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    writer

    It’s time to share with you a little more about one of my passions: writing.  Of course, blogging must make it obvious, but this is not the type of writing I am accustomed to. For almost seven years, I wrote a weekly devotion that I emailed out to family and friends. It started my junior year of college after I had heard a speaker at a conference. Then, Hurricane Katrina hit, and something stirred inside of me. (Just now, I realized I am writing this post, as another storm approaches that area.)  My prayer is that Issac will not bring the devastation that still lingers after Katrina. Someday, I will…

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    out of place

    I just returned from a business/pleasure trip where I am on a team planning a huge national event. I’ve been to several of these meetings over the past four years and always enjoy the time spent with friends and colleagues. Yet, a part of my introverted self that I am still uncomfortable with, always seems to come out.  I own who I am, but that doesn’t mean I am completely comfortable all the time. I stand in a room full of people, or sit on a bus and I notice that everyone else around me seems to be in playful or deep conversations, while I am sitting in silence. Why can’t…

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    Unexpected Blessing of the week

    When I revamped my blog awhile back, I explained the title, which can be found here: Intro to Unexpected Blessings. Each week, I would like stay true to the theme of this blog and share an unexpected blessing that I experienced, or perhaps share a story of one that has brought me to where I am in life now. I encourage you to think about the unexpectedness in your own life and how it has blessed and provided for you or those around you. This week, I received a phone call about a possible job follow up and while it did not necessarily surprise me, it was unexpected how excited the…

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    Introvert & Identity

    One of my passions is studying introverts and how they are shaped in their identities. I happen to be one of them, which is perhaps why the subject is so interesting to me. It’s a label I’ve always been aware of, but not always by name. Early on, it was linked to my incredible shyness and quiet demeanor at school, church and among friends. It was finally identified my freshman year of college and though I knew it described me, I was sitting in a room full of extroverts at the time wondering, did I choose the right career path? This is a topic I would love to continue to…

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    somewhere

    If I am going to be a blogger, I guess I have to take the leap. I need to stop making excuses for not doing it. I love to write, that should be enough. But, yet I read all of these wonderful bloggers and am extremely intimidated. Some plan, some don’t, but they all do it and that is the difference between me and them. What do I fear? The perfectionist in me wants everything planned out and perfect, but the adventurous side of me just wants it to come out and be great everyday. Neither of those are realistic, so I hope I can find a happy medium. Whoever…

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    Perspectives on Life & Love Carnival: Unexpected

      I just discovered Modern Mrs. Darcy today and was inspired to join her carnival blog with my own story of love.    Everything about how we met and our relationship was unexpected, in the best way possible. We met on a church mission trip.  Here’s the kicker: one of was Christian, one of us was not. Encountering people of various beliefs on a regular basis is not too unusual, but the dynamic of the group on this trip was Christian teenagers and adults volunteering to serve the local community.   In our first conversation, he bared his soul about himself, his unbelief and how he was transitioning between two careers. His…

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    need to celebrate

    On a day where we celebrate our country’s independence, my thoughts are scattered. I am so proud to be part of this country, and take pride in who we are. But we are also so young, and could learn so much from those countries who have been around for thousands of years. My prayer is that we will continue, knowing that we are free, but also can learn from others. It’s another day and another opportunity to help others. It’s definitely a day to celebrate, but I also think about those who may be hurting and have other things on their mind. It’s days like today that I am especially…

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    Instead of 30 before 30…

    Everywhere I see these lists that bloggers have made of 30 things to do before turning 30.  They have always inspired me, but I often think, “Well what happens once I turn 30?”  I want to set goals in life, but I don’t want them to end.  Setting milestones along the way is important, but I want my list to be something I can keep adding to, even beyond the age of 30. Recently, my husband shared with me a paper weight with a quote on it, which was given to him long ago. It says, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”  It’s…

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    and.

    Great band that needs our support!http://whyismarko.com/2012/please-help-the-band-lost-and-found-and-get-a-cool-cd-in-the-process/