Saturday, November 27, 2010

that's the spirit

"Contentment is not having more, but needing less." Jon Courson

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

good advice

this entrepreneur, tom oldham, taught my class life lessons.
stress can kill you, he flat out said.
    so lessen the impact by working on what bothers you the most.

in terms of leadership, there's no such thing as an ideal leader.
no one can be on by one's self.
weakness undermines our strength.
balance yourself with a team.
the challenge is allowing someone who thinks differently than you to lead, but it must be done for counterbalance.

can't blame anyone but yourself
when success comes, must give credit to the team
praising people = the best motivator
criticizing = lousy leader sign

time management
time is our scarcest commodity
work on what matters most
work on what worries you the most

persistance / positive problem solving
winston churchill is a great example
never, never, never, never *he literally said it 10x give up!
attitudes: we are in total charge of how we respond to situations
keep doing what doing = keep getting what getting , so we must continue to make adjustments when failure strikes

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Don't Think, Just Work

whether i like it or not, this HAS to be my motto until I complete college!

here's why! hint: has something to do with over-analyzing.

responsibility sucks!

i'm definitely less responsible in college than i was in high school.
seems counter-intuitive.
i felt better when a college friend also said she felt less responsible than in high school.
i don't know if it's the fact that my class schedule is all over the place and differs every four months thus i have more freedom to decide to attend class or if it's me sick of being anonymous in classes of 500. or if it's being sick of doing things i don't want to. 
i think it's just time for a change: time to get out of school.
why is it that in life, there will always being people telling you what you have to do?
you have to show up to work on time.
you have to perform adequately enough at work to keep a job.
you have to pay bills.
you have to have a job to earn money.
there is no such thing as a free handout.
you have to do a job you don't like to make money
you have to be skinny to be attractive. 
you have to, you have to work your way up to get to the top
you have to sit though boring lectures that seem of no use.
but, responsibility is the only way to advance in this culture.

mean blues

There's a reason no one ever says, "Thank God it's Sunday!"
For 63 percent of us, it's a stressful and gloomy day, according to a poll. "The rush-rush work mentality can start to kick in by Sunday, leaving us feeling moody and anxious about what lies ahead," says Libby Gill, a life coach in Los Angeles. Instead of ending the weekend with a whimper, fend off the doldrums by trying one (or all) of these stay-serene strategies.
SUNDAY BUMMER: All good things must end
"There's nothing to look forward to on Sunday except moping around the house thinking of my workweek ahead," says Francesca Wodtke, 28, a writer in San Francisco.
SUNDAY BOOSTER: Spread out the excitement "Schedule some socializing during the week, such as a Monday movie night, and you'll have something to look forward to," Gill suggests. Invite pals over to watch a DVD, cook dinner—whatever makes you happy," she says. Just keep the revelry relaxing: Too many cosmos and late-night gab sessions can leave you woozy at work.
SUNDAY BUMMER: An out-of-control to do list "For me, Sunday means a lot of drudgery: buying groceries, paying bills, ironing clothes—it never ends," says Wendy Goldstein Pierce, 38, a public relations executive in Boston.
SUNDAY BOOSTER: Creative scheduling Separate your errands into must-dos and can-waits by asking yourself what's the worst that would happen if you didn't get to it. If skipping laundry means you'd have to go to the gym naked, for instance, running a load is a must. Picking up your vacation photos, however, is a can-wait. Next, relegate essential errands to off-hours when possible (the grocery store is a ghost town on Friday nights), or pepper them throughout the week. "Come Monday morning, you'll be less wiped out and more efficient," Gill says.
SUNDAY BUMMER: Work anxiety "When I was a kid, Sunday nights meant the end of homework procrastination," says Elizabeth Bates, 47, co-owner of an interior design store in Boston. "As an adult, I still feel that I-have-to-get-it-done panic."
SUNDAY BOOSTER: Nip stress in the bud Distract yourself early with something enjoyable to prevent tension from building up, Gill advises. If your stomach is still in knots by evening, leave yourself a voice mail at work detailing the problem (a stalled project?) and the proposed solution (a brainstorming meeting?). Devising concrete solutions helps clear your mind so you can relax and get a decent night's rest.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


this blog is fun. it features vintage photos of couples and quotes about attraction. 
it's easy to be a cynic but this blog is changing my mind.

"Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together; sophistication demands that they submit to sex immediately without proper preliminary talk. Not courting talk- real straight talk about souls, for life is holy and every moment is precious.” -- Jack Kerouac
On the Road
gosh that's a deep one. needs to be on billboards.

"Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work." -- Author Unknown

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity." -- Albert Einstein

"I kissed my first girl and smoked my first cigarette on the same day.  I haven't had time for tobacco since." -- Arturo Toscanini



for me, getting new fonts is like christmas for a child.
pretty sure, mr. hardebeck had something to do with it. is where these beauties came from. 
and i had fun playing with my new fonts!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I've Been Thinking Part II

i learned something about myself today. 
ya see, i have a motherload of a schedule this semester, complete with creative classes and let's just say some not so creative ones. algebra and finance.
let me explain, since there is no such thing as an easy class at byu, the even creative classes demand a lot of work. 
for example, i end up spending more time with the creative classes because i find them more enjoyable than the boring, punch numbers classes that leave you at a loss on how to complete a problem. 
and while i'm on my soapbox, let me just say that these d math and finance textbooks should actually teach how to...i dunno, do the problem. not just walk you through a few steps and then leave you on your own.
isn't it common sense that if you don't know how to do something complicated, you're not gonna figure it out on your own unless your taught or shown? 

I've Been Thinking...

I feel like a robot.
Remember that song, I am Not a Robot by Marina?
She inspires me to give up the robotic lifestyle, even though America has deemed this the way of life in order to be successful.
Gosh, I hate it. Get up everyday. Go to school. Do homework. Yada-Yada-Yada. Blah, Blah, Blah.
It's hard to do something when it doesn't feel rewarding.
I choose a business minor to commercialize my PR major, but gosh it's hard and not in any way creative or rewarding.
These classes are designed to weed out students because BYU wants to be the Harvard of the West.
Hard classes = not so easy on the GPA.
While there is no such thing as an easy class at BYU, I've managed to attack them, until now.
I just don't want to spend hours in labs asking for help.
Get me outta here is how I feel currently.
Seeing as next semester is my last. I'll solve the problem then! Once and for all!
Guess, this semester I had to learn that I have to given into the ways of the world, buckle down and complete things I REALLY don't want to submit myself to.
Here's to prepping to live in math labs, accounting labs and the library next year.
There. I had to put those thoughts out there.

Monday, November 8, 2010


i love sleep more than life itself.
nope, not a car in this case like Cameron's dad.(you're good if you know that reference)

i'm pretty much glued to my bed! so ready to be done with college!

photos: getty images

give, said the little stream as it hurried down the hill

well it's about time byu turn rape hill into something not so scary. 
not sure why it took them so long to include better lighting and add some landscaping bliss. 
and why yes, i'm obsessed with waterfalls.

Friday, November 5, 2010

best fortune ever

you will step on the soil of many countries
p.f. chang's, thank you.
i want to
i need to
travel the world

and then i turned to mir and said i gotta do this.
she said i can do anything i want to.


love this song 

i think my favorite part is the smooth rap style of the mr.
reminds me of floating

Thursday, November 4, 2010


i fell in love with cooking, not too long ago.
i think it has to do with spending much time at Granddad and Grandma's.
i watched grandma put tons of love and time into savory cuisine.
i helped granddad make the most delectable baked goods.
but it has recently been rekindled or cultivated by smitten kitchen.
omg, this woman divulges the most incredible recipes.

beware: the current post on smitten kitchen may just make you drop everything in order to indulge in its yummy looking and tasting properties. definitely not one that will help with weight control!

i made mushroom lasagna because the pictures did the dish more than adequate justice. i was pleasantly surprised when i went weak in the knees after tasting the bechamel (french for white sauce). even my roommate who doesn't like mushrooms fell in love with the lasagna. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

no need to swallow failure

preface: i am in no way a sports follower. while i played sports from elementary school to high school, i'm not the sort that follows a team. in fact, i think an overly ridiculous amount of money goes into sports.  i think my attitude may have something to do with living with all girls. :) what can i say, i would rather watch a movie than watch a game.

but, i happened to be watching an interview with the giants closer, brian wilson because i heard someone mention how funny he is. and while watching i was inspired by his words:

accepting failure is not something you need to swallow. - brian wilson, giants closer

ain't that true even though i may be failing a test tonight ;-) lol this quote inspires me to work harder at preparation so that failure becomes defeat-able.