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People I’m Said to Resemble October 27, 2009

Filed under: delerium,frenz,fun times,general information,ME — Katie @ 3:16 pm

For the past ten years,I’ve been told I look like someone else. It all started on a vacation with my extended family in Panama City Beach. Several of us (aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, parents… you get the picture) went on this boat called the Yellow Screamer. This boat is a tourist attraction that simply takes you far out in the ocean and speeds through the water up one way and back another. During the ride, one of the tour guides joked about how the other tour guide resembled Donny Osmond.

This is when my life changed forever.

One of my aunts jumped up and said, “Well, my niece looks like Sandra Bullock!”

OH. GOD.

Everyone was looking at me. Since that day, I have been stopped, questioned, followed (no joke!), and given strange looks all because I apparently resemble someone else. Sandra Bullock is the most popular look-a-like, but I have had some others over the years. I’ll let you weigh in on who you think I look most like!

That’s Ashley Judd, Fran Drescher, Jules Asner, and Sandra Bullock….

You be the judge! I just think I look like me.

 

Five Songs I Hate to Love October 22, 2009

Filed under: 1 — Katie @ 2:10 pm

1.  Scott Krippayne, “I’m Not cool”

Seriously, this song is ridiculous. It is the anthem for every uncool teenager in America (at least for the ones who like CCM), yet it tends to get stuck in my head for days on end.

 

2. Katie Giguere, “Savin’ Myself”

http://www.we7.com/#/track/Savin-myself!trackId=2392182

I discovered this song during my second round of employment at Gospel Supply. Please… if you do nothing else with your day, listen to this song. The lyrics are priceless.

 

3. Ashlee Simpson, “LaLa”

I am not even sure that I should admit to loving this song. When Ashlee’s first album came out, Mollie and I were GLUED to it. There we were… seventeen year old normal Christian girls… jamming to this horrible, horrible song.

 

3. Hillsong, “Shout to the Lord”

Okay, technically I do not hate to love this song. What I hate is that I am all alone in my quest to bring this song back into mainstream worship. This is a GREAT song! Why aren’t we singing it!?

 

4. Paula Abdul, “Straight Up”

I have loved this song since it came on the scene in 1867. Okay, it’s not really that old… but it’s old. And so is Paula Abdul. I don’t want to claim to like anything of hers, but deep down… I want to love her forever (oh oh oh!).

5. Puff Daddy, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”

This song is representative of the whole album, No Way Out. Okay, actually it is representative of an entire era of my life when I listened to rap music and played Sonic the Hedgehog… simultaneously. I am not sure what led a small-town girl like myself to love rap. But that’s just how it is. “Don’t push us, ’cause we’re close to the edge…” RIP Biggie. 🙂

Honorable Mentions

2nd Runner Up: Montell Jordan, “This is How We Do It”

1st Runner Up: Billy Ray Cyrus, “Achy Breaky Heart”

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So, there you have it. An incomplete list of some of the songs I hate to love. go ahead, listen to them. You’ll hate loving them, too.

 

Goals and Plans October 19, 2009

Filed under: 1 — Katie @ 10:15 pm

After six years, thousands of dollars, and three transfers, I’ve finally hammered out exactly what I want to do with this little life of mine.

When I went back to school in January 2008 to get my degree in elementary education, all I knew was that I loved learning and I loved kids and that the two seemed to go hand-in-hand for me. Even though I knew what I wanted to study (took long enough!), I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to DO with my life. What grade do I want to teach? What kind of school do I want to teach in? Where do I want to teach? Do I want to teach in a classroom or in a more specialized area? What in the world do I want to do!?

These were all questions that I’ve been trying to answer over the past couple of years. As I’m getting closer to graduation (May 2010… seems so far away, but it’s coming quickly!), I’m having to begin to answer those questions. Today, randomly, I had an epiphany and it seemed like everything fell into place in my head.

Now, even as I say that I have “plans,” I’m fully aware that God could throw these out the window at any point in time. However, I think that he already completely changed my plans and that’s why I’m in this program to begin with. So, I feel like these plans are from Him. I also know that things could take shape differently than I expected and I might even end up doing something I hadn’t planned and fall in love with it. I’m open to all of that. But, at this point, I feel like this is the direction in which I am heading and I’m really, really, really ridiculously excited about it! So… here they are…

1. Apply to do my student teaching overseas. U of A has a great program that sets you up for student teaching in a foreign country. So far, Australia, Greece, and Ireland are my top three picks. As long as funds fall into place, this is a definite possibility.

2. Apply to Teach for America or similar program. One of my goals as a future teacher is to reach students who are in impoverished or underprivileged areas. Nothing within me desires to work with the “best of the best” students at Title III schools. Not that there is anything wrong with such schools…. I just don’t want to work there. I also don’t want to work in the worst of the worst – not that my heart isn’t there, but I just don’t feel called there… nor do I have the personality to apply effective classroom management skills in an extremely difficult area. Instead, I’d like to work in a low/low-middle economic class area in a Southern city or rural area. My top three choices for Teach for America (assuming I am recruited) are Charlotte, Eastern North Carolina, and Kansas City.

3. Teach in a 3rd-5th classroom!! Surprisingly, I have gone back and forth with whether or not I actually want to be a classroom teacher. At one time, I thought I wanted to work with home-school organizations and tutoring companies because I love being able to work with individual students. However, I have since realized that I love being in the classroom even more! Though it is definitely a struggle, it’s worth it! I have also discovered that I really prefer the upper grades. I really want to be able to work with students who are ready for more complex math, reading comprehension, and more in-depth material. Ideally, I’d like to work in a 5th grade rotation system where I could let someone else teach reading! 🙂

4. After spending time (5-10 years, maybe) as a regular classroom teacher, I want to go back to school for a masters or Ed.S. where I can specialize in math instruction. I’d eventually like to be a math coach/specialist at an elementary school where I can help current teachers with their instructional methods and also help strugglers. I think that I mostly want to work in the classroom, so becoming a specialist is something I’d like to do towards the end of my career.
So far, that’s all I’ve got. I thought for a long time that in order to be a great teacher, I’d need to work in the worst schools with the worst students and have the worst life possible. But, I’ve since realized that, while admirable, that is not necessarily what I’m called to do. What I’ve noticed lately is that it’s the typical kids who are getting left out… not the strugglers, not the gifted… it’s those who fall in the middle of everything who are losing out. So, I want to shoot straight for the middle.

I’ve got a long road ahead of me but it will be completely worth it. Even though I’m working in my least favorite grade this year (kindergarten), I still absolutely love it. Nothing is more rewarding than watching a child have an “aha!” moment and seeing them grow and develop.

 

Confessions of a Single Girl October 2, 2009

Filed under: 1 — Katie @ 2:41 pm

After getting this article in my email from RELEVANT magazine, I have been thinking a lot lately about… well… being single. It seems that I can’t go an entire week without someone reminding me that I’m single. And 24.

Some remarks are encouraging. I am often reminded about how I am “lucky” because I don’t really have any strings (other than my family) to tie me down and I can really move where the Spirit leads. Other remarks make me want to punch someone in the face. People question why I’m still single and act as though I must have something fatally wrong with me, explaining why I am still a Miss and not a Mrs.

But this post isn’t about that. It’s not about the comments people make or what they really think. This is about what I think. Pure and honest, just like I like it. No whining here about how all my friends are married and having babies. But, no lying either – no uber-feminist “I don’t need a man” B.S.

The truth is, I really lie somewhere in between those two extremes. Yes, I love the fact that I can be my own person and live my own life. Being single really does give me the freedom to focus on the things that are most important to ME. I am also very independent and not only can I do a lot of things by myself, I, in fact, like to do a lot of things by myself. For instance, I replaced my own brake light yesterday. Who needs a man when you can replace your own brake light!?

Anyway, I’m getting off the point. The point is just to say that, yes, eventually I want to have a husband and a big family and I want to adopt foster kids and drive a mini-van (but NOT live in a garden home… I think that’s clear by now). Sometimes I wish that day would come sooner. But for the most part, I love my life the way it is. I’ve got no problem being the third wheel because my married friends are AWESOME. I’ve got no problem chilling out alone on a random Friday night. I have no real reason to complain. My life is hectic and fun and exciting and adventurous and lovely!

I could be married by now. I could also be married and miserable by now. My life has changed so much just in the past year and a half… changes that only a single girl could make.

So, here’s my confession:

What keeps me satisfied is the fact that I can lay my head on my pillow at night and rest in God’s providence. Ultimately, I want what He wants for me and I am trying so hard everyday to make myself available to whatever it is He has planned for me – even if it isn’t what I have planned for myself. That’s not a cop-out, it’s not a crutch. It’s just the truth. Being single helps me stay open to what He has planned for me. And, when the time comes, He’ll provide someone who’s willing to walk that journey with me.
But, until then… I’m going to keep having the time of my life!