Just try the stupid thing!
Okay first post....eeerrg...I'll be honest...I'm not 100% sure on what I'm doing but I'm doing it! Which is kind of what the point of this whole blog is about...
Ah hem. So for those who don't know me, my name is Hannah. I'm married to this Jake babe I found on Tinder and we have one. weird. kitten. We bought a cute little place in cute little Centerville Utah early in 2016. I work full time usually from 4:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.at the Layton Biolife as a phlebotomist. That's right. I'm a vampire. I stab people...in the least psychopathic way. I'm currently pursuing school in....well that's another post for later. Anyways, as the first year in my marriage went on, I noticed that every conversation I had basically only covered what was said above.
Anyone: "So Hannah, what are you up to these days?"
Me: "Oh you know just fixing up our little place...and work.... and being married....and work."
Anyone: "Are you in school right now?"
Me:"I applied for a radiology program but I won't know if I get in for another few months...so not currently."
Me: "Uh...wanna hear what my cat did the other day?! The little jerk...."
Anyone: "Sorry I think something is um...burning...bye."
Now I'll admit that is not what EVERY conversation consisted of, but that is what I started taking out of my conversations. Here I am. A 22 year old woman who's conversations consisted of four topics. I wanted to tell people that I was in school, traveling, volunteering, creating, and nurturing. I wanted to tell people that I just got done competing in the world skydiving tours and was now getting ready to teach yoga to nuns or something like that. I kinda figured it was a 1/4 life crisis I was going through and that I should just be satisfied with what I had. For months I would try to drag Jake on little adventures and I'm pretty sure I just exhausted the heck out of the poor fella. One day he turned to me and said, "You need a hobby."....what? A hobby? I don't need a hobby! I have hobbies....I play the Ukulele sometimes, and I make dinner, and I watch Park and Rec regligiously. There. Hobbies.
A few weeks later we were sitting in Sunday School and the teacher was talking about the parable of the 10 virgins. As he was reading in Matthew 25, my eyes wandered down to the parable of the talents. For any of my friends who are not familiar with this story, it is about a Master with 3 servants. The Master gives each of his servants talents. To the first he gives 5, to the second he gives 2, and to the third he gives 1. Now, two of the servants went out and traded with these talents and ended up doubling the talents that were given to them. Meanwhile, the third servant took his talent and hid it away. When the Master returned to his servants he was please with the first two who had taken his talents and multiplied them. When he met with the third servant however, he was very angry at his laziness and took away his talent.
Although I've probably heard this parable 100,000,000 times before, the 100,000,001 time really struck me. How many talents have I been given? Better yet, how many have I hidden away. What was my potential? I didn't even know what talents I could double. I didn't even really know what talents I had. Where did I even start?
Soon after I watched a video that had been shared on Facebook of a woman named Cara Brookins who escaped an abusive marraige and built a house for her family all by herself! She did this by watching YouTube videos. When I first read the caption I'll admit, I wasn't really picturing a house. I was picturing a dinky straw thatched roof with no plumbing (honestly that would still be an accomplishment). But no. It was a full stinking BEAUTIFUL house! I highly encourage you guys look her story up because it's incredible!
Hearing this story made me realize something. We literally have the world of information at our fingertips. In what other period in time have we had the technology to look up ANYTHING. Every topic is available to us. What did people even do when they had random questions? Just yesterday I learned how to turn the 'change oil alarm' off in my car by using Google (don't worry, it's been changed, they just forgot to turn it off). Or I was able to look up exactly where the nearest Panda Express was #lifesaver. I couldn't help but think back to the Parable of the Talents. I have access to unlimited information. All I had to do, was get off my derriere (I just googled how to spell that...it's French for bum) and try something!
At the time I really was hit with this realization, New Year's Eve was only days away. I had failed to come up with the perfect resolution for this dawning 2017 year, but I finally had an idea. I would try out a new skill every month for the next year. My teachers would consist of YouTube, Google, Pinterest, and dear aquaintances. For the first time in months, I felt hope and excitement about what was to come. I was going to dig up whatever talents I could and run with them.
So now I'm on a journey to discover and explore my potential in new areas that I've always wanted to try, but have pushed aside. And do you know what? You should too! Maybe don't try 1 a month...that's only for crazy people....but if there is something that you have wanted try, go for it! Pick up the paint brush or pencil! Put on your stretchy pants and do those yoga moves that keep popping up on your Facebook! Rock garden, sing, write, make soap, build a robot, invent something, create a game that keeps your kids occupied longer that 2 minutes! The possibilities are endless! We have been given many talents and the Lord has promised to bless us as we try and develop them. So stop googling how to get to Panda Express and google how to make it yourself! You can do it! You are awesome! And if you fail, well, there are so many options out there! But first you just have to try the stupid thing.
I'm excited to keep everyone updated on my adventures and hopefully keep it slightly entertaining as well. Blogging is a hobby right?