Monday, December 19th, 2011
I’ve written this year about some of my adventures with my friend DD. She and I have a lot in common. Though we didn’t meet until college, we grew up about two hours from each other in Georgia, both only children. I admire her determination and strength and I love her sense of humor (I’ve been encouraging her to start her own blog!). Whenever we talk, it’s just picking up right where we left off. I’m so thankful we’ve stayed friends through the years and degrees and moves and careers and guys.
Thursday, December 1st, 2011
A friend gave me some really encouraging – and specific – feedback today about this blog. It wasn’t “hey, your blog is cool.” It was “hey, I read this post and it resonated with me for this reason.”
As every website in the world starts to post 2011 year-in-review stuff… would you take a moment to let me know if a certain post or idea resonated with you this year? I’m planning to continue blogging in 2012 with an expanded scope of subject matter, and I would love to hear what you liked and what you would like to see more of. Thanks!
Monday, November 28th, 2011
Adult friendships are hard work. But it’s so rewarding when you see the fruit of the time and effort you have invested.
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Every organization has them. Every family has them. The humble grandmother who single-handedly feeds a teeming horde at Thanksgiving. The event planner who’s never going to take the stage, but makes sure everything happens on time.
Today is the birthday of such a person – one of my editing colleagues. His name is known only by a few, compared to many of our colleagues with frequent TV appearances and bylines. He’s also one of those who doesn’t like any fuss made about his birthday. But his daily contributions here are highly valued by a lot of people.
Who in your life gets stuff done and doesn’t ask for any fanfare?
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
As you may have seen, I started this blog thanks to the idea of observing November as a Month of Thanksgiving. Last year, my friend Kristen was posting one thing she was thankful for on Facebook each day, and I decided to join her. Then I just kept going.
I’m so excited to see Facebook friends joining in the Month of Thanksgiving this year!! I have seen at least one mention already that searching for things to be thankful for is improving her attitude a little bit each day.
I’ll share again one of my newest favorite quotes that sums up what I’m trying to accomplish here – for skeptics and pessimists like me!
“Thankfulness isn’t a matter of forcing yourself to see the happy side of life. That would be like returning to naïve optimism. Thanking God restores the natural order of our dependence on God. It enables us to see life as it really is.” – Paul Miller, “A Praying Life”
It’s never too late to start!
Friday, October 21st, 2011
I’ve had the opportunity to share some fun stories lately. I just told a co-worker the story of meeting my husband and our first couple of dates. While on vacation, I told my husband a bunch of stories about traveling with college friends during my semester abroad.
Stirring and reliving these fond memories gave me a renewed appreciation for those times and warm fuzzies about the people involved.
(Musical note: I’m obsessed with applying the new Switchfoot song “Souvenirs” to my college travels right now.)
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
My friend AS lives overseas and doesn’t have access to a lot of the conveniences we take for granted. I think of her often as I mull what will go on this blog. Her birthday is coming up, and I’m putting together a few things to send her. For example, she can’t just go into a grocery store and buy any flavor of chocolate candy (can you imagine??).
I’m humbled by her selflessness. She serves others daily. She has a gift for giving wise counsel.
I’m thankful to know her. And one day she’s going to be very, very rich.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
In the movie “Office Space,” there’s a great scene where Peter (Ron Livingston) has convinced Joanna (Jennifer Aniston) to have lunch with him. He starts talking about how he likes to watch “Kung Fu,” and Joanna suddenly gets this shocked look on her face and says, “I love ‘Kung Fu.’”
I love having those “Kung Fu” moments with people. It’s the stuff of first (and second and third) dates, new friends, and colleagues you didn’t know you had things in common with. I’ve enjoyed several of these moments with new friends recently. I’m glad new people keep coming into my life!
Thursday, July 21st, 2011
I love getting mail, but one of the ways email is superior to snail mail is that you can send exactly the same thing to multiple people at the same time. I love how it fosters electronic conversations in a group — I can see friends’ reactions to funny links and how they respond to each other. This is the time when “reply all” is actually encouraged.
Friday, July 1st, 2011
I spent time tonight with my new friend EG. We have a lot in common, and we hit it off right away. I love discovering that I have unused friend bandwidth.