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“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but make sure your cover is clean and tidy shows who you truly are.”

Just lettin that phrase soak in a little.

I’m in my CE Digital Media class with nothing to do. I submited my work on Monday so that makes today a blog day!

The blinds are open {and by “blinds are open” I mean the floor to celing glass wall of windows is not covered.} and it’s fall outside. I’m totally lovin it.

“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but make sure your cover is clean and tidy and shows who you truly are.”

This is my key to associating myself with people.

I’m by no means “popular”, I mean, I eat lunch in a low traffic hallway with my two friends for crying out loud, but nevertheless, I get along with people really well.

I have found that everyone has gems inside of them and that everyone has something for you even if they appear to be ordinary rocks. I have found that if you look hard enough you can find connections and ties with anyone and that everyone, no matter who you are, has the same goal: to be loved.

If we realize this our associations with our fellow humans can be so much sweeter. Reach out to others, smile a little more, remember names, ask questions, give hugs, send texts for no reason, remember birthdays, compliment ugly socks, make inside jokes with people you aren’t super close to, and those same acts will be ricipricated back to you.

I heard a quote in Seminary yesterday that said

“Being humble is not thinking less of yourself, but less about yourself.”

I think we as a society need to spend less time saying to ourselves “I’m not good enough” and more time saying to others “you are good enough.” Because lifting others up is the greatest way to get yourself lifted.
This is only the first part. “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Focus on others, celebrate the strengths and happiness of others. Look for the good in people that might go unnoticed. 
The second part is “make sure your cover is clean and tidy and shows who you truly are.”
“Making your cover clean and tidy” doesn’t come from being the head of the cheer squad, a 4.0, or a spot on the football team. It comes from inside. It comes from how you treat others. It comes from the way you make others feel. It’s not about your accomplishments, but your actions.
And how do we do this? By focusing on others.
This is going to be my goal for the rest of the week. What about you?
So I need to catch up on my 30 days of Thanksgiving because I’m a slacker with a busy life.
day 12
I am thankful for the chance I had to hear Hank Smith speak at our morningside on Tuesday. It was incredible and an awesome message. I will share more about it later, but I love how he said “The palest ink is brighter than the brightest memory.” I’m kind of a journal writer and I adore this quote. I am also thankful for journal writing.
day 13
I’m thankful for all things EFY. In case you have just joined us, I’m an EFY lover. I am thankful for the people I have met, the experiences I have had, and the things I have felt because of this program. It’s really the greatest.
feel my sunlight
p.s. Shout out to Hannah who gave me lotion today just because she knows I like it. I love you girl! You are seriously the coolest greatest most awesomest person ever. Also, I love that we are basically the same person.

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!

Do not dwell

Stolen from the Mormon Channel… I like it.

I know I have written about tumbling quite a bit as of late, but I promise I will try to make it something you can relate with today. At least I will try.

Since my defeat at nationals (and no, I’m not saying I was defeated in the sense that I did terrible and I feel like a failure, I was defeated in the sense that I knew I was better than what my performance showed.) I have gotten a new perspective on things. See, when I first saw my ranking among the best athletes in the nation I was quite disappointed. I was mad at the judges, I was jealous of those select few with the opportunity to stand atop the podium and receive huge shiny medals, I was angry with the girls that I believed should have scored lower than I did, but most of all I was angry with myself. I was fuming on the inside and began to deteriorate and downgrade myself with thoughts about giving up because I might not be the golden girl, and thoughts that I might not ever be good enough. I was destroying my confidence and soon realized that it had to stop. In my anger I decided to put on a happy face and follow the advice from Shawn to enjoy the rest of the trip. I put on a smile and decided that it wouldn’t make any sense to let this ruin my trip so I didn’t let it and I must say It became one of the most fun trips I have ever been on.
When I got home I had a moment of defeat, but I soon had to make a decision. I could either cry and whine about it, or I could turn my defeat into hard work and my hard work into success. I realized that the attitude I bring to the table will be the most important ingredient in my final product and that if I wanted to make something of myself I had to start now. I knew I had the support from many of those around me and that no matter what I was a daughter of God and that if I made the right decisions I would be okay.
I made the decision then and there that I would punch this with everything I had. I made a vow that I would listen to my coaches and do my everything to accomplish what they tell me to do. No matter how terrified I might be. I made the decision that I would train harder than I ever had before.
I have had two days of training since I have made this decision. I have improved my attitude and my effort to listen to my coaches. I have put on tramp shoes once again and called out for help. I even got up early this morning to run with my brother. The results have been great and it has only been two days. The support I have received from Steph and Kodee have helped me regain my confidence and their support helps me push myself to my limits every time I punch off that mat. I love you two and am so thankful for you help! please don’t stop what you are doing. You guys rock.

Now I share this with you mostly because it all that has run through my mind over the last few days, but I also share it for another reason. I share this with you as a proof that your attitude determines your outcome. You can make an excuse for everything. There is always going to be something that hurts or something that doesn’t feel right, but if you give in to those excuses you will never become what you want to become. Some people have it handed to them with raw talent and never have to work hard, Some people just have the ability to do what the judges what to see. I on the other hand, don’t have that raw talent, but I do have a determined attitude. I heard a quote a long time ago that said…

“Hard work        
       beats talent      
      when talent doesn’t            
work hard.”
I intend to be that hard work. What are you going to work hard at?
Feel my Sunlight
p.s. Today Kodee and I legitly convinced one of our girls that Kodee’s real name is Friday. I didn’t think she really believed us but at the end of class she came up to me and said “Friday said I could have three treats.” I almost died.

Reserved for these later days

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I have updated my photography blog! Feel free to take a peek!

Lately I have been thinking about what it means to have been reserved for these later days. As a later day saints we are on the earth when the fullness of the gospel is restored. We have a work go do.We have a friend to help, a person to serve, an example to set. We have the responsibility to bring others to the light and to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. There is much to do. Lets get to work.

Feel my Sunlight

p.s. Isn’t summer the greatest?

The army stands strong in times of fear.

Hello friends! It has been a few days. I guess that is what happens when I try to get all my computer tech work for the entire unit done in two days. (Turned in! Now I have the rest of the week to do nothing but post in that class! Whoo!)

So a quick update on myself and my fab life would probably start with mentioning that imaginary boyfriend and I are doing well in the sense that our relationship status hasn’t changed one bit. But even though I have been sixteen for eight months now and haven’t been on a single date {COUGH COUGH} I am happy and loving life. I am still weirded out by the fact that FamilySearch already has a spot for my husband. I mean who just “adds a husband”?

Ha I love that family search already has a spot for him. It’s cool to think about really. I mean, he is out there somewhere. What is he doing? Does he ever think about me? If my future husband ever reads this I hope he knows that I expect, and hope that he is fighting on the Lord’s side and that he has joined the army of Helaman. {look teacher! I just foreshadowed something in my writing! *fist bump*} And oh how excited I am to meet you someday. Now like I said, I am happy and enjoying life. I learned something from a fantastic lady this weekend. This is a former teacher of mine that taught me several years ago. She has fought some hard battles including a battle with cancer. She gave me some wise advice that was something I really needed in my life. She told me to be like the little duck that as it surfaces the water, lets the glistening liquid run down it’s neck. She said to the happy one that rubs off on other people, because life is too short to spend your time being sad, and it may be shorter than you think.

{Picture via Google. christophermartinphotography.com}

Now those words have stuck with me over the past few days. “Life may be shorter than you think.” It makes me think of the children, and the runners and spectators whose lives have been shortened. These two events, added to thousands of others have brought much fear to the lives of many people. Many people are living in a state of fear that limits what they do. Just yesterday a pipe bomb was found in an elementary school very close to where I live. It hit home when I drove past a bomb squad vehicle on the way to the gym and got there just to hear stories of my teammate’s schools being evacuated. Events like these make you think a little bit about your life. I am reminded of one of my favorite Mormon Messages that has given me great comfort in these difficult times.

I remember wanting to share this message with the many people who stayed home from school that day that the world was supposed to end. Because no matter how difficult the world gets, we will be okay if we only have hope in our father.

Now these huge calamities have startled the peace of the world, but what about the peace of ones soul? This is my favorite talk. It was given last April by Jeffery R. Holland and I listen to it often.

I know with out a doubt that Jeffrey R. Holland is speaking truth. In the last days even the very elect could be deceived if they stray from the iron rod and let fear overtake their lives. The hour is nigh at hand, but we still have work to do. Do not fear, and do not let the influence of Satan govern the way you live your life. We are the army of Helaman.

{Pic via google}

Feel my Sunlight

p.s. I know that was long, but I really hoped you watched all of those videos since my words are no where near as powerful as the words of our wonderful prophets. Stay strong army, stay strong.

Sometimes I mix church and state, so sue me.

Insert attention getter here—————–> {ATTENTION GETTER!}

It’s Wednesday… Not sure how I feel about it, seems how I’m home, and not at the gym right now. Ya I don’t like it. But I will be back soon enough. My teacher gave us a lecture about how important it is to put an attention getter at the beginning of your writing… so I did. My teacher is so cool. Please don’t lay him off.

I just thought I’d give my two cents on the budget cuts that are supposed to take place on the first. {Ya, I’m cool and know about the world and stuff.} First off I’d like to say making these cuts in our educational system will only hurt the country worse. We are the future of America and the quality of our education depends on the funds our school receives. Without teachers the student’s will be the ones who suffer. Do you really want to fix the nations economy by taking opportunity from the students? I don’t know where you grew up and I don’t know where you come from, but I don’t think you have ever sat in a classroom that is over full. I have. I have been in a class with over 40 kids and only room for about 30. I struggled in that class because I got almost no help from the teacher. I didn’t get to sit at desk for half the year. Please don’t take money from my school. I don’t think you have ever sat in a school that was so hot it was unsafe because it didn’t have air conditioning. I have. There were students that were sent to the hospital because of heat stroke, and we had to do math in the hallways because it was 2 degrees cooler. Please don’t take money from my school. I don’t know if you ever got involved in the extra curricular activities, but I did. Theatre was a huge part of my Jr. High experience and is a big part of who I am today. These extra curricular activities such as sports and theatre keep kids out of trouble and give us something to achieve. Please don’t take money from my school. I know you have never had to use an online text book because “online” was something foreign to you when you were growing up. The online text books don’t work. They have typos and errors, and they make it hard for families with several children. I know you think every family in America has multiple computers, tablets, and apple products to use, but the reality… not everybody has those things. I may be fortunate enough to have resources in my home, but I know many people who don’t. {I must also note that none of your text books work on Apple products since Apple has blocked these sights, and they don’t work on Kindles either, because the Kindles don’t read the format of the online books.} It is not fair for these students to have to suffer because you can’t figure out the government. I may not know everything, but I know enough to say that the future of America rests in your hands. Please be careful with it.

Now I’m sure that was a long and boring paragraph for most of you. Congrats on finishing it! Now I’d like to leave some thoughts and scriptures with all y’all who, like me, are amazed by these great and terrible thinks taking place in the world. This was from my scripture study this morning. Take from it what you will.

1 Thessalonians 5

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, peace and safety; then  sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, bretheren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.

I believe these scriptures go along perfectly with our theme schripture this year…

        “Wherefore, 
                STAND YE in holy places,                         
                                   and be not moved,    
                       until the day of the Lord Come;                
                                                                        for behold,                                         
            it cometh quickly
saith the Lord, Amen”                   
                                        -D&C 87:8

I believe these are dark times, and that they will get darker the nearer we get to our final hour. We must stand as an army of God, ready to contend with all evil. I encourage you to stay strong, and to keep on fighting.

Feel my Sunlight

p.s. I am going to watch the season 7 PSYCH premiere right now. And AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I can’t wait! I can’t even contain myself, Psychic forever! ❤

p.s.s. What is your opinion on this font? Is it too hard to read? I can’t decide.

Happy Single Awareness Day!

So here we are on February 14th. The day of chocolate hearts and red balloons. It has been an odd, yet normal day. Valentines day is just another day same as any else, except people think PDA is acceptable. Again I received no pink roses, but all truth to tell, I think I would feel incredibly weirded out if anyone gave me pink roses today. I’m not very close to very many boys right now and totally okay with it! I’m so cool I eat lunch in my history teachers class room. Boys are swarming me let me tell ya! So I will just blog and listen to On My Own from Les Miserables and sorrow in self pity at my dateless self. See, I usually tell people I am dating a guy named Jim….with the last name of Nastics. {yes say that out loud….whoo! I’m dating Jim Nastics!} But today I am not even going to the gym! What is up with that? So happy Valentines day Jim!
A team mate of mine posted a quote on facebook that I really like so I thought I just might steel it and post it on here.

Love 
                        is more than a paper heart
Love is of the very                       
       essence of life
                It is the
 pot of gold at the end of the          
 rainbow.                    
                            –Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley
 
So the odd part of my day consists hearing of the swat team and tear gas a few streets over and their happenings last night. Exciting stuff! {I think I watch to much Psych…} Me being extremely excited about a project in health {what the?!}, and well, its sugar day!
 
 
Happy Valentines day! 
 
 
Feel my Sunlight 
 
P.s. I have two blog post I think you should read by some pretty cool people. Click
HERE and HERE! One might make you cry... fair warning