Thursday, November 19, 2015

I feel like blah

Do you ever just feel like blah?  That's how I feel today.  Nothing bad, nothing good.

I've been discouraged with my weight loss, or lack thereof.  I have been discouraged with my love life, or lack thereof.  I have been discouraged with my finances, or lack thereof.

But to battle that, I am going to write a list of a few things I am thankful for, what with Thanksgiving a mere week away!

New friends
Old friends
Comfy couches
Movie nights
New apartment
The feel after a good run
Lindsey Stirling
New iPhone
Warm weather
My family
Good job
Comfy sweatshirts
Inspirational speakers
Good books
Lazy days
My adorable niece
Game nights

That's all I've got for now, but I feel like it's a pretty good list.  I think I'm gonna go for a run or workout somehow tonight.  Something to get my endorphins kicking. Maybe that will fix my case of the blahs.

This weekend I've got "Friendsgiving" up in Grand Rapids.  That should be fun.  And I have a three day work week next week, so that will be good.  Anywho...onward and forward!  Love to y'all!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Your Story Matters #storylineconf

So I just got back from a conference in Chicago with some people from my church.  The conference was called Storyline.  It was a two day conference about how your life, i.e. your story, matters.  There were numerous amazing speakers including Don Miller, Shauna Niequist, and Bob Goff.  Even Brady from The Bachelorette was there.  Haha!

The speakers were so powerful.  I think the main thing I took away from the conference was that we ought to live a life that is worthy of telling a story - our story.  We aren't to avoid conflict, we are to embrace it because that is where change happens.  We talked about finding our purpose and striving toward it.  We talked about finding our voice, finding ourself.  It was such a powerful conference, I wish y'all coulda been there.

One of the things included in the conference was a life plan with eight modules to help you analyze your life and figure out where you want to go and who you want to be.  I just finished working my way through the modules.  One of the first exercises was to list the high and low points in your life and give them numerical values between -10 and 10.  Then we had to create a line graph.  It was very interesting to see the highs and lows of my life in line graph form.

Another thing I came away with was that one of my goals is to share my story, the important pieces of my life that have shaped who I am.  I'm not sure in what format I want to do that yet, but I feel like it's important and that I could really connect with people through it, and maybe even help someone else through it.  I haven't even shared my stories on here.  So I'm going to think and pray about how I'm going to share it, but I feel the tug from God to share it.  I'll keep ya posted on what I decide.

A big change in my life that is starting tomorrow is that I'm changing churches.  I have felt the need for this for a long time, and have been encouraged by wise friends to do so, but I am leaving the church I grew up in and am going to attend a different church (First Church of God) in my hometown.  I just didn't feel like I was getting much out of my old church and that there wasn't much community for me there either.  I'm going to miss seeing all the people that I grew up with, but I feel like I will grow so much more at First Church.  So that starts tomorrow, and I'm excited/nervous for that.  Keep me in your prayers if you think of it.

I'm still struggling with my weight.  That's another thing I'd covet prayers for.  I have not been motivated to eat very healthfully and I haven't been prioritizing time to work out.  I need to find a buddy or two to hold me accountable.  I really want to be at a healthy weight where I feel good and feel confident too.  Again, please pray for me.

Speaking of eating healthy, ha ha....I ate this really good burger last night in Chicago at a place called The Lucky Monk.  It had peanut butter mousse, bananas, and bacon on it!  It was so good.  Haha.

Well, I guess that's all for now.  Leave me any prayer requests you might have.  I would love to cover you in prayer.  Thanks guys!  Hope y'all have a good weekend.