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Mid February 2017

I totally missed the month of January, didn’t I? Feels like I’m about to miss February too if I’m not careful!

Been an interesting couple months since I wrote last. I turned 38. Which seems odd, I’m pretty sure I was just 28! Not facing 40 already! Had a painting party for my big day, mine is pictured below:

20170129_160125It was a fun time, I love doing things like that, especially with friends! Now I just have to get that hung on the wall!

School’s going OK. I’m a little behind in my current class, but I seem to say that a lot. Getting ready to register for Summer classes tomorrow. Which means I’m in the home stretch for graduating next year! Crazy me, I’m planning on going on to get my Masters soon after that, but one thing at a time!

Mike and I are on a break. I know, bad timing with V-day here, but it is what it is.

Anyway, also been nursing a sick kitty 😦 They both have feline herpes, which apparently is common with shelter pets. They get it in their nose, like humans get cold sores. He sounds more like he has an upper respiratory infection, so I’ll call the vet in a couple of days if it doesn’t clear up with the lysine she gave me for the herpes. Poor baby! They also had bad cases of ear mites recently too. Besides that, they’re completely spoiled and seem very happy 🙂

I feel like all I do is attempt to catch up with life these days. With some advice from my trainer (aka my therapist sometimes!), I’ve started scheduling out my week in order to develop a routine. Took a stab at it last week and it really helped. I just try to give 110% to everything and that doesn’t work! Not that I want to slack off in any area of my life, I just need to find balance and set priorities. Pray for me!

Buried my grandma’s ashes last week. Short and simple Scripture reading and prayer at the grave site, she was cremated back in November and we waited until her birthday to bury her. I know she’s with the Lord, but I still miss her and her wit.

I had a goal to dead-lift 125 lbs by my birthday. A little late, but I crushed that goal last week! 135 lbs – 2 sets of 5 lifts! Go me! I’m also further along in the Couch to 5K program than I’ve ever been! Feeling good! I made a deal with my trainer to not look at the scale for a while, and I’ve stuck to it. I have no idea if I’ve lost any weight, but I need to not focus on that number right now. I was stressing over it big time. I’m choosing to focus on the dead lifting and squatting numbers instead.

Work is still going well. I really like it here and hope to be here a long time. Yeah, I’m making less money, but I’m happy and more fulfilled – that’s what matters.

Speaking of work, my lunch is about over. I’ll talk to you all again soon, I hope!!

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36? wow #tattoo #ink #dragonfly

So, yesterday was my birthday and I turned 36.  Seems like yesterday that was 26.  I don’t feel old or anything, just not where I expected to be 10 years ago.  But I guess we can all say that, huh?

I did give myself something yesterday for my birthday… a new tattoo!  It’s a dragonfly on my right arm.  I went a little bigger with this one than I have with the other 4, guess I’m getting a little bolder 🙂  I shy away from anything to big and showy because of church/missions.  Not that I’m ashamed of them, or think they’re wrong to get, obviously… but I don’t want to cause anyone to stumble or anything. Ink can be frowned upon in some cultures and can cause my witness to be questioned.  I’d rather be able to show someone God’s love for them without any distractions.  Hope that all makes sense.

Anyway, here’s the pic and yes I am this pale 🙂

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What else is going on? #art #english #school #ms #B90

So much else has been going on besides the Advocare 24-day challenge (which is going really well!  I have SO much more energy, it’s scary!)  

Anyway, I  thought I should take a moment and update y’all on other stuff 🙂

Art – I attended an art conference this past weekend that was very inspiring.  We discussed how art is prophetic and how you can use the arts to reach people for Christ.  The arts have been kinda taboo in churches, so it’s freeing to attend an event that affirms the giftings God has put in us.  It inspired me to go out and buy a new medium – pastels.  Hadn’t worked with them before but so far I like them.  They’re a lot like colored pencil, which I enjoy too.  God put into my imagination a couple of pieces I hope to work on soon, in acrylic and pastels.  Should be fun.

English – so I’m taking Eng 102 this semester and it is harder than I remember.  It’s online and writing intensive.  I like writing this blog and stuff, but I don’t have to worry about strict grammar and grades and all that with this platform.  I don’t have to give you all a thesis statement and a closing paragraph, but maybe I do that unintentionally anyway… hmm.

School – start at LUO on Aug 18th!  So excited!  Received all my books, wow!  There’s a lot!  A few for each class, and I’m taking 4.  Well, actually 5 classes, but one is a single credit – online literacy class.  So 4 ‘real’ classes that are 3 credit hours each.  (Free time?  Ha!  I used to think I had too much!  Now I won’t have any!)  The community college Oral Comm class is going well so far.  The teacher is pretty cool and the work hasn’t been too hard yet.  We have a persuasive speech due in a couple of weeks, which I’m a little nervous about, but not really.  Public speaking isn’t too scary to me, I’ve done a lot of it in church and on missions.

MS – I hate summer.  I don’t have any real symptoms or anything, just get a little more worn out if I’m hot for too long.   The weight loss and eating healthy are helping  a lot though.

B90 or Bible in 90 days – doing OK so far.  I’m about 3 days behind, but considering everything that’s going on, I think that’s pretty good!  Will finish Numbers today (yes, I totally made it through Leviticus!)  That means a lot of the ‘hard’ stuff is done, just got Deuteronomy to go, then not so much Law anymore, just stories.  They are a lot of more interesting to read.

So for my closing statement 😉  Things are crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

PS – the depression isn’t a problem right now 🙂  Big PRAISE GOD for that!

End of 2013

Side note:  I hate it when my friends are hurting!  I’ve got a few dealing with some pretty heavy stuff lately.  They shouldn’t make me worry like this, back into my ‘prayer closet’ I go!

I’ve been trying to figure out what to say in my last post for the year…  guess I’ll just wing it.

2013 was an exciting year. I mean, come on, I went to Africa!  How amazing was that?!?!  I earned my pastoral license, asked out a guy and bought a new car!  Made it through 6 sessions of Spanish classes, even though I don’t really know how to speak it yet, I know a lot of grammar.  I learned that I’m not that bad at painting and colored pencil art.  I lost a whopping 9 pounds this year  And, unfortunately, had to say good-bye to a couple of the seniors in my group, but they’re in a better place. 

So, what do I hope for next year?  A date with said guy.  Paying off some of that car and other debt.  Probably taking a year off from the mission field, maybe take an actual vacation?!?!  Taking some Advanced Spanish classes, a course called Perspectives, and hopefully losing some weight.  Already signed up for one 5k, hope to complete that one and another two.  Possibly a promotion at work.  And walking besides these friends of mine with what they’re going through.

How was your 2013?  What do you plan/hope for in 2014?  Just keep these verses in mind (almost clichés, but it’s still good stuff):

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.'” Jeremiah 29:11

and

“Be delighted with the Lord. Then he will give you all your heart’s desires.” Psalm 37:4.