Wew! Time is flyin’!

One day from tomorrow I will be 1 year from completing my 101 in 1001 things list. Yikes! I have a lot to do this year!

If you don’t know about 101 in 1001, here is a little blurb I wrote on my page:

The 101 In 1001 Project has been awesome in my life. I see it as being intentional with your life… pursuing things you want to do, wish to do, need to do. Not letting this life pass by in the blink of an eye without accomplishing some of the things you really dream of doing. Completing the list in about 2.75 years allows you to work with in a time frame so that you aren’t 85 when you realize your ”bucket list” hasn’t been touched. Go for it! What are some things you wish to do or accomplish?

Check out my list! I have way more than 101 things on my list… but my idea is to get at least 101 checked off by January 12, 2012 and then create a new list with the ones I did not complete. So check it out and feel free to throw in some other ideas, too! AND make your own! You won’t regret it! Timezatickin’!

A Month of Thanksgiving

This month I decided that in light of the Thanksgiving holiday I would write down each morning what I am thankful for. This is something that is on my 101 In 1001 list… what better month to do this?! Some are serious, others, not so much. Maybe you will learn a little more about me after reading this list.

I am thankful for…

11/1: God. His grace and love for me amazes me every time I think about it. I am thankful for His unconditional love for me.

11/2: Jesus Christ. Perfect and innocent who took on the sin of the world and died for me so that I can have an intimate relationship with the One who created me. (God and Jesus are the same… Thankful for His presence in my life.)

11/3: Family. They love me and are always rooting for me.

11/4: Friends. I have friends from many chapters in my life that have had an influence on me. They love me for me.

11/5: Joe Huddle. I love him. He treats me so great and is a wonderful example of a man of God in my life. I am so blessed to call him my boyfriend and best friend.

11/6: Dad. He has always made time for his kids. He is so funny and loves us so much. He is also a wonderful husband to my mom. I am truly blessed to have a positive example of a husband/father in my dad.

11/7: Mom. She loves us so so so much. She always wants what is best for us and has our best interest in mind. She has devoted hours attending our sporting events, planning graduation parties, birthday parties, making costumes, helping is with our homework, and… oh yeah she gave BIRTH to us! Thanks mom!

11/8: Kyle. Witty and creative. He makes me laugh (and everyone he meets) and has been such a great brother to Drew and I.

11/9: Drew. Another comedian. He can contort his face in so many ways it’s freaky. That’s random, but TRUE! The athlete of the family. “The only one worth recruiting.” I appreciate the relationship I have with both of my brothers. I pray that it is a bond that can never be broken, but one that gets stronger with time.

11/10: Generosity. This past summer I was raising support to work in ministry full-time. I was unable to raise enough  support but I was, and still am thankful for the generosity and support others showed me by coming alongside what I was doing and giving to me financially. This is something I may be pursuing again in the near future… praying for the generosity and support of others now.

11/11: Campus Crusade for Christ. Campus ministry on many campus’ all over the world. CCC was a ministry that I was involved in during my years at Bowling Green State University. Through this ministry I grew so much in my faith. I was challenged, taught, accepted, and loved. I am currently volunteering for the ministry at OSU.

11/12: My Health. Although I am fighting a  cold right now, I am very thankful for my health. My body and my health do not stop me from doing anything. I am not allergic to anything. I am active. I do not have any diseases. Etc. I realize that most people take for granted the health of their bodies and there are many people who suffer from thousands of different things. I am thankful for my health.

11/13: Sunrise/Sunsets. God has really been showing off recently. The sunsets have been absolutely gorgeous! I am thankful that I can look out my back window every evening and see the most beautiful artwork signed by the Creator of the universe.

11/14: My Car. I am thankful I have a car that operates pretty well, so far. She gets me where I need to go (after using a lot of gas) and gets me there safely.

11/15: Autumn Weather. I love the fall weather, especially recently! It has been an Indian Summer the last few days. I love all that Autumn has to offer!

11/16: Action Group. Being new to the OSU community, I had a lot of fears in the beginning. But the women in my AG (leadership bible study) have helped make me feel like part of their family. I love our discussions and sharing life with these women of God.

11/17: Bible Study Girls. The study I lead on campus is so great! It is great because of the community that has been formed. These girls are excited to open their bibles and learn as well as learn about one another. This study has also made me grow a lot as a leader and has humbled me tremendously.

11/18: Laughter. I love to laugh! Laughter is such great medicine. It is contagious. Ha! I said it was medicine and contagious! HAHA! Anyway, yeah, I love laughter!

11/19: Quiet Time. Time spent with God in the Word, reading, praying, journaling… Giving time to God daily is very important to me as well as something I am trying to improve on.

11/20: Full Moons & Dates. Full moons because it means it is close to my anniversary with Joe (8 months this month on the 25th). Dates because I love spending time with him. It really doesn’t matter what we are doing, I just LOVE being in his company. Today we went on a lovely date!

11/21: Church. The church my family and I go to only started 8 months ago. The Lord has done so much in that short amount of time. The pastor and staff are so great and have great messages for the congregation. The bible is taught and the Gospel is heard. Many have come to know Christ and are growing in their relationships with Him. NAC is a blessing, not only to me, but the community as well!

11/22: My Dogs. They are very sweet and I love them both. I am taking them to the groomer today, so I am sure I will be much more thankful for them after they smell better and get their hair cut.

11/23: Freedom. We live in a free nation. There are people who don’t… I am thankful to live in the United States of America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

11/24: Soldiers. To all the men and women serving in the armed forces. I thank you for sacrificing everything to fight and protect our country and our freedom. Thank you for your service.

11/25: Today. I am thankful for today. Time spent with people that I love and who love me. Oh… and all the food!

Those are just some of the things I am thankful for. What are you thankful for? I suggest you take the time to do this. It really makes you realize just how truly blessed you are!

Happy Thanksgiving.

I Jumped!

OSU vs. M!c#!g@n week is always crazy here in Columbus. For the past four years I have been away at school during this time. This year, however, I have been in the heart of the excitement! For the first time, I participated in the crazy tradition of jumping into Mirror Lake with thousand of OSU fans! It was amazing! Walking there you could hear the crowd roar. It was about 30 degrees and people were running around half naked (some 5/6ths naked) and wet. Some dressed in costumes. Most had been drinking some “juice”… the atmosphere was awesome! It is all about the tradition of the jump.

I went with Joe and a few of his house  mates… here are some pictures Chris took. Go Bucks! Beat M!c#!g@n!!

Love/Hate Relationship

I begin my three-month relationship with P90X on Monday! You  may have seen infomercials about P90X. It is a collection of 13 workout DVDs all targeting different parts of your body. I am really excited to get started and see my body’s transformation over these next three months. I have read up about this exercise plan and it seems pretty difficult. But I have also seen and heard of some fabulous results. From what I understand, it is well worth the sweat, blood and tears! My goal will be not to bulk up and get huge… NOOOOO no no! I intend to get stronger, tone and burn fat. I am really excited about this! At the end of the three months, I will post pictures of my body’s transformation from day 1, 30, 60 and 90. So Check back at the end of January! Anyone have any advice? Tips? Comments? Encouragement?!

4th of July Tri

Here are some pictures of my first triathlon! It was #65 on my 101 list… I am so excited that I can cross it off! Becky, Brittany and I have been training for a few months for this race. I am thankful that we got to do it together. It was awesome getting to encourage each other during our training and during the race. It was so much fun! I can’t wait to do another one!

Everyone loved the shirts we made. Front: “Bucket List” Back: A check mark in a box

Updates to “101 in 1001” Page

I have already started my list for when my current list is finished. I realized that there are things on my second list that I may complete before I finish my first. I will continue to add to this list (have any suggestions?), but I want to put it up so that I can begin to cross some things off! I love this challenge. It has opened my eyes to what it means to truly live and experience life! I challenge you to make a list of things you want to complete in 1001!  Feel free to offer any suggestions you have for my list and take things from mine for your own.

#21: Learn how to play the guitar

I am finally learning how to play the guitar. It is something that I have always wanted to learn. My friend Katy is letting me learn on her guitar and she is teaching me a little. I have had a few people offer to teach me things, for which I am so thankful! Well, look for my multi platinum album hitting the shelves early this spring and hot music video on CMT in February! Haha!

#62: Go Apple Picking

Saturday, October 3rd was probably the best day so far this semester! My friends and I went to MacQueen’s Fall Festival to pick apples and check out the fall festivities. We had a blast together. The fun didn’t stop there… the rest of the day we baked apple pies, watched Ohio State beat up on Indiana, had dinner at B-Dubs, danced in the parking lot, and watched SNL. All with a giant group of some of the most wonderful people I know. It really was a great day. And after a long and stressful week it was just the thing I needed!… Oh! I can cross this off of my 101 In 1001 list!!!

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We Survived a Class V

I am so excited to tell everyone about my trip with my dad to West Virgina! We drove 4.5 hours from Columbus, OH to Fayetteville, WV to raft the white waters of the Gauley river! It was a blast! The rapids were extra wild (a rarity in the summer) and my dad and I were assigned to a 4-man raft that was lighter and faster than the 8-man. Boy, was it a wild ride! We went through about six class V rapids and a ton of class IVs. On one of the class V rapids- “The Nutcracker”- our boat flipped sending the four of us plus our guide, “Moose”, into the rapids. It was scary at first, but once I figured out which way was up, after I did about 3 somersaults, I was fine. Moose told me that I has a huge smile on my face. I saw him up stream and he told me to swim to the right. An 8-man boat (full of a bachelor party) was there to pull me in. My dad got pulled in shortly after me. It was quite a rush, but I absolutely loved it! The trip was so much fun. I am hoping to go back in October when the Gauley is wild and the leaves on the trees are turning colors. I cannot wait! I totally recommend whitewater rafting to everyone!

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#5: Crochet A Blanket

YAY! I finally finished my first blanket! It took about five months to complete, but I did it!!! It is warm and I think it turned out beautifully. I can cross it off of my 101 in 1001 list! There are a couple of other crochet projects I have on my list that I cannot wait to start.

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p.s. Happy 20 month anniversary, Shaun! I am so blessed…