To bring everyone up to speed. I have decided to challenge myself and those around me to do three things each weekend.
1) Go somewhere new (a new park, new city, new museum)
2) Eat something new (a new recipe, a new restaurant, a new food group)
3) Learn something new (a new subject, a neighbor’s name, how to knit)
I challenge everyone else to do three new things and e-mail me photos of what you’ve done. I’ll collage them together and post them on Thoughtful Women. Grow, learn, love!
This weekend was a spontaneous weekend. A dear friend of mine had a family reunion in Northern Arizona this weekend. She stayed an extra few days and invited us up to spend some time with her. So we packed up and drove a few hours north to experience some great Northern Az summer weather.
First things first. This is Lakeside, Arizona. If you think Az is all hot and brown all the time, you’re wrong. Northern Arizona has some of the most breathtaking forests, lakes, and caves in the southwest. We took a mile walk around this lake and it was gorgeous from every angle.
Another benefit of being in a small town, everyone you see says hi to you. They don’t even know you, but start up conversations like you were old friends. Somebody even stopped their car to let me cross the parking lot (that doesn’t happen in Phoenix for the most part.) I could move to Lakeside just to be around such civility.
Next up is the most gravy covered dish I have ever eaten. I will say I did not eat all that gravy. It was delicious, but my brain was reminding me about all the bad things gravy has in it. So I only ate half of it.
This breakfast came from a great mom and pop diner called Darbi’s. The food was absolutely incredible. The biscuits were soft and moist, but not cake-y. The potatoes were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I wish I would have gotten the pancakes too. But that just means we get to go back again!
Last but not least, learning something. On the drive back down my husband and I listened to a sermon from Mark Driscoll. He is the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. Now I know this might sound really nerdy to a lot of people, but when you go to a Christian school and end up getting married to a fellow classmate you tend to listen to sermons in your free time. This one was all about the mirror effect. Famous psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Drew wrote a book all about the mirror effect. It essentially says we are all mirrors and reflect either ourselves or someone else. It was a challenging message and I was forced to look at what I was mirroring. Am I mirroring my Creator, beliefs and values or am I mirroring someone else’s (like Oprah or Lady Gaga).
This week challenge yourself: who am I mirroring?