Sunday, October 30, 2011

Vacation is Necessary.

It's been a while. But life has treated me well the last few weeks. I had the amazing opportunity to go on another vacation to Rexburg Idaho to visit some much missed friends. It's weird that I keep vacationing to Rexburg. It's not a place most people in the world would put on their list of top places to go on vacation. I was able to make it vacation #3 with Ally  this year, and having three vacations with her between April and now is pretty awesome if you ask me. It was like taking a breath of fresh air being able to visit my friends up there.

Before I left for Rexburg I felt like my life was super busy, and I hadn't had any time to just sit back and relax. I remember finally getting through security at the DFW airport last Wednesday getting ready to board my flight to Salt Lake City and it was in that moment as I took my seat at the gate that it finally hit me that I was leaving on a vacation. I took a deep breath of relief and relaxation. Isn't it crazy how sometimes life is dragging us around by our busy schedules? That's how I felt. I had 5 days of no work and all play with some of my greatest friends, and it was the perfect way to spend my vacation.

While I was in Rexburg, I was reminded of the person that I became as a result of living there for four years. Living there and getting my education at Brigham Young University-Idaho changed my life for the better. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Utah, and during the four hour drive to Idaho I was overwhelmed with the memories that took place during my time up there. The person I am today is a direct reflection of the variety of experiences that took place in my life during those years. The thoughts of the many friends that came into my life up there is amazing to me, because so many of those friends are continuing to bless my life everyday. I felt a sense of humility and gratitude come over me those five days as I reflected on the memories that come whenever I visit Rexburg. I was so blessed to go to a school that helped me grow in my faith and allowed me to meet so many wonderful people who taught me what it is to be a friend. I will forever cherish the memories made there. Being there again reminded me of the person that I became at that school, and made me realize that I have become so busy with life here that I had lost sight of that person that I became there. So thank you Rexburg for helping me get back into my groove again. And thank you to my amazing friends that I got to see up there. Ally, Dan, Kara, Chanel, Blaine, Kelli, Mark, Kelan, Alyssa, Mariah, Carly, Marla, Melissa, Micheal, Scott, Gary?!, and the list goes on and on.

Onto other things. Have I mentioned that I just really love my white Iphone?! I don't think I have. I got it in June and I love it more and more everyday. It can do anything and everything. This week I downloaded a podcast of the conference sessions, a whole session at a time. I have had the amazing opportunity to listen to them as I drive around in the car everyday. I am amazed at the messages and how much I still get out of them even though I've already heard them. And I am also amazed at the technology that allows me to listen to them in my car. Also, I downloaded some workout apps that are just so cool. My Iphone makes staying in shape so much easier.

I hope everyone has an amazing week this week! Take on Monday! Happy Halloween Eve!!!

And remember. Happiness is a choice.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wordy Blog Posts=Inspiration for the Author

So I feel like I used to be somewhat decent at writing out my feelings into these blog posts. I remember several times reading over what I had written and feel like, "Yeah, that's good.". I know you all have experienced this for your own blog posts once or twice, or even every time. Well. I haven't felt that with many of my recent blog posts. I'm hoping that by the time I'm done writing this one, maybe just maybe I'll love this post and be proud to push that post button.

Maybe this will be a super wordy post, I hope you're ok with that.

So yesterday my really great friend Arianna was sealed in the temple to her husband. It was a beautiful day for a beautiful event. Arianna is my best friend Kelan's little sister. She and I grew up together and have become pretty close in these last several years. It was a special day to see her marry her husband for all eternity, I am so happy for her and her family :) They got sealed in the Dallas temple, so all of her family came to dallas for the weekend! Do you know what this means?! It means Kelan came into town!!! YAY!!! Actually the whole Larkin family was here, and it was a blast because I love every single one of them oh so much. It was truly a treat to see them all. You've all heard me talk about Kelan and Tyler lots, the three of us have been best friends for a long time. And it's not too often that we all are reunited these days. But this weekend, we finally were all together again. You know what that means!!!

It has become a tradition to retake this picture every time the three of us are together. 
The first one was taken in 2005 at Main Event while we were all at a church activity in high school.
The pose was completely random, but it was the start of something great. 
I have numerous pictures of us trying to perfect the first pose, but this one pictured second here is the only re-take picture that is actually right in the same spot we took this picture six years ago. 
How awesome is that. Also. It is so weird to think about how the last six years have changed for all three of us.
I could go on and on with that list, but I'll refrain, because it may only be exciting to me. 
The one thing that has remained the same the strong bond that holds this friendship of three together. 
I had a good chat with Kelan about this yesterday. We talked about how awesome it is to be able to trust that  even though we may not all be in the same state, or we may not talk as much as we'd like, how nice is it to know that we can trust that our friendship is solid. It's not going anywhere, and that we all care about each other so much and nothing will ever change that. Being able to actually have the trust in that is amazing. Find friends like that, because seriously they rock.

Anyways. There has been some thoughts running through my head for a while. I'm about to get all spiritual and churchy on y'all.  Ever heard the phrase, Faith without works is dead? I have. Plenty of times. Probably my whole life. But I feel it isn't until now that I'm fully starting to understand how this statement applies to my life. I have been hearing it a lot lately, in my head, at church, in every quote I see. It's like, hmm, there is probably some huge big life lesson that I'm supposed to be getting at. SO I hope you enjoy getting to hear about it. 

I've noticed myself thinking a lot lately, oh I should do this, or I should read that, or I should be better at this or that. I'm talking more about the spiritual side of my life: Personal goals, the person I want to be, the person I need to be, spiritual goals and desires, all of the above. Lots and lots of thoughts. But my personal faith is dead without action on any of these thoughts. Maybe these thoughts are there for a reason, and need to be acted upon. I know that they do actually. And I know that a huge reason that I don't act on many of these spiritual thoughts or promptings is because, well, i'll admit it, i'm super lazy. That's a terrible excuse. But I think it's safe to say that I'm not alone in this problem. Sometimes it's the smallest most simplest things I'm lazy about. But you know what they say. By small and simple things are great things brought to pass. This is so true. My entire day can be completely turned around for the better when I take the time for the small and simple spiritual endeavors.

So, like I said before, I have been hearing and reading a lot about the relationship between faith and action lately. I think it's a sign or something, haha. But in all seriousness, I do not want my faith to be dead because I was too lazy to act upon those things that can help it grow. That thought is devastating, but also very motivating to me.

The Lord has a funny way of letting us know when we need to change or when we need to act. It may be a quiet whisper into your thoughts that you brush aside for a while. But then those thoughts don't really go away, they just keep coming back. He knows us, and He knows how to get through to us. The real question is, are we willing to give up our laziness in order to build our faith by turning to Him? I hope so. I know that I have had many moments or time periods of spiritual laziness, but it is my goal and desire to put forth a greater effort to act upon inspiration and allow my faith to grow.

I know that this probably wasn't the most exciting blog post for y'all to read, but I feel like it was most helpful to me. Maybe if i'm a little lucky, someone out there will find this a tad bit inspirational.
It's late, and tomorrow is a Monday, soooo I should sleep. Have a great week everyone!!!

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