Friday, January 31, 2014

Sunday.

This Sunday may be the most important day of my life. 

The Broncos are in the Super Bowl and I can honestly tell you that I have been waiting and hoping for this for at least 6 years (ok that sounds a little more pathetic than I wanted it to) and now it is almost here. 

My heart is palpitating just thinking about it!!!!

I gave my family a challenge to wear something Broncos colors every day and I think I am the only person who did it. How are we supposed to win if we weren't wearing orange/blue every day????

For every other game this season I had a pretty good idea what we were facing. I have been fairly familar with the opponent but this time I am not. I literally can not tell you what the Seahawks strengths are and how the Broncos will match up against them. And that leaves me so stressed out!!!!

A lot of people I have talked to say that the Broncos have a pretty good chance of winning but that just makes me even more stressed. Don't jinx them!

So really, don't tell me they will win and don't tell me they will lose. Cause either way I will just be drowning in this anxiety.

I guess all I can is Go Broncos! And if they lose then I wouldn't talk to me on Sunday...or monday....or tuesday....

Also, this song still sums up my feelings for the broncos despite the fact that Tim doesn't even play in the NFL anymore


#Gobroncos!!!!



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Follow.

I didn't watch too much of the Grammy's except obviously Beyonce and I happened to catch Kacey Mugraves performance. I had listened to her a few times on spotify but never really paid much attention. But boy, I am obsessed now!

This was the song she sang on the show and I can not get enough of it!


Now I will not be rolling any joints any time soon but I really love the message of the song.

Everyone should just do what they want. I feel like there is so much judgement going around all the time and I am sick of it. Everyone is free to make their own choices according to what they think is right. As long as you aren't hurting anyone then do what you want. In the end, you are the only person that has to live with your choices so why is it anyone else's business?

You do you and I will do me. 

Ok?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cabin.

Ok, is it just me or does being at a cabin make everything better? Because I definitely think it does. And this weekend was no exception. 

Despite the fact that this was how we had to transport our stuff


You all know how good I am at hiking/ walking in general so you can just imagine how that went. 

We basically spent the whole time playing games, sledding, eating, and playing in ice castles. I was definitely not mad about that. Except for the fact that I am really bad at games but also really competitive so it makes for a bad combo. So they just don't let me play...kidding...kind of...


Don't they look intense? Its too bad you can't hear the yelling that was going on.

Also I am not very good at sledding...lets be honest and say I am not very good at many things haha. I really wish I would have taken at least one picture of us sledding because it was out of control. We had five people and three sleds so we kept trying to find ways to make a train of sleds so we could all go at once. Let's just say that we all need to work on our physics. But by the end we had it going pretty good if I do say so myself.

After sledding we obviously needed a treat so we went behind the shed and made literal snow cones, using snow and liquid crystal light. They were potent. You had to be careful and make sure you diluted your snow cone enough or as Collin would say "I think I am going to throw up". Oh, and don't ask me why we went behind the shed, but we definitely felt like we were doing drugs...and for some of us the snow cones were kind of like drugs haha. 

That afternoon we went to the Midway Ice Castles...and I only took two pictures.



This picture is a slide/ice tunnel that we waited in line forever to go on. And it was not worth it at all. For sliding on ice it was disappointingly slow. So if you go, don't wait in line. No good.

After dinner we went back to the ice castles to see them all lit up. It was freezing cold but so pretty.



You can tell it was cold by my scarf/headwrap.


So so fun. I am pretty sure that everyone should spend all of their time at cabin because they are definitely the best places to be. Oh but make sure that there are no mice. Because I am not down with mice. But if there are no mice then you are good to go!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Technology.

Get ready because here comes a rant. 

You might not know it, but I am a HUGE Denver Broncos fan and have been for my whole life so don't you dare accuse me of being a bandwagoner. Last Sunday was a huge game for the Broncos. They were playing the Patriots and the winning team got to go to the Super Bowl and the losing team was out. The broncos lost to the patriots earlier in the year and to say I was stressed would be a serious understatement. The game started at 1 and my church also starts at 1. I chose to go to church and to watch the game once I got home. I made this decision because in the grand scheme of things going to church is more important to me than any game. I also thought that going to church would help me to be less stressed and to put the game into perspective. I planned on trying my very hardest not to think about the game while I was at church and to just focus on what was happening. But that was not the case. 

I felt like the whole three hours was a battle against the people there to avoid them telling me the score of the game. Everyone was constantly checking their phones and was always connected. A lot of them didn't even care about the game. Honestly, I feel like the whole purpose of me going to church was defeated because of the technology being used by those around me. 

Now don't get me wrong, I love all the people I go to church with but this whole experience really made me think about technology usage.  Are we letting technology infiltrate parts of our lives that are meant to be sacred and special to us?

I have been extra sensitive to technology usage since my no social media week and because my capstone class is all about health and the digital world.  This sensitivity has made me pay attention to when I am using technology and when those around me are using it. It has made me really aware that I want to be with the people I am with and I want them to be with me. How are we making the people around us feel when we act like a snapchat or instagram is more important than them?

Is checking twitter becoming more important than hearing what those around us are saying? Is looking at an instagram picture better than appreciating the beauty of the earth that is around us all the time? Is checking the score of a game more important then feeling the Spirit at church and becoming closer to our Heavenly Father? 

I am definitely not perfect at this but it is something I think is really important.  I am going to make a serious effort to be more present and to pay more attention to how my technology usage is making others feel. Technology is so wonderful but if we are not careful about our usage it can be a seriously negative force in our lives. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Juice (Part 2)

I told you that on Monday I started a juice cleanse. And let me just say that I failed.

I was feeling pretty good Monday and Tuesday. In fact, I was surprised how unhungry I felt and how much energy I had. Wednesday was good. I didn't feel so great the whole day but I felt fine...until about 5:00. Right around then I started feeling horrible. I was kind of shaking and was freezing cold. I tried sitting by the fire and drinking more juice and water but nothing was helping. So I gave in and ate some rice. 

I am kind of disappointed that I wasn't able to go the whole three days but I was starting to feel so horrible that it was kind of scary. So I ate and I wish I didn't have to but I don't really think it was an option. And anyone that calls me a cheater is no longer my friend and will get the silent treatment. 

Overall I would say that it was a good experience. I did feel really hydrated the whole time and I think that is something I should really be more conscious of. I think most of us need to drink more water than we do. I also noticed a big difference in my whole body. Everything just felt better. The hardest part was planning ahead. I had to go to school from 9-6 on Tuesday and so I really had to plan ahead and bring all the juice with me. I think it was good but I don't think I will be doing another one any time soon.

And now I am going to spend the whole weekend undoing all the good work that the cleanse did for my body by eating everything in sight. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Covers.

It is hardly ever that I like a cover better than the original of a song but I can say that this cover is a million times better than the original. And I love the original so that is really saying something.


 LOVE it!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Thoughts

So a lot of my friends have been getting engaged/married lately and I would be lying if I said that I wasn't a tiny bit jealous of them. Getting married is one of the most important things you can do in your life and I am sure they are so happy to have found someone to share their life with. That kind of stability and ability to plan the rest of your life with someone is what makes me jealous. 

But, as I was driving home from an orientation for my new research project I was extraordinarily grateful that I wasn't married. That may sound weird to some of you but it was exactly how I felt. 

Now I do not consider marriage to be something that holds people back, but I know myself well enough to know that if I was married I probably wouldn't be putting so much effort into my education and future career. I don't mean to say that I wouldn't want to have an education or a career if I was married but I know that it wouldn't be my only focus. Once I get married I intend to make my husband and future family my main priority and I am not quite sure if all the things I am doing would align with that way of thinking.

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I was telling a friend the other day that when I started college I was so sure that by the time I graduated I would be married. Now as we can see, that is not the case but I am not mad about it. I am so grateful and excited for all of the things I am doing right now and my plans for the future. I have a lot going on and sometimes it can be so stressful to me but at the same time it is wonderful and exciting. And I don't think I would be doing any of these things if I was married. 

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I hope that no one takes this as me saying that marriage is horrible and holds people back. I know so many people that tell me from personal experience that marriage is the best and I can tell you from watching my married friends that marriage truly makes people better.  And I know that I would be beyond happy if Prince Harry proposed to me tomorrow. All I am trying to say is that I excited about my life and I am happy that I have this time to be selfish and make decisions purely based on what I want to do. I am sure I would be perfectly happy and excited about life if I was married, I just think my life would be taking a different but equally thrilling track. 

So congratulations if you are married and congratulations if you are single.
Because life is just so so good no matter who you are. 

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Juice.

Ok so last week when I was social media free I was coming up with new ways to entertain myself and for some reason I decided that doing a juice fast would be a good idea. What the heck was I thinking?

I started by doing a bunch of research. And let's be honest, I got most of my information from Dr. Oz. He is like a real credible doctor right? If he was on Oprah he must be good. I thought about doing the Master Cleanse which is where you drink that nasty lemonade, syrup, cayenne pepper drink for like 10 days but I know myself and knew I would rather die than do that. So I decided that a regular juice cleanse was the one for me. 

I looked around at a few different places in salt lake but all the juice cleanses were so expensive, so I just decided that I would do my own thing. I got all the stuff I needed on Saturday and starting this morning until Thursday morning I am only drinking juice and water. So beware, I may be extremely grumpy and ornery.

I have just felt so gross and sluggish lately. I think it might be a kind of "holiday hangover". During the holidays I just eat whatever I want and I am kind of still doing it and I know that is not healthy at all. I have heard the juice cleanses help you feel more energized and just overall better. So we will just see how this goes. Hopefully it helps me as much as it is said to have helped others. 


Friday, January 17, 2014

More.

Wait, you guys thought I was done with telling you about my resolutions and the like? Oh how sorely mistaken you were...because I am not done yet.

I have one more very important resolution to share with you. 

Every day I am going to write down something that makes me happy. 

I often find myself throwing little/huge pity parties for myself and wallowing in how hard I think my life is. But honestly, I have a pretty great life and sometimes I just need to remind myself of that. I hope that by writing down a little bit of happiness every day I will be able to more easily remember how good I have it. 

So I am off to document my happiness and if you ever find yourself in need of a little pick me up just listen to this song and write down some of the things that bring you happiness. I promise you wont regret it. 


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Resolutions.

Obviously I am a little late on this whole resolutions thing. But that's because I was busy not having anything to do with the outside world for the last week so now I am ready to tell you my resolutions.

1 - Be more peaceful

I was reading over at Casey Leigh and she said that she picks one word to work on every year. I LOVED that idea and decided that my word of the year is going to be Peace. Now that may sound all hippyish to you but that is not how I intend it. I often let myself get caught up and stressed out by things that don't really matter and that I have no control over. That creates a lot of craziness and stress in my life that I just don't need. So this year, I am going to work on being calm and peaceful. Not only in an internal sense but also in an external way. I want to be someone that helps others feel more peaceful and not more stress.


Now being peaceful is kind of a broad resolution and I do better when I have something firm to actually do so two ways I am going to work on having a more peaceful life is to "unplug" at least once a week, and to keep my room clean and organized. Going a week with hardly any electronic or social media interaction really helped me to see how much I rely on it. I think that taking at least one day a week to not interact with any of those social media outlets I will be able to have more peace. 

2 - No more procrastinating!

I am the worst when it comes to procrastination. I procrastinate any and everything. It is like I think that if I don't do it right now then I will never have to do it. I have been feeling a lot of stress over my grad school applications and I know that I would not be feeling this stress if I wasn't such a bad procrastinator. So I need to kick this awful habit. This past semester I was actually able to work hard and get ahead in some of my classes and I can not tell you how good that felt. I hope that if I stop procrastinating then I will be less stressed and therefore have a more peaceful life. (see how all of these are connecting? pretty cool) 

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3 - Read my scriptures every morning. 

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And we consider it very important to have daily scripture study, and especially to read the Book of Mormon. Recently I have been pretty good at doing my daily scripture reading but I have been doing it at night just before I go to bed. Now this may work for some people, but it was not working for me. I think that if I read my scriptures each morning I will be able to remember what is really important and start my day off on the right foot.

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4 - Do some sort of physical activity at least 3 times a week.

Now we all know that I might be laziest person in existence, we also know how horribly "Fitness February" went last year so we are starting out smaller this year. Any sort of physical activity counts. Like for example I did a ton of snow shoveling this week so I am using that as two days of physical activity. I think that if I start small then I will actually be able to keep this resolution....but we will see. Also, I have heard that exercise reduces stress levels? So maybe it will make me more peaceful?

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I really hope I am able to keep these resolutions. Having a more peaceful year is something I feel really strongly about and I know will improve my life. Anyone have any other suggestions on how to have a more peaceful life?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Recap.

Let's start by saying that I cheated. I wrote blog posts, I read blogs, I found new blogs to follow, I commented on blogs, I subscribed to like a million new websites, cleared out old drafts, and I made a new blog (well posted on my new blog). And I do not regret one second of it. I think not using social media and having more down time gave me a little more creativity and a little more inspiration about what I want to do with this little blog land of mine. So there you have it, I am a cheater and I am proud of it.

But besides that I did not check twitter, instagram, pintrest, or facebook and I was pretty proud of that. So let me tell you how my week of no social media went.

Sunday was rough. Well Sunday morning was rough. My church changed times with the new year and that means I didn't have anywhere to be or anything to do until 1. That whole morning was just a test of my ability to find ways to occupy my self. And let's just say it didn't go very well.

Monday was probably the most productive day of my life. I didn't have anything planned and by 3:30 I had run all the errands I had put off for weeks, deep cleaned my room, started selling some books on ebay, got prepared for school, and got caught up on some emails. It was amazing to see how much I was able to get done without my usual distractions.

Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty awful. I just felt so bored and like useless. Which I realize is a little sad that I felt useless without using social media. I think that feeling kind of put things into perspective and made the rest of the week a little better.

By Thursday I realized that if I really spent this much time thinking about social media then I needed to do some more productive things with my life. Someone told me I needed to get a hobby but they said it in a rude way so they get no credit for this revelation. I wouldn't say that I got a new hobby but I did come up with a few things that should help fill my time more productively. Now I know it is rude to not tell you what they are right now but I hope to have made some progress in the next few weeks and then I can update you on them.

The weekend was lovely. I really only felt myself missing twitter during sporting events because I love to see what other people are tweeting about the game I am watching. But it wasn't all that bad. And honestly by Sunday night I was kind of dreading redownloading all my apps. I was dreading it because I knew that I would want to try and catch up on what I missed and that seemed like a daunting task for me. I also wasn't ready to have all the pressure back on me. It kind of felt like I was in my own little world and I liked that. I liked that this week was all about me and not really about other people (does that sound self-centered?).

All in all I would say it was a good week. My lovely friend Courtney did it with me, although she checked her accounts once a day instead of never. So maybe that is something I will start doing? And maybe if we are lucky she will write a blog post about how it went (hint hint).

Well now I am off to soak in all the celeb news, tweets, and instas I can. Because lets be honest, it was the Golden Globes last night and I am DYING to see what everyone wore!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Vegas!

When Austin suggested that we go to Vegas for New Years since we were already in St George, this was obviously my reaction.


YOLO!

For real though, we had the best time!


We started at a super classy gas station, found the perfect casino for me, and just wandered down the strip.



After wandering around for a while we found a spot in front of Planet Hollywood to hang out until midnight. Let me be very honest here, I am pretty sure I saw every weird person on the earth. It was the funniest thing ever to see how crazy some people are. If there was any way to describe all of the outfits I saw I would but I don't think anyone would even believe me. They were that outrageous. But we obviously made some new friends.



The countdown to midnight was pure adrenaline.There was so much energy it was out of control. There were fireworks set off from 5 of the hotels on the strip and it was AMAZING!


Now, let me tell you that there were approximately one million people on the streets. Most of the time it was body to body everywhere we went but as we were leaving it was worse than any other time. There was a bottleneck in the road and we were literally at a dead stop. When the crowd started moving you just had to hope that it was moving in the direction you wanted to be going because there was no way to get out of it. We were packed in so tight that I think I could have picked up my feet and the people around me would have just carried me. It was pure chaos.

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(I hope this video works because it is priceless)

Also we walked past a sparkly McDonald's, so you know I wasn't mad.


We had the best time and I am so glad we went. It was a long drive and a miracle that we stayed awake all the way home but so so worth it. So much fun and I would do it again in a heart beat.


I hope everyone else had a wonderful New Years Eve and that 2014 is so so good to you!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

St George.

Don't worry, I haven't already given up on goal of no blogging this week, I wrote this last week and set it to publish today. I am not giving up that easily.

I spent the past week in St George with Austin and his family. As soon as he asked me if I wanted to go, there was no hesitation. The warmth of St George was exactly what I needed. 



These pictures might not seem significant but the fact that you could actually see and feel the sun was amazing to me. I am so sick of this winter and it really just started.

Let me first say that Austin is seriously the best uncle ever. Little Olive and Truman are the luckiest kids on the earth.



And he's not too shabby of a gymnast either.



My favorite thing we did was go to Zion's National Park. We just did a really easy hike/walk with the kids but I could not believe how beautiful it was.




I am pretty proud of most of the pictures I took but I really can't take any credit when the surroundings are this beautiful.


And Truman was obviously the best little hiker there ever was.



Mostly all I am trying to say here is that I NEED to always be in the warmth so if anyone wants to invite me anywhere southward I am so down! 


Oh, and I actually want to go back to Zion's and go on more hikes? #whatthe

Friday, January 3, 2014

BIG.

So you may remember how last year I had a new goal for every month (well most months). I really enjoyed having a certain thing to focus on for that month and I will probably start doing that a little later in the year once I come up with specific things to work on. 

But to start off the year I am doing something BIG!

Well it seems big to me. 

For a week I am doing a fast of almost everything. Starting on Sunday (January 5th) and going until the following Monday (January 13th). I am doing no tweeting, instagramming, snapchatting, blogging, facebooking, tumbling, celebrity newsing, quizupping, buzzfeeding, or pinning. And I might cut out texting too but we will see how I feel about that. (Like how I posted links to all of my accounts on those various websites so you can follow me even though I am not doing this week? haha)

You read that list right. I am going to do none of those things.

And that is scary to me. 

Those are the things I spend the most time doing and the things that bring me some of the most entertainment in my life but I think they are distracting me from a lot of other things I should be focusing on. I also think they bring me some of my deepest unhappiness. I think moving my focus will be a good way to start off my final semester of college (!!!) and will really help me get ready for this new year. 

Is anyone brave enough to join me?

I will see you all next week and let you know how it went. And if you need to contact me I LOVE getting phone calls and emails are still acceptable. 

Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hedgehog.

Let me just tell you all about the best experience I have ever had in my life.


I don't know if you can tell by my face but I am in love with this hedgehog. 

This is Maisie's class pet cookie dough and a few weeks ago we got to keep her over the weekend. To say that everyone was obsessed with her would be an understatement.



She was at our house during the busiest weekend of my life but I am not going to lie and tell you that I spent way too much time holding this little hedgie. 

Hedgehogs are nocturnal so she spent most of her time sleeping during the day but I came home late one night and when I walked into the laundry room she was staring at me from inside the tupperware thing that she lives in. Obviously that was a sign that I NEEDED to play with her.



Look at her curled up in a little ball!!!!

I seriously sat on the floor of the laundry room for an hour at an obscenely late hour. It was kind of pathetic but at the same time it was probably the best hour of the day. 

I guess I can just sum it all up and say that I want a pet. And if it can't be a bulldog puppy then I guess a hedgehog will suffice.