Friday Fives: Inspiration and Memories

Man, there is nothing like a week of out-of-town work to throw me off my game. I’ve been committed to this blog for nearly ten years, though. I’m not ready to fall off the frequent posting wagon just yet. It may yet be cause for prewriting posts, but I’m not sure. Is it disingenuous to post old thoughts for the sake of generating traffic or entertaining my readers? That’s not what I want my blog to be about.

For now, there is the Friday Five.

March 18: Inspiration

  1. Most inspirational quote for you. This is not a question. I would probably go with my email signature, “if you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire,” by St. Catherine of Siena. It’s convicting.
  2. Favorite inspirational film? This is not a question, either. So close. I don’t usually watch movies to be inspired; I just like stories.
  3. Who has inspired you, and why? Besides Jesus? Honestly, a lot of my friends inspire me just by the choices they’ve made and the lives they’re leading. Jim’s commitment to preparing for his future family is inspiring. Lyzii’s devotion to her students, her husband, and her kids is as close to “having it all” as there can be, really. My priest friends have given their entire lives to serve needy people. (I’m the first to admit that even the holiest-seeming people can be frustratingly clingy.)
  4. If you were to die tomorrow and would have ONE saying that would live on forever, what would you leave behind? Andie flattered me tremendously once by quoting one of my favorite church sayings. I go to Mass a lot, as you might expect, and people tend to ask me how it was. I’m like, “What do you mean, ‘how was it’? Jesus came. It was great.”
  5. What inspires you to continue, when you feel the least motivated (in whatever goal you are trying to accomplish)? Knowing that my life is not in vain keeps me going. If I didn’t feel like my work mattered or that I had something to accomplish with my life, I would never make it out of bed in the morning. Then again, I have trouble getting out of bed lately just because I’m lazy.

March 25: Memories (Again)

  1. What smell brings you a fond memory? Musty sheets remind me of my grandma. I used to sleep over at her house sometimes, and when I would go into the linen closet for towels, they would smell musty like that. Honestly, it was years before I figured out that musty fabric has the same basic smell so it wasn’t unique to my grandma’s closet.
  2. What song makes you nostalgic? “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” will always, always remind me of middle school slow dances. I never got to dance one (never ever), but I remember the drama that went down.
  3. What taste reminds you of school? What a weird question. Tomato sauce from industrial-sized cans.
  4. Which season makes you remember the most things in your past? I think places help me remember more than seasons. I like winter, but that’s just because of the smell.
  5. Which memory do you treasure? There are too many to list. That’s a good problem. :)

Also, happy Solemnity of the Assumption! I had a delicious celebratory Whataburger tonight. Friday solemnities don’t happy every day…week…whatever.



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