Friday Faves 2/3

Favorite thing I learned how to do this week:

Take a screen shot of my phone. I did it on accident, had no idea how I did it, then I googled it, and what do you know? SUPER easy. *palm to fiveforehead*

This was the accident:

and this one was on purpose once I figured out how to do it:

and yes, Justin Timberlake and I are besties. And no it didn’t take me 44 minutes to figure out how to do it. I was at work.

Fave song I’m listening to at the gym:

‘Til Death by Wynter Gordan. 

I get so excited and giddy when this song comes on. Resisting the urge to just put it on repeat and have it play the whole time. Maybe I shouldn’t resist. Is that weird to do that?

Fave blogger:

Gina from Running to the Kitchen

She has the BEST recipes and she is super funny in a subtle sort of way that I totally get. Love it. Love her food. Love her pics. Love it ALL!

Fave thing I spy in my room that is a b-day present, but I haven’t had the time to open all the way and get started playing with yet:


Fave thing I did this week:

Taught my first class at BC! I am teaching Performance Management and Employee Relations. Fancy huh? I have about 20 students and we have class every Wed for four weeks. It was a great time and I think the students got a lot out of it. Can’t wait for next week!

* I just read my first session reviews and almost teared up at what the students had to say. Its so humbling to be recognized for something you love and are passionate about. I am feeling very blessed.

This one is my favorite:

I guess they just couldn’t commit?

Favorite transformation:

Favorite lesson I was reminded of exactly when I needed it:

We live on the wrong side of heaven. This world is not our home. It is a broken place filled with unspeakable pain and crushed dreams. Even so, we can live in this foreign land for a while – with joy — knowing that home is waiting, celebrating here because of what we have there. “The Message” translates the words of Paul in Philippians 4:4 this way, “Celebrate God all day, every day. Revel in him!” I love it! Paul is calling us to party!  That’s right! We are to celebrate God every minute of every day for as many days as we have. “Revel” literally means “to party, to raise the roof” or, as my Mama used to say, “paint the town red.” Every day we have a choice to make when it comes to our perspective on life. That choice then determines our attitudes which then lead to the actions that determine success or failure and the quality with which we live and serve.

Paul is serious about joy, and his instructions are clear. We are to be joyful – always.  I know that many times, life makes it impossible to be happy but happiness is not what Paul is talking about. Happiness is a cheap imitation of true joy, depending totally upon man-made circumstances, while joy is an inside job and depends totally upon God’s presence in the midst of those circumstances.  Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us that “the joy you have in the LORD is your strength” (GWT).  Remember that joy is not a feeling but rather a chosen perspective that recognizes the fact that God is in control. I am not talking about the power of positive thinking. I am talking about a real, honest-to-goodness transformation of the perspective from which we live. I’m talking about the power of God, active and present in every circumstance. Don’t settle for Pharisaical religion or slot-filling, box-checking church activity. Settle for nothing less than the unexplainable but undeniable power of God’s presence at work in your life.  


Favorite thing I made for dinner:

Creamy Potato Soup

Recipe modified from here.

About a bag and a half of small red potatoes (just gauged how many I thought the three of us could eat)
3 (14.5oz) cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 Tbsp minced onion flakes
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
3 celery stalks cut up into small pieces

1 (8oz) package cream cheese (I used light)

In a crockpot, combine everything except for the cream cheese. Cook for about 5 hours on low. About 15 minutes before serving, add cream cheese. Stir until melted and thoroughly combined. Serve with cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, green onions.

what were some of your favorites from this week? 

would you rate me a 4 or 5? or in between? hehe