Two years ago I helped plant a church in Boston with 25 Californians who moved out for the occasion (I moved from Upstate NY). Many of those Californians became close friends, and by virtue of being friends with someone you hear their stories, which all had the backdrop of Southern California. This past weekend I had the chance to visit Southern California for the first time, to attend the bridal shower of one of those close California friends. I got to see the places where she grew up, the places I had only heard about in stories. I got to meet her friends and family, whom I had only heard about in stories. Continue reading
Over at his blog, Kevin DeYoung has a post on Christians and cities that has sparked some good thought and feedback. It’s called Evangelicals and Cities: A Discussion in Need of Clarity and addresses what we mean when we talk about “urban centers.” Tim Keller has already done a lot of work here, but the conversation is always worth bringing up – especially as I am a Christian in a big city! Here’s some of my response:
Glad you’re thinking about these things! … We’re a BIG church in Boston (250 people is big for a non-denominational in Boston) made up of 20-somethings who are working and studying in the city, who live in the city, who hang out at local coffee shops and interact with the community and are artists and doctors and teachers and baristas and musicians and PhD students. How do we bring the Gospel to the places in the city where we live and work and hang out? That’s urban ministry for us, and that’s how I see Boston being affected.
The other day I found myself walking down a street in Boston I had never been on before. Now, I’ve walked Boston – you’ve seen #epicwalk – so it was a surprising but new experience for me. I thought, I should keep track of where I walk in Boston, and make sure that my path covers every street in this town. Thus the Epic Walk Project was born.
I started YESTERDAY, so I’m not retroactively filling in everywhere I’ve been. Here’s my stats so far (click in for a big pic):
Call me super weird, but I’ve always wanted to do a real, legit juice fast. Like, order online from one of those expensive places and lug my numbered bottles around for three days cleaning out my system. Well the TIME HAS COME. There’s a new juice place open in Government Center called Cocobeet that I’ve passed by a few times now. I stopped in last week and got a juice, and had to go back the next day – their stuff is so good! Especially their nut milk smoothies. uh-MAZ-ing.
So I did it. I’m finishing up a three day juice cleanse today and it was worth it. I did one a few years ago to jump-start/change-up my whole diet, and I wanted to do that again. Also, I’ve been emotional-eating for the past few weeks because of all of life (eat the feelings, my friend says, and oh I have). Plus I didn’t have really anything going on midweek. So there you go! Continue reading
FINALLY I know how to calculate NPV!
Ok, let me back up. I’m currently enrolled in Principles of Finance at Harvard Summer School as the first class in my delve into getting a master’s degree in management. And this is quite different for a gal who has only known literature courses and writing workshops. This has to do with numbers and organizing numbers and doing equations with numbers. But it’s all good – I’m as strong of a right brainer as I am left brainer, so creative writing and data analysis fight for space on my favs list. Continue reading