Sunday, January 16, 2011

untitled aka a bunch of nonsense

This is already looking like a great year. How 'bout for everyone else? I hope it's going great.

School is going great. This might be my favorite semester so far!! Well my friend Aubrie got home from her mission about a month ago (I'm sure I blogged about it somewhere) and now our roommate. I love it. I'm just grateful I know her. I can honestly say I do not like when you don't know the person that is moving in your house. It makes me nervous.

This is kind of a big picture. Sorry!

I had the opportunity to share my testimony today in sacrament on missionary work. I always get asked to do this-- "can you share you recent experience on missionary work this Sunday, Mary?" It's been three years and they still consider it recent. I'm going to admit that I'm going to be sad when they don't ask me anymore :( I seriously love the missionaries. They literally shine with the love of Christ. They are what made me know this was true-- at least give the Church the chance. I'm glad I made this choice. yay!

So I love this weather! Makes me want to go ride 4-wheelers, swim, lay out in the sun, etc,. If the weather is nice tomorrow I'm so going to do my running for the day and play outside. Maybe ride my bike, too! :) Anyone doing anything fun for the holiday?

Another random thing... has anyone watched the "shaytards" on youtube? Holy cow, it's hilarious. If you haven't, check it out. They are a family that has vlogged for everyday for over a year. It's seriously great. Click here (if you have time-- I sit here for hours watching them) watch me!

Well this is the most ridiculous blog! Sorry to put you through this! Have a great week everyone. Please do something fun.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Good things!!!

Well how does everyone like their classes this semester??

I'm actually really really excited for this semester. I'm finally taking classes that are going towards my major. Those of you who don't know what I'm majoring in (this is the fourth and LAST time I will change it) it's Family Life and Human Development with an Emphasis on Family Services. My goal is to be able to get my PhD and go into research. Observe a family; the development, how they cope with stress, trust, etc. Sound boring? Probably to you. Is it boring? Not to me.

I'm taking Family Processes and Theory and Values and Ethics in Family Services and LOVE them. Well, so far! They are upper division classes so I'm going to be taking a lot of time on those. Plus, Chemistry. My professor seems like a good teacher so far so I'm looking forward to learn more. It's my first time ever taking a Chemistry class. Wish me luck!

I have three semesters after this semester and I'll be done with my bachelors. I'll probably get my masters in Psychology and go into counseling then slowly work my way towards my PhD. Where ever life takes me I guess!

So again! How does everyone like this semester so far? I hope all is going well so far and wish you all the best of luck. I pray for you guys' success.

Now I'm going to go watch the Bachelor!

Bye! :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Believe it and be satisfied

This post is all about putting trust in the Lord. Do your part, and He'll do the rest! I know that our Heavenly Father loves us. He knows what He's doing. We may not feel like he cares when we are going through hard times and don't see any progress in our lives but He's there. I need to remember that He is ALWAYS there no matter where I'm at. I just need to put my trust in the Lord and His timetable. Why I'm posting about this? Well, at the moment I'm facing those times where we start giving up on the "L" word. I'm not living up to the Mormon expectation here people! I should have been married at 18 (nothing against those who did) and have two babies by now. My old roommate, Lindsay, shared this poem with me awhile back when I faced a discouraging time. It reads:

Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone; to have a full relationship with another, to be loved throughly and exclusively. But God said:
"No, not until you are satisfied, fulfilled, and content with being loved by me alone; with giving yourself totally and unreserved to me, to have an intensely personal and unique relationship with me alone. I love you my child. Until you discover that only in me is your satisfaction to be found, you will not be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you. You will never be united with another until you are united with me; exclusive of any desires or longings. I want you to stop planning and stop wishing. Allow me to bring that person to you. You just wait, that's all.
Don't be anxious, don't worry, don't look around at the things others have or what I have given them.Don't look at the things you think you want. You just keep looking for me, for you will miss what I have to show you. When you are ready, I'll surprise you with a love more wonderful than you would ever dream of. You see, until you are ready and until the one I have for you is ready-- I am working even this minute to have you both ready at the same time. Until you are both satisfied exclusively with me and the life I have prepared for you; you will not be able to experience the love that amplifies your relationship with me, this specific, special love.
And dear one, I want you to have this wonderful love. I want you to see in the flesh the pictures of your relationship with me, and enjoy maternally and concretely the union of beauty, perfection, and love that I offer you with myself.
Please know that I love you utterly. Believe it and be satisfied."

Ahh! Isn't that incredible? Please, girls (assuming that guys don't really do the whole blogging thing as much as we do) know that the love our Heavenly Father offers us is the most beautiful, most pure of any love we will ever know. Love Him before anything in your life. It'll bring you nothing but bliss in life. He loves you. Believe it and be satisfied.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Take it easy on the toilet paper, please!

I sure have learned a lot from "being poor." I will look back and laugh at this when I'm older and have a set career and when, of course, I'm not dirt poor. These are a few things I have learned by being poor:

Store brand will get the job done.

I now know why my parents told me to take it easy on the toilet paper. "5 squares (not literally)!"

New clothes isn't something you NEED. It's something you WANT.

7 minute showers.

Along with the showers, use a dime sized amount of Shampoo and Conditioner.

The diet I like to call, "I can't afford that" diet.

Wait till the movie is on Red Box and watch it with the same people you would go to the movies with.

Wishing you lived back in the day where they walked everywhere so you didn't have to worry about gas prices going up.

Apples to Apples is a fun activity you can do on a Friday night with friends.

When having a movie night, or whatever, you ask people to bring a treat of your own. In other words, bring something that's enough for everyone else to eat because I can't afford to buy everything.

When you look forward to ward activities because "refreshments are provided." Thank you 14th ward.

Although, I've learned lessons from being poor, I've come to realize that everything always works out at the end. There is always food on the table, enough money to buy those around the house things plus a new pair of jeans if NEEDED, and enough to go out to a movie or dinner with a good friend.

Now that we've talked about being poor, I would like to show you something that I've been dying to get (remember, I'm poor so this is a very unrealistic dream of mine at the moment)!! I'm a killer for photography. If I had a nice camera, I think I would be out all the time just taking pictures. Take a look here. Maybe I can look on eBay for a cheaper one? Yeah, maybe I will.

What things have you learned by being poor? Or those things that you STILL want but, like I said, are unrealistic dreams right now?

Till next time!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hasn't this break been so nice? At least I've enjoyed it!

Today I took the Christmas tree down. Yes, alone. I was sitting here wondering what to do with my life and looked at my center table and realized it was very dusty. So, I started dusting and ended up taking the tree down. What I do when I'm home alone gets pretty interesting. This is why I need school! I even hauled the Christmas Tree outside all by my lonesome. Good thing no one was around to see that. I tracked stupid pine needles all around my house. Jessica's birthday present came in very handy today to say the least.

Don't you just love a clean house?

Now that the Christmas Tree is down, I put a lovely sent in my candle warmer that makes me want to crack open the windows, and go play outside. I want the spring time to come. The snow can melt away for the rest of the winter season. I want flowers. Lots and lots of flowers and of course the lovely cherry blossoms that bloom on a tree right in front of my house. Oh and you can forget the smell of lilac. Why I'm on the rampage about me wanting the spring to come? Maybe because I'm dreading this coming up semester that is starting in a short few days and I already want spring break to come. VEGAS BABY! Anyone doing anything fun for Spring Break?

I have never taken a Chemistry class in my life and I chose to take it this semester. I'm freaking out- eh, nah that's an understatement! Any Chemistry majors that would like to help me? That's if I suck at it. Ya never know, maybe this is what I'm good at!

Well, it's time for me to get going!
Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful day, bloggers.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Year 2011!!

Isn't it bizarre that it's already 2011? Where did 2010 go?

As I was thinking of things I could do for my "new year's resolutions," I thought of a few that I'm going to do with no exceptions whatsoever. I'll succeed in them (hopefully)!

#1. Train for a half-marathon with my sister Lydia and Jessica!
Why I decided to do this? Why not? It's healthy and will only bring me back to the days when I used to run all time. It's going to be great and I will do it.

#2. No soda! Inspiration: Jessica Hadley! She made the same resolution last year and stuck to it!

#3. Finish the Book of Mormon all the way through (maybe more than once)! How come? President Hinkley challenged us to.

#4. More service! There's no such thing as too much service. Plus, what better way to draw closer to the Lord?

Those are the four that I have in mind right now! It's late, excuse my absent mind.

Hope everyone had a fabulous New Year's and a safe one at that!

What are your New Year resolutions?

Goodnight, all!