Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I feel like I should do something epic to celebrate,
but I think I'll do something celebratory to celebrate.
I was inspired by this fabulous video (I'm on a total video kick recently...weird)...
...to create a list of 100 things I am thankful for. 100 posts, 100 ways to be thankful. get it?
1. The Atonement of Jesus Christ
2. My eternal family
4. The scriptures
5. A living prophet
6. Good health
10. Crunchy leaves and the colors of fall
11. Nieces and nephews
12. The start of a new season
13. a warm bed
15. Opportunities to travel, learn and grow
16. Post-it notes
18. Piano (the ability to play and listening to talented people)
20. Cell phone
21. My laptop
22. Technology in general
23. Airplanes and the ability to go home when I need to
30. Endorphins from exercising
31. Bargain shopping
32. Small children
33. Smiles from strangers
34. Conference issue of the Ensign
35. Living in a free country
36. Great professors and friends in the PR program
39. Ovens and microwaves
40. My heritage
43. Toast and hot chocolate
45. Personal revelation
46. Spunky Sally
47. Priesthood blessings
52. People who freely share their talents
54. Harry Potter
55. My internship
56. The freshmen I get to mentor this semester
57. Tuesday devotionals
58. The Sacrament
59. Comms 402
61. Safely exploring new places
63. Missionary opportunities
64. Missionary letters
68. Automatic spell check
69. Good examples of those who have come before
71. Holidays and reasons to celebrate
72. Notes for no reason
73. Phone calls from a friend
74. Random happy texts
75. Lakes, oceans and all bodies of water
76. Trials who shape who I am
77. Being busy
78. Beautiful earth and all God has created
80. Plans for the future
84. Bulletin and white boards
87. Being able to get an education
88. Visiting and home teachers
89. Free time to curl up in a ball
90. People who dress modestly
92. People who are anxious to teach and learn
93. Fruit snacks
96. Ice cream
97. Thank you cards (writing and receiving)
99. People who do the jobs I never want to do
100. Late night chats
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I've been back for over five months now, but the time I spent there was so amazing and life changing. Today I was talking about Guate at my internship, and then I had an assignment to look through my pictures tonight. My heart hurt a bit.
I love the people and their beautiful spirit.
I wish I could visit them and tell them how much they mean to me and how their kind actions and example had such an impact on my life. I wish I could help them like they continue to help me. I wish I could go to the orphanage and see who's there and how they are doing. I wish I could play futbol with the boys and explore the jungle with Benjamin. I wish I could buy a bag of mangoes through the car window and eat it while driving through the mountains. I wish I could ride on a chicken bus. But more than anything, I wish the best for those beautiful, Christ-like people.
Soy chapina, pero solomente un pocito.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
The home opener was last night, and it felt so good to be back in the MC with the team.
welcome back, Jimmer, Jackson and Charles. I'm excited to spend the next few months with you.
and we won. it felt great.
loved that coach rose was back after a hard summer, loved that michael loyd jr is playing this year, but didn't love the new beyonce intro song. really?
but r.i.p. lee. you will be missed.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I learned so much at conference and loved meeting new people and seeing how other chapters work. I promise we went to all of conference every day, but pictures of the non-conference are more fun.
warning: lots of pictures. some stolen from kevin. its the only way to truly see san diego. also, not in order
Most of the BYU crowd after the awards dinner. Love BYU and our modest dresses, but not so much the gross food at the dinner.
We had a few hours between the end of conference and our flight back to Utah on the last day, so we rented this surrey and cruised up and down the bay, on the boardwalk, listening to the beach boys. It was perfect.Taking a break from our group biking.
I love San Diego!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
technical difficulties: check, but overcome
amazing audience response: double check. it was great!
workshops, breakout sessions, san diego exploration, temple trip, glee parties. oh yes.
I love San Diego!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
for the PRSSA National Conference.
It couldn't come at a better time.
I am in major need of a break, and I think some sunshine, presenting and public relations are just what the doctor ordered.
I can't wait to meet new people, explore a new city, and be a PR nerd with 1000 other people for the weekend.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
this weeks goals include:
5 servings of fruits and vegetables
daily scripture study
and this is just the warm-up. we're kicking it into gear for week 2.
this is our "before" picture...taken on sunday, the 1st of november. Hopefully, you'll see us all with a healthy, vibrant glow at the end of the month.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
On Friday, I spent two hours with one of the freshman I mentor, planning her winter semester schedule. It was great. It filled the void of not planning my own winter schedule. Plus her wonderful company and heartfelt thanks made it time well spent.
I got to see my new niece for the first time and show her off to everyone I know. She is the cutest small child I have ever seen. Welcome to the world, Amy Catalina. (9lbs, 1 oz...good job, Janice. I'm impressed at your birthing abilities).
Listening to Christmas music all the way to Draper and back. I'm so ready for Christmas.
Getting ready with my wonderful roommates, going to the stake Halloween party and dancing so hard my toga fell off. (not to worry, there were layer underneath)
I woke up early on Saturday to the most beautiful morning and baked while enjoying a peaceful view of Mt. Timp out the kitchen window. The baked goods went to a Guatemala breakfast, so even better.
Studying on the grass outside, freshman-style, to enjoy the beautiful fall afternoon. Way to go out in style, October.
Rocking out to "The Monster Mash" whilst driving to Kylie's house for Halloween movies. I have the best roommates.