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Perspective

“What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.”–Thomas Simmons

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Writer’s Block

Last week, a dear friend of mine sent me an article that talked about the discipline and motivation of writing. To sum it up, the article encouraged you not to write for yourself but write for your reader. I never thought about that. I always assume there’s maybe a total of two of you who read this and maybe that’s why I didn’t have the motivation. Well, to those two people, here is my vow to try to discipline myself into writing more frequently. That’s also what I said in the last 9 posts of mine so realistically, this will be post #10 where I claim to tell myself that I’ll write more.

I will write what I know so…..get ready for a lot of wedding-related posts since that consumes my mind maybe 90% of the time (sad).

Let’s start slow. Let’s aim to post once a week Diana. It can’t be that hard.

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An old church friend of mine posted this on his Facebook last Fri, after the announcement that gay marriage would be legalized in New York. Beautifully written and sums up how I felt about the news (but in much better words than I could have ever written)

Hello world, I am a Christian. I stand unrepentant in my faith in Jesus Christ as the truest representation of God. Unfortunately, many who would agree with that first claim would not agree with this one: that Christians may be one of the greatest purveyors of pain in the modern world. Forgive us, for many who claim to be Christian do not, in fact, follow Jesus. And those that are trying, especially me, frequently get it wrong. I choose to represent both these groups today and humbly proclaim, “I am sorry.”

I am sorry that though we claim to have a God of love, we live as though he were a god, stingy in love, who, if you were lucky, might just have enough love for you after me. I am sorry that though Jesus came to serve and suffer, we have instead come to coerce and conform. “Step into line,” our cold eyes say, “or you can’t become one of us.” I am sorry that Jesus came to heal, yet where we go, the people need healing. I am sorry that we have not looked more like the one we claim to follow.

I apologize on behalf of the parents, pastors, authority figures, who, in the name of Christ, have condemned you, shamed you and exposed you; kicked you in the teeth when you were down and threw you naked into the street. Jesus would have come to you with a blanket, tears in his eyes and a tremor in his voice. I apologize that I was not there in his place.

Jesus said “love your enemies” and “turn the other cheek,” not “love your cheek” and “turn against your enemies.” Jesus said “love one another” not “love just each other.” Please forgive us for controverting the words of God so that we lost their power and forsook their meaning. I reclaim their audacity today.

On pride day, I stand with you, my friend, and acknowledge your pain, especially the pain that I have caused. I leave the side of the Church and stand in solidarity with you as beloved daughters and sons, made in the image of God and worthy of glory. You are beautiful and holy and wondrous and radiant. You are worthy of love, made for love, and know love. Behold, you are an eternal soul whom God loves. And as for me; teach me to love.

(via Facebook)

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Thanks to my boyfriend, I’ve been lucky to have some awesome dates planned for me. Some of the best dates have been the spontaneous ones that require us to do something that we normally wouldn’t do (see a concert, a random day trip somewhere, a surprise dinner, etc). So a date I would love to go on? Probably something unique that I haven’t done before.

Side note** Clearly I’m not keeping up with the 30-day challenge since it’s been spread over almost 2 months now and I’m not even halfway through. Oh well

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Sitting is Killing You
Via: Medical Billing And Coding

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Must. Travel. More.

I want to travel more. I want to travel with friends. I want to have these memories because the reality is, everyone’s getting busier and it’s hard to even meet up with a friend for a cup of coffee. I know this is just the way life is but why!?

One of my biggest regrets are always the trips I end up turning down, which is dumb because then I always regret it.

A few years ago, my friends took a trip to NYC, Chicago (and somewhere else). I couldn’t go because I was afraid to ask for 2 weeks off. Looking back, I wish I went with them. Another time, I had a trip to Cancun all planned out and for fear of making a bad impression (I was new at the job), I had to cancel that too. There went $700 I couldn’t get refunded –the worst kind of wasted money. The company shut down a few months later which made me more annoyed that I should have just taken the trip. Two years ago, my mom wanted a mother-daughter trip together. She didn’t care where. I complained about how I needed to focus my time on finding a job. In the 7 months I was searching, I could have (and should have) taken a trip with her. In fact, I probably could have taken three trips. Anyway, you get the point.

There’s always going to be a valid reason—don’t have the money or time—but let’s look at the bigger picture. Let’s find the time and sacrifice some money (it’ll be money well spent anyway). You can always “save” up later or refrain from going out to eat/drink for a few weeks since that’ll add up to the same amount anyway.

So, that being said, it’s time to plan the next trip. Where should I go and who will go with me?

P.S.

Liz (because I know eventually you will see this), let’s make that Thailand trip a reality.

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