Why I Love the Month of April:

  1. My birthday.
  2. Springtime = the most beautiful time of the year.
  3. April Fool’s Day (a vastly underrated holiday).
  4. General Conference.
  5. Easter.
  6. Winter semester ends and summer fun begins!
  7. This year: I graduate.

Things I Feel Guilty About:

  1. I haven’t done my visiting teaching this month.
  2. I’m slacking on my group project.
  3. I haven’t called Sammi back (or even listened to her voicemail) from two weeks ago.
  4. I’ve only been working 10 hours a week, instead of 15.
  5. I didn’t watch the General Women’s meeting last night and I’m not sure when I’ll make it up.
  6. I have severe senioritis and my grades will soon start suffering.
  7. I haven’t hung out with Tyler or Aubreigh in two months, even though they live around the corner from me.

Meals I’m Going to Make This Week:

  1. Banana pancakes.
  2. Grilled cheese sandwiches.
  3. Feta cheese, tomato, and spinach salad.
  4. Eggs with spinach and tomato.
  5. Sautéed zucchini with mozzarella.

Notes From My Phone

If you want to, you’ll find a way. If you don’t want to, you’ll find an excuse.

I want a picture of the “rich young ruler” in my future home.
When you study fringe issues, make sure you are giving God equal time; i.e., keep reading the Book of Mormon.
Be very slow to judge and very quick to pray.

Be kind. Be happy and optimistic. No complaining and no gossiping.

Creative: The First Noel & Come Thou Fount

Put in everything now. Stop looking forward to the next thing, whatever it may be.
Helaman 10:4

How to make decisions in the gray areas, especially at BYU: media, keeping the Sabbath
Visit Kylie’s classroom. And Dan’s.
Everyone has too many clothes. Wear what you have and quit buying more.

I’m grateful to live in a time and place where I can pursue and education and career. If I lived only 50 years earlier, I’m not sure if I would be studying math and pursuing a career in business. The opportunities that are before me are wonderful and overwhelming. I am so grateful to have so many choices. I am grateful to be at BYU. Not only have I grown in knowledge and experience, but I have also been able to strengthen my spirituality and testimony. I am grateful for my current job and the job I’ll start in September. My current job allows me to talk with and help people resolve their problems. I also love my coworkers! I also don’t have to worry about paying rent every month. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to move to Dallas in a couple of months to begin my full-time career.

We’re not always as great as we want to be. Do it now.

Faust: Don’t take counsel from your fears.

Read Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan.

mendacity: tendency to lie
tetchy: bad-tempered and irritable
feckless: ineffective, incompetent, futile; having no sense of responsibility, indifferent, lazy

Notes From My Phone

Summer Plans

It was 70° today.

Warm weather means that I start to think about summer, which means that I’m not thinking about homework, which means that I start to skip homework assignments, stay up late, and spend all my time outdoors. Which aren’t necessarily bad things, but there’s a time and a place for these kinds of behaviors. And March is NOT that time.

To curb my enthusiasm for summer (and this may backfire), I’ve started compiling a list of all the activities that I hope to take part in this summer. So, without further ado…

1. Read a book a week. Assuming I’m starting in May and ending in September, that means I can read 17 books by the end of summer.

2. Finish writing, compiling, and editing my Vienna and Jerusalem journals. If I don’t do it now, I’ll never get it done.

3. Finish my t-shirt quilt. This project has hung over my head long enough.


5. Visit Sammi in Florida. This trip will include the beach, Pitch Perfect 2, and talking for hours late into the night.

6. Backpacking. Whether in Glacier National Park or the Redwoods, I can’t wait to get away from the noise of everyday life for a week or two.

7. Finish my Utah hikes. I have a list of 50 of the best hikes within 50 miles of Salt Lake. I’ve done about 15 of them and I’m determined to finish the other 35. That means 2-3 hikes a week. BRING IT ON.

8. Visit Hannah in Texas and look for an apartment. Eek.

9. Work on my summer tan. There’s a pool about 50 steps from my front door. Hallelujah.

10. Study for and take the GMAT. I’m not exactly looking forward to this, but I’m excited to get it over with. I also need Zach to teach me the ins and outs of Excel. But I swear, this is the ONLY studying I’ll do all summer.

11. Practice the banjo. I’m starting to feel guilty for neglecting it all these months.

12. Yoga. It’s what gets me out of bed in the summer.

13. Spend time with my friends and family. Because that’s what life is about.

Summer Plans


Sometimes I clean when I’m restless.

I can’t decide if I should send out graduation announcements.

Grape is the worst flavor of everything.

I’m nervous for my interview with ARMAN tomorrow.

I hate tweeting on Twitter.

I wish I spent more time practicing the banjo.

Sometimes I have really bad taste in music.

Marie Callender’s Chocolate Satin Pie is the bomb.

I hate it when you wear out the clothes you love the most.

I love Zach.

This weather is not helping my senioritis.

There is nothing better than planning out my week.

My music history lectures just aren’t the same with my professor out of town.

I’m in denial that Parks and Rec is over.

I want The Rocket Summer to release a new album.

I hope my car battery doesn’t die soon.

I wish it was March 19 because then Emily would be in town.

Sundays are the best days.


To Do

Sell my old iPhone.
Finish the book I’ve been reading for a month.
Plan my super-fabulous-awesome date with Carson.
Call Aly to talk about her new job, Palo Alto, birthdays, and long-distance dating.
Book my plane ticket to go to Florida in May.
Write and send birthday cards for March.
Look over my February goals and write new March goals.
Call the Utah Tax Commission to get my tax refund.
Clean my car.
Sign up for Treat Wednesday.
Buy donuts for Treat Wednesday.
Stretch and strengthen my ankle every night.
Throw away the old spinach in the fridge.
See Interstellar in the dollar theater.
Buy new blue jeans.
Hot tub on Tuesday with Elisa.
Learn how to cook chocolate sundae pudding.
Catch up on my homework so I don’t have to do any over the weekend.
Post a new Instagram pic.
Listen to the rest of Zach’s music.
Go to bed on time.

To Do