Thursday, October 6, 2011

country

"The truth is
That I miss lyin' in those arms of his
But I don't ever let it show
I laugh and I act like
I'm having the time of my life"


Can I just say I LOVE country music?

Also, I don't know why I am posting today. I'll post later about something exciting. Yeah, that sounds like a plan.
So, until then watch this. It's a good song.


It makes me want summer back.

Catch y'all later!



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Why not..

"If you never chase your dreams, you'll never catch them."

It's that time again for an update from the life of Lizzie.
Nothing really exciting has happened, so I am sitting here thinking, I have nothing to blog about. I am home from school working at two elementary schools, making up activities for kids to do after school. Though the kids have said some funny things such as: Girl- "I have all the barbie movies.." Me- "Oh, well that's cool." Girl- (gets very serious and looks at me) "I'm not kidding..."; or another example, Me- "Do you love Justin Bieber?" Girl- "No.....do you?" Me- "Well, he is a little young for me..isn't he like 14?" Girl- "No, he is 18 and his birthday is March 1st."
So, other than not listening to me, being obnoxiously loud, and running around like their heads are cut off, they are actually pretty fun.
Recently, (which means from the middle of August), I've been in a "it's time to chase my dream" type of mood. So, I decided I want; need to play college soccer. So, what did I do? I emailed the BYU girls coach. Not just the coach, but the two assistants, and the administrative assistant. I explained why I was emailing them and told them all of my qualifications. Also, it just so happens that they play Oklahoma State University and The University of Oklahoma September 15th and 17th. I told them I would love the privilege of meeting with them to talk about an opportunity to play for them. I didn't receive a reply back for about a week and a half so I decided to call them and had to leave a message. An assistant coach called me back and we talked and set up that I was going to get to talk to them after the OU game on Saturday.
Then, I realized they have no clue who I am. I decided I needed to find a way to give some credibility to them. It just to happens that my high school trainer coaches for OU. So, I gave him a call, asking if he would talk to the coaches with me and say that they should let me be on their team. He agreed. He also sent them an email at the beginning of the week to tell them about me before we all talked, which was a good move. So, after all of this communicating, it's finally going to happen. I get to meet and talk with the BYU coaches this Saturday and see if I get an opportunity to play for the BYU Cougars girls soccer team.
You're probably thinking, "Well, that's exciting! Good luck!" Well, yes it is exciting, but it is also nerve-racking, anxiety attack causing, and making my mind run in numerous circles of various outcomes.
If this situation goes well, and the coaches say, "sure come on out and we'll give you a look", the biggest problem then would be, me actually getting in to BYU. You see, it's a good idea to be a student of a school, in order to play for them.

So that is the other thing I have been quite worried about. Getting in. I am almost done completing my application to BYU, and it has to be the most heart pounding experience. I didn't get in the first time I applied. So, I went to OU for a semester then BYU-Idaho for a year. Now, we will see after three semesters of college experience if I can get into BYU.

So now that you have that story, you might be wondering, "Why does she want to play soccer now and not right after she graduated high school?" I wonder that too sometimes. It probably would have saved me a whole lot of transferring and thinking if I would have decided to play right after my senior year. So, here it goes. Growing up, I was one out of ten members of the church that went to my 2,000 student high school, so you can only imagine how many times I was faced with temptation and people "making fun" of me being a Mormon. For the most part I could handle my peers immaturity, but sometimes it was hard as heck. So, I decided I wanted to go to a church college and be surrounded with people of the same faith and be able to learn in a spiritual environment. In the excitement of this decision, it didn't occur to me to contact the coaches at BYU. I applied to BYU, BYU-Idaho, and OU. When I didn't get into BYU, it was actually real hard to deal with, but BYU-Idaho was also a church school, so I was content with going there. I loved every second at BYU-Idaho. Everything about the school was great. Even though it was the coldest and smallest town I've ever lived in, I knew I was suppose to be there.

After leaving the "everyone is nice, we are all a big family" bubble of Rexburg and came home, I was glad to be with my family. Long story short, my brother came home from his mission and we took a vacation to the beach. Florida. The beach. Where I decided I wanted to play soccer. You might think it sounds cheesy, but there were a few things that caused me to come to this decision to play soccer. The movie Soul Surfer, praying, and quotes (also some self-thinking too). When I watched Soul Surfer, I thought to myself, "Here is this girl who absolutely loves surfing but gets her arm bit off, and has to learn that it's not always about winning, that it is about passion, and finally in the end trains herself for more competitions and expands her talent even more than before." If this girl has one arm and is still trying her best to expand her talents, then what am I doing with all of my limbs not expanding my talents? I am capable of playing soccer at the college level, so why am I not doing so?
I started praying about what I was thinking and got an answer. "Try. Go for it. You have nothing to lose. At least you can say you tried." Also, this story in the scriptures came to mind..where there are three brothers and the Lord give each of them talents. They get to go off and do what they want with those talents. The first brother had 5 and came back with double his talents, the second brother had 2 and also came back with double his talents, and the third brother had 1 and came back with his same 1 talent. The Lord says to the first two brothers, "well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord". But to the third brother he said, "thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not......take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents". So, basically he is proud of his sons that have increased their talents and not proud of the one that had not.
I applied this to my life. The Lord has blessed me with not only the talent to play soccer, but the ability to be taught. A quote that goes a long with this that I like says, "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me". If I want the Lord to be proud of me, I want to do all I can on my part for that to happen. So, why not play college soccer? Why not try to expand the talent He has given me?
So, that is the story on why I want to play soccer now. As a sophomore in college and transfer to my third college.

On another note.
"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
Sometimes things don't work out the way I plan. Sometimes I think I know what is good for my life, when in reality I need to put my trust in the Lord that He will guide my life how it's suppose to be. I have always lived by the saying, "Everything happens for a reason". I am a firm believer in this. Nothing is coincidence.

So, here's to the future.
Wish me luck.


Ps. This was a long post, so hopefully it will hold me over for awhile. Unless something exciting happens...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

favorites.


It is not always the big things that matter most..

I have taken a step towards my dream :)


I love this outfit!


I am so thankful for Thomas S. Monson.


Twilight <3


Soccer is what I do.


When you smile, even if you don't feel like it, it will automatically increase your mood to happier. (i.love.smiling)


I LOVE this show. So good.


Never do it. It will not make you happy if you settle.


Always strive to be this kind of woman. I love Gordon B. Hinckley


I wish I had this outfit. It is so dang cute and looks so comfy at the same time.


Someday MY prince will come. <3


Just some of my favorite things.


So, I started work! It has been fun so far. I am still getting to know the kids, but I think I'm doing pretty good at getting to know their names! They are a little rowdy, but I think they are just happy to be done for the day and want to get some energy out from sitting in the classroom all day. I am having trouble thinking of activities to do with them. I have noticed that the kids like doing things they like to do, and that everyone has different likes and dislikes. So, it is difficult to come up with a fun activity to do with all of their different preferences. Also, it is hard to get their attention and have them clam down for a bit to listen. But, I know that as the year goes on it will get better! With help from the Lord too, I will be able to do the best I can!

Well that is about all that is new. Hopefully something exciting will happen for me to post about. If not, be expecting another random post!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Don't worry 'bout a thing.

"Singin': "Don't worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right. Don't worry!"
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing" - I won't worry!
"'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."

So, this past week has been so great. The beach is so relaxing. I have loved the sunsets every night. Sunsets at the beach are probably the best (which is hard to compare to Oklahoma sunsets). They make me think of how grateful I am for the Earth and all of God's creation. Which leads me to thank Him for everything in my life. So, it is just a great sight to see and helps spark my brain to meditate! :)
I have kayaked in the ocean, played soccer on the beach, shopped, ate ice-cream, played in the water, saw jellyfish and fish and a shark (a dead one) and crabs, laughed a lot, had a bonfire, and of course laid out and relaxed. It's been great, especially after 3 semesters of school. Listening to the waves was so peaceful, I highly recommend it!

So, recently I have been really missing playing on a soccer team. I played at BYU-I for a girls' competitive team, but it's just not the same as being on a team and traveling and playing other schools. What to do...what to do.

I start work this next week. I am an activities coordinator for 4th and 5th graders after school. So I get to plan fun activities for kids after school and play with them! How fun is that! And it gives me some experience for my major too! I am way excited to start, but kind of scared too. I don't know if I have a LOT of ideas to do with the kids after school, so if you have any ideas PLEASE let me know! (Remember they are 4th and 5th grade girls AND boys).

Well, I think that's all for now.

(Here are a few pictures from my trip)
Favorite place.

Families can be together forever.

Soccer on the beach <3

Kayaking with Kyle

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

a simple kind of free

"Nothing to do
Nowhere to be
A simple little kind of free
Nothing to do
No one but me
And that's all I need"

Last night in Oklahoma there was a thunder storm. I have always loved Oklahoma thunder storms, because the lightening is breath-taking, the calm and humbling thunder, the smell of fresh rain, and the cool, calm light breeze after it's all over. Before it got real dark, there was a gorgeous sunset. I had to take pictures. I could not get over how pretty it was. I'm pretty sure Oklahoma has THE best sunsets. As I was driving home, I decided to roll down my window and turn off my air-conditioner. The weather was perfect. The music I was listening to was perfect. The lightening in the distance was perfect. Everything about driving home was so, "free" feeling. I felt like I didn't have a worry in the world.

Okla[HOME]a

"Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do everyday what should be done,
and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal." --Elbert Hubbard

"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain,
there would be no rainbow." --Henry Wadsworth longfellow

"Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic.
Just as free, free as we'll ever be." --Zac Brown Band


Well, Saturday I will finally be in the best place...the beach.
I finally get to have a week, yes, a whole week, to get some color on my white, pale, Rexburg skin. Yeah, I'm excited.
Laying out, relaxing, Coneheads (a local restaurant), boogie-boarding, snorkeling, sandcastles, pictures, shell collecting, running on the beach, waves, soccer on the beach, beach house, and best of all, making memories with my family.
Bring it on.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

my boys.











Looks like the whole gang is here.

Oh man, I think I have a little more time on my hands than needed.
Hey, you can't blame me, I haven't started working yet.
Well just wanted to have a little fun.
Enjoy!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

pinterest.

So, I have developed a new love. It's called www.pinterest.com.
I think I could look at all the cool pictures forever.
There are so many sweet ideas and cool pictures on there.
Anyways, here are a few I found that I liked.
Enjoy!


The colors make me real happy!


How precious.

So true.

Dream big.

So pretty!

I think I want to visit Italy!

Wish I could be here.

I hope I am this spunky when I am old.

Innocence.

Cute date night idea!

Beach here I come, Aug, 13


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Look Forward




Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

-Marianne Williamson

Monday, July 18, 2011

Gets me every time.



Notice the way he looks at the camera when he sings.
Oh, Jon McLaughlin.
I think anytime I am in a mad or sad or just not happy mood, I can watch this and it will make me smile just by the looks he gives, and his voice.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

ONE

One week.
One week.
One week.
One week.
One week.
ONE WEEK.

Well, one week until I get to go home. Home to Oklahoma. Home to my family.
I am beyond excited.
I still feel I have lots to do though.
I need to:
-finish cleaning
-finish up homework for my classes
-study for finals
-pack the rest of my stuff
-get my oil in my car changed
and enjoy hanging out with friends.

I have learned a lot this semester. It's been great learning new things and things I should have already known. The weather's been great. And this semester has gone by super fast, but it's been great as well. Life is such a journey, and I love it.

As One Republic would say, "This has gotta be the good life!"


Welp, catch ya later.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ready

"I'm going home, back to the place where I belong."
"Another aeroplane, another sunny place, I'm lucky I know, but I wanna go home."
"Country roads, take me home, to the place where I belong."
"I'm comin' home, I'm comin' home, tell the world I'm comin' home."

Just some songs about home.
I miss my family and friend back in Oklahoma.
I have about 2 1/2 more weeks of school though.
I'm going to enjoy it while I am here though.
My brother gets back from his mission August 2nd.
Then ALL of my family will be back home together.
First time in about 3 years. Oh, the excitement.
It has been so hot in Rexburg. When I say hot, I mean 87 degrees.
Yeah, that's hot.
This Friday my soccer team is in the Championship. We are pretty legit.
I think it's going to be broadcasted. I don't know the link yet, but if I find out, I'll post it.
The 4th of July was way fun. I love this time of year.
Though it was weird not spending it with family.
I still had a blast.
Well, that's about it.
Time to go watch my show, Pretty Little Liars.
Catch ya later!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Love


This is what tonight looked like.
"When I admire the wonders of a sunset of the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator." -Mohandas Gandhi
I think I'm in love with the moon.

I saw this movie and fell in love..
(^^^ CLICK THAT)

He is so cute.

This week has gone by fast, and I don't have a problem with it. I love when weeks go by fast.
I have a month and 6 days left of school, then I go back to Oklahoma!! I'm way excited. I love Oklahoma.


So, I have been using this new hairspray. My hair is kinda thin so it really helps volumize it. I love it.



Tonight, I skyped with one of my good friends, Sheldon. It was so nice to talk to him. He is leaving on his mission soon to Brazil and it is so great to see him getting ready and preparing for his mission. He is so humble and uplifting to talk to. He always makes my day. He has such a sweet spirit and I know he will do GREAT.
I love missionaries.

Welp, catch ya later.