ALL THINGS NEW.., JOYFUL RAMBLINGS

Modest is Hottest

Hey all!

I’m participating in #NaBloPoMo for the very first time ever! no planning, no thinking ahead, just writing whatever the day brings.

Since today is November 1st and the cold season officially kicks off I would like to celebrate!

Celebrate a new month!

Celebrate a new project!

Celebrate cold weather!

Fall/Winter is the season when people are ‘kindly’ forced to dress modestly- I’ll drink to that! Let’s celebrate modesty!

Because a friend of mine told me,

‘Modest is Hottest!’

I believe he is right, and…Ryan Gosling thinks so too! haha

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Here’s to modesty!

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“Christians are wise to remember that modesty is biblically mandated.” ~ Mary K. Mohler

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ALL THINGS NEW..

My 2013 starts in March

2013

It seems a little late to be celebrating the new year in March huh? But it’s never too late to start over.

Have you ever been given a second chance to do something, maybe a second chance to take an exam, to rebuild something that didn’t work out, or to love life..

For me the greatest second chance I have been given was many years ago when I met myself at the Cross.

Let me explain: Have you ever gotten a terrible job at a manicure that you tried to do yourself? (if you are a guy, I’m sure you have heard girls complain about it haha)

What happens when you are trying to do this perfect manicure to yourself, but still have things to do and you don’t want to be late for that special night out…well…your nail polish is likely to get ruined, you might get nail polish outside your nail where it doesn’t belong, or it gets nasty looking clumps, wrinkles etc. There are many ways a bad job on a manicure can turn into. And you look at the clock, it’s still ticking, you still have to put on those fancy heels, get the car keys out of your purse –with nail-polish hazardous materials inside– and finally get to that lovely place. But the only way to get your nails looking as nice as you thought they would when you first bought that new shade of nail polish is by… taking it off… and starting over. If you try to recover the bad job you had initially done it’s just going to get messier, or it will look lame. Yes, plain lame.

So you take heart. Take it all off. Start over and ask your dear friend beside you to help you because you have done this one too many times to know better. You need someone else to do it for you. Then you can both finally adventure into that special evening with ready hands for whatever the night might bring.

Just like that.

So when I realized for the first time of the mess I had inside my heart, all the ugly sin and how offensive it is to God, I tried to cover it up until the clumps were so great I could not undo them. I tried to cover it up with social work from a young age, being an obedient child, good friend etc. No matter how much I tried there was something inside that could not be washed away by ‘doing’ good things. God needed to bring me to the cross, shatter my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh. He covered me with Jesus’ blood, because someone had to pay for the sin I had inside. So instead of trying to ‘do’ anything I just let God give me a clean slate!

Starting over can be very exciting and terrifying at the same time because you have no idea what you may encounter, and you have no control over it. Since God has a hold of my heart it brings comfort and joy, because He is good, just, merciful, loving, Holy, all-powerful etc. What then shall I fear?

I’m just thankful. Thankful beyond measure that He is willing to take a mess and make it beautiful. That’s why I go to Him for second chances everyday! I still mess up, I still get impatient and try to do it on my own. But He is patient enough to offer new and bright beginnings every morning! This 2013 you and I still have many new beginnings left, many new joys, all of this through the same love that never ends and is accessible to all through the cross!

Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
    they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

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ALL THINGS NEW.., PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Infographic tryout

Decided to explore the INFOGRAPHIC world a little.

I am absolutely captivated by this awesome tool. Inforgraphics address the need of our information-saturated society to digest data, in a brilliantly manner.

There are several web-tools for making your own info graphic, if you are not a designer, that is. The one I used this time is: http://www.infogr.am/

So I just picked something I could graph about my life and what first came to my mind was….the kilometers I traveled last year. By the way while I was doing it, I realized I had taken a trip almost once a month! Considering that each trip was 5-6 days long, that means 1/6th of the year I was away from home! This is crazy!!..ok moving on…

Steps to Info-graph:

  1. Do some research
  2. Choose one of the designs they offer
  3. Enjoy the result 🙂

You can check it out on the link below!

http://infogr.am/159900979/1337797591

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ALL THINGS NEW.., HereToWin

Here to win=

Yesterday I ran in one of my favorite races of the year: GDL IMAGEN-KELLOGGS 10k. If I had to describe it in 3 words would be: lively, organized, and friendly!

This year they switched it up a little changing the location of the race. I thought it was going to be a slow-ish course with more hills than I can count on one hand! And let me tell you…I know about hills, I was part of the XC (Cross Country) team during College! But considering that the 1st place did it in 33′ I can only say it was a slow one for me! ha!

I didn’t PR but I did conquer those killer-hills! (51’32”) That’s a win! Specially after not running for a year!

I just started to run 2-3 days a week since February, and have been building up slowly-sl o  w   l    y!         But after this race I wonder how in the world I was able to stop running for a whole year? No answer to that yet-…Anyways…This year it’s different…I’m already setting my mind on 3 other races, one more 10k, one half-marathon, and a marathon! There is still much logistics and other things to consider, but in the mean time, I will be training for them!

Since I run by myself, accountability in running is non-existent -and that’s where this open-to-the-interweb-space blog comes in handy! I’ll use it to write about different obstacles, experiences and variables in the RUNNER’S LIFE and how I apply them in my training. So…

I’m starting this series #HereToWin

My first Goal with this is to shoot for a year. (starting June 2012) A year in which every month I will be exploring one of the many characteristics of the RUNNER’S LIFE.

Where did this title come from? First and foremost from my favorite book ever-the BIBLE. There are quite a few verses where the Christian life is seen as a race, here are a few:

let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Heb 12:1

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Cor 9:24-27

Secondly, from a T-shirt I just bought and wore to the race… (picture to come)

Bottom line of life/running-

       I’m not here to rest/I’m here to race

       I’m not here to get comfortable/I’m here to get challenged

       I’m not here to receive a perishable wreath/I’m here to point others to the imperishable one

       I’m not here to be disqualified/I’m HERE to WIN

I would just like to wrap it up with this..

IF I rest, I rust- MARTIN LUTHER

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ALL THINGS NEW.., JOYFUL RAMBLINGS

New year[[New daily to do list]]

As mentioned before (here) I absolutely love fresh beginnings.

There is something uplifting about getting the chance to start over, to re-imagine, to dream brighter!

Sooo..thinking about this new year and what things I wanted to do, to get rid of, to experience…the options were endless. I came across with this website on Pinterest and right away I knew this would be my daily to do list, short, sweet and simple:

source (here)

In the light of doing all things in love that comes from above, I pray that everyday my eyes would be fixed on the eternal.

Here is a small video that helps put things into the right perspective.

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ALL THINGS NEW..

[Fresh] start

I have been very excited about creating this new blog. I love fresh starts!

But for some reason from the moment I created my account (since the beginning of April) and thought myself ready to kick it off.. all of a sudden I was bombarded with thousands of ideas in my head of how the best first entry would be.

‘This very first one would set the tone’ -I thought to myself. Out of all the drafts I was writing in my head I always ended up with the urge of having an intro for every single one of them..so I could not bring myself to write anything. I am convinced that the light in which you come to read something is [very] important. As one of my dear college professors would say ‘Context, context, context’.. whenever we would start studying a new passage from the Bible. He would make us study the context in which it was written, the audience, the purpose etc..

The way this took over my head alarmed me (in a good way)! I learned that the thing I fear the most about starting to write is not so much if people will like it, how many comments this new blog will produce or even if I would have a good number of followers as if that would make this worth while. What I fear the most is to be [misread].

So I’m not starting with a very exciting, mind-blowing message that would get you hooked on reading me in the future.. I just pray that {God would keep me humble while writing, that I would do so with clarity, and that anything and everything I will post would be with the only purpose to show His greatness, His holiness, His justice, Love, Truth and His continuing work in my life and in those around me as a testimony for the benefit of the readers He might bring to this blog}

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor..

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Proverbs 18:2&4 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion..The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

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