In Which I Read a Book

The Anatomy of a Disciple is a great book. But, no amount of greatness can stop a college student from sleeping – especially when that college student was basically in class or work or travelling for 12 hours several days of the week. 

So, I only read my book 5 days this week, but the days I didn’t read were ones I went immediately to sleep after hittin’ the hay. I usually don’t read books earlier in the day (except for my classes), so if I didn’t try to read before bed, it didn’t happen that day.

I learned from my attempt at starting my day by reading a devotional that I just don’t retain what I read in the morning before my gears are turning. And I learned from my week of writing down good things that I really enjoy reflecting and turning my brain away from work and school before bed. 

Side note: I’m really happy to make these connections! I’ve wrote it before, but that’s really why I’m doing this resolution. I want to figure out what is working and what isn’t. 

This next week I will be going back to a morning goal. I’m gonna see how many squats I can do in a row by next Saturday morning! I’ll be keeping track of how many I do each day and how my body feels. 

Finally, Spring Break starts after this week!! Woo hoo! I can’t wait to work at my other job! I know that sounds sad, but I’ll be home, I like my coworkers, and they’re gonna give me money for my labor, so I think it’s a fair trade.

 

(Sorry for another short blog, folks! I’m not going to blather on and bore you, so this is all you get this week. I have a feeling I’ll have a lot to say about the squats… See you next week!)

 

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Read Anatomy of a Disciple for 15-ish minutes each day.

This week: Start each morning with squats and increase them each day. Who knows? Maybe you’ll notice a difference after a week.

Next week: Learn about and try graphic design for at least 30 minutes each day. You know you need to figure it out for your future job. 

Blech

I like lemons. I’m one of those people that occasionally will eat a lemon like one eats an orange, because I’m weird like that. I like lemonade, Lemonheads, and lemon on my salmon and chicken.

I also like lemon water. Just not in the morning apparently. 

This past week I drank lemon water six out of the seven-day goal. Most mornings, it honestly just made me feel nauseous. Others, it tasted pretty okay. I’ve learned though that not much beats a refreshing drink of plain ol’ water each morning to get me going. 

In other news, not much else happened this week. I have no exciting stories to share or any profound realizations. I just did my thing, procrastinated a little on assignments, and enjoyed the unusually warm and sunny February days God has blessed Michigan with. 

This week, I’ll be attempting to set aside 15 minutes each day to read Anatomy of a Disciple – a book I kind of started reading last summer, then didn’t finish the first chapter because college happened. It’s back, though! And hopefully long enough for me to finish it. 

 

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Have a water bottle of lemon water by 10am each day . Apparently you’ll feel a difference by the end of the week. *shrug*

This week: Read Anatomy of a Disciple for 15-ish minutes each day.

Next week: Start each morning with squats and increase them each day. Who knows? Maybe you’ll notice a difference after a week. 

Dance the Morning Away

Last week, I woke up each day and danced around my bathroom – which, thankfully, is spacious – and listened to high-energy songs for about two and a half minutes. 

It was fun! Sometimes!

Other mornings, I really just wanted to get going and not spend my time wiggling and jiggling. It didn’t always make me feel better. But, when I was feeling it, my body felt loose and I may or may not have checked myself out in the mirror.

So, quick note (read: long rant): I did not use headphones for my jam sessions. I played the music from my phone and made it just quiet enough that my roommate wouldn’t hear it from ten feet away – because our bathroom is connected to our bedroom. And as much as I sometimes don’t care how my routine affects the people I live with, sleep is sacred and I will not mess that up for another person so long as they don’t mess up my sleep. 

Now, I did have people tell me, “Gwen, you should use headphones so you could really blast the music and feel it. That’s what I do every morning.”

Well, I didn’t. Because I’m lazy. And I’m not into having to take my earbuds in and out when I’m changing and stuff, and don’t get me started on how when I dance they sometimes get ripped out of my ears, and it’s just not fun people! 

Anyway, one day, when I (hopefully) live by myself for a while, or at least am not the only one awake, I will blast my music and sing my heart out in the mornings. Like I do in the summers when it’s just me and my parents are at work. Until then, I have roommates and sleep is important for all of us to live harmoniously. 

~~Rant over~~

This week I’m drinking lemon water every morning! Stay tuned to see if it actually does anything for me.

 

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Start each day with a jam session. You’ll probably have to do it in the cold living room so you don’t wake your roommate up. But that’s okay. Just dance your heart away for approximately two minutes and 30 seconds. 

This week: Have a water bottle of lemon water by 10am each day . Apparently you’ll feel a difference by the end of the week. *shrug*

Next week: Read Anatomy of a Disciple for 15-ish minutes each day.

I Went to Church and Sat with Stangers

“I went to church and sat with strangers and it went well.”

This was my first and favorite entry from my week of writing down three good things each night. I really enjoyed reflecting on my day – and it wasn’t difficult most days to quickly think of three good things! I even spent some additional time a few nights writing down thoughts and such. 

So I’ve found three out of the five things so far that have worked and I enjoy! This makes me so happy because finding out what works is the whole reason I’m doing 52 things this year. 

For those that are curious about why I went to church and sat with strangers: 

I didn’t go to church at all last semester. I blamed it on trying to be more productive, trying to rest, and a whole host of other things, but really it was because I was intimidated. 

We all deal with sin in our lives, and for me, when I’m dealing with it, I do the opposite of “dealing with it” and instead avoid it. So, I didn’t go to church, barely went to Intervarsity, and generally didn’t spend time with God. 

That changed this past Sunday when I told myself, “You have no reason to be judged by anyone other than God. But, because you’re intimidated by people’s reactions and what you might hear God saying to you, go alone.” As an introvert, this was very hard because I usually rely on people I already know to guide me in social situations. 

With my anxiety on high alert and my head down, I sat in a back row at church and waited for things to begin. 

AND THEN.

Freakin’ 30 college kids all came in TOGETHER and tried to sit TOGETHER in the back couple of rows I WAS SITTING IN. 

This was fine. 

AND THEN. 

Two more guys came in right after things got settled and I got literally squished between a bunch of strangers while thinking, “Hey Big Dude, I know this was supposed to get me out of my comfort zone and shake me up a little, but REALLY?”

So, I sat with strangers, a guy whom I think is named Josh invited me to Cru at 8 on Thursdays in Fuel, and I left with a page full of notes and a heart finally listening to what God has been basically shouting at me for the past couple of months. 

It went well.

Now let’s get to the end because I’ve got two exams to study for and I’m not going to share all of my super personal happy moments with you guys…

If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Write down three good things at the end of each day and keep them somewhere to read at the end of the week. 

This week: Start each day with a jam session. You’ll probably have to do it in the cold living room so you don’t wake your roommate up. But that’s okay. Just dance your heart away for approximately two minutes and 30 seconds. 

Next week: Have a water bottle of lemon water by 10am each day . Apparently you’ll feel a difference by the end of the week. *shrug*