Sunday, March 25, 2007

Excel Spreadsheet and Alll

It's funny how things work out sometimes. Just as I was about to firm up my decision to DC by signing a lease, DePaul rushed in the door and grabbed my attention. It's hard to not pay attention to something that says "we'll offer to pay your tuition"

Here I thought I was going to be that person that made a decision early on, but it ends up that I still have many factors that are coming into play and will have to weigh into my decision-making.

I've crafted a spreadsheet (excel and all) that compares the two schools, costs, programs, expenses (w/ position and w/o) and how it lines up with my long-term goals. It's given me more perspective, but I still need some more answers. I pray that God will continue to make my path straight as I seek out wisdom to best utilize my time and energy.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do,and he will show you which path to take.

Love it.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

my daily smile.

It's really nice to receive an email from someone who sees you the way you'd hope the world would. I especially like the part where she put "big juicy heart that hugs the world all the time..."

Emily.. meet Rae.Rae ... meet Emily.

I know it is important that you connectwith one another. Emily.. Rae is well...let me just say... she's one of the brightest Ray's on the planet...integrated, a natural leader, andmaster presenter. Of all of the peopleI know, she is the person I recommendthe MOST to speak at your leadershipconference in DC. She is incredible.If it doesn't work out for this conferenceI think you still need to meet. Somehow.There's just a bunch of stuff. Youwill see.......

And Rae, Emily will give you hopefor our future. True hope. Radiant energy, clarity, quickened mind and big juicy heart that hugs the world all the time.

Rae is traveling a bit but I didn't wantto not connect you.... NOW.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

There are Hippies and There are Republicans.

Hippie filled weekend, only to find a hippie filled Monday morning at work - hug circle and all. Now that my feet are clean and I've grounded myself back into reality, it's off to DC tomorrow morning. It's that time of year again. Time for the cherry blossoms, the PVI, and my favorite of all - the students (okay the look in jefferon's eyes, reflecting on the tidal basin, resonating the republican spirit, is a close third).

I'll be up in DC for about a month, taking care of business on all ends. Hopefully finding and securing my future residence beginning at the end of May, registering for my first semester of grad. school classes, and interviewing for a GA position.

Other then that I'm blessed to have spent my last weekend in Florida with my boy. We not only enjoyed the sun, drinks, and each other but also lots of great music. The time we spend together is relaxing, but also engaging on many *different* levels (* the type thats very healthy for mind, body, soul, and heart). It's seems like everytime we are together it's the best time ever, but only ends up becoming even better the next time. Who does that?!?! We do'

Bon voyage` be blessed and be loved.

Friday, March 09, 2007

We're our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves

Thursday, March 08, 2007

*locate where your deepest ambition coincides with the greatest gift you have to give*.

This basically explains to me why I do need to go onto graduate school. It might appear to be a conundrum, it might seem selfish that I'm just going to be focusing on "myself" for a few years. But it's recognizing that by improving upon my strengths I have a better chance of improving the lot of everyone whose life I touch. It's me seeking fullfillment of my fondest desires in such a way that I can become a fount of blessings to others.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Cookie, I told myself, I have to give you credit. You are one funny gal.

Think about the time you...

- were hungry late at night, put a pizza in the oven, woke up to the sound of the smoke alarm, and thought it was your buzzer;
- found a piece of birthday cake wrapped in a napkin, inside your purse and had to spend *what felt like* a whole afternoon killing ants in your apartment;
- have nicknames like bird and bug, yet somehow still make them resemble some form of cute;
- and last but not least, use corners to help you park instead of lines. that's original~

*added bonus point, are able to be giggly without any added preservatives*
*We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.*

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

For Lent, instead of doing what most people do, which is giving something up, I decided to take a different approach. What if instead of giving something up - like coffee, or chocolate, or the coca cola addicition you might have, what if I added something to my life, something that would actually advance my knowledge and faith towards the kingdom of Heaven. I'm not by any means saying that by giving up something you aren't doing that, but I am saying, think about WHY you are doing it.

For myself, I decided adding a daily devotional reading to my morning routine would be something I could do to get further into the bible and my study of it. I choose to concentrate my studies for this Lenten season around Proverbs. It's been great, instead of watching the news in the morning, I'm settled in on the couch with my oatmeal (it is a meal) and my Proverbs. It's like a vitamin, and possibly better and certainly not as nasty tastin. The first few chapters are written from the perspective of a father to a son. The verses are full of down to earth advice, but the common message is this "Get wisdom at all costs"

Second, I like the Proverbs 31 woman. She's a noble character, a female, who works and provides for her family and friends by using her unique talents effectively. She is a noble women, who is worth far more than rubies. She brings all those around her good, and works with eager hands. She sets about vigorously - meaning seeking out opportunity and her light is always shining. She is gracious and generous, extending her hands to the poor. She cares for her children, and raises them in faith. She supports her husband, and encourages him in his faith and good work. And she doesn't fear, for her faith is stronger then earthly mishaps. She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

In studying this, I am provided with a great example of a woman that is both faithful and vigourous, possibly even outspoken. She knows the way of God and therefore can live out loud. Amen! Loud I am!

Monday, March 05, 2007


Where is my LICENSE?!!? It's seriously starting to get to me. Normally when I *lose* things it's usually only me misplacing things. But now, when I actually need my license, I can't find it. Of course. And I need to travel out of town next week. Hopefully one of my wonderful parents will mail me my passport - I just have to have them figure out what house it's at. Ah. Life. I guess this is what happens when you don't have a permanent home, you seem to have belongings all over the place. Can't wait to finally make my next place more like my home, or at least a little more permanent:) Only a couple more months now...