Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I called...You answered.

This time last week I was boxing up all my belongings and making sure they were all taped up and in order- ready for the move this past weekend.  Let’s first say….I’ve moved a LOT in the past 9 years. My poor, poor, dad.  Maybe I should say…his poor poor back.

Either way- the past couple of moves I’ve had- I’ve been AMAZINGLY blessed to have a crew of friends that were willing to come and help get all my stuff moved.

Well. As I was approaching this move- I hesitated in sending a text message asking for help. And here’s the crazy reason why: I KNEW people would help! Let’s be honest. NO ONE likes to move.  Especially in Texas. In JUNE. NO one. And my friends are so amazing that I knew if I texted them- they would come through and say yes.

But I felt so weighted down with the knowledge that it would be a hassle. An inconvenience. For so many. I don’t like that feeling.  So I didn’t text anyone.

I put up a notice on Facebook and Twitter- but nothing personal- directly TO anyone.

So. At this point- I’ve decided what I will do. I will move everything MYSELF on Saturday- as much as I can- with my car- making trip after trip after trip. Then Sunday- when dad comes with the big Uhaul- I would only need his help with the big items (washer/dryer/couches/bed).

The stress of what was about to happen was weighing on me. In a BIG way. I wasn’t sleeping well. I knew what was coming. And I was NOT looking forward to it.

On Thursday night- I’d just turned out the light to go to bed when I get a notification that someone had mentioned me on twitter. I open it up to see that my friend had said he could help out!

I was SOOOOOOOOOO relieved! In a SECOND- I felt about 20lbs lifted off my shoulders.  All I could think prior to this was “oooh my goodness- how am I going to help dad carry a washer and dryer?!?!”

But with my friend offering to help- I knew he’d be able to help dad!  He also said “Don’t worry about renting a dolly! I’ve got one of those too!”

I can’t tell you how much that meant to me. To that friend. Really. You are a stellar guy and your offer was SO generous! It meant the world to me.

So- I laid down to go to bed when my phone rings.  Another friend was calling and we chatted for a bit. After a bit, he said “Minda- it’s been on my mind all day to do this- but I want to help you find some movers!”

I said “WOW! That would be awesome…I can use all the hands I can get!”
He responded with “Minda….no, I want to pay to have some movers come and take care of it FOR you so that you don’t have to do it. I want to be as stress-free of a move for you as possible.”

Insert Silence….

I finally spoke and all I could say was “You have got to be kidding.”

He assured me that he’d been thinking about it and really felt as though this was something he wanted to do.

Let me back up a little bit for you to earlier in the day.

I was driving to Arlington to deliver some cake pops for a graduation party when I was kind of laying some things out for the Lord.  Telling Him how frustrated I was about having to move…Telling Him that I really didn’t appreciate THIS part of singleness…..the roommate after roommate after roommate…. And in addition- laid out a couple other things for him. I said to Him “I just wish I didn’t have to bother my friends! I wish I was strong enough to do this on my own!”

Not even 4 hours later is when I got the phone call from my friend offering to pay for movers.

To the friend (you know who you are) that responded on Twitter- your willingness to help out was an answered prayer from just a few hours prior.

To the friend that covered the expenses of movers coming and taking care of my move (you know who you are)…. You made this the best move I’ve had in 9 years. Words won’t ever express to you how much of an answered prayer you were.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dear Sixteen Year Old Minda

Saw this site posted today in which celebrities wrote letters to their 16-year-old- self.

Made me start thinking what..and honestly...IF i would tell my 16 year old self anything about life at my age now.

Here's my letter:

Dear 16-Year-Old-Minda,

It's me!...I mean...you!....of sorts. From the future.

Here are some things you need to know:

1.) You are beautiful. Really. You are. Start learning to accept this. Because if you don't accept it- you will be consumed with trying to make yourself beautiful. Learn it now. Don't waste your life trying to make yourself appear beautiful.

2.) High School is almost over. Really. It is. Just smile and get through it. College will be SO much better.

3.) Contrary to what Mrs. Breedlove tells you- you honestly have NO reason to learn calculus. Promise.

4.) Your mom and dad are your best support system. Stop looking elsewhere for it.

5.) Did I mention you are beautiful? You are. :-)

6.) You really are an awesome kid. Just keep on keepin on.

7.) I know you want me to tell you the future in regards to boyfriends/husband etc. But I can't. I won't. It's better that you don't know.  And now I fully understand why it's better to NOT know some things. So trust me(...you.)

8.) Keep loving Jesus. He's good. He's faithful. You'll see. He's gonna come through for you in so many ways.

9.) And lastly....You are beautiful.

Love,

The older, wiser, and more mature YOU.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 12th was NOT the right answer

Ten years ago (groan) I was a Junior in High School preparing to attend my very first prom.

In addition- not only was I going to attend- but it is tradition that the Juniors HOST the prom. So I was on the Prom planning committee. This is a very important piece of information that I will use in my defense later. Make note :-)

Talk of prom was echoing through every hallway....ok, so maybe we only had 2 hallways at my school...but still..  Everyone was talking and planning.

One morning I was on my way into my AP English class (did I really need to specify that it was an AP course? No. Just trying to impress you.)...ANYWAY. Was walking into my class when I was stopped in the hallway.

Please picture this with me. Door to classroom is open. One foot in. One foot out. I've turned to the guy who said "Minda!"

I turn and said "what's up?"

He said...."Do you have a date for prom?"

Without missing a beat, I said "Yeah, it's May 12."

As soon as the words were out of my mouth- a awkward look came across his face and I just stared......Then I head laughing coming from inside the classroom.

And then I realized what had just happened.

The guy laughed....turned away....and walked off.

I, then, had to turn and face my classmates.

For someone who is on the planning committee- that was a normal response, right?!?!?!? ;-)

Here's to 10 years of learning to embrace my ignorance in regards to dating/being asked out/the like. ...Oh and here's to 10 years since having Country Music Award styled hair.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cake pops have been featured!!

My friend Izehi came over 2 weeks ago to do a little photo shoot with my cake pops!!! Check out her blog post and leave some love!!! You will even have the chance to win some!!! :-)

http://www.izehiphotography.com/blog/?p=1702

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

an iced coffee, a new job, and a side of crazy please!

Exactly ONE YEAR ago today- I started a new job.

I didn't sleep at all the night before- yet still got up at 5am to go to the gym. I knew that no matter what- even with no sleep- I'd still feel better if I worked out. After my work out- I got ready- grabbed my purse, bible, and journal- and headed to a new Starbucks closer to the new job- and planned to sit and read/journal for an hour before I needed to be at work.

I ordered my iced coffee and found a comfy seat. For the first 5 minutes of sitting- I observed, watched, and got a feel for the Starbucks that could possibly be the location of my quiet time for the next season of my life.

While drinking my iced coffee (have I mentioned before that I LOVE iced coffee?) - I wrote this sentence in my journal:

 "Today. I start a new job. "Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you!" Psalm 116:7

What a year it has been. The Lord HAS been good to me. This time last year- I was preparing to move into a new apartment- as my current roommate was about to be married. This year- I'm preparing to move into a new residence as my current roommate is about to be married. :-)

What a rich year it has been. Grateful for where I am today.

Today- I wrote in my journal:

"Today marks one year at my 'new' job. "Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you!" Psalm 116:7"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cake Pops

Baby showers....Wedding showers....Weddings...Birthday Parties....

These are events that will take place- NO MATTER what stage of life you are in. We all know people having babies, having birthdays, and getting hitched! :-)

So. With that said- I'd love to offer my services to you to help make those events a bit more fun....And original. :-)

I've been making Cake Pops for about two years now and have mastered the art of cake popping! :-) I've done cake pops for several weddings and multiple other events. If you'd like to order cake pops for your event- email me and I can give you pricing information.

In addition- if you've EATEN a cake pop of mine or had them for an event- leave some love in the comments as a referral :-) Gracias!

Here are a few pictures of different cake pops I've done.