Monday, August 25, 2014

Bucket List Recap.

School starts tomorrow ( what the heck?!?!?!) so I guess it is time to recap my Summer Bucket List.

- go to the zoo

- go to antelope island

- write more letters/write a missionary every week

- go out to eat by myself

(if someone wants to throw me a surprise party I would not be mad, hint hint)

- cook at least three recipes from my pintrest board
 (and cook something every week)

- take my dog on lots of walks

- have another "fancy friday"

- make some sort of craft project

- go on a road trip

- movie marathon

- do a photo a day project

- go to a Bee's game

- go "unplugged" at least one day a week

- talk to a new person every week

- go to a yoga class

(and visit 3 new temples)

- play lots of tennis

I accomplished a decent amount of things on my bucket list. If I finished the thing then I crossed it out and added a link to where I blogged about it (or something relating to it). While I was doing these things I thought I had accomplished way more of these than I actually did. I guess I will just have to make a fall bucket list to complete the rest of them. 

But lets be honest, the only thing that is on my fall bucket list is to not fail Biostatistics. 

Wish me luck....I am going to need it.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


First of all, read this book (#GIRLBOSS) and then we will have a discussion about it....

Ok, so you read it? Good. Now lets talk.

I really enjoyed it. For those of you that didn't read it in the space I allowed I will give you a small recap. The author is the CEO and founder of the online shopping site Nasty Gal. Now I don't shop at that store but I can still enjoy a book written by the founder. The book basically chronicles how she made a multimillion dollar business starting from an ebay shop for vintage clothing. Throughout the book she just gives advice about working hard and how to be successful in business by becoming a #GIRLBOSS. 

I thought she had some really great advice and some of it I will definitely take. But the best piece of advice had little to do with business and mostly to do with life. She says...

"Surround yourself with people who are engaged, honest, and confident enough on their own quest to support you on yours. There is no time for losers."

Now I do not think anyone in my life is a loser and I have surrounded myself with pretty good people but I wonder if people can say that same thing about me. Am I doing well enough at focusing on my own quest that I can support other on their's? I think the only way you can be totally supportive of others successes is if you are having your own successes and if you are not jealous of them.

I will admit that at some times I have been incredibly jealous of other people's lives. They seem to be getting all the things that I want to have and their lives are just going swimmingly. So you can't help but be jealous, right?

Wrong, you don't have to be jealous of other people. You just need to view your own life with a different perspective. You need to try and see yourself how others see you and see how well you are doing on your own quest. 

Everyone's life takes a different path. If everyone was doing the same thing at the same time that would be no fun. We all need different things at different times. When we realize this and work on making our own quest great and our own life spectacular we will be able to be more supportive of others. Once we can honestly support others and be happy for them then we are able to do the more important work of making other people's lives spectacular. 

Now I don't know about you but I am off to become more engaged in my own quest so that I can be more of a help to others on their way. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Well last weekend this happened. 

That's right, I went backpacking. If you know me at all then you will know that backpacking is something I said I would never do. But yet, it was done. 

We hiked up to Lake Blanche and spent the night sleeping on a rock. So that was fun. 

(thats the tarp we slept on, oh I didn't mention that we didn't even have a tent?)

I won't sugarcoat this at all. The hiking was awful. It may seem like I go on a bunch of hikes but I go on the easiest ones I can find and I usually go alone so I can go as slow as I want. That was not the case with this one. It was longer than I was anticipating and way more difficult. 

But I only cried once while hiking. So that's a bonus. And also really embarrassing for me to admit, but whatever. 

At least the destination was pretty.

And I guess the company was decent...

(maybe the worst picture ever of me but the only one documenting our whole group)

But I did get a pop tart so no complaints there. 

So all in all, backpacking is definitely not my new favorite activity but it all worked out for the best and I am glad I went. But my bed really missed me so I don't think I will be leaving it anytime soon. 

Oh and I got some super awesome flowers. #notmad

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tour of Utah.

Now you may not guess it but I actually really enjoy professional cycling. And by that I mean that I really enjoy watching other people ride their bikes professionally. The only thing I want to do professionally is eat cookies. 

We are super lucky here in Utah because we get to have the Tour of Utah here every August. It is apparently one of the harder stage races out there. We always like to go watch at least part of one stage and this year may have been one of the best. 

We drove part way up Little Cottonwood Canyon and parked at a pretty steep part so we could see the riders go by at a reasonable pace. They are already gone up like two canyons that day so we thought maybe they would be tired and slow but that definitely wasn't the case. 

As you can tell, we all seemed super excited to be there. 

Despite our expressions we were actually having a good time. And it got even better when we saw the first cyclists.

I may be one of the only people who knows who that guy in the red is but it is Cadel Evans. He won the Tour de France a few years ago and he is an amazing cyclist. Seeing him this close in real life was really cool. 

And look how close Spencer was to him!

After this first group passed the rest of the riders kept coming in small little groups until the pelaton caught up. 

Maybe I am just a dork but this was really exciting to me. They are such amazing athletes and seeing them so close is awesome. It is even more awesome when they throw their water bottles onto the side of the road so you get a little souvenir. 

Maybe this will prove that Utah isn't as boring as people think it is, but it will probably just prove that I am more boring than people think I am haha. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


And yesterday I forgot to mention one of the best things I did this summer.


I haven't been to Lagoon in years and I was definitely missing out. 

Now I will never say that Lagoon is the best amusement park there ever was but it is pretty good for Salt Lake. They add a new ride every year and some of them are super awesome. 

It also makes the whole day more fun when Spencer agrees to take as many selfies with me as I want. 

Basically I am saying that if you get to go on rides and take selfies there is literally nothing better you can spend your Saturday doing. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Summer has definitely been good to me.

I hung out with Kyle Beckerman.

Took some selfies with my favorite dog. 

Went on lots and lots of hikes.

Finally got myself a sparkler!

Bought the best pair of shoes ever.

Sucked at archery. 

Went to way too many weddings. But loved every single one. 

And got to go to the Ogden Temple open house (it might be my new favorite temple)

Here is to filling the last two weeks of summer with everything fun!

Friday, August 8, 2014


I think it is the fact that I am starting grad school this month that is making me feel so much pressure. 

I am been filled with anxiety and stress.

I don't know what I should expect from grad school and I really don't like feeling this way. The only other time I remember feeling like this was the summer before I started college. I was terrified. And I guess it makes sense that I feel the same way now. 

I am starting something that is totally new to me. Most people try and reassure me by saying they loved their graduate school experiences and that helps a little bit. But as soon as they say they loved it they mention how much work it is going to be. 


I am already stressed out!!! Don't remind me that it is going to be a crap-load of hard work. 

But then I remind myself why I am going to grad school.

Because these people need my help. They deserve the same level of health care that I can get here in the United States. Just because they were born in a developing country doesn't mean that they should die because they can't get clean water or because they can't get the vaccination they need. 

I am nervous but my fears are nothing compared to what there precious people face on a daily basis. So I am ready to work hard so that I can do something about the injustices they face. 

When I look at these pictures I can honestly say that I am ready to work hard and I am ready to sacrifice whatever I need to so that I can thrive in school and be prepared to do what I need to do. 

These people need my help and I am going to do everything I can to make sure they get the help they need. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Wedding season is in full swing around these parts. I know of at least two people getting married every weekend for the next few weeks. But the most important wedding took place last Saturday.

My favoritest friend Austin got married. 

I am so so happy for him and Andi but I am a little sad that our friendship is changing. We have had some of the best adventures ever and I am sad for those to end.

(You can find some of our adventures here like fancy fridaycabin scaringbirthday celebrationspumpkin carving,  St. George, and best of all Las Vegas)

I am so excited for what the rest of his life holds for him and his beautiful new wife. I know they are going to have a lifetime full of great memories and hopefully I can continue to be part of that. 

But for now I will just be hanging out with my by myself and speaking in alien noises. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

So bad its good.

Sometimes you are just really grumpy and literally nothing you do will make you feel better. You have no real reason to be grumpy but you just are. You just want to lay in your bed until you feel better, but then you spend a long time laying in your bed and nothing makes you feel better. 

Then you start reading blogs because just laying in bed makes you bored in addition to your bad mood and you come across this post

It was all about which song is so bad that it puts you in a good mood. My go to song for that is usually. 

But in the post it mentioned that it should be a popular song. That made me look into the top lists on spotify and obviously I came across this.

I definitely wouldn't say this song is bad, I LOVE it. Plus it reminded me that I love Adam Levine. Which lead to me pulling up Maroon 5 on my ipod. 

Now I am not going to confirm anything but there is a possibility that I spent the next 30 minutes rocking out to the sweet sounds of Adam Levine. 

And who can continue being grumpy when they are listening to Adam??