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Posted on July 23, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (4)

I was at my friend Tom’s church this past Sunday. He taught about fasting and taking time out of your life for God. I have fasted before, but not much, so I’d like to instill that as a somewhat regular practice. I’m not sure what form it will take, but I’ll be praying about what God wants me to do in that area. Of course, often I would be fasting from food for a short time, but we can fast from other things, too. Tom said to think about things that we al...

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Life Changes Galore

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, my life path is changing once again. I'm finishing the MA in Speech Language Pathology without the clinical component. This means I'll have the degree but can't practice. Why, you ask? Well, having the Masters still shows that I have the knowledge and can complete Masters level work. This might help me trying to get into another plan. I'm looking into counseling/life coaching. Anyone who knows me will say, "Well, duh." Yeah, I know. What can I say, I'm stubborn.

 

At t...

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Feeling God Through Others

Posted on August 1, 2011 at 11:39 PM Comments comments (1)

I don’t know if I mentioned it or not, but I was a camp counselor last month for a week. It was an amazing time. I don’t want to try to write about everything that happened; I almost feel like that would diminish it somehow. However, I do want to share what God showed me through some of the amazing people with whom I had the privilege to spend a week.

 

First, I want to share a little about my small group. There were three of us counselors (I was the oldest by an...

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Moving on up?

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (1)

I’m not very consistent with my blog, but that’s not news.

 

I have been accepted to Kent State University for gradschool in speech language pathology! WHOO HOO! I was less than thrilled atfirst. I could only think about what I’d have to leave: my church, friends,family, etc. It took me a few days to get to the happy part. I’m still sadabout what I’m leaving, but my pastor reminded me (more than once) that this isabout additions to my life, not s...

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Clarification

Posted on January 14, 2011 at 8:56 AM Comments comments (1)

After a realy good conversation with my friend Megan yesterday, I think I need to clarify some things from my last post (even for myself). I am ABSOLUTELY NOT saying that we should avoid all chemicals. In fact, we need many of them in the forms of medicine, etc, not to mention the ones that make up our body anyway. It is important to remember that not all chemicals are bad (i.e. medicine) and not all things natural things are good (snake venom might be all natural, but I don’t want to d...

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Paleo Pathway?

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 6:33 PM Comments comments (2)

Recently. I’ve become aware o fsomething called the “paleo lifestyle”. It goes by several other names as well:

  • Paleolithic
  • Neanderthin
  • Caveman
  • Stone Age
  • Hunter-gatherer
  • Primal
  • Low-carb

This all started with an blog I read from someone who had decided to try going without soap and shampoo due to an article he read from someone who lives a paleo lifestyle. In a nutshell, it says that we didn’t &#...

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Goodbye, Francis

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 10:23 AM Comments comments (3)

Francis had been missing for a week, and I was literally sick to my stomach with worry. Yesterday, my friend Heather saw a cat by the side of the road across from our house. She called to tell me, so I went out to look. It was my Francis. I was devastated. I carried him to the back of the property where we live and stayed with him for maybe an hour. After talking to my mom, I realized I needed to bury him. I started that and my other friend Marlene helped me finish. It was really hard to leav...

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TV Junkie Reform?

Posted on October 4, 2010 at 3:26 PM Comments comments (1)

First, I need to apologize for the hiatus. I was pretty severely depressed sometime last month, and it’s taken me this long to start to get back on track, not only with my blog but also with my Bible reading. Thanks to Angie and Matthias, that is coming back under control. Moving on...

 

Anyone who knows me knows that I watch TV as much as possible. I have it on even when I’m not watching. I assume this stems from when I was younger and my mom had to work late. I ...

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Changling of God?

Posted on August 13, 2010 at 10:09 AM Comments comments (2)

I noticed something pretty interesting over the week. I was at home watching movies. I had heard a lot about the movie Crash, so I had checked it out from the library. It was pretty interesting and eye-opening. It’s basically about the hidden and not-so-hidden prejudices that we all harbor. It was very real and very disturbing.

 

What interested me, though, was my abnormal reaction to it. Usually, I just watch a movie and that’s it. This time, I was prof...

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Accoutabilibuddy

Posted on July 30, 2010 at 11:08 AM Comments comments (0)

To use a word I learned from two friends at camp (thanks, Amie and Emily!). I have talked about accountability quite often recently. When I was talking about it with the bf, he asked me who my partner was, and I didn’t have one! I mean, I talk to my mom, him, and Angie about things, but I didn’t have an “official” set up. So, since I know how important it is, I asked Angie to pray about that for us, and she agreed. YAY! Now we’re talking about when to meet, what ...

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To Camp or Not to Camp?

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 2:24 PM Comments comments (3)

I grew up going to a camp called Judson Hills (from the age of 12). After being a camper, I started being a counselor and was even on staff one summer. I LOVED that place (so did many others). The camp is no longer part of American Baptist Churches (don’t get me started on how they screwed that up), but the camp I counseled for the most (Sr. High) started going to Camp Koinonia. I haven’t counseled for quite a few years, but this year I felt the Lord calling me back. It’s th...

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Familial Frustration

Posted on June 4, 2010 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I’ve always held the firm belief that my mother’s family was indestructible. Not that we didn’t make mistakes or argue, etc. but that no matter what happened, it would be resolved. I can’t say that I believe that anymore. At least one of my mom’s sisters is telling lies about her. That hurts enough, but on top of that, others believe those lies. That hurts the most. They’ve known her all their lives; she doesn’t lie, and manipulation is not part of he...

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This SUCKS

Posted on June 2, 2010 at 1:49 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm dealing with some family issues and am afraid that one or two members have made a division that won't easily be healed. I'm not eating or sleeping. I'm trying to remember that God'sin control, but I can't help thinking that none of this would be going on if Grandpa hadn't died. I don't know how to express how I'm feeling right now, so I'll let another song do it.

 

"Beauty From Pain" (Superchick)

 

The lights go out all around me

One last candle to ...

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Keeping up with the ME

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I've just added a Calendar page so that if anyone wants to know my general schedule, they are free to see it. I haven't decided if I'm adding things like doctor's visits, lunches, etc. We'll see. Right now, it's just the things i do on a regular basis.

 

i've been embroidering like it's going out of style. I started with ornaments for Christmas and am now working on something that would make a nice framed gift. I'll try to get some photos of what I've done and post them. The...

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I'm Not Dead

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 1:37 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm still alive and kicking, just busy is all. I've started tutoring again to try to make some more money. I'vebeen staying at my mom's because we don't have money for heat (propane is super expensive), and I was getting ready for Christmas. Those are my excuses, though I don't think Angie would accept them.

 

Matthias and I have been together over a year, and I hate that we're not in the same city yet. We're waiting to hear which, if any, grad accepts me. I'm not even sure ...

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And So It Goes?

Posted on October 27, 2009 at 4:11 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes, I’m neglecting my blog, but I can’t help it. I have been super busy with classes. I’m actually doing the work this time instead of procrastinating and squeaking by; that takes more time. Of course, that also means I should do better in my classes, and understand rather than just learning to pass a test.

 

I’m going for an interview tomorrow for a program that provides tutors that come to the student’s home. I’m really excited. I love t...

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My Mawmaw

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 5:12 PM Comments comments (0)

My grandmother, whom we call Mawmaw, went to the hospital today with shortness of breath. She’s 83, and my mom said that when older people go to the hospital often, it’s a sign that their body is wearing down. She was crying as she told me this. Later, she sent me a text letting me know that Mawmaw was stable, but that she was talking about being tired and wanting to go to Heaven. Emotionally, I think I shut down as soon as my mom called about her going to the hospital. That’...

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Cat Got Your Tongue?

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 5:41 PM Comments comments (0)

Some of you know that I’ve been contemplating how much I talk. It’s a LOT, to understate. A few months ago, I mentioned thinking that I should be more deliberate about what I say. I’ve been doing that more in the last 2 weeks than all those months before. As a consequence, I’ve been much less talkative than usual. This could also be a result of less anxiety (one of the “symptoms” is excess chatter). Because of this, everyone at works asks me if I’m al...

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Long Time Gone

Posted on March 10, 2009 at 2:07 PM Comments comments (0)

Angie's been getting on my case about getting back into writing on here, so here I am! I've been swamped with classes this quarter; not to mention the fact that I've fallen hard core in love with Matthias. I've been putting most of my energy into him and school.

 

Let me tell you a little about him, since you asked. We knew each other in college, and I liked him then. Then we lost touch. I've thought a lot about him over the years and tried to get in touch with him more...

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Love is Grand

Posted on December 27, 2008 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (1)

I've been out of commission for a while. Blame it on my beautiful, sweet, talented, smart, funny, God-loving, rule-following man! That's right, people, i'm totally head over heels in love. I'm not sharing his name because I haven't asked if that's ok. I know i'm extremely biased, but he is absolutely wonderful. I couldn't have done better if I'd placed an order with God. He's more than I could have dreamed up. The only thing that sucks is that we live over 3 hours apart. I can't stand that pa...

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