"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

Sunday, March 31, 2013

"He is not here: for He is Risen"

I couldn't imagine a more beautiful Easter Sunday afternoon. It's been a beautiful day to reflect on the many blessings that I have. Today I had the opportunity to sing with my ward choir. We sang a song that before a few weeks ago I had never heard before. It's found in the Hymnal on page 198 "That Easter Morn". It has a beautiful message and it really made me thing of the reason behind we really celebrate Easter every year. Check it out here

Every year as I get older it seems that I get more and more excited to hear the words of modern day prophets and apostles when conference comes around twice a year. I am so excited for he upcoming conference next weekend. Downside? I have to work next Sunday so I'll have to catch up on Sunday's sessions during the week. Originally I had to work Saturday too but someone needed a trade for this last Saturday so I am lucky enough to not have to work both days of conference.

Something that I have been thinking about alot lately is Standing in Holy Places. That is this year's YM/YW theme and it's the topic that my Bishop taught on today during the third hour of church. I did a lot of thinking and standing in a holy place doesn't necessarily have to be a place. Weird I know but it's true. The more I think about standing in holy places it seems to be it's the things I'm doing with my life and the people that I choose to have in my life. Last year when I was preparing to go to the temple for the first time I realized that I had some friends that weren't the best influences in my life. They are good guys but not the kind of people I should choose to spend my time with. I stopped hanging out with them as much and I noticed a huge change in my life. The spirit was much stronger in my life and there wasn't as much negativity. I love those guys and I know I count on them if I ever need anything but it's such a testimony to me after going through that experience that I know that the people you have in your life truly can have a huge impact on the choices and decisions you make in your life and that's one of the reasons why I choose to stop being around them. I needed to do it for me. Because I needed something more and something better in my life.

This video perfectly depicts how I feel this Easter Sunday and the things that we should really celebrate. I know my Father lives and I know that it was a sacrifice what Jesus did for every person on this Earth. If you ever feel that no one understands what you have gone through or are going through. our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has been there and understands what you are going through. That is the whole purpose of the Atonement. We could never individually be perfect. That's why we have a Savior that was there to take the pain and suffering in our behalf.

Basketball Goals?

So earlier this week I was spazzing out and stressing over some stuff at work (surprise, surprise) and I was talking to my boss. He told me that I just needed to calm down and take things in stride. He then proceeded to shoot some baskets into a basketball hoop that we have hanging around for our March Madness Competition. He made 3 different baskets and before shooting each one made a statement that if he made the next shot then something would happen:

Basket #1: If I make this shot then we'll meet our performance goal this month - He made this shot
Basket #2: If I makes this shot then you (meaning me) will start my own department at work and become the manager of said department - He made this shot too
Basket #3: If I makes this shot then you (again meaning me) will be married in the next 12 months - you guess it, he made this shot to

So apparently I'm going to open my own department and get married this year. I thought it was kinda funny so I thought I'd share. Also, since I'm getting married I told Jordan (my boss) that he needed to find me a man to marry. He then proceeded to give me the names of 2 different people to email at work. Oh geez. Jordan's got marriage on the brain or something. Haha. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pre-Summer Trip?

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just decided that I'm taking a pre-summer vacation. April 29th-May 4th I will be in New York City with my brother Jacob and my sister in law Nicole. I've never been to NYC before and I'm so excited for all the awesome things we're going to do and see while there. Not a lot of planning has been done yet but I'm stoked to plan our trip. Best part: I found plane tickets round trip for under $400. Win? I think so. This was all made possible by an awesome boss he gave me some time off. Yes!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy Spring

It's been a while since I had a craft day so a few weeks ago I decided it was time. I didn't have a wreath for spring time and I made one on the hopes that the weather would warm up. As it happens, it's been beautiful the last few weeks and I have been loving it!! It was warm enough (40-50 degrees) that I wore shorts or a skirt every day last week to work. I know, I know, 40 degree weather isn't what you traditionally think of as warm but when you've had a winter that's been mostly in the negatives your definition of warm changes.