Dangerously & Outrageously
Hello all you lovely people of the world.
I don't know who you are, or what your story is. That's the thing about this whole blogging situation. I don't get to see who specifically reads this, just a number after every post and a collection of stats. Some days I really wish I knew who exactly was opening this page, and reading what I have to say. Whoever you are, thank you. Thanks for taking the time out of what I'm sure is a busy day and reading these thoughts.
There's been something that's really been holding a lot of weight in my brain lately. Something that I keep tossing and turning around, trying to digest it fully. I would love to be able to share it with you, whoever you may be, before jumping into a typical fashion post.
A really smart man, that goes by the name of Neil Gaiman once said "I hope you will dream dangerously and courageously".
Lately life has taken many turns, which has been so beautiful in it's own messy yet perfect way. I made it a goal of mine to simplify in this next year, and that is something that has taken place so strongly. While transitioning from jobs, I've had some time to really allow myself to figure out what it is that I want to put my time into doing. I've reevaluated what my goals are, and what my dreams and hopes for the coming years are. It's so easy to put your brain into a box. To tell yourself that you're out of your mind for possibly thinking you could amount to what you dream to be. This is where the thoughts of another smart man come into play.
"How completely satisfying is it to turn from our limitations to a God who has none." A.W. Tozer
Understand this: you on your own can try and try and try to achieve, attain, and become so much. But until you shift your eyes, and turn to Jesus, you're going to be carrying so much more around while trying to do so. Dream courageously, and dream dangerously, through Him. I challenge you all to this. To let your mind step outside of the box that you have put yourself in. Set goals that seem far enough out there that it makes you push like you haven't had too yet. Dream, dream, and don't stop dreaming.
The second half to today's scrambling of thoughts would be this:
Take what is in front of you, and give it all you have, where you are. Don't compare yourself to the people you see around you that might be where you so badly wish you were. Give yourself fully to what you're holding in your hands, and watch it grow.
If you're still reading, hello again! Now that I got those thoughts down, I would love to give you all a taste of my little trip to one of the only places that is currently warm and green in this wintery state. The talented and beautiful Elizabeth Okikiolu and I adventured over and got creative in the greenhouse over at Como. Hopefully these photos give you a small visual break from all the snowy white that you've probably become used to seeing. I know I've been dreaming about warmth myself, so being somewhere that was green and fresh was so lovely.
So glad I was able to escape to greens & warmth even if just for a couple hours.
Happy Hump Day my friends! Two more days until Friday. Praises.