Friday, October 7, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
- Hot Starbucks drinks
- Crisp, fall days with clear blue skies and warm sunshine
- Scarves, boots and jackets
- Fresh starts
- New friendships
- God’s patience, grace and mercy
- Driving without a destination in mind
- Colourful landscapes
- Order and organization
- Belly laughter
- Brooke Fraser
- The Lord God, my SAVE-iour
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Then I remember that thing that I’ve been meaning to research online – cool new hairstyles for blondes with wavy (sometimes curly and unruly), dense (but fine) hair, or if that event is sold out yet and figure out if it’s worth it to get tickets – and more importantly, who would come with me?! Then I look down at the post-it note on my laptop that reminds me to call someone, and I decide to put it off for yet another day.
Then I start feeling like crap for sitting here wasting time and I get fed up with myself. So I start making lists to energize and motivate myself; lists of things to do, things to fix, things to buy in order to fix said things, people to call, potential home/personal projects to start, ideas to cultivate, emails to write and groceries lists. I think to myself “tonight’s the night that I’m finally going to do something with that big empty frame that’s been sitting in my room for a year”, or “tonight’s the night that I’m going to send that card to that person and actually put it in the mailbox!” I’ll actually try to do a good, selfless deed. But…it’s harder than it seems.
I confess that I have a wandering mind. I get distracted easily and jump from one project to the next. Of course I like to get things done and finished with, but in walks my wandering mind. I admire people who can have the patience and diligence to start and finish making a quilt from scratch, and be so proud of it because it was their first attempt and it came out beautifully. I admire people who have a passion and talent for something and they’re actually doing something with it. I admire people who can stick to a routine for longer than 48 hours. I hear it takes 21 days to break a habit (or make one) – and at my rate, I’m hooped!
Then I sigh, and wonder if I’m actually going to post these thoughts. I feel slightly vulnerable posting this nonsensical spatter of words to friends and anonymous people. But then again, it’s my blog right? And you can think what you will because I am who I am. I deeply recognize that I’ve got some changing to do and some ‘whipping into shape’ to do – and I’ll get there, I promise. And I’m also grateful for the fact that I’ve got friends and family along the way that will be there to uphold me, challenge me, rebuke me, comfort me and encourage me. People that I can make a first-time meal with and they’ll eat it even if it tastes like crap. People who will unexpectedly surprise me with words of wisdom and understanding, and get me thinking that I need to be praying for more of that for myself.
So I’ll look at my finger nails once again and give in to the fact that I’ll always have bad cuticles – I know I’m flawed and far from blameless. But with God at the helm of this ship, I can only look up and look forward to the years ahead and be grateful that I’m not the captain – just the skipper.
Monday, September 13, 2010
I learned that I’m a pretty even-keel person when it comes down to it. I have interests in all the areas that are discussed and I’m not on one extreme or the other. Apparently my highest ‘colour’ is blue, which represents artistic, creativeness, imagination, ideas, new projects, aesthetics, etc. No surprises there.
Then I’m apparently also high in green – social services, taking care of others, phoning people out of the blue, etc, etc. Now this one surprised me. Not that I’m not social or that I don’t like to do those things – but I know there are others who would soar in this category, and I was surprised to see it coming up as a ‘high’ colour of mine. Nevertheless, we came to another set of interests, and music ranked high for me too. Again, this surprised me. Yes, I like music, I like concerts – but it doesn’t necessarily resonate with me as much as it can with others. I don’t play any instruments and I don’t have to have the radio on all the time. But here’s the neat thing: when you combine social services with my interest in music, it generally means that I like to see harmony among people – which is SO TRUE. I hate conflict; I get awkward and shy and quiet and would rather leave a room than see other people in conflict. I like to think that I’m a pretty harmonious person most days. That’s just a few examples of cool and interesting things you can learn about yourself, but it’s pretty fascinating, right?
Going through this process has also helped me see where my weaknesses lie – and what happens when my buttons are pushed and what causes me to become stressed and act differently in particular situations; things that I can look out for and recognize in myself and prevent from going further.
I’m also able to see a bit of this in friends and family too. Like, “they’re a really decisive person, so I should ask them to help me make a big decision”, or “that person is really good at numbers and balancing things out – maybe I should ask them to help with my taxes”, or “remember to always have a plan with that person, because he/she does not like spontaneity”…and so on and so forth.
It’s allowed me to see people in a different way, and not negatively at all but as a person that God made. These kinds of tests allow people to be exactly who they are, and not be ashamed of it. So you suck at accounting? So what, God made you that way. You hate grocery shopping because there are too many options? So be it, God made you that way. You take twice as long to do a project than others because you’re a perfectionist? Embrace it, God made you that way.
We are all so incredibly unique and fascinating people. We truly do have a God that’s bigger than us and knew exactly who we would be. He holds our bodies together and gives us thought, ideas, emotions and the ability to love. He created the entire universe, and yet took the time to make us and our personalities precisely as they are.
Amen to that.
Friday, August 6, 2010
- YVR Arrivals Lounge
- Camping – it’s been a while
- Photography – the joys and frustrations
- My desperate need to buy a Mac
- Operation Christmas Child
- August 5th
- My sudden fear of highways mixed with high speed
- Bev & the Sharpe family
- Good, quality bread
- Couches on the back deck
- A red sun
- Beautiful brides
- Honour and Flattery
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
After that we hopped on a canal ‘bus’ and went in/out the canals for about 1.5 hours. It was great; we got a whole different viewpoint from the water. That ended at Centraal Station where we quickly walked back to the hostel to get our luggage (side note: the basement was just a sea of suitcases and bags – you couldn’t even walk down there. We were literally climbing on top of bags just to get access to ours). Then back to the train station to head to Schipol Airport, which is where we are now. Our flight to Cairo has been delayed by about 45 min, and we just found out that we’ll have to re-check our luggage when we get there. So short layer over + delay + rechecking luggage might prove to be a bit of a problem. But I’ll just pray that all works out. We’re really looking forward to just getting to our hotel tonight in Sharm and just crashing! Logan’s knee is really acting up so hopefully it’ll get better as the days go on. I must admit I’m a little nervous heading to Egypt and not knowing the language. And not being sure of our connections or hotel transfers, etc, etc, etc. I know the Lord has already gone before us though and will keep us safe. I’m just so thankful once again for this incredible opportunity to travel. I’ll write again from our hotel in Sharm…hopefully!
….NOPE! Not writing from Sharm at all. Actually I’m lying in a bed at the Fairmont in Cairo because sure enough, we missed our connecting flight! Here’s the breakdown:
· Our flight leaving Amsterdam was delayed by 45 min
· Our connecting flight was leaving Cairo 1.5 hours after we were supposed to arrive
· We finally arrive in Cairo with 30 min to “spare”
· We try to walk off the plane but are instead stuck behind a women and her toddler that she refuses to pick up
· The arrivals lounge was PACKED – shoulder to shoulder. We needed to get our luggage, recheck it, and then check ourselves in
· It’s now 10:15…
· We go over to this ‘transfers’ counter and show our visas, and this gentleman tells us to come with him…sketchy, but alright…
· We skip ahead of the line, out luggage becomes priority, we’re rushing through crowds trying to keep up with this guy
· Get outside the main terminal and we’re immediately hassled by taxi drivers pretending to work for the airport
· Speed walk over to what ends up being the wrong terminal
· Almost get checked into a flight going to LUXOR (not Sharm)!!
· Walked back through crowds of Egyptians and literally felt like raw meat
· Waited for 45 min, now fully aware that we’ve missed our flight, for a shuttle to a hotel
· Met some random guy who kept asking if we plan to party and ‘do some hash’
· Met Martin from Amsterdam who also missed the same connecting flight…he somehow got a really, really strange illness while on the previous plane and how his entire body is shaking – it won’t stop! He’s been sitting (shaking) in a wheelchair this whole time, poor guy.
· We helped Martin to the same hotel as us and into his room (none of the staff would help) and we’ll help him out again in the morning – aka, in about 2 hours.