I like my morning coffee a certain way. At home, I just go with a medium roast (or whatever I have) and then a bit of whole milk, enough to see it billow to the top of the mug. Coffee drinkers, you know what I mean. But when I go to Starbucks, yes I am that cliche, I like it with a little something. A pump of this and pump of that. And I like to see how they write it on the squares, because I like lists.
You should also know, before you keep reading this post, and well this blog, that I am Seminary student, getting a Masters in Theology. That means many things, but the things that it doesn’t mean is that I will become a nun, that I like church jokes said to me by strangers, or that I cook so that I can be the best one at the potlucks. It does mean that I have convictions, and I hold them dearly. It means that I have a Masters degree (or will have, come June) in one of the only fields that will inevitably pay me less money and use more of my time than the normal job that comes with a Masters. And it also means that I read books about every topic known to mankind and I end up making lists about my life.
Im finishing up a class on Spiritual Disciplines, and so I decided to make a list of the disciplines in my life that I have tried on for size, and some have worked and some haven’t. It’s on a Starbucks napkin so you better believe that it’s serious. Or I went to study and didn’t have a piece of paper, this happens often too. Let’s take a look at this list.
Disciplines that are For Me:
Running (like as a sport, not from anything)
Cards (I like cards, and I like writing them, so if you know me, you’ll get a card at some point.)
Baking (this serves us both well)
Blogging (again, a good fit for both of us if you are reading this)
Marketing (Did you know I am a marketing director? I am. I love it.)
Editing (Did you know I used to be a magazine editor? I miss that, because I’d like to think of myself as a wordsmith.)
Prayer (I said I was in seminary)
Nature (Mostly beaches and mountains, but not overnight)
Discussions (Who writes this?)
Imagination (Would something really write that the discipline of being “boring” worked for them?)
Disciplines that are not for Me:
Counting calories/obsessed (The truth is, I have an addictive personality and there was a time that Jillian Michaels had lots to say about my exercise and diet routine. Not any more, hence the baking blog.)
Singing (My sister is an opera singer. I am not. But I used to have dreams of being a pop star)
Swimming (I really don’t like getting wet, and swimming seems to take too long.)
In-doors (Sometimes I work outside on a lawn chair)
Journaling (Helps me process. And then laugh when I find lists like this.)
Fighting (This is why “discussions’ works, it’s the antithesis of fighting)
Yelling (Sometimes I yell when I am upset. This doesn’t work. Talking does though.)
Easy Road (I like a good, solid challenge)
E-card (I wont ever send you one.)
And today I am drinking my leftover Starbucks from yesterday. It’s a latte with one pump raspberry one pump hazelnut. Because when you are in grad school, every penny helps.
What about you? Do you make lists? It’s about time we meet. I’m Bonnie. It’s nice to meet you. Follow me, and I’ll follow you. Let’s be friends, and admit things like we yell when we fight, we make lists, and we sometimes attend things like potlucks.