Wednesday, September 28, 2011

You are NOT forgotten

"You Are Not Forgotten

As a child, when I would look at the little forget-me-nots, I sometimes felt a little like that flower—small and very insignificant. I wondered if I would be forgotten by my family or by my Heavenly Father.

Years later, I can look back on that young boy with tenderness and compassion. And I do know now I was never forgotten.

And I know something else. As an Apostle of our Master, Jesus Christ, I proclaim with all the certainty and conviction of my heart and soul—neither are you!

You are not forgotten.

Sisters, wherever you are, whatever the circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you, with an infinite love."

—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Eat, Pray, Love challenge #1

This week's things to work on? Do something for yourself and do it on impulse. When it pops into your head, DO IT; don't push it aside like it doesn't matter and don't push it aside with excuses about how you don't have time, you don't deserve it, etc. JUST DO IT. Luxuriate in pampering yourself in excess. Do it because you want to; do it because you deserve it.

For example, today on the way home from babysitting I wanted to go get a hot chocolate from Starbucks because I had not been there in a long time and hot chocolate from starbucks is one of my favorite things. EVER. SO, what did I do? I went to hot chocolate and got myself a small hot chocolate to drink on the way home. I felt like a rockstar. :) I looked like one too, even with my brown corduroy messenger bag from Aeropostale. I was in the ZONE! Also yesterday I had SWEETS! Yes, ladies and gentlemen (if you're here), I had gluten-free chocolate chip cookies! That'll hold me for a good long while, but the point is, I ate one because I wanted to!

Also, this is something I've been trying to do all week, girls (if you're reading this), take the time to get ready everyday like you're going to be ambushed by over-zealous papparazzi the moment you step out your front door. When you spoil yourself like this by giving yourself ample time to get ready, you feel better about yourself, guaranteed. Love you all, hope you're doing well. Remember, take it one day at a time. That's all it takes. One day at a time and work to love yourself for who you are in this moment.

EAT: eat/drink one or two things this week that you've been denying yourself. Go ahead, indulge a little.
PRAY: Work on your personal prayer. If you're not praying at all, pray before you go to bed. If you are praying, step it up a little and pray twice a day, once before you go to bed and once when you get up in the morning.
LOVE: Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you love you. Go on, do it. "I love you." Say it until you mean it. Doesn't matter if it takes a few minutes or a few hours to say it until you mean it, do it anyway. It's ok. Remember, GOD loves you, so why shouldn't you love yourself? He made you in HIS image.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The "Eat Pray Love" Challenge

I think that oftentimes, we're way too hard on ourselves. If we did something we're unhappy with or something we wish we could change, but can't, we dwell on it until we drive ourselves absolutely crazy and we're a veritable mess of the most negative emotions in our world. We see it fit to deny ourselves things that make us happy because deep, DEEP down, we think that we aren't worthy anymore because of the seemingly awful mistake(s) we've made. We look back and we wish, wish, wish and wish some more. Sweetheart, replaying those moments over and over again in your head aren't doing you any good.

But, my dears, contrary to that stupid, negative voice inside your head telling you "NO", YOU are worth it. You are worth everything that this beautiful world has to offer and more. Go ahead and have a good cry about what's happened to you; its OK. But then after that, accept it, embrace it, and move on.

Look forward to the future knowing that what ever has happened to you has made you a better person and has made you just that much more special. Look forward to the future and the blessings of life that Heavenly Father has promised you, knowing that you absolutely, without a doubt deserve them. Let's take this journey together!

"The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days waiting for better ones."

-Marjorie Pay Hinckley

(Weekly tasks and fun stuff to come along shortly!)