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6 years?!?

so i’ve been doing a bit of maintenance on my blog–namely categorizing all the uncategorized posts imported from my old blog site. and in doing so, i discovered something.

i’ve been blogging–albeit sporadically–for 6 years. and with just over 200 posts, i average about 3 posts a month. truthfully though, i blog in spurts. i go for a season blogging consistently and then it goes dormant for awhile. i was recently told that i should re-title my blog “the blog of good intentions”. i prefer to think of myself as being a ‘consistently inconsistent’ blogger.

as i mark this moment, let me leave you with a promise to remain consistently inconsistent… and with links back to a few of my favorite early posts. tonite here are my top 5 fave youth ministry posts. hope you enjoy them.

are we missing the point?

but what are we teaching our boys?

thoughts from a volunteer small group leader

a youthworker’s camp survival kit

object lesson: beanboozled

new blog home

welcome to my new blog home. this will replace the old blog i had at so…and other thoughts. if you’ve been following my thoughts over there, i hope you’ll update your feed.

here’s just a teaser of some posts to come soon:

  • whole life discipleship: integrating worship, evangelism & justice
  • small group leader survival kit
  • black friday shopping tips
  • confessions of a sentimental packrat
  • life lessons from scarlett o’hara

and about the pic in the header. it’s a photo i took of minehead, somerset, uk, whilst i was there last april for spring harvest. i’ll likely update the header pic occasionally with photos i love.

upcoming adventures

in the midst of looking and listening for what God has next for me career-wise, he has provided me with the opportunities for a couple of adventures about which i’m very excited!

first up is my trip to london. it was something i’d planned for before i left ys, but the cool little God bit is that in addition to the 5 days in london is i’m going to stay on 5 more days to volunteer at an event called spring harvest. last fall i met a few lovely people from the uk who run a youth ministry event there-one in particular i’ve kept in touch with since then, wendy. she also runs spring harvest and i’m going to volunteer at the event in minehead (there is a simultaneous one in skegness) from the 14th to the 19th. i’m so curious to see and learn more about spring harvest and to experience the church in the uk a bit, plus i’m excited to see wendy again. i leave wednesday for london and spend 5 days there before going onto spring harvest. i can’t wait!

the second adventure doesn’t feel wholly real yet even tho i’ve booked a plane ticket and am working on it already. i’ve been asked to train youth workers in singapore alongside my friend dr. amy jacober. this is totally a God-thing. i’m so excited and honored to be asked to spend time working with & training this group of youth workers. this trip isn’t until july, but i have lots to do for this.

both of these are adventures that i feel like i only have the time and space to do because i’m in transition. i’m curious to see what other adventures come my way as i continue the journey.

list girl

i have always been a list girl. i always have several lists going at any given time. for example, currently going are:

  • groceries
  • ideas for my blog
  • books to read
  • errands
  • movies to watch
  • tasks for the godparents 50th anniversary celebration
  • packing for trips to tulsa and london
  • ideas for a couple of clients
  • youth ministry ideas
  • gift ideas for upcoming birthdays, holidays, etc
  • and of course, the generic to do list

in the last few weeks, without the typical work schedule, i’ve lost control of my lists, more so than ever. recently i bought a lovely pink moleskine plain notebook to use as my current journal. and tonight, i bought a lovely pink moleskine ruled notebook to gather all my lists. together, i think they’ll make a nice little memoir of this season of my life.

 

because after endings come beginnings

one month and one day ago, i was laid off from my job at ys along with 13 others. yesterday was officially my last day as a ys employee. it is the ending of a dream job that lasted nearly 9 years.

my time at ys has been amazing and such a gift in so many ways. i’ve met, worked with and become friends with a wonderful and slightly wacky group of people and have ended up with friendships that will continue long into the future. i’ve had the privilege of serving youth workers from all kinds and sizes of churches and have learned from and been blessed by the stories of so many. i’ve been able to work with youth ministry professors and students through the ys academic support network and had more fun and learned more from them than i would have ever imagined! i spent time with denominational youth ministry leaders and loved connecting with them just because of how much they wanted to encourage and equip youth workers. and then there are the dozens of youth workers who’ve volunteered at the conventions who’ve become friends and with whom so many memories have been created. (for some reason, the one that popped into my head was my fake birthday courtesy of scott riley & friends!)

of course there are all the ways i’ve grown professionally. for example, i can pack, label and shrink wrap a pallet. not a skill i had before going to ys. seriously tho, i can’t begin to list or describe all i learned at ys. it’s rather diverse. for example, in addition to the pallet packing, i leave with skills ranging from basic html programming and database management skills to the ability to create direct marketing strategies and direct art for ads and campaigns.

finally, i leave ys more confident, more comfortable in my own skin. and with a richer faith that is simultaneously more simple and more complex.

the ending of my season of life at ys is truly bittersweet. there is a part of me that is heartbroken. i have truly loved being able to serve with youth workers alongside an amazing team of people. i will deeply miss working with this team and serving youth workers on a daily basis. somehow though, alongside the sad, is the hope and excitement of what is about to begin. i’m starting to see some clues in some opportunities to do some freelance work by which i’m both excited and challenged and in an least one opportunity to do some speaking. all of the opportunities that have turned up so far were completely unexpected and totally show God’s hand.

i used to tell people who would ask me about working ys that for most of us who worked there, it was a crazy God thing that we ended up there–something that was especially true for me. and so in this ending, i can’t help but believe that God is in this too, just waiting to show me what else in my life is ready to begin.

bizarro dream

for as long as i can remember, whenever i am overtired or overstressed or some combination of both, i have really odd, one might even say, bizarre dreams.

this morning, i woke up dreaming that greg kinnear, lauren holly, allison janney and dakota fanning were making chocolate chip cookies in my flat in london. greg kinnear was doing a really bad british accent which allison janney was mocking him for and lauren holly was defending him for and dakota fanning was rolling her eyes like ‘grown ups are really idiots’.

i can’t figure out what led to this cast of characters in my dreams. i can account for the london part–i was shopping online for flights last night to visit london in december and even the chocolate chip cookie part as a new friend from the uk gave me some yummy chocolate chip cookies over the weekend. but the rest, well, i have no idea.

an update

just a little update on what’s going on in my corner of the world (in case you were wondering. if you weren’t, please disregard this post and go back to whatever else you were doing, but thanks for stopping by.)

what i’ve been doing: working. really mostly working. getting ready for the crazy fall season: national youth workers conventions in sacramento, pittsburgh, nashville. association of youth ministry educators & sales conference in grand rapids–getting ready for more new books to be launched there. all of these are events i’m really excited about.

and when i’m not working: building relationships with my new small group of 7th grade girls and my 2 new co-leaders. 3 weeks in, so far, so good. this wednesday will be week 4.

most fun memories from the summer (in no particular order–by the way, i’m feeling very parenthetical as i write this): the death of snake in my yard (okay, not really a ‘fun’ memory but it was a highly memorable event), girls weekend with my best friend from childhood & another good friend, and a trip to the tall ships festival.

normally, i go thru klutzy phases but: i’ve been more of a mechanical jinx recently–car repairs (several), blue screen of death and the demise of my old laptop, and my tv just decided to stop turning on.

biggest surprises of late: how much tv i can find online if i want but how the only time i really miss it is in the morning during the morning news and today show; how much i love my sony reader; how much i like peach green tea from whittard of chelsea (trying to give up my diet coke habit)

a couple of book recommendations: my name is russell fink (fun and surprisingly captivating characters) and reading lolita in tehran (fascinating memoir that prompted me download henry james books and the great gatsby to my sony reader)

and if you’ve made it this far, thanks friend!


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