… to quote Katelyn Mee. (More on her and her sister Allison in a minute)

So often Jeremiah 29:11 becomes the verse of choice for Instagram bios, tweets and Facebook posts. I would bet that people who aren’t even Christian have probably seen this verse. If you don’t know it, here it is: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” (NIV). The message in that verse is so important for us Christians to remember, but there’s a vital piece of information missing from it.

While God does indeed have many great plans for us (Ephesians 2:10, Proverbs 16:9, Psalm 31:14-15), He also requires we have faith in Him. We must trust that the Lord has our best interests at heart, even though we often don’t see it that way. We are reminded that by seeking and praising Him, we will be taken care of (Romans 8:28,Lamentations 3:25-26).

As humans, especially those of us who are type A, we love to plan and do everything we can to make sure we get what we want. It could be a job we want, a college degree, a new car, a new pair of shoes, to date a certain person, to move to a certain place, to buy a new home; the possibilities are endless. Despite how hard we work for these things, these things don’t always go according to our plan. What can be even more frustrating is when we are truly being faithful Christians and things don’t go our way. That’s when we start to question God and even get angry with Him.

But we can’t get angry with God. Who are we to talk back to God? (Romans 9:20) He made everything and He planned everything. We cannot question Him. Ever. God’s plan is far more perfect than we will ever realize. Even the smallest things are a part of His plan for each of us. Like running into people in the most unexpected places.

I grew up with Allison and Katelyn. Allison is my age and Katelyn is three years younger. I was never close friends with these girls, but we went to the same school. Allison and I played on the same basketball team in elementary school. They lived three houses down from my aunt, a house I’ve spent plenty of time at.

A couple weeks ago I ran into Allison on my way to brunch. I haven’t seen her since before she graduated from OU in the spring of 2016. She was walking out of church as I was walking to Packard’s. I hear this “oh my gosh!” and I look up and it’s Allison! She gave me the biggest hug. We talked about her time as a graduate student at Harvard (yes, this girl is way smart) and how she was teaching AP courses at Mustang High School. She told me that God put her where she needed to be and was just beaming telling me all about her teaching and her students. But she recognized that God put her in a classroom full of teenagers, somewhere a lot of people would not want to be, to not just teach them valuable lessons on various subjects, but to be a Light.

Ever since I saw Allison, I’ve thought about that: Where does God want me? How do I get there? I want to be as happy as Allison is about her Godly purpose.

Then, last night, I see Katelyn. I haven’t seen her since Christmas Break. Last fall, she interned in OU’s athletic department with me, so we spent ample time together. Some of you know I help out with youth ministry at Life.Church Norman on Wednesday nights. Katelyn’s first night of volunteering was last night. She joined in my small group and WOW.

I wish you all could’ve seen it. This girl gets it. Last night’s message was about approval and how the only approval we need is God’s (Galations 1:10). A lot of what we talked about was social media and how likes = approval for so many people, especially our cute little middle school girlies we work with. I could not have asked for a better co-leader than Katelyn last night.

While I must thank both of these women for being such bright Lights when I really needed it, I also have God to thank. He knew I needed Katelyn and Allison to show me how to be happy no matter where you end up and to be a good example to those who need it most. God answers prayers. I asked for more Christian friends and I got them.

Last night as we were all leaving church, I told Katelyn about how I ran into her sister and I started to say, “God’s timing is…” and she finished my sentence, “Impeccable.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.



Shelf Web Content Capture System: A Proposal for a Digital Scholarship Collaborative Clearinghouse at the University of Oklahoma

Shelf, a browser extension/add-on for Chrome and Firefox, describes itself as a “web clipper.” Think of it more like a team-based bookmark manager on crack — like Mario Party or Habitat for Humanity but as scrapbooking activities.

Shelf not only allows you to pocket and organize links to web pages like traditional bookmark managers, but allows you to scrape pages for individual content types: articles, images, videos, people, organizations, clippings (click-and-drag excerpts of any portion of a page), and highlighted text selections. They become your web “gems.” You can also annotate pages à la Hypothesis.

Any content captured can be described, commented, tagged, and awarded badges by team members for representing a best practice, innovation, key decision, trend, idea, or opportunity.

This couple-click content capture and curation takes place in a collaborative environment. What gems of the internet you hoard away can be yours alone, as with any bookmark manager, but you can also capture, annotate, tag, and comment as a member of overlapping and intersecting teams and organizations — something like an amorphous cross between a Russian nesting doll and a Venn Diagram. Making sense of the web becomes the light work of many hands.

A bunch of people picking and piling scraps and shreds of the web could quickly resemble a post-earthquake Dunder Mifflin paper products warehouse. In Shelf your captures are searchable or siftable through a series of filters by content type, source, date, tag, badge, or the user responsible.

Shelf is cloud connectable and fully sync-able with Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft One Drive, and any previous bookmarks (and their folder system you’ve agonized over meticulously for years) from any bookmark manager can be imported to Shelf.

And it’s free and so is 5GB of storage (mind you, links to external content get very cozy in a server — my library has 340 objects accounting for . . . 22.6KB . . . so my free storage is 0.000452% full — I would have to capture over 75 million pages/articles/images/videos/snips to exhaust the free storage).


W H I C H   B R I N G S   M E   T O   T H E   P O I N T   . . .   J E E Z ,   S O R R Y 

All of this makes possible something I would love to see for the digital scholarship network of librarians, professors, and students at the University of Oklahoma: a crowd-sourced clearinghouse of digital scholarship tools, tutorials, methods, projects, conferences, calls for papers, institutions, and people assembled by all of us, any of us, with a couple clicks in the course of the web trawling we do every day anyway — transfiguring the web from a “Big Bob’s Self-Storage” facility into, well, a library.

[for goodness’ sake they have a knowledge management manifesto on their site]

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How to Stop Procrastinating: A Fool-Proof Way to Conquer the World

For the majority of my life, I felt I didn’t know how to stop procrastinating. I fell into the trap of putting stuff off, and kept telling myself that I needed the pressure to actually get shit done.

How to Stop Procrastinating

Original photo by Milos Tonchevski

This is stupid and false, and the same damn trap my students fall into right before they stay up all night to binge-write that brilliant paper that will earn them a  low C if they’re lucky.

Why I needed to stop procrastinating

So, I’ve been trying to open up an Etsy shop since spring. And now it’s September. But because I live in Oklahoma, I had to get a sales tax ID to sell physical products online so I could charge my customers sales tax.

This shouldn’t be that hard, so I filled out the paper work and submitted my application. Then, I waited for everything to come in the mail.

When it arrived, I got a notice that I wasn’t approved because of the classification of my S Corp. My S Corp sells creative services, not products, and I’m listed under a specific industry code for services.

I stared at that rejection for like a month. There was a spot to write some information and send it back. Only, I didn’t 100% understand what I needed to put there.

One morning, I called the Oklahoma Tax Commission. I was literally on hold for 2 hours and 48 minutes. (I just left my phone on speaker and went about grading papers.) When I finally spoke with someone, they didn’t know what to do either.

I’m not kidding about that. If you’ve ever dealt with the Oklahoma Tax Commission, I suspect you have a similar story.

So I kept putting it off. Sure, I wanted to get my shop set up, but like, there are always 18,000 other things that can be done too. And then I moved, and unpacking took roughly ONE THOUSAND HOURS.

But a couple weeks ago, I finally just emailed my accountant. And in less than 48 hours, she gave me the simplest answer. She told me EXACTLY what I needed to write. And then I did.

And yesterday I got my sales tax ID in the mail.

It was so easy, but I built up this big wall in my head. And I waisted MONTHS.

It was so easy, but I built up this big wall in my head. And I waisted MONTHS.
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Do you need another example of why I need to stop procrastinating?

This week, I gave my students their first test. Some students take their tests in the class room, and some students take their tests in the disability resource center. While the test in class is given online, some students who test at the disability resource center need a paper copy of the test.

It’s not a big deal to make a paper copy. It just takes time. And it’s something I usually have the graduate assistant do. However, after a big mess that is absolutely no one’s fault, we don’t have a graduate assistant this semester. This isn’t a big deal, because I don’t have a lot that I need them to do.

But I just wanted to have someone else make this test.

So I put it off until the last possible minute. And when I started to make the test, I took a look in a folder in the very back corner of my Dropbox.

Lo and behold, I had actually created the test last semester.

Had I thought logically about it, I would’ve realized this. I would’ve remembered doing that. But nope. I just shoved it to the back of my mind and refused to deal with it at all until the last possible second.

What I’ve learned about why I procrastinate

I procrastinate when things get a little hard or uncomfortable or inconvenient. I procrastinate when I remember how soft my couch is. I procrastinate when I remember that at the end of the day, I still have a day job paycheck coming in.

I procrastinate because I’m in love with easy shit. And I hate that about myself.

To be fair, I know that no one loves doing the dirty work or the hard things. But damn. I wish I could just bite my lip and make it happen.

Like had I gotten my sales tax ID sorted, I would have an established Etsy store already.

Or if I had tackled that test earlier, I could’ve sent it to the disability resource center, and gotten to bed on time the night I found it.

But let’s not dwell in what ifs. There’s no reason to be mad at past Marisa, because present Marisa is the same Marisa. So, I forgive you and your procrastination, Marisa. Just don’t let it happen again.

How you can stop procrastinating

For me, the first step to stop procrastinating is this: Realize that nothing you do is really that hard.

I mean, yeah. You do hard things.

But the daily hard things aren’t the big things that deserve to hang over our heads. Let the big life questions be the daunting things. Let them keep you up at night.

The daily hard things aren't the big things that deserve to hang over our heads.
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Those things that are mild irritations/inconveniences/hoops to jump through? Know that you can tackle them. Know that you’re making mountains out of molehills. Know that you’re giving way too much time and energy to a thing that straight up doesn’t deserve it.

I know it’s hard to think in those terms. As stated earlier, I’m basically the queen of putting things off. (BOW TO ME, PROCRASTINATION PEASANTS!)

So please. Learn from my nonsense.

Ask yourself if one person can answer the question you have. And once you get that answer, can you finally move forward? If so, YOU BETTER ASK THAT QUESTION.

Ask yourself if you’ve been there before. And if you think the answer is yes, then ask yourself what you did when you were in that position. Rely on what you did in the past, because you can use that now.

Ask yourself if the thing that’s tripping you up is actually hard. Or if you’re just using it as an excuse to procrastinate. If you are, knock it off.

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What little things have you procrastinated doing? What tricks do you have to help people stop procrastinating? Are you as excited as I am for my soon-to-open Etsy shop?

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Reading Notes: 1001 Nights (A)

  • I want to see this from Scheherazade’s point of view. Why has she decided to do this? What changes? Has she been planning this for a while? Is she scared?
  • I like that the man was honorable enough to actually return to face the Genii, but I wonder what happened during that year he put his affairs in order. How did his family react? What plans did they make?

So I really like this story so far, but I find that I’m more interested in the frame story than any of the individual stories. I wonder what the Sultan is thinking as Scheherazade keeps telling story after story. Has he changed his mind about her? Does he understand what she’s trying to do? What did he think about killing all the young women he married? I think this story is much more interesting than the stories the Sultana tells.

Bibliography: 1001 Nights, translated by Andrew Lang. Web Source.

Image: Scheheradzade by Édouard Frédéric Wilhelm Richter. Source: Wikimedia

Thursday, September 21

Today is Thursday of WEEK 5. If you have not done your story yet for this week, that means today is Storytelling Day; see below for details about a new story option. Here is a link to all of this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Story Planning. This week there is a new option for the Storytelling assignment: Storytelling OR Story Planning. The new Story Planning option is for those of you who enjoy doing research and exploring background information. The idea is that you do background research this week, and then you can write the actual story next week. See the Story assignment instructions for more details.

Project Stack. I'm working my way through the assignments turned in on Sunday, and I hope to get through all the Sunday ones today. While you are waiting on comments back from me about your Project assignment, you can check the stack to make sure I received your email.

Extra Credit. There are lots of different Tech Tip options, including tips about Canvas, Blogger, and other tools. Find out more in the extra credit section of this week's assignments.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Class Twitter. From yesterday's Twitter @OnlineMythIndia, there is big news about Carol Dweck: she has won the Yidan Prize for education for her growth mindset research. I am such a fan of her work, so I thought this was very exciting news!

Imagination. Let your creativity run wild in a story: Without imagination, we go nowhere.

Storybook Archive. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Lions of Aesop. Grandfather Lion is sharing lessons learned with the little cubs of the pride .... and you get to listen in!

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Speak Bird, Speak Again: Palestinian Arab Folktales by Ibrahim Muhawi and Sharif Kanaana. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is a book made available online thanks to the generosity of the University of California Press.

Story of the Day. Today's story is a fairy tale from India: The Fish Prince. The prince is turned into a fish, and after a series of adventures, he turns back into a prince again.

Video: I am a fan of story mash-ups, and I am a fan of music mash-ups too, like this fabulous video with Vidya, which also features Shankar Tucker and his clarinet: Chaiyya Chaiyya / Don't Stop. You can listen to the original Chaiyya Chaiyya here. You might also recognize this music from Spike Lee's film Inside Man.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is having a learning experience, which means: surprise, awe, interest, and confusion. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a Lunch and Learn: Tai Chi at noon at 4 Partners Place (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 21: Vergil. Today marks the death of the Roman poet Vergil in the year 19 B.C.E. You may know Vergil as the author of the Roman epic Aeneid, named for Aeneas, the Trojan hero who founded Rome... or you might know Vergil as Dante's guide through the Inferno! You can find out more about his life and career at Wikipedia, and you might also enjoy this book by Alfred Church: Legends from Vergil:

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.

Reading Notes: The Divine Archer, Part B

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This book is so enjoyable. I love the descriptions that it gives about the events that take place, and I love how there are both changes and similarities.

I enjoyed the descriptions of the scene where Hanuman has to defeat the monster (Surasa). Although it wasn’t a very long scene, it set Hanuman up to pass through and sneakily fly around the city. This short section could be retold in so many different ways. Instead of it being so easy for Hanuman to pass through, what if there was a task he had to complete before passing by the monster? The task could tie back to the cultural staple of the sandles, etc.  I just think that Hanuman is such a cool character, and it would be fun to rewrite his journey beginning from the meeting of Surasa. I was sad when he accomplished so much, even accomplished giving Sita the ring from Rama and told her he was coming only to be arrested. What if Hanuman could’ve immediately escaped and not been arrested? What if Rama was able to be there with Hanuman, and none of the events would’ve taken the same turn. BUT… I also think it’s quite interesting that instead of killing Hanuman, Ravana has them set his tail on fire as if that will do the trick (which actually turns out great for Hanuman!). Rama is a real hero after everything else he endured along his journey, and writing a story about him would have so many different options and involve so much fun. I thought the part where Sita emerges from Earth at the end would also be a good section to create a story about. What happens next?

I like how close the cultures seem to be, and how the people in the towns seem to have such a strong impact on one another. I want to rewrite a story about Hanuman, because he doesn’t receive near as much attention as Rama does. Hanuman can be the real hero, and he can have a magic power that automatically places Rama into the arms of Sita upon meeting. I want to switch it up a bit, and I have so many options in which direction I could go.

Ashvamedha – horse sacrifice ritual (I also thought this was an interesting part of culture, and it would be cool to include this ritual in either my storytelling, or my project).


Image One: Hanuman found on Wikimedia Commons

The Divine Archer by F. J. Gould, accessed online here.

Final Logo Portfolio

For this project we were asked to choose a hotel and redesign or revise a brands logo for a new boutique hotel the brand was opening. The goal of the redesigning this logo was to position this establishment as modern.

The brand I chose was Hotel Chocolat. I came up with the logo by researching what modern designs were popular. I also wanted the logo to be luxurious and display the hotel’s theme of chocolate. All of these things contributed to the final shape, font, and colors of the logo.  I think this logo would send the message to people that hotel would be modern and luxurious.

Here is my final logo

These other blog posts capture my learning during this process from start to finish:

Frist Date Fail





Logo Design Project Reflection

I finally finished my logo for Hotel Chocolat and got to actually put it on some items. It has been a long road getting here, but worth it. It took me a while to understand illustrator, but after lots of practice I finally was able to create a great logo with it. I had to make some tweaks to my original logo, but I’m very happy I did.

I really thought the whole designing a logo would be awful, but it surprisingly was a lot of fun. What surprised me the most is how easy Illustrator is to use once you get the hang of it. I thought that even making changes to my original design would be hard, but that was very easy once I realized how to use Illustrator.

My final logo differs from original in that I made the text in it thicker and more spread out so it’s easier to read. I also changed the text color to a much lighter pink that’s almost white. This change made the text really pop. I also made the triangle a little bigger to also make the text easier to read.

I really love how my whole logo seems to flow together. The text matches the shape of the logo and the colors flow very well together. To me it looks like a rich chocolate design. I wanted to convey both luxury and chocolate in my design, so  I’m very proud that I was able to convey these things in my logo.

I couldn’t imagine having to do all this by hand, so I’m very glad for all the technology that there was to help me. For one I’m a very bad artist so having illustrator to draw for me has been great. I also couldn’t imagine not having the internet to get inspiration from. I fear that without technology my logo would be a hot mess.

The best part about this whole process was at the end getting to see my logo on actual products. I think it looked good on some products, but not on others. I think it was this way because of the triangular shape instead of a circular shape. You can see the two it looked best on below. Regardless it still was really cool to see how the logo could be used on real life products.

I  enjoyed this project, because it forced me to really expand on my illustrator skills. It also allowed me to tap into my creative knowledge. I hope to learn more about Illustrator in the future.

First Actual Blog Post

I’ve thought about blogging for a while now. I really feel like I need to put my thoughts out there in some way and that I have too much locked away inside my brain to keep it there and not get some of it at least out in the world. This really isn’t necessarily for anybody else to read it’s more for me to kind of get my thoughts in order a little bit and to be able to have a kind of hobby that I can use to give a voice to myself. So I know exactly what I’m trying to say. The grammar probably won’t be that good cause I was never really good at that sort of thing and I don’t care enough to edit it in a way that matters to me. Do I think the world needs another blog? Of course not.

What I want to write about today is how I think about serving God. That is the way in which I think about it. Sometimes, I find it really difficult to love and serve God. When people talk about God they talk about having a personal relationship with God and how it is important that each person has their own personal relationship with God but I find that really hard to understand sometimes because I feel like a lot of times my spirituality is dependent on community how close I feel to God depends on how much other people push me to try to understand Him better and how much people are interested in my relationship with God. And I find it so hard when moving to a place or living in a new area without close friends to have a good relationship with God because I am not surrounded by people who push me to know God better. I have been in Spain for a little over 2 weeks now and I’m just starting to realize the depths of how not good my relationship with God is. The extent to which I’ve ignored Him and the extent to which I’ve pursued just whatever I want instead of Him. And I really think it’s because I haven’t really known people here that have pushed me to know the Lord Jesus better. It’s not all been bad I mean I’ve met people now that really are trying to do that. But 2 weeks is far too long. I really think one of the biggest problems in my life is that when it depends on me to do things with my spiritual life I try for a little bit but I’m just so inconsistent. Inconsistency I think ends up being the biggest thing in my life in terms of why I fail. I want to do things really badly but then I find that I just don’t end up doing them so that’s kind of a big  bummer. I feel like people could look at sometimes how I pray or preach in public and then look at how I live my life in private and say that I’m a faker and that I really don’t believe anything I say and I could understand where that comes from. And maybe that really is faking I’m not sure. The problem is that when I’m in public I really do mean these things. When I’m praying for the Lord to work in this generation and to have His way with me and all of that type of thing I’m not being dishonest, at least in that moment I truly want for the Lord to do those things. It’s just that when it comes to real life change is hard and sometimes I’m not even sure what I need to change. So in one sense I do think I’m fake in the sense that I talk about things but then I do not end up doing them but in another sense when I talk about stuff it’s not that my heart is in the wrong place. I do truly want to be a different person and serve the Lord better. I just need to apply that. That is my dilemma. I need to be shown how to maintain change in my life. I also need to be shown better what specifically to do because it’s easy when I think about my relationship with the Lord that it needs to improve but what exactly do I need to do? Sometimes I just don’t know.

I know this has kind of been just a series of rambles but I kind of needed to start with this. Perhaps in the future I will organize things a little better.



Logo Design Project Reflection

I have improved my original logo draft ⬇ through shape, typography, and design. The first draft is the most basic and simplistic logo ever achieved. However, the final logo is full of life and color. 🌈

I am most proud that I spent time ensuring that the lines were evenly spaced. I learned techniques on Adobe Illustrator that improved my logo, like outlining the logo and shaping the lines to fit the shape. I’m unsure if this makes me proud or not, but choosing to download a shape on http://www.thenounproject.com/ might have been the easy way out. 🤔 Despite deciding not to create the shape on my own, I still made it my own by adding color and stripes.

I am most surprised by the transformation from my rough draft to my final work. I am impressed by my ability to learn Illustrator and how to do specific tasks. I was also surprised with the difference Pinterest made in my brainstorming phase. Usually, when I look at other pictures, I can never think of my own version without wanting to copy theirs, but it definitely helped. I liked adding the logo to brand identity products, like hats and mugs. By doing this, I could actually see my logo being used on actual products. It just made more sense!


As I said before, Pinterest encouraged my creative process of beginning to come up with a design, but at first, I felt that Adobe Illustrator prevented me from creating a logo with all the bells and whistles. I thought to myself, how am I ever going to be able to transfer this from paper to digital? Despite my doubts, I was able to come up with something that represents the brand well and achieves the design objective with the basic Adobe Illustrator tools that I now know and love. I feel that I can only get better from here! 😃