My uncle takes the most amazing photos of wildlife I’ve ever seen. He has travelled to remote places just to capture rare birds from behind his lens. They could certainly be sold for hundreds of dollars with the sort of quality they possess. When I […]
Wakin up next to my best friend this morning was like livin the dream again, finally! [wpvideo AuGFYqqH] 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 […]
Use your own words.
Let it flow from you and just talk to the God who created you, who knows your innermost desires, who knows all the ugly and selfish parts of you and still loves you. More than anyone else.
But pray something like this:
Lord, I don’t have it all together. Jesus, I get confused. I worry. I doubt. I struggle. But I know that You are good. I know that you made the heavens and the earth, and that you have a plan that is ultimately for Your good, and therefore for mine. I know that You are perfect, righteous, and just. And I know that Your love has never failed, and will never fail. Jesus, I submit my whole being to You, and to Your plan, believing and trusting that it is better than anything I could conjure out of myself. Jesus, I trust You with ___. I give it up to You, and release it from my own control. I ask You to take the wheel as it lay it down at the altar for You to make right. Convict me, search me, know me, and make me new in You. I love you, and I want my life to be only in service to You. I repent and ask Your forgiveness of ____. I pray, by Your Spirit, Lord, that You would show me the better way.
In many circumstances, I often feel the need to facade professionalism, or to “put it on.” At work as a barista and server; in meetings marketing my freelance writing services; even with my kids at youth, sometimes I believe a lie that professionalism is a […]
This is the perfect pasta for those allergic to dairy, like myself, who also dine with people that aren’t allergic to dairy! No “normal eater” would think this is lacking on taste or flavour. This pasta makes for the perfect lunch or dinner. Tomato-Mushroom Basil […]
My beautiful friend and Starbucks co-workers, Ashlie , decided to take some photos of me on the job. The photos inspired my work, and me to dwell on some of the things I absolutely adore about being a barista.
5. My co-workers inspire me.
If I’m having a particularly unmotivated day, or just feel like going through the motions, sometimes all it takes is a wonderful co-worker to motivate me, and remind me of what is truly important. For example, my wonderful co-worker Mason today slowed down every customer I saw him interact with, asking everybody how their day was, chatting with them as if they were long lost friends, and truly caring about each individual. I work with great people, and can learn something from everyone’s walk.
4. I’m passionate about coffee and food.
I dream of opening a coffee shop/eatery myself one day, and am very passionate about good quality coffee, food that is delicious and food that is healthy, and all the many types of lattes and espresso beverages that exist. It is truly an art!
3. I love making beverages and challenging myself to move more quickly without sacrificing taste and quality.
Coffee is an art; literally a visual art, as baristas can create designs with their milk in the espresso, and an art in learning exactly how espresso works. I have so loved learning how to make all Starbucks’ standard beverages, creating combos of my own, and improving upon my ability and skill on the bar.
2. I love the atmosphere, and am passionate about the community feel of coffee.
Sometimes I will just glance over the espresso machines at the cafe and smile over the full room of conversations, studiers, and laughter; first dates (my first date with Johnny was in a Starbucks!) and business meetings. I love that people can come together over a good cup of coffee.
1.My customers inspire me.
There is nothing like having your day made by a person whose path you never would have crossed without the connection of coffee. I seek to see all those I interact with through the Lord’s eyes– as His beloved children.