Posted in 2020, Quarantine Thoughts, Reflection

Finding creativity in the chaos

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a better week than I am. I haven’t been able to stream or write because someone cut the cable to our internet because they were doing yard work and we haven’t had internet since 1:15 yesterday afternoon. Anyways, since my in – laws were so gracious in letting my husband and I use their internet, I thought I would write an article about finding creativity in the chaos going on in our world today! So hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe so you can get a notification in your email when I write new articles for the site!

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Creativity in the Chaos

This past Monday marks five weeks that I have been home, due to my work closing because of the quarantine and the kids going to e-learning. I think I have done pretty well all things considered. I think I have only had two or three bad days because of the anxiety, but other than that I have been pretty productive. If there is one thing I have learned through all this, well two maybe, is that I am very much an extrovert. Second thing is, I am stronger than I thought I was mentally and emotionally. Times are a bit crazy right now, but you don’t have to be! So how do you find the creativity in it all?? Well, I have heard some people are learning a new instrument or taking voice lessons. Still, there are some who are encouraging others through games, doing fun talk shows that make people laugh, and even some that are doing reaction videos to various movies and such. For me, I am not just brushing up on some Spanish so I can become fluent in it, but I am also trying to make some awesome videos and lives on Twitch for all of you that is like an escape from the madness going on. I even have a day – Sunday – to encourage others who are followers of Jesus, and inspire the world with hope through my experiences and things I have learned through my faith. By finding creative ways, outlets if you will, to help others and bring joy and hope I am fighting against the chaos and the craziness going on around me and helps both Chris and I to cope with what is going on.

So what are some ways you are combating the craziness and finding creativity within the chaos? Share your thoughts below and don’t forget to share this post with friends! Until next time…

Happy Trails,

Angie Frantz

Posted in Life

Stepping into your calling

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Hello everyone, today I wanted to share with you a few things I been thinking about lately regarding my calling/purpose. See, unlike some people, when I was little – and up until this past year – I always seen kids who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Some said firemen, others work for the police, and even a few doctors and nurses; however, I never really knew what I wanted as a kid. Fast forward to about 7 years ago and I began thinking about being a teacher. I wasn’t dead set on it, but the thought seemed like something I could see myself doing, you know? Then a year or two ago I began volunteering with a after school bible program for kids, and I really enjoyed it – especially when I got to teach. This of ‘course made me think I would just do this for fun and as a hobby, not something that I could make a career out of, and since I have been having trouble with the finances for school I never thought I would become a teacher. Well, after around February of this year, I knew I wanted to get a job and do something that would allow me to still work with the program – KCBS -, and make some extra cash so I could help pay down our debt, and that is when it happened. I found out through a friend about a school that was hiring teacher’s aides, and even though I thought I knew what they did, I was not prepared for the amazing things God was about to show and teach me.

Not only did I get the job, as some of you may know, but I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of being an aide. See, for those who were like me and don’t know exactly what an aide does, I got to help the teachers(I worked with both the pre-k teachers) with the various centers that help with verbal, communication, and skills they would need when beginning kindergarten and going on to further their education. I also of ‘course helped to maintain cleanliness in the class by keeping the floors swept and the tables cleaned after each activity and snack time, and help with lunch duties. I remember one day I literally got paid to set up an Easter egg hunt! It was probably a few weeks after Easter, and when I got to help with facilitating that egg hunt, that I realized this is what I wanted to do with my life. I really did want to be a teacher, and the avenue or pathway to getting my degree was going to be as an aide. See as an aide, you don’t have to have a degree, just need your diploma and some experience in working with children. This means I can work as an aide, and eventually finish my degree as the school pays for my training!! Of ‘course, currently I am not able to do this because of the school I am presently at, however, I am hopeful that as my husband is seeking another job elsewhere, that I will be able to find another job that is full – time and will pay for my training. I am starting to experience the joy most people talk about when they have finally found their niche or calling and are working for a place that they enjoy going to everyday!

Now, I know not everyone has had that aha! moment so to speak, but I hope that if you are not happy with where you are, this brings you hope to ask yourself and seek out that thing that reasonably makes you happy…and by reasonable, I mean use some common sense when thinking about it. I am not saying quit your job and go travel around the world abandoning those you love for some pipe dream, I mean really seeking your purpose and taking small steps to make it happen. Anyways, I hope this has helped you and brings you hope for your situation you are in. I know I have been greatly encouraged by my current job and the way my boss supports me in wanting to further my education, even if it means just saying a prayer for me to find a job elsewhere that will help me achieve my calling. If this helped you will you leave a comment below, subscribe, and share with your friends? My desire, besides being a teacher, is to write articles that help people and inspire them to be the best version of themselves, and in order to do that I need you to share this with those whom you think will benefit from my posts. Thanks in advance.

Till next time,

~Angie~

Posted in Life, Reflection

Stuck in a rut

 

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Have you ever felt stuck in a rut? Much like the picture above, there have been so many moments in my life where I find I am stuck, just waiting on something or someone so I can pursue my dreams. I don’t know about you, but for me, I have had to fight tooth and nail for things in my life. Whether it is peace, joy, acceptance, a job, proper education, to get bills paid(debt gone), it has been a true fight. I have hope one day I will be able to achieve my dreams, but let’s be honest here, it can be tiring…and really wears me down. I try to help those around me through words of kindness and love, use this blog and my other social media outlets to reach those whom could benefit from things I have been through and such, and try to make friends with people that I can hang out with other than on Sunday mornings….all from what I can tell is to no avail. Am I speaking to anyone other than me? Well, if not then maybe I can write to my 50-something year old self and remind her to keep holding on, and one day it will get better. I mean, I have things to be thankful for, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I wish I could be doing what I was called to do. When will my time come? I can believe till my believer is broken, but when will I get to see some fruit from my hard work? Until I see that day, I take every day one minute at a time, shut up in my house studying and focusing on verses to help me stay positive, I encourage others on Sunday and through social media, and I just make it through the year having not lost my sanity. This may not be a very positive post, but it is the real me –  and at least I can say I have done that…been true and honest to myself.

 

Posted in #everydayinspiration, Blogging U

Day 4: FINDING MY RAINBOW

Today I have been given the prompt, “A Story in A Single Image,” by #everydayinspiration, and so I chose the above picture that i saw yesterday on my way home. As i look at this picture i think about my purpose, and finding peace in every moment of my day. I have been in a funk lately because for the last ten years, more so in the last six, i have tried to use social media as a tool to help others, to share parts of my life in an effort to be relatable, and find ways to bring joy to others. Since i was 15 years old, i struggled with realizing my true identity. I found myself jumping from one thing to the next and switching my majors at school because “other people” wanted to know what i was going to do, and made me feel like i had to figure out my life choices before i turned 25. Because of this, i never knew who i truly was, which made me feel like the child in Charlie Brown who always had a rain cloud looming over him and that i would never be able to experience a break from the rain and see a rainbow on the other side. Growing up i always felt like if i were to be honest with others and share my struggles i was being weak or not having enough “faith” or hope that things would change and get better. It was so fake!

About a week ago i made the decision to cut back on social media, and start cutting away the people who were not producing life in my life, those who were fake friends in a sense. Since then i have been doing some thinking, some days i wonder if it is too much, and even though it has been a slow process, i feel like i am figuring out who i am and the things i like.

I think this rain shower is finally letting up in my life, and if i look close enough, i might just see the start of a rainbow and a little sunlight trying to break through. I hope this post helped you today, and if there is some hint you are going through and you feel like no one cares, i encourage you to send me a message, i don’t have all the answers but i am a good listener. Comment below with your thoughts and your own words of encouragement.

Till next time,

Angie

Posted in Blogging U

A VOICE FOR CHANGE

 

       Is it just me or does it seem like every time you set out to do something life gets in the way and distracts you from accomplishing what you started? Well, this is a new year, and I am choosing to make 2018 better! I have signed up for writing prompts for my blogs, I will be taking classes for my photography business/hobby, and have already been pretty productive in accomplishing some things for my personal life. I heard a quote once, not sure who it was from, that said if you want success you have to be like a bull fighter and grab it by the reigns, holding on for dear life. I don’t know if you have ever been to a rodeo, but when I see those riders flailing about on that bull, I know one thing for certain…they are determined. I mean, you have to be determined to be getting on an animal that would like to do nothing but kill you in order to succeed in that sport. It is either that, or you are crazy…maybe a little of both, lol.

       Anyways, the reason I am writing this is because I am going to try and post everyday for probably the next month or so with a different prompt that i have been given.   Today I am starting with a topic that I was given describing why I chose to write. So without further ado, I would like to share a little bit about why I created this blog site. 

                                                A VOICE FOR CHANGE

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The reason I wanted to create The Narrow Road, and why I am still plugging away on my social media platforms and on here is because I desire to be a voice for change. Now there are plenty of people who want to see change, they talk about it – and a good majority tend to nag about it -, but very few step up to the mic and decide to do something about the ugliness they see around them. Most don’t do anything about it simply out of fear of rejection, others because they don’t really know where to start, and still there are those who have become numb to the violence and hate because all they do is stay plugged into the media instead of good organizations and places that promote positive change. I may be one voice in a billion or so people in the United States, even larger a number around the world; however, I believe that even if by standing up to injustice and bullies I can change just one life….well, then it was all worth it. I may not be the next Oprah Winfrey, Audrey Hepburn – in her later years -, or the late President Ronald Reagan, but I know that there are certain people who come into my life in one way or the other that i can be an influence on. I am a follower of Jesus, I am not religious – in fact i hate when people say they are a “Christian” because it is the cool thing to do or they profess to be one and then do/say stupid stuff to people. Am I perfect? No, but at least I am real and when i say or do something dumb I try and make amends. Anyways, in saying that, I am a follower of Jesus and I am taught that we should love others in a pure way – not bullying them or treating them less than human -, and be kind and generous, helping those around us who are in need. This is my anthem in life; I feel my calling or purpose in life is to help those in need and be an advocate for those who can’t or are too scared to stand up for themselves. That is why i care, and that is why i keep coming back here and sharing my life in all its glory. 

So in essence, to answer the question who I am and why I write? I am a follower of Jesus, a wife, an advocate for positive change and those in need, and I strive everyday to live out my faith the best way I am learning how….translation: I strive everyday to be kind, loving, compassionate, have joy and hope even when it seems there is no reason to because I believe in a brighter day. This is who I am and my passion.

I AM

   A VOICE FOR CHANGE!!

Thanks for reading this all the way to the end. If you would like to know more about me or follow along on this journey to positive change, then subscribe to this blog and make sure to check out my other social platforms:

Facebook: @TNRPage

Twitter: @TNRsocial

Periscope: @TNRsocial

Instagram: @loverevolution247

Twitch: @TNRsocial

 

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Posted in #everydayinspiration, Blogging U

It’s in my DNA!

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It is in every human’s DNA to feel connected, that is just how God created us. Now, despite your views on God, Christianity, and the Bible, I am sure you can agree the deepest longing inside a person is to be loved, to love, and to form relationships. Even for those who repeatedly say they don’t need anyone, know deep down they are the happiest when they are in connection with those around them. Why is this? Because the creator of the universe longs to be in relationship with us, and he wired us to form bonds with our fellow man.

Why do i write? 

You may be thinking, “What is the point to all of this?” The reason I am talking about relationships and connecting with others is because I have begun one of the ‘Blogging University’ courses, and the question in day 1 is, “Why do you write?” Well, I write because I recognize the need God has placed inside me to connect with others.

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”  – C. S. Lewis

Some people are introverts, and I get that…I can be one myself at times, but no matter who you are or where you come from, we all want to belong. We see it in our everyday life; from the little girl sharing her lunch in the cafeteria at school, to the young man who gets involved with a gang because they make him feel accepted. The basic need to belong resides in all of us, and as people seek out and make good connections with others they sense the void of loneliness beginning to shrink.

“Relationships thrive when we try to outdo each other in supporting not in being supported.” – John Piper

In closing, connections are extremely vital. The moment we choose to open our hearts and allow others in, is the moment we find the key to truly living, and not just living but sharing life with others. Who knows, you might just be someone’s miracle today. Share in the comments below why or why not you write; and if not what is stopping you?