Wednesday, July 22, 2009

100 Things to Do

As the big milestone of completing 30 years of age is just a couple of days away, I have been pondering what I would like to do in my lifetime...
Life is full of goals, dreams, and aspirations! In some of my spare time this summer I have put together 100 things that I really want to do at some point in this life that God has given me! So here goes...

  1. Serve God where ever He leads with a content heart
  2. Learn to salsa dance
  3. Fall in love and get married to my best friend
  4. Adopt a baby
  5. Write a book
  6. See the statues of Easter Island (Chile)
  7. Run 5K –June 20th, 2009
  8. Run 10K- December 19th, 2009- Molokai, May 15th, 2010
  9. Run Honolulu Marathon- Dec 11
  10. Visit the Pyramids in Egypt- Sept/Oct 2011
  11. Go camping under the stars- Lake Alatoona,GA Mom reminded me that this is what we did for my 2nd birthday! LOL! July, 1981
  12. Learn sign language
  13. Go to Grand Canyon
  14. Learn to play guitar
  15. Bake a cake from scratch
  16. Ride in a hot air balloon-Luxor,Egypt 2014
  17. Learn to tap dance
  18. Tour the Galapagos Archipelago
  19. See the Northern Lights
  20. Ice Skate in New York
  21. Visit Times Square
  22. Try a new restaurant- GianFranco- 12/30/09 Snoqualmie,WA
  23. Take a bubble bath by candle
  24. Visit the Acropolis in Greece
  25. Walk on the Great Wall of China
  26. Go to Disneyland (California)
  27. Visit the Golden Gate Bridge
  28. Climb View the Statue of Liberty
  29. Read JRR Tolkien Boxed Set
  30. Visit all 50 states
  31. Play a new game
  32. Have ice cream for lunch- July 2nd, 2009
  33. Go on a cruise
  34. Go to Bora Bora
  35. Read the Chronicles of Narnia- Summer, 2010
  36. Spend a whole (non-sick) day lounging in bed and not feel guilty
  37. Get a Master’s degree- graduated Dec 20, 2014!!!
  38. Help on a Habitat for Humanity Home
  39. Donate Blood- Elon College 2001
  40. See a broadway play- Cats, Les Mis, Miss Siagon, -London, 1999
  41. Get a foot massage- August 19th, 2009
  42. Sleep in a castle (or own one!!!)
  43. Watch the ten greatest American movies of all time - Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, The Wizard of Oz, The Graduate, On the Waterfront, Schindler’s List, Singin’ in the Rain
  44. Be in two places at once- June 13th, 2009 NC/SC border
  45. Raise a happy, healthy child
  46. Create a home with an inviting, joyous, comfortable loving atmosphere
  47. Be a Proverbs 31 woman
  48. Go on a safari
  49. Ride a camel- March 10, 2014
  50. Throw a party- Sept. 19, 2009- Bri's baby shower
  51. Visit Biltmore Estates
  52. Get a new hairstyle
  53. Be spontaneous- drive with a student driver ;)
  54. Watch turtles hatch and run for the ocean
  55. Get a full body massage-August 19th,2009
  56. Visit Marcus in Sweden (May 2014)
  57. Go bird watching- alot of fun with preschoolers!
  58. Build a deck
  59. Go to a concert of a favorite artist- Third Day, Toby Mac, Brandon Heath- June 13th, 2009
  60. Jog at sunset
  61. Be a spectator at the Olympics
  62. Stop worrying- finally came to the conclusion that worrying tells God "He is not big enough to handle!" July,11
  63. Learn to live in the now
  64. Exercise every day
  65. Read God’s Word everyday
  66. Hike part of the Appalachin Trail
  67. Dance in the fall leaves- Oct 2009 CO
  68. Visit Niagara Falls
  69. See how chocolate is made at Hershey’s, Penn.
  70. Sing Karaoke- Perth, Australia
  71. Cruise Alaska
  72. Get a tattoo
  73. Enjoy a sunrise
  74. Complete Daniel study by Beth Moore- Dec 29th, 2009
  75. Try a new drink- Bad Santa- 12/26/09
  76. Tour the east coast of Australia
  77. Visit Folden’s in Ecuador
  78. Create a masterpiece- as mom reminded me that everytime I work with a child I create a masterpiece
  79. Get down to my ideal weight
  80. Break a rule- Tulalip, WA - not telling what rule! ;)
  81. Attend a child’s t-ball game- Saturday, February 26th, 2011
  82. Kayak at dawn
  83. Get an ice cream cake- July, 2012
  84. Make a new friend- Jeannie Poly- June 14th, 2009
  85. Publish a short story
  86. Spend a weekend in a cabin in the mountains- Snowmobiling in WA
  87. Try a new food- Crab Ravioli- Dec 2009
  88. Watch a new musical- Mamma Mia- July 21st, 2009
  89. Go fly a kite- August, 2009 with some of my preschoolers
  90. Visit a museum- Korean war museum
  91. Paint toenails with friends- Sept 17th, 2009 - THANKS RACHEL!
  92. Ride a roller coaster and scream at the top of my lungs- June 13th, 2009
  93. Make and send a care package
  94. Climb a rock wall- July 2012
  95. Spend $100 on a good cause
  96. Refinish an antique
  97. Decorate an outrageous cake
  98. Have a fondue party- April 2010 @ The Child's
  99. Cook a new recipe- Vegetable Quiche- (aka Quiche Cakes :) Sept. 16th, 2009
  100. Play Twister

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A summer of lessons

Who would of ever thought that over the span of six weeks you can learn so much that you actually feel less intelligent than before that time period?

This summer has not only been filled with many great adventures but also many moments of growth both physically and spiritually.

Lesson 1: "Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!" Psalms 126:5 After endless hours of spending time in God's word this summer, it is a reminder of how precious of a gift life is and how we need to treasure each day God has given us. So many times we live in the past or in the future when we are called to live in the present moment and not worry about tomorrow.

Lesson 2: Life is too short to be BUSY (Being Under Satan's Yoke)... This four letter word has been out of my vocabulary for a while because busy is only a state of mind. You have two choices... 1) come to terms with the fact that we were not created to be Superman (or Superwoman) and we were created to rest at the feet of Jesus doing what He has called us to do with a happy heart or 2) live a life being BUSY allowing Satan to steal your joy and take away those precious moments that are God's gifts. And just remember Jesus only had 24 hours in his day as well.

Lesson 3: Children are truly a blessing from the LORD. After spendng several days with friends and their children I can say that I have truly been blessed by their sweet innocence that God has given to them. There is a reason that they are so close to the heart of God.

Lesson 4: Goodbyes don't get any easier even after 9 years. It still tugs at my heart strings to board the plane back to HI not knowing when the next time will be that I get to see these amazing people. (For all of you reading this that are praying that God moves me back to NC just know there are some pretty amazing prayer warriors in HI as well... so ultimately it comes down to God's will!)

Overall it has been a great summer. I enjoyed seeing so many friends and family members that I haven't seen in years.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Summer of 2009

This summer has been one of new adventures, family and friends, and starting new chapters in my life. Two days after school ended I hopped on a plane and flew 6000 miles to NC to spend the summer with family. With one more week before I head back to Molokai, I thought I would do an update on things I have done...

*Went to Carowinds with Julie and saw Third Day, TobyMac, Hawk Nelson, and Brandon Heath in concert plus rode LOTS of roller coasters!
*Ran in my first 5K... it was 95 degrees and 90% humidity! Argh!
*Mom and dad went to Germany, Austria, Czech republic, and Switzerland
*went to the zoo with my brother and sister in law
*went to lunch with a friend from Cali and a friend from NY
*spent the 4th of July with friends and family at Burlington City Park watching a concert and fireworks.

When I get back to Molokai and I will post picts but as for now I will sign off.