Sunday, July 17, 2016

Weekly Planning 5

Long-Term Goals (3-10 years)
-Married in the Temple
-Life Coaching
-Motivational Speaking

Last Week's Accomplishments
-Got the car fixed (!!!!)
-Swam 3x
-Accepted that I really need to pursue Life Coaching
-Accepted help from others who sincerely want to help
-Did a backflip off the rope from the high platform at the Mona Rope Swing
-Practiced meditation daily
-Studied scriptures after each meditation
-Said daily mantras after scripture study
-Immediately volunteered for a 2 volunteer opportunities
-Made pretty dang good pasta
-Went to bed at a decent time every night except last night
-Felt a tremendous amount of peace this entire week
-Kept myself busy for the most part (less time on social media)
-Read a ton of a self-improvement book
-Wrote in my journal once this week, and maybe even one more time if I write tonight which I probably will (that's a huge deal)
-Got groceries
-Talked to Genevieve about Dietetics

Major Lessons
-Maintaining a healthy spirit allows one to maintain a healthy life.
-Understanding the "why" allows the "how"s to present themselves to you.
-I need to eat way more calories if I want to exercise as much as I currently am.
-Sometimes the lazy self tries to convince you out of having a good time. Try to listen to what your spirit has to say.
-The human body can do amazing things. A balance between mind, body, and spirit can cause one to do even more amazing things.

Meaningful Quotes
-Almost everything in Soul Intuition, a book in understanding how to have success and happiness through listening to your soul.
-"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony." -Mahatma Gandhi
-"Tomorrow is tomorrow. Future cares have future cures, and we must mind today." -Sophocles
-"When you make a choice, you change the future." -Deepak Chopra
-"'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'
  'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.
  'I don't much care where,' said Alice.
  'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat."
                                   -Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
-"Darkness does not prevail against even the smallest light." -Allison Larsen
-"The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have."
  -Norman Vincent Pearle
-"Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have."-Jim Rohn
-"No one has ever become poor by giving." -Anne Frank, The diary of Anne Frank:The Play
-"Helping + Sacrifice = Healing" -Allison Larsen
-"When you have a pain in your life, find a purpose greater than pain." -Cynthia Kersey
-"Sacrifice is simply suffering with a meaning, creating a purpose in the midst of our own pain." -Allison Larsen
-"At the end of our lives, we will not be judge by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by, 'I was hungry and you have me something to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.'"-Mother Teresa
-"Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others." -Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery
-"Every human being is the author of his own health or disease."-Swami Sivananda Saraswati
-"The true secret to intuitive living is loving yourself enough to listen."-Allison Larsen
-"Energy + Motion = Emotion" -Allison Larsen
-"Experiencing negative emotions is part of the human experience. It is what we choose to do with them that defines who we are."-Allison Larsen
-"Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them."-Eeyore (A. A. Milne)
-"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." -Viktor Fankl
-"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." -Hellen Keller
-"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." -Buddha
-"When we are able to discover our God-given gifts, throwing off the layers of fear, helplessness and inadequacy that once covered their light, we will be able to embrace our own greatness and power to make a difference in the world." -Allison Larsen
-"You have forgotten who you are...Look inside yourself..You are more than what you have become...Remember." -The Lion King

Sources of Inspiration
-Kevin - Sees things differently and allows ideas to push him to do great things.
-Alex - Very people focused. Only has a pure desire to help others, and finds ways to always be helping out.
-Brynne - The epitome of setting goals and achieving them.

People You'd Love to Meet
-Other life coaches (both new and seasoned)

Inspiring People You Did Meet
-Alex - Really in tune with the Spirit. Is very humble and willing to follow what the Holy Spirit has to teach/tell him
-Brother Mackley - Also very willing to change directions in life to do pursue things that he is very interested in. Very open minded and is very present when having a conversation with.

What Didn't Happened
-Didn't get my car registered (it was in the mechanics for most of the week)
-Didn't get my second run in
-Didn't get goggles
-Didn't find bike tires to buy later
-Didn't look into grad schools

Top Outcomes For the Coming Week
-Meet with Mentor
-Get goggles
-Find tires
-Follow Budget
-Car registered
-Swim 2x
-Run 2x
-Register for 5k/post it on Ward Facebook
-Post new blog

Who Else Can I Help This Week?
-Certain person's home teachers
-Your own home teachees
-Eric's family
-Friend's mom going through cancer

Who Can Help Me Achieve This Week's Goals?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Weekly Planning 4

3-10 Year Goals:
-Married in the Temple
-Health/Life Coaching
-Motivational Speaking

Reasons to Celebrate this Week:
-I went swimming twice this week!
-I meditated almost daily this week! (missed Saturday)
-I branched out on the songs that I like to play on the piano!
-Got a safety and emissions check!
-Started the process of getting my car registered for a Utah license plate!
-Met with Brynne this week!
-I was more engaged in my research this week!
-I felt I was kinder to others this week!
-I gained a greater love and appreciation for those I teach!
-I felt more peace and clarity of mind this week!
-I went to family history hour this week!
-I got a lot done on my to do list!
-I figured out the whole process of getting your car registered in Utah! (It's super confusing at the beginning especially if transferring your car registration to another state is the first time you have ever done anything with registering a car. )😂
-I read scriptures everyday!
-I made a budget for the week!
-I bought a gym pass to BYU!

Major Lessons of this Week:
-I know I said this last week, but holy cow does weekly planning make SUCH a difference in one's life!!!
-There really is power behind daily prayer, meditation, and scripture study.
-Truly understanding the why of something is the coal that feeds the engine within us. When we find ourselves with a choice presenting itself to us, we must understand the why behind each choice. The purer the desire the greater the power we gain within.

Meaningful Quotes:
-“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”-Marianne Williamson
-“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
-“They did not know it was impossible so they did it.” -Mark Twain

-"If you talk about it, it’s a dream, if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.” -Anthony Robbins 

Sources of Inspiration
-Brynne Burwell; knows what she wants to do and pursues it. 
-Caleb Depperman; (he was on this last week, but he really is just an inspirational person) He really is so consecrated to doing good that it just emanates from him. Anyone around him can feel it and notice it. 

People You'd Love to Meet:
-Brynne's Mentor, Tyler
-Alex Speiser

Inspiring People I Did Meet:
-Brynne Burwell- I've been friends with her for a while, but we reconnected this passed week and it was very thought provoking and pushed me to really go for my dreams.

What Didn't Happen This Week:
-Car was not registered
-Did not find tires for bike
-Did not go for a run
-Did not sign up for Temple to Temple Run
-Did not set up an appointment/meet with someone from U of U
-Didn't contact Home teachees

Top Outcomes For This Coming Week:
-Get brake on car fixed
-Get blinker on car fixed
-Get "passed" safety inspection
-Get car registered
-Go running 2x
-Find tires for bike
-Go swimming 2x
-Get goggles
-Make budget for this week
-Meet with Alex Speiser
-Meet with Genevieve about Dietetics
-Look for possible grad school programs
-Grocery shop

Who Else Can I Help This Week
-Home Teachees

Who Could Help Me This Week

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Weekly Planning 3

3-10 yr. Goals
-Married in the Temple
-Health Coach
-Motivational Speaking

Things You Are Proud Of From This Week
-Got out of depression slump
-Started back in yoga/meditation
-Got back into sincere scripture study
-Went to see good friends
-Went to bed right after I finished hanging out with friends (rather than staring at Facebook for hours on end)

Major Lesson
-Weekly Planning makes a HUGE difference (went without it for a few weeks and totally lost sight of my goals and became incredibly unproductive)
-There is power behind having time to meditate and practice mindfulness.
-If there is going to be anything different at work, make sure that you totally understand what is going.
-Balance in life is crucial- not being around anybody for days on end is rough, but so is only going on adventures and hanging out with people 24/7.

Meaningful Quotes
"Why bother to be excellent? Because we are happiest if we are. The Lord knows that from experience. He is most excellent (perfect), and he wants us all to be like him. For us right now, excellence doesn't mean perfection, but it means to be traveling toward perfection at full speed."
                -Donlu DeWitt Thayer

Sources of Inspiration
-Caleb Depperman- Fully understands why and how to connect with other people. One of the most genuine people you'll ever meet.
-Dr. Alder- The epitome of doing what one loves and is able to see the potential of each student he works with and points it out very genuinely.
-The Smiths- They love others like they have a monopoly on love and make you immediately feel like you have another set of parents when they first meet you.
-Garrett and Alyssa- A couple that understands to not offer 50%/person in the relationship, but to offer 100% each.

People You'd Love to Meet
-The Olympic Triathlon team
-The Olympic Gymnastics team

Inspiring People That You Did Meet
-Mikaela is very interested in the people that she's around and is herself even in a group of people she does not know.
-Kaylie doesn't let limitations keep her from doing things she loves. She's cautious, yet still makes sure that she lives a life that she wants to live.

What Didn't Happen
-I really need to get my car registered...didn't do that.
-Hardly exercised until near the end of the week.
-Didn't sign up for the Temple to Temple 5k.
-Didn't get Scripture study done as well as I had hoped.

Top Outcomes for This Week
-Meet with Brynne
-Get Car Registered
-Find/Schedule a time to meet with someone from U of U
-Buy gym pass at BYU
-Find tires for bike
-Make Budget

Who Else Can I Help This Week?
-Home Teachees

Who Could Help Me Accomplish What I Have Planned For This Week?
-Mom and Dad

Monday, June 13, 2016


One of last week's successes was my discovery of improvising with food. 

I tend to think that I have "no food" when I notice that the ingredients for the recipes that I usually like to make are not all in my cupboard/fridge.
I challenged myself to use the food that I already have before I go out and buy some more. 
The results? Quite revolutionary.

This was tilapia with a dill, kalamata olive, and peach relish. The freshness of the dill, the sourness of the olives, and the sweet of the peach made the tilapia taste like sweet bliss. 

This was a salad with grape tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, avacado, green onion, and spinach. The dressing was lemon juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. 

I made tapas one day- tuna with green onion, mozzarella, corn, spinach, cilantro, olive oil and balsamic vinegar all over an avocado.  

This was salmon cooked with dill, and at the end was steamed with the lemon slices. The side was a fruit salad consisting of an apple, an orange, and a peach. Surprisingly this side went well with the fish. 

Salmon cooked with green onion with a side of grilled artichoke and canned mandarin oranges...this was originally supposed to be on top of quinoa but I totally forgot that I had made some so....

...I made this for dessert! It was actually horrible. The quinoa with the mandarin oranges was good, but I made the mistake of putting the mandarin orange syrup from the can in there (trying to be resourceful here). When there wasn't a mandarin orange in a bite, I would have to pretty much pluug my nose to get it down. 

Lesson learned. 

This was my breakfast one day! Eggs with oregano and a side of quinoa. The yolk was quite tasty with the quinoa on the side!

I used the left over tapa mix, quinoa, and spinach to make this salad. Sprinkling the lemons' juice over the salad made it quite blissful. 

After the last salad, I got paid (thank goodness). It was nice being able to eat so well, but that week I was a little out of balance as far as diet goes. I needed a lot more carbohydrates for my running workouts. 

I finished the week off with only black beans in my cupboard and salmon in my freezer. I do have to say I was quite proud of this accomplishment. From this challenge I learned a lot:

1) Herbs and spices do wonders! I used to not buy them at all, because I thought it was a waste of money (which can be a whole other blog post). I'm SO glad that I had spices and herbs just hang out in my kitchen. Without them, this passed week would have been doable, but my food would have been a lot more depressing. 

2) When I think "I have no food", I need to ask myself,"Do I really have no food? Or do I just don't know what to cook?"

3) I should probably eat everything that I have. Having a food storage is definitely needed (yet another blog post), but when you have no money to buy food, I think it's ok to use some of your food storage. I know a lot of people that buy vegetables and fruits, and they just sit in their refrigerator until spoiled. Then it gets thrown out and bought at the story again....scrub, rinse, repeat. It's amazing how much money one can save when they're using the groceries that they actually buy. Perhaps this is only revelation to me as a college student that at stressful times only wants to eat Taco Bell and Chick-Fil-A. 

I'm glad that I decided to stop being lazy and get up on my feet to try something new. I learned a lot from and look forward to seeing what I can make these upcoming weeks. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Weekly Planning 2

Celebrating Last Week
-I did a great job in not going out to eat when I had no food/money.
-I was creative in my dishes and all of them (except one) were incredibly delicious!
-I was more open in who I am and how I sometimes feel!
-I was shared almost completely openly about my goals with anyone about my goals and hopes and dreams!
-I told someone that I wanted to be an Olympian!
-I found a Master’s Degree that I’m wildly interested in for coaching!
-I walked away from a movie that I felt uncomfortable watching with friends!
-I helped someone while using my talents!
-I worked in the lab without my lab partner!
-I got back into running!
-Magically, after a month of recovery, my leg for Ragnar was changed and it's easier/shorter!
-Met a new person at church today!

Major Lessons This Week
-There is major power in connecting with others with extremely high goals and ambitions.
-There is major power in starting your day off with positive thinking and mantras.
-I can be effective in helping other people while sharing my talents with others.
-There's a lot you can learn while taking different routes to get to a common destination in your daily routine.
-I can buy groceries instead of going out to eat.

Meaningful Quotes
"You don't miss what you give to the Lord."-I can't remember
Pretty much anything that came from Kung Fu Panda 3, surprisingly.
"In the end we only regret the chances we didn't take." -Lewis Carroll

Sources of Inspiration
Kung Fu Panda 3

People I'd Love to Meet
Someone who has had a successful coaching practice
Someone who knows the coaching business well

Inspiring People I did Meet
Lady I talked to at church...totally forgot her name.
Can't think of anymore...I should try to do better next week.

Things That Didn't Happen This Week
Didn't meet up with Brynne.
Didn't make a meal plan, nor did I buy groceries when I got paid...starving rn.

Top Outcomes For This Coming Week
-Run a Ragnar!!!!!
-Meet up with Brynne.
-Set Up LinkedIn
-Eat better
-Exercise more
-Read more

Cook healthy meal

Cook healthy meal
Set up LinkedIn
Get Ragnar stuff packed

Cook Healthy Meal
Meet Up with Brynne

Cook Healthy Meal
Institute for real this time!



Who Else Can I Help This Week?

Who Can Help Me With What I Have Planned This Week?

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Weekly Planning 1

Things to Celebrate:
-If figured out what I'd like to do with my life! 
-I had the courage to talk to people about being a life coach! 
-I talked to my friend who is also pursuing life coaching! #makingconnections
-I went on a really good date AND paddle boarded at the same time! 
-I wasn't a complete homebody this week! 
-I went to a spontaneous bonfire where I knew nobody! 
-I made some dang good burrito bowls!
-I didn't eat alone for a few meals! 
-I made some good goals while being realistic! 
-I didn't purposely avoid an acquaintance while I was walking down a hall- I actually made eye contact and had a bit of a conversation with him!
-I didn't purposely avoid someone I hardly knew (different person) and ended up having a good conversation with him- he ended up having going a similar route as me and gave me some direction to reinforce my path that I'm going down for an occupation!
-I did a headstand ON A STAND UP PADDLEBOARD
-I gave out home teaching assignments! 
-I helped do a lot of temple work for a lot of my friends' ancestors!

Major Lessons I learned This Week:
-Some people don't fully understand how to express their thoughts and feelings, so they may come across as rude- be patient, love them more. 
-Communication is KEY! There has been some misunderstandings in the lab and some lack of communication causing lab partners to do no work, while others are doing all of the work. Strive for better connection- find ways to talk and clearly understand and describe what is going on/needed to be done. 
-Knowing the why is greater than knowing the how. When one knows and fully understands the why, then the how will present themselves to the person. 
-Knowing the "why" behind something will allow one to pursue anything and be able to make a difference. 
-When a stranger does service for you, try to stop and get to know them. They're clearly a very unique and special person, you could definitely learn quite a bit from them. 

Major Quotes:
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Sources of Inspiration:
-The person who went in the middle of the road to grab my scriptures that I forgot were on the top of my car, went totally out of their way to find me on social media, found a mutual friend, asked them if they had my number and then called me to let me know they had my scriptures! 

-The person in the video I watched that gave a man $700 who needed $650 to get off the streets and back into truck driving. 

People You'd Love to Meet:
-That person who helped me get my scriptures back. (I awkwardly gave them cookies, grabbed my scriptures, and peaced) I'd like to actually get to know them. 
-More people who are pursuing life coaching. 

Inspiring People I Did Meet:
-Johnny Liew- He taught me about how it was to go down a science path, teach science, and then start pursuing Marriage&Family Therapy. 
-The person who helped me get my scriptures back. (Did I say that I'm forever grateful for that act of kindness? Because I am.)

What didn't happen:
-I didn't read a lot of The Lord of the Rings this week. I should probably read a little bit more this week. 
I can read 20 minutes after work. 
-I didn't read my scriptures everyday. 
I can read 20 minutes before work. 
-I didn't go on a run even though my knee started feeling better. 
I can plan my time out better and keep inspirational quotes in a place where I can see them.
-I didn't eat as well as I had hoped.
I need to plan out my meals.

Outcomes For This Coming Week:
1) I need to talk to my friend more in-depth about life coaching.
2) I need to cook healthy meals.  
3) I need to run more this week. 
4) Talk to my lab partners to figure out a good schedule where we can all work together and understand what's going on. 
5) Find out the professors that will be teaching your Winter classes and ask talk to them about missing 1-2 weeks for interpreting for the Special Olympics Winter World Games.
6) Find a place to be certified as a life coach.
7) Go to Institute!

Schedule Everything:
Monday- Call friend to find a time to meet with them and talk about life coaching.
               Cook healthy meal.
               Talk to lab partners.

Tuesday- Look for 1 hour into places you can be certified as life coach. 
               Find offices of professors that will be teaching your winter courses. 
               Cook healthy meal.

Wednesday- Meet with friend to talk about life coaching. 
                    Cook healthy meal. 

Thursday- Visit professors that will be teaching your winter courses. 
                  Cook healthy meal. 

Friday- Run. 

Saturday- Run. 
                 Post inspirational quotes around room. 

Sunday- Cook healthy meal.  
What Else Needs to be Done This Week:
-Find people to go to California with you. 

Who Else Can You Help This Week:
-Home teachees

Who Can Help Me Accomplish What I've Planned This Week:

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sometimes B is > than A

"You know, Tim. Sometimes you have to ask yourself,'What's more important- an A or a B?'"
My grandma said this to me once when I was having a rough semester.
After hearing this wise statement from a such a wise person, my outlook on life changed. 


I felt like so many uplifting feelings flooded my mind and my heart.

Many people would wonder why this was such a revelatory experience for me.
It was
My answer wasn't "Well, an A is always more important, of course."

Whatever you'd like to call it, I had high expectations in my mind. 
Not the kind of high expectations that cause people to progress and become better versions of themselves.
The expectations
 were higher. 

As I thought about what my wise grandma had said, I realized
Sometimes a B is better than an A. 

If a B means that you're mentally healthy and happy about life,
Then a B is greater than an A.

After that talk with Grandma, I changed my priorities.
Family. Friends. Self.

I'm not saying, I dropped all attention on school. 
In fact, I did the opposite, 
In a way one wouldn't usually think of.

I called family.
I spent time with friends.
I slept.
I cooked.
I ate.
I drank water.
I exercised. 
I study scriptures more diligently.
I prayed more fervently.
I served others. 

It certainly was. 
I couldn't have done that all in

How does one put more attention in school by not putting as much attention into it?
Quite the paradox.

I learned by prioritizing my life, my study sessions were much more
In fact,
I am doing just as well, if not better than I did before. 

All because, sometimes a B is more important than an A.