Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lock & Key

So, remember when I told you I had finished 'Lock and Key' by Sarah Dessen? Well, I got this quote from that book. I had been dying to take this picture of my favorite necklace ever, just to pair it with this quote. So, now that the piece is complete, I figured I'd share(: You like?

Love,
Sarah

PS. My friend Olivia and I went and had a photography day yesterday, so be expecting several more picture-posts in the very near future(:

Saturday, February 19, 2011

You.

Dear You,

Yes, you. The one reading these words, right this very moment. I am writing to you, and only you. This isn't for everyone else, although they may think it is. But they really don't understand what I'm about to say. Only you will. It's specifically, and intentionally written for you to read. And I hope you cherish it, forever.

There are things I want you to always remember, okay? You are beautiful. Stunning, in every way, shape, and form. The way your eyes are shaped and colored, the way your hair falls next to your face, the way that you stand tall at the height you are... it's perfect. Your eyes sparkle and shine with a deep joy that comes from inside you when you laugh. They show your soul, you know... and it's beautiful. You could not be more amazing. I know it gets hard sometimes. There are days when it is hard to wake up, and make yourself face the day that is before you. But you can do it, I know you can, so keep your chin up. I have faith in you. And you know what? You come out stronger because of those rough days, and there's so much to be said for that...not many do. I know there are days when it can be hard to put that smile on your face, but I'm begging you, please do it. That smile makes the world so much brighter. And do you know something? Your smile just may get someone else through the day. You never know who needs, craves, desires, and adores that smile of yours. Don't ever leave the house without it. I also know there are times when you can be lonely, but know this: you are never, ever alone. So many people are in love with you, enthralled by your beauty, your grace, and your charm. You are surrounded by adoring eyes, although you may not always see them. Sometimes we have to search harder than usual, and sometimes we may even have to find those eyes within ourselves. But the ability to love and accept yourself for who you are is a treasure that you can cherish forever. No one can take that away from you, you know? The weather may not always be nice where you are. The wind may be biting cold, or the sun scorching hot. You may have to face the wind, you may have to stand in the cold, but never lose your ground. You are strong enough, I know it. And if you are blessed with a day with sunshine on your face, and the wind at your back, treasure it. Store it up, and use it to get you through the other days. You can, and will make it through, just hold on.

I guess the bottom line is this. I never want you to forget how amazing you are. Never miss an opportunity to show your beauty to the world, and never forget that the strength inside of you is much stronger than anything you will ever face. I hope you always take the time to do what you love, and laugh as much as possible. When the hard times hit, remember that, no matter how bad it may seem, you will be okay. I promise. You can make it through anything.

I love you.

Love,
Me.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Moments...

There is something that I've really become aware of lately, and it's the importance of moments in life. I know it's my patent saying, but life really isn't about the big things. When we come to the end of our life, we aren't going to remember the days, we're going to remember the moments. The little laughs here, the smiles there, the hugs, the conversation, the shared meals, the walks in the park, the family times... these are the things we will look back on some day. I've come to realize that there are times when we must pause, even for just a moment, and forget the rest of the world. We are offered far too many ordinary days, and when something extraordinary comes along, albeit small or fleeting, we must pause and drink it in with all of the power we have, savoring it while it lasts, or else we will lose it. Regardless of how much you may have to worry about, take a few seconds to enjoy the small things. Let the sun shine on your face, and forget about those bills waiting at home. Enjoy each bite of your ice cream, and forget about that mound of laundry waiting to be washed. Count the stars, and put your organizing to rest for a few seconds. That's what life is about, isn't it?

There are days like today where there were so many moments I want to treasure up and hold in my heart forever. Moments like today are what get me through all of the tomorrows that come my way. School was school... nothing really happened. Then, I was getting ready to leave and one of the guard girls, Emily, needed a ride to practice, so I took her. As we rode, having fun conversations with the sun shining down on my face... the world felt just right, like it was okay for once to just pause and enjoy those few seconds, however fleeting they may be. So we get to the church early along with the other girls, and we played improv games until their instructor came. It was SO much fun! We acted completely crazy, and it felt amazing to laugh that hard. There would be four people acting something out, and then one of the others would yell 'freeze!' and everyone would stay frozen where they were. The person that froze everyone else would step in and take someone's place and begin a whole new skit, and you'd just have to roll with it. It was hilarious. After that, I ran home to quickly change clothes, and then went over to the dance studio. Our modern instructor (also the guard instructor), Anne, had to stay at guard practice because our director couldn't be there, so I covered her first class. It was SO much fun! It was combining the two things I am most passionate about: dance and being with kids! We had an awesome time. I sat in her second class, the intermediate level, and we had a blast. The kids are so sweet and funny, and it's amazing to watch them improve from week to week! In between then and her next class, we ate our weekly dinner. I know how silly it seems, but I have come to look forward to this so much every single week. We (Anne and I) alternate who brings dinner for the week. It's such a blessing to get to spend this time at the Studio with the people I love most. And then, it's time for Modern Class!!! It is, by far, one of the best classes I have ever taken, and my favorite time of the week. Dance is so many things to me. It's expression, hope, control, release, family, escape, beauty, and so much more than I can even form into words. The girls in my class are my family, my sisters, and I would be lost without them. They are what keeps me going some days, and what can always, regardless of circumstances, bring a smile to my face. Every moment in the Studio, every second suspended in air or spinning in circles, every lacing up of pointe shoes, and every laugh that rings in the air... they are jewels. These are the jewels I long to keep stored up inside my memory treasure box. I know many will escape me, but many will remain in my heart forever. After all, these are the moments we will remember for the rest of our lives, and I'm going to make them count.

‎"The next time you look into the mirror, just look at the way the ears rest next to the head; look at the way the hairline grows; think of all the little bones in your wrist. It is a miracle. And the dance is a celebration of that miracle." -Martha Graham♥

Love,
Sarah♥

Sunday, February 13, 2011

You Invite Me In



I’ve been searching
Wandering and hurting
Ashamed of the shape I’m in
Afraid you’ll see who I really am

But you invite me in
Doesn’t matter where I’ve been
Your arms are open wide
There’s nothing left to hide

How can this be
A love so unfailing
Reached down and lifted me
From ashes to beauty


And you invite me in
Doesn’t matter where I’ve been
Your arms are open wide
There’s nothing left to hide


You invite me in
Doesn’t matter who I’ve been
Your arms are open wide
Holding me to your side

Now I am walking away from the life I once knew
And running into your grace
It covers my shame again and again
I find my life in you

You invite us in
Doesn’t matter where we’ve been
Your arms are open wide
There’s nothing left to hide

You invite us in
Doesn’t matter who we’ve been
Your arms are open wide
Holding us to your side

Your arms are open wide

Friday, February 11, 2011

February 13, 2011

"Drawing from all that we have now considered, I hear Him speaking words like these to us. Listen.

"Some of your fondest dreams will shatter, and you will be tempted to lose hope. I will seem to you callous or, worse, weak- unresponsive to your pain. You will wonder if I cannot do anything or simply will not."
"As you struggle with dashed hopes, you will fail, just as My servant Peter did. You will feel discouraged with yourself to the point of self-hatred. And I will seem to withdraw from you and do nothing."
"When all of this comes to pass, My word to you is this:
Do not lose hope. A plan is unfolding that you cannot clearly see. If you could see it as I do, you would still hurt, but you would not lose hope. You would gladly remain faithful to me in the middle of the worst suffering. I guarantee you the power to please me, not to have a good time. But pleasing me will bring you great joy.
"In the deepest part of your soul, you long more than anything to be a part of My plan, to further My kingdom, to know Me and please Me, and enjoy Me. I will satisfy that longing. You have the power to represent me well no matter what happens in your life. That is the hope I give you in this world. Don't lose it."

Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Disney Music!

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure that the metaphorical 'song in my heart' is just a really long medley of Disney tunes. Forreal, I don't think I've ever heard better music in my life. It just makes me SO happy! And this weekend, we uncovered my mom's box set of Disney classics. You better believe I have them on my iPod! I have the best from The Little Mermaid to Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King, all the way back to classic Mickey Mouse music! It's FABULOUS. It literally makes my days hundreds of times better to hear Part of Your World followed by I'll make a Man Out of You and then I Just Can't Wait To Be King! Ahhh-mazing. And, in my own collective times, I have accumulated several of the newer Disney music, such as 'Ma Belle Evangeline' from The Princess and the Frog to 'True Love's Kiss' from Enchanted... it will never end. I sincerely hope not, anyway! And plus, why not just 'give a little whistle' every now and then? (:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February 3rd, 2011.

Hello(: So basically, you just get the random thoughts proceeding to go through my head tonight. But, maybe it'll bless you. Who knows! (:

Tonight was crazy, and I'm exhausted. I worked from 4-9 tonight, and we were super busy for a good length of time... 500 dollars in two and a half hours busy. So, my evening was full of carrying subs and pizzas to various people, wiping down the tables after they leave, restocking cups and napkins, taking orders, answering phone calls, making food... you know, the usual teenager job. When we finally finished cleaning everything up, I swore I was going to collapse! And to think, I hadn't even started my homework! It would be so easy to have myself a little pity-party at this point, and whine about my lack of sleep. But before I let myself have this party of one, I stopped to think for a minute. I got paid tonight for my work last week. It wasn't much... just enough to pay for my tithe and my gas money. But as I stood, looking at the bills in my hand, I began to think, "Sarah, look at yourself. You have a job. You have enough money to get yourself where you need to go. You have SO much to be thankful for." How many people out there tonight would give anything to have a job like mine... a job to make money to keep the lights on, or their gas tanks full... especially in this economy. Forreal, it was a fabulous attitude adjustment. So tonight, regardless of how my night went, or how much sleep I may get, I have so much to be thankful for.

Love,
Sarah

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February 2, 2011!

Hello, my sweet things, and Happy Groundhog Day to you!! I really hope that your Groundhog day was as fabulous as mine, although, I'm not so sure it would be easy to beat! Several fun and exciting events took place today. Oh, you want to see pictures? I figured you would! :)

In honor of this fabulous holiday, I made groundhog cupcakes. I am by no means ever going to be able to make a career of decorating cupcakes, but I think they turned out pretty cute!

Emily and I decided to go all out for the occasion of today. As you see, I am wearing brown, and Emily is wearing black. I am the groundhog, she is my shadow! We had lots of fun hiding from each other, and trying to avoid seeing each other, etc.

Oh no! Where is my shadow?!

So, as you can see, today was quite the fun and exciting one. I cannot tell you how many people, though, came up to me and asked me why I was so excited about Groundhog Day. It's just an insignificant little holiday, right? Not really. Here is what I say: Life is full of too many normal days. We spend so many weeks, one day after another after another, doing the same things over and over again. Life doesn't give you many special occasions, and I say that when it does, you should take advantage of it... even the small things. Like waiting on a groundhog to see its' shadow. Or putting a little green on for one day. Or making cookies shaped like George Washington... who knows! The possibilities are endless. Make those little things count. Savor each and every second that you have been given. Any reason to celebrate is a good one, and you should always celebrate when you have the chance! Make as many memories as possible, and live your life with all you've got. No regrets. And ALWAYS enjoy the Groundhog Day's in life!

Love,
Sarah