Desk Meditation

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

-Vincent Van Gogh

Sometimes life is overwhelming. What am I accomplishing? What major thing have I done today? Where is my life going? Am I helping anyone?

At my desk I have a notepad from Rifle Paper Co. with the above Van Gogh quote. I read this anywhere from once to a million times a day. It helps me clear my mind of the negative thought that I can’t do anything by myself.

All the small tasks I do throughout the day are great, because together all those monotonous, seemingly meaningless tasks build together to make something great. Sometimes the great thing isn’t great in anyone else’s eyes but mine (I do like crossing off the to-do lists- that in itself is a great and amazing thing).

Having cute desk supplies with quotes/ scripture is not only visually appealing to me, but also a great way to sit and think about Truth; and to diminish the lies that one, small person can’t do something great.

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What’s on your to-do list of greatness?

 

Living in a Wish World

It’s been a whirlwind of a summer: from losing my job to gaining a brother-in-law to getting a new job! Right before Gayle’s wedding I was offered a job, and then a week after her wedding I started it. 🙂 Talk about God’s perfect timing- just enough time to plan and focus on her wedding, and then time to recover and spend with family after.

When people ask me what my dream career would be, I have no answer except that I want to be able to share hope. My prayer has always been that this new job God has for me would be one where I can leave at the end of the day knowing I had helped someone. UGH, sometimes I am so crazy happy about how good to me God is (I know, I should always be, but sometimes it’s just way way way more than others). My new job is program assistant at Make A Wish NM- which means I get to help coordinate wishes! LIKE A GENIE (also FYI my car’s name is genie, so this is just an all around cool thing).

I’m only on day 2 at Make A Wish NM, but I love love love it. My new coworkers are so sweet and encouraging *(then again, it’s day 2). We had cupcakes and Starbucks on my first day as a welcome (they know the way to my heart). I left yesterday and today feeling that (even though I’m only still in training) good was done, hope was received, and encouragement spread. Naive and a little ‘Kimmy Schmidt‘ of me? Maybe. Even if that’s such a sunshine and bullshit way of thinking, I truly believe it. I am still in awe that I am a part of such an outstanding organization.

Things that turned me on to the organization:

So if anything changes about how much I love Make A Wish NM, I will let you know. Until that point though, assume I am enamored with it and that work is going great. ❤

5 Reasons Snail Mail is My Favorite

FullSizeRender (7)1. Writing a handwritten note takes a little more time, and time is one of my love languages.

2. After only receiving junk mail, or bills through USPS; isn’t it nice to get a letter? It’s like a little bit of Christmas that day.

3. Letters can be reread over and over. They can sit on your desk or hang off your fridge for a quick reminder of how much you are loved. (I guess a text or voicemail can do that too, but IT’S NOT THE SAME.)

4. Emojis are cute, but have you seen some of the stationary from Rifle Paper Co, The Great Lakes Goods, or Little Low? They are adorable and perfect for so many occasions.

5. When I’m having a rough day (or sometimes a great one!) it helps to write about it. And sometimes I think that maybe the person on my mind might have a rough day sometime (or maybe a great one!) and a little note in the mail will brighten their day. I know receiving letters always makes me happier. 🙂

One great thing about having so many far away friends is being able to keep in touch in so many different ways! From FaceTime to Snapchat; technology has greatly improved how we communicate across the globe, but my favorite form of staying in touch is still (and probably always will be) a handwritten letter.

60 Reasons I Love My Mom

My mom turned a certain age on the 2nd. I’ll let you guess her age by the title of the post. 😉 Every year she asks for two things: love and a handmade birthday card. In her birthday card I included 60 reasons why I love her (certainly the reasons are limitless, but here are 60):

IMG_50991. You taught me about Jesus.

2. You are beautiful.

3. You sacrifice your happiness for mine.

4.  You are generous.

5. You are the best cook ever.

6. You taught me how to clean.

7.You are pretty funny.

8.I get my sense of style from you. (Thanks for letting me dress myself since I was in preschool.)

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9. YOU ARE SO PATIENT.

10.Your house is always open for us to come over and have invite friends.

11. You love everyone.

12. You support me in all my choices. From traveling to Iraq, to changing majors, to living alone.

13. You taught me how to put others first, but also to make sure I am ok.

14. You show me what forgiveness truly means.

15. You look really cute in leggings and Ugg boots (I do not say this lightly).

16. You love my dog- and accept my obession for her.

17. You’re always honest.

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18. You don’t give up.

19. You are so creative.

20. You always packed my elementary and middle school lunches.

21. You taught me how to stand up for myself, even if I was embarrassed when you did it.

22. You taught me that sin has consequences.

23. You are always working.

24. You are the hardest worker I know.

25. You showed me that if I want something I have to work for it.

26. You take care of me when I’m sick (still. even though we live 45 minutes away. you still drop off medicine.)

27. I know you love me, because you tell me- AND you show me.

28.You’d vote for me on American Idol/ The Voice. Even though you IMG_5161have definitely told me you’d be the only one voting for me.

29. You enrolled me in etiquette classes and made sure I could successfully dine with the Queen, if need be.

30. You let me make my own choices- even when you know they end in pain.

31. You’ve illustrated the importance of thanking God.

32. You show me how to trust God- because I see the trust you put in Him.

33. I like to garden because of you. I never ever ever thought I would.

34. You are BRAVE.

35. You always pick up my phone calls.

36. You share- your food- your clothes- your stories.

37. You use to rub my ear and sing to me so that I would fall asleep.

IMG_520538. In elementary school you always sent us balloons and candy for Valentine’s Day.

39. You always have a band-aid. (I always need a band-aid.)

40. You have a really pretty smile.

41. You can’t do a cartwheel, but you still try.

42. You are so easy to scare. I love it!

43. You taught me to spend more on quality because it will last longer.

44. You know that spending time with people is important.

45. You are selfless.

46. You love your family even though we are a bunch of weirdos.

47. You like tea parties.

48. You always had a home-cooked meal ready when I lived at home.

IMG_513849. You never complain.

50. You taught me things are never ‘weird,’ they are ‘different.’

51. You encourage my need to travel.

52. You like to try new things.

53. When my sisters and I fight, you always make us hug afterward.

54. You know the importance of skin-care, and make I wash and moisturize my face…

55. and brush my teeth…..

56. and change into my pjs (my mother tells me this every night when I’m home).

57. You go to the store late at night so when I wake up I can have seaweed soup on my birthday.

58. You show me prayer is powerful.

59. You taught me my sisters are my forever friends.

                                   60. YOU ARE MY MOM AND I LOVE YOU!