Monthly Archives: December 2011

Making a beginning…

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“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice; to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T.S Elliot

So it’s the morning of the last day of the new year.  So much potential in that (fingers crossed).  For many of us, 2011 brought so many ups and downs that it’s difficult to sort out what has happened.  I’m trying to avoid making too many plans for the Big Night and instead journaling with coffee: What am I leaving behind?  What am I moving towards?  What am I going to resolve from this past year?  What beginnings am I in the process of making?

In the midst of an ending, how do we create a beginning?  See the potential.  Know what’s ripe for change.  We’re always knee deep in the fodder of a new start.

It really helps me to see all that 2011 has brought to me – so much can happen in a day much less an entire year.  And that helps set things to right again – to see that 2012 has the power to be just as transformative, just as joyful, just as full and rich.  We’re blessed!  Let’s live like we are!

Air swimmers – Shark!

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My aunt and uncle got such a fun Christmas present this year – a floating shark balloon that swims through the house!  It’s called an Air Swimmer and you can get a clown fish version too.

Powered by their swishing tails and a remote control, these fish-shaped balloons literally float around the room. Apparently house pets aren’t too fond of them though…

waiting, eyes toward Heaven

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A baby boy.  The whole story changed with a baby boy.  But what took place before He was born?

I love the way this is written, how accessible the writer makes everyone in the story.  It’s a beautiful account of what it must have been like when Jesus left Heaven and moved into the neighborhood.  I love how human the angels appear, with the curiosity of a common cat; and how the shepherds seem to know with the wisdom of the divine.  Love:

first, Jesus

then, Others

finally, Yourself

Merry Christmas to all!!

Personality quiz – take it!

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Found this lil’ quizaroo…. took it… and here’s de resultz.  Interessante.

Your view on yourself:

You are down-to-earth and people like you because you are so straightforward. You are an efficient problem solver because you will listen to both sides of an argument before making a decision that usually appeals to both parties.

The type of boyfriend you are looking for:

You are not looking merely for a boyfriend – you are looking for your life partner. Perhaps you should be more open-minded about who you spend time with. The person you are looking for might hide their charm under their exterior.  (tell me what I don’t know)

Your readiness to commit to a relationship:

You are ready to commit as soon as you meet the right person. And you believe you will pretty much know as soon as you meet that person.

The seriousness of your love:

You are very serious about relationships and aren’t interested in wasting time with people you don’t really like. If you meet the right person, you will fall deeply and beautifully in love.  (yep)

Your views on education:

Education is very important in life. You want to study hard and learn as much as you can.

The right job for you:

You’re a practical person and will choose a secure job with a steady income. Knowing what you like to do is important. Find a regular job doing just that and you’ll be set for life.

How do you view success:

You are afraid of failure and scared to have a go at the career you would like to have in case you don’t succeed. Don’t give up when you haven’t yet even started!  Be courageous.  (don’t air ALL my dirty laundry!)

What are you most afraid of:

You are concerned about your image and the way others see you. (God, help me)  This means that you try very hard to be accepted by other people. It’s time for you to believe in who you are, not what you wear.  (preach it!)

Who is your true self:

You are full of energy and confidence. You are unpredictable, with moods changing as quickly as an ocean. You might occasionally be calm and still, but never for long.

The gift of sight

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Dr. Joel Hunter, one of Central Florida’s leading LASIK eye surgeons, is asking for something unexpected this Christmas… glasses.  Hunter Vision 3D LASIK is teaming up with TIME Ministries to provide donated glasses to impoverished people in the Dominican Republic.  All used and worn glasses they collect will be delivered in 2012.

Dr. Hunter, the son of Dr. Joel Hunter at Northland Church, said of this effort: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to change people’s lives. I know it seems ironic—a LASIK practice working to put people in glasses. While 3D LASIK provides an end to the inconvenience of glasses, afterwards, we’re left with pile of specs that have lost their purpose. I’m thrilled we can re-use them in this way.”

If you have an old pair of glasses tucked away that you can deliver to this cause, here are the two drop-off sites:

Hunter Vision 3D LASIK
RDV Sportsplex
8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando

Northland, A Church Distributed
530 Dog Track Road, Longwood

Make Juice…. not War

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As I drink my medium Winter Blend coffee from Einstein’s, there’s a little voice reminding me of my former eating habits – the ones where I monitored more carefully what I ate, where it came from, how it would affect my mood, energy level, etc. Admittedly, I’ve gotten lazy.  So I’ve been thinking a lot about Kris Carr lately.  She’s the cancer rebel and enthusiastic author of Crazy Sexy Diet, a book about re-training your body to love and crave lush whole and raw foods, to re-energize (without caffeine) and balance the pH of the body.

In addition to the many incredible recipes and eating advice the book offers, she encourages everyone to make her favorite green juice.  It’s a mix of cucumbers, kale, sweet pea sprouts, celery, broccoli, pear or green apple (optional), and ginger.  She also recommends trying out romaine, parsley, spinach and dandelion.  Yum.

You can learn a little more about her story in this interview on ABC.  I think this might be a Merry Christmas to me pressie…..

Joy to the Powell… (World)

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One of my favorite artists… I immediately smile when I hear the voice of Mac Powell, lead singer of Third Day.  This band, and this voice, have been with me intimately during a couple rough seasons of life and I think it’s almost a conditioned response that I break out in a grin when I hear him sing.

Joy to the World.  Third Day.