30 Before 30: Year Two

30 Before 30: Year Two

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

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  • Step foot in 25 states

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  • Read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation

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  • Play Messy Twister

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In total, I have finished 11 of my 30 goals; I am on track to finish all of them before I turn thirty!

S’mores Oatmeal

S’mores Oatmeal

Looks like today will be full of apologies.

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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!

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup marshmallows
  • 1 graham cracker sheet
  • 1 fun size Hershey bar

Directions

  • 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.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Photos

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Photos

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.

Doing Hard Things in 2017

Doing Hard Things in 2017

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 WAITThat is going to be hard.
  4. 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.

It’s Not That Far: Christmas Afternoon at Sleeping Giant

It’s Not That Far: Christmas Afternoon at Sleeping Giant

Carols were sung, presents were opened, and Christmas lunch had been enjoyed.  With a quick glance at the clock, we knew that we had enough time to hike at Sleeping Giant State Park.  According to Brother, the trail was about the length of the trail at Pilot Mountain, so we grabbed some water bottles and hopped in the car.

As we were approaching exit 59 on Wilbur Cross Parkway, we noticed that traffic was moving slowly up ahead, but we continued towards the tunnel.

Then we stopped.  Traffic was literally parked on the parkway for over an hour.  Some people started heading the wrong way down the entrance ramp; others started making u-turns in the grass.  One man even managed to cut off three people in stand-still traffic, and a lady got out of her car to yell at him.

Yet, we also saw much Christmas cheer.  I honestly don’t remember the last time I laughed that hard with my family.  Other families even began distributing Christmas cookies!

Much later than expected, we arrived at Sleeping Giant and raced against the clock to hike to the top.  Although Brother compared the trail to Pilot Mountain, which is described as a “moderate relatively flat 0.8 mile loop,” the trail we walked was closer to that of Hanging Rock (a 1.3-mile one-way trail).  It almost felt like we ran to the top, took some pictures, and speed-walked to the bottom.

…and any time Mom asked how far we were from the top, Brother’s reply was, “It’s not that far.”