Just a thought...

Today in my marketing class my professor asked us to list the qualities of a good relationship. The class came up with:

*Open Communication*
*Good Times*
*Similar Goals*
*Shared Experiences*

I thought to myself, "Speaking as a completely objective third party outsider with absolutely no personal interest in the matter, I'd say that is a very good list. There is just one thing missing."

Then the girl next to me whispers under her breath, it was barely audible,

"One that would last forever."

And there we have it ladies and gents, the one thing missing. I wanted reach out and hug her, and tell her a relstionship can last forever.

If we were anywhere other than class, I would have. But, I will make it a point to try to do so during the semester.

Thanks for listening to me ramble. Happy Thursday.



Tik Tok

Ok I am horrible lately about keeping up with things in my life! So prepare for the post of a lifetime...

Let's hope I can live up to the pressure.

First of all, wanna see something cool?

There I am! Yeah, that's me on a Poster at Disney! Pretty neat eh? Everyone who works at Magic Kingdom saw it every day. Haha, I'm kind of a big deal. Actually, I was a little embarrassed. Everyone I saw was like- you're the girl on the poster! Ummmmm yep that's me. Haha, still pretty cool I guess.

So New Years Eve was spent with my lovely Disney friends! We were working, but they let us at least go out and watch the fireworks! It was so neat, definitely a night to remember!

These people honestly changed my life. They are some of the best friends I have ever had, I could have never made it through those Disney months without them! We took some neat pictures on our last night taking the strollers to the Hub!

Yeah please don't laugh at the mom jeans, I know, so obnoxious. And sorry that I was too lazy to turn it sideways!

Leaving these kids was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I can't even explain the closeness I felt to them. They were my family. I spent Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, good times, bad times, happy times, sad times, first times and last times with them. Together we survived the hardest/best thing I have done in my life. They honestly changed my life! There is a quote,

"It takes a second to meet someone, a moment to love them, but a lifetime to forget them."

My life has been touched by so many. Courtney, Stacey, Colleen, Melissa, Miguel, Jeremy, KelseyLynn, Kristen, Katy, Ashley, Bob, Fern, Michelle, Moraiba, Patty, Stephanie, George, Zachary, Derek, Annii, Kyle... if I forgot anyone, I love you too. These people touched me in a way I can't explain. I love them all. In the words of Owl City, "I'm weird cause I hate goodbyes, I got misty eyes as they said farewell." And by misty eyes I mean I was bawling like the biggest baby you've ever met. So so sad. I might not have even cried so hard when Skip left (lie.).

But the leaving was bittersweet because guess who came to pick me up?! Yep, mommy and little bro (yes I still call her mommy, you have a problem with it? say it again to my face :). They picked me up and we spent a lovely day at Disney!
It was both of their first visits so it was pretty dang exciting uh?
It was the best day ever.
Also, we stayed in the All Star Movie Resort!
The Tower of Terror and Rockin Rollar Coaster were their favorties, with good reason!

Love them!! After a great day we headed out on the long adventure home. We stopped the first night in Pensacola.


I loved loved loved it, it will definitely be a vacation destination at some point in my life!

The next day we headed straight through the south.


I didn't love it. I didn't even like it. We went to New Orleans. I am glad I saw it, I'd be glad to never go back!

 Driving through Texas was the longest day of my life. But, we made it.

Now I am back in Flaggs. I have the most amazing roommates ever! I love them.

Seriously, LOVE.

They are all beautiful and amazing! They are such strong examples, they help motivate me to be a better person. They help me be strong, and they are fun as heck. Oh, it is love. Dear roomies, I heart you. Don't interrupt, rude!

The semester shouldn't be too bad. I have two marketing classes, a finance class, a history class, and a CIS class. Not to mention my favorite, my institute class- Old Testament! It's amazing.

There was a crazy huge snow storm last week, so we spent alot of time at home. It was bliss!

 It consisted of:
*Catch Phraze
*Office: seasons 1 &2
*Pearl Harbor
*All 3 HSM's
*HSM dance party
*Birthday Party
*Lot's of laughing and lots of fun!!
*Hippie Pancakes!

I love my life and friends here! Becky and I jam out to Tik Tok, Bridgette and I watch Office, Senecca and I work out... I love them all! We talk like we've been friends for years!

Also, I got to see my baby girls :)

My little princesses!

Oh how I love them!!!

So, that is life for me lately. Maybe this wasn't the post of a lifetime, but it's at least an update!

Happy almost weekend from me!


Ps. I wake up in the morning feeling like P-diddy, grab my glasses, I'm out the door I'm gonna hit this city :)
Smile like you mean it!

Freedom to run

Last night I went to the NAU sky dome to run. I didn't think much about it, I just went and began running. I ran a few laps, and then a few bleachers, then a few more laps, and a few more sets of bleachers. Over and over again.

Suddenly I realized, I was exhausted. My legs were aching. They shook violently as I walked down the stairs and felt like they were exploding with pain as I ran up.

I told myself, "Just three more."

"I can't do it!" I thought in repsonse.

Then I reminded myself how much of a mental process running is, so I told myself, "Don't think about it, just do it."

As I was running up I remembered the reason I was running in the first place. I run to keep in shape, to stay healthy, to hopefully thin out. Silly reasons, but reasons none the less. Maybe not silly, but definitely for me and nothing else. Then I thought a little deeper (yes all in the 20 seconds it took me to run up the bleachers). I remembered I am training for my race, for Ragnar.

My Ragnar team is running for a little girl, a small child who was diagnosed with leukemia. I am not sure the extent of her illness, I am not sure how limited she is. But nonetheless, her body is a fragile little thing, and she is only a child. I realized I am not just running for her, but I'm running on her behalf. I am using my physical body to do something she may never be able to do. I am pushing my body to the limit because she does the same thing every day just to stay strong enough to live a normal life. She is only a child! My physical body was blessed with the strength to be able to make it up and down those stairs. Yes it hurts, but I can do it.

I had an epiphany. We are so blessed to have funcioning bodies that move and work as they should. My body has not turned against me, it can be as strong as I am willing to push it. I run because there are others who can't. Others who long to be able to stretch their legs and move at their own pace, on their own free will. Others who would give anything to run one lap around a track. Those days when I am feeling lazy, like I just don't have the strength to run today, I want to remind myself how blessed I am to have the freedom to exercise without growing overcome with fatigue.

I can do it, and so can you! We can go outside, enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Walk to class once in a while instead of drive. Go hiking, biking. Embrace the phyical body we have been blessed with!

I found a talk by brother John S. Tanner in which he said,

"We should therefore teach our children to love their bodies, to accept them as gifts. Not that they need much instruction from adults; it is generally we who could learn from them. My toddlers, for example, often taught me about the innocent joy of the body. They loved to cavort to a song that began “I like to feel my body move …” The music invited them to run and jump and skip and hop. They often pulled me into their pure celebration of physical activity.

...My wife and I often feel a childlike joy when hiking. While climbing mountain trails, we enjoy a rich suffusion of sensory experiences. We feel our hearts pounding and muscles stretching. We touch the soft new growth on pine and fir trees and smell the spicy mountain sage and evergreen. We taste ice-cold water, tart plums, and sweet trail mix. We hear the birds and wind in the trees and gaze on glorious mountain vistas. We feel a spirit of rejoicing: “Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art!” Through such physical experiences, our spirits find peace and draw close to Heavenly Father and to each other."

Everyone has the joy of a physical body but not everyone has the joy of using it for all it's worth. Now when I push myself I love the feeling because I realize just how blessed I am to have the physical strength to do so.

This is my thought for the day, hope you are having a happy Wednesday.


P.S. Happy happy birthday to my darling and beautful sister Lacymae! I love you, Lake!



So, funny how this works, everything I talked about in my last post is exactly what I am dealing with now. Discouragement, sadness, fear, confusion, insecurity, selfconsciousness. So what to to? Take my own advice. I try?

I know, do or do not, there is no try.


"Be strong and of a good courage."

Today I went back to institute for the first time in a long time. I hadn't been missing it because I was faultering in faith, or because I didn't want to learn more. I simply was unable to go due to where I lived and my work schedule. Bad excuses, trust me I know.

While I was there I remembered how it felt be learning about uplifting things. I remembered that I did love to feel that spirit of joy that comes with studying the scriptures and learning about the gospel. I hadn't felt that in all too long. I was instantly readdicted. Hope and joy surged through my veins as I listened to the insructor talk about Joshua.


What an amazing prophet. He had faith. He was a leader. He was strong and courageous. My instructor said, "Young women, wouldn't you love to marry someone as couragous and strong as Joshua?"


"Well you can, there are many young men here who are just as strong, just as faithful." They may never be called to fight wars and lead armies, they may not ever become a prophet of the Lord, but they are faithful. They know how to follow counsel. I want me one of those boys :) And lucky for me I have found one.

Sorry, that was a random tangent. What I meant to discuss was the messege of the lesson. A message of hope, of promise.

A message of inspiration.

We read in the scriptures about how Joshua was a faithful follower of Moses, the prophet. Eventually, he was called to be one himself. When he was called, a consistent message was given to him:

"Be strong and of a good courage."

Five times he heard this message. Five times! It's a message that we can all use.

"Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." -Joshua 1:9

There are so many things to be afraid of these days. The economy, will I be able to get a job after graduation? Maybe you have a family member with a serious illness. Maybe you have a serious illness. Maybe your boyfriend hasn't called, you are worried about where the relationship is going. Maybe you don't know what you want with your future. Maybe you fear failure. Maybe you fear spiders. Maybe you can't stand the thought of ending up alone. Maybe you sit and worry and worry and fret and fret about the future, the unknown. Maybe you fear for your children. Maybe you fear for a friend. Maybe you fear for a soldier.

Maybe you fear nothing.

Maybe you lack courage. You are scared to expose your feelings to the boy you like. You feel insufficient. You don't feel pretty. Maybe you feel inferior. Maybe you lack confidence. Maybe you are insecure. Maybe you are weak. Maybe you are a slave to your addictions. Maybe you give in to temptation, you do things you know you shouldn't do. You feel embarrassed. You feel ashamed.

Maybe you feel none of these, you don't feel anything. You don't care.

Or maybe you simply want to try to very hardest to do your very best, and yet at times fall short. This is where we all fit, somehow. We are not perfect. We want to rise above, be the very best we can. Sometimes, we just aren't. This is where we should not fear. This is where we need to remember that we are not alone.

It's time to be strong and of a good courage. Do not let yourself doubt yourself. Do not fear those things that can be overcome. You will never be given a trial you are too weak to over come. There is always hope. But you have to be pro-active. You can not sit and worry. You can't give in to your fears.

You are a beautiful individual. You are loved. You are you, and that is something nobody else can be. We all have problems, we all fear.

But we must be strong, and of a good courage.

Be not afraid.

Peace and love,

Blogging for dummies.

There should be an iPhone application for that (haha lately when I think of something absurd I wish I could have I tell my mom- there should be an app. for that). The whole blog thing... I'd like to get better, but I am slowly learning over time. I'd like to learn how to change my font and how to do this and do that. But hey- it's a work in progress. One day I might become that world class blogger who has a button and people add it to their page, but for now I am slowly learning.

I've learned that patience is a virtue.

There is much on my mind but it is oh so late. I'll be back soon, don't you fret.


Rawwwrawww ah ah ah...

Today is my first day of my senior year in college.




I am back in AZ. Brrrrrrr. I miss my 90 degrees.

Really, still with the goldfish? Ewww. In the words of our president, "Change is coming."

I need to run. Ragnar in just over a month. I need to train.

Lady Gaga should consider chilling out her wardrobe, I'm just sayin'.

Have a lovely Monday all. My life starts again today. Institute. Homework. Snow. It's kind of a big deal. I'm starting to work toward my fitness goals today now that I am back on a regularish schedule. My goal today is smile all day. Maybe it can be yours too.

Rain Check

Dear blog:

I have searched for hours and have yet to find a suitable look for you. It is late and I have to work in a few hours so the next few days you will have to just represent the snack that smiles back. Yep, goldfish. Enjoy your tasty self until we meet again.

Misty Mae


Seriously with the back flip?

This one I found through twitter. I definitely follow Shawn, my favorite girl! She posted this the other day, I watched it and was absolutely astounded (you like that adjective?) by how ridicuous it was!

Seriously?! I thought there had to be some sort of camera trick or something. If that sled would have hit her, it would have ended her career!

All Apolo did was skate down the track going full speed on his skates. Um hi Apolo, nice try but your trick wasn't that cool, you are a SPEED SKATER for crying out loud. No worries though, I still love you :)

Shawn rocked, I got your back girl.