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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

what's on my mind...

Yesterday I spoke with my sis Cara on the phone and got yelled at that I'm not blogging enough. So I'm gonna post what's on my mind right now (I'm at work and it's slow today...). Here goes.

1. I don't get to talk to Cara and Tony nearly enough. I miss knowing the everyday details of their lives (and vice-versa). Usually when I call Car, my first line is always "what are you doing?" which we kind of joke about. But really, I do want to know what she's doing - right then, last weekend, last month, whatever. I got to hear all about her birthday trip up to DC - a place they live 60 minutes from yet rarely take advantage of. I got to hear the adventures of a boat they recently purchased for $250, which has taken on the typical Longinotti-Project nightmare qualities and as Car says, "hopefully it'll be seaworthy by 2010." :) She is starting a new job this week, which is awesome - lots of opportunity for growth and challenges personally and professionally. But it also means that the odds she will be moving back to the NW anytime soon are rapidly dwindling. Which breaks my heart. It is tough to be supportive when you just want to be selfish sometimes, and I miss my siblings.

2. I am currently beginning the process of discernment regarding my future. At the moment I am feeling called to do something different, something bigger. What that is, I'm not sure. At this point it is looking like I will apply for a missionary program through the Episcopal Church called the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC). I have 2 very good friends who are in Colombia and South Africa, respectively, working for this program. It is an amazing chance to continue nursing but in a completely different environment - in the past, YASC has sent people to HIV/AIDS clinics, Orthopedic hospitals, TB clinics on various continents. I feel the call to do something bigger, different, challenging. I also am feeling that if I am ever going to answer that call, now is the time to do it. My perfect next year would be: continue working at CancerCare NW here in Spokane, then be the Program Director at Camp Cross next summer followed by a mission trip (generally 1 year long) to wherever I am sent! If that were to happen I would feel very blessed.


An inspiring quote I came across recently, that sums up why I would want to do such a thing: I want to feel part of the larger world, go out into it and work with others rather than watching from the comfort of home. “Exercise that Talent which you particularly came to Earth to use—your greatest gift, which you most delight to use, in the place(s) or setting which God has caused to appeal to you the most, and for those purposes which God most needs to have done in the world."


I am trying to decide how, exactly, I feel. Not restless, not discontent, not insignificant. Yet, at the same time, all of those things. Where I will end up, who knows. But it's the getting there that is exciting.

9 comments:

Meredith said...

love it! YASC plus nursing = an awesome idea. and that would be wild if you were program director next summer. ohhhh how I wish it was easy to study astronomy and live in the PNW!!

speaking of which, your last mini paragraph pretty much sums up my life... :)

Katie said...

oh yay, i'm glad you think so! :) and you can always move back after school, it's probably easier to see the stars where there is less smog/light pollution!

Cara said...

it was great to talk to you. we dont do that nearly often enough! i know what you mean about the little everyday things...thats the hardest part about being so far away. you begin to forget the tiniest things you love about people, their laugh, smile, etc. i am really excited about my new job, but not sure what it means for the moving west prospects. maybe you all should move east?!?!? i think the job thing sounds great for you, and i know you'll be great at it!

Pia said...

You already know how I feel about your doing YASC Katie. I think it's awesome! You would be amazing doing that. Love you to pieces right now!

Meg said...

So your way of getting back at Carparts is moving to Africa?! Don't punish us all!!! Just kidding, I know you will go on to do amazing things and continue to touch all of the very special lives you already touch.

susna said...

wow Katie - that is really profound. . . I am humbled to know you.

Laurie said...

I am proud of you for wanting to share your amazing self with the whole world. Of course, I'm also incredibly selfish and just want to gather all my kids into a "Kennedy Compound" so I could see all of you every day.

Katie said...

aw thanks guys! it's pretty exciting to think about... although a ways off now, so we'll see what happens! :)

Lis said...

sorry one handed typing but that would be so cool.