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UPDATE: Most Patriotic Weekend Ever, Healing, Blog Burnout?

UPDATE: Most Patriotic Weekend Ever, Healing, Blog Burnout?

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 […]

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

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! [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 […]

A Simple Prayer (Cuz Lord Knows I'm Not Perfect)

A Simple Prayer (Cuz Lord Knows I'm Not Perfect)

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.
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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.

What Does Burn Out Look Like?

What Does Burn Out Look Like?

Happy Long Weekend, Friends! What have you gotten up to this weekend (long or not?)? Mine has been pretty chill I have to say, in a much-needed way. Today I had my first “lounge-around-the-house” day in I think over a year. I actually can’t recall […]

What Precedents Professionalism?

What Precedents Professionalism?

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 […]

Avoiding Procrastination: How I've Learned to Use my Free Time Wisely

Avoiding Procrastination: How I've Learned to Use my Free Time Wisely

One of the biggest things I have struggled with recently is feeling like I am better, more righteous, and more worthy when I am busy and moving. In many ways, I have fallen for the trap of productivity being a god, and productivity itself being my purpose.

2 Thessalonians 3:11
We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.

Even if I am hard at work, and with what I feel like is good intention, if my ultimate intention is to cross something off a to-do list a la me, it’s busy-bodying.
I’ve learned that there is a way to be organized and to plan my schedule righteously– and that WAY is with, through, and for God. 
When I ask HIM every morning what my day should look like, He sometimes places people on my heart. He sometimes convicts me. I am sometimes guided to ensure I have allotted time for prayer; and I am always prompted to selflessness. To loving my neighbours. To seeing work not just as a means of getting by for me, but as a ministry.
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A big part of every day that involves Jesus involves unwinding. My new work schedule involves most days at the cafe from 7-2, followed by my freelance work for a few hours, and open evenings, to be with Johnny, friends, and family. I like to go to the gym, to cook every night, plus there’s always cleaning the house, running errands, ensuring that I have time for things like reading…
it’s easy, especially in our Western society where busyness is glorified, for life to feel like a routine, and to become self-serving in that routine. But a life lived in partnership with Jesus is NEVER self-serving, for what He does is serving His Kingdom, in ways both inward and outward.
If you haven’t thought about talking to Jesus about your day-to-day, I would encourage you to do that. Just saying a prayer, Lord, how do YOU want me to spend my time today? 
I bet you will be amazed by what He does.
To thwart busybodyness, He does call us to rest.

Hebrews 4:10
For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.

Here are some of my favourite ways to do so:

  • Reading for pleasure (I love fiction. I’m currently reading John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down) with a tea and in a comfy spot
  • Blogging (cassiescookery is my little baby)
  • Watching YouTube videos– I try to keep this time to no more than half an hour a day, because it’s easy for me to get sucked in– but I love a good vlog or recipe video!
  • Masterchef, This is Us, the Office– my current shows. I don’t want much TV, but with Johnny here, we watch one episode of the Office most days
  • Cooking/baking and blasting tunes; my absolute number one hobby!
  • Coffee with friends; talking to Jesus; journalling. All of these things are a part of rest, and I am always learning from Jesus Christ, my friends, and journalling.

 

My Story

My Story

I wrote this poem on my break at work today when the Holy Spirit prompted awakening in me. My soul has been a little sleepy, but He never fails to alert me. When we turn to His face, we understand. When we look to His […]

Tomato-Mushroom Basil Chicken Pasta

Tomato-Mushroom Basil Chicken Pasta

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 […]

Top 5 Favourite Things About Being a Barista

Top 5 Favourite Things About Being a Barista

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Better Than Any Other Relationship…

Better Than Any Other Relationship…

Sometimes I don’t want to acknowledge that my mom was right about a lot of the mistakes I’ve made. You know how your mom is always right? Yeah, it’s like a thing. Don’t drink too much –been there, done that. Don’t date the player guy — been […]