Friday, September 24, 2010

Health = Important

It's amazing how much better you feel when you actually get your 8-9 hours of sleep, or your exercise each day...that makes you feel great too.  Why is it that we'll put off taking care of our bodies, but just HAVE to make time for that last episode of whatever show we're currently following?  When we're 90 years old, do we want to be that old person who wishes they could just die because they're in so much pain?  Or do we want to be that old person who doesn't want to die just yet so that we can enjoy that one last breath of fresh air on a Sunday morning?

My problem is that I used to pack so much in my life all at once that I didn't leave enough time to cook nourishing meals, go to the gym, or get enough sleep.  I thought, "Ah, I can take 17 credits, practice 30 hours a week, hold up a part-time job, and do my calling.  I can even watch Dancing with the Stars."  As soon as I realized that this was actually shortening my life significantly by giving me unnecessary ulcers, and cutting into valuable time that I could be giving to taking care of my precious body that God has given me, I have been SO much happier! 

I have a few friends who are inspiring me to be healthier.  Growing up, I was NOT athletic.  You'd never catch me dead in a gym.  Working out?  Psh, what was that??  Even though sometimes I secretly wanted to, I was embarrassed because I wasn't any good at sports.  I didn't want to humiliate myself, and I was embarrassed for people to see me running.  But with the help of certain friends, I can see that you don't have to be a competitive athlete to be in shape.  No, you don't need to have the Olympics scouting you out for you to be allowed to exercise.  I'm going running for 9 miles on Saturday morning with my friend Whitney.  Even though she's probably a better runner than I am, I'm grateful for the opportunity!  

So here's to all of you busy bodies out there.  Take care of your body.  Get to bed on time.  Make sure you get your 8 hours of sleep.  Eat healthy, and exercise regularly!  The doctors aren't lying when they say it will help you.  If you're worried about money, think about it like my husband does.  You can put a little bit of money into your health now instead of the thousands of dollars of health bills that you could prevent later.  Just like you make time to read that book you really like, watch that show you're addicted to, or get on facebook for hours each can spend a little time on your body.  It's not going to be there forever.  Especially if you don't take good care of it.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Busy Body

If this post sounds frantic, I'm terribly sorry.  I just want to make sure I update what I want to in the short amount of time that I have. 

Trivial Experiences:
  • Matt watched "A Goofy Movie" with me last night while we were cooking dinner and folding clothes.  He has never seen it before.  I forgot how funny that movie was.  I like children's movies, okay?
  • In my Shakespeare class, I had to get up in the middle of a class presentation that was going on to get some water.  When I came back, everyone in the room had a small pile of cheezits on their desk.  I guess it was part of the presentation.  I look at my desk, and there are cheezits spilled all over my desk and chair.  Apparently the guy behind me was having a little too much fun with the cheezits.
  • In Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsal, we were practicing an overture that we are playing for the Instrumental Showcase.  Kory, our director, wanted us to start at rehearsal number "B2."  He says "B2!" and then he thinks for a moment, afterwards saying, "or not B2.  That, is the question."  Cheesy humor is pretty much the bomb.
Not-so-trivial Experiences:
  • My dear friend Nicole left for her mission.  It made me cry.  Also, my dear friend Kenzie left on her mission.  Why does everyone have to grow up so fast?  I guess all my friends could say the same thing about me getting married.
  • I couldn't find my keys before school one morning.  If I don't have my key, it is very likely that I won't be able to get into my apartment when I get home, because Matt doesn't have a cell phone on him as often anymore.  I looked around the house about 7 different times.  Finally, I did what I should have done all along.  I got on my knees and prayed for what was, at the time, an urgent matter.  I didn't want to be late for class, and it takes about 20 minutes to walk from where we live.  When I opened my eyes, I looked at the very place that they were.  Right where I had left them last.  It was my little miracle for the week, not counting all the nice things that my husband does for me each day.  :)

I love working out, and now that I can go to the gym, I am getting up at 4:30am every morning (assuming I can get to bed on time...cross your fingers) so that I can have time to pack a lunch and get ready.  It's so nice to not have to worry about moving and organizing stuff as much anymore.  Also, by getting up this early, I can't complain that I don't have as much practice time that I need.

Last Sunday I made a Mediterranean pot roast.  It was tasty...even though this picture probably doesn't do it justice.

I know I'm usually more entertaining, but my life needs to be lived.  :)  Until next time.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Self Improvement--Inspired by President Samuelson

I haven't worked out in almost 2 months.  This whole week I felt nasty inside, and I kept having what women call "fat days."  Even if you're not any bigger than you were the day before, you wake up that morning and feel like you just ate 5 extra large pizzas by yourself the night before.  Since I can't really afford a gym membership at the moment, my husband and I went to the campus gym.  I ran on the elliptical, and Matt shocked the men sitting next to him by how much weight he could lift without breaking a sweat.  OK, so he broke a sweat.  But still, that's my man!  One thing that I've noticed that he does is when he works out is he brings a little notebook with him to record his progress.  That way, he can always know where he was before, and where he wants to be.  I also happened to be listening to a BYU devotional on podcast on my ipod while I was exercising.  This really made me reflect on self-improvement and how to make it more effective and still staying happy.

The specific devotional that I was listening to was President Samuelson's address for what I believe was the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year.  I remember the talk when I was in the Marriot Center that day, but listening to it again really made me think more.  He spoke about the future, and the difference between the things we can't control and the things that we can.  He talked about how there are always those who seem to get better grades than us without having to work as hard.  There always seem to be those people who can just eat as much as they want and whatever they want without gaining any weight.  And don't forget those people who just seem to get asked out on dates all the time, even if they aren't the nicest people.  We can't control that.  We also can't really forsee what the economy is going to be like, and if we'll be rich and/or famous one day. 

What we CAN control is our relationships, he says.  He talks about our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  The ball is in our park.  We can control how much we talk to Him and how much we serve Him by serving our fellow men.  We can even control how much we think about Him.  Sometimes, as I've discovered, it is difficult.  Sometimes it feels like Heavenly Father leaves us for a little while, so that we can grow through suffering.  Think about the Savior.  In the Garden of Gethsemane, the Lord left Jesus so that He could suffer.  And suffer He did. In order to fill His divine role, He had to be alone.  Not to compare ourselves to the Savior at all, but the Lord does sometimes leave us for periods of time, mostly due to our stupid decisions and mistakes.  But also to help us feel sorrow so that we can appreciate joy.  Think about it.  How could you really appreciate someone for being dependable, if you haven't experienced being stood up?

Samuelson also spoke of improving our relationships with our loved ones.  One thing that really struck me was the emphasis on checking in with your folks when you don't need money for something.  I would encourage you, if you can, to keep correspondence with those you love, especially those that serve you.  

Lastly, President Samuelson talked about improving your relationship with yourself.  Being honest with yourself is so important for self-improvement.  For instance, when I practice, and I mark my millions of tally marks in my notebook for how many times I played something without mistakes, I can't make one mistake and mark it.  The only person that is suffering from that is me.  Also, cheating your way through school is another example.  Sure, you might get an "A" on that one test.  But think about it.  Why are you in college?  Last time I checked, it was because you wanted to be trained in a specific trade.  You wanted to make yourself marketable to a specific genre of company and profession.  Just like any skill, you can't go from point "A" to point "X."  You have to take it one step at a time, and learn things at the pace that your mind can comprehend.  If you cheat yourself, nobody else is going to suffer besides you.  It's like leaving out the yeast in a bread mixture.  It just won't work.  Eventually, everyone will know that you left out the yeast.  No busniness is going to hire you if you can't do the essentials that you spent SO much time and money learning how to do.  The business that you want to work for is not going to care if you can't do it.  They just won't hire you.  Or, if you squeak by on the interviews, you will eventually be found out, and most likely replaced by some other hard-worker that didn't cheat it college.  The skills that I am referring are those of a necessary nature for your specific trade.  It could be anything.  Musical scales, basic algebra, and even learning how to read.  There are so many hard working people in this world.  Driven, hard working people.  The job market is competitive.  If you have a dream to attain something, realize that you're probably not the only one who has that dream.  If you're honest with yourself, and keep the Lord in your life, and work as hard as you can, chances are you have a great shot.

One thing that I think everyone needs to learn is how to really love oneself.  I know plenty of people who on the outside would seem like the most confident individuals.  Their lives are so perfect.  They don't have any insecurities...why should they?  They have everything they need!  And still I hear about deep rooted sadness.  I even see it sometimes, in people who in my mind, have it all!  I don't think this is ingratitude.  I've had times in my life where I feel that way.  I think it is just losing sight of the fact that you really are pretty freakin' awesome.  In order to love other people, the Lord, and the blessings that are brought to you, you have to learn to love yourself first.  Remember the Savior.  Think about what He paid for you.  Think about what you enjoy doing, just because it makes you happy.  Make a little time for that in your crazy schedule every now and then.  After exercising yesterday with my husband, I am filled with great joy.  It wasn't even a super intensive workout.  But it made me happy.  After you start looking in the mirror and thinking, "I really am a great person," start directing your joy towards others through service.  There is nothing like serving someone when you already have that self-confidence inside of you.  It feels SO much better.  That way, there can be no resentment in your heart.  You are serving because you want to; because it feels good.  However, I really don't think that anyone can serve effectively without loving oneself first.

I know it's not that easy.  If you're anything like me, you'll understand that when I do anything wrong or even not perfectly, sometimes I am overcome with guilt.  I can't seem to focus on the things that I've ever done good in my life...just on the flaws.  Forgiving oneself is essential to progression!  However, all of you musicians know that in order to improve a piece of music, you have to zone in on your "trouble spots."  But this needs to be treated delicately.  If it starts to wander into emphasizing your flaws in character, then you need to back up and think about what's really important.  This has been my constant struggle.  But I really do feel like I'm getting better.

Anyway, enough of my babbling.  These are just my thoughts in response to the devotional.  Thanks for reading. 

Au revoir!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pictures n' Stuff

So, just to show all y'all how behind I am, here are some pictures from the honeymoon.

Inside the Bellagio.  Isn't this glass art so beautiful?
On the Vegas Strip.  Do we look sweaty?
I had to.
Click here for pictures of the wedding.

And, as for our cute little apartment, even though it slightly resembles a college dorm room, and we don't have any decorations yet, I love it!  I mean, what's not to love?

Our lovely bedset that my dear Grandparents gave us for the wedding
Our Ikea couch.  We love it, and we found it all by ourselves!  We still haven't figured out what to do about that TV wire yet though.  Still working on that.
Better view of the living room.
I should have taken the tablecloth off to showcase our lovely wooden table that my parents got for us.  It's so beautiful.  And Matt assembled it all on his own while I was practicing for auditions.  Such a sweetie.  OK enough mushy stuff.
See that slowcooker?  There's a chicken in that monster, cuz I'm domesticated like that.
See the magnets all in a row?  Yeah that wasn't supposed to be in the picture.  I don't want everyone to know how OCD I can get sometimes.  Oopsie.
Since Matt doesn't have a meal plan at the canon center anymore, our pantry looks like this!  Yay for food.

Whew, glad I got that off my chest.  Now I need to go read about more Bali Indonesians who don't like to have open space in celebration homes because the devil shoots in straight lines and they don't want ol' Scratch getting to them or their babies.  That probably made sense to you if you're in my Music 307 class.  For the rest of you, sorry.  I'm a little involved in school right now. 

Monday, September 6, 2010

A New Chapter

Alright, alright, I know everyone thinks that the thing to do when you get married is to create a family blog so that family and friends can look at it and go "awww...their lives are so perfect."  Just SO YOU KNOW, I have been an avid blogger (I like to write for entertainment) for a few years now and I just wanted my new name to be on my blog page.  For whatever reason, it won't let me change my previous blog to my new email address.  The email address that I signed up with originally is going to soon be discontinued, and I still want to be able to blog.

I don't really agree with posting everything about one's personal life, especially dealing with your marriage, where everyone can see it.  If you want to know how amazing and lovely our marriage is, ask me about it and I'll tell you.  I mainly want to keep up my writing skills, and give vague updates.

As far as updates go, Matt is in his 3rd year of lawschool and I am in my final year of my undergraduate degree.  I have every intention of pursuing my education/musical career.  However, we are married, and we would really love to be living in the same place as a married couple.  My applications for graduate school are due before Matt can really apply for jobs since he is several months from graduating.  So for those of you who want to know where I'm going to end up, it's kind of a shot in the dark.  My hope is that I'll apply to a school that is close to where Matt can get a good job (hopefully) and I'll get in.  So, we're praying lots and pressing forward with faith. 

We are finally moved in and really enjoying being settled.  (Pictures coming soon.)  Since I don't have a lot of time tonight, this will be a short post.  Thank you all who are religious followers.  I hope I won't dissapoint.