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Lenten Journey

Hello people, how have you all been doing? It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here, and it’s been an interesting adventure for me since I took a hiatus from blogging. So here’s a brief wrap up of the three biggest things that’ve happened to me since last I wrote here. 

1. Jobs.

When last I wrote, I was getting more involved in my student radio station, WTBU: The Beat of Boston University. I’m still hosting my own show, the JVC Sports Block on Monday nights from 6-8 pm, and yes we will be broadcasting this Monday. That show is one of the highlights of my week. I get to talk about all different sports related things with some great friends in James and Vanessa, my cohosts, and we get quality experience running a radio program. We’ve done segments with James calling in from the Gahden (that’s how we refer to the TD Garden, where the Celtics, Bruins, and apparently BU Terriers play), guest analysts, I’ve hosted the show solo, and we always have fun lively discussions. It’s a blessing to do the show with them. WTBU has also given me some sweet field broadcasting gigs. As I’ve written before, I got to broadcast the Beanpot from the Gahden, and loved every second of it. I got to broadcast the semi-final round of the Women’s Hockey East Tournament in Hyannis, and do staff work for the championship game. I might be able to call the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four game for WTBU, but time will tell and there are very talented people who can fill the job admirably from our collection of people. I’ve been a PA Announcer, broadcasted games, and had a marvelous time with it all. Best sports job thing going for me though, I have a summer internship! I recently was hired to work for the Brewster Whitecaps, a team in the Cape Cod Baseball League, the oldest amateur baseball league in the nation. It’s a college all star league that has produced several major league players, including stars like Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkillis, Cole Hammels, Ryan Braun, Sean Casey, potential Baseball Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell, and current Red Sox Manager John Farrell. So that’s pretty sweet! I’m the team’s journalist, so basically the job I had for the BU Men’s Basketball Team this year, I’ll have for the Whitecaps for the summer. I’m so excited for this job. So sports and broadcasting has been marvelous!!!

  

2. Fresh Mentality.

In part, I took my hiatus from blogging because I felt my writing got stale and kinda uninteresting. I basically wrote of the same things over and over again. Why’d it get so stale? I didn’t get out of my bubble as much as I wanted, I didn’t get to be as active as I wanted, and I wasn’t in the greatest of mental states at the time. I needed to get grounded again. In part, my friendships have changed a bit, and I’ve struggled to adjust to that, especially since I’ve not spoken to my best friend in over two months. I still miss my friend, but I’ve figured out how to handle my head here: Don’t get down, I’ve got too many cool things to do and awesome people to meet to bog myself down with things I strictly speaking have no control over. I’d still like to catch up and try to rebuild a good friendship there, but I don’t need to rack my mind over it all the time. I need to keep finding little things to keep me happy and keep growing. As long as I keep myself active, I’ll be good. There’s plenty in my life to be happy about, so I can’t get weighed down by things that aren’t going too well. Again, I still would like a chance to fix that friendship and work on others, but I won’t break my head over this one now. I’ve got my mentality back in a good place. 

  

3. My Relationship With God.

I had a crazy sense of spiritual dryness at the start of Lent. I really don’t like feeling far from God. It’s disconcerting, disorienting, and unpleasant. But that’s what I had to work with early in Lent. I picked up some good Bible plans, stayed with a Bible Study I’ve been involved with for a while, and I certainly don’t feel as dry now. I feel closer to God, and I’m in a much better position with my faith. And with Holy Week upon us, I’m looking forward to more chances to grow closer to God. I’m still doing some discernment work, but I do feel more confident that whatever I do, I can bring God into my work, whatever that work happens to be. 

  

Good things happened to me over Lent, and I’m very excited to see what happens over the next week. Happy Holy Week everyone! 

Lenten Hiatus

Hey folks. So if you haven’t noticed, I’ve not been posting on here for a while. Why? Well there’s a lot of chaos in my head. It’s hard for me to sort out my head in many ways. Also, I feel very dry. Sorta separate from God, the sorta spiritual dryness that Mother Theresa spoke of experiencing. My posts always revolve around some cool sports thing, or some person I get to meet, or something of that sort, but I don’t feel like I’m making a huge stride forward. I’m just sorta stuck. And I don’t feel as though I can provide good content on this blog now. Well I’ve got a very good opportunity to clear up and get going in the right path soon: Lent. It’s the time of year where we take a chance to pray, reflect, make sacrifices, and offer ourselves up for God’s work. The season ends on Easter, the day of Jesus’ resurrection. I have a weird feeling about this Lent. As if something is gonna click for me that I’ve been waiting and looking for that will free me up and get me moving in the right direction again.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of really good things in my life now. I’ve got good friends, a chance to learn at a good school, opportunities for fun jobs, and many other good things. And the basics, like a roof over my head and food. The problem is my mindset over the last few weeks. In large part, I’ve not gotten to see or talk to some of my best friends recently. One’s headed out to boot camp soon, one’s life is getting busy and I don’t get to see her as much, and one has a story way too complicated to tell here. I’m adjusting to not seeing or hearing from these people, and I miss them. I’ve been stuck in neutral for the last few weeks, and I’m looking for a good trigger to get me going. I think Lent might be the best thing for me. I’ve found it rejuvenating in the past. The Lents I’ve spent here at BU have done wonders for me, with last year being probably the best one for me. I got more involved in the Catholic community on my campus, learned more about being a good friend than I had most other places, and got closer to God than I have ever been. It didn’t hurt that I did a good job in my classes and had a clear definition of my goals in the classroom, which I admit I’ve gotten away from and need to get back to.

So I’m gonna use the Lenten season to get on track. This means I won’t be writing on here for a while, probably not until at least Easter. Hopefully I’ll be back in good form and in the right direction after the season. Lent begins this coming Wednesday. I know what I’m doing for my Lenten observances this year.

A. A dating fast. I’m still not over my recent breakup and I still have things to sort out there. I’m looking forward to the chance to lighten my head after a tough time that has damaged one of the best friendships I’ve had really at any point in my memory.

B. No drinks but water. Part of my mental state might me that I’ve not done the best job of treating myself well physically. I have been working out, which is good. But I’ve not been eating or drinking that well recently. Lots of soda, sugary stuff, and unhealthy food and drinks. Maybe a physical reset would be good for me.

C. Daily Scripture Readings. This seems to be a sort of obvious one. If I want to be working towards holiness, it seems appropriate to read the tales of holy men and women myself, and where would I find the best cases of holy men and women? The Bible of course. I don’t have an exact plan of how I’ll do that but I’ve got a few possibilities.

When I created this blog back in March of last year, the idea was to track my growth in happiness over 100 days. I did so successfully. I decided to revisit the challenge again in November, and I’m happy that I made that choice. But now I need to get out of neutral. Maybe Lent can help me get there and I can have a lent that produces the way last one did, hopefully better though. Last Easter was a beautiful time for me. And I need to rediscover that unbridled joy and bliss that I’ve been missing. Until Easter, I hope you all find goodness and joy in your lives and may God bless all of you!

Welcome back YouTube!

With Lent ending, so do my Lenten observances. This past year for Lent I gave up soda, secular music and YouTube. All of the observances helped me recognize the way I spend my time and use my energy. And it was good for me to not use them for Lent. But now that Lent is over, I’ve had a few sodas, put my workout playlist with secular music back on my iPod, and have gone back to using YouTube. I had a day without class or other commitments for Catholic Center events, or other events to work or go to. So I used today to get some work done and relax in the glorious sun. I don’t get many days like this, where I can relax. I don’t have much else to share about today, so I’ll share some YouTube videos. Enjoy them!

A Keith Olbermann clip talking about Soccer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDAV9efvTGA

Sail Kitty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awf45u6zrP0

Jackie Evancho singing Bridge Over Troubled Water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw7e_qvPgks

Muhammad Ali, I’m a Bad Man! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY6_3Y7OOo8

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