Thursday, January 27, 2011

It's a waiting game

If we don't fall, we don't cherish our successes
- Ezra Taft Benson
^I have fallen a lot then haha.

I'll get to the title of my post momentarily. But I just have to write about everything that's been going on.

So get this. Abby (Student Body President of my school) Texted me a few days before school started, and asked me to be her new Administrative  Assistant, because Lindsey- her old one- decided to just work, because she's planning to go into the Dental Program. So Abby called me and asked if my schedule would work out to do the job. And I didn't think that it would, but I looked into moving my schedule around, and come to find out it would work. So I told her that it would work out. Abby said she'd get back to me, once she got back into town. So Monday the first day of school comes around, and I get a call from Abby, and she said ,"Gabbi guess what? You are officially my new Administrative Assistant!" So I was jumping on my bed out of it what you may, and *crack*I broke my  bed riser!! Oops! It was hilarious. My bed was all lopsided! Haha. So I had to take a trip to the store and get a new bed riser! It was priceless. Too bad no one was at the apartment to share my news with. But it was great.

I got a scholarship! It's a non resident Merit scholarship from the school. I have applied every semester and I have never gotten one, but now I finally did!! It's for good grades. If they wouldn't have given it to me, I may have just gone up to them and told them all I do for the school and say I deserve a little break on how much I pay to go to school. But I didn't have to do that after all!  But because now I'm techinically on the executive council for the student body, I get 1000 stipend for school so now I'm practically paying in state tuition! It's awesome!! :)

Karen and I got out tickets to Hawaii!!! We are leaving May 7th!! 2 days after my finals! I'm so flippin excited. We are going to Oahu! I can't wait!! We are going to SCUBA that's the main purpose, but I want to see some waterfalls, go surfing, rent bikes, go to the PCC and anything and everything. If you have suggestions please fill me in!

Greg Mortenson is coming to town at the end of March. And I'm the student body representative for him, and I'm honored. Sales aren't quite where we want them to be for his visit, but we're hoping that it picks up come February. I have a meeting with the committee today, and will see what has to be enforced at the meeting.

School is going great. I'm enrolled in 20 credits. Yeah I know I'm crazy with everything else that I do, but it's great. I'm staying on top of things, and I love it. Because of my new job in student gov't I have to have 2 hours a day in the office, oh which by the way I have my own cubicle. I love it! Anyway, I get my homework done in my office, and then just go home and I can actually relax. I'm definitely a lot more busier than I was last semester, but for some reason I'm  not stressing at all. I love my classes. They are all education classes, so I am learning sometimes, and other being bored to death with things I already know. I tested out of CIS which is this dumb computer class that is required, and I hate it, so I tested out of the word, powerpoint and windows part of it. And then I still have to do all the work for just one section on Excel.  It's a major pain in my booty.

Institute council. That's my new calling at church. It's so fun! I meet so many people, it's great. I'm already passionate about the gospel, but to be involved in what get's people active again, and something that truly makes me happy. I couldn't ask for a better calling, except of course teaching.
So go sign up! Click the link!

Sign up for Institute

I have bronchitis. I don't know if I mentioned that in my last post, but I do. And I'm still coughing a month later, but I'm getting better! So that's good. I got sick over Christmas break, and today's the first day that I haven't had to cough because of breathing, it's just a wimpy cough. And I can finally start to work out..I think. Without feeling like I'm dying.

I broke out the Trek Beach Cruiser yesterday to ride to an elections meeting. IT was quite the sight to see. Me going up hill on a bike that has flat tires (which btw I didn't realize till I was about half way to school so I wasn't going to turn back) And then I run into Connie! Gotta love it.

Oh the pressure of waiting. Patience goes along with that indirectly.
I had my EFY counselor interview last week. I find out at the end of February if I get "in" on not. So that gives me some what of anxiety, and excitement. I hope I get in, because I've always wanted to do EFY counseling, it's seriously like the best week of my year!

Then I turned in all of my stuff for the Elementary Education Program. I had my interview on Saturday. I was the youngest one there. It was a little intimidating in the fact that I'm actually the age you're suppose to be in college, and I was surrounded by married/divorced/ and people with families! So wierd! But I am confident that I did my best. So If I don't get in..well then I'm screwed. Just kidding I'll be dissappointed, but I know that the Lord has something else in store for me. It's just in my blood to be a teacher. So I have to get in!

Plan B, C, D and E though are to.. Go on a mission for church for a year and a half. Study abroad, I'm thinking Jerusalem, or South America. Not go to summer school, and go home for once, or Arizona. Stay in Utah, and go to school in the fall, but take just 12 credit, and work full time. So it will work out how it's suppose to, but I just want to get in so bad. That's all I want to do is teach. I'm so passionate about it. I just want to have my own classroom and kids to be around all the time! It's where I fit in in this crazy world, and where I need to be. But if I don't get in, ,there's always next semester.

I bought a new bathing suit!! It's yellow with polka dots.  Best day ever!

On that note..Just the little things. I know I say this like all the time, but it's so true. It's the little things that count. Okay like for instance when someone texts you and asks you how your interview was, or how work was, I dont know it's like oh you remembered, and then cared, and thought to ask! Or when someone takes out the trash! Or Cleans out the dishwasher! I seriously get so happy when stuff like that happens. Or when I paint my toes! That's the best. Or when people actually follow through with what they say they are going to do. I get let down too often, so when people do what they say they will I'm shocked. Sad right? Okay I think I'm done on my soapbox, but just had to get that out. I love the little things.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Life's Peak

Literally I'm at the peak of things right now. It's like a climax, things are going so great right now. Let me explain. 

First of all Christmas. In Phoenix!

SO FUN!! It was nice to be back in a big city again. I just feel myself when I'm in a bigger place, and I don't see people I know every 5 minutes. On our way to Phoenix, it took us 10 hours. Instead of the 7. It rained the whole way there. It was beyond annoying.  I hate the rain more than usual. But once we got to Phoenix, it was great. It was awesome to be with my family. It's very dysfunctional, but I love them. The weather was perfect once I woke up the next morning. Clear skies, and the sun shone for the first time in my eyes for the past 13 days. It was wonderful. I could only stay for 6 days, because I had to get back to work, but it was worth it. 

Once I got back to St George, it was party time! :D And that's exactly what I mean.  Courtney and I went on adventures to find snow, and got stuck in my truck, but pulled through literally. I got a cool ice scraper for my car! And I actually like using it. Haha. We went boot skating, found a frozen river, and slept out in the living room with our mattresses. And many other things. 

We had a New Year's Eve party. It was great. More people than we expected came. There was about 30 people that showed up. Half of them I didn't even know, but it was a blast. We played Charades, and had snacks, and got to know a few people, watched the fireworks! And had some Sparking Apple Cider of course. I had a cute outfit too, at least I thought so. I have been looking for an all sequined dress forever like Sarah Jessica Parker style, and I have failed. But I found a top at target! And I couldnt resist so I bought it. And some rain boots that are blue and white striped of course the two colors I love most together. If you didn't know that

We went skiing! Well I went skiing everyone else I went with was boarding. I biffed it a few times, all for a good cause. I broke some barriers of fear that day. I am getting a little better. I got going super fast sometimes and thought I was going to pee my pants because I got so scared. Haha. But it was the best day to go, we had no clouds, and it was about 30 degrees, perfect. I woke up the next morning and could hardly move. I obviously am out of shape. 

Megan and I got a 1000 piece puzzle, and completed it yesterday! It took us a week to do it! And we finger Painted with Mckay! We found ways to spend our free time because it becomes consumed with school and work. 

Okay now for all the good stuff.

I got a scholarship!! I am so happy! It's not 100% or anything, but it's enough to help. It was for good grades, and I finally got one after a year and a half! 

I don't know if I'm aloud to disclose this information publicly yet, but I will anyway. Abby (Student Body President at Dixie) had an Administrative Assistant, who isnt going to school next semester, and Abby asked me to take her spot. I feel honored really. It's something I'd love to do. I'm basically her assistant. And keep things organized and communicate with people. Gotta love opportunities! I am excited. 

I have had a nasty cough for 2 weeks now, and so I finally went to InstaCare today, and 85 Dollars later I know what's wrong with me and I have medicine for it..Ready.. I have bronchitis. Blah. It just sucks


I am on my way to apply for the education program. I am hoping that I will have everything in by Next friday!!  :D I can't wait. I am nervous though. If I don't get in..well then my life is over haha. Just kidding. I will just be disappointed really. 

EFY! I got my interview Set to be an EFY Counselor with Connie after summer school! So Excited about that! It's next week

I am so excited for this new year. It's been a week, and I'm so happy. Some things to look forward to:
Going up north to Ski w/ Connie
Learn to Board with Connie
BYU Idaho (Maybe-just to visit! Don't worry)
Get my Assosiates Degree
Get into the  ELEM Education Program
Hawaii with Karen and SCUBA
Summer school W/ Connie
EFY Counseling at BYU Provo w/ Connie
That's just a few things. 
Oh Maybe find a Boyfriend in there at some point.. 

Okay now for a little more serious thing I have been thinking about. And for those who heard my testimony on Sunday..well too bad here it is again. 

Something I really have a testimony on is how Heavenly Father loves broken things. We are humbled at our weakest points, and that's when we feel love the most, and allow Him to come into our hearts. That's when the atonement takes over, and we can feel the comfort and love he can give to us all. I just know that when we struggle, and feel abandoned, and like no one else knows what you are going through, the one person that you can count on is the Lord. He wont ever leave us. We leave him. With that being said. Here is my favorite poem of all time. 

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?”

The Lord replied,
“The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you.