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31 Days: Rest

This is me in a tiny hotel room in London. What I wanted to do was rest because it had been so many hours since I had left home but there was a huge city to see and no time to rest.

I want to look at my life like this. I've spent too much time sitting on my couch resting. I want to write on this blog more, I want to work on my house, I want to cook for myself. There is so much out there to do. Too much to spend time on my couch resting.

You would think that after spending 31 days writing that I would want to rest. But it has invigorated me to write more.

I hope you will continue to visit my blog to see what I do instead of rest.

31 Days: Refine

I feel like this 31 Days has refined my writing skills and refined my desire to do this blog. And it has refined my faith in myself that I can chose a task and accomplish it. I think this is the first time I've not missed a day of posts.

It feels good to get back to this blog and I've been refining my ideas of what I want it to do with it in the future.

And now before I use the word refine one more time, I will end this 30th day post.

31 Days: Follow

Today was the fall carnival at my church and I am so glad that 12 people decided to follow my pleas and decorate cars for the trunk or treat. There is an elementary school only blocks from my church that has almost 1000 students. Many of those students live in neighborhoods that aren't safe for trick or treating so my church hosts this fun, safe event for them.

As followers of Christ, we should reach out to those around us and do what we can for them. Even it that is just a cake walk, some face painting, and bags of candy, I hope that the kids who came to the carnival today felt God's love for them through an afternoon of fun.

31 Days: Connect

When I visited Canada for an earth science editors' conference last month, the hotel I stayed at had several inuksuks around the property. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia website, in Inuktitut, the term inuksuk means "to act in the capacity of a human." What is more human than wanting to connect with people?

One of the best things about attending professional conferences is connecting with people who do the same kind of job as you. If you go to the same conference every year, you build strong connections with people that always attend with you. It is wonderful to have connections like that if you have a question or need a second opinion on a problem. It's essential if you work in an environment where you are the only person who does your kind of job.

It is scary to go into those situations to connect with people. Walking into a room where I don't know anyone or I do know them and their job title intimidates me can be terrifying. It is so rewarding though.…

31 Days: Overcome for Five Minute Friday

This is how I like to think of myself. Like St. George slaying the dragon. Overcoming obstacles and fears. Persevering against those who try to knock me down.

I didn't always think of myself this way. I used to take what was handed to me. I used to accept how people treated me. I thought if I nodded and said yes, it would make everything ok. But people still left.

So I overcame that mentality of being who I thought I needed to be. I slayed the dragon of insecurity. I overcame my feelings of inferiority. I overcame my self-doubt. I have overcome the need to change who I am to please people. Now I am just me.

And in the overcoming, I have overcome the need to pretend. I have overcome playing different roles for the people I am with.

I have overcome the need to be anyone but me. I have overcome the feeling that I am not enough.

I have overcome the dragons that made me doubt myself and now I rest my head on the one truth that matters. I am a child of the most high God. Overcome that,…

31 Days: Change

Last year my theme for 31 Days was ways I could change based on the prompts given by Christina Hubbard. I thought I would review my progress of the past year.

Day 1: Walk. Walking is motion and I think I have done a good job of moving forward. I feel better about my life than I have in a long time.
Day 2: Paint. I haven't painted anything in the past year but I have worked on some decluttering projects.
Day 3: Wardrobe. I'm not back into my skinny wardrobe yet but I've been trying to appreciate my body as it is and I'm learning to accessorize with new jewelry while I work on the weight loss.
Day 4: Brew: I have been switching to tea after my morning coffee has kicked in and I have succeeded in starting and ending my day with prayer.
Day 5: Silence. I'm still not good with silence but I'm not as anxious about hearing God as I used to be.
Day 6: You. I hope that I am better at listening to what other people need. I know that I feel better when I do.
Day 7: Test.…