Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cartwheels and Sidewalk Chalk.

If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to get lost in the receipts, bills, to-do lists, calendars, and the everyday monotony. It’s also equally easy to find yourself over analyzing and stressing yourself out over what may or may not happen in the future. No?  Just me?  Okay, well my transition into adulthood became a routine cycle of get up, go for a run, go to work, come home, make dinner, go to bed. Rinse. Repeat.  

TIME OUT.

I get that responsibilities and obligations happen.  And yes, they are necessary to survive (don't worry daddio, I am still earning a paycheck and contributing to my 401K), but you know what else is necessary in the everyday?  Having fun.  Staying sane.  Having a legitimate convo with The Big Man Upstairs. Doing things you love.  Getting active.  Taking deep breaths.  Smiling.  Soaking up some Vitamin D.  Performing a random act of kindness.  Telling someone you love them.  Choosing not to sweat the small stuff.  Drinking lots of H2O.  Remembering why you're thankful.  Reflecting.  Cranking some tunes.  Listening in the silence.  Reading.  Transforming.  Living.

Lately this has included:
Praying just to pray.  Going for long walks on silent trails with the Darbster.  Laughing until I can't breathe.  Trying to brighten just one person's day.  Living in the moment.  Dinner with friends.  Doing cartwheels just to see if I still got what I learned in Tumblebugs at the YMCA.  Memorizing verses (yes, this is also work for me).  Skateboarding in the park.  Date nights with my savior (and no, I don't have to wear makeup or dress up for these because He is my artist...and let's be honest, I've gotten really good at going au naturale).  Using sidewalk chalk.  Appreciating the everyday.  Writing birthday cards.  Eating lots of fro yo because I can.  Listening to music like my life needs a theme song.  Quality time with quality people.  Trying new recipes.  Playing cards.  Laughing at my own jokes because yes, I tend to think I'm like, seriously hilarious.  Living in the here and now.  Keeping a list of things for which I'm thankful.  Wearing neon green nail polish and my favorite Nikes.  


Life is not just a collection of rules and dirty dishes left in the sink.  God has given us a gift in each breath, and it's our job to enjoy every single one with which we are blessed.  Use them up and wear them out because this lifetime will be gone in the blink of an eye, which is pretty much okay with me (especially with the recent influx of political ads and the impending election...).

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thankful Thursdays.

Things I have been loving recently (aside from my life...minus when the Darbster gets sick.  Yup, that's right.  Feeling like a real mom now...):

My Little One.

 Living in the moment.

Fast-paced, perfectly-silent, morning runs.
 
 Forgiveness. I am not perfect. Neither is anyone else.

 A lesson in contentment.

 S'mores. S'mores popcorn. S'mores flavored coffee creamer. Let's be honest...this is  a year-round craving.

 Patience is a virtue.  Faithfulness is a witness.

 Finding passions. Truth.

 Forever and ever.  There is no "til death due us part", and for that I am eternally thankful.

 Okay, maybe not the world.  Maybe just Portland and New Zealand and California and London and Australia and anywhere with a beach...

This season. The grand old midwest. The outdoors. Creation. God's thumbprint. The details. Nuff said.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Blessed.

Dare I say it?  I mean I guess I don't believe in jinxes so, I might as well.  I'll let you in on a little secret....I am the happiest I've ever been.  Wait, did you catch that?  I AM THE HAPPIEST I'VE EVER BEEN!  No, I didn't win the lottery, but I feel like I won the life jackpot.  I feel so incredibly blessed, and I've done nothing to deserve it.  As one of my good friends says, "It's just a gift, and it's crazy that we get to unwrap it every day."  I feel completely settled.  I'm content.  I love being 23.  My dog is great.  My family is even better.  I'm loving my job and finally feeling challenged again.  Coaching has been a huge blessing in my life!  I'm pouring into those girls and loving the happiness and the smiles and the thank you cards and the e-mails that I get back in return.  My apartment feels like home.  I love my church.  I'm sleeping better.  My face is practically zit-less.  I'm on a coffee kick (which could explain this the themeless-ness of this post).  I've been enjoying the beautifully-breath-taking fall season in the Midwest.  I'm spending more time outside.  I can't remember the last time I cried for no reason (actually, I can't remember the last time I cried, which is a good sign).  I'm taking risks.  I'm breathing deep.  I'm enjoying life.  I'm trying new things.  I'm writing love letters to my Savior.  I'm painting my nails crazy colors (okay, so that's not so new).  I'm listening to good music.  I'm speaking my own language (at least according to my co-workers and some examples include: "My phone is on the fritz.", "Bee-Tee-Dubs" (short for BTW, which is short for by the way), and "Amped").  I'm running farther and faster.  I'm enjoying the scenery.  I'm learning to be flexible.  I'm spending time with friends.  I'm busy again, and it's no secret that I love this about my life.  I'm getting to know the streets of Des Moines by heart.  I'm keeping a schedule while being spontaneous? I don't get it either.  I'm thinking in statuses.  I'm writing thank you notes.  I'm gaining a heart for Corporate America and the sadness that's hidden inside of those cubicles.  I'm finding my purpose.  I'm asking God to give me ways to share my faith daily.  I'm reading good books.  I'm staying organized.  I'm planning and dreaming big.  I have that inexplicable joy back that has been missing for so long.  More than anything.... I feel like myself again.  This, I'm sure, can be attributed to many things, but they all stem back to my Creator.  He knows every fiber of my being, and I think this life phase has been a long time coming (at least it seems so in my mind).  I can't wait to see where all of this takes me.  I guess I only have one word to leave you all with: AMPED.