Monday, January 21, 2013


Colorado is a beautiful place! I have so many wonderful memories of visiting there and hanging out with my aunts and uncles. I haven't been back for a couple of years and my mom is there right now for my cousin's baptism. I am a little bit jealous! I am hoping to go back this summer and possibly run the Bolder Boulder!

the best parts of Colorado:

they have cliff diver shows. 

and a haunted house that scared me a lot as a kid.

St. Vrain river. It's so pretty and gorgeous there!
and my awesome extended family.

Monday, January 14, 2013

the challenges of this winter semester

1. the surreal feeling of starting my last semester of classes.

one last cheesy, blurry back to classes picture
2. the even more surreal feeling that I am going to be a student teacher in the fall.

3. waiting to hear back to see if I will get to go to Europe in the summer

4. having to go to class in -1 degree weather.

5. trying to find a new place to live but not knowing who to live with or where to look.

gratitude day 4

1. I am grateful that my Hamlet book I am reading for Humanities pretty much translates everything they say into English I can understand.

2. I am grateful that I have a religion class where I get to read so many wonderful talks from the Quorum of the 12 and the prophet.

3. I am grateful that my family taught me how to eat healthy and to love healthy food (and junk food too?)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

gratitude day 3

1. I am grateful that I have a wonderful family that has taught me to love and helped me to grow in many aspects of my life.

2. I am grateful that I have friends. Not only that, I am grateful that I have many friends that share my different interests and that I can turn to when I am in need of a particular thing. I have friends that are a lot of fun to be around, friends that help me grow spiritually, friends that I can study chemistry with, and friends that I can trust and talk to about anything.

3. I have a loving Heavenly Father. Despite feeling inadequate spiritually this week, I was reminded that my Heavenly Father loves me so much no matter what and with Him, I will be able to do it.

Friday, January 11, 2013


One of my New Year goals was to think of three things I am grateful for every day. What better place to keep track of that on my blog?

3 special things from today that I am grateful for:

1. my warm winter boots
2. having a car
3. my roommates

Monday, January 7, 2013

Receiving by the Spirit

I read a talk a couple days ago by A. Roger Merrill from the October 2006 General Conference. In it, he highlighted a series of steps to receive the impressions of the Spirit more in our lives:

1. seek. focus on the spirit.
2. feel. pay attention to spiritual feelings.
3. intend to act. spirit teaches us when we honestly intend to do something about what we learn.

I think I need to work on taking the time every day to feel the Spirit and acting on it sooner, rather than later.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

new year, new me.

Just to keep myself accountable... a list of how I want to improve over this new year.

1. go to at least one social event a week where I will have people to talk to.

2. find at least one family name to take to the temple

3. strength train at least once a week

4. take more pictures

5. don't go on facebook or pinterest on sundays

6. live in the present. enjoy every moment and not be looking ahead.

7. turn my faith into action. especially by working to be a better visiting teacher.

8. keep a gratitude journal. find at least 3 ways I have been blessed every day.

9. work on my mission statement.

10. memorize at least 10 scriptures.