Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Weird Dreams I Have Had Recently:

1. I am dating Alec Baldwin and living in a swanky New York penthouse.
2. I am the 5th Golden Girl and the series ends when our house burns down and we are forced to live elsewhere.
3. I am a part of a relay race for St. Jude's children's hospital. The race takes place on Halloween and Tina Fey is my partner. We run in full costume. I am a killer tomato and she is a blue crayon.
4. I discover a duffel bag with puppies in it on the beach. I keep them and they become the hale pets.

How cracked out am I?

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Prophecy

Preface: This video was made by my very talented friend Ben. It's a highlight video of the school's culture night. Every year the BYU-H puts on "Culture Night" in which the clubs that represent various groups of people attending the school perform. Anyone can participate in any club, and the program is an awesome way for students from all over the world to get to know one another and the countries they come from.

“You mark that word, and from this school, I’ll tell you, will go men and women whose influence will be felt for good towards the establishment of peace internationally.”

In 1955, David O. McKay spake these words as he dedicated the ground that would become the Church College of Hawaii and finally Brigham Young University--Hawaii. I witness the fulfilling of this prophesy every day of my life. As I attend school here, I am awestruck. Here is a place where people from over 70 different nations congregate with one goal in mind: knowledge. It is true what they say; knowledge is power, and as I am getting to know my brothers and sisters from all over the world I started to understand their cultures and lifestyles. I truly appreciate them, and have expanded my understanding of the world around me. Essentially, I am beginning to fulfill that prophecy. When I leave here I know I will take with me the bits and pieces of the world my new friends have given me, and I will use the power that that knowledge brings to influence the world for good. I don't yet know what the Lord has in store for me, but I know that I am supposed to be here and that there is some divine purpose for my experience in the little town of La'ie. I grateful for the gift this adventure has been, and I am excited to continue to expand and grow, learning from others, over the next year.

Aloha and a hui hou!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Life in Hawaii is not so glamorous...

I had previously posted an SNL clip. I've taken it down because my blog is too cute now to be obstructed by the video. To watch the clip making fun of Hawaii trouism, click here.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Magnificent Seven

"Your fathers are not cowards. You think I am brave because I carry a gun; well, your fathers are much braver because they carry responsibility, for you, your brothers, your sisters, and your mothers. And this responsibility is like a big rock that weighs a ton. It bends and it twists them until finally it buries them under the ground. And there's nobody says they have to do this. They do it because they love you, and because they want to. I have never had this kind of courage. Running a farm, working like a mule every day with no guarantee anything will ever come of it. This is bravery."
-- Charles Bronson as Bernardo O'Reilly

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I've figured it out!

I was working the other day, writing up a work sheet on self-talk and motivation. I came across a personal account from a young lady who stated that, unlike so many, she never felt test taking anxiety. She didn't fret or freeze up when it came time to be tested like other people do. Instead, she felt assignment anxiety. It was the idea of tackling a large, detailed assignment stressed her out beyond belief. The anxiety that came at the thought of beginning an assignment, pulling it out of thin air caused her to procrastinate even the largest of assignments. As soon as I read that I instantly thought, "That's ME!!" I don't procrastinate because I'm lazy, or I don't think things are important. I procrastinate because I'm so stressed about the assignment itself. I'm afraid I won't be able to thingk of a good enough idea, afraid that my hard work won't yield the grade I'm aiming at, mostly I just never know where to begin.
This very thing happened to me last night. I had a quite large, rather important project do in my course on testing this morning. I attempted to begin the project days ago, but just couldn't seem to get going. Every time I tried I would think about everything I had to do and get overwhelmed. My mind would shut down and I'd calmly go back to ignoring the project. Even last night I decided conversing with good friends was more important than beginning. I didn't finally get going on my project until about 1:30 am. I literally worked all night. I finished a little before 9:00 am. From there I washed my face headed on my merry way. I still had to print that bad boy out, mail out my taxes and find me a black binder clip. Needless to say, I have not slept a wink all day. It has been about 36 hours since I last slept. I'm lucky. I got a lot of sleep over the weekend and today has been a busy day. I'm in class right now, and in half an hour I'm headed off to intramurals. We're playing floor hockey tonight and are in second place to win the championship, but that isn't what I'm getting on about. Basically, I don't quite know how my body is doing it. This semester I've been exhausted. I can't get up or stay up like I used to. Getting my performance assessment (the project I had to do) done was a miracle in itself. I need to start training myself to get my school work done on time...