There’s been a huge change in me since I began writing this blog. Well, many many changes. But I’d have to say one of the most significant changes in the last year.
Some things I think I’ve specifically learned in the last year, and am still learning are:
–If you want to make God laugh, make a plan for your life!
Lower Mesa Falls, Feb 2016. Just weeks after I found out “the nursing program and my credits don’t line up, so even though my grades would make it in, my application will not be eligible.” It was a very difficult month or two.
-That being said, it seems to me that He does have a plan for us, and we may not like it. But it always turns out for the best, giving us friends and opportunities we never would’ve imagined.
Seth (then boyfriend – I learned so much from this relationship), me, Caleb, Bri and Jon at the show “Aida” when Caleb starred as Radames at Olympus High.
I made the decision to take off in the middle of Spring semester (when I was taking two classes preparatory to applying to the BYUI PTA program), to head over to the Teton Valley and volunteer as a mentor of 5 beautiful teenage girls for 2 weeks.
Quickwater Ranch was a place I loved dearly, and I couldn’t turn down the opportunity. I met fabulous friends and examples of all ages. (Left, Elizabeth, and Right, Sue- the mastermind behind it all).
My decision to go meant doing not as well as I’d hoped in one of my most important classes, jeopardizing the chance I had to get into the PTA program I’d been trying to get into.
However, the decision to go to Quickwater also gave me the opportunity to meet and closely work with Tresa (and awesome husband, Steve), the sweetest angel of a camp director I’ve ever seen. She was battling cancer and passed away 6 months after our sweet two weeks together. I know I was supposed to have those two weeks with her. I consider her an angel in my life up to this day.
I’ve learned that the same things make me consistently happy in life:
Rexburg Tabernacle, Dec 2016
Brighton UT with brother Jon skiing for the day, Christmas Break 2016
Yellowstone with friends, Oct 2016
Weekend Yoga Retreat with Kara Jenkins, Feb 2017. As I spent time at Badger Creek this weekend, I felt a strong sense of “You’re going to be spending more time here”. But I didn’t know how, because despite the job offer I had just received to work at AFY at Badger that summer, I had turned it down to go to Jerusalem. Days before I went to the Yoga retreat I’d decided I wouldn’t go to Jerusalem and I longed to spend the summer there in the shadows of the Tetons. Little did I know that I would receive a phone call a couple weeks later, saying someone dropped out, and I am now going to work at Badger for the summer. Miracles happen, and those Tetons will forever be my friends.
Alki Beach, Seattle
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Washington
PooPoo point, Washington state
Photography – a rediscovered love as I borrowed my family’s Canon Rebel when I went to Seattle.
Love is real and true. It is out there to be found.
My very best friend in the world, Amy, and I have had countless conversations complaining about dating and marriage, and she particularly had expressed some negative ideas towards the thought of ever finding the right guy. Well luckily, Jason has proved us wrong.
I have learned how important and difficult it is to Let Go in life and let Him lead and guide me.
-When I am judging someone in any way, shape or form I must remember and be aware of how faulty I am. I have become slower to judge.
-You never know what someone is going through. It does not cost anything to be kind to everyone.