The greatest thing about being a part of the blogging community is connecting with people...people that are just like me, totally different than me, smarter than me, crazier than me...you fill in the blank. The biggest blessing to me has been how God uses blogs of friends and leaders I respect to speak truth into my life...at just the right moment and just the right time. Today, I received 2 blogs from 2 people I read a lot...Perry Noble and Seth Godin. These guys are on opposite ends of the spectrum of what they do and why they blog. However, today, they both had a word for me. Perry's blog is pretty self-explanatory for why I loved it today. #11 and #13 were a needed reminder. However, Seth's blog may be a little strange to you. He hit on something that I have experienced, watched happen to others, and that I want to help my children with one day when they face it. You're just dying to know what they said, huh?
I have been watching the day's events unfold with such a wide range of emotions. The peaceful transfer of power is an amazing thing to observe. No other nation has past world leaders and current adversaries standing on the same stage, shaking hands, waving, and even embracing. As I've seen on twitter and other blogs today, I agree that THIS is a proud day to be an American. Regardless of your political views, THIS IS A GREAT DAY for our history and for our country. God bless America and God bless our new President.
I've been really hitting the gym the last 3 months and I am starting to see some results (for me, it's all about fitting into my favorite pair of jeans!) BUT, WOW, my appetite has really taken off. I am so hungry right after a workout...well, my problem seems to be something a lot of people deal with.
"If people are going to go out and exercise to benefit their health, they should not be eating back the calories immediately upon finishing, or within a couple of hours of finishing," said Barry S. Braun, director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "In order to maintain the benefits, you need to be in this calorie deficit." CLICK here to read the entire article.
So, I have a 90-calorie treat ...to not totally ruin what I just did.
What is your biggest hurdle with food and exercising?
I've have made a concerted effort with my 4 year old daughter to esteem her for who she is and not what she does as much. My own personal quarter-life crisis was based on the fact that I had those backwards. But this article yesterday says that my generation of parents may be giving our kids TOO much self-esteem? That we are telling our kids that they are TOO special? That we are affirming them TOO much? I agree that maybe it has gotten out of hand with the "no F's" given in some schools, but I am not going to "take it down a notch" when it comes to affirming my kids. I'm the most positive force in their lives....so, I am going to not affirm them as much because I am afraid they "might" be disappointed when they find out they are not as special to the rest of the world? What do you think? You tell me...
"These kids didn't raise themselves, they got these ideas from somewhere," Twenge said. With Mom and Dad handing out endless praise, kids today readily believe they are somehow superior, she said. And teachers aren't blameless, either: According to Twenge, research shows that high school teachers now give out an "A" grade more easily than their counterparts did in the 1970s, even though today's high school students report doing less homework than students from that era...."
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I blogged about this last week and I wanted to update you on my progress. WOW! It keeps happening...which is one reason I haven't been here for a few days. Obviously, the current economic conditions and the pending election are making for great conversation and people feel very uneasy (at least those I've talked with this week). But, man...some GREAT spiritual conversation has been happening as I have been"interrupted" this week with some people in my life. One person said that they would not be thinking about this stuff before because their spiritual life has not been such a priority...Maybe this season in our lives will make us sit up and re-think our priorities? Maybe there's more to this life than our bank accounts (or lack thereof)? I'm thinking...
Are you having "Divine Interruptions?"
I thought this was an interesting article in EW about how the writer's strike has really hurt some of MY favorite shows (The Office, Lost)...I'm still here:) It's weird how we as TV fans lose interest so quick when we are not fed our TV on a regular basis. Granted, this season of The Office is not my favorite, but the season finale did make a great mess for next season. Lost, however, has hit it out of the park! I am loving this season more than ever! Read below...
Hey... Knock, knock. You out there? It's your TV. Remember me? I'm
awfully lonely in here. Networks are airing new episodes of their top shows once again, but
early ratings returns indicate that viewers might have left some
programs for good. Serialized dramas, presumably because of their
complex story lines, are suffering the most...The lesson here? Depriving viewers of their shows is no
— Tanner Stransky
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We have a young couple at our Island church campus who have made it to the top 5 finalists on the Today Show's Race to the Altar - Cara and Dominic. If you get to watch, great, but most importantly - VOTE FOR THEM! We are so excited for them(and their parents are REALLY thrilled if they don't have to pay for the wedding!)
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How many times have I heard in my life, "Cynthia, it's not what you said, it's how you said it!" It seems Barack Obama's denomination is using the same line for their issues with one of their former pastors, Reverend Wright.
WORDS IN CONTEXT
"... to put Wright's comments into context, you must
understand black theology and American religious history. He said that
the African-American church always has had a unique
relationship to social and racial justice and that it always has been
central to the social and political life of black communities.
"The African-American church emerged out of rejection by the white church. Slaves that converted to Christianity understood that the gospel did not sanction the superiority of white people or slavery," Glaude said. "African-Americans who embraced Jesus Christ as their savior had to reconcile those who understood Christ's message in terms of their privilege as white brothers and sisters. They wanted to figure out why they had to be separated during worship and when they were buried." Glaude describes Wright's words and tone as prophetic speech that is a common rhetorical style that African-American Christians have used since the early 19th century. "It's kind of a prophetic stance where they want to call America on the carpet for, in some ways, not living up to its ideals," Glaude said. "It's righteous indignation, not hatred. I don't know that it was so much what Rev. Wright said but how he said it."
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I was watching the Verizon Heritage Golf Tournament (it is THE biggest thing on our Island!) and all of the sudden I see my friend Stephanie Plemons in a National Selsun Blue ad! She had just started modeling when we moved to NYC in 2006 and it has just taken off for her. We did some outreach together for models in the city including breakfast for agencies and a dinner at our house for some of her model friends. More than that, she loves Sydney and took care of her many times for us while we lived there. I miss you, Steph! BTW...her hair REALLY does look like that!
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