So I got engaged!

Here is the full story:

Earlier in the week, my sister had been asking me to hang out on Friday.  I told her no.  I couldn’t because I had to work.  She got more adamant, I got frustrated with her.  Little did I know that was an attempt by my (future) fiancé to steal my time.

Plan B however turned out even better.  Instead of full-on surprising me, I got a surprise text early friday morning with a picture from the airport saying something like “I made it to the airport early, don’t worry I got a ride.  But I will see you later ;)”  At that point I already knew (we had talked about getting married soon so much) that it was coming.  Apparently then he went to Chapman to pick up my little sister (so she could be there later to take pictures) and a few hours later I got a text with a picture of guitar that said “What? A guitar? That’s random.  How does that relate? Maybe it will become clear in a few hours.”  Then an hour later I got texted a picture of the florist and it said “Just sort of found myself here…maybe it will become relevant later 😀 Also, I love you a lot!”  He knew I had a lunch appointment for work, so while I was there he went into my house and stole my camera.  Then he texted me a picture of a memorable landmark at the Botanical Gardens near my home and said, “When you are done with lunch, I think you might want to come to this familiar creature sculpture.  There’s some good things happening there 🙂 Also, I love you the most and you’re my favorite!”

I think you can figure out the rest from the photos:

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A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition

I am no longer my own, but thine.

Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,

exalted for thee or laid aside for thee.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily yield all things

to thy pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth,

let it be ratified in heaven. Amen

–The United Methodist Hymnal

My prayer is that I would be able to trust God enough, trust His goodness enough, that really in any circumstance I would remain fully surrendered to His will.  To be able to freely and heartily yield all things to God’s divine pleasure and disposal–Ah, what a gift that would be.  Thank you God that you are patient with me as I learn how to surrender each and every day.

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Lead in a way that is expansive

We have all know the people who have led or managed us in ways that caused us to rise to a sharp mediocre, and we have all known the kinds of people who when they led us made us better. As a leader myself, I hope to fall into the second camp. What can be done to try and make sure one is getting the full potential out of one’s team? Well, this video has given me lots to chew on.

25 Goals for my 25th year of life

Twenty Five Goals for my 25th year of life:

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25. Create 25 new crafts, projects, or pieces of art

24. Actually try out 25 things I pin on pinterest

23. Finish reading 10 books (I often start books, but rarely finish them :/ )

22. Get my wisdom teeth removed (not fun, but unfortunately necessary)

21. Visit 15 new places

20. Learn to bake gluten free bread

19. Purge my closet of clothes I don’t wear anymore

18.  Start a craft Blog! Blog at least once a week.

17. Try one of those 30 day photography challenges (and actually learn how to use the manual functions on my camera)

16. Eat healthier more of the time

15. Make a nice scrapbook for my mom

14. Make an effort to spend more time with family

13. Do my own manuscript study on a book of the Bible that isn’t Mark

12. Go on a fun trip with a girlfriend (or two)

11. Learn a new skill

10. Get better at swing dancing

9.  Go to the Art Bar at least once

8.  Do something daring/take a big risk

7.  Come up with a better way to organize my craft supplies

6.  Practice the disciplines of thankfulness and celebration

5.  Get coffee/tea/ice cream/etc. with 15 old friends

4.  Donate a piece of my art somewhere

3.  Practice fasting from something at some point

2.  Learn something new about myself

1.  Visit 5 museums or art galleries

Jessica Rey – The evolution of the swim suit

via Jessica Rey – The evolution of the swim suit – YouTube.

I found this video inspiring today!  I have often wondered about the over-sexualization of our culture and how its connected with a lack of respect for women.  This video sort of answered that question a little.  If a man see’s a woman as more of an object or tool, it makes it all the more easy to treat her as an object or a tool.

I also say this video by Dustin Hoffman.  It sort of illustrates the process of scales dropping from ones eyes.  What happens when you stop seeing women as objects but as interesting people?

I hope you find them as interesting as I did!