Thursday, May 22, 2014

How happy I am my little sister fell in love with the boy she met her freshman year in college. He loves her so well and together I know they will travel the world over. This past Christmas, the five of us were so eager to show him Germany -- have him taste and feel what it is like. We brought him into our circle and wanted to show him everything! He is not only Cameron's husband, but a brother and son to us. We love you Evan Mullins!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

“Good Morning!”
“How is your day so far?”
“Please be careful.”
“Text me when you get home so I know you’re safe.”
“I hope you’re feeling better!”
“Have such good day today!”
“Night, night!”
“Can you come over?”
“Can I come over?”
“Can I see you?”
“Can I call you?”
 “Let’s watch a movie together!”
“What are you up to right now?”
“I know it will be okay.”
"I’m here for you, always.”
“Do you need anything for the store?”
“Are you hungry? Let’s get something to eat!”
“Seeing you, that just made my day!”

Daily, we hear these words or receive these text messages. Such short, seemingly common sentences and yet I am afraid I can sometimes take them for granted. The underlying message is sincere care and love. “People speak from the heart more often than you think.” Just listen and you will hear it. Do not become accustomed to hearing it or just shrug off another message you need to answer. Listen closely and know you are loved. Listen the next a friend says, “Are you hungry? Let’s go get something to eat!” A smile will spread across your face and your “okay!” will mean so much more!  

Monday, March 24, 2014

Seven lessons I am learning about developing a positive attitude

1. Remind yourself that feelings are feelings that come and go -- in and out like the waves. You are not controlled by fleeting feelings, but should pursue strong passions. 

2. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Choose to focus on what truly matters. Choose to let go of the petty things. Friends, family, faith, love . . . these are the big things of life. 

3. Take full control of your reactions. This can be done. But also, trust what your heart is telling you even if you cannot rationalize it or make much sense of it.    

4. Your worth is not determined by other people's opinions. You have tremendous worth and you need not say, do or be anything apart from yourself. 

5. Don’t compare yourself to others as we’re all so vastly different and this will steal your happiness. Set goals. Celebrate even the tiny successes or half birthdays or the anniversary of an important change you made in your life. 

6. Learn to accept that life’s a journey and with that comes growth, change and transition -- it is not all harmonious all the time. Expect to get things wrong, but know you can move forward from there. You can reset your day at any given moment. 

7. Love yourself completely and unconditionally because you were first loved by the One who defines love. You’ll get there in the end. Be alone sometimes. Be in community mostly. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

On Turning 25

A new year and a brand new start. Somehow this birthday feels so dense and important -- not in a daunting, overwhelming way, but in the sense that I just know this year holds so much newness and important steps for me. I hope I let this year teach me some good lessons. I know lessons often are not easily learned, but I feel prepared to take on this year with bravery and a fresh outlook.

Though I may still be searching for me – aren't we all? – I feel like 24 taught me valuable lessons about what I am good at and maybe what I am not so good at. I have learned what I am most passionate about and how I can best contribute to help seeing this achieved. 25 is about narrowing in and refining myself.

I want to spend intentional time this year choosing to see all the joy there is in life rather than dwelling on perfection. Though I know I am further along than I was this time one year ago, I want to spend more purposeful time getting to know myself better.

I am learning that life -- it is about dreaming big. That it is good to just begin sometimes. Just get started – don’t wait for perfection. There really could not be a better time to start truly learning this lesson than now.

My life has changed in ways I could never have dreamed this year. I met the greatest guy and made the best friends. And at the end of this week, I will be packing up my desk and saying goodbye to a workplace I have called home for over a year. I am starting a new job in a new place with new people. I will be writing grants 90% of the time and working to cultivate a skill I didn't know I even had a knack for until last year.

And as I begin a brand new job, my parents will be moving from Germany to America. Transition can be messy and it certainly will not be perfect for them or for me, but there is such comfort in company and we are all being so brave!

This year, I said goodbye to Germany and the memories of the sweetest childhood I could have ever asked for. This process helped me mature, but also remind myself to not forget my childhood and to always remember to jump in puddles after the rain or make forts in the living room. 

This year, my baby sister married the man of her dreams and I gained another incredible brother.

This year, my best friend had a sweet, beautiful, little girl and became a new mama. 

So many moments of transition and joyful change. 

As I seek to learn new lessons this year, there are old lesson I hope to keep close to mind and heart. I know I am not inspired by the time I spend in front of the computer, but by the time away from it. I need to spend more time with the laptop closed, my cell phone tucked away at the bottom of my purse and with a book open or in the fresh outdoors.

I also know, and should be continually reminded, that I am so much happier in community and with my friends. Last year Dallas was still new and a little frightening. I was still trying to figure out where I fit in and who among this expanse of people I might call friend. Now that I have been here over a year, I am so thankful for the friendships formed here. What would I ever do without them? 1,000 times thank you! (I love you, Mony!)

I do not know where this year will take me, but I am ready to experience it wide-eyed and excited to see what is in store. I know it is going to be an incredible year – something just tells me so! And for my many friends also with February birthdays – happy birthday to you too! Let’s embrace this year with hope and a prayer of thankfulness for His many blessings. Let's continue to seek out community and encourage one another in faith. Let’s be brave about transition and change and not dwell on perfection, but be willing to just start and see what happens next. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"That rain is beautiful."

"On this day, you read something that moved you and made you realise there were no more fears to fear. No tears to cry. No head to hang in shame. That every time you thought you’d offended someone, it was all just in your head and really, they love you with all their heart and nothing will ever change that. That everyone and everything lives on inside you. That that doesn’t make any of it any less real.

That soft touches will change you and stay with you longer than hard ones.

That being alone means you’re free. That old lovers miss you and new lovers want you and the one you’re with is the one you’re meant to be with. That the tingles running down your arms are angel feathers and they whisper in your ear, constantly, if you choose to hear them. That everything you want to happen, will happen, if you decide you want it enough. That every time you think a sad thought, you can think a happy one instead.

That you control that completely.

That the people who make you laugh are more beautiful than beautiful people. That you laugh more than you cry. That crying is good for you. That the people you hate wish you would stop and you do too.

That your friends are reflections of the best parts of you. That you are more than the sum total of the things you know and how you react to them. That dancing is sometimes more important than listening to the music.

That the most embarrassing, awkward moments of your life are only remembered by you and no one else. That no one judges you when you walk into a room and all they really want to know, is if you’re judging them. That what you make and what you do with your time is more important than you’ll ever fathom and should be treated as such. That the difference between a job and art is passion. That neither defines who you are. That talking to strangers is how you make friends.
That bad days end but a smile can go around the world. That life contradicts itself, constantly. That that’s why it’s worth living.

That the difference between pain and love is time. That love is only as real as you want it to be. That if you feel good, you look good but it doesn’t always work the other way around. That the sun will rise each day and it’s up to you each day if you match it. That nothing matters up until this point. That what you decide now, in this moment, will change the future. Forever. That rain is beautiful.

And so are you."

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