Monday, April 25, 2016

I lucked out

Looking back on this past semester is eye opening. Gratitude is the first word that comes to my heart. I couldn't ask for better friends or better lessons learned. Coming back form a mission was hard. I had so many people helping me along the way. Two homies in particular taught me the most.

They taught me....

-how important it is to be loyal and 100% open and honest
-sometimes you just have to throw away the agenda and let your hair down.
-it's okay to admit when I'm struggling
-sometimes it's best to just dance it out
-nobody expects me to be perfect
-don't let school get in the way of your education
-time is everything
-always be prepared for a picture
-be good to yourself

I tend to be a people pleaser. I try to be everywhere at once. I am also I complete perfectionist. This is a dangerous and deadly combo. I'm grateful for two best friends that were way more patient than I deserve. The biggest lesson that they taught me is that Kira and Megan love me for me. They will always be there for me. They taught me how truly lucky I am.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Alma 37

I can't get over Alma 37. It's currently my favorite chapter of the Book of Mormon. I read that chapter this week and felt like I was getting a personal interview with the spirit. This chapter was when Alma was teaching his son, Helaman in 78 BC. But it applied perfectly to Carly Barton in 2016.

As I look back on this semester I can't help but do a face-palm. I've been pretty blind and very ungrateful. This semester has taught me a lot about myself. I'm learning that God has a very divine plan for us. Far beyond what we have planned for ourselves. He trusts us to make choices for ourselves. He gives us warnings and small hints but he allows us to learn by choosing. He knows us so well. He understands that I am a very simple human. Simple humans need simple answers. That's exactly what he has done for me. He has answered by big questions in small and simple ways in many instances. The many instances is the face-palm part. I'm grateful for how patient he has been with me. I am grateful for this semester. It's been a hard one full of many pits and peaks but every second has been worth it.

These girls are for sure answers to prayers. They've been by my side every step of the way. I'm feeling so grateful for them. They kept me going and reminded me of how blessed I really am. I cannot thank them enough.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

"Donut" even ask..

I'm 100% a planner. I love having "to do" lists and having a schedule. One of my favorite parts of the week is when I do my weekly planning and organize everything out. Being a planner doesn't always work. Heavenly Father always seems to be changing my plans on me with no notice.

Meet my main man, Morgan. We met three months ago but it feels like I've known him forever. This boy seriously has learned more about me in 3 months than I've learned about myself in 20 years. CRAZY. We are constantly going on much needed adventures. He's my sanity. He's kinda quirky though. Maybe that's why I like him. Since he's a total weirdo it gives me every reason so be my weird self too.
This was our first date. Gotta love a good Jazz game.

This just proves that he will do anything if I give a good enough puppy face.

Can't remember the reason. But it must have been a good one.

My roommate told us to pose for a picture. Without hesitation or communication we broke out into modeling mode.

The amount of creeper pictures that he has of me is unreal. Once in a while I catch a prime one of him.

Morgan and Grandma Jean are best friends. This Sunday visit to my grandma's place was one of my favorite moments with Morgan. The entire time we were throwing inside jokes and snarky remarks into the conversation. Jean had no idea.

He tried to help me be as crafty as he is.

He's always making me laugh.

Couples that yoga together stay together.

Waking up to snap chats like this :)

This boy is seriously OBSESSED with donuts. I don't really care about sweets so he gets all the donuts he wants. It's a win win situation until he dies of a heart attack.

I just feel so lucky.

I've been getting really stressed out lately with everything that's going on. I feel like I'm constantly being pulled a million directions. When I'm with Morgan that all goes away. I've never been the cheesey type but man do I love this boy. He is always reminding me to choose joy and have faith. I don't think he really realizes how much he has taught me. I have no clue what this summer all entails but I sure am excited to spend as much of it as poossible with my best friend.