Three things to cross off the Bucket List

Participate in a cause. 

On September 27, 2013 I participated in YMCA’s stairclimb. I climbed 75 stories in 22 minutes . Proceeds from the Stair Climb for Los Angeles benefit Y programs that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility

My stairclimb buddy

i trained for one month. It was a great work out. My calves definitely developed some major muscle to the point that my skinny jeans wouldn’t fit…in the calves, lol. Chocolate milk became my best friend. Brunch on Saturday mornings motivated me to get up and train.

Help A Missionary For a Month

In March 2013, I left Manila and flew to Davao City. I stayed with a missionary and his family for one month. I taught English and piano. I attended their police devotions on Thursday. I played the piano for Wednesday services and Sunday services.

Teaching an English class

It was a humbling experience to live as they did. One girl I met she would eat lunch and dinner at the church after services. I noticed she only ate meat…I asked her about it. She shared with me that at her house they only ate rice and vegetables. Whenever she gets a chance to eat anything other than that she indulges. I really enjoyed buying them snacks and candies. There were always so shocked and grateful.

Sing A Solo

While I was in the Philippines I also attended a police academy’s Bible study every Thursday night. My first night there I was asked to sing a solo. The first time I ever sing a solo and it happened to be in front of hundreds of men and women. I also was given a chance to sing a solo on a radio station. Most incredible experience I will ever remember.

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She comes rolling around again…

For starters, my eczema came back with a vengeance in September 2013. I stopped living life. My life consisted of work and home. Then to my relief, I was laid off in November 2013. I went on my family trip to Israel, Greece, and Rome. For you IG people mine is mct7988 the # for the trip was  #RIGtrip2013

Rome was everything I dreamed it would be and more. My sister and her boyfriend kindergarten sweethearts finally got engaged at Trevi Fountain nonetheless. My parents renewed their vows in Israel for their 25th anniversary. I found the love of my life while touring Rome…just kidding. I’m still single.

I came back from the RIGtrip and came into contact with someone from the Phils who had been trying to recruit me to teach English at their school. Long story short I bought a ticket to the Philippines.

I went to the Philippines in Feb and detoured a week in Guam. I taught English for a month and then vacationed with family. I also underwent eczema detox  IGers my # for this trip is #sea2014mct I also stopped over in Hawaii for two weeks for my cousin’s college graduation and visit my college friend.

Arriving back in the mainland…my grandpa was sick so for two months I was back and forth between home and my grandparents–helping out where I could. My eczema came back but not as severe as it had been. I did find something to help though and it’s slowly healing. Then it was crunch time for my sister’s wedding. The # for that is #DATlove92014

Now the nitty gritty stuff you’ll habe to wait for…I’m leaving again

Five Minute Friday: EMPTY

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we want to, not because we have to. We write for fun, for joy, for discovery.

We just write without worrying if it’s just write or not.

Won’t you join us?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them.
OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

Empty

She wakes up in the middle of the night, remembering he’s gone, the side of the bed he used to occupy is empty and he’s gone forever, ’til she’ll see him in Heaven

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He’s holding her hand, waiting and praying, he hasn’t left her side since she fell into coma, two weeks ago. The accident: he was driving; she was laughing; they were talking about marriage. Now, he’s praying for her life.

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A painful sorrow, she doesn’t know how to help her daughter, he’s gone: husband, father, soldier, protector, provider.

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He’s kneeling-pleading to God for help; they’ve been fighting cancer for two years now…she’s gone. With three kids to look after, all of them need her; he needs her

Five Minute Friday: ACHE

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to finger paint. For joy in the process. No matter how messy the result.

Got five minutes? Come and write with us, we promise to tell you we loved it! (<—Tweet this!)

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

ACHE

The different levels and layers are numerous. The overall feeling is the same. The deep pit in our heart. The strain in our emotions. The tiredness of our bodies.

What human hasn’t experienced those feelings?

What brings it about?

A range of circumstances, actions, and words. Sometimes it’s self-inflicted, sometimes another’s ignorance or willful actions. Sometimes, it’s brought on through the current events we hear about: the school shooting, the negligent parents, statistics of teen pregnancies, the absence of parents.

It brings about this deep pit of sadness, hurt, and pain that sears within our soul and pierces our mind and body.

What to do about it?

Me? I realize: I’m not without hope.

One day, my heart will no longer ache. My ears will no longer hear distressing and painful news. My mind will not have to try and comprehend the selfish and hurtful acts of others. No tears will need to be shed for the pain I have endured and the ache I have suffered. Because He [Jesus] will be my physical comfort and he will wipe away all my tears. He will take away the pain and sorrow I endured.

Five minute Friday: GRIT

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we want to, not because we have to. We write for fun, for joy, for discovery.

We just write without worrying if it’s just write or not.

Won’t you join us?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them.
OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on: GRIT

Everyone has a little bit of it in them, grit, a resolve to do, to live, to become. No matter how small or great; it is within us. It’s called out of us in different situations.

Those pre-mature babies, fighting for their lives in ICU. Who is fighting? They are! No matter how old or how young they are.

The family who’s struggling with the bills and trying to make ends meet, week after week. Better yet, the parents who week after week sacrifice their time and sleep to try everything in their power to not let their kids know of their struggle.

The young adult who pays his own way through college and grad school no matter what the statistics say about him; he is determined.

What calls it out in you?

Five Minute Fridays: DELIGHT

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we want to, not because we have to. We write for fun, for joy, for discovery.

We just write without worrying if it’s just write or not.

Won’t you join us?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them.
OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on: DELIGHT

The feeling of delight can easily surprise me, after a gloomy and rainy day, the sun decides to let the world see a beautiful sunset before good night. Oh the colors that light up the dimming sky and takes in the clouds as props.

Or delight in a fresh ripe sweet juicy orange. The citrusy smell of the peel. The juice escaping into my mouth and spilling over my taste buds.

What about the delightful surprise of receiving a text from my boyfriend, “come outside” and to find a hot chai tea latte bought, just for you.

Delight it’s part of every day but will you notice it with me? Holding your child’s hand? An unexpected email from that old college friend. No line at the drive-thru. Someone let’s you squeeze in their lane at the last second. Just beating the yellow light!

No matter how little the event: bask in it, be thankful for it, and delight because of it!

Five minute Friday: REAL

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we want to, not because we have to. We write for fun, for joy, for discovery.

We just write without worrying if it’s just write or not.

Won’t you join us?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them.
OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

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REAL

Go

Real, ‘is that real?’ We ask about certain brands, certain pictures, different props, but most certainly we ask ourselves, “is that person real?” can I trust her or him?

I find myself dealing that way with a certain co-worker. Every action, every word is scrutinized-is she real?

Let’s take it to a personal level… Are my actions perceived as real? Are my words perceived as real? Am I, Melanie, perceived as real?