|My morning started off|
with a beautiful flower from my RA!
And a sunny blue day!
Fortunately enough, I feel like God set me up right with classes this year! My classes consist of Communicating To Youth, Communicating God's Word, Issues In Contemporary Youth Culture, Marriage and Family, and Sea Adventure. The first three all have to do with learning different ways to effectively communicate God's Word to young people while keeping in mind the experiences and responses each of them have based on their past. That is SO great to sit in each and really practice all the skills I'm learning at the same time to get better at what I'm called to. The same skills I'm learning from Issues and Communicating To Youth are similar to the skills I need when handling a marriage and a family. Effective communication of feelings and respectful approaches to confrontation on every level are crucial to strong bonds and relationships between spouses, and parents and children.
|First kayak class with Julia!|
|I stood up in my kayak!!|
Another thing I've been keeping up with on the side is my regulation of exercising and eating right. I'm not a big person, but I have developed a pooch on my belly from eight months of parking my butt behind a desk in an office. I build muscle pretty quickly because of my thick German-Scandinavian heritage, so the muscle-strengthening part shouldn't be hard. It's just the whole losing the fat that has collected like dust on my belly! I have kept a regular exercise pattern, running a mile a few nights a week, biking a few times a week, using machine weights for toning my muscles, and using the elliptical for the first time ever. For eating, I have been doing my best to take it easy on the desserts, bread, pasta, and potatoes. The only reason I allow myself to have large amounts of the latter three are if I plan to workout right after to burn all the energy I get from the carbs and startches in those foods. I reward myself with sweets once a week depending on how well I did that week taking care of my health. Other than that, I've been choosing the right foods to eat - that are not southern-deep-fried, or covered in a stick of butter or margarine. Fresh veggies are delightfully mixed in all different ways, and I am always too full when I'm finished eating. Slimming up! And I'm excited! Wedding coming!
So that is how my first few weeks back to school have been, my thoughts, and what I have been up to - busy, busy!