My blog tonight won't really be one that's super inspirational (or possibly not very intelligent0 since I am EXHAUSTED! This month I haven't been writing as much as usual since school has taken up much of my time and energy, however I felt a little spark of wanting to write tonight, so thought I would write a brief blog on what I've been up to.
For some reason my whole life I have always had to be extremely busy. I just don't like sitting still! Well, although it is a good thing to have lots of motivation and accomplish many things, I think this semester I have learned how that can sometimes be very bad! However, even though my calendar is full to the brim, I don't regret my decision to pack on a lot. Since I have been growing stronger than ever in my faith with the Lord this year and have been talking with Him and listening for His guidance for what I should do with my life, I feel like I am getting tons of messages from the Lord flooding into me everyday.
I think maybe I'm feeling so flooded with messages since I'm probably way overdue on listening to His guidance. lol It's as if I was out of town for years and not able to ever check my email, and then all of a sudden I got back and am trying to sift through everything and figure out how to best apply His guidance to my life and fit His plan for me. THe main reason I've been taking on a lot is because there are so many ways I want to serve the Lord using the guidance He has so graciously given me.
As I mentioned, I don't regret filling my calendar to the brim, although I am stressed sometimes, I am ulitmately proud for doing God's work and doing everything I am in His name. Right now, I'm taking 6, 400-level 3 unit classes. One of them is a peer counseling class (which I have taken before and quite enjoyed). I start my first counseing session with students tomorrow-it will be on positive body image. I think I am a great counselor, and I think counseling is the path God wants me to go on and I think given my skills, it's the best way for me to do His work. For another one of my classes, the whole entire class builds up to one BIG research project. It's sort of like an "undergrad thesis". We pick any topic we want (it has to apply to Women's studies of course), and we have to do a 20-page research paper then give a 30 minute presentation of our findings in late November. IF we don't want to do a research paper, we can choose to do something else as long as the amount of work put in is equivalent.
I wanted to do something different that I could possibly use for my future aspirations of being a counselor. So, I am going to write a grant proposal for a non-profit women's counseling center. But rather than having the center use the typical talking-listening approach to solve issues, I want to use a more active approach, for I feel turning an emotional past into something that can help prevent the same to happen to others is much more empowering for the clients and has more closure for their situation. For example, someone who was a victim of domestic violence would meet a counselor for a couple sessions and the counselor can understand the client's situation a little better and get a feel for their personality. Then, they would work together to develop an active approach to recovery--for example, the client and the counselor could collaborate together and develop a seminar that is taught to high school boys to teach them about domestic violence in order to help future generations from falling into the same harmful pattern of violence. As I get further along in the process, I'll write more about it on this blog.
So I have a lot on my plate with that--I'm going to need to do research on the effectiveness of this counseling approach, how it is different from other women's org. in the area, how the grant funds will be distributed, what staff members we need, and lots of other legal aspects. (THis grant isn't something I'm actually turning into the gov. for funding, it's a "fake" grant-yet has to be in the format for one that would actually be submitted). I think this "grant" project is going to be great for a portfolio of counseling work! And I think it'll be a lot of fun :)
I have this Saturday and next off from the Shea Center. We just finished the summer session, and now me, the horseys, and the other volunteers need a break! Bet in OCtober I'm back for the fall session! I'm wanting to also get more experience on the learning therapy aspect of the Center. (To fill those in who don't know what I'm talking about, the Shea Center is a therapeutic horseback riding center for children with disabilities. I'm a volunteer there and I assist the counseling staff with mostly physical therapy, but a little bit of cognititve learning too). I'm glad to have a bit of a break so I can sleep in on Saturday mornings, but I will miss the smell of the barn, Spy (the horse I work with), and of course the wonderful kids!
In two weeks, I'll be starting my 40-hour state required domestic violence training. I know to most it would sound like a drag, but I want so badly to work with and help victims of domestic violence. I truly feel it is my calling. I'm very excited to start, because the sooner I start the closer I am to making a difference in the lives of others!
I also just began doing a women's Bible study on Seed by Priscilla Shirer. The purpose of the study is to help you realize how every verse in the Bible is living, and to help you learn how to read Bible verses in a way that helps you figure out how to apply each and everyone to your life so you can better discover yourself and to better serve God. I'm only two days in, but so far am LOVING it!!!
I'm just so thankful to be able to have so many opportunities in my life to do God's work and to follow His path for me, as well as all the little blessings He places in my life each day! I'm so thankful that Garrett and I have found a church we love with people we love who love God with us! I'm also thankful that no matter how hectic each day is, that at the end of it I can feel satisfied knowing I've made God proud, and that in between my busy schedule and bedtime I get to cook dinner with my wonderful husband and cuddle with my adorable kitty! Hehehe :)