Let’s start at the very beginning…

I’ve been told it’s a very good place to start.

This is me.

This is me.

This is my adorable dog, Gus.

This is my adorable dog, Gus.

This is where I work.

This is where I work.

I debated putting up pics of my family and friends (mostly my too-cute-for-words nephew) but I figure we have plenty of time for that later.  So why the sudden blog?  I’m a youth director- which basically means I spend about 70 hours a week hanging out with, planning events for, and generally tracking teenagers.  The rest of the time I talk about said teenagers and the work that goes into an effective youth ministry.  Most of my friends are in ministry of some kind or another.  It’s kind of all I do.   This February I’m heading off to Israel for a couple of weeks to learn about the Holy Land.  I’ll be 100% honest…I thought I’d get on a plane (not my favorite thing to do anyway) and then walk around Israel for a couple of weeks.  No muss, no fuss.  Well at the first meeting we had for the trip planning I found out that I was sorely mistaken.  I’ve got homework and lots of it.  Reading, marking maps, and EXERCISE so that I can keep up when we apparently hike our way through the Promised Land (I’m sure it’s very biblical).  So I’m sitting there realizing what I’ve really gotten myself into, adding that to all my regular work commitments (which are varied and numerous), plus my extra work for district and conference events (Not a United Methodist and have no idea what I’m talking about?  Check it out here.) .  All of this addition is starting to make me nervous.  So how does that equal a new blog?  Well the thing is, once upon a time I considered myself primarily a writer.  And what does a writer do?  So glad you asked…they write.  But for the last 4 years all I’ve written is curriculum…for work.  I need and want a space that belongs to that part of me that existed long before I started in full-time ministry.  Yes, I’m going to talk about youth ministry stuff sometimes.  But mostly I want to write again.   Just for fun and just because I can.  Yes, it’s going to cost me something to commit to this thing.  I’m going to lose time and energy writing on here when I could be sleeping or whatever.  But I need to write just as much as I need to sleep.  And more than that I need the discipline of writing.  I’ve got a lot going on from now until…well I don’t see it slowing down any time soon.  I need to be disciplined if I’m going to be able to give everything my level best.  So I’ll be here, hopefully several times a week, telling you about my wonderfully weird and messy life.  It’s my constant pursuit of the Divine all mixed in with my daily living right here in black and white.

How do you find time for the things you love in the midst of a busy life?  I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

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