So, what have I been up to? Like I said, quite a bit. Work and my calling keep me going almost constantly. It is a rare, although welcome, night that I have a free evening. Not that I want it any other way, it just keeps me busy. I have a lot of things I want to do with our Relief Society and Ward. I see good changes in our future, and I'm starting with me so I can be an example for those I serve.
One of the biggest things that has happened to me in the last 3 months is that I had a birthday back at the beginning of April. A pretty significant one, at least in my opinion. I turned 29. Yep, 29. I can hardly believe it. Being 29 feels different than I thought it would, not that I thought a lot about it, but still...I think, if I had thought about it when I was younger, I would have thought I'd be depressed to turn 29 and still be on my own. Instead, I feel calm and confident and dedicated. I had a lot of time to think on my birthday, especially since it was General Conference. I decided there are a lot of things I want to do/feel like I should do before I turn 30. Some of them are more personal, and I don't want to share them with the WWW, but here are just a few I'm working on:
- Run a 1/2 Marathon. It should be noted that I despise running. I always have. I've tried to get into running before, but did not enjoy it. So, I did some research and got myself one of these babies:
It has been amazing for me to see how I can do this. I've started with their pre-training training schedule, and each week, I am amazed that I can actually do what they are asking me to do. I've learned dedication and tenacity. It feels so good. I only have 2 more weeks on the pre-train schedule, then it's on to the real deal.
- Do something creative every week. This one isn't going as well, although I try to find the time...I need to put that new sewing machine to work that I bought right after the big b-day.
- Bring someone to the Gospel. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to make this one happen, but I am. This Gospel is what everyone needs and I want to do my part to bring the joy of it to at least one person by my next birthday.
- Read the Book of Mormon in Portuguese. This has been amazing. I didn't realize how much I had missed it. It's amazing to me how things stand out differently in another language than they do in one. It makes me feel blessed to know another language.
- Use my passport at least one more time before then. I want to travel the world, and I'm unattached. I don't see why I don't take more advantage of that. :) I'm going to...now I just have to decide where.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! Especially to my daddy, the best dad of all time!