Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Summer

I love Summer. I was clearly grasping at straws with my last post! (Has it really been that long???)

Well, under the advice of a friend (who I am expecting a comment from!) I finally decided to update my blog. At the moment I am writing this from Tawa, Porirua, where Rhett and I are spending the Summer while he is on Summer Pastorate at Titahi Bay Baptist Church.

I've been here for two and a half weeks now, Rhett has just hit the six week mark. The three and a half week gap when I was still back in Auckland was very hard! It made me realize how lucky I am to have my Rhett, and it was definitely a learning experience for me in trusting in God's provision.

Well, Christmas has come and gone, and we are now starting a new year. Reflecting on teaching in 2007: I loved it! There were many ups and downs. Downs were: reports, assessments, meetings etc. Ups: Having a great group of friends at work, sports day, camp, and the kids in my classes certainly had 'spark'.

The best thing about teaching in the past year, was knowing that this is definitely where I am supposed to be. It is certainly a challenging and tiring job, although there are lots of perks and I am very happy at the school I am at. I feel a sense of purpose there. I know there will be much more in store for me, and much more for me to do, but right now, teaching is awesome.

So, 2008.

I am reluctant to make New Year's resolutions as I never seem to keep them, so let's consider these: 'life changes, that happen to occur at the start of the year'.

1. Get fit. I know, I make this every year, and fail. But this year I am trying to do it a bit more sustainably. And enjoyably.

2. Worry less. I want to be less afraid of things (big and small), less hyper-aware of negative consequences, take more risks, and have more confidence. I think I often worry too much about things and therefore miss out on where I could be led. So I'm sure this will be gradual (and fun!).

3. Serve. I like to help people, but in the past year felt a big bogged down with my own stuff. This year I want to seek out opportunities to serve God and others, wherever that might lead!

There we go, three is enough! I'll let you know how things go!

I also aim to keep this updated with what Rhett and I are up to in our explorations of Wellington during Rhett's Summer Pastorate - the female perspective :)

I'm off to enjoy the evening sun!

3 comments:

BJ said...

Imagine my surprise to find you had posted? Worthy aspirations for 2008 (I might borrow a couple) and definitely looking forward to te Titahi Bay reflections...

Sarah said...

Thanks! :)

I'll do my best to continue the updates...

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