A blog of thoughts by Kristi Finch

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Dream Come True

A few of my thoughts from last week about this time...

It's a rainy Thursday afternoon.  In the morning, I'll be packed up and heading out for a weekend with three ladies who are very precious to me.  I'm excited about our trip and about the opportunity to do things like this with people I love.  I spend a lot of time thinking about things I want and what I need to do to get those things.  I spend so much time thinking about where I want to be that I forget to really enjoy the things I already have.  I don't let the beautiful, nearly perfect imperfection of my current situation sink in.  I have it good.  I'm about to embark on a fun weekend trip without a care in the world (or at least without a care that can't wait until I get back).  No matter what dreams I have for the days to come, the days I already have are nothing less than dreams that have already come true.  I used to dream of the days I'd have a grown-up life and a place to call my own.  I have those things and so many more, yet I sit here wishing for days where I will have this job or that car or a different house or this or that.  In reality, my life is made of dreams come true:   
I used to long to have a drivers license and my own car.  Got it. 
I so much wanted my own place I could decorate however I wanted.  Got it. 
I desired a big-girl job where I could wear professional clothes and heels to work. Got it (and don't always love having to look nice for work everyday!). 
I wanted houseplants.  And an office plant.  I have them. 
I've dreamed of having an eclectic collection of mugs.  You should see my mug cabinet. 
I wanted to have friends I could just call up when I wanted someone to spend time with.  Check my phone. 

Now, not everything is rainbows and butterflies all the time, but I need to be more intentional about appreciating all the great things I have wanted and now am blessed to have.

Monday, February 06, 2012

My List*

  • Go to Australia and scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit all 50 states - not just driving through, but actually doing something in each state.  
  • Learn another language or two - for real learning it, not just "Hola, je m'appelle Kristi."
  • Visit all the continents - can you tell I like to travel?
  • Learn to cook more, from scratch, sans recipes
  • Spend a New Year's Eve in New York City
  • Go to Punxsutawney, PA for Groundhog's Day
  • Read more books, including, but not limited to, the reading list Miranda and I made
  • Go skydiving, but NOT bungee jumping
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Learn how to spin pottery (Is that even what it's called?)
  • Grow my own veggies in a garden
  • Go to the Olympics (to spectate, not participate)
  • Go to the Superbowl
*Note:  Not an exhaustive list, but it's good to get these written out.