Friday, January 17, 2014
A lot has happened to me since I wrote 1.5 years ago. I have gotten married, which has been the greatest. His name is Jesse and we are very happy. It has been a journey, I have learned so much about myself. He is a patient and fun person.
I am going to try to give better updates here, so keep a look out. I just started a new blog about essential oils and my journey with them. It is just a week old so be patient..it will get better...smile.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
I am back! I am so excited so start blogging again because the fact that I am committing to updating those I love about what is going on with me is because my life is settling down.
Allot has happened the past year and I always have lofty goals of added information in over time that I had not but I fail miserably:) so I am just going to start from the past little while.
2011...man, you never know what to expect do you? I have to give it to Heavenly Father, he keeps me on my toes. I have a plan and an ideal outcome to my plan and it never quite ends up that way...which is not a bad thing...it keeps life interesting and who does not love a little mystery:)
I finally got my dream car...a classic VW Beetle(1973) in February!! It is blue and black, but soon I will paint it all a aqua blue....I know some of you reading this are already rolling your eyes, but at lest I am not paining it bright orange or avocado green per suggestions. Anyway, I love it because it is so simple. There are no unnecessary parts or accessories, it is practical and not everyone's cup of tea but that is okay.
I am dating a new guy, Jesse, since the beginning of the year and he is the best thing that has happened to me. I will dedicate my whole next post to him and everything going on with us.
I know this is short but I will consistantly write and update everyone regularly.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I am back and hopefully will be a consistent blogger so friends and family will know what I am up toJ
It will be too much to go into my whole last year. The “Reader’s digest” version is that this past year I have followed paths I knew were right and then worked to understand the outcomes. I have realized necessary it is to be really honest with myself so that I do not waste time getting where I need to go and so that I can be more honest with my words and actions and in my relationships. I have understood better why the gospel is so amazing, because it has let me, when I have had faith and been brave enough to act, that it saves so much time. The gospel helps me save time because it teaches me that love is the most important thing and that if I do not let me pride get in the way I can “cut the fat” from my life which stops me from having fulfilling relationships, stops me from seeing reality in situations, prolongs the time it would take to make it through things I need to learn. I am excited to learn more about myself and love people in my life better.
I am truly at a good place in my life. I have a great family who loves and supports me, friends who teach me and laugh with me, and a desire and hope for the future. It sounds very cliché however I really do have so much confidence in the future. I am excited to see what happens next in my life and appreciative to be able to make great things happen in my life by hard work and guidance from Heavenly Father.
This year in 2012 I am looking forward to settling down, getting a job, and doing a lot of things I have put off while in school. I want to take a paining class, join a club team in the community (crew, soccer, or volleyball), I want to start playing the guitar again, and take Flamenco Dance lessons. There are other things but these are the ones I have put off trying to make it through school amidst my occasional adventuresJ
I will better about updating my blog now so you guys will have to hassle me if I get off trackJ
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
What can I say about today...Holy Cow!!! I have hiked mountains and lots of trails but the first day of the Florida Trails is a BEAST. Imagine hiking 8 miles in knee deep water over sharp limestone, through clay mud that sucks at your feet...and a beating sun for 7 hours and you would have a good idea about the trail today!!
It sounds bad...and it was but you have to take the good with the bad. I saw beautiful plains with saw grass and cypress tress. I felt cool water on my feet and saw foliage which I had never seen before. I felt the accomplishment of finishing a hard days hike and the sweetness of my sleeping back as I lay in it now.
We are hiking with some amazing people so far and I am sure in the future they will make a difference in my experience on the trail.
A hiker named Max joined us. He was very humble about his journey hiking, he echoed my sore legs and made it so funny.
I will try to write more things on that matter but I am beat and ready for bed :)
Well today was another great day. We started from the Oasis Visitor Center where we ended yesterday. It has been a much dryer day today than it was yesterday. We were anticipating water and mud like yesterday but had all dry trails.It was like I expected the Florida Trail to look like.
It was a great day with great people. Natalie is doing great. She is so positive. She works hard and pushes through things. I am thankful to have her with me.
We got to 10 Mile Camp today at 2pm because It was so dry and had a great time talking and laughing. There are a bunch of older guys who have hiked a lot.
We were joined by Zipp Off, Bushwaker, Sparkey, and Needles.
You know I love how interesting all the hikers are. all come out for different reasons and stay for different reasons as well.
I am thankful for all the people I have met on the trail so far. It has only been 2 days and it's already changing me.
The past two days have been something else. It has been a heck of a lot of water. It has been hour after hour of mud and knee deep water. It was like walking on the sand that i right on the water shore while you feet are getting sucked in and fighting for the mud to release you but :) it was the hardest hiking I have ever done and it was also the hardest any8 of the other hikers have done and they have also hiked long distances. It was funny. After mile 8 yesterday on route and mile after mile of water and mud Natalie and I and the rest of the hikers were taking one step at a time. I was trying to be positive the whole way because Natalie was having a hard time trying to get to camp but it was hard. There was little better than seeing the Old Oak Camp Ground. It was a great revisit to the lesson I learned on the Appellation Trail which was that no matter how hard a hike is that it will not last forever. "This to shall pass" echoed through my ears and helped me make it. I am so thankful for this experience It is a good thing to see what you are really made of. I felt each time I pushed past "my wall" that my character grew. What I knew I could do grew everyday.
Now we finished where the trail crests, the I74 rest stop. It was a welcomed site. It was little more than wonderful to get a cold Diet Dr. Pepper and some combos...It was as tasty as a $100 meal.
As our friends showed up from the trail we cheered them in. A hiker "Max" - Phil is ex-military and he has been trudging through having a bit of a problem but he made it. It inspires me when I see people who are not just sore but really struggling to be thankful I can move forward.
It is a magical thing to be out here, challenging yourself, meeting people who are doing the same and just figuring things out. My mind is more clear because life is so simplified. I am getting answers to a ot of questions I had been pondering on.
Thank you for the prayers and love.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Hello Friends and Family
I am leaving in a couple of days to start my hike of the Florida Trail. I am super excited to be starting! The Florida Trail goes from Florida City to near Pensacola, approximately 1200 miles and it should take about 2 months.
You might be asking yourself..."Why would anyone do that!" My only answer is that I believe that being around nature has made me a better person. I have learned to love better, to be patient, to appreciate the simple things in life, to appreciate my family, amongst a few.
I just finished my masters degree and this was the last time that I would have the time to have another "adventure"...smile. My friend Natalie is coming with me which is GREAT and we are meeting up with Chuck Norris and Friends on the hike which is going to be great. I will keep you posted.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Ok all, I am really going to be better about updating this. I am coming up to a bunch of changes in my life as I am finishig my masters in a couple weeks and then am going to be settling down somewhere:) Somewhere with mountains:) I am open to suggestions.
I have been plugging along in school, learning a ton about myself and the person I want to be in the world. I have learned the power of love more and more as I try to become better. I have come to realize how much change in my happiness and what I accomplish is up to me because often issues I have are because of my own perceptions and issues. It is very eye opening.
I cannot possibly update you all on all in my life but will b able to start from today. The pictures above are my sweet little niece Faye, she might be the most adorable and heavenly think on the plant. The middle one is me, a dear friend Jessica from MA and Sarah my older sister. Jes came to visit and this was the last day she was here. She is a great time and a great person. The left one is a picture of my roomie and our friend Steven:) he came over and she and I cooked him a vegan meal...it was AWESOME!!
A quick recap on what I am doing now are listed below:) If you want to hear more about any one thing in particular, comment and I will add an entry.
- I am tying out being Vegan:) It is great...really changed te way I see allot of things:)
- Met some great guys lately...mums the word:)
- I am planning on starting the Appalachian Trail over in the summer but that is up in the air.
- I am trying to find someone who wants to hike a couple months on the Florida Trail...anyone interested?...smile...
- I am looking at where I want to move when I graduate...in the running...Denver, Ashville, Atlanta, Washington D.C. or Boston.
I cannot think of anything else right now. I will keep posting and try to keep it only the interesting stuff in my life:)
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
This has been a long time coming and I am so sad that I have gotten so behind on my blogging and journaling. It seems like at the times where I am having the most significant things happening in my life is when I do not find time to write in my journal/blog.
I have had a very eventful two months. I had been struggling with big decisions about school, where I will live when I graduate and finding a full time job this coming semester. In the end I am still not sure where I will live when I graduate, I am not staying at my graduate assistantship as I need a full time jobs pay and benefits, and I made it through my semester with all A’s. This was hands down the most challenging semester of my schooling to date. It was not just the material in school, but the time to accomplish the hundreds of pages of reading and papers while not ever forgetting or mixing up my priorities. It was the strain of work, group meetings, studying, church obligations, quality time with friends and family etc… and INSOMNIA for 1 and ½ months. In the end I have survived and am trying to get my sleep back to its “happy place.” I am looking forward to my final semester and trying out the next leg of my journey.
There are more in-depth things that have happened that I wish I went into when they happened but will go over them briefly below.
In May, Michelle May moved into our old roommate and friends room. She has been a great roommate, friend, and sister. What amazes me about Michelle is that she wants to give as much of her friendship and love that you can take. It was nice to find someone else who was willing to take the risk of rejection or difficulty in friendship. She and I will always be friends. The greatest friends I have are ones whose relationship is completely honest and safe. They are relationships where we love each other enough to honest and encourage each other and where you are always confident that you are dear to each other enough to work out the kinks in a friendship. She is that type of friend and I am thankful to have her as my sister. I have learned a lot about myself this summer.
My sister had her sweet little baby. The doctor had told her through all her visits and sonograms that she was having a boy and then when she was having the baby and it came out, the doctor said, “OOPS” because it was a GIRL!!! So funny. I could not be happier. She is little angel and seeing her made me think even more differently about my life and what I want. I am trying to continue to be better…a better friend, daughter, human being…but all this leads up to my desire to have a family someday I look forward to building a relationship with my husband; loving him and supporting him and learning from him. I look forward to the safety found in finding your mate for eternity and the ultimate peace it seems to give. That is my ultimate goal and so I am working towards that indirectly I guess. I like learning in school and about people and I hope that my efforts here will help me be a good mother and wife someday.
I really have the best people in my life. I have people in my life who let me love them and give me more than I could ever want in return. I love the feeling of safety and acceptance that I feel with my friends and family. Thank you all.