A few days ago I changed the wallpaper on my desktop at work to this photo:
Please notice the little girl in the bottom right corner. Don't you just love the smile you can see in her eyes (pronounced aye-yez)? This photo is of just a few of the children I worked with during the summer of 2010. I find my heart melting and my eyes tearing up when I take the time to stop and glance at my computer screen...
They are truly some of the most beautiful children I've ever been amongst. They have so little, but love life, live it to it's fullest, and are truly happy. This got me thinking... again about what I want out of life. Below is a list of some of those things:
To do more traveling
To make a difference - locally and abroad
Spend more time in the Temple
To fall in love; true love
To live in another country
To live in another state
To be self-sufficient
To buy a new car
To have time to read a grundle of books
To have a family of my own
To know what a truly sleepless night is because a child... my child is screaming
To have about a gazillion more life changing experiences
Have 80 ka-thousand reality checks
Spend time with those I love and build better relationships with them
Feed the ducks once a month, as weather permits
Take the time to stop and think (can easily be done while feeding the ducks) :)
Fly a kit at least once a year
Go somewhere new monthly; ideally traveling, but at least to a new restaurant or park
Share the Gospel everywhere I go
Run a marathon... or at least a 1/2 marathon
Do something crazy
Smell the flowers each spring
Plant daisys at my house someday
Enjoy the sunset at least once a week
To be grateful for my blessings and show it (aka serve more!)
I guess in a nutshell these are the beginnings of some of my New Years Resolutions not necessarily for this year, but for my life. I found that as I get started with lists like this it's easy to see how much I've been blessed with. Stop and think about it, if you have the ability to read this blog (and bless those of you who do) you have a lot: an education, access to a computer, and probably a warm place to live. AND THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING!
New Years Resolutions are typically related to loosing weight/being more active, attaining "this" or "that", going somewhere, or doing something. While those are good (hence my own list of them), I challenge you, and me make it a priority to look beyond ourselves. See the world and the people therein for the potential it/they behold. I think you'll find yourself amazed.
There is a God in the Heavens! He's aware of His children (US!) and he wants us to be happy. :) Happy New Year, ya'll!
As goofy as it sounds I've missed blogging somewhat regularly. I think I think of my blog as a friend, who is a great listener. (Disclaimer to my friends to provide advice: THANK YOU!! It's greatly appreciated and I come to you cause that's what I'm in need of... whether it's what I want or not.) It's also somewhere that I can simply share experiences with all of cyberspace, which as I type that it's a little creepy... Nonetheless, I will most likely still continue to blog publicly, at least for now.
Today was the beginning of a new chapter of life. Today I began my last semester of my undergraduate work (which sounds way cooler that "my bachelors degree"... which is really all it is). Wow! I know I've shared a lot about this but, well... it's kind of a big thing for me. So, stop reading if this is disinteresting.
Haha! Suckers who stopped! That's really all I have to say about school. I actually want to share with you the best movie that I recently saw... twice... over the Christmas break... okay, so it was in two days (which NEVER happens, as I go to the movies extremly rarely... like once every two years). This movie is Tangled.
Now, normally I'm not much of a movie advertiser, but this one is worth your time. I feel like Disney really took their princess movies to a new level here. They appealed to all age-groups; the little tikes, the more mature crowd and even to an older generation. (I saw plenty of grandparents there some with little ones and others without!) Bottom line is even if you wait for it to come to the Dollar Theatre or Redbox, make a point to spend an evening with Rapunzel and the debonaire Flin Ryder.
I'm a little of this and a little of that. I LOVE to travel and see new places. I also love spending time with family, being in a classroom of kiddos, reading, being outside and laughing. Someday I hope to live where warm weather occurs more often than not. I'm a recent college graduate and am enjoying all that comes with it. I met the love of my life in 2011 and we are beyond ecstatic as we are starting this new chapter of life together.