Firework Stands and Other Extreme Sports

If any of you follow my Instagram, you will have probably seen what I was up to last week. My church, Lost and Found Community Church (LAF), was hosting three firework stands in Snohomish and Lake Stevens Washington. I should also mention that our church only has about thirteen members – yes, we are that small.

I should also mention that our church of just thirteen people has a more members going into the mission field then any other church in our district. Almost every member goes on each trip and I’ve personally been on two trips: Africa (2017) and Ukraine (2013).

All of this leads to a point I promise. LAF uses this stand as the only fundraiser for our mission’s fund. None of our members pay out of pocket to go on the trips because everything (for all our members and then some) is covered. That is what we strive as a church to do.

The final point of this is that We have two missions’ trips coming up! Argentina is November of 2019 and Jerusalem is August 2020 and I am going on both! Traveling is something that I have always wanted to do, and I want to visit as many countries as possible. Missions is also something that I have fallen in love with. Kind of like how people get addicted to tattoos (which I have done), I got addicted to missions’ trips.

Any who, after a very long work week and then volunteering at the stands I can safely say that I am completely exhausted – but also excited! I start my second job this week working as a bookkeeper. I have never done any work outside of my 3 ½ year stay with McDonalds, so I’m ready to move into something a little more predictable as well as something that would give me more energy to put into my writing.

The next five months are going to be filled with long work weeks, but I am happy to have the excuse to read a book every two weeks as well as sit down and write – which everyone knows is the hardest part. Having an idea is easy – having the time and energy to actually put pen to paper… not so much.  

Last week was a hard and unproductive reading and writing week. I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t finished the book that we are supposed to talk about starting Friday and I have fallen behind in my Camp NaNoWriMo goal. But never fear! I will figure out a way to get all caught up and we will have a lively discussion about Where the Crawdads Sing over the next few weeks.

Sorry that this week is a little short and simple. The fireworks stand killed my brain a bit and I have been scrambling to figure out what I wanted to talk about this week. All in all, I think that it’s important for you guys to know who I am and what I am all about. I like being transparent, I think that it helps to make me seem more realistic and it also shows how hard it can be getting started with writing. I am honestly overwhelmed with all the things that I’m told to do, but slowly but surely, I’m getting there.

Finally, next week I have already decided that to go along with the launch of my first chapbook, Laments, that I will talk about what internal monologues are from a more technical definition, what it means to me, and then some of the resources that I found helpful in trying to understand them. Internal monologues are difficult to explain and even harder to do, but I will try and give some examples and such next week when we meet again.

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Till the next chapter-


How my writing partner typically looks while I try and get stuff done. He isn’t as helpful as he likes to think!

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