UA-114812973-16 Well Rounded: February 2015

Springtime in February

Seattle skyline from Alki Beach
You're probably getting sick of me going to Seattle and raving about the weather. But guys I can't help it. If you were here you'd be doing the same thing. That is a great idea, come visit me!

I had a great long weekend. Full of longboarding on Alki Beach and a relaxing day with my two favorite Brazilians! If you remember here when I went to Alki beach and it was completely cloudy, you'll understand why Tyler and I had to go back when we knew it was supposed to be sunny. 

 Just a couple kids being cool.

"How is it this warm on Valentines Day?!" faces. 

Picture with VW Beetle and Longboards
Tyler got to drive his VW Bug so of course we felt like the coolest kids around.

Picture inside of VW Beetle

And then of course on Monday we had to go get some ice cream and enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Have I told you how much I love these girls?! Karyny reminded me they leave in six months and I had to tell her to stop. I don't know what I'll do when they leave. Love them so much - they have become some of my best friends over the past year. Looks like I need to start planning a trip to Brazil!

Now selfie time.

 Seriously with nights like this how could you not want to come visit me?!

Sunset in Lacey Washington
 Keep it up Washington, you're not making anyone mad.

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#thankfultuesday - Gratefulness = Joy

Picture of Washington sunset with quote

Enough said. It is funny, I write this post every single week so you'd think I'm probably so full of joy and gratitude all the time but I've been struggling this weekend and this morning I realized it was because I haven't been as grateful as I should be. The moment I realized that I was like, "DUH Sierra! You know better!". So here is to being much more grateful this week!

I'm grateful....

1. For the springtime weather we are having in February!

2. For the good time I had on Saturday with my friend Tyler as we soaked up the sun on Alki Beach with some longboarding.

3. That I got to make my parents dinner for Valentines Day. We had Balsamic Glaze Steak Rolls and Garlic Parmesan Salmon over Asparagus.

4. For the 12 hours of sleep I got Sunday night.

5. For President's Day. 3-day weekends are the best.

6. That I've been able to start running again.

7. For the local university and their fun basketball games, even if they don't usually win.

8. For best friends who give the best pep talks and remind you that you can do hard things.

9. For the knowledge that I have of a Heavenly Father who loves me and who wants what is best for me.

10. That my sister got engaged this weekend! I'm so happy for her!

What are you grateful for this week?

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To All 2015 College Graduates

I graduated in 2012 from BYU-Idaho. The economy wasn't great, and everyone was telling us graduates they were sorry we were graduating when we were. I had a lot of friends who threw themselves back into school. They didn't dare try and find a job. I was lucky, I graduated with a full-time job. But that wasn't pure luck. Some steps were taken pre-graduation to get me there. The downside was that it wasn't what I wanted to be doing. But it was a job which meant experience and time to figure out what exactly I wanted.

Here are my five tips to any Senior in college to finding a good job:

1. Network, Network, Network!!!: I can't say this enough. Find professionals in the field you're interested in and meet with them. Find out what they did to get where they are, and get on their radar. Doing this got me quite a few job opportunities. It isn't easy reaching out to someone you don't know, but it is much easier than being unemployed. Also remember whether they are in your field or not, every professional you meet will teach you something new and help prepare you to start your career.

2. Don't Be Cocky: This may sound harsh but give me a second to explain what I mean. Don't ever think you're too qualified for a position because you're a college graduate, or think you can't take that position because it isn't EXACTLY what you wanted. Your first job may not be the most glamorous job in the world but it is a job and it is a start at building your resume. The phrase "entry-level" is not a bad thing. It is a great start and will help you grow your experience.

3. Clean Up Your Resume: I couldn't stress this more. Employers will give your resume about 20 seconds. If it doesn't pull them in, if they see a mistake, or it seems cluttered in those first 20 seconds they will throw it away. You need to have a resume that is clean, professional and shows your skills. Don't add skills that aren't relevant to the position you're applying for. Sometimes you'll have a different resume for a different position. Write your resume to cater to the position. 

4. Be Yourself: You're probably thinking, "Uh, that is a bad idea." But I'm being serious. Yes, be professional, but don't be a robot. Employers want to see what makes you, you. They need to see how hiring you against the 30 other applicants is going to help grow their business. 

5. Don't Get Discouraged: I know easier said than done right? But I promise you'll find that job a lot quicker if you keep on trucking along than you will if you quit trying. Remember, you're not the only one searching for a job. Those 2000 other people who graduated with you are also looking for jobs. Just because someone else got selected doesn't mean they are better than you are, it just means they are a better fit for a specific position. You'll find your position that you're perfect for and you'll be glad none of the others ones worked out. As our good friend Dory always says, "Just keep swimming."

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Good luck and congratulations on all your hard work!

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#thankfultuesday - Get Your Happy On!

Picture of girl blowing bubble with words "Get Your Happy On"

So no this quote isn't directly about gratitude or being thankful but I firmly believe being grateful ties directly to our happiness. 

So go get it girl (or guy, girl just sounds better in that phrase). Go get your happy on and be grateful today!

This week I'm thankful....

1. For a weekend in Portland with my parents, sister, bro-in-law and awesome nephews.

2. For my sister who forced me outside of my comfort zone and made me make cupcakes from scratch.

3. For my bro-in-law who helped me make the cupcakes. He actually probably caused more stress than anything but we sure had fun.

4. For this beautiful February weather we are having. Weird, but beautiful.

5. For three events in six days that all went well.

6. That I had the chance to sing the National Anthem last week. As terrifying as it was, I'm glad I did it.

7. For the three-day weekend that is coming up. Thank goodness for Presidents Day :).

8. For one of my best friends letting me just full on vent to him on Saturday night and the pep talk he gave me. Best pep talk!

9. Our new Intern. He helped me a ton yesterday!

10. That I finally get a new phone this weekend. After six weeks of charging my phone three times a day and broken wi-fi I finally get to upgrade!

What are you thankful for this week?

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The Next Idina Menzel

I did something really scary yesterday.....

We had our Annual Meeting yesterday at work. Between my boss and I we were pretty stressed and wanted everything to be really nice and run smoothly. We both had our fair share of nightmares leading up to this event. Mine had been that I had to sing the National Anthem and I totally butchered it. And when I say butchered it, I mean off key, squeaking, anything bad that could happen while singing it happened.

So as we were getting close to go time I realized the student who was supposed to sing the National Anthem wasn't there. I was getting really nervous, knowing I'd have to sing it if she didn't show. As the President got up to do announcements she looked back at me to find out if the girl was here. I gave her the signal that she wasn't and she went ahead and announced me. She was great and gave the attendees a heads up on what was about to happen. She told them I hadn't sung it since high school and I had about five minutes warning.

Don't get me wrong, I love singing. I do it all the time. But I don't perform all that often anymore. Actually I don't perform at all outside of church. I kind of want to get back into performing...just maybe.

I was shaking so bad! My leg would not stop! I didn't get to practice, I didn't get to warm up my voice, and I didn't even have enough time to breath! But I did it!!!! I got up in front of 160 people (not counting those watching on television). People I work with, people from the city and the state. I sang the National Anthem. Now I'm definitely not saying I want to do it again, but it really felt good knowing that I was brave enough to go up and do something that was terrifying for me. And after my mom watched the video of it later she told me it was the best she'd ever heard me do. Coming from my mom that means so much!

Did I tell you the emcee called me "Idina Menzel Sierra Burton"?? Yeah keep your ears open guys, I'll be staring in the next Disney movie. HA!

Seems like the theme in my life lately really is "I can do hard things".

Let me just say as soon as I was done in my head I was singing "FREEEEDOMMMM!!!" HAHA! 

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#thankfultuesday - Today

I didn't really sleep last night. Between knowing I had to wake up really early and this horrible pain in my back I was tossing and turning all night. Not to mention I have two events this week and yesterday I felt like I was getting sick. Getting ready was quite painful. Not to mention having to sit in a certain position at all times to avoid too much back pain. You get the picture.

But then I realized....

I'm alive. I may not have slept well but I at least was in a warm bed. My back may hurt really bad but at least I have a chiropractor I can get in with today. I may have felt like I was getting sick yesterday but I have a mother who took time last night to give me a foot zone. 

So after all that complaining I realized I'm thankful for today. I have too much in my life to be grateful for to just complain.

This week I'm grateful for...

1. My parents who brought me home dinner on Friday night after I was stuck in traffic for an hour and only went eight miles.

2. My uncle who came and picked me up from my Saturday run because my feet were going numb.

3. The kids who attending my class on Sunday even though it was the Superbowl.

4. The opportunity I had to see a close family friend, basically a little brother turn his life completely around.

5. My two Brazilians who are always playing match maker for me.

6. My sister who makes me the coolest signature for this blog without even telling me.

7. The hour long phone call I had with one of my favorite people Sunday night. 

8. That I was able to be bold in a meeting yesterday.

9. The opportunity I have to be so involved in my city.

10. The chance I had to watch a movie yesterday about Joseph Smith. And to have my testimony and love for him grow. 

What are you grateful for this week? 

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