anchored in light

A lifestyle blog about finding light in every avenue of life

Monday, May 30, 2016

Monday Moments

Well, I had my last day at work on Friday! Now onto a new job, at least for the summer.

I am still thoroughly enjoying our new apartment. We got a new table last week! Now we just need some chairs so we can sit at it :)









We went to the Bountiful temple again this week and did a session. It looks a lot like Timpanogos to me (on the inside). Anyone else think so?




We got to go out to dinner with the Captain's Grandad on Friday night to Longhorn Steakhouse. It was SO good. Plus, it was nice to hear so many stories from Grandad and some of his takes on life. I don't feel like I got to know my grandpas very well because they all died before I was an adult, but hearing his stories made me wish that I'd known them a little better and that I'd put more effort into getting to know them before they died.



On Saturday, the Captain got to perform a wedding! His friend had originally asked him to be a groomsman, then changed his mind later. It was fun to see him tie their hands together and ask them if they promised to care for and be kind to each other. Plus, the location was gorgeous. 


So that was my week! I'm working on learning to meal plan right now. I'm not so good at it. How do you meal plan? 

Anyway I'm currently reading:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Besides the use of the F-bomb every now and again I'm really enjoying it. One of the characters is blind so am loving how he describes all the smells and the sounds. The blind character is reading 20000 Leagues Under the Sea and so I'm going to have to add that to my "To Read" list (that I'll never finish)

What are you reading?


Something to think about that the Captain's Grandad said after dinner on Friday:

"Life is so simple on the one hand
and so complex on the other"


Thanks for reading! Hope to hear from you in the comments! :)
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Writing Journal #39

You asked me a question. I was all in.
I was gone, until you asked, and then it was like the shot of a gun,
a through and through
and I was running. I was winning the race!
Then I threw down my marbles and my jacks behind me. My excuses and questions,
because it's safe to be swimming when there are no sharks in the water.

But you caught me
in my mad dash.
So lightly that I didn't feel your hands on my waist.
My legs were still moving when my body was being drawn back by you.

it wasn't until we were running off the cliff
until the water was slicing past me
until I hit the waves
until the water was sliding down into my lungs

Until I was screaming for air.

And then you kissed me.

And I was breathing again. I was breathing like I've never breathed. 
This was living.



Thanks for reading! I hope to be more consistent about these things. Let me know what you think and any questions you have in the comments below! :)
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Moments



Well, last week was pretty eventful, and not altogether fun for me, but hey, it wasn't horrible. Really.

You see last week started with me hitting a deer.
Sort of.
I was on my way to work and out of nowhere (or so it seemed) a deer was running in front of my car. The poor thing had *almost* made it safely all the way across the road, just for me to nick its hind quarters with my front corner.
My heart raced at the speed of sound for a few minutes while I repeated, "Oh my goodness" over and over and found my way into a neighborhood church parking lot. There I made it most of the way through the phone call to the Captain before I started crying my eyes out. 
I felt so bad for the deer and for hurting our car.
















Luckily, the day ended with the Captain and I at the temple. If I'm being completely honest, I wasn't sure that I wanted to go. I was pretty exhausted by the time I got home from work, but I knew that we should go anyway and I'm so grateful that I did. The sunset and the time spent there were well worth it.






If you follow me on instagram, then you know that the Captain and I had a pretty awesome date on Thursday night. Between the good food, the best company, and the pretty scenery it was something to remember. I only wished that I had brought a real camera instead of just my phone. The food was so good that I plan on doing a completely separate post on it :)




Four years later I finally finished this journal. I have loved this journal so much. It was a gift from my little sister. I had been so anxious to use it, I knew that it would be recording some epic happenings. Since it was the journal I used when I started dating the Captain and the one I was still using when I got married, I'd have to say that the predictions worked out pretty well.




In the currently reading category, I just finished this book. I would highly recommend it. It was nothing like I thought that it would be. In fact, for some odd reason I thought that it was going to be about mermaids. I have never been so happy to be wrong! It's more about forgiveness and how wrong things seem right in the right situations. 
As a warning, there is some cursing in this book, including one "F" word. I don't usually read books that have that sort of thing in them, so be forewarned, but I would still say it's worth the read.








We are still loving this little park by our house. Especially with all the tiny ducklings scattered around. The only downside is the gnats, but beyond that the little park is just about perfect.


Thank you all for reading! I feel so lucky to have all of you!


Something to take with you, that I'm always re-teaching myself:

Happiness is an inside job,
Don't assign anyone else that much power over your life.

-Mandy Hale


How has your week been? What are you guys doing/reading?
I'd love to hear from you! Don't be shy! ;)


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Moments

Hey! I missed you guys last week! 
I'm so grateful to have internet again. Although, this post has taken me forever since the window didn't want to let me add any pictures. Hopefully they still work out ok!

The Captain and I moved as I said last time and so we've been busy getting settled into our new place. Which mostly looks like walls of boxes at the moment. We're loving our apartment! We love it even though we have a rooster that likes to wake us up in the night.
We named him Chanticleer.



I bought myself a new study book of mormon with extra wide margins and I am absolutely loving it! I always get a little bored with Nephi since I've read it so many times, but this time around I'm finding all sorts of new things :)








Stuffed French Toast from Penny Ann's Cafe. We went to the brand new location in Taylorsville and it was pretty good. Even though I chose this as a snap decision because everyone else already knew what they wanted. 












We went to this little park on Sunday. So nice to be so close to a place like this :) I'm sure you'll see more pictures of it in future posts, I can already tell it's going to become a regular destination!


Currently reading:

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer



Something to take away:

"People overestimate what they can do in a single day
and underestimate what they can do in their whole lives"

-Modern Hepburn (as best I can find)



As always, thanks for reading :) I'll be writing again soon!
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Friday, May 13, 2016

I Ramble

Guess who has wifi? :)
I've determined that the internet is kind of like a limb, you don't realize that you need your left arm until you break it.
And no, in case you were wondering, I have not broken my left arm, ever. 
Anyway, so if you haven't gathered, I moved! The Captain and I are officially married now. Or at least it feels that way since we are no longer living in my Mom's basement. 

Anyway, mostly I just wanted to let all of you know that I'm alive. Also I think my brain is on study mode or something because I've been re-reading the Twilight series, which I'm not going to even attempt to pretend that I hate, and I keep finding all these themes in it. Like how learning to to control ourselves and our desires is important in life. Or, that life is ultimately meaningless without family and friends. That once you find your person (love style, not grey's anatomy style) they kind of eclipse everything else. 
Now I'm not saying it's the best literary work known to man, but I am saying that it's not horrible. I feel like a lot of people just jump on the hate things band wagon, then you have to pretend to hate things you actually like so that you can remain "cool" 
I guess I made my peace with the non-cool wagon a long time ago.

Moving on, what are you guys reading these days? What do you guys like that you may or may not sometimes have to pretend to hate for social acceptance (Ahem, Napoleon Dynamite) 

Thanks for reading!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday Moments

Hello there! A lot has been going on the last week! The Captain and I are moving! We are squeezing it in between two graduation ceremonies this week
Twill be grand
and crazy
but mostly grand :)




I've been trying to drink more water. Mostly successfully. I made this chart thing to make sure I knew about where I should be at in ounces by time of day. I also started using this app called iHydrate.
I'm not really sure what it's doing for my body other than making me a lot more friendly with the feeling that I may soon pee my pants. But I'm just going to trust that it's helping me in some unknown way.




I've been trying to give myself permission to mess around with watercolor and hand lettering. I feel like sometimes I get locked into one way of thinking and then everything starts coming out the same. I actually kind of stole the idea for the letters on "darkness" off a doodle I saw someone do in church a few weeks ago. But hey, I thought it was pretty awesome. And you know what they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And let's be honest, 90% of my hand lettering has been imitating things I've seen done before. 








We didn't have a redhead for the blonde joke, so I wore red.
Just kidding. That was simply a happy accident. Also Ensign Peak is lovely this time of year!




















It's been awhile since I posted a picture of my little Soleil, and she was just too adorable not to secretly take pictures of while she was sleeping.


Currently reading:
Twilight

Yup, it's a guilty pleasure. I feel like a lot more people like it than are willing to admit it. I'm unashamed.



I've been trying to be more positive and happy every day and so I will leave you with this quote:

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."

-Abraham Lincoln


Thanks for reading! I hope you've had a fantastic Monday! :)


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