UA-114812973-16 Well Rounded: October 2014

USO Dinner & Auction

On October 17th I had my last big fundraiser for the year (and now I get to start all over). It was the USO Dinner & Auction. This was the first auction I've ever coordinated as well as the first auction I've ever attended, that being said I think it went quite well. My favorite part was that I actually got home before midnight :).

It was held in the Olympic Flight Museum so decorations were simple. We had a few WWII airplanes and helicopters that the Museum left out for decoration. So awesome! One of them was worth two million dollars! I wish I had gotten better pictures of them, but I think you can somewhat see them in the background of these pictures. 

With it being a USO theme we donated $5 of each ticket sale to the USO which is an organization to help soldiers and their families. 

Madelin White (President-Elect of the Chamber) and me. 

Stephanie (my boss) and Dan (Vice-President of the Chamber)




Dan and Arvilla Moore (Co-Worker)


Miss Thurston County came and helped us sale raffle tickets for our Jewelry Raffle. Isn't she gorgeous!? My favorite part was at the end of the event she said "now I'm taking these heels off and going to get some Taco Bell". What a woman!


Mike Harris (Treasure of the Chamber) looking fabulous in his tux!

Stephanie and I at the end of the event, still smiling. 


All in all it was a great night. We set a record high for attendance at the Chamber's Annual Auction, and we exceeded our budget of how much we wanted to make. So to me that is a success!

And I got to wear red lipstick for the first time. I felt pretty brave. Thanks to my wonderful mother and Sian Roche for doing my hair and makeup in a record time :). And also to my wonderful auction committee, they worked so hard right along side me. I couldn't have done this without them!

#bravehearts

Today I'm am being featured at Braided Bliss as a part of the #bravehearts series. This is such a great series where Ansley is sharing people's stories who have been through adversity, stayed strong, stood up for what they believed and moved forward. 

I feel blessed to be able to be a part of such a great cause. It is an opportunity for those who have struggled to share their story, in the hope to help others who may be going through the same struggle. An opportunity to share goodness!


Go check it out!

#thankfultuesday

This series is starting to become easily my favorite time of the week! It really is amazing how simply being grateful everyday can make in your mood. It has helped me see the Lord's hand in my daily life, not just in the big ways but in the small ways. I'm starting to see more tender mercies!


1. I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to go to Portland to see my sister and her family, and also to see two old friends.

2. I'm grateful that I get to be an aunt to 13 wonderful nieces and nephews who despite me they always show me love.

3. I'm grateful for rain coats. The end.

4. I'm grateful I am now able to run without having trouble breathing.

5. I'm grateful for Psych. It always gives me an opportunity to laugh hard, and eat pineapple.

6. I'm grateful for the food trucks in Portland that gave me the opportunity to be brave and try something new. Chicken Shawarma is delicious!

7. I'm grateful for a warm fire at home to help me forget it is cold outside.

8. I'm grateful that socks and sandals are coming into style so that us Northwesterners don't look as ridiculous as we use to. 

9. I'm grateful for lightsaber fights that remind me that I can still be a kid.

10. I'm grateful that I have five wonderful siblings who like having me around. 

What are you grateful for this week?

Dogs & Dino's

This weekend was spent in Portland and I got to go to the Oregon Zoo with my sister and her family for a little bit. All the kids came dressed up and they had stations for the kids to do different fun activities. 

Oregon Zoo is probably one of my favorites in the northwest. They just seem to have every animal. Including dogs and dinosaurs...oh wait those were just my awesome nephews!



 This was the only way we could get a picture of Luke, what a cool kid! 



I sure love these boys. I'm so lucky to be an aunt to 13 nieces and nephews and one more on the way!

I also got to see two of my good friends who were in town from Portland. I don't have any pictures but it is always great seeing old friends. It always amazes me how you can go a really long time without seeing someone and just pick up right where you left off. I guess that is all a part of growing up and having friends all over the country.

Cheers to a good weekend :) 

"Run Sierra, Run"

My whole life had changed as I knew it and I had no idea which direction to go now. I knew exactly what I wanted but I had no idea how to get there. My mother told me, "Run Sierra, Run".

Once again my plans had gone out the window and I was back at square one. Well not completely square one because I still had a great job and a great family. But my plans for my ultimate goal which is a family had all changed. The whole world had opened up to me. I could move wherever I wanted to, change careers, go to grad school, stay here. Anything I wanted!

Fun fact about Sierra, she doesn't do well with lots of options. 

With so many options I had no idea which way to go or what to do. When I turned to my wonderful mother for direction she said deep down I knew exactly what I wanted and which way to go, that once I got sight of that I needed to run as fast and as hard as I could towards that. 

I still felt confused about which way to go. She asked me all of the important questions. What is your passion? What do you want to do? What do you love? etc. I just found myself going back to one thing, I wanted a family. But I understood the importance of the following the Lord and having patience in his timetable, but I guess it just wasn't clicking. 

Last night after our yoga class my mom and I were sitting in the Sauna and I asked her again, "How am I supposed to run in one direction if I don't know which direction to go?". She started laughing and quoting Forest Gump, "Run Forest, Run". Then she got serious. She reminded me of what deep down I already knew. 

Stay close to the Lord Sierra, is what she told me. As you stay close to Him you'll know without a doubt of which direction you need to be running. So run to Him. 

I was reminded of a quote my good friend Lib shared with me recently, 

"Patience is tied very closely to faith in our Heavenly Father. Actually, when we are unduly impatient, we are suggesting that we know what is best—better than does God. Or, at least, we are asserting that our timetable is better than his."  - Elder Neal A. Maxwell

Deep down I knew that I needed to have more faith in the Lord's timing. A principle I knew all too well but wasn't doing a very good job at living it. 

So as we sat their in the sauna and on the drive home I made my decision. I was going to draw close to my Savior, I was going to run to Him with all of my strength. While I did this I was going to have fun, not be so focused on creating a step-by-step plan, but simply have fun as I grow into the person my Savior wants me to be. I was going to trust my Heavenly Father.

As I made this decision I felt so much peace and relief, I started seeing things fall into place.

Now I still don't know which direction my life is going but I do know that my running partner will be Jesus Christ. For I know with all of my heart that if I run to him, get him on my team that I will always feel peace and I'll have all the strength I need to go which ever direction that he has planned for me. 

On your mark, get set, GO!


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#thankfultuesday

I know I'm not great at posting regularly on here. Life is crazy and blogging isn't number one in my life. But it is now a goal to make gratitude a really high priority in my life. I've seen over the past month how being grateful midst trials has given me so much strength. Which is why I've decided to make #thankfultuesday a weekly thing. So I hope you'll join me in learning to see the light in the darkness, the sun in the clouds and just being grateful for all we are given!

Gratitude quote of the week: 

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1. I'm grateful that I survived planning and executing my first auction (more pictures will be up soon), that it went smoothly and that there were no real problems.


2. I'm grateful that I have job where the people I work with are supportive of my decisions and care about me and my life.

3. I'm grateful to have a family that will do fun, crazy things with me like have an annual Harry Potter party.

4. I'm grateful that I get to have a calling in my church to be with young women who teach me great lessons all the time. This week Emma taught us about gratitude, and it was great!

5. I'm grateful that I got to go to the corn maze this weekend and finally start to enjoy October. 

6. I'm grateful for my mom and dad who despite their own crazy schedule made time to come volunteer to help set up for the auction I was in charge of.

7. I'm grateful for my two Brazilian friends, Karyny and Idauana who are always so positive and loving with me even when I'm stubborn.


8. I'm grateful that I could finally find two pairs of booties that I actually liked so that my feet wouldn't freeze at work and church anymore.

9. I'm grateful for social media and technology that helps me stay in contact with friends who I don't get to see or talk to very often.

10. I'm grateful for naps. I got to leave work early yesterday and take one and boy did I need it!

What are you grateful for this week?

#thankfultuesday

I saw this hashtag this morning on Facebook and I thought now that is a great hashtag! But how about #thankfulmonday, or #thankfulsaturday?? Maybe I'll start a new trend.

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Lately I've really been focusing on being more grateful. I've been much more regular in writing in my gratitude journal and I've seen a huge difference in my attitude and mood. So today I want to share a list of things I'm thankful for...

1. I'm grateful for my body. I'm grateful that I can walk, run, jump, move at my own free will. That I can live an active life and that I don't have any real physical limitations.

2. I'm grateful for rain (yes I'm from Washington). But seriously. Something about big dark clouds and pouring rain just leaves me calm and peaceful. But I love how beautiful it makes the tree's and plants. People may complain about our rain but they forget if we didn't have it Washington wouldn't be the green we love so much!

3. I'm grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and for the reminder that through faith and hope in Christ all will work out. For the knowledge that my Heavenly Father has a plan for me and that as I do my best and follow Him he will direct me down a path that is better then I could have imagined.

4. I'm grateful for my siblings. Yes we occasionally fight, say mean things to each other. But more importantly we love each other! We support each other and we always want what is best for each other.

5. I'm grateful for my parents. I'm grateful that they love me and support me. That they let me hangout with them whenever I want. That they include me in everything they do, and they actually want me around. I'm grateful for the way they raised me. To work hard, love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to love one another!

6. I'm grateful for Taylor Swift. Judge me if you want but her songs just fit every mood and always say what I can't. I know her songs aren't deep or profound but I'm not deep or profound so its perfect. Plus they are great to dance to. If you don't feel the need to bust a move to "Shake It Off" we need to have a talk.

7. I'm grateful for warm cozy blankets. There is nothing better then a warm blanket on a cold, cloudy day.

8. I'm grateful for friends who remind me of my potential and talents when I'm not feeling super great about myself.

9. I'm grateful for pineapple. Not just because it is in Psych, the greatest TV show ever. But because when it is ripe it is so delicious. I'm not a very descriptive writer but man it is just so good!

10. I'm grateful for warm water and lemon oil. When I get to work in the morning I'm usually freezing but I get some warm water, put some oil in it and this girl is one happy camper!

What are you grateful for on this #thankfultuesday??

J.O.Y.

Over the past month I've learned that I can be happy and positive throughout trials and hard times. So I thought I better document what I learned so that my future self can be reminded, and also so maybe someone else can learn from my struggle.

My whole life my mom has been teaching me a really simple concept, J.O.Y. Jesus, Others, Yourself.

That is it, super simple. Live life in that order and you'll be happy, you'll have joy in your life. Putting Christ first always seemed second nature. One of my favorite quotes is:


But the "O" is where I really struggled. I hate admitting this but I think I'm inherently self-centered. My parents didn't raise me that way but I think since I moved out when I was 18 I had to start taking care of myself being self-centered started to creep in. The nice thing about this problem is I know it is a problem so I'm good at keeping it at bay. I'd force myself into service opportunities to keep from thinking about me, myself and I too much.

I always saw and felt how those service opportunities helped me feel/be happier but it wasn't till this most recent experience that I realized how thinking about others really makes all the difference. 

Someone very close to me hurt me, very deeply. But from the very beginning all I could think about was how much they had to be hurting because of their decision. I don't know what came over me. My mom's teachings had finally kicked in! I was thinking of them much more then I was thinking of me. And for that reason I was strong, I wasn't a mess and no matter how much it hurt I was happy. 

Now there are many reasons I could list of why I was still happy. From the fact that I knew who I was, from the knowledge that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real and was giving me more strength then I deserved, to the fact that I had a family who was praying for me. But for today's purposes we're going to focus on one simple thing. I thought of the person who hurt me first before I thought of myself. 

                                    

This above quote is exactly why I was happy. I was happy because I was serving my Heavenly Father. And in the process of serving Him and thinking of this person first I was able to put my pain aside in order to help them through a tough time. People keep telling me they are so amazed by how well I'm handling the situation. But as I look back I know it is all because of the "J" and the "O". I have no doubt in my mind of this. 

You might ask how does serving others help God, well the answer is this. Our Heavenly Father's purpose is simply to help us return to Him. He needs our help. Actually He could probably do it on His own, but oh how we need to help Him. As we serve others we become more Christlike and draw closer to our Savior, which in turn brings happiness into our life!

This principle is something that I struggle with sometimes, I'm so far from perfect at it. But it is something I'm always striving to work on because I know without a doubt that it is a true principle. 

As we love those who hurt us and put Christ and others first before ourselves we will experience JOY!

The Liebster Award

Shannon from The Hallway nominated me for The Liebster Award! Go check out her blog. She is all about being real and so much fun! This award is pretty much a way to discover new blogs etc.

Rules: List 11 facts about yourself and then answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you. Be sure to link back to the blogger who nominated you, and then nominate bloggers of your choice! Think of 11 questions to ask the ones you nominate.



Here goes nothing..11 facts about myself:

1. I have two middle names, Natasha Camille.

2. I could eat chocolate covered strawberries for days and never get sick of them.

3. I love carbs. Pasta, potatoes, bread you name it. My mom says it will be the death of me, it is a good thing I like fruits and veggies also :).

4. All time favorite show is Psych which also means I love pineapple. If you don't know how pineapple applies to Psych you need to go watch it. Start from the beginning. 

5. When I was little I hated soccer. All my older siblings played it but I refused. I wanted to play baseball. So my mom found me a t-ball team. But when I turned 7 I was too old for t-ball and too young for softball so my mom said it was soccer or nothing. She got me on a team and I never stopped playing. 

6. I'm terrified of snakes. I can't even look at pictures of snakes. It is pretty sad.

7. My all time favorite holiday is Fourth of July. Something about BBQ, summer, lots of people and fireworks just makes me so happy inside! 

8. Speaking of Fourth of July, I'm a firework-pyro. Just fireworks, not fire or explosives, just fireworks. I'm always the person suggesting the really crazy/stupid ideas to do with the fireworks. Like throw them instead of leaving them on the ground, or throwing mortars into water, I could go on. 

9. Growing up I was home schooled until I went into 7th grade and that was only part time and then full time in high school. Because of this I was really only outgoing with people I played sports with and went to church with. My junior year of high school this changed and I became pretty outgoing. A lot of people thought I was a transfer student. 

10. The only bone I've broken is my collar bone. I broke it when I was three because I was climbing up something I shouldn't have...oops.

11. Until I was about 14 or 15 I had no fashion sense whatsoever. Imagine this..bright orange shirt, bright orange shorts, socks that came to my mid-calf, and tennis shoes. That was a regular occurrence in elementary/middle school. 

And the questions Shannon asked: 

1. What are your three favorite blogs? Let Why Lead, Willivia, and Come Unto Christ which is written by one of my past students. 

2. How did you choose the name for your blog? One of my favorite quotes is "Life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured". Life is hard, but it is a little easier when we find the positive in everything, when we find ways to enjoy it! I want my blog to be about my journey to find joy in the journey. 

3. What's your most embarrassing moment of the past week? When I was teaching a spiritual lesson at church and without even realizing it I started referencing Harry Potter. That's about as embarrassing as my life was last week. I'm half proud of it :).

4. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Noodles, anything with noodles.

5. What do you do for a living? I'm the Event Coordinator for the Lacey Chamber of Commerce. 

6. If you could spend a summer living anywhere in the world, where would you choose? Italy. I've never been there but I feel like summers there would be magical!

7. How do you edit your blog photos? I don't edit a lot yet but if I do I use Picasa. 

8. What's your staple clothing item? My vans, all seven pairs. I'm pretty sure I could wear them with almost any outfit.

9. Why did you start blogging? I wanted a place to record my life. My struggles, experiences, travels, joys, everything. I write in a journal but I can't put pictures in there. Plus I always hope that something I go through will help someone else.

10. Do you have any pets, and if so, how did you choose their names? I grew up with a lot of animals, mostly dogs. But my dog passed away about two years ago. But I do partly own a Saint Bernard with my mom. Her name is Sunshine. Honestly I don't know why we picked this name because it is my nickname but she lives up to it :) 

11. What are some of your favorite fonts? Honestly, I don't play with fonts much so I can't say I have any favorites. 

Blogs I'm nominating: 
Just Your Average Redhead
Sincerely, T&E
Elise's Pieces

Questions for them:
1. 1. What are your three favorite blogs?
2. How did you choose the name for your blog?
3. What is your favorite childhood memory?
4. If you were stuck on an island with only one book, what book would you pick?
5. What do you do for a living?
6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, no expenses, where would it be?
7. Favorite blog topic?
8. What's your staple clothing item?
9. Why did you start blogging?
10. What is your passion? 
11. What is your favorite hobby?


I'm excited to see your answers. Thank you again Shannon for nominating me!

October 2014 Conference Quotes

This last weekend was General Conference, which is a Conference my Church has twice a year. It happens in Salt Lake City, Utah but is broadcasted all over the world. The leaders of my Church teach us and give us spiritual enlightenment! I like to call it the most wonderful time of the year, except it doesn't come only once, but twice!

I've posted a few of my favorite quotes from the weekend, if I could I'd post the whole thing! I really felt like there was a theme of kindness and love towards everyone. No matter who we are, or who we come in contact with, everyone deserves our kindness. I absolutely loved it, I felt like it was exactly what I needed to hear. Are we not all children of God? Nothing makes us better then another. 

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Stay awesome!

Sierra

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