A Day with Denver Dan

by Lesley on October 17, 2007 · 7 comments

in friends,goals,running

Okay, so I didn’t really meet Denver Dan but Erin, Jenny and I did get to visit his apple farm which was really fun. Back up– so the girls came to visit me last weekend because Jenny is actually living within driving distance right now. I don’t get to see my girls very often so the weekend was very filling for me in so many ways. I love having friends that can visit and not make me feel like I need to clean my house or put food in the fridge. We simply laid on my bed and talked, and talked, and talked. If you’re reading this girls– I LOVE YOU and I’m so excited I get to see you again next weekend.

So, it’s mid-October. I have 2.5 months to finish all my goals for 2007 and it ain’t going to happen. Sigh. I wanted to get published again and I can barely get myself motivated to write. So, I’m bummed about that… I’m struggling because I feel like I really want to write great articles that inspire people to love Jesus more or see Him in a new way (through travel or friends or romance or whatever…) But regardless, I want Him a part of my writing. And, to be honest, I’m not making much time for reading the Bible right now and seeking truth and wisdom. It’s hard to write amazing, motivating works about God when I’m ignoring Him. Can anyone relate on the struggle?

Tonight I’m sitting in the Kiely’s big bed-in-a-bag (don’t ask) in front of my fireplace. Jonathan is studying away and I’m blowing my nose and thinking about the pumpkin spice cookies I bought that are just inches away. I could be writing but I’m not. I think I’m going to…right after I eat one of those cookies. (Can’t wait!!)

Another goal this year was to read the Bible in a year and unless I turbo speed it, that isn’t going to happen either. Anyone want to commit to trying it with me for 2008? I could use a partner.

And finally, another goal (although certainly not the last) is to run another half marathon and beat my last year’s time. I’m training right now for the SB Half and it’s not looking good. In my attempt to pick up the pace, I’ve apparently been taking too long of strides and have injured my BUTT!! Painful and rather embarrassing to explain to people… anyway… I’m having trouble training (and simply walking for that matter) and I’m bummed about it. I’m not throwing in the towel yet though…
So, if you wouldn’t mind– please be praying for Jonathan’s direction in the upcoming months as he looks for next summer’s job. Although it seems early, his future summer position will actually very likely determine where he takes his first job. It doesn’t seem right that we’ve only been here a year and are already deciding where to go next. Advice?
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Anna Quinlan
Anna Quinlan

I know I'm a little late, but can I join the Bible thumpers club as well? I've come the recent realization that in many ways I am a spiritual 'burn out,' remembering the ways that I was challenging myself spiritually at college and neglecting to continue to move forward in the jounery. Which kind of makes me the 30 year old at the homecoming party, and I'm ready to be done with that. I think reading the Bible with you & Corinne is the perfect antidote.

SportsFan's Daughter
SportsFan's Daughter

I know I'm a little late, but can I join the Bible thumpers club as well? I've come the recent realization that in many ways I am a spiritual 'burn out,' remembering the ways that I was challenging myself spiritually at college and neglecting to continue to move forward in the jounery. Which kind of makes me the 30 year old at the homecoming party, and I'm ready to be done with that. I think reading the Bible with you & Corinne is the perfect antidote.

Kevin Thomas
Kevin Thomas

First off, you unintentionally made an incredible pun. When speaking of your pulled butt muscles, you said, "and I'm BUMMED about it." Awesome. I have thought a lot about the need for motivation when writing. Do we really need it? Is writing without motivation good writing? Does being a good writer, and one that would like to make a living off writing mean that you have to write when you aren't motivated? I don't have answers to those...but I do have thoughts.I haven't tried to get my book published in a long time because of the same reasons you think you haven't been writing, because you are supposedly ignoring God. I always imagine myself in front of a bunch of college kids, maybe at Westmont, as they are asking me questions about what I wrote and why, and not being able to give them answers. Not being able to give them answers because maybe I haven't bothered to find them once I posed them in my book. All this to say, writing should be a way of communicating with God, for you, for me, for anyone who feels that burden to write. And maybe what comes out of you writing whatever it is you want to say to God, may turn out to be one of those articles that help people experience God themselves. And thank God Corinne said she would read the bible with you because now i don't have to feel guilty for not wanting to do that with you!

Katie
Katie

I confess that I was super jealous reading your latest entry and seeing the picture of you girls. That weekend sounded like so much fun and I'm a bit sad I couldn't be there. More than a bit. I do love it here and love my new friends but let's be honest, they don't handle a candle to you girls. (hopefully they are not quite the stalker that I am and won't read my friends' blogs) Lesley, none of them are pickers. I was quite disappointed. Natasha, my one senior girl, is however and talks about her zits in class and how she wants to pop them- it takes every ounce of maturity not to engage her in a long zitty-conversation. Switching gears; I like what corinne said about setting goals and am similar to her in that I stick with the broad goals so I can try to avoid failure. I need some of your guts. Bummer about your pulled butt- that is no fun at all. When is the SB marathon? It even hurts to walk? Please do write another article...I feel the need to be inspired by you. I so loved your last article and really want to be friends with a famous person. Yes, it is all about me and my world. I love you Lesley!!

*corinne
*corinne

roommate! i'd love to read through the good book with you...a long-distance accountability partner might be just the thing i need! i have a specific type of Bible for it, just haven't dove (dived?) in yet. hopefully i'll see you during the half-marathon weekend and we can figure it out! despite the fact that we don't always meet the goals we set for ourselves, i'm realizing more and more how important it is to actually set them, and set them high. i sometimes refrain from setting very specific goals, or at least making them known to others, because i hate failing. hate it. but i realize again and again that the key to continuing to grow and improve in any area is to lay out your goals and how you will meet them and to tell someone about them. you seem to be doing that already, and i am proud of you and inspired!