Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The peaceful days of January!

I've just returned from a 24hour children's pastor's retreat. I always look forward to connecting with old friends and making new ones at these retreats. We had a great time as usual, and now I'm home and taking the afternoon off to catch up on important things...like my blog of course. I have 2 more retreats to go to in the next 4 weeks or so, seems like every second weekend I'm heading off somewhere. My next retreat will be another 24 hour retreat in Canmore. I can hardly wait. The retreat is being put on by a church in Red Deer and I'm excited to be tagging along. Their speaker is going to be Craig Jutila and if you are involved in children's ministry, you might know how amazing it is that he is coming up here to speak to us. I don't know how they got him, but I'm glad they did! Should be very interesting. While I'm in Canmore, I'm hoping to do a little exploring in some of their stores and look at touring (not whitewater!!) kayaks. I'm not sure if I'm ready to buy, but I definitely want to learn all that I can in case I decide to. Des let me take her kayak out last summer and I had a lot of fun. Once I got over my fear of actually sitting in it and realizing that it's very sturdy and is NOT going to just flip over for no reason, I could actually start picturing myself in one regularly. I think it would be a great hobby/sport to take up. So we'll see what I dig up in Canmore. Hopefully I will soon be able to post about my trip to Venezuela. It has been taking me a while to actually process it and so I'm still working through my time there...but I promise I will post some pictures and tell some stories soon!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

New Years Non-Resolutions

With the new year comes new year's resolutions, right? I usually don't do resolutions because I'm confident that by the time February rolls around, I'll have failed miserably. Then with that comes guilt and feelings that I have been defeated once again. So I was thinking of changes in my life that I could make that would require minimal effort and hopefully no guilt if I let one slip. So here are five changes I'm making in my life...

5. I choose to not feel guilty if I don't update my blog very often or if I decide to ignore every poke, request or invitation on Facebook.
4. I choose to stop watching Oprah.
3. I choose to be healthy, not skinny.
2. I choose to eat chocolate. Sorry, had to make sure this one got in here for sure.
1. I choose to care less about what people think about me, and care more about what God thinks of me.