Balloon Fiesta!

I hate waking up when your bed is cozy and the pets are cuddled up with their warm bodies next to you. I very rarely (if ever) wake up early if I don’t have to. I don’t even wake up early for Christmas morning! BUT I do love the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, so the first weekend of October I wake up at 4:30 am. Gladly? No. Excited? Yes!

Even better… taking someone who has never been to the Fiesta to the Fiesta!!! I love it. If you’ve never been, let me know and come visit me next October! 😉 We’ll wake up at 4:30 am, sit in traffic for an hour, wait in lines, eat breakfast burritos, drink so much coffee, and take a million photos… and just be happy throughout it all. ❤

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real talk| being Christian & single

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Being 28 is not old. But right now I feel like I’m missing some goals… ugh goals is not the right word, but it’s the word I have right now. Some ‘goals’ I have are to get married and have babies.

WHAT?!?! Where did this come from Liz? I mean I’ve always wanted to get married, but having babies has never been on my radar (except for adoption, I’ve always felt led to adopt). A while back in September I baby-sat my nephew for a few hours. During his nap, I just stared at him, prayed over him, and cried a little (creepy, right?). I prayed for his health, for him to know and love Jesus, and that he would be a kind, sweet man. I cried because it hit me… the baby bug hit me. A week later as I was in Target’s baby area, shopping for others, I started bawling. Like heavy tears. I had to leave. A week after that I sat in my dear friend’s home crying to her, being vulnerable and finally honest with another sister, about what my heart is going through. It’s safe to say I have started grieving over gifts that the Lord has not given me.

I know God is good, and my singleness is a gift (even if I don’t want this gift, I have it. USE IT, at least for now, USE IT!). My singleness does not mean I’m a second-class citizen of Christ (and thank you Lord that I don’t feel that way in my life, in my church, or in my group of good friends). My childlessness does not mean I was not made to love children, right now I’m looking for ways that I can love kids that need it. Sometimes, a lot of the time, being single sucks. I’m ok with saying that. It’s hard when you’re surrounded by happy couples with their sweet, adorable babies, especially when they only want to talk marraige and babies…

What I’ve learned from this is it’s ok to be sad that I’m not married (In the US 27.9 is actually the average age for a woman to marry, but I’m not average, right?). I can grieve over the fact that I want something that I might not get in my “correct timeline,” or ever. (OR EVER… and God is still good).

It’s ok be a little sad when all friends want to talk about is babies, but also to remember that I have been chosen to have a place in these babies’ lives too! What a blessing to be the aunt that points them to Christ. The aunt that always has sugar, or knows all the cool activities to do. It’s ok to be the socially awkward lady who cannot talk to good looking men…. but also wish she could. lol. It’s ok to be these things, but in the end it’s most important to know that following God is ALL I’m called to do. And I can do that single.

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on the hunt

I’m on the hunt for ABQ’s best mocha. To me, coffee should be black without cream or sugar, but for special occasions I like to grab a mocha. (This, also, might be because I can only really make coffee black…)

Mochas are chocolate candies in liquid form. They’re the light during a tough day, or the sprinkles on top of an already amazing day. They signify good conversation with friends, or the warmth during much needed solitude.

So far the best mochas in ABQ are at The Grove. Also on the list are lavender London fogs- best ones are at Empire Board Games. But basically this post is written so that you go out and #treatyoself to your favorite drink! I know I will today!

last weekend

Last weekend I helped put on GIRL Extravaganza 2017! Basically an exhibitors fair for Girl Scouts, community members, & families that consisted mostly of STEM activities!

It was SO. MUCH. FUN. Participants were able to ‘play with’ interactive displays, robots, 3D printers, make slime, wood carve, create art for the community, dress-up, & even try out a mobile Ninja course!

Putting together an event of 500+ participants isn’t always the easiest (in fact if you can do it without stressing out like a crazy person, I think you’re magic), but it’s so much sweeter when you see the faces of kids & adults light up! Maybe my favorite part of the whole event was seeing the girls try out the warped wall! They didn’t stop, or even think that they couldn’t do it… they just tried their hardest & encouraged their friends to do the same. ❤ LOVE. I know when I try something new now, I always belittle my attempt. Something I took away from last weekend was to never doubt yourself and JUST TRY.

Also, I’m ready for a chill weekend, but balloon fiesta starts tomorrow, so that’s not happening!

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busy weeks

These past few weeks have been so full of networking and people (which I am so grateful for!).

They’ve been wonderful and overwhelming; wonderful because of all the people and opportunities these events bring (from intimate dinner parties with the New Mexico Energy Forum to larger non-profit networking events with Albuquerque mayoral candidates and planning large events)… overwhelming because of… all the people. People drain me (but like, in the best of ways). Making small talk constantly drains me. New situations terrify me.

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When my new people meter gets tapped out I am SO unproductive. I feel terrible at work, when I’m suppose to be working, but I just can’t give 100%. I know it sounds lazy and like an excuse, and maybe to some extent it is, but when it’s go, go, go 5 days a week, I need a stay, stay, stay day. THANKFULLY, I was at lunch the other day and realized that a stay day at a coffee shop or at home was needed, called my supervisor to make sure it was ok. She was more than encouraging to take a mental health afternoon; and made me feel 0% guilty about not returning to work. ❤

It’s so important to make sure you’re giving 100% (something I’ve been guilty of not doing), but to do so you have to take a stand to make sure you’re ok. So sometimes giving most of your energy most of the time to one thing means giving 0% some of the time, in order to get yourself on track.

(in fact, now that I type this, I remember that our CEO came into my office a few times last week and said that I didn’t seem 100%, and I should leave early, or take a coffee break, or just walk around the office until I could focus, and at the time I was a little perturbed that she didn’t think I was doing a “good enough” job, but now I’m just thankful that she even recognized exhaustion and encouraged taking a break.)

She Reads Truth| Colossians

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Sometimes (ummm, a lot of the time…) I’m worried that people can’t tell I’m a follower of Christ. Like what sets me a part from the do-gooders of today who don’t believe in God? Can you, honestly and genuinely, say “to God be the glory,” each and every time you receive a compliment/ praise (to where people don’t want to shove you off a cliff?)?

I don’t know why, but while reading Colossians 2, Matthew 15:1-9, & Romans 7:4 I was struck with these thoughts. Really these questions have nothing to do with the verses, but kept creeping in my mind, so that’s what was meditated on this past week.

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” -Colossians 2:6-7

* What sets me a part from the “do-gooders” of today who don’t believe in God? EXACTLY THAT- they don’t believe and follow the Lord. That’s the only difference. People still want to and can do such beautiful, amazing things in life- because we were all created in God’s image. Humans don’t get to choose to be image bearers, we just are. So it makes sense that people who are atheist or agnostic can still do selfless acts of love…

* So how do I let others know that my ‘selfless acts of love’ are done because of Christ and not of me (because in all honesty I’m super selfish and would pick serving myself over serving someone else any day). Or when someone compliments your outfit that day are you suppose to say “to God be the glory,” or “all things through Christ?” I think what I’m comfortable with is just being genuine in response. To sincerely accept the words of encouragement- if it feels appropriate to say what a joy it was to serve, but if it doesn’t feel real, just to say thank you. I don’t think you have to continuously verbally state that all good things come through Christ, but to live a life pointing toward Him. Right? IDK. Someone help me please.

Anyway those were my thoughts from the readings, which had nothing to do with the readings. Thanks for reading this mess of a post…. and for hopefully providing me with your insight on how to better honor God.

We Are ABQ

IMG_2027Have I ever mentioned how much I love my city? Albuquerque, sometimes (a lot of the time…), is portrayed in such a negative light. Although, I know that the crime is real and obviously stats on education &/ poverty don’t lie, I truly believe in the good of our city, and the possibility for the future! For the narrative of the city to change we need to encourage people to come here, stay here, and invoke positive change here. I’m so glad that others in the city have the same vision. Last weekend I volunteered with SOMOS ABQ. This event hopes to “illuminate everything good” Albuquerque has to offer. Ummm, yes please.

From the eclectic art to the diverse music, and from the yummy food to the friendly people- it was all so good and SO New Mexico. Definitely would recommend to ALL for next year!

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