Sunday, April 18, 2010
I wasn't even sure I could do this. I thought I would have to switch to walking midway or maybe even right away. However it now became something I wanted to do to prove to myself and my husband, that yes I could do this and if you must know, I'm not new to blading/skating. I started skating at age 6 or 7 and switched to blading at age 10 and kinda did it almost everyday until about age 12 and only randomly since then. So I would say I am good at skating but I have almost no street skating experience. I've kept to my neighborhood and rinks till now and sadly there were 2 things most definitely against me in process of accomplishing my goal, one being the horrible sidewalks in Burlingame and 2 the crappy roads in San Mateo. Also there was one frightening downhill part that thankfully there was a pole for me to stop myself with, my only slight near death experience in a long time.
At the end of it I was so overjoyed and yes a bit proud of myself. I was also saddened to not see more people on bike/skates/board or any other sort of transportation other than car or bus. Growing up on the East Bay this was common even in my little village of San Lorenzo(it is technically a village, not a town, strange right) which is not the most forward thinking place. I was born and raised in Berkeley till age 5 so I have a few earth saving tendencies :) . This isn't really like that though because not only does traveling in this way help cut down on gas and the harm it does but its also about enjoying our city in a new way and just being outdoors which is great for us. I plan on doing this more when I can and I encourage you to as well!
p.s. my blades are not as cool as those :( but they are the same brand
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
So last Thursday we actually both had the day off from work so of course we watched 2 new movies.
First: The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock. I personally love true story movies and this is a heartfelt one and definitely encourages me as a Christian to offer myself up to God as his servant more. A great watch for the family I would definitely recommend this to anyone. Rated: PG-13 (there is a fight and references to drugs), My Rating: 5 Stars
Second: Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams. Strangely I am a girl that actually enjoys action as long as there is a storyline. This was fabulously done, the characters are a more realistic version of Holmes and Watson, not stuffy old British men as they seem in other movie versions but more raucous and still very intelligent. I thoroughly enjoy almost all of Downey's films as he is a very strong actor and never fails in his roles. This was a very different part for McAdams but I can see why she wanted to play it, its much more fun and opposite her other roles in past. Maybe not best suited for the under 10 year old range due to its references to the occult (shown to be false so possibly a learning experience)and some swear words. Guy Ritchie has scored again, hopefully they can do a sequel well. Rated: PG-13, My Rating: 4 stars
Friday, April 2, 2010
I came across a blog post recently that intrigued me. You can read it here. It made me think... am I fulfilling my roles well or even decent? Well no, not really. Then what the heck am I doing? I come to this question often, too often to be honest. I've written about this before, I'm lazy sorta. I don't know how to put this fully but its more like I'm not motivated because of all the things I have to do that I don't want to do (i.e. work out of the home) but I'm not even sure if stopping that would help. I feel this mission statement will help me and guide me to my best me. That sounds very Best Life Now but I promise its not...
Step 1: List Your Roles
-Business Owner(Stella&Dot Stylist)
-Homekeeper(couldn't decide what term I wanted to use)
I'm sure there are more..
Step 2: Prioritize Your Roles
4. Business Owner
I originally when first writing this out in my notebook put employee before blogger but now I feel its more important to me.
Step 3: Simplifying Our Roles
This is where it becomes hard.
Now its down to Christian, Wife and Homekeeper. Which is okay.. These are huge roles that I think I suck at lately.
Step 4: Dream
I used to be such a dreamer but a lot of my dreams failed so I became a realist. Well in actuality by dreams just changed dramatically, from career woman/mom to SAHM. Which at times makes me sad a little but not because I know my greater joy in the future will be raising children and saving my family as much money as I can :) but it also effects me in switching jobs often as I am over critical of the people around me at work and become too affected by how I am treated. In case you all were wondering that there ya go, which my crazy brain always thinks people judge me on my job situations. So my shift to wanting to be a SAHM has made me also more critical of people that don't want that and are super career focused, this is not a dig on anyone in particular just at how much feminism has crept into the church. Sorry if that was too honest but thats how my brain works not that its a good thing because its judgement and judgement is just my own pride of thinking my way is better and why can't everyone want what I want lol. We humans are so silly..
Onto what I do dream.. As a Christian I want to be known as someone thats an open book about their faith and knowledgeable in the right ways (memorized scripture, mentoring women, etc.) but not overly knowledgeable to protect from being prideful and also as a servant for the Lord by serving my church and the people in my life. As a Wife I want encourage, honor and follow my Husband fully and faithfully. As a Homekeeper I want to make my home a place of enjoyment, laughter, warmth, cleanliness honoring God, learning, and showing the best use of our resources(using our money properly).
Step 5: Creating My Mission Statement
To pursue Jesus faithfully and surrender my all to Him, so that I can be a vessel for Him.
To honor Patrick through encouragement, submission and love.
To create a welcoming home that honors God and our resources.
I plan to pray through these roles and my mission statement daily. Hopefully this has inspired you to do this to. I am interested in reading yours as well so link to yours in a comment :)
This was very fun to write about.. look for more posts like this to come. Now I have to get ready for my non-fun work.
p.s. its not really non-fun its just the anticipation of it that I can't stand.