Joy Wash Over Me

My head is coming up out of the water and I’m letting the waves wash over me again as I keep seeking and choosing joy.  My lists gets longer each week. The numbers climb toward 1,000.  How am I already over halfway?!  Well, part of it, is simply by taking a little of Anne Lamott’s advice by throwing some ingredients into the equation: being present, feeling things deeply, and becoming conscious in order to add something a little extra to this challenge of making life into art.  I even find myself writing down things that don’t seem like they should count, but they do now!  Besides, He tells us to give thanks for ALL things…which is part of experiencing joy for me.

Here’s a snapshot of my list:

459. seeking a sunrise

466. falling through the snow

475. having it okay to be real with God–He can take it.

488. looking for the swans

491. finishing 16.1 kilometers!!!!!

503. tears on the car ride home

510. the feeling of knowing you loved because it hurts to say good-bye

516. capturing the beautiful in a sentence

523. using up all my battery

527. driving with the windows down

551. someone saying “you’re such a kid…” (in a good way)

Your turn!! Share some of the joy 🙂


Snow!? In Africa? Pictures to Prove It

snowLet it Snow. Let it Snow.

aka I need to move. I need to move.

Somewhere warmer!

I am such a wimp when dealing with the cold.

Though, I will admit that I love seeing the first snow.

I think I just like to visit the snow for a little while and then leave.

Because I hate the slush, mud and the way your pants get wet at the bottom.

So, what about you? Do you like the cold? Oh and where should I move next as long as I’m asking.


I have too many fun things to write about and I’ve missed blogging so I figure I’ll continue! 🙂  I might try to make the blog have more of a single purpose or be more thematic with the blogs.  We’ll see what happens.  I have a wealth of blogging topics and stories so get ready for a plethora of blogs coming on Monday and throughout next week.  Write a comment if you have anything you want me to write on or just for fun.  I do enjoy feedback and thanks for those who commented on the last two blogs!  Hope you’re all enjoying the GORGEOUS weather today before the snow tomorrow… p.s. I edited the last blog for clarification in case you’re interested! 


The temperature outside is 48!  I’m going running!  Even though I surprisingly enjoyed running in the snow (the air was warm and the snow was pretty) on Monday…I’m thinking I’m going to LOVE running today. So here goes nothing 🙂

Inside Out Forehand…Here I come!

I went to the last Gopher basketball game of the season tonight.  The game started out with some exciting 3-point shots and really made me miss competitive sports.  Oddly enough, I’m older than most of the people on the team–except for the few seniors.  Though, definitely shorter!   I definitely got that twinge of “this is the last game of some of their college careers…” feeling. Oh, the joys of endings and beginnings.

I am SO ready for spring and summer so that I can play outside.  From running to tennis to golf to rollerblading to kayaking to everything else, I can’t wait!  Especially after trudging through snow this morning in heels at 7am to bring out the garbage. Not fun at all.  Such is life.  Sometimes we have to suck it up and trudge through the snow and hard times to get to the feeling of “amazingness” that comes from hitting that inside out forehand or the 3-pointer to win the game.

Life has set in…

I’ve been wanting to blog for a few days, but I either haven’t set aside time or am tired or doing something else. 😦

Here’s a glimpse:

6:32 alarm goes off and I jump out of bed

6:34 Brush teeth, floss, ect.

6:45 Get out of shower and blow dry/do hair

6:58 Decide what to wear

7:05 Go downstairs and eat cereal (yum!)

7:10 Turn on Car and realize it’s SNOWING and I have leave right now

7:15 Finish cereal and leave for work

9:00 Arrive at work an hour late…..I hate snow and car accidents

5:30pm Leave work and drive to oil appt.

6:20 Get to oil place and wait

8:00 Oil, headlight and wipers are FINALLY done

8:20 Get to Bethel to work out

8:50 Leave Bethel–short work out 😦

9:02 Arrive at Project Runway party

10:40 Leave party

10:50 Get home and get ready for bed

11:00 Go to bed

So there you have it… Surprisingly, I didn’t go home from 6:30am to 10:50pm. Thank goodness this isn’t normal!