a new challenge.

30 11 2010

I just finished a book called, “The Art of Non Conformity” last night.
I’ve already recommended the blog – but I’ll plug the book as well.

It’s worth it.
A great read about pursuing happiness in an unconventional manner. The book focuses on ways that you can make the things you love the focus of your life.

One of the topics covered in the book is decluttering your life and removing the unnecessary items.

An example cited was a man who moved his entire wardrobe into his hall closet. He said he would only move an item back to the closet in his room after he wore it. Whatever was left in his hall closet after one year was promptly disposed of. If you don’t wear it during a one year span then the odd are strong you’ll never wear it.

I love the idea so much I’m going to follow suit.
I will be moving all of my clothes to the study – once I wear it, I will bring it back to the closet.

Anything leftover in one year will be taken over to Deseret Industries because I will no longer be wearing it.

This is a great way to remove the clutter from my own life and also be able to make a donation to DI!

“all men should have charity…” (2 Nephi 26:30)

I’m excited to try this out and look forward to seeing the results!

? Do you have lots of clothes that you never wear?

blood diamond.

26 10 2010

We had a wonderful FHE last night. We read from the scriptures, talked about patriarchal blessings and had some great discussion…

Oh, and we watched Blood Diamond.
Have you seen Blood Diamond?

Most likely not.
It’s rated Really good. haha

The movie is based on the conflict diamonds coming out of Sierra Leone.
It is a “Hotel Rawanda” type of movie. You know what I mean – the type of movie that can be life changing.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of South African diamond smuggler PERFECTLY. It just doesn’t get any better.

The movie leaves you with the distinct feeling that you need to immediately stop trying to accumulate more things and focus more on giving back – to anyone and everyone.

The movie depicts a nation torn apart by the diamond industry.
Kids wielding weapons, killing innocent people.
Sons killing fathers. Brothers killing brothers. Neighbors killing neighbors.
Starving kids.
Broken families.

I spent last week thinking about the iPad.
I went to bed last night thinking about how I can give back.

“And also, ye yourselves will asuccor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the bbeggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.” (Mosiah 4:16)

? What movies have had a strong impact on you?

the wednesday letters.

22 05 2010

Confession: When I met with Jason Wright (New York Times bestselling author) I hadn’t read any of his books.

I purchased The Wednesday Letters that morning because I wanted him to sign a copy for me. (Sorry Jason!)

I finished the book yesterday.

I’m not typically into fiction books unless they involve secret codes, wizards or vampires.
The Wednesday Letters could be a Hallmark movie.



Now comes my very shameless plug for this incredible book.

You HAVE to read it.

I enjoyed it tremendously and have decided to do something similar to ‘the wednesday letters‘ written by Jack Cooper in the book. Jack writes a letter every Wednesday to his wife throughout their entire married life!

Imagine being married 50 years.

If you wrote a letter each week you would have 2600 letters!

A priceless personal history.
A way to show generations to come that your relationship was filled with love – a love that got you through both the good times and the hard times.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I connected with the characters and found myself overcome with many emotions as I finished the book.
A potential Hallmark movie? Yes. But it could be much more!

I love hearing stories about love overcoming trials and difficulties.

“…if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth…” (Moroni 7:46)

True love never faileth.

? What’s the last book you read?

increase of love.

26 04 2010

My Tour de Wasson has now been completed.

It was a great week, stressful at times and a little intense but overall I loved it.

I love her family and look forward to getting to know them better.

More importantly — I love Leah even more.

Man, I love her.

It’s too bad there was no way to get everyone to just see her through my eyes for a little bit. Maybe they wouldn’t worry so much about all of the little details. Maybe my hair would not have mattered so much. Maybe they would have trusted that I would never let anything bad happen to Leah. Maybe they would have seen that we are not rushing into getting married. Maybe they would have seen that she is my best friend and my life without her is incomplete.

We aren’t together anymore (physically) because I’m headed back to Washington D.C. and I can feel a difference.

It’s tangible.

Sometimes people meet the future in-laws and relatives and friends and think; “do I still want this?”  — I met everyone last week and I feel like I need her even more.

Everywhere I went, people told me how Leah is their favorite… I could see the love they felt for her and I could see the lives she has touched.

I fell more in love with her this past week.

Leah is my favorite.

There are tons of references to love in the scriptures and the purest love is often described as charity.

Charity is described as the type of love that will never let you down.

“Charity never faileth…” (1 Corinthians 13:8)

We had this thing this past week where one of us would stick our hand out in the shape of a half heart and the other would do the same to finish the heart. (cute, right?) Yeah, ridiculously cute!

I told her Dad that she is my other half. She is.

My love will never fail her. I can’t guarantee a ton of nice stuff (especially at the moment) but I can guarantee that I will do everything I can to not let a day go by where she doesn’t understand that she is the greatest blessing in my life. She will always feel how much I love her.

I need her and I will spend forever showing her that she is truly my favorite!

? Everybody has been in love at some point – what was (is) it like for you?

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