Thursday, February 13, 2014

#SmallSuccess: New Beginnings

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This week has been a big week for me. I am officially one month post-op and doing well. I feel like I'm starting to hit my stride again.

My energy is coming back and so is my focus. I still can't sing (much) and I also still can't climb the stairs without losing my breath. But I've gotten to the point that I can walk across campus without feeling like I've run a marathon.

And, in addition, I've gotten a few things off the ground this week.

1. Academic - Monday I took my first exam of the Semester - and got an A.

2. Blogging - Yesterday I launched a new feature at called Catholic Artist Spotlight. My first subject is the lovely and talented Bernadette Carstensen. I posted her work a couple of weeks ago as my Five Favorites post, but this interview gives you a deeper look into her creative process and how her faith informs her work.

I am truly excited about this new series because it will introduce some very talented and creative people to a larger audience.

2a. More Blogging -  I got my post for Beautiful Music Challenge's series on Liturgical Music researched, written and posted. (Actually, that's no small success. That's huge!)

I'm really excited about how much ground we've covered in five weeks. I am really hoping this information is helpful and beneficial for people who want to know more about where the music for Mass came from and how it works.

This week's post is on The Order and Ordinary of Mass and explains (briefly and simply) what they are and how they fit into the worship of the Catholic Church worldwide.

3. Spiritual Life - Since the beginning of the year, I've been trying to make it to daily Mass at least twice a week. I actually chopped time out of my schedule to do it this week. It's really the most important thing I can do and when I forget or push it aside thinking I don't have enough time, I am always sorry. Now, I've got to get back to doing some Adoration...

So, now it's your turn!
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  1. I'm excited about the Catholic Artists columns! Glad you're starting to feel better too.

  2. I remember when you posted her artwork! How great that she is the first in the series!

  3. Catholic Artists! How exciting. When I have a moment I'll have to check that article out.

  4. I'm so glad you are feeling better. Surgery can be hard on a body.
    But the up-side seems to be you got some writing done.
    Looking forward to your Catholic Artist series.
    Always looking to support "my people".