anchored in light

A lifestyle blog about finding light in every avenue of life

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Random Fact Wednesday: Birthday Edition

(From Last year's birthday!)
I LOVE birthdays. Ok, that's kind of a lie, as the more I have of them, the less I like them. However, I do have one on the horizon! In just a few days in fact, so here are a few birthday facts!

1. I was baptized into the LDS church on my 8th birthday. 

2. I was apparently baptized at the Hospital where I was born, as a catholic. (Found that gem out when I was in college!)

3. I apparently have the same birthday as Coolio, which is funny because when I was in middle school I planned to open a smoothie place called the Coolio Shack.

4. I would have gotten my license on my 16th birthday, had they not accepting the miniature versions of birth certificates as of that day... (It was my birthday, really, they should have cut me some slack. Just sayin'!)

5. I share a birthday with my sister in law.

6. I took my first steps on my first birthday. I guess it really was a golden birthday ;)

7. I am over 8000 days old. Seriously though. That is a LOT of days.

8. I was born on... a Wednesday. Random right? ;) 

9. My favorite birthday that I can recall was my 16th. My daddy sang 16 candles to me and I had a swim party. It was basically the greatest!

 16th Birthday

23rd Birthday

 6th Birthday

 6th Birthday

 4th Birthday

 18th Birthday

 13th Birthday

7th Birthday

Hope you're all having a great week and if you want some random facts about your OWN birthday, you should go to this site. :)
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Why you should make some goals today



It was pointed out to me about two years ago that I am a very goal oriented person. Which is completely true, I really don't know how I didn't notice this about myself before. I am constantly making new goals, trying to accomplish something new. 

I think that part of the reason that I am so goal oriented is because of my church. There is a lot of emphasis on always striving to be better. It doesn't matter where you are on your path, as long as you are always moving forward. Between making goals in church when I was a teenager to earn my young women's medallion and rethinking who I am every Sunday, I've become extremely goal oriented.

I make new goals each week, some of them are spiritual, some of them are physical, some are things that I just want to accomplish. I make more goals than I complete, and I think that's ok. The fact that I don't accomplish all of my goals doesn't stop me from making new ones. In fact, I find that as long as I am accomplishing something, I feel better about myself. 

So today I thought I would share some tips and tricks on making and keeping goals! :)

1. Pick a time to make goals on a regular basis.
This helps you to always be making new goals. You can check and reassess your previous goals and see what progress you've made.

2. Pick goals that you feel passionate about.
You're not going to make an effort to accomplish something if you don't care about it. If you're just making it a goal because it is something that you should be doing, then more likely than not, you're just going to forget all about it. 



3. Make goals in a few different categories.
For example, I might make a goal to run a few times during the week, a goal to read my scriptures more, and a goal to write a poem or work on one of my novels. 



4. Keep track of your progress. 
Notice I didn't say, keep track of your completed goals. Really, a large part of goals is the process. You need to know that you're moving forward, even if you haven't yet completed your goal.

5. Don't let past failures hold you back.
I can't tell you the number of times I have made a goal to finish all my first drafts for my novels... but that doesn't mean that I will never finish them, and it doesn't mean that I won't keep making it a goal. 



6. Celebrate every success
I am a firm believer in celebration. I celebrate all the time! Whether it be some stupid holiday that isn't real (Like milk chocolate day yesterday) or it be actual success on a goal or even progress on a large goal (make some mini goals :) ). There needs to be some reward for your goal. It doesn't have to be a real thing! Sometimes you're broke and you can't afford to even buy yourself french fries (I REALLY love french fries), but find some way to celebrate. 
You can even promise yourself a future reward. For example, this last year I made a goal to write 1000 words every day except Sundays for 100 days. My reward, an apple laptop or a tablet. I do not have the money for either. I finished my goal. I earned it. And someday, if I have the money, I have permission to spend it on that large of a gift for myself. 

7. Don't be afraid to try new things
If you've always wanted to do something, you can do it! You might struggle at first, but have faith that you can! If you need a little more encouragement, read this post

8. Don't let other people hold you back
Just because someone says you can't do it, or you don't have the talent for it, doesn't mean that you can't. You prove them wrong. You stay strong and don't worry what they think.



9. Make sure you look at your goals often, daily if possible.
Seeing what you're trying to accomplish will help keep you focused on accomplishing them!

10. Believe that you can do it!
You have amazing potential! We all do! Trust that you can do it. Believe that you can, no matter how big or small the goal. You'll get there! 

Do you have any tips on keeping your goals? What keeps you motivated? What goals are you working on right now?

Good luck on those goals! 

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sililoquy of a Sickie

This last weekend was... less than fun. My brother came home from a trip to Tahoe with his family and he brought a little stowaway with him. SICKNESS. 
My poor brother had to drive home ill, making a 9 hour drive 12 hours long. So, while he was recovering, I watched my nephew. 
Then the stowaway jumped ship and took me down for the count. 
My friends and I had been planning to go camping for a long time, but July has been so busy and I've been SO tired, that I thought, hey, let's make this easy and camp out back. 
Which I am so glad we decided to do, because I got sick and had to bail. 
And this thought came to me as I was dying and considering to moving into the bathroom, why is it that when we're ill we all wish to die?
I can't tell you the number of times I have wished for death while sick. 
Why does no one wish for health?
It's like, we're feeling so bad, that health is never going to be an option again, so we just think hey, let's skip this feeling like death, and just skip to death itself! We're all brilliant :) 
Anyway, not only did it take me down, but my little sister and my mom as well. Luckily neither of them got it as bad as me. 
Hope you're all doing well! Remember, wish for health! :)
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Maleficence

I saw Maleficent.

And I must say, I LOVED it. My fairy tale, emphasis on the fairy, loving heart almost burst with love for this movie. I loved the twists. I loved every minute of it. (Alright, I’ll just say it here and now, the actress was not pretty enough to be Sleeping Beauty, but other than that I have ZERO complaints).
This was one of those movies that satisfied several things.
First, entertainment, but that really doesn't mean much.
Secondly, and most importantly, it satisfied my imagination. There are some movies, some books, some stories, and some lives that just fire up my imagination and just make me want to create. All of the sudden twists for books I’m writing pop up, poetry starts flowing. Inspiration straight to my heart.
And I realize that yeah, I’m a writer. That it is something that is deep in me. The need to take what I see and what I feel and weave it into words that not only explain me, but explain how I see the world.
I take in the little details. Like the color of the sky, the spot on the tire of the car in front of me, the smell of the air and the feel of the steering wheel in my hands. I try to take in every second of this life, because some day I might need the memory of the way my feet felt on the ground as they slapped hard, or the sound of the door slamming as sounds escaped me that I wasn’t capable of making.
Because someday that might move someone, just when they need to be moved. Someday that might move ME in the way that I need to be moved.
This movie, like so many others, moved my heart. Reminded me that as a writer I am called to live 1000 lives. To feel things that I have never experienced, and to live things that aren’t real (in the least crazy way possible). Because that’s what writers do. We imagine worlds that aren’t, and cannot be. Because they move us. They move you. They move us all to do what we have to do and to dream of things that can’t be, so that we can do things that used to seem impossible. To give us the courage of a hero. The heart of a hero, so that we don’t become the villain when the choice is before us.
Because some day that choice will be before each of us. It has already been before me. And it probably won’t be the last time.










 We decided to do a water fairy shoot, sans wings. and I'm pretty impressed with my little sister's skill! She took all of the pictures for me :)

It was just the sort of thing that Maleficent inspired. About half of these were taken in our secret park, basically my favorite place on the planet. We go there to write and to dream and to be. It was a very hot day. I melted about half of the sparkles off my face, but it was still fun. Good sister time :)

What did you think of the movie? What inspires you?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Random fact Rooms!

So it has been a whole week since I posted anything, and it has been a very busy week! My mother was sealed last Saturday. If you have ever been involved with a wedding, or a reception, then you know how crazy it can be!
Seriously, we got home and everyone was asking if they could help, but it was so crazy that I couldn't even really ask for help!
Beyond that, my Mom's cousin (read: sisters in heart) stayed in my room and I left my computer for her to play with. She was so nice, she even dusted my room and vacuumed it! (I really need to work on that). Anyway, she just left yesterday, so here I am, back for random fact Wednesday!

Today shall be about rooms :)

1. I shared a room with my older sister until we moved when I was nine. Then I kind of shared anyway because she was afraid to live downstairs. I ended up moving downstairs to her room when I couldn't share any more. 

2. I picked out my wallpaper and paint for my walls for my room when we moved. I chose horses. I was pretty obsessed with horses when I was a child. I read all sorts of books with horses in them. One of my deepest wishes was to own an Arabian horse. And, a Shetland pony :)

3. I slept on an air mattress for a year when my bed was being used for a friend of my brothers. As a consequence, I sleep REALLY well on them. For the past week I slept on one in my little sister's room. I think I slept TOO well. I slept through the night so hard that I am absolutely exhausted!


4. I painted my own room last November. Stupidest idea I have ever had. it was during NaNoWriMo, we were finishing the basement so that my brother could move in, and I was working... SO tired. 



5. I designed my little sister's room. I helped her paint it, and someday it will be the playroom for our kids!


The weirdest thing about sharing a room with my little sister this week was the fact that my room didn't feel like my room. I would look in there and it looked totally foreign! She didn't even change anything and suddenly it didn't feel like it was mine! Weird right?

Anyway, Happy Wednesday! And for those of you who live in Utah, Happy Pioneer day tomorrow!
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Snail mail and Email :)

I intended to do this random fact Wednesday on music, but then remembered I'd already done that...
No worries!

As a writer, I have always loved words, and papers, books and notebooks. (Don't even worry, I have way too many journals/notebooks...). Going along with that, I have always loved letters. There's nothing like going to the mailbox to find a letter from someone that you care about! Especially if it's a FAT letter. 

So onto the facts!

1. My roommate from college, Dizzle, and I both believe that the world was a better place when people sent each other letters. So after we stopped living with each other, we started sending each other snail mail! We're not always good at it. We sometimes go a few months in between letters, but we still send them. 

2. I have my own sealing wax and seals. I need to make a legit, unique to me, seal, but even still seals are the coolest. 

3. In high school, when a bunch of my friends were serving missions for our church, I was writing (by hand) 12 different missionaries.


4. One of my friends I met through mail. I was writing one of my friends on a mission and when one of the companionships in his mission saw my letters, specifically my handwriting, they asked me to write them. I ended up meeting one of them when he got back from his mission and we're still friends today.

5. I used to email a lot of friends that I met at Especially For Youth. Because of this, I started a competition. Whoever would send me the most emails in a month would get a really awesome email from me at the end of the month, letting them know that they had sent me the most emails. My best friend who I messaged all the time on MSN (throwback! ha ha does anyone else remember when that was cool?) had never won, so he proceeded to send me like 40 emails each with one word in them. Or another time he sent them a letter at a time. 

6. My farthest pen/email pal lives in Germany. Although she hasn't written me back in awhile. 

There you have it! If you have any awesome ideas on what my seal should be, or you want to be pen pals (I don't even care if you see me all the time, letters are awesome!) let me know! 
Have a great Wednesday!


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Animals inside out

I went to a press release for comic con about a week ago, and as a result... I got to go to Animals inside out at the Leonardo!


 Have you ever been to body worlds? It's by the same people.










If you liked Body Worlds, then I contend that you would like this. Although, I will say this, it was a lot smaller than I was hoping for. 
I liked biology in high school. It's like dissection, but a lot less gross. There's no gross smell, and things aren't... squishy. 
Also, if you were wondering about the costumes, we had to show up in costume for the press release. It was a lot less exciting than I was hoping for, but hey, at least we get to go to comic con now!
Have you been to Animals inside out or Body Worlds? What did you think?
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Monday, July 14, 2014

You've got a friend in me!

Do you ever have that moment when you’re talking to someone and something totally relevant from a blog you read comes up, but you don’t really know how to refer to that blogger?
Happens to me all the time.
What I really want to say is, I have this friend…
But what I end up saying is, “This blogger I follow…”
It just gets awkward, and occasionally you just sound like you have no idea what you’re talking about.
So here’s the thing, not to say that you talk about my blog to anyone else, but if you do, you totally have permission to say, my friend, Rachael…
We can totally be friends, even if you just read my blog. And hey, we can be real friends if you just drop me a line in the comments or send me an email. Just sayin’! It’s an option.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Show Obsessions

I love Netflix just as much as the next girl. And what is better than the ability to watch shows (I totally typed that as shoes at first, maybe I should also let you know that I love shoes.) one after another. 

So for random fact Wednesday, shout out to some of my favorite shows :)



1. Doctor Who
Honestly, I always come back to this show. I always forget how much I love it! I watch it for awhile, then for whatever reason I don't, and then I go back. I'm not ashamed to admit that it has inspired me to write a poem or two. 

2. Legend of the Seeker
I haven't seen this one in awhile, but I was SO sad when it was cancelled. Kahlan is my favorite! I was once compared to her, and honestly, it's a compliment that I will not forget.

3. Sherlock
And Elementary... and most Sherlock shows. Sherlock especially though. Was I the only one fooled by the "6" episodes in the last season on Netflix? I respect the fact that they are like little movies, but 3 episodes a season? NO!

4. Robin Hood
The BBC version series. Robin Hood is REALLY good looking. Plus it has Thorin in it!! (I may or may not have freaked out a little when I recognized him in the previews). Plus, although I'm not totally sure that I agree with the ending, I thought that it was wrapped up well.

5. Alias
Spies. Need I say more? Plus, whenever I see Gina Tores I always think Anna Espinosa! I bought a book on being a spy from book orders specifically because of Alias. Secret Codes, hidden clues... it's all good in my book.

What are your show obsessions?

P.S. There may have to be a part 2 on this one. There are just too many good shows!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fantasy Con, the Recap! :)

As you may know, I spent 3 days (well... kind of 4) last week manning a booth at Fantasy Con with my fellow Rocky Mountain Muggles.
In a word, it was Awesome! And really really long. Who knew how much standing in a booth for 5-13 hours a day could be so wearing.
Ok ok, in all fairness the 13 hour day was spent partially in Panels and walking in the Fantasy Con Parade. 

So first, the booth.


This was my home away from home. Charissa and I manned the booth the most consistently, but was still good times. I've got to say, we're pretty legit. 

Second, the Panels.

 Yes, that is Samwise and Pippin! They were so funny! Even if Pippin refused to sing for us. When people started yelling at him to sing, he said, "Yes! Some things do go ping! When someone has a statement about life I believe they should say it. Some things smell of cheese! Mostly cheese."
If only we were close enough to see their tattoos when they showed us...


 Our second panel was with the dwarves. They were pretty funny also. Highlight... when they sang for us. I will curse myself for quite awhile for not having my camera ready!

Third, sitting on a panel.
That's right! I sat ON a panel! This was my very first con and my first time even going to panels. I got to sit on a panel for Causeplaying. It was a few members from several different groups that do what we do, that is, charities and things. 
Honestly, one of my favorite ever experiences from being in my group was the charity event on Wednesday. We all got there early and stood in a big line while the kids from Hope Kids and their families walked between the lines. They got to meet all sorts of characters, from Star Wars, to fairies on stilts, to us. 
There was a little boy who was so tiny, in a wheel chair. He was the size of a toddler, but I'm sure he was older. He gave my a high five and my heart just melted. I don't think I'll ever forget that little boy, even though I don't know his name and will probably never see him again. 
I heard some amazing stories from the other groups. One that was especially touching, was a storm trooper (movie quality) that went to an emergency make a wish child's house and gave him not only his gun, but his entire costume. The little boy was buried in the costume. They're so selfless, and I've got to say, once you get a taste of these little kids joy, it's hard to let it go. Better than drugs as one of the other "Cause"players said.

Last, meeting Celebrities and overall experience.

 We got to meet Hannah and Hilly Hindi! I have loved their parodies and they were really nice. My little sister had the opportunity to go to all of their panels. 

Personally, my favorite parody is this one below!

 Oh, I almost forgot! In addition to meeting Hannah and Hilly, we also met Sylvester McCoy AKA Radagast and the Seventh Doctor :)



 This was the first year for Fantasy Con, being the first, it wasn't very busy, which was awesome since we were able to just walk into all of our panels (NO waiting). 
Overall, it was pretty awesome! Hope you enjoyed the recap! If you went, let me know what you thought! :)
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