Oh if I could..

If I could marry Donald Miller’s mind I would. He blows my mind, all the time.

Flattery is fairly easy, but truly believing in the remarkable beauty of the people around us is something more. It’s not that it’s harder, because it isn’t. What it is is a paradigm shift. When we flatter somebody, it’s still about us. We are saying something nice in order to be perceived as a nice person. But when our hearts get changed by God and we see the people around us as His works of art and His kids, a love for them pours out of us. We are delighted at every person even as we are amazed at works of art on a wall at a museum. Donald Miller.

 

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Move!

Quotes that make me think and that make me get up and do something!

Good things come to those who wait. Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up.

The way to love anything is to realise that it may be lost. G.K Chesterton

Learn to let go of things you cannot control.

Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress. Epictetus

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,[a] who gives me strength. – Philippians 4: 11-13

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Helen Keller

You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one. Henry D. Thoreau

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. Paul Valery

And once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can’t go back to being normal; you can’t go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time. Donald Miller

I’ve gone for too long living like I’m not alive. So I’m going to start over tonight beginning with you and I. I don’t want to run from anything uncomfortable. I just want, no I just need this pain to end right here. Miracle – Paramore

Resurrect Me.

After reading A million miles in a thousand years by Don Miller, I became enamoured with the idea of living life. Living a crazy full life is different to living a life that you truly enjoy. My life is always crazy and full, which is good, but I want to make sure I am really squeezing everything out of life. So on a Saturday afternoon, after a lovely brunch celebrating a beautiful friend’s 30th, I was exhausted. Normally, I would have taken a nap while I fell asleep to some TV, but in an effort to enjoy my life a little bit more, I set out to try and accomplish a lot of my favourite things in a small space of time. Here is the photographic record of a productive relaxing and fulfilling afternoon.

And once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can’t go back to being normal; you can’t go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time. Donald Miller – A Millions Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life.

Take five

5 Things

(Stolen from Red Velvet Art Blog)

5 Things I Am Looking Forward To:

  • A mini holiday to Tasmania for my cousin’s wedding
  • Finally being able to purchase a luxury bag I’ve had my eye on
  • When my amazon purchases arrive!
  • A visit from father for fathers day.
  • Accomplishing a goal off my 100 things to do while I”m still single list

5 Things I Did Yesterday:

  • Went for a walk
  • Cleaned my bedroom
  • Worked
  • Discovered two great new blogs (coming soon!)
  • Got my Josh and Donna fix

5 Things I Wish I Could do:

  • Skip out on work and live a life of blogging, making things and picnics!
  • Sew
  • Fast track my uni degree so I graduate now.
  • Be more patient
  • Write like Donald Miller

5 Places I’d Like to Travel To:

  • Egypt
  • France
  • US
  • Rockhampton
  • NZ

5 Cute things I’ve found online lately:

 

 Happy Spring people! I love spring!

Stolen

I stole this from lovely Laura. I think it’s a good thing to think about yourself a whole lot.

Well, you know, until you get all, self obsessed and stuff. But a little self observation never hurt anyone.

Your most marked characteristic?

Honesty

The quality you most like in a man?

Righteous, Authoritative

The quality you most like in a woman?

Security and purity

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty, Supportive, Mature

What is your principle defect?

Judgemental

What is your favourite occupation?

Consulting — or a job where I can tell people what to do and get paid lots of money for it. Yeah I think that’s being a consultant!

What is your dream of happiness?

A job i love, enough money to live and occasionally buy good shoes, friends who love themselves and each other, loving Jesus and more than 4 weeks of holidays  a year

What to your mind would be the greatest misfortunes?

To never really discover what it is you were meant to do here

What would you like to  be?

Talented, funny, humble, righteous, graced and loved.

In what country would you like to live?

Australia at the moment

What is your favourite colour?

Blue I think — maybe green.

What is your favourite flower?

Roses

What is your favourite bird?

I don’t really like birdsWho are your favourite prose writers?C.S Lewis, Donald Miller

Who are your favourite poets?

I don’t really have favourites.

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

Batman, Robin, Brett Holman

Who are your favourite heroines of fiction?

Batgirl, Anne Shirley, Nurse Allison Westcott

Who are your favourite composers?

Hans Zimmer & Harry Gregson-Williams

Who are your favourite painters?

None — It’s not that I don’t like art.. I just don’t know any

Who are your heroes in real life?

Batman, my Dad

What is it you most dislike?

Certain swear words, people who whinge about things they can change and reception desks

What natural gift would you most like to possess?

Hmm — playing instruments, or maths skills maybe

How would you like to die?

In my sleep — or really dramatically.

What is your present state of mind?

I’m discontent

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Food, shopping

What is your motto?

It’s a cliche for a reason. It’s not really a motto —  but I say it a lot.

Your name or pseudo?

Steffany, Steff, Steffa or Steffy

Alone – A quote.

A quote about loneliness from Donald Miller’s book, Blue like Jazz.

Loneliness is something that happens to us, but I think it is something we can move ourselves out of. I think a person who is lonely should dig into a community, give himself to a community, humble himself before his friends, initiate community, teach people to care for each other, love each other. Jesus does not want us floating through space or sitting in front of our televisions. Jesus wants us interacting, eating together, laughing together, praying together. Loneliness is something that came with the fall.
If loving other people is a bit of heaven then certainly isolation is a bit of hell, and to that degree, here on earth, we decide in which state we would like to live.