Sunday, April 18

Good Thing It's Sunday

A simple phrase, commonly said in over 800 languages across the globe since the beginning of time. And we all need to hear it... you know, every once in a while.  Sometimes the most meaningful expressions of those very words are not even spoken, but said just as plainly through our actions. Today I was reminded of that.

I'm not generally a person that likes to be alone.  
There. I said it. Surprised? You shouldn't be. 
 I genuinely enjoy the company of other people, which is kind of unfortunate cause I live in a place with just one other girl.  It's weird.
And the people upstairs make the ceiling squeak. 
I really hate don't like it. At all. 

Another fun fact about me is that I 
thoroughly enjoy a good pity party.
{So if you are in need of one, I am your go-to girl}
I was doing just that when my old roommate & soul sister Julia called me up. It was not possible for her to have more perfect timing. 

Good Friends
{& sunday walks}
This girl is AWESOME. She is always thinking about other people. And not only does she think about them, but she acts on those thoughts, which makes her a miracle worker. (slash pity-party canceler)
Yep. She's THAT great.

So just remember, that when we are in the service of other people, we are in the service of our Lord. And as we serve Him, we grow closer to Him.  And the closer we are to Him, the more fully we feel of His love for us.

And that makes us happy.
And being happy is what it's all about my friends.
"Adam fell that men might be...
and men are that they might have joy"

...And finals week is to remind me 
that I'm not as smart as I think I am...
And that I should probably study harder next semester.

{oh boy}

Thursday, April 8

I'm Thinking

You are pretty great. 
There are so many people out there that would trade places with you in a heart beat. 
You are smart, and everyone loves you 
Especially me, and don't you forget it.
When your feet get tired and you want to give up,
just keep going. 
You are stronger than you know. 
Just tell yourself good things. 

And believe me, you can.
{photo taken at the great salt lake}

I have recently been intrigued and enlightened 
It's amazing, really. 
Our thoughts are powerful
we can have anything we want
we can be anything we want
just think about it
{cause it makes sense}

"When you set a goal and commit yourself to the necessary self-discipline to reach that goal, you will eliminate most of the problems in your life.  Spend your energies doing those things that will make a difference.  Then you become what you think about."

--M. Russell Ballard
{"Go For It" October 1981}

I highly suggest these books to anyone and everyone:

As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
The Master Key System by Charles Haanel

you won't be disappointed.

Thursday, April 1


I have a trip fund.  It's small, and whenever I have a spare penny, I feed it.

Thursday started out as an ordinary day--then I got a phone call from my brother.  By some miraculous stroke of luck, that little sweet-talker managed to convince my dad that letting us go to California was a good idea.  Not only that, but he also let us borrow his convertible.  I'm still trying to figure out how we got so lucky, and I can only figure that someone gave my dad captain crunch-berries for breakfast.  it's the worlds best cereal, and therefore makes it impossible to be sour with that ungodly amount of sugar in your system.  Thanks Cap'n.

So I left work early, we packed up the car, and within 2 hours of receiving this phone call, we were on the road.  The spontaneity of this trip was a beautiful thing.  We didn't have any maps, we didn't know where we were going exactly, we had no idea where we were going to stay--all we knew is that we were sunshine and beach bound.

To make this easy, I'm breaking this down into our
Super Trip Top Six
Six: hanging out on the beach

We really love the beach.

Please pick your jaw up from the floor...this is my little brother.

Five: Surfing
I caught my first wave!
We went the self taught route when trying to surf for the first time.  We did pretty good!

Four: Downtown Disney

I love seeing thing street performers...they are great!
Nobody loves Disneyland more than this kid
But we didn't have enough money for a ticket to the Happiest Place on Earth
(Maybe money does buy happiness...just a little...)
Everyone at Disneyland is taking such happy pictures...we decided to do just the opposite

Three: Seeing old friends
We met up with Devon Plott, an old family friend, and he hooked us up with a place to stay and a few meals!

Two: Bamboozle

Bamboozle is probably the dumbest name I've ever heard of for a music festival, but it was easily the best one  I have ever been to.  
We met lots of good bands. Here I am with my new love Adam from Anarbor.
We went around collecting all the free things we could.  We ended up with several CD's, t-shirts, stickers, guitar picks, bags, etc. 

One: Something Corporate!!!

Ok, let me explain.  Something Corporate is one of my favorite all time bands, with lead Andrew McMahon who is one of the greatest singer/songwriters I have ever had the privilege to blast through my car stereo. (Sorry're a close second)

Andrew McMahon was diagnosed with leukemia at age 21 right after signing his second record deal, there's even a documentary made about him called Dear Jack, that I also recommend. 

Something Corporate has been broken up for five years, and they came together at the festival. To say it was simply Magical wouldn't do it justice.  You would need to find a word that encompassed Mind-Blowing, Inspirational, Crazy, Incredible... I'm afraid the English language falls a bit short. Either way, to see such a musical idol of mine up close was amazing. 


*some photos credited to my new friend sussie!

Josh and I were about three heads back from the main stage, but it was nuts with all the people clamoring to be by the stage, I could barely come up for air.  I still have bruises in odd places from the mosh pit. When you're in a crowd like that, the only way out is up.  So I had my first experience crowd surfing--and I got right up within a couple feet of the band before security grabbed me and helped me out. Below is a short compilation of the concert--you can see where I'm close, and when I'm far away... Watch it if you want, the quality isn't great, but it gives you an idea!

This was easily one of the best nights of my life!