So my good friend that I met since I've been here in Draper recently turned 25 and she set 25 goals she wants to accomplish while she is 25. Some of them are big and some of them are simple but I thought I would do the same thing for me. I'm trying to find things/ways to help feel more accomplished in my life and just really enjoy life. I turned 27 almost 2 months ago, so I am going to start now, and make up for the last two months!!!
Here's what I have, I'm still finalizing them. I want them to be things I will find fun.
1. Run a 10k (I'm NOT a runner! But I'm loving it)
2. Get back to post-mission weight (won't post numbers on here! Not that confident!)
3. Read all the standard works focusing on the Atonement
4. Learn how to make a killer home made bread
5. Learn 10 new go-to recipes that are healthy and fast
6. Read 15 books (SUGGESTIONS WANTED!!! So far I have the Peacegiver, Continuous Conversion (I've already started this), Still Alice, 3 my mission comp just gave me and I can't remember the titles, Unbroken...)
7. Save enough money for a new car.
8. Learn 10 new songs on the ukulele
9. Read my Grandparent's life-story that they have both written so I know more about them.
10. Wash my car at least once a month (I know this sounds lame, but I HATE washing my car)
11. Decide on grad-school programs and stick with it
12. Write down at least 2 things I'm grateful for every night
13. Look for service opportunities every day
14. Say "Thank You" more
15. Learn more about budgeting
16. Learn how to use the pedals on the organ
17. Learn the basics of couponing
18. Go to the temple at least twice a month
19. Go to 5 temples I've never been to
20. Type at least 3 of my mission journals (I've been wanting to type all my journals since I got home)
21. Stop drinking soda, AGAIN. This time should be easy because I really don't drink it much anymore.
22. Fold my laundry the same day I do it.
23. Memorize the Living Christ
24. Really prepare for general conference
25. Have one day a week where I just detach myself from technology
26. Play basketball twice a month, even if it's just me shooting around
27. Go on a spontaneous road trip
There we go. I can do it. Some of these simple ones I feel are going to stretch me the most, but it will be great!!!
Bring it 27.
So sometimes I step back and look at my life, and I realize how many tender mercies the Lord has blessed me with. One huge one happened last week.
I woke up Tuesday morning and I felt great! I went to work, and was working away on different things and I noticed my eye started swelling up a little bit. I didn't think anything of it, past "oh, that's weird, good thing I work at an eye doctors office." Well, it continued to get worse throughout the day, and people started looking at me weird and making comments. Well at about 2:00 I started not feeling too good, and I had the thought, "Ocular Cellulitis". What? Why would I think that. So I went about my day a little more, and the thought came again, "Ocular Cellulitis".
Now I don't know everything about eyes, but I do know random things, and I do know that Ocular Cellulitis is bad news. So I took a picture of my face and sent it to a doctor at home.
He said, "Yes, you need to be on medicine."
So I went to my PCP and got on medicine, along with a huge shot of Rocephin (terrible experience.) and they said that if it got any worse to go to the ER immediately. Well, a few hours later, my vision went super blurry, (20/80 when I'm normally 20/20) and my eye got more puffy and nasty. So, I found myself in the ER to get an IV and get some mega meds pumped into me.
The next day I went back to see my doctor and he gave me another shot of Rocephin and two antibiotics to take. Ocular Cellulitis can be very dangerous because if it isn't treated aggressively and early it can go septic, or it can turn into meningitis and infect the brain, neither one is very good.
So I was SO incredibly sick, and went back to get an IV and MRI on Friday at LDS Hospital, and then yet another shot of Rocephin and starting on Sunday I was back on the mend for good. It looks like there is some nerve damage that may or may not go away. There's some issues with pupillary reaction and they can't get my vision to 20/20 even with correction anymore.
Now, what does this have to do with tender mercies.
I know how dangerous this could've been. I'm grateful for a doctor, who from Fresno, told me what to do.
I'm grateful for the spirit to get me even thinking in that direction, why would ocular cellulitis, one super serious eye condition be the first thing that came to my mind?
I'm grateful for a doctor who was extremely proactive in treating it.
I'm grateful that things didn't turn out worse.
I got a text later in the week from the doc at home saying that someone else came in with this same thing and lost her eye. I'll take a little nerve damage and some fuzzy vision if it means I can keep my eyeball.
The spirit is real. I've been praying more to recognize the promptings that I receive throughout my week. I'm SO glad that the Lord helped me to recognize that prompting to go in and get some added treatment.
I feel dramatic saying all this, but I just feel so watched out for by my Heavenly Father. I think it's once again because I know how REALLY bad this could've been and how it could've ended up SO much different.
(I won't post any pics, but you can google it if you want more details!!)
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of... coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “YES”.
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions. Things, that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.” he said.
“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you...” he told them.
“So... pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Worship with your family. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. Spend time with good friends. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled and said, “I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”
I don't drink coffee, obviously, but I love the principles taught. It's all about priorities. What's the most important thing in life? What are you doing about it?
Some days you wake up and you realize it's finally the beginning of a new week, and you are so excited because last week was nothing short of a nightmare. And then sometimes you realize that you are getting irritated with everyone around you and heck, it must be a communication/lack of communication issue. And sometimes, you just need to remind yourself of everything that you have to be grateful for.
Well the last week has been surprising eventful in my life, and I have actually remembered my camera and taken photos. First, me and my dad, and David and Summer went on a hike celebrating the (almost) one year anniversary of his double lung transplant. We hiked up to Timpanogos Caves, and it was a fun, chill, relaxing day, and helped me remember how grateful and blessed we are to still have David in our lives.
My dad, Dave, and Summer towards the beginning of the hike. We are still all full of energy! :)
Dave and Summer about half way through!
Me and my dad! :)
Rest stop!! :) All of us, excited to be hiking!
This sign was a little deceiving, there was still a ways to go, but semi-close nonetheless!
We were warned by these lovely pictures that if we are going to fall off the cliff, to do so gracefully.
The view partway up the mountain
When we started getting tired. I had just recently done this hike, so I knew what to expect!
Then, this weekend, I have been able to hang out with this cutie ALL weekend long. It has been SO fun!!! We have been on treasure hunts, we have fed the ducks, we have gone to see Planes in the theatre, we have been to the park, Chik-Fil-A to eat and play in their play place, we have drawn pictures for his mom, dad, and sister when they get reunited. Today we went to cafe rio with a friend of mine from home, and that friend gave him a dollar to get a treat for the movies, and he was in heaven, and he was so excited when he gave the cashier his money and he got money back! We went to Target to get a Planes toy, we collected TONS of feathers. It has just been swell!
He is really concentrating on drawing a picture for his mom in this picture!
Every feather was just as cool as the last! I love his excitement over the little things he sees!
He couldn't chase these ducks enough. "Lindz, look at how big their wings get!!!" The best/worst part was when he ran through a flock of geese and he literally scared the poop out of one and it got all over him. (Sorry Kathryn, but it was funny!!) (:
And one of us! :) not great of me, but I had to get one with this cutie!!
So, to the 3 of you that read this blog,
I have a little confession. It's been weighing on me for a long time, and it's something that comes close to blasphemy.
Are you ready..........................................
I abso-freakin-lutely LOVE Utah.
I never thought I would say such words. But I just did. So now my confession is out in the open and I can move forward.
I Love it here. Almost everything about it is so incredible.
The people I've met.
The feeling of Salt Lake County. (WAY better than provo county for me.)
The economy (job market is really good here)
The running/walking trails.
The many things to do.
There is seriously ALWAYS something going on.
Now, I can't stand the drivers (I won't go into this.......) and I'm a little disappointed in the fact that I still have yet to find some driven, hard working, normal, and attractive guys with goals that are over 5 feet tall. But that's another story for my next post (I've been drafting this up for a long time. Watch out boys and girls, Im going to talk about both of us.)
My only regret is that I should've moved here sooner. A lot sooner. But really, at the same time, the timing was perfect. The Lord has been so close to me and has perfectly guided this move and transition.
I just feel so blessed.
Blessed to be here.
Blessed with an incredible family.
Blessed with friends.
Blessed by the spirit.
Blessed with employment.
Blessed because of my beliefs, and the Atonement.
Blessed with different opportunities to serve.
Blessed to have seen so many miracles in the last little bit.
Right now I even feel blessed by a couple prayers that I am still waiting for answers on.
I'm blessed. I'm happy. I'm really loving my life right now more than I have in a long time.
Stay tuned. I have a BUNCH of pictures coming. You shall like them.