I think I really should have one or two generic works-for-just-about-everyone-anytime sermons, so that I don't have to write one out of practically thin air when I'm asked to preach at the last minute.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
- Write every day for 30 minutes.
- At least until in a parish position, write one sermon per month.
- Once a week or more, post on my personal blog and Everyday Citizen.
- Learn to knit.
- Complete a 5k race.
- Finish all my UFOs (unfinished projects) from before 2009.
- Open a second Etsy shop for stoles, make 5 sales, and go to one conference or other event as a vendor.
- Expand first Etsy shop: add three new products, attend two craft shows, make 30 sales, join one Etsy team, have one item featured on the front page.
- Take the Jeopardy online test.
- Read 40 books.
- Do two projects in The Art Quilt Workbook.
- Be intentional about keeping in touch with people—respond to phone calls, e-mails, etc within 48 hours, and make definite plans rather than just saying we should get together.
- Learn to juggle.
Friday, January 02, 2009
A member of a listserv to which I belong listed 100 things she accomplished in 2008 on her blog. I hoped to do the same...but instead came up with 50 things I did or that happened in my life. There are probably more, but it's hard to remember yesterday, never mind the past 12 months. Perhaps this is a clue that I need to journal more!
- May- I graduated from Union Theological Seminary with my Master of Divinity.
- May- I unexpectedly received the Karen Zeigler Feminist Preaching Prize at commencement.
- July- My sister Katie and her husband Doug welcomed Caleb Benjamin to the world.
- June- My best friend Bethany, her husband Jay, and their son Joey welcomed Evan David to the world.
- May- My father was laid off from his job.
- January- After many days of heavy wet snow, a tree fell onto the deck of my parents’ house on New Year’s Day, causing minor damage to the house and killing the gas grill.
- April- I was accepted to In Care status by the Metropolitan-Suffolk Association of the United Church of Christ on my 29th birthday.
- February- I found a job as a consultant, working as project manager/copy editor of the Prayer Calendar, a project of United Methodist Women.
- May- I moved from NYC back to NH and back into my parents’ home.
- May- During the move, I tried to drive a U-Haul through the
Bronxand knocked off the passenger side mirror on a train trestle on Jerome Ave.On the way to NH, my friend Darlene had to stick her head out the window anytime we drove to the right.
- October- I wrote an article to be published in Response, the magazine of the United Methodist Women.
- November- I was in Spanish Harlem when the announcement comes that Barack Obama had been elected the 44th President of the
. United States
- January- I traveled to
on a mission trip with my church. We helped build a house, and I fell in love with the city, vowing to someday take my own church groups down to help what will surely be a long renewal process. New Orleans
- March- I finished my thesis project, a collection of stoles, for which I received a Credit with Distinction.
- April- I showed my stoles and received great comments and affirmation of my skills as an artist, particularly with fabric.
- November- I preached for an unfamiliar congregation for the first time, in
. They loved me, despite some having thought I was a teenager at first. Francestown, NH
- December- I led my first Christmas Eve service, and cried in front of the whole congregation (in a good way).
- December- A huge ice storm hit southern NH, leaving hundreds of thousands without power. We were without power for 4 days, three trees fell on my mother’s car at once (and also damage the deck but this time leave the grill untouched), a huge branch fell on the front lawn, a tree fell and blocked the road, and our basement, family room, and sewing room were flooded with 8 inches of water.
- Summer- I had my own garden in my parents’ backyard. Unfortunately, it’s a cool, wet summer, and although we enjoy some fresh veggies, the harvest was not as great as hoped, particularly from the squash and zucchini plants, which got attacked by a nasty bug.
- Whole Year- I wrote 35 blog entries on my personal blog.
- Whole Year- My personal blog had 1,626 visits, up from 283 in 2007.
- February- I was invited to join a group blog, Everyday Citizen, for which I wrote eight entries throughout the year.
- November- I opened a store on Etsy, selling homemade baby bibs.
- November- I sold my first two items on Etsy.
- May- I painted my room in my parents house a buttery yellow, much better than the lavender it had been.
- November- After much struggle and many re-writes, I finally finished my Statement of Ministry for my ministerial profile.
- December- I completed the psychological evaluation required for my ordination process.
- July- I joined a dating website.
- July- I went on my first “first date” in a long time, with a guy I met online. It never went past that.
- August- I went on a date with a second guy from the dating website, which lasted 10 hours.
- August- I had a boyfriend…for about two weeks.
- August- I came down with shingles, which on a positive note were pretty mild and should keep me from getting them when I’m older.
- June- I went to
and saw cousins I hadn’t seen in 15 years, and met the two kids of one of them. Connecticut
- April- I went to my ten-year high school reunion and had a blast catching up with old friends.
- July- My parents’ cat, Isabella, went missing after I accidentally let her outside in the evening and forgot to let her back in. She was never found.
- July- While searching for Izzy, I made a new friend, Claire, who’s in her 80s. I started chatting with her every day during my morning walks.
- September- After finally accepting Izzy was gone for good, my parents and I went to the Humane Society and adopted Sophie, a 5-month old black and white kitten.
- June- I was officially asked to officiate the wedding of a friend from high school in May 2009, in
. Of course, I accepted. Hawaii
- August- I was asked by another friend from high school to officiate his wedding in July 2009, in NH. I also accepted.
- August- I was told “I love you” by someone.
- January- I took an intensive course on contemplative practice in Buddhist and Christian traditions at General Theological Seminary.
- February- I connected with two distant relatives (one from each side of the family) through Ancestry.com.
- December- I finished the 29th book out of my goal of 50 for the year.
- February-March- I observed Lent by not watching television, which actually allowed me some pleasure reading amidst the end of seminary.
- March- My great-aunt Jeanette passed away.
- November- I found my best friend from first grade, who I hadn’t spoken to in about 20 years, on Facebook.
- May- Along with Julie, my partner-in-crime, I organized and hosted the second annual Union Prom.
- December- I won my fantasy football league.
- August- I finally investigated the trail in the conservation area down the street, and began running there.
- October- I began babysitting part-time for two little boys.