Hi, friends! This week has, like most other weeks of late, been psycho. Emotionally, physically, spiritually. This week I have verbally processed a LOT (if you were one of those people that had to listen to me, I'm apologizing now.) But really, I just finished putting down my journal where I wrote a list.... A list similar to this one, although not limited to a "top 5." I just let my mind run with all of the exciting things that have happened this week that have encouraged me, big or small.
So here it goes! My top 5.
1.) The weather got its act together and AUTUMN arrived!!!! Pumpkin Spice is back, sweaters, cute rain coats and boots.... P.S. I finally caved and did the MOST not-Portland thing. I got a rain jacket. I know that any protection from rain in Portland is super un-cool, but folks, I unapologetically love this rain jacket. I'm not even ashamed. P.P.S. I don't even live in Portland anymore anyway, so...
The other thing that I like about this jacket is that it's ethically made and sustainably sourced. Christian and I have been more and more convicted of our duty to steward our finances by researching the brands we buy of just about everything to make sure that it's sustainable and ethical. I could go into great detail about this topic, and I probably will at some point. All that to say, shout out to Patagonia!
2.) I got my first freelance editing job! And I'm VERY excited about the project. Unfortunately, that's all I can say about it right now, but I. Am. Jazzed. It's so very needed, and the person writing it is such a wonderful human. Stay tuned!
3.) This week I got into a playful "fight" with an Italian friend of mine about how American's have coffee addictions, but Italians have it "in their DNA." I still stand by my statement that if you're from the Pacific Northwest, coffee is totally in your DNA (can I get an amen!?). Also, I'm Norwegian, and apparently us Scandinavians kick some pretty serious booty in the specialty coffee world (in your face, Marco). Anyway, all that to say, I am just crazy thankful that someone a long time ago picked a coffee cherry and said to themselves, "Self, how about we try roasting the pit of this here cherry over a fire, throw some hot water on it and see what it tastes like!"
Bless you. Whoever you were.
4.) I'm all kinds of thankful for trees. It makes me glad to walk under them when I'm meandering around the city. I think they help me stay sane in such a busy, hugely concrete environment. If there's one thing that I miss with all my heart about Oregon, it's the green. The trees, the ferns, the vineyards. I like the gentleness of these giants. I like that they make the world explode in vivid color twice a year. I like that they sing when wind is moving through their leaves. I like the way they make the air smell when they're wet with rain. I like that their colorful fall leaves make a culture glued to technology stop and notice Creation for a minute. I also like that they make themselves available to kiddos for climbing. How their long arms become the sails of ships or a secure fortress. Jesus, thank you speaking trees into existence.
5.) This girl. Dana. I met her this last winter at a women's conference and then again a few weeks ago at a mutual friend's birthday dinner. I happened to mention that I needed a hair trim, and she graciously offered to do it for me, free of charge! Her mom is a hair stylist in Wisconsin, so Dana knows a bit about the industry. So this morning, she graced our home with her smile and gentleness. We sat and talked about the struggles we see in the church as well as our need to receive grace as well as generously give it. We talked about the beauty of gathering... a collection of people who are fallen, but who have been redeemed. Restored. Are being made holy.
If you get a chance to meet Dana, you're in for a serious treat. Both because of who she is and because she has the most beautiful dimples when she smiles. Basically you have no chance of not smiling if she is. It's a wonderful thing.
Well, that's what I've got for you all for now. God is good all the time.
Cheers to the closing of another week!