Brenna and I don't really get along or have much in common, but last night we did a craft together and it was fun. For Christmas, Annemarie made me a cute birdhouse that I've been meaning to hang up somewhere. On Friday I was bored, yet too drained to hangout with friends from lack of sleep, so I decided to go to Ben Franklin and get something for a craft. I didn't really know what I was looking for but I ended up picking out another little birdhouse to be a neighbor of the one Annemarie gave me. Don't worry this wont turn into a cookie cutter suburb ;) they're unique, not to mention- **quite adorable**
The one on the left is what I got from Annemarie, and the one on the right is what I bought.
Have you ever heard or read something that is such a simple idea, but you had never even thought of it before, and it applies so much to you? That happened to me on this retreat. It ventured into my head not as a simple idea, but as one that seemed to really hit home. I went to Joel's worship workshop Saturday morning and he explored the concept that worship is more than just singing and lifting your hands to God. I had always thought this, so I agreed with him. But then he went into more detail and started talking about art. He said something along the lines of this: when we engage in our creative abilities that God gave us (musicians, visual art, dance, minds, etc.), we are connecting with God on the deepest level! He is the Creator, and we are made creative. We become one with God when we use the creative gifts he gave us, because He is creative and lovely.
I'm going to be real and put this out there - a lot of you following my blog are my close friends and you know that I struggle with depression. Life is funny sometimes because I had been talking to Lauren about how putting together creative collaborations via blog posts had been like my anti-depressant and it just made me feel good. It made me happy to dive into a world of creativity and appreciate others' forms of creativity as well. I didn't really think about it twice, I just knew it made me happy and that's really what I cared about. Then this weekend I hear what Joel has to say and this "connecting with God on the deepest level" is finally brought to my attention. It's something I had never thought of and now I look at artsy-ness in a whole new way.
I'm reading "Le Petit Prince" (The Little Prince) for my French class. As I was leaving class today my teacher said "you guys are gonna get to learn about these wonderful baobab trees in the story!" Immediately a light bulb went on in my head and I had to stay and talk to her because it just so happens that I'm currently working on a painting of a baobab flower (they're on the trees) and have been for some time. She asked me how I knew about them (because not many people do, I think) and I told her I saw them on Planet Earth and the beauty that the flower held amazed me. It was just funny that she mentioned baobab trees and that they're in The Little Prince.
Baobab trees are in Madagascar and they're one of the most unique and peculiar trees I've ever seen.
They don't all look the same:
But one of the most captivating things about them is their flowers, as you'll see in this video. One night I was watching Planet Earth and I watched this flower open up and it made me emotional because 1. well, I'm just an emotional person, and 2. because I couldn't help but be in awe of something so delicate and enchanting that God created. You guys are probably going to watch and be like pffttt but...I don't know. I find it to be quite beautiful. And if anyone has seen the movie Madagascar and fell in love with the "so ugly they're cute" lemurs, watch this!
you'll have to turn your volume up a lot. I also advice clicking the button all the way on the right of the video to watch it in full screen. no copyright infringement intended.
uplifting. I'm supposed to be writing an outline that I should have done this weekend and I can't write. All I can think about is my headache and how much my stomach hurts and how unhappy I am and how stressed I am and how flaky some people are. So, I'm gonna wake up early tomorrow and do this shhhh before class. Why why why do I do this to myself. AGH I want to scream and be done with school and be done with...everything. I'll reget this in the morning. I always do. God help me. Why am I even on the internet right now? I have other work to do. The sad truth is, it never ends.
Lauren and I went into Good Foods Grocery tonight because I needed to get some lavender incense. Lauren needed some too. Hey, when do we not need incense? Anyways, neither of us had had dinner yet so we went on a search for something to munch on. Most the food there is organic (it might be all organic, in fact), so we found some pretty neat things.
Organic white cheddar maccoroni, sweet potato chips, Diet Hansen's peach soda, and chocolate/yogurt covered seeds! If you look in the back, you'll see the water bottles that Lauren bought that say "FEED" and "HOUSE." More than 50% of the proceeds go towards getting water to global areas that are in need. Unfortunately, the water was only about 39 cents.