starting school, again.

you know those times when you think, to yourself, or even say to someone, “i will never…” you finish the sentence.

and then sometime in either the near or far future your “i will never” is becoming your  “i’m doing.”

well…

hi, im nicole. i said i would never go back to school after graduating berry college.

and yet

here i am, attending classes about the human body, taking more stat classes and learning about the psychology of people.

awesome.

(i meant that.)

i found myself thinking last night, i like being in a classroom. i like the “learning” of material, getting a syllabus, and finishing a class.

hi, i’m nicole…and i’m also a nerd. :)

it could possibly be because what i’m studying now is what i was always made to study and so the passion i have for it is ten fold compared to the passion i had about my other undergraduate degree classes.

(umm…can someone remind me of this post in 6 weeks when i preparing for midterms and i hate my life?)

all goes to say…never say never. although, your never could quite possibly be one of the greatest blessings. ever.

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new

a new small group/bible study.

new roommates.

new home.

new job (semi-recently).

new friendships.

new perspective.

new beginnings.

Jesus has used the word and concept, “new” as the theme for my life here lately. and between me seeing unfold before my eyes and at church, i’m amazed at how when God wants you to get a concept, he doesn’t let you forget it for a moment.

these are the verses from this past sunday’s message…

isaiah 43:16-21

“This is what the LORD says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,

who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:

Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.

the wild animals honor me,
the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the desert
and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,

the people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise.”

and i love the Message version part which says…

“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?”

it’s so convicting. God is ALWAYS doing something new.

and lastly…

(if you haven’t heard this song…google it right now)

hillsong has a song called “you’ll come”.

it’s moving.

anyway…sunday these lyrics struck a chord within me and i haven’t been able to stop thinking about the concept…

“surely as the sun will rise

You’ll come.”

the sun will ALWAYS rise, even if it’s behind the clouds. Jesus is ALWAYS there, even if we don’t see Him.

my new home.

i started a “moving day” post on saturday morning when i couldn’t sleep (even though i didn’t go to bed until 3:30 am), but i’ve yet to finish it so i thought it might be better to document it in less of a detailed post and more in a general synopsis.

so…here it goes…

i moved. in 100 degree weather. up three flights of stairs. with a full u-haul truck.

the apartment is great. roomy. cozy.and the bedrooms are all a nice fit for each us, surprisingly.

frisbee and i moved on friday morning. so…we were both up really early and decided that we wouldn’t go to bed until the boxes in the living room and kitchen were unloaded. (to say that the amount of boxes and totes we had in the living room were overwhelming would be an understatement.) but, we did it.

note…exhaustion + being awake for almost 24 hours causes deliriousness. (is that even a word?)

i’m finally getting my room finished, although i’m positive that once i start school (in 8 days!!!!) i’ll probably redo my desk area to make it work for my needs.

and i have yet to hang any artwork on the walls…i need that to change soon.

really cool art wall to be displayed in my room…will post pictures once it’s done.

this morning was the first day, in a long time, that i haven’t had to do anything. instead, i woke up at 8:00 am (typical) and started cleaning the kitchen, living room, vacuuming and organizing (my fav).

so…although i’m sure it will take a couple more weeks to get truly acclimated to everything in my new home, i’m loving it so far.

one looonngg week.

this is my schedule for the week.

it’s a busy one.

i’m really looking forward to saturday.

today i worked/ran around chasing babies from 7:30 until 5:30, then i had 2 hours worth of errands to take care of, then i fixed dinner, then i ate it :)

tomorrow i’ll “work” (see above) from 7:00 until 5:00ish, then i’m going to babysit a dear friends kid from 6:15 until 9ish.

whew…i’m already tired.

wednesday, i’m off work, but it’ll be a day full of last minute packing (the kind of packing you really can’t do unless last minute) and more errands

thursday, it’s another day with the kiddos, then home to load up the truck,

friday, MOVING DAY! i’m terribly excited and still dreading the whole “moving/carrying-all-my-stuff-up-three-flights-of-stairs” thing. i’ll get through it.

then, friday evening i’m taking two nyquils and sleeping until i feel like getting up..or until the cable-tv guys gets there. :)

here’s to the margarita i’m gonna want on saturday night…fris, you in? :)