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Job Searching

Over the past couple of months, I have been applying for full-time jobs. I tell you what, it has been a busy, hard, and unsuccessful road. After working so hard to attain my college degree so that I could attain a “big girl” job, I now have to fight with all the other recent college graduates who are trying to attain the same positions.┬áIn the county where I currently live, there are only a hand-full of positions available, but there are over 300 applicants.

Woah.

I know this isn’t the first time it has happened, but with the economy the way that it is, none of us are having all that much luck. Some, yes, the lucky few, have found full-time positions and ecstatic that they have a place to call “home.”

I, on the other hand, have not.

Now, I am resorting to another avenue. Not another field, but another avenue. Instead of pursuing teaching, I am trying to find a full-time nanny position. A position such as this, is not one with benefits, nor is it one with job security because if something happens to the family’s income, there goes my income as well.

BUT, I find it interesting to go with this avenue because it is something different and interesting and I would never be bored. That is my main problem…getting bored. I get bored too easily.

I’m struggling. I’m really having a hard time deciding what to do with my life. I know at this point I don’t necessarily need something permanent, but I need something that will help me pay bills and put money in the bank. It will be a touch first year, but there is some comfort.

Comfort in the Lord.

That is something that occasionally I forget. I have to be reminded of something incredible important, and this is what it is:

God made me. God MADE me. God. Made. ME.

I am perfect in his image. I am exactly what he wants me to be and I have the weaknesses and insecurities that he wants me to have because it is through those weeknesses and insecurities that I learn to trust Him and lean on his expertise.

He is teaching me to trust, but I am failing miserably. I am trying to learn that I am exactly how He wants me to be, but I have trouble accepting everything. I have trouble accepting that He wants me to be stubborn, hard-headed, opinionated, and a workaholic.

The answer is, yes.

He wants me to be the person he made me to be. I have to learn, somehow, to accept myself for who I am, to accept my faults along with my successes.

God made me, and I have to remember that.

Thank you Lord for who I am. Please help me to realize that I am the person you made me to be.

 

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Framing

This week, I participated in a new adventure. One that everyone will have gone through at some point or another. You see, it was about time for me to frame a painting that I bought in Salzburg, Austria.

The painting was all rolled up and stuffed in a protective tube, but I was ready to see that city again, more frequently that is…so, I decided to go and get it professionally framed.

There were so many choices that I considered for matting and a frame. Do I get a black frame or a brown frame? Do I get white white or off-white or an accent color? How wide should my frame be? How wide should my matting be? What type of glass do I incorporate? Etc, etc, etc….see, so many questions.

There were several suggestions which was good because remember, I’m a framing virgin so I needed lots and lots of help.

This was one option. Brown frame, off-white matting. This was my initial favorite because the yellow undertone of the matting really brought out the buildings and the frame was sort-of rustic and simple.

This here was another option. I really liked this frame because of the texture and its rusticness. Rusticness…I don’t think that is a word, but I’m going to use it anyway. Anyway, I loved the frame, but the grey matting was too dark and was not what I was looking for for the painting.

There was this frame with the lighter, off-white matting. The frame was awesome because of the rustic texture and the classic look of it, but the downfall to this frame was that it was the top of the line “gallery” frame. I simply couldn’t afford that, but seeing this black frame with the light matting made me realize that I liked the black with this matting. Which lead me to this:

The black, rustic, double-layer frame that I liked from the beginning with the off-white matting with the black beveling. It was perfect!

Of course, I would not have been able to choose these options without the help of the staff in the framing department. They were awesome

I can’t wait to see the finished product of this framing experience.

Don’t worry, I’ll post photos of the completion of this painting to find out what you think because I’m pretty pumped about seeing the finished product. Only a week or so to go!

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