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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Growing out a Pixie Cut - My Top 3 Tips

I am one of the many that decided 'To heck with it. Let's chop it all off!' That's right, I got a pixie cut. This was almost 2 years ago, and I have decided to embark on the journey to regain my lucious locks.

My hair went as short as this:


As the weather was warm, and I loved the freedom of having short hair, I got regular trims to keep the pixie. But I decided that having the same hair for over a year was getting a bit boring. So when we moved overseas to Canada, I decided to start the process of growing out my pixie.

It has been 9 months of growing. I have gone from this:


To this:

So, how did I maintain my sanity throughout this process. Below are my top 3 tips.

1. Regular trims. I don't know how many times I complained of having a mullet, as the back always seems to grow so much faster than the front. I found a hairdresser that could give me regular (say every 6-8 weeks) trims and didn't charge an arm and a leg for it.


2. Bobby pins. When things seemed out of control hair wise, I would always turn to my bobby pins. They pulled hair away from the face and made me feel more presentable.

3. Working the bangs. I have mastered braiding my bangs. Even when things looked terrible from the back, the front was looking okay.


I still have a way to go, but am loving that I can just get my hair into a pony tail. I can't wait to have my hair just a little longer. Why? So I can chop it again of course. Not to the pixie I had orginally, but to a long pixie. But then again, I am enjoying styling my locks, so I may hold off on that.




Monday, 20 April 2015

Uncertainty

Uncertainty. It's something we all face at one time or another. I am facing it in a big way. We are living here in Canada with our work permit due to expire in July 2015. As we want to stay, we are exploring how we can make that happen. Instead of filling forms in blindly, we went to the experts. However, our expert has decided to have a holiday and so we have heard nothing for the last 2 weeks. As I want to get the ball rolling to extend our time here, this is frustrating to say the least.

And thus, I am uncertain. Uncertain whether we will be able to extend our stay here. Uncertain as to how much this will cost. Uncertain if I can give people answers about our work visa status when they need them by.

So, what do I do when I am uncertain? After stewing on it and beginning to worry, I choose to go to God. After all, He is in control here. If He wants us to stay, we will. If not, we go home to New Zealand.

Going to God consists of me telling Him of my worries and doubts, and then simply handing them over to Him. I then look up scripture about worry and peace and meditate on those words rather than choosing to stew on the doubts and worries that swirl around my head. When old feelings begin to surface, I again choose to go to God. It's a work in progress, but I'm getting there.

God hasn't been clear in whether He wants us to stay here or not. But I know that when I face uncertainty, the best thing I can do is go to my creator to help me out.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Appealing a Ticket

The other day we received a parking ticket for not displaying a parking permit for our car at our apartment complex. The fine was only $40, but it was $40 I was not prepared to spend. So I did the only sensible thing to do. I wrote an appeal.

My husband was prepared to learn from the mistake and pay the ticket. But I wasn't. So I wrote a polite email attaching our parking permit. A few days later I received this email. 

I am pleased to have saved $40 and have learned 2 valuable lessons. 

1. When you feel a ticket is unjustified - appeal.

2. When a parking area says very clearly to display permits - do so.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Don't be Afraid to Question

So I failed the blog every day challenge. I slunk into bed Saturday night realizing I hadn't posted anything that day. So I figured I would blog every week day as I don't do weekend blogging well at all.

The topic for today is questioning God. During my time with God, I write to Him (a tip I got from Heather Lindsay) where I often ask questions. After writing the question down I wait ... and I listen. More often than not, God will either answer my question, or do that annoying thing by answering my question with a question. Either way, it's great as I am hearing from God.


Last week, I was struggling with something. I questioned God about it, and within seconds he had given me a clear answer. The answer was what I knew I should have done all along. But it took hearing from God for me to put it into practice.

So I encourage you to not be afraid to ask God questions. And to wait and listen for his response. It may not be what you want to hear, but it is so much better for you when you get an answer from Him and move forward with that answer rather than doing your own thing.

Friday, 10 April 2015

The Productivity Bug

Today I decided to put my free time to good use. I cleaned out the spare room/ office. It had become a dumping room, to the point where you couldn't tell the color of the couch as it had so much stuff on it.

Once I had tackled the spare room, I then had the productivity bug. So I did some much needed dusting and then began cleaning out the kitchen cupboards. I then moved onto other tasks that I have been putting off.

I am always keen to prolong doing yuck jobs til another day. But, occasionally I get the notion to be super productive. Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming what needs to be done around the house and in real life. To combat this, I use lists. Whether it be a mental list (which I used today), or a written list, they help.


So, what have you been putting off to tackle another day? Maybe try one thing and who knows, you may get the bug like me and start ticking more 'to do's' off the list.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Day to Yourself

What would you do if you had the day to yourself? Today was one of those days for me where I had a vehicle at my disposal and I had a little bit of money to spend. So, what did I get up to?

Stop 1: Target

Target in Canada are closing their doors in 4 days so I had to get one last look. I picked up a top, a pair of jandals, a ruler (I know - random) and a pair of shorts. Total bill: $8.20.



Stop 2: Thrift Store

I love thrift shopping. I especially love thrift shopping when I have money to spare and no time constraints. I loaded up my basket with potential finds, but only brought a sports bra. As I have recently taken up running, and with only one sports bra in my closet I felt this purchase was necessary.



Stop 3: Sewing Store

Due to recent dilemas with my sewing machine, I was advised to get a new needle for my machine. So I purchased a few for cotton and jersey fabric.


Stop 4: Another Thrift Store

I couldn't help myself! This one had loads of great stuff, but as my funds were decreasing, I became pickier with what I would purchase. So I walked out with nothing.

Stop 5: Supermarket

I know, I hate this place. But I have been on the look out for a second pair of sunglasses. I found a great pair for $20 and was ready to buy them. However, upon further inspection I found 5 other pairs I like, so I couldn't make a decision. I decided to leave that purchase for another day. I couldn't resist picking up a coke for the road though.

Stop 6: Home to TV

Last stop was home. There I nestled on the couch to begin watching a TV series that I know Pete won't appreciate, but I sure will. 'Monarch of the Glen'.

And thus ends my day to myself. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and the items I accumulated.

What would you do with a day to yourself?

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Serving

When you read the title, what kind of serving comes to mind? The kind of serving I want to write about is serving in the church.

The church is a body, and we are part of that body. At least, that's what I want to be. Church isn't church when you are a spectator. Attending, worshiping, making small talk and then leaving. Believe me, I have been there and done that and it left me unfulfilled.

So, when we arrived in Canada, and started attending a church, I realized that in order to become part of the church, I should probably step up and start serving. I did things a little differently than I have in the past. Instead of seeing a need and then filling it, I took it to God and asked Him if I should serve and if so, where. He told me loud and clear. It wasn't the answer I wanted to hear, but I chose to be obedient.

Currently, I am serving in Kids Ministry. As a teacher, one of the last things I feel like doing in my spare time is teaching. However, after taking it to God, He told me to serve in Kids Ministry. And despite having my reservations, it's the best thing I've done at church.

Often God doesn't reveal the why to us, instead He asks us to trust Him. But I couldn't resist asking Him why. He told me that despite the fact that I teach, I don't have an understanding of the little ones. He told me He is equipping me with skills to use when our miracle baby comes along.

Even though serving requires my time, it is so rewarding. I love spending time with the little ones. They are so loving and they teach me heaps too.

So I encourage you (if you aren't already serving) to ask God if He wants you to serve, and if so, where.