Wednesday, December 8, 2010
December 8 – Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.
Wow...this challenge has proven to be the hardest for me to write. I find it incredibly hard to reflect on what I do that lights people up. My instinct is to call several of my friends or family and just ask them, but that would defeat the entire exercise because it's not really what they say but what I think that matters in this reflection. So...here goes:
When you are growing up you are taught that each person is unique and different and that's what makes each person so special...and I believe this to an extent. The older I have gotten and the more I have come to observe people (because I am overly observant) I have realized that people really aren't that different when it comes right down to the heart of life...which I find comforting. But as for me...the things that I am most proud of in myself and that light up the people I am closest to are so personal to each of the people I am close with.
Its those little moments in life...the moments I call my mom at 6:30 in the morning to tell her to look outside at the sunrise because the thought of her missing it just doesn't seem right...I'm pretty sure that lights her life up.
Or the moments I text my friend about our favorite show Glee...we don't really get to talk on the phone often or see each other in person but those texts are priceless and often hilarious (more her than me...she lights up my life with the hilarious things she says) and I would like to think she enjoys those as much as me, even the texts not about Glee!
Maybe it's the moments I call my dad whenever I need to make a serious (at least to me) life decision...his opinion means the world to me and I think deep down he might get a little light in his life by me still being 30 and calling for his advice...and dad if you are reading this I have finally learned you are normally/always right on the things that really matter :)
I might light up the life of my friends by my constant observations of people...including them. They hang out with me knowing that I will be the one that notices that orange belt the lady in the next bowling lane is wearing and they can talk to me about it when no one else seems to even see it. I am the one that will notice when they are abnormally quite and I will usually ask them if something is wrong...they can't really get away with much because I will notice. I think this is a good quality and I hope they find it different in a way that sheds positive light on our friendship.
i am different in the relationship I have with my sister and brother...we can have what some would find to be a horrible argument and within seconds be laughing and enjoying each others company. Maybe this isn't that different from other siblings out there, but when we argue we ARGUE...we get it out of our system and we don't usually apologize because we know if we have crossed a line it goes with out saying we are sorry. and when we are finished and have said what we need to say we are best friends again...that my friends is called unconditional love:)
When I stop and write about all the little moments that make me different and unique and help to put light in others lives...it makes me smile. Even though I still think most people are pretty similar when it comes right down to it, the small things...the things that really count, are the things that make us different. Not everyone has lived the exact life in the exact order with the exact small moments as me, so that makes me different. It makes me see things in a different way and I wouldn't change those exact moments, in the exact order my life has taken me because it has made me who I am today and I'm pretty happy with me!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I have tried really hard the past year to put myself in new situations and new communities. I really wanted to meet new and interesting people and create new experiences. One of the ways I discovered community was through a group called Columbus Young Professionals. ( www.cypclub.com ) I have not gotten as involved with this group as I would like to yet, but it is a perfect way to start becoming apart of a new community. Another way I have discovered community is by way of blogging. I began reading other amazing blogs and even became part of a great community on www.skirt.com as one of their official bloggers. It amazes me the wonderful community of bloggers out there and I have enjoyed every minute of reading other peoples experiences!
In the year 2011 I hope to dive deeper into both of the above named communities. I also hope to volunteer more...I often think about doing this but just haven't gotten my act together enough to devote time to this. Volunteering is so important and no excuse in the world is good enough to stop me from pursuing this in the new year!!!
Another community I hope to become apart of, and am VERY excited about comes to be by way of a new job I will be starting in a couple of weeks. Oakstone Health Center ( www.oakstonehealthcenter.com )is part of Oakstone Academy (a wonderful school) and I hope to dive deep into their community raising awareness for autism and making friends and connections every step of the way! Just writing about all of the ways I want to become more involved in community gets me super excited for the new year...2011 can't come soon enough!!!
Monday, December 6, 2010
The last thing I made was probably a birthday card. I know I made one for my grandma's birthday, but I am pretty sure I made a card for something else more recently. When I make these cards I usually use markers, colored pencils, photos, and quotes. I make cards rather than buying them sometimes because I enjoy doing it and it seems to show the appreciation or gratitude I have towards that person far better when I create it.
YES, YES, YES there are sooooo many things I want to make but just haven't cleared the time for it. I love art, and find it such an emotional release creating it. I envy my mom for this reason...she has an amazing space and gets to create art all day, every day if she wanted...so rewarding! Writing this post made me realize how much I need to make the time to create more!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
I let go of some of my maturity. My entire life I have always lived on a level of maturity that some people would probably describe as "playing it safe". I did what I thought I was suppose to do and made decisions based on logic. This past year I let go of some of that...I became less mature and I played life a little less safely. I had a blast doing this...getting drinks whenever I wanted with friends, buying random things without thinking overly logical about it. I went on trips, I went on dates, switched jobs, took a million pictures, enjoyed happy hours...And even though I turned 30 this year I felt more like I was turning 23!
My effort to be less mature resulted in a fun year, a year that I am pretty confident I needed after years of seriousness...but I have to say I am ready to be mature again! I think it suits me better..
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Thanksgiving day (after the race) my mom's side of the family, along with my dad's parents, came to our house for a Thanksgiving feast. Part of the reason I like Thanksgiving is to be able to see relatives we don't normally get to see or hang out with. The picture above is of my cousin Amy, Aunt Cynthia (my mom's sister), my mom, me, and my sister Molly...all of the girls from my mom's side of the family. These are people (along with Uncle Stan and my cousin Erin..who were also in attendance) that I don't get to see very often but it is so wonderful to feel the love when they are around. We can always just pick up were we left off and have a good time no matter...love that! I was also so happy to see my brother because I don't get to see him very often anymore since he moved and I was so thankful to see him smiling and happy!!!
Friday night after Thanksgiving we headed to Somerset, OH for the 2nd Annual West Village Pub Crawl....the picutre above shows us at pub #3. Last year Natalie, Kelly and I went to NYC and I started to realize how much everyone talked about the "villages". I got it in my head we weren't going to have fun until we went to one of those villages...and I was right the "villages" is where it's at! It was during this time that my cousin Kelly reminded us she lived in a village too and although it is a very small village with only 4 pubs (counting the American Legion) we created the West Village Pub Crawl...and I have a feeling it will continue for years to come :) We have a ball and I already can't wait for next year!
My weekend wasn't complete without heading to OSU campus to tailgate and cheer on the Buckeyes as they beat Michigan...I had so much fun I forgot to take any picures :( At any rate my long holiday weekend was awesome and I am sooo very thankful for the direction my life is headed. I am lucky for so many reasons and simply cannot wait to see where this year will take me and to hopefully continue to share it all with you! Now if I could just get my Christmas shopping done!!!!