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. 🙂

The Things Boredom Make You Do

As I draft this post, I am sitting in front of a computer at my work. No, I’m not typically paid to write blog posts while working, but even my boss would understand (in the off chance she happens to read this someday) that today of all days is a perfectly acceptable day to blog while working. Why? Today is the first day that the mercury hit 100 degrees in my little city this year. This means that everyone is at home trying to stay cool by exerting as little energy as possible while cranking up the A/C. What does this mean for business? NO business, that’s what it means. Yep, the place is dead. This is far from typical, and so I find myself needing something to do with my brain while the few remaining minutes of store hours slip by….so….slowly.

The brain does strange things when it’s bored. For instance. I work at a postal center, which means that the place abounds with packing material for processing shipments of all shapes and sizes, bubble wrap being one of them. Our bubble wrap comes in industrial-sized rolls of 100 feet (I think), which measure over 3 feet tall. (Yes, I know this because I was bored enough to measure it.) One of those rolls happened to be sitting in my line of sight earlier, and what was the first thing thought that came to mind?

I wonder if I could balance that on my head.

So Kaity, the person who always thinks about the way she’s being perceived by others, finding herself alone in an empty store with a giant roll of bubble wrap, picked the thing up and put it on her head. Without even thinking about it twice! I’m so hopeless. The funny thing was that as soon as I had done it, I realized how silly it looked and couldn’t help but laugh. And that’s good I think, being able to laugh at yourself. Living too seriously is no fun.

And no, I don’t have pictures, so don’t ask. 😛