When’s the last time I did a Month in Review post? Why, it was January 2013!
I’ve been reading Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly and in it she cites research that indicates that those who are acutely aware of what they’re grateful for are more contented. That makes a lot of sense to me, but often I’d rather not “waste” time contemplating the good things; I’d rather distract myself with activities or blogs or online shopping. But I’ve been feeling awfully restless and discontent for no real reason, so I think it’s time to give this another try.
In October, I (often with Daniel in tow):
- coordinated the thrift shop’s anniversary sale
- attended a beautiful wedding
- partied it up at a friend’s birthday party
- visited with college friends who came to visit
- picked apples at Carter Mountain Orchard
- ate delicious, home cooked apple pie thanks to the friends who came to visit
- sight saw on Skyline Drive on a foggy day
- sang a solo part in the church choir
- moved my fair trade blog over to Blogger (and got 1,070 views in the first month!)
- wrote about lessons learned working at a thrift shop
- went on my church’s 2nd annual hike
- helped secure funding for the thrift shop’s maintenance fund
- watched Fright Night with friends on Halloween
- started reading Silence by Shusaku Endo
Thank you to all who accessed my blog through WordPress’ Freshly Pressed feature and read, commented, liked, or followed. The homily I posted here was presented in my local congregation last Sunday. Since it was my first time presenting a sermon, I was nervous and emotional, but I made it through and felt moved in a way I didn’t expect by the message presented in the Biblical readings and through the process of speaking the words aloud. Helping the oppressed – especially those suffering within systems we can at least begin to change with minimal effort – is close to my heart; expressing that to an audience made it real to me in a way it hadn’t been before. I’m thankful that WordPress made it accessible to a wider audience.
I thought I’d provide a few resources if you’re interested in poking around the blog or exploring social justice issues further:
- If you’re interested in social justice and fair trade issues, I encourage you to check out my ethical style blog, Style Wise, for retailers, resources, and inspiration.
- If you’d like to know more about my journey through Lent, you can read my Lent post.
- For all other explorations, you can navigate by topic using the Categories menu on the left hand sidebar.
- If you’re interested in a thorough discussion on the sacredness of life, you may want to read The Sacredness of Human Life by David P. Gushee. I’m reading it now and find it uplifting and thought provoking.
I can’t promise that all my future posts will be as meaningful as the last one, but I’ll continue to keep an account of my life with honesty and (hopefully) a fair amount of reflection.