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The Crafty Sojourner

#8 Solve a Rubik’s Cube

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” -Lao Tzu

Perhaps my 30×30 journey does not consist of a thousand miles.  However, it does indeed begin with a single step.  And, I am very happy to say that first step has been completed!

So, for a bit of background, my boss recently taught a professional development seminar relating internal auditing to a Rubik’s Cube.  As he was preparing in the weeks leading up to the seminar, he gave me a cube and told me to figure it out.  I admittedly left it sitting on the corner of my desk for several days, until I took it home and left it sitting on my dresser.  I was pretty weary of it, honestly.

Then, in some absurd burst of confidence, or insanity, I added this item to my 30×30 list.  Once I published this list, I actually became nervous that I might not accomplish this specific item.  That thought, and my boss’s impending seminar, led me to finally pick up my cube.  (Luckily, my boss also shared a Youtube video of a kid explaining how to solve the cube.  That proved instrumental in helping me understand and conceptualize the cube.)

The first time I solved the cube, I think it was partly accidental.  I didn’t complete the final few steps correctly, but I somehow managed to fix it.  The second time I tried, I was about 75% complete when I made a wrong move and had to start all over again.  The third time, though, truly was a charm!  I’ve now solved it ten times or so, and my solution time has dropped from an hour to ten minutes.

I know the picture above doesn’t prove much.  Maybe I just bought a new cube and took a picture of it, already solved, right?  I know at least one of you thought that.  I thought of it too.  That’s why I recorded myself solving it!  Click here for some hard evidence!

I’m just going to throw this out there: I’m proud of myself.  I’m proud that I can say I know how to solve a Rubik’s Cube, and I’m proud that I have kicked off this 30×30 journey.  Now I just have to figure out which item is next!

30×30

Today’s my birthday.  (Woohoo!)  I turned 29.  Actually 29, not the I-don’t-want-to-tell-you-how-old-I-am-so-I’m-going-to-lie 29, and I’m pumped!  I honestly don’t remember the last time I was so excited to be a particular age.  There’s nothing special about 29, but I’m excited nonetheless.

I seem to be fairly alone in my excitement though.  Almost all the feedback I’ve received about this age has been negative.  It’s not 29, necessarily, but what comes after it.  The general consensus is that this is your last hurrah, the last piece of carefree living, before full-fledged adulthood hits and life becomes humdrum. Continue reading “30×30”

Bucket List

Some years ago I decided to formalize my bucket list.  For years I had accumulated a mental list of things I wanted to do: graduate college, read all the Jane Austen novels, visit all fifty states.  As I grew, so did my list, to the point I had to start writing it down.

One item that has been on that list for quite a long time is viewing the northern lights.  I’ve always been fascinated by the vivid colors, the clear skies and the breathtaking opportunities for photographs.  Unfortunately, the northern lights aren’t often visible in south-central Kentucky.  And, by not often, I mean never.  I’ve always been on the look out for opportunities to see the lights, but I very rarely travel north. Continue reading “Bucket List”

All Who Wander

We all have a cliche quote that we secretly love.  You know, shoot for the stars and all that.  For me, it’s a travel quote.  ‘Not all who wander are lost.’  Well, it’s kind of a travel quote.  I guess it’s kind of a life quote too.  Either way, I’m secretly, or maybe not so secretly, obsessed with it.

It’s been a while.  Approximately eighteen months, actually.  I spent much of that break building a blog with some of my favorite people, and it was great fun.  Until life got in the way and we decided it isn’t the right time to coordinate the schedules of five busy (and awesome) women.  So, I wandered around a bit.  Then I landed back here, my old stomping grounds.  The Crafty Sojourner.  After a face lift and a bit of a purge (those early posts…eek!), I felt the need to come back to my keyboard. Continue reading “All Who Wander”

The In Between

I vividly remember my first day of college.  I was a bright-eyed, slightly more naive version of my current self, and I was headed to History 119 on a Monday morning.  You could tell I was a freshman by the lanyard around my neck and the skip in my step.  On that morning, the first of many treks up The Hill, everything was full of possibility.  I remember studying each person I passed.  Could that be my new best friend?  Is he my future husband?  I was in a new world, and I had the next four years planned out. Continue reading “The In Between”

An Open Letter to Godly Men from a Godly Woman

Dear Godly Man,

First, let me say thank you for existing in this world, a place where self is becoming more and more important and God is being pushed away.  And, thank you for maintaining my belief that good people are not only present but thriving.  I admire your commitment and acknowledge your struggle.  Please know that I, and many others with me, appreciate you.

I must admit that I am not writing to you simply out of adoration.  Because I hold you in such high regard, I want to present a few requests.  Continue reading “An Open Letter to Godly Men from a Godly Woman”

The Skinny

It’s Thursday night, and I’m debating what I’ll wear to work tomorrow.  It’ll be casual Friday, so I know I’ll wear jeans.  I just don’t know which pair: my well-worn pair or the brand new skinny jeans.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Skinny jeans.    Surprisingly enough I bought my first pair, and I’ve already worn them.  In public.  Seriously.  If you don’t know me, allow me to explain why this is rather shocking.  First, I’ve never been accused of being fashionable.  Second, I’m not, well, skinny.

As I walked out my front door wearing skinny jeans for the first time, I had second thoughts.  As I got out of my car at work, I debated going back home to change.  After unlocking my office door, I considered staying behind my desk until time to go home. Continue reading “The Skinny”

Ten Lessons from a Twenty Something

I’ve been doing this twenty something gig for a few years now, and, while I am far from being an expert, I have learned a few things along the way.  Because I am such a nice person, I’ve decided to share my experiences with you, my lovely readers.  I know that many of you are past the twenty something mark, so I encourage you to please share your lessons in the comments.  Teach me, oh smart one!  And, fellow twenty somethings, I know we all have different experiences, so feel free to share additional lessons as well.  I can’t wait for all the knowledge that will soon come my way! Continue reading “Ten Lessons from a Twenty Something”

Uncomfortable

First of all, I want to thank all of my readers for the outpouring of support after my last post, The ‘S’ Word.  I had calls, texts, Facebook messages, tweets.  You guys are amazing.  My heart still smiles just knowing that God used my experiences and spoke through me to touch so many people.  I honestly haven’t posted since then because I’m afraid, afraid that anything else I have to say will not be enough.  So, I’ve decided to let someone else make the next post.  I know bloggers usually don’t have a guest post so early on, but I thought this was the right time.  This post comes from my eHarmony co-worker, as mentioned in The ‘S’ Word.  He came to me with this post, and it seemed like such the right thing for right now.  Several of my friends have recently talked about struggling with being comfortable or uncomfortable in their lives, so I have really been debating whether or not I should write a post about it.  Without any discussion or guidance from me, this post was written about being comfortable. Continue reading “Uncomfortable”

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