UA-114812973-16 Well Rounded: November 2014


I write this as it is raining outside, but that is besides the point because I love the rain. But not as much as I love this quote. I'm the queen of looking for the rainbow until my eyes are dry and starting to tear from too much staring. Hence why I started my #thankfultuesdays. They really help me be thankful for the rain. 

I firmly believe as we stop to thank God for the rain we will find so much more joy in life. We will start seeing the little tender mercies that the Lord is blessing us with. I've seen it myself. As I've started looking at the small things, those small things bring so much joy into my life. 

1. I'm grateful that I was able to spend Saturday morning at the Temple. I feel so much peace there.

2. I'm grateful for the pouring rain we had on Friday night. I had a pretty bad migraine and going to sleep hearing the rain outside was the best.

3. I'm grateful that I get to go to Utah tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving with some siblings that I haven't had Thanksgiving with in years!

4. I'm grateful for heated seats.

5. I'm grateful for a mom who is hilarious.

6. I'm grateful for the opportunity I get each week to attend church and to be able to see Gospel principles in new ways and learn new ideas, to be able to have my testimony strengthened!

7. I'm grateful for technology. It amazes me the people I get to connect with through it, and all that I learn from those connections.

8. I'm grateful for music, and my ability to be able to sing. Singing/music brings so much happiness into my life. 

9. I'm grateful for nieces and nephews who always get so excited to see me!

10. I'm grateful for great co-workers and a positive work environment. 

What are you grateful for this week?


I was super sad I missed #thankfultuesday last week and let me tell you, not taking the time to write about what I was grateful for really made my week a little harder. I had forgotten to be grateful for everything around me. Trust me it won't be happening again ;). 

Found here.

Can we just give Helen Keller an amen?! I saw this quote and immediately I realized it was the exact principle that I've been trying to master lately. I felt like if I was finally happy with my job, or my exercise habits, or my life in general that it meant I was settling and giving up on the things I want in life. But then Helen Keller reminded me that I was dead wrong (Baby Mama anyone?). 

Life is all about being grateful for what we have now, but still learning to grow and progress. So this is my goal for the next few weeks. I'll let you know how it goes. Now for what I'm grateful for....

1. I'm grateful for my mom who will sit on the floor of my room with me and just hold me while I cry.

2. I'm grateful for the humbling opportunity I had to be the Choir Director for a group of amazing youth (12-18 yrs old) yesterday as we sang our testimony of Jesus Christ to 1000 + people at the South Sound Dance Festival Kick-Off Fireside. Shine Bright, Share the Light. (Love giant group selfies and the great picture quality haha.)

3. I'm grateful for great girlfriends who even though we live in different states are always there for me. You know who you are ;).

4. I'm grateful for all the family and friends who helped make my mothers surprise birthday party a hit!

Love having sisters close to help me throw this party for our mom. We missed you Joy (you too Daniel and David)!

5. I'm grateful for my little space heater and blanket that hide under my desk and keep me warm during these freezing days.

6. I'm grateful for Gilmore Girls and Netflix. You provide a good laugh for my mom and I late each night.

7. I'm grateful for empty late night flights where I get a whole row to myself.

8. I'm grateful for Social Media and the opportunity it gives me to share my testimony with many more then I would regularly.

9. I'm grateful that I discovered how great being grateful is!

10. I'm grateful for the knowledge of have that I can be freed from a lot of pain and sorrow as I forgive those who have hurt me, even if sometimes it is really hard to do. 

What are you grateful for this week?

Books On My Nightstand

I have a problem with not being able to just read one book at a time. This is a problem because then I end up with piles of books around my room (clearly I need a bookshelf). But at the same time I love it because then I always have something to read based on what mood I'm in.

Here is what is currently on my nightstand, or in one of the many piles in my room:

Even though I've just barely started this book I've loved what I've read so far. It has so many great 
ideas for bloggers, experienced and beginners!  Here is a great review of the book by Haley at The Beautiful Exchange.

I'm a little over half way done with this book and I love it so far. The 'Heroes of Olympus' series is about a group of young demigods trying to save the world from being destroyed by a few different powerful ancient Gods. Rjordan mixes modern day with greek mythology in such a fun way. I've always been a big fan of Rick Rjordan's books because I love greek mythology. If you're looking for a fun easy read this series would be a choice. 

I know I posted about this book here and since I'm writing about it in this post it clearly means I haven't finished it. But when I do get a chance to sit and read a few pages I love it. I like reading it at a slow pace because it gives me a chance to really think about what a great man Joseph Smith was. You know how people always ask the question, "if you could have lunch with any person who would it be?". I'd definitely pick Joseph Smith. 

Remember when I said my world was rocked by some unfortunate news here? Well the day I got the news my dad handed me this book. Fun fact about Sierra N.C. Burton: She loves Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. I quote him regularly. My dad knew this and boy has this book been amazing. I've never really studied Psalms, read it yes, studied it no. But this is helping me see them in a whole new way and learn some new ideas and principles.

I picked up Persuasion because I realized I hadn't read all of Jane Austen's books yet and I was pretty disappointed in myself for that. So first stop, Persuasion. At first I really had a hard time getting into the book but I didn't give up and so far I'm enjoying it. It is your typical Victorian Era book, full of love, drama and etiquette. 

I think the title says it all. I'm excited to see how this book will help me living a more full life!

What books are on your "nightstand" right now?

Old Friends, Family and the Temple.

I took a long weekend and headed to Utah to see a long list of people who I haven't seen in forever. The weekend was full of reunions and family. I got to see my brothers and their families. Both of their wives had babies back in January and I finally got to meet them.

I also got to see many of the missionaries I served with in Kennewick. It is amazing to me how you can go so long without seeing someone and then just pick up where you left off. 

Time for pictures!

Saturday I spent with my older brother Daniel and his adorable girls. His wife and the youngest were away for a girls weekend so it was just us four. We went for a mini hike up at Silver Lake by Brighton. Silver Lake was one of my favorite places to go when I lived in Utah, but I have to say the fact that there was already snow there made me like it a little bit less. But still was a great time. The lake was frozen and I kept singing "Let It Go" as if it was coming from the distance and telling my oldest niece it was Elsa. She didn't fall for it. 

Sunday was spent with this wonderful lady. Mecham and I were companions in the MTC two years ago. Being together was like we were never a part. I loved it. This woman is probably one of the best I know. She is so loving and happy, not to mention she seriously knows how to bust a move. 

Sunday night we had a reunion with some of the other elders who were in our MTC district. It was great to laugh and reminisce on our MTC days. This group is my family and always will be! (Don't mind my awkward stance....)

 Tuesday morning I got to go do a Temple session at the Salt Lake Temple with Daw (also from my MTC group). Man I love going to the Temple. As I was there I was reflecting on my feelings when I'm inside the Temple. I realized I felt complete peace while I was there. A peace that I don't feel anywhere else. I think it is safe to say the Temple is my favorite place to be.

I also got to see my trainer and once again Clegg and I talked and joked like nothing had changed even though it has also almost been two years since we served together. It is amazing how serving and growing in the gospel can really bring two people together. It is safe to say that she is stuck with me whether she likes it or not ;). 

I saw quite a few friends but I'm spotlighting those I hadn't seen in a really long time. Another one was Shanna. We met a little over two years ago at a spontaneous Lake Powell trip. But we recently got back in contact over the past year and boy am I grateful for that. She has been such a great friend to me. Next in our adventures is Alaska!

All in all it was a good trip. I could have used without the cold weather but the first few days were so nice I can't complain too much.  


Found here. 

This is the lesson I've learned about gratitude this week. As I've been grateful for things I normally would complain about I've learned to appreciate and love those things. I pushed aside the normal negative thoughts that I had and filled it with gratitude for what I had been given. When I did that I found myself changing. And as I found myself changing I saw I was treating people better. It was amazing! 

What I'm grateful for today....

1. I'm grateful for that one day last week where it just poured all day. I don't like dark days but when it is dark because it is raining super hard it is the best.

2. I'm grateful that I'm starting to feel more comfortable wearing boots because I am much warmer!

3. I'm grateful that I get to teach the 16-18 year olds in my area every Sunday. Lets be honest they really are the ones teaching me.

4. I'm grateful I got to go to lunch with my family on Saturday to celebrate my nephews birthday. 

5. I'm grateful I went outside of my comfort zone and willingly went to a Halloween Dance. We had so much fun. And I even dressed up!

6. I'm grateful I got to represent the Lacey Chamber of Commerce on Friday at a Grand Opening. I love being apart of my community and seeing the local businesses expand and grow!

7. I'm grateful we got to celebrate my sisters birthday yesterday. And I'm so grateful for her great example and all that she does for me (and puts up with from me). 

8. I'm grateful to live in a great community!

9. This one is hard for me to say but I'm grateful for trials. They help me grow and become the person that my Heavenly Father wants/needs me to be to help grow His kingdom.

10. I'm grateful for the opportunity I have to go to Utah this week to see my brothers and my friends!

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