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Gerrianne Pennings

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Day 277 & 278 – Be reasonable. Be responsible.

Sound advice. It sounds so simple. So logical. These come quite naturally to me, I think. I remember last year, when I was working at Camp Rising Sun in the States. One of the girls I worked with, I also... Continue Reading →

Day 276 – Be intelligent

I find this one the most daunting of all 5 transcendental imperatives that I am exploring this week. For me this is not about being book smart, but about being life smart. And when are we ever really life smart?... Continue Reading →

Day 275 – Be attentive

So in my Saturday blog I wrote about transcendental imperatives. Two complicated words. This week I want to engage with them. Not these exact words though, but the ones they referred to. Words from a book on the saint Benedict... Continue Reading →

Day 266 & 268 – Catching up. On learning how to love.

To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever. I'm sorry. I have not been keeping up with my blog in the past few days. I've journaled and written and been thinking, talking and... Continue Reading →

Day 154 + 155 – Melting hearts of stone

So it turns out that even the Netherlands has remote areas without internet access. So when I drafted a blog yesterday during a weekend with church I couldn't upload what I wrote. Now I am in the train on my way home and I am trying bring all thoughts together. I am having quite a few of them, so consider this one a therapeutic rant to get it out of my head and let it sink deeper in my heart.

Day 139 – How to give good advice

Giving advice. I don't know how I feel about it. I have friends who ask for advice. What do I say? I try not to overthink it, but I also want to carefully consider my answers. Sometimes I hope don't take what I say to seriously, but it does come from a good heart. Having said that, I am currently writing up some notes into a coherent document with ideas about leadership.

Day 131 – Be like a tree

I have two books at the moment with trees on the cover. Maybe not such impressive trees as the one on this photo from somewhere in Tanzania where the nights are truly dark and the days are warm and dry. Trees. Both books are about growth and finding purpose. One of them has small bits of poetry to start the day. The other has long, extensive chapters with questions and a decent structure. Yet I am not convinced. That last one though, so beautiful based on the cover, is not really what I hoped they would be. Lesson learned: never judge a book based on its cover.

Day 129 – Inform yourself

It seems like this is an 'I am giving advice' type of week. I started this weekend with writing about questioning yourself, yesterday I wrote about caring for our planet. Today is a blog about informing yourself. I spend some unexpected hours in a train today, so I decided to start reading a book that I have read some bits and pieces of, but never read completely: no logo from Naomi Klein. But I don't really care if you read this book or not. As long as you read, watch, listen and inform yourself, I am more than happy.

Day 107 – Butterflies in my stomach

Do you know that feeling? Butterflies in your stomach? I see you all thinking. "Is she in love?" Okay, I'm not in love. Or maybe I am. But I am keeping that information for myself. At least for now. I want to write about a different type of butterflies. The butterflies you get when you wake up after a good night sleep and are motivated for a new day. The butterflies you get when you are starting a new project. The butterflies you get when you finally clean up your room, ready to move to new destinations. The butterflies that I feel when I find my purpose.

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