Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Just do it!

Nike just nailed it when they came up with the "JUST DO IT" theme. So simple and yet, so powerful and true! Why don't we just DO the things we say we're going to? Or just DO the things we know are right? 

I've been so frustrated with myself lately. Because I feel like I have a good head on my shoulders and I know what's up ... :) ... but I think that sometimes I can be a lot of talk. I always say what I think I should be doing, or what I think is good to do, or whatever it may be...but I need to DOOOOO it! If I say, hmmm...I need to start thinking about what I want to do when I graduate, I need to do that. hmmm....I need to stay in touch with my family better, I need to do that. If I say hmmm...I need to do better on my math next math test, I need to DO THAT! The list goes on and on. 

If we want to be successful in life, we need to do the things we say we're going to do.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Life is good!

Found a great scripture today. It's one of those where you have heard it a million times and you're always like, "Oh, how nice." but then you really READ it and ponder and hits you like a ton of bricks!

D&C 88:67
And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things. 

WOW! Look at that! Read it again! 
"Eye single to my glory" - that means we are 100% following Christ. We want nothing more than to do His will and do what is right. Nothing else. Our desire is purely to follow our Savior. 
"bodies shall be filled with light" - That doesn't just mean knowledge and truth...that means we will be warm and peaceful inside. FILLED with goodness. What an awesome feeling. We won't have ANY darkness in us. We won't ever have to feel dirty, we'll be clean and pure. 
"Comprehendeth all things" - This part is what hit me. No more confusion, no more dilemma, drama, or crap! We will know what's best for us and for others. What an incredible blessing! and all this comes just from having a true desire to do God's will and following Him. That's an amazing promise.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

I live!

Hello blogging world!
I forgot that you existed for a while there! Wow, it's been way to long since I have posted anything. A lot has been happening in my life and I am way too tired at this time to try and recall it all, but I will tell you this...Life is good. I know that I could be happier, because there are things in my life that could happen to bring me greater joy, but I know that right now, how I am living my life is the best way I possibly could be and it feels great! In the immortal words of Rocky Balboa, "life's not all sunshine and rainbows", and of course I still have the hard days but I am very happy with who I am and what I am doing!
School has started up, my last go around! weird. I will graduate in December. I am taking a freshman math class (don't laugh....ok you can laugh, cause I do), a Joseph Smith class, and Worksite Health promotion. Super easy. Love it! Put in the time, now I get to cruise.
Vball is going really well! oh's going SO well! The team is a completely different team! So much energy. We just got back from a tourny in Kansas and we won the whole thing!! whoooo! Champions!! Feels good to be a winning team again. Of course we have a LONG way to go, lots of work to do and lots to learn. Shawn is doing a great job as coach, as well as Heather and Emilee. Love them all. Our team is a family. We love each other and work hard for each other. It's just an understanding we have. Feels so great! 
Well, There's lots more going on in my life but I am falling asleep as I i'm out! hopefully I won't wait another decade before I post again! Lata!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blessing vs. Impressing

You know how you hear something over and over again and you think you know it...but then finally one day, you hear it from someone else and in a different way and it just hits you like a ton of bricks?! I don't know, maybe that doesn't happen to any of you very often..but it happens to me all the time!
It happened again today...
We have a "relationships" class in my new ward and I went today for the first time. I know it sounds kinda funny, but it's actually a really good thing, especially for young single adults. Never has any lesson hit me so hard like this lesson did today! wow! I am not a very good writer, or even speaker for that matter, when it comes to expressing my feelings. I never feel like I really show others how I feel, but i'll do my best.
The main topic was "Blessing vs. Impressing". Now, going back to what I said earlier, I have grown up hearing "The way to be happy is serving others, being selfless, etc. etc." Right? we've all heard that. It finally hit me really hard today, and I'm going to make it a priority to change and focus more on blessing rather than impressing. I am outgoing and love to be the center of attention, and this has become a problem because it has caused me to be selfish and self-centered. I have become too focused on getting people to like me rather than being Christ-like and blessing the lives of others. I'm not saying that being outgoing and loud is a bad thing, but it is a problem when you are doing those things for the wrong reasons. Now, i'm always too hard on  myself, so I need to stop for a minute here and say that I have always loved people and tried to be a good person. But I need to be better! I know that if we all make it a priority to focus on blessing the lives of others rather than impressing others and being selfish that we will be happier people.
This teacher also talked about the social media. It's a great thing and we are so blessed to have it, but think about it. The whole focus of it is ourselves! Twitter? oh here look what I did today, look at this cool thing I said, look at how funny I am, me me ME! Facebook? Does that really show who we are? No, it's all the good stuff! These things aren't bad, but again if the motives aren't right then they can be! we have been encouraged by the brethren to use these things to bless the lives of others and spread the gospel. I am going to do this from now on.
final point: Charity is the single most important thing we can develop while on this earth. We need to love as the Lord loves. We need to stop focusing on ourselves and get out there and work! Please read this scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:3-4. It just says it in a better way than I ever could.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Get real!

Forgive me and my cheesy blog title...but this blog is all about how I think it's so important to be real. Obviously right? No one likes to talk to someone who's fake, and only saying what you want to hear so that you will like that person. So...why do some people do it? I'll tell you why I used to do it, because I am a people pleaser. I am not happy unless everyone else is happy. While that is not a bad has kind of ruined me. The real Christie ceases to exist sometimes because I am too busy trying to be someone who the other person wants me to be so they will be happy and comfortable in whatever situation we may be in.
I'm still me. It's not like i've been living a million lies my whole life. Not at all. What I mean is that I haven't really expressed my true views at times when I could have, I haven't disagreed with someone when I should have, I haven't held my tongue when I should have, etc. 
I have made it a goal of mine to work on being more real. More me. To say and do things because that's who I am...but still keep in mind the feelings of others, I don't want to totally become a non-censored little brat!
I am just going to stop worrying about what everyone else is thinking and just be me. Yes, I know I know, you all learned this back in junior high...but I'm still learning!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

My favorite talk at conference

This past conference was awesome, as it always is. I love listening to all the leaders of our church speak to us in such effective ways - knowing, that each word that is spoken is something that we need to hear! It's just so great. 
My favorite talk was the one by D. Todd Christoferson. He talked about trials and dealing with them and becoming better from them. He shares a story about a gardener cutting down a bush that was growing a lot, the bush gets mad at him and asks him why he would cut him down when he was growing so tall and doing so well for himself. The gardener says, "Hey, I am the gardener here and I know what I want you to be and someday when you have fruit  you will thank me for cutting you down now." I really liked this story. Of course I have always known that God has a plan for each of us, that He knows what's best for us...but I needed to be reminded of this, and this story illustrates the principle so plain and simple. Recently I have thought a lot about the things that I am going through and I always have the question, "Why?" in my head. What am I supposed to learn? Was I not doing what's right before? Why do I need to go through this? It helps me to endure and endure with a joyful attitude when I remember that the Lord is putting trials and things into our lives to shape us into who we need to be. I am so grateful for that knowledge and testimony. 
I mentioned above about having a joyful attitude as we endure our trials. Easier said than done, I know. I just recently broke up with a guy that I REALLY liked a lot. I liked him so much I smothered the crap out of him and scared him away! Ha ha! To be honest I have never been in a situation like this before, and it's super hard. I went through all sorts of emotions...confusion, frustration, impatience, anger, more confusion, anxiety, heart-break, oh and CONFUSION! In the midst of trying to sort out all these emotions, I lost my joyful attitude in life and was dealing with the trial in a numb and distant fashion. It's selfish. I am so grateful for this talk and the wake up call! We all need to deal with our trials with a joyful attitude and remember to be grateful for the priceless lessons that we are learning as we go through these trials.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

My poopies

These are my Poopies. I love them very much. Can you see why?

This is my "baby cakes" or "cakes"
This is my "gracey face" or "face".

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A lesson learned and a great day!

I learned a really good lesson this last week! Hit me so hard and will be with me for the rest of my life. It actually came to me via a guy I have been dating (we actually broke up last night...rough...but anyway). I had wronged him in a way and instead of letting the hurt settle in, really feeling the pain of what I had done, and learning and growing from it enough to not do it again...I tried to get over it real quick and fix it and even make it seem smaller than it was! It was terrible! I didn't even realize what I was doing until this...I apologized to him for what I had done and for trying to manipulate the situation...but then a few days later I did the exact same thing to him again! So I learned nothing. and he brought that to my attention and it hit hard. When we do something wrong...we need to really let time pass, feel the pain, and learn from it. We can't just go through it as fast as we can and try to make things all better ASAP! I used to do this as a kid...I would argue with my mom and then we'd leave all mad and instead of letting time pass and my emotions cool, I would run up to her room a minute later and yell, "I"M SORRY MOM!!" in her face all angry and my intent was to make amends but...I hadn't let enough time pass and really thought about what happened. I just jumped the gun on making it better. I hope I'm making sense. It really is a good lesson. 
Then in relief society today, the teacher mentioned the story that Ukdorf gave one time about how pilots try to go through turbulence real fast when really the best way to do it is to slow down and endure it. We need to slow down in our trials and really find out what the Lord is trying to teach us. Then those trials will become stepping stones and not road blocks in our path back to Him. 
Even though the boy broke up with me last night...and i'm heart broken about it...It was a really good day today! Church was great, and then I went home and we had our family dinner and we had a lesson after wards. The lesson was on how we are each given our individual gifts that no one else has, and we have a work to do on this earth. We each picked out a name of someone else in the family and we were to say what gift that person has. It was really emotional and the spirit was really there with us today. I love my family so so SO dearly. I will never forget tonight and it has given me the motivation to be that much better and to let my light shine and keep developing and embracing those gifts and things that I have been given to keep the work moving forward! 
I challenge you all to do the same!