Friday, April 29, 2011

Shopping Fever

Today was a great day for many reasons...
I mean first of all, I really wish I did what all my other friends did and woke up to watch the royal wedding live.
But I didn't. I slept. And watched the wrap up of all the important stuff. 
Best part of the day though was skyping with Ally twice. First thing in the morning she called me and she had been awake for HOURS watching the wedding stuff. I was really jealous. 
But then I came home from work, and went to the mailbox.
Look what came?!?!?!!
The earrings that I won from the giveaway at *your daily dose, such a cute blog! 

 They are beautiful, and I'm wearing them now. I've been wearing them ever sense I got them. As soon as I got the package I ran in my house, called Ally up on skype, and let her watch me open up the package. Seriously love Ally. And I love skype. Being able to talk to her and my other friends everyday face to face is making my life so much easier! I love it. 
ALSO...today I got the shopping bug. I just wanted to shop all day.
So I started out with some nail polish...
(Dark-ish blue, dark purple, and turquoise)
I clearly had to get three, they were buy 2 get one free. Couldn't pass it up.

Then I went to Lifetime gym, bought myself a membership. I'm hoping that'll motivate me to go sense I'm paying for it every month. HOPING.

Next was dress shopping at the Gap for a dress to wear to my best friends wedding next weekend.
This is what I found, and purchased.
It was originally $64.95.
It was on sale for $13.99
I got it for $11.89 because I opened up a Gap card.
HOLLLAAAA.

Last was a little stop at American Eagle.
And I fell in love with this outfit.
But it took all of my effort to walk away from it because it was a little expensive.
But I will be keeping my eye out for coupons or sales!!!

Well I better head to bed now, I'm so exhausted. I just want to say thank you to all you loyal readers! You are the best followers I could ever ask for! And I'm grateful for each and everyone of you!

Oh and p.s....my Texas twang is starting to come out the more that I am here. Sometimes I just laugh at myself because I think it sounds kinda funny. K that''s it for now Y'all. GOODNIGHT!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Music Madness Among Other Things...

So if there is one thing you should know about me, it's that I love music.
I am that person that will sing along to every single song that I know, or that will bust
out into song whenever someone says something that reminds me of a song. 
I'll get a song stuck in my head, and just sing it out loud all day until it stuck in everyone else's head too.
I love music.
I secretly love to sing along to whatever is playing. 
And when I'm in my house alone in the mornings getting ready for work, the music is up loud, and I am singing even louder. I wonder if my neighbors can hear me?
So tonight I would like to share with y'all some songs that I just have been loving as of lately. 
Enjoy. Or not. It's up to you.

OK there is so much more but I'm so tired, and need to go to bed.
One last thing, yesterday was Administrative Assistant Day. So at work, we all got gifts from the doctor that I work for, because we are all Chiropractic Assistants. I opened up my well wrapped gift to find this book...
It's got over 700 pages in it. It goes over the "natural" kind of treatments for pretty much any disease or ailment that you could ever think of. I know it seems dumb, but it's actually kind of cool. And hello, I work doing nutrition and natural healing kind of things, so don't be surprised if I become one of those health freaks. I've already cut out sugar and caffeine. It's freaky. We'll see how long this lasts.  

Ok one more one last thing. 

Need I say more?
This phrase is getting me through life everyday.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Things That Matter Most

Right now I have a killer migraine. I've had it all day, and I'm beginning to think the only way I can kick this mean sucker is to just go to bed early and get a good nights sleep.

But I did want to share something that I've been thinking about lately. I've found that ever sense I've been home, life has been rushed and crazy. I have been so busy doing this and that, and it's been difficult for me to find balance or relaxation. I've been getting these stress headaches from life at home, life at work, and everything in-between. So yesterday I was looking on this website for something inspirational to read before bed. I came across this talk, one of my favorites. It seemed to give me the perfect advice that I needed at that moment.

" If life and it's rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, then perhaps now is a good time to refocus on what matters most.
 Strength comes not from frantic activity but from being settled on a firm foundation of truth and light. It comes from placing our attention and efforts on the basics of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It comes from paying attention to the divine things that matter most.
 Let us simplify our lives a little. Let us make the changes necessary to refocus our lives on the sublime beauty of the simple, humble path of Christian discipleship-the path that leads always toward a life of meaning, gladness, and peace."

I've heard this talk before, and I've heard a devotional or two at school that talked about this very concept. Remembering the things that matter most. So why is it that I am always loosing track of the things that matter most in my life? It is so easy to get lost in our busy and chaotic lives and lose sight of the important things. It happens to me all the time. 
 
What are some things that matter most to you?

For me, my faith is on the top of the list. I need to not let my life get so busy that I forget to do the small things everyday that will help my faith grow. Also on that list would be my relationship with family members, friends, and of course myself.

So last night I decided to start working harder to refocus on the things that matter most each day, and to de-clutter my busy life so that I have some time for me, time to find balance in this crazy beautiful life. 

I challenge you all to slow down a little, and think about the things that are most important to you. Make time for those things, don't lose sight of them just because life gets a little hectic at times.

Ok. I'm done for tonight. Hope everyone has a great Wednesday! 

Monday, April 25, 2011

To Do List: Work, Skype, Smile, and Avoid Tornadoes.

 So this is what the skies have been looking like for the past few days. I snapped this picture while the tornado sirens were going off. But I wasn't the only person in the neighborhood not heeding the screaming advice coming from the sirens, every single one of my neighbors were standing outside looking up at the sky as well. I know it looks like I messed up this picture, but my house really has two parts that look the same, that's the top of my house on the very left by the way.

My days have been consisting of work all day, and when I'm not working I'm skyping. I have no idea why the next two pictures are different sizes, because I took them both the same way, oh well. The first one is of 5 friends/old roommates still up in Rexburg. Probably my favorite part of this skype session is when Anissa opened up her window to yell at Alyssa outside to come up and skype with me. The second is with Ally and her sister Maddie. Seriously so much fun.  Kelsey, I don't want you to feel left out, when we skype again, I'll get a picture of you too!


Maddie told me her sister's name is "Princess Ally", totally precious. 

Smile List for April 25th, 2011
  • Winning this giveaway.
  • Receiving random texts of love.
  • Wearing scrubs to work seriously makes me feel legit.
  • Finally getting my graduation announcements ordered.
  • Having a little bit of time to blog. I love blogging.
  • Finding good music
  • Delilah's love songs at night, haha 
  • My precious little nephew in his cute little Easter hat. K seriously isn't he the most beautiful baby ever? Yes.

Hope everyone had a great Monday!!
Thank you so much for taking time to read and follow my blog, y'all are the best!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday

I just got home from a huge Easter feast at my grandparents house. Yum!!! My grandpa seriously makes the best potato salad I've ever had. He made it just for me today because it was the first time I'd been able to attend the family dinner in a few years. So now I'm laying here on my bed super full, and all I really want to do is take a Sunday nap. Oh how I miss those 4 hour Sunday naps I used to take at school. But I just think that 7 p.m. is a little too late for one.

So what did I do this weekend? Well...I laid out at the pool on Friday, played some Frisbee golf on Saturday as well as many hours worth of skyping, and I am not ashamed to admit I saw the Justin Bieber movie for the third time. It was in the dollar theaters, so how could I not?! Judge me if you wish, I don't care.

But tonight when I got home I got online and watched this video. I got the chills, it's so awesome, so I thought I would share it with all of you. Hope you all had a great Easter and that you took time to really think about its true meaning.


Food for thought:
Tell those that you love, that you do. Don't just assume that they know.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thank you Technology

Thank you technology, for allowing me to blog right this very second. Thank you for providing a way for me to chat face to face with my friends in different states. Thank you for my car that plays music really loud as I cruise down the highway. Thank you for my camera that can take pictures to help capture memories made. Seriously technology allows us to do everything.


You know what I think one of the greatest things is
Having a full tank of gas in the car.
I filled up my little old Toyota Corolla tonight because I was below empty.
I seriously don't know how that is even possible, but I'm not complaining.
I usually don't fill it all the way up because I just hate spending money on gas, especially when gas prices are as high as they are. But tonight I found a good deal, the cheapest I'd seen today, and I just went all out and filled it all the way up. I just loved driving home with the windows rolled down, the radio blaring with me singing at the top of my lungs and the sun setting.
It was just really great.


You know what else is really awesome? The invention of Skype.
And computers having web cams and microphones. I mean seriously, technology is a life saver.
Today I got to skype with Ally, and it was awesome. Seriously made my day a million times better! I'm in need of a skype date with Kelsey asap. Seriously, these girls make my life so awesome. They always are making me smile or laugh, they are the kind of friends every person needs to have. Seriously. They are bombdotcom. I am so blessed to know them. Ally and Kelsey, I love you both so much!

You know what else I have discovered?
I love video messaging I think more than voice texting.
It's just so awesome.


These are some of my dear friends from school that I just miss oh so much. But as Ally and I discussed today, we are so grateful that we lived it up this semester and had fun every single day. We took advantage and we had the best semester ever! Now as we look back on memories we have so many great ones to look at! I miss all these people so much, but I know that we have built lasting friendships, and that is awesome.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Meeting Hudson for the First Time

Meet my handsome nephew Hudson Cates...
I'm a little in love with his beautiful eyes, and that head of hair.



Today I had the privilege to visit my little nephew today
You may remember when I last blogged about this cute little guy, read it here.
Today his mom had him dressed up in a cute little outfit, I
snagged a picture when he fell asleep.

We were with him for a little over an hour, right before he fell asleep in the position above, his eyes were wide open and we just kept staring at me. It was so sweet, melted my heart :)

He's got the most beautiful eyes and a head full of hair. He's so handsome, and he's a fighter. So is his amazing mother Brooke. She's one of the strongest women I know, and I will never stop looking up to her. Today when I cam, she told Hudson he had to stay awake to meet his Aunt Melissa. Seriously I love her, and her whole family, and I'm grateful that they have made me a part of their family.

Tonight I got a text from Hudson's grandma Terry of him sleeping again...


Smile list for 4/20/11:
  • Meeting that adorable guy up there.
  • Being reunited with his mom and grandma, my adopted sister and mother :)
  • Cooler weather
  • My awesome mom turned 50 today, and brought home 3 huge cakes.
  • Voice texts from my favorite people ever, Kelsey and Ally.
  • Blogging two days in a row.
  • Feeling sore from a 2.5 mile run last night through the forest, legit.
Feeling needed and appreciated at work today.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rain, Metaphorically and Literally

As of lately I have been going going going non stop.
I really thought that being a college graduate would bring a little more "me" time into my life, and that it would be a little less stressful than the college life.

I was wrong.

Once I started working last week, I have had zero time to just sit and chill, and not much time to blog which has been killing me! I am so behind! Training at work has been nice, but it's also extremely exhausting. I come home every day completely drained of all energy. But that's ok, I know soon I will get the hang of things and hopefully it won't be as stressful. ALSO...my lovely 1990 Toyota corolla has been giving me some serious issues. After way too many trips to the local automobile part store, and more money than wanted spent fixing it up, as of this morning it is ready to drive safely and legally. Haha.

Today at work, we got a random hail storm. The tornado sirens started going off, and there was golf ball size hail falling from the sky. This is the second hail storm we've had this week. I think hail is freaky. Especially when it's 90 degrees outside. Welcome to Texas tornado season!

One last note. I love the rain. I'm that girl that will run around and play in the rain even if I have to do it alone. This last week, in my own life, there has metaphorically been a lot of rain just a falling on down. I've found that when I try to dance in the rain of "life", things usually go a lot better for me. Like the saying goes, "If life were easy, It wouldn't be hard."-Sherry Dew. There's always something we can learn from the rain. Find out what it is for you.

One more last note. I bought my first two pieces of the Texas OPI collection! They are called "Big hair, big nails" and "Don't mess with OPI". I love them. One is orangish/coralish and the other is green. I love them. And I plan on buying more as the summer goes on because I just can't get over how funny some of the names are.

Hope everyone is doing great! To my dear Rexburg friends, I miss you more than you know! Everyday of post-college life is oh so sad to me because I am not with y'all. SO thank y'all for being the great friends that you are and I look forward to being friends for the rest of our lives!!! Love you ALL!!!!



SMILE LIST as of recently
  • Reuniting with old friends
  • Warm Texas weather
  • Rain
  • A loving Heavenly Father
  • The best friends e.v.e.r.
  • Memories
  • Memories
  • Memories
  • Video messages

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Work, Work, Work,

Let me just say the transition from the college life to real life has been interesting, but mostly very very exciting!

I am feeling better and better about being back home in Texas a little more every day. I know that I came back here for a reason, literally every little thing worked out for me. I've enjoyed spending quality time with my friends and family, and enjoying the beautiful Texas spring weather.

I'm grateful for the job I have, working in a field that actually is related to my degree. That makes me feel like the last four years of college were not a waste.

I work for a Chiropractor located 5 minutes from my house, so the commute is wonderfully short. I am working with the nutritional and wellness part of the clinic. It's only day 2 and I have learned so much. I am a bit overwhelmed because, well, training at any job is a little overwhelming at first. But I am feeling motivated to learn quickly and get the hang of everything. I am working full time, and one of my favorite parts is that I get to wear scrubs to work everyday!!! How awesome is that? It makes me feel legit.

I am also really lucky that I get to work with my best friend Aubrey, and that I am good friends with all of my other coworkers as well. It makes being at work fun and social as well as educational.

Well...my lunch break is done. Gotta head back to work. Hope you all are doing great!
Be kind to one another!!!!
XOXO

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Graduation Weekend :)

WELP.

It's been a while. I have so many thoughts I want to blog about, but I'm not sure I have the energy to write it all out. For starters, I graduated from college this last weekend, 4 days ago actually. It was an incredible experience. The whole time I had to keep asking myself "Is this real life?!", it was and still is so surreal.

The day before I graduated, my very best friend in the whole world came over with his fiancé to give me a little graduation gift. Well...I expected it to be little. They walk in with this cute little box, and I open it up, and what do I see? A brand new laptop box. I literally thought that there was something else in the box, and I just kept flipping the box over and over trying to figure out what it was. Yep. It was real. It was a computer. I stood up and said "Kelan Larkin, what is this?!", and he just smiled. The I looked at him and said "You're gonna make me cry!" I turned around and just let the tears come, and Kelan got all excited and said "Yes...mission accomplished." Seriously, best friends ever. I am still in shock.

And then they came to my graduation and made me feel all sorts of special.

The whole week leading up to graduation was an emotional one for me, I seriously could cry on demand.

As I started to unpack my room, and take down my pictures, I couldn't help but just start crying at the thought of leaving my life in Rexburg for good. It was really hard to say all my goodbyes because I made some really great friends this semester. I hate goodbyes. I always get so awkward and don't know what to say to people. I just have to try so hard to hold it together so that I don't just burst into tears. When I said goodbye to Kelsey and Ally, it was quick, but so sad for me. Those girls mean the world to me, and have quickly become some of my greatest friends.

So on graduation day, I was pretty emotional. My friend Kara came and said bye to me that morning and then I jumped in my mom's car to head to graduation. I stood in the gym in a line for a while before they had us walk into the auditorium. It still wasn't feeling real to me. But it was happening. I was standing there with all the other graduates in my cap and gown, and then it started to hit me. We then were led out of the gym to begin the walk into the ceremony. As we walked in, all of the professors were lined up along the wall and down the stair cases that we walked through, they were applauding us and giving us high fives as we walked by. It was a tender moment for me. I walked by all the health science professors that I've had over the last four years, and many of them know me, so when I walked by them they said "Congratulations Melissa!", that is when it really hit me. This was really happening.

The ceremony's were great, and the speakers were amazing. I walked across that stage, shook President Clark's hand for the last time, and finished my career at BYU-Idaho.
I got to graduate with many of my friends that I met way back in my first semester of school. Here is me with Glenna and Kelli, both girls were my roommates for many years.

That same day, my mom and I jumped in a packed full car to start the long drive back to Texas. We ended up taking the long way home because we wanted to stop in St. George and see my grandparents. So all in all it took us about 30 hours to drive all the way back, and I probably drove 97% of that. For most of the road you could see nothing but road for forever, boy am I glad to be back in the city...
.

On the way home we made a little stop at Jacob Lake, a little place up by the North Rim of the Grand Canyon that I worked at a few summers ago. I surprised one of the managers that was up there, I am really close with him and his family, they are some of my best friends. When I walked in through the door, he looked at me, and then looked at me again, totally in shock that I was there. We hugged, started talking, and then he just started crying, he said he just couldn't believe I was there.


Ok so can I just end with this? I loved being a student in the little town of Rexburg, Idaho. I had more life changing experiences there than anywhere else. And I had the amazing opportunity to meet the most incredible friends that I think I will ever have. My life was tremendously blessed because of BYU-Idaho. Like really, I can't even put into words how grateful I am for the opportunity to go there. I am the person I am today because of the last four years there. And that little town will always be a part of me.

This blog post is so long. Sorry. I'm done.
Just would like everyone to know that tomorrow is my first day of work, and I'm sure it will be blog worthy. So I'll be back.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I Never Thought This Day Would Come

HELLO BLOGGERS!!!!!
I've really missed the blogging world for the last week or so. But now I can return because...
I'M DONE WITH COLLEGE!!!!!!
I just took my last final a few hours ago, and as I walked out to look at the screen to find out my score I saw to my surprise that I had gotten an "A" and it said right next to my score.."Well Done!!!"

Wow. That small phrase was the very best way I think I could end my career at BYU-Idaho.
It really just doesn't get much better than that.

To all of you wonderful bloggers who wished me good luck on finals,
Thank you so very much, you are all so thoughtful!

As I walked home today from the testing center, there was a mixture of emotions going through my mind. It finally hit me that I am done with college here. Weird.
I was happy, sad, excited, shocked, and speechless...or thoughtless all at the same time. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry...it was an interesting moment.

And then all the sudden it started to snow, but it was a different kind of snow, it was like confetti snow. It was kind of cool, I felt like Rexburg was congratulating me the best way it knew how.

So what now? G-R-A-D-U-A-T-I-O-N in 3 days. No big deal.
Ok ok actually it's kind of a big deal!

My mom started the long drive from Texas yesterday and will be here on Friday! Then we will attend all of the graduation festivities, and then I will say goodbye to Rexburg for forever probably. I'll pack all my stuff in the car, and my mom and I will make the long trek back to Texas from Idaho. Ally keeps telling me that drive is awful. I'm sure she's right, but it'll be nice to have a few days of one on one time with my mom.

Since it's been a while, I'll end with my smile list for this week:
  • Riding my scooter to class for the first time this semester. Yes, my razor scooter. Got there in 4 min. Awesome.
  • Closing ward social, and being acknowledged as a graduate, and receiving a really good "100 Grand" candy bar. They said they hoped my first pay check as a graduate was a hundred grand. Wouldn't that be nice?! haha
  • Having a sleepover with a bunch of girls that go to church with me, and being able to re-live the memories of staying up all night gossiping and having sleepover kind of fun.
  • Library partied EVERY DAY and EVERY NIGHT with some of my best friends up here
  • April fools day activities with Ally and Kelsey
  • Listening to the leaders of my church give some incredible talks at conference.
  • Having the best friends anyone could ever ask for this semester.
  • Becoming a graduate of this amazing school, Brigham Young University-Idaho

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