It’s Christmas Time, People!

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So it’s Christmas, ya’ll! Best time of year, am I right?! Well I’m not quite sure everyone agrees with that. The world is doing such a great job at commercializing one of the best holidays ever, and unfortunately more and more people are making Christmas about money. Not that giving gifts is a bad thing –it’s actually one of the best parts about Christmas– but some people stress way too much about it and miss the true meaning of the holiday. To demonstrate, I had this seemingly frustrating conversation with a customer the other day:

Me: Are you ready for the holidays??

Them: No, too much stress and too much money.

Me: Oh.. Well how about that Christmas Spirit?!

Them: Yeah, it’s definitely not here yet.

Not here yet? Not here yet?! As soon as the neighbors start putting up their lights and the radios blare their Christmas ways, I’m all in! Having that conversation made me realize that the Christmas Spirit comes from within. It can’t be bought. It’s makings come from within the happy moments we decide to bring into our lives. And what better time to get the happy moments rollin’ than when half the world is celebrating the birth of Christ and the lights shining all around are a constant reminder of the light He brought into the world? Now is the time for sipping hot chocolates by the fire, building stronger family relationships, and serving those who we feel the Lord needs us to serve. Service is the key! Have you noticed how generous everyone tends to get during the holidays? It reminds of a quote from one of my favorite people, President Gordon B. Hinckley:

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Imagine how much better the world would be if people treated every day like Christmas. Donations would be flooding in from all over and the smiles just wouldn’t stop. Our lives wouldn’t be perfect of course, but we’d all have each other’s backs. The Christmas Spirit doesn’t have be felt simply during the Christmas season, though. We all have the opportunity to feel it year round, but we just have to keep our heart and mind open to putting other’s needs before ours.

The memories you make now can leave an imprint on your heart forever, so go out there, get out of your comfort zone, and serve! You might just find that Christmas is even more magical than you had once believed.

Oh, and don’t forget to do a little ice skating along the way(:

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Why Blogging?

So I finally took the time to do something that’s always been of interest to me by starting this blog. Why blogging? Well the inspiration came to me upon reading other blogger’s materials and I noticed one thing they all had in common– passion. Whether it’s about food, travelling, or their favorite TV show, all these different kinds of bloggers come together to share some of their greatest thoughts about things that really matter to them. I want to be a part of this! I’m passionate about a lot of things, especially life, so what better way to express this than through writing?

One of the biggest adventures in my life will finally be starting in January 2017 so there will be much to tell concerning snow, homework, and roommates. That’s right folks, college is under way! (But seriously, Texas girls don’t usually belong in Idaho, so please say prayers for me lest the cold be the death of me.) I cannot stress enough how excited I am; I feel like my whole life has led to this moment. Then again, I’m trying not to get overly pumped because I keep getting all these wonderful reminders (specifically from my parents) about how hard college is going to be. I don’t think high school quite prepared me for majoring in biology, but I’m determined to see my education through. The nice thing about colleges is that you have the opportunity to learn new things that have never before been offered to you. So don’t think I won’t take a few dance classes on the side just because I’m not good at it– I came here to have fun too!

I’m so, so grateful to have this opportunity in my life. I’m ready to quit my job here and leave to go learn and have a better social life. Though BYU-Idaho wasn’t exactly my first choice in the beginning, I know God has placed me there for a reason. Knowing that He has a plan for me, wherever it may be, kept me from being discouraged about not getting into BYU Provo. I am so excited to continue on this path He has set out for me! He has bundles of joy awaiting, as well as difficult trials, but if I keep my focus on Him, I will make it through with a smile on my face. Anyone could.