Saturday, December 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I work at Target, and one of the things that I do is cashiering. The other day, I was ringing a lady up, and I saw that she had the new Jack Johnson CD. I told her how much I liked him, and then I asked if if she was a fan. I expected her to say, no, it's for my grandson or something like that... Instead, she smiled and said "Actually, he's my nephew."
Love this song. Curious George reminds me of my little sister, Lizzie. :)
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The last week of May, I got to go to Kentucky for a wedding. Alex's older brother Kyle, was getting married. It was also my first time meeting Alex's family. They were so much fun! Stuart with his "flirty face" and Hilary catching the bouquet and then tossing it to me. Alex and his mom dancing was fun, and I heard that his dad does a pretty mean air guitar. ;) What a fun family!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
It's nice to be able to wear short sleeve shirts again... and see the sun for that matter! Yay for sunny California!
I've mostly been helping my family with their many projects and helping to care for my little sisters.
Alex visited last weekend and met the family. :) That was a really neat experience to have him here. He was very sweet and made a great impression.
Well, now it's back to work!
Friday, February 26, 2010
The last few weeks I've been on a constant quest to make myself truly happy. I generally try to be a happy and optimistic person... but I also know life isn't perfect. I've tried all kinds of things, and recently, I always feel like there's a little something missing. However, for the longest time, I couldn't put my finger on what it was.
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."
Sunshine and warm weather
Good songs on the radio
A good book
Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream
"Miss Me" jeans
My senior sweatshirt
"10 Things I Hate About You"
Cinnamon sugar or blueberry bagels
A song with clever lyrics
"My Life is Average"
My 3 glow fish
Ted (my childhood teddy bear)
Belting the lyrics to a favorite musical
It was great to realize things that I like and that will make me momentarily happy. That got me thinking though... what about when I'm not happy? How do I make myself happy then?
Here are a few simple things to keep in mind:
You can't change a lot of things... so build a bridge and get over it! It's easier said than done (believe me, I know), but it's a lot healthier than holding on to a lot of unhappiness and negativity.
Negativity... is unattractive and unbecoming. Stay clear of it.
Mind your manners... A lot of times if we're having a bad day or something doesn't go the way we planned we take it out on people around us. This can make you look rude, but more importantly, it can ruin someone else's day.
Take a deep breath... Don't confront someone when you're angry or upset. Wait to cool off. Nine times out of ten, once you're calmed down, you'll regret the things you said and did while you were angry.
The Golden Rule... Sometimes we like to gossip or talk about others behind their backs... especially if we don't like someone or if we feel like we've been wronged. We're all guilty of this, but it doesn't make it right. If someone starts it, diffuse it by saying something nice about the person that is being talked about. Don't you hope someone would be courteous enough to do the same for you?
Mind your own bees wax.... You don't need to go looking for a reason to be angry or gossipy.
Learn from others' mistakes... Remember that time someone did or said something that tore your heart in two? Don't do it to someone else in the future; That's called being a hypocrite. We go through a lot of things so that we can be prepared to serve others in the future. Don't make the same mistakes as those who hurt you.
Give the benefit of the doubt... A lot of times there are people around us who do things that hurt our feelings. However, half the time, they aren't thinking, and years down the road you won't care anyway.
Staying happy, even when it's hard, and remembering the little things that keep us happy are both essential. However, there is one sure way of being truly happy, and I was slightly embarrassed that I hadn't thought of it before.
It's so simple that it's sometimes easy to forget...
It's not all about me... After some fasting and praying a few Sundays ago, I came to several conclusions about what I was missing. I was focusing on what made me happy...what made me feel good... what made me look good... I'd forgotten what I had been counciled by a wise friend to do... to go forth with great love and joy in my soul... to serve others.
The key to happiness isn't about my favorite flavor of jolly rancher or if the sun is shining today. Though those are nice things, there's is so much more to it. It's about how I used my day. It needs to be about blessing the lives of others. The thing that was missing was service.
In Matthew 10:39 it says: "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it."
These videos are from the "Mormon Messages" YouTube site, and they are great reminders of what we need to be doing.
I've found that my quest is ongoing and that I will seek many things throughout my life. However, I feel blessed with the knowledge that true happiness can only come through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and by following his council:
"As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." -John 15:9-12
I don't know about you, but starting tomorrow I'm going to "wake up, and do something more." :)
Friday, February 19, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
"Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family."
Since I was about fourteen, I have made a list of resolutions, and I carefully post each list on the bulletin board in my bedroom. A small stack has accumulated over the years. This year, I decided to reflect on the last several years rather than just 2009. Several examples of past resolutions include: "Be on time to everything (FYI Seminary.)" "Be the kind of friend/companion I want to have." "Try new things." "Delete my myspace." "Listen and learn more from Mom and Dad."
Where there is a will, there is a way! This year, I made my usual list of ten resolutions. However, I am not going to try and tackle them all at once. Each is a stepping stone to one large goal or motto that I want to keep. One of my favorite quotes is one by the Prophet Thomas S. Monson, and it reads:
"Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family."This simple quote embodies all that I wish to accomplish this year. With joy, love, and an optimistic outlook, who is there to stop me? NO ONE!
BRING IT ON 2010!!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Sometimes our closest friends are the ones that hurt us the most. They have the most power over us of any of our other friends. Letting someone in is hard to do. Watching them run out is even harder. However, when a bad situation arises, we need to learn from it. Pick ourselves back up and try to stand; Even when all you want to do is fall back to the floor. Let the wound heal, and meet other people. Most importantly, let it go. Forgive the wrong. Someday, when the time is right, they'll remember what they did. Maybe you'll be friends again... maybe not. Either way, you get what you take from it. So, take away a lesson in life and a learning experience.
In order to do this, maybe it's just time to pray about it. The Holy Spirit is the way to gain closure. The Spirit can give you closure when you are in your darkest hour.
He's a great friend.
Though these experiences are hard, and it seems like you might not ever get over them you will. These experiences make us who we are and shape our personalities. They give you gifts. Gifts range from compassion, empathy, knowledge, a listening ear, maturity, charity, and many others. Everyone gains unique insights and gifts.
So, if you're having a hard time, pray for strength and look for the silver linings. There's always at least one.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
"I think I have a problem. I think I'm addicted to chocolate..."
She said in a very joking manner: "I'm so proud of you... you're admitting you have problem."
After this my youngest sibling pipes in and says "Congratulations, Kate!!"
Congratulations to me...