Day in the Life: Chill Work from Home

I have discovered one of my dream jobs in freelance writing, and Wednesdays have thus become my favourite day.

Because on Wednesdays, I coffee and I write!

This morning I woke up leisurely at 8:30, enjoyed prayer time and then breakfast in bed with the MasterChef Canada finale (I am SO THRILLED with the winner!). Then I spent a few hours cleaning, doing laundry, and homework before heading out to my favourite “office”– my old workplace, Starbucks.

I wrote for three hours, in the zone, which flew by before heading to the gym for a really good workout. Groceries came next, and then back home for dinner before heading for a much appreciated outlet mall date with my lovely friend Ashlie. We had a fun little road trip and I got some things that have been on my summer list for a while.

And all of this got me thinking…

In the midst of every day, what actually matters is the little things. It’s the conversations that without Jesus I’m too lazy to have. It’s the extra love shown that without Jesus I don’t think I need to show. It’s the going out of my way and thinking of others before myself. It is these things that matter.

All the little things can go. The hustle and bustle of human consumption that has existed for years while people are born into this world and die from it. What matters? What started the world and will finish it? How temporary am I? Jesus reminded me whose I am when I sat and listened.

Jesus, use me. Fix my heart on You.

All of these errands got

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Gettin Real

I’ve been thinking a looot.

And talking to God a loooot.

And realizing just how true it is that we put the good parts of us, the best parts of us, on social media, and try to hide the ugly parts of us. When I blog about my day, I don’t blog my own mistakes or awkward moments, my tiredness or sometimes moodiness, my moments of procrastination. I blog the interesting parts that I hope will be helpful, but I want to disclaim that I guess.

This morning my beautiful older sister graduated university, so I attended her grad with my fam. I am so wordlessly proud of this lady and all her hard work, kindness, and genuinity. I cannot wait to see where she goes next!

Krystal is such an others-focused lady in so many ways and has been such an incredible support to me my whole life.

After the grad, Johnny and I were fortunate today that we were both working from home today! So after a quick work meeting, I got to work alongside Johnny which was so special, if that makes sense. Because I’m so proud of him. And his work ethic, professionalism, intelligence, and empathy absolutely blows me away. We worked well together but also took breaks to check in with each other, listen to music, and just chill.

My kind, thoughtful man took me grocery shopping then before Youth group, where I was again reminded of something huge Jesus is softly convicting me of late– putting others first.

Above…

  • My own instant gratification or pleasure
  • My agenda or routine
  • My preconceived notions

Listening to others. Ready heart to serve. Open to the fact that every person is coming with a different set of experiences and perspectives.

Johnny and Krystal reminded me of that today in the way they love, smog other people. More importantly, Jesus Himself did and will forever continue to.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

John 13:34-35

Also I saw these balloons at youth tonight and thought life is too short not to carry around balloons as if you’re a little child🎈

Photo an Hour

Hey friends!

Today I was tagged to take a photo for every hour of the day with one caption for each.

So here’s a quick little day in the life on an extraordinary Wednesday!

Bible study and time in prayer started the day. I’m currently reading 2 Samuel, which has been one of my favourite Old Testament books so far.
Next came some important additions and references to my agenda.

I did some homework next. Usually I’m out of bed at this point, but I was clearly too comfy this morning.

Maddie slept over last night, and so we talked for a while before then heading to the gym together.

Next came a walk uptown for a meeting with the lovely manager of the brilliant company I write for, LeadManaging.

We met at Princess Cafe, where I had a delish goat cheese grilled cheese and coffee, while so enjoying and appreciating my meeting with Dayna.

Tonight we were excited to get to be on a panel with some other incredible people all about relationships. Johnny and I were humbled and grateful for this opportunity to share what Jesus has done in through our relationship for His glory. He is so good!

Day in the Life: Working from Home, Reunited with My Best Friend, Exhausted?

Wakin up next to my best friend this morning was like livin the dream again, finally!

Maddie, my roomie who is moved back home for the summer, slept over last night at our student house that we, during the school year, live in together. It was so great to be reunited with this beautiful girl who has always naturally felt like my sister. We had such a needed catch up last night and then this morning over an early bird breakfast special before running errands together, and then cracking down on some work.

I have a few freelance writing projects on the go, and so my office was a Starbucks with Maddie doing homework next to me while I wrote away. Check out the blog that I edit and write for at LeadManaging.com/blog. I am taking new clients to write for at the moment as well, so be sure to get in touch with me via the blog here, or contacting me via Instagram if you have content curating needs!

I live the dream when I’m writing away, that’s for sure! And spending the day with Maddie, despite it being a little chaotic, was the biggest blessing I could ask for. This girl is my second half, natural sister, and simply such a beautiful soul. We had such a good time together, and I can’t wait until we’re living together again, for probably the last time next year.

My dear Johnny has been really sick, unfortunately, basically the entire time he’s been back from Winnipeg. I’m proud of the way he’s been handling this stress, and working myself on giving our relationship continuously to God for His glory, and trusting that He will heal Johnny in His timing, and teach and challenge him along the way.

Youth was also tonight, and, while I was so wrecked tonight by Jesus’ presence I was overwhelmed, humbled, and convicted, with that came a physical exhaustion like I haven’t had in a long time! I came home from great fellowship and important time with Jesus to pray about my burnt out feelings and current busy schedule, seeking the Lord’s will for my life and time. I know that this short life is for Him, and when it’s in line with what His living Spirit is doing and speaking, that’s where LIFE is. Spending time reflecting on and listening to Him was the most important part of today.

Lord, thank-you for reminding me that You call me to love. Jesus, I want to put You first, and I know that means loving other people as myself, seeking your will for my life, and serving You in all that I do. May I not seek selfish pleasure, speak unkindly, or turn to anger. Grant me Your Spirit and grace. For Jesus’ glory. Amen.

God, The Constant in the Chaos

If you want to make my day and make me so excited, all you gotta do is ask me to go for breakfast and spend time in the sun. Basically the best thing to wake up to.

So, when my dear friend from Starbucks Ashlie asked me to go for a breakfast catch up and take photos in the sun for her portfolio, I was like HECK YES!

Starting the day with some time in God’s Word, then heading out with a kind, selfless friend for a hearty breakfast and a sunshine photo shoot made for a blessed Wednesday. All throughout the day, God put people on my heart and brought me near to Him in prayer, reminding me of His #1 position in my life, and so prayer made up a big portion of the beginning of my work day after time with Ashlie.

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Work today consisted of WRITING! And more writing! I spent four hours on different projects, and am excited to share and announce some new ones soon. I know that writing is a gift that I’m meant to utilize and grow in, and I am blessed that it NEVER feels like work, but joy just overflows.

Homework came next. I’m in one online class for the summer called Comedy and Romance in Shakespeare, and I’m loving it! I worked on that class before taking a break to watch Masterchef, make dinner, and prep for Youth in the evening.

The opportunities God has blessed me with and used me for at youth at the church I’m serving I am so thankful for. Tonight, with the high school youth, I had the opportunity to to give the message tonight, which was all about the influence God calls each of us to have on those around us, and hopefully empowering students in that! It was such a wonderful night, and I can’t explain the special relationships I’ve been able to engage in with so many girls, and leaders alike. I so highly recommend working with students and mentoring.

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I feel so blessed by so many people surrounding me– but I often feed off people and large groups. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is putting God first and having contentment with no people and just Him. 

That’s all from me! I’ll post the notes from the sermon next week, and be sure to check back tomorrow for a new smoothie recipe from me that’s been percolating ;).

God, YOU are the ONLY THING constant in the chaos. Equip me with Your joy, strengthen me with Your Word, may I love others through Your Spirit. Amen.

 

 

Taking Advantage of My Gift

Today was my writing catch-up day. One of the least exhausting days I’ve had in awhile. I’ve been able to set up my schedule so that, while I work at Pure Cafe Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri, I work from home (or, in today’s case, Starbucks) on Wednesday. I slept in until 9am, got straight to writing, took one break to watch Masterchef and have brunch, and then wrote for the rest of the day.

And let me tell ya kids– when I’m just writing, or editing… basically when I’m in words– time just flies. Like, I am in my happiest of happy places, and feel sooo called to just write and write and write. It pours out of me, and I’ve finally embraced it as one of my gifts.

On Monday, I chatted with Josee about gifts, and how, sometimes, we think our gifts are unmerited when they come naturally to us or seem to flow too freely. Rather, I’m learning to embrace that writing is a gift that I am not only passionate about, but feel called to embrace.

So writing, reading, learning all day, I was so in my element and returned there when I came home, blasted music, and made dinner for Johnny and I to have quickly before youth tonight.

I have so learned that the most important thing about youth nights is connecting and being present with these kids. Sometimes I’m tired and my mind wanders, or I feel misplaced, but I know what comes with being in high school, and I’m learning to embrace being able to support and teach and love students where they’re at.

And being with Johnny, even in our often tiring and busy season as of now, is such a blessing, as he is my best friend, such a comfort and confidant, and someone I get to just be totally real with… he is working sooo hard and I am so proud of him, and to call him my boyfriend.

The Value of Intentionality

It’s been so heavy on my heart of late– the importance of giving my 100% to everything I am called to do. Whether that be my job as a barista, my studies, my relationships… where Jesus set the example of being so present with everyone He was with, I know that He calls me to be the same.

Where vegging and indulgence can try to seep in and become the thing to serve, the false god, I know that my God is Truth, and that to serve Him means to care about others, listen to others, and be truly and unconditionally there for the people in my life.

And so today, when multiple times I was at a crossroads of serving myself and my flesh or serving Jesus and His Kingdom, my flesh and own desires won out sometimes, I realized, and would win out every time I didn’t pray, give these things to God, and ask Him, even quickly, what HE would have me do in the situation.

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one. Galatians 5:13

For example, I really wanna take a nap, but this friend has something important to talk about.

I really wanna cross ____ off my to-do list, but I know I need to pray about this. 

I really want to get this letter written and out of the way, but I know it deserves time and prayer and thoughtfulness. 

Overall, I’ve been learning the value of quality over quantity in sooo many ways. Jesus has been breathing this Truth over so many aspects of my life. Here are some Truths I’ve learned, both big and small:

  • a task really well done and allotted time for and cared about is more helpful than a million tasks done at 50% effort
  • a really good, life-changing conversation in which God was glorified because His Spirit was actually consulted and therefore a life was changed for His glory is better than a bunch of little conversations where the Spirit is not consulted because of burnout or laziness
  • I am not immune to sin, and I need to ask others’ forgiveness when I’m in the wrong and convicted of it

I am on a journey of seeking God and being continually reminded of His Mastery and of how much I need Him.

Lord, be my One and Only. Remind me of the fact that my life is purposeful when I give the wheel to You, because You already have it. I surrender my heart, my desires, and my days to You. Amen.