This past week at home allowed me to really take time to rest and take in everything happening around me without the pressures and distractions of work and school. It dawned on me earlier this week that this is the first time in a really long time that I finally feel like I can breathe and not have to worry about things like trying to find a job or complete an assignment for school. I explain everything in this week’s How Wow Pow Chow.
In an attempt to try and update this on a regular basis, I’ve decided to begin posting weekly blogs where I can reflect on things that have happened over that week. It can get really easy to slip into the routine of things so much that you forget to stop, look around, and take in every ounce of goodness that’s occurring around you. Especially with the events that have been going on around the world surrounding violence, terrorism, and overall negativity, I figure these posts will inevitably be a great way to remember the good things that happen as well.
The idea behind “How Wow Pow Chow” came from an ice breaker that I was introduced to within my Cru community. It was designed to get a group of people in the mindset to talk about spirituality, and also serve as a reminder that God is always working behind the scenes in your life, whether you realize it or not. So in these weekly blog posts, I will acknowledge these topics:
- HOW: How has God been working on your life this week?
- WOW: What is something really great that has happened this week?
- POW: What is something that happened this week that may have not been the greatest?
- CHOW: Any interesting/note-worthy food you’ve eaten this week?
Without further adieu, here begins the “How Wow Pow Chow” series on this blog.
My fifth year of college ended a week ago, and as I stand here at the finish line and look back at the past year, I can’t help but be so incredibly overwhelmed at all that has happened. As I’ve outlined many times in previous blog posts, this past year has been riddled with more trying times than I would have liked to experience, but with those times came a lot of growth, and it is because of this growth that I would not have done this year any other way. As I look back at all of the experiences I’ve had, there was a lot of grief, but there was also a lot of strength. As I went through each experience, there were five top-of-mind things that I always kept with me, and I would like to encourage anyone reading this to keep these things in mind also.
It’s been one year since I got my first tattoo. One year since I had that less-than-comfortable conversation with my parents about permanently inking my body. One year since I permanently released the pause button on my life and decided to press play. Here is the full story about my journey to finding Christ, and my journey thereafter.
Featured photo above: Just turned 18 years old, about to meet Hilary Duff for the first time, excited out of his wits. What he doesn’t realize is the amount of self-discovery he would endure over the next five years.
Before anyone asks, the title of this post is in no way an indicator of a romantic relationship that I’ve had this past quarter – my life has been lacking in that area, if you must know. Now that that’s cleared up and out of the way, onto the post.
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If I could write to the person that I was a year ago, I would tell him that life never gets any easier, but life does get better. I know I say this at the end of every quarter, but this past Fall was, by far, the most challenging quarter I have ever endured in the four (or so) years that I have been in college.
Exactly one year ago today, I had just gotten back home to Sacramento after a six hour road trip from southern California for Thanksgiving. Once I got home, I immediately took out my laptop, logged onto the WordPress website, and began to type out my first blog post. A few days prior, I went to Skid Row to feed the homeless, and figured that would be a great story to kick off my blogging adventures with (if you haven’t read that blog post yet, it is available here). Since then, I have been bombarded by experience after experience, all of which have found their way onto this website in one form or another. To you, the reader, I give the most heartfelt of Thank Yous for coming along for the ride.