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Tiffany Rott

Adventures of a Storyteller

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The Promised Update

As promised, in this new year, I want to update you on what has been happening in my life in this last year. Fair warning, a lot has happened this past year and so this is a fairly long post…..

The start of the year was lovely. The MasterWorks Festival exhibited at quite a few conferences and as the Publicity Coordinator, I got to travel around the US (including a drive to Texas) and meet lots of people who are excited about the mission of MasterWorks. And then I got to re-meet quite a few of them during the Festival.

Probably the first stumble in the year was making the hard decision of whether or not to accept the offer of being the Stage Manager for the Theatre Program this summer. It took a lot of prayer and many thoughtful discussions, but I felt God leading me to accept the position, so I did. After such a smooth first few months of things flowing right into each other, this one was the first time that I paused.

Then the summer began and I can honestly say it was one of the hardest as well as the best summer I’ve had at the MasterWorks Festival. The short story is that being a part of the tech team this summer was hard, incredibly hard! Not that it was all bad! I loved being the Stage Manager. I really enjoyed working with a whole different group of people than I usually do. And I love all the students that came through. They really made being the Stage Manager a joy. But it was rough, and I don’t know when I’ve felt that emotionally and physically exhausted. During the first week of the Festival, before the Theatre Program started, I was able to be a part of the Film Acting Program and I had the best time starting to learn the art of acting on film as well as learning behind the scenes techniques. It was truly a pleasure to be a part of that group. To top it off, the film we made during that first week was selected by the Christian WorldView Film Festival to be the short film that the Film Composer applicants will compose to!

I can’t tell you how completely exhausted and just plain weary I was after the six weeks on the tech team. There are no words to describe the level of rest I needed. I was excited for my vacation and going home for three weeks! Just before I left, I found out that MasterWorks Festival had to move locations before next summer and we had to find a new office location this Fall.  Talk about throwing things off! We didn’t know where we could go. There were a lot of unknowns as I went off for my vacation with my family. I enjoyed my time with them, as always, and was excited to get back to work.

It took longer than expected, but God led us to a great new campus, Cedarville University in Ohio! I mentioned before that we are excited for this new change and can’t wait to see all that God will do in this new location!

Also, a local business man offered us a new office to use until the Festival this summer which was a huge blessing to not have to worry about where we were moving our office.

But it did mean that my job got a little tougher, a little more…intense as I made a couple of drives out to Cedarville to get pictures and information for our students to show them the beautiful new facilities that God had brought for us to use! And also as we began the process of moving our office.

Life was just finding a new normal amidst all the chaos, when, 5 weeks ago, we found out we were being asked to move out of our house. Fortunately, Grace College (the campus where we have been for the last 10 years) provided us with new housing in pretty much the same location which was a huge blessing. But because Christmas break was coming soon, we had three weeks to clean the new house, pack up the old house, pack up the old office, and move.

Again, it was a crazy time. Half the time I didn’t know if I was upright or upside down. “Do the next thing” became more than a lovely quote….it was a necessity for survival!

But then, everything was moved and I got to leave to see my family! This last week and a half I’ve had with them have been so wonderfully healing and restful. It’s given me a lot of time to reflect on what this past year has handed to me.

And, while I’d never want to relive it, I wouldn’t trade the lessons I’ve learned for anything in the world.

Lessons like:

  • It’s during the hardest times that God’s presence is the most real.
  • When God is the center of your friendships, they can survive anything with work and patience.
  • God’s greatest gifts come at all times, even in the midst of a storm.
  • Whether or not we “feel” it, God has us in the palm of His hand.

and

  • Even when we don’t know what the next thing is, God does. And He will reveal it in His perfect timing.

 

And now, a New Year dawns with

many more exciting things in store….

And I can’t wait to see what they are!!!!!!!

 

 

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We Have Home!

After almost two months, MasterWorks Festival has a new home at Cedarville University.

Watching God work in this whole process has been amazing. Sometimes hard to trust, but in the end, simply amazing.

Now we are working hard sorting out our old offices. Settling in to our new offices.

To relax and rest, I’ve finished a baby blanket (which I forgot to take pictures of…oops) and started another one.IMG_1854

And I am repainting a pink dresser I inherited a couple of months ago.IMG_1855

I’m excited to get started in our new location for MasterWorks as well as finish the projects I’ve been working on.

God knows

I’ve started using an app called First5. It’s a short devotional designed to be read first thing when you wake up. It’s designed to take about 5 minutes. The app has a built in alarm clock. So I set it for about ten minutes after my regular alarm to I have a few minutes to wake up before reading. 

It’s been a wonderful encouragement to start the day this way. Also, many of the devotionals have been exceedingly applicable on the days that I read them. 

Take today for instance: 

 
It seemed like it was meant for me as I was heading into multiple meetings today. 

Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and His reminders. 

Amen!

  

Changes Are Coming!

And not just here on my blog. (Although I do have a blog to-do list that includes changing the layout and the banner and other little things).

Side note: It is not wise to leave your blog for a big block of time, because

WordPress will change all of the background stuff

and you’ll have to relearn it.

But the big change coming up is a relocation for the MasterWorks Festival! I’m excited about this journey that God is taking us on. I won’t lie though, change is a challenge for me and this is a huge change. But I truly believe that God will use this change to bring glory to Him.

You can read the full story of our move on the MasterWorks Festival website.

So through out the next few months, be looking for organizational posts (it takes a lot of organization to move an office, a house, and a festival), crafty posts (I have two roommates who have brought the crafting-for-fun side of me out…as evidenced by the cans of paint on our living room floor), and life lesson posts (as I know God is going to be working many things through me during this process).

Adventure is out there! (And with God’s help we will find it and enjoy it.)

A New Year

Wow! It has been a really long time since I posted here.

Since my last post I’ve:

  • Won Nano!
  • Performed twice for the Second Sunday Series Concerts!
  • Had a fun Thanksgiving with my work family!
  • Attended the first conference of the year!
  • Hosted my parents for a few days’ visit!
  • Visited them in Florida for 2 glorious weeks!
  • Celebrated Christmas with 60 degree weather (and enjoyed temperatures up to 72 degrees!)
  • Visited with my sister, her husband, and their kidlets
  • Started a brand new year at work!

So much busyness! But so wonderful too!

Amidst all of the celebrations and such, I got ready for a new year. One of the gifts I received was the devotional book, Jesus Calling.  I read the first entry on January 1st and one of the verses jumped out at me….

Romans 12:2 “And fashion not yourselves like unto this world but be ye changed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God is.”

I don’t usually choose a verse of the year or anything, but for over a year now God has been laying this one on my mind:

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.”

Then after losing my niece about a year ago, I was sharing this verse with a good friend of mine and they pointed out the part of the verse that says “not to harm you” and, I tell you, I clung to that part of the verse during all the sleepless nights, all the tears, and all the incredible frustrations. I didn’t understand how all of that wasn’t harming me, but if God had said it, I had to believe it was true.

Again it became dear to me when I learned of the passing of a precious little girl I worked with in New Zealand. I grabbed that verse so hard, you could practically hear it choking.

That verse and that particular phrase sustained me through one of the hardest emotional years I’ve ever been through.

And to tell the truth it is still sustaining me today. I still have bad days, but the Lord continually brings this verse to mind.

But when I read Romans 12:2, I knew that this was the verse God was going to use for me this year. My desire is to focus on “renewing my mind” to be more intentional in becoming like Christ in my thoughts and actions.

I have a long way to go to be emotionally healed after this last year, but I feel like I’m at the point where I’ve been so broken down I can only be built back up…..And this is the way I want to build my self back up, from my heart and mind out.

Image-less

Today’s post is going to be picture-less. Not for any political statement about…..well, anything. Just because my phone died while I was at work today and my pictures are on it.

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t have much to show anyway. Since it’s NaNo season, most of what I’ve been working on outside of work has been my story scrapbook.

I’ve gotten a lot of pages done and am SO excited to actually start using it! Only 3 more days!

 

……However, being phone-less (and hence picture-less) made me think about this Friday. Twice a year, the MasterWorks Festival office has a day with the Lord. It’s a day to be alone and talk to God about whatever you need to talk to Him about. It’s an amazing day and I look forward to it each time it comes around.

How often do we get the opportunity to cut ourselves off from the world and concentrate on HIM for a whole day? I’m going to venture a guess that it’s not very often.

I am truly thankful for this day, and this year, I’ve decided to do something drastically different from what I’ve done before.

I am going dark.

Yep, no electronics for me. That means no Facebook, no internet, no phone, nothing. I’m really trying to put every distraction away so I can commune with God for the entire day.

Since my job has me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (until yesterday) almost constantly, being completely offline is going to be very strange…….but very welcome.

So if you don’t see me around on Friday, I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth.

I am having a Day With The Lord; just Him and me.

NaNoWriMo, Here I Come!

It is October 22 and that means that there are exactly 9 days before National Novel Writing Month starts. If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, I’ll tell you. It’s a challenge to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. (For more info, here’s the website)

This will be my 6th year joining in. And I love it! The community on the website is huge and you have so many people cheering you on.

One of the areas that is full of helpful people is the forums. As I was perusing them the other day, I discovered one that mentioned they were putting together their Novel Binder.

I did this for my first couple of NaNo’s, but haven’t done it in a few years. I thought it was time to change that. I actually went a step further and made a Writing Bag.

So here is my bag:

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I should mention that everything I put together in this bag were things I had around the house. This bag has been used for many different things since I bought it, but this is the most exciting thing I’ve used it for, by far.

Here is the inside of the bag:

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It’s hard to see in this picture, but I have my scrapbook box as well as my computer bag. They fit perfectly and I’m SO excited!

Now I decided to do something a little different with my novel. Instead of making a binder, I decided to make a scrapbook that I can add to and expand as the novel gets written. So here are a couple of pictures of my scrapbook:

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The outside is unassuming. I love the red color and once I know more about my novel, I’ll decorate the box to reflect that.

 

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My novel this year is based on various proverbs in the Bible, so having my Bible with me is necessary. That small notebook is perfect for keeping track of to-dos and ideas.

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Once you lift those out, you find the cover sheets for the actual scrapbook. I am in love with the fact that it’s in a box!!!!!

I had some scrapbook paper lying around from another project, so I chose some papers:

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It’s important to use as much glittered paper as possible. 😉

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Since my papers were 12X12 and my scrapbook is 8X8, I needed to put them through the chopping block.

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Now, I’m going to put all the pieces together and start planning my novel!

If you are doing NaNo, please “buddy” me! My username is: ahighcalling.

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