Friday, November 8, 2013

Kris - Part 1: Living and Loving Life

Meet Kris, the Momster of the Month for November.  Kris is a friend of mine from church, and I am just so encouraged by the way she lives life and I wanted to share her amazingness with you! In case you're wondering, amazingness is in the Urban Dictionary, so it's close enough to being a real word.
Kris was born in the Philippines.  When she was 20-years-old, she was a "beneficiary of an immigration benefit" that her grandparents filed in order for her parents to move to America.  Kris has a passion for people and that is even evident in her line of work.  She works as a Communications Manager for Wellspring EAP, a "social enterprise division of Wellspring Family Services, which is a non-profit, for-impact organization that helps vulnerable - often homeless - families and children rebuild their lives."  Kris loves what she does, serving families within her community.  "I know that my work goes toward making other peoples lives better, and that makes my job really satisfying."
To say that Kris is well-rounded when it comes to living and loving life is an understatement, in my opinion.  She is definitely making the most of what this life in the Pacific Northwest has to offer! She loves photography, hiking, rowing, cycling, and more.  She is also a fan of the opera and serves on the board of the Seattle Opera BRAVO! Club for young professionals.
"My brain thinks I have a lot of energy - my body has its limits", says Kris.  So she rotates between the various activities her brain is requesting, rather than pursuing them all at once. 
"I shifted through activities over the years.  I spent a few years in tennis, golf, running, pretty dedicated to hiking (up to a point I was doing Mt. Si once a week like a crazy person and in the winter snowshoe once a week).  And then I take a break a few months and start a new activity.  I started rowing about 3 years ago.  It's the only sport I dared to compete in.  And...it's the sport I've embraced longer than the others. Maybe because I like how I have the option to be both competitive and laid back.  I sometimes row as fast as I possibly can, and then other days I can row to the middle of the lake and sit there and listen to the waves." 
 Outdoor activities in wide open spaces, around beautiful nature is what Kris loves most. 
"Outdoor activities...have a way of putting me in a place to feel the closeness of God.  I think it is in the silence - devoid of the world's clutter and noise - that His peace is amplified in my life.  It quiets my mind and helps me focus on just being."
 Kris enjoys the same activities when it comes to unwinding, relaxing, and regrouping.  She just enjoys them at a slower pace. 
"As long as I'm outside, can see the sky or the sea - I can be walking, riding a bike, rowing - I feel closer to my source of energy.  These are the times when I draw my water from the well, be still, have longer than the regular prayer conversations with God.  It's when I get to sit back and watch the rest of the world move that I find rest.  In stillness, there is rest.  Sometimes, just sitting and watching  my son's joy and innocence at play.  It's watching him dance, dress up as a king, a bee keeper, a wizard, a doctor, or pretend that he's a police officer, a mailman, the president of the United States, a baker or chef.  It's listening - and I mean listening to him laugh, sing, tell jokes, tell stories, write new laws, build his own dirt company.  There are times when my threshold for the noise is low, but there are those times that I see them as gifts.  Those times would be unwinding for me.  Sometimes when everything gets overwhelming and I can't think for myself anymore, I reach out.  God has blessed me with a man who is patient; knows when he needs to take my hand and just hold it and pray for me when I'm too tired to do it."
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