Hey, it's my final post at "more on the other side"... don't be sad, it's not like I posted much anyway.
I have started a new blog called punkinhood that will chronicle the "life and times of punkin". So, if you're interested in reading about the details of life in the punkin'hood, feel free to check out the new place and subscribe!
I promise I'll be trying to posting more regularly over there!
It's the end of the world as we know it. And I feel fine... how about you?
In the end, it won't have mattered how popular your blog was, how many subscribers you had, or how many times you were retweeted on twitter. It won’t have mattered how many friends you had on Facebook (do you even remember half of your “friends” from high school?) or what your Bejeweled Blitz score was.
No, what will matter is what is left behind:
- Yourself. Were you true to yourself? Now that your blog is gone, will people who read it know the real you? Or is there just an image of what you wanted people to think of you left?
- Your family. Did you represent them well? Did you speak kindly of them? Or were you constantly sharing negative stories and causing people to form opinions of them that aren’t the opinions you’d really like them to have?
- The relationships you made with people you hadn’t yet met. Are they genuine relationships? Or were they only formed to get you more page hits or to make you feel popular? Did they mean enough to you that you will pick up the phone and talk to them or dare I say write them a letter? Or will you still try to meet them, even if there aren’t any blog conferences left?
Once the internet is gone, life will go on. Will you be content with what remains? I sure hope I will be. My goal is to be real, with hopefully a little humor thrown in now and then. But since time is ticking, I’ve got to go and print off my blog so it’s not gone forever (oh and play one more game of Bejeweled Blitz…)!
This post is an entry into Mabel's LabelsBlogHer '10 Contest. It's based off the hypothetical situation: Electrical storms are going to wipe out the Internet (perhaps forever). You have one day left to write about your passions: what do you want to say to the blogosphere in 300 words or less?
For anyone who is a former girl scout, sorry for getting that song stuck in your head, but it's been on constant play (in a round) in my head for a couple of weeks.
It all started as I drove away from my bestest friend's house a few weeks ago. It had been far too long since I had seen her. As in, she had a baby four months ago, and I hadn't met the precious little one yet (yes, I am a bad friend - I'll spare you the excuses). And even while she was still pregnant, I can't really remember the last time we had any real time together.
And no, she doesn't live hours and hours away. Just 20 minutes. Sad, isn't it? This is just one of the side effects of life getting in the way. And while I missed her, life was busy for both of us (see aforementioned new baby for her... see many excuses from me that I'm not mentioning). But I didn't realize just how much I missed her until I was driving away a few weeks ago and that song popped into my head out of nowhere.
You just can't replace a great friend.
I've seen her twice since that first time a few weeks ago. And I'm just amazed at how our time together has been so easy and smooth. It's as if no time at all has passed. It's been wonderful.
Just today, after my most recent visit with her, I told my husband how much I realized that our visits together are different than with any other friends. It was a simple visit - Punkin and I went over to her house, so Punkin could continue to get to know her two boys and give hugs to their new little sister and so my friend and I could just chat and catch up. She apologized for not really "stopping" the entire time we were there - she continued doing the tasks that she needed to do - and we gabbed and laughed the whole time. I told her that she didn't need to apologize - I actually think it's great that she's comfortable enough to not feel like she needs to "entertain" me. I just felt at home.
I love how after all these months, we just fell right back into step with each other, as if we didn't miss a beat. I'm blessed to count her as a friend.
Sorry, no wise words today. No lyrics to favorite worship songs. No scripture or quotes from church.
I don't have much to reflect upon except that lack of sleep is not good for anyone.
If anyone has any wise words for me about how to get a three-year old to sleep through the night without waking up and walking down to my room over and over and over and over again, I'd love to hear them! Punkin goes to sleep on his own (as in, he knows how to fall asleep on his own), but once he wakes up in the middle of the night, it's like he no longer has that talent. If he does fall asleep quickly after getting back in bed, he typically wakes back up within 30 minutes (at the most) and is back down the hall standing at the side of my bed. When I walk him down again, he gets upset when I leave the room. It's like he doesn't want to be alone. And it's not like he says he's been having bad dreams or anything. I think he just wants to be with Mommy and Daddy. But WHY does he wake up SO MANY TIMES a night? That doesn't seem normal to me. Any advice? Any words of wisdom? Help? (Oh, just don't tell me to lock him in his room... he'd tear down the door before he let a little lock keep him in.)
P.S. I am loving this season of The Amazing Race! Go Team Jeff & Jordan!
I see the King of glory
Coming on the clouds with fire
The whole earth shakes, the whole earth shakes
I see His love and mercy
Washing over all our sin
The people sing, the people sing
Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest
I see a generation
Rising up to take their place
With selfless faith, with selfless faith
I see a near revival
Stirring as we pray and seek
We're on our knees, we're on our knees
Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks Yours
Everything I am for Your Kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity
You are my Husband's least favorite month. You're cold. You're dreary. The lack of sunshine by this part of winter is overbearing. I know you're only 28 days long (most years), but for him, you last an eternity.
For some reason, he also hates his birthday. Yup, it's in February. I don't understand this hate of the birthday, because starting March 1st, it's "Happy Birthday MONTH" to me! Anyway, he doesn't like his birthday or any attention that it brings. So, what am I supposed to do with that? It's no fun trying to celebrate someone's birthday who doesn't enjoy it. Oh, and this year, his birthday happens to be on Super Bowl Sunday. Typically, I'd say that was a good thing because we can go to a Super Bowl party and spend the day with his friends, with good food, good drinks, and a good game. But no, not this year. See, we're not Colts fans. Shhh... I know we live in Indy. That's part of the problem. Do you know how much media coverage there is about this team? When you're not a fan: It's so annoying. So that doesn't make things better. And given that we're not fans, it's not like we're welcome at anyone's Super Bowl party.
So, February, let's make a deal. You bring the sunshine and warmer temperatures. And I'll try to get Hubs to even acknowledge your existence. Rather than him turning the calendar directly from January to March. That's right, his calendar is turned to March for two months in a row! Wait a minute... that means Happy Birthday Month(s) to me! Let the celebration begin! Maybe this February-hate isn't such a bad thing, afterall!
Not too long ago, I posted about wanting to be more intentional in 2010. I think about this phrase quite a bit every day. Unfortunately, I've come to realize that just thinking about it doesn't make it so. (If only.) Guess I need to put together some more concrete areas I need to focus on and come up with some steps to guage my progress.
So, in an effort to create some kind of accountabilty with my readers reader, I'm putting it out there and saying it out loud.
Things to be more intentional about in 2010:
Cooking - Menu Plan. Everyone's doing it - at least that's how it seems on the internet. For some reason, this is very daunting to me, but I'm not sure why. Probably because it's planning. Not something I'm terribly great at.
Household Maintenance - Create a "schedule" that will include daily/weekly tasks that need to be done. Then DO IT. (I could also add Organization - Figure It Out. I hate being so disorganized.)
Blogging - Do more than just "write posts in my head". Be devoted to spending time at the computer writing, rather than just reading everyone else's blogs.
Photography - Keep doing Project 360 - and miss less days (oops).
Spiritual Life - Figure out the best plan that speaks to me. Not what everyone else says I should be doing, but what I know helps me grow in my relationship with God. Something I heard at a conference several months ago: "Jesus never journaled.". It's not just something that lets me off the hook, but the point is - don't follow any man-created formula for your relationship with God, but find the thing that works to draw me closer to Him.
So, there's the start to my list. I know there's much more I could add to it, but for now, I think that's a good start.
What about you? Anything you know you need to take action on rather than just think about?
I got a new (awesome) camera for Christmas from the Hubs. I have a lot to learn about using it, so to help me out, I'm attempting to do Project 365. This means I'm planning to take (at least) one picture a day every day during 2010. I'm sure I'll forget some days, but hopefully, I'll remember more often than not!
Anyway, I may not post every picture on the blog, but I do have a flickr stream where I'm uploading them, so they'll be documented somewhere. (I also hope that taking pictures of our days will inspire me to write more blog posts -- no promises though.)
While I'm here, I may as well post the ones I have so far, right? Why not?
These are all untouched photos, by the way. Another goal for 2010 is to get into photo editing!
I've never been a big fan of making resolutions at the start of the new year. To me, resolutions are things you promise to do or not do which you focus on for a few weeks and then as soon as something gets in the way, you leave them by the wayside. Once you break your resolution, there doesn't seem to be any going back. At least that's how it's always been to me.
For some reason, though, I've been thinking about the start of 2010 for several weeks now... maybe even months. I feel a strong desire to affect change in my life in 2010. Not that my life isn't great and all, but I know there are things that I could focus more on (or less on) and do more of (or less of), that would make me a better person.
So, I've been making random lists of goals in my mind for awhile. Unfortunately, I haven't written them all down as they've come to me. But an overwhelming theme in all of these goals is to Be Intentional.
I want to Be Intentional in everything I do. - parenting - marriage - friendships - serving God - loving & serving others
I am really going to try to focus on Being Intentional every day of 2010. To help me keep my focus, I decided to pick a "lifeverse" for 2010. I wanted to pick a scripture that I could think of daily that would remind me of what my overarching goal is for 2010. I actually found several.
As I type this, I've settled on the following:
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:17
Some of the other scriptures that I'll use as supporting references are:
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men" Colossians 3:23
"Therefore, prepare your minds for action" I Peter 1:13
"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord." Romans 12:11
I'd love to have you join me in picking a "lifeverse" that is meaningful to you for 2010 - one that can inspire and challenge you. I'd love to walk this journey of change together. Please let me know in the comments if you're interested in joining me!
Happy 2010! I hope the year is full of Love, Peace, Joy, and Change! When you look at me a year from now, I hope you don't see the same person!