Sunday, November 27, 2011


Last night I had a chat with a good friend about how I've been having a hard time being determined. Being determined to set and achieve goals. Being determined to read more than a verse of my scriptures each night. Being determined to eat healthy, resist the chocolate. I've just felt like I'm having a hard time progressing. And we all know when we are not progressing, we are digressing.

I know I want to be a better person, but I'm really having a hard time being determined and achieving each goal. Church today was really amazing and I felt like we talked a lot about our potential and how great of potential we all have. I guess I just wanted to put down my thoughts and also, ask my {2} readers, what you do to achieve your goals? How do you not let laziness overcome you? I don't necessarily feel lazy in my daily life...I stay fairly busy with school, friends, family, church...but I feel lazy in the fact that I don't feel like I'm progressing in life.

Any advice??

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Since I've been back in the land of Utah, I have been forced to be back in the dating world. (London was a good break and I enjoyed time just hanging out with girls and not worrying about boyzz). I've had a few comical experiences that have forced me to make this list of no-no's in dating.

Dating Don'ts
1. While on a date do not tell the girl you are with that she was your last resort
2. Do not go to a restaurant and decide it's too expensive and that we have to go somewhere cheaper. Cheap dates are fabulous, but when men point of the high price tag on all food items it leaves the date ordering a side salad and feeling horrible.
3. Talking about ex-girlfriends and how they screwed you over is not good first date convo material
4. Doubling with your sister and talking with her the majority of the time leaves a very bored date (and unimpressed)
5. Showing your date model pictures of your sisters (and commenting on their beauty) is a little weird...
6. First date + Ward parties = Awkward date. period.
7. No need to tell your date how you've been turned down 300+ times, we all have secrets that we don't unfold at the beginning.
8. Don't sit on your date. You may suffocate them.
9. Mama's boy is hot but on a first date talking to your mom for half an hour is kind of odd.

In the past two months I may or may not have had all of these occur on a first date. Oooh dating, how I will be glad to be done with you some day in the future.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

What have I been doing the past two months???

As I am approaching my final week at my job I have been thinking about everything I have learned. I don't think I could express how grateful I have been in participating in this experience of a lifetime. I have made excellent friends and have come to thoroughly love interior design. For posterity purposes I am going to layout a few randoms about my internship.

  • My boss, Helen, is brilliant. I was incredibly intimidated by her and she made me shed a few tears at work and she may have yelled at me near fifty times but she has taught me so much. She has an eye for design like no one else. She adapts herself to each client and is able to create lovely interiors (and exteriors). 
  • The first week of working I was optimistic about working there. I was going to try my best and just deal with a crazy boss. Then the next couple of weeks I began to hate it. I could never do anything right and Helen was never satisfied. I continued to work hard and do what I can to please her. After a few weeks, boom, she changed overnight and liked me. She liked what I was showing her in my design ideas and she actually offered me a position. This was truly amazing. Now it wasn't smooth sailing the rest of the time but I have come to really enjoy working there. 
  • I really love interior design. I love helping client's in deciding their paint color, the fabric they want to use, the flooring, the different furniture options. (p.s. we do what is called bespoke furniture, which means the furniture will be made to the client-from start to finish---AMAZING!!).
  • Tea and coffee are served ALL the time. People are so weirded out with my decline every day. But I'm okay with it :)
  • The UK does not teach English well, nor computer classes. The emails I receive are so poorly written and spelled. Also, people "peck" at the keyboard when they type. HOME ROW PEOPLE! My coworkers are amazed that we can type so fast. 
  • The few different vocab words...such as: hoover {vacuuming}, trousers {pants}, full stop {period}, rubbish {garbage}, uni {college}, biscuit {cookie}, carriageway {highway}...just to name a few.
  • Ethics are not applied in the work environment. One thing that really bugged me. I will be glad to go back to a company that is honest in ALL of their dealings.

This experience has literally changed who I am and who I want to become. Sounds corny but I have learned soo much. 

This was at the beginning. I didn't really fancy everything chosen for this client but we were given all the material and made it look presentable. 

The same client as above but for her bedroom. This one I thought was classy. We spent so much time and put in so much work looking up all sorts of different types of designs for this client. Good thing she dumped us. :)

This is the office. Pretty cluttered eh? Yes, I was dying. We did a bit of organizing but man it was stressful being in such a cluttered space.

The other part of the office, aka the "showroom". This was a little more presentable...All of these walls are filled with fabric books, carpet, paint, and wallpaper books {this is not picturing near as many books as the company owns}. My first day my boss said, "go familiarize yourself with the fabrics and wallpapers". We literally had to sit there and memorize ever single fabric in all the books. Needless to say I was a little overwhelmed. I surprised myself with how much I actually retained.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Best Friend

My best friend, Linsey, is going on her mission next week. I'm sure I've mentioned her before, seeing as though we have been best friends for quite some time and have roomed together for the last three years. I just wanted to give her a little shout out before she left.

This post is going to sound cheesy so get over it. But this girl is amazing. Not only is she involved in and exceeds in so many different things (taekwondo, photography, singing, clogging, percussion, volunteering, and lots more), she is one of the most humble, loving, non-judgemental, smart, gorgeous person I know. I honestly don't know where I would be without her. I specifically remember this one time freshman year when I came home one night extremely frustrated, and worried about who knows what and while I was complaining, she had gone in our room and put up little notes of encouragement and for the next week she was continuing to ask how I was doing. This has happened numerous times and she has always been there for me. She has always been the "more-liked" person within our roommates because she is always so nice and forgiving. I look up to her in so many ways.

I have seen this girl grow and progress so much this past year as she has been preparing for her mission. She truly is going for ALL the right reasons and the people of Argentina are going to be blessed by her presence.

Although, it is going to be weird not having her here, I am so happy and excited for her.

These are only a few photos among the hundreds of weird pictures between the two of us. We even have a video made of all our weird photos....

Love you, Linsey Spinsey!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011


I am here in London town!!! It's such a beautiful city filled with fabulous architecture, museums, shops, and many many other lovely things. I got here last Saturday after a week in Paris. Before I talk about London I want to share 8 things I learned/noticed about Paris

1. The Eiffel Tower is MUCH bigger in person. And gorgeous lit up and sparkling :) Probably one of my favorite parts.
2. The underground metro is simply amazing. You can get anywhere and the stops are literally on every corner!
3. The little baguette shops are so cute and we got at least one pastry every day....;)
4. The Mona Lisa is a bit smaller than I expected. However, still very cool to see it in person.
5. The Pompidou Museum had a whole chunk of the art that I have studied in school. Nothing better than seeing the art you have studied or replicated in person.
6. Trying to skip down a few set of spiral stairs in tight pants is not as glamorous as it sounds. It may cause a ginormous rip down the middle of your pants and a few passerby's giggle.
7. DO NOT book a trip to London a few days before departing. The ticket may cost over $200. I learned this the hard way.
8. There are so many cute little parks in France. Almost everyday we made a stop in a gorgeous garden or park. So fun to enjoy a nutella crepe surrounded by lovely manicured gardens.

We had a blast in Paris. Sydney and Ben were so gracious to have Brittany and I stay at their flat during our vacation.

After missing my train to get to London and waiting in the station for a few hours, I made it to London! I got in and dropped off my bags and went into the city. My first impression of London was coming out of the Tube station seeing a naked bike ride parade. Quite the first impression! Haha it was quite different but we had a good giggle out of it.

I've done some sight seeing, still have TONS more to do, but mostly been focusing on getting settled and learning my new internship position. I am working for an interior design shop called Helen Reed Designs. It is NOTHING like I expected. In a good way :). Some days I kind of feel like I stepped into the movie The Devil Wears Prada, because my boss is kinda similar :S, she is a bit nicer though. It's been a little bit of an adjustment but ready or not here I come! This is going to be an experience of a lifetime and I am very excited about learning and growing. I miss home a little bit, some times more than others, but hopefully I will get used to being on my own in due time. I am off to go out with some friends but I will post pictures later.

Congrats if you made it to the end!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011


The time has now come my friends. I could not be more excited/scared/nervous/anxious/thrilled to be going to London. This has been a long time coming...The idea of doing an internship abroad came into my head about a year ago and went undergo in December. Since then, I have had so many ups and downs about this whole thing. Between the cost, not finding out where I am working until three weeks before, visa shtuff, hours and hours of phone calls, school lectures and prep courses for going abroad, and many, many other things, this has been a LONG time coming.

Needless to say, I feel so blessed to be able to be in the position to participate in this experience. I know this will be such a big learning experience and I am ready to start on this big adventure.

Wish me luck!!

P.s. I am making a pit stop in Paris before I head to London. Anyone want anything from the Eiffel Tower? ;)

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Please excuse my last post. It was just one of those days and I felt like being dramatic about it, apparently blogging was my escape. This post I decided to do the opposite as my last and write a list of a few things I am grateful for, especially things I noticed this week.

  • THE LOVELY SUMMER WEATHER!!!! Words cannot describe how much I am adoring this weather. This week I went on a bike ride, had a campfire, went on multiple walks, had picnics, and just enjoyed the being outside.
  • My parents are amazing. You never really realize how much they do for you until you move away. I took my dad's car to Provo the other day, came back and my dad fixed my car. He didn't even flaunt about it either. I noticed when I drove in it the next time. My parents are not controlling, nor pushy, but I love how my dad still gets worried when I'm out late {probably should work on getting in earlier :/....}.
  • I love that my mom taught is teaching me to sew. She helped me fix two coworkers dresses this week.
  • I love my home ward. It is so awesome to come back after being away for a while and catching up with old leaders and old friends. Love them :)
  • I am grateful for living in a home with endless amounts of crafting supplies. This week I made some earrings out of fabric, tinsel, and beads. All freeeeeee :) (for me at least..)

Friday, May 6, 2011


I hate starting every post with a "ah! It's been so long since I last posted! I promise I am going to blog more, blah, blah, blah". So I'm not going to. Instead I am going to blog about today. Because it would be impossible to try and recap the last...oh four months or so :)

So you see. Today started out great. Got to sleep in my parents bed... And then it turned to the dark side. And I am using my blog as a venting place so if you don't want to hear me vent you can stop reading....NOW. 

Today I did many things. First I got in a big honkin' fight with my older sister about stupid things that shouldn't matter. Minutes later I found out I still HAVE NOT been placed for a job in London (mind you I am leaving in three weeks and still have no idea where I am going. Fabulous).  Then I spent the first hour of work on the phone because of above said things, and therefore, it was at the forefront of my mind and I was basically on the verge of tears all day at work. Once again, fabulous. Don't worry there is more to my pathetic pity-me-day...then I got a text saying the person who was taking over my housing contract backed out. Love my life. Last but not least, as I was just about to leave to head down to go see a cute boyyyy in P-town my padre calls and asks if I would stay home to play chauffeur for my little sister.

...all of these items probably should not make me cry, lay on the couch, eat chocolate, and vegetate the rest of the night. But they did. And here I am blogging about my pathetic life. 

 Please tell me I am not the only one with these kinds of days.

(I probably should add that Aunt Flow is in town for a few days. I think some of you might have noticed she was visiting) :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Christmas Break

10 reasons why the break was AMAZING

1. I got to meet this cute chicka

2. There was a lot of this that went on....

3. I got to spend a lot of time with my wonderful family. Everyone but Elena and Andrew were able to make it. We missed you and your family, Lena!!

4. We had a reunion with all of our high school friends. Some of them I hadn't seen since high school and it was almost like nothing had changed. It was great :)

5. I ate wway too much food but enjoyed every minute of it :)

6. Caught up with some people from my ward. Maybe even ditched Sunday School to catch up with my old young women leader.... :)

7. Figured out I am going to be going to London in June for my internship!!!!

8. Got some money to put in my piggy bank for said internship...

9. Laughed. A lot.

10. Lastly, this Christmas break was just another reminder of how incredibly blessed I am and how many wonderful people are in my life. Life is great :)