TBD

Last week, my goal was to spend some time listening to someone talk about their day. While I didn’t succeed everyday (and I won’t go into the details as to why since that’s not important today), there is one moment I would like to share with you guys.

Saturday evening, while eating with some visitors at my church’s picnic, I listened to Otis and Charlene, two downtown Flint residents, tell me about themselves. They talked about how their granddaughter ran in the kids’ race at the Crim events that morning. They talked about how much they’ve been blessed by God over the years. They also talked about how the Flint Water Crisis affected them – or, I should say, is affecting them.

As a member of a community outside the city, I try my best to stay informed about how the Water Crisis is affecting my neighbors.

As a member of a community outside the city and whose water was not ever switched from the Detroit line, I know I will never fully understand what my neighbors have gone and are going through.

I listened in horror as Otis shared that, while they do still have free access to the water bottles they need on a daily basis, their drinking and bathing by 16 ounce bottles isn’t the thing that’s the hardest.

Otis explained that because of corrosion from the lead and other junk in the water, their hot water heater broke. They’re ready for a new one.

But they can’t get one.

He told me the hot water heater can’t be replaced until their pipes in the whole house are replaced first. So I asked the obvious question: is that soon?

The only information Otis and Charlene could give me was the message they received months ago: TBD.

Not only do they have to use water bottles to have a glass of water and bathe, and live, but now, they don’t even have access in their homes to a hot water heater.

It’s not their fault.

And they can’t do anything about it.

Otis and Charlene have to wait, just like every other resident in the city of Flint whose home was hit, and they don’t even know for how long.

While I know there are people and organizations working hard to help those affected by the Flint Water Crisis, it’s things like Otis and Charlene’s story that the media doesn’t cover.

People forget that it’s more than just water bottles. Homes that held families for generations are literally toxic to them. Places that are supposed to keep you safe and warm can’t do that anymore because of a decision made by those who would never be affected by it (until their trials in court).

I wanted to share Otis and Charlene’s story for more than to prove that I completed my goal last week.

My neighbors are hurt. They can’t do much to change what happened. In most cases, they can’t afford to leave their homes and jobs, so they stay. And, if they’re anything like Otis and Charlene, they rely on God.

I have never met a couple so at peace with the crap they’re going through. They love their home, they love their neighbors, and they love God.

And that is what is getting them through the Water Crisis.

Now, I know a lot of my readers (aka friends) aren’t religious, but if you are, would you please pray for Otis, Charlene, and the residents of the city of Flint who are waiting to be helped? And also pray that we can rely on God as much as Otis and Charlene, even if our right to clean water to drink is stripped away.

I hope every one of you has a nice week, and keep my neighbors in your thoughts and prayers.

 

 

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: Ask someone about their day each day and really listen. Maybe tell them you not responding verbally while they talk is part of an exercise you’re trying… Otherwise they might get uncomfortable.

This week: No watching tv or movies. At all. I’m serious. Just sit there and eat your soup, Gwen.

Next week: Recite affirmations to yourself whenever you’re alone in the car. Yes, you’ll feel really stupid, but maybe you’ll start to feel better by the end of the week.

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Back to School and Adventures in Adulting

This past week was a whirlwind!

I started it off by house sitting and crying in frustration. Then moved on to working at Old Navy during our crazy back-to-school sales while also trying to fit in some hours for my other job and pack for school. I had the Friday of my life by cleaning a messy house that was not my responsibility to clean just so I could move back to school. And I ended the week by selling my grandparents’ belongings to strangers while I was half-asleep (not depressing at all, folks. nope, no constant flashes of childhood memories every time someone bought something).

Anywho, during all of my crazy, messy, being-tested-by-God week, I did not complete my goal of free writing for 30 minutes each day. Not even a little. Like, I didn’t even sit down and type anything into the notes app on my phone.

But, it’s time to move on. Sometimes you have to change priorities because more important things come up. You have to adapt and maybe cry and complain a little, but then get over it and learn from it.

So this week I’m doing just that.

My goal is to ask a person about their day each day and really listen. Don’t turn it around and make it about me so I can be negative and rant some more. My goal is to be a more supportive friend, daughter, sister, etc. For the past few days of this week, it’s already been a little challenging to not butt in with my problems when my friend pauses, so I’ll be interested to see what I report on that next week.

Until then, I hope you all have a great week! If you’re getting ready for school and work like me, I wish you all the luck. If you aren’t, I still wish you luck because that means you likely are already a certified grown up and that’s just unfortunate.

 

 

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: Free-write for 30 minutes each day. It doesn’t have to be a story, just get some ideas down on physical paper.

This week: Ask someone about their day each day and really listen. Maybe tell them you not responding verbally while they talk is part of an exercise you’re trying… Otherwise they might get uncomfortable.

Next week: No watching tv or movies. At all. I’m serious. Just sit there and eat your soup, Gwen.

Greasy Hair, Don’t Care

Another week, another late blog post. I promise I’ll have the next blog posted in time. My planner is becoming more and more attached to me as I get closer to classes starting, so I should stay on top of my crap from now on.

In other news, I did not do well on my goal last week. I still only showered every other day instead of every single day like I was supposed to. I think part of it is a habit that I really don’t care to break.

I might break it soon, though, because I find it much easier to work out when I’m at school since there’s more structure and literally a giant building devoted to fitness that I have free access to, which means I’ll need to shower more often.

That, unfortunately, is all I have for you this week, folks. My eyes are dry and tired, by body is sore from work, and I still need to do my devotional, so off to bed I go.

 

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: Shower every day. Don’t worry about your hair, but wash your stinky pits girl!

This week: Free-write for 30 minutes each day. It doesn’t have to be a story, just get some ideas down on physical paper.

Next week: Ask someone about their day each day and really listen. Maybe tell them you not responding verbally while they talk is part of an exercise you’re trying… Otherwise they might get uncomfortable.

Crap.

So I completely forgot to write my blog by Monday…

Oh well. Moving on. Last week I only completed my stretches two days, but I did find a combination I liked, and it’s through Daily Burn, which I use to work out! My plan is to stretch at least three times a week after working out once I get back to school and have a regularly scheduled life again.

This week, I’ve not been keeping up on my goal of at least a quick shower every day. I tend to shower every other day, especially because of my random work hours. That hasn’t really changed this week even though it’s my goal…

I think this is partly because I hate scheduling showers since they’re supposed to be relaxing and literally cleansing, and also partly because I just really don’t care about my goal this week compared to other things.

So, here’s hoping next week goes better…

 

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: Do stretches for 10 minutes each day. Work on that flexibility, girl!

This week: Shower every day. Don’t worry about your hair, but wash your stinky pits girl!

Next week: Free-write for 30 minutes each day. It doesn’t have to be a story, just get some ideas down on physical paper.