Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Happy Place

Find a happy place, find a happy place, find a happy place!

When I heard this quoted recently (Dori from Finding Nemo--tell me you know this), I started thinking about where this happy place of mine would be and what it would be like. A place full of all the things I love. Christian's would be on a soccer field. Taylor's would be chocolate-covered. In Amanda's, she'd be a Disney princess. My mother's would consist of gardening and black licorice. In Kel's, she'd ride horses and drink Diet Coke all the day long. Aaron's would likely involve a baseball field, country music, and Remember the Titans.

So what about my happy place?

Daisies and tulips and yellow roses. My cat, Dori (fitting, right?). Music of all kinds. My guitar and my own recording studio. SUNSHINE. Nash and Samantha and Sawyer. Diet Coke with lemon. Laughter. The beach. A picnic in the park. Football and softball and volleyball and soccer. An array of self-help books. A whole watermelon to myself. Peanut butter ice cream with a little bit of crushed Reese's on top. A truck. My family and my lovely friends. Denim jackets. Plenty of blankets. Cafe Rio. A bonfire in the mountains. And the biggest open sky you've ever seen, perfect for gazing at stars, clouds, and sunrises/sunsets.

THAT is my happy place.

What's yours like?


Monday, March 25, 2013

Miss Kris!

My best friend, Miss Kristalyn Boseman, leaves the Provo MTC today to serve in the Rochester New York Mission. GO, KRIS! She's been in the MTC three weeks longer than she expected, but took on a great attitude about it and has had a really good experience there. Time for the big leagues. She's going to be incredible.

The other day, I saw this beautiful lady at the Provo temple! I thought I saw her pretty blonde head from a distance, and could tell that she recognized that it might be me... we literally ran toward each other and hugged for a very long time. We both cried a little and talked for a few short minutes, then went our separate ways. I MISS THAT GIRL. Can't wait to see her again in two years!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Back to blogging business.

I'm back! Back in blogging business, with a new title and a new "Springy" layout... just in time for the snow. Nice.

I last wrote on the final day of my London adventure. It's been quite the ride since that post. So many new friends, 12 BYU classes, exceptional roommates, a wonderful ward, the return of a special missionary, and my own mission call. It has been the greatest school year thus far. But I happen to say that every year.

Today's focus is the last item on that list. A mission. It's been on the forefront of my mind (obviously) and I've wanted to blog about it for quite some time. Why serve a mission? Why me?

There are a lot of good things in this world. There are so many good people everywhere. There are good movies and good music and good books and good theories. There are good ideas about life and love and everything in between. There are good religions. Lots of them. As I've thought a great deal about the good things, I've come to recognize their imperfections and shortcomings. Yes, they have truth. Sometimes a lot of it. But unless it's the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a good thing will never be 100% perfect.

My religion, the very thing that's most important to me and central to every other aspect of my life, contains ALL truth. It contains the keys to a happy life and a promising afterlife. The Gospel teaches us, guides us, and protects us--three things which are crucial in this whirlwind of a world. It's something to hold on to through thick and thin. We can't make it without it; we need it in our lives. And not just you and I, but every person on this earth and beyond.

That is why I am going on a mission. Not because it's currently a "trend" among women, and not because somebody told me to go. I want the people of Poland to know the blessings of the Gospel, just as I do. They need the Gifts that I've been so fortunate to have had placed in my hands since before I can remember. And they need me to introduce them.

I'm excited for Poland. It's going to be cold, and hard, and long, and hard.... but it's undoubtedly going to be the greatest thing I've ever done. I CAN'T WAIT.