30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 1

Doing something a little different to give my fingers some practice after a long hiatus from doing my favorite thing: writing. So, I am following The Ivory Fawn’s 30 Day Writing Challenge!

Day 1.  List 10 things that make you really happy

16463311_1340079976051903_316802967399457318_oGenuine deep talks 

I don’t mess around. I can’t handle small talk. It does nothing for me. If we can sit and talk about what direction we are going towards in our lives or chat about things that are inherently important for us, I dig it.

A full gas tank

Honestly, the idea that I can get up and go somewhere excites me. A full gas tank for me represents endless possibilities and adventure. A drive up the California coast or into the redwoods with good company or by myself to think and be inspired makes me incredibly giddy.

Skipping out on something menial to do something exciting

I’ve learned that sometimes you need to abandon routine, if just for one day. Make a break in your schedule to escape and take a breath and feel truly what it is to live.

Running as fast as I can into the wilderness

Ever since I was a little girl, this has been my jam. I’d often disappear and my parents would find me hours later in a tree or coming home just before dusk. I need to be around nature, and the adrenaline of being completely surrounded by it while running is an indescribable feeling.

My crazy, amazing Armenian heritage

God knows what I would do, if I didn’t have someone as great as this rich culture to sink myself into. I am so truly blessed to have a language, a history, and customs to really feel connected to a community and something much bigger than myself. As Lord Byron said, “Armenian is the language to speak with God. God spoke to the world in Armenian.” Though this is debatable, I love the idea of it. Speaking an ancient tongue and everything my culture stands for, it’s a blessing.

My mom + Coming home to an epic home-cooked meal

My Mayrig is my rock. And the comfort of after a long day out, coming home to some amazing food beats everything else.

Thursdays

I honestly can’t put my finger on it, but every Thursday is a good day. This has been the case for the last twenty years of my life. And so, I look forward to this insignificant, unassuming day of the week and think “Finally…my day.” And so, it’s become a sort of tradition to treat this day with special care and to make time for myself and for God. (I could also add January’s to the list, but I am a bit biased)

An empty house, a rainy day, and hours alone with my piano

Seriously, the best. When you can create melodies, and not worry about writing them down for the future, you really learn to appreciate every second in the present. And so at these times, when I’m all alone translating my heart into sound, I feel that I am my truest self.

Learning new things!

I have always loved learning new things. Particularly languages, cultures, and philosophy.

Jesus + My church community

I save the best for last, because really? Where would I be without my God? The unending mercies and grace of Jesus are the sole things that motivate me to go forward in this crazy life. Here is to all those who live in the light of Christ and have become my brothers and sisters in the making

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From a recent shoot at Mt. Davidson, San Francisco

 

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