12.30.2017

A Recap of 2017's Bullet Journal


Back in January I shared how I had began a bullet journal for 2017 and today I wanted to do a follow up post with how the year went bullet journaling. 

First, I'm so glad I chose to go with a bullet journal this year. It gave me a creative outlet to make something every month. Every month I would look on Pinterest for some inspiration and then would create my monthly planner. If you want to see lots of pins for hand lettering you can see my Pinterest board here. It's fun. 

I also created a section in my bullet journal for photography goals and I did a half marathon training plan, that I am happy to tell you, has been read over 2,500 times, has been pinned around 600 times with my pin being viewed 8,200 times. That's a big success for my blog!
Bullet journal for half marathon

I listed my supplies in my previous post but wanted to do so again here. Here are the main supplies I used over the year. 

Supplies

Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook - This notebook comes with 121 pages and all the pages are numbered. There is an index in the beginning of the book if you want to index your pages. You can even pick what type of ruling you want in your journal. I picked dotted so I could encourage my OCD by drawing perfectly straight lines. ;)

-Staedtler Pens - These are the ones in the pink roll up pouch that you will see in my pictures. I actually got these from Korea in 2012 but you can purchase them on Amazon. They do not bleed through the pages in a Leuchtturm notebook. 

-Micron Pens - These pens have a fine point and make really pretty lines. They can be purchased at any major craft store or on Amazon as well. These pens won't bleed through a Leuchtturm notebook.


I started the year out by trying to track how many cups of coffee I drank, how much water I drank and how many steps I took. Let's just say that didn't last the entire year because I'm not that disciplined to track that but it was really fun to see where I was at with that when I did track it. I tried to write down memorable events so I could look back on the year and see all the things we got to do. I'm really glad I did that and if you bullet journal I highly recommend that. 

Some months were really fancy and detailed and some months were a very simple layout. I liked the simple better but it was fun to try different things. 

I also have been adding pictures to my journal and plan to keep it as a scrapbook to look back on. 

January was a detailed layout. My first month doing this so I went over the top. 

February - This was one of my favorite months to create. I love the hearts for the days and I tried to make each day look like a little valentine card. You'll also see that glue RUINS the pages but thankfully I figured out what glue dots were before I got to December.


March was my favorite month this year. Dave and I had such a great trip to Florida and we both agreed that this was our favorite trip of the year. Yay March! Plus, we got our pictures taken again at the beach in Pesnacola and that place will always be near to my heart.


April - Really fun to draw this but it wasn't a very eventful month, which I liked.

May - This layout was fun but WAY TOO BUSY for practical purposes.

June - All I can think of is Static. That month was a blur...
July - Birthday month!

Novebmer - I was going to write each day what I was gratefful for but only made it past day 1. So sad...


If you plan to start a bullet journal I recommend that you make sure you have the time. It was a big time commitment and if I didn't make time I wouldn't have had a planner for that month. It was a lot of fun though and helped me practice handlettering and art.

I don't plna to do a bullet journal this year for a planner but I have purchased antoher Leuchtturm notebook so I can do a monthly page (kind of like what you see here in this post) and I plan to add pictures to it. I guess I'll call it a bullet journal scrapbook. I'll put goals, events, Bible verses and photos in there. It will be fun.

How do you track your years events? Do you make a scrapbook? Have a planner?

If you want to see my planner for this year click here. I purchased it at Target and think it will work great with my business. I also got a list notebook and a gratitude notebook. I hope I can do better about writing down the blessings God does through the year.

12.12.2017

On My Mind Volume 2



Here are some things on my mind. Just imagine us sitting over a cup of hot chocolate and I'd tell you all this stuff and then you could tell me all the random stuff in your head.

Okay, can we talk about Christmas cards? First off, I have decided the best Christmas cards are the ones with pictures on them and I'm here to tell you a sad story that I didn't get picture cards. Whomp, whomp! But I will next year.

You know what bugs me? That people get annoyed if someone puts an apostrophe on Christmas cards. For example it wouldn't be Johnson's it's just The Johnsons. I have read people's post on social media how it bugs them so bad and someone even hinted that they almost would rather not get a card than to have that grammatical error. FOR REALS PEOPLE?! GO TO BURMA! That makes me want to address a card to them with so many incorrect apostraphes and then on the inside fill their name like this NAME'S NAME'S NAME'S. MERRY CHRISTMAS'S. ha! I say count your blessings and be grateful someone is sending you a card, be grateful our country has a working mail system. Just be grateful.

Can we talk about Starbucks? Why do they make such AMAZING hot chocolate? I've had more than I can count and the other day when it was 18ยบ outside I had two. And poor baristas, I make my hot chocolate complex. Here is my order: a grande hot chocolate with 3 pumps (instead of 4), whipped cream and no chocolate drizzle on top of the whipped cream. Sorry baristas, but I can't do 4 pumps of chocolate syrup because it's too sweet, and the chocolate drizzle on top of the whipped cream steals the thunder of the whipped cream. A true first world problem going on here with my hot cocoa..... Send help.

Let's talk about my teeth and the dentist. First off, I'm pretty sure due to stress that I ground my teeth at night when we lived in Burma which has led to severe tooth pain on my left side. I had two crowns done this year and one crown didn't work so a root canal is next. But I am a real weirdo because I don't fear dental work and I really look forward to seeing my dentist. He is probably around my Dad's age and is one of the kindest people I have ever met. I have a small overbite and he has never told me I need braces (although I probably technically do). He has told me numerous times I have a beautiful smile. Also, I had to get a crown the day after Static died and when a squirrel came to the window I cried. He was so incredibly kind that day. He told me that he had a dog that died but in due time his wife surprised him with a new one. He told me over time I would feel better and he was right. He is just so nice and does a great job taking care of people's teeth. If you need a dentist call Dr. Burton at 684-5511. Side note, he also has no idea I'm writing this. Dental work isn't sponsoring this post, but I wish it were because crowns aren't cheap.

My best friend texted the other day complaining about the weather and I replied with "go to Burma!" ha! I'm so sure people are sick of hearing that but I have no sympathy. She asked if I could sympathize a bit and I said no because we have heaters, ac, window shades, homes, etc. My poor friend. But for real, go to Burma peeps.

Not to get too political on here but I told Dave the other day that since Trump has been in office there haven't been riots against police like there previously had been. And I'm glad! I'm not saying Trump is the answer to this not happening but I will say that he has been more pro police and military and I'm thankful.

The picture above was taken on a photo walk I did with IG Wichita. It was interesting. I might have been one of the oldest people there. Apparently 32 is really old. =) Someone had me pose and asked me to make a straight face and I just can't do that you guys.

12.09.2017

5 Practical Ways to Share The Gospel


A while back I shared how God has put a burden on my heart to share the gospel right here in my hometown of Wichita. I hope and pray that God has put a burden in your heart to share the gospel where you live as well. 

If you are like me, you may often wonder “How can I share the gospel and not sound like a weirdo? How do I even do this? I'm not a missionary or a pro at this and it can be scary.”  I feel you! I have asked myself all of those questions. And the truth is, you might feel weird sometimes but people and Jesus are worth it. I also want you to know that there are creative ways you can share Christ and it doesn't have to always be scary or awkward. So, today, I'm here to help you find practical ways to share the Good News that Jesus saves. 

If you ever have questions about how to do this or would like some prayer as you share Jesus please please e-mail me. I'd love to talk with you about this or pray for you. 

Christ is the best news we can ever offer someone yet we want to present Him in a tasteful way. I think there are so many ways to do that so I am going to give you some ideas of what I do and things I have seen. If you want to share the gospel then I would suggest praying and brainstorming and see what God leads you to do.

1. A Picture with a Verse

This one was free and super easy! Parabo press offers all new clients free 25 square prints. I think you pay shipping but that's it. I ordered prints of flowers and some travel pictures and wrote verses on the back. These come in a thick zip lock pouch so it is really easy to take them with me in my purse. When I’m at a coffee shop, restaurant or some place I am interacting with someone I tell them I took this picture and that there is a verse on the back for them. 

I thought so long about what verse to put on there but over time I am starting to realize that so many people don’t know John 3:16 and the gospel is so plain and clear in that verse that I think I will stick with that for those cards. Some cards have a little note some don't. I will also tell you that every person I have handed these too has been so incredibly grateful. If someone ever gives it back I will feel really dumb but I'll deal with that when it comes. 

And if you are thinking that you'd like to do this but don't think your pictures are good enough please e-mail me and I will send you some pictures you can use, free of charge. 

2. Building Friendships

I know this is probably a given but sometimes it takes months and years of friendship building before God opens a clear door for the gospel to be shared. I encourage you to look for those opportunities. I currently am befriending a Muslim family and Dave and I know it could take a long time to earn their trust where they will listen to us present Christ to them. 

Also, I shared how my co-worker came to Christ (you can read about that by clicking here) and a big part of that was because God put it on my heart to reach out to her when she was going through a hard time. That friendship was already there and then God opened a door to show His love through me and I think that is a big part of why she listened to the gospel. Look and pray for those opportunities in your life. They are all round us we just have to be sensitive to The Holy Sprit’s leading. 

3. Photography Bible Tract 

With my photography business I wrote a small Bible tract that I give to every new client after their photo session. I basically compare a photo shoot to salvation and I explain that just like I edit pictures Christ can edit sin out with His shed blood on the cross. 

I know I can’t sit with every client and go over the plan of salvation but I can give them that card that plants the seed and trust The Holy Spirit to work as He sees fit. I also know not everyone can hand out Bible tracts at their job but I can, so I do. =) If you can't maybe you could have a pocket New Testament sitting on your desk, a copy of Our Daily Bread devotionals for people to take, a verse at your desk, something. Pray and ask God to show you how and where. He will answer! 

Our vet sent us a letter after Static died. Here is a little piece of what it said, "While I understand and empathize with your loss, may I also remind you that our relationship to our pets isn't nearly as important as our need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ." He gave the gospel in a very creative way and I'm so thankful he shares the gospel with so many people who come into his office. And side note, we love our vet! If you need one just click here

4. Sharing Christ In The Way

We can share Christ in our every day occurrences and I really think it's easy to do this with kids. And Dad and Moms, you are the first missionary your kids will ever see, so preach well to them. ;) Sharing Christ in the way is where you take a situation you are in and relate it to a Bible story or Jesus. Here are a few examples:

My nephew Elliot and I went standup paddle boarding. First off, paddle boarding with a five year old kid sitting on your board adds an entire new element of fun and scariness but then add in the choppy water that was there that day and it was kind of scary. I didn't want to tip our board and dump my nephew over. So while I was trying to paddle I asked Elliot if he knew the story about the disciples and Jesus when they got in the boat to go to the other side and all a big storm came upon them. He told me he didn't so I told him the story and it was a great opportunity because we were on 'waves' so it was easy to tell him about Jesus and how God helps us through life's storms.

When I worked at the Y I had a kid during swim lessons tell me how a rainbow was made and I told her that her science was correct but that ultimately God made them. She then asked me who God was, and I told her. I told her God made her and loved her. The next week she came back to me and said "I told my Mom what you said and she said my Dad and Mom made me." ha ha! I cracked up. I did end up giving that Mom a Jesus Story Bible Book and told her about the questions her daughter had been asking me. I invited them to church as well. They never came to church but I got to plant a seed and I trust that God will send someone else to water it.

We each have daily encounters with lots of people. Look for ways to say things about Christ in every day conversations. God could use one of those as an open door to share more about Him.

5. CHRISTmas cards

This is the PERFECT season to share about Christ. I gave a Chirstmas card to the lady at Dillards that always helps me with my Origins skincare products. The card talks about Christ and I wrote John 3:16 inside. I also wrote her a thank you for all her help in there. Dave and I plan to get a poinsetta (or something Christmasy) for our neighbors with a card and verse as well. Every season is the right time to share Jesus but Christmas just makes it easy!




I share these ideas to hopefully get the gears turning in your brain. How can you share Jesus with those in your life? Time is short friends and eternity is well, forever and ever and ever! Jesus and heaven is so incredibly close but the flip side to that is this, people will go to hell; eternal flames, separated from Christ. What will you do to stop that? Get sharing! What can you do today? 

11.29.2017

A Caribbean Cruise

October was a CRAZY work month for Dave! At the beginning of the month I literally looked at hime and said "See ya in November, Buddy!" Thankfully November came and his work was gracious and gave him an entire week off without even asking. I was so thankful! We knew we wanted to go somewhere and had it narrowed down between going to NYC, a cruise or hiking in the dessert and we went on a cruise. Neither of us had been on an cruise in the US before and I went in with minimal expectations.

It's been really interesting to hear people's different perspectives and experiences about cruising. Some people love it some people don't, I think we fall into the latter category but I wanted to give a recap and explain why.

The cruise was a five night four day cruise. For starters, if you read my latest half marathon recap you'll know I had major poop issues on that run so when we got to Florida and I received this email I was just bracing myself for a week of diarrhea.





I bought a pack of Clorox wipes and went to town on our room when we got in there. Apparently I wasn't the only one who bought Clorox wipes because I saw a lady with a tube of Clorox wipes cleaning her chairs and tables at dinner! Hilarious! The first night of the cruise we had a dinner and I looked over and to my dismay saw a lady barf ALL OVER THE CARPETED AISLE. Then people walked through it and even some waiters walked through it. Dave and I laughed and I figured if we lived through Burma we would live through this. ha! I thought that was a foretelling of what was to come but thankfully there weren't reports of sick people. I'm guessing that lady was sea sick or something.

Our cruise had 2 port days and 2 sea days and I'll just recap by sharing what we did for port days and we did on sea days.

Port 1 - Princess Cays

The Princess Cays is located in the Bahamas. It is property owned by the cruise line. We were going to go on a snorkeling excursion but they were all sold out so we just swam and snorkeled at the beach.

The beach was a man made one and there was a gate to even get into The Bahamas. The beach was pretty and the ocean was beautiful but it felt very commercialized and we saw zero local culture that day, which is okay it's just different than how we travel. We did love the swimming and sunshine and you can't beat that. The beach is always lovely.

My favorite thing from that port was the local ferry boat captain I got to talk with. He told me things about the island and was just really nice.

Here are a few pictures from the Princess Cays.



Port 2 - Domincan Republic (Amber Cove / Puerta Plata) 

Our second port was my favorite. We ported at Amber Cove (another commercialized property owned by the cruises). We went on an early morning waterfall tour and really enjoyed it. We hiked up about a mile and then got to slide down the rocks, which were like a water slide, into the next cave pool. It was a lot of fun and we even got to jump off a 15-20 foot cliff. I don't have pictures to show you of that because they were like $60 and we weren't allowed to bring our own camera. The local guides were really great I just wish our group was a bit smaller. There was 26 of us and that made it a bit cramped in the cave pools. We still had a really good time though and I would recommend that excursion.

After that we went back to the boat and grabbed our things and completely left the resort area. We hired a local taxi to tour us around Puerta Plata. He took us to town square where the Cathedral was, to a fort and to a local market so I could buy some fruit but I ended up with coffee beans instead. =) We loved loved loved leaving the commercialized property and cruise tours to spend time with a local. He was incredibly gracious and kind and it was fun to speak some Spanish to him and learn a bit about his life there.

A picture of Dave, taking a picture. You're welcome, Dave. =)


Sea Days 

I think originally we were supposed to have one sea day but we had two sea days due to the hurricanes that recently came through. The cruise ship had many activities to choose to do. My favorites were the games where everyone interacts together and art talks / auctions. They had a hilarious comedian, a magician, musical shows (70's disco so we didn't go) and even a little cooking demo.

We also swam and I hit up the treadmills twice. It felt so good to run, and I'm not going to lie, seeing how lazy people were on a cruise and how much everyone ate motivated my running. So thank you everyone on the boat. ;)

They had other events that were just too 'fake' for me. For example, they had a lei making class which sounded so fun but when I got there I discovered the leis were just a little plastic DIY packet rather than real flowers. LAME! LAME! And major disappointment for this girl who loves flowers. There were only about 15 of us there so they could have had some real flowers. I did sit by a really nice lady though and had a lovely chat with her so that was really nice. Some of the other events really seemed to be advertised hard but when you arrived it seemed more like a photo opp for them rather than an event.

I did like the pools but I got grossed out after seeing a lady use a tissue to soak up some ooze coming out of her wound and then she got in the pool. BARF! That was the end of swimming for me.

Pros & Cons


Pros

-All food provided. It is nice to not have to worry about finding food. They had a nice variety so that was fun.

-Don't have to pack and unpack bags. After backpacking in Asia and camping in my car this is a pro. It's nice to have all your stuff in one room and not have to worry about it.

-Get to talk to lots of different people! I enjoyed talking to lots of the staff on board and also thought it was fun to chat with people on the boat.

-It's really easy. You don't have to worry about how to get to different places you just show up.

Cons

-Too much 'serve me' American mentality. There's a difference between relaxing and between just binge eating and expecting people to answer your every beck and call. After living in Asia, that just doesn't sit well with me.

-Crowded! 3,000+ people on one boat means crowds. Some people don't mind them some do. I felt a bit overwhelmed by the crowds so we tried to swim and do activities when other people weren't around, like at dinner when they were all eating.

-Commercialized and overpriced excursions. We felt like many of the events on the boat were another chance for the cruise line to take photos which you could then purchase for an extremely overpriced amount. As an example, if you wanted to take a tour into the Dominican Republic it was around $75 a person. However, if you walked out of the cruise area you could rent a local taxi for $30. I just felt like it was very expensive for add ons but at the same time I think that is just how cruises work and you can expect that when you do it.


Final Thoughts

There are definitely things we enjoyed about cruising and things we didn't. We decided we most likely won't cruise again just the two of us but think with a group it would be fun, especially an Alaskan Cruise. I think for us personally, we like to engage more into the local culture and cruising isn't made for that. I think if you are needing a very chill and laid back vacation than a cruise would be absolutely perfect!



What are your thoughts on cruising? Do you love it? Don't love it? Tell me your thoughts. 

11.15.2017

My 9th Half Marathon - Where the Real Prize was Not Pooping My Pants




A couple of weekends ago I completed my 9th half marathon. It was the worst one I'd ever done but it's okay because I plan to do another one this Spring and hope to get a PR for my 10th one.

My training started off really well. I had goals and was on track. Then I had a week of health issues that forced me to sit out and then for some reason I got lazy and didn't run one week. Thankfully I did complete a ten mile distance run and it went really well so I knew I could still do a half marathon. I've also been going to crossfit and that is a big help in running.

Let's get to the race, shall we?

Three of my friends and I drove up to Lawrence, KS to run the Kansas Half marathon. We had pasta the night before, coffee, etc. Prior to races I normally have steak and potatoes but I opted for pasta, which I'll never do again. My body just does better with protein. However, my body usually does fine with whatever I eat so I'm not sure what happened.

On race day morning we found a parking spot and immediately I got diarrhea cramps! WHY? I was so annoyed. Why couldn't my body have done that 15 minutes ago at the hotel when I used the bathrooms? Anyways, I told my friends I had to immediately find the porter potties so off I went. They were no where to be found but someone finally pointed them out to me. I quickly walked over there and then saw the dreaded line of people. I had about 10 minutes until race time and the big D cramps so I knew I was in trouble. I finally finally finally made it to the porter potty and after using the toilet looked over to see that they had completely forgotten to put toilet paper in there. There wasn't even like the cardboard rolls because I would for sure have used those. What did I do? Well, I used my headband and threw that thing away. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Judge me.

I made it to the starting line 1 minute before the race started! Hooray! I took off and started to feel pretty good running. I was running with the 2:05 pace group and then around mile three diarrhea cramps hit again. I was so annoyed. I figured they would go away so I kept running and even met up with my friend. Around mile 5ish I knew I needed a porter potty and asked the attendant where the nearest one was. She said she didn't know but would call someone. I was told it was 'right around the corner' and let me tell you, it wasn't. At mile 7 there finally was one but I couldn't go. Stupid body! I ran until mile 8 where there was another restroom but felt okay then mile 9 came and I thought I was gonna poop my pants. I was crouched on the side of the road and asked the attendant where the bathroom was? He said I could run back a mile and I looked at him and said there was no way I was running BACKWARDS in a race. FINALLY at mile 10 there was a porter potty and I was honestly just so relieved I made it in there and didn't poop my pants. Living in Asia and running distance races make for some interesting prayers. =) Miles 10 - 13 went great and I sadly finished with a 2:30ish time but I'm happy to say I didn't poop my pants.

I honestly can't believe my race recap is about poop but if you are a runner you know we all have a race like that at some point in our lives. Next year I'm going to for sure watch what I eat before a race and try to have a better plan.

Other than the stomach issues I really loved the Kansas Half. Lawrence is beautiful and they did such a great job running you through the city, the neighborhoods, the country and by the river. It was a good mix of flat roads and hills and I hope to run it again next fall with a happier stomach and a faster time.

If you are a runner have you ever had a near poop experience like this? Please do tell, I'd love to laugh at with you. 

10.09.2017

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?

9.29.2017

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.

9.26.2017

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? 
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