This #gratefulness#thankfulness#journey through this year, 2018, was designed to require of me that I #choosejoy . 😊 Life has had many surprises over the years, & still does, a jab here & a jab there. All the same, I have made a decision that I look onto the bright side, the positive, opportunities, little daily gifts as we call it from God. I am so utterly #grateful that He, continues to sustain me. Can I just tell you something? You know that photo above? I took that @8:30ish yesterday after taking care of something pressing. Gloomy, isn’t it? I could have been as well. Born in the tropics, I do appreciate my sunshine. 😊 But I have to say, over the years in this #northeastohio weather, I have seen God’s glory in all of it, too. The change in our seasons is beautiful. And look at how pristine the snow on the bottom pic! I took that one mid-afternoon, #sunshine & all. The snow glowed, sparkled. Each snowflake was a diamond as it were. 😊 I was happy to see it, & to think we started off with 5°. Lol 🤣
Day 17: |M E D I T A T I O N|
People are busy. We are constantly on the move, getting coffee, meeting with people, work, chores around the house, and so on. We are so busy sometimes we forget to take a step back and relax.
God wants us to take time out of our day and spend time with Him. Meditating on His word and trying to get to know Him more. In a world where everything is constantly moving, staying still and quiet can be one of the hardest things to do. Making time for Him should be a priority and something we look forward to doing everyday and not something we just moan and groan about. He is our Father who does everything for us. The least we could do is take time to spend with Him.
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Sunshine and warmer temps today on my ride home from work, it was great. Suppose to be even warmer tomorrow so hoping I’ll get out and do a few hours after work. -//
I announced to the world today that I’ll also be leaving america at the end of February to take a new job in China. I’ll be leading cycling trips in Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan. Along with doing some social media for @ridenow.cc and planning new trips in different areas of China. I’m so excited to start my China journey again. There is still so much for me to explore and see in China and in Asia. I also really can’t wait to share with you all the beautiful scenery from these gorgeous places. I think this Instagram profile is really going to pop after I capture it all. So. Damn. Excited. -//
Day 17 of 365
Brr! It’s cold out today in the Northeast.
My grandmother knitted me two of these hats to keep my head warm in the cold, because I get sick easily. Or used to. She put in a lot of time in these hats to make them look so nice, and the material is so soft. They’re better than any of the hats I’ve ever bought in stores. I can make it taller when I have my hair in a bun or I can keep it shorter when my hair is down. She always puts a lot of thought into the design, spending many hours to get them perfectly knitted, and perfect, and she’d always make sure to find material that didn’t irritate my skin because she knew how much I disliked wearing hats since they made me itch. And I’m always a little afraid to use them because they’re too perfect to be dirtied.
I am sad and scared of losing them because I think I had three of these hats—two of them in the same creme color. Several years ago, when I was living in Spain for University, I had been rushing to catch a bus to the outskirts of Madrid, Spain to teach English to two kids. It was a cold day, and I think I had one of the creme hats with me. When I hopped off the bus on the way back, I couldn’t find it and I was upset. But I could never be sure if I ever had two or one of the same color and if I ever really lost it since I got confused. Either way, I’m still guilt-ridden over losing that hat, so many years later, because it means so much to me.
So much so that when my aunt’s mother made me a similar hat with a matching scarf for Christmas two years ago, I started bawling my eyes out as it reminded me of my grandmother.
Because this I cherish; this I hold precious.