I’ve been reflecting on life as it is for me. I was talking with one of my good friends the other day saying how I felt in a rut. But after reflecting on this I’ve accomplished so many of my goals in these past few months!
One of my goals was to become a barista which I am happily doing at this adorable little coffee company startup. It is amazing, the shop is fantastic. The couple that started it have a large family and the spouse, who’s a carpenter, made all the furniture inside! The neat thing about the shop is that the owners have their own personal roaster who goes down to Mexico and works with the people who grow the coffee. I am so impressed with there business and beyond happy to be working there!
I finally published an Ebook on Amazon. It’s called Falling to Daughter Zion.
Another of my goals was to start a blog. Well, ta–daa! Readers, I’ve been blogging to you for quite a while.
And last but not least I fell in love.
Perhaps that has been the spark for many of those goals aforementioned.
Hurrah, to accomplishments!
So, my dear readers stay tuned for my next list of goals.
As I gazed in the mirror at my wood wicked chair I wondered what was is to come. A dove flighted off a branch and I wondered; wondered deep.
Wandering through the paths of all the “could be’s” and the “might’s.”
To a deep wonder.
I stood gazing back at my old life.
Had I achieved enough in the past?
I briefly will look back as I walk down the graduation aisle.
Did I do enough?
Did I stay the path?
As I extend my arm to toss my cap.
The dove fly’s on.
In the westward window hang colored glass crystals with cacti beneath. Hopefully not a bad omen for the day.
Light streams in the brightly scrubbed glass I cleaned this morning. It makes a person wonder in that fraction of brightness why any darkness could exist. But that is momentous. Life happens and darkness wins sometimes. But the light returns with the hope of a new day.
My morning walks bring clarity to my days. I am covered with the bright shadows of tree silhouettes, shedding my thoughts away in the aftermath of their shadows. Rich shades of green surround me in the forest where I see a deer gracefully arch over a weathered barbed wire fence.
Gingerly walking through the woods light streams in through the dappled treetops. Creating a canopy of thought. A sky of reason. An abundance of possibilities all intertwined in one branch. My mind wanders as my shoe catches on a broken limb. Trees remind me of many things in this life.
As I see it, the brain is much like a tree. The branches, or thoughts stretching out and interlacing, brightening with green leaves and throwing shadows. With a breaking storm, some branches stay strong: some break. After a furious storm, only the strongest branches will remain.
What are your strongest branches?
This morning as I wandered up the long red dirt hill I looked beneath my feet at the crunching gravel. I was immersed in thoughts, bouncing around my head like bouncing balls. Scotland, volunteer, work, college, the whole gamut seems overwhelming, or so it seems. This is true of most people my age juggling family, jobs, college, and volunteer opportunities. So much to do so little time!
Scotland is roaringly wild and majestically beautiful! I can imagine the rock cliffs prodding out into the cyan blue sky. Feeling the salt breeze wander across my face.
Today at Sunday I received that one true lamb. As in the Book of John, Jesus separates the Bread blesses it and says to his apostles: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.”
This is such a powerful verse that continues throughout the Bible. The Cardinal of my diocese visited our small church today celebrating the confirmation of many young people.
The Bishop gave a powerful homily today. Starting by thanking the whole congregation for supporting and helping the confirmands along their journey.
As he continued he described a 13-year-old girl who after an earthquake went to the support tent to find only one banana left with the provided rations. Finding this she divided the banana for her two younger siblings. Eating the leftover crumbs of the banana peel.
That homily blew my mind and really got me critically thinking about my own life and about how I can be of service to others.
We are called to serve. And I hope to do accordingly.
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God Bless for a Blessed Lent!
“Rain, rain go away come again another day.”
This was a song that my chums and I would sing on the playground as the rain slid down our noses. When I was a child I loved playing in the rain. It is such a freeing feeling to have water trickling down your arms and neck. I always felt like rain were angels tears or something quite heavenly, a little taste of heaven, dropping down. Rain somehow makes it easier to think, to ponder what has been and could be.
My XHIT workout was a great beginning to my humpday! This morning I tried some new XHIT workouts. This workout can be done several times throughout the day. A great way to stretch and strengthen those abs. I’m a hug fan of flutter kicks!
As my cursor roamed around the internet this morning I found a new little website that pays freelance writers called, www.cookingdetective.com. this site pays you to write 2000 word articles on cooking and pays +$100 and up! Being a rainy day, what a great way to make a little side income seems pretty awesome.
Recently, I’ve been reading, “Turn your computer into a Money Making Machine in 2019: How to Make Money from Home.” There’s a lot of good pointers in here, I applaud the author, Avery Breyer, she has written multiple books about making money, available on Amazon.
Another great thing to do on rainy days is to take an EdX class. I am totally an Edx nerd. The beauty of the Edx website is they offer all these courses taught from top-ranking universities that you can audit or take for a very reduced price. If you do pay for a course this can be applied toward your college degree. YEP! you heard me you can take a class for $60 and have it as credit for your college degree.
Rainy day madness, why don’t you update your Linkedin profile, too! Remember to attach any publishments you’ve written. It’s so easy to just attach a PDF to your profile, easy-peasy. Make sure make a succinct detailed resume on Linkedin. It’s can be kind of tricky to piece everything together.
If you need a stress breaker on a rainy day like this grab a hot beverage, my current favorite, is a milk tea. The recipe is quite simple and doesn’t use any exotic ingredients if you find yourself quite far from a grocery store.
Try it out on a rainy day with a good book or good video series.
Do you have too much of something that makes you feel depressed? Like too much fat, too much homework, too much time alone, too shy, too talkative, too anything.
You are amazing how you are! Don’t let anyone tell you differently, you were created to be amazing and you are on the long journey there. Like a flower before spring, opening your awesomeness one day at a time. Like the many years, we live and the people impacted by our awesome petals. Slowly unfurling to express a beautiful flower. Then falling to the ground to renew and give life to others.
Maybe, its time to think about what matters. Maybe it’s time to change your life to become better. We only have so long in this place called life where we’re called to touch others. What can you do today to reach out to someone and share your life? Maybe, hanging out with family or friends over a glass of Rosse or hot chocolate, sharing a cup of tea or coffee with a friend, woodworking, or even just writing an email to someone. True happiness is, I find when I’m crafting something for someone else. Whether it be words or yarn. Maybe for you, it’s crafting wood or watching a good movie with friends.
I think why crafting strikes my fancy so much is that it is the process of creation.
We were crafted and created as humans in the likeness of God and so it is in our bodies to create anew.
And, we as humans are created with original sin, sorry to burst your bubble, but yes we sin. So, original sin is something we’re going to be fighting day and night. Any sin can be conquered it just takes persistence and drive.
So, be amazing and strive to bring happiness to others through living vibrantly the life you’ve been given! 🙂
You have the strength to defeat giants.
Be amazing and God’s grace will follow.
Courage, Brave Heart!