Big week in the Cracraft household…sta

Big week in the Cracraft household…stay tuned for more details. 🙂

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Where my head is lately.

Based on a couple of items, my head has been wrapped around the idea of “home” lately.  Partly due to the WONDERFUL birthday treat the beau scored for me from one of my new favorite artists over at Volume25. Here is the lovely little print that will grace our walls:

Lovely 29th birthday gift from the hubs

In addition, the Colonel posted this video this week and the sentiment dug even deeper.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros “Home” from Edward Sharpe on Vimeo.

Stay tuned for more on this subject

Psalm 131

A song by David for going up to worship.

O LORD, my heart is not conceited.

My eyes do not look down on others.

I am not involved in things too big or too difficult for me.

Instead, I have kept my soul calm and quiet.

My soul is content as a weaned child is content in its mother’s arms.

Israel, put your hope in the LORD now and forever.

The office “remodel”

As much as any of us love our jobs, sometimes you just get to a place where a little change does you good.  My choice of “change” came in re-arranging my office.  It had been the same way for as long as I remember….the entire 2 years I’ve been here and also including the other two folks who occupied it before me.

This change was sparked after (finally) getting a new laptop for my student assistant to replace the decrepit desktop that would not even log on to the internet it was so slow. In wanting to create a more open and inviting feel with the student assistant desk facing the door, we had to change some things around.

The Before from the door:

And the after from the door:

From the back (before):

And after:

Now two of my favorite things–the student assistant area:

And my new desk/home:

There are things I love about both and things I miss about the former, but I REALLY enjoy having a more open space for students to come in and chat and a more defined “work area” in the back for many of the projects we’ll tackle this summer.

Inconvenience or Opportunity

Some days I go to yoga and sweat my way through a crazy workout, and am frustrated at myself.  Other days, my mind is present and I feel great.  Some days I wonder why in the world I even wasted my time changing for an hour when my mind is all over the place.

Then–on days like today– I am reminded why I’m there..  Every word our instructor Anita shared was right “en pointe”, as the beau would say, and this final quote truly could not have been a better way to start my week.

Spiritual practitioners thrive in unpredictable conditions, testing and refining the inner qualities of the heart and mind.  Every situation becomes an opportunity to abandon judgment and opinions and to simply give complete attention to what is.  Situations of inconvenience are terrific areas to discover, test or develop your equanimity.  How gracefully can you compromise in a negotiation?  Does your mind remain balanced when you have to drive around the block three times to find a parking space?  Are you at ease waiting for a flight that is six hours delayed?  These inconveniences are opportunities to develop equanimity.  Rather than shift the blame onto an institution, system, or person, one can develop the capacity to opt to rest within the experience of inconvenience.

Yesterday, the beau and I drove to Cincy to see Mary Poppins and were planning on a visit to Ikea beforehand to browse and pick up some patio furniture. We just love sitting outside this time of year to dine and especially when having friends over, a simple little patio set was at the top of our list.

Right after crossing the bridge into Cincy we got held up in traffic.  Like go-2-miles-total-in-one-and-a-half-hours kind of traffic.  It was hard to have a positive attitude when we realized that our time in the car ate away at ALL our browsing time at Ikea.  BUT–it also allowed us to chat, spend some great time together and enjoy the breeze afforded by the windows being down,  And really, we’d just end up wanting a lot of things we couldn’t afford right now anyway.  We were able to go in and get only what we needed and made a new store record–got in and out in probably 20 minutes!

Was it ideal?  No.  But we learned a valuable lesson.  Sometimes the experience of inconvenience is calling you to rest.  We had a great weekend, but had many curveballs thrown our way (the traffic happened to be the icing on the cake of all the random things that had happened this weekend), so maybe that traffic was Gods way of making us rest–making us slow down knowing that speeding through Ikea would have only increased our exhasution.

“Lord, May my eyes and heart be open to the opportunities you wish to give me when inconveniences arise. “

Ahhhh…

I enjoyed some time yesterday afternoon with a good friend at our favorite little spot.  The sun was shining and we enjoyed several hours out on the patio.  Simply lovely.  Even though allergy season is driving me batty this year, I am so loving the warmer temperatures and ability to grill out every night if we wanted.

The beau shared this quote and it describes his favorite type of weather and mine as well.  Love the beauty of this statement.

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.~Charles Dickens

We’ve officially come into a full blown spring I believe–March and those sunshiny days and cool breezes have passed.  It always takes me a few weeks to move from wearing sweaters and layers to dresses and sandals.  It’s like my mind has trouble shifting when there are cool cool mornings and steamy afternoons.

Whatever season you may be in- whether it is dictating what you wear each day or the important and deliberate choices you make about your life–remember that it is just a season.  It will change.

Don’t miss this for sure!

Many of you have been journeying along with Lewie and I in our efforts to get fit via our fitness blog.

I’m not one to link a lot of posts from there to my personal blog, but this is one, you really don’t want to miss.

Why?

There’s a ridiculous recipe for the most amazing burger and sweet potato fries I’ve ever had at the end.

Now that your mouth is watering….here it is!

A new day…

It’s hard to admit this, but there is something about a Monday that I really enjoy.

I know, I know.  Shocking.

Seriously though, although I LOVE weekends and REALLY love Sundays, (especially as of late– they have become even more special–sacred even) something about the newness of a Monday is so appealing to me.  It’s the fresh start.  The turning of a the page of my work journal  in which I record phone calls, student needs and “to-do’s”  to a VERY clean page.  Looking at this week’s blank pages gets me excited about the possibilities of what that little book may hold.

As you may have inferred from my last post (or lack of posts) there has been a lot going on in my head and in my heart lately.  A lot of it came together for me last night in our Sabbath reading–realizing apart of this longing and unsettled feeling is God drawing me to himself.  It’s that deep calling to deep.   It’s the unsetteledness of the past few weeks and their lack of schedule, lack of discipline and lack of true communion with God and others that I have found myself in this place. A place of questioning and reflection; intention and purpose.

I am thankful for a God who loves me.  Who wants to change me.  Who wants to take the blank pages of my life and fill them with people and students who need care, love, an advocate and allow me the privilege to fill that role for them.

So on this Monday, I’m sitting with my journal open, and more importantly, my heart open.  I’m waiting on God to reveal to me his work for me today and excited about the inner change that has taken place in me to be able to receive it.

Positivity

I’m not gonna lie.  My typically uber-positive self has been challenged lately.

How to Be a Positive Person, in Under 300 Words changed my tune this AM.  Here’s the highlights:

Realize it’s possible, instead of telling yourself why you can’t.
Become aware of your self-talk.
Squash negative thoughts like a bug.
Replace them with positive thoughts.
Love what you have already.
Be grateful for your life, your gifts, and other people.
Every day.
Focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t.
Don’t compare yourself to others.
But be inspired by them.
Accept criticism with grace.
But ignore the naysayers.
See bad things as a blessing in disguise.
See failure as a stepping stone to success.
Surround yourself by those who are positive.
Complain less, smile more.
Image that you’re already positive.
Then become that person in your next act.