My Big Life Change!

Picture taken by Abby Austin of 1000 Miles on my own two feet.


To transform my life, with God's help of course, one step at a time.

1. Get healthy & honor God with my body

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2.Become at least 50% sustainable with emphasis on doing our part to take care of God's planet.

3. Live life as an adventure, experiencing new places, things & people.
18 out of 150 bucket list goals accomplished

4. Become debt free & build security for my family, so we can then bless others financially also.

5. Continue to grow closer to God, building My family's faith & sharing the Gospel with those we meet, by using the talents and gifts God has provided us.

6.Continue to make money by creating and sharing my thoughts and beliefs through artistic expression: all the while hoping that my art will impact others. "Holly Kennedy

: All I know is, if you don't figure out this something, you'll just stay ordinary, and it doesn't matter if it's a work of art, or a taco, or a pair of socks! Just create something... new, and there it is, and it's you, out in the world, outside of you, and you can look at it, or hear it, or read it, or feel it... and you know a little more about... you. A little bit more than anyone else does... Does that make any sense at all?" Quote from PS I LOVE YOU

Monday, January 2, 2012

You are a diamond!

About 100 miles under the surface sits a diamond of the rarest kind. It was formed by amazing pressure and power. And after it forms it sits and waits for a volcanic explosion to uproot it from it's nesting spot and spew it onto the Earth's crust. The lava carries it to a perfect spot and hardens around the diamond and protects it from the elements. Then one day a person with a shovel and pick cracks the lava rock around it holds it into the light. Value, they see in this dirty misshapen piece of Earth.They then take the diamond to a cutter.
 The most time-consuming part of the cutting is the preliminary analysis of the rough stone. It needs to address a large number of issues, bears much responsibility, and therefore can last years in case of unique diamonds. The following issues are considered:
  • The hardness of diamond and its ability to cleave strongly depend on the crystal orientation. Therefore, the crystallographic structure of the diamond to be cut is analyzed using x-ray diffraction to choose the optimal cutting directions.
  • Most diamonds contain visible non-diamond inclusions and crystal flaws. The cutter has to decide which flaws are to be removed by the cutting and which could be kept.
  • The diamond can be split by a single, well calculated blow of a hammer to a pointed tool, which is quick, but risky. Alternatively, it can be cut with a diamond saw, which is a more reliable but tedious procedure.  
  • After the initial cutting the diamond is polished into various shapes and sizes for many different uses. Polishing is even more tedious and slow but it removes more impurities and brings out the shimmering beauty of the diamond.                                                                         The diamonds are then chosen for their duties to either be used in tools or machines to do more cutting or to be put on display. Certain diamonds have been contaminated with minerals they absorb around them that give them their different colors.
  • All diamond info was taken from wikipedia click here if you want to learn more.                                       

You are a diamond! Formed in a miraculous way by your wonderful Creator. Sifted through time and space to be brought up to the surface at a precise moment. Surrounded by people who will protect you and contaminate you. And during that wonderful moment you find God, you are lifted from the ashes and put in to His hands for cleaning. Transformation is a slow and tedious process. He uses situations and people to cut and polish away those years of dust and contaminates. Each layer He takes off hurts a little less, and you don't even know how brilliantly you start to shine. He knows which contaminates to leave in that bring out the best colors in you. And soon the flaws that are left have to be seen by the most powerful microscope. Your brilliance is blinding. You are shining  so brightly that everyone wants to hold you and be around you. They want to know what makes you so beautiful. 

So in 2012, let's shine! Let's allow God to cut and polish us, deeper and deeper until Jesus shows through! Let's make the world want to put away the cubic zirconium and turn to the true and pure radiance that God is. That is my wish for this year, will you join me?


  1. I LOVE this analogy! Of course I'd like to join you. :)

  2. Good Morning :)
    eeek you need a chat box in here LOL

  3. I absolutely adore this! Excellent analogy and I love the way you wrote it!

  4. Love it.

    I'm stopping by from the Finding New Friends Hop. I'm following you by GFC. I'd love if you'd stop by my blog too. Have a great weekend.


  5. Brown, that is such a beautiful analogy!