Monday, September 30, 2013

Brave.

Lately there have been some things going on in my life that scare me. Like really really terrify me. Some of these things scare me even more than sinkholes do, and if you know me at all then you will know sinkholes are the worst thing on the earth.

Anyways, while thinking about these things I saw these few quotes on pintrest. 

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Both of these really struck a chord with me and made me want to be brave. They made me want to say the things I need to say and do the things I need to do. If I can just get over my fear and decide what I really want then it will all work out. 

And even if it doesn't work out the way I want at least I won't have any regrets. Because I have a feeling that any pain I may feel in this moment will be better than looking back and asking "what if?". 

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In my effort to be braver, I hope that everyone else will be brave too. I know that it can be so hard especially when you feel like you might be rejected or that everything you want is hanging in the balance.
I can promise you that what might seem like a risk can turn out to be the best thing you have ever done.

So lets all be brave and not let our fear stand in the way of what we want. 

And if you need some inspiration you can listen to this song. Because it is definitely helping me to be brave.



Friday, September 27, 2013

Utes!

In case you were not aware I am pretty much obsessed with Utah football. I am in shock that I haven't posted even one thing from this season and it is already like a third of the way done.

So I know you have all been dying to see my pictures from the first few games so here they are.



There are trumpet players on other trumpet players shoulders!!!

Last week I got the chance to tour the new Utah football facility. I was so so so excited. Like never been more excited in my whole life


Rachel was kind enough to come with me and I think she was just as excited as I was.


Of course I had to involve the Broncos somehow. And speaking of the broncos they look great!


Not going to lie, the locker room kind of smelled bad...like really bad...


Sugar Bowl trophy! In case you can't read the score that says "Utah 31 Alabama 17". Yes the Utes killed the Crimson Tide and I have never been more proud of them.

Last Saturday was also the BYU game. Otherwise known as the best rivalry ever. The whole state gets into it and I stop being friends with people that cheer for BYU. This is very serious business.

But Suzie was still nice and sent me this text the day before.


But we all know that the Utes are the best. And they obviously proved it. The Utes killed it and won!!! That makes 4 years in a row! 

#halaUtah

And now I can go back to being somewhat cordial to my byu loving friends....maybe...


I think that me and Courtney's friendship is gone for life. Sorry not sorry that you chose the wrong team to like. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Quick.

I had big plans of curling up with my political science book tonight but Sica requested a post so here I am. 

And this one is especially for Sica. 

First of all I toured the University of Utah football facility and I knew I had to take this picture for her.


Then I failed and didn't take any picture of the inside of the athletic training area. She will be so disappointed in me. But I did take plenty of pictures of the rest of the facility and those will be coming soon. 

Go Utes!

I also never mentioned the amazing birthday present that Sica got me. 

You guys might not know this but I went to London on a study abroad and am now obsessed with British candy and there is nothing that will quell my love for digestives. So when I opened a box full of digestives and percy pigs I was literally the happiest person alive. If you don't know what digestives and/or percy pigs are then you are seriously missing out and I feel really sorry for you. 

Thank you thank you thank you!

I would also like to mention that someone else (who shall not be named, but you know who you are) refused to bring me my own pack of digestives when they went to Canada so it is a miracle that I am still friends with said human. 

Back to Sica, she is the best and I really really wish she didn't move to California and leave me all alone. But I guess it isn't so bad, because having someone to visit in California is never a bad thing.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Everything.

Recently I read a book called The Happiness Project. In this book the author decides she wants to actively engage in having a happier life and sets resolutions for each month of the year that will help to make her happier. I really appreciated the book and thought she had some great ideas but I don't think I will be doing my own happiness project. 

Anyways, one thing she said that really impacted me was that I can do anything I want but not everything. 

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I really really love that thought and it was something I had never considered. I seems so obvious but yet it wasn't for me. As I have said recently the whole world is basically open to me right now. I can really do anything that I want. My main problem with that is not doing everything.

I have so many opportunities and it so hard for me to turn them down. I keep hearing about these internships and trips and research projects that I want to be involved in. But I have to keep reminding myself that I can not do it all. 

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This applies to my september goal perfectly. I have been wading through endless options of what I want to do. How am I even supposed to decide between so many good things? 

I think I just have to take a step back and keep it all in perspective of where I want to end up and what will best help me to get there. And once I decide to do something I really need to commit to it. Because if I am not doing things with my whole heart and effort then I do not even want to be doing them.

 And through all of that I have to remember that I really can do anything....but not everything. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fashion Week.

Fashion Week is basically everything that is good about the world. Like really. I love it. 

I have spent way too much time this week going through all the collections and choosing what I like best. So here are some of my favorite looks.

Marc Jacobs

Oscar De La Renta

Delpozo

Jenny Packham (this whole collection is to die for)

Marc Jacobs was killing it with the sequins

Victoria Beckham.

I couldn't forget the lovely Rachel Zoe

I am addicted to Prabel Gurung and I don't care who knows it

I had never heard of Delpozo but they seriously killed it

Ralph Lauren

Zac Posen

Could Marc Jacobs finale piece be any more gorgeous?
I think Zac Posen was straight up trying to murder me with this next dress.

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And last but definitely not least, Diana Von Furstenberg made this dress especially for me and I am seriously considering buying it.

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These dresses really are almost too much for me to handle! Also the fact that I was able to narrow it down to 14 is a serious feat, I could have picked like 500.  Which one is your favorite?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Do Something


On Tuesday night I went to a screening of the documentary War Child. This is a documentary about the Sudanese refugee Emmanuel Jal. Emmanuel was involved in the Sudanese civil war as a child solider and he was rescued by a British aid worker. This aid worker helped give him a better life and he moved to the UK and has become a successful rapper. That is like the briefest summary ever. He has lived through some seriously horrific things and he still has hope that they world can become a better place. 

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I was really excited to see this documentary because I have been interning for the Utah Refugee Coalition and we working on an event to bring Emmanuel Jal to Salt Lake in March 2014. This event should be really amazing and inspiring. I could go into way more detail than is necessary but I won't. I will just tell you that you can visit this website to find out more.

http://globalcommunityut.com/

And you can watch this awesome Emmanual Jal video



Yesterday I got to go to a lecture by John Prendergast. He is a human rights activist that has done so much to help so many people. He has even worked with George Clooney so I think that makes him pretty cool. 

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Anyways, his talk was really interesting and informative. He spoke about how Africa is always portrayed as this horrible and hopeless place, and in some places it really is horrific, but in reality a lot of the countries are doing fairly well. He spoke about movies like "Blood Diamond", "The Last King of Scotland" and "Hotel Rwanda" that show the horrors of Africa but do nothing to show the progress that has been made. And there has been a lot. 

Another interesting point he made was that Africa may seem hopeless but most of these countries only recieved their indepence 50 or 60 years ago. Think about where America was 50 years after gaining its independence. We were not much better off than Africa and we had our own civil war. The only reason we think Africa is so hopeless is because we are comparing it to our current situation and we are also seeing it on the news 24/7. Lukily there were not really any news sources when America was developing itself because we were in just as bad of a state. 

Don't get me wrong, Africa still has a long way to go and Prendergast gave a list of 5 things that everyone can do to make a difference in the world.

1. Join something - get involved in an organization that you are passionate about.
2. Invite others to join - he said that the main reason most people joined charitable efforts were because their friends invited them.
3. Sponsor a sister school - education is one of the most vital resources to making these communities better and by sponsoring a school you could be impacting generations.
4. Establish a conflict-free campus - this means that you work on your college campus to help people realize where the things they are buying are coming from and learn how to stop supporting these corrupt companies.
5. Share what you know on social media. 

So here I am sharing. Both Emmanuel Jal and John Prendergast believe that we can all make a difference if we work together and I totally agree. Personally I am really passionate about helping Africa and especially some of the health crises they are facing there.  But you can get involved with any organization that makes you excited. 

So do something! And I would love to hear what kind of things you are involved with.

Oh, and if you are really wanting to do something today the Utah Refugee Coalition is sponsoring a Global Community Dialogue Series tonight where we will be discussing the Mining Conflicts in the Congo. It should be really great and informative! And I will be there so could it really be bad??



Friday, September 6, 2013

Labor Day.

So my family is kind of dorky. 


Every year on Labor Day we go to Heber to watch the Sheepdog festival. I think our fascination with this probably comes from the fact that we are OBSESSED with the movie Babe. Like we really love it and quote it all the time. 

This is what a sheepdog festival looks like.





Ok, so that looks really boring. And honestly I would not blame anyone for thinking it was boring. But we obviously not the only people who love it.


Plus I got to see my weirdo sisters doing this


And I saw this. If anyone every sees me taking a picture on an Ipad you have my full permission to punch me. Seriously, its the worst.


I hope your Labor Day was fabulous and filled with many less Ipad pictures!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Will.

Yesterday was my brother's birthday. While I am so grateful to have him in my life I am still a little bitter that he took my only childness away from me. Can you even imagine how much attention I could have if I was an only child??? (Kidding...slightly...)

Can you even believe that Will is 17??? 


You probably can because you don't even know him.

And while he took away my blissful life as an only child, let me just say, that my life would be a million times harder without him in it. 

He is one of the hardest workers I know. He is always serving those around him and he is always quick to obey our parents. Although the rest of us hate it, he really is the perfect child. And without him, Henry and I would be in charge of the chickens and we all know that would not end well.

He is insanely smart. Like really really smart. It can be supremely annoying but also really informative.

In true Will style we just had cake as a family and he even wanted to postpone it so he could go pass off some merit badges. We were all too hungry for cake to let that happen. 

At least we waited for him to open his presents.




Of course he had to test the binoculars out right away. #birdnerd


Now you can see why we didn't want to have to wait for the cake.


Happy Birthday Will!!!!




Monday, September 2, 2013

September

I guess before I jump right into September I should tell you how my August goal went.

Horribly.

Complaining is just too deeply ingrained into my life. (Which is bad, I know). Plus I went on all those hikes in Montana and I loved them but I didn't love every second of walking up the mountains. And I had a 10 hour car ride. And I had like two weeks of being a total grumpernickel (combination of grumpy and pumpernickel...I am pretty proud of it).

So there was probably more complaining than normal. And I sincerely apologize for those people who had to deal with me. I was a total pill. 

But the fact that I was a grumpernickel came from the fact that I felt totally lost and out of control with my life. I just felt really stuck with where I was and like nothing was going as planned.  All of this is more than enough to make anyone anxious and unhappy. But then I read this quote.

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Why do I constantly have to be reminded of this? Why can I not just remember that I can do whatever I want as long as I am willing to work for it??

So I decided to follow this Emerson quote, but apply it to the whole month of August instead of just a day.

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No more old nonsense for me. 

Hence a new September goal. 

I am graduating from college in May and that means I need to start planning out what my next step is going to be. I have been reading this book called "Getting from College to Career" by Lindsey Pollak and it has some really great tips. But I am not even sure what on earth my career will be. 

So my goal for September is to take meaningful action towards figuring out what I will do after I graduate. I am not sure if that will be another internship, graduate school, or jumping right into the working world. But I have some leads for all 3 and hopefully I will feel much more confident and peaceful going forward. 

Wish me luck!

And does anyone have any advice for this very inexperienced girl??