Sunday, January 27, 2013

Life as a Journey

Recently in church I was listening to the comments shared by everyone and today one specifically stuck out to me. And you do not have to be a member of the LDS faith for this to apply to your life.

"Life is not about the destination, it's about the journey."
I thought wow, how profound is that. I think so often in life we can get so caught up in what we are working towards that we tend to overlook the blessing of the present.

Especially in my life right now,  I mean I am a college student. I just spent the last four years of my life saying "Gosh, I just can't wait to graduate high school and go to college!" Then sooner than I could have thought, there that day was, Graduation. Looking back, so many great great memories were made while I was in high school, but I didn't realize just how great they were until they were past.

Now in college it seems like I am always saying, "I can't wait to get married!" or "I just want to be done with school." When really I need to take more time and focus on the here and now. It only happens once right?

Here's my one cliché saying for the day, YOLO. You Only Live Once, along those lines, were only young once. I have the rest of my life to be married or working or be a mom, why not take advantage of the times that I have now to just be a single young girl doing stupid stuff with my roommates, or going to crazy parties, cause the time will come when those things will end.

Someone showed me this video one time and I immediately fell in love. This truly shows how great and magnificent the little things in life are, and just how easy they are to take advantage of. 


Hope is not a bad thing. And hope for the future is certainly a good thing, it is when we are always hoping for something better or something else, where we loose our gratefulness for the little things in life.

I know I have countless blessings in life and things that I forget to be thankful for everyday, we all have things to be thankful for, and there's always more to found in the little things in life.



Monday, January 21, 2013

Simple & Sweet Doings

Monday Night:


For FHE or Family Home Evening-singles ward style, we threw one of the best Just Dance parties you would have ever seen, because it was 80's themed. Let me just start off by saying, man boys can dance if they really try, and our boys really did try. Lets just throw it out there that they won by a long shot.  We have the best FHE boyz.

 

Sunday Night:




Since we had no school on monday in respect to MLK day, we obviously had to have a sleepover, straight out of the movies. I peed my pants several times through out the night, and my body is sore all over. We played just dance(in preparation to try to beat our FHE boys) and screamed for hours to Glee Karaoke, thank goodness we don't have any neighboors or they would have been hating on us pretty hard core this night. Lets just say I won't be going to American Idol anytime soon. Goodness gracious I love my roommates. We're only on week 3 and I am already dreading moving away from them. So glad to know that the thing I was most nervous about turned out to be one of my favorite things about college. Funny how things work out like that:) 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

What's Happenin'

Let me give you a low down on my very successful second week of school just for fun:)

Last Sunday we went our FHE brothers, boy did we get lucky! They're awesome. I guess before we met them the bishopric talked to all the boys in our ward and emphasized the importance of helping out us poor little freshman girls, and our FHE brothers have done just that.

They offered to give us rides whenever necessary, cause none of us have cars, which is oh SO helpful. It's also been nice knowing people that know the town and things to do here, this weekend was much more eventful than the last.

On friday night we went to a place called sammy's and there was a little like acoustic hipster open mic-night, then went to a dance party at The Salon, which was not the best dance so we ended up leaving early and just went back to our FHE brothers house and just relaxed for the rest of the night.         




Saturday Morning I had a meeting for getting my volunteering started up here at the local pre-school and then my roommate Megan had swim tryout so me and Elisa, my other roommate, went and supported her at those!

And the best part of the day was our FHE brothers made us breakfast, are they catches or what? They did good.


Me and Megan had a double date shooting saturday afternoon! So fun but OH SO COLD! When I went shooting in AZ I would go for 3 or 4 hours at a time, here we were out there for 30 minutes and were more than done. But we had fun.


Sunday was church, much better than last week because we didn't have to walk, Hallelujah. And I got a calling! YAY ME!!:) I am activities coordinator, which means I help plan the combined ward activities, so you can bet your bottom dollar they will be off the chain:)

Me and my Roommates decided to be all domesticated tonight and cooked a nice Sunday dinner for our  FHE brothers, kinda returned the favor for breakfast the day before.

So long story short that was my week! Went by way to fast, having too much fun!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dear to my heart


So here is just a little random post to take a break from all the stress of school! This is a quote I found on Pinterest that I just fell in love with as soon as I read it and with no surprise it was said by President Uchdorf, the man. 

Let me just rant for a minute about all the many reasons I love this quote.

The first part: Holding Grudges
I have not always been the best at this, and not all of us are. But if we really stop to think about it what good does holding onto negative thoughts about someone or something do for us? NOTHING. Nothing but make us a bitter person. & I don't know about you but that's not what I want. 

The second part: Judging Others
Again, I am certainly not a perfect example of this. So many instances in my life my judgement has later been proven wrong. Do not let your first impressions or what you hear through the grape vine about people affect your long lasting idea of someone. Some of my best best friends through out the years I would have never guessed. We all walk a different path and have different hardships that shape the type of person we become or how we react towards certain things, so unless you know all of who you are judging, you can't judge, you do not have the full picture. 

Part three: Hating/ Wanting to Cause Harm
All growing up I was punished more for using the word "hate" than if I hit my brother or disobeyed my mom. I never really understood why until recently. Hate is such a strong & hurtful word, a word that has zero good connotation, nothing good will come for either party involved with hate. Once you release your hate toward someone it is literally taking that burden away from weighing down your happiness. Even worse than hating is wishing some sort of torture on someone. To hate someone so much to wish that they were less than you is exactly like satan, hating us so much that he is wanting to bring us down with him.

Part four: Withholding Forgiveness 
Oh my goodness where do I start on this? Forgiveness is my all time favorite thing to think about. Although it has not always been this way. I used to not be able to see why I should have to forgive someone for something they clearly knew was wrong and I did not want to be involved with them anymore? Then certain events happened in my life to make me realize forgivness is NOT for the other person, but for ME. How selfish but true. Forgiving someone does in fact relieve the burden of guilt from the other person, but even more so relieves ME from having to constanly feel sorrow about something and like said before, holding that grudge. When you forgive you leave more room in your heart to love. 

Part Five: Gossiping/Ridiculing 
Gossiping goes back to judging others, no matter what sort of gossiping is being done, judgements are occurring, whether it be good or bad. Ridiculing is a sign of a inner self doubt being wished upon others. 

This is just me reiterating that no matter how hard you try you can not control what life throws at you. What you CAN control is how you react to it and how much you let it affect your life. Our emotions and thoughts become behaviors, so be happy and love everyone and that will reflect in the type of person you become. 


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Busy like a Bee

I don't even know where I'm finding time to write this, because I'm having trouble finding time to eat. Okay I take that back, there is ALWAYS time to eat.

Which I now further understand the "freshman 15" theory. All of my groceries consist of "add-water" meals and microwavable cans. Basically just all really unhealthy food. And I eat all the time. For this reason and this reason only am I grateful that I have to walk everywhere and mostly uphill, that's how I am not gaining the 15 pounds, or at least I hope so.

School is keeping me very very busy, but I am not letting it keep me from having fun and getting those typical college experiences out of my time here.

 Us roommates sitting down for dinner together:)
I'm eatin good tonight! Freshman 15 here I come

We are all ready to go to church!

Slightly after we suffered from frostbit while walking to church in church clothes aka bare legs.
ps: it was -18 while walking. Soak that in. 

As I was writing down all my homework for the week, I didn't even make it through 2 of my classes before it was filled up.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Near Death Experience

One tiny thing that I would love to change about Rexburg is the fact that they do not plow the roads. Let me repeat that. NO PLOWS. & yes it does snow all the time here. If you think you can see pavement, think again. It's more like solid sheets of ice covered with 2 inches of snow.

Let me tell you why I feel this way....

I ALMOST JUST DIED.

I was getting a ride home from an awesome waffle party (free food & you can count me in) from my friend Chloe. Bless her little heart, drives a slug bug. Not exactly the ideal vehicle for these conditions. So my apartment complex is up a slight hill and this poor little car was struggling big time to make it up do to the ice.

We were slightly fish-tailing and sliding on the ice but nothing too out of control, right when we lost all control and did a complete three sixty Tokyo drift session and ended up facing the cars behind us.

I started crying. I was crying yet laughing at the same time cause I couldn't believe that just happened. & we were stuck. We could not move.

Some generous soul (boy) with a big pick up got out to help us, bless his soul. So we finally got going, only to get stuck 10 seconds later..... and the boy had already left.

So me and my roommate Megan, being awesome people that we are, got out of the car, started pushing until Chloe got going and had to JUMP in the car while still moving. It was quite the adrenaline rush. Experience for sure.

So after that long and pointless story is the point is: be careful out there and Rexburg City: please consider investing in plows.

Sincerely,
Scared college drivers



Not only is driving scary, but walking now takes technique and concetraton. As I witness multiple people fall on a daily basis I just have to give myself a big pat on the back for making it a whole week slip-free. (knock-on-wood)

Skewl Is Hard

So I am not going to write much today because my eyes hurt from staring at the computer screen for too long and my fingers are sore from highlighting and typing so much.

For all of you that aren't aware, college is freaking hard. It's the third day and I've already had to stay up until one in the morning every night doing homework, and I'm an elementary education major; supposably one of the easiest majors. I beg to differ.

Each night I'm assigned more reading than I would probably be in an AP senior english class in a month. No joke.

I'm starting to get back in the swing of homework and school after being out for 8 months. Kids: take my advice...do NOT take a break. Get it done while you're young. It will be much easier.

I love this school so much though. You know the saying "save the best for last?" I think that's what I did. I have tried 2 other schools and hated both. I guess "third time is a charm" works for my situation as well.

Much Love Everyone. I hope you are all enjoying life as much as I am.

Monday, January 7, 2013

First day of school! First day of school!

Title reference to finding nemo by the way:)

Boy oh boy where do I even begin? I only had three classes today, Math, Successful Marriage and
Family, and English. One of my favorite parts about this school is how well they incorporate the church into the academics. We opened every class with an opening prayer, thought, and a song. Which I admit, kinda took me off guard a little bit, but I love it! It really helps with keeping a good and positive attitude about everything.

Everyone on campus was super super friendly and in all of the classes it seemed like I wasn't the only person trying to meet new people. I have an hour and a half in between each of my classes, which when I did that I thought I was being so smart, no. It's just enough time that I can't go back to the apartment but then enough that I don't know what to do to fill the time.

On a more exciting note, IT SNOWED TODAY! Not just any old sprinkled, it was coming down, and yes I do walk everywhere. I'm gonna need to invest in a lot more winter clothes...

Oh and just a little side note: there are A TON OF BABES HERE! husband, come and find me;)




Sunday, January 6, 2013

Grateful.

So Sundays are always such a great day to reflect and realize how blessed I really am.

I'm so grateful to be part of such a great church filled with amazing people who I can always have with me. The church is the same everywhere you go, so it's always a little piece of home.


This church has brought me happiness and comfort in the times when I needed it the most. I would have never guessed that I would have ended up her at byu-I, this place is amazing and it couldn't be more right for me right now.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

LG @ BYUI

Yesterday was a huge day for me. I drove the treacherous roads and climbed the high stairs to move into my new apartment in the arctic of Idaho. I am going to school at byu-idaho or as some people say byu-i do. We'll see for me:) Starting this new chapter in my life was so nervracking to get to, but now that I'm here, I couldn't be happier.


My AMAZING parents got me all moved in and settled in my new apartment, took me grocery shopping, and got me a new laptop!!! PS: team macbook. Did I mention that my mom did my first load of dishes? Ya, shes a keeper. My dad helped me with all the technical stuff I would have never been able to figure out. I'm so grateful for such amazing parents who help me out so much.


My roommates are awesome. I really got lucky on this one, one has still not shown up, but I'm excited to meet her as well:) The girl that I'm sharing a room with is from Gilbert too so it's been fun to find out how much we have in common!

There was a talent show last night for all the incoming freshman, and man do we have some talented kids who go here! I ran into some more 
people that I know not only from Arizona but also 
Utah from elementary school! Such a small world I'm realizing. 

This town is super cute and small, I love it. 

OH! might I add that I cooked a very lovely breakfast this morning? Heck yes I did. Go me.

Sooo I won't make you listen to more of my boring day, but just wanted to let you all know, it's amazing here so far! 




Life is good at BYU-Idaho.



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

18 kids & counting...

Anyone that knows me probably knows my family...cause we're just that loud(& awesome).

But for the last 2 weeks we have all been staying @ my grandparents house in Orem, Utah. My brothers and sisters are crazy enough when it's just us....Now add about 10 more kids. Help me.

Although we are loud, bratty, screamers, obnoxious, annoying, and all horrendous singers, I wouldn't trade my family for anything.

I just pray for the man I marry. Heaven help him tolerate my family, they're kinda a lot to take in. But whose isn't right?

Ps: still rockin on my New Years resolution as of January 2nd:)




Tuesday, January 1, 2013

resolutions

here's to another year of failed new years resolutions! Or successful ones...

Hopefully 2013 will be a big year for me, & I want to make sure I document it all, which is the purpose of this lovely blog:)

My resolution: blog at leas once a week, not super long detailed rants, just little updates to keep not only you guys, but myself updated on what is happening in the life of Whitney French.

So far I'm off to a good start....but then again it is only January 1st.

Best of luck to all of you with your new years resolutions, may the odds be eva in your favor.