My Awesomely Random Life (and Everything in Between)

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When God closes a window…

…he not only opens a door, but he has a plate of tacos waiting for you on the other side.

Through out my26 years of life, I have seen things, experienced things, and heard things that have made me ask the question, “Why?’why

“Why now?”

“Why not now?”

“Why me?”

“Why not me?”

When I think of the plan that God has mapped out for me, I get excited and curious. In all honesty, I also get frustrated sometimes. It’s like I am driving towards my destination, a road trip that has been both amazing and scary, easy and difficult. After all of the pit-stops, flat tires, wrong turns and pot holes, it looks like I am finally within reach of one of the marks on my life’s map, with gas (and a half a bag of Cheetos) to spare.

I can see my destination on the right when all of a sudden, God takes the wheel and makes a hard left.

I am confused. And a bit whip-lashed.Β  And upset because my half a bag of Cheetos is now sprawled across the floor of my car.

But I put back on my sunglasses, turn up the radio, and go for the ride.

I have faith that God is taking me in the direction where I need to go and that every mile, every experience, every moment that has led up to this point happened for a reason.

As most of you know, I was recently offered a position in Denver as a children’s librarian. I was so excited and ready to begin this next chapter (pun intended) in my life, working with children and books and children’s books. What more could a new young rock star librarian ask for?

Unfortunately, I had to make the very difficult decision to turn down the job. While it was a great opportunity, I wouldn’t have been able to make ends meet with the compensation they were offering to give me. This school, as well as a lot of libraries around the country have been hit hard with budget cuts, limiting the number of employees and services in which they can provide. It deeply saddens me that libraries and books are one of the first things sacrificed in these situations. This is actually of the things I want to try and change once I get established in my professional career. Everyone, especially children, deserve to have books and libraries at their disposal, no matter what!

Even though God may have steered me in a new direction, I am very hopeful. He must have a greater and better idea for where I should be. This whole experience just helps to reaffirm confidence in my ability to be a successful, integral, and amazing librarian and/or curator.

I potentially have an amazing opportunity working at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Children’s Curator and couldn’t be more excited about that. In all honesty, I was kind of leaning towards this position all along. Maybe the big guy upstairs just had to step in a little bit, give me a little nudge, to help me realize what a wonderful “change of course” this might be. But if that doesn’t happen to work out, I know something equally as awesome will come my way.

I want to thank you all for your support and will most certainly keep you updated on everything and anything that may come my way.

I’ve got my tunes cranked up, my sunglasses on, and a full bag of Cheetos in my glove compartment.

Bring on the road trip!

Question of the day: Have you ever been faced with a “change in direction?” How did you handle it?

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Just a little reminder…

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Just a little reminder…

At the end of each day, just before you go to bed, take about thirty seconds to look out your bedroom window at the stars–remember your place in this world and don’t you for one second let yourself get lost in it. Then, take some time to remind yourself that what you’re going through now will pass and it WILL get better; everything heals with time.

Remember that even on your darkest, most horrible of days, those days when you feel utterly and helplessly alone, underestimated, unappreciated, and unloved, remember that you’re NOT. Remember that somewhere out in this great big world, somebody loves and appreciates you oh so much, perhaps even more than you’ll ever know. Furthermore, realize that there’s at least one person out there that’s dying to meet someone just like you. Yes, you. You, even with your frizzy hair, big nose, glasses, and not-so-flat tummy. You, with your awkward smile, embarrassing laugh, and that corny sense of humor that you think that no one could ever love.

You are appreciated and wished for and brilliant, each and every one of you.

Above all else, though, take the time at least once a day to remind yourself that you’re beautiful–inside and out. Don’t let the way others judge you affect how you judge yourself; don’t let your mistakes and your past define you; and don’t let anything, ANYTHING hold you down.

Remember you are a wonderful person and you have the potential to go so very far. You are amazing just exactly how you are, flaws and all. You don’t need to every change for anyone but yourself.

Each and every one of you is worth so much more than you know..and if you ever, EVER start to forget or doubt any of that, read this again. You know it’s true; now, it’s time to embrace it.

I love you all!! ❀

Life’s Little Awesomes: A Long Hug When You Really Need It

Sometimes we all get rattled.

We all get shaken.

We all just have one of those Alexander and the Horrible, Rotten, No Good, Very Bad Days.

When bad news surprises you, painful memories flash back, or heavy moments turn your stomach to Jello, it’s oh so great to fall into a warm and comforting pair of big, wide open arms.

Shaking with sobs, dripping with tears, you snort up your runny nose and smear snot across their shoulder as that hug comforts you and helps you get through everything, even for a minute, even for the briefest of moments. Because that minute, that brief moment carries over, lasting long after the bear-hug squeezes are gone.79_509778933622_7840_n

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Maybe there are “It’s going to be okay” whispers, some gentle back rubbing, or just the quiet silence of knowing that they’re not going to let you go until you let go first. As their steady arms support you, and the pain washes over you, the hug gives you a warm glow in a shivery moment.

When you eventually pull back, smile that classic ‘I’m sorry and thank you’ smile and swipe the wet bangs from your forehead, you still might not feel great, but if you’re lucky, you’ll feel a little more…

AWESOME!

 

Life’s Little Awesomes: Bailing on a Toboggan

Hello hello hello!

How are all of my lovely peeps doing this fine Friday-eve? Can you believe it’s the last day of February already?! Holy guacamole! So far this year has been flying by so gosh darn fast, but it has also been pretty darn awesome. In fact, there are a lot of things about not only this year, but about life in general that are pretty awesome.

The other day I was having a conversation with one of my (awesome) friends and we touched on the fact that sometimes, the simplest of things in life are what really make our every days and nights so great. In fact, these things can be so simple sometimes that we tend to take them for granted, breeze right by them without taking the time to smell smile the roses, and soak those moments up to the fullest. I have to say that I am guilty of this very thing (although I am getting better about that).

We all live busy lives; school work, kids, spouses, boyfriends/girlfriends, pets, traffic, grocery shopping and cleaning. All of these things are awesome in their own right, but sometimes these BIG awesomeΒ  things take up so much time and space that we forget about those poor LITTLE awesome things.

Have no fear…WENDI is here!

(In case you guys didn’t know, my alter ego is Wonder Wendi, the cape-wearing, hot pink tights-sporting super-heroine, fighting frowns and spreading awesomeness everywhere I go! Superman and I are tight like, well, spandex. Just go with me here…).

As part of my super-heroine duties, I only feel it necessary to share some of life’s little awesomes, reminding you to slow down and savor every stinkin’ moment when you can. Or, a thought to pull out of your pocket on those oh so horrible, not good, rotten, terrible blech days (which we all have from time to time…or any Monday. This reminds me, who is with me in making starting a petition to make Monday’s optional?! Am I right, people?!).

Once a week I will present you with a different “life awesome”. To make this even more fun, please feel free to contact me with your own suggestions: What are your little awesome things? I’ll take your ideas and share them with the rest of the class to create a BIG little awesome list πŸ™‚

This week’s awesome: Bailing on a toboggan.

Growing up in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, sledding in the winter was one of my favorite things to do. I remember getting all of my friends together, our toboggans, tubes and in some cases, our cafeteria trays (sorry UW-Stout Food Service Employees)Β  in tow and hitting up the nearest and steepest snow-covered hill. SO much fun! When I was six (okay, mayyyybe was just last year), I rode in the front seat of a toboggan that ended up losing control and steering sideways into a barbed wire fence. My forehead shredded (think mozzarella on a cheese grater) and hot tears racing down my cheeks, I learned at that moment that things can unravel real quick on those steep, snow covered hills.bail-bail-bail

Yes, a rocky start and some poor weight distribution push the toboggan hard into the slick and slippery snow which sprays sharp ice chunks into your eyes and ears (and down your shirt—BRR!). Things get swervy when your buddy jumps off the back which causes you to then lose complete control and gain speed just in time to notice the creek bed coming up quicker than quick sand in front of you. Oh sugar.

You have no choice at this point.

Even though it means hitting the ground hard, twisting your ankle and possibly rolling down half of the hill (losing your pants in the process–don’t ask), you gotta do it. You just gotta do it.bail-on-a-toboggan1

Bail for the moment. Bail for the memories.

And bail for your life.

Awesome!

Have a great night friends! And if you get a chance, put on your snowpants, grab our sled and do some major bailing!

Question of the day: Have you ever gone tobogganing? Are you a bailer or a hang-on-for-dear-lifer? What are some your “little awesomes”?

 

 

 

 

 

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