Monday, February 18, 2013

I decided

I decided that my favorite part about our Valentines weekend was the simplest, less extravagant part. The part when I walked in from my cake decorating class I found that Denis turned our house into a restaurant. He had music, candles, flowers, and some excellent food waiting for me…and the best, best part about the whole night is after we finished eating we danced and kissed. Yeah, what an amazing night!

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(Denis’s Valentines presents)

Our Valentines weekend continued the next night by going to the Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert concert. It was so fun and so awesome! It was the first time Denis has been to a arena concert. One of the best parts of the night was when Miranda Lambert announced that her husband, Blake Shelton, was going to come out and sing his new single with her. Amazing!

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Inside joke of the night was watching this lady trying to maneuver her touch screen phone with those nails!! Definitely entertaining. Felt bad for her though because her date was drunk the entire night, starting hitting on the girl next to him and then left halfway through the concert and never came back. Ridiculous behavior.

Lastly, our Valentines weekend continued the next night with dinner at the Cheesecake factory. It was yummy as always!! I didn’t get any pictures of that, but just imagine the most delicious fresh banana cream cheesecake.

A wonderful weekend with the man of my dreams!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Push the clouds away

“Wow I feel great!”

“This is awesome!”

“I’m amazing!”

…is what you would have heard if you could hear my thoughts tonight as I ran on the treadmill. I’m so glad I made the last minute decision tonight to run on the treadmill instead of doing a gym class because I ran twice as far and nearly twice as long as I normally do.

While I was running, I kept trying to figure out what was so different about today that made me feel so good. I wanted to pin it down so that I could make sure to repeat whatever it was and have the same fantastic results in the future.

Was it because Biggest Loser is going to be on tonight and I wanted to feel like I worked out hard as I watched it?

Or maybe it was because I had made healthy choices in what I was eating today.

It could have been because I had to pee the whole time I was running, maybe I was subconsciously focusing on that instead of my workout.

Or it could have been a combination of those reasons.

I was still trying to figure it out on my drive home from the gym, when I looked out into the sky and behind all the gray clouds I could see two little slivers of what was sure to be a gorgeous sunset…and it clicked.

Earlier today, I sat down at my computer to design some examples of printables for the Young Women to choose from tomorrow night as part of our Valentines Day activity. In order to really see what the designs would look like, I had to think of 5 reasons why I loved myself. Young Womens 2

Those 5 reasons were the answer to my question of why today I could run twice as far as I normally do…it’s because I was thinking positively about myself. Duh! I didn’t realize it, but I was silently encouraging myself the entire time I was working out.

Which brings me back to the cloudy sunset. As I looked at those tiny slivers of beauty peeking through the clouds I understood that the clouds represented all the negative thoughts or doubts or worries in my mind. And in order for me to really enjoy the beauty in my life, I needed to push out the clouds with positive, encouraging thoughts to reveal a magnificent sunset.

The power of our thoughts will effect every choice we make. If I had let the clouds take over my mind tonight then it would have been a whole lot easier to not go to the gym at all or to not run farther than I originally planned. If I let the clouds take over my mind than it would be natural to choose to be short tempered and snap at the car in front of me that just cut me off. If I let the clouds take over, my scripture study that day would suffer and my conversations with my Heavenly Father would lack meaning.

Today, I chose to push the clouds away and because of that I was blessed to have a wonderful, beautiful day. I smiled more. I kissed Denis more. I laughed more. I accomplished more.

I ran twice as far as I planned.

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