I am in the time of life where I'm making decisions about how the rest of my life will go. Exciting? Yes. Terrifying? You betcha. I was always told I would have opportunities and choices...and I thought that sounded swell! Now I do have those, and it's not so easy. Don't misunderstand, I am very grateful for the many doors open to me, but it can get a bit stressful for this over-analytical mind of mine.
I am sure you can relate.
On Monday, I "manned-up" so to speak. I looked my future straight on and made some definite plans. And I feel great about each one of them. I love how the Spirit works this way. We pray, we weigh the choices, and then we act. And in the action we often discover the truth.
I have this complex about making a wrong choice, taking a wrong step. And so in regard to where I will be spending the next 4 years of my life, I've been giving a lot of my prayer time to the subject. My personal choice is OSU and I wanted some confirmation. In answer to my prayers came this scripture:
Doctrine & Covenants 58:26-28 For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward. Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; For the power in in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.
With this boost of confidence, I pushed forward!
I withdrew from 2 classes, knocking my class schedule from 17 credits to 12 (and let me tell you, I feel LIBERATED). This decision meant I was turning my back on all the schools I've been accepted to, except OSU. I made my choice. Ohio State, HERE I COME!
And as a type of "Good Job!" (at least that is how I see it) my kind Heavenly Father presented me with a gift.
I have been searching for 2 weeks to know where the closest temple is to Columbus. Every search engine I tried was futile. But not 2 minutes after I was so brave I found this
It is the Columbus, OH temple! Isn't it beautiful? And it is only 12 minutes from my campus.
Article II, Sec. 3, of the U.S. Constitution requires that, "The President shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."
Tonight, I watched history happen. I'll admit I was sitting in great anticipation for President Obama's 1st State of the Union Address. I loved the setting. Following dinner, 4 of us sat down together with the express purpose of hearing our President address Congress and the American people with his views on where we are as a nation and where he would like to see our efforts focused. All of us college students, learning and forming opinions on our own, and discussing the speech as it unfolded. I am so grateful for this moment in my life.
My roommate, Ashley, sat during the speech creating her blog post. It has much of what we discussed and so I would like to direct you all there for our opinions.
I have been having so much fun this afternoon "personalizing" my blog. Again, my roommate, Breanne, has been right by my side for all my questions, but I am pleased to say that I figured out a few things on my own. Triumph! But as I'm sitting here watching the clock continue to tick on the thought has crossed my mind, "Are there better things you could be doing with your time, Addie?" And then I remembered a beautiful talk given by President Uchtdorf about the joy of creatingwhich I encourage all to read.
Creating does bring joy. And my final feeling is that I've used my time this afternoon in a fabulous way!
How many times have I learned about this theory? It has come up in nearly EVERY college course I've taken (quantum mechanics included!) And so I was not surprised for it to come up again today in my Marketing course. The jist is that a person will most likely seek to fill his personal physical needs first, moving up the pyramid as follows:
I've listened to professors explain this theory time and again, and typically shut-off when the subject reoccurs. Imagine my surprise today when I realized I am a victim of the pyramid! For the last 2 1/2 months my life has closely resembled that of a vagabond. Thinking I had everything in order, I've been actively pursuing those top 2 tiers of the pyramid, conveniently neglecting the bottom rung. Come this last Sunday, what I wanted most in the whole world was a deep breath of crisp Utah air, my OWN bed and my OWN apartment, and a good solid 8 hours of sleep- not the 2 hour naps I was becoming more and more accustomed to between flights, hotels, and the friends and family willing to put me up for the night. With all those taken care of I set off on a true feat this afternoon: I went grocery shopping today for the 1st time in 2 months! As I was stocking my cupboard and my shelf in the fridge I was giddy with excitement. All I could think was, "I HAVE FOOD!!"
And that was when it hit me.
I am Specimen A in the evidence for Maslow's Pyramid.
Well this is just too much fun to stay away from. I'm sitting here thinking, "I have a blog. I want to blog. What can I blog about??"
And the winner is...
Our apartment hosted a divine waffle party this morning (morning being a relative term since we didn't start til 10 and most didn't show til 11. ha!) Bre made her family's incredible waffle batter recipe (when I offered to go buy Bisquick she looked at me like I was a moron and said, "Or I can just make the batter." Oh. Right.) And then we made homemade butter syrup. Mmm. 3 waffle irons, 3 double batches of batter, 2 batches of syrup, 10 oranges, 2 pitchers of juice, and 1 half-gallon of vanilla ice cream later...we were happy campers.
I did it! With my roommates, Breanne and Ashley, on each side for moral support, I have started my blog. This has been a goal of mine for nearly a year now since I read about Elder Ballard's desire to have members of the Church more public and accessible in sharing testimony. I don't really know why it's been such a big deal to get it going. Technology totally overwhelms me. For example, by brother gave me his old iPod last year for my birthday and I JUST this week started putting my iTunes together. So I'm getting there. Baby steps. And so here I am! How exciting. I'm not sure what all this blog will contain and what outlet in my life it will serve, but here's to trying something new! As we say in my place,