relax.

9 08 2010

Relax!

Yes, I’m talking to you. (all of you)

I come into contact every day with people who are way too STRESSED.
Life is hard, there’s lots to worry about and lots to do …. blah blah blah.

I know.
I’m not saying you should forget about everything that needs to be done –

BUT I’m definitely saying you need to prioritize.
If it’s not at the top of the list don’t freak out if it doesn’t get done.

We are not meant to do more than our bodies can handle.

When you work so hard that your body basically shuts down you have probably pushed it too far.
It’s not healthy.
We were not meant to experience life at that extreme.

Here is some helpful advice from a great movie:

“…men are, that they might have joy.” (2 Nephi 2:25)

If you work so hard and stress so much that you are sick – it’s probably time to cut back a little!
Enjoy life!
You deserve it!

I’ve mentioned this in other blog posts but the Prophet Joseph Smith counseled us to “unstring the bow“. A bow that is left strung constantly loses it’s elasticity and thus it’s ability to be used at it’s greatest potential.

A mind and body that are constantly strung lose their ability to be used at their greatest potential.

? What do you do to unstring your bow?





engaged.

15 06 2010

That’s right, I’m engaged!

Everything finally fell into place… (and by everything, I mean nothing- we just decided to finally move forward. Haha)

I’m SO happy!

All that’s left is the planning…

In between the basketball game last week I flicked through the channels and saw a clip from a show called Bridezillas.
Have you seen it?

It’s not worth actually watching – but it was good for me to see.

Unless Leah gets physically violent, verbally abusive or borderline psychotic, I’m confident I can handle it!
I think.

I’m pretty sure I’m ready to just be married.
Is that wrong?
Hopefully not.

Maybe I’m a little jaded when it comes to wedding planning.
I’m already ready for it to be over (and technically it hasn’t begun).

I think it’s because I’m a guy. I’m not too fussed about:
Flowers.
Bridesmaids dresses.
Colors. (Unless they’re ugly)
Table center pieces.
Etc. etc. etc.

As long as Leah is happy I can roll with pretty much anything…
But I have a feeling there are some stressful moments to come. Haha

It will all be worth it though.

Mesa, Arizona Temple – September 4, 2010!

“…let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.” (1 Corinthians 7:9)

Ok -so the scripture is a little intense, but I laughed right when I saw it and knew I had to use it!

? What was the biggest stress for you in the planning part?





hunger games.

29 05 2010

It’s funny how I have done more reading since I graduated form school then I did while I was in school. (this includes the reading I should have been doing to study)

I read everyday for a little bit and LOVE it.
I recently began a book called Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

I’m not too far into the book but it’s been a great read so far.

The basic premise is that the United States as we know it is gone. There are districts set up across the land and a central government located in “The Capital“.

Every year a boy and girl are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games – a fight to the death (televised throughout the land).

Basically it’s like kids doing fatal UFC for a year supply of food.

Can you imagine if each state was basically starving and the only way to secure a proper amount of food for the upcoming year was to have your states representative (boy or girl) be the last child standing in a fight to the death.

That’s a lot of pressure.

My biggest concern at 16 was dating. To be fair though, dating can be quite stressful.

Did any kids in the scriptures have stressful situations to handle?

Imagine being 17 (estimated age) and killing Goliath.
Or being 17 (estimated age) and being into slavery by your brothers.
Or being 14 and learning you are supposed to restore the true church to the Earth?

I imagine those were relatively stressful situations.

I guess I’ll just stick to the situations, trials, etc. that I have with the understanding that:

“…he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them…” (1 Nephi 3:7)

? What stresses you out?





fear.

29 04 2010

I have a lot of on my mind:

Marriage.
Leah’s family.
My family.
Moving back to Utah.
The sales job waiting for me.
Waiting to hear back from SUU about graduate school.
Finances. (or my lack thereof)

I’m just stressed. I don’t have much to write at the moment. My head hurts.

“…fear not; I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:13)

I just need to stop thinking for a little bit.

? What have you found to be the best way to handle stressful situations?








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