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Summer 2018

Tomorrow is my first day of class at BYU grad school. This is me:

Orientation last Friday quelled my fears in some areas, but ignited fears in other areas. I feel comfortable already with the students in my program. I think people who go into the social sciences reach out to strangers often and are good at establishing a connection quickly, and I feel I've already made some friends in the program. I also feel less judged in this group of people, which is nice because it's easy to feel self-conscious at BYU.  I think I'm most scared of the three C's policy: three C's and you're cut from the program. I'm terrified that they are going to find me out, and to my utter shame and humiliation I'll be kicked out of school. But I don't necessarily wish that this program was easier. BYU has a reputation for churning out strong clinical social workers, and if I can make it through this program then I can make it through just about anything. 

I'm grateful th…

This blessed plot...

My, how good it felt to be back in England. On our descent into Heathrow I kept pinching myself. It just didn't seem real! 3 years go I laid plans for a graduation trip to the UK, but with grad school applications and pre-req's to complete, plus no travel buddy to come with me, I just didn't see how I was going to make it happen.

Thankfully, I met Ashley. While in the break room at work one day, she mentioned that she wanted to travel, and finally felt like she was in a position to do so (recently divorced, newfound freedom, etc...). We talked to our manager the next week about taking a couple weeks off in May, and then before we knew it we were booking flights and making reservations for afternoon tea in Hyde Park. 

All in all, the trip went very smoothly. I felt very proud in my ability to navigate London, interacting as pleasantly as I could with the locals. I was desperate to prove that not all Americans are obnoxious morons like our current president.  

Still, Ashley …


I feel as if I've sort of ambled through life with the correct (albeit unexpected) path continuously laid before my feet. I can remember only a handful of definite markers guiding me in a certain direction. The first occurred when I was thirteen and I felt strongly that I should go to hair school. That feeling stuck with me all through high school and I never wavered from my decision.

The second occurred just before going to Philmont. I had been offered a position, Holly had not. I had to decide whether to go to New Mexico alone to work in the woods for a summer, and after serious prayer I felt I needed to go to Philmont. Thankfully, Holly did end up getting a job in the trading post and that summer turned out to be one of the happiest of my life!

The third happened when I was close to graduating hair school. I realized by this time that I enjoyed learning and being a student living in a college town. I prayed about going to college and got a resounding "yes." I enrolle…


I decided to start my new year by deactivating my facebook account and deleting instagram from my phone. It's been a necessary break the last 3 months. Since doing the social media purge I have found that I suddenly have more time on my hands! Whodathunk? I'm currently reading Sally Bedell Smith's "Elizabeth the Queen," I'm exercising more, and I'm dabbling in creative writing. I'm hoping that as I return to the digital social world over the next few months that I manage to strike a balance between keeping up with my friends who I don't see very often, yet not feeling the need to "keep up" with them, if you know what I mean.

Lastly, in the new year I am looking for more ways to enrich my life. SO, I'm going to London and Paris in May. Just booked my tickets last month! I'm going with a friend from work who has never been out of the country. I've already been to France and England, but I love England so much I could go again a…