1.16.2010

Tami Taylor

I have recently become obsessed with Friday Night Lights. An episode or two a night is generally the most exciting part of my day. I get up at 7:15 and head to class at 7:45 then I'm in school until 1:30 and at the office until 4:30, do a little homework, I make dinner and head to the gym with Danny....then it is finally 8:30. Jason and Lila, Matt Searcen and Julie, Tim Riggins, Buddy G, Coach and my personal favorite Tami Taylor.

Tami is a rock star mother that has great advice and great hair. That is my goal, to be a mother with great hair and great advice. In one of the latest episodes she said something that I needed to hear as ridiculous as that sounds. "There's no weakness in forgiveness." FNL is a glorified teenage drama so Tami was referring to Jason forgiving his girlfriend for sleeping with his best friends after he recently became crippled in a football accident....classy. So I may not have the same problem as Jason but forgiveness is forgiveness right? Regardless of what people have said or done holding a grudge and letting this gap in relationships get continually bigger won't make me any happier. To add onto Tami Taylor's advice my stake president spoke at church on Sunday on Elder Bednars talk on being offended. One quote in particular stuck out to me.

"When we believe or say we have been offended, we usually mean we feel insulted, mistreated, snubbed, or disrespected. And certainly clumsy, embarrassing, unprincipled, and mean-spirited things do occur in our interactions with other people that would allow us to take offense. However, it ultimately is impossible for another person to offend you or to offend me. Indeed, believing that another person offended us is fundamentally false. To be offended is a choice we make; it is not a condition inflicted or imposed upon us by someone or something else."


Basically I am a weak person who has made a choice to be unhappy because of, in my case, pride. So now I'm making a new choice in which there is no weakness, forgiveness.

1.06.2010

Brigham Young

Goo. Newness.

New school. So I started BYU on Monday and I think it is fair to say it was intense. Econ, Marriage and Family, Stats, Stat Lab, Humanities and English. I don't know which is worst Econ or English. Econ has a ton of homework with difficult concepts but English has a 15 page research paper, massive amounts of reading and four different in front of the classroom projects. I hate being in front of people (outside of EFY). But the bright spot of school was Humanities. I mean a class revolving around the question "What is an American"? Yes, please!

New job. I started working at the CES office yesterday, I like it. I work from 9am to 4pm so it is a long day. But the people I work with are great and I saw a lot of counselors that I love. It made me miss the team a lot and kind of hate on the fact that I am not working this summer. I look forward to doing counselor interviews though! Les paper work and more interaction will be great. I think good things will come from it and it doesn't pay terribly.

New roommates. They are nice enough girls. I have only talked to one of them a lot and she is great. We all have crazy schedules so I don't think I will spend much time with them. It is a first time having a room roommate though. It presents many difficult problems but I'm slowly starting to find resolutions. So far I have discovered our only things in common are a love for Dr.Pepper, double chocolate brownie chunk ice cream and chocolate teddy grahams. Hopefully things improve.

New town. I get lost a lot. Frustrated with traffic and I just want to go eat at Junipers.

New gym. I always feel like an idiot wandering around a new gym. But me and Danny finally started our New Years resolutions so I am proud of that. And my arms feel like jello today so I will take that as a good sign.

New future. Things look bright. It is a long way to the end of the semester but there are a few things keeping me in good spirits which are as follows: April!! my sweet brother that always calls and comes over and makes me feel like less of a loser while fixing all of my apartment problems. Sugar-free Nesquick. Dr.Laura's book that is just hilarious. Gym pass. Seeing random counselors around campus. Text messages from my ever supportive EFY team. Phone calls from my best friend. Listening to "Can You Hear Me" while walking to campus. The Book of Mormon, about the only routine I have control of in my life right now. And of course Danny, he makes all of this completely worth it.

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