Monday, March 28, 2011

Project End

Through these months of the semester, through January, February and now the end of March, I've come to realize how true this statement really is. I've come to know myself and appreciate myself and love myself in a way that I never thought possible. Through these tasks and several other contributing factors I've come to love myself for who I am. I truly love what I see when I look in the mirror and I wonder why I didn't ever see it before. It's an exciting, wondrous, liberating and life changing experience when you finally see yourself as God sees you. You see yourself not only for who you are in this moment, but for all of the wonderful possibilities that are open to you. I see my future self as a wife; someone who gets married in the temple despite all of the obstacles she's come across. I see my future self as a successful college graduate. I see my future self as a mother to truly special spirits that I've been waiting for my whole entire life. And when I see these things, I know and I believe because of the way that I now feel about myself.

I truly believe and have faith in the blessings that God has promised me and I'm now learning patience in waiting for them to get fully underway. But, I KNOW that they will happen. "Having faith in God includes having faith in his timing."

Monday, March 21, 2011

Task #6

It has been a glorious, but slightly boring weekend! There were definitely some highs (my roommate's birthday party was definitely one and so was my old roomie's bridal shower) but there were some utterly awful, brain liquifying, "I'm-going-to-die-if-I-don't-get-out-of-this-apartment-and-do-something" moments. ha ha Anyway, here are some new tasks to work on!

1. Celebrate Your Progress: Be happy when you make progress/changes in any sphere of your life using it as a stimulus to propel further quests for personal growth and development.

2.Rest: The body requires rest after stressful bouts of hard work. Once rejuvenated, you are able to think
clearly and be composed.
This is important in building a healthy level of self esteem. Now I know most of my readers are college students and you ask "Who the heck has time for a nap?!" And I say to you, MAKE time. For me, sleep or a good hour and a half nap is essential for my body to function properly. (Make sure you sleep the right amount of time. For example, If you sleep for only an hour, you wake your body up right in the middle of the process of deep sleep and you actually end up more tired than you would have been without the nap.)

3. Pay attention to what you eat! This really does help. Look at what you eat on a daily basis. Is it filled with bread, sweets and other carb loaded foods and dangerously low on fresh fruits and vegetables? Maybe this is why we're so tired all the time! Make an effort to start introducing fresh fruit (none of that canned, sugary crap!), fresh and frozen vegetables and lots of water! You'll have more energy, TRUST me on this.

P.S. Watch this youtube video. Absolutely AMAZING.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Well hellooo, lovlies! How art thou? Goodness, what an interesting week. The things I go through never cease to amaze me! :) I hope all of your tasks went well and that your self esteem is improving, bit by bit, piece by piece. I hope that these tasks are making as much of difference in your life as they are in mine.

SO, here we go!

1. Make eye contact: Looking away from people while talking to them signifies a lack of self confidence. Constant practice of looking at people while talking to them will improve your level of communication and boost your self esteem.

2. Talk to yourself in the mirror. Yeah, I know it sounds weird, but trust me. Think of something you don't like about yourself or something that you don't think to be true and say the opposite of it in your mirror, night and day. An example would be if you don't think you're beautiful, look in the mirror, look at yourself straight in the eye and tell yourself that you are beautiful. Positive self talk is a great way to jumpstart your self esteem. Even if it takes you a minute or two or even an hour to say it to yourself, that's ok.

3. BE SELFISH. Do something for yourself, even if you don't want to. Often times, a lot of us think of others and take care of them before we ever cross our minds. Work on that. It's okay to do something for yourself in a while. Treat yourself to a new book, a new journal, clothes/shoe shopping or a hot chocolate from Starbucks. It'll do you wonders.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Task #4

Do you ever just feel so grateful to be alive in your own body? Are you grateful for the miracle that is you from head to toe? I definitely am this week and it's absolutely glorious. Last week's tasks went really well and I think they made me become more focused. Everytime I started to compare myself to someone (which I confess, I do often) I glanced at the "Adam" written on the inside of my wrist and I remembered to think of his story and the miracle that we are here today.


Acknowledge compliments and constructive criticisms: Be gracious when receiving compliments or criticisms because they make you better person. It creates a sense of value and allows you contribute positively to the life of others.

Be Optimistic: Be optimistic that all life's events would create an experience which becomes very useful in the learning process of life. Adopt a positive attitude to life.

To continue with these thoughts I want to say a little bit more on attitude. The right attitude can do wonders for your day! If you wake up in the morning surly and angry and say you're going to have a rotten day, then you're GOING to have a rotten day. Be optimistic with the circumstances you have, even if they're not the best. For example, this morning I woke up and I wanted to roll over and go back to sleep. I've had a horrible cough for almost two weeks now and have had no time to rest to get over it because of school work. And the thought of walking up to the Hinckley that early in the morning when I couldn't get enough air into my lungs made me want to sob. BUT, I woke up and told myself outloud that I was going to have an awesome day. I even said it to my roommates this morning. And you know what? My day was AMAZING. Stressful, yes, but great nonetheless.