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Sunday, January 1, 2017

YEAR IN REVIEW + RESOLUTIONS

FAVORITE MOMENTS:

January:

^^ Returning to Cottonwood High School to see the tree my friend Annika and I planted our senior year
^^ Starting off the year by going to the Jordan River Temple with my friend Abbie (We didn't make our goal of going to every temple in Utah last year, but we did get to quite a few!)

February:

^^ Seeing my brother's hard work as he received his Eagle Scout award
^^ Receiving my acceptance letter from BYU! To this day I am amazed that they let me in

March:

^^ Discovering my love for plants

April:

^^ Giving my family members a cleaning at the dentist and finishing my dental assisting program (Although I do not plan to continue in the dental field, I am still very grateful for this experience. It helped me realize what I actually want to do and I met a lot of amazing people throughout the program)
^^ Camping for the first time in Vernal to see my baby (mission trainee) return from Lithuania and hear her homecoming talk
^^ Visiting the BEAUTIFUL Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point with my sister Ashley and her family

May:

^^ Attending my friend Whitney's sealing and wedding reception in Arizona (And also meeting up with 2 of my other friends from my mission Brianna and Emily!)

June:

^^ Zip Lining in Hawaii with all my siblings

July:

^^ (This one was bittersweet) My last days at the Hampton Inn. I am so grateful for my amazing co workers and friends I met there!

August:

^^ My friend Sidnee's wedding at the Salt Lake Temple!! 

September:

^^ Meeting my roommates!
^^ Camping out and attending my first BYU football game!

October:

^^ Dressing up with my co workers at Mountain America for Halloween

November:

^^ Taking a spontaneous road trip with my roommates to hike in Zion National Park

December:

^^ Seeing Rogue One with my brother Chandler and my co workers at Mountain America

GOODBYE 2016!! HELLO 2017!!

Anyone that knows me knows that I ALWAYS set New Year's Resolutions. I know there are a lot of people that don't like them because they don't usually stick to them etc etc. I personally feel that the new year is a good time for an evaluation of life and a time to set some goals. I believe that if you set goals that YOU feel strong enough about and if you have an organized plan for them then you won't go wrong. Of course the goal is to complete all of the resolutions/goals, but even if you fall short on a few, you are a lot closer to them than if you never started. As I thought about resolutions and goals that I wanted to start this year I thought about the times in my life that I was the happiest. 

I decided to share a few with you because when you share them with others it makes them a little more permanent and it gives you someone to be accountable to. 

1. Cooking more meals and to try one new recipe a week. This past semester I have gotten in the habit of eating out multiple times a week. Eating out this much is something that I have never done before and I have noticed a HUGE difference in the way I feel. Cooking and nutrition are things that I love learning about and I'm really excited for this goal.

2. Developing a habit of regular exercise. This is one that I'm sure many people have on their list. In high school I was on the cross country team and really enjoyed running. The races I'm going to run this year: The Color RunThe Dirty Dash, and The Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival 5k or Half Marathon. These are races that I've always wanted to run and I am SO excited to train for them. I have some friends and family members that are going to run them with me as well. Sometimes running can get a little boring after a while, but if you have something to run for it makes it 1000x better.

3. Adventure more and get out of my comfort zone. There are so many hikes and places that I want to go and I always think "maybe next year" or "I'll do that when..." If I keep thinking that then I'll never do it! This is probably my favorite goal I have.

4. Attend the temple at least once a month. After my mission I went multiple times a month and I was even a temple worker for a while and then I started to go less and less. This is something that makes a HUGE difference. One of my LEAST favorite sayings in the world is "I don't have time for that" (whatever it may be). Yes you do. You have the same amount of time as every other person that ever lived on this earth. Think of all the amazing accomplishments. That phrase is basically saying it's not a priority. I have found myself saying that phrase way too often.

Those are just a few of the things I would like to work on this year. There is so much good in this world. Sometimes I feel like it gets covered up by all of the bad. Whatever it is that YOU want to do this year I encourage you to do it! Whether that's reading more, creating more, volunteering, traveling, overcoming a habit, spending more time with friends/family.. whatever it is that will make YOU happier. This is YOUR life! 
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

xoxo, ERIN

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

NOVEMBER FAVORITES

FAVORITE MOMENTS: 

^^Hiking in Zions with my roommates




^^ The St.George Temple is my favorite!
Dress: Target
Shoes: Toms

^^ November Birthdays! We celebrated Ella's 1st birthday and my 22nd - I feel SO old! (Please appreciate these special headbands we were made to wear hahaha)
^^ Thanksgiving with my brother

FAVORITE SONG:


^^  You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban

FAVORITE SNACK:

This recipe is from my friend Marissa:

1/2 C Peanut Butter
1/3 C Honey
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 C Old Fashioned Oats
2/3 C Toasted Sweetened Coconut
1/2 C Ground Flaxseed
6 Tbsp. Chocolate Chips

Mix peanut butter, honey and vanilla together. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together. Refrigerate or freeze for 10-15 minutes. Roll into balls. Store in fridge. 

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and are now enjoying the Christmas holiday! If you haven't already seen the 25 Ways to #LightTheWorld This Christmas, you can get to it HERE.

xoxo, ERIN :)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER FAVORITES

Favorite Moments:

^^ This was taken at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple
Dress: Piper & Scoot (on sale) Shoes: Toms
 ^^ To be honest, I've never really been a football fan, but it's been SO fun to go to the games this year!
^^ Only at BYU...
(Also only at BYU... the testing center is closed on Tuesdays during devotional, you hear hymns being sung in the bathroom, someone starts playing bagpipes in a Scottish costume on Halloween, you spot a child or a baby or a stroller AND hear a conversation about dating or marriage at any given moment.) 
^^ My gorgeous roommates!
^^ Some friends and I hiked the Y early one morning. What I didn't know is that there is a hike further past the Y that is absolutely beautiful! It is pretty steep, but definitely worth it. We also ate breakfast along the way- we ate from mason jars with yogurt, granola & fruit. (And yes, in case you were wondering I DID fall coming down the mountain haha)
^^ These last 2 months I have been obsessed with going on walks to see all the fall colors!!!
^^ At Mountain America we decided to be cheerleaders for Halloween. (Everyone was a cheerleader in high school EXCEPT for me haha) We also have a cat and a storm trooper.
^^ Every time I look at this picture I can't stop laughing hahahaha
^^ Here is a picture of my beautiful mom :)
My brother Chandler had his last game of the season in Logan! He is a champion and scored 2 goals!! We also stopped by The Crepery. If you live in Logan and haven't gone-please go! You won't regret it :)

Favorite Songs:


^^ Play That Song - Train


^^ Let's Hurt Tonight - One Republic

Favorite Blog:

Poppy Deyes - She is the cutest blogger from the U.K. I love looking at all of the pictures she takes. It inspires me to be more creative and to go out and do more things. 

Favorite Quote:


These last 2 months have been absolutely CRAZY! I love my job and I love how much I'm learning here at BYU, but sometimes it can all be a little overwhelming. If there's one thing I've learned, it's to take time to appreciate the small things. It can be as simple as eating a home cooked meal instead of fast food or taking the time to get outside and go for a walk or catching up with a good friend. When we take time to take a step back and appreciate the small things, it makes all the craziness worth it
I hope you are all doing well and enjoy your day!

xoxo, ERIN

Sunday, September 4, 2016

AUGUST FAVORITES

Favorite Moments:

^^ Groom's Dinner the night before my friend Sidnee's wedding! (From left to right: Sidnee's brother Chase, Kendra, Me, Gentry)

Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Target (old)
Necklace: Madewell

Love

^^ I can't handle that my best friend is now married! I couldn't be happier for her and Garrett. 

Dress: Rachel Parcell 
Heels: Target

Favorite Songs:

"Mess is Mine" - Vance Joy


"Hills to Climb" - Tim Myers


Favorite Quotes:


^^ hahahaha this is me

Update: 

I have officially moved to Provo!! I have started my classes and my professors are awesome! BYU has exceeded my expectations in every way. If you would have told me even a year ago that I would now be at BYU I would have laughed at you haha. But, I couldn't be more grateful to be here now. I also started a new job with Mountain America Credit Union and I absolutely LOVE it! I have the best coworkers :)

I can't believe it is already September! I hope everyone is enjoying the back-to-school season- Fall is just around the corner. (The most wonderful time of the year!!)

xoxo, ERIN



Monday, August 1, 2016

JULY FAVORITES

Favorite Moments:


I went exploring around downtown Salt Lake with my "little" brother. Some of my favorite spots

Eva's Bakery: This is the cutest little french bakery! I would recommend going in the morning because everything is fresh and delicious. (Don't leave without trying one of their croissants)
City Creek: Hands down the best mall in Utah
Temple Square: I have always been interested in architecture and design and every time I see the Salt Lake Temple I am in awe!
Dolcetti Gelato: This is a super cute little gelato place on 9th and 9th. If you've never been and you live in SLC... go.
the Farmers Market: Farmers markets are SO fun! I love seeing the different things people create whether it be homemade soap, paintings, music or lawn ornaments haha. I also like to sample the fresh fruits and vegetables. It inspires me to eat healthier and to want to have my own garden someday.

^^ My friends and I went to the Mona Rope Swing

^^ How tired are you of this filter?? haha 
My friend Christian came over for the 4th of July and we had a BBQ and played croquet and had a fire. We had a competition to see who could make the perfect marshmallow and we made my family be the judges and I definitely won :)

^^ My brother being a champion soccer player for Razzia

^^ My last day at the Hampton Inn! I literally had the best co workers in the world!

^^ Our mini Lithuanian mission reunion... We explored downtown and ate kebabs at Spitz and then we had gelato/macarons at Dolcetti Gelato. I would definitely recommend both places.

^^ This was taken at our art class at my friend Sidnee's bachelorette party!! You can tell by our masterpieces that we are famous artists in the making.. haha

^^ Vivian Park with Abbie and Emily

Favorite Book:

The China Study - you can find this at the library or you can buy it HERE on Amazon. I have learned SO much from this book. If you are interested in nutrition then I would highly recommend this book. Not going to lie, I seriously considered going vegan after reading it haha. I don't think I will go to that extreme, but I definitely want to eat a more plant based diet and reduce how much animal protein I eat.

Favorite Songs:

This month I kind of had an obsession with 80's songs..
Just TRY to listen to these songs without dancing haha.

We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel



and

It's My Life - Bon Jovi


and

Also, my obsession with piano covers is never ending. I discovered this guy and I haven't stopped listening to him since. I LOVE this cover of "A Sky Full of Stars" - Coldplay. 


Favorite Quotes:

^^ hahahahahah

^^ Love this

I have been packing up my room and getting all ready to move in a couple of weeks! I will be starting my first semester at BYU studying nutrition and I couldn't be more excited!! I'm pretty sure this is the first summer that I have been counting down the days until I can start going back to school again haha. 

I hope everyone is enjoying their last bits of summer! 

xoxo, ERIN
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