Saturday, September 29, 2012

September Shenanigans

Ok, so I have already failed at posting once a week. But at least it hasn't been 8 months since my last post.

Life for us has been pretty busy recently. I've started a new job working at a civil construction company here in Renton. I think one of my favorite things about it is the 5 minute commute! The people are really great and it's a good company. Right now I'm working as a temp but I'm praying that some contracts will go through and they'll be able to hire me permanently.

Other news on the job front, Bergen and I are giving our entrepreneurial skills a shot. No pun intended! We are working on drumming up a photography business. So far, we've gotten a few paying clients and are having a blast! Our spare time has been filled with designing business cards, reading whatever we can find about photography and Photoshop, pinning poses we like and having fun getting out with the camera. Check out our photography portfolio and if you or anyone you know in the Seattle area needs pictures done, be sure to let us know! Bergen has done a great job at editing and actually had his very own photo session this week that, might I add was a success! Photography been one of my "Life in the Middle" projects and I'm glad with lots of help and support from Bergen, family and friends it has been put into action.

My dad came to visit in September and we had a great time. We followed him around Seattle getting classic city landscape shots. As always with any Power get-together, we ate great food and got in a couple rounds of different games at Phyllis and Jeff's (my aunt and uncle). He was here for his birthday, so I made him strawberry shortcake and Bergen made white chicken chili for dinner.

There have been a few different things Bergen has talked about since we first started dating and I was able to experience one of them with him this past month: The Puyallup Fair. It didn't disappoint! We got fresh baked scones, saw the show animals, walked the exhibits and had fun with Karen, Stian and Kjellden. Being from Wisconsin, I've been to my fair share of fairs, but I'd never been to one like this! If any of you out-of-staters ever come to the area in September, you should definitely put this on your list.

Well, it is a rare occurrence for me to be up past 10:30 so I best be signing off to get some beauty sleep. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Always in the Middle

I have really left this blog on the back burner and forgotten about it.

Reading my last post about New Year's resolutions makes me think, resolutions don't have to only be made at the beginning of a new year do they? My resolution as of September 9th is to write at least one blog post a week. I will be accountable to all of you on this.

A few weeks ago, I had some time to read a message from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf titled Always in the Middle. It got me thinking; over my short life of twenty-four years, I have spent so much time worrying about the future. And as a result of that, I have also wasted a lot of time beating myself up over things that I did not do in the past.

He says, “By many world calendars, July marks the middle of the year. While the beginnings and endings of things are celebrated and remembered, the middle of things often goes unnoticed…But with the proper outlook, considering ourselves as in the middle of things can help us not only to understand life a little better but also to live it a little more meaningfully.”

I've struggled with feelings of inadequacies, been disappointed when I compare my life to others’ lives, and felt frustrated with thoughts of not knowing what to do with my life. But, what do I do about it? I spend so much time worrying about the future, I forget to live in the present and am not sure how to go about doing it.

When I read this message, I found my answer. Changing my perception to seeing myself in the middle of things provides me with hope. I think it truly can help me to understand my life a little better and also live it a bit more meaningfully. It can teach me to enjoy my blessings, what I have here and now, rather than letting myself be consumed about what the future holds.

By always living in the middle, I can focus on and do things I want to be doing. I have learned from past experiences, when I keep myself busy and push those worries about the future aside for a time, God has a funny way of providing me with opportunities. In just about every instance, those opportunities were better than what I worried about figuring out how to get. It is a lesson that I have learned and relearned, and now have been reminded of through reading President Uchtdorf’s message.

I have set a goal for myself to be more conscious of directing my energies on things that I can be doing in the moment and keep the “Always in the Middle” perspective on track. I will keep you all up to date on my "Always in the Middle" activities. As President Uchtdorf said, “Forever is composed of nows…Being always in the middle means that the game is never over, hope is never lost, defeat is never final. For no matter where we are or what our circumstances, an eternity of beginnings and an eternity of endings stretch out before us. We are always in the middle.”