Wednesday, February 17

Beautiful Disaster.... gratitude baby.

    I woke up this morning confused, upset, and grumpy. My mom even said "geesh you're grumpy today." When she said that I said, "no I'm not," in the 'I'm offended you said that' type of voice. But I was and I think it was mostly because the feelings I had weren't going away. So I was feeling sorry for myself until I went to my stress management class.
    As I am sitting in class I realized my teacher had put the words : "Joy/Gratitude/Attitude," on the board. She started telling a story about her mother and the challenges she has faced. The story was so powerful I was almost in tears.. and I really don't like crying in public (who does?). Then she described how the only  escape her mom could "run" to was the public swimming pool. You are probably think "so what?" But this is the truly amazing part. You see, her mom was crippled in many different ways but she loved to swim, even if it was only one lap. Each time she would touch the different sides of the pool she would say one thing she was grateful for.
    Our teacher described the joyful attitude her mother always had and then she challenged us the write done 50 things that we were grateful for. As I was writting I would get stumped but then things just kept flowing to me.
1. My mom
2. My grandpa
3. Sorority
4. Forgiveness
5. Love
6. Being able to run a marathon
7. A car
8. $ to put gas in my car
9. A house to live in rent free
10. A Cell phone
11. My room
13.  My singles ward
14. Home video's
15. Pictures= memories
16. Service others give
17. Being able to give
18. People
19. Living in such a beautiful state : UTAH
20. Living just 15 or 30 min. from mountains
21. Journals
22. Being able to read/ write
23. Talents/ improvement/ progression
24. Family
25. All those who cared for my family and I when my Dad and Grandma passed away
26. Snowboarding
27. Those who show sincere care
28. Stories/ memories that people share
29. The stories shared about my dad at his funeral
30. Nanny jobs: Mcbride family
31. Oppurtunity to inerview for oakcrest
32. Traveling
33. Sunshine
34. Educatjion
35. Laughter
36. Dancing
37. Rain
38. Heartbreaks
39. Sleep
40. Clean water and being able to have good hygiene
41. Good health for the most part
42. Smiles
43. Kindness
44. Good music
45. Adventures
46. Knowing how to camp
47. Friends :):)
48. Prayer
49. Scriptures. modern and ancient scripture
50. Nature

Okay.. so that is a long list.. and I didn't write those to brag or anything just to simply show gratitude. There is so much to be grateful for. Think about it. Really once you start it just comes. Doing this turned my day around and actually I feel very energetic now.

"When upon lifes billows you are tempest tossed, getting all discouraged thinking all is lost. Count your many blessings and your doubts will fly... " Count your many blessings :)

Sunday, February 7

“God does not look on the outward appearance. I believe that He doesn’t care one bit if we live in a castle or a cottage, if we are handsome or homely, if we are famous or forgotten. Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely.”

Wednesday, February 3

Keep Moving Forward

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” 
                                                                         –Walt Disney

I put in all my oakcrest papers as in today! I am so excited! I've realized that in life we have to continuely move forward, stretching ourselves, and just trusting in the Lord. My mom has taught me my whole life that we always have to chase after our dreams and that I can be whatever I put my mind to. I can't predict the future by any means but I know if we just keep moving forward, stepping out of our comfort zones, everthing will work out.