^^ 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!)
^^ 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
^^ Discovering my love for plants
^^ 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
^^ 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!)
^^ Zip Lining in Hawaii with all my siblings
^^ (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!
^^ My friend Sidnee's wedding at the Salt Lake Temple!!
^^ Meeting my roommates!
^^ Camping out and attending my first BYU football game!
^^ Dressing up with my co workers at Mountain America for Halloween
^^ Taking a spontaneous road trip with my roommates to hike in Zion National Park
^^ 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 Run, The 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!