Monday, January 10, 2011
I haven’t posted in a minute so I figured I should write a little something before the start-of-semester hecticness. I am here drinking some chamomile tea and winding down. Today is the 8th day I have gone without coffee. Yes, eight. Ocho. It's true. And the withdrawal process has not been as ugly as in previous attempts because I’ve taken baby steps instead of just jumping into it cold turkey. So far, I only have a cup of plain black tea in the morning. Some afternoons I’ve had a diet pepsi. I’m still a little foggy, I’m not gonna lie, but the withdrawal headaches haven’t been so bad because it’s been subtle changes. Prior to last week, I intentionally was only having one cup of coffee a day. The goal is to eventually wean myself off of all caffeine. I know, some of you have probably fallen off your chairs while reading this. But the time has come. Or at least I think it has. Because of migraines and some health concerns, I think this is the way I need to go. I’ve tried to come off of coffee in the past, but it was extremely painful (for me and for everyone close to me). I wasn’t ready to give it up. Now, I don’t feel as emotionally attached. I think it's time. I just want to feel healthy. So, the journey to being caffeine-free continues. Stay tuned.
Commercial break. I gotta recommend to all you iPhone users, the MyFitnessPal app. It’s free and it’s super helpful. I should’ve gotten in before Christmas, but ignorance was bliss. It’s wild to see all your calories for the day (and how quickly they go). You can plug in your exercise too. It’s definitely helping me out with getting back into gear after the holidays. (Can you tell I’m still a little foggy without caffeine … I’m all over the place!)
Anyway, so next week is the beginning of my online classes at Liberty (which will be intense but I’m looking forward to) but tomorrow I start a five-week Statistics class online with University of Phoenix. I’d be lying if I said I was looking forward to that one. I am not strong in math at all. But I need this since it’s a pre-req for my Psych Statistics class in March. I’m down to four more classes and then, Lord-willing, I’ll be done. DONE. As in graduation. Crazy to think it’s that close (as long as I pass Stats, so pray!). Any of you who know me knows that it has taken forever for me to finish because of life’s many hiccups. I never thought I would see the light at the end of the college tunnel. Now I can. I don’t know if I’ll be actually attending my graduation (it’ll be in Virginia) but wherever I’ll be that day, I’ll be celebrating. It will be a day of celebrating God’s faithfulness because it is HE who has brought me this far and allowed me to accomplish this goal (and of course, with the great help of my awesome Mom & Dad!). I am not 100% sure what’s next after I graduate, but I’m trusting that the Lord will show me in His perfect time. God can do so much in a small amount of time. I mean, seven months ago, I had no clue I’d be living in New York again. In fact, I would’ve laughed if you would’ve told me that’s where I’d end up. (Sometimes I still pause and am floored at how quickly He did that). So even though I’d (sometimes) love to be handed a syllabus for my life, I know that’s not how it flows in God’s school. His assignments and tests don’t always come when we think they should, in fact most of the time it’s pop quizzes! But thankfully, because of His grace, I will pass. (By the way, if any of you are really strong in Statistics, and would be willing to be on standby to help me out, please shoot me a message).
I have a bunch to share about all kinds of things, including the latest about my Dad’s mission trip to India next month, but I’ll save that for another post. Lots of awesome updates, as well as how you can be praying for him before, during and after his trip. I have a feeling there will be a few missions-related posts on the horizon. I have a new burden for missions as a whole. But, for now, my mission is to catch some ZZZ’s because tomorrow is a busy day.
Before I go, I want to share a verse that’s been on my heart quite a bit lately. It’s a prayer I have for myself personally, and also, for all of you…
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. – Ephesians 1:17