#newbeginnings

Recently I started a new job – it has been so refreshing. While it has been stressful, I am confident that I am where God wants me to be. While you may disagree with that – that is my belief. I know first hand the doors that have been opened, the opportunities that have presented themselves – that only God could have allowed. From hearing of the position, to  the interview, getting the position, relocating, moving, and so on…I was certainly not me!

You see, if it were up to me – I would be living somewhere where my arthritis wouldn’t flare up. Where the climate is warm and hot. Somewhere like New Mexico or Arizona. But no…I am in Indiana. INDIANA!

Where I am vs. where I COULD have been…

My position is with a college in Indiana, with the Adult Enrollment Services. Basically I enroll people in college. Sales job? Pretty much. But honestly – it was someone like me, who helped change my life many years ago.

Life in a Christian Evangelical University is far different from a public and secular one. Now, let me be clear…if you work in a Christian Evangelical University, at least IWU, you KNOW what you are getting in to. You KNOW what is expected of you. It’s not like you’re going in and signing up unwillingly for prayer at work, Christian co-workers…they are very clear up front. It has been so refreshing to work at IWU. While I know it will not be perfect, where I came from before was the complete opposite.

Here – I have supportive and NICE coworkers. I have supportive and NICE supervisors. We lift each other up, we support each other…it’s unlike anyplace I have ever worked.

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While it’s not for everyone, it’s what I needed. I just came out of a dark place. About two years ago I was divorced. It was a nasty divorce. People who I thought were my friends turned their backs on me – based solely on what he told them. I left my husband (my now ex) because he would not work. At that time I was working 50 hours a week and driving another 20. He refused to even clean the house. So, I left him…he divorced me. While it was my choice to leave, it was still shattering. I raised his daughter for almost 9 years – and he cut off all contact immediately. I lost “friends”. I lost my church. My daughter lost her friends. My daughter lost her church and her youth group. What those people don’t know are the secret things that we endured. They don’t know the hurt that he brought to  our lives. They don’t know the cutting words he spoke to us. They only see what they want to see, what he claimed, and what was on the surface.

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But my daughter and I have persevered. We have learned to really lean on God. We have learned that man/woman cannot and will not be there, but that God is faithful. Two years later, she is in a Christian college with a great group of friends. For once  in my daughter’s life, she truly fits in. High school was not great for her. Two weeks into college and she is in love with it. How is it that within the span of graduating high school and moving into college, that these teens can change so much? That even if they would not have spoken in high school, they are best friends in college?

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Indiana is a #new beginning for not only myself, but for my daughter as well.

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Disclaimer: Not all of these photos are mine. As I have only been in Indiana about two weeks I have not had an opportunity to capture any photos. Hopefully one day soon I will soon be able to capture my own Indiana photos.

Higher Education

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I am what I call a “professional student.” After the age that many go to college, I really started to attend. Because of various situations and choices, it took me many years to complete my formal post-high school education. For many years (too many) I attended a local community college. I attended here until it was to the point that the classes I needed were not offered but once a year, and I came to the realization that I would be there for another three years trying to finish an Associate’s degree.

It was at this point I saw an ad for a local adult education program that was offered one night per week. I found out that in less time that I could complete an Associate’s – that I could have a Bachelor’s. So…I took the plunge and enrolled. Overall it was a great program. I was in a cohort with other adult learners who were just like me.

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Fast forward many years….and another degree. 

Now, I’m working for another university, enrolling adult students for a similar program that I was enrolled in. I am an advocate of higher education. If it were not for higher education, I would not be who I am today, or where I am today. I can use my own experience – my own education – and use it for good. I can tell others about my own experiences, and encourage them to venture out on this new path themselves.

I was the kid who was told I shouldn’t set my sights past being a line cook at Wendy’s. I was the kid my coach called a loser. I was the kid who was told I wouldn’t amount to anything. But I did. I proved them wrong – and I know others can too. I know people can break those barriers, prove wrong the naysayers, and fulfill their dreams. All it takes is vision and hard work. 

While education does come at a cost, where would I be without it? 

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Fifty Years

My thought process is shot for the day. In 9 years I will be 50, and it seems as if I have thrown out my back 50 times in the last 5 years.

In the last 50 years the world has seen many changes. We have changed the way we communicate, play sports, compute, and live our everyday life. Fifty years ago we would have phoned a friend or written a letter. Today, we communicate via social media, Skype/FaceTime, or text message. We can use our smartphones as remotes, robots as vacuums…but SHOCKINGLY have no true flying cars.

Here, is 5o years (give or take)…plus a few that were from 50 years previous.

 

 

 

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Portraiture

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“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” – Alfred Stieglitz

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“The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.” – Ansel Adams

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“Photography is a love affair with life.” – Charlie Waite

 

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Learning to connect and be human

Being on here has taught me that people can hear my voice, and that I CAN connect with people. While my followers and likes are few – a few are better than none.

The last couple years I have felt such a disconnect from people and society, and blogging has allowed me an outlet to find a voice. I know in theory I have a voice, but life has been challenging, and I allowed past hurts to rule over me and my voice. I have decided that is to no longer be the case.

I will now allow myself to connect. To real people. I will allow myself to slowly let down the walls I have built up.

Connection: 

  • something that joins or connects two or more things

  • the act of connecting two or more things or the state of being connected

  • a situation in which two or more things have the same cause, origin, goal, etc.

How do you connect? How can we connect better? A connection today, may save someone tomorrow. You never know the impact you may make. Better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.

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Busy mornings ahead!

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Morning. It is either a nasty word or a pleasant word, depending on the person that you ask. My next several mornings are going to consist of these pictures.

Painting my furniture, tearing down my furniture, moving, getting heavy things down from the top of the pole barn (cringe!), packing, and moving.

Morning: lots of things to do, followed by immediately starting a new job in a new state.

 

Right now, I am dreading the morning.

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New Adventures – Changes coming!

I am proud to announce that I have a new job!

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I would love to announce this to people that I know – but that’s not going to happen.

Why? Because my ex-husband would find out and would probably come back on me for spousal support. SO…my announcement is on here…unanimously… to people I don’t know.

AND…I’m moving!!! Right now a housing hunt is ON. I have strongly debated the pros and cons of houses versus apartments, and I think that houses are winning. For about the same money I can have space and privacy…a win win situation, right?

So – hoping and praying that all goes well.

 

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. -Theodore Roosevelt

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Straight & Narrow Path

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Stopped at a park up at Lake Erie one day – saw this and liked the shot. I have been on many paths in life – and have chosen to be on a path that is narrow rather than broad. I have a plan, know where I’m going, and the arrow is pointing me where I need to go.

 

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#praise

Praise is defined as: 

  • to say or write good things about (someone or something) : to express approval of (someone or something)
  • to express thanks to or love and respect for

 

No matter what each of us believes, whenever something “good” happens, we shout our praises. We get a new job – PRAISE! We get a new house – PRAISE! Something good unexpected happens – PRAISE! Many of us think “praise” and we think of religious connotations, though “praise” is not necessarily religious per se. We can offer praise to someone who does a good job for example. We give words of praise via social media all the time when something good happens.


My Praise

  • New job after 5 months of being off due to illness
  • Relocating due to new job
  • Housing due to new job
  • Daughter’s 1st year of college paid for!
  • I have a great God. While you may not believe in Him – I do, and that’s okay.
  • Today I have a good attitude
  • I can laugh at the fact that I’m willingly moving to INDIANA! (Arizona weather sounds SO much nicer!)

Other things to be thankful for (#praise): 

  • Nature – I love to just lay back and watch the sky. Or to watch the grass, watch the wind blow and turn the blades, watch the ants and other things going through the grass…it’s the little things.
  • Animals – who doesn’t like to pet a cute puppy, bunny, or kitten?!
  • Nice people – hey, I’d rather honestly be around a nice person than a mean one!

(Pictures: my dog (she’s hiding from fireworks here, sunsets, and the beach)

A couple things that come to mind: 

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one. –
John Wooden

Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago. – Isaiah 25:1


No matter our circumstances, sometimes it is only our attitude that makes a difference. For me, it has made all the difference. I decided to have a good attitude and be positive, and things started going much better. Even when things go bad, and we are at the bottom, we can choose to look up and see the sky. We can see the good, but that’s a choice we have to make.

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 

We can choose to be thankful. 

We can choose to praise. 

 

 

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