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?





dancers against cancer.

4 02 2011

Last week Carson (soon to be member of GroundHounds Crew and former student) asked us if we would help out with a performance organized by The Pointe Dance Studio. The benefit dance concert was done in behalf of the Brailsford Family.

Last September the family found out that the father had a brain tumor. Since then the tumor has grown at a rate much faster than anticipated. The plan is to do 5 high doses of radiation and then to meet with Dr. Watson a specialist at the Hunstman Cancer Institute.
The family is hopeful, but also understands the reality of the situation. All of this compounded by the fact that the family has a disabled son who needs constant care.

When Carson told me about the benefit I hesitated because it was on a Friday night and I wanted to clear it with Leah. (I didn’t want to mess up date night).

I totally forgot that today also happens to be my six month anniversary.
Whoops! (I’m terrible with dates-one time I forgot my mom’s birthday-brutal!)

Leah was SO great about it. She even came and watched the performance.

I have done A LOT of performances and competitions but these events are the best.
When you get to do something you LOVE and it benefits someone else it is the perfect storm of ‘good feelings‘.

It was incredible to see all of the people who gathered together to support this local family.
“let Zion rejoice, for this is Zion—the pure in heart…” (D&C 97:21)

I wish all the best to the Brailsford Family.

? Have you ever been able to combine service with a passion of yours?





service is inconvenient.

30 01 2011

We had Stake Conference this weekend with Elder Kevin W. Pearson a member of the seventy.
Wow.
If you have not heard him speak, you are missing out.

He is vibrant, dynamic and fun to listen to.
The Saturday night session (a session I do not normally attend – haha) was incredible.

Elder Pearson spoke about the importance of staying near the tree. (The tree of life)
He said that one of the best ways to stay near the tree is to serve.

And then he said this:

“service is meant to be inconvenient”
This is part of what makes service so important to each of us.
It allows us to put aside our selfish desires and focus on another one of Heavenly Father’s children.
“O ye that embark in the aservice of God, see that ye bserve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand cblameless before God at the last day.” (D&C 4:2)

The session was wonderful.

As far as my goals for the week…



They went well… but as usual, could’ve gone better.
How are your goals going?





subaru saviors.

10 01 2011

Utah has been absolutely ridiculous lately. (meteorlogically speaking)
It is 12 degrees outside.
Snow lines the streets.
Ice is precariously hidden from view.

All of these factors led to Leah getting stuck in some ice filled parking lot because the car couldn’t make it out of the lot exit.

I left work to go see how to resolve the problem (last time I got stuck in ice I was lucky enough to have some pedestrians nearby who helped me push the car out)

This time around we were lucky to a random couple with a Subaru and a makeshift tow cable.
These Subaru Saviors went out of there way to help us.

Thank-you.
With all of the terrible news that tops the news tickers, it’s always nice to be reminded that there are still lots of good people out there who will go out of their way to help you.

“when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17)

? When was the last time you benefitted from a random act of kindness?

The picture has nothing to do with tonights post – I just wanted you guys to see the black eye I got at the bboy battle this wknd!





Do unto others..

3 05 2010

Do unto others grandparents as you would have others do unto yours.

I’ve spent a lot of today helping grandma get a bunch of stuff done around the house. It’s been a pleasure working with her and helping out as much as possible. I have loved spending time with her.

I wish I could come down once a week to help and to talk and just spend time with her.

For years I have listened to President Monson give talks about the widows he has helped over the years. I never really understood the difference it makes in the life of someone who has lost a loved one.

I feel such a huge desire to do better about spending time with some of the older (not old!) people wherever I end up living.

I HATE the idea of my grandma hauling bags of mulch across the yard in 96 degree weather. And I know there are grandmothers and others in general who need help or just someone to talk to.

I want to do for them what I wish I could always do for all of my grandparents.

I know grandma is grateful to have me here, but I have gotten more from this time with her than she could ever realize.

“when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God…” (Mosiah 2:17)

? When was the last time you spent time with someone “older”?








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