Monday, June 27, 2011

THEME FOR TODAY: Serendipity

Definition of the word SERENDIPITY via 

ser·en·dip·i·ty (sĕrˌən-dĭpˈĭ-tē) 

noun pl. ser·en·dip·i·ties 

1.The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. 
2.The fact or occurrence of such discoveries. 
3.An instance of making such a discovery. 

My creativity exercise for today was to write about, draw, design, or photograph my perspective of the word serendipity. I have found that some of my favorite photos that I have taken have been thanks to a  serendipitous moment. Here are a few of my favorites.

~Till Next Time

A Few Words...and a Few Pictures that are Worth More

    Today it rained and Courtney and I got the privilege to watch the movie the Titanic. Now I cannot say that I am a fan, my fan meter does not even come close to my friend Courtney's.  This was her FB status, which may help you a bit to have a better understanding of how much of a fan she is:
while watching titanic on lifetime (which, with commercials takes like, 4-5 hours), i looked up the movie's wikipedia page and found out that it's being re-released in theaters in 2012. in 3D. this might be the second most exciting thing happening to me in 2012, the first being getting married. clearly, i am ultra-cool.
9 hours ago ·  · 
       Now there are a few parts of the move that I love and my favorite is at the end when they show the old lady laying in her bed and they pan out and you see all of these frames. In each frame is a picture of all the things she had told Jack she wanted to do, things to see, places to travel to... to be her own "King of the World!" I love how it shows an account of her life in experiences.
     I recently read two books by Mark Batterson and the first one was "Wild Goose Chase" and in that book he talks about how sometimes in life we need to change our geography so we can change our perspective. He encourages you to go on a missions trip, go to a conference, do something that will pull you out of your spiritual rut. I have to say that I have been giving it my all. In the second book I read by him "In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day," while on my way to a missions trip to El Salvador, I came across I quote that is now one of my favorites:

"Collect experiences and not possessions." -Mark Batterson

     I have not slept in my own bed since the 6th of June. I have slept in the mountains of El Salvador on a bunk bed, slept on the floor in a house in San Salvador, slept a lil on a plane, slept on a couch at a cousins house, and then slept on a sofa in a condo in St. Maarten/Martin. The last 3 weeks have been such an adventure, but I have to say that I am looking forward to my own lil twin bed at home. Yep, you heard me right, I sleep on a twin bed! But every time I roll over and hit my wall I remind myself that I'm saving $700. You see I moved out of my rent house, which could fit my queen size bed, and into my lil two bedroom trailer/loft apartment and saved $700 a month. That saved money is getting me out of debt and letting me travel. Also, going from a 3 bedroom rent house to a very small 2 bedroom loft like trailer really pushes you to down size. No matter who you are it never fails the bigger the space we reside in the more stuff we will find to fit in it! After Katrina, my whole life fit in a Nissan Sentra! Plus I am learning that I can travel pretty light.  Ok, sorry got a little off track there...back to what I was saying about traveling and experiences.

     I found this quote and it seemed to be as if someone read my journal and made this quote just for me. Haha!!
Without travel "I would have wound up a little ignorant white Southern female, which was not my idea of a good life." -- Lauren Hutton
     How much of ourselves to we discover and uncover while traveling. You develop deeper respects for other's cultures, ways of life, and beliefs. You understand just a little better a God who made all things and loves us all the same, and when you're realizing this while standing in a small village in a 3rd world country, it's a humbling thing! You connect with a humility and thankfulness that only comes when your eyes are opened to all of the needs of those around the world. It's one thing to say that there is a need, it's
an entirely different thing to be in the middle of that need and see it face to face. This quote kind-of sums it up for me:
"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." -- Miriam Beard
And this quote as a warning:
"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home." -- James Michener
And this last quote just because I thought it interesting:
"Hitler didn't travel. Stalin didn't travel. Saddam Hussein never traveled. They didn't want to have their orthodoxy challenged." — Howard Gardner 

   So I will leave you with a few of my experiences that have helped shape me, and made me ask the question "How can anyone doubt that there is a God?" These experiences have also made me appreciate what I have, respect others for what they do with what they have, made me grateful for a God that is bilingual, and can minister to two people standing right next to each other and do not speak the same language but worship the same Savior.

~Till Next Time

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Creative Push

  I don't know about you, but I miss my days back in college when I took a class and was pushed to be creative, intellectual, or even just thoughtful. I enjoyed my art classes and the sense of accomplishment that came after I completed a project. I haven't felt that in some time and was really wanting to feel and be creative.

      While enjoying my lovely and relaxing vacation, I happened to be surfing some of my favorite websites and came across one of my favorite photographers/artist. I was editing some pictures I had taken today and was on (I love this site!!!!) and one of the featured photographers was Vicki Dvorak, who I just happen to love! Here are a few of my favorite pictures by her. 

     If you want to see more of her work then you can find her @ Simple Hue.

     Well after I found her blog and started to read it, I saw that she was offering an e-course. I thought... "This is what I need!" something to give me a creative push! So Im signed up for what will be my first e-course, well I took some online classes in college but this is different, anyways Im pretty excited! Just reading her blog and looking at her pictures got me in a bit of an editing mood. I have been taking some pictures while on vacation and was just loving all of the sea themed things that were around the condo, I just love anything to do with the beach and water, and so off I went. Here are a few that I played around with today. I have to say that the first one is by far one of my favorites. I hope that you enjoy!

~Till Next Time

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Bit of News

     I have been enjoying my summer break and not really thinking about work till...I got an email day before yesterday and my Principal wrote me to inform me that I would be teaching art, and only art, starting this fall. I had spoke to my Principal about teaching art but was told that I most likely wouldn't be able to till the Spring when my friend, and our present art teacher, will be leaving us :(

   The really funny part of this all is the fact that I have been wanting to teach art for some time and it just wasn't happening. I had finally just come to the conclusion that God had me where He wanted me and that did not involve teaching art. I had really embraced my Geography class. Then last year they gave me a Fine Art Survey class and I was super excited!!! I love my FAS class and was content and happy. But I've come to think that I'm God's entertainment, and He enjoys watching me try to figure things out and then messing with me when I come to terms with how I think things are going to be. He likes to make sure and point out to me who is really in control even if that means changing things up on me. haha!!!

     So I will have some changes to make to my classroom. My principal told me I will have smaller classes, which is great!!! Also, my friend Danielle will be teaching art as well so I will have her to help me along the way for at least the Fall semester and I feel so less stress knowing that I will have her as I enter this new time in my teaching. But how FUN!!!! To go to work everyday and get to do art makes me MORE then happy!!! Plus there are a ton of benefits to teaching an elective versus a core subject. One is that in most cases students actually want to take art and for the most part are happy to be in your class...I know I preferred my art class over a math class any day!! So I will enjoy the rest of my summer break and anticipate the coming school year and the changes that it will bring. The really funny part is that I had just told my Mom that I was starting to feel restless where I was and that maybe I should look at moving and maybe finding a new position, guess this was God's way of saying stay put, at least for the next year haha!!

Here is a lil bit of my art:

-Till Next Time