Friday, October 21, 2011

Five Minute Friday

I'm back this week, I've missed these! (: Come join us!

Today's Topic: Beyond.


This life I've been chosen to live? Far, far beyond my wildest dreams. I never could have imagined that I would love my life so much so many different times.
I never thought I would conduct a band and be more proud of them than I ever have of anyone else.
I never thought I would keep up with dancing for 14 years... and be good at it.
I never thought I would appreciate my family so much for standing by me and loving me in spite of me.
I never thought God would show up in the many, many ways He has.
I never thought I'd learn the lessons I've learned through the rough times.
I never thought I would be in the top 10% of my graduating class.
I never thought I would be friends with some of the people who are now dearest to me.
I never thought I would fall in love with music the way I have.
I never thought God had that large of a plan for me.

If God had left me to planning my own life, it wouldn't be nearly this good. Every day He continues to show me His grace and mercy, and that reaches far beyond my mind. I'm so thankful, and so blessed to have the Abba I do. He continues to remind me in ways far beyond my wildest dreams. (:



Thursday, October 20, 2011


Yet another unexpected answered prayer.
God knew exactly what He was doing,
and how to surprise me as always.
But alas, that's another story for another day.
For today, though,
I love this life<3

Monday, October 17, 2011


So, I really want to be deep and philosophical today and tell you all of the things that have been on my mind lately... catch you up on the many, many lessons I have been learning these past few weeks that have been some of the most humbling weeks ever... but I'm really not feeling it. To be quite honest, I am completely and totally exhausted. And in great need of a good night's rest. But, I'm loving this life I'm living, and I'm cherishing every last second that I'm given. I'll be deep soon, I pinky. Until then, I'll leave you with a couple pictures of the fabulous-ness that is life lately (: haha. Love you!

Sarah and Sarah! Senior Year (:

Discrete Math Class. I love them a lot! (:

Just sitting in the truck waiting on the tractors to come in!

Character Day! Mr. Blevins was Joe Dirt, and it pretty much made my life.

Character Day! Repunzel, Black Swan, and Angelina Ballerina!

I got to play croquet with Bruce Jenner on Sports day. Be jealous.

Twin Day! She really is my twin!

80's and 40's for Decade Day!

Calah and Kelsey with the Guard Side!

Me with the Band side of the Spirit Rock!

I love my girls... even though they're woodwinds ;)

I. Love. My. School.

Homecoming! (:

Bernie! :D

2nd Place for the first competition of the season? I'll take it (:

Podium ridiculously inclined. I almost died.

Marching in!
Just chillin' on my throne!

I was ambushed, and it was hilarious. I was quite scared, though! (:

So, what's your life been like lately?


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

To Be Four.

I miss being four years old.
Residing in a land of make believe,
Everything I needed was right there to receive.
Singing at the top of my lungs, dancing around,
Playing hide and seek, just waiting to be found.
Wishing on bright stars, pouring out my dreams,
Everything is solid, the world as simple as it seems.
Wearing clothes mismatched, shoes on the wrong feet,
Going to bed late is still a little treat.
Knights and dragons, princesses and the like,
Riding away in triumph on the white horse of your bike.
Decisions are made for you, but the ones you have to choose
Consist of nothing more, really, than which color crayon to use.
Tag and dodgeball, foursquare and more
Playground games to some, for us a small war.
Poptarts and mac'n'cheese, chicken fingers too
Nothing thrills me more than when my mouth can be turned blue.
Sprinklers and picnics, popsicles in summer's sun
Days lasting forever, and we number every one.
Life was so much easier, the world seeming so carefree
I miss the ways of childhood, and the way things used to be.

(: Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Music Mondays.

I love this. It makes my days a lot brighter. Happy Monday! (:

Sunday, October 9, 2011


I want to change the world.
I want to make a difference.
I want to break the mold of the society in which I reside.
I want the world to know that I was here.
I want the history books to hold my name.
I want memories to hold my face.
I want generations from now to look back and say 'Remember her? She changed things.'
She made a difference.
She cared for the world in which she lived,
And she set out to improve it.
I want to live this life with everything that I've been given.
Ready, set, go.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Zumba! 10.05.11

Hey, love! So, I know that I've already posted today, but to make up for my lack of posting over the past few weeks, here is a double-day post.

So, for the past couple of months, I have been going to Zumba classes once a week. I go to this amazing place called La Rumba (check it out, and if you're close, COME!) Let me just tell you, it's seriously one of the best things I've ever done. I get an amazing work out, and I get an amazing new group of friends. Win, win! Zumba means a lot to me, and I want to try to explain why. And, when I'm trying to explain something, I usually work better off of a list. So, a list it is!

(A few) Reasons why I love Zumba:

1. It's a seriously legit workout. I leave almost wringing wet with sweat every single time I go. And it feels awesome. You know that almost high you get after you exercise? Yeah, imagine that times like five and that is what Zumba feels like. True, I'm usually sore afterwords, and the next day I'm cursing those squat songs that we did, but, oh, is it ever worth it!

2. It's an entire hour where the world can just melt away. I don't have to think about this and that test, this college application, that band competition, this house chore, that lack-of-money... I can just be. And do what I love. It's amazing to me how every single time I'm in the room and the lights go out and the music kicks up, the rest of the world literally fades away. Suddenly, it's just me, moving my body in time with the music, along with the other fifty people in the room. The energy just flows through all of us as we breathe, turn, glide, and salsa together.

3. The instructors are fantastic. They are so full of energy, and they inspire me to push myself to become better, both in physical ways and in mental. They are wonderful ladies, full of life and some of the sweetest people I've ever met. They make me want to be a better person, and isn't that what life is about? They welcomed me into the HGF family, and I'm so thankful for that.

4. I've made some really sweet friends. There are faces that I recognize that I never would have known otherwise. And there are people who just make me smile. I think an exchanged smile is worth more than words ever could be! It's as though I've just become a part of a family that's much larger than myself, and I'm thankful for every last one of them!

5. It's just plain fun. How often do you find something that you absolutely love to do? Not very often, if you're anything like me. And that number greatly decreases when it's something that's actually healthy for me. Zumba fills that description. I hope I can continue to go always!

So, Zumba family, if any of you read this, thank you! Thank you for making me a healthier person. Even though I haven't really lost any weight, I feel so much stronger, more exercised and energized, and I have lots more joy! I appreciate each and every one of you more than you'll ever know! Thank you for being who you are, and for accepting me as your family as well! Love you!


Quick Challenge

Hey you guys. Oh, how I miss you. Life is so, so, SO crazy right now, I barely have time to even think. But, I wanted to say that I have a challenge for you today. It's a challenge I'm accepting, and trying to incorporate into my own daily life. I hope you do the same, and I hope you're well!

1. Invest in someone today.

2. Ask someone how they are, and really listen for their answer.

3. Smile. You'll never know how much that could mean to someone.

4. Laugh. It's good for your soul.

5. Listen to music at some point. It doesn't even matter what kind, just listen and enjoy.

6. Be thankful, more so than usual. Don't forget how lucky you really are.

7. Meet someone new. Even if it's just the cashier, or someone in line in front of you, etc.

8. Be kinder than you think you ought to be. You never know what kind of battle someone may be facing.

9. Pay attention to the small details. They'll make you smile, I guarantee it.

10. Embrace living. Make each day a day worth remembering.

Love you!