Friday, April 26, 2013

7 Quick Takes...

7 quick takes sm1 7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 214)

1.  I have a love/hate relationship with Jillian Michaels.

I love the shortness of her workouts.  I love the results.  I love the energy it gives me.  I hate "making the time" to do it :)  And, sometimes I lack accountability.  Anyone up for a 30 day challenge, blogger style?

2.  Have you heard this song?  Gives me chills.

3.  The George W. Bush Presidential Library opened yesterday.  

Many of my friends' FB feeds gave updates and fun pictures as they helped in the celebration   It made me remember my times with them, and it made me regret things a bit.  Not that I worked there.  Not that I didn't stay forever.  Instead, that I wasn't more present when I was there.  I definitely lived the life in DC, and I put in my hours, but I didn't make the most of it.  I didn't do everything there was to do in DC.  I didn't live in the moment.  I was often too busy thinking "this isn't the life for me," but I was thinking of the future.  I wasn't thinking of my 23-year-old self.  I was thinking more of my married with kids self, and I didn't want to do that in DC.  However, that wasn't anywhere in sight!  I had no boyfriend at the time.  I had no plans.  I should have lived more in the now, and I would have possibly made more of the opportunities available then. Live and learn :)

4.  My aunt donated a kidney to her cousin three years ago.  

He suffered from severe diabetes, and a kidney was his only hope. Without a second thought, my selfless aunt gave one of hers away.  She gave him hope.  She epitomized selflessness.

That cousin, Craig Jr., passed away this week.  But, he was given three more years.  Three years to enjoy life, and three years to prepare for death.  He was blessed.  And, we were blessed to be bystanders in this act of love.  God rest his soul.

5.  I ordered these invitations for a shower I'm helping host next month:

Katie made them and got them shipped in two days!!  Check out her site.

6.  The "Anonymous" comments on the blog are driving me crazy :)

7.  I LOVE this talk.
I know it is long, but it is so worth it.

Read the rest of the quick takes over at Jen's blog.


  1. #1-I am considering a 30 day challenge. Key word CONSIDERING. I'll get back to you.

    #2-LOVE that song. So beautiful.

    #3-Love my Momma!

    and #4--Those invites are SO cute!!!

  2. Ooh that was such a good talk. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I'm so glad you liked it! I actually came across it through the Lighthouse CD of the month club. It is amazing!

    2. Yes, Britt, thanks for that link. I LOVE the Screwtape Letters and Peter Kreeft uses that approach to make the message even more powerful.

  3. 6. The "Anonymous" comments on the blog are driving me crazy :)

    As in the spam, there seems to be an uptick lately.

  4. If I ever had any time I would totally start doing this Jillian thing - I hate how long exercising seems to take but I think I could focus for 20 minutes if I had it!

  5. I'm in on a 30 day challenge. For sure. Because, you know, I'm not doing MFP like I'm supposed to!

    The story about your aunt is amazing. I had chills reading Allie's blog.

    I LOVE the invitations. Love, love, love them!

    Your talk about your time in DC touches my heart. I love that you are so honest about that. I feel like that is the kind of thing that so many girls (at least me!) struggle with---trying to balance the now with the future and making decisions about career v. family--and that NO one talks about. Thank you for being my example in this area!


  6. A big fat maybe on the 30 day challenge. How is that for commitment?

  7. A friend and I are about to start 30 Day Shred! I've done it before on and off, and once for 30 consecutive days, and I'm a fan! I need 30 straight days going into summer!

  8. Britt-it's nice to re "meet" you. I can't recall you at St. Mary's, but I have loved reading all about your precious family. I look forward to following your blog!

    1. Were you in Catacombs? I think that is where I remember you. I went only a few times. Anyway, God bless you and your family and I'm enjoying following you!

  9. Once upon a time I did the 30 day shred. Loved it. But haven't gotten back on the bandwagon yet. Maybe in a couple of weeks once school ends? LMK if you get it started. Maybe I will, too!