7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 1)

One of my favorite bloggers hosts a bit of weekly fun called 7 Quick Takes Friday - which can, as far as I can tell, be summed up as "Quick everybody - 7 things.  Go!"  It's actually what inspired my random ramblings series a few years ago - I wasn't sure I could commit to a weekly post, or that I'd have seven whole things to say - but I'm finding that the first excuse is something I just need to call an excuse and ditch altogether, and the second is actually untrue (how do I pick only 7 things?!).

So belatedly, I am joining the bandwagon.  And looking forward to meeting some new friends along the way.  :)

So without further ado:

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 1)

1.)  I am that geek.
If you had told me five years ago that I would be learning about BSP trees and reading books on web/graphic design for fun, I would have looked at you blankly and wondered if you'd hit your head.  Recently, I've been doing both, and actually asking friends for book recommendations.  I'm also ridiculously excited about helping the Professor (who is probably going to regret saying I could help) design a website for the serving ministry of our church.  I am learning a ton - and looking forward to the day when I understand why all of these t-shirts are funny...

2.) It's gonna be worth it.
There have been some tough moments (mostly as a result of that bicycle accident) over the past few months.  Tonight, I was reminded as a dear friend led us into worship, that it really will all be worth it someday.  Thanks, Steve.  And thanks, Rita Springer, for writing this song.

3.)  Of course, the minute I started to search YouTube for that song, I thought instantly of Debbie, the Internet Dater, who may actually someday inspire me to download Songify...

(It may be possible that I am personally responsible for somewhere between 50-75 of those millions of views... and that I may or may not have downloaded this song from iTunes...)

4)  And as long as we're still on YouTube, you might as well know that if you're going to write a song about something, it might as well be about this:

5) Nothing is ever wasted.
Which is why I don't really mind about the bison.  Who may or may not have a twitter feed.

6) Speaking of Twitter... a friend recently inadvertently posted a series of links via her twitter feed, which inadvertently led me to start reading Seth Godin's blog.  This interview he did with Krista Tippett is worth your time.

7) So about that One Word Resolution... 
Who knew I was going to spend most of January learning to be compassionate towards myself?  More on that soon.

Because it's 11:55pm.  Which means it's almost no longer Friday, so I need to wrap it up.  ;)

My One Word Resolution

For the past several years, I've taken New Year's Day as a sort of retreat day, a day to be quiet and listen, to reflect on the past year and look towards the new year and all of its possibilities.  I don't really make resolutions - but I usually spend some time thinking about the victories and shifts I'd like to see the next year hold.  Looking back at my New Year's post from last year,  I am pleasantly surprised to tell you that all the things I wrote about wanting to see happen last year did.  So that's pretty fantastic.

I have all sorts of hopes and dreams for the coming year, too, but this year I want to try something a little different.  A few weeks ago I came across a website called OneWord365.  The basic idea is to pick a word - one word - that will shape your year, and then write about it throughout the year.

There are so many amazing words to choose from, but when I started praying about it a few days ago, one word came to mind almost immediately and wouldn't go away.

My OneWord365 for 2013

On the surface it seems like a really nice word - but I'll confess, I have a sneaking suspicion that this word is going to cost me something.  But it's the word I feel like He's speaking over this year, so it's the word I'm going to focus on.  I will let compassion shape me and change me and make me more like Jesus -  and probably end up with some really good (if possibly heart-breaking) stories along the way.

So here's to a year full of compassion  - and to learning all this word will teach me.

One Word 365
What's your one word for 2013?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!