I have tried 1,000 times to write a blog post this summer, but I have yet to do more than open a blank draft. Anything you have read in the past two months was scheduled content, and I can’t pinpoint the exact reason for my absence on this blog .
Yes, I work at camp 6 days a week, but I could easily find the time to type a few lines. It is not for lack of content; I have taken photos, created videos, and written articles for camp all summer. Spiritual dryness is not the reason either; God’s Word has become more and more precious to me every day for the past two months. Perhaps my only excuse is that I haven’t really wanted to blog. I have enjoyed the time away from personal social media (although I am on social media every day for my job).
So here I am, simply to …
- check in.
- let all of you know that I am still alive.
- share some images from the summer.
- promise that the absence won’t last forever.
I just need one more month at camp before I fully re-emerge to the outside world.
It has been two years since I turned 20 and started completing my 30 before 30 list. Here is what I have completed this year (to see everything I have finished, go to the 30 before 30 page.
- Travel to Africa, Europe, or Asia
- Read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation
In total, I have finished 11 of my 30 goals; I am on track to finish all of them before I turn thirty!
Looks like today will be full of apologies.
1. I am sorry that I have posted so little this month. Although I spend all of my spare time writing, I doubt that y’all want to read a month’s worth of 5th-grade lesson plans.
2. I am sorry that it is the end of National Oatmeal Month, and I am just now sharing an oatmeal recipe. I actually planned this recipe before Christmas, but I didn’t make it until Saturday.
3. I am sorry that there are so few pictures (and that the pictures are so bad). I made this recipe at home, but my camera was at school. In my rush to eat the oatmeal, I didn’t realize that the white balance on my phone-camera was really off. These are the only two photos that were somewhat salvageable.
Now that all of those issues are out of the way, let’s eat some oatmeal!
- 1/3 cup oatmeal
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup marshmallows
- 1 graham cracker sheet
- 1 fun size Hershey bar
- Combine oatmeal and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 45 seconds.
- Stir in 1/2 of the marshmallows. Microwave an additional 30 seconds.
- Top with remaining marshmallows, crushed graham cracker, and chocolate bar.
Determining my favorite photos from 2016 was next to impossible because I took pictures of so many different things! I took literally thousands of photos throughout the year for…
But, after agonizing decision-making, these are the ten photos I chose.
I looked at my mom, shrugged my shoulders, and said, “I know that it is going to be a challenge, but if I never do hard things…I, well, I will never do hard things.”
In that moment of redundancy, I realized the truth; if I continuously choose the easy way out, I will never grow.
Let me tell you about the hard things that are ahead of me in 2017.
- I will be a student teacher at a fifth-grade public school for the first sixteen weeks of the year. I will have 30 students, and I will be coordinating with three different teachers. I will write unit plans, teach every subject, and grade papers. That is going to be hard.
- From May to August, I am a promotional media intern at Pine Cove Camp. As such, I will conduct photo shoots, write articles, and create videos. I will be on my own to find subjects for my stories, film interviews, and complete all the projects. That is going to be hard.
- After I finish the internship, I will look for a full-time job. I will determine what I want to do with my life (ha ha…I may never figure that out), find job openings, fill out applications, submit resumes, and WAIT. That is going to be hard.
- And when I find that full-time job, I will probably move away from my parents. I will leave the house where I have lived 21 years. I will take down all of my paintings, pack up my Fiestaware, buy furniture, and decorate my own place. That is going to be hard.
But despite all of the hard things that I have ahead of me, I am looking forward to 2017. I know that through these hard tasks, God will show himself faithful. I will lean on Him for strength, and I will watch as He orchestrates His perfect plan.
Thus, I will run into 2017 with reckless abandon.
I will push forward with faith.
I will do hard things.