting realistic goals is important.
I’ve been working on this project less than a week and I’ve already logged in 5 hours.
Setting realistic goals keeps you and your project collaborators on the same page.
There’s also no shame in being honest about your limitations and potential time constraints.
I already know that having this proposal completely finished by Friday (what we agreed upon last Saturday) will not happen.
I am working diligently to get as much done as possible, but I have also communicated this fact to my employer, the student.
What I am learning as I begin this journey is that you can never go wrong in planning and goal setting by telling the truth.
Hoarding–of any kind–is not the behavior of a healthy person.
I just heard about an animal hoarder on the news. His house and yard was PACKED with cats and dogs.
The animals were malnourished and full of fleas and ticks. His backyard was a pet cemetery. The number of animals buried was indeterminable.
What brings someone to behave in this way?
I think it’s many things:
- Lack of self-control
- Mental illness
- Scarcity mentality
I used to watch Hoarders–until it got to be too much for me.
Every person on that show exhibited one or more of the above behaviors.
What always amazed me was the horrid living conditions most hoarders live in.
An altered mind will put up with a lot…
The media attention given to hoarding serves as a warning to us all: The things we have are not meant to have control of us.
In relationship to pet hoarding, it just goes to show that unhealthy behaviors affect everyone–family, friends, and pets.
I went to Rockets Over Rhema for the first time tonight.
It was great!
Here are the highlights:
- Enjoyed some fair food
- Got some freebies at the various booths
- Checked out the car show
- Hung out with several of my friends
- Saw one of the coolest firework displays I have ever seen
The weather wasn’t bad, either. We had a few run ins with a storm, but the weather held until after the fireworks.
Now for a few pictures.
The blue car was Brother Hagin’s transportation to all the crusades before they started flying him everywhere.
Three awesome things happened today.
1. I picked up a writing project!
This project entails helping a doctorate student in a chemical engineering program put words to his research. Don’t be surprised if I end up writing a post or two about what I’m learning.
2. I watched The Shallows in theaters.
At first, I wasn’t going to because I was afraid the movie would not be all that great.
Now, I’m glad that I did! It was epic and suspenseful and awesome.
The biggest recurring thought as I watched: Wow. Not sure I would be smart enough to outsmart a shark.
3. I saw the COOLEST truck ever in the Dollar Tree parking lot.
A Star Wars truck?!?!
I had a geek out moment…I might have contemplated stealing this truck….
Check out the light saber on the gun rack.
I circled this truck at least 5 times. I’ve never seen anything quite like this and now it has me thinking about making a comic book car.
Well, I’m headed toward bed. It’s been a great day.