Friday, July 8, 2022

- Midnight Musings -

Well, No better day than TODAY...EARLY morning (beyond midnight?!) on Friday, July 8th to return to my cozy little corner of the world wide web and resurrect The Occupied Optimist from its nearly year and a half slumber!

I don't know if anybody is out there reading this. If not, that is okay. I have decided to come back here and blog again, just because it is a good place to throw out the thoughts of my heart and mind... out into the void, for the simple sake of public self-expression. Should anyone happen to stumble across my thoughts and learn something new, be edified or encouraged, well, then that is just a plus! 

My life has changed so much over the past 3 years, since my dancing days. Perhaps my life has become significantly more boring, common, and substandard in comparison to what my former blog entries have reflected, with all my accounts of touring across the country and world as a professional ballerina, BUT! I refuse to think so. 

Things are certainly different

Stepping down off the public platform, out of the limelight; it isn't so cold here. The things I now occupy myself with and strive to accomplish each day may be entirely different from my former pursuits, perhaps less physical and DEFINITELY less SELF-focused, and altogether just LESS in general, but I would say, Indisputably... I'm still FOCUSED. The things I focus my energies on these days may have less to visibly show for, BUT! I feel/sense the harvest is so much richer than ever before in the things that really matter. Not to say that being a professional performing artist for Jesus didn't serve its good purpose in my life for its time, But...

...we are always evolving, I'm growing older and wiser.

I'm not thinking less of myself, but thinking of myself less.
 (c.s. lewis- Mere Christianity) 

The glory days are over, but it feels like life has only just begun!

Time moves slower now, but relationships are deeper, and it's wonderful.

I still stand by the statement I've made in my 'about me' section! My life may be different now then before, BUT, I still have a story to tell!

For now, In closing, I would like to share with you this rich passage of scripture I have been recently meditating on. Be Blessed!

1 Timothy 6:6-19

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue 

17 Those who are rich in this present world be not arrogant nor put your hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but put your hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Do good, be rich in good deeds, and be generous and willing to share. In this way you will lay up treasure for yourselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that you may take hold of the life that is truly 


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