Window Seat Wanderer

Abby's Random Adventures and Musings

IPIP NEO

I discovered a link to this personality test today, when my colleague sent me a link to this Harry Potter article. Interestingly enough, I have never encountered this test in my years as a Psychology student. (Have you?) I took the 300-item test and the results came back as such.

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With an awesome bunch at The War Memorial of Korea during my last Incheon flight. :)

Be Still

… and know that He is God, says Psalm 46:10.

I woke up this morning fully aware of the life I’m living and all the blessings I have received thus far. Until now, I am amazed at how truly loving and generous our God is and I couldn’t help but look back and think what I have done right to deserve all that I am enjoying right now.

Don’t get me wrong; my life is far from perfect. But I realized that all the big dreams and goals I set for myself — ones that needed to happen for my life to change forever — are now realities and items checked off my so-called list. And all these happened because I chose to be still and know that He is God.

Vague? Not quite. My current job and my fiancé are solid proofs of this claim. How? In these two major life decisions, I did not consult anyone but God… and some of His angels.

Still vague. Expounding.

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Sunday Soupie #004

(A)chievements

I got to finish Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, finally! After literally MONTHS. It was such a struggle for me to finish, TBH. One, because of time. Two, because it was blergh as forks until at least 3/5 through. I’m not even the only one who thinks so. My colleague from work saw me reading it and she shared that she had such a hard time getting herself to finish it as well that she eventually gave up trying.

But it isn’t so bad. I mean, Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon still pretty much takes the top spot in my list of Worst Books Ever (followed by the rest of the saga, really, LOL still can’t believe I read all of them). I guess Fangirl just has a really slow start. It has a good plot kinda, but the story could have been better developed? I don’t know.

Like, I honestly didn’t see Wren’s alcohol problem coming. I mean, I love plot twists and all, but that one was just misplaced. Like, that part could have had better foreshadowing. Instead, I felt that it was just inserted to give Laura (the mom) a role in the whole thing. Make her more “human” but not really.

The jump from Cath and Wren’s artsy, cool dad to manic dad was also weird. Again, foreshadowing problem. For a novel with a subplot that’s basically an ode Harry Potter, it could have done a better job at mimicking the latter’s awesome use of foreshadowing. (But I guess only JKR can do that flawlessly. #biased)

Anyhoo, what I did like with Fangirl was the character of Levi. He reminds me someone I’m about to marry in a year. LOL. He has the best lines, which his character loves to repeat for emphasis. e.g. “Come home with me, Cath. I miss you. And I don’t want to say good night.” PLS YOU GUISE.

(B)lessings

I had a pretty okay work week. Flew an oppressive flight last Monday, but also had two full days off after. And then flew to Abu Dhabi with an awesome set of crew. So yeah, pretty okay work week if I do say so meself. :)

I also got to attend worship last Tuesday and yesterday’s SE fundraiser. Also, we finally got to reserve the church for our wedding! YAY!

Saw all these people yesterday! (But that's not even half of them!)

Saw all these people yesterday! (But that’s not even half of them!)

(C)onfessions

I haven’t done a Soupie in a long time that I had to reread my last one just to get a hang of the format! WHAT! Hahahaha!

Aside from that, today at 6pm, my mom told me to pray the rosary with her and Papa. The Virgin Mary statue making rounds in our village found its way to our home so, yeah, we are now tasked to pray the rosary for a whole week or two. Which is always welcome, though — ooh, confession — something I haven’t done in years.

I remember how we used to pray the rosary at least once a week as a family when my brothers and I were mere younglings. Things changed, of course, when they started going to uni. Looking back, I kind of miss those days. The family that prays together, stays together, after all.

(D)ecisions

I just had my confession this afternoon so I’m letting go of last Monday’s oppression. I will not allow my Consistent Oppression get to me. Furthermore, I will start including Consistent Oppression in my prayers.

There is hope for you. Nothing is impossible with God.

(E)ncouragement

I saw this on Facebook the other day:

One thing I learned from watching Kung Fu Panda 3 last night is that you should always do YOU. ‘Cause you were created to be great. So be great! :)

Have a happy Sunday, everyone! :)

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Sunday Thoughts: The Prodigal Son

‘My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ ~ Luke 15:31-32

Every Catholic school girl (or boy) knows this story — one of the Prodigal Son who took his inheritance, wasted his money on things of the world, and realized later on that he was wrong.

I remember buying a few gospel books during my elementary days from those people from St. Paul who came by our school once a year. Looking back, I realize just how much of a Catholic school girl I really was. I adored those two kiddie gospel books I purchased (which I didn’t even have to coerce my parents into buying!) that contained mini stories from the bible such as those of Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath, Moses, Joseph, etc. I read those books over and over and found myself amazed at just how nice God was. That was my first shallow understanding of His unconditional love.

As I read this gospel today, though, I’m seeing the story of the Prodigal Son with brand new eyes. I always just used to view this as one that showed how forgiving and loving God was as a Father. What I failed to see, though, was the role of the older brother in the story which, when read in context, represents those who have long been consistent, faithful, and obedient to their loved ones.

Has there ever come a time when you felt someone close to you was loved and appreciated more than you by (another) someone whom you never failed to show your own love to? Have you ever found yourself fighting for someone’s attention? Have you ever found yourself conflicted on whether or not your feelings of jealousy are even rational? I’ve encountered this a couple times in big and small ways in my life. Big, in such a way that I really took the matter to heart and made fits about it in public. Small, because in some instances, I got to stop myself from going full-on crazy green monster mode.

Thinking about it now, I realize just how much the Father has changed me through the years with His Words. These are the things that I got out of rereading this gospel today:

  1. Whenever you feel like you aren’t enough for someone, remember that our God appreciates and loves us no matter what. People will sometimes fail us, but He never will.
  2. Be more loving and understanding with those whom you think are “replacing” you. Others may be giving them the extra attention because they’re the ones who don’t feel they are loved enough, or else really need to feel that they are loved. They may also be the ones who need more guidance. God has called each of us to share the love that we have received. So instead of focusing on what isn’t, focus on what is — the fact that you know and acknowledge His presence in your life and that you have the ability to let others experience that as well. Let us be the older brother who never questions but is content with living out his days with the Father and the brother whom he loves.
  3. No one is too broken or wicked or sinful for God. He loves all of us equally and can heal and restore you just as well, if not even better, as how he has restored other people. You may not believe it, but the best charismatic speakers in the world are ones who have gone through the worst trials and lived the wildest lives. Yup, like the Prodigal Son. But see? God the Father loved them so much that He allowed them to encounter Him, welcomed them with open arms, and gave them new life. Don’t ever think that you aren’t “holy” or “ready” enough to approach God, because God will always take you in no matter what.

To end, I would like to leave you with the words from today’s Second Reading (2 Corinthians 5:17-21):

Brothers and sisters:
Whoever is in Christ is a new creation:
the old things have passed away;
behold, new things have come.
And all this is from God,
who has reconciled us to himself through Christ
and given us the ministry of reconciliation,
namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
not counting their trespasses against them
and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
So we are ambassadors for Christ,
as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Have a blessed Sunday! :)

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A little too late, but single no more.

Oh, wow, how do I even begin.

I have been successful so far in delaying discussing my move from Single Girl to In A Relationship Girl. It’s not that I don’t want to discuss it, because I do. It’s just that when I do have the time to sit down and write about it, my heart (why yes, I grew one over the years) and mind just aren’t in the right place. That, and because even after 20 months, I feel that I am still going through the motions. Which, if I were to really think about it, I’m not even sure I’m doing quite right.

But then again, maybe I am doing it right, or I just really have an awesome partner, since I’ve been Engaged Girl for almost 2 weeks now. ~gasp (I know right? When did I start becoming an adult?)

Phew. Seriously. Where do I even begin.

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