Ode to The Ones I Love:

Hello and Happy Heart Day to you! Love is in the air today. You can smell it like a sweet perfume. And oh, how enticing it is. We all (meaning ladies) get into the chocolates, flowers, and teddy bears this time of year. All of that is well and good and all, but are we really taking in the true meaning of this lovely day? Today is the day to tell and show people you love them, not with just gifts, but with actions. Go out of your way to do something for your spouse, friend, and family. Say something nice; really think kind thoughts about them. Share the love to everyone you meet today!

To my wonderful husband: You are the love of my life. You make everything better by just being there. You bring adventure to our little lives, and I love you for it. Thanks for all that you do, and thanks for loving me as much as you do. You are the best.

To my family: Oh, how I've missed you since I've moved to Texas. I am more than happy to be back and active in your lives again. Y'all are wonderful and supportive of everything I do, and I cannot tell you how much that means to me. Thank you for everything. I love you.

To my friends: Y'all are the people who I feel safe enough to share myself with. Thank you for your support, love, and kindness. Thanks for your open hearts, open ears, and open arms. I love you.

To my Discipleship Class: Y'all are the biggest blessing I've received this year. Your smiles and hugs have been wonderful. Your eager and loving hearts have strengthened my heart. Y'all encourage me so much. You are the light to my week. I love y'all.

What's Taking You Captive?

For the past few weeks, I've become aware of things that are captivating my attention. Things that really don't deserve my attention at all. The past few months my time has been spent in one of three ways: church, school work, computer. Church, of course, deserves more time than I can possibly give, and in order to pass my classes, I have to concentrate a lot of effort on school work. But the computer? It's given that I need the Internet a lot in order to do research for papers and such, but I spend more time on places like Facebook than I should.

My pastor spoke the other week on how things captivate our minds, and those things end up stealing our time. I know that what I do on Facebook will not matter to me (or anyone else probably) tomorrow or the next day. It has become a thief of my time. I think I spend more time reading what other people are doing than I devote to sharing my feelings. This has drawn me to the conclusion that I'm must be more interested in reading about other people's lives than I am living mine. How crazy is that? I would log on 4-5 times a day! Yes, it's only for a minute or two at a time, but it's ridiculous. So, I've decided in order to ween myself off a bit, I'm going to take a sabbatical from Facebook for a few weeks. Wish me luck!

I'm taking captive my thoughts again. I'm going to devote time to things that matter. Things that will influence my future. Things that will improve my life and the life of others. So long idol time. My life is wonderful, and I need to rejoice in that.

I'm going to leave you with a thought - What accomplishments are you most proud of ? Now, of those accomplishments, which will affect your life or other peoples' lives in 5 years? 10 years? 25 years? 100 years? 1,000 years? What you do today can affect the lives of everyone in your town, country, or world. My pastor asked us that today. Our world is changed by actions not idol time.

Update: Spoken Word

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I told you all that I'd let you know about my Spoken Word performance/ Creative Writing assignment. I went ahead and added a video of me reading the poem. I didn't get as animated or loud in the reading as I did in class - consider yourselves spared. (lol) Anyway, everything went okay. I didn't get up and pass out in front of everyone. I didn't even break out in hives. So all went well. I got some great feedback and some helpful critique. Keep in mind that this is still in it's rough draft form because I have yet to make any changes.

The piece is inspired by the pressure and frustration that some young women, including myself, sometimes feel by society. The "perfect woman" doesn't exist, let's just face it. This is my rant about how society shouldn't expect certain things from women. We are all individuals with different goals, dreams, beliefs, and purpose. What's beautiful is that it's okay. It's okay to be you, and it's okay to be me. We are all perfectly imperfect.

I just wanted to share. Hope you enjoy. :)

-Vanessa

Power in the Spoken Word


 

This week in my Creative Writing class we were assigned to give a Spoken Word. What is that? According to Answers it is:
(spō'kən-wûrd')


adj.
1.Spoken aloud, especially in performance: spoken-word poetry.


2.Performing or involving a performance of the spoken word: "Whenever [a newspaper] covers the poetry world, you can bet you will find spoken-word and street poets railing against the prudishness of the 'academic poets'" (Maureen McLane).


I have found it challenging to think of something that I can find such emotion about and still capture the attention of my audience (which is my class). I have to find something they can relate to. This woman (in the video) does an amazing job of saying how amazing Jesus is. This video truly inspired me.


I have an idea for my little performance, and although I'm terrified, it's always good to step outside that box. Expanding yourself into something you never knew you could be. It's amazing... this whole creative process. Sometimes I wonder how I've ever lived or breathed without writing or at least thinking about writing.


It's funny, I used to pray for inspiration. Now I just pray for a chance to write it. Ideas are flowing like running water; I'm just trying to keep up.


Who knows? Maybe I'll fall in love with writing Spoken Word. I'll get back to you on that one AFTER I have my first taste of it on Monday. :)