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Sunday, June 29, 2014

It Costs You Nothing

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. You know, compliments. Or, giving credit where credit is due. 
I'm not usually the kind of person to just go up to someone random and tell them that I like their outfit or that they're pretty much gorgeous, or that they did a great job on their lesson or anything like that. Mostly because I don't want them to think that I am some crazy person.
But you know what, most people don't think that you're crazy. You don't have to know my name to tell me that you like my shoes or that you think I'm great. I'll probably just think that you're awesome.
So I decided a few weeks ago to just start giving compliments to other people. Little things, or big, doesn't matter. If it's positive, and I think it, I'm going to say it. 
I have, in the past, withheld praise from others, because I thought that it made me less. If they were succeeding at something that I was interested in, it must be taking away from me, right? 
Turns out, that I was wrong. There is plenty in this world for all of us. It costs me nothing to praise them. It adds to them and it adds to me. I love the smile that they get when they get a compliment they didn't expect. I love knowing that maybe I made their day. Or at the very least, brightened it for a moment.
I kind of worried at first that maybe I would run out of nice things to say. Is that weird? I didn't want to give any compliment I didn't mean, because I really hate it when I get a compliment that seems insincere.
Turns out that without even realizing it, I found more things than ever that were awesome about all the people around me. 
Take a look at the people all around you, I bet you'll find that they're all pretty amazing. It doesn't hurt to tell them that either. You are enough, even if no one compliments you back, because guess what? You're pretty amazing too. 
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Skies like a Van Gogh painting

How was your weekend everybody? Because mine was amazing, and apparently in the summer the weekend extends into the week... Yes, I know it's almost the weekend again.

But, guess what guys?? It is officially summer! 
This is the sky on Sunday. We spent from about 7 till sundown out on the deck. The sky was absolutely gorgeous!

Last weekend's adventures included going up the canyon for the Summer Solstice. I have always wanted to celebrate the summer solstice! But I never have. It may come from reading way too much fantasy and books about fairies. I have no regrets.

Anyway, here is a taste of the hike we went on (FYI, I'm obsessed with wild flowers)

Shanti and homemade hammock that we found in the woods!

 Wild Raspberry bushes! The path was pretty overgrown with them.

Yeah, we climbed that... ;)

How did you celebrate the start of summer? 
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Friday, June 20, 2014

We Do What We Want Because We're Adults

Wednesday I got a very unusual text. Hatred was inviting me to sleep over. In PARK CITY! So of course, I said yes, and I am SO glad that I did!

She picked me up around 7:30 and we went and got gas and more snacks than we could possibly need for just a few days. But who cares?? Because, as was the theme of our trip, we do what we want, because we're adults! Ha ha at least pretend adults :)

Once we got up there, we checked into our hotel... That's right, a hotel! Sorry, for you guys, maybe that's not so awesome, but I've never just stayed in a hotel with friends. So for me, that is a VERY big deal. 

Then we went for dinner. First of all, apparently kitchens close earlier than I thought. Like 9. Which we were told by a pretentious french host. (We may or may not have bought Fiji water to drink at our junk food stop so that even our water could be pretentious ;) ) Second, I was almost carded for the first time ever! Since all the kitchens were closed we ended up at a bar. But, since we weren't drinking anything they just carded one of us and Hatred already had her ID out. 

In case you didn't know, everything in Park City is REALLY expensive, so I just got an appetizer of Calamari, because I was being adventurous!

 Our next adventure back at the hotel, after hiking back up main street to get to our car (seriously longest walk ever) was trying to get our projector working so that we could Dr. Who it up! Turns out that we forgot a cable though and Smiths isn't exactly the best place to buy cables at 11:00 PM... So the laptop it was! And it was still great!

 Yes, I felt scandalous just being in this Cafe. But let me just say, their smoothies are pretty great!

 We had 4 hours to kill after checking out of our hotel on day 2, so of course, we went to the outlets! :)

We checked into The Yarrow after our very flirty check in person (what are those people called?) talked to us about random names and getting girls numbers. Yeah, just so you know, apparently I have ZERO sense of direction in that hotel. I should not lead. 

This hotel had an in wall safe! Talk about fancy (I have had "I'm so Fancy" stuck in my head all weekend. Apparently it does not say, can you taste these scones, but gold instead. I personally think scones makes a lot more sense and is much more delicious!)
We watched Jimmy Fallon Thank you notes for a few hours whilst waiting for Merr to come up!
P.S. Am I the only one who thinks that Jimmy Fallon needs to be taught how to place a thank you note in the envelope? Seriously was driving me CRAZY.

Then... We went swimming. Apparently I really struggle touching the bottom in the deep end. I really should sink easy, but I don't. All three of us were trying. Merr was pro and did it like twelve times. I did it once. Hatred was having a particularly hard time, but we decided to all try going to the bottom together. Hatred was like "are we going all at once?" and I was like, "yeah, it's like a fake suicide pact!" And thus we realized that if we were ever stranded out in the ocean we would all drown because we'd start laughing and then we wouldn't be able to tread water anymore. 

We finished out the night with Ghidotti's. 5$ thursday don't you know :)

 Merr and Hatred! We are a blonde joke wherever we go. We kind of love it. :)
To all my Dr. Who buddies out there... my mistake was only pointed out to me AFTER I took the photo. 

After sisterhood of the travelling pants 2 we fell asleep!
And lastly, this morning, we went to the pancake house attached to a DIFFERENT best western than we stayed at the first night. SO good!

And thus ended the spontaneous Park City trip! One of the funnest trips I've been on! Thanks for sticking with me through the highlight real! :) 

Did you do anything crazy this week? What's the most spontaneous trip you've ever taken?
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Things that might get me arrested

You ever have the urge to do something that you probably shouldn't? Well, a couple of my life goals fall under that category.

1. Citizen's arrest a cop.
I really don't know how this came about. Especially since my grandpa was a cop. Not only that but cops terrify me and I literally burst into tears when I have to interact with one of them.
2. Explore this building.

3. Sneak into hotels and swim in their pools.
4. Explore houses being built/newly built. 
This one isn't really a life goal. Ha ha it's just something that I do. SHH! don't tell anyone. 
5. This one probably SHOULD have gotten me arrested, but the first time I ever drove a car, on the road, I was 11. Then when I was no longer driving, but still in the car, sitting shotgun, we got pulled over, and I lied to the cop and told him I was 12. 
6. Not drinking milk. 
Yup, I don't drink milk and I don't put it on my cereal... Apparently this is against the law in Utah. Shhh! Don't tell the coppers!
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I Saw the fault in our stars

 I have always loved long hair. Ever since i was small. I think partially because I thought that to be a princess, you had to have long hair, but partially for another reason that I haven't really told too many people.
 I saw The Fault In Our Stars last week with two of my very best friends. It rocked me to the core in a way that I find hard to explain, but I'll try. Books like that. Movies like that. Aren't really entertainment for me, because they're too real. 
Because I have always felt two things for a surety. First, that my church was true, since before I really knew what that meant. 
Second, that I was going to die young.
 Let me make this abundantly clear. I am healthy. I am completely fine. At the rate I'm going, I will probably outlive all of my siblings.
But facts don't change feelings.
 And so, since I found out the ways that people usually die young, I had always thought that I would probably get cancer of some sort.
I loved long hair, because I felt that at some point, I would have to endure being bald.
 So I hung onto my long hair. And in high school when they did locks of love my sophomore year, I refused to cut it. Why should I have to, I thought. It was my hair, and who knew how long I would have to enjoy it. 
 But Junior year rolled around and all the people commented on how long my hair was. Told me to cut it. I felt selfish. I felt guilty. I felt that it was something that I had to do. Partially because I was so against it, I felt that I had to do it, to let go of it.
 So the December after I turned 16, my best friend cut my hair in front of the whole school, with scores of other girls. I didn't shed a tear. I was brave.
Until it took years for it to grow back.
And I swore that I would never cut it for locks of love again.
After all, I'd paid my dues.
 But, I changed my mind. I grew up I guess. I decided that I could be brave. I decided that I could still be beautiful, even if I didn't have long hair. 
I could still FEEL beautiful, even if I didn't have long hair.
So I debated about cutting it for over a year.
Last Tuesday, I cut off two braids and 11 inches. Because I didn't need that hair anymore. Because it could help make someone else feel beautiful.

Because it isn't about paying dues. It isn't about putting in your time. It's about helping people. That's what we should live for. That's what I'm trying to live for.
And I'll tell you what. I have never felt so pretty.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Summer Bucket List!

We all need one right? That way, Summer can be super epic. I don't know about you, but I love me some epic summers! Mostly I just love Summer. The end. 
Got anything that I should add to my list? I'm all about the adventures! Plus, if you need a buddy for some of your adventures, I'm down for that!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Try ALL the things

I try all the new things.  Well, not all the things. I intend to try lots of things that I forget. Like Doritos Locos tacos... those took me approximately 2 years to try (weren't all that they were cracked up to be p.s.).
BUT I did try the butterfinger reeses cups. They were actually pretty good! If you like both things, and like a little texture (as in crunch) in your candy... delicious :)
Do you try the novelties?

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