Monday, February 23, 2015

Sketch a Smile on your Face

I recorded this 'car song' for my friends and family by way of appreciation for all their love and support. They're amazing! It's just a silly sketch, meant to put a smile on your face and make you laugh :)

I hope you have a wonderful week everybody!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

To Love Individually

I believe that God loves us individually. Why? That is the only way to love, as far as I am concerned. To really love, and to find fulfillment in loving. Of course I speak from my own perspective and experience, but, really it is such a beautiful thing.

And I am glad to have experienced and lived solipsism as well as its opposite, genuine appreciation for the life, love, and gifts of my family, friends, and even (fr)enemies--though I still have work to do to appreciate them.

It is hard to believe all the friendships, and even possible friendships, that were thrown away in the days of my ignorance because of changing interests, values, and direction as a youth. It is sad, really, and I've felt bad for my previous apathy for what and/or who I've left behind on my road to ... success? I guess you choose what you do with your time, right, and who you take with you? I am grateful to better understand the value of friendship, however, and the complementarity of different personalities with different ambitions, preferences, and interests, and to come to the realization that there are always things to be celebrated and shared among the different personalities. We have so much more going for us than against us!

As a model of wisdom in making friends with his own opposites, President Lincoln filled his cabinet with people who outspokenly disliked and perhaps even hated him. As a result of his humble wisdom, his days in office are considered by some as the most productive we have seen. What a marvelous example! Thanks to the inspired and devoted saints I worship with, I learned of President Lincoln's strategy for growth and improvement in sacrament meeting just last week--perfect timing for President's Holiday tomorrow. We have so many inspired people to guide us in wisdom and light.

May we focus on the individuals in our lives, and make a deliberate attempt to create individual relationships if they are lacking, and appreciate our diversity as well as our shared values. May we live life to the fullest! Have a glorious week!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentines Day is coming up!

Mary's Ointment: Celebrating Friendship
John 12: 3-8

I've been fairly creative in the ways I've celebrated my friendships on Valentines' Day, often working off of a very tight student budget. However, if you have a little spending money and are planning something with your friends in SLC I recommend the Copper Onion for a gourmet burger or sandwich. My friend and I tried it out last weekend and wow! They did not disappoint! We sat at the bar to get a better look at the chef's work. It's amazing how the chefs kept the place bustling--just a few people behind the counter serving dozens of customers--really impressive! The staff is all very nice too. The lady working across from us engaged us in conversation toward the latter part of our visit, a moment or so after I thought about asking her how she likes the place. She said it was an honor (I think) to work there, and she's been with them seven months now. It opened about five years ago and if you haven't yet experienced its culinary pleasures, I highly recommend you do--maybe even as a Valentines treat to yourself and your friends :)

Have a great week everyone! Make the best of it! Don't forget to make plans to celebrate the upcoming holiday with the ones you love and/or care about <3 Even if it's just with notes (Valentines) as I've often done.

Pics from the Copper Onion visit:
the bar
nice decor--some good ol' American pride :)