S.I.N.G.L.E.H.O.O.D.

When I was at CLP’s Writers/Artists’ Conference back in April, I was extremely glad that I had signed up to take Shari Zook’s class on “Writing from Daily Experience”.  She gave many beneficial ideas and then encouraged us to try different writing styles.  For a practice warmup, she gave five minutes during class to experiment with a style we do not use very often.  This is what I chose to write during class, and I decided to share the raw, rough draft copy with you;)

Style:  Acrostic

“S.I.N.G.L.E.H.O.O.D.”

I am SINGLE because I am a

S ervant, called to

I nvest in the ones around me and to explore

N ew, uncharted pathways.  Lord,

G rant me the courage to touch each

L ife with unendless

E nergy that You provide.  Let me remember that

H ome is what I create with

O thers even though I am “alone”.  Keep me

O pen so that each

D ay is a new opportunity.

 

 

Blessings for the Journey,

MarJanita L. G.

The Infinity Dream Tag

Infinity Dream Tag

How you Play
1. Write eleven random things about yourself
2. Answer eleven questions that the person who tagged you wrote
3. Write eleven questions for the people whom you tag
So here’s the deal for something fun and different on my blog- Jodi at http://jodiraelyn.blogspot.com/2016/05/infinity-dreams-tag.html tagged me, and now I’m tagging YOU.  Have fun, my blogger friends, but make sure to tag me back so that I can read your answers!

Eleven Random Things About Me (MarJanita)

1.  My job titles have been so far….Hospitality Aide, Activities Associate, Secretary, Author, Artist, Music Teacher, Choir Director, Housekeeper, Sales Associate, Catering Assistant, Private Voice/Piano Teacher, Costume Rental Agent, Volunteer….
2.  I’ve been to every state except Maine, North Dakota, Alaska, and Hawaii.
3.  Train rides are my favorite mode of transportation.
4.  I know how to swim, but do not enjoy being in the water.
5.  I’ve always wanted a parrot and a monkey as pets.
6.  The most important feature in my “dream home” is a library and a music room.
7.  Elevators are a thing I fear greatly and only use when absolutely necessary.
8.  I love doing laundry, but I hate dusting.
9.  Strawberry pie, Goodwill, and Pinterest are my worst temptations;)
10.  I actually do enjoy tests, studying, and sitting in classes.
11.  I eat spaghetti sandwiches, and I also eat peanut butter with my cereal.
Eleven Questions I Need To Answer
1. What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
Trying to remain calm, cool, and collect while sitting in the hospital waiting to hear test results back.
2. Would you rather work everyday of your life inside (office job) or outside (an always outside job)?
Probably inside because I would not enjoy working outdoors all day in the snow. 
3. What song have you been listening to the most lately?
“A Thousand Years” – ‘cuz I’ve been playing “The Piano Guys’ ” version a lot on the piano.
4. If you could travel to one place any where in the world right now and stay there for two weeks, where would you go?
England, without a doubt! 
5. Cake or ice cream?
Definitely ice cream a thousand times over cake.  I don’t even like cake, but I sure do like ice cream!
6. If you had to learn another language, which language would it be?
Sign language (but I also would want to brush up on my Spanish).
7. What is your favorite fiction book?
This is incredibly hard and can not be limited to one- I enjoy any of Jane Austen’s or George MacDonald’s writings, David Copperfield, The Last Battle, Lord of the Rings, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown Mysteries, and any children’s books by Dr. Seuss, Beatrix Potter, and A.A. Milne.
8. If you could only wear one color of clothes for the rest of your life, which color would it be?
Navy Blue (because it can be classy or casual, it can coordinate with almost anything, it hides dirt well, and it isn’t as gloomy as straight black).
9. What famous woman (past or present) do you look up to?
Definitely Gladys Aylward and Amy Carmichael.
10. Would you ever go deep-sea diving?
Probably just a little bit to say I did it, but it wouldn’t be for very long since I don’t enjoy being in the water!
11. If you could fix one problem in the world (pollution, poverty, etc.), what would it be?
Selfishness- because that it the root of most world problems anyways….but only Christ can cure that one!
Eleven Questions You Need To Answer
1. You’re stuck on an elevator…who are the three people you would want with you?
2.  With which Bible character would you like to spend a day?
3.  Is it easier to budget your time or your money?
4.  What trait do you find most attractive in someone?
5.  In what country would you absolutely not want to live?
6.  If you could only use one body-care item, which would it be (deodorant, toothpaste, lotion, perfume/cologne, concealer, nail polish, soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream/lotion, face wash, powder….)?
7.  If you were thrown back into history, in which time period would you like to live?
8.  Your greatest fear?
9.  Would you rather have brains or beauty?
10.  Your favorite quote?
11.  The best gift you ever received?
Have fun on this warm end-of-May evening answering and asking questions=)
Blessings for the Journey,
Miss MarJanita L. G.

S.U.N.S.H.I.N.E. and an Eeyore Rain Cloud

If you are anywhere near me today, you are also experiencing this dreary weather which has been hanging over us for the past week.  So here are little ways to bring some S.U.N.S.H.I.N.E. into your day!

Savor a glass of ice-cold lemonade or iced tea.  Go ahead and make a fresh batch.  The color will add a pop to the grey atmosphere, and the taste will trick your taste buds into thinking you are enjoying a sunny warm day in flip-flops and short sleeves instead of facing another wet chilly day in sweaters and rain boots.

U– mbrellas!  Just one word, umbrellas.  Buy yourself a fun umbrella, there’s polka-dots, ladybugs, and Eiffel Towers in my umbrella collection to use when the rain showers have to be braved.  You will look great, you will feel great, and as a bonus, you will also stay dry.

N– ewsfree.  Ignore the news.  It’s just that simple; skip it.  There’s enough political and national problems to weigh you down for the next year, let alone for the day.  Take 24 hours off from it all, and let it rest in God’s hands.  Your life will feel lighter, and probably even your blood pressure will become normal again once you’re not worrying about our presidential candidates;)

S-mile because smiling is an instant mood booster.  Even if there is no one to smile at or anything to smile about, just turn the corners of those mouth upward and grin crazily.  It tricks the brain into thinking that you are happy and releases those “cheery” feelings.

H-um.  Turn on your favorite upbeat music and hum or sing along.  I guarantee it will cure those rainy-day blues.

I– nitiate and imagine something new.  There’s nothing like a dream to add some sparkle to your eyes.  Plan a weekend trip, find a way to use that talent of yours, start an Etsy shop, do a mission project, just do something to get your mind on something dream-worthy—-and it’s even better when it can be something beneficial to the Kingdom work!

N– otice those who are having a hard time keeping away from the Eeyore rain cloud and do something to cheer them up.  Pick them a bouquet from your flowerbeds, make them a cup of tea, or write them a sweet note.

E-nergy.  Shake off that sluggishness with a quick workout.  It will instantly improve your mood and help you get more done because your energy level is up.  There’s DVD and Youtube workouts you can follow.  Or just do some good ole’ fashioned jumping jacks and burpees right where you are at.

I realize that rainy days were made for cozying under fuzzy blankets while reading a book and sipping a steaming chai tea, but since jobs and life prevent that from happening, incorporate some S.U.N.S.H.I.N.E. into your day for instantaneous mood-curing and energy-increasing!

Blessings for the Journey,

MarJanita