Over President's Day weekend, I took a road trip down to Moab to hike in Arches National Park. It was a pretty spontaneous, unplanned trip, but it was just the kind of break I needed. The sunshine felt so good after so many gloomy days here in Provo. For only being in the park for six hours, we were able to fit in A LOT! We saw a few arches, played around on the rocks, took pictures of Balanced Rock and Delicate Arch, and hiked to Double O Arch. The hike was only 4 miles round trip, but the path led us over big boulders with drop offs on both sides. QUITE the adventure! I would highly recommend it the next time you're down in Moab. I love living in Utah because there are so many National Parks and cool places that are so close by. I can't wait to take more road trips in the near future!!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Last night I got to watch The Lake House with one of my roommates. This movie is a CLASSIC! I remember the first time I watched it, I tried way too hard to understand everything that was going on and missed out on a lot of the good parts. The plot definitely takes some getting used to, but just be patient and everything will make sense eventually. Aside from the brilliant plot, I also really loved the lake house itself. As inconvenient as it would be at times, a lake house with glass walls like that would be so fun to live in. I mean seriously. . .there is a tree growing in the middle of the house! It would be like camping all the time! If you haven't seen this movie yet, I HIGHLY recommend it. It was so refreshing to watch a cute chick flick that is completely clean!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
For my MCOM 320 class, our assignment over the weekend was to buy a stranger a drink. I was grateful for this assignment because not only did it push me out of my comfort zone, but it also allowed me to be more aware of the people around me. Instead of making a specific plan on exactly where and when I was going to fulfill this assignment, I tried to just go about my day and wait for a good opportunity. Even though I didn’t buy the drink for the first few days, I realized that just by having my mind focused on looking for opportunities to buy someone a drink, I noticed other opportunities to serve. I was amazed at what a huge difference just a minor change of focus made on the way I viewed people.
My brother and I went grocery shopping together on Saturday night (I know…so cute haha) and I decided that I wanted to give it to one of the workers since the lines were long and they were working hard. When I got up to the register I noticed that our bagger was slightly handicapped. She was slower than the other baggers, but was so good about handling each item with care. After she was done bagging my groceries I handed her the drink and thanked her for working so hard. She was so surprised and said, “This is for me?” It was so cute! I left with the biggest smile on my face. I was able to make someone feel appreciated by the simple act of buying a drink. I hope that I won’t wait for another assignment to do more simple acts of service!
Friday, February 11, 2011
. . . with these art prints!! I apologize to anyone who was hoping for a Valentine's Day related post, but it's just not going to happen. It seems like everyone is writing posts about how much they love/hate the day! Since I'm neither a lover nor a hater of this holiday, I don't think I have very much to contribute. I'd much rather write about how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE these prints I found on Etsy. Someday I'm going to have a wall in my house with a huge collage of colorful prints like the ones above. In the meantime, I will just continue to indulge in all the eye candy. There are some incredibly talented people in the world! I really like how everything handmade is becoming more popular. The art becomes much more personal when you know it is not mass-produced or sold at the local WalMart. The art is created by regular people, with regular lives, who probably have cereal for dinner sometimes just like us. Seeing their work makes me want to be better about making time to create. Too bad I have a grammar test to study for.. . .
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday is by far the best day of the week. It’s just so different from all the other days. I always feel so relaxed and peaceful, which I’m sure is partially due to the fact that I don’t have to think about homework or tests or papers or anything school related. Sunday is my day to think. It’s my day to preserve memories by writing in my journal. It’s my day to read books by Brad Wilcox, Sheri Dew, C.S. Lewis and others that inspire me to be better. It’s my day to make dinner with my older brother Jordan. Sundays are just the best! Last night, my musically talented roommates and I sat on the couch and tried to make arrangements of hymns. Heather was on guitar, I was on the ukelele (Elizabeth’s been teaching me. She is AMAZING!), and Elizabeth was on the violin and piano. It was so fun! I think that is what Sundays are all about. They help us take a break from the hustle and bustle of college life and spend a full day focusing on the things that really matter. What a great way to start the week!