"I can go the distance," said Herc.

"I can go the distance," said Herc.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I've Decided to Like September Again

September is, traditionally, not my favorite month. But it's gotten pretty good over the last few weeks.

I have some pretty awesome roommates. I wish I had a picture of all of us together, but here's Tiffany and Erika when we made dinner one Sunday. We're silly.
I went to Peach Days with Joel in Brigham City. We never actually ate peaches there, but the sunset was gorgeous.

A traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial (plus memorials for other wars and conflicts) came to Logan a couple weeks ago. Sophia and I headed there one Sunday afternoon. We got there in time to watch the riding salute. Seeing all those names... they just seem to go on and on. It was a sobering experience. 

This was not so sobering, but it made me laugh.

New Years Resolution! Pluots: A cross between a plum and an apricot. Not so bad. Tasty.

On Friday night, during Homecoming week, I made the strange choice to sleep out on the Quad with a bunch of friends. The Hurd (USU's largest club. They support the sports) was sponsoring it. It was cold and windy, and I didn't get very much sleep. But hey it's all in the experience, right?

Last Sunday Joel and I went up the canyon to look at all the pretty leaves. Well, part of the time it was me pointing out the leaves and him telling me the names of the rocks he climbs. ;) Climbers are very creative when it comes to naming things. It was a lot of fun. We ended up at Rick's Spring and explored the cave there. I wish I got a picture of the spot where all the water comes up. It was so blue and clear and pretty!

I've decided to like September again. Now I can't wait for October. Wooooot!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Be Happy

Lately the theme prevailing in my life is: Be Happy. Talks in sacrament meeting, people telling me to be happy, and questions hanging over my head. Well, I think this is jolly good, because I've been told (repeatedly) that I am a generally happy person.

And yet take my attitude over the last year. It feels like I've been a blah, blah, depressive/my life sucks drama queen. I sure hope I don't come across that way to people I've just met, because honestly I'm quite a happy character.

Let me state how much being happy means to me. If you aren't happy, you've got nothing. You're only happy when you are doing what is right, and even then you've got to learn to let go at the end of the day and try to be happy.

Matthew 6:33-34 (Also found in 3 Nephi 13:33-34)

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of it self. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."

I see people everyday who are looking for reasons not to be happy, and feel like they'd be much better off if they quit spending so much time looking for the bad in their lives and just accepted life for the way it is. Life is not meant to be easy, it's only going to get harder. So enjoy the ride.

Last month I stumbled on a cute little website. Did you know August is Happiness Happens Month? Honest. The Secret Society of Happy People promote it. Now imagine if there were more people out there who enjoyed life how it is and let happiness happen to them instead of shoving it away. I bet we'd see a lot less arrests, fights, wars, and executions.

Bobby McFerrin had it right when he sang the song, "Don't Worry Be Happy."

"In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy."

Even though Happiness Happens Month has passed, I challenge you all to stop worrying, and just let yourself be happy. Put away the worries and troubles and the stress they cause for just a little while. Don't worry. Be happy.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

College Playlist (So Far)

I have no idea what I'm going to say in this post. Hm....

Well, lately I've had this idea for a playlist. One that would describe my life since coming to college. It's been building in my head slowly and I hope I remember it all, so here goes (going to my iTunes now...)

A bit depressing? Full of ups and downs? That's life, I guess.

A Place in This World by Taylor Swift
Last Summer by Lostprophets
Boys, Boys, Boys by Lady Gaga
Chances by Five for Fighting
Must Have Done Something Right by Relient K
Hello Brooklyn by All Time Low
Freak Me Out by Weezer
Sunrise by Norah Jones
Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus
Don't Know Why by Norah Jones
Your Love Is My Drug by Ke$ha
Summer's Over by Jonathan Coulton
Candle (Sick and Tired) by White Tie Affair
Cold As You by Taylor Swift
What Sarah Said by Death Cab for Cutie
Mixed Tape by Jack's Mannequin
Single Ladies by Beyonce
Telephone by Lady Gaga and Beyonce
Lights and Sounds by Yellowcard
Haven't Met You Yet by Michael Buble
Check Yes Juliet by We the Kings
Landed by Ben Folds
Rockin' the Suburbs by Ben Folds
Fidelity by Regina Spektor
Love Drunk by Boys Like Girls
Eventually You Have to Grow Up by Libbie Linton
Uptight by Fictionist
Time to Time by Fictionist
I've Just Seen A Face by Jim Sturgess
Valentine's Day by Linkin Park
No Sunlight by Death Cab for Cutie
I'm Not Over by Carolina Liar
Grapevine Fires by Death Cab for Cutie
American Pie by Don McLean
Marching Bands of Manhattan by Death Cab of Cutie
Us by Regina Spektor
Firework by Katy Perry
Go to Hell by David Ford
For You and Your Denial by Yellowcard
Hang You Up by Yellowcard
Always All Ways by Lostprophets
Satisfy by Vedera
Monday Morning by Death Cab for Cutie
Me and My Gang by Rascal Flatts
If I Die Young by the Band Perry
The Story of Us by Taylor Swift
Rolling in the Deep by Adele
Last Friday Night by Katy Perry
I'm Only Me When I'm With You by Taylor Swift
Cowboy Take Me Away by the Dixie Chicks
Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum
Save the Last Dance for Me by Michael Buble
I Try by Macy Gray
Always Love by Nada Surf
Simple by Katy Perry
If I Fell by Evan Rachel Wood
Shadows and Regrets by Yellowcard
My Wish by Rascal Flatts
Fallin' For You by Colbie Caillet
Somewhere Only We Know by Keane
Afraid by Yellowcard
Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day
Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N' Roses
Collide by Howie Day