Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Featured!

Hey guys!

So I'm featured over here today at a little blog called The C.R.O.W.N. Project who's goal is to support and empower women through our stories! What an awesome cause right? Well, I was honored when Cyd the founder of the project asked me to contribute so head on over and leave some love!

:)

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Cinema

There are moments in my life that I look back on and wonder if I ever really lived them or if I just watched them as I would the scene from a movie I walked in on in the middle...
Car accidents are like that. Moments that are so startling they seem unreal. Especially when the only thing you walk away with is shaking hands and the start of a sore neck.
It frightens me sometimes that my life can have such little impact on my day.
Just something to think about. 

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Brigham Young University

As of Thursday, February 23, 2012 I am a student studying a Brigham Young University.

*Insert interjection that appropriately portrays my excitement*!! When I opened the email telling me that a decision had been reached and that I was to follow a link telling me of the decision my heart all but completely stopped beating. I was watching a movie with my roommates and proceed to quietly follow the link. When I received the below letter... I burst into tears.

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What a flattering acceptance letter. I am honored and humbled to have been accepted to a school run by the Lord, such a prestigious and highly admired school. And I am now a student! This has been a dream and goal of mine ever since I was a small child, around 5 years old, and we came to visit and I found out they had a bowling alley here... ambitious I know. But as I've grown my motivation for attending has (obviously I hope) changed into a desire to receive a quality education that also incorporated the Lord into my every day life. That allowed me to be surrounded by people with my standards. My gratitude is unending and my excitement to attend is unabashed. I love this school and this city. I know, without a doubt, that, right now, Utah is where I am supposed to be.

Friday, March 02, 2012

A Forever Processes

I really love to learn. Ask anyone that knows me and they'll tell you that I want to know everything....
But really though.
But, I find it an interesting phenomenon in that the times I seem to learn the most in my life are the times I'm least eager to do what it takes to learn. When it's hard, when it hurts, when I want to just stop learning and sleep for a while. But, I've also come to find that those are the times I'm most grateful for later in life. I'm grateful that I broke my elbow because now I'm almost entirely ambidextrous. I'm grateful for people that have hurt me because they taught me that I want to be kind and never make people feel the way I've been made to feel. I'm grateful for bad hair days because it makes me appreciate when my hair decides to be awesome!
So. From that perspective, these are ALL good days, right? So what I really need to do is learn that the struggle is part of it. And appreciate the hard in the moment because it's those days that make me good.
Right?
Right.
I'm learning... and it's a forever process.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Grooming Habits

Now I don't know about you, but who doesn't like a well groomed person? Everyone wants to look good and, in turn, feel good right? I don't mind the teeth brushing in the bedroom (though flossing is VERY different) and I don't think it's bad to comb through your hair a few times before leaving your vehicle. But, this? This is another matter entirely.

I am a substitute teacher. I work a couple days a week and I generally love it. I will say though, there are some days.... oi. 
On this particular day I went in, nervous already, to the "alternative" (read- for delinquents) high school in Provo. I was teaching an all grade Art class and the only instructions online were, "See office for emergency substitute plans."

GOOD.

So, I was so  ready for the day. When I got there the "emergency lesson plan" was to have the kids make origami cranes. This was a plan that lasted all of... well depending on the kids, 5-35 min. Step by step instructions are hard for some kids. Especially when they try to read upside down. But that wasn't the hard part. After the origami I pretty much let them have a free period to do whatever art they wanted. Most slept. One kid got... suggestively mouthy and I sent him to the office. But one girl. 

Let me paint the picture for you. This girl was... for lack of a better description- a Chola. Black lipliner, extensions with poofed hair, marshmallow jacket, skinny jeans ending in spiked boots. She didn't talk much and finished her paper crane quickly. For most of the period she just sat there, but near the end, 10-15 minutes before class was over she picked her purse off the ground and opened it to take out...
a full on WEAVE. She then took out a brush and began to groom said weave. She brushed silently while I sat there, mouth agape, looking around and trying to figure out why no one else thought this was strange. No one else reacted! Apparently this was a normal free time activity! 

Either way, I didn't say anything. I figured it was harmless and significantly less destructive than other things she could have done. So I let it be and she just sat there, brushing "her" hair, and then, when the bell rang, shoved it back into her purse and left.


Strange. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New

Alright. This blog has been a lot of things as I've tried to figure out how much and what I'm comfortable sharing on this blog. But I've decided to give it another go just because I love to write. And I do love to tell a good story. So, I promise to only write when I feel so compelled, to write for nothing other than my own desire to share and to hopefully share the funny and happy moments of my life.

That is all. I'm pretty sure I can make it happen because really, with guidelines like that I could NEVER post and still be on track.