It's official! I will be running the Utah Valley Marathon on June 12th! I can't wait! It sounds awesome because it starts up Provo Canyon just below the Deer Creek Reservoir and then you run all they way down and out of the canyon to the Provo Towne Center Mall. I started training a week ago. My first goal is to build my endurance. Yesterday I ran 40 min. Tomorrow I plan on running 45 min. and building up by 5 min. each time I run until I am running approximately 8 miles. 8 miles 4-5 times a week and then long runs every saturday and that's the plan! Hopefully I can do it! I have a few guy friends who said they might train and do it with me so that would make things a lot nicer...plus my Dad says he wants to run it with me...haha who knew?! Apparently I am popular...at least for the moment...On top of lots of running I've also been attending with regularity Power Pump! I'm finally getting back into the groove of things and am LOVING IT! I feel healthy and happy :)
Who is ready for spring break? ME. While I am very ready for a spring break and continually mourn the fact that BYU does not have one, I do have some things that are carrying me through at the moment:
1) Spring in Provo is around the corner!=Bike rides to Guru's and laying out at the King Henry pool ALL. DAY. LONG.
2) Teaching English in Korea. (Note this is not 100 percent official)=Being a celebrity, having 3-hour work days, and traveling extensively and adventurously throughout Asia with some of the funniest guys around!
3) Being done with school. FOREVER!...maybe.....
4) Running the Utah Valley Marathon in June. (Note, this is also not 100 percent official...I need to look into the matter further).
So the list is kind of short, yet full of uber exciting things! If I could choose a song to best describe my current mood, it would have to be Pussycat Dolls "Top of the World"...check it out...yes I know, I listen to far too much PCD. But duh, I'm a girl!
I am constantly trying to think of a specific word lately when I am expressing my current challenges to others. The word is daunting. For some reason, I can never remember the word. It seems to reside only on the tip of my tongue. But yes, as I think about the future, certain things seem rather daunting. It's almost as though I am starting from ground zero right now...in many ways. I know that I have a long road ahead of me along which I must grow, learn new things, and take great leaps of faith. But that is life. Sometimes when you don't know exactly how your future is going to play out it is scary, and sometimes you almost want to give up. But you can't give up. NEVER GIVE UP. And if you ever do give up, make sure that it is only on someone or something that is getting in your way as you travel down the road of life, because we don't want any accidents now...do we???
Here I sit in the library, supposedly writing my capstone paper (I have about 13 pages of the required 25 completed). Why do I love to procrastinate SO much? Well, in reality, I don't LOVE it, yet I still do it ALL the time. For some reason I work better under pressure when time is running out and the last minute has almost arrived. Lately, however, I've been waiting until PAST the last minute to get things done. Maybe it's senioritis or maybe it's the immense stress I've been under lately...I don't really know. But currently, I have about an hour until I must email a copy of my rough draft of my capstone to my professor and I should have about 20 pages written but I really only have 13. 13 is an unlucky number...surprise SURPRISE, just like my life has been recently.
I am not an unlucky person, however. In fact, I have had some very lucky things happen to me over my lifetime. One such lucky occurrence would have to be the opportunity I had to study abroad in Spain and all of the life experiences, eternal memories, AND eternal friends that were gained from it. Case in point, THE SIX CHIX. We are FABULOUS!
HOOLIEEEE, our senior member, traveled to Thailand to teach English for a year, but on a whim and taking a risk for love, came home approximately 11 months early, and indeed gambled her way to success!
Madiswan is getting married to her missionary in two months, and despite her missionary's two year absence, managed to kiss only one boy AND to take a liking to NOBODY else even amidst multiple dates/week and numerous fine, handsome and qualified suitors!
Tiffany is married and excited to spend the rest of her life in KANSAS! She will open her future 5-bedroom-home to the Six Chix on numerous occasions in order to host marvelous Six Chix reunions in which we will go to the replica Plaza de Espana (original in Seville) and dance around for the Asians to take photos of us.
Raquel Gato is nearly engaged and just received a metallic, dark blue, full body suit in the mail. She has already role-played the role of Cat Woman 754 times for Babs, her amazing long-legged, long distance running lover who does it longer!
Laurena is currently serving a mission in the Croatia/Slovenia/Serbia&Montenegro/Bosnia&Herzegovina/every other cool part of the world mission! She sings Croatian lullabies to the two-years-her-junior male missionaries. AND. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. IS. IN. LOVE. WITH. HER.
Last but not least, Rindsey (that is myself) will graduate from BYU within the next four months whereafter she will try to find a job that has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with her major! She hopes to conquer the world, her first strategic step being to take over the Spanish ZARA empire as the Presidente de ZARA.
And those, ladies and gentleman, are the Six Chix. What a wonderful blessing they have been in my life...never to be forgotten, NEVER to be forgotten!
Today was a good day. I went to one class that didn't start until 2 pm which means that I laid around with my roommate Amanda practically until then in the family room in our pj's watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians (last night we all slept in the family room and had a girls night minus weird roommate). And then I spent the rest of the day at my aunt and uncle's, hung out with Cade my favorite cousin-baby, and Joe and Michelle and Natale. I chilled like a pill and it was awesome. Did absolutely NO school work...yeah I love life! Except for that I'm totally going to hate it come tomorrow and Thursday when I basically have to bust out 10-15 pages of my capstone...LIFE IS AMAZING!!!
So the last time I posted was in October. Surprise SURPRISE. I told you I probably wouldn't stick very well to the whole blogging world, and, as usual, I delivered. But here I am, having just deactivated my facebook account for the first time ever and I have to find someway to get connected in the internet world. So here again I turn to my blog. Mind you, I will be returning to facebook eventually, I'm just super seriously sick of it right now. I get on it all the time instead of going out in the world and doing real things. So I'm trying to take a clean break, at least for a week or so until I can get my f-ing capstone rough draft paper written...AAAAHHHHHHHHH.
So a quick update on life I suppose is in order. Since my last entry I have completed my last Fall semester at BYU ever!!! (unless some plans change and I decide I'm not ready to leave school and enter the real world). I have now begun my last full semester and it's really tough. I have a season pass to The Canyons so it's been a release to go up skiing in Park City for the day whenever I get a chance. Other than that my life has been not so fun. My car got destroyed when a not-to-be-mentioned friend accidentally jumped my car battery the wrong way after it had died. It fried my internal computer and had to be replaced at a cost of approximately $1500. Not pretty. I was without a car and pretty much stranded in my apartment for about a month. Also, I got very sick for a two week period, haven't been able to sleep well for almost the past month, and have had severe boy problems. Alan and I broke up mid-January as a mutual "let's try to figure some things out" and since then it has turned into chaos. My life has been turned upside down as my what once were future plans have now become very uncertain and I am forced to re-route my life. I still love Alan very much, care for him dearly, and think of him as my best friend, but only time will tell whether or not it's meant to be.
On top of everything, it really doesn't help that all of my girlfriends are either dating someone seriously, engaged, or already married. I feel very alone and have had some pretty dark days over the past few months. I pray every day to just to make it through the day and for the strength to tackle whatever card life deals me.
In closing, I would like to give a serious thank you to those friends and members of my family who have been a HUGE support to me throughout this rough period in my life. Honestly, without you guys, I'd be scared to think where I would be. You know who you are and I want you to know that you have saved my life over and over, literally.
Old friends from Provo, if you're out there, please feel free to contact me. I'm really looking to re-connect and have a good time like we used to. I need it more than ever.