Spilled Milk: a lesson on Murphy’s Law

Hiya friends!

Want to know something awesome?!

I locked my phone and my keys in my car…

What? That’s not awesome you say?

I guess your right.

So if any of you lovely people try to text or call me and I don’t respond don’t be offended. I promise I don’t hate you and I’m not ignoring you.

This last week I was able to go hang out with my family on the Oregon Coast. It was buckets of fun and thanks to Murphy’s Law none of my pictures from my fancy pants camera will upload. And also thanks to Murphy’s Law, my phone with the rest of my pictures is locked in the car.

It’s kind of a Murphy’s Law day.

Murphy’s Law states that 
“Everything that can go wrong will go wrong.” 
(Look teacher! I do pay attention in school!)
So I guess you’ll have to survive with only the pictures that I’ve already uploaded to Instagram.
I was on this rode, therefor, there were more Whits on this Whitmore Road.
We found a tiny door at Burger King. #shortpeopleequality
Dad is livin’ so big he hit his head on the midget door. Way to live big dad. We’re proud of you. #LiveBig2014
Finally found a door my size!

lots of fast food
Portland Temple!
Beach Sistas
Required handstand picture.
Life is best when it looks like this.

So in the spirit of “everything that can go wrong will” lets talk about Murphy’s Law. Murphy’s Law means that all the bad things that can possibly happen to you will. HowStuffWorks.com states that “it may just be right. This isn’t because of some mysterious power the law possesses. In reality, it’s us who give Murphy’s Law relevance. When life goes well, little is made of it. After all, we expect that things should work out in our favor. But when things go badly, we look for reasons.”

What? It’s my fault everything seems to have gone wrong this morning? No, but its my fault if I decide to dwell on it.

As we go through life we focus on all the bad things. The keys locked in car, the photos that won’t upload, the frustrations with work, the million responsibilities we are trying to juggle, all the people texting you wanting your time that you don’t have, the car accidents, the failed attempts, the tight money, the medical problems, the spilled milk.

These things happen to everybody.

But while we are focusing on the spilled milk we sometimes forget the milk that’s still in the glass.

Murphy’s Law is only relevant if we let it be.

Look down at your hands for a second and think about all the wonderful things they have done since you woke up this morning. They have probably done at least a few of these; made you food, brushed your teeth, combed your hair, drove your car, shook hands with someone, gave someone a highfive, picked something up, set something down, typed something awesome, scrolled through the internet, hit like on some social media site, played a musical instrument, pushed play on a movie, done pushups, done pullups, honked your horn, cleaned your house, opened a door, clicked on my blog, or maybe turned on some music.

Now, That’s only a few seconds of thinking about the awesome things your hands can do. And this list is limited to one body part. Now think of all the awesome things in your feet, your mouth, and your brain. Think of all the things outside your body that are awesome. The list would never end. These things your hands did this morning are all remarkable amazing features that you have been blessed with the ability to do. But when you did any of these this morning did you think “Oh, it’s so awesome that I can do that?”

Probably not.

As humans we expect only good things to happen to us, and we therefor, only notice when bad things happen. While what we should be doing is focusing on all the good things.

Hiliary Weeks, an astounding LDS singer and speaker, once talked and sang at a concert I went to. She talked about an experiment she conducted that resulted in the creation of her site billionclicks.org.

She had heard that on average the human things around 300 negative thoughts a day. She wanted to know if this was true so she decided to test it. She got one of these clickers and clicked it every time she thought a negative thought through the day.

Pretty soon she noticed that she was focusing on, and looking for all the bad things. She started to become depressed and was having a hard time focusing on the good things in life.

This is exactly what Murphy’s Law is. Focusing on bad things until they are the only thing you can see.

She wondered if this same experiment would work the other way. If focusing on bad made her sad, would focusing on good make her happy?

She also tested this and it worked! By focusing on only good thoughts she soon had a new attitude about life. Things suddenly became better and all she did was change her thoughts.

When I heard this I decided I wanted to try it myself. I bout a clicker and I tested this experiment and am proud to say that it works! Now, this morning I wasn’t thinking about this and was trying to figure out why everything was going wrong. When I realized that in reality, everything was going right. As soon as I changed my outlook on my day things got a whole lot better.

Since Murphy’s law makes us sad, let’s make up a new law that will make us happy. Let’s call it Happy’s Law.

There are so many good things in our lives right in front of our noses. We just have to open our eyes to see them.

So here’s to the person who locked her keys in the car. Don’t focus on the spilled milk, but the milk that’s still in the glass.

feel my sunlight

p.s.  Thanks to too much spam comments I had to change my settings so that I have to approve comments that are posted. So if your comment doesn’t show up right away don’t fret! It will! Keep the comments coming! I love them!

p.s.s.I only have a year left of High School. I only have a year left of tumbling, and only a year left until I go on a mission. That’s a crazy thought!

Currently.

Currently.

Currently I am avoiding my homework, hence the reason I am writing. It is sitting there taunting me. This will have to be a short post.

Currently I am trying to decide weather or not to cave into buying the full version of Photoshop. That is also taunting me. My free trial just expired and the aspiring graphic designer in me yearns to hit download. I think this is happening.

Currently I am wishing for summer to come faster.

Currently I am listening to this. It is prime. Yes, I listen to the Jonas Brothers, no I don’t listen to their new stuff. It is not virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praise worthy. But this? It is prime.

Currently I am happy to let you all know that I GOT MY HONOR BEE ON SUNDAY!!! I’m super happy about it. An Honor Bee is a charm that you can earn after you have completed and earned your Young Womens Medallion. It requires 40 hours of service and re-reading the entire Book of Mormon again from the start. I am proud to say that I currently have a little bumble be charm hanging from my neck.

Currently I am loving seminary. Can’t we just do it all day instead of school?

Currently I want nothing more than to curl up and read an entire book. It has been too long since I have done that. The nerd in me is crying.

Currently my soul is yearning go go to the temple. I haven’t been since the car accident due to having no car, not being able to drive due to points on my driving record, the temple being closed for cleaning, and due to my mom not wanting me to drive on the freeway without her. This is currently the toughest thing in my life. Tears have been shed multiple times. The temple is calling me, and I must go.

Currently I need to go do my homework.

Sorry for this being a semi short not so spiritual post, but I am currently in school and I currently don’t want to fail history. Here is a FANTASTIC short music clip about Emma Smith, and an even better movie to go with it.They are both deafeningly worth watching.

feel my sunlight

p.s. I’m getting giddy for EFY in NY this summer. I can’t wait.

I hope you enjoy Holland

Dear blog, I’m sorry I’ve neglected you the last couple of days. I wish I had some great extravagant excuse like I was riding Elephants in India or something, but the reality is I was lazy and that’s that.

I just finished a long, well procrastinated assignment that took much longer than any single assignment ever should. So naturally I am rewarding myself with blogging. At midnight.

It has been a good Sunday. It has been an awakening day, or at the very least it has shaken me out the trance I have been in the last couple of days. Not that I was doing anything wrong, but I feel like the last couple of days I have been hypnotized by the things of the world. I think this is a regular occurrence for all of us and sometimes it is good to be reminded to snap out of it, because it feels so much better on the outside.

There was an awesome talk given by a sister in my ward today that really hit me. She talked a little bit about finding joy in adversity and she told a story that her friend sent to her that I loved and imediatly knew I had to share it with you. I am retelling from memory and hope I can tell it as well as she did.

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You have dreamed of traveling to Italy for your entire life and you have finally planned your trip. You board the plane and you can feel the excitement among the passengers who, just like you, are so excited to land in Italy. When your plane lands you hear a voice come on over the intercom “Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to Holland.” Holland?! Holland?! You where supposed to land in Italy. You have dreamed your whole life of going to Italy and now you are stuck in Holland. How terrible! Now, there are two ways you could approach this, you could either walk off the plane and soon find the true beauty of Holland and enjoy your experience, because after all, Holland is an incredibly beautiful place, or you could spend the rest of your life wishing your plane had landed in Italy and spend the rest of your life moping about the fact that you are not where you had planned to end up.
I think this is what we often do in our lives. Sometimes we have the perfect idea of what is supposed to happen, and when that doesn’t workout we don’t realize that maybe we were put somewhere for a reason and sometimes we don’t realize that where God puts us is much better than the place we dreamed of.
I hope you enjoy Holland.

I think too often we get caught up in how perfect our lives are not, and we forget too often how much our lives are actually worth. This same sister that spoke in my ward today said

        “you may not be seen as
          perfect  
 by the rest of the world,          
         but you are seen as 
     perfect by him.”          


Remember who you are and remember that you are perfect in the eyes of your creator. He knows whats best for you even better than you do. That is why he creates the maps for your life, not you. Follow his map and don’t ever stray from the path he has drawn because if you follow his path he will lead you to the “X that marks the spot” and he will lead you to eternal life.
I know that if we strive to follow him we will one day return to live with him and I write these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Feel my Sunlight
p.s. Happy comments are the greatest. They bring me lots of joy.

forsaken week, and the first day of school

 I’m sorry I’ve forsaken you this week, I really am! This last week was crazy fun and jam packed with awesome. I could blame my lack of posts on that, but in reality, I was just lazy when it came to posts. Sorry.

So this last week I did a few things in my final attempts at living it up in my last days of summer. I mean, I went to the temple! I know that’s not most peoples idea of “living it up” but it’s sure mine! It was the highlight of my week just as it always is.

It was also my cool sister Danielle’s 15th birthday on Sunday. Here is a picture of her with a fry that looks like a hat from her birthday dinner. Happy birthday beautiful sister of mine!

happy birthday Danielle!!!

I also had the opportunity to run The Color Run 5K in Salt Lake City with my dad and one of my best friends Lauren. That was so much fun! They aren’t kidding when they say it is the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”.

Before…
…After…. (sorta)
…The REAL after!
race swag
color color color
CTR remains clean!
Be happy
Be really happy

We got covered in colorful cornstarch and my hair (as well as my armpits, and pretty much everywhere else on my body) turned an awesome sickly color of green. I washed my hair 3 times before realizing my hair was going to need special treatment. When talking to Amberleigh (one of my super amazing EFY counselors, whom I love lots and lots.) days before going to school I realized that there was a large chance I would be going to school on Monday with green hair, I also realized that the situation wasn’t going to change, but the way I looked at the situation would determine what I made of it. I thought of a quote by Marjorie Pay Hinckley…

             The only way to get through life is to               
          laugh your way through it.             
                         You either have to laugh or cry.          
         I prefer to laugh as      
crying gives me a headache.      
                         -Marjorie Hinckley

While I wanted nothing more than to go to school not looking like I had dip dyed my hair in pureed green beens, I knew that I needed to have a positive attitude, or I would ultimately have a terrible first day of school. I decided then and there that I would laugh about it. 

Now, I tried everything. Lemon juice, baby oil, hot oil treatment, 8 time shampooing and conditioning my hair, and lotion. Oh, and a few prayers. The lotion and the prayers helped the most and I was so blessed to go to school this morning with BLOND HAIR! I was more than pleased. So if you ever get green cornstarch in your hair that dyes it green, put lotion in it and start to pray. Ha
Me, in the truck, about to drive myself to my first day of Junior year. Crazy stuff.
 So like I said, today was the first day of school. It was surprisingly one of my better first days of school that I’ve ever had. I was not happy about ending my summer of fun, but I think it will be a pretty good year this year. (I mean, when you have a volunteer from an outlying district, that’s something you can’t ignore. #namethatmovie) But it really was a darn good day. I mean, I had TWO missionary experiences at school today and it was only the first day of school. Life is good. team mates make things fun. School is good. I hope tomorrow brings the same amount of joy as today did. Go read your scriptures, say your prayers, remember who you are, and so on, and so forth, and whatnot, and what have you. I love you all!
Feel my Sunlight 
p.s. I love people. Like a whole lot. And if you are reading this, you are one of those people I love a whole lot.

What I love today

I love when people tell me they read my blog. I also love when I nail something and my coach cheers for me. I love when I can feel the eyes of the little ones watching me and when I can hear their cute little voices say “lets go Whitney!” behind me right before I tumble. I love temple trips with friends. I love that even though the two closest temple were closed today, the furthest one was still only 30 minutes away. I love when my former students run up and give me hugs. I love things that remind me of EFY. I love filling my journal and I love the things that fill my journal. These are the things I love today.
Oh! I also love this quote…

“If a man owns a million dollars worth of gold, he possesses approximately one 27-billionth of all the gold that is present in the earths thin crust alone. This is an amount so small in proportion as to be inconceivable to the mind of man. But there is more to this: The Lord who created and has power over all the earth created many other earths as well, even “worlds without number” (Moses 1:33); and when this man received the oath and covenant of the priesthood, he received a promise from the Lord of ‘all that my Father Hath’ (D&C 84:38)”

-President Spencer W. Kimball
And lastly, I love songs that are titled “home”.

Feel my Sunlight

p.s. Uh, so what’s with this whole no-upper-levels-showing-up-to-tumbling-and-leaving-Whitney-to-fend-for-herself-thing? Well I’ll have you know I had a fantastic time during adventure time with Steph and you didn’t get to participate. Ha!

I’m back!… for a week

My view of the Temple on Thursday. Same day I almost met the prophet… cool stuff.
Hey friends! I’m back from my summer adventures for a week and I must say I had one of the best weeks ever. I spent the week in Salt Lake City at a special edition of EFY and it was fantastic. I will post more about that later. 

Now I have a week at home, and then I leave to Missouri to compete at the US Power Tumbling National Championships. I’m excited. kinda sorta extremely excited. I just wish I didn’t have to return to real life this week. Sorry this post is short I promise to post more later today. Love you all! I wish all of my EFY friend from out of state safe travel home. {ha! The perks of living the closest! No long road trips or plane rides.} You guys rock!
Feel my Sunlight
p.s. Have I ever told you I love EFY?
I hope everyone is having a super fantastic summer. Sorry this post is short

cubical final words

I am sitting at my computer tech cubical for the last time this year and it feels a little odd. It feels odd in the sence that it seems like we have been in school for years and haven’t had a break, yet at the same time it feels as if the school year has flown by. I am supposed to be working on my final project that is due at the end of class today. My teacher has already entered them into our grades to show us what we would get if we didn’t do it. I have an A so we will see how much of that actually gets done. YOLO!

This year has been good, though not my favorite. I have grown a ton this year. {not literally… I’m still only 4′ 9.5″ tall} I have increased much in wisdom. I survived Mr. Conners class and enjoyed every second of it. And well, I learned to drive a car this year {not an easy task}. I have increased in stature by strengthening myself at tumbling as well as recovering from an injury so I could compete. I have increased in favor with man by learning to talk to people more and to say hi to other first. And I think the thing I have increased the most is in favor with God. It has been a great year for strengthening my testimony and I am proud to say I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints and I know the church is true.

I thought I’d share with you something I thought was funny.

This is my blog.
Scroll down a bit and you will find this.

 
 
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Now notice the thing circled in red.

I find this funny. There is supposed to me a Book of Mormon there. The school district has blocked the Book of Mormon link at the school. I’ll show them!

                                                             

The Book of Mormon
Here is the picture
Here is the link ————————->  http://mormon.org/free-book-of-mormon/
MUAHAHAHA!
 
 
 
 
Have a great last bit of school!
See you on the Flipside!
 
 
 
 
 
Feel my Sunlight
 
 
 
 
p.s. ya, not much work was done this class period. At least I worked on my computer skills right?