Monday, October 31, 2011


I had a great work trip to Iowa last week! It still amazes me that they have such confidence that they want to invest in me by allowing me to go to different places. This trip was a lot different from the last one and was much more low key. (And I didn't delete all the pictures off my phone this time!)

My co-workers and I left Wednesday morning and got to Des Moines early afternoon, where we picked up our rental car (a Nissan Cube, haha!) and checked into our hotel.

After settling into my room and reading for a bit, the president took my co-worker and me out to a nice dinner downtown. Around 7pm we headed back to the hotel where I relaxed and watched TV and read.

The day was fairly leisurely. Our presentation wasn't until the afternoon, so we spent a bit of time going over possible questions, but most of the morning and early afternoon I read my nook and practiced what I was going to say for our presentation.

We presented at 2pm and my co-workers did a great job! I spoke for barely two minutes, but it was a good sized crowd and I was a bit nervous.

That evening, one of my co-workers wasn't feeling well, so the president just took me out for dinner. He made me choose, but google led me astray and we ended up at a sketchy dive bar. The food was greasy, but the conversation and company was great; the president is a man with a vision and is very charismatic and kind. After dinner we went back to the hotel and I spent the evening watching TV and reading. It was so relaxing!

The next morning was also fairly leisurely, as our flight didn't leave until after noon.

At the Denver airport we had the perfect amount of time to grab some food and take our time finding our gate.

I got in around 5:30 Friday evening and was greeted by my family, who then took me out to dinner. It was a quick trip, but I'm so glad I was able to go. I am feeling more confident in my position and have learned so much more about the company and how things work. I wonder where I'll go next? ;)

October Wrap Up and November Goals

No way is October already over! That means it’s time to do some wrap up. My goals for this month were as follows:

October: Attitude
-Laugh out loud
-Use good manners
-Give positive reviews
-Find an area of refuge
-Take myself on a Heather date

As you can see, these goals were more difficult to measure than some of my previous goals. Like all the months before, this was a month of emotional ups and downs. During this month I faced a point where I was quite…upset. (I guess that’s the right word.) My time in Seattle made me realize that my life isn’t where I want it to be. I was faced with a choice. To continue to wallow or to make choices and set goals that will turn my life in the direction I want to go. While we can’t always help the things that happen to us in life, we ABSOLUTELY have a CHOICE on how we react.

It can easily be said that when I visited Seattle (which I will share pictures of soon) I laughed most of the time. I love spending time with my girls and we always have a great time together.

Using good manners and giving positive reviews were things that I was able to practice through my job. While I have been there for awhile, things are a bit different now that I am a permanent employee and I am dealing with more and more co-workers and customers. It is especially important that I am putting my best foot forward, displaying a positive attitude and being kind and courteous.

I don’t think I ever really found an area of refuge; at least not a consistent one. For a short time that refuge was Seattle, but that was only temporary. I think I’m going to have to work on finding one here.

I just about forgot about the Heather date that I wanted to take myself on. It actually ended up that I had a lot of down time/quiet time to myself on my work trip to Iowa. I had two evenings where I was able to snuggle into my hotel bed, watch anything I wanted on TV, read my nook, listen to music and eat chips and candy. (Not all at once of course!) It was so pleasant to have some time to myself so I could relax.

This month I learned that attitude really is everything. Life throws us curveballs all the time and remaining positive despite what happens it so important.

Here I am with two months left of the year, two months left of my happiness project. So what does November have in store? November is for food and here are my goals:

November: Food
-Read the Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
-Drink 2 Miir Bottles of water a day
-Don’t eat out more than twice
-Try going vegetarian
-Help cook family meals

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


This morning I'm leaving for Iowa for a work meeting. I'm a little nervous because we're presenting to over a hundred superintendents. I've never really done anything like this before, but I'm ready to jump in the deep end. The president of the college has a way of delegating responsibility and giving his employees opportunities to lead and grow. It should be a really good experience. I'll be back on Friday and hopefully I won't delete all the pictures off my phone like I did last time.

In the mean time be sure to stop by Michelle's blog for Beauty Week!

Monday, October 24, 2011

life update

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind. Between work, trips and church commitments I’ve hardly been able to breathe. 

We are remodeling my department at work, which meant packing and moving to the main building. I think I’ve finally settled into my temporary desk, which will be my home for the next three weeks. It’s actually kind of nice because I have more face time with other co-workers and they are all so kind. Now that I am feeling caught up, I know things are going to get crazy again. This week we have customers flying in for meetings and then I leave Wednesday for another work trip. Despite the busyness, when I stop to think about my situation, gratitude washes over me. I feel so blessed to work for an amazing organization that I know appreciates me. I really love my job, even when it gets crazy.

I mentioned previously that I just got back from six days in Seattle. I don’t even know where to begin with that trip. It really caused me to do a lot of reflecting, which sort of caught me off guard. I was expecting to have a fun time with some of my best friends, which I did, but I did not expect the emotions that came with it. My friends in Seattle have great jobs, great friends and a great church. They have an amazing community there. I feel like I'm really lacking a solid community in Idaho. I mean I have my family and church, but I don't really have a community of people my age who I can identify with. I really miss having that. 

I am hoping that in the coming months I can find ways to experience that here. Something that I was struck with  while I was visiting was that I can't wait around hoping that the things I want in life come and find me. While I can't control everything, there is so much in life I do have control over. I can create the life I want to live. I need to be intentional and set goals, but the life I want doesn't have to be far away or not attainable.

Beauty Week

Hi friends! Check out Michelle's blog this week! She is hosting Beauty Week with over 14 guest bloggers! You'll have to watch for my post.

Friday, October 21, 2011

to my future spouse

Have you heard of/seen the website To My Future Spouse? Cory Copeland of Mad To Love began it. I spent more time than I would care to admit looking at it today. For over five years, I have kept a journal of notes, quotes and song lyrics to my future husband. While I desire to meet him, I am in no rush and am pretty content with my life as it is. All in God's time.

I was struck by many of the things that people wrote on the website. Some made me laugh, many made me roll my eyes and others made my heart skip a beat. Love is such an intimate thing, so seeing my own feelings written by others caught me off guard. It was especially interesting reading from the male perspective. I guess I don't really think about my husband longing or praying for me as I do him.

It kind of reminds me of Mandy's guest post awhile back. I had to share some of my favorites that I read today. For those of you who are single, what is something you want to say to your future spouse? For those of you who are married, did you write to your future spouse?

Dear Future Husband:
Check it.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

back home

I’ve been MIA lately, but for good reason, I just got home from six days in Seattle. It was an amazing trip, which I hope to share with you soon. Actually, there is a lot that I want to share, but that will come in time. I hope you are all having a great week. Love and blessings.

Back home
On the ground
We discover
That the gift
The great wings gave us
Is new eyes to see that
This place where we live
We love more than we know

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

emma stone red.

I finally had my hair done yesterday. I'm so bad about going in between cuts and colors to have my bangs trimmed. It feels good to be able to see again! I saw Emma Stone on the cover of a People Style magazine a month or so ago and I loved her hair color. So when I went into the salon I had her in mind. I really like how it turned out and it's nice to give my hair a break from the blonde highlights.

Not the best lighting, but you get the idea.

My inspiration:

While we were in the salon we were talking about Halloween costume ideas. By the time my hair was done I jokingly said that I should be Emma Stone for Halloween. Ashlee took it a step further and said I should be Olive Penderghast! I think that would be fun! I might go for it with my new hair! I should get a card that plays Pocket Full of Sunshine! And who knows, maybe I'll find my very own Woodchuck Todd. ;)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Music Monday: Cary Brothers & Laura Jansen

You may remember me mentioning Cary and Laura back in March. They are the cutest couple ever and so very talented. Check out their cover of Ryan Adam's Come Pick Me Up, they did for The Voice Project.

Cary Brothers & Laura Jansen » Ryan Adams from The Voice Project on Vimeo.

Music Monday: Adele-Someone Like You

Like most people, I completely adore Adele! I think she is absolutely fabulous and exceedingly talented. Her songs are beautiful, heartfelt and relatable. Check out her music video for Someone Like You.

Friday, October 7, 2011

rivers and roads

I've been listening to The Head and The Heart a lot this week. I love their album and I'm so glad Janelle shared them with me. Their song "Rivers and Roads" has been stuck in my head all afternoon and I can't stop humming or singing it.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Seattle & Whistler

FINALLY! Here is a little recap of my trip to Seattle/Whistler.

Ashlee and I left on a Thursday evening and flew into Seattle. Jenny picked us up and we met the girls for dinner at Georgetown Liquor Company. The food was so-so, but the conversation was wonderful. It was great to catch up with the girls.

 Friday morning we left around 9am, bound for Canada. After a quick stop at Starbucks we were ready to go. The drive was great. I kept annoying the girls by pointing out power poles, transmission lines and bundled conductors. We got to Whistler around 1pm and joined Jenny's mom and aunt for lunch in their room. After a bit of TV, we finally checked into our room and then got ready for the zip trek.

This was us before the zip trek. I was so nervous!

Up in the trees! So much fun!

We had great guides on the zip trek! They were so nice and patient with those of us who were nervous. On the drive up the mountain we saw the Olympic bobsled track and a bear. I was pretty nervous to go, but once you're up there it's not like you can give up. Our theme was to be bold and be committed. After the first big zip, most of my nerves were gone and I was able to enjoy myself. It was so exhilarating! On the very last zip they showed us how to go upside and let go. We were all hesitant, but every one in the group did it. I was the second to go and it was the weirdest feeling to step off the platform backwards and let yourself go upside down. Afterwards I felt like I could do ANYTHING! Deb said that she would buy us a round of drinks that night to celebrate facing our fears.

After zipping around the mountain we went back to our room, had dinner and got cleaned up before going back to the village for drinks. We went to Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub. It was so much fun! Deb bought us our first round of drinks. We talked and laughed and ordered dessert and more drinks. Jenny's parents and aunt headed back to the hotel after awhile and we stayed to talk and laugh some more. 

Goofing off in the bathroom.

Back in our room we ate tuna, cheese and crackers and laughed hysterically while watching Miranda. It was such a great evening!

Saturday morning we skyped with our sweet friend Amanda and then spent the rest if the morning walking around the shops at Whistler Village. We ended up back at the pub for lunch where we shared an enormous order of nachos.

The afternoon we relaxed in our room and went down to the pool for a bit before cleaning up for dinner at Elements Urban Tapas.

Dinner was amazing! My favorites were the two toned frites, salted potatoes and tempura artichoke hearts. Oh, and the chocolate ganache dessert. After dinner we were going to go back to the pub, but it was packed so we ended up at Citta for drinks on the patio and people watching.

Sunday we had a delicious breakfast at the pub before heading back to the states. We spent the afternoon and evening lounging at Jenny's watching Netflix, Extreme Home Makeover and Miranda.

Monday we slowly packed our things. We headed down to Seattle to meet Janelle for lunch at The Matador. We had so much fun catching up! Before too long she had to get back to work. Jenny, Ashlee and I spent what little time we had left walking around the shops in Ballard before going to the airport.

This trip flew by, but I had so much fun! I cannot wait to go back to Seattle next week so I can spend more time with my besties!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs

I don't own an apple computer, an iphone or an ipad, not that I wouldn't want to. The only apple device that I have is a 2nd generation ipod that resembles a small brick. I don't really stay current with all the new technology. However, I do admire Steve Jobs and the company he created. He was exceptionally talented, innovative and creative and he left a profound mark on the world. My prayers go out to his friends and family during this time.

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the BIG decisions in life. Almost everything... All external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarressment or failure. These things just fall away in the face of death. Leaving only what is truly important." -Steve Jobs, February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011

"The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely." -Bill Gates

"Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world." -President Barak Obama

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


I found this on my sister's hard drive the other night. It's a collage I made my junior year of college. I was involved in a great small group for about three years in college with some great girls. We studied so many great books. I believe we made collages while we were studying Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. The quote on it is from Bethany Dillon's song 'Beautiful'.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Music Monday: Rock Mafia

I LOVE this song. It will get stuck in my head for days at a time. It doesn't help that I love Big Bang Theory either because that reminds me of this song. Plus I adore Miley; she's one stylish girl. Enjoy!