WoW - Appreciating Kindness and Forget the Rest


Right now at 16 weeks pregnant, I have consistently craved one thing: potatoes.  Mash 'em, boil 'em, stick 'em in a stew (by the time you're reading this, you must know this movie reference, or else your dad and I aren't doing our job).  Many a night I lament not having the time, energy, or ingredients to make myself some fresh mashed potatoes.  (Your Aunt Sarah made some first class mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving this year - sour cream and cream cheese... YUM.)
Anyway, your father is very aware of this craving, and one night when I voiced my craving for potato chips, he got up a few minutes later and was working away in the kitchen.  I didn't think much of it, but then maybe 15 minutes later, I got curious.  Right as I asked what he was doing, I realized - he was making me homemade potato chips!  It was so very thoughtful, and not even requested; the best kind of surprise!  So that night at 9pm I enjoyed my own homemade potato chips and loved your…

WoW - True Strength

I often think back of my year in Americorps with fondness.  Sometimes I need to remind myself of that, actually, when I feel behind in my professional career because I took that year 'off.'  One aspect of this year that I've been able to carry forward, however, is the leadership and development training we went through.  We learned how to classify ourselves (and therefore our daily construction volunteers) into 4 different learning categories - the end goal of which was to understand how to lead them most effectively in the task at hand.

Another training that seems fairly common, but was new to me at the time was the privilege walk.  Everyone in the group, and we were from fairly diverse backgrounds, would be required to take a step ahead if they received a certain privilege in their upbringing (i.e. their home contained at least a few dozen books; this is apparently proven to be indicative of a more stable home by some measurements); or, if you've had certain setback…

Baby #1

I found out 10 days ago that I am PREGNANT.  In a morning daze I remembered that, according to my fertility app, I was supposed to start my cycle that day.  So I grabbed a test and lo and behold - it was positive!

The first 'baby reveal' I remember was Becky on Full House making baby-sized food for Jesse to hint at her big news.  I've also seen some YouTube videos where the woman reveals she is pregnant in fun and surprising ways.  But Jon was right there!  So I just showed it to him and that was that.  I have seen Jon emotional just a few times; a couple when we were in a fight, once when his precious dog, Sadie, died, and then in this moment.  So sweet.

Since 10 days ago I have told one friend, mostly so I could get advice on what doctor to go to.  We are actually her son's godparents, so it worked out well telling her and consequently her husband.  It's really challenging not telling people, though.  I already feel like it's a good excuse.  "I can'…

When you work for Jesus, there are no menial tasks.

I received the following in an e-mail from the Navigators 20's ministry this morning.  While I have been blessed with a great job since being unemployed several months after grad school last year, it is a good reminder still of what we are called to - whether in a dream position at a prestigious firm, working our way to the top yet wondering our greater purpose, or still in anticipation of a big break - those of us who follow Christ must at our core be servants as He was.  I think this can relieve pressure and provide joy in pleasing the only One whose opinion truly matters.

Maybe you can relate. Finishing college, I considered myself God’s gift to the working world. But graduation came and went with no job offers. Despite my impressive GPA and numerous honors, two years and many job applications later, I remain underemployed. You know the questions I hear: “When are you going to find a real job?” “You went to college for this?” Adding to this external pressure, I face an internal…

Introducing Zinnia

Last Saturday I officially became a cat owner. Meet Zinnia.
Zinnie is a petite dilute calico, full of chirps and an appetite for wet food.  She also likes to snuggle (on her own terms, in the true feline fashion).  I have been wanting a cat of my own for years and, with my recent move to Atlanta, I found myself delving into the adoption process after looking cats up one random evening, and did not stop until I found "the one."  After seeing cat after cat and receiving numerous hints and words of wisdom (the cat will choose you, you will just know, etc.), I was torn between emotional exhaustion, and anticipatory endurance and hope that I would, indeed, find the one.  And throughout the process I had plenty of moments of going 'macro,' as a friend describes it.  There were so many kitties, and yet I could only help one.  The situation is therefore hopeless!  And the only reason I am feeling bad right now, I thought in that time, is because I am actively seeking a cat, an…

Words of Wisdom - Pandita Ramabai

As followers of Christ, we can remember the promise we have in Him - overwhelming victory over death:
Death's power to hurt is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But we thank God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  So my dear brothers and sisters, stand strong.  Do not let anything move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is never wasted. (I Cor. 15.56-58)
A reason to hope.

We can be reminded of this in Pandita Ramabai's words:

Words of Wisdom - Coco Chanel

Maybe it is the influence of my long-time graphic design roommate, or the constant flow of pretty pinnings of inspiring words via Pinterest.  As most, I am a collector of quotations, and have decided to document an exercise of graphically representing those which I'm saving on my blog, Meghazine, this year.  As of December 31st I was really ambitious, thinking yes, one a day!  one a day!  I will get into the habit and be really good at this!

But alas, I did not wait to start my State of the Union resolution, and yet its already fallen to the wayside since failing January 1, 2, 3.... so 1-2 a week.  That is the goal.

Send in your favorite quote and I'll use it too!

First is this, which I have also used on my design blog, fostering presence.

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. - Coco Chanel
Here is the graphic and some photos depicting the process; it is the result of photoshopping photographs of light-as-text, an experiment with my new DLSR.