Happy New Year!

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For me, 2015 was pretty good. It’s funny though because Instagram didn’t include anything from the first half of 2015 in my #2015bestnine collage.

In 2015 my sister got married in Cancun, I served in Kentucky, I found an organization called CYFM, savored my days at Hofstragraduated from College!!!,  visited Chicago, celebrated four years,  and moved to the Hudson Valley to be a Cap Corps Volunteer.

The bulk of 2016 will mostly be the rest of my year of service. However, I have a few goals.

  1. I watched a video recently about a girl who doesn’t create any trash. While that may be a little impossible for this CCV, I’m thinking of trying to create less trash. Some ways I plan to do this: reusable water bottles, and to-go cups, no k-cups, and packing my lunch in reusable containers.
  2. Make a list of spiritual reading that I would like to do this year, and stick to it.
  3. Make a list of fun reading to do this year, and stick to it.
  4. Self-Care: exercise, good food, spiritual and mental health will be at the forefront of my list this year.

    Happy New Year friends!

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On going home and coming back to CYFM

I know for certain that the CCVs needed the short break at Thanksgiving. We all needed that time to sleep and catch up with loved ones. I spent that time making different stops for coffee and visiting my beloved beach. It was pretty hard to come back the Monday after Thanksgiving, but as you’ll see we’ve been pretty busy since then! Here’s a roundup of my time as a CCV since Thanksgiving!

That Monday, we came home to a homemade sauce, a missing painting, and a retreat to run on Tuesday.

The sauce was delicious. We are still trying to crack the mystery of the missing Ghandi quote (if you have any leads please let us know!). And we had an amazing time with St. Raymond’s High School. We marveled at the fog over the mountains, and found that there was a picture of the lady CCVs in the Capuchin Magazine! (aren’t we cute?!)

Paul and I (the english majors of the group) attended a poetry reading with Fr. Bob (one of the friars in Beacon) somewhere in the Hudson Valley. We listened to more experienced poets, drank yummy coffee, and had the chance to read our own poems.

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Amanda, Paul and I spent the weekend at our God’s TYM parish. We stopped for pizza and I just couldn’t get over how big the slices of pizza were! We had to take a picture for proof. The three of us are pretty excited to serve the parish of St. Joseph’s for the remainder of the year.

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I finished working on the CYFM newsletter, enjoyed a yummy latte at Bank Square, and started Graduate School applications (yikes!).

After serving the community at Sacred Heart High School, we attended the December Young Adult Mass with Matt Maher, Audrey Assad, and Cardinal Dolan. It was amazing. It was great to spend that time in prayer away from our ministry. The following night we had an impromptu trip to Sonic in our one very small community car (RIP Impala). It was delicious.

And in a few weeks we are already ready for another break. We go home for Christmas a week from today. It has been a whirlwind for sure! Look out for my recap on Boston!

Graymoor

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A few weekends ago (I believe right before thanksgiving) the CCVs took  a trip to Greymoor. The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement live here and do their ministry here. They do numerous things, including St. Christopher’s Inn. We had heard wonderful things about the work that these friars do, and that they have a pretty spectacular thrift store. So we went and ended up spending our whole afternoon there. We also saw a pretty spectacular sunset.

Until next time friends.

When being silly together is just as important as praying together

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Community life is hard. You’re together all of the time. It can get stressful. We’re supposed to pray together, eat together, and work together.

We took this picture one night, after we had worked all day and realized that we needed to go grocery shopping. It was after dinner, and somehow it was decided that we should wear hats to the grocery store. We were silly. But I think we brought smiles to some faces. We had a few strange looks too, but that’s okay. It is just one of the ways that our community has been able to bond. We’ve bonded through prayer, meals, service, but also through being able to laugh and smile with one another.

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
– Mother Teresa