Monthly Archives: January 2012

Pump Station Trail

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I debated for a while (3 days) over what to post tonight. I’ll let you take a gander as to tomorrow’s post! 😉 So many options, I know!

Friday morning I was dying to go hiking. It was my one day off from work last week, my brother was awake before noon, and I wanted to be outside enjoying the crispy winter air. We haven’t had much crisp winter air so I wanted to enjoy it while I could!

I’m blessed to live in a location in Durham that is so close to the Eno River! Granted, there are different parts to the Eno and various trails you can take, but the river is literally running behind our back fence. Cool, huh?!

Anyways, bro wanted to show me a trail that he and his friends hiked this past summer a few times a week. It was a mere 1.5 mile loop and although it wasn’t a challenge at all, the view and remains of an old pump station were worth it. Of course I took my camera (unbeknownst to me the battery was dying quickly!) and snapped lots of pictures. Most of them were of bricks. I can’t help it… I am drawn to weird things! :p

Enjoy the views of the old Pump Station at the Eno! (and the awkward ones of my brother and I!)

Inspiration

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Inspiration is not something I come by easily. It either comes at inopportune times or it rarely comes at all.

 

Some places that inspire me might ring true for you as well: a good coffee shop (Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts), driving in my car, early mornings at work (but as fortune has it, my computer is slow therefore it’s impossible to blog!), being in the woods, sitting in silence listening to everything around me, walking around at work.

 

Now I am not making claims that I am some inspired genius daily. I mean, take a look at when I last blogged. Yeah…not cool.

As life would have it, my schedule is usually so busy that when I am allowed free time, I use it to workout, play the piano, cook, eat, and do other various household chores. I deserve the award for most boring life, I know. But, there are those times when I have buckets of spare time (like my Fridays off from work) that I try to set aside time to blog… and guess what? It rarely ever happens.

I want this blog to be an extension of my life- with bits of happenings here and there, life lessons, and other important milestones. I want to make more of an effort to blog even if it’s just to give a run-down of my daily schedule or what I ate for dinner. (Both of which are very interesting, I assure you! :p )

 

All that being said, I want to leave you with one picture. A dinky PhotoBooth picture I took not 8 minutes ago.

It’s a picture of something that inspires me… to live a fuller life, be a better person, reach out to those in need, love my neighbor, spread the love of Christ, etc. I could go on and on about my daily convictions when I read this precious book but that’s another blog post for another time.

 

Holy Bible, ESV

 

What’s something that inspires you?

Two Visits and a Discovery

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Wednesday. I am so glad you are over. You have been one long day! You were rainy and dreary, but I loved every second of the wet weather you offered. (Although I was inside the majority of the day) I spent 8 1/2 hours at work, then left early (3:00) for a doctor’s appointment. Of course my appointment was at 3:30 and I didn’t leave the waiting room until 4:15! Good thing I didn’t have plans afterwards…

Anyways, the appointment went well. Doctor’s appointments are always awkward for me. Especially when she asks the inevitable questions: “Are you sexually active?” “Have you ever been sexually active?” “Do you plan on being sexually active anytime soon?”

My answers are always the same: “No.” “No.” “No.” 

It’s always so awkward for me to answer those questions because I know my answers are not the norm for most 21 year olds. In fact, probably not the norm for anyone over the age of 13! Ridiculous, yes. Then when she asked when I plan on being sexually active my answer caught her off guard I know. “My wedding night.”

Why is it that so many people give up the precious purity they possess in order to satisfy some sexual or hormonal desires? Why not wait to share this gift with the one you’ll spend the rest of your life with?!

Sorry, stepping off my soap box now. It’s just something that tugs at my heart in our society.

The rest of the appointment went by even more awkwardly. Ladies, you will understand me on this one.

 

From there I went and picked my dad up and we headed to see my grandma in the nursing home.

 

It was a bittersweet visit, as usual. She repeats the same things over and over, complains about the “lulus” that live there, and says she misses her cat. That darn cat.

We stayed an hour and then walked her to the dining room where we said our goodbyes. I’m going to bake some cookies tomorrow and take them to her 🙂

Lastly, some days, a little discovery can brighten your day. Like discovering a black marker for the dry erase board behind your desk. I doodled a bit because I was the only one in the office. I’m no artist at all but it was fun/ny squiggling around on the board. Of course I took a few pics of my silly 5 minute break 😉

 

I’m a HUGE goober. I know. I’m not ashamed.

had to include a lyric from a song I listened to at work 🙂

How was your Wednesday? Any awkward meet-ups or fun little discoveries?

Rainy Days

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I don’t know about where you’re from, but my hometown today was a dreary icky mess.

Most people would whine and complain about the wet weather but not this girl. Nope. I didn’t complain one bit.

…….I got to wear my beautiful green Columbia rain jacket!

Yes I am such a dork but ever since I got this rain jacket for Christmas I have been soooo anxious for it to rain! And it seems like it hardly has. Actually one day it DID rain. It was a day I was off of work so I had nowhere to go and no excuse to go out in my rain jacket. So after I did some cleaning around the house I had a few bags of trash to take out…. which meant I needed to put on some protective rain gear 😉

So today when I woke up at 5:20 and looked out the window into the dark, I just knew it was going to be a good day. And if a good day just so happens to be a rainy day, then this girl was destined to have a great day! And I really did. Today flew by at work and I got a lot accomplished.

At 4:30 when I decided it was time to leave work, I wrapped my scarf around my neck…. pulled on my rain jacket…. put my purse on my shoulder… locked the office door…. walked out of the building…. I had this gigantic smile on my face. Not because I had some grand plans for my Monday evening, or even because I was leaving work after 10 hours… I was super duper happy because I was wearing my rain jacket!!!

Judge away, but I am now a big fan of rainy days.

Isaiah 45:8 “You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it;  I, the LORD, have created it.”

Puzzling

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There’s just something about a puzzle.

I love doing puzzles.

I love the planning, the piecing together, and the pictures.

In the past week I’ve done 4 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles from the Hometown Collection.

First you have to open the box and pull the bag full of pieces out.

This step is exciting in itself because it’s brand new. It’s like embarking on a journey…you don’t know how long it’s going to take or how many steps it will involve, but you know eventually that you’ll get there. A puzzle is like life.

Totally random and obscure, I know.

The next step in putting together a puzzle is the sorting. As I sorted these pieces out I chose to sort the outside pieces, the building pieces, the pumpkins, the flowers, the sky, the green. It took forever to sort all 1,000 pieces but sorting them out like this really sped along the rest of the puzzling.


I kind of related that to my everyday life. Planning, although it takes time and effort, makes things go by much more quickly and smoothly. Something as simple as planning my outfit for work the night before, packing my lunch, or planning a grocery list is so helpful!

After the sorting comes the fun part: the assembly!

Outside pieces always come first; they are the foundation to the puzzle. Without them, you can’t “stay in the lines” so to speak. They’re the guidelines to the rest of the puzzle. I kind of related this in my life to my faith, but it could be anything- a job, family, education. Without putting God first and as a barrier to everything else in my life, it’s all waste. He is the foundation and the cornerstone of not only my faith but also my life. Again, random and obscure, but bear with me.

Once you slowly piece the puzzle pieces together, you have your final product; your masterpiece, so to speak. All the hard work and patience paid off and you have a great piece of art.

I compared this to the events that happen in life to make you into a better person. From something as small as getting your driver’s license, experiencing a first kiss, learning how to play the piano, to something bigger such as graduating from college, getting married, or having to bury a beloved family member. All these things and stories come together to make a work of art.

Clearly (or maybe not as clearly to you), putting together a puzzle and living out a life are complicated. They take a lot of work and you have to deal with good and bad, but in the end it’s all worth it.

So, in the past week as I’ve been assembling all these different puzzles I’ve been thinking a lot about the puzzle that is my life. I’ve already accomplished some big things but I’m still waiting for what’s next. I see some of the finished product of my life, and although some parts have been messy, some sad, some amazing, and some tough, it’s coming together to become a beautiful picture of what I hope can reflect Jesus. I want a life that reflects His love.

2 Corinthians 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit

2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

A New Year

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Happy 2012!

It is so crazy to me to think that today is January 1, 2012.  I mean it doesn’t feel like January, let alone a NEW YEAR.  Today was a balmy and unseasonably warm 57 degrees in Durham. Where’s the cold wintry weather that January usually promises?!

My New Year is off to a great start so far.

I woke up at 9:00AM on the dot, hurriedly hopped out of bed, brushed my teeth, washed my face, put in my contacts, and turned on my straightener. I was ready in 15mins for church and made it to Sunday school on time! 🙂 

I think starting the New Year off on a Sunday is wonderful: it really helped me focus on the most important thing: God, and my relationship with Him. This year I’m going to do everything I can to stay faithful and stand strong in the Word. I don’t want to talk the talk without walking the Christian walk.

Anyways, last week, knowing that a New Year was approaching, I set out to find a new planner.  And, thanks to Target’s reasonable prices, I found one for $5.19!

Although it’s empty, save for my contact information and a reminder to self to get my car inspected in November, I can’t wait to fill it up with fun events and appointments!!! I am such a nerd and little things like this excite me.  (as you can tell by my cheesy Photo Booth pictures!)

With the new planner came thoughts about the New Year… what are my plans for this year? What do I want to accomplish? What things do I want to do to grow as a person? What travel destinations do I want to start saving for? 🙂

I still need to make a list of those things for myself and then I will share them with y’all! 😉

Do you have any big plans for 2012? Any resolutions or goals?