Happy Sunday From Cedar City

What’s the point of social media if you don’t use it to tell the world what’s most important to you? Lately this has been on my mind because I was wondering how many people I bother when I post my favorite conference quotes on Twitter, or pictures of my family. That’s a ridiculous thought because the best part about social media is I can share what I love, and the world can choose to read it/see it, or not.

So for those who want to know what I love, read on.

– Side note, my thoughts are everywhere. Pretend they’re organized.

#1. I love The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I’ve always been the type of person who believed right off what I learned in Primary and Young Women’s, etc. Of course, that’s not good enough, especially as I get older. Working hard to be a disciple of Christ takes more than just believing what someone tells you. I know that my Heavenly Father blesses me for my efforts to understand and convert to the gospel whether they’re big or small. I love this gospel because it’s real. Because I have an understanding of eternal life, although it may be a small understanding, I can make important choices now that will carry on into the next life and forever. I have the opportunity to be with my family forever! What could be better than that? I get to see everyone I love again.

Not only am I thankful for the eternal blessings I receive, (which are most important) I am blessed every day. I love that I can ask anything I need through prayer and I will always get an answer. I know that Heavenly Father answers my prayers because I’ve felt it. I love that I can read scriptures any time of the day for inspiration. I’m grateful for the Holy Ghost who testifies to me that the scriptures are true, and the inspiration I receive is good.

The last reason I love the gospel (that I want to share on here anyways) is because it gives me motivation and a reason to do things such as wake up every day. I’m not sure how people can go to school every day, make a career or even get married for that matter. Maybe I’m crazy, but an eternal perspective is the only thing that helps me get through school, figure out how to make my talents a career in a way that they can help people, and make me not scared to have a family.

There is nothing greater than knowing Christ loves me enough to Atone for my sins and sacrifice His life so I can live again. My life is easier because I have this knowledge. In D&C 45:3 it says, “Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him” My Savior didn’t suffer and die for me then leave me, He is still pleading for me to return to Him. And that is why I love this gospel.

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(photo by Mark Mabry)

#2. I love my family.

Sorry but I have a really cool family. It always bugs me when people say, “I have the best family.” I want to yell back “I know that’s 100% a lie because I have the best family!” I never do though. FYI. But really, I have the best family for me. I’ve gotten along with my family always. It shows they have a lot of patience because I definitely am not the easiest sister or daughter. I’m super thankful for my strong, unique relationships with every single one of them.

They’ve taught me  through example how to be original, to try to be kind to people, to find what I’m passionate about and work hard for it, to be a daughter of God, to work hard on my talents, to gain a testimony, to love kids, to serve others, to get educated, to be virtuous, to cook and clean (yeah dad, I know how to clean!) to have a sense of humor, and a trillion other things. Now let me say that I definitely haven’t learned to be the best at all those things. But my parents and siblings definitely are the best at those things and I can see how happy they are, so I’m working to be the best at those things.

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#3. I love where I’m at, and what I’m doing with my life.

Surprising, right? I’m coming to terms with the fact that studying art at SUU is where I’m supposed to be. As much as I love St. George and being around my family every day, I know that I would not love living there right now. (Although I might change my mind when it snows tomorrow.. This is my journal, I’m allowed to change my mind.) I love that I can work on art every single day. I love that I can learn about art. Man, there is a 20% chance I’ll pass my art history test with even a B, but I’m learning so much. Even though I still am a little confused on what I’ll do for a career, I love that I can do what I love right now until I figure it out.

Thinking about being 19 ish 20, living on my own in a place that is surprisingly different from my home town, going to my 4th semester of college studying something I enjoy, living with one of my best friends and my cousin makes me STOKED. My friends have been scattered around the U.S doing what they want and love, I’m in little Cedar just keeping in contact with them and their adventures and it’s the coolest thing ever. Life is so amazing.

I might not be the worlds greatest artist ever. Heck, I might not even be good enough to make it a career. But knowing one day I can be a mom with even photography and art as a hobby is the coolest thing to look forward to. Also I want to state I’m not even close to being a mom, let alone a wife. I just love that in each stage of my life, something great happens. And in this stage, I’m just loving it. Plus, let’s be real.. I saw the Killers live in December and I can’t do that when I’m 38 so bring on 20.

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Oh yeah, Happy Sunday from Cedar City.

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More things I’ve learned since I “grew up.”

First off, I want to make clear I’m just testing out the waters of this WordPress thing. I’ve tried to keep a blog of my college experience for my family, friends, and especially myself. In the last couple months blogger won’t let me post photos.. So here I am again on a new website, continuing on with my public journal.

{I also better mention this is a judge free zone. AKA you can judge me if you want, but I don’t care if I have grammar or spelling mistakes.}

-And a side note, I haven’t figured out how to get rid of the awkward roommate picture at the top. I was practicing adding pictures and now it’s here to stay. We’re not dating. We like strong boyz.

As a 20 year old, homebody, art major, trying to figure out how to be a homemaker, I just thought I’d keep track of all the things I’m learning. If you want to catch the first list of things I’ve learned since being at college click here.

  • Baking soda down the drain gets rid of the nasty smell your dishes you left in the sink for 5 days make.
  • Hosting Christmas parties leave you hung over for days on end. The LDS kind of hung over. Kind of like, “Wow I smiled and introduced myself to so many people I don’t think I can ever walk again.”
  • Everywhere you go, people will make loud chewing, swallowing, breathing, or being alive noises. You just got to accept it. Or bring head phones because for real, those noises are out of control.
  • Mistletoe over the photo booth gets real freaky. 
  • Sometimes you just got to realize the golden rule, “treat others as you want to be treated” doesn’t exactly mean people will treat you that way back. 
  • Math at 8:00 AM is fine. But don’t’ ever do it again.
  • When the weather is in the negatives, you can literally feel your nose freezing when you breath. 
  • It doesn’t matter who the bald, short man is.. when he says, “inconceivable” it’s hilarious. 
  • 4 handfuls of chocolate chips do not count as a meal.
  • Crockpots rule. 
  • The dryer will smell like fire if you don’t clean out the lint part. Which is actually pretty fascinating. 
  • You can’t leave a rag in the sink for even 2 days if it was used wiped up milk. You’ll regret it if you do. 
  • Put your car in park before you try to shut it off. Not just the emergency break. 
  • When trying to clear break outs, be sure to buy the COLD PRESSED castor oil. The other kind isn’t exactly made to put on your face. (It’s a laxative) ((and don’t worry, I didn’t put it on my face.. I just realized the difference after I already bought it and brought it home))
  • Sometimes answers don’t come in black and white. This is where the primary lessons on faith start to apply.
  • A lot of times blogs seem really true and have good advice. But let’s be real, often times it’s a 18 year old telling us her wisdom. AKA, if she’s telling you how to live in your twenties and it says things like “Dress age-appropriate, wear the slutty dress” or “Being nice is overrated. In fact, nice is the least interesting thing someone can say about you” Maybe consider other blog options. 
  • Speaking of slutty dresses… If you live anywhere from Cedar and North, maybe try tights and a “trendy” jacket to go with your very small dress.
  • Snow is not an excuse to miss class. Although, it should be.
  • When distant friends (or really close family members) say things like, “You might just be alone forever!” Take a step back and ask yourself, am I 19? (yes) Am I ready to be married? (no) Then forget the harassment and go get a milkshake. 
  • When it’s your 4th semester of college and you’re dad is still making jokes about you not really leaving home, that means he misses you even more and wishes you were home permanently. Most likely. 
  • If you invite church members to your Christmas parties, you may end up getting a new calling. Be prepared. 
  • If you’re in a ornery mood walking home from your 8:00 AM class in negative degree weather, stop and ask the foreign kid if he needs help. Nothing takes your mind off of your stupid schedule like service does. 
  • Don’t wait to buy a space heater the day it’s -17 degrees. Everyone else did the same thing. 
  • Replacements are never as good as the real thing. For example, yellow koala bear phone cases are freaky. Blue ones are adorable.
  • Before you decide to believe in something, learn about it. So like, how do you guys feel about guns?
  • In some classes you might throw out “dumb ideas” just to get a grade. Maybe consider putting effort into it because they might just want to pay you for going through with your “dumb idea” that was pretty original. I mean, trying your best isn’t that hard right?
  • Being trendy isn’t as fun as figuring out what you love, like, and dislike. Trendy doesn’t last as long either.
  • If you don’t understand what the devil your math teacher is talking about, chances are the person next to you doesn’t either. You’ve both just been pretending you understand.
  • If you can’t change it.. don’t complain. “Attitude, by Charles Swindoll…..”
  • For reals, chocolate chips don’t count as a meal. Stop eating them.
  • Institute and institute teachers are inspired by Heavenly Father. If you haven’t learned that, I recommend learning it.
  • Going to sleep by 11:30 is a fabulous idea. Even for the creative mind.
  • Waking up with dark circles under your eyes even after 8 hours of sleep just happens I guess.
  • Get over the fact you might be invisible sometimes. If a guy says, “I know you!” and you say, “I’m in your ward!” and his friend says, “…you are??” Just laugh and hope that conversation doesn’t happen again.

Last, but not least:

  • Always wear your mittens.