Monday, January 25, 2010

My New Obsession

Many people know I am a little obsessed with healthy food. However...that's all out the window when it comes to this place. Run don't walk (literally run: you will want to burn off those calories) to the Dutch Monkey. Words won't do the homemade Buttered Maple Bacon doughnuts here justice, so take my word for it and just do it!


Jon Mann is the best for sharing his birthday present with Dan and me! We spent last Thursday at the Thrashers game, which solidifies hockey as my new favorite winter sport. And, there was a fight! Plus - the Thrasher logos that hang from the ceiling blow fire balls whenever we score a goal. I challenge you to find a better night out!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Hope for Haiti

Visit this site! It's such a cute concept -- your donation to help Haiti enters you into a raffle to win all sorts of creative prizes - like a photography session, jewelry or a blog re-design. Not that you should give to get - but I think this is a great idea. And, then find another way to give, selflessly -- like through UMCOR.

Because, how convicting is this:
"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:17-18

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Looking Back, Forging Ahead

As the post-holiday dust settles, I'm finally taking the time to reflect on 2009 and set goals for 2010. Last year could easily be deemed the year of travel since we "got away" no less than eleven times. Many of these trips were just 2-3 days long, but for Dan and me, traveling is our fine wine. Offered a night on the town at a five-star restaurant or the chance to hike a new mountain, I'd lace up my shoes any day.

With all the travel, you can imagine 2009 passed in a giddy blur. Which brings me to my mid-January resolution for 2010: truly be in the moment. Part of that, for me, is staying put - not literally as much as mentally. As a planner, I'm half way through the day before I've had my morning coffee. Which is probably why some days I would rather run a half marathon than hold a 30-second yoga pose. "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10) -- Can't we do that on the go, Lord?

Don't get me wrong. This mindset will save frustration and stress when it comes to preparation and getting things done. But, soul-wise, for me, quiet and calm leads to an open heart and the ability to hear God's direction.

So this year - if you find me in downward dog instead of another state..."it is well with my soul".

What's your resolution?

Boone, NC for New Years

Camp Glisson to chaperone the college mission trip.

The MastersNashville, TN for the Country Music Marathon
Cocoa Beach and New Smyrna Beach, FL for a little R&R
New York City, NYDestin, Seaside, Grayton, etc., FL since, you know, we hadn't been to the beach.
Greenville, SC for the Clemson Game
Jeckyll Island, GA and Jacksonville, FL for the UGA/Florida Game
San Antonio, TX for the Half Marathon
New Smyrna Beach and Clearwater, FL for Thanksgiving


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