WILW {2/5/14}

i’ll tell you what i DON’T love on this Wednesday: waking up to a slushy, messy, sleety, rainy gray day with mini lakes hugging all sidewalk corners and hearing from my friends and family upstate about the beautiful, powdery snow they’re getting.

like, why can’t this just be my life all Winter, frolicking and sliding in a pristine flufferland? i’d like to just slap this on my door and call it a season:

goneboardingsigh. a girl can dream.

but i DO love:

*feeding the wanderlust. i’m headed to Boca Raton, FL bright and early tomorrow morning with girlfriends to stay at a fabulous hotel through Sunday night. totally stoked for a few days of beach, sun, warmth, flip flops,  celebrating one of the bff’s bdays, and outdoor workouts. yessss. maybe even find a place to salsa dance while i’m down there??

photo: Shadetree photography

photo: Shadetree photography

 

*inspiration. amazing article about switching up your life to focus on what counts.
my little inner hippie heart leaps at stories where people my age suddenly realize what’s important in their lives and drop everything to pursue it at all costs. i struggle every single day with living in the tension between “that which i must do” and who i am innately, organically, at the very core of my being. the two are in constant conflict (especially lately), and articles like this just send my mind soaring. i’m not saying this is for everyone — i’m saying, when you aren’t living in your “sweet spot” where your life reflects your individual passions and dreams and you find yourself trying to fit into a lifestyle that just isn’t quite you, the sense of being unfulfilled and chasing the wind is quite wearisome.

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but don’t worry, friends: if i sell all my possessions and move to the country to write and snowboard my days away, i’ll still blog about it. 🙂

*prayer. i’ve found myself thinking about prayer quite a bit the last few days, and how little i do of it — effectively, at least — and how much more i’d like to do of it. that which we pray about, we focus on, and we deem important in our lives. my prayers generally revolve around certain things or people or aspects of my life, and when i take a step back and look at that, i realize that those people and areas are usually where i’m most content or engaged or see the most discipline and change. so if i started praying more about that which i would like to act upon, or like to see changed, or what frustrates me the most, well, that certainly can’t hurt — and probably will do a great deal of help, especially in changing my mentality and perspective on situations. so the point is, i need to pray more, and not just reduce my prayer life to little wisps of fragments i manage to get out before falling asleep at night (in those 10 seconds i have between when my head hits the pillow and i’m completely done for). i’ve found that i’m pretty good at “thank you” prayers, which at least means i know how much i have for which to be grateful, but i don’t spend enough concerted time really delving into prayers about my future direction, or utilizing my passions, or the actions i would like my dreams to take.

and that, my friends, should be my 2014 resolution. because i don’t have these dreams and hopes and desires and stirrings for nothing…and they’re not just mine.

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xo.

 

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Thankful and free…and praying in the midst of tragedy.

Happy Veterans Day! Thankful hearts and lots of gratitude to all of those courageous men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our country and fighting to make America the land of the free. Without you, we would not be able to enjoy the liberty and freedom that forms the basis of our nation, so today and every day, we honor you and offer you our deepest thanks.

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I had a wonderful weekend and planned to recap that this morning, but I think I’ll wait and do that in another post later on. I’m sure you’re all aware of the horrible tragedy that is Typhoon Haiyan, the devastating typhoon that ravaged the Philippines on Friday and is thought to have claimed over 10,000 lives. Haiyan is being called one of the strongest storms in recorded history, and the Philippines are in desperate need of aid, supplies, and prayers.

It seems like these horrid natural disasters are becoming more frequent, and more devastating, with each passing year. With Katrina in our not-so-distant past, we as Americans are acutely aware of how far-reaching the implications of these tragedies are, and how much grief and pain they bring. It’s so vital that we, as human beings, offer any support and prayers that we can to all who are affected by these events, and never take a day for granted in which we find ourselves safe, healthy, and able to enjoy the comforts we so often take for granted: food, shelter, family, and stability.

Fox News has compiled a list of reputable relief organizations dedicated to aiding the Philippines in their recovery efforts, so even if we’re unable to physically provide assistance, we can always pray about contributing in any ways we can.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/11/10/how-can-help-victims-philippines-typhoon/

The very least we can do is to count our own blessings and thank God for our health and safety, and never stop praying for those who are less fortunate and living with the repercussions of such horrible natural disasters. Today, on a day when I’m so thankful for my own freedom, my thoughts and prayers are with those struggling in the Philippines. May God help them find a sliver of hope in the midst of such a dark time.