Sunday, February 17, 2013


 This year, I have decided to participate in Lent. I've already had people saying "You're Mormon, you have to give up so much already!". But I have always been intrigued by other religions and their practices (I tried to be Jewish for a day once), and it can't hurt to participate! Most sources that I have read say that Catholics usually give up a food, and an activity. I haven't quite figured out what activity I should give up, but I have decided to stop eating so much bread, because I think it's going to kill me some day.

Let me tell you a little story... Last friday night I had a hankering for donuts. It was so bad, that at 2 in the morning, I went to Smith's and bought whatever was left of their assorted donuts. They were piled in a big box, for only 3 bucks. I took them home, and ate 3 of them while watching Downtown Abbey. Then I went to sleep. I woke up around noon on saturday, and I ate 3 more. Then I watched even more Downton Abbey. I didn't shower, I didn't even wash my face. I didn't put on makeup. I think I managed to do some laundry but that was it. I had spaghetti and meatballs for lunch, and then washed that down with a couple more donuts.

 That evening I went out with Jenna and Clayton, and we stopped by a little burger stand, I got a chili burger with bacon. Then we went home and I ate the rest of my donuts. And then I got called in to work early, and I had no time to do anything to my hair or face, I just ran over to work. When I got to work I found a couple waffles in the back that were mess ups, and now up for grabs for the employees. So I ate a waffle.

At one point during the evening, as I was waiting to take a couple's order, I grabbed some food to go deliver to a table. As I was going around the counter, I passed this couple, made eye contact with the girl, and watched her as he turned to her date and said quietly, but very clearly, "No, that's a girl."

Oh. My. Gosh. They had been trying to decide if I was a girl or not. Oh my gosh. Oh my GOSH!?

The point is, I eat a lot of bread. The part about the couple being confused about my gender really doesn't mean anything (except that maybe I should make showers and some makeup a priority every day. And maybe I should start wearing bows in my hair, too...), I just thought I should have it recorded somewhere. I'm sure I'll laugh about it some day.
So Lent couldn't have come at a better time. I am now on day 3 of a Gluten-free diet, and let me tell you, work the past couple days has been really rough. But I am going to make it!

Now what kind of activity should I give up?

Sunday, February 3, 2013

That was unexpected

I stole this picture from Caroline's blog last week, and it is now my desktop backround. It melted my heart the moment I saw it. Little Andi :) She just looks so joyful and happy. It's a good reminder that I have a lot to be happy about. I miss those kids so much and I can't wait to go visit them in a couple months!

Can I just say how much I love technology? It's great being able to talk to my family, see pictures of my niece and nephew easily, all through multiple devices! I got to have a couple good long chats with my sister and my Mom this week, and they were exactly what I needed :) I love technology!

I made a discovery this week: I want to work in a barber shop. I visited one on Tuesday, and it was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. 

I have also made another discovery in the past month: I am very young. And I don't know the first thing about moving a new place by myself, and working full time, and starting my career at 20, which is why I have decided to stay a student just a little bit longer. I've decided to apply to Utah Valley University in the fall, studying Outdoor Recreation! I'll go to school part time, and work in a salon (or barber shop) part time. I like being a student too much!

Out of all of my friends at Aveda, no one ever thought I'd be the one to stay in Provo. I haven't exactly had the best of times here, certainly not at first, but now that I'm finally getting into the swing of things, I want to give being a student in Provo another shot. This time I'll have a real job to support me through school, I'll have a better idea where to live, and hopefully I'll like it!

This is definitely NOT what I thought I would do. It became very clear to me when I was thirteen that I was supposed to go to Cosmetology School. And that prompting still holds true, I think. My patriarchal blessing even told me before I started at Aveda that I had a talent for Cosmetology...
But it also said that I could pursue any field that I wanted to. And then it mentioned talents that I didn't realize I had yet...

I also had a very good feeling about Philmont. For a few weeks after I got hired, and Holly hadn't yet, I had to decide if I would still go to Philmont, all alone, if Holly didn't get hired. I felt very strongly that I needed to go to Philmont, and so I decided I'd even go alone. Luckily Holly did get hired, so it all worked out. But I realized from working at Philmont, that I loved being a facilitator at Head of Dean. I took kids through a C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) course, and helped them with their team building and communication skills. It was probably some of the most fun and rewarding work I've done, and I also learned that I have a talent for it. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I got a lot of great reviews!

So to sum it all up... I think that Outdoor Recreation may fit in with the "talent that I didn't know I had".
I am SO happy that I went to Cosmetology School, because I will always have that skill to use wherever I am and in whatever situation I find myself. And I love it!
I still don't know what career field I'll end up working in long term, I don't know if I'll even like college! But I have a means now to pay my way through school, and I want to continue to learn, so I might as well give it a try!

Wish me luck!