Smell the Roses

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Hey there interwebs.

It’s been a while since you last heard from me via blog. I figure it’s about time I pick up the proverbial pen again to say hello.

I could go into ridiculous detail about what has gone on in the last five months, but to be honest, I rarely have that kind of patience with my own writing. So I’ll catch you up with where I am now. 

First off, I’m happy. I feel like so many people in life spend the majority of their time working so they can be happy someday, but never actually take the time to BE happy when the opportunity presents itself. So I think it’s significant to say that right now, I’m happy. I’m fed, I’m clothed, I have a roof over my head and enough money to buy the things I really need, plus some. I have a job that challenges me in a good way on a daily basis, people I enjoy working with, and managers that are genuinely interested in how I can improve myself in my work environment. I’m currently working as a contracted employee, but that may be turning into a permanent position soon (second interview on the 5th, I’ll try to keep you updated!).

I’m in a relationship. Yes, like a going-on-three-months-and-still-doing-well relationship. We watch movies and eat out and go on walks by the water and feed ducks in the park and visit museums and act disgustingly adorable in public and we don’t care. Valentine’s Day should be decidedly more exciting than last year. 😉

God has been shaping me in new ways. I’m learning so much and it’s just…exciting! Earlier in the winter I had quite on ordeal learning to overcome fear, particularly when it came to my new job. I was so far outside of my comfort zone that all I wanted to do was run away and quit, and every day was a struggle to drag myself in the door at work and try to be better at what I was doing. But with patience and work and a lot of prayer, things got better, and I am a more well-balanced person because of it. The lesson learned was that no matter what the circumstances, God takes care of His children, and therefore we have nothing to fear. Things may not always happen the way you expect them too, but as long as it’s His plan, that’s all that matters.

 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11)

I’m developing a deeper desire to know God and know His Word, which of course has been an ongoing thing since the day He claimed me, but it’s made itself more apparent in recent weeks, and I’m very much encouraged by it.

Drama in my life is at an all-time low, which is always welcome. Some burdens I had been carrying for a while as a result of strained relationships have been lifted recently, for which I am very thankful. God is great as chasing away bitterness when you ask Him to.

And overall I’ve just been trying to live my life a little bit better. Get more sleep, drink more water, eat well, put a bit more effort into my appearance, manage my money, watch less TV, listen to more music, read more books, etc. If I only have one life to live, I may as well make it a good one, right?

Well, now I feel like I’ve been rambling and just wound up back where I started. I guess all I wanted to do was take a moment to step back and smell the roses, to comprehend the fact that right now, my life is a place full of possibility and opportunity, where nearly anything is possible and the future looks bright. I’m still young, but I know enough of life to realize that the way I feel now will not always be the norm, so I should appreciate it now for what it is. I am blessed.

That’s all really. But with any luck, you’ll be hearing from me again soon. 🙂

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What’s for Dinner?

So I made dinner last night for the first time in…well, I’m tempted to say the first time ever that wasn’t prompted by a “Kaity, you’re making dinner tonight, so make [insert super-easy-to-make-meal here]”. It’s not that I don’t know how to cook. Although I haven’t spent a whole lot of time preparing meat (something I will definitely be working on over the summer), it’s not like I don’t know how to cook pasta or toss a salad. However, being the nearly 22 year-old I am, I figure it’s about time that I make the effort to actually know how to cook well. I’m all about being a well-rounded person and acquiring a variety of skills, and cooking, well, is pretty essential…if I ever expect to run my own home without spending a boatload of money. Right?

So, I cracked open one of my dad’s Food Network magazines (a subscription that yours truly bought for him but is hardly ever utilized, go figure) and landed on a recipe I thought sounded yummy and relatively easy to make. Shopping commenced and before I knew it, come Monday it was *insert dramatic music* time to start dinner. Really, all I did was follow the recipe…it’s not that difficult folks. But what would a food post be like without a picture of the final product? Therefore, I give you…

Spinach & Feta Chicken Sausage Fettuccine with Garlic-Caper String Beans! 🙂 It was very yummy, I must admit. I made a royal mess of the kitchen, which my gem of a brother had to clean up (note to self: learn how to “clean as you go” next), but everyone seemed to like it well enough. One thing I’ve never been good at with cooking is timing and making sure everything is done around the same time without going cold, and this time everything worked out just peachy, so I was satisfied. Now I just have to figure out what will be on the table for next time! Do any of you remember the first full meal you ever made?

p.s. If any of you are interested in this recipe, the fettuccine dish can be found on p.109 of the June 2012 Food Network magazine, and the string beans are on p.118 of the same issue. Happy cooking!