To follow up with my last post in the Getting to Know Me Series, I am writing on the various things in my life that bring me joy.
Things I Like
1. The smell of fresh laundry. In my house in Southeast Portland we have three levels. The bottom level has the laundry machines. When I throw my soiled sports bras and dirty jeans into the washer and then pour some soap in, magical things ensue. The smell of linen scented laundry detergent permeates the entire downstairs level bringing immense pleasure to all who encounter it. I love the smell of fresh things, and that includes laundry sheets, Pine Sol, and so on.
2. My Roommates. Six woman, one cat, and now a golden retriever make for an interesting household. One would think that our house is a hub for cat fights, melt downs, and moody remarks. However that is not the case. My house is filled with individuals who respect each other’s space and things. My roommates are the type of people who give without blinking an eye but would never expect it in return. Besides that they’re godly, adventurous, kind, and responsible. They are such blessings to me!
3. Baking. I’m sure this is obvious. I find it so fun to bake. I’m sure it has something to do with the methodical process of measuring things out and creating a finished project that (hopefully) pleases myself and others. The more I do it, the better I become. There was a time when I didn’t know what vanilla extract was. Those days are gone.
4. San Francisco and Portland. It’s hard for me to choose just one city I adore. I grew up going to San Francisco often. Some of my fondest memories include chestnuts in Union Square and many years spent watching the SF ballet. Occasionally someone will drop their pants in the middle of the street, but what can ya do.
And Portland. . .ah, beloved Portland. I love this quirky, unique city. Home to amazing natural beauty and equally beautiful people, this city has stolen my heart.
5. Running with other people. I love to run but I don’t always want to run alone. I think it’s a beautiful way to connect with others and better ourselves physically. I’m grateful for all the people who have gone out and hit the pavement with me. I’ve had some pretty deep talks with Dad while out on the open road that I won’t soon forget.
6. Praying with other people. Prayer is powerful and I’m convinced even more so in groups. A healthy spirituality includes a healthy prayer practice and that’s hard to achieve alone. Praying with even one other person has such a powerful effect on my well being because I just sense God all over it. “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20
I love so many other things that include: my adorable pup Tobes, my incredible family, souls I’m in love with (like Vanessa, Michaela, Britny, and J. Cam), writing letters, my Nordstrom heels, hanging out with my favorite Domino, Warner Pacific College, peanut butter, and so on.
As I keep thinking about things I love, people keep coming to mind. I have met so many beautiful people during my short 20 years on this planet. So many beautiful hearts full of authenticity and kindness. What an amazing thing to witness.
This hasn’t even scratched the surface of who I am or what any of the people mentioned mean to me. Shout out to you all. I love all you wonderful people in my life,