Sunday, July 26, 2009

Busy nonsense...

Why is it that I choose to live this overwhelming life? As the days FLY by, I have had countless moments where I think "ooh, I should write a blog/story about that," but the busy wind behind me refuses to subside for even a moment to allow me to write a thought down.

I get busy to the point where my head is throbbing, my neck and upper back are in huge knots, and I can't breathe deep enough. I paint my nails and do my makeup in the car. I drink too much coffee.

Here are parts of my problem:
I love people...but I forget to give myself time alone to relax. I probably don't even give myself 1 hour a week to just sit or read for fun.
I love my life...but I don't want it to go this fast without stopping to enjoy it. I'm only 22.
I love being busy...but when I go go go go go, there's always a day where I break down and can't do it anymore. Is this kind of stress avoidable?
I love coffee...the whole experience that comes with a freshly brewed cup of coffee...but when I am too busy to sleep quite enough, I become addicted to this poison called caffeine and my headaches plan their schedule around it.

How do you slow down? How do people EVER have time to garden? To lay out in the sun? To paint or write or sew? To eat a popsicle outside on a hot summer day?

This is a bit of a vent...and it's not as bad as I'm making it sound. I just need help incorporating fun, relaxing things into my life. I just let it get out of control sometimes. I'm also adjusting to my first full time job, and it'll just take time. I'm trying...but I really need God's help. I want to live a peaceful life!!

I did get a chance yesterday to lay out by our friend's pool. It was SO AMAZING to get some freaking Vitamin D into my body. I'm thankful for my summer trips being almost over. My weekends exist now!

A partial contributor to my life of stress is Seussical the Musical that I'm in, which has been taking 3 hours of every evening for the last couple weeks. Our performances start in about 2 weeks: August 7-9 and 13-16 at the Quad City Music Guild, if anyone wants to come! It's going to be realllllly good, coming from a completely non-biased source :o) It's a ton of fun, just very time consuming. if anyone has any relaxation tips...bring them my way please!!

Thank you...I love you guys for reading my blogs. Please say hi to me on here so I don't feel "Alone in the [blogging] universe." (<-seussical reference life is a musical).

Peace out...

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Costa Rica, An anniversary, and a week without internet

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

So click on that link to watch because my blog is all messed up.  That song "God bless the USA" ALWAYS makes me cry. I'm such a girl! I absolutely LOVE this time of year! On this day last year, I was pretty flipping excited because it was the day before our WEDDING!

 SO Alas, the time of year has come that we will be celebrating our VERY FIRST anniversary. And what a wonderful year it has been! 

We'll be departing on Sunday afternoon for San Ramon, Costa Rica. You might be thinking, "wow, what an amazing anniversary trip for your first anniversary."'s not exactly that picturesque. We'll be staying in the slums. haha. It's a mission trip, and we were asked to lead the trip. SO, this long weekend has been spent cleaning out the refrigerator, packing our bags, and shopping for some last minute craft supplies for the trip!

It should be a wonderful time. I'll get over the fact that I won't even be sleeping in the same bed as my husband for our anniversary (July 5th), being that the boys and girls sleep in separate rooms. We went on this same mission trip 2 years ago and it really was amazing. 

Any prayers you want to send our way would be very much appreciated! It will be quite a long day at the airport/driving tomorrow, but then we'll spend the week playing with kids and bringing them the Gospel. I've been trying to brush on my espanol, but it's still pretty sad sounding :) If there were one skill I could magically acquire, I would want it to be the ability to speak other languages quickly and fluently!

So anyway, here we are, it's the 4th of July and I'm about to leave the country for a week and leave my precious new Mac. My writing time will be spent in my old notebook, but it will be refreshing. And I bet I'll come home feeling MUCH more thankful than I have been in a while. If you believe in God, please pray that I will get better. I came down with this horrible achy/flu-like/swollen throat sickness yesterday, and it's even worse today. I want to go to Costa Rica healthy!

Happy 4th everyone. I love this country.

Updates from Costa Rica when I get back...