June 28, 2011

Disney - Shaking Hands with the World

Yesterday, I...

Talked to people from France, China, India, Morocco, Puerto Rico, England, and Canada. And those were just my co-workers.
Opened a gate and had Jack Sparrow jump inside and say, "Shhhh!" to me as he hid backstage. Kind of made my afternoon.
Got completely drenched in an afternoon thunderstorm while I was parade vending, and remained wet all the way till night time. Oh Florida and your 10 minute showers.
Said, "They're $2.50" enough times to make about a thousand dollars in cash.
Ran 5 miles before my 1:30-11:30 shift.
Officially proved to one of my friends that I can't whistle, pursed lips and goofy blowing sounds and all...what made it even better was that I was standing on Main Street so there was a whole line of guests walking by watching the attempt.
Talked to a guy from Guthrie who said, "Oh! I used to go to camp at that place with the castle things!" I said, "Wentz park?!" And he was so excited that I knew the place, even more so when I told him that I lived about five minutes away from it. I love meeting people from home.
Speaking of Oklahomans, the one other girl who is from OK played, "State Trivia" with me while I was banking out, and we were standing there laughing over all the goofy things we love about our state. By the way, knowing that mistletoe is our flower won me major brownie points with her.

All in all, yesterday was just another day here at Disney World. Day in the life, eh?

June 25, 2011

Disney - 2nd Star to the Right

It's late at night, and my thoughts are scattered between here and there and every place in between. I'm a mixture of emotions these days, I'm pulled between really happy about where I am and really antsy to keep moving on. I'm a wanderer, a gyspy heart, and something inside of me keeps drawing me forward to the next adventure, the next sunset. I feel like I've learned my lessons from Disney, I've accomplished more than I ever imagined I could accomplish, and I've met more amazing people than I ever knew existed...but my feet are starting to prepare themselves to hit the open road again. To dive into the next wave that hits the shore.

I have 36 days left here in Florida. And yes, I did just whip out my calender so that I could count them. Time continues to fly by faster than I ever imagined it could move... I remember sitting on my bed staring out of my second story window, watching a January world pass by, thinking, "In one month I'll be packing up my little blue Honda to move south." And now here I am, sitting on my bed staring out of my third floor window watching a late June night, thinking, "In one month I'll be packing up my little blue Honda to move back west." I can't imagine what it will be like to move away from Orlando, this life has consumed me from the start, it's non stop, it never sleeps, and I love it despite all the things that drive me crazy. But somewhere deep down inside of me, I'm beginning to draw back. I'm starting to look forward to the next leap, in fact, I'm getting so excited about the journey ahead of me.

Don't laugh, but I am getting so excited about university. I want to start jumping into more opportunities to serve like I want to serve...to explore the world like I was born to explore it. Disney has been my leaping off period, like the tip of the diving board when you run and jump into the air...but the fall into deep waters still awaits. The plunge. The commitment. It all lies before me. And part of me is so ready to start diving in.

Meanwhile, reality is eluding me and life continues here in Orlando. My friends are true blue, my life is good, my church continues to help me hit my knees, and I am exhausted but finding myself to be oh so happy. Tonight I am a mixture of thoughts, a mixture of thinking about how much I love living in Florida and how ready I am for another big adventure.

June 19, 2011

Sunday Morning

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days.
Let them flow in endless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Sometimes I just wake up singing the old hymns that I remember learning when I was too little to know what the words meant. Slowly but surely, I am learning their meaning. A little more every day.  
Take my life and let it be...ever, only, all for Thee.

June 11, 2011

Disney - My Heart's Cry

I have a bigger purpose than just selling drinks. I serve a bigger boss than the one with two round ears.
I have dreams that have nothing to do with pixie dust.
They revolve around giving water to kids who are thirsty, not just tourists in Florida.
They have to do with dusty roads in third world countries.
They'll take me through the mud, the grit, and the dirt of life, if only for the chance that something I can do can help someone else out.
I have dreams that are dirty, that are dusty, that will hurt my heart more than I can imagine at this point in my life.
And even crazier? That's all I want.
I want to be the hands and feet of God.
I want to love people who I've never met before.
I want to wake up each day and think to myself, "This isn't just my plan, this is God's purpose."
I have a bigger purpose than Mickey Mouse ice cream bars, although they are serving as a huge stepping stone in getting me towards my goals.
But there's a world out there, a "back to reality" world out there, with hungry people, physically and spiritually hungry people, and I want to throw off everything that hinders and run to them saying, "I know of a food that will always satisfy, I know of a water that quenches all thirst. Grab my hand and let me show you the place where He met me...cause this is too good of a story to miss out on. Take my hand."
This is my desire. My heart's cry.
It's bigger than me.
It's world shaking and life shattering.
Serving God, no matter what. 
This is everything I want.

June 8, 2011

Disney - Sneaking Home

So...I'm writing this from a familiar spot in a room with way too many Taylor guitars hung on the wall, a spot that I haven't been in for a few months now.
Out the window to my right there's a field dusted in a light coating of summer sun.
And every night since Sunday night I've been driving around this one little lake called "Lake Ponca" in my dad's Solstice with the top down and the wind blowing through my hair.
I'm back in Oklahoma for a few days...and let me tell you, I've never had SO much fun surprising everyone. Not even my mom knew I was coming. I've been having a blast catching up with everybody, especially all the people who weren't expecting to see me till August. :)
It feels so strange and surreal to jump back home for a few days, a little trip sandwiched between my reality of living in Florida. I never thought there'd be a day when I would leave Disney World to go on vacation to Ponca City. Haha.
The wheat crops are being harvested this week here in OK.. The sky is whitewashed with summer haze. And for just a few days, I'm soaking in some relaxation before heading back to my other home, the one in the Sunshine State.
I already feel like I'll be ready to hit the ground running come Saturday.
But today, today is all about a snow cone date with good friends and a crazy colored sunset over some wheat fields.
Call me country, but the view isn't too shabby out here.