On My Mind


There's been lots of little random things on my mind lately.

I've been thinking lately that everywhere on social media people are selling on-line classes on how to grow your social media following. And each class is the real deal that will for sure work! And I just wonder, what if we took that drive and made classes like 'How to grow the Kingdom of God'. If us Christians shared the way these awesome social media marketers do I bet heaven would be a bit fuller.

Speaking of eternity, like WHY hasn't Jesus come? I'm so ready! But, I'm definitely not God and His timing is perfect. But I've been thinking lately about what I'm most looking forward to about heaven. Things like, no more politics because Jesus will be King, no more sickness, no more seeing my sweet nephew hang his head and cry every time we say bye, no more death, no more anything bad.

On a completely random note Dave and I watch the movie Patriot's Day about the Boston Marathon bombing. I cried buckets of tears through that movie and especially at the documentary at the end. I started searching for survivors on Instagram and came across this lady. She lost a leg and runs a 5 minute mile and is pretty much one of my new heroes.

Speaking of heroes, Amanda, who shares about running on Instagram is another hero. Her and her family lost their home in Harvey and never once has she complained. She says it's hard but she perseveres. She is also crazy fast and is training for the Olympics.

Once a month, at the beginning of the month, I take a social media break from Instagram and Facebook. And then I wonder why I have them in the first place but yet I enjoy them when I have them. It's a vicious cycle. Amanda, who blogs over at The Lady Okie, does this fast too and it's fun to text and share about our experiences with it.

My summer garden is coming to an end. It was so fun to grow and eat our own food. Let's be real, I threw some seeds down and God grew it. This year we had basil (8 plants total, also known as too much), thyme, oregano, rosemary, tomatoes, kale, swiss chard, okra and cucumbers. I felt like I learned a lot from my little garden. I don't think I'll plant as much next year but I'm hoping to get more produce from really tending to fewer plants. We will see. =)

I can always tell when someone is new to crossfit or running because they post every. single. workout on social media. #aintnobodygottimeforthat is all I gotta say. However, I do think it is neat to see people getting into fitness and I know its super exciting. Because, I once was that girl that posted all my workouts on-line. Why didn't anyone tell me how annoying that was?

Speaking of annoying MLM people are really getting extreme. I try to be polite but COME ON! I don't come at people like 'Hey! You should be a photographer. I make X amount of money each shoot and you could too! Would you like to quit your day job and take pictures?" I do love some products from MLM companies but if their sales people harass I'll never buy from them.

Speedy starts obedience school next week. I went to one school in town to see if she could pass level 1 and let's just say it did not got well and we will never go to school there. However, I did find another place and I'm looking forward to it. So far here is what we have taught Speedy: sit, stay, bang, roll over, wait, down, shake,  other hand shake, high five & dropping a ball. We also make her wait for her food and she has to wait to go through a main door until she is told to do so. She will get in her kennel without a fuss, which is super nice. She runs with us but is not good at heeling yet, which is really why I want to go to obedience school with her. I can't stand a dog that pulls when I'm walking or running them and Speedy is terrible at pulling! I will say after 2 miles on a run she quits pulling, so that is nice. The other day she ran 6.2 miles with me, which is pretty darn good for being a puppy.

Last thing on my mind - Did you know running your own business is incredibly exciting and terrifying at the same time?! I've realized I'm my own CEO, marketing manger, accountant, photographer, editor, admin and more. It's an incredible privilege and gift but also a big responsibility and I'm thankful for all of it.

Photo Credit to Sky & Space

What's been on your mind lately?


Closing a Chapter & Starting Another

Today is my very last day at the Y working as a swim instructor.

It's interesting to see God open and close doors in your life. If we allow Him to be, He really is the Author and Guide of our lives.

When we moved back from Asia I had zero idea what to do for a job. But God did. Never in my life did I think I would work at the Y and never ever did I think I'd be a swim instructor again. But God did. And I'm glad.

Through teaching swim I have had the privilege to tell kids about Christ, I've been able to befriend a Muslim family from Syria and I got to lead my co-worker to The Lord. And I praise God for all the above things mentioned. He alone could have orchestrated those events.

What do I plan to do now? That usually is the question, and of course I understand becuase I'd ask it too. My plan for now is to babysit two days a week. I watch my friends kid at my house. It is a paid job but it's also a big blessing to spend the days with him and to be home.

I also plan to focus on my photography business and to see what God will do with that. I have ideas, plans and a big to-do list of things I want to get done in my business. I plan to dive into that starting next week.

And of course I'll be taking care of this little rascal. She's a good puppy but lots of work.

Photo Credit to Stevie of Sky & Space Designs.


Open Streets ICT - Bike Day

This past Sunday, Wichita hosted the first ever Open Street ICT day. They shut traffic down for 4 miles of one of the main streets in town and opened it up to bikes, shops and food trucks. And it was EPIC! 

My friend Alisha and I recently purchased some super cute Cruiser bikes and were happy to join in on this fun day. Our neighborhood was where the streets were closed so it was very convenient to join in. We would bike until we would see a fun shop we wanted to go to and then would stop and shop and then bike some more. 

We saw a ton of people we knew and it was neat to chat with people along the route. 

I think my favorite part of the bike tour was seeing all the murals that were being painted. Wichita has brought mural art back and artists can submit a design to be painted. If they are selected they get to paint a mural in town. It's so incredibly fun to see all the talent and work that goes into these murals. Some are murals of the state, our city or things that represent both. 

This was the first time our city has ever done something like this and I hope they keep the tradition going. Positive community events are a breath of fresh air. 

Thanks for being awesome Wichita! 

What kind of festivals does your city host?! If you live in Wichita and participated in this what did you think of it?