Month: April 2017

Things to Do in Portland, Oregon

Portland Saturday Market

The Portland Saturday Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from March through December and features artisans and food vendors from the Pacific Northwest. It’s located off of Naito Parkway along the Willamette River. Meander through the booths, buy a gift or two, sample some kombucha, listen to the live band, and gobble down an elephant ear. [For those of you unfamiliar with the edible type of elephant ear, it is a pastry about the size of a real elephant’s ear covered in cinnamon and sugar goodness.]

Old Town Chinatown

Some of Portland’s must-dos are located within the boundaries of Old Town Chinatown. But whether or not you decide to hit all the must-dos or not, take some time to wander the streets of Old Town Chinatown. Take in all the sights, and see what you discover. Some of the places you may want to stop and experience are Lan Su Chinese Garden, Voodoo Doughnuts [be prepared to wait in line], and the historic Union Station.

Powell’s

An entire city block of books. What’s not to love? If you’re a reader, you better sketch out some good quality time to peruse Powell’s bookstore. It’s hard for me to resist books, and one of my dreams has been to have a library requiring a sliding ladder in my house, so this was a must stop (twice!) for me.

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Decisions, Decisions

“My basic principle is that you don’t make decisions because they are easy; you don’t make them because they are cheap; you don’t make them because they’re popular; you make them because they’re right.”

~ Theodore Hesburgh

 

We’ve all been there. Door after door. Choice after choice. Decisions, decisions. We have multiple opportunities before us. We have a decision to make. And this is no small decision; it’s a big decision, at least in the moment. What job to take. Where to live. Who to hire. Where to go to college. On and on it goes. We are constantly faced with decisions, many of which can affect the trajectory of our lives. It can be overwhelming at times, wondering if we are making the right choice. Decision-making doesn’t have to be stressful; it can be a peaceful process. So how do we have peace instead of stress? Continue reading “Decisions, Decisions”

The Thief

It can rob us of our joy.

It leads us to discontentment.

It distracts us to the point where we lose our focus.

It destroys our passion.

It steals encouragement and breeds criticism.

Who is this thief that steals and destroys if we give it the opportunity?

It’s the thief of comparison.

Sometimes the thief of comparison catches us off guard. It can be kind of sneaky after all. Sometimes this thief is blatantly obvious, staring us down. If we’re not careful, comparison will steal and destroy our joy, contentment, focus, passion, and encouragement of others.

How does it happen?

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My Reading List

I love to read. It’s a way I rest, relax, and recharge [read more about 3 Ways to Recharge]. I mostly read fiction books, and I’ll share more of my favorite fiction books in a future reading list, but today is a mix of books that are on my reading list. I’ve recently read some of them, one I’m currently reading, and the others are on my “to-read” list.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith – This is a fiction book and is the first book in the series of the same name. The stories are set in Botswana with Mma Ramotswe as the main character. Mma Ramotswe sets up a detective agency and sets out on an adventure of investigation. There’s humor and life written all through the series. I haven’t read all the books in the series (there are currently 17 books…eek!), but they’re all on my list to read.

And Still She Laughs by Kate Merrick – I stumbled across this book through one of the podcasts [episode #133] on The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey. I so enjoyed listening to Jamie’s interview of the author, Kate Merrick, and am inspired by her joy in Christ despite the deep suffering she has experienced. I just started the book, and it’s already encouraging me to live boldly, faithfully, and joyfully…even in the face of suffering and overwhelming pain.

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Portland, Oregon

 

Population: 619,360 [Source: United States Census Bureau]

Location: Multnomah County, Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S.A.

People: Portlanders

Name: Portland was named for Francis W. Pettygrove’s hometown of Portland, Maine, in 1845.

Population in 1850 [the time of the first U.S. Census]: 821

Enjoy a little history about Portland, Oregon:

Before the Oregon Territory was established as such, two bands of Upper Chinook Indians lived in the area now known as Portland. In the 1830s and 1840s, American, Canadian, and British traders, trappers, and settlers began to settle in this spot. It was a common stopping place along the Willamette River as people traveled between Oregon City and Fort Vancouver.

The breathtaking views, access to water, and much more aided in the settlement of the Portland area. Portland became a more attractive settlement than Oregon City, the then territorial capital, due to its prime location at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

Fun Facts:

• Host of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, a world’s fair
33rd state to join the Union, in 1859
• Portland’s first amusement park, Oaks Park, which opened in 1905, is still open.
Clark Gable sold neckties at the Meier & Frank department store in Portland before becoming famous in Hollywood.

[Source: www.pdxhistory.com]

3 Ways to Recharge

We live in a fast paced world. Our decisions and life often keep us busy…too busy. If we don’t take time to recharge, the result may be…

                …less than exceptional work.

                …broken friendships.

                …burn out.

                …isolation.

                …exhaustion.

We can stretch ourselves too thin if we’re not careful. So we need to find ways to recharge. It might be 10 minutes by yourself. An extra drive around the block to gain a couple more minutes of quiet time. Turning off the TV. Running. Playing the piano.

The recharging methods can vary for each of us based on our personalities, gifts, interests, and season of life. Some of us get rejuvenated by spending time with other people. Others of us crave time alone and need that time to recharge. Today I’m going to share three of my current ways of recharging, relaxing, and recuperating.

Reading a book.

I love to curl up with a good book. I usually prefer to read fiction books, especially historical fiction, because a great story helps me unwind and relax. Occasionally I will pull out a memoir or inspirational book.

If you have a book recommendation, shoot it my way!

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My Favorite Skin Care

I have battled with acne since I was a teenager. I kept hoping I would grow out of out, but it’s still a struggle for me from time to time. Over the years I have tried various skin care brands, many of which are geared towards problem skin. Some didn’t work at all for me, while other brands worked for a time. I often thought I had finally found a brand that worked and would buy more when I ran out, only to find out that it no longer worked for my skin. So I kept searching for what worked best for me and my skin.

A few years ago, lots of people seemed to get into the “crunchy” kick. They were going all natural and had all kinds of homemade remedies, tips, and tricks. I started exploring the more natural route of skin care. I came across recommendations and rave reviews of using coconut oil, so I decided to give it a try.

Coconut oil seemed to work well for so many people, but it was an absolute disaster for my skin! It exacerbated the problem instead of resolving it. The search continued.

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In the Midst of the Storm

We all face storms. Grieving the death of a loved one. Losing a job. A dream unfilled. A rebellious child. A friend that lets us down. A flood that sweeps away our belongings. A disappointment.

We can let the storms of life push us away from Jesus or closer to Him. What is our response going to be in the midst of the storm?

There are some amazing lessons to glean from Matthew 14 on life in the midst of the storm.

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