Tomorrow morning I’m heading out to work with the Missionaries of Charity in St. Louis! As our contact sister told me, they live very simply. They don’t have internet. They start their days at 5am with prayer and have set times for serving the poor during each day. I’m really looking forward to disconnecting from the world a little (*ahem* LOT) because I’m just tired right now. Tired of not sleeping and tired of being busy. Tired of too many things going on. I’ve gotten better at mastering that, prioritizing, and focusing on what’s important, but still. It’ll be so nice to focus on doing good work without the distractions of daily life.
Which brings me to an interesting point. I’ve realized in recent months that I am very much an introvert in that I value my time alone reading, writing, adoration, whatever it is. It makes life so much more peaceful. People often think being an introvert means you’re shy, but that’s not necessarily true. It focuses on how you’re recharged. I know that I am recharged by being alone and praying, reading, and writing. Or small groups talking with people. That’s awesome too. It’s true that I was painfully shy as a child. But I’ve worked very hard to overcome that, and I’m fairly certain most people at school would not guess that about me. Being an introvert just means I appreciate the time I have to myself. Of course, there is such a thing as too much time alone, so it’ll be nice to be on this mission trip with some lovely ladies for company!
It’s really bothering me how many times I’ve used “I” in this post. How do I not write like that?!?!
Guess what? I actually did one of my Lent/March goals already! All my Facebook friends are sorted into lists and it’s made so much of a difference. I sorted them into my family, non-family that I want to see updates from, college classmates I don’t particularly care to see every update from, and the “Why am I friends with you?” list. I felt kind of bad categorizing people, but now I just open it up and see a few updates from the most important lists, check those, and BAM. Done. If you’re spending too much time on there, I would recommend trying this out!
Want to be a super awesome person? Help me spread the word about my fundraising campaign to replace lost funds from taking an unpaid pro-life internship this summer! Read more here. If you were to spread the word while I’m away without internet, and I were to come back to an amazing response, that would be quite lovely. Just sayin’ . . . .
Did you hear the beautiful news about Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s possible impending canonization?!?!?! It’s pretty amazing that we have YouTube videos of a potential saint.
I can’t think of what else to write here, and it’s time to hit the sack, so have a lovely weekend! See you on the other side of a mission trip 🙂
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Laura, I am SO excited for your trip to St. Louis! And ya know something interesting, I went and stayed with those SAME sisters for a week last summer!!! Wow, waaay cool that you will be able to work with them too! Your time with them will be completely amazing and you will receive so many special graces. Soak it in and enjoy the time away from the busy-ness of your routine and know I will be praying for you 🙂 I’d love to hear about your trip upon your return!
Thank you!!! That’s so cool that you visited them too 🙂 Just got back and will have a post out soon.