This is the photo that I’m entering into this week’s I Heart Faces contest (: Want to see the rest of the entries? Go here
This is the photo that I’m entering into this week’s I Heart Faces contest (: Want to see the rest of the entries? Go here
There is a quote that I saw one day, but can’t remember word for word. It was a bit of a smart-ass quote, saying something like “we all resolve to change the world, but never think to change ourselves”. It really hit me deep and inspired me. Its a very simple quote, but it goes straight to the core: we DO always think “Oh I’m going to change the world!” But do we have a plan? do we ever think that maybe the first place to start is ourselves? If more of us thought about changing ourselves rather than others – or the world – how would things be? As a Christian, I know that it seems almost pointless to even speak this way, because no matter what we do, this world is going down the drain; its just getting worse and worse. But that doesn’t mean that as individuals we just say ‘screw it’ and go along with the world, does it? “Hey, the world’s in the dumps anyway, why even bother to change myself? I’m going to sin no matter what, why make the effort?” I dunno, maybe to, you know, live life to the fullest.
That’s another thing. We always say “live life to the fullest!” but do we even know what that means? Honestly? Does it mean drink up, party, try new things (such as drugs) etc. etc.? Not to me. Doesn’t God want for us a life lived to the fullest if we live it through Him? Yes, He does. John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
What do you think that means? It means a full life. Full of blessings, trials, happiness; everything a life should be full of, to its full extent. The only way you can get this is through God. Not through the way our culture says to. Our culture is man-made, is it not? Which means that it is flimsy and passes with time. God’s word is stable, and when He says something, He means it, does He not?
All right, so we have changing the world through changing ourselves, and living life to the fullest. Neither of these things can be accomplished on our own without God. So, the simplest answer is what? Keep God in my life. Keep Him number 1, at all times.
I want to live life to the fullest, the way God intended it to be for me. So, with all that said, what’s my next step? I’m going to make a vow to read every day, to take time away from everything and everyone that is a distraction so I can get my sole-focus on God. I’m going to pray, and ask Him to change and throw out what needs to be changed and thrown out. I’m going to ask Him where to go and what to do, so I can keep that feeling that “I’m on the right path” as long as possible. I’m going to be an example to those around me as to what God can give and how God can fulfill what He says: I’m going to live life to the fullest.
Yes, I’m going to stumble. There are going to be plenty of days I’m going to grumble and say “No, I’m doing it my way” and I’m going to learn the hard way that ‘my way’ doesn’t ever work. My knowledge is limited on how to live. I have a library of knowledge that I can go to anytime to learn what I need in order to live to the fullest – why shouldn’t, and why wouldn’t, I take advantage of this? I think its kind of silly not to, don’t you?
Boy I’m having some late night ramblings. God inspired me to share this though.
I’m not perfect, and I’m not going to try to be perfect, but I’m going to learn that the first step to changing the world is to change yourself. The reason our world is the way it is, is because of our endless, daily sins. We’re not going to rid this world of that sin, ever. It can’t be done. But we can make the ride along the way a little more joyful and worth it by doing our 110% best every day – through God, with God, every day.
Well, I have most of my Fall schedule figured out. I just have to call about my application to make sure everything’s paid for, set up my desktop, and I’m ready to begin!
I am so excited for the Fall. I’m looking forward to the rest of summer due to Moby, but I’m really looking forward to Fall. I’m excited to move forward in my life. I feel so at peace with it, like its the right thing to do – Medical Transcription, I mean. Its really neat. I can’t wait to begin!
Its nice; for the first time in awhile, I feel like its God leading my life rather than myself. I miss and love this feeling. I hope I learn to keep it around more often (:
What inspires you? For me, its love. Its God. Its little things I notice; how the sun hits certain colors and reflects off the wall. A certain angle, or definition. Words. (: Send me some inspiration?
P.S. “Inspire” picture was found on photobucket, I do not own it (:
See the little shady, ceramic and polka-dot pig in the corner? His name is Stew. And, he’s going to help Kev and I save up for Europe.
Europe?! What does this mean?! It means someday I’m going to live there with my man. I’m a big dreamer, but anything is possible (:
Oh, and the story behind Stew’s name: I wanted to honor E.B. White because I grew up on his books, so I wanted to name him Wilbur (cheesy, I know.) Well, Kevin just would NOT have that, so I thought of Stuart Little, and Kevin very evilly said, “Yeah, then we can call him Stew. You know, like pig stew?” I thought it was cute. We compromised with Stewart, a.k.a. Stew.
Isn’t he cute though? $10.00 at Target. They have new metallic-shiny ones that I didn’t see last time, but I’m a polka-dot freak at heart.
Also, I decided on the colors for my room (: a greenish turquoise and dark browns (: I can’t wait! Although I love the pale yellow at night; its calming, how the sun hits it and my room just . . . kind of glows. Its beautiful, really.
I’m thinking about starting Moby Dick tonight. I’ve never read it to be honest with you, and its a really thick book . . . I should probably get started on it. (:
So I’m entering this photos in this week’s I Heart Faces contest (: to look at the other contestants, go here.
So about that idea. I’m not quite sure what to start on next for It. I keep adding to it, but I don’t have many items crossed off him. So . . . here’s my idea:
You guys get to pick something!
Obviously it has to be something I can do currently (which isn’t seeing Paris in Spring,) so help me out here (: pick something for me!
So, this coming August (the 18th, to be exact,) The Red Hero Inspiration will have been a year old. It seems like I’ve been running this blog much longer, or maybe it seems like I haven’t been running it that long at all. I’m not quite sure which, I haven’t decided.
Anyways, I think I might make it a goal of mine to reach 100 posts by (if not on) August 18th. Kind of silly, traditional, common, etc., but what else have I to do this summer while I wait for autumn to come and bring me work to do? What else have I to do while I continue my job search? Zilch. Absolutely nothing.
Good! ‘Tis official then. I shall work on getting 100 posts published by if not on August 18th!
Well, on to another subject. I didn’t read tonight. Kind of failed haha. But, God’s been giving me plenty of inspiration for photos (: I’m really thankful for that. And: I finished Genesis! I’m done with the first book! Now . . . on to Exodus! Wait, I already started it . . . nevermind, late news. But yeah! Excitement!
Well, this has been an amazing week. I have made some great new memories with my best friend, and taken some great photos in the process (: also, she inspired me to create the (107) project. Such a great week (:
I graduate on Monday. How scary is this? Its not too scary. Its the reading-my-personal-poem-in-front-of-tons-of-strangers part that’s scary. Yes, that’s right: the poem I posted on here was accepted as part of the ceremony, so I will be reading it at my graduation! Its really need, but also very scary. I can’t wait for it, but then I can. I don’t want this week to end, but then I want to see my man and visit with some family I haven’t seen in awhile. It’ll be nice.
Anyways, here’s a new add to It:
Acquiring an SLR
Acquiring a Polaroid
Finishing ‘The Notebook Theme’
Writing a novel
Seeing Paris in the Spring
Acquiring an old-fashion typewriter
Watching all of Judy Garland’s films
Singing in front of a group
Not speaking one word for a whole day
Learning Spanish, Italian, and French
Riding a Moped
Riding a horse with no saddle
Reading Kon Tiki
Creating my own personal library
Filling out a journal
Reading the Bible cover to cover
Reading Pilgrim’s Progress
Capturing love in a photographStarting a photography business
Earning a Medical Transcription certificate
Getting a job
Spending a day at the Hawthorne District
Spending a day at the Saturday Market
Tattooing my side with meaning
Riding the bus
Taking a road trip to Forks, La Push and Port Angeles, Washington
Finishing a jawbreaker
Reading every book written about Jacqueline Kennedy
Reading “She Said Yes”
Watching the greatest movies filmed in 1939 and reading each film’s book
Watching all Alfred Hitchcock movies
Doing a 365 project
Acquiring a DSLR
Finishing “A Collection of Thoughts”
Seeing the Bodies exhibit
Taking care of a Bonsai tree
Publishing my Poetry as a book
Meeting a Person for Each Birthday of a Year
Opening my Own Gallery of my Best Work in Photography
Taking Art Classes to learn the technical side of Painting and Drawing
Spending a day in a field of red poppies taking a photoshoot and relaxing with my honey
Reading at least one book of all the author’s on the big painting in Barnes and Noble cafes
Creating a Heart shape with Polaroid photography I take
I’ve seen others do this, and I thought it was interesting. Something neat to try and accomplish. I’d really love to, and I know it will take me years (due to the cost of Polaroid film and how picky I will be with my photos) which is nice, because then it will feel even more wonderful to accomplish, knowing I worked hard on it (: Patience is a virtue.
Speaking of photos. . . I apologize if my albums on Picasa seem off; I have to upload them manually from now on because it would be too much hassle to set it up on my personal laptop, so if you don’t see anything new for awhile, that is why. Again, I apologize!
The task is: fill in 12 likes, 1 love and 8 hates like Cassie in her therapy video. Below, the bolded things are what you MUST include. Also, please make sure you link it back to The Little Blog of Happiness, and link it onto 3 other blogs you admire!
I tag the following three blogs . . .
Dawn – because she’s my best friend. Duh.
Promise Tangeman – because she is SO inspiring its not even funny.
Manisay – because of her quirky, short and to the point posts. (:
I like boys with strong bodies and girls with bold faces
I like to see dust in the sun
I like poppies because they remind me to stay strong
I like watching movies late at night when I can’t sleep
I like smiling at strangers
I like to recreate things
I like to feel appreciated
I like writing old letters
I like receiving letters (hint, hint)
I like to put Pop-Its on the toilet seat
I like when I find out little things my man does for me that I don’t notice
I like it when hot or cold water hits a sunburn
I love it when I lay on a towel and feel the sun on my back
Today I will develop a new idea and inspire things
In some ways, I love everything.
Its less, its less of a thing to like, its less distinct, its less particular
I like things that I like but I love everything
There’s more choice in like
Cos even the worst things have things you love in them
I don’t know what you mean about things I hate
I hate when someone yells at me and I’m trying to stay calm but they aren’t
I hate eating too much food
I hate leaving home
I hate when people assume things
I hate judging
I hate when people wear skin-tight clothing. Its NOT flattering so knock it off
I hate when people dress inappropriately. Girls specifically
I hate thinking someone is looking at me and then waving to them, but really they’re waving to someone behind me. Its annoying
I hate this, wow . . .
So, I’ve come up with a grand idea: a summer version of the (365) project. Instead of the whole year, just do it during the summer when you’re more (or less) busy with fun activities. Makes sense, right?
Well, my best friend and I are going to do this together. Since we won’t see each other much during the summer (curse you, move) we’ve figured out a way to still stay close and create something new! Haha!
Anyway, awesome week this week. Sorry I haven’t posted anything, but my best friend has been down all week so we’ve been a tad busy (: fun fun.
We leave on Sunday for home. I only get to stay for 2 days again, but I’m not going to complain. 2 is better than none, right?
Off to more adventures. Counting down to Monday (: