We Can’t Look at the Glass Half Empty Anymore.

I feel like we are too hard on ourselves. The past couple weeks, I’ve noticed how people tend to share about negative experiences before their positive ones – I’ve caught myself doing this. But it got me thinking – Why do we do that? Why do people have to almost have a competition about who’s day was worse? It seems odd because we’re trying to do exactly the opposite on our Instagram feeds… I think we do this because we’ve been trained to share about our lives this way. When we’re with people, we have this awkward balance of wanting to share about our lives without coming across self-absorbed or narcissistic. So we over-correct by sharing what’s “awful” about our lives before telling about what’s awesome. (Sometimes we don’t even get to the part of telling about what’s awesome!) This way, we think we’re safe from people accusing us of trying to be perfect or having it all together and being a snob about it. (Why do we even care what they think?) It’s sad. True friends will be happy for you! People can and should be happy for good things in someone’s life without being jealous. We also shouldn’t have to live with this fear of our “success” being judged by others.

“In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid What can mere man do to me?” – Psalm 56:4

One of my favourite mugs that I use at home has a quote on the front that says, “The cup is always half full”. I personally think it’s an ironic quote to put on a mug because there will be more times when it’s empty instead of half full… but whatever, it’s optimistic. There are many things in our day that might happen and we could view them optimistically or pessimistically. Maybe it’s work, our family, or our body, our friends, our hobbies, or possibly our pets. The same goes for how we share about our life to others whether it’s on social media or in person: We could tell a story with an optimistic point of view or we can chose to hone in on the pessimistic view point.

I want to encourage you to see everything that happens in your day optimistically! I want to encourage you to share about your life from a happy point of view! I want to help you see the silver lining that happens in each and every situation. It could be a soft, subtle silver lining that you really have to search for, or it could be screaming obvious! Maybe it’s work, our family, or our body, our friends, our hobbies, or possibly our pets but but however you see the silver lining in these things – Hone in on it. I saw a video clip on Facebook the other day of a bird singing – It was so cute. This bird was beautiful and sang beautifully. I confess I watched it a couple times. Admittedly, as I listened to this bird singing for the third time, I realized that this could be annoying to other people. It made me sad to think that some people could hate birds singing in the house altogether. This thought started to snowball. I thought about everything I’m thankful for and thought about what it was that made me love those things. Then I flipped my mentality: What if I had the exact opposite of everything I love? What if all that bird did was screech instead of sing? It hit me how much I take for granted; all the little silver linings. Guys, don’t focus on how ugly, inconvenient, boring, or irritating something is. The cup is always half full. If all that bird did was screech, it was still a beautiful bird to look at. I found a quote the other day about seeing our bodies in a new light:

Have this mentality in everything ❤

– Stay Satisfied

Green Rose Project

I was quite excited about this home; this client was the sweetest lady you’d ever meet! She was building a custom home through Ripplinger Homes. I absolutely love getting to be a part of such wonderful, fun projects! I had the opportunity to play a very small part, but I feel so lucky that I even got to do that much 🙂 This new custom build was going to be her dream loft home. I adore loft homes – I love how the design provides privacy and allows an open concept for hosting. I think one day I would want to build a loft home – it’s so versatile.

Everyone involved: trades-men, installers, designers and contractors put an immeasurable amount of time and energy into this stunning home. The client wanted a very warm and welcoming feel and together we chose some classic materials and finishes to give the space a timeless atmosphere. I wanted to share a couple photos with you guys of the finished house after I got to go on site and see all of the incredible work the trades have done over the past while. All those who were involved in the Green Rose Project did an incredible job! Well done everyone!

Kitchen | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Kitchen | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Kitchen | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Kitchen | Payton Ramstead Photography

Kitchen | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Great Room | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Great Room | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Great Room | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Fireplace | Payton Ramstead Photography

Powder Room | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Powder Room | Payton Ramstead Photography

Master Bedroom | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Master Ensuite | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Master Ensuite | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Master Ensuite | Payton Ramstead Photography

Master Ensuite | Payton Ramstead Photography

Master Ensuite Shower | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Laundry Sink | Payton Ramstead Photography

Laundry Room | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Laundry Room | Ripplinger Homes Photography

Below I’ve listed some of the suppliers of the materials in this home:
• Cabinetry: J&C Custom Cabinets
• Counter tops: Tubello Stone Works
• Lighting: Richardson Lighting
• Flooring and back-splash: Floors by Design
• Plumbing Fixtures: Sterling Plumbing & Heating

I’m looking forward to the next wonderful project full of talented people and creative clients!

– Stay Satisfied

Bucket List: Dye My Hair Pink

I finally did it! I coloured all of my hair pink. I am ecstatic! This has been something that I’ve had in the works for a couple years now – Of course only a few people knew this was something that I was ever actually planning on doing – Which made it all the more fun to show up to work and church the next day and get to see people’s surprised looks all day! Originally I was planning on colouring my hair pink at the same time I had cut it off into my pixie. But in the moment I felt one extreme change was enough. Roughly a year ago I told my hairdresser; Kara, what I wanted to do and she was totally in! “YES. I think you definitely need to do this! But we’ll work you up to it.” She explained, “It’s not healthy for your hair to do all at once. What we’ll do is over the next couple of months, is slowly weave more highlights into your head and lighten it one level at a time. Then when your ready and your hair has gotten light enough we’ll throw the pink in!” The idea even a year ago made me beyond excited!

It’s been years since I wanted to colour my whole head pink and as the trends came and went from ombre-ing a non-natural colour in, to having a couple streaks or dip dyeing the ends – I knew the whole time that I wanted to cover my entire head with the glorious, happy colour. What slowly adding highlights did was allow my hair to take the toner without becoming weak, dry and brittle. It allowed me to take care of my hair between 3 month treatments to maintain the strength, shine and overall hair health. I’ll be honest, for the past while I’ve been doing natural Do-It-Yourself hair masks using just a couple kitchen ingredients. One of my favourites has been 1 or 2 raw eggs, a tablespoon of honey, another tablespoon of aloe vera and sometimes I’d add a scoop of my own extra strength conditioner. I’d whisk it together and smother the goop in my hair and leave it in a shower cap for 20 minutes. Afterwards, I’d rinse it out with cool water. Seriously, the Saskatchewan dryness is the worst….

Anyways, after months Kara had gotten my hair to a light tone to take on the pink! I booked my hair appointment immediately after work and once I showed up she worked her magic! Kara had done research herself for the best brands and colouring agents. She ended up mixing four different bottles of colours to achieve the perfect ash-pink. I had told her that it would be my worst nightmare come true to have flamingo/ bubble gum pink hair…. Kara completely agreed.

As she weaved my hair and worked it into foils my stomach was doing summer-salts. I couldn’t contain how thrilled I was that this was finally happening! Obviously my sister knew what was going down and all day my Mom had been grilling her with questions about how she thought I was up to something with Kara. As the time went by in the hair dressing chair the more anxious I was getting! I have to confess that I absolutely love getting my hair washed by other people – the head massage is simply incredible. Kara added the pink toners and conditioners and I knew I was SO close to seeing what I have hoped for, for years!

I took off my glasses right at the start because I’m as blind as a bat and wanted the finished reveal to be a surprise. As we walked from the chair to the sink I avoided looking in all of the mirrors – I refuse to let my curiosity get the better of myself!Sure enough, at the end Kara gave me he grand reveal and she just crushed it. The colouring was everything I had hoped it to be! The best part was that she had ordered extra product for me to maintain the colour myself at home. You’ll be seeing the pink locks for a little while now ❤ I want to encourage you guys to keep chasing those dreams and taking the risks! You will never regret it – even if things don’t always turn out the way we hope them to. I know I’d rather try and know instead of always wondering and wish I did 🙂

– Stay Satisfied

We are all Josephs

We all know the story of Joseph and his famous coat of many colours. It’s a classic in any Children’s Story Bible. If you don’t know the story of Joseph, it’s found in the first Old Testament book of Bible: Genesis, chapter 35 (birth) to chapter 50 (death). To give you a Spark Notes version: (spoiler alert) At a young age, Joseph is treated unfairly by his brothers and wrongly sold into slavery. As Joseph works as a slave in Egypt, he excels due to his trust in God. We are told in Genesis 39: 2, “The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man.” As Joseph moves up the status ladder, once again he is wrongly accused (verses 19-21), “Now when his [Joseph’s] master heard the words of his wife… ‘This is what your slave did to me,’ his anger burned. So Joseph’s master took him and put him in jail…” Joseph stayed in prison for 2 years for something he didn’t do.

Genesis 39: 2, “The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man.

I want to hone in on how Joseph seemed to get the butt end over and over when he didn’t deserve it. Joseph’s brothers hated him so much they planned a way to get rid of him. PLANNED A WAY TO GET RID OF HIM. After being a slave, he is wrongly accused by his master’s wife and he is thrown into prison for years. IN PRISON FOR YEARS. Now, I know that not all of us have it has bad as Joseph had it. In fact most of us probably don’t have it anywhere close to as bad as he did, but we all have our own challenges. “But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him…” Genesis 39:21. As we read the story of Joseph, we see that he acted with integrity no matter what situation he was in: as a young boy tending his father’s flock, as a young man a slave in a foreign country and even as an innocent prisoner. That is what God has been laying on my heart. Am I acting with integrity no matter what situation I am in? Joseph knew that the Lord was with always him, and he clung to that. Even when his situation improved later in chapter 41, “Joseph then answered Pharaoh, “It is not me; God will give Pharaoh a favourable answer…

Genesis 39:21, “But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him…

As Joseph’s life went on, the Lord continued to bless him. In the end Joseph became the second most important person in Egypt just under Pharaoh himself! God wants us to live with integrity, every situation in our life – Not just when things are good. How do I live my life when I’m content with where I am? How do I live my life when I want what I do not have? Being satisfied with where God has you at every stage of your life should be the goal for all of us. If we have trusted Jesus Christ as our Saviour, God is with us just like he was with Joseph. At the very end of the book of Genesis, before Joseph died he said to the same brothers who sold him into slavery, “God will surely take care of you.” After all that is said and done I want to live my life the way Joseph lived his – Trusting in God at every point in his life knowing that his story was not yet finished. Knowing, “What was meant for evil, God used for good.” Genesis 50:20. My story is not yet done and neither is yours! We are all “Joseph’s” in the sense that we are treated unfairly at times. However, we need to strive to have the same attitude and focus on God like Joseph did despite everything that happened.

 

 

– Stay Satisfied

Bucket List: Ice Fishing

I wish I had more opportunities to go fishing, hunting and camping. I love those things, but I rarely get to do them! It has always been on my bucket list to go fishing and to eat our catch that same day – the freshest fish ever possible. Although I did catch fish while ice fishing – we didn’t exactly eat “my catch” because I caught Tullibee instead of some Wall-Eye… but that’s a minor detail 🙂  A couple people from my church offered to lead an ice fishing day trip to a lake roughly an hour out of the city for who ever wanted to come. Without giving it a second thought I counted myself apart of the fishing party! My Dad and my little brother also went on the day trip. One of my New Years Resolutions this year was to check one thing off of my Bucket List every month – This was the perfect opportunity because not only were my odds good but the more people that fished, the more fish there would be to eat later!

It was a gorgeous morning! All month it’s been around 30 below zero + wind chill. Why do people live here where the air hurts our face and the snot freezes inside our noses when we breath? But today it was so nice: just below zero, no wind and full of sunshine! Dad, Addison and I hopped in the van, met up with the others at the church and were on our way to the lake.


Since we rarely go fishing, hunting or camping (and when I say rarely I mean like… not at all…) we obviously don’t have any gear. So us three stuck with Rolph; who is an ice fishing expert and had all the fancy equipment. Rolph let Addison and I drill our own holes in the ice and showed us the best way to feel through the fishing rod when someone was taking a nibble. After he got us all set up and he had drilled extra holes for his ice riggers, he tossed some buckets our way and said,

You haven’t ice fished until you’ve done it sitting on a bucket!


Before we knew it Addison had pulled up a fish and another had stolen my bait!


I prayed as I sat on my bucket and looked at my fishing rod, “Jesus, please allow Dad, Addison and I to catch at least one fish today! Thank you for already providing a fish for Addison – please also give one to Dad and I.”



I was beyond ecstatic to catch a fish! It seems like such a small success to others – but I was over the moon!


As the the day continued, Dad still had not caught a fish! Lunch approached and we filleted right there on the ice, battered and fired them up – Absolutely delicious! I could’ve ate that fresh fish all the way until supper!

Even though the excitement of Addison and I catching a fish right off the hop lasted longer into the day than we expected, it did dye off sooner than we had hoped. I was feeling bad for my Dad whole had been standing next to a hole in the lake for hours with nothing!

“You thought sitting at your office job was boring – What do ya think about sitting on a bucket on a frozen lake for hours?!”

I prayed again that God would give Dad a fish – also knowing that as soon as Dad got one, we’d be able to get home to warm baths 😉 After the fish had stolen his bait a couple times, 3:00pm rolled around and Dad finally got his revenge on the fish!!!

We all got our fish and I was so thankful for the opportunity to go with family and friends from my church! It was so much fun – I can’t wait to go again (and hopefully catch more than one)!

– Stay Satisfied

Bucket List: Sky Diving

I love the feeling of falling. When your gut jumps up into your throat and you have that brief sensation of being weightless… Gahhhh I live for that feeling! The fact that sky diving was on my bucket list isn’t a huge surprise to anyone that knows me. A couple summers ago I was going to Steinbach, Manitoba for a cousins wedding – their wedding was on a Sunday and we drove up on Friday which gave us a day to kill. I was digging around finding things to do on the Saturday and I came across Adventure Skydiving. After perusing their site I learned that they had the highest tandem jumps  available in the prairies; up to 11,000 feet which would give jumpers roughly a minute of free fall. I was instantly captivated.

I contacted one of my other cousins who was traveling to the wedding on the same day. I was so excited and thought it’d be great if we were able to jump together! The tandem skydive enables the skydiver to experience the full magnitude of a skydive, including free fall in terminal velocity of up to 230 kpm of vertical speed, and a canopy glide to the ground – The tandem skydive also didn’t require any prior knowledge or training for jumping because we’d be strapped to someone who was certified. My cousin was instantly on board and we booked our jumps for that Saturday morning.


Weeks went by and Jump Day finally came! Her and I showed up to the jump site to get our brief training which pretty much explained what we shouldn’t do during the jump so that we didn’t kill ourselves along with our instructors… My body was vibrating I was so eager to get in the air! The training taught us how to jump out of the plane, how to steer our bodies during free fall, how to steer ourselves once the shoot was pulled and how to land without breaking our legs – Nothing major though… 😉



By the time we had completed our training, we were told that we might not be able to jump due to an excessive amount of wind. My heart sunk. The instructor began to explain that there was a storm approaching the outskirts of the city – pretty much where we’d be landing and that the wind was starting to swirl making it unsafe to land. “We could get ya up there just fine and most of your jump would be awesome. But as soon as you got 300 ft from landing, your parachute could collapse due to the wind changing directions unpredictably and you could just drop the rest of the way…”

The instructor left and said they’d keep us updated on the wind, but if the situation did not improve within an hour they would cancel our jump due to weather. My cousin and I were crushed. As we waited, we prayed. Knowing that Jesus had calmed the storm before and He could certainly do it again for us. We read about how Jesus calmed the wind and the ocean waves in Mark 4:35-41, “On that day, when evening came, [one of the disciples] said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.”Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?

So we prayed. I don’t believe in coincidences, but after we both finished praying and submitting our jump and the weather to the Lord, the radio began to play 1989’s Tom Petty – Free Fallin’ and we were stoked because in that moment we knew God would work on our behalf. Sure enough, the instructor came blitzing into our waiting room saying a clear window showed up on the scanner and we had to get in the air within the next 30 minutes in order to have a safe jump! God is so good. So we suited up and hopped in the plane and began our climb to 11,000 feet.


The plane was small and we were all cozy but the adrenaline pumping through us made us anything but comfortable. As the airbase below grew smaller and slowly vanished out of site, the clouds began to engulf the tiny aircraft. My heart was beating wildly and my hands were sweating. We climbed higher and higher and it began to click in my mind that I was about to jump out of the plane in midair. The pilot yelled back to us that we had finally reached our 11,000 foot altitude and we were free to jump. Without a moment to lose, my instructor squeezed my shoulders to ask if I was ready and we crawled over to the plane door. He opened it up and I could not believe how clear the sky was from so high up. I felt like I was looking down on Google Maps. This was not real. I swung my legs out of the plane and began to lean forward to fall out. As my instructor and I fell forward I jumped from the step and the plane soared away. My gut jumped higher in my body than I ever thought possible! But the feeling didn’t go away. Not like it does on a roller coaster were the dropping feeling only lasts a moment. I glanced over and could see the plane just a dot in the sky and watched as another dot disbanded from it. We continued to hurtle towards the earth and the wonderful falling sensation seeped into every part of my body.

I can’t describe to you how incredible it was to fall for a full sixty seconds. It was magnificent. I loved every moment. We pulled the shoot and continued floating towards the ground. I felt like I was stuck in the sky for an hour. It was so quiet – You would expect it to be loud with all the wind that high up and the fact that we were still “falling” but it wasn’t! My instructor began pointing out landmarks and different crops that were growing in all the fields below us – It was phenomenal to say the least!

For those of you that have not yet checked Sky Diving off your Bucket List, I strongly encourage you to go. The jump is awe inspiring and it’s quite a sight to see the world from so high above without being protected in a plane or helicopter. To be so exposed and so free. If Sky Diving isn’t on your Bucket List, maybe reconsider adding it because my story doesn’t do the experience justice!

– Stay Satisfied

Actions beat Words.

I have always been a person that pays more attention to someone’s actions more than their words. A couple weeks ago, I got to attend the Christian Youth Workers Conference (CYWC) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with a couple other youth volunteer workers along with our church Youth Pastor. It was an eye opening weekend to say the least.

This year I made several New Years Resolutions as I’m sure you’ve heard me tell you over and over. One of the many was that I would be more intentional with my time with Jesus and cultivate growth in my Faith. I want to be used by God. I want to trust God in every aspect of my life. One of the speakers at CYWC said, “You have to take steps of faith in the real world to allow your faith to grow! You have to trust that He has a plan for you, your future, and His mission for you in His Kingdom!” It is SO flipping easy to stay where we are comfortable. But we were challenged by this speaker to ask ourselves often:

AM I BECOMING MORE LIKE JESUS?

He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.” – Colossians 1:15-23 (NASB)

Focus on that last part: “… He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation…” I know this can be such a “feel good passage” but I truly believe this is God showing us with both His actions and His words how seriously He wants us to take our faith. Yes, we can TALK the “good Christian” talk, but it means nothing if you aren’t representing Jesus with your ACTIONS. If you can’t prove what you profess, your words are empty.

“A disciple validates commitment to Jesus by persevering, continuing and nurturing a growing and sustainable faith.”

I want to encourage you to step up in your faith. Do not allow sin to fester in your life. Lay it at the feet of Jesus and establish yourself in Him. TALK to the Lord about it, and then ASK for His help to ACT on it. We need to focus on becoming more like Jesus everyday and that will not happen if we hold onto sin in our life or chose to not deal with sin. If we are entertaining wrong and thinking that Christ will take you deeper in your relationship with Him – You are tricking yourself. God WANTS to help us ACT. We just read in Colossians that God has already done the work and reconciled us to Him. Jesus has given us the power to overcome any sin in our lives and be free from it. Take hold of that promise from Christ that He is with you and wants to help you. Those thoughts have given me so much peace and hope right now, and I’m clinging to it.

 

 

– Stay Satidfied