Friday, March 30, 2012

The Romance of an Airport








The airport. A place I often go. A place I visit. A place I see friends come and go. A place I wait. But never am I the one getting onto or off of an airplane. I think the last time I was on a plane was when I came home from San Diego with a friend over spring break 3 years ago.
 Airports are romantic though, are they not? How many countless movies or shows do we watch where epic moments occur right in the airport? Whether it is someone speeding to meet someone before they take their flight to profess their love, or a person is embarking on an adventure, or starting a new life. The uncertainties that are related to flying just seem romantic too. You never know who you are going to meet, or sit by on a plane. They could quite possibly be the last person you ever speak to (that sounds really dark and cynical I know, but it's kind of true). One of my favorite things about picking someone up from the airport is watching others get picked up, and trying to imagine the story line of their lives. A brother picking up a sister he hasn't seen in awhile. Or a dad picking up his young daughter who doesn't live with him. A boyfriend picking up his girlfriend that lives across the country he hasn't seen in months. I think it would be cool to interview the people waiting to be picked up. What is their story? Everyone has one. 
Or on the flip side, people saying goodbye. We all hate goodbyes for the most part right? How sad for a dad to say goodbye to his daughter, or for a boyfriend to drop his girlfriend back off at the airport for her to return home without him. For every arrival, there is a departure.
I really could turn this whole airport thing into a metaphor for our lives if I wanted to too. But I think I will save that for another time. A different theoretical moment from yours truly. 
I just dropped off a friend last night who was flying to San Diego for work for the weekend. And this morning I took two of my good friends to the airport so they could go to Vegas for the weekend for vacation. What's the constant here? Katie. Boy am I dependable or what? hahaha. Ok I really am, but my point here is more self pity. I could have sworn I was the one on Spring Break? But San Diego and Vegas sounds a lot more like Spring Break than me going to work later this afternoon. Oh well that's My Life... As Katie. 

Love and Airports

-Kate

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Inspiration You Need

For me, the feeling of inspiration is such a joy. You see something that sparks an interest, you experience an emotion that lifts your spirits. Where do you gain your inspiration? Perhaps watching a great movie, reading a good book, seeing a blog post, tasting a sweet dessert, seeing the mountains or the ocean right in front of you, receiving a kiss from the one that makes your insides tingle, a great outfit, a shade of new lipstick, a great photograph, holding a newborn baby in your arms, the smell of a new car, a coffee date with a friend, meeting someone with a great job, education, Pinterest for goodness' sake. Or maybe that's just me? But if I were ever to feel inspired it would be right here in central Oregon. The beautiful mountains staring back at me while I write this, and it could be that I am technically free being on spring break and on vacation, but boy do the mountains make me feel Free! Makes you think about what you really want from life. For me it makes me want to move into a cottage somewhere in the woods or on the country side where I can have my own work-space to write and to create. Makes me want to seriously consider writing as a means of living. What am I passionate about you ask? Writing. I could see myself writing for a living, and being perfectly content. I understand that right now I am hardly tied down to much other than school which will be done soon, and so it is alot easier for me to focus on my own personal inspiration rather than worrying about caring for a family. Nor do I/ will I have a degree in any sort of literary art or English. Still I dream of being one of those crazed artistic types who needs alone time to compose. I suppose if an opportunity presented itself down the road, I might be able to manage a company's blog or something. I would love that. Even if I am not writing about what personally inspires me. I just love to write. I know its all in God's hands. For now I stay diligent with that is before me: school, Nike, family, church and friends.

What inspires you my friends?

Love and Writing

-Kate

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Happy's and Crappy's- From Redmond

The Weekly Schpeel of the ups and downs from Finals week coming to you straight from Redmond! And I am proud to say that this week in particular I have mostly Happy's to report!

(Me and my little seester Nattie)
(The Girlies)

Crappy's:
-Well I did spend an awful amount of time studying, which does a great job of exhausting me. Also causes me to go a little mad.
- I did study hard, but two of my finals didn't go exactly how I thought they were going to. However I don't think it will drastically affect my grades.
-The wait... the wait to see what your final grades end up to be, almost kills you. The suspense!
- Why are some men sooo good at being creepy? I was leaving BushWhackers this week, and this man in a truck drove by me, stopped and reversed, rolled down his window and proceeded to ask if I needed a ride home. AHHH! Don't you realize how creepy you seem? Even if you had good intentions, it still is weird, leave me alone!

Happy's:
-SPRING BREAK!!!
- For sure aced my comm 316 final which I studied soooo hard for!! It is the most wonderful feeling to have studying pay off. Anxious for my final grades.
- Worked 16 hours this week, and picked up my bonus check to put towards books for next term (which is kind of a crappy, but also a happy because I am becoming so adult-like right?)
- Thursday night dancing was sooo fun this week! Lots of good friends, and LOTS of dancing!
- Had a lunch date with Adriana which is always wonderful. And do you guys remember all of my lap top issues I have been having? Well my dear friend Adriana is letting me borrow one of her lap tops until I can afford a new one. What a blessing friends are, right?
- Went for a good 9 mile run on Friday, and then on Saturday had a good work out with Ev and Karrs at Cross Fit which is an awesome facility. I am feeling sore today my friends.
- Last night I went and saw The Hunger Games! SO good. I knew nothing about it when I went to it, but what a great story. I highly recommend it. I am going to buy the books today, and plan on reading the first one tonight.
- I am in Redmond now with my family, and in my second home. It feels so good to be here and rest. Mark is coming over tonight too, so good to see old friends!

So I am going to continue enjoying my spring break, and rest and relax. Hope I am finding you well my friends, and with as many happy's from your week as I have had. More photos to come too!

Love and Vacation

-Kate

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Freedom

When I woke up yesterday, I had this overwhelming feeling of joy. I slept until my body woke me up rather than setting an alarm for 6 like I do everyday. It was so nice to get an actual 9 hours of sleep after a long night of dancing! This morning I finally didn't have to be anywhere until 1, so I knew it was the time to do a 9 mile run. It had been SO long. It was tough at times, but it felt so good when I got home. Then I got to be lazy, took a shower, made coffee and breakfast and watched One Tree Hill before I headed to work at 1. The sun was even out and shining, which I know God did that for me for my first day of Spring Break. 
While I was on my run though, I couldn't for some reason get that Brave Heart quote out of my mind, "They may take our lives, but they'll never take our Freedom!" It just kept running through my mind as I ran (yes, even in the Scottish accent Mel Gibson does) because in that hour and 15 mins of running I felt so free! Like a bird upon the wind (that's a metaphor, thank you Dr. Ritchie for making me obsessed with metaphors).
Today I woke up with the similar feeling of knowing that whatever I have going today, I am not dreading it, and wanting the day to be over already. Praise The Lord, what a great feeling that is. So today I am headed to a "cross-fit" work out this morning with some guy friends, and then I am having lunch and watching Smash with Adriana before I go to work this afternoon.
I know alot of you reading this probably do not have a Spring Break anymore, and are hating me a little while you read about my freedom when you still do not have yours. But that is why taking a Sabbath is so important my friends! John Mark talked about it at Solid Rock a few weeks back, and you can listen to it here. I highly recommend it. Rest is so important for us.
Tomorrow I leave for my trip, but I will be updating you from central Oregon, in a home where I find even more rest, and joy. So far looking at my window it looks like clear skies as the sun is fighting to shine. Have a great weekend, and do not forget to take time to rest!



Love and Freedom (That is so much more fun to say with a Scottish accent.. trust me)

-Kate


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What My Spring Break is Shaping Up to Be

I take my last and of course most hard final tomorrow morning, and then I will walk out of the classroom into my freedom of Spring Break!... oh wait, crap, first I will go to work for 4 hours, and then.... SPRING BREAK! What shall I do with my time? But what will I wearrrr?? - (10 points to whomever can tell me where that quote is from) I think this is what I have in the line up so far, take a gander and feel free to schedule yourself in for some coffee dates, or runs or whatever because I am a free woman.. until April 2nd when school starts again haha...

- Line Dancing with my friends this Thursday to celebrate the start of my Spring Break!
- No Homework, No Guilt, more time for reading at my leisure
- Watch movies curled up on the couch because I am not predicting the sun to come out and play anytime soon
- Loooooooong Runs, time to get back into it. Anyone wanna be a running buddy?
- Bonus Check from work comes this Friday.
- Redmond!! Relaxation, Rest, Reading, Running, wRiting, Shopping, Movie Watching, Family Time, and I get to see Mark in Bend!
- Time to clear my head, and prepare for Spring Term
- Working a little here and there, but it's good to be making money
- I get to see Jessica this Friday, she is coming into Nike!

This is the line up so far, but it is most certainly up for additions at any time. Happy Wednesday!

Love and One More Gross Final

-Kate

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Happy Place

I have been so stressed studying and preparing for finals that I wanted to post a bunch of photos that just bring me joy so I can go to "my happy place"





I think these pictures sum me up pretty well. Have a wonderful Tuesday my friends, I am off to take 2 finals today. 

Love and Happy Places

-Kate

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Snow Fall



I know I write about the weather alot on here, but don't you think weather is so inspirational, and so closely related to our emotions? Well I believe so. Just got back from a run with my friend Dan, and it is dumping snow outside! It is so beautiful, and so peaceful that I wish I could just curl up on the couch all day with a fire, and my bible and just read, and listen and rest. However what my reality is: Finish my take home final, study for family communication, and finish my study guide for Public Relations. 2 of my finals are tomorrow, and one on Thursday, and then I can relax and maybe if I'm lucky enjoy some snow in Redmond this coming weekend! For those of you reading this, I hope you are enjoying the snow and resting in your warm home with a good book for me! Who knew 1 week from Spring Break and it would be snowing! Ohh Oregon, you never cease to surprise me.

Love and Snow Fall

-Kate

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Happy Vs. Crappy

You know the deal...

Crappy:
-I already told you all about this a few posts ago, but my major crappy of the week was falling in my kitchen on the hardwood floor: spilling hot coffee down my front and throwing my full bowl of oatmeal in the air to land my bicep on the kitchen desk and knee to the floor. Bruises for dayssssss.
-The guilt I feel when I am not studying or progressing toward my degree in anyway. Oh the guilt!!
-Forgetting to return my RedBox movie from the weekend, racked up a good $5.00 bill. RedBox loves me.
- Having a customer at work acknowledge me as a prostitute when he asked me if I was for Hire for the weekend... Talk about uncomfortable.
- Having the urge to cut all my hair off because its in the awkward in between stage, but I want it to grow long and healthy so I can curl it again!

Happy:
-It is almost Spring Break!! 4 days and counting
- I got a 100% on a term paper for one of my classes which relieves stress about having to get an A on the final.
- Found out one of my dear friends is getting married this summer (sorry I cannot announce who it is just yet because she wants it to remain a secret for awhile) and I get to be a bridesmaid!
- Celebrating my good friend Karrson's birthday on St. Patty's Day with good friends and lots of cake.
- Coffee date with my bestie Adriana, we can talk for daysssss.
- Dinner date with my mama.


Just wanted to get my quick update in here before I bury my head back into the books. Hope you are all having a blessed weekend!

Love and Finals

-Kate

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Can you say ADD?

Day 3 of Dead Week: Stilllllll raining... surprised? No? Me neither.
Started the day at 6 this morning, went running with Evan (in the dark I might add with this change in daylight). After breakfast I watched a little "Smash" and then set my sights on my online final for my Metaphor Theory class (sounds sexy I know!) This was the final I wasn't so worried about... however it is now 2:15 pm and I have answered 1/ 9 of the questions. I think it's a mixture of it being harder than I anticipated so I have to do more reading, but I am struggling hard with a case of ADD right now. I have so much pent up energy I went to On Demand to see if they had any good dance programs under the "fitness" tab. Well I found one. Just a quick hip-hop routine I learned and have been practicing for the last half hour. Jeeeeeeez Katie, get to work! I am meeting my mom for dinner tonight at 5:30, which means I have 3 hours to get good work in. I suppose in the very least I can safely say I burned alot of calories today! I know I know its more important to finish my final, but if it makes you feel better it isn't due until next Wednesday, I was just trying to get a head start. Points? Ok fine... I am officially signing off here to start on Question #2. Ha! Oh gosh is it Thursday the 22nd yet? Spring Break come find me!!

Love and Fighting the Urge to Call Someone for ADD pills... jk?

-Kate

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

And Let the Studying Begin

Day 2 of Dead Week. Outside: Rain/ Snow. First class of the day was cancelled, so I am sneaking in a short blog post before I dive into homework time I didn't think I would get today. Don't you love when classes get cancelled?
The weather couldn't be more perfect for dead week. I have zero desire to go outside and waste time not studying. So this week and into next week this will be me:

This will also be me from time to time, where you can feel free to bring me coffee :) 


I will be done with finals a week from this Thursday, so I just need to keep the momentum until then. I apologize if you do not hear from me or see me for the next week and a half, don't take it personally I am just in a pretty committed relationship to school right now... and trust me school gets JEALOUS really easy.

And once finals are over, I am off to central Oregon for a few days, so that is my light at the end of the tunnel right now. Just gotta keep my head up! 

oh and P.S this morning I made oatmeal and coffee to take upstairs to continue getting ready for class... I fell SO hard on our hardwood floor downstairs. Coffee and oatmeal went flying! Talk about a bad start to the day. My right arm and right knee are pretty beat up, you will for sure be hearing about this in my happy's and crappy's  update later this week. I think people in the library are even getting strong whiffs of my coffee scent I am giving off because it spilled ALL over me. I just know I will be able to laugh later at this, when my bruises go away. ha. 

Love and Gaining Traction

-Kate

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Happy's and Crappy's

This week has been such an immense blessing coming back from my long weekend retreat. I have felt so calm, and I have never felt so at peace with where I am at and with what the Lord is showing me in my life. So here are the events of the week:
(Dinner with Katie and Lindz)
(Brudder and seester Stacey)
(Me and Stacey)
(Little Niko)
(Nana and Papa to-be)

(Man's World)
Crappy:
-When I got home from my retreat I already told you how the lights went out in my neighborhood, which made me rush in the morning to finish my term paper. I ended up getting a B on it, but my professor told me in the comments that he could tell I rushed it, and it was a pity because the paper could have been so much more. I did not disagree with the man, I just thanked the good Lord for my B. 
-My running schedule in general is a crappy. The mornings when I do run longer distances, I have noticed that my body isn't in great long distance running shape anymore. I am hoping next term will be less writing intensive in my classes so I can hit the pavement for longer periods.
-GAS PRICES! Give me a break! I put $20.00 in my tank on Friday night, and by Monday I will be on Empty again. This is out of control. Which means next term I have decided to take the Max to school, which I am still unsure about, but I know it will save me money big time! (I know what you're thinking... Katie is 1) so green and 2) SO Portland. Next time you see me, I will be in Toms, geek glasses and have one of those hipster bikes)
- I am such a lame-o. I often find myself picking homework/ studying over hanging out with my friends. Whaaaa? Where did Katie from OSU go? who knows?! I study a lot. 

Happy:
- Had dinner with two of my oldest friends Katie Westfall- Campbell and Lindsey Gross, for Lindsey's birthday. I Love how refreshing it is to be with them. 
-My Metaphor Theory professor decided to give us a take home final! 
- I continue to receive graduation information via e-mail and snail mail
- Just the overall sense of calm and patience I have had this week
- I went grocery shopping by myself at Trader Joes for the 1st time. I forgot how much I LOVE grocery shopping, and TJ is so great!
- My Accountant/ neighbor said I will most likely get a good amount of money back on my taxes!
- The sunny weather reminding me that spring is upon us!
- Spring Break Plans are set! Central Oregon here I come! Time for some family time, and relaxing in the beautiful city of Redmond. 
-Family time at my brother and sister-in-law's house to celebrate baby Moon who is growing so big and healthy, and to celebrate my brother's job promotion!

and that my friends is the weekly break down. 

Love and Looking for the Happy's
-Kate

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A little Mascara, and Some Encouragement




So I am in the midst of learning some new things about myself. I thought I might give you some insight into the inner workings of my heart. I love reading the blog from the women's ministry at Solid Rock "He Speaks in the Silence." Not only do I highly recommend it if you are a woman, but it might offer a man immense insight into the hearts of women as well. Right now Diane Comer is going through the series John Mark has spoken on before, which is the "4 Reasons for Marriage." The 4 reasons being 1. Friendship 2. Mission 3. Sexuality 4. Family
It is the sexuality aspect that I have been reading over and thinking about a lot lately. Diane mentions that a man desires to marry a beautiful woman. I think that all women desire to be found beautiful in some way, shape or form. From a young age I was taught how to act like a lady, and I grew up learning essentially how to be beautiful. But Diane made a good point: That you need to be your own version of beautiful, and enhance your own personal features. We as women want to be seen as expressing beauty, so why wouldn't we enhance the features we already possess? So for me... I run in the mornings to stay in shape. I moisturize and wear perfume to have nice skin and smell beautiful. I somewhat recently cut my hair to get it healthy, I wear some makeup to enhance my eyes. I am learning still how to dress effectively for my pear shaped body that is modest and attractive at the same time (modest being the key ladies). But these are all physical examples. I think what right now is intriguing me the most is the internal characteristics that make someone beautiful. It’s easy to pick at the physical characteristics, and to tell yourself you will never look like you should, or you couldn’t possibly be pretty enough for this man, but what if we concentrated more of our energy into how we can be beautiful from the inside out? As cliché as that term may be, I think there is a lot of truth in it, and a good man who follows after Jesus will not only see these inner characteristics but he will be intrigued by them and notice your beauty. So here is what I am working on and working through:

Encourage Others (This is something I am really trying to be better at!)
Smile
Laugh
Memorize Scripture
Speak kindly and Speak with Scripture
Emotions are a great thing to have, but I am working on developing the logical side to my decision making as well

The list could go on of course, but I will stop here, because it's easier for me to focus on smaller lists first. Please understand something though, The Lord takes Great Delight in you, just the way you were made. Please do not let any man, woman, person take that from you. Even in your weakest of moments remember that you are beautiful in your own unique way, and you know who loves you most for that? Your Father in Heaven does. And when you get hurt, (notice I said when, not if) not only do you know who you can run to, but might I suggest dancing in your house when no one else is home... it ALWAYS makes me feel better :)

So here is to creating beauty wherever you go, may you never forget how lovely you truly are. 

Love and Lip Gloss

-Kate











Monday, March 5, 2012

The Silent Retreat

 (The morning was quite overcast)
 (But by the afternoon the sun was shining on us)



Thursday I drove to Corvallis after school to meet up with Danielle to have a coffee date the day before her Birthday, then went to dinner with Jessica, and then went dancing at Eagles where so many friends were. It was a great day! Had some late night pillow talk with Shannon, and woke up the next day to have coffee with Jessica, and worked on homework before I left for the beach.

The weekend was more than I ever expected it to be. It was fun, it was peaceful, it was beautiful, it was encouraging, it was uplifting, it was insightful. Friday evening I got to spend good time talking with girls I hadn't seen in awhile. We all went out to dinner at Rogue in Newport, and then went back to the house to crash.

For those of you unfamiliar with what a Silent Retreat is... when we woke up on Saturday morning we were silent. We didn't talk to anyone out loud until dinner time at 5:00 pm. It was the first day I can remember in a very long time where I didn't set an alarm to wake up. My body woke me up at 8:00 am. I went upstairs to sit and eat breakfast and drink coffee. I journaled for almost 2 hours, just getting lots of thoughts out of my head, turning them into prayers. I prayed for very specific things, and I spent a lot of time reading my bible. I went for a run on the boardwalk, I even took a nap! It was a glorious 9 hour day of talking with Jesus and no one else. No expectations for the day, just resting in Him. The only thing I really heard him speak to me about was taking delight in Him, and taking delight in rest. That rest is good, it is vital, it is necessary for health, and that even God rested on the 7th day, so I am certainly able to do the same. No lap tops, no cell phones, no television. Just sweat pants, coffee, bible, journal. Shirley would even set our food out during the day so we could just nibble on things, and focus on resting. What a beautiful encouraging time to re-charge my battery so-to-speak. It was awesome spending time with girls I don't get to see often, and to hear their hearts. We all got to share what we learned at the end of the day, and it was so amazing to pray over one another and to encourage each other. I cannot wait for the next one, but I also learned this weekend, that taking a Sabbath is so important, and it needs to be something I take seriously, rather than just waiting for the next Silent Retreat. The funny thing is... when I got home yesterday I had a 6 page paper I needed to write that I had been trying not to be stressed by all weekend. So I started working on it yesterday in the afternoon and into the night... until our neighborhood had a black-out! Which usually I would be all about those, so unexpected, kind of romantic with lit candles everywhere, but I had a paper to write!! I think the Lord just really wanted me to rest the WHOLE weekend. haha so I did. Now I must finish my paper before class this morning...

Psalm 84: 1-2
"How Lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul years, and even faints for the courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God" (NIV).

Thank you Lord for the power of rest and relaxation, and the ability it has to restore. I pray I don't soon forget the power of rest, and taking a Sabbath.

Love and Restoration

-Kate

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Salt in the Air, Sand in my Hair- Bye Beaverton

Hmmmm Oregon?... Most likely not an accurate picture of my weekend to come
Wishing I could spend the weekend basking in God's beautiful sunshine...
But really our beaches have a beautiful darkness to them... mysterious almost

There is something so beautiful about crashing waves... perhaps it is the enormity of the ocean that I find beauty in. I am so small in comparison, it reminds me that the world does not revolve around Miss Katie Moon :/
I am such a sucker for pictures with moon's in them...



My heart has heard You say, "Come and talk with me." And my heart responds, "LORD, I am coming."  Psalm 27:8

I am going to the beach this weekend for a Silent Retreat with some ladies from Corvallis. Psalm 27:8 is the theme for our weekend, and I am so looking forward to this time to talk with Jesus and be silent before him with no distractions. I have a few things on my heart that I need to give to him. My prayer is that I can let the distractions of what is waiting for me back at home in the closet for a day and a half, and focus on my heart,  finding rest and spending time in worship. Friends I pray you have a blessed weekend as well. My phone will most likely be off for the weekend, so I will see you in a couple days!


Love and Ocean


-Kate