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Most of the time my life doesn’t end up the picture perfect way I thought it would. True there are goals I’ve achieved that I never thought I would. But for every goal I reach there always seems to be another “thing” I need to be doing to make my life be as great as I think it should be. There are the people who post their perfect moments, and to be honest sometimes it stirs jealousy up in me. I wish I could have those friends, those coffee-house moments, those creative ideas, instead I have these lonely, trapped-at-home, uninspired days. But I’ve realized that these days are sometimes created by fear and downright laziness. Loneliness from the fear of actually having to make a friend and spilling my life and soul to someone (thinking of being judged is terrifying.) Being trapped-at-home because I fear driving sometimes. Or staying uninspired because I won’t pursue creativity (I’d rather just watch TV.)
I can definitely be accused of putting on a false front, of pretending I’m someone I’m not. But most of the time it’s because I actually want to become that person, I want to pretend until one day I actually wake up and find that with God’s help I don’t have to pretend anymore. Because I’ve become (at least a little) like the person I wanted to be. I’ve become the person who can engage in an interesting conversation, I’ve become the person who encourages others and shares Christ without fear.
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
 
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

Of Journaling + Bible Journaling

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Since receiving my journaling bible at Christmas, I’ve been slowly but surely fulling the pages with designs. I’ve had to tell myself “Done is better then perfect.” many times. Seeing other people’s work and inspiration is a two way street. In one sense it can be uplifting and spark ideas. But on the other hand it can bring out the perfectionist attitude and comparison issues. So I’ve been trying to over come that perfectionist attitude, obsession over straight lines and perfect looking type. I’m learning that just creating is a reward in itself. And that there is beauty in the flaws. Kind of like me, maybe this is a lesson that needs to be carried over to other aspects of life. 😉

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Louisville KY Zoo

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Coffee Time

 

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Broadway Market, KS

“You can learn anything if you put your mind to it.” Said some wise person and I’ve definitely proved this true in the last couple of days.
I’ve been at The Broadway Coffee house in KS for only 48 hours and I’ve already learned to make 5 different panini (which I just had to look up the plural for) with corresponding sauces, two different veggie wraps, smoothies, and am now starting to learn to make chi lattes, frappuccinos and hot chocolate. I’ve learned how to keep flowers fresh for longer, how to run a cash register (haven’t taken an order yet though, it’s only my second day) and how to sanitize EVERYTHING!
And I’ve still got 32 days left and expresso to make!

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