Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Change of Pace

I've been in a little funk lately with no real inspiration to speak about on my blog, 
so I apologize for how crappy the posts may have been. 
I do have an updates for ya'll though...

In early June, I will be running in my very first half-marathon. 
I'm pretty excited because I've had a few friends recently complete a half or full. 
They motivated me, so I perused the internet a few days ago in search of one this summer.
And this is what I found!!
So, there you have it. 
Anyone in the Portland area that wants to train with me, holla at ya girl.
I've already got my training plan.
I've already got the mind set.
And I've already got the determination to see this thing through.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
Hebrews 12:1

Monday, January 30, 2012

Trip To The Snow

Timberline Lodge:
Got enough snow?
One big fireplace for my two small feetsies. 
One of the many hallways.
Mailboxes. What a sweet approach, huh!
The movie, The Shining, was filmed partly at Timberline.
Our Condo:
My cozy bed for the weekend
View from the loft
Deer!
Check out this chair!! I loved it.
We still don't know what animal this once was.
View from our porch.
The Snow:
Awkward, but there's Mt. Hood!
Went tubing with my mom on Saturday.
The weather was absolutely perfect. 
Skiing on Friday in the best conditions I've ever had was the highlight. 
I hope ya'll had a great weekend too!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

I'm Obsessed


The Hunger Games is consuming every free moment I have this week,
which is probably not good considering all the stress I've been dealing with

But...really, you all need to read this. It's so good!
I'm stoked for the movie, and it looks like it will follow the book pretty closely.
This makes me very, very happy.
Please buy, rent, borrow this book. 
Do whatever it takes to get your hands on it.
You'll get hooked like I am now.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Life Be Like...

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...a little crazy right now.
With being out of town this previous weekend,
first exams coming up next week,
frantically scouring the area for a job,
and finally submitting my various nursing applications,
I'm a little overwhelmed.
So I apologize for leaving ya'll out of the loop these last few weeks.
Please be praying as I tackle all of these tasks ahead.
And please be praying for those nursing applications.
I really hope something comes of them.
Nevertheless, though, I'm expecting the worst,
but hoping for the best.

I just wanted to leave a little bit of encouragement 
for those who are dealing with stresses recently as well.
It's been so important for me to manage my time lately,
but we all deserve to treat ourselves every once in awhile.
We need those little breaks
because they really are what keep us going.
So, remember that when you're a'stressing.

Read that book you've been putting off.
For me, it's been the Hunger Games.
Spend time with the Lord in a secluded area.
For me, He's teaching me through 1 Samuel.
Go out on that run or make time to exercise.
For me, it's running most mornings.
Treat yourself to a little treat.
For me, that's a Starbucks drink.
Watch that favorite tv show.
For me, it's been Revenge and Private Practice.

"When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer."
Psalm 94:19

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Home Away From Home

Snapshots from this weekend in Chico with friends.

With my best friend at my favorite Mexican restaurant for margaritas.
Group picture with the girls I spent the majority of my time with.
Before dodging the rain bullets outside on our way to Applebees for lunch.
One of my good friends took me out to experience Chico's night life. 

Along with delicious family dinners, one awesome bon fire, two successful attempts at Jillian Michael work out videos, and hanging with some of the cutest nephews ever, I'd say it was time well spent.
Miss you, Chico.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Chico Bound

I'm off for an extended weekend away to my home away from home. 
I'm off to be with my bes frans and make new memories.
I'm off to get away from the life that I live here and all its ups and downs.
I'm off to be with my solid community.
I'm off to see faces I've missed oh so much.
I'm off to freeze my toosh off in the Mildred house.
I'm off to laugh more than I have in daysss.
I'm off to the sunny state of California
(but lets be real here...its raining all weekend)!!

But, I'm really sad because one of my best friends won't be there :(
This is Katelyn. This is our friendship. 
It's really as simple as that.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

How Can It Turn To Slush So Fast? [videos]

Two nights ago I could not sleep.
It was snowing!! Like a blizzard, snowing.
I was so excited, so I thought I'd document it for you guys!!
 
11:30 pm
video

12:30 am
video

And this is all that remained in the morning . . .
slush.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

It's Okay To Be Honest.

I'm in a dry-spell right now. I haven't heard from God in awhile. 
I think that's why I've been so distant from blogging lately. I have nothing to talk about, 
because nothing's happening right now. 
Yes, I just celebrated a birthday. Yes, I just started school again. 
But who cares about those things? Their not worth sharing, really.
Last night, I heard from Him again. 

He spoke through my pastor as I listened in to this past Sunday's service on their podcast. 
My pastor has just begun speaking from his new book, "My Name is Hope," which speaks out to those struggling with anxiety and depression. Although, I don't believe I struggle with either of the two, I was still able to walk away from his sermon with a message directed at me. 


LORD, you are the God who saves me; 
day and night I cry out to you
May my prayer come before you; 
turn your ear to my cry.
 I am overwhelmed with troubles 
and my life draws near to death
I am counted among those who go down to the pit


I am like one without strength
I am set apart with the dead, 
like the slain who lie in the grave
whom you remember no more
who are cut off from your care.


 You have put me in the lowest pit
in the darkest depths
Your wrath lies heavily on me; 
you have overwhelmed me with all your waves. 
You have taken from me my closest friends 
and have made me repulsive to them. 
I am confined and cannot escape 
my eyes are dim with grief.


   I call to you, LORD, every day; 
I spread out my hands to you. 
Do you show your wonders to the dead? 
Do their spirits rise up and praise you? 
Is your love declared in the grave, 
your faithfulness in Destruction? 
Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, 
or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?


 But I cry to you for help, LORD; 
in the morning my prayer comes before you. 
Why, LORD, do you reject me 
and hide your face from me?


 From my youth I have suffered and been close to death; 
I have borne your terrors and am in despair. 
Your wrath has swept over me; 
your terrors have destroyed me. 
All day long they surround me like a flood; 
they have completely engulfed me. 
You have taken from me friend and neighbor—    
darkness is my closest friend.

That is Psalm 88. One of the saddest, most real passages in the Bible. 
It seeps with honesty, imperfection, and gut-renching desperation.
This is how we need to be praying. 
Our God is NOT afraid of honesty.
We think we can hide our issues, our struggles, our imperfections from Him. We think simple "I praise You for...", "Thank you, Lord, for...", "I pray these things to you, Lord...", "Lord, please give me strength in..." prayers are sufficient enough for Him?! We don't have the guts to open up to Him because we fear the reality of our lives and how that will set us back in the eyes of the Lord. 

Well, guess what?
HE KNOWS ALL.
He already knows about every little issue, struggle, and imperfection in our hearts, minds, and bodies.

And guess what else?
He still loves us.

So what's the big deal?
Why is it so hard to be brutally honest with God about every little issue, struggle, and imperfection in our lives? 
Last night, God told me to suck it up and share with Him. Give every little detail to Him. Include Him in my worries, my doubts, my thoughts, my desires. He knows, but He wants to hear it from me. Our prayers need to reflect this kind of honesty. 
Prayer is the perfect opportunity to vent. 

"People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed."
Matthew 14: 35-36

Monday, January 16, 2012

You asked, I answered


From Erin: What event in your life changed you the most?! 


I know this isn't one particular event, but when you asked this I instantly thought of a time in my life that changed me the most. I've talked about it before, but the series of unfortunate events that changed me the most occurred during the end of my fall semester of 2010. I found myself at rock bottom and unable for some time to breathe the air around me. I was suffocating with the problems I'd put myself into. The biggest dilemma I faced was finding my way back to the Lord. I'd lost Him completely and because of my disconnection from him, I was disconnected entirely from myself, my morals, my relationships, and my goals. The change was not(!) instantaneous whatsoever, but looking back now I am so grateful for the slow comeback I made. He never leaves you and that's what kept me going. I found myself again and felt the ground once more. With that being one year ago, I am a completely different woman and all the glory be to Him for giving me the strength to push on. 


From Elisha: Who's your bestfriend? 


Her name is Janae and she has been my best friend for almost three years now. She knows me like the back of her right hand and I know her like the back of my left hand. We're two peas in a pod and I couldn't ask for a better girl to have in my life. She keeps me accountable, believes with and in me, laughs with and at me, understands me, counsels me, and rejoices with me. I love her with all my heart and am so, so blessed the good Lord gave me our friendship. To get a better understanding of my appreciation for her, read here.


From Noelani: What is your biggest fear?


My biggest fear is unintentionally disobeying the Lords commands for me. I think about that and dwell upon that a lot. We all desire to make our parents proud of the things we achieve, but not knowing the path to that success sometimes is terrifying to me. I doubt a lot and it's a really big problem of mine. This is where trusting in the Lord comes in to play and I know that this is something I need to look towards daily. He has such great plans ahead and as much as I may doubt in the moment that I am disobeying his desires for me, I need to remember that things always work out in the end. He never hands you more than you can handle. 


From Annie: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?


Spain. I'm a fourth Spanish and love this portion of my family history. This is one location I've dreamt of traveling to for years now. Not only is it because I love the food that originates there, but I think it is one of the most beautiful places on this earth. The culture and people that live there are a part of me. 


From Annie: Why did you decide to start blogging?


I started blogging because I've been so inspired by some of my close friends who have been in the blogging world for some time now (here and here). I used to love reading their blogs daily and the individuals who have come into their lives through this community we have. I wanted a piece of that. Although, my blogging style varies from theirs, I knew I would be able to share my life and relate to others out there just as they so easily did. Also, another huge part of my life (the whole part of my life, actually) is my relationship with my God. I wanted to share that more openly. I wanted to read how he works in others lives. I wanted to rejoice with others in his glorious ways. I wanted that community. And I believe, wholeheartedly, that I have found that and continue to expand on that daily. 


From Annie: What made you decide to pursue nursing?


I chose nursing during the second semester of college. I don't have an eye-opening, tear-jerking story behind my decision, but I also didn't choose this route for the money and freeing schedules. I've always wanted to build my life around helping others. I find complete joy in seeing others overcome obstacles, especially when help is desired along the way. After discussing the option with a few mentor figures and my family, I decided upon nursing. Since then, the Lord has sealed the deal for me through the many blessed opportunities I've had working in the field. I'm not quite there yet, but I know this is my calling and I'm going to do whatever it takes to make it happen. I think it's clarifying when you truly sit down and ask God what He wants for you in life that will bring the most glory to his kingdom. For me, it's nursing.


Thank ya'll for the great questions. I had a blast answering them and breaking down some walls for those who were interested. I hope you have a blessed MLK day.  

Thursday, January 12, 2012

They carded me.

Well, here you have it! I'm officially at the legal age to party hard. But, lets be real here, I'm no partier. Tuesday night, though, I was! I went out on the town with one of my absolute best friends, Addie. We went to two bars, watched the Blazers basketball game and got free drinks. They even carded me! That's kind of a big deal, folks. I had a blast...a little too much fun, but nevertheless it's one for the books.     
I'm so fortunate to have such amazing people in my life. I really, truly appreciate all the love you guys gave me on my birthday. This community has been more for me than I can put into words. God really has made some pretty amazing people. 

"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Birthday Girl


It's my 21st birthday!! 
This is my first picture as a 21-year-old. Classy, huh?
Expect some more celebratory pictures as this week continues.
You only turn 21 once...

Monday, January 9, 2012

Singleness

Dear Sisters,


I don't ever want to come off like I "know it all" in my blog posts. Ever. But I do want to be able to express what's been on my heart in my blog posts. For a few weeks now, I've been thanking my God for the time He's graced me with singleness. Not being an expert (at all), I'm going to go simply off of my own personal experience here. Prepare yourselves for an insight into my relationship history. Prepare yourselves to sit and stay awhile. I've got a lot I need to share. 
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Technically, I wasn't allowed to date until the age of 16. You can thank my parents for that. Although, who really knows what dating is at the age of 16 or younger, for that matter? Anyways, I had my fair share of flings and baby crushes, but nothing that lasted worth being giddy about. It wasn't until my sophomore year of high school that I truly began liking a certain someone. This young man caught my attention like never before. Come winter break, we were officially an item (what you might call "Facebook Official (FBO)" these days). 


Our relationship wasn't picture-perfect, to say the very least. We were the epitome of the "on-again/off-again" couple of the century throughout our high school years, yet we managed to last. We were smitten for one another, always spending time together, surprising one another with the littlest things. I was in love. To this day, he is the only man who has ever held a single piece of my heart. We built our story, our memories, and our foundation those years in high school together. 


Come time to choose a college, I chose one in California, he chose one in Washington. Not even that was going to come between us. Along with choosing a college to attend in the Fall, we inadvertently chose the most-feared: Long-Distance.


Somehow, we survived the long-distance for the duration of our first year. Let me tell you, it was not easy. Long distance is like being single, but without the other fish in the sea. I met some amazing friends that year, and so did he. We were both able to situate ourselves without the distraction of one another's presence (in a good way...college is a whole new world). Despite the busyness of college and our class schedules, we still found time. Through the Skype calls, the visiting, the phone conversations, the letters, the care packages, we made it work. 


College is a time to grow into the person you are going to be for the rest of your life, and something changed in me that second year. Something I never want to go back to. It was slow at first. But then, the fog thickened. Eventually, I couldn't see the other side. I couldn't see him. We fell apart, I fell apart. For the first time in four and a half years, I was left...single. Thus began my time as a single woman. A time, looking back even now I am so unbelievably thankful for.
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Being a single woman is not easy. I know it isn't. I've been there. I'm there now. The world is obsessed with love, togetherness, dependency, and sex. Naturally, we flock to images and other forms of media that express anything related to love: marriage, weddings, relationships, newborn babies, etc. You get the picture. We all want it. Too many times, I have found myself day dreaming of my own wedding day with my future husband. I find myself staring at couples on the street, wishing I could be in her shoes. I envy the recent engagements of my friends. Unfortunately, I have to face the fact that I am no where near being at that point in my life. 


If you are reading this, and find yourself relating to any of this...please, rejoice! I am so grateful for my "me" time that the Lord has blessed me with in this time of my life. Yes, I will continue to desire a man to call my own someday, but I am happy and content with where the Lord has me here and now. Now is the time where we, as single women, can cling to our God. Now's the time we can pursue God wholeheartedly. He so desires that our hearts see that this is the time. I am so, SO thankful for Him gracing me with free time to dedicate to Him, and Him alone. Right now, it's all about me and God. 


I know one day, life will be even busier than it is now. I know one day, I will really have to fit God in (as terrible as that sounds). I know one day, it won't just be me and God; it will be me, my husband, my children, and God. Today, though...today, I have the time to study His word and to prepare myself for that day I will be a man's wife and a child's mother. Thank you, Jesus, for this season of singleness that I see so often as a disappointment, when really it is a blessing in disguise. 


So, to all the single women out there: may the Lord continue to bless you, grow you, and stretch you into the woman He so desperately has created you to be. And may you keep turning to Him in this time of singleness. Thank you for going through this with me. He loves you and has such great, amazing plans for you. Be patient and rejoice!!


With love,
Your single sister in Christ

"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."
Psalms 37:4 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Direction

Sometimes all it takes is a moment of silence. Reflection.
Sometimes all it takes is one conversation. Insight.
Sometimes all it takes is watching Grey's Anatomy. I know, that's terrible.
Yesterday, while watching the newest episode I began to think of my own life.
Through the constant flow of tears, I couldn't help but look back.
And then look forward, as we all attempt to do so many times.

Life is rough. 
I think it's meant to be that way, 
so that we can appreciate Heaven that much more once we make it there. 

I don't think I've ever played it safe.
Maybe it's because I like challenges.
Maybe it's because I have such high standards for myself.
Maybe it's simply because God made me this way.

Nevertheless, I've overcome some hardships in my lifetime.
Since the age of 16, I have been left with financial responsibilities.
Because of this, I have been a working woman since the age of 16. 
My senior year I trained day in and day out for my "final" track & field season.
 Aside from two in-state schools, I applied to six other out-of-state colleges.
I wanted to get out and away from Oregon.
I was the recipient of two hefty scholarships at the conclusion of my senior year.
The Devil took advantage of my weakness in my early years of college.
I've chosen to pursue Nursing. 
It has left me taking a year off, as I submit applications around Oregon. 
This is part of growing up. 
We gain responsibilities and we deal with the cards we're dealt.
God never gives us more than we can handle. 
I don't mean any of what I said before to be me complaining.
I am who I am because of those hardships.
I am stronger because of those hardships.

Most importantly, I am proud of who I am because of those hardships.

During the times that test us -- push us to our limits -- is when we have the hardest time appreciating. We never consider what good can come of those trials. Yes, it's a bit embarrassing that so much reflection can come from one episode of Grey's Anatomy, but I couldn't ignore the tears that slid down my cheeks. Every tribulation or bump in the road is a blessing in disguise from our Savior. 

Because of my financial responsibilities, I've gained independence.
Through all of my physical training during my senior year, I was able to compete at the collegiate level in track & field.
Because of my willingness to apply elsewhere, I got to experience the sun, new friends, and growth.
Because of those scholarships, I was able to afford out-of-state college expenses.
Because the Devil caused me to hit rock bottom, I found the Lord again 
and have been given the chance to fall in love again.
Because I chose Nursing, I know I can bring more to God than I would have without.

Looking forward, I know what the Lord has put on my heart.
It's God who knows what direction I will take to get there, though.

"A man’s heart plans his way, 
But the LORD directs his steps."
Proverbs 16:9

Friday, January 6, 2012

Ask Away


In honor of reaching over 100 followers and this being my 101st blog post,
I'm opening the floor up to you, my readers.
I think, with it being a new year and all, that we should start things off right.
I want you guys to get to know me better, and what better way than asking questions.
For the next week, I will be accepting ANY question you have for me,
via my email (a_maheu@yahoo.com)
or commenting below. 
Make it anonymous, or make it known.
Come sometime next week, answers will be posted.
I'm an open book and willing to answer questions regarding:
my life,
my goals,
my education (nursing),
my relationships,
my faith,
etc.

Ask away!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Red

These past few days have been a bit overwhelming, as I've been filling out nursing applications. So, today I thought I would treat myself by getting pretty. I've been loving the red lip shades out there these days, so I thought I'd give it a go. I think it's important to treat yourself every once in awhile. Plus, we all need "study" breaks. 




What I wore:
Cardigan: F21
Blue Shirt: Nordstroms
Jeans: American Eagle
Boots: F21
Lips: Revlon

[By the way, this is my 100th blog post!! Cah-razy!]
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