eat pray love

i recently read eat pray love, by elizabeth gilbert. it is about the author's travels over a year's time. it seems like i haven't loved a book as much as this one in a long time. it was funny, and it had great little insights every step of the way. {which i loved} Here are a few insights that were some favorites from the book:

A friend speaking to Liz (the author): "Where did you get that idea you aren't allowed to petition the universe with prayer? You are part of this universe, Liz. You're a constituent--you have every entitlement to participate in the actions of the universe, and to let your feelings be known. So put your opinion out there. Make your case. Believe me--it will at least be taken into consideration."

Richard-from-Texas's explanation of what as SOUL MATE really is (p. 149): "People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that's holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change you life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then they leave. And thank God for it."

The importance of CHOOSING YOUR THOUGHTS (p. 178): "You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select what clothes you're gonna wear every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control... On first glance, this seems a nearly impossible task. Control your thoughts? Instead of the other way around? But imagine if you could?"

Elizabeth Gilbert's ANSWER to those who've fallen away from religious teachings or been unable to commit to one religion's school of thought. "You don't want to go cherry-picking a religion," a friend of hers once said. Gilbert's reply: "Which is a sentiment I completely respect expect for the fact that I totally disagree. I think you have every right to cherry-pick when it comes to moving your spirit and finding peace in God. I think you are free to search for any metaphor whatsoever which will take you across the worldly divide whenever you need to be transported or comforted... You take whatever works from wherever you can find it, and you keep moving toward the light." (p. 208)

On IDENTITY: “Imagine cramming yourself into such a puny box of identity when you could experience your infinitude instead.”

On BEING PRESENT to this moment: “The other problem with all this swinging through the vines of thought is that you are never where you are. You are always digging in the past or poking at the future, but rarely do you rest in the moment. It’s something like the habit of my dear friend, Susan, who–whenever she sees a beautiful place–exclaims in near panic, ‘It’s so beautiful here! I want to come back here someday!’ and it takes all of my persuasive powers to try to convince her that she is already here. If you’re looking for union with the divine, this kind of forward/backward whirling is a problem. There’s a reason they call God a presence– because God is right here, right now. In the present is the only place to find Him, and now is the only time.”

This was said by another friend, Sean, an Irish dairy farmer also at the ashram: "Imagine that the universe is a great spinning engine. You want to stay near the core of the thing--right in the hub of the wheel--not out at the edges where all the wild whirling takes place, where you can get frayed and crazy. The hub of calmness--that's your heart. That's where God lives within you. So stop looking for answers in the world. Just keep coming back to that center and you'll always find peace."

i loved this book and highly recommend it! so take it for what it's worth . . . :) and then go get it or borrow my copy.


modge podge easter eggs

so i decided to venture out this year and do a little more than just dye easter eggs. i saw this cute way to modge podge easter eggs on one of the many blogs that i look at and now i can't figure out which one i got it from, not even to find the instructions of how-to. silly girl. and i didn't take all the how-to photos either. So you are just going to have to enjoy the pretty picture and I will try to find the instructions for next year - although this little project did take longer than I thought it would . . . :)

at first i couldn't figure out how to do the blown-out eggs so the ones pictured above are actually plastic eggs but they still worked and then you don't have to go through the process of blowing out the real eggs. but when my roommate, leah, got home she said she knew how and showed me! it was pretty gross so i had to share some of the pictures with you. it was definitely entertaining and might be fun to do with kids next year. I did find some easier ways to do it after the fact . . . here and here

very attractive :)


easter :) weekend

easter weekend was fun this year! here is some of the fam at the art festival waiting in line to eat some of frank's {prenounced fronk} amazing crepes!

my awesome brother michael and his fake tatoos . . .

see the tramp stamp below - nice mike! he had a total of about 20 fake tatoos all over his body {10 of which were on his stomach and chest} that he got from an easter egg hunt earlier that morning. he kept saying stuff like "what? you wanna see these guns?" for some excuse to show us his tatoos. he is such a nerd, but gotta love him!

on sunday we did the traditional hiding of the baskets - michael actually hid them this year. i hid his and i have to say it was some of the best hiding i've ever done. {my family gets way into it and we eventually end up playing hot and cold or we would probably never find the baskets at all} i would tell you where i hid it, but what if you come to my house next year and i hide a basket for you - then the fun would just be spoiled.

here is a little taste of what our easter morning was like :) please disregard my annoying "cool" voice . . .



i had to add that stupid word verification thing to my comments box because i kept getting stupid spam. those things are a total pet peeve, but i guess necessary - but don't let it scare your comments off :) i like them!


i love my family

we got family pics back in january and were lucky enough to have them taken by kevin hulett with K2 photography. He is a good family friend and does a great job. he did brad and kendall's wedding too. check out his website. {if you can find the family member on this page i might just give you a treat, and even if i don't, it will be time well spent, trust me.} anyway, i had't seen the pictures until i saw that they were posted on cami's facebook, so i stole my favorites. i know there are a million, but i couldn't help how cute they are! so feel free to look quickly cuz there's lots . . .

the whole family

amy and scott mckinnon family

hana bear. so cute.

brad and kendall glauser family

landon and kailyn. look at that grin :)

hana and conrad. i have the cutest nieces and nephews ever! love the set smiles.

grandkids, minus one. i think landon was playin in the dirt . . .

grandma glauser and the girls

brad and landon

kendall and kailyn

different angle. like the first one better, but this one is still cute :)

hope you enjoyed.



when i was out rollerblading i saw some pretty blossoms. i thought of what i saw on carly's blog and wanted to have some pretty blossoms in my house. {i hope she doesn't mind that i copied her, it was such a cute idea} here they are on my nightstand. its a fun way to bring spring inside! they are pretty and smell yummy. i wish they would last all year!

lovely evening

when i left work last night it was still so light out {i guess daylight savings is good for something}and 68 degrees! it being spring break, i had no class, so i decided i wanted to do something outside. i ended up going rollerblading on one of many of st. george's paved trails! it was so nice outside and there were so many other people on the trail too! it was fun to see people out being active. the sky was so beautiful too . . . just a perfect evening in my little town :)

the skies looked something like this . . . with a nice breeze . . . aaahhh!


bag borrowing?

has anyone ever heard of bag borrowing??? so crazy! i just ran across this site. i guess it's a good idea for those that have expensive taste, and have to have a new handbag every week and it has to be from a major designer. it costs like $100 a week to rent the handbag of your choice!!! insane!



i am am totally craving a cheap, grungy backpacking trip to somewhere warm {new zealand, australia, south america}. i know cheap and grungy doesn't sound ideal, but to me it is. i loved doing the backpacking/hostel thing in costa rica and loved that i never got ready, never wore make up, just wore random, non-matching clothes the entire time and got to meet totally fun people that are out traveling too! flights to australia and new zealand are quite pricy . . . anyone have any good ideas for good, cheap, warm places to travel???


new kicks

i decided that i finallly needed a new pair of shoes since i plan on running the hurricane half marathon and the wasatch back relay! i bought them from a great place called st. george running center {it's owned and operated by runners. they even let you try them on and go running outside before you buy them!} i actually got these a couple of weeks ago but have been so sick and haven't had the energy or the desire to do the farmer's blow every second cause my nose is so stuffy {totally gross, i know, and really a whole other topic that requires discussing form and tactics used to completing the perfect farmers' blow. i.e. not getting snot all over yourself! :) }. anyway, so i have finally been feeling better and i am loving running in my new shoes! they are awesome! i have been running in mizuno running shoes forever and this time asics felt better so i went with those . . . so far i am satisfied. :)


my first garden

i just planted my very own garden for the first time. as you can see i planted flowers and as you cannot yet see, i also planted peas! {the peas are in a row behind the flowers} i am so excited for the peas to start popping out of the ground and especially excited to eat them! this is sort of in the experimental stage too. i don't have a big old yard, just a small courtyard, so i am hoping that the plants will get enough sun. and i will keep you updated on the peas progress!

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