General Conference & the burger bar.

2 04 2011

Leah got tickets to General Conference through her work. (Utah Valley Magazine) The tickets were awesome because they came with a parking pass that let us park right across from the Conference center for free!

The morning session was great and it is always special being inside the Conference center with so many different people from all over the world gathered together to listen to the prophets and apostles.

I didn’t get a lot out of the morning session. I know, I know – shame on me. The session was great, but nothing really stood out and really caught me. I know why, but first let me tell you about our trip to the Burger Bar. Burger Bar was featured on the Food Network’s show; Diner’s, Drive-in’s and Dives. We decided since we were in SLC already, it wouldn’t be too bad to drive up to Roy, Utah to try out this little shack.

It was good. I got an Elk burger (it was good, but not great). However, the shake and fries were great. We both really enjoyed them. Would I drive back up to Roy just to partake? Nah. I’ll stick to Smashburger (my current favorite burger place).

Ok – so back to my inability to take anything away from Conference this morning. My problem was that I didn’t go with questions in mind. Tonight I went to priesthood with 3 very specific questions that I have been struggling with for the past few months. As I sat down in the stake center by myself in the very back I begged Heavenly Father to help me receive the guidance I needed.

This is only the second time (that I can remember) where I have entered a meeting just begging to receive something. Both times I have received more than I ever imagined I would. There were VERY specific things said tonight that I literally felt I was in a room one on one with the speaker having my question answered and my heart filled with peace and comfort.

I know that when we are earnest in our desire to improve and receive inspiration on how to do that, that Heavenly Father will open the windows of Heaven and we will be receive exactly what He knows we need. I needed specific counsel tonight and I am amazed and grateful that I received what I needed.
“Whatsoever thing ye shall ask in faith, believing that ye shall receive in the name of Christ, ye shall receive it.” (Enos 1:15)

? What has been your favorite Conference talk so far?

never say never.

12 02 2011

I get sucked into cheesy, inspirational movies so easily.
You know the ones I’m talking about; the hero follows there dream, overcomes obstacles and eventually triumphs.
If it is “based on a true story” then I get even more excited!

Remember the Titans.
Cinderella Man.
Disney’s Hercules.
Step Up 3.
8 Mile.

and now…
Never Say Never.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Never Say Never is a documentary/concert film all about the latest pop sensation to steal the hearts of every teen girl in the world – Justin Bieber.

I am only partially ashamed to admit that even I’ve got a mild case of Bieber fever. Everybody has different things that flick this internal switch in them that push them to be better. Cheesy inspirational movies hit that spot every time with me.

I loved the movie.

It’s an unabashed propaganda piece that portrays the journey of young Bieber from a toddler playing drums to teen hearth throb.
I love these stories.
It doesn’t matter what the context is, I love seeing people live there dreams.

Etc. etc.

It only further motivates me as I continue moving towards my personal dreams.

“There is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty…” (Job 32:8)

I’ve got the Finals for this huge bboy competition tonight.
I’m ready.
I’ve practiced.
I’ve recovered form the strep throat.

I’ve listened to some Justin Bieber today.
Yeah I’m gonna kill it tonight.

? Do you get sucked into the inspirational movie genre?


22 07 2010

Best movie in the theater right now?

The night it opened my Facebook was flooded with status updates about how amazing the movie was.
I saw it with Leah last night.

It was one of the best movies I have ever seen. EVER.

Look, when you mix Christopher Nolan (Director of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Prestige) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond, The Departed and Shutter Island) you’re bound have a blockbuster on your hands.

The story is incredible and the presentation phenomenal.

Leo infiltrates dreams and learns secrets he has been hired to retrieve. Eventually he is hired to for an “inception“. Instead of removing thoughts and secrets he is challenged to place a thought in someone’s mind.

The movie leaves you wondering where the line between reality and subconscious is drawn.

Imagine if someone could actually enter your subconscious and alter it – place a thought so simple and so deep in your mind that you actually feel you came up with the idea yourself.

Incredible! The whole idea is just incredible!

In order to accomplish the missions there needs to be someone who creates the dream, an “architect”.

DiCaprio discusses the role of architect with the girl he is interviewing for the position. He makes a comment that has some strong gospel meaning.

“When you’re truly inspired, it’s almost as if you’re not creating so much as discovering something that already exists.”

“And there began to be men ainspired from heaven and sent forth…” (3 Nephi 6:20)

Inspiration comes from Heavenly Father.
He knows everything. He saw the car long before it was invented. The same goes with inventions and things being “discovered” or “invented” today.

In a much smaller way I feel like I have had similar feelings. You have probably felt it as well. Something just clicked and you weren’t creating but you were remembering.

Oooohhh – I’m excited just thinking about it.

? If you’ve seen the movie I want to know your thoughts about the ending?

If you haven’t seen the movie watch this trailer and go see the movie!


6 07 2010

I was back at Center Stage Dance Studio today.

I’m not teaching the classes this summer (my schedule at Blickenstaff’s is too crazy to commit to teaching a class)

I’m doing private lessons! It’s great because the families are flexible to my and it allows me to work one on one with some of the kids.

I always found my younger class a bit challenging (it’s hard to keep the attention of a group of 5-12 year-olds who are at very different skill levels)

After I finished my privates today I stuck around because a couple of the older kids wanted to show me some of their solos for a national competition coming up.

I was impressed. Very impressed.

I wish I had gotten video clips of them because the concepts were great. One of them actually choreographed a lyrical breakdancing piece. He did a great job.

Lyrical breakdancing is beautiful.

Sounds weird, but check out these two clips of bboy Ducky from Korea. The way he dances to the songs and incorporates bboying and some lyrical elements is just brilliant.

I watched the guys do their solos and then went down to help the guys in the hip-hop company with a short section (3x 8 counts) of their competition piece for next week.

Kandice Smith runs the hip-hop companies and has done an outstanding job with these kids. The passion and energy they dance with is tremendous. The choreography she has supplied them with is unique and adrenaline pumping.

After I helped the guys with some choreo for the bboy section I was drawn back in. I miss dance. I miss the feeling. I told Kandice to use me whenever she wants. They’ve got something coming up in August and hopefully I can jump on board and we can add some unique bboying and tricks to their repertoire.

I watched those kids this afternoon and was inspired. They are talented, driven and willing to pay the price for what they want. It is summer time and they show up to the studio every day to drill the choreography and progress.

Most teens just hang out with friends, or hit the pool, or watch TV. The “off-season” activities determine the difference between average and greatness.

These teens and kids are headed for greatness.

“through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.” (Psalms 66:3)

It’s their greatness that will will help them overcome their enemies (the other crews dancing! haha)

? What has inspired you lately?

A small change.

13 06 2010

There has been a lot of talk about the media/technology and it’s influence lately. I’ve been thinking about my own habits and how I can l begin to make small changes in order to use the media/technology as a tool for growth and not my spiritual demise.

I was sitting in sacrament and thought about my compulsive desire to download new movies or TV shows to watch along with music to listen to.

I decided that I should use the technology to pick up something worthwhile to listen to.

The Church has a lot of great materials out there – and there are some members who have compiled some incredible resources to pull from.

I picked up a lot of talks from different prophets and apostles and put them on my iPhone. Every week I will listen to one talk as I am driving around. I will start on Monday and listen until the talk is complete.

I LOVE music – and singing along in the car is one of my favorite things to do. I love hearing the new songs that come out – creating playlists to listen to and then just losing myself in the music. But I think it will be good for me to use part of my driving time to listen to something uplifting. I’m not going to stop listening to music, don’t be ridiculous. But it can’t hurt to split the time, right?

For years my dad has listened to church materials on his drive to and from work. He has listened to the scriptures countless times. I always thought he was missing out on all of the new songs on the radio. (I still think that)

BUT – for some reason, I feel like I need to at least test it out for myself. Maybe I will find that I can’t live without my music (then there is a problem – because I am addicted), or maybe I will find that I don’t miss constant bass thumping and will open myself up for inspiration and personal revelation.

Who knows!

It’s a still and small voice that can reveal things and maybe I have been covering that voice up with Justin Timberlake’s voice all these years!

“And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn.” (3 Nephi 11:3)

? What small change can you make to help open yourself up to greater personal revelation?

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