Monthly Archives: March 2014

Focusing and Working Towards What’s Best

Hi all!

I am so encouraged right now. Yes, there are global warming worries, bullying, war, poverty, and the list truly is unending. However, lately I’ve been seeing a lot more positive challenges and uplifting encouragements. One of these is the 100 happy days challenge in which you choose one item/moment/piece of your day to be grateful for each day for 100 days. Perspective is everything. Gratitude is healthy.

indexIt’s that time of year again! It is Lent. And for many, this means nothing. For some, it means much. Make me a promise? Read this post through. And then judge. Because I think we all have something to learn from some of the ideas.I am once again completing “40acts” which challenges me to complete a generous act every day alongside a devotion. So far I have done such things as take a talent & blessing inventory to see what skills I can best use to help others. I also left a thank you note for the postman to encourage his/her day, for example. I love these challenges because they help me to focus my thoughts around others, challenge me to act outside of my comfort zone, and put my beliefs into action. And we all know, when we give, we receive so much more. I feel so blessed through many of these challenges. I want to be a model of Jesus.

So, I hope that I am making a change one moment, one day at a time. It can’t start on a global level. It starts with YOU & ME.

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Posted by on March 13, 2014 in University Success


Reflecting on University

Okay, so I am going to go all sentimental here… Have you heard the saying, “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Or “Cherish the moments, for they too, become memories.” Well, I don’t want to get all didactic and annoying, but really, it has hit me like nothing else.

The moments. Roommate roast and potato suppers with cheesecake for dessert. The first trip to the Milky Way for ice cream on opening weekend in spite of the snow still on the ground. The Grey Cup with cookie dough from the bowl. The late night conversations. And panic attacks. The many very-regular very-ordinary grocery shopping trips. The Norwalk virus fun (not.). The inside jokes. The new friends. If you would have asked me last year if I would recall the Norwalk virus with a grin I would certainly have said no! If you would have asked me to share “The Waterfall Story,” I would have grimaced. Now these are the memories I hold dear.

So, in the midst of the pain, the stress, the anxiety, the irritation, and the fatigue, breathe and reflect on the good. These are the memories you are creating. And they will be valuable. There is good in them. Enjoy! I hope I can keep this in mind for my future, too.

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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in University Success