Thursday, September 11, 2014

15 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Soooo I kind of stole this from my bloggy BFF Laura, but she loves me so it's fine.



1. I hate crafts. I'll totally go out and buy something for double the price than try and make it. I'm suuppperrrr lazy that way. Halleujah for Etsy!

2. I'm not a picky eater. At all! I'm totally okay with eating anything and everything.

3. My impossible dream is to become one of those people who can be catergorized as a "professional driver" in commercials. I LOVE going fast and I love driving.

4. I'm afraid of heights when I'm suspended over something. Like ski lifts or ropes courses. Eessshh! 

5.  Washington D.C. is my favorite city.

6. I have a weird sneeze. I cough and sneeze at the same time so people always ask me if I'm okay because it sounds so strange.

7. I wear headbands. ALL THE TIME. They're my favorite accessory.  

8. I've never had braces.



9. I've also never been to Disneyland. Yes. I know. It's the biggest disappointment of my life.

10. Brownies and cookie dough are my WEAKNESS.

11. Talk Dirty to Me by Jason Derulo is my guilty pleasure song. (And Turn Down For What). Love my dance music.



12. I have had over 10 jobs in my short life. Name it and I've probably worked it. 

13. I have a really distinct hitch-hiker's thumb. It's so curvy.

14. My favorite social media platforms are Twitter and Snapchat. 

15. I'm secretly obsessed with One Direction. I would LOVE to go to one of their concerts. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dear Boys: Happenings

Dear Valley,
I look up to you so much.
I believe you deserve everything life can give you.
Love,
Elisabeth

Dear Disney,
You are still the kindest and most polite boy I have ever met.
Thanks for your incredible example.
Genuinely,
Elisabeth

Dear Twinkie,
I still like you.
Unfortunately,
Elisabeth

Dear Blue House with a Porch,
Let's get to know each other better.
A lot better.
Wishingly,
Elisabeth

Dear You,
See you around.
Sadly,
Elisabeth

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I AM DETERMINED

I was the laurel president in my ward as a stalwart young woman at the age of 16. I adored all my leaders and all my beautiful friends who made my teenage years a complete dream. From my young women group, I always had friends, I never got bullied, had multiple "second moms", and never had to worry about anything except what I was going to wear the next day. It was magical.



I sat in those lessons about eternal marriage with dreamy eyes and wrote down my list of traits I wanted for my future husband with complete bliss. I never really got past that point. I never gave a mere thought to what would happen if that didn't happen. (Give me a break, I was 16.) 

Over the last year, I've definitely been giving my career it's own office in my mind. But today, it hit me:
I'm 21. I'm graduating from college. And I am not getting married.

BUT GOSH DANG IT, I AM NOT LETTING THAT STOP ME FROM BEING THE MOST SUCCESSFUL WOMAN I CAN BE. 

I am done being the girl who pines over getting married and I'm done being the girl who puts dating before her schooling.

I am determined. I am ready to get somewhere in life. To own a house and a puppy and live the single life dream in Boston or New York or Maryland.

Will I get a master's degree? You bet I will.

Then will I get my doctorate? Absolutely. (There's totally a program to get your PhD in Social Media. I looked it up.)

Will I be the social media manager at Coca-Cola? Why not?

Will I do fashion advertising for Nordstorm? Oh yeah!

Can I run my own business and make a plug for social entrepreneurship? Heck yes!

So watch out world because I'm ready.

Monday, August 4, 2014

What I've Learned from Unrequited Love

First...read this quote by Taylor Swift (because even though her dancing is weird, she's actually pretty eloquent):

"I think we grow up thinking that the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized. When you have a broken heart, the first thing a stranger will ask is 'how long were you two together?' As if your pain can be determined by how long you were with someone. Or if you were with them at all. I don't think that's how it works. I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It's just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind. You are loving someone purely because you love them, not because you'll ever think you'll have your affections reciprocated. You are admiring something for its beauty, without needing to own it. Feel good about being the kind of person who loves selflessly. I think someday you'll find someone who loves you in that exact same way."

Second...this hit me so freaking hard because that's how I feel. Often times I believe I will never find somebody who I can love as much as I love that boy who wore an "I love Mormon Girls" shirt when he asked me to dance in eighth grade.

But the likelihood of anything happening is slim to none. And surprisingly, I'm totally okay with it.

I believe that because I've liked him for so long that it's a privilege more than anything else. I like him merely because he's an amazing person, not because he will love me back. It's an unrequited love that's been such a big part of me, but has taught me so many important lessons: like how important it is to be kind of everyone. And how essential it is to be so deeply good that no temptation can break your character.

That even when a 17 year old girl has a giant crush on you and you know she does, that you smile at her in the hall anyway. Because that's just the kind of person you should be. I admire him. That boy is incredibly inspirational to me and I will never forget how kindness seemed to ooze out of every part of him.

I want to believe I will end up with him, but I'm smart enough to understand that, that is not how life works.

And maybe I'm kind of crazy for liking this particular boy for so long and maybe it's even crazier for me to be posting this, but I just know that Heavenly Father knew I needed his example in my life to show me what a man should really be like.

And while he hasn't even given me a second thought, it doesn't really matter. All that matters is that I learn from him, that I take the lessons I couldn't have learned any other way and move on. I've got the world in my hands.

What have you learned from unrequited love?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Success: Because it's all I can think about.

I graduate next spring.

That's really, really, really soon and I unfortunately have been frightened of it. Which means all I've been thinking about is one question: HOW AM I GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL?

Which then leads to a more potent question: WHAT IS SUCCESS?

I often think of success as being the social media manager for Coca-Cola or doing PR for Disney. But these kinds of jobs are few and far between. They're not unattainable, mind you. Just extremely difficult to attain. 

But then I think of my mom. She is a working woman and has been my whole life. She has taught everything from 3rd grade to kindergarten for over 20 years. She's not the kind of teacher who gets the most requests or who changes every child who comes to her classroom. 

BUT

She's the kind of teacher who works her butt off so she can be the best teacher she can.
She's the kind of teacher who stays later than all the other teachers because she cares so much about what she's doing.
She's the kind of teacher who rallies for good education in politics and is a part of the Idaho Education Association.
She's the kind of teacher who gets involved.

Does the president of the United States know who she is? No.
Do the political leaders of Idaho know who is she? Not likely.
Does she make a difference in the community that she serves in? Absolutely. 

IS THAT SUCCESS?

Let's take my dad too.
He worked at a consulting firm in Logan for years and then had a career change and we moved to Sugar City, Idaho so he could teach psychology at BYU-Idaho.

He's not the kind of professor who gets rallying reviews from every student he teaches or who feeds the souls of everyone who comes into his class so they absolutely LOVE psychology.

He's the kind of professor who uses his wisdom to avoid some pretty sticky situations.
He's the kind of professor who works extensively with mental health in Madison School District because he believes it's important to erase the stigma mental illness has brought to many students.
He's the kind of professor who knows the answer to every question students ask him because he studies and studies and is always reading and absorbing more knowledge.

Does the president of BYU-Idaho know who my dad is? No.
Does the superintendent of Madison School District know who he is? Maybe.
Does he affect the psychology department at BYU-Idaho and strive to make it the best department it can be? Absolutely.

IS THAT SUCCESS?

It seems that I have to make that decision for myself. Except it's hard to feel like (at age 21), I can make a difference somewhere. That I can achieve the success I believe I want.

So while I still think being the social media manager of Coca-Cola would be an extremely successful career, is it possible to be successful without that? Do I need the validation of many other people to feel successful? Or does success come from within? How can success bring me happiness? Or does it?

Man, talk about a mid-life crisis.

What do you think? What makes someone successful?

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