Monday, March 4, 2013

Looking forward

One of them days. One of those seasons.  I am ready to leave winter behind and jump into spring!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Photos as of lately-

The above photos include folks that I love so very much and feel so privileged to spend even more time than usual with recently.  Especially Santa- every time I see him in my apartment, I feel that he is saying to me- 
"Here is looking at you, kid!"

I love the holiday season! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Finding a Rhythm- MY Rhythm

A couple of weeks ago, I went on a work retreat where we discussed how to meaningfully and intentionally work to achieve short and long term goals. We closed our time together to talk about finding one's rhythm.  What does this mean? Well, I am still figuring that out!

As many of those close to me are aware, I have had a tough few months finding/discerning my direction.  What is my vocation? Most importantly, how do I structure my life so I have boundaries?- So I can enjoy my work and then go home, and enjoy my family, friends, and hobbies.

This is something I have struggled with for most of my life- feeling that I don't do enough for my community and pushing my personal health and sanity aside.

I am learning though that I can't be the best person or professional when I am not a healthy person in all aspect- physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally. As a result, I have decided personal goals are in order!

How do you balance your life?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Santa Cruz

One of my dearest friends is travelling to South America in a few.  I am so excited for her journey has she will learn so much, encounter so many, and grow personally and spiritually.

We are currently planning out a part of her trip to Santa Cruz. This is so emotional as she will be travelling to a place that I once wander in that lives in my heart and soul.  As I told her, a huge piece of my heart belongs/stayed  in that dusty city.  I feel a such an ache for it and often when I think or speak about it, there is a lump in my throat.  It was such a growing place and time for me and I connected deeply with so many people there.  I used to think the Creator would fill those gaps. I don't believe that anymore- I think those gaps make us even more human, more like Jesus like, and are intentionally created to help us remember, grow, and hope.

Back to my story, I called my daycare director/mentor from Bolivia, Yuneth. Yuneth and I were basically attached at the hip during my time there. She taught me so much professionally and personally. She is like the older sister I never had but always wished for.  Yuneth is excited that a friend of mine wants to come to the daycare, share some medical knowledge with the amazing staff, and then volunteer at a public clinic.

Among all of the planning talk, we updated each other on our lives, the lives of our friends, family, etc. She informed me that a mom of the daycare has now joined that team and is blossoming. This was one of my favorite parents to work with. I actually wrote about her in this entry from my Bolivia blog-

I remembered her as being young, determined, and so loving to her daughter  Her daughter was beautiful, sassy and a fighter.  This mom now works full time for the daycare, has separated from her husband who was consistently making poor choices, is taking care of her child to the fullest, and joined the church.

When I heard all of this, I nearly broke down in tears. It is incredible to see how the work continues and that people/communities can change positively.

Remember to always be an advocate for change.  To throw yourself into your work fully and to always have hope.  Always work towards an earth that reflects heaven. Matthew 6:10- Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

As of Lately-

Someone told me today that the key to a successful marriage is selflessness. I think that is probably true in every relationship. I pray that I may always continue to learn the art of selflessness and be open to those lessons.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Reminders about Peace-

“Peace is not the product of terror or fear.
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent result of violent repression.
Peace is the generous,
tranquil contribution of all
to the good of all.
Peace is dynamism.
Peace is generosity.
It is right and it is duty."

- Oscar Romero

“Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it.” 

-Henri Nouwen

“We have never preached violence, except the violence of love, which left Christ nailed to a cross, the violence that we must each do to ourselves to overcome our selfishness and such cruel inequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love, of brotherhood,the violence that wills to beat weapons into sickles for work.” 

-Oscar Romero