December 1, 2014

What I Learned in November...

It's that time again... time to join in with the lovely Emily Freeman (now a NYT Best Seller, I might add!) for her oober fun link-up, What We Learned... 

It's already December, ya'll! Can you even believe it? I haven't played along since Summer, but here we are:
As Advent begins and the pull and temptation may be to lean in to the rush of the season... I am encouraging you to slow... to find a little silence... to reflect back -to last month, sure... even last year... but as Advent shows us, there is value in reflecting back - all the way back.  In doing that, we see more clearly how Christ has come, yes. But we also see how He's been coming for us all the while! (And He is coming still...)


But for today... here it is:
What We Learned in November...
12 Random Things That I Have Learned. 


1. I learned that I have this irrational fear of slipping... It's getting better, but ever since I slipped and fell (badly spraining my wrist, resulting in no writing or typing for months) - I am less willing to try new things because, whether it's really a danger or not, I'm afraid I may slip, lose my footing, and get injured.  Now, this is not really working for me because lately I've been writing about taking risks and living more adventurously! We are surrounded in our area with great hikes - big ones and little ones, and I am forcing myself to overcome this fear and just do it! This weekend, we went on a new hike where we ran into some pretty muddy (ahem... slidey, slippery) trails. Luckily, we were so far into the hike, the option to turn back didn't really exist! And you know what? I did it... only slipping a little and never completely falling!
And the reward was worth the risk! (Which turned out not to be so risky after all!)

2. I learned that I have fallen for the lie that I can either be 'healthy and active' spiritually, or physically - but not both at the same time! I have regained a few pounds after working so hard to lose them a few years ago and it hit me that I have battled balancing pressing in to health one way or the other, but not mastered doing them both at the same time! It seems I am either All In physically, making healthy choices and staying disciplined in working out... or I am All In spiritually, making healthy choices and staying disciplined in working out. My goal this month, and next year, is to find a healthy balance of doing both!

3. I learned that I actually follow through on daily devotions much better when (1) I have accountability and (2) it is done in smaller chunks of reading and/or Scripture! I so enjoyed going through Pin God First, aka #MoreSoulLessScroll on Instagram, with Jennifer Dukes Lee for the month of November! It was fun, and doable, and I heard God so clearly as I would slow and really dig in to those verses... so many of them familiar. I love when He shows up through the Word and teaches us something deeper. 



4. In an unrelated note, I learned that John Crist is hysterical! Thank you, Jon Acuff...
#ChristianGirlInstagram 

5. I learned that my Honey, bless his heart, still hasn't mastered the skill of buying me a new CD. Honestly, you guys... it shouldn't be that hard! I love a lot of music... I really do! I love Christian worship and some Christian Contemporary music, I am a Country music fan, and I enjoy Pop... I have come to love Jazz and R&B and even a little disco and rap. See? Not too hard? I'm not picky!  In his defense, there are a lot of artists that I like, but I don't buy their CDs or download entire albums. He's old school, and downloading a song or two is not an option for him. He likes to hold the CD case in his hands, and read the lyrics... so he thought he was nailing it when he bought me the new Ed Sheeran CD... I mean, who doesn't like Ed Sheeran right? Well - the whole thing is sort of sad depressed drinking theme... so that doesn't really scream 'happy car music'... this, on the other hand...
Yeah, I bought this one myself... I can't help it... I love me some Swifty!

6. I (re)learned that I will never, ever, ever tire of watching Gilmore Girls! (Thank you, Netflix Streaming!) I have also learned that I get just a tad bit jealous when someone is just discovering this series because - Gah! - to fall in love for the first time is Freaking Awesome! (This also applies to Friday Night Lights and West Wing, of course.)

7. I learned that I still really love paper crafting... I tend to ebb and flow with the creativity - or at least with the being productive with the creativity! For years, it was my job to make cards and scrapbooks and all things papercrafty, but after so long I got burned out on it all. In November, I learned that I still enjoy the rhythm of designing and crafting a card by hand, just as much as painting a picture or taking a photograph! I am so thankful that there are so many different ways to be creative! 

8. I learned that sometimes, we just really want to be our kids' Saviors! I mean - hello? - we wouldn't come out and just SAY that, but ...we want to be the one to meet their needs and come to the rescue and heal them up and be their shelter. This, in itself, is not a bad thing. But there comes a time when they must see that we are not the answer that they are looking for. Hard truth right there, but better learned for the smaller things so that if/when the bigger things come, they know where to run and you can all run there together!

9. I learned that I am not a fan of my girlie being sick, not that this is new... but what I really learned is that as much as I don't like it, I no longer go to the worse case scenario in my mind as soon as I hear that she is not feeling well so I guess I learned that in this whole new world of Empty Nester living, I am getting better at trusting Him with her. (I also learned that it's harder to trust, and to take care of them, when they are sick and living away from home...)

10. I learned that I miss taking photographs with actual people in them! I do a lot of landscape photography and I love it... but if I go too long without a model or client session, it starts to be like an itch that I can't quite reach. Luckily - my girlie is always up for an impromptu session, and God is good to bring me a client or two right about then, as well!







11. I learned that I cry when Parenthood says I won't get to hang out with the Bravermans until JANUARY? What??? I can't even repeat what may or may not have escaped my mouth when it was time for the previews but instead they said something CRAZY like we'll see you in January!? What the what? SO NOT FAIR! (And don't even get me started on how this is the final season! Gah!)

12. I learned that when you see someone on a TV show that you KNOW you know recognize... you can snapchat your girlie and it will then drive her crazy too... That is, until one of you finally gives in and just Googles it! (Yeah... so really, I relearned how much I love Google! How did we even function before Google existed? Now... it's like we can know ANYTHING!)

Also unrelated, as compiling this random list, I learned that maybe I watch too much TV in the Fall?  Maybe!



I am Linking up with EMILY FREEMAN
Join us!

I am also linking with Holly Barrett for #TestimonyTuesday



So - what about you? What did you learn last month? Silly, serious - informative or fun... share the wealth! After all, knowledge is power, right? Seriously, what did you learn?  

18 comments :

  1. You are such fun and lovely and real and ALL THE THINGS I love. Which is why I have come to adore you. And I just love those photos of your girlie and that precious mama and her girlie. Here's to a still, healthy Advent for us both, friend!

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    1. Aw... right back at you, my friend! You are too sweet! And Amen to a still and healthy Advent! May He show up and shine through! Love you!

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  2. Karrilee, you are a kindred spirit! I am a fairly new empty nester who is passionate about Jesus and has watched every episode of Parenthood multiple times. May you and your family have the best most-Jesus-filled Advent ever! Julie

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    1. Oooooh Julie - We ARE kindred spirits!!! Yay! The interweb is so great at connecting us like that! Amen to that prayer... I will pray it right back for you and yours! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I love this! PLEASE move closer to me...I have 3 crazy little munchkins that I would LOVE for you to get on camera! Lets see here...I have the same cds, and I just started the same track of getting my spiritual and physical wellness back in order! Perhaps I need to look back more as well! Thanks!

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    1. It's amazing how, when we look back bringing God with us - how it can give us a new/bigger/more accurate perspective, right? Oh I would love to photograph your littles - mostly because that would mean we were meeting face to face! Oh girl... I will urge you on, and you can urge me on! We can do this and find that balance!

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  4. Karrilee,
    Glad you're out hiking and enjoying the outdoors again...and your photos are beautiful :) You're talented :) That video was hilarious....thanks for sharing.

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  5. What a wonderful post...written beautifully and from the heart, just like the Karrilee I've come to know! Miss you sister!
    #8 is so true!!!!

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    1. Awww - I miss you too, Sisser! ;) Ah yes.... #8 ...we could talk about that one for hours, right? (Oh how I wish we could - in person, sipping something yummy! One day! One day we will carve out time again!) Love you so, De!

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  6. I have two words for you, my friend. Hiking poles. ;). I HATE slipping and sliding whilst walking because I, too, have a fear of breaking or spraining something! I discovered hiking poles when my daughter and I were training for a 19 mile hike along the Bridger Ridge (that included 8000 ft of elevation gain and 9000 ft. of elevation loss--lots of places to slip and slide!). The good news? You burn more calories and condition more parts of your body when walking with poles. The bad news? People might ask you where your skies are ;). I don't care what people think or say--those poles saved my Stripples several times!

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    1. Anita... AMEN about the hiking poles!!! Seriously - a good friend gave me some old ski poles to go with and that is how I managed to go back to the same trail I had fallen on and overcome the fear! I left them at home the other day - not thinking we would run into anything too steep or muddy - but I was wrong! It's getting a bit too cold now to hike - but I will be keeping at least one of those poles in my car once we warm enough to go back out there!!!

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  7. I've never done this exercise with Emily - may have to consider it come 2015! And, did I hear you mention West Wing? Oh my word, I loved that series!!! And, I am a huge fan of Netflix!!! xo

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    1. Oh Susan - it's such a FUN Link Up! Definitely join in! The posts are all different... sometimes shorter (ahem! what? I have a lot of words!) sometimes serious... but often they include something quirky or truly fun to learn! And yes... West Wing... I can watch that all the way through and then want to start all over again right away! It was SO good!

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  8. What a fun link up! I've never heard of it, but wow... I want to put it on my list. Yours is a great list, it looks like you had a great November.

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    1. Susan.... Do join us! I love it because they are just fun... some get a bit serious but it's one of the most fun link ups around! Emily writes so powerfully and about such serious things - I love her quirky fun side and it really shines in these posts!

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  9. So enjoyed your post and appreciate your creative talents!

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    1. Thank you so much! Stop by any time!

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~Karrilee~

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