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Will we ever get it right?

I was listening to my Pandora recently and one of my current  favorite songs “Someday” by Black Eyed Peas started playing. I like this song for a variety of reasons: it’s fun, catchy and an empowering tune.

The chorus goes like this:

Someday I’m gonna get it right, my life
Someday I’m gonna figure it out, maybe tonight
Coz I know I’ma get it right
And I know I’ma get it right
Someday, ooh ho hohoho
One day, ooh ho hohoho

As I listen to this song, I think about the journey we all go through to reach adulthood and I wonder will we ever get it right? Will we ever reach that point where we say I’ve arrived?

From what I’ve heard from older people, the answer is no. Things may get easier as we grow and learn, but there probably won’t be that point where we say ” Hey, I’ve figured this adult thing all out. I’ve got it all together” because we are always learning and growing.

 If you meet someone who says they have it all together. Turn around and run—run as fast as you can! You don’t want to spend a lot of time with someone who claims they know everything about life and therefore have nothing else to learn. Or tell them to write a book to let us all know the secret of how to figure life out.

I do think things get easier and we get better at navigating certain things everyday.

I don’t think the point of the song is that we will figure everything in this life out someday. After all, it is a catchy pop song— not very deep. But  it’s important to understand that we will continue to make  mistakes, but we’ll hopefully learn from them and become better people as we journey this path of adulthood.

What are somethings that have become easier as you’ve moved into adulthood?

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The importance of being—no,doing.

I know we’ve all heard it before. We’ve got to cut ourselves out of the rat race and take time for ourselves to do nothing. But what about those of us who need to do something to relax. How about these things?

Go to a park and play pick-up soccer with friends

Listen to music

Journal

Read an engaging book

We all need time to recharge. Find your method of choice and fill-up!

What do you do to recharge?

Holy crap I’m awkward!

Courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com

I have a confession to make…I’m extremely awkward. It’s not to the point where I can’t make friends (I have friends–tons–I can prove it!Ha). I just find myself in awkward situations. Usually it’s when I’m talking to someone for the first time and the conversation takes an awkward turn, and then there’s just dead silence. Or I put my foot in my mouth and say something that makes evverrrything awkward. Although these situations may not make the best impression at that particular moment, it provides some great stories to tell people so I can laugh about it later. Here are two simple ways to make sure that awkward moment turns into a hilarious story:

Just embrace it – If a situation turns awkward: just acknowledge it and make a joke about it to the other person or people. Usually it will make the situation less awkward.

Just ignore it– You can kind of brush over a statement you make and not make the moment awkward inadvertently. Remember this statement: It’s only awkward if you make it awkward. The other person may not have noticed the awkwardness until you say something.

I know it’s kinda hard to pick which direction to take, but you just kinda have to become a pro at navigating awkward situations by feeling them out to pick the best course of action. I no doubt will have at least 5 awkward moments today. I’ll let you know how it goes :).

What is your best awkward moment story? Or do you have any other strategies for handling awkward moments?

Workout Spotlight: Bicycling

So I have a love-hate relationship with bicyclists. On one hand it’s great they are getting exercise while paddling on their leg-powered contraption and being green by not using a car to cruise around. On the other hand they get in my way while I’m trying to drive down the street. Don’t get me wrong. I love bicycling on a sidewalk or on the beach away from motorist , but not on busy DC streets. All in all bicyclists are great , but I don’t think that when I’m riding in my car ;). Here’s a song for all you bicyclists out there to get pumped up for the next ride.

[I promise this is the last Queen related thing I will post… for at least a month :)]

How do you guys feel about bicyclists? If you’re a bicyclist how do you feel about sharing the road with your 4-wheeled friends?

People helping people

Volunteering is one of my favorite things to do. I cannot begin to explain how fun and rewarding it is to help impact the lives of others for the better. My first major volunteer opportunity was for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts for New Orleans.The people there had lost so much, but they were still full of joy and hope. It helped me see things that I thought were arduous in my life in a different light. Helping people who are less fortunate helps put things in perspective, or if anything makes you feel really good. So how do you jump in? 

Find a place to volunteer through a volunteer matching serviceVolunteermatch.org  is a great website where you can enter the skills you have to offer and your zip code to find opportunities near you. However, these opportunities may require a commitment to the organization featured. Other sites allow you to sign up for volunteer events, specifically, with no commitment.

Places of worship– Almost any church (not sure about synagogues, mosques, etc.) will have a ministry that serves the community. Find an opportunity that interests you and jump in. My church has an event on the 2nd saturday of each month for a couple of hours where you can go out with a group of people to do anything from feeding the homeless to cleaning up a river with no commitment to the organizations we partner with that month. Last month, I went to clean up a nearby river that is incredibly filthy. It didn’t seem like we were doing much in that short amount of time to clean it up, but I’m sure that the little bit we did clean up will make a huge difference for the wildlife and organisms that depend on the river for life.

Don’t have time– If your way too busy to give up a couple of hours of your time. That’s ok! There are tons of causes that need donations to operate. I found a website much like Groupon or Living Social where you don’t buy massage or movie ticket deals, but you donate $1 (no more, no less) to a nonprofit that’s featured as the “daily deal”. For more information, visit the website here .

What have you volunteered for in the past and how has it impacted you?

Summer workout playlist – July edition

Just adding some music to the workout section to keep things fresh. You’ll notice this list is loaded with music from the 80’s and 90’s. Our favorite decades!

“Barbie girl” – Aqua

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyhrYis509A

“I like to move it” – Reel to Real

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dyx4v1QFzhQ

“Yeah 3x”- Chris Brown

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mC2ixOAivA

“Misery” – Maroon 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g6g2mvItp4

“Rock your body” – Justin Timberlake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSVHoHyErBQ

“Sabotage” – Beastie Boys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE

“Don’t stop me now” – Queen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgzGwKwLmgM

“(Jump) for my love” – The Pointer Sisters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgSyB5xSo2U

As always let me know suggestions for August.

 

Speaking of mid-twenties…

Relevant Magazine published an article in their May/June issue titled “11 Things to Know at 25(ish)”. I thought it went along quite well with the last post. Relevant is mostly aimed at young Christians so you may or may not agree with some of the points, but most of the points can apply to anyone, no matter what your beliefs are.

11 Things to Know at 25(ish)

Shauna Niequist

What you need to know to be a real adult.

When you’re 25-ish, you’re old enough to know what kind of music you love, regardless of what your last boyfriend or roommate always used to play. You know how to walk in heels, how to tie a necktie, how to give a good toast at a wedding and how to make something for dinner. You don’t have to think much about skin care, home ownership or your retirement plan. Your life can look a lot of different ways when you’re 25: single, dating, engaged, married. You are working in dream jobs, pay-the-bills jobs and downright horrible jobs. You are young enough to believe that anything is possible, and you are old enough to make that belief a reality…… Follow link to read full article. http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/whole-life/features/25956-11-things-to-know-at-25ish

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