it’s my party and i’ll cry if i want to.

4 03 2011

I’m in a beautiful house on the outskirts of Zion National Park.
Why?

My sister, Kourtney, is getting married in St. George this weekend.
Kournety manages the Zion Ponderosa Ranch – which thankfully allowed us to have access to some of the cabins here on the ranch.

Weddings are SO much more than a bride and groom getting married.

A bride and groom are basically party hosts trying to make sure their guests are happy.

You are planning the ultimate party.
Your guests are your friends, family and then those random people who seem to somehow get involved.

That is A LOT of pressure.

And the pressure gets to everyone at some point.

Oh the tears….

There are different levels of crying.
The tear up: This is usually what happens to me when I watch a touching movie.
The gentle trickle: This happens when a couple tears escape the eyes after a good tear up.
The soft sob: A steady flow of tears with some muffled sniffling.
The steady sob: Steady tears with no attempt to silence the sniffling.
The ugly cry: Gushing tears, lots of loud strange noises, a runny nose. Basically this occurs when crap hits the fan and you lose all inhibitions.

Weddings have a way of bringing out the ugly cry.

It is the most interesting dynamic.
There might be lots of varying levels of crying along the way – BUT when the day arrives, it’s as if none of that even happened and everyone laughs and has a great time.

Man.
Being out here for my sisters wedding reminds me of the emotional rollercoaster that a wedding takes you on.

You think it’s all over once you’re married.
But so far it seems like that little rollercoaster was the first of many.
And that marriage day filled with bliss and happiness is also just the first of many.

But in all the chaos of preparing and enjoying a wedding, it’s great to remember the real reason for all of the stress…

“And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this border of the priesthood meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage.” (D&C 131:2)

? Was your wedding planning stressful or easy?

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where would you go in 80 days?

28 02 2011

Cathay Pacific is hosting the ultimate contest, an around the world 80 day adventure.

My buddy Brandon told me about this contest and it is incredible.
If you are even remotely interested in travel, this is worth checking out.

Cathay Pacific is offering one lucky individual an opportunity to travel the world for 80 days.

For 80 days they will cover ALL of your:
airfare
hotel bills
$360 for daily spending.

You can go ANYWHERE.

All you need to do to enter is submit one of the following:
picture.
essay (less than 250 words)
video (between 30 and 60 seconds)

talking about what you would do if you won.

Oh man.

Go check it out here at the Cathay Pacific Facebook page.

My entry?
Well, I’ve always wanted to teach dance to kids in other countries.
I have always wanted to write a book about bboying across the world. I’d love to set up free workshops around the world and write/video/photograph all of the stuff I learned along the way…

I’m definitely no videographer/editor – so the video is the best I could do with the limited time I have. (I should be working on the company news letter right now)

I wonder if some of the Nephites/Lamanites ever wanted to travel. (and I mean travel for fun – not because they were worried about being killed by their enemies).
“And it came to pass that the Lord did warn me, that I, Nephi, should depart from them and flee into the wilderness.” (2 Nephi 5:5)

? What would you do with an 80 day trip?





dream job.

16 02 2011

Yeah I know I’ve been gone for a couple days.
I had a good reason.

I wasn’t anywhere I could easily hop onto a computer and write up a post.
And I’ve never had much success with the WordPress App on my phone. It never gets things quite the way I like them.

Where have I been?
Oh, no big deal, just the largest toy fair in America.
The New York City Toy Fair.

(yeah that’s Chewbacca, made out of lego’s)


There were thousands of companies that filled up the Javits Center all claiming to have the next big toy for 2011.

Our job?
Walk through all of the booths and determine what we want to bring into the store this coming year.

Play with lots of toys?
Get free swag?
Eat candy?

Yeah, that was pretty much a summation of the past two days.
Did I mention all of this was done in New York City?

I have posted about how cool my job is several times now, but I’m going to do it again because I am seriously SO grateful.
“I am very thankful before God this day…” (Mosiah 7:12)

I spent a brutal year living at home with no success trying to find a job.
Now?
Well, now I have a job that I’d like to keep for a very, very long time.

? What is your dream job?





video contest winners.

3 02 2011

Months and months ago I decided a video contest for the store would be a great idea.
There had been such a buzz around crowdsourcing that it seemed like a great way to get a lot of different ideas for much smaller costs.
It worked.

But not nearly as well as I hoped it would.

We had 3 entries.
2 were outstanding.
1 was, well, it was pretty weird actually.

In theory crowdsourcing is a great way to get content when you have a larger fan base to work with. It allows people to use their creativity to create a unique piece for your company without the cost of a true consultant or outside firm.

I would definitely try this again – but not for another couple of years when hopefully, we’ve garnered a greater share in the marketplace.

This time around it seems that the idea was executed a little too early. I should’ve seen that. However, we got 2 very, very well done videos, so it was not a bust.
And I definitely learned from this experience.
“these things were spoken unto you for your profit and learning.” (D&C 46:1)

Congratulations to our two winners:
Joey Daniel

Anthony Ambriz

Have you been into the store yet?





the ho down.

18 12 2010

I constantly rave about all of the cool movies or TV shows I watch. I know you’re probably sick of listening to me plug the series, “The LXD” (found on Hulu).

Well, in between shooting that series, one of the guys put together his own little short video.
It’s incredibly well shot and I love the whole concept.
Have a look:

I thought it was so clever to shoot everything with no guns.

Every now and then you come across something that is just well done and is clever enough that it doesn’t need crazy gratuitous violence or sex to help carry it.

This is one of those videos.

“If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” (Article of Faith 13)

? What’s the best thing you’ve watched recently that was great without having to add in unnecessary sex/violence?





who are you connected to?

21 11 2010

I gave the lesson in Elder’s Quorum today about the sacrament.

I prepared a lesson (Saturday night) and then of course the lesson went completely different than I imagined.
When this happens I’m usually scared and excited.
Scared of what might happen.
Excited that maybe the Spirit is actually guiding the conversation.

Well, it took me about 10 minutes to work through everything I had.
Then we got to one of my last discussion points.
Reverence in sacrament.
We spent the rest of the time discussing this one seemingly small subject.

The discussion centered on smartphones.
Of course, because everyone loves a good debate and smart phones in church makes for wonderful back and forth.

At one point in time we had a man argue that “bringing a smartphone into church and saying that it’s ok because I have the scriptures on it was no better than bringing a playboy into church that had a scripture case around it.”

Wow.
That’s how the discussion started – and then I basically mediated a firestorm.

One comment stands out form the rest.
One of the men said that smartphones are wonderful for connecting to the world – in fact that is basically the very purpose for having a smartphone.

It allows you to be connected via: text. phone. facebook. twitter. email. blogs. internet. foursquare (I mean I actually checked into church the other week).

But, the man said, who do we come to church to connect with?

Heavenly Father.

We don’t need a smart phone for that.
He said that leaving his phone in the car for 3 hours was a personal way of showing that he was literally willing to disconnect form the world and connect fully to Heavenly Father.

Insightful. I felt like the comment was directed at me for some reason.
Perhaps I was feeling guilty about playing Angry Birds, or Words with Friends.

He’s right though, we go to church to connect with God – not stay connected with a world of distractions.
God doesn’t want us to multi-task Him in for 5 minutes while we take the sacrament between playing games and texting our friends.

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)

But there were others who argued that it’s just a matter of self control. You could bring the phone into church and use the scriptures application as long as you avoided the games, texting and Internet.

? What do you think about smartphones in sacrament?





tis the season.

15 11 2010

I’ve heard Christmas music playing in stores since Halloween…
To be honest I created my Christmas playlist for my iPod in early October.

But it all feels a little more legit now that we’ve switched our work radio station from 40’s music to the Christmas station.

Finally!
That 40’s music gets old after awhile.
Christmas music?
Never gets old. Ever.

This is easily my favorite time of the year.


How can you not be happy during Christmas?

Decorations.
The smell of evergreens.
Snow.
Hot Chocolate.
Christmas Music.
Presents.
Celebrating the (pretend) birth of the Savior. (He was born in Spring)
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger…” (Luke 2:7)

The standard Christmas excitement will be even crazier this year because I work at a toy/candy store!

It’s like I’m working in the North Pole.
Amazing.

? What’s your favorite part about Christmas?








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