Sunday, June 17, 2012

Two down, Three to go

With Summer being half over already, I wanted to take a minute to look back on everything I've accomplished so far, and continue the list of things I still have yet to do. 
So let's get started. 

  1. I got a full-time job at La Petite daycare. I know I've already mentioned this, and it doesn't seem like much of an adventure or anything, but trust me, I've learned so much from these 2-year-olds. They challenge me every day and I'm pretty sure they teach me much more than I teach them. They drive me crazy, but I absolutely love those kids. 
  2. I've done a lot of work on my music in the past couple of months. Not as much as I would have liked or as much as I should. But I've worked my tail off. I had my first recording session with my amazingly talented and helpful cousin Tyler Monks, and I learned a lot about my music and how it sounds all together, and also how to tweak it to make it actually sound how I want. It's still a work in progress, but it's coming along. And I finished the piano part of a piano/cello duet I've been working on since December. It too has a long way to go, but I'm satisfied with what I've written so far. I still need to keep practicing and writing and playing around. I've got a lot to learn. 
  3. I'm proud to say that I still find (plenty of) time to spend having adventures with my friends. Which is a sad sort of an accomplishment for me. I'm really not social. Anyway, so far, we've dressed up like Hobbits and hiked Bell's Canyon, tried our hand at Geocaching,  gallivanted around in downtown Salt Lake in search of scripts and chocolate, painted with henna, consumed a ridiculous number of slushes from Sonic, and just generally had a good time. 
  4. I've done a good deal of saving money and preparing for school. I've registered for classes, put my deposit down for my apartment, and saved up a good chunk of money for housing/tuition. Not to mention I have a cute little piggy bank with some money put aside for my snowboard. I'm incredibly excited for school to start up again. There are so many things that I want to experience, learn, and accomplish. But I'm content with making money and enjoying the hot weather for now.
  5. As for the rest of the Summer, my plans are as follows. In mid-July, I'm planning a 2-3 day backpacking trip with a few of my friends. I'm so excited. I absolutely love hiking, and I want to get outside as much as possible. I'm also working on that tan. It's actually coming along! IT'S A MIRACLE! And I'm really hoping to have a more solid idea of what I'm doing next Summer and where I'm going to transfer. It's a bit far-fetched, but I'd really love to work in Disneyland next Summer with a college program, get residency in California, and then go to school somewhere there, maybe UCLA. I'll definitely have to look into it. And I have a lot of work ahead of me. Life is exciting. Scary sometimes, but definitely exciting. 
Anyway, I hope everyone else is enjoying their Summer! 

Love and kisses,

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Confessions of an Introvert

I've always known that I don't do super-well around strangers, that I'm a deep thinker, I need my alone time, and that being social with strangers and making small talk exhausts me. I'm really not shy, but that's the only word I could really find to explain why I act the way I do. Recently, I stumbled across the term "introvert". I read a few articles on introverted people, and I know without a doubt that the term "introvert" fits my personality to a T.
An introvert is essentially a person who is energized by being alone. Being around other people, especially in large groups, exhausts them. After going to parties or socializing, they need time alone to recharge.  They do like to socialize, but hate small talk. They prefer jumping right into deep conversations and talking about ideas and feelings. Introverts are very introspective, they love having time to think and disappear into their thoughts for a while. The notion that introverts are anti-social, depressed, or shy is a total misconception (although as an introvert, I personally get seasonal depression, but that's a completely different story).
On the other side of the spectrum, we have extroverts. Extroverts are pretty much the opposite, they are energized by being social, thrive in big groups, are the life of the party, and tend to get bored easily when alone. Extroverts tend to talk as they think, rather than reflecting and pondering like an introvert. About 60-75 percent of the population are extroverts, which is why it is considered "the norm". Extroverts tend to have heaps of friends, and for good reason! People love to be around them, they are easy to talk to and usually fun and outgoing. Some of my very favorite people are extremely extroverted.
Like I said, I am basically the definition of "introvert". Discovering that has enlightened me in so many ways. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being an introvert. However, extroverts often worry when an introvert declines going out to a party, or needs alone time. It's nothing personal, we just need time to ourselves. I don't hate (most) people, I'm not sad, mad, or depressed. I just need to be with myself for a bit.
As an introvert, I personally hate feeling pressure to go out to social gatherings, especially when I don't know anyone there. When I try to explain that I don't want to, people get on my case and think that I'm anti-social or that I'm depressed. That's not the case at all. I do have friends, and I do love to be around certain people at certain times. There are times (albeit few and far between) that I love to get out of the house and go to parties. I have no problem with public speaking, I love acting and getting in front of an audience. I'm really not shy. On occasion, I've been known to branch out and make friends with total strangers. I can do anything an extrovert can do. But given a choice, I'd prefer to either be alone or with one or two people that I'm very close to. Or disappear into my music for hours on end. Which has been the case recently.
That's just the way I am, and you know what? There's nothing wrong with that! :)
Anyone curious about introverts (or extroverts) should definitely read this article. It was fantastic, I loved it.

Love and kisses,

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Changes and Plans

In the past few weeks, my life and plans for the future have changed a lot.
It's not really a bad thing.
I finished my first year of college at BYU-Idaho, and I'm most likely going to transfer after this next year. I'm also now working at La Petite daycare as a teacher in the two-year-old room. It's exhausting and definitely a lot of work, but I love it.
And yes, most of the changes in future plans have to do with the fact that I am now newly single again, and was not planning on that. So I've figured that as long as I can be completely independent and only worry about myself, I am going to make it interesting and fun. I'm nineteen! I'm young, I need to enjoy my life while I still can! One of my biggest fears is that I'll be so gung-ho to grow up and settle down that I'll miss out on all the fun opportunities that I could have had. So here, I have compiled a list of things I want to do in the next few years. Some realistic, some... not so much.

  1. I hope to major in either music education or music theory, depending on where I transfer. 
  2. I would like to finish some of the many, many, many songs that I've started writing over the past four years, and if I have the time and money, start recording them. Preferably this Summer. I'm working on it!
  3. This Summer, I am working Monday through Friday. So I have the goal of getting out every Saturday and doing something memorable, wild, unique, or just plain fun. I want to plan out every Saturday to be special, and savor the small tastes of Summer that I get. Expect blog posts on Sundays.
  4. Next semester, I have a goal of being more social. Attending all of my family home evenings, going out of my way to catch up with old friends as well as meet new ones, and get out of the apartment as much as I possibly can. Having no friends up in Rexburg only makes the cold Winter months even less bearable.
  5. I'd really like to save up for a snowboard and boots and go snowboarding every chance that I get next Winter. I hate being cooped up in the cold, especially in Rexburg, I need to get out and do something to fight my seasonal depression and to stay in shape. That and snowboarding is a blast and I really want to get better. So if you're every near Rexburg and want to board next Winter, hit me up!
  6. Next Summer, I am going to move out-of-state to work. My two hopeful options right now are working in Alaska for a cruise line or working at Disneyland. I would absolutely love either one.
Now onto the slightly less realistic ones...
  1. Once I have the time and move into an apartment complex that allows pets, I want to have pet rats and train them. I think rats are absolutely darling. Either that or have two white mice and name them Frankie and Benjy mouse. (Hitchhiker's Guide anyone?.... Anyone?)
  2. Besides, everyone tells me I can never become a crazy cat lady. They never said anything about a crazy rat lady... mwahahaha! 
  3. I want to travel before I have kids of my own. After I get my degree, I'd love to see New York City, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Spain, England... heck, I'll just tour all of Europe. Or I'd love to study abroad for a semester.
  4. And last, I'd eventually like to settle down, get married, and have kids. I say "eventually" because I don't know if that's going to be in just one year or seven. We'll see. 
Possibilities are endless when you are young and single! haha! 

Enjoy life, everyone. I know I plan on it!
Love and kisses, 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Rocky Mouth

One of the best things about being a student with Fall/Winter track at BYU-Idaho is getting out for Summer in the first week of April. So yes, I'm technically on my Summer break. Awesome? Yes. So Zach has been staying with my family and I for the week before he heads back to Kansas to work. Sad story. 
Anyway, so we've been trying to pack in as much as we can before he leaves, and today, we decided to go hiking at Rocky Mouth. It's a short, but very pretty hike. After we got up to the waterfall, we decided we weren't done climbing. So we headed up the canyon to climb up to the top of the waterfall, and to see if there was any place to rappel from (for future reference). 
It took a while to find it, but we got up there. It was an adventure. And we got some nice pictures. 
Ain't he cute? :)

Here's what Salt Lake City looks like... from Sandy

Zach's "Tony Stark" picture. Or Jesus, whichever you prefer. 

 Here's where we got to the top of the waterfall. Hopefully we get to rappel down it at some point.

You know you've hiked pretty high up when the hawk is flying below you

Anyway, enjoy your Spring/Summer, everyone!

Love and kisses, 

Monday, March 26, 2012

No Spring Break? I don't think so!

Man, I haven't posted in a long time. My apologies. I'll get back on that.
So, in the lovely city of Rexburg, BYU-Idaho students don't get a Spring break. Am I okay with this?
No sir, I am not.
Granted, our semester ends the first week of April, but I need a vacation before finals! Anyway, Zach and I had been throwing around ideas for a short weekend getaway the week before finals, when his friend Johnny invited us on a road trip to Las Vegas. Not only was there the lure of warm weather, a pool, a mansion to stay at, and the fact that Zach has never been to Vegas, but it was also the cheapest option by far.
So Friday, we packed up our things into the huge vans and headed off. Thankfully, we had some really cool people in our van. And when I say that I enjoyed a ten hour drive with people I had never previously met, that's saying a whole lot.
Anyway, so on Saturday, we went out to the strip, checked out the mall, Caesar's Palace, and the Bellagio, the latter at which we had dinner at the buffet. For free.
After that, we drove back to the house, took a short dip in the "hot" tub (which turned out to be pretty cold, actually), relaxed a bit, missed out on an allegedly epic dodgeball game (bummer), and then went to see the Hunger Games before calling it a day. It might be the most vacation I've ever packed into a single day.
Did I mention that between the two of us, Zach and I only spent a little less than $20 for the entire weekend?
Awww yeah!
Anyway, here are a few pictures from our adventures.

Trippy light fixture thing at the mall

Maybe someday I'll visit the real one. 

Some of the group. We are pretty awesome. 

Zach and me. :)

Somebody got sleepy on the ride home. Sorry babe, I couldn't resist!

Love and kisses, 

Thursday, November 24, 2011


It's Thanksgiving, and just like last year, I want to take a minute to express what I'm thankful for.
I'm warning you, it's a pretty long list.

  1. Of course, I have to start with my family. I would be nowhere without them. They are my best friends and the people I know who will always be there for me. From my parents teaching me and supporting me in everything I do, to my older siblings' examples and advice for me, my little sister and best friend, and my adorable nieces and nephews. Honestly, there's been more than one occasion where I've had a rough day and all my problems disappear when I walk through the door and one of my sweet nieces or nephews run up to me with a huge smile and a hug. Priceless. I love my family, and I just want to say thank you for all that you do. 
  2. I have some of the coolest, funniest, most talented, caring, generous, supportive, amazing friends in the world. I'm honored to know them, and I look up to them so much. Whether they be friends I met in kindergarten (cough *Camilla!* cough) or friends I met just this past semester, I'm grateful for all of them and their examples to me. 
  3. Okay, okay, I'm going to be a little bit of a cheese-ball here. Either bear with me or skip to number 4. I have the sweetest, funniest, coolest, most caring, honest, handsome boyfriend in the whole world, Zach. It blows my mind that I have him. I hate to brag... Just kidding. I actually love to brag about him. He is the best, and everyone should be ragingly jealous of me. I'm so grateful for him and his amazing example for me. He inspires me to be the best I can be, and I'm constantly striving to be daughter of God that I know I am. I'm also very grateful to his parents for raising such an amazing son.
  4. This should probably go first, but I'm so grateful for the gospel in my life and the joy it brings me daily. I would not be half the person I am today without it. I'm grateful for the knowledge that I am a daughter of God, and that no matter what happens to me, He will always love me. I'm grateful for the scriptures and how I learn something new and amazing every time I read. I'm inexpressibly grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and the knowledge that He's taken upon Him all of my mistakes, my imperfections, and my pain. I know I will always have His love and guidance. 
  5. I'm grateful for my education and the opportunity I have to attend BYU-Idaho. I love learning something new every day and tying it into my life. I've learned so much in the short time I've been in Rexburg, and I can't wait to learn more. The atmosphere is incredible. The professors always do whatever they can to help us as students, and the students are some of the most friendly, kind, wholesome people you will ever meet. I love it up there. 
  6. I'm grateful to live in a beautiful country where I have so much freedom and so many opportunities. I'm grateful for music (and art in general) and the opportunity I've had to study it. I'm grateful for all the knowledge that I have at my fingertips, all there is to learn. I'm grateful for my homes, in Rexburg and Sandy, and I'm grateful to be with my family today. I'm grateful for a warm bed and plenty to eat. 

I feel that it's unfair how much I've been blessed. I have everything I could ever ask for and more.
Happy Thanksgiving, and count your blessings! 

Love and kisses, 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Life is good.

Often, there are adversities in life. You learn to accept them and still do your best despite difficulties. You can be happy with trials, they're just a regular part of life.
But on rare occasions, life just seems perfect. You could say that I feel like that right now. Sure, there are still things that challenge me (homework, life on a budget, waking up early, freezing cold temperatures, etc.), but I feel like I'm doing my best, and I'm happy. I love being happy. I've got a near-perfect balance of physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being. I'm eating (reasonably) well, getting exercise from all the walking I do, and staying healthy, I'm doing all my homework, getting good grades, and learning a lot, I'm reading my scriptures, praying, and living the way I should be, and I've got great friends and the very best boyfriend I could ever ask for.
I know that this simplicity won't last forever, and that trials are going to come back, but as for today, I can just enjoy it and prepare myself for whatever lies ahead.

It really isn't fair how good life is to me. I hope everyone can feel like this at some point.

Love and kisses,