2/3/16

GRUNGE

First of all, I just have to point out the joke that this blog post title is. I don't even remember how that inside joke came about but as we were driving to the location we were shooting at, we were cracking up talking about our "grunge" inspired outfits and "hiking clothes". It was so much fun shooting with Jessica Hansen and she made us look so stinking good! I am so grateful that she got in touch with Eliza and told her to hand pick a few friends (wink wink) to help her test out her new camera. We took these a little while ago but just got them. They were so well worth the wait!
 
 
 laughing at how grunge we are^
 when the moss matches your shoelaces #grunge ^
 
not only do I have the sweetest friends but also the prettiest. It's kind of not fair sometimes. 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 ^ reality TV stars
"behind the scenes" with our real hiking shoes and my ponytail hah! It was also FREEZING when the sun started to go down so if you look closely you might be able to see our grunge purple lips #worthit
Thank you so so much for everything, Jessica!

2/2/16

MEETING ELAINE S. DALTON

Since I turned 12 and went into my church's young women's organization, I have looked up to Sister Elaine S. Dalton. Her talks in general conference touched my heart year after year and many of the words she spoke evolved into the foundation of my testimony (one of my favorites can be read/listened to here). A few years ago, she was released as the General Young Women's President of the Restored Church & World. Though I sustained and knew that the woman filling her (red) shoes was inspired, I knew I would always miss hearing her during conference. Little did I know I would have the pleasure of hearing her speak directly to me in an intimate setting.

This weekend, the women of my church in Las Vegas gathered to hear the keynote speaker, Sister Dalton. Her talk was incredible- I wish that I could play it over and over in my head so that I could eloquently write the words on this little post. A few of the best parts of my notes said this:
-in these last days, both opposition and opportunity is great
-we need women who are able to make things happen to raise a sin resistant generation, everything depends on this
-we made covenants in our pre mortal experience as well as Earthly life
-when we meet someone on Earth we may only be renewing our acquaintanceship with them. Many people we are now associating with are familiar spirits
-we will be endowed with power and accompanied by angels on high if we honor and keep our covenants
-the absolute power we have lies in our testimony and power to bring spirits into the world (we partner with God and the Priesthood to do so)
-pray for the gift of discernment
-your path is beautifully outlined for you
-there is no greater compliment somebody can say about you than "she was a covenant keeper"
-remaining virtuous will allow us to have a member of the godhead with us at all times

After her talk to all of the women (at least 75+) she announced that for the next half of the meeting, she wanted to speak to the 16 & 17 year olds personally. About 10 of us gathered in a room in anticipation and when she entered the room, it was like an angel had just come in. We were able to ask her questions and have a discussion with her. The question I asked her, something I've been struggling a ton with these past few weeks, was how to know that our next steps in life (college, mission, marriage) are right and what Heavenly Father wants for us. The answer she gave me was almost exactly what I needed to hear in that moment. That in order to receive revelation, we must always be moving forward. The spirit will not come to us when we are idle. When we make a tentative decision, the Lord will be very clear about if it is right or not. There will be hurdles in our path that will prevent us from moving forward if it isn't what He wants for us. She also counseled us to memorize our patriarchal blessings, and to remember that there is no limit on the amount of prayers you can say in one day- to remember that just because you are lonely, doesn’t mean you are making the wrong decision, it might just mean that you are transitioning. Life will become bright as you stay on the straight and narrow. Be mindful that faith comes before the miracle.  
The last thing she told us all to do was pray every day, read the Book of Mormon every day, obey our parents, and smile. If we do those 4 things her personal promise to the few of us is that we will be blessed. At the end of our discussion, she gave each of us girls a hug and gave us unique compliments.

I am so grateful for this opportunity and I know that it strengthened my testimony in incomparable ways. I hope that I was able to do her divine wisdom justice in this little blog post.

you can learn more about what she testified of here>
you can watch a little vlog about that day here>

1/31/16

JANUARY IN PICTURES

This year couldn't have been off to a better start. It feels like January has drug on forever and ever but I think that's mainly because of all the awesome things I was able to do during these past 31 days. I lived the last few days of winter break to the fullest going on fun ice skating dates, had bachelor night with my nearest and dearest and some macaroons to keep us company, celebrated TONS of birthdays, started vlogging (so far that's off to a great start and I can not wait for years from now when I can look back on them), rearranged my room, was accepted into multiple colleges (decision is still to come), started filming the best video I think I've ever done (stay tuned guys!), and met one of my major role models, Elaine S. Dalton! I seriously have so much to be grateful for. I'm trying to soak up every last normal second I have before the year of change starts to really become the year of change. 


1/31- a great start to a new year, Jacob starting his mission, Drake
1/30- Jacobs birthday date, sister dalton and her words, clean bed sheets
1/29- drake, the Mr. Panthers loving my video, Eliza
1/28- Syd Stagg heart to hearts (I'll miss so much), sequin shirts, my testimony
1/27- the mr. Panther video, ghiradelli chocolate chips, late night babysitting jobs
1/26- bishop Leavitt, all the mr. Panthers, mutual
1/25- ice cream, freshly cut hair, freshly blown out hair
1/24- prayers, not being sick, Bethany bulloch's closet
1/23- my healthy & able body, date night, the feeling AFTER (not during) a run
1/22- being accepted to USU, my fluffy robe, the laundry machine
1/21- Panera, Mr. Shimko's life lessons, Nena & Co camera straps
1/20- 10 months, sadies commotion, slow days at work
1/19- young women's leaders, my health, senior ditch day
1/18- forgiveness, macaroons, bachelor/wedding video girls night
1/17- Gabrielle, awesome young women's leaders, caramel apples
1/16- aunt ce and uncle Kyle, a healthy body, sugar cookie dough
1/15- parents that have movie night when my friends ditch me, mint ice cream, birchbox, getting my desired grades on all my finals
1/14- a dad that hangs up my shelves, double dates with parents, getting to go to seminary
1/13- getting a B in pre calc, my shelves, a mom that makes my bed
1/12- new tables in my room, shaving cream marbling, the bachelor
1/11- Rachel Anderson, understanding math, cactus joes
1/10- the 6 months I have before 2 years, the blessings I'll get for driving an extra 10 minutes to church, mint ice cream
1/9- new beginnings (vlogging), Jacobs cute presents, the gorgeous city I live in
1/8- not having to sit by Jordan Kemp in physics this year, heart to hearts with Syd, at home gel nails
1/7- Priscilla Davis snow photo shoots, yoga, Sydney Stagg's mutual love of vlogs
1/6- one line a day journals, new phone cases, Spotify
1/5- good ideas, Emma Nielsen, random people I don't know who stop me in the school halls to tell me my videos are good
1/4- a phone screen that isn't cracked, the bachelor, my smoothie blender
1/3- such a fun last winter break, blog posts that turn out perfectly, new outfits
1/2- game nights, warm sweaters, staying in my bed with my laptop all morning
1/1- ice skating dates, my new phone (FINALLY), a new year!

VLOG NO. 5

1/24/16

NENA & CO, GERMAN PANCAKES, & VLOG NO. 4

I wasn't planning on vlogging this week but exciting things happened and I just figured why not? Watch below to see what the hype is about hah!

1/22/16

WINTER PHOTOS

I can not stress enough how long I have wanted to have a photoshoot in the snow like this. I've been up to the mountains countless times throughout the years and bring my camera with high hopes each time but it just never comes out like the picture I had in my head! This shoot was the exception. As we were driving up the long road to get to the prettiest spots on Mt. Charleston, the snow started coming down hard. We were all a little worried about the temperature that we would face once we got out of the car (it was just as freezing as we had expected). It was so worth it though! I'm so grateful that it was snowing while we took them because it added a whole new element to all of these pictures. You could see the snow on our hair and eyelashes and it made the prettiest blur in the background. Priscilla is seriously so talented and I am always grateful for the opportunities she gives me.
 working on a super special project... stay tuned guys
 Funny story: we didn't have anything to mix our hot chocolate up with so one of the girls pulled out a lip gloss and started stirring ours with it. Desperate times call for desperate measures...
 Another funny story: I saw these mittens at Anthro and reeeeally wanted them. Of course I had no practical reason to get them (until they crossed my mind on the day of the shoot). After school I hustled over to Fashion Show Mall as fast as I could to pick up a pair of these babies. They were even on sale!
 
Thank you so so much for these lovely pictures, Priscilla! I absolutely can not wait to see how our upcoming photo shoots turn out!

1/19/16

LONG WEEKEND (+VLOG)

 This weekend I had no school Thursday and Friday because of finals (everybody took their finals for 5-8th period but I only have 4 classes), and Monday because of MLK day. My little cousins came to visit us from California for the weekend and we got to hang out with them at the Paris Hotel. 
 
clearly really into the view from the top in these pictures hah! 
 up at the Paris Pool deck... don't be fooled I'm (sadly) not anywhere near the real Eiffel Tower

This weekend I feel like I was focused more on getting vlog footage than taking pictures (I'm still really learning how to juggle between blog pictures, instagram pictures, vlog videos, real videos, what would look best on pinterest, etc.). So even though the pictures of this weekend were minimal I had a pretty solid vlog hah! Click below to watch it!