"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is BEAUTIFUL!!!" - Sophia Loren

"Come what may, and love it. I know why there must be opposition in all things. Adversity, if handled correctly, can be a blessing in our lives. We can learn to love it. As we look for humor, seek for the eternal perspective, understand the principle of compensation, and draw near to our Heavenly Father, we can endure hardship and trial." - Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

"Happiness does not depend upon what happens outside of you, but on what happens inside of you. It is measured by the spirit with which you meet the problems of life." -Spencer W. Kimball

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." -Unknown

Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day?

For those of you who know me, you should know (shame on you if you don't) that I hate Valentine's Day. And no, it's not because I'm single. I have a legitimate reason why I don't like the "holiday". I think it's stupid that how much you love someone is measured by what you do for them on February 14th. In reality, if you really love someone you should show them that every day (not through gifts and cards and candy) but by how you treat them on a daily basis.

Well, I had kind of an interesting day. I started out the day by wanting to gag from all of the Valentine's day stuff I saw on my Instagram and Facebook feeds. Ick. Then I get the following text message from a cute boy: "Happy Valentine's Day. :-)" It kinda made my day.

Then when I got to work this is what I found:

Someone heart attacked my desk and I have no idea who. I really what to know who it was. I thought it was this one kid because he knows I hate Valentine's day but he told me it was like that when he got into work. I'll probably never know. 

Something else I got on Valentine's day was my Christmas present. My mom made a quilt but it wasn't finished at Christmas so she finished it up in January and sent to be with someone that was going into the MTC. I also didn't get it because they called me on the day they were leaving while I was at work. Luckily, I just gave them my address and they dropped the box off at my apartment because they couldn't come to work to give it to me. I love it!! It's so pretty. The picture doesn't do  it justice at all. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Back at the end of December, I applied for a promotion at my work. Over the last month I've seen several people that I work with have interviews for said position. I was starting to think that my application got "lost" even though I applied online or that I'd been forgotten. 

And then this morning I got the following generic email form a recruiter:

"Briana Winegardner:

Thank you for your time and interest in the Customer Care Lead Supervisor position with Vivint. We appreciate the time you have taken to present your qualifications to us. We have received a large number of inquiries (resumes, applications) from highly qualified candidates for this role. At this time we have decided to pursue other candidates for this opening.
We will keep your information on file and it may be evaluated with respect to other positions that become available in the future. We encourage you to keep us in mind when considering future opportunities. We invite you to visit our website periodically to review new positions as they become available and update your profile as needed. Again, thank you for your interest and we wish you the best for your employment search and continued success." 

When I first saw it I was so mad. I didn't think it was fair that after all the hard work that I've put in recently and all for nothing. After reading it this morning, I just tried putting it out of my mind and ignoring it. But it kinda hurt that I wasn't even given the chance to interview when I knew for a fact that 4 other people I work with have gotten interviews. 

Something happened at work today that completely changed my mentality and my attitude. Part way through my shift today, my manager comes up to me and says he wanted to talk me for a minute. We talked a little bit about why I wasn't chosen. He wanted to talk to me before I got that email but that didn't happen. He gave me some really amazing compliments that made this whole thing a really amazing experience. My boss told me that during an interview he had with someone else that they said they wished there were 10 Briana's that worked there because so much would get done. I was a little speechless because I didn't know what to say. 

Something that I found so awesome that I can't put it into words is something that my boss said to me: I didn't choose to interview you because you aren't there. Yet. I know you are a great leader and you just need some more time and experience before I think you are ready for this kind of position. Over the last year, 6 months, 3 months and even over the last month I've seen such a change in your abilities and you surprise me constantly at how much you are improving and becoming such a good part of the leadership team. 

This was simply amazing to me. I don't think I could have received a bigger compliment that what he gave me. I really love my job and the position that I'm in. So I'm totally fine with staying where I'm at. Doing this other job would have been cool but I'm fine with staying where I'm at for now. He recommended that I do everything that I can to learn from Jordan (he's the lead supervisor over me right now) to try and make myself into a better leader in order to make myself a better leader and ready for a higher position in the future. 

One other thing that I though was really interesting: My boss told me that he thinks that I left the old, emotional me at our old building and at our new location I don't ask him to fix problems for me but come to him with solutions and ways to fix things. Pretty cool huh? It was a very draining day: both emotionally and physically but it was a good day overall. Hopefully, I can stay on this track and keeping on improving. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Today it was confirmed to me ow wonderful it is to be a member of the restored church in the latter days. I'm a very firm believer in modern day revelation.

Today I got set apart for a new calling at church and was a little surprised by something my bishop said. He expressed not only some blessings for my calling but in my personal and professional life. It was really very comforting and time and time again the amazing blessings of the priesthood :)