Saturday, April 30, 2011

April Wrap-Up and May Goals

April: Family
-Don’t expect praise or adoration
-Fight right
-Give proofs of love
-Plan a family night (with no electronics)
-Take my family out for dinner (at The Matador, of course!)

Is it really this time already? Yes! It is time to reflect back on my goals for the month and share new goals. April has been fairly laid back. I worked for the first couple weeks, but things have started to slow down and I’m trying to evaluate what is next for me.

This month reminded me that I am blessed to be part of this family. My family is far from perfect or normal. We are quite the weirdoes. :)

(Our family Christmas photo)

I tried to be more aware of my interactions and do things without being asked. One day I ended up doing all of my parent’s laundry. I didn’t do it hoping they’d be like, “what a great daughter we have,” but because I knew they were busy with many other things. Another night, our dinner plans didn’t work out (spinach gone bad); I assessed the situation and made grilled cheese and tomato soup, so mom wouldn’t have to worry about what to make.

Now, did I fight right? When arguments arose, no, probably not, but I tried to let things go and not provoke situations as best I could.

I didn’t personally plan a family night, but my aunt and uncle were in town for an evening so we had a nacho bar dinner at my other aunt and uncle’s house. We ate delicious nachos, drank margaritas and played a game of Hollywood Rummy. There were candy sticks (cigarettes (you’re not fooling anyone)) and lots of laughing. It was nice to unplug for an evening and just spend time together.

In the middle of the month, my mom, sister and I surprised my grandma by showing up one Sunday afternoon to spend the night with her. We played cards and watched Secretariat. I had not seen her in months and she was so surprised.

I did take my family to The Matador at the beginning of the month. We all LOVE their food! We each got a margarita and shared butternut squash quesadilla, nachos and grilled stuffed jalapenos (stuffed with goat cheese, wrapped in bacon.) It was really fun to go out with my family and talk over a delicious meal.


Afterward I talked the parents into going over to BoDo and stopping by Urban Outfitters. I bought my dream record player and three albums (Bon Iver, She & Him, and The Postal Service). It was fun talking with my dad about all his old albums. He used to be a dee jay for years and years and had quite the collection. I am so bummed that he got rid of everything while I was in college.


It’s kind of surprising how each month’s theme seems to be exactly what I need to learn about, practice or experience. I had a bit of a breakdown in the middle of the month (about work, life, etc) and I was so grateful when my mom came into my room after a major cry sesh and prayed with me. Even though our living quarters are tight and I would LOVE to have my own place, this month has reminded me how blessed I am to have the family that I do. I know that they will always be here for me, support me, encourage me and love me.

So what is in store for May? I hope to focus on faith and devote more time to my relationship with the Lord. Below are my goals for the month.

May: Faith
-Daily devotions (create a quiet time habit)
-Pray more (keep a prayer journal)
-Read some C.S. Lewis and Dietrich Bonhoeffer
-Read the gospels (from both the NIV and MSG)
-Memorize one new scripture passage a week

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Fever

Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure I have royal fever. It's very similar to Bieber fever in that it is highly contagious and there is no known cure. ;) Now all I want to do is go to London, drink tea and wear fascinators and big hats. (I promise this will be my last post about the wedding!)

Like I said earlier, I watched the royal wedding this morning. (From 2am-6:30am, to be precise.) I wasn't even planning on it, but I just couldn't help myself. I got sucked in to the beauty, the royalty and the love. It was utterly enchanting and magical. I found myself snapping pictures on my phone of the TV until my phone died. Ha!

I tweeted through the entire event and loved every moment of it. I thought the ceremony was lovely and really enjoyed the sermon.

"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire."

"Every wedding is a royal wedding as we are the subjects of the King's creation."

Prince William and Prince Harry arriving at Westminster.

The princes going into the church.

Westminster Abbey as the ceremony started.

David and Victoria Beckham: my favorite wedding guests!

Pippa Middleton in Alexander McQueen. So beautiful!

Princess Kate after the ceremony. Looking lovely in McQueen. Can I borrow this dress when she is done? I LOVED it! So elegant and modest.

Princess Kate in another McQueen dress at Buckingham Palace dinner.

The happy couple! Congratulations!

April Reading

This month has been full of books. I've been reading so many simultaneously and still have tons on my list!


So besides the four books I've already mentioned in previous posts, (here, here and here) this is what I've been reading this month.

Sugar and Spice & Style by Lauren Conrad

Forgotten God by Francis Chan

Fearless by Max Lucado

All of the books I read were really enjoyable in their own ways and hopefully I will get around to sharing notes and things I've learned from the last two.

So what will I be reading in May? Right now I have these five books on hold at the library. I'm hoping they will come in soon because I cannot wait to read them all!

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Leaving by Karen Kingsbury

Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

What have you been reading lately?

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Fashion Friday: Kate Middleton

Predictable, right? ;) Clearly Kate has style. She seems like a sweet, down to earth girl.

I am so happy for Kate and William, I just hope the world/media will respect them on their special day.

I did watch the royal wedding because this is such a unique event. It was utterly beautiful and elegant. Kate's dress was unbelievable! I think there is something special about sharing a historic event with the world. I wish William and Kate all the best in their marriage.




Isn't she a natural beauty? So gorgeous!

The lovely couple!




Check out these handsome men.

And ladies, at least Harry is still single. Right? (Drool.)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

the exploding girl

I read about The Exploding Girl, back in November on Elizabeth's blog. I first watched it last month on instant Netflix and then again today with Ashlee. The Exploding Girl is a movie that most people can probably relate to, about life and relationships. I liked it even more the second time around. I totally agree with Elizabeth's opinion of the movie! The best word to describe the movie is probably genuine. It is real, raw and understated. Zoe Kazan did a beautiful job!







Wednesday, April 27, 2011

a beautiful, delicate blessing

I mentioned awhile ago that I read Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist. Below is another quote from her book that I strongly related to and I couldn't NOT share it. :)

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"I would never try to tell you that every bad thing is really a good thing, just waiting to be gazed at with pretty new eyes, just waiting to be shined up and –ta da!- discovered as fantastic. But what I know is that for me, and for a lot of people I love, we’re discovering that lots of times, not every time, maybe, but more often than not, there is something just past the heartbreak, just past the curse, just past the despair, and that thing is beautiful.

You don’t want it to be beautiful, at first. You want to stay in the pain and the blackness because it feels familiar, and because you’re not done feeling victimized and smashed up. But one day you’ll wake up surprised and humbled, staring at something you thought for sure was a curse and has revealed itself to be a blessing-a beautiful, delicate blessing."
-Shauna Niequist

Can you relate to this? There is something beautiful beyond the brokenness; it just takes time.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

between a rock & a hard place 4.26.03.

Eight years ago today Aron Ralston found himself trapped in Blue John Canyon in Utah. He miraculously survived six days with his right arm pinned under a massive 800 pound boulder. Aron's story is one that I think everyone must read. It is all about the triumph of the human spirit and to me, there is nothing more beautiful than that.

I saw the movie, 127 hours, first, but their is something special about his first person account. Yes, it does get graphic, as he cuts off his own arm to free himself, but please don't let that keep you from reading his book or seeing the movie. Both are quite beautiful. It was fitting that today I finished his book. I am so glad my sister encourage me to read the book and see the movie. Can you imagine being trapped from today until Sunday?

This story reminded me of my friend Trevor, who is also an avid outdoors-man. In August 2008, he fell over 100 feet while climbing and broke his back. Praise God that Trevor made an amazing recovery and is okay. Their stories remind me that even though unexpected accidents happen, God is big, powerful and mighty to save. Appreciate each day you are given.

Below are quotes from Aron's book. I hope they touch you, like they did me.


"How would I behave in a situation that caused me to summon the essence of my character? The tragedy inspired me to test myself." Aron Ralston

"When we find inspiration, we need to take action for ourselves and for our communities. Even if it means making a hard choice, or cutting out something and leaving it in your past. Saying farewell is also a bold and powerful beginning." Aron Ralston


"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is not greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun." -Jon Krakauer, "Into the Wild"


"Eventually, I sickened of people, myself included, who didn’t think enough of themselves to make something of themselves-people who did only what they had to and never what they could have done. I learned from them the infected loneliness that comes at the end of every misspent day. I knew I could do better." –Mark Twight, “I Hurt, Therefore I Am”


"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant." –Horace

dum spiro, spero –Part of the official state motto of South Carolina. Literally, “While I breathe, I hope.” Or more loosely, “Where there is life, there is hope.”

"You’ve got to love the life you live, and live the life you love." –Jerry Garcia Band, “(I’m a) Roadrunner”

Friday, April 22, 2011

good friday

Today is Good Friday. The day we remember Jesus' death on the cross. His sacrifice for our sins. His undeserving love for each of us. Today is such a bittersweet day.

I am looking forward to Easter Sunday, which is not really about rabbits, (I KNOW! Who knew?! ;) ), but rather a celebration of Jesus' victory over sin, death and the devil and the knowledge that we have the gift of eternal life in heaven.

I have had "Lead Me To The Cross," by Hillsong United, stuck in my head all day. What a fitting song for Good Friday.

Savior I come
Quiet my soul remember
Redemptions hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost

Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Lead me, lead me to the cross

You were as I
Tempted and tried
You are
The word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now you're risen

To your heart
To your heart
Lead me to your heart
Lead me to your heart


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Ignite Boise

I mentioned yesterday that Ashlee got us tickets (which were free) to Ignite Boise. Last night was the 6th Ignite Boise event and it was held downtown in the Egyptian Theater. It was awesome! I cannot wait for the next event. (You should see if your city has an Ignite event and if not, get something started!)


So what is Ignite Boise? Here is a little background about it that I borrowed from their website.

WHAT IT IS:
Ignite Boise is a 3 hour-ish idea feeding frenzy that brings together artists, geeks, entrepreneurs, academics, government officials, and others to share their ideas in fast-paced, bite-sized presentations. It’s a great opportunity to meet smart, interesting people (if we do say so ourselves) and maybe even learn something.

THE GOAL:
Bringing together embers of big ideas to spark a blaze of creativity in Boise’s business and creative community –leaving attendees more educated and just as importantly, more inspired.

HOW IT WORKS:
Presenters each get five minutes and 20 slides (automatically rotating every 15 seconds) to talk on a topic of their choice. Everyone is invited to participate, though due to the limitations of space and time, only a handful will be selected to present at each event.

COST:
Zero. Zip. Nada. Ignite Boise is brought to you by a group of volunteers and sponsors.


Ashlee and I had a great time and really enjoyed the speakers! (To read about all the speakers click here.)

A few of my favorites were:

Kelli Ryder, who spoke about her experience of not shopping for a year. (Definitely check out her blog, she is awesome!)

Henry Taylor, who spoke about Haiku poems as a metaphor for life.

Travis Porter, a librarian, dealing with mistaken identity on twitter.


Afterward Ashlee and I walked over to The Matador to share a butternut squash quesadilla, guacamole, salsa and chips (so yum!) and talk about Ignite Boise. We asked ourselves, "What would you talk about if you had 5 minutes and 20 slides?" Now I don't know if I will submit to speak at the next Ignite Boise anytime soon, but we talked about making our own 5 minute vlogs and sharing them with you. What do you think? Is that something you'd want to see or even participate in? What would you talk about?

(Picking up our shirts. Ashlee is on the left. Do you like my new hair?)
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For more photos from the event see here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

off and on

This seems to be a bit of an off day. Not for any particular reason either. I think part of it is uncertainty with my future, but that is nothing new. Instead of spending my time worrying, I want to spend my time in prayer. I have so many great things to look forward to and I cannot let the unknown overshadow the good things in my life.

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So here is what I'm grateful for today.

Ashlee got us Ignite Boise tickets for tonight.

My new shoes are coming today.

Ashlee and I bought plane tickets to Georgia for our epic road trip with Jenny.

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The life of faith is lived one day at a time, and it has to be lived not always looked forward to as though the real living were around the next corner. It is today for which we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow. –Elisabeth Elliot

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We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:20-22

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

found

Hi sweet friends! I loved all your comments about National Scrapbook Day. It was a fun day and I got a lot accomplished. One of these days I'll share pictures of the storybooks with you that I've made. Until then, I want to share with you some links/videos that I've stumbled across lately.

You MUST watch the Los and Losiah show. If you do nothing else for the rest of the day, you at least have to watch these four short videos. I want my very own Losiah, he is so adorable!
(Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four)

Stop over and see Kelly's beautiful DIYs for Tissue Poms and a Ruffle Wreath.

I am behind the times, but have you seen Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog? If you have seen it, good for you! If not, go watch it now; it's on instant Netflix. I love Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris and Joss Whedon. Click here to see a short trailer.

Jon Acuff: Secret to being funny
So don’t view being “un” as failure on your part. Being unamazing sometimes is an investment you make in amazing. I promise.

Bricolage is an amazing and lovely little shop hidden away in downtown Boise. Check out their website for fun goodies, Idaho love, shirts, cards and more.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

national scrapbook day

Today is my mom's Creative Memories National Scrapbook Day. (My mom has been a consultant for over 17 years!) I will be spending all day with about 60 women working on their photos. I will be scrapbooking digitally which means all I'll need to bring is my computer. Yay for light packing! I'm behind about three years on my pictures which is right around the time I moved to California. I hope I will be super productive!

What are you doing today?


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