Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Love & Modesty

I struggle a lot with some of the girls here at BYU-Idaho that don't understand modesty. I really dislike short skirts and overly tight clothing. Luckily my future wife agrees with me on this.

"I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do an interview with photographs people desperately want to change me – dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there’s the choice of clothes. I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that’s not me. I feel uncomfortable. I’d never go out in a mini-skirt. It’s nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image. I wouldn’t do that. Personally, I don’t actually think it’s even that sexy. What’s sexy about saying, ‘I’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt, have a look at everything I’ve got?’ My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder." -Emma Watson as quoted in the Millennial Star.

She is perfect isn't she?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Harry Potter Ends!

Yes, this will be an entire post about Harry Potter.

No, I'm not ridiculously obsessed.

Yes, I may have cried at the end of the books and the movie.

Yes, I speak in a British accent as much as I can just to pretend I'm at Hogwarts.

Yes, I took a sorting hat quiz. No, I'm not in Gryffindor. I'm a Ravenclaw of course.

No, I'm not re-reading the 7th book just to reminisce on what was the greatest wizarding adventure of my life (ok this one is a lie, I'm totally re-reading the book)

So the movie was fantastic! I love all of the movies, although they are VERY different from the books, and they may change some of my favorite parts and characters, I love the fact that I can SEE Harry Potter and his adventures rather than just imagining them. I decided to go to the midnight showing (which I've never done before, especially because it is breaking school rules to be out past midnight) and although there were a lot of freaks dressed up all sorts of crazy, I felt oddly at home.

We decided to dress up as Dumbledore's Army. That was on of my favorite parts of the book (although not one of my favorite depictions in the movies). I was Neville of course.
Neville, Cho, Ron, & Luna
Ron and Luna
Neville and Cho

The night was great. There was laughter, tears, and an overall feeling of completeness in the movie series. The flashback about Snape's life was by far the greatest part of the movie. It was done so well and gave justice to his character. Really and truly the series and movies are amazing and anyone who hasn't read the books needs to put that as a high priority of to-dos.

Friday, July 8, 2011

11 Things to do for Your Career

While in Salt Lake a few weeks ago our group met with Jennifer Armistead, a career coach in the Salt Lake Valley. She shared with us the top 11 things to do for your career, and I would like to share them with you.
1. Create a personal brand
· Ensure consistency and authenticity
· Ask yourself, what do I want to be known for?
2. Use social media
· Use twitter to follow and discuss things you’re interested in
· Tweet in consistency with your brand
3. Create a professional blog
· Keep notes of things you learn in your career
· Read others blogs that share similar interests as you
4. Listen to podcasts
· Expand your horizons with interesting podcasts
5. Keep a job journal
· Write down ideas, inspiration, and information in regards to your career
6. Find a mentor
· Have a mentor you can go to for advice and help
· Meet with your mentor on a monthly basis and set goals together
7. Health and wellness
· Keep your body healthy so you can perform
8. Have a personal cause
· Keep involved in the community and stand for something
· Find a way to use your passion to help those around you
9. Read
· Strengthsfinder 2.0
· Great Work, Great Career
· The First 90 Days
· You Are a Brand
· Never Eat Alone
10. Network
· Give out your business card and keep others
11. Make time for your career
· Do not let others dictate where your career goes
· Spend time every day to better your career

Jennifer was an amazing speaker and she really helped motivate me and she helped me understand where I need to focus my energy while I’m looking for a job. I would recommend anyone follow her on twitter and learn from her plethora of knowledge. You can follow her @careercoachjen

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Independence Day Festivities

The 4th of July started early for our crew. We decided that we wanted to hike R Mountain and watch the sunrise from the top of the mountain. That meant that we needed to get up at 4:00 and get going. Luckily for us, Rick was in charge and had made plans for a glorious breakfast that we cooked after hiking. I had never done the R Mountain hike, but thoroughly enjoyed it.

We all went home after the hike, completely exhausted. Not because the hike was strenuous at all, but because we hardly got any sleep. So we went home and napped for a few hours, then headed off to Idaho Falls to hang out before the fireworks. We spent the day walking around the belt, eating great food, laying in the sun/shade and watching fireworks. We had the police visit cause there was this on-something-kid passed out near where we were sitting. It was a gloriously long day. I was so tired and cranky by the end. I felt like a child. For real. But it was actually really fun. I got cabin fever while trying to save our spot. I'm not good being trapped in the same place for hours. After all is said and done, I would not do it again. I enjoyed my time, but it was a LOT of time. I would much rather enjoy a day swimming or playing a sport. Anything but waiting. Luckily I have great friends that I was able to enjoy the day with.

Best Friends

This weekend was for sure one of my favorites since I've been in college. This semester has been rough for me since my group of friends has drastically changed. I'm kind of the old one of my group, and moving to a new ward limited my friend pool. A lot of my friends are graduated, married, or off-track. I was glad to finally have my best friends in Rexburg and be able to enjoy some summer fun with them.

On Sunday, we spent a long time just sitting in front of my apartment in the grass and loving life. Both Julie and Rick (who I've missed so much since they left) came up and we spent every minute together. Here are a few pics of what we enjoyed.

"Even though we've changed and we're all finding our own place in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we'll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we're not all still friends."

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Darby Canyon

My last 3-day weekend of college has commenced, and we started by hiking Darby Canyon to the wind caves. This hike is beautiful, but we did not go prepared. We knew we would be hiking for a while, but we didn't prepare ourselves for the monstrous amounts of snow and ice that we would be hiking through. Literally. We were in shorts, t-shirts, and a few of us in Chacos. What an adventure!
The beginning of the hike started off regular, a little muddy because of all the snow melt-off, but relatively calm. It smelled so wonderful! Just like nature and summer should smell.
We hiked to a waterfall that was surrounded by snow, and we had to traverse the depths of snow canyons. It was rather intense, but we felt it was necessary to find the wind caves hidden behind the waterfall.
Too bad that once we got down to the waterfall my roommate Rick realized that the caves were actually a few hundred yards above us at the mouth of the waterfall and we still had more than an hour of hiking (through the snow) to get to the caves. We decided that since we had already come so far we may as well continue hiking.
The wind caves were nearly impossible to access. We had to scale rock walls, cross the waterfall... literally cross through the rushing waters, and climb up an icy cavern to reach the entrance. We were also greeted by what could only be described as a Scooby Doo villain. Literally, he looked like a character from a cartoon. There was this man standing at the mouth of the cave in all this gear just staring at us. So creepy!
We went inside the cave, but only lasted a few minutes. We were soaking wet from the waterfall, we were frozen from climbing through the icyness of the mountain, and the cave was filled with ice and a ferocious wind. Totally worth it though.
By the end, my feet were frozen, as were my hands, and I had a terrible time walking, since I couldn't really tell where my feet were at. The concern crossed my mind once or twice that I might lose my feet to frostbite, but luckily today the swelling in both my hands and feet has gone down, and I can feel every part, except the very tips of my toes. That will come back eventually...hopefully.
The hike was amazingly beautiful, and afterward we went and watched Jurassic Park in Porter Park, until the cops came and told us the park closed at 11:00. Who knew that the park had a closing time?

So the first day of the weekend: Exciting? Yes. Painful? Yes. Worth it? For sure.