Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Engaged a month...

This post is past due about a week, but what can I say, I'm trying to graduate here! Only 16 days left of school and Jordan is coming to take me away from Rexburg and spend a week in California! So at this point it's one month down and five to go.... AH! It went by pretty fast because I'm staying busy, but I think the anxiousness will only escalate. Any advice on survival? 

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Officially a snow-bunny


Our weekend at snowbird...

The weather was so lovely. It was almost hot. Thanks to Jordan and Brandon I was fully outfitted head to tow the latest and greatest brand new gear (board included) I was a bit slow getting back into the swing of boarding to say the least, but luckily Jordan always waited for me, I even help onto him while he boarded us out of some powder. Besides getting nailed in the back of the head by the chair lift it was such a fun trip. P.S. I hate the chair lift!!!!

Lots of friends meet us in Utah which was so fun for us!!!! Big sleep-over at the Ray's house! After boarding/skiing we all went out to sushi... YUM!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009



noun. A crippling disease that strikes school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as Graduation.

Well, it's about that time of year. Only 23 days until I am officially part of the real world. Yeah Yeah, I know you're all thinking, "enjoy this time, you'll never have it back" and I promise you I have enjoyed it and I'm honestly trying to stay positive, but with the sun peaking out of the dark clouds it's hard not to want to start celebrating. I have loved BYU-Idaho so much and I'm so sad for to say goodbye to all my friends, but I've never been so burnt out in my life. I'm ready to get back to California and relax a bit. I'm California dreaming from here on out!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

More for Journalism Class...

Our bodies are our temples. We are not less but more like Heavenly Father because we are embodied. I testify that we are His children, made in His image, with the potential to become like Him. Let us treat this divine gift of the body with great care. Someday, if we are worthy, we shall receive a perfected, glorious body—pure and clean

Body Image

These days there is nothing that can't be "faked". There's fake nails, fake eyelashes, fake hair extensions, you can even have muscle definition airbrushed on your body with fake tanner. It's no wonder that there is such a disaster when it comes to self esteem in women. We are simply not embracing our natural beauty and focusing our time and talents on inner beauty. We all forget that we are created in God's image and we have inherited divine qualities from our Heavenly Parents. 

Recently I analyzed a case with my senior seminar class on the Dove's campaign for real beauty. The focus of the campaign is to inspire women to embrace they're own definition of beautiful. While I have my grievances with some aspects of campaign I like the idea of making some social change. I certainly think it evokes the right type of conversation. Dove promotes the reconstruction of self-esteem by using real women in their ads, producing thought provoking commercials, and continuing research. They also offer self-esteem seminars. For more on their mission statement visit the link below.

I firmly believe in taking care of your self. When you put effort into your appearance it shows that you honor your body and you are grateful for it. I think the trouble is recognizing when you've lost focus on bringing out your best self and letting image consume you. When you let the pressure of society become what looking good is about it detracts from the feeling good part and it completely destroys the concept of appreciating the natural gifts God has given you. Life is a balancing act and its always hard to know when is when, but we have been given lots of resources to help us. Most importantly we have the spirit to help guide us.[cp-documentid=7049726]/