Thursday, February 24, 2011

Some Inspiration...



In all of my Health Science classes we start off the semester watching this video. In many of my classes we have been taught and trained to create things such as health and wellness programs within our communities. Last semester I even had the opportunity to create and build a health and wellness program from scratch for the city of Rexburg. It was an amazing experience. So this video has always been very inspirational for me.

I had to watch it again today, because with graduation quickly approaching and me facing the unknown, I needed some inspiration.

This video reminds me that somebody as small and insignificant as myself, can make a difference in this world. I may not think I'm very creative, but in the Lord's eyes I am, and He has faith and confidence in me, and that is all I really need.

So to those select few that read this blog
Have confidence in yourself, because YOU can change the world.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Becoming a Skilled Decision Maker.

I went to a pretty awesome Forum earlier this week. The speaker was Governor Mike Leavitt, former governor of Utah. He told us that making decisions is a process of learning and gave us ten different steps to become a skilled decision maker. And it was good for me because I ALWAYS struggle with making big decisions. Several big decisions face me at the moment, so it was helpful.
  1. Define a good outcome-define in principles, not in specifics
  2. Write it down, there is power in writing decisions out in detail
  3. Find the big gears, and they will allow you to turn the little gears.
  4. Shrink the uncertainties-examine and define them, and they will disappear
  5. Examine your biases
  6. Council with others who have experience
  7. When you start to feel frozen, make small incremental decisions
  8. Decide to decide-just do it.
  9. Have a plan-decide what to do and how to do it
  10. Spiritually confirm for decisions in spiritual and temporal life

I know I will be trying to put these ten steps to the test, and we'll see what happens.

In other news, this long weekend have been absolutely lovely. Rexburg has kind of emptied out and it's been so nice to have a relaxing quiet weekend. I've been able to catch up on lots of homework, laundry, and SLEEP!!! yay. Last night I went with some friends to watch the NBA All star Slam Dunk contest, which was pretty awesome. When it ended we went outside to leave and everything was covered in so much snow. When we had driven there just a few hours earlier everything was completely clear, and all the snow and ice had pretty much melted. WELL...it continued to snow the rest of the evening and all through the night. When I woke up at 6:45 this morning, I looked out the window and was shocked to see how much snow was outside my window. CRAZY.

Even more crazy, church started at 9:00 this morning, and at 9, I was the ONLY one in our Relief Society room. So we combined with the other R.S. and only had about 14 girls total. And then we combined all three of our Sunday school classes, I'm pretty sure there was less than 40 people in our ward that came to church today. Gotta love these holiday weekends.

Hope everyone has a nice holiday tomorrow!

Friday, February 18, 2011

I've been a little busy.

Probably my favorite class that I have ever taken here at BYU-Idaho is my practical homemaking class. I chose it as a "filler" class this semester because I just needed a few more random credits to graduate. We do 3 rotations:4 weeks each of sewing, cooking, and interior design.
I made this pillow, I am pretty proud of it.



Homework assignment #1-smoothie. Purple cow. But I used guava rather than grape..so peach cow?















Homework assignment #2- White sauce. I made southern sausage gravy over biscuits.













Homemade mac and cheese














Taco Braids. Yum.








So I've been a little busy in the kitchen, but it's been fun.
This long weekend, me and my cooking assignments will be spending some quality time together.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Why?

Why do I feel like I have writer's block, or blogging block? I just really don't know what to write.
Why do I still have NO idea where I will be living in two months? That's a problem.
Why do my roommates tease me for riding my scooter around the apartment to each of their rooms?
Why do I feel the need to sleep ALL the time?
Why do I live in a place where I consider 40 degrees to be a heavenly temperature?
Why have I lost all motivation to do anything related to school?
Why do I feel like this semester is just flying by?
Why did I justify EVERYTHING yesterday with "oh it's valentines day, it's fine."?
Why can't I sleep without sleeping spray?
Why am I craving running right now? Give me those endorphins.
Why haven't I eaten dinner yet? It's 9:18 p.m.
Why am I two weeks behind on Gossip Girl?

Who even knows.
All I know is, I should probably stop asking so many "why" questions.
So here are some things I am sure of.

I do love Rexburg, and today's epic warm weather.
I do feel so grateful for my life.
I do love Country music.
I do know that the Church is absolutely true.
I do feel super lucky to have so many amazing friends all over the place.
I do love chocolate.
I do admit to being one of those crazy prideful Texans, don't mess.
I do look forward to one day, not being single on Valentines Day.
I do realise that I am so lucky to be at this school.
I do love living right across the street from the temple.
I do love the song "My Shepherd will Supply my Need."
I do plan on going for a run immediately.
I am happy, because I really have a great life :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

R-E-S-P-E-C-T!!!

Well it sure has been quite an interesting few days...
but right now, at this exact moment I am feeling pretty awesome.
I will thank this euphoric feeling to the intense run I just went on.
3 miles....straight up running without stopping. That's a big deal for me.
Probably one of the most awesome things happened while I was just running along, my ipod dropped, and this caused it to shuffle again. Suddenly I was running to Aretha Franklin's RESPECT. Haha, it took all of my conscious effort not to bust out and sing along.

Here's a little shout out to my besties, Kelsey and Ally. Seriously, you girls...just rock.

Ally. This morning I awoke to some advice from Ally that just changed my attitude about the whole day: Just remember, "Come what may and love it". That along with her checking to see how my day was going later on just really made me feel loved and awesome. Actually, this whole week she has been such an amazing friend, constantly supporting me and making me feel better about everything. Thank you Ally, I love you.

Kelsey. I walked upstairs last night, and Kelsey immediately walked up to me and gave me a big heartfelt hug for my rough day. We always have epic library parties, like literally every day. We're such great students. Sometimes we take breaks but only for lunch in the crossroads, or free cotton candy. Today she called me to tell me a computer was open right next to her, and some girl just came and stole it as I was walking over there. I just had to laugh. Or like the time she texted me from a few computers away to tell me to check out this hilarious website when I got bored. Haha. She makes me feel loved and happy every day as well. Kelsey, I love you too!

I really am so blessed to have such kind, and genuine friends. Like I really just don't know how I'd get through this semester without them and the fun times we have together, on a daily basis.
Also, now that we have all have matching friendship bracelets, we're legit.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Weekend to Remember!

Well...it has been a while. A week actually. Way too long in the blogging world.

I really had a fantastic weekend. Everyday was just epic.

Friday. I got out of class at 12:30 and was done for the day. Ally and I decided to go to lunch because we both got out at the same time. We drove down to Idaho Falls because we were craving some Panda Express. It was such a fun little trip out of town, and Ally and I had lots of interesting conversations. Ally, let me just say that I'm so glad we became the type of friends that talk about more than just our favorite T.V. shows :)

We also needed to go visit lovely Kelsey at her new job at Albertsons, we snuck a few pictures of her in action, and tried some of the interesting samples she was passing out. Haha. She's just the cutest little sample person I've ever met.

Saturday. I got up at the crack of dawn to head down to Utah for the day with my roommates and some of our FHE brothers. We left at 6:45 a.m. and got to Provo at about 11:00. We ate at this heavenly restaurant called Tucano's. Let me just say, if you've never eaten there, you should eat there soon. It was seriously PURE BLISS. I've never been so full in my life.
After lunch we headed over to the BYU Basketball game

It was my first BYU game ever, and I will be honest and say it far exceeded my expectations. I LOVE basketball. It is my all-time favorite sport. I played it all through middle school, and most of high school. I love it. And yesterday made me miss the experiences I had with my high school basketball team. I really didn't expect this BYU game to be as exciting as it was. I've been to plenty of Dallas Mavericks games back home, and I feel that this college level game was just as, if not more exciting as the NBA games. Needless to say, I was impressed.

After the game I started the long trip back to Rexburg with my friends Adam and Mike. We stopped in Salt Lake to see my old roommate Alyssa. It was so so so fun to see her again, although I wish I could have snatched her and brought her back with me!

We kept driving, making another stop at the Lava Hot Springs in Idaho. It was pretty freezing up there, but boiling hot in the hot springs. Me and Mike and Adam relaxed there for about an hour, and then started to feel a little out of it. The hot water does things to you, makes you not feel to well. So we left at about 10 p.m. to finish the 2 hours we had left in the drive back to Rexburg. Let me just say, this day was the longest day of our lives. We all were completely exhausted, this made the rest of the drive really difficult.

In order to stay awake, we all had to sing every song on the radio, and then on a C.D. as loud as we could. I noticed the closer we got to Rexburg, the louder and more off key we started singing because we were really struggling to stay awake. I felt like I had been hit by a truck, and all I wanted to do was sleep. But for our safety, I joined in the sing along and tried to help them stay awake as well.

We finally made it back safely, and I don't think I've slept as hard as I did last night in a long time.

Sunday. Well that is today. I struggled in getting out of bed, but luckily made it to church on time. It was worth it. Church today was amazing. And I was thoroughly impressed with every one's lessons and testimonies. And now it's time for my Sunday nap. And then...SUPER BOWL!!!!

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