the things I learned in September

I’m linking up today with Emily Freeman to share some of the things I’ve learned in September. Only a couple of these things are particularly serious, but just a fun little list.

1. The Influence Conference is a full of encouraging, life-giving, loving women who want to make much of Jesus. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to spend a few days learning and connecting. You can follow along with me on Instagram and the #influenceconf hash tag!

2. Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon sure do know their hashtags. Actually, they do a hilarious job demonstrating what those of us involved in social media sound like with all the hashtags. Just hilarious. If you haven’t seen this, watch it now.

3. I am terrified to update to the new iOS7. There is no legitimate explanation for this fear except that change scares me a little bit, and I’m just worried about losing my pictures or messing everything up. I do love the new bubbly interface!

4. September included a lot of travel, and it was all away from my kiddos. I did enjoy my time, but I learned that I don’t love being away from them. Not one bit.

5. I learned that scheduling nail appointments a few weeks in advance is a great way to make sure I actually go get my nails done. I had my nails done twice in September and probably only three total times in 2013.

6. I love baking. I mean, I guess I always knew this. But I baked cookies for my kiddos before I left town, and it was so fun. And therapeutic. Monster cookies. Seriously.

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7. I learned that when I’m gearing up to move, I am more and more focused on getting rid of all the things. I need a little bit of white space. And I plan to talk about white space for 31 whole days. Let’s pray about that! 😉

8. I also learned that a fantastic organization called Sole Hope needs a nurse in Uganda to help in their efforts to heal the feet of the people and put shoes on their feet. And to have a nurse for one year and provide transportation for that nurse only costs $7,000! For the whole year! I know that everyone can come together to help make that happen for them! Please take a second to read about this organization! We participated in a shoe-cutting party tonight for Sole Hope, and wow, y’all. I am inspired and humbled and now wanting to do whatever I can to help.

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  1. says

    I can relate to the iOS7 update! I did it and was fearful. I’m used to it now. You can do it, girl!
    White space for your 31 days? Wow, what a challenge. It will be great, can’t wait to read it!
    Have a beautiful weekend!

  2. says

    Do the update Erin! You’re going to love it. Everything bubbly and clean looking and it’s great I promise! I can’t wait to hear about your white space posts! I’ve been soon some massive cleaning and getting rid of stuff in preparation for this baby and I would love to hear someone else’s take on it. I feel like if I haven’t used it in the last 30 days it has to go (which would be a good thing except I’m already thinkin about sweaters I should have kept and now need to replace)! Have a wonderful time at influence this weekend! I was hoping to go so much this year but life got in the way…fingers crossed for next year!

  3. says

    The new update sort of reminds me of how Google operates…but I don’t mind it! And those monster cookies?! Wowza. I’ll take the whole plate please. 😉

  4. Mindy says

    i haven’t updated either. my husband did & he said his battery drains so so fast now. he wish he never did it. ah well i will have to do it sooner or later. hopefully you are backing up your photos on your phone! it’s so easy if you have a Mac 🙂

  5. says

    I was already skeptical about updating my phone, but last night I read an article that the interface is giving some people major headaches and even vertigo! Now I’m really scared to upgrade. I think I’m going to wait it out for a little bit.

  6. says

    I’ve always wished I picked a career that would allow me to do thing like be a nurse in another county for a period of time. No one is looking for a teacher to do missions all that often… at least that I know of.

  7. says

    Having moved last year ( while only temporary) it forced us to throw things out…me more than my husband who won’t throw anything out. We have a storage unit in MD with things we didn’t bring to VA and this summer we cleaned a lot of that out and moved to a smaller space. If we go back to MD or move on to somewhere else once Tim finishes, I’m sure we will purge more.

    I’m also taking more of an interest in cooking again. It is therapeutic and when everyone enjoys it, it’s validating.

    Hope October is a wonderful month for you!

  8. says

    I was so terrified to do the iOS 7 upgrade but I am loving it! I also backed up my phone to the iCloud before doing it, which definitely helped with some of the anxiety about losing all of my pictures.

    Also thank you for posting about Sole Hope. My friends and I were just discussing missions this morning and I can’t wait to read more about this organization.

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