It’s been so long, you may not remember, but when Tammy introduced me last month, I mentioned some of the things I was passionate about, and asked you to share some of the things you’re passionate about. Most of you were too busy sending warm, friendly welcomes to take the time to do that. But today, I’d sincerely love to know! What floats your boat? What makes your heart sing? What makes you feel alive when you’re in the thick of it?
Of course the “things” I’m most passionate about aren’t things at all–they are people. Tammy shared photos of my family in her post. Today I’d like to share three other things things that send a little thrill through me. Just because they make me happy, or in part, because they make me feel like I’m using the talents God’s gifted me with in a way that pleases Him.
1. Teaching. I taught a pre-school story hour every Thursday at our small-town public library for nine years. And every single Thursday I had to go home and take a L-O-N-G nap! I was not cut out to teach small children. But I feel absolutely invigorated teaching aspiring writers at writers conferences. I love seeing the light in a new writer’s eye that says they “get it” and they can’t wait to apply what they’ve learned to their work in progress. (I just happen to be in California teaching at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference while you’re reading this!)
2. Decorating. It might seem a little frivolous to some, but I am passionate about making our house a pretty, cozy, unique place to live. I want our home to be a place where our family and friends feel welcomed and nurtured, a place that reflects our personalities and interests, and a place that is a haven for someone who needs a little peace and grace. We live on a tight budget, so I’m a big flea market/garage sale/Goodwill/make-do kind of gal. But I enjoy the challenge of decorating on the cheap. How I wish you all lived close enough so I could have you over to share a pot of coffee and conversation in my kitchen.
And speaking of coffee . . .
3. Coffee! As if decorating wasn’t frivolous enough, I confess, coffee floats my boat. Not just the taste of it, but everything about it. I love the heady aroma of fresh-ground beans, the process of brewing whether in a French press (the best!), my Keurig, or my old faithful coffeemaker. Most of all, I love choosing my mug. My kids will tell you I’m easily entertained, but it makes me happy every morning to stand in front of the coffee bar in my office and decide which mug I’ll use today. That choice is not as easy as it might sound because I have a collection of over sixty mugs on display. And every one of them has a special memory attached.
Now it’s your turn! I trust it’s a given that God and the special people He’s put in your life are who you are most passionate about. What are three things–whether serious or just-for-fun–that just make your heart sing?