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Light of the World

There is a darkness that is covering the world. That darkness is evil and full of envy, hate, cruelty, lust, wicked desires, and anything that is worldly. Imagine that you are laying in your bed and it's nighttime. Everything is dark and the shadows of your dresser, nightstand, door, and other various items in your room can barely be seen. Though they can barely be seen, you still know that no matter what they are always there. Now compare this scene to your life. This world is the darkness, the various items you can hardly see are God, Jesus Christ, Holy Ghost, attending church, watching good movies, listening to uplifting music, and everything else that is not of this world. You know that those good things are always there and that they always will be, but sometimes through the darkness these things are hard to be seen and we often forget that in this world there actually are good things. When your life is covered in darkness and hope seems to be lost I give you the simple messa…

The long journey back to better.

Have you ever stood in the middle of a country road, looked both ways, and realized that one day like this road, your road will be old and full of life? This road has seen the glory of a new car and has felt the wisdom of a old beat up car. This road has stood firm and steadfast in the face of rain, wind, cold, and the heat of a Florida summer. This road has felt life. It has served its purpose. This road is finally content with the life it has been given. Like the road, one day I'll be looking back at my life and I will realize the moments of glory, the moments of wisdom, the moments of being steadfast and firm, the moments of life, the moment where I can truly be okay with my purpose, and the moments of pure joy. The phrase, "Finding joy in the journey," has never been more clear. It has never been so simply put and placed before my eyes. This is about regret. This is about sorrow and forgiveness. This is about finding that sense of calm within you after you have reach…

Long day.

I would love to know how when things get to a certain point, it is so hard to stay positive. I am one small person. I struggle daily with figuring out who and what I am. I struggle with self esteem and feeling worth something. I struggle to find myself in time, when a minute feels like an hour. I struggle with balancing school and work. I struggle with the idea of being alone. I struggle with getting to sleep at night. I struggle with feeling like I'm making a difference. I struggle..a lot. Do not get me wrong though, just because right now I'm barely breathing that doesn't mean I'm dead. This struggle is temporary. I know life is hard, I know it's supposed to be. I know that no matter what I have people that love me, even if I don't deserve it. I know that one day, this will all be worth it. I know that even though I am crazy and emotional right now there is a good chance that tomorrow will be better. I have so much hope. Hope a lot of times is the only thing …

Nov. 13: All things girl.

Today I am thankful for all things "girl." I am an odd girl with some weird habits, but I would NEVER want to be a boy. I love bows, shoes, clothes, candles, headbands, romance novels, chick flicks, makeup, and jewelry way to much. I am thankful for the opportunity that I will have one day to have children of my own. Being a girl is great.

Nov. 12: Best Friends Forever.

I am truly thankful for my friends. You know you've got a best friend when you're on the phone with her and she starts brushing her teeth. This weekend I have had the chance to see most of my dear sweet friends(which is a good thing because I'm about to be so busy seeing them will be almost impossible). They have made me happy. They have made me smile and laugh. I couldn't have made it through these past couple of months without them. The one thing I love about my friends is that they are all so different. They are all so amazing. You know who you are. You know the way you've touched my life for good, and if you don't, you do now! So thank you! Today I am grateful for you (:

Nov. 11: Freedom

Today is Veterans day so I am thankful for all those who serve to protect our country. I am so blessed to live in a place where I have so many freedoms. I do NOT take these for granted, and I don't think anyone should. I am so lucky. "In God we Trust."

Nov. 9: Worth of Souls

Tonight for the first time in a long time I was happy. Every Wednesday I attend Institute, or in other words, a college bible study class. This happens to be the best part of my week. You would never think that an hour and a half would have such an amazing impact on someones life, but it does in mine. It makes a big impact. The teacher for the class is one of those exceptional woman I'm always talking about. She's strong, smart, beautiful, spiritual, loving, kind, and selfless. She does a wonderful job teaching this class and I'm not quite sure I'd love it as much if someone else was teaching. Anywho, I love Institute. I love learning bible stories and learning more about our Savior. Finding a relationship with Christ is something everyone should strive to do. Jesus Christ is my best friend. He is my Savior, and my friend. I am grateful. I have such a strong testimony of him and I know without a shadow of a doubt that he is the answer. No question is ever larger than h…

Nov. 8: The little things.

Today I am thankful for the little things. There were many little things in my life today that made a big difference and it made me extra grateful. My dear sweet mother came home. I met an amazing new woman and might get another job. I got to talk and giggle with my best friend on the phone. I spent time to thank a friend for being so great. I got to be lazy today. I learned which way is North(though I probably won't remember tomorrow). I read church talks. I read my scriptures. I made someone smile. I got to spend time with my little brother. I smiled. I played the piano. I appreciated the little things. (:

Nov. 7: Dare you to move.

Today I am thankful for second chances. Second chances don't come often, so when you get them, use it wisely. A lot of times people don't deserve the second chance, after all they must have done something terribly wrong to need another shot to get things right. Then again, everyone deserves forgiveness. I find forgiving myself is a lot harder than forgiving others. This is something I've struggled with lately. I have decided to give myself a second chance, another shot, and a "get out of jail free" card. The sincere grace Jesus Christ offers us is something that shouldn't be hard to understand, or hard to remember. At times remembering that simple fact isn't easy and we often times forget. Don't allow yourself to forget. EVER. I am so thankful for Jesus Christ. He is my rock, my best friend, and my Savior. Without him, I would be nothing.

Nov. 6: Love like That

I can honestly say the first time I read this quote, I was hooked. Today I am thankful for Sunday. Sunday is the best day of the week. You get to go to church, hang out with family, and take naps! I am thankful for a lot of things, but being thankful for Sunday on Sunday seemed right (:

Nov. 5: I play on the black keys.

Music somehow finds a way to speak to the soul of millions of people all around the world. No one really understands why, and sometimes I think that's the beauty of it. Notes carefully chosen to create a masterpiece that provokes feeling and thought. Music is cunning, captivating, bitter, honest, sincere, angry, loving, caring, kind, sensitive, and sincere. There is always a song that seems to take the words right out of your mind and puts them into song. Today I am thankful for music. I am not the greatest piano player in the world, I can hardly play anything at all, but there is still that feeling I get each time I tickle those ivories. The feeling, the movement, the simplicity of song is so brilliant. I love music.

Nov. 4: Strength

Everyone has heard it. Put on the whole armor of God. Mostly when I think of strength I think of over-sized muscles on a guy who looks like an exploded "Ken" doll. You know, the kid of guy every other guy wishes he looked like. So what exactly is strength? Do you have to work out, have a good body, and be able to lift heavy things to make you strong? I think not. Today I am thankful for the strength God gives me each day. Everyone has those days where getting out of bed seems like a bad idea simply because you have this gut feeling that today will be a bad day. Everyone has those days, and almost everyone finds the strength to get out of bed anyways. No matter where life takes you, no matter what people take from you, at the end of the day you will always have your personal strength. Now back to the picture. This girl looks strong, courageous, and determined. This picture is in a frame on my dresser and lately I find myself just staring at it. I think to myself, "Can I …

Nov. 3: Laughter

Today I am thankful for the cheapest form of medicine that I can afford right now: laughter. A day without laughter is a day wasted. I talked to my best friend on the phone today for over an hour. Sometimes those phone calls are all that keeps me going. It's so nice to be able to just talk and just laugh. So, when your life gets dark and depressing, just laugh. It helps, I promise (:

Nov. 1: Fire in her Eyes

Today sparks the first day of the month everyone feels extra blessed. November. This year, I will tell one thing I am thankful for each day. I am thankful every day for the goodness in my life, but November is always a simple reminder. Day one is all about one of the most amazing people in my life. Chelsey. Though we've known each other for quite some time in these last couple of weeks she has been one of the most strong girls I have ever met. Her trials right now are similar to mine, and though we both are dealing with a lot, we are dealing with them together. One day we both will find that perfect guy for us, but for now we are sticking to ourselves and each other. We both have found first hand the immense love the Savior has for us and we continue to strengthen our relationship with him daily. Having a friend like Chelsey is a blessing. She may not know, but she gave me the courage to stick up for myself and for my Savior. So Chelsey whenever you are feeling alone please know t…

What are Words.

Firstly, What are Words by Chris Mendina is a BEAUTIFUL song. I mean it. I cry almost every single time I listen to it. Lately I have been finding myself feeling old, alone, and desperate. Then I simply remind myself that I am only 18 years old and thankfully I have a lot of life still to live. I find a lot of my thoughts started up on Pinterest. I'm slightly addicted and I really don't need to be addicted to another internet site. Anywho, one of the quotes I saw said, "Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it?" Good question, quote. This is so true. A lot of times I find myself complaining about my life in words. If I would simply turn to the Lord in prayer I would find the answers I have been searching for. Can you imagine how much more loving, caring, kind, and genuine the world would be if they stopped spending so much time on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest(dang I had to put it in there), or any other site and spend that time studying and buildi…

2 Weeks. 14 Days. 336 hours. 20,160 minutes. 2 Weeks.

Two weeks ago I was praying to survive each minute. A week ago I was praying to survive each hour. Today I started praying to make it through the day. A day at a time, right? Two weeks ago I lost my job, and broke up with my boyfriend. I know the whole heartbreak thing is very "teenager" of me, but it hurt and It's taken some getting used to. Two weeks ago if you asked me what I was going to do I would have replied with an outburst of sobbing and my nose running. Today, if you asked me the same question I would actually be able to give you an answer. So you might be wondering how I am two weeks later from whole ordeal. I am doing OKAY. I am going to be just FINE. I don't question this, I know this. I've learned to take baby steps. The first thing great that has happened to me was a J-O-B. You heard me! I am the luckiest girl in the world to only have been unemployed for two weeks. What a blessing. This has given me something to look forward to and that's a st…

Big Miracle. Small Package.

As I begin to start my life again from scratch, I have found small miracles that have made each day easier. I think we all get to a point after we reach rock bottom where we realize that we have control over how the situation turns out. Like this quote above, trials can define you, destroy you, or it can strengthen you. I have chosen to let it strengthen me. When I realized that crying wasn't working anymore and I was going to have to actually move on, is when I started noticing my small miracles. It started with a small package from my aunt.What I thought was probably something I had left at her house this summer, turned out to be a gift. A gift for me. A gift for me in the mail from my aunt. I opened this small package, unwrapped the paper, and opened the box. What I discovered was a heartfelt letter from my dear sweet aunt and a willow tree statue called "Angel of Light." My aunt told me words of wisdom and I knew in my heart that heavenly father prompted her to send…

Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened.

I can say this now because I have almost made it 24 hours without shedding a single tear. I will survive. On Friday my world turned upside down and I found myself at a weak place. I found out that the place I worked at was closing down and that I no longer would have a job. I was upset. I love my job. Lately there had not been much that made me happier than my job. So once I discovered that I was losing the only source of happiness I realized that something was wrong. Then, I decided to break up with my dear sweet Joshua. Oh how I loved him, but sometimes love just isn't enough. I will always have a special place in my heart for him. I know I seem very positive and okay with it now, but less than 48 hours ago I was crying my eyes out every five minutes. Leaving someone you love is NOT easy. I needed to clean my slate, and start completely over. I found myself jobless, single, emotional, and alone. To my surprise I soon found out how not alone I am. Many people posted on my Faceboo…

This needs a title, here it is.

What an day. Or should I say, what an eventful day. I expected today to be another usual Friday full of working, sleeping, eating, and evening plans. What I didn't expect was to start my day off opening at work and spilling five gallons of tea on the floor. I am a Mormon. I do not drink tea. I do not like the smell, the color, the feel, the ANYTHING of tea. Cleaning it up took forever and by the end cleaning and my six hour shift I felt like I was one big walking glass of tea. Lovely. Then I come home and take a nap. Finally something good to talk about. Then I had a very enjoyable fish dinner with my family, followed by watching Pearl Harbor and roasting smores. I then decide, well, since I'm not doing anything else tonight I might as well do some homework. I started some, got bored, and here I am writing about it. This Friday wasn't as eventful as I made it sound, but when you like schedules as much as I do, spilling 5 gallons of tea really messes up the flow of life.

I swear to tell the truth, the half truth, or no truth at all?

Everyone does it. Everyone will always do it. Everyone lies. There is no wonder I have such trust issues. I have been thinking a lot lately about how important it is to be honest with others and even honest with yourself. Honestly honesty is the most important thing when it comes to relationships. Having the ability to trust is key and without honesty there is none. Now, I know we all don't lie about big things for the simple fact that if you lie about big things no one will believe you. It's the small lies, the half truths, the white lies, that get you. Everyone does it. We live in a world where making yourself seem as good as possible is a basic survival method and the way we achieve this is by telling small lies mixed with some truth. Where is the credibility in that? Once you are caught in a lie you will be forever known as a liar to that person and that's a hard reputation to fix. I am guilty of this verdict, as I think we all are at some point. We all tell small lies…

My Life Lately According to my iPhone

1. Faith Road. What an amazing gift it is to see this everyday when I go into the plaza where I work.2. Red Velvet Cream Cookies. They gave me a bit of trouble, but they turned out amazing. Hopefully everyone at work tomorrow will like them as much as I do. 3. Bathtub Crayons. I am addicted to drawing with my bathtub crayons. They are so fun and wipe right off. Thank you Katherine! 4. Meet Larry! He's my new fish. He's pretty great already. He listens when I talk to him(He floats closer to me when I start talking). He's so talented. I wanted a change and something to have responsibility over. He is the product of that want.

Memory Lane

I keep finding myself in this awkward mood to clean. Tonight it was my famous "junk" drawer that I found myself rummaging through. Let's face it, everyone has one. I found a picture my dear sweet Hannah drew of me at camp about three years ago(see above). I found my yearbook from this past year. I was reading the little notes people write in there. Here's my favorite:
Shelby, You are the finest Mormon chick ever. I am going to work my butt off to improve myself so I can steal you away from your motorcycle driving man. Shelby <3's ______ Forever(name has been removed for privacy purposes). Seriously though, you are so awesome that without you, I probably wouldn't have gotten through this year with my sanity. You rock. -______, Future Husband/Dentist(name has been removed for embarrassment purposes).
I felt quite loved my the amazing kid who wrote that in my yearbook. It's one of those things I will laugh when I'm 80 and senile. I also found some memorie…

Growing Pains

I have decided that growing up is not as fun as I thought it would be. Instead of picking out my first day of school outfit, getting jitters in my stomach, and dreading waking up before the sun, my head is now full of the cost of textbooks, Student ID's, and finding a parking spot at the local college. My sweet little brother Dylan will start high school tomorrow and it makes me want to cry. I may not have been good at much, but I was good at high school. I had a place, I had friends, and I had stability. College life will be much different. I still live at home, but I have a job and I have college classes two days a week. I will stay up later, I will study longer, and I will face this next chapter with a smile on my face. For all of those who are still in high school, embrace it. It really does FLY by faster than you could ever imagine. Cherish those close to you because one day they will all walk across that stage, get their diploma, and be in your life less and less. For all my…

Addicted.

I am so in love with ironing. I LOVE to iron. Thankfully I am only addicted to ironing my clothes. Every time my laundry gets done being washed I iron them all. I love nothing more than going to my closet and having plenty of cute ironed clothes to wear.
Anywho, My life is getting crazy! My poor little Dylan starts high school next week. I miss high school. A lot. Oh well, college will be fun. I have been redoing my bedroom. It's to the point where I LOVE it. It's got a more vintage feel and that's exactly how I wanted it to be. I feel organized and I enjoy coming home to a clean room every day. Jason and Alisen (cousin and his soon to be wife) will be here tomorrow night and I am thrilled. I miss my Utah family.

Summer Addictions 2011

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from this summer. What a crazy summer it has been. I would like to claim this summer my summer of "addictions." I ended up having quite a few so i decided I might as well share. 1. When I was in Utah, Jamba Juice was my best friend. I only thought that Jamba Juice was in the movie "Baby Mama," which happens to be one of my favorite movies, but It's an actual place! It's amazing and yummy. 2. My iPhone. Sadly, I love my iPhone more than I used to love Diet Coke (which is a BIG DEAL). I spend countless hours on my phone doing fancy things a smart phone does ;) 3. Pandora Radio. This is one of the reasons my iPhone is such an addiction. I am always listening to Pandora. When I get ready, when I drive, when I mow, pretty much all day I am listening to music from Pandora. 4. Law and Order:Special Victims Unit. For most this may be weird, but I love it. I watch at least one episode every night before I go to sleep. I blame my c…

Snapshot of Character

Well, It's late and I seem to always have more thoughts in my head the later at night it gets. Being home is a different feeling and I didn't realize how much I missed home until I was actually back home (if that makes any sense). There is comfort in sleeping in my own bed, being able to call my best friend and know she's not far away, hearing Dylan yell at his xbox, driving my own car, and being able to see the boyfriend whenever I feel like it. It is always nice to have a vacation, though. Now let's get to the good stuff. I have been thinking a lot lately about how we are defined as a person. I define myself in many ways: short, blonde, loyal, honest, Mormon, snorter(the laughing kind, not the drug kind), and willing. Then I had the question in my mind, "How do people define me?" Hopefully by most I have been defined accurately and not by simple judgement. I heard once by a speaker at a leadership conference that people determine character through snapshots…

Dearest Utah

My dear sweet Utah,What an amazing three weeks you've given me. You always will be my home away from home and I will always be grateful for my summers spent with you. Utah, you teach me a lot every single time I'm with you, and this year you've given me much to be thankful for. You have taught me that family is never that far away. You have taught me that life in itself gives great challenges, but those challenges make me stronger. You have taught me that one of my most favorite things is seeing my grandparents hold hands while walking together. You have taught me that the mountains are the most beautiful place in the world. You have taught me that the stars are so much brighter when you are actually looking for them. You have taught me how much I am blessed to have such amazing friends back home. You have taught me that it's okay not to look your best every day. You have taught me that Law & Order: SVU is a slight addiction shared by my cousins and myself. You hav…

My life in a Jar keeps going!

Wednesday-Tell about a special date.I have been a pretty lucky girl because I have been on some amazing dates with some amazing boys. I have tried sushi, kangaroo, gator, and many odd foods. I have been to the beach, the river, the park and many places. I love going on dates. I love feeling adored and special. I also love a true gentleman (: Thursday-Describe a childhood birthday. One of my favorite birthdays was my 15th. My mother took some friends and I go Gainesville for dinner and fun. We all had dressed up in cute outfits. I loved that birthday. Friday-Do you have a favorite magazine? The only time I really read magazines is when I am flying! I do love all church magazines though. Saturday-What is your favorite color and flower? My favorite color is a light pink or a teal. My favorite flower is a sunflower, though I love all flowers.

Days 7,8,&9

Sunday-Did you have a favorite toy or blanket? Tell about it.I had the cutest little blanket I carried with me EVERYWHERE when I was a kid. It was a Christmas blanket with adorable teddy bears all over it. I would cry without it. I don't really know how I got out of that habit, but I still do have the blanket. Monday-When were you the most proud of yourself? My proudest moment was probably the end of my senior year during SGA class. Everyone went around the room saying their favorite thing about each of the seniors. When it came my turn I realized how much my SGA family loved me. It meant a lot to hear their positive words of encouragement and how much they all adored me. It meant a lot to me and I won't ever forget that moment. Tuesday-What was your favorite subject in school? And one that you didn't like? I loved any English or History class I was ever in. Journalism will always be a favorite because of the wonderful teacher. I love her to death. She taught me a lot about li…

Days 5 & 6 of My Life in a Jar

Friday-How do you feel about winning? Losing?The simple answer to this question is I am a winner at a losing game. I am not the best at winning anything and I have always been okay with that. Of course it's nice to win, but a lot of times I learn more by losing than I would have learned by winning. Saturday-Tell about your hopes and dreams for your children. This is so right up my ally. I LOVE children and I cannot wait until the day where I have my own. I hope my children will learn and love Jesus Christ as much as I do. I hope they are always passionate about what they dream about and that they don't settle for anything less than everything. I want them to enjoy the simple things in life and realize that money isn't everything. I know life isn't always the easiest, but with faith they can overcome any trial.

My Life in a Jar Days 1-4

This is my goal of my three weeks in Utah. I found this jar in my grandma's house that allows you to tell your life story by picking a slip of paper with a question on it from the jar and to write down the answers.Monday-Describe my yard as a child & did I help with yard work. Technically I grew up with the same yard I'm living with now, so this is easy. I live on 5 acres of beautiful country land. The front of the house has St. Augustine grass that my parents planted soon after the house was built. This is also around the back of the house for a bit until you get to the normal field grass. I love the thickness of the grass and the way it smells right after it's been mowed. The house is surrounded by flowerbeds that my mother has tried to keep decent over the years. We have a nice big garden every year and as much as I hate planting and harvesting it, I really do love the outcome of having fresh foods. I help with the yard work but most of the time not willingly. I LOVE…

1000 Miles

Have you ever wondered how much your decisions effect others? Have you ever watched still water be disturbed by just one small drop of water? It amazes me that something so simple as a droplet can move a whole body of water. There are a lot of things I will never understand about life. I can only look and ask myself, when I am 90 years old am I going to be able to look back and feel good about the life I have lived? Can I look now and be pleased with the person I am today? Life comes at you fast but I can promise you that the consequences of each decision you make will come at you faster. I find that the hardest thing is making the right decisions. Who should be number one factor in determining decisions? Yourself? Others? Family? Friends? Should you put yourself before others always? I don't believe there is a one answer for every situation. Today is a day, tomorrow is a new day. Will you let your tomorrow be determined by how you lived your life today? That, my friends, is a que…

Sweet Summer is FINALLY here!

I am an official graduate of Columbia High School, class of 2011. As weird as this sounds, trust me it feels much weirder. I will no longer endure 5 minutes to get to class, worrying about what I'm going to make myself for lunch each day, and the unnecessary yelling in the hallways. Summer is finally here and I am reminded daily of why it is one of my favorite things in the world. There is nothing like laying out in the sun(thinking I'll get more tan when everyone knows that won't happen), and sleeping in. There have been a lot of "favorites" so far this summer so here are just a few:
1. iPhone 4. You and yoiur simple beauty have become one of my favorite objects. "Betty" is amazing and I wonder why I ever loved my Droid so much. I'm an addict to my phone.
2. This next one isn't so happy, but still hilarious now. Have you ever seen 7 people break a staircase? I have. I was one of the 7. It's a long story, but if you want to know just look at t…

Bittersweet goodbyes.

I have been avoiding blogging for quite some time. I felt like writing about all this coming to an end would turn my life back to reality that I am actually graduating Friday night and nothing is stopping that. 13 years ago I was blonde small girl on her first day of kindergarten. Back then the world was smaller and my dreams were silly things like going to Disney. Now I am 18 years old and my grade school days are ending. In my 13 years of school I have had many teachers. I have been taught and my knowledge has grown. Some of them were good and some of them were bad, but most all of them wanted me to succeed. I have learned a lot about life too on this journey. I have made friends, lost friends, and gained the best people I could have ever hoped for. Now I'm getting graduation presents and my senior picture is hanging in the hallway, it's getting closer. Friday night will not only be a ending, it will be a beginning. My life will never be how it is right now and that's q…

The divine role of a woman.

I turn 18 tomorrow. My birthday has never been a super exciting ordeal and it's never been a big deal. As I reflect on the past 18 years of my life I am reminded of the divine women I have been lucky to have in my life. It all starts with my two grandmothers. My grandma Jean is a beautiful woman who makes me laugh and puts up with me every summer. She has taught me lessons about life and that my education is very important. My grandma Forsyth is a true strong woman. I enjoy her simple nature and her love of family history. From them comes my mother. I am pretty sure she already knows how amazing she is. I could go on for hours about her and her crazy self. Then there are the countless church leaders that have entered into my life. From the time I was old enough to understand anything there has always been a image of a divine woman not far from my sight. They helped me grow up and they taught me how simply amazing it is to be a woman. There are teachers that have touched my heart a…

Sleepless in Seattle

Well, not Seattle, but my bedroom.I've got a problem. I keep waking up in the morning and discovering new bruises on my legs. I think I could possibly have an iron problem, but that's just me taking a random guess. I eat tons of food filled with iron, so I don't know what the deal is. Anyways, this morning I wake up and start walking to the bathroom, suddenly I feel a sharp pain coming from my right big toe. I get to the bathroom and discover a huge gash in my toe. How this happened, I have no idea. It was deep so it was still bleeding. I have no idea how this happened! It's concerning to me because I am harming myself without even realizing it! I think I could possibly be sleep-walking. I've done that before so I wouldn't put it past me. I guess the only way I'll ever know is to put a camera in my room, which would freak me out. Oh well! I'll keep you posted on my latest sleeping issues!

My love for healthy cereal is weird.

I found myself having rapid thoughts as I sat down eating my Raisin Bran this morning. It seems like it's been forever since I've had any time at all to blog, so here I am. I have no idea what I want to blog about, though I had over a million this morning. I guess I'll talk about my amazing time at FASC this past weekend. It was a student government conference and over 800 students were in attendance. My most favorite part was the reality of how simply a good leader can change the world. I know I'm only 17, I remind myself this fact often, but I know that if I want to I can really make a difference. When I first started my blog I chose the name Simply Shelby as my title to show myself and everyone that I am a simple girl who has dreams that are simple and defined. I know that my future is anything but clear, but I have a good head on my shoulders that will help get me to a good place. At this conference one of my favorite quotes said was, "Fear makes a coward out …

Just a Hop, Skip, and a Jump away..Right?

In today's world people are extremely to busy, always. I have become one of those people. I shall warn you now nothing good will come from reading this post except maybe a smile to bask in my 17 year old busy pity party. Ahhh. Graduation and the freedom of the summer is coming veryyyy slowly. I feel as if each day gets longer and the hours get shorter. How that is possible I'm not to sure. As many of you don't know, I used to have a lot of free time. I loved my free time and I loved not having a lot to do. I remember as if it was just yesterday..oh wait. It was. Last semester I was living the life. I was taking one college class and the rest were easy classes. I also was jobless. Then I got this amazing and fantastic idea(at the time) to get into an AP Government class second semester along with two online college classes. So I accepted the challenge. Then over Christmas break I got a job! I am now an employee at McAlisters Deli & I love it. It has been such a neat exp…

Making you cry was the best & worst thing I've ever done.

Dearest Francis,
I first want to start off by saying it is very typical of me to do this, and you know that. I have never sat down and told you flat out what an impact you've had on my life. I have not known you for very long at all; two years at most. In those two years you I can admit you've made your impact on Shelby Jean Forsyth. At the moment you probably think that you're making me rebellious when instead, you're making me, more me. The day I made you cry(for reasons only we know) was the worst day of my life. To have to sit there and see you cry partially because of me made me grow up pretty quickly. From that experience I have found out that making you cry has made me the friend I am to you. I could spend hours listening to you ramble on the phone about the various topics we face in our lives. Even though you do 80% of the talking most of the time(haha) I wouldn't trade those memories for anything. We've faced a lot together. You've sat and listened …

"Unification & inspiration through servant leadership"

As delicious chocolate chip cookies are cooling down a bit I thought I'd take a moment to share my thoughts of the day! It can be divided into positives & negatives(like most days).
Negatives:
1. I despise blow drying my hair. I know it may not look as if I have a ton of hair but in all honesty I do. It takes at least 20 minutes which adds up when you do it most days.
2. Cold feet(literally) are no fun. There is very few things I hate and having cold feet ranks pretty high on such a small list.
Positives:
1. I am sooo excited about the direction SGA is headed. We finally are seeming to get things together and I am thrilled. I am learning to love the members more and more each time we accomplish something amazing. Today we had a meeting(very, very long meeting) & got through a lot of things. We developed a mission/vision statement for Student Government which is, "Unification and Inspiration through servant Leadership." All of our projects will now be centered around u…

New Year, New Resolutions, Not-so-New bad timing.

Hey everyone!
First off, I'd like to personally welcome 2011 into my dear sweet blog. It's been an amazing 2010 but I am not sad to see it go. In 2011 I have some resolutions, some funny, some serious, but in all I hope to improve myself as a person. So once again it's time for you to sit back, relax, giggle a little, and enjoy yourself a bit as I spill my new found desires for 2011!

1. Be more spontaneous. If you know me, you know I'm pretty set how my life goes. I like schedules, I like knowing what I'm doing, when I'm doing it, and how long it will take me. I am a firm believer in a planner and most anyone could tell you I live out of mine. I want to change this..some. I am not wanting to forget when I have test or when my next doctors appointment is. I do want to do things when I want to, because I want to, and more importantly because I can.

2. I have found that "killing them with kindness" is actually killing me slowly. I tend to care wayyy to muc…