Thursday, June 30, 2011

June Wrap Up and July Goals

Here is my June recap. I can't believe the year is half way over!

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-Find more fun
-Take time to be silly
-Go off the path
-Start a collection
-Make time for friends

June has been an incredibly FULL month. When June began I was in Georgia with Ashlee and Jenny, packing and preparing for our road trip across the county. While we were busy before we left, we did find time to walk around and enjoy Savannah. One of my favorite parts was dinner at a little French restaurant; I got a zucchini soup, fries and we all got macarons. I'd never had French macarons before. They were heavenly! Lavender. Nutella. Lemon. Delicious! It was a LONG drive across the country, but we had so much fun along the way. Things didn't always go as planned (road closures, etc), but we are all good at going with the flow and making the most of our time together.

You can read about our stops here: Nashville, Springfield, Lexington, Salt Lake City, Boise and watch our video HERE.

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After the road trip my mom, sister and I went out of town to celebrate my grandma's 90th birthday. There were probably three different events throughout the weekend, so we were always on the go. Plus, I am working full time at my temp job and trying to help out around the house while my dad is out of town working on fires. (He is a Fire Information/Prevention officer and is usually gone a lot during the summer. He is currently working in Texas; he's been gone for two weeks and will be gone two more. I haven't even seen him this month!)


While my dad is gone, my sister, mom and I make the most of our girl time together. We've watched a handful of chick-flicks at home and have gone to the movies twice, plus we've eaten out at some great places (The Matador, Boise Fry Company, Qdoba) and gone on walks together.

All that to say, it has been a fun month. I won't go through each goal as I've done previously (January, February, March, April, May). Overall, I believe I've accomplished what I wanted to. I didn't start a new collection, but I added to my record collection. I bought Taylor Swift's Speak Now in Nashville and The Civil Wars Monday night (which John Paul and Joy signed!!!). I guess that counts. I still want to make more time for friends, but it is hard when we either have opposite schedule or live hundreds of miles apart. I suppose that is where next months goals come into play.

For July my theme is Friends and my goals are as follows.

July: Friends
-Be generous
-Show up
-Don't gossip
-Make a new friend
-Write cards to friends near and far

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

once again

The other night at The Civil Wars show (which I will write about later) I was listening to Rayland Baxter sing a song he wrote called "The Woman For Me". It's a song about heartache, loneliness and wondering if he'll ever find the right woman. Replace 'Woman' with 'Man' and I could have written the song myself. I don't like to admit it, (it's kind of embarassing actually) but I think about the "right guy" more than I should; I'd be lying if I said otherwise.


I don't know if I'll ever understand love and sometimes I doubt if I'll ever find love. The mad, deep, crazy love. Maybe I don't understand because I've never had it. Maybe I'm just naive and jealous of those who have it. You married twenty year olds and single 30 year olds are probably laughing at me. I can try to imagine it, but I know my thoughts are so superficial. It almost scares me to think about the reality, what it really would be like. The raw emotions, the vulnerability, the risk; it makes me nervous just thinking about it.


I know human love isn't perfect and it's certainly not a fairytale (the divorce rate can tell us that much). I know that it's not all cuddles and kisses. I know it won't fix life's problems. I know that real love is about truth and compromise. I know that it's putting the other person first and working as a team. I know that it's an action and a constant choice.


I can honestly say that I am so grateful for my singleness. Really. I'm not just saying that. I mean it this time. I have needed this time to learn who I am and grow up. To make mistakes and learn lessons on my own. To learn about love and relationships while still guarding my heart. I'm grateful that I'm learning these things without having given my heart away to unworthy guys. My heart has had it's fair share of bumps and bruises, but I've avoided all the heartbreaks and baggage that comes with multiple failed relationships.


I am better having been on my own; I know that I'll never find myself in a guy and that I don't need a guy to live a wonderful life. (Those have to be two of the stupidest lies ever!) I think society places to much importance on having a significant other; like someone else can really make you complete. (Stupid Jerry Maguire.) It's like the world is saying you're nobody unless you have somebody, but that is far from the truth. This time is giving me the opportunity to focus on bettering myself, so when I do have a relationship I will be whole and healthy, complete on my own.

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I may not have a career figured out or know what I'm supposed to do next. I'm often lost and without direction. I'm not a girlfriend, fiance, wife, mom, or business woman, but I know WHOSE I am. I am a child of God. And that really is enough. None of the other roles matter if I don't fully accept and live out this one. After all, God is not some supporting character in the story of my [love] life, with me having the starring role, quite the opposite in fact. How small and insignificant am I in comparison with God Almighty? God knows my heart and my desires and I know I am in His hands. I think I'll stay there awhile, stop over-thinking and leave the rest up to Him.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

hope. always hope.

As soon as I woke up this morning I finished reading Working It Out by Abby Rike, which I wrote about earlier this week. I think I failed to mention that Abby was on Season 8 of The Biggest Loser, which I have also written about before.


I heard bits of Abby's story when she was on the show and was touched by it. When I saw her book out I knew that I must read it and I'm grateful I did. Abby lost her five year old daughter, two week old son and husband in a terrible car accident, nearly five years ago. Her life went from perfection to tragedy in an instant. In her book, Abby shares her caterpillar, cocoon and butterfly stages. I was blown away by her faith, courage, wisdom and strength.

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It was convicting to look at someone else's story and examine how often I complain and worry about my own life. If Abby can emerge victoriously from such a horrific loss than I will be okay too. In the past couple years I have often felt at though I were just surviving because things have been so unclear, I've felt lost and my future so unsure. After reading Abby's story, I too want to live fully with an unwavering faith in who God is.

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Below are some passages and quotes that I want to remember.

"Why is this time different? I like me! Sure I want others to like me, but my worth is not determined by what others think of me. I have zero fear of death, but I still choose life."
-Abby Rike written in May 2009 while on The Biggest Loser ranch

"Yet again, the circumstances in which I found myself were beyond my control, and forced to depend on God and those around me, I realized that I could not do it alone. God left me with no other option than to lean on Him at a time when I wanted to be self-sufficient and handle it on my own. I wasn't listening, so He sent His message loud and clear: No, Abby. You will not be handling it. You cannot do this on your own strength; you're going to have to depend on other people. And that does not make you weak." Abby Rike about being on the Biggest Loser ranch

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"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." Nelson Mandela

"We can't control what happens in our lives, but we can control our response. How many times does life take a much different path than the one we planned for ourselves? How many times in life do we let our circumstances dictate our response? Hard times, loss, tragedy, and basic unhappiness are rampant during the course of our lives and can be used as an excuse to give up, but even in light of terrible circumstances, you can choose a positive response." Abby Rike

"Even in your darkest hour, there is always hope!" Abby Rike

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Flicks: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Last night my mom, sister and I watched Thoroughly Modern Millie. I've been wanting to see it for awhile now and when Mandi blogged about it a couple months ago I knew it was time to put it in our Netflix queue.

Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing joined Julie Andrews in this delightful musical comedy set in the 1920s. I adored the music, dancing and costumes. Millie Dillmount is a small town girl who comes to New York to find a secretarial job and a single boss. Millie quickly makes friends with Dorothy and they stumble upon a white slavery plot.







Wednesday, June 22, 2011

forward

I'm still not back into a blogging routine, but I'm sure I'll find my way. Work had been taking up most of my time. Honestly aside from work I've been a bit lost, but that is nothing new. I am so grateful for this job and while it looks like I may be there for awhile, I don't know how long it will last.

Right now I'm reading Working It Out by Abby Rike. Abby's story is one of "love, loss and hope" and has been bringing tears to my eyes as I've read. Below is a quote from the book that I loved.

"Too many times we pray for ease, but that's a prayer seldom met. What we need to do is pray for roots that reach deep into the Eternal, so when the rains fall and the winds blow, we won't be swept asunder." Philip Gulley

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Soul Surfer

My mom, sister and I saw Soul Surfer at the dollar theater this weekend. I was so surprised and completely blown away by this movie. It is about Bethany Hamilton surviving a shark attack in 2003 at the age of thirteen. AnnaSophia Robb did an amazing job, as did Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid and Carrie Underwood! More than being a story about the triumph of the human spirit it is a beautiful testimony of faith. I cried and cried through the whole movie. I am looking forward to reading Bethany Hamilton's book.


Love is bigger than any tidal wave or fear.



I don't need easy. I just need possible.


Life is a lot like surfing because if you get caught in the impact zone you've got to get back up because you never know what may be over the next wave.



Media: Bethany! If you could go back to that day, would you not go surfing?
Bethany Hamilton: No, I wouldn't change a thing, because then I wouldn't be here talking to you, I can embrace more people now then I could with two arms.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

update

I have been out of the blogging loop lately. After we got back from our road trip, I worked part of Friday and then went out of town again to celebrate my Grandma's 90th birthday. I went back to work Monday, but has been hard to get back into the swing of things.

On Tuesday morning while at work I got so dizzy and hot that I almost passed out. After being gone for almost two weeks of work I felt bad leaving, but went home early to rest and recover. I am so grateful for this temp job. My boss and co-workers are kind and I am really enjoying the work. One co-worker told me today how much they appreciate me and what a good job I'm doing. She said they will be looking to permanently fill the position in the next couple weeks and encouraged me to apply.

I have also applied for another part, part time position that would actually be in the ministry field. Plus Ashlee and I are considering another business opportunity. I'm praying that God goes before me and makes it clear what I should do. Well I'm off to watch a movie, but I just wanted to share a little update with you.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Never Let Me Go

You may remember my post about Never Let Me Go here. I recently finished the book and LOVED it.

And so we stood together like that, at the top of that field, for what seemed like ages, not saying anything, just holding each other, while the wind kept blowing and blowing at us, tugging our clothes, and for a moment, it seemed like we were holding onto each other because that was the only way to stop us being swept away into the night.
-Kath

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro



Thursday, June 9, 2011

Roadtrip Recap

road trip playlist

You may have seen the playlist Ashlee shared on her blog. While Jenny was in class last week, Ashlee and I came up with a playlist for our road trip. There were over 800 songs, which was about 48 hours of music. By the time we got home we had listened to over 750. Not bad. ;) Below are some of the artists we included in our playlist. Check them out!

Adele
Andrew Belle
Barcelona
Belle and Sebastian
Billy Joel
The Civil Wars
A Fine Frenzy
The Head and The Heart
JJ Heller
Katy Perry
Landon Pigg
Schuyler Fisk
She and Him
Sondre Lerche
Taylor Swift
The Ting Tings
Tyrone Wells
Vampire Weekend

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Home!

We are finally in Idaho and made it safely home today! You can read Ashlee's amazing post about our drive today. In five days we have been in nine states. (Georgia. Tennesse. Kentucky. Missouri. Iowa. Nebraska. Wyoming. Utah. Idaho.) Whoa. And poor Jenny has another day of travel, but luckily not until Thursday.


We were grateful to get out of our hotel, but it took awhile to get on the road after fueling up and searching for a Starbucks. Once on the road, it wasn't long before we started seeing signs for Boise.


We only needed to make one stop, in Rupert for fuel and french fries, and made it home around 12:30pm. It was nice to see our Mom and kitties! Then mom took us out for lunch. We've been watching Better Off Ted all afternoon. (Are you ready? Yes, I'm ready!) It feels so good to be out of the car!

This evening we went to Boise Fry Company for dinner. From 6:00 - 9:00 pm tonight Boise Fry Company is donating 20% of their sales to my uncle's non-profit Wish Granters. Wish Granters is an Idaho non-profit that grants wishes to adults 18+ with terminal illness, currently serving Ada and Canyon counties. If you feel called, you can donate to Wish Granters HERE.


Now we are home, watching the Voice, (Go Dia Frampton!), and we just did a face oil cleanse. It was so simple and my skin feels so smooth; I can't wait to do it again tomorrow. (Does that make me weird? Probably. Hi, I'm Heather and I can't wait to clean my face!) I think I've been in the car too long in the past five days, it is definitely time to make margs.

Goodnight from Idaho!

Day Five: Boise, Idaho

This will be mine and Ashlee's last day on the road. It will be nice to be home after so long in the car. Jenny might stay with us for a bit before heading up to Seattle. I think happy hour at The Matador would be a wonderful treat after getting home.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Salt Lake City

Hi friends! For those of you just tuning in, my sister, Ashlee, and I are helping our best friend, Jenny move from Savannah back to Seattle.

Today was our fourth day on the road and SO LONG! I can't even begin to recap today, but for more details you can check out Ashlee's blog post.


My favorite part was Sweet Melissa's Vegetarian Cafe in Laramie, Wyoming. I found it on Yelp after we had a difficult time trying to find food in Cheyenne. I had a falafel pita and it was delicious! Next second favorite part was dinner at In-N-Out tonight.


My least favorite part of today was driving between Little America, Wyoming and Salt Lake City, Utah. It was so unbelievably windy! There were notices that there were 45mph+ winds. Then it started raining. Then a jerk of a truck driver was speeding and tail-gating and being an all around gem. We ended up calling the police because it was really scary.


It was probably a 13 hour day on the road and our motel tonight is pretty sketchy. Tomorrow is going to be a nice, short day. I cannot wait to get home and sleep in my own bed.


Goodnight from Utah!

Day Four: Salt Lake City, Utah

We are getting closer! We are planning a stop at In N Out once we get to Salt Lake! Our reward for another long day on the road will be burgers, fries and neopolitan milkshakes. Yum!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Lexington

I'm feeling pretty good about blogging while on the road. We've been fortunate enough to stay at places with wi-fi, which was unexpected, but so awesome!

This morning we woke up early. Again. And were on the road by 7:00am, heading west and then going up the 71. We were about 10 minutes away from Joplin. It made me sad to be so close to such devastation and not be able to help. As we were driving I kept seeing billboards for a Precious Moments Chapel right off the 71. All the billboards crack me up with the interesting things they advertise for. I also saw a sign for a 8,800 pound loader thing called Big Mouth. What?!

Leaving Springfield.

We ended up stopping in Carthage for iced caramel mochas at McDonalds. Then I proceeded to hold mine up and wave at the giant McDonalds semi truck once we got back on the highway. I fell asleep somewhere in Missouri and when I woke up we were in Iowa. We weren't in Iowa long before we hit Nebraska. Nebraska seemed straight and flat, with not much to see. We have a pretty great playlist that has been fun to sing along with. Jenny and I performed a stirring rendition of "I Just Can't Wait to be King" before we stopped in Cathage.


We stopped in Kearney to fill up with fuel and then made our way to Lexington. We had dinner at San Pedro, a little Mexican restaurant. Tonight we are staying with my dad's cousin and her husband in Lexington. Cindy is SO sweet and I'm so glad they are letting us crash for the night. All of us are showering and going to bed early tonight. Tomorrow will be our longest day of travel, probably around 12 hours to Salt Lake City.


Well, I'm off to braid my wet hair so I don't have to get up quite as early in the morning. Goodnight from Nebraska.

Day Three: Lexington, Nebraska

Another day on the road. This is going to be our first really long day of travel. Hopefully we have enough music to get us through.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Springfield

Hi friends. Today was another long travel day. I ended up driving the whole way from Nashville to Springfield. I'm not sure why I didn't have one of the others girls drive for part of the way. I guess I was anxious to get to Springfield. :)


We had a little trouble with roads and navigation. Part of the highway we wanted to take was closed because of flooding, so it was a little anxiety inducing. Thank God for GPS! We arrived in Springfield around 3:30 and got checked into our hotel and freshened up. Then we went to downtown Springfield to stop in at Red Velvet. I've been wanting an excuse to come to Springfield to see Elsie and Emma's shop and the road trip made for a perfect reason to stop! It was just as adorable as I expected it to be and Elsie and Emma were just as sweet.


Honestly, I wanted to leave the shop with bags full of cute clothes, but I only left with a Starlette Sparkler by Giant Dwarf. We were all tired from traveling and it was hard to really look at all the clothes and the thought of trying them on was even more exhausting. I almost got one of the dresses from Elsie's collection, but it just wasn't quite the right fit. I suppose I'll just have to come back. ;)


From Red Velvet we went to dinner at a little Mexican restaurant. Yes, we also had Mexican last night. ;) Now we are unwinding and just about ready to crawl into bed. In planning for tomorrow, we realized that Lexington, Nebraska isn't as far away as we thought it would be, so it should be about 9 hours instead of the 12 I thought it was!

Emma. Jenny. Heather. Ashlee. Elsie.

Goodnight from Springfield.

Day Two: Springfield, Missouri

Today we are on our way to Springfield, Missouri. We wanted to leave bright and early to make it in time to go to Red Velvet! I can't wait to meet the lovely ladies, Emma and Elsie! And of course, do some shopping!