Love and Friendship 1

What do I look for in a good friend? How many of those qualities do I possess myself?

I remember at some point during my first weekend at BYU, I was talking to Kimber and Rene about families, high school, etc. (you know, normal getting-to-know-you topics). When I mentioned that I had four younger brothers, Kimber told me that her roommate, Clara, had four younger brothers as well (and some were even gingers). We were quickly introduced and became fast friends. Look at how cute we were!100_3235

We were brought together because of our similarities, but we really became friends because she knew how to be a loving person. She opened up space in her heart for not just me, but for everyone. Plus, she was witty and smart and just quirky enough to help me get out of my shell.

I don’t know why I singled Clara out this time around. Probably because I am missing her and her family a little more today (why is Arkansas so far away?). The same things are true about so many of my friends. I have been blessed to have lots of good ones and to keep making great new ones. Here’s a list of why they’re so awesome:

  1. They make me laugh.
  2. They are honest (even if it is a little brutal sometimes).
  3. They aren’t afraid to rock out to their “jams.”
  4. They love, which means they trust and listen to, me.
  5. They are patient and forgiving and understanding and spontaneous.
  6. They get me to try new things.
  7. They are so talented, and they bless others through those talents.
  8. They let me help them.
  9. They make brownies for me or with me, just for fun.
  10. They are the lights in my life.

Now, as to how many of these qualities I possess, I’ll just keep this list here as a reminder of the things that I could work on. Then, maybe, I can be the kind of friend my friends deserve.

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Goals and Achievements 1

What goals do I hope to achieve this year?

Hmm, where do I start? Like most of you, I make resolutions at the beginning of every year. These usually include things that I can do to become a better person or check something off my bucket list. Sometimes it can be hard to put these kinds of goals into words, but here are some of the more tangible ones:

  1. Get a real job. I should probably really get started on this whole “adulting” thing.
  2. Run a half marathon. According to Dean Karnazes, I can do it even if I don’t have ancient Greek runner blood in me (any of my running friends should read “The Road to Sparta”; it’s ridiculously awesome what he was able to accomplish).
  3. Develop better lifestyle habits by doing 30-day challenges each month. I won’t bore you with the details, but I do love having something to do everyday!
  4. Get to know God and Christ better through scripture. I’ve started in the Old Testament, looking for the promises that God gives, and it has been amazing what I have learned in the first eight chapters!

Basically I just want to be a more faithful, more fearless, more determined, more loving, and healthier person than I have been in the past. Sorry this post is so short and boring. I spent all of my energy on creating this new setup:) Next week should be better…