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NYC Mission Trip 2014

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I went on my first mission trip, ya’ll!! 

I went to New York City for the first time EVER and got to experience what God’s love is all about. We fed the homeless and spent an entire day at a Women’s Shelter giving manicures/pedicures, doing makeup, doing hair, giving away food, clothing, and gift bags. We basically loved up on these women who have not been loved on in FAR TOO LONG.

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The experience was life changing. That being said, I think the most incredible and moving part of my journey was getting to be around so many strong women of faith. We were in small rooms with bunk beds and I really loved all of my roommates (below) and, really, all of the ladies on the trip. They have so much love in their hearts, it was such a blessing to be surrounded by so many incredible women, building each other up!

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We also had a day and some afternoons to explore the city, so I took my trusty best pal Emily & we explored the city!!

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We even made it a priority to visit Books of Wonder, an incredible children’s book store in the city. Not only was it a dream to wander around in there and spend WAY too much on books, but the staff was incredibly knowledgeable and great to talk to!

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Overall, the trip was a success. I had a hard time on Friday night… we were bringing food, water, and toiletry items to the homeless. They were staying in a shopping plaza to stay out of the rain until 11:30 when the plaza would closed. I brought some water to a few older homeless women and got scolded by a security officer… it was a private building and we weren’t allowed to give them anything inside the building. I know everyone has different opinions, but to me… it wasn’t right. These people have so little rights and the plaza owner was just taking control away from them. If I want to give someone a sandwich, or a water bottle, who are you to tell me I can’t gift something because I’m in a shopping center YOU own. I know, I know… this might seem crazy to some of you, but I was fired up about it. I stand firm in my belief that it’s ALWAYS right to love someone. I was loving people and got scolded, that really rubbed me the wrong way.

Oi, end rant! haha. The trip was eye-opening, to say the least, and I have a fire in my heart to serve others. Coming back was an adjustment, but I’m slowly easing back into life. I urge you, if you’ve never been on a mission trip to go on one. It is something I will never forget.

Also, I got to New York, which was one of my 30 before 30 goals! WHOO!!!

The Healing Power of Cats

healing power of catsBAH! Take that, cat-haters of the world!

Engaged!!

Nutcracker happy happy engaged!So, blog family, I don’t know how else to break the news to everyone, but Mitch & I are engaged [since 12/7/13]!! We’re going to get married and have kids and live happily ever after.

Okay, let’s be honest, I’ll probably drive him absolutely bonkers, BUT he’s stuck with me!

We haven’t set a date, though we’re thinking September 2014! It was a romantic night at the ballet watching The Nutcracker and then home for hot tea and Bible reading. After which, he asked me to marry him. AND I SAID YES!?!

We have been together since September of 2011 and I’ve never been happier in my life. Mitch is my best friend, my confidante, and my support system. I can’t wait to begin our life together as old married folks!

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Studio Ghibli is the BEST!

spirited-awayHave I mentioned my recent love of Studio Ghibli films? I am not usually into animated films, though I was into Sailor Moon when I was younger [Thanks, Shelly ;)]… and I loves me some Hello Kitty. I guess I’m a wanna-be asian. hahaha.

princessmononokemyneighbortotoroEither way, Studio Ghibli really grabbed me! Mitchel suggested Howl’s Moving Castle on one rainy weekend day at the library. We checked it out and I was purposely avoiding it when choosing which movie to watch, but it was inevitable… the film called out to me and we eventually watched it.

And oh… my… goodness. arrietyIt has been a love affair ever since. We’ve watched Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, The Secret World of Arriety, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away. We have Kiki’s Delivery Service waiting for us at our apartment. AND I’ve already put Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, The Cat Returns,  and Pom Poko on request from the local library.

totoro rawwwwwwwrIf you haven’t checked out Studio Ghibli yet, I urge you to [and so does Totoro].

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Hope this makes you all smile!!!
Happy Wednesday!

Did I ever tell you

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That I aspire to be a professional writer? It’s my overall goal and I spend some evenings and Saturdays writing short stories to my hearts content. I can’t write the way I want to everyday (mostly due to the stresses of my current job)!

I remember growing up and writing silly fanfic about my favorite bands w my friend Kym. We’d go back and forth to create stories in which our crushes from S Club 7 and Five would end up falling madly in love with us and we’d kiss. To an 8th grader, that’s the end goal. To have a boy you really, really like kiss you and whisk you away. Entirely hopeless romanticism!

Now I’m much more advanced… Outfit posts and kitty corners! Haha. But really, I just wanted you all to know that I do take this seriously. That even just writing the little blurbs I sometimes pen means the world to me. It keeps me going and makes me feel that all is not lost in my writing career!

Imagine me sitting here with a pen and pad of paper and writing you from that instead of my laptop, trying to tell you how my day went, what’s been on my mind lately, things I feel strongly about. I know I can come off as super bubbly and not much content behind my rants and thoughts. And that’s fine with me, because I know there’s a lot more here on this blog for me.