Up the Hill! – Celebrating small successes

The day before writing this post, I achieved something.

I got all the way up the hill on my bicycle without having to get off and walk!

When I got home, I shared this with my roommates, who immediately hugged my and celebrated with me.

Am I an athlete? – No

Am I disabled and overcoming a huge impasse in my life? – no

Am I trying to make a difference in my life by being healthier? – Yes.

Not that steep, but it goes pretty far!

Not that steep, but it goes pretty far!

 

This was not a huge victory over a large obstacle, this was not an amazing success compared to others. – but the first step to being successful, and helping others to be successful, too, is to

celebrate the small successes.

by celebrating this small fact, and the ones that come after, I am ensuring myself of further successes.

2nd anniversary

So when you hear that something was achieved, don’t belittle it’s value, just celebrate!

 
Jesus Lifehouse Sendailex

 

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Church!

I don’t talk about it on this blog often, but church is amazing!

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It’s a wonderful place full of people with vision, hope love and a future. Continue reading

The difference of a decision

Has a decision ever made such a big change in your life that it has changed you completely?

Before:

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Not What You First Think

It’s so easy to judge by appearances.

I see a spider, I scream.
I see a child, I think “how cute”
I see a man in a suit, I think he works in an office
I see a foreigner, I think they are an English Teacher (in Japan, this is not too unreasonable considering the limited visa options)
I see a girl in a pretty dress, I think “how popular”

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I see a live music club, I think of gigs. But this is where we have church.
Funny how things aren’t always what they seem.

The spider eats mosquitoes,
The child has a personality all it’s own.
The man in the suit could be anything
The foreigner could be a tourist, an artist, a business person or a student.
The girl in the pretty dress could be trying her hardest to make friends.

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I wonder what people see when they look at me

What do you want people to see?

Get on Board

It’s amazing how much we miss out on, just because we don’t turn up!

How often have you been invited out, and then just said “No” for no real good reason?

What happens when you say “Yes”?

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Let’s figure this out: Continue reading

Remix Camp

A few weeks ago I went on Lifehouse’s Remix Youth Camp, with people from Tokyo and Miyagi.

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It was awesome! We went to Nagano, right up into the mountains. I’m a city girl so it was kind of a new experience for me.

I met old friends

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Met new ones, Got freaked out by insects, and had a crazy great time.

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It was a great chance to connect, meet new people and get great advice and love from our leaders.

I’m amazed by the great hearts of the people.

What was your best summer memory?

To Friends who are Family

About three years ago, I broke my leg.

I was on a snowboarding holiday when it got broken.
That’s the cool version of the story.

The real version?
I was on a snowboarding holiday, but I slipped on the ice when getting off a ski-lift, and my legs went in 2 different directions. I ended up with a small fracture where the ligament joins the lower leg bone, as well as stretching a ligament.

I felt really bad. I couldn’t work, and the brace that I had to wear meant that I couldn’t even walk properly. Of course as you can imagine, I wasn’t thrilled with the prospect of three weeks alone at home.

And of course I’m not even living on the same continent as any of my family.

But my friends from both work and church were there to support me. And not even a single day went by that I didn’t have friends come round to cook, clean or take me to the hospital.

I found that friends can be your family too. And that you don’t have to be alone to be strong.
So this is a great big thank you, to my colleagues and Lifegroup, who helped me through what would have been the hardest trial of living in a foreign country.

Instead it is one of my favorite memories.
Thank you