Giving Up & Taking Up . . .
Yesterday was Fat Tuesday (how many of you gluttoned out on chocolate or sports or margaritas or big bags of cheese puffs? cmon now, fess up!! lol I actually ate about 6 mini Snickers bars, so I guess that counts as kinda "fat"! And I sure would have enjoyed a margarita) and today is Ash Wednesday (when we have to come down off the "fat" habits that we all have in life and get a little more "serious"), starting off the Lenten season. In our church, we celebrate Lent--the 40 days before Easter Sunday--by coming up with some personal resolutions. These should be things that will make us healthier in physical, mental, and/or spiritual ways, and will improve our relationships with God and others around us. We like to either "Give Up" something that's holding us back or "Take Up" something to improve ourselves! It's a real challenge sometimes and, let me tell you, I have really fallen flat a lot of times! But, like every year, I do start out with good intentions!
A little more thought on my plans for this year further down in the post, but first I thought I'd share some pictures from last night's calendar class that I taught.
We had SO much fun and I think that all the gals really enjoyed the page we did (I hope they did!). I'm teaching this class once a month for a year, so that by the end of the year we will have completed an entire calendar. Each month has a scrapbook page that goes along with it, and I'm teaching a different technique for the different pages. Last night I taught a basic design technique--using mats and frames to focus on your photos--and next month I will teach painting on scrapbook pages.
This was the page I designed for the class, focusing on the 40th anniversary celebration we had for my parents in January. The gals used this basic design (incorporating mats and different embellishments to frame the photo) to create their own pages . . .
Some pics of some of the creations (and a look at the store. Fun!) . . .
We have a spot for a few more students to be added to the class, so if you're interested for next month let me know!
Now, back to this whole Giving Up and Taking Up . . .
I really know that there are probably some things in my life that are semi-"vices" to me right now, but I also find a lot of comfort and stress relief in these things. No, these aren't the BIG vices, but the little ones--like my tv shows "Heroes," "Lost," and "American Idol,"; my sports radio and college basketball; my scrapbooking!; and my blogging! I do spend a lot of time on them, but they really serve a purpose. The tv shows and the sports are my way of "getting away" for a few hours a week; my scrapbooking is, yes, an obsession (lol!) but one that helps me get "in touch" with what's important in my life; and the blogging, well it's become such an important part of my way to document what's going on in my life that I just can't see myself giving it up. Besides, during Lent we are supposed to give up something that is holding us back spiritually or keeping us from spending time that we would otherwise spend on spiritual matters. And, honestly, I don't think that those things are doing that to me!
So... I have decided this year that I am instead going to focus on Taking Up some practices instead. I want to do some things that will make me healthier in different ways, that will make me a better person in all aspects of my life.
So, my Lenten Take-Ups will be:
(1) To walk at least three times a week. (I would like to do it everyday, but I'm going to make myself do it three times a week and perhaps I will be able to increase it. I have both an indoor and an outdoor facility that I can use, depending on the weather. Now, if Sydney goes along with it--that's another question! lol)
(2) To find a Lenten Bible study that I can focus on during these 40 days--and do it daily!!
(3) To be more intentional in praying for the needs around me. Not so much MY needs, but the needs of others!
(4) To drink more water--and not so many sodas!
So, Thank You for letting me share those with you! By writing them down, I feel like I'm really committing myself to working on them. In a way, you all can be my accountability group!
Do any of you celebrate Lent? If so, what will your plans be? If you don't celebrate, or are not a Christian, you can still use this time as a chance to improve yourself in some personal ways. I challenge you to do that!
Now... for some completely Frivolous TV Talk!
"Heroes" was AWESOME on Monday night!! There was Major Butt-Kicking Superpowers revealed, and it made me very happy!!! (Yep, I'm a superhero geek! Sue me!)
Then, last night was "American Idol." I missed it because of my calendar class, but the girls all watched it and took notes. They seemed to think that the best guys were Phil Stacey, Blake (forget last name), and Chris Sligh (my personal fave, from what I've seen in weeks past), although they are holding out personal hope and bias toward Paul Kim and Sunjaya (hey, they're 10 and 14 years old; they go for the pretty hair!). Who did you guys like?
And then, tonight, is "Lost" and I'm SO pumped up for it. Last week's episode was great and tonight's teaser looked like the episode was gonna be pretty "meaty" with some good things revealed (one can always hope!). PLUS... lol . . . Alabama basketball is on tonight. We play a tough Tennessee time at Tennessee, but there's hope I think!
So . . . a lot going on! But isn't that what makes life INTERESTING??
(oh, totally off-topic but well . . . lol . . . don't you love the song I have playing right now? I just discovered Ben Folds and I just love his sound!)
Hope everyone's Hump Day is good and that you're making it through the week all right!! Talk to you again soon!!