Monday, February 23, 2009

Working, Schooling and Everything Else

Working
Work is going great. I'm getting amazing hands-on marketing and design experience. My boss even wants to pull back from her marketing responsibilities, hand them to me, and work fewer hours a week! You know you're making a good impression when your boss gives you too much to do! :)

Schooling
I'm having a hard time engaging in my classes this semester. Everything seems to require less effort, less studying and less concentration. Either I'm getting smarter in my old age (HA!), or really becoming unmotivated the closer I get to graduation. We'll see if the grades expose my lack of effort!

Everything Else - I
Eric and I have been B-L-E-S-S-E-D lately in our finances. We finally took the plunge / made the decision / committed / to tithing on a regular basis. We used to be "casual" tithers by writing a check every so often to church and then deciding there were more "important" things to spend our money on, we wanted to eat out, etc. We were not very faithful.
On January 1, we made the commitment to "just do it!"

God says in Malachi 3: "Bring your full tithe [tenth] to the Temple treasury so there will be ample provisions in my Temple. Test me in this and see if I don't open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams. For my part, I will defend you against marauders, protect your wheat fields and vegetable gardens against plunderers." That strikes me as pretty straightforward. He says, "Try me, and watch what I will do."

So we have been, and have been humbled and amazed by the ways that God is showing us His faithfulness.

Everything Else - II
The decision has been made. We will not be living in the middle of Omaha forever and have our goals in place to live somewhere we can hear the crickets at night and let our dogs run during the day. It's exciting, daunting and tiring all at the same time. The first step in this long-as-my-arm plan is to finish the laundry room remodel. The cabinets are ready to be installed and pictures will appear soon.

Everything Else - III
Recently, I have been working on being very open and honest with the people in my life. This has been very difficult for me as I like to keep an aura of mystery about my thoughts, life and emotions. So, be forewarned, the honesty may not be finely tuned yet, but I'm working the gentle truthful balance. I have felt more at peace in my relationships now then any other time I can remember. From actually voicing my opinion about where I'd like to eat lunch to telling someone very close to me something that I should have said four years ago (and yes, it's been eating me up for THAT long). The first few times were really tough, but I'm slowly getting more comfortable.

I'm ready to see what else is in store for me this week! I'll keep you posted!

3 comments:

pat ve said...

Can't wait!

Andi said...

Good for you on all counts!! You encourage & inspire me! But could you give me a heads up when it's my turn to get the truth?? ;)

Kate said...

Believe me, Andi, I'll tell you the truth when you need to hear it! :)