1. Those People
Everyone has those people in their life. I think I’ve had a recent influx of them, or maybe I’m just now really noticing these ladies and chaps. I’m talking about those people we see on a consistent, sometimes daily basis who we may not actually know. Mail carriers, baristas, waitresses, co-workers, and our very own next-door-neighbor are prime examples. They add regularity, yet at the same time, spice to our lives. For me, their familiar smiles and greetings are needed more than my morning coffee. Maybe I should become better acquainted with them. Maybe rather than someone I greet in passing while she’s working the patio, Nikki at Thai Peppers Restaurant could be someone I know. Maybe someday, we’ll tell stories after her shift over bubble tea.
2. Being on the Water
I’ll never forget the anticipation. Cruising down Route 301 in the summertime, my sister and I would slurp on gigantic slurpies in the backseat of our grandparent’s old Jeep Cherokee as the fifties doo-wops saturated the humid air. We were headed for their boat on the Chesapeake Bay. I spent my childhood summers anchoring out, crabbing and fishing. The sunny days were filled with swimming and helping out on deck. When storms rolled in, I loved being rocked to sleep in the cabin by the stern. Though adult life has kicked in, my admiration for salty air and mist from the wake remains strong. As I sit on the edge of the Potomac while writing this, my hankering for a sailboat increases.
3. The Book of Proverbs
I will never be perfect. And though I screw up time and again, I desire to navigate life’s mountains and roadblocks in a way that is honoring to the heavenly Father. I long to somehow have my character exemplify His majesty. King Solomon’s sayings and instructions have been most impactful in keeping me on the straight and narrow, the path of light and love. Proverbs 4:7 always strikes my conscious, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Though it cost all you have…
Baking includes formulas. While baking, it’s also perfectly acceptable to deviate, using your own creativity. I love adhering to rules, for it’s part of my DNA. Sometimes, I also have this miniscule creative side that needs to be exercised every once in a while. In addition, making food is one of my favorite ways to love on people. And like 99.8% of girls, I adore sweet tasting, deliciousness…particularly the chocolate kind.
For the first time in a decade I don’t have a car. Though I thought I would feel constricted, it has been a liberating and therapeutic experience. Living in a city provides the subway, busses, trains, and taxis. I’ve also learned to love my bike…a lot. Riding is exhilarating. It’s almost (but not quite) as epic as zooming on a moto in Southeast Asia. I stream jams from my ipod and fly. I still haven’t been able to arrive somewhere free of sweat, but am hopefully obtaining some killer quads.
Marissa is a Delawarean (Coloradan at heart), studying and loving life outside of the nation’s capital. Her job as a nanny to two adorable little girls hardly feels like work. She is thrilled while rafting the Nile River or writing in her favorite coffee shop. More than anything, she is eager to bring freedom to those who can’t fight for themselves. To stay connected with her ever-changing journey, follow her blog. Catchingaugust.wordpress.com
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