Blog Every Day in May: May 26

Today’s prompt: Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you’d like

“What if you wake up with the thought that today is the day that the Lord has made just for you, geared to your needs and perfectly suited to your strengths and weaknesses and abilities? A day perfectly ordered to build you into the woman He desires you to be. Will you rejoice and be glad in it?”

There’s nothing I can say that is better than that. Read more: When Your Days Are Filled With Busy

Blog Every Day in May: May 25

Today’s prompt: Something someone told you about yourself that you’ll never forget (good or bad)

When I was in college, I worked as a membership associate at a gym. Basically, that meant that I kept the welcome area clean, scanned membership cards, greeted members and potential members, etc. Since I had pretty consistent hours, I knew a lot of the regulars who came in. I would always try to make small talk with them and go above just saying hello. On every shift, we had a wellness staff person also who was supposed to help members with equipment and other workout-related tasks. One day, a regular came up to the counter and asked me for help with something on the other side of the gym. I thought it was weird, especially since the wellness staff person was on the floor at the time, but I thought he just didn’t want to disturb the wellness person. When I got to the other side of the gym with him, he admitted that he didn’t need any help and just wanted to get me away from the counter because he had something important to tell me. I will never forget what he said next.

“God is proud of you.”

That man nearly brought me to tears that day! I had been struggling with a lot of things but had recently decided to try to renew my walk with God and be a more faithful Christian, so for an almost complete stranger to give me that message just confirmed that I was doing the right thing. At the time, I was purely selfish and so glad to hear that message that I didn’t think about how brave and bold he was to be able to convey this to me. He was clearly following God’s instructions to him and completely unconcerned with how I would react.

I know there have been times since then that God may not have been too proud of me, but I keep that close to my heart and know that He is proud of me and that He uses others to convey His messages. I also use that as a reminder to keep my ears open for what He may want me to tell someone else because you never know how you might brighten someone else by being obedient to His Words!

Blog Every Day in May: May 24

Today’s prompt: Your top 3 worst traits

Ugh.

1. Procrastinator: As someone who works in a college library, I’m always fussing at students for waiting until the last minute to work on assignments. I have uttered the words (more than once) “we could’ve gotten that resource for you if you had given yourself more time.” Little do they know that I am a procrastinator just like them. I have pulled multiple all nighters. I have worked on homework for one class while in another. And the procrastination didn’t stop once I finished grad school. I have waited until the last minute to do things like cleaning, which brings me to number 2.

2. A smidge lazy sometimes: I’m a stash and dash girl rather than a white glove inspection kind of housekeeper. I’d rather lay around and be lazy than to scrub, mop, etc. Now, that’s not saying my house is filthy, but if you go into the spare bedrooms, you’re taking your life into your own hands.

3. Negative self-talk: I mentioned this on Monday, but I’m so, so, so bad about being mean to myself. I say things to myself in my head that I would be horrified to hear someone say aloud to someone else. And that’s worse than all of the procrastination and laziness combined.

Guess I’ll go work on something I’ve procrastinated on for a while…like unpacking and cleaning the spare bedroom!

Blog Every Day in May: May 23

Today’s prompt: Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you

1. How to unjam the copier, using the directions on the screen, while 10 angry students who have papers due in five minutes stare at you.

2. How to gracefully tell people to keep it down, particularly when they’re in a study room and think they’re soundproof.

3. How to explain tech problems to people without sounding too tech-y.

4. How to cheerfully tell someone for the thousandth time to save their work often because the student terminals have “hiccups” and freeze…or because it’s storming and we’re bound to have a power outage.

5. How to keep your butt from going numb if you sit at a computer most of the day (hint: drink a lot of water so you’re forced to get up at least once an hour).

6. How to explain the concept of a library to an international student who has never been in one.

There are oh-so-many more that I could mention, but I’m short on time today!

Blog Every Day in May: May 22

Today’s prompt: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)

It was hard for me to write this in light of the tragedy in Oklahoma. However, I know that no matter how many things happen and how often I say I’m going to be a “better person,” there’s always a rant inside of me… 😉

I’m working to lose weight. It is by no means an easy process. I like to workout (once I drag myself out of bed), and I’m getting better at the healthy eating thing. During this process, I’m tracking my food and weight loss on MyFitnessPal. Since last week was the first week I really refocused my efforts, I had a decent week and lost a few pounds (likely water weight). One of my friends on there made the comment- “I wish I had your luck.”

Luck?

I get where she’s coming from. I know how frustrating it can be to think that you’re doing everything right and not see the numbers on the scale more. I get it, I really do, but this is in no way luck.

It’s not luck when I’m at the gym at 5:30 AM. It’s not luck when I meet a friend to run at 6:30 (er, 6:45) AM. It’s not luck when I’m drinking 80 ounces of water per day. It’s not luck when I’m tracking every bite that goes into my mouth, constantly planning my food, and passing up unhealthy treats that I know are delicious. Luck has nothing to do with this; it’s a little willpower, a little determination, and a lot of habit-changing.

I’ve been in this struggle for most of my adult life. I’ve lost and gained weight more times than I care to even discuss. If you go into my archives, you’ll see one of my “weight loss experiments” when I decided to try blogging about my progress. This isn’t luck at all. This is making informed decisions about nutrition and choosing to move my body at least 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days per week. If it were luck, then there wouldn’t be any hard work involved; I could just choose to do and eat whatever I wanted, and the weight would fall off.

I wish her the best as she goes through her weight loss journey, but if she’s relying on luck, something tells me she’s in for a long, difficult road.