28 August 2010

For Good

I've heard it said
That people come into our lives
For a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return.
Well I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you.

I find myself singing this song often. It is from my favorite musical Wicked and I know every word of the whole song! It also comes to mind as I have memories come into my head and those memories lead more and more memories...letting them flow through my mind like music on a piano. I would like to introduce anyone who is reading this to my best friends, and the coworkers that made my summer bearable.

Firstly, there is this girl, her name is Megan and at the beginning of the summer I was informed that I could not be friends with her. Obviously I didn't listen. Megan did a lot for me this summer, and I wish I knew how to properly explain my gratitude and love for her, but I know that I am not nearly eloquent enough to do so. She and I became good friends, and I talked to her about everything...She is way sarcastic and likes to tell people that she'll cut them, but I've definitely seen the softer side of her...we are very similar and that makes it even more fun! I think we will keep in touch and have a long friendship. I consider her one of the best friends that I've ever had.

Ariel Hong is an amazing little Asian girl. She was just some freshman in my building during the school year, but we've had many good times together since then. We've had sleepovers (which I never have really done much of...but I liked it), and just stayed up til 2 am talking about, well, nothing...then realizing we need stuff from walmart so we drive there just to forget what we needed. Ariel is a confused and hilarious, but she doesn't know why she's either. What a girl! And, she's really good at keeping in contact AND taking pictures...two good qualities! Ariel is a great friend, and I'm grateful to have her as my friend!

Jessica Callahan...I am not really sure how to describe her other than hilarious and flirtatious! She always makes me laugh, and knows just how to hit on the boys we worked with...mainly Skyler. She has seen me talk about my feelings, and she just listened, which is nice, but strange that I actually told her about my feelings...She is a very loving young lady, and I hope nothing but the best for her!

Skyler Crouch is a real man...he always does what he needs to and is not as innocent as everyone thinks he is. He seems sheltered and young and innocent, but he knows dirty jokes and always had a smile to brighten my days. I didn't get to know Skyler nearly as much as I wish I could have, but I hope he and I will keep in touch and will still see each other occasionally. He is really a great guy, and I hope everyone he meets will realize that.

Tim Colvin, what an interesting fellow. He and I definitely had our ups and downs, and I didn't give him a whole lot of a chance until about the last two weeks and for that I am sorry. He and I had a lot of fun together and I think we could have been amazing friends, but hopefully we'll keep in contact and become better friends even though we live in different states.

Next there is Blake Fisher. He and I were alright friends, but I didn't have a lot of time with him, so I don't know him as well as I would like to. He's a great guy, and we've had a few deep conversations, but I wish we had had more. Hindsight is 20/20, and I wish I had talked to him more. He is a very insightful and loving guy, and he always cares about everyone's feelings, no matter who they are.

Megan Nield was my suit-mate. She was fun to talk to and hang out with, but I always thought she would rather be with Annette or Jessica than me, so I tried to not bother her. When we did hang out it was always fun, and I love her laugh, it's so...her. It's great! She is fun and has a good sense of humor, for that I am grateful. She is a wonderful girl, and she is in love with Sam, who is a missionary, which is a tough situation for any girl!

Then there is Annette Harris. She and Evan Moss make an amazing couple and I love watching how happy she is with him. She is a fun girl and she is always happy and smiling. I love that about her...she is always making everyone else feel better!

Finally, there is Cole Talbot. He was not around much because he was engaged to a lovely lady named Ali. He is married now (YAY!) but he did listen to a lot of my feelings and concerns, and helped me surprisingly a lot! He is quite a guy.

Also, one girl that was not my coworker, but has been my friend since my first week at BYU...my freshman roommate Nichole. She and I always get along and we've had our share of fun. She is a great girl, who takes my advice on pretty much every subject, especially boys. She always asks for boy advice, even though I don't really know why she would ask me. Anyway, she's been my friend for a long time, and I'm grateful for her.

To end this, is the last verse of the song:

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a hand print on my heart.
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend.

[I love you guys!]

23 August 2010

A new 'state' of being

Now, as you all could guess, I'm in Arizona. I moved into my sister's house yesterday and am all set up there (other than unpacking the billions of items of clothing that I have). I slept in that room last night...it was so strange. I pulled out the two teddy bears that I keep on my bed all of the time...or so I thought.

As I laid down to go to sleep I reach over to listen to the one that talks. When I pushed dear Franklin's little paw...NOTHING! I turn my phone light on in order to get a better look at him. It turned out that I pulled out the wrong tan teddy! This teddy is named Alex...and he's been in a box for almost a year now! Oy, the memories that came with that little guy. I set him aside, now with memories flowing quickly, and I grabbed George Shwilson, my favorite bear ever, and hugged him tight.

Now you may think I'm a little baby for sleeping with a teddy bear. To that I say...

"do you think I care...?" (obvious answer...no)

I may be tough, and maybe I'll cut you if you make fun of me for that bear...but oh how comforting it is to have the same bear...something that will never change.

This whole moving situation is a lot of change. All of my friends live in Provo, and I even have best friends that are GIRLS! Crazy. I will introduce everyone here someday, but I miss them terribly. I was just getting to know some of my coworkers even better and I really miss and love all of my coworkers...even the married Cole (it's crazy...we've been hearing about his wedding all summer...and now he's actually married! Yay!)

Anyway, I went to classes today, and now I'm just trying to get used to the terrible heat (it was 90 degrees when I left home this morning at 6:30 am. Annnnnd to top that off...there was a heat advisory! Crazy. Anyway, that has been my day. Such is life.

20 August 2010

Post One: The Change

I once heard that life takes you where you’re supposed to go, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a scary ride. Pope John Paul II said “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly, knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”

What am I talking about? Well, the next stage of my life.

About a month ago my dad recommended that I look into a different degree, something that would suit me just as well, but would be a better career choice. I thought that he was crazy, but after contemplating it for a very long time, I decided to look into schools Court Reporting. I decided that it would be a good thing for me to get a degree in, seeing as it has treated my mom very well over the years (as well as my family), and I could work in any state (other than Utah). I hated the thought of leaving BYU, and still do, but I feel that it is the right place for me to be right now. I could stay here if I wanted to, I didn’t get kicked out or anything, but I feel this is what I am supposed to do.

I leave tomorrow (Saturday the 21st) to drive down to Phoenix, Arizona. I am moving there to live with my sister. I am living with my sister Rachel and her husband for about a month, and then my oldest sister, Jeni, and I are going to get a house with a few of her friends. I always swore I would not move back to Arizona, but now Phoenix will be my home for at least the next two years.

As for my plans there? Well, I am going to get a degree in Court Reporting at Gateway, as well as get a degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice from ASU. This should take me about 2 years, and then I plan on going to law school, possibly in California, but that’s a ways away so I’ll figure that out later.

It is a new adventure for me, and scary at that. I am nervous about moving, because all of my friends are here and I will miss you all terribly! It will be interesting to see how it goes, but I’ll try to keep this blog updated so everyone can see how Arizona is. I love you all, and I will miss all of you from Utah terribly.